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Navigator Raan Jaani

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Raan Jaani of the Navis Nobilte house Mahdavi.

Mahdavi navigators are from a unique strain that is only manifests in females and always with the same mutations:

Blue to grey skin, a pair of extra arms and materium blindedness (they can only see the world as it is reflected by warp energy similar to a bat's sonar. thus they typically are acompanied at all times by a retinue of sanctioned psyker slaves who are blinded out of respect to the navigator's station.)

Among other eccentricities Madhavi navigators wear only head-coverings out of consideration to their ship-mates, in an attempt to emphasize the danger of their third eye.

One other item of note, it is a sacrilege for House Mahdavi navigator's to touch the ground. While this bit of legalism is widely interpreted it at the very least means from birth Mahdavi girls never touch the bare flesh of their heels against solid ground. While in some cases this means the Navigator is never without a human palanquin less dogmatic interpretation by some navigators means they merely put on full attire when planet side including especially thick soled boots.

And for any of you that like that kind of thing the first draft is here...

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40kwarlordProfessional General Artist
F-Four arms? She's got four arms?
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
And blue skin.

All Naviis Nobilite houses have their mutations. I'm sure hers has a higher level of scrutiny from the Inquisition. But when you control the flow of trade people will whisper rather than shout the word heresy.
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40kwarlordProfessional General Artist
I see.
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Magnificent work!
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
Thanks!
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LordSiaHobbyist Artist
Lovely concept - Navigators are always fascinating, as are Psykers and Abhumans. In particular, I enjoy exploring that ever shifting line between "acceptable" and "unacceptable" - how much mutation is "too much"? Why should more physically obvious traits be accepted whereas minor quirks are shunned and even lynched?
Hm, need more data... Busy with new ship design method. If successful, will implement on all currently manufactured designs.
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dukeletoHobbyist Digital Artist
maybe a better concept for a Slaaneshi witch?
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dukeletoHobbyist Digital Artist
very cool concept, tho I doubt even Navis Nobilite would get away with this one!
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
Extra limbs and odd skin colour are already random mutations for the Naviis Nobilite in FFG's Rogue Trader. The only liberty I took was the materium blindedness. So in so much as playing the RT game it's within the tolerances of begrudged tolerance.
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dukeletoHobbyist Digital Artist
really?? I need to read more of the Dark Heresy sourcebooks (or more carefully!) they've strayed somewhat from established 40K canon, then :-p
I haven't played the game yet, used to enjoy Inquisitor, despite it's frightfully clunky rules. Really need to find some people to play it.
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soulfreezeHobbyist Artist
oh no, all mutants must be burned...wait, she can guide us through the Empyrean?
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well carry on then.
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
Monolithic Theocracies are so wacky!
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soulfreezeHobbyist Artist
So INCREDIBLY wacky.
...

Some might say...Un-Natural.
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hexatomicHobbyist General Artist
Wow, I really like this concept and the background of the house. I'll be playing the Navigator in a friend's RT game for the first time and might crib your background as a rival house to my character's or one she's offered a slight in the past.
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
Cool!
GuiltyFlare's avatar
if they were not navigators they would have been put to the torch for the horrible mutations,
Death to the mutant
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
Between the Navis Nobilite and the Adeptus Mechanicus... if it wasn't for heresy the Imperium of Man would be incapable of... uhm... fighting heresy.
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a 4 armed Navigator, humm!!! my sisters would happily purge such a disgusting travesty to the human form.
come into the fire and be pure
precinctomega's avatar
I think you mean "only carried on the x chromosome", but apart form that, very cool.
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
Crap. You're right. Will fix...
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ImortisStudent Digital Artist
How are you not an employee of Fantasy Flight Games yet??
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd be happy just to freelance for them.
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ImortisStudent Digital Artist
With your designs with added lore, you could totally fit into there.
Have you tried applying for them?
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dForrestHobbyist Traditional Artist
I send them samples about every 4 months.
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