Once Upon A Time In The Empire
Heretics and Cultists
“And at the appointed time we shall rise from our secret places and throw down the towns and cities of the Empire. Our brethren shall pour forth from the forests to slay and burn. Chaos will cover the land and we, the chosen servants, shall be exalted in HIS eyes. Hail to Tzeentch, changer of ways! Njawrr’thakh ‘Lzimbarr Tzeentch!”
– Excerpt from the Book of Transmutation.
The Priests of Sigmar warn their flocks to avoid temptations of Chaos. The dark gods might appear to a person in dreams, whispering promises in return for worship. Lust, vengeance, power or the promise of immortality might corrupt the souls of the weak.
Chaos cults honour the dark gods and secretly proselytise their damned faith. They eagerly welcome new devotees, epspecially those ‘favoured’ with mutation. Cultists seek to corrupt the Empire’s moral strength and ensure it’s collapse from within. They prefer to weaken and undermine an enemy rather than crush heads in open battle. Cultists belonging to many covens convene in secret across the Empire, rarely representing a physical threat. They infect every level of imperial society. In the cities, highly organised cults infiltrate the aristocracy , control politicians and win over commoners in the guise of campaigning for greater freedoms. In the countryside, covens of witches and warlocks meet to worship the dark gods, sacrificing innocents in return for the power to wither crops and hex enemies. Cultists are secretive and paranoid, for the price of discovery is execution on a witchhunter’s pyre.
In the naive belief that they can use them as powerful servants, cultists sometimes summon daemons, hellish incarnations of raw Chaos. Daemons invariably slaughter their summoners and escape to cause untold havoc and suffering.
Cultists currupt society, using guile, subterfuge, blackmail, intimidation, and sometimes assasinations to sow seeds of doubt and discord. It is these evil machinations that are hardest to oppose, as they strike at the heart of their eneimies from within. It is the insidiousness of Chaos that the promise of easy power can currupt even the purest heart. Chaos cultists rely on secrecy and deception, blending in with society and covering their tracks at every turn. Some cults worship chaos as a whole, but others dedicate themselves wholly to a particular power.