Ministorum Priests are the
wrinkly old ballsacks Preachers, Missionaries, Confessors, Deacons, Pontifices, and other clergy members of the Ecclesiarchy, dispatched to accompany the Imperial Guard during campaigns and battles and to accompany the Sisters of Battle for roaring speeches and...other uses...what, they're like the only men in the Adepta Sororitas, the Sisters can't be too picky (Well, save for maybe the Crusaders but they're also part of the Inquisition and Grey Knights despite coming from the same place as the Sisters...maybe the Crusaders are considered a 'special event' perhaps?).
One may wonder the benefits of being the only one with testicles in an entire military order filled to the brim with menstruating, angry women. The answer is what you will expect, fantastic when on their good mood and fucking terrifying/noisy when its their time of the month. At least you have a giant chainsaw by your side in case any of them get particularly trigger happy.
Ministorum Priests essentially act like glorified orators meant to stir up the morale of Guardsmen and Sisters in order to better smite the enemies of mankind from existence. In fact they are so good with their speeches that it can stir a populace to rebelling against a heretic lord or persuade an army to lay down its arms and submit to the mercy of the Emperor (which is inevitably quick and bloody).
Priests favour close combat over shooting, and through their inspiring exhortations, instill this ideal into the Guardsmen following them. Such is their fury that priest-led squads will always charge any enemy within reach, making priests as ferocious as Commissars when it comes to motivating men, although they use inspiration rather than fear.
For some reason Inquisitors often see it useful for an Ecclesiarchal clergy member to form part of his retinue. Ecclesiarchy priests attached to a retinue are referred to as Hierophants (No not the other one).
Due to their reliance of close combat weapons, Ministorum Priests prefer an Eviscerator, a massive, ECKS BAWKS HUEG two-handed chainsword capable of inflicting horrific injuries on living creatures, slicing through walls and even destroying vehicles. This overtly violent melee weapon makes the priest an even more powerful individual in close combat.
Additionally Priests often wear a rosarius, a potent device commonly used throughout the Adeptus Ministorum as it has a religious aspect as well as a protective one in that when the field is impacted it gives off a great blast of white light, leading some to believe that the Emperor himself is protecting the priest. A priest is often festooned with purity seals, and sometimes bears a holy relic so that all Emperor-fearing troops looking upon the image will be heartened at the sight.
|Forces of the Sisters of Battle|
|Command:|| Canoness - Ecclesiarchy Battle Conclave |
Ministorum Priest - Sororitas Command Squad
|Troops:|| Avenging Angel - Arco-flagellant - Battle Sister Squad |
Celestians - Crusaders - Death Cult Assassin
Dominion Squad - Retributor Squad - Seraphim Squad
Sister Hospitaler - Sisters Repentia
|Vehicles:||Exorcist - Immolator - Penitent Engine - Repressor - Rhino|
|Flyers:||Avenger Strike Fighter - Drop Pod|
|Saints:||Living Saint - Geminae Superia|
|Forces of the Inquisition|
|Command:|| Inquisitor (Ordo Malleus Inquisitor - Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor |
Ordo Xenos Inquisitor)
|Retinue:|| Acolyte - Arco-flagellant - Astropath - Banisher - Cherubim |
Chiurgeon - Crusaders - Daemonhost - Death Cult Assassin
Jokaero - Hierophant - Mystic - Sanctioned Psyker
Sage (Autosavant - Lexmechanic - Sister Dialogous)
Servo-skull - Servitor - Sister Hospitaler - Pariah - Penitent
Ministorum Priest - Militarum Veteran Squad - Warp-Seer
|Auxiliaries:|| Inquisitorial Stormtroopers - Deathwatch - Grey Knights |
Sisters of Battle - Callidus Assassin - Culexus Assassin
Eversor Assassin - Vindicare Assassin
|Vehicles:|| Chimera - Land Raider (Land Raider Crusader |
Land Raider Redeemer) - Razorback - Rhino