Hello fellow Templars of the Bolter & Chainsword, long time reader - first time poster... getting back into the Warhammer 40k arena after many, many years. Last time I played was 2005 and had the start of a good BT army. Held onto everything through the years and am coming back to the table with new ideas. Here's the first part of the fluff background for my updated army for 2016. Hope you enjoy and all comments welcome.
Inquisition Log #41.999.7981:001C
HLT Direct Edict Classified Authorization / INQ-UC / AA-BLTMP_HLBR
File Custodian: Inquisitor Valdena
With permission granted and directed by the High Lords of Terra, details regarding inquiry into the following charges as outlined:
Black Templar use of Pariah Gene descendants
(ADT DOC-Complaint: 41.998.4326:235Z)
Black Templar unauthorized use of Adeptus Mechanicus property - Stormbird Squadron VI
(ADMC DOC-Complaint: 41.999.5812:023)
Black Templar unauthorized use of Adeptus Astra Telepathica property - Aegis Deus
(ADAT DOC-Complaint: 41.999.0124:957)
This evidentiary document has been created post facto from surviving documents and other evidence gathered by my tenure of service which included first hand accounting of the creation and tactical implementation of the SILENT SWORD CRUSADE, of actions taken by Adeptus Astartes High Marshal Helbrecht of the Black Templars (herein referred as HLBR), Reclusiarch Grimaldus (herein referred to as CHGR), also of the Black Templars, and various subordinate individuals of aforementioned C&C structure.
The remainder of this document are my personal findings in regards to the curious occurrences leading to the founding of the Silent Sword Crusade, its use and alleged abuses against various Imperial agencies. It will be noted now that this was compiled without oversight or permission of the Adeptus Terra or Adeptus Ministorum and all documents cited herein is done so under the prerogative of the HLT to supercede any classified status claimed by the Ordo Redactus.
Within the deep records of Ordo Heretics and it’s earlier incarnations in the Inquisitorial order have led me to believe that Amendera Kendel and other members of the Silent Sisters were brought into the founding of the Inquisition by actions taken by Malcador the Sigilite and Nathaniel Garro. Although never fully named as such in any known document after the events of the Horus Heresy, remaining inquisitorial records indicate female instructors which led to the finest witch hunters to be produced during or since the founding of the Inquisition well into the 800 years leading into the creation of the Ordo Hereticus.
“Silent and unrepentant in her methods, it was by the grace of her instruction that I was able to live and fulfill my service as an Inquisitor of the Imperium.” - Inquisitor Vexo Vindi Victus (ca 22.M33)
More importantly, as described, most ordained Sisters of Silence, as their title suggests, were sworn to silence, though hardly barred from the written word, some of them became quite prolific in their otherwise succinct but poignant after-action reports and observations.
“…and as such it is my recommendation along with >redacted< that training progress in secret on >redacted<. Furthermore I strongly protest to the constant meddling by the Ministorum, which has resulted in only impeding progress. I will not cede any trainees to the projects under the oversight of Culexus. We fight in the light, not in the shadows. Sigilite was right in his efforts to bring the remains of the sisterhood into this new part of the Imperium; however, our order is still called to a higher purpose as given by the Emperor himself, his light that may never die through our eternal vigilance. Never forget we stood in defence of Terra where most trembled to stand. To avoid any further taint by Ministorum hands, my most trusted coven of sisters set out in the Black Ship Aegis Deus to continue our fight, upon your own word, I trust you and you alone to see to it that they will not be interfered with. A great saddness weighs upon me, my Sisters never to be seen by my eyes again in this life, but in spirit I know they will pursue the path beset upon our destiny…”
This scrap of an transcribed originated from an instructor, this passage seemingly written by the very hand of Kendel, though sworn to silence, could say volumes in the written word.
It must be stated that this record indicates either a complete disregard for protocol or the ineptitude of the Ministorum and Ordo Redactus as a whole - most likely both - in that the location of the secret training facility for inquisition witch hunters is redacted, but no censor of details regarding an independent splinter cell of the sisterhood existing under it’s own charter? Perhaps the Ministorum regarded the sect so small and insignificant, not worth denial, redaction or comment. In either case, more questions than answers.
Further evidence suggests that the sisterhood survived on for many thousands of years in relative anonymity on a small number of worlds, in particular Cadian Prime and areas of Segmentum Ultima. It isn’t until the first war for Armageddon that I find actual evidence of the continuing lineage. Records indicate that during the cleansing following the first war for Armageddon, a small portion of hive residents were completely free of taint when all others fell to the infliction of chaos. Further investigation produced this summary record of interviews with a number of citizens exhibiting the traits of the Pariah gene:
“Subjects of inquiry exclusively female originating from Helsreach Hive. Gene sampling produced anomalous results which require further investigation and samples have been expedited to the nearest forge world for testing by Mechanicus representatives. Questioning of subjects via psykers completely unviable. Psykers attending or administering interrogation of subjects reported extreme discomfort while in their presence. Subjects possibly warp-resistant and show no sign of being compromised by chaos influence.”
Though Armageddon was nearly entirely wiped clean by the Grey Knights during the Months of Shame, I have found evidence that this lineage continued. The record of this surprising fact became clear in the last months of the Third War for Armageddon before the season of fire, as accounted in Article B.
TO BE CONTINUED, Article B and army WIP pics to come very soon...
Edited by TheOneTrueZon, 17 December 2020 - 06:25 PM.