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I'm slowly assembling a radical Inquisitor army. On the upside, I'm getting more and more into it as I grow the army. On the downside, my collection of models is growing more and more eclectic. Both of these are making me want to get a little more serious about the fluff for the army. I'd also like an excuse to flesh out my own view of the 40k universe, and this seems like a great way for me to work out my view on the Imperium vs Chaos.
The fluff, to be brief, would start with Cap'n Torquemada of the USS Gonna-Get-The-Badguys being a fairly run of the mill, boring Inquisitor. Age him a few years, have him start to learn more about The Naughty Side and eventually start to use it, even if just in tiny doses. Continue to age him (or I might make it a her, just since 40k is a little heavy on the boy-love) and increase his dabbling in the use of Chaos, et. al.; increased scrutiny, leading to excommunication or whatever word they use. Eventually leave him fully in 'the grips of Chaos' although still thinking he's working for the good of mankind. It's hardly inspired, but I really just want an excuse to put down my Order vs. Chaos thoughts.
I'd like to pick up a book or two that I might be able to use as a basis for my own fluff. The Eisenhorn trilogy was a nice start, and (more or less) has the same backbone of a story, largely because I used that story to firm up my own. I'd like to find a few other books (or series) that would tell a similar story to what I'm trying to do. I mostly want to have a good idea of just how much I can get away with. An assault on Terra is certainly pushing it (at least a tiny bit,) but raising some hell on a single planet, somewhat isolated, probably isn't all that unreasonable.
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Inquisitor Living Rulebook
Thorian Faction Sourcebook
Okay.. They're not strictly fluff books, but they include a lot of fluff.. including some of the most detailed explanations of what the Inquisition is and how it opperates.
I don't think Inquisitors can be excommunicated.. Each one is the ultimate authority in any situation they're likely to encounter. They can overule the Ecclesiarchy, the Arbites etc with a word, so bringing any kind of judgement against them is impossible. Of course, if they flash their daemonic minions around, they might get killed on the spot, but that would be a pretty chronic lack of subtlety anyway.
What's more likely to happen is that an Inquisitor is outed as a radical within the Inquisition, and earns the ire of Puritan societies and factions who either use their influence to have him bumped off, or send their young, impressionable and overzealous members to do the job.. Of course, the radicals might well be trying to do the same to the puritans.. You get the picture. Den of vipers.
In short.. Radicals and puritans don't generally wage outright warfare with the resources of planets, as that would destroy the Imperium and ruin the reputation of the Inquisition, and noone wants that.. Keep it sneaky like and you can have more fun with it.
I suppose a more inside look into the inquisiors daily life is the Ravenor Triliogy. Thats a good one. ANd then, for a nice look into how Inquisitor factions interact, read Warrior Coven, that's got some nice inside looksies.
ummm....some of the ciaphas Cain novels has got Amberly the INquisitor, and even Gaunts Ghosts has one in the...what? second novel that shows a cool view of a chick inquisitor.
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Inquisitors can be excommunicated, mainly by other higher ranking (or more powerful) Inquisitors. As Mantis said this would generally lead to a on the spot death penalty.
Given that the Imperial religion bears some resemblance to Roman Catholisim Excommunication in the Imperium may occur latae sententiae (automatic, incurred at the moment the offensive act takes place) for the following reasons
Hence in theory a member of the Ecclesiarchy, the Arbites or indeed even an Imperial guard officer could execute an Inquisitor for such crimes and then provide the evidence to back up their actions (i.e there would be no need for a trial)
Here are a few examples of Inquisitores who have been excommunicated
Inquisitor Lord Vinculus (Heretic and the Daemon worshipper.)
Senior Inquisitor Laredian (Declared Extremis Diabolus)
Inquisitor Quixos (Declared a Heretic for binding Deamons and dealing with Chaos).
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Thanks for the advice. I've already read the fluff at the beginning of those two Inquisitor rulebooks, and probably will read it again for, er, a third time I think. I'll have to try and pick up a copy of the Ravenor trilogy the next time I'm at a GW store; I had forgotten about that series, so thanks.
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The best book for reading about a Puritain inquisitor going slowly down the radical path, to the point of owning his own deamonhosts is the Eiesnhorn Trilogy, absalutly superb.
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