Dark Pursuits

Warband Upon Thaur: Scrutiny and Distrust

If you are reading this then you have acquired and decrypted a dataslate intended for an Inquisitor, the dangers of which, if they are not already apparent to you, are incredibly dire.

What follows is a report entry for an extended Inquisitorial mission, currently within days plasma travel of the planet Thaur. Occuring aboard the void craft Oath Unspoken upon Thaur itself.

Updated Mission brief: Continue investigation into proliferation and trade of xenos or archeo technology by Trade Sable, and their connection to various heretical cults. Source of newest lead located aboard Oath Unspoken, between the ash-covered ruins of Desoleum and the hallowed spires of Thaur. Safety of greater population at risk is now of primary concern given the payment of life necessary for the attainment of the heretics’ goals.

Need for anonymity by acolytes: Moderate. While overtly Inquisitorial behaviour may accelerate heretical plans, the warband is to operate under the assumption that there is diminishing time to prevent the completion of such plans and the likely damnation it means.

Report begins immediately after the gunbattle on the bridge of the Oath Unspoken. The acolytes, comfortable in the safety of the immediate surviving crew, proceeded to investigate the heretical forces, all of whom appeared to have fallen. Only the psyker carried artefacts of note, beyond the resources for ritual.

In his possession was some charcoal rubbings of text and artefacts, explaining the ritual one again and with some scrutiny revealing another contingent of heretics already on the surface of Thaur, busily preparing for the sacrifice in the event the Oath Unspoken refused to fall. Such preparations would complete in a matter of days. Also in his possession was a topographical map likely of the surface of Thaur, given the few clear landmarks and characteristics, but completely lacking any identifying marks beyond that for greater specificity. The Captain and his Seneschal would later be able to give the Acolytes a better idea of the map’s approximate location, including a portion deliberately circled over a Great Saint’s burial site, where thousands of faithful pilgrims are expected to gather in celebration.

Finally the psyker’s corpse revealed a holographical vid recorder which, after some careful consideration on the parts of the warband, they decided to view privately. Aside in a corridor, an image of another escaped heretic, the Heretek Somnius Helbrel, concluded a transaction with the reciever of the message, having traded assets and intent with one another. Though expecting to be far away from Thaur, Helbrel wished the heretics good fortune in their endeavour.

With little precious time to spare, the acolytes took the transit days to Thaur to recover and resupply before approaching the Lord Captain to ask a for a portion of repayment of the debt he owned for his bridge and crew: The earliest shuttle departure for the surface of Thaur. He obliged, with his Eldar companion suggesting the warband “Look Below” when they reach their destination.

Upon the surface of Thaur, amongst the sprawling trees and bone altars, the warband are immediately approached by local enforcers of order who insist the acolytes surrender their weapons and be escorted to Thaur’s key authority. A tense moment passes before the party narrowly avoids conflict with the Mournful Guarf and heed their instructions.

Within a stone and bone palace, the authority of Thaur, a cunning but faithful man, detains the acolytes until they reveal their status as Inquisitors. At this point he becomes compliant and accommodating, providing the necessary directions for the acolytes to make their departure. He also assures the acolytes that his knowledge of the goings on upon Thaur are extensive and that The Inheritors are a small breakaway faction of the world’s religious practices, the Eulogis Askelline, and that they are well controlled. Sparing little time, the acolytes depart on foot, their journey through the dense forests best served off the primitive steed-drawn carriages of Thaur.

A short travel into the wilderness saw the acolyes assaulted by 6 locals, befallen an apparent illness of aggression and corrossive expulsion. A brief conflict revealed the implantation of parasitical entities within the people, their condition as either alive or dead being unclear under such foul influence. The journey continues.

Deeply encrypted: “Being suspicious off all that I encounter is no new feeling for me. And yet, it is almost as if energies exist around me at times, moreso on this world than any yet. I cannot tell if these energies are to be used or denied, but I am certain they are not to be trusted.”

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