Seven Saints of Talis
The Seven Saints of Talis
It is the 42nd millennium. For more than a hundred centuries,the Emperor has sat immobile on the Golden Throne of Earth. He is the master of mankind by the will of the gods, and the master of a million worlds by the might of His inexhaustible armies. He is a rotting carcass writhing invisibly with power from the Dark Age of Technology. He is the Carrion Lord of the Imperium for whom a thousand souls are sacrificed every day, so that He may never truly die.
Yet, even in this deathless state, the Emperor continues His eternal vigilance. Mighty battlefleets cross the daemon-infested miasma of the Warp, the only route between distant stars, their way lit by the Astronomican, the psychic manifestation of the Emperor’s will. Vast armies give battle in His name on countless worlds. Greatest amongst His soldiers are the Adeptus Astartes, the Space Marines, bio-engineered super-warriors. Their comrades-in-arms are legion: the Imperial Guard and countless planetary defense forces, the ever-vigilant Inquisition and the tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus of Mars, to name only a few. But for all their multitudes, they are barely enough to hold off the ever-present threat from aliens, heretics, mutants – and worse.
To be a man in such times is to be one amongst untold billions. It is to live in the cruellest and most bloody regime imaginable. These are the tales of those times. Forget the power of technology and science, for so much has been forgotten, never to be re-learned. Forget the promise of progress and understanding, for in the grim, dark future there is only war. There is no peace amongst the stars, only an eternity of carnage and slaughter to the mocking laughter of thirsting gods.
The 13th Black Crusade of Abaddon the Despoiler rages across the western fringe of the Imperium as mighty battlefleets burst forth from the Eye of Terror to beseige the worlds of the Imperium. Cadia, an Imperial Fortress-World that stands at the very Gate of Hell, has fallen. Imperial forces break and scatter in the face of the Despoiler’s relentless advance, while treacherous xenos and Chaos raiders plunder outlying sectors and harry reinforcements en route to the frontlines of the war. On many worlds, prophets and doom-criers proclaim that the End of Times has come at last, and the annihilation of Mankind is nigh.
Swirling around the main thrust of the Chaos advance, Warpstorms whirl and howl, blanketing entire systems. In one such system, located in the Hali Sub-sector of the Segmentum Obscurus, is found the war-torn world of Talis. A once-bustling Hive World, it was nearly destroyed a thousand years ago when its great cities were infiltrated by agents of the Ruinous Powers and nuclear war erupted. Now, trapped behind the veil of a Warpstorm, the scattered descendents of the survivors of the Night of Fire prepare to face their doom against the agents of Chaos, who seek to claim the world for their dark masters. Yet, all hope is not lost, for legends speak of seven saints, who once walked the world, and who may yet be reborn to lead the faithful in a crusade of liberation for their world.
The Seven Saints of Talis is a Dark Heresy campaign that draws heavily on the Fallout game series, Lovecraftian fiction, Dr.McNinja web-comics and The Witcher game series. It is set on a world separated from the wider Imperium by a Warp Storm that has raged for a thousand years, and teeters on the brink of being lost forever.
On Talis, society is fragmented and fractured, the various Adepta having broken into warring factions, the Ecclesiarchy shattered into a hundred different cults. The memory of the Liberation Fleet that is now a millennium dead lives on in mercenary bands and standing militias, beholden to petty warlords, self-proclaimed kings, and charismatic savages. Its once-mighty Hives lie in irradiated, daemon-infested ruins. The survivors scratch out a meager existence in the Warp-wracked wastelands while horrors born of Chaos, of the Xeno, of science run amok, draw ever closer to the habitations of Man. Yet, prophecy speaks of seven Saints, martyred by the Arch-Enemy of Man, who will return to burn away the shadows.