either he's been subjected to Warp related time dilation (which can happen; it just needs to be mentioned somewhere)
It's pretty much implicit in being an Inquisitor, given the degree of warp travel involved. The RT RPG gives the flow of time in the warp as, on average, about 12 days real time to 1 apparent day in the warp. Spend enough time warp travelling, and you might easily have been born a hundred years earlier than your actual age would suggest.
That said, I imagine that while a better ship or more skilled Navigator might not be able to reduce the time in the Warp by much, they can instead find parts of the warp where the time dilation is much less.
So it might still appear to take seven days to make the journey, but rather than that relating to three months (on average) in the real world, it might have only taken two weeks.
This is why Marco's ship, the Ynys Mon, is so apparently fast - it has a real knack for this, with most journeys very close to 1:1 parity.
With a poor ship or a less than entirely competent Navigator, you might hit dilations of months in real space for every day in the warp.
It's a slightly odd interpretation, but I like it.
When you consider that 8 years in the warp would on average translate to a century in real time, and that warp journeys can frequently take months, it doesn't take that many trips for your birthday and actual age to slip drastically out of whack.
Considering my own interpretation, surviving a millennium wouldn't be impossible if you had a bit of crock of a ship.Actually
being a millennium old... nah, doesn't work for me. We know that some Mechanicus can live that long, but that's the very finest of their technology and they do not suffer outsiders their technology lightly.
Anyway, a slightly revised version of Riley:
While Riley uses aliases, she is very unlikely to use them twice.RANK / AFFILIATION:
Inquisitrix of the Ordo HereticusPhysical Stats:
Date of Birth: (5)751834.M41
Place of Birth: Pennal Secundus
Height: 175cm/5' 9"
Weight: 56 kg/124 lbs
Physical appearance: Oval face, Almond shaped green-brown eyes, narrow "Celestial" nose, Slightly shallow lips. Blonde hair in a bob cut. Right Handed.
Thanks to regular rejuvenat, Riley remains highly attractive (and is most definitely aware of it). With almost all of the scars from her life as an Inquisitor carefully surgically healed (with a vat grown left forearm and parts of the right knee), it would be exceptionally easy to mistake her for a woman in her late twenties.
She has a toned build, rather small breasts (which she is slightly self-conscious about) and notably longer than average legs. She uses cosmetics, but other than a somewhat trademark deep red lip colour, this is usually fairly subtle.
Riley is content to wear a very wide range of clothing, with a huge wardrobe containing just about every style imaginable, from formal to casual. Given the choice, she tends to err towards somewhat high class clothing that gives her the appearance of a lesser noble, typically dresses (preferably in a dark blue or black) loose and light weight enough to "flow" slightly and still allow a generous range of movement. Given her modest "assets", these are almost never cut to show cleavage.
These are usually worn with knee length boots with a shallow, wide heel, a compromise between form and function.
In the case that she's planning/anticipating a fight, she generally has one "go to" outfit. With a base layer of a tight fitting flak body-glove, a number of segmented armaplas plates can be attached over this to protect the torso, arms and legs. This is combined with a full face helmet, outfitted with a wide range of autosenses, spectral surveyors, anti-flash filters and an inbuilt rebreather.HISTORY:
834.M41: Born on Pennal Secundus
842.M41: First introduced to the martial art of Recassa by her father
854.M41: Unable to find other work in Pennal's damaged economy, starts as an escort to high class gentlemen.
860.M41: Hired by Inquisitor Nann to help throw off suspicions when he attends Governor Kallel's yearly ball.
860.M41: Breaks Seward Kallel's nose and left arm.
860.M41: Officially recruited into Inquisitor Nann's organisation.
862.M41: Two assassins make an attempt on Nann's life. Riley kills both with their own weapons.
862.M41: Officially attached to Nann's primary retinue.
865.M41: After the Jovurnian operation, promoted to Inquisitorial acolyte.
872.M41: Develops a more advanced martial art based on Recassa, Powol and Weran
898.M41: Receives full rank of Inquisitor.
902.M41: Convicts a long running crime syndicate on her homeworld.
917.M41: First associated with the Appollyon group, a well known cell of Recongregators.
918.M41: On Pellusi IV during the time of the infamous riots. Has refused to speak about whether or not she had a part in it ever since.
939.M41: Successfully and peacefully replaces the corrupt military command of the Ynnal regiments.
961.M41: Acquires the "Sword of Integrity" after Inquisitor Nann dies of old age.
988.M41: Sees her first acolyte, Dana Sarac, promoted to full Inquisitor.
007.M42: Halley Notaro, Riley's chief savant for the last 108 years, dies to a sniper's bullet.PERSONALITY/BELIEFS:
Much in keeping with her gender ambiguous name, Riley mixes "masculine" and "feminine" traits quite freely. One moment she will be entirely happy to be flirting with men to help get her way but the next, she'll be equally at home stripping grease from engine parts.
While usually pretty level headed, Riley can still let stronger emotions get the better of her, particularly anger and grief. Her anger is marked by her becoming increasingly (and almost viciously) sarcastic. She never uses sarcasm as "humour", and often looks down on those who do.
One of Riley's main "flaws" from the perspective of being an Inquisitor is that she tends to become very attached to those around her, even after very short periods of time. The emotional grief of losing those people close to her can either drive her to incandescent rage or nearly incapacitating anguish.
Riley is a moderate Recongregator, whose originally more extreme methods were scaled back heavily after her overzealousness earlier in her career caused what she refers to as "some issues". At present, she is usually open and honest about her radical viewpoint, for which she seems to attract respect or ire in roughly equal measure.
She prefers non violent methods where possible, although as an Inquisitor, she is in no doubts about the frequent necessity of the unsubtle approach.QUIRKS/NOTES:
- Drops contractions from her speech when either tired or irritated.
- Considered an excellent cook, although it is a rare occasion when she can be coaxed into it. ABILITIES / STRENGTHS / WEAKNESSES:
Riley is an expert martial artist, capable of easily besting armed opponents with only her bare hands.
Known for improvising, or stealing weapons (often out of the hands of opponents), she has something of a knack for using any weapon she might have in her hand - whether it happens to be a sword, a stave, a pistol or rifle.
Very agile and capable of quite spectacular feats of aerobatics and gymnastics, Riley can quite easily wrong foot attackers with her unexpected speed and manoeuvrability.
While certainly exceptionally learned by the average Imperial standards, Riley's knowledge is rather modest for being most of the way through her second century - she prefers to use savants to compensate for this shortcoming.
Riley is also noted for "letting emotion drive her" on occasions - many poor decisions have been made because of her having too much emotional involvement in situations. However, when she can maintain detachment, she has considerable foresight, and is able to figure out the likely consequences of given actions with startling accuracy.WEAPONS AND EQUIPMENT:
As she has a habit of improvising or stealing weapons, Riley carries fairly low-key weapons. She usually carries a compact Tripex-Phall laspistol (with a couple of reloads), and a number of retractable knives. In an emergency, the bracelet she normally wears on her right wrist houses a miniaturised needle weapon using a soporific toxin.
Normally trying to avoid looking like she is well armed or armoured, her primary defence in most cases is a conversion field, built into a rig designed to fit into the curve of her back. She sees the stunning effect this can have on an attacker as a very desirable trait, even if it does occasionally risk disorienting allies as well.
When "geared up" for combat, her ranged weapon of choice is the Hollen & Crasel GP9 5mm Personal Defence Weapon. With its low recoil, compact size, considerable magazine capacity and ability to defeat body armour, it makes a versatile weapon capable of killing most opponents.
Riley's primary interstellar transport is the "Sword of Integrity", a rather unimaginatively named Sword class Frigate. Refitted with less space intensive weaponry than the traditional laser batteries, it serves primarily as a form of mobile Inquisition base, with an extensive brig, interrogation/torture chambers, decent stocks of high level hardware and sophisticated command systems which can integrate with, supplement or override most Imperial data networks if necessary.
Actual troop complement is fairly low, existing primarily to defend against boarding actions. SERVANTS/ACQUAINTANCES:
Riley's most valuable servant is probably her chief savant, Jael Lalgan. At the very young age of 52, he has only served Riley for a few years, but he has been fitted with the memory banks belonging to his predecessor, Halley Notaro. While this gives him a huge wealth of knowledge to draw upon, it has resulted in a number of colourful side effects, although most are fortunately temporary - gender confusion, sudden personality changes, overwhelming déjà vu and similar.
Mostly, he is a fairly quiet and timid individual, although he can and will confidently expound at (often excessive) length when his extensive knowledge can actually come into play. He often appears to be distracted, although this is more to do with his attention falling on everything and anything within the area, as his impressive observation and recollection skills prove.
With little combat skill and only holdout weapons, Jael is normally dependent on the support of others in fights.
A former hive enforcer, Ekkehardt Kuefer serves as muscle and a bodyguard to Riley, although in most cases, he and his bulk are more of a deterrent than a necessity, with Riley generally proving exceptionally capable of defending herself if fights actually do start. Primarily armed with an enforcer's shotgun, Ekkehardt's talents in melee are more dependent on his bulk, shock truncheon and concealed armour than any particular skill.
Fairly brusque and sometimes prone to speaking out of turn, with a particular tendency to not take slights against the Imperial Cult lightly.
As a former soprano singer, many say Steren Dowrick would look more at home in front of a crowd than she does in Riley's employ, but Steren is possibly the most dangerous of Riley's entourage. With extensive talents in both biomancy and telepathy, her slight appearance and long flowing black hair belie the sheer threat she can represent.
She can be rather cold and distant at times, an affectation that tries to separate her from the constant psychic influx of the emotions of the others around her.
While born Imeda Marini, Riley's tech-adept now only really gets called by his long time "nickname", Chain. While relatively low in the ranks of the Adeptus Mechanicus, Chain is still considered something of a prodigy with grav drives, and is also notable for his talents with lasweapons, with his personal lascarbine being a masterwork of laser technology.
He is rather energetic and enthusiastic (sometimes to a fault), and often chops up his sentences with side thoughts, addendums and whatever else happens to be going through his head, even if it's not necessarily entirely relevant.
Colonel Tama Morton is largely beyond active field service. With more bionic repairs than you'd find in the entirety of a normal Imperial Guard company, he primarily remains aboard the Sword of Integrity to provide tactical advice and, if necessary, coordinate military operations.
Used to being the top of the command chain, he tends to speak authoritatively and does not take perceived subordination well.