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Writing some fluff and it got thinking...
How much power would your bog-standard Inquisitor actually wield? Could one just casually requisition a few Astartes companies to cleanse a tainted hive, or reroute a navy fleet to bomb a planet for them? Also, when they do requisition troops, would they take direct command over them or is it more a case of "I need those people over there dead, you do the strategising and I'll go catalogue my heretic skull collection, kthanks".
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He can't requisition Astrates companies, as they have their own mandate from the Emperor which can't be overriden by anyone, but he can requisition virtually anything else and expect instant compliance..
Inquisitors are considered to be the best and brightest humanity has to offer, and as such they're given a lot of freedom to act against established procedure. Of coruse, it's not quite limitless.. Inquisitors are expected to keep an eye on each other, and keep tabs on each others actions, and if a person is going too far or requisitioning resources for trivial reasons, he can expect to be dealt with (probably ignobly and quietly.) The Inquisition is thus a bit of a den of vipers..
There's nothing to say he couldn't delegate responsibility to commanders.. However, it probably wouldn't look very good. If you're requisitioning troops directly, it's expected to be important.. There are other ways to deal with minor or potential issues (you could submit a report or request to high command, for example.) Requisition is for those urgent, last ditch moments where the established procedure would be too slow or clumsy.. If the event isn't important enough to demand an Inquisitor's time, it probably isn't important enough to demand you overide the proper procedure. That fleet could have been doing something important.. those troops could have been on their way to a battle which will now be lost because they didn't participate. Everything has an effect, and an Inquisitor who fails to realise the consequences of his actions is unlikely to either reach that rank, or live long when he does..
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; June 18th, 2008 at 14:51.
The ties between the Inquisition and the Space Marines are more cordial than they are with the Guard - an Inquisitior would happily order a Guardsman to his death without blinking - same for a Space Marine, but he might say "please"!
We also have to bear in mind that the Inquisition can still proclaim Marines and even entire Chapters heretic - with the Grey Knights or flying nuns on their side - they can afford to do this. Masters would probably find themselves running for the Eye after a decade of not co-operating with the Inquisition.
Other than that minor detail, you're dead-on though. An Inquisitor has the power to divert entire Battlefleets and command the death of a planet - but if he abused that power, he wouldn't be an Inquisitor for very long!
Fully dependant on the situation and the Inquisitor in question, I'd say.Also, when they do requisition troops, would they take direct command over them or is it more a case of "I need those people over there dead, you do the strategising and I'll go catalogue my heretic skull collection, kthanks".
I'm surprised the inquisition hasn't declared the space marines heretics for their beleif that the emperor is not a god, but the ultimate human. Havent the space mariens and inquisition fought each other before? I mean actual combat, I know about the age of apostary, so aside from that. Has an inquisitor been stupid enough to challenge a space marine chapter or even fight them. I know there are space marine chapters that don't react well to auhtority (space wolves come to mind) and would have more than likely have earned the ire of an inquisitor or 2.
So yeah - it happens from time to time and the Inquisition certainly aren't stupid to do it - they are the most powerful organisation in the Imperium.
The thing to get around with the Inquisition is that it's full of individuals. It's the only place in the Imperium where individuality and free-thought is not only tollerated, but celebrated. The entire purpose of the organization is to provide unorthodox and knowledgable solutions to problems which can't be solved by a blunt hammer to the face.
Here in the Protestant world we're used to thinking of Inquisitors as fantatics in big hats.. But in 40k, they're not. They're a secret society of elite and exceptional people who are there to do the things and make the decisions others would be too dogmatic or too over-indoctrinated to make effectively. Most do have extremely strong faith, but they still wouldn't be there if they were ravening drooling zealot-monkeys..Several chapters have been outright exterminated by the Inquisition.. Others, like the Flame Falcons and Astral Claws, survived only in very small numbers. Generally, Inquisitors don't accuse space marine chapters lightly though.. A lot of it depends on whether other space marine chapters will come to the aid of the Inquisition, or the accused chapter. Noone wants another Badab War, so Inquisitors have to tread lightly and be careful.. Really old and well established chapters like the aforementioned wolfy boys can actually get away with a lot more than joe newbie and his band of newbies, simply because, if they were accused, other chapters would come to their defence and an Inquisitor would be hard pressed to find space marine allies willing to carry out the purge.Havent the space mariens and inquisition fought each other before? I mean actual combat, I know about the age of apostary, so aside from that. Has an inquisitor been stupid enough to challenge a space marine chapter or even fight them.
Last edited by The_Giant_Mantis; June 18th, 2008 at 17:28.
A wise Inquistor never attacks a Chapter full on. Space marine chapters feircly maintian their independance and righ to a seperate belief system.
To effectivly stop a Space marine chapter the Inquististo gathers information atesting to the guiltyness of the chapter and then presents this information to other space marine chapters. These will fight the rebel space marine chapter ferocioully as there is nothing that Space Marines hate more than another chapter soiling the Space Marine's reputation.
Generally most space marine chapters will come if a Inquististor asks the Chapter Master. But it is a weak Inquististor who allows things to get so out of hand that they are unable to stop rebellion with a sniper bullet or assasin. To ask for help means they have failed to achive their duty which is to stop rebellions in their tracks before they start.
It's important to remember that despite what your average GW store would have you believe, there aren't a hell of a lot of Space Marines. A thousand chapters of a thousand men, or something like that. In a galaxy of 44 thousand trillion humans, that isn't much. Because of this, Inquisitors can't expect a company of marines to act as their private army, or a Space Marine ship as a their personal transport.
Gav Thorpe summed it up well on an article about using Marines in Inquisitor the game: "remember that, at the end of the day, the Space Marine Chapters exist to fight wars, act as shock troops and space-borne warriors, not as Inquisition bully-boys." So, if there was a relatively non-serious crisis (for example, a traitorous church of a few hundred heretics), a Inquisitor would be more likely to call on PDF, regular Guard or Inquisitional Stormtroppers to do the door kicking. On the other hand, if he found a Genestealer cult, he'd be quite justified in getting his telepath to scream "NEED SPACE MARINES YESTERDAY!" and a nearby chapter would be wise to respond favorably to this request, because while your average Inquisitor acting alone probably couldn't bring down a Chapter, that newbie may will be an Inquisitor Lord in a couple of centuries in a mood for some smurf BBQ. On the other hand, the Inquisition is one of the few places you can hold a "differing" opinion of the Emperor and Co. without finding yourself as a acro-flaggent or whatever. Most middle of the road Inquisitors (i.e., not ultra radical Xanthities packing daemonswords and hanging around daemonhosts or witch-hunters purging a couple of planets each day) will feel quite a bond with the Marines - after all, both are organizations with essentially complete independence from the bureaucracy of the Imperium of Man.
As for other forces, as other posters have indicated, Inquisitors are essentially can and do what they like with regular imperial forces, keeping in mind that they'll have to face their peers if they destroy fifteen planets in a month or something ridiculous like that.