A few hours later they heard a disturbance at the guardhouse. As they began heading towards it to investigate they overheard one of the guards having an argument with someone whose voice they didn’t recognise. After a few moments an absolute giant of a man ducked through the entrance door and headed across the social area to greet them. He was a truly imposing sight, a little over seven feet tall and powerfully built, with not an inch of fat in evidence anywhere on him. He was wearing simple black combat trousers, a plain grey t-shirt, and a rather strange looking weapon harness that was currently empty.
The three of them met him in the middle of the social area where he introduced himself;
“Well met, I’m Enabran Tain, Mistress Skane’s head of security and life-warden. Judging by the finery you must be Horatio, making you two Stern and Sarvus. If you’d like to follow me we’ve got a little trip to take.”
At which point he turned around and walked back through the security checkpoint, collecting the weapons missing from his harness. These turned out to be just as impressive as the man, being a pair of incredible well-made single edged evisceratetors. More impressively Tain seemed to wield the massive chain-blades as a normal man might wield a sword. Returning the blades to their back-scabbards on the harness Tain led them through the Fortress to the landing bays in the fortress roof, and aboard a very sleek gun-cutter.
After a rapid ascent to orbit the cutter landed in Horatio’s landing bay and Tain instructed them to follow him as he disembarked. They were greeted at the exit of the landing bay by a detachment of Inquisitorial Storm Troopers, and a servitor that was being remote-controlled by Solar/Imhol from engineering. Solar/Imhol rolled the servitor straight up to Horatio and reported that;
“All systems are functioning nominally”
This being a pre-arranged signal that Solar was still very much in control of the ships systems
Horatio’s reply of;
“Thank you; proceed with your normal duties”
Meaning that everything was under control and that no action needed taking yet.
Whilst this was going on Tain was squaring off with the stormtrooper detail. They had been ordered by Sarcula to accompany Tain and the cell as they travelled around the ship, whereas Skane had ordered Tain to make sure that Sarcula’s people didn’t interfere with the investigation. The confrontation briefly came to blows, or more specifically a blow as Tain knocked the security officer out with a single blow. Before things could escalate further Quint disembarked from the cutter, much to the surprise of the cell as they didn’t know he was aboard, and used the authority of Skane’s rosette to end the matter there. Quint Informed the security detail they weren’t needed as he had brought his own security detail, and dismissed them back to the search. When Horatio asked Quint where his security team was he simply pointed at Tain and walked off.
Tain led the party through the ship to Horatio’s office, where Horatio removed his copy of Marr’s orders from his personal safe and presented it to Quint as proof that the cell had been ordered to Sovereign by Marr. Quint then asked to see the items that had been recovered, and if possible meet with the guardians that the team had rescued. Horatio led them down to the Shadowblind hold, and arranged for Solar/Imhol to meet them there with the video evidence from Sovereign. When they reached the cargo decks they found the search parties still going over the holds, but none of them had managed to find the Shadowblind bay. This was probably fortunate for the search parties as Brothers Fenris and Kurro had taken up residence in the hold to continue their duty to guard the items recovered. Horatio opened the hidden cargo hold and once the team had entered closed it again to prevent Sarcula’s people from following them. Tain and Quint were then introduced to brother Kurro, who informed them that brother Fenris would be returning shortly as he had gone to find a drink. Whilst Tain looked around, Quint started going through the video records Solar/Imhol had provided. They were interrupted by the hold door opening and the sound of a commotion in the corridor. It seemed that Sarcula’s people had tried to deny Fenris access to the hold unless he let them in to search it first, needless to say the Space Wolf hadn’t taken this well. With Kurro’s help Fenris forced the search teams to admit they weren’t getting in, and then turned to address Quint. He explained, in very direct terms, that he hadn’t seen the cell doing anything but the Emperors work, admittedly sometimes in a creative way, but certainly nothing heretical. Brother Kurro backed this assessment up, and supplied some of his own gun-sight footage as evidence, and suggested that the situation be resolved as quickly as possible.
Taking the evidence he had collected with him, Quint led the group back to the lander and returned to the Inquisitorial fortress on planet. As he returned Stern, Sarvus, and Horatio to the holding wing he told them not to get too comfortable.