Rogue Trader Ep 12: Ancient Perfection part 1 of 2

A few months after breaking off from whats left of the Imperium, the shadow labyrinth shuttles between a dwindling list of potential clients. Luckily, a certain object is more then willing to show them a new path.

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9 comments on “Rogue Trader Ep 12: Ancient Perfection part 1 of 2

  1. Syren says:

    Oh guys, to clarify where Quantus would be in an atypical techpriest heirarchy it is mostly dependent on the purpose of the current priest body. The AM splits their resources between researchers and explorers, between the two explorers are more respected as they delve into dangerous locations for an STC. Those involved in research are typically left to repair and manufacture on ships and forge worlds. So if the ruling priesthood are Explorators like Q in search for knowledge on behalf of the Omnissiah they would consider him equal and admirable if suspicious and unusual due to his mannerisms. While if they were not explorators they would be(grudgingly as the research group tends to find the exploration group impulsive, not unfounded due to the typical Explorator response to Necrons) inferior in heirarchy to an active Explorator.

  2. Pencil-Monkey says:

    Arrghnuhh, now we still have to wait several DAYS before we hear the end of this epic adventure – EPIC, that’s right!

    Oh, and this piccie should be a bumper sticker on the rear end of the Shadow Labyrinth. Possibly several miles in diameter, to make it legible when viewed from passing space buggies:

    http://mokkurkalfe.deviantart.com/art/Fandible-Rogue-Trader-XII-361642648

  3. Barsher Da Barsher says:

    The amount of love I feel for you, pencilmonkey, can only be measured in the amount of barshing one Barsher can do.

  4. Pencil-Monkey says:

    If you love me so much, how come you’ve never told your wife about us? *Sob* What can that red-haired minx give you that I can’t? Hmm? Tell me that, you brute! 🙁

    But seriously, glad you liked the drawing. After the picture was uploaded, it has been pointed out that among the greenskin races, skin color usually grows darker and more rich in hue when dey get bigger an’ tuffer, i.e. Barsha should be a darker blue than the gretchin. However, since it has been established in-game that the gretchin was born and continously re-born by forming a lump on Barsha’s bum that eventually falls off, the fact that the gretchin looks more teal than Barsha might simply be because it’s a coffee table gretchin:

    http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Coffee%20Table 😉

  5. FandibleDave says:

    @Syren: Thanks for the clarification! I’m constantly confused with how a Rogue Trader’s ship hierarchy is constructed, especially since in this case it’s a mix of what the captain wants and how the AM run things. This is further rendered puzzling by the book’s summary of Explorators as a “necessary evil” with an extremely short expected life span.

    But hell, if Quantus is in charge then the constant nail-and-tooth fight for survival is just part of his management style.

  6. CaptainStabby says:

    Yeah, in general I don’t think an Explorator would be doing double duty on a ship as the Chief Enginseer. I mean, maybe, but it seems kinda unlikely to me.

    In the hierarchy a Magos (which is what an Explorator is) is WELL above an Engineseer,so technically I’d say Q would be the ranking AdMech representative on board, that may not mean that he’s all that interested in babysitting the inner workings of the ship, I mean he has his friendly talking cube to play with right?

  7. Syren says:

    I was mostly just stuck halfway on trying to figure if Capn Awesompants either contracted a techpriest circle, or if Mars has a deal with Rogue Traders to send a team from the Explorator fleet with all their mechspertice in exchange for calling dibs on certain tech artifacts. Q is definitely most fitting to the profile though, what with risking his life consistently in the search for dangerous knowledge. The rest of them seem somewhat reserved.

  8. Syren says:

    As for Rogue Trader Heirarchy I imagine it like
    1. Reynaldo
    2. Personal Team
    3. Representatives for Reynaldo in specific matters.
    4. Everything else.

    Such that there is likely only 10 people on the whole ship he wouldn’t call expendable.

  9. Barsher Da Barsher says:

    I would probably say that the norm is a little out of whack in our Rogue Trader game. This is due to being closed off from the rest of the Imperium.

    The way I see the tech-priest in our game, they are probably descendants from the original Explorators who visited this stretch of space long ago. So, even if they are tech priest, most of them probably have a touch more of the ‘lets get on a ship and explore’ mentality to them.

    Most of the techpriest on the ship probably don’t see the Captain in a great light. However, the ship is still a magnificent creation. Not only that, but his ship is also the ship that has found archeotech (Spelling) in the first adventure. So, I’m viewing out techpriest as those who want to get into a party college because the school actually does have a great program in… let’s say robotics. Sure, they have to put up with the drunken orgie… but atleast they are doing what they love and studying with the ‘best’.

    That’s my take on it, at least. I admit that my understanding of WH40K is limited. Too many settings to remember.

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