The Office of the Censor is a division among the Society of Leopold. They are the internal investigators and the judges of the Society.
They who judge the judges. The Inquisition within the Inquisition. Membership in the Office of the Censor is offered by the Inquisitor-General himself. Typically, however, nominations for Censor candidates come from the Office itself. This Office, administrated by a Provincial, is considerably more organized than the Gladius Dei.
Some within the Inquisition feared that the Censors were becoming too powerful, too independent, and that the Office was trying to enforce its own agenda. They were right. Ingrid Bauer was herself a Censor. After she arose to power as Inquisitor-General, it was the Censors who swept through the Society’s ranks, taking away the entrenched spies of the kindred and the loudest of Bauer’s critics. When those screams finally died away, the accusations were much less public. There is no more ambiguity; the Office of the Censor now holds the most power within the Society.
When a Censor arrives to investigate an individual or a Cenaculum, those in question are considered in a state of certiorari: they are allowed to continue their standard practices and procedures, but a representative of the Office of the Censor must accompany them at all times. Furthermore, all records of the Cenaculum are open to investigation, and its members open to interrogation. These days, random investigations happen with greater frequency. Although the practice of Theurgy is not condemned by the Society, its use is still circumspect, so the Office of the Censor requires that all practitioners of Theurgy “register” with the Office “for future reference.” This is not the polite suggestion it once was.
Censors are not permitted to remain in any other faction, but they typically maintain the ideology of any previous faction.
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