Rogue Trader - Shattering Stars
Disciples of Thule
The Disciples of Thule are an influential radical faction of the Adeptus Mechanicus within the Calixis Sector of the Segmentum Obscurus. They follow the path set by their spiritual leader, the Archmagos Paracelsus Thule. Many standard centuries old, Thule’s Explorator fleet disappeared out beyond the edge of Mankind’s domain for decades at a time. It is said to be vast, and many Explorator Tech-adepts and Magi have served under his tutelage over the years, passing on his teachings to their juniors in turn. Thule’s instruction centres on identifying pre-Imperial human technologies and sets the goal of finding the relics of Mankind’s glorious past above all other concerns and risks. This lack of caution makes Thule and those following him something of a radical faction within the Cult Mechanicus, but a powerful and influential one in the Calixis Sector. Thule’s disciples centre their pursuit of the Quest for Knowledge entirely on analysis and study, valuing the acquisition of pure knowledge above all other concerns like engineering or other applied sciences. They disdain physical confrontation and are often so wrapped up in cogitation they fail to notice what is in front of them. Some Inquisitors appreciate this curiosity in their Tech-priests, finding it preferable to the narrow thinking and conservatism many others of their kind demonstrate, even though curiosity almost always carries its own dangers.