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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Published: 12/2/2010 8:40:58 AM

"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!"




So it was written. So I am waiting.  Patience is not one of my cardinal virtues...

Published: 11/7/2010 2:20:07 AM

Eagerly awaiting a release date for this one...  Oh, the cravings!

Published: 11/5/2010 1:40:46 PM

Overall it has seemed to me that they are pretty thick skinned at FFG (you have to be) as far as ranting of the general forum go'er.

They have always seemed pleasant and friendly whenever I've had any dealings with them.

Published: 11/5/2010 3:50:30 AM

Can't wait for this book.  Friend and I are the Ecclesiarchy members of our group, wonder how that will tip the balance of power till the resources for other classes are out. 

Published: 11/4/2010 2:31:54 PM

Can't wait for this book!


Jolly Roger
Published: 11/4/2010 8:14:07 AM

 This is the one I have been waiting for.Too bad my only source for DH is Amazon and it take 3-4 weeks after the hobby stores get it.  Sigh...

Published: 11/3/2010 9:09:21 PM

Oh on the contrary ShatterCake, I like the steps they are taking to fix the clunky advancement system, hence why I stated I was looking forward to it all being compiled in one collection.

I think overall FFG does a great job with DH. What I cant stand, however, is those people who cannot stand criticism or displeasure from a purchasing audience. Especially on a public forum.

Published: 11/3/2010 7:46:05 PM

This sounds awesome, and easy for building a theme for a game. I bet I can make a Xenos retinue super easy out of this and do some cool cross over games with Deathwatch. I'm looking forward to the new type of option!

On a side note... I wonder if certain people just sit around their computer hitting refresh and waiting for a chance to bad mouth everything that gets posted about Dark Heresy, Rogue Trader and Deathwatch. I wonder if the guys at FFG take this kind of constant negativeness personally. They have to know that there are people out there waging tiny little one man wars against everything they do regardless of how much or little they tell us.

Published: 11/3/2010 7:08:41 PM

this book needs to come out yesterday! damn you lack of time machine! damn you to hell!

yeah i really want this book :)

Published: 11/3/2010 4:57:15 PM

"Even more evolution to the clunky rank/career chart system"


I don not find it "clunky".  To the contrary, quite a reflection on the nature & organisation of the Inquisition.

Published: 11/3/2010 3:12:21 PM

or the cell directive where you can use your reaction action to shoot the psyker in your party to stop them getting a perils of the warp.

That's a funny one.

Published: 11/3/2010 1:28:39 PM

Even more evolution to the clunky rank/career chart system. Cant want for all the updates to it to be codified in a single volume.

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