I have been a long time lurker even while I was away from the hobby for reasons better left unmentioned because they may make me rethink not suing my family for throwing away several hundreds of euros worth in miniatures…
Anyway, I have slowly built up some miniatures again and did so with the army that got me into the hobby in the first place: the Adepta Sororitas (granted; back then they were the Witchhunters but details).
I have read the index, the FAQs, Chapter Approved and am hoping for a Codex release somewhere before the end of 2020 (Adepticon Announcement says 2019 Emperor Willing but it could be later for all we know). While my chances to play are minuscule at the best of times (no store/club within about 120km) for the foreseeable future, I want to at least build something up that would be legal to field if I had the chance.
Now to the point of my post: a lore question. Since I want to do my own Order, I have been tinkering with background lore and one big question came up about how the Order maintains its numbers.
Now, normally lore states that all potential Sororitas are taken from orphans / the Schola Progenium and then are shipped off to either the Convent Sanctorum or the Convent Prioris for further training and then ‘distribution’ into one of the actual Orders.
Now a little excursion into my partially written up background lore in quick points to paint a picture:
Set somewhere around M36 and M37, Imperial records are shoddy at the best of times as we know.
Inquisitor with close connection to the Imperial Creed, wanders through the systems doing inquisitorial things, finds a system relatively remote that teaches a variation of the Imperial Creed.
System is somewhat self-sufficient with two agri-worlds, a very minor forge world and two non-specialized worlds that raise imperial regiments. No big name threats are nearby, just the usual ork / eldar / dark eldar raiders and pirates.
Being too busy doing inquisitorial stuff, the Inquisitor sends a request towards Terra to have a Mission of Sisters (not yet sure from which Order, probably Argent Shroud) dispatched to do some Faith Checking and if needed Faith Adjusting.
The Sisters arrive and start to spread about the worlds, finding mostly feudal communities (though using standard imperial tech for resource gathering /production) that welcome the Sisters with open arms as every good imperial citizen should.
After a few months of ‘covert’ interrogation the local Mission Leader comes to the conclusion that, while not deviating enough from the Imperial Creed to justify a nice purge, it would be better for the Sisters to stay in system and make sure it stays that way.
The request is granted and the Sisters are getting sent a few reinforcements to make sure every settlement has at least a handful of Sister to keep an eye on their preachers as well as keep a base of operations staffed, bringing them to about 150 Battle Sisters plus administrative personnel in system.
Of course, when the settlements come under attack the local Sisters there do not just sit about and pray for salvation, they go out there to bring the righteous Wrath of the Emperor to the xenos and heretic. They of course take casualties and request reinforcements from Terra / Ophelia. Problem with being in a remote system: calls for reinforcements take time, if any are available.
Most times reinforcements arrive just after they have had another raid repelled and need further reinforcements, starting a cycle of always being outnumbered.
Couple of dozen generations later and the present Mission Leader has had enough, gets herself passage on a rogue trader vessel through ‘diplomatic’ means (read: threat of a combi-melta up the rear end) back to Terra to make her plea: be named minor Order and given the right to directly recruit from ‘her’ systems’ PDF / Imperial Guard recruits if suitable young women / girls were to be found.
Now the question is: how likely would it be that such a request would be granted?
On the one hand my mind says “No” because this is the IoM we are talking about and especially an organization with close ties to the Ecclesiarchy, so giving them too long of a leash would probably be bad in the eyes of the High Lords / whoever gets the request on their work desk.
On the other hand my mind says “Yes” because not having to worry about supporting yet another remote, ‘who-has-ever-heard-about-that-place’ system with reinforcements would probably be seen as a good thing by some administrative pencil pusher. Let a few Navy officers have a look every now and then when they pick up the Guard Regiments raised in the system and report back. They have a minor forge world in the system so deals could be hashed out with Mechanicus to supply the Sisters locally with ammunition/weapons/armor/vehicles.
What is your take on this idea of recruiting locally? Possible with stipulations? Impossible because ‘insert reason here’? Do we have any official Lore where something similar was mentioned?
Thank you for your time and have a good day.