Shadows Over Calixis

Mutants. I HATE mutants!
Where does all that acid come from?

Will put in after I finish tonight write up

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How NOT to take prisoners
if it sounds like a chainsaw, and cuts like a chainsaw...

Constantine, personal log.

Chain Swords dont seem to be a good way of taking prisoners. Neither do auto-pistols.

My bad.
(EOM)

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Failure is unnacceptable!
Its Hunting Season!

Ref: Anym/000894753/OZ
Author: Constantine
To: Shadow King
Subject: Inquisitor Hadrian
Location: Classified
Sector: Calixis
TFTD: Never discount the vengeful

Please see attached correspondance to Vuygens. I request all available information regarding Inquisitor Hadrian, both past and present activities, and a profile of him (beliefs, allies, and the blood render necro cult, and

I believe Hadrian to be heretic. Patience is a virtue, but Inaction IS the biggest form of action. Irregardless of his intentions, he aids this Blood render necro cult, and sullies my name, AND his own with his utter failure.

Any suggested course of action, or may I pursue as I see fit?

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Constantines Wrath
There are so many things that we wish we had done yesterday, so few that we feel like doing today.

Ref: RE: Inq/063635098/PL
Author: Acolyte Constantine
To: Inquisitor Van Vuygens
Subject: Suspected Heretic or Incompetant, Hadrian
Location: Sampson IV
Sector: Calixis
TFTD: The biggest sin is sitting on your ass.


Inquisitor Hadrian is a failure. He has wasted 10 years of his life all because of his inaction. Like a man with a gambling addiction, clearly he has to continue ‘doubling’ up as it were. If all it took was one member of the inquisition to reveal themselves asking unrelated questions to foul his entire operation, then something is wrong with his operation.

His very accusation against me implies that no other member of the inquisition revealed themselves in 10 years on Sampson IV asking questions unrelated to this cult? I find myself doubting that nobody within his own organization revealed themselves,and to much less savory individuals.

I will not take blame for his Inaction. HE is the traitor. HE PROTECTS THIS CULT WITH HIS INACTION. WHY?

An ancient Terran emporer by the name of Marcus Aurelius once said ‘A wrongdoer is often a man who has left something undone, not always one who has done something.’

As such, With your permission I will track them down and end this cult on Sampson IV after the resolution of the Tyranid infestation on Elros.

If you truly want me to submit to inquiry, I will. And if you truly believe I should join a penal legion I will, I only ask that you send him with me, because I have accomplished FAR more in 1 year than he has in 10.

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Inquistor's Wrath
Be careful of the secrets you reveal

Ref: Inq/063635098/PL
Author: Inquisitor Hadrian
To: Inquisitor Van Vuygens
Subject: Suspected Heretic or Incompetant, Constantine
Location: Scintilla Hive Sibellus – Tricorn
Sector: Calixis
TFTD: A fool is the Great Enemy’s greatest ally

This is a formal complaint against one of your acolytes. I was conducting a long term deep cover investigation of the Blood Render Necro Cult on Sampson IV. I was at the very brink of the culmantaion of a ten year investigation. The Blood Render’s are a Hazeroth based cult dedicated to extending the lives of its members by the sacrifice of the Emperor’s citizens. I had in place my agents to capture their leadership. They were expecting some sort of honored guest, and were planning some sort of great ceremony. However, just days before the event and the eradication of countless heretics the cult went deep underground and their leaders fled before they could be apprehended.

The few flunkies my agents could round up reported that the cult learned of inquisitorial activity, an unknown inquisitor flashing his rosette around, and the decision was made to go to ground. Further investigation revealed an unknown individual flashing round an acolyte’s rosette in the public dock area and in a local arbite station. Travel back to Scintilla and review of the Tricorn database revealed this individual to be none other than one of YOUR acolytes, be the name of Constantine. I DEMAND immediate punishment of this so called acolyte, I DEMAND a full inquiry, if he is simply an incompetent fool then he may serve the emperor in the Penal Legions, if his intention was to warn the Blood Render’s and he is found to be in league with such, then I DEMAND the full wrath of the emperor be brought upon him.

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Message from the deep
Three times not the charm!

Ref: Anym/000894753/OZ
Author: Shadow King
To: Constantine
Subject: Erya Nephthys
Location: Classified
Sector: Calixis
TFTD: Never discount the dead!

Inquiry into the remains of Erya Nephthys reveal they are still safely sealed within the Tricorn. Micro cellular testing previously performed on the remains reveal a match to previous micro cellular testing of the one time Inquisitor. No other recent sightings of Eyra Nephthys are known at this time.

Current Location: Unknown
Current Goals: Unknown
Current Associates: Unknown
Known Past Associations: Skaar Cult of Balecaster, Deathtech cult of Fenksworld, Everlife cult on Hredrin, Inquisitor Van Vuygens, Xenomites of Junos.
Threat Rating: Hereticus Extremis

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Bugs.
I hate bugs.

Ref: Inq/084735225/QP
Author: Acolyte Constantine
To: Inquisitor Van Vuygens
Subject: Elros Tyranid infestation
Location: Elros
Sector: Calixis
TFTD: There be monsters here

We arrived on the feudal planet Elros approximately 4 days ago. Nearly 6 hours in our tech ‘priest’ Trantor divulged that we were looking for signs of Tyranid infestation in the local Administratum building, which ofcourse was ‘bugged’ by Tyranids. Fortunately the ‘bug’ was alittle too jumpy and ran for the door.

Thanks to Magnus’ superb pursuit of him (even if during apprehension he managed to destroy 2 store fronts with bullets and las fire), we were able to capture it alive for interrogation… I use that term loosely as Magnus and Trantors method of interrogation more resembles torture. Not as if I was going to say anything… it IS a tyranid after all.

Unfortunately, the two seem to have been more practicing for the main event rather than actually getting anything out of it. After nearly killing our charge, they relented tho. In hopes of getting information out of it later. I could heal it, but I see no reason to risk invoking the warp over the enemy, when time will do the same thing.

It now lies slumped in one of the Prison cells on our lander, shackled and chained to the steel floor plates, comatose.

A thorough search of arbitrator Jenks private quarters yielded some interesting Xenos Tech. As far as we can tell, the large mushroom shaped device is some sort of Hivemind Amplifier/vox caster… Perhaps letting him commune with the hive at great distances.

After secreting that away on the The Reaper, we then flew to the mainland, careful to avoid any of this worlds primitive inhabitants.

We set down in some fields a few hours from the capitol city of Elros, Taejon. Elros is in the throws of Civil War. When the former Governess Sarna passed away, her two daughters Hyua and Hyun began a power struggle control of the planet. While Hyun is the new governess, it would appear her reign will be short lived, as her siser Hyua advances on the capitol with incredible haste.

I have no doubt in my mind this has been caused by the Tyranids, as a precursor to their own attack in which they will conquer the planet and assimilate its people into their hoard.

After a few days of searching, we uncovered a number of rumors that would seem to back this theory up. Of those, these 3 were the most relevant.

1)Musa Jung Hyua has entered an alliance with the Dark wizard of Khyber Pass, it is only with his sorcerous aid that the Governess’ armies are defeated.

2) A new young Musa Jung has arisen in the west during this time of turmoil. she leads an invicible army that cannot be defeated.

3) The City has already been infiltrated by the enemy. They prowl the streets of the paupers district at night and terrorize the people of Taejon.

Because it was the easiest one to investigate, we headed to the Paupers district to investigate it. There were also reports of something stealing the bodies of the cities dead, and they seemed related. We soon learned that most of the trouble was coming from a massive dilapidated windmill near the outskirts the city. The term massive does not give it justice. It Stood over 600 METERS tall! It was a disappointment to see its form in shambles. We ventured near it at night, using our night vision to easily avoid the guard patrols. It wouldnt do for us to be discovered with advanced weaponry, not to mention we were men as well! As a native to Zilmans domain, I can say that showing a primitive a Lasgun can be a harrowing experience for those viewing it. There, the King owns a lasgun and that makes him King! Showing these savage women what an autogun could do to their pretty little bodies would accomplish nothing but mass panic. as we reached the windmill, the stench of corpses became unbearable.

Using an Auspex, Trantor was able to detect something large and inhuman inside the structure. At first we believed it to be a Tyranid… after all.. thats what we came to this planet to find and kill. What was inside the windmill was horrifying. only once in my life have I seen such insanity… this came very close tho. The ground floor of this massive windmill was filled waste deep with corpses. it was a mass grave, only no burial had taken place. Despite my searching… I could not see the beast from the outside… I heard it feasting on bodies. it was eating them! I backed away from the entrance to consult Trantor and the Auspex, in hopes of seeing it. When he showed me, it had moved up to the entryway in preparation for ambush.

Magnus, had decided he’d had enough of this beast, whereever it was and so he readied his combat shotgun and jumped into the breach… and promptly fainted in Terror! Janus, the local Arbite we took from Emperors island to assist us in talking with the female rulers of this place, fainted dead away as well.

The thing revealed itself… and I while I have no experience with Tyranids, other than the human form Tyranid lanquishing in my Acquila lander, I was sure this was not one.

It was a writing mass of Worms, dripping in Acid, covered in some Xenos tech cloak that nearly rendered it invisible. I fired with my auto-pistol, with minimal success.The bullets had no flesh to ruin, but a few worms. Trantor hit it with a krak grenade, sending hundreds if not thousands of liquefied worms in all directions and it barely gave the being pause… A krak grenade of all things? We’ve killed Daemonhosts with such ordinance! The worms around its head parted to reveal a metal orb, which then enunciated in a emotionless metallic voice that it would destroy us. It slammed me with its ‘arms’ nearly killing me. I was on the ground barely conscious… I let loose another volley, and once again I wonder again about the emperor being an almighty god who watches over us. It could have been just chance, but by some twist of fate, one of my shots flew threw it and must have ricocheted off the metal Annunciator of its face and hit some vital animating force inside this mass of worms. b/c the whole thing flew apart into a gout of Acid!

After peering at the remains of this thing. 3 things became revealed themselves; the metal orb and the Shroud both were obviously some form of advanced technology, any normal cloth would have dissolved in the acid,Their design was obviously of Xenos origin. Secondly, I don’t believe it was Tyranid. According to the Infantry mans uplifting primer, a book given to all soldiers in the imperial armies, it clearly describes the Tyranid as a race of beings whose technology is almost universally Biological. This was the second occurrence of machine high technology in a week on a planet with little more than sword and basic black powder muskets.

We roused Janus eventually, but Magnus would not stir. we drew him away from the bubbling pool of acid left by the worm beast, and ventures inside the place, creeping up the stairs to see if anything else was left behind.

When we reached the top of the rotting windmill, yet another Xenos marvel awaited us. Even Trantor, with his vast knowledge of Technology (despite his superstitions regarding it) was unable to decipher what we found. We found a pedestal, with strange writings and digital map on the top of it, which was a screen. while it was clear it was a cogitator of sorts, we had no idea of its purpose. Not wanting to dally here any longer, I affixed my personal homing beacon on it in a place I hoped would be inconspicuous. if the humans of this planet found it, I’m sure they would do nothing with it, as they probably would not be able to even understand what the technology was let alone what the beacon was… if any other Xenos come back, I can only hope they don’t notice it!

When we reached the floor, we saw a large group of Musa standing near where we entered, and Magnus’ body was gone! Due to our nightvision, they were unable to see us in return, and so we escaped via another hole in the structure and followed them back to the palace.

Afterwards we made our way back to the lander in order to retrieve the head Arbite on emperors island to intervene on our behalf with the governess, and to leave this message with you.

Be advised, whatever is on Elros, I do not believe it is Tyranids alone. Sending a fleet here with a legion of Astartes recommended. We were barely able to kill this worm beast with our weaponry, the local population would have virtually no chance at all to, barring large numbers of them. Because of this, I can only assume there are a great many Xenos, Tyranid or otherwise. At first I thought they might be necron, but I have never heard of necrons using anything but mechanical components in their construction and never talk. Perhaps more Eldar trickery? I do not know. Eldar make much more beautiful things. This was horrific, almost daemonic in appearance.

I have a feeling things are coming to a head regardless of whether we will it or not. If you do not hear from us in 2 weeks time, assume we are dead and send a fleet to scour this planet. I cannot at this time recommend exterminatus, but I can recommend a force with heavy weapons at the very least. the imperial guard with lasguns will not suffice.

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Group Loot Items

Group Loot has been added. look it over and familiarize yourself with our gear so we know what we resources we have available to us while on missions.

This has been posted in the wiki tab as well for reference

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Sanctioned
Fail not the Imperium of man!

Constantine, Personal log.

Maybe it was the Spook. Maybe it was the daemonic trauma on Mara mining colony. Maybe it was the powdered psyker brains extract that is in Farcosia, or maybe it was the Daemon gibbering at me in my head all the time…. I dont know. What I do know is I have horrible headaches when the psyker disruption field is on in the Acquila lander and I can move things with my mind.

9 years ago, or 2 days from now… depending on how you look at it, I boarded a blackship for sanctioning. Why would I do such a thing you ask? The stories about the Black ships are True after all! The reason is simple. I serve the Imperium. I am infected by the warp. After what happened on Mara, I have never known peace. Becoming a latent Psyker would endanger my associates, and given my knowledge and position in the imperium, could cause great damage to it. Psykers who cannot control their abilities are one of the main causes of decay in the Imperium. Perhaps at one point in time the warp was no so completely twisted with Evil as it is now, and using your abilities wouldn’t have been so dangerous. But now, given what little we still know about the warp… How could we not go to be sanctioned. Every year more and more psykers are born. It is the unstoppable evolution of our kind. We WILL one day become as the Elder Are; a race of Psykers. But one need only look upon what is left of the Eldar to understand what would happen should we fail to control ourselves. No.. Sanctioning is necessary for the time being, lest we fall to Chaos as they did.

It is truly a pity we neglect to learn from Xenos. All we do is kill them. Most of the time this is correct course of action, if only because they are as misguided as we are. This will have to change or we will share the same fate as those we mercilessly butcher do… But I digress.

I decided to go to Terra to clear my mind of my fears, convince myself that I am not insane, learn what I must do to serve the Imperium,and most of all look upon the Golden throne and know peace.

I’m not insane, I know that now. I know now what must be done to serve Mankind. I’m still not at peace however.

I expected Terra to be the bustling hub of activity it should be. It does not disappoint. I expected the glory of mankind expressed in a myriad of way. It Does. I expected high technology. It is a mere 2 au from Mars, how could it not? I expected mankind to know its path in the Cosmos… In this it fails most utterly.

Oh there is incredible military might there. The Cities are unimaginable. Despite my noble blood, I feel like a peasant there amongst the true nobles of man kind.

But leadership and direction? None. Whats left of the Emperor clings to life in a sarcophagus, and his ‘trusted’ high lords of Terra know not what to do. it has been ten THOUSAND years since he was entombed, and still they do not know what to do.

The Astartes walk with direction, yet they dont have anywhere to go. Lost now that their father sleeps eternally. The supreme military force in the galaxy has now turned from conquering to policing our sagging borders, and crushing rebellions against people who mainly just want food. The administratum has mired them in bureaucracy in my opinion.

The mechanicum has betrayed him the most… I have read the old texts, The emperor scorned the worship of gods, real or imagined, and yet they would have us worship tools as spirits and a great God machine! What power they have of man. What do they have in their vaults that could help so much, yet they refuse to share? After looking upon Terra, one can only wonder why we have so many feudal worlds in our great Imperium.

Then again, what do I know anyway? I left for Terra 9 years earlier and I have arrived at Samson IV 2 days earlier then I left! A terrible disturbance in the warp they tell me? Really? I could have told them that myself! Perhaps the emperor IS alive and he DOES watch over me? After all it is not often that one arrives before he leaves.

I met myself. Now that was awkward! I told myself to just board the black ship and dont worry about telling anyone. Hah! now I know why. The way I figure it, nobody would believe me anyway, so I’ll just claim I’ve always been a psyker. Hell, they’ll probably just think I’m hitting the spook harder than normal anyway.

Aside from that bad business with Bald, robed women torturing me for sneaking a peak at the throne, I’d say it was well worth the trip! I needed a vacation, and boy did I get one!

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