Torquemada Coteaz is a famous, feared and respected Inquisitor of the Ordo Malleus, titled "Lord Inquisitor" and "High Protector of the Formosa Sector".
Little is known about his youth, or how he initially joined the Ordo.
The incident that cemented his reputation and rise to prominence occurred during the Conclave of Varoth, called by Inquisitor Laredian, High Protector of Formosa. At the conclave, Laredian displayed a powerful daemon-bound crystal he had taken from a Chaos cult he had recently purged. He launched into an eloquent speech about how the crystal's powers could be used for the good of the Imperium by rooting out heretics and cultists. As Laredian concluded his address, Coteaz rose from his seat and marched to the center of the auditorium, smashed the crystal with his Daemonhammer and declared Laredian a blasphemer and a trafficker in abominations, declaring him Extremis Diabolus.
This stunning act of impropriety threw the assembly into an uproar, until Coteaz produced an hourglass and promised to prove his accusations before the sand ran out. Laredian was forced to face his accuser, and in the examination that followed, it was revealed that he had not only sanctioned the use of daemonhosts, but had read proscribed texts and employed the tools of the enemy. Laredian was found guilty of heresy against the Emperor. He was executed by Coteaz himself, and his ashes were fired into the heart of a star. For his efforts in unmasking Laredian, Coteaz was named High Protector of Formosa, a position he had long coveted.
Some members of the Inquisition were apprehensive of his ambitious and rapid rise through the Ordo's ranks, but Coteaz's reasoning was that in order to best combat the enemies of the Emperor, he must be able to command. He continued to purge Chaos cults and other threats from the sector. For his destruction of a heresy on the forge world Glovoda, the Adeptus Mechanicus gave him the Glovodan Eagle, a twin-headed psyber-eagle.
Cortez wears ornate Artificer armour incorporating a refractor field and is armed with an Anointed Daemonhammer and a Bolt pistol. His Glovodan Eagle, a gift from the Adeptus Mechanicus, has been augmented to act as his eyes and ears on the battlefield.
For unknown reasons Cortez has joined the Crusade to retake the worlds in the Agripinaa Sector.