Ironically the name of the various Ordos or Orders within the Inquisition. There are also two very short stories, which sort of link in with the main storyline, somewhere. What can you expect? So I read this many years ago, whenever it was released. I recall enjoying the various stories, but did it set my world on fire?
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Share Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn in his later years. Gregor Eisenhorn is an Inquisitor of the Ordo Xenos. Indeed, Eisenhorn has officially been considered a Traitor by the Inquisition at least twice in his Inquisitorial career, only to be proved a righteous servant of the Emperor of Mankind both times.
Born in He studied alongside fellow Inquisition apprentice Titus Endor and was elevated to the rank of full Inquisitor in M41, at the incredibly young age of His first successful persecution was that of the heretic Lemete Syre. Carving out a stable and competent career, Eisenhorn eventually found himself being drawn into events that would change the course of his life in the year During this year Eisenhorn succeeded in ending the menace of the mass-murderer Murdin Eyeclone, an investigation that is notable not only for bringing Godwyn Fischig and Alizebeth Bequin into his employ as Acolytes, but also for setting him in pursuit of both Pontius Glaw and the Necroteuch.
Following leads from the Eyeclone investigation, Eisenhorn became tangled up with a heretical cabal on the world of Gudrun , and in fact was briefly captured and tortured by one of its members, Gorgone Locke. The cabal was eventually broken by a full Inquisitorial purge led by Inquisitor Voke. Eisenhorn held Pontius Glaw captive and interrogated him regularly, before finally choosing to have the Pontius device incarcerated by Magos Bure of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn before the Pontius Affair.
Following up further leads from the cabal purge led Eisenhorn into one of his most famous investigations; the affair of the Necroteuch -- a tome of Chaos knowledge. Eisenhorn tracked the survivors of the heretical Gudrun cabal to a colony world inhabited by the xenos Saruthi. The Saruthi had come into the possession of a copy of the Necroteuch, and had translated it into their own language, creating two versions of this powerful Chaos tome and a translating tool.
The human Necroteuch tome written in High Gothic was quickly found and destroyed by Eisenhorn himself. Some Radical Inquisitors deemed this a heretical act, and damned Eisenhorn for it. Eisenhorn was therefore spared from censure and was in fact instrumental in planning a raid on the Saruthi homeworld during which the remaining tainted items were destroyed. It was during this attack that Eisenhorn also first met Cherubael , a powerful Daemonhost who would plague Eisenhorn and the Imperium in later endeavours.
The following year, M41, Eisenhorn investigated the apparent ritual murders on the world of Sameter , at first believing the killings to be the work of some Chaos Cult. Soon, however, it was revealed that the culprits were actually ex-soldiers of the Astra Militarum. These former soldiers of the Sameter 9th Infantry Regiment had been driven mad by the horrors they had faced in war, and were ritually killing regular citizens.
Backed up by the Arbitrators of the local Adeptus Arbites , Eisenhorn managed to corner and eliminate the fanatics in an abandoned and decaying building. During the resultant firefight, Eisenhorn lost his left hand to an experienced former-sharpshooter. He was offered a bionic prosthetic but declined, making do with a fused stump until he could have a vat-grown hand grafted on two years later. In Years later, when she came of age, she would follow the path of her father and join the retinue of Inquisitor Eisenhorn as his pilot.
Twenty-six Terran years later, in M41, Eisenhorn began the investigation that he would become most famous for across the Imperium; the elimination of the Heretic Inquisitor Quixos. Inquisitor Lyko was discovered in the company of the Daemonhost Cherubael. Taken aback by the reappearance of Cherubael, Eisenhorn focused his investigations upon the creature. This led him to the Fortress World of Cadia , where he discovered another Daemonhost, Prophaniti, and ties between these Daemonhosts and the missing Radical Inquisitor Quixos.
Escaping, he was declared outcast by the Inquisition and forced to operate as a rogue for the remainder of the investigation. Eisenhorn sojourned with his Adeptus Mechanicus associate Magos Bure on the world of Cinchare for some time, where he conferred with his prisoner, Pontius Glaw.
During this period, he defeated a Chaos Cult that existed on the world and gained master-crafted Force Weapons. Eisenhorn next assembled a small strike group of three other Inquisitors, and acting in concert with them, tracked down and confronted the Renegade Inquisitor Quixos.
Eisenhorn himself was the one who killed Quixos, recovered his heretical book, the Malus Codicium, and banished both Prophaniti and Cherubael to the Warp. Eisenhorn was cleared of all charges against him at the conclusion of the investigation. M41, Eisenhorn succeeded in secretly summoning the daemon Cherubael and trapping him in the physical universe for interrogation and study.
M41 he dealt with a minor Warp incursion of daemons on Gudrun. It was in the year M41 that Eisenhorn was able to avenge the death of Midas Betancore, but it came at considerable cost. Killing the Heretic Fayde Thuring cost him the lives of several associates, placed Bequin into a coma, resulted in the destruction of his personal starship, his gun-cutter, and forced him to use the daemon Cherubael as an ally. His organisation shattered, his own body broken and much of his retinue dead, Eisenhorn was eventually able to call on the aid of his former pupil, Gideon Ravenor, who was now a full Inquisitor.
Eisenhorn largely dropped out of sight after the Pontius Affair, despite his outcast status apparently being rescinded once again by the Inquisition. He has reappeared for only brief moments in the years following, to recruit new Acolytes or confer with past associates, such as warning Gideon Ravenor about the intentions of the Chaos Cult known as the Divine Fratery.
Later members of the cult discussed Eisenhorn and suggested that he may have been killed fighting their followers, as he was inside a building that they bombed and Eisenhorn subsequently vanished from their psychic foresight. The truth of his death can be disputed. An Imperial Sanctioned Psyker , Eisenhorn possesses considerable natural willpower and resolve, which combined with his pool of psychic power, makes him a potent telepath. He normally channels his psychic talent through his voice, compelling people to follow his instructions.
He can focus this talent upon distinct individuals in a crowd, or upon many people at once. The most obvious physical attribute of Inquisitor Eisenhorn is his crude augmetic assist system, which can be seen projecting from the back of his head and encasing his lower limbs.
This cybernetic implantation was done in a hurry near the end of the Pontius Affair and appeared to both be permanent and of sub-par construction.
The augmetic rig allows him reasonable movement, but he has taken to using a swordstick to aid his balance. Several Terran centuries old, Eisenhorn looks only roughly middle-aged to the casual observer as his aging process has been retarded by Inquisitorial rejuvenat treatments. As a result, he has limited facial expressions and movement and notably can no longer smile. Once clean-shaven and dark-haired, Eisenhorn was forced to permanently shave his head when accepting his augmetic system.
He normally wears sober suits of dark grey or black under long blue or black high-collared coats. Underneath the coat could once be found his sword, sheathed at his hip. It is now fashioned into a sword-stick, with the scabbard forming a walking-cane.
Also under his coat is the chest-rig for his sidearm, normally holstered under his left shoulder. His Inquisitorial Rosette is normally placed in an inside pocket. While Eisenhorn typically plays down his Inquisitorial station, he occasionally chooses to proudly display the full majesty of his office. In such circumstances he dresses more ornately and colourfully, if still in the same basic pattern of suit and long coat. His Inquisitorial Rosette is then pinned to the front of his jacket, alongside other Imperial symbols and distinctions he is eligible to wear.
In the early part of his career, Eisenhorn carried a Power Sword of unusual design; instead of having a conventional metal blade as the focus of its energy-field, the blade was itself made of pure energy. This antique, graceful and deadly blade had been blessed by the Provost of Inx. In contrast to this priceless weapon, his standard sidearm during most of the same period was a cheap Imperial Naval Pattern Scipio Stub Pistol that had been crudely gang-marked by Lores Vibben, an ex-ganger employed by Eisenhorn as his bodyguard and personal aide.
The grips had been replaced with ivory, upon which was etched an entwined skull and rose; droplets of blood from the rose thorns were represented by inlaid carmine gems. When Vibben was killed by agents of Murdin Eyeclone, Eisenhorn made sure to use the pistol she had altered to execute Eyeclone.
It was then buried with her. Made of green-hued chased steel, it was hand-crafted to be of compact dimensions so that a normal-sized man could wield it and had a magazine housing in the handgrip. It was lost during the Quixos investigation and never replaced with another favourite sidearm.
Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn in battle. A very old weapon, the blade had been folded over times and enhanced by potent pentagrammatic wards. Originally a long, double-handed, single-edged, sabre-like weapon, Barbariaster was straightened and reforged into a single-handed sword after it was broken in battle against the rogue Inquisitor Quixos. Eisenhorn often refers to Barbariaster as if the sword had a mind of its own. Indeed, on several occasions the weapons seemed to perform tricks that Eisenhorn himself could not manage.
This would indicate that the blade is possessed by some kind of Warp entity. Interestingly, Eisenhorn, who most of the time sees himself as a Puritan Inquisitor, never questioned the fact that his sword seemed to think for itself. Eisenhorn also held the only known copy of a proscribed grimoire, the Malus Codicium , which he took from the corpse of Quixos. This accursed book details a vast array of powerful sorcerous rituals. With the book as his teacher, Eisenhorn learned how to create Daemonhosts , undead thralls and explosive Warp vortexes, among other foul products of Chaos.
In the hands of a Chaos Sorcerer these spells could cause the destruction of an entire planet. In time, Eisenhorn began to suspect that the book had a mind of its own, which lead him further and further along the path towards damnation.
During his final confrontation with the Arch-heretic Pontius Glaw, Eisenhorn destroyed the priceless book as a diversion. Large enough to contain cabins and crew-quarters for a half-dozen people as well as a sizable cargo deck, the cutter was fast, agile and well-armed with several autocannon turrets.
Eisenhorn and his retinue also employed their own personal form of coded language, named Glossia. The basic format was created by Eisenhorn when he was 32 standard years of age, but it grew organically with use over the years, with several of his Acolytes contributing to its form.
Inquisitor Eisenhorn created a considerable organisation of Acolytes and retainers during the first part of his career, starting out with a bare handful of hired hands and eventually employing dozens of retainers, including the Distaff, a group of psychic Blanks.
With Eisenhorn missing at the end of the Pontius affair, his surviving followers became part of the retinue of Inquisitor Ravenor. Eisenhorn largely avoided acquiring servants and Acolytes other than the daemon Cherubael for some time, but eventually began assembling a small retinue around himself once more.
His notable employees and associates are listed below:.
Share Eisenhorn is a series of novels and short stories by Dan Abnett , following the adventures of Inquisitor Gregor Eisenhorn. Eisenhorn was a named character in the game with his own model, as was his antagonist and ally, the Daemonhost Cherubael. No other characters from the game appear, but the types of characters in the game -- Arbiters , Rogue Traders , Deathwatch Space Marines , savants, Mechanicum Magi and so on, are featured as key characters in the series. Inspired by these and the content of the game, Abnett wrote the initial trilogy, with Xenos, the first novel, released at the same time as the game. This is obviously going back always. And he sent to me simply because he thought I might be interested in and inspired by the images in Gaunt.
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