The Shape of Things to Come

Signs and Portents Part 2

A carefully planned and skilfully executed raid on the base saw the team triumph with minimal injury and no loss of life. Upon arrival the Elite forces and player characters conduced a search and destroy mission after uncovering a nest of foul Genestealers. They were last seen entering a sewer outflow system…

Meanwhile the rest of the city was restored to order and multiple arrests were made. Trials and execution by hanging of several senior members of local government, nobility and the arbiters were carried out and loyal citizens of the Imperium were installed in their place.

The fate of the characters remains classified.

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Signs and Portents Part 1

The team made their way to the guard check point, using her Inquisitorial Acolyte rosary Josslyn had the two police guards escort them to Magistrate Granger’s office.

Finding links to a mysterious ‘Charity’ on Granger’s non-Arbiter password protected data-slate they tried to make contact via data-mail and set up a meeting to see who exactly this Charity was and how he or she was were interrupted by the arrival of Chief Steiner and two other Arbiters. The Police Guard gave their lives stopping the clearly corrupt Arbiters from entering and a well placed krak grenade and a shove with a chainsword finished the job.

Hearing the sound of many footsteps the acolytes decided to run and find an out of the way guest house to spend the night and avoid further attention.

Contacted by Anglier, who has been in hiding for several months outside the city after being exposed and almost assassinated. Making their way to him he asked them to help assault a nearby base so he could use the transmitter to get a message to the Moon facility with the hidden Guard Base.

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Return to Terminus Prime

The team decided to follow up on Keturah – the ‘innocent’ prisoner who killed half the Governor’s personal guard and escaped on his private shuttle just before a genestealer showed up.

Cross-referencing withLocarno’s intel they tracked a woman matching Keturah’s description passing customs under the name of Cassandra after debarking a cargo transport called LaGrange in Terminus Prime on Settlement 228.

They were also given a lead in the form of an Inquisitorial requisitioned ship that has gone silent whilst passing the third planet of the 426-LV system several light years away from Settlement 228.

A few weeks on the Vindicator saw the team arrive safely on Settlement 228. Unable to stay in orbit due to fleet massing manoeuvres on the orders ofAdmiral Hart, the Vindicator left.

Jossyln hooked up with an old contact, Magistrate Chen Granger to secure the team safe quarters in the city police and arbiter station. Beginning their investigation they eventually tracked down Cassandra to a high class brothel known as ‘The Cathedral’. Despite an artful and very low key entrance once Cassandra spotted them it was flight or fight.

A furious chase saw her brought down, quite badly injured. A quick call and they took the injured Cassandra/Keturah to the Station for medical aid, rest and later questioning.

Shortly after leaving her to recover in a secure medical cell Magistrate Granger arrived flanked by two armed Arbitrators. The Magistrate demanded they lay down their weapons and submit to arrest without reason. A tense stand off and a gunslinger going ‘boo’ kicked off a deadly short range gun fight, leaving two dead Arbitrators and a Magistrate bleeding to death just as the station alarms sound…

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Of Uncongenial Foliage and Fauna...
Can the Acolytes find a cure and save a world?

Following up on leads from their efforts on Aryus One the Inquisition tracked down a bank of research related to the phage, which was of xeno origin.

With the priority being cure rather than finding out which xeno race is responsible Josslyn, Solates and the mysterious gunslinger Soloman headed for the death world of Haddrack to see if the long abandonded Facility Zero would yield secrets which could help cure the phage before Exterminatus had to be enforced on the population of Aryus One.

Facility_Zero_Landing_Platform.jpg The rain swept landing platform of Facility Zero…

Despite a bumpy landing, the horrific discovery of many corroded bodies and attacks by packs of local canine like creatures the Acolytes found what they were looking for, stood fast in the face of a terrifying plant creature of immense proportions and even managed to purge the facility with fire literally minutes before they left…their boots smoking as their shuttle collected them

Hopefully the data recovered from the site will greatly speed up the search for a cure to the phage and strengthen the ties between the nominal rulers of Aryus One and the Imperium.

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Infection

On board the HIMS Vindicator Solates and Joslyn were put in touch with an old colleague of Josyln’s – Gold.

Briefed that they were on route to the feudal world of Aryus One near the end of Imperial control in the sector, they were instructed to escort and protect Sister Hospitaller Physician Lucilla Freya and a Magos Biologis Makail – they are investigating the outbreak of a plague and were to meet with the leaders of the Empire that controls most of the northern hemisphere of the planet to work with them in curing it. Only a few select leaders know of the Imperium so the team were instructed in local dress and custom during their voyage.

Aryus One could be a strategic point for expeditions into the Halo Stars. The Imperium wants to build a space station there and install a Governor who will rule through the ‘Empress’ of the Northern Empire, whilst missionaries slowly change the dominant faiths to the Imperial Cult then the world can openly pay tithes and be protected by the Imperium.

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Tempest In A Tea Cup

Mr X/Suzannah stood there gloating as she clung to the collar of young Keturah, bloodied and defeated. Unexpectedly the riot alarms sounded and the room emptied of all but a few guards. Seizing the moment the team attacked and within a few brutal seconds had dispatched Mr X, several guards and saved Keturah.

With a full blown riot going on outside they realised that the most secure place would be the Governor’s offices, and also the place they were likely to find the most answers.
The Governor’s offices turned out to be quite well guarded as expected. Prison defences are designed around the concept of prisoners escaping though, and they didn’t factor a team of ‘smugglers’ led by a seasoned Arbiter armed with a Bolt Pistol.

With Keturah and Hak on watch, the Arbiter attempted to hack into the prison machine spirit system and pull up files. This took longer than expected and a wave of guards were held off by Solates whose liberal use of grenades saw the final guard wisely retreat. Arbiter Josslyn managed to get a signal to her boss via the prison comm systems.

Governor Rodriguez decided to make a bold entrance in his favourite suit of power armour. Quick reactions from the team and a liberal amount of bullets dropped him faster than expected and he quickly surrendered. Investigating his office yielded a case with a lot of cash, a tray of valuable gems and a data slate that resisted all attempts to hack it.

A commotion down the corridor and a lot of bloodied guards and prisoners running towards them led them to a nightmare creature of legend.

Genestealer

Filling the entire corridor and making short work of the security gate the team let loose with the best they had, and despite a close shave with a Genestealer claw managed to prevail – no doubt in part to their faith in the God-Emperor.
A few hours later an Inquisitorial shuttle arrived and they were introduced to their real employer, the enigmatic Inquisitor Locarno. Agreeing to continue their work for the Left Hand of the Emperor they were take off site for debriefing…and at least one of them was hopeful no one would notice the case of cash was missing…

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Return to Faldon Kise

It’s been almost a year since the events on Settlement 228 and even longer than that since Arbiter Josslyn was last in Corvus City on Faldon Kise. Giving Hobson’s choice to a disparate group of strangers who agreed to go undercover for the Adeptus Arbites, Abitrator Josslyn led them to Tempest Penal Colony to spy on a suspected smuggling ring that might be dealing in Alien Artefacts.

Instead they found evidence of not only widespread abuse of the female prisoners but a suspected Xeno in the catacombs of the prison. The session left off with the hardened leader of the prison guard capturing an escaped female prisoner named Keturah, whom the team had been trying to protect while they figured out exactly what is going on in the facility…

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Revelations - The Shape Of Things To Come

The ‘end of season’ finale saw a brutal fight with Orks in the sewers, a battle of wills (and power weapons) between Gold and an enemy pysker and a showdown with the Bishop in the Imperial Cathedral which was rudely interrupted by a frightening beautiful Necron-Hybrid woman who regarded Quintos’ team thoughtfully as she trapped the Bishop in some sort of rift in time/space akin to the Warp before the team saw her off with a few well placed grenades.

With the threat of the Heretical Bishop over and a clear indication that the Necrons have different sects of which at least one is attempting to blasphemously meld with humans for as yet unknown reasons all that remained was to find the missing Arbiter Chief and Sister Raganna whilst the city cleaned up and returned to normal.
The necron human hybrid woman

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Plans within Plans

Not quite knowing what to expect with Lady Esh the team armed up and proceeded by police armoured car to the huge neo-deco hotel and casino tower in the heart of the fashion district of Terminus Prime. Gaining entry quickly and with some spectacle as agents of the Inquisition they managed to avoid violence and were escorted to Lady Esh’s rooms.
Lady Esh turned out to be a shrewd, articulate and stunningly attractive help, appearing co-operative. She added more to the unpretty picture that the nobles have been blackmailed with dark secrets from the past. Based on this the team posed as Administratum weapons inspectors and headed for the island estate of House Fandor.
A well planned and executed deception resulted in them not only being able to speak to the Duke himself but also to scan him. A dark plot involving a ghastly apparition appearing to him which knew all his secrets was revealed. Pressuring him into diverting smuggling resources into bringing in unmarked containers from off world they concluded Saren either has or is a pysker who can project to people.
Heading to the drop off point in the south polar region with a Naval forensics team they uncovered evidence supporting the Duke’s testimony and that the containers were shipped back to Terminus Prime by sea.
Facing sheer exhaustion from the journey and bitter arctic conditions the team returned to Terminus Prime for much needed rest.
A tip off from Lady Esh via coded servitor skull alerted the Acolytes to the fact that the Imperial Cathedral overlooking Victory Plaza has at least one surveillance camera which is not connected to any known Imperial Authority network. Deciding they might be able to get a hook over Saren they had the idea of using the sewers to reach the Cathedral. Local police provided maps and they headed off, looking to come out through a back alley manhole cover a block away from the Cathedral, avoiding the possibility of prying eyes.
The session closed with the Acolytes on a walkway looking into the flowing waters of the storm drain only to spot a large container and dozens of …it would seem Orks can swim after all!

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The Bishop Strikes Back – Part 2

The session opened with the Acolytes discussing the situation in the Arbiter station. Plans within plans became more apparent. Much conjecture and fact was brought into play with each member of the team offering their own insight.

Recalling their dealings with a low level Serrated Query smuggling months before they had him tracked down and brought in under the pretext of questioning for illegal trade. They also had the Magistrate second them an armoured van with a heavy stubber turret.

After an exhaustive day of investigation and questioning the Acolytes concluded that the major noble hours are being bribed or blackmailed into reducing or stopping their shipments of contraband items (drugs, xenos art and curiosities, certain alcohols, etc) but couldn’t fathom why exactly. They link this with the Bishop and his bank robbing activities. House Esh came up more than once in their inquiries.

A sudden and completely unexpected Ork attack in the suburbs of Terminus Prime followed by the dark realisation that the bishop has somehow brought in possibly hundreds of Ork spores and left them in containers around the city gave the team a distraction which led to Sister Raganna being kidnapped from the docks area despite her and Eli putting up fierce resistance.

Upon arrival Gold’s momentary lack of focus and growing powers led to a terrifying and mercifully brief encounter with something from beyond. Quintos’s calm control of his fears and Tristan’s growing heroism and teamwork saw the Emperor’s light shine favourably upon the Krak grenade which dispelled the bestial creature back from whence it came.

Unfortunately this led to Gold becoming unbalanced and they were forced to sedate her. Even more concerning was the news that the Magistrate had also gone missing. Luck saw the capture of the two “bishops”. Intense questioning and extremely direct methods by Regis revealed little bar that the Bishop wants them to give themselves up for trial in Victory Plaza.
Not wanting to play into his heretical hands the Acolytes decide to pursue the possible corrupting of the nobles by planing the capture and questioning of a senior member of House Esh, the Lady Elnora Esh – whose reputation for carnal excess precedes her…

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