Mag'ladroth

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A possible painting on what he looks like...not as grand as we thought it would be.
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- The Void Dragon's Hidden Identity

"What I'd really like to control is not machines, but people."

– Stephen Hawking

"I think, and my thoughts cross the barrier into the synapses of the machine—just as the good doctor intended. But what I cannot shake, and what hints at things to come, is that thoughts cross back. In my dreams the sensibility of the machine invades the periphery of my consciousness. Dark. Rigid. Cold. Alien. Evolution is at work here, but just what is evolving remains to be seen."

Comissioner Pravin Lal ,"Man and Machine"

Introduction[edit]

Mag'ladroth, more commonly called The Void Dragon (or more controversially as the Omnissiah) is one of the main C'tan along with the Deceiver and the Nightbringer. He is the most powerful C'tan, and is most likely one of the only C'tan to have evaded capture by the Necrons. The Void Dragon's "divine" portfolio includes destruction, mastery over machines, and technology. During the War in Heaven his warriors were by far the strongest and they could electrocute fools like the other Emperor from Star Wars. He made several gadgets to help shut down assholes who made use of the Warp. The pylons formerly keeping the Eye of Terror in check are the most notable and also the shootiest.

It's hard to overstate how insanely powerful Mag'ladroth is. He survived a brawl with multiple Blackstone Fortresses, of all things. Y'know, the ones who can cause suns to explode. A weak, small shard of the Dragon kicked the absolute shit out of several Necron worlds when they tried to snatch it up. To put how terrifying this bastard is into perspective: the Deceiver, who was unafraid of talking to psychos like the Nightbringer and the Outsider and convincing them that cannibalism was a spiffy idea, actively avoid this ballin' Dragon. Fortunately he is not all-powerful. The Void Dragon, like all C'tan, is (more) vulnerable to the power of the warp, which is perhaps why the Empra was able to kick his ass. With the Master of Mankind mostly dead though, the Void Dragon is probably be the most powerful being in setting other than the gods of Chaos. This guy is not to be fucked with.

Identity[edit]

A fine thing to worship if you like chopping off your dangly bits and replacing them with cyberdongs.

The Void Dragon, Omnissiah, and Dragon of Mars are most likely all the same creature. It helps to compare what we know for sure - The Void Dragon has some kind of supernatural(?) power over machines, and his location is unknown. The Dragon of Mars was roughed up by the Emperor before the Age of Strife and sealed inside Mars. The Omnissiah is worshipped by the Adeptus Mechanicus as the god of machines. Worship creates gods, yet somehow the widely venerated machine god does not seem to exist in the warp. C'tan think the warp is just the worst thing ever.

So, common traits - Most importantly, Voidy and the Omnissiah are both ancient demigods who control machines. Voidy and the Dragon of Mars are both extremely dangerous "dragons". Dragon of Mars and Omnissiah are both on/in/of Mars.

And what other people think - Some of the Mechanicus believe that their cult actually worships the Void Dragon, and treat the Necrons as heralds. The Necrons think something very, very important is inside of Mars, as they suicidally charged straight into Mars. Some CSMs think something deadly and destructive is inside of Mars. You think that all three entities are the same.

With all of these hints piled up, it has become pretty clear that "those guys" are actually just one guy.

That's Awkward[edit]

This has profound and also profoundly weird implications that get weirder the longer you examine them. The first is that the Adeptus Mechanicus are heretics of the highest level, who worship an actual xenos demigod. The second and perhaps even worse possibility is that Machine Spirits are the working of the Dragon, suggesting that he is a big part of what even allows Imperium technology to work. Or, perhaps if he's having a bad day, to not work. So if the Dragon woke up and decided to lay the crackdown on the Imperium, the best case is that the Imperium would lose a bunch of the guys who make their tech and make their tech work. The worse case is that their tech would mostly just stop working on its own. The worst case is that all of their complicated machinery would start actively attacking everybody.

Strangely, this means that the most powerful user of physical forces and the most powerful user of psychic forces are imprisoned almost right next to each other. This also means that the Corpse Emperor's fancy life support machine is a stone's throw away from a being who could probably turn it off with a thought, except that presumably the Emperor is psychically protecting it. This might not be as Grimdark as it first appears - while the Dragon might just be super pissed and waiting for an opportunity to press the eject button on the golden throne, in the long run the Dragon has more to gain from protecting the Emperor. As we know, the Emperor is holding back the forces of Chaos, and the C'tan despise Chaos above all else. So grab some popcorn and sneak into the Imperial Palace to see if some seriously weird cooperation takes place.

Babysitter[edit]

A face you can trust around children.

On a more derpy note, for some reason it can talk to human children, like Gamera, and sometimes involuntarily gives them power to heal and manipulate machinery. Soooo... the Void Dragon might secretly be in fact be the guardian of children all along? Just picture a cosmic being from beyond conventional science having a soft spot for kids would generate much lulz and pedophile jokes on /tg/. Or maybe, just maybe, humanity earned his favor with the Dark Age of Technology and the Machine Cult. Considering his powers. Which would be wonderfully hilarious. Even the Laughing God would be amazed at such a cosmic joke.

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On the Tabletop[edit]

If you want to play him in an army, simply buy a Balrog or a Daemon Prince (make sure to give the latter wings), paint it suitably black, silver and green, and use it as a Transcendent C'tan. Have fun. Also, since you're controlling the pseudo-god of controlling machines, that also gives you the right to install a trojan on your opponent's phone so you can send exciting photos to his mom during the game.

Notable Necrons
Necrons: Anrakyr the Traveller - Illuminor Szeras - Imotekh the Stormlord - Nemesor Zahndrekh
Orikan the Diviner - Szarekh the Silent King - Trazyn the Infinite - Vargard Obyron
Dawn of War: Necron Lord of All Kaurava - Necron Lord of Kronus
C'Tan: Aza'Gorod - Mag'ladroth - Mephet'ran - Nyadra'zatha - Tsara'noga