"The Threat Within"

Field Report A3-001

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Inquisition Ident: 424-CX-937-GV069, Abel Sicarious

Original report:

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Translation as follows:

First 1/12 cycle in Capax system has gone badly. Have been imprisoned after an attempt to promote an “√©lan de corps” among acolytes as suggested in section 10-8b of the Mechanicus Standard Interaction Guide. This failed due to a lack of knowledge concerning local assets treatment of high-born. After securing and neutralising a low epsilon level psyker and an unknown level hostage confirmed to have been manifesting psychic powers, attempted to change public perception of the event to increase support of the local arbiters, by placing the weapon used to neutralise the hostage on the corpse of the heretic. Afterwards informed of the local arbiters policy of low security among high-born and imprisoned by one Agent Johnsons. Believe this to be a mistake as the Inquisitorial Mission states we can make no exception regarding the security of the Imperium whether this come from within or without. Currently awaiting some form of trial.

Also requisitioning the following:
Medical Kit
Data Files on human interaction
Data Files on “Arbite Johnsons”
Data Files on Capax system law.

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Electro-Priest Abel Sicarious

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Cruiz's Field Report Journal - Capax System, Report I

Official Report.

2rd Week since arrival.

Tech-Adept Abel and I arrived on Capax III to integrate into it’s society and use the Forge World’s advanced cogitator systems to try to find links between the various kidnappings and missing Black Ship Canidates. There was no logical connection between the kidnappings, however. During this time, Abel left planet to meet with the others. I do not know how that has gone.

3rd Week since arrival.

I continued work on Capax III diligently, with some success for my labors. There are recent rumors of Tech Heresy and Dark Mechanicus influence on Capax II. I will finish my current duties and contact the others to notify them before heading to the Agriworld. Once planetside, I will attempt to visit the various Omnissian Shrines, starting with the main city.

The Machine God protects and guides.

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After Action Reports
Acolytes' summaries from the field
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The Dretch Report, pt 001
Or, We Could Just Rake the Building With Bolt-Fire

Having received Yr. Puissant Honor’s briefing and associated materials, we proceeded to develop our false identities for infiltrating the system. Our two Tech-Priests quite creatively decided to present themselves to the Mechanicus hierarchy as new recruits for whatever it is that the Mechanicus does on their worlds. Upon planetfall these two were taken aboard separate transport, and so pass beyond the scope of my narrative for some time.

The remainder of the burly, armed bravos elected to sign up with the local Adeptus Arbites precinct, in various training and patrolling capacities. Therefore I accompanied them, posing (as Yr. Puiss. Hnr. may recall) as an Administratum auditor investigating various fictional errors among their inventories.

The archive access thus provided was rather useful. Coinciding with the statistical drop in Black Ship consignees was a dramatic increase in local kidnappings, both of unmutated citizens and individuals known to be latent psykers. Psyker kidnappings have been recorded on at least two of the three settled satellites in this system. Arbites case reports indicate a notable level of skill and resources in the execution of these abductions, though they have gathered no further useful leads.

Arbiter Cortez was quite interested in gaining access to the local Arbites Cold Vaults. Wishing to look for evidence of specific cult activities, I submitted the necessary paperwork to be granted such access pursuant to my duties. Much of the inventory therein is unremarkable: artifacts of moral degeneracy and mutation of a sort to be expected (though of course not tolerated) in a settlement of this size. However they also possessed three tomes of clearly heretical and Warp-touched nature; I made no effort even to examine them closely, much less remove them from their secured vaults. Additionally, the Cold Vaults contain many examples of a peculiar local fetish: diamond-shaped metallic pendants, with gemstones and inscriptions, which also exuded a most uncanny aura. They come from many sources—they must be common among the populace—and they share an interesting similarity to an artifact of local legend: a chipped fragment of armor from a Saint, worn as a necklace and considered protection against psykers or ill superstition. The unsettling nature of these amulets gave Arbiter Cortez no pause; he has appropriated a few and carries them on his person.

Approximately two weeks after planetfall the Arbites station received word of another kidnapping in progress; many officers mobilized to the scene, including yr. humble servant and other acolytes. Through some coincidence a kidnapper had been cornered in his victim’s hab, his escape vehicle having fled without him. I remained within the transport to observe; the other acolytes entered. I relate the following events based not on my own observation, but reconstruction after the fact:

Cortez, Sicarious, Rathmoor, & Ajax all immediately breached the front door of the hab while the Arbites were yet securing their perimeter. Upon entry, the kidnapper unleashed some sort of psyker power upon them; yet they managed to close with the man despite this attack. Before he could be subdued or disabled, the kidnapper then took his own life with his stub pistol. Cortez then disabled the would-be victim (a latent psyker child) with his shock-maul, according to some principle of action I cannot fathom. The remainder of Arbites thus entered the building to find Sicarious attempting to place the shock-maul in question in the hands of the deceased kidnapper, and the sort of legal misadventure that one might expect from such an observation thus ensued.

We have no further leads; I should perhaps impress upon Cortez the desirability of obtaining subjects for interrogation who are capable of being interrogated; though my words will no doubt seem small and frail as they vainly attempt to penetrate through the great quantity of bulk which is his person. Aside from disputes between the local Arbites leadership—which may prove useful, or disastrous—no further activity has been noted.

I remain yr. most humble & obedient servant,
Obregon Dretch

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Cruiz's Field Report Journal - Capax System, Report II

Official Report.

Lost track of current system week. Will resume time-frame next report.

While I have found no more evidence of tech-heresy on planet, I have kept my proverbial ears open for more rumors and information. During this time, I worked with the main Mechanicus Magos on planet to help find a way to deal with pest problems on the crops. Estimate an elimination of up to 90% of pest population, increasing crop yield exponentially. Will keep updated on reports as they come in on the subject.

As to the matter on hand, I investigated a kidnapping site and found a trail through the fields, left by the kidnapper. Following it, I found an abandoned house with a ‘shrine’ in the basement. The kidnapper refused to surrender and was too evasive for the servitor I brought with me to catch. I was forced to eliminate him.

The kidnapper proved to be a psyker. From his remains I gathered a necklace. Upon looking into it, it’s based on some made from a local Saint’s armour fragments. I doubt that it is a real artefact and probably a false copy. The manufacturing of these amulets are unknown, even to the Mechanicus. This concerns me. As for the kidnapped child, I rescued her and one other and returned them to their parents. Unfortunately, some measure was taken on the kidnapper’s end. While leaving, the place had begun to burn down.

End Report.

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Field Report 1
Armsman Ajax Alder, Reporting on the current state of our investigation of heresy in the Capax System.

While on Capax II, Jasen and I meet up with fellow guardsman…. Well I can’t recall his name right now. Our first order of business was to set up a safe house in a abandoned apartment building, from there we went to a local bar to see if we couldn’t find a lead. The only lead we had soon proved to not involve heresy at all, instead it was just a local gang that promptly started robbing the bank across the streets.

Being the Loyal citizens we are, we imedeatly rushed to stop the criminals. The Guardsman and I entered from the front while Jasen snuck around the back. We “confronted” two of the criminals and moved forward to stop the robbery. What followed was a vicious firefight between us and then, resulting in a number of casualties for the criminals but alas they escaped with the money. During the exchange I took a moderate shot the chest, my fellow guardsman suffered a light wound and Jasen was badly injured when one of the criminals sprayed his face with autogun rounds.The arbites then arrived and decided to arrest us and take us to the satiation. We unfortunately had to reveal our ties with the Inquisition to avoid any issues with the arbites.

After that little ordeal we were back on the streets looking for more leads, when we encounter a vile witch who blinded us with is warp powers. The resulting scuffle left Jasen, myself and the witch badly burned. We now have the psyker in custody and are contemplating the best course of action.

Field Report Over

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Field Report A3-002

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Inquisition Ident: 424-CX-937-GV069, Abel Sicarious

Original report:

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01011010 01000101 01011001 01011010 11110101 10101111 01010000 1000101 01010001 01000101
10010101 01010010 10100101 01010010 10101001 10100011 11110001 0100110 01010101 10100100
10100100 10100101 10001010 01010010 10010101 10101010 10000111 1010010 01010010 10101001
10100101 01010100 10101000 10011010 00111010 10110001 00001101 11010011 00101010 01011001 10101001 10011001 01011010 01000101 01011001 01011010 11110101 10101111 01010000 1000101 10010101 01010010 10100101 01010010 10101001 10100011 11110001 0100110 01010101 10100100
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01011010 01000101 01011001 01011010 11110101 10101111 01010000 1000101 01010001 01000101
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Translation as follows:

Trial did not go as expected, was convicted of planting of evidence despite a lack of proper protocol, evidence, and basic decency. Fortunately Cortez was able to intervene somehow and I am now under his guardian ship. I am sure this is just a formality.

Afterwards I returned to the safe house and began synthesising some chemicals to use in explosives as well as a highly potent neural-toxin for the discreet elimination of any heretics we encounter in a position of power. Soon after Cortez and Dretch went to investigate a possible cult, they were invited to a “Initiation” and decided to infiltrate, at this initiation they were told they would need to go a spirit journey. Clearly some human trial, due to this we swapped locater and tracking bracelet between me and Cortez allowing me to track their location in case of danger.

As I continued in my production Arbite Cortez and Dretch made there way into the spirit journey, I also travelled to Capax III and acquired lab equipment to further my needs. At this point I recieved a Data Vox stating that another arbite by the name of luna was arriving in system. I proceeded to greet Lola as is the standard among the locals. After this I informed her of my intent to track down Arbite Cortez and Assistant Dretch as they had been missing for a period of 3 cycles, which caused me some worry. She went to get support from the local Arbites, and I gathered some explosives, my weapons and a small vial of dimythelhydride.

Awaiting my fellow adept at a intersection nearby, I heard gunshots and a large explosion. As I had not seen any other humans on my way to the crossroads, I assumed the worse and set off. I arrived too late to intervene in the battle but was able to save a wounded machine spirit. Unable to find Lola’s body I proceeded to follow what appeared to be the tracks her abductors left. Arriving at the back of the chapel I had originally been heading too, I immediately assumed combat protocols and entered through the back. I observed a priest of some sort as well as 3 associates preparing to sacrifice my fellow adept. As this would be unacceptable to my mission parameters as well as my own goals of studying human anatomy I engaged. It became immediately apparent that the priest was more than human as he simply ordered his men forward after 3 laser blasts to his head. I continued the engagement using grenades, and fell back behind the wall. As I was ordered to surrender I initiated my deception protocols and faked a disarmament, I also set a KG of C4 as a distraction on a 60 second timer (this procedure must be reassessed).

Upon attempting to restrain me I overcharged my potentia coil and overloaded two of the men’s biological cogitators. The third attempted to destroy my central control system, but fortunately its robust construction surprised him. I quickly attempted to break him by accelerating my clenched fist into his cranial bridge. It took 3 direct hits before his motor functions failed him. Unfortunately this opened my person up to 3 direct hits from what I can only assume was some sort of hand held tank cannon. The massive internal damage I survived was only non lethal by virtue of pure luck. I believe my non standard biological construction factored into this as my vital organs were located in different areas than those targeted. Realising I was about to be forcibly deactivated I tried one last time to deceive my attacker. It worked. I was able to arc a vial of my dimythelhydride into his optical sensors and permanently disable him.

I was unable to relish my victory as I immediately had to tend to a knife wound Acolyte Lola had received. Hearing voices and footsteps we retreated and liberated another machine spirit giving us two Armoured Personnel Carriers. Returning to the safe house I put Lola into the newly christened recovery ward. I then proceeded to attempt to panic to convince Acolyte Dretch of the danger we had discovered, I am not sure how successful this was.

In closing this combat has caused me to realise that to properly maintain and repair my charges I must also be able to protect them from damage should there be need. As such I am requisitioning some items to help me in this task.

Also requisitioning the following:

Guardsman Shield
Fury Pattern Laspistol
“Red Dot” Sighting Instrument
Flak armour set
4 Combat servitors
Medical Supplies
Medical Bed
Medical Equipment (Toxin rod, surgery table, monitoring equipment, etc)
1 Medical Servo-Skull
Data on combat protocols
Data on known system cults
Data on past heretical activity

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Electro-Priest Abel Sicarious

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The Dretch Report, pt 002

With Lt. Reubens’ established pattern of moral flexibility, I urged Cortez to go to him—as adjudicating officer in Tech-Priest Sicarious’ case—and request a favorable verdict. Whatever it was Cortez asked in exchange, Sicarious was found guilty, but sentenced to probationary release under Cortez’s supervision. Cogboys being rather difficult to replace, I thought it useful to retain this one.

The growing relationship between Reubens and Cortez paid off, as the Lt. invited Cortez to join his local “association.” Also present for this obvious cult activity were Lt. Sneeds, Fleet Commander Abrazel, and one Priest Vocaris. As Cortez’s assistant and driver I accompanied him to the meeting, located within some ill-repaired chapel in the Underhive. There we were met with many other robed initiates, and perhaps a dozen unsecured psykers. After a modest ceremony we were informed that full initiation would require a “spirit journey,” to be arranged by Commander Abrazel.

When this journey commenced, all assembled were all subjected to drugs, psyker influence, and lasgun-butts to the head in order to induce unconsciousness. I awoke bound hand and foot, aboard what I must assume was a vessel of the local Space Defense Forces, from the uniforms of the armsmen who were watching over us prisoners. While wearing the protective amulets, they watched as we were subjected to a fresh assault by the unbound psykers of the cult. These efforts at indoctrination went on for some time; and eventually we were drugged again, then returned to the Underhive and released. My mind yet remains my own—so far as any of us can claim this—though I can make no comment regarding Cortez’s condition. I believe I recall seeing him assault one of the guards and take a protective amulet for his own; but the remaining guards seemed unconcerned with the value of this protection, and left him with the rest of us before the psykers.

As I returned to our safehouse I encountered Sicarious and some female Arbites—who, I can only hope, is authorized to associate with us. They were both quite grievously injured from some altercation I did not witness, and they have not yet related. Regardless, we have certainly found the source of our missing psykers, identified a cult responsible, and can name local officials who are aiding if not leading this heresy. Yet we do not yet know how far this heresy goes, or where the main body of their leadership may be found. Our investigation shall continue.

As always yr. most diligent & enduring servant,
Obregon Dretch

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