The Commandments of the Mechanicus[ edit ] The Mechanicus have some ideas that they abide by: The Mysteries: The spirit is the spark of life. Sentience is the ability to learn the value of knowledge. Intellect is the understanding of knowledge. Sentience is the basest form of Intellect. Understanding is the True Path to Comprehension. Comprehension is the key to all things.
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In ancient times, before the current Age of the Imperium officially began following the end of the Horus Heresy , the Adeptus Mechanicus was instead called the Mechanicum. The Adeptus Mechanicus was formally separated from the larger Mechanicum of Mars by order of the Council of Terra in This occurred after the Red Planet had fallen to the control of the Traitor faction of the Mechanicum loyal to the Warmaster Horus later called the " Dark Mechanicum.
The Mechanicus essentially maintains an empire-within-an-empire in Imperial space, and its interests usually, but not always, coincide with those of the wider Imperium. Instead of the Imperial Creed , the servants of the Mechanicus follow their own dark and mysterious scriptures and worship the strange deity they call the Machine God or the " Omnissiah.
The Emperor is the supreme object of worship for the servants of the Mechanicus, for He is the living avatar of the Machine God that is the Omnissiah.
The Emperor was recognised by the ancient Mechanicum as the fulfillment of the prophecy of the coming of the Omnissiah because He comprehends so much, and understands more about the true nature of reality than any other being in existence.
The Tech-priests of the Adeptus Mechanicus also regard organic flesh as weak and view the removal and replacement of biological tissue with mechanical, bionic parts as sacred. Most elder Tech-priests have few organic parts left and eventually become more machine than man. They provide the technical and scientific experts of the Imperium and field armies of massive Titans , Questor Mechanicus Knights , Electro-priests , Skitarii and Combat Servitors.
Contents History Departmento Cartigraphicae galaxy map depicting the bastions of the Machine God , ca. M30, it retains an unparalleled degree of autonomy from the rest of the Adeptus Terra for an Imperial Adepta. M41 This autonomy was guaranteed to the Mechanicus in the Treaty of Mars to provide the Tech-priests with immunity to the dictates of the atheistic Imperial Truth and to allow the Mechanicus to continue to exercise sovereignty over all of the Forge Worlds it had settled across the galaxy during the Age of Strife.
In return, the Mechanicus agreed to aid in the construction of the massive fleets and the provision of the technical aid necessary for the Imperium of Man to launch the Great Crusade. Whereas nearly all the citizens of the Imperium observe the tenets of one of the various sects of the Imperial Cult that worships the Emperor of Mankind as the God-Emperor, the Adeptus Mechanicus is virtually synonymous with the Cult Mechanicus, another faith that could easily be considered heretical by the rest of the Imperium if the Adeptus Mechanicus was not essential to the survival of the Imperium and if the Tech-priests had not proven their loyalty to the Emperor in countless ways.
Mechanicus Tech-priest leading a Legio Cybernetica Maniple during the Great Crusade The Adeptus Mechanicus is vitally important to humanity because the Imperium, despite its technologically advanced state, has a very limited scientific knowledge of how its technology actually functions.
This has only reinforced the prevailing Imperial view that the building and use of advanced machinery is almost a magical or religious act, fraught with ritual and inviolable instructions. As a result, the Mechanicus wields a tremendous amount of power in the Imperium as the primary manufacturer, maintainer and repairer of everything from basic farming equipment to interstellar warships.
Mars was colonised very early in human history, long before the start of even the Dark Age of Technology , and developed a society different from Terra both culturally and in terms of technological advancement. The arid, rusty surface of Mars was terraformed, and under a man-made oxygen-nitrogen atmosphere, the Martian colony flourished, though it remained politically independent from Terra.
When the era of human interstellar colonisation began, both Terra and Mars served as the co-equal mother worlds of countless new human colonies across the galaxy. Mars , ancient homeworld of the Adeptus Mechanicus During the Dark Age of Technology, the two empires of Terra and Mars co-existed under the aegis of the decentralised human interstellar government of that era, to the mutual benefit of both.
At the height of its splendour during that era, and even later in the anarchic Age of Strife, Mars despatched hundreds of colony fleets into the void. Many perished in the terrible Warp Storms that engulfed the galaxy at that time before the birth of the Chaos God Slaanesh , but others survived or made their way forward at sublight speeds in realspace. Those who did founded new Forge Worlds in the name of the Machine God and built on them a likeness of the great manufactorums and temples of their distant homeworld.
The onset of the Age of Strife brought an end to the glory and peace of the ancient interstellar human domain. Across the galaxy, Mankind suddenly turned upon itself as a new breed of Warp-attuned psykers emerged and Warp Storms engulfed the galaxy, rendering interstellar travel and communication dangerous to the point of impossibility. Civil war engulfed thousands of human worlds, even the twin human homeworlds of Terra and Mars.
Many warring factions vied for power on Mars and waged a brutal civil conflict using arcane and unimaginably destructive weaponry, including psychic abilities. The carefully constructed atmosphere of Mars was burned away, and once more the rusty surface of the planet was exposed to the deadly radiations of the Sun. The terraformed Martian environment, which had teemed with Terran life for centuries, was rendered a barren crimson desert again.
The Martian combatants now fought in the same blood-hued wastelands that the first human colonists from Terra had found millennia before. In time, one faction emerged dominant over all the others that had contended for dominion over Mars -- the Cult of the Machine God, the Mechanicum. For millennia the Mechanicum ruled over Mars, sending out colony expeditions to spread its faith and its way of life across the galaxy, which led to the founding of the first Forge Worlds.
Mars also made war upon the divided techno-barbarian states that ruled Terra at this time, as many of these ignorant savages had access to advanced technologies left over from the Age of Technology that they did not understand or know how to venerate properly.
This innate hostility between Mars and Terra lasted for centuries until in the late 30th Millennium, following his victory in the Unification Wars on Terra, the Emperor of Mankind came to Mars and landed atop the great volcano of Olympus Mons. At their first sight of the Master of Mankind many Tech-priests were overcome with the feeling that they had met the living embodiment of the Omnissiah, the Machine God clad in human form.
Though the Mechanicum had no knowledge of it, it was artificial intelligence that had nearly destroyed humanity once before during the rebellion of the Men of Iron in the Dark Age of Technology and the Emperor was determined not to repeat history. With the signing of this agreement, known as the Treaty of Mars or the Treaty of Olympus Mons within the Mechanicum, the Cult Mechanicum became the Adeptus Mechanicus of the new-forged Imperium of Man, and the Imperial Aquila was refashioned to bear two heads, one for Terra and one for Mars.
Yet the terms of this agreement did not sit well with some within the hierarchy of the Mechanicum. A minority of Tech-adepts believed that the Emperor was not the Omnissiah, for the Machine God that the Mechanicus had always worshipped actually lay sleeping deep beneath the crust of Mars in the Noctis Labyrinthus.
As the Great Crusade progressed into the early 31st Millennium, these simmering discontents would ultimately cleave the Mechanicum just as it would the wider Imperium. During the Horus Heresy many Mechanicum units declared for the Warmaster Horus and fought against those of their faith who remained loyal to the Emperor, becoming known in later times as the Dark Mechanicus.
These Traitor Mechanicum units initiated a civil war on the Red Planet known as the Schism of Mars that mirrored the larger conflict raging across the galaxy. Horus promised much else in terms of technological knowledge to the Mechanicum, including the right to develop technologies like artificial intelligence previously forbidden by the Emperor in the Treaty of Mars in return for their allegiance to his cause.
Many Master Adepts like Kelbor-Hal longed to pursue these restricted lines of research and had long believed that the Emperor was not the Omnissiah of the Machine God, for the true Machine God dwelled in the Noctis Labyrinthus deep below the crust of Mars. The Quest for Knowledge Over the long millennia since its inception, the Cult Mechanicus has been riven, reformed, brought to the brink of catastrophe, and has engaged in conquests that span the galaxy.
Calculus Logi labour night and day to catalogue its history, though they disclose it not. Only a handful of events are allowed to reach the annals of Imperial truth: MM25 The Age of Technology Although accounts of this era are incomplete and unreliable, it is generally considered to be a golden era of development and expansion as Mankind first spreads across the galaxy. The first of what will later become known as Knight Worlds are established during this period. Human psykers appear in ever-increasing numbers.
It is difficult to unravel the truth, but tales abound of anarchy, daemonic possessions, the coming of the Enslavers and the betrayal of humanity by the thinking machines. With the collapse of the Aeldari and birth of the new Chaos God Slaanesh , the galaxy is engulfed with Warp Storms that isolate swathes of the galaxy and those civilisations not destroyed outright are cut off from one another.
Many come to know this era as " Old Night ," and it descends like a shroud over the galaxy. During this time, the Knight Worlds fare best, for they eschew psykers and purposefully regress technologically.
They grow superstitious and hidebound in their own traditions while they stand alone in a galaxy besieged by evils. As lulls between the waves of Warp Storms allow, the fleets of Mars travel outwards, raiding for lost technology and establishing new colonies of Tech-adepts.
With a few exceptions, such travels remain limited in scope and stay within the confines of what will later become known as the Segmentum Solar. The Treaty of Mars ca. M30 - The Emperor , fresh from uniting the tribes of Terra , arrives on Mars. Many of the Tech-priests declare him to be the Omnissiah, and so the Emperor forges an alliance with Mars.
In recognition of the fact that to achieve His galactic plans, the Emperor needs the technological and scientific aid of the Mechanicum, Mars becomes an ally to Terra rather than her subject, which is cemented by the signing of the Treaty of Olympus Mons , known as the Treaty of Mars on Terra.
Of the countless worlds that the Imperium soon claims, only Forge Worlds dedicated to the Cult Mechanicus are esteemed in such a way. M31 - The Emperor leads the massive Great Crusade outwards from Terra, with the purpose of reuniting the hundreds of thousands of lost worlds scattered across the galaxy.
All are equipped by the factories of Mars. Planet after planet is reconquered and offered the same choice -- bow before the Emperor of Terra or be destroyed.
On and on the Expeditionary Fleets push outwards. The Tech-priests often refer to this time as the Great Expansion, for hundreds of Knight Worlds are rediscovered during this period alone. The Horus Heresy M31 - Like all of the branches of the Imperium, the Mechanicum finds itself rife with corruption during the epic civil war known as the Horus Heresy.
Indeed, the Fabricator-General of Mars, Kelbor-Hal himself, declares his allegiance to Horus , and so begins the Schism of Mars , a bitterly-fought campaign that mirrors those taking place across the galaxy. Skitarii Legions square off against each other while Titan duels Titan. They are hated and feared in equal measure, for they dare to fuse daemons with the Machine Spirits of their war engines, creating twisted things that mock the Machine God and His true laws of order and reason.
The Birth of the Adeptus Mechanicus M31 - A long-running political deadlock in the Council of Terra back on the throneworld of the Imperium is finally broken, facilitating the formal establishment of the Imperial Adeptus Mechanicus. The Adeptus Mechanicus is recognised as officially separate and distinct from the corrupted Mechanicum of Mars. Final judgement is enacted upon the captive followers of the Traitor Fabricator-General Kelbor-Hal , who are executed in their thousands.
Immediately after, the union of Loyalist Titan Orders, under the umbrella of the Adeptus Titanicus or Collegia Titanica , is formed by the Grand Masters of several major Loyalist Titan Legions , although the future of other loyal former Mechanicum divisions such as the Legio Cybernetica and the regular military forces of the Taghmata remains unclear. The Great Scouring M31 - Wars of recrimination follow the Horus Heresy.
Led by Roboute Guilliman and the Ultramarines , the Imperial forces fight battle after battle, driving the remaining Traitor armies back until they finally flee, seeking refuge in the Eye of Terror. The Knight Houses, their honour tarnished by the vile deeds of fallen Knights , are especially vehement in their pursuit of battles of vengeance. Recognising the need for systemic change, Guilliman creates the Codex Astartes , and tasks Archmagos Dominus Belisarius Cawl with a secret task that will align the fates of the newly-forged Adeptus Mechanicus and the Space Marines for centuries to come.
Crippled by His wounds during the final Heresy battles, the Emperor is interred within the Golden Throne , a device so complex that only the Adeptus Mechanicus can hope to maintain its systems. The Shadow War Unknown Date. MPresent - An intense paranoia drives the Cult Mechanicus to bury their secrets deep. Aware of their mistake but unwilling to admit it, the Inquisition devises purge protocols that engage in an unseen battle with the self-replicating deletion-programs of the Cult Mechanicus.
Though this shadow conflict flares up into several planet-wrecking wars before fading, battles between them still rage in secret to this day. The Giridium Experiment M32 - The Cult Mechanicus builds a fortress around the "haunted" caves of Giridium. During the manifestation which occurs every equinox, the disciples of the Omnissiah blast apart rank upon rank of red-skinned daemons. The process is repeated for nine long standard years. Just as the Adeptus Mechanicus are compiling reports and preparing to withdraw, the sky above yawns wide and disgorges a rain of capering, whirling flame-daemons.
The ensuing battle rages for solar months, and when a new wave of blood-horrors bursts from the caves at the next equinox, the combined daemonic onslaught sees the personnel of the Cult Mechanicus present slain to a man. M32 - House Taranis begins the practice of sending the Nobles that fail to enmesh properly with their Imperial Knights to the Adeptus Mechanicus. Similar exchanges between other Knight and Forge Worlds occur across the galaxy. MM34 The Forging As the Imperium solidifies its measures of control across key star systems, including the adoption of the Imperial Cult as the official state religion, the Adeptus Mechanicus becomes ever more secretive.
The Howling M34 - An Adeptus Mechanicus Explorator fleet clashes with the Cacodominus , an alien cyborg of colossal psychic potential.