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Fides ex Machina
A Battle Sister of the Order Fides ex Machina
A minor Order Militant of the Adepta Sororitas based within the Elysian Forgeworld.“The Emperors blessing is a great gift, prove yourself worthy of it.”
~ Thought of the Day
In addition to the usual Adepta Sororitas iconography the Order will display its allegiance to both sides of the great Faiths of humanity with Ecclesiarchy and Mechanicus symbols, icons and devotional marks displayed in equal measures and even combined.
Sisters where a deep orange robes, in common with the predominate colour amongst the Elysian population as a sign of devotion to the Omnissiah. When preparing for battle the sisters will don deep bronze coloured power armour adorned with silver heraldry.
Founding of the Order
The Order was founded in the early years of M38 following a schism in the lesser Order Pronatus that the Oder considers to be its parent Order. However on account of the spiritual difference that arose and led to the schism and the subsequent reforming of the Order into an Order Militant the Order has next to no contact with its parent Order.
The schism grew out of what the Order calls “the Miracle of the Long Night”, and the interpretation and ideas of the faith of the sisters who were present compared to the faith of the rest of that Order Pronatus.
In need of a new home those sisters that left the order found support and shelter from Magos Bascule on account of their shared experience during the ‘Long Night’. Eventually with the Magos’s aid the sisters founded their new Order in the Elysium Forgeworld system.
The Miracle of the Long Night
At the behest of the senior Cardinal of the local Ecclesiarchy a Mission was dispatched to assist in the recovery and restoration of relics at a Mechanicus led archeological dig on the planet. The Magos in charge of the dig, Magos Bascule, was searching for evidence of lost expedition to which his home Forgeworld, Elysium, had contributed significant resources. The data he was working from was fragment and ancient even by Mechanicus standards but if correct would indicate that the expedition took part as part of the Emperors Great Crusade.
Any recovered artifacts to support this would be great relics for the faithful in the local sector, and needing the support of the local Imperial Governor and Ecclesiarchy the Magos had no choice but to work in conjunction with them.
Some months into the dig, after several unsuccessful sites, the expedition did unearth remains that could have been form the Imperial Army and Elysian Forgewold supporting Battle-Automata. While no functioning arcehotech was recovered, and in fact the remains found was little more that time worn armour components and similar, the Sister of the Mission started the preservation and restoration of the finds.
The ‘Long Night’ itself was a few short weeks after this and started like any other evening. However in the middle of the night the site was ambushed and the majority of local works died in the initial minutes. The survivors, including the sister Mission and Magos Bascule took shelter in most defensible dig and fought of several probing attacks. The defenders could hear the battle range around them. As dawn neared many hours later the defenders found that while they had lived the fighting they had heard had not been imperial reinforcements. Instead as they cautiously explored the site they found lots of dead attackers but no apparent evidence of who had saved them.
Further analysis revealed that one of the Battle Automata that the Mission had been restoring was no longer where it had been. While Magos Bascule had himself verified that there was no functioning component nor ammunition in the machine, either before that night nor in its aftermath, the wounds on the attackers matched the damage such a Battle Automata would have inflicted. For the Magos it was a deep mystery, for the Siters of the Mission it was an Emperor blessed Miracle.
The War of Ecclesiarchial Politics
The Omnissiah’s Heart Schism
For all that the Ecclesiarchy perceived the Order to close to the Elysium Forgeworld, and by extension the Adeptus Mencanicus at large, the Order has not been considered particularly close in faith by the Elysian Magi (let alone the wider Martian faith) for most of its existence.
While there is a an extend of shared culture and influences as the years and centuries passed, and the shared history and alliance bore its influence the Elysian Magi saw the Order as a minor offshoot of the ‘Imperial’ faith rather than anything connected to the true Omnissian faith.
Only in recent centuries as this attitude shifted to a closer spiritual kinship and even then only amongst the younger and less conservative Magi. In truth the Schisim of the Omnissiah’s Heart is barley worth of the name, but rather a reinterpretation and reincorporation of some theological ideas and tenants of the Martian faith that had fallen into disuses and out of mind of the mainstream faith.
While the catalyst for this century long shift was certain believes and concepts introduced and developed by the Order both from its history, influences from the Martian faith and the original imperial faith from which it sprung, the true movement that coalesced into the Omnissiah’s Heart spiritualism was amongst the Tech-Priest, lesser Magi and common folk of the Forgewolrd.
While the Order was birthed as a result of difference in Faith a lot of the events both during its founding and its continued existence has been at the whims and eternal game of political struggles within the sector wide Ecclesiarchy. For all that the Order believes strays from the conservative ‘mainstream’ faith, and more than a little too close to the Adeptus Mencanicus, as time progressed there have always been supporters in the Ecclesiarchy that have shielded the Order from both the more radical and the more conservative members of the faith. Often this was for personal power plays and gains but the claimed and paramount reason as far as the Ecclesiarchal consensus is that the Order gives them a foothold in a Forgeworld system.
Spiritual Tenants of the Order
The Orders mixed spiritual heritage place it far outside the norm that is generally accepted by the Ecclesiarchy and it is only tolerated to some extent due to its unique position and location, and them more out of political rather than spiritual reasons.
The Mechanicus in turn see the Orders faith as just some offshoot of the Imperial faith with no connection to their true Martian faith. This dismissive attitude has wavered a little in recent times as some more liberal Tech-Priest, Magi and lay persons of the faith, especially within the Elysian Forgeworld, have found merit in certain ideas of the Order.
The Order very much sees itself as a bridge between what to it are just two facets of the same faith in the Emperor, expressed as it is by the Priest of Mars and the Priest of Terra. Alas in reality the dismissive view of the traditional, conservative and radical aspects of both faiths instead often leave the order isolated from both.
One of the central tenants of the order is that it is not only the humans that worship the Emperor but that machines wrought under his blessing also engaging in acts of worship as they fulfill their function. A sanctified bolter offers up a prayer to the Emperor in his aspect as the Omnissiah every time it shoots just like the sister wielding it. Lesser unblessed machines, much like the masses that live and toil within the Imperium need but the attention and care of the faithful to in turn recognize and praise the Emperor in all his forms.
The blessing of the Emperor manifest as the individual machine spirits and aloes the machine spirits its agency so that it may better prove its worth and show its devotion. A machine has to be made and cared for and nurtured for its machine spirit to be able to fulfill its function and pray, just like children have to be taught the words and acts of devotion.
Sisters of the Order will therefore pray not just for their fellow devout humans but for all the coexisting machines such as their equipment and armaments before a battle or the forge, factory and farming machines for a bountiful harvest and production.
Servitors, in their many forms, are seen by the Order as a way for deficient humans and machines, who would otherwise rust and die to find renewed purpose in their fusion into whole entity under the Omnissiah’s light and benediction.
The Order Convent
Notable Figures of the Order
Lead the Mission during the Miracle of the Long Night
Canoness Superior Oksanna
Current head of the Order
Widely seen within the Order as Oksanna’s successor
Former Magos and disciple of the Omnissiah’s Heart
The Orders Convent was built out of an abandoned mining post on Lethe, a large island in Elysium’s southern hemisphere. As all valuable resources had long ago been extracted from Lethe and due to its remoteness in relation to the major forges it was seen by the ruling Magi as an out of a way place of little value. The Magi at the time were both humoring Mago Bascule and his request to grant the homeless order a place to live and fully expecting the outsiders to just die and wither away in the harsh environment and would therefore be just temporary minor nuisance for a few decades. As such the Order was granted a Lease over the land for a decade on the condition that they must be self sufficient and would demand no aid from the Forgeworld. These days the renewal of the lease is a matter of tradition and ritual as the Order had become, in its way, part of Elysian life, but in the early centuries the order came close to failure several times.
The Covenant itself is built into the mountain range in the south west of Lethe in a series of connect outpost spreading out from the original mining facility. The majority of the covenant is therefore partially underground having spread along the old mining tunnels and it can take many hours walking to go from one end to another.
In the lowlands on Lethe’s north eastern side the Order established a series of farms to feed itself and from this grew a small city on the northern shore. The city is under Order control as the Magi will hold them responsible for anything that happens on Order land. Aside from a select group of trusted faithful workers that support the Covenant more directly none can enter the rest of Lethe that lies beyond the farming complexes and most are not even permitted beyond the city’s outskirts. The inhabitances of the city are a mixture of transitory hired laborers and faithful civilians who have settled over the centuries.
As the only non Mechanicus controlled population center on the planet its culture is a little closer to the Imperial norm and visitors from outside the system, such as traders, often make it their primary port of call. The Order benefits from both the resulting political influence and income generated to maintain itself.
Deployment and Combat Doctrine
While not an order Pronatus anymore the Order does retain some of the skill and therefore is often deployed alongside any expedition that is likely to encounter objects worth preserving, especially if the circumstances are likely to be hostile. While the Orders relationship with its parent order is still frosty the Order will readily and professionally work alongside other minor order of the Pronatus linage.
The Order tactical training and combat preference is of a defensive slant, as Missions dispatched by the Order are usually outnumbered by some margin and fighting to protect a location or relic form attackers. Discipline under attack is a key component for a defender and sisters of the order are trained in particular to maintain the calm and battle focus at all time.
As such battles are rarely in open terrain and long rage firepower and support either ineffective or outright lacking the Sisters are drilled in short range firefights tactics other elements suited to a more urban style of warfare.
Should it be called upon to do so the Order is just as capable on the attack to cleanse the Imperium of enemies of the Emperor. As is common amongst the Adepta Sororitas across the galaxy the proffered weapons are the bolter, flamer and melta, however the close ties to the Elysian forgeworld has introduce some more exotic weapons into the arsenal of the Order.
In honour of the recovery and preservation of the Elysian Battle Automata remains during the Miracle of the Long Night the Order can for major deployments call on the aid of a dedicated Maniple of Battle Automata specifically seconded to the Order by the Elysian Forgworld. While the presence of a single Maniple can add some serious combat force to an Order deployment, the actual military benefit compared to the total force of a major Order deployment is hardly significant. However the morale benefit brought to the field is significant.
Edited by Trokair, 15 May 2020 - 10:02 PM.