Gunum’s Road to the GW US Open Finale Narrative Event

The big finale of the Games Workshop US Open series of events is next week in Albuquerque and we’ve got a host of Goonhammer authors attending nearly every event. In these Road to articles our authors will talk about their armies, their goals, and their plans for the event.

Hello everyone, it’s Gunum and I’m making a grand return to the posting universe to talk about my upcoming adventure to the Games Workshop Grand Narrative Finale. I and about two dozen other Goonhammer authors and Patrons will be attending this amazing event in late November. This event will be my first real narrative event since I started playing Warhammer 40k back in 2016, and I’m very excited to see if I’m able to take something of my unique viewpoint of this game and bring it into that environment. With that being said, I have never played crusade or any other kind of narrative format so I am a bit worried that I’m walking into uncharted waters. I’m not sure what to expect, I’m not sure how to build my list, and I’m feeling a bit undereducated when it comes to this entire thing.

“Pyschomancer” Gunum with the bois

Speaking of education, before we get into everything, I’m sure some of you are wondering where I’ve been. After putting in a bit too much time into the Dark Angels start competing article, I have found myself neck-deep in the demands of college life. At the start of the pandemic I decided to return to school full time and throw myself back into that work, and I’m working toward becoming a social worker. For those of you already in the field, you know there’s a lot to learn here – many laws and regulations. So you could say I’ve been keeping my head down.

On the other hand, this is a huge event being put on by Games Workshop, and with so many Goonhammer people attending I felt like it wasn’t an event I could miss, no matter how much schoolwork was looming over my head. I haven’t lost my passion for the game, nor my passion for trying to find fun and exciting ways to create new Hear Me Out content. And while I haven’t had much time to write, what I have had time for is building a fantastic Necron army. This Necron Army has been my passion project, using color-shift paints that were sold by a wonderful company called Turbo Dork.

Legions being assembled

Alright, it’s a narrative event, so let’s talk about my narrative: I wanted to bring something that felt inspired by my favorite units in the Necron Codex, the crypteks. These guys are basically robotic DND Wizards – frail, yet potent. Each one has a different mastery of their respective area of sciencey magic and I like the idea that once science hits a certain point, it’s indistinguishable from magic anyways. So my narrative is going to be focused on a psychomancer and his misgivings about the way that Necron culture is run. Why can’t a cryptek hold all the power of a dynasty? Why does it have to be the overlords and the Lords in this kind of day and age of turmoil? So, along with the three plasmancers that make up his cabal, my Psychomancer woke up his Necron Overlord ahead of schedule, and now he and his cabal guide their addled Overlord and their dynasty Grima Wormtongue-style.

Now, why is he doing this, you might ask? I like to think that my psychomancer was heavily influenced by the Novak dynasty. Seeing that there is a certain power in the blood, the forces of my Necron legions are all going forward to help harvest and gain experimental test subjects for my pyschomancer. Anywhere in my army that I seemed to have a power source, I painted it with GW’s Blood for the Blood God technical paint to show that my forces were converting the power and lifeblood of living organisms and turning it into clean energy. This is a practice that would probably be frowned upon by his overlord and other dynasties, and that’s his motivation for seizing control. This has of course allowed the psychomancer to grab onto some power and gain access to powerful relics like the dynasty’s C’Tan shards. Of course, it’s an added bonus that the Nightbringer’s goals of sowing fear and doing murder align with the psychomancer’s.

The dynasty itself is enhanced by the machinations of this Cryptek and his followers. This can make them seem like they are a faction of the Thokt dynasty, simply, standing next to their irradiated bodies is dangerous for everyone. They seem to ooze out energy that is eerie and debilitating to their enemies. This could be to soften up the blows to ensure they can be captured or to help increase the torment that the psychomancer wants to instill in living beings. I’m still working on a name for this dynasty at the time of this posting, and I’m also working on some Necron-sounding names for my characters, but I feel like I’m getting close to some fun ideas.

That’s everything I have for you today, I’m going to try and get another post out before we head out on the 17th and dive into battle in this glorious area Games Workshop has provided for us. Thank you for taking the time to read this, I can’t wait to tell you more about my adventures. I’m sure you’ll see some amazing posts from other people who will be attending.

Game on.

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