Briefing: It took three weeks after withdrawing from the surface of Sedu to repair the Mahzooz Yawm’s jump drive. The whole while Captain Emile Zin oversaw the efforts, often wearing a hurried or nervous expression that he quickly stifled in the presence of your Kill-team. Despite Zin’s attempted discretion, it is clear to you that the man has been affected by recent events.
Watch Captain Hyzeron is a constant presence aboard the Yawm. The Marine is stoic and contemplative when encountered, but never refuses to have a word with any of you who seek it. It is clear that Hyzeron is also shadowing Inquisitor Quist. He is far from subtle, and his wanderings often lead him near the woman, no matter where she might be. One thing Hyzeron seems eager to discuss with his Kill-team is his own mission prior to the destruction of the Vindex.
At one point in the long journey, Hyzeron collects all of you in a private room much like the observatorium on Erioch. He explains that he was retracing Watch Captain Servais’ steps after their own reports from Argoth and was eventually lead to Sedu. As he prepared to land at the Watch Station, the Vindex’s reactor exploded and he had only a short time to grab what he could from its machine spirit before the fire consumed the entire ship. It is in these bits of data that he discovered Inquisitor Quist’s apparent involvement in the sabotaging of the vessel. Augury logs also obtained tracked a personal transport removing itself from the Vindex right before the explosion. This much you already knew, however. It’s what Hyzeron discovered on Sedu prior to your arrival that concerns him most – Watch Captain Servais was present at the station several months ago and performed a data retrieval. Epistolary Axineton himself authorized the retrieval. With Zin’s help, Captain Hyzeron analyzed the Watch Station’s records more thoroughly to discover that whatever knowledge Servais took from the Station’s spirit was implanted mere days before its retrieval.
Inquisitor Quist is as elusive as ever, speaking only when she can find no escape. The information supplied by the Eldar Corsair Ulthyr Ellarion about the Honored Dead obviously excited her. You’re all sure that Hierophant Vodis, the Imperial cleric torn from the strange surface of JS-415, suffered as a result of the new scrap of information. Quist is rarely seen outside of her quarters, despite the length of the journey – though you do know that she requisitioned the use of Zin’s personal library on more than one occasion.
Now you have arrived at the designated area of space to transfer from the Mahzooz Yawm to a Deathwatch shuttle for the final approach into Erioch…and all is quiet. Nobody answers Zin’s long-range vox calls and use of any secret Deathwatch channels yield similar silence.
Primary Objective: Discover the cause of Watch Fortress Erioch’s silence.
Requisition: 102 per Space Marine in the Kill-team