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Old 27 Oct 2006, 09:54   #1 (permalink)
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I am looking for a suitable Battlecry for my Space Marines Army. The Chapter is called the Shadow Spectres.

I actually want the words: Shadow(s) and Punish (or punisher(s)) to be included in the Battlecry. I am looking for a Battlecry to go with my fluff. You can read the fluff here.

The old one was: "Strike from the shadows!"
I think it is time for a new one.

Roman or Latin will do fine too.

Thanks for your help, it is greatly appreciated.
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Old 27 Oct 2006, 10:01   #2 (permalink)
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This one has neither... but still.

Battle Cry: Due to their preferance for stealth, the Shadow Spectres do not use a battle-cry per se. Rather, the leader of an attack force will intone "illuminate them" prior to the launching of an assault.
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Old 27 Oct 2006, 15:17   #3 (permalink)
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I agree with wargamer, that they shouldn't have a "Warcry" per se, but the sarges have been known to say loud enough for the enemy to hear: "give them Punishment from the darkness" before an ll out attack comes in.
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Roman or Latin will do fine too.

Thanks for your help, it is greatly appreciated.
Heya,

Judging from your fluff, they wouldn't have a battle cry really. However, what's the fun in that right? So, based on their veneration of the Emperor as the father, and not as a God, and their absolute honour and loyalty to him and his cause, perhaps something Emperor related:

"Emperor vult!" (Emperor Wills It)
"Nobiscum Emperor!" (Emperor With Us)

Anyhow, they don't use your wording, but real battle crys very rarely use long words or words with lots of consonants. Battlecrys are meant to be short bursts and they typically carry a lot of vowel sounds. The word "Shadow" works here, but it doesn't have that much meaning on its own. "Punishment" is a very hard word to really make a real Cry with. But if we go to Latin:

[size=12pt]"Shadow Ultio!" (Shadow Punishment)[/size]

Think of `Shadow Punishment' as a phrase. The Cry ends in strong vowel sounds, so it's more like what a real cry would be, with less focus on ending in consonants. The phrase represents the punishment of the enemies of the Emperor, as they hide in his shadow, and are destroyed in those very shadows.

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Strike where they cannot see!
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Real men wear pink! :

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But seriously, if they are a stealth chapter wouldn' they be as silent as a black night. But since it would be fun to have a battlecry for these guys, here is the serious one.

"The shadows know..."

It would be more like whispers to give it a more mysterious aura. An icy serpentine voice would do the trick as well.
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Old 28 Oct 2006, 12:29   #7 (permalink)
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Thanks for your replies guys,

I really like Mal's and Wargamers Battle cries. This has given me some ideas on what to go with.

I am still interested in hearing some more ideas.
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My main problem with Wargamer's suggestion is that the Luna Wolves used 'Illuminate them' during the Great Crusade.

I think that you need more of a motto rather than a warcry. But I'm more here for putting it into proper Latin than anything else...

Here's some nit-picking in Mal's translations

In the first one, Imperator is probably the closest translation (lit. one who gives orders), and is seen in some of the GW Latin stuff (such as the Black Sword).
Ditto on the second one...

As for the third, 'umbra' should be used for 'shadow' if you want a full translation. Then, 'ultio' means 'vengeance' rather than 'punishment'. 'Poena' or 'supplicium' are closer translations. But I say that vengeance sounds better than punishment in this instance, so meh.

Edit: There is no such language as Roman; they spoke Latin.
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"For the Emperor" is a good one, too mainstream though. :P
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But seriously, if they are a stealth chapter wouldn' they be as silent as a black night. But since it would be fun to have a battlecry for these guys, here is the serious one.

"The shadows know..."

It would be more like whispers to give it a more mysterious aura. An icy serpentine voice would do the trick as well.
Or you culd get Orson Welles to say it into a cup, like they did with the radio show
Muhahahahahahahahahaha!

Seriously, thats a good one.
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