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"They say we live in mankind's last and darkest millennium. They say mercy is a weakness, that family is a burden, and that compassion is heresy. But who says these things? Who rises against the dying of the light? That... would be us."
-Marcus Allenbrisk

The Lord Inquisitor is a CGI fan film, based on the Warhammer 40,000 Universe, developed by Erasmus Brosdau. The film will be centered on Lord Inquisitor Torquemada Coteaz, an Inquisitor of the Ordo Malleus, sent to investigate the planet Occulta Majoris, accompanied by his Acolyte Marcus Allenbrisk, and a squad of Grey Knights.

The film is slated to be around 40 minutes long and is set to be released in 2016, although there are no guarantees. Aaron Dembski Bowden, a writer from the Black Library, has been confirmed to write the story. Watch the first official trailer here, and a teaser here. As of August 28th 2016, an eight minute prologue has been released.

Compare and contrast with Ultramarines, the first official Games Workshop movie, and Damnatus, another fan-made 40k film.

As of February 4th 2018,the project has finally been interred on the Golden Throne. Due to the extensive amount of time and resources required for the project, "The Lord Inquisitor" has been shelved for the time being, with the author focusing on an original project called ORIGIN ZERO. However, all is not lost, as Erasmus has instead been working towards creating a studio of his own that could always work something out with Games Workshop in the future.

This film provides examples of:

  • Action Girl: Torquemada's retinue includes a female assassin.
  • The Apprentice: Marcus Allenbrisk, an Acolyte who is learning from Torquemada on his path to becoming an Inquisitor.
  • Artifact of Doom: An unknown artifact that was discovered by the Imperial Guard, which drove the planets inhabitants insane.
  • Awesome Personnel Carrier: The Grey Knights' Ace Custom Land Raiders. With a Grey Knight armed with an autocannon on top of it
  • Badass Army: The most elite — and best-funded — of the Space Marines will be featured in this film: the Grey Knights. The secret and mysterious Loyalist Chapter of Space Marines specifically tasked with combating the dangerous daemonic entities of the Warp and all those who wield the corrupt power of the Chaos Gods. We dare you to deny that they are badass.
  • Badass Cape: The cape worn by Lord Inquisitor Torquemada Coteaz. It even has fur!
  • Bribe Backfire: When the man Marcus' catches tries to bribe him, Allenbrisk forgoes waiting for Torquemada and shoots the man.
  • The Cameo: Torquemada makes a cameo in Flash-Gitz Animation's The Trials of Draigo
  • Cool Guns: The Heavy Bolters utilized by the Grey Knights. Although all of them have ArmCannons, known as storm bolters, on their arms too.
  • Cool Swords: The various swords used by the Grey Knights can most definitely qualify as this. They include Nemesis Force Swords, Nemesis Greatswords and Nemesis Warding Staves. They can all cut through daemons like hot knife through butter.
  • Cool Plane: The Grey Knights' Thunderhawk Gunships. They are armed with missile launchers and heavy bolters, mind you.
  • Cool Ship: Lord Inquisitor Torquemada Coteaz's personal flagship.
  • Creator Cameo: Erasmus Brosdau appears in a blink and miss cameo as a portrait in the prologue.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Allenbrisk has a lot of fun when the man he's caught tries to beg for mercy.
  • Drop the Hammer: Torquemada's Daemon Hammer. Mind you, it's a really BIG Hammer.
  • Fat Bastard: The man the retinue catches in the prologue is a traitor to the Imperium and also significantly overweight.
  • Large Ham: THE NARRATOR. Example: THIS...IS A LIE!!
  • Lower-Deck Episode: The prologue could be considered one, as it focuses on members of Torquemada's retinue while Torquemada himself is participating in the parade.
  • Meaningful Name: Torquemada you say?
  • More Dakka: And how!! In the trailer, we see the Grey Knights Space Marines emptying their heavy bolters and autocannons with shell casings flying in all directions.
  • The Mentor: Torquemada to Marcus.
  • Million Mook March: In the prologue, there's a lot of focus on a military parade taking place on Terra, which is as over the top as you'd expect from the Imperium. It also features the Imperial Fists, including two Dreadnoughts.
  • Mythology Gag: You can briefly see two Space Marines and a Land Raider on a table in the prologue that look like unpainted models straight out of the tabletop game.
  • Powered Armor: What the Grey Knights wear can be considered as this. They even call it Power Armor. And Lord Inquisitor Torquemada Coteaz's personal suit most definitely counts.
  • Scenery Porn:
    • The various scenes of space and of the battlefields that wars are waged on can be considered as this.
    • The prologue has a lot of loving shots of spaceships and planets, as well as Terra's skyline.
  • Schizo Tech: Of course, it's 40K we're talking. The parade has both hot air balloons and levitating platforms, as well as vehicles manually pushed by dozens of brain-dead cyborgs.
  • Shout-Out: The Artifact and its powers seem to be based on the Markers from Dead Space. Then again, the Warhammer 40,000 universe has artifacts that have been doing similar events long before Dead Space.
  • Smoking Is Cool: Marcus certainly seems to think so. One image has him pausing to smoke a lho stick (and looking badass while doing so) while there's a bunch of daemons mere metres from him.
  • Smug Snake: Marcus oozes smugness, smirking at everything and rubbing his superiority in his catch's face.
  • Tank Goodness: The trailer features IMPERIAL GUARD BANEBLADES in action. BANEBLADES.
  • The Corruption: What the unknown artifact does to the planet's inhabitants, eventually driving them insane. It is later revealed that it is a Chaos Artifact.
  • The Quiet One: The assassin has only one line throughout the entire prologue.
  • Well-Intentioned Extremist: Most (good) Inquisitors in the Warhammer 40K universe are considered as this. Lord Inquisitor Torquemada Coteaz? We shall see, but information on him so far certainly point to this trope.
  • World of Badass: This is WARHAMMER 40K after all. And just to drive the Badass point home once and for all...