Electro-priests, also known as Luminen or the sparks of life are a rank of Tech Priest within the Adeptus Mechanicus. They are fanatically devoted to the Motive Force, a third of the Omnissiah's trinity, believing that all life and motion owes its continued existence to that ineffable divinity.[4b]
Electro-priests are fanatic cult warriors, responsible for supporting other Tech-priest warriors in battle. Their skins are engraved with a metallic electoo circuit which spirals around their bodies and interfaces with their minds, allowing them to build up a tremendous current of electrical energy. Electro-Priests are capable of channeling energy through anything they touch. Cybernetic grafts in their nervous system allow them to channel electrical energy through their copper-etched palms, the charge building quickly as the Electro-Priest works himself into an ecstatic frenzy. At the heights of their religious mania, the truly devout can destroy enemies of the Machine God with bolts of living lightning.[4b]
The electrical power surging through the Electro-Priests is such strong that their eyes literally burst and melt, a phenomenon the order knows as the Omnissiah's Tears.
Long ago, the Electro-Priests were divided into two factions known as Corpuscarii and Fulgurite. The forefathers of the Corpuscarii focused their worship upon the Machine God – they believed his light should be brought to the galaxy and expended great resources in subsequent Crusades. Meanwhile, those who would become the Fulgurites were aghast at the cost and were jealously protective of the Motive Force. The two factions have battled many times in what has become known as the Conduit Wars.[4a] A particularly brutal round of fighting known as the Elucidan Schism raged for centuries.[4c]
Literally filled with the Motive Force, the Corpuscarii spread the blessing of illumination in the name of the Machine God. Blazing with lightning, electrosurgically prepared for the unimaginable power coursing through what was once their veins, a Corpuscarii Electro-Priest discharges incredible, sparking bursts of thrumming energy, shaking apart enemies in an ecstatic religious fervour.
These Electro-Priests belong to the Brotherhood of Petrified Light and exist to tear the life energy from the galaxy, particularly the bio-electricity that animates the living.[4b] Surrounded by a protective veil of lightning, clutching Electroleech Staves, the Fulgurite Electro-Priests believe that there is no greater blasphemy than the waste of energy. Striding into battle at the height of religious mania, they are capable of draining the very bioelectricity from their foes, storing it in powerful capacitors as the enemy drops to the ground, cold and inert as stone. This stolen energy will later be used to power their holy march across the galaxy, everything behind them falling into permanent darkness. They are even able to drain warmachines of its power.[4b]
- 1: Codex Imperialis, pg. 41
- 2: Games Workshop
- 3: Games Workshop
- 4: Codex: Cult Mechanicus (7th Edition)
- 5: Warhammer: Visions 17, pg. 31