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Cult of the Rusted Claw

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Symbol of the Cult of the Rusted Claw

The Cult of the Rusted Claw is one of the six Genestealer Cults documented by the Ordo Xenos.[1]


The worldwide minecorps that toil beneath Newseam unearth hundreds of tons of precious metal from the planet’s crust each day. The sickeningly rich upworlders forbid the downtrodden miners from keeping the metal they dig out from the seams, let alone spending it, but much is smuggled away nonetheless. Known as the Cult of the Rusted Claw, this embittered brotherhood believes that the all-consuming emptiness of the void devours all, even metal. They see the tarnish of every coin and the rust that eats away at every vehicle as divine entropy brought to their world by their Patriarch, and they welcome its spread. Only when the oppression of the upworlders is gnawed away completely will they be truly free. Their symbol shows the cog of industry being consumed by the wyrm-form that represents the Patriarch’s great hunger.[1]

Because of their beliefs the Cult of the Rusted Claw is constantly on the move and maintains a harsh and neglected appearance for they see embellishing or polishing their equipment as a fruitless indulgence. Their weapons and vehicles are often in a state of disrepair and erosion. Some elements of the Cult can even create rust upon any metal they touch, which is believed to be derived from a Tyranid nano-symbiote. This invisible predator can consume even adamantium within minutes, something the Cult sees as a divine miracle.[2]

Typically, each of the Cult's gene-sects will breed a Kelermorph, which appears in the Rusted Claw far more frequently than most other Cults. The Cult also operates abnormally large numbers of Atalan Jackals.[2]

Notable Members