Shadow in the Void

Into the Maw: First Session

The members and retinue of the Kireyev Dynasty set foot in port Wanderer in order to stock up on supplies for their expedition into the Maw and to the Koronus Expanse beyond. Unfortunately Greg and Shane were not able to make it to this session so their characters were kept busy. It seems when completing the paperwork necessary to return Greg from death in absentia a scribe had sent the wrong form to Port Wanderer. Instead of a 543-76-Theata-A form (Reinstating deceased individual due to Warp transitional absence) he filled out form 543-76-Beta-A (Reinstating deceased individual due to miraculous resurrection). This caused a bit of an uproar on Port Wanderer when they heard he was going to arrive, several Administratum adepts and local clergy lobbied to have him Canonized, the Arch-Bishop going so far as to declare him a Beatus. This started a religious revival before the arrival of the Explorers on the station, including the Arch-Bishop calling for an auto-de-fe in preparation for the arrival of an individual who is sure to be the Calixis Sector’s next living Saint. Needless to say both Greg spent the entire stay at Port Wanderer pushing through throngs of crying admirers asking for blessings, and Shane spent the whole stay sending Astropathic messages to the surrounding Shrine worlds in order to clear this misunderstanding up.

While Greg and Shane were busy Kelly, Frank and Jeff followed up on a message received earlier in House Kireyev’s secret ciphers, agreeing to meet the sender in the Courts of the Dead. There they met an agent who said his Name was Orbas Drey, who claimed to have been an agent working for the last Warrant holder of House Kireyev. There he handed Kelly a Genelocked case which could only be opened by one of the Kireyev bloodline, the case contained a strange black stone that Jeff recognized as an psychic map. Unfortunately they did not have long to admire it before a falcon swooped down from above and nearly flew off with the stone. Fortunately, Jeff is a sound shot with a bolt pistol and felled the feathered thief before it flew off with the precious stone. It was at this point that the party was assailed by several Arms-men of an unknown dynasty, as fighting broke out the crowds of people in the courtyard panicked running every which way to escape the violence. Kelly managed to grab the stone and slip away thanks to a chameleoline cloak she was wearing. Several arms-men chasing her were not aware of this and through that she had hidden under the dress of a large, matronly woman carrying canisters of compressed gas to market. The woman did not take kindly to the arm-men’s attempts to search for Kelly and she beat them about the head with one of the canisters, two of them will require stitches and one of them will see the word Argon whenever he looks in a mirror henceforth. Jeff managed to slay several opponents with his bolt-pistol although his wrath was mostly restricted to avians and nearby fruit carts. Frank threw off his red robes in a manner worthy of a luchador proceeded to engage several of the arms-men with power axe in hand, engaging the rites of accuracy and targeting known to the red robed priests of mars he slew one of the men in a single blow. The fight was eventually broken up by Adeptus Arbities, who did not have the authority to arrest members of a Rogue Trader Dynasty or exile them from the station and so let Frank and Jeff go. Kelly chased a woman dressed in an aviator’s helmet, a corset and a dress made of purity seals away from the fight at the Court of the Dead. After she fired a few bolt rounds in her direction Kelly decided that getting back to the ship with the stone was more important than being turned into a fine red mist via boltshell.

Back at the ship the crew’s navigator managed to translate the message within the psychic map onto the hololith tanks of the Shield of Calix, revealing a distress call from a ship claiming to be the Righteous Path and being in dire distress. The SOS goes on for hours, ranging from calm to desperate and pleading promising great riches to those that rescue it from the Magoros system. Not knowing where the Magoros system is located the team first though to consult the records of the Imperial Navy but sadly House Kireyev has waned in both reputation and fortune and has not bribed a suitable number of officials of late to receive prompt redress from officials in the Imperial Navy. After seeking other sources they met Master Scrivener and Mapmaker Tobias Gould who offered to provide them the information they were looking for in exchange for them moving a collection of books off station in order to avoid the coming auto-de-fe. Master Gould also mentioned that the crew were not the only ones who had expressed interest in the Magoros system, and that if they did the job to his satisfaction he would grant tell them who it was.

Since the arrival of the Beatus Kireyev and with the pending auto-de-fe customs officials were on high alert for non-eclisearchy approved literature leaving the station. The group avoided this by purchasing tens of thousands of crates of cheap novellas (mostly romance novels) an hiding the books amongst them. They also attempted to decieve the customs officials into letting the crates by, but this only made them more suspicious, and were only stopped from searching the crates when a radiological warning was detected in the adjoining dock. The resulting debacle prevented the rearming of Rear-Admiral Yagara’s battle-cruiser the Weight of Judgement, and so thoroughly embarrassed the customs officers involved that they would be busy for months rethinking their security protocols. Master Gould was pleased and passed on to the crew the information that Lady Ash who works for Hadarak Fell of the Fell Dynasty had also inquired into the location of the Magoros system.

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