Death and glory, horror and bravery, loyalty and corruption–all these can be found here. But mostly death.
–Lord General Ovidius
Earlier this month, we announced The Jericho Reach , a supplement for Deathwatch that provides an in-depth exploration of the struggles the Kill-teams face throughout the Reach, as well as the personalities, planets, and themes of the different salients.
Today, we turn our attention to the Acheros Salient, where the Battle-Brothers of the Deathwatch wage a bloody war against the Chaos-worshipping forces of Stigmartus. Their battles have turned the small stretch of stars known as the Cellebos Warzone into a deathzone that claims the lives of millions of Imperial soldiers each year.
You can download a brief overview of the Acheros Salient (pdf, 2.1 MB), then prepare yourself for the challenges ahead. Meanwhile, the supplement’s lead developer offers an overview of the first chapter and the Deathwatch’s battle against Chaos within the Acheros Salient.
The war against Chaos
The Space Marines of the Deathwatch have mastered the art of fighting the countless xenos races of the galaxy. From Watch Fortress Erioch, the specialized Deathwatch of the Jericho Reach employ their xenos-hunting expertise every day to keep the slavering hordes of Tyranids and determined forces of the Tau at bay. However, many missions demand that Kill-teams venture into the heart of the Reach, where the Hadex Anomaly has torn a hole in reality itself. There the forces of Chaos spread their vile influence and pose one of the greatest challenges to the Battle-Brothers of the Deathwatch. All their xenos-hunting experience will not help the Battle-Brothers against the monstrosities of Chaos.
The first chapter of The Jericho Reach looks into the current state of the Acheros Salient, the battlefield on which the Imperium struggles against the endless forces of Chaos that pour forth from the Hadex Anomaly. It also delves into the many challenges a Kill-team will face while operating in these war-ridden systems. You’ll find in-depth descriptions of previously unexplored planets, profiles for the many of the personalities a Kill-team may meet, optional rules for running a mission set within one of the many planet-wide battles that rage in the Acheros Salient, and all the tools GMs need to provide challenging and diverse missions for their Kill-teams. Additionally, this chapter comes fully-loaded with all-new abilities for players to better combat the forces of Chaos. As the Kill-team gains experience operating within the Acheros Salient, Battle-Brothers learn to better fight their foe, and unlock potent new abilities to send the vile daemons back into the Hadex Anomaly.
Death and glory await those Imperial soldiers tasked with protecting the galaxy from the threats of Chaos and the Acheros Salient. Look for The Jericho Reach to arrive on store shelves in the first quarter of 2012.
Deathwatch is a roleplaying game in which players take on the roles of the bio-engineered super-soldiers known as Space Marines. United with their battle-brothers, players will complete extraordinary missions involving some of the greatest heroes and deadliest opponents the Warhammer 40,000 universe has to offer.