SEpharihim, the Inquisition
The Sepharahim count as a Villain Concept, and it requires additional Glory to enter play as an Inquisitor.
The Inquisition, or the Sepharihim, are the Church’s last line of defense against heresy. Their solemn task is to route out heresy, wherever it can be found, and destroy it – its proponents, those it corrupted, its records, its writings, its remnants, and to bury the ashes away from the light forever. Heretical faiths, especially the Triumvirate of Thorns – anathema – pose such a threat to the sanctity of the Church and humankind that Inquisitors are given incredible disruptive power and legal authority to undertake their mission.
The Inquisition is rightly feared the world over, even among the faithful and the mighty. While they are agents of the Church, all nobles of the Throne swear in their oaths to uphold the religion of Benalus and the Church of Mankind as the only religious doctrine permissible in their realms. The Inquisition, as ultimate arbiters of the faith, thus have power to mandate action – or at least forbearance as they do their work – from even nobles in their own land when it comes to the prosecution of their quarry. Any who would get in their way certainly invite the question as to why someone would protect a heretic if they did not also have heretical sympathies.
While it is commonly believed that the role of the Inquisition is simply to hunt down heretics, their role is more subtly understood to be the Church’s censorship bureau, ensuring that dangerous ideas, whatever their form, do not enter general circulation. The Church’s holy mission requires thousands of years of progress toward an eventual perfect world, and the danger of a single idea poisoning that path and taking it off course is enormous. It is just as much their task to destroy the heretic as it is to ensure that seditious ideas do not take root, and for the same reason. The Inquisition does that hardest of tasks – what can be and what cannot, what is permissible and what is not, and how many must die to ensure that a single heretic and their poison ideas dies with them.
Eternal Heresy is the one sin for which their can be no atonement – no atonement save one. The sacred fire of the lord burns away the sins of those it touches, and as it consumes the heart, the soul is made clean through forced absolution. Those the Inquisitor puts to sacred flame can be purified and cleansed enough to see Heaven, regardless of their sins in life. It is for this reason that those innocents who must burn next to a witch for lack of definitive proof of the witch’s identity can do so with a light heart.
Covenant of Authority
A member of the Sepharahim Must never acknowledge the authority of any being save God, the Emperor, The Pontifex, or a more senior member of the Inquisition.
The Rituals of Sepharian will be presented at a later date.