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So I am GMing a Dark Heresy game at the moment and the PC's have ventured pretty deep into a Hive City (Kri-Kren) and are planning to go even deeper.
Now I was wondering after a certain point would Imperial preachers other than Redemptionists bother to go this deep into the underhive?
Supposing they did there is a fair chance any parishes they set up could get cut off from the rest of the Imperium. They might never know there is an Imperium out there.
Basically any thoughts on common underhive heresies or even lack of belief in the Emperor at all.
The underhives generally is a massive toxic wasteland where few actually settle. Since the lower hive in general exists without any interference at all from the hive rulers or the upper hive, societies in the underhive can exist and not be aware that there is a world outside of the hive. Ratskins are a good example.
I'm pretty confident most would know of the Imperium or at least the rest of the Hive, since it is pretty hard to not be aware of it, but it depends a lot on how isolated that society is. It is certainly plausible that there are communities that have not had any contact with the rest of the Hive at all.
Since the underhive is extremely dangerous, only the most unhinged preachers would try to seek out unknown societies and preach the word of the Emperor to them (and there probably a few of these preachers...). In the underhive all kind of dark work is plausible. Cast out Tech priests looking for ancient technologies, cults of Chaos, shambling bands of mutants etc.
Hope it helps.
oops, sorry probably didn't make that too clear.
I know about the nature of the underhive (and lower hive) and there are plenty of nasty plots going on, Xenos releasing a nasty combat drug into the water supply is the one my PC's are investigating.
I was more talking about any interesting specific beliefs that the inhabitants of the underhive might have to add some flavour to the place.
Well, anything you can think up really. Much like in the rest of the galaxy, in a place as random and diverse as a Hive, and especialy the Underhive, then clopse to anything is plausible. It all comes down to what you can think up and how you explain and present it.
The Redemption, as I gather, pretty much feeds on desperation, so any harsh environment has a good chance of having some. Other than that, just go wild.. Crazy mutants who worship a psychic baby. Ratskin-esque archeotech worship. Outright secularism. Anything goes, Underhive societies are lawless, and people are pretty much free to make their own path until someone disagrees with it and shoots them.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; April 13th, 2008 at 16:57.