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Ascended Careers 16
A look at the new Dark Heresy Careers in Ascension
Dark Heresy | Published 27 January 2010

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Greetings, Dark Heresy fans!

This week, I am going to dive into one of my favorite sections of Ascension that deals with what are called “Ascended Careers.” Ascension introduces another tier onto the original eight ranks of Dark Heresy, extending the total amount to 16 full ranks that a character can climb. The Ascended Careers make up the second half of that total, presenting the character with a number of ways to serve the Inquisition at a higher level.

Ascended Careers are something a character earns after his time as an Acolyte. Previously in Dark Heresy, when a character reached Rank 8, there was no higher he could climb. In Ascension, such a character can attain an Ascended Career and become a Throne Agent.

However, this event does not simply happen overnight! It may take many months or years of special training, cleansing of the mind and body, or even an encounter with the shadowy Officio Assassinorum before such a character is ready to begin his duties as a Throne Agent.

To represent this separation, Ascension introduces a new element named “Transition Packages.” A Transition Package is a way to represent the challenges, trials, and triumphs your character has gone through in order to emerge as a trusted member of the Holy Ordos themselves.

After you select your Transition Package, the character is ready to begin his Ascended Career, and Ascension provides a very large variety of such options: there are 12 full Ascended Careers in the book, a list of which is provided below!

Ascended Careers

CrusaderDeath Cult Assassin
Primaris PsykerSage
Storm TrooperVindicare Assassin

Interrogators and Inquisitors

“I come to set straight that which is twisted; to cleanse that which is unclean; to judge he who is guilty; to punish he who has sinned. These things I do in the name of the most Holy God-Emperor of Mankind, and I do them gladly.”
–The ‘Missive to the Damned’, issued by Lady Garielle of the Ordo Hereticus by way of planet-wide vox-cast, upon her arrival on Fenksworld

As the lead developer for Ascension, one thing I was very keen on was to provide Dark Heresy players with the option of taking on the role of a full Inquisitor right from the start. With the exception of the Tech-Priest (who gets his own Ascended Career with the Magos!), all of the Dark Heresy Careers have the potential to become an Interrogator or Inquisitor in Ascension.

The powers and responsibilities of the Ascended Careers are a good fit for the retinue of an Inquisitor of the Holy Ordos, including the Interrogator Ascended Career. Interrogators are, in a way, “apprentice Inquisitors,” learning the ways of the Ordos under the direction of their master. Some Interrogators are quickly raised up to the rosette and become a full Inquisitor in short order (in Ascension, this is represented by a number of Transition Packages).

The investiture of an Inquisitor is a significant event, so I knew that we needed to make the Interrogator a valid Career option as well for those players who would prefer to roleplay the acquisition of their rosette during the course of their campaign. Therefore, you will find some options for a Throne Agent to begin as an Interrogator and eventually become an Inquisitor when the time is right. This way, the book allows for multiple approaches to becoming an Inquisitor, and you can choose the path that works best for your Dark Heresy campaign!

Ascension Wallpaper #1

As a special bonus, this week you can find the first of four special Ascension wallpapers on the Dark Heresy support page! Enjoy!

 The Next Step

Stay tuned to the FFG website for more exciting details about Ascension and other upcoming Dark Heresy books. While Ascension is an amazing sourcebook that lets you experience Dark Heresy in a whole new way, that does not mean it replaces Dark Heresy, nothing could be further from the truth. We have an unbelievable schedule of Dark Heresy books lined up that will have your acolytes adventuring for years to come.

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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grey slayer
Published: 1/27/2010 11:46:21 PM

"I AM THE LAW!" yeah Judges

Brd. Maximilian
Published: 1/27/2010 11:31:03 PM

Can only say, WOW!!! Hope this fantastic tome comes into the shops soon as possible... 

Published: 1/27/2010 8:08:38 PM


Published: 1/27/2010 6:17:17 PM

I love the direction DH is going too bad I don't get to play it enough.

For the Emperor!!!

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