Currently at Rank 4, my Astropath, Xin, is an…ecclectic woman. She has a goal of liberating the Emperor from the Golden Throne and letting his light shine across the Void, thus empowering the Empire (So she believes). On this way she seeks to siphon of resources to a secret little known planet, where a small group of Psykers/Astropaths and others have gathered to philosophically ponder how to create a better Imperium.
Thus she researches a lot. In her chambers she has alcoves with exotica - the backpart and spine of an Eldar princess with writings about Sigmar, Xeno armour and the Skeleton within, strands of cloned Orc muscle, a golden crown half melted from exposure to mad visions, plants with have fused with the ship itself etc. Some of it is controversial, but as the GM said "Its really the Rogue Trader who defines what is legal or not, and most of it, you are allowed by the Telepathica to have".
However…due to wearing a very controversial gown at a nobles' party on Footfallen, our ship was visited by an Inquisitor. He questioned Xin, with the Rogue Trader present, took notes and went to her chambers. Here he confiscated all her recordings of sound (Animals, screams, litanies, sex, prayer, laughter) which she had used to further her knowledge of sending messages across space.
He marked the Eldar spine and her own leg torn off by a Gene stealer and held in stasis as "Due further studies", and to be removed, and held by the Rogue Trader. After the Inquisitor leaves. The Rogue Traders strips EVERYTHING from Xin's quarters, and tells her that either he shoots her now or she never leaves his fleet of three ships, unless ordered by him, and is to be accompanied by four guards at all times. Also she is not allowed to conduct therapy sessions with the Rogue Trader's cousin, the Seneschal, whom receives the same punishment.
First question, is the RT a PC or NPC? Obviously, if it's an NPC, then go through with the assassination / change of power with full force once you have the leverage. Meaning, wait for the right time to strike, which could be months to even years down the road. If it's a PC………….. for me as a GM I hate PC vs PC conflict (unless I engineered it that way ). A little sporty competition / rough housing is okay, but conflict with intent to kill not so much. Do what has to be done, whether that is kill the PC (highly discouraged IMHO) or just get enough power to convince him to not mess with you again (highly encouraged).
With all that said, if the items confiscated by the Inquisition were "Heretical" in nature, with your character having the belief to liberate the Emperor from his Golden Throne, has a secret sect worshiping her cause, with a secret hideout, I would er on the side of caution and secretly sow doubt. This would bid you more time to prepare for your next move without it looking like retaliation, all the while allowing the RT to feel comfortable around you once again and dropping his guard. I wouldn't want anyone snooping too closely if I had these hidden agendas.
Now if the stuff was Xeno, you can definitely get it back, because what RT doesn't have Xeno trophies, weapons, equipment, etc., in their quarters too.
Being a first time player I didn't know exactly how powerful/what the Telepathica could/can do, but it seems they also have some weight to throw around, even if they are not one of the *** four Adeptus.
It seems that spreading slander, rapporting to the Telepathica, and sowing discontent is the way forward. My main issue is also being restricted and having my things confiscated. It's fair enough that the RG wants to punish me for financial losses, but the punishment seems….really harsh.
If I do send a message to the Telepathica, what would they reasonably do? Put pressure on the RG family to return my stuff? Nothing? Replace me?
Astropaths have allot of power in the right place, while in others not so much. Do read page 309 RT "Communication", and pay attention to the sentence "privacy of their sanctums on worlds and aboard ships are sacrosanct areas made inviolable by Imperial Law." Now, what power does the RT have? Absolute power when he is away from the Imperium. But once he is back in Imperial Space, he has no more power than a Free Merchant. So this means he "can" walk into and take stuff from the Astropaths quarters if the ship is in the Koronus Expanse (and depending on what he did he would be punished later when entering Imperial Space), but if he tried that stunt in the Calaxis Sector, all your Astropath would have to do is report him to the local Imperial Navy and/or the Astropath Guild, and BAM!, embargo's, sanctions, etc, would be placed upon him/her, their Dynasty, for violating Imperial Law. And depending on what he did or took, the Navy could be after him/her or even the Inquisition, for investigation. Why do you ask? Because I'm sure the Navy and the Inquisition have certain codes or phrases placed in the recording machines or the minds of highest ranking Astropaths that are of the utmost secrecy. Would anyone really know what they found? Probably not, but the risk, IMHO, would be too high to ignore.
If you sent a message to the Telepathica, it would depend on several things. 1) Were the items Heretical in Nature 2) Were they just Xeno ornaments 3) What did the Inquisitor report back and to whom 4) Do you have powerful allies in the Astra Telepathica 5) Are these allies believing in your secret cause?
If you answered yes to questions 2, 4 and 5, then reporting the incident would be a great benefit to you and your plans. If you answered yes to 1, 4 and 5, then maybe reporting it back would be beneficial, and in that regards you would have to weigh the risk of answering 3. If you just answered yes to question 1, then it probably would not be a good idea to report the incident, and replacing you might be the least of your worries.
Of course, depending on how powerful the RT Dynasty is and how trust worthy the RT's word is (like is he a known Pirate), you could always twist the facts to suit your needs, and/or even exaggerate the incident. Like reporting that the RT entered the Astra Telepathica recording room, took several recording machines and other items that you weren't sure on what they are, and is refusing to give them back. Obviously, when the Imperial Navy/Astro Telepathica guild hear of this, they would probably tell the Dynasty to force the RT to return all items confiscated by the RT to the highest ranking Astropath (the PC) on the ship or face an inquiry, embargo, sanctions, etc.
Anyhoot, best of luck to you and your group.