Operational report of Cell REDACTED. Beta Epsilon 9 Protocol, Eyes only.
July 01, 2012 12:34
From the pages of Zak's personal journal
May 19, 2012 19:20
Things just don’t get any better, do they. If we’re not hitch-hiking with pirates, being ambushed by traitors, or having an enforced holiday in Eldar care, then we’re presumed dead. Even better, we’ll have to stay that way that way until Hekate finds said traitors, and while she searches, we’re not getting paid, nor do we have our usual resources. The only upside so far? This planet does not smell as bad as the last one.
But not to worry, Rezrel has a plan. Which means any sane person would pack up their stuff and leave the sector with haste, while we … we try to make the plan less horrible, because, let’s face it, when Rezrel starts making plans, we’re out of other options a long time ago.
And so it has come to us creating a fake crime empire in the Samarian underground, giving ourselves a semi-steady platform from which to hunt The Gun-Duke. Flavion will be the face of our crime lord, with Rezrel, Maza and myself as his prime enforcers. I feel a headache coming on, and I suspect it will last for months to come…
May 16, 2012 03:37
Therin lies a distraction. To catch a gunduke one must bait the line. Discretion is the better part of not getting shot for ignoring orders. Arbitration deemed untenuable. We sit in a taxi cogitating, discussing, considering, captivating my mind in a quints-point preference of plot and plan.
To catch a gun-duke, one must bait the line.
But what bait would suffice?
Where identities are better left in the dusk of an elder motel, pay by the soul, it is found to be most convenient to become a new thing. A new entity. CellCENSOREDREDACTED is to evolve and grow.
Initial problem : To approach the gun-duke within the guise of hte inquisition is to invite death.
Secondary problem : We’re meant to be missing presumed dead. As such anonymity is preferred.
Solution : Engage the gun-duke in terms that an inquisitorial retinue simply would never do. Ergo : Become antagonistic villains bent on reclaiming the streets from him.
In short? We take over the slums of his pretty little playground, distrupt his plans and engage him under the guise of criminals.
The untouchable is a problem. He knows our faces. We want him alive, but…dead will do.
Establish ourselves as a rival organisation. Use underground resources to target and remove his own network. Neutralise the untouchable, and then set up an ambush.
May 05, 2012 18:31
From the letters of Zacharea von Pinn
April 22, 2012 16:00
From now on, everything is a test.
Those were the first official words said to us at the academy. It was early in the morning on our first day of training, most of us still rubbing the sleep out of our eyes. We didn’t think too much about those words then, didn’t give them much weight. Not that first day. After the first week we begun to understand. After the first month we had taken it to heart. Or, those of us who could had. Some of us never lived to learn.
It’s been a long while since our mission to Tsachar IV, and many of the details of those days has long since faded from my memory. But whenever I think about that mission, those first words from my training always comes back to me. Everything is a test.
The young Emali being offered to us by her father, scared witless by our presence. How would you handle this situation, recruit? I lost my temper then, just as I had back in training. No, I didn’t kill him. The Emperor knows I wanted to, and I put all that desire into the threats I offered him in return.
The meeting with the minister. How do you ensure cooperation from planetary officials, recruit? I never did well in those lessons, but he was too clever to order us arrested. Perhaps clever enough to see how much trouble arresting us would be. Oh, we were trouble then.
The historian. We are watching you, recruit. He was nice. He was helpful. He was eager, and innocent. Just like all the best informers. I could never get entirely comfortable around him, even when he didn’t deserve it.
Even the tower itself was more of the same. A different shape, colour, and smell, and yet the same. A carefully arranged crime scene to take apart. What do you see, recruit? Even the Flock was the same; a house guard remains a house guard, regardless of shape. A theft remains a theft, even when the object stolen is the Pandaemonium Codex.
The attack cutting us off practically came on cue. You must always be ready, recruit. I hadn’t been ready, and so our ship was lost to us. I was so angry, just like I was when I failed a test in the academy. Anger would postpone the fear of the punishment. They were clever, our instructors. Our punishment for failing was never overt, and every one of us learned to fear them.
The Eldar coming to our rescue was the only thing to truly take me by surprise, but let’s be honest. When does meeting a xeno not feel like a test?
February 04, 2012 20:00
Subject: recent events
February 04, 2012 18:12
The warp taints everything.
We build. Oh, how we build, how we lay down systems and logistics and infrastructure, and how great are the things that grow from them, reflections of the Omnissiah in their divine complexity!
And always, the touch of the warp, perverting the work of every hand, turning effort to ruin and plans to chaos.
And now those that truck with this other side have plans. They mean to disrupt the very laws of space and time, to pervert the rules set down by the Omnissiah for Mankind to understand, use and exploit for the good of all. Oh, how they must hunger to see it all cast down, that divinely ordained order that stands against all their psychic filth!
It is said that no plan survives contact with the enemy. Very well, then. Let them have plans.
We shall be the Enemy.
From a partially incinerated parchment
January 24, 2012 18:02
Specificity is a special kind of word. It’s often used in arcane and uncommon works such as Markhams classification of Daemonic beings. It’s used to describe horrors in such a way as to make them manageable. There’s an entire vocabulary of words like it. Proportional is another, comparative a third. A lexicon for turning immutable truth into something palatable. The inquisition has all the time in the world for details, all the time in all the worlds for specificity. 3 months of boredom and wasted time whilst they explored every nuance of events. They tested for the taint in so many ways but all the only ones that matter. All the qualities that are cherished in the inquisition were ignored, all the best traits in a servant of man excused. Ambition, loyalty, duty to a cause. Do they not understand that these things are the perfect host for infection? I sit here now, composing this that I will shortly consign to the fire, to ash. Recently I have…sought to excel at my duty. To be teh best, to be seen as the best. To accomplish great things, no matter the cost. I have sought power. I have sought the role of inquisitor. This desire, is it to serve mankind, or be free of it? Zak still watches me, in all that I do. Do I seek to bind her to my service for all our lives, or to end hers and live myself, as rogue but free? I know not, merely that I know myself, and my ambition wanders across bloodlust and carnal desire. I want it, I need it. But why?
And why now?
From the pages of Zak's personal journal
January 08, 2012 12:48
Rezrel is acting stranger than usual.
Hah. I’m trapped in an icy tomb where secrets come to die. All the other acolytes that came to this place to partake in the ceremony are dead, killed by the heretic tech priest that was bound to maintain this place. Something has escaped from Deep Storage, will likely hunt us soon, and the only weapons we have to protect us are the Emperor’s cock and balls. This entire place has been sanctioned and will be displaced into the Warp in mere hours. We’ve been briefly pulled away and shown a future where Enri has eaten every star in this sector, a future we alone can prevent.
For all that, this is my first thought when I finally find a moment to put some words down:
Rezrel is acting stranger than usual.
But Rezrel is acting stranger than usual. There is a sharp madness about him. Madness, but not. He lectures me about duty. Me. Not long ago I would have thought him taunting me, trying to make me beat him again, claiming the small victory of making me lose control. I knew that was a game, and I played it willingly. But this … this is new. If this is a new game, all I can do is watch him until I learn the rules.
November 19, 2011 20:18
Sometimes my fellow acolytes just DON’T get it. This is a reward. So I say, let’s be rewarded.
Gale’s a fun gal, she is. They all are really. Fun people. I like this mission. There was some drama with the priest over some stupid principle or something but whatever, Gales swell. I wonder if she likes ginger Dwarves. Well, I could always convince her I suppose.
We are the best in bed after all.
Yup. Then the priest broke the lift or something. More quality time with Gale coming up it seems. Excellent. What could possibly go wrong?