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The Sisters of Battle are the armed wing and Orders Militant of the Adepta Sororitas. The Sisters of Battle serve as the standing army of the Ecclesiarchy.


A Battle Sister of the Adepta Sororitas[6]

The Sisters of Battle, like the rest of the Adepta Sororitas, trace their history back to the troubled times of the Age of Apostasy. On a backwater world named San Leor an all-female cult dedicated to the worship of the Emperor, known as the "Daughters of the Emperor", were discovered by members of the Ecclesiarchy. Goge Vandire, the High Lord of the Administratum (and also Ecclesiarch of the Adeptus Ministorum), decided to visit San Leor and recruit the Daughters into his own private army. The Daughters were then renamed the "Brides of the Emperor" and became Lord Vandire's most loyal followers.[Needs Citation]

As the events of the Age of Apostasy progressed the Adeptus Custodes, the praetorians of the Emperor himself, tried to approach the Brides and convince them of Vandire's treachery. In a last ditch effort to convince them, the Custodes took Alicia Dominica, leader of the Brides, and her chosen bodyguards deep into the Imperial Palace where they stood before the Emperor himself. What happened there remains unknown - Dominica and her companions were sworn to secrecy - but it became clear that the Brides, who then reverted to their original title of Daughters of the Emperor, had been awakened to the evil that Vandire represented. Marching into his audience chamber, Dominica paused only to condemn Vandire for his crimes before she beheaded the power-crazed dictator.[Needs Citation]

Following these events the Adeptus Ministorum as a whole was re-organised, including the forces of the Adepta Sororitas. Along with the establishment of the non-militant Orders, the Orders Militant were divided between the two Convents on Terra and Ophelia VII with Alicia Dominica as the the Head of the entire organisation.[Needs Citation]

In 378.M36, Ecclesiarch Alexis XXII divided the Orders Militant of the Convent Sanctorum and Convent Prioris into four Orders:[1]

In 878.M38, Ecclesiarch Deacis VI founded two more Orders Militant in honour of the remaining two saints who accompanied Alicia Dominica to the Golden Throne:[1]


A Sisters of Battle Convent

The Battle Sisters of the Adepta Sororitas are the mainstay of the Adeptus Ministorum's armies. Equipped and trained to the highest Imperial standards, the Sisters of Battle specialize in waging Wars of Faith and purging heresy wherever it may be found.[7] Because of this, its duties often overlap with the Ordo Hereticus of the Inquisition and as a result the Sisters of Battle maintain a close alliance with the Witch Hunters.[8] The Sisters of Battle themselves are divided into six Orders, each numbering tens of thousands of Battle Sisters, and many Orders Minoris, each containing thousands of Sisters themselves. These forces are rarely deployed in full-strength, rather being assigned to waging Wars of Faith, aiding the Inquisition, or protecting Ecclesiarchy buildings, property, and relics.[12]


See main article Organisation of the Adepta Sororitas

The Orders Militant are organized similarly to the other major Orders of the Adepta Sororitas. The primarily organizational units are:[7b]

  • Order - Led by the head Canoness, called the Canoness Superior, who runs the entire Order.[7b]
  • Preceptory - A subsidiary convent or a large tactical detachment with up to 1,000 Sisters led by a Canoness Preceptor.[7b]
  • Commandery - Normally smaller convents or detachments of militant Sisters with up to 200 Sisters, led by a Canoness Commander.[7b]
  • Mission - The smallest organisation of Sisters, consisting of a few units and can be led by a Canoness or the lesser Palatine.[6b]


Major Orders Militant
Convent Sanctorum (Ophelia VII) Convent Prioris (Terra)
Order of the Bloody Rose Order of the Sacred Rose
Order of Our Martyred Lady Order of the Ebon Chalice
Order of the Valorous Heart Order of the Argent Shroud
Organization of the Sisters of Battle[25a]
Lesser Orders Militant

Since their founding the Major Orders Militant have established a number of subsidiary convents at sites significant to the Ecclesiarchy. Sometimes little more than small Garrisons, these bases have developed identities distinct from their parent Orders over time, eventually becoming separate Orders all together. These smaller Orders are referred to as the Lesser Orders Militant. In theory the leaders of the Lesser Orders are answerable to the leaders of the Major Order that spawned them.[2a]

Named Lesser Orders Militant

Inner Circle

The Inner Circle of the Daughters of the Emperor is a secretive group drawn from the senior members of each Order Militant, tasked, inter alia, with blessing Sororitas forces in the employ of the Ordo Hereticus in the eve of battle. Such blessings magnify the abilities of Sisters to perform Acts of Faith.[17]



A group of Orders Militant Seraphim[9b]

A typical Order of the Sisters of Battle will consist of:[25c]


The Order of the Bloody Rose battle Xenos at the Basilica of Saint Char[25]

Every piece of wargear supplied to the Adepta Sororitas is first taken to either the Convent Prioris on Terra or the Convent Sanctorum on Ophelia VII. There they are blessed by choirs of novitiates in rites that can last for days or even weeks. Weapons are daubed in sacred oils and polished by cloths that have been touched by saints. Every bolt and chainsword tooth is inscribed with verses from the Fede Imperialis - the Battle Hymn of the Adepta Sororitas. Specialty wargear destined to be wielded by a Canoness are sometimes sprinkled with a blood of martyrs, before being placed amongst the crypts of fallen saints to lie in repose until it is taken up by its bearer. A Sister will usually make a pilgrimage to the Convent of her Order to have her wargear bestowed upon her.[25a]

Wherever possible the Sisters of Battle use the holy trinity of weapons, that of the bolter, flamer, and melta[5c]. There are few exceptions to this rule, the most notable being melee weapons, plasma pistols sometimes used by Sister Superiors[6], and the missiles of the Exorcist[5c]. The rank and file are primarily equipped with a Godwyn-De'az pattern boltgun[7] and bolt pistol[5a]. All Sisters, with the exception of the Sisters Repentia, are equipped with a suit of Adepta Sororitas Power Armour[5a]. The Sisters of Battle possess limited armoured support: the Rhino and Immolator as personnel carriers[5d], and the Exorcist to provide fire support[5b].


The Sisters of Battle utilize their own warships of at least Cruiser class, apparently the same types operated by the Imperial Navy.[23] Known types of vessels employed are the Retribution Class Battleship,[41] Dauntless Class Cruiser[23] and the Piety Class Cruiser.[40a] The Battleship Martyr's Halo is used as the flagship for the Abbess of the Adepta Sororitas.[40b]

Deployments of the Sisters of Battle[25b]

Notable Members

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