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#1 Tristelune

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 04:57 AM

Hi,

I'm currently in process to start a Black Crusade Campaign (we already have experience with Rogue Trader). As we often do, i'm creating several characters, with stats and background, and the players will chose among them at the actual beginning of the campaign, and have a range of freedom to adapt those characters i create to their taste.

I do believe that, throught more or less deep modifications, most of Rogue Trader adventures and several of Dark Heresy adventure can be transposed to be suited for Black Crusade campaign. Hence i plan to make several of these adventures available to them if they choose so.

Of course, Black Crusade is mostly a sandbox game, but i wish to offer them many leads that, if they choose to follow them, could lead them to some FFG adventures, including some adventures from Dark Heresy and Rogue Trader.

In the process of generating interesting and flavourfull characters for players, and include some leads to various adventures inside their background, i humbly request for your assistance :) Indeed, i don't yet possess all the available adventures yet (i'll be buying them if i think they can be integrated within my campaign) and i certainly don't have enough time to read them all beforehand and spot all the interesting leads that i could insert in PC backgrounds.

So, for those of you who have already read or played through the various Dark Heresy adventures, what leads would you suggest me to insert in players background?

One note beforehand: i'll start the campaign through the adventure "Broken Chains", which means the PC will awaken from a 200 years slumber, within an inquisitorial ship lost in the warp.

The characters i'm currently considering are as such:

- A Rogue Trader like character (but without the actual Warrant of Trade), born from the infamous Haarlock family. I'm thinking about making her an aunt of Erasmus Haarlock, who turned renegade and was captured by inquisition. Since she was in stasis crypt within a ship lost in the warp for 200 years, she escaped Erasmus' Haarlock famiy purge. I'm considering her to be strongly related to Mathias Haarlock (perhaps his mother?). Althought she is from the Haarlock Family, she soon turned as an infamous pirate captain in the Koronus Expanse, and committed various atrocities and chaos/sorcery/dark pact things that put the inquisition on her track.

- a fallen inquisitor. Previouly a radical inquisitor, he spent a lot of time studying the Tyrant Star, before even the Tyrantine Cabal was created. Indeed, several of his writings and his analysis of the Hereticus Tenebrae. Dabbling too much with the warp, sorcery and daemons (he had a daemon weapon and a daemon-host at his service) as well as some xenos, he ended up corrupted and was himself hunted by Inquisition. I'm considering linking him to some extend to Ferran Ghast or other rogue inquisitor, but there is a 200 years slumber in my way.

- a magos, probably from the Lathes, who was a free thinker and researched and studied archeoech, xenotech, warp and sorcery in a never ending thirst of knowledge. Judged as an heretek by his peers, he ended up in Inquisition custody. I'd like to link him to Magos Vathek, but i have no idea for now since Vathek doesn't seem old enough.

- a woman psyker. I'm considering making her a Malfian noblewoman, maybe an ancestor or relative to Myrchella Sinderfell. She has the Eye of Chaos and Slayer Limb (a combat claw)mutations (chaos mutations from Black Crusade rules). Possibly, she could be the former owner of various estates here and there in the Calixis Sector, and she might have hidden some occult artefacts or books before to be arrested by Inquisition. These could be a motivation to drag PC on various worlds

- an Astartes from the Death Guard, who took part in th Horus Heresy. He used to be an Apothecary back then, and since that time his hobby is to cultivate new toxins and biological weapons, or creating new chemical weapons. He could be behind any plague that stroke the Calixis Sector or Koronus Expanse

- an Astartes warlord from the Sons of Horus (he despises Abaddon and his so called "Black Legion"). He used to command many warbands across the ages and led many strikes on the Imperium.

- a genius voidship pilot and marksman. Not much idea for him yet, but considering to make him a Perpetual (a sort of mutant who seems unable to die, ala Highlander), like Ollanius Persson from the novel "Know no Fear". The guy could be around for a long time, but as time passed, he realized the tyranny and horror of the Imperium and slowly started to revolt and became a renegade. Being a Perpetual, he could have been anyone or anything through the time, from a soldier during our antiquity to a pilot during the Dark Age of Technology or Mordecai Haarlock personal buttler.

- a fallen Siste of Battle, loosely based on Miriael Sabathiel.

- an Heretek especially interested in genetical research and engineering

- a former psyker/assassin who worked in an Inquisitorial retinue, was transfomed into daemon-host before to be exorcised. She was arrested by Inquisition as well as the radical inquisitor she worked with (who may or may not be the inquisitor mentioned above).

So, i'm trying to connect all these characters to various adventures in the Calixis Sector and Koronus Expanse. This could be from (old) family ties, former friendship or antagonism, subjects of research or studies, personal estates, stolen possessions, etc.

I think there is big potential with the Haarlock trilogy and House of Dust and Ash, but i don't possess them yet. I consider them for next purchased. Yet i have almost no clue about the Apostasy Gambit, Purge the Unclean, The Light of Reason (The Lathe Worlds) or The Red Wake (Ascension). All the insight you could provide to tie characters to these adventures would be invaluables (and might result in me buying the book ;) )

Thank you for your answers.



#2 Tristelune

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Posted 28 March 2013 - 05:10 AM

I'd like to add that i don't exclusively aim for leads or ties to published adventures. Any tie or connexion to various NPC or plot device is interesting to me and might determine my next puchases in the W40K RPG.

Also, my apologies for typo, for the keyboard i use today doesn't function very well and several letters i press just don't appear correctly on screen…



#3 Alekzanter

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:56 PM

Tristelune said:

 

Hi,

I'm currently in process to start a Black Crusade Campaign (we already have experience with Rogue Trader). As we often do, i'm creating several characters, with stats and background, and the players will chose among them at the actual beginning of the campaign, and have a range of freedom to adapt those characters i create to their taste.

I do believe that, throught more or less deep modifications, most of Rogue Trader adventures and several of Dark Heresy adventure can be transposed to be suited for Black Crusade campaign. Hence i plan to make several of these adventures available to them if they choose so.

Of course, Black Crusade is mostly a sandbox game, but i wish to offer them many leads that, if they choose to follow them, could lead them to some FFG adventures, including some adventures from Dark Heresy and Rogue Trader.

In the process of generating interesting and flavourfull characters for players, and include some leads to various adventures inside their background, i humbly request for your assistance :) Indeed, i don't yet possess all the available adventures yet (i'll be buying them if i think they can be integrated within my campaign) and i certainly don't have enough time to read them all beforehand and spot all the interesting leads that i could insert in PC backgrounds.

So, for those of you who have already read or played through the various Dark Heresy adventures, what leads would you suggest me to insert in players background?

One note beforehand: i'll start the campaign through the adventure "Broken Chains", which means the PC will awaken from a 200 years slumber, within an inquisitorial ship lost in the warp.

The characters i'm currently considering are as such:

- A Rogue Trader like character (but without the actual Warrant of Trade), born from the infamous Haarlock family. I'm thinking about making her an aunt of Erasmus Haarlock, who turned renegade and was captured by inquisition. Since she was in stasis crypt within a ship lost in the warp for 200 years, she escaped Erasmus' Haarlock famiy purge. I'm considering her to be strongly related to Mathias Haarlock (perhaps his mother?). Althought she is from the Haarlock Family, she soon turned as an infamous pirate captain in the Koronus Expanse, and committed various atrocities and chaos/sorcery/dark pact things that put the inquisition on her track.

- a fallen inquisitor. Previouly a radical inquisitor, he spent a lot of time studying the Tyrant Star, before even the Tyrantine Cabal was created. Indeed, several of his writings and his analysis of the Hereticus Tenebrae. Dabbling too much with the warp, sorcery and daemons (he had a daemon weapon and a daemon-host at his service) as well as some xenos, he ended up corrupted and was himself hunted by Inquisition. I'm considering linking him to some extend to Ferran Ghast or other rogue inquisitor, but there is a 200 years slumber in my way.

- a magos, probably from the Lathes, who was a free thinker and researched and studied archeoech, xenotech, warp and sorcery in a never ending thirst of knowledge. Judged as an heretek by his peers, he ended up in Inquisition custody. I'd like to link him to Magos Vathek, but i have no idea for now since Vathek doesn't seem old enough.

- a woman psyker. I'm considering making her a Malfian noblewoman, maybe an ancestor or relative to Myrchella Sinderfell. She has the Eye of Chaos and Slayer Limb (a combat claw)mutations (chaos mutations from Black Crusade rules). Possibly, she could be the former owner of various estates here and there in the Calixis Sector, and she might have hidden some occult artefacts or books before to be arrested by Inquisition. These could be a motivation to drag PC on various worlds

- an Astartes from the Death Guard, who took part in th Horus Heresy. He used to be an Apothecary back then, and since that time his hobby is to cultivate new toxins and biological weapons, or creating new chemical weapons. He could be behind any plague that stroke the Calixis Sector or Koronus Expanse

- an Astartes warlord from the Sons of Horus (he despises Abaddon and his so called "Black Legion"). He used to command many warbands across the ages and led many strikes on the Imperium.

- a genius voidship pilot and marksman. Not much idea for him yet, but considering to make him a Perpetual (a sort of mutant who seems unable to die, ala Highlander), like Ollanius Persson from the novel "Know no Fear". The guy could be around for a long time, but as time passed, he realized the tyranny and horror of the Imperium and slowly started to revolt and became a renegade. Being a Perpetual, he could have been anyone or anything through the time, from a soldier during our antiquity to a pilot during the Dark Age of Technology or Mordecai Haarlock personal buttler.

- a fallen Siste of Battle, loosely based on Miriael Sabathiel.

- an Heretek especially interested in genetical research and engineering

- a former psyker/assassin who worked in an Inquisitorial retinue, was transfomed into daemon-host before to be exorcised. She was arrested by Inquisition as well as the radical inquisitor she worked with (who may or may not be the inquisitor mentioned above).

So, i'm trying to connect all these characters to various adventures in the Calixis Sector and Koronus Expanse. This could be from (old) family ties, former friendship or antagonism, subjects of research or studies, personal estates, stolen possessions, etc.

I think there is big potential with the Haarlock trilogy and House of Dust and Ash, but i don't possess them yet. I consider them for next purchased. Yet i have almost no clue about the Apostasy Gambit, Purge the Unclean, The Light of Reason (The Lathe Worlds) or The Red Wake (Ascension). All the insight you could provide to tie characters to these adventures would be invaluables (and might result in me buying the book ;) )

Thank you for your answers.

 

 

My initial thoughts (and I may come back to this rather lengthy post a bit later):

The Lathe Worlds would be an excellent purchase. Other than the adventure in the back, which is short but easily relevant to Black Crusade PCs, the book is filled with huge quantities of info on the Lathes and the AdMech of the Callixis Sector, and much of it is easily converted for use with Black Crusade.

Personally, I would skip Ascension. The adventure (The Red Wake) is weakly constructed, and would require some serious reworking to avoid being crushed by intuitive and inventive players. The player/GM content of the book is interesting, but in all honesty I rarely touch that book. If you just want more source material from the Dark Heresy line I'd recommend Disciples of the Dark Gods and/or The Radical's Handbook as being of great use (to a GM) in a Black Crusade game. The House of Dust and Ash is in Disciples of the Dark Gods.
If you want some more source material, there's Book of Judgment, Daemon Hunter, and Blood of Martyrs. If it were me, I'd go with Judgment, as it has a lot of info on a hive ripe for heretic picking, some more material on the Kasbalica (with an associated Alternate Rank, the Kasbalica "Noble"). However, there is much of that book (the earlier portions regarding legality and crime and law enforcement within the Imperium) that is a direct reprint from Hostile Acquisitions…

Portions of the Haarlock Legacy may need some tweeking in order to introduce Black Crusade PCs into the settings, particularly the current introduction to Damned Cities, which many people have suggested be the starting point for the Haarlock Legacy, predominantly because it has little to do with the actual Legacy and using it later seems to run the story a bit back-to-front. This is not to say that you should skip its purchase. It's more a mystery that alludes to the Legacy, a sort of shoehorn to get PCs started wondering. There is a great thread on the Haarlock Legacy (Definitive Haarlock…whizbang whatchamawhoozit I can't remember the whole title because it's so long) with many insightful contributions (over 300 comments and all excellent content). Trust me on this. All excellent content. Take notes.

Apostasy Gambit would be a great Black Crusade Compact, it's Primary Objective simply being the opposite of what the Inquisition and the Ecclesaiarchy would consider an acceptable outcome. However, I'd recommend you buy the entire trilogy, search the forums for some of the suggested re-dos, make vast amounts of personal notes, and devote some time to swapping an Imperial victory for a hetertical victory. 
 

!!SPOILERS!!

Purge the Unclean has an adventure in it that includes an Inquisition Black Ship buried deep within a Space Hulk. It has arrived unexpectedly and the Inquisition intends to loot the contents of the Black Ship before the Navy blows it to smithereens. There are Dark Eldar and a rival Inquisitorial cell on board, all looking to loot the same things. This could be used as the jumping point for those PCs who have been in stasis aboard a Black Ship for the past 200 years. Perhaps one group of PCs rescues a second group from stasis before the torpedoes begin to tear the Hulk to itty bitty pieces… There's also some good material in there for another illicit organization, some great NPCs, great maps, and nifty gizmos that can be included in a Black Crusade Game (I suggest, however, you not use the stats for Dark Eldar weapons as they are presented in Purge…holy schnikeys!)

That's my two Scints.
I may come back to this later with an approach akin to genealogy. No promises, though.

 

 



#4 Tristelune

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Posted 04 April 2013 - 11:52 PM

Thank you for your answer.

That will help me a lot. I think i'll get Lathe Worlds for my next purchase.






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