Ritual of the Damned Chapter Focus: The Grey Knights and Thousand Sons

Let’s take a look at what this next supplement has to offer!

If you need to stop a Daemon-Primarch then you need to call the galaxy’s premier Daemon hunters – the Grey Knights. Fortunately, the sons of Titan have a whole host of new tricks to stop the Crimson King from performing his Ritual of the Damned.

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Who Are They?

The founding of the Grey Knights remains shrouded in mystery – all that is really known is that they are the Chamber Militant of the Ordo Malleus, dedicated to fighting the Daemons of Chaos. They don’t just purge the physical manifestation of the Dark Gods, though – they also have a more solemn duty, for they must eradicate any who have witnessed a daemonic incursion to ensure that those exposed to the taint of Chaos cannot spread the corruption.

Each member of the Grey Knights Chapter is an expert psyker, and this is reflected in their new Masters of the Warp rule. Rather than having the doctrines of the other Space Marines Chapters, this allows the Grey Knights to choose one of four different Tides to be dominant during the game. These give your entire army a bonus – choose the Tide of Fury if you want to easily cut your way through enemy forces.

You can change the active Tide by using the Warp Shaping psychic power, one of six new powers included in Ritual of the Damned as part of the Dominus discipline, which Grey Knights psykers can choose from instead of picking from the Sanctic discipline.

Along with giving you the power to change your Tide of the Warp, you can select Empyrean Domination to add to your pool of Command Points.

Sometimes even the Grey Knights need a little extra help manifesting their psychic powers, though. Fortunately, a new Stratagem can call on the Emperor’s grace to make it easier.

As well as a whole host of new Stratagems, the Grey Knights now have access to a selection of extra Relics of Titan. 

With Magnus and his sons flinging around psychic powers left, right and centre, you can take a new Relic, the Stave of Supremacy, to punish them.

On top of all of that, the Grey Knights have a completely new set of litanies for their Chaplains. Used at the right time, these Litanies of Purity can swing a battle in your favour. 

If the enemy thinks they are out of range of the Emperor’s vengeance, just chant the Recitation of Projection and prove them dead wrong. 

These new tools and tricks emphasise the Grey Knights’ position as psychic masters and Daemon hunters extraordinaire. The warp-spawned Neverborn will soon be crying all the way back to the Chaos Gods in the immaterium.

Psychic Awakening: Ritual of the Damned is available to pre-order from Saturday. Grab yourself a Grey Knights Terminator Squad and make sure you’re ready to face up to Magnus the Red and his Thousand Sons.

Ritual of the Damned – Faction Focus: Thousand Sons

Just as Tzeentch planned, the next book in the Psychic Awakening series, Ritual of the Damned, brings a number of boons to the Thousand Sons, and today we’re taking a look at some of them. Get ready to unleash a storm of sorcery.

Who Are They?

The Thousand Sons are a Legion of sorcerers and spectral warriors. They are the most favoured mortal servants of the Chaos God Tzeentch, the Changer of the Ways, and are driven by an insatiable lust for forbidden knowledge and arcane power. For 10,000 years they have been driven by an undying desire for vengeance against the Imperium. Now, their Primarch, Magnus the Red, leads them back to their homeworld of Prospero and prepares a fell ritual that will accelerate humanity’s psychic surge a hundredfold across an entire sector. The time of their revenge is at hand.

As well as background on Magnus’ plans and the Thousand Sons’ battles with the Dark Angels and Grey Knights who oppose them, Ritual of the Damned is also chock full of new rules for the followers of the Crimson King. First up is the ability to dedicate each of your Detachments to one of the nine Cults of the Thousand Sons.*

These Cults have their roots in the Legion of fallen Prospero, dating back even before the Horus Heresy, and give the psykers in the Detachment access to additional psychic powers, Warlord Traits and Relics. Whichever Cult you devote yourself to, you’ll get some new tools with which to reap your revenge on the Imperium – take a look.

Dedicate yourself to the Cult of Time and use Time Flux to turn back the clock and return dead troops back to your ranks.

Pledge yourself to the Cult of Duplicity (don’t worry, you only need to do it once) and your Warlord gains the Duplicitous Tactician trait. If your enemy thinks that they have a tactical advantage after deployment, then your Warlord will soon dissuade them of that notion.**

If you want your Warlord to look good while carrying out their Primarch’s nefarious schemes, then join the Cult of Change and give them the Capricious Crest. It’s also said that Tzeentch drinks deeply of the tears of those who celebrate a successful Psychic test only to see it fail.

Of course, you don’t have to dedicate your army to a Cult, and Ritual of the Damned also includes a host of new Stratagems that can be used by any Thousand Sons army. With Risen Rubricae, you can make the most of the foresight of Tzeentch to awaken troops buried years ahead of time.

That’s just a taste of what’s coming for the Thousand Sons in Ritual of the Damned. Don’t worry, you don’t need to strike a bargain with Tzeentch to uncover the full contents of this tome – you can pre-order it from Saturday. In the meantime, grab some Exalted Sorcerers to affirm your psychic dominance and assist Magnus in his fell ritual.

* Those are the Cults of Prophecy, Time, Mutation, Scheming, Magic, Knowledge, Change, Duplicity and Manipulation.

** Plus, with tricks like this, if the whole Ritual of the Damned thing doesn’t work out, they can always go into performing at children’s birthday parties.

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2 Responses to “Ritual of the Damned Chapter Focus: The Grey Knights and Thousand Sons”

  1. Nick Wenker January 14, 2020 3:12 pm #

    Are the Thousand Sons Cult abilities by detachment only (so work in a mixed Chaos army) or only if the entire army is Thousand Sons ala doctrines?

  2. Kicker January 14, 2020 7:02 pm #

    So many new options!!!!

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