|Black Crusade | Published 13 December 2011|
To call forth the wraiths of flame and shadow, blood and darkness, the disciples must swear a compact; must act as one, their minds turned to one purpose. Let them swear their service in blood, not their own, but of the innocent, the righteous, and the unspoilt.
– from De Orbis Mysteriis
Back in October, we announced Hand of Corruption, a full adventure in three acts for Black Crusade. Presented in one comprehensive volume, Hand of Corruption is an epic story that takes you and your fellow Heretics from the swirling depths of the Screaming Vortex to the far reaches of the Calixis Sector, and then to a parched and windswept Imperial penal world called Saint Annard’s Penance. There, you’ll attempt to perform an unholy ritual to drag the planet into the Screaming Vortex, an offering to the Ruinous Powers!
In our most recent preview, we looked at the planet of Saint Annard’s Penance, a bleak and desolate Imperial world that serves as both an important penal facility and a strategically placed industrial hub. We also saw how, if stolen away into the Screaming Vortex, Saint Annard’s Penance could become a vital base in your Black Crusade.
But how could such a feat even be achieved? Today, we’re pleased to offer another glimpse inside Hand of Corruption. Follow the link below or visit our support page to download details on the foul ritual required to drag a world into the darkness of Chaos, taken directly from the enigmatic pages of De Orbis Mysteriis.
A tome of sinister power
Without giving too much away, Hand of Corruption will see the Heretics recover an ancient tome entitled De Orbis Mysteriis early in the narrative, and it is from this source that the necessary ritual can be learned.
It is bound in rough, hide-like leather that appears to have been harvested from the face of some alien creature—vague features are still visible on the cover. The pages are of weathered vellum-like material. The majority of the writing is in a crabbed script, using inks of varied shades form sepia to jet-black. All of the material seems to be written in the same handwriting, but spacing varies between sections. The book is written in a number of different languages, including High and Low Gothic, but also Chaos Marks, Xenos Markings, and even Techna-Lingua. A number of pages have obviously been removed, some have been damaged, and in many places marginal notes have been added in a variety of different handwritings and languages.
Those who peruse the book (by passing the applicable skill checks) will quickly discover that the author was a genius, a lunatic, or some combination of the two. The ritual requires a number of exact components, each integral to success, and only after they’ve all been gathered (no small undertaking) will the Heretics be prepared to begin. Will you have the skill and fortitude to earn the favour of the Ruinous Powers?
Check back for more on Hand of Corruption in the coming weeks, and prepare to summon it to your Black Crusade campaign early in the first quarter of 2012!
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.
W40K's hommage to Robert Bloch?