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Literature / The Inquisitor Cycle

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Translation: I am a Inquisitor. Servant of God.

A Polish book series written by Jacek Piekara revolving around the adventures of Mordimer Madderdin, a Inquisitor of the Holy Office. In this universe, Christianity took a radical turn where Jesus Christ didn't die for our sins, but became a ruthless warlord that conquered the Roman Empire by force and since then, the world has been ruled by the Inquisitors. Mordimer is a rookie Inquisitor that just acquired his license to operate, considers himself a man of faith, a servant of God and a hammer of witches. Soon he becomes involved in political intrigue, conflict with the forces of darkness and the enemies of the Empire.


This book series contains examples of the following tropes:

  • Alternate History: In this timeline, Jesus did not die on the cross, but rather conquered Rome by force and slaughtered every Jew in Jerusalem, becoming known as "The Butcher of Nazareth". All surviving Jews found refuge in either Persia or China. Islam never comes into existence because Muhammad is killed by a Christian death squad causing Muslims to scatter and as a direct result, the Persian Empire never falls and remains an enemy to the Romans.
  • Burn the Witch!: Witches are routinely hunted down and executed by the Inquisitors.
  • Church Militant: The main character and his organization unsurprisingly, but this universe's version of Christianity is a lot more militaristic as a religion teaching it's followers to be without mercy.
  • Creepy Twins: Two of Mordimer's companions are a pair of crossbow-wielding bandit brothers with a taste for necrophilia.
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  • Dark and Troubled Past: Mordimer's mother was a witch that wanted to gain immense power from a dark magical tome and he became orphaned after she was arrested by the Inquisitors. One of them, Arnold Löwefell, takes him under his wing and raise him to become a Inquisitor himself.
  • Have You Seen My God?: After finishing His conquest, Jesus ascended into heaven and left Saint Peter in charge of the Roman Empire and never has been seen since.
  • Religion Is Magic:
    • Despite the prevalence of dark sorcery, Christians are capable of wielding magical powers of their own by calling down to the heavens.
    • Persia has it's mages capable of Playing with Fire drawing from their faith in Zoroastrianism.
  • Rule of Symbolism: The Christian cross is slightly twisted as it's used to represent the cross being broken shortly after Jesus descended from it.


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