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March 22, 2012

Of Dolmen Gates & Dragons

Filed under: Reflections,Visions of the future,Writing — xisor @ 7:46 pm

Not only is that the theory, I’m going to start believing it as fact. Mainly because I like it, but also because I just re-read a few choice segments from Graham McNeill‘s Mechanicum on my newly patented Lovecrafternoon.

That is:

This was no cavern. Was this entire space, the walls and floor, the air and every molecule within it, part of some vast intelligence, a being or construct of ancient malice and phenomenal, primeval power? Such a thing had no name; for what use would a being that had brought entire civilisations into existence and then snuffed them out on a whim have of a name? it had been abroad in the galaxy millions of years before humanity had been a breath in the creator’s mouth, had drunk the hearts of stars and been worshipped as a god in a thousand galaxies.

It was everywhere and nowhere at once. All powerful and trapped at the same time.
– Page 352/353, Mechanicum.


“I understand,” Dalia told Semyon. “The Dragon… I don’t know what it is, but I know where it is.”

“Do you?” asked Semyon. “Tell me.”

“This cavern… everything in it. This is it. Or at least a sliver of it.”

Semyon nodded. “A Tomb and prison all in one.”


Semyon beckoned her over to the lectern and opened the book. “Look. Know.
– Page 354, Mechanicum.

Simply put, I’m quite convinced of a few things now in me noggin’.

  1. The Dragon chained by the Emperor is a shard in the tradition of the new codex. A significant and potent shard, certainly, but not the whole thing. This could underpin a daemonic lie told to Abbaddon in effort to instigate the 13th Black Crusade, as seen in the old codex.
  2. I’m ever more inclined to think that the Golden Throne isn’t a Throne which belonged to the Old Ones, but instead is a component of a Dolmen Gate. This ties to the idea of the C’tan being the pioneers of the Dolmen Gates, but leaves sufficient room for the C’tan to be ‘rivals’ of the Old Ones. This adds more depth/ambiguity/possibility to the words spoken by the Deceiver – that long before the necrons, the Old Ones and C’tan had warred before.

This also ties in, I do believe, more than a little to Bill King’s essay: The Paths of the Old Ones, which has played on my mind a lot recently.

The idea, the conceit, the relevance in this instance being that neither the Old Ones nor the C’tan (nor the Chaos Gods) are actually interested in the affairs of the material universe for its own sake. There’s some grander game afoot, some more intriguing and godly science being warred over. The Dolmen Gates are just another ‘thing’ on the path to this unfathomable insanity, the necrons see their use as travel mechanisms to rival the eldar’s webway – the truth of those matters, as expounded in The Paths of the Old Ones, is likely quite different from the quaint views of mere mortals like the necrons or the eldar.

Even the grandest visions of Eldrad Ulthruan & Orikan the Diviner are barely touching at fitful memories of the labcoat-tails of the Old Ones and their abominable peers.

1 Comment »

  1. [Unrelated] Sorry for this annon-comment, but it’d be nice to say hello since I haven’t seen you around on our dead floaty forum over at SL. Hope your doing Ok mate.
    J.Blaze. 🙂

    Comment by demma — May 31, 2012 @ 11:44 pm | Reply

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