Forces of the Emperor – Pursuer Cadre
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FAST ATTACK

The Pursuer cadres are the beast handlers and hunters of the Silent Sisterhood, called upon to track down a fleeing quarry and either flush them out of hiding for capture or destroy them on sight as needed. As some of the most agile of their Order, they are typically deployed away from the bulk of the detachment among the streets, hab-blocks and alleyways of the targeted city in order to monitor for potential ambushes, those attempting to escape the tithe or other dangers which may threaten the operations of the detachment. In this pursuit each holds command over a single mechanically augmented beast, and through programmed tap-codes broadcast from a wrist piece, the beasts are directed and their sight and hearing relayed back and displayed so the Pursuers can quickly identify potential signs of refuge or ambush and alert their comrades.

  • Pursuer Cadre 65 pts
M WS BS S T W I A Ld Sv Base
Pursuer (base: 32mm)
Pursuer 6 4 4 3 3 1 4 1 7 3+ 32mm
Pursuer Mistress (base: 32mm)
Pursuer Mistress 6 4 4 3 3 1 4 2 8 3+ 32mm
Unit Composition
  • 2 Pursuers
  • 1 Pursuer Mistress
Wargear
  • Bolt pistol
  • Close combat weapon
  • Frag grenades
  • Krak grenades
  • Vratine armour
Unit Type
Special Rules
  • Silent Sisterhood (Chamber of Oblivion)
  • Fleet (1)
  • Stubborn
  • Hatred (Psykers, Daemons, Corrupted)
  • Loyalist
  • Pursuit Beasts (see below)
Dedicated Transport
Options
  • The Pursuer Cadre may include:
  • - Up to three additional Pursuers
    +10 points each
  • All Pursuers in the unit may exchange their bolt pistols for:
  • - Hand flamers
    Free
  • - Needle pistols
    +5 points each
  • Any Pursuer or Pursuer Mistress model in the unit may exchange their close combat weapon for an:
  • - Execution blade
    +10 points each
  • The unit may include one Pursuit Beast for each Pursuer and Pursuer Mistress in the unit (see the Pursuit Beasts special rule for more details), chosen from the list below in any combination:
  • - Cyber Mastiff
    +5 points each
  • - Cyber Felidae
    +5 points each
  • - Cyber Caiman
    +10 points each
  • - Cyber Raptor
    +5 points each
  • One Pursuer may take an augury scanner
    +10 points
  • One Pursuer may take a nuncio-vox
    +10 points
  • The Pursuer Mistress may take any of the following:
  • - Power weapon
    +10 points
  • - Charnabal weapon
    +10 points
  • - Hand flamer
    +5 points
  • - Needle pistol
    +5 points
  • - Plasma pistol
    +10 points

Pursuit Beasts (Fast Attack)
A Pursuer Cadre may include a number of Pursuit Beasts (see above). The rules for those Pursuit Beasts are provided here:

FAST ATTACK

To aid in the pursuit and elimination of their targets, the Pursuers of the Silent Sisterhood employ a wide variety of augmentically enhanced beasts. Selected from the most deadly strains of wildlife found in the Imperium, these creatures are hand-reared by the Pursuers and mnemonically conditioned to obey their handlers, serving as fearless engines of destruction when loosed against the foes of the Imperium.

M WS BS S T W I A Ld Sv Base
Cyber Mastiff (base: 32mm)
Cyber Mastiff 7 4 - 4 3 1 4 2 6 5+ 32mm
Cyber Felidae (base: 25mm)
Cyber Felidae 8 4 - 3 3 1 5 2 6 6+ 25mm
Cyber Caiman (base: 40mm)
Cyber Caiman 6 4 - 5 5 2 3 2 6 5+ 40mm
Cyber Raptor (base: 25mm)
Cyber Raptor 8 4 - 3 3 1 4 3 6 - 25mm
Wargear
  • Close combat weapon
Unit Type
Special Rules
  • Cerebral Pacifiers
  • Fleet (1) (Cyber Mastiff, Cyber Felidae and Cyber Raptor only)
  • Furious Charge (1) (Cyber Mastiff only)
  • Rage (1) (Cyber Felidae only)
  • Feel No Pain (5+) (Cyber Caiman only)
  • Shrouded (4+) (Cyber Raptor only)
Locked in Combat
If a unit has one or more models in base contact with an enemy model (for any reason), then it is locked in combat. The unit is considered to be locked in combat as soon as an enemy model is moved into base contact with any model in that unit and remains locked in combat until there are no enemy models remaining in base contact with any model that is part of that unit. Units that are locked in combat must attack and be attacked in the next Fight sub-phase, resolving the combat as per the standard rules. Units are no longer locked in combat if, at the end of any Phase, they no longer have any models in base contact with an enemy model.

Units that are locked in combat cannot move in any other Phase or make Shooting Attacks for any reason. Similarly, models cannot choose to target units locked in combat with Shooting Attacks for any reason. Blast markers and templates cannot be deliberately placed such that they cover any models locked in combat, but they may end up there after scattering and will then cause Hits on any units or models they contact as normal.

Units that are locked in combat do not take Morale checks or Pinning tests caused by Shooting Attacks, and cannot be Pinned.
Melee Type
Weapons with the Melee type can only be used in close combat.
Rending (X)

Some weapons can inflict critical strikes against which no armour can protect.

If a model has the Rending special rule, or is attacking with a Melee weapon that has the Rending special rule, there is a chance that their close combat attacks will strike a critical blow. For each To Wound roll equal to or higher than the value listed, the target automatically suffers a Wound, regardless of its Toughness. The controlling player may choose to resolve these Wounds at AP 2 instead of the weapon’s normal AP value.

Similarly, if a model makes a Shooting Attack with a weapon that has the Rending special rule, a To Wound roll of equal to or greater than the listed value wounds automatically, regardless of Toughness, and is resolved at AP 2.

In either case, against Vehicles each Armour Penetration roll of equal to or greater than the listed value allows a further D3 to be rolled, with the result added to the total Strength of the attack. These Hits are not resolved at AP 2, but are instead resolved using the weapon’s AP value.

For example, a model with the Rending (5+) special rule that rolls To Wound against a non-Vehicle model will wound automatically on the roll of a 5+, and the attacking player has the choice of using an AP value of 2 instead of the AP value of their weapon.
Gets Hot

Some weapons are fuelled by unstable power sources and risk overheating with each shot – often to the detriment of their wielder.

When firing a weapon that Gets Hot, roll To Hit as normal. For each unmodified To Hit roll of 1, the firing model immediately suffers a single Wound with an AP value equal to that of the weapon that was used to attack (Armour Saves, Invulnerable Saves and Feel No Pain rolls can be taken, but not Cover Saves or Shrouded rolls) – this Wound cannot be allocated to any other model in the unit. A Vehicle instead rolls a D6 for each roll of a 1 To Hit. If this roll results in a 1 or 2, the Vehicle suffers a Glancing Hit.
Frag Grenades

This class of grenade contains only a small explosive charge, and is intended primarily to disorientate and distract the foe while closing on a fixed position.

A unit that includes at least one model with frag grenades makes attacks at its normal Initiative Step during an Assault after it has successfully Charged through Difficult Terrain or Dangerous Terrain, but still suffers any penalties to Charge rolls imposed by Difficult Terrain or Dangerous Terrain when resolving a Charge through Difficult Terrain or Dangerous Terrain.
Unwieldy

This weapon is very large, and more than a little clumsy, making swift blows all but impossible to achieve.

A model attacking with this weapon Piles-in and fights at Initiative step 1, unless it has the Dreadnought Unit Type or Monstrous sub-type.
Loyalist

Whether pledged to the Emperor himself as the rightful leader of Mankind or to the dream of the Imperium that he intended to create, some warriors swore to fight and die for the Loyalist cause and no other.

A model with this special rule may only be included in an army that has the Loyalist Allegiance.
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Two-handed

This weapon is particularly heavy and requires both hands to wield.

A model attacking with this weapon never receives +1 Attack for fighting with two Melee weapons.
Fearless

Fearless troops never give up and seldom make full use of cover – even if it would be wiser to do so.

Units with one or more models with the Fearless special rule automatically pass Pinning tests, Regroup tests and Morale checks. In addition, models with the Fearless special rule ignore the effects of the Fear special rule.

However, units containing one or more models with the Fearless special rule cannot use any Reactions that grant a Cover Save, Armour Save or Invulnerable Save, and cannot choose to fail a Morale check due to the Our Weapons Are Useless special rule. If a unit has become Pinned and then gains the Fearless special rule, all the effects of being Pinned are immediately cancelled.
Deflagrate

The ancient volkite weaponry employed by the armies of Terra in the earliest years of the Great Crusade fired arcing blasts of energy rather than solid projectiles.

After normal attacks by this weapon have been resolved, count the number of unsaved Wounds caused on the target unit. Immediately resolve a number of additional automatic Hits on the same unit using the weapon’s profile equal to the number of unsaved Wounds – these can then be saved normally. Models in the targeted unit must still be in range in order for these additional Hits to take effect. These additional Hits do not themselves inflict more Hits and do not benefit from any other special rules possessed by the attacking model, such as Preferred Enemy (X) or Precision Strikes (X).
Pistol Weapons

Pistols are light enough to be carried and fired one-handed.

A model attacking with a Pistol weapon makes the number of Attacks indicated on its profile regardless of whether the bearer has moved or not. A model carrying a Pistol weapon can make a Shooting Attack with it in the Shooting phase and still Charge in the Assault phase. A Pistol weapon also counts as a close combat weapon in the Assault phase. In addition, all models with two Pistol type weapons can attack with both in the same Shooting phase. This follows the normal rules for shooting.

RangeSAPType
Volkite serpenta10"55Pistol 2, Deflagrate
Stubborn

Many warriors live and die according to the principle of ‘death before dishonour’. Seldom do such warriors take a backward step in the face of danger.

When a unit that contains at least one model with this special rule takes Morale checks or Pinning tests, the unit ignore any negative Leadership modifiers. If a unit is both Fearless and Stubborn, the unit uses the rules for Fearless instead.
Shrouded (X)

The source of the darkness around these warriors matters not – only a lucky shot has any chance of piercing the shroud that hides them from view.

When a model with this special rule suffers an unsaved Wound, Glancing Hit or Penetrating Hit, it can make a special Shrouded roll to ignore it (this is not a Saving Throw and so can be used against attacks that state that ‘no Saves of any kind are allowed’). Shrouded rolls may not be taken against Melee Attacks, against attacks with the Ignores Cover special rule or for models (excluding models with the Primarch Unit Type) with the Fearless special rule.

Roll a D6 each time an unsaved Wound, Glancing Hit or Penetrating Hit is suffered by a model with this special rule. On a result that is equal to or greater than the value in brackets, that unsaved Wound, Glancing Hit or Penetrating Hit is ignored. On any other result, the Wound, Glancing Hit or Penetrating Hit is applied as normal. For example, a unit with the special rule Shrouded (6+) would need to score a 6 in order to ignore a Wound, Glancing Hit or Penetrating Hit inflicted upon it.

If on any unit this rule is presented simply as Shrouded, without a value in brackets, then count it as Shrouded (6+).

This is a Damage Mitigation roll – any model may make only a single Damage Mitigation roll of any type for any given Wound, Glancing Hit or Penetrating Hit.
Pinning

Coming under fire without knowing where the shots are coming from, or having ordnance rain down from the skies, can shake the resolve of even the bravest warriors, making them dive flat and cling to whatever cover presents itself.

If a non-Vehicle unit suffers one or more unsaved Wounds from a weapon with the Pinning special rule, it must take a Leadership test once the firing unit has finished its Shooting Attacks for that Phase. This is called a Pinning test. If the unit fails the Test, it is Pinned. As long as the Test is passed, a unit can be called upon to take multiple Pinning tests in a single turn, but only once for each unit shooting at them.

A unit that is affected by any of the following conditions does not take Pinning tests, and if called upon to do so is considered to automatically pass them:
  • The unit is locked in combat.
  • The unit is already Pinned (the unit remains Pinned, but takes no further Tests).
  • The unit is composed entirely of Vehicle models.
  • The unit is Embarked on a Transport Vehicle.
  • The target unit is affected by the Fearless special rule.
A unit that has become Pinned cannot Move, Run or Charge. It can only fire Snap Shots if it attacks during the Shooting phase and cannot make Reactions in any Phase. At the end of its following turn, the unit returns to normal and the unit is free to act as normal from then on. Whilst it is Pinned, a unit is affected normally by enemy actions (for example, it takes Morale checks as normal). If the unit is forced to move, for example if it has to Fall Back, it returns to normal immediately. If assaulted, the unit will fight as usual, but because they are not set to receive the Charge, enemy units do not receive the Initiative penalty for assaulting a unit in Difficult Terrain, even if the unit is in Difficult Terrain. If a unit becomes Pinned during a Charge, then that Charge automatically fails. Units that are locked in combat cannot be Pinned and do not take Pinning tests.
Reach (X)

Some weapons rely not on the speed of their wielder, but on their sheer length or cunning design to inflict harm upon the foe before they can react.

A model making attacks as part of an Assault using a weapon with this special rule, adds the value of (X) that is included as part of this special rule to its Initiative Characteristic. If a model has more than one weapon with this special rule then that model only increases the value of its Initiative by the value of the special rule on the weapon whose profile is used by that model to attack during the Fight sub-phase. A weapon that is not used to attack does not modify the model’s Initiative Characteristic – models that may attack with more than one weapon, or models claiming the bonus for having a second weapon, may only add the value of the highest variant of this special rule and do not add the values together.

For example, a model attacking as part of an Assault with a weapon that has the Reach (1) special rule increases its Initiative by +1.
Power Weapons

These melee weapons are sheathed in disruption fields that allow them to cleave armour as though it were paper and annihilate flesh or bone with ease. They are both difficult to master, for a single mis-stroke can lead to catastrophe in a close packed melee, and expensive to manufacture and maintain.

All weapons listed here are counted as ‘Power’ weapons for those rules that affect such weapons. A model that is eligible to select a power weapon may take any of the weapons included in this profile.
Range
Str
AP
Type
Power sword
-
User
3
Melee, Rending (6+)
Power axe
-
+1
2
Melee, Unwieldy
Power maul
-
+2
3
Melee
Power lance
-
+1
3
Melee, Reach (1)
Breaching (X)

Some weapons are capable of breaching armour with a terrifying ease, whether by specially designed munitions, careful targeting or sheer brute power.

When rolling To Wound for a model that has the Breaching (X) special rule, or is attacking with a weapon that has the Breaching (X) special rule, for each To Wound roll equal to or higher than the value listed in brackets, the controlling player must resolve these wounds at AP 2 instead of the weapon’s normal AP value. This rule has no effect on models that do not have Wounds, such as models with the Vehicle Unit Type.

For example, a model with the Breaching (5+) special rule that rolls To Wound and rolls a result of ‘5’ or higher, the Wound inflicted gains an AP of ‘2’ regardless of the AP value listed on the weapon’s profile. Note that a weapon that has both the Breaching (X) and the Gets Hot special rules always uses the base AP of the weapon when rolls of ‘1’ To Hit inflict Wounds on the attacking model.
Duellist’s Edge (X)

Some weapons have such a fine balance that they leap and spin in their wielder’s hands like living things, eager to spill the blood of the foe.

When fighting in a Challenge, the user of this weapon gains a bonus to their Initiative value equal to the value in brackets after the rule when making attacks with this weapon. If there is no value in brackets after a given instance of this special rule, then assume the value is 1 (thus adding +1 Initiative to that model).
Krak Grenades

This class of grenade encompasses a variety of shaped charges, plasma detonators and crude bombs, all intended to disable armoured vehicles.

The controlling player may choose to have a model with krak grenades that is Engaged or otherwise in base contact during the Assault phase with a Building or Fortification, or a model with the Vehicle, Dreadnought or Automata Unit Type, inflict one automatic Str 6, AP 3 Hit on the target in Initiative Step 1 instead of attacking normally. Any model in a unit that is chosen to inflict Hits using krak grenades may not otherwise attack or make use of any other special rule or item of Wargear that inflicts Hits or Wounds on a model in the same Assault phase (but may participate in Sweeping Advances as normal).
Scout

Scouts are always in the vanguard of the army. Unnoticed by the enemy, they range ahead of the main force.

After both sides have deployed (including Infiltrators), but before the first player begins their first turn, a unit containing at least one model with this special rule can choose to redeploy. If the unit is Infantry, Artillery, Dreadnought or Automata, each model can redeploy anywhere entirely within 6" of its current position. If it is any other Unit Type, each model can instead redeploy anywhere entirely within 12" of its current position. During this redeployment, Scouts can move outside the owning player’s Deployment Zone, but must remain more than 9" away from any enemy unit. A unit that makes a Scout redeployment cannot Charge in the first Game Turn. A unit cannot Embark or Disembark as part of a Scout redeployment.

If both sides have Scouts, roll off; the winner decides who redeploys first. Then alternate redeploying Scout units one at a time. If a unit with this special rule is deployed inside a Dedicated Transport, it confers the Scout special rule to the Transport (though a Disembarkation cannot be performed as part of the redeployment). Note that a Transport with this special rule does not lose it if a unit without this special rule is Embarked upon it. Having Scout also confers the Outflank special rule to units of Scouts that are kept as Reserves.
Infiltrate

Many armies employ reconnaissance troops who sit concealed for days, just waiting for the right moment in which to strike.

You may choose to deploy units that contain at least one model with this special rule last, after all other units (friend and foe) have been deployed. If both players have such units and choose to do so, the players roll off and the winner decides who goes first,then alternate deploying these units.

Units that Infiltrate in this way can be set up anywhere on the battlefield that is more than 9" from any enemy unit, as long as no deployed enemy unit can draw line of sight to them. This includes in a Building, as long as the Building is more than 9" from any enemy unit. Alternatively, they can be set up anywhere on the battlefield more than 12" from any enemy unit, even in plain sight.

If a unit with Infiltrate deploys inside a Dedicated Transport, the same rules apply when deploying their Transport.

A unit that deploys using these rules cannot Charge in their first turn.

Having Infiltrate also confers the Outflank special rule to units of Infiltrators that are kept as Reserves.
HQ
HQ stands for Headquarters unit. A Headquarters unit might be a determined Solar Auxilia lord marshal thrust into the heart of the Horus Heresy or a mighty Space Marine praetor at the head of a Legion task force. These models are amongst the most powerful in the game and, as leaders, they have access to more special equipment than anyone else. They are not invincible, but can provide a powerful spearhead for an attacking army and a strong core for a defensive one.
Chamber of Vigilance

The largest of all the Chambers Militant, the warriors of the Chamber of Vigilance are those that garrison the Sisterhood’s watch towers, stand guard aboard the infamous Black Ships and conduct routine inspection vigils across the vast skein of the Imperium.

A unit composed entirely of models with this variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule may be given one of the following special rules before the start of the battle’s first turn, before any models are deployed: Scout or Infiltrate. When selecting an army using the Sisters of Silence Army List, a unit made up entirely of models with this variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule may be selected without restriction regardless of which HQ choices are selected for the army.

Chamber of Oblivion

The storm troops of the Silent Sisterhood, deployed to counter daemonic incursions and xenos infiltrations in brutal combat. They specialise in the use of the execution blade, a two-handed power weapon of gruesome efficiency.

All models with this variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule gain the Fearless special rule when locked in combat with a unit that includes any models with the Daemon Unit Type or Corrupted Unit Sub-type.

Chamber of Judgement

The excrutiators and secret police of the Silent Sisterhood. These warriors cultivate a grim and terrifying aspect and are most often deployed to hunt down rogue psykers and dissidents or to put down insurrection with brutal punishment.

All models with this variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule gain the Fearless special rule when locked in combat with a unit that includes any models with the Psyker Unit Sub-type.

Fleet (X)

Preternaturally agile, these warriors can cover ground more quickly than their plodding foes.

A unit composed entirely of models with this special rule gains a bonus to all Run moves, any distance moved as part of a Reaction and as a modifier to all rolls made to determine Charge Distances equal to the value in brackets listed after the special rule. For example, a unit composed entirely of models with the Fleet (2) special rule would add +2 to all Run moves it makes, +2 to all distances moved as part of a Reaction and add a +2 modifier to any Charge Moves made.

If a unit is composed entirely of models with this special rule, but the models have different versions of this special rule, then the unit must use the lowest Fleet value included in the unit (for example, a unit of ten models in which nine models have Fleet (2) and one model has Fleet (4) would use the Fleet (2) special rule).
Hatred (X)

In the far future, hatred is a powerful ally.

This rule is presented as Hatred (X) where X identifies a specific type of foe. If the special rule does not specify a type of foe, then the unit has Hatred against everyone. This can refer to a Faction or a specific unit.

For example, Hatred (Mechanicum) means any model of the Mechanicum Faction, whilst Hatred (Thallax) means only Thallax. A model striking a Hated foe in close combat re-rolls all failed To Hit rolls during the first round of each close combat.

The effects of this special rule only apply when a unit that has it begins an Assault phase not locked in combat and then either Charges or is Charged by an enemy unit. If an enemy unit Charges this unit when it is already locked in combat then that does count as a new ‘first’ turn of combat for the effects of Hatred.
The Sisters of Silence Special Rule
The Silent Sisterhood, unlike the vast Imperial Army or the Space Marine Legions, was not a purely military force tasked with reaping glory on the open field of battle. Instead, the Sisters of Silence were an elite organisation with a specific role in maintaining the rule of the Emperor. They were tasked with the eradication of rogue psykers, dissidents and religious demagogues and the collection and processing of those psykers who complied with Imperial law. Only when the Imperium is threatened by revolt or psychic disaster do they mass in numbers to take the field, for in such times their unique skills are worth far more than the numbers of a true army. To enable players to properly represent the paramilitary nature of the Sisters of Silence in battle, the Silent Sisterhood special rule presents a number of new restrictions and options:

Silent Sisterhood (X)

The Silent Sisterhood is divided into a number of Chambers, both Militant and Civilitas, each of which is a highly specialised body dedicated to the fulfilment of a single duty within the Sisterhood. Unlike a true military it maintains no standing troops nor orders its warriors in regimented blocks, and while this grants it more flexibility in small scale actions, it limits its ability to truly excel in open battle. When the Sisters of Silence are forced to mass in numbers to take the field against some dire threat, they must draw upon the Chambers Militant available to them and hope to assemble a force capable of holding the line.

The notation in brackets that is included as part of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule defines which Chamber Militant the model belongs to. This Chamber Militant may grant the model some additional rules or effects and influences how it may be selected when building an army that incorporates a Detachment with the Sisters of Silence Faction.

When selecting a Detachment using the Sisters of Silence Army List, the number of units of Chambers Militant other than the Chamber of Vigilance is limited. For each HQ choice with a given Chamber Militant, the Detachment may include up to three other choices of the same Chamber Militant (except for units with the Chamber of Vigilance variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule, of which an army may include any number, limited only by available Force Organisation slots). Note that Dedicated Transports and units selected using the Retinue special rule do not count against these limits regardless of their variant of the Silent Sisterhood (X) special rule.

For example, a Sisters of Silence Detachment includes three HQ choices – two Knights Centura (Chamber of Oblivion) and a Silent Judge (Chamber of Judgement). This army may include any number of units from the Chamber of Vigilance, up to six units from the Chamber of Oblivion, and up to three units from the Chamber of Judgement.

Execution blade

Range
Str
AP
Execution blade
-
+2
3
Melee, Two-handed, Rending (6+)

Bolt pistol

Range
Str
AP
Bolt pistol
12"
4
5
Pistol 1
Breaching (X)

Some weapons are capable of breaching armour with a terrifying ease, whether by specially designed munitions, careful targeting or sheer brute power.

When rolling To Wound for a model that has the Breaching (X) special rule, or is attacking with a weapon that has the Breaching (X) special rule, for each To Wound roll equal to or higher than the value listed in brackets, the controlling player must resolve these Wounds at AP 2 instead of the weapon’s normal AP value. This rule has no effect on models that do not have Wounds, such as models with the Vehicle Unit Type.

For example, a model with the Breaching (5+) special rule that rolls To Wound and rolls a result of ‘5’ or higher, the Wound inflicted gains an AP of ‘2’ regardless of the AP value listed on the weapon’s profile. Note that a weapon that has both the Breaching (X) and the Gets Hot special rules always uses the base AP of the weapon when rolls of ‘1’ To Hit inflict Wounds on the attacking model.
Charnabal Weapons

With their origins tracing back to the ancient duelling societies, assassin cults and bloody vendettas of the Terran Courts during the Age of Strife, these elegant and deadly weapons rely on speed and dexterity rather than brute force for their lethality. The master weaponsmiths of Terra are each said to have their own rituals of forging, impressing a distinct pattern in each bespoke weapon as legible as a signature to those with the wit to read them.

All weapons listed here are counted as ‘Charnabal’ weapons for those rules that affect such weapons. A model that is eligible to select a Charnabal weapon may take any of the weapons included in this entry.
Range
Str
AP
Type
Charnabal sabre
-
User
-
Melee, Breaching (5+), Duellist’s Edge (1)
Charnabal tabar
-
+2
-
Melee, Breaching (6+), Duellist’s Edge (1)
Charnabal glaive
-
+1
-
Melee, Breaching (5+), Duellist’s Edge (2), Two-handed

Hand flamer

Range
Str
AP
Hand flamer
Template
3
-
Pistol 1
Poisoned (X)

There are many virulent and lethal poisons in the Age of Darkness. It is simplicity itself to adapt such toxins for battlefield use. It does not matter whether they coat blades or bullets, or are secreted by alien monstrosities – all are lethal.

If a model has the Poisoned special rule, or is attacking with a Melee weapon that has the Poisoned special rule, it always Wounds on a fixed number (generally shown in brackets), unless a lower result would be required, when attacking in close combat. In addition, if the Strength of the wielder (or the Poisoned weapon) is higher than the Toughness of the victim, the wielder must re-roll failed rolls To Wound in close combat.

Similarly, if a model makes a Shooting Attack with a weapon that has the Poisoned special rule, it always Wounds on a fixed number (generally shown in brackets), unless a lower result would be required. If no number is shown in brackets, the rule is Poisoned (4+).

Unless otherwise stated, Poisoned weapons are treated as having a Strength of 1. The Poisoned special rule has no effect against Vehicles.

Needle pistol

Range
Str
AP
Needle pistol
12"
2
-
Pistol 2, Poisoned (3+), Pinning

Plasma pistol

Range
Str
AP
Plasma pistol
12"
7
4
Pistol 1, Breaching (4+), Gets Hot
Basic Combat Weapons
As stated in the Horus Heresy: Age of Darkness rulebook, all models are considered to have some form of basic close combat weapon – be it a knife, entrenchment tool or simply bared fists and stubborn determination. In most Imperial armies this is most often the ubiquitous combat blade, a single edged, pattern welded blade forged of several non-terrestrial alloys, whose size varies between forces. Regardless of the nature of this weapon, all basic close combat weapons share the same profile, repeated here for ease of reference:
Range
Str
AP
Type
Basic close combat weapon
-
User
-
Melee
Vratine Armour

When a Sister-aspirant takes her final oaths of duty and says the last words she will ever utter aloud in her lifetime, she is given her panoply of war: the Vratine armour – literally ‘the armour of the oath’. It is a sub-pattern of technologically advanced battlegear which shares design elements with both the power armour of the Legiones Astartes and the silicate-mesh of Selenite void-mail, though unlike either of those famed armours, it is not —at least without additional gearing— fully environmentally sealed or designed for extended operations. It does however provide formidable protection from ballistic impacts and directed energy weapons, and is tailored and forged uniquely to its intended wearer to allow for their complete freedom of movement and to augment their reaction speed.

Vratine armour confers an 3+ Armour Save.
Augury Scanner

This energy scanning device has the effect of alerting the user to the concealed presence or imminent arrival of enemy troops in the vicinity.

A unit that includes at least one model with an augury scanner gains all of the following benefits:
  • Enemy models cannot be deployed using the Infiltrate special rule within 18" of a model with an augury scanner.
  • A unit that includes at least one model with an augury scanner ignores the 24" limit to line of sight when making Shooting Attacks while the Night Fighting rules are in effect.
  • When any enemy unit is deployed to the battlefield from Reserves, a unit that includes at least one model with an augury scanner may make the Interceptor Advanced Reaction without expending a point of the Reactive player’s Reaction Allotment. This does not allow the unit to make more than one Reaction per Phase, but does allow the controlling player to exceed the normal three Reactions limit in a given Phase.
Nuncio-vox

A nuncio-vox is a beacon and communications array that allows constant co-ordination with other elements of an army – be they in a neighbouring region or in orbit high overhead. This allows precision reinforcements to be deployed nearby and strikes to be targeted with deadly accuracy.

While at least one model with a nuncio-vox is present on the battlefield and not Embarked in a Vehicle or Building, the controlling player may re-roll any Scatter rolls made (whether as part of a weapon attack or the deployment of a model or unit), as long as the model with the nuncio-vox has line of sight to the unit targeted by the attack or the point chosen as the target of the deployment. In addition, a unit that includes at least one model with a nuncio-vox ignores the -1 penalty to Leadership imposed by the Night Fighting rules.
Cerebral Pacifiers

These complex augmetic systems interfere with those mysterious sections of the brain that regulate and respond to the æther and the powers of the psyker. Normally, they are used to render rogue psykers impotent and safe for transport – however, the Seekers of the Silent Sisterhood also use them to pacify their beasts and inure them to the dread aura.

A model with this special rule never suffers any penalties to its Leadership Characteristic from the Anathema Unit Sub-type.
Furious Charge (X)

Some warriors use the impetus of the charge to fuel their own fury.

In a turn in which a model with this special rule Charges into combat, it adds a bonus to its Strength Characteristic until the end of the Assault phase. The bonus added to the model’s Strength is equal to the value in brackets after the special rule, for example a model with Furious Charge (2) adds a bonus of +2 to its Strength.

A model that has made a Disordered Charge that turn receives no benefit from Furious Charge.
Rage (X)

Bloodlust is a powerful weapon on the battlefield, spurring a warrior to hack their foes apart in a flurry of mindless carnage.

In a turn in which a model with this special rule Charges into combat, it gains a number of Attacks equal to the value of X for Charging, rather than +1. A model that has made a Disordered Charge that turn receives no benefit from Rage.
Feel No Pain (X)

Whether through force of will, bionic augmentation or foul sorcery, this warrior can still fight despite fearsome wounds.

When a model with this special rule suffers an unsaved Wound, it can make a special Feel No Pain roll to avoid being Wounded (this is a special Saving Throw which is made after unsaved Wounds are suffered).

Feel No Pain rolls may not be taken against unsaved Wounds that have the Instant Death special rule.

Roll a D6 each time an unsaved Wound is suffered. On a result that is equal to or greater than the value in brackets, the unsaved Wound is discounted – treat it as having been saved. On any other result the Wound is taken as normal.

For example, a unit with the special rule Feel No Pain (5+) would need to score a 5 or 6 in order to discount a Wound inflicted upon it.

This is a Damage Mitigation roll – any model may make only a single Damage Mitigation roll of any type for any given Wound.
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