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This article collects all quotes made by, or about, the Adeptus Arbites. The quotes themselves are organized in alphabetical order using the speaker's name. Unattributed quotes are at the end of the list.



Speaker Quote Source
Adeptus Arbites Remember that it is the duty of the mighty Adeptus Astartes Chapters and the glorious Imperial Guard to wage the Emperor's wars and the duty of the fearless Imperial Navy to guard the Emperor's spaceways, but it is to his loyal servants the Adeptus Arbites that His Divine Majesty in His infinite wisdom entrusts the most sacred duty of all - Keeping in check the lawless heretic rabble that passes itself off as the Emperor's worthy subjects.
- Familiar old precinct-house joke
Execution Hour (Novel),
Part Three, pgs. 73-74
To serve the Emperor. To protect His domains. To judge and stand guard over His subjects. To carry the Emperor's law to all worlds under His blessed protection. To pursue and punish those who trespassed against His word.
- Oath sworn by cadets
Execution Hour (Novel),
Part Three, pg. 80
He was judged guilty.
And our judgement is final.
- Call and response refrain used by Arbitrators
Kill Team: Soulshackle
pg. 23


Speaker Quote Source
Codex Arbites - the Commandments of Justice We determine the guilty. We decide the punishment. Codex Imperialis (Background Book), Adeptus Arbites, pg. 35


Speaker Quote Source
Praetor Kolbe Well he's not getting mine.
- after dispatching a Khornate cultist howling "Blood for the Blood God!"
The Traitor's Hand (Novel) - Ciaphas Cain: Hero of the Imperium (Omnibus), ch. 16, pg. 700
Proctor Kyziah Grefton You will see the true face of humanity during your service, cadets. In these rotting, twisted intestines of the hive's gut you will find thieves who have stolen from the Emperor, you will uncover mutants who pollute His realm, and you will dethrone ideologies promulgating heresy against His strictures. But they are not the only ones. The stain of criminality can seep down from the tops of the spires and the nobles who accrete there. It can arrive on bulk freighters, spread across the stars by those who reek of guilt. It is our task to punish the amorphous web of transgression, and the Lex is our guide to do so. Kill Team: Soulshackle, pg. 69


Speaker Quote Source
Judge Lemog, Hive Fal-sha, Sheldton's World, Decree before the Sector 17 massacre The violators of the Emperor's law must be punished... how dare they question His will, His judgement... if their deeds go unchecked then chaos will surely reign... I have no choice but to sentence the offenders to death, effective immediately and without appeal… you have your orders gentlemen, may the Emperor's blessing go with you. Riot! House Rules for urban unrest in Epic Armageddon, pg. 6 (originally published in Fanatic Online Issue 45)
Arbitrator Leskanza, 5th Precinct, Colaran Hive You have been judged guilty of violating the Lex Imperialis. This is the law of the Emperor's realm. It is His law. If, as you loudly claim, I have erred in my judgement, He would strike me down where I stand. If you were innocent, He would have interceded to shield your flesh from my shotgun shell...but then you would stand guilty of wasting my ammunition. Be thankful I have saved you from committing such a crime.
- addressing the adjudged
Kill Team: Soulshackle, pg. 25


Speaker Quote Source
Arbritrator Mallox, Precinct 9 Reclamator Innocence is irrelevant. You have been judged guilty of transgressing the Lex Imperialis. Do not compound your guilt by evading punishment; as there are greater crimes, so are there greater sentences. Kill Team: Soulshackle, pg. 56


Speaker Quote Source
Promise of the Pax Imperialis No servant of the Emperor dies unavenged. No enemy of the Emperor escapes unpunished! Eternal Damnation (Graphic Novel), short-story Testament


Speaker Quote Source
Judge Traggat, Selected Sayings, Vol. III, Chapter IV. Claims of innocence mean nothing; they serve only to prove a foolish lack of caution. Codex Imperialis (Background Book), Adeptus Arbites, pg. 34


Speaker Quote Source
Vorkas Zolowski prior to his arrest for pernicious sedition against the Emperor of Mankind. They live there in that great plascrete tower surrounded by walls and razor wire, only emerging to seize some unfortunate who has transgressed against the Imperial Laws or to patrol the city to prove that it belongs to them. There are crystal lenses and sound wave detectors on that tower that can watch citizens and listen to their conversations 100 leagues away, Imperial spy satellites watch what they can't see directly and even the Governor fears them. They aren't from here and have nothing to do with us, no more than Orks or Eldar, if they have families or children we don't know about them and we don't care. They wouldn't so much as buy a glowbulb from us and we would not sell it to them. It's ironic that they have the rather benevolent title of Arbitrators. White Dwarf 169 (UK), pg. 5


Quote Source
To be just, our law must be cruel. Crossfire (Novel), ch. Eight, pg. 189
Praise the Emperor! The Emperor's word is the Law, and the Arbites are the voice by which that word is spoken! Crossfire (Novel), ch. Eight, pg. 185
To stand upon the bedrock of the Law is our great duty. To presume to stand above it is our worst heresy. Crossfire (Novel), ch. Eight, pg. 188