Wednesday, February 13, 2013

If Bible verses were Orders

It's Ash Wednesday today, so I thought I'd do something a little different today, namely some Sisters of Battle.

Warhammer & Warhammer 40k are rife with puns, homages, and word play, so I thought I'd create some of my own.  I can't think of many direct puns or bible references in 40k, but I thought it'd be a fun theme to play off of. The Emperor is basically space Jesus anyways, so I consider it fair game.

Here's what I came up with.

Order of the Eternal Word
Bible Verse: Psalm 119:89 "Your word, O Lord, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens."
Colors: Black, Pink, and Gold
Concept: An offshoot of the Order of the Martyred Lady, these Sororitas rely more heavily on fast-moving Seraphim than other orders. Their cooly efficient battle style has garnered them many new recruits, and they have sent a good many novices to their Mother-Order to recoup their losses at Armageddon.

Order of the Pure Faith
Bible Verse: James 1:2-3 "Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance."
Colors: Sage Green, Dark Green, and White
Concept: Fully embracing the ideal that purity is gained through hardship, these Battle Sisters throw themselves into every righteous conflict within their ability. Their mortality rates are some of the highest among the Orders, but their Celestians are among the finest, most pious warriors in the Imperium.

Order of the Patient Sword
Bible Verse: Judges 3:21 "Ehud reached with his left hand, drew the sword from his right thigh and plunged it into the king’s belly."
Colors: Silver and Sky Blue with Black trim
Concept: These Sisters have close ties to members of the Orders Famulous, and are usually the first called in when an advisor finds evidence of heresy within the nobility. For this reason they are sometimes known as the "Kingkillers."

Order of the Silent Bones
Bible Verse: Psalms 32:3 "When I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long."
Colors: Bone and Burgundy
Concept: Emphasizing the purifying qualities of fire, these sisters eschew most all other special weapons in favor of the flamer. Three worlds dedicate their entire production of promethium to feed this Order's needs.

Order of the Righteous Song
Bible Verse: Psalms 33:1 "Shout for joy in the Lord, O you righteous! Praise befits the upright"
Colors: Red and White
Concept: These sisters take their moniker to heart. : They are organized into units called "choirs," and loudly sing songs and hymns to the Emperor as they fall into battle. Their melodious chants bolster their allies to acts of great courage, and are frequently invited to fight alongside the Imperial Guard.


  1. Damn the Bible is full of weird stuff. I like the ones taken from the Psalms - that's such a beautiful and poetic book. The Order of the Righteous Song would be an excellent allied contingent for an Imperial Guard army.