Millennia earlier than the Adepta Sororita, a extra sinister feminine group served the residing Emperor of Mankind – The Sisters of Silence.
The Sisters of Silence, also called the Silent Sisterhood, had been the anti-psychic militant arm of the Adeptus Astra Telepathica in the course of the Great Crusade, and had been internally known as the group’s Departmento Investigates. Its ranks consisted totally of Blanks.
Sisters of Silence Overview
Operating from the Somnus Citadel on Luna, the Sisters of Silence have a protracted historical past (their organisation predates the Horus Heresy). They had been an all feminine order, in a lot the identical approach because the Adepta Sororitas; the foremost distinction is that the Sisters had been all Blanks. Recruited from Untouchable inventory, the Sisters had been anathema to psykers. Their very presence disrupted psychic exercise and they’re presumed to have been proof against most types of psychic assault. The predominant objective of the Sisters of Silence was due to this fact to hunt out and apprehend psykers. As warrior-investigators they might concerned in all elements of the seize and transportation of psychic people and will nearly at all times be discovered among the many crew of the Black Ships.
The group of the Sisters concerned the splitting of its members into quite a few cadres such because the Storm Blades every of which contained a special armour schemes. A serious base of operations for the Sisterhood was the Somnus Citadel on Luna.
Each Sister swears an oath of silence generally known as the Oath of Tranquility upon being nominated for Sisterhood; earlier than this, when they’re novices, they’re allowed to converse usually. Amongst their different duties novices generally act as interpreters between senior Sisters and different brokers of the Imperium. Full Sisters converse in their very own sign-language, however there’s at the very least one instance of them being accustomed to different types of sign-communication, comparable to Astartes battle-signage.
-ThoughtMark – A symbolic sign-language that makes use of small gestures and conveys advanced concepts and subtlety.
-BattleMark – A symbolic sign-language utilized in fight. Less versatile than ThoughtMark, it is usually much less ambiguous and it’s bigger gestures will be seen from farther away. This makes it a more sensible choice for a command language on the sphere of battle.
-Orsköde – A machine readable model of ThoughtMark.
-Novice-Sister – An aspirant, that has not taken the Vow of Tranquility.
-Null Maiden – A sister that has taken the Vow of Tranquility.
-Vigilator – Unspecified rank. Accompanied an Oblivion Knight on a mission.
-Oblivion Knight – excessive rating Sisters who lead the Witchseekers on their missions.
-Excrutiatus – Sisters sporting crimson coats and ruby implants on their eyes and are stated to require personally burning 100 witches earlier than attaining this place. (see high picture)
-Witchseeker Pursuivant – High rating sister (above that of Oblivion Knight).
-Sister-Commander – Highest rating Sister of Silence.
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During the years of the Great Crusade, a cadre of Sisters had been dispatched by the Emperor to help the Death Guard in an assault on a Jorgall cylinder ship. Once there, they managed to wound a Jorgall mutant Psyker and seize it for transport to Terra
The Sisters of Silence participated in a few of the main actions of the Horus Heresy, together with the protection of the Imperial Palace. They had been maybe most profitable in the course of the assault on Prospero, the place a drive of Sisters had been deployed to offer specialised help for the attacking Space Wolves Legion. Due to their Untouchable nature, the Sisters had been proof in opposition to the psychic assaults of the defending Thousand Sons Legion and offered a steady bulwark for the assault to be anchored upon. The Sisters of Silence had been additionally important in stopping Terra from being overrun by Daemons in the course of the War Within the Webway.
The Sisters of Silence within the forty first Millennium
The eventual destiny of the Sisters of Silence is unknown. By M32, solely a single drive of fifty Sisters on the world of Nadiries had been found, and these said that the Imperium had discarded them out of distrust following the Heresy. Despite being fiercely loyal to the Emperor and Primarchs, this final bastion of the Sisterhood expressed disdain for the trendy Imperium, stating they might reasonably see it burn than be of assist. Nonetheless, Lord Commander of the Imperium Koorland was in a position to persuade them to assist in in opposition to the Orks in the course of the War of the Beast.
At the tip of the forty first Millennium a surviving group of Sisters of Silence appeared on Luna over the last stage of the Terran Crusade. These Sisters had been from their few remaining strongholds throughout the galaxy, known as again to Terra because of the Thirteenth Black Crusade on the behest of the determined High Lords. Alongside Custodes from Terra these Sisters proved important within the defeat of Magnus within the battle. After the return of Roboute Guilliman, he ordered that the remaining strongholds of the Sisters of Silence be gathered and expanded. Since then the Sisters have returned to the frontlines, forming Orders in each Segmentum and infrequently working in fleet-based forces.
The new Sisters of Silence fleets have used their null talents at the side of the Navis Nobilite to penetrate the brand new fierce Warp Storms that ravaged the Imperium. They have additionally taken half within the Indomitus Crusade.
If solely they might converse they might have such tales to inform.
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