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The Holy Orbs of Antioch (also known as Antioch orbs[3]) are sacred grenades.

The orbs were first created by Techmarine Antioch of the Black Templars. Each Holy Orb is individually crafted using a combination of high explosives, incendiary chemical agents and sacred unguents which are especially effective against the impure and wicked.[3]

Notably carried into battle by the Black Templars[1], they are also used by other Space Marines and forces of the Inquisition. They are all rigged with a five-second fuse and are individually crafted for excellent quality and reliability.[2]


The Holy Orb of Antioch is possibly a reference to the Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch that appears in the comedy film Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Grenade is deliberately patterned after the Sovereign's Orb, one of the British Crown Jewels. Also, the Grenade's user is instructed to count to three and then throw it, but King Arthur mistakenly says "five" when he means "three", as he does throughout the film.

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