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#41 Griffsnog

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 05:06 PM

Think if the Adeptus arbites as FBI agents and acolytes as Agents Moulder, Scully and Dogget. They investigate the weird stuff whilst the arbitrators enforce Imperial lawuch as the FBI enforces Federal law. The Acolytes are essential because an inquisitor cannot be everywhere at once and some cases are too trivial and/or time consuming for the Inquisitor to take the case themselves. Think about it. Why would an inquisitor waste time in a middle or underhive? They will stand out like a sore thumb. You can't just run around askin questions with a plasma pistol and power sword, it draws a lot of attention. Acolytes are anonymous at least by comparison.

#42 Askil

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Posted 12 October 2013 - 05:35 PM

Acolytes exist because Inquisitors are extremely uncommon, there are probably no more than one or two inquisitors per planet in the imperium. This makes agents and acolytes a vital part of the inquisition`s work just to ensure that there are enough boots on the ground to catch anyone.

 

Imagine doing a door to door search of your hometown on your own then imagine needing to multiply that task until you are searching an entire galaxy. Naturally you`d want some help.

 

Thus: acolytes.


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#43 Simsum

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Posted 14 October 2013 - 07:34 PM

Also: Acolytes exist because individual Inquisitors are a law unto themselves.

Consider how incredibly much you'd get done if you were the owner and sole employee of your company/institution/whatever. The answer's going to be somewhere between "very little" and "too little to matter at all", because there's only so much an individual can do.

Acolytes are more or less expert man-hours. Just like most of us working stiffs in the real world. Our jobs just tend to be less horrifying & fatal.

#44 susanbrindle

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Posted 18 October 2013 - 01:32 PM

Consider how incredibly much you'd get done if you were the owner and sole employee of your company/institution/whatever. The answer's going to be somewhere between "very little" and "too little to matter at all", because there's only so much an individual can do.

 

I think the question was about why acolytes, rather than any other kind of employee (Ie: legions of stormtroopers, orbital bombardment, etc) (yes orbital bombardment is an employee)

 

 

The answer is threefold, as people have said above: 

 

1. Collateral Damage. Inquisitors like the Imperium. They'd rather not wrack up higher innocent killcounts than the daemons they pursue. Even if they didn't care, the owners of those people would care. Sooner or later, such an Inquisitor is going to find himself on the wrong end of an "accident."

 

2. There's Often A Bigger Fish. You heard there was a cult in the underhives? Maybe they were trying to buy a drilling machine to recover an artifact near the planet core. Or selling warp-tainted drugs they got from an offworld supplier. Generally speaking, taint is like a fungus- If you find it in one place, it probably grew from a spore from somewhere else. 

 

3. Nuking It Doesn't Actually Make You Sure. You heard there was a cult meeting in the underhives, so you executed the entire underhive. Turns out the cult was actually all nobles who only went down there for cult stuff, and you purged the hive when none of them were there. Or you bombed the site from orbit, but the tainted skull of a mass murderer was safely in a bomb shelter. Or it just didn't get hit directly and is sitting at the bottom of the rubble. If you're not sure what the problem was or who was involved, you can't confirm their death. 


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