High Gothic For Dummies #1

Ah, the miracle of Paint...

Greetings. As I promised earlier this post will shed some light on some of the weird things about High Gothic (ie. I run through a Latin dictionary and laugh at things). This series will teach you about the Captain named after a body part, highlight all 40,000 examples of adding '-us' to the end of a word to make it sound Latin, and generally expand your vocabulary base. If it isn't a real word, I will endeavour to make up a translation. Today's subject is The Imperium of Man.

Imperium: Easy one this, it just means 'empire.' When Rome was a republic, this could also refer to leadership ie. "Under the imperium of Cicero." So either way it unites all man under...

Deus Imperator: ...The God Emperor. It can also go the other way and be imperator deus. Again, emperor worship existed in Rome. It's completely off the point that the Dark Eldar are arguably more Roman...

Terra: I really shouldn't need to explain this, nor Luna. Can we get to the military bit please?

Adeptus...: This is a word in Latin, but only by sheer coincidence. It's the participle of the verb 'adipiscor'- to obtain, and not a noun at all. This makes it Example #1 of the 'if it sounds Latin...' rule I mentioned earlier. If it were a real word, it would be a second declension noun and I'm going to define it as "organisation, brotherhood," as that's about what it equates to. Notice I didn't put 'order.' This is because of...

Ordo...: This one is a real word too, and is actually a noun this time. It also really does mean 'order', but is mainly used in the neat freak or military sense rather than a group of people.

Mechanicus: Pig Latin Example #2. You're wanting 'machina.' But that's first declension and therefore sounds feminine, and we can't be having that in a universe of manly men now can we? I'd probably make it another word for machine, but since 'machina' is more in a mechanism sense (pulleys, etc.) this works better for tanks and robots.

Malleus: GW actually gives us the translation for this, which is 'hammer.' And believe it or not,  they did actually use the proper Latin here.

Xenos: This...isn't Latin at all. It's Greek for 'stranger, foreigner, alien.' Wonder if we'll see more of these infiltrators later...

Hereticus: Pig Latin Example #3. Since heresy comes from the Greek for 'choice,' the original fluffers had no choice but to bang on an -us. If I were to make it real Latin, I suppose I would have no choice but to use 'heretic.' Again, it ends in us and so is second declension (for those who know what declensions actually are...).

That's all I can be bothered to do for today. Next time we'll drag up the Obtaining Astartes (just to see if you were paying attention) and make fun of their names. Until then I leave you with this thrilling fan-fiction.

Caecilius inquisitor est. Caecilius hereticum videt. Caecilius est iratus. Caecilius hereticum incenderet. Caecilius est laetissimus.

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