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I was reading about the sisters and the witch hunters in general, and I couldn't really find any other forms of military organization except the orders of the sisters. Are these the only ones, or do the witch hunters have companies, regiments, legions and so forth. I'd also like to know first of all if there are WH units that are just attachments (like brigades) to larger units, and if they exist I'd like to know what they are called.
I was wondering because soon I'll start writing fluff for my upcoming WH army and things like these are good to know before I start.
As far as I know, the =][= can't have men at arms serving as a standing army, but because the SoB are in fact all female, they get around this rule. Not 100% on the ranking and what not, but I'd imagine it wouldn't be hard to figure out using the codex.
As mentioned above, the ecclesiarchy is not allowed to have men at arms, so the sisters of battle became their main millitant arm. I'm unsure how inquisitors are connected to the ecclesiarchy, but I'm pretty sure they are not under the same umbrella. Inquisitors do not have a military force per se, only personal retinues to hunt individual or small groups of heretics. If their retinue is not sufficient, they are able to induct any force needed in order to deal with a threat coming from within the imperium. That's probably why WH armies are able to induct either guard or SM. If you're looking to build a WH army around a regiment, you'll probably have to do it with guard, SM or sisters, and lead said regiment with an inquisitor or cannoness. If you want to stick with a pure WH force and don't like sisters, you could write your fluff about a small inquisitorial force centered around the inquisitor lord's distaff and a couple small squads of inquisitorial storm troopers. If you're looking for some fluff ideas, there's a lot of good inquisitor fluff in the rulebook for the inquisitor specialist game from GW. The rulebook is available free from the GW website here.
I was going to try and do this off the top of my head, but I can't remember. So instead, I've resorted to the Sisters Of Battle Lexicanum entry, which explains this (and other stuff) quite nicely;
And I don't think I can add anything to that to better explain it, so I'll just leave it at that.
- Order: Led by the head Canoness called the Canoness Superior who runs the Entire Order.
- Preceptory: An organization of individual convents with up to 1,000 Sisters, equivalent to an Adeptus Astartes Chapter, lead by a Canoness Preceptor.
- Commandery: Normally smaller convents or detachments of militant Sisters with up to 200 Sisters, led by a Canoness Commander.
- Mission: The smallest organization of Sisters, consisting of a few units and can be lead by a Canoness or the lesser Palatine.
Hope it helps, and good luck with the fluff!
Ok so we've covered the ecclesiarchy, but what about the sisters of ordo hereticus?
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^ Oh ok, I was confused by the way the orders were divided in Lexicanum.
Got to read the codex for more info so I don't have to bug you with stuff like this