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In my book, it all comes down to appearances. The Inquisition and, in a fashion, the entire Imperium works based on how people perceive things, rather than how they actually are. Thus, Psyker-Inquisitors are no problem at all, because who will actually know what they are?

 

By contrast, having someone with three eyes, four arms or two mouths run around waving an Inquisitorial Rosette kind of undermines the whole Imperial Creed - a walking heresy. You may as well parade a daemon weapon engraved with the sigil of Chaos and see how far that gets you. Even if a Lord Inquisitor or a conclave of three Inquisitors would sanction such a promotion (which is not entirely impossible, just highly unlikely as it'd test both the sanctioner's own beliefs as well as their willingness to take the fall for a mutant), this newly minted Mutant-Inquisitor would soon feel mounting pressure both from other Imperial organisations they are supposed to work with, as well as their fellow Inquisitor-peers, who will be waiting for a chance to purge this travesty from their ranks.

 

The Inquisition as an organisation works largely based on reputation, networking and diplomacy. Even though Inquisitors are technically afforded any and all Imperial resources, with a carte blanche-authority bestowed by the Emperor himself, they are nonetheless dependent on said other Imperial bodies to actually respect their authority. Being a mutant will only get you trapped in miles of red tape, closed doors and officials unwilling to do anything but the bare minimum for you.

 

That being said, this is just my interpretation, and I have seen far sillier things in various 40k novels. It comes down to what the individual group feels is right, so there can be no ultimate answer here - just opinions.

 

Come to think of it, I could actually believe that such a character might have a place in the setting, if they take great care to conceal their mutation. Full body armour with veils to hide scaly skin. A mask that covers any extra eyes. Atrophied pairs of extra arms hidden below a large coat. Anything, just as long as they may pass as a perfectly normal looking, if creepily clothed human.

With such an approach, this might actually make for a fairly interesting and unique character perk.

 

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Yep for sure, or a mutation that's naturally easily concealable, perhaps retractable forearm blades, or the ability to breath underwater.

 

You are spot on though, the chances are pretty slim of a mutant getting the backing to become an inquisitor, although in the games me and my group plays we like to play strange situations so it's not impossible.

 

Even just the idea of an acolyte though is pretty interesting, the idea of a genetically pure human even having their worthiness judged by a mutant and knowing they have the backing of an inquisitor to enforce their judgements would be pretty galling on said human.

 

I would actually be interested in playing a group of mutant acolytes trying to change the Imperium from within. And no I don't mean Chaos flunkies, I mean people who genuinely believe that the Imperium would be better letting the human race evolve and may even be enlightened enough to understand the Emperor himself is a mutant (Psyker). Maybe the Inquisitor they work for can be a bald psyker in a wheelchair ;-).

 

And yes I know they would never succeed and that if they weren't super subtle they would be annihilated, but it would be a fun idea to play.

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I think they may try to spin the mutant off as a kind of undercover agent. The sector were talking about is falling apart from all the heresy and chaos tearing at it. Lots of cults, lots of freaked out stuff. What better way to sneak in and hide your allegiance than by being something 99% of the Imperium would normally shoot on sight?

I do wonder how much mutation a character will have. Will there be a mechanic controlling that? Will your corruption score affect you differently with this?

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I think they may try to spin the mutant off as a kind of undercover agent. The sector were talking about is falling apart from all the heresy and chaos tearing at it. Lots of cults, lots of freaked out stuff. What better way to sneak in and hide your allegiance than by being something 99% of the Imperium would normally shoot on sight?

I do wonder how much mutation a character will have. Will there be a mechanic controlling that? Will your corruption score affect you differently with this?

 

They sorta did that in the Eisenhorn trilogy.

 

I don't mind playing a mutant. provided it has green skin, a blue eye mask and two powerswords :)

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You would think that such prejudice would also prevent psykers from being accepted as Inquisitors, but there is evidence that a fair number of Inquisitors are psykers.

 

Nope. 

 

First of all, there are kind of tolerated psykers in the laws of the imperium; abhumans (such as ratling and ogryns) that are stable mutations of the human genome, and the psykers, which generally, do not look like mutants and are also tolerated as long as they accept the trials necessary to get them "stable". 

 

As Lynata said, a psyker is generally human looking and unless he uses his powers, won't be seen as a mutant. And even if he uses his powers, it is tolerated in the functions of a psyker, just not very appreciated by common men. A mutant (warp mutant, radioactive mutant, whateverish mutant), isn't tolerated; killed at sight or tolerated as slaves at best. It is like saying that an afroamerican could have been President of the United States of America before they were freed of their slave status.

But I must add water to my wine, as Lynata said, it could be concealed, it could be explained in many ways. But when we look at what does back the power of an Inquisitor, it is very unlikeley (if not impossible) for a plain mutant to become an Inquisitor.

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Depending on the source material, psykers are often treated as slaves too. Consider the fate of the psyker that emerge from Gaunt's Ghosts. Even other sources make it clear that psykers are still slaves even if they're privileged ones. The Inquisitors with psychic powers seem to be exceptions.

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Speaking of the Abnettverse - there is actually one mutant character that made it into GW's Inquisitor game as member of an Inquisitorial warband:

 

http://web.archive.org/web/20080415200409/http://es.games-workshop.com/especialista/inquisitor/bestiario/mutants.html

http://web.archive.org/web/20080415222735/http://es.games-workshop.com/especialista/inquisitor/bestiario/quovandius.html

 

The bit about the nobility also makes me remember the mutant court of the planetary governor in the old Inquisitor novel. You know, the Jaq Draco one. I recall that had some pretty amazing scenes. :)

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I think they may try to spin the mutant off as a kind of undercover agent. The sector were talking about is falling apart from all the heresy and chaos tearing at it. Lots of cults, lots of freaked out stuff. What better way to sneak in and hide your allegiance than by being something 99% of the Imperium would normally shoot on sight?

I do wonder how much mutation a character will have. Will there be a mechanic controlling that? Will your corruption score affect you differently with this?

 

They sorta did that in the Eisenhorn trilogy.

 

I don't mind playing a mutant. provided it has green skin, a blue eye mask and two powerswords :)

 

 

So.... this then?

 

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You're such a troll Robin, the good kind of trolls. ;)

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Pizza is the tool of the prince of pleasure.

 

My group is certain that everything is grimdark because Slaanesh has taken possession of all bacon in the galaxy, and therefore there isn't anything to fight for. Any planet that has creatures that taste remotely like bacon if prepared in any way is immediately a target for the dark eldar forces and the forces of the prince of pleasure.

 

Many cults are formed around this delicacy.

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Wow. It was so obvious, yet I totally didn't get it without help.  :lol:

 

Went RIGHT over my head too (my reflexes were not fast enough to catch it).

 

 

 

Subtlety. Subtlety is key. :)

 

The beautifull part is this was a tribute to a advertisment for the uncanny x-men from the early 90's:

 

"This kid's favorite mutants aren't turtles"  

 

Don't ask me how i remembered that for all those years but i did. And here"s proof it exists.

 

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I think they may try to spin the mutant off as a kind of undercover agent. The sector were talking about is falling apart from all the heresy and chaos tearing at it. Lots of cults, lots of freaked out stuff. What better way to sneak in and hide your allegiance than by being something 99% of the Imperium would normally shoot on sight?

I do wonder how much mutation a character will have. Will there be a mechanic controlling that? Will your corruption score affect you differently with this?

 

They sorta did that in the Eisenhorn trilogy.

 

I don't mind playing a mutant. provided it has green skin, a blue eye mask and two powerswords :)

 

 

So.... this then?

 

LEONARDO.jpg

 

You're such a troll Robin, the good kind of trolls. ;)

 

 

Yeah yes i am: Especially since my fave turtle is Michealangelo. :P

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Pizza is the tool of the prince of pleasure.

 

My group is certain that everything is grimdark because Slaanesh has taken possession of all bacon in the galaxy, and therefore there isn't anything to fight for. Any planet that has creatures that taste remotely like bacon if prepared in any way is immediately a target for the dark eldar forces and the forces of the prince of pleasure.

 

Many cults are formed around this delicacy.

You know, human meat isreferred to as "longpig" due to it tasting very similar to pork (I believe it has to do with humans and pigs having similar omnivorous diets). No kidding, this would probably make a great plot point for your players to discover. Slaanesh plans to incite mass cannibalism among the imperium by seizing all of the bacon.

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Depending on the source material, psykers are often treated as slaves too. Consider the fate of the psyker that emerge from Gaunt's Ghosts. Even other sources make it clear that psykers are still slaves even if they're privileged ones. The Inquisitors with psychic powers seem to be exceptions.

 

 

Is the psyker you're speaking of Agun Soric? If yes, remember that he is an unsanctioned one, which is a grave danger because he wasn't tested by the Scholastica Psykana. It is normal he is treated like cr*p. The other psykers are generally seen with suspicion because people tends to think they can all play with their minds and burn them at a whim (which isn't untrue), but as slaves...I rarely if not never saw that or interpreted it that way. 

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Depending on the source material, psykers are often treated as slaves too. Consider the fate of the psyker that emerge from Gaunt's Ghosts. Even other sources make it clear that psykers are still slaves even if they're privileged ones. The Inquisitors with psychic powers seem to be exceptions.

 

 

Is the psyker you're speaking of Agun Soric? If yes, remember that he is an unsanctioned one, which is a grave danger because he wasn't tested by the Scholastica Psykana. It is normal he is treated like cr*p. The other psykers are generally seen with suspicion because people tends to think they can all play with their minds and burn them at a whim (which isn't untrue), but as slaves...I rarely if not never saw that or interpreted it that way. 

 

If not slaves then indentured servant's isn't far from the mark! Psykers are normally accompanied by a "handler" whose job it is to keep the psyker "in line". (And pop a cap in 'em if their abilities can't be restrained)! Sanctioning proves that the Adeptus Astra Telepathica "believes" that the psyker can control the their abilities. In fact they know this process is not infallible! Only if Psyker reaches the level of Primaris are they viewed as being beyond the abilities of a handler (And there's not a whole lot one of them could do at that point anyway!) In fairness, a Sanctioned Psyker is viewed as being the "best" that the Scholastica Psykana can produce! Namely, they are capable of independently controlling their abilities. Astropath's require the aid of the Soul bonding process (Their personal "interview" with the Emperor) and those with lesser will being consigned to the throne.

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I'm sure this is yet another example where it may differ between books and authors, but I do recall the Astropath from the Inquisitor novel essentially living in a "golden cage", unable to leave her room or be in any way able to influence her own fate. Then there is of course the Imperial Infantryman's Uplifting Primer and its passage about how psykers who are not in the company of their handlers should be shot out of caution.

 

As usual it's up to the individual player/reader to determine just how grimdark they want their 40k to be, though I would remind them that hating on mutants (and the psyker-gene is considered a mutation) is mostly presented as being a big thing in the Imperium due to religious pressure and superstition. There's a reason unsanctioned psykers are called "witches", and I would not expect the average Imperial citizen to be any more friendly to a psyker just because they've got a fancy tattoo.

 

For comparison, the Dragon Age setting and its mages may spring to mind - I find it does a good representation of just how fearful human beings are when it comes to things they don't know or don't understand. This flaw is a curse upon our civilisation to this very day.

 

In the end, having someone to point fingers at or lord over is just very, very convenient for most humans. This is true in 40k as well as the real world. Psykers in 40k may as well wear a yellow star on their robes, if that helps to convey my impression of their reception.

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Yeah the imperium doesn't take any chances when it comes to psykers. And it's not so much that it's a mutation, it's that if the psyker eff's up the worst case scenario = bye bye mr. Planet!

 

Unlike mutants, psykers are a very (well, not really) clear and present danger.

 

"Psykers! Have no fear! Step forward and be recognised! Win a free trip to Terra! See the magificent beacon of hope: The Astronomican!, See! The marvel of Him on Earth: The Golden Throne! Report to your local adeptus arbites precinct to get your very own Black ship boarding pass!" - Imperial Propaganda M40.391

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"Psykers! Have no fear! Step forward and be recognised! Win a free trip to Terra! See the magificent beacon of hope: The Astronomican!, See! The marvel of Him on Earth: The Golden Throne! Report to your local adeptus arbites precinct to get your very own Black ship boarding pass!" - Imperial Propaganda M40.391

 

Hahah, that reminds me of the declaration by the Sororitas occupation force in DoW. Calling upon all heretics who wished to atone for their sins and receive forgiveness to assemble at the command post at 1100 sharp, directly followed by a second message that any devout individual wishing to join the Frateris Militia should show up at 1130 for shooting drills. DUN DUN DUNNN

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Yes "atone for your sins" pretty much just means "Say hello to mrs. Heavy flamer" Other fun ways to atone: have your hands replaced with electro whips and get yourself brainwashed and pumped full of combat drugs (How do electro-flagelants not immediatly convert to Slaanesh?) or you can be strapped to the OUTSIDE of dreadnought, or you can get a cool two handed chainsaw and run around buck naked while a sister o battle whips you. (Again, how is this not Slaanesh bait?)

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Yes "atone for your sins" pretty much just means "Say hello to mrs. Heavy flamer" Other fun ways to atone: have your hands replaced with electro whips and get yourself brainwashed and pumped full of combat drugs (How do electro-flagelants not immediatly convert to Slaanesh?) or you can be strapped to the OUTSIDE of dreadnought, or you can get a cool two handed chainsaw and run around buck naked while a sister o battle whips you. (Again, how is this not Slaanesh bait?)

 No pleasure gained if you're a binary machine dude. If they suddenly developed free-will and realised they loved nothing more in life than getting pumped full of combat drugs then sure, but if they can't appreciate the hedonism then that's no fun! 

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