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The Arbitrators are the militant arm of the Adeptus Arbites. Apprehending and punishing those who break the Emperor's laws, Arbitrators are fanatically devoted and well-armed. These brutal enforcers of the Lex Imperialis are typically housed in their planets Precinct-Fortress.[3a]

Ranks of Arbitrators

  • Lord Marshal or Justicar - Highest rank[4]
  • Marshal or Magistrate
  • Proctor or Intelligencer
  • Arbitrator
  • Investigator
  • Regulator
  • Enforcer
  • Trooper - Lowest rank[4]

Types of Arbitrators

There are numerous ranks and roles within the Arbitrators:

  • Chasteners: involves the interrogation of prisoners. [1] [3c]
  • Cyber-Mastiff Handler even acting for the Arbites, these usually are adepts of Mechanicus [3d]
  • Detectives - apprehend cyber-criminals through the computer matrices of the Administratum [1][3b]
    • Detective-Espionist work with espionage-operations, able to control over webs of spies, informants and agents [3b]
    • Detective-Surveillor specialize in stalking and observing either lawbreakers or suspected lawbreakers and are apt with all kinds of technical devices [3b]
  • Enforcer[5]
  • Execution teams hound the guilty through barren wastes and labyrinthine tunnels [1]
  • Patrol groups: prowl the dangerous under-sections of city hives [1]
  • Shock troops break up vicious queue wars which often develop outside government buildings [1]
  • Snatch squads apprehend targets for interrogation [1]
  • Verispex: provide forensic evidence in a crime scene [1] [3c]
  • Slate-Agent: Undercover operative used to collect intelligence on criminal and rebel elements.[3e]
  • Suffering Marshal: Hunters of fugitives, they often deliver Imperial judgement when they have caught up with their prey.[3e]

In Calixis Sector the Lord Marshal Goreman has authorised his subordinates to pass titles of their own on their subordinates. Arbitrator who excels in interrogating might be called "Tongue-Cutter" or "Mindscour", for example. [3a]


Arbitrators are well-armed to fight a small scale war. They are commonly equipped with Carapace armour and weaponry such as Shotguns, Grenade Launchers, Suppression Shields[2], and Power Mauls. They also make use of Rhino, Chimera, and Repressor armored vehicles.[1]

Notable Arbitrators


Conflicting sources

Detective is used in Codex Imperialis to describe computer-agents that tracks cyber-criminals.[1] In much later works from Fantasy Flight Games detectives are branched into subgroups presented earlier[3b] but there is no specific sub-group for the 2nd Edition era detective.

See also

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