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Warhammer 40k Loremasters: Ephrael Stern & Pariah

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Apr 6 2020
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The Imperium faces either its greatest savior or threat since the Primarchs. Learn of Ephrael Sterl and her Xenos companion, then decide for yourself.

Ephrael Stern

Sister Ephrael Stern, also known as the Thrice-Born, was promised before birth to the Sisters of Battle, and raised at the Saint Sabbat Schola Progenium on the planet Antigone’s Harbour. She was submitted for consideration by the Arch Drill-abbot of the school and was accepted by Sister Patricia from the Order of the Holy Seal.

Sister Stern excelled as a novice, and took her Oaths of Adherence together with five hundred other novices at the Ecclesiarchal Palace on Terra. She was chosen to join the Order of Our Martyred Lady. After this she was stationed on Ophelia VII where an exemplary service record led to her being elevated to the rank of Seraphim in record time. Three years later she was ordained as a Sister Superior.

After this she was sent to the world of Parnis for an investigation into the lost convent of the Orders Pronatus. There, the lost convent had been shaped into the Screaming Cage by the once-imprisoned demon they studied, their bodies and minds linked so that their suffering would be shared, but inadvertently their faith was shared as well. When Ephrael Stern fell in battle while free of the taint of chaos, the 700 souls saw their chance and used their combined might to heal her, strengthen her and make her faster, and pour their knowledge into her. Only Sister Stern returned, the sole survivor of the forces sent there, with her sanity stretched to the limit.

For four years she was held in a cell in the Convent Prioris on Ophelia VII so that her nature could be determined, until she was attacked by a Sister controlled by a chaos demon to silence her before that could happen. Ephrael killed the Sister with her bare hands, setting events in motion once more.

The Inquisition sent in Inquisitor Silas Hand to investigate what happened on Parnis, taking Stern with him. During this investigation the Sisters in the Screaming Cage finished their work and poured the last of their secrets on how to fight chaos as well as their power into her. Inquisitor Hand sacrificed himself to defeat the demon Asteroth, and once again Sister Stern was the sole survivor of the expedition. Stern was hunted by the Ordo Malleus as well as chaos powers, such as the sorcerer Ahriman, who she died a second time to escape from, stabbing herself in the heart to escape his grasp. Buried, she was revived by the gift given to her by her fallen sisters, a light of the warp but not of the warp. Ephrael finally embraced her power and defeated a Culexus Assassin, overwhelming its abilities with her own. Ephrael Stern was last seen traveling with an Eldar known as the Pariah to the Black Library, using her abilities to access the webway. Though the Ordo believes she presents an extreme danger to the Imperium, and has issued orders for her destruction, some members of the Ordo think she might be Mankind’s greatest hope since the Primarchs.


Kyganil of the Bloody Tears was a mysterious Eldar. He was a harlequin, but apparently abandoned his troupe at some point for reasons unknown. He says that he is a “pariah”. He is known as the Shadow Knight.

He seems to have some connection to Ephrael Stern, but what exact role that is is not clear. Kyganil uses an Eldar variation of a laspistol, and wields two power swords. He rescued the Seraphim from Dark Eldar Mandrakes of the Kabal of the Poison Heart, demonstrating blinding speed and proficiency with his weapons. Kyganil would then spirit Stern away into the Webway through the use of a portal, but later they were both captured by the forces of Chaos lead by Ahriman.


~ Guard this knowledge well Loremasters for the Galaxy’s fate may depend on it.

via Lexicanum


Author: Larry Vela
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