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Just a quick question for all you masters of fluff out there.
I was reading my friends assasin codex and i came to the part where it says how the Officio Assasanorium got started and 6 names were there. Culexus, Callidus, Vindicare, Evesor, Vanus, and Venenum.
I know what each of the assasins specilize in, except for Vanus and Venenum. What do their temples specilize in doing and why hasn't GW created any minatures for them?
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Well, Veneneum uses poison in a very discreet way, from what I can tell (from a piece detailing an assassin poisoning about 300 or so chairs to fulfil a botched mission), which isn't really suited to the battlefield. Vanus is Latin for "empty", and no information on them is given, so I've a feeling it's a not-so-discreet attempt by GW to pad out the number of Assassin temples, with no intention of releasing models.
Oh, come on Xerxes. You know you're supposed to use the proper term for it - "leaving it up to our imaginations". :tongue:
All jokes aside, the names of the Assassin temples imply a lot about what their methods might be. The Venenum Temple's poisonous attacks could be utilised in any number of ways on the battlefields of Warhammer 40K - they can be used to coat the assassin's weapons as well as taking the form of a myriad of traps and snares that could leave the target to die slowly or in a horribly graphic way as an example to any potential heretics. As for the Vanus Temple, nothing prevents you from speculating on how they kill their targets - I have always imagined it has something to do with being able to appear seemingly out of nowhere or removing the target such that it never existed in the first place. In reality, however, Xerxes is most likely correct and the Vanus Temple is a joke weaved in by the developers.
Personally.. I always thought the Venenum temple was a slightly silly idea.. They use polymorphine.. so do the Callidus, they use poison, so do the Callidus. It just seems rather silly to have a separate temple dedicated to something the Callidus can already do.
It seems that the Venenum is a more discreet version of the Eversor assassin to me. They're both mass murderers, it's just this is the Sorceror to the Berserker.
Often the Imperium wants everyone to know that their victim has been asassinated (hence the evesor and the vindicare and to an extent the Calldius). However it is possible that sometimes they want the death to appear accidental. In my view this is where the Vanus assassin comes in. No evidence to back it up really, but hell its as good as any other explanation.
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If you take that and apply it to the meaning of Vanus (empty), it could imply a temple dedicated to either the "accidental" death of someone (and thus untraceable), or a complete eradication of a particular person, including their friends' knowledge of them and other such intangible traces of them. It would make Vanus possibly the most lethal and/or wide-reaching temple of the lot, as it deals in mindscrubbing and similar on large scales, but maybe I'm barking up completely the wrong tree.
That could also branch into sabotage and espionage, which would make the Vanus assassins proficient at information-gathering and perfect for jobs where a power reactor needs to just break of its own accord, or a bridge needs to have worn down so much as to be unable to support that Planetary Governor's convoy anymore.
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