The trip to Sedu is a long one without the aid of the warp, even in Zin’s surprisingly nimble vessel. A month has passed since your Kill-team departed the doomed planet known as JS-415. Indeed, whatever had drawn the Tyranids to the near-lifeless mass has probably already been claimed.. or consumed. Though you do not feel fear as most humans do, the very thought of what secrets or powers the Tyranids might gain as a result of their invasion of JS-415 sickens you.
Inquisitor Quist has largely kept to herself, unless you count her prisoner, Vodis, company. What little you have seen of the man in the ragged robes of the Ecclesiarchy has led you to believe him mad with the thought of revenge. Any control he once exhibited a month ago has melted away with the time he has spent in Quist’s chamber. Vodis’ already wide eyes are shot red with blood and though he is usually gagged, he endeavors to shout, scream, rant and rave at every opportunity. Quist herself says very little to you. She is difficult to pin down; even by those she seems to favor. It’s common for the Inquisitor to do away with any pretence of formality and dismiss herself from somebody’s company without a word, let alone an excuse. The woman is wholly distracted by whatever secrets she gleaned from the surface of JS-415…or the thoughts, memories, or emotions the place woke within her.
The Rogue Trader, Emile Zin, has been focused upon repairing the Mahzoos Yawm. The vessel’s servitors, those that survived the invasion of the Tyranids, have done all they can to keep the ship together. Zin has mentioned that his resources have run out and true repairs will require supplies he hopes are available at the Watch Station on Sedu. Unfortunately, the entire journey has been plagued by a series of minor disasters that have forced the Captain to divert his already thinning stock of assets. Servitors have been found ruined in darkened corridors, entire banks of cogitators have been reduced to smoldering metal chunks and a few of the Yawm’s human crewmen have disappeared entirely.
Requisition available: 105 per space marine (same load out as 11. Examining the Exterminatus.
+++Captain Emile Zin+++
+++Most of the crew have been disabled and the power of the reactor core is dropping. The Astartes fail to appreciate the delicate situation they have put me in, and they fret on the safety of my crew while the ship itself is tearing apart. Little do they know, that the darkness that has come to the Yawm is not unprecedented+++
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+++Captain Emile Zin+++
+++The Astartes have requested a significant portion of my crew for seemingly idiotic guard duty. They are also arming the boatsmen. The day for a true mutiny will probably be upon us sooner than they suspect. A minor threat in the form of 4 Xenoforms has been eliminated in the process, but I fear that this was but a pale shadow of the darkness to come+++
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+++Captain Emile Zin+++
+++We are currently going into orbit around Sedu, and the Watch Station will be in contact with us in the next few hours. The station is hailing us already, tellling that it is currently manned, although the Astartes claim that none of their brothers are stationed this far away from civilization+++
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+++First Mate Riven+++
+++The Astartes are experiencing heavy resistance aboard the Watch Station and I am relying on the internal voxnet of the Battle Brothers to relay the simplest messages. They have encountered Daemons, and are battered and bruised. The light is dying on hope.
The Captain is currently away on a repair mission in the engine compartment. The bridge has become strangely quiet without him to guide the ship. All hands ae standing by, awaiting the transmit that will determine the outcome of the mission. Should the Astartes falter, then there will be no replacement parts for the warp drive, and we will be condemned to a fate most undesirable+++
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884.134.M42, 06:32:01 GSET
From Tancred Strages, Battle Brother, Deathwatch Kill-Team classified, location:
BCC: Crusade Fleet Invictum, Strike Cruiser Bruder Fulk, Castellan , classified secondary recipient
Subject: FW: Mission debrief, Megaera incident
Praise the Emperor!
Master brother, I bring dark tidings. There are cracks in the Muros Iericho. Enemies of the Emperor are planning to summon a category VII Immaterium-entity in the Reach. The entity bears the name of the arch-traitor Angron (last recorded sighting, 474.M41).
What follows is my official report to my temporary masters in the (most honorable) Deathwatch. My own comments to Crusade Fleet intelligence have been marked with brackets (parentheses). Please forward.
When (or if) you receive this message, our desperate actions to prevent the trans-Immaterium conjuration will have taken place. If no further reports are forthcoming, know that I will have died fighting the enemies of mankind. May the Emperor’s light shine upon us all, may our enemies drown in their own lifeblood.
No Pity! No Remorse! No Fear!
Your most loyal and obedient brother, Tancred Strages
884.133.M42, 22:44:59 GSET
From Tancred Strages, Battle Brother, Deathwatch Kill-Team , location: Watch Station Megaera, Sedu
To: Watch Fortress Erioch, Ops-Comm, Commander Mordigael, Captain Servais
Cc: Gabriel Nefarian, Titus Strome
Subject: Mission debrief, Megaera incident
Praise the Emperor!
Most honorable lord commander, honored captains and brother sergeants, please accept this official report from the incident at Watch Station Megaera.
I pray that this message reaches you in time.
Our primary objective was as follows:
– Dock with Watch Station Megaera and oversee the repair of the Mahzoos Yawm.
– Ensure the safety of Inquisitor Adrielle Quist.
The warp drives of our ship, the Mahzoos Yawm, had been damaged during the extraction from JS-415, and Watch Station Megaera was the nearest place to conduct repairs.
Approaching the station, we could see a frigate-sized warship docked at #A dock. When we discovered that the warship displayed clear signs of the taint, Brother sergeant Gabriel Nefarian readied the kill-team for combat insertion at #B dock. Our primary objective then became to investigate how the traitor ship had managed to bypass the station defenses. The Mahzoos Yawm was to remain nearby and engage the traitor ship if it made attempts to escape. The human female inquisitor followed the kill-team onboard the station.
Our suspicions of warpish taint was proved, when after boarding #B dock of Watch Station Megaera, the Kill-team encountered Immaterium entities codenamed Bloodletters. These were promptly dispatched, but not before our honorable squad leader, Brother Sergeant Gabriel Nefarian, was put temporarily out of action. Senior Deadwatch member Brother Librarian Asmodeus Zaine assumed temporary command, as per standard procedure. We also encountered the remains of the crew, two brothers of the Deathwatch. They had been killed by the Warp entities and nailed to the bulkhead. Salvage teams should make an effort to secure the gene seed of these brave souls and return them to their chapter of origin.
After securing the area, the squad made way for the station command center, while Battle Brother Claverius remained behind to secure #B dock and assist Brother Sergeant Gabriel Nefarian in his recovery. We advanced with weapons ready; the entire dock level was fogged in by a red mist resembling blood, an indicator that the warp presence was still active on the station. The mist affected our systems and rendered low our visibility.
Reaching the central spine of the station, we took the service elevator to the command level. There, we encountered a functioning traitor-Dreadnought unit, and seven out-of-sight unknown targets. We took the elevator back down to the station storage section, to see if we could find any heavy weapons. There were plenty of armed vehicles, among them a Razorback, but upon finding no hand-held heavy weapons, we returned to the command level, accidentally alerting the dreadnought in the process.
Acting squad leader Brother Zaine immediately divided the kill-team into an assault unit and a support unit. The assault unit, composed of Brother Librarian Zaine and Battle Brother Strages, was tasked with destroying the traitor dreadnought, while the support unit, Battle Brother Korbin and Brother Apothecary N’Ban, initiated overwatch and covering fire. Brother Apothecary N’Ban also shielded the human inquisitor from potential harm
The dreadnought was destroyed by the assault team. However, acting squad leader Brother Librarian Zaine suffered an incident during the combat action that left him slightly wounded. (Master brother, omitted from my report was the fact that our team psyker experienced a Warp-related transgression. An explosion of what I believe was raw warp energy was unleashed from the psyker and it knocked over most of the kill-team. Why the other chapters insist on keeping these dangerous individuals is quite beyond me. Though I observe my strict diligence to duty, I take no pride in serving alongside such a potential hazard.). The support team dispatched a number of petty human rabble and a well armed traitor marine, who emerged from a nearby control room.
With the traitors destroyed, we took up position outside the command center. Scans revealed seven more traitor Marines inside, in what we assumed was prepared positions, and yet another number of petty humans. The traitors seemed to be aware of us. At this point, the kill-team was deemed to be too combat inefficient to engage without support. Thusly, Brother Librarian Zaine led a small salvage team back down to the storage unit to commandeer an armed vehicle. In their absence, Battle Brother Korbin and Battle Brother Strages, being the most combat ready, remained behind as a delay-team to ambush potential pursuers.
Down in the storage unit, the salvage team commandeered a Razorback and made haste for the command center. However, the departure of the salvage team had galvanized the traitors, who decided to exploit our divided numbers. They charged the delay-team piecemeal down the corridor, suffering numerous casualties in the process. But the traitors kept coming, ignoring our suppressing fire, and a furious melee ensued.
In imminent danger of being mobbed, the delay-team requested immediate assistance from the salvage team. Unfortunately the narrow corridors encumbered the Razorback. Halfway topside, the salvage team met up with Battle Brother Claverius, who took over driving the Razorback, having had past experience in such matters. In the meantime, the delay-team was being hard pressed by the leader of the traitors, having spent their strength fighting his many minions.
But praise the Emperor, the timely arrival of the razorback turned the traitor’s guttural laughter into cries of alarm. The leader of the traitors attempted to clear the corridor, but was fought back by Battle Brother Strages. He was subsequently immobilized by an impact from Claverius’ speeding Razorback.
The Razorback burst past and into the command center where gunner Brother N’Ban finished off a heavily armed traitor marine. Brothers Zaine, Claverius, and N’Ban then emerged from the Razorback and silenced the remaining traitor marine and the human rabble.
We secured the leader of the traitors, who had barely survived Battle Brother Claverius’ imaginative attempt to terminate him by Razorback.
In the meanwhile, Brother Librarian Zaine found the station control terminal and downloaded a status report. However, we found nothing that indicated foul play in the system, so as the traitor ship remained docked, we decided to seize it and investigate. Unfortunately the ship slipped away during our decent to the docks. With the departure of the ship, the red mist also evaporated.
When we reestablished contact with the Mahzoos Yawm, captain Emile Zin reported that he had pursued the traitor ship, but that it had slipped into the warp. He had however information on its final destination.
Brothers Strages and N’Ban interrogated the leader of the traitors, one Raman the Unending, second-in-command of Ulthor’s Ravagers, the gang of pirates led by the vile Ulthor the Rampant.
The subject did not survive the interrogation. Praise the Emperor. But he did divulge information that the gang was looking for a relic onboard Watch Station Megaera, some sort of cube. He spewed a lot of heretical nonsense, all too vile to repeat here. Please see the attached complete integration report compiled by Brothers Strages and N’Ban for clarification.
After the demise of the traitor leader, captain Emile Zin reported a most troubling find. The log of the traitor leader indicated that Ulthor’s Ravagers were attempting to summon the Immaterium entity known as Angron, former primarch of the World Eaters traitor legion.
Captain Emile Zin had provided us with the most likely location of Ulthor the Rampant’s base of operations, at near Octavian and after conferring with the human female inquisitor, we decided to make haste for the traitor asteroid base and disrupt the summoning.
We salvaged tactical dreadnought armor from the armory and made haste for glory.
You will receive a full report should we survive.
Battle Brother Tancred Strages.
Hail the Emperor!