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Right so I was reading up on secret police and conspiracies and came up with an idea for a faction of the imperium. The secret police!
This fluff was written in like 15 minutes so its really basic and only has the basic idea with some really rough and horrible text, but I'd like to know what you guys think of this!
I'm planning on doing a whole converting army of these guys (some day).
The Order of the Concealed Blade
The Order of the Concealed Blade is a the lesser known ordo of the inquisition. It is small in size and works in the shadows of the Imperium. The Concealed Blade has no one single purpose, but instead has many secular assignments, and is called for only when the job at hand won’t fit any of the other ordos of the inquisition. One could say the Concealed Blade is the secret police of the Imperium. The Order of the Concealed Blade was found during the Age of Apostasy, shortly after the foundation of the Ordo Hereticus. Since then the Concealed Blade has served the Imperium in countless covert operations such as smear campaigns, assassinations, numerous different investigations and its operatives have seen action in many forms of guerrilla warfare.
The Concealed Blades organization is a mystery to everyone. Only its most high ranking members have access to the factions files and have permission to see detailed information of its operatives. The only times when outsiders gain access to information about the Concealed Blade is when the ordo is working with another faction of the Imperium. Even then the Concealed Blade keeps mostly to itself and works with others only when needed.
Recruitment for the Concealed Blade is usually done in an extremely secretive fashion. An operative of the Concealed Blade infiltrates a friendly unit and seeks out promising individuals. When found, these individuals are captured and trained into operatives for the Concealed Blade. Another form of recruiting is when children are taken from their homes and are then trained for service from a very early age.
The Order of the Concealed Blade deals with mostly internal affairs, but units and single operatives are often sent to the fighting front of humanity for special missions. At “home”, most of the Concealed Blades missions have something to do with traitors, agitators and other enemies of the Emperor. One of the most common assignments is smearing the enemy by terrorist activity in the name of the enemy. For example bomb attacks etc. would be done in the name of an activist/enemy group for propaganda purposes and to give the Imperial forces the right to use lethal force.
In all honesty, I'm not sure what sets this apart from the Inquisition. It sounds like this would simply be the work of a radical Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor.
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What's being proposed though is, instead of the more blatant Inquisitors, operatives would simply "not exist." They would do anything necessary to discredit anyone they see as an enemy of the emperor. I like it, I think it fits pretty well within the universe as something the Imperium would do. The only challenge I can see is how you would create a force out of single operators or, at best, small kill teams.
The only constant in the universe is change, adapt or die.
Well certainly Inquisitors may operate as if they did not exist. For example, Inquisitor Ravenor went into whatever his special status was so that he could kill some baddies that threatened the universe and whatnot. I still maintain it simply sounds like a radical Inquisitor. Maybe the Order could be the creation of a radical Inquisitor?
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^Hmm... maybe I should've read a bit more about the inquisition before writing this.
Anyways, I don't see why it couldn't be just a radical, secretive branch of the inquisition, and even if it weren't it could be led by a radical. I'm going to work on this alot today so keep the advice coming.
Heres what really inspired me : Operation Gladio
Read the Inquisitor rulebook, it gives you a LOT of insight into the way the Inquisition works. Unfortunately it seems they're now asking you to pay for it rather than have it as a free PDF. So it goes...
The game itself also suits the idea you have of small operatives and kill teams (if they haven't reproduced the Kill-Team 40K rules in 5th ed I will be disgusted and not at all suprised), as in Inquisitor it's at most 4 or 5 characters per "side". But it can vary, like everything else in the game.
The kind of fluff thing that you're proposing could be done from either an Alamathian or Istvaanian standpoint, philosophically speaking. In short, the former faction engages in smear campaigns/selective guerrilla actions/assassinations to make the Imperium sound stronger and better, and the latter engages in smear campaigns/selective guerrilla actions/assassinations to destabilise the Imperium so that something stronger will rise from the ashes.
Given the founding of the order just after the Age of Apostasy, they could be either. They could either think that the end of the Age was a new equilibrium to be maintained, or that the conflict forged a new and stronger Imperium by the process of the schism.
Hmm... I think I'll try and get my hands on the inq. book.
Also, I was thinking of maybe going for the "make imperium seem stronger" kind of action.
And thanks everyone so much for all the feedback, now I know this is worth continuing.
BTW your fluff would be more along the lines of a Conclave of Inquisitors rather than a completly new Ordo.
Basically Conclaves are groups of Inquisitors from many different Ord's (or just one it doesn't matter) who have given themseves a particular goal to accomplish. This might be investigation of a new Xonos race or the aquisition of a Daemonic tome or whatever.
Last edited by Visitor Q; March 5th, 2009 at 11:38.
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