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The Warhammer 40,000 RPG Dark Heresy was first published by Black Industries, shortly before that Games Workshop imprint was closed (despite the huge success of Dark Heresy). It was subsequently licensed to Fantasy Flight Games who extensively developed the game and added further spin-off lines.
For a detailed inspection of the background watermark images that appear on the pages of the Dark Heresy core ruelbook and its supplements, see this article on Dark Heresy background images.
For a detailed overview of the entire RPG, see: The Awesome Dark Heresy: A Complete Review (which I wrote on RPG Geek).
The Lord of Pestilence, the Great Corruptor, the Master of Plague, the Fly Lord
Nurgle is the Chaos god of decay, disease and entropy. Spreader of disease and Father of Decay, Grandfather Nurgle gathers all in his rotting embrace. His leprous kisses swell in the fullness of time, to glorious pus-flowers, the marks of his favoured children. His laughter echoes across the blasted battlefields of the Imperium with only the bloated corpses of the dead to hear it.
|Colour||Red, Brass||Blue, Yellow||Purple, Gold||Green, Rust|
|Symbols of Vitality|
Symbols of Fertility
|Change of Way|
Architect of Fate
Prince of Pleasure
Lord of Pestilence
|God of Opposition||Slaanesh||Nurgle||Khorne||Tzeentch|
|Emotions||Hate, Rage||Intrigue, Deceit||Desire, Avarice||Mirthful Fatalism|
|Lord of Change|
|Keeper of Secrets|
|Great Unclean One|
Bloated and malformed, clutching rusted butcher blades and glaring out with a single milky-white eye, these foulest of Daemons are walking incubators of the most terrible diseases and excrescence, serving Nurgle, Chaos power of decay and contagion.
Skills: Awareness (Per), Psyniscience (Per), Speak Language (any one) (Int).
Traits: Daemonic (TB 10), Dark Sight, Daemonic Presence†, Fear 3, From Beyond, Infected Wounds‡, Natural Weapon (Teeth or Claws), Vomit¥, Warp Instability.
†Daemonic Presence: All creatures within 20 metres take a -10 penalty to Willpower Tests.
‡Infected Wounds: Any injuries inflicted by a Plaguebearer automatically become infected.
¥Vomit: As a Half Action, a Plaguebearer can vomit on any adjacent victim. It must succeed on a Ballistic Skill Test to hit its foe. The target may Dodge the spew but may not Parry it. On a successful hit, the vomit deals 1d10+5 Damage. In lieu of Critical Damage, the vomit deals 3d10 points of Toughness Damage to the victim's Toughness Characteristic.
Weapons: Claws and teeth (1d10+3 R; Primitive, Tearing) or sword (1d10+3 R, Pen 2, Balanced, Toxic (1d10)).
Threat Rating: Malleus Minoris.
|Warhammer Fantasy||Third Citadel Compendium; WFRP (1st ed); RoC: Slaves to Darkness; RoC: The Lost and the Damned; Beasts of Chaos; Blightwar; Malign Portents website|
|Man O' War||Plague Fleet|
|Mordheim||Empire in Flames|
|Warhammer 40,000||Warhammer 40,000 (1993); Codex: Chaos (1996); Codex: Chaos Space Marines (1999); Chapter Approved 2001; Codex: Chaos Space Marines (2002); Codex: Eye of Terror; Chapter Approved 2004; Imperial Armour 5; Codex: Chaos Space Marines (2007); Imperial Armour: Apocalypse (2007); Codex: Chaos Daemons (2008); Imperial Armour 6; Imperial Armour 7; Imperial Armour: Aeronautica; Codex: Chaos Space Marines (2012); Codex: Dark Angels (2013); Codex: Chaos Daemons (2013); Stronghold Assault; Codex: Imperial Knights (2014); Dataslate: Helbrutes; Codex: Militarum Tempestus (2014); Imperial Armour 13; Codex: Imperial Knights (2015); Codex: Chaos Daemons (2016); Codex: Traitor Legions; Warhammer 40,000 (2017); Dark Imperium; Index: Chaos; First Strike; Codex: Space Marines (2017); Codex: Chaos Space Marines (2017); Codex: Grey Knights (2017); Plague Brethren; Codex: Adeptus Mechanicus (2017); Codex: Chaos Daemons (2018); Codex: T'au Empire (2018); Tales from Vigilus webpages|
|Epic||Adeptus Titanicus; Space Marine (1st ed); Codex Titanicus; Renegades; Titan Legions; Epic 40,000|
|Kill Team||Dolorous Strain|
|Warhammer: The Horus Heresy||The Burning of Ohmn-Mat|
|White Dwarf||Oct 1988 (#106); Dec 1988 (#108); Jan 1989 (#109); May 1989 (#113); Jun 1989 (#114); Nov 1989 (#119); Jan 1990 (#121); Feb 1990 (#122); Apr 1990 (#124); May 1990 (#125); Dec 1990 (#132); Jan 2002 (#265)|
|Citadel Journal||Jul 1994 (#4); Mar 1995 (#8); May 1995 (#9); Dec 1995 (#12); Sep 1996 (#17); Nov 1996 (#18); Aug 1997 (#21); Apr 1998 (#25); Jun 1998 (#26); Aug 1998 (#27); Oct 1998 (#28); May 1999 (#32); Jan 2002 (#48)|
|Battlefleet Gothic Magazine||Nov 2002 (#12); Aug 2003 (#16)|
|Black Library Novels|
|Warhammer 40,000||Ravenor Returned; HH54: Buried Dagger|
|Fantasy Flight Games|
|Dark Heresy||Shattered Hope; Dark Heresy (1st ed); Disciples of the Dark Gods; Creatures Anathema; Radical's Handbook; Daemon Hunter; Dark Heresy (2nd ed); Game Master's Kit (2nd ed); Forgotten Gods; Enemies Within; Enemies Beyond|
|Rogue Trader||Rogue Trader; Citadel of Skulls; Battlefleet Koronus; Koronus Bestiary; Navis Primer; Stars of Inequity|
|Deathwatch||Mark of the Xenos; Achilus Assault; First Founding; Jericho Reach; Rising Tempest|
|Black Crusade||Black Crusade; Game Master's Kit; Hand of Corruption; Tome of Fate; Tome of Blood; Tome of Excess; Tome of Decay|
|Only War||Enemies of the Imperium|