Here is Adam Vier, with the finished chronicler. This model has generated a ton of discussion between the Pilgrym crew – everyone loves the conversion so dearly and has an idea of how it should be painted. Adam has decided to call it finished for now, but is considering coming back later to tweak the robes. I would go as far as to say this is so far my very favorite Pilgrym model, but also that I think the red robes need some line work to add definition and more weathering. Over to the maestro:
When a member of the Church dies, it is their custom to remove the head of the individual, stripping it of its flesh and muscle, and removing the brain. The last necrotizing tissue is cleaned with the help of Dermestid beetles, readying the skull for “chronicling.” The deceased’s life and contributions to the Church are written directly onto the bleached bone with ink tinged with their blood. This tradition dates back to the foundation of the Church, with every past member’s skull lining the walls of a cyclopean sepulchre within the Red Basilica.
Since its induction, the Church of the Red Athenæum has had a Chronicler with the chief task of recording the Church’s history. This is primarily done with the aforementioned skull-inking. The Chronicler also assists members of the congregation in preserving the bones of their limbs and other body parts that were offered to the Emperor in veneration of His suffering. Additionally, they work hand in hand with the Chief Bibliognost, transcribing the Church’s sermons and other doctrines.
Samael Urkston, Lord of Bones, is the Church’s current Chronicler. He has practiced his craft with the Church longer than most members have even been with the congregation, having joined the Church shortly after venerable Ormond was elected Cardinal (811.M41). Such is his skill and clout, that he is virtually beyond reproach, a paragon of the Faith. As such, he serves as one of the Cardinal Levedescu’s (and the late Ormond’s) most trusted advisors on both spiritual and more mundane matters.