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The Cult of the Children was a religious group on Darvon VI, founded by a former Assistant Navigator, Sirval.

It was a cloak for a Genestealer Cult which later brought the planet under its control. Sirval had been infected by a genestealer, after which he retired from space travel, settling on Darvon VI, marrying and h aving children. The tenets of the cult promoted modesty and hard work, but also complete seclusi on from the rest of society, and forbid its followers from travelling off planet . As much of the population were members of the cult, the planet couldn't fulfil l its obligation of raising regiments for the Imperial Guard. When a recruiting force of Ogryns descended on the cult's isolated settlements, the cult finally b egan its uprising, eventually bringing the entire planet under its control. Sirval De Sirval The Assistant Navigator Sirval was the only survivor of the space freighter Tant alus III which was attacked en route to the Imperial world of Darvon VI. The fre ighter was boarded by Genestealers and Genestealer Hybrids. Sirval was spared to become a host, and infected by a Genestealer. He was later rescued in a lifeboa t in orbit around the gas giant Darvon VIII. Sirval told his rescuers that the T antalus was attacked by pirates. The rescuers' shuttle took Sirval to Darvon VI. It towed the lifeboat back to th e planet with them, the shuttle's captain planning to claim salvage rights. Sirv al was subjected to rigorous examination. Because the Inquisition concluded Sirv al showed no signs of spiritual pollution, he was released. The lifeboat was to be brought down to the planet's space port. However, during the journey to the planet's surface, contact with the pilot was lost. Shortly af terwards the lifeboat crash landed in a dense forest. A purestrain genestealer h ad presumably killed the crew, and survived the crash landing on the planet. Three months later, Sirval married a young woman from the city, moved out of tow n and began homesteading fifteen miles from the site of the crash. A year later, their first child was born. Subsequently he founded the Cult of the Children, a new religious group; its ten ets promoted modesty, industry, and complete seclusion. The cult grew inexorably in power and number until it became the second most popular religion on the pla net. Most of the cultists were innocent dupes, completely unaware of the siniste r origins of the cult and its even more frightening objectives. However, innocen t or not, their number gave the cult a great deal of power on the lightly popula ted planet. Despite the cult's growing strength, the government did not recogniz e them as a threat. It was tolerated, and even seen as beneficial, because its tenets included t to worldly authority, ("Render unto the Emperor what is the Emperor's"). overnor did not begrudge the cultists their peculiarities - if the members d to stay in seclusion or travel about in black, voluminous robes, as long ey paid their taxes, that was their business. assen The G wishe as th

The "religion" of course was nothing more than a genestealer cult, bent on compl ete dominance, and the planet was overrun and taken over by the cult.

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