News for April 2010
Chapters of the Deathwatch, Part 4 31
The Fourth Chapter is revealed!
Deathwatch | Published 16 April 2010

Greetings, Deathwatch fans!

One thing about creating a new game in a setting that you love: sometimes it is difficult to be patient! I am really looking forward to going more in-depth with details about the setting, the new mechanics, and all the other great stuff you will find inside the Deathwatch RPG. In the upcoming weeks I (and the other members of the “Project Iceberg” design team) will have a lot to say about such things as Renown, Power Armour Histories, Missions, Watch Fortress Erioch, the Omega Vault, and much, much more.

The Crusade in the Jericho Reach musters troops from across the galaxy, and no Crusade would be complete without Space Marines from the Black Templars Chapter. A successor Chapter to the Imperial Fists, the Black Templars have a long and glorious record of engaging the foes of Man in fierce assaults. These solemn and zealous Battle-Brothers bring faith and fury to the Deathwatch, and author Andy Hoare tells us more about who they are below:

The Black Templars

“To the darkness, I bring fire. To the ignorant, I bring faith. Those who welcome these gifts may live, but I will visit naught but death and eternal damnation on those who refuse them.”
–Chaplain Grimaldus

After the Great Heresy, Rogal Dorn, primarch of the Imperial Fists, resisted the breaking up of the Legions into smaller Chapters. It was only when the Imperial Fists were branded heretics that Dorn relented, allowing his beloved Legion to be subdivided into Chapters. One of the new Chapters born of this time was the Black Templars.

To prove his loyalty to the Emperor, the first Chapter Master of the Black Templars—the High Marshal Sigismund—assembled a massive war fleet and began the greatest Space Marine Crusade in the history of the Imperium. It has lasted for 10,000 years.

Eschewing the establishment of a home world, the Black Templars took to the stars in a mighty war fleet. Rather than constructing a single Chapter fortress-monastery as most Space Marine Chapters do, the Black Templars determined to establish a chapter keep upon each world they conquered, to keep watch for treachery, to stage future Crusades, and to recruit new Battle-Brothers.

The ten-millennia-long Crusade of the Black Templars has seen its warriors embroiled in some of the most momentous conflicts ever to engulf the Imperium. The High Marshals have followed the example of their founder and taken the fight to the realms of the alien, the heretic, and the witch. The Black Templars are crusaders, holy warriors battling to bring the truth and light of the Emperor to the unconquered worlds of the galaxy. With bolt shell and chainsword, the Black Templars convert the benighted to the light of the Master of Mankind and destroy those who refuse to welcome his truth. Each Crusade is directed by the will of the Marshal in command, and each is despatched by the decree of the High Marshal of the Black Templars to fulfil their prime mission to cleanse the stars.

When not engaged in battle, the brethren of the Black Templars are invariably to be found preparing for it. They pass their time in prayer and meditation, or engaged in exacting training rituals. Those Initiates entrusted with the training of a Neophyte spend long hours passing on their knowledge to their young pupil and supervising endless drills, practice sessions, and trials. The brethren frequently impose upon themselves many hardships, foregoing all but the bare necessities in order to purify themselves in the eyes of the Emperor and their primarch, and to emulate the example of their founder Sigismund.

When serving alongside the Battle-Brothers of other Space Marine Chapters, many Black Templars prepare themselves through long fasts and week-long vigils in order to tolerate the presence of Space Marine librarians. For those who serve in the Deathwatch, fighting alongside a brother Space Marine who wields psychic power is a particular hardship, a trial they must undergo in order to serve the Emperor more fully and to strike down the hated alien. For this reason, great care is undertaken when selecting a Black Templar for secondment to the Deathwatch, for only a brother able to contain his deep-seated intolerance will be able to fight to his full capacity. Despite this, even these individuals are likely to pass every hour not spent fighting in deep contemplation and prayer, often cloistering themselves away from their fellow Deathwatch Space Marines in a personal shrine to the Emperor, Dorn, and Sigismund.

Forward, Battle-Brothers!

Join me next week as we explore the fifth Space Marine Chapter for Deathwatch!

Deathwatch is a roleplaying game in which players take on the roles of the bio-engineered super-soldiers known as Space Marines. United with their battle-brothers, players will complete extraordinary missions involving some of the greatest heroes and deadliest opponents the Warhammer 40,000 universe has to offer.

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Published: 4/22/2010 12:16:49 PM

Black Templars are a pretty popular non codex chapter, it only makes sense. What chapters aren't there in the main book at first, you know  they'll add more later through supplements.  A players guide in the future will most definatly have more chapters in it. The Blood Angels will certainly be there as the Gene seed of Sanguinus has yet to be represented.

Published: 4/21/2010 6:19:50 AM

 Actually there are plenty of instances where space marines have worked with the eldar and in the first edition Tau book an imperial fist marine was part of a diplomatic envoy in order to stop them encroaching into imperial space. So theres plenty of scope for alien interaction marines arnt all arse kicking their just 99%. 

Published: 4/20/2010 6:24:13 AM

Oh you gotta be kidding me.......

Let's see you've got Space Wolves, Ultramarines, Dark Angels, Black Templars......

Has someone forgotten the scions of Sanguinius?  Honestly there ain't no respect these days for the guys who held the main gates during the Siege of Terra. 

Tarnis Phoenix
Published: 4/19/2010 4:32:34 PM


Since when have you known Space Marines to become diplomatic to aliens?

Published: 4/19/2010 3:44:39 PM

I'm not real sure what fluff you're talking about, Baronlveagh but I can certainly see the Templars working with the Inquisition.

True, they have no Librarians in their ranks because of their innate hatred of all things Psyker, but we're not talking about them making man-love to a Radical Xanthite inquisitor; we're talking about them working with other exemplars of the Imperium to purge the foul xenos from the galaxy.

There's already precedent for the Templars having a strong anti-Xeno outlook; After all, our beloved High Marshall is chasing down one big green and ugly bugger, isn't he?

Besides; the Deathwatch (and Inquisition-at-large) recruits personnel with unique talents to wage their wars - regardless of whether those talents are psychic abilities, contacts within certain critical sectors, or 'just' an uncanny knack for rooting out the foulest of creatures from their hidey-holes.

If anything, I think including the Black Templars is a phenomenal idea, because now there's another view on why we should hunt aliens, and what aliens we should hunt.  Ultramarines hunt the 'Nids for the destruction they have wrought (and all aliens because it's what they should do).  I can see the Space Wolf brethren looking for 'the next big kill' - always striving to push their killteam to go after the bigges,t nastiest most glorious battles.  Dark Angels?  They're easy - the Fallen manipulate anyone and anything, including xenos when necessary; they'd always be on the look-out for any whiff of the Fallen , both to guide other Dark Angels in, and steer the Inquisition away.  As for the Black Templars, we're there to ensure that our battle brothers show proper, righteous hatred for the heretic, the daemon and the xeno. 

Not to mention to give a little extra zeal to hunting down xeno-witches.

Just my two cents.

Published: 4/19/2010 12:17:35 PM

Glad to see the Black Templars in.  I was kind of worried that they would be a supplement to come later.  I'm still holding out hope to see rules for creating your own chapters or mod one to reflect your favorite.  I know some of my players want to do a White Scar story line.

Published: 4/19/2010 5:31:10 AM

This has surprised me - I genuinely thought that FFG would be restricting themselves to first founding Chapters. But it does make sense: Black Templar Geneseed is (pretty much) the same as Imperial Fist Geneseed, so if you want an Imperial Fist or Crimson Fist character, you just switch up the name of your character's chapter.

My thinking was that the base characteristics of every Space Marine would be defined by their Geneseed, in the same way that Homeworld defines much of the base characteristics and traits of a Dark Heresy Character. So to me it made sense to stick with the first founding chapters.

What FFG have done though is actually more logical: there are more Black Templars than many other chapters, so it makes sense quite a few of them will make it into the Deathwatch. And like I say, if you want an Imperial Fist, use a Black Templar template.  

It also opens the door to the next couple of Deathwatch chapters being non first founding chapters too: they could have the same geneseed as, say the White Scars or Salamanders, while not actually being from these chapters. Perhaps one of the remaining DW character chapters will be a totally new chapter, created just for FFG. Now that would be cool!

Published: 4/18/2010 1:37:02 PM

 Mortifecators could be possible after all thats what chapter battle brother Artimes belong to. Of course thats only if my memory is right.

Published: 4/18/2010 6:37:27 AM

Grandmikus yeah that why  CS goto is not writing anymore books at the min for gamesworkshop that and there was not that good as well. i still have my figer crossed for Imperial Fists as there was the frist space maries I saw all the more years back

Published: 4/18/2010 1:24:40 AM

Personally, I want some Mantis Warrior love.  No idea if they actually belong in the Deathwatch based on previous fluff, but that's the chapter I want to play as a Space Marine.  Its a BIG long shot, I know, but a guy can hope.

Published: 4/17/2010 1:43:17 PM

But you know CS goto has KHORN SORCCERERS, land raiders transforming into razorbacks and eldar aspect warriors that make souvenirs out of their own helmets

Published: 4/17/2010 11:44:26 AM

BT are ok and so are the others mentioned so far. For me my final six would have to from the following:-  Iron Hands ;Blood Angels; White Scars; Iron Snakes; Salamanders; Raven Guard; Imperial Fists and various Fisters;  and not forgetting the lethal bringers of girm dark, the Exorcists. 

a couple of the above would be nice.....

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