Mind Ripper – an alternate career rank for Dark Heresy

The neural scourge is a great and terrible instrument of the Machine God’s will. Few are the disciples who know the proper incantations to activate and guide the thought eating engines. Fewer still are those who, with the correct rites, are able to fearlessly pluck valuable memories out of the scourge’s ravenous maw before they are consigned to oblivion forever. Held captive in the techpriest’s own mind and cranial circuitry, such memories can still serve a purpose once liberated from the confines of a heretical brain.

Required Career: Tech-Priest
Alternate Rank: 4 or higher

Advance Cost Type Prerequisites
Common Lore (Machine Cult) +20 100 S Common Lore (Machine Cult) +10
Evaluate +10 100 S Evaluate
Forbidden Lore (Archaeotech) 100 S
Interrogation 100 S
Medicae +10 100 S Medicae
Scholastic Lore (Cryptology) 100 S
Scholastic Lore (Numerology) +10 100 S Scholastic Lore (Numerology)
Trade (Technomat) +10 100 S Trade (Technomat)
Scrutiny 100 S
Concealed Cavity 100 T
Exotic Weapon Training (Needle Pistol) 100 T
Exotic Weapon Training (Webber) 100 T
Exotic Weapon Training (Web Pistol) 100 T
Ferric Lure 100 T
Heightened Senses (Smell) 100 T
Mechadendrite Use (Manipulator) 100 T Tech-Priest
Mechadendrite Use (Optical) 100 T Tech-Priest
Resistance (Poisons) 100 T
Takedown 100 T
Total Recall 100 T Int 30
Awareness 200 S
Secret Tongue (Acolyte) +10 200 S Secret Tongue (Acolyte)
Master Chirurgeon 200 T Medicae +10
Orthoproxy 200 T
Resistance (Fear) 200 T
Sound Constitution 200 T
Mind Ripping 300 T Mind Ripper Alternate Career

Mind Ripping (Talent)
By subjecting a restrained, unconscious or otherwise helpless victim to mind scrubbing in a neural scourge, the Mind Ripper may extract a single Intelligence-based skill possessed by the victim. This skill, including any skill mastery in it, is now usable by the Mind Ripper. The Mind Ripper will be able to use the skill until they choose to extract a new skill from another victim, in which case the new skill replaces the previously extracted skill. The procedure renders the victim mindless, effectively killing them, though still suitable for conversion into a servitor.

Example: A Mind Ripper oversees the scourging of a recently apprehended heretek. The heretek possesses amongst other skills Forbidden Lore (Xenos). The Mind Ripper decides to acquire this knowledge and is now treated as possessing Forbidden Lore (Xenos) themselves. Later, the Mind Ripper intrigues against a fellow techpriest, leading to the accused being sentenced to servitordom. The Mind Ripper uses this opportunity to acquire their rival’s Chem-Use +20 skill, replacing the Forbidden Lore (Xenos) in the process.

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