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The headquarters of the Inquisition in Senntisten.

The Inquisition is the Zarosian Church's Secret Police[1][2], originally an off-shoot of the Praetorian Guard, which travelled the world confiscating powerful magical items and punishing those who decided to stand against them with their powerful weapons.[3] One object known to have been used by the Inquisitors is the Inquisitor staff, which, in part, is created from the Praetorian staff. The Inquisition worked alongside the Praetorians on the daily basis, although the latter's leader, Praefectus Praetorio Sliske, questioned the need for two sets of secret police.[4]

One of the Inquisitors, Emmerich occasionally visited the Kharid-et fort to deposit their valuable finds within the secure vaults beneath the fortress. The Heriditas Expedition, which was lead by Bilrach and Lucien, were known to have deposited at least one extremely powerful item within the vaults: The Heart of the Sun, otherwise known as the Kharid-ib or the Heart of Tumeken. It was deposited and secured into the Vaults of Heriditas, beneath Kharid-et, following the dangerous expedition which cost the party hundreds of human lives.[5]

Kharshai operated out of Senntisten and was responsible for investigating matters like secret plots and passing judgement to the accused of dissent. When Kharshai was summoned by Azzanadra to the Empty Throne Room to investigate the plot against Zaros, he questioned many high ranking individuals and served as a judge of the suspects right before Zamorak's betrayal.[6][7][8]

Following the fall of Zaros, Sliske, leader of the Praetorians, has dealt with Inquisition matters along Praetor Trindine, keeping an eye on a number of individuals that were of interest to Inquisition, either as potential agents, assets or dissidents. At some point the top four persons of interest were warrior Damis, priest Dagroda and a pair of twin demons, Castyx the Lascivious and Gready the Corpulent. Sliske used their names as a code to the file cabinet that protected the shadow ward within Inquisition's headquarters in Senntisten, located near a market to the north west of the Cathedral of Azzanadra. The headquarters were visited in the Sixth Age by the World Guardian, seeking the ward.[9]

The office inside the Inquisition's headquarters in Senntisten.

The Writings on the Walls, found within the five dig sites that became of interest to the Archaeology Guild in the Sixth Age, refer to a mysterious group, describing them as having begun in Kharid-et as surviving remnants of the Inquisition[10], confiscators of power much like in the Inquisition[11], and, the power behind the throne[12]. Veilinius, a Chthonian demon who, along with the Order of the Temple of Zaros he commanded, inflitrated Saradomin's ranks for millennia, also described himself as the power behind the throne when confronted by Sir Owen Sonde[13]. The symbol seen in Writings on the Walls was also used as a tattoo by individuals such as Acting Guildmaster Reiniger, who was secretly a member of clandestine Zarosian organisation known as Silhouette, which infiltrated the Archaeology Guild and led to the disappearance of Guildmaster Tony.[14]

Known Inquisitors[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. ^ Kharshai, "Children of Mah", RuneScape. "I lived in Senntisten under the rule of Zaros, serving in the military before being transferred to the church as Azzanadra's personal inquisitor."
  2. ^ Mod Jack. Inqusition and the church. Discord. 29 May 2021. "the inquisition are a separate organisation that work for the church"*
  3. ^ Soran, Emissary of Zaros, "Zarosian_IV", RuneScape. "And for my final collection, I have for you a piece of an inquisitor's staff... The inquisition was an offshoot of the empire's praetorian guard. It travelled the world seeking out powerful magical items to, ah, confiscate. As such, the magical weapons they wielded were a step above. They were particular adept at punishing those silly enough to stand against them, shall we say, toe-to-toe."
  4. ^ Sliske, "Children of Mah", RuneScape. "We are the secret police in Senntisten, you work 'with' us on a daily basis! Although I cannot understand why for the life of me. It is not like we need two sets of secret police when the Praetorians are already doing such a commendable job."
  5. ^ Letter signed 'Pontifex Bilrach', written by Bilrach, "The Empty Throne Room", RuneScape. "After days of travels the sun once more rose, and we returned to Kharid-et. Of over 500 that set out, and only two dozen returned, but our prize was the Heart of the Sun, an artefact of presumably considerable power. A good trade for the lives of a few hundred humans. As I write, the diamond is being secured in the vaults beneath the outpost. I await your response and further instruction"
  6. ^ Kharshai, "Children of Mah", RuneScape. "Azzanadra had summoned me to the throne room, but his message was vague. My job in Senntisten was that of inquisitor, so I first sought information as to what was going on and why I was needed."
  7. ^ Kharshai, "Children of Mah", RuneScape. "It was clear we had been summoned because there was a plot to overthrow our leader. As inquisitor it was my job to deal with such situations, but Zaros's most fierce loyalists would still need convincing of my innocence..."
  8. ^ Azzanadra, "Children of Mah", RuneScape. "You are inquisitor, time to fulfill your duty. Prove your loyalty to Zaros once and for all by passing judgement on these suspects."
  9. ^ Inquisition Profiles, written by Sliske, "City of Senntisten", RuneScape. "The persons herein are of interest to the Inquisition, be they potential agents, assets[sic] or simply dissidents to keep an eye on. Trindine, if you require access to the ward, use the names of these top four persons of interest. Ensure you reactivate the protective magicks once you are done."
  10. ^ Writings on the Walls, RuneScape. "'This is where they began, surviving remnants of the Inquisition. They lived among their enemies, vying for power and status.'"
  11. ^ Writings on the Walls, RuneScape. "'They stole power from everywhere - confiscated and hoarded it, much like in the Inquisition - but rarely used it, lest they give away their existence.'"
  12. ^ Writings on the Walls, RuneScape. "'They are neither war nor peace, order nor chaos. They are what falls between the cracks, the power behind the throne, the silent watchers.'"
  13. ^ Veilinius, "Azzanadra's Quest", RuneScape. "Well, it's the power behind the throne, isn't it? You know that feeling you've always had. That feeling that things aren't what they seem. The feeling that someone else is in control. The feeling that someone is pulling the strings behind the scenes."
  14. ^ Update:Reiniger's Research Notes, written by Acting Guildmaster Reiniger, RuneScape. "Like any good clandestine order, Silhouette keeps track of its members - makes sure you're toeing the line, enacting Lord Zaros's will from the shadows. They'll hear the first word of dissent that passes your lips - hence my sparkling demeanour and perky grin."
  15. ^ Commander's log page 1, written by Livia Drusilla, RuneScape. "I received word today that our Lord Zaros would soon be paying a visit to Kharid-et... a visit from our lord would improve the troops' morale... since the truce, and the retreat of the Menaphites, life here has been quiet, broken only by the occasional visit from Inquisitor Emmerich and the Heriditas Expedition."
  16. ^ Kharshai, "Children of Mah", RuneScape. "I lived in Senntisten under the rule of Zaros, serving in the military before being transferred to the church as Azzanadra's personal inquisitor."
  17. ^ Inquisitor's Memoirs (page 1), written by Aurelius, RuneScape. "My name is Aurelius, but that name will not survive the ages. I am - no, was - a member of the Inquisition, the great and holy secret police of the vast and powerful Zarosian Empire."
  18. ^ Inquisitor's Memoirs (page 1), written by Aurelius, RuneScape. "Kolton was a Tribunus, yes - a soldier in the grand Zarosian Army. But he was also one of us. He was a member of the Inquisition, faithful and devoted to the one true god, Zaros."