|Who you calling monkey? Ook!|
For those of you for whom Rogue Trader is just someone you don't want gravelling your driveway; the Jokaero were introduced in the original 40k rule book as a simian alien species that bore close resemblance to Orangutans (page 197 for those that do own the hallowed tome). Like many things from those heady and let's face it, slightly wacky days, they were very soon cast aside but their legacy has lingered on through various bits of fluff.
In Rogue Trader it was suggested that they may have been altered/created by the Slann, although this is now the Old Ones in the later developed game mythology and appeared to have an innate, genetically structured understanding of technology.
They are capable of tremendous feats of engineering, construction and problem solving; they can literally adapt almost any piece of machinery into another form and purpose. This enigmatic race wander the Universe in large family groups utilising a highly advanced form of interstellar travel which is described as being able to transcend warp space.
Although the original text stated that they had no language, culture, or motivation higher than survival and was fairly clear that they could not be communicated with or controlled; later mentions of the race have suggested otherwise.
In Ian Watsons Inquisition War trilogy, they were designated an Imperial Protectorate suggesting that the Imperium tolerates and even defends their existence in return for their advanced technology. Jokaero Digital Weapons could be seen as evidence of this cooperation.
Later more established cannon suggests a language; the Necron codex stating that 'Artemorra' was the Jokaero name for the C'tan known as the Deceiver.
They've even managed a couple of nods in Black Library classics such as Horus Rising, where Horus includes them as a race faced during The Great Crusade and Xenos, book one of the Eisenhorn trilogy mentions a Jokaero light sculpture; can we take from these that Dan Abnett is a fan of the cosmic Ape?
Whilst in the region of the Heresy I'd like to touch on a more than a passing similarity between the Interex's allies the Kinebrach and the Jokaero, both simian, orange furred with blue/black skin and makers of very advanced technology. Could they be one and the same? Is the Anathame blade ultimate payback for the destruction of the Rain Forests? I think it would be poetic justice if one of the pivotal moments of 40k history came down to a small entry in Rogue Trader, considered by many to be a joke...or is that Jokaero?
|The *alleged* Weaponsmith poached from Natfka's Faeit 212 blog|
Anyway, bad Esperanto aside, I for one am very happy to see them return, if it is indeed true and not some elaborate April Fools plot. Sure they'll have a Marmite factor amongst players; but their inclusion and the recent release of the aliens of the Dark Eldar Beastmasters suggest GW slowly opening up the 40k verse again. For too long it has relied on the same key races being reinvented (albeit successfully) to keep our interest; this in detriment to the vast potential of a galaxy spanning gaming platform.
And who doesn't want the chance to shout "Take your stinking paws off me you damned dirty ape!"
Pictures used 'The Librarian' by Paul Kidby, copyright Terry Pratchett & Lynn Pratchett & Paul Kidby. Digital Weapon and Weaponsmith, copyright Games Workshop Limited 2000-2011