The Crimson Falling

Let Slip the Dogs of War

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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.

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Cry "Havoc!"

Document Name: =I= report to Lord Rhogan of His Divine Majesty’s Imperial Inquisition
Document number: 04-6983486
Date: 3.444.999.M41
Authorization: Acolyte Mathias Thule of Crimson Cell
Thought of the Day: Hatred is the Emperor’s greatest gift to humanity

To my esteemed Lord Rhogan,

The following report consists of two missions which we embarked on by your will, the first of which was the investigation of a village which was suspected of housing psykers, and the second the defense of a town from a raid.

After being briefed by you on what to investigate in the village, we regrouped with the recon team and went on our way in a salamander. Prudently, the salamander was discarded a short trip away from the town to east infiltration. Due to my quick thinking we were allowed to enter through the main gate under the guise of being mercenaries looking to stay a short while. Once there we were quickly told where the inn was, as well as to avoid the restricted area in the northwest part of town. Naturally we assumed the psykers to be in that area. Unfortunately due to the layout of the town there was no easy way to infiltrate without being immediately obvious that we were attempting to get in. The restricted area was surrounded by a solid stone wall, with no cover to obscure its lines of sight. Scarlet was not very helpful by being unwilling to pursue potential leads, and also being extremely unwilling to lend out her equipment to test potential leads.

However as the Emperor (may He shine in the dark) willed it a drunk had actually started flirting with Scarlet and told her all we needed to know with one important fact being that there was a well behind the wall, which likely meant that they were interconnected; a theory that Scarlet did not wish to follow up on because “it was stupid”. Armed with this new knowledge, we plumbed the depths and after a brief fire fight arrived right under the well behind the wall. Needless to say we ascended quickly and then stormed the building that housed the psykers. It was at this point my lord, that we established a vox link with yourself and updated you of the situation as well as called in the storm troopers to secure the town.

We hitched a ride from a Valkryie that brought in the storm troopers back to Domegis and presented the captured psyker to you. It was at this point that you gave us a week of rest and placed us under Ezeroth’s command to defend a town. We swiftly departed afterwards. Once there Scarlet and I were assigned to scouting duty to check the force disposition of the raiding force. We swiftly hit a scouting party which by the blessed will of the Emperor (May he smite the hiders in the dark!), we managed to eliminate without a sound as well as managed to capture their leader. With that being down we swiftly went back to Ezeroth to deliver our captive.

Soon afterwards we were attacked in force. The intelligence was not accurate in the slightest. The heretics were well armoured (with guard flak no less!) were equipped with autoguns, mono edged weaponry as well as mortars. Additionally they extensively used gas weapons with their flamers and with their mortar shells. At the start of the battle they launched some explosive shells but they soon started flinging the gas shells. Unprotected civilians were soon bleeding out of their orifices, collapsing, and then arising again. They were given the Emperor’s (May he smile upon the faithful) mercy.

A disconcerting effect that the gas had was that it teleported many people away. It was then that Scarlet and I received a distress call from Arl who was fighting close to an unfortified wall. The enemy had flanked us! Scarlet climbed up on top of a houses roof, but showed her true colours when she did nothing there but cower in fear! However it was when they finally blew a hole in the wall that our darkest hour came. Stout hearts and endless faith was needed, and Scarlet had already proved her worth here, so it was up to me to win the day. I was not found wanting. Quickly leaping into the breach, I singlehandedly held it long enough for support to arrive and drive off the enemy. Another raider was also captured.

It was then that I found Arl bawling and cradling the bodies of what I presume to be his family. With the fighting still ongoing I attempted to rouse him to turn his despair into hatred, but the man was weak and he could do nothing but weep. He failed in his duty as a guardsman; nothing more need be said. Scarlet reacted in a particularly womanish manner. It mattered not however as the battle was soon over with victory cries ringing throughout the town. A few days were spent patching up the town as best we could and soon afterwards we departed back to Domegis.

We eagerly await further orders.

The Emperor protects,
Mathias Thule of Crimson Cell

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Third on a Match

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=INQ RHOGAN =

After a week and a half of time to ourselves we were called into your office with a critical assignment. The documents we had recovered from our last mission contained urgent information, and Arl and several supporting units had been sent as a forwarding team to investigate. At some point into the mission, casualties were reported, and a request for aid had been dispatched. However, the communication link with the team was severed, and details were lost. Our mission, therefore, was to both remedy the situation and rescue Arl should the option remain available.

Travelling by Salamander, the journey to Penolpass’ mining district took only a few hours. Conflict in the distance was distinctly heard as we neared our destination. As we approached, it became clear that a large projectile was headed toward us; fortunately, Virrus managed to quickly gun down the missile before it hit. Immediately after the first, a second missile was fired. Unable to deflect it, we were forced to abandon the vehicle only moments before its annihilation.

As we ran toward the now wrecked Salamander for cover, we heard a sniper shot ring out. Mathias was hit, but we still managed to reach the vehicle safely. Both the missiles and the sniper shots had originated from a tower by the mountainside; Arl was taking cover behind a wall nearby. As he and Virrus provided covering fire, Mathias attempted to run for the wall. Unfortunately, he was shot down, and after disabling the sniper, I had to run in and drag his body to safety.

Engagement from the tower desisted, but activity at ground level increased significantly. The opposition was very heavily armed and incredibly well trained, tactically deceiving us on several occasions. However, we fought with His glory in our minds, and cleared both the outer vicinity and the tower building. It was during this encounter that we discovered the opposition’s access to explosive collars. As I mentioned earlier, the men we were facing were clever in their tactics; despite averting an initial explosion, a second blast came close to eliminating us, and would’ve killed Mathias had I not pulled his unconscious body out of range.

We found the sniper on the brink of death in the tower. I recognized him as Burwin Gallagher, guild member of the Sons of Dispater and fellow Brother. We thought it would be best to bring him to you, as it was likely he was in possession of valuable information. As I have mentioned in past, Burwin is a highly capable assassin. Should his motivations be holy and true, I humbly request he be made a new addition to your forces.

May my bullets be cold in the hearts of The Emperor’s enemies.

=A SCARLET CROWE=
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Burn, Baby, Burn!

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=INQ RHOGAN =

We returned to Domegis only to be met by extremely frustrating news. Even before entering the city, it was clear that our plans did not go as we had intended. As we soon confirmed with you, Raes is not the new ruler of Penolpass; King Judea has been assassinated, along with four of his personal aids. This provocative action has been taken every way but lightly. I personally find this turn of events particularly intriguing, and plead to have the honour of pursuing its research in any way possible.

Regardless, as The Emperor’s work must always continue, we were assigned a new mission: there was evidence of heretical activity to the north, and as dutiful servants, we were obliged to purge it. After a four month formal separation, Veronica Skivers was reassigned to our team for the purpose of assisting us. She provided us with a disjointed and confusing summary of her investigations, abundant in fairly worthless information regarding crazy people and random noises. We approached our task no better prepared than we would’ve had we gone alone.

After a five-day journey, we reached the boundary of the desert. Lush plant life greeted us like a passive army, approaching in line but avoiding us when it neared. As we continued onward, grasses dried beneath our feet, trees expired by our sides, and plants wilted with our wake—it was very clear that strange forces were at work.

We followed the tracks of evil until we reached the valley of the outpost. In our good fortune, it was conveniently shaped so that we could hide out until the opportune moment of attack. We waited for nightfall, and I began the assault with an explosive dismissal of the main guard. With him out of the way, clearing the area of all remaining heretics gave us no inconvenience.

We discovered that they had been guarding a large cavern, the bottom of which harboured a mob of people and mutants. They spoke in a dazed stupor, often referring to Skivers as if she were their deity. When they began to approach her, I sensed they would bring trouble, and suggested we distance ourselves. However, at the mention of leaving, the mob was quick to turn aggressive. Thinking like a soldier, Mathias lobbed a grenade into the unruly group.

I am yet unable to explain exactly what happened next. With the explosion of the grenade, darkness descended. We were there, and yet there was nothing. Everything that had existed only moments before was no longer. With our lamps we attempted to illuminate the darkness, but the light extended infinitely. It was then we met the enemy. Within the void, there were two forms chained to an inexistent wall: the first, a daemon; the other, a girl.

Virrus began to talk to the girl in an attempt to find a way to leave the darkness. However, she refused to give him an answer unless he neared her. Knowing to be cautious, I took aim at her from a distance while he made his approach. As it turned out, my suspicions were not unwarranted. She broke free of her chains, and began to attack him with blades that protruded from her forearms. Fortunately, I was able to gun her down before any real harm was done.

The darkness lifted with her death. We were once again in the cavern, although Mathias passed out on the return journey. We carried his body out of the cavern just as it collapsed behind us. The trip back to Domegis was relatively uneventful, the only occurrence of interest being Mathias’ return to consciousness.

After you returned from a brief trip to Nilka, we were told to retrieve a book from Skrall, reference number Z334-24-KR-72.126. As a simple two day journey, we weren’t expecting any resistance. Of course, we should have been. As soon as we reached the floor of the archives, it was clear something was amiss. I, along with Mathias, rushed to investigate what sounded like a scuffle, while Virrus and Skivers attempted to find the book and ensure its safety.

As Mathias and I ran toward the source of the commotion, a scribe fled from behind a bookcase. A shot rang out and he fell to the ground. We reached the scene just in time to see a table of books and records, alight in flames, and a man fleeing the scene through the stairwells.

Not wanting to lose the suspect, I chased after him; Virrus assembled a team to put out the fire, while Mathias organized a lockdown of the building. In order to get ahead in the hunt, I dropped past floors through the windows, and met the man on a lower level with a bullet to the face.

Z334-24-KR-72.126 was never found. We could only assume that it was lost in the fire. However, the dead man was carrying a page torn from another book, referencing Z334-24-KR-72.126. Virrus seems to think it contains invaluable information.

I apologize for our inability to complete the mission, and will accept all consequences for it.

May my bullets be cold in the hearts of The Emperor’s enemies.

=A SCARLET CROWE=
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God Save the Queen

Document Name: =I= report to Lord Rhogan of His Divine Majesty’s Imperial Inquisition
Document number: 01-3399941
date: 3.300.999.M41
Authorization: Acolyte Mathias Thule of Crimson Cell
Thought of the Day: Mankind stands on the shoulders of the martyred.

To my most honourable lord Rhogan,

As you undoubtedly know, it was you yourself that tasked us with the interception of a caravan of illegal goods, and it was with a gusto that we set out on that task. After buying the necessary supplies with which to carry out an ambush we made our way to the intercept point and dug in. Though the wait was long our patience was rewarded with the appearance of the caravan. Unfortunately however it was Url who ruined our cover by stepping out of his dug out and spraying the enemy ineffectually with lasbolts disregarding my orders to stand down. Despite this set back, and the loss of Url, we successfully intercepted the caravan and even brought back a prisoner. Surely the Emperor (blessed is he by all) smiled upon such a development.

With your blessing to continue forward, we journeyed to the town of Nilka where the prisoner confessed that a local nobleman by the name of Raes was involved in the illegal trade. While infiltrating the castle proved quite easy to do, we unfortunately did not manage to find anything. Yet again however it seemed that the Emperor (may He eternally shine His light upon us) had lead us to a merchant who once was part of Raes’ inner circle. Naturally the information he related to us (mainly that of his plans for a coup) you already know. We quickly bound him up and left the town to report to you at this point.

Upon reporting back, you again asked us to venture back into the town of Nilka to exfiltrate said merchant. We came up with a glorious plan to set fires to lure him out and then whisk him away while the crowd was distracted. During the kidnapping however the guards proved too powerful for Scarlet and they smote her to the point of near death. Fortunately it was at this point that Virrus chose to appear with our get-away vehicle and assist in abducting the merchant. The get-away driving was done by me and quite skilfully with our horse and cart either swiftly overrunning obstacles under our steel shod hooves and wheels, or avoided altogether. Once more it was at this point that we reported to you and afterwards you gave us the new task of assassinating the Queen once you discussed it with Raes.

Quickly heading to the cathedral my military expertise was soon unveiled. While my comrades dithered around unsure of what to do, I quickly formulated a plan in which Scarlet would sneak around and scatter or kill all the horses, while Virrus and I were to lay down accurate fire with both carnodon and hunting rifle. Again ministering to those in my cell, the Emperor’s light (may He always illuminate the darkness!) was truly evident in the divine providence that followed for Scarlet had managed to sneak in undetected whilst intoning the prayer of invisibility. She carried out her mission flawlessly. Virrus and myself accounted for four of the enemy while the confusion reigned from Scarlet’s attack, and soon afterwards that number turned into seven as they sought to send out scouts to check the surroundings.

Soon afterwards we stormed the cathedral, keeping the civilian casualties to a minimum. A man in white sought to lead us to the queen in return for safe passage for the people. Fearing a trap he of course leaded the way. Ironically enough it was also him that triggered the trap thus alerting us to the presence of the few remaining guards of the queen. With my stout allies suffering grievous wounds from their autogun fire and grenades, it fell to me to storm the crypt and seize the day. By the Emperor (May his wrath forever cleanse the stars) was that martial action glorious, singlehandedly I swept into the room and with the wrath of the righteous, I slaughtered all of the queen’s guards. It was also I who slew the queen though Scarlet was quick to snatch the signet ring from her still warm body as proof of the kill.

As ever we are at your service and ready for our next assignment. May the heretics rue the day they decided to cross the Emperor!

The Emperor Protects,
Mathias Thule of Crimson Cell

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