For the uninitiated, there can be quite a lot of pain involved in leveling the Cult of the Possessed so I thought I'd share the fastest, smoothest, and least painful way I know. Let's get the more common things out of the way first. Only pick brethren with at least 4 wounds and WS, S, I, all in the 30's; it will take an eternity if we are any more controlling than that. Also remember to equip the Halfling Cookbook as soon as possible. Getting Over the Dark Pact The ultimate goal here is to add 3 to 4 possessed with 2 mutations each in preparation for adding 3 to 4 hired swords. Once we have our possessed, we can level normally. Before then, however, we need to do things a bit differently. The rest of this guid then is really about getting passed the dark pact in the smartest, fastest, and least abrasive way we can. Buy Both Blessings: I would normally never recommend spending money but since this is a guid to the least painful way to level, I'll include it here. Buy Blessing of Verena (doubles XP) and Blessing of Morr (saves you from death). They're comparatively cheap, they last a full week, and you'll probably only have to do it once per warband. Unless one is extremely lucky, obtaining three possessed with two mutations each takes quite a bit of time. You're magister will likely be leveled in the 20's by then. Buying both blessings will reduce the physical time it takes by substantially more than half. Keep It Small: limiting the initial size of your warband keeps its rating lower and makes brethren cheaper. Try to maintain a roster of three henchmen throughout this process since you'll be burning through a lot of them. The general strategy is to keep all of your characters rated as close to a level 1 as possible until you have your final possessed while simultaneously edging up the performance of each individual. Magister Academic Skills: Wyrdstone Hunter, Streetwise, Haggle, +1 Leadership, and Sorcery. Speed Skills: Hidden in the Shadows, Sprint, and Perception. Chaos Magic: 4/4 dark blood, 4/4 Lure of Chaos, 1/4 Wings of Darkness Gear: Magister Staff and either a Rod of Will or Staff of Summoning Brethren and Mutants Gear: anything cheap Spend points on the Dark Pact only Dismiss if no mutation by the 6th attempt, no 2nd mutation by the 7th attempt, and no possession after the 8th attempt. Possessed Speed Skills: Hidden in the Shadows, Sprint, and Perception. Dismiss if possession occurred before the second mutation. That’s it! Until you’re finally free of the Dark Pact, just sit on those level-ups. This might be a hard pill to swallow for sum but it really will make your battles easier and faster. You can always spend those points once you get your final possessed. For you renegades who want to keep their mutants who've been locked out of possession (not recommended), you can upgrade their gear to a cowled helm, gromril axe, and buckler without any problems. You can also give them the same speed skills as everyone else. Lastly, adding a Magister Staff wielding warlock to your roster can also be very helpful. Loading them up with academic skills and fireball will make gear easier and cheaper to come by giving you an effective ranged weapon without contributing much at all to your warband's rating. If you have other variations of above strategy that work better for you or you do something completely different, feel free to share.