I've recently begun playing Black Crusade, and I've picked the Apostate Archetype because I prefer characters heavier on roleplaying and knowledge skills. However, to be quite honest, I find them to be an absolute mess and I was wondering if perhaps I could be enlightened. I'll start with the elast important and work forward.
1) The Chaos Symbol Pendant and Unholy Tomes are the only gear in the game without description or stats. Why were they even mentioned? It seems like they're such common items that any heretic would have them. It seems so inconsistent to have only one class have "useless" items.
B) Given how little attention is paid to social combat and the investigative side besides "These are how you do skill and characteristic checks", it seems like they really don't have much afford to them in terms of a future. While it's open advancement, if you play their strengths few talents work for them, and even fewer items. The only long term paths open to them seem a focus on cults (Which drastically alter a game and require such leadership that it pretty much makes you an NPC or are just a background thing to help with knowledge) or Chaos Rituals were quite honestly seem like the worst deal ever. After awhile though, what's the point in even bothering with normal cultists? You incite a rebellion or two, it's not like everything in a game can be about that.
C) They're incredibly situational and every single one of their abilities is indirect. (A direct ability is purely mechanical, an indirect always requires the person running it to create situations for them as they have no direct effect). I'm okay with this because the situations they shine in are important and necessary, but it is a major pain those situations the rest of the party is going to be bored in. (Negotations/Talking or Lore Checks/Research) which is kind of frustrating. And most Daemon/CSM seem immune to social combat.
Basically, after play testing and examination, I feel like little thought was put into the Apostate. It's almost as if they went "Ex-Imperial Guard/Assasin, Heretek, and Psyker done, I'm tired." "Let's take the Adept and give them _Even Less_ to work with" "Sounds great, no one will bother with this.". Though you'll excuse me if I'm missing something vastly great about the Archetype. It seems like after a few ranks it gets phased out with ease.
I sincerely appreciate any help or advice offered. I don't mean to sound jaded or downtrodden, but I've tried everywhere on the internet to figure out what to do with my Apostate and what to aim for, and beyond the "Beyond a cult leader, force the game to be about your politics and 1000's of followers replacing the others or reitre to an NPC" or.. Kind of sitting in the background running skill checks while being useless 75-80% of the time. (Assuming 5 people, and the Apostate getting 20% dedicated to their style of game)
Thank you again for any help.