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"Knowledge is power. Guard it well."

+++ Motto of the Blood Ravens chapter +++​

019.M41 - Blood Ravens Battle Barge Litany of Fury - Father Librarian Clavios Josephus' cell

The whisper of voices unrecognized, telling the Father Librarian of things to come. They always spoke in whispers, these phantoms of the psyche. Their whispers filled him during his time of meditation, extending the tendrils of his perception to wrap around each voice and listen intently for anything of interest. Most of the time the voices chattered of events long gone, of things that not even he could perceive... Yet there was always that inescapable voice that escaped his perception. Always running at the first sign of the Father Librarians prodding. He knew the phantasm was Astartes. One of the reviled fallen. It spoke the black tounge, corrupted speech from the Book of Magnus. But in this hour of meditation the Father Librarian was determined to find this voice and listen to what it had to speak of.

Josephus began by extending his perception inch by inch into the void, taking care to stay away from the places of pure darkness and stay within what he perceived as areas of relative safety. At least safety one versed in protecting his mind from the daemons that turned psykers like him into agents of the respective Gods of Chaos. Suddenly his perceptive tendrils found the particular voice he was looking for, always cursing and speaking verses of heresy. He slowly inched his way towards the voice, making sure to take it slow as not to alert the spirit to his presence. All Josephus needed was to brush the voice, glean its information and decipher its intention in his minds eye. He was so close he could taste the acridity of the void, the intricately woven and arranged crystal mesh grew cold against the back of his shaven skull. He quickly extended his perception, finally catching the voice off guard. Josephus quickly wished his had diverted his attentions elsewhere, his tendrils retracting to his own mind as if he had been burned by a psychic fire. The foresight that flooded his mind was almost overwhelming, causing the crystals to form a frost over the pale skin of the back of his head as it attempted to compensate for the sudden rush of psychic energy. He could hear cries of agony, indistinct daemonic chatter and the laughing of a lone Thousand Sons sorcerer and finally the image of Kaurava III being immolated by green fire filled his mind. Blackness soon engulfed Josephus as the planet burned through and through.

Father Librarian? Father Librarian Josephus?

The codicer had visited the Father Librarians cell per request, only to find the librarian slouched over on the floor. He knelt down and shook his fellow astartes by his shoulder plate in an attempt to wake him. There was blood seeping from Josephus' nose a sign of over exertion. It took a few more tires until the Father Librarian would stir, his eyes fluttering for a few moments before he regained his senses.

Father Librarian, are you alright? I came bearing the list of Epistolaries that have been inducted into the Ordo Psykana as per your request. Only to find you in this state...

Yes... I am fine. But we have little time... I have seen the doom of Kaurava III. I will select the finest of the inductees. Five to be exact and you are to have them report to me. Hurry my brother, only the Ordo Psykana can combat this threat... For if we do not defeat this enemy they will spread doom across the Ultima Segmentum.

After placing the data slate at the corner of the slab Josephus used for his personal effects the codicer stood up quickly and nodded his head, turning and quickly striding back to the Librarium located deep within the battle barge Litany of Fury in preparation to carry out his next orders. Josephus waited until the codicer left to stand and deftly swipe at the blood with a cloth hanging from a rung near his armor stand. He threw the bloody cloth onto the slab and picked the data slate up and looked down. He considered the options. This was a fine bunch, ten in all. Selected to form two of the Ordo Psykanas strike teams. There was only need of six, the chosen he would call them... He slowly began to choose from the names listed.

(Thats your cue guys! If you're interested post your characters up and we'll get this RP started. First come first serve.)
Rules: (I only have a short list of rules. Please uphold them and the Rp will run as smooth as oil in a servo arm.)

1. Character deaths are possible, but will try to be avoided unless the player does something that gets him killed. Otherwise I'm going to try and keep everyone alive for the duration of the campaign.

2. Please be balanced with your equipment and weaponry. This needs little explanation as it'd be sorta lame if everyone had Storm Bolters and Krak Missile launchers. So please choose your characters effects wisely.

3. I realize that at times Real Life can come and bite us at any moment. Even so I ask that you post atleast every two days. If you can't do that PM me and I'll move the RP along controlling your character as if he were an NPC until you return. Please alert me if you're going to drop out or become bored with the RP. If you have an idea shoot me a line and I'll try my best to incorporate it into the RP.

4. Of course its turn based free form (By free form I mean there will be no dice rollers, injury and/or death will be at the discretion of the player in question and the GM.) With that said I ask you to be as reasonable as possible when battle scenes are playing out. Nobodies character is going to come out of the campaign without injury. Although all our characters are Psykers does not make them invincible.

5. No forcing another players characters. This also goes without saying, if you'd like another players character to perform an action ask him in a short OOC bubble at the beginning of the post. Otherwise you are to control only your character at all times.

6. This is a graphic RP with adult themes and gore. That means that there will be an occasional curse word or grisly death scene. Its just part of the RP.

With those rules in place I think the RP will be fun and free form as possible without letting players get too out of hand. If you have any ideas for more rules shoot me a line.


I am looking for a group of 5 players who are going to play as Psykana Epistolaries of the Blood Ravens Chapter. New recruits sent to undertake their first offensive against the forces of Thousand Sons Traitor marines. This squad must recover a page containing forbidden knowledge from The Book of Magnus and destroy the traitors inhabiting a Ordo Hereticus ship thought lost that has appeared from the warp in the Kaurava system and threaten to summon a Daemonic Champion on Kaurava III. As new inductees they will be accompanied by a Father Librarian (Played by me.)

If you'd like more information on the Secret Order of Psykana please read here.

Character Template: (Please be fairly descriptive.)

Name :






1. Projectile Weapon. (I. E. Bolter, Melta, Flamer and Plasma Weapons. All squad members must have one of these.)

2. Close Combat Weapon (In this RP close combat weapons will consist of any Eldar Power Weapon with the exception of Scorpions Claw, Shuriken Pistol, Singing Spear or Wailing Doom. Also I've decided to add Imperial Power Weapons to the mix as well, keep in mind that the weapon is linked to the Beacon Psykana. So once you choose your weapon you're bound to the Beacon as well.)

3. Side Arms (Such as Bolt or Las Pistols. Nothing too powerful. Just something you'd use when all other weapons are out of use or lost to your character.)

4. Krak or Frag grenades. (Four for each Psykana Member)

Equipment: (A brief description of Power Armor and any other systems and equipment. Artificer armor is allowed. No terminator armor or dreadnoughts please. As this is treated as a sort of tactical strike team. As a side note all Psykana members are required to wear a psychic hood.)


Now for my Father Librarians character template.

+ Name +

Father Librarian Clavios Josephus

+ Age +

Exactly five hundred standard imperial years

+ Appearance +

Standing at the height of exactly seven feet, not overly muscular but built large enough to exude a commanding presence. His hair is non existent, keeping the normally jet black locks shaven to the scalp. His eyes are of a gray matter, his patrician facial features and copper tone skin are strikingly similar to Chapter Master Azariah Kyras.

His face bears no ills marks or scars, only service studs crafted from the darkest crimson jewels adorn his right brow in recognition of his many years of service to the chapters librarium.

Other distinguishing marks include the Chapter Symbol branded just below his right eye and the symbol of the Adeptus Astra Telepathica set in the center of his forehead. This delicate metallic emblem often glints like a third eye, just above the temple.

+ Personality +

After the indoctrination and induction into the Blood Ravens Josephus turned out to be a difficult soldier to lead. His abilities as a psyker were manifesting more and more rapidly. He was so confused about everything- all these new things he had experienced, the memory loss on a massive scale, and the uncanny ability to flip an ork warlord on it's back. He was terrified at the new situation and grew to have a displeased manner about him, introversion and self thought became all that Josephus seemed interested in. Josephus was constantly on a quest for self-discovery, trying to find information about himself that he didn't know- he didn't understand why these things were happening to him, and why "him". Josephus wished that it was someone else, someone different, someone without a family.. Someone who didn't care about how they were viewed by other people; most "normal" people would get terrified when someone ran past them like a taurian bull or sent a speeder bike soaring with a simple demonstration of strength. He hated it back then, and he hated the fact that he couldn't find his purpose within the chapter. Until his inception into the Librarium where he would be taught and tutored by the finest Psykers and teachers of his chapter.

Though, over the many years prior to his induction into the Ordo Psykana, he had grown accustom and accepted his fate as a librarian. He would never question how he was blessed by the emperor with these strange powers, nor would he care anymore. His duty was to the Emperor of Mankind and the Great Father. His hatred against all things chaos manifests into him saving others from the pathetic fate that many other unfortunate people had suffered- specifically: turning into a plaything of the Dark Gods. He grew to be skilled, wise, and knew more about the lore of chaos then most librarians during his time as an epistolary. He knew weaknesses, strengths, behavior patterns and the way most chaos beings acted. He was what someone would call a "veteran"- he's seen it all and lived through it all to tell the tale, though, not without help from his genetic augmentation. He saved countless people and killed countless warp spawn- it's a statistic he's glad to have made. With the new outbreak of chaos activity in it's beginning stages, he knew all the paths and what he would do- he's been through it once before and survived it, what's another undertaking going to do? Josephus is ruthless to enemies and selfless to others in the imperium that serve the emperor in earnest - he knows how it feels to be in a situation such as this, and he tries his best to remedy the situation whenever possible for the betterment of his Ordo, His chapter and the Imperium of man.

+ Background +

Hailing from Trontiux III, Hive city Marche in the Ultima Segmentum. Clavios Josephus was born exactly five hundred standard imperial years ago to parents of a now unkown origin. His psyker powers began to manifest at the age of six, during a traumatic experience he unleashed a torrent of psychic lighting incinerating both of his parents and four other occupants of different hab units. This marked him as a prime candidate for the Scholastica Psykana or more to say the Secret Masters of the Blood Ravens and the few Father Librarians of the Ordo Psykana. They recognized the raw and untapped psychic potential that was predicted to later become a hero to the chapter and the Ordo.

Five years of training with the Scholastia Psykana and indoctrination to the Blood Ravens chapter moulded his mind and soul. After his initial training with the psykana he was placed as a Lexicanum under the Librarian Raphaelus. Raphaelus was a member of the Ordo Psykana in secret and began to tutor Josephus in the ways if the Librarian, turning the young man into a potent codicer and later on an even more powerful Epistolary. A full hundred years had passed and he was finally inducted into the ranks of the Librarium as a full fledged Librarian. Although this position was to be short lived

During The Rahe's Paradise Discovery. A Dark Eldar Autarch challenged Josephus on the fields of Rahe's Paradise. During an earlier battle the same Autarch immolated his mentor infront of him with psychic energy. Josephus cursed the Eldar name and vowed revenge upon meeting the xeno again. The battle was intense and even the Father Librarian overseeing the battle was aghast at the onslaught that Josephus unleashed. Fierce melee combat ensued and by the time the battle was done with all Eldar within striking range of Josephus was burnt and slashed. It was said that he kept the Autarch alive and aware for hours by sheer will while he scoured the Eldar with psychic lightning.

These and other heroic actions had impressed the Ordo Psykana and Chapter Master alike, a promotion to Father Librarian soon followed. Many years and martial engagments later Josephus is called by the Emperor through a psychic vision to find a lost page from the Book of Magnus and destroy its knowledge. For if it were to be unleashed the entire galaxy would go up in flames....

+ Weapons +

+ Mk IV Astartes Umbra Pattern Bolter +

- Chambered with Kraken Pattern Penetrator rounds
- M40 targeting scope
- Ammo Counter

+ Scorpion Chainsword +

- A chainsword of Eldar design. It is a lightweight one-handed chainsword used by warriors of the Striking Scorpion Aspect.
- Monomolecular-edged.
- Imbued with a psychic link to the Beacon Psykana

+ Mark III Bolt Pistol +
- Close combat
- Last resort weapon.

+ Krak Grenades +
- Four Total

+ Equipment +

+ MK 6 "Corvus" Pattern Artificer Armor +
- Standard Auto Senses.
- Communicator.
- Many of the changes made to Josephus' armor are non-standard and are one-offs for his particular suit power armor, many additional, purely ornamental adornments are added to recall major campaigns or battles the Chapter and Ordo Psykana have fought in. Over his suit began to recive individual upgrades. Such as a Psychic Hood and a prized Adamantine Mantle made from a rare crimson tinged threads of adamantine.

+ Warp Spider Jump Generator +
- Used only twice in the two hundred years of posession.
- Taken from a Warp Spider Eldar Warrior.
- Danger of Warp Entities trapping the user during a teleportation.

+ Standard Space Marine Backpack +
- Power Source
- Stim Dispensers
- Gyro Stabilizers
- Waste managment faculties.
- Ect. (I could go on for a while lol.)​
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*Scratches head*
I have posted my charactor....
*Is confused*
I think he editted his original post, thanks, I'm a little unsure I must admit, had never heard of the ordo psykana before.

Looking forward to it
Give that man a bone he got it right!
Yeah I edited my first post.
Just wanted to mention, because I'm not aware of any sources contradicting this, the Dark Eldar don't make use of soul-stones of any kind and have a very small number of ship types they make use of. (They have many variants based around similar designs, but to date only two major ship types have been identified and studied to any degree.)

Normal Eldar make use of soul-stones because of what they do, and because craftworld Eldar make heavy use of their psychic abilities (a soul-stone and things like it require this.) The Dark Eldar mostly shun the use of psychic abilities, so as they are they can't make use of the same technology (at least not as well.)
Not that I don't appreciate the advice. But why could'nt you tell me this earlier? Lol. Altering the storyline to fit into cannon.

Update - Swapped the main protagonists from Dark Eldar to Thousand Sons Space Marines.
Little piece of advice, be more clear on what you want us to do.
The most favoured method is to but instructions after each characters name, but at the moment Im confused *Scratches head again*
Pretty much what I mean by "Free Form" Rp is to make your own story. I've lain out the storyline and we all take it from there. I already have pivotal points mapped out in the storyline, its how we get there that is up us as a whole.

Pretty much everyone should prepare your characters weapons and equipment, describe how your character gets ready for war. This is probably going to be the only time you can build into your characters personality due to the fact that its non stop action after we insert into the barge. No time for self reflection when you have psychic lightning and bolter rounds imbued with sorcerous energies you know?
Oh i hope not i do love a little bit of interaction and reflection, makes an rp an rp if you get my drift

I get the point though
Trust me gentlemen I have some plot twists that will indeed throw you for a few loops and make you think a little.

I mean they're not going to be reflecting on past memories with explosions and bolter rounds pounding down all aound them. But trust its going to be a good RP.
Ok so here is the deal. I've seen Heartslayer active in the last 24 hours and its your turn to post. I am going to give you until about 8 O'Clock American Pacific time to post before I update.

I am trying to keep this RP rolling as smooth as possible with it being my first attempt to GM a game.
So an emergency popped up and I dont think I'll be able to update for a few days but if I get back early I'll let you guys know.

Thanks for being so patient with me guys, it'll be worth it.

EDIT - I'd like to see DEUS and Heartslayer post before I get an update up, otherwise I am going to be forced to kick you guys. Nothing against you but if you've grown bored with the storyline or whatever then let me know so I can adjust the plot accordingly. Otherwise I've seen you online and active and even posting in other roleplay threads.

The worst is over, my grandmother is in the hospital at the moment due to heart complications. I managed to steal my laptop for a few moments just to give you guys an update.
OOC: Heres the new Bad guy

Name: Lord Fleischer

Age: Approximately 600 years

Appearance: Lord Fleischer tried to walk a line when designing his armor when he became a Chaos Lord in the thousand suns. He needed his armor to seem nightmarish, but still praise Tzeentch, and still be enough like thousand sons armor that it would fit in. The end result was quite ornate. His chest piece consisted of a dull, faint, golden cobra snake head, staring hatefully into the distance. Further turning his power armor into a walking shrine to Tzeentch, his shoulder plates had golden serpents on each one, with one facing to his right engulfing a representation fo the current planet hes campaigning for in its mouth, and the other facing out to his right, engulfing the Imperium Eagle in its mouth. His knee guards featured maroon ravens in a swooping posture with their wings erect above them prominently, with the wings sharpened and weaponized for armor piercing knee-stabs in hand to hand, which is both a kickback to Tzeentch, and his blood raven heritage. Fleischer loves entertains the thought of using the raven shin against a Blood raven in combat, or against a prisoner. His face mask departs from all that drastically. He designed his helmet to make it seem like his head is actually grotesquely deformed and ghoulish, nightmarishly inhuman, like something you'd see from a follower of Nurgle, not a Thousand suns Tzeentch Chaos lord. It used jutting, tyranid canine teeth to help make the mouth not only tough enough to survive after a fight, but also make him look even more menacing. The rest of his body armor was a dark, dark blue, almost black (Necron black DoW2 schemes), with tattoos featuring snakes, skulls, wyverns, demons, and other symbols of death and the infernal creeping all along his arms, shoulder plates, legs, boots, and gloves, varying in color from crimson, to black, to bright green, to golden yellow, to maroon.

Out of his armor, what Fleischer looks like depends on what he wants himself to look like. One of the main powers Tzeentch bestowed open him as a Chaos Lord was biomass shapeshifting, and so he can often model his body to look nightmarishly daemonic to enhance the mind-fuckery he enjoys so much. Primarily though, he tries to stay in a form similar to that of the rest of Tzeentch followers. He has large, predatory owl like eyes facing forward, his face blue and scaley, and every so often tasting the air with a forked snake-like tongue. Trying to Glorify Tzeentch by striving for some of his likeness as if it would make him look even better, he has horns poking out of his head through his maroon red hair, which grew as soon as he takes off his helmet. On the back of his head was another face, similar to how Tzeentch's manifestations always have multiple heads that repeat words, although he doesn't waste his energy trying to make his 2nd face speak as well.

Personality: Lord Fleischer's drive to follow Tzeentch so religiously wasn't driven by a lust for immortality, or riches, or status. He was driven by a pure lust for knowledge. He started down the path to following Tzeentch when Tzeentch tempted him, and he couldn't resist the urge to loot a sorcerer who had conveniently carried a tome into battle (Which is unusual). As he went down that path, and Tzeentch fed him more and more knowledge, and more and more power, manipulating him by feeding him abilities in a way, that his new tactics would grow, mirroring Tzeentch's. Fleischer realized that he loved the sadistic manipulation and puppeteering of his enemies, and started to hone his psyker abilities so that he could manipulate peoples minds, causing hallucinations, stimulate powerful emotions, and cause them to doubt or even turn on their comrades. When it struck him that he loved exactly what Tzeentch did, he started to truly consider him and those that were under his command "Children of Tzeentch", following him with a rabid, fanatical zeal, smiling, even as he realized that one day he'd probably die in one of Tzeentch's plots.

Background: An Ex-Blood Ravens Father Librarian who succumbed to the promises of Tzeentch (Rest of background will unravel)


1. Primary Weapons. Storm bolter in one hand and an Accursed Crozius in the other when in terminator armor, and a plasma pistol and dark blade when out of it.

2. Close Combat Weapons. Usually uses two powerfists, but sometimes he'll attach a chainsaw bayonet to one, and equip his custom power claw (A customized captured ork power klaw, modified to fit over a powerfist, and fit a combi-bolter style flamer between the pincers) over the other, when things get really bad. The chainsaw bayonet attachment and power claw are usually carried by one of his attendants for when things get really bad.

Equipment: Whatever Fleischer wants his attendants or followers to hand him.
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Im fairly sure that recruitment is closed...and im also sure that we were never looking for a bad guy.
Its alright Stillios, in my error I forgot to post up telling everyone about the situation

I forgot to mention that I am going to bring CM in to act at the Thousand Sons High Lord. I've RP'ed with this guy many times before and I think he is going to bring a breath of fresh air into the storyline. All equipment and armor is approved, may seem a little overpowered at first but it will work out in the end.

If Heartslayer and anyone that has yet to post since the last update must post by tomorrow or I am going to update without you and possibly have your character fade into the background.
I will update later today, sorry i should have Pm'd havent had much spare time on my hands these past couple days
Just a quick update. I've just recently slashed open the palm on my right hand and had to get stitches... Pretty nasty. Anyways the pain isn't as intense while I am on the pain pills so I thought I'd give you an update.

I'm not trying to sound whiny or anything but I think I might be leaving the boards. Its pretty insane when I get a -5 rep and a talking down by a moderator for stating my opinion. It may have been an unpopular opinion but the last I checked I didn't break any rules. Furthermore Baron and I sorted the whole thing out and apologized to each other, I especially felt bad because I potentially eff'ed his thread up and that was not my intention at all. We both understood and appreciated each others point of view after a few PM's and thats where it should have ended but whatever.

I'm just letting you guys know the reason for my absence and potential departure. So I'll quit rambling and I'll let everyone know by tonight if I am going to stick with it and update or not.
*Gets on knees and begs* Oh please keep going!
This is one of the best RPs Ive been part of and in fact only HoO is better since its been going longer!
If you dissappear I'll be dissapointed to say the least, this is an excellent rp, plenty of potential for working mydescriptive muscles and in general fun.

I hope you continue
Thanks for the support guys. Just knowing there are a few of you that enjoy my work greatly boosts my morale.

I think I am going to stay though. I can't let a few bad experiences ruin things for everyone else. And furthermore its not my style to quit on an RP regardless of what people think of my opinions.
:) :) :) :)

This hs made me happy :)
So any chance of an update soon?
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