The Hess Offset is a steeply dipping dyke located 12-15 km north of the 1.85 Ga Sudbury igneous complex (SIC) within the 200-250 km diameter Sudbury impact structure. It is up to 60 m wide and strikes subconcentrically to the SIC for at least 23 km. The main phase of the dyke is granodioritic, but it conforms with what is locally referred to as Quartz Diorite: a term used for all the Offset Dykes of the Sudbury impact structure. Rare earth element data shows that the Hess Offset is genetically related to the SIC. Hess is most closely affiliated with an evolved Felsic Norite component of SIC and not bulk impact melt. This indicates that Hess was emplaced during fractionation of the impact melt sheet, rather than immediately following impact. The main Quartz Diorite phase of the dyke comprises a quartz + plagioclase + hornblende + biotite + clinopyroxene + orthopyroxene assemblage. Critically, the Hess Offset occupies a concentric fault system that marks the northern limit of a pseudotachylyte-rich, shatter cone-bearing annulus about the SIC. This fault system was active during the modification stage of the impact process.