The Chapel Project – Part 1: Ostium Guides – The Stygian Cartographers

The Chapel is an In28 themed collaborative hobby project being orchestrated by Mark of HeresyOfUs.

I keep meaning to get into Inq28, so I’m going to use this as an excuse to make a start on an Inquisitor warband and also repurpose/multi-purpose some of my other hobby projects when possible by writing some background that will allow it to translate to The Chapel background.

The first hobby challenge Mark has set is to create a the Ostium Guides. Some submissions made so far include these contributions:

Here is my entry:

The Chapel Project: Ostium Guides / The Stygian Cartographers

The Stygian Cartographers

The Stygian Cartographers are so named due their tendency to congregate at the Stygian Gate, one of The Chapel’s most remote and dangerous entrances.

In appearance they seem to fall in the uncanny no man’s land between Tech-priests and Servitors: a ragged combination of salvaged augmentics, piecemeal voidsuits and scraps of clothing wrapping sallow, unhealthy flesh. One would normally expect such individuals to be fervent followers of the Machine Cult, but curiously they avoid all mention of the Omnissiah and where one would expect the holy cog symbol adorning their equipment it is uniformly worn or defaced, leading to accusations that they are blasphemous Hereteks.

Conversing with one can be equally unnerving as they seem all speak in the same flat, passionless artificial vox-machine monotone, completely laking in human inflection. Yet they clearly have an agency and sentience beyond the simple servitor: they frequently visit the towns and villages of the Albino woods to barter for supplies and have a reputation as being reliable and scrupulous by the usual standard of Ostium Guides (once a contract has been agreed).

It is unclear if the Cartographers are a religious, or scientific order, but those individuals that have managed to engage them in extended conversation have claimed that they are mapping the deepest and long forgotten reaches of The Chapel, seeking an archaeotech artefact that they refer to as The Dead Gods Book, while avoiding the ’Darnizhaan’.

The puritans of both the Inquisition and the Machine Cult have taken an interest in monitoring the movements of the Stygian Cartographers, but so far the few individuals that have been sufficiently driven to pursue them through the Stygian Gates during their surveys of depth of The Chapel have never returned to the surface.

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13 Responses to The Chapel Project – Part 1: Ostium Guides – The Stygian Cartographers

  1. Brilliant mate. Thanks for the shout out. I’m pumped about this project.

  2. Thomas says:

    Great background piece for those cool models. Well done!

  3. Remnante says:

    I didn’t realise you were involved in this project too, great work so far! I really like the raggedness of the guy on the right 🙂

  4. heresyofus says:

    Nice characters mate and I like the idea of an almost mythical entrance to the Hive below. Good stuff 🙂

  5. Wudugast says:

    I like these a lot, and they tie in nicely with the feel of the Chapel and its implied technological secrets – none of which seems truly heretek but all of which (that I’ve seen so far) seems to flirt with the very edge of Imperial acceptability.

    Glad you’re on board with the Chapel – looking forward to seeing what else you come up with.

    • heretic30k says:

      Thanks. Much of what I like about the 40k setting is so much is implied & not fully explained which leaves more space for people to come up with their own interpretation. I like the gaps around what is heretical – should an interest in ‘dead gods’ be regarded as heretical by the more reasonable inquisitors? Puritans will undoubtedly find fault with everything of course 🙂

  6. Pingback: The Chapel Project – Part 4 – The Rogue Cartographer | Heretic 30k

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