What're some unique reasons someone could be transferred to a penal battalion in 40k
Maybe they're serving in the battalion as a sort of punishment for something else. i.e That squad has been worst in discipline for several months. Send them to serve with the penal battalion for a while. If they survive that they might learn to appreciate proper organization.
Perhaps serving for another person's place?
A rich bastard didn't want to die so he pays someone to do it for him, or they volunteered to take the place of some cinnamon roll. So maybe their doing it out for money or an obligation.
Administratium fuck up.
The dude in some way slighted or pissed off someone in the great beaurcracy who decided to slight him right back. It's not by accident it's on purpose because of some corrupt fuck who will never see comeuppance because nobody double checks his work.
Bonus points for something small or childish, like he took the last bit of recaff one too many times or that sweet adept lass pined over the would-be legionnaire instead of there powerful pusher.
hes from a space marine chapter planet (or any planet without IG battalions) so he joined the penal battalion so he could fight in the IG
a grimdark reverse french foreign legion
Where they transferred there FROM another regiment?
Inappropriate use of an Uplifting Primer
Practicing tuba during an Artillery Barrage
Served decaffeinated recaf to the Supply Clerk
Or were they transferred there from prison?
Aggressive enforcement of "Casual Fridays"
Insufficient jubilation during Victory Parade
Moved copies of the Lectitio Divinitatus to the fiction section
Darn it there was a several-hundred item long list of things on this. "Things guardsman X is no longer allowed to do" or somesuch. I can't find it but it was full of gems like "Not allowed to claim to new recruits that the commissar is a psyker" and "Not allowed to organize a sentinel racing team".
He asked for it, specifically, when he joined. He'd never give a reason, and at first the NCOs didn't take him seriously. He seemed like a normal guardsman and performed his job adequately, took well to the training and the lifestyle, and had a clean disciplinary record. Never had a problem with any of his squad-mates, and his sergeant had nothing negative to say about him.
And yet the guardsman insists he be removed from his unit and placed into a penal battalion. Investigations into his past revealed nothing. He refused to explain his reasoning. He wasn't possessed, he had no mental issues or signs of insanity or delusions. He was quite sane, and always had been.
But he remained insistent. Every now and again, just spaced far apart enough so as to be unobtrusive, he'd resubmit the transfer paperwork. Every single time it was filled out nearly and cleanly with everything in order. All it needed was the commanding officer's approval.
To prove their bravery, wore dress uniform during a frontal assault.
Unfortunately, this qualifies under the same laws as disrespect for the colors, and so it was straight to the penal legion.
A slight error in an Administratum memorandum.
Instead of press-ganging the population of Othar VII, the papers said to press-gang Othar VI for neglecting the guardsman tithe.
Their relutance to do so (after recently shipping ten regiments) was punished by fully converting the planet into a penal world, some orbital bombardment on the biggest cities and then shipping all the adults.
>Aggressive enforcement of "Casual Fridays"
>Practicing tuba during an Artillery Barrage
-Excessive use of 'that's what she said'
-Suspicious amount of winnings from officer poker nights
-Got drunk, went AWOL, joined another division for a time, then went AWOL from said new division
-Performed field repairs of weapon without proper prayer
-Lost bet to Commissar about ability to do a keg stand
-Won bet to Commissar about ability to do a keg stand
-Excessive bumming of cigarettes, surly disposition, bad haircut
-Repeated dress violations: wearing Argyle socks at all opportunities.
-Got drunk, stole potted plants from the officer's barracks then threw said plants at said officers to aid in escape.
>GUARDSMEN! WE MUST ALL LEARN FROM THE ULTRAMARINES, SPIRITUAL LIEGES OF THE ASTARTES, NOBLE SCIONS OF MACRAGGE
>heh, muh crack
>if the blood angels visited them it would be muh fist on muh crack lmao
>Innapropriate use of another regiment quarters (it was empty).
>This meant gambling in their mess and using the hydroponics to plant 'tribal herbs'.
>The final seal in the coffin was defending said activities with grenade launcher.
>see sub-file 84 beta, sections 103-196
Oh yes. It may sound grimderp and over the top, but slips on paperwork can royally fuck things on real life.
Multiply that by a "galaxy" + "war", and there's probably three thousand active regiments resulting from it at any given moment.
To what end would he want to be moved to a penal battalion? Im curious, do they get better stuff? Or is it just mystery?
Im wondering because I like the idea of running an NPC like this but I can't think of a solid reason.
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being sloppy, disobeying orders. losing the infantry uplifting primer. being stupid, just doing something too minor to kill but too bad to be worth flogging. such as assaulting civilians
even weird shit, such as property damage, accidents, theft, pranks and general fuckery.
illegally modifying or constructing weapons out of desperation
yea, but ogryn are at least physically tough enough to survive and enjoy imperial guard.
Meanwhile, having a guy like forest gump in a penal legion would probably later become a lieutenant
plus, it pretty much could go either way. like using mortar shells to dig the latrine pit
A sculpter making statues of the emperor.
Anatomically correct statues of the emperor.
Anatomically correct statues of the emperor, which she then "venerates" in her own way.
Because nobody can actually come to a conclusion whether this is a crime or heresy she gets conscripted just to be sure, without killing her outright.
You know, if the emperor approves, she´ll live.
Nobody gives a shit if you are making some turbopleb's life shitty for petty spite. So long as the collection of heretic heads keeps getting bigger, the names keep getting ticked off the list and the Emperor is worshipped nobody is going to care.
Plus the idea of an unlucky dude and his squad just keep coming back from suicide mission due to shenanigans is nice. And it pissing her off, resulting in more shenanigans from more suicide missions.
He has a gallows humour and all of the sarcasm.
Nothing as insignificant as sending some asshole to a penal legion is going to lose you your position as an Inquisitor. No, going corrupt or insane, or pissing off someone actually important like a High Lord of Terra, that's what it takes to get rid of an Inquisitor.
Nobody in the fucking Imperium cares about commoners.
>Nobody gives a shit if you are making some turbopleb's life shitty for petty spite
If you are so incredibly petty to make your sex slave suffer for his ineptitude you are petty where it counts as well.
Someone who cant control their impulses where it is of no consequence is a liability and unworthy of their rank.
Sanctioned Killsquads with your notification of your loss of status inbound.
Cain is as uncanon as it gets in terms of beleiveability, except for goto where vehicles suddenly change type and everyone has an eldar murderboner.
> No, going corrupt or insane, or pissing off someone actually important like a High Lord of Terra, that's what it takes to get rid of an Inquisitor.
Actually, just two or three inquisitors declaring that you are no longer an inquisitor.
And not even the high lords are beyond an inquisitors judgement, but given their status it will probably an entire conclave with very clear evidence of the lords misdeeds.
A reverse French Foreign legion?
Does that sentence not work or am I just really tired?