of War & Profit

Traders Journal [Entry 4-040.816.41]

Thought of the Day: "Knowledge is Half of the Battle"

After sending over the Penal Legion to rid the Sable Mistress of any resistance, Victris took Aquila, Luthor, and two chosen security guards selected by Aquila in a skiff to claim the Emperor’s Bounty. Pooling their skills and knowledge, travel through the debris field was a minor challenge.

Luthor docked the skiff in the voided launch bay of the Emperor’s Bounty. Aquila deployed his security guards as an escort for Victris to the Bridge. Leaving none behind, they all left for the bridge. The ship was desolate with vast sections opened to the vacuum. It was unknown what caused the ship to open up like such but it seems to have been sudden and a global event across the entire ship as it appeared none had survived and all died without being able to reach a void suit. Oddly, all the emergency bulkheads were open; typically in a void rupture they slam shut to protect the crew.

The group reached the command section of the ship to find it sealed with an atmosphere. They soon arrived at the bridge to find it sealed. Finding a manual lever they opened the door to find the inside scarred from las bolts and bolter shells. Bodies lay strewn about the bridge as it appeared the hundred or so individuals who manned the bridge were dead. Stepping over bodies, Victris approached the captain’s throne.

At the base of the throne lay the captain of the ship dead. Sitting on the throne was the navigator with his head bowed. Some odd, wormlike, brass worm hugged his eye. As they approached the throne, the navigator’s head snapped up. His dead eyes stared blindly at the group as it opened its mouth and gave a silent scream. The bodies across the bridge began to rise as the bridge doors slammed shut. The crew immediately targeted their weapons on the Navigator only to find that only a melta beam could penetrate a psyker shield that the Navigator-thing erected to protect itself.

The battle was fierce and the crew realized they could not overcome their opponent. Though in the battle they did notice the shield around the creature flicker and the warp zombies paused as the Gellar field around the ship briefly stuttered to an on-state before going nascent again.

They battled their way to the ship’s Gellar field control panels to discover that the Gellar field was on but the ship’s power was on stand-by. Turning on the power from the bridge did nothing to bring it back online; it would require a reboot at a power station. At this point the surviving crew of the Bellum Praeda fled to the Navigator’s well from where they accessed a maintenance shaft to escape from the bridge.

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