Imagine a space marine chapter which has lost contact with most of the Imperium (in particular, with Mars and other forge worlds) for centuries or even millenia, or a chapter which has fallen out with the Adeptus Mechanicus and can no longer send techmarines to it for training.

Assuming such a chapter had a well-staffed, knowledgeable Armoury to start with, is it possible for its techmarines to train new techmarines? Simply take the battle brothers who would normally be sent to Adeptus Mechanicus for training, and train them fully within the Armoury itself.

Assume the techmarines and the entire chapter are pragmatic enough to not care about the formal/ritualistic aspect of things, as long as the end result functions fully equivalently to a "standard" techmarine.

I've seen the related question on obscure chapters obtaining techmarines, but that (and its answer) are geared towards "how to get to the Adeptus Mechanicus when you normally can't", while I'm more interested in "what do you do when you really can't."

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    I look forward to hearing answers for this. If I had to guess, I'd say they could in extremis, but it would be interesting to know if that would result in divergent cults over time. – Vanguard3000 Jul 8 '19 at 14:55
  • while the question posed is interesting, id like to comment about the situation. A chapter is super reliant on the mechanicum, even the carcharodons who are super disconecter have close ties to the mechanicum and have meetups with them. it is unsustainable for a chapter to exist without any connection to the mechanicum for long. – Nino Memelink Jul 9 '19 at 6:52

What happens on Mars stays on Mars

I've never read about any Techmarine teaching a novice to become a full Techmarine. He would probably pass on small pieces of information to his brothers if necessary but not everything. They spend decades training, 40 or 50 years I believe, day-in, day-out.

I know they flat out refuse to talk about their time on Mars (or whatever forge world they train on, they can't all make it to Mars). Obviously whatever happens on Mars is serious business and they would not duplicate the process somewhere else, without the Mechanicus's permission.

For the sake of argument though:

Could they? Probably.

Would they? No.

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