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I've posted this here as the Roleplaying thread gets no love.
I've just picked up the Deathwatch RPG and have read the background of the Jericho Reach and find myself staring at the book in confusion.
This is how it breaks down:
1) During the Age of Apostasy (6,000 years ago) the Jericho sector became lost
2) During the interveneing 6,000 years Xenos have invaded and settled in the sector and a huge number of the worlds have fallen to Chaos.
3) Prior to the Age of Apostasy the Deathwatch stood vigil over the sector to protect it
4) During the time between the Age of Apostasy and the current timeline the Deathwatch have ALWAYS been there.
What the heck? They have ALWAYS been there. So what were they doing? How did they get there? If it was lost how did they get new recruits?
Why did they let the whole sector fall to ruin? Why didn't they go get help.
This doesn't make any sense!
LOL? I just skipped the Jericho Reach section as I was making my own up off the basis of our 40k games, but I'll have to give that a read tonight... sounds bizarre.
Even Blood Angels wouldn't live long enough to man the sector for 6000 years...
If you actually read the section, it makes sense:
1) Age of Apostasy begins, Imperium as a whole in turmoil, Jericho Sector cut off due to failed astropathic communication, warpstorms hampering travel and massive Ork Waaagh!
2) Age of Shadow begins shortly thereafter, lasting five millennia. Jericho Sector falls into this anarchy within a single generation.
3) In M37, Sector declared lost, redesignated Jericho Reach until a Crusade could be launched to bring it back into the fold of the Imperium.
4) In M41, Warp Gate discovered in Calixis Sector that allows for safe travel into the Reach itself.
Throughout all this time, the Deathwatch and Inquisition have kept vigil, and have asked for help. However its impossible to mobilise a fleet or Crusade large enough to enter and subdue the Jericho Reach without massive losses, rendering the whole enterprise moot:
"The warpstorms and temporal distortion that so isolated the Jericho Reach at the beginning of the Age of Shadow have never truly abated. Although they have waxed and waned many times, the Imperium’s claimed borders have shrunken away from it further yet. As a result, voyaging into the region remained a dangerous and arduous affair. Indeed, it is a task that few outside of the Deathwatch and Inquisition have braved in the past four millennia." - Deathwatch RPG, pg 326.
It's quite clear that due to the contents of the Reach (Watch Station Erioch being a prime example), that the Inquisition weren't just going to up and abandon base. Whilst it is impossible for a large scale assault to enter successfully, it seems quite clear from the above passage that a few ships are able to successfully enter a leave. Erasmus Haarlock is a notable visitor to the Jericho Reach. So the Deathwatch and the Inquisition as a whole were always getting new recruits, it was just a dangerous journey and not worth throwing too many resources at.
Uhm... I have the main core rulebook. It's in the Jericho Reach section which starts page 322.