Knives of the Scarus Sector
He handed me a twin-edged glevil to try for weight…Nayl shrugged, and handed me a hand-long ferichute to try instead…He balanced an inlaid severaka in his hand, and flipped it a couple of times.
-Dan Abnett, Pariah
The Scarus Sector, to a far greater extent than many of the adjacent Sectors within the Halo fringes of the Segmentum Obscurus, has a fine tradition of blade combat. For the most part, the only aspects of this tradition that are admitted to in polite society are those involving the noble art of duelling with a sword; but there is also a secret, far less glamorous history of combat with a short blade or knife.
The Scarus Sector is awash with knives, in a bewildering variety of forms and shapes. Most Imperial citizens carry some kind of cutting implement for general utility work and self defence. Many become extremely skilled in their use.
Set out below are three examples of knives from the Scarus Sector. They are not necessarily a representative sample, but rather a loose introduction to the wide variety of exotic blades available.
The glevil is a slim triangular dagger with a double edged blade. Its appearance is not particularly threatening, but like all triangular daggers, the stab wounds it inflicts are far harder to treat than those of more traditional knives; the shape of the wound makes it difficult to close: wounds inflicted with a glevil often cause a victim to bleed out. However the knife's razor sharp edge and unusual shape make it a poor general purpose utility knife.
Notes: the glevil has an identical profile to the standard knife set out on page 139 of the Dark Heresy Core Rulebook. However, its triangular blade inflicts wounds which the human body struggles to heal, and which are more difficult to treat. All Tests to treat blood loss injuries inflicted by a glevil are increased in difficulty by one step; thus staunching blood is a Hard (-20) rather than a Difficult (-10) Test.
The ferichute is a small leaf-shaped general purpose utility knife that resembles the seax of ancient Terra. It is a handy and useful blade for most tasks, and its fine balance makes it a solid throwing knife.
Notes: the ferichute has an identical profile to the standard knife set out on page 139 of the Dark Heresy Core Rulebook. However, it is well balanced as a throwing weapon, so its throwing range is increased to 5m.
The severaka is typically an ornamental knife, created in respectful imitation of the beautiful vendetta knives routinely created by the great navigator houses as part of their endless ongoing series of feuds and conflicts. Such vendetta knives are usually created by hired artisans for purely symbolic purposes as part of an expression of hatred between Navigators, more as a statement of intent than to be of any practical use. They are long, thin, tapering folding knives, whose blade is typically decorated with the name of the intended victim. Once the victim is disposed of (usually by assassination by a third party) the vendetta knife is snapped in half, and the blade worn as a trinket by the victorious navigator. The severaka is a Scaran version of such a vendetta blade; the habit of decorating blades with the names of enemies has not taken off outside the Navis Nobilite, but many collectors value the intrinsic beauty of these objects.
Notes: the severaka has an identical profile to the standard knife set out on page 139 of the Dark Heresy Core Rulebook.
Due to a fine tradition of quality knife manufacture in the Scarus Sector, the severaka, unlike the Navis Nobilite vendetta knives it is based upon, will not snap or break in combat. However, if the players wish to purchase a genuine vendetta knife, increase the cost to 1000 thrones, scarcity to Very Rare and add the Unwieldy quality.