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A look at the Sorcerer and the Apostate, character archetypes in Black Crusade
Black Crusade | Published 17 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, each player character starts with an Archetype from which his or her character develops. Last time, we previewed two Archetypes, the Forsaken and the Heretek. This week, let’s take a look at two more, the Sorcerer and the Apostate.

Mastery of Body and Mind

Chaos Space Marine psykers are often referred to as Sorcerers. Many are former Librarians, either from the original Space Marine Legions before the Horus Heresy, or more recent traitors from current Chapters.

The Sorcerer is a remarkably competent individual, as he is both a Chaos Space Marine (and thus a formidable adversary in combat) and a psyker. Due to his multiple genetic enhancements and Space Marine implants, the Sorcerer is more robust than an average psyker, and has a better chance of keeping the energies coursing through him under control. Though this does mean the Sorcerer is slightly less powerful than “unbound” psykers and wyrds, his innate force at arms makes up for any difference in psychic abilities.

Leadership and Persuasion

The Apostate’s powers, on the other hand, stem not from personal combat ability, but the talents to sway the hearts and minds of the enemy. Apostate is a general term for high-ranking leaders of men who have betrayed the Imperium (or were never a part of it in the first place). Now they lead grand armies (or a warband of their peers, for starters) against Humanity, or corrupt it from within as a rotten core in otherwise whole fruit.

To accomplish this, the Apostate’s skill set is focused more towards leadership and persuasion. Although these leaders can become as adept at skill of arms as their fellows, a good Apostate knows it’s always better when someone else is ready to die for you.

Sorcerer Archetype (pdf, 488 MB)
Apostate Archetype (pdf, 568 MB)

Keep checking back for more on Black Crusade!

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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Published: 6/24/2011 7:56:01 AM

minor nitpick. the filesize is incorrect.

You had me going for a second. Did someone link the full core rulebook pdf........lalalalalala wishful thinking

Published: 6/23/2011 10:20:53 PM

Cifer is right, humans seem to have more versitility in their skills based on class, like Deathwatch, most Astartes starting skills are probably standard.  I could see alot of uses for mortal heretics where an Astartes would be too visible.  The Heretek has held my interest for a while and the Apostate seems like it could be very useful in the right situations.


All that said I cannot wait to try the sorcerer.  Given the stated free-form of development the power issue seems easily dealt with and if being Bound means that there is less chance of things going carastrophically wrong that is fine.  On the other hand I hope they have rules for making daemon weapons.  After all any aspiring Chaos Lord needs a weapon worthy of their greatness.

Published: 6/22/2011 4:14:16 AM


Yeah, I remembered that about half an hour after I wrote the post... oh well.



Don't forget that those "classes" are actually "archetypes" - they determine what you begin as, not what you're going to be later on, which is determined by the freely choosable advances. So tell me: What CSM character concept do you have that can't be represented by Forsaken (generic lone warrior), Chosen (Space Marine directly worshipping the Ruinous Powers) or Sorcerer? Every Deathwatch class except for the librarian could be translated into the Forsaken or the Chosen (depending on closeness to Chaos powers) and the librarian becomes the Sorcerer.

Published: 6/22/2011 12:14:16 AM

so does this mean that half of the classes will have you playing as a human? if so this game got a lot less interesting

Lord Dino
Published: 6/21/2011 5:52:24 AM

I hope i can get my groep to at least try this when it gets out though we are haveing loads of fun in dw right now.

ps. I know the pdf's look great but i don't think they are actually half a gigabyte in size.

Published: 6/21/2011 5:05:29 AM

@ Cifer: you're forgetting that a human psyker archetype was previewed with the bonus characters for Broken Chains.

Published: 6/20/2011 4:54:48 PM


IIRC, there are six archetypes in total, meaning that Renegade and Chosen are the only ones left...



When you dedicate yourself to a deity, you get XP discounts for further advancements fitting into its portfolio. Also, certain talents seem to have different effects: A Khornite additional limb gets Tearing while a Slaanesh (or was it Tzeentch?) one is Flexible instead.

Published: 6/20/2011 10:16:34 AM

I would like to see what, if any, bonuses you get for being dedicated to a specific Chaos god. I know one of the pregen characters that they put up for the Free RPG day mod was a Khorne Berzerker, but we don't have a non-berzerker to compare him to, so there is no way to tell. Still, this game is looking really good, and is much more likely to get brought into actual play than RT or DW which still just sit on my shelf while my group plays Dark Heresy.

Magos Seqvirin
Published: 6/20/2011 4:08:03 AM

 If I can get my crew to play Black Crusade, I'm definitely going to play an Apostate. 

Night Lord
Published: 6/19/2011 11:50:31 PM

I think you guys should post what Chosen get next.  OH OH! and, if possible... any kind of Possessed awesomeness.  Keep up the updates, this is getting exciting!

Published: 6/19/2011 7:53:02 PM

Indeed, very pleased.

Night Lord
Published: 6/19/2011 12:03:43 PM

well my friend who is in love with sorcerers will be happy to see this...

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