Novaetes


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Chaplain Novaetes are Chaplains in training, the rank carried by anyone who will, hopefully, one day tread the path of the Chaplain. Novaetes are often held in awe by the Chapter's brethren, due in part that to tread the path of the Novaete entails a great many more trials, tests and painful lessons which must be taught before they are given the final test, the Trial of the Bones.

What the Trial of the Bones entails is a closely guarded secret, held only by the Circle of Chaplains, and it is widely known that not all Novaetes complete the ceremony and many more die in the attempt.

What little is known of the Trial is that the Novaetes must partake the ritual alone with but a single Chaplain in attendance, who is known simply as the Watcher. The Watcher's presence is only to ensure that the ritual is performed in accordance with tradition and the lore of the Chapter and to the ensure that the Novaete completes each part of the Trial.

When they emerge from the Trial of the Bones, often bloodied, they are changed individuals, their faces often scarred and bearing the brands of the Trial, and it is not uncommon for Novaetes to emerge with wounds so horrid that the Emperor's Mercy is all that can be offered, but they die Chaplains. Should the complete the Trial and be sound of mind and body, from that day forth, they are brother Chaplains, members the Chapter's priesthood.

In battle, Novaetes form a retinue around the Inductor, or mentor Chaplain, who shall ensure that they fight with valour and are all warriors-born. It may take many decades for a Novaete to mature as Chaplains, many of them receiving the Black Carapace and subsequent suit of power armour before they are ready for the Trial of Bones and such Novaetes are known as Firaetes within the Chapter.

Unique Wargear:

Arcanum Minoris: Just as the Chaplains bear the Crozius Arcanum as a badge of office and potent weapon, Novaete Chaplains also bear a symbol of their calling. Often taking the form of a twoheaded axe, Arcanum Minoris are deadly weapons in the hands of an experienced Novaete.

The Arcanum Minoris counts as a close combat weapon that gives the Novaetes a +1 strength bonus on the turn they charge.

Holy Fire

The Fists of Flame hold fire to be a sacred element, a purifier and cleanser of sin and a symbol of the Emperorís divine will. As such, it plays a prominent role in all the ceremonies, rites and religious occasions.

Furthermore, it is due to the genetic changes wrought by the geneseed that each Fists of Flame bears an elemental understanding of fire and flame and how it behaves, although few save the Chapterís Librarians have any control over the fickle nature of fire itself.


Fists of Flame Novaetes20 points

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Section:

  • HQ

Unit Type:

  • Infantry

Unit Composition:

  • 1-4 Novaetes

Chaplain Novaetes:

  • You may include up to one squad of Novaetes for every Chaplain included in the army.
  • Novaetes themselves do not take up a HQ choice and must be deployed with the Chaplain they were bought for.

Wargear:

  • Arcanum Minoris
  • Bolt pistol
  • Frag and krak grenades
  • Scout armour

Special Rules:

  • And They Shall Know No Fear
  • Stubborn



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