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The Martyrists were a particularly fanatical religious faction of the Butlerian Jihad who devoted themselves to the Three Martyrs and dedicated themselves to the Jihad not in the name of the League of Nobles but in that of the Martyrs, and were determined to destroy thinking machines at every cost (although this destructive tendency entailed only the conscious machines being fought in the Jihad). They first emerged in 164 BG as the war resurged following the martyrdom of Serena Butler.

In 108 BG, the Martyrists of Parmentier met Rayna Butler, who vandalized traces of sophisticated technology during the Omnius Scourge. They eventually joined her and crushed all technology they found in the city of Niubbe. Eventually they destroyed all the machinery of the Hospital for Incurable Diseases, and soon after her mob grew into the Cult of Serena.

Martyrists, especially as part of the Cult of Serena, were also useful in manning the suicidal reconnaissance missions of the Great Purge, flying scout ships and spycraft equipped with spacefolders to and from Corrin and other Synchronized Worlds; this would keep the League updated about the upcoming assault of Omnius, despite a small percentage of losses. Since they longed to die for the Jihad and enter Heaven, and were hastily trained, they were considered expendable and would man spacefolding capital ships and kindjals.

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