"They died then, all of them, with petty justifications on the their lips."
An excerpt from a journal of dubious provenance entitled 'My Walk With Him', supposedly authored by Allistare Dravere, referencing actions taken by an individual repeatedly identified throughout the text as "The Emperor"
"Emperor preserve us all."
"I'm afraid this time it is the other way around."
"As Legate-Investigator Artemis Tholem lay wheezing his last breaths on a shrouded gurney in the Medicae suits, a victim of polonium poisoning, I had to decide which half of my fellow Acolytes I could save and which half I had to abandon within the treachery-soaked halls of the Bastion Serpentis. May the God-Emperor have mercy upon my soul, but I fear I chose incorrectly."
Evan Rikket, Warden of the Divisio Immoralis (Rogue), Sibellus Hive, Scintilla, 857.M41
Gui was a most excellent mentor, I learned much from him, and it pained me to witness his execution, but it was either him or I, and I would not have this last dance interrupted by skeletons from the closet. Pursuant to your warning, I can confidently assure you the remaining pieces placed into play by Inquisitor Opel Stark are either dead or beyond the redemption of their souls, and thus as good as. At least at this end of the galaxy. See to it you close the book on these unfortunate events in the Reach, and you will have my full support when the dust has settled.
Bellastus Graeve, Ordo Malleus, Calixis
Esteemed Inquisitor Graeve,
Pursuant to your wishes, I have arranged the closure of Sire Opel's involvement. There are a few extra bodies that I had not accounted for, but they know nothing of the Parable or Stark's "specialist" network, and I should have confirmation of the termination of his final pieces within twenty-four hours. Forgive me this last-minute development; you most assuredly understand that arranging the "accidental" loss of four Astartes is not a simple endeavor to pursue.
In Him We Trust,
Interrogator Hieronymus Baf, Ordo Hereticus, Inquisitor-intendant