Chaos Daemons RAW – Psyker Prince of Khorne

Spelling mistakes and copy-&-paste errors can make for cute RAW (rules as written) rulings in Warhammer 40K. Here’s one to not try at your friendly neighborhood game store: the Khorne Psyker Daemon Prince!

#1 – Chaos Daemons Daemon Prince RAW

Here is the Daemon Prince entry from the Army List presented in the 6th Edition Chaos Daemons Codex for Warhammer 40K (without point-values). If you have the book, you’ll find it on page 93.

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Chaos Daemons Codex p. 93

As you can see, Daemon Princes have the option of purchasing one or more Psyker Mastery Levels, as long as they do not have the Mark of Khorne (!).

Evidently, it’s a little copy-&-paste from the recent 6th Edition Chaos Space Marines Codex. Why? Because there is no such thing as a “Mark of Khorne” in the Chaos Daemons Codex.

Indeed, a Daemon Prince from the Chaos Daemons Codex and upgraded to be a “Daemon of Khorne” (a rule defined in the Chaos Daemons Codex) is blissfully free of any “Mark of Khorne”.

As a consequence – RAW – he doesn’t fall under the restriction spelled out in this Army List entry and is free to purchase one or more Master Levels as a Psyker.

As there is no Khorne-specific discipline, our Khorne Psyker Prince will generate powers from the Biomancy, Telepathy and Telekinesis disciplines.

#2 – Don’t Try This At Your Local Club

Khorne Daemon Prince

I’m Gonna Cast A Spell On You…

Of course you shouldn’t.

Quite the opposite. It’s a pretty clear example of why “RAW” is a fools errant even at the best of times (and this isn’t one of them).

Still, part of my has to laugh at the idea of Khorne’s Psyker-phopia being only an expression of his repressed longing for all things magic and sparkly, with Khorne Daemon Princes delightfully casting a glamour over their collection of blood-stained skulls when noone is looking.

Unfortunately, it’s not gonna last beyond the next FAQ I would think.

Z.

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  • Azrell

    Your logic is retarded. RAW: a nurgle price can take psychic powers. your the fool.

    RAW is used as a social contract between two players to ensure that they are both playing the same game. When something is obviously an editing error, you don’t just declare RAW “is a fools errant at best” and through out the entire rule set. To do so is an exercise in futility at best.

    That said GW needs to step up their editing on publications, go gods sake its not like they don’t own a publishing company that can proof read things for them.

    • http://pinsofwar.net/ Zweischneid

      Don’t think so.

      RAW is precisely the absence of a social contract. It’s literally taking the writing found in the books as the final arbiter.

      As soon as you have a social contract (and you should) that acknowledges that not everything found in the rulebooks or Codices is a) absolutely watertight (and never will be, no matter how much you edit) and b) a reasonable amount of interpretation and mutual agreement between players is at times necessary to identify and ignore or change “errors” “poor wording” and other things that are not written “as intended”, you’re not playing RAW (but, instead, proper 40K).

      • http://twitter.com/the_xenite Aaron Schmidt

        I agree with Zweischneid. This is an extreme example of a RAW situation that would not likely ever come up, but it does spotlight the issue that is created by GW’s poor technical writing, and the preponderance of players who are either confused by it (which is understandable) or try to exploit it for gain in the game. The rules are our common mechanism which to resolve what actually happens in the game. The more we agree on how that works, the more smoothly a game will play. Until we have a air-tight ruleset, working together to have a shared understanding of the rules that is honest and fair is what will have to happen.