View Full Version : Inquisition Orders Confronting The Wrong Enemy

The Inevitable One
08-07-2010, 15:06
As we know the Inquisition has various orders such as Malleus (Threat beyond), Xenos (Threat without) and Hereticus (Threat within). My question is, if Malleus comes across aliens will they fight them or wait for Xenos to come along? The same could be said for Hereticus or Xenos, if they come across daemons will they fight them or wait for Malleus?

Lord Zarkov
08-07-2010, 15:16
In general Inquisitors will investigate and combat any threat they come across, their Ordo is more the area they prefer to work in (see the Eisenhorn trilogy, Xenos especially) and also to which they might have more dedicated long term goals. That said, they might call in for assistance from Inquisitors of another Ordo if they lack the knowledge or skill to properly combat the threat. Also, more powerful Inquistors from the 'correct' Ordo might be inclined to muscle them out of the investigation - although the initial Inquisitor might not take to kindly to it!

08-07-2010, 16:04
Mostly, it will depend on the circumstances.

Mostly, it will be a matter of expertise. For example, if a Xenos inquisitor finds a cult trying to perform a sacrifice under his nose, he'll deal with the cult himself. However, he won't know much about the rites, artifacts and tomes used, so he'll most likely send a report and the quaranteened items over to Malleus for analysis. Same, if a Hereticus were to find Xenos sponsoring a psyker smuggling ring, he'd most likely notify the Ordo Xenos and let them deal with it - or rather, you'd get two teams working, one on the Xenos and one on the domestics.

In best circumstances, that is.

The Ordos are very competitive and don't necessarily get along perfectly, so cooperation vs. soloing, reporting vs. dealing with the threat on your own and so on can vary.

After all, the Inquisition is rife with internal struggle, and two inquisitors who can't stand each other may well try to at least embarass each other by dealing with problems from the other's speciality :)

08-07-2010, 17:45
Or even by sending assassins to make a point to the other. That's how far other inquisitors can go per Siege of Vraks part 3.

08-07-2010, 17:55
Yes, but commonly targets end up as dual threats. Traitors working with xenos and summoning daemons would have all three orders after them.

Eldar as an example could have all three. Obviously being xenos, but have psykers for hereticus, and possible openings for daemons, malleus.

Tau indoctrinate humans into auxillaries and Imperial Traitors, and are xenos. O'Shavah could have malleus after him as his radical change after aquiring the dawn blade could be investigated as daemon taint.

08-07-2010, 17:58
It probably depends upon the urgency and severity of the event. If famed Xenos Inquisitor Bob stumbles across some guy trying to summon a demon by reading the phone book backwards, he's not going to blow his cover just to deal with the retards. He'll send out a call to Inquisitor Tom, who specializes in not very smart Chaos cults. Meanwhile, he continues searching for those Genestealers. Likewise, Inquisitor Tom is off-world, hunting Chaos cultists, when he stumbles across some guys purchasing a used vibrator from an Eldar merchant. He's got better stuff to do, so he sends a message back to Inquisitor Bob, to let him handle it. Technically, either one could handle these minor problems, but they aren't really concerned with that stuff as long as it isn't really urgent.

08-07-2010, 18:02
lol@massey; Im pretty sure that the dark eldar would be peddling such wares.

08-07-2010, 18:10
Well, even if the threat is really not worth blowing their cover for, they can still take care of the matter nonetheless by sending an order to the local Arbites, using their Inquisition clearance IDs.

But yeah, they are expected and encouraged to deal with threats outside their area of expertise if they happen to be first on the scene.

However, there's no such thing as coincidence in 40K - only Will of Tzeentch. So if somehow an Xenos inquisitor stumbles across cultists while on a mission, it's a pretty safe bet that they're somehow connected to the xenos.