Summary: The great Inquisitors of the Imperium
Owned by: Enderslayer
Gender: Male and Female
Group: Imperium of Man
Game: Warhammer 40k: Renaissance
Physical AppearanceInquisitors of the Ordo Hereticus are commonly figures of incredibly strong will. Some are fitted with special Psychic Hoods designed to nullify hostile witcheries targeting their mind or person. Others prefer to trust in the Emperor, uttering litanies of protection and hate as they move against rogue psykers. As with the other ordos of the Inquisition, the Witch Hunters are happy to use individuals with psychic powers, provided they have been properly sanctioned.
Perhaps surprisingly, there are many Inquisitors amongst the Ordo Hereticus who are capable of using psychic disciplines themselves. Woe betide the witch who is hunted by one such individual, for these Inquisitors are notorious in their zeal. Perhaps it is because they are fully aware of the terrible dangers that lurk within the Warp, or perhaps it is a result of their training -- whatever the case, these psychic Witch Hunters will stop at nothing to destroy the corrupt and tainted.
Some Inquisitors within the Ordo Hereticus specialise in the identification and eradication of mutants. They may have numerous cells of Acolytes at their disposal, which range from hive-toughened Flamer squads, trained to purge large infected areas, to precision assassination cells, which remove and replace key political figures that have succumbed to the lure of the Dark Gods.
In most cases, such Inquisitors will be less concerned with the mutants themselves (as they are a relatively simple matter to deal with) and more with the causes of mutation. An outbreak of mutation may herald a terrible event, point to an upswing in cult activity or simply be the inexplicable whim of the Ruinous Powers. Whatever the cause, the Ordo Hereticus will require an investigation and purge. This can sometimes cause the ordo to be involved in high-profile events, such as the removal of a head of state, the cleaning up of corrupted pollutants or even outright war.
Personality and InterestThe Inquisitors of the Ordo Hereticus are generally considered darker and more sinister than their Ordo Xenos and Ordo Malleus brethren because of their focus on eliminating the internal human enemies of the Imperium, which have transformed them into a grim, paranoid and unforgiving lot.
HistoryThe Ordo Hereticus is one of the three major orders of the secretive organisation known as the Imperial Inquisition. They are tasked with protecting Mankind from itself, by combatting such internal threats to the Imperium as treason, mutation, heresy, apostate members of the Ecclesiarchy and unsanctioned psykers, colloquially known as "witches" across much of the Imperium.
It is this latter function that has earned the Inquisitors of the Ordo Hereticus the name "Witch Hunters." Mutants, rebels and Heretics are also targeted by the Ordo Hereticus. The Ordo has no qualms at all about acting against threats in the other Adepta and many a Renegade Adeptus Ministorum Cardinal or corrupt Tech-priest has met his end at the hands of a Witch Hunter.
These Inquisitors are some of the most feared individuals in the entire Imperium, and like all Inquisitors they have ultimate authority over any other Imperial organisation in the Adeptus Terra and can demand assistance from any other source of authority in the Imperium.
The Ordo Hereticus' Chamber Militant are the Sisters of Battle, the Orders Militant of the Adepta Sororitas, and they also make use of the Inquisitorial Black Ships to round up unsanctioned psyker mutants from across the galaxy. The members of the Ordo Hereticus can also call upon the military forces of the Ecclesiarchy, the Frateris Militia.