All sects of Imperial creed agree on a following six key tenets:
- Emperor once walked among men, but He is, and always has been, a god.
- Emperor is the one true god, regardless of what past faiths any human may have worshiped.
- To purge the heretic, beware the psyker and mutant, and abhor the alien.
- Every human being has a place within Emperor’s divine order.
- To unquestionably obey the authority of Imperial government and one’s superiors.
Believe the edifices of the Cult Imperialis should be heavily ornamented works of art, in praise of the Emperor. Stricter in treatment of mutants than Lucid[s]. Founded by Gracius of Armorm. Sect could be seen as reformed continuity for sect Temple of Saviour Emperor.
Originates: Hagia, in the Sabbat Worlds
Brethren of the Light
Originates: Desedna and surrounding space (Segmentum Obscurus)
See themselves as an adjunct to the Inquisition, and carry out much covert espionage of suspected heretics.
Originates: Western Segmentum Solar
Believe the Emperor was always a living god (as opposed to Phanacians). They hold the Emperor to be a complete and eternally divine being who predates even the birth of man. At a deep level, the uncompromising scholars and priests of the sect (in particular those trained for office on the bleak shrine world of Maccabeus Quintus) maintain that the Emperor’s order is the natural order of all things without exception. To them, spiritual truth is the only truth, as it supersedes mundane physical reality and locally imposed temporal laws—although they do hold that the basis of the Dictates Imperialis as “his word” is indeed divine. This belief often leads the sect’s adherents into conflict with the forces of authority, such as the nobility and the Combine Commercia, whose power lies outside of the cult or the core of the Adepta.
Confederation of light
The Confederation believed that the sacrifice of the Emperor should serve as an example to everyone and advocated ideas of poverty, generosity, and humility, ideas that directly contradicted the teachings of the Ecclesiarchy and its Cardinals who lived lavishly.
Drusianism is a hard and uncompromising reading of the Imperial Creed, emphasizing the purifying quality of suffering, the power of holy relics, and the endurance of hardship. An ascetic and largely mystical tradition for the main part, it is somewhat at odds with the cult authorities on Scintilla, who hold to more traditionalist modes of worship but also claim the sector’s saint as their own. Importantly, Drusianism also has a strong “Calendite” influence
Many hard-line Drusians consider the noble and mercantile classes to be fundamentally venial and corrupt by nature, and hold little regard for any power or supposed rights such individuals possess.
Some adherents are known to tattoo the 999 Holy Words of Saint Drusus upon their bodies.
Originates: Mostly frontier space, particularly the Eastern Fringe
Pioneering faith devoted to spreading the Emperor’s Light to the whole galaxy and all mankind. Missionary work is highly praised (though they often disagree with the Missionarius Galaxia on how to do it), as is colonization of new worlds and prolific procreation. Especially strong xenophobia.
Originates: Karis Cephalon and surrounding system
Value poverty and abstinence, favour spartan houses of worship.
Originates: Segmentum Pacificus
Believe the Emperor was fully deified only upon the defeat of Horus.
Originates: Emerging sect in the Segmentum Pacificus, some following on Hydraphur.
Believe in the absolute separation of humans and psykers; the two can be combined only in the Emperor. Even sanctioned psykers should for preference be turned into servitors or otherwise lobotomized.
Originates: “Most flourishing” on Necromunda, other spread unknown.
Militant sect, devoted to purging the sins of any and all deviants. Consider most non-members to be deviants.
Believe in the eventual resurrection of the Emperor and may also work towards it in some way (Thorians within the Inquisition are Resurrectionists, and Omnissiads within the Cult Mechanicus strongly echo them).
Source A edited for Ultima Tectum Campaign.
Source B edited for Ultima Tectum campaign