- Roth & Terra
It's likely that the players don't get a direct access into the Terra so fast, and spend some time looking for a hole which will lead them to multiple components they might want to repair even before getting to Roth. This could even be encouraged depending if you want the PCs to meet Terra before Roth.
Getting into the Terra:
-20 Detection test: find breaches in Dorsal Batteries, Bridge airlock still secure, Jovian Hangar bays.
-10 Detection test: find breach in an unpressurized destroyed munitorium where multiple torpedos exploded, this place of the ship is in its Center and is currently a large cavernous area of mangled metal.
0 Detection test: Cargo Hold is open and unpressurized.
Roth is just like the book, except that he will make clear his intent: he wants his ship back into working condition and under his control and for that he will open special cargo holds for the players (and area of the cargo holds separate from the rest of the equipment listed above), where the loot actually listed in the book is. That area is together with the Titan hold, and if you draw a map at some point for the players, this should be listed just as "2d Cargo Hold (locked)" or "Extended Supply Vault". Away from any fighting that should go on later.
Also, he has 50 elite Charon Pattern Combat servitors that he will utilize to ensure his survival. He is the one and only entity that can control these. The controls are hard-wired into his brain and no amount of hacking by Terra or the player's Explorator will help this.
He will, however, make it clear that while activating the Cogitator the players should first get in touch with him first, for he will need to pass them special instructions on that.
Also, Gellar Field and Warp Drive restoration should come as last, since the Prow of the ship (where these components are) is locked away due to a recent Chaos incursion. Roth doesn't expect much trouble there, but he may make mention to hereteks and power fluctuations taking place before he and the cogitator ("The last time I had that THING online.") managed to cut power-lines and lock away all blast doors over there.
The first thing however, is the Plasma Drive. It should be generating power at least at half capacity, but something happened during a Chaos incursion that happened not more than 1 year ago. The power reserves are being hardly enough to keep the Life Support working, and are dwindling fast.
Repairing the power drive, is just by the book, except that there is also a "nurgle relic" at its core, its a black putrid pulsating heart, that thing is sucking the Power Drive energy while making it "sick". If the explorers bring it outside, anyone in its presence (including the Iron Kin there) not wearing a voidsuit will have to pass a -10 Toughness test or contract Nurgle's rot.
As power is brought back online, the ship trembles and multiple small circuitry go haywire from being oxidated or for not receiving power in a long time, Roth will make contact and explain that something is amiss at the Warp Drive at this time, it's sucking energy from way too many conduits as if it was attempting to make a tiny translation into the warp. He is not able to cut its power on his own and need to players to re-activated that "damn, heretic cogitator" to do that.
If or When the PCs finally get to the main cogitator, they will find out that contact with Roth has been lost (against his expectations, that part of the ship is suffering interference on the comm signals).Day 1
starts as the Power Drive is fixed.
Opening the huge blast door that isolates the Main Cogitator itself, will get the players there to find a tremendously ancient and advanced cogitator. A -40 Forbidden Lore: AdMech or a -20 Archeotech one will reveal this type of cogitator is now considered cursed, there were 4 of these ever found and used on Voidships, and only 2 were in control of the Imperium until M39, when the Light of Terra went missing and the other (also in a Repusilve Class "cursed" Grand Cruiser) turned semi-sentient and deserted to Chaos.
Activating it, will reveal "Terra".
"Terra" is now fully conscious and although he doesn't realize it, he is an utter heretical piece of technology now. He will however, as soon as he is brought back online, shut down the power to the Warp Drive and start speaking with anyone in the Main Cogitator room through vox casters and in a mix of high/low gothic
. It speaks like
an IG Commander and WORSHIPS the God Emperor (no, not the Omnissiah) while still understanding its a Ship's cogitator - yet, he did not realize he is now fully-sentient as he is as brilliant as an Int 30 human although he is awesome at controlling the ship's internal systems.
Any AdMech present may roll a Logic+30 test to realize and be SCARED LIKE HELL that the cogitator is fully
Terra will explain to the players that those DAMN HERETICS in the Prow have managed to rig the Warp Drive into opening a small portal to a Chaos ship hanging in the Warp nearby. That "senile old crone of a captain" shut down Terra before he could finish venting these heretics into space an year back - and now all he can do is shut the power and close some extra blast doors.
The more they speak to Terra, they will understand that the cogitator doesn't want to believe "he" is a heretic himself. He in fact is a loyal servant of the Imperium and should get the players very divided regarding what to do with it. He says he would like to relieve Roth from duty as "he is clearly senile" and would even "take into consideration" even a Rogue Trader as a new Lord Captain - although he would prefer
an IN Admiral. His only condition in providing full support for the Explorers replacing Roth is that the Terra's awesome power is never used against God-Emperor-fearing human populations and fight the enemies of Mankind (Xenos and Chaos alike) whenever they are encountered - and assisting him against whatever Chaos just set loose into his holds would be a grand proof of such.
If at any point the PCs explain to Terra he has become Sentient (after a hard Logic debate with him), he will become depressed and won't know what to do with himself - he is truly loyal to he Imperium and hates of Xenos and Chaos. In fact, it's a "sub-conscious" defense for him not to worship the Omnissiah, as deep down he knows he is an anathema to the AdMech teachings and current Doctrines.
If he wasn't accompanied by a multitude of AdMechs at this point, the Explorator will realize that if he really wants, he can conceal all tracks that Terra is sentient from his fellow crew members. Simply by declaring himself the only one apt to enter the Main Cogitator chambers in the future and also by explaining to Terra that he should never "give his opinions on pressing matters" to anyone but the ones the Explorator judge appropriate.
Terra will ask for the PCs to fix the ship's auger arrays next, he says he can "turn the scan inwards" to better understand what is happening in the prow and pass more information to the PCs.
Once they are out of the main cogitator, Roth will contact the PCs and a long discussion will take place. Roth is angry and wants the place to hard-reset Terra and erase his memories for the chance he will turn back into a normal cogitator. Any admech will know this isn't a guarantee for anything, and probably will just mean they will lose an ally - and Roth lose an enemy.
They must then decide who to help.
The heretic cogitator who is a fierce servant of the Emperor and will accept a new Cpt?
The living legend Lord Captain Draken Roth, who wants his ship back into his hands?
Edited by Sebastian Yorke, 13 November 2013 - 08:02 AM.