News for November 2010
A Solitary Purpose 13
A Designer Diary for Blood of Martyrs, an upcoming Dark Heresy supplement
Dark Heresy | Published 03 November 2010

Salutations Acolytes!

The release of Blood of Martyrs (the upcoming supplement for Dark Heresy) draws ever nearer. Last time, I gave you a glimpse at the new options for portraying Adepta Sororitas in your Dark Heresy games. The Sisters of Battle are certainly an iconic part of the Ecclesiarchy, but there is so much more. From the Frateris Militia to the Redemptionist cults, the Adeptus Ministorum is one of the most varied groups to be encountered in the Warhammer 40k setting. So what brings all of these men and women together when called upon by powers outside the Ecclesiarchy such as an Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor?

Cell Directives. An acolyte cell in service of an Inquisitor can be a scalpel or a hammer, and it is the Inquisitor’s task to forge such tools. The Inquisitor makes use of acolytes as he sees fit, often assembling each group with a single purpose in mind. It is therefore not uncommon for acolytes to learn from one another or to receive special training from their Inquisitor to suit that purpose.

Acolyte Cells may choose to use (or be required by their Inquisitor) a Cell Directive. It functions similarly to an Elite Advance table in many ways, but applies to the player characters as a team rather than an individual. The group must meet a list of requirements and pay an induction cost in experience to form a Cell under the auspices of a Cell Directive. Each member of the group immediately gains access to a special ability and an Elite Advance table.

One such Cell Directive is a Hereticus Retinue. These acolytes are often called upon by their Inquisitor to accompany him into battle and are prepared at a moment’s notice to bring faith and fire against the enemy within. The Hereticus Retinue must contain a member of the Ecclesiarchy (usually a Cleric, but an Adepta Sororitas will certainly do), and upon their Induction, each acolyte gains an appropriate Hatred talent of his choice. They also gain access to an Elite Advance table that includes many of the skills a warrior needs (such as Dodge), insuring that even low-ranking Adepts are prepared for the battles ahead!

Join me next time for a look at Expanded Faith Powers, and keep watching at your local retailer; Blood of Martyrs will be on shelves soon!

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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Ignace Zane
Published: 11/3/2010 1:13:38 PM

 can't wait!!

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