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Discussion Random Seraphon Musings

Discussion in 'Fluff and Stories' started by Croco Guard, Mar 1, 2020.

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    Skaven Slave

    Croco Guard Clan Moulder

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    I've had some thoughts circling around in my head for a while, so what better time to put them down in written form than on the horizon of a new army book that could change so much seraphon fluff?!

    First off, the Lizardman influence going into AOS. The Lizardmen goal in existence was certainly one of order as set down by the Old Ones and whatever instructions they could divine after the Old Ones left. The potential different meanings of their religious belief system likely caused conflict where less was required with the traditional good races. Seemingly random attacks on any particular army could always be explained with either miscommunication, incorrect readings, vengeance after stealing a minor plaque, or all part of a great unseen plan of utmost importance. I quite like this for storytelling reasons when trying to explain why the Lizardmen will fight in any tabletop battle.

    Seraphon have some slight deviations from Lizardmen that I feel are important. I feel they are presented now as more thoroughly anti-chaos as a primary goal rather than The Plan preservation or enactment. I haven't read any official fluff of Seraphon fighting with Order armies over a disagreement or difference of objective. To be clear, this might be simply because of a current lack of stories we take part in, or me not diving into the lore as much as I could. In the current state I don't see good story reasons for Seraphon to fight Stormcast for instance. In fact, I think as presented thus far Seraphon has no niche in the lore because the Stormcast have all our traits plus more.

    Stormcast and Seraphon are born of light/stars/energy, battle the forces of chaos as a primary motivator, use weapons of light/stars/energy, can gain energy and converse with Dracothion, and primarily live in the Realm of Azyr. Seraphon can be remembered into being which can support why your special named lord can die in tabletop battles repeatedly and come back later, and Stormcast are reforged on the anvil of apotheosis for similar results. I think a solution to differentiate the two would be to bring more Lizardmen motivations into the affair with alien methods and thoughts, more information on their belief structure and steps they wish to take either before or after the destruction of chaos. Stormcast seem like they could rest easy or perhaps police the good races once all their foes are defeated. Stormcast work under the orders of Sigmar for the betterment of mankind (and elf and dwarf I guess always seems like an afterthought). What is the end goal after the Seraphon theoretically win and defeat chaos? Or Death and Destruction as well? Will they build temples? Try and spawn new Slann? Follow the even further away designs of the Old Ones? No official fluff I've seen supports Seraphon working along with other races outside of war in grand alliances. Thus my thesis and gripe.

    I feel from a narrative standpoint it would be more interesting if Seraphon were of the Destruction alliance. Not necessarily to actually join with greenskins or their like in battle, but for a more unique faction with a slight twist on the original Lizardman viewpoint. I have been thinking about creating an army based around a Slann who sees the entire Age of Sigmar universe as a failure and ultimate loss of the Old One's plans. Chaos won in the old world and destroyed everything. Viewing that loss as a complete failure of The Plan means modern Lizardmen view every event post End Times as sacrilege and worthy of destruction. The void could be preferable to the Slann compared to the aftereffects of a Chaos victory, and nothing that could fuel Chaos existed would be the only available retribution. This motive for Seraphon sets them apart from other factions, gives them a cold alien eventual goal, and causes any tabletop battle to have a rationale.

    TLDR Seraphon are too similar to Stormcast and will be limited in story telling in our current state.

    Final notes
    • I don't like the Demons of Order thing. I don't think it makes us cooler than being big dinosaur people made of normal material and gameplay mechanics could be explained without it.
    • If we get more official fluff that solidifies our place in AOS that is fine too.
    • Even after saying all this I also would enjoy a version of Dinotopia somewhere in AOS where seraphon and other races could live in weird cooperation.
     
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    Skaven Slave

    Sudsinabucket Clan Pestilens

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    Lot to digest but a very good and interesting post. I also love that you used Dinotopia as a comparison. I'll respond more thoroughly once I've thought on this some, I however will say I like the idea of them (or a sub faction) being more of the Destruction persuasion.
     
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    Skaven Slave

    Croco Guard Clan Moulder

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    Can Slann go mad theoretically? I think it could make an interesting army where you get to paint lizards whatever colors you want provided the Slann's memory is befuddled. Could even mix in some chaotic influences depending how you interpret the lore. I like my troops look uniform too much to go with this kind of army, but I have been tempted to paint up a unit based on lizardmen from different sources that wouldn't match color scheme wise. Lizalfos from Ocarina of Time, and Lizard Clan from Suikoden 3 in particular for me.

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    Skaven Slave

    Sudsinabucket Clan Pestilens

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    Taste the Rainbow my friend ;)

    My army is exactly what you say, minus the mad Slann.
    20200327_005523.jpg 20200327_005627.jpg
     
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    Skaven Slave

    Erta Wanderer Clan Moulder

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    mad? no not likely. the do get confused and their thinking slows down but they have looked in to the warp for long periods and that didn't drive them mad
     
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    Skaven Slave

    bOdziO Wolf Clan Eshin

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    As for different colors per unit I always imagined they would simply come from different cities (WHFB) or temple-ships (AoS). I also think a veteran force created from multiple different origins could be also fun.

    About the image you linked I like how they worked around the lizard physiology in terms of clothing and its not a typical loincloth-and-thats-it or running completely naked like Warhammer guys :D
     
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    In the 5th edition Lizardmen army book, there was a short story about a Slann going mad after a very long telepathic fight with a demon.

    The Slann had lucid and mad phases, so he didn't go completely mad.

    He eventually beat the demon but died in the process.

    I don't see why a Slann couldn't go completely mad. It would make a good story.
     
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