The leaders of the Catholic Church in San Pedrona are chosen personally by Lopez and are sycophantic supporters of the regime to a man. Many follow the dictator because they see him as their country’s one chance of stability free from revolution and oppression in an endless cycle. Cardinal Saquilla, a renowned authoritarian has watched with increasing fear the steady progress of revolutionary movements across the country and the amount of priests who have ignored their superiors and supported these activists.
]Saquilla has authorised the creation of a specialist force to not only show the church’s continued support for Lopez but also to hunt down and kill “rogue” priests. The officers are all devout Catholics and drawn from the armed forces. The normal troopers are a different matter entirely. Every private in Los Predicadores is a convict who was, before joining, marked for execution at the hands of Lopez’s gladiators. They have been brainwashed through a mix of native Que’echa drugs, hypnotic powers and brutal punishments to become unthinking, unfeeling instruments of the Church’s will. They are equipped with breastplates, helmets, robes in white and flamethrowers blessed by priests before battle and often attached to relics from a variety of militaristic saints which supposedly “improve” the effects of the weapon. The troops use their old skills that made them a violent nation’s most violent criminals mixed with a new found fervour to repeatedly decimate the enemy forces. Several members of the squadron also use flaming torches in close combat and others also use a variety of poisoned blades.
The commander of the unit, Colonel Santa Maria, was recruited directly from the Zeppelin Corps after serving two tours captaining the stealth airship Explorador over the Indian Ocean, famously capturing the Zanzibari Treasure Ship Dhana as it crossed the straits of Tanzania laden with emeralds and gold from the continental mines. He also led a raid on Rasputin’s research station in Siberia and served for several years as a pilot for the Cognoscenti on their international missions. It is rumoured that he has had an audience with a famous priest working in Zululand and was blessed by the man with immortality. Whether this is true or not is unknown but he has proved remarkably hard to kill.
His second in command is the infamous Boulevard Assassin, Pierre Le Jacques, enemy of Sherlock Holmes and executioner of more than 15 leaders across the world. He came to lie low in San Pedrona and was discovered by the Sigilo after he shot an overly inquisitive Police officer with his trademark air gun. He was set to face the typical execution for a police murderer, being savaged by crocodiles, but at the last minute Santa Maria stepped in and had him transferred to Los Predicadores. He still uses his formidable skill at marksmanship and his airgun, constructed by Straubenzee, the London based engineer who created weapons for Sylvius and Moran.
|Captain Santa Maria||2+||+4||+4||+0||Ld+2, duellist, fanatic||Sword, pistol, breastplate||66|
|Pierre Le Jacques||4+||+1||+4||+1||Ld+1, marksman, hunter, fanatic||Hunting rifle, breastplate, combat knife||61|
|“Saved” murderer||4+||+2||+1||+0||Fanatic, strongman||Flamethrower, breastplate, combat knife||40|
|“Saved” Thug||4+||+2||+1||+0||Fanatic, tough||Flaming torch, breastplate||32|
|“Saved” assassin||4+||+2||+1||+0||Fanatic, stealthy||Dagger (poison), breastplate, pistol||40|
|Priest||4+||+1||+0||+1||Medic||Lined coat, club||14|
|Guardian||5+||+2||+1||+1||Incense burner, lined coat||14|
|Martyr||4+||+1||+0||+0||Martyr, part of the crowd||Knife, pistol||21|
A guardian may replace their reliquary with a military rifle (+2pts)
Any “Saved” murderer may replace their flamethrower with a military rifle and the strongman talent with the marksman talent (-2pts)
Any “Saved” may have the numb and/or antivenom talent (+5pts)
Any priest may take an incense burner (+7pts)
Any member of the company may take a cavalry horse (+9pts)
I would recommend the excellent Wargames Factory Shock Troopers as great models for The Preachers. Perhaps a head-swap with Games Workshop’s flagellants might give an even better look. Any fanatics would be perfect for the company as would Catholic priests from a variety of ranges.
This is Frontline Armchair signing off.