The Heretic's Brand refers to both a dire punishment leveled on an Overseer, and the tool used to administer said punishment.
The Brand is a punishment only applicable to the Overseers, but any Overseer can receive it, including the High Overseer himself. The sentence is only given to an Overseer who has committed a great wrong in failing to abide by the Seven Strictures of the Abbey of the Everyman. It is a minor criminal offense to offer aid, shelter, or solace to anyone who bears the Brand.
- An Overseer being sentenced to receive the Heretic's Brand is a rare occurrence, indicating the seriousness of the offense necessary to incur it.
- Corvo Attano can use the Brand to eliminate High Overseer Campbell non-lethally during the mission High Overseer Campbell (Mission).