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.