Time to finish up SoB... here we go...
The Orders Hospitaller accompany the Imperial Guard and Imperial Navy to provide nursing and medical support.
Not only do the Orders Hospitaller provide surgeons, physicians and nurses, they also provide other types of care and perform deeds of deep compassion.
The Orders Hospitaller aid the poor and under-priveleged, founding hostels and shelters for the needy.
The Orders Hospitaller work closely with the Missionarus Galaxia to provide clinics and hospitals on newly discovered worlds...
The ORders Hospitaller and their various duties/activities. Note that this doesn't *sound* all that primtiive or grimdark or brutal, but then again you had nurses and medical supporrt in the 1800-1900s too. At least its not middle ages style cures depicted in some cases But there is a chairt yorganization and clinics and hospitals of some kind at least - knowing hte Imperium the tech levels probably vary from world to world.
This also promotes and reinforcecs the importancec and power of the Ministorum, as they have a big hand in keeping people healthy (or not.)
Also the Missionarus Galaxia (gee wonder where they pulled that from - I'm being rhetorical so you dont have to answer, I know its from Dune)
Speech and Language are the specialty of the Orders Dialogus.
While there are branches of the Adeptus Terra dedicated to the study of all languages, the ORders Dialogus use their talents in a practical fashion.
When a Missioanry finds a new civilisation, a Sister from the Dialogus will be assigned to help him learn the native language and communicate with the newly discovered people. The Dialogus accompany the Navy and Imperial Guard, tranlating the orders of the high command into the patois and languages of the common soldiers. The Orders Dialogus are also skilled negotiators and often work within the Adeptus Terra to aid discussion between organisation and individuals.
The Orders Dialogus. Not only are they useful and loyal, but their loyalty to the Ministorum means they can learn of things (and to a degree limit or censor the information people get - the Sororitas are very loyal after all) and thus it serves an important intel function as well.
Members of the Order Famulous are dedicated to the organisation of households. THey serve the nobles and Imperial Commanders of the Imperium as advisors and chatelaines. They run the noble families' affairs and direct their businesses. In this way, the Ecclesiarchy maintains a fiarly tight control over the most powerful individuals in the Imperium. The Famulous maintain their own strict lifestyle and strive to control the excesses of those they are assigned to. They arrange marriages and agreements betwene the noble families, quelling long-term fueds and disputes and settling matters tha tmight otherwise jeopardise the stability of the area.
Again, they serve an important (for the well off) function in Imperial society, but their position also gives them (and thus the Ministorum and the Imperium as a whole) a great deal of power and influence - which is directly stated here. In extreme cases (The novel Crossfiire) they even will actually overthrow a noble or leader who represents a danger ot the Imperial Cult or the Imperium itself.
With members in envery aspect of society, the Sisterhood can maintain a close eye on the affairs of the Imperium. The Orders Famulous report on the activities of the Noble Houses, the Orders Dialogus can inform their seniors of the deals and agreements binding the Imperium together and the Orders Hospitaller witness many things unseen outside their wards. All of this makes the Adepta Sorirtas a useful political as well as social tool, and with the armed might of the Orders Militant, the Sisterhood as the protection and power it needs to operate succesfully.
Again, we see that the Sororitas serve both an intel and a security function for the Imperium (and more particularily the Ministorum).
The Frateris militia have no formal connection to the Ecclesiarchy other than they follow the Imperial Creed and thus do not break the provisions of the Decree Passive. Frateris Militia can be formed in a variety of ways and for varying lengths of time.
In desperate situations, the Deacons, Deans and other functionaries may even be armed from the secret vaults in the Imperial Shrines.
The strength of their faith is laudable, but the vast seething masses are hard to control and many innocents are slain when the Frateris Militia storm a rebel citadel or assault a heretic cult. If the official armies of the War on Faith are defeated and scattered, the Militia loses its focus and usually rapidly disbands into a collection of roving hordes, pillaging and wantonly slaughtering hte locals. The Frateris clergy is wary of raising a Frateris Militia and do so only in times of great need.
Despite not being allowed to formally have a military of men, this does allow the Ministorum to have a military of a sorts if need be (even if a low quality one, but by and large its probably no worse than what Chaos throws at them.) And they aren't controlled easily (so they can easily turn to looters) but in an emergency they probably can greatly bolster a planetary defense force.with the stockpiled weapons. In the greater scheme of things its unlikely that other branches of the Imperium are unaware of this fact, but allow it to pass because it doesnt threaten the status quo (greatly) and it provides useful cannon fodder in times of crisis.
Sin comes in many forms [for Redemptionists]: drinking, gambling, lying, cheating, ,profanity, lechery, fornication (especially thinking about fornication) and interfering with the good work of the Redemptionists.
Ah, the Redemptionists. From their humble days in Necromunda to the versions showing up in Dark Heresy.
I found this part particularily funny and a good parody.
and [Fenris's populace] made to cut down the huge trees of Fenris' forests to provide fuel for fires and the versatile engines of the Imperial Guard tanks..
Not sure if this is the "Fenris" of the Space Wolves or not, but probably not. That isn't why I quoted it, its the bit of "firewood for Imperial Guard" tanks - our friend the "vegetative processor" strikes again - you really CAN run the thing on anything. Its probably safe to say you could run it on electric (if they have power cells for multi-Gj lasguns, metlas, and whatever, they can run a tank), if you had enough batteries, nevermind any other kinds.
Finally, Methalor, the closest system to Gathalamor fell, its principal hive destroyed by a raging inferno started by the inhnabitants overloading its geo-thermal power grid.
I'm wondienrg how they might have accomplished it. It might provide an idea as to calcing if it did.,
It was a speech from him that had so incensed the population of Resto Primis they overloaded the geo-thermal power network, cracking apart the planet's continents with a wave of volcanic eruptions and earthquakes.
Again, I'm wondering how they did that. I'm not even sure that thats what would happen if you "overloaded" a network. Then again I suppose it depends entirely on how it works. It would suggest fairly high power outputs though (high TT/low Petaton at least) What they use that power for.. no clue. Defense and maybe construction.
Before a battle, members of the Ecclesiarchy perform various ceremonies for the soldiers, asking for the Emperor's guidance and protection. They lead the faifhtul in prayer, dedicating their souls to the undying emperor. By means of these special ceremonies they can instill their followers with an unshakable faith in the Emperor, driving them on to even higher acts of bravery or determination and strenghtening people's minds against the perils of enemy psykers.
This is an interesting passage for several reasons. On one hand it suggests some sorrt of visualization/self hypnosis kind of effect, "augmenting" abilities. The bit about strengthening the minds against psyskers is also an itneresting one, as it can suggest that people's minds can be trained (to a degree) to resist psychic influences without psychic ability. Inquisitiors had various means to do this of course, ,and the AStartes do as well, b ut the common man was never believed to before.
On the other hand its also possible this has some connection or result from the latent psychic capability of humanity and its inherent connection to the Warp. As I've postulated before, its quite likely that the whole "Imperial Cult" thing is a subtler, weaker version of the Ork "WAAAGH" effect - that manyy so called "Miracles" (minor ones at least) are due to some sort of individual or collective unconscious psychic feat. Its possible this amy be more directly influenced or utilized through other foci (say relics, or a particularily charismatic leader, like Saint Sabbat - we see this phenomenon more than once in the Ghosts series, anyhow) as well as prayer. While out of universe we know alot of the whole "religious" stuff (especially all the litanies and stuff either promulgated by the ministorum or the AdMech) is deliberately meant to be humorous and a parody, in-universe it may have some tangible effect. Its not neccesarily a reliable, or consistent, or even major effect, but it coudl still be there.
It also probably bolsters/feeds power directly to the Emperor, via belief (the same way Ork belief strengthens thier gods, and the Chaos gods are strengthened by the belief/worship of their followers.)
Investigating [a factory] more closely, they discovered old databanks dating back to the Dark Age of Technology.
In return for the material support of Mars, ,the Ministorum would turn over the factory to the FAbricator General's investigators. In addition, the Ministorum laid exclusive claim to any new technologies that were discovered by the Adeptus Mechanicus.
This contract has proved invaluable to the Adeptus Ministorum over the millenia, providing them with supplies of weaponry and allowing them to arm and armour the Adepta Sororitas to the highest standards. The only new designs to be culled from the ancient factory were some half-complete files detailing a flame-thrower ank.
More examplkes of the politics and dealmakings of the Imperium. This particular one seems to be an explanation of how Sisters of Battle have Power armor and bolters.
Later on, the ADeptus Mechanicus also developed the more sophisticated [than the Immolator] Imperial Guard hellhound from its [factory's] finds but the source of its design has been kept secret frrom the Ecclesiarchy.
I quoted this because it was amusing to think that Imperial Guard tech might be considered "more" sophisitcated than someone else (Even though in my mind a Chimera is better than a Rhino).
Its also worth noting the AdMech DO modify or adapt stuff from their so called "holy designs" to other vehicles for enhanceement or producing new vehicles (another being the Macharius tank, the counterfeit baneblades, the second generation vanquishers) so long as they are the ones allowed to do it. (Witness how they've reacted ot other chapters of AStartes, ,for example, designing their own vehicles or making variants without AdMech oversight or approval.) Also we get further confirmation about how underhanded the AdMech is (They'll keep to contracts only as far as they need to)
The Immoaltor opened fire and gouts of flame poured over the wall, lapping round the shattered windows to engulf the whole squad.
The Immoaltor rolled onwards, crushing the charred bodies of the Eldar beneath its steel tracks.
Single blast of an immolator tank leaves "charred bodies" of eldar - a whole suqad. At a gues sprobably triple digit MJ at least (say 40-50 MJ per body, and 10 bodies.. 400-500 mj)