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Man, nothing's quite as great as refreshing the thread and seeing something you wrote posted.
This was the really bad rough of the banner. Original notes:
This is a complete mess. I haven't slept. The banner's too wide. I drew it on a soft surface, freehand instead of with a ruler. I used a dull pencil. Hell, I don't even have my scanner hooked up, so I used a webcam. But I had to get this down before I forgot it.
A hypothetical proposal for the Emperor's Nightmare Fifth Company banner.
The details, as I envisioned them, in no particular order.
1: A golden owl perched atop the banner.
2: WATCHER - SLEEPER - DREAMER, symbolizing the body of the Emperor's ranks. On the left side, a Watcher, clear lines of fatigue beneath his open eye. On the right, a Sleeper, eyes closed to the Materium, and yet still armed to protect Man in his sleep. A Dreamer above, his eyes closed but a third eye radiant upon his forehead. And above, a stylized sunburst, and IMPERATOR. Watcher, Sleeper, and Dreamer, and the Emperor over all. The tips of their blades just meet, but never rise higher than, the sunbeam.
3: Golden cord at the top corners of the banner, not unlike the edges of a flying carpet, a subtle callout to 1,001 Arabian nights.
4: A stylized five in the center, with the helm of an astartes in the midst.
There were a few good ideas for it suggested:
Consider the Latin translations for more "High Gothic" feel:
> I watch - I sleep - I dream
vigilo - dormio - somnio
> Watcher - Sleeper - Dreamer
servator - dormitator - somnitator