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A look at the Forsaken and the Heretek, character archetypes in Black Crusade
Black Crusade | Published 02 June 2011

Black Crusade, an upcoming roleplaying game that offers players a new perspective on the conflict between the Imperium of Man and the forces of Chaos, will be on store shelves in the third quarter of 2011. Today, we’re pleased to present a few pages from the book itself, along with an overview from its lead designer!

Hello, Black Crusade fans! In Black Crusade, the player characters have unrivaled freedom in their advancements and abilities. However, they still need a place to start, and that’s where the Archetypes come in. This week, we’d like to preview two of the eight character Archetypes in the upcoming Black Crusade Core Rulebook, and we figured what better way to do that than show you their entries?

Resourceful Outcasts

Amongst the Chaos Space Marines, there are those who shun the company of their fellows. Some may have run afoul of others within their former warbands and been forced to flee. Others may have struck out on their own by choice. Regardless, these outcasts, sometimes referred to as Forsaken, are hardy and resourceful individuals, even amongst other Chaos Space Marines. They are used to relying only on themselves, and operate accordingly.

Although some may portray Forsaken as loners, many are still willing to work within a warband. A Forsaken is not adverse to working with others, although he almost always has his own motives for doing so. So long as his goals and those of the warband coincide, they have a skilled warrior as an ally.

Masters of Technology

The Heretek is a broad descriptor for a diverse group of individuals; fallen or corrupted Tech-Priests who have forsaken their vows to Mars.

Whether the Heretek is a lone member of the Adeptus Mechanicus gone rogue, or an inhabitant of one of the corrupted Forge worlds such as Samech or the Hollows, he is almost certainly a master of technology.

Hereteks are essential allies of any warband, as they have the ability to repair and maintain equipment as well as dominate technology. However, anyone who assumes a Heretek is a mere supporting character is in for a rude awakening. Hereteks control potent and arcane technologies, and more importantly, are uniquely able to push those technologies to their limits. Electricity, magnetism, and even gravity are all subjects to the whims of a powerful Heretek.

Forsaken Archetype (pdf, 572 KB)
Heretek Archetype (pdf, 576 KB)

Read the pages linked above to learn about these upcoming character Archetypes, then visit our newly updated Black Crusade website!

Black Crusade 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 Disciples of the Dark Gods, working against the rule of the galaxy-spanning Imperium of Man and in pursuit of personal glory.

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Night Lord
Published: 6/2/2011 8:18:46 PM

wait.  It's promised in summer on the "Upcoming" page.  Why does it say "3rd quarter" here?

I'm confused and sad at this slight turn of events.


Published: 6/2/2011 7:17:01 PM

I would not be suprised if there are full traitor legion space marines, but they would take a serious hit to skills and talents. If the Forsaken is the only CSM class, then it's still quite useable.

Night Lord
Published: 6/2/2011 7:14:42 PM

And the Gods said "Let there be light."  and it totally kicked ass.

Published: 6/2/2011 5:42:54 PM

 Is this the first look at the actual cover? Looks nice.

Published: 6/2/2011 5:36:52 PM

Very interesting concept.  I noticed that Forsaken don`t start with Power Armour or Bolters.  Mind you, if you have been kicked out of the Imperium, then kicked out of your Legion, then kicked out of your warband and are all alone on some wasteland planet, it seems appropriate to be dressed in rags with only a shotgun slung on your back. Kudos to the writers of FF for coming up with such a clever way to balance Characters.  I wonder if Forsaken will still get Unnatural toughness to make them comparable to Deathwatch Space Marines. 

Sgt Hack
Published: 6/2/2011 3:55:06 PM

Death to the Corpse-God

Looks amazing.

Published: 6/2/2011 2:14:57 PM

Loking interesting. Too bad Weapon Training is still a talent and not a skills. As said by Decessor.

Published: 6/2/2011 1:18:17 PM

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Published: 6/2/2011 1:10:49 PM

Looks interesting. I have to laugh though -- a servo skull minion sounds like an underwhelming thing to spend XP on.

Published: 6/2/2011 12:38:35 PM

I'm okay with Parry being a skill. +20 and talented in it plus a balanced weapon sounds good to me. ;) Fitting for a master swordsman.

The articles add to my impression that Black Crusade could work out very, very nicely indeed.

Published: 6/2/2011 12:15:48 PM

Cant wait - bring it on - burn the Emperor !  

Published: 6/2/2011 12:02:57 PM

Hmm... Parry appears to be a skill now.

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