Ive read through the description in the Ascension book for the IGST class ( pg.43 ) and found it at odds with itself ( training and background ) and was wondering what other GMs might think as far as proposed fixes for the class. According to the book the vast majority of IGST are from the Schola Progenium schools ( IE NOT volunteers or other walk-on types ) as it clearly states in the following excerpt:
The Schola Progenium exists to adopt children whose parents
died in the Emperor’s service and train them to become the
bedrock of the Imperium. The Schola’s graduates are scattered
across Imperial society: the Ecclesiarchy, Administratum,
Adeptus Arbites, Commissariat, Adepta Sororitas, or even the
Inquisition. However, for those who prove to be particularly
martial and aggressive, the Schola reserves its most difficult
and dangerous training. This is the instruction provided to
the famous Imperial Guard Storm Troopers.
Storm Trooper Training begins immediately after the
Schola Progenium’s primary education but does not supplant
it. After all, potential Storm Troopers are expected to be
more than simply warriors. Each is expected to be both wellschooled
in basic education and Imperial lore and history, and
be unwaveringly loyal to the Imperium as well (something a
Schola education works diligently to impart).
Although the vast majority of Storm Troopers are
progena, at times a senior official of the Imperium (such as an
Inquisitor) uses his authority to have an individual inducted
into the Storm Trooper Training of the Schola Progenium. In
these situations, the Schola Progenium makes no distinction
between a barely-teenage new recruit and a grizzled veteran
with years of service, and any complaints those veterans
may have are quickly crushed under the weight of training.
When (or if ) those recruits emerge as Storm Troopers, they
are often removed from their squad and assigned to their
Now my primary question is this:
How are they considering this an Ascension class when it can OBVIOUSLY be given to ( and almost always IS ) a raw inexperienced Progenium from straight out the gate? According to their standard here it is NOT an Ascension class for Progenium but something they are to start out with if they meet the criteria by the time they are finished with their Primary schooling. Now i understand how it could be an ascension class for those whos Inquisitors felt them worthy and able to do it...BUT what about a Progenium character freshly done with training but that happened to catch the eye of an Inquisitor ( like all acolytes have to ) since the Storm Troopers are said to always be held in very high esteem by the Inquisition ( they use storm troopers pretty much exclusibely to guard the inquisition bases both known and unknown. Mosy notably the remnants of the 99th Elysian Drop Troop regiment ( storm troopers ) that were reformed into Detachment D-99 seconded to the Inquisition )
If this is the case and standard for IGST training then why shouldnt it be an option for initial character creation as an acolyte ( like a sub-class option ) within the Imperial Guardsman? And....what would the appropriate requirements be for it so a character with the appropriate Schola Progenium background could qualify for the training as a level 1 rank 1 acolyte newly seconded to their Inquisitor?
1) How would you set up the basic subclass of the Storm Trooper ( or would you consider it a totally separate one under the Schola Progenium NEW classification ) ?
2) What extra skills and talents do you think would be appropriate for the new class to begin with? It clearly states they are given much schooling so id say Literacy as well as High gothic language and all appropriate imperial Lore / History skills as well ( much like our high school today ).
I have several ideas about how to handle this but would like to see what my fellow GMs and even players would think about it as an option ( for a experienced player ) to begin with this type of character as i like to go with general consensus when possible in lieu of actual in print materials.