Requiem for a Sector
Pilgrims of Hayte
An apocalyptic murder-cult, the Pilgrims of Hayte are known for their viciousness and atrocities. Mere rumors of their presence in a particular area are enough to create near-panic among the populous. Their goal is a simple one, to destroy the Imperium and slay those serving the Emperor. The cults teachings and recruitment focus on the downtrodden, outcast, and criminal elements of Imperial society. Their core belief is that of nihilism of the spirit and utter despair, viewing humanity as a squalling blind creature at the mercy of the cosmos. To them, civilization, faith, reason, and love are all lies and dreams concocted by the Imperium to maintain their control. Thus the Pilgrims seek to sow destruction and terror in order to tear down this false reality.
The Pilgrims of Hayte are defined by the Ordo Hereticus as a “cancer cult”, as like a cancer they quietly and slowly infiltrate the unseen areas of Imperial society by establishing hidden cells that grow from within, until finally they become too widespread and powerful to oppose. Once firmly planted on a world, they will orchestrate a campaign of wanton madness and destruction. They often employ suicidal attacks by insane zealots coinciding with terrorist acts. Finally, they will unleash Daemons on a world as their final act of carnage. Once a world has been brought to ruin, the Cultists will slip away and begin the process anew on another planet.1
A council of masters, known as the False Prophets, leads the Cult. These Sorcerers are capable of wielding the powers of the Warp and summon Daemons. They seek to corrupt the population of a world with their teachings and widen their Cults activities, with a False Prophet at first often masquerading as a charismatic and traveling Preacher. The False Prophets themselves aid and guide promising new recruits, mostly those who have survived long enough in the Cults many dangerous raids and operations.
- The Bloody Solstice on Malfi – The first recorded major incident of the cult. After assassinating nobles and members of the Ecclesiarchy on Malfi, three Inquisitors and their retinues of the Ordo Hereticus are sent to investigate the threat, accompanied by 400 Arbites and PDF troops. This force eventually discovered and moved on the Cults stronghold, only to be massacred by insane cultists and Daemons in an ambush. The Cult then unleashes the ‘Bloody Solstice’ on the world, sowing terror and mayhem under the command of False Prophet Karcist. When the Imperium finally mobilizes Imperial Guard forces and regains control, Karcist and high-level cultists slip away.
- The Doom of the Ardent Seeker – In 799.M41, The cult infiltrates the Pilgrimage vessel Ardent Seeker. Eventually unleashing a tide of mayhem on the ship, nearly all of its 7,000 passengers would eventually die.