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#81 Crystal Geyser

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 01:21 AM

Following the disappearance of the 4th Company – in reality our hdyra cell – Toreaux decided it was time to take action. The loyalist elements of the Sable Specters Chapter and the Order of the Veiled Lily attacked the fleet of the Secessionists, which numbered four ships – the Firefly, the Imperial Fist, the Leering Doge, and Spiteheart, the ship of the Kabal of the Flayed Talon’s archon, Vyorla Mikaeliss. We hired her to ally with them, under the pretence that the hameonculus Dhurzha was a rival of hers in Comoroaggh, and her services as a reaver constuted the xenos’s dark perview of repayment. Our motives for this were to act as a double agent should any of the Secessionists become too unpredictable or chaotic – a hidden dagger we could deploy without revealing the truth of our hydra cell.

The battle was less than successful for the servants of the Emperor. The Sable Specter captain Antellox was outmaneuvered by the Eldar pirates. Toreaux’s battle sisters were demolished by Nixios’s demonic abilities. Some success was made in the initial hours, however – Toreaux personally butchered the heretic king, Venini Belarus, using lightning claw and bolter. Additionally, Tobias Satter was incapaciatated, nearly killed, but our Mechanicus agents within Toreaux’s ranks revved him, under the excuse of a through, brutal interrogation.

            ]The second wave of attackers hit the Inquisitorial fleet in full. Satter was sequestered away, and they were forced to withdraw, their ship left as a burning husk far from the Good Protectorate’s capital world, Acrides, which had been their intended target. The defeat was especially crushing, as Nixios’s ascendancy was near at hand – this was of concern to us. Using records and heretical tomes stolen from the Inquisitorial librarium, Nixios discovered the potential key to his ascendancy – the Heartstrings of Mortarion, the daemonic flesh of the Daemon primarch who did battle against the Ordo Malleus’s champion, Kaldor Draigo. The fragments of flesh sliced away in that battle would be more than enough to grant Nixios his power. Nixios took command of Venini’s ship and rechristened it the Bot Fly in his death.

            Rhaegar, ever-faithful to the crumbling Imperium, warned Toreaux that Nixios and Baltro were rapidly en route to the Heartstrings’ last possessor, a Pirate Prince known as Taradiel the Everliving. A worshipper of the Chaos power Slaanesh, Taradiel had hoarded many a vessel and had accumulated a collection of occult artifacts. Taradiel, Nixios, and Baltro tracked the Heartstrings to their final resting place – the space hulk, Woe’s Blossom. A fitting stab in the gut by the Runious Powers, is it not? The time for brute force was lost – Toreaux had only time to dispatch a cadre of Death Cult assassins to intercept them, but the effort was moot.

            Right at the point before Nixios’s ascendancy, the daemon Ptolimo appeared before him and attempted to destroy its former client, knowing full well that Nixios and his now-expansive cult would attempt to take control of Ptolimo’s daemonic legions should Nixios become a daemon prince. Ptolimo was slain by Nixios’s hand, and Nixios became translated into a vile thing of distended entrails, bleeding eyes, writhing tentacles, a daemon true in name and form. Rheagar and Tobias began constructing defenses on Acrides to repel Nixios and keep the Good Protectorate free of his daemonic tent. Lydia Toth assembled Irtaufe’s renegade Skitaari aboard the Wrath of Numerology. Our hydra cell mobilized. Soon the two sides of the coming battle were arrayed – one side, Tobias Satter and the plaidclads, Captain Rehagar and the Imperial Fist, Lydia Toth of Irtaufe aboard the Warth fo Numerolgy, and the Kabal of the Flayed Talon and the traitors of the Sable Specters 4th Company aboard Spitehart. On the other side was Nixios Morrowgrave and his Malignant Concordant aboard the Bot Fly, Baltro D. Baltro and his reavers upon the Leering Doge, and Prince Taradiel the Everliving aboard his ship, Passion’s Darkness.

            In the battle, Taradiel was slain. Baltro ascended to daemonhood and became a daemon prince of Malal, the God of Anarchy. Nixios disappeared, with the intent of seeding his cult throughout the galaxy. Mikaeliss fled into the shadowy realm of Aelindrach, seeking refuge. Satter and the survivors returned to Acrides, with the intent to begin their new lives. Our hydra cell monitors the Good Protectorate even now, keeping a close eye on Lydia Toth.



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Posted 07 November 2014 - 01:22 AM

GAMMA FILE: THE VLADIC SECTOR

Decades later, our operations’ next phase of preparation resurfaces in the Vladic Sector, in the Segmentum Ultima. The Vladic Sector is bordered on two sides, on one by the fringe of the Tau Empire and on the other by a warp rift called Shemjaza's Eye. The Eye is very temperamental and often is inconsistent in where it leads, but ships travelling through usually end up on the edge of Imperial space or in the daemon infested hellhole called the Tear. Through a series of political machinations and assassinations, an agent of our own sympathetic to our interests, a man by the name of Heckler Reinhold, came to power as Lord Sector Governor. He was aided by our own cult of navigators, operating under the name “House Damocles.”

Our interest in the Vladic Sector is owed to the existence of a series of xenos constructs known as the Ley Configuration. Constructs of the ancient Old Ones employed during the War in Heaven, the Ley Configuration operates through redistributing the “anima” – the sentient energy of life – of the inhabitants of the region based on varying levels of psychic significance. In short, when activated, the life force powering the Necron tombs would be siphoned away and divided between the psychically resonant populace. This redistribution is conducted through individuals known as Loci, each of which is connected to one of the Ley Worlds. Our interest is not in the Ley Configuration, but what it implies – this is clearly a region infested with Necrons, and here we may be able to locate a fragment of the Temptress for Operation Daedalus. Other hydra cells have accumulated other shards, and each one brings us closer to completion of our goal.

In the last few decades, the Vladic Sector has become an area of intriguing activity. The expansion of the Tau Empire, first of all, serves as the primary antagonists. In order to combat them, the Imperium dispatched the Astral Barons chapter of Adeptus Astartes. In order to help maintain our cover, we borrowed that age-old skin, the Sable Specters, and falsified orders of dispatch, under the pretence of giving the chapter a chance to re-prove its loyalty by serving as an auxiliary force.



#83 Crystal Geyser

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 01:22 AM

Our previous mission with the Good Protectorate had been a success, so in an attempt to recreate that success we reached out to the controversial rogue trader Caston of House Moretti. Unfortunately, his interest in our true natures became too dangerous and Reinhold dispatched the rival house Romano to eliminate them in what would appear to be an attack of economic nature. Caston’s son, Giovanni, irritably survived.

We allowed Reinhold to make reforms as he saw fit, with the hope of improving bureaucracy and administration. Reinhold, in doing so, hired an investigator by the name of Sylvester Toussant with the intent of assassinating corrupt or dangerous terrorist threats and nobles. Meanwhile, Giovanni Moretti, seeking vengeance for his father’s assassination, created his own crew and took to the stars, having inherited his father’s warrant. The members of his crew included:

Penultimo Reinhold, an operative of House Damocles and Reinhold’s illegitimate son – for security’s sake, we kept Penultimo unaware of our involvement.

Bubsy Malone, a missionary of the Ecclesiarchy. In fact, Bubsy was one of the Loci, tied to the Ecclesiarchal shrine world of Obyron, which was in fact a Ley World.

Acemyth Malakai, a survivor of a hrud attack on the Imperial navy and declared madman.

And Isaac Havelock. Havelock concerns us in the extreme, as he is connected to the Havelock Dynasty, a splinter cult of the Malignant Concordant founded by Nixios Morrowgrave. By his own words, Nixios’s manifesto:

“Basically, Nixios was a complete psychopath, who mutilated himself trying to evolve. He decided that he couldn’t do it, so he assumed the name Havelock and established a dynasty with himself as the patriarch, with the intent of evolving and guiding humanity’s evolution through his clones.”

            Isaac is a clone of Nixios displaying an inbred pathological genetic inferiority complex, worshipping the Eldar form and pursuing its dark flesh-crafting for his own self-improvement. It seems our past endeavors come back to haunt us all.

            With this in mind, we instructed Reinhold to aid us in transforming the Vladic Sector into a utopian bastion like the Good Protectorate, and Reinhold’s naïve idealism drove him to agree. Reinhold attempted to distract the crew of the Ira Saccarius – Giovanni’s ship – using the Ley Configuration, hinting that its activation could be used to rid the sector of the Tau menace. While Reinhold’s agents led them on an intangible chase for information we already possessed, our hydra cell scoured the sector for a trace of a shard of the Temptress.

            



#84 Crystal Geyser

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Posted 07 November 2014 - 01:23 AM

The operations of the Ira Saccarius begin on the world of Noma, our staged recruiting ground and academy for House Damocles. In reality, the planet has no connection with the House whatsoever. It simply served as a convenient means to introduce Penultimo into their crew, giving Reinhold an excuse to monitor them. Following this, the Ira Saccarius had an encounter with the vicious xenos known as the Rak’Gol. From the bowels of the xenos vessel they rescued the preacher Bubsy Malone and sought for a location to store their loot of xenotech. In their folly, they settled upon an unnamed world populated by Dark Eldar. After a number of excruciating encounters, they escaped.

Following this, the crew encountered the Ork mercenary going by the name of Sparky McBoomDoom. He will be abbreviated here as SBD. SBD concerns us due to his connections to the Daemon Prince Baltro – the two seem to be old friends. The Ira Saccarius, however, was unaware of this.

Following this misadventure, Reinhold decided it was time to introduce the Ira Saccarius to the Ley Configuration. A number of agents posing as members of the Adeptus Mechanicus contacted the ship, claiming that Reinhold had forbidden any from setting foot on the planet of Salinus, due to the psychic phenomena present there. Salinus was a Ley World. The Ministorum, however, believed that the planet was a site where the Emperor himself had once walked, imbuing the land with his holiness. The Mechanicum wanted to study the region. In reality, Reinhold had indeed forbidden passage there, but the Mechanicus agents attempting to go behind his back were actually our servants all along.

Traveling there, the crew encountered Eldar defenders, led by Dario el’Ashabel, who warned them against tampering with the science of the Old Onces. Dario was in fact a reformed Eldar hedonist seeking refuge amongst the Craftworld Luorengorm. This note becomes significant later. It was here that Bubsy was revealed to be one of the mysterious Loci. In order to lend a hint of realism to the scenario constructed, Reinhold once more dispatched the Romanos to Salinus with the intent of making it seem like Reinhold had hired them for the purposes of defending the planet from interlopers in a trade deal. The crew of the Saccarius accepted this, believing Reinhold had hired the Romanos to kill Caston Moretti for his knowledge of the Ley Configuration. This could not be further from the truth.

Following this incident, the Ira Saccarius travelled to the local Station of Passage, nicknamed the Den of Iniquity, in order to learn the location of an Eldar maiden world – hoping that doing so would uncover more clues regarding the Ley Configuration. Upon the Den of Iniquity, they became aware of the nominal presence of Slaanesh cultists in the sector – due mostly in part to the high presence of the Eldar and Eldar constructs. At the Den of Iniquity, the crew purged a Slaanesh cult, but in doing so a daemon of Slaanesh reached out to Bubsy Malone. The hope of the daemon was that, in return for power, the daemon would be able to corrupt Bubsy, thereby tainting the anima running through him once the Ley Configuration was activated and corrupting millions more. Bubsy remained resolute in the face of such temptation. Also, it was here that Sylvester Toussant began cultivating his interest in reverse-engineering xenos technology for the good of the Imperium, contacting a gang known as the Skinwalkers and offering them political aid in return for putting him in contact with First Party, a kabal of xenotech enthusiasts. While here, Sylvester attempted to have his arms, wounded badly in his fight with Romano, replaced with bionics. The Skinwalker heretek who attempted the operation did so while clouded by narcotics and amputated his limbs before committing suicide to escape his masters’ retribution. Sylvster was unamused.

Travel to the maiden world provided few clues to the nature of the Ley Configuration, but it did provide Bubsy with a pet in the form of a Grynnix. Also, it was here that they met the infamous rival Rogue Trader, Anastasia Blayze. SBD disappeared here. He resurfaces later.



#85 Crystal Geyser

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Posted Yesterday, 02:49 PM

Alpha Legion plot's gone out the window. The players are at this point probably just going to build a human version of the ressutrix chamber, mail it to Mars as an STC, and have the Ad Mech do it.



#86 Robin Graves

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Posted Yesterday, 04:37 PM

They'll probably misfile it and get it lost in some data vault, or field test it for a 100 years.






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