- "When you're told something for long enough, eventually you start to believe it. But what happens when you take the blindfold off, when you see for yourself what the aren't telling you? Then you start to realize why they never told the truth in the first place, but by then you've been branded a traitor and a heretic, when all the while the only thing you were ever guilty of was simply seeing the Imperium for what it truly was."
- —Dalila Isiminger
According to official Imperial records, Lady Inquisitor Dalila Isiminger, Ordo Hereticus, died in action. She was killed in the purge of the Hive World Daendotha, her own home planet, slain in battle by the heretical Daendothan Witch-Cults. Her final order before her demise was to consign the planet to holy Exterminatus, even while she lay dying in the streets that she had once called home. With that order the planet was scoured of life, the psyker-cult eradicated, and her body vaporized in the thermonuclear hellfire of the cyclonic torpedoes. Dalila went down in history as a martyr, dying as she had lived, purging the heretic from the Imperium. If only they had known the truth.
Dalila despised the Imperium and it's corrupt ways, hated it with every bone in her body. She faked her death on that planet, only as a means to finally disappear so she might pursue her true goal, to free the Imperium of Man from itself. Joining the shadowy organization known as the Vitores Tenebras, Dalila became the Tenebrous One of the Animus Branch, devoting herself to undermining the Imperium through espionage, politics, and economics. Operating under the name Magister, Dalila fights from behind the scenes, using both her formidable influence and powerful telepathic abilities to slowly destroy the Vitores' enemies from within.
The Black Ship
Truth be told, Dalila remembers very little of her childhood, knowing only that she was born on the Hive World of Daendotha, but she never forgot the Black Ship. She was only six years old when she was taken from her homeworld, placed aboard the Black Ship Viator in a cavernous psi-hold, surrounded by fellow psykers. It was an extremely traumatic experience for such a young child, made only more terrifying by her latent telepathic abilities allowing her to feel the collective despair of not just the psykers around her, but of every psyker that had traveled in this cursed vessel. It was the first time Dalila experienced the Imperium's cruelty, and it wouldn't be the last. When the Viator finally did arrive at Terra, Dalila would have faced the fate of being sacrificed to the Golden Throne if it were not for the timely intervention of Lord Inquisitor Bardac Rull, a powerful member of the Ordo Hereticus who had been traveling on the Black Ship. The Inquisitor instead vouched that she be sent to the Scholastica Psykana, so that her powers might be harnessed for the betterment of the Imperium. With that simple order, the Lord Inquisitor saved Dalila's life, if only that were the true reason for his intervention.
In the years that followed Dalila was sent to a Psykana facility on Terra, where she was tested for psychic strength and to her mentor's delight registered on the Delta Level. For five years she was trained in the use of her innate telepathic abilities, learning how to read the minds of others like an open book or even dominate their minds completely. However during her training she always seemed to be singled out, as if she was being specially prepared for something, although she certainly didn't mind the distinction. Eventually her suspicions were confirmed when she was approached after her fifth year of training by Lord Inquisitor Rull, the same man who had saved her all those years ago. The Inquisitor offered to complete her training and give her a place in his retinue, but only if she was to serve him as his Acolyte. Feeling she owed a debt to Rull, Dalila immediately agreed to his terms, for what was the worst that could happen?
Under the Lord Inquisitor, Dalila was trained to be an Interrogator in the purest sense of the word. Utilizing her telepathic abilities, Rull trained her how to extract information from the very minds of her victims, a skill that proved invaluable to him as a member of the Ordo Hereticus. At first, Dalila took to the gruesome duty of interrogating potential heretics with gusto, believing she was doing some good for the greater Imperium, but eventually she began to notice something was amiss. Half the people she interrogated where innocent bystanders, accused of heresy by Rull over the barest suspicion. Confused and looking for an explanation, Dalila dug into Rull's service records and found that up until her arrival, the Lord Inquisitor's exploits had been questionable at best, most the so-called "heretics" he judged guilty executed over the slightest technicality. After that revelation Dalila realized why Rull had been so eager to recruit her; Bardac Rull was a psychopath. He killed millions of innocents over technicalities, and with his integrity under fire he had used Dalila's abilities as a justification for his actions. Dalila felt betrayed, hurt once again by the Imperium's many falsehoods, and so she devised a plan to stop the Lord Inquisitor's bloodshed once and for all.
Falsifying a recent report of supposed xeno-worship on the Shrine World of Dentrasis, Dalila made it sound as if the planet had devolved into a cesspool of heretical activity. Rull of course jumped at the chance for more justified killing, and upon arriving on Dentrasis, began arresting citizens for the most imagined slights he could think of. Each time, Dalila would prove their innocence and thus Rull would arrest another score of people, only for Dalila to pronounce them innocent as well. For weeks this cycle continued, until eventually the Lord Inquisitor could no longer hold back his psychological bloodlust. He rampaged through the streets, killing anyone he laid his eyes upon even while feverishly ranting that they where all heretics and that the Emperor himself guided his actions. Within days an entire battalion of Inquisitorial Stormtroopers arrived on Dentrasis, summoned by Dalila to arrest the mad Inquisitor. But when the Stormtroopers confronted Rull, pronouncing him as a mass-murderer and madman, he screamed that he was the only true believer and vaporized the entire front row of troopers with his Melta Pistol. Rull was then reduced to a hunk of charred flesh by the Stormtrooper's Hellguns. Needless to say, Dalila did not mourn his passing.
The Vitores Tenebras
With Rull dead, Dailia inherited his position, becoming a full Inquisitor despite her young age. Determined not to become like her former mentor, she was strangely forgiving for an Inquisitor, only convicting a person with the crime of heresy after the evidence became undeniable. While some argued that her methods were a bit too methodical, none could deny that Dalila always managed to root out the corruption at it's source, her telepathic abilities helping her to no small degree in these endeavors. Thus she advanced through the ranks quickly, achieving the esteemed rank of Lord Inquisitor in little over a decade. Many of her fellows in the Ordo Hereticus considered her to be a prodigy, amongst the rest of the Inquisition she was known as a legend, a shinning example of the Imperium's witch-hunting efficiency. Yet despite all the praise and admiration, Dalila despised all of it. So often would she find that the reason for the cultist uprising or xeno-worship was because the Imperium had wronged them somehow, and soon Dalila saw the Imperium of Man as little more than a breeding ground for it's enemies. She tried to solve that problem by opting for Recongregationist stance, but even that seemed to do little. Eventually, she reached the only logical conclusion; if the Imperium could not be saved, then it would have to be torn down. But how?
This simple question would haunt her until she found finally found the answer during the event known as the Lak'vrey Retaliation. At the time, the Sephadollion Sector was under attack by an insidious race of xenos known as the Visceri, and thus an Inquisitorial Cabal was formed to coordinate the Imperium's defense against the growing threat. Known as the Luminus Cabal, this conclave was host to some of the more "undesirable" members of the Inquisition, such as Cutler Kar, the radical xeno-biologist and researcher, and Edrith Cambion, the devout Xanthite who many considered to be mad. To her surprise, Dalila found kindred spirits in the two, as like her they believed the Imperium was beyond saving, and therefore must be replaced. Forming a secret alliance, the three created the beginnings of what would eventually come to be known as the dreaded Vitores Tenebras. Dalila of course feigned the personality of a zealous crusader, leading the battles from the front and using her skills from her days as an Interrogator to tear information from the Visceri's minds. Largely thanks to Dalila and her two new "colleagues", the Imperium won the war and decimated the Vesceri. Dalila was hailed as a hero who helped save an entire Sector from the xenos scourge, completely unaware that she had sown seeds of heresy with the Sephadillion Sector, which would blossom into a network of spies, assassins, and informants bent to her will through psy-indoctrination.
With Cambion and Kar putting the final pieces into place, all Dalila had to do was take the eyes of the Imperium off of her. Fanning the flames of heresy in a small rogue psyker population on her homeworld of Daendotha, Dalila orchestrated a rebellion that enveloped the entire planet. As soon as she arrived to "save" the planet, she was immediately assailed by the Daendothan Witch-Cultists, all according to plan. Of course, she did not count on loosing an eye during that battle, but it made it all the more convincing when her pain-wracked voice ordered the cruiser in orbit to unleash Exterminatus upon the planet. Just before the cyclonic torpedoes impacted, Dalila used her teleporter digi-ring to escape unto a small craft hidden behind Daendotha's moon. Now the Imperium thought her dead, and thus Dalila was free to run her new-born organization. The final step was to undergo genetic reconstruction and bionic augmentation to completely change her appearance, killing the identity Lady Inquisitor Dalila Isiminger for good. She had now become the Magister, and her network within the Sephadillion Sector became the Animus Branch, her secret weapons of war.
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Dalila is best characterized by a fierce sense of determination, as once she has a goal in mind there is nothing she won't do to see that goal completed. Her current goal in life is simple, she wants to save the galaxy, starting with the Imperium. To her, the Imperium represents so much wasted potential, a great empire laid low by superstition and chained by stagnating traditions. When she still served the Inquisition Dalila was a Recongregationist, believing that she could save the Imperium from itself by working within it, but as she looks back she remembers what a fool she was. Dalila no longer wants to save the Imperium, she wants to destroy it, to it's foundations to ash so that mankind might finally be free of it's corruption. While some might say that the destruction of such a vast empire is impossible, as greater threats than the Vitores Tenebras have tried and failed. Yet Dalila is convinced, even to the point of being obsessed, that by slowly dragging the Imperium down rather than facing it on the battlefield, mankind's captor can finally be destroyed. It may take millennia, but she is patient, and more than willing to wait.
Another one of Dalila's traits is her strong atheist beliefs, as she openly scorns religion of any kind, whether it be worship of the Ruinous Powers or the "God-Emperor" of Mankind. To her religion is mankind's ultimate failing, for as long as the humanity uses a deities' will as an excuse, their race will always remain in the Dark Ages. As for the Archenemy, Dalila agrees that Chaos is by far one of man's most dangerous threats and must be destroyed wherever it appears, mirroring the beliefs of her former Hereticus brethren. This is also why she does not approve of the goals and methods of the Vitores' Spiritus Branch, particularly the goals of her colleague Edrith Cambion, as she believes that no good will come of trifling with the powers of the Warp. But despite her otherwise zealous demeanor and radical beliefs, Dalila is usually quite composed and calm, with a cunning mind that constantly plots and plans ahead. She feels that one can never be to careful in her line of work, and thus prefers to have contingencies in place in case her plans go wrong. One might call this behavior paranoid, but those who do are usually made to look quite foolish when one of Dalila's backup plans pay off in the end.
Dalila is a slim yet muscular woman, with a physique akin to that of a gymnast or a professional athlete. Her appearance somewhat striking with a healthy complexion, angular features, and dark hair that she usually keeps tied back in a simple braid. One might call her attractive if one discounts the scars that run down the left side of her face through her empty eye socket, which is occupied by a red-lensed bionic eyeball. Despite being over 200 years old, Dalila can fight as if she were in her prime, thanks to juvenat treatments and bionic augmentation of her muscles and bones. But, she looks nothing like she did when she was an Inquisitor, as she underwent surgery after faking her death, adopting the persona of the mysterious Magister. Most of the time Dalila dresses simply, wearing lightweight flak armor under a hooded stormcoat lacking in any markings or insignia. She is also always seen wearing two large rings, one on each index finger, which at first seem unremarkable but in fact contain Jokaero-made digi-technology.
Abilities and Traits
If there is one thing Dalila excels at, it is maintaining a persona of anonymity. No one outside of the Tenebrous ones themselves know the true identity of the Magister, and Dalila would prefer to keep it that way. As a backup plan, Dalila has brainwashed several members of the Vitores Tenebras through a combination of hypnotherapy and her own telepathic abilities, making them believe that them themselves are the Magister, and as a result these doubles attracted the blades and bullets of would-be assassins while Dalila remains perfectly safe. In fact, the Magister has been confirmed dead by the Officio Assassinorum no less than five times, and yet he (or she) always seems to rise again, leading to the false rumor that the Magister is an immortal being, a rumor that Dalila finds very amusing. Dalila has also perfected a form of psychic hypnosis that implants a mental suggestion within the minds of her victims, making them her agents without them ever knowing, as they are unwittingly serving the goals of the Vitores Tenebras. The only downside is that this technique requires large amounts of time and concentration on her part, and leaves Dalila thoroughly exausted afterwards.
Dalila controls the Animus Branch of the Vitores Branch, and thus has complete control over one of the largest networks of spies, saboteurs, and assassins outside of the Imperium. With these resources at her disposal Dalila attacks the hated Imperium from the shadows, feeding information to the Imperium's enemies, sabotaging their war efforts, and if assassinating important figures such as Imperial Guard Generals and Ecclisiarchy Cardinals. As a Tenebrous One, Dalila also commands the Gladius force of her Branch, and can call upon the support of highly trained and well equiped warriors, although this rarely is nessecary as Dalila prefers to take more of a hands-off approach when dealing with her enemies.
But if a direct approach is needed, Dalila is certainly a formidable opponent. While skilled in many forms of combat, Dalila prefers to kill her enemies from a distance, and she is an expert shot. As a powerful Telepath, she can read her enemies minds with ease, anticipating their every move before they can act, or Dalila can simply fry their brains inside their skulls if she wants to take a more direct approach. She is also capable of dominating her opponent's mind, forcing them to attack their allies, although this power takes a high amount of concentration. Finally, thanks to her bionic augmentations Dalila can go toe-to-toe with a Space Marine, although she rarely tries to engage in close-quarters combat unless she has no other choice. However despite these abilities and advantages she rarely engages an enemy alone, usually accompanied by a bodyguard of Gladius warriors, to serve as protection or simply as a convenient meatshields. She also will flee at the first opportunity if the battle goes poorly for her, not out of cowardice but rather simply because she knows there are some fights she cannot win.
"Mauler" Bolt Pistol
Uniquely tailored to Dalila's biometrics, this rare and powerful Bolt Pistol is by far her most favored sidearm. Thanks to its extensive modifications this powerful weapon packs the same range and destructive power as a Space Marine's Bolter, all while being compact and balanced enough for Dalila to wield in one hand easily. Dalila originally had this Bolt Pistol specially commissioned from the Cinder Crag Forge during her days as a Inquisitor, and since then it has served her well. It can also fire specialized ammunition, and Dalila often carries several Kraken and Metal Storm rounds on her person, just in case.
The favored weapon of Dalila's mentor, the late Lord Inqusitor Bardac Rull, which she took off of his still-warm corpse. While as an Inferno Pistol it is only useful at close range, and suffers from limited ammunition, the pistol still makes up for it's defects with it's raw killing power. A single blast from the sidearm can stop a Space Marine in Terminator Armor or burn a hole through the hull of a Land Raider. Typically Dalila uses her Inferno Pistol in conjunction with her Bolt Pistol, wielding one pistol in each hand. While she fires at targets in the distance, her Inferno Pistol vaporizes anyone who dares get too close.
Dalila detests melee combat, but if forced to engage in close quarters she relies on her Force Rod. This strange devise hardly seems threatening at first, a jet black baton-like weapon, roughly the length of a man's forearm and ending in a leather handgrip. But despite it's unassuming appearance, the Force Rod is in fact a deadly xenos weapon which Dalila can channel psychic energy into, allowing a single blow from the rod to pulp flesh and shatter bone. Dalila can also use the psychic energy stored in the Force Rod as a reservoir of sorts, from which she can draw power to rejuvenate he psychic abilities.
Dalila wears two rings at all times, one on her left index finger and one on her right. While at first glance they seem harmless enough, both rings are in fact Jokaero-made digital devices: one containing a minature conversion field generator, and the other containing a miniature teleporter.
- Black Ring - On her right index finger Dalila wears a ring made of an unknown black metal, set with a round chunk of white marble. When the marble pommel is pressed, the conversion field built inside of the ring surrounds Dalila in a moderately powerful gravitic shield, protecting her from most attacks. However, the shield can be breached by a powerful attack, and is absolutely useless against psychic attacks.
- White Ring - On her left index finger Dalila wears a ring made out of a strange whitish metal, set with a round chunk of obsidian. When the obsidian pommel is pressed, the digi-circutry inside the ring hones in on the nearest Vitores teleportaion beacon (usually on an escape craft of some kind), and teleports her to it's location. Dalila uses this ring as a means of quickly escaping her enemies, but, the ring must recharge for a lengthy period before it is used again, and it cannot be used while the Black Ring's conversion field is active.
Ever paranoid, Dalila almost always wears a suit of flak armor as a means of protection against potential attacks. While definitely more durable than standard Imperial Flak Armor, Dalila's armor can only take so many hits before it is pierced by a well-placed blow or shot.
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Although she begrudgingly admits that his studies have furthered the goals of the Vitores Tenebras, Dalila still does not trust Edrith Cambion for a second, nor his research. Dalila is firmly convinced that the Ruinous Powers are not something that can be controlled, but rather must be eliminated if Humanity is to flourish once more. Thus she is highly suspicious of the former Xanthite Inquisitor, and closely monitors not just Cambion, but the entire Spiritus Branch of the Vitores Tenebras, out of a fear that their dabbling in the powers of the Warp may one day lead to a catastrophe.
Greyon is not the kind of man prone to hold a grudge, but the mysterious "Masgister" is beating Greyon as his own game, and that is something he simply cannot stomach. What baffles him the most is that he has authorized five consecutive assassinations targeting the figure, and each time the Magister was reported to have been killed. Yet days later the figure reemerges as if nothing had happened. However, painstaking surveillance has confirmed that the Magister is a psyker of some kind, and thus Greyon has sent a certain Culexus Assassin to make sure that this time, the Magister stays dead...
Dalila sees Kars work as a necessary evil, and acknowledges that without Kar the Tenebras would cease to function. However as a person she sees Kar as not only too ambitious but also obnoxious, and that his motives may further himself more than humanity. Dalila has also questioned Kars decision to use his Legatus division as his own network of spies, and is secretly working through members of the Corpus Branch to discover what Kars true intentions really are.
- "If you ask a rational person, they'd likely tell you that the worship of a half-living cadaver on a throne is lunacy. Yet within the Imperium, the worship of said cadaver is a state religion. Ask yourself, does this practice make any rational sense? No. No it does not."
- —Dalila Isiminger
- "If you present yourself as nothing more than human, then why would people fear you? You are a man, and therefore you can be hurt, you can be killed. But if you present yourself as a force rather than a single being, then why would people not fear you? You have no body, no flesh that can be cut or bones that can be broken, so how could one fight something that cannot be hurt by guns and blades and bombs? That is why the Magister succeeds, that is why the Magister will always succeed."
- —Dalila Isiminger
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- "I miss Dalila, really. All those times where I'd get my head nearly shot off after trying to get in with her. Those where the days..."
- —Radriar Drazin reminiscing about past relationships
- "What do you mean they are pointless? Dalila, darling, my Legatus agents are a mere formality, and are no threat to you. Don't give me that scowl, it is not only ruining your pretty face but you wear it almost permanently now. Its as if you don't like me. "
- —Cutler Kar, discussing his Legatus division as well as engage in (obvious) flattery
|Hive Worlds||Triam · Estomor · Lak'Vrey|
|Forge Worlds||Dedriton · Sillicalon|
|Other||Tangaroa · Bythantis · Vilgalan · Halcyon · Fractus · Three-Hundred Fifty · Qenia · Ancheron Prime · Cicholos · Sulakta · Assila · Carnivos · Sharash|
|Tenebarite Cabal||Jacki Vulsen · Alexei de'Ossmann · Bradan Peregrem · Avarious Van Hohen · Cherrice Bauyon · Rayas Mearas · Alexander Buhoveckey|
|Others||Mordred Troy · Dante Buhoveckey · Florianus Buhoveckey · Cutler Kar · Dalila Isiminger · Edrith Cambion · Sophia Riyeko · Skarek Usid · Dorianus Ven Adrien · Morgan Jome · Bartholomew Arinus · Zerath Devorian · Erlösung XI · Lin Mai · Mitchell Ramone|
|Human||Blazing Claws · Vitores Tenebras|
|Xenos||Visceri · Hive Fleet Erebus|