What If…Conan became a Space Marine?

Conan became a Space Marine

Would he eventually become a champion?
What other implications would there be?

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33 Comments on "What If…Conan became a Space Marine?"

  1. kano547 March 24, 2009 at 1:34 pm -      #1

    ho..ly..hell.i really dont think the enemies of the imperium are ready for unrestrained hurt that conan and the men under his comand(because you know he would get promoted in no time)would unleash on all creatures that stood in their way to glory. would he become a champion? oh yes and with the blessings of the emperor on him i think he might one day bring down kharn

  2. kano547 March 24, 2009 at 1:41 pm -      #2

    what i want to know is, what chapter would he join?

  3. Rob (Expertimp) March 24, 2009 at 1:45 pm -      #3

    Great what if… I would have to say it would open the door to a world of new adventures for conan and his friends. ..

    cool pic of conan

  4. Thepocalypse March 24, 2009 at 2:40 pm -      #4

    Not much. The existing Space Marines are trained to a skill level that matches Conan.

  5. Matapiojo March 24, 2009 at 2:48 pm -      #5

    “Not much. The existing Space Marines are trained to a skill level that matches Conan.”

    If not surpass.

  6. kano547 March 24, 2009 at 2:51 pm -      #6

    “Not much. The existing Space Marines are trained to a skill level that matches Conan”
    so your saying that space marines are already trained as well as conan.
    and if conan is already trained as well as one and he is goes through space marine training wont that make him twice as good as a space marine?

    btw nice pic is it from the game?

  7. Thepocalypse March 24, 2009 at 3:39 pm -      #7

    “so your saying that space marines are already trained as well as conan.
    and if conan is already trained as well as one and he is goes through space marine training wont that make him twice as good as a space marine?”
    No, he’ll just be capable of using futuristic weaponry.

  8. kano547 March 24, 2009 at 4:52 pm -      #8

    yes he will be able to use futuristic weapons but thats not all. theres the hero factor,which is all named characters are stronger than the normal ones. for example ragnar blackmane,was there anything that set him apart from the other space wolves other than the authors imagination? i dont think so.
    its the hero factor conan would become a great space marine maybe even a champion be cause whatever story this would happen in would revolve around him.

  9. Locutus March 24, 2009 at 6:10 pm -      #9

    Conan is pretty much the average type warrior of the Feral Worlds in the Imperium that many Space Marine chapters recruit from.
    He will not be the be the saviour of the Imperium or whatever some of you think. He will be just be transformed into another godlike Space Marine that may move up in the ranks faster than some of his brothers.

  10. AlphaCommando March 24, 2009 at 6:55 pm -      #10

    Kano, on this site we have a tendency to forget any “hero factor”, “character shields”, or even the Inverse Ninja Law. Mainly because they are nothing more than gameplay mechanics or plot devices and thus have no place in an objective argument.

    The only reason named characters are stronger in TT or a Book (another gameplay mechanic/plot device, so null and void) is because they have accordingly gained enough renown to be considered Heros (and thus need to be named for aesthetic reasons) or because they need a name for the story to reference them by. Every Space Marine has a name you dolt; you seriously think that having a name makes you more powerful?

    Conan is nothing more than an above average Feral Worlder, a fine recruiting specimen and he would certainly make a great marine but he would hardly be a massive step up above his brothers.

  11. kano547 March 24, 2009 at 7:38 pm -      #11


    i never said he would be the saviour. he probably wont even ever be a chapter master but he will be one hell of a fighter and maybe a champion. and if there is ever a book about it it will be AWSOME

  12. L-W March 24, 2009 at 9:10 pm -      #12

    Take this into account.

    Most Marine recruits surpass Conan’s adult stature at the age of thirteen, in the case of Feral world recruits you’re looking at the age of ten (The world of 40K is really that insane). If Conan were to enlist now at his current age, he would die as a result of the psychotropic therapy that entails the first bout of augmentation. In fact anything near implanting the Gene seed would be enough to kill him.

    If Conan was recruited as a Child he *may* survive the initiation process, he *may* even overcome the intense century of training, but how long do you propose he could make it as a Neophyte? My estimation is that Conan would be no more than one of the Red-Shirt Marines, an unlucky Neophyte sent on a mission that he’ll never return from.

    If you ask me, Conan would be best suited as a Trooper in the Imperial Guard, where his slightly above modern average (This is Warhammer we’re talking about, even the Imperial Guard make Arnold Schwarzenegger look small) could allow him some leeway.


  13. Space marine March 24, 2009 at 9:32 pm -      #13

    “he might one day bring down kharn”


  14. L-W March 24, 2009 at 9:55 pm -      #14

    “i think he might one day bring down kharn”

    I agree with Space Marine, this particular excerpt was especially retarded.

  15. Cpt Olimar March 24, 2009 at 11:23 pm -      #15

    A classic example what hapens when a Big Fish in a small pond is put into an Ocean no? The image of Conan as a Space marine, whether or not he would survive training, is quite amusing.

  16. kano547 March 24, 2009 at 11:47 pm -      #16

    “i think he might one day bring down kharn” yea sorry about that i was going by the hero factor,if thats not part of it then kharn would rip him to pieces.
    @L-W for comment 12
    this is what if he became a space marine not what if he went through training. this is asuming he survived and be came a full battle brother and if he did he would probably become a minor legend.

  17. El Zilcho March 25, 2009 at 1:01 am -      #17

    Here’s a question on Kharn. If a C’tan devoured his soul, would Khorne be able to resurrect his fallen champion?

  18. Space marine March 25, 2009 at 1:36 am -      #18

    Here’s a question on Kharn. If a C’tan devoured his soul, would Khorne be able to resurrect his fallen champion?

    Khorne would have to destroy the C’tan and then take back his soul assuming they can’t absorb it….

  19. L-W March 25, 2009 at 1:49 am -      #19

    “Here’s a question on Kharn. If a C’tan devoured his soul, would Khorne be able to resurrect his fallen champion?”

    For as long as the Warp is held open (There is some speculation as to whether the Void Dragon could seal the Warp entirely) Khorne can continue resurrect Kharn, since the C’tan devour life energy upon death, not the soul. Thus they send out waves of Necrons to crack open Organisms to feast upon the rich gooey life forces.

    “This is what if he became a space marine not what if he went through training. this is asuming he survived and be came a full battle brother and if he did he would probably become a minor legend.”

    Hardly. Potential Child recruits (Nine to fourteen) are physically superior to even the peak stature of Conan, living on Worlds where even the local Flora will actively hunt and attempt to ingest your body or consciousness (The Brainleaf for example). Conan, as mighty as he may be compared to the average modern day Human, is woefully unequipped to deal with the denizens of the 40K universe.

    Once Conan has graduated training he’ll most likely, at best, be reserved to the status of Neophyte, his only legend being the first Marine off the line to put a Bolt in his own Brain due to a lack of naturally occurring resistance to Warp and Psyker energy bought upon by thousands of generations of lineage in the Warhammer universe. Even that legend will cease to exist once the Inquisition investigates and liquidizes his Chapter for allowing an inferior Human to accept the Gene Seed.

    As I said, Conan should quit while he’s still ahead and join the Imperial Guard, because the Marines don’t take any half measures.

  20. Matapiojo March 25, 2009 at 9:07 am -      #20

    Even when taking into consideration your “he’s already a Marine” approach, it has already been stated that Conan is below average by 40K standards.

    To help put things in perspective, a regular Catachan Infantryman would most likely snap Conan in two in a straight brawl. These individuals are quite often overlooked by the Apothecaries of the Index Astartes when they are children, and they have enhanced physical capabilities due to the stronger gravity pull in their homeworld.

    Should they had deemed Conan fit, and he has survived the incredible process of being turned into a Space Marine, he would most likely be just an “average” marine with a particular preference for close quarter combat.

    I am quite certain that he would harly become legendary.

    That is, of course, if his nature does not lead him to break ranks and become a renegade. Then Conan would trully be doomed.

  21. L-W March 25, 2009 at 9:52 am -      #21

    The Catachan, what can I say about them?

    When even the Orks know, respect and fear the mention of your name (Orks often refuse to enter Jungles or areas of dense Forest when they know the Catachan are nearby), you have to be incredibly badass.

    Not even the Imperial Commissars dare command them out of fear for their own safety, the only individuals in the Imperium capable of curbing their physical strength and tenacity being their Ogryn compatriots and the Space Marines themselves.

  22. Matapiojo March 25, 2009 at 11:46 am -      #22

    What he said^^

    I can always count on you to pick up my lack-of-detail slack. You can paint quite a nice picture with your words.

    The picture is often crimson.

  23. kano547 March 25, 2009 at 6:27 pm -      #23

    ok after reading that i agree i was proven wrong by the fact that everyone in 40k is so badass that a normal human entering that universe even the legendary cimmerian would look like a total pansy. also ive never heard of the catachan i will have to look for them on the lexicanum

  24. Space marine March 25, 2009 at 7:54 pm -      #24

    “The Brainleaf for example”

    Sounds cool.

  25. L-W March 25, 2009 at 8:16 pm -      #25

    It’s a Plant that actively moves towards dense populations, where the leaves attach to the nearest animal, release a dense bundle of neurofibres that penetrates the skin and takes over the Brain of a Host.

    Once the Plant has total control over an animal, it then draws the remainder of the nearby population towards the source itself, where it can infect more Hosts.

  26. Space marine March 25, 2009 at 9:47 pm -      #26

    Well I guess I can say this now, BRAINS FOR THE BRAIN PLANT!!!

  27. Cpt Olimar March 25, 2009 at 9:53 pm -      #27

    do these plants have nervous systems or similar “higher level” systems?
    As canivorous plants on earth, to my knowledge, do not have one.

  28. L-W March 25, 2009 at 10:36 pm -      #28

    Unknown. The only reason it is even known to exist is due to the fact that the Catachan spend much of their youth testing their skills in the dense Jungles of their home world, hunting Wolves the size of Land Raiders and fighting with Scorpion/Centipede hybrids the size of Horses.

  29. Space marine March 26, 2009 at 9:49 pm -      #29

    The best Conan could do is Become a Techno Barbarian in the Early stages of the imperium.

  30. Matapiojo March 28, 2009 at 8:41 am -      #30

    I will further explain my Catachan comment.

    Catachan is one of the most notorious Death World in the Imperium. Catachan is known for its extremely deadly Flora/Fauna. Most importantly, it is known for one the most renowned Imperial Guard regiments for their specialized form of warfare, the Catachan Jungle Fighters. It was this Imperial Guard example to what I was refering.

    An average Catachan Guardsman would surpass Conan at his peak, and as you can tell, they are still overlooked by the Index Astartes. That is what I meant by Conan not being anything special when put into a 40K context.

    Point in case, Conan would be nothing when compared to Sly Marbo, famous Catachan Jungle Fighter.
    Incomming linkage:


    Jungle Fighters

    From Codex: Catachans

    “We’ve run into scorpions the size of battle tanks, three men died from Eyerot last week. I’ve sweat enough to fill a lake, my boots got sucked into a sink-swamp and the trees are so thick in places, you can’t squeeze between them. Emperor help me, I love this place! It’s just like home!”

    Captain Rock of the Catachan III ‘Green Devils’ commenting on Varestus Prime

  31. AHEM December 28, 2009 at 2:29 pm -      #31

    If Conan manages to survive, I have a feeling he’ll specialize in close quarter combat, like with power weapons. It’s more of his thing than guns and such.

  32. freddyboy January 22, 2010 at 3:27 am -      #32

    lol connan space marine hehe he woulndt wear body armor he would just charge at the enemys with his sword but i think he would be a space wolf that fit him well

  33. Amm0vamp1r3 August 10, 2013 at 1:38 pm -      #33

    He would be a beast, Kharn would be forgotten.

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