|Dark Heresy | Published 27 January 2010|
+++Incoming Astropathic Transmission+++
Greetings, Dark Heresy fans!
This week, I am going to dive into one of my favorite sections of Ascension that deals with what are called “Ascended Careers.” Ascension introduces another tier onto the original eight ranks of Dark Heresy, extending the total amount to 16 full ranks that a character can climb. The Ascended Careers make up the second half of that total, presenting the character with a number of ways to serve the Inquisition at a higher level.
Ascended Careers are something a character earns after his time as an Acolyte. Previously in Dark Heresy, when a character reached Rank 8, there was no higher he could climb. In Ascension, such a character can attain an Ascended Career and become a Throne Agent.
However, this event does not simply happen overnight! It may take many months or years of special training, cleansing of the mind and body, or even an encounter with the shadowy Officio Assassinorum before such a character is ready to begin his duties as a Throne Agent.
To represent this separation, Ascension introduces a new element named “Transition Packages.” A Transition Package is a way to represent the challenges, trials, and triumphs your character has gone through in order to emerge as a trusted member of the Holy Ordos themselves.
After you select your Transition Package, the character is ready to begin his Ascended Career, and Ascension provides a very large variety of such options: there are 12 full Ascended Careers in the book, a list of which is provided below!
|Crusader||Death Cult Assassin|
|Storm Trooper||Vindicare Assassin|
Interrogators and Inquisitors
“I come to set straight that which is twisted; to cleanse that which is unclean; to judge he who is guilty; to punish he who has sinned. These things I do in the name of the most Holy God-Emperor of Mankind, and I do them gladly.”
–The ‘Missive to the Damned’, issued by Lady Garielle of the Ordo Hereticus by way of planet-wide vox-cast, upon her arrival on Fenksworld
As the lead developer for Ascension, one thing I was very keen on was to provide Dark Heresy players with the option of taking on the role of a full Inquisitor right from the start. With the exception of the Tech-Priest (who gets his own Ascended Career with the Magos!), all of the Dark Heresy Careers have the potential to become an Interrogator or Inquisitor in Ascension.
The powers and responsibilities of the Ascended Careers are a good fit for the retinue of an Inquisitor of the Holy Ordos, including the Interrogator Ascended Career. Interrogators are, in a way, “apprentice Inquisitors,” learning the ways of the Ordos under the direction of their master. Some Interrogators are quickly raised up to the rosette and become a full Inquisitor in short order (in Ascension, this is represented by a number of Transition Packages).
The investiture of an Inquisitor is a significant event, so I knew that we needed to make the Interrogator a valid Career option as well for those players who would prefer to roleplay the acquisition of their rosette during the course of their campaign. Therefore, you will find some options for a Throne Agent to begin as an Interrogator and eventually become an Inquisitor when the time is right. This way, the book allows for multiple approaches to becoming an Inquisitor, and you can choose the path that works best for your Dark Heresy campaign!
Ascension Wallpaper #1
As a special bonus, this week you can find the first of four special Ascension wallpapers on the Dark Heresy support page! Enjoy!
The Next Step
Stay tuned to the FFG website for more exciting details about Ascension and other upcoming Dark Heresy books. While Ascension is an amazing sourcebook that lets you experience Dark Heresy in a whole new way, that does not mean it replaces Dark Heresy, nothing could be further from the truth. We have an unbelievable schedule of Dark Heresy books lined up that will have your acolytes adventuring for years to come.
Dark Heresy is a roleplaying game set in the Warhammer 40,000 universe, a setting in the grim darkness of the far future. Players take on the roles of Acolytes serving the Inquisition, rooting out heresy and corruption from within the galaxy-spanning Imperium of Man.
I hope we're not going to have a repeat Radical's Handbook then. When you say those twelve are they all going to be in print? Or are you going to leave three out on a whim and release them as a PDF?
I'm happy to wait to ensure all twelve are there, as clearly FFG needs some extra time for editing and ensuring the content of what they send off to print.
Vindicare Assassin is more than enough reason for me to be eager for this book ;). Ever sense I saw the art for this character type I have had some ideas for a PC.
Having heard the interview with Ross on the D6 generation podcast I'm even more excited about this release. More information about the three Ordos is welcome indeed. And to finally get to see some of the previously hinted at lesser Ordos will be great. The chapter on "ascended villains" should also be a nice treat. The only thing that bothers me is that I don't have the book in my hands already.
This is very good news. The book seems to be very close to what I wanted, closer than I had hoped in fact. It will end up in my bookshelf and (more importantly) in my games.
I predict another month and a half to two months.
Or, about 2-3 weeks after we see a picture of all the crates sitting in their offices! :P
OMG i cant wait. its gonna be so cool. im gonna have to buy this
Very good interview on the D6 Generation podcast.
I agree that there is little chance of us seeing commissars in any of the 3 planned RPGs for 40K, which is a huge f'n shame. However, there was a Commissar in Shattered Hope (with no stats however) and we have Chaliced Commissars in IHB.
Still, I can always hope (and complain,there is always room to complain!)
13 April 2010, says amazon
Don't expect to see Commisars in an Inquisition themed game, Peacekeeper. They serve a purpose in the Departmento Munitorum and with the Imperial Guard/Navy but as far as the Inquisition is concerned they are relatively useless except possibly as uninformed pawns and tools. Let's just hope this one is not 6 months late like Haarlock 2 was.
Time to wait two months. Real time to wait 6 months.