As a fan of the Warhammer 40K universe and a former Games Workshop Employee (that is 16 years in the past, so I have nothing to do with any of the weird stuff that has been happening recently) I was really excited when I heard about the „The Lord Inquisitor“ movie project.
The movie is animated, produced, cut etc. by one person (!): Erasmus Brosdau and tells the story of a Lord Inquisitor on a mission to retrieve a chaos artifact.
If you are unfamiliar with the Warhammer 40k universe, here is a very brief rundown:
The universe is set in the 40th millenium of our calendar (thus 40k) and in our galaxy. For the past 10.000 years (i.e. since the 30th millenium) the Imperium of Man under the guidance of the Emperor of Mankind, who sits on the Golden Throne has withstood being assaulted on all sides, including within, by uncountable foes.
One of the most dire threats to the Imperium is Chaos. During a civil war within the Imperium, 10.000 years ago, forces of the Imperium who had been corrupted by Chaos were almost victorious and were only beaten back after their supreme leader, Horus, was killed by the Emperor of Mankind. But the Emperor of Mankind, gravely wounded during the battle against Horus, has ever since been confined to the Golden Throne, which is amongst other things, his life-support system.
To battle Chaos, the people left in charge of the Imperium after the Emperor was interned in the Golden Throne and became basically incummunicado, formed the Inquisition, specifically, the Ordo Malleus of the Inquisition, a.k.a. The Deamon Hunters, dedicate their life to battling Chaos and its deamons. The most influential and powerful members of the Inquisition are called Lord Inquisitors.
So much for the very brief summary of what is going on in the Warhammer 40k universe is about and who and what the Lord Inquisitor in this movie is. From what is said in the trailer, he has to be a member of the Ordo Malleus.
Erasmus has this to say abou the trailer:
“This is the first trailer for my private free time animation “The Lord Inquisitor”, based on Warhammer 40.000. I have done this almost alone over the last 1.5 years of hard work and was lucky to gain a cool community who support my animation. There is a lot to tell about this project, please visit thelordinquisitor.com or Lord Inquisitor on Facebook for much much more info”
The movie is still in production, which is little wonder since it is a one-man project, and has been in production for years, but the prologue will be released on the 28th of August 2016, i.e. in five days as of the writing of this article. You can go and check it out on Erasmus‘ Youtube Channel!
Header image © Erasmus Brodau, fair use