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Dark Heresy | Published 25 May 2010

by Mack Martin

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Salutations Acolytes!

In this week’s Designer Diary, I have my blessed boltgun aimed squarely at you Game Masters out there! With Dead Stars on shelves, I thought it might be helpful to provide the player handouts from that book for easy download. These handouts are for the GM’s out there, so don’t you players go sneaking a peak—or else you’ll ruin all the surprises!

Click the image above to download the player handouts (pdf, 532 KB)

For those who haven’t been following the Haarlock’s Legacy (or who are thinking of starting it), Dead Stars is the last in a trilogy of adventures that started in Tattered Fates, Continued in Damned Cities, and climaxes in Dead Stars. It’s been a long road of intrigue and adventure that brought us to the precipice of insanity that the Acolytes in your game will soon witness.

So what do you do once the trilogy is complete? Where do you go from here? (Assuming your characters survive, of course!) I would like to present you with three options for continuing your campaign with the events from the Haarlock’s Legacy driving you forward.

Scions of Haarlock: The Haarlock Legacy could have left more behind than the Acolytes will ever know. Discovering the remnants of the legacy or preventing others from uncovering the shards of this once grand power can make for a grand adventure series all on its own. The Acolytes may find that their deeds have created a new villain whose avarice sparks a new dark conspiracy.

Acolytes On The Run: The Acolytes have seen too much, failed in their duty, or succeeded where some wish they had not. The group finds itself on the run from an Inquisitor who isn’t happy with them. Faced with an opponent who can marshall the weight of the Imperium behind him, the Acolytes must go into hiding as the root out secrets powerful enough to topple a giant to it’s knees.

Ascension: Dead Stars is designed for characters who are rank 7 or 8. This adventure can serve as a great jumping off point for an Ascension campaign. The Acolytes have gone their separate ways in the wake of the Haarlock’s Legacy and have become Throne Agents in their own right. Powerful men and women with their own agenda’s and responsibilities it takes something from their past to bring them all back together and prevent the fall of the Calixis Sector.

Thanks for reading, Acolytes. Stay tuned for more Designer Diaries as developments unfold!

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.

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Serimus Bodikan
Published: 9/25/2010 9:48:20 PM

Looking forward to the books involving Ordo Malleus, Guardsmen, and the Arbites/Scum.

Published: 6/22/2010 12:53:20 PM

I have a really hard time actually using the campaign books, I've always just reverted back to my own campaigns. idk, maybe I'm too closed minded.

Published: 6/7/2010 5:02:36 PM

I ran Dead Stars  for ascended charecters and still managed to get 2 of them to burn fate points.

Published: 6/6/2010 4:18:45 PM

Not really following you on the whole car analogy, but ok, yeah sure man.

Published: 5/28/2010 6:12:45 AM

Don´t get me wrong. I am fine with the adventure being "Rank 7-8". Everything else would have been strange. The thing that nags me a little is the misleading announcements of being "suitable for all ranks".  I am simply not found of getting an offer for "a green car" if the car is black. Even if I like black much better AND taking into account that I am not buying cars for their color but for their "inner values".

Published: 5/28/2010 1:47:06 AM

 Can I just say that FFG and their Dark Heresy team are just excellent with providing player handouts like this. The support is exceptional. And that's ignoring the fact that their adventures are brilliant...

And I'm actually really glad the adventure is tailored to high-ranking characters - if your Inquisitor sends you after perhaps the deepest, darkest secret of the Calixis Sector when you're an inexperienced acolyte, then you will die. Quickly, and gruesomely. If you're lucky. Period.  Which, hmm, gives me an idea for some extra bodies to place around...

Published: 5/27/2010 2:25:52 AM

Nice and helpfull. What can I say just downoad it. :)

Published: 5/26/2010 5:45:54 AM

"Intended for Rank 7 and 8". Wasn´t the annoucement of DS including the line "suitable for all ranks"?  Don´t get me wrong, I am fine with Rank 7 and 8. I am no huge fan of this "one-size-to-fit-all" thing. But they could have tagged into onto it to begin with

Published: 5/25/2010 8:55:38 PM

 Another week with no information on future products?  Tsk Tsk

Mr. Grimace
Published: 5/25/2010 7:16:20 PM

 Looking forward to future DH products. (hint)

Published: 5/25/2010 5:39:03 PM

Hmmm, a temptation to actually pick up a published adventure series.

Published: 5/25/2010 2:00:21 PM

My thanks. I fully intend to incorporate the legacy as a common thread.

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