Dark Heresy Campaign
Author: Inquistor Tybum Graves
Subject: Required Training
The Grey Knights are the legendary Chapter 666 – and although nominally a Chapter of the Astartes, they are in fact part of the Inquisition’s Ordo Malleus, serving as the ordo’s elite military forces. They were founded during the Second Founding, and are rumoured to have the most pure of all gene-stock. Each member of the chapter undergoes a gruelling and torturous selection process, and even once inducted, their harsh training regime is without equal. In battle, they move as an army of silver ghosts, surrounded by awe, and equipped to the teeth to deal with the worst foes that Chaos can raise to meet them.
The Grey Knights hold a unique honour among the chapters of the Adeptus Astartes – in over ten thousand years of service, not a single one of their number has ever defected to Chaos.
Their armour is left unpainted, leaving the silver-grey of the ceramite exposed. This tradition is thought to have originated from their desire to lead lives of absolute purity. In contrast to this their armour is highly decorated, encrusted with protective symbols and engraved litanies.
Considering the role of the Grey Knights, potential recruits are put through even more stringent trials than other Space Marine Neophytes. The most advanced bio-engineering and psycho-surgery available is utilized to condition the Neophytes. The recruit also has the majority of their memories and personality erased, to better ensure their absolute and unwavering loyalty to the Emperor. One of the main criteria for selection is that the recruit must show great psychic potential, as the entire Chapter is made up of psykers. Once accepted into the chapter and undergoing the standard process to transform into a member of the Adeptus Astartes, the new Grey Knight is also implanted with silver purity wards under his skin which cover his entire body.