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Hello everyone! I have decidied to write a novel about Warhammer 40k, and my main idea is called "The War of The Radical and The Puritain" and was just wondering how pllausible would it be for a radical inquisitor to go to war with a puritain? The main idea is that they are both on the same planet, and the radical denounces the puritain and declares war on him and his newly formed army of guardsmen.
The Inquisition can't get involved, I will explain in the novel why, but how realistic would this be?
Thank you for any help!
A good start here would be to dig out the game 'Inquisitor' (the rulebook is free to download online.) It should give you a good idea of how Inquisitors fight each other. Generally speaking, I don't think they raise armies and go to all out war with each other. That could actually be classed as treasonous at best, or a waste of resources at worse. Inquisitorial 'war' takes the form of small scale skirmishing and assassination attempts. It's all very private.. Those outside the Inquisition aren't even aware of the distinction between factions, it all seems to be a unified front, until you get inside and see how much backstabbing and competition there actually is.
And the Inquisition can always get involved, and will, if one of their fellows steps beyond the bounds of propriety. Short of an actual physical barrier, or possibly space marines, no force in the Imperium can override the authority of an Inquisitor. That's why secrecy is so important, because noone wants rival X's friends flocking to hunt you down just because you called him nasty names.
Sorry, I should have explained in the first post that one of the inquisitors is corrupt, and, rather than fighting the normal way, they have decidied that they should have full scale war. Also, the newly raised army was before he was denounced by The Radical.
the Radical denounces the puritain??
A full sacle war is a bit, iffy, but one side with an army (radical) hunting a small warband (puritain) as they try to find and kil him sounds good.
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The possibility exists. One army/both armies may have been deceived. Both attempting to eliminate the opposing army and attack the controlling inquisitor directly. Vampire the Masquerade shenanigan's all around.
How were you planning on implementing this setting?
Draw it out more. Have the full-scale war as a final act, I think. Why are they fighting? Build the rivalry. Inquisitors don't like to kick down the door. At the end of the day, they're the NSA with bigger guns, instant authority, and less morals. Skulking is what they do. They don't go from encounter to full-scale war without some intervening stages.
Why? Inquisitors usually don't engage against each other on that scale.and, rather than fighting the normal way, they have decidied that they should have full scale war.
Some explanation will be neccesary.Plausible.Also, the newly raised army was before he was denounced by The Radical.
But begets a question what did he raise the army for?
Interesting concept, Inquisitors usually use Tzeentch like methods of scheming and backstabbing to get their rivals out of the way. I COULD see the puritan falling to chaos via a chaos cultist or Daemon infiltrating the puritans retinue or somehting and convinces him that the rqadical is the corrupted one.