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Chapter 111, Lords of Entropy
Apotheosis............................................................-.........•..... 63
Advancing .as a Daemon Prince···········-·························· 66
Introduction
Dark Endowment··········-··················-···········..·················· 70
\Vha!'s in this Book-? ................................... ···············--·········4 launching a Black Crusade.......................................- .•.•...•. 74
Chapter [, Nurglc Running the Crusade ...................................... ·-··············· 8 l
l.n<Vitablc Decay.-... ············-······················ ............................. 6 The Pestilent \Vorlds ···········-·················-·························· 86
The Carden o f Nurglc ········-················································ 10 Pyurultide ······················-···········-······································· 87
Servants of the Great Par.1dox ............................................ ( 3
Guelph ·····························-··············-·········-·········-············ 9 2
The: Countless His··························································-······ t 8 The \Vrithi.ng \Vorld ........·-······························-·..············ 99
Ch.:impions of Decay··········-····································.. ···-······ l 9 Hindr.1nce .... ·····-················································ l G4
Nurgfe and the Long \Var··-···········································-··· 2 J Mcgnria ........................ ·--·········-·········-························- 1 l 0
Chapter LI: Death Bringers Alacti1 ···············-·········-···························-·········-········" 110
At the Ed~ ofDcspGi'-·····-······--··· ..·-····························.. 25 Mire ............................ ·····-······················-······················-1 fl
Plague 1\1aritK' ······················-·····..-······························-······ 30 V.n.lous ......... ·················-··· ·························-················· ( ( 2
Vctcrnn of the long War....·-···································-·······-· 3 2 The Frozc.n Htart................................... ·-····················-·· { {7
\l/arpsmith ...................-·······-············-························-········ 34 The Ascendant Spir:ll ...·-······················-·········-·-·- ···-·· l 21
''rrithing \Vorld Sorcc1er-K.ing........................., .....-- -······ 36 Chapter IV, The Heart of the Vortex
Ocaih Priest of i\1ite ·······-··· ······-·········-······ .. ·•··..········-······ 38 Gi\1's Brief....................·-·····································-·········-·· l 26
PL11gucmeistcr...-·-···.. ··········-······-········-······························ 40 The Story Thus Fas ····························"···-······················- l27
DcC3yi ng Annoury.. ···-·······-·· ..................................·- ·······.. 4 2 Ad\'tnture Plot ·············--·········-·······-··························- f 27
Mclee \\'eapons- ..·····-·······-······-································-······ 43 Part J, °""'Y ·····················-·········-················-·······-········- I JO
Gn:-nacks ···············-·······-··· ······--······-·-······-·-········-······ 44 Into the Mire···············- ····-···················,.....................__ I JO
Speci:ll Ammuqition- ..··- ·-······-··'-·····-·················..·····•····· 44 Part JI, De.uh ..................................................................•.. I 14
Cybemcric Horrors.·-·······-··········--··································· 4 5 The Judgement ····-························-······-··············-······- !JS
\Yar~ar and Equipment··-······-········-······························ 46 The Cost ············-···········-·····-··························-····-·-~·- t 36
Dise3SC'S ··-· ·-···········-·····-··-········-·.. ·-'-·-·.... ····-······--····.. 46 Pan Jfl: ~irth ...............·-········-·····························- ·-···· (40
Expanded Rites and Rituals......--·- ··-·········-·-·····•-...,..... 48 Crossroads in the Pnth to Glory··················--·······-··-·· {40
Fotging Daemon Engines:.--······-···················-··················· 49 The \\':lgt:s of Sin··········-············-···········-···············-······- l42
l>"' J •Cd HCfC'ti,('S............- •-••••• u••• • u • u ••n• ••••• - • •Hu••••• •• H • u •• 56
putrefying flesh.and dripping soa:s, but with unn:iwnlly resilieat
NTRODUCTION bodies lhat vigorously tcsim- fiO:t.l death C"VCn as they 'bring it to
those y,fio reject Norgle's otTerin~ Just as all life falls to dcca)t
'"11Jrough hu !lasmj> "'-1th ilJdfisJtayai. la bis """"'"'· 1i}O'ris °"9' so do those "+.o oppose the Lord o( Elies NII to his children.
dfferion and """- Ltl usJ/JiUrbis munifi=~;Jb t1Jos< >ti/I i~I of
our ciJa;,f)d Crdndfatho; lat liJ<y paisb /efate bw~bisgm=si').• CHAPTER II:
-Pox M.1gistcr Effiuv)as Pio,
before the Putrtf-action of Hive Kappa:x
DEATH BRINGERS
ln this diapc:er, Heretics can find six new Archetypes worthy
o live is Co C"o~ntuaU y dit", the inescapable fact of 311 of the Lord cf Rujn: Pbgtl( Marine:, Veteran of che long

T mortal life:. Almost all of those aware of their li\'csJc3r


.and dtead this final e nd, which echoes the collapse
of all otder into disorder through remorseless entropy. Many
\VJ1, \Varpsmith, \Vrithing \Voi:ld Sorccrct-King, Death Priest
cf 1\1irc, and Plagueme:istcr.. They c:in also <liscovcr new
corrupted blessings !Tom Gran..df:uher Nurgle, as wdl as new
strive to avoid such a fate~ and arc willing to perfOnn any rules for Daemonic PosSC$Sion, Oaiemon Engines, and po\\'ffful
.deed o-r suffer any woe to keep death from their doo1, if onJy mutations suit3bk for newly as.eroded Daemon Princes.
for one more day. This is perhaps fut ile, but can attract the
attention of one who represents: both ruin and chc: struggle
ag3jnst it thac typifies all life. For ,\.hCfC\--crthere is life, thete CHAPTER III :
is decay-and whe.re there is decay, the~ is Nurgle. LORDS OF ENTROPY
Nutglc: represents this seemingly conlT'3diccory sute ofboth Hetc pl11yc:rs find new rules fo r Apotheosjs to 0Jcmonhood,
loathsome decay and energetic struggle. Despite embodying
allowing thC'm to continue pl-aying their chat3cter.s aRC'f'
entropy and the foulest of appraranccs,. he and his Daemons
rt".aching the higllc:st lcvc:ls o f Infamy and Corruption as the
afl.' filled with v]talit)t All enthusi3sriolly offer their gifis of
mightiest of their god's follo..,.·ers. They an also lead Black
ruinous diseases to both Lhe lowly and powerful, for Nurgle
Crusades againsl the: hatc:d lmperium. This chapter a.lso
embraces all to h is loathsotn<' bosom. They del.ight in sharing
contains nC"W' details on pestilmt worlds within the Scrcam:ing
these blessings to mort:i.ls,. offering escape from the horrors of
Vonex that the 1.feretics migh.t conqu<'r or ally with in th<'ir
death but at the price of utt« corruption to their flesh. None
qu<'st for power, such as the worm-ridden \Vrithlng \Vorld,
~«" beneath his notice, from the smallest of undethive hovels to foetid 1\1ire, and murderous Cuelph.
the most lordly of sectors. Each new disease:. cadi new mortal
brought low, i.s carefully recorded in a never~di ng tally of
his loving bc:nefi.ccnce. Nurgle exjsts everywhere, for aU living CHAPTER I V: THE HEART
thfngs erode and fail, and \\ ith each fall his power grov•s.
1
OFTHE VORTEX
This adventure ukes the H cr~tics through 1h e challenge of
W HAT'S IN THIS BOOK? ga.injng :tecess 10 the Lower Vortex, and a mind-bending
T HE TOME OF DECAYis the fourth and Last book examining the confronl3tion with ihe incomprc-hen.sfble forc<'S \\'ithin.
d3rk secrets and foul plois of the four Chaos po'olo-Cts and their Calling on the events from the previous thr<'e Tom«; il
role in the Buell GwsADE rokpfaying game. It is dc-.·oced to allows Game f!ttastcrs to run al I foti.r adventures as-a complete
Nurgle, the.' Lord of Pestilence, and those who follow hjm. He campaign. Jf the Heretics survive, they have the chance to
_is the god of bli~t ~nd de.01}~ yet also one of boundJcss cnctgy. rise to Dacmonhood, as well ;as an opp.on unity to rc:Kh the
Jn many ways, Nurgle personifies a struggle against death, as Ascendent Spira] and rise out of thc-Scrcruning Vortex.
despite the terrible diseased :tnd decayed state ofhiS follov.·~
thC'y rtSistactual de:uh and injury to unnatural degrees. Herttics
also learn more cf the other f.1te that c:in await them, should
they pro\-cworth;y. Apotheosis to the elC'Vtltcd rank of immortal
Dnemon PrincC'. \Vith such po1A·er co1ncs the need for c-.·cn
~ttr po....·.c:r, and Heretics ca.n &earn ho1A• to b.unch Black
CrUS3des to OOrn che gaJaxy and depose the F:ilse Emperor.

CHAPTER I: NURGLE
Thi.~ chapkr covers the Crnndf.uhcr of Decay, the Master of
Plagues. From his pestilent garden within the \Varp, IA'herc
carrion-flowers 'No"Jf in the polluttd breezes and honid fongi
sproutfrom rottid.g corpses, he lovingly concocts new affiictions..
His Daemons c:mcrgc forth to bring his gifts to mortals :icross
the g3laxy; f01 Nurgk is- a generous god IA'ho rejoices \\ith
c:&eh successftJI plague. BiJlions raJI 10 tili carefully-wrought
cndcaYou~ t'\'Cn as the truly apprcaaM<c rorn to him .seeking
r through his gifts. His a:posdcs are often shambles of
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NURG LE DECAY
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bm1r ltr tl;osr whe 1P0Uld ite<<pt >J/J gifis romtfan~ and r«dw /!ClpC 11 HI d""'a: S.dcspair, and inyourd"P""l••fi/ld~·
tl}t biasings eftht Lord of Dtcay. Cdll ctM.\!1yom crurr/]a and - Zlans the \V~t'kc d , Speaker of Roi
douba. J>ut askit btJ;rft ;n 11 fa/st JMJttr'li-f/a fillsyour bmns !i.·ith
Ii.ts. SOl'Tcnlf d1td n:gl'l'U. Elllhm« lMt.Jd tl,tt}flrfrNJ trfo of1'0I hen: is noLhing in sll of crearion 1h1u doci not deca:.y.
dnd dtr"J" llrMi in l/J< bt""J ofpur- •nd bt rd>oni • /Mng
"'"""'of pmn<r.:n«. .
T No cMIWtioo fore\'cr cndurcs 1hc m.ac:hinacioos of itt
riv.tLL No king survives the ploning of hlS WC"nues.
No life l'\'Oids decay. No1 even chr Ftlsc Emperor, with all
- The O.acmon Prina Cal'(urth, lddrcui.ng chc d~
inh.abiuna ol the a»nquat.d ciry of Kulis VJI
hn dclodcd A<nficw sopplanu and"'°""""'
T«h-Priac.. wiU ck.de the ~ of 1amc aM his C"YCRtwl
oraumdmg

o <way comer cf 1 cold ond unaring g:W:cy; txlliom daniK. The qvcstioo is '!lt.t hayp<ns wh<o !he md <0ma.

I die each da}( \Van. conRimc C'nti~ syskms, drowning


civili~rions in the blood o( their own propie. Conceit and
av.1ricc drain popubtions of their riches and their futures for
N'urglc is 1hc- !UlSW« co chat question.
Each fn~itablc ending brings with It tn cqualty a-ruin.
surt to something new. \Vhc-.n a Ca1:dl.1n Splkc< t~ps Jnd
consumes t careless Guan:ism"an, the life o( 1hc told11:r ends and
the benefit of a few. Broktn promise\ deceit, and betray.al
topple ttgimes, sacrificing the lives of those who SCl"\<t:d them 3 tl(W Spiker grows. Rotted flesh th:ir slou1:hs rmm the ann of

.w that the twisted pl.lns of new rulers can come to fru nion~ J d~d undcrhivt gang« is lefi in th(' JCWCfS (0 rec<f the
In the wake of such tngcdks, suffi:ring, and misct)', pain plaguc..ra11. th;a,t Knf'C 001 a m ist:r:ablc: existence in those d.ark,
.1nd disc.ue touch the minds :tnd bodies of the sfJrv~·ors and nuaoe..fiUcd wnnds. Even a Rogue TDdcr \\'hOk contract ts.
ca1.1x them to dcspiir. Thcsr trc the tn.du of nci:stcncc in the ~in•cd must xdt oot new -avenut:S for O>IM'tc'rtt. ~ i5
monal realm. md tbr bro1h tha1 tpcaks thcst: cruths is the no cnchnc dul docs ooc result in me hope- of renew.al
.a;amc brnth du1 gM:s life lO tht m.1.kvolmt inhabi12nts of Ir is bi:ausc of this - J Jblc fan o( life 1h.al Nurgfc
""""'"' doauin-th< Ralm Ch-. or is: known co many as chc l..ocd of Aft. for thctt 11 nothing
Of aJJ the m:tlign influences foisted upon chc mom! th:u IDntpitc:s an)""'hctt that docs not rt\~ hi.I c..ds. Truty
realm, only one a n ~ "jd '°&'tnu inc~· carry with it th:n there i.s no bi:ing. no action or ouwome ch:u docs noc. further
sinp l.ar commodity unlike 11ny o thct in a bleak and forlom Nurglc•s aims. In truth, Nurglc coold simply 111 ti.ck and
c11:istcncc-hopc. Only the gif'u of NurgJe. lhc Pla:gucf.1thcr, W'2it for the univcfsc to unfold accordinc to hit design J.lc is
offer their 1ecipicnts the ch:inCt' 10 become greater in the noc contcnl, howc"cr. to waiL He has 100 much energy, 100
race of unavoida ble diminishmcnt. Through Nurgle and his much crnhusiasm for his " 'Ork to ; use sit idly b)•. f:rom deep
rancid visit;atioos, a ~ I can lind tel'lc\\·C'd purpose and the wilhln his mwsc he brtws cot1ttgion. boch ph)'1.cal pl.agues
will to raist' its face to thC" heavens., SUtt back into the vo.id of and viru&cn1 ick~ that he 11nd his follov.~n then unleash
diuolution and ro::bim a life "'Onh living. Eodmgs arc new upon the mortal realm. He -.'C'lcomcs the ~Un« of chose
bcptnings,. :and Narglc ofTm bod\ i.n abundance. who •nempc to droy him. for CICh time they ««1 dcfcnca
~inlc h.il adv.anccs. be lc:ams niew W¥ co CW'Qlftriml the
oppcl'Cton. Each cu.re bcttds a ~. more powc:r(i.J dlllelSC
Evny vicloiy for his cncmia is FY'fh•c. cominc " a cost "'
erc:i11h:i1it lc;1w:s th< dcfmdc.n open to the 1endc-t predations
of Nurgle'• cvcJ·e'IOlving poxes. This is 1he na1un:: of Nu'ilc
R~i$l1ncc is K if.defeating. Change is a del <'~ nothing more.
Running :u'd dcni.al only buy rime nl a rost 9f J.ufTcring, and
lime h11s no meaning in the Realm of ChaOJ-
R.ccords o f the many races of the galo.ry ofi:cn 1ay that
Nurilc C'ONUpts, that he brings ruin:uion to aU. To a small
cx1cn1., 1hcy a.re correct. but tht-ir C'\'l.lu:.hon ts ~ in
20pC' and fails to grasp the greater truth 1nc mott prrimrti'-~
,...,.. - • mwch bcutt oncknandin' or .... und<oiol>lc
mrutt o(lhc lt\mccr of Catit&dc. Ufc is Sll'\ls;:1c a.ad erosioa.
To f2a the drNn is to~ the dldk and. .n t\lrn, 10 endure
1hc night. On a grander scale, if a bei.n¥ h~ the l.,;xwy of
obscrvtng the rise and f-all of cmpittt, of seeing the birth
o( $un$ lJ'ld their eventual collap$c into S\\'irling mma of
cos1n1c dCJlructton, the obser.'U 'N'Ould Sl.!tcly tC'COpiu tbr
ri&htft.tl plac1: o f Nurglc as the> Shepherd of Oest.a~
lt ls only Nurgle's fondness for rot, fur disease and decay. dlat and succumb to their V.'OOnds or, more simpf~ to age. It is
pre\'cnts mote from accepting his truth. Jt can be diffiro.lt for a impos.sibk to esc:ipe deterioc:u.ion, :ind ycr people tty. The
monaJ to ::icccpt th.:it the rotting of a limb or the expulsion of struggle to forcst:iUdecay mo\•es-pcople to action. h moth::ites
his ent~ils is a blessing. Yet it is so. E\>cn tbc de<:repit Emperor them to gre.:itncs.s. Jt gives them hope: tha.t beucc dmes lie
of M:in, ensconced in his Golden Throne, sits as a testament to ahead; endlcs:s possibilities in a universe that seemingly kno\\'S
Nurgle's greatness. Each day 3 thousand souls give their Oeshy only certain crushing doom. Ct is the Pl..lgue Lord that brings
bodies and immottal souls to this false idol ·in s \'ain attempt light to the darkness. It is Nurgle that gives V.'eak mortals the
to prcSC"Ne h.is rotting presence. h is a losing battle, but the sttcngth to resist the lies of the Ecclcsiarchy :tnd others._ It is
ammunition spent in the ronfikt, the human bodies sent to their the Embracing Grandf.nther who encourages his followers to
"'astcd doom,. docs indeed scrvt' a purposc-Nurgle's purpose. defy the doom of mott:ll corruption, and in stead use it :as s
Eadl mortal that &lls begets new life and new hope. This is the source of strength and inspiration.
trnde in "'hich Nurgle trnffics. Resh is the coin of his ~aim. and In 1he market squ3res of backward planets and in the drone-
hopes are the intel't'St he pays o n the invemncnlS rmdc. 6Jkd cathedrals of the chapters of the Adeptus 1\1jnistorum,
Truly, Nul'Jlle ombodi6 m• n.iuro of all thing,., and mos pni:w:hen: sptv.• tht ir lies upon 11.n unsosptrting a.nd dim·
earns his honorific a..s the Lotd of AIL winC'd flock. They W'llm against corrupriom of the soul and
fihh of the sp'irit. They admonish their listeners that to turn
from their faith is to join the r.anks of the lost and the damned.
IMPARTING HOPE TO A Their words cannot encompass the horror of the truth.
HOPELESS EXISTENCE AJI Chaos Cods h.ave a du.al n'llture, 001 Nurgle, more so
life;,yithin the Scte3ming Vortex, or for that matter anywhere th3n any of the oihec Ruinous Powers. undersr:tnds that the
else in the t1nfecli ng galaxy, is harsh, miserable, and full of supposedly scp:u:nc elements of hi5 esse,nce actually work
pain and suffering. Service to an unc.aring God-Emperor together in a -self-sustai·njng q<1:le ra1her th:in smnding apart
or can eldritch and .absent cosmic deity is ultimately empty from o ne another as different explan3tions ofthe s:lme thing.
and devoid of mc::ining. Men liv.c and di~, and (01 what? For Khorne, for instance, is a god of ~oodshed and kHJing-of
others to stand <in their gm-cs and proscJyrisc? \Vhere is the utter tarnagc-and 3lso one of martial pride and :i sense of
reward in dut? For lhosc \\'ho acccpl Lht boundless giflS of acromplislunt'nt or bettcnncnt. These two halves c:an be seen
the Hthel' of Plagues, cvcrl..lsting hope is the ultim'llte tt'\\'llrd. as cYo'O sides of the.same coin, but the coin must be flipped to
Decay is un:tvoid:ible. Bohgun.s rust, rhe shells they fire a~ view Jnd apprtdate its obverse. But this coin isillusory; there
spcnl,. and the fingers th.at poll thcit triggers wear dov.•n \\'ith is no divide between its two faces, no beginning and no end.
die passing of time and repeated action. Over the- coune of The coin is nought but a fcc:ble mortal metaphor for the crodl
~ ~ monak swain injuries. become infected, sicken of Nurglc 's iniluence. On p ne "'side• chere is deC3y;. death. nod
ff this.decay comes at the hands of Nwgk, Via the duus:t of
fact part and par.:-cl oflhe 6rst side. Hope, rebicth, rcsistnncc. a rusted black or the unle.ashiog of a plague, many wiUeunt
and growth all :al'W: directly from f3ci ng death a.nd dec:1y. his name.. For lhose "':ho .are u nable tQ sec th:t.1 this pain and
The Seers cf the Eldns Crafh\•orlds and the Inquisitors of the suffering lifis the \'Cil that hides the truth of life and death &om
lmpcrium wilJ n.cvcr share this truth with the we:ak;.mindcd them, such momenl'S 3nd visions a~ terrifying. Some blessed
fools \\'ho drink in their lies like moth·e r's milk. motta~ howevC"r, are able co lc.ok bc~<ond the. putrescence and
For a Lotti of Chaos. Nurgfe's actions seem oddly Siee the d~cay for what it is-a gift from the lord of All
-h-3rmonioos-ca ring e\•en. To rccei\•e the blessings of Nurgle, Thjs gift, regardless of che form it takes, opens eyes ~n as
all one h.is co do is want co lil.'C and be: v.•iUing to do "'hatCvt"r it liquefies them. h simultaneously atrophies the leg muscles
it takes to cling co life. All else follows n:aturaJly from there. of its recipients .and gi\'cs them the sfiength to march cov.-Snl
Worshipers of Khor-ne must push toward c-vcr-grc.ater levels a greater purpose. lt is Nurglc: 's great ':lmbition to speed this
ofdestruction and ornagc despite the risks to themselves or univene tow:ard its end by eroding the fou ndations of mility
even to thei.r allies. Those \.\.'ho de-vote themselves to Tzecntch much as a disC3SC an erode the spirits and bodies of lhosc
must deny their lot in life and seek to change evel)•thin~ infected. Through his careful and ceaseless experimentations,
never apprecinting \\>hat they h:ave. Followers of Slaanesh begun within his wondrous Garden and then unleashed
seek to escape reality jn a blur of senS\ltion :and .self-delusion~ througftout the g:il-axy, the piJlars that 5).Jpport the framework
All thBt is rtquircd to fed the aring touch of Nurglc is to sec of existence nrc slo~·ty but surely Wtikc.ncd. Thcrt will
life for -..;·hat i' is and to \\':l.nt to make the most of iL All that come a cime when they coUopsc: entirely and che universe
is needed is faith in 1he future provided by Nurglc. wiJI begin a massi\'e c-ransfonnntioo_ The old ways will be
\Vhile an invitation to stroll down Nurgle's pox-srrewn swept aside like a ttoublesoma: fly. All that was will ce,asc to
_path should be """·clcomed as 3n honou~ nol :all see it as such. be, and from the roued cuins ant\\' 3nd glorious reality v.•ill
Wasting aw:1y under the seemingly malign inf11.1entt of a.skin· emcrge--=ine dominated by N urgle and hi.f-beloved children.
caring disease is painful to the affiictt:d and often reptilsive Those who \\1llk with Nurgle :3nd aid him in bringing abouc
to those nround him. When a child's flesh turns :i sickly the Creat Corrupcion, as Nurgle calls it, do so with joy in
1"3le gtttn and Iner eyes glaze over ':lnd become duU, milky, 1htit hearts. They know that Nurgle's victory
unseeing ocbs, her father comes to know th.at he is powerless is assured and thnt when :di things come to
to prt'V('l'lt her s&Jffcring. Seeing a friend's b:udelield wound an eod and life begins anew, they \\'ill have
bl3ckt:-n and ooze blood-tinged ~ the stench of helped make it so. This nukes theirs n Life
its rot choking the air of a barrads, is a reminder worth Bving, despite, and b.ccause of,
of che fraihy of all mo!t.ak the gifts of their cadng m3ster.
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other gods within the Realm of Chaos nre :ulOciated with
dozc--ns, even hundreds,. of depictions, there are fur fev.•c-1
wri.ations on the 3ppcarancc- o f the Plagu-cf•tthtt. The- legends
and ml~ univenally describe Nt1rglc- in unAattc.'ring tc-rms. He
is said to be a v.ut mound of rotting Besh, with open sores
3nd gaping woonds in which his ICSSc.'t mi nions cavort and
frolic.. \Veepfng pustules ooze filrh and his bo....'Cls constantly
issue putrcscen1 Yt':tStc.'. Beneath his fiogcrn"ails, maggots and
other arrion feedecr lay eggs- around which develop cyslS
that pcriodiolly burst open and spew their rancid payloads.
Perhaps the tales al'<'" corrc-cL Perh3ps the;· 3rc- not. ]l docs
not m:Ut<'f, though, bccatiSc.' v.·hatC\•er it is dwells within the
mansion 111 the centre- of the Carden~ th«c- c.:i.n be no denying
th3t the- crc:ttions of this being :ire- both foul and wondrous,
and the- joy with which he goes about his \\o'Ork is infectious.
Even if none of the.' insanity-inspited stories of Nurgle an
be counted on to be: perfectly acrur.uc:, the sjmiJarilics among
them are too h.-.rd to dismiss, and those: similarities extend
beyond the gut-churning descriptions of his open sores,
ex~ intestines. 3nd stupefying stench. Rot and decay arc
pan of Nurgle's nature, bu1 so il .sttms a:rc- jocularity and
enthusiasm. Such is the paradox of Nurglc-.
lndeed, it may be his boundless energy, the passion with
which he de-lights in his work, and his irrepressible jov i~lity
th3t erodes the minds of so many \\'ho contemplate his
existence. h sec.ms impossible to bcliC'\'c- that a rotund, foetid
purvc-yot of plague and ruin could simultaneously positively
bc-:im with minh and have such concern for the billions of
souls upon whom he has inRia:ed his \\'tadting and hideous
poxes. To bend lhc- mind toward chc task of reconciling such
fou lness ...,,•ith such frivolity is to invite m3dtK'ss.. Those who

IPUTRESCENCE arc- able- to do so withooLslipping into lun.:icy al'<'" forwnate.


They will have taken an impottant step tov.•a.rd under.standing
the Cre-3t Corruption th3t is to come. Unlike- their kss
IPERSONIFiED "cnljghtcne~ brtthrc-n, they alone- will recognise that the
Plaguelord is a tittlc-ss gardc.'ner of rot, who is :tlw:i.ys trying
•1gd.zrd dl bu magnifi«r.cr, my-t."'isitm rompftt.tly filled 'With his to rc-inre the- slo\'"'ly eroding realm they call rc:iJity fo1
gfon''1us ginb. Alf aroumi mt utu flab run{ smiling;1fa. Wfrbir. tc."Sque apotheosis.
bU bu!~ I .spid las:rr minions, suckling on bis l<dking tr.tr&l1s. Al
bisfort fXWlr efpw4Bd ot/]u lxxiilyfluids !f11/J<ral. in "'1idi bis
c:bildmr sp/as.bed andpl:tytd ·u,1rb gl«.. It 1MU a blaring'" bthold
such !}ory 4mJjoy. It WS1Vt1h ,(Mil sdti.r.m r&l1t a.'Oke into a
'Wtll"ldfilkd 1vith lmptri41 dogm:J 11r.d admonfff()XS. I inrw rbm the
p:t:b I must'#'dll"
-Tali«-:n from thejo1l11tal-0JU!bim:1

W
hen it comes to understanding the glory chat is
the physicaJ form of the Plagucf.lther, those "'ho
are privileged enough to be able to read about
him in the pages of secret tcrlS hjdden 41WllY in the Bbck
Library arc on equal footing \\'ith che primjti\'e warriors
gathered nround-sooty bonfires within the \\.'andcring Kill
Kroozer battleships of mar.auding 000. Nurgle, Bkc other
Chaos gods, --docs not have one single fonn that c:an be
rttorded, shared, anal)•SC'd, o,.- conceived. His is majc:sty
unf.adiomablc- by the mortal m ind.
Still, ifone v.·c-1e todc-lve into the- comp3rativc hi.stories
and gallxy-wide myths associat~ with Nurgfe. certain
-aamomlities. would presc-nt themsc-h-·es. \Vhere~
THE GARDEN
OF NURGLE
·111 thrs •1tnimt;. all roa. /111/ttr ...,""""· o.irc nwst rot co .sw"m'C-,
- Excerpt fro1n Tbt EitlightanMnt of
KJJnirdt Ka/JhnJx, Hdrbingcr ofC1trrion

he four gmu Gods o( ChltoOS ein each cJaim dominion

T o...cr many ofthe inh:ibitcd rcpns of the galaxy: Thest"


holdings can be .as 1m2U u 1hc camp of a tribaJ ct1h
on • backward primjti~ plann or n large u entire v.'Orlds or
syRcms. Nooe of lhcsc domains. even If added all 1ogi:1hrr,,
an compuc to the sizt; scope- and spcc:udc- ofthe abode c:ach.
of die Ruiooo> ~ claims f'o< humdf wilhin !he Realm
of Ch;ios. ln tru.rh. a mcJningful comp:uuon of the sizes of
the mortal n:a!ms to those in 1hc: lmm:atcrium ts impossible..
Concepts such ns rime and s~cc h3\·c nc.lrly no rt'lcVJ.ncc
in the \Va.rp. The Re.llm o( Ch:ios u made of thoughts :ind
drc11.ms and reacts to the c:onnlett i1nd emotions of th o~
who pass t hrough it. As the: most powerful entities Ydthin
the \\'arp. the Gods of Ch.1os C)(:cft the most control aver
the shape of this dark di~iQn Thoe gods h.J\'C, therefore.
crcato:f kingdoms chat a.tt not to much rc:gtons v.-ith bocdcrs
as they aft' maa.if.csttd stltts of bc-1nc, Md as such they an- apt
co O:fNind or diminish att0rdin1 10 cht •uing and v.-aning
of the po--cr of theit lord. h is only "'tw:n realms mttt at wfu1
;r mortal mind might loosc:ly conceive of a.s their borders ih:n
.1.ny K-mblancr: of boond.Jrics on be considerctl.
(ot lhe t\(o.-ds of Dl'W playthings. This: .:2llC:l1 lhCU'" m;Jttcr
Khornc, Slaancsh., Tu:cntc·h, 1'nd Nurgle each cxcn their
particular inOucn.:c ovct the spa<c :iround them through their vialenfly in10 the air where It comes to rest on the: wings of
1he ubiquitous Ojcs. Slov.·cd by tht sticky pulp or1hc &plaucrcd
wi l~ thcit action:s,. and the deeds o( 1heir minions. This results
pl:in11, thcsr iruccts become easy prey fot Othtf nying <rc:ttures
in vutly diffett:ot dom2ins for each god. The Blood God is
thllt ingest them as die)' SO:tr through lhc l'Ot-Chokcd air.
grounded in war and conOic1or1111 kinds, and thus his realm
Unbeknownst to the prcdat~ bloodlJCS •re c:ilT'kn of many
has m.Jny b.anleficlds upon '*''hi.ch his minions coos.bndy
of Nurgk:•J cxpc:rimental diseases and other crationa. \Vith
light. Sluncsh·s ~rson2I paradi.tc d fu.ll of sr:dr.1ctivt: wonders
their innards thi;ts infected. ~ ptt<hmn s:dim_ \Omil:ing
aod fM:,.iklcring bot.try, whctt wandr:rcn &cc tcmpc3tioo
~ nch bend in the road. Tucncda·s domain is a chaoc.ic
me '°"""'" of thrir flUIS .JI across th< pftl01 as tlxy lly
1....bkofm.possi>k wuautn, mna, >nd consundy.rufting
.boot >nd ev<n.Wly aplodmg in"""-" of li<-1•=g llcsh
and blood. This boonry of mutttM 2nd mutiJ.JCcd l.lloale' falls
liodxapa. :iwgk Im a g.rdm.
h is no ordi.o-:ary g:an:kn. ~th~ 1t is not a g.atdcn at al~ inro new 2n:as of the Carden bcnellth. drayina into compost
2nd st:irting the cycle oflifc aod ~.tth :tnc:w
but the mortal min.els that contcmplo&lc the manifcstt:d v.ill of
Though the Carden of Nurgle docs share: cC'ftllin
the Lord of Oce-ay must aucmp1 10 m.akc: some son of sense
comrnonalhics with g;irdens and junglci an pl.ancu. in
out of what they have seen or hC"nrd :1bou1 in whispered taJcs.
or
1liey must place it in some sort kbtablc context that they rcnbp:l(c, it s1ill G not ':I worJdly g:trden In •ny sant sense.
A visitor in Lhis bizarre and perilous realm docsn t w.1lk
c.an consider without going lns:inc. The nmc tomes and ocher
fC>tblddeo texts that b:lVC' attempted co dcscri'bc the lord of from chis place co that He c:rpcricnccs wh:u Ottds co be
cx~r.enced. E~n the Daemons thai tend ihc Carden art"
tht land himscl:fh7o'C', for the mosa plrt. lgr«d chat the idea
not ~aUy -wha.c might be though1 of as a work force: thaa
of Nw-gl<s realm bring • pnvcnc, de>dly, and y.t smngdy
arriws at a pbcc. docs a job. aod then k.2Yd for olhcr rq;ioos.
bautiful garden best puts Chaos inco crnm mcy an f-ahom.
, , _ lhcmom .... put th< cxpcri<nce of •he pRka ,acl(
Ulu: • oomul gud<n, th< docnaon of N•.P: ;, home co a
bcwilckring: array of Bon 2nd &uru;, 2U intcn:onoll!'clC' :tnd Tha ,. "'f'«..Jly "''"bksomc for me Pb~- ..nos.
mt11morphmcd minds "''UC once mortal. and scJI sttn-c to
••ppo<ting the whole. ll<dJ of bncht blue Sh...lpcul pbnlS
impolC a modkum of mi.lity ln th.cit unrtal exiMcnca. Still.
dig thonsctves up and It~ 1hc: dirt in ...,hich they grew so
that Plaguebcaten can pllnr new Skuflsc:cds in thr rich kt3m-
C'Yen 1hc PL1gucbc:an:-rs acccpc- 1hcir pl3ee in the C.vdcn .and
spend 1helt elcmity enjoying 31( it offctS In thtlt ow13 Wl)t
As the SkuJlsec4s grow 3nd blossom, they attract boundjng.
stomping. over-c:x-ubcnnl Rell.SU lhal mistake their fruits
The Plaguefather affords -all bis children many \\'ays to dc:ith. This is Nur_glc's Mansion, and 1tuu mnns that it is also
explore and appreciate his rea.lm, and C"Vcn to become a p.ltt a place of hope and rcnev.'3J. There can be n.o c-xplanotion foe
of it. Though he is a god ofChtaos, he also has a need to aeate the stre.ngth th3t keeps this structure from €oll:11psc sa\<e that
order, to monitqr his crestions, and to control his expccimcn.ts. it is the d\\•elling place of the Lord of All, v.·hose boundless
A visitor to Nurglc's tcalm ....'Otlld find a dizzying amount of cncrm-~ sense of eternal purpose, ~nd limidcss joy for his
diversily of experiences. Here he might 6nd tTces made of \\'Ork finds perl'ect peace-with the inevitabiljty of decay.

nolhing but the Ocsh of Eldar; constantly oozing the tears of Nurgle himsdf often sics in a ma.ui.,.c chajr just to the side
a dying race. T hete he might find fields ¥.-here tongues sprout of the mansion's front door. From there he entre:1.ts visitors,
up from the catth, each on< bUstered by the malign influence both summoned and unexpected. to approach, sh•re t:1ks and
of 3 different infection. The1re is no telling "'hat wonders que.stion:11ble libations, 3nd cx-plore the countless rooms within.
a\.\·ail ~ro und each bend in the paths th-nt stretch :1nd wind Inside the vast structu~. a guest coul<I easily become
throughout the G:1:rden, but ;any who encounter them wilJ lost. Rotten floorboards send many io a doom of slo\\'
st1refy h11ve their sanity tested and questioned, should they consumption by the carrion fecdecs that d'"'\'elJ in the lowct
sorvivc to share 'he talc. Je\•cls.. Grand staircases d ecorated \\'ith moth·e3ten rugs
The G:arden <ifNurgk is an <':\.'Ct-changing beckon 'o wandering souls. leading chem to chambers
te.tlm, shifting according to the needs \\'here Daemons arc glad to receive nev.~ fresh Ocsh.
1nd whims ofiu m:istcr. h1any ltcas cx:isl Should the guest byf'J" thcx rooms 11nd
only 'empor.ari~j uking shape to :allow continue upward, he might find his
him to indulge a patricubr funcy v.·ay to the attic, where Ni:u gle keeps
or to be granted to an cspoci.ally samples of his m\lhitt:idinous v."Orks of
ac.:omplishcd Great Unclean O ne decay;. c:lCllogued and counted O\'Ctand O\'tt
-as -:. reward. Even so, the legends ag:tin by attendant Pbguebearers.
hint th3t some aspects of this In this attic ate j:lts containing the
foetid domain remain rebtiv~ly viscer~ of plagi.ie victims from across
const:lnt. Nn.rgle has need of li..-lds time and space. Souls att: tr9ppcd within
in which to pkint his oops of appartotly simple gl:w
blighted herbs; pits ro bold the ·/t ~ contajncrs, left to
bocHcs upon which he conduds his ~#: slowly dim and rade
experiments, and, most imponant of as mabdies of the
all, a gigantic and deaepit mansion /. ··,...- -spirit \V:lSte them
in whkh to stol'C' his creations; brew •.J... · ·- · to the.bone.
his kgendacy-ront3gions. entcrtajr:i .. ,, If the visitor
gues~ and plot the course o( the ~ ·~·» ~ Vr.ilkcd p:tSt the
Crc:i.t Co.rruption. ,! ' · stairs and pushed
,.., deeper into the
m:insio1.1, be might
THE stumble upon the
BLIGHTED kit.chens and larders
of the Pla.guef:nher's home.
MANSION Evtry foul ingtedienl, every
OF MISERY pestilent component imaginabl:e (u.nd some th.it
defy sanity) rem on shelm here, neatly labelled and
AND MIRTH ' tcady to be combined in the great <auldron. A y,·ise
There is a house of dec3y at th:c centre ., _ guest tnO\ 'CS on quickly from here, knowing that to linger
of Nurgle's Garden. Its wracked and ! is to become 03Vooring fot 'he noxious stew, for this
rwistcd scructurc creaks and groans under cauldron is 3mong Nutgle's prized possessions and he likes to
the ioOut'nce ofb:dcfuJ toxic winds. Shutters ding just barely keep it full. h is in this gte:u black crucible that the Lord of
to wtnd o'" frames only half filled ¥.'ith broken panes of lilth- All brews the many plagucs he poors into lhe morul realm.
covered glass. ~·age drains S'pill fonh beedcs., maggots, :and Nurgle is a crcati'IC being. and he \\•ill take inspiration for
twisted centipedes \\'ith only tongues (01 their bodies and experimentation wherc he finds it Seldom can he tcsist the
human fingers for legs. Painl continually er.ids and peels tcmplarion to add nearby visitors to his virulent concoctions.
awJy from the wood beneath, yet the house ne,•er loses it
grey-gtC"en hue. Along the roof, hund reds ofchimneys bcUo\\'
out d-nrk clouds that, upon cl06C inspection, .arc composed of THE VIBRANT GROUNDS
millions of float ing. buzzing Ajcs. OF A MORBID ESTATE
AU around this house, trees mad e of lxine bear fruit th:it
Nurglc js unlike the other. Ruinous Powcl!'S is ma.ny v.-.ys.
rou cv.cn as it SY-'c.lls. The ieJ:lflC"SS boughs of these 3ncjcnt trtes
including ho"· he vic\\•s-hi.sdomain within the Realm ofO.aos..
provide shelter for daemonic birds that sing the funeral di~s
Khorne, for instance, r:accly leaves his 1hrone. barking orders to
of .-y unwckome visitor. It is a house of pestilence, rot. and
his generals from .:iJop :t mound of skuJfs. Slaanesh W3tchcs the;
llflf"".in:gs: of his kingdom from within his paha oc wanders cotnct o( the G:udt-n :thtnys gives Nurglc ncW lnsi&hts. and
&hr: unrotux"Jttk-iog to tempt IACM'Uas ilno e'ving up their soots 1hcrd'0tt he .sprnds a grea1 deal of bmc ~
10 arisfy his huoga. Tza:n&dt a-cau 10 not att- moch • al Kw- Theft att ocher pbc:cs such as the::sc--pbc:o 1fur ~
th< ..... of lus ....-arpcd ond fixlured bods, spmding lus time afwJys buzz:ina: wtth xtivity and joy. The Monbusium v.'hrtt
ploaIng .and intrtfcring with Jfan in rnlms: btyond his: own. the IMJt ptWou.s and tark herbs t.ak rooc. chc Dungluh
Nutgl<, on th< othc< hand, chcnshcs the bauty •nd surpri><s AJ'borctu m " 'hctt tt:fincd C'XO'Cmcnt h.angs ftonl trtts: Iike
of his Carden. He routinc:ly ~all"Olk down its twisted paths;, putrid, rcckin& vine:" and many othcri.. All o( chest regions
c11VOntng with his D.aemons and stopping to observe as one of pca\•ide Nurglc wilh the: jngrcdicnb .and insigh1s he nccch
his diseases t:1kcs its toll on a woundt'd csptivc. Nu-rgle is in lo runhet his work 3! the cauldron when he telufru: to the
tOtK:h with his bnd and its ma,ny ttgions. Maruion 11fter one of his invigorating jaun ts..
1n his v.'3ndcrings ouuidc o( the Mansion, he passes by
somie of his f:M>uritc places. mJ.ny of which h:rvc existed since
Nutg!< first drought of them wd .,., ni.,ty to b< the modeb roe
THE REALM OF A MILLION
the ltbom vOOitnt- thtt is 10 come. A l'l'.'IOl'l'lttlt's journey from AND ONE PLAGUES
th.: Mlnsion att the Ocach Beds. • pb«- he visits more ofirn In .od1tion eo lhe m;a.instay tcgioos of &he- Cankn. thctt att
th:an perhaps any ocher. It is a pl.Kl' chat xna rwo purposes. many <Mhcn lh• cn;oy 3 lcs.s pcrm.ancnt Cl«*ftCC, CDning
NOi only m "'Y"'llll ~ .md dcfcncd inndcn and gomg "'"" the uccncbncy and P"'"'g cf
11'2pptd here, stol'Cd in &he dcc:p pits ind one: of Nurgk:'s many pl..a&UC'- Some ofchcsc
s-udcing muck of this place IW3itina; Liki!ly onf)• exist in the n1gh11rutc visions
some futUl't' foul use, or theircvrntu1l nnd untrustworthy Nlluein11ions of
demist. but it is hen:: that Nurglc di.~casc-r:i.vagcd minds. Still, chc
cian indulge in cine of his gft':a.tcs1 Carden is near it1fin1cc. nnd le U no1
fonns of cntcrt:linmcnt The , . . . ,.._, so unbcliiev:iblc that 1 recipient
Pl•ucf:nhcr loves to hc:a.r of one of Nutgfe's ercat gifts
srotts of me: t'Clims beyond m;ght b< blcAcd "'oh • llttting
his own. They msp;,., him g!imps< of the Pb&u<f•lhtt•
to Cl'NlC" ocw potloxu re•lm.
du1 an: wdl suited Kt other With thcor bst dymg
l>nds. and U. the Death lkds breaths, ...,., moruk pp
he has coontk::ss potl!'tltial and <hoke Ol.ll Vr>'Of'd.s uying
stoiytt"llcn. Sometimes he
offers these' unfoctunalCS the ~
~ t.hat they hear (1int bells colling.
Perhaps they rc(Cf 10 the blossoms
chnntt fo imptcWC: their position that grov.• in lhc Oca1hbc:ll lily
by spitting lhe wonr1S from their • Fields. \\'hen a moml dies :is 1hc result
mouths :tnd Wring talcs of thei.r worSds of one of Nurglc's many dbclt.SCt, on~ o(
with hi:m. Those who 3..ID.UC him sufficiently 1hese pallid flowus opcru up :ind emll$ a tinny
are plucked from the muck •nd rem~ ro d)C chime to mark 1hc success ofNu1glc'.s h:lndiwork. The
M:.nsion. Thcrt: they m-.~ the g"'x honout of bea>ming nna;in& i.s in«:s.sanL
.,_k foc Nurgk's °"""' pbaua. On<t th<y • .., pt"l"dl The •IJnt:ing C:ardens ofThosh1lolg att •sight 10 be tiecn.
irl«t<d, Caod&dia Nwglc ""'"'- &Ms them
ttndct, gut-<hummg cmlncc. and xnds them back inlo th<
°"" bst Th• ttmOU' sli« of ~Urglc's rnb wm: g1'Vt:ft co 1hc Ctca11
Uncbn One Thush'Bolg as acknov.·ledgc:rMm of his UIC' of
bnds dlCir Slorio dctcrilxd. a d.olcing rl"P' lo wipe - an Orl< j.,{cstatoon Oft fluru,
After visiting: the De.1h Beds. Nurdt' often makes tbc- a planc1 tlut Nurgle coveted. To commcmotJte his victory
Poxyatds the next stop on hll stroll. h is hett: th:at he tests the and to dc:monsrr:ue: constant thanks to his lord for his reward,
efficacy of his contagions of the n~h and spirit. Each malady Thu1h'Bolg used lheit own intestines IO h;ing ¢<vtry single
~u irC'll a different set of trials 10 g;Juge its :tbility to achic\•e Ork (tom the colony in the trees of his do1n11ln. There they
the Pl:1guef:uh«'s desires. Thi~ means 1ha1 1he physical fonn dangfc :ind rot, s&owly dying but nc,·er quite findin& rele:u.e.
of th.t Poxyatds changes to suit 1he L1sk. For a test of lhe Plaeucbc:ittts toss org:am from the bodies of dtSCISe
spirit. this region of the C:atdcn m~ be filled with crystal Ykt1ms lnco soning poolst_ making it c-..utcr (Ot them ro c-ount
clrar Ukc:s. A dehydrated rat subject m;ry Stt these lakes the numbcn ch:ir: fuW' dXd from ad\ .i1lnlltnL Ekssts of
•nd. 1><1;.v;.g salwtion is " hind. dr;nk dttply of the mol Nutgk f"";c u. nelds whc.. pbno:d • .,.,.. yield naps of
W1tttl. Suddenly ~ water wdl tum 10 pui. tonncnling the di:mm11>i.nduc:ing foodstuffs. r\1i1.rglinp CIC'UC' •nth 2'tt a
st& and wcaktrxd soul For a 101 of a skin-dring disease, chc they ,..u do~,, Mbld<S dut form spon_,ly ~- Great
Po.y.rds nuy be 6llcd ....th CIJwthMI Bnmbla lnfcctccl Undcln Ones \Omit up regiments chcy con11o1mtd thouand5
captWes can be sent tunning in10 1hc dJemon-plants,. diase:d of )teats ·~ 1be Carden of Nu.rglc 11 a wondrous pUa
by BC3Sis. If the captives .w:rc:am as 1hq• PISS through thc- filled with vicility, mitth, and e:xpcnened beyond mortal
rn.or-e:dgtd branches of the pl11n(J. then Nurgfe: knows that corl'lprchcnsion. It is a pbyground for the m1n;c,n1 of the LOftl
1he poor wretch-cs can still feel pain :1nd his affliction nc:cds o( ~:iy, 1 l!lboratoty for his work, and 1 comf'onlft& ~
rtfinrmtnt. No maucr 1he h1(11m:uion o( the Poxyards,. this for o god r.hlt knows his realm is the Jhapc rJ thlail ID
SERVANTS OF THE
GREAT JP ARADOX
'!I'""""'-n! So """!1 hopa and"'°""'1 Oli. Pla.f!J'tfoibtr,
:i:. ..
Y""' f,1jis .,,. bc<1,.//f>S! Snll. I .,;/I,..Ir an """""''W of'""" •
- PtJSmaw, Plagucbctrct o ( Nurgk

N
urglc's lliemons and mortak alike smile 111 the
i.houe:ht ofserving their god. Other ma..tcrs :art= h:Jrsh
and dcmJ.nding. but ~ lord of Flies only ulu th:it
hi.s s.ctV>na nnbracc t.ach moment. Though th~ art rotting.
dilnl<d. ond con"Upc<d bqoond mlemption, Nufile's bkssrd
miniom att rtWMdrd with .a sense of pea« and cmi1uck
~t &heir ukim.JlC pyrpox in lhc 1:1aiYcnc.

DAEMONS ~
Like: aU 03Cmon.s 1h:1t serve a.t the whim of their dark deiry, • . F'4fl'f
the minions o( 1hc: Gr«t lord of Decay arc lkholden to the foes of Nurgfe and to rc:1nin his follo.,.,-ers of the magnificent
rt
commandso h ~ ir m:ister. Yet \Jqli kc the ambitious Blood letters god thnt has blcs.scd them with the strength to pc:-ne\'tn: in
of the Blood Cod or the sc1f-ccntred Oacmorw:ucs of the the face of .such overwhelming bodily cotruption.
Prln« o( Plt2lsu rt:, lhosc 03cmons who serve Nur&'e do .so These Srcoch l.onls m Nu'lllc's r....,mi childn:n; lut bloacd
happily, uncktsranding their part in the Gn::ac Corruption :and cmissa.rics and tndCCd licuccru:ncs. ln bank;. they bd ho #mies
counting ~ d.2')"S until it comes to pass.. .. gcoa:ok ond """"""i:IY poo<ri'ul wvrion. They .......... thr
Hom 'kalhan the Carden o£ Nurgk. tht dxMnC' minions mundcss Nuq;linp duo -""'11ly a.iwl out trom ~ilhm chc.<
o(thc Pbs.d'alh<r ext. a>ottibutc to Nufilc'• pis In lh<ir arpulmt rum. They .,.... thr P"'l! hoosing - _.,..,
O'l'o°TI ""''¥ Some 11id their muttt in chc crutioft of systcm- many plagues dcop omldc .m;, auldton-la« gua, hr<w"'& thr
cripphng d1J1e2scs by bringing lhcir lord rotted, maggoc- foul concoctions IO pcrl'«1 po<mty bctim firuDy r•ppmg opon
infcs:t~ Ocs:h from faUrn foes. OthcD sow the ipbctic their O\\'n bcllte:S and dispi:lng the virulent contc:Jlb. upon
"'Inds woh lhc spores of thei~ lord's many pbgu~ bringing Nu.rgk's chosen mcrpients. As nucabtt m:astc:r gaJdent'fj •nd
comi~i on :ind rot 10 dist2nt worlds. Legion• or D:aemons \\'atdmsofwoe, th~ tend co the dcc:iy·ing plan t life and d iscucd
arc Jent Into the field of b:itde to bring dc~l h dlrrcd y to animals of the C:i.nten of" Nurgle, while abo ensuring th.11' the
the d00t$ccp or the foes of Nurgle. piercing ~h and spirit Pla:guebca.n:rs and oll'l<:t denizens of chc Card en do thctr pa.n 1n
alike w1ch (out pl~gucswocds and other wiC'kcd wc:ipons of bestowing Grandfather Nur&'t•s gifts on the gal.uy.
dcay. The-re: :trt ~n tho5c- ~>hose only concribution is 10
pby. remind in&: the- others th;rl Nurgk is a god ofvitality and
DAEMON PRL.'ICES
boundksl Cfte'l:)t and ""' ....,.1y. de.oh clcalc<.
l'>u KJW> ef- FrJtNwdf. ~of/ltbinlJ
C:O..citlRg. harw:uing. experimenting. mtf"C'C. consuming. M..y mo<U1 IOlio..~n ol thr Cloos Cods have _._cl>,
rotWig. l~1,1e,hing-.rl arc impottant to Nurtlc. 2nd his:
itlriblc deals in !he name of chcir BW!m. Laden of cula
bckM:d dHldn:-n ~tt ~ to please thdr Plagud'athct. recruit new ""'On:h.ipcrs routinely. BiUloas of ldhcn:Atl
commit foul actJ. o( devotion to thc:ir dark lords every day.
GRJ!AT U NCLEAN ON.Es These actions arc common, :tnd go largely unnotjccd by 1hc
Plag'1< /Atds, fly MdStm Stmcb /Ards ofN•7,k likes of Nurgtc. 'fo tp1n chc 11nention of the Lord of ;\11, :i
CrtJttt Oncmons o f :ill Chaos Cods go by nuny nam~ each fullowc:r must be willing 10 spread disctie on a g~nd sc:ilc,
tending 10 emph:asdc n particular aspect o( 1hese tetriblc: infecting enti1e plancci wuh tt dcudly pox. He muse erode
bc1n~ but onty Creat Unclean Ones haw: ihc d~drw:tion the foundations o( entire cities and send thc:i1 miU1ons o(
o( being :illo"-rd 10 use the .am!C' of their m:utC't :as an inhabitants into• sc:asc o(survllion. ~ and decay. Acand1dJ te
~KW! of rhcir own. ThJs m.iy &cod J0mC atdMCC 10 !Or Daemonhood mua ~ his worth oo a lcwl th• moa.
oh< "'"'P of thole who d,.;m ID t....< bch<ld Nufilc's pad morul mmcls ~ CV<A lq:in ro a>atcmpb&e One< he hu
form If the- hysttriaJ ou.dioJ nts of chcK- bfokcti MNls •~ o:unmicltd an K1 chat brinis a smile ro l\utglc$ blGcC'f'Cd ind
IO be bd•CV«l. thrir xcountings o( lh< •ppcaran<c of th< se<piog r.a, he an pkdf:< hMns<lf ll> uowavtrmg,.,..... •nd
PLlgUC"(Jithcr att ttm.Jrbbly sim.ibr to thok given by mortals ded.ic.ation w brina~ne. .-bout the Great Corruption.
who h•~ be-held an actual C-reat Unclean One and lived LO Few \\+io stnvc (or !htJ priu aaldfly daim lt. Faiktrccndt '" •
n:count the ho1TOr 10 ochers. Van and rotund, 007.lni: fih h \\TCtched dcith, or ""'Orw:, chc curse of ~'Odom, ctcrNI hrc ._
ind corruption, lta.ving decay and foulness in cheit w:i~, the a mindlcu, writhing 1MNO'Oliry. StjU, 1hose who ""'Otn\ thc:it WJIY
~I fOrm of the Great Undean Ones llCl"\l'C'S to 1errify the into Nurgk's foul hcan recclvt his d.11kcst blessing, Apothco111i:
'Pt.ACUEBEARER S
R«i..m. J.1~ Td,.«d °"" N~<i T..0,-X
Nu~ is proud ofall of the placud ond poxes he has =acd
as pa for lhc mmtal 1t:alm. bu1 one dlW:SSt stands out aboYc
Jill me f'C'St as pcth.aps the favour1tt or 1hc Plagr.idotd--
Nurgte•s RoL Most of the :1ffi1~doni ~ me bodies of
1hosc who become infected by chc:m. and m.any cwn eat away
1111he soul of their \ictims. buc Nurglc's Rot unerly consumes
1hcw= who contsact it--mind, body, nnd soul. 11 uansforms
1hem from beings of weak mortal Reth. and sees them reborn
in the Carden of Nurgle as a Plaguebc:iu·er.
Ona 1hcy <mag< from chc ITIU(k and fil1h of chc Cotdcn,
1htlr mort:d suffering is gone. a ~td f"or their &ith in Nu.rglc
and lhcir a<r<pW>tt of !us glb. W!l>....-r 1h<ir old body rmy
h.., bttn, be ;cc lmpmal Cuardinun. spocd">ring mrnNnl,
u10po•<rishcd mocbc< of tm lN!nourish<d whdps. C< lcadct of
a Pbgut Cub in some rustaf Olll \llndcl'hM. char tlr'o\' fonns arc:
a11wry1imihr to those of the ocher ncwly-tt.inamated. Their
Ocsh is dull and CO'o'Ctcd in tons and o~n \\'ounds. PustuJcs
form and burst, their con ten~ pouri11& out and collecting in
1hc folds of the d aemon's llcah. lhclt faces au bc.ar 3 single
ccn1ml eye and a horn s:proua from their he:ad. Their limbs are
unn:11u.raJly gangly and yt-t fiJkd with a sn~ngth the mort11
llb ly had not felt in m.any yc;us. A pl21udWOrd, the: weapon
by which it will infect the enemies,. jnd fi~ of Nurgk. is
eM- ID om """' i'bgu<beu<r • a symbol of alkgimcc. The
pttlClft they once ~ is oo mote. noMd inro the fhysic.al
cmbod°""'tof Nurgks •ll'c'<1""' for his <h;Jdttn.
Though they h;l'o'\" left thdr monal 1tlvn behind, pcrh.aps
1 pictt oflhcit former aistC'O(C' linFl'J within the~ fOf these
Tallymen inv3Ji3bJy seek lo 1111 their d1ys with seemingly
The coll i1 takes reaches bqlond tht physic11.I (onn Dnd
mundane b sks, mosl ofwhich involve seeking to impose some
inco che minds :tnd souls of the mortals v.•ho contnu:c it
kind of order im the choos of 1hcir new home. ri.iany tend
Still. dedicated follo"•er.s of N urgle undcrJt:ind 1ha1 tvtn chis
to his Carden, help usher other Pliaaucbearers into existence
wffcring is :a gift &om their msstcr. Mo.\1. bc:ir chc deay for :as
like midwi\'CS, or keep catalogues of 1hc diseases Nurgle h.as
long as they can, cherishing each d.ay of life ~nd o;ppttdating
crc:H~. Some even attempt 1hc impossible task of kttping a
their pl.ice In the grnc cycle_ There arc thOIC. ~who
t;ilty of tM e\U-changing numbc-r of Nu.filings tfu.t popubtr
ob>ndon all lh>r Cmodfothct Nurgk hu , ...n '""" They op<
the Carden of Nurglc. h's all rathct odd bt'~ioor for a
for a kW°•tnfl.ined md u.nbmd.y dtah r.athcr dun suffer wirh
( ) . . _ when compoml oo 1hc avag. acts of Bloodlcttcn
lhcir aubdy., lh<y promised dq ,.,,..Id, n- w=:hcs ""'
0< the p«dotions of D..cmonct<cs. but it pl<ascs l\'orglc to ace
10tp1<0. Cast aside by a disappointed food. dq d-~.. iato
his chi.L:bm doing as dry wish. ind 1 f.adlCf's kr."C" for his
nolhlng. dl<ir Resh "'d JOUb uJtaly """"med.
children is best lcfi simply admired i( not understood..
ThCR: is a third path open co the strong: and ~lute
bc:lteWts. Rcsisun~ to Nurgle's Rot is alw11ys Impossible
HERALDS in the end, but (or these d cvoted mortab. chc c:nd cian be
P-nme Corruptors, Tbr J>ktguaiddtn, T}]t llaof111e fol'e\tllllcd. As their bodies collapse further und (urihcr in10
Those who n:<ef-vc the blc.s,,ing of Nurglc's Rot endure some ruin. 1 ptactful calm comes over their minds and sccdes
of the most tw~tcd and foul bodily ~ptcd:1tion imaginable. into 1hclr souls. At Int, immobiJe hca~ orliul( more th2n
Som: S\lrl'ell, pulse, and .split open~ 'praying pus and maggots.. qui..'tnng flesh and roued cnmil~ even thc:K mon:ils suc~mh
Bruises appear i:n an instlnt from C'Y(n the slightest conua. When thty lite rd>om io the Garden, thcll' Pbaucbcat~ (onn
oli.en times wilh no contact al all, lutning the 8esh purple-. iJ mott IMBIW. .stronger. and more- pov. er<YI dun thmc who
rellow; .and blaek. Fingcn. cocs. can. and lips to( 3Vo7f and .....Id - ....... ""' RD< .. they dld. n- Pl~r<n ttap
fall off. Hip bones sofi.cn ond bn:•k. fOtcing kg bones
thnlugh rancid llcth. In portiaola~y ~ cases, the <yes
one of N•'• -= ttWm!s. kadm1 and 1nspring thcu
k..- bttchtt'ft u HcnJds ofNwgk.
.and tongoe become: fcrti,k brccdinc p>unds of Oics or C"YC:n
1n cspcciall)• miSchicvous Nu:rglina 0t rwo. h is: a misery co
which no amour11 of dcscriptio1' c:An ever possibJy do justice.
Thus tnnsf'onncd, the Rot Ry 21tnnpcs ta mum 10
BEASTS the- mon.aJ tt2lm, nuJ« in fts
OCY.'
heart driving ii 10 s.ttk out ind
~i t..,a.,,. st- H-OS. &lli>zm<C-
dcmoy lhosr ......, rd"-.! to pby "ith • CUllUri<s be(- .
or
Exh :0-\nglc·, dacmoruc mlnions tabs ckllf:hl tn d01ng iCs
I.di co its own dcvka. the Rot Ry's :angtt would d""" 1t
pan ., bring to fruitM>o the Pbgud"..htt's gr.ind .....,., Ii><
the colbpK and ~ of the unMnc. Thett ~ much to d<>t
omd. but Nol]llc is o io.;.,g ond mcn:ifulgod ond OIMOI bt.at
toStt one: of his chddmt suffer Ml. To C3SC the Rot fly't pi11n,
from eounti.ng the death toll o f ea.::h newly unlc»hed pla:gJJC,
The Plotguef:uhcr p:iirs 1t with a Pllgucbe:arer y.•ho has c11mcd
to fill ing the pus pits with frcs.h rot. The ct'J'ort a «1Uelm,
ot place: of pride In 1hc d:1cmonic legions of the God or Ahli
bu1 no1 w1thou1 joy. As the Daemons ao nbout thci1 work,
The rel:itionship bc:M•ecn u Rot Ry and its r.idcr benefits both
1hev will ao1nctimes: be int«ruptCld by 11n unexpected, but
or the form« Bc.ii;t :ind the favoured Plagueb~ter. The tick(
alw1yi: npprcc:iatcd, vi.sit from one of the Lord l:>ccay's most
gnins the :ibility io c~r ground more quickly. ::illowing ic to
w.onderful mahons--e Beast of Nurgk Propelled by 1toc.ky
count Nurglc:'s m1ny pvlrid blessings more rhoroughly 1h1.n
Ices and • bi~+CWtcd.. sJit:herJ:ng u.il,. th~ cn~1.111Ulk Slime
~ before. The mount pi.ns an ctcm~ compinion,. aUQW.ng
HO<lft<b bo..nd .J>o.1 d><Wrdcn, consundystclting pbym-
the: pain of its pttVioul rejection 10 fester • little k:n. Jind 1t1
lhcir put~t tongues ""-nJ> around ~rt. drawing
victim's v.-ounds 10 fcsta • llttk more.
1hnn Iowan! lhc l!caa's no.riocs ..... They .,..,,, hadloog
inio ...,alou.ly ~ pa.. o( lim~ hnds. ond other
ro11<d body p;uu. aosiog the T•llym<n 10 h"" IO b<g>n thcV NURGLINCS
councs IU"ICW Nothing cmbodH:s the joyful run.rt ofCh:K>S in C/afol c....ffi ,,., ~ Mua ofN~ '"" P/J.rua
quitt 1hc Jlll'DC w.iy as a Beast of Nurglt:. ThougJ'i they undo Though thc:y arc some of chc least of Nurgk's minions.
some work ch~I h,ll.S bcc:n done, not one Plagucbc11n:1. Great Nu.rglings arc surely .omc of the most numc: ~ and among
Uncle11n One, or Nurgling ever complains, (or these Bc;11sts an: the most f:1vourcd, Even 1heir appearance is pk:uing 10 1hc
1hc physacal rt'ahsation of their Cod's will to bring energy, Lord of All, ror cacti Nurgling is like a minute oopy or 1hc
vit,Jl1ry, lnd jov&ality ro the uniYCtSe. Thty remind Lhc: other dread m:ister himsc:tr. This is perhaps not surprisinr., givc-n
minions 'ti.thy 1t is they serve th.cir m:w.cr. th3t Nu.rg!in2s 3rt formed wrthin lhe innards: or Cre1t Unde1n
Thd boundk:A.enthusiasm for pllyand tinqucndlabk thim Ones. who thcmscl\'ct physic:aUy ttflea Nwglc:', 1't'pul$iw:
fot ......... >ho """"' Ill< l.onl o( D<oy ........ lus fotas augnfunc-c. Nurtfings IC'IW the filth-&ther in whkh they
matth 10 conflicL A Beast. of N1Jrgk could Co tfw•pnds of ,..... ti>na<d, ofico pm...i.,g dut thcir progm<o< a Nul!;lc
)nts ncvct kaowiog thc gtc1ltt world ootsadc of chc Catdm. himsd( They pby w<hon Ill< IOlds o( his tlcsh, f - monelo
Whc-n ukc.n 10 lhe moru.l retim ~nd Jrnl 1ow:atd Nurglc:'s '3r him to consume. pick at his JOtCS ot gm- him new ones. and
Mrmcs. the cxcikment a Beast of Nu.tglc frcls is 1mpossibk ochC'rwisc Sttk his approval. giggling :all the ....-rut SomctilnC:S
to rcs1n in. They lunge: into chc ranks of the enemy, ltying they arc gifted io ~ltrtilds or other powttful champions co !ICt
to find new friends and ditTettnt ph1ymatct. Armour rots as a living liner for him, or to hold h im aloft atop :1 palanquin.
in11mndy upon contact with ·the caustic goo th:at coats the In these cnscs, the: Nurgl in~ v.•ill treat their new master mudl
Bea.1ts. Uonc:"s i nd weapons shauer under 1hcir bulk as they as they had ttc.iteod 1hc Cfc.at Unclean One from v.•hlch they
roll around on top of their newfound comp3nions. \VhC'n the c..amc-v.·hethcr 1hc new lord would prefer i.t or noc.
unfo11~n.a1c victims cease moving. the Bcasr of Nurale pallSCS Daemons of° Nurgle cmubtt the Lord of ~cay and
bncfly. fcc:ling .a. tOt.1dl of sadn ess tha1 his friend wilJ not pby foOo\\• his pash in many diffcrc:n1 ways. \Vben dq ~~ not
anymore. bdon: stlttog off to fiod someone new \'fing f0< rhc anentiOft of their p.a.rcot·D.aemon. Nurtfinp
most oficn uy .., do ctungs cha tdlca the mirthful r\Jlt*
of Nwglc himsdf Th;, f"'l""'lly bis IO rh<m ;,..n..,,,C
PLAGUE DRONES
with "1< wort of 1he Pbgu<bcar<n, who Md N•~"l:' ., I><
Tht Jlw""l R.sm, H.,..,,., o f - hJO-
something of :1 nu.isJnct:-ehough chcy do.111 nomulty I~
\\'hai ii Be• ofNu.rglC' suffc-rs dlC' ultim;ttc (n.mr.w:ion ofbeing
voice: to their irritu.on, at least not W'be:n :a Ctc31 Unclc:1n
killed by the "'l:'Y pbything:s v.-ith which it lud hopc-d to fro lic,
One is within ciinhot. fuse when a Pbgu:cbc:arcr is nie:irly
il'I CJ.1Cl1CC ttllcats In& into the \\'arp and C'.Oma: to rest i.n the
finished coun1ing the 1'u1nbcr of drips o f pus required to fill ri
sli1ne pits of the Garden. There it spends <:Cflturics fo1T11ing
particular pool, ror C:)Campk, n "''arm of N'urglings may come
• ~ body, ihkldcd &om interfcl't'ncc by • m:u::s or blooted
running throuah it1 pll'lyfully ~lash ing in the rancid p and
Iii!.$ Ch<cr I.he count' of time, depression and rcscnlmcnt take
scattt:ring i1 all .1rot1nd le ls their nalurt co cause mischief, )1.111
hold \\'1thin the Bc:ut. This makes it a very rare cn:atutt in the
as it is rhc Pla:uebc.an::r's nature to keep tallies. In the Rcatm
dom.lin o( the Pus God---t: bring without joy. min.hless and
bin.tT \\~ the Beast cmc•ges liom it lone dorm.a~ its new ore.._"'"'" u. lhc ..i..i.-<1yorda<ddomamofNurct<. "G
no sCllJlrisc th2I harmony C'ktda the grasp of moS1 ~1.
fcwm • mudt ~ irom Lim of the aal'Uft: that rt oner:
"'"- 1., tlUn ck>dups • chmoous b)<t on ,,. back. Spondly.
bbd.d lombo "!'laa: ;., short, suxky q. M"" dt•nuball)I
tht Bcut~ trnbclcs give v.-ay to enormous v.inp .Junibr co
tho.$e o( the 11 ICJ that pro tcctcd thr Bc:w: V.'h.iic 11 ~OC'r.atcd.
MORTAL FOLLOWERS
OFNURGLE
The universe: is vast, and ytt no p :itt of it remains untouched
by conflict, chan ge. and greed. Service to Nurgfe secures a
safe harbour in a sv.•itHng sea of doubt Feu of infumity issel
aside n.od rcpl3CCd by the knowledge that a grcatc1 destiny
lay-s ahc.:id, free from the nightmares that p lague those who
do not undcrst2nd the great cycle of death and rebirth.
Not all mort:tl follo\\'Crs of Nurglc arc quick to accept his
blessings. "1l2ny attd to sotTcr before they can accept lhe
truth. For :t path full of paradox~ one of the gre3tcst is
that the longer a blighted mort-nl struggles: against accepting
Nurglc, the morie pov.·crfu] his form will be \\'hen he finally
yields. Through immcasu111ble suffering and loss., the mottal
will g:ain resiliency and strength.

CHAOS SPACE ~!ARINES


Corruption. It iS a word that lies at the heart of the most
divisive, d estructive, and long-lasting conflict the gaJaxy
h3s ever k.nown_ Jt was comiption of the spirit that aused
Horus and half of 3JI Space lvtarinc Legions to turn on che
Emperor of Man.kind. Corruption ofwill bro!«- the resolve of
thousands of'Mlirriors who found the unrelenting hardships of
seNinga weak c-:iusc in st1.pport of 3 cruel master too much to
endure. Corruption of f3 ith cast thousands more down a fresh
path of glory and freedom. embracing ne\\', d:ukr maste.rs
that blessed them '''ith tangible gifts and rewards 1atbct th3n
fl eeting promises and thankless suffering. Corruption of
the body~h e infirmities of agi.ng forms, infected wounds
sustained in battle, and the ravages of illness were sufficient
in their cwisted hc-:im th:u th e Pox lord is correct in that
for coundcss others to turn to the only being capable of
s:iv·ing them from the misc-ry of their decJine-Nurgk. collapse is inevitable. The Lordi of Decay teaches that nothing
is permanent, and it is a ksson thCSC' Ch.aos Space Marin('$
Among the first to :ab<lndon the Emperor and embrace
the Lord of 0C"'3y were Mort:arion and his Death Gu3rd~ h3''<' learned y,,·ell.
Even after a battle has been y,•on by the l egions ofNurgle,
A~ndoned by llhe Corpse God of ~1an and left to a fate
his presence continues to ha''C' an effect. Broken bodies Lay
of starv:arion an.cl diSC3SC, they struck :s bargain with their
rotting. their organs and fl esh turning to mush :and tcnewing
.new corpulent master, Nurgfc, and were saved. The p:ain of
the soil into which they S('ep. Though their approach is less
their affliction was numbed. Their bodies became hosts to
subtle than tlut of a lovingly crafted pbgue, Chaos Sp:ice
maggots. Ries; a.nd 3 host of contagions. They y,·ere giVt:n
f'tiarines ate remarkably etlicie1u at converting nussive-:innics
renewed strength and a purpose they had ne\'cr considered
ofentmy Resh into tht' rnw m:;iteciaJs of rebinh, and therefore
bc:fotc. As Pbguc Marines, they cmbnccd corruption in
he embraces t~ir service co him with glee.
all its forms as 3 natur.11 and inescapable pan of life. Thus
c.mpowered and .enlightened, they set about the task of caking
the blessings and re\'elations of Nurgle to the masses. They MUD\NTS
b«ame Nurglc's: rotted fu t, spreading his infectious mcssa~ Some v.•ho haw: been toiJched by the unchecked warping
of hope and pco:C'.VCfance to the b:udeficlds of the galaxy. But infiuencc of gods like Slaanesh or Tzecntch might be able pus-
they \\'01.tld not be his only power amloured sctVa.nu. thetllS(:h'C's off as nonnal, at Jc.ast foc 3 time. An extra limb or
\Var zones arc breeding grounds for all manner of thitd eye c:an be: covered up or maskod, but lhc unmjsralublc
corruption. Thc"y p~nt ample opportunity for Nurgle's stench of corruption that tun:gs in the <lit aroond a rmtan.t
truths to manif~ and present thcmscJvcs co those y,•ho haVC' afflicted \\'ith one of the Pox lord's many diseases is impossible
a p·en eyes y,,•ith which to sec them and the cunning to make: to miss. Even the sm:illcst pustuJe is filled with a fluid so
use Q r them. Plague !\.larines such as the Death Guard and noxi ~ that when ir bursts. those unfortun3tc enough to be
others .spread diSCoase with each toss of a bHght grenade or nearby wretch '!Ind heave u ncontrollabl ~ struggling ro avoid
thrust o f a pbgue knife, but other focms of decay shape 1-'0miting the contents of their stom:ich where they stand.
events 3S wcJL Ft3gment:try W3rbands from msny of che Because they find it so difficult to remain hidden,
Traitor Legions a nd ttneg:Jdc SP3ce 1\<1arinc Chapters, though mutants who ma nif~t the corrupting inllu~nce of Nwglc's
not particul.irly given to de\.'out worship of Nurglc:. know ministr:uions often face \•cry short liYCS. Foe. most, this k a
mercy. Their choanc<S o f becoming a grca1 dwnpion ol
°' bciog rcbom in the C-ardrn ~ slim at bat. so ror tiler WAR.BANDS
putrid wrcuhcs,. lhC'tt ttuly i.s fittk hope. Scill, SU tvtv21 lnstincts
Plagu< culls ... group& or ..,r.;..,1y pownfca ;n.i..;.1..11
"""' •hem 10 ,,.., as loog .. they an. pnlufo uk..c mug< banding togcehu in onkr IO ~c ~'urgte inaay a;r;;u.ll Wrf
lo the: dank ~of dries or la thC' dwocl pit1 o( p..-unitiw
tbcy an. w...1,.nds h...... JU<h insigailiom tnOfub d•L.l"'C
cultVita, whett 1he s1mch of the- decay •nd filth around rhcm !heir mcmbc..rups. They arc mmpris<d ofsome of die g«>ICSt
P"""·.dcs a 1lii:h1 cha~ of nuslting their ov.n rcpuls:iw "''anion. the kttnat QC\icia.ns, and the: rnos1 crcatf\+lely ~1(1ed
odour. Tactics soch as these: usuaUy only Nc:cccd (Mt short
11.mc. Unlcu they :irc fou.nd and shelccrcd by J)'mpathdic
mortal minioiu cf Nut&'c. Unlib: plague cults. w:ub:1nd1 or
Nurgle: likely alrc3dy hJVC his 11.ttention. l\iany members: arc
pl:iguc cult-$1.ti these mutants arc almost inw:tiably bctr:aycd Chaos Sp:rcc Marines who will h:rve rcceivwxl blcssing1 (rom
b)' their own nauseating dcfo nnitics. Zealous pl'ic•ts. w.s1chful their master ktng ago. Common purpose and the power to
wal'dcn~ or CV('ft simpk frightened former (jmily members
act motiv.&lt w.irb:&nds lO ~i~ grcllmcs5 in the n:&mc of
h.l'o-c but to follow their noses to uncm.'t't the hldin& place the Pbgucf.athcr. f\.tuch di.fli.nguishcs a ...,"3.Jb;and from• pli.guc
of a nol~ muunL Cornered, aionC', and oftC'ft to WJ.rped
cult, but ooe of the gtcJtc:st distioction.s they hive ii th:.11: they
in form 1N1 t.hC'y cannot f!tt. from their pcnc<UUM'1. these
do ... hide. Wilh _.-. J<ttnglh, wa~ and dx mony , ,.. or
polhcoc ...r. find pcxr m lbme Nurgk they_... 1hctt simply is no aced.
It is not hm:l «t imagine >Ai'ly 2 Chaos Sp:acc Marine m1gbt
PLAGUE C ULTS bM: his bro1h<n bchmd l..oy>hy "'1d sclf-sxn6oc arc nor
Not all v.ho suk to SC1'\IC' Nurgle have chc mc::ans 10 anrac1 hallmarks of the klsc and 1hc: damned. Service to Nurgk can
hU auen1ion 1hrough grand individual am of dc'Yocion. ~iost take: its toll en even the mosa d<"dialtcd offollov."t'n. Adv1ntcd
morub do no1 hrm= lhe might of a Chao• Space 1\1ari™= or or
mot:ltion. loss 1nobiliry, or c:ven fanatical devotion beyond
the inRu('ncc o( :i corrupt political k:adcr. For 1hc:1e common those o f his fellows can lc3Vc a Pl:iguc ~1arinc un:iblc co
y,•orshlpc:n, n<:Hice ~ c ftcn lbcst gained v.+1cn they OOnd functi on as an cfTcccivc member of hjs squaid. Sometimes his
togcth« OS a pl:igtie culL The power cf &udl a group is f:tr cnlycption i3 tc break from his .squ:1d·mates and continue 10
gr'catcr thin ch:11 cf any one of its membc:l'I. So lnl!ch that befoul the galai:xy on hls own. Isolation, fi.o.,,·C"o'Cf, i.s at odds
i.s ~c of rt;Kh can be seized though concc1lcd dfcn. lbr with the communal n>tu rt of Nutg!e. loncli neg fc:steo in the
food tlOtcf of in Imperial barnda.. fix ex.am.~ Jtt sn:u~ he:an of a Pbpc A1.at1nc er ether Ol30S Spxt: M,i;rlM that
ag;a.im1 anwf'c:tMCC and spoilage. There is 1 cwitd • me bu ldi his Lcgioo.. .and c~ndfatbtt Nurgle is of1en mG"o'Cd
door w+.o ens.um th.ii nothing cocas or lr.l'ld wi1hout his io reach out to a >A'afW'Jrd folto.u in SDch a pos:iboo. The
knowkdi:c, • sopply master Yliilo imptt'b and m•intlim: me -.'llrior he.an the kindJy butf\1.er of his master on the COll'l'lic
food, and• cook who tnJUisitions ing~icnts and USC'S them ,.iods and puaucs the pyful noise. Once the mirthf.J 1n1l d
to prcparr chc: meals:. Alone, these lndivid"'k can do VCf'V folk>wcd to mend. the bligh1td soul gives thanks to hoar1ng
Huie, bvc i( sll arc cmmbcrs of thc: S3me pl1guc ('l.llt, it can God. for more cftcn tlun not he :trrives to find a f('llov.·ship
be ano1her matter entirely. The guacd c1n Sook the other of otbc.rs v.·hose fuith :tnd dedication 10 Nurgle left them in
w:&)' when sus:picious m:ueri.a ls are sn1ugglc:d in nnd s:tored similar straits. Together, 1hc w:arband forms .something of 11
safely "'-W'iY from prying C)'CS. Th<' supply mMtc:r an kttp the tnvc.lling c;r.«1lc:w:lc: of mlnh nnd rot, freed from the stNCtutc:s
contnab:ind out of official records and m:uk its presence in imposed by the org:1ni1:uion cf their lcgico and accepted by
the Larder. The cook an xcess the: ingredients :i11d USC' them 001: another as o:c:mplars of nll tlut Naegle teachcu.
lo u.i.nt the inals of the entitt g;arrisoo. br1nJinl Illness 10 Tb... W>ibonds an ........,ptish much tha • fbluc <uh
~of the .,ldic:ts a on« and :allcr..-.-ing the- batniieks: 10 (all ro "' L<g;on of C'-s Spocr Msrinrs """""- Ex>mplcs ol 1hc
im~ Aa.iom: such as lhcsc- just might be c:noue:h 10 pm &uits of MCh ambtlaCW abound. The grcas riven of pus that
some aNll (wour in the cyo of thcir tNc icM'd Pcmaps not, Bowed from the ¥Olano on Crcrv:rus Majcw wett the dolnc
bu1 chc c:hances or cad. membtt of the cult a~ mud. bcner of Yorgof.s Vomltm.JVtJ "'"hen tbe small waib.and puscd the
together than rhqt wou:ld be alone. plan('t's defences uncktcctc:d and deJjvcn::d a pol·blcss1ng
Disease and despair are common throoghout lhe plaxy. from Nurglc·s own cauldrons into the Cf'Upting mount.a1n,
Death is c"'er-prescnt as v.'Cll, especially when pl:igue frips .3 &-.cause the)' v.·crc f'rc:(' 10 act according to lhc:ir own plans,
fcgion. Some who would worship Nurgle aee the de:uh thnt th(' members of th(' IJt'Qlhcrhood c f Unclear.r ;\1crcy were able
fo llows disease, misinterpret the Pl.ague.lord's will, and fonn to seize upon :in oppottunity c( random chance and inf«I
de;.ith rulu instc:xl of plague cult\.. To these woeful souls, the entire ston: cf suppli~ in !I p:issing merc:hant Rcct. Thu•
death ii tll Thc:y btlirvc th3t Nurgk:'.s uhitNte p l ts fin:ll enhanced, the ergo sptc:td the: Stc:nchgut P bguc 10 an encl1t
de.1th. They ate wrong; Onie common b:Sk tha1 p~ cults continc:nt on XwunL lhrsc att but :1 few o( the m»y dccd:s
oftc:o t:&k.c upon them:sd'1C:S is the crad.ObOn o( thex rMI v.~ ofNLUgk h2W' arried oot in bis oamc. Po..1bc:lncd
dcalh cula ""'° i.... so cg1cg;wsly ""'"g<d NldJll<- Th<
11n1ggtcs bc:n-;ccn lhc "''O rypcs cf cu.kl an: us1,1.1Uy limiW
perfectly bcl•cc:n chc nuis:lncr: activities of k>ar.ud
pbgu< cvlu ood 1h< ......,. gobxy-spooning c.ampugns ol
to small durmishc:s or individual assassinatlOns. Only 'A~ i1 rorruprion of the Oath Cua rd, lhc actions of a ,_,·IJband of
ii; coo b 1e, "'l\m 1hc pl:tguc- ct11t bas vainquo:hcd 1hc hctttics, N.iglr '""" lhr rnds or 1hc Lord of O.Xr; pcn«tly-o '""
and JI\ unt.:ioppable cont.agioo spreads duough 1helr streets, in which thc:ir mcmbcn take gn=:it so13Ce and joy.
do me •uthorities realise: their ('(l'Ot.
THE frah infections. WtuteVtt diselXS o r wcaknca 1htlir R'lONk
once aou&fit io k2W' bchiod ttkc up pcrtNncft' tnidmcr
within char bodks and minds. All this ~ tJrc. a«eptt<I as

COUNTLESS ILLS clx finl lcaoon NUlgl< tcaeh<>-<lcay " H>csapoblc bul
aibo glorious. This kncw.1edge is tlhmunatJnc for thost- ..no
follow Nurgk. If ttl things d eca~ each momc-n• tS • e-ift. Why
·1-1ts mtlll'JO s/}40 wv/p l'Utd die. H114//ro sN.11 ~ tmd die. not use these momc:nts to .shape y,·h.at is to <OmC ' nd sccore
Tbt tllfh'itfS( and a.D 1Pilbm 111'>sll w1t~ 4lfd dit. And• the a plaet in it? \\'hy sit jd}y by " 'allowing 1n pain and sorrow
Cw.11Com1p:ion bum/rd <Mr" 11Jit l4ni, and pmswrtd t~ my when 1hc:te is so much to do and so little time In which t-q do
fi111"'1dtiOlfS of "'1liJy itKIJ 11J<n s/J.21/ t/>t l1"'1 ofAll riu:from th<,., it? As 1hc:se thoughts race through the 1nlnds of the newly
ll)9d n11n, sprtJJd his arms »-Tdc 10 rtddim dll bis dunfal dJfkbm..... convertr:d, Ir d11wns on chem-their p:.in &S dca<k-ncd. E~n
- -rhe Victory of R.cbi rth; from Liu11k:s of/1t0it4biliry with so many new Ullictions, so 1DJch r:.i.nckl CON'Up1ion o f
the flc:th. 1he suffering h3s :a.b3ttd. Hope lltri-..'d.-
hough chcy ......... cmbn« """' my of life ld't "' Fot 1hc:x nrwcSI of Nmglc·s adopt~ <hiSdrtn.. te is n if

T chem. to forcsuD the 1ncv1tlbk. 1hosr who ~


Nurgk """' """!" char ....,.,.1 d<oth. They most
abo l-<lin<: in die cquo1 catllnty of rtbinh. This hope r...
dx onomini roe lus liicd and ch<y SC< dx
wich rrah <)'Cl- Why had dicy mmpbincd about
""''"""poxes
and f11hni bodru Wlw ><lfuh daira II> chanr: ihctr fllo

ck.riy

10mething ntW md g1orious IS chc Ctell comfort that cht had prc:"''t1'11~ them from realizing their true pvtpost"? Rot.
Pl:iguefather has shared \\·rth lhcm h is a hope born from gJorious ro•. becomes the coruunt comp.1nt0n for a SCNant
Nurgle's own ullderuancUng orchc: ~'Oricings of the uniVl!rsc. of the Lord or All. instructing them. guiding the•r plth. and
Ju11t as his folJowcrs h:r.-c accepted the teachings of their lord, reminding them thal they :ite fortunate beyond me:isure to
Nurgk himself l.o ng ago accepted th:u de<ny brings an end ha'-'C been chosrn by Nt1.rglc to 1eceivc his aU'u. Indeed. m"any
10 1111 things. but that through such dce.1y life begins anew~ discover 1h:1t the i--niti.aJ m~dOl<l y from which 1hcy sufTetcd, 1hc
Decay is the victor in all battles, the opposition to whM:h one 1h;ic dl'O'lc them to seek salvation in the fits-1 plltt, wu
thc:rr is no resistance. This iJ why Nurgk embraces dcc.:ay as a actu~Lly bestowed upon thtm by Nwgle. Rather th.ln angtt. it
"'"'C:lf"OI\. as: :a tool aod as a ~RS of instrueting and guiding ;, i<>Y .~ 'l'ri"P r.... ch<s lmowkdgo. Thae mon•ls bcl;...
ha ro1i......... Ocay <s" dx - of NUfik's philosophy ood dwm.cfws 10 h~ bern chosen. destined fot arcancss .s a
m<thods. Blcss<d wich <aivpcd r....,. and "'"'"cd purpose. we ch11npoon elNurgl<_
the minioas of Notgk become- hil a.nstrumtnU in die Gttat
Com.ption. As ,......is and cmbod.....11 of d«2)\ moruls 3nd
O.aemans alike a.It" dfcctivdy living furJ,. pov.-cring the great
cycle through tbeir actions and, indttd, thc-ir simple tolting.
infectious presence: in the Realm ~Chaos and the mortal plane._

ROT, GLORIOUS ROT


few who pledge r.hcmsctva to Nufik do so in the belief
that he offers- an easy path to p<>"rCt and glOf)! He docs not
promise" incn:ased influmcc. bNt:a.l attngth. or hedonistic
nau ThOSC' who tum 10 h.sm fOr tid arc not tttking 10 make
their dreams bc:come ttality, 10 strike down lhosc ._ilo sund
in opposition. or lO be adored by tD who kno"A' them. No,
most moruls wh.o 6nd their wsy in10 Nutgk·s foetid embrace
wish only fot an end to some son of suffering. They caJI to
him to protect them from the rivagcs or disease, to S3\'(' lhC'm
rrom t he slow, painful dc:ilh or unchecked infe<tion, or to
()lhctwise spare ithcm from wh;alcvcr m:iy :iii them.. There an:-
cvtn some who d o not seek hizn out but arc instead visited by
one of his mcssc-ngcu and offcrr:d 'b3ri:=iin.
No m.:ltttt if they .MM.1ght his 1,fu or If they themsc:lvn
"'ere- found. the adu.n~ i.s newt q..i11e wh.tt wu expecttd.
Th= mo<Uls iu.... lh<ir do.bo and f<>ts cast asMk. They
find dut ch<y = no iong<r '""ih< .., rh< pa121ysing grip
o( despair .Jnd misery. The.- affi.cstons. ho.."'C'Vl"l. lingcr. aind
•tt usually joined by other blights. New soto: and pustules
appe;t;r, the fool liqujds thq con11in becoming home to
1m:all \\'Ofll'IS and maggou. Bellies $\\'ell and distend. 1hc Ocsh
s1r.aining to cont:t.in bleeding cnttn.ils tlut push the abdomen
outward. Old woun ds rip o pen ug:iln spontaneously :ind invite:
CHAMPI ONS OF DECAY ~)
A<btM:ly (.,. ofthmc:,.iJo n"C<M Nuti:l<'s g-bkaiogs •-· •
distin~ th ha~ iwch mott lhan a tiny but -·dcomc
m~. do•og lhci.r pan co cu nny • 1hc nxttng corpsc-
thlt b: the decaying uni'o'CCSC. Those who do dilTcn:ncQtc
themselves invariably at:mplify the pt«cpcs o( Nurglc's
phibophy and emulate his grand and corrup1cd (orm :it a
le\lcl 1h.rit lcivcs no doubt as to Y•hich of chc Ruinous ~"'crs
h:as el1it11cd their .souls. Thc.'Sf! are the PL1gucr:nher's mortal
champioNt and it is through chcir foul deeds chat many of
the a:rc.accsc accomplishments of Nurglc's pl.an a~ tchie"o'Cd.
So often lhc.x champions t.akt- oo an appctnt:ncc not u nBkc
1ha1 1htir darl4 patron. This is not unusual for m1niocu of the:
Pbcuc<ahcr.Gr..c UndcanOncsaru•id 1obe,...ll(U.O.gh
.rriH llUS!ll~ in chcit owo righl) ~ o( N"'&k hUmdf,.
:and in cum thc-ir acrdO:f offspring, 1ht N1i'lling1t look likt
minllt1,1tt n:pl.ic;as of the Crc:at Undc:tn Ona that ~ them
life. Likewise. mortal cfumpi"ons bttomc blo:utd, stinking.
lc:tking. collccbons of rotted fl esh, exposed cn1r:iils, necrotic
sorn, :ind all manner of foulness. They 111c surrounded by
or
clo!,ids flies and follov.·cd by Nurglings that .spluh about
in the slime lraib th.Jt s:pn:ad out behind them to mark their
p3:Uing. Unlike the minions of the other Cods of Chaos,
ctumpions of Nurglc do not hcsibte to puBUe cncmacs tnto
chc moll dank. disgusting. aOO polluted places_ There is DO
cesspool or JC'Wou noxious movgb to c:ktct Nuflk·, foUo"'"'Cf'I.
No ~lined plague z.onc- is off limits. Onrc • dumpion of
Nurck" hu 1bc liCUll ofhis foe,. oo anoun1 o(aink an duow
him ofT Thr dctcnnJnariion th:n is such p211 and ~rcC'I of all
1hlt Nurglc'.s ICSM>ns impartsc:1"'CS his ctumpions well :as they
do \'t'h;tfCVCI' mtJSt bC' done to :s«VC' their lord, lies and promises they know they wiU almost cen.:iinlv never
t.euer wotJhipcrs of Nurgle who foUow 1hcm nrc n~ to kttp. Thcv SC'C their daemonic follo...,·etJ, even 1heil'
unpetturbro by the grotesque oondition of champion$ and draw champions. as never hBving had ~ choice but to do 2s they
inspirition from the macabre beauty o( their ronlng forms, the arc commanded. They view these Daemons more :u s12'1Cs 10
siddy IWttl odour of their rancid ftcsh, 2nd the COtT\lptivc acts darkness than ('()+Conspirators with it. In their eyes, 1his tn..1kcs
they commil Jn the: mmc ofGnndfathct Nutp:. mortal scn11nis somcho\\• more interesting. Nutgte, on 1hc
The ~·s followcn •ll end up tttimk!Ung his other hand, knows moa o(hjs mortal folJo"'C't'S tumrd 10 hi.m
appc:mncc .. one way ex ~ Some nm bccamt hG as a bsl act o( dcspcnlJOft. but his daemonic minions. "'°'1
mildn:n i..o.- dxy """'"" Otil lifr bc.nng - pmiog esp«Ully thr c,.., Uncba Oors. Iv.. g<nufor sfl'«to00
......,.,......, to hua Nurgl< is ....,, dun li>nn, ci-p. Hr for Crandf;uhcr Nurglc and Xrvt' him out of bot. Nwak
w mo ph•looofhlt Mast IDOltll! ch3mp;om. •nd ouny lesser dc:lights in rcciptoot1na.. reminding him as it doo of a kAnd
followrn, rnd up dtin!Wtg lilt< h< do<., <hou11h on • Um;to:d of a cydc. and chttcf'0te t"kcs grcac interest aod prick in 1hc
fashion duC' to a.he constraints of moroil minds; but it is tht effort5 of his d:temonie champions. The dcsil'cs o( Nurgle and
daemonic di:tmpions that know their f.>1hcr's 1hoi.aghts the best his ch3mpions :arc one. E:ich knows that the Crcat Corrup1ion
Ct(':ll Un<lea.n Ones unde.rscand Nurgle in :i way that is :a higher purpok chat mu.st be $(':(\'eel, and they do so "'Ith
no morc.al- noc even one elevated to the rtu'lk of Daemon great ~sol\•e nnd s;11isf~ccion.
Prio~r could. They arc rH:arer 10 their god than any
motta~ •nd more clOSC"f)• involved in his plaM th.10 .1ny
Pbguc:bc.arcr or other d«-monic ~nL There is l11dc pUct:
A PURPOSE SHARED,
for ~Jb..Jy or- .:hmaiog in lhc Catdcn of Nutgk Of •ny of A PLAN DIVIDED
hos do....,. b.yand. md his 0....... p..._ know dtu. Thr Gods of 0.- •r< 211 ultimat<ly ma dt< a111< dting.
~ dtcy "uh ti>c nodmg ..... chm •• be - ...ch ""' Each wishes m CWC'tthrow chC" existing otdct and cbJm
PJ.eud'"hrt. dtcy •lso know tbcy wm """"' be u clot< "' dominion avct boch 1hc Rc;ilm of Oi:aos and tht motul
him: :u che Crcolt Unclean Ones .re As they do with so much world. The qutshOnJ of how chis is to be achjn'Cd 11nd
elst as 1 ~suit ofNurgk's tcaehings, tbc.y mC'"cepc c.h.:11' k>t This \\·hich lord lhe uni~rK will call mastt"f att an:s....·ercd ~ry
or
n:ladonship co 1heir god differs from that 01hel' D.aemon differently by c11d'I of the Dark Gods. SlaJncsh would see all
Princes.. The ocher Ruinous Po\'t·ers wkc p.>nlcular pica.sure of exiscc-nce rurncd Into n playground in which he 11nd his
tn clocciwng morbls, damning chem bv 1rickin& chem with minions coo Id e'ernalfy explore new delights. Khornc desira
nothjng more than to dajm every s.kuJI and drop of blood minions of the P rince of Pleasure to play with the wounded,
to use 3S the mort3r with v•hich to btiild the found:ltions absconding \vith cheir sh3tttn:d fonns before delights can be
of his ~w kingdom. Tzccntch surely h:is his ov.•n plans for explored. To Khomc it ii all \\•ell and good to y,•ork with
v.•h3I a twisted reality rcsh.aped in his image Y.'OOld look like. his brother Nurgle in an effort to bl.asl ~ Kroot colony into
but he has not shared wh:at that might be. Perhaps he docs oblivion, but he cannol f3thom \\•hy che P laguelord insis ts on
not C'\'t'n know himself. To Nurgle, these ahemam,.es nrc- leaving thei1 former homel:and untouc-bcd rnther th;in raze it
indisringuishnble-self4indulgcnt fantasies with no s.cnse of to a ch:arred, lifeless stone. Still, th~ incidents p~ y,•i:itten
greater ptirposc ot underst:1nding of the nature of things. To o ff as the e<:centricitics of their joUy brother.
him, the ambitio ns of the others Sttm small. Tzttntch. howe\'er, is another matter enri,rc-ly. He refuses
Rea:lity w ill be l't'made. Both the mortnl plane nnd the 10 give Nurgle his dt1e or to allow him to pursue his own
ReaJm of Chaos have ever been on a path of dcay, and ftom pa1h. He t\\•caks, twists, ancl divcns. He warps. rodilec~
decay come death :ind endings. Endin~ but not 6na1ity.. and alters. The Master of Change is un2ble to accept lhat
lt seems th.at Nurglc 'alone comprc-hends the meaning of which w ill surely come to p3SS. He is constantly looking to
thi~ the distinction. \\'here his brother gods each envision modify the rules- to his advantage so that his dcsited ending
l destination at t he end cf the p!lth, Nurgle knows that is the one that will come 10 pass, e\'en if it mcms inteifciing
the journey turns ever b3tk upon itself in a loop, leading w ith Nurgle's desires, no man~r how sm.aU t he consequences
to rcbinh, revitalisation, and new beginnings. It is this of those desires may appear to be. Nurgle knows that such
flln damenr.&I divergence of views that sets Nurgle at odds meddling is pointless. He knows th11t the journey do\\'n the
w ith the other P.'owci:s, for it menns thar they arc not acrualJy path does not s top,. bul the machinations of his brother arc
workjng tov.•ard the same thing th:it be is. On the surfi1ce, it vexing and irritllting just the s:une.. The actions of Khome and
appears to the others that while the methods each employs Slaanesh arc- a small incon\'enjence. bo1Tuentch"s g:i.mes pby
may be different, the end result is m.:rch the s:amc--the lu"1:1c with Nurgle',s plans, cre:tting setbacks th.at arc nccdlcn
dcstroction of the Impcrium, the enslavement or destruction nnd coonte1pr.odi)ctM: to not cnly Nurgle•s-ewn ~b, .bu.I
of2U mortal~ an d final dominion oycr all This is, though, a also those of die other Chrk Gods. Very little C'3uses Nurgle's
s up<tfic+a l understanding. Differences come 10 light in many smile to dip, but Tzccntch seems to be able to pto\•oke thm
w.ays. Sbanesh is content to alki'Y Pl:ague t.1:1rines to inflict reaction at v.•ilL \Vhen the uni-verse dies aind then rises agJin,
grie\•ous damage on an :in:ny through blight and disease, but it is one of _greatest hopes of the L:inf of All that like the
is then pc-tplexe-d \\•hen Norgle}s -servants do not allow the Corpse Cod of ,.tan, T2ttntch w ill not be reborn v.·ith iL
pl>a. If the '!'PC'""' or Swn<1h's brain-oddkd d<volccs .....
NURGLE AND lost io the pka:.wru o( tbc kil. so be it. EW"n the nnhc.
mis~ido:I Kboos of'Tucnt...-h•s minions can. ar: tlma. <rt:itc

THE LONG WAR dMnions lhal ..... the cn<mks or lhc RWoous -
...akm. None o( dld can CGmPJtt ro m~ alkncompaMn&
IO

aotality of the Plaguclord"s pnd design. As empi.rcs crumble,


" " I.pm• tJN'I# Us lu hrorth !Mg 4§1. ,,,.,. drY lff.rrrty "WtlflfJ stars colbpsC" upon thcmk'tvcs ~nd ~h and c:very palhctic
rJs ckAth tdltlt. "ft::/ rhm mfrOP.'j s:JJa// claim as frt1t,( •t1Wutd -v-kfory. Sp.tee Marine chapter fadCJ from memory. Grandfiuhcf
JVc ltrt f"fi(fU, W( /)1'W WJdito:f tt:n l/;ous.:f1tdJld11. Ht 11•ilf w.\ti: ttn Nurgk and his ch05C'n Jc:tvnnts will h:ivc the last laugh. The
tl}oU1111td 1;t1ort, ifnm:rssry. But f do not tJ,ink it will ht.' galaxy "'ill die. and from its death throes a new exiatcnct
- l.cthr;i.x lhC' Bliahtcd H:uKt shall come into being, with Nurglc ruling :is lord O'o'ct
it :s.U. Not a 11nglc one of !he Emperor's 10)-.a~ wretched
or a Pl31Uc 1'.tarillt" or other ChM>t Spxc Marine in

F
offspring .s.haU pc:tsist to suUy it.
lht service of Nu~ the timeless ruo.itt o( existence
•.thin the Warp 6 a gifi beyond mc<lM.ltt. M>ny of the
k:uonl. atwl cxptritntts tha lcsser mocub llrC unabk 10 fully
lf'FJ«IOIC, let 1loo< compithcod in ""Y •igruftant >1'1)\ an:
thciD 10 exp&o«. h gi\'t"S these warriou an clcmlry to
ponder the gnndeur of lhtir master's pl.an for uhinurc
corruj)1ion. The m:tny disc-ascs they ha\'C \\•ithin them
arc givcn lime 10 pcrcol3te and properly cvol\•c Into
ever mo1c dcndly forms. Perhaps best of nil, it muy nllow
them 10 live long cnoogh to sec rot cl:tUn the: body
and 10ul of the F:al~ Emperor u he withers aw;iy 10
nothing on his Cok!M Throne. Whik the u.nfoc:UStd
folloWa'S of Tueruch ""1Stt time
lo fubk .tnt1'1'1pb 10 find new wa.ys
10 biach the lmp<tUI Pabcr.
1hc .,.....,, Cluos Spa«
Manocs o(NuT< know lha1
incv11.ab1liry is 1m.ir alJ)t They
hive bu1 10 WJit for the great
viCCOI')', for nothing is ctcm.31-not
e\•cn lhc J;.mpttor :and his domain.
Fo< thew: cnligh1cncd and blighf(:d w-arriof'. the l.01'&
\\';ir docs not sc-cm :is long as it docs to ochc1'1.
That iJ noc: to s:ay they do not harbour the .umc ri&htc0us
hatted for chcir fonnrr brothcn tba aU Legions Wrc. \Vhilc
lhcy know they coold smply wait Ii>< voaory 10 """'
to lh<m, they choose to follow th< aampk o( Nuri:I<
hmKM"1nd ukt a mo« xtiw: role in the do'fl11f<tll and
mi......i of tht :>laX)l E<tmay o4Tm lhtm mony ""!"
4o ~1 in 1hc joy of living and to pin atid'ac1ion
from 1hc death they an bring to their cncmtCS. There
arc• thouso_nd worids ripe f01· vi1us bombing. Billions
of souls wiait to be tonncnted by plagues or the spltic.
The Oo h 1 nd bones of t'lltirc: Space Marine ch:ip1ers
arc thc:tc lO be h:arvcstcd and used as c.xpcrimenuil
sli>j«U for Nurg~ 's roosuan:tly mutahng aulocuc of
discl.H&. It iJ 1hc duty :and privilege of the ~tcntns
of the Long Wa to Stt to it that no oppocturuty to
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IC'tvtnidc :ire (rnh i.n the minds of all wtio
fou1h1in1h* days. Ltt Kho mc"s brainlcs~ savaac:s muulatc
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ATTHEEDGE
OF.DESPAIR

.NEW PLAYER
ARCHEIYPJ3S

DECAYING.ARMOURY

EXPANDED RrrEs
AND RITUALS

FORGING
DAEMON ENGINES

CHAPTER II:
DEATH
BRINGERS
.,.,(Jt,,
..Wby ®you_qrug;,lr so. licrft Mt:, n'CI' the iCJ airyou
b«dtht holds th< .smfs ofym1r n.'tt'.tual and nv:rfasting dtstnict.fon?"
-Crier of the Hordes of Nymcronth

0
fall the Chaos Gods. Nurglc is most involved with
the plights of the mott3l 1t'31m. He is the lord of
Disease and Dcc.iy, and C':\'ery living thing endures
his minf.stration.s before uhimatel)• falling to corruption
nnd ruin. A noble fe\\' face this d eath bn\<cly and stoically.
~L many more .cling frantically to lif<' in their eagerness to
.escape their f:tte. To these desperate individllillls, Nurglc offers
salvation through eternal st.Jgnation and entropy in the form
of copious Warp-Sp-3Wnt'd contagions th-at ravage the body
and corrupt the soul. In return, Nurglc's diseased followers
sing prajses to the Pl:iguc God for h~ generous bounties while
agerly spreading their lotd's affiictions. As the numbers of
d ead muhiply aod entire \\•orlds drown bcne.ath tides of filth
and pestilence, Nu.rgle' s po\\1er and influence gto\\'S until his
daemonic serwncs burst f0tth into a.he material rc-:ilm intent
on spreading his: pl:1gucs to evtry comer of the galaxy.
This Chapter of T HE TOME Of' D ECAY inttodu:ces new
Traitor Legions ;:o the abhorre-nt hordes that dwell within the
Screaming Vortc:x as Wt'll as vile new human and Chaos Space
fl;iarine Archetypes.
Plague Mari:ne: A W3rrior of Ch3o.s \\'hose fouJ afflictions
3jd him jn spreading Nurgle's blights.
Vn.ttan of the Long War: A Ch-aos Space Marine that
seeks only to destroy the hated lmpcrium.
Warpsniith: A profane Techmarine whose me<hanoid
mastery is ptit to devastating use on the battlefield.
Writhing World Sorccrer· Kin ~ A re-.•olting sorcerer
whOSC' body is riddled with the 53mc loathsome wonns that
infest his d istuibing home v.:orld.
Oc-atb Priest of Mire: A ferocious warrior dedicated to
propag.uing his profatl<' beliefs ofcorruption and death.
Pfaguemeister: A cwiste<I apothecary whose unnatural
obsession with disease m~ kes him-1l deadly advtrsll)'.
Also included! is an expand«! "armoury; rules for harbouring
makVolcnt \VarP. entities as a Po.Messed, and prof3nc new
rites and rituals for crafting di:aboliol D:t-cioon Engines.
Yet when Horus led h3ff the: Space fl.1aci ne legions in
AT THE EDGE rt be Ilion :igainsrthe Emperor, he was~bJc to sway Mortarion,
the Death Guard's pallid and grim Prim11tdi, to join him in

OF DESJPAJR U:aring to Ilic ground 3JI 1h:a1 his father hsd :wcomplishcd.
\Vhal c:x.3,cdy motiwtcd f';iortarion to bctr.3y the lmperium
is lost to hislory, ~·et he and his y,·arriots c2gcrly joined the
"Ht.have shtrttaal our chains ofCondiff! amf cast c/m;n thtir other t.mito-ts in 1heir camp.aign of destruction. crossing into
ONci)a-fJflS lits! A'w1P< arrjrr(, 1R)' br«htt; ftrc to cxt:ruct wr the \Vnrp en m3ssc to aid in the assault on Holy Terra.
ft'flgtJrt«'from l/Jrirjltsb! Ltr us J'tf"lY tbm a Jf;ousamJfold!.
Ho\\'CVer, shotdy after their transition, •tbe Death Cu:ard
- Khrengas the Spiteful,
were becalmed within the fickle \Varp tid~ while n sttange
Gr3nd Defiler of the Gore-Spattered Fist
and devastating plague of unprec~cntcd virulence ravaged
he Impcrium offltian is the largest endeavour in humanity's the l.egion and thcir attendant flec·l Even the: legendary

T long :i.nd la1gt.Jy fo-r~ttcn h isto~ enc..ompassing


millions of v.'Orlds and untold billions of subjects. This
massive r.eaJm was forged during lhc legendary Creat Crusade,
physiologies of the Sp:u:e 1\1arines couJd not save them as
one by one cadi of the Oe:ath Guard was O\'Crcome, their
superhuman bodies bloated and distended 3S the foul contagion
,mm the immortal Emperor led his ~rmies acro&S the mrs in tnnsfonned them into shambling, diseased gro~squcs.
•n U!ljlitctdrou:d camp•ign of conquest illld exploration. Yet YcL none: 3fr bclicvt.d to h:ivc suff~rcd as gn:ntly 3S
this age of enlightenment :and discovtry was not mc:i.nt to be, ?v1ort:a1ion, \vho \V1'IS forced to watch his progeny stumble
for Horus, grcateit of the Space 1\1arinc Prinurchs, betrnytd in unending anguish thro(lgh the disc.'lse choked confines
hjs o.1ths of allegiance and led! b:rlf the Space 1'1arine legions of their helpless vtS.Sels withoot hope of escape or death. Jn
in a tt:rril:K civil war that tore the lmperium asund«. Though despcr:ition, Mortarion olftred up his soul :and the souls of
the Emperor eventually cast dovon the trnitorous V.'arm:ister the remaining Death Guard to the \ V-atp in excllan~ for his
in single combat and scattered his legions, the ccm. would Legion's salvation, and it was Nurgle, Lord of Oisc:m- and
ultimately p~ cawtropbic fo.r the fledgli ng lmperium. Dcco-,s "'>ho answered his pr.l}'C"r, saving the Dc3th Guard and
For tQ,<K>O years since those dark days die lmpcrium of ensuring their e1ernal dan1n:ation.
1'otan lus endure<!, despite the efforts of innumerable heretics, \\!hat evencually emerged from the \Va.rp ,.,ithin the: it filth
4

se.neg.uks, and vik xenos "''ho seek to erode its-authority from CO\'Cttd plague ships ""t:re not the stoic and :austere Death Guard
~·idiou t as "''ell as within. HowevC"r, beneath its mighty facade, ofold, but the 6rst-a.od most deadly of the Pfague Jo.brines. Led
the lmperium stands 011 the brink of collapse. Follo\ving his by their Primarch, the U3nsfonned Legion burst forth upon the
confrontation wi:th Horus, the wounded Emperor was interred E.mperor"s Palace of TecrJ like a tide of putrid .corruption, their
in an 3n:ane device known as the Golden Throne where he d~ase~ncrustcd bulks and rust-CO\'Ctcd weapons y,•reaking 3
temains to this dJ~ "3 withered 2nd lifeless husk. i\'1ean\\•hile, de\'3Stating toll upon the Imperial defenders.
.:omJption, hypocrisy, :and stagnation are rampant throughout
the Jmperium, \\·hile only the hercule:in efforlS of its
defenden and their Wth in the Emperor hold the forces that
usa.il hcumnity a l bay. The most dangerous of these are the
remnants of !he Tr3itor Space Marine Legions that very nearly
toppled the lmpcrium those many centtiries ago; including
the undying Death Cuard, lhe cunning Iron \V-arriors,.-11nd the
tcn.lmc:d Black ~gion. They are all determined and de11dly
warriors, utterly dC\.'Otcd to 'their cause and the inevitable
downfall of me Corpse-God >nd his rcnlm.

THE DEATH GUARD


Thoo_gh OO'-'' -coosiOaro o-ne of the Jmpc:rium's most
abhorrent f~ lhc Death Guard \\'ere once counted among
the most rclentlcss,and resolute.of the Emperor's warriors. The:
c.-ypt'ic Stygian Scrolls-claim the Legion bailed from the planet
B~nlS, :i coxic wodd wrC3lbcd in 11 pc:rpetu.11 poisono~ fog.
As a result. 1hc planet's inhabitta:nts became extreme.ly rcsiJient
to lheir poisctnPus home \\·orld, a r.rnit chat \\'ould e\'ClltU3lly
pc rise tQ the Death Ctsard'.s, infamous ability to operate
in C¥tn the most toxic warz:oncs. This hardy constittJrion,
~bioed wish a grimly stoic d emeanour and brutally efficient
{ifantiy lattics. nudr j~ Death Cuatd o-ne of the most
"e1U.itd.W .tt!iabfe fon:es \\•ithin the c~at Crusade.
i'
By the time he reached tb~ bridg,e, the mig"hty warriar
could barely stond, ,,·hjJe behind him his battle brotht'B
Jn the-wake of Hofus's d efeat, the- Death Guard s:«reated to
by de-ad or dying and che servants of Nurgte mn rampant
the Eye: of Tc-rror alongside the other Tr2itor Legions, their
throughout the h3llowcd halls of tbe venerable Strike Cruiser.
s 1e3df3St demeaoour allowing them to avoid che dis!lrray 3nd
The bloated 03emon~thing dt:tt confronted him w ithin that
snarchy emit afilictcd many of their tntitor brethren. Upon
necrotic bubo laughed at the Y.'Cakcned Ca~i n~s plight and
entering the \V3rp, they laid claim to a blighted \\1orld ncar
the borders of re.ality now known as the Plague Planet. The r.1ised his massive V1Capon to strike the killing blow. lo that
Death Guard arc said to dY"ell there still, and it is from this moment, the Captain despa:ircd, crying out In 3ngujsh •nd
poisonous rock t hat the Legion continues to strike out at their pleading for the strength to kill his foc..SuddenJy unhindered
Imperial enemies. their massi\'e plague s hips bursting with by the innume1'3ble infect ions: that festered within hiS body,
diseased fo llowers eager to bring despair and desolation to the Capt2in strtaek- out with renewed vigour, smiting his.
mankind. Those .insiine and corrupted individuals y,:ho claim opponent :ind cl3iming his place at me plague s hip's helm.
Now he is ii Champion of Nurgfe whose: plague fleet
to haves.ct foot upon it S3)' it i.s a toxic \\'orld of corruption
and pestilence whose skeleul ruler dwells within his wrought· plies the outer fringes of the Sc1eaming Vortex, unle.uhing
its f'C\•olting \\'arriors ag:ainst those unfortunate enough to
iron bastion upon the v.·orld's highest peiik.
fall afool of their disen.scd and leprous hulks. In combat,
Since their fall, the Legion has utterly dcdicat.ed itself to
Buorgdilll leads the rcanim3tcd corpses of his former SpJc_t
ptoP3g.iting Nu.G'gle's corruption, its disc:ised Aeets spc\\'ing
Marine brc:th1en into battle vi.•hile wielding 11 massive moce
from the \Varp to spread his vile plagues across countless
worlds. Jn OO~le, they are as utterly relendcu as evc-1.. crafted from the disc:ased bones of his unholy predecessor,
inexorably advancing in the face of withering fuc while using and dripping with repellent \V:itp energies. Afterward, hi:s
their rost~covcred bohers and poisonou..s Pl:ague Knives to undcad "Warriors stuff t he inn:umerable dead and dying into
brutally dispJtch t heir foes. Their bloated and disc3sed bodies the filthy, dank plague holds of his vessels in order that
ate immune to fear :and pain. ofien aUowing diem to causally thc:y may moulder in the foetid d3rkncs:s. In t hjs way. the
ignore \\'Ounds which \\'Ould kill lessc1 men. champion recruits many of his mightiest \\'arrion,, :tnd he
Throughout their centuries of r.liding, t he l.cgion h3s is s3id to offer a place in his \\'arband to any who w ill bul
s:upplic:i~ themselves·before the Lord of Dcc:iy.
graduatly spBt i:nto smaller and sm:iJJer units., e:ach led by
~ patticularly d~adly C hiimpion of Nurgle in addition to
the untold numbers of foetid, \Varp-spa"''ned servants thar THE BLACK LEGI ON
accompany them. In keeping with thcit corrupt heritage, Since the t.ime of Horus' bct~-ya~ much of the Arch-Ttaicor's
the Death Guard primariJy light on foot, retying heavily history has been expunged from Imperial records. \\'hile v.·hat
on infantiy ta.ctics and their own disc3sed physiologies to little has survi\•ed is rate :ind Jealously gua1ded. Yet before
o~rpower thcit enemies. f\.tany of these ttpulsivc 'Wrriors
his fateful :actions m:ade his .name a by.v.'Ord for sedition
are the same traltors who btirst forth from the \Vatp during and catastrophe, Horus Luperc:&I was wid~ly considered the
the fabled Bllttle of Terra centuries ago, while others are mo~ greatest of 'he Primiirchs. A master tlletician and warrior.
recent converu .,,.,,.ho h:i~ S\\'om nllegiancc to both 1\1orctrion Horus was highly intelligent and ch.arism.3tic, able to
and his noxious patron. inspire the best in his feJlov.• :Primarchs while utilising their
Scauerc:d warbands of Death Cunrd frequently operate respectiVC' Legions in opcr:itions th:at suited lheir unique
w ithin and around the Screaming Yonex, e~r eager to reduce t:il«1ts. Following his success ng.iinst the Orks during the
the m3ny wo1lds surrounding those unn:itur.ll currents to Ullanor Crusade. Horus v.•:is e levated to t he newly cn.-ated
s tinking morasses of putrefaction. Though few in numbct,. rank of Warmiister, \\'hile the lunar Wolves~ great~ of the
they fToqti.cntly swell their r:i.nks with denizens of che Vortex Space Marine Ugioos, "''ere renamed The Sons of Horus in
vtho wish to spread Grandfather Nurgfe's bounty as \\'CU 3S his honour. As pan of his nev.• position, Horus " '3S given
the numerous Traitor Space Marines w ho hai.'C embraced the over.tll command of the Emperor's Great C rusade and the
path ofdeC3)( Yet t hen: is :a change coming within ~he Vortex, hitherto unprecedented expansion o f humanity's domain.
with m:iny isolated w.irbands uniting bentath the pestilent However, as the Emperor "'ithdrew to Terra to continue
banner of3 malC'"'-•olent ne\\' chiimpion who h:as emerged from his great Yo'Ork, Horus became disiUusioncd with his place
the etemal wanoncs that surronnd the Calixis Sector. within t he lmperium, asting his lot and th3t of his LcgiO,n
Known only .as Buorgdius, legend has it that he wias once agiinst 1he Emperor of mankf.nd in the service of tht Chaos
a proud c.1prain of a Space 1\1arinc purgation force that ~s Cods. Perhaps he resented a lord who seemed to prcftt
sent -to facilitate the erndication of Chaos forces \\'ithin the others to \\'in his. bauJes fo r h im while- he reapc-G W glol')'J
Acheros S31ient of the Jericho Reach. After months of brutal or maybe Horus resented the worship ..,,.hich h•d s~
e;ampaigning. 3 rogue plague ship u.nexpcctcdly btirst forth up around t he Emperor as -a livfng god Many wilhili b&
from the \Varp-and rammed his Stiike Cruiser before vomiting own legio n even cl.aim a 03tC'mon possessed Hon:.""rinJlt
its rotting warriors direcdy into the vessc:.l's interior. It is s:aid those lcgend3ty' rimes. Ultimately, the t rue motiva
that the Capuh1 fought \\•ith terrible fury, cutting do\\'n all Horlls's betrayal died \\'ith him when the Emperor slew
manner of plague-riddeo monstrosities \vhilc enduring the "\Varm:ister al the h ci~t of the 1nfamous Battle _.
fQUI sw.ainns of fiies and noxious clouds of contagion that yet his tteachcry and the acti ons of those who •
choked cvcryconido1 and assailed his superhuman frame. forever tl"3nsfocmed hum:anity's fa.Le.
DEAIH TO THE FALSE EMPEROR! ixwfy eao£:•e«i champions -M h~ won fNOW duough
The dc:tth o( their Prim.1reh w.i.s :t traum:ulc blow for thr their ocfarious dttds :1t1d violent :11n fn :iddJtion. individtul
Sons of Horu~ who had :&IW'*yS prided thc1nsc:lvc:s on being loyaJties, old nv;ih ies, and conOiccing devotiont co the Chaos
1hc greatest of the Space M•tinc l..tgions. Upon hearing of Cods oftc-n lead to internal dispulcs within 1hc Legion itself.
while ~ Bbdc Legion's pcndunc for dacmonk possession
lhrir Pri~·, fate, the Son.s of Horus immcdi.aldy fell b3ck
only compound• .um fiag..colation..
r...... the s..., of the EmpttOls Palx<. br<>klng nnks and Despite such dnisions, the Bbc'k legion is -holly united
l't'trairing inro chc bb('.kncss of .spxc with 1he body of their
in its undying hatl't'd of the lmpcrium, and hJS launched
dc:KI 'Vann:aJtcr. Such :ictiqn.s cnmed the Sons of Horus 1hc
innumerable rnlds upon countless Imperial W'<ldds in its efforts
enmity of all 1hc other Tr.titor S~cc i\iJ.rinc Legions on th.at
d~ -vritich would b tcr ttttim 10 h.1u.nt thtwn, to sow mayht>m and destruction. Whether acting au tonomoosfy
m:
FoBo.,. chcit d"""""'C .,,. .,,. lc£ioa 11a1 ill«> !he °' as pan of • l><JF "-vlwld, each "''""btt of thc Blad
Eye of Tt'trOf when: thry rcnuu1cd among the most 3ClM legion utilisa: 2 highly tlcxibk lXticaJ doctrinC' ""hich mablrs
of the TraitOI Legions, frequently l'lliding Imperial sp:ice :uw:t them to :w:lapt quickly to any combat .situation. No tlctic is too
openly counin&the 'larious pov..c:n: and Daemons of the \Varp. dangerous 01 WC'apon too terrible" for th~ highly resourceful
Hov."CW'C the Jc.gion soon fot..nd jtscJf cmhfotlcd in "'3rious warriors., and rNny will go to ~nv lengths t C> 1CCOmplish cheit
«>oructswi1h ,..,. IOancr .,...._duri ng wt.Kil,.,,."""'"'"""' ~ Tht legion is aloo k,,_o for ;rs ho&f>ly dlident
driifcd Horus's lomb and sook the Wannntcr'• corpsie in du.in of command. assumin1 that the run-<1it lcadC'r is able
on:kr to done 1hc no1orious kadcr. Furious •1 svch \\':l.nron to enforce his pos.don ""'ith the ocasionaJ di.q>lay ofstrength
and ruthk-ssncss. One of the Bl21ck Legion's r.wo,1tite tricks. is
dcxo Mlon of thc!tr bc:&o,<ed Prl1natclt,. the Son11 or Horus .sv.'Orc
co tear the throa.1 out of the enemy by dimin.1ting the enemy
.sllqiUntt ., • now m = Abaddon of the fiM Comp3'1)'.
commander in a .single swift and brvtal strik
IMda- Abaddon·, lt.1.l=hip chcy rcnc>UftC<d thcw Priman:h
la rccet11. centt.ltic':si. a numb:-r of Bbck l.tiion wadnnds:
-.I - . , hct>ldry. mumme thm.:lvcs thc Bbdc L<gioo in
h;avc begun to opcr.1cr ou.t of ihc Screaming Vonca:, bunching
ACSik>iJ ol thar shame before 1tt1eking and destroying cht
dcvast3ting mids into the ncJitby sccror.s •nd ""·arxoncs.
~- dwtcri body. ~ rtse.1n;h (ik!llity, and the wrttchcd clones.
Though m:tny seem to be openaling indcpcnlknUy LowJ:rdr
~ llbidi. Legion ha fnc:blred s!gni&an dy ovt"t the
&hc:i;r own insane and gtf~inc ends, thett is one ""'Jlrband
JJ\~tlls!P·'!. ..,....., iato - ,...mnc1s of <V<tY
*& Sar.ar owt lhC"1r aflcgianc:r co heroes :and "' ponicubr, led by """ Hod•n>t the ~ - ~r
ind inftomtt a.n: tn the- 'll:Sa"ndJ~t.
~ lhr Ctta1 Bctr.tpl. while others follow
THE IRON WARRIORS
Ekfore their fall during the fabled Horus 1-lerCS)o; the Iron
Warriors .,...·ere 3mong the lmperium's finest siege breakeOi
rut hle3Sly e ffi cient in :ill aspcc.ts of s t1tic warfal't' and comb..i.
engineering. In 'l!ddition to their exttpt ion-:.J combat skill~
~3ch possessed an inn3te affin ity for cechnology <ind a cold
and pragmatic logic inherited from their Prfm31ch Pcrcunb~ a
w.arrior of exce ption.al skill 11nd strnteg·ic ins ighL \Vhat records.
remain of their tactics typically de.scribe bruti!Jly effective
siege ~mpaigns in which thJC' Iron Warriors systcmat;io lly
Had-a1or is ;1 Black Legion C aptain whose warriors havt" silenced the defender's gtiOS before relentlessly storming the
w rought terrible h:a\'OC upon the beleaguered lmperi2I weakened defences and slaughtering the defenders without
Forces of the Jericho Reach since the early da}'S of thal 3 s hred of remorse. Blood ran thick o n these worlds, for the
disastrous camp;i.ign. Since then his forces havt- contjnucd nrongest r-amparts could not s tand before the wrath or froo.
to grow ns Ch:ios 1\1arines from many different Legions -and So cffectiVt' " '« C these tactics th:u the Jron \¥arrion-
backgrounds unite beneath h is banner of hatred and nulice. bcome the automatic choice for every difficult siege mission,
He d ocs not seem to favour 3 particul ar C h3os Cod over and it is highly possible that th e strajn of these ruthless
another. p«"ferring inste.:id 10 offer devotions to rile numerous campaigns e\•cntually had a destructive effe,q on tW: irmo~le.
po"·ers to suit his needs. Despite such activity, bis goals !Ind What's more, their frequent d.eployments as siege specialists
purpose remain e lusive, and whis pers of his motivations arc a and garrison soldiers mCllns that prc:cioos fin.le Is mentioned
frequent topic of rumours and \\' idcsptcad speculation amid of the ir deeds d uring those m)-t-hical days, an oversight which
the trexherous po\\'ers of the Vortex. Such questions might doubdcss contributed to their cvcntu31 betrayal indeed,
never be answc~d, ho\\•ever, as his ambitions and objectives many chronicles only mention the lron Warriors in passing.
ate his own, aod he comnunds fierce and unquestioning if at alt and most give liule :1ccount of t heir :ictions durifl&
loyslcy from chose- beneath his command. the many momento11S schievc-mcnts in whjch their expertise
Dcspitt' his motiw tions, hjs intense h atted of his fo rmer proved instrumental
Adeptus Astanes brethren fs undenk1ble, often leading him to What p:irt Horus played i n such matters shall ne~ be
abandon entire assaults and forfeit an_y gains at the slightest known. yet the charism'3·tic \ V.armasttr \\':LS bltimAtt ly able
opportunity to engage Ade ptus Astnrtcs forces. O nly d uring to manipulate the Cron \Varriots into joinjng his ll:'bc.llioa:
such cngagcme nu docs the Ravager deign to set foot upon the agajnst the lmperium of M..an. Perhaps he wa:s ab!.c ID:
field of battle, c:agcrly rend ing and t C'3ring his superhuman .exploit some flaw \\'idljn the Jron Warrior's indoctfinm.
ad\•ersaries Limb from limb whik screaming his defiance at Of manipulate Perturabo's angc-r -at the marginalisation
-the Corpsc-Cod...s fo llowers. Sudl actions have led many co his l.cgion's achje\•emena \ \'h3tC\'Cf the- fe.non. the--
speculate that bjs sole mociv:ttioo is lo tum the: entire front Warriors were q uick to join Horus's ranks, and PcsbimlN
into a mcaf grinder in order to SJtjatc his manjfest hatred, 11 himself even helped 'Supervise 1hc decimation of hil &il~O;
bet.id" which only further S\\'<:Us -his rn.niu. tit:inic fon-i.fications ~ urin g the Sic gr: o f the Empcmr'•
No 1.iERcr, No QUARTER \Vithin chc Screaming Vona the Iron Warrion arr:- highly
w.lued allic,, often commanding great wt11hh or tribute
Following 1hc Wann.astt r's de.feat, the Iron Warriors JCtn:ated
f1om any w11rlords who wish co gain access 10 lhe powerful
to the:: many fortress woddJ th~t their gJrrison fore~ hAd
v.'Calpons in their possession. They 3.rt' wichou1 mercy or
.......i..n ln th< W2k< o( HONS's bdny>I '" ~
to . - oll' th< lo)'llisls• i-.ublc =ult. They did not conscicncr. ni1ning dc-atb upon their enemies and iooottn.a:
h.r.t co "'"it long. Th< rcsuh•ng camPJign wu .1 brut:1f and alike with ru1hlca dliciency 11 nd ~.wing only ckvutacion and
or
protracted nfTt1r. Afler yc:irs intense fi ghting, the lmperial the bodies or the s[ajn in 1hcil' wak Like m..ny rcneg3dCS
who dwell within the Screaming Vonex, the Ir motivations :arc
F'&Sls, w11h svpport from 1hclr Ultramarine 111lle1, droVC" their
entirely stlf~.1erving. and mtny pit opposift& pco~"C'f"S :t:pinst
longs12ndit1& rivals from 1hc ~ of their strongholds. lbtir
one aoother in order apac>i1 the varioos" a:wdlaco thM , .
to
home worid destroyed and t ~ir empt« in nuns. rht Iron
\\'artiors fina lly rcb'Cltcd inro Ux- Eye ofTt1T0t whett they throughout the sector for chrir own .scaibr pin.
continue to dv.·cll to t.hU day The mosc prolific of these c11;Uous individuals u \Vmmith
Madrydon Dnados who, along with his brut.:il Sh1t.uer Corps,
Despite 1hc many centuries of exposure ro 1hc m3dncu
Sttks to dc:suoy the lmpctium's many forc1fiatjoos and
of the \Yarp. the Iron \\':ttriors havt" ttaincd much of thcit
IOrucsscs duoughout EM nearby scaors. He believes dm
<><g>niuti on t,,...gh th< «ntunos ofa>nffia " - notkraNy
w<hou1 "'ch forafiatio m rhc lmporiUm wDI qukkly roppk
fr.1C1Uml <ht ongaul Grand Compm;a. In oddirioo, at <ht
time of Horus's bttr.1ya~ the: Lcgio.n was scattt:rcd across
bcnc:uh ia O'ft·n "'Cighr :1nd be IJid opro m the numerooi
marauden nnd forces of Ch:ios that surrouind It, To Dmdos,
do:zc-ns of'ft0nts and h&ndft'ds Of V.'OridS\ mc-:ining QOOUC uuly
knov.•s I.ht- Ltgion 's siu and .._rcngth during lhoM: turbukn1 such bastions arc pe.rsoml a«ront.s to his own .11biUties th;ir
IC1"YC onty ro sustain the powl't of the- dcodcnt and corrupt
days. Now they opcrur in dcploymcncs of ..nous mes,
v.-eakfings who CO\ll>U behind lhcm.
ranging fl'Oft'I vruU ddachtrk nts acnt to aid theit fellow Oum
Sp3cc M.lrina to C1lllld CO>mp;inies cap:lbfc of besieging In addition co tht nume10us Vt';trrior.s beneath h" comm:and
huge swathes of Imperial sp:iec and responsible for the deaths Madt)-'don's wn.rband also po:ucucs a grear mJny poy,-erfui
and suffcti.n&e>( biJJions. The largest of thesc- (on:cs awe their w.ar m.:tchincs l'CCentJy liber:ucd from the nc1rby Spinward
11-onL These once noblt' machlOCS ~· s kicu-r aod stomp
aHegiantt IO powerful \\r.1nm1du:: 'W1'CDn 'fllo'llrioa ""-borst-
cxtial g.n... a>mlincd w<h 1hcV Imm! o( the lmp<riwn
nukes them fonnid.aible and vi ndlld.ivt" opponenlS.
. -·-
bcsidt' chc \V.aamiah"s :umic:s a btilkU.a us c - roo:smxts:
or crrrifying l>.acmon Engine$, their pristine forms twisted
bc)-ond recognition thanks co 1hc efforts of \V:u-ptmith Cocix:.
Iron WaNiOrt C'Xcel at :ill mJnner of siege craft and
demolitions, 11nd are all highly proficient wilh w rious
l"'tcmS of ....,pons =hoolosi < cirhcr pn>e"<d from thdt
glorio.s post O< pilf=d m.., the llfc!css Nlns left ln their
w.akc In baRIC', they rdy hC':tviJy on their firearms and other
weapons of w11r. preferring to allow their deV211ating artillery
barrages and cruel field forti ficttions co do thelr "'ork for
them. \\'hen .an opening pttsents ilK'U: the hon \\ruriors att
quick to exploit It. but only when «he moment tt righL
Thtooghouc their camp:aign of dcstrucrion, the Legion h;u
acquired vatiow weapons o( sfca~ watfan- \\ hich 1hcy c.mploy
1

lo great effect indudjng T'ot"tmite Tunnelk11, Orcadd:tw


Assault Bo:tts. and numerous other transpota .tnd artfllery
ptcas.. Su..--h 'A'1f machioes .an: highly val.ublc to the Tnitot
legion. and ~ing Iron Wmiors :a~ tlways quid: 10
acr.-ui~ add1ti0ft;1.I equipmen t "'hcncvct possible. There a~
even reports o( the Legion operating alongside various Chaos
Trt.an lcgtons 1nduding che ~aken Rcavm thac ha\-c long
pbgucrd ~ Calix.is and SUl'l'OUtlding siec1on.
1ltc dr&ftt of mutottion :a rnong the l.ron \V•rrion wries
aftldy bmwen individoafs. M;iny a« almost unch:tngcd saw
thcfr- owo alttl'llttons :t.nd the iormation of horn1;, spikes, :and
~a.cit ctuQgcs th2i-accon)p;1ny prolonged exposed to the
ilampio n of the w"I' This unofonruty is or..... pit>dun o(
* In. Warnon · mmali~ rhc-1r pnigmat.ic mift.cb ptt.fttring

w·bionr _.. to an unw.mkd \'larp-sp:rwned ttnude. Such


n""'a, IS wr:lt :tS the prc:scnet ofJ3rge numbers ofW:lr
_.. I' , .alto cxpbim the high nl.lmbers or \Varpsmit hs
· ' - this mcdun;c.,fly ;nd;ncd k&ioa. lodttd,
Iii< pmK:vbri1· l"'"'~rful W•<pm>itbs ro
le-ow n right th=by gnn1on1 them <ht
•tilld D:ir- niahunarlsh or.ati<>ns nt will.
cog<<ly k~I In th< Pbguc God's cumc. Moa .,..,r., """'"
1PLAGUE ffiARJNE ranged ~c;aecnKnts ...,ilictt they may ~ rodiJy .appm.."ialr
lhc ncm>CJc dT= o( the poxes and <Oft"'!l"°"' lh<y '!"'24
oll ..il1k ,..,.n.., in the dispa<>ging - - o(th< dy\n&
~ ..J.::::.,;::u} IUf,'1:.'J?,:::;1...,"" To a Pbeut ~•srinc, such cries of agony arc pn•1t for tbt
for.s-.7"" s/pD"'"""" '""f'O""' _ ...• ,,·in1 lc~ o(1hcit dark lord's "'Oli;s, ..'hde C'\"Ct'f cry "-r mcn.y
--Pb__gue Captain Dc1poidlo~ Champion of Grief is yet Jno1hcr opportunity to expand their gk>ric>us host. For
lhis n:»On, some prefct merely to "'ound their vleun1s so tM1
he l oo:I of Decay has m::iny scrnnts: that dwel1 within

T
they c:1n fully experience the .agonies of Nurglc'J gc nerosi~
the switfinlg eddies of 1.hc SC'J'e:imin& Vortex-. Among the while f"o r o'hers thert is no gn::11ter .satisfac:bon thnn to Wltch
greatest of these att the Plague M:iirincs, w.uriors "''hose their c:ncmits d is;solve into a dliscased mlll.1 o( liquc:6c<I rksh.
putrid :a:ppc:ar.ince is m:uchcd only by chelt ~rmi.n:uion and Plague M;arlnc-s11.tt rightly fCJf't'd througho1.11the lmperiu.m
unnJ1rutal rnilicocc. \Vhi&c the Oc:i•.h Cu:ttd att the most as de.Idly adYcrsa~ whose d.readful a ppcanu'ICt dittetly
nocorious «these vile iodiv~ noc cwry T n.itor litb rioc marron the rout-n tool wilhin. As such. many w2tlotds wilhin
du t folows lh< pad> of clcay owa his all<gWlcr ., dut
pollottd mag._ fo< Nu'il<s <Of1"I" al>undmc<
lhc VO<tn ~nd lhdr skills, <dcmlcu <kl<""""'-· and
..,;1;.,,a, to phpal cb. . . highly
k :IYSibbk to aU "'ho pn:wc ~'Ofthy
useful oo ch< field o( batl<.
or his liM>uL Yet ,.,g:m1ia. of thci• HO"Nnt:r, s Pbj:uc ~•arinc's
oriJ:i~ W den.iv:ns of the Vonn soie d nvc is the propsgation
ofien givr: these grotesque bru1e1 1 of h 11 m:ilevolcnt
wide benh, ns each is alw.ays c:Jgtr to
pattOn·s pci"hltnC'CS,
Jh2tc their bouni;y or diSCMC and dc:t!h. ao h is alw;ays this
1ncJCor:iblc purpolic:
PLAYING A PL'\GlTE M.AJUNE to which hd rocnng
Pl:igut Ml.lines atT amongst the molt tttrifying mind rct\.lms.
and ttltndcss of Nwglic's tcrv:ana.. uncbunct'd
in the r... of dcuh and h«dlcss o( all ""' the
..... ~g """"""' Thcv ""'I' .......
J1nd \tfC!f : ns are cwacd in fild\ pus. Md other
fou lness, ..tuk roctiog org:.ans bum from rmts
in thtir disk:nded fornu, and tcc:ming hordes of
insects burrow beneath their pallid. leprous
Oe1>h. Such is the extent of the decny th:u
wrnck.1 their d iseased frames chat cheis
c rumbling t1rmoor has long sin« (used with
the dtt'2'J'Cd Resh beneath, while chc vtty 2ir
sutrounding chem is a cloying mWm:t o( dit.e:lSC.
Yn. dapdt lhci< ghoul... 'Pf<>"""'• dxsc
watrion ~ far 6om dead.. lnscrad chc:y att living
cmbodWmiso( the P""'.. ofcom.f>don and decay
within sl living things.. s g.O o/ their fOul pxron
' " rrrum for tbcJr dN>lioo IO the pt0P1E>tion of his
numcfOUS contagions and ~ Mo~. though
many Ch:aos Spa.tt M..rincs may dcdiC:tlC thcmsdYcs to
the Pl:igue Father's service, only those ttuly ._,,'On hy
C)f his f.'lvour receive the dread(ul blc:ssingJ required
10 trnnsform them into a Plngue M11rine.
1\13ny rt«iVt' their abhom:-nt r~urs in eu:hangc
(cw deplorable acts of adu.l;JtJCM'I or through pxa w ith
powuf'ul pbgue .son:acD and ocher fuut tnv.111cs of
or
Nurgl<. Od...cmbmc< th< P"i1 clcayouio(desp<nrioo.
1htir disn:se-addlcd minds choolanc sctVirodc ~ agony
ond dalh • the hands of""'"' aftlonic>M In the md, ..0
....,_.,._ .,., sccond.vy 10 the unholy usk of sp«Oding
N.;up-'s sinister bounty. and each Pbgue Marint' cmbr.accs
his dewtions with inexorable C'n0'1'\'
In battle, Plague l\o1arincs fight without ~pite or merry.
thtir bloated bodies and legcnd1ry physiology rendering
them immune to nearly ~c ry physlc11I llmit:trion ias they
PLAGUE MARINES
IN THE VORTEX
Plague 1\1arint'S 3rc 3ntong the most rC"\'ohrng and
vile of the Ch.aos Sp<lcc Marines char inh::ibit the
Scmaming Vorcc.x. Yet to those " 'ho rc\•el in the
.glories of the \..:irrion Lord, these putrid W3rriors
rank among Nurgle's most blessed servants, and
most lind willing :illics within the \'ortex's most
v.•rctched and polluted throngs.
The following art examples of these rcpolsive
Traitor Space 1\1.arines from wit hin the Screaming
Vortex --and theit dcspic:i.ble practices .o f pestilt'nce
and w icked devotion.
Cc:nninatori.s: One o f the most viral positions
within the Adcptus Astartes is-that of the Apothecary,
a w<irrior medic tasked with harvesting: the preciom
.gene-seed from the fat.Sen in order that the chapter
m3}' endt1f't'. Yet wi1hin the Screaming \'ort:ex- there
exists- 3 coterie of Pl-ague Marines who grotesquely
mirror thcit noble countctp3ltS. like carrion fecde~
they prowl tbe battlefield, plundering the gene-seed
from any f.alle.n Traitor Spa-cc 1'.1arines they can find
and infecting them with the viscous fluids that ooze
from their rotting inn.lrds in order to ensu« the
propagation of Nurgle's purrcfying infl uence.
Forsaken Host: Among the many t:il ts of terror
and dcith found within the Scrclming Vortex is that
of the Forsaken Host, the solit:uy survivor of a b:inle
which scoured 3n unknown planet of life d uring 3
forgotten a.ge. Legend .u ys :1 host of fat. buzzing flies
ac.:ompanies him-1lne for ea-ch of the fa llen during 1

th3t fateful battl~nd that their collective bio:ring


tears at the s3nity of those who hear it, -for it is fi] led
with the sulfcring of billion·s. Now he is a \\'alking
:ivaur of the devastation of war \\•hose fo llowers-
re,lende-ssly seek ~w souls to add to the teeming
hordes th-nt S\\'irl 3bout him with ghoulish intensify.
Emissaries of the \\•asting Death: The Plague
t\1:irines o f the \V::isting Death a1e pan:icularly feared
among the many denizens of the Scre:tming Vortex,
for their very presence brings with it untold S(J.ffering
nnd privation. \Vhercvct they tread the _ground
.shrivels 3t'ld cracks beneath their fee~ ;Jnd even the
hCllniest and most rc,silicnt creatures shm<cl and
perish 3S they draw neat. Contact with the malefic
3ir of ckpri\•ation that surrounds these dcsie<.lted
warriors irrep.arab1y ..sca1s those who sarvi-..-c, often
m.lnifesting in incessant p;Jngs of unquenchable
thirst and indescribable hunger: that bsts for ye:acs
3ficf the dreodfu] encounter is a disunt memory.
Concepts such ~s honour md rei;tminl a1ccntin:ly 2ncilliry
ETERAN OF THE to these corrupt combamnts, :and no Daemon is too Vile, no
p~ct too despentc, and no knQwkdge too terribk.oto dissuade

LONG WAR them in their 3bho1Tcnt intention~he utter destruction of


the lmperium of tvtankind and the tocil ruinacion ofitsworlaf
Despite the dangers associ3ted wit h these singl:c-'"inindod
'T/i< F.mpm>r is d<ad and /)i1 dml;u mm rJJajflxfar. th< m;!/JI of killers. numerous Yo,':lrlords and raidets \\'ithin the Screaming
Chaos! Tl;is tl4y 1 s/)al/ Jrink myfill ofmfr<ry and dcsrfJ. •
Vonex are eager to enJist the aid of such veteran war.rior1.
-Cor:g.amnon the Blooded, at the commencement Those \\'ho man3gc t·o rein in their tenacioos charges a~
of the Hell t-,1outh Incursion often able to tc;\lp t he tremend ous benefits of their centuries
of t:ictical insight, comb:u ex:penise,. and sheer bloody·

S
i.nee the dark days of the Horus Heresy, rile lmpcrium
has endured innumernblc au:.icks from t he forces o( minded determination. Ho\\'Cver, C\•cry leader must
the dreaded Chaos Space ~tarincs. Yet a mong these aJways be cautious not to hinder the Veu:r:i.n's endleu
Traitor Legions, the« are those for whom the pttpttual quest for ~nge:ance. for to do so invites the wrath
w.ar to destroy the False Emperor's r<'3lm has become an ofthcscetcmally vengeful 6ends.
a.II-consuming madness. These :are the most dangerous of
the lmperium's foes, many of whom tventoilty make their
way to the tuJbulcnt Screaming Vortex, either <'IS part of a
grand design or due to the mysterioos madlinations of the
\\'arp. O thers ar.c forged w ithin the confiicts that smoulder
cc3S<'lcssly wi1hin and around the Vortex itsc.lf, their $ingul3r
lutred o f their foanc.r masters driving them to lash out at both
(mpcrial and Chaos devotees with equ31Jy savage aggr<'ssion.

PLAYING A VETERAN OF THE L ONG WAR


Vetcrnns of the Long \Var are highly .skilled and lethal \\•aniors
whMC sole motivation is their undying hatred fo r the lmperium
-of i\1110.. Thr potcn ti~ cattl}'StS for such animosity arc legion,
r.anging from recent injustices and schisms to the chaotic
nftcnnath of the infamous Horus Heresy itself., M:any an no
longtr C'\'t'n 'eo[I the impetus behind their unremitting malic
as the innumerable horrors of trafficking with Daemons and
other fouJ \Varp spawn h21<'C complete!)· shana cd their
debas<'d minds. For othets che fickJe ruturc of time within
the lmmau:rium makes the pas.sage. of whole aeons
entirely sti.bJecti\"C :and ~res their unbearable scorn
loses none of its intensit)• over the centuries.
Jn :addicion to the corrupt legacy of the False
Emperor. the: Velrrnns of the long \Vu hold further
animosity for their loy.iBst cou.nt<'rparts: the Adeptus .
Amrtcs. On 1he surface, such abhorn-nce may result
from any numbc:r- of occurrences, yet there is often
a darker side to their malin";i an intensity borne of
individual sdf·loathingand the subconscious knowkdgeoftheir
own eternal dam.nation. Such emotions fest« like rancourous
wounds within lhc minds of these tc:rriblc "'3rrio~ while
their nevcr<nding desire to sec the lmperium burn C\'ct
gn:t\\'S o:it the last \•cs6gcs of their san icy.
Veterans of dlc long \Var :ate highly accomplished
killers whose cen turies of experience and tactical ins ight
1nakt- them incm:libly dangerous and unprcdictsblC'
foes. Some strike out boldly and violently :against their·
ad"'ers:aiies,_ while others choose instead to \\'caken the
(mperium from \\'ithin by sprC'ading confusion and
madness in their wake. Though their tactics and methods
may \'3.ry, their £ombat p ro\\'CSS is a sighl ro behold as
1hcir singular skills and murderous mentaliiy d ri\te them
t~ commit cvcr·mote 'll.trocioui; acu o f crue lty and spite.
VETERANS OF
THE LONG WAR
IN THE VORTEX
focw Chaos Space Mlr.incs arc w<irthy of the tide
Veteran pf t he long Vt'ar. most e ith.cr dying in
battle or becoming utte1ly consumed by their
own blasphemous and perilous pursuits. Yet for
the muft-jtudcs that fall, :l select fc\\' endure, their
hatred of the-Jmpcrium and desire to wreak fear and.
carnage driving them to commit rv« mo re shocking
acts of destruction and cruelty.
The fo llowing are infamous c:umples of these
'"''Prionally doll!rmino<l and darkly disrurbo<l
warriors known to inhabit the Scrcaming Vortex.
Reflections of Tor:n1en1: Throug_hout the
1mpcrium's \\'ar-torn histories 11re coundcss legc-nds
of vanished ships ::ind hosts of v•!ltriors lost to the
hazards of\Varp travel. Ho"''t'\'Ct, not all thus lost h:i-d
the- good fortune (O die. Some instead wander the
Empyrc:an for time out of mind, their pliysical forms
:i.nd ancient v.·argcar uucrly transformecf and entirely
corrupted by djm:t exposore to the malefic inOuencc
of ihe 3ether. Bene:ath these \\'aniors' gibbering
madn~ lies a single decipherable motiVlltion: a
dcspc'!";ttC and inescapable des.i ~ to \\Teak vcngc:u:ice
opon the Emperor that abandoned the.m 3nd kept
rhem so ignorant of the rrue po\\.'Cr of tm.e Warp.
The Chosen of Heiros: These s:t<lis1ic killers once
numbered among Alxtddon's mightiest w3rriors
and arc responsible for coonllcss atrocities during
his infamous Bbck UoS3des. E.ach h:td their own
reasons for abandoning their villainous master and
fitting to the Sae:iming Vortex, yet aJJ OOrn \\'ith
an llnquenc:hable desire 'o march to war beneath
bannen of h3te and de.nruc:tion. Their cenl'UriC'$
of experience, ferocious tempers,. and predilection
row:atds daemonic possession and mct1cal instability
mJ.kt them 1 tru!y mtnilcing foe.
The Sbanls of Enmity. The so-cilled St..rds of
Enmity 3tc 1he remnants of 3 hcrctial Adept.us
Astart~ Chapter th3Lwas declared Purgarus fo lbwing
the .wbjug:ttion of Catacgis CV. Though n combined
Spact' 1\1arinc fiect .subscCJlcntly nussacrcd the cnti.rc
expcditiol'l3ry force, 't\i'lat 3CtU3lly trnrupimf once
1mpt'fial forces pcnecrntcd the: Ca\<crnous nadirs of those
.snO\\'-<apped mountains remains unknown. Howco.'Cr,
a scattered fC\\• n:nc.gadcs managed co escape che
Jmperiu.,m's wrath and h;JVC since: been sighted widiin
the Sonming Von-ex, \\'hett: the~· plot vcngc:ince on
me. nccutsied lmperium thac bea-ayro them.
W.atptmiths :ttt m:tSU"r artisans a:od ptoncen tn tht- -
WAR'PSffiITH and .....,......... ... of~ often boostU.C •
dcpchoO-l<dilcmmpotobk.,...,nd>c-~
·a.""filib .i,, tfJ, "'-fill-' "-«amd=
.....
1o..........-. . o( Ilic" ~ M•rin< """""'I"' Y<t iruOead of _..b.pioe
•nd ....,;"I -..Ofog)4 a W:upsmoih ,.,_ 10 <0m>pc >nd
MM dit..,,,.,,. """ - 71lr ......""'" - still,
-Ex-cc-rpt from the Slltcmcnl of Corpora) Vegrandur, wbj1.1ipce ic. M'&Sling the saaod fonm and (unc'bOftS of their
prior l-o his cxm.1ion ror
Dereliction of Duty capliYc rn3Chinc:s ro fit I.heir own twisted des1giu. o~r tmong

m any y.•arbands make e.Jtl('n•lvt use of the infamous


Chaos Warpsmith• who llbaur cc.11.selcssly
within the scattered \V11rp forges 'llnd towering
Ch3os Foo.ndrics of the Scruming Vonex. These nucabtt
mcullurgisu h:ir1."C begun to 1url'xc i.n r1er inacasjng
l.hdc •re 1hc infamous Daemon Engines of Chaot. 1.ncluding
the dre:tdcd 1'1aulcrficnds, Forgt6cnds, a11d ocher unholy
fusions or sorcery and technology chat plague the ln1pctium.
~10J1 W:upsmiths :trc highfy pr.igmatie wh"n u comes
to inccndine with tht VJrious w.arlords and Ot~r m.ilign
~rs o( the Scn:aming Vocux, ofi:co formine atliincct no(
numbcn as lhc -Vortex's inhabhants ~ ntr mott bnun out of JOmC" m.ispbca:I s.ensc o_f ~l'f, buc nchcr as • "",.,.. 10
in th.cit wanton attada llfliRlt the CotJ-t..God's dom3in Yet

th~ hcanJcss iod.ividU1ib '" noc be uusted. for me onty
"°'"°"' !he• - · pro{.ur agcod&. Othcn hold IM) pc<t<n<< IO
.a.p..... o( ""! k;nd, openly >irw>ng cha fellow ortVamS
~tining 2mbitioa wChm exh o( lhc1r medunical nUnds is
th.t alttlltina:rion of tht: f:raihics of hununiry.
o( dlJOS u ...nk-mindcd Jnd 6Jwcd lix>b """""hy of dlCir
coopcmion HO'Wl"\U, dlosc Vt'ariords able co ICCUtt the aid
of mcsc crcatherous indi\•iduals often 6nd their cxnotdin1ry
PLAYING AWARPSJllTIH tc<hnologiNI proficiency highly bmcficbl in 1heir camp:Ugm;
Warpsmiths art' Chao.s Space M:trines who h3Ve t'mbracc:d provided they prove thcir
1hc use of bionics and other 1non: dcviou5 cnhancc:mcnts to uscful11cJS co 1hcse cruelly logical
rid 1hcmseJl.'CS o ( the frailties of the (rt;S:h, They arc powerful :ind dcbcastd \V3rp-wrights.
Jtl"lr.tnts of lhc ruinous paYl'CU who ( rcquendy SCl"o't: their
malnolmt patrons through !he cn::tcion cl horr;6c engines
of "'':Ir and the .maintcnana ol the vchicks and
wqnr cl the ccnupc T,.;,.,, Lepm
t.'°5:1 tnec their origins to the en.pt.Xie
pnmhood of Abo, cilha- ih'°"gh <hcir
(ormcr taYio: u ~ byalist T«hm.Jrinic °' •
a rcsuk of,.,,,,. schism liom !he rigid dogiru
o( che ~inc Cult Yet the path• co d1mnation
:ttc mlln~~ and not all Warpsmiths t:YWC 1hcir
genes-is to s1Jch clandestine bcginningt.
. Rt-g;udkss, mcsc Cham Spxc M:uinc:s :ttc
united in their ad-\'Cr.S.ity to Y.'Caknc::s:s. ood ll't'
all completely obcsscd wich expun&lng:
d><ir physial fra;Jtio. Th<y ""
l'l'ICft auidUnt than 8csh, moll

Lttlc """" w. •
!nm ...i """''
oo.d howcd w;di;n • °""""'""''
consirua ltlC1!Dling lhc lmifying
vingc ma Olaos Sp;tce ~4arinc.
,...1:tny :l:ft' 3Jso quilt fond o( .........
01her, less subllc .cnhanccmcnll.
(rcquen1ly sponiog numerous
mttlutmdtils tipped y.·jth
~"'P;"i JM"'"' dows. shewing
o:fu,nbl:tdc., fusion bbs<cn.
a.net ocher vicious \\apocu
dw wrilhc ,.;m o:aningly
unrmunl life. No prier is mo
m~ to these ioNaman
dManu. and most will"1gly
ucrifi« ""')'11ring ;,,
otdcr to rcforgo: themselves
into theit new r..o.·dced
mcc:haniol fosms.
WARPSMITHS
IN THE VORTEX
The Lc-gions of Chaos harbour many abominations
and nightm11rish W2r nuchines within their ran~
and the warriors of the Screaming VOrtcx arc no-
exception. Such monst_rosities o(teo: owe their
genesis to the e nigmatic and inhuman \Varpsmiths
,..,,.hose efforts to usurp lhe rc.;ilm of ma111 \vith unholy
flesh and steel strain the limits of sanity and leave
little doobt :r.s to t heir true deyotions._
The following arc examples of £he numcro<ss
tec:hnomancers that inhabit lhc Screaming Vortex
and the diabolical foundries in which they labour.
Scrap Rcclant-atrix: The Scrap Rcclamatrix is an
unholy abomination of \Varpcraft and machine
constructed from a nightmarish am'11gam'lttjon of
salvage. Daemon, and ..-at-grown Resh. )is skelcal
fonn resembles a half-decayed corpse of some
prehistoric leviathan whose demoniac bcllov.'S
of scrap-code s hake the \•cry found:itions of iis
blasphemous birthing chambers. Its· throng of
\Varpsmith attendants feed this revohi ng cons-eruct
the remn~nts of captured V<'hicles, f3llcn comr.id~
and other salvaged scrap in order to f:ibricate
disturbing new engines of destruction.
Tabunac.I<' of Decay: Within che VG«<'X- lurks 3n
insidious fattjon of W3.rpsmiths that takes immense
joy in unleashing terrify-ing combinations of pl.ague-
riddkd Oesh and stcil upon those yet to experience
the \\·ondcts of deary: They are dn:adfu] upP3ririons
of ox-idin tion and filth, thti1 bodies concealed 1

beneath moth-eaten robes and their cvety slimc--


CO\<cted .orifi ce dribbling bile, maggots, :tnd other foul
vennin. Deep within rile rusted-und corroded bowels
of their citudel of puuefaction, this necrotic 01der
c3rries out its m;afcfic in«"nt:: b.1ptising its creations in
swirling pools of noldous bile and rottm ~h.
H<'tcrod act Syni-Thralls: Of the mu.ny '8\'C.nuc:s of
study deemed heretical within the rigid doctrines
of the M«hanicum, the most n:vilcd is research
pertaining to the blasphemoos c'le3tioo of artiticiar
1ntelli~ nces; Ho....·cvcr, rumours of .web studies a~
rife within the Screaming Vortex, parti0Jla1ly2mong
those Y."ho seek to eradicate all non:-m«hanirol life
in the g;.J:.xy vi:i the cnigtn:11tic Hetcrod:ict Ac~.
The mech3noid devotees of this heretical order '3tc
litde more than soulless puppets to their ru.1hlessly
inhumoin maste:ts, relentlessly marching fol'\'t•ard
with unn.atural spasms of im'Olont3rily :i.nima1ion
u their manic cackling and occasional picas for
deliver3nc< ring out :teross the battlefield.
A$ ch< l.onl of RD• Nu<gle ;. .., olMout f'IUO'I l<>t sud> wir
WRITHING
(D-
l")iom. chou;h """' ... schooled .. odd>lionol padu cl poM<
• wcl. Funh«, rhrir m:iiol.:i« pact.icts ~ lft _,.., ' •uc

WORLD syn>plC!ly .. .m ch< auny !:"'""I"' -


N.
""'
i dom,;,,. ch<ttby allowmg • Soowu King a -
ckp o( lnfluencr CM.'f Nur.glie's mutt~ ma'=-chctions,
SORCERER-KING whim they use 10 domilUt:c the local parasha and huskmtn alike
The m0$1 remarkable examples arc the gre:u mtwlin&
'ObJtny r/x squrmiing magrfA. Jn its 1/«p/icrry 1~ is purpo~ in ciudcls whose rippling edifices h e~ with the .same repulsi\'e
jiltlt, thm is potm.Jial Wb.tt tbt rjNMW 01/l wnnirr an: in fact. 1/)r lcndrilJ ch:u pc:cv.ide the Writh ing \\rorld ilx lf. Such m:1nifcst
1111pf.dcoblr hO'akk ofino:orablc ti«llJ.' feJtt o f sortery :tre tcsumcnu. to 1hc skill and 1emptmments
- t 17th canto of the Forbidckn Tre:1tises of Memniyth of their crc::itors, though most pa~ in coi:np:inton to tht
ambulaioty butions of che dreaded 8'ominctr Lon:ls.

0
M of chc most d.ISlurbini' loc:3lions .,.ithio the
Sanmiog Vonr::x b the \\'rithil'lg \\'orid, a pbncc
R<g;ardlcu, Sarrtttt-Kmp att fw:ta:ly """!'<'"'"" when it
comes 10 1N-ir cttrifyi.ag creations. often unkash •nr lhem
whose primitiYc: hunun i.nhJbh;ana wmdcr unicbt apirw each ochtt in tibnic: struggles of• nth&n& de11nia ioo.
cont.d'llCnt-siud tmdrik o( unduS.idg Resh beneath the
MOil Sotmcr-Kingi $p<od their time ..slupong lhar
rnrtclk:ss rule of chc- gn:-.11 8 .om1nett Lon:k The most immense s1nausrics or roaming the pbnct "s air6cc: in
powesfu1 such denizens an: the Sottel'Cf·KingJoi. potent xardi or additional insights into lhe n1yacnous origins
psykcrs ""'hose massi"'C citJdeb. scurry endlculy across the o( their home \\'orld. Others instead seek U> further refine
pl:anet's surf3cc al theit- rn:1stet's bidding,. Occasionally one o f
lhcir lbilitic:s so ch1l they might gain the ancntion o f the
these powerful i.nd i\tidu:als will d epart this decaying world , pov.'C tful Hiomuncc:r lords in chc: hopes of cwnt\lnlly ruling
bartering passage among the VJrious vcssc=ls that tr.1,,.ene I.heir hcrcticnl btc:thrc:n, or p«haps even •prc:adln& chc:ir
the ~dless \'Cid . Though thcit tC'JSOns fot these joutnC)'S
noxious inftuc:nce 10 uncJlntcd,
ltt cMir own, thclr cons.Wct:1blc ~ and :1rc:1.nc lorc-
new wottds. A vicktius fev.
m:1kt chem powerful allies dcsphe 1hc :IPP'lrmt danger of C'Yt'n chooM 10 ptcy on each
h.ubooring such vile wrrtchc::&. other for ch< pow« ch<y
scck. npptnit 1hc-tt vic:tim's
PLAYING A WRITHING W oRLD kaowkdg< d;...,ly &om
ORCERER- K.!NG thcit wonn~infc:skd,

Every \Vrithing \Vorld roit>ng. minds.


Sorcerer-King is a
highly •k;Jlod and
le2rncd sorcerer who
h:is dedicated his
life 10 1h.c: p;1rh o f
d ccay :t:s wdl :t:s otber
p<rilo..s ~=gilu
and forbidden lorc.
J.\os:t llt t off--'Oddcn
who hJOoT ;oumcycd to thtJ pandix of
death and rebirth to expand chcir nccromanti.: abilities and
com m\J~ with the Pl.ague Fathef. \\'hJle others :trc indigenous
hui;kmen \\ hosc profane ps)'chic abilities !Oel them :l.p-2rt from
1

1hcir tribal brethren.


Like the planet on which they dl.\•ell, \\'rithing \\'orld
Sorcerer-Kings arc- infested with countless worms, maggo~
and other wretched vermin whidi \\'C:l\'e :ind burrow
1hroC1ghou1 skin and m~c. Th.s molting dispby of
COCTllption is actuaUy the Sorccttr·K;nes' OWl'l doing. as such
ett:rrutts allow thc:i.r hc.t a grc-attt dcettc ofconuol O't t mcu-
bbsphnnous disdpllncs "i>•k octing aa foci for ch< unholy
cnugiu th:l:t coime thlOtilgh the liOtttrtt's twisted bodf
The most powcrl'ul such DCc."rotnanccn arc Mn:ly ho.man.
1Mir tagged bodies bursting v.11h countless bloatc-d •
1nsem th.Jr writhe amidsc the dcr2ycd remnants of
1helr flyblown flesh.
WRITHING WO RLD
SORCERER-KIN GS
IN THE VORTEX
~1ost \Vtithing Worfd Sorcerer-Kings choose to
pcnetr:ite the: noxious :itmospherc of this: disturbingly
corrupt planet, an'CI m.nny c:vtn tu~dlychosc: 10 depart
it :iguin. Their rc:,asons for doing- so arc as .,-aried us
the indi..,iduals themselves, yet ea<h orrics -with
them a meJ1sure of the putrtfaction \1:hi.ch t:tints this
unmtur:d world as well as nu.mcrous scars from thefr
time amidst its sordid landscape.
The fofJo...,·ing arc cnmples of Sorcerer-Kings
\\iiost cruelty an~ prodigious som!rous ~bilitit!s ha\~
earned them infamy i.hroughoot the Sacaming \'ottcx.
Crubcn th~ Lord of rhc Skies: The seemingly
~n dlcss throngs of bottle Oics chat CO'\'Cr the skies
of the \\'r:ithing \\'orld wilh intriguing patterns und
m"irl.ing .manifestations of disturbing logic hold a_
peailiar fascfnation to Nurgk's annointed. Within
the Vortex, no one is more knO\\•lc:dgcablc: -about
such displ.lys c-han Grubcnth, whOSC' insane, incessant
mumblings Sttm eerily n:'minisccnt of the low
droning of those: mas.sh'C S1-v:ums. His bloated body
and multi-winged stronghold host thousands of the
squinning maggots that minoc in these cnthrnlljng
formations, supposedly allowing him to tap into the
otherworldly'Consciousn<SS drifting idly overhead.
The Curgcon Mite: The terrifying Gurgron_i\1itc
is the crt".ltion of an ancient and esoteric Som-m-
King who long-ago sought the stat:ts that lie boried
at the \Vrithing \''orid's con-. This myriapod citadel
ceaseless~· tunnels beneath the planrt's segmc:nkd
cxtcriot, irutig.iting deadty convulsions 3nd emerging
ar random to feed befon: ~ickly scrnbbling bcnroth
the sBmy, quivtring surface. The actual depth achieved
by this mom:trous C'tt':l.tllrc, as .....di as the socrcts i~ h;as
unctl'IC'rtd, :ut sources ofendkss spxubtlon.
J.t.aeb King Htsphtrub! Hesph~msh ~ •
cantankerous necromancer whose vicious, ficshy
parasites consume the bodic:sofhis victims 3nd absorb
their kpowledgc for his own nefarious g•ins. His
writhing citadel tCS<'mblcs a hydra o( ancic:nt legend
with numerous palis:acks each ending in a massive
undulating m3'N.. These rerocioos orifices h.nvc unique
n1et.hods of digesting thci:t victims; from necrotic bile,
to gre:it clamping mandibles, to endless ro\vs of tiny
rc:ciprocacing dend rites. Once his pn:y is devoured
and every ounce of nutrient extr3dcd, its memories
11.te eocapsulatt'd into tiny lal'.\':te chat slowly burrow
deep inside the Sorcettr·King's rotting cortex-.
bear wimess to the exrent of their ftty$ical corruption. l.illt
DEATH 'PRIEST many of Nurgle's sciv.tnts, they arc coated in 61th. both from
their own diseases and their mud<ovcred home world. and

OF illIRE their [Ouch often C3tries with it the risk of lethal infection,
Yet despite their de:uhly appearance, they :uc incredibly savagr
killers, eagerly stalking their pl"'C'y with 11 fc\.'C'fish intrnsity and
"Aft"dismlxnvrlling Sey.rant M•ltrx, th= thingsft/Ion bim /fir remarkable vigour bom both of their dC'\ntion to Norglc and
'"""""" h!x1Jfds, t!Jdrftkhy 6'mls tt•ring bf°* c/]unJ:s ofP<«Jfaim the perpc[u:it ravMOUS hunger th:11 festers within them.
bis rointdgut. la.Tl/ nor mil thm mm; mm dMI <1U lilx thitt. •
Most Death Priests favour blades :ind other mclot
-Cener.d i\1ortsWain's person3J account following the 'W'eapons. whirl\ tht:y then c·oat in their own 1'3ncid filth
pacification of the Degradant Uprising ~
or smear "'ith the rotting offal of lheir most recen1 kills;
however, those who abandoa the desolation of Mire oftrn

O
f the various vrorids \\'ithin the SaCln1ing Vort!'x become surprisingly adept with 11 number ofothu grisly
that exhibit signs of No.rgle's pestiknt . . - weapons. Yet despite 1his proficiency for kilJing, m'OSt
touch, few :l.te as prominent Oe,atb Priests vie'\.\' :any weapon that destroys the
3S chc barren nnd blighted pbnct of vj<eim's body y,•itb contempt, believing
Mire. Hen: lh< llqualid dcnizrns forngt llfch :Kt! to be 1lnathcfllll to thcir
nimlcssty amidst endless foetid pools of unholy work. To these vile
fes.ttring muck and decaying veger:ition, warriors. m:anrfestations of
thc:ir dise::tscd bodies enduring solely due decay and putrefaction m
to Nurglc's unnab.ltal ministrations. Pt-rhaps evidence of Nurglc'.\
the most dangcrot1S of these are the so- · approval, and
calJed [)e3th Priests who prey upon 'heir many delight
felJcw: Mircn.-. in order lo perprtuntc in wal!owing
their djsguuing adulation of the amidst the f«rid,
Pbgue God's-bounrifuJ comiption.s.
Thes<: fecolent w3rri0ts art" highly
prized within the debased warOOnds
of the Screaming Vortex, and many
opportunistic s lavers exploit their
inf.amous enthusiasm for sbughter b~·
luring these wr:icious killers olf·world
with promisesoflfresh carcasses to consumt:.

PLAYING A DEATH
PRIEST OF MIRE
Death Priests or Mite arc hardy \V3rriots
-who feed on U1e bodies of their victims in
order to nourish che parasites, dise.iscs, and
other foul poxes tt:h.it w rithe in rhcir bloakd
guts. They bclieo;,'t' these nfllictions to be a
bb.ing liom cht Pbguc Falhor. On Mire, !hey
SC<'. it as their un.hol~· duty lo htmt down the ~
called "Pyrions"-<lcan ones-and devour them.
Alter slaying any foe. though, they usu"311y gorge
lhcmsefvcs on -t\l'Cf)' smp of putlcS«:Ol sustcl13ntt to
feed the f'll\'COOUS diseases that \\'rack their ghoulish fonns.
De.nth Priests are notorious for the frenetic eagerness
with which the,~· de..."Our their victims. often violently
ripping the flesh with their bare hands in order (0 assuage
thcir bl3Spbemous appetites. Aficl'\\•nrd., they abandon their
kill, content in the knowledge that each r.l\'llgcd carcass is ~'Ct
.nother monument to Nutgk's unend ing bounty. Such is the
path of a Ocath-Prics.t, and c:tch is content to endure amidst
endless decay and ruin whik suckling at 1he font of corruption
as their loathsome '3ffiicrions flourish and multiply Death
Priests :art p:a.Uid, sickly Cl'CllturtS whost emaciated lnmcs.
leprous, bubo-pocked skin, and hocrificalfy distended paunches
DEATH PRIESTS OF
MIREINTHEVORTEX
Death Priests of Mire arc 1.1o-cll suited to IJfe v..•ithin the
Sctcaming \'ottex, oftenC3rning a fearsome reputation
as vicious and accompli.Ulcd kiJlers .despite t:hcir
savage origins. For thOISC: who suf"llive lhis transition,
the Vorra is ® endless 3nd enticing smorgasbord
of corrupt sustenance, its every morsel oozing 1.••ith
untapped potential for gJ.ngrcnous new life.
The foUowing are vile ex3mplcs of Death Priests
whose -abhoncn t practices r.lnk them among the
most revolting of the Vortex's denizens.
~c Brood Kine: Long ago. s p.ack of Death
Priests di.scovertd a swann of Nurglin.gs fro licking
inside a disease-infested mud p it white wandering
the squalid wastes of 1\<1i:re.. Upon beholding these
creatures, they immediatc:Jy turned on each other,
hacking thcir companions apart in order to entice
the Dae,mons w ith offerings of rancilCI meaL The
survivors are now hosls for this repugnant clutch of
spitcfu] imps, housing them within their fihh-lined
bowels in order to ensu1e their ronrinuod sustenance.
CaJorracts: fey.• of the Death Priests tlhat bra\'e the
.sunken. mouldering sw:amps of t.iire's crumbling
C3\'C" system ever return, most falling victim to
ancient toxins and other foul hazards \vithin that
accursed darkness. Those \\•ho do cmcrge a.re gready
feared among t he cannibal lords of Mire, fo1' each is
bursting "'·ith maladies so potent that only lhe most
blcssc.-d cf rhe Plague lord's ~r..,an ts can sutvi''e
in their presence. They att nearly impossible to 1

ki:IJ, often bearing scores of seemingly debilitating


•.1rouods which neither hinder nor heal as they
rclenthly stalk their prey w ith sunken, yelJoy,• eyes.
T he Slavering Synpc-scuJent: The Corpse Rcapcrs-
are a terriJ)•ing warband within the Scrcsming
Vortex known for their brut31 roid.s :ind the mounds
ofdead and mutiJated left in the it wake. The original
members \\'ere h:irveste.d from Mire by 3 patticubrly
ruthless pirate v.•arlorcf who now aUo""'·s his c.apti\'e
Death Priests free ~ign over 11ny survivors- of
their r.ijds in exchange for the skulls of the slain.
t\1eanwhilc, the unfortunate captives arc compelled
to join i.n a ~'-o l ting_ feast that lasts fo r sc,<en days
and nights wherein they arc force-fc-i:I the putrid
rem:ijns of their dead and dying comrades. Those
'vho stJtvi'le this horrifi c ordeal ofien elect to join
their c.aptors in order to S3tisfy the peculiar, gruiwing
hunger- th3t now f esters inside lhem.
lf>LA GUEIDEISTER. TABLE 2- 1, BoONS OF l'HF. f>LAGLIE GOL1
ld t O Roll Effo:r
~vay biological sy·stc:m is pron< tofaihut d.nd rwnn1.:tl crss.:ttiM: Thedt.toctcrdt~\'bps noxious bl'.\'$. \\'bile>
.such is tbtfir~ ofts.flflab. I, /.KtN.l()U. cksin: d mud) more intr{i:uing erot~ue, lflal' are hannlm, tXct>pt to
co11dusionfrom 11tch wupoilt sptcimms..; aeuh(fk's and comfon.
-Sealed 0-ata, from Obsm'<Jn'ons ofKilpcngur cht Blightai Thoe.cfl:1r.K1cr recorn~ infec1cd '-"·i•h the.

he infected hordes that spread Nutgle's \irulent


' Oei1h'1Gnsp01sea~ l'.sce p.12c 46).
The ch:uacter beco1nes {ofected with lhe

T worship arc legion; ho\\'e\'<r, few who venerate the


Plagtie God alt' as f.ascin:ued with the intricacies of
their lord's ghastly benedictions as a Plaguemeister. These
6

7
Enfeeblt: 01sease (see pi~ 46)_
Roll ld{O-~in. On a result of7, 1hc character
bocomes ~..,;ed by 3 Pla;::ueh..·-.u~c of..'4ul"l!k
(see Possessed Hctetics on~ )6). On .111y
demngcd individuals ui.se- from a variety of OOckgrounds
a:her re.suit. permanendy incn:as.c !he dl.:rxt.:r s
3nd origins, but mnny inevit3bly Oock to lhe tortured region TOJj:?hOi'SS Chantctcf'b':tic by ldrl (mi!l;mum Oj
known as-the Screaming Vortex. Herc, Nurglc's faithful regard
The dlaracter becomes Infected v.i1h the
the1n with ~-cccnt admiration, while others view them as 8
1'\irute's Brellb Dise:lse (r.ce ~ 47).
d:angcrous and reckless sycophants whose: foolish obses.sion
The cflJrxier OOcomes inf&lVd v.11h lhc
will be chc d.catfJ of themsclvtS 3nd countless others. 9
Fe-.srenne- Shroud Disease. (k"t pJg-c 47).
10 The ch:macr e:;tl_!U lhe Tax.IC (7) Tr.tJi fur 1 lnirs.
PLAYING A PLAGUEMBISTER
Plagucnu:istets arc gruesome and Rl3cabtt: physicians '"'hose
unnatural fascinati on \vith rhe many manifest.tlions of Nurgfe
de6n.cs and dominates ~ry facet of their blasphcmoos
lifesry&e. They aire among his most devoted scrv.tn~ eagerly
examining all manner of virulenl maJadits in order to identify
rvt'ry manifestation of Nurgie's bfC'ssingi.. That such creations
3.re continuously evolving into mon: virulent forms is a
source of n:pellent delight to these dem~nted apothccari~
Who enthusia.stially record each new symptom and str.i.in.
Plagucmcistcrs bdieo.t that Nurgle's greatest :tCh icvrolCnt is
not death, but rn.-ther lhe putrescent afflictions chat presm1c ~
his SM>>ants in -a .state of dc-.uh.less entroP)o'. Most hold 5'Jeh ~
gruesome processes and neootic microbes in high n:gard,
fe1'l•endy placnting themselves bc-IOre the Pbguc: lord so that
he may grant them nC\\' spxitTIC'ns to study and dissect. Of
panicubr in~ an: individu.als that h.1vc surrendered thcmsc Ives
to Nurglc 's malcd'.icti~ and many Pl-Jgllemtiucts take great joy
colkct-jng rancid specimens fiom these dccayingser.•ants..
Plaguemeistet:Sstrivc to emulate- their pestilent patron in thc-ir
endeavours; gleefully blending their collections of poxes
and contagions in ordct to create deadly, ney.· illnesses
1hroogh which to .spread Nurglc's insidiOIJ>
influence. Solllt' :ue devious and subtle in
their approach, oftc-n tclying on 1nisdirtttion
and other nefarious: t:ictics to gradually
inoculate entire populations with dC'3dly
maladies designc.d co being about deC!ldes of
~ffering and despair. A daring few ate mudi
more reckless in their dt"'<ltions, unleashing
their polluted creations indiscriminately
in order to better study the un-adulterated
tffeas of thcir chOSC'n malady However, most
Pbguc-mcistets h:3'-'t' litdc desire to succumb to
their own dise3Slt's, and most lllkt: prevt.nt2tive
steps .1g.-iinst this fatal irony As n rtSOJt. the
severity ofeach Plagi.iemeislcr's_personal
corruption is oficn discrete enoogh to
allow him lO pus unnoticed among
pocmrial victims.
PLAGUEMEISTERS
IN THE VORTEX
Pl.:tguemeistc1s within the Sc.naming Vortex -arc
se.ldom idle, often spending their rime_incess:andy
probing the specocubtly gruesome man.ifcstntions
of pcsdlcnce which seem so 11bund3nt wi_thin this
ch3otic sector. Such studies are a blight upon nearby
Jmpcrial worlds, whose onsu.spccting poptil-aces
often suffer and die i.n order to satisfy the mac3bre
fascination of these ghoolish fiends.
The follov.•ing are examples of Pl-:iguemeisttrs
\\those mocbid interest in disease: h:u m:1dc them
obj~ o( revulsion and fear within t he lmpcrium.
PJague Mot.her Scpthrix: Sc-phari.a Tounindc w:is
once a tigu1e of great renown within the various
medit::al circles th:it cater to the lavish decadence of
the fmperiaJ Aristocr.M:)t Yet t i her influence grc\\\
so too did the numbers of em3ci:atcd sycophants
who spread her gh:asdy trcatmcnts a.nd heretical
rcjuvcn-ant.techniqucs. The fnllout from her inevitable
pccserution Y.'llS dt"Vastating. and OO\\' she roams the
outer miches of the Scrcamjng Vortex, her corpulent
OOik sprawling on a p:alanqoin of soi!.:d fine.ry set
upon th e shouJders of her seven favourite ghouls.
Rheu.malicae Surpctis.s: Rheom3licae is a
p:u1icu.larly wicked chymist whose f:is::in.ation with
the bonds of addiction h3.S allowed .him to reap
a horrendous t21ly of oouls in .Nurgle•s narm. His
diseases '3tt incredibly subde in nature, often taking
decades to slowly dissolve their \•ictims from \vithin,
y,·hile the \•arioos stimulants and narcotics v.1iich !

flow through the victims' bloodsttc30l inurc- them


to the pnin of their chronic conditiont E\-cntuatly,
ns the necrotic toxins take their toll, R heti.malicac
begins their indoctrination in the v.•ays of his vile:
pm-on with promises of eternal freedom from the
tonncnts of their rotting frames._
The Forlorn Hopt: Medicae Cruisers :ire common
within the Oe~rtmento Manitorum1 ofien soc-ing
e:xtensh·e service during the m.any brutal offciuivc-s
perpcu:ued in the Emperol's name. The For/om H~
v.-as o ne such vessel; hoy,·evcr, its massi\'C' surgery
the.ams and pristine- ;ipothecarioms •.1o:en:: swiftly
a.•eJO\•hclmcd with conbgion following 3 cataclysmic
brush with C h:aos tt'llegades. The v.Jii:un ere\\'
fought dcspcr3tely ag..inst thii night.m11rish patho~n
that crammed the ship's holds with t~e dead and
dying, but they could not stem lhe impl:icablc tide of
corruption, and soNu:rgle's champions won a ttrrib&c
victory for their dread patron.
DECAYING
MIDOURY
-SThsll, Blipt Prince cf Nurgle
urgk w . .pons .,. tcmfyi•&

N
to behold. Unlike the
shimmering "''Caponi o( Tteffltch, the cxctsSiYc
beauty of Slaanahi weapons or 1he simple brutality
of Khornarc arms, Nutgle's bleuC'd \\'t.Jpons :arc blighted and
1nalfonntd implements or sheet horror. There is no misc:ak.ing
their purpose the spread of dco.1h and rontagions in the name
of the Plague Father. Their wielders •tt the reapers of a grim
h.ltvest, :md put their f>"'ltOn JOd'• favoured instruments <o
ust with an ioC'xonbk vigour.
This &«tion CO'tleD a number of 1«hnologiics and objecu
"""'l"ed and infused with the l"'md paw« cmoed by
P.:"'rgk'.s Mlnhipcn within chc Voncx. Masi of the •upoos
and 'tWrgt# found within d'w:x ptp td2lt' in some Wlt'f '°
the Chaos Cod ~urgle-the Lo<d cf D<ar- well os the
worlds \li.'ithin the \rortr:r -A-here Nutgk holds the most SW.J)<-
MELEE WEAPONS PANDEMIC STAFF (D AEMON WEAPON)
Wt2pons blesscc by Nurgle ofien appear n.s though ready A mJros.covtn-d length of rotting Y.'OOd and rusting metal
to crumble or- break. Their decrepit forms bcHe their true.' the Pandemic Staff constantly seeps bile and other horrific
subt::ances. Acting ~ a vessd for some of Nurglc/s most
lcchality. ho'N'C\'Cr: Even the slightest cut can bring death to
thousands. rnfu.scd with plagues created \\'ithin the dcpchs of viru..cnt plagues, che P..indcmic Staff unleashes a tortent of
filth toward :any who y,·ould deny the Ry Lord's perfection.
Nurgk's Carden, the Fly Lord$ \\'C3pons dispense infections
and maladfcs to tU those \\'ho rtfUS(' che Plague Father's gifts. A Pandemic StatT is a two·handed Daemon \VC3pon with
Some of these 'Neapons a.tr Daemon \\'e3po~ which ntt' \Vil\x>....·er 14 and a Binding Strength of 2. It has the Strtam
described on pag: l 94 of the Bua G.uSAoE Core Rulebook. of Corruption attribute. Only those dcdic:ited to Norglc on
wield -a Pandemic S1aff.

FATKBR OF BLADES (DAEMON WEAPON)


Rumo4Jrtd to be me ortgln:d Plague Sv.'Ords crt::itcd not long PrAr.TJR Kmi:R
afitr Nurgle came into being.. the ancient Fathers of Blades h:s\'t Seen in the h:inds of dreaded Pl3guc Marines, the Pbgue
spent 1ni1Jenni3 spreading corruption. Their mckc:d and rusted Knife is a long, thjn bl01de cnkcd \\'ilh grime ond dripping
lengths de.ade.n tte Sit'nsesof those ncarby. and any y,•ho mistime: \\'id: disease. Sm:ill cots can tr:lnsform into raging infcctiJns
wid:in seconds, and the blade can fell C\•en the largest of
their swings find their att:lcks deflected otT its cOfl'Odc:d ed~.
The Father o: Blad« is a one-h3ndcd Daemon Weopon crea:urcs with :i single swipe.
"''ith \ViUpov.·u 77 3nd a B.inding Strength o f 4 . h has A Plague Knife is a one·handed Legion \Veapon.
the Bile-~cnchcd, Pestilent Stench, and PL.ague Canier
2ttributes. \Vhen-:vcr the \\'ielde1 successfully P-arrics a fii1elec PESTILENT FLAIL
Att3ck made agtinst him and s.:ores 5 or more Degrees of Part censer, part ....·capon, the Pestilent Fl-ail spreads contagion
Su.:e<ss, the att::1ckcr immediately .suffers 3 single hit as if 3S it sails through thc11it, a thick green cloud follov.•ing etdi
he had struck ~.i m.sclf with his own we:ipon. Only those strike. Anyone trained in the wc:ipon's use arc true monsters
dedicated to Nu1gle can wield a F:lther of Blades. In close quartets, ablt co q\Jickly kill whilst masking their
mo,'<.'ments \\'ith the haze that emanates from the weapon.
\Vhencver a Hereti.: makes a Mclee Attack with a Pcsti cnt
MANREAPER (DAEMON W.EAPoN)
A01i~ he gajns a+ lO bonus to Dodge Tests until the erul of
Iconic v.·eapons cfNurgle's greatest champio~ i\iann:apen :ire
the Daemon·infuscd ~lies of the Death Cu.ird l ceion. M:iny his llC'Xt Tt1rn. Any Heretic not d<dicated co Nurgle ~ffetS l
Pl.:iguc Cults go IO great lengths to acquire or cvtn forge their LJ3m3gc (ignoring :innour and roughness Honus) whrocver
own, and the Da:mons chat inhabit these cruel wCJpons draw he makes an auack with a Pestilent Rail
poY.-cr from the filth s1.11rounding the Plague God's throne:.
A Ma.nrcapcr is a t\\<0-h01ndcd Daemon \\'capon with
\\'ilJpov.-er 57 and a 9indjng Stn.:ngth of 3. ft h~ the AccutsC'd
-and Herald of [):.cay attributes. \\'hcnever the wielder makes
3 Cb:irgt °' AU-Out Attack ~lion v.•ilh a Manreapci;. he may
in£lict a single hi1 idcntial to the fust on Ol1C' GdditionaJ tirgct
in range for evt.rf two DcgrtCS of Su.:ccss he scores on
the Tcst aficr the first A Best O:ifismanship
Mann-aper also h~ the F0«e
~aJi~ Onlythmedcdic3.ted to
Nurgk can wield a Manrrapcr..

TAllLF 2- 2, Exo llC mELEE W FA PONS


Name Cf:iss Range Da n1agc Pen Special Wt. Availability
F.lther o-f BIJJes+ Mclee 2d lO+J R 4 Toxic (7). Unbalanced 7kg Ne;ar Unique
Felling (5). Po..,.·er Field,
Mclee ld 10+7 R 7 8kg Near Unique
Toxk (2), Unbalanced
PJndemic Staff B•lanccd, D=y (4),
Mclee ldlO+l I 0 4kg Near Unique
IM<,«) Toxk (l)
P.1ndem..: St:i!T Corrosi\'C, Recharge.
30m ld iO+H 0 4kg N~ar Unique
Spr.iy, Toxic (3)
ldlO R 2 Felling (4). Toxic (l) 2kg Extn-mety R:in:
Con.:ussi\'~ ( 1>.
2d 10+6 E 4 okg t.xtre1n<:1y R:irc
flexible, Un\\•iefdy
1J"•7t "1i;s .1Jdit1•Jr.~/ roh"r. See,fulf role for mort.dn111ls.
Name Class Range RoF Danl:tge Pen Special W1. Availabj licy
Fou!swarm Blast (3), Corrosive,
ThrO\\'Q SBxl SI-I- 2d l0 x 6 1.Skg E:xtrCO)cl~· R:irc
Grcnadct Smoke (6), Toxk (l)
R3d Grcna,de ThrO\\'O SBxJ SI-/- ldl.O E 0 Bl3st (2). lrt:td iated {2) t kg V'"cry R.trc
Rad ~1issile Jdl0+4 E l Blasi (4), lrradiaicd {4) lk& Extremely RJtc
i This Ji:<ap<»r h..u addrtion.:11 nlfrs. S<efall rule for 1no~ dnuil's.

GRENADES SPECIAL AMMUNITION


Those that ha\'t' <hosen die fGth of decay know th::U there arc Thesc- ammunition types arc obtained in full clips and nbt
many diffettnt ways co spread the Plague F:lthc?s gifts. The individually unleu otherwise noted.
Blight Grenade i.s pcrlups the most \\'CUknown, but there arc
many devices mpablc of sarornting :in area w ith toxins as well B LOODROT R OUNDS
as ancient to:hnologics that sprtad death slowly and f'"infully. Made in .small quantities o n :a h10dful of Screaming Vortex
worlds, die Bloodtot Round contlins a few drops of the same
Four.swARM GRE.'IADE noxious brew that fills Fouls\\•ann CrcnadC'S.. Hand-loaded
h lethal to create :as they are to use, Foulswarm Grenades into Heavy Bolter; thesc. 1ouad.s decimate d umps of enemy
contain a foul concoction \\'hose cruc natu.re is known only to infantry and render areas 'oo d :angero<tS to pass. Bloodrot
the most pox-blessed Plaguemcisters ofdie Screaming \'01tcx. Rounds ch:11nge che Heavy Boltet's profile to the fo llowing:
Scaled w ith wicked alchemy :Jnd fell curses of rot, t hese (He-ti"')'; &Om; SI-I--, 3d l0 )(;Pen 6; Blast l>i, Corrosi\'e,
weapons produce an acrid, seething haze upon detonation Smoke Iq, Toxk i>D.
that d rifts outwsrd like a rave.nous cloud of flies, inexorably \Vhenc"<er a creature begins its Turn in the cloud qfsmokt:
enveloping and putrefying everything it touches. clt':ltcd by tbc: Smoke ~ality of a Blood mt Round, it suffers
\Vhcncver a c-.1eattirc be.gins its Turn in t he clood of smoke ll single ~utomaric hit that inflicts 2d f O lmP3ct Damage with
crc.:ited by the Smoke ~ality of a Fouls\\•arm Grenade_ it the Corro.sivc and Toxic (l) Q_02lities.
suffers a single automatic hit duu inflicts 2d 10 lmp-.ict
Damage w ith th~ Corrosive and Toxic (3) QyaJjtics. SCOURGE SHELIS
Scourge Shells have many niimcs across the Screaming
RAD GRENADE Vonex-Tox Slogs, V-Round:s. .and so on-but aU \'3.dant:s.
Difficult to find and manuf3Cture, Rad Grenades contain reain similar methods of conscnu:tion 3nd use~ Srourgt: Shells
tiny radioactive ,p-.irticlcs that blink out of existence v..ithin a are hollo\\', allowing their users ( 0 fill them with V.lriOttS toxic
second of exposatre to air. Despite the short duration effects, concoctions.
the cellular ruination t hey cause is often enough to leiive the Shotguns using Scourgt S hells lose the Scatter Quality,
toughest of foes gasping .as radiation saps their \•iulity. but increase their Pendration by 2 and gJin the Rnor Sharp
OJ:!ality. Additionally, n Heretic may load a dip of Sccurg'!
RAD MISSILE Shells w ith any Disca.sc or toxjn he h3s on hand 11s 3 Full
Similar ro R.ad Cre:na.dcs, Rad (l.iissiles sptt':td their lerhal Action by making 3 Ro uti ne (+ 20) Mcdicae Test (using
cargo O\'Cr a wid!e.r area. the Chem-Use Special Use or the SkW). lf he sucettds, .any
character who suffers D:unagc from the Scourgt ShcU a.lso
suffers any effcccs of the Disease or poison planted in it

TABLE 2- 4, SVECIAL A llllllUNITIQN


Name Can Upgrade Availability
Bloodrot Heavy Bolter, Extremely
Rounds Legion He:rry Bohc-r R>rc
Assault Shocguns,
Scourge
legion Sho1guns.
Shells
Shotguns
TABLE 2- s, CYllERNEl"IC HOR.R.OR.>
N3mC ..\vailabil ity WC'apon Profi le
Dendrite Bl.adc+ Rare Melcc; 1d lo+4 R; Pen 3; AcxibJc. Ramc Shacp-
i\!cch.:itcndtilt Very R:irC' Mclee: 1d I-0T5 I; P-cn O; Rexible
Pbgu:c Claw Extrcmc:ly Rare Mel«; tdl0+2 l; Pen 2; Decay (J), Tearing
.!..A IJ~ra1.: c,u1 or.ry Qct)'t a r.;.1n:ba OJ- Dmdn·;e 8/1$da a!fd! or 1'd«/)J.tmdrils up tCl bis Tougbnrss &.•:;1s.

MECHATENDRIL
E.qu:tJ ~rts tool and weapon, Mechatendrils sMke restlessly
around Herc.teks and Warpsmiths as they seek oot new tasks
to complete. Used for complex reP3irs as we-JI ~ combai,
the \'Ctsatilil)• of the Me<hatendrils make them inV3lu:tblc if
temperamental assets to those that reject t he Omnissi.ah.
Each 1\1echatcndril is a i\1cchadendritc thar grants chc Heretic
•n >ddinoMI +5 bonus on Cmfting Skill T..,. (st't'. p>ge. 92 of
the BucK CRUSADE Core Rulebook). A Hcn:tic most h:l\'C the
Mcchadendritc Use (Utility) Talent to gain th is benefit.
Additionally, :1. Heretic with one or more 1\.1.cchatendrils
afv.,.ays counts as being 3tmcd with a weapon \\'ith the
lisltd \Veapon Profile. He most have the M.:-chadendrite Usie
(\\'capon) Talent to \\'iekl a htechatendril withoot penalty.

PLAGUECLAw
A rwisted fusion of rotting flesh and corroded machinery, a
Pbg11e 03\\' I.lunches a pulsating tube: '''ith 3 barbed daw at
the end that pti.nchcs chtough armour and Ot:sh and spews all
manner of toxins directly into the t.1rgct's body.
A Plague Cl3w grants a +10 bonus on i\1odkac: Testt fOf" ihe
CYBERNETIC H ORRORS Diagnose and Chem-Use Special Uses of the SkiU, and can be
Cybcmctic impbnu are common throughout the g3laxy, but used to ston: and hold samples of wrious plagues. toxiOSi- and
for th~ ~·ho serve the Rliinous Po\\'C'TS, bionic devices -an: other fou l concoctions pleasing to the Lord of Oisi:.asc. A Hen:ric:
more th:ln mere tools. Every sn.akclike tendril or snapping claw \\i th a Plague Claw :tl...,'3yscounts as being armed with :t wopon
a \\rarpsmilh has fused into his mettllic fr:une ctn kil~ and \\i th the listed \\'capon ProfiJe. This '''t':lpon can be bdcd
few such de"o•ices rt"main unbloodied for long. The ftems bdo"• with any Disease or toxin 3S a Full Action; until the end of the:
require-the f'.tccWanicus Jmplants Traits unless othct'Hise noted. enrounk':r, any chamctc:r ....+.o sulfm OJ.mage from it suffers the
effects ofthe loaded mal:td~t Only a chmctt'r dedicated co Nu.rgle
can wield a Plague Cbv.t A Heretic does
D ENDRITE BLADE
:?fl~iilii;: not need to h:l\'IC' the 1\1cclunicus
A lethal ""''eapon thar s«ms: to act on its own \'Olition,
fmpl:tnts Tr:Ut to have this
Dendrite BIJda: consist of many linked metallic coils each cybernetic insulled.
ending in a serrated bl3dc or wickedly sharp hook. They
whip -:.round the bearer; almost as if seeking oul prey.
Elch Dendrite Bl3dt: is a M«h3ckndritc. and a
Heretic most h3VC the ~te<hadendrite Use (Weapon)
TalQ)t to gain its benefilS.. Whcn~vcr 3n e-nemy m:ak.:$
.a Mctee Atuck -against a He~ ti c equipped v«ith one or
tnOft' Dendrite Blad es, he suffers 3 -l 0 pc:n3fly on his \Veapon
Sk111 Tea for each Dendrite Bl:ade the-Heretic h.u equipped (to
a maximum of-30). lf tilt: att.uckcr fails his WC3pon SkiJI Test
by tlvtt or more Degrees of .Failure, the att:u::kcr immodiatdy
t automatic hit with the lined profile, plus 1 additional
.per Dcgltt of Failure beyond the third (toa maximum ~J
if • p•mber of.Dendrite Blad es the character h:i.s equi pped~
AcJclidoiW~ a Hcn:tic with one or more Dendrite Blades
~~~;a.. as being anncd with a weapon wit h the lisn:d
~ mun bavc lhc: Mediadcndritc Use
idJ=qt. to wtcld -a Dendrite. Blade witboot penalty.
ARGEARA ND DISEASES
EQUIPMEN T 1hrtt b: no end to NurgltS ant.Mty whtn '' <oma to mrw
ailmm~ and mmy of N"urgk's 60.,WC1'J m ..te their own
i\tOC'CIO dun. ~n thr wnpons of N..rgk. the tools and
YC'rsiont o( lbc Great f:«ru.pU>E's pucrid handrwof'k met
artcf<ld:s in SttVitt co the Pbi:"C Cod's m.inioos show .signs
pnt 1hcm to anyone foolish cnoueh co rc(wc: Nurglc·s
ofc:omapcion tfgt o:n wilt the 1piri1 o( the: most pious. Their
b<nc'VOlcn<c. Heretics may lood the Dtsc:i'\Cs l11ucd below
orig1n.aJ foons ofttn lost behind centuries ofbubbltng decay.
into • number of items fcawrcd in this st<1ion. Heretics
thCK devices h::avc lost none o( their potency, and in fact sec-m
acquire Oikascs in batches of 5 doses.
or
to draw strength &om the su:nch dc~th.
A chatacler is exposed to a Dise3lit v.-hc11evcJ he surTea
D:imagt from a v.·capon imbued ..,..;th 1hi l D~JC or~ SEX"cific
TAUL£ 2-6, WAR.GEAR. AND EQu1vmE;NT dl"ccc ofLhc discast triggers an cxpaw re. Alccml!U\'dy. char.Ktm
Name Weight Availab iliry on be cxpo.cd b)• iruuling. ingesting.°" nukiin& d~ corn-xi
Icon of Sttp;ng Deay 1~& wilh .,f<a<d ...i-.c.s (., Eh< C,\fs dism:<oon) T~ a
V«y R.v.
Un&ead Heart Uniqur
cha""" ...., ...i.: a Choll•nging (+-OI Toughn<a Tm
I.Ska
- c><poo<d IO a Oiscac ID awHd au:hong it.

IcoN OF S EEPING D ECAY DEATH 'S GRASP


Oncc--proud banners. Ndcn, or othcf mighty totems of Viet1m•s unlOrturutt <o contruct Oc::uh's Cr.up l1Vc a palhc:tic
ftiith, the Icons o( S<:cpina Otc:uy h:ivc long since lost :any life at the vc:ry ed~ of death. Sapped or 1111 energy, any ti.sk
l'Cg<1I visage and instead drip wi1h the corruption of Nurgle, 1hey perform might be their last.
slowing those dl:at v.'OUkl stand :tgninat him and strengthening Effccu: A ch:uact:cr infected \\ith this OUe:u1c cannot rcmaw:
those that waJk the path of fihh. An Icon of levtls or Fabguc. \Vht~u he ~ins n IC"ICI of J:uiguc:, each
S«ping Decay i.s a large Icon other ch11rancr \\'ithin ldiO
and must ejther be arrird mnrcs is Wo cxpol('d ro
in one hand or .:affix~ to
• llwdy badtpod<.
lh< °""""
(and ......
nuk mt Tat to n:sat
All charaacu a&ga<d ·~ Ir • _ , slip
10 Nurgk "ithia a numb.=r into U'"°'*. o ca dlJC'
of mcms cqwl to th< to cn:ftli~ lc-Ytk « Fatigue
Heretic's \\'illpower Bonu.1 wbilie infmcd w,1h Lh.i Obcasc.
count their Agi lity Bonus n.1 hr perishes Ch:ar.i(tcrS dcd.ctltcd to
hig·her and may makt: ll Difficult Nurglc: can cany chis 0dtuc, but an
(- fO) Toughness Tttc :1.t chest.In of still rclllOvc ~ Is of F:idguc u no011al
c'lch of their Tums to ttmovt I level v.·hile infected.
of Fatigue. All othtr ch~f'1l(tcr1 wich in Trcatmc:nt: Curlng Death's Crasp
th:u area count rhcir Af:iliry Bonus u I rcquirc:s consu.nt rest ror a lc:aA I Wttk. a l
loWtt (so a minimum of I) and fl'M:t pus a the end of v.'hich the du~nct l\Uy m.alc •
Cholknging (+-0) Willpow<r Tu1 " lhc Routin e (+20) Toug hncss Tc:sr; 1f he succttds.
sun of each of their Turns or r1n t kvt:I of he •ccowe~ bot if he f;aih. he mn.&ans lokcard
Fatigue. The lcoo only funaion:r w.'hco arriied by a end gains I b.I or f,.;gu<.
du"ct" dcdicaird to N"'ik.
ENFEEBLE
U NDEAD liEARr Enfeeble b a brutal nubdy thac slowly corrodes the
Rotten to the co re, those impl11ntcd with an UndC3d Heart vlcdm's bones into dust. M::iny of Nu'l{le•s ~t dC'diouC'd
ltt:comc living m:wcs of corrupiion, As they suffer injury, devoices injcc1 themscf\'tS '""'ith 1he virolcnc pbgue, srcing
nc"' affl ictions sprout to form ltycl'f of KJ1t-Ocsh, protecting death u the ultimate expression or dcw>tion.
the wearer from h3rm :and he:tlina almost any injury. Eff'cc:cs: A character jnfected by Enrrtble suffen ld5
A Htl't'tic implanted with s;uch tcrribk SOf'CC':r')' gains tM A&ilicy Dam.age each time he ukes 1 Full Action or two
Rcgm<D1ion {I d5) and The ScutT or NogblmmS Trua. Hair ktions during ooc of his Tums durin& Scn.ctumd
lmpbnling s«ii a drna '°'I";.., a Han! (- JO) Med;...,,< I unc. or •'hax •<• he ukes SlllCRUOOS x.ttotl dufU21Z Svr-.al.ivr
Tat md ukcs bouts: if the <Nrxca at1tmpting cm Time. Ctutxeers dcdicaaed lO Nurgle suffrr the dTttb of...
opentioo f:iifs. ttdua thr would-be ru:lpcnt's Toughness llixasc .. nonnaJ, though !hey mdy • .,.. • ., ""'ITmng.·
Ch;arxtrriltic by I d5 as 2 ttitaIr o( the fJ.1 lcd Su:tgcr¥ These instead ~ll1og in the: wradtlng_atlltction
Ma ne contraptions cannot be rtmO\'Cd without destroying Tre~tmcn t: To be- cured or Enfttbk, , c:batactcr ....
t~i.r hosts irrt"vocably. r<mavull orlh< AgH<1y 0.ln3g< {K< P"ll' 256 oftbc . . _
C.uuo• Core Ruk book) the d;,..,. hos caus<d ~'!'f'l.P!O:
or 01hcr means.
TABLE 2- 7, D ISEASES NURGLE's BREATH
Som-c;times seen 3S a boon, Nurgle~s Breath is popular among
Name A\•ail3bility
m.any Pl:aguc Cults for its ability ro propagate quickly.
Oc:ath's Crasp \'cry R:att: Hov.·e..-er. those \\'ho understand the infe<tion know th.at
~O fO:-C'bA• Rare death lurks around the corner each time the affikted we this
Festering Shroud Rare most contagM>us · gift•
Nu1glc·s Brc:ith Extrem(.'ly Rare Effects: A character infected by Nurgle 's Breath ~i ns :a
new attack with the following profile: (Pistol; IOm; SI-/--,
03m 2dl0 E: Pen 2; Corrosi...e, Spray, Toxic 121). This at13ck
F ESTERING SHROUD cannot Jam, bur if the chara-ct« e\'er rolls two results of 7 on
Fcscn-1ng Shroud is an insidious blight first cncountem:I by the Damage dice, he immediately explodes in a disgusting
voidship crc:v.•s entering the Lo\\'Cr Voncx.. E.xccptionalfy shower of pus and slimy gotr. Obviow.Jy. he dies. and each
cont:agious,. those that contract the djsease 6od their bodies charocter within 3dl0 metres sutTers an immediate hit !Tom
converted into chimneys of pcstilrncc. sprtading a vile the \\'capon. Any ch:arac~r who fails a Toughness Test to resist
-mi:asma \vhere\•er they go. the Toxic Qy.ality from Nu-rglc"'s Bre3th contrncts the Disease.
Effccu: Adt11r.tctcr infcctc<:I by Festering-Shroud constandy Ch:llnctC'rs -dedicated to Nurgk sutTc:r th<' clTects of 1hjs
emiB nn unn:numl gm:n f(lg tlut sprta-ds 4l'OW1_ d him in ~ Disease as normal, though they narcly view it as "suffering."
7-mctrc <HameCCt cloud. At the end ofeach 24--hour period for Treatment: Curing Nurgle's Rot n:quircs constant rest for
which ht' has the disease; a char.actt'r must make a Challenging a l least t\\'O v.·ecks and 3 -successful Hard (- 20) Medie:ae
(+0) Toughness Tc.st; jfhe fiU~ his flesh putrefies. collapsing ChcC'k on the part of the ch:iract« or a healer.
in-0,n itselfin a vi!e torrcnL Roll 1d5 on a randomly dctennined
lmpact V itical Effect Tab!t (see p:agcs 252-253 of the
BLACK CtwSADF. Core Rulebook), adding +1 to the roll for
C-.'Cf)' Dcgrtt of Fsilun: he sco;red on the Test beyond the first
and apply th.c result \Vhenev.cr another character enters the
cloud, he most make a Routine (+ 20) Tou.ghncss Test or
contt3ct the Disease. Characters dedicated to Nurgle can carry
th1s Disease but do not suffer the portions o(rn.y Critic.al
Effect the Oisc3se causes them th3t \\ ould cause them to
1

suffer Blood Loss or die..


Trt:3cme,nt: Curing Festeri'ng Shroud requires
constant rest for a.t least 3 v.·cek and a successful
Challenging (+0) Medic:ae Check on the
part of the diameter or a healer.
Duration: The Pl.igud>eattt rem.a.ins corporc:al for ld5+'
EX'PANDED RITES ....,ck, pha .. .&l<ioaal round for <=y .odd,1iolul Ori""
o( Suca9 on rht TesL Atcas ~ chc wit bcMc<n ttaltry

AND RITUALS and the Wwp " th;o might cxtmd tha duraoon H<fti>a
ml)' swnmon the Ox:mon for a s.p«Jk C»k (• the CM's
diKtccion). in \\<hic:h c.asc it remairu corpotcal Ion& enough
"11'< nhU! 1"" SIKaftitd! JfllL ....1 71' a -;,""'1ijist! F'i<t!. lo 1c<omphsh Lhe w:k.
-Oehoth the Wise, former Cult M3Ster Cost: Wherher successful or not, the Hi:rcbC must roll oo
TablC' 6-2: Psych ic Phe.nomcna (sec p:igc 210 of tht-
he Rites and Ritu.ils proc:ntc:d in the Buc1t CRUSADE

T Cott Rulebook give :r. gcncl'lll OVttvk:w of how both the


Ci\1 :tnd playcB can construct rinals to suit their own
nteds, me ronsequmct'S o( r~.i1.1n:, and j number of example
Bu.c11: C9'uu.nn Core Ruleboc:ik) and inunc:di.1tc:ly apply the
rcs:ultL Addllion:tlly. each ch:tractc:r- involved in the: ritu31 mwt
pass a Ch11lltnging (+0) Toughness Test or gJin ldS lcvcls
of f1C1gue. doubling cr.tt :and choking on the w:rvcs of smoe
riuuh ustd to summon tht mott iconic Ch305 Daemons. This
and douds o( l1Jcs dw xcompany If>< 0..-'s •tTMl
ltCtion cont1:ins Rituals for p=iinc living beings. npdttcd
The Pritt or F•ilu.te: Failwc «SU.Its in I roll fot Conrcmpc
n.1.s fer binding Dxmons "' 0 . . - Enp.cs. 2nd th< mast
m1unoo Pbgocbca1tt-.aimmoc11ng ritwl within ft Vonn..
or the W.up (sec page in of the llucc c......oc C....
Ruld>ooti modified by TI 0 for <my D<gttt o( Ftilun:
The R;!U21s lisud below follow the """' fomw .,
beyond the firu.
,undlld Ritu1~ (!« p>gcs 228-229 o( th< Bua
C.,W>E Con:: Rulebooki GMs c.n lnsen
these R.itu.3b- jnto an ongoing ampaign :is
obslllclcs for the Hcn:tics, or :it the scan Hc:tecia thal ddU'C 1hc power of
of an :idvc-nturc as ~rt r:I their a Daemou Engine mu.st undertJke
ComfX'd- Pbyc-B might wish lO a dang«Ol.IS ritc:-thc Ritu.al of
'*one of thtse: Ritts aod Ri.twls Binding-in ordtr to merge .a
10 t:nh3ncc chcir own stand&ng. Oacmoak Eruiry wirh th.ctr
pundh me;, ......_ "' ar<folly l"<l"'r«I Shdl
.;mply ID CIUS< m>ybcm ond Re-quire.menu:: lldOr.
dcsnuctioo. In al. ascs it ii i;ip e:ructang mu R;....t,
to thr CM to drtcrn'liot: the Hcrrtoa fi"' nttd •
R•uofs difficulty ond whether Shell (or 1hcir Dxmon
1hc Rjtu3' is possible ac all. ind need lo chooie v.·h:d
type- o( Daemon chey wlnt
to summon. Sec p:i~ 49-
UNLEASH THE
50 for the: full dcscripclon_ of
I:oETID I:ooTMAN how this is done:. The Ritu:al of
Pbgut Cults often su.mmon Binding bikes pbcc immie:di.Jttly
Pbgucbc:ln:rs to help them in the after the Hereto JUC<rssfully
.sptt:tding of dis<ax and com.ipt:ion. summon the Dxmon they chott. Jiod this
~ with counting •nd a1i'°iuing ~ nruJ.I ttplxcs any Daemonic "'bncty Test the
...,ag;on ""' aco«d, Pb@ud>eatn> wdoomc any Hcm.a: mighr ~ C2lu.-n... The b.odmg ttqu.i~ a sing1r
chi""" ., push throogh 10 the lllO<UI ttalm. Hdli<h ( 60) Fotb;ddcn I.off (D•cmonol"llY) T<0<
A.tquire":mtnt!! Tht ritd.11 ml.ISi ukt pbtt in. 10 m1 roo~ mod;6cd per Table 6-7, Summoniog Ritual Modilicn.
by diseast Jnd the stench of de-1th, ~nd requires a rough1y Eff('cts:: Tne Daemon bonds to rhe Shell, (usin( mntl and
nrw:d circk marked wilh icons dcvored co Nurgle while nhc:uc Ocsh. It is now a 0-acmon Engine.
cauldrons of putrid tx.bbling liquid$ fill the entire area with Ourationt EITec1i~ty pc,rm:u!lent. Until thi: l):ic:moo breaks
n horrid stench. Rolting corpx.t-chcy needn't be hum:ln- rrc:i: ol' 1hc ~cmon Engine is destroyed, th(' cfT«U of this
~h oold form a pile at the centre. A 1inele 3dult human, their rituJI rcm:1ln In pbce.
body untouched by disease OI' illness. should sit atop the pile Cost: Even the most powerful Heretics find 1hls tilual uicin&-
of cotpscs,. ready to absorb all the fihh ~ome the window Each p:attlei~nr suffie:r.s 4d 10 Characteristic: 0:1"'3~ co c:ac:h
1htough which the Pbgucbc:arct m'lit~s. Tht: rirual n:quircs of his Ch.irxttristia. Adclitioaally. cxh partiiC'tpan• moM:d
' Hud (;-20) Focbidckn Lore (D•cmonology) Tes1. """' roll on« .., Table 6-2' Psyduc P h c - Cs«
modified ptt Table 6-7: 5"mmonlng Ritual Modificn - 210 o( ..... 11uc. c.u..o. Cott Rul<bool) ....
(sec pag< 219 of the Bue< C - - C.... Rulebook~ If irfllnC'd,Jtefy suffer rhe results.
t111ats'Sful. then 1hc: Heretic: mua:c f1\Jh .11 Oxmo.oic Mas.i.ccy The Pri« of Failutt:: Tht: binding faik and me o.nno.
Tdl 10 cootrol the Plagucbe•m. bn:aks (t« of the Hro:tic·s control. .1nack;n1 lhai
Efl'ttis, A PlaJ:"<bcar<r (sec pag< H5-l56 of the Bua imrncdiarc~ Roll for Contempt of the Watp (a pap llJ
Cauuoe Core Rulebook) appcal'S in the summonjng cirdc. of the 8 1.ACX c~,\Dll Core R.iulcbook), modified by ....
every Dettre:c of F:iilurc beyond tht' fi.l'IC.
RrruAL OF POSSESSION
Daemons commonly enter th< matcri:al pbrn:- by possessing FORGING
unfortunate humans against cheir will. Few Daemons ha\'C
the .i.1rcngth to do it themselves, but many Chaos SC1V1Lnts
actNely invitc Daemons into the materiaJ plane by offering
DAEIDON ENGINES
host boc:Hes to ron(tol '"Lard Mit.!pv,s, the ritu11f is contpldt. The mac/);nes••• l/Jry btrai!Jt:! ~
llrquittments: The Ritual of Possession actu:iUy
- T:ikoojn, Atch-Herctck
mcompasscs 3 variety o f rituaJ types used to summon :ilmost
any type of Daemon. Howe'-'Cf, rathct than direcdy calling cross the vastness of lhe guJf bct\\'ec:n sta~ waa rage
-the Daemon into 'lhc materi:11I plane, the 1-lerctics ins.tcad
draw it into 3 living vessehnot :alwa~"S human, but st least
scntient~nd the O:lemon uses the host body to sustain itself.
A on millions of worlds. \\':irriors and n13chinC$ po'ver
forth to crushing victories and punish.tog deftatS:.
each brc3kthrough fuelled by the deaths of 'hoosands. Yet
Mu.:h like thc Rih1al of Binding, the Heretics must choose the forces of Chaos possess an advant:age 1inmntched &~·
the type of Oa-cmon 'hey wish to -summon :and complete mofl21 :annie;s. unho ly fusions of fire and steel th:at stalk
1he .summ<ining citual for that Daemon before undertaking battlefields killing e\•erything in their path. Sorcery mer~
the Rirual of Possess.ion. With the O:iemon sucCCMfuUy \\'ith lcchnology, Daemon Engines represent t he unfctkn:d
summoned, 1hc Hcrc(ics e nact the Ritu:i.I o f Possession in power of the \Varp made manifest
place of the Daemonic M-astery Test by passing a Hard (--20) This section covers the cre3tion of Daemon Engines,
Forbidden Lore (Daeo1onol ogy) Tcs1, modified pc::t Table including new 3ttributcs and Chaotic weapons. This section
6-7: Summoning Ritual Modifiers. If they succeed. the also cont3ins rules for Daemon Engine Minions (sec page SS).
Hereria ch3nnel the Daemon into the host, but the Daemon
must still bc:il the host v.-ith-an Opposed ChaJlengi ng (+-0)
Willpower Test before the pcwession takes effect. UO\\•illing
CREATING THE SHELL
hosts gain a + 20 bonus to chis Test Before 3 group of 1-lercrics try co summon 3 Daemonic
Effects: The Daemon posses:ses the host. Sec p3ge 56 for entity, they first need a Shell co house t he creature. Daemon
the more pctnl3ncnt effect ~h:it possession has on Pla~·cr Engines come in \lllrious shapes and sizes, a nd even among
Chararltts. O;acmonic possession aJfects NPCs 3S described the more frcquendy sctn Daemon Engifl<'s such 3S Defilers
in Duration '3nd Cost, below. :and Forge.fiends, no two &It' exactly t1Jike. A.II merge with the
Duration~ NPC hosts rnrcly suivi-..<t: long. ff the Daemon's c3gcd Daemon, allowing 3Spccts of the enmged bcas( to shine
Wlllpo\\'t:r Chsrncteristic is less than t he host's, the possession thtough the othef\visc: mundane metal cxte.rior.
llSts ns m:any hours equal to !the host's \Vitlpoy,·cr Bonus. 1( Prior to summonjng 3 Daemon, the Her.tries must create.
the C>.Jcmon's \Yillpower Characteristic is higher than the purchase, or othciwisc: 3cquire n Shell, either an exisling
host's, thc.n the possession l3Sts h:alf as many hours as the machine such as a saf,'3gcd or stolen vchi<:lt or 3 specially
host's \VillpowcrBonu.s. \Vhen the rime limit runs out, the crc:atcd prison for the Daemon. The search (01 a Shell should
~emon either bursts from the host's body, killing the host be a Comp:icc in and of itself (see 1he Buc1t C.ttusJ.oE Core
before woishing, or leaves th.c host and retre3ts back to the Rulebook, pages 269-274). unless the Here.tics :1.lreJtdy'kno\\'
\\'arp (leaving the host SC3Ncd. menaUy -as v."Cll as physically). of n suitable Shell \Vithin the Vortex, the \Yorlds Ghibelline,
Cost: The Ritual of Possessi.on tak« C\\'ice as long ns any Cue·lph, <t_Sa~ and the War Moons ofTal3x hokl tcputations
standard summoning dtu:1I. The host. once exorcised or if for their Daemon E.ngi~ making t hem c:xccUen1 places to
the 0:1t"mon leaves (and if ht survives), pcrm:inentfy reduces start. Creating a Shell is e\•en harder, requiting both extensivc
hjs Fellowship by 3d10 and his Wound threshold by Id;. kno\\•ledge of the Empyrean and ilS denizeos (e.g. Forbidden
llie hosralso g.tins 2dl0 Corruption Points, gain.s the Skill Lore IDil<monologyl, Scholistic Lo., !Occu It! •nd l'o<biddcn
P~nUc:lencc (Per) :it Rank 2, 'he Pc:3tkss and RcsistJnc<: Lore rThe \Varpl) :is \\'ell 3S techniC3I sspccu (e.g. Tech-Use
.(Psychic-J>oy,•ets) Talents :ind the Dark Soul Gift-of the Cods. and Forbidden lore IAtcheotechJ). Additionally; the Heretics
Exorcised hosts gain immuni:ty from incurring any further reqtiirt lhe faci]itics and materials to consiroct the Shell
Gifts of the Cods.
The Price of Failure: FaiJing to succc!.lfulfy possess a host
n:-suhs in a Tts.t for the '3ontempt of the \Ya·r p (SC'e plg<: 2 27
of tile 8uCK. Cauuo.E Co1e Rulebook), modified by+ 10 for
f!'ftry Degree of Mlilure alter l he 6r.st on cjther the Forbidden
loR Test or the Opposed Willpower TesL Additionally,
if lhc: rit11al fails, the Host must make n C hallenging (+-0)
Willpowrr or Toughness Test or perish outright, his soul
cfa;tggcd iQtQ the f.mpyrean to-be devoured by the O.icmon.
Tht Shell influences a numbcJ o f the 03emon Engine's
b~ properties.:
A TOUCH O F C HAOS
..SbC"ll Type: Sh ells must be either S3tv:iged {such as a \\lith their mighty Dxmon Engine crt3tcd 11nd (hopcf11Uy) under
1:1:nk., cransPQrt. or similar mundane design) or Constru.:ted their contto~ the Hen:tics b:NC: :tn immensely poYot"rful -and
(~th ing built to house a Daemon, such :is .-.n <'mpty destructivc being at their disposal. Howt\'a', the binding proccs
Defiler Shell). ch3.llp many .things M the mtppcd Daemon twists and warps
Si,u: Shells must hav<' a Size Traj1of7- JO. its nC\\' cage into something mo.re deadly lhan a simple machine.
M ovemen t; Oa.emon Engin.es move and :ic' lik<' any 0th.er The Heretics mt!St detennine the Ch.lrncteristitS) Woonds,
unil both in-and out of combat, <'vtn if their Shell was once a Binding Strength, Skjfls, Talentsi. Tmits, Alignment, and
vehicle. Differen t Shells provide d ifferenl benefilS, as folki\\'S: Daemon Eng in.e Trnits for thcit newly created death machine.
• Tracked Shells gain the Crawler Trait Characteristics & Wounds: The type of Daemon bound co
• Wheeled Shells gain the Sprint Talent. the Shell dete:nnines the Daemon-Engine's base Weapon Skill,
Aying er HOVlC'ring Shells gain the Flyer (X) or Hoverer (X) Ballistic Skill, Intelligence, Pcr:ccption, Willpo'1o·en- Fellowship
Tr.ait, \\'here X: equals the Daemon Engine's Agility Bonus and .Infamy. The Daemon Engine~s Size determines the
muJtiplied by 4 . Streng th and Toughness (50 fci r Size 7, 60 for Siu: 8, 70 for
Shells with 4 ot more: legs g.ain the Q!adruped Tr.tiL S ize 9 nnd 80 for Size 10). Size also determines the Daemon
Dmnon EngJncs with only 1wo legs gain the Bru1al Engine's \Vounds (40 for Size 7, 52 for Size 8~ 64 for Size 9
Charge (X) Tn it. where X cquaJs the Q3emon Engine's and 72 for Size 10). Daemon Engines suffer Dama~ like all
Agility Bonus. other types of creatutes but h ave their own special rules for
Weapons: Daemon Engines often develop ney,• and horrific Criti01I 02mage (see page 96).
weapons as p:in of the binding rituat bu! many Shells start Binding Strength; Even si.milar D~emons Engines tend to
wi1h inbttih "'c.'3,ponry. For 3 Salvaged Shell, an)' one Herc1ic differ, \lo'ith some that deeply suppress the Daemon to some
_involved in the binding riMll may make a Challeng ing (+0) that sarcely contain the ragfng entity within. All Daemon
Tech Use Test; ifhe succeeds, one pn: existingweapon on the
4 4
Engines hav<' a Binding Strc-ngth equal to the Degrees of
Shell becomes p:irt of the Daemon Engine's al'SC'na~ plus o ne Success scored during the rutual of Binding.
additional weapon for every two Degrccs ofSuccess he scores Skills: All Skills the D:iemon had transfer to the new Daemon
beyond the 6rsl ff th<' Y.'C3pons wer.e built into a Constructed Engine:, although ccn::ain Skills are usually i nappli~abk for
Shell aJteady. then they become part of the Daemon Engine's Lumbering contrn.ptions of Oa«"ly-contained cosmic fury.
arsenal aotomatiieaUy. Da-cmon Engine weapons d o not need Under norm;,I circumstances, Daemon Engines can only use
to rclood and ha:vc an unl:imi1ed Clip Size. che following Skills: Aw.ireness (Pct), Athletics (S), Common
lot< ~ n t). Dodge (Ag), Forb;ddon lore ~ n t), latim;date
(WP). U ngu;scia (Int), Parry (IVS), and J>syn~den<e (Per).
PIERCING THE VEIL Of course. the Gi\1 can always allov.• 3 Daemon Engine to use
With the Shell teady, the Heretics mo..·e onto the most other Skills if he deems it appropriate based on the: situation.
<langc:rous stage: Summoning -and bind ing the D:iemon. This TaJcnts: All Daemon Eng ines have the Ambid extmu~
is a difficult and d angcroos three-step process: Independent Targeting, and T wo-\Veapon \Vic~der (Mek~
Ste p); Choose !Daemo n T ype: The Heretics must determine Ranged) Talents. Additionally. rhe Heretics can choose op to
what rype of Daemon they \\•ish to bind. The type of Daemon 1hree Talents fro~ the list of Talents the Daemon trapped
determines many of the Daemon Engine's Char.actcristie\ within pcssesscs. The Daemon Engine gains the.st Talents
Skil~ Traits, and so on. Both the Bu ctc CiwuoE Con:- {pro..,ided that the Came A-taster deems them.appropri3te~
Rulebook ~nd chis volomc give the rules for summoning T raits: 03emon Engines gain Trt1jts from SCYerJI difTe;rcnt
the four most iconic Daemons of Chaos (B loodlette~ sour.:es1 :is listed below:
Dacmonettes, Horro~ and Plaguebearers). Neverth cJe~ • The Auto-Scabiliscd, D3emonfo rge, Daemon El)gine {X)
there are m:iny more: types of Daemons the Heretics might (\\•here X is~ V'llue .equal to tv.rict the Binding Strength),
wish to summon. ff che C M has access to the T HE ToME Of' and Fe.ar (2) Traits.
F ATE; T HE ToMe Of' Bt.000, ot TttET OME Of Exca;ss, he can The 1\13,chioe (X) Trait and Unnatornl Sucn_gth (X) Trair:s
find .rules for additionaJ types of Daemons and the Rites and Y.1\erc X is a value detennincd by consulting-Table 1-1:-
Rituals i:equircd to summon them. Daemon Engine T rait Values-on- page S 1.
Step 11: Summon lhe Da emo n~ Once the Heretics havt' A Traic associ.1tcd with Mo\•ement based on the She-I[
cha.sen the type of D.iemon they wish to trap, they must enact • Up to thftt Tr:aits from the list ofTnijts th<' Daemon D"apped
the appropriate summoning Ritual. The Heretjcs must enact \\'ithin pos~ 1bc Heretics cannot select lhe Dttmonk!
the Riuu l in the presence of the Shell. Trait thjs "''3Y. as i1 is al.rC'.1~' enapsulatcd in IM Daemon
Step Ill: Bin d the Daemon: A.ssuming the summoning Engine Trait. The: Daemon Engit)c gajns the chosen Trait5
Ritual is successful, the Het\"tics must immediately enact the (provided that the Game Master deqns them app«iprialr).
Ritts:al of Binding onl~ the Hel't'tics have some me,hod or • Three r:uldo mly gcner.it6d Tr.aiu from Tab~ 2.-tJ
aiane coolrn.prion capable of holding the Daemoa in pl3ce. Dae,mon Engine T raits (see page 5 l~
Alignment! The 1ype of Daemon used to create the O.Do<:..ip
Engine determines the D:aemo n Engine's Alig~
TABLE 2-8, DAE;JllOtl ttlGIN.E TR;\l'I VALUES TABLE 2-9, DA~HION Ef'\GIN.E TR_;\ 1 1~
Size M3chinc Unnatural Strength Unaligned Daemon Engine Traits
Troit Value Trait Value Trait \'alut tdfOO Roll Trait
7 8 4 01-40 Helc:1ste1
8 12 6 41-70 Helram
9 24 8 71 -90 Helma·.v
iO 12 JO 91-110 51aughtere1 Limb
11 J-125 Dire .Harpoon
J26+ Star of Chaos
DAEMON ENGINE TRAJTS Khorne Daemon Engine Traits
Daemon Engines df.spby an almOS! limidc.ss variety of po\\·crs,
fdlOO Roll Trait
many of which manifest \vidtin the structure of the SheU. This
01-30 Blood So.aked Fury
section details n l.'lumbcrofTraits that only Daemon Engines
Jl-50 Butche' Scythes
can~ tt'Oecting the-ir horrific ic.:Uosyoaasies..
In addition..(o the Trnits ~I Dxmon Engines p05scss (such Sl-70 t\i:1tk of Khome's Contempt

as the 0Jemon~ and Daemon Engine Trai~ bclO\\•), each ?1-90 Ad> Cto..I
lhrmon .Engine ~ J :iddition:a.I Trai~ gcO<"ratcd by 91-110 H1uvl's1 er
rollfngcn Table l-9: Daemon Engine Traits. EaCh ti.me he 111-BO Bbck Fire
ro-~ the Heretic cte3ting the Daemon Engine chooses either Bl+ Bellow of the Battle lord
Un.aligned D:icmon !;ngine Tr.iits or the section or the T:ibk Nu,glt. Oatmon Engine Traits
associated wilh tbemaJefic power to which the Daemon Engine tdtOO RolJ Trait
is Aligned, and rolls. Id [OQ plus the bound Daemon's lnfumy
01-30 Hideous Vis:ige
Char.1\7t.cristic. f"Or Aligned Darmon Engines, the Heretic most Eternal Decay
JI-SO
rollnt le11sc once on the section ofTable 2-9: Daemon Engine
51- 70 Pl'stilent fog
Traiu :t.SSociated with the bo.uod 0Jemon's dread patron. If
71-90 C1oud of Flies
the Hattie rolls the same Trait twice, he selects a Trait of his
choosing &om the section of the Table he rolled on th3t the: 91-1 lO Flesh Cage
D-acmon Engine docs not already p::issess. JI J-BO Pit of Despair
Bl+ Ray of Decompmnioo
NEW TRAIT: DAEMONFORGE SLaanesh Daemon Engine Traics
A fire bums at 1he he:att of the Daemon Engine, roaring for it ld100 Roll Trait
to l3Sh out wjth 1hc 3gckss fi.ny of the Empyrean. 01-30 Slaanesh's Beguiling ~fiSts
Once per encounter, the Daemon EngitK: m11y re-roll a Jl-50 Devourer Lam
damage roll in its entirety. lf amy of the tt"--roll~ dice rts-uh in 51- 70 Allure of Darkness
a 901 10, the Daemon Engine suffers 1d5 Wounds (ignoring 71-90 Sensory Olleriood
~cmour and Toughness Bonus) for each of those results. 91-1 JO Nightm3re Mines
111-130 Whispers of Promised Ecnasy
NEW TRAIT: DAEMON ENGINE (X) Ill+ Serpen1ine
The cn:.aturc is a hybrid of Daemon and machine, fusing Tzecntcb Daemon Engine Traits
l&hnology ond mrceiy in a ~•Y thll is ,...mJess •nd horrifying; fdlOO !toll Tralt
prov.iding inc,rediblt prottctioB ':lgains( virtually aU weaponry. OJ-30 'W':uptlame Vents
The Daemon Engine gailils the From Beyond and The
31-SO WatpShroud
Stuff of Nightmares Traits snd is therefore immune to Fear,
51- 70 Third Eye
Pinning. Stunning. lnsanity, Poison, Disease, and Psychic
Po....'C'rS t'1.1t affect the mind. Jn addition. a 0.Jcmon Engine 71-90 Empyrean Toiich
increases iu loughncss Bonus by an amount equal to the 91-110 \Varp Accelerut°'
Aumbct in p:1tentheses. Psychic Po\\•ers and weapons .,.,·ith-thc J 11-130 Time-Sphere
.B~. Fo1ce, OI' Sanctified ~:ality ignore this additional 131+ Sih-er To.,.,•et
Toughness Bonus..
UNALIGNED TRAITS KHORNE TRAITS
The following Tr.a_
its are Unaligned, and C!ln be applied to The following Traits arc for K.hornatc Daemon Engines.
any Daemon Engine.
AsH CLOUD (D AEMONIC SHIELD)
DIRE HAR:PooN The 03Cmon Engine consbntly emits- clouds of ash, t'ich
A tw~ed amslgnmation off1csh and metal, the Dire Harpoon speck of dust rnrt of some vanquished foe.
whips around as it seeks new prey. Any living CCC:liui'C engaged in meltc V-'ith !he Daemon_
The Daemon Engine gains a weapon ..,..ith I.he: listed profilc- Engine suffets the Suffocition Damage Condition {sec pclgC" 257
{scc- Table- 2- 10: Daemon Engine V.'eapons on P3~ 55)~ of the Bucic: CRUSA.OO Core RuJcbook) unless it does not need
\\' hen 3 Daemon Engine hits a target with a Din: Harpoon, the to btcathe or has fully scaled armow: This~ a O.acmonic Shield.
weawn"s spike ~'"Omcs embedded in the target, and ~mains
there untiJ the '3rgt°t or the Daemon Engine- shakes the harpoon BELLOW OF TIIB BATTLE Lo RD
loose as a Full Action. So long as the spike is emlx-dded, the The Daemon vents its fury "''ith :in almighty roar that triggers
Daemon Engine may make an Op posed Strength Test :igainst the fear response in all living things.
the cargc:tas a H:tlfAction; if it wiiu the Opposed Test, it dt:igs As a Full Action, the Daemon Engine m3y unleash a roar
the '"'ll"' 2d I0 °"'""' towurd itself, plus fi>udditiooal met""
per Degree ofSiAccc.ss on the Test
tfut causes all char.icters within JO metres to makt: a fc;11.r 1'-est
3gajnst :i: Fear Rating equal to its normal Fear Rating plus l.

HELCASTER (DAEMONIC SHIELD) BLACKFIRE


Flooding the mind w ith garbled promises of pov.·c-t, a Scaring fi re of utter darkness h angs on the: Daemon Engine's
Helc3Stcr distfllCtS and befuddles all around it we:ipo~ bucning a\\•ay the viulit}' and annoor of its t:11gca.
ALI diameters within '3 number oi metra equal co 10 times the All of the Daemon E:.ngin~'s ""'"Capons gain the Corrosi\•e
03emon Engitl(''s \Villpo...,'Cr Bonus su:lfer a - 10 penalty on Tott and lrrndiated {4) ~litics.
This is 11 Daemon:ic Shield.
BLOOD SOAKED FURY
HEIMAw The 0.Jemon Engine drips with burning blood, dr iving it to
The D:iemon Engine's mouth or entire he.ld m nsmutes into reckless 3Cts of slaughter.
a \ V31p·fuelled wellpon cap<1ble of unle:ishing torrents of Whene\>.c:! the Daemon Engine fails a \\'c:apon Skill T<CS1
molten skulls or bohs of sp3tkling energy. by three or more Degrees of Failure. it immedi.3kly inflicts
The Daemon Engine g:ains 3 weapon with the listed profiJe a single hit with the s::unc '-''Capon upon Ont randomly
{sec Table 2- 1O<: Daemon Engine Weapons on p:igc 5.5). determined tacgcl (including itsc.lf, po.tcnti31.ly) within range.

liELRAM BurcHER ScYrHEs


Spiked struts of bone- and metal form at the front of thc- The Daemon Engine is ad9rned with dottns of wickedly
Oaemon Engine to create nn enormous r3m. sharp hooks and blades that lash out lit anyone nearby.
The Daemon Engine gains a Y.>.c:3pon with the lis~cd profik The Daemon Engine g.tins a weapon with the listed profile
{see Table 2-10.: Dac.mon Engine Weapons on p:igi: 55~ h {sec Table 2-10: Daemo n Engine Wc-apons on page 55).
can only use dtis ~as a PJrl of a Charge Action. Whenever the 0-.Jemon Engine makes :1 Oiarge Action using
this Y."t'3pon, it inOiccs a single hit with this v.<t:apon upon e.ach
SLAUGHIERER LIMB ~n~my h panes \A1 ithin J mftre$ of on the wa.y to its l3.rgtt
At the moment of binding. :i long, flexible limb tipped w ith a
d C3dlyblade bur:slS outwards from the Daemon Engine's shelL HARVESTER
The Daemon Engine g.Jins a v.•eapon with the listed profile An enormous rotating blade ca;pablc of f't"ducing adversaries to
(~c Table 2- lO: Daemon Engine V.'eapons cn pa~ 55). mulch in seconds pushes its~ oot &om die Daemon Engine._
Once per Round, i1 may spend a Reaction to make a Standard The: Daemon Engine gains 3 v.·eppon with the listed profile
l\ielec Attack Action with tfijs we:ipon. {sec Table 2-10: Daemon E ngine Weapons oo po:gr: 55).
\Vhenc..,cr the it kiUs a living cre3ture with chc H:uvcstc'r, it
STAR OF C HAOS gains the: Regeneration (8) Trait un!il the end of its next TDm.
The Si:nr of Chaos drcnche.s the area \\'ith llnn:itural pov.'t'l•
granting unholy vigoor to foUO'-''Crt of the Ruinous Powen MARK OF KHoRNE's CoNTEMPI:
whilst smashing foes apart lik:in enormous wcccking &:ilL Khorne abhors psykc:rs, and many engines of Khornc fcatars
The Daemqn Engine ~ins :1 wc:ipon v.•ith the listed profile cngm'Cd or inin1ed runes to w.1rd off soccc:rous :attacks.
{see Tabk 2- 10: Daemon Engine Weapons on pa~ 55). Whenever 2 Psykt_rtargi:ts th-c 03emon Englnewith a~
AD Ch3os follo\!o•crs v.•ithin a number of metres cqoal to the Pow.r, ;f the result of me roll for bis Focus Po,oc.-'ll:sl bf n

Daemon Engine's Ch:imcteristic count as having the Fearless an 8 (as in a 28 or an 81), the poY.'« aulOlnaliallyf:lill
TaJ~t (scc ~ J 24 of the Buc1: Ciws.wE Core Rolebook). P>ykcc sulTcrs !dl0+8 R.nding Ihm.go U> lhc lbdf.i
NURGLE TRAITS PESill.ENT Foe
lbC' follow•"& Tnits are for Nurglcsquc Dxmon Engines.
Mm:s of pitrt:sttnrc surround and foUcM' cht: engine 1n 10:
" 'a.kc, ausing ''°"'dca1h 10 those \\iho inhale the (umca.
Any Ji,ring crc:awre no1 protected by an cnvironmcn11I
CLOl/D OF FLIES (DAEMONIC JUl!LD) seal that begins ill Turn within l 5 mcttcs or the Oae1non
SurnK11lding the engine is :i visible and tangible !I urn n1:ade of
Engine must make: n Hard (- 20) Toughness Test or JUfT'cr
mnggot· Oics, poisonous Wlsps; and corpse locust.s. (d5 Toughness 0Jmlge.
R:tng«I Awcks ragainst chis 03emon Engine suffer~ -lO
pcn:1Jty This Is a Dxmollic Shield.
Prr OF DESl'Alll
The- Dtmon Engine's mouth opens to tt"nl a g3f'nl pie
E TER.'IAL DECAY o( oorhingnao. A moment bier, anyrhing unf.-..d , _
Annoult'd pantls fall ;a:way co ~~I the: consttndy K>Wwds the D.xmon En1inc. vsnishiag im:o thc-d.atllcned ~
ttgmcrabng aonc mess .,,;min !he Damon Enci.nc'1 Wll
The Daemon Engine g>lns • """""' wilb rh< li....i p!Ofik
Tho: "''"" o( lh< Oxman Eng;nc"s Siz< T"" ;ncr..... by I ("" Ttblt l- 10: Daemon Eagin• Weap<>M on Piii' ssi
(10 a...,.;,,,.,., o( IO)and 4 gains lh< Rcg<ner>tion (Id 10) TraiL
Any m:aw:rc w1ch 1 Siu Trait with a value .krA"Cr than•"* o(
the Chc:mon Engine th.Jc i$ scruck by this weapon must make
FusHCAcB an Ordinary ('• tO) Stnngch Tcsc or be pulJed a nu:mbc:f of
The nati
C:ige l:iunchcs sti&)· knots of dcci1ying bodies fused mC'tnos cqu.il to its Ocgtccs of F:iilure on the Test cow.ird the
rogt1hcr W1lh norlous sludge HO\\'C\'C r; its croc terror aunes from entropic abyss 13wning open bcfotc iL If a crc-.aturc 6 pulled
etc victUN ic kiwcs ali~ sw& in the mass o( auophied limbs. into the void. it is sbin insundy (Heretics can cheat <lath us•n&
Tbt D.ttmon Engine g:tins ::a \\'elpon with the hsied profile Infamy in the wu:il Wiy~ Any unsccun:d objects in an~ with
tr« T•k l 10: Daemon Engi.M We<lf)OnJ on fn:C SS). a Size Trait wtth a value~ chm th:at of the-Daemon Enainc
J..y m-... hn by ill< Flesh Cog. nust •mmed ..1tly auk< arc sudird imo ita ml'\llo n wd1. v.tmshing kicntt.
a FatT<t1>piMl• Far!UnngofJ.
Ru OF DECOMPOSITIO N
The engine is apabk o( harnessing the powc:r of the Wirp
G.eaa.>n Enemc's "face" is bloated Of tkclcul, Sc.tbtous into a short bu1 potcn1 bl.1st th.1t astronomicaJly accckt11ct
"" ... ...,....., rhc 'f'<C6a, utt<~y borrify•na; To •ll the rate of entropy in t nything it toochcs.
lt.dailDxmon Engine Ua gnm femlndcrof 1he The 0.Jemon Engltw: g:ilns 11 v.'elpoo. \\'itb the UICcd pn>filc:
llil"I' !hot dnor bn:ath
• _.ef dUs Daanon Engine'i1 Fc11r ·rr:iat by + 1.
(sec: Table 2-10: Daemon £nginc: Weapons on~''~
SLAAN1lsH's BEGUILING M1srs
The folki"•Jng Traits arc for Sl"ancshi Daemon Engines. An 'Unearthly pk:as:int scent surrounds the Daemon Engine-,
beguiling 3nd confusi.ng any who su:ay into ran~.
At 'he end of each of the Dac·mon Engine's Turns.- each
Al.UJRE OF DARKNESS living at11ture within 3 metres of the Daemon Engine must
Str.ingt and lighcs soundscm.amtc from the Daemon Engine's pass a Difficult (- 10) Toughness Test Of roll once on Table
shell conftising a.ald tempting any \\•ho t:.tke but a Oc:ctingglance. 5-1 : HallucJnogc-nie Effeecs (sec page l 50 of che Bu~
All ad..,rrs:iries sulTet a -10 penalty to Dodge and Parry CRusADE Core Rulebook) and suffer the effects.
Tests made tO<l\'O id thr Darmon Engine's attacks. Advc-rsarics
engJged in meltt with thr Daemon Engine must make a
Challenging(+ 10) WiJJpoY•er Test to move away from it.
WHISPERS OF PROMISED .EcsrASY
As the 03t'mon Engine strid~ the battlctield, the Lies of
Sla31lCSb folJow in its wake. Enticing 3nd frightening. the soft
DEVOURER LAsH \'Okes promise power and endr.ess sensation to all who submit.
A long Oeshy tail or tongue sprouts from the Daemon Engine.. The first time a li'Jing crca:cur:e mm:es "-'idtin 30 metres ofthe
lnfuscd \\'ith sense-shattering chemicals and e\'er-changing Daemon Engine, it-must make ;:a Hard (-20) Willpower Test
vibrations, the lash lca''CS its victims ~cling with sensation. [fn tlrgrt succe;cds;- it becomes immune to this D:t('mon Engine's
The Dacmon E;.ngine g3ins a 'WC.lpon with the listed profile fa!SC"hoods and need never Test for them again.1f a r:arg_ct Gtils,
(see Table 2--1 O>: Oaen1on En gine \\'capons on p!lge 55). however, it gains l Corruption A:iint and is Srunned for I
Round. Additionally, it must make the Hard (- 20) Willpo~r
N IGHThiARE MINES Test again during its nexcTurn or .saf'ter the effects of lhis Trait
As the Daemon Engine mO\'CS; smaU metallic acaturcsdislodge again. This continues Wlril the l:trgt't pz.ses the \VilJpower Test
and skitt« towards nearby tlrgets. These repulsive org.inisms doring one of its Tums or sucrombs to Spawndom.
seize an}'Onc within f'C3ch, flooding their \'ictims with
nightmarish visions bcfo~ exploding in a blast of energ)t
lnstead of fir!ng Nightmare 1\1incs like a normal \\'capon,
TZEENTCH TRAITS
these malicious \\'illking cxplosM's sprC3d autom:itically. At The following Traits art' fot Tzeentchian Dac-mon Engines.
the end of each of the Daemon Engine's Turns, each other
character w:ithin ldJ0+6 metres :unomatically suffers 3 Ei.fPYRllAN T oucH
.single hie from a Y.'C':tpon with the following profile: f'tielec; The raw stuff of the Warp seeps from the Daemon Engine's
1d1 0+6; Pen 6; Crippl;ng (6). gun barrels and slides down its blades. Even the thickest
armour presents no challeng;c to n be.ast so blessed with
SENSORY 0vERIOAD Tzeentch's fickJe fi:uncs.
The Daemon Engine's Y.'eaponi gain the Ovc-theats,. Fbme,
( DAEMONIC SHIELD) and Warp \\'eapon ~ali ti es.
Foul devices designed to O\'erwhelm the senses of 3fl nearby
covet the Daemon E:.ngine's shell. Strobe: lights, dit~ caste~
and pheromone spouts 311 act to confou nd enemy combatants. SIIVERTOWER
The first time during an encou.ntct that a living being The Oaemon Engine's b.lcK resh:ipes co form a short conical
moves within l metres of tht: Daemon Engine, ic must truikc a tower of shining silver. \Vithin, bonded Thr-.Jlls ch\lnt praises
Hard (--20) Perecprion Ten ot be Stunned for one Round. to Tzeen1ch as arcs o f lightning fly in every direction.
This applies to each cre3tun: th3t enters chis proximity, bul The Daemon Engine glins the: PsykerTrai' and a Psy Rating
can only trigger once per encounter per targel This is 3 of 2. The Hcrclic cn-oring 1hc engine (01 !he GM) dloosa two
Daemonic Shield. Psychic Powers (except any that use CorruptKin) fro1n any of
the following lists: Tzee:ntch, Telepathy or Divination. If the
Daemon Engine l:attt rccei''C'S che Third E~'l'. Trait,. iis- Psy-
SERPENTINiE
R:ating rises co 5 and it gains chrce additional Ps}\:h.ic Powers.
\Vr3cked by uncontrolled enecgy at the momcn.t of binding.
the Daemon Engine's shell twists a.nd contorts: into the fonn
of a massive serpent. THIRDEY.ll
The Daemon Engine's strucrurc «forms. d mstiC3lly altering The Daemon Engine: grows a l.arge \V~ somewhere OIL,
iis mm.'Cment metbod. Regardless of whether the original Shdl iu hc.'3d or chc:it. The ey<" sees everything as it pulses- w~
po\\'C'f and sends trodrils of ps}'7hic «iergy rippling acros
-w:as Tracked, Wheeled, had l~s or flcw/ ho-.'C'tcd, che D:iemon
Engirw: loses any· abilities it had fiom those types of Shells and the Daemon Engine-'s shell.
lnste:id gains che Crawler 3nd Unnatural Agility {6) Traits :as The Daemon Engine gains the Psykcr and Dadl Sigh&
well as the Leap ILJp. lightning ReOo:t:Si and Sprint Talents. Traits, Psy-R:aring 3, and the Psyni.sdence Skill -at Rank
4. The C1\1 chooses three PS)<chic Powel'l (cxc"pt any tMt'!'
use Corruption) from any of the follovt'ing lisa: 'f; 1 '
Telepatb~ or Oivino:ition. If thr Daemon Engine bter',~'til'I!'
the Silver To"-·tt Tr.lit, its Psy-Rating rises to 5 m.l
cwo addjtional P!.ychic Pov.·c:rs.
T IME SPHERE W ARP SHROUD ( DAEMONIC SHIEI:D)
Often appc:aring as 3 looping gyroscope with an ever-moving Originally conceived by chc -Sorct:rcr-Tcchnocrnts of ~l the
Uqujd cort', the Time Spheric channels the <.'ncrgy of tbc \VarpShroud shealhs the Daemon Engine in 3 nimbus of coloured
Vortex to shift the 03cmon Emgine back and forth in time, if tl.lmc that blocks incoming damage much like a Void ShieJd.
only foe a fey.• seconds. Ac lhe st:ln of c:ach cncountc:r, the Daemon Engim
The Daemon Engine C81.l 3Ctiv:tte the Time Sphttt- once gnins 2d LO acldiciorol points .of armour unriJ the end of lhc
per comb.at ~s a Reaction. The Da~mon E.nginc instantly encounter: Psychic J>o..,.><-ts 11nd an:Klu \\'ith t.ilr Blessed, Fa«c,
vanishes as if it had suffered the-Chronological {ncontinc nee or S3nctified ~aUry ignore this :umow: Some resultsofCriticaJ
result on Tablt> 6-3: Perils cf the \\'a.rp (s.ce p.lgt' 211 of D:tmagc remove this protection.
th<: Bue..: C 1t1.."UDE Core RuleboQk). Upon returning,. the
Daemon Engine ignores the usual efTeccs but suffers 1dl0
Impact Damage th11t ignores armour ;and Toughness Bonus. Brightly coloured gargoyles appc3r and dis;i,ppc:ir at 1andom
all O\'er the Daemon l:ngine-'s shell, venting gouts of multi-
WARP ACCELERATOR hued 6re at anyone that gets too close.
Roa.ting ominously above the Daemon Engine:, this indigo The Daemon Engine gains a weapon v.·ich the listed profile
cr)'stal routtcs slo...,·ly a.s it s~rks with scarcely ront,ained mcrgy. (sec Table 2- tO; Daemon Eng ine Weapo ns be:l~w}.
At the Daemon's whim, wst bolts ofenergy :ire 3\\'ay from the \\'hcncver a char.ic(tr uses the Charge A<:rion against the
crystal reducing anything chcy strike to primordi2I sludge. Daemon Engine, 1hat character suffers a single automatic hit
The. lllemon Engine gains ;a \\.·capon with the listt-d profile from a weapon with the listed profile.
(see Table 2-f O; D-aemoo Engine We.a.pons below).
When used for an Att>ck Aa:;on, 1he Warp Accdmior also
-auto1natically inOirts l hit with .th~ listed profi.l : upon .1d5 ,.. > 1 ; s~~
Q
dit!r\~ .»""' •
l
·· -....• _ _:;>
olher mndomly cho~n targets w1dun r.tnge and ltne of s1gh1. · : • &...__

TABLE 2-1 0 , 011r;mot:1 ENGINE WEAPONS


Name C lass Range Ro F Damage Pen Sp<ciaJ
Butcher Scythest .Melcc: ld l0+9 R 6 Razor Sharf'_ Crippling (4)
Accurate. Bl3Sl (3), Corro.sh'C,
i)cv-ourer L:ish J.le3V)I l5m SI-/- ldlO I 0
Hallucinogroic (3~ Ha)<wite {l). Tearing
Dire H;irpoont Heavy 20m SI-/- ldl0+9 I 4 Concussive (2). Jnacct1r.lte
Flesh Cage"t He3V)I lOOm SI-/- ld l0+7X 2 Blast (5), lnaccurnte, Snare (4), Toxic (2)
Harvcstert Meltt 4dl0 R 0 Dcwstlriog l4J, FICJ<iblc, lmccur.ttc, Unw;ddy
~~clmaw He3V)' 60m S/- /l ldl O X 6 B1ast (3), Crippling (3), Flan1e, Rech11rge
Hdramt .flitelee JdlOHO l 1-Concussi-...-c {4)1 D("Yllstldng,{20, Unwieldy
Pit of Oi:sp:iir'f Heavy lOm SI - /- ld lO E 0 Spray
Ray of Oec.ompositjon He3V)' 80m SI-I- 2d l0+8 E 8 Deoy (7), Recharge
Sloug~tc:rcr Limbt f\>telec- ldlO R 3 Defen.siVC', Elexible, Razor Sharp
Star of Ch-:iost (Mclee) .fiJtelcc: 2dl0 I 4 Fe:lling {4), Power Flekl, Shocking. Unwiekly
Swor ChJOS'f (R,ngcd) Hc;ivy 20m SI-/- 2dl 0 I 4 Bf,., (6), Felling (4), Shocking
\l{:i.rp Acceleratorf Hcovy 20m SI-I- 6dl0 E 0 Recharge, Shocking
\\',1rptl;imc Vcnts4" Heav)' 5m SI-/- ldl0+9 E 4 Spf:l}', Flame. Hallucinogenic (J)
.:. T}}.U JPrapon b.ts additional rofa. Ste pdga 52-55far n:orrdct:tih.
lhcir dc:ily's po'A'ff. This is not afv.·a~ the: ciu.c (ot those who
IPOSSESSED ltuly 1read 1he Path to Clory, ho"'CVTf, (01 "''hilc: Daemonic
pouession brings with it the power o( the dcnb-cns of 1hc

H ERETICS \Varp. ic nlso hoSds ecru.in dr.awbackL Occoming possessed


requires :1 l~ crc1ic IO give up a m~n0«of (Onuol ovr:r his own
:acbons 11nd ckstin¥ Pcrh:ips most import11n1ly, • possessed
Hcn:tic annot rc:M:h that uJtirn.atc goal of Apothcos:is. fot an
indMdu:11 p m d by :a D.rcmon anno«. h1rn.stlf. bttomc
one. ~ thole -.-ho sieck shon-tcrm poW"Ct a1 any COSl,.
armom att" focmrd from chc- ¥t.ry stuff of the \\'.up;

D 1hcir pttsC'oct' in the ma1criJI univnsc is beyond


oOllJ!l!r.tl. Jt is JnJlhcmL Ahhough • OllClllOa
m1nifesied in reality can appear 10 be formed of flesh and
~r. poncnioo ao offer an appcahog ~ to npic:Uy
grow an nrcnrm-- the mere cost of OM'·, IOUL

blood, this is buc an illusion, for ii Is U\lly fonned of the dark INVITING THE DAEMON
energy of t h e' lmauuerium, held cogt:ther by Lhc will of the OacmonlC' poSSfition can come about in • number of ways.
gods. Con.scquendy. a Daemon <an only exist in ce:ility for a fro1n 11 tl>c1non t:t.king adv:an uagc o( a psyker'I 1noment of
rc:l:nivtly short time, and only 11,1 a res-uh of n grc:n effusion wcakncu to n void ship's Cdbr Field fa&lutc. Such in.stanco
of eld.rit.::h enetg"Jt such as lhat bfoue:ht on by a ritua~ a "Q« oticn shon-li~. hov.·cve:r; as the ptt11:ncc of the Oxman
powerful W:arp storm, or \Y'arp rift. In arr:t.s v.tiere the Sc::a pro-o-a roo much for the host's fuil t1a h to bear,, b.tnishinc
of Souls sp;lls iruo rcab<y. llUCh " ch< E,- ofT<m>< and th< ch< O...- b.x1t to dx WMfl In llUCh .oodcoccs. ch< ' - ' •
Scte2mtag Yoncx, .a D.acmon m1a:h1 be a.bit 10 o:ist sc:mi- own ..a1 .tso bxtks th< D.oemon. ..iiieh cru«ih• - . . «.
pt~ncndy; bu:i C"ICO he:" thrtt an: lim.iatioos. In chc outer
alchough rcw indMdOJls ... mighty"' .;n ·~ .. ""
tt.aeha of the Sacammg V0tta. 1hc Gloaming Vlodds.. the
1.des of rhc W.arp att 6ddc:. and 0.-cmons can be case back
aD)11m& buc •Ughdy dcby ch<_.._ 0..1- 6- ..di
uninvilt'd • ions are mosc cnadcd .... ch P"l'f"C*. . . .
1n10 its dq>ths with little ca1.11e. For• Daemon 10 be :usu.ml chc ~ cattf•lly pttp=d anod chc 0-on ....,......i-"'
of us suy in the material un~'C'l1C:. i1 muse h~ a li..,ing hosL bound thn>u&:h ritUJl \Vhrther or not 1hc hoA • ...... •
for many SCl'V3nlS of che Dark Cod.s, Lhete is no higher act ri1ual ~on r~lts in a strongtr bood, CNulkl& M
o( devotion than to wlllingly become 1hc vessel for :t Daemon, .subject's body is noc oblitcnccd by chc Watp ~
acttog as bQSt for t'Ven an infinitesitn'Jlly sm:ill poJtion of
In 8J.Ac1t CRUsAo~ a H«Ctic is mos.l Uktly to b«omc of the Daemon, this could mean the Possesscd's fin~rs grow
possessed as a <lclibel'llt<' act, osing die R.itu.JI of Possession, as long, grasping clt1\\'S. ot th:at its hand morphs into 11..n axe·
described on page 49. Howt'V('a:, it is also possible: that 3 Heretic bktde of impossibly sht1tp bone and gristle.
might be subjected to the ritual :rgainst his w il~ or possession \Vhen 3 Heretic becomes possessed, one or both of his
could com_c abou~ as: 3 consequence of other C".'t:nts in the arms mumcc and become weapom (:.dditi'ooal Bmbs, such M
campa.ign. \\'hi\c in-game, ll Hel't'tic can become posscucd those gained ~ a Gifl of the Gods, arc u nalTec:ted). \Vhilc
willingly or in\'Olunt:iril"y, the player shoo.Id -<Jlw.ays h3Vt" a the exact fonn of the tx-\~·C3poned limb d~pends on the
choice in the m3tttt Posscssioll is a fundamental change to 3 possessing Daemon, j1 docs mean tbc: hsnd loses most, if not
character, and if the GM feels tha.l such an outcome is v.":arrantod 31 ~ of its manual dexterity, and the Heretic cannol u.1e th::it
b:1.Sed on cvencs in the C3f1lpl-ign, he should discuss it wjth the limb to opcr.i.tc a d::ita-sJatc, fire a gun, or for similar t3sks.
playr:r and rc-ach an agreement 3men-:able to OOth panics. To deteanine if OOC' or both arms 'Jte affectt:d, the Herctic.'s
pla~r rolls Id 10. On a result of 1-7, one of the Hetttic's anm
E FFECTS OF POSSESSION is unchanged; on a result of 8-10> both Hmbs transfunn into
Undergoing Daemonic possession is a fundamental change \\'c-apon.s. Each affected limb benefits from the Deadly Natur:il
for n. character. Not only docs a Possessed Heretic no\\' \\'e:tpons Trnit. lfboth limbs are aJTe.acd, the Heretic also gains
shar~ his body with a being of the Warp, but that body also the Ambidextrous and Two-.\.\'ca~n \Vid dcr(Mclec) Tt1lents if
undergoes radical changes, -as the O;i-emon within f\vists and he doo not alr<::idy pas= them. If one of the HerctiCs limbs
reshapes it to better se1ve its purposes. alre.1dy incorporates a \\'e.1pon, such :as a result of lhe Slayc-r
"'iany Heretics embrace ~cmon i c posst'SSion as a quick Umb Cift of.the Cod.si that limb and v.'C3pom are unaffected.
path to pov.·«. Indeed, Possessed display grcai strength, Once pee day. 3 Heretic ~'ho prefers co mainta:in the use
fonitude, and a number of unn:itural abilities. As the possession of one: or both hands can attempt an Opposed Tesc against
progresses funhcr snd the Daemon's control w.Jxes. the the possessing Daemon, as described under The Struggle for
Possessed Heretic gain.'" .additi6naJ Traits and 3biBtics. Sec The Control on p.:igc 60. lfhe succeeds, ooeo1 both of his hands
Path of Damnation on f"Ggt' 58 for the effects of Possession, f\\•ist back into a usable fonn, at kast for the time bejng.
based on die Heretic's ru.rrcnt Corruption. A Possessed Heretic
:also g.iins t.h.c -Psyniscience Ski,11, the N:wigate (\Varp) Skill, T HE DAEMON W ITHIN
and the \Yirp Sense TalenL Fot all rclcwnt game purposes, a A Possessed Heretic effectively shares his body ~·ith another
Possessed Heretic counts :is 11 Daemon. character, the Daemon. This has ti numbc;r of benefits and
Upon being possessed, a Heretic gains 2d l O+; Corruption drawbacks., as well as considerations for rolcpla.ying. \Vhen a
Points, 10 !I maximum of 99. l f this causes the Herecic to pass Heretic bccom('S possessed, the GM :and pbycr \\•ock together
one: o r more Comi.ption chrestiokls, he generates Gifis of the: to select an appropriuk Daemon from a Buc.K CRUSADE
Co& as norm:iJ in· addit.ion to. the effects of possc-.ssion. suppk:men·t If the Heretic becomes posSCSSC'.d'3S a result of the
Ritu31 of Possession, as is usually the C:l.SC) the Ritv:3J used to
UNNATURAL WEAPONS initial.ly summon the Daemon detennincs ir.s type. If the G~\
Many l)aem~ns d o not use 'olo"'3pons in the traditional sense, agrees, the Daemon's Chart1cteristics an instead be randomly
2nd C'<tl in the case of those th.at do, their y,·c3pons arc no.t determined using Table 2-1 l : Daemon Characteristics.
of S1ecl, but the very stuff of the \\f3rp. \Yhen 11 Daemon \\'hen selecting or cte3ting a Daemon 10 possess the Hcrctk,
possesses a morbl,_ it r3rely s~ows interest in the weapons the CM :md player must select the Chaos Cod to \\'hich the
of morL31s, pteft;rring instead to fight y,·ith the we.:ipons its possessing Daemon is Aligned (\\<hich is often dictated by the
god gtl\'C ii., whether those at<" cl:aws, fangs., or a \V3rp-forg_ed type of 0:1Cmon). If cbe ch3ractcr is Aligned, the O.aen1on most
blade. Within a mortal. the Daemon \\'arps and mookls the be a Daemon of that Chaos God. If the characcct is Unaligned,
Ocsh of its host to minUc eithe.r the 03emon's innate \\•e.apons, the Daemon can be of any alignment, including UnaUgned. An
or the fhtouted \\'eapons of its god. Depending on the nature Unaligned Heretic possessed by an Aligned Dac-mon counts
3s being Aligned to ch3t Daemon's god for-31J game purposes.

TAllLE 2- 1 1, DAi;lllQl\I CHARl\Cl'ER!S1"1CS


Ch3ract4:rjscic Khor n.ate Nurglesque Sl3ancshi Tzeentchian l.Jna!igned
\\.'CJ?.Ofl Skill 50+3dl0 JHJdlO 40+3dl0 t0+2dl0 30+Jdl0
lLlla111.: Shill 40..-JdlO J0+2dl0 35+2d l0 35+ 2dl0 20.,.2d 10
Strt'ngth 4-S+JdlO 40+Jd l0 25+Jdl0 25+3dl0 J-O+JdlO
l·. L{!hn•Jss 35- 3dl0 50+Jd l0 10+2d l0 20- ld!C) 20dd l0
A.;:1llty 30+2dl0 10+2d l0 45+3dl0 25+3dl0 2-0+ldtO
l-:1.-J!1~~1'l!c 20-ld lO 25+2d l0 20+-Jd I0 45T-3dt0 2·0-2d l 0
2fl,._ 2d I 0 45+Jd l0 20t-2dl0 JO+JdlO 25+Jdl0
2-'i 3dl0 20+-3d10 JO-ld l.O 50-Jd lO 20-3dl 0
10+2dl0 20+2d l0 SO+JdlO 40+ 2dl0 l-0+ 2dl0
I 5-Sd lO I ; - ;dtO L; .,- ;dlO ;·Jd :O
" XilO
TA nLE 2-12., THE l'OSSESSION TRACI\.
CP Total Possdt.sion Tr3its Daemonic A.1an ifestations ln\ o ke the Daen1on
1

01-35 Oaemonic (2), Pcar {l), Unnatur31 Strength {2) lst Manifestation 2 times per session
36--;; D:iemonic (3), Fcar {2), Unnatural Strength (3) 2nd 1\!1Jnifes1ation 4 times. per sess:on
56-70 Oaemonic (4), Pear {2). Unnatural Strength (3) ltd ~1anifcstation ; timC$ per session
Daemonic (4). Dark-sight, !=c'3r (3), From Beyond,
7 1- 85 No limit
Unnatural Strc-ngth (4)
Daemonic (5). Dark·sight, F'ear (3), From ~nd ,
86-99 4th Manifest3tion No lim11
Unn-atural Strcn~h (.>)
100 The Daemon consumes the Heretic uuerly--the Heretic is removed from play (sc-e Final Dest iny, belti\\'I

FINAL DESTINY
A Possessed Heretic "'ho re.aches JOO Corruption Points..
cannot bcoomc a Daemon Prioce, as his form is alieady home:
to a Daemon,. nor docs he become a wretched Chaos Spawn.
When a Possessed Heretic r;c3ches JOO CP. the Daemon
within takes complete control Jn :1 blne of unholy power,
the Heretic's mortal frntn<' is utterly rcshaped~r ripped
3part. Using the host's body as its entrance,. the Daemon
manifests into reality, &C"<' co do as it plC3ses. Dependin,g
on 1hc: conditions, the Chcmon might have hours o-t da~
and possibly Jon~ in the loY.<t:r reaches of the 5cf'<'3ming
Vortex. The Daemon's actions :i:t this point nre decided by the
CM, and should be b3SCd on previous C\'ents fn\'Olving the
Possessed Heretic. Depending on its treatment, the Daemon
might ignore the other }feretics, glo:i:t O\~f them, or attempt
to destroy ot enslave tbcm. In any case, tbc: Heretic is remoYCd
POSSESSED HERETICS from play, although the GMs might wish to allow the pbycr 10
A ~ Heretic gajns numerous new abiJities :ind other temporarily control the Daemon during its foray into realit)t
bcnefil.'\ sho\\'Casing unn3rural strength, resilience, :ind other
unholy pov.'Cl"S. HoWC\'CI, regardless of whether the Heretic
becomes host to :1 Daemon out of devotion to the lhrk God~
ot .desilt' to incte:lS(': his own po'W't'r, few 03cmons :i:re gl:adly
.wbsctvient to :t mort.:11. The Heretic mmt c<intend with the
Daemon for control of his own body and mind. At first, the
Hctttic is likely to remain the dominantpersonaBty in his own
body, but :is time goes on he finds the Daemon influencing his
bchavioor mon: O\'Cttly and even taking compk te control ofhis
body for o:trndcd periods of time. Such is the price of power.

THE PATH OF DA.>.rnATION


A Daemon can mote" easily posse3S a vessel 3frc:idy tainted by
the \\r:i:rp 3nd, O'\'t:r tjme, a possessing Daemon exe.ns further
inf1ucnc:e O'l/e.r its host. To reprcsenl the way in which the
Daemon allows its host further use ofi l\ powers as its dominion
ovt'r him grov.•s.. 3S 3 Possessed Heretic's Corruption Point
total incrca~ he. gains additional Daemonic M:1:njfest:1:tions,
'lllong \\'ith other effccu. A Hecetic "''ith a higher Corruption
Point tobl wheil he fits< becomes possessed also gains a
correspondingly gz'Qler number of f\.tanifcst.itions.
To detc:nnine the cfferu of possession, consult Table
2-1 2: The Possessjoo Track. The effects include Oatmonic
Manl'estarionsll::ftd opportunities to ln\'Okc the D:iemon (see p:i~
60). The Hett6c has al.I of the Traits listed under the Possession
Traits enny comsponding to his ru:rrent CP Total If the Heretic
allo has a Trait with a valoc (X) from anothcrsoo~sudi 3Sa Gift
ofthe Gods oc Mack of Cha~ he adds the CV.'O w.lucs togcthec
DAEMONIC MANIFESIATIONS TABLE 2- 1}, DAElnotti:: ITTANIFESI llJIOttS
When a Possessed Hetttic gains 3 Chcmottic M3nifcst:ltion as
directed by Table 2--12~ Tht" Possession Track, the Heretic's ldlO Roll Manifestation
pb~.r rolls on Table 2- 13: Daemonic Manifestations and I Chaos Aura
gains the n:sulting }\1:inifcstation. The pla)'<Cr may modify the 2 Rending T31ons
rcsuJt- up or down by any amount, gaining Corruption Points 3 Daemonic Fire
~al to the amount~ incrt".ascd or decre1Sed it. 1f the f't'SUIJ 4 Unholy Resilience
would be 2 ~lanife~tion the Heretic a1~3dy has, he must 5 03emonic Strcngtb
modify the result until il is one he does not -already~ and 6 Daemonic Speed
gsins the corresponding amount of Corruption Points. 7 Votp31 Cl:aws
8 03emonic Vrno1n
Chaos Aura 9 03emonic Visage
An aura of\Vatp energy ripples aroo.nd the ~d, defle<ting 10 Daemonic F.ssence
bfo••1•s and disintegrnting buUets. The Hctt"fic cou.nts as having
!ii Fooce Ptcld with a Protccriora Raring cqu:al to the possessing
Daemon's \ViUpo\\'Cr Ch2ractcrisric The field never Chiertoads1 Unholy Resilience
but-any time the roll 10 avoid Damage rcsuJts in a double (such The Possessed HC'1t'.tic's unholy fonn is all but proof againsl
as 22, 33, 77, etc.). the He,rdic gains 2 Corruption Points. morul \\'capons. He gains the Uno:irurn.J Toughness {3) Trait {or
incre:!SCS the v:il~ of this Trait by 3 if he nJrcady possc~s it).
Daemonic Essence
The Daemon within sustains the Possessed Hcce1ic's form Vorpal Claws
despite horrendous injuries that would kiU 3 mortal sevetal The~ Heretic'scl:a\\'S are supematurally sharp, shearing
times over. The Hetcti'c gains +5 \\'ound.s. through borl(' 3S easily as ceramite. His n3tut:t.l \\·capons gain
the Razor Sh3rp and Felling (X) ~al iti~ an_d _3 Pe-netr:trion of
X. where X equals the Heretic's Corruption Bonus.
Daemonic Eire
\\'ii~61't' spills from the Po.ssessed's eyes. mouth, and da""'S:
The ~lcrttic'.s n:uural Y.'Cllpons gain the R3me ~ality and their
Dam:igc Type diang:s l O Energy. Futther, he counts as being
equipped with :a r.mgcd "t3pon with lhe following profile, v.fierc
X cqw!s the Heretic's Gorruption Bonus: {Basic; 1·5m; SI-I--,
ld!O+J( E; Pen X; Cl;p-; Rdoad- ; Ramc,Sp«>~ R<dmgc).

Daemonic Speed
The Possessed ch:iscs down prey with (et:d swiftness. He
gains 1he Unnatur:d Agility (3J Trajt (or increases the v3Jue of
thisT~it by 3 if he -alrc:i:dy pos~ it).

Daemonic Strength
The Possessed sho\\'S :in on holy srtcngth, his mutated mtt.Seles
fortified with the power of thlC' Daemon d welling \\'ithin. He
increases 1he 1.'alue of his Unn.att.1ral Strength Trait by 3.

Daemonic Venom
The Possessed's bev."C'a·po-ned limbs drip with noxious, WJtp-
spawncd venom. The Here,ic's n3tur.al y,·capons g..in the
Toxic (X) Q9ality, where X eq.uals bis Corruption Bonus.

"°'""'M"''M's appearance projects an 3ura of unnatural


laorf'Qr. Wbent:Yer a i.'.haroctc.r fails a Fear Test caused by the
......ocd Hetttic. he doubles his Degrees -0f FaiJurc.. The
Herctic•lso.gains :1 +20 bonus to Intimidate Tests.
volting the Daemon
When :i Po:s3cssed H«eric lm1:1kcs the Daemon, it means he
is voluntarily giving ave.r a greatt'f" amount of inOu.<ncc to che
0:temon. This 3llov"s the Heretic to briefly wield :1 greater
portion of the Daemon's po1.11er, but also h:is pcnnanent
consequences. br~nging the O.aemon closer tocomplctccon_troL
A ~d Heretic c:t.n ln'w'Okc the 03emon a number of
times C3Ch sessio.n based on his Cbrruption Points {sec Table
2--12: The Possession TraCk, on page 58). \Vben he does~
the Heretic chooses onr or more of the po5SCSSing D:acmon's
Chiracteristia to subl>titute for his own, 11nd may also choose one
or more M dle Daemon's Tra i~ Ta lent\ Skills, spcci:d :i>i.liti.~ or
we:ipoos to manifest. These might indudc anything fiom a Ramer
ofT:zcentdt's Psychic ~\Ya' to a Dnemonctte's Soporific Musk
to a Blood letter's Hdlbl:adc. but the GM has the final decision on
whK:h of the Daemon's ~ts and nbiliries are ai.':liJ:ible.
In N.:irrntive Timf, tht tffetts l:ISl for onf Skill or
Char:Jctcristic TC'.St, or for rhc duntion of one scene, at the ff the Hetetic wins t:he Opposed Test~ he maintains control
Cf\.i:'s discretion. In Structured Time, the effccu l3st fo r a for the time being. and there arc no funher consequences. If the.
number of Roun.ds equal to the Heretic's Corruption Bonus_ Daemon wins, it tnkes control of the Heretic for l Round for
Each time 3 Possessed Heretic inv:okcs the 03emon, he gajns each Oegttt by which it v.·on the Tcsi., or one minute for each
J Corruption Po int for ea.ch Characteristic he substitutes. and Degree in Narr.alive: Time. During this period, tht 03.C'mon
for each Talent, Trait, Skill. or other ability he g.lins. dictates the .Heretic's :ictiviries, choosing hO\\' he spends his
Actions in combat and speaking through him. Usu3ll}~ chis
ml:3ns the GM temporarily controls the Hen:-tic, b1H the C1"1
THE STRU GGLE FOR C ONTROL
.could -ahem:uively allow the p.1ayt:r to retain control v.•ith the
As any de\'Olec of Chaos should well know, 0-.lemons on
underst3nding th.at he is making his decisions OOsed on the
never be trusted. \Vhile possession offers 3 quick path to
Daemon's dt'Si~ and not his usual character's intt'ntions.
power, the Hettric :also sacrifices an amount of co ntrol <YVCr
his own mind and body. The longc-r the poosessing Daemon
resided within bim, che more it will cal«: command of the
Heretic, subsuming his O\\'O personality and desires.
At ce:rt:lin times. the possessing Daemon attempis to take
control of the ~d Hetttic. EV('n if the Daemon is a willing
inhabitant of the Hmtic's bod)j such struggles are inc\litable~
Daemons lust for po\\'-Cr and arc loathe to bo\v to monak
The CM dtcides when the Daemon attempts to exert
control, based on the personality of the P3rricula.r Daemon
and the needs of the campaign. The following are some
suggestions for cvcnts that might prompt a Daemon to
attempt to cake control:
The Heretic uses xp to purch'3sc an Adv.ln<e Aligned to thi:
Daemon's Opposing god.
The Heretic 3CIS against the Daemon's nature or the tenets
of the Daemon's god.
The Heretic io\•okes 1he D:iemon (sec abcv.•e).
TheJ.feretic attempts co wield a Daemon \Veapon.
The Heretic's Corruption Bonus increases.

Mastering the Daemon


WfKn the Daemon attempts to take control, the Possessed
Herec:ic must r(:3SSC'A his mastery in the unholy union. To
d o so, the Heretic and 03emon make an Opposed Test. The
Herecic choosc.scrthtt his \.\'illpower or Jnfamy Characteristic
for this Te.it (oote ths1 he cannol Invoke the Daemon to
.substi1ute a Oiaracteristic). The Daemon uses its WiJlpower
or the Heretk's Corrupdon Total (treating it just like -a normal
Characteristic), "':hiche\'Cr is higher. This Tm Tequite.i a Full
Adioo, and the J.lerctic mus1 m'3ke it 3t the fim opportunjt)'

LAUNCHINCA
BLACK CRUSADE

THE PESTILENT
WORLDS

DAEMONS OF
NURCLE
CHAIPTER Ill: dlse$ed gifu kill cndJcu pope.1Jations that .scr."t: .as bounlifuf
food for parasitical wonns. Oics, and his -other childrm This
.quest for tr.insccndcnt power is not limi(ed -only to those who
-worship the Cod ofRJes, of cou'5e, as the thirst for power is
LORDS OF what dri\•es aJI ..,..ithin the Screaming Vortex and beyond in
their worship ·of the Dark GoCls. For these seeking the power
to defeat death itself, there is no price too high a.r sin too great
ENTROPY
..You s/}Clu /d fel honourrd. Your dwh 11.llowfor my birth. Yt>ur
ln this chapt~ ~erdia o n lc:im more o f these paths to
dari«-r :lnd greater p<>\\'C't. They can lJunch mighty Blrl
Crus3dcs against the hated Jm;pcrium nnd Its Corpsc·Cod, to
rt:ortrr1ity.s/Jd/ln;a/;r mt ftr..'lfortdl!~
conqt1tt new dom.ai~ enslave nc""'' vass3ls. and uncover new
- Lord Khanchoros Bou ~ upon hjs Apotheosis u·cosurcs. The secrets of Apothcasls stand revealed,._ allowing
players ro cootinoc their cha.meters· :afttr u::unfoonntion to
he Lord o f Decay attracts many of his most devout

T \\'Orshi~r.s
from those seeking to avoid wh:tt 3'-'':l:its ~111
momJs: lhc end1m sleep of the grave. In welcoming
his pestilent embrace, diseased tissue becomes inu-rcd to that
Daemon Princes: immoruls of the Warp v.·ho can tea~ corrupt,
and bedevil mortals such ;a they wc:rc, all for the glory of
their patron god. Het't':tics learn of chc other, horrid fate that
•~>fu !hose who h:M failed w walk the Dark Pam properly;
-which -vrould fc:ll unuinted Oesh, and unmtu.raUy resilient
transfotmation into a SP3Wn of Chaos. They also disco\'cr
f~rms k«p dC3th's touch one small measure st bay. Some of
more- of the Screaming Vortex, and new-worlds that c:m aid in
his greatest champions might e>:ist in such
their quest for powtt Nurgle's touch has dripped its ncm><-jc
a putrd}•ing grace for centuries and longer.
blessings -across this unnatural region, from blighted Pyurultide
corpse-like but no t corpses. Skin might dry
to 1hc worm.ridden \Vrithing_ \Vorld 10 the- foerid, choked
and pttl away, corpolcnt organs bk vile
5\'o>amps of 1\1irc. Other locales, such -:JS Guelph, which hosts
liquj&, OOboes grow with pus and erupt.
terrible D:tcmon Engin~ or Hindrance's Daemon-filled sRi~
bur ~s remain energetic in their devotion
also can offer Herctics new bounties should the)• prove Y>'Orth)t
10 Nurgk. They li\'C 001 to SC'f'Vt" their bclOVt"d
Grandfather, and co share his love \\•ith others. lhose HCfCtic:s questing to uanscrod the Voncx and CSCiipe ilS
grasping embrace can vcnwre
Yet foe others,_ even this blessed sl!lte is
to the Frozm Hean and the
not enough. To bavt" witnessed the glories
Ascendant Spirn~ when.-
of Nurgle -and h is D.icmons is to
the final challenges awnit all
h.a\>c ~en kgc:nd ary beings who {.
those who \\'ould d:uc risk their
h:a\'c traru:cmdcd mortality
Por many, it is a taste
that consumes all else,
and their li\<t:S exist
only to surpass
life- itself. Nurgle
emb races such
d ri\<t:S, for he
c-mbodies not
only death,
bot rebirth
as his
AIPOTHEOSIS
•1b«r<sl«in1f.IOrldr altd conqsm-td stars. andfor this J hitve rr:r.rivtd
a mNTd be:Jo!fd mkoning,"
-Mukarr'ath, the Se\'Cfer of SoulS;
Lord of t he Broken S_pjtt

F
ot those who trc:1d lhe path to glo.ry, th.etc is no higher
gool than th:it of Apotheosis-attaining the mantle of a
O.acmon Prince. As a Heretic pctfonns ever mol't' acts in
1hc n:tnK' of his god. they become saror.1ted with the energies
of the \Varp, expressed through physical nrutatjon. For most of
tho.se ~·ho do not simply die on the b:dtlefiekl or at lhe hands
of~n assassin, the gifts of the gods cvtntu:dly pro\ ic too much,
their mind and body sh:ittercd and reformed as a Chaos SJnW1l.
Avuy m:rc few, ho'Wt'VCC, \l((' able (0 tolerate me 1otx:h ofCh:ios
and VI.in the fai.-our of the gods. Those exceptional individuals
trnnscend mo1talJty, joining the host of Oacmom fut eternity.
Each Daemon Prince is a unique -and terrifying entity,
combining the guile, skill and po\\'Cr of die mortal they o nce
'-''Cre wilh the ovcrWhelming power of a Daemon. Those who
att-nin such a goal arc reborn, to begin a new existence as an
immortaJ being of the \Varp.

.BECOMING A
DAEMON PRINCE
As explained in the BLACK C.RVSA.DE Core Rulebook, -a
Heretic reaches the go31 of Apotheosis when chcy obtain
lOO Corruption Points and p<!SSCSS 'he requisite Infamy soon:
previously de.tc.nnin<d by the GM. The dc&uh assumption in required Infamy remains a nonnal ch:u·3Cf.c1 for the time being.
BucK OtuSADE is th-at a pl.ayer mus' recin- his character \\'hen If che Hem-ic becomes Aligned to 3 Chaos God and g;ains that
the .Heretic reJches 100 Corruption Points. However, \\'ith god's fitiark of Chaos, he becomes a Daa:non Prince. Ho\\'C~r~ if
the Gi\1's penn.ission, a Heretic 'W'ho meets the rcquirtmrnts the Heretic slips ~lo\\' the Infamy threshold .at :tny time before
can ascend to the mantle of Ou:mon Prince snd continue lllC'eting these criteria, he immedi:arely becomes a. Chaos S-pa.wn.
play a.s such a potent enti~ using the rules in chis section. Even dw: sma.Uestslip in the eyes of the ruinous ones is futaL
Becoming a i):lt'mon Prince i's not simpty a mattttofabsorbing Under most citrums(ances, the tr.ansfqrm3tion into a
the corrupting_ power of the \V:up; itrcquilcs the intervention of Darmon Prin-ce should occut at the end Of a g:imc- session
1hc ~ds. Unless one ofthe Chaos Gods hos sc:le:eted the Hcll'cic or during a suit3ble pctiod of downtime. S.uch an evc-nt -is a
.for l;ii.~ great honour. meeting the CP11nd Infamy requirements is dnumtic a.nd momentous occ:ision, butalso one that requires
oqi coough. Only lhc will of a Cha<» Cod "" ckvott a molllll some considc-rablc- modificati-ons to the Hc-rc:tk's dtara,ttr
to the stitu.s of a n.emon. \Vithourit, 3 monal so imbued \\ith sheet. Rather than delay the a-ction "'hile making the ch:angcs
the power of the \V...rp is destined for an end-as a mewling Chaos during che session, it is best to wait until after. HowC"'<er, the
Spawn. And, \\'hi le me gods an sometimes set aside thcir Ot"Vt'f- Apotheosis ofa Heretic is 3 r:tre:and importan.tevent, a defining
ending power struggle in P.UfSUit of common _goals, they are far moment in any diarJcter's a.re. Ho\\'CVet it occuts, lhc- GM
too jealol!S ro shan:: their champions. Consequent!~ Apotheosis and pia}'ct shoold \\'Ork together to describe narnti~ly the
ttqUin::s a pltron deity. Only'3 Heretic who is Aligned to one of tr:tnsformation, whether it be on the middle of the batdcfield
tht Gods of Chaos and has the corresponding >i1ark of Ch:ios surroonded by enemies and allies, or alone bcfarc a private
an bctomc a O:Jen1on Pcince. almr. Chaos is never predictable, and the transformation i:nto
Ap indi'vidllal so infused \Vith- the f'O"'C'r of the \Vatp who a Daemon Prince could happen instantane0ousfy in a pillar of
lacks the guiding hand of a patron god \~nuld undergo the dark na~ or it might happen slowly, ever many agonising
taribk t$nsfonnation to a Chaos Spawn. However, some hours, d.a~ o-r longer. A Hctetic might even v;anish, stJdted
lndividuak. v.-tiile not h-aving devoted themsc:h<es to 3 singic into the \\'arp '\\'ithout warning, onl~· to rca;ppcar da)'!i. ye:us•
.... hr.or accomplished such feais as to cal'th the eyes of the or centuries latet at the head of a Oacmon~c legion bent on
·a,.. 5'dl might'j and fa~ indr.-idoals might find lhemselvtS chaos and destructioo.
'.-. ..... • belancing act, attoempting co m:ijntain fhe favour A Chatactcr Sh«t for Daemon Ptinces can be found
ladtheit boCly succumb 10 Umidcss JnJOltion. An on p:tges 143-144 of this volume. and is also :rwilabk fur
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DAEMON PRINCE Daemonic Presence
All enemies within 20 metres: of a Daemon Prince suffer a
CHARAC TERS - 20 pen-airy to \ViJlpower Tes-is. As ...,,.ell -as met!lph.ysial and
Thcrt is a reason the: scions of Chaos strive for Apochcosis- existenriaJ <I.mid. mortals cxp-enence 0.lemonic Prtst'ntc- in
Dacmon Princes art' terrifyi ngly potent beings. A Heretic a number of horrifying ways. The exact pcrcepc-jon mortak-
who becorms a 03emon Prince gains a numbcf-ofadvanu gcs experience depends on the n-atutc of the Oacmoo Princr._
immediately, and ctn attain furth « abilities in the form of For instance, in the presence of -a Daemon Prince 'Of Khome,
Daemonic Gifts. The changes d escribed in this section a rt" someone might t:lste the irony tang of blood, or fCC"l a sense_
.nppltcd to the chat:Ktcr when the transformation into a of uncontroll:iblc rage; in the presenc~ of a Daemon Prince of
Daemon Prince occurs, which wiU generally be hand led at Sbancs~ :1 morbl ntight fcc-J drugged or -an inexplicable usgc IO
the end of(or bef\.veco) game sessM>ns.. comply with the Daemon's wishes, whereas in the prescncr of
a Daemon Prince of Nurgle, a charactrr bcccmes stidcknly and
viokntly iJi v.tiile plants in the vicinity abrupdy wiJt and mt.
DAEMONIC S TATURE
Almost without exccption1 Daemon Princes manifested in the
.material universe a.re ma.ssivt beings, as bcfil$ such pov.·erful Daemon Prince of Khome
entities. Daemon Princes also gain a number of trnits to reflect Daemon Princes of Khome incrc:ut: their Strcng_lh bya funhc:r
their nature as cttatures of the \Varp. + I0. In addition, they gain bo'.th of the follO\ving 3bifities:
A H« clic v.•ho becomes :1 Daemon P rince gains the Blood for che Blood Co.d: Daemons of Khome suffer
_following benefits: no penalties from gore al!ld blood~ ll Critia l EtTecu
fnansc: his Striength and Toughness Characteristics by+ 10. in\'Olving gore' and blood (su ch ns rcqu.ir:ing -an Agility Tcs1
fncn-ase his \Vounds by + lO. not to fall over) d o not appty to Chemon.s of Khorne.
He gains the following Tr-.Jits: Dac-monic {4), D:uk-sight, Rage of Khornc: A Oaicmon Princ_ e of Khorne can
Fear (3), From Beyond, {)c3dly f'fatunal \Veapons. Size (7), enter a Frenzy (see the Frenzy Talent on- pGge J24--l2S'
The StutT ofNightmares. Unnatural Strength (l), and \\'arp of the Bu cK C RUSADE Core Rulebook) :is :i Free Action.
lnstability. If the Heretic already possesses the- Unnatur.11 In addirion, \vhile Prenzitd, a Daemon Prince of Khorne
Strength. D.aemonic, or f.car Traits, he adds the existing gains an additional + JO bonus to \Vcapon Skill Tests.
values to the values of the Trsits gi\•en 01Jbove instead.
A human Heretic gains the Unnatural Toughness (3) Trait if Daemon Prince of Nurgle
he does not already poss~ che Unn:itural Toughness TraiL Daemon Princes of Nurgk incrca.sc theirToughness by a further
Although -a Chaos Sp:ice r>ti srinc who becomes a Daemon + 10. Jn :iddition, they choose one of chc following abilities:
Prince might retain his l>o\\ cr Armour, such is his new stature
1
• Aura of Pestilence: All mortals -within 20 metres of the
that chc Bl:ttk Carapace lmpl:mt docs not prevent enemies Daemon Prince who are not devoted to Nutglc stlfrer a - l-0
from gaining :11 booos to hit him due to his Size Trail penalty to Toughness Tests.
Due to his size :ind po\\<ct, a 0.Jemon Prince's Natural \\'capons Unnatural Resilience: The Chcmon Prince may re-roll any
have the following profile: i\1elec; 2d 10 I w R; Pen 6. failed Too.ghnc:ss Test (he mtdf '3ccept the second result).

DAE.>.fON PRINCE S PECIAL R ULES Daemon Prince of Slaamesh


In addition co the Characteristic increases :ind Traits listed Daemon Princes ofSl3a.ncsh increase 1heir fellowship by+ lO.
above, a Daemon Prince g:iins the Daemonic Pf'l!'S('n-ce special ln-addition, they choast: one of the following 3bilities:
rule 31ld one or more special rules and Char.Jcteristic increases • Beguiling Aura: All mor-t:lls v.•ithin 20 metres .of the
b;u~ on his pa.niatl-u patron dcif}~ In addition1 a Daemon Daen1on Prince who arc not rallo\\·crs of Slaancs.h sulTcr
Prince o f Nutgle or Sln:ancsh g:Uns che Psyket Trait if he a - (0 ?C'nalty 10 \\'illpower Tests. This is cumulative with
does not already possess it, allowing the- character to spend the effects of D:ic.monic Ptesc.nce. lo addition, Dodge tild
experience poinu tQ purchase the Psy Rating Talent and Parry Tesl'S agaimt a Daanon Prince of Slaanesti•s attacb
Psychic Powers if he so desires. The Daemon Prince does nol suffer a - JO pen:ilty.
g3in a Psy Ratin~ or any Psychic Powers auto matically, but Impossibly Persuasive: The DacmQn 'Prince may R-roll.
noy,• h.:as the o p1ion l'O purchase them as Adv.anccs. any fajfod FelJoWsbip Test {h.c must ao.:ept die.second rauh:~
Although cxtr.1ordinarily narc, il is possible for a psykcr
or sorcerer to forsake his cov.-atdly ways and become one o f
Khome's mighti:cst ch-ampiom If a Heretic with the P.syker
Trajt becomes a Daemon Prince of Khome, he permanently
loses the Psyker Trait1 the Psy Raring TaJent, and all Psychic
Pov.•ers. The H eret.ic should consjder himself locky thal
1he Br:nen lord of Sk.tills hss seen fit to O\•erlook h is past
u·ansgrcssions and purge him of his sorcerous impurity!
Daemon Prince ofTzeentch
Daemon P rinces of Tuentcb increase thejr Willpowc1 by
+ 10. (n addition, they choose one of the following :abilities:
• Mastc·r of Fate:: \\fhenever the 03emon Prince spends an
Infamy Point, roU ld LO. On a result of a 6+, the Daemon
Prince g.:iinio 1he benefit of the Jnfamy Point, but it docs
not count as spcnL (n :iddf1ion, the Daemon P rince gains
an extr3 ld5 Infamy Points at the beginning of each g.imt'
session, y,•hich are lost if not used by the end of the SC$SiOn.
• Master of Sorcery~ The Daemon Prince may re-roll any
f.s iJed Focus Power Test (he must accept the second result).
Howevu, if the result of either die on the second roll is a 9,
it causes Psyf:hic Phcnomen-a (sec page 1 I0 of the Bua
GtvsAOE Core Rulebook). lf Psychic Phenomena would be rct3in any benefi ts of bionic replacement limbs. In effect. lhc
triggered regardless, each 9 he roUs adds + 10 to the result c:har.ll:ter's nC\\' \\'arp-Ocsh restores his lost limbs or fuses with
on Table 6-2: Psychic Phenomena instead. the eristing bionics. In either C:ISC:, the bent'fil:S of bionic limbs
arr subsumed in the ad\'llntages ofbrroming .a Daemon Prince:.
DAEMON PRlNCES AND GEAR
Although Oxman Princes wiel.;:J neu-limidcss po'\\'Cf and arc APoTHEosrs AND GIFrs OF THE Goos
beyond such morul conccms m p:ijn and d(':lth, they do f:we- Althoogh it may resemble its pl't'Vious form in many w:ays.
ccrtain limitttions, primarily as: a rt"SJ!t of thcir incrtascd size. a Daemon Prince is no Songer 3 aeatlJtc of flesh :and blood.
ln :addition co the problems posed by small space\ the main The mut3tiora that amictcd the mort31 fr3.lt!IC, for good Of ilt
drawb3dt is a restriction on the «JUipmcnL and \\'Capons chc vanish, though they might be echoed in the new form.
Daemon Princc- e:t.n tiSC. Fot most di:unpbns of Chaos, sudl Upon his ascension, a Daemon Prince may choose to rtmove
conccms pale in comp:i.rison co the rew:uds of Apotheosis. any number of his Cifts of the Cods ofhis choice; the etfects oC
Doe to their size, Daemon Princes ha"<' significsnt the chosen Gifts, positive and neg.itj'"· arr removtd
tcsttiction:.s in the it use of \\•capons,. armour, and other gear. ITom the character. Foe C3di Gifi of the
This is ultimiltdy at the dis:ctt-tion of the Gl\.1, but -as a Gods he tcmovcs in this
guideline, O:lcmon Prin<es cannot use \\'Capons o r annour
mantsfacturcd for hum3n-sizcd cre3tures 01 even for
Chaos Space ~tarine.s, with the exccpc io~ noted below. l.,
Due co the whims of the \\'arp and the nature
of the cr.msform3tion n Herecic undetgoes when /
K?'
/
.
he becomes 3 Daemon Prince,, some weapons ..ind ._.
armour in his, possession at the time of his Apotheosis
remain usable in his ne\\' form. Depending on che
itc:m in queslion, thi.s mighc mean th.at the item
:actually lf'3nsfonm ..ilong witll the 0Jemon Prince,
incrc;ising in siz~ fonn, or even melding with his
daemonic Oesh. All 03emon \\'capo~ Legacy
Weapons, and Corrupted We3pons rcmain usable,
rcgardle-ss<if their size or type.
tn addition, 3t the player's dioi.:e. any annour
Worn by the Heretic al the time o f his Apotheosis
mdds with the 0.lemon Princ.c, becoming a pan
of hls. new fonn. The Oaemoo Prince rec.1ins the
Armour Points and any cthcr benefits provided by
the mnour(subject to the GM's discrelion~ but no
longer has the option cf removing it. lf the player
choo&cs not to tC'tain the annou.t this Yt-.Y, the H«etic's
expending fonn shatters the armour, dCSlroying it.
e:.onic·s rcnuin a- part' of the Hctt"riC. although they
lbcvirably fuse with his 03Cm9nic flesh in unnatural
.ad distwbiag ways,. making the division bcN.·ecn
~ IOd flesh foc from clear. Jn gsm• '""" a
1:L,P .'!"oo Prince lttJiins the bcnc:fits Qfimpbnts, unless
~· fJ!ilrticulat benefit is not 3ppropriak
HIJllJt.ICW( a Daemon Prince does noc
ADVANCI N G ASA
Upon joining tflc infema.I legions, a Dncmon Prince k.J..-es
behind many trappings of his fotmer cxistencc, from
DAEMON PRINCE
equipmcnr to 3flics aod con,tacts, and pcthaps cvcn his most Daemon Princes continue to gain lnd spend c-x-pcrirncc points
loyal follo\\'CfS. It: is perhaps ironic that a Herctjc who has spent just like any othe! Heretic. How<"Vl?r, as 0 J(mcns., Daemon
his life acquiring follov.·c-n and building a warlnnd for the go~I Princes consist of the \'Wf esse ntt oftheir patron Chaos Cod.
of becoming a ~emon Peine<' might lind himself -ab:indoning Therefore_.. Daemon PrinctS are always Aligned to cbc:ir
those very mort:tl follO\.-.·ers to lead dread legions of D.iemons. patron dc-ity. Dacmon Princes do not chcd Alignment, nor
1\1any Minions dt.1< might accompany Hctt'tics are less -can their Alignment ever cha.ngc, regardless of how many
nppropri:ltc for a. Daemon Prince. This might be because the Adwn.ces they h3Ve putchased along any p;ith of Devotion.
D.:ae111on Prince nov.• t:r:lvtrscs c.n\ironment:s dut are lethal to The xp cost for Advances is calcuJared as normal, based on
1nottals; because lit finds itsdf in need of more potent fo lki....'<'ts. the Daemon Prince's AlignmenL
or simply because those \\•ho it once cons.id<'ftd its loyal
folio\\<eB now fiM themscl\'C'S bcne.ath its notice, for Daemon FAVOUR
Princes do not ,,;ew the universe -as docs a mortal In lieu of As Daemons, Daemon Princes are crcarur:n of 1hc W:i.~
1nettttl3rics, beasts, servitors.. and other moct:ll folio...,~ W3lking embodiments of Corruption. Con.scquendy, D:acmon
Daemon Princes olkn :un.us trtinl>CS cf subservient D:iemons Prin.:-es no longer g:tin Corruptio"'* nor an th.cy decrcasc
to follow them. These Dncmons might reprtSent soldiers pl:aced it; thc·it Corruption is pc-rmanently li.xed at (00. lnstoid,
<at theirccmmancl by c-hejr patron god. rivals defeated and forced Daemon Princes gain F3\·our, ttptescnting their pos.itioa in
into obedknc~ o0r for the most potent of Daemon Princes, the- eya of their god, v.·hich tnnslatcs into ln<;rc-3Sed power
lesser entities formed from the \Varp throogh sheer fotce ofwilJ. over the \Varp and mastery of their own Daemonic abilities.
Like a Characteristic, Fa\'our is mcasurc-d on i s~Je of 0 to
Acquiring D'aem onic Minions 100. Unlike Infamy or Corru;ption, when a Daemon Prince
instead of following the nonnal lvlinion creation rules, upon leverages his Favou.r to obt:1ia nev.• abilities, it dccrc:LSCS his
gaining a new i\1 inion of Chaos T:ilcnt or repbcing an existing current f;JVour total (sec Usin g Favour,on page 68).
t-.1inion, 11 Daemon Prince c:an select an appropriate lesser Unlike Corruption, which an be gained as a rtW':lrd or as
Daemon NPC from the BucK CRUSADE Core Rulebook or a a punishment for 2 fuiBng. Favoo.r is always a positi\•e thJng.
BucJC. CRWAOE 5ti.ppfement,subject totheCM'sapprov:il The H o...,·~. a Daemon J>rincc who fails his p:iuon can lose- Favour,
Minion pom':SSCS all the Char:ict«istic V3lues, Talen ~ Skill~ as his god tnkes bucks mcasu~ of the po'>'·cr and a11thority over
Traits, gear, and special rules as described in the NPC <'tltry, the \Varp prt'Viousfy grJntC'd to the Daemon Prince.
and the player cannot choose 11dditional ekments C! modify Daemon Princes continUC" to g3i~nd losc--lnramy
the entry. Unlcss the CM decides othc-twisc, 3 Daemonic :as noml31, representing thcjr repuwtion in the eyes of both
Minion must h3\o'C the same patron deity as its master. mortals and thci! fellow Daemons. Hov.·evcr, us befits chc-ir-
A Dlemon Prince can ttpl3Ce 3ny number ofcx:isting Minions new stat~ 'he expectations on O.aemon Princes, both in
with 03cmons at the time cf his Apotheosi.\ or can the e~'CS of moruls 11nd the gods. 3t<' higher. Conseq11ently,
obtain D:iemon !\.1inions b ter, as normal Daemon Princes mu.st gc-ncraJJy accomplish suitably mon:
for gaining t'IC\\' Minions or replacing impressive fe3t.s th:.n a mortal in o nkt to gain
fonncr 1\1jnions. ~::;:::~~'i'.7"'"' the same amount or Infamy.
C•ining Favour Oaeo1011 Prince of Khorne
As a fo,tt'most leader in tile Daemonic kgio~ a Ihemon Daemon Princes of Khome :tre likely to gain Favour from
Prince has the eye of his god far m<ire than he ever did 11s 3 acts of violence and bloodshed of all kinds. HO\\•evct:, the
morut This is both a boon 3nd a hindrance, for just as the SC3k should be appropriate for a Daemon Prince. Killing a
Cluos Gods 1"<'"-'ard and punish their mort:il fO Jlowers, so do single opponent is unlikely to be worth any P3-.oo~ unless it
they thc'ir Oaemonk servants. A D:iemon Prince g:iins Favour is a p:irticularly pov.'C'rful one, bu:t smashing 11part squads of
by advancing his god's cause, whether by slJ.ying the savants enemies and ripping the hcan from an opposing anny could
of the Corpse-Cod, lc:ading his legions in batde against the be worth -an')l\Vhere from 1-5 Fa\'Our, at the CM's discretion.
Daemons or rival god~ o-r corrupting mort:ils. l ikewise, 3 In gc-ncrnL Daemon Princes of Khome cnn gain Favour on the
D:iemon Printt loses Favour ~·hen he fails bis god or acts battldidd, both for persons) deeds and fo1 leading annics of
contrary to his god's path. Khorne's follo~rs to glorious slaughter and death. Often. it
D.u:mon Princes gs.in Favour by advancing die cause of docs not maner to KhotnC' \\'ho \\'ins or loses, 3S bng as gmu
Ch:3os, und of their god in !Pan:icular. The possibilities for amounts of bkiod are s·piJk:d. E\'CQ 11 battle thst the forces of
obtaining the fll'-'our of the Ruinous Po\\1Crs art' en:dlcs.s, but Chaos lose coold garner Favour for a 0-Jemors Prince ofKhomc
some ex:impks are' shown in 'Table 3-1: Favour Rewards. \\'ho .scsvcd h.is god \\·e.11 (fd5-1 F.1voor n1igb t be :ippropriatc~
These art' examples 'and guide.lines. and it is afw.Jys the CM's
derision .u to whethti:r or not 1 p!!rtieullr action is v."Orthy of Daemon Pfioce ofNurgle
f J.voor, and hov.' much. In som¢ cases, the G1\1 might detcnnine Nurgk takes g1eat de-light in the actions ofhis Daemon Princes.
dtn a r:indom smount is appropriate. rep-resenting the fickle l ike: 3 thoughtful pa~n t, the God of Decay g.ranrs rewards--
nature of the Chaos Gods. ln thcst c:ises. 1d5 is u.sua.lly and punishments-where deservt"d. Spreading pestilence.
sufficient, possibly modific-d by +I or -l based on the deed. and dise3sc: arc amongst the primary methods by wh.ich 3
As a promi~nt le:ider :amongst the Daemonic legions of Daemon Prince of Nurgle accrues Favour. The acti'..ities must
his god. a Daemon Prince faces higher expectations than be suitably impressive for such a mighty being us a Daemon
nC3riy any mort:al fo llower of Ch3os. Actions th:it Y.'OUld Prince in order to be \\'onhy of Favour. [nfecting :a single
"''in co.nside.rable .Corruption for an aspiring champion of individual with a disease: is probably nor ~'O nh fa\'OUr, unless
Chaos arc simply expected for n Daemon Prince, but might the highly infectious contagion goes on (O spread from that
nonetheless be Y.'Orth l or 2 Fa\'OUr. individual und infect :in entire hive cfcy. Bringing mom ls into
While fllort2I scrv3nts of lhc Ruinous Pcv.'Cfs often pay PaP3 Nurgle's embrace in suth a manner is ""'onh an :amount
homage 10 auof the gods, a Ds.emon Prince is a sv.·orn V3SS3 l of of f;tvour b3sed on the sea.le of the epidemic, the ingenuity of
one Ch=:tos God. And \vhercas ..service to Chaos can be worthy its inception, and the severity of its outcome. fi:ir i:nstance. a
of Favour, Daemon Princes primarily wjn the re\vJrds of their plague: that r:tV3ges an entire planet, le.a\ting it a dead world
pa.tron deity by a<lwncing its interests. This c.1n bring the: of rotting biological nuttcr &om which new life can spring.
03emon Prince into oppositioo ""'ith the servants and Daemons might be worth 5 Favour or more.
of rival gods just as readily J.S it can the fon:es of the Jmpcrium.
A Daemon Prince is a pla}'C'C in the Creal Came bcf\\'Cen the Daen1011 Pri11c·e of Slaa11esh
Ch.aos Gods~ ~nd conllict with the scrv3n~ both mottal and Conuary to Daemons ofK horne, who win t hc:ir god's Favour
D;Jemonk; of the other Roi nous Powers is inevib:bfe. on the battlt"field, D:aemon Princes of Slaanesh ve \\•ell-
suitcd to corrupting mortals, seducing them with the lure
TA1ll.E 3- 1, F,WOUR. J\FWAR,OS of Ch3os and al.I chat the Dark Prince offers. We.ak-v.ilkd
mortals are likely to fall under a Sla:inesh Daemon Priocc's
Act Glorifying Chaos Gain
spell on sight, and so a~ unlikely to be worth uny Fa-.'OUt,
Slaying l powetful champion of the
but a>rrupting powerful lmperi2l ofli<i>ls •nd wmiors eould
lmpcffum, soch as a Sincc Marine Chapter gamer SC'1/eral points of Favour. In addition, deeds of excess
f\\sster or Ordo M3lkus Inquisitor. cnn g:ain SlaoSnesh's :ippl'0\'31. Erecting great \'OX-c:tthedmls
L::.tding an anny of more;tl SCl"l.'3.nts of ChJ.os in Y.'Otship ofSl:uncsh, instigating mass sacrifi ces, and other
t~ victory io b.:tnk O'Vl.'r the forces of the acts of extreme worship and debauchery gr.ant up to') Favour.
f..r.tpt'r~um. drkating l riV:tl iD;icmon Prince
in l:-;v:t.:.:· ~·~rt:iking a cult o-f ti riv-.:tl god.
Daemon Prince ofTzeeotch
Li:.:tcfing ,.1 DJtmoni"c k:gion to victory Plots, conspiracies, and unchecl«:d mutation :u:e the meat and
Jg.JrCISt the fotccs of a riV3l Chaos Cod; &-7 drink ofD:temon Princes oITzccntch. Schemes and machinations
::orropung a .defcndrr of th.: lmpcrium. such Favour :ll't' ends in themselves fo1 the Changer of the: \¥.ays. for simply
JS ii Sp:icc ,\1:irinc G:ipufn o r Inquisitor. engaging in such aaiviries furthers Tzcentch's ends. The mon:
(OO'."<.·r~ <JJ.j:'! a \\tCrld to the v.'Orship of grandiosc and compJex the plot, snd the oioce individ.WS it
&-9
ll·~· t)ili:cron ilr.n.:e .s god· on:h.cstrating a ensnares, both moml and Dae:monil; the greater the F.ivour it
F.Jvour
MJ r d.i;:oDn.c Incursion .1n10 re.ility. earns. Similarly; a.ny actions that allow the 'V:trp to spill 1nco
Conquering .1 settqr .:Jpi<ol ln the name_ «lllity could be wOlthy of F.rvour in the eyes. of Tttcntch.
'.t'"'!t~ , Llunc'hing J Bl.lc:k Crusade; 10+ Rittl31s leading to mass mumtjons, a.manging for a Wllf'P Stonn to
' i? the (Jll of .l loj'31isl Sp3ce Fa1o'Our encomp:iss a world or system, and granting prof:ine. know~
Ch:irtcf to CbJ.os. to mort:i.I ~IV:lnts arc all potential soun:es of Favouc.
r From Compactt Using Favour
Oanaoo Princes an contini.1e 10 participate in ComPJ-cu. Alihovgh...., the mos1 strong-"'ilkd ol m<>Nl>c.ocunonly
more dwa likct)= as ~ tnstipor or chc- Anointed. HO\\"'CYtt, a m~lc- amorua ofrorurol ~ the muut.ite dfccts d cbc
• .t«h pottnt ~ Dxcnon Princa a~ .anl&dy to ukr W.wp on char flc:sh. Daemon Princes arc elW.itica of~ Oum..
plK< in Compaas of• snullct KOP< tlun 20 Eotctpris<. Ir Whole _,,,1,.!'Picams of the Dm ~- h..-. boll< po-.
they do. the G~t might chook to reduce the Jnfilmy l'C\'o'Jrd ('Ntf how chci.r growing cocroption m:.nil'eso in muUbons and
for lhc Daemon Prince chlll'llClcr {lM..il not for the other ocher blcssings of Ch:Jos, n ~emon Prtncc Cm1 channel the
p.irticipants, who might evtn rccti\'C additional lnfumy for powt'r o( the Warp and the F\J\o'Our of hi.1 god as he 1ees fit.
keeping such iUustrious comp:iny). A !ntmon Prince may •spend" Htvour 1n order to obtain
For Comp:tdS of appropri:ltc sc::ilc for a Daemon Prince. O;icn,onic Cifts. To do so, chc player .sclceu n Oac:monic Gift
lhe CM can ll'""ard FaYOtlr in llddition to Infamy, if the i1nd invs chc corresponding Favour cosc~ rcduC'ing hu current
Compact serves the intcrtSU of the Daemon ·s patron god. Fll'VO\ir by that amoanL For a list of Daemonic Ct~ thc-ir
Ocpcnding on how much f2\'<Mlt the Daemon Prince gains cog iR f1'YOUr, and a description of Lheit d'f'ccu, sec page 70.
during ~ coutsc of lhc Compact. the CM might also n.'Ud Ce.....Uy. pU)"" should spend - •• "'• "">' duong
i:.-., <q..J co half of 111< lllf'•my pw.I upoo succosful .sow...... O<lt lhc end of ......... Thc: - - - -
"""pktion of the Compact. A1 ch. CM-. diJ<r<tion, hr an -.-bich ii Dxmoa Prioce gains 2 rrw Da JiOl11C Ci't depend
!<duct lht lnfiamy :IW'lrd by •n omoun1 eqwJ 10 1he f>ooor on lh< ..,,,.. of• Dzmon Prin<r and lilt Ooomonic Gili in
:aw;ard, illustrating the fact dut a Dxmon Prince~s a:ctio.ns -don. The CM 2nd pb}"' should wot!. •oe<lhcT '° """"
must be compar.rtivcly gr:1nder th:an his morUI comP3triots up widi ii aiitabk cxpbnarion. The Dxmop Prino: might bC"
in order to impress the gods 2nd mortal servants of Chaos. summoned to :tppcar before his god and rccel~ 11 bmcdtction,
S1cpping through a tear in reality and rt::tppc1u'fna houno r d3)'S
Losing Favour l:au:t with new abiJitics, or he might eu:n ittc:al focus. bending
Al: leaders of both Daemonic legions and mortal armies.. Lhe \\'11rp and reality to his \\'ill to cnac1 insununcous changes.
Dll<'mon Princes h~ I.he qic: of their god more so th:an
almost any morcal sern..nL And ahhough O.acmon Princes Dismissing Gifts
('Onu1uod unimagtiubk po>Att, dky mt.lit noncthdC'SS ever A o..cmon Prioa an choose: 10 dismiu: • Daemonic Ci&
sedc 10 xrvc their puron•s intc'1at:I ilnd nQid his displeasure • any lime (although ii is usuatty ~ done during the
A Dxmoo Prioc:e ""ho &ils his pxtoa dc-Jry or acts against its .iown.....................ns). When ... docs .., hr """'
wishes incurs his god's wnth. In the most cxtmnc cases, this •II bcncfia of the gift. indod;ng Trus, T•lrna. or Skill> i<
might result in thc D.Jcmon Princc being banished back to the bcscows. The 0.-.emon Princ-c docs noc recoup «he F•YOUr
W;mrp for a time_. or cast adrift on the scu of the Empyrean. cost of chc D.iemonic Gift; the price has already bttn p:tjd.
More commonly, it rcsultll in chc- Chaos God stripping :a A Oa-c:mon Prince c~n djsmjss Cifts of che Cods in the samc-
.s1nall pocrion of po\\'Cr from the 0,1<mon Prince, whether as mannc_r (;alchough he only n:ccivcs Favour (ot doing $0 at the
punishment or simply :as a by•ptoducc of the loss of esteem. time o r ;\po1heosis. 3S described on P2i,!C 65)

TAllLE } - 2, Loss or- FAVOUI\ DAEMON PRINCES


Failure in the Ey« of One's ~l£on IN BLACK CRUSADE
Auisting a Daemoo of a tMJ god 1n • llotomong 1 Dxmoo P>mtt is a fundamtnul chlng< IO ""!'
vmtutt thal d ocs aoc ako bctir:fic chc Daemon 1-2 Hmdc. f""Pdling rum
co a new o.r of powoet and int1umc<.
Princr's pxron; fu.ilini: ro srizc an opponuniry f.a1o-'0Ur O..mon p,.,..., ... 'f'<'C2lyp0ci0y pow<rf'vl md <ocmCs
to (unhcr tht patron ,eod 's i ntc:rcsta. ..t <nCOV•l<n m.. could dullmge <><n di. m.gh- CJ,..,.
fJiling in an undetukina in chc p.uron god's Sp:.o: i\l~tincs att unlikely to s~ a llkrnon Prin«. Daemon
name; being defeated by 11 O:icmon of a rival or
Princes Ibo ch ;m~ the dynamics of a gllTllC OUtlidc combat.
god; being su.mmoncd {:tgJinJI one's \\'ill) or pcmaps cvtn mo~ so. Even in the worlds of the Scttaming
othcn\•isc overpowered by 2 "'Ort11I. Yoru:ic, 11 D:.cn10n Prince is a rsre and k"tribk .1igh1. Whctt •
Actions that di.rtetly imerfctt with or cont:radia ChJot Space Marine or St:\'Ct'Cfy mul'l!ted Hctttic: tfU&hl rUr
the cencts ofhis PJ.Uon Cod, M:f\ .u • Daemon q·e~ the presence ofa Daemon PrinCE ousa Othc.n. to 8ec
5+
Pnnce ofK.hMnc dedinini: • nul"l.aal chalkngc in tertOt or fall co their knees in rcYCttnCC As a fUUh. a ...band-
F.voot dm indudcs a O.aanon Prince ts ttruin m ~ a d«idc::Rt
or a O.ac.mon Plill« ofTzoc:nu:h. &Mn& a
""1lplctdy ho..... ..,_.. O> I - diffumt opaC:ixc And •"hik: m:any cha!lcn~ diliff ill
""' (aa: o(. o..mo. Pmc.. """'obmcl<s ltf'b« !hem.
P!AnNc A D AEMON PRINCE BANISHMENT
A 0aCl'l)On Prince is unlike any other character a pllytr might As beings of the \V2rp. Daemon Princes cannot be truly killed
comrol in Blxk CtUSJde !!yen the most horrcndous.ly m11tnted like flesh .and-blood mortals. Ho14·ev.cr, like any Q3emon, ;;i
4

Chaos Space 1\13dnc i.sstill-a cre:ature of Ocsh and blood. On some Daemon Princ-e can be banished, cast baclt Into the depths of
level such a being is mortal Not so, a Daemon Prince. Daemon the \Varp Ctn ti I such time ;as il g;Jthers enough pov•« to again
Princes -ate entities of the \1{31i': immorml and ephemeral. Just m.'lnifest in the materi3I universe.
a · their bodies h3\'C uanscendcd lhe limits of flesh and bone, \\'hen a Daemon Prin-ce S1JfTers Critical !Damagi:- resulting
so h2W' thcir minds passed b~nd mottal reckoning. Ahhough in death, suffers Damage in excess of his \¥0-unds as a result of
a Daemon Printt might possess many of the convictions and \\farp lnstabilit)t or is otherwi~ "killed,"' he: dtles not die but
desires that it did in mortlll Ii~. its perception and experience is banished back to th~ \\':up. A Daemon Prince can s:Krific<
of the m3terial universe-and that which lies beyond-an: Infamy co avoid thjs f:ate, in much the sa.me \\'lY as: 01her
forever changed. HO\Ve\'C':r, the cdtoes cf their pn:vious .selves Heretics an 10 avoid dt"ath.
hold strong SY>'JY O\'C':t a D:i:cmon Prince. at lent at first Some \l,'hen a D..icmon Prince is "killed: the playc:r can choose to
Daemon Pri:nct-s continue to pu.rsuc lhc goals they had in moml permanently decre:uc his lnf3my by 1O+2d 10. (f he does so,
life, lon_g :alter forgetting their original motivations. the Daemon Prince is banished, but only for a short time. The
Daemon Prince is effcctivdy power!~ for lhc remainder of
Daemon Princes and Other Heretics the session, whik it g3thets its strength, and can take no fu rther
Daemon Jltin<es pose certai n challenges for players and PJit in con1bat encounters or similar sceoes. At the. C1\1's
the G1\1 as part of a group of Heretics.. Oa<mon Princes arc di.scrction, the Daemon Prince might be ablie to communkate
mighty cndtit:s and, C\'C'n in the.Screaming Vo-nex, likely to with the other Hcn:cic:s and with NPCs, appearing to them in
inspi~ letror oc. worship (or both) where\'er their dreadful dl't'a~ or visions, speaking through -a medium or Chemonic

footsteps fall. Th«e are times when 3 Daemon Prince might c-mimry, or through other, even more esoteric, means. The:
simply not be able to go where othe-r Hcrc:dcs can, or to do so Dac·mon Prince cannot be banished again or <>thel'\\isc hat:mcd
mrght undennine the group's \'Cry intentions. \Yhcn subdecy for the remainder of the session. Aftt:r the session {or at the
is aUed for, a Daemon Prince is problematic. beginning of the next session, dcpiending on the needs of the
D:icmon Princes might not alw:i.ys be: able to acco-mpany ampa.ign), the Daemon Princc cJaws its \\'3'f b:ack into tcllity.
the other Herctia. Th.is could be for telSOns of discretion as h is up 10 the players -and Gi\1 to detcrmjnc how this comes
described above. \Vbcn this happens. [he GM should try to kC<"p about,. but it should be :i suit:ibly rcmark3ble event-possessing
theDae-rnon Princ.e in'lolved through telepathic rommunk:ttion a rogue psyket, h-3\'ing its scrvanlS ot 3Jlies o rchesll'\ltc a great
Of some other method. Howe\-cr, players might h:r.•e to accept
ritual to summon it, 01 some other approprfarte e\'Cilt.
th3C '5Ud1 instances are just the price co pay for having sudi a Alternatively, the player can choose to f'C'd!lce hischaractc(s
powerful aod extraordinary ch:uacter. These c:ascs also SCl'V(' as Infamy by 5+2d(0. \\'ith this o ption. the Daemon Prince
a rCmindcr that the •ordinary" !-lcrttics Sljfl havt a purpose and tcmains in reality and is cc.stored 10 l Wound, removing
certain adv:Lnugcs O\'Cf the D.:.cmon Prince ft an be easy for :di Critical Damage-. Jt can continue to t:ake pare in comba:t
the othe1 players lo feel 1h:tt the Daemon Prince O\'crshadows enrounters and other sanes, but this also 1neans it can be
their char:u:tcn;, d ue to its Prestige: and numerous abilities. "kiUecr 3gain, 1oqt1iring :i further S3crilice of l nf:tm~~
MaKing the O.:temoa Princc's limituions and dta\\ backs a pa.rt
1 Regardless of which option he cllooscs, .a Daemon Prince
of the ongoing na.rrati\1C is ooc: WJ.Y the Gf\.i can cruu~ che that sacrifices Infamy in order to :l\'Oid banishment also loses
otbct Heretics: ha\'C a chance to shine. an equ3f amount of Favour. If this reduces h is Favour to 0 {or
if it is nJrc:idy O). the Daemon i>1·incc also loses one randomly
dctcnnined Daemonic Cift.
The Great Game If :1 Daemon Prince docs not h.1vc- suffic.ient Infamy ro
Daemon 'Prine~ mu.st constantly be aware of their st:ttus in
sacrifice {the loss of Infamy v.·oold reduce it:s Infamy to 0), or
the ~ of cheit patron. This is teOe.cicd mechanially in the
chooses not to. it is banished to the \Varp for an intcnninabk
Favout rules, bbt should also l>c incorporated in rolepl-aying. A
period. Although noc truly dead. the Daemon Prince has so
o,.emon Prince is a IC3der of his god's Daemonic forces, and
faikd its god, or lost so much po\\'CI;. that it cannot again
has 211 high visibilit}' As-well as the ad\'antagcs that come with
m3nifcst in «alspacc for ccnwrics_ millennia., or longer. While
grca1rr power. this has the disa.'dv:intagc of his god being mon:
time has little mC3ning in lhe \VMR- for purposes of the gsmc,
likrly to notice and tespond to any failings on the Heretic's
the Daemon Prince is assumed to be b3nis:hed for a long enough
part. The Cf\.1 3nd player .shouJd keep this in mind, using it period that it pl:iys no further part in the cur.rt.nt campaign.
~h to .drr.t ro1epl.aying and <fC'3te plot hooks.
DARK TABLE 3- ~' DAElllONC Gins
Unaligned Daemonic Gifts
ENDOWIDENT Gift
AnnourofChaos
Cost
I~

"'T})( wryJ~ ofC6rJMflow in my W'inr. f1lotbing '4.R srop mt n01P!"


- Ar'xok the Biuer1 031k Apostle
D:iemonic Aura
03emon1c Fl ~gh1 "
10
Daemonic Rune f)
o exisc -as :a O:iemon Prince is to live :as a mortal made Daemon \Ve:ipoB 20

T something more, and to embody chc dark machinations


of the Chaos Gods. The fe''"' infamous cnoogh to ~ to
this rank lm\" been givtn the Dark Cods' ultim3tc: gift, and the
lmmonal A:lv.l'f
Khornate Daen1onie Gifts
Ci ft
IO

Cost
rcwards for such :service a~ grc:it This section rovers Daemonic Adotned lO Brass

,."
Gifts,. po\\'Ccfu] new abilities available only to 03('mon Princes.. Hellfire Gaze. fj
Each Daemonic: Gilt can onfy bl!' sdw:ed once unkss noted~ Khome's f 3vour
Lord of War lO
UNALI GNED GIFTS Ob..sidian Sur
All Dnemon Princes sv.·car loyalty to one of 1he 0 Jrk Cods S.Laanes:hi Daemonic Gifts "
of Ch:10s ~'tt even the most d iamerriaJly opposed Princes Gift C.ost
migh1 exhibit si:milat characteristics. D·ark aur.is, Daemonic Ecst:ati~ Devotion 6
weapo~ and great sweeping \\'ings appear on miny Daemon Lord of V"rvacicy 12
Princes. no matter which ruinous master the individuaJ serves._ Siren's Call 18
Any Q3emon Prince can choose Un.iligned Gifcs. Sla:i.nesh's Favot1t 12
Soul Shti\<e f)
ARMOUR OF CHAOS
The Daemon P'rince's armour glows Y.' ith unholy pov.oet, DAEMONIC RUNE
contorting to take a fonn no mortal could ('\'Cr hope to \\'e.31~
The Daemon Prince bartS an o nhol}' rune of immense power
The Daemon !Prince g:ains 12 Armour Poin~ on all locations
that 3Cts as a tether and sustains his fo rm in the mottal realm~
{rcpl.acing existing armour~ The 3rmour gains additional
Once pet session, th.e D:iemoo Prince may spend an
properties based on the Prince's alignment {sce Upgrades on
[nfamy Point as a Ftec Actioo to complctel'>' negate one- hit
pages t 77- l 78 of the Bu a. CtwSADE Core Rulebook):
rhst would be inflicted on him.
Khorne~ Vicious spikes grow from the armour. The armour
g.iins the Spikes Upg.-..lde.
Slaancsh; The :armour gleams and tcOects incoming light. DAEMON WEAPON
The annour gains the Refmctory Upgr.lde. The Cods of Chaos grant the Daemon Prince a rare prizc: a
Nurgle: Oi.she\'e lled and crncked, the armour fa lls 2Way'When mighty Daemon \\'capon!
d3magcd only to scab O\'C'r and heal itself after feste ring for The Dlc:mon Prince gmcrntes a Daemon \Veapon based on· 3
a time. The armo ur ga.ins the Abl:itivc: Upgrnde. This Ablativt' weapon in his possession :ind bo-und with n O:ic.mon ofltis choice
armour repairs automatically ar the sta.rt of each game session~ (Stt pages 194-102 of the BocK CRUSADE Core Rulebook).
Tzeentch: The armour changes of its own accord to btuer lhc dioscn type o f 0 3tmon most be cithu Uruligncd or
ptotcd the v.·e3rcr. The annour gains the Ccr.amitt, Insulated, Alig""d wi1h 11>< """"Ch' °' Cod ,. th• D:!<mon Prin<~ :ind
and Thmnal Upgr3des. the Prince must h:r.t an Inf.am)' of 70+ in order to select a
Ctc:ttcr Daemon. A ltttn3tivel~ the Daemon Prince can select a
pre-<xisting Daemon \.Ve1.pon (with the GM1s pc.nniuioa~
DAEMONIC AURA
A crackling glow surrounds the 03cmon Prince, absorbing or
turning aside e\'c n .the mightiest blows. IMMORTAL PowER
The Daemon Prince gains a Force Field with a Protection The Daemon Prince channe ls che energ)' of thf: Warp.
Rating of 30 tflal never O \'erloads {see page 178 of the enhancing h is alreaa y unn:itural abilities.
The Daemon Prince scleca one o f the fo11ov..ing Traillr
Bua OwsADE- Core Rulebook).
Brutal Charge (X). Burto\\'Cr (-X), Crnwler, Rcgeottation (X).
Stun:l}i Unnal'ural Chat3:cteristic {X~ Unnacural Senses (JQ;.
DAEMONIC FLIGHT Thccosc in F3VOut is [0 for nTraitwilhoutan X value, aad
T~'O massive wiogs burst from 1he Daemon Prince's back.
cost for 3 Trait with :in X value: is the y.due of X the De
The Daemon P.rince gains 1he Flycr {X) T ra.it, whcte X
Prince desires multiplied by lO (e.g. Unnatural Agl~
equals twi« che Prince•s Agility Bonus. \Vings take forms
would cost 60 Favour). A Daemon Prince can select this
dependant upon the Prin.:c's patron, such as featheced wings
multiple: times, but caMot choose tht' same T~
for Tzeentch, oc the wings of ea Oy for Nurgfe, but 3te 3IJ
funcdonaUy identical.
once and cannoc choose a Tr.sit he~lrndy pot..,,..,,.
KHORNATE GIFTS SLAANESH I GIFTS
1hc foUowin._g Gifts arc for 0:1iemon Pri~es ABgned to Khorne. The following Cif:ts are for Daemon Princes.4.ligned to Sl33ncshd

ADoRNED IN BRASS. EcSIAnc DEVOTION


Khorne grants his f21o'OUrcd sc:r.'ant a suit of glt'3ming brJSS The Daemon Prince's mer<' presence fills his followers with
:1rmou1 etched with .symbols of f!O\\•er. wave:s of delight. They h:ing on hjs every \\'Ord, willing co do
The 03emon Prince g3ins 8 Annout Points on his Arms/ his bidding with no concern-for life or ljmb.
Legs/Head and l6 Acmour Points on his Torso (replacing The D:u:mon Prince gains the Unholy Dc:votion Talent and
existing armour). The armoul' grants a + {0 bonus to Tests doubles the number of Minions he can have. Additionslly, he
to resist Psy<hk Powers as weU as the Homs Armour may t3ke Minions 3Jigncd to 3no1her Chaos Cod, although
Customisation (Stt p:tgc l 76 B:ucK CttuSAoECorc Rulebook). these minions ignore the Unholy Devotion Talent and suffer
a - JO pcnalty IO Loyalty TOSIS.
HELLFIRE GAZE
The Daemon Prince: channels his rage and hatred into a LORD OF VIVACITY
searing-l:ince of crimson Warpfire. Drowning in exec~ the Daemon P.riru:e gains speed as he
The Daemon Prince g.iins a \Veapon with the listed profile socks the nex1 euphoric extreme.
(see ?Jgt: 73). HeJl6tc Gnc: never Jams. cannoc be Disarmed The Daemon Prince selects a numbe.r ofTalents equal to his
or .kstroyro. :ind requires no hands to ose. current Agility Bonus from the follow·ing Ii.st: Assassin's Strike,
C3tfall. Crippling Srrike, Hard Target. leap Up. Ljghrning
KHo&'l:E's FAVOUR Reflexes, Pretcm:uural Speed, Radi.ant Presence, Rapid
The Daemon Prince l'<'C-cives a lcssc-r boon of Khome that, Reaction, Sprint Additionally. during comb.3t encounte~ the
whilst stiJI powerful, acts as a remiod<"r th:nt neither mortal Daemon Prince C3nno1 use the same FuD Action or paj1 of
nor Daemon s1ands above the Blood God him.sci( Haff Action.s that he oscd during the pn:vietUS Roond.
The Daemon Prince selec:i:s a single Rcw.itd of K.home
{S<'e p:t~ 301-10~ Bl.4cK CRUSADE Core: Rulebook) from SIREN'SCALL
the foJlo\\' ing list: Collar of Khome, Daemonic .Name, F:acc The Daemon Prince's voice t3kcson such a soothing tone.that
of Kh ome~ Flesh-Fused \Veap.on. Hand of Khorne, Purity of even the most vengeful ad..,emries st3nd utierly incapable of
Aggression. He can select this Gifi multiple time~ bul cannot attacking such a majestic creature.
choose a ~\\·ard he already possesses. The 03emon Prince g.iins a +40 bonus to Charm Tcscs..
As 3 Foll Action, he m3y call to a single ad\'Cf'Sllry jn line of
L oRDoFWAR sigh1. If the 1argct fsil.s an Opposed Charm vs. WiUpoy,·e.r
Infused with Khornc 's rage, cbe D:1emon Prince embraces his Tc-st, it loses the ability to target the Daemon Prince with
role :is an iJVat~r of the Blood' God. any attacks tOr a number of Rounds. equal to 1he Degrees of
The Daemon Prince selects a number of TaJents equ3I co Failul't' by which it lost 1he Test The target can :ipply any
his.current Vt"C3pon Skill Bonus from the following list: Battle bonuses to this Opposed Test that would apply to resisting 3
Rage. lkrscrk Charge, Blood God's Con1empl, CombJt pS)·chic attack against it
Maner, Crushing, Bio"'• Flesh Render, Ftirious Am:uh, Killing
Scrikt:, Thunder Qi3rgc, \Vhirlwind of Death. Additionally, SL'\ANESH's FAVOUR
the Daemon Prince cannot~ the Disengage Action. The Daemon Printt rt'cejve:s a lesser boon of Slaanesh- that,
Vt'hilst stimulating, provida only a hinl of the U\lt delicacies
O BSIDIAN STAR the Pleasurt: Cod provides.
.Many Khornatc Chn:mpions boe2r the Collar of Khornc; but it The Da-emon Prince selects a single Rc•.vard of Sl3sncsh
is a symbol of sctVitodc-; anadommcnt fi t for a pct, not 3 (oyal (sec pages 299- JOO of the B LAat CRUSADE Core. Rulebook)
vassaJ who h:is proven his ferocity time and rime again in from the fol)owing liS1: Daemonic Name, F3ce of Sla'3nesh,
blood. Encrusted only to the mostd ediC31ed Daemon Princes, Hermaphrodite, One Thousand and One Senses. He can
rhr Obs.id.iao Star protects its we;trcr against the co'N3rdice of select this Cift multiple rimes, but cannot ..:hoose a Re'N3rd
pYkca far more dun any sla-..-e's colJar. he already possesses.
P9ykcn within 64 metres- of the Daemon Prince h3h'C'
'"'lbcir Psy-R.mng (to a minimum of 1) and Force \Veapons SoULSHRIVE
the Force ~lity. Addftion21l~ any character Aligned ro To a Daemon, nothing easies as sweet as the soul of a morllll,
within 64 metres of the Daen1on 'Prince (including and the powe.r to simply plod 1hc living- essence. from lln
Dacmol:t Prince himsc-lf) gajns -a +40 bonus to resisting unw itting vjctim is one ofSlaanesh'.s gre,atestgifis.
e........ The Daemon Prince .gains a \\'C:apon with the listed pro6Jc-
(scc page 73). Soul Shrive. neo.t:t Jams, annot be Disarmed or
destroyed, and uqufrcs no hands to use.
NURGLESQUE GIFTS TABLE 3-4, D AEJJIONI.: GIFIS (CON'!)
The following Gilis arc for Daemon Princn AJigned to Nurgle~ NurglesquC' OaC'monic Gifts
Gift Cost
DEATH'S HAND Oeaih-'s Hat1d )
One of the Daemon Prince's hands S\\'ells and d rips with "111 Looi of O;ecay l>
manner of fetid ljqllids. gas~ and slimes. NoxiO-us Touch 7
The Daemon Pdoce gains 3 \\·capon with th ~ listed profile Nu~·s Favour 14
{sec pagt 73). Death's Hand can no1be Disarmed or de~d. Unbreak:ible 2()
and docs not prevent the hand from performing other bsks._ Tv:c,ntchi:an Daemonic Cifts
The Dae1non Prince chooses which h3nd gains this Gift.
Gift Cost
All:3Re Wisdom 30
LORD OF DECAY Lord of Lies 20
f\.1ut2ted and twisted alm~t beyond recognition, the Daemon Spectral Bl:lde 20
Prince sunders cvcrything in his wake. Tzeen1ch's F3\'0ur 9
The Chemon Prince SC'lects a number of Talents/Tr:tits W:upfi~ Nimbus 2>
equal to his cunrc-nt Totfghncss Bonus (including Unnatural
Toughness,. but not bonuses from the Daemonic Trait) from
the fo llowing list: Baleful Dirge, Corpus Convcniont. NOXIOUS T oUCH
Disturbing Voice, Fear (+ 1), Hardy, Si:z.c: (+ l), Sound RiddJed \vith oo\ISC3dng disc3sC'.s., touching the Daemon
Conscitutiontt, Troe Grit. Additionally, the Daemon Prince Pri.ncc's skin causes instant infections.
annot usc the Run Action. The Daemon Prince gains the Toxic (4) Trail and his.
t-Allhough 1/Jry "1'C 1J0< hw1:an. Nurg!t Dr.tmon Printts pmaict unarmed ana<k\ gain the- Corrosive, Toxic (4). :ind lnacUated
10rcay t}µ al!O'Ws this ritUlf.I ro fimction. {4) QrnHtics.
up'"
ttThr Dat111M Prin« .11111)' srlttJ Wis T.1.lrn1 J nmct tach u'mt
rottn.ting rouYlr.ls his mlfXimum r.u1nbtr ofci)osrn Tal-tnts!Tmitt. NURcLE's FAVOUR
The Daemon Prine<.' receives a Lesser boon of N ui:gle that,
.....+iilst putdd, provides only a hint of the joyous p<itref:iction
the Plague God provides.
The OaC'mon Prince sek-cts 3 singlc-Rtwatd of Nurgle(See
pages 300-301 ofthe Bua CRUSADE Core Rulebook) from
the following list: Cotpulenl Immensity, Daemonic Name,
Face.' of Nurglc.', Nu rgle~s Rot. Nurgling Jnfestarion. He.' can
sekct thi$ Cifi multiple times) bu't cannot ch~ 3 Reward
he already posSCSSc.'S.
UNBREAKABLE TZEENTCH's F AVOUR
S"'Clling to m<lssivt' propo1tions. the Daemon Pei n~ The Chemon Prince recC'ivcs a kssc.r boon of Tze«1tch that
transforms into a mountain of ro1ting Ocsh. provides the smallest hint of the Architect of Fate's grand plan.
The Daemon Prince increases his Size by (, gains l 4 The D.aemon Prince selects a single RcW'lU'd of l'zeentch (Stt
Xrmour Points on all locations (replacing existing armour), p.1ges 102- 103 of the BucKCltu5.AtlE Co~ Rulebook) from the
the R.q.cner.uion (7) Trait, and ignores Difficult Terrain foUowing list: lliemonic Name, Foce ofTzCC'n.tch, Flaming Ann,
when moving. He reduces his Agility by 40 (to a minimum Massi\'C' fntellect, Warpsmith. He mn ~lect this Gift multiple
of 7). 1lnd cannot make E\.'.llion TestS: A Daemon Prince with tim~ bcit cannot choos<- a ~'llrd he already p<mtSSCS. Each
this Gift cannot use or benefit from Daemonic Aighl or the time the Daemcn Prince selects this Gift, roll JdlO. On a ~ It
Unnarur.al Agility Trait of 9, the Daemon Prince gains che Ecsutic Duplic:ttion Rc..ward
(see page 303) instead. Such is the fiC'kle f:a\/Ou r ofTu_entdi!
TZEENTCHIAN GIFTS
The followingCifu1U"e fot 031C'mon Princes Aligned to Tzcc.ntdi. W ARPFIR.E NIMBUS
A shining vortex of multicoloured Ii~ whips around the
Daemon Prince, protecting him from h:tnn.
AllCANll WISDOM The Daemcn Prince gains a Poree Fickl with 11 Protection
The unJimitcd knowledge Q( Chaos noods the D-aemon Rating equal 10 his curttnt l ~I of Favour (to a mjnimum of
Prince's mind, gr.anting him knowledge beyond his ken and 9). lkcalculate the Protect.ion Rating as the Daemon Prince
beyond his control. spends and receives Fa\'OUt'.. The Field Ov~rloads on any
The Daemon PrinC:C' gains Rank 3 in f:lt'«Y Common lore, rc5Ult that is a multiple of 9 (so 9. 18, 27, and so on). While
Fotbidden lore. and Scholiutic Lore Skill Once per session. this- blazing nimbus .surrounds him, the Daemon Prince's
he may expend an Infamy &int to .autom3tically p3ss 11ny unai:lnC'd attacks gain the Flame Qoolit}'.. but he aulomatic2Uy
singic Lott Test with 9 DcgTI.'cs cf Sti.ccess. Each time he uses f-sils all S(eahh Tes-IS with ld5 Ckgcecs of Failure.
a lore Skill roll (d I 0. On -a result of 9, he C3nnct use that
SkiJI untjJ the end of the scs:s:ion. lol'C" Skills already higher
th-an Rank 3 rem:ain-at their current Rank.

LoRDoFLIEs
By focusing his energy, the Daemon Prince forcibly aJters his
appca.1'.ance to th:at cfa normal h uman. The effects are fleeting,
but such subtcrfoge: opens up many paths to deception.
Once per session. the Daemon Prince can cake the form of
.a l'l!gu}:t.r hum.an fagc, gender, and physical attributes chosen
by the pl.ayer). Th~ effect la.-sts a. numbc:r of hours cqu:il to
his lncelligcnct Bonus; or until he uses any of his Re\'<'3tds
or Daemonic Gifts, o.r if any char:icter delects the Daemon
Prince through an Arduou·s H:ard (-4-0) Psyniscjencc Tes t.

SPECTRAL BLADE
Tzccntch gifts the Daemon Prince with the :ibility to ccnjurc
a blade of pure pS)<hic energy.
The Daemon Prince g.tins ::t v.'Capon with the Listed profile
Jsttbelow~ Once per Round, he mayconJurc the Spectt:il Blade
as a Free Act.ion (choosing in which of his hands it appears). He
cannot h:M': more th3n one Spectra] Bbde conjured .:1t a time._

TAlll.F l - 5, DAEHIOl{C GIFI' W EA1'01{ l'R.ORLl'S


NA'll Cu.ss R ANGE RoF DAMAGE PEN SPECIAL
Hcll1ire c~zet Helvy 20m SI-/ - 2dl 0+16 x 8 FeUing (4)> Flame, Melta. Proven. (4), Rccha~
S·"ul Shrivo:.·i· Helvy JOm SI-I- ld!OF. 0 Shocking, Tearing1 Warp \Veapo11
Oe.:J.1h s H.:ind.:.- (i..1efee ld !0+7 [ 0 Decay (7) (sec page 42)
Sp!?i:trt Ill:id~'i·
b-it:.~·;; 1d 10+9 R 9 Bll.:tn-ced, Force
~ .,.,~.."r. ~r..s r:ti~ an: 011! 1Jjammtminon andhal!C an tmli1ttilrd Cltp.Siu (if applirahlt). A Dtr<mtm Priltrcc .eJfird iJ.'fth OM o/-
'*' J/1. :iv.r-fo:i.tidm4 u-Ji1Jtd ffJ its Ust, and doa not m}ji:r 4 JX1ta/Jyfor wit/ding it tmui:itvtd.
fortes o«otdin.g to an ins.crotlbk: agenda chac c11n fto mon: be
LAUNCHING A opposed than it can bt undc-m:ood. E.1ch o( the- Chaos po..-.--crs
dit('(b thc1t sc.rv:ants: tow:ards a unique path of conquest

IBLACK CRUSADE fiuC'd 10 lhc particular gifLS a:nd strn1llgcm11 chcy fn"our. No
less deadly arc the campaigns. plotted by 1he U1,aligncd. for
21n)'Onc \\•ho can claim the title o( \Varm:risitr w1chou1 a Dark
Cod 's backing mt.1st be a power in their 0\\-n tighL
- Auributed to \\ra.mwter Horus
he Bu.at Cam.t..oE Cott Rulebook introdua:s the D EDICATING THE CRUSADE

T possibility of tuMin: t iswsrvc W¥ dfon againsl


chc lmpcrium as 2 sui1;a~C' Md1n1 to a amp:aign fot
high-Infamy H.,..ia. Although such • "'Jf cm b< h•ndW
i\iuch liV • Compact. a Bbck Cnmdr on be ch' • i eo ooe
of the """ 0 - Gods. I le ' .... th< Out Codi ... ~
pm1tt1M:oflhcwori<oflhcirchampiomAl...:h.•8Llckc.u..dc
NJTativcly through the rutc, altndy prcsc:nt in the g:i.mr, ""'only be dcdmcd "' the Chao& Cod to whl<h the w -
.JOmc groups rruy want a more dc1a1lcd w;i,y or tracking their (i(ir Ni one lc-:Kle~ or the nujoriry of the Hen:tia (i(chcy slu~
annics and fleets as they te.nt down whole .s«:tors in their very lc:idctJhip) llf'C Aligned. If the \V:unustct Is Un:ilcgncd or the
Own Black Crusade. The rules Jn 1hd M:ction arc designed Herc1ia: do not h:iw: :i commo.n Alignment BCl'QSS chc majority
to provide c.x.actJy th31, from the a1uh cring of a foll in..'3Sion of their group. then lhe Black Crus.'ldc aMot bt dcdtcu.trd 1D 1
rorcc to ruing a.nd corrup1ion or lmpcrial ....wids. sp«i!K pi A Black Crusade need nn< be dcdic.ilcd to one god
in pinicular. but an Aligned \Vannaslcs' rd.;., dighting hiJ dmk
CH OOSE YOUR pwon by f>oling .. glorify it through his dread -.i...

OWN APOCALYPSE Ocdatong a Bbdt Crusade 102 sp«;fic god,,_°"'""'


bcacfta and •pplks muin pcmhics co 1hc: "'ar effort ..::
A H=IK's steps on th< P'th 10 clory .,. iocviub!y smpol n da • ibcd below. As a dcdic:lttd Bfack Cnmdc- lll:lia
by thci• ..,;,..i. tow.mis th< Ch- Cod.. .00 op<ci31ly thew hdo.1ty on cntai.n su:nrg~ the \Varmutcr must med adlflt
p.atRNl (or bck t.bcttef). This II• U\K" ""''hc;n their fooattps mJnimum ttquirt:mcnu when as:scmblme: hil uoopt in
Jtu..kc the galaxy as it wu when 1hcy first set out in scrvi« of succ®ully dcdic>tc th< Blod< Cnwd< (dct10I< coa be
thC' Ruinous Pov.'Cf:S. A Warm:i,tt:r J.Ctving Khome docs so bi,• on page 7S, 11nd in The Dread Host Cllhcn on PIF
bnnglng about a. Bl:Kk Crus:tdc 1h111 drowns the galaxy in 'he Ol:1dt Cn..~-ade that has not been dedicated to 1
blood of open war, while one scl'V1ng Tumtch advances hi$ Cod rccc1vd no special bOnt.scs, pcnaltica, or .......
Tide of Blood (Khorne) lynchpins in a Inn.le pbn SP3nning time as \1:ell as space.
A Black Crusade dedicated to Khome is s brutal campaign Ou-ring ~ch Crusade Tum, the \V-annaste.r m;ry select onc:
of sl:i~hter across coundC"SS Y.-ortds., leaving little behind Territory being fought O\ 'Cf and gr.mt his fo recs there +20 to
but gorc-sook!:d soil and mountains of piled .skulls. lbe one Test of any kind. Howevtr, the \Viirm3siter finds his plans
\ 1larmastc:r's forces reduce DcfCnder Strength by an additional being manipul.:ucd in turn for Tzcenrdi's insauuiblc ends. lo
10 points .after suca:eding Ol1 '31l Opposed Confl..ic:t Value any Crusad-e Turn in which the \Vormaster takes advantage of
Test due to the brutal cfficien~y of the BSood Cod's w:iniors. this bon ~ the CM maysclect one Territory being fought over
Ho\\'evtt, when a Lieutenant betrays the \Va.rm.uter in the and cause the \\tann:aster's fottes to sulfcr - 10 to one Test of
Trcacbery an-d Discontent step of Crusade Turn, an additional any kind, :is the Great Manipulator adv.anc~ -another agenda.
Host is lost to internecine conf1ict. In order to Je:id a Black Crus.:!de dedicated (O Tzccntch,
To JC':lld 2 Bbck Crusade dedicated to Khome, the \Varmastcr the \Varm:tstcr must comm3nd at ICllst one Cabal. v•hich must
~command at le:ists:ix Hosrsand at le.ast thrtt landing Fleets. be dedicated to divining the will of Tzeentch and cannot
be deployed to assist in Territories on the Crusade Map. In
Campalgn ofSu&versio11 (Slaanesh) addition, the W:u:mast« must command at least three Fleets
A Black Crusade dedicated to Sla.anesh barely 1cscmblcs so he: is able toswifdy redeploy his strength :according 10 the
11 cradition:il \\'ar at all. Altfilough planets fo ll be-fore- the needs of the C\'Cr-shifting future;
invading prncnce of the \Vam.iaster's hostsJ they do so th,:u1ks
to the sub\·crsivc" influence of cultist networks and the 3flun: Triumph of Decay (Nurgle)
of witch-spoken v.•ords rather than marching armies nnd fired A Black Cnmde dedicated to Nurgle fights not only with
bombardments. The \Varmascc:r gains .,i.10 to Corruption weapons and armies, but with one of the most basic principks
Tau made lO Corrupl Territories due:: to 1hc cax with or lhc:: univcc;sc-cntropy. The vanguard of such a war effort
wt.ich his subvcnh't: influence convc:ns me general populaa-. is not soldiC'fs or ships, but plague, despair; :ind decay:. The
Hov.'et.'CI;, h:e loses an addi1ion;tl Host whene\.'Cf an Opposed V.'3thoscs of Nurgfc pby the long game in ba.itle, knov.•ing lh:it
Conflict VaJuc: Test results in a die roll of doabl~ :lS all thjngs crumble in time. \Vith a little hc:lp from plagueships.
prolonged conflim grind away at the: c:nthusi:LSm of the 0.lrk and some judiciooss:abobgt,. the enemies ofctie Ry lord st;uve
Prince-'s fickle servants. in their fonresscs as they ·find their supply Lines become 11
ln order to le3d ~ Black Crusade dedicnt«I to Skuncsb, vtctor for new corruption. Focces opposing chc Black Crusade
the Warm:astcr musr comn1;ind at least three CuJts within suffer-[ to rolls on Table 3- 7: Enemy Rtinforccmenu (sec
Imperial space, as wtll :lS some asset appropriate ro r:ipid p3~ 84) each Crusade: Tum. Hov.·CYer; the \V.1onastcr's foh.'"CS
assaulc ind deployment {eithe-r- three or more Landing Rccts suffer - I0 to Opposed Conflict Value TC'sts during the first
or 1.uniqueadvantagc such as 1cccss to Eldar webway routes. Cf'USJde Tum fighting in a new Territory, as they hrt-t not ycc
Sot Adjudicating Unique Forces on page 77). had time to lcr their fu.vourcd we:t.pons do th cir work.
rn order to lead a Bl3tk Crusade dc,dicatc:d to Nu-rgtc, the
fi!!!llll!lflcc rhe loevitablt (Tzeentch) \Vannastrr mus! comm.and -at lc.:ist three Fleets, aod possess
11bd5:Gillldc dcdicmd to Tuc:ntch :ippc:s.rs co pick its some me:ins of corrupting chc: lmperium's wpp!y lines (ei1her
abdom. a lhe Archit-cct-of Fate allows his champions one or more Cults or Cabals dc:dic3tcd to tlllrgfc, or a tlnjquc
onlJ# aam:ru str-ongboJds of his e.nemies._ but at :advan~ such as Pl:tg1Jc: Cauldro!Js. See Adjudic:ating
as M4i.Sttmingly insignifiont targets become Unique Forces on page 77~
Ex:11hn& nn:t.I :mea c.ootrollied by the: fie.ma CM
polcnt.,lly I""" them Fkcu rt the: .wn of• Black en...d<. A
Rcct iyp;c.Hy consms ofa lease oac po•<nul oopjal ship ...i
, ...WI n...,.bcr of mg.,. oc dcsuoyon to aeon • u ndiag
- ..... (.,,..., w.rs!Ups ard "'"I' bdc apol.11 •hil" ~
bu1 n:quM"c bulk transport~"'° fwy croopc and mun111:iom.
tr the 14Cl'C'do: wish to gather additionaJ Fkcu to their cause,
1.hcy must levcnage their l nfam~ For each Actc or Undlng 1-ln:t
added 10 chcir forces;. one PC must bum 4 poin11 or Infamy
and 11JCCC:ed 111 t1 Very Hacd (- 10) I nfamy TcJt (using the
adJUSlcd value). The Heretics m:ay attempt thit :u many times
u <hey lll<c, ., long .s duy hove lo&my "' bum.

Hosu
11ac mdlt and driok of 2 Bid Crus.adc an: the mighry
wJtricw-..hoR: u:std 10 W2gC pbncury WW. They fft1Y be dill"
'°""' °'""
o( Sp.er Mlriaes or mming bortwt>n mbrs,
but they all Iha.re an appctik: for blood and dacrua ion. Hosu
arc <rucial lO the Resolve Confiicts step or1hc Ctv.JJdc Tum,
which rcprcticnts the flow of bat'tk 11cl'0$1. a worid'1 surf:tec.
Exii 1lng milit:iry assets controlled by 1hc t letttfcs can
poten1i.1lly gnnt them Hosts at the s tart or t lll3& Crusade.
THE DREAD H OST GATHERS Some p:1rticul2rly po"''Ctful :!SSC ts m;ay count ias multiple H~
Although tht tir.'OUr of the: gods Is impon;int to :1 Bi d In gc:ncn~ :1 Host can be :1 few vcccnin 1qu.ads o f Traitor
Crusade, no Warmasu:r an hope to do b:rtde in lhe matrri.al Lcg.tonn.Ji""- ~nal hundred discipli«Kd • nd \lo'cll-cqtupped
rt'alm without umiies and ffccta. The l~ctttits might h-:rvc bttn sold.m a.ch 2S ttneg.ade ClW'dsmcn. or a 1houunds· Sh'OOg
able to :assrmble such l"CIOW'td ('N(t the campaign, or they nbl>k anocd only widt ;mprovis«! '"'<"I""" •nd unholy =I.
miib• O«d ., call mdcbu ...i IM:"&" lh<ir ~ ., A•cnal C'°"pof umouttd 6ghting...i.cb0<n< ft o..,...,
phcr thtm. Even if d>C \\'Mm»et' already comma.ads armies Engines cou~ also count a a H e.I (:althouJ:h pcnonnd
and flens &hanks to the Hereda:' previous ac:fvc..ntuics, it is csniC'l'SWOU~ be tndodC'd in the ranks of 1nochet Hoa rather
possible'° bo1ster his Bbck Crusade fun hcr bd"ore its onsd. thin <0unted oo their own). As• gcneniJ ruk:. chc lo\lo'Cr tbe
Forces for a Black Cru•Jdc ~n:: handled abstracdy. For qwility or the Lroops. the more of diem arc needed to count
ex:itmple., planetary battles arc " 'On using Hosts. which can as a HOM. Slmilnrty, eliic forces such as "'«itbnnds or CJi3os
represent anythlng from w:ub:tnds of Traitor Legionnaires 1i:tminatots c:in count as f\\•o or even three I loses on their
ar regiments of renegade (mpcl'lal Cu:ard 10 t« ming hordes 0""n· I( 1hc ~lc~ria wish to gather addition:il HO$ts 10 their
of b:lrN ri.ans from a \li'Orld such ts Xurunt in the Sac:uning cause, 1hey must lc.vcr.ige tbci:r Jnfamy. For etth HtUt adJcd
Vona. Cu;ddincs on xquitina: chcsr :ibstr.letcd fon::cs to their (orccs, one PC mo.u bum 2 po1tUS or l n(~my and
(e<>!l<aN<ly mcm-d coos C....dc Fo«<S) '"' I'"""'...! below, .succtcd • • Difficult (- 10) Infamy Test ("11ng chie ad1ustrd
W'hirchtt io tcnnS of rcpramtang c:rialn&: nsecs or acquiring v.11'"°)· The !Utttics ~ ancmpc this n many ldfle:S .as they
thtm through aggressive rccnutmmt 6>t tht Bbck Crusade. like. .0 long .. they """ lnfuny lO bwft.

Flttu and La oding Flccu Cul1s


Aeons are used for one of two puiposes-to wage Naval Cul11 within the lmperiu:m can be wed CO v.'Clkcn thc-
ConOicts and to deploy forces to new Territories. A gi"t':n de(cndcn: 1hrough s:Jbotage and rorniption. They prey on
Flec1 c:an catry up to three IIOJts bc:rwttn Tc:rrirorics. The Mlpply lines •nd v.•e:ikcn the resolve o ( pbnc:"Lllf)' popul:ations.
1~ .itu.re of the pa.rticular host doc-1 not m:itt«, as elite forces Tc:"rritoric:s with a Ctih d.cploycd to them &ufTer :i - tO penalry
dcm:ind ncrommodations in ll'1Mpotl 1h:1t m:ikt" them as to OppOICd ConOiei Value Tests. In add11ion, 21~mpa to
difficult 10 move as PJckt:d· in ICSIC't W11triors.. Some RcclS are Cotrupc Territories with Cults deployed tO 1hcm 11rc c.asitt,
dcsign:ud :is landing Fkcca. Landin& Rocu a~ Jess. dTcctivc g.lining + 10 10 the Corruption Test to do so. Culls can
in NJ.v.al Contlicb due to li.mdcd atl!Umrnt,, but each gn.nt +5 mkploy 9CIOSS thr Cnwde ~1.ap without \d.l.ftl Reas. a
co tht Opposc-d Condict Value Tut in :a Tcrritory whctt they eo-opt: 1ht lmpcrium's own Will madunc:' IO b • ; I
•h<y .... .,.....,. fo< the: Raolvc Connka pi...., t!wib co the - ..+.ere they O«d ., g:> (.tchoogh they ... fiill ..........
'"'Y of dtopsh;ps md gu.U- sy>«ms rh" >low troops ID in n:dep~yuc:ru rate in ~ s:amc nwinncr u Olhct" ~
dcplaf •nd mlcploy ><nm • planct 'uurflcc. t..ndmg Fkcu
nuy be counted as aocmal F1«CI f'Of 1ht purpo5(' of mttring
Foo<a), At ihc GAfs doo.tion, one °' onor< cl doc CJti1
under the Wannaster•s command may begin 1hc Black ~
11\( ttquirements to dedicate .a Blade Crus:.de as described on deployed 10 •ny of the Territories on the CNSldc ~
page 75, and m3)' carry up to three 1-.losu in the S3me m:anner Any (otttS inside the lmperium undet the PCa
••norm.ii Acct.. at the ttnfl of-a 81.ack Crusade: m;ay be able to be
Cults. To count as 11 Cult. the force must be Ilk•
bidden and -set coverdy, :ilthoogh it need not be a litcrJJ cuJt count as a Cabal on their own. The nss:istancc of po\\•e:rful
fo the Dark Ccds. Alpha Legion sabo,eurs could count as s Daemons, especially Daemons ofTzcentch,. might also count
Cult 3S easily ns a ncl\\'Ork of decadent nobles serving the as one or n1ore Cabals \\'hen they focus 1hei r attention on the
Ruinous Powers. ln-gencr::d, t'he Heretics should recc.ivc one monal real.m. lfthe Herericswish 10 gather :1:ddition.1I Cabals
Cuh for every pl;inct on which lhey halfc servants aJ1cady to theircausc, they must leverage their [nfan:i)t ForC3ch Cabal
operating. If the Heretjcs wish to gather additional Cults to 3dded to their forces. one PC must burn 4 points of 1of:amy
their cause, they must lever.age their Infamy. For each Cult and succeed at a Very H.ar:d (-30) Infamy Test (using the
added to their fottt.s., o ne PC must bum l poinrs of Infamy 3djusted value). The Heretics may attempt 1his as many times'
and succeed at 3 Hard (- 20) l.nfamy Test {using the adjusted as they Iii«-, so iong as they h.a\'e lnfan1y to burn.
value). The Heretics may atkmpl this as many ti.mes as they
like, -so long-a'i they h3YC lnfurny to bum. lteutenant.s
\Vhile the \\'.amustCl'S wiU binds his forces together with
Cabals 3 common goal, he cannot inspire, 1eN'Ori:sc. and m:aintlilin
The strength at arms of :t \Varmaster's forces may be discipline :1:cross ~cry battlefield¥ For that, the \V:innaster
.suppJementt.d by the powers of the \Varp if he has :icc<:ss to ttquircs Lieutenants. Lict:i:tcn:nnts arc S\J.bordinate diampions of
Cab:als '¥1'ith \1;hich to C.111 them do\\'n. Cabals arc groups of Chaos v.tio have sv.·orn service to the \Vamustcr in c.xdiangc
so.rceren:, wyrds, and ricualists \\1ho \\'ietd the po\\'er orChao.s for • share of th• plund<r ond th• glory of his Block Crusod•.
to :assist the battles of the \Vaonastcr'$ Hosts. For every Cabal l.ic:utcn-ants are assigned to Territories being fought O\'<r, and
deployed ro a Te,rritory, the \Varmastcr may re-roll a single: gr.ant bonuses to resolve conflicts in that Territory, as described
Test of any kind involving that Territory eJ1.:h Crusade Tum. in Led Co nfli ~ on P3~ 81. Hov.·cVtt, Hosts in a Territory
Cabals can redeploy across the Crusade Map without using OV<"rsccn by a lieutenant can sometimes be lost if the Lieuten:int
Ft~ as they call upon Warp poruls and Daemonic sctVants decides the \\'armaster is not holding up his e nd of the de-.i~ :is
to bring them where they are needed. dcscnOed in T rcachery and Oisconten1on page 84.
Any sorccrous asscu controlled by the Hetetics can Any poweiful NPC aUy m3Y potentially co0:n1 as :i
potcnti:IJly grant.them Ciibals at the sbn of a Black Crusade. lieutenant at the: start of a Block Crusndc. Mi.nions provided b)•
A Cabal ~'Pially consim of SC\'tral psykers trained to work the Crc:uer Minion of Chaos Taknt can count .:is Lieutenants
in concert. This could be a powerful sorcerer 3nd his ensla\'ed at the G1\1's discretion, and 1\1inions providod by the Superior
thralls_ a brood o f mutant \\'i:tch~ o r a cabal of self-taught Minion or Ch:ios Talent fiom Tull. TOME Of' Excess should
wyrds. An espe_ci:IUy pov.'Cffu) psyker or sorccrous ally could always count as lieu1tnan1S unJeso; there is some pressing reason
'''hy they could not lead a fon:e (such as .a Superior Minion that
is a sccaJthy :assassin). Additiooally, f"O'\·crful oon-i\1inion NPCs
\\'ho h:ro.-c: sv.'Om service to oAC o r more of the: Hetetics coukl be
ccunted as Llc-uten:ints. If the Hett tics wish to gathct addjtiona1
licutcruints IO their ausc, they must leverage their lnf:imy. For
c:ach licutcruint added to thrir forces, one PC must bum 5
points of (nfumy and succeed at an Arduous (-40) lnfamy
Test (using the adjusted valU<:). The Heretics: may a~mpt this
as many times as they like, so long as 1hcy hwo.<c Jnfiuny to 00.rn.
LETTING THE GALAXY BURN The Dark Beyond: The Koronus ExpallU
E~ rht- gmites.t \\'. unwkft annot :m::aulr lhc "'"hole of
, _ ..t.o pm roe ambmous """"'l! "" Ii>-,. of lh<
m,r lmpcrium .JI Ooct The crumbli:"I cdifia:s of thc: Corpsc-
eo.p...Emf<"" "" lh< Koroaus ExpoNI< • • prittl<s
J!"". but ., ~ is cons;dcnbly le.. to It.: fol.._.,, of lh<
Emp<n>r spnwl ....... lh< .,,... pW.y; piot«t<d agaiM
toUl dt'1U'UC!ioo as much by the VU.U'IC$S of spac't" as by any
D>rl< Cods. WI>«< Rogue Tr.odcn and '""''°""'°a« lh<
rcgioni 1.1ncipprd worlds as a great bouncy. most warlords in
dTons of their deluded guatditns. Mos1 Black Crusades
lhc Scrc1mlnit Vortex arc more interested in topphng emptin.
begin :ts assJuhs :1.gainsl a single scrtor~cn the i:nf:a.mous
and sciting plunder than claiming ~n uncon1cs1cd prize. StiD,
W!lrs l:ufnched by Abaddon che O~il er typicaJly started
lhwnl'ling the lmpcrium's CX1'3nsion is 1 ''"oiihy ~I, and
by bdicging the region of space known :i.s- the Cadi3n G11tc.
lhc Exp.1nsc :ilso hosts imny x:coos species known co provide
In a PC-run Bbck Crus:idc, the \\'11nn:astcr ~lects a region c.llCcllcflt spon or "+.ose death pleases the Ru1no1.1s Po""Cft..
of the lmpcrium to ll.Uuh, usually no llretr th:in one .sector Bc~'Ccft Roe.uic: Trndcrs, Ork\ Eld.v, •nd the mysccrtcs of
{rhoogh 1.lllbitious '""'-;uiofd:t (;an 1nwnpt grc:ncr dforu~ the pl:ICtk Iulo. lhcrt: arc enough challmgu 1n c.ht' Koren Id
1"he region being asaul&c-d mw.t be- One' with.in rcxh of the ExparK t0 temper~ a Bbclt Crusade.
w~muuer's forces. which rypiaUy ~ns tither the Calixis
Whc:n tunninz: 1 Black Crus.ck in the Kofoftus Expmsc.
S«toc, lh< Koroaos Exp....., oc die J<ri<ho R<xh for futus Tmic.oncs 1n 1hc ttgion should poucu a Dncnda Sumglh
bn«l io lh< Sac.ming Vort<L Un;q.< anmcu of lhc D>rl<
opproprialt ID rh<ir inluhibnrs. ,.1udl IN\' r>"I?" finlll
Cods, Daemonic pacts, or allies amon& 1hc Dark Eldar might cxt""""'Y h;gh (wo&ls of th< Orl<-hd d Undttd-Undrcd
allow for more distant t1rgcC110 be chosen. Teet') to 1hc cXtl't'me1y low (planets houstng human l»rb:11ians
easily rumC'd to the worshjp of Chaos). The cxcmnc divcrsuy
Shadow War: The Cali xis Secror 0 ( 1hc•c lnhabil:ants also may h ave unusu11l eJfeL'ls on
To the q'CS of many among the Scrc.1mjng Vonc:x's mosL Corruptinr Tcnitorics. For e:cample, the C M may allow for
:ambitious leadtts, the C:alixi.1StaorIr11 fruit ripe for plucking. an incl'C:L$.Cd chl!ncc to C-oaopt barbaric: wotld1, while Otlc-
la milir:uy tts0tttecs a~ tied up bcl\\~n a dist:mt w.ir in the hcld Tctri1orld cannot be Corrupted'" anyacnse: mc.inlngful
Jt1icho Reach tU>d a civil WM in chc ~Ion now knoY.'O as W to the \l{;amusra•s cfforu. In addition. the mysrierics o ( chc
Sj>..,..=l ftoOL Th< Scaor •it.: l>Wthpbc< of20 ltnp<'ri>I SoinL reg~ make kif- umt.m&e conditions. so the' CM an roll twice
buc tus fx fC'WCf" :tic- defmdcn than di mrta migfu ~­ on Table l-8: Map Evcnu {xc ~ 8S) aod utc thr ntnl
p«Mck d!lt irs amotr locabon and diffiruk OJmd situabon.
HO'M'\"U, die most c:aony ...~ M- llbo ~ of t\J.-o nsec:s
- .. lh< lmp<rium .. chis ~ dw a.dd tip lh<
-.bk
of his-··& if those opUcMul Nb ... be.., .-1.
Tttri!Ori<s u. lh< Ko.onus £.p...., ""lode die
.....,ed worlds of 1h< Undrcd-Undn:d T«f (Dtf<ndcr
Ml~ of .In)' conilict-tlx Uilix Qn Condwe of loquisi[OfS
Strength 80 to 100 each, +20 to OppoKd Conftkt
and Lhe Storm \Vardens Ch;apcc:rof the Ackptus Asurtcs. Neither VaJuc Tests. e:innot be Corrupted), the pinuc s1tonghold of
force is suiu:d ta protrncted ""·atfatc, C$ped:tlly with much of Iniquity (Defen der Strength 90, aurom:i1ially CAmspu:d).
the Stonn \Vardens' .st:n:ng1h otl MIS.'ldc in the Jcridio Reach. the •poc:ilyptic wasteland of Zayth {Ocfc1,dcr Scrcngrh 4 5),
•~ own.-tt, lnquisitoriaJ or Space 1\-\:irinc srrikt' fottts :arc cap:iblc or the R.aguc Tradcr-controll:c:d port or Foo1r.ill {Defender
of prtcisely tugc:tcd raids with dc'Wstll1 in~ dfa.-u. Sucngth 80. Rccts deployed here also count as Mosis during
\Vhm running a Black Cl'USMk In thC' C;1.lix:is Sector, the Rcsol"YC Conflicts phase)_ Addjlional Tcrt1torics in the
Territories within chc: rtgloo should rypiatty possess a low Koronus Exp:uur on1 be invented by dliC CA• or found wld!jn
(25 10 JO) o.tmdcc Scrmgth Q.., .. "" - o( lh< "'"" ttx Roc:.w TAAOO Cott Rulebook and VJOous Roc:;cr:
In it.: )<rimo Reach and It.: ~w Ftonr. H........., dU T u.DD wppkmmts..
arikt fi:wtts from lnquililon and thr: S11:1tm \\'.dens ;m- •
canw.nt tbrcn. Any Tcrril!Ofy cNc ft.'(X'i\u ttinforccments from
A Cluh of Cru5ades: The Jericho Reach
thr: Enemy Rcinfon:cmcnts step a1 lhe end of a Crusade Tum
By ~liing thtot1gh the rv.·isting pasap or w.,,.,,...scamd
gnins + 10 to Op:poscd ConJlid VaJuc Tests for tht folJov,.ing space. 11 as poss:ible to tra\.'d from the Scn:aming Vonex to the
Crus:1de Tum. Key EVl!nts in the Calixls Sector should be used d isc.an1Jcrit+io Rc:acfi and emerge in the Chaotic: vortex of the
fttqu.endy :is attempts :ire made co nsJnninnte I.he Hc:rrtic.s or Hndcx Anomuly. Herc, countkss lh.-cs are IOll nucmpting to
counter the sdiemcs they put into pby; Key Events of this sort rcdaim the fiallen might of the once-gre~t Jctlcho Sector. Tht
do not count to'W3.rds the nomul Umit per Crus:id<= Turn, and do lmpcrium h:i.s deployed the mjghcy AC'.hilus Cnas;ide to ~rake
not ~uilt PC inpul The Hm:tid AK'C'dS i.n such Key Events
the l'l'gion, which somt" Warm:as-trn m1gh1 t11kc as a matJmer
~ not grant th.em the ~I bcncfi:u-, but i.nstc:ad ptt"IOlU their &o ~..., i1h :1 cl'US:ldcoftheir own. Kdl-cc:an.of~
..no... r..,,,, b<mg ....oa1 (oc """,,... 6om being W.n). Sp.c. Mlrin<>. T2u roloniRs, me! • ""'"""!: Tynrud R;,.
l\mil:k Tm Na .., lh< C.W<is Sea« incblc lh< Scaor Act< combine w•h th< """mg nnb of lh< l01p<rial c..d
<>pial of Scinrilh (D<fmdn- S-gd> 80). lh< mojo< supply and cll1c dcuchmcrus from th< Adcpcm Asuncs 10 n.u lhc
"°d.!s oflocaml"'5 and Scph<ris Sea.ndus {D<f•ndcr Sumgd> Jcot:ho Roch an almost impossible cargct -bu1 the (ollc . .
60). and lh< S1wm Wmkns home ...,dd of Saais (D<f<nder o(Ch)OI know th:lt the gic3tt:t the opposibOft. ch<- £'"*1!1f'W
Strength I 00~ + 20 to Opposed ConOiet Value Tests~ cannot
gJofy 1hc:n: is to be had in conquest.
be Corrupted). Additional TCffitorlcs in Lhc Calixis ScctOf can
be lrrmncd by du: GM of' fo\l nd wlthin l hc D ARK H ERESY
Core Rultbook and various OA• K loll;'am supplemcn(s.
\\'hen running a BL1ck C rusade in the Jericho Reach. Nowhere to Hfde: Addit ior1a l Targets
Territories in the region sh oold poSM'ss high Defender If th.c Gf\.t has detailed a new rt'gion of S-f'3CC not covctcd
Stctngths {40 or mote~ as no force survives long in the \\•ithin any of the W1t1tl-L\MM£R 40,000 RotEPLAY lines, this
Reich wi1hout fonifying its boldings. Jn addition, Tyranicl· o n also be t3tgeted for conquest by a Black Crusade. Jn this
and Tau·held regions arc difficult to Corrupt, due to the: ose, the Glvt needs to go over the information he h3s for
two species' unusual interactions with the Warp. Tests to this sector 01 region and d ctcnnine 3 few key (.actors. The
Corrupt Territoric:-s held by the Tau o r lhe Tyr.anids suffer military readiness of the region is a goo.d ind icator o f the
- 20. Successfully Corrupting a Tyranid-held Territory only 3\'ttagc lkfender Strength of its Territories, althoogh other
yields I Plunder Point per Crusade Turn, as most such factors such as the region's industrial cap;acily or che presence
worlds arc quickl~· strieped of resources and life. As :a further of notable fmperial Guard home Y.'Orids C3lll modify this. The
co1npliation,. Dc:athwatch Kill-Teams h.a\•e a chaoce co arrh'C GM .should also rry and find \\<Uys to reprcsc:nt any unique
whenever an Jmpctial· hcld Territory receives reinforcements "hooks·.. for the rcgion tying in to its history or inhabitants,
in chi.' Ern::my Reinforcements step of the Crusade Tum. such as the Inquisitorial strike teams of tbe Calixis Sector
When this occurs, roll Id iO. A Kill-team ani'o'CS on a result or the numerous warring f:tctions of the Jc_richo Re.sch. The
of 8 or higher1 granting +20 to Opposed ConRict Value previously listed regions can sc~ :IS inspiration in that
Tests in that Territory during the fo llowing Crusade Turn. regard. Finally, the GM needs to select the most important
Possible Tffl'itorics in th-c Jericho Rc.ach include the worlds within his region for use 3S Territories, and consickr
laipcrial fortress world of Kad:ack (Pcfc.nder Strength 90), the how their histories and populatiom might translate fnto
dft fo,.,-_ of Samedi (Dcfen:dcr Strength 90, automatically Defende·r Strength and special ndvanmgcs o r disadvantagCS;
Corrupttd), the Tau enc.lave.of Tsua'.Malor (Defender Strength
90). and chc redoubtable \V::uch·Fortrcss Erioch (Defender
Sm:n~ 100, Fleets depkiytd here also count as Hosts during
thc'Rcsolvc Conflicts phase, + I 0 to Opposed Naval Conflict
Tats. +20 to Oppoud ConfBct Value Tests, cannot be
~~ Addilional Territo rirs in the Jericho Reach c3n be
1Ma'R!d "" the G\\i or foundr Within the Durnv.'ATCH Cocc
*•W>nnk Md various DEATHWATCH sopplements.
Warp Routes
Key wodd1 within a rtgioa of tpt« USIU&lfy <M~ cbcir
One< th< W•nnasttt lus c'-n h• "'id- chc GM nttds "'
Jbha: «> a <»nfb:ncc of subk passlF thtovgtl cbc W"'i'
pttp>« • Crusxlc ~\Jp fat chc ••'Fl<d ..pa. The C.....X
t.bp allows ~a 10 ditta 1hc1r fon:cs acros5 the: n-aches •'"""'•K nsy P""'I" IO ...i from chrir pota. Thoe r......

of ~a: aod to c.r.ack whir wodds 1hq- ~\IC" conqotted and art tq>f'CSC'ntcd ai Warp Routrs on che Cn..DJc Mar- Warp
which still .stJ:nd. The: kt-y components of a Crusade ~bp are Routes•~ key to deploying forcd durina thc Cl\l..'f.ldc TW'1l.
1he 1ssortcd T«ritories widtin 1' ttgion :and the \V-a.rp Routes E.ixh Territory should typica lly~ connected to .at lc:.ut two
(Onnccting them. otherTcrritorin. ln someasrs,, \\'3rp Rou1esm1gh1 le~ otftbc-
Crusiadc Map, rather than att3ching to 01hcr·rcrritones. There
Territories should typically be a minimum of two such W:irp Rou te~ plus.
or
Territories :itt m e b:attJegrounds the Black Crusade, wherr-
11n additional one Kir e...ery fo1Jr Territories. Thac arc mostJy
for 1.111t by Reinforcements froim outside the tatgettd tcgioo.
lmpcriaJ k>yalis:t:s and foHo\lo'Cf1 o( ChlOS do battle for thr
fae of a world. A giwn T('micwy usually represents a singk Ho'*-'C'Va', one of them should be nomimltd by the \\'mnutcr
lo<y world wichin th< IMgelod ~Ao chc GM's discretion, as his M""criog l'oinl. All bU initial r...., .i-ld deploy
some Territories migh1 ttpn::titnt whole sysums collfl«ttd from thil \\1.1rp Routr oo the fust Cnmdc T~
by ""' intctpbncuty onffi<. ot tlUjO< spxc sutions and
1nst1Da1ions. Thctt do "'°' nct'CI to be Territories tac- ~ Dl'2wing 1he Crusade Map
.single pbnct in the tt:gion (nor should there be, given h~· The Cn.is=-dc 1\1.ap can easily br ft"pttsmttd as a drawing on a
much time thjs v.·oold ukt- 10 rn:ip and play through). Ona pie« of JCntch ~per. Each Te rritory o n bC' ttpracntrd as a
the key worfds of 3 sector h:ivc f11llcn, the holdouts can lx- bbtlled d0t or smaU circle. Thc:y should be 1ulTKlently s;paccd
dc:alc with at the \V:1rm:i.s1cr's leisure. out on the paper to allow notes about 1hcir current sta.tus to
For a smaJJ or kiw-poptil:uion target, the Crusade i\1ap be joucd down nearby as the Bhck CruSJ1dc pn:igrcsxs. Once
~hould conlain 4-6 Terrironcs. Fot more populous regions
the Tcmiorics arc in pl.:lcc, the \Varp ~ ta C':.n be noted
such as tht- Calixis &ctor or far.flung rcacbe5 of spJ:cc such by d"wing lines berwttn conntctcd Tcrr1torics. or from
u the Koronus ~ 8-12 Tcm~ics is more typical For Tt:rri1oncs at the edge of lhe Crusade M1p <N t to the edge
a dmscly popubtioo oq:ion o( Spoc< W•ch m.my k<y Urg<U of rhc paper. CMs who an- incerc:s:trd in mott dM:iomc set·
auch as the Jericho ~ Ot a ~ki-xctor assault, I; °' up m.1iht •-ant to look .1t tht: chJitt of the ScrcanHn~ Vona
mon: Territories might M In otdct Ho~r. ~-co if rhC' on P'I" J24-Jls o( the Bua c .......,. C.... R»lcboak
\V.anm.ster intends to anrrc a pJ11h kl'OU a whole Scgmcntum. ot 11mil.ar sw cha.ns dscwbctt i.tl WA11H Ul."'4ll• 40.000

che CNS3dc Map should noc C'Oftain more than l> or so R0t.cruY books, and iU1JStr.nr thdr Crus:adc t\1.1p Kcocdingfy
or
Territories.. as the gre11tt number Territories risks bogging While ~ simple Crus:ade M2f sltct.::h Is ,1uffic1cnt, a more
down the game. fn larger Dl:ick Clu.Ades. the Territories impressive rendition can go a long MY tow:irds m:iking the
roughc O\>'tr c:in be f:trther-Oung :ind represent only 1hc most Bl:adt CIUJ..Jdc nlC'mornblt: and impressive (or 1hc pl:iycrs.
key installltions throughout !he region.
This stage of planning also involves .setting the Defender
Somgth of the Territories: on the Cru.sadc Map. Exampks for
do"'g .. an be foond on pog<s 78-79, allhougb U>dM<:lual
TcrrilOrics can Vld should vwy within • qion depending on
their o.Jnitt and value IO cht lll'lpMWIL Afitt all, che scaor
apit.al should noc. f.dJ as nsily • a lfte'~ agn-~uld. cYCn onr
due fttds chrtt .:sub-seaot1. P::anicubrty important or not3blc
worlds might fuw unique ptopettics co -.sign at this point as
wdl. such ':lS :a sacred Shrint World 1tu1 c:annoc be Corrupted.
Of course, th.is o nly rd"cn lO io Corruption as a factor in the
Nies for the Stick Crus3dc. Anything cer'I full to chc poY.'<'r of
Chaos with sufficient time and citpo$ul'c, but some p;ittirularly
persistent 'NOrlds mlY tl~ more o( both than i.s possible to
~·id c Y.'hile fig hting m lntct'lflclbr .,..~,of conqucsL
RUNNING THE CRUSADE T HE CRUSADE TURN
The~ Tum poettch m bar pmcs. c:adl ~ida J ftl.llfibct
0ntt thc W.w-= bos w.l ""'his pbn& fi>t dw: b.K form
of the Bid en...x, • is time re. the _.,, 1txl( ., '*
liuf><. ofaddDonal- Th< pi..... of ihc CIUUde Tum.,.. D<i*>Y
Th< W......,..t and the odxr Ho«tia " - -•allltd Ihm ~ ~eo..loca. Com.ptT<rnanri<s; ooc!A.....Cn.ud<
n:soutcci :and allcd in allies and minions_. :1nd now they Launch Stn-ngth. R..la fi>t """"'"'& """' ph=s ... c1cu;1oc1 bdow
thtrr-*'h on the lmpcrium. 'The b:asic strunu"= used to run :i
Btll(k Cno.adc is rc-latively simple The Hmtia chOC>&c a goal, DeployForus
and move chcir forces across the CMMlc Map over ia number of At the beginning: o( the Crusade Turn.. the \Varinutcr
Cru.~c Tu1TG In an~ttc:mpt £0 och i~ it. Jn each Ctusadc Tum, must deploy :iny forcts not cu1Tcntly eng,aged in pl:inc:tJI')'
the pb1ycrs mign cheir forces, ~i...e rhc eonOku where lfqt conftin. This includCJ 1111 his Aeets. Landing Plecu, Cutes,
arc not P"*nt. and play th.rough key ~ntS :it \\'Nlt\'cr location and Caba1" u well as any Hosts not already deployed 10 a
f mm who<h they <hoosc ID lead At thc <nd of • Ctusadc Tum, Territory with Oefmdcr Stmigth rcouining. Hosts mi.1$"1 be
they ""P pn 0< laoc forocs c>r othtt lcq _,,_ If !he Htreria assigned to a Fkcc ot landing Flttt with m:nspon apaecy
end thcit last Cn...d< Tom ~;mo.. .m;..."C Illar Coal ihc;,- ., b< red<~. U...1<nan1.s ~ deployed in the Assogn
mn Crwadc C..ih as cht:ir discontmDrd inil\JOCU cum oa than lnd=ltip ""P of thd phas<. dacrib«I b<Jo.<
« the lmponwn musun ~ fotra ., ,.pcl the .....,IL During the O.ploy "-a plus<, • g;,,,,, c......i. Fomt
Jn:lY ~ ~n TerrifiOfics SC'paratcd by a sin~ W.Jrp
S<ttinJt a Coal Route without risk. The Wamtuter n12f mow: some of his
Ekiorc the first Cnwdc Turn begins. 1hc \Varmutcr should eligible Crus:t<lc: f:orcn bct~-c:.cn Territories sep:u':l.te<I by two
set a pl he hopes to achiC'\'C during the Rind< Crt.Wdc. \V-arp Routes. Whc:n he doCI so, roll 1d J() for every "'dl
Typkiillly, lhi$ invol\'cs conquering the bfFtcd region ofsp;icc deployment. If the resuh is less than or cqu:i.l 10 1hc number
(ttpt'(:kntcd by depicting all Territories on lhe Cn.inde 1\1~p of Cros:adc Porcct: moved in this wa~ then o:ne of the Crus:tdt
or their OcfMdcr Strength and Corruptin& them). He could Fottts being moved is lost in the \Varp. The loss should be
aim - anoehe< goal such as Conuptlng 0< d<plcnng chc dt:tc-nnined randomfy, !Ne any Hosts assigned to a f'kt.1 cw
'°'' in chis .,..,y Jirt also Kist.

-t
Ocr...de< Sltttlglh of a s;gni6cant Tmioory (or <0<nplddy Landing Acrt
,_nng • by bod> sbyiog ;,. d<fmdm and Com.pting
·~cw illOYiftJ! • cmoin amonnt of Fie.is off the Cn...d< M"I' Assign Leadtrship
dwou&fl a J"""Nlu W"l' Rou"' other llun 1heM.-cring Mta the w........, h., <1<p1oya1 his Cnmc1c r....., i.. ...m
(ropt<tmong carving • pnh in 10 th< im<r ....,.... of lmp<rial to assign his Llaitm:ants to the b..rtlc6c::ldso(the Bbck ~
If"«) I(the 81.d Cnwdc:'s gool ""'°"" °'
a spcdfic T<mCO<y
" ratp Route, tt should be one fat from the 1\1ustttlng ~int and
Licutcn:anis inv.iri:ably COfrllNnd cht swiftest ships •nd the
SIJ.rest ritu:ils of a:ivcl (a~ for those rcsctVed by the Wannu1cr

with aign11ica.nt defences-the gods are uni1npn:ucd by thOSt" and the other Hctctici) und can travel to nny Terrilory 10
who set thc:mk lves simple challenges. I( the O l~k Crusade ~Tii.::h the W:innast¢r h.1s deployed forces. E:i.ch Tt:triloty
ends its la:st CtuSJde Turn withoot the \Vannastc:t't goal being being foughl over may be assigned :i. single Ueu ~n:int. Any
achii:'vtd, the Cl"l.l.Qdc ~ Is as d'.escribcd :above. l.ict!tcnants no1 depk>ycd remain by the W;a:rmastcr's side and
can ht- prcscn:1 for Key E~ncs Jt the CM's disartion.
D<ltrminlng Crusade Length
Any dTM on th< ""le oi a Blodt Crusocl< " u vvlncnoblc Nan i Confti<u
as ii d e:ugftl)t Turmoil and unrcs1 ..·ithitt ~ nnks an NJw:I Cc:.iftim: oca.r "iacn Rttu ot Landing AEra: •rt
te# u tpatt. "itik such an incurslon tnc'Vittbly pnwokcs d<ploy.d m Tnrioorics "''"' a 11b:b:k So=gm grrartt dan
me lmp<rwm 10 topon<I widi 211 miliil>k fi>«<. As '""" 0 fonci...diog " - they ... mkplo)«f ., the ..... """""Y ..,,
tht \\'in:n.u:cer'• forces cpcratr under 1 ti.me I.mil act by the: mnlripl< Cnwck Tums in o mw~ Blodc.clc: S<n-ngth is foond on
C M This limit ii Oexibk and an be :tdjusted tccording to Tcrritorics with 11.n ini11:al Defender Strtngth of 50 or more. S.Urtl
tht C('.t's discrcbon, but should ~r be letJ 1han 11 number out ns oqU31 to h:il( the TcrritOl)''s initi31 Defender Strength.
of Cn.isi.dc Tums equ.aJ to di~ number ofTcrritol'le.s on the Nav:!I ConRi.::is ate rtllOfvcd :L'I .an Opposed Test, ahhough the
Crusade "°1ap, and should gcneraJly not exceed fO'lr times that relative stn:ngths or lhc (orcca are used instc3d of Charaacrisila
number If the Wamuster has set hinuelf a ~nicubrfy simple or Ski.lls (so Lh21,, ins1clld of an Opposed Strength Te):t or
p L I.ht C M shooid keep die titM Jimh bctWCC'fl one to something simibt, the baulc: is handled as an Opposed N11V1I
c..a clmn the number of Territories. in Cndadc Tunu, u the Confticr Val~ TC$ti 1hr \\'.amwtrr~s forces hiw a Nl\"ll
W.rwwtels (orc:cs migfu-suspca wnkaicu hm any bdtr Coorua l'alu< equal 10 20 ...... ""' ownbe< o{ R.ds - ,•
....... ca- .m..,.. such a goal quiddj< By ..,.,....._ • Blade ihc Tmirory pMI 10....,. ihc ..,..,.,. ofl..onding Fie.is_,.
(:nade fiahung ....... p<articubdy ..... "'""" of spa« in chc T<nillx)t wh;J, the d<fcnd<IS h..., a N...t Coallict v-..
llmuld ~1: .c nst thrcc: times tM nutnbc-r o( Tcmtorics c:q.al ID dW Blo<bdc S<rmg1h. If ihc \l'ammrds m.,.. ".n
~!!::i: T•ma. .as the lmpcri:tl forctS in the: an:a •calrcady the N'°"" Conflict, they l<dua chc Blodadc St=gth ;n ihc
t~ •ldwd IO lhcir limits, and thus slo'-'"'ct to rC1pOnd iq:ion by S (oo a lflinhnum of 0) fo< ..m Dc-gi.. of S..C-
on the Opposed Te1< A R«t « landmg Fl= (randomly
de.term il'IC"d) is lo.st f()r every three Deg~ of Fn.ilutt, ot oq .iny
successful Test chat rcsulu. in doubles (such -as 22. 31. or 77).
The results ofNawl Conflicts c:in influence the ground war Led Conflicts 3re rcsof..·ed as nn Opposed Tc;u, althougtt
ln a territoty. C>oring the Rcsofo.-c Conflicts phase, the sfdc the relative strengths of the forces are used instead of
-whose niwal fofCes won the Opposed Naval Con8ict VaJue Charac~rrstics or Skills (so that, inst~d of an Opposed
Test gain+ 10 LO their Oeposed ConOict VaJuc TesL If a Stttngth Test or something similar, the battlC" is handled
TC'1rhory h3S a Blockade Strength abo\'cO and :i Nawl Conflicl as an Opposed Conftict Value Test}. The \V~nnlSter'.s
-was not (ooght iil this step, the pbinct's defenders ga.in + (0 to forces h3Ye a ConA.icr Value cqttaJ to 20 rimes the number
their Opposed Conflict Value Test in the !«-solve ConAicts of Hosts present in the Territory. plus nn additionaJ 10 for-
phase just as if they had \\'On a Naval Conflict. the l irotenant. while the planet's garrisons b:lve a Conflict
lf thcte: is a lieutcn'llnl assigned to the Territory with Value equal to their Defender Suength. If the \Vannaster$
experience in naval warfare (as determined by the CM). the forces y,•in a led Conflict, they reduc.c the Defender Strength
Warmasttf's forces gain+ 10 co the Opposed Naval Conflict of the Territory by 10 fe< e:ich Degree of Success on the
Value Test Also note that bonuses towa1ds Opposed Opposed Test. HO\\·ever, a Host is lost for every duce 0 -egrt"ct
Conflict Value Tests only apply to the planetary struggles of Failure, or on a successful Test that results in d ooblcs (such
of che Re.solve ConAi.:ts phase unless sp«ified otherwise. as 22., 33, or 77). Note chat p-3rficularly exceptional silc.::e» in
a Led Conflkt an lead to 1he lieutenant invof..·cd becoming
Resolve Conflicts Oiscont<"nt and risking bcuaya~ as described on page 84.
After th-e: \Yarmaster's forces have been deployed across
the 1egion and any relewnt Naval Confl icts, the Resolvc Key Events
ConAicts phase begins. In this phase, bloody war is W3ged During each Crus:ade Tom, th<." Hetctics h~:c: a ch:incc-to-makc
ovrr the ~orted bartkgrounds of the Black Crusade as che a dtt:pcr impact on the battlefronts of their Black Crusade. At
Warnuster's forces attempt to slaughter all opposition. any poinc during the Rcsotve Conflicts phase. one 01 Ql(ln:'
The \V-anna.~k'r selects Contested Territories across the Hetecics may declare llmt they \\'ish to pan:icip.ate in a batde
Crusade Map and ~Ives lhe conflicts on them one by one. A <lirc:cd)\ make a persoiuJ appc:ar.ance to po1enti3fly trt::ichcrous
Contested Territory is one to ....tiich the Wannn.ner has deployed underlin~ or perfotm so~ other action th:it contributes 10
one or mote Hos~ and which 1et:ains a Defender Strength the Black Crus:ade. All of these options falJ into the category of
abo\'C 0. In addition, the \.Vann:istt:r and the ocher Hctetics may Key E\'ents. Each Heretic can o:nly pan.icipa~ in one Key Event
in\'Ol\'C themscl\'Cs on these worlds(or even matt .secure ""'<Irids.: per C1"US3de Tum, ahhough multiple Hen-fies c:an patticip.-.le
if lhe Cf.ti alki\\'S it) through Key Events. Once a conflict has in a Key Event l'ogcther for a:ddition:tl effect A,lthough Key
been resolvtd on e3Ch Contested Territory, and each PC h:as Evc:nts arc pan of the Reso.lvr ConAicts phase. the Herelia
participated in a !Kty E'lcnt, the Resolve Co-ntlicl\ phase ends. should propose them nt the beginning ofosch Crusade Tum
-01 earlier, in ordc.t to give 1he CM rime to prepare..

Leaderless Conflicts A Key Event is run in the same manner as a nonnal adventute
ConAicts in a Contested Territory where no Lieutenant is of the son lhc. Heretics panicip:itod in before launching the Bb:k
pccscnt ate refer1ed to -as leaderless ConAicts. The Hosts Crusade. Ho\\<eVer, if any Hetel!icsarc not patticip:iting, the Key
deployed to these battlefields rapidly become disorganised, b-ent should genernlly be kept shon.. During tht' Key Event,
and tum to plunder and pillage over conquesL However, they the Heretics should battle thcir foC\i. role·pby their in1cractions
rcm2iin fierce scrv3nts of the Dark Gods, and are stiU deadly with the forces they comm:i.nd, and othetwise do all the things
to their enemies despite their prroccupations. that lhe :lbstr.Ktions of the Uos:ide Tum do not CO'Jet: Once the
Leaderless Contlicts arc rcsoh'Cd as an Opposed Test. Key Event is complete, the Gti.1 should modify the stare of lhe
although the relative strengths of the fo1ces arc used inste3d Territory it alTeaed. Some possible l't"SUlts iochldei
of Char.1cleristics or Skills (so that, instead of an Oppos«f Reduce lhe affected Territory's Bloduide Strength by up to
Strength Test e r something simil.a1, the baule is h.andJed as >poinl5 or its Def<ndcr Strength by up co 10 poin11 per
an Oppo~·d Conflict Value Test). The \Varmaste~s forces participating PC (in-J1ddition 1oother lasses from that phasc}-
h:a\•e a Contlict Value equ~d to 20 times the number of Hosts • f\otakc-a ChaJJenging (+0} Corruption Test to Corrupt the
present in the Territory, while the planet's garrisons havt" Territory in place of the norm31 difficul~ using the highest
:i ConAict Value equal to their Defender Strength. Jf the
Corruption score among th_c Heretics participating in the
Warmaster's forces ""'in an Lc.oderlcss Conflict, they reduce Key E\'c-nti and adding+ 10 to the Test for each particlpatlng
the Defender Strength of the Territory by 5 for each Degree PC pasi the first F.ailurc means that no further attempt to
of Success on the Opposed Test Ho...,·cver, :t Host is lost for Corrupl the Territory can be made during this Crusade Tam.
every t\\·o Dcgriees of Failute, or on a successful Test th:n Tht Heretics g:tin <in additional Host r:lOied from the.
results in doubles (such as 22, 33, or a similar roll). inh.abibnts of the Teairoiy where die Key Event took pbce.
It is trcaccd aS- having been dc:ploy<d to that Tcrrioory-during
Led Coolllcts: the Deploy Forces e hase, and can plfticipatt: in any Conflicts
occurring 1herc as normal (f the Tenitcwy was Conup&cd,
Conflicts in ,a Contested Territory whC'!e :a Lieutenant is
presmtarc referr.ed to as Led Conflicts.. The Hosts deplo~<td to it could instc:id produce an additional 2 Plunder Poims per
these banlcfie.Jds benefit from the conning tactics, disciplined HcrC'tic participating in the Key ~venc, to be: spcnt"aS nanlllL
Rc1n0\ie the Oiscontt:nt status from a Lkutrnant, .and tddlt'
lc:adcrihip. and dC'\'3St:tcing prov.·css of a true Champion of
CMos. They are more deadly on thebartle6ckl, mon: dcw.s.t:ating him incapable of becoming OisconlCnl for one~
to lhcir foes,. and less vulnerable to the enemy's S(r.u:tg<'~ pes portidf"dng Hcrc<ic ("be r<111Cmbctswhyhe
ColT\lprTerritori es OOl ~ d!ir W;ammtcr). Suca:ss indic:alCS the Tttriloty ii

Aff<t ,_f.ong ell Coollias and Kry E...,a. lhc Com.pt Conupkd w.........,"" w............ r..... win •• Opposed
Tetrit0rics phuc bcglns. In diis ph.uc, the W;amwkf's forctS Conffict Vahtt: TC$c within a Corrupted Terri~ d~ ~dutc
'\\'ode. tO COfUOlid.11.e their g:tins and 10 cJedjcnc their battkfidds the: Defend« St~grh of tNt Territory by nn :tddition.:il 10
to 1hc IArk Cods. Tht philosophy cf Ch:1011 iJ tnsdllcd upon points 3S cre:ichcry and defection dcplttcs the opposing forces.
:.ny Jutvivors of the Territories bc-ing Cott1.1ptcd, •nd great In some cases, such 3~ v.·hcn a Tc-rritory i.s the lonc·hcld
monumcntS tc. lhc W.armastC1' and the R.ulnow: Puv.~rs art stronghold of rlval sct\•:i.nt.s of Chaos, a Territory mny be
ettCu:d O\'Ct sites on« hdd sacttd to the Emperor o( i\1.ankind. listed as au1om:ilic:11lly Corrupted on the Crus3de ~i:ifl The
J( rhcle dTora reach completion. rhr TemcorieJ become: normal benefits of a Corrupted Tcrrilory apply i.n these cues.
Corrupu:d and provide~· ttSOUtu:s and rtCNitr (or the Bbck as the folb.vcn: of chc Oarit Cods art" fidk- a nd arr wont 10
~ u &hqt bttomc: dcdicatrd 10 tbr \\'a musa«'1 xrvkc. follow the viaor cl a battJc ~ttn champions:.
1nc \\'amui:Rrr sd«tS Tcnitorics Vtilncnblc •o Com.pcion
..,_ th< C......S. M'f' and rnolvcs h;, cll'ons to CO<Npt Conqutrtd Tcf'ritorits
rhnn one by one-. A Tcrritory is vulnenble co Com.tption if it Tcnitorics wi1hou1 IMng dcfmdcrs arc a simplr INllcr ro
Is eon....cc1 (u ddincd under R=lw Connoc:u"" P'I!" 82~ Corrupt. Eveniu.J!y chi: l....Gsc'I"' b.comcs • wmm run<- or
or if iu Blodudc Strength and Ckfendu S1!'t'ng1h arc both at otvni ziggurnts 2nd l"NiMcd obelisks prochi ming tilt ~oty of
0 When 11ncmpts have been nude: to Corrupt all vulnc-r.i.blt the \V:umastcr, un1d mottal men c.annot gaze upon the world 's
Territories, the Corrupt Territories ph3.«' en.cit. surf3c-t vdthout JOln~ mild. ln time, Corruption i.s cen;tln,
Ho\\'evet, the dem2nds of war 1ncan th:at 1he \Varma.stet
Coatestcd Territories cannot res1 on such IQuranccs, and he must make s Vety
Corrupting• Territory over wh.ic:h battles snll \\.'Jgt i• possible, Hard (- JO) Corruption Tu t to Corrupt: such Tem1orle$,
hut matt d iffia.ilt thin such efforts would be in the .bscncx: ftpttsdlring thr (ervo...r he inspires and the po>4'('( his rorc:es
at ~ oppcauon. Ho-.'C."\u. .such :a fr2t grca1ly aids the: lead to the W.rp. Suea:a rndk.ttn the Tcaitory ii Corrupted
- eilOn { a • adricvcd, as ch< def<ftda's - cld<ct
.....,. W.. 6ah<. and U.SU~nts &dal<d., ch< OM\~ Losiog Corrupted Territories
..... ""°"
C
oa ch< mcmy"s suwl'f 1...._ To Com.pt •
dTcm""> lh< w.,.....,,.,.... m•k a Hcllu h (- 60)
Although the mm.peons infl.cntt of m. R..inoos ~ ... io
v.ast, che stubbotn aucbc1ry ofthe lmpr:rium"s de(endtt. u: alJo
ftti ; ' Tna. rqicaenring the fC1"r'Ol.a" he tn..pira and «he- inocdible. In JOfnC oun. these two fooces go ~d-t~ lw:ad
h '·"""' hll li>a:.. lend t<> lhe W3CJ> If the Bl>& C......S.: ~ led as the fo llowen o( the Fli!IJC' Emperor attempt ro rccl2Jm wlul
... • PC. any one o f them m3Y make the Test flt nO\\' belongs 10 1hc 0;1rk Cods. In any CruS3de Tum in which
.., cpelatr fOr the Test to be m:adc by nnothcf PC a Corrupted Terrl1ory began with a Defendrr S11cnach above
11Cn111f GCCUrrcd within the Tttrlloi:y th~t did 0 {excluding the Cr'U.Uide Tum in ....hjch it wu Cor1uptcd},
TAnLF l -6, l'LUNOCR. ANO CJ\.USAOE FO~'ES TABLE 3- ·1, ENElllY R,EINFORCElllFN I ~
CruJ>:ade Foree J>lu ndct Point Co~t Territory Status Rt-inforeements Arrjve
H-os1 ) Uncontcstrd Id 10 roll of 7-10
Cu1t
• Conttstrd Ji:l lO rolloi !ic .o
Cabal
f1tt.1 or LJ.nd 1ng 11ttt
•5
Al 0 Dcfmdc.- So<ngdi
Territory ,\1odifiC':t"S
ld 10rollof9-IO
R oll .\1odifiers

~"'
Lieuttnanl 6 -1
Ad,.accru co• \\r.up- Route
-I
roll tdlO lfthc ruuh of the dit is equal 10 0tlowt-rtNn the lc.admg oif !he c...s.Mk M•p
number of Cn4:Mk Tums since bctng Com.peed in • itich it Adpcmt co W.arp RoOlcs
h" m.iinuincd 2 De<mdtr Sclt'fteth ~ 0, dx TcrnlDry n i..dmg ooly IO Can.p<cd O< -1

n,
no loagttCom.po<d, ., d>t ckl'....icn .,...,. _, lh< " """
rt.. \v.nn.s.tt ...... dca... fire.
°' Coola&cd Tcairorics

Com.peed Ttni«><y gmcr.acs l Plunder ~no. Plundcr


"~h a Moder S1m1gth of 0 ~ts a n be spent on addirioml Cruu& Forces for lhc com
Eumplc A Tcm1ory
tttti~ ttin(OC'Cetn(:nlS 1n the A.css CNNdc Strength dc:sc:ribed in Table J-6: Ptu ndtt and Crusade fotttS.
ph=, brinK>n& la Dd'<ndet S1t<n1'h 10 5 In 1h< IOllowing Cn.isack ForttS bought with Plunder Pbints att ~tcd as
Crusaick Tum. it btfi.DJ "'ith a Ocfc:nda Sc.ttng1.h ~ having been dcplo)<d U> lhe Teni«><y lha1 p«Mdcd thc>C
0. and is cligibk 10 t0ll co klK Cotn.ap«d Wll.IS. If i.l puichasc eos1. Any Plunder Po;rus not w m<diady spm1 oa
RXhes 1hc Com.Jpt TcrrilOty Stttnath w1tho\it its Ocfcnckr Crusade Fon:cs shouJd be: norcd on rhc Crus.sdt: M~ .and
Scttngth dtoppt.nJ co 0 apin (s...ch as WO\lkl be the ax if added to !he total g.nci=d by lh< TcrrilDiy in 1hc IOllowing
:any Hosts st1U dep~d to d't Tcrthory win an Opposed Crusade Tum. Plunder Po'ina. for muJtiple Corrup1td
Conti~ VJ!uc T tsc With the n~ty ttl'iw:d dcfmdcn). then Territories arc tnc:kd sc:~ratc:IJ and annot be: combined
it ceases robe Cotl\lpu:d on a roll of I on ldlO. Shoukl to a.cquire <t single Crus:tde Foi:cc.. Any <1crumulurd Plt1ndcr
it ~main Conu prtd bu1 k«p a Ocfcndcl' Strength :a~ Points ::in:: lost if a Tmitory b ses its Corrupted SaN.S.
0 throuithout th e next Cnu:idc Turn, ii wou ~ cease to be
Corrupccd on ll roll of 2 or lcu on Id 10, and JO on. Treachery aod Discooteot
Though vibJ to the execution of the \Vnnn3Ster's ordcrti
Licutc-rwits p resent :l risk to their m3Stt'f'S if they canno1 be
kept in liM. Any Lieutenant who becomes too successful
Assess Ci:usade Sttength
The final phase= o f 1hc Crusade Turn de tail• what huppcns withotH being kept in line by frar 0 1 sh3t«i spoih m-:iy
in 1he brief lulb: bctw«n batllcs and • laug hters across
decide he is bcucr off opcr:uing independently from the
constraints undt"r whidi tht' \\'arma~ter places him. If tht"
the C rus!tde "'°1:ap. ln the Aucss C rus:ide Stfength Phase,
the W:trm:isrer Ls :able 10 recruit new Crusade !!area from
Opposed Confli ct VaJuc Test for 31 Led Conflict in the
Resolve ConOjcu phase: is wo:n by four or more &grees, the
TeNitories he has Corl\lpled, t n.d mu.st deal with the riW
Lieuccnant deployed to th3t Territory bccomt"S Discon1en1.
<if ttt:achery frosn his m Oi"t iunbh ious Liaitcnancs. He may
During t he Treachery and Discontent step, the Wlnn:aster
11Jso find his pl.sns <ompUcatcd by rcinfortcmcnts arriving
rolls f d l 0 for each Oiscontmt lieuU'oant in his fo1tt1. On
for his enemies, or by 1he unexpcc1cd raccors changing the
a ttsuh of 9, tht" Lieutenant betrays him. abandoning 1he
scope of hb b1urlc, s-!Kh ss 1ntcf'Yenrion b)• mcddJing Eldar
Black Cruswe, and leading lulf !he Hom (round<d down)
~JrsteR or the Jni\'11of11n Otk \Vsrboss with something co
in v.·hatC'\'t"r Territory to v.'hic:h ht' h.is be-en dcp~'C'd to do
prove. Afiet aou:i. &thn:>ugh n ch step of the A.uni Crw.1dc
Strength Plusc, the eurl't'ftt Crusade Tum ends, the eo&1nt the same.. A gi\tCn Ucotcnmt a n be made to be no longrr
Discontent af any ttme by spending 1 Pfundcr Point 6om
~ ont Slep doscr rowards the ttrnc l1m1t established for
the \\'armas:rtr's c:h:rinocs Jit vkt~ Ji.nd it is time to .J(Mt again
lhc Tcnitoiy 1D ,..h;cl, h< bas been dtploy.d. °' from any
Territory connected to tMt Territory by• single Warp Route.
•• rt.. Drploy ""'""' pluoc. The \Vannuttt or ocher Hcrrtia may also intcn'mt" thfOW&h
Key Ewnts ao lake: srcps agai nst Discontent Licv1.rnanu... a
Drawing Ntw Crusade Fotrts
do<ribcd in The Kty Ewms pag< &l.
Whik ti a.nny \ \f.lft'!Wltf C'ft:Jura 1hat \llliu~ forca he has
when h< bu.m.. h • Blxk en.sad< can ,.. !um lh.....gb
bl his go.al ii r:tft'ty h1.1ru IO mW USC ol »Cb xa.ed fRNA
Enemy Reioforc~eors
ronqucttd '<lil'Otld.s. B.Ju:alionl o(( •rur.c.al new d~ MWly Though lhc lmperium mob;liscs r.. war with. - -......
of plaxy-spanning butcauc!OC)C ...... uivWdcplc19<ntiif
11.doctriD11a:i ruh.sts. wywds (rmf (rom lmpcml .ihx:kks.
its considt"nble fOOlltttS can hah :a ~ in ils pach. ~
and rwn 1hc apcu~d Yl:SIC9 o( 1hc ltrnpcml N~ an all
bolsrtt rt.. ranl.s o( .... Blad. c....
..i.. lhis sa:p for the first Cmudc Tl.lm in 2 Bl.d Ct\ISaClc,, •
lhc wgc.,d ..g;oa 1«ls unde< the sodd<o _,.,.... of dp,
New Cn.U<k Fortes o( lhd '°"
can be vuicd once rt..
w..,,,..,.,i s fom:s. Doringsubscq.cat &..a.ya,;·-....- ·
W err has Com.peed one or mon: Tc-thtOria. At the
& of 1h~ Onw-in& NC'IN CAUS3dc Forca .Jtcp. cvcry Slel" roll ld lO IO< och Ttnir"')' on die en-le . . .
consult Table' l - 7: Enemy Rcinforccmeou. This can
n:prescnt11nything from reinforcemcncs arriving from 3nothcr
Tcrritoiy or even from olf the Crus:ade !\1ap. to an enlisting
of milicill forcC$ or conscripts to defend a planet uDdcr siege.
A Territory increases its D.<:fcnder Strength by ldlO (to :i
nuximum of 100) if it receives reinforcements.
Map Eve nts {Optional)
ff die \\'snnastcr manages co deploy his for.:cs so that If the CM \\'ants to introduce an addition:al e lement of ch.nnce
C'YCJY Territory on the Crusade Map is Contested or at s to running a Black Crusade, he can use Table 3-8: Map
Defender Strength ofO, he i'" in a position to cu.t off internal Eve nts. The decision whether or not to do so should Ix:
rcinforcmients. ff chis occurs, only Territories adjacent to m.ade ;at the ootsc1 of the Bfac,k Crusade .and kept consistent
V.'srp Rootcs leadjng off the Crusade Map may recciVt" throughout. Jf the GM opts to 1JSC f!,iap Events, he should
rrlnforcanents until one Of more Territories on the Crus3dc roll ldlOO at the end of each Crusade. Tum and add a
Map is uncon1ested and possesses 3 Defender Sttcng1h :ibovc 0.
complication to the proceedings based o n die rcSlllt.

TAn~E 1- 8, mAr EVEl)(l'S


Id JOO Roll Evom
01-4-0 No E~·cnt ... this time!
The Dark Cods demand Slcrificel The \Varm:ister mu.u sacrifice ld5 Plunder Points to the Dark Go.is by the end
cf the next Crimde Tum or suffer thc-ir displeasure. Failure to do so c.auscs the \Varmaster to lose I d5 l nflm~·
and gain I C<>m1ption Point as a Failing.
The Drl Gods sct .l goo.I for the War.master. R:urlomly select a Tenitoryoo the Crusade Map. If the Bbck Crusade
49-56
can Corrupt it or reduce its Defender Sumgth to 0 within 3 Crusade Tums,~ Heretic gains Jd5 Infamy.
Blood for the Blood God! The lord of Skulls demands sbugh1er from the Warmastcc. Hl'S forces m~ deplete 3
totll of l d JO;. 10 Dcfcnclct Scrcngth from Territories xross lhc Crusade Map U,• the end of the nex:t OllSOOc Tum
57~l
oc be dri'.-'<n i:nto an indioscriminarc bloodJuSL If this occurs, one randomly dctermincd Host ts killed in rhc irtm..y. If
the Bbck Crusade is Dcdjcttcd to a Chaos l'oY•cr ocher dun K.hornc. ignore this resuh.
11ie Great i\1anipuJator interferes. The WarmJstcr finds himsdf deprived of rhc guidance of sorcery and
divin:rtion while the \Varp churns with Tz«ntch's schemes. The \V:um:w:er gains no benefit from C-ab:tls for
64-70 the next I d5~1 Ctusade Tums. After tbi-1 period, 1hc Warmastcr gJins I Plundct Point on 3 random Territory
for each Cabal in hjs forces, a.s li:centch's imcrutablc f:1V0ur fafls upon him. If the Black Crusade ls Drdka1ed
to-a Chaos Power other th:in Tzccmch. ignore this result.
Pay uibute to the Prince of Pleasure. The \\'armastcr is given a ch.ince to impres.s his pacron witb a show of
depravity and power. If 1he Heretics can Corrupt one oc more new Territories by the end of the neX'I Crusade
7 1-76
Turn, each Heretic gains ld5 Infamy. If the Blxk Crusade 1s Dcdic.ucd to a Chaos Po~r 01her than Stum.sh.
ignore this resulL
The Fly Locd fe.ascs. Oec:iy ..and ruin-spreads from the lmpcrium to the \Varm:tstct'.s own forces, testing rhctr
dediation to Nurglc. The: Warmastcr loses ldlO P1under Points from random Territories 30'053 the Crus:ide
77-81
1\,ap. For cadl Plunder Point fost in this w3y, each Heretic gains I Infamy. If the Black Uusade-is Oedia:tcd to
1l C.h~ PoY>'ct other than Nurgle, ignoce this result

-~ U\'3f Chaos Ch:impion chaltengts the W:icmastcr. During the next Crusade Tutn, the \\'armaster (and
Jn'r' other Heretics who y.·ish to become invol\·ed) must spend a Key E\<ent to deal wi1h :1challenge10 the
1
\ \ acmas1ers po\\-er by anO!hcr mighty follower of Chaos.

The Farsccrs of 1he Eldar sec fit to meddle in the \Varm:uter's pfons.. Durtng the next Crusade Turn, the
GM mJ.)' choose to invoM one or more Heretics in a Key EVC'nt where they must h.:alt an Eldarmike fon::c
81.-?0
or S'urvive the .schemes of Eldar assassins. Otherwise, 1he G..\i may rt-roll any tvo'O die rolls made by fOfce!i
opposing the Warm:istcr as 1ht: Eklar tip the scales offute.
'1\'AAAG~ An Ork \Varbcm arri\'CS in the region :iboard a .spa«' hulk fuUof Grcenskin \\'3rriors:. Randomly
.scl.xl :i Territory on 1fie Crus:idc i\lap foe the \V:irbol.'( to claim. fts Oefcnder Sucngth is immediately ~1 10 75.
Jnd the Territory can no loogrr be COC'ruptcd.
The ancients rise fcom a slumber of.aeons. Selca :a random Territory oo the Cru~e M:ap. The Yit':unustet
loSC's ha(f of a ny HO\US de:p-lo.ycd 1·0 th;n Territory, and ics Defender Strength i:s also reduced by half. After tfiis
St1dden il:1ugil1er, 1he-ancknts return to their hidden tombs.
..\Sp.;.:< ,\trrin'-' s;fikc force JlTivcs from ouiside (he w-.tr.rooc. The GM m:ry dioosc to in\'01\'t' one oc niore HtR'tlU in
.i K(·~ E\~I ·.-..h,C're th;:y must deJI v•i1h 1he Space 1\tlrinc assaull Olhc.'l""·isc, r1ndomly ch005C' one Tcrri~ruy aCJaccnc
~o II '.\·.r~!' Roi..!(' 1c.1din~otTof the Ctusade ;\tJp. Tfu; Tcrri~ory gains 20 Ocfm:kr Strength (to J. m:iximu:m or fek'l).

.·\ l1..,1n~ Saint anscs, inspiring the- lmpcrium's dcfendets wi1h lh<' Empctor's manifest will. All TcrritbrJes on
tht-Cwsa.l( c\\ap glin IO Defender Stn'ngth. to a m;inmum_of !Oil However, if the Saint C'J.n ITT defe31e..i 1n .i
dun.h..i-iC" .f'et-Ev.ent, J]J Terntocies on the_ Crusade 1'1ap lose 20 Defender Strength :t~ who!c garrisons 1-.ill
Dcc11)1. Flies cloud che skies, dimming native sunlight beneath
THE lf>ES TI LENT the \\'eight of bllhons of choking imccts. Mt" proudly tuks his:
pt'S1ilent worlds where the~ is no lire but th:it which feeds

W ORLDS upon decay. and Oesh morbidly continues ~I the point wh«c
li(t' should Oec screaming from the obscenity ii hu become.
Nurglc"a po" ·cr v.•axcs .and wanes "-'1th life 11.nd death,
"low hoa1'S (I.It empty, lirtle $Ol't'OTJ' Afl nrcw.~Jlyfoll to r/.Jt al\\•tys 1 1 st1 height just .....hen life and hope: 1a tt 1t1 apogcc. Ha
C,.,,Jfabtr. • "'""""-'"" • (illt uilou r plot.• P"a1cst pbglilCS emerge in these umcs. bri nc~ng the glorirs
-C..llM:nc Am.I. Placu«nrill<t o( die Bunowing Rks of dcewy chrvughoot the sun. l.omrun.c:rn atiU fwrtivdy
l ii easy to bc:lint tfut rhr Screaming Vortex cxisu dc:fml~
,.·hlspcr of die N'°"'is, one sum ....,, "1>t -.fly dn>WD<d

I for bcrc, til:ne ardy flows In • cohr.rt:nt path. Cydopc:in


stltw.rics, carved with un(:ithonubk runes ch• bum the
.sou~ .sccm to pr<ed:ne the parched worlds of their residence.
1ht Xrnm.ing Vona m:my mi!tnnU . _ when times
spoke or lhc gJCl!CI of crnpin:s and m1ah1cest or .....iord.J.
Appc:iring ftom beyond the fanhcst tt3ches of the Vortex. n.
&'cw in cncfg)' as it chomed across the Ant«iduala. Pestilent
Ancient cbests wnpped in ch1ins, driOing bccv.'C:en blind
sun, contain scrolls dcpictin& civilisations thriving beneath W2V<S povrcd over worlds in noxious showe111 lcwving only
,.ti.rs th:at arc frcun d ouds thnt hovt )'Cl to ignite. There is c2pcring Nurgfi ngs and sonocom Pl~ucbcarers to t:illy the
only debate as to iu beginning, und ('\•en the most pc>"·ctful dead and the diseases that fe ll.:d them.
Kl')'t'rs h 3\'C oot forcsttn iis ccss;nion. For chOSt" v.·ho follow h finally roared through lhe Proun lfcM and c.nuhed
tkt Ptst.iJent Loo:f, thoogh. such m»~ a.re of little concern. into the crncrc of this damned .nlm in a ('ft'ICtndo . .
Wrth lhcir god thctt ;s lhc ccnainty "'"' all dimgs iu.. an ""'ob<l>Ced clvooghouc die VM<x. Sun lud thdr bounlas
cndong ond t<b;nh, and in boch Chet< "only Nurglc """ospl"'u blown mlO lhc "';d, ......,, only cold. -
o( NlltCd iron. Pbncts wor llOm itwo Ladcu de:~
Hil 5xrid influencr:s att mtlill ~&ty fdt in areas ~ rhc COft:S

\ 'ortu dips too dttply into the \\'.arp and melds inlo ins:anc ..i... &r. c1v1 ""'1d _.;,,. """ ...i.....i .. - ' """ n..
(01ms of m.tdnc:ss. No ttgion is cumpc. ho\\·~r, for~ bcfi>uJona ...,... •ppcomf .x1u..c«1. """""' ...mt ..., ""'
tb:1c is W1:- andp utpc1c rhctt i.s<kay t nd ruin. His chantsedio .space ch;111: Sl.lt'°"'nds thr: Yotter, and MW pbMG cnK•acd -
.acroai the stJ~ chc gr:r.Tn t~ thumping like the beating of
the ttccd1ngclfeca to rcm:akt tht> ~Im Yrt tho.: icfi bchMll.,
some vast fK.irt Wt pumps Nuiulc:•s C'.\knCc across the Vorttx. thtir 1oul1 fol't"o'Cr tou..:hrd byNutgle's mou~inl . - ,
Tendrils of ~cric rot a ny the pc11ling of his henvy, f'USIC:d 1'
t=vtn thc:y cvcntu~lly sucasmbcd, that lhtre II no1"
bclk announcing new pl:i2ues (or che gloiy of the God o f t".XCtpc ror their god's inevitlble dominloa OWf' . . .
CkKids or (oul, chitinoo1 bodit-s. ccasc'ksa 1riUioas in
PYURULTI DE number. writhe bct.,.ttn the l:and ma.53Cs. A 1cem1ng mass
"Sobjm 1179'4. 1hu m.:nnr cx!J1bitunl•~ mandib/q P"""'fal o( life so hui"= as co be- incomprrl~nsi ble to norm:tl minds.
~ rtjla. JM ""'-/JilfJIJ •!I"""" dunlJf HAAd""- U11rdd it cnwls. Outten. 4nd squirms 1n £1ttt tides acrotS the face
-"""" ' ~"'fw<-.-.d tf,,..... ._. of du: planet. 1hc grca SWlinD.J att com.pldc ty 1nim.ical co
-'-bgos Bt0k>eis ~·ran Saar. now calkd !he Entomanccr l1(e, comprucd o( coondess ~ that bite, sling. gy.•, or
spurt, they •re Cllplblc of kilhna 3 human and slripping
Pyuruhidc hnnes in the voi& like :a suppum11n' y,'Qund . A
the Ocsh from bone in sccondJ. ~ V:lriou.s Poit Tribes that
pustulant boi.1 amldsl the stut. • blight In space even amon~
d ....·c-11 on Pyuruhlde know to suy away from the roasts., bot
the w:ril!d and tttriblr: wonders of the Scrtu'lng Vorttx.
cwn dlsunct: • no guar.ancrc of sa(~ Oo ocusion. me vut.
Chitdxd fOft'"tlet to Nurglc-·, ronang btcast. PygNlttd t standl
living sea bu rwt'pt ia.bnd, likt 1 tSIJ nami of cRcptng death.
a: a shioilng c.xamplc of bis P'temJ11 IO\lle•.A fes'krin&: mnindcr
Engulfing any unlucky enough to be caught in iu: p:tlh, tbcsc
tO alJ who .survey it o r the inc:vil;lbility of dC'C2y, the St3tC lO
hideoos tidal Wl\'CS of clicking m11ndibles :tnd buuing winip
\\'hich all thinp must C\<entually p:iss. wttlk unfathom:1bk dt:struction, before losing cohesion and
The pb.nct ltstlf is wrcaichotd in miasmaJ ck>uds of toxic
dJssiparing, oficn rni.1cs iobnd. Survivors emawnc (rom lhcir
"'l""'' c.......... .c !Nologi<al ...i - . i win= by ;,. nuk<d>m thclt..., find noching but go~spb•C<t<d bones md
dcayed inh.abiuints ~ rmdcted t.ht auno:sphcrc nrar·k-chal
c:ouncbs billloM of insect husk.l
While still barely brc:Lth.3blc, ptolongcd exposure will spell
Despite the terrible fate chat :aW2its :any v.·ho :.pprooch the
death as surely •s any convc:-ntional weapon. Cenain :i:rcas
living sea, nuny foolhardy hc1c1ks ha\'C atc'd 1hci.r luck ac
of the surfxe a~ compktcly lethal The Y.lflOUS g:t:SCS and
plumbing ils depths. Rumot;1n abound or bt. tclia. stllbk
comM<eompounds. h.maa a«cl<d ;"'° poci..o of IUlg<ring Warp gates and ochtt great treas.um langu.ishinc dttp wirhin
de.uh. consume lht unwary in mcf'C' momcna.. Ekncath
the inSCC1 occ:an. Pinitc k>rds. and aspidng c:h1mpions of the
thtst' poisonous clouds, the JCJf'S of Pyllruhide's legacy
!Winous ~wen. spc::ak of the (abled Tyraot 'r Cord and its
of dcstruccion cover its suii~ ce. A soup of mud 3nd Oesh,
lc~nd:ary ties 10 the planet Ocher, ...,.iscr minds instead talk
pulverised tnto :i neat liq1.1id st11tc by artillery boml:wdml:nts,
of the mythteal C>.temon H1~ gtnt sp:twrun& ctwnbcn
..,..,.the pbn«. R....mg hulks o( slutt=d ...,.i.s, APCs, ond
of ni~ proportions th.al consuntl y Mf1inn 1flo'ith
Othct" •"af ruchincs dot she monss like islands Jl.ltting out of
noiso;e life. Birtioru: ofbrvac and pupae sud.le blindly at the
a SC'.& of roe. ;\lundoned t'"atthwoOO: and trench lines riddk
a;li5'-C'ning notriC'nt pools befo re growing inl:o roul adulthood
the surface, JOBking bel'''C'CM ruined bunkcn: t1nd lwisted
2nd emerging lnco the sv.«:um. But worse. Chey ipcak of the
fotcSts of rustine: nizorwi1t.
tt rrible hive cc nt res ....·be.re the coloss:tl ~ccns nett, end.lies.sly
p<OOudng cgp co fttd chc ..--<n<I ing ..., ond guarded
Tw: SHININ G Cnu;s by chous•ncb of dtonCS ond sp<ri>lly od~ soldier specks.
Nearc:r lhe centre of each .conrtnent, larger, more intact
buiJdings begin to 3ppei&r. The ruins of Yo:·h.at once may ha\IC
~en cities emerge from the c-v«-pn'SC'nl Sll\OI o( pollutants
THE Pox T RIBES
Despite"" i.ts c:au11k: sunosphcrc 2nd dea.dly ocans. Pyurultidc
Jod poison paa. ThiC:SC" nai.ns sund in swk concnst 10 the: rest
is noc devoid o( humm Ii(~ In (xt, it supports s popubtio n
of she plloc1 's Sltuenates. ~ uti: a o:srious dCiJtt of :artistry
of simib.r sac 10 mosi other pbnds: in the Scre:aming Von:r:x
in the design Soaring to~:crs. ntYtN brokrn :a.nd blasted, speak
ind. simibr to chose" pl:ane~ 1he ~x Tribes 1h:11 Ji\'e here
of an ancicnl histOf)' that v:il ucd form over function. \Vide
h11V<' been (org.ed in thC' crucible of wffe1ing. Centuries ago,
boulevards .ind elegant plat.ai suggest tha( onec a race: of
rwo distinct (acttons exisced on Pyurultidc. the 2nieC'Stors of
b6~ l~ h<tt ch• did not (3'VOUf desttu(tJOn but insccad
wha ....""Id otK dry ~ the Pox: Tribes and • nee: of
aspired 10 lofticr goob of •n snd p<lfmion. The imf'K'
beings now rd"~ to as the Shining Ones. A. v.-ith • gttat
craters and to1ting bodies of the dead stand in mute tcstanxnt
th-Jt those d.ays arc long gon~
tm1nymysleric1 of che Vonn:, "'"°
Ot\\•h11 the Shining Ones
were: and whiu bcca.me of them is lost, exis ting now only as
myth and rumour. 1\1any believe they wCK 11n ancient and
THE l.IvtNc SEA now long dc.d ..cc similat to the Eld.~ <><hen tlw chcy....,.
>.v....,, &om the: ruined cibCI .-ith thrir cnip.a.tic dcsigN simply huGUm (tom 2 different pan of the gala~ dD9o-o into
and ccONrict-otd sccrttl, 1utks anothcf- a.riosity. one of an the Vona by the whim ofthC' Ruinous ~rs.
ahogcthct more loothsomc ~ Pyurultidc possesses no \VhatCYCt 1he truth, it iJ known that they v.·cre ;i
ocnns. No valt expanses o( woccr scpJratt' the continents and kchnobgically tdwnttd ra", posses.sing arms •nd equipment
.., briny d<p<N fill chc )•wnins ,.,;m bciw= bnds, .......i sim;llt co ti..t ol thc .......i lmpcri<m. h ~ w"1dy bd~ <hey
a Iring mm ...hcs-ag; aimt &he v.uioos CO.J.Sb. a IC2 of.insects. Mtf io tJx p t cities: :al chc: ('C'ftbt f:A each oona.ancnt,. Ol.IP)'
Vona schobl'l f.'I so mas to Mtributt chc ainstNCU On of.thoSlc
cities to them 2s well. It is alMt knov.·n thq.r .,..:irrcd with the
dcgcnel'.ltc Por Tribes thal lived (urchct oul toWJnk the co;ncs.
The Po:r Tribes long \IC'ncnu:d Cr.lndf.athcr Norglc.. seeing
!us divine Mad on chc grnot liv••i"" ' that pbp<d their ....y
momcnL 1ky saw the dcpnc Shining Cit.ta u an affront IO
Nurgle's putrtd m.ajcst)~ Un1un1 together, the tribes launchN
a vicious 3ttack -on their hated enemies. At first, the Shining Li mb~ twisted b:ic~ and melted tlesh adorn every tribesman.
Ones technological superiority gttvt' chem a significant r-.1.any h11vc become fused with their v."C-apons and c:quipment;
advantage. Agairost the simple \lo'C-apons of the Pox Tribes they diseased Acsh has grown 01\'Cr: g3iS masks 3nd trigger guards
S3\\' no re:il thrc:at But rhe Lord of Dccny's blessing grnnted with a revolting fecundit)t ~i:i.ny tribesmen h3ve S'\.\'ollen to
the Pox Tribes a monstrous d urability. They \\'Cre able to cnonnous size, becoming tumescent bulges ofrotting flesh or-
withstand the terrible injuries before succumbing. end uring towcring monsters of claws and oozing moscle.
the \\'Capons of ihe Shining On~ seemingly without p.'lin Amongst the most succ.css-ful tribes, Blight Drones have
or disability. Very soon, the Shining Ones v.·erc beginning to bcgon to 11ppnr. The arrival of these foul Daemon Engines i.s
rettc3L The Por Tribes seized their fallen weapons 2nd drove a mystery, with 1n3ny of the Pox Tribes bclie\•ing il is a sign
them deep inside the citi~ exterminating them and b ringing of Nurgle's fu\!our, or of hidden Warp·infu~d m:inofactorurru.
the beautcoos towers to ruin. The fina l fate of the Shining rettndy discovered. \\'h:ucvcr the: truth, the Blight Drones
Ones is unkno.,.,· n; mJny believe they V.'Cfe simply wiped out move across the shatt«ed laods.:ape S0\\1ng revulsion and
by the viaorioo:s Pox Tribes, but one theory suggests they death \\•hcn:ver they p:t.SS. Th('$C_ D:iemon-m:ichinc hybrids 3rc
sucvived by embracing the favour of the Fly lord. of particul:ir interest to one de nizen of Pyurultidc, a secf't'ti\•e
Following the- \!ictory m.'Cr the Shining OnC'li the: Pox Tribcs figure of myth :ind f-abric:ation. known as the Entomanccr.
began to feud amongst thcmscNcs. A second w:ar brokc out
as the once unifoed Tribes broke apart, unable to coexist This T HE MASTER COLLECTOR
xcond Vl'ar continues toda~ centuries larc:r. The: death coll is The cre1rure no~' referred to ~ the l!nrom'1n.:tir was .a.nee a:
be~'Ond counting, but this is no mindless sJ3ughtcr like those respected 3nd knowlcdgoble .Magos Biokigis of the Adcpcus.
perpctr.tted by the minions of the Blood God, nor is this a f\.\ech:anicus called Oevran Saar. P:trt of an ExpJorator tJeet,
t:tctial maste.rwork of feint and coonk'r with e:tdl side jostling he was bskcd with c-ataloguiog :ind classifying ne~· species
for the advant:J:ge. The war on Pyurultide i:S n slow, ine.xornble of Aora and fn.una during ch~ Angevin Crusade:. Absorbed
march tOW'llrd oblivion, a meat grinder v.+.cre a thousand souls with his v.'Ork and frcc-0 !Tom the petty concerns of mor:diqr
a d11y an: cast aside :SO one anny c:tn mOVC' ten fen of tcen:ch and emotion, Saar excelled, successfully adding tho~
line. The technology ofthe pa.st is long gone, replaced with the of enti::ies into the dat.:t\•:tults of h is fleet As the ausade
mOSI basic bs :ind solid projectile weapons lhe Pox Tribes can pressed on and the Calixis. Scctot begJn co take sh.1pr,
.scrounge together. Sometime p3st the: tribes unleished dc-.Jdly 53:tr's Explorator fleet gn:\\' too bold and VO)-aged bt-yond
viral and chcmic:i1 'Vo·capons against each other in an 2ttempt the lmpcrium's spcartip. They cncountc:.m:I a dev.asCating_
to g::tin an advan~. These awful creations, while pbsing co W:irps1orm that ravaged the fleet, ripping vessels asunder and
Cra.ndf.tlhcr Nurgle, ha\'C sotred lhe planet, resulting in the scauering the survi\'OB "Scross- the length and breadth of thl
coni>si'" c:loudsof de;ith chat nO\\· shroud lhe pbneL g:d:a.xy. 5aar-'s ddcrior.Jting vessel Umped b:Kk into ra
Constanl cxposure to the causric air, :1: Lifetime of dcep ·with 1hc Scrc3ming Y-0rt~X-
struggling stalemate, and Nurgle's own beneficent gilts has
w~kcd :M•fuJ changts on die Tribes Mutations of the most
rtpellmt kind are commonplace: supput3ting sores, cl:tWC"d
S..'iftly aught by rcawn, S..r wos locky to csnpc wioh Ms
Uk. piloting OftC: or the fl!'W' rem:tining tifcboau av.•ity from his
SoLDIERS OF THE Pox TRIBES
Eacl1 of the Pot Tribes on the (11ce ofPyurultidc is diffctcnt.
sttickroshjp and down rov.-ard the ne1rcs1 pl:inrl. Pyurultide.
Although united by 1hcit<lcvot1on coCrandfathcr Nurgk, each
Finding ohc pi- ID be cnbn:ly unsuil:lbl< for pcolongcd
uiM is SC'pat.ited by thc:ir unique dedication to a puticul.u.
"'Po"'... S.., -ghl refuge .. I neari>y Noncd ..,,..., of di.irinct contagion. 1hc: Tnbc:s spon n:uny kmhsome
smngcly ba~11ful design. ~ the next fcW d1ys., .Saar m.iations, and co owsiders. they I.rt' nigh-impossible to tdl
ene:o&Jnttn:d soldle1'S of lhe various ~ Tribcs as they fooght 11pan. hue any 1chot:1.r looking doier begins lo notice cert\lin
thieir war wilhOYt end. Saar slew several of chem 1nd used " 'hat
little cquipmmt ht had lcfi to ttbuild them into scrvitocs of a
or
tcpt::t.ting mut1dons, or p:r.ttem symptom s
WhiJc: all che tribes an- abhoncnt to took upon, «ir tribe
san. Scc-ing chdc-hon on. the Pox Tribes learned eo 2"IOid Ssar'.s
might by bloo1<d by cotpsc p and anothc< swoll<n by
tawtt;. CUGing it u h:auntcd or popubtcd by an&'Y lhemom. ttunescmt gfO'WlhS. Umin tribes a.re be gificd "·1th deadened.,
FMCinatrd by cl1c tribesmen's mighty cndurana: 11nd incrt'Jlscd rotten flesh thac nC"'JCr changa, while others continuously rot
pain thrcsl1okl. he began to 5Uldy them :as a n.cw species.
tnd rt'gcncr:atc in pcrpctuit)t The tribes bear these unique gifis
Sa:ir's Life rontinued in thi.t w in for some came until he
Gkr co1tnu.. usinc them to difft'fcnti2te eadh other, but dicy
aKOUnu:m:i 1 atin.1m:i of the Livmi: Ses.. The blJtom ofio:scctl brw- slso ukn on rc:ligiom signJ"oncc, with tribes holding
he wi d filkd him with .socncthing Sin io dAw raprurc. ihcir t'XdusM: symptoms to be the one: uvc apPCJnnoe: of
his mind s1UPf'Cd Jnd he b<amc obsa>cd wrtb 11udying the Nurglc. BclM:ving this, the tribes m:akc 'lo'all' on one •nothcr
Living Sn, aucmp«ing to catalogue every lase species within.
w:king to replace c:t<h other's infections wilh their own,
Nov.•ccnturttt old, the entity tlutc:a.lls itself"lhc Entomanccr~ To this end, each 1ribc h.as dcvtkipcd powerful and s:inister
d <f'Rc mad. Th< cmrop;c ..,_t> = af i>yuNWdc and ohe
biological ·~ disri&d fJOm their O'A'TI vdc acm:ion:s.
bo..Wmg dfCC11 of ohe v..... iatlf """' ahem! s..;, body Allhough d:ibd of moo: Ot1ad ;ccbi~ the Pox
2ftd impl.inb v.·atping him in10 an odious conglomeration of Tribes arc still capible of ma1nt1ining and ronsuucting simple
man, machine, 1ru3 insect Hit ol>K:ssf\.'C dcsu'cJ h~ driven L.u :and solid projectile weapons. Occrcs-ionally. :a tribe discovers a
him to make dork incu with <loi.ens of minor O:ie1nons and funaioning manu(:ictocum or mdiouy fofge_ from bcfort' the WM
pcoty "...io.ds *'""" the Vortn in ordc< ID pt0lortg bis life allowing d U> 6e(d uaks, anillcry. and other b<g« JOI< W<"f'O'IS
.n! obuin Sf«WllUIS t0c snady. Tho« "-ho fail a(""" lhc ... o,.;« ..,....,... ,. ofl'),,Nk idc -oably ruins
him are JOOn added co hu CYet-growiog these- delica&c machines, bu• for 1 time, a tribe v.·iU make grt"at
empire of mind~scrubbcd autQctUtons ~
wiins in its tiKkss pursuit of the enemy.
or, worst sllll. bait for the 1:i:cn121ly Ciftc:d with a:~st and 1el'rible enduntncc, I Pox Tribe
h"'1g<y livin&- - soldid docs noc (:all in battk ntj!\c- ~ Tribe soldiers a~
kilkn that many foes u~ thanks t o ~Lt incrN.Dlt
1Hi1ientt. If cvc.r !he Pm Tribc::J could be uni.fled, the Hc:rrtic
v.•ho ruled chem would be a force 10 be reckoned with indeed.

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4
• i' :' •Movc:mc:nt: t / 2/ 1/ 6
' ' ,A µ . ), • Wounds! 17
Annour: Ralil'd bus of O.k 1nnour (3 All) Toral TB: 6
•• ·n1~ J Skills: Awart11css(Pct) + 10, Co1nmand (Fel). Common l.ofC
,•• / (Pywultide~ Do.lg. (Ag), lotimlcbtc (WP). Opcrm (Sum«)
,_.
1
' !\' .-(Ag).Pa r<y(WS) .SuMv.al (V..)+10.
17, ,~ Talents: c:-l»l S<nsc. l);c Hw, lron)o"< J.ocd. R<sisuncc
• 11~ .~L'}
1
~'
\::'•, •'
(Poi.M>n), \Vcapon Training (La1, Prinuuy,. Sohd Piojectilc~
Traits: Unn:itut21Toughncss (2),
• \· "\,. "'... Weapon" Baue1Cd Autoll"n (Basic; IOOm; S/3/ 10;
' "'-· ldlo+l I: P,,,,, O; Ct;p JO; Rid Full; Noidous OUch.ug<;
• ·,._ UrudUbk ). Of Conodcd U.::un 18- SJ)/~
'fl.• •1d 1o+J E: Pc"' O; a, p 60; Rld Full: Am100m;
mo Glutton;
·~· Rech>1g<), Rusted Bayon« (Mele<; ldS+l R; Pc"' 0:
•' Toxk pi), Blight Grenade (Thrown; l>m, SI-I-; 2d l0
• E; """' O; Ct;p 1; Rid - , TOl<i< (21; Bbot 160.
War: Roucd dotMng. 61thy and decay«! """"'"' one
• rcload fo< ptimary wcaPo•• l BUgbt G=odn.
PLAGUE 0GRYN OF PrullULTIDE BLIGHT DRONE
The terrible: co nditions on Pyurultidc h11\'e led 10 almost every Nightmarish flying creatu1es of hideous proportions 3nd
inhabi,tanl of the world sporting some m.i nncr o [ mutation~ terribJe intent, these "horrific entities ha,,.c begun to ap~ar
For most this is simply a sign of Fath« Nurgfc's 3ffection,. a on Pyorultide. Poorly undc:rscood by dte inhabitanu of lhc
boon 10 be worn -as a m3rk ofp ride. HoY•cvcr, for others the world , the Pox Tribesmen believe them to be little morc lhan
Lord of Dec.ly's gifts have c:h:anged their bodies so much thc:y an awful new form of creature-spawned in the depths of ~c
no no lon~ r be considered m<:n at nit Their bodies S\•.:ollen gre-at living Seas. But the truth is far more horrific.
to massive proportions, they tower o...·er t he other inhabiunts Blig h! Drones are Daemon Engines, foeUcd by the esoteric
o f Pyurultide. 1\'1.a.ny spon terrible growths of Clncerou.s flesh energies o f che \\'arp. Appearing as an eerie jumbk of imcct.
0 ( huge S\\':tthcs or dead, neaotiscd flesh th:it is impervious to Oying m .Jch i n~ and Daemon,~ Blight Drone buzzes 'hrough
pain. OthCTS erupt into mountains of mot, festooned i-n tusks, the polluted s:kies 'O f Pyurultide o n rusted and dec,a~·ed rotor
lihhy claws, and twisted, gnarled horns. Often, in 11 pe1''Cl'SC" bfa-des. Often :iccompanied by vast swarms of "mundane"
di:sch:argc: of life. these creatures will sptoot additional limbs._ crcatu.rcs drawn from the living Sea, Blight Drones spread
Some an:- litcle .more than atrophied stumps, withered and fear :ind death y,;hcte'lff they arc found. These cntitk:s arc
d esicc:ared beyond use, mort' often though lhty are ptrfealy known to attack any and all Pox Tribcsfl'lC'n they encounter.
fC1nctional Comprising glistening, raw Otsh, they terminate Talcs of them d isgorging awful, corrosive acids, and other,
in vicious cl3ws <if oozing, dripping o rifitts. less idenrifi:a ble lluids onto lone t.atge:ts, and then settJin_g ovt:r
Although once human, -these crcaturcs h3Vt' now become the remains ro draw them up inside their protective: body
so common they are virl'ually :t RC\\' race. As they bear cases arc rampant 3 Cross the planet
a distant rcsc.mblance to the Ogryn spcctcs of ®human. The E.ntom.ancer has become- pattirubr!y fuscinated by the
the Entomana-r has dcsignaled them Plagtic Ogryns of Blight Drones and is eigcrly seeking co determine: where- they
Pyurultide, although the Pox Tribes c:tll c-hem simply Hulks -ha-.'C come from and. mo~ im pcrmntl~ why chey have ap,pea.red.
01 Brutes. \Vhether these abomimtjons shatt: a_common

ancestry with true Ogryns i-s impossible to determine, but


has lc-d to che Entomancer to begin research into Pyurulcidc's
histoty before its emergence into the Vortex~

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• :~ ' t ." 25 3 4 3 4 61 52 16 +3
IV"SBS S I
t\.iovemenc: 8/ 16/ 24/48 Wounds: 40
45 15 'Gs 5s 30 rs 20 40 os Armour~ 1 \1:ichinc (1{ AIJ) Total TS, 16
SIOIJs, Awa.ccn<Ss (Per), Dodg< (Ag) +10.
Talents: Blind figh6ng. Two Weapon \\'icldcr (&Jlist~c).
Movement: 5/10 / 15/ 30 Wounds: 32 T raj ts: Auto-Stnbiliscd, Daemon Engine (5), Explosion of
Armour. Dis~ Fksh (2 AIQ Total TB, JO Pust, Fen (3), Fl\"<r (8), Machine (I I). Nurgle's lllessingj't ,
Skills: Intimidate (S) + 10, Sun 'ival (Per). Size (7), Toxic (4), Unn3tural Toughness (5).
Talents: Crush ing Blov.;, Die Hard, F-carlcss. fro.n Jaw, Weapons: Mawcannon Vomit (Heavy; lOm: SI-I-. Jd10+ 8
Resist:lnce (Poison), Swifi Attack, True Cr-it. E; Pen: 5; Clip: - ; Rid: -; Torie l5l; Spray), Ml\'o·cannon
Traits: Brutal ctiargc (3), OC3dly Natur-.d Weapons, Fear (2), Phlegm (Heavy; 200m; SI - I-, 3d I 0+8 E; Pen, 8, Clip' _,
Multiple Amis (3). Regenc-ratKin (5). Size (6), Snirdy, Toxic Rid, -; Blase 151, Toxic 131), lk.>p« Auco«1nn<>n (Heavy;
{3), Unnatural Strength (4), UnMcurnl Toughness (5). 300m; S/ 4/-, 3d J(}+8 I; Pen, 6; Clip -; Rid,~ Reliable,
Weapons: ClaWJ; and Tusks(Melee; 1d 10+ lO R;- Pen O; Toxjc Twin -Linked~
13D, Mass;ve Clu~ (Mcl ce; 2d lO+lO I; Pen O; Unbalanced). t Explosion of Pus: \Vhcn o Blight Drone is destroyed. it
r: T3tte-rcd rags. .explodes in 3 sho\\'Cf of rJncid fiJth and pus. In addition to
any orhcr effects generated by Table 3--9: Daem·o n Engine
Critical Hit Chart (SC<' page 96), any characters within 7
mctn:s of the Blight Orone when i,t is desuoytd m.ast make a
Hard (-20) Agflity Test or sulTer 3dl(}+8 Energy Dam"F
wi!h !he Corrosi"e, Irradiated {2), lUld Taxi< t2} ~
ffNurg1c's Blessing; A Blighl Orone is a Daemon Engine
-0f Nurgle. and is a l~ys Aligned to Nurgfe~
THE E NTOMA .VCER T alcnt5' Ambidcxrrous. S.ld'u l Dugc, Cold He"'<d. Die Hw.
Oisrurbin2 Voice, Fe:rrk Summons. Independent Targrting, Iran
[X.Vr.Jn S:i~r ha.s: C'YC'r boen oNesscd with life 1n all its forms.
J.-w, Jaded, Lu 1ninen Bbsc, l um iA<'n ~flock, f\.l:istcr Chirurgron.
Fromm k:robdogic:d organums and bxtcrfa to nwsivt" R'.ptili:I n
M«hod<ndrlte Use (Utilil)I We"'°"~ p.,..ni:uinc, Tc:duUal
and mmunahaio herd acirutu and ~ft& btf,.ftn them.
m s -.... woth lif<. couplocl ..irh his Adcpcus Mcdw>;c, ,s Kood<. T-Wcopoo \\•rJck..(Bolla<ic~ w._.T« h, w"'I'°"
bxkgl'Otlnd, rv.1ftly led to hd ascension to i\1~ Biologis and Tr:tining (Bok, Lu, Pi.sm., Pn""'ll ~ Shock~
h is appointment within the E.11plor.uo r Flttts. h v.-.as thjs sci(. Traits: ~tcchoanicus JmpUnu, f\.\aste:r of the f..iK hiot Hi..~,
Unnawr:al Toughness (2~
same fascination t.h.Jt has lod lC> his current prtdic1mcnL
°" >n .!Jen -.id, <ur off 6om ihc lmpcrium. md
t .\iasrcr of the Machine Mi"·c: As 3 Full Action, 1he
Tapp<d
JW'l'OtUlded on aD sides by d =re riddal w,armongen and EnlOcnancrr can f...U fonh swinns of.sttrhing 1t'Chnos.ib::s tfut
11ndying soldicn fixam:f w irh poisoning thr world, his mind dr.tio rhe enc<gy &om mxhona and conode •II t«!mology
1n41ppcd :and his t"»Onarion became obsession. Now consumed ~r the neiu Id5 Rounds, the Ranged .....·~pons of e:teh
enemy within 49 mel1C's J:un on BaJlisric Sk.ill l 'ca:t result that
with snJdylng lhc countless d'.cnizcns of the l.iving Sc~ he
contains a 7 {in addition 10 the .uual v3Jucs for '"""hich they
conducts a am~ ign of wbfu,pio o agaima chc neatby JU
~...Id )om) Wupons rlut J•m !his wry b«o<ne corroded,
Tribes, <em.a dxm ;,,.,q.rin gsp<ci< s IO<h;m romody ond
and annex bt usai: until «paim! with a H ard (~20) Ttth-
r~ng them inro unrhinkmg autocruu whm ttq· &.a.
Leng plH Lhe point of sanit)'· or redemption, the
Usc Ten 1h11 r<q0m:• Id5 Rounds to complete.
Weapons: B:illistic 1\1tchandendritc (Bolt) (Pistol; 1>m;
l!ntom.ancet now resembles nn upright in$C'CI him.sci( His
once precious i\4cchanicus Implants have diJtortl:d in10 SI 21-; Id 10+4 X: Pen, 4; Clip; 4; RI& Fulk Tearing). p1,..,.
Miu:hing msndibla , multif>at td
Pistol (Pisml; 40m; S/2/-; ldl0~7 E; Ptono &; ~ 10; Rldo
ptthmsil< """°'1' -
J Full; Mllrimal O.ert.c.u~ v.........,. ~ Au (M<i«;
~and Ctotaqoc wings. His ~UJ:w:nrs. once- ddibrnte
and focused, have become the net'o'OOS, blinking tics of :1 Id 10+ l l E; Pen, 6; Pow.r F'ocld, Unbabn« d: Todc (71).
hunli.ng insect. StilJ his mind stri~s to complece his wotk Gear: B:al1isuc 1\1cch:idcn drhc {Boh). Bionic Respiratory
and evcry d1y leads to a new c:atalogut- enuy in his ~r­ Sysrcm, Bbek Blood, Blade nncs. Good Qunliry Cybcmcti c
Eyes, ~rric l.utt Implants, Lumi.ncn Qpacil0t. ~i.anipubtor
cxpaodifti: Ii~ CYCO a ""'-h.;a1 remains ofhis hununiry slips Mccludo:ndri1<, Optical
Mcdudm drit<, Med.be
~,,."¥'{into• 1ncvitabk series <Of unpulscs :and ttcrVOOs tics.
Mcch2drndrillC', Utili~· Mtch:1ndcndrire.

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Movement# 214/6/1 2
Armou" lmpbnts (> AD) Tow TB: 7
Skills: ;1,.~,...,. (Pei). Com.ound (Fe9, Com..,..;
Lon: (lnr) (Ackprus M«h•ni cu~ T«h) +20,
Common Lore (Screaming Vortex), ·
Oeccive (fol), Fo.bidden Lor. (Int) ,
(Adcpws M.a....Kus, Mur•nu) + 20, •
Fomdden Lo.. [lnr) (D..n•1uology.
The W•rp, Xe00<~ lnquity (Fe~ +10,
lntenogacion (WP) + 10, Linguistics
(lnr), tog;., (Int) +20, Mcdoeae (Int)
+ 20. ()pcDt< (S.rfxc) (AS). Pmy [WS)
+10, Schobsb< lo<e pm) (BnJU, L<gcnd,
Pyurvlride Lore Fomuj +20, Sdlolurk Lore (lnr)
(Chym~ O.:cult), Srnotlny (P«), Security
(lat) +JO, Surv.v1I (Ptor) + 10, Tech-Use (lnr)
+20. Trade (Explonr or) • 20
hi1 pcl'IOnlJ a.ide and con6cbnt. She ptoYided the \IOIR ol"
Mc"'lob "1lcn lhc Loni ..... om...... attupicd .nc1 helped
~ rJois pbo f"".,,.... ,,, - -~IS &plJi- ... enc chc F19m of a~ li\.in g condi1.ons {or dw: m.a,oriry
-Adrtis Mconloka, The P•-lord of Cudph of !he ........,.,g popabtion. She"'"" •loo 1hc: s"'gk -
desinb&c wom;an in the fleet. a nd nrcly ld'i Lord ~1cto.lolu's
lbrown across die Anttt:id~I <nO'ICI to the Vortex :ind ~t s-ide unless ocden:d. Fifteen months in u>ns1c brought the
the haunting grounds of the KUJCrkNteh ha the orb ofpoison Cuelph3n fkc t into the Ghibelline system, finding thetr sister
knuwo as G uelp h. \Vrcat hed in douds of corrosivt',. toxic g:.ts. ...rotld lush, grccn, and l:argcly unscathed Lord ind Lady
Cu('lph is knowo for t\\'o 1h l n&~ its M.llli~ nctv.'Ork of forges h~ilcd c11ch other for the first time in nhno.t a dcCJde 11Dd lhe:
;ind 13bor.ttorits, and the extrcmely 1."tilk>w r1;1ture of its people. populiuiont or both worlds rejoiced as they were ~united.
Life on the planiet's surf:acc b: one of survival for n3rivcs and Upon lheir arriw l in orbit. Lord i\icinlokl took the- first
non--mtivcs alike. Tbett a~ vt:ty ft"' food teSOUrccs and tht sh1.ndc with his heir.s 10 vis.it 1h e pl•nei,. kav1ng i\iarchcu
general popubtion would ~ as soon kiU another person ihan in charge of the fleet. The r&ink>ka Oan gathered, with
h.r.ic to deaJ with him. Jr wis not alv.·a)'l lhil •'a')t 00..'C\U. me Ch1br:Uine sM.ie rcspleodcnt msilb and btaeade and tht::
Codplun side io lugganl clo<h and pitccoiul annow. Foe
B ROKEN APART t.:M,,, 1hcy dum:f thrit stories and mc:Nrned 1hci.r losics.
Guelph and GhiO.Uinc oner sh.tcd • b.autiful cxmrna cau1ic 10 once og>in be• unified fJmily The) -al 10 begin
lllftong the Halo Sum. Shlrin& an u.nmual dual orbit, W discussing pl,,n1 to rcinu:gnte the two peoples at o"'e--but
twin planets were :almost cir:ict mi.tror im~gcs of ach other all 1:h~c ch11ngcd v.•hro Marchcs:1 arrived on 11\c pl.1net.
;ind ~·ere ruled by chc Ai clnlok.ii CIJn, In ordc-r to kcc-p all Though no one has ever d iscovcttd why, no sooner had
1nauers of rule u njfo nn, Lord and Llidy lvtcinloka seinrated Marches.a Amm:arx joined the <li.scus.sion 1han Lady i\1c:ink>ka
lhemsclvcs and dieir F.tmily so that in the event of difficulty, reversed her decision and onieted thi l the Cuc:lph lcllve
the family Line would alwayi be pracnt in some fashion on Ghibelline immediately. Lord _Meinloka begged and pleaded,
each planet. Both plaoca bri!hcd under their rule until tht but she 1umcd her back on him and lc(t t.hc chn>oc room
tosmic birth ofStuoesh IOtt it •pen.. wi1h0\l1 1 further word. Stunllt'd .1nd f"rlous., the Cudph
Unlike;,, "'in, Chibd&nc, <hcbinhoflhc 5crctGUng Vona ki.ni ~e hit encourage: follow 2nd •otmed bK\ ID hii
dod 001 i...c Cudph • bc>ui;ful bncbapc. Th..,..-. fun!>« inm d~;I' Mcinlob ad>iscd his people INI h• Udy had
!he swilling~ of !hew""" C...lph '°" ....., of u si....
or the JObr energy as ii u:rw:llcd further iruo chc stonn and
ttb..111.cd 1hda aD and dut they wett now OiSC OUt. He onk~d
all ships IO pn:p:m for dcpanurc wilh one J:lop - a rd"uclli:ng
bceamc a cold, cbrk pbnct. with nach of it's su.rfxc becoming sta1ioft orbihng the planet. The Ct:efph Rc<t bott davo n on
1.1ninhabic:iblc. Smring additlon;d pbocttry mas.s fiom other 1hc st111on 11.nd in short order, ratckd it (Of ~pphes :uxl then
systems us it Bew ~ Curlph's S'p1Cm grew into an :umlg.un scuulcd il, sending naming pieces or ii down 10 the .surface
of roughly .scvmt~ differrnt planrt:iry bodies. As :a. n•suh. whh a final message:- •w e will r eturn for out home," ft v.·as the
the pb.nct's stability wns :also n1orc ft:igilc- with the infusion o f fi nal tin' c ony of the Guelph Sie:t foot on 1hc plitncl in peace.
JO many random tcrrcstrill bodies pulling on it as v.·dl as the
masivc: amounts of \\rarp energy flowang through and around T Hl! BROIBERHOOD O F WARPSMITHS
11. ~iassiYe canhquakn rocked many of the hivt' cities chat Transition co the w,,rp brought haunt1.111 drums to the
........i !he iairial aansi1ion, laving liak ...,. dun p&s of ~lltts. ~nriving dWics &om 1hc c~ arid ci""ilian
....W. in lhca- woke. Vobnic >C1Mry dlwncd up maugh ah pop.; blion indllCAC' ch.at the dreams --.Ttt pmutml rvm
co bbnkt dx: Slt".COnd.uy apal o( Kimi~ eucasiug it fc:w inu> ,.,Jung •re. !'topic wondond the ... ip In ""' mrocs of
e1rtn1ty. Tht few histories dm mnan o( di& c:imc Rfic:atr thi1 nJ:h11nara. U....gh none show.d any sip ofpliysial ...lady;
within a mafirr of• lrw ,.,.., l'olirat was the only Jetdcmcnl Th... olTcctcd ...... ~ ..r1y. ""' ;, ..m1prcad .....
!di capable- of sustaining life. and C'Yt'R FolJrat had its woes. :1.ll people not affili;akd "'i th the mUio.ry or the flm ""«C in
Soon afi:tt Ki migstad was CftlOmbcd, the ground ~lh medic:al lod«town. Unsure of how to remedy chc ~llu..lhon,
Folgrat swallowed it up in a m:wivt .sinkhole-, deep c-nough lord Mcinloka pushed fol"\\':trd w ith all h~tc. hoping thlt
to prcvcnt re:ady :ac~s to che surficc but still alie to see the there migh1 be .some measorc o f ho~ bnck on CUf:lph.
night sky. Though little d:i.m:agc V.".1! done: to the city. they As 1hc fleet burst ba-* into realsp:icc in 1he Cuclph ~
~re cul off from the already meagre food ~pplies they had. 1.hcy not.ccd cha much was diffcrmt. Nt"'W ucelli1es ind orbibl
Onpenft' to s.we 'What remained o(hts people. lord Meinloka ...!Jons Oll>ilal Guelph and her m...., •nd haoJ..,a alb Ooodod
rounded all of !hem up and, usin& 1he lut measorcs of their !he bridC<- Mcinlob ~.., stUDOCd. Guelph had born ..... ia m
ona-prood II=. !hey ldi 1he p1..,.. oa ...rd> of !heir "'in. "'*""'- He and his J'C"l'lc had .......... ""8<1111& ""' hoilr,
hoping bcyood hope Iha Chb:llinc had bcm spmd. he dmundcd O> know who Jud akcn ha pbo>ct and oalaal
!hem IO P"I"'< for " " ;f dry d;d noo .i:..ndoft lhc: -
CHIBnLINE's REn1JKE A l&l&i< De. n:plocd IO lool Manloka's dcmenib. - .......
1he "'"'°"'of • Space Marine. 1-1, <:died hl....... )11 Kholid ra¥
The ~mC')o· bod 10 Chibcll1ne "'il not without pcriL
limited supplies mc1nt 1h:u food ond medicine wcrc rationed clf""d •Id f.,m lus lroOf" !hough !he C..dpll woalil-""
ttm:iin in otbit until the nature o f lhe il!atls _.
through lhc: cntltt t.rip. During 1hiJ c1mc, Lord ~teinlolu came
10 ~ty on his ~isors heavily, one being M:uchesa Ammarx, Knowing he v.-ould not be ablt to fighi cffccdwlv
popubiion ofhi.1 planet in harm's way, Me&nlob
The Brothethood of \Varpsmitm; as the Sp3ce ~1Jrincs
calkd themsehu, wen" suet they knew the root cause of
the illness, for it had :1ffcacd them toq. ;albeit differently.
j3J Kha.lid nr:vt'r divulged how it had :1ffecred hG men, bot
their c«Uinty W:IS v.·hat 1\iein loka .needed (O convince to bis
people. There "''3S hope of a nev.• life and 3 future on Cuelph
for the first time -s ince the bi·rth of the Vortex. Thoogh the
initial trials were unsuccessfu~ die Brotherhood and 1\<1einloka's
remaining people \•.:orkcd diligently for months an-d, at the end
of the seventh month, discovcRd a trc:atmc.nt distilkd from the
blood of both groups. f\.1cinktk3 inoculated hin1self first and
then beg.in co administer it to alJ chOSC' who rem3jncd in the
thtalJ of the illness. One: by one, the Guelph began to awaken
and regain a'>'·arcness. 1\ieinloka pkdgcd Jal Khalid and the
Brochertiood their loyalty. In response, Jal made a bold request:
the ruins of Kimigstad. and one half of the other planecs in
thcJYSlcm, to tJS<"' rumch a.d construction bas<>. Mcinlol<>
re:idily-agtttd, adding that thc:y V.'Ould aid in the production of
the W:t.rpsmiths' forges as long 3S they V.'Ould help pte1'31'C' hjm
l'or the 6nal war with Chibellfne. Jal Khalid was nlso c:ager to
entu the p3tt, stating that they \.'/Ollkl need a '"'testing ground
.for their creations." Once the people of Guelph were c11rcd,
Mei·nloka and Khalid finally met fucc to face.
f.orgcs sprouted up like \\'ttds throughout the system.
Exc:awtion &ii:es dotted the surface of e-.·c.y moon or planet Jal
KbaJid and his troops touched. Soon, these mas.siVC" excavations
became such 3 commonplsa: sight within 'he Guelph system
tluL i\-1einloka bcome know~n :as the Pit-lord of Guelph.
B~·tt.n chc highly motivated! population of Cuclph and the
;advanced t"ci'.hnology and sorcery of the Brotherhood, pl:uu
for the Qmqucst of Ghibelline rook form and moved forward at
a rapid P3CC. \Vithjn a ha.ndfuJ of months, Kimigstt1d had been
unco\•ctcd and rcbuilr as the m:iin forge for the Brotherhood.
t Violc-nt Mc-.tamorphosis: Oblitenltors can fomi ~ number
Within a year, th.c: Gu_ elph Fleet had been upgraded and
of weapons from the r:l\\' m:J.S$ of their \Varp-infu:scd bodies.
enlarged. At the end of fiv<- )'C2rs_.. the BrothC'rhood had an
Obliter:ltors manifest tv.'O v.·capons of wrying degrees of
arsenal of dCV2Stating 03cmon Engines, as v.'t'll as :an elite
lethality nt any given time, chosen from the list below. As
_gu.Jrd of Ol:iitcrators. that ther wCJC willing to lend to the Pit-
a Half Action. an Obliterntot can rd'omi one: of his currc-nt
Lord. The time to ft' ignite the !fires of war had come.
weapons into 3ny other weapon from the ]ist. The Gfl,i can
also feel frtt <O ha\•e him adopt other v.·capons as appropriate.
Standard Obliter.ltor options 3n: as fo lloWS::
Reaper Autoc::lnnon {Hc.avy; 300; S/ 4 /-; 3d1 O+& h Pen 6;
Clip:- ; Rcli3ble, Twin-Linked).
1\iultj-melta (Heavy; 60m; SI-/-; 2d10+t6 E; Pen 12;
cup, -; Blos• Pb Mdi.) .
Pbsma Cannon (Heavy; l50m; S/-/-. 2d10+J2 E; Pen
10; Clip'- ; Blast (l(, Maxim•!, Overhcm).
Mowc: 3/6/9/ l8 \\'ounds: 44
Tv.'in-linkcd U-gion Plasma Cun (&sic; fOOm; S/2/-:
Annourd'lcshmecal (14 All) Total TB, 12
Id IO+ 12 E; Pm IO; M3xima1, Overheats, Twin-linked}.
SkillS: A"•arencss (Per), Dodge (Ag), Forbidden Lore
T'>'•in-Linkcd Legion ~1c-ltagun (Basic; 20m; Sf-I-...
(Arcbcor:cch, Daemooology. Tt:titor l egions, \Varp) {Int),
2d I0+ 13 E; Pen 12; Clip:-; Melta., Twi-n-Linkcd).
latlmidalC (S), Tech Usc Qnt) + 20.
legion Combi-Bolter (Basic; &Om; S/3/-; I cf10+9 X; Pen
Taleno: Ambtdexcroos,. Bolter Drill, Comb-at Sense, Oc;adcye
4; Clip: - ; Tearing, Tv.-in-iinkt:d).
Shot. He.avy Weapon Tr.lining. Jndcpenden1 Targeting,
Powcc Fist (Legion) (Mclee: 2dl0+10 .E; Pen 9; Power
Lcgioo Weapon Training, Scorm of Jron, Target Sdection,
Field, Unwieldy).
'9+*' Knock. Two-W~3P0n Wielder (BaJlistic).
Living Armoury: Oblitc-rators consume 2mmunirion and
T - Auo: sgbilJzcd, Daemonk (21 Fcor (2), From Beyond,
fuel fo1 susten3ncc, and 3!e thusly apablc of gcm'ntting
~ " - y . Sh< (S), Srurdy, lJnnabit3l Sm:ngth {5),
m:assivc amounts of firepower \\•ithout a Tic:c-d to ttload. The
q ' • (s), YIDlcm Mebmo1J>h""'t.
Obliter3tor's we3pon.s never need to be reloaded.
~ Violca• Metam0<pbosU.
T HE w AR OF WEALS AND the GhibclJines began to sh.1 tter the Guelph lines Though lhe
Cudph arsenal w.as more po\\'Cffu~ it required human elements.
THE TRLUS AI GNos1 which \\'CR: capable- of being tttmcd 1lglli nst their own. The
The-Pit-lord Cl l!C>d for war and \\.'JS met with the thunderous Pit-lord, sensing that the tide could tum, kd an -assault
3pproV31of his people. They ha<! been slighcc.d 11nd ost :l\\<ny on me pabcc to remove. his disl0)'31 family from powtt: Hi&
from f3mily :1nd home " 'ithout reason or provoation. FuUy initi3I attack btcachcd the p;iJ:s<e w.Jlls, only to find that lady
luJf of the capable popoJation \'OJunt«ttd to 6ght for their Meinloka lay in wait for him. Many Si4Y that he was betrayed
honour 3nd boa rded the ships bound for thc-ir siSk:r pl.anct. from \\'ithin, ·but the Chibdlinc:s daim thac it V.'llS superior fon:t
Though thctt ~rt many 3ccounts of the individu31 b:inl~ of arms th.at allowt'd them to c.ipture the Pit~Lord and rtmCM."
thetc is very little d.isputc 3bout how the war began. The Pit· him to the remote isJand nation of. C nosi
Lord and the Brolhrrtiood descended on the outlying planets Cnosi w:is the Chibelline':s most S«ret research f.Jcility.
of the Chibcllinc- S)'Stcm with the fury of an cntjrc race behind For :1 month they tortuft'd the- Pit-Lord, hoping to wear him
them. As they ·subjug:ued these pbncts :ind moo~ they down :ind force him to sutrender. They killed his retinue o ne
rendered them v.;holly subservient to the Pit-lord's l3cric3I by one in front of him 3nd subjected him to many of their
needs, becoming the suppfy chaja for che effort The campaign nev.• ""'Clapons, but he never g.t'-'C chem what they wanted.
made h:astc to Ghibelline proper, for the Pit-lotd knew that For the month he was in Cnosi. the war continued to grind
only by removing his former wife, and those f:imiJy members on, with Ghibelline mrling to0 gain tht uppa hand. Jn hrr
lo)'31 to her, would he be able to l3)' d ajm to his rightful home. fin al visit to her former husb:i:nd, Empress Mcinlok:t had thr
Upon reaching the capitaJ planet,. the ruk s changed. Pit-l ord w.atch the destruction of the -Brotherhood's most
Chibdli.nc had come into possession of stnngc new V.'t':tpons de..•astaling creations and the troops th3t . ~ppon:ed him,
and engines of w~ \\'C3pons that ovt.rioaded the sc~ taunting h im with his inabiUry to aid them. But the P it·
destroyed physical matter with sound, and Lord wns not w.uching. Recovered memoirs of the jailors of
tumcd the Cuelph sold iers into puppets of Cnosi reveal that the prisoner sccmed 10 be in sjfent pr:i~r,
~ muttering to h itnSC'lf and conversing with some
"i- unseen fa-tee. Periiaps he had gone mad in those
moments., but the Pit-Lotd slowly raised his head
and bellowed ") ACCEPTI" at the top of his l11ngs.
In that moment;, Ghibelline's fortunes ch:ingc-d.
ln the blink of an cy<, the \\'artiors of Guelph
began to ch:ange. Their senses dulled, they broke
free of the bewitching .scents <Jnd sounds of
the Ghibellin e troops. Their bodies became
resilient to the blows being landed upon
them. Daemon Engines that h:id been
crushed v.·cte infused with new
Cflergy and reformed into hideous,
pox-lnden mo11.1ttosities.
T he Chibcllines. wholly
unprepared to deal
with enemies that
couldn' t feel j»:in
and w:ar mldiincs
th.:it spat poison
and pl-ague across
their ranks, began
ro &JI lnck. In Gnosi,
the Pil·Lord grew m
.si.u and sb ture, br~
his bind ings and bc.::oming an OF' of
a m:in. Smashing his C4pcors uidc; he xt
about freeing the few of bis tTOOf!: dud
remained. They too \\'t:re invigoutrd.
and began to make their way toward the
s11rf.icc,, kiJJjng everyone in thefr path..
ihe Brotherhood throughout CuelphS cmrcmt histOI)" his one
'. .·~,~
'•
of the largest hives in the Vortex, surrounded ~·toxic s:ilt f1ats
'' thac glow and occasionally catch f11e as \\'3.Ste products mix in
heady chemical reactions. Mcm of the food consumed by the
Cuelphans comes from Folgr.n, c:-ithcr as irr_lports from other
pl.a.nets in the system or as vat-grown products known for their
nutritiona.1valu-c but certainly not their fia\'Ollt.
Kimigstad is run cxclusf\'Cly by the Brotherhood o(
\V:11psmiths and , other than the Pit-Lord and selected
tmmbcrs of his staff,. none but the Warpsmiths and their
• creations enter or le2YC. Massive engines .of destruction sand
'
guatd aver the once ash-buried cityscape, and the forges born
nighrnnd da'f The Bcothertiood tikr cuscomcrs from aU O\'Cr
the Scre.aming Vortex, but keep thtit gre-Jtest works held
oot (or their own use. The.ir modifications lO oth« known
designs ha\•e been found on battkfields throughout :and are
widdy sought oul Though many would·bc w:ulords would
love to get their hands on the Brotherhood's engines, very
ft\\' h:M' the :ability to pay for them.
Cold-hearted and callous, the prople of Guelph are 3S
unforgiving us the planet's surf.ace. Unsympathetic eyes- greet
you from every angle in wh:at is rcfcrrcd to by trade1s in the
Vortex "3S lhe Cuelphan Stare: eyes that pit:fte you and seem
to sv.'3llow any ounce of joy from ~'OU alongside unchanging
faci:l l expressions that emanate birterness 3nd malice. i\1ost
who arc not known to Guelph receive this cold \\'ekome !Tom
mcsl of the popolation, btit it is not only unmecving looks you
get from the CU<"lphans. 1\1any v.•ho journey there seeking
weapons and armour from one of the best forge plant'ts in the
Screaming 'lortex havt discovered first- hand chat returning
home aJivc is not :tlw:iys '!I cert.linty. Blood and de:1th :are
The ~ccoonts of that escape ate largely untold, seeing as frequent visitors to the sttttts of Folgr:at, for often nothing
the Pit-Lord v.-as the-only one to sutvive. Though his peopk more than a small slighL Needless to say, regular trnvcllers
~rished, the city·St3te of Cnosi was reduced to :t smoking to Coelph ate fe\v, and usually of Jn extremely hardy breed.
roin wh<"n he lcfi. The Brothe1hood kic:ued him and llshered
him to safety. Upon his retu.rn to the fleet, Jal Kh3lid Informed
him that the. Brotherhood's craft had been outfitted with :t
fuU load of virus bombs. The Pit-Lord smiled -and fired only
once, upon the isle of Gnos.i, before ordering the v.•ithdr.3\\'31
of his troops. "\Ve are ~tient.•. \\'e are patient;" were the only 3 7 29 39 43 29 3 5 3 2 3 7 35
\\'Ords ht: uttered as he \valkied from the command bridge.
The W?.r of [deals was over.
f.tove: 2/ 4 / 6 / I 2 Wounds~ l4
THE RHA.u.r OF THE Prr-LoRD Armou.r: Rotting mesh (4 All) Total TB: 6
\\1ith two m3ssiYC hive cities and dozens of research facilities Skills<Awareness (Per), Common Lore (Guelph) (Int), Dodge
scattered around the planet's surf3c<", Cuelph is little more than (Ag), Intimidate (SJ, Survival (Per~
thew:tSte fields IOr che massiv.c milittuy industrial complex :tt Tale.n'ls: Betrayer. Cold-Heatted, Die Hard, J3dcd. Nerves
rlu= hcancf the Pit-Lord's fiefd om. Toxic effluents flow acl'OS$ of Steel, Pity the 'A'e3k, Resistance (Poison. Disease, Shock),
cbc .surf.lee of the 'plan«, and the h:a:z.e of poisonous gas is Shock \\'capon Training, Solid Projectile \If-capon Training.
cver-prestnt Jnd smothering. Traits; Fe.at (l ~ Regi:nerntion ( 1), Unnatural Toughness (2).
Guelph's. No'O main hives remain much as they were at the Weapons: Hand C3nnon (Pistol; 35m; Id l0+4 I; Pe.n 2;
time of the W.ar of JdeJls centuries ago. Though they ha\'C SI-I-; Clip 5; Rid 2 Full). Elcctri5od Bludgron [Mclee;
gmwa in, Sae and sei.btrc, both h:a\'t' stayed true to their ldl0+6; Pen O; Shocking).
'PJIPOSC· Fofgnt is the scat of power and the- main starport C.car: T\\'O dips of ammo.
;yo, tbc planer. The Pit-Lord's fortress, known :as the Steel
ewe~ sits ia d¥ dead CCl)D"C, majestic and intimidating. Herc.
sliU rules th.e Guelpha.ns just 1lS" he has for
:PfORc' can mncmber.. He tw outlNed aJI of Jal
~ hOll and been the s!lle human conl:act with
DAEMON ENGINES
Oac:mon E.ngines art a bizarre and frightening hybrid cf
mechanic.a.lingenui.ty and arcane impossibility. lncorpor:iting
the pulsating rage of a Q3emon requires strong bindi n~
po1.1.· erfu] enticement 01 coercion, and blood S3crilicc._
Each construct :icts as both prison and new body for the
0:t<"mon, bound into service by ilS new m.astcr. The Pit
lord's \Varpsmit hs on Cuelph specialise in nJtcring existing
engine constructs to better serve t he Great Corruptor. Foul
science mixed with Warp~taintcd energies .:hangc already
terrifying war m'llchincs into sentient killing bc:asts. They
ate, howc\.'er, fair !Tom the only onrs "''ho m3nufacturc such
crc.ations. Regardless of which planet or fac6on makes them.
all Daemon Engines trade the cxu-nded durability of a vehicle
for the shock and ay,·c f.lctor of n crcoture of the Empyrean~
Daemon Engines folio\\' th e rules below:
• O:icmon Engines arc sentient, and arc: thus presented in chc-
same manner as living creatures.
All Daemon Engines h.ave the Daemon Engine Trait.
Any bound crew members cannot be targeted :as they arc:
technically part of the construct. As its cage- sutTers damage,. the bindings unrnvc~ and the
Some kinds of Daemon Engines arc always Aligned to a Daemon is able to task: tht m:nerial wortd on its own again.
specific Chaos Cod, while others can be Aligned to any Should the Daemon break e11tirely free, it \\•ill rage across
Ruinous Pc>\'o c:r. The G1\1 should feel free to give any
1
the battlelicld, smiting -anything in its path. Whcnt"\"t'r 'fl
Dnemon Engine one ot more additional Daemon Engine [)aemon Engine suffers Critit:al Dam:tgt", consult Table l-9:
Traits (9.!ch :i.s. those found in Daemon Engine Traits or Daemonic- Engine Critical Hit Chart be-low to see the
on pages 5 l-5'> of this volume) th.a! match its Alignment extent of the damage to the internal systems and other effects.

c 7 11$' t

Result
Distracting Blow: The Daemon is momentarily enraged by actually being touched by tht v.-eapons of .an
enemy that il must make a Challenging (+O) Willpowee Test to resist t:irgtting the source of t001 3J1ack
l-J
wi1h its next a.track. If it w:t.s :tlrc:Kly focused on chis t.arget, then it moves with all h:iste to futly cng:igc
that target with any and at! welpons ;u its disposal.
Ablative Strike The anxk strips b~rs <:i armour off the engine- as wd.I as some of the protccti\•t runes. Rtui.cr
1he annour by Id 10 points. Jn addition, any futurt" Critkal Hits n:tti\'C a bonus cl+ 2 on thl$ ch.1tL This is 3
rumi4111i\'t bonus.sh9uld rrailtipk Ablarivt Strilics hit lhc Daemon Engine:. Roll Id 10. On <t rqtl of9 or 10, Jny
D.acmonic Sh.iefd (Cloud of flies, for enmplc) is sufficicndy ruined and no longtr provides pcoi(\_iion.
Weapon Damaged: ltindomly select a weapon on the engine:. That V.'C:lf>On bc-.irs the bront of the atuck
and takes- the full cfferu of the blow. While not qui1e as resilient as Tit:tn wea~n~ rhe Daemon wilJ rry to
1-8
pteserve ilS integrity. Reif ldlO, and on a roll of 7 or more, the \Oo'Capon can be used the next round, On .1
rolf of anything lts.1, tht weapon a. i.nopttahle llntit repairtd ootsidc of the. b:ud e.
Penetrating Hit: A pov.·erfol a1t..ck breaches the consrruct's strum.re ;in& Jllov;.s th.;: Da.:-mon !O Lt.(lt'
1he material v.·orld dirccdy. RC'duc.c th<: armour by Id 10 points J.nd roll Jn :tdditionJI 2d ?U polru.s o(
9
Damage. The attack also. breached the hull in some caP"!dty: ro11 a further td 10. On ;i result 6f •1 ur 1;.l.
1hc Daemon Engine stilfers '3 Daemon Unbound! Rcs11l1.
Daemon Unbound!: The amck is strong enough th» the bindings m completely undone and I he rons«I)., Cs
unabtc to coot:dn 1hc Daemon. For an game. purposes. lhe mginc Y~rizes 3S the Dacmpn mJJUl~i~ly ai thc
material wor{d. The sudden ttJC3.1C of\V:up merg)' ausc:s an explosion v.:ith a 201 0 x 10 mta-e rnd11:.is., le~··~,,.
crMct in its pbcc.. An~'Onc- aught within the blast ndius silfers Sd I0+ I0 EnCfgy Dllll.igt: .gnonng An:nout thJt
JOt
is not v.w:dtd against psyddc abi1iries. Reduce lhe Dl:m;igt ho,• l points for C\'CJ)' fiJl 10 mrt~ the urg1:t tt J¥;J~'
from tht epfc:mtrc. Altcmativdy, at the G:O.f~ discretion, the:~ damagt a n be rtduccd ;:o 2..il O+ ~ fr~l'J?'t'
0Jntag" and the Oatmon can manifest, fu.cd fromits shackles. lt might <1lfc:t the pla)'C'!S" lhar~<> <.v tnj?. .
1n combat. depending on the Alignment of the Daemon, the Hertcia ~ NPQ in,-ol-.t-d. and the.--ad-.'tn&.Ji:
FoRGEFIENDS &'ID MAULERFIENDS
Emerging from the t'.i.·~ed m·in.ds and af'Clnc forges of
innumerable Warpsmirh~ Daemon Engines of aJI types 'l~
rightfuUy fc:irei:I and admired by all would-be v.•arlords and
rulers in the Screaming Vortc-x. Among the most prized an: • u
the Forgcfic:nds and ;\1au1erfiends, dangeroosly tough and
35 38 54 56 18 3 1 4 2 ~8 Oil -.-
'f y
comP3ct c<1hstturu capa~e of rending hard Jnd soft targets Mov., I0/ 20/l0/ 60 \\'ounds: 4 5
alikcwilh little difficulty. Infused v.•ith the rage of tin angered
Annou r: f\.'\3chinc (16 All) Total TB, 12
D:temon, and gh't'n che tools to \vrcak h:l'<'OC on the: living,
Skills: Awareness...
1hesecre:itu.res arc difficuh to acatc :ind C\'C"n harder to destro)~
Talen ts: Ambidextrous, Independent T111gec-jng. Ty,;·o -
Forgc:6ends arc imbued with the ditcet power of the
\Veapon Wielder (Mclee, Range<!).
Jmmaterium. m~nifcsting as y.fiite-hot, large-bon- ammunition
Traits:: Dacmonforge, Daemon Engine (7). Fc3r (3), Machine
rounds tinged with daemonic residue or OOlls of plasma
(16), <l!!adrupcd, Size (7), Unn21ural Sucngth (6).
sccthi-ng wi.th the mw CSSC'ncc of the Warp. These foul
Weapons:
cr~atures mcvc across the battl:cflcld, searching for any enemy
Fo rgcfic:nd Optjons (choose o ne):
troops or light \'Chicles they o n raze :ind consume. stopping
• 2 Ectopl::1sma Cannons (Heavy; 200m; SI -I·: 3d I 0 E; Pen
only ra.tcly to gorge itself or r.cfuc:L Though most \'C:rsions of
10; Blast jJ), Dcvaruting [3), 0.'<'rhcats).
these: consuucts ha\<c only rwo weapons where the primary 1 Hades Autocannons (Heavy; 300m; l / O/ (2; ld I0+& J;
lim"bs"v.·o old norm;11ly be, neW<r \•:t.rJants have bc:cn seen with
Pen 6; Devastating 14), Storm).
-. third \\'tapon mountia the held. These \'3riants, often called
Maulerfi.c:nd Options (choose o ne):
Ce.rbcritcs, have proven to be c.xcc:ption3Jfy adept -at clearing l Jlo\\'tr Fists {Melec; 2d ( 0+ ( l E.; Pen 9; Pov.-cr Reid,
ot.11pockcu of rcsist1.ncc, and as such llrt in high demand. Un\\•ieldy) and 1\i:igma Cutters {the: Ma:ulcrficnd's melee
Maul c:r~nds --ort: designed slightly differently than their
attacks inflict an additional 1d[0 Damage and gain the
cousins. Made for a.ssaulcing fortifiotions and heavily annoorcd
Fl.me <l!!•lity).
targets. 1\.1.auJeriiends arc given massi\'C po\\<cr ~ c.ap:ible of
l Power Fists {Mclee; 2d {0 + l f E.; Pen 9; Pov.-cr Acid,
punching ~ oles in C\oen the th.id«:st plating available:. Along .,...ith
Un\\•ieldy) and L.isher Tendrils {whcnevu an arts.ck would
that arc twin magma cutters;"high Pl>'' ·ercd but extremely shon
inOict more than one hit on c-hc Maulerlirnd, it infl icts only
range armoor.breoching implements cap;able of cutting a light
the first hit instC3d; any hits beyond the first arc negated).
uok or transpori tn haff with Utt.le: effort. These beasts mO\>c
quickly .across battlcfiekls, acti\'Cly socking cmpl:aamcnts or
heavy armour wtiik rcm:iining: entirely oblivious to barricades
-and nibble. When they engage a bunker or a unit of annoored
whidcs. rhc Maukrficnd crushes its prey first and if that doesn't
c:mk ~ sheU. it burns its yny in. Some variants trade the:
~curtl:tS for tv.u sets of roedl3dend ritc-likt: tcnl'ilclcs used
fjttp«YC1Ktmulu by walkcn o r heavy infantl)t These so-alle<I
1.t 't 6 • k• Ute ~ to be: o:trcmcl~ ~ ~n pl:i.n.c~
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I& fun:c s g reatest ussct is 3 zc.uuus m1 1tu
ID acrlitt thrir lives for their home.
Wb.k """Y .,.-,do<ds pr<fu 10 by w= IO a planet from
ort:iit. some pttfcr to makr an cs>mpk of thrir cooqucs~
Doc;plcs cfKhome and Nu'l'< ....11y follow tho. path, and
whik Khom< usually p<Jcn larg«<ak mttldidds when:
blood flows freely and sk&tlls •n: piled. Nurglc's foUowcn
h.J\'t" .a uniq:1oe rt"putation for 1,.,•ing sieac lo a popubtion Move< 8/ 16/24/48 Wound., S6
where it thinks it is safest. At the height or t hese siegcs. Armourr i\-t:ichlne (35 AIQ Tor•l TB, 15
l>l:igtJc Towers a~ 3n all-too rommon siuhr; looming, rolUng SkillJ: Aw1u<t:ncss.
b1ule-10Yt'c:rs hom a long-dc>d age. covered in Oaycd human Talcnb: Independent Targeting.
.skin, 11nd onying djst'ltJC and filch. Ctca1ed from a m:mivc Traill: Au:;iufr R2mpst, Cloud of Fl.a, , Daemon Enzinc (10)
pusrul.e summoned by sorccn:n Of' \Y:irps.miths upon the.if" Feat (l~ Hideous V'wge, Machin< (35~ Nu,P's 91...,ngtt,
A.triv.al tbesr. hulking creatiocu lltt fiUcd with the gifts of ~•Im< ~Siu (9), Uruurunl Sttmgth (l)
Nurglr, ...dy m be bcsOOW<d upon """' ho.IS. w..po.,. Bik anoon (Heavy: Front Arc; IOOm: 2dl0+7
Anoed with~.., COG'lmt:aonal waU-bttachi.ng Demolisher I: P.a 7: O.V..uring Ii i Spay, ToxK: 111). rwo Demolish«
Can~ the plague _,..~r hu hnk diffi1Ct1lty sh.Jttcring "' C...noN (Heavy: Front Ai<: 200m; S/-/-: ldlO+IO X Pni
acy•s dtfcncrs. l"bc two uniql.K: "Weapons. tbt Bik Cao.non 8: BW< 18~ 0.-Uring 14Jl. Plague Monar (H""'l' 750m;
and Pl.11guc ~ionac, howcvrr, IA.'. the kty clements to tht 2d10+6 1: P.a 7: BL>st )tOt Concrmivc 12~ °"""'"Ing )5~
sclK'CCSS of this device. The Plague i\ionar lobs shells tainted IM«Ur>t<, Rcd>argc, Taxk [31).
wi1h contagion as it rolls tov.·ard hs cargc1, sowing slov.· death f A»11uh Ramps: These .ramps allow in.sane follo~r.; of
nmong the population that i~ not kilkd outright The Bile the C(en1 Corruptor or his 0-aemonic m1ni01\S to mount an
Cannon is designed to rid the initiol btc:ich of dd'cnders by as.sault on the walls of s fortress or city. \Vhcn t Plague Tolri\·cr
blasting them with a foul sttc-:im of pus 2nd ichor.. Those ool mOVC',1 inio ctTttrivc- :issauk r:ingc of a fortitia11on. 1hc ramps
insundy killed are CO\'t:rt!d in oozin& ruhcs 3nd sort:s :as thC" drop 10 dis&01"2t' iu p:wc:nge:rs.. The Plague To~·ct is C::1.P3ble
n)tl'OSi~ liquid works ib w~ throu&h armour. The towcn of holdin& up to 50 occupants with a Siu Tratt of 5 or lowec.
alto scrw as ua:nsporu for Large m.imbcn. of cr:aud fol~ ++Nurglc'1 Blessing: A Pbguc Towt"r ii• C>aemon Engine:
Ir is no "WOOdct- dut these. h11lking cneincs of ware often cf N..,P. Md is •1'o7)" Aligo<d IO Nu.glc.
>«0 u iwbing<n of• g<Gly md
C = bttlh..., -"'nding in IOt- &""' .,..... lnd und<rgmwlh.
THE WRI THIN G WOR LD These lashing whips of mot llt'c f:ar mo~ lively 1h.1n the Grcattt
"'71)rrr tUt t11u!trfari0U1 stilflufi rorusaRJh at wod- "f'>" 1/)r 11WJ1al Tendrik. often presenting :i:n ll'llktious danged' co viritors to the
-'. 1"'" • "'g< /W"O.. IOI<. "4«, ~ - ! ) < /Jqp<. Ami r;~ pbnc:t with chcir sudden, mliSCl:lbr cOCW\Jdons.
,,,,..._ <f"""- " ....... ,.,,,,_. Masi "1Nbotod pi..... i• •he aden:al - ... wriuHy
-En.iaxu s Fonor, Shilwi Catechist coYCr1'd in "";I'" fcarurcs, and the Yt'rilhi"I \\Orfd is no
of the Pingu1d Panglossi:i exaption. Cl1'tening lakes, rivers. and seas glc:am from orbit,
Approxhinl the cdcsrial body rcferm:i 10 in most charts giving the pbn.et a "''~ shining appcaranoc. \.Vhcrc another
aod lens simply as the \Vrut'\.ing \\rorfd. one aporicncc s s "'"Orld might Nt with~ fft:ch W21Ct, hOWt"li'Ct, thas.lll)'Sl:c:rious
tnnsfonm~ .f'll>'llming rhu contirNcs fi&hc co ~ ...,,_-a ..& drips ..;,h bk. phlegm, !""- •nd Olhtt uu:ril:""'I t.oiog;a1
pltnct's 11Jtf'J «. From a gttll di.1Una, the \\'nthing Wedd d.a.tions.. Eadi body of w:nr:r coattios a weiLlblt JCUP o(
appears link dilTercnt from ainy of tlu: other planccs locked happy microblodcu that prcsc.na un1old dangctS ro any lost soul
unlucky enough to OOthe wi1hin the waters. Tab persist -among
within the clutches of the Sc1T.aming vo,rcx. fn fact,. from
e a wa.ngc, &ctitious the servants of the Father of Pb~ ho'A'C''W'Ct, •h.a;t one truly
o:tmnc visual ranges, the pbt1e1 F
d>osco by C....ir.tb cr No.P, and bkss<d w.J. hG boulll)I
beau!)< The ....,ding ans and """'"' cf II>< pbnct'> >urf.act
au mnin~t of a shimmering sand gtobc. "·hik Boatine •• - bunsdf bcnath II>< - - " " " Md
m:tivt uncold m<>nh fiom lhcit internal pmoll
gra«fully :eO'Vt' the pl:tM't lift' undubnt clouds of bbck,
Due to the constantly shilling natu~ of 1hc wry bedrock
C'ddying in the upper :itmosphc:rc. An iridescent ring surround$
tM "-hole. playing hoa to fout vm:bnt mooru: that hang fik or lhc plane~ inst.abiJity is the only constJ.nt. Nothing is
gtow;,,g .....,.ldsu pooagol dmchoin .Butaa_. .,....dost t; ttrtain. ThtCtul Tendrils att l'OftSCandyon rht MOYt'., ausini:
rnlily Ofl<"I up Iii« a ..,,.im'ul bloommg mtpo< no..tt d1'lutbing qu>la lh., an ~ II>< ...,n, cf mao ;., lhc
The first dl$JOnant norc :1 first-time visitor to the \\'tithing blink of an~ \\'hen those ll:ndrils dttp benc;ilh a Ulcc or
World will note ts the compo.s;ition of the V.U'i &weeping ring sea shift c-nough, the rontenu may drain 01i11 only co emergie
th•t surrounds the planrt Upon closer insptttion , the ring is at somt: oLhcr point :along the- planet's s-urN~ Coundcss
not, in bet. composed of du.111 mid stone, .as one \\'Of.l)d expect
aqu.aric vttrri.in .att suanded in a moment upon vua. pla.ios of
m the sidetcaJ \lnrvuse Rah". each chunk of mancr fixtd dry;,,g ll<Sh. .m.1c bnd-bom ........ .in,..,, lull"• ...,,jd ...~
within the bllnd it a complictQ:d knot offq-, wnggfi.ng me:u.
These momeno: of uphew3:1 :and dcsuuction a~ rd'"em-d ,0 as
Convukiom, :and an ocasionally wreak drastic c:h.ange upon
Tendrils and flesh undulate t:O undetectable currents. From the
lhe entn suMacc of the planc1 11.nd among the creatures and
l.vgcst astero5d.s to the tiniesi, glittering mo1cs fl oating around
heretics th.It call the \\'rithini: \\'Oftd their home.
lhe 'W'Odd, txh thnshes sof1fy in a bizartt simubcru m of life.
Of the countb mysttries and enign:w: lhac au no.ind lhil:
The four "'-'ful moons orbti>g """nd II>< Wridmg
\\'odd~ the molt intcrt:Uing m')"Sl«y within the: S)'Steln, in rwisting sphere,. possibly the tnott fascimri.nt: is the qocsrion
their sheer nomiJlcy; The flon :ind f-aun3 on e:w:h are primitive of wh.at lurks beneath the churning surf:tec? There ,arc m3ny
ln thc:it development and sop11isocation, but they ne'-'Cnhdess theories 3S to what lies ;u the heutt of pl:inec.. Countless
prcscsu • viridi.an splendour v.Tiui set .against the p.11Jc, dun expeditions h..-c been bunched through the millennia,
«>loortd worid. chcy orbU. Exh glittcn w~h v.t>rmcy; lhr with an tmprm.nooc roB of rhc most notable H-ctt-cic:s of the
spuk&ng j.l<k cf. boW..lly's <)"- And cam ......;., untold Screaming Yorio gauging chat wiy throuzh the coondcss
mystcM char link it to the gliJecning umber~ be~ layt"rs of quivt-ring flesh.. No one has ever returned to the
As a Heretic bcc:aks atmosphere into the n:alm of the sulface \\'ith Indisputable proor of what lie:s '' 1he centre ot'
\\'tithing Vt'orld. he "'·ill find navigation and Oight diliiroh :is lhe orb o( roning, .squirmini: meal This I d of evideacc,
howC'\tt, has only fuc:lled the n.mpmt spttu.lacion.
lhr ••....r1y ..1oi ..;m 11>< r""Y .....m of.,.. buffets did<
mfi: w!l:h d~ apricioos viokno: rL a mischi~ child. Any
The llUjOrily of dme who sprolbJr 00 the ll>!Ult of !he
planet nuinu1in tha the wotld consists of 00fh1ng bot layc:r
attempt to brtathe this ajr without 6hl';ation or :issisuncc is to
after l:3ytt o( lksh; '3 snarled tnnglc of squirming icndrils;
cxpericnce the dt:eomposition o( an enti« pl:inct beneath ones
feet The i.mprcuion is onJy reinforced as one looks out over
pxudopods. find ganglia. If this is the case. i1 is probable th.lt
II>< slowly undu!.bng hndvapc of lhs IOolly-p.riou> worid. those tendrils doxst to the e~ att dying or d~. pushed
n., "'"""cf the \\'rilhlnc World;, futm<d by an an..y •odor by II><" ...,.. v;i,...,, boochtts. This ~ C>Sily
of ftahy tubules th:K prcsettt n\ • wide r.1ngc o( .s;i:zcs. Thr explotins the puni,"'nt. S"\\'ttl: scc-nt of decay lh.:u ~ the
Crnc Tf'ndrik are m;J;ssf\-c, cc>tttlncnt sized m3ssc1 of rippling
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entire pl3nct while the vermin o( the pl:anc t 11nd che tttidrils
tab. lll't'tduna olf imo 1he diJtaocc. On 3 morc st~3td on 1hc surf:tec l"c:ast on the de.ad flesh, growing fat and
indolent oo the asy fue.
pba<t. ti- fcohly lll<l<lOGlhs play <he role of bedrock,
and n>Uing p1o;,,,. The Ocsh thao mmposa lh<m. Oadttt tab wti-GpCt of an C'"i'lbt(' civilization •rm~ crushrd
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moring-u t dow. dcLbe:rate rol k. apans the corporc:al r:i:inbow" bcnead; the Resh. p:ariendy l\\'lrting an intttptd dumpion
who wiO te-3t a bloody hole ln I.he planet (() d1sco••er irs
&om 8ushcd ~ahh co gangrc:noi.tS dC'c.ly ~s the entire planet
1ocicnl SC'crcts. I(. indeed, the ruim of a prlmc:v~I society
M} SNco chc ar.and b.Uet o( lil"e. death, deoy, :i.nd tcbirth.
llC' within 1he embrace of tht \Vrithing \\'orld. it m.ight w-cU
&- ..... lbr fincr drtails or lh< landscape or cli< Writfong
from.,..-,
II>< g;,lh cl ~ the bodies: o( the coundcss mdhons that contnb...tt- lhdt
' - Tmdrik. Ranpg
(cadent flesh 10 chc: fctor lh111 p:eu visitors,. fttch~ dJc: bzy
•IL: liar shoots that Sttm to thift m a brttze
a'C'atu.rcs of the world.
..,, .... .._. Tc~dr.tuhow mon: Ioli: tlt.tn their
The darkest legends tafk of the birth of a great being, a Haunting the shadowed depths of fhc bile seas ate
Crcater Daemon or a Daemon Prince. perhaps. The myths enor~ .slcek·bodied cre:i.tu!t'S that skim throu.gh the
surrounding this belief are varied and contrndictory. Some say gelatinous fluid, propelled along with the gr:teeful, sweeping
the planet \\'as f-on:wr al1trcd at the moment of Apotheosis. motions of th<:it bladed Limbs. These inse.ctile behemoths,.
Other.; that the planet is a living creature, sommoncd into often the: .size of void~figh tc:rs, art" rarely seen as they lurk
e·xistt:nce to devour the rcnujns of the godlings birth. The within the deepest., most dense folds of tile seabed. Hov.·cver,
vilest tales of the Sorcerer-Kings and Biom-:incer lords imagine the native huskmen of the 'Vrithing \.\'orfd ha\•e learned
the blessed entity itself, in the moment of its unholy ascension, caution when crossing these bodies of oily liquid, lest their
being ast into the ultimate curse of cosmic spawnd-om for callous-boats be O\'Ctturned, :uad they find diemscl~ draggi:d
some horrific fajfing, becoming the \•eiy planet itself. dov.'n into the tepid depths.
Any of these taJes could explain away the ecology of the l ife upon this fasc inating pli1nel is vibrant and fuJI o(
planet a nd the scench of the atmosphcn; but all fca\•e even energy as the ch3otic \\'hirlvo.·i.nd of 1he eternal cycle sweeps.
d.arkc,r mystc.ries as to v..hnt might be found a l the planet's across the globe. Newly-hatched heni·maggots pour across
core. 'A'hat is not in ..:ontcntion, however, is the veritable the land, pushing the oklcr corpse·bcctles aside, focding_ on
explosion of 1.ifc lli:u crawls across the surf:tee and sv.•arms in the rancid flesh of the landscape before erupting into the sk~
the skies O\terhead. car')•ing, perhaps. 3 fragment of a thought, a curl o f memin&
Thesulfacc:of the Writhing \Vodd teems with die fuJJ Jtrayof into the surging clouds overhead.
vermin 3nd t:11rrio n catct'>' one V.'Ould expect feasti n·g upon a ripe Giant botdc fiics, ~ch the ;s,i:zc of a man's he.ad, fonn
and blootcd corpse, albeit '.'Crs:ions too massive and grotesque swarms that suctch for miles and miles- into the noisoDIC'
to be i1ccu1atcly described with v.-ords 3Jone. Enormous bcelle· atmosphere. T he low, droning hum cf mjflions UPQn milliHw
cmuures push thrir W'lY ocross: the cilia plains, gt.tzing upon the of translucent v.·ings ls an e\:·er·prcscnt reality to an)"Oq.¢
w riggling flesh \\•ith mandibles sh3rp enough to cut through the walking the sulf.ace of the planet. These creatures, ooce tl'ltf
body of a full)'-anncd Rcnegode. Swift, scythc-legg<d M'll""- lea..·c the-shells of their pupll st3gc an.d tab- to the hnYy
Lice hl:unt the tcodril fortSts, feed ing offthe Ou:shcd meat of the for the first time, ne\•er set cl;iws to fleshy earch again.
planet's su.Ucc u weUas any,'C':rmin ot human they arc able to rem2in airbom<, :1 member of.the semi-sentient colony
ruo down. ~ -and .....Tinkles :are filled with the writhing until their shrivtllcd, dcsiccatrd body fluttrn -down ID
larv.acof the p,laoo's most famous denil~ the giant bottle Ries the othct. detti~ littering the landsapc. scnriag
thll make up d1c Grc3t Swanns swirling across the sky. next generation 0£ Vt'nnfn surging «lWards the
There are many hef'l:"cics in the Screaming Vortex that ll)ese Biom3ncers venerate the myri.30 cycles of Ufe.
believe the swirling, gr:iccful fl~•·cloods conuin 3 small TC:3sing out the meaning and power within die inaicate dance
portion of Gro,ndfather Nurgk's consciousness_, or seive as a of birth, age. decrepitude. death. dcc3~ and rebinh , 3tt'" .swifdy
condnit to th:it.Ruinous Po\\'C?s thoughts and intentions.. They destroyed by their own mc:irch or rise to promi:nenc.c ._among
sw:arm :ind boil across the pbnec formjng huge patterns that the most p:>v.'C':tful beings of the Vottex. The most powerfuJ
seem maddeningly close to making some sort of sense before Biomancers are ap.'lhle of shaping the \'C!'f flesh of lhe planet
the jntt(ms explode into chaos :again. No conc1ete evidcnc.e benc3th them, and the cre3tur<'S that crawl upon i.t. Able to
has C\'cr been prcsenk:d that there is. ln fac t, any me3ning l\vist living me3t and bone to their e\'«'f whi~ Bioi:nancers
behind the whicling ballet of giant jnsem, but this lack of h:ivc the \'C':ty !breads of life :at their m~ spinning annoui;
siirety only ~s to spur those: desperate enough to see,k weapot15i and defences from the very vitae o f their subjects.
such contact. Each )'t':lr. coontless-men :an-d \\'omen descend The vast maJorily of 1h e Biomancers liv.ing upon the
upon ihe \Vrithing \Vorld for the sol<' purpose of gazing upon \Vrithing \Vorld are not natives of -the fleshy o0rb1 bot 3re rather
the clouds and teasing 0<1t their possible mc;ining. tried and tested sorct'fers in their O\\'n rigbL Many of these
Among the m.iny str:inge and wondroos cre:atores th:at call jovial men 3nd women h2\-c follov.'Cd the path ofG1'3ndfafhc:,r
the Writhing 'Vodd their home, a hardy breed of humans h:a.s Nurgk throughout che galaxy befor<' 6nding themselves on
exjsced for'l!s king as the planet has existed within the Vortex. this strange, living pl3ne1. These poWC'rfu~ m3sters of fl<"Sh
These smgc, nomJdic cribc.smcn use- the exoskcktons of the: and life arc not often given to discus.ting their suprC1113cy
vcanin fot armour, u tensi ~ and anything else they might need. or their origins with oul'Siders,. but thef'I:" ar<' m3ny t2IC$ :ind
Clothed in the c.utoff skins of the bloatod cadai.'t:r \\'Ynns; legends th~t \\'hisper of their ability to twi~ the flesh of their
buskmen tribes arc const."lntly a.t war \\ith c:ich other over the en-emics ag>linst them, causing crippling p:tin, withering limbs
best hunting grou n~ lxeeding stock, and gelid ponds. and minds, 2nd reducing e\'Cn the most powerful warlords to
With the flesh of the planet itsdf 3S a coru.tant source of mt'\\'ling, t'l.\'isted wrecks v.·ith :a gesture of their h-and.
nourisbment., and the phJegmy liquids of the se:as, lakes, and Among these mysterious sorcerers, there are 11:1\\'ays fOO r
streams a ready supply of w:u~ the huskmen tend to be obese th:tt hold the gre:ncst share of povo·a, lording O\l't't the planet
arul slow. Howe\'Cf, the \Vrithing \.\'orld, lhc '"'<ry embodiment C\'t:O 3S they push the bound3ries m their k.nowkdgc: and
of de3th, dcct1y. -and explosive rejuvC"flltion. is a sccthjng abilities beyond the understandingo f mof'131men.. E3Ch of these
hotbed of di.se:ISC' and infection. Due in brgc part to the: Biomancer Lords command one of the fou.r gem-like moom
inhetent virulence of their t'nvironment. weak hoskmen tend th:tt spin throogh the kaleidoscopic swid of the aightsk)t The.sc
to die earl~ while the strong and tough sur.i\.'C. Through this pbn®ids SCf\'t as sanctuaries in times of great endC3VOur,
gradual process of selection :ind.cuUing. huskmcri have become retreats in the face of po\\'C'tful opposition, and. some '>'<hjsper.
some of the toughest humans in the Screaming Vortex. the very source of the paramount m3nifcst:ttion of their po\\'Ct.
Thtte is another type of human dut calls the \'{rithjng There are (out of these larger bodies, located within the
\ \'orld its home. Lords of the planet and m3Skrs of the: spinning disk of the planet's squirming ring. These pl.anetolds
huskmen tribes and even the Sorcerer·Kings who stlnd "abc>\'C are more tr:1dition:a.I in structure nnd composition than the
the hus_kmen, the Biomanc<'fS are strangers who come to tbc: planet bclo\\', or the ring of matter that connects them. Each
\Vrithing \\'orld &om nJJ across the Vortex. and beyond. These is host to a riotous explosion of life reaching up into the
sorcc:rets of life and death fin:d themse.lvcs inexorably pulled tainted heavens onfy to fall lnck into the e\'er-boi.ling soup
to the pl'1net to master ics lessons of Ocsl\ changi; and the of the surfac-e, corpulent and mouldering remains embraced
hope for rebi~b. M!iny keep to thc.mselvcSr. establishing sm3ll and cove.loped by the dsing ride of new life.
sanctuarics'f3t from the tribes. and other Biom-:incea;, delving There has been a grc:at deal of speculation among the
into the mysteries of the pl:inet for a -time before mo\ring oo. bcing:s that concern thc~el\'CS \\'ith .so.ch .knowledge, as to
Olhm, hov.·cvrr, dc\ic-lop a Wlt for the lhick. rccultnt air in the impomncc: and pov.-cr present within me moons or I.he
their lungs. the soft. pli3nt flesh bme:uh their f« t, an<I the \\'rithing \Vorid. Ccrt:ainl~ despite the vibrant lif<' pn:sent on :tD
msssuring buzz 1;>f the fiy clouds 0\-C-thc:.Jd: These pov.·etful of diem, c::tch is unnatural -and twisted in its own \\'llf. Equ:iJly
btings establish themsel\.'tS upon the planet, bending entire clc:u is th3t the BionuncC1 l ords ruling the ...."Orld bc'low hold
ttgions to their whims with thC"Jrhard·v.'On powerSi and pf3ying thC'ir lanar fiefdoms as precjol!So spending a grC:lt deal of time
with the lives of the huskmen l'ike the toys of a wayward child. secreted away within their s1rongholds. Nol CYtn whispers spc::tk
ofv.tiat might occupy these lon:IJy creatures in chej(mystcrious
THE CITIZENS OF THE lair:s,. but confccron' runs mmpant throoghbut. the \'on.ex.
Many secret-hunt«s believe that the trutlh of the \Vri1hing
C llAWLING CITADELS \\'orld's ge.nesis can be found buried bcnieatb the surfac<'S
The most infamous denizens of the Writhing \Vorld :ire oot of one moon or another. The possibility that <'<!ch worldlet
# pscudo-divinatory ft~ t he corpulent huskmen1 or the holds :a piece of ch3t ancient poz:zlc has r101 been lost on
Tidous imcctik vermin that room the surface. The reputatjon
the treasure·sceken_ <"ithcr. Other theories .Spe.'lk o( 3nc4:nt
~of th e sorcerc:-B that find themsclvcsdr.1wn to the
sources of po\\·er, <'ithcr sidereal or sorcerous, hidden within
\lttMFotting cxPJosionsof life have- spread 1tlroughout the ancient strongholds. Such sources of po\\•cr would go f3 r
~beyond. The-ii' m!tstery-cf the riddles of life to expl,ain the often sudden rise to pov.·e r of Biomancer lords
is uqocstiootd, and they lo rd ewer thjs plantt of when such a con\'C'"1sion occurs. True dreamers spcaalat~
m:rdlcn mbandon_
that the la~t gcreu of t~se dread lords arc to be found
.somewhere on their orbiting ciudels. Whether- these nnswc rs W3S so quick to bring an unknown newcomer into his rctin-.,
might 11ddrcss die bloated ny clouds of the plane£, or lhe but there is no disputing th:111 fuct. Yufrcth assisted the old
crea1ion ;ind control of the infumous Crawling Citade~ or of Biomanccr l ord with SC'\.'e:ral massr..c- entctpriscs, ind uding
mysteries c-.'Cn dlarkcr of na«irc, has no :er bttn rcsotvcd. All the constroa:ion and anning of a new, Larger C-rnwling Citad~l.
th:u is truly known is that the Biomancer lords hold control Soon after the oomplecion of lhe behemoth, howe..<t"r, I.old
of their moons with all the tightness of 3 death grip,. and hold Hu\\'llith disappeared. There \\'ert no rumoutsof a suuggtc of
their secrets closely e ven unto death. any kind, nor signsofbatdeor any other violence. Hu\\'3i.th was.
The mpst po""--crful of the cuncnt Biomancer Lords of the gone, and Yufrcth rcpaitc>d to the okl man's l1Jn:1rpnduary of
\Vrithing Vt'orld is Adjposc Rex, lord of Lowcncsse. Adjposc Dc'trop on the mouldering wastes of the moon Tabclar. When
Rex is a mammoth., gargantuan man whose port1y, smiling face he ttturned, he was the und isputed fourth Biomancer Lord,
hides the coldly calculating mind of the master of che plan«. and ruler of the- northern polar regions. YulTcth has no t spoken
Adipose Rex rules O\ 'Cf the most fecund temperate zones o f co any outsiders since his rise to povo-ci. and has spent most of
the northern hemisphc«. Despite the impcrmancn-ce of surf.Kc his rime btinging the few tribes of husk.men :icclimated to lhc-
fcaturtS on the planet, the gcnCf"ll tempaaturcs and V••'Cather cold of the north under his SW:a¥
pauems of this zone means that it is m o.\1 often hospitable Ahhough each Biom3ncct lord majntains a sc.at Qf power
to both the husk men and the panoply of \'Crmin. The moon upon his chosen moon, all Biomancc-r lords spend the
Lowencssc is a glossy jade ball whose s11:amy jungles mid foetid majoricy of chcir t'imc upon the churning wrfJce of their
S\.\'amps arc as\\'a.rm with violent, thr:ishing life. The Palace of adopted home world. Each rut.cs his own realm from the most
Surfeit, surround!ed by swollen, O\tt-ripe t.ttts and the S'l'<'C'et magnificent specimens of thic \\'rithing \Vodd's inf3mous
stench cf rotting fruit, is an ugfy, squat st.ruaurt built from Cra\\'ling Citadels. Although many lessct Bio mancers h:i\'e
brown-gtten native stone. Strc:1:ks of mouJd and moss add mastc-tc>d the creation of thcsc enotmous crC'3turevfortres~
sl.Jshes o f contrnsting colours down the low \\'alls. the monstrous examples that house the Biomancc:r Lords afe
Craven, 1he l;argcst moon orbiting the Writhing \Vorld, lruly gargantv.."1n :tnd majestic in scope <ind po\\'Cr.
is daimed by the longest-serving Biomancer Lord, AeOuvia Biomanced from the Oesh c f 1he pla.net itfelf. mckled with
Tamilar, lady o f G'r3VCti. The moon is a S\\'ollen dark o li\'C the genetic material of the vermin that inhabit the planer, the
bolb \\'ith \'Cius o f ferolcnt brown entwined across its surface.. Crawling Ciu dcls are likt: u.nto nolhing seen else\\tierc in lhc
The lady of G r2\'Cn claims the tc-mpcrare southern regions, Sctcaming Vortex or beyond. Mmivc, lumbering coosi:ru~ six
o nly slighdy less-hospitable than the domains of lord albino legs ptJSh the citadels along, putrescent palaces growing
Adipooc. Lady AeOuvia's Castk Nimiety is locaced beneath from thejr hunched, misshapen abdominal masses. The \\':Ills :1.rc
the surface her moon, Graven. plung«I do\\<n through the composed of thick exo-sktletal diitio, also a p:ak, sickly white.
spongy crust and into the crumbling stone beneath. The f'.1oonted upon these w:alls ao be found a bewildering army
atmosphere of Cm-en .is the closest of all the moons to their of defcnsi\'C weapons and preparations. Ofi:cn, \\'e3ponry that
parent planet's, the odour o f decay and dissolution heavy would do a Titan proud can be found probing the shuddering
i.n the air. Although no 3nimal life is visible upon Gra\'Cn, bndscapc surrounding-a Crnwling Citadel on themo\IC, ptQCUrcd
the- spongy moss that covers the- entire su rf~ce is home to through the offices ofoff-planet intcrmcdisries tr.td:ing in jev.·els,
slow-moving, vermiform leviathans who lh•e their entire Lives precious metals, and occasionally, the sorcerous assisl3no: of
burrowing beneath the- surface. these paramount practitioners o f the Vt'a:rp-tain1Cd arts.
Cord Cantric, lord of D:iedelon, is easily the most In addition to· serving as c.ach 9iom3ncey Coed's seat of
destructive, \tiolent,. and aggrcssi\'C of the Biomanttr Lords. power and stronghold, the Citadels ate centreS of learning and
Lord Cantric cJai.med the equatorilJ region of the planet over the Bionunccr'.s 3r\. with each lord _presiding over a coon. of
o ne hundred yc:us 3go. and has not attempted co encroach lesser pr-actitioncrs. most being those \\·ho h;r..-c tr.1vc.J&o.i to the
upon the realms. of either Adipose Rtx or Lady Arftuvia in Writhing World 10 learn ill sa:recr Each Biomanm lonl hJS
a ll that time.. lhr wannest ttgion of the planet is host 10 the his or her own policies in dc,:iling \A.'ith ,such suppJicnnts. Some
most aggressive tribes of hus.kmcn. and Lord Cantric has been h3\."t' been known to accept many apprentices after only a cuISOry
known to test his creations by engineering ~ssi vc conflicts vcning proc~ most likely expecting dut the danger ofthe 'WOC'k
among ihc ctibe~ and thtn introducing his creatures and i!Sdf woold v.'eed oot those \\'h.o lacked the abiJity or discipline
-diseases into their midst The moon Oacdelon i$ completely to master the art Others set gruelling trials and g2untlets, forcing
covered with murt...7~ sh311ow water and high-rcachjng. any v.t.o 'NOuld IC3m at their k nees neruly impossible- tasks and
spindly trees. $\.\'atms of fltes. snuJkr cousins to the giant insolvable puzz.lcs, only to often eradicate cvm those: who pas
specimens on the- planet below. fill the air, fooling the intaktsof these: horrble ordeals, for no other reason th30 to arlt rhcir-
crnft tlu t 'llttempc 10 land, and making breathing a noxious passing fuOC)t The only certainty :iny who seek the :as:siscancc of
i:hore. COrd Can:t:rk:'s Forcrcu of Sutliat readies out from the a Biomancer lord faces is that ·many mono h:r.-e died followinl
1;1udo\\'Y. depths and plunges thin, spine-like towers into the th;ll path than ~ li\.-cd to tell oftheir success or failure
'9v.·cring sky overhead. The Crnv.·ling Cit:adck arc iPrrisoncd with forces of a mblcd,
The newest. Biomanccr l.otd to rise to prominence upon ch306c n:i.wn:. Many o( the mer;i and v.'Omcn who stllld ...m
the Wt ithing \\IOrld ""3S Yufreth of Tidcc, lord of T abclar: upon the i\.'OI)' Y.':llls ate w:arriors nleruitcd fiom off wo~ 6ola.
Yuficth descended Upon the pl'3nCL akinc and un3rmcd and among the- most puissant and intimidating me-rtr.llll'b- .rl
was, immcdlatcJy accepted by Lord Hu\\•aith Duse of Tabelar Screaming Vo1ttx. l\iany of the RSt rcpn:scnt die
as .m apprc.pt:icew h- is onknown \A.'hy the rcc:ild tront o ld man mostfcrocjous tribcsmrn rulkd fui,,n the kal,. mwiir
40 28 32 '49 3 7 3 6 35 3 2
Movement 3/ 6/9/ 18 Wounds: ( l
Annour: Chitinous Armour (3 AIQ Total TB: 7
Skills: Av•:areness (Per), Interrogation (WP}, Surviwl (Per)+ 10.
Talents: Cold HC3rtcd, Frenzy, Jaded, Swifi Attack.
Traits: Unnatur.al Toughness (3).
Weapons: Anccstl'"JI chitinous \'.'Cllponty (Mde.c; 2d 1O+3:
Pen l; Crippling (1)).
C·ear: Tattered armour of \'ermin chitin, ma keshift tools :ind
weapons, ornate bone fe6shes.


+5 0 1 41 58 38 2 1 3 8 2 0 12
y
f\.tovement: 10/ 16/ 22/ 40 Wounds: 22
Ann our: Chitinous Plating {4 All) Total TB: 8
Skills, Acrob.tics (Ag), Aw.m•ncss (l'cr1 Dodge (Ag) +JO,
Parry (IVS), Suoviwl (Per).
Talents: Ambidextrous, Berserk Charge,, Blind Fighting.
C:itfnl ~ Comb3t Mnster. H3rd Target, Heightened Sc~
(Smell), Leap Up.
Traits-: Bc:stinl, Crawler. Ot'adly Natural We,;ipons,
~adrupcd, Size: (5), Sturdy,. Unnatural Tou,ghncss (l).
Weapons: Scything fo relimbs (Melce; 2d (0+4; Pen 2}.
Gear: None.
Movt'mcnt 3/ 6/9/ 18 Wounds: S
Armour; Chitinous Armout (J All) Total TB, 6
Skills, Aw.ar<ncss (P«J, Suovh•ll (Per) +I 0 .
Taknu:: Cold He:ined, Douhle Team, Jaded.
Traits: Uniutur.il Toughness (2).
WC'apons: Primitive chitin bla:des (f'l1elcc:; t d I 0+ l R; Pen 0). 3 5 0 1 05 22 3 5 0 7 4 5 14 01 - .-
CC"ar: T.nttcnxl ~lothing crafted rrom sloughed off planetary
skin1 makeshift tools-and Y.'C3pon5, coveted bone fetishes.
Movement: 4/8/ J2/ 24 Wounds: 60+
Annour: None Total TB, 8
Skills, Awareness (l'cr), Dodge (Ag)+ 10.
Talents: None.
Traits: Bestial Daemonic (2~ Dark-sigh ~ Ryer {41 J:rom
Beyond, Unnntun1I Toughness (6), Size (2). Sw:irn1,_ Vectors
of t he Plague God's ~1inh t.
t Vec:rors of the Plague Cod's Minh-: \\'hen.ever this
M.,._cnt J/6/9/ 18 Wounds: lOf creature hits with a melee 21uck (regardless of whether ct
Atmour, Chitinous Armour (J AIU Total TB, 2 not i[ inflicts Damage), the target must m3k.c: a Challenging
llldlls, A-.oess (Pei), Survk.'31(Pe<) (+O) Toughness Test. If the target fai~ he must roD on
~l)ilo- Sw.1\ Au.dt. Table ~t: Boons of the Plague God (:sec page 40} :ind
'l'nb Swum, Toxi< (3~ Variabk Siut. immedioltely 3pply the n:wlts. Non-livin:g crcatun:s (and
a..._Jaws (Md<c; ld10+4; Pen ld lO). crca1ures immune to dise:.isc) arc immune to this~tfcCL
std: 1hiS craiture's Wounds valu.c varies for Weapons: lnfectiollS Maw (f'tiekc;_ t d5-3; !Pen O~
Gear:-None.
lnadti.
""}illtl<T'
V...-.:r, _, pmno' II- fa< - fa! !f'=d ch<
Ills .... bias~ llw... ,,. "'"""' .,,,..,,, riP<'6:6
be • /a .,.hiaJr.rln /UIUftf •
NIptT
o( dcvo1ion to Tzttnleborao outright dccbt11ion otaotoeN1
to .cud: the SC'pttt, Hindrantt. or its lllOC'N U lllKt 'Nith a
hcany •dcocaK to the sys1em and a cbcer(.,I dedanbon tbal
~ 1~lkn. arr frtt to p:aru.kc in aUdl21 Hind~ md ia
ctl\'ifOAI has to o.tTec The Sqxrt """ill lS('Oti vb.ton 10 my
- Tnaiumission lntctccpt from dd:1im1.on within the system, rhoogh they themselves will
the junky.ud moon of Allcti:t steer clc:ar of entering the orbir o( the black mO«I, l\1cgaria.
The " 'orld of tlindmnce, an unprcpouming SJUow orb of
yellow·brown sand~ swn1hed In murky stonns and bbstcd H INDRANCE ITSELF
by • consunt sti'C:am of \Varp cncrgit'3 v.•hich swirl and skitl HindrnnC'c: ls 1 fundamentally ugly and blc:11k world f rom
around it, squats within 1 few sane weeks' r:m•cl from tM orbi1 irs undy suiface is the colour of d ecaying, gl't'a.sy Ocsh.
Thirteenth Starian of Pam~ One of the CJ~ming \\'Odds a1 Pocknutked with impact a:attrs fiom some long fo rgottt:n
the outct edge of the Scrnmtne Von.o, Hindraoce's growing prdiisconc atad)-sm. she pbll('t is bl1nkcai WI m dJca
"'f'UUlion as a pbcc s:xrcd t.0 the Lord of Dcay has led it to &rimY cbc.11$ ""tikh arr intcm.tpttd only by occwional simll
buomc: • pba <>f f<Wft<! pilan.,. r...Nurgk's follow= bbdc, dead, ••Icy. •nd oily...., wlUch «.....U.ly P"' ., dx
Mj'11u ...! ~ "'"""nd.•c th< pbn<t .i...nd; di< aumbl,inl coaiu.. eroding ~ slowty bu1 inn-~.
l.tttcrcd .and rusting 'o't:Skls of the Nurg Culti now n:gubrly A. llind<>nc< •n<I <s moons sp"1 po<wk.,...ly '""'nd the
liy avcr for shon periods to :1llow puxngcrs to disembark sysrem·s feeble star,. they p3SS unpttdJcubty t.ht0ugh the ftow
,;a.nd Sttk some sign of1hcir festering Lord'.s approwl or favou1. o( 1hc Bl.a& Gytt: itsdf, a rurrcnt of purt ~thcrk:: energy
1h:it could not exist outside 1he Scrc"lmlng YortcX". Such
THI! PATH TO H INDMNC.B Warp currents, where they touch 1he su!Hcc o( a world, are
Hindrance's pla~uty system lies dirccdy in the path of a Immensely dangerous to anytblng living on itJ 1ul'f.acc.
notorious \V.arp-cumnl known u Lhc Black Cyrc, which fn l.findranc:c'• case. .....neie the cdgt- o( the Dlxk Cyrc's
bps er.aft cmerg1ng from the (OrploC"'lhrouded m.lW of thr ctlefik:s fiM louch the .aitmosphc:rc of 1~ planet lhry tnitUJJy
intcnct with lU "'uk magnetic fidd. form in& tinia1c:r OICkaing
Thincmth Station of Pus• dircaty into a whirlpool of
ddntd> cocrgks w!Ut:h gush ,.,.,...i -.nls th< ban ofth<
11tt• and )<llow lighcs known loally as dx A.,..., Raocidax
Th< A.iron is ,.,...dtd by " - •ito ,,_, th< ...UC. <f
Vona. The Cj-.. sldtti.tily an •IOOnd th< hotdUI region
Hind-. ., a lwbingtt of a gr<att p<ril 1.1.., oontdlobag
of~ known z the Atu1hnn2 and plwgcs in a v.m: spirsl
sawom.ai brrort a migraiot. a sign ch:n the- W.arp«uJfth.:it IJcNi,,
into th: Gloaming Worlds qion. For those caught within
at the- hcan of the Gyrc: is :ibout to cnccr <hr :mnospbc:rc.
thr Gyrc-'s clutches, the cxpcrirnc:c ls \.'Cry moch like being
trapped in a smal l boat on a (a.a Oowing river being impelled Whctt the true \V.arp-tiintcd entri:ic:c o( the Bl:ack Gyrt'
towards a \<ert.ig inous w.ucr(afl, The \\':up curl't'nt 1ents a1 2ep through the atmosphere. they f.<tll 1ow:1rd.s Hindrancc'.s
and ~t tJ cs .any ship that lr.tv(rlC'S it, the .sounds of a billion surfllce l!kc stagnant v.•atC"r pouted into r:ancld oil. As they fa ll,
claws raking aJong the hull's eincrior driving those within these viu1 forces coalesce: into colossal 1hund c.rhc11ds, grey
to distraction. and making: a modtery of attempts to esc.apc. and bt0wn itorm clouds that intcr:ia viokndy wilh the thin
Those battel't'd vessels v.·hieh surviv.: lhe Cyl't''s onslaught art' d~ry Air or the v.-orld. Vorriccs the si7.e or condnc:nCI form,
dqiim:itcd on the outsldru or the Hindrancc sysacm..
or
with winds: gusting at speeds of hundreds miles an hour,
TI1C system consists o( s d Wn b~·n d-Tf sa~ then spi.nning widdcnhi.os across chc- fatt o( lbc pbnd, ICOUriog
away <'<rylhong lx...U. chem.
Hmdrantt itsdf,. a sid:ly dc:xn .,,.-ortd, and Hi~'s
""° mooos, Ab<ti.i and A-\eptia. The umcleu star emits a
Th<"°""' ..., "' li<qu<m, so unpt«Lcuble, .., d<.dly and
doc~ dul noching ctn be buik pcmuncnlfy 11pon the
bNio<d, guttcrin g Ugh• ..d cnou gt. h..c co provide • nmow
h.1hitilblc zone. Hindnncr :ind iu: moons h t within this
,...r.c., of' M;ndr.utcc It in wocld dttt u <ONUncly lol.st<d and
tta<kd, const;a.ntly disin1tgrating. deaying from one atltc- to a
:r.ooe, locked in _. right, :tlmOJt inconceivably complex orbiL
All three intcnnlucnt.ly w:i.nder 1hrough the pale un-light of more di:sordcrtd one. P:t.radoxicall~ it i.1 this VC'ry qu.al1ty >ATiich
the Black Gytc "s airrcnt, which pours slowly around and nuka it SO itltmctjve co those who n=vtre 1hc d3i* pl, Nurglc.
between them. flowing in an eerie tnd unprcdictll~e cascade
of unf:ohomab1e energies. \\'here thcac energies touch each V1S1TlNC HINDRANCE
world they scour and blut 1hem, taking the form o( gru1 Civcn 1he vut \\'arp-storms whicli buffn the IC~
nonns th.ait cr~tJ slowly across tht surfxc. rcach1:n1 the sutfacr of the pbnet ts no simple Lall.. At
lbosc entering cbc Hinda~ ryac:m from space. •h=-tber •ny one: time there vc two o:r thrtt suc:ft nightnwc - . .
by occident <>< d<Uga, find ""-!"" dullmg<d opoo cnwlin& skw.Jy •croG i~ and .11 sliILcd (ot inaanc) sb.D
•f'l"W'h by a small but _.,, Rtte of bott=d sys=
mon1Cors -.nd figbr raidrn opcr1on1 &om chr rusted moon of
piloc a ><qw"'d 10 deposit """'°"' .. "°""""''' ""'
r.iy
i\bstcn of the ships of the Scpcec h:t'W' .11 lklmbcr of s.ch
Abcti::a. This fleet. known as chc Se:pcd. is unusual within the pi!ou indcaruttd into their .SC1Vic-c, and they aR ta..,,
Sc:rc-.aiming Vo.aex for its C»ten ~ibly c:uwtl attitude tow.irds to ba"cr ror che price of f"'S-1;a~. Porymccu in f t form J
intcrlopns. Typi.c:tlly. visltots art hilled tn a bcnjgn, \\-orldly. lnctn:sting new pbgues is p3rticu1Jrly priud. bus they llifte
and fi'imdly fashion in the name of the Lord of Decay and lx-e11 known to accept d ilapidated ship «imponndl ot
llmted lo Rate their business. Anything $hort of an expression ccoentric symbolic rontributio.ns 1tu1 amu:tc them.
There 3!C few pc-nn3ncnt ...sc:ttlcmcnts on Hindrnnce; the collective of pilgrims ate :. varied lot, their only common
\\'.orld is ·jnimi.:al to proJonged human habitation, l:1cking denominators being n de\'otion to Nurgfe, an obsession with
potable Wl1ter or sufficient sunlight to foster the gro\\•t h accumulating ink'resting new diseascs. and :a lo'le of ttavt'L
of even the hardiest crops. AJthough the thin, dusry air They vr.tnder across the entire Screaming Vortex and beyond,
tcchnlcally oont3ins ~he correct combination of clements in like 3 sv.-arm ofOics, never settling for long. aJways checrfull}•
broadly the correct propon:ions to rcndct it breathable for Sttking to infect whatever lies beyond t he oext hill, the next
augmtntcd hum:u~ the'3tmospherc is fill ed with microscopic plane~ the next Sector.
dust particles which clog the lungs, c.au.sing visitors to hack There ate certain sites which 3ct as ncx.oSC$ for these
and cough miserably within minutes of arriv:'IL Pro-longed peripatetic lepers: p31ticuJ3r places which speak to something
exposure ro the planet's air causes the lungs to fill with deep within their polluted souls, and whiCh serve to draw
bloody froth, which can lead to de.:1th if left untrt"atcd. them together for a time to exchange- illnesses and rcconfitm
The skies arc grey ind stormy, 3nd from c:hc surface the their faith. Pu1ul11 has become soch a place.
sun 11pecars only as :1 distant bro\\·n smudge. its v.·cak light The to""" is composed of tcmpornry d-..vc~lings constrocted
barely penetrating the murky gloom. \\'hile there arc small with whateva matetial the Nutg Culti had to hand when they
mountain rnngcsofcrumbling sandstone, and minuscule polar arrived. As such it is a patdi\\•ork shantytown, a cluttered
caps fonned of yellowing and poisonous ice, the principk and mesi.y place thrown togethe< haphazardly. Tents arc the
topography is dcst"tL most common form of accommod2tion, though shacks- built
from crates and impro\•ised caravans mad e from bones 3tC
PusuLA also ofien seen. Pusula is buiJt on a single dust tradt "sttcc:t'"
Despite lhc harsh natorc o f the world's climitc, it is far from over a pair of :ancient rusty shipping containers of imperial
aninhabiccd. V"uitors cscotred to the surf.lee of Hindrance tmnuf'3cturc, which have been btiricd beneath the gritty
within 1hc- rittling and decrepit interiors of the Septet's desert S:1.nds. These cont:frners are used as septic tanks for the
httfcs..arc de-posited outside the: bounds of Pusula, a tiny, town, th ough they dooble :ts shelters when the WarpMtainted
~ ramshackle s,hanty towni o f around 300 souls. stonns p-3SS ~ obliter:ating everything on the surfa~. Most
\ \ ould1ind the idea of being confined neck d«p in ordure fur
(,P.-la is the crest.ion of a burgeoning pilgrim cultutc 1

1moog the Nurg CuJti of the Screaming Vortex~ days on end v.·ith hundreds of others in :a t iny u:ndergroond
which. d~pitc ooly emerging \\'ithin the l:ast space utterly app3Ui:ng, but to the NurgoCu.lt i of Pusula, t his
da; d 4 aeans. to enjoy '\l vivid canon of wicked
1
is regarded as-an amusing diversi<>n. 11 pote.nti3I anecdote to
6il!lesofappvc:ntJy ~ndcnt provco.-ance. This loose rcg;ilc f~llow travcUers \\ith on some fu tute occasion. Lodttd,
some spe.lk higlhty of the experience,. referring Jocul:u:ly 10 wastes, there to experience d.!C'3n1s 3nd visions that dlwnimle
-"taking the wate-rs on Hindr:mcc'" as if they had visited some their masttr's plans for the.m. They bclie\'C th.lt hi:'re Nutgle
fumed Sp:l on an exotic Jmpcrial p:iradisc world. .either sadly chides his errant children for their faJJings"bcfi>tt
Thetcw..n is ro-utineJy destroyed bythe frequent V.'arp-storms; magnanimously setting them b.lc:k upon the path to glory, t'1cir
this will h.ipptn l'WO or thrtt: tiRlC's every )'Colt Hov.·cver, its sins forgiveo, !.heir faith having been tested and f'CSEorcd, or
inhabitants are h2rdy and optimistic. After riding out the stonn if their faith is \vctk,. punishes them, blasting their 'SOulS and
in their recking b11nkcr; the milient group of survivors simply funnelling them directly into the \Varp ilSClf.
cmc:rgcs to gather" up wh3ttVer boiJding materials rtm3in withjn Those who venture fonb from Pusub into i.he wanes of
a 6\'c mile radius and begin agnin. They regard chis constant Hindrance tend 10 do so in joviod plague caravans, -Sited with
cycle of constru.c.tion. dco)I; destruction, and rcbuilding as dozens of pilgrims bickering cheerfully among themscl\tt
amusingfy symbolic of Nurglc himscl( Those few surviving cultists y,•ho stagger b3ck in on.es and
PmuJa is. un.usuall:y for 3 town f~uentcd by followers ofthe ty,·os ro Pusula are somehow altered by the experience. No
Ruinous Po"'t'N., -;a generally pe;iccful place. There arc occasional less jocular, they are ne\'Crtheless morc focuse:d, more devoted
011tbreaks of \·io~encc between cultists, but these uswlly ti:kc 10 the task of spreading Nurgle's gifts beyond the Screaming
place during the- rush to the: storm shelters, and as such are Vonex. They arc s.:aid to h-ave C'Ompleted die blC3k pilgrim.age,
regarded as unfortunate side effects of cin:umstances beyond and their words are hung upon by other Nurg Culti.
the control of all Qmuhn:I. Pusul:i is \'tty much a stopm'Cr tov.·n, Those who suf11ivc the bleak pilgrimlg<: spa~ in r<cdy;
a place to visit brietl~ and there 3rc no pennanent residents. ph legmy voices 0 rjourneys lasting weeks through the blilSted
A rich oral tradition is emerging among the cultists of desen "vastes of Hin<lrance. They describe nn experience
Nurgle who vis~t Pusula. \Vhiche\'Ct is the l1rgest shack, which 1csted their endurnnc.e 10 die. \'Cry Bmit: of limping,
caravan., or tent present within the town at any one time aces .scab-shod through endJess fields of tlinty bt1de-cdged rock,
as a general meeting place for the assembled cultists. As the of running lo\\' on supplies and being for.:cd
weak light of the sun f.ides- over the horizon, they reg.ale each to turn 10 cannibalism, of c.onsuming
01hc1\vith stories about the Plaguefather, and in p3Iticular his the r.ecking and diseased corpses of their
relationship witfi the Yt'Orld of Hindrance., which issrarting to fellow pilgrims.
be teg.1rded as a Y•orld holy to him.

LEGENDS OF llrnDRA.'ICE
1t is now traditionsa Ifor those Plagu<' Cu ltislS y,flo visit Hindrance
to take three steps in th cir pilgrimage to the planet Firstly,
they must arri\'C a nd listen to the legends of those who
h:ave travtlled illto the \\'3Stes of Hindrance before
them. Secondly, they m\lSI then themseJvcs take a
pilgrimage into the dcepcu deserts i.hemsel\'es, in
order co commune with the desolate, entropic hean
of Nurgle himself. fin3lly;. those who su"'i\IC this
journey (and most do no1) must return to Pusub
"and p:m on bo<ih \\'hat they havt lcamed and
-what they h3V<' been infected with.
The bttered pilgrims of the Plague God
ace drawn to Hindrance by the belief that
then: is an intensely symboljc and magically
significant link bi-tween the planet and Nurglc
himself. Thq· sec his rotting hand C'\'t'C)Milerc
in the y,·orld; in the constant scollring and
destruction of the Warp-storms, in
the crumbling of the mountains
to desert. They believe that
Hindrant:e is an entropic parad.ise,
a world that dea)'..,; endJessly,
a place of divine judgement..
punishment, :and teoJching
where Crandfalhet Nurgic
tcm the faith or hisfollov.·ers.
Those who truly wish to
.commune with Jheir dark
god must rr.ivcl here and
joumq• to the hC3rt of
thr decpcsc W3qi..scoored
T HE BoNE DESERT
lhe SlU'\'ivors s~.ak of cncoontccing dcsens of ycllow· brown
bonc--scatkd Slnd. At 6r.o( they encounter :s. fc\\...separ.ucd femu~
the odd sknll-oothing to the faded cubists ofNurglc, v.•ho \\'ill
have scc:n far \.\-'Orsc on the journey to Hindrance. Suttly these
arc the rc:mrunts of some pre"rious failed a rJv:m, one whose 25 01 25 30 21 16 32 20 ll
mcmbcn lacked the true faith o f those v.tio DO\\'~ lhem.
Soon, however, the ttaveUCrs spc:1k of cncounter:ing·more Movement: 2/ 4/6/ l2 Yi'ounds: 45
bones. Not in ones und twos, but in se\•ens und eigh ~ piled Annour: Nont' Total TB: l
up and :tgai:llst each other randomly. Then douru in one Skills: A\\o'!ltcncss (Per), Heightened Sens;e (Soond).
place. Then hundreds stretch.eel out OVC1" -SCVC1'3.I miles. And Talents: None.
6nall¥ the trave.llers spc3k of d csc.rb. ~h:at begin to consist Traits: Dark-sight, Fear-(2), From Beyond, Natur;al \Vc-apons,
solely of bones_ chc gr.Jins of san.d sinking away beneath the Vectors of the Plague Cod's ~1 i:rtht .
endless tide of death. Millions--pertiaps biJlions-ofcorpsc-s: Weapons: Rotted Fangs and Desiccated Talons (1\'1elee;
The rheumy, inftamed C)'CS o f the suN iving bleak p ilgrims ld l0+2; Pen OJ.
s'hirte \\'ith an unhc.aJthy light: -as they speak of endless piles C·ear: Tancred rags and patched scmps of skin .
of ycllo\\•ing, desiccated bones, slowly di.~i ntcgr.aring and t Vc-ctOf'.S or the Plague Cod's ~ilrth: \Vhencver this
coll:npsing into.dust beneath the pitiless grey lov:ering skies. creature hits with 3 mclec attack (regardless of whether er
\Vhece ha\T these bodies co1ne from. the Colti ask each not i~ inAicts Damage), the target must m:ake a C.haflenging_
other~ Theories abound. Some .s:ty a great war must ha\'C ukt:n (+0) Toughness Test. Jf the target fai~ he must roD on
place on Hindnnce in ages past. Others say these are the Table 2- f: Boons of the Plague Cod (see page 40) and
COJPSCS of useless slaves dumped from ori>it by the C>.atk Magi immed iately apply the R.'sults. Non-living crearurcs (and
of Al,.aia~Still more posit that there must have been some great creatures immune to disease} an- immune to chis ctTect.
civilisation hen: once, overtaken by a great pl3glle. a suggestion
which causes much excitement a·mong those :lssembkd.
Those who h.:ive W3lked the blc-ak pilgrimage shake
thcj1 misshapen heads, and c):aim th11t instead these ~re the
bodies of all those v.-ho died in Nurgle's service, tr.ansportcd
here mystiaiJly by his servants. They r.ispingfy assc« th:it
Hindrance is the cankerro eye of Nurgle him.self, 11nd th:at
to y;aJk across its surface ·is 10 draw his attention to oneself;
those' deserving of his gracc arc tcW:u dcd, those undeserving
arc shattered, their bodies cast to the di)• surface of the world
to crumble to d~t.

FAITHI.ESS
They further regale their rapt listene.rs '''ilh tales of Nurgk
p layfully testing tho.st who \.\'ander the Bone Deserts \\'ith
encount~ with the corpses o f the f-ajth le~ those who d ied
in the sct\'ice of Nurgle but without the true &ove of their
m.as{Cf rotting thcir souls 'fro m within. They s:ay that alier
walking for many days thtoog h the Bone Descr~ subsisting
tipo-n che rare me~gre fragmcrns of parched Aesh r..emaining
on the bones of the fallen. the dead themselves <1risc and
challenge them. These "F3jth.I~ take the form of the better
pn:servcd bodies, still bearing odd scraps of clothing. Ghastly,
sand encrusted driod corpses. the Faithless stagger to their
dislntegr:uing feet and lurch to\\·ards the pilgrims; their
mouths open in a wqrdless scrt:tm of jealousy and hatred,
bemQaning the favour shown 1·0 chem by their very con tin!led
a:iMcnce~ Such pitiful rcmn:ants of the faJlen are fee-bk
individually, bot soon aris.c in gre::ucr numbers, shambling
towardS the interlopers in tlheir dozens. They cannot be
~~cd or bargained with, 11nd must be s ma~hed aside by the
~ ~ into their "'3se components,. a sight v.fiich
it,_dfilncd t.,. lhc bleak pHgr;ms 10 dotoght.Nurglo, symbolk
it~ pNCCIS: 'Of disintegration. of things f3J Iing ap:i r1
rolheduK
Those few pilgrims\\'ho cbim to have surviVt'd encounters \\'ith
the nusscd Faith lcu say that they cvcntlt3lly pass through the
Bone Oescm, d isatded gle.imjng skulls glaring l't'pro3chfully
3l their b:icks, and th:at they W\lnder inco a OC\\' region~ the
remnant ofwhat must once ha\'e been a great vokanic plain.
Herc, the cultists spend days \l.'8ndering across a silent.
urtcrfy-d csol:ate l:lndscapc, with no gcologiaiJ feature more
than a re\\' inches high. The skies arc da.rk, 3 few \l.'(.''llk stars
glimmering indistinctly:. The twin moons pass O\'Crhe:td in
unpredictable p~nerns, obSC\Jring the stars and occasionally
eclipsing the murky sun. The glass bl:ick moon of i\1egaria
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noses those v.·ho gaze upon it for too long to fall into 3 deep
depression, tho11ghts of despair :ind misery overtaking their
conscious minds. When the rusring junk-·moon of Al:tcti:t
is ovethcad, those same individU:aJs become chcctful and
~nergetic, despite bcing by OO\\' clothed only in tattered rngs
'llnd being dcljrious from Llck of food or water.
The fe\\' survivors of this fevered death march describe how
after what could! h:r-·c been days or \\'ttks of W11lking. with
black sand crunching underfoot, the sky darkens., the tell-talc
signs of one of tile gtt'3t \Varp-stormi appro3di. All surviving
Bleak Pilgrims tell their audjcncc that at thi$ point lhcy \\'ere
expecting to be torn to shrc~ by the power of tht storm, which
shrieks and \\'ai~ and seems to funnel itself purposefully O\'Cr
the horizon. The bleak pilgrims descn1>c hO\\' the~· followed
the storm, dr.iwm by some instinctual fttJing th:at they \\'Cre
being called by t:he ho\\· I of the wind itself.
T hey tell of bow, :after journeying for 3 furthe r agc, they
came to sec in the distance what appeared to be some form of
lo\\' buildin.g. As they approach, they realised that they ..,.·ere
nt '3 great dist-ance from it, und that~ such it \\'as built on :an
impossibly titan.ic scalc. Approaching rhe building O\'Cr hours
THE EMJJODIED F URY OF THE Goos
As the bl:i& douds of the: Sloan move (O\\'ards the ccntl't' of the
that n·cntW1Uy s-trctch into days, they fin3lly arc able to pick
.,'3.S'l whirlpool centred OVtt the Temple, chcy ~asm sickening~
oot its individual features.
coolcscing and splintering into thotwnds r:A bcsW~ winged
The~ arc m.:iny different descriptions of the buildin&-
figures that floc-k to the j~d r:.tficrs of the Broken Tcmplc. The
and the precise dcttils vary for each teller, lc3ding some co
Bleak Pilgrims claim these Chaos Furies a~ C>.lc-,mons formed
.suppose that C\'C'f)' cultist secs '3 different construction. Some
from the vc.ry soul srutT of those faithkss Nurgk wotshipecs
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describe fallen pill.:irs hundreds of feet in circumference th:tt


whose corpses line the Bone DcsclU.. They sqD3bHc like- animals.
would h3\'C rcachc.d kilometres into the sk~ supporting a
raking the basaJt \\'3Us of the temple with their daw!.. yet they do
_roof 1hat must ba\1c \\'cighed more than most ci1ies before
not =ult the pilgrims ~iio approach the <cmpk
its collapse. Oth cn mention crumbling spires .or domes; yet
othC"tS taJk of a single fallen ziggurat slumped under its O\l.'n
weight. However it appears physk:aUy to those who stagger
back from the W3SlCS, the building is inv3riably described :as
a ..temple," -albeit one constructed on a scale which \\'Ould
dwarf all but the largest cathcdraJs of the lmpcrium's Corpsc-
Cod. Apparently hewn from some black stone, the temple is
:;1]'1.•ays spoken o f :is-broken and shattettd, and all "'ho hll~
seen it agree tlt:it it continues to crumble and disintcgr.ue
Movement.: 5/10/ 15/JO Woundso 15
before thci:r \'Cry eyes, \\'ith some architectural fcature sliding
Armour. None Total Tiit 4
aw.iy to obliviom as they approach, or with a constant l'!lin
o( slates or bric~ falling from some obscutc corner. This
Skills, A"~"'""' (Per), Dodge (Ag)+ 20, Psynls<;cnce (Perl.
Talents: ~ci ghtened Sense (S.mcll).
'"'Brokt'n Temple,: :tS ii is known, s:its at the heart of the eye of
the v..ast storm \\'hich \\>hirls around it.
Traits: Bestial, Dncmonic (1), Dark-sight, F'Jycr (S). n..
Beyond. De~1d ly Natur:il \Vcapons.
Wcapo ns: Clollv.·s and Fangs (2dJ O+ 3 R; Pen tdS; 'I'; •
Daemonic Pttscnc-e: All enemies within S ~
Chaos Fury suffer a-> penalty to Willpower Tat&
Inside the tcmpk. .stainC'd by •crumulatcd «nrorics of
THE BLOAT ED PILGR IM
tM stinking daemonic- sp<>OY or the Furies, 1he pilgrims Those Bleak Pilgrims who h3VC wandered the Done Dcscns
disc~d n.amcs c1chcd into the walls of the building itself;
•nd v.•ho have 1u tvivcd the tri.11 of the Brokc1'1 Temple ate
imaibed in uny lcut:rs,, battly k&iblc. Then: "·c~ billions of
nan1,cs,.ttaehutC 11p the- toWCrinc 1nccnul •"lllh of the- temple.
oow mvkcd ., ...,. robust and ck>dly than thot<
- . lbcir ro.i.rudc h>S been .....i by Nurglc. bur rhctt ;,
""'° did
cewtring C\-'C')' nook and scon( c. lhcsc ~ the Bkak Pilgrims'
one final test for them.
cbim, the names of the followcl'1 o f Nutglc. chiaelled here by As they recount their expcric:n.ces to those y,•ho have yc1
some unseen, foetid ullym;a,n sctklng frui tles.11y 10 cn13loguc to commence their pilgrimage:, their eyes grow bright ..... ith
and define the un~rsc. :in insane and impo"tblc cffon to ll'ltt, and their ,,ioltts tremble. their thro3:cs fillin& "'rith sickly
rnp cbc untvcnc in unchanging dcc:ay fo«Ytt. He~ me fcw phlegm. Thq' Jpc2k of how. aJ they suggucd in ianettd r.wgs.
s..iMving pdgnms find ~ compc:lil:d 10 scoor the
dchydnncd, haUuclnating. SUJ'\>inc. snd fall.ill& ptty :u Last
wa.D.s of 1he 1cniplc for thctr own n:imct,. pro..,ing their v.wth to the many diS.C2SCS ....thich h..vt beset chco1 fot y('.Dn, the)'
u followcn of 1he Rotfathc-r. Given the i1npossible scale
encountered a single bloaic:d pdgtim in a c:u~n apparently
of the Broken Temple, this t:»k can c.lkt: m;1ny Y.'ceks; the
a>nwu<t<d r - bones, pulled by ' mggcnog pony whose
pJgrims ""' (Qtttd to degr.adc: thcmsetvcs by coo.su.ming tht Dttettd ...cl •OllOftl! hide hung looldy fn>m "5 sl<ckul frame.
corpses of thoJIC -..ilo MT r~,kd to compkce chc bSk; 10 They cxpbin how me &l, dis1<ndcd p;lgrim ..,v;ud rhcm ID
comtruct ladders from lh< bonCJ of !hoc umc fallrn which test av..hile within his cara\•an. giving them stinlt1n1 food and
enable them co pt"tuse the names m:nrked on the hl&hcr w:alb.
br3ckish ~tet to drink, nul'ling them thiough chc worst or
1hosc who admit defeat in 1his stt-mingly impossible wk thrir fevers .and into yet highct mnd mott dis.tutbcd oocs.
MC imta:ndy iom to shreds by the C"lt'f-vigilanl F'urics, their
The Bica~ Pileruns dn:amOly opeik of.bys "'the compony
touk ripped &om their bodicl. dw:tt ID join the nnks of their
ktlk-rs. HO'WC'o'tf. those "'ho pc'1'$1C'\'Ctc", "'ho ~1l n chttrful
or 1his obese .,.,,.11«, "'"'°"' .,_ profundo buct..nd CU)I
checifuJ manner they eagerly 11.rcmpt to imit:ak, to 1he ddight
despite the xemingfy impossibl e iind fruitless n:itu~ of their of :ill listeners. They tllk of how they "'oukl cngngc in gama
wk, arc C'Y'Craually rcwa.rdcd with sight of lhcir own o:imc. of riddles. thoui'h nc.oe of the Blc:ik Pilgrtms an bt: drawn
scmchcd in 1•ny lettcn fttbly Into some ob«\Jtc cr.umy of
on the quc:stioftl 1h:at v.UC" posed.
the- q"Clopun ~ At thd moment. lhcir sutus u 2 uw Pmally, lhcy gkdi>lly d""lgc lhz thcir portly smo.r
foU...<r of Nori:'< 6 conlVmed. E'""Y """""'of tho bleok ultimately revealed himself to be no k:ss a figure th~n Nu:rgle
pilgrimagl' dctcribcs chis as a sc:mina.J momc1,t, where they
himself, testing 1he Bleak Pilgrims' faith and finding them
feel lhc ~c orNurgle himself upon 1hem, and hear his distant
equal to the cask of ua~lling onwards IO infect die y;·orld.
JYuncubr du.ckle. The Fu:rics ihrick impotcnd~ cnr:agcd toStt
This G i.rr-.rbbly too much f0t the listeners. who angrily
another"'"' ocap< dicic cluld>c>. ...cl S.. back onro the hem denouncc- the siorytdlc n for ncttdiog lhc bounds of reasoo.
of the S10f'ID, v.:hich rcs.:.rcau 1nd fades av.""Jy to nod\iognca. •nd straying pcrh:tps C'Vt"O intO bla5j>hc:my.. S~ c:h;;argcs- art'
lc3ving the pilgrims frtt to cot11lnuc on thcir Wll)~ met equally nngrily by lhe Bleak Pilgrims. and nL 1his stage
lesioned h:ands lnVJri3bly str11y 10 rusted d aggers. Typically,
tome croaky voice of reuon will pipe: up :u this point.
...gg:-smg concilinory Iha P<.tups the bio>1rd pilgrim ;,
JOmC' aspcc1 of Nurglc, or a Crater Daemon tn his service.
Tempers calm, 2nd a civil dcb2tc then pl"OG'Ccds upoo the
natun: of Nurglc's Chemons 111,d how the d.i5Ci1'1Clion bctv.•een
the god and the Cre:uer Daemon is a fine one, iind pc-Jtu.ps
oadcmK. AU "llr« lhot lhr bloo..a pilgrim is u.ty bk=d lo
Mw survr.'td his pilgrim.age-. Jnd voices an: l"listd in praise
t0 the Lord of Decay.
Those who complete: lhis fi111I tri3I arc slRcly the favoured
ofNutgk, and l'!lnk among lhc most devout of his Serv:t:nts. No
one knows wbOI Mppms 10 I I - who &a his l<SIJ, lhough •
" Ut..ly lho1 mar bodks rest oa Hindtaot t ~ u piles of
dust-coated bonn withln the deep dcsen, theil JOuls se«aming
ctemally in the inianecddicsofthc Bbck Gyrc.
bl~nkct of l'USbng mech:mica.I dcvkcs. suO.td 11\ID IOMS
hund..0. cl r... high. The moon bruns "'"' decrq>it
"Slot.far""'-' •
6td /»"' ....16<,.,,,,,.
Tlom:,_,""1a:zc""'6 _,,,~ ..J) 1-d !nmh.'
"rJ,,...,,._ med>anOC>I equlpmem savc:ng<d by me M'll'
fQO .ources amm lhe: Screaming \'orta and the Koton111
Mo"'°'
-Th< M•ny-Eycd O..de ofCh•os E.xparuc. 'Thert art: small, hopcksly polh1tcd .-.cu. aint.ed
With Nnof'f ('hemjcaJs )caking from the VJ$1 C~ of
H:tnging sHcndy in lhc: wq skies or Hindrance, tht' moon broken vchW::lcs •nd machines piled along thcil shore'- Thcsr
of Megari:0 is a baleful and w mbn: presence. Ir appears as seas now onty strvc to create a sickly prcc1pi~tion -which
t1 black orb, utterly dark. Light it'ClnS to fn ll into the moon coats the cntite surf:tcc of the moon in a lo'C:ncer oi grimy rua.
itstlf, :ind it r3di.:atcs .:a dour and palp;able sense: of menace:. Tht: t lindr:a11ce syscem occupies a straceglc locadon close to
Tr:r.'tlling to the moon ls an almost suicidal c:ndeavou~ the Thinccnih St1tion of P3.SS3gt. Jt has since 11mc immemorial
uny ship ch:at docs so diKO'l«a that Mc:g:iri2 po.ucsses a nu.r.ictcd intetnt &om those enemies of the lmperium who
&l"SViry weU tku a. complnely out of proportion to i.ts 10Uif't 10 trm:I bct.-..'ttll the night.ma.R" ttalm of the Xl'Ulfting
siu. Whik lhc moon's ndJUS it1elf' is: lea dun a thousand Vottcz and f t Koronus E~ beyond. Some thttt ttna.rics
l ilomt:ms. it rcgistcn to the sysarms of any approaching "II" a 1moll Nwgt.."'°"'1ip;,,g cull of lxn:1<b >ffilul<d wUh
WS1r'I u r s ···g a gr:MLltiOGal fie.Id tquMknt douns '° • btg<t C-1' "'pnre. openiiag wJ1hio me ~... &po...
of .,b, nwscs, lrigg<ring kluoos ond ........ mrougbout me aOSIC'd ln10 lhc Scraming Vortex. ml found lhc Hindnncr
s:hip.. 2s the: huO flexes and ahudders under the- prt:SSUrc. ,._,'o S)'*'m much to their liking. ~ pio~ we~ much
~ip that has tla''eUed to Mc:garia hu ~ rcnuned:: instead im prcsxd by the ckar symbolic: links between the system and
they h.avc plummeted to the J"url'ICc:, crushed under their own The Lord or Ott2)'. :and ch us tbey op1cd C(> ' lay Jnd cransfotm
immense weight, which is magnified many 1hous:and fokl by lhc v.-orld into :a place plC3Sing to them,
the moon's bizarre: gravitational field, Known since that time as the ;\1agl 1\1orbos, these
The moon thus posscssc:s many of 1hc: praptrti<"S of a Nurglcsquc hercteks l:Kk the profound depth o( spiritual
nc:uuon st:ar, thoogh its sazc a.nd su1bk (if eccentric) orbit corruption found in the Biomancers of the Wt11h1ng \\'offd
11round Hindrance, a mcdium-si.1cd 1crrcstri1I pbnct, suggests or lhc U-nhoty technological prowcs.s o( the \\';upsmiths of
th2t it is in f:Kl something eK. For most visitors to the: Welph. llian is rougher, readier. and moc'C" pr:actial form
Hindnnc::r sysaem it remains 11 d&SqUicting cnigm:I.. of upcrtisc. stilt ~pc.M·en-d by the ~-.ccd ~ o f
H~ for those "'bo wonhap Nuf'llt. ii is yrt aoochcr the Saeaminz: Vom:x.,. but focussat vpoo achtcvini more
holy p.c.. symbolic of du< - cl hk duna.er "1lich modcs:t aims: dun the CfCllion of new life Of the bi.nding of
rept<S<OIS me C'tcnul bottle-" dcspoit ond death. Meg:om Daemons into mcch:anical devices. lhc: ~\agi Motbos insteJ.d
rcptt::scnu death. the end of al ~ uncr dctobbon and ruin. It is xc thcmsc:Ms JS tradesmen. there 10 fulfil 1 prcssin& ntt'd
1he rca.cr.ion of living things to the ft'2f' of such concepts that among the ipacrfaring communities of the Scrcam1ne: Vo~x_
empowers Nurgtc. As a rouh. chose powerful sorcerers who for the maintenance of their vessels, v.·hi(h arc lnwri:.bly
worship Nurglc undertake- grc;u vldon-qucsts to the surface much b:ttlCrtd by th<' prevailing conditions. The i\1-:igi
of Mcg:i.ria in otder to stttp themJCl\'d in its Nkful energies. Morbos •pend 1heir d:iys in wom and pa.tdicd mcuum suits,
merrily toil in& on the hulls of orbiting ancient st:uships, like
ALACTIA liCJ mwlin g across the corpses of beached .., hales.
Th< M•&i Motbos .,. h.lppy ., accepi f'IY"'<"' ror this
'71'J '9rbst16< M"lJ Mwl># Jin<• pmJur Dtd-. t<MV>I
,..,.,.,.a.. t>hrafalr; ifI/Jr w ""' ,_ad I ""' ru;,,, thnr
-1< "' lh< ronn of slms or plw>cla. bu1 "'°"'
a f"""Ubr
intcrat in conridcnrioo th.a ukc:s dY form o( nu.lf'unccioning
..._ • wud>ir-<pri ..ii be Mfoft-., ..,,..;.Oomn••••r
mcdunial - me cider. more dc=pol •nd """pin me
- Rhodan Poliklwp.
Vinl Vinuoso of Addolon.ta
bctt<r. Ahcnu!M:lj\ CUS!D1DCB xt rm: 10 infoa one of the
~\1g. with some n~ and intt'rCSbog di1euc. OI 10 ronsent
The third major body of the Hindnince system, Abctia, is to hlVt: thclr entire crew receive any of the variocas 1cdino-
famed across the Screaming Von cx IS ..1he junkyard moon." ll\llladics and viral wrack-codes arried by lht t¥taf 1hemsclvcs
Prom space, its pitted nnd M ling Iron surface resembles in ~ymcn 1 fot Y.'Ol'k carried ooL
nn overripe, rotting. orangc--colourcd (ruit, surrounded by
buzzing insects. These •insccu" tire In f:1ct the mercantile
fl~u of the O;irk Tech-Prtau of Al>eti2. the Magi l\i\orbos.
.-..ho. fiom s.ma.U beginnings. haw bu1h !heir world into a
m~nor rcg:Kicu.l powtt.
Abaia is the most hab.ublc o( the thttt tcdns of the
Htndr>nC< sysoem. though 1h• is hardly• .,...00 boost @Mn
tftc e-mcnil): inhaspii.bk mturc: o( lu terrestrial bodies. It
bdn a thm, acrid atmo.sphctt that can susuin hum.an life
o( 1 k1nd., and i1 lacks the vicK>us \Varp-d:riven storms of
H&ndrancc or the crushing gr.rvr1111.on:al field of Megaria. The
surface of AlactU is. save (or ii (cw denuded l3nding fields
9Cftine: :as roogh and n:ady 11:.tpo·ns, entln:ly coi.·e.tcd in a
ablorbing the Life-Eater v:iNt clut the lmpm1.1m of ~\an
MIR E dropped onto Mire. Countless 1colyttS fell to the diic::ascs th2t
'Y11t -i,;p flah. "'Ids/;"""'"ftrli•g, prruyflah. &rill< u dont. t m:tnatc:d from 1hc F:i.tht:r oft>C),lilcn~ thcir immune systems
,.... Lry ~ - loi""'J tbt m•h -ff.,;,.....jivio flolo "'1r di • ;napablc of copcng w<h the poccncy of h• dc<;oylng form
,_adtllill"" ..a., tbt t...11{AD dooais.. •the ltw pbnu thaS>Jf'n .d QMOon • tbc Nods ofNutglc.
-Garica, Pn0mi~ of Mirt: As the Ruinous ~n's aucndons. left M uT_, 1he YCSSiel'1
reactor finally tXp~ed: the proximity to the PlagUiC Father's
Obscr.iing Mire rrom afar, there ls little more co perceive than
ptesencc caustd 1hC' huge energy $li:n1tutC' to ju.mp the entire
a m;us of whhc 2nd grey clouds that swirl above :t barren
world into the Warp, c:uecoin& through the Empy~an to
btoWn b.od.Japc: sO'c:tc.hcd .:tOSS tm ,,.·bole o( the pb:nct.
......Wly bnd on th< Scrcam;ng Vona. T.-1 through
Th<re att no .....,Dins , ...._ 0< 6dds of l"""h; only dM:
occ.n:ion1 I pbln of Oat stoflC' or dismal bog dou 1hc bnd.
me lmmatm\l lft shock rhe pbncl s fngile core and ttleascd
nussi\'ie pockcu of air (m11.ny d isplu:in.g lhc: ~ados
The texture orthe visible temin is unnaturall y smooth and 03emons that now inhabit the: planet). T hek prcv1ously
unifocm,. perpetually nicked by rainfall that ls !IS persistent
tt:1ppcd g:usct mixed with the a.tmosphel'e :ind cre::itcd ~
as it is common, no muter"'~ on the pbnct you might
llO-tmlti:al d~-npour th;11 b.m:d for dcadcs. ~ long Rain
be. Ocspiu: the 11u110Sphcn:'• (IORSistent "udKr fQltt~ the
d....d ""'"1' ~ sbhs of sl.tc dolodgcd by dM: quakes, but
entire • 'Df'ld IS almost dt-.'O.id of l.ifc.
all of chc rcmaininjl ltndmmo: weft wuhcd IWJY inro SCH
The few sorcerers and hcrc&eks unfortunate enough to 6nd
and oceans of mud. Those tha1survived the cataclysm spre.:id
1hcm.sc-J\'es on Mire h-avc dc,rclopt"d numerous cheoties .u to
\\'Ord of the 1ncvltuble de.:1th to :iny that b rave the below.
why :md hov. 1he planet came to be: .so banicn. posmbtio ns
Of the origiml wcnhipc n .,.cd b)• N~T<. only one oc
of 2 tr.rli'C:lling Wup vono:. nas of ckmcnul renos.. and
rwo million wrvt«d chc: long Rain, md half as many perished
rhc auchinati oM of ttneg1dc "bgos Biologu UC' among the
from che finaJ dCSth chroes of the Nibilo 0'*'1'. Those th.at
most populat The truth of the entire matter of Mirt has bttn
rctru1incd havt" been b~<I by the Lord of Decay OVCt centuries.
shrouded by the pass.age of clmc, bot anefaccs of its history
the djscases endured by their :.nccstors h300~sclceted by I.he
c~n be found by the ambitiou.s 11nd foolh2rd)t
Pbguc Locd far in :advanct to ensutt tku the perfect aaier
The oc:ar-<OaS Utll rainf;all hctt does IOO« than ~roe: .Id
hosts C"Vmtaglly sitt cbe bloodline. The- ~ aha lak.r
mfcctioo iA d'lc: living; the cnb« ...arid is in a consonr qdc: of
ewccptionaJ M Rm. from ggc Priomitcs to uv;1gc Deith
d«•)' The few<hecuofsbrr rod\ th31 dot dM: pbncuhifi olightfy l>ries~ to scrvt in thC'ir Black Cn.iudes unknowingly arry
In the least viKous sens of mud , opening air pockeis rc-sie:ded
whh them the ttutst mission:uics of the i\1astcr of Pestilence,
millennia ago afttr ~ wortdS tumulnsous journey through the
sprc:ad:ing his 1nre.t.'tious gospel to the f.tr cotnen or the gab:q:
\\'arp and inCO 1ht Screaming Vonrx. The: most dcwud S3\'3llts
The Mimas sprnd oot from V'inslous co the- bobled sb'c
of the ~ lmpcriam o£ Mm and dM: I""'"" ho-rue nds that ~ tbc ~nc1'1 only""" " g.,..nd, anyWtg
tchobcs know only inklings of Mire's true h!iPory, aod thoK
s1mpks from the ultra-po1Ju1cd swamps lhll survived ~
1h:n perform chclr own u chac<>IOJ:lclll expeditions nu't'ly escape
btush against 1hcir lord's ptesence in the- v:iin hopes or
the cvcr--chumini stlbltmncan c:ivcrns. ('IJltiVlting an edible rcsoun:e Stt2incd to the limiu of
Oner a l14h world fiDC'd with suptt-fion i. the jungles of
f-.tigue and ~Don.. tbq- scctlrd :ap;ut from one anolhcr.
M;.,, .X..lot><d pestil<ncr ol • poccncy .00 ;ofcetmus ....,.
=ting dt1WIKS dcttnnJncd by plagues p..,.d Oft through
OCfSJ:Urd by ~ other pbnc:t in the g.daqc. The ~otDOl.IS
generations or ccrcbnJ consumption. The sCtOnf:CSt ~1itens
JWamps and re>rcsts bred cq... ony toxjc r~una. leaving the
2nd those n:1lur11lly gifted by Chaos 2re prr vy to chis revered
smartest (and most dominant) li(e forms, Mittns. to dC'\·elop
bounty of the ttecn1 dead. crc:J'line a po.tent new ruling class
c2Mibalistic dleu,. roosumin J their own dead to survl-..·e.
ofttn stttpcd in the po-.-us of tht Warp: Priom.irs.
Wdt t1Us !""'"' and the . ..,,.1 hozanls of the pbnct. ;ts
Thoe bn1~ xions of dll<l!C embody dr most
dcniz.cns n.tunlly fdl into wonhip of the Plogu< Lon! .,
potent psychic -.bilitics gnn1cd by Nu:rgk ~nd pn:Mde 1h e
sutvivc the myriad diseases spawned on Mire.
1m:ans 1h~gh y,•hich the Cl'tiat Com.iptor brings his 1gcncs
No diplom21ic visjt w;u ttquited before lnquisl1or Vardask
onto 1\i irc. 11ii.s intense bttcdine progr.Jm and despicable
dttmtd lt 1,1nwonhy of ~in1rgntion a.nd called down
dicl has ldi. a ecnetic lbw designed for the <hildre:n of the
the on:kr fot E11:tttmin.mas E11:11'COlis.. Mirt:n fonunc--tdkn
Pl~ Fadxt tc0n.s ago; fVCf'Y 1hous:andtb A'\u~n born 10 the
foresaw chc dta1h of thcir wort d in the entrails of1heir victitm,
ttibcs posscr;5et s superior immune S)"Um e:atrcmtly tts:istant
brought aboul by the F~ Emperoc from afar and carried oul
to d ise.asc. These h2plcss creatures {named "Pyrion.s'" by lhcir
with che ~I \'iolent pllho~n known to setuacnt beings; 3
progcnito n) arc ritually sactifiecd by 1\1ire's Oc-ath Priests.
pnd ritual \\·at ptcp.3rcd and nll the most dcYOul mcmbets
thcit i.nsidcs tom :asunder and C'.Wposcd to AC:fcd S3mples of
r•ht-ttd
of tbcir r.t(('
r...
Pligo.c F.ihcr his _._&om
in the c;ip.al of Virubd to beseech thr
dM:;, unpcndmg doom.
Nurgk .,-. fi t to prottct thne- supplkanl$. Tht RuiRO\I)
Nurglc's Roe bef.,. they arc .ic-n:d.
The Daemons of the AU11cr of Ptstikntt ante from thoe
~ briefty m:anifcsted nca.r i\1irc, pl2yfully sv.'3tting the
ritual piles or dinrded humaniry. fully malcrialislcd in a11
thcit putrid glo'Y· Thjs blasphcmoos practice h21s aone on for
~OM- from orbit. aU$in& the- space tlocill:i to pull back centuries and now the Pl.ague Latd's Watp-dlildrcn w:i.ader
,.~ioo1Will1Mlld1 -ofdtd r firtbomb P')'lo>d. and trusting thtt the md.kss mud tbu of Mice. sptt;ading the f~ dtSC2SCS nae
- would do,,. JOh The c;,.... Conupcor lhcn >rudy shot<d by the tnbcs of Min= tlw fic=ly pn>l«t
r , . . - - al'Ql.lnd the ~ ~ V- ICUlous, their tumulcuo-..s territories.
Vmuwus The Kc:inri knows of O<arly •D dur happens .., Mar
("1\ich " f..iriy hnk). absorbing •II thr ~-kdg< ~.t.in
lf •could bc sUd dm M;.. lucl •"""""' YonAous woold be U.
the minds o( ~ he consutDU. Thctt ~ JIC'Ota of rumcus
5".-1 mlhe >hchtt pmaJ by • - P = ofdo* pbtiog
U... nl'f'Cdoffd.. NV,Wo.a...,,,. ....,Rd - lhe """°"'"'"
lhc C"lltft- scnkmcm I.Ms :ind d.cs Ypon tfv: apricious \\trim of
Wt tt'IYd to aod fro in Viru&oos (tnOA of them thous.
pcMftllol JOurccs of food) but f~- hokf any ct\tth. One that
the Kas.n, who is bl<...d by rhc ~God tus lnrc:takd the Kcisari for some time Is the focal IC'p
o( • dC'oUh ~uh in die collapsing mud Q YCMI a fc.w d.ays
The Kei.s3ri of Yirulous arcw f:at on the br.11ins of C'\'ery
corpse that fell near his 1ribc. gorging himself for decades on 1nvcl from 1hc .scttlrnK'nt [f thctt is :any Ye'l"lch.y to the talc,
or
lhe neural delights of (hous snd ~ 1\iircns. As the popol:ation a \V11rp--Juit1incd strain of the Life- Eater Virw.. 11uapcnded in
of his city grew; so did the presence of Daemons on 1\~i rc. n bvbblc or time th11t has cx1eOOed its lif<:Jp:tn a bilhon·fold.
Now dozens of Pbgue~srers. Nurglings:. Beasts of Nurglc, A mote troubBng rumour has r~dlcd the KC'iuri and be
and Rot A.it.s ro;1m outside of 1hc h:apha.z.ard S('ttlcment. hu begun to mobilize and g:1thtt the unholy forca •I his
m JUring that the colkaM dead arc l>RM.igh1 to the: Kcisari
bcdc. •nd aU CO address iL Somewhctt (1r rcmcnocd from
V"IJ'\lolous, a Pyrioo st1M\1Cd a ttgimtn of hartoWiltg Nurgk's
for consumption. ~ ultn ~poccn1 Priomi1t has COiW ro
Roe inf"«1ioN and h.u become an atrcmcty ~'Crfi.J Pl)-ktt
f<SCml>k lhc Phgue F.rhtt: • • >cri"li a>lkction offaay tis1ue
fipc • ·idi disease- md inftttions;. h• .ncmfibk psychic powers
WhUc the popublioo shuns and (can chis unnatun]Jy dean
01.casi. the braddi md poccru:y ofhd IS)thi< l'O"m"" the
.unpli&d by lhe d;,!l""i•g nwkt>c .,_ ~pcd ooly Ii><
.1tufT o( legend, and it is s:iid due he tmms the mud O.ts of
hU consumption_. Thr Vllluab&c bf.;iins of any corpses that &II
in \llruJous a« gathtted 1oec1hcr in 1 massive vat cf peculiar ~tu~. The Kc:is;ari rejoices that one d.iy he will be JOtned wi.th
liquids, providing the Kcisari wilh mental nourishment. 1he Crnc Corruptor, but is in no hurry 10 do so. and tC"pulscs
ViruJous is an cspeci:ally d:ing<rout place, a world " 'here nl the thought o f a Pyrion bc·i11g the n1ean, orhlS end.
dog U1craJly eats dog, or whctc 1hcy \\•ookl if they hadn'1 \Yhcthcr or not th:al bears a.ny truth, chc:rc: is a great danger
long ago been ea[en by the mutated siring or bumanify tha1 1h:u lurks in the end less mud Oats which 1hc Kc:iun is al~·.ays
ptt~~ for. The scores of coun1kss bodies of those: "'ho
calls Mire home. The ratt cs:tibfishmcnt of crvilised in1en1
can be found. but mos1 Mfrcns ~li~ them to be haunted. died in the: Exar:rminatus E.xtttmis o ( A1irc suffuse th.c: VttY
Ultim.atdy, few CYtt intt"nd 10 find thcmKf\u on 1'1~ and soal wdh bio--matter, and some of thrir souls tngn- as ....~t A
f.,...,.
.nil SLl\' any iongtt NO -cdy n=s50f}l W tOilnOl'bul the au ofa stacsh.ip winders 1hc was~ cruduno-0
i\tircns and O.xmoos alike with ia: pondcl'°'-IS aricks.
MYSIEIUES OF MIRE
Several .aspiring Priornites :a.nd hondrcds or Mircns h:a~'t'
d ied attempting co find d;ie rumoured h 'l\ICO of the life Eatcr
4

virus jn 3 dcs~rl tt: attempt (O t:lro the KeWri's f.1V0ur and


a week's woe1h of all the food they can e:u-thc-ir blo3ted
cmperoc <lespcr.nely wishes to rnstc the naturaJ growth of 3 3 2 2 3 2 33
Mire, and will tcv.•atd anyone th!lt can provide it with chese
boons and gifts more wicked still. Movement: 2/4/6/ 12 Wou nds: 9
Rettntl~ the word chat tr.JVCl.s through Virulous claims that Armou" Dcod Tossv<(I All) Total TB, 4
the P)<ripn psyker h:..s begun to collect othets Like hi.m.sclf, and Skills, Aihlctk• {StKngrl>) +0, Dodge (Ag) +O, StC21th (Ag)
that he plans to s.1crifict them a1 I to the Plague F.ttbcr in a grand +0, Survhral (Per) +0.
ritual that will ch:mgc the wor1d of Mire forcvcc. The Icy lines T:llcnts: l jghtning Reflexes; ResiSt2.ncc (J>oiso:ns).
of the \Varp carry portent of this impending rite, and some T raits: Narural \\'capons, Toxic(1), Un n:itun.IToughn«S{l~
of the psychic cnctgies from this motley \\'lltband ate visible Weapons: Claws and Teeth {ldi0+3 R; Pen O; Primitive
from across the CXP3nse of the galaxy to chose v.'ith a mcJUlS 17), Toxic II]).
to pen:eivc chem. 111e end result of the m:us sacrifice: could be
enough to bring this- Pyrion, or anyont: chat manages to take P RIORNITE
this boon for themselves, to Daemonhood. Some 1\<1ircns 3rt nalutally gifted by th< Plague Father;
Sightings of the tiunic lutomotbus arc 3S infrequent as dei."tloping into psykrs. These chiJdrtn are the scions of
an ecUpsc: but, should it ever threaten Virolous_ the Keis:tri esteemed bloodlines and g:i.in their abilities from generations
has a dedicated (:i.nd modetUtc·ly well-foci) sclccrion of Miren.s of certbral c.a.nnib.alism that 1csult in a. \\•idc range of
prcparc.d to c-arry him.within the gutted rem3ins of the f•libr1o enccph:alitic affl ictions. \Vere. it not for this sunincd diet of
Ordm'-and dov.•n the milc-lon,g caverns he has had cxav:ned brain matt« (especially from their kin) thcsc gifu would come
within the·slate rock bc:ne:ith iL Should there be any chance to an end:, but there ne\•er seems to be a rime whcrt a clan
th.at it -appC3ts near his settlement, the Kc:isari will rcw:ird of these fearf(l:lly inpected (and dubiously insane) Mirens is
any v.•arband capable of subduing or otherwise: d iverting lacking a pov.•crful Priornitc.
the monstrosity, perhaps eYcn .sharing some of the nu.ny Every Priomitc champions a disease; all h:l\'e access to
heretical (and annredfy rnediblc) ueasures he keeps in this Nurgle's Rot, but each carries their pGrriCU lar affi.iction 3S :i
hide.away deep within the slarie. Miren hunters, Death Priests, badge: ofpride and supplication to the Pbguc lord. \Vhire they
Priomitcs, and even off-worlders have all been slain sc:C:king might suffcr from their sickness v.tiilc in repose) in battle they
th ~ deV!lstating creature. arc cmboklencd and empowered by the Crcru Corroptor, their
bodies ~generating .as soon :as v.'OUnds are intlic:tcd upon them.
WREICHES OF MIRE
These gaunt alabaster humanoids have soft skin CO\tted in
d iseased Ocsh and infectious growth, their eyes dc\toid of
pu·pils and consumed by d3rkncss.. Sharpened, yellow teeth
spit oot their mumbling feraJ l:inguagc, degrading in quality
as the cstt'em of its speaker i nc~ascs. Hunched over :lnd littk •
37 2 9 3 1 4 1 22 29 22 47 45 16
other than bones, their affiictcd skin is chitinous and rough, '
m:iking thcJr taloned hands into effective v.'C3pons.
Thcir ttitxal societies \\'Otship plagues and sickness1 Movement: 2/4/6/ 12 Wounds: 14
honouring those with the most aggressi\'C or violent aflljccions. Annou r: Rotting Skin Robes (2 All) Total TB: 6
C:mnib:ilism is ns fundamental to their culture as di.sc:a.sc:. \\'hen Skill" Aw•roncss (Per), Dodge (Ag) + IO. Forbidden Lor<
the nrc Pyrion or "clean one,. is found. if it is identified by (Nurgk)(lnt) + 10, Psynisdence (Pa) + JO.
-a Death PriC'Sl,. it is immediately slaughtered and consumed Talents: Psy Rating (3), Resistance (Poisons).
(just likt' oUof the other <lead on their home planet of fiiii~). T raits: Psykcr. Regeneration (1), Toxic (1). Unn:itural
The only p:in of the bodies o f the dead that these \'Otxioo.s Toughn<ss (2).
warriors do not consume is the: braia. a sacred organ rescl'Vt'd Weapons: Rotmind Rod ( ld 10+5 l; Pen 3; Force, Toxic.(7)).
oniy for their elite. Psychic Powers; Field of Pcstiknccr Jnviol:nblc Flesh,
Nurgle's Ro' (sec pages 215-2(6 of the Buck. ClwsADE
Cor< Rulebook).
The vcrysoiJ of Mirt" is infused with lhc blood, ban~ and brain
mJttcr of i:1s popul3cc, cougc:aled i~tln tly in10 organic slop by
the: life-Eater Virus. \VhiJe U':J\ICUing through the lmmaterium,
something congt:tled the consciousness of the de:id Mitens
into W2fking mo nsuosities th3l have come to be known as
Lutomo~ 'These garganruan creatures rise from the mud Aiat~
1hcir hoge bodies formed from countless corpses that fonn into
crude limbs. They Wl.llk the surf3ce of the planet from rime to
time and no scholar ytt has bC'ro br:tvc or foolish enough co
attempt to dilicO\."« why (and live to tell of it, a l le:is~ .
legends tell of Priomites and De:nb Priesis riding on the
backs of these r.nassi\'C' cteaturcs :u they W3de into the few
battles th3t mark the history of the: dcad world, though none: art"
sure how they ct me to tune or nc:goti3te with such mysterious.
1norbid beings. These ~1assive amalgamations. of the dc:3d art"
ponderous but truly dangerow; slamming their enonnous fists
{jutting with multitudes of jagged ~nd broken bones) into the
ground with unn:ttur31fore<. \Vhen a tatget Oees or proves too
nimble to slam w ith it~ limbsi the Lutomorbus Aings pieces
of its fonn at them instead; the corpses explode into bone
shtapncl upon imp!ct, kiJling most near v.-hcrt'\'cr it lands. All
the while, it wai Is a baleful mo3n as il fighis or searches for
ever more cpponcnts to tidd to its body

43 34 52 43 25 16 34 3~
'f 'f
3 5 19 "70 28 1 5 19 3 5 1 1 ~iove.mc nt: 21416/t l Wounds: 25
Armour: None Total T B: 12
Skills: Athletics {S), Av.·3reness (Ptr).
Movement: 5/ 10/i 5/30 Wounds:: 120 Talents: None.
Armour. None Total TB: 15 Traits: Crawler, Daemonic (l). Dark Sight, Deadly Natutal
SkHls: Awareness (P<r) +10, lnom;dat< (Fol)+ JO, Logic Qnt) \\'capons. Fc3r (3), From Beyond, Natur.d \VeaponSi
+ 10, Psyniscience (Per). Regeneration, Size {6), Spcv.·ing Tcntaclest. Sw:rdy, Toxic (2),
Talents: Baleful Dirge, Ccmb3t Sense, \Vhirlwind of De:lth. Tr.lil of Slimc'tt. Unn.3t:ural Toughness (5), 'Varp 1nst:ib'ility.
T raits: Dark-Sight, Deadly Natur31 \\'capons,. Felr 4, From Weapo ns~ Tcnt:i.des (f\o1cke; 1 dJ0+5 R; Pc n 0: Toxic 12D .
Beyond, Multip le Arms (41 Natur3I \Vcapons, Siu (7), Daemonic Presence: All enemies 1.o.·ithin 20 metres of a
Rcgcnef'llrion (7). Sonar Sense. Sturdy, The StuffofNightmares. Beast of Norglc suffer a - 10 pcn:ilty to \Vilfpoy,·er Tests.
Undying. Unnau.a:al Sttength (6), Unnarur:tl Toughness {8). t Spewing Tentacles: Beasts o f Nurglc bcara.lll3sso f tcnt:aclcs
Weapons: !v1assjw futs (~telec; ld10+14 (; Pt-n 7; on their bac~ As a !='ull Action,. a Beast of Nurgle can make
Concttssive 12), FcUing 170, corpse ptojcctjles {Heavy; 30m;: a Ballistic Skill Test to unleash one of the foUowrng clTccis:
Id lo+ 141: Pen l : Concuss;,,., [2), BlastjS[. Felling j41). • Clo uds of Flitt. The Brast of Nurglc unleashes a cloud of
biting Oics. This h~ the Smo ke (7) ~ality (sec p3gc I'5 J of
the Bu.ca: CRUSADE Core RuJebook), centred on the Beast.
BEAsr OF NURGLE Foul Cases: incredibly noxjous fumes spew forth from the:
These bulks of fescering Daemon-Oesh are bareJy mon:-
Beast of Nurgle. Eadl living creature within tO mrtrcs of
intclligcnt than Chaos Spawn, bttt cquall)• as playful as their
:i Bc3st of Nurgk most nu~ Oiffiro.lt f-10) Tooghocu.
diminutive cousins. They oozc aao.ss the lxlttlcficld, gleefuU y
Test be Stunned for l dS Ro bnds.
wresding che nearest opponent; once they have succumbed to
Nox-jous Fluids: The BC'3St ofNo.rgle spn1ysa jetoffkaid dtat
3ffliction or been crushed co death, 1he Beast of Nurgle moves
cats lhrough anything it strike$. One cargtt within LO ....-
10 the nearest u.rget to resume its ghastly sport
"""' make a Oifficuk (- to) Toughness Test or su1li< a
singie hit that inflicts ld 10 lmpac1 D.im.agc (ignoring·.,...,rr("'
ftTrail of Slim~: Bdsts ofN urg!e Jett.: 3 wake ofdis~
slime Wherever they wnlk. Any character who walks. lh p
an area so defiled mu.st m;ike ~ Difficult (-IC)) Ti
' Test or suffcr ldlO lm1>3<.1 Damage (ignorina
Toughness Bonus) from the c:Jrcinogcns.ln the
' ..
43 43 43 :\2 61 34 43 4 3
Movement: 6/ l21 l8/ l6 Wounds: 40
Annour: Nont' Total TB: ( 2
Skill" Awarcn<ss (Ptr) + 20, Dodge +10, l?synitcicncc (Ptr)
+ I0, Scholastic Lore {Numerology) ~nt1 Spc:3k Langu:igc
(Any Oru:, Miren) ~nt).
Talents: Crippling Strike.
Trait£ O.emonic (5). Dark Sigh!; Fear (41, Ryer (6), From
Beyond, Natutal \\'capons, Tox.ic (4), Unnatural Strength (3),
Unnatural Toughness (2), \Varp l.nstabilit)t
Weapon" Pl.gue Sword {Id!(}+!! R; IPcn 4; Balanced,
Tox-icl4 D, Pestilent Proboscis {R:ingcd; 30m; SI-I-. td £0+4
I; Pc:n 2; Pestilent Slimet, Toxic 14D.
Infected Wounds: \ VhenC'YCt a urget fails the Toughnc~
Test from the Toxic ~ali ty of a Plague o.,onc's attack, the
NURGLING t:trget also sutT«S IdS Toughness Damage.
These pemicM>us 2nd c3priciom Daemons erupt from the boils t Pestilent SLin1e: When the Plague Drone i.nJlicl'i Damage
and pustules lh.:it poCk the flcs!h~· hide.' of Great Uncl01n Ones. (after reductions for :tnnour and Toughness Bonus) with t his
They aper 2nd dance about the gtcatcr Chcmom, causing \\'eapon, the target also su!Ters l d lO Toughness l.hmngc.
mischief "·hcnc\'C.':f possible, consrnndy giggling as they pl3y. Daemonic Presence: All enemies y,•ithin 30 metres of n
Thc:ir enemies are 3nother matt.er entirely, and \\'oold do well to Pl.ague Orone suffer a-20 penalty to \\'illpio"-'C.r Tests.
aVoid theirs.harp claws; thQS(' th.at survi~ the rake ofa Nutgling's
talotu often find I.heir v>'ounds festering and incurable.

16 43 2 5 0 l

Movement: 2/4/6/ l2 Vlounds: 70


Armour: None Total TB, 4
Skills: A\\':tf'C'n<'SS (Per) +20.
Talents: Swift Attack, Takedown.
Trails! O.emooi< (2). O..dly Norurnl We•pons, mr(1). From
Beyood, Natuml Wcap::i~ SW3rm, Toxic (l), \Varp Instability.
Weapon" Te<tb •nd Qaws (Id 1-0+ I R; Pen 4; Toxic 131).
lnfectt'd Wounds: \\'hcncvcr a tsrgtl fails the Toughness
Test from t he Toxic ~ality of a Nurgling's atta-ck, the targ<t
also 5Uffers ld5 Toughness D:un,age.

Pl.AGUE DRONE
The ca;valry <if Nurglc arc one of the Acctest and most
~rous assets of the Great Cortuptor's forces. \Vhen
~ caU to bdtk is giytn, high ranking Plagutbcarcrs and
• • n-indUlgcl)t Rot Flies u ndergo a mutual infection that
~-their bodies. together. They undergo lhis tr.ansformatjon
~ ()' •, lt'Opsly.~luringan intu.itive rider-mount person:i whiie
; ~' liJdlijag additiAaal abilirics -and prolC'Ctions. They z.i p through
slashing do'\\'n foes wi-th Plague S\l.'O!ds
dwhtddield in disease and pc:stitcncc \\•ith
~'figm putrid proboscises.
Herald of Nurgle itsc-lf, howc-.•er, iS- never subject to ~
ABcELLYOTH, liERALD
negative effects from such rolls. When activaced, this power
OFNURGLE nullifies the Cloud of Flies abiHty for one Tum as the vermin
The Daemons of Mire do not entirely disperse "'hen they aJI swarm Abcellyo.th's targ<t lO dispense th~ P:bgue Lord's.
a.re desl'fOyc:d and frngments of thrit being .suffuse the horrid "blessings."
pl3net's soil Shortly aficr the dC3d V.'Otfd's emergence from t S ickJy Influence: Any crc:arutt that fsstruck by Abttllyoth's
the \Va('.p, thousands of Q3cmons th.at materialiSC'd "'ithin Vomit, Nurgle's Rot. or mclee :1:tt:1cks must make a Diflicalt
1hc many cavcrrus beneath the surface were crushed to death (- 10) Toughne.ss Test or soffu- a -20 penahy to all Tests to
as the mud-cavcs rcscakd themselves in torrential washes "attack A.bceUyoth until the end of its next Turn.
of dirt during the long Rain. These dfsparotc expressions
of Nurglc's po'>''cr congealed, coalescing into Abccllyoth,
a true Hera.Id of Nurgle. This collect.ion of \V:up.,sp:awncd THETHANATOR
The Thanotor, an 'lncicnt ovcll'lord of Mire, is ll Priomitc- of
i:ntities has been sajd to tum into a tempest of "'<'nnin th:u
the most advanttd :ig< and festeri ng po\\'Cr. His ..SOC'tt(Q(l:S
dC$Ccnds onto seulcmcnts of 1\1i1cns bereft of their Priomite,
coasumjng C\'crything but the slate rock upon \1:h.ich their nbilitics are terrifying in combat,. and his maggot-worn mind
is cunning stiJI, despite the loog ages he h-i1s ruJed.
primitive mud-houses and tents once stood.
A scion of d iSC'Jlsc1 this monstrous m:iss of vermin floats The Plague Cod has gf3.nte.d this loyal ~rVD n t of his with
not only cldritch girts, but al.so with visions. The ihanalOr
across the battlefield. sewing infection on the fon:cs of enemies
-aw:iits lhc arrival ofseveral po....,·c-rful Herctics,<1nwbosc-qtlCSl
and allies :dike. They wander the mud flats of 1\1in; doggedly
1hc- Lord of flies h:as buzzing, gurgling whjspcrs say he must
ptm:uing anyone unlucky enough to cross thejr P3ths without a
assist \Vhile the Thanator \\'Ould never defy his di:uk god,
Priornit<' to~ the eldritch consciousness. Even the 1'3\'Cnous
he demands: che rcspccr du.c him as :in anc:ieru :ind powcrfnl
Mirms chomc no-t to eat "1 corpse lefi by AbttlJ}<oth. ]caving \\'hat
pacron of rot on the wretched ""'orld of f.,\jrc from alJ who
little flesh rt:mains to rot away; or <l:.ie burning it upon ;i gn-aL
_p:3SS through h"is dom3jn. Th.e Priornilt Th:inator plays an
P')'tt:, before the :uh 01nic:s more contlgion onto the wind.
important role in the :Kl~ntun: contained in this,'Olumc, The:
H_c-art of the Vortex, guiding the Herctia to new heights of
pov.·et and nev.· dc:pths of despair. ..

34 5 2 34 43 52 34 5 2

Movement: 5/ l 0/ 15/ 30 Wounds: 30 _12 19 23 '43 16 ;s


Armour. None Total TB: 12 l'
Skills: Awareness (Per) + 1O. Dodge (Ag) + (0, Psyniscience
Movement: 1/2/1/ 6 Wounds: 21
(Per) +JO, Schol>Stic Lore (Numerology) ~nt), Sp<•k
Armour: Putrid Flesh (1 Al~ Total TB~ 6
Langu•gc (Mirca) (Int).
Skills: Awareness (Per) -+0, Forbidden Lore {Nllrgfe) (Jnt)
Talents: Crippling Strike, S\\•ifi Attack.
Traits: Daemonic (6), Dark·sight, Fear 4 , From Beyond,
+20, Psyniscienc< (Per) + 20.
Talents: Psy Rating (5), Resisi"1nce (Poisons).
Natural \Vt'3poms, Sickly lnfiu<ncet, Toxic (4~ Unnatur31
Traits: Psykcr, Rcgcncrntio:n (7}, Toxic (7), Unnatural
Toughness {2), Unnarur:d Strength (2), \V-i1rp lnstabilit)t
Toughn= (l).
W<'apoos: Claws and T<eth ( ld 10+7 R: Pen 5j Tearing,.
Toxic 14)). 03<'monic Vomit (Pistol; 77m,: 2d 10+5 I; Pen 4;
Weapons' Plugvc-C.uldron Staff(2d 16+5; Pen 5; Duay IJ I
!sec pllgc 42]. Force).
Tox.k 15)).
Daemonic Presence: All <'nemies v.·ithin 20 metres o f Psychic Powers: All of the Nurgle Psychic Po\\•crs(sce pages
215- 216 o f cbe Bu.ex C-Jtus.1.oE Core Rulebook).
Abc<llyoth suffer a - 20 penalty to \Villpower Tests.
Cloud of Flies: Abcell}'Oth is composed, of and constantly
surrounded by, diick dou& of insects. These norious vermin
provide the- D:icmon with 7 Armour Points o f Co\'er (v.•hich
fully rcgeru-r:uc- at the beginning c f each of its Turns).
Abcellyoth can see clearly through this b"1rrier and suffers no
peru.ltics from the Cloud of Flies.
Nurgle's Rot: A HcC"ald of Norgle may 0111 upon the Crcat
Corruptor-as a Half Action, manifesting_ this pow<r as though
he- w:as 3 ~ker. As a Daemon, a Herald of Nu.rg_k: nei.'Cf rolls
Qn the Perils of the \Varp but la-eking morul psykcr abilities,
it always nunifc:sts this ability as a Psy Rating 3 cffecr that
requires a roll on the Table 6--2: Psychic Phenomena
(*page· 210 of the BLACK CiwSAoE Core Rulebook). The
THE FROZEN HEART
*lrS bmf /tJ right IKJ&rr JIS! All~ haiv:JDughtf()f'. Alf m-J,.rw
sttMd for. 10r btawy. 11Jc lm'Ot'. T1Jr very ISSC{Kr .ofC"'hP.os 1Pitbin
fNIT pp. Brot/;;tn, ro arms!*

-Lase te<:eived transmission of i\1ith ~ Bloodsl.aycr Lord


he lpwer \'ortc.x defies logical expl-analion. The po\\·cr

T of Chaos engulfs the entire region, leaving it adrift


from such mortal conoepts ns rime and spa-cc. \Vithin
this realm everything is possible-and the power of the Chaos
Go& is at its a~ lu ~e z«1itlh. The worlds trapped within
the lower Yoncx arc r:l\\' and seething. utterly untamed
an-d impossible to inh:tb-it by anything more than the most
w1etched of the lost and the d-.imnOO. Jn this realm, Daemons
rule and the sctc:unsof the pitiful invade the minds of 11nyone
stiJI san-c c.nougb to hear them. At the centre of this swirling
nightmare lies the Froun Hear~ a world chat exists as the
literal eye of the storm. Legends surrounding the Daemon
World V'Jl"f mo~ than any ·within the Vortex, tlnd while To most within the Vortex, the Frozen E-leart is a lurking
records exist of various attempts to cl:aim whatever prize may terror, an undisCO\'Cfed je\\'t.I, ilnd the true axis of the \ Vsrp's
lie on its blasted sutfac.; little proof exists that any returned. f>O\\'C:r. Most know that reaching it alive is all but unadiic...-able,
and that reaching it \\'ith any shred of S3nity is impossible. Yet
E YE OF THE STORM many h:i\'C tried, uch Yt'Oold-be chan1pion fuelled by the talcs
To the cursed fe""' tha.t have stepped upon 3 Da.cmon ""'orld ofendless riches, unlimited po\"'«, and the promise of the great
and tr.-cd lO cell the t1I~ the 'WOrlds of the Lov.:er Vortex tlte unknowable dynamo--<t mythical relic of such unfathomable
pure hell .An 311athem:e to tradition-al life, these \1:otlds boil potency it could decide the fate of a billion biJlion souls..
with the unbridled energies of 4hc \Varpand exist as playthings
or
of the-Chaos Cods. Spoken 3S tl world of b:il:tncc, hoY.:evcr,
1he Frozen Heart appears to d~ffer from these hell.scapcs. Like
the qie of a raging storm, the Frou:n Hean sits apart from
other Daemon \l/orlds as the Chaos Cods hold equal sY>'ay
upon its surface. The planet exists as a microcosm of the entire
Vortex, with \'ast regions that exist in an unending conflict for
total Pomin:ttion and compkte damnation.
lunatics dut clajm to hsvc glimpsed the Frozc:n HeaR in
dtt:u~ ot prophecy say it exis:ts as four distinct domains, e:ich
one in pelfcct bal:ancc yet e:ndkss battle with those lo either side.
Some liken it to the four seasons of :a ~.ar, for as the planet spins
on'tln errnticand cvcr--chnnging axi~ so do the four ttgjons shift
•nd sv.'CIL Few beJicve those that speak of d)c.ir tilllC' on the
Mf1Kc, bur nmnhelc~ a'tn Idle wises' or the Yon:cx canno.t
ignore the simihritics in the stories these m3Clmcn tdl.
Sma.nger still, the Frozen He,;in's po!es exist as periloos
ssnctu:iries from the rest o( the world. Infused by the
raw powcc of the Vortex, thiese lands exist ap;in from the
spctilic machinations of any one Chaos Cod. i\ien and
muunts, gripped by their last-vestjgcs of hope or sani~ drag
themselves to these areas in a dc_spe-mte fin3l attcmpt to CSC!lpC
the Qac:mQn Vforld's endless C)'tJ~ However, the torments
they lca\"t behind seem -:is lu:xuries compared to \\'har they
"6nd in this. tttrible destination,
.'I
ag.a1n.u 1hc .appro:.ching forces of Khome. Al the- Mas1c-r of
Fol't\lnc powe11 forward, 1hc- lands to ihc te.•t of hi.s lnRucncc-
twiJ.t into n deceptive nightm.att of traps and r.1lse s~fc·h2'1Cn.s.
Herc the for«s o f Kboim struggle ag:iinsl the lt'.'tb of lies
bcfott chem ~nd the octics ofTzcentch's mMUted tt:t~rd.
The fMty o(Khorne's minions grows until they lash Dul, m:ldly
dcstftl\'k>C <><tythiog around lhcm, ...,. ch<lr allid. 1lus

• pmboc 1<na T......dt wdl, as dapt< chat "'°.Ssh= of
!""''<'- Kho<n< is th<"'°" voaciaw of th< 0.- Cods. >nd
the moA lik:~ 10 swallow me -."Odd mbrdy ,( not hckf io
chc<:k by ch< Chaogn ofW.y"s ;o"""Y ""'chods.
.,
UNCONTROLLABLll CALM THI! Ri!ALM OF DESIRUCTIOS
RtJmouts pcnoiSl that the dcc:pct one dclYCS into the V0ttcx. A land of war and total annihibtion, Khotnc: '1 domain st.ands
1he n10<e stabJe the \Varp btconus. Truc or not, the battle for a tC'~:unc: nt to his brut3lit)t Sh roudC'd in red mist, the Realm
domination fought among11t the Chaos Cods is endless, and the o f Dotruedon cho~s v•ith th< ashes of the dclKI As the d:iy
fl'al.Cll Heart plays host to one of the g.il:ixy's ~t en&,.ring puses upon che Frozen Hcan·ssurf:u:C!, Khotne's lcgiom nip
conft;cu " =h ~ of th< d>mncd ""'rld fighcs da;ly fo< a JC Tzccntch's heels, tra.ring dowo his crystd 1owers to rcplxe
doml!uncr oo Singlie Ruinous ~-er can nccr hope to ac:hicvc. the-in w1ih moonds of sblls a:nd crude stone icmpks soaked
wrth the blood of the r~Ucn. BJooddtin&rn lad strikes uno
THE REALM OF CREATION th< coloured b ods ofTumtd>, da•ming ch< h<ads of >ny
As 1hC' Froun Hean Ctlms,. JO aoo 6ocs 1hc po¥t."tt o fTuanch ..,..,., foolish enough io sund ,,Prut 1hc Blood Cod's
ttach ouc to shape and c:kanx tlk pmrious day1s c:kstruction, horde while Rtsh Ho.1nds sulk ch'°"gh the thiner•~ MM
debauchcqt and decay. \\rilhin thiJ g1!1tcring rtaJm of endless of T:zecncch•s domain, hunting dov.·n ~ny «h.l'c rry 10 htde
pouibilities and shifting architecture. the Ch.anger of Ways from Khomc's wrath.
wc2'/es new life into the world. l..Jort0rs C2V0 rt as the ground
nt the it feet hea\U and splilll with TUtnrch's fleeti ng dcsir~
a.nd grc:at crystal pal:11ces1ise up (rom. the sludge kft in Nurglc's
wake. lmpossibk D:icmon--pl;aniJ .t;prout beside Oo\\·ing
l:i.kt:s of mulcicolotu~d wxcr as Sac:unrrs glide among the
a:ruptn.g bt:tncbcs. Mutmc.s o( all dcteripcions p.uadc xros.s
WAtchrtcctofFatc·s dom;ain. thcir Coc:l'.sUwtiablc nttdfor
ctwng.: •-r:llC:kiag lhcir bod.its '*dh boYndlcu tn.nsfi:>nn.atiom._
O.atmanic sorctten and coac.ul FLuncn bunch mcams of
t"W"t~shifting energy xrcm the b kidor.ropic skies.
Oespitt' tht cekbntion o( Tucnrch"s power, the Realm
of Creation tmtains lethal lO d'>OK oppos.cd to the Creal
Compir1tor, -and his multiphuC'Cd iumic:s rush 10 c.as1 aside the
forces ofNurglc and claim new <c:trltory to renew and C'loh•c.
Thie dtnizcnsofTzccntcb's dom:iin nlso fie;ht :i conu:un battle
Khornc:'s rage knows no limit, yt:t -within his dom3jn, his
ceaseless fury is a d ouble-edged sword. Whil~ his blood-
spanc:ro:f kgions pour into the edges of Tzeentch's rc3lm,
1hosc still ln the cc:ntrc of his lands tum on one another in
contests of b1111ality and murder. Champions rise and faU
3S the day p:wcs,. each one taking the skulls of the v.·arrior
before him until the dead outnumber the living. As the
influence of Slaan~h approac~ these lost souls fall to
obsessive blood rituals and othc:r forms of devotion that take
them funher from the slaughter, playing into the hands ofthe
sweet encroaching darkness. like \Yith Tzccntch's trickel)'..
Khome's own destructive n:arurc stops him from claiming the
Frozen HeJlrt for himself: and! his insatiable nee<! for greater
acts of slaughter pushes his forces e\'Cf" forw.ard , leaving '3
broken land of miltry in his v.11kc.

T HE REA.il.1 OF OBSESSION
\\'h ispc:ring seductively to the drcgs of Khome's anny, Sla:anesh
offers J re-lease from the lCllment ofbatde 3nd a ncv.· life of
everiasting pleasure. Sb3ncsh's domain is unusually dark, thjck
clouds of pt"rfume and scn:ams,ofecstatic torture filling the air
.:as the Frozen He.a« cums 10 ci-:dm the bl:!Stcd lands destro~'Cd
by Khomc's fury. Reshaped lhroogh Slaanesh's will into a
l2n.d of eX«ss, glistening me:Klows :ind cslm V.'3terfalls form
from where ri\•ers of blood and fi elds of crushed skulls once
J3y. Vast herds ofSlaaneshi Ste«ls run to and fro, seeking ne\\'
experientt'Sto devour. Sl.aancsh's minions lovingly convert the
ruins of Kbom.e's temples into luscious torture chambers :ind
sickening pleasure dens.. Tended by Oaemonettes, the .shrines
m hedonism consume the: population of insane mut3nts.
leaving lhc:m unable to move from the cr:ishing waves of
senution that fill eve.ry w:.king moment.
In !I mie-1 tv.•ist of irony, the incessant need for greater THE REALM OF D ESICCATION
and mort extreme secwtiom leads to the ...cry downfall like a hungry beast .scan.·cd of nourishmc:-npt, Nurgfe's pG"'ns
of Slaancsh's minions. As the Frozen Heart's cycle mo\'CS f-all upon the bnd.s of Slaanesh with ra~nous desire. As the
Frozen He3rt entc-rs its final stage, the qua ne,r of the world
into its finlll sugc, both moral and 03emon alike qui.ckly
lose interest in thejr Cljrrcnt state of being and obsess o..,er that once echoed \\'ilh the cries of excess fa11s bet-ore a foetid
the sc.-a.rch for new sensatioos, rather than the sensations tide of disease 3nd decay. The pathetic creatures that remain
thcm_-sc.lves. Monuments to the Prince of P·leasurc's glory from Slaanesh's wotst excesses f~ll qujckly while plagues of
rcm3in h2ltfinished, and those left mutilated and crippled flies and noxious gasses sweep aside the Pleasure Prince's
from the pleasure pits wither and wail in agony 3$ their sickly sv.·cet perfumes. Wa\tes of Nurglings ovetv1hclm the
mas'tcr.s...,scck greater excesses of depn1vity. Lefr behin.d by the foolish few that seek to maintain Sla;incsh1,s hold on the
very god that -assured them eternal pfe:isurc. these pathetic land as S\\'ooping Pbgue Drones pick off stragglers and
wretd,(;S lack the pov.:,cr- to resist the promises of the god th:tt deposit them in enormous cauldrons of bubbling disease:.
follows in Slaanc~·s \Wke--Nurgle. The meadows and ~ttrs that once enticed thousands rot
and curdle, follTling S\\':tmps -and bogs. Tended with great
C3re, Glt'at Unclean Ones watch O\"Cf their gJrden.s-as rotting
motants sally forth to sprC3d NurgJe's gif1s.
For the brief time that Nurgle holds S\\':1)1. the bnds under his
control remain still Diseases brew and sprc:id as putref3Ction
renders C\'t:rything cre:uro 3nd desttoycd d uring the prev'ioos
cycles to sludge The jo~·ous laughter of Nttrgle's serv.mts aad
the butt of billions offiies fi Uthe ajr. OnJy those.t:ru ly dedictted
to Nutgle su.rviYC': in sudi 3 corrupted place, wilh Tzeen.tdi
alo~ holding the power co create life from such ovc:rwbclming
stagn:ttion 3rtd death as the cycle: begins anew.
Painleech (Slaanesh)
Separated from the daily maelstrom of renC\\•al 3nd dc3tb, A gift for foolish ch:Jmpioru. th'ilt experience too many
the northern pole's barren l-andsc3pc might -appear as rcfugc- .sensations at once, the P<1inl«ch pcr.:ei'W:s anything snd
to those despc-1:tte to csc3pc, bot 3ny hope 1his f3lsc rcprievt' C"Vt'rything 3roun<I them to :io excruciating level, filling the
offers v.anishes -as me madness of the region takes hold. Spa\\'ll's last moments with ani.:igony b~'OJld reason.
SurviVJJ in this bleak environment is next to impossible Talents: Heightened Senses (All1 l ightni:ng Reflexes.._
ns dry choking dUsl cl;1.ims any who stumble, :ind rotting. Traits' Fear(4), Unnatural AgilJty (6~ llnnamral Perception (6~
h.alf-buried corpses 1itter the (andsc:ipc. Howevt't, those thal
somthow sur\'ivc face a fate worse than dc3th as their bodies
--coil and morph, splitting apart :ind rcfonning into unn3rur.al
shapes. Soon the \Vatp overwhelms these poor sou~ reducing
them to the lowest of the \Varp's crations-Chaos Spawn.

REALM OF THE WARPED


!lttindlcss and in·sanc, Spawn g:dlo~ slide, burrow, 3nd glide
at'.l'05S the pol~ de\'ouring one another not oot of hunger OOt
simply the: unconscious need to .survive. ln most pl3CCS, Spawn
exist for a brief moment, the eO(':rgies of their tr:i.nsformation
quickly bu.ming ou l, bot upon the blasted pl3ne.s of the northern
pole, these wretches thri\'C. Once se.Mntsc:iught in the incessant
d:aily ruin of the Frozen Hean, these Spawn kno\\' nothing bul Foulspawu (Nurgle)
the torture of their eriste.nce 3nd the scorn of the: Ruinoos Ones._ FolloYo-e-rs of Nurgle reduced to Spawndom see,m 'o survive
far longer than other Spawn, almost :is if the Pl3gue F.ather
takC'S some unnatural joy in their existence.
Traits: Crawler. Rcgener.ition (2d5), Toxic (3), Unnatural
Toughness (8).
E,n\•eloping Abominations: Most Fou-lspawn attempt_ to
envelop those around them, dr.iwing unfortunate victims
35 0 1 66 '63 22 0 3 16 25 01 into thejr sticky disease-ridden m:lSS. Fouk~v.·n gain a +30
bonus to Tests: to Crnpple en.emjcs and inftict an additional
Movement' 9/l8/27/ S4t Wounds: 35 2d5 Damage v.+ien using the. Dam.1gt: Opponent option of
Armour. None Total TB, 12 the Grapple Action. A Foul!iplwn thnl kilJs 3n advtwry while
Skills: Athletics (S) +20, Awareness (Per). Coppling it inc«:ascs its Rcgener:i.rion Tr.lit to Regeneration
Talents: Furioos Assauli, S\\•ift Attack, True CriL {2d I0) and remO\"CS all levels of Fatigue it is cunmtly suffering
T t'3its: Dc.ldly N-ntural \VCJpons, Fear (2), From Beyond,
Multiple Amls (ld!O), R.generation (ld5), Size (ld s+3), Firewyrm (Tzeentch)
Stuff of Njghtm:t~ Unnatural Strength (6), Unnatut31 The most pitj:ible of Spawn. F'irt\\')'rms seek- nothing but
Toughness(6). an end to their malformed existence. 1lie playthings of
Weapons: Claws, pincer"" beaks, vicious maws, etc. (Mclee; Thcentch, Fircwyrms mutate endlessly, taking on vohat<'Vl:'r
ld10+12 R; Pen O; Tearing). aspe.cts the \Veavcr of Fates desires until the Spawn's hideous
Touched by tht Cod£ The profile abo\tc represents a fairly form explodes from the strain. Th.is ~r-shifiing torture
typical UnaHgn«I Chaos Spawn. Hov•cVt"r some Spawn rctnin makes Firtwyrms virtually impossible to dc-stroy, as injuries
their- identity as .servants to a pa.rticul.u Chaos Cod, ensuring fade or morph in11 m.sttcr of moments.
sctvirude even in their final momen~ The CM can modified T rajts; Fear (3), HOYerer {9), Ph3se.
the Sp.JWn to macch one of the following four types of Spawn. Weapo as; Blaze6rc: {B<1sic: 30m; SI-I-; ldlo+9 E; Pen 6;
adding the rula listed below to the base profile. Jn any Felling 14J, Flame, Melts).
insr:ance where the S3mt: rule repeats, rake the higher valoc. \Yrithing Transformation-: Unlike 0th.er Spawn~ a
t A Sp~ A11.J'1.v:1»au ioa!UD cb:tngr dtpctdinJ on iu Sis, Agliiy Firewynn does not h.ivc the Regeneration Tr:i.il (rtlllO'W: tbi&
Bonus, dnd otbrr rnodifim. Trait from the list o f its Trai1%S), and its Wounds is lov.ucd'"
to £8. However, al the srart of C'3ch of its Tums. TCmO¥C ai
Bloodbeast ( Khorne) Damage from the Firtwyrm.
Enr.Jged crC3tl.lrcs of pure muscle and sinew, Blood beasts seek Fiery Demise: ld5 Rounds :i.fter -a Fittv.'Yrm dies, iG corpse.
'o
only de\•our and destroy; anything to please the god that deton3tcs in a pillar of shimn:u:ring flame; ir inflicts a Unp
abandortf'd them. hit for 6d tO D:imagc with a J>-cnecration of 24 and the
T-alcnts: Resh Render, Frenzy, Lightning Att:ick. <l.!:!ality upon each t:irgt:t within 1 metres.
Traits: Brutal Ohargi: (6), Natural Annour (6).
FRIGID DEPTHS
The Frozen He:trt"'s southernmost ltlches look peaceful to
tho~ cla:Y.ing Lhci1 Y+·ay out of the daily trials o f the Chrk
Gods. b1.H this could not be fttrthcr from the truth. A frozen
landSo::tpc ofj;agged irregul:u hills and shilrpobsidian crevices,
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ihc 50uthcm pole hid.cs some of tbe D:icmon World's most
troifying secrets. f\.'loruls that drag d~mselvcs to the southern
Movement: 2/4/5/[2 Wounds; J
tcgion usually perish within hourSi but not from the flocks of Total TB,;
Annour: None
Fo.rics dut v.:hirl through the :..sben skies or to the writhing
Skills: Awareness (Per) +20.
uwsg of half-formed 'Varp <ntltitli m~, slither and scutdc Talents; l=c3rlcss, 'Takedown.
through the black, choking SOO\\'; I nstead~ mmt fall prey to
Traits: Burrowcr(4), Critical f\.1ass (Horde Onfy)t, 03emonic
the mortaJs that came bcfon-,. a host of dim sh:adcs £h3l d rift
{l), Deadly Noturol W<apons, Fear(l), From Beyond, S;u (2),
siJcndy tow.lrds their victim.fi, their hollow eyes filled with
The Stoff o f Nightman:s, W3rp Instability.
fury a:nd bloodlust.
Weapons: Tiny Claws and lvtouths (f\.1elcci ld10+2 R; Pc.n
2; Corrosi\.·c, C rippling 121).
L OWEST OF THE Low f Critical Mas.s: At the beginning of each: R®nd. the Gf\.i
1he Froun Hem plays hem to the basest Chemonic-endries rolJs tdlO and adds th3t to the Gibbcriing Mass Horde~s
of the: entire \Wtc:t. Despicable knots of £ccth. claws, and current i\1agnitudc (if it is being used as n Horde). This
malformed bod')es. these crcarures exist :is madness incam:ue; c3n incre.:ise the Horde above its st:uting 1'1agnitude. Jf the
the W.irp at Us most raw. like a living tide, these Gibbering Gibbering M3ss Horde's Magnitude C'o'Cf exceeds doubk: its
Masses bclbblc up from the southern pole's deepest regions to starting value, the entire Horde dissolves into the gl'Qund,
lfBDlh~ mythjng that lingers in one pla.:e for too long. They covt.ring an area 20 metres in diamett'r. Aay cre.ature th;n
~ and multiply lik:r Jjving cc-lls before reaching 3 begins ics Tum in this atea suffers 2d10 Jmp:ict Oama:ge,
8'llli; and diuoMng in.to the frozen <¥.ti.ls, rendering ignoring annout
cx>bar of ancic"t ash u.nd incredibly de3diy to the tGiblxring MtJSm "" imaidtd to br rtstd asa Hwde. ds dambpl oir
qihddy ca111bmugh anything it touches. p:tge 348 oftb< B·ucK CR.U'SAoE Corr Rultbook Tb< prvfik itlfftw
ttpresmN d. single cr<anm.·
Records scaucttd across the Vortex claim rhat deep within the
Frozen Hean lays ::a dMce of immctlS(': j>O\Vtt. Spoken of as
..some unknowable dyn3mo, many belie".'C it keeps the Vonex
mO\!ing .ind thac without it the Vortex would burn itseJf out
in moments. l ike- the Frcri:en Heart itsc:U: C'\o'Cn the most ofr-
repeated 1.ales contradict one another with some cJaiming the
dyn::amo is an ancient tl13chine of 3licn construction. while Movement: 6/12/18/36 Wounds: 46
others d.c:scribc it as th< first O::acmon E:.nginc, infUSC"d with Armour. None Total TB.: 6
the. power of four warring Cttater Daemons. Otht~ insist the Sk;Jls; Awareness (Per), Dodg-e (Ag) +10, Stealth (Ag) +20.
\V:up itself aC'.ltod the device. :and that it is a mighty Choos Talents: Fcarl~ Pn::rc-1natural Speed, Swift Attack.
jey,'<'f unattiinabl< by morul hands-a glittering ren:ijnder that Trajts: Dark·Sight, Feat (3}, From Beyond, Hovcrct (6),
the true extent of divine pov.-er t"\'t"r h3ngs jllSI out of reach of Ph:uc, Size (5), The Stuff of Nightm11rcs,. \V3rp l nsrnbil it)~
all mon:ils \\>ho .seek to claim it. Still mote wicked whisperers Weapons: A:theric Blade (l\1elec; Id t 0+6 £; Pen jl:;
postulatt that it is a test, a diallengc put forth by the Chaos Crippling 1 3~ \Varp Weapon), Coldfirc Blast (Basic; 15m;
Cods to their folki\~·ers, \vith one simple goal: to winnow the -Il l--, Id I0+4 E; Pen 0; Felling 121. w.,p Weopon).
weak from the scrong, and give aspiring champions a rock upon Consuming Dread: Shado\\' Hosts loom over their la:~
which chtit Limit~css desires can crash, an unforgiving cliff th3t S3pping their victim's ¥dll to sor"i~ before moving in for
siiatters their bodies and souls. \\'hatc:o.>ct this unhallowed relic the: kilL Any chamcter :igainst v.•hich a Shadow Host nt.3kcs a
truly is, tens of tho~an\k ha~ died in its pursuit, and none can Charge Action mo.st make a Challeng ing (+-0) Willpower
d::tim to have C\'C!I' laid eyes upon it and li~ to l'C'VCal its natu.re-. Te.st. If it fu ils, the ta/gt'f surfers ld lO \\''illpower Damage,
Oespitt" the contradictory tiles.. one common thread runs plus 1 :idditional \Villpowcr Damage for t:VCry Degree of
among them. 1\<1.3n~· t:lles of glory and doom point towards F:ailun: by which he- fuiled the Tc-sL
the Frozen Heart's southern pole as the entrance to wherever Spectral Night:ntatt; Shado.,;o,· Hosts defy most attempts 3t
the dyn:;1mo exists, and 3Jmost every tale rceo<ints the .explanation :ind destruction alike. Even if vanqut'11e:d, they
terrifying wardens rhat convctgc on all v.rho dare 3pprooch h3VC: l tendency to return. slipping out from the: coiners of
this cnuyw:iy. Described by the inhabitants of the S.:re3ming one's C')'C :u1d back into reality to menace their prey once ag;iin.
Vortex 3S nstkss ghosts or :r-theric echoes of ii eons long·past, 1d 5 Rounds after a Shado\v Host is v:inquished, roll ld (0;- on
these shado..,•s take the form of fallen heroes and d amned a resuhof9or10, ihe ShadQ~· Host rerumstocxistencc ldJO
h~rcrics. Silent, implac:iblc, 3nd seemingly unstoppable1 they metres behind the charactet wbo las1dispersed iL On any ether
power tov.•ards th eii victims and IC'3\'C' nothing behind excepl result, the Shadow Host does oot rcfonn-yet
the etttn:1Uy resounding SctC3ms of the dead.
interrogation. M:any have t.ricd -to explain the Emc1gence :md
THE ASCENDANT SPIRAL why the Donarium seems to gro\\' a little with each arrival
"71:9 art all d(ad. y<r I ttlont lhv:. Wb:tt ~\tf it for:, oh Dirrk OJtG? Sadly. the suivivors offer no 3!1S\\'ers1 and most end up as
To sbtN nrtyo1u ptNU? To bft:J<k mt? No! You &tw t.a116Jt mt slaves sold to the_ ships th:u p:!M the Donarium daily.
'"'W~ and J shall put an lmptri«I tPO¥/d ro tht f(lrcbfor ~
rnpirodeyo11 loolcjioJR mt!~
SKIN TRADERS AND RUMOUR MONGERS
-Un\;.now.n survivor found within the Oon3rium
Responsible for most of the Don3rium's culture:, the Flesh
(current whcre:ibouts unknown)
Brokcts seek only two things: souls to s.,.ln :i.nd infomlation
The Screaming Vortex is a -.,.crdant hive of legends :and on the lower Vortex. loose collcct:ivcs of brokers g:ather to
tnysteri.cs. From Guelph lo Aphcxis there a_rc more stories ensure dominance ever l:itge territories in the -hope th:it they
of treasure 2nd horror th:an thcte arc stars in the galaxy. might claim us m-any new arrivals as possible during· the oext
The Ascendant Spira~ the only kno\\'n way out from the Emergence. Fights arc common_, \vith the witless sur\'ivors
Lower Vortex, holds many mystcric.~ yet its real .secrets usually caught jn the middle. Pulled into the twisted network
remain o~red. The Spiral appc3rs to tcnninatc inside 3 of the Oonarium's maddening l.ayout, survi\fors arc pressed
space stntion known as-the C>onarinm. This ancient place of for days or weeks for \\•hat little knowledge they retain from
unknown construction is chc source of many Vortex legends their time among the Daemon \Vorlds cf the [o•.1:c-r Vortex,
J:nd 3lso wh.cre gangs of slavc-tr.iding lnfQrm2tion brokers and with their secrets lnre the brokers S<JI these broken,
strive endlessly to c.:iprure those diat tra\'CI through the Spiral vengeful shells as quickly 3S possible co free up room for the
so th3t they might unlock its tru.c purpose. incvit:lblc new arrivals.

THE END JS THE BEGINNING


Nestled somewhere between Contrition, Crucibk, and the
dtt:aded Frozen Hott, the: Ascend:tnt SpimJ is neithe1 planet
n0< 03emon \VoHO. The few dt:at talk !!boot their exper~
att oficn unable to recount how they arrivt'd thert", or much of
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whnt tr:lnspired, but they speak of quCS(ioos, answers. and .a test;
details itlJ too v:sgue to gd a true sense of what really happened.
~t11.ny think_of the Ascenda.nt Spiral as some sort of escape
vah~ or a release from the terrors of the Lo\\'Cr Vonex. Jn
Moven1enc 4/8/ 12124
Annour: Crisly Hides (All 2)
' Wounds: l2
Total TB: 3
reality., chr: Spir:d tak<:s UL least 3S many lives as it S."!1\'~ and Sk;ll" Athletks (S), Aw.>rcncss (P<t) + 10, Ch•rm (Pel) + 10,
C\'en those who live to see the: cold decks of the distant ·Commerce Qnt) + 30, Common lo~ (Screaming Vortex)
D..onariu.m .:arri\•e S:tripped of anything lhty possessed. The ~nt) +30, Decei"''C' (Fcl) + 10, Dodge (Ag), Forbidden lore
onJy common 1hread among s1.1rvivors is a renewed hatred for (Daemonology. !'il1u tan~ Pir3tcs, The \\,arp) Qnt) +20,
the Jmpcrium of i\1an, almost as if the Spir:tl :acts ro rcpurposc Interrogation (\VP)+ 30, Intimidate (S), Scrutiny (Per~
any "'·ho mapage to survive 11.he Lower Voncx by focusing Talcnu:Jaded, Technical Knock.
tht'.ir aucnrion ou.tward. \Vhecher this is the Dark Cods Weapons: Sword (Mclee; ld lo+4 R; Poen O; B11Janccd),
protecting the Vortex from any who might claim it as their Scr:tj>-Gun (Basic; 25m; SI-I--, ld{0+7 R; Pen O; Crippling
own, or simply the -results of br.iinwashing or something Il J. Jnaccunne. Primitive 171, Unreliable).
darker, none truf)• know. \Vhatever the case, those dut travel
thc-Spir.d find a new beginning ~s they dc(Hcate theircntirr
b~ing to the destruction of the Fals.c Emperor's realm.

ALTAR OF THE DAMNED


As old ~ the Voncx itself. the Donarium sits not far from
Qjial in a region of sp:acc ""'here the \Varp is at its weakest.
To approndiing vessels, itappnrs ab:indoned and misshapen,
ht the Donarium houses thous:ands of souls, many seeking
amwcrs tc why the. space station exists.. .:ind why it acts 3S the
tam.inus point for the Ascendant Spiral.
Evrry few d:ays the Donar~um shuddcts as another batch
ef survivors appear o n the st.'ltion in an C".V-c:nt known :u the
~No pattern go...•er.ns their arrival and these lost
SOlds- appu{ almosr -ar nndom across dte entire brc.adth of the
·oa. oftm bcrdi of anything but-the clothes-on their back.
~ -'aous,.ganp of11csb brokers swoop in tQ cl11im the
~ SorQC ga4hcr their wits :ind repel the vultures_,
~d thcir new surroundings and the
rdb and carry them into the tunnels for

,~J DECAY

DEATH

RB.BIRTH

T HE WAGES
OF SIN
CHA IPTER IV:
THE HEART OF "'Drnr., 1bl11k ofrt !IS dying ad rortrJJtf ft u gftwlWI.ftrm('N~.f
T1Ji11 fJ vur p11rpMt. c}Jildrt'1t oftht Plopicfiubtr. lQur nti is
(QU1tllrS1 b<:gi'nnlft.(S11.rul count/as mds, cirt/ing ni<ti <Nhrr nmrally.

THE VORTEX 1A.11d}td lfJ our bla:ml patron!~

- Hovi<, Lo<d of lhc Brn:kiJh O.ptlu.


befocc: vanishing inco the depths of ~Ute
"AUJl-1 i.tbis poiM. ~S doow iN Ilda ti{dJu """'1Jai""'1rl.
1>:n.. «k. sa11-""' "'"'......,"""'....,... u,, - i .a.. his xccion of The H cart of the: VonCX" pnwidcs
. .a thdo=J,pt. BM ~-fl- fb,je:n. '"'°'fr- fb,
""l"'r/JcJlr t{""""""' Is . i-.il>Jdrlromul -
..,.,._ u,, ol!r<f"" ardr. "" /r ;
? ()" ... .
"I""",_ <f.;.,,i,r T 1hc Wmt &bsttt 'With a summuy or the story so fu
and an ~<101iew of the adYCnaun:'a p&oc Using chis
informttioft, the Ci\! can provide as much or as hnlc dttail as
- Ahki<, Sttr of Godph he feels t~ players nttd to get swtcd. and chcn ptungt: the
~crrto st:raigh1 into the climactic clullengcs they mun face
hc- Heart of thC' Vortc.: is 1 Bt.ACit CRUSADE adventure

T
in on the pu1rid world of Mire.
in which lht' Heretics trlrl(I co chc pl3nct of f!tiire and fKe Before reading chis scctjon it is ~tom 1nendtd 1h:n the
the judgement of the Pl:aguc Cod Nurgk. The advc:nrun: C:an1c l\.itster familiarises hjmsc)f with the setting of f!.iirc.
cx-p&orcs dte themes of decay, death, and ttbitt~che csscnti~I This pl"ncc of deay and disease is introduced In 1hc Bucic:
csscra of this paniru.lar RWno1,11 Power. In «der ro cam the CituSADli Cote Rukbook,_ and further dc:u1h of its hisrot¥-
Pbguc Famct's blcssUig> and progrcu on !he l>.ith "' Glcxy "' thcmc-s. and fft11tcrs is to be foond on ptgai 111-116 of
1h< very h<art of !he Sae.unong v....., !he Herma mun foe< thb YO~mc. The Heart of the Vortu uN:s plxc: on the:
1hcir grcaust challmgt: ~ They ftlR conffc.u and O'iic1cocnc •·Rtchtdi. fihh-tiddcn surf:acr of Mire. whc1t &he:- Priornucs
""'1 .,...,, mon:alliy robe rcbom ""° dv full gran&ur of°""" scrivot co O'e2lc 1hc moa viruknt CODCoc.tlOnS 10 1hc grcurr
Thc Hean of the Vor1c:x ptoc'ftts the pb~n wrth a glo<y of' Nul'Jllc. One of' rhcse Priem.,.. IS fired IO faalit11<
r.irtiC'tl.lady ditb,:ult dulkngc. Oftc ch• a.cy att unfikdy to the He1tdo• rise to p.l\\"t'r, but ooly 1f they c.an ~
h~·e fu:ed before For chis rcuon. readers th:al might at some
thcftU.t'1VCJ wonhy of I.he .11ltimatc gifu.
potnt in che furore fonn part of J pl,1yct group undertaking
1his mission shook! not n:.id any furihcr: Thjs is, of course,
true of .ill publi:shed advcntul'C~ bu! p:inicuJatly so in The
Hnn of lhe Vortex, as Game M.atccrs will discovcr within.
THE STORYTHUS FAR ADVENTURE PLOT
The Priomites of Mire an: 3 aste of sorcerer-kings th.it feed The Hean of the Vort ex is an adventure in tvt0 p31tS. The first
upon rhe cerebral matter of their subjects and, in so doing, p;itt secs the Heretics· o.lli\'C on the worfd of Min: in search of
make themselves hosts for the most virulent and delightful the blessings of the Plagu.e God, n boon they must cam if they
of Nurgle's blessings. Only die strongest Priornitcs s~rvhic arc to complete their ~cs' for p<l"'C'r and take their pboes as the
for Jong, for their rivals arc ever seeking new means of mighty warbrds they each believe t hey :ire destined lO become.
casting down their peers in-ani ctem'l.I cyde ofgro\\1-h, decay, In chis section, the Heretics encowner numerous' sc::-rwnts of
death, and re-birth. For the Mire~ this ceascle.ss struggle: Nurgie and face the many th!t'2tsofcvcryday,cxistencc on :\1ire.
ls rhe supreme act of de\'otion to the Plague: God Nurgk \Vhat they :1..te unlikely to inlise, howeve:c. is tfiat they arc being
an-cl rhey h3Ve little or no desire to u.tnscend it. or (O seek w:itdicd alJ the \\'bile, the inscrutnble g:rzc of the Thanator,
power elsc:\\-herc v.•ithin the Sc.reaming Vortex. The Hctetics, Priomite of Mire, upon them throughout (f snd y,flcn the
hov.·cvt:r, each of them v.·ell travelled 'along thi: Path to Clory, Th:ul3tot wills~ 1he HO'ttics are n13de awMt" of his presence
seek to harness the staggering reservoir of po\\•er OOilt up on and invited to auend him. Then the re3I chalEtngc on begin.
Mire ewer countless gcner.itions, co use the Prio<nites as '3 As a Priornite of Mite, the Th::lruitor sics at tile :apex of a
means of gaining the favour of Nurglc and in so doing take pyramid o( fell power, its foondarjons made of the rendered
t he 6n-al1 3nd by far the most harrowin~ step in their journey. souls of the counckss gencr3tiom of ttrebral cann i~4 y,.flo
Having sc:t foot upon the milit-.shrouded, stinking ground havt preceded him. Each gencrntion h3;$ imbibed the brain
of Mire; the Heretics attract tht a~ntions of SC\'Cf31 natives, m:atkr of the 1351, wd in so doing inheri.kd the son::erous
iru::luding the inscrutable llun3tor. ;a h.igh-ranking Priomite of abilitic~ along with the memories of their p«deccssoc, but
.Mire Y.-ho is said by many (0 !hold the favour of 3 number of al.so the countless aggregated curses and side-effects: of such
NurgJe•s Daemonic lieutenants (sec p.lgt 11 6 for the Priomile 3 concentration of blessings. The Tha1Utor has gained the
Thmato?s profile). This indivjdual b:ts the power to bcstO\\' f'O"'cr to speak dirccdy to Daemons that set\~ Notgfe, and
t he Heretics the boon they ~ck. but v..iU onl}• do so if they he is able <o 3Ct as a combination of otacle and :igent of the
e.an pro\'.C themselves Y.<onhy of the Plague Cod's blessings. To Plague Ced's Crc3tcr Daemons, s~k ing \\•ith their \'Oi«"
prove then:tselvcs .fit. the Heretics must .submit to the gre.:atcst and perceiving something of the ascended p lane of exisrence
triaJ they h:r.•e faced in their l ong joumey -: dong the Path to on \1:hidl they dwell This 3t!gust loo! of rot and rccla.nution
CSoty-they mltU go willingly to their own deaths, trusting knows that this poy,·er is not grnnted him for his own bentfii
t h3t the" O:a.rk Gods wilJ carry them through the heart of the and that it ..,,.iJI prove his undoing. It has beC"n tcvtalcd to him
Scn:aming Vonex whc« the ~atcst of heroes y,fio f3ilcd reside th:st the sole rea.-;on for his existence is to h3rncss the power of
yet, and to be reborn in the full, unfeuttcd gloty of C haos. e\'C't)' gener:ition of Priornitcs before him nnd to concentrate
lf the Heretics master their own mormlity. they are granted it into a single: :tet of transference co :another. y,•ho he himself
the power they desire. They m3y even gain the ultimate gifi must judge worthy to receive such an unim:t:ginable blessing. lt
tlut all Aspiring C hampions S(ri\IC" t'OY.'ltrds- Apothcosis. But is the judgement of the bestowing of that b'le:ssing chat fom1.1
such a fate must ncvcr be sought hastily, for the \•ast majority the sc:cond part of the :id-venture, and pok'ntially heralds the
th.at re:idl the end of the Path to Glory falter evtn a.~ they climax of the Hen:tic's journey '3long the Path to Clary.
t:1kc the \!Cry last step. Judge.cl unworthy, such unfortunates In the .second p.1n of the :id\'Cnrun:, the He:rccics -u re
descend into madness and damruition :as their souls arc torn confronted \\'ith the ultimate trial Should the:y wish to
..asunder and their bodies arc mut:tted beyond all recognition. claim the blessings of Nu:rgte, they must face his servants,
Doomed, they become mindJe~ th rnshing Chaos Spa\\'n, from che invisibly sma.11 10 the largest and most destructive:.
ever co serve the v.·hims of wh:itcvct ma.stets choose to d rive Jn all likelihood, the Heretics, and indeed the players, will
them to \\':Ir in pursuance of their own ambitions and desires. not immcdiatdy pcn::cj\'( the full c:xccnt and n3t'Urc of the
Such is che final chJUenge that a\\•aits che Here6cs in The challenge and so the Heretics will li~ly fight for all they arc
Hran of the Vortex~ \\'Otth to avoid death. But this is cntirt"Jy the point-only by
tmnscending death and proving themselves ·v.-orthy of rtbinh
c.an the Heretics cruly ascend to the next Utt of p<)\\'t'r.
In shon, the Heretics must die in order to be reborn, at
Y.·hich point the G:ime: 1\1-aster can conclude matters oc, sboold
he wish,. Rl.3kc use of the rules for Apochcosis (see pages 63-
73) or Spawndom (sec pages 120-1 21) found elsewhere in this
volume. The Heretics' ultimate fate depends on their actions,
and the S[Of)' th3t the CM and pl:i}'t'f'S dttide to 'ell togethct.
BE GIN NIN G TH E QU EST ION OF CH AO S
TH E ADVENTIJRE The Hea..rt of th.c Vorta ts let on cN: pb:nec cfMin. a 'NOtld
ous rntittly in the sw~y of the Ruinous Power Nurgfc:, the Flthet
As "''ith any Bui.o1t C.uu oe advaiw rc, that' arc numct
~ namlli vc of Plagues. Evc.y l5p«t of th< wotid ls m·tp<d, somcti,,,.,
ways a band of Htftti a. an be introduca;f to '""°' m•
U.swJfy, rhc adve-nnu't fonns ~rt ofan onao1 ngclm p.1ign and ti""'By . "' th. "'""pr ion of the Pi.,.. God, • a numbe r
presents both the Came ~t:1.uc: 1 and the pl:iyas with
io the Cia1ne 1\1.aster m11St integn tc it with other
('ncountcrs_.
of s~c16c ch:alleJ \gcs. especi ally in Lhe cast or Hcntl a
possibly canying o~ some o( the nsmlf \-c themes 1Jl'C3dy
Noc dcYorf'd to .a Ruinous A:N.u other th.Jn Nwgk.. H~u. rhil
aublis hcd wilh 1he pbn ro dcvt:lop rhcm fonhu Jbll
Miou ld be scm :t1 an opponu:nny fOr some highly engagi "C
~ry :adventure h.as to be JciimlC'SS.ly incerwo.,'Cn into lhe
cncou ntcn: and ln1cractions nnd \\'ell illuscr.nes the noalute
OVNarching o.arntivc, ho\lo'evtt, and it is pc:rfcctfy •C«pt abk
me csublGht:d Row of C\'etlts to g.:1 of th• m.Ilm g.s that uuly d<dat<d Aspirin: Clwn pi-
co ~ ,. break from
«I in an acfvc-nnu·~ that might at first most ~as they ~"'3Dt Lhc. Pich 10 Gbl)C- 'Vhilie m:tnt;
the Heret ia involY
a diversi on. Jn time, the c\lents of Hettti cs ultim;uely dC"VOce rhc:mSC"IVt'S to but 11 single one o(
appear Ihde m0trr •hon
the IWiftOl.ls i>oW(q, othets IC''* the bk:s.Ang of each in tum.
cJm .achtnNl'C' c:a.a be threaded back in10 &he ongoing story. thamcr..s tniJy _.i,y .. .....,.. . of ~ pmr
C:rt:;tting a whole n('W w:and that the- C:une Master can
pkk pnm•e
.such 3 path prcscn1 Only 1hc strongest :ind most dctennin('d
1,.
up as he iand the-players feel is :ipprop ti11c.
.wc:cccd Jn this perilous cndc.,.-oo.r,. for Lhc Rujnom Powers
The acNcnn.ctt opens with the Heretics: arrh·ing at Mire as
arc as fiddc as they art" UUtOI KXilkd Y..1th dx an:a of ~tt
• group, but <nctly how md why this h>pp<ns is ldi brgdy mort1J1. Jc is impor unt for the: C:unc ~laster to k«p 1n mind
up to the Came Mnstcr. ff the C~t h3s :access to T1u1 T oME
fresh from th~ir that this lld\'Cnl UIC roroscs On the tri.aJs and chaJltn gts of the
Of' Exceu . it might be that the Heretics .1rc
.scrv.ants of Nutg'le and so 1h05e dedla lrd &o other Ouo.
mcou nttt With dk' pu-.cs of chc RaggN Hdir in At che
Gods might tu....• stttpe t hal to dimh IO<Viubly hown tt.
Edge, the advcn tutt found in thac volume, Con~nely, many
lhc Heretics must confront :a rcan~ of such challenges a.s they
other episod es ini chc ongoing S10ty might hll\'C been 1oJd sioce
progress aJong the P.lh to Cloty and each will h8'Yt' the&r o~,
Ihm, or th• might ....Wl y b< the first acknrurc the group s
c.'Onsid.cr Mniquc" ui.aJsto CJtiCl( \)Cik+ Th.is •cspcci2Uy true •thr Hctcoc
h_a:s pbyt-d In :1ny ease, the Came M3Srcr should urcs co be found in
ht 10 how :ind why the Heretic s come to hnc Jltcady pbycd through !he 3ih-mt
giving son1c the>ug
d planni ng. the gt°O'lp an ICll'ft aOOtit I.he other 5Upplemcnts of this series or books,. and ao th ose
dcdia ttd 10 Nurefir att about IO h~ thc-ir mommc of M
A1irc. \Vith 1 lifdc for\\-ar
elk cxiSttncc of the Pnom irrs of Mitt and •n so do.Ing tttk
tould ~ (l\•ertly advi.sc d or the ochers :1lrc:1dy having had their own.
1hem ou1 (or thic-msctvcs. They rollo\\•ing
s [f the Game A<talte:r wishd , he c.an USC the
i nscructcd co go 1:c1 che pl.met. ~rh:ap by a ttwtcd any (at least
xcood.1ry objcct iw 10 provide those ~lcrctics <kdia crd to
as ltmkd a. any ..;tfty Jr 111 dx Scrc-aming Vona ) or as rhc ~c
a po'Att ocher rh2" Nurgtc <oA·1th some specific. ~itioo:1.I
for some boon or SC'l'V1~ h is entirely :ica:ptable t0 begin
missions and motivutions. Thi.s is parricularly tclevnnt to the
the ad\tenrurc in medi1'i tcSi with the Hered a alre3dy having rs
(olJov.'CtS of Tuc:nteh. These schemcis o( plots and wc:ave
c:omc ., Mi.., simply by IOflow,ng the Pith to Glooy towards of the mo1t unricalc ofww:bs •re li.kdy ., find the P1¥<
t of
the cmcre or the- Scrnim.ing Vona . Such is che narure o( th:n decay an.1rhe m..J ro rhc1r i.'Cry n:lturc and
an entift world o(
unreal re:ilm, wh ett no Aspiring Champion may circumvent
Lhey v.'04lld need a very good rt:a.son ind«d to vls1l such a
any of rhe n_,merous chaflcnges th.at face him. a.long the 14·ay:.
pbct The- Pa.h ro CAory is tha• reason.
\Vith i\l1ft' being JO dttp in the Satan ung \lortcx, this
B«:tusc :a Heretic dedia~d ID 3no1htr pov.'rf might find
:idvenrure " most 11ppropriate 10 an nubhs hcd group of
him.sc-lf at 11 disadV2nt:agc at v.-:itious points in the ndventurt,
Ht"retics r.nhcr than one just surcin g 001 ak>ng tht Plalh to
•'-le! ii is ooJy fair be should have tome: .mc.1ns of rcsaoning the
Ckwy. ldeoll~ Th< Hurt of rh< VO<ttJt b. ployed at ml
ign, for it rolmin:ucs in the Heretics ~;ance The lO!Jowing provides a: n.iimbcr of Optio
or near chr end of:a. c:unpa .
pcrson:al gools player characlc:l'l might like to fltlt'SU~ a.long
potcnti:illy UCt'IDdins: out of the ScrC2ming Voeiex and
c..,. with the ~uds ror attaini nc Lhc.m. Noic that aruin' °g bil
bunch mg a Black Guud c opnst the h>t<d lmp<rium.
PcnonaJ Co.J means the Pl>t)'ft" docs not .suffer the usml
!\listers v.-i:S.ti.ng to set 1hc advcnn..rt cuftc:f in a am}'3 ip will rs
Pcn:alry ror F.ailing che Comp act Pl;aycn •nd Game 1\1.aste
ho\'e to adjust cventt nccording co their in1c11dcd namulvc. r p Js and
1'te, or course, encouraged 10 invent rurthe
h is also pouib le lhat O<"W Player Chaq acrs arc being as bdiu the playtr di.aa am md the ongoing
.s~cs rnoc:Mir;on,
introdoccdin1oanon:o1ngcampaign.pcth2paa
cam p:t.ign ftim.ti "\t.
ror Hettt ia th:ac- Slumblcd along 1he Path to Glory :and lost
LastJy, the C:lmc Master mlghL Ii~ to consider whether
lht"ir liv~ (or Lhcir uniry) in a previous ~owtt. In this
ic is appropriate ., discuss ac:h of lhc-11: goals ,. dl ibe
ca. with the- camp sip rcachine a11 crilic:ll point cht Came individu•I pl•y« 1><rorc: pl.yins the advc......_ Kc.ping the
~1:utcr mi&ht like 10 consider aUowing: or encouraging
goals of ench He~ric secret k likely 10 add a funhc t lcvtl
pla)'t'rs to sekct the Mircn Dealh l>ricst Archetype (s.cc page
of engagdnent to 1hc: mmtii,.,:, cspec:iaJly "A-here they <NOdr.
ui and .-.bl y .no...,g them .. stan . . . hlgh<r kvcl
.;airl.U the IOIC'ttS IJ o( the .,.,hole gtollfl Such
UHcn xciar
by alloa.tina: them 2ddltionaf Expcrimc-e Pb1nts to spmd g;ime and a ~Nflcnte
1-truggle is entitefy appropriarc 10 1ht
at character <'tc:ation Ex~tdy how much Is up ta the Game if mey 1R
those th.11 v.1lk the P1.1h to C lory must mutu
Master, bur 1n idc:al amoan t is probably just bck>w the lcvt-1 d..im me ulwm te priu..
o( chr lowctr rmkcd Hnm c .in the group.
CHARACTERS DEDICATED TO TZEENTCH CHARACTERS DEDICATED ro SLAANESH
Tho.sc that follow the winding p;ith of the Cod T-zccntch As seekers after the most n rc-fied hc:ights of exp«icnce :and
often find themselves at odds with the servants of the Plague pcifcction, those dcdjcuted to Slaancsh Sook L1pon lhe r:ampant
God. \Vhere Tzttntch seeks to buikl impossibly intriatc dec:ay of the realm of Nurgle and sec unfo rmed degeneration,
webs of power, Nurglc delights in bringing these crashing the opposite of aJI they seek. The' foUowers. of 513.llncsh find
down, sio that new growth can spring up in their w.ake. the unbounded growth in which those of Nurgle suNOund
This eternal struggle bet\.\.·CC'n evolution and decay makes themselves :as disorder for U1C' sake of it, as w~cd opportunity.
Tzcentch and Nurglc ancient rivals, and their followers arc \Vhrrc they seek perfection they sec. in the works of Nurglc
ofitn at odds \~rith one another. A servant of Tuentch v.:ho r.IY.' Cha~ the b3se matter of the \Varp ever shifting :and
finds him$C'lf forced to tread the stinking ground of Mire will refonning but nevtr attaining the ultim::ate nttemes·to which
fee] his po\\'Ct and ::ambition smothert"d by 1he cloying -stink the servants of Slaanesh are dt'dicatcd. As ruch, they find the
of the gnvc, his schemes ('Vl!'t on the brink of being dragged 1talms o f Nurgk co ld and clammy, crude', baiSe nnd unformed.
doYo'O\\'ard into the :di-consuming muck. Personal GoaJ: The judgcmmt at chc end of The Hean of
Pets0nal Goal! The 6nal judgement dut takes place at the the Vortex prcsients those' ckdic:tk'd to lhe Prince_ of Chaos,
climax of The Hean of the Vortex presents diameters Sb.mesh, with a un.iqUC' opportunity lhc:y cannot miss. As
dedicated to Tzecntch, the Changer of the Vi'ays, with a chancc- che'y suffer and die', exquisitt: new seru::.nions lash
to provt: the -ultimate knowledge. power, and across lheit fltst.-chc feel of theit
tc:1ch of their cvcr·scheming m:ister. viscer:a spilling out, the scent of
Additional R.cwatds:: Jf :a Hentic dedicated thC'ir blood drippin,g down their skin,
to Tzcc.-itdi manages to use h.is cunning to :and other sudi horrific indulgm-cts ch:it
outdo :at least one 01her Heretic during the only grievous injury c:tn grnnt them.
fin:al judgcment(such as by kill'ing more Additional Rt-wards: For each
enemies th.:in a fo llo\\•er of Khome by CriticaJ Eff«t that a HCJC'tic
osing his PS)>·chic Powe~ pte..,.enting dedic:ated to Sla3nesh sliffers
a fofloy,•er of S!l:lne-sh from during the fi n•I judgement, he
sutTering a Critial Effect, l a.dditional Infamy
or sur.•iving longer than at the end of the
one of Nur_glc's blessed encounter (to
thanks to illusory tricks), a maKimum of
he g:ains Id I 0-l additional 6) for the elev:iting p:ains
Infamy at the end of thc- he suffaed io che n:amc of his
cncoonter :as a reward for havi;ng dark mascer.
his schemes come to fruition.
CHARACTERS
CHARACTERS DEDICATED DEDICATED TO NURGLE
roKHoRNE \VhiJe Nurgle'.sblCSS('d riced no additionaJ
Those \\•ho dedicate themselves to the Blood reasons to undergo the trials beyond
Cod value tht mom.cnt of the kill above all eke, the dttd of those prc:SC'nted in the ndvt•nture, h.is adherents still h:n'C
strlking the opponent d-o\\'n and casting his steaming viscera the opportunity to prove theit dedication tct the' Pl:agud'ather
upon the thirsty battleground the ultimate' aa of devotion. by persisting longer than any of their alDes. By enduring
The follo...crs of 1hc: Pl•gu< God kill in myri•d w:iy>; many ili< long<S~ lh< children of 1hc: lord of All can rallinn his
of y,fiich tbc: foUowtrs of Khorne find frustratingly and supremacy diJting the final trial, demonscrating 1hat in the' end,
unncce~arify indirect. One dC'diC31ed to the Blood Cod might all mu.st fade 3nd rol in the face of thC'ir ruinous patron~
find himself consumed by anger if he is un3ble to confront Personal CoaJ; \Vhile Nurgk's devout s.hookt know 1.1oell
his foe: direct.I)~ and supremely disd:ainful towan:ls any alflp that the trial in the i\1i.re w ill be thC'ir mortal end, thelr patron
fQl&o....-cr, or foe who attempts to poisoa and infC'ct l'3thc1 chan also d C'm:inds th:it 1hey endure, and ding to existence for as
striking the enc-my down with brute' strength. as lhe lord of long Z possible. They must struggle even as they despair, and
Slaughter intended. tight on to the bitterest of ends, dying with their god's name
PttsonaJ Goal: The fin-al judgemenr at the culmination of escaping 1heir lips :u their death rank To glorify Nurglc.
The Hean of the Vortex represents :i perfect op.portunity they must therefore oudi1.•e the' P3wns of th e' other Ro.inous
for Heretics dctlic:ucd to Khofine to pro"'c themselves masters Powers, surviving blo\\'S th:u fell 01hers and Laughjng .in the
of war 'ilnd bloodshed- in all its forms-. face of injuries that v.·oold kill any othcr wi1rrioc.
Additional Rewards: If a Heretic dedicated 'o Khomc-kills Additional Rewards: For each other Heretic in..·olvcd in the
the mQISt foes of all of the Heretics during the.final judgement 6nal tti:ll whom 3 Heretic dedjcated 10 Nurgle oudi1.'C'S during
(as cklC.'rmincd by the' Game 1\.1aster, ns not all foes arc cquaJ) the encounter, he gajns t addjtion11I Jnfamy (to a maximum
he gains tds+3 addicion:iJ Jnfumya1 the end of the encounter of?) at t he end of the C'ncoont«.
~ a reward for his service 'o the lord of Battles.
Mott nanning thlspanof theach'C'llturc, ii• ~dtd
1tu1 the C1mt Mastef reacquaint hinutlf with the: .set:ting
information for the \\'Orkl of ~iirc- g;ven c.irliet in the book,
'Ifosr"" d4nga;for ,.;., 01'1< ,,.,.J of"""th! Sri/( I ,,,.11 h<n< to wilh partlcul!u reference to c:hc nothl.rc- of 1he environment
thy «gmu-m411'Jfoo TO uu.d) the 11.mdJ of16u pfM~from my annour." a.nd chc ntuivcs gMn there. To help stt the tone, c:leh of the
~nu is dcsctibcd by a rC3d alcxi.d SC'(Cion1 whld1 1he Came
-Khanh:i~ the fist of Rage: ~1as1c:r c;1.n uSt to :issist the pL:iyen: in visuJlis1ng the SL'C'ne.
Ac JOmC: point soon :iftcr the Heretics' 111ttMI on ~1Jre, and

W
~ cht cx.xt ciraunstmtt:S of the Herctia'
arriv.ll .. M.., d><y .,. ~ly stnd by the bcfott chcy ~off to explore their .surroundanis. the: C~t
noisom< naun: ofthe pb<c. Ukt .U of the~ of should cake thic time to conunuoicatc the ttpupnt. dicc.a)"td
th.c 1nncr Ring cL !be Sacaming \'ones, Mitt O'.im in a strmgc natun:ollht wottd. udcscribcd in dicta.ii on~ 111- 116.
hyb'id .si:atc bcM.u:n reality and SurTe.slit)t h is neidlcr a auc
~cmon \\'oriel nor .1 nawn.I llC'll.ar ~ ind the very air and INTO THE MIRE
ground feds intensely wrong co lht 1-lctt:rics fh(° momenl they What folSows att a oomber of encounccn 1ha1 bt-rwccn them
;u rivc. Alire has few prnnancnc sctdm1cn1.1 and cttt:1.inty no con'-q' the main themes o f the planet of i\iin: t nd offer the
csrnblishcd port, and most of the natives :art intt-IU(':ly fc:ufui or Heretics with a number of diaUcnges. Aside from nfl"otding the
at ICJst distrusring of outsiders.. ThOI<: 1hat do not display such playt:n wilh nn enk'ruining ~nd ch;illcnging expc:ricncc: on
rc:actlons ore the truly danK"rous ones: either PriornilCS or thcir
1\1.1~ chac ~nu serve anothct, as yet h iddcn putposc. As the
Sii:1"4ntli- or dse the:: <I.read xiv.ants of Nurgle given tcmpowy
Htrctia procttn they come- ID the attention o( the Priomire
fonn by the taint in which the cncltt world is stttped. nwu.,,, ..i depending how lhcy ;...,..., ..;.i. the world's
Ekausc b:lin:- Im .so fcw po n.,. tenl Sttdemena, the- Hcn:tia ;m.b;ana Md rapood ID ilS hzurds. lhcy olTca, for b<trtt «
""'........!ID•'""" in a «gJOC1 due b l)'J'icll of the SDrtx.. _,., t. W... of lhcia Thos, when 11 lool the H<m>a .,...
Th< I01lowing 5C<lion .................. of"""""""' duc the ch< Thona>o;"" nuybc illdispos<d -.-ds thcm .. look upon
Csme Mastu- cao utilix • chc Hcm.O: tt~ the: tt'gioo in lhcm f~ dcpcnding oo the pmccdmg d>UI of<"""'
whidl they lm't' arriYrd. The Cf\i an uSt 2S many Of :as fC'W Shou'4:1 the Came M2stcr wish,. he migtn lilio.c: IO pto\rtdt che
of dleSC enroumcn 3S he feds is appopri:11c, whh the 6:m plrt
of the advt-nrun: concluding with lhe l:u:t, when dx Hm'tics
Heretics wi1h some form of hini or due lhJC 1hc:y trt bein&
watched and 1heir :tctions itidgcd llus could hl~O 1ht fcna fl
cnroun ~r the Pr>ornitc Thanator. At th.'lt point,. the action ~'t'S
n Hard ( 20) Psyniscicnce T-est in the t2K of 1 Hctetk-*
on co the next par.t, polcnti;ally the d hn:t): of lhc entirtcampa.ign.
lhc •ullnblt $kill, or perh3~ an Arduout ( -40)
TABLE 4- 1, UNNA I UR.AL HAZAR.OS
ld l O Roll Hazard
Gravity Anoma!y: The local gravity ficid fh1ctu.ttcs as the \V~rp tMcods through the :1.lrc3dy suerched skin
sepa:r.uing reati:r~· from the beyond. The Game Master should decide "'"hether the result js· abnormally high or Jow
gntvity, and apply the'appropri:ne etTecu dC$Cribcd on p.lgt 43 of the Bua. 'CIWSADE Core Rukbook for the next
ldlO hours. Th is elTeo is cumulative wfth ""anyother encounters rolled during this period.
Putrid Gtt A pockec<if noxious :1ir th.u has fes1ertd since che Cl't'.acion of i\iite itself bursts fon h. E:ich Heretic mJSl
nuke a Challrt'lging (+O) Toughneu Test oc suffer the effcas of SulTocatioo {see P3gC' 257 of (he BLA CK C.JWs.un;
Core Rulrbook) un1if k;ivi:ng the :sffected arei {a zone c{ 5d IO+20 mmcs 3.f'Ound ;o.ficre tht' pock.el burst).
Sucking Mud: The going bccomcs cxceptlonafly hard as brackish liquid swells upwar.is through the ground.
6-7
The Heretics sol-fer a -20 penalty to Agility-based Tests for the OC(t ld5 boors.
Ent\\'inlng Roots: \Vri1hing tendrils lash ou; from lhc srinking ground. Each cfur.ictcr must mJkc .l Hard (- 20)
S- ?
Agility Tes( or sulT~r Id JO Rtnding Damage aod f-;ill Prone.
Poisonous 81.cssings: Everything the Hcrt~acs look 11pon in thfs region glistens with s.idtl)• green contact toxin.
IOor
Any Heretic wBo f:dls., becomes Prone. or tooche.s anything in the environment with bai:c skin most mJkc a Hard
higher
(- 10) Toughnm Ttst ot roll on Ttblt l - 1• Boon• of th• Plagti• Cod (m Plfl" 40) and apply th•""'''-

Test if nt1nc of the Heretics has a beuer Skill E\'c.n if the In order to ll\'oid 3 ski\\· and ininful death :imidsr the stinking
Hcrctits f:iil, it is likely th:n the players \\ill come to susp«t sv.·amps., the Heretics most find their W3Y out of the fmmedi:itc
1hey arc being watched or th:ili something is up; in \\•hich case 3rca, a\•oiding h:izards :is. they go. To do so, the Came
they arc likeJy to be put e\.'Cr more on the.it guard, and :is such M'!lste-r sbou\d instigate an Extended Test {sec page 37 of
the Game Master- might like to adjust these Tests accordingly. the: Bu.at CausAoE Core Rulebook). The !hazardous terrain
Should the He.reties le3rn that they arc indeed being exte.nds for approximately 30 kilometres in all directions
watched, the Game (o.ias.ter should nt1t communiote any and the condjtions arc soch that Table 1- 6: Treacherous
.specific dec:ails just )'Ct. lnste:td, he sllould communic3te the Environment Agility Modifiers on page 40 of the Bu a.
f'3ct :u a fccBng of distrust, 1the fit'C'ting feeling of passing C IWSAOE Core Rulebook is used to modify any rcle\•ant Skill
through a gunrruin's crossh-airs or of movement barely Tests mnde. Each of the Hen-tics should makt a Hacd (- 20)
registered in the corner of the e)'C. On a world such as Mire, Survival Tc.st for e\-cry hoer of travel. Fail1J1rc results in a roU
phenomena s.udi as these- atc far from unusu3L of course, but on Table 4-1: Unnawral Hazards. with +J to the result
shoo Id sCrve to build the tensjon as the encounters progrns.. for evety Degree ofF2ilurc by which the H<:retic failed.

E N.coUNrER i: UNNAIURALHAZARDs ENcOUNIER 2: MIR.EN SwAR!>r


As they press through the w~ldemcss of Mire, the stinking This encounter can be pbyed at any point in this st~ of
mlstscSosjng in around