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=INQ RHOGAN =
There is much to report, as much has been discovered in the last day that urgently needs your attention. It would seem as if the situation on the planet is much worse than we originally perceived. At this point, it is not very clear how to proceed, though we are trying our best.
Despite having been guarded without activity for the last two weeks, the mines were certainly not empty. We came across a significant number of miners, mindless and seemingly having gone unnourished for an impossibly long period of time; we were unable to pry them for information. Footsteps were also heard in the passageways, but there were never any people to accompany them. Clearly, these mines were not of holy association. However, this is far from the greatest of our concerns at this point.
As we continued to explore, we discovered a laboratory in which a yellow liquid was being developed. Out of suspicion, I released a sample of it, and a gas not unlike the gas we encountered in the recent raid began to form. We spent some time gathering what information we could. We took a technician captive and whatever notes and samples that happened to be lying around.
In the depths of the mines, we faced an unexpected change of scenery. The mines we entered acted as a back door to Nillus Steel Co.. Hidden in the backs of their shipping containers were hundreds of units of unauthorized guns and ammunition—it would seem as if we’ve uncovered the main player in the illegal weapons trade. Feeling that we needed to know exactly who was behind this operation, we continued our exploration.
However, the illegal weapons trade no longer seems to be of great importance when compared to new discoveries. Hidden far below the surface, a facility is currently developing and perfecting the potent raiding gas. In a demonstrative experiment, I fired a shot off at a group of people who had been exposed to the gas. Similar to what happened at the raid, some of them vanished instantly. One was left in a hysterical fit, muttering heretical phrases. The rest were completely unresponsive, fearless of the gunshot.
We learned that the facility is currently trying to decrease the potency of the gas in order to achieve more results like the unresponsive few. I suspect that they are attempting to build an army of fearless soldiers. Apparently, the gas is meant to “open the mind up to the warp.” If this is true, and my suspicions are correct, then we face an incredibly daunting force.
In fact, it would appear as if this suspected army has already begun to form. Led by a man referred to as ‘Warmaster Cain,’ a force roughly four to five hundred strong is fully armed and currently on the move. I can only hope that their numbers are not greater than those we observed. There are four very distinct divisions in this force. They seem to be of separate origins, and there is tension amongst them. Cain directed them in some incomprehensive language, but his final words were very distinct. “Remember, we will work together and this planet will be ours. Then you can go back to bickering.”
Outside of this information, there was not much else we could gather in regards to the research they were conducting. There was mention of other experiments on people they referred to as the ‘touched ones,’ who never ate but seemed fine in appearance. It was not very clear what exactly these ‘touched ones’ were, or what significance they held.
Following the rally, we trailed Cain into a large submarine. We swept the entire ship, but could not find him aboard. Instead, we encountered a peculiar tech priest by the name of Keeno. He revealed to us that he is the original developer of the potent gas, known as gas 24-3, and that its research was commissioned by a man named Lord Darius. We secured the submarine with the assistance of a storm trooper force, then proceeded to pursue Cain using the submarine’s escape pods.
Suspecting that he had escaped to a nearby archipelago, we decided to split up and search the islands separately. Several of the islands were overgrown with cyclically decaying forests, exactly as we have encountered before. We finally managed to locate the island we suspect Cain to be hiding on. Entering through a hatch in the ground, we discovered what appeared to be a mechanical control room of sorts. While gathering information, we were discovered, and evacuated the island.
As we escaped back to the submarine, the island rose out of the water, and began to pilot itself toward the southern continent. We are currently in pursuit, but as we will soon be reaching land, it will become necessary to continue on foot. We left Mathias’ micro-bead on the island as a slapdash tracking device, hopefully it will do well enough.
I feel it is important to mention that while exploring the decaying forests, the daemonette’s voice returned to my mind, and I am currently effectuating this mission in an affected mind state, though I am doing what I can to combat it.
May my bullets be cold in the hearts of The Emperor’s enemies.
=A SCARLET CROWE=
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