a reply to: mobiusmale
OH FOR PITIES SAKE!
They are talking about the Space Wolves, and some of the fantasy characters as well, aren't they? I have to say, while I support the work of PETA on
ACTUAL animal abuse, I cannot get behind their attitude toward Games Workshops figurines.
On the subject of the capacity of characters in the Fantasy version of the WH universe, to create synthetic fibres, you would be entirely correct.
They do not possess the ability to create synthetic fibres of any kind, petrochemical based or otherwise.
However, in the 40K universe, which is set in the grim darkness of the far future, the age of technology has spawned not only the capacity to create
many synthetic fibres, but powered armour, incredible weapons which mesh technology and warp magics, and a whole host of other crazy things. That
being said, those who DO wear hides, tend to cut them from the corpses of beasts which represent a threat to human kind, either on the homeworld of
the wearer, or in some cases, on their journey through the galaxy. Some creatures in the 40K universe wear the flesh of those who have fallen before
them in battle, so you will occasionally see capes made of human flesh hanging from the shoulders of a warrior, or bandoliers of skulls slung around
their waist, as well as animal pelts.
The issue however, is that the hides worn by warriors are earned in some way, mostly by killing the beast from which they came either as part of a
battle, or to protect oneself from the beast in question. For example, in the Saga of Ragnar Blackmane, he gets his nickname (Blackmane) by killing a
Fenrisian wolf with nothing more than a rudimentary spear, made of a stick and a stone head I believe, and taking its pelt for survival in the harsh
mountains around the Space Wolf base, The Fang. He has to do this to survive, because part of the initiation into the Space Wolves, is a grueling trek
across the frozen wastes of Fenris. It is basically the last big test before one is given ones power armour, bolt gun, and sent off to punch the
enemies of the Emperor in the teeth. Failure to kill the beast and wear its skin, would have made his journey far more likely to end in his death.
What is more, not all planets in the Empire distribute technology equally amongst the residents.
For example, the Space Wolves live on the planet Fenris. But they do not live there alone. There are regular humans living on that planet as well,
not just genetically modified super soldiers. The Space Wolves have access to technology, weapons, armour all advanced beyond anything we know today.
But the unaugmented humans living on Fenris do not have access to that technology. They hunt sea creatures for food and materials with which to build
their homes, and indeed some elements of their hunting ships. They are much like Vikings in space, in terms of their technological capacity. These
people have to kill to eat, because Fenris is a cold place, where little grows from the ground. Most food comes from what can be hunted, and lacking
technology, the regular citizens of Fenris lack the capacity to build clothing or shelter from plastics.