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Arguably the most well known, or at least feared, post in the Inquisition. Unlike the other posts the Mentatus has a dual role. Like the other departments he safeguards the Empire against specific threats, in this case those of a pyschic nature, such as the now defeated Silverfolk but also the Mentatus is also responsible for that most enigmatic, feared and universally hated of Imperial organisations: The Imperial Seers.
The power and influence of the Seers is remarkable. The Charter granted to the Imperial Seers, under Tithe, Amora’s Mentatus, was not inconsiderable. The precise details are quite interesting and I choose not to describe them here other than to say that they are the eyes and ears of the Master of Primus and that their primary task is the management of the flow of Entropy that is generated simply by the existence of order within Primus.
The role of the Mentatus has shrunk over recent years, if for no better reason that the successful defeat of the Silverfolk. The Silverfolk now being confined to the Astral Plane are no longer the organised threat that they were and the dedication of the Mentatus at the time, Selgard, can only be commended.
The Spiratus, one of the busiest of the departments, yet seemingly the hardest to find suitable candidates to head. The Spiratus was responsible for monitoring threats of a Spiritual nature towards the Empire. The job of Spiratus was made all the more difficult by the need to liase with the Churches of the Empire.
The Churches have an exceedingly important role within the Empire. No other nation on Primus endures the doubled edged sword that is organised religion. The North is a land of Wild untamed Spirits called upon by Shamans and Druids, the East a land where the Golden Emperor is god, the Southern Baronies are bound by the Arathelian Accords where to even call upon a deity is to break the laws. In Ishma, to the west, the power of the Mana Dragons and the Athfash Ban Mir, rules and even further beyond the ravaged continent is Bourthek where the gods do not even gaze.
The strength, and indeed very character, of the Empire owes a great deal to the Churches and their organised religions. The Healers who tend to the armies, the militant faiths who inspire the humble soldier and so forth. Yet they are the single greatest internal threat to the Empire. Maintaining this crucial balance whilst ultimately the responsibility of the Lord Inquisitor it is the unenviable job of the Spiratus to make sure that all is well.
The department of the Majitus is responsible for monitoring the effect of Magic on the empire. For ascertaining the risks it can pose and for addressing the problems of rites. This eventually came to include threats from the Secundal realms, mainly through the leadership of Lord Inquisitor Anacrities, who was Majitus during Watching-Owl's term of office as Lord Inquisitor.
During his tenure as Majitus Senator Anacrities was very much a hands on man. He lead Inquisitional mercenary teams, performed a vast bulk of the Inquisition’s investigations into the Mittlenacht and remains one of the Empire’s foremost experts on the Mittlenacht, developing the now famous “Rite of Paths” that allow “safe” travel through the Mittlenacht. I was quite comfortably able to delegate the Throne of Wood threat and the problems posed by the Mittlesmith Vexathaccor in the hands of Majitus Anacrities.
The department of Gaius was responsible for monitoring the Natural forces of Primus, not an easy job. The natural order is something to be respected, not threatened or coerced. At should be allowed to continue along its own path, in own time in its own way. The balances it creates should be observed. Unfortunately the action of Man, his rites and unnatural manipulations impact greatly on the nature of Primus and when stressed the forces of nature rebel. It is these rebellions that the Gaius needs to deal with. The Gaius needed to understand when the natural forces should be left to restore their own balance, when they need to sped along and when perhaps for the greater benefit they need to be dealt with in some other way.
The multifaceted will of nature is expressed through her servants, the Druids and it is ultimately to the druids that the Gaius must turn to. Often a Druid himself provision was created for rites that sunder the link the Gaius has with the rest of nature. The natural order that prevents one druid harming another can be suspended for the Gaius in order that where necessary he can act against individual druids.
It was Amora’s Gaius, Kith Kaharn, Avatar of the Ratgod Slavik, who created the Ratfolk to perform a task for the Empire. By all accounts the Ratfolk performed the task, but were betrayed when it came to paying them the price that they wanted, which was only a place to live within the Empire.
Another hard working department, that of the Diablos. The remit of the Diablos is such that it can cross over into any of the other departments. The Diablos is responsible for dealing with unreasonable Supernatural Threats. Usually those from other worldly sources and usually, but not exclusively, those of a Demonic nature.
When the Empire calls together great musters of mercenaries it is usually the Diablos Department that has a had a hand in it and over the years the Diablos Department has learned to operate with a fair degree autonomy from its departmental head and has forged a good working relationship with the mercenary caste. Under the guidance of Watching-Owl's first Diablos, Amorphus, the department learnt to anticipate the needs of the Mercenary caste and its stores are now filled with general equipment as used by Mercenaries and with the kind of trinkets that mercenaries appreciate being rewarded with.
The forces of Light, ever watchful, ever militant, ever ready to act to purge the land of the forces of darkness, ever ready to spread their crusades across Primus and save the souls of the misguided…
To quote the World Spirit, Primus: “Goodly spiritual people! That’s all we need wandering about the place. I tell you, I get more trouble resulting from goodly spirits than anything else. They get together, roam about and force their own twisted moral code on anybody else who even vaguely looks at them. I tell you, it’ll be goodly people who’ll try and capture me, or influence the Throne. Oh yes, they’re ‘right’ so everything they do can’t be ‘wrong’. Children!”
The Benefactum was responsible for overseeing the forces of Light, namely the highly organised goodly churches, especially those of a militaristic bent. It is not an easy job, the goodly Churches strongly believe in their god given right to cleanse the world around them.
There are problems with this though, not least the strong held belief in the Decree of Night and Day, that decree imposed by a past Master of Primus that declared that Primus should never be a haven of light, a bastion against the dark or a cruel darkened realm but rather to swing between the two opposed philosophies of morality.
Direct counterpart to the Benefactum the Malefactum had to keep an ever-present eye on the sly creeping darkness, that evil that hides out, quietly waiting and biding its time to grab for power. Where the goodly faiths are straight-forward and obvious the darker powers are slow, sly, subtle and patient. Harder to spot until ready to take action they present a very different threat to Primus and the Empire.
Ironically one of their greatest threats is their provoking of the goodly faiths. Their existence within the Empire is seen by many of the goodly faiths as a sin, an abomination and often it is their provocation, by deliberately flouting the protection offered them by Imperial Law that causes problems. Rarely so crass as to deliberately and directly cause trouble they can act as an insidious force within the structure of the Empire.
An astute Malefactum is able to tell when a force of darkness truly seeks peaceful co-existence or is simply biding its time to strike and to react accordingly. Strike too harshly and it will simply bury itself deeper its holes, fail to act at the appropriate time and it will simply grow beyond reckoning.
One of the smaller of the Departments. The Statafactum was responsible for maintaining a watch over the Empire’s interests in Mystic Law. Traditionally the Lord Inquisitor was replaced by the Statfactum. A tradition that was broken with by the promotion of Watching-Owl from Spiratus to Lord Inquisitor and further discarded when Watching-Owl nominated his Majitus, Anacrities, as his successor in the post of Lord Inquisitor.
The Entropofactum was responsible for monitoring the nature of Chaos and Entropy that is the inevitable side effect of advanced ritualism and the very nature of the imposition of Law on the reality of Primus.