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#1 Askil

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Posted 30 January 2013 - 08:49 PM

I rather foolishly started my friends buzzing about a DH/Deathwatch conjoined campaign without finding anyone else to write or GM it

Wasted Day

An introduction storyline.

 

The scene is set:

This adventure begins on Mafli: the murderously secretive highly political hive-world in the Calixis sector. Rife with corruption and political infighting the Inquisition maintains a permanent presence on this world to monitor the constant turmoil.

The players characters (with the exception of Primus) are not yet in service to the Inquisition.

In addition to his normal gear Primus has a holo-wafer with a badge of authority stored on it, a micro comm-bead tuned to a frequency used by Halo and a Dataslate through which Halo sends him instructions. Halo and Primus have never met face to face.

The Player whose character is known as Primus has recently arrived on Malfi when he receives a contact from his master, the inquisitor known as Halo.

 

+ + Reference/Subject: Hand//Brief_Malfi_01

+ + Designation: Op//Wasted_Day

+ + Locale: Malfi//Spire_Palatial

+ + Timestamp: ##Omitted##

+ + Duct: Halo//Hand_Primus

+ + Author: Halo

+ + For Attention of: Hand (Operative Primus)

 

Primus,

A hotbed of filth has been brought to my attention by locals, remove it from the throne's sight that we may swiftly resume prosecution of our duties free from the whining of morons.

Leave no witnesses unaccounted for.

Blade has been made available should swift resolution become necessary.

Walk with my authority. May the light of the Emperor shine on you.

Halo.

 

Primus should be encouraged to proceed to the house of ill repute indicated by Halo. A transport is waiting to take him.

The Brothel is near the spaceport. To help him enact his master's wishes he may recruit some local law enforcement on the way by making an Ordinary (+10) Fellowship test (2 Enforcers with another 2 for every degree of success.)

The Deathwatch Kill-team “Blade” is kept in reserve in case events spiral out of control.

 

Enforcer

WS

BS

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T

Ag

Int

Per

Wp

Fel

35

35

35

35

30

30

35

30

30

Gear

Stubber: S/3, 1d0+3

Club: d10+3 i, Primitive

Flak: 2 Arms/body/leg

wounds:10

 

All other PCs present in house of ill repute (acting as they will.)

The Staff are beautiful women with piercing eyes and severe scraped back hairstyles. The Drink is flowing and there is some gambling going on in a darkened corner furthest from the door.

After a reasonable length to time (GM's discretion.) Primus and escorts arrive drawing the attention of all present, One of the staff come to greet them at the door.

What is you pleasure my lords?”

(This interaction should be used as a provocation for Primus to invoke his Inquisitorial authority)

Players may take a Challenging (+0) Common lore : Imperium test to recognise the men or even the holo badge flashed by Primus.

 

Result

Information

Normal success

Those two are probably some noble's security, possibly even the Matriarch's Own Guards. Probably here to drag some errant noble back to his wife.

One Degree of success

That badge drew quite a reaction, probably some Imperial authority looking for a backhander to turn a blind eye.

Two + Degrees of success

The leader flashed an Inquisition symbol, this is serious.

Before Players have any time to react to this information they and the newcomers are attacked by the suddenly frenzied staff of the brothel. (8 citizens)

Seriously pissed off Citizens

WS

BS

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T

Ag

Int

Per

Wp

Fel

20

20

30

30

30

20

35

30

30

Gear

Improvised Weapons d10 I, primitive

(2-4 depending on GM discretion)Stub revolver (s d10+3 I clip 6)

Generic Clothing, 1d10 thrones gelt, Devotional Locket.

wounds 8

 

[Break for combat]

 

Upon defeating the staff of the bar the players may take a hard (-20) Scrutiny or Medicae Test to deduce that all of the citizens are subtly malformed.

Result

Information

Normal success

They definitely look unusual.

One Degree of success

They have unusual facial features and they all have a slight hunch… filthy inbred hivers.

Two Degrees of success

They all seem to share a certain hunched bone structure that seems unusually heavy. A local deformity perhaps?

Three + Degrees of success

Oh Throne! I don't know what that is, but it definately isn't entirely Human!

More citizens appear from the back rooms of the brothel, some of them are far more seriously mutated than the front of house staff.

A group of giants in black armour (the killteam, Blade) burst into the room through a wall Routine(+20) Common lore : Imperium or War test to recognise them as Space Marines.

The Kill-team order the player characters outside.

As the kill-team clean up the hordes pouring from the back rooms. Primus and any surviving enforcers lead the PCs out at gunpoint. Primus receives a comm-call from Halo.

 

#Our investigation seems to have taken a turn here. Deal with the witnesses as you see fit.#

 

Primus should offer the other PCs the choice of join him serving the throne or die here and now.

 

+ + Reference/Subject: Hand//Brief_Malfi_02

+ + Designation: Op//Wasted_Day_Conclusion

+ + Locale: Malfi//Spire_Palatial

+ + Timestamp: ##Omitted##

+ + Duct: Halo//Hand_Primus

+ + Author: Halo

+ + For Attention of: Hand (Operative Primus)

 

Primus,

You have some new accomplices I see. When I instructed you to account for bystanders I imagined you have the steel to end their lives, not put them on my payroll.

I trust Blade was useful to reinforce their “voluntary induction” into my service. I will not be entrusting Blade to your command again.

Check these dregs backgrounds, assess their suitability to aid you in the tasks you are assigned. These new agents are your cell and you shall be their handler.

As my late master famously said to the governor of a hive divided by civil war:

These are your people, they are your problem.”

Thought For The Day: To die with work undone is to fail the Emperor.

 

The Players should be given an opportunity to discover some information about the devotional lockets (if any had the foresight to take one.)

 

The locket is from a minor but commonly known religious order called the Sect of the Star Father.

This insular and secretive religious order seems to be concerned mainly with the copious breeding of children to produce soldiers for the Imperium.

The sect runs brothels to and dispatches camp followers to “reward” loyal Imperials soldiers for their service, any children produced are raised by the sect in a unofficial shadow of the Schola Progenium for low ranking troops.



#2 InquisitorAlexel

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 03:37 AM

I think it is a good introduction; it is sure that the player characters do not have many opportunities to act, but it is still very nice to be introduced like this, mainly if these are newcomers to the 40k universe.



#3 Garner

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Posted 19 February 2013 - 12:37 PM

I like the introduction however if it were me I would make sure everyone knew they were gettin in to a story-time introductory session and that the intended result is that the players end as tools for the Inquisition.

Also a lot of the stuff that might only be privvy to Primus might make great information from the veil of a vignette. Like in the beginning of a thriller movie. The players are catching snippets of what's happening just before it's "lights, Action!".






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