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Dark Heresy: Blood of Martyrs Hardcover – 30 Nov 2010

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  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games; Brdgm edition (30 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1589947665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1589947665
  • Product Dimensions: 22.2 x 1.2 x 28.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 572,145 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Olaf Schmidt on 31 Dec. 2010
Blood of Martyrs is the first installement of a range of back-ground books regarding the various "vocations" of inquisitorial acolytes (military, criminal, clerical (this one), law and psykers)
Luckily, Fantasy Flight Games picked one of the more interesting ones to publish first: Clerical. It begins with an overview of the history of the imperial creed, touching the important points in time like the Age of Aposthasy, Sebastian Thor and others. Also it presents more background options for clerical characters and alternate career ranks for everyone else, apart from psykers, obviously (yes, there IS an alternate rank for Tech Priests).
One of the most interesting chapters is the one about the Adepta Sororita. This presents some fundamental changes to the career path presented in Inquistors Handbook, as it introduces three "new" careers, the Sister Famulous, the Sister Dialogus and the Sister Hospitaler. In effect these are alternate career ranks for the adept (Hospitaler, Dialogus) or Cleric (Famulous) but with a twist. Also it presents more options for the Order Militant so that it is not too narrow.
The second change is to the faith talents as it is now an expanded Talent-Tree with one of the higher tiers requiring several of the lower tier talents. However as faith talents can now be obtained more often it fleshes out the uniqueness of people (not only Adepta Sororita but Guardsmen as well, if it happens...) touched by the Emperor's Grace.

All in all it is nothing which should be in everybody's library of the darkest of heresies, as most of the back-ground information can be obtained on the net, or one could come up with it oneself. However it is well presented (as usual) it gives GM's a nice foundation to base more of his faith based boons and challanges AND it gives the sisters of battle a more elaborate face than fanatical storm-crazed-flamer-wielding-heretic-stomping shrews.
Four Stars from me.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Ri Extall on 2 Mar. 2012
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This book should have been so much better. Instead, what we get is a badly thought out release that was obviosuly written by 'power-gamers' for 'power-gamers'. The new religious abilities are quite frankly ridiculous.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
Another quality look into the world of Warhammer 40,000 AD 17 Jan. 2011
By Kid Kyoto - Published on
Since taking over Games Workshop's RPG line Fantasy Flight Games have produced nothing but quality products and this is no exception. Sisters of Battle and Ecclesiarchy have been part of the 40k universe from the beginning but have only gotten sporatic attention in the game. This book changes that.

This book gives players a history of the cult of the God-Emperor and examples of how it evolved on millions of worlds. It opens up new career paths including Confessors, Frateris Militia, Redepmtionists (an old favorite from Necromunda), Exorcists, Drill Abbots (who train the orphaned children of Imperial servants), Witchfinders, and several types of Battle Sisters (40ks infamous 'nuns with guns').

The art is fantastic throughout with lavish color illustrations. A few are reused from older GW books but most are new and original. This is a great addition to Dark Heresy and a great read for any Warhammer fan looking to learn more about the Battle Sisters and Ecclesiarchy.
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Blood of Martyrs: Great fluff, good crunch 26 Feb. 2011
By John Marvin - Published on
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This book would be useful to any Dark Heresy campaign and to many Rogue Trader or Deathwatch campaigns. The focus is on the Eccesiarchy, and there is a lot of twisted history of the church portrayed here. Great background information for players and GMs alike.

The book covers the history of the Church of the God Emperor, it's current state, the Sororitas is great detail, new Faith based powers, religious items, and Ecclesiarchy campaigns.

The highlight for me was the Sisters of Battle. For Ascension level Sororitas players, I recommend the free Heresy Begets Retribution for ascended sisters, available on the FFG website: [...]. A Sister Palatine kicks serious butt, and would hold her own in a Deathwatch game.

The lowlight was the Sister Dialogous support. This academic sister is supposed to be an expert in languages, yet doesn't get to learn any. GM tinkering will be required.

The art is good to very good, and evokes the gothic-future of the 40k world. The people depicted are no longer just "white men in space." Now there are "white women in space, with lipstick!" This seems a shame if the table-top role playing hobby hopes to attract a wider audience.

The Battle Sisters are more fun than the already fun version found in the Inquisitor's Handbook. There is plenty of Cleric love too. If you play either of these, I recommend the book. If you want to read more backstory on the Church of the God Emperor, I recommend this book.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A must have for both Dark Heresy and Rogue Trader Ecclisarchy characters 29 Mar. 2011
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I got this book because I knew I was going to be playing a Missionary in Rogue trader and boy am I glad I did as the many new Faith talents have already made survival of some pretty harsh encounters doable.
I would recommend it also to help anyone who wants to explore the faith of the Emperor in the 40k universe.
This should be #1 on the "religious books" best seller list 18 Mar. 2013
By Kasper - Published on
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Being "in between" religions, I turned to the mighty God Emperor for direction, clarity and purpose.

The Emperor taught me about the deeper meaning of true anguish and sacrifice through altruistic campaigns of ridding his galactic empire of heretics. Through trials of extraction at derelict Space Hulks littered with Xeno infestation, the salvaging of obliterated Black Ships sparkling in the void, the unearthing of ecclesiastic dogma buried in magnificent Cathedral libraries, by hi-jacking Titans and turning our condemnation at the mutants and the cleansing and purifying of the incessant and decrepit under hive cults.

The Emperor provides!
Very interesting. 9 May 2013
By Enrique Garrido - Published on
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It's a great sourcebook about Imperial Creed and Eclesiarchy.

Interesenting experiencia packages and alternate career paths.

Improved Sororites... But... what about previous Adepta Sororitas in Inquisitor Handbook? Not so good solved that issue.
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