|Dark Heresy | Published 31 March 2011|
Two weeks ago, we announced Daemon Hunter, an upcoming supplement for Dark Heresy. A powerful resource for campaigns featuring the servants of the holy Ordo Malleus of the Inquisition, Daemon Hunter features information and background on the Ordo Malleus in the Calixis Sector, the Daemon hunter’s trade, and the Malleus armoury. Today, Dark Heresy’s developer took the time to share some additional details on this exciting title.
Daemon Hunter gives Game Masters and players the ability to tell stories that have deep and powerful themes. In a universe as grim as the 41st Millenium there are tragedies every day. The death toll of any given day in the Warhammer 40,000 universe is uncountable, and wars rage on inexorably. In such a world, what could possibly qualifies as tragic?
A Never-Ending Battle
Real Heroism is easy to recognize in Warhammer 40,000. It’s those who stand against the unstoppable tide of the Warp, and through opposition stall it, if only for a moment. A Hero is someone who fights, knowing that his enemy can never be truly defeated. Tragedy, therefore, are the events that occur when a guardian fails. The lives that are lost when a lone squad of guardsmen can’t hold the line that crucial moment. The souls devoured by chaos when the Acolytes fail to stop the sorcerer’s ritual.
Few tragedies, therefore, are as grim as when a champion must become the monster to rectify his own failure. What man could keep his grasp on sanity when he must snuff out the lives of every human being on an entire planet... because he failed.
That is the nature of the Exterminatus. It is a last resort in the Inquisitor’s toolbox used to hold back the hands of midnight for a decisive minute. A terrible choice that Inquisitors must face when their servants falter against the daemonic, heretical or alien. In Daemon Hunter, the writing team was able to tackle this horrific choice, discussing how the Inquisitors in the Calixis sector choose to enact such an action, and how they go about it.
The Weight of Worlds
The brutal pragmatism required of an Inquisitor can drive even the strongest of minds into insanity, and the Ordo Malleus within the Calixis sector has taken steps to alleviate some of this burden. An Inquisitor is not alone in his decision to declare an Exterminatus. He has the Collegiate Exterminatus to consult. Comprised of Banishers, Inquisitors, high ranking Ecclesiarchal figures and members of the Scholariate-At-Arms, this group advises Inquisitors, shouldering for them, to some small degree, some of the terrible burden they carry.
Of course situations may demand quick action, and an Inquisitor must sometimes act quickly. With Daemon Hunter these tragic legends can be told. The story could begin with a cell of Acolytes who choose to pay dearly, buying a critical moment against an inevitable Daemonic Incursion. The tale can continue with an Inquisitor leading Grey Knights against the legions of Chaos swarming the doomed planets Imperial cities. Finally the saga ends with a desperate Inquisitor aboard his strike cruiser, sending his Acolytes once again into certain death, to activate a Virus bomb before the bridge of their vessel is breached by the forces of Chaos.
Daemon Hunter gives GMs the tools they need to tell these stories in the “Grim Darkness of the Far Future”. Players take on the roll of Heroes holding a torch in the infinite blackness of insanity and the warp. Will you survive long enough to be counted among the myths of Warhammer 40,000... or will you be just another statistic in the logs of some Adeptus Ministorum logician?
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.
This needs to come out. Exterminatus rules? Grey Knights?
FFG, make this happen...
So much love for W40K, so little for WFRP! (sob)
Mhmm, a very compelling write-up. And once again, awesome artworks. Can't wait for more teasers like this one!