they yet remain a secretive inner order of theInquisition, controlled by a council of 169 Masters,whose authority extends even to the Master of theInquisition. The Ordo's organization is divided intoChambers, each controlled by an Inquisitor Lordcalled a Proctor. The number of Inquisitors in aChamber can vary from a few score to hundreds.They maintain at their disposal Inquisitorial StormTroopers, tasked with security of their primaryredoubt on Holy Terra as well as the Inquisitionsstring of Fortresses scattered throughout the galaxy,some hidden, some extremely well-known and theobject of numerous dark legends.
While their Inquisitional Storm Troopers serve as ahighly trained and heavily armed ready securityforce for the Inquisition as a whole, the ChamberMilitant detailed specifically to the Ordo Malleus arethe Grey Knights. Their founding is unique of all theSpace Marine legions, and like everything else aboutthem, much of their past is shrouded in secrecy.Some say their gene-seed is not based on a Primarchbut from the Emperor of Mankind himself, whileothers postulate that they are created from a cocktailof the eight loyalist Space Marines from the TraitorLegions rumored to have been among thosepresented to the Emperor by Malcador the Sigilite as
part of the Inquisition’s founding. Unlike other
Space Marines Chapters, they are permanentlyattached to the Ordo Malleus. While their FortressMonastery lies buried deep underneath the frigid
wastes of Titan, Saturn’s moon in the system of Holy
Terra, their duties take them throughout the
. The Grey Knights maintain small,secret redoubts throughout the galaxy, and it can bemany decades, if ever, before a Grey Knight returnsto that hallowed place where he first donned hisaegis helm and took up his nemesis force halberd. Of all Space Marines Chapters, they are the only onemade up entirely of psykers. Only they areindoctrinated in the knowledge of the dark secrets of Chaos - they alone completely know of andunderstand the existence of demons and of theirappearance in the real universe, and they alone arebest equipped to battle and defeat mankind's mostterrible enemy. While other Chapters and Imperiumforces have
knowledge of daemons and how tofight them, only the Grey Knights are privy to thedarkest, deepest secrets that the Ordo Malleuspossesses on these creatures and how to defeat them.Despite this immense and terrible burden, in theSpace Marines' long history the Grey Knights holdthe highest honor of all: Not one Grey Knight hasever turned to Chaos or betrayed the Emperor.
THE ORDOS MINORIS
The three Ordos Majoris serve distinct roles withinthe Inquisition, but they are not mutually exclusive.It is not unheard of for an Ordo Xenos Inquisitor andhis Deathwatch Space Marines kill-team to assistone from the Ordo Hereticus that discovered a groupof mutants have collaborated with foul aliens tobolster their weaponry. Inquisitorial Storm Troopersare at times charged to complement the protectionand security force of the infamous Blackships,accompanying an Ordo Malleus Inquisitor aboard asshe makes her purity checks for the taint of Chaos onworlds along its route. An Ordo Hereticus Inquisitorand his retinue may investigate a well-placedgovernment official suspected of collusion with dark forces drawing Chaos demons against a deployedGrey Knights squad.
shroudedhistory is replete with such examples.
For recurring threats or missions of grave import, anumber of minor Ordos were created, such as the
, tasked with investigating andcontrolling the Officio Assassinorum, and the
, one of the smallest of the OrdosMinoris. Formed during the 13th Black Crusade,their particular focus is the relatively new threatpresented to the Imperium by the emergence of theNurgle-spawned Zombie Plague. There are a numberof other such minor Ordos, some so deeply secretivethey are known only by their members and theInquisitor Lords that lead them. Individuals and evengroups of Inquisitors may be of differing and insome cases even conflicting philosophies andfactions with names such as the Thorians or theIstvaanists, and these allegiances as often as notcross the already ill-defined lines between Ordos.Because of this and the enormous authority eachInquisitor wields, such collaboration andinterdependency is the only manner an organizationbeholden to no-one is able to police itself.