Short version: Besides the 5 mechadendrites in the core book "Dark Heresy", where can I find additional mechadendrites? Does it exists any guidelines for house-ruling additional mechadendrites into game?

Long version: In a on-going (first edition) Dark Heresy campaign I'm playing a tech-priest who, as most tech-priest do, want to mechanise themselves. My character happen to have a thing for mechadendrites, so I am planning ahead for the eventuality that the character lives to see the day all 5 mechadendrites in the sourcebook is attached and functional. Is there any rules for additional mechadendrites? Specific rules or guidelines and where I can find them is appreciated.

Our groups standing social rule is that we use official material first but house-rule things into existence if a suitable item does not exists (and the item fit the setting enough), so experiences with house-ruling mechadendrites is also welcome.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Are you playing first or second edition? First edition has a number of expansion source books (one of which is meant specifically for tech-priests), have you looked at them? \$\endgroup\$ – xanderh Aug 2 '15 at 12:22
  • \$\begingroup\$ @xanderh We are playing first edition. I did not know there is an expansion for tech-priest specifically, what is it called? I do not have easy access to expansions, so I hoped people here with better knowledge (or easier access) would point me in the right direction. \$\endgroup\$ – Drakryttare Aug 2 '15 at 12:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ The one for tech-priests is called "The Lathe Worlds". \$\endgroup\$ – xanderh Aug 2 '15 at 21:29

Here's a list of the Mechandendrites I am aware of.

Dark Heresy - DH01 - Core Rulebook (also Black Crusade / Only War / Rogue Trader)

  • Ballistic Mechadendrite
  • Manipulator Mechadendrite
  • Medicae Mechadendrite (the Black Crusade Core Book calls them Medicae/Torture Mechadendrite !!!!)
  • Optical Mechadendrite
  • Utility Mechadendrite

Dark Heresy - DH11 - Ascension

  • Plasma-cutter Mechadendrite

Black Crusade - BC07 - The Tome of Decay

  • Mechatendril

Dark Heresy - DH18 - The Lathe Worlds

  • Lathes Mechadendrite Stabilisers

You should also consider looking at the 5 Basic Mechadendrite in every Corebook (Black Crusade / Only War / Rogue Trader / Dark Heresy) because they optimized them a lot. Therefore the newer books feel a little more balanced in regards to gear. (Deathwatch has no Mechadendrites.)

The only limit for the number of Mechadendrites is your Toughness bonus.

  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you! Follow-up question: what does "powerplaning" mean in this context? Tried searching the site but your answer is the only place it occurs. \$\endgroup\$ – Drakryttare Aug 3 '15 at 17:41

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