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I was wondering if anyone ahd any fluff indicating how many Sisters of Battle and Deathwatch existed. I would assume it would only be a few hundred Deathwatch at any one time, especially as they are more of a elite strike force, even more so then regular Astartes.
As for Sister of Battle, I surmise at least several thousands to give every cardinal world protection, but probably more. It isn't hard to find recruits for the Sisters, as they normally come from the Schola progenum, and lord knows the Imperium must have millions of orphan children.
Since the Imperial Guard numbers into several billions, maybe even more, I figure Strom Troopers must rank in the millions. A significant number, but minuscule compared to the infinitely larger regular Guard. Cadia alone has around 175,000,000 citizens under arms (Eye of Terror codex). If we use the US army as an example (About 1 million troops overall, with about 12,000 elite special froces), then the % of elites is about 1%. So Cadia alone could have 1,750,000 Kasrkin.
Hey there again.
Alrighty, here is what I know:
Deathwatch; I'm pretty sure they are a full chapter's worth of troops, although they never deploy as a full chapter for obvious reasons.
Sisters of battle: Probably High millions, there are billions of them to start off with, but not everyone gets through training.
Inquisitorial Storm Troopers: Definately in the billions. There are untold trillions of regular guardsmen, a few billion IST is definately in the realm of possibility.
Hope that helped;
-The God of all Machines
Yeah. I don't know why this came o mind, but thinking of how many space marines there are (~1 million), then the inferior troops of the Imperium should number in at least the hundreds of millions, as you said.
This is all unsupported guessing but..
I'd imagine deathwatch numbers fluctuate based on need and the level of human/alien conflict. With the Tyrannic wars and Necron threat being such a huge thing, I'd hazard a guess there has been a substantial increase in deathwatch numbers in the 'recent' 40k timeline, both because of the availability of experienced veterans and the extra demand for them. Darktrooper has good logic, I'd suggest 3000 or so at present..
I'd put Sisters of Battle in the low/mid millions rather than the high millions/billions, namely because they wear power amour, which requires skilled artificers to make and is thus quite a rare thing. Also, the Ecclesiarchy itself has untold billions of fanatics to defend its planets (and its priests aren't always softy softy either.) Of course, the entire Adepta Sororitas is going to be enormous, but Sisters of Battle are only a faction within it.
Stormtroopers require some clarification.. Kasrkin aren't stormtroopers, for example, they're Imperial Guard Grenadiers. Stormtroopers are children raised and trained in Scholae Progenium facilities and are not part of the Imperial Guard at all. Kasrkin are Cadian troops who show exceptional promise in early training and are creamed off and formed into their own special forces units. Roughly the same function, but they are different.
I'd still put both groups in the billions though (though I'd guess the term grenadiers could be slapped on all kind of different heavy infantry units across the galaxy and it might be quite hard to pin down a definition.)
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; March 9th, 2008 at 22:10.