Sects of Adeptus Mechanicus

  • Primus Humanum – This philosophy espouses the divine purity of the Human form as a vessel for knowledge, viewing the Emperor’s form as that of the ideal sentient being in the universe.
  • Apexists – Presently most dominant philosophy amongst the genetors of forge worlds are the Apexists, who believe that adversity breeds strength in the organic, and that the perfect organism is the one that has overcome every rival and every challenge. The philosophy itself is an adaptation of the writings of an ancient pre-Imperial scholar named Charles Darwin.
  • Organicists – A faction of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the Organicists are a group of Tech-priests who esteemed biological enhancement as being equal in value with the cybernetic, a somewhat radical if not heretical position from most Tech-adepts’ point of view.
  • The Prefecture Magisterium – Doctrinal covenant of the Machine Cult charged with preserving dogma and the persecution of techno-heresy. Magisterium Cohorts and hunter-killer claves are maintained on all Forge Worlds under the authority of the Archmagos Intendant.
  • Companions of Vogel – Preaching a creed of forced genetic and biological augmentation in order to strengthen Humanity for the troubles ahead.
  • Disciples of Thule – Teach that greatest service to the Machine God is establishment of a new forge world.
  • Scions of Iron Sphere – Devoted adepts who look upon the Omnissiah as the pinnacle of human evolution and development, and see all flesh as not only a weakness in the face of time and adversity, but as a prop that keeps Mankind from achieving his full potential.
  • Fulgurites – To the Fulgurite, to waste energy is almost as vile an act as to allow the unbeliever to use it to his own ends. Rather than slaying their foes from afar or committing what they see as blasphemy by using powered weapons, these priests stride bare-chested into battle, smiting their foes in person with long-hafted Electroleech Staves. These contain conductor rods that draw the energy from those they strike and store it in powerful capacitor cells. They can rob the Motive Force from an enemy war machine, leaving it cold and dead. More unsettling still, they can suck the bioelectricity from living creatures, drawing it out in one great draught and harnessing it within their core capacitors so that same energy can later power the holy instead of the Heretic. Those so struck will collapse to the ground, their corpses left cold and motionless as stone, while the Fulgurite strides onwards, further invigorated by their holy work, deadly stave crackling with reclaimed power.
  • Corpuscarii – The Corpuscarii are truly blessed, for the Motive Force literally runs in their veins. In battle, the Corpuscarii advance, chanting litanies to build up the charges within their bodies. Incoming fire sparks off their voltagheist fields, sending chain reactions of arcing charges crackling outwards. At close range, the blazing fanatics can summon lightning at will, stretching out their electrostatic gauntlets to send jagged bolts of the Machine God’s wrath into the foe. Those struck by these sacred energies are granted the ecstasy of full-body electrocution. For a brief second before death, the unbelievers see the light, their paroxysms shaking them apart as their bodies burn from the inside out. Such is the generosity of the Corpuscarii, for their duty is to illuminate the galaxy, and to bring the light to non-believers.
  • Cult of Micro-Omnissiah – This sub-cult of Techpriests are very much like the rest of their brethren in that they are secretive though enough discussions were made with one of their Magi to glean the nature of the group. The Cult of the Micro-Omnisiah believes that an aspect of the Machine God’s spirit resides in every machine. As such, the smaller the machine, the closer one gets to the final resting place of the Omnissiah and thus the more perfect the machine is. With this in mind, the Techpriests of this Cult work in micro-forges where they create the finest and smallest machines in the entire Imperium of Man. Their crowning achievement, however, is the creation of nanogenic machines that are invisible to the naked eye, using specialised Nano-Genus Mechadendrites.
  • Purity of Form – The working doctrine is that the Omnissiah’s Will can only be seen in the works of his chosen ones. To that end, the Tech-Priests slavishly devote themselves to purifying and consecrating every step of the manufacturing process. From adding sacred oil into vats of liquefying metal to the recitations of each of the Universal Laws in-between each strike of the pneumatic hammers, the devotion to their faith is heard and seen in every stage of development. It has been this way for millenia, and though the end results are almost flawless devices, the quantities they produce are minuscule. The Fabricator-generals have tried for many times to convince the Logi and Artisans of Purity of Form to balance out the desire for quality with the need for quantity, and has always failed because they agree on one simple belief: a decrease in quality is considered failure in the eyes of the Omnissiah. This has driven the Purity of Form priesthood to scrutinise every single detail to degrees most other forges would not even fathom. Materials are routinely cast away as being impure should any substance not part of the consecrated pattern accidentally find its way into them. Stories of immense cauldrons of molten metal being poured directly into crust-drains due to a thread from a Tech-Priest’s robe falling into them, or sacred unguents deemed unfit for use because they were stored on the incorrect shelf, have been told for ages.
  • Magos Nucleic – Among the rarest of the Magii of the Adeptus Mechanicus, the Magii Nucleic is a cult specialized in all things nuclear, from handling ancient reactor cores to extracting the transuranic elements that form the core of so many Taghmata weapons systems. Little-known even to the rest of the Mechanicus, they tend to operate in lonely postings with little oversight so long as their projects do not result in catastrophe, their interest in semi-obsolete technologies an eccentricity at best and borderline techheresy at worst. Their bodies insulated and sealed against hellish levels of radiation, they lack the spidery grace or gothic bulk of other Techpriests, preferring instead forms that emphasize simplicity, high function in extreme environments and layer upon layer upon layer of lead. Many of the greatest Imperial hives or ancient voidships have a few Magii Nucleic operating at their hearts, who seldom take on new disciples to teach their bizarre and esoteric ways. To acquire the services, or to become a Magos Nucleic, is to immerse one’s self in an exotic and semi-forgotten form of Imperial technology, which is no less dangerous for its air of mystery.