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Acolyte's Creed: Syndicate

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hey guys, i'm going to start posting Highlights from my current campaign, which revolves (as the name suggests) around the players hijacking my campaign to start a gang and go take out Inquisition High Value Targets in manners that even their Inquisitor sees as either incredibly strange or a complete waste of resources.

 

our story begins in a bastardized version of Dark Pursuits, with our three acolytes arriving in Port Gyre on orders from their inquisitor (whom none of the Acolytes have actually met) to go seek out one Lans Guljian, who has been acting strange-well, stranger than usual for a dissolute Apex Noble- after recieving a package that may or may not be a Xenos Relic. the mission is pretty straight forward: go find the crazy noble, figure out what's making him crazy, decide if it's heresy, find who supplied it, and kill him/her/it/them. as they step off of the Orbital Lighter, they see a man (who was their original contact) getting jumped by a trio of hive gangers behind some old trash compactors. Lax, a Feral World Guardsman who is still trying to figure out how mixing up "closet full of the Captain's best Amasec" with "room occupied by the Captain's  altar to Chaos" managed to keep him from getting executed, rushes to the man's aid, rightly suspecting that he's the guy we're supposed to meet in order to get into Guljian's estate. Noface, a hive ganger and Desoleum Native, decides that a heavy stubber might not be the kind of backup Lax needs, and opts to help out by knifing people. As the fight wraps up, it becomes clear that the man they're trying to save is in rough shape, and will likely not last long without immediate medical attention. it is also around this time that Lax realizes that the rather young looking priest they came with is nowhere to be found. Lax leaves Noface (who has stated that he knows how to handle this) to stabilize the man while he goes to find their third party member. after a lot of running around, Lax finds our priest (who Lax swears looks like he's ten) staring at a group of prostitutes like he's never seen a pair of bare breasts before. he picks the kid up and carries him back over to the trash compactors where he expects to find Noface Stabilizing their contact and getting him into good enough shape to at least talk. what he finds instead is Noface sitting by the trash compactors alone. even the bodies of the dead gangers are gone, although there is a lot more blood than Lax remembers. one thing Lax clearly does not remember is the Trash compactors being on when he left. and it's just around this time that a Sanctionary comes by, shouting "what's all this then?"

 

they couldve done any number of things at that point. Noface, knowing how corrupt Port Gyre can be, couldve intimidated or bribed the guard. Lax couldve told the truth (or at least part of it), and gambled on the guard just leaving them alone. Alaric (the priest) couldve used his considerably high Fellowship and his position as a ministorum deacon to convince the guard that what had happened was right and just. instead, Alaric blurts out "do not interfere with the business of the Inquisition!" Things went down hill pretty fast. 

 

while the Sanctionary stands there slackjawed that this punk kid in priest robes would so openly invoke the name of the Imperium's bogeyman, Noface takes the opportunity to sprint up and sever the poor guard's spinal column. he then motions for Lax to strip the Sanctionary, while he takes Alaric aside and explains why announcing your allegiances to police is generally a bad idea. 

 

after a solid ten minutes of argument punctuated my Alaric shouting "i'm thirteen, thank you very much!", the Lax and Noface pitch the dead Sanctionary's body into the Trash Compactor with all the other dead gangers, as well as their contact. Lax is horrified to see that much senseless violence come from one man, fails his toughness check, and vomits into the compactor. after screaming at Noface that the contact was their only lead, Noface pulls out a small dataslate, which has a set of coordinates for further into the hive, as well as note from their inquisitor to "deal with any loose ends" as they see fit. far as Noface is concerned, a dying man is always a loose end, and doesn't the Inquisition have a strong no-witnesses policy anyway?

 

Lax considers pointing out that their original mission parameters most certainly did not include bonuses for racking up a body count, but decides against it. if the big scary man wearing somone else's tanned face like a mask says or does something that doesnt end in you being dead and/or faceless, you go with it. now that the group has coordinates to what is probably a rendezvous point, they sit down to make a plan. after about twenty minutes of hushed whispering, paranoid stares out into the street, and lax shooting down (twice) Noface's bid of "kill everyone" Alaric climbs up onto Noface's shoulders and says "you two shut up! i have a plan!"

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