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A Sister Repentia

Sisters Repentia are fanatical self-mutilating warriors of the Sisters of Battle. Having failed or fallen short of the Sororitas' strict religious codes in the past, Repentia Sisters seek to earn the Emperor's grace once more by self-flagellation and find a glorious death in the heat of battle. Though ultimately outcasts, they are none the less revered by their fellow Sisters, who see them as pilgrims seeking the absolution of death and ultimate sacrifice in the name of the Emperor.[1]

They frequently wield the ceremonial Eviscerator Chainsword as well as the Neural Whip and are led into battle by brutal overseers known as Repentia Mistresses.[1]

Oath of the Penitent

An Adeptus Sororitas may choose to join the Repentia as an act of penance. The ritual of casting aside her status as Battle Sister is undertaken with her squad members in attendance and in the presence of a superior officer. The ritual is as follows[2]:

I am far from absolution. Lost to any exculpation. I offer myself to repentance. Before the Emperor I have sinned. Beyond forgiveness. Beyond forbearance. Beyond mercy.

The Squad members take the Penitent's wargear and cast it aside. They use the remnants of robes to roughly clothe the Penitent.

We turn our backs upon you. We cast off your armour and your arms.
I leave this company of my own free will and by my will shall I return. I shall seek the Emperor's forgiveness in the darkest places of the night.

The Penitent's hair is roughly shorn with a knife.

When forgiveness is yours, we shall welcome you back. Until such time you are nameless to us.
See me and do not see me. Know me and know fear, for I have no face today but this one. I stand before you a Sister Repentia, until absolution finds me once more.
So shall it be.