Grab a seat, secure a good network connection, and enjoy this image heavy post.
The beginning, the home world, a temple the size of a planet.
Billions of Pilgrims live in endless queues, waiting to worship, billions more toil endlessly to keep the grinding Administratum functioning. Nothing is left of Terra’s former natural glory, the seas boiled away many millennia ago and the soil is utterly barren. Some in the Terran Mechanicus think of wood as a Xenos life form. Every square meter of the planets surface is Incredibly layered through endless growth of it’s population and built habitat. Ancient cultures and civilizations live in its labyrinth catacombs, locked in levels miles beneath sun light and in history. The noble houses soar to the skies atop the massive hive spires. These giant towers cover all of Terra apart from the Himalayans and the chamber of Astronomican carved in to it.
Terra is the heart of the imperium, the beacon of light for all of mankind. Its epicenter the Imperial Palace is an endless, black hive of forbidden technology and subterranean passages delving deep within the bowels of the planet. Deep inside resides the god Emperor, a carcass of untold power. He sits on the Golden Throne, an ancient miracle without which the Imperium of man would collapse. But time is running out.
As the light of the Astronomican grows dimmer, Techpriests discover irreparable failures in the Golden Throne,. Desperate, the Tech-Priests and Radical Inquisitors journey into the Webway and strike a dark bargain. A secret war for the fate of all humanity rages. Forces of evil and good alike hunt for a mysterious pilgrim. The Pilgrym.
January 1st this year Migs, PDH, and Thistle announced their plan to organize an insane +I+munda game set on Terra. The plan was to push beyond the obvious, to let each person explore the deepest boundaries of their imagination and have a ton of fun.
Today we’re taking stock of what has transpired since, and where this madness is leading. This is the place where you can get an overview of the project. For more detail, explore the pilgrym category.
Bunch o pilgryms of divers sorttes …
The walking templumme and fanatical honour guard of arco evisorators …..
The Lost Mechanicum: Arch Magos Biologis Sverre Arrheniusse, Gene-Extractor Hyle and Svante Ambrosius with the ancient and sacred tree shrine Huathe on his back (which is fuelling his venomous Thorn Cannon)
Crataegus Archeotec: Five Thorn Guards
The Humans: Haggwers trusted henchmen Bio-Explorer Mourits Espeløv and Seed Vault Librarian Cornelius Linnæus XIIth
Lost Mechanicum Group Shot
Originally thousands of pilgrims disembarked upon the holy soil of Terra, devotees from the pilgrym vessel “The Emperor’s Burden.” For years and hundreds of leagues these men have travelled to pay respect to the Emperor and the Imperium. For Millennia man has seen malevolence, heard the sounds of wickedness and spoken of vile corruptions. These penitents wish to take on this burden for all mankind and prostate themselves before the Golden Throne and have these sins removed to redeem humanity.
Now upon the Daylight Wall these are the final Pilgrym’s of “The Emperor’s Burden”. Their ranks picked clean by famine, disease and most recently and harshly the Officio Sancti Exanimus. These worn men are nearly at the end of their trek to public gates of the Throne Room; still they carry their most precious relics and redemption is in sight. Though with dwindling numbers them completing this undertaking is getting more perilous.
Since its foundation (745.M41), the Church of the Red Athenæum has never mobilized as it is now, with the 41st millennium coming to a close. The entire congregation, from its most humble to its most venerable, is spilling from the Red Basilica, ready to spill the blood of the Pilgrym, freeing the Emperor’s Soul. Some of its members may have the Holy Ordo’s interests at heart, however…
Instead of background story here, I decided to pull one of Kari’s comment from previous threads, just read it and look at the pictures! -Toni
“Terra as a subject raises the bar of designing strong and believable characters for 40k universe, since its just not another distant Hive world with its punks and gangs. Its freaking TERRA, the birthplace of man, the grave of the Emperor, the beginning and the end, the throne world, something you’d think is impossible to pull out of your head and make a visual representation of it…”
Quartermaster Clavius and Wing Commander Eliakim from the black aarke crew plus the questing knight pilgrym.
Veteran pilgrym ready for the paintbrush and the staturesque Captain-Inquisitor Lazaros himself in a conceptual bluetacked state.
Primus dissector Dorlov and Exanimus chem-draugs
Men of Requis II
That’s going to take a while to process…
Besides what you see here, there’s been massively cool contributions all around. Most factions also have some aces up their sleeves which aren’t available to view yet. And of course there’s the table, Terra itself, in the works.
If you have a Pilgrym related project in the works, tell us in the comments and I’ll edit it into the post.