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 Is it possible that an Adepta inserts an undercover agent of its own to another Adepta ? Like an Ecclesiarchy Cardinal inserts his agent to Lathe Worlds Tech Priests to uncover some secrets or vice versa. Maybe to Adeptas Arbites ? What do you think ?

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Luddite said:

 Not only do i think its possible, i'd expect the practice to be widespread!

 

Widespread and a really fun and interesting subplot to have running in the background. As well as double acolytes from other Inquisitors checking in on their competitors, rivals, etc.

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It's possible, probably even widespread. But it's not easy. Heavy indoctrination is par of the course for all kinds of Adepti, so it's hard to recruit an inside man, and inserting an agent from outside the organization has it's own problems - bodies such as AdMech or Arbites aren't exactly known for their open recruitment policy, and it may take years, if not decades, before your agent can get any kind of useful intel.

Two organizations which have the easiest time spying on others would be Mechanicum and Ministrorum. AdMech already has their people everywhere, and their vast coffers and armories give them lots of bargaining chips. Ministrorum can always play the "religious duty" card, and it's not particularly suspicious when a member of any Adepti body visits a priest regularly for spiritual guidance. Every Confessor is an endless font of information, I'd presume. Plus, Ministrorum is also filthy rich and can easily add a topping of thrones to any serving of guaranteed salvation.

I imagine Arbites rely on adepts recruited into different bodies from Schola Progenum to do the spying for them - they share the background, may even know each other personally, and are all raised in unquestioned faith and obedience to the Imperium.

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Morangias said:

It's possible, probably even widespread. But it's not easy. Heavy indoctrination is par of the course for all kinds of Adepti, so it's hard to recruit an inside man, and inserting an agent from outside the organization has it's own problems - bodies such as AdMech or Arbites aren't exactly known for their open recruitment policy, and it may take years, if not decades, before your agent can get any kind of useful intel.

Two organizations which have the easiest time spying on others would be Mechanicum and Ministrorum. AdMech already has their people everywhere, and their vast coffers and armories give them lots of bargaining chips. Ministrorum can always play the "religious duty" card, and it's not particularly suspicious when a member of any Adepti body visits a priest regularly for spiritual guidance. Every Confessor is an endless font of information, I'd presume. Plus, Ministrorum is also filthy rich and can easily add a topping of thrones to any serving of guaranteed salvation.

I imagine Arbites rely on adepts recruited into different bodies from Schola Progenum to do the spying for them - they share the background, may even know each other personally, and are all raised in unquestioned faith and obedience to the Imperium.

 

I agree with you. Perhaps easiest to get intel or force your demands is the Administratum (because of their hereditary nobility thing in most high stations) AdMech is recruiting from serfs that are working in their factories so getting into AdMech is perhaps the hardest ( perhaps the same level as Arbites ) and also their religious difference will lead to some interesting stories also ( think about an Ecclesiarchy agent who is faithful to God-Emperor but now he has to learn the ways of Ommnisiah ) Imperium politics is really complex :D

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As others have said, it'll vary heavily on context, but the mere fact of its existence will be undeniable.

Looking over the various organisations, it's not hard to imagine most organisations having some method or other of spying on their peers…

The Ordo Hereticus exists to do this - the goals of that organisation are to monitor the Imperium for internal threats of all kinds, so it should be of little surprise that individual Inquisitors would work to have contacts, informants and agents all over the place. The use of Infil-Traitors is an example of one of the more extreme methods of infiltration.

Within the Adeptus Arbites, I'd imagine that a given precinct's Detectives are primarily concerned with managing their own networks of informants to locate wrongdoing and gather evidence. Similarly, the universal necessity of Tech-Priests and their vassals make it easy for them to keep tabs on a lot of what goes on around them. Likewise, the Church has an extensive reach and agents everywhere, so it's easy to imagine that they maintain colossal spy networks (indeed, there's one mentioned in passing in Into the Storm for Rogue Trader - Cardinal Ignatio's Pontifex-Auditors, who serve as the Emperor's eyes and ears within the Calixis Sector and Koronus Expanse).

The Administratum would be both easy and challenging to infiltrate - at the lower levels, many jobs are hereditary, with few ways for non-adepts to enter service… but the higher levels are invariably rife with politics between the countless departments, divisions and offices, some of which may have long ago been turned into a tool of espionage for one faction or another (there's an example in The Jericho Reach of an Officio of the Administratum that basically exists as a local front for the Inquisition, giving them an excuse to barge in and audit the activities of other departments).

The Adeptus Astra Telepathica control the overwhelming majority of all information flow around the Imperium, and while an Astropath does not need to understand a message to send or receive it (allowing messages to be encrypted), their mere presence as the conduits through which interstellar communication flows makes them an invaluable organisation to have contacts within. My last Dark Heresy campaign included an NPC contact for the acolytes whose cover was an attendant for the local Astropathic Choir, giving him essentially unrestricted access to the system's communications.

Similarly, the Navis Nobilite hold a monopoly over all long-range interstellar travel, and individual Navigator Houses tend to be extremely wealthy in their own right, so their access to knowledge is potentially vast, though they're more likely to use it for the feuds against rival houses rather than anything else.

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