“Imagine knowing there was a door to the realm of Daemons, and the slightest inattention on your behalf would see them batter it down and rip you to shreds. Now imagine that door is inside your head. That’s what being a psyker is like.”
— Castus Lupa, Savant Adjunct
Withn the Imperium of man, some people are born different. Some fickle turn of fate or chance twist in the genome has seen them join the growing ranks of psychic individuals within the human race. These psykers labor under a blessing and a curse. They have the rare talent to draw power from the warp, the hidden dimension of Chaos that lurks beneath the fabric of reality, and shape it into all manner of strange and supernatural effects. Using such power, however, comes with a terrible risk.
Whether they know it or not, the mind of each psyker shines brightly within the otherworldly dimension of the warp, or immaterium as it is also known. This psychic realm is home to unspeakable beings, hungry predators that look upon such soulfires with great anticipation. The denizens of the immaterium--- warp beasts, Daemons and worse---find great sport in weak and unprotected minds. An unwary psyker is easily attacked, consumed or used as a gateway from the warp to the physical realm.
Psykers are regarded in many different ways across the Imperium’s countless worlds. On the more primitive planets, they are thought of as shamans, witches and sorcerers. More sophisticated societies are usually aware of psychic abilities and refer to psykers by other titles such as “gifted” or “the touched”. But in almost all cases, and on all worlds, they are feared for the darkness and chaos they can bring down on those around them.
There are many that believe psykers represent a gross perversion of all that humanity is, and a constant reminder of the terrible powers of the warp. This idea seems to hold some weight as the majority of psykers succumb to madness and ruin, often at the cost of countless other lives. Those that can master psychic power, however, become a prized, if somewhat dangerous, commodity to the Imperium. The Inquisition, especially, makes great use of psykers in rooting out the enemies of mankind, fighting fire with fire as it were.
Types of PsykerEdit
There are many roles within the Imperium that utilize psykers in some way or another. Some of these roles are revered and vital, whilst others are reviled utterly. However people feel about psykers, they are as much a part of the vast Imperium of Man as the Imperial Guard, the Administratum and even the Emperor Himself.
- Imperial Psyker
- Latent Psyker
- Imperial Diviner
- Warp Touched