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In Sweden there is this holiday that is celebrated a short time before christmas. A girl is dressed up in white clothes, candles are put in a crown on her head, and she is followed by singers with candles. they usually go about in schools and sing, to give us students some cultural experience. Me, not belonging to the Swedish protestant faith, got really bored while listening to the singing of this Lucia and her white-dressed followers. I had a sketchpad neirby, and as always was drawing 40k monsters fighting spacemarines. but then i thought of making this originally Italian saint, into a 40k charachter. some of the fluff is converted from the "real" story of Saint Lucia.
On one of the Imperial wolrds orbiting the Eye of Terror a small outpost of the Sisterhood is found. It is not noted for any special military victories, since it has not been attacked by chaos for centuries. This fact sparked thoughts in the heads of certain Inquisitors. they suspected that the planet was under the control of the ruinous powers, and therefore was spared from attacks. A force of daemonhunters was therefore dispatched to investigate, and or cleanse the outpost. on arrival, the Inquisitors and their accompanying Grey Knights were greeted by the members of the Sisterhood. The sisters understood what could happen to them, give they the slightest of being impure to the Inquisitors. It did not take long before suspicion fell on one of the sisters. Her name was Lucia. She did not attend to a meeting of the Inquisitors and her sisters. While the other sisters were questioned by the Inquisitors, she was praying. After one of the Inquisitorial questionnaires had waited for seven standard minutes, he ordered the missing sister to be fetched. The outpost was searched, and the missing sister was soon found. She appeared to have locked herself in one of the chambers dedicated to prayer. The plasteel door was not an obstacle for a Grey Knight, and one very soon burst into the room of prayer in a shower of nuts, bolts and splinters from the door. Lucia was found kneeling before a coloured glass window, the mosaic on it depicting a battle between an Imperial hero, and a foul daemon of chaos. She heard the door being broken, and turned around, looking upon the spacemarine with her beautiful blue eyes. The Grey Knight, not understanding mercy, grabbed her by her golden hair and dragged her through the hallways of the outpost. Lucia was thrown on the ground before the Inquisitors. For hours she was questioned behind locked doors. The conversation between her and an Inquisitor was recorded by one of the servitors applying the tools of the "questioning":
Inquisitor: Why did not you attend to the meetings, sister?
Lucia: The night before your arrival, i recieved a vision of the Emperor. He told me to be pure and strong. He told me about your arrival. I have nothing to fear Inquisitor, for I am innocent. I was merely praying to our saviour when I was absent from the meeting.
Inquisitor: You understand that you are close to blasphemy? Why did the Emperor come to YOU in your dreams? And what did he tell you?
Lucia: He told me that I was destined for great things. And that I would not fear you.
The inquisitor is left speechless for a few seconds. He breathes intensively.
Inquisitor: Your beauty is far greater than any other sister in this outpost. Or anyone else that I have encountered. I fear that your beauty is not given to you by your parents, but by chaos.
This time Lucia lets out a loud breath of surprise.
Lucia: What in my appearance is bothering you in perticular, Inquisitor?
Inquisitor: Those big blue eyes of yours. I sence the powers of chaos burning in their gaze.
Lucia's tone of voice shifts to a more agressive one.
Lucia: If you are so concerned by my visual sensory organs, Inquisitor, you are free to take them. But do not question my faith!
A sound of taring flesh is recorded. More sounds follow, especially noted two sounds of bits of human flesh falling on the floor.
After the interrogation, the Inquisitor walks out. Lucia follows him. Her sisters note her bleeding eye sockets. She touches the walls with her hand, her vision no longer guiding her. The so brutal Grey Knight kneels before the sister, showing respect to her faith. Lucia doesn't get far. She falls down on the concrete floor unconcious. She is later on carried into a chamber for recovery, since she had lost a lot of blood. After spending a week attached to respiratory equipment, Lucia emerges from her chambers. She no longer orients herself by touch, she walks with her former stature and grace. She is almost luminous as she walks by her sisters, Inquisitors and Grey Knights. Lucia's voice is changed, she almost sings the words as she speaks. The Grey Knights and some of the Inquisitors report Lucia to have an altered presence in the warp.
On several noted occasions later on, Lucia has been seen wading through daemons and corrupted mortals to administer first aid to a fallen comrade. She is not an expert fighter, and uses simple techniques. But according to witnesses, "the Emperor guides her blade".
Lucia was slain by a Daemon Prince when her home outpost was assaulted by chaos. She was last seen impaled by the gargantuan sword the foul beast carried. Afterwards, her body was not found. But the Daemon who killed her was wounded and slayed by her vengeful Sisters. Lucia's martyrdom awarded her the status of Saint in the eyes of Imperials.
The story does not end here. Several years after Lucia's death, extraordinary activity had been noticed on the battlefields around the Eye of Terror, on occasions when the Imperial forces were suffering heavy losses. A guardsman stated in his report, that when he was lying wounded in shelter of a ruined building, he saw a silhouette of light crossing the field of battle, walking up to him. It was later discovered that only he saw the apparition. The silhouette turned up to be a woman of extraordinary beauty, with light blue eyes, and a halo of golden light surrounding her. The guardsman watched in fear as she kneeled next to him, and layed her hands upon the wounds on his chest. The man's pain was relieved, the onl trace of it left were bullet holes in his flak jacket. The woman faded away shortly after, as if she was a ghost. The guardsman felt himself being blessed by the Emperor, and continued on fighting. Through his heroism and courage the victory was acchieved, and the forces of chaos were terminated.
The holy spirit of Saint Lucia is noted to have turned the tide of many battles. She is deeply revered on ther homeworld, and the outpost she was stationed to. A statue was erected there, depicting her walking out from the interrogation room. The statue has been noticed to bleed from it's eye sockets the day before the outpost is assaulted. This manner is no longer under the investigation of the Inquisition, for Saint Lucia has once and for all proved her faith, purity and innocence.
thats all for the first time. please give me feedback
Last edited by zenarion; January 3rd, 2006 at 12:35.
I'll go out on a wild goose chase here if you don't mind.
Two things: am I alone in thinking that, the procession may be a bit older than christianity and used to involve human sacrifice?
And also wouldn't at least some of the inquisitors have been psykers themselves? I believe psychic inquisitors are rather common.
Oh and surely even Grey knights must understand the concept of mercy.
Revenge is a dish best served with mayonnaise and those little cheesy things on sticks.
+++ Osric the Loopy, planetary governor of Corania (appointed 756.M41, removed from office by the Officio Assassinorum 764.M41) +++
sorry, i really cannot see people living by the motto "Innocence proves nothing" be merciful
i am not too familiar with Inquisitor background, so i did not make any of them psykers. but i am dead sure that ALL Grey Knights are psykers of various degrees.
Edit: now the Inquisitors sense her too.
Last edited by zenarion; January 2nd, 2006 at 12:15.
I'll go out on a wild goose chase here if you don't mind.
That was good man, very nice concept. I think theres a couple of things off, Grey Knights in my humble opinion would not be that 'cruel' to the sister, after all she isn't exhibiting any heretical behaviors. And yes, all Grey knights are psychic to some degree.
Inquisitors are too, most of them anyways, and very strong ones at that, how do you think they do what they do.
The part where you said standing on her knees, change it too kneeling, it sounds a little dodge.
But non the less, very good man.