Inquisition (rank)

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The Inquisition is the 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 were silly enough to stand against them with their 'step above' 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.

Known Inquisitors include Emmerich and Kharshai, though details about their roles within the Zarosian Empire are almost entirely unknown. Inquisitor Emmerich, and the Heriditas Expedition, occasionally returned to Kharid-et 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.[4] It is not known whether Inquisitor Emmerich was a member of the Heriditas Expedition, or whether he worked independently and provided other magical artefacts to the vaults.

The Writings on the Walls mystery offers potential insight into who, and what, the Inquisition may be. Whilst it has not been confirmed that the mysterious group described in the mystery are the inquisitors, the writings on the walls describe them as having begun in Kharid-et as surviving remnants of the Inquisition[5], confiscators of power much like in the Inquisition[6], and, the power behind the throne[7] . It is not known who wrote these messages on the walls. Interestingly, Veilinius also described himself as the power behind the throne in Azzanadra's Quest[8], and Soran, Emissary of Zaros explains that the Inquisitors confiscated powerful magical items when completing the final Zarosian collection log.[9]

Confirmed Inquisitors[edit | edit source]

Possible Inquisitors[edit | edit source]

None of the following have been confirmed as Inquisitors, but may be worth speculating on for various reasons.

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. Discord. "the inquisition are a separate organisation that work for the church" https://discord.com/channels/303835144073248770/436827573272576000/848251449820839956
  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."
  4. ^ Letter signed 'Pontifex 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"
  5. ^ 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.'"
  6. ^ 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.'"
  7. ^ 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.'"
  8. ^ 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."
  9. ^ 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."
  10. ^ 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."
  11. ^ 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."