The Inquisition

The Emperors Holy Servants

The Holy Orders of the Emperor's Inquisition, more commonly known as the Inquisition, are a secretive and powerful organisation of the Imperium responsible for guarding the souls of humanity. The purpose of the Inquisition is to identify and destroy the myriad of potential threats to the Imperium and humanity. The organisation's members are agents known as Inquisitors.

Role of the Inquisition

As a completely autonomous Imperial organisation beyond the power of the Adeptus Terra, the Inquisition is immensely powerful. As the Inquisition's duties involve the scrutiny and policing of the other organisations of the Imperium, the Inquisition itself is answerable to no higher power except the Emperor. No one, except the Emperor himself, is beyond the scrutiny of the Inquisition. This power is officially known as the Inquisitorial Remit or Inquisitorial Mandate. The Inquisition itself uses compounds scattered throughout the Imperium known as Inquisitorial Fortresses as its bases of operation.

The role of the ordinary Inquisitor is to investigate and deal with all potential threats to mankind and the Imperium. In the eyes of the Inquisition, there are multitudes of such potential threats. The main threat is posed not by invading aliens, but from within, by corruption and disloyalty within the Imperial organisations, as well as by psykers. The other threat posed from within is that of mutation, the constant corruption of the human gene-pool. There are no bounds to the Inquisition's area of responsibility: alien plots, mutation, political corruption, and incompetence all come under their jurisdiction.
If required, Inquisitors may call on the service and/or resources of any Imperial servant or organisation. Not even a High Lord of Terra may refuse the order of an Inquisitor without good reason.

The role of the Inquisition requires proactivity and efficiency unbound by the dogmatic bureaucracy common to most other Imperial departments. Authority within the Inquisition is governed by two factors - reputation and influence. Seniority is in itself no indicator of authority, however most Inquisitors will take heed of the wisdom an older and more experienced peer.
Because the Inquisition are the watchdogs of the Imperium, answerable only to themselves, given almost absolute power, along with such broad jurisdiction, corruption is an ever present danger. Its integrity is therefore upheld by constant self-policing and scrutiny.

As per the Inquisitorial Remit, Inquisitors hold the absolute power to judge all who fall beneath their gaze. The Inquisition holds countless paths to death that usually correspond to the level of guilt of the condemned. Anything from summary execution to forced service as a penal legionnaire is at the hands of the judging Inquisitor.

The Holy Ordos

Within the modern Inquisition there are three Ordos Majoris; Xenos, Malleus, and Hereticus, and an unknown number of Ordos Minoris. Each branch specialises in the combat and investigation of specific threats to the Imperial domain.

  • Ordo Malleus (The Threat Beyond) - Destroys daemonic threats and investigates the nature of the Daemon. The Ordo came into being immediately after the Horus Heresy, and therefore has been a part of the Inquisition from the beginning.
  • Ordo Hereticus (The Threat Within) - Investigates and roots out heresy, mutation, and rogue psykers from humanity, and polices the Ecclesiarchy. The Ordo Hereticus was founded following the events of the Age of Apostasy.5
  • Ordo Xenos (The Threat Without) - Investigates and eliminates alien influence and plots against the Imperium. It is not known when the Ordo Xenos was founded, however it is believed to be of a similar age to the Ordo Malleus
Acolyte Cells

An Acolyte is one in the employ of an Inquisitor and are usually formed into 'cells'. An Acolyte cell may contain any number of inquisitorial agents, from any number of professions. Some are professions soldiers, hired into the Inquisition to destroy it's enemies. Others are devout priests, intent of purifying the unholy wherever they find it. Regardless of background warriors, scribes, thieves and interrogators alike follow the will of their Inquisitor and do his bidding.

Acolytes are also often called upon to do separate missions of less importance or provide addition fire power for their mentor. Simple missions can include anything from running errands to a planetary government, getting take out meals, shuttling around important people, scouting terrain and filing reports; to fully representing an Inquisitor's presence on an entire planet which may include hunting down a particular individual, leading a group of individuals to exterminate a cult etc. Often Acolytes are sent into an area to set up a base of operations in preparation for the coming of their mentors and subsequent missions. More trusted Acolytes may even be allowed to untake missions in their Inquisitors stead, holding with them his authority and mandate.


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