The Iron Star Alliance is a vast interplanetary coalition of nations and chartered corporations that have been bound together in the name of progress and mutual defense. Their core objective is to provide security for its allied nations by way of aggressive expansion throughout the galaxy. To accomplish this, the Alliance has established an unparalleled military presence across the Thousand Worlds, with legions of elite Paladin shock troopers that can be deployed anywhere within their dominion quickly and with formidable effect. Through significant tribute extracted from its member-nations, the Iron Star Alliance is able to afford the most advanced technology and weapons for its military, and its Warcasters enjoy abundant benefits as the galaxy’s most celebrated martial heroes.
Accompanying the Alliance’s forces on the battlefield, the Paladin Weaver acts as a living focus for the Warcaster’s offensive arcane might. The destructive Fury Cyphers channeled through the Weaver unleash all manner of psychokinetic ruin upon those who would face the Paladins in battle. While charged with Arc, the range of these terrifying battle Cyphers only increases. Further aiding the Warcaster on the battlefield, the Paladin Weaver can spike, or spend Arc, to activate the mechanikal power of its realignment codex, enabling the Weaver to rearrange Arc allocations amongst Alliance forces on the battlefield. Encased in formidable Paladin composite armor, the Weaver is even prepared to enter combat personally, bringing to bear the might of the null hammer, a battle staff capable of knocking Arc off any opponent it strikes.
Training and equipping Paladin forces is an expensive proposition, and the Iron Star Alliance believes in few ideals more than protecting its investments. The Paladin Aegis troopers are equipped with force generators to protect the squads they are attached to in battle. Though defensive in nature, when the outputs are switched, these mechanikal devices can be unleashed as powerful force weapons.
The Paladin Aegis can be attached to any Paladin squad at the time the squad is deployed.
While the Paladin Aegis is charged, the models in the squad gain cover. Models hit by a Force Generator ranged attack suffer the lock down continuous effect. The model can also spike to use the weapon to slam enemies. The Paladin Aegis wears Paladin Compound Armor, which gives it bonus ARM (Armor) against explosion damage.
Trained and equipped to fight in coordination with the Iron Star Alliance’s Warcasters, the Paladins are the federation’s military elite. Each soldier is fully encased in mechanically enhanced compound armor complete with an Arc receiver attuned to their supporting Warcaster. The Enforcers are the Paladins’ standard infantry branch, and each trooper is equipped with an assault rifle with a bayonet. While charged with Arc, the reflex accelerators integrated into their armor enable the Enforcers to attack with both weapons simultaneously in a blur of violence and firepower.
Manufactured throughout Alliance space, the Firebrand is the primary support warjack of the Paladin forces. While produced in great numbers according to a common design, the Firebrand system remains a potent and unpredictable weapon of war. Protected by an Arc-fueled refractor field, the swift-moving Firebrand can be a hard target to hit in the midst of battle. When it closes, force projectors increase the deadly range of their melee weapons, making them dangerous and effective foes. While slightly lighter than the Marcher Worlds’ rugged Dusk Wolf warjacks, when armed with a Force Hammer and Sun Piercer, this warjack is more than a match for any opposition. Its expanded armament includes a grenade launcher, a rapid-firing Maelstrom, and a steel-consuming Immolator.
The inscrutable Aeternus Continuum is a vast cult outlawed by both the Alliance and the Marcher Worlds. Primarily known and feared for their piracy, armed incursions, and violent abductions, few outsiders recognize the true scale or purposes of this shadowy organization. To those who face the Continuum in battle, they are savage and unpredictable combatants. They take from anyone weaker than them in order to fuel their war machine. And because of that, they are able to bring a significant military force to bear that belies their apparent numbers. And with Warcasters infamous for ruthless tactics and a wanton disregard for the lives of their own troops, tales of encounters with an Aeternus Continuum war-host have become the stuff of nightmares.
Full initiates of the Aeternus Continuum, the Immortal Weavers act as an extension of their Warcaster’s catastrophic power. The Weaver moves across the battlefield like a tempest of arcane destruction, channeling Furies and unleashing waves of raw kinetic force via its psychokinetic hood, a weapon capable of amplifying the Weaver’s natural capabilities. Hard to pin down, its Arcantrik amplifier adds to the range of Furies channeled through the Weaver while it is charged. The Weaver can also expend Arc to activate its slip displacer, enabling it to move out of harm’s way once it has struck.
The Immortal Weaver can channel destructive Fury Cyphers. Its Psychokinetic Hood ranged weapon is a spray attack. While charged with Arc, Furies channeled through it gain +5˝ range. This Weaver can spike to activate its Slip Displacer, enabling it to immediately move up to 3˝.
Endowed with extreme mechanikal reconfigurations, the Marauders are living weapons in the service of the Aeternus Continuum. Little remains of the Marauders’ living flesh and bone, having traded the frailty of the human form for a body of steel, servos, and blazing firepower. A rank above the Vassals, the Marauders are utilized as temple guardians and provide fire support to Continuum forces in battle. Nearly unstoppable, these heavily armored brutes never tire while charged with Arc.
With ARM 4 and Health 3, Marauders are among the hardiest solos in the game. The Marauder can attack with both its melee and ranged weapons during the same activation. The Marauder’s Shredder minigun has the Strafe special rule, enabling it to hit multiple targets with each attack. When the Marauder hits a warjack with its Claw, it can spike to cause the warjack to suffer the system failure continuous effect. If the Marauder is charged at the start of your turn, you can remove an activation token from it, ensuring that you are never short on solos to activate.
A rank above the Vassals, the multi-limbed Grafters are the meat mechaniks of the Aeternus Continuum. Not truly members of the sect’s clergy, the Grafters maintain the Continuum’s warjacks and fighting forces in the field. Their duties include repairs, patching wounds, and administering combat alchemicals to boost the effectiveness of the forces they serve alongside. In a pinch, their anatomical knowledge and sharp blades can be paired to destructive ends.
The Grafter can Repair warjacks. While charged, the Grafter’s Adrenalizer grants nearby warrior models +1 ARM and immunity to continuous effects. The Grafter can spike to use its Resurrection Protocol special rule, enabling it to return up to two destroyed trooper models to their squad.
The Vassals exist at the bottom of the Aeternus Continuum’s vast and labyrinthine hierarchy. Drawn to the sect by the promise of eternal life, the Vassals serve in the Continuum’s overcrowded factories and temples. Many hide in plain sight throughout the multitudes of cities spanning the Thousand Worlds. The Reavers are drawn from the ranks of the Continuum’s working-class zealots. Each is armed with a wicked fusion saw and nailer submachine gun.
Three-model squad. The Vassal Reavers’ Fusion Saws are among the most potent melee weapons currently in the game. Their Mimetic Cloaks give them Stealth while charged. The Vassals’ Phase Sequencer mechanika enables them to spike to move through walls, buildings, and other models.