“There were no bodies to gather, just bits and pieces of meat scattered across decks awash with blood. The ship itself seemed... infected. Like whatever had done this never really left."
      –Boarding Officer Lt. Cheshal Saso, aboard The Burning Maw

In December, Fantasy Flight Games announced the upcoming release of The Koronus Bestiary , a supplement for Rogue Trader . This comprehensive tome features art and descriptions for a range of foes, including Shadowkith, Thornmaws, Void Krakens, and many others!

As we mentioned in that announcement, each chapter of The Koronus Bestiary focuses on one type of alien threat. Chapter one examines some of the most dangerous beasts of the Expanse, while chapter two covers the sinister threats posed by sentient xenos. Next, chapter three presents vile warp spawn that prey on the souls of humanity, and chapter four gives players the tools to invent their own formidable enemies. We’ve already seen a glimpse of the fearsome Terrorax and the formidable Rak’Gol . Today, we’ll continue our tour of the Koronus Expanse’s most horrifying foes with a look into the Chaos-infested warp.

Terrors of the warp

A dimension parallel to the one inhabited by mortals, the warp is a universe of psychic energy, where normal physical and temporal laws do not apply. It is virtually unknowable by human minds and can only be traversed with any degree of safety by ships equipped with Gellar Fields. To do otherwise attracts the attention of the beings that live within the warp, beings who gladly peel even the most powerful vessel apart to devour the succulent souls inside. Worse yet, the warp and the Chaos Gods are tied together intimately. The gods are formed out of the very same unnatural energies, and as a particular god rises in power, the warp tends to respond in kind.

Daemons are fragments of the Chaos Gods given form and animation, created to carry out their unfathomable objectives throughout both the warp and in the material realm of mortals. For Explorers accustomed to the material threats of hostile xenos races, alien creatures, and the treacherous dealings of their fellow men, daemons represent a unique danger for which they are often quite unprepared.

With the release of The Koronus Bestiary approaching, we’re pleased to present a preview of two of these foul abominations: the Beast of Nurgle and the Flesh Hound of Khorne (pdf, 1.4 MB). Download it today, and look for The Koronus Bestiary on store shelves later this quarter!

Rogue Trader is a roleplaying game set in dark gothic far future of Games Workshop's Warhammer 40,000 universe. Players take on the roles of explorers aboard a Rogue Trader's ship, searching for profit and adventure while discovering new alien cultures and threats in the uncharted regions of space.

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