Castius, the Crusade’s Arch-Deacon and Chaplain of the Bellum Praeda stood at the foot of the 25 meter statue of the Emperor on the Command Deck of the Bellum Praeda. In a voice layered with cultures of reverance he intoned:
“O Eternal Emperor,
Who Alone watches us,
And rules the tides and stroms,
Be compassionate to your servants,
Preserv us from the perils of the warp,
That we may be safeguard to the domain of men!”
Just as he finished the end of his prayer a bridge security alarm went off. Zarakai, the Master Navis or head of security for the Bellum Praeda, rushed from the Command Bridge office to the console. Curious Castius made his way to the security station. At that moment the senior sergeant of the 819th Death Komitz, Sever, on behalf of Captain Adeon was delivering a status report on the loading of the Penal Legion.