Fatum Tyrannus

163.815.M41-1, Scintilla
A New Mission

REFDATE: 163.815.M41
LOCATION: Tricorn Palace, Scintilla, Golgenna Reach Sub-Sector, Calixis Sector

SUBJECT IDENTIFIED: Cortez, Oruc
Affiliation: Mechanicum of Mars
Occupation: Tech-Priest

SUBJECT IDENTIFIED: Mordichotte, Galus
Affiliation: Schola Psykana
Occupation: Psyker
Rating: RESTRICTED
Sanction Code: YQC8743-CX-543.2
Addendum: ((EXPUNGED))

SUBJECT IDENTIFIED: Titus
Affiliation: Moritat, Calixis Branch
Occupation: Assassin

Records confirm above subjects affiliated with al-Subaai, Inquisitor, Ordo Xenos, Calixis Conclave. Affiliation date various.

  • Inquisitor al-Subaai gives his newest team of Acolytes a new mission, to investigate rumors of Beast House activities on the mining planet of Sophano Prime.
  • The Acolytes search the Inquisition’s archives on Scintilla for more facts about the Beast House, but come away emptyhanded after two days of investigation
  • The Acolytes decide to take a common transport to the planet, masking their arrival and foregoing help from the Imperial Battlefleet Calixis in case of trouble. Cortez disagrees with the decision, but goes along with it.

REFDATE: 165.815.M41
LOCATION: Chartist Gibson Epiphany

  • The Acolytes do further investigation of the Beast House among the travellers in the Transport vessel, and come up with two pieces of information. One piece of information describes some of the best blood sport arenas and Carnivoras on Scintilla and other major systems of Calixis, above board, almost touristy type of places and one traveller that has actually heard about the Beast House. “Yeah, I’ve heard of them. Xeno Hunters and Slavers, the lot of them. They’ve been called the Beast House as long as anyone can remember.” When asked if he’s seen them, he couldn’t say yes, only hinting that a cousin’s uncle’s friends wife or something had been to an arena of theirs.

REFDATE: 173.815.M41
LOCATION: Stokeland, Sophano Prime, Golgenna Reach Sub-Sector, Calixis Sector

  • The Acolytes arrive on Sophano Prime
  • The Acolytes decide to get two rooms in the Spaceport Hotel of Stokeland Landing, at the cost of 10 Thrones a month. The rooms are small, and there isn’t much to them, but at least you won’t have to stay out in the open.
  • They Acolytes go out for a bite to eat, and find a noodle bar in the bottom floor of the Spaceport, off the lobby. Most of the inhabitants of the city of Stokeland eat what are known as Sophano Potatos, hard lumps of nutrition that you can live on by gnawing on them all day. If you could get as much nutrition from sucking on a lump of canus excrementus, you’d rather do that. This place, however, is a step up. Serving “recently” spoiled imported “noodle” dishes with various special additions of the day.
  • The eatery is packed with large porters, dirty workers getting off shifts at the nearby Smelteries, Hotel guests and other hard, scummy inhabitants of the area surrounding the spaceport. Gallus, not used to such heavily inhabited surroundings, runs into the back of a large porter, who’s at the bar with 6 or 7 other large men wearing similar uniforms. The man’s food is spilled all over his uniform. He tries to apologize, without effect, and Titus offers to buy the man more food, but the man has none of it.

ARCHIVAL REFERENCE: Food Fight!

“It won’t happen again”, Gallus said. “You’re damn straight it won’t!” and the fight began. The heavy man took a swing at Gallus, but missed. Gallus then quickly moved away, trying to avoid a fight. Seeing Gallus in Trouble, Cortez drew his staff, prompting two of the heavy man’s friends to turn from their noodle bowls, pull out brass knuckles and head towards the fray. The first heavy, reaching Gallus but failing to grab him “C’mere, Punk!” is pushed out of the way with a shove from Titus at the doorway to the eatery. At this, two more men leave their noodles and head towards the commotion. Cortez and Gallus run from out the door into the lobby, but before Titus can follow, three of them are on him, with one managing to Wrap him up in his big arms.

The largest and heaviest of the workmen glances over at what is happening, and goes back to his food.

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173.815.M41, Sophano Prime
Arrival on Sophano Prime

Bones, Cortez, Titus, Dorn

  • Titus is getting beat by a crowd of Porters from the Spaceport having their lunch, one of them is grappling Titus
  • Bones and Dorn come around the hallway corner from their rooms in the Spaceport to see a fight happening near the crowded entryway of the Noodle Hut.
  • Cortez turns around and hurries back to aid Titus, while Bones and Dorn run toward the fracas
  • Gallus contines to run from the fight.
  • Bones, Cortez and Russ take turns beating down Porters
  • The Porter grappling Titus moves him away from the rest of the crowd, saying “I can take this guy!”, foolishly letting Titus go and giving him an opportunity that he doesn’t waste, knocking him out cold.
  • The fight is soon over with the Porters on the short end of things.
  • Bones eases the tension with the remaining Porters and the Porter Shieft Lead, who are still at the counter eating their lunch.
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173.815.M41-2, Sophano Prime, Evening
Inquiring about Bloodsports

Bones, Cortez, Titus, Dorn

  • The Acolytes rest in their rooms for a couple hours then go out in the evening to find some entertainment.
  • Bones, Titus and Dorn head out to the Stokeland Landing spaceport drinking establishments to find out where some good bloodsport action can be had.
  • While the group is out, Titus find out some information from a local bartender:
  • All the sanctioned bloodsports are in arenas built into the lower levels of the Mid-Town Habs. The action that happens in these places is exclusively human on human combat
  • If you want something exotic, you might have to get into a private show at a mansion or what not
  • Other kinds of unsanctioned combats happen in the slums like the La Montaine Escarpment
  • A guy who used to be a Porter named “Seb”, a big guy who could take on anyone around, left to fulfill his dream of being a big shot Gladiator. He disappeared off the scene after an initial sucess, then recently turned up at the W41 Hospital in the South-western portion of the Mid Town Habs. He was in pretty bad shape and might not make it, from what the bartender says.
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173.815.M41-3, Sophano Prime, Night
Visiting Seb

Bones, Cortez, Titus, Dorn

  • The Acolytes decide to head out to the W41 hospital and pay a little visit to their old buddy “Seb”.
  • After waiting quite some time, they manage to catch a subway to Mid Town, then walk a few blocks to the W41 Hospital.

*Mid Town is filled with Skyscraper Hab Stacks Ten to 15 stories tall, with commercial establishments on street level. The entire Mid Town area is surrounded by Hospital and Enforcer Stacks. Enforcer Presense in the area is very high, with a large degree of them showing either Electoral or Dukal insignias from House Gilbert.

  • Bones, Titus and Dorn enter the hospital through the front entrace. Cortez stays behind, outside.
  • Cortez looks for a service entrace to the Hospital and finds one, but is unable to get it to open for him.
  • Bones, Titus and Dorn, standing in line for reception, are behind a man who is complaining about severe headaches. The man is directed to go to the emergency entrace to an area with other patients suffering from the same symptoms.
  • When asked about the headaces by Bones, the receptionist explains that there was a severe duststorm recently, and the headaches are most likely a result of that. Nothing sure at this point, but it’s certainly nothing to worry about.
  • Bones, Titus and Dorn make their way up to the room on the 2nd floor where “Seb” is located
  • Cortez makes his way unobstructed past reception and begins looking for a data terminal.
  • “Seb” is in bad shape. He is missing his legs from the thigs down, he is missing his left arms and he has many bandages on his face and torso.
  • Bones asks a bunch of questions of Seb, resorting to inflicting pain by poking at his wounds. He reveals the following information:
  • Seb doesn’t remember anything about what happened to him after signing up with a booking agent going by the name of “Joran Doone”, who currently resides in the La Montaine Escarpment.
  • Seb injects himself with pain killers and calls for the nursing staff, swearing at the acolytes that he thinks are cops as they leave and head out to the La Montaine Escarpment. Home of the LME gang, AKA the “Love Murderin’ Enforcers”
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174.815.M41, Sophano Prime, After Midnight
Searching for Doone

Bones, Cortez, Titus, Dorn

  • The Acolytes take the subway to the station between Bridgetown and La Montaine Escarpment, arriving Just before midnight.
  • As they cross the street, it appears as if the local Enforcers are making some sort of wager while looking at them.
  • As soon as they have entered the Escarpment, they start being followed by some down and out looking types with “LME” scrawled on their bodies.
  • When confronted, the followers disperse, then quickly resume following the group again once they begin moving on.
  • Bones stops to ask somebody about Doone. After a short conversation, a fight ensues, as a bunch of the man’s neighbors and a couple ferocious dogs jump out and attack.
  • Cortez stops most of the attackers in their tracks for a few crucial moments with a loud white noise screech.
  • Titus, Bones and Dorn fight off their attackers, killing all but one.
  • Cortez fends off 4 attackers on his own, benefitting from the armor on his Torso.
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174.815.M41-2, Sophano Prime, After Midnight (Con't)
Meeting Big Boy

Bones, Cortez, Titus, Gallus

  • Poor Desperate souls pour out of their hovels and quickly strip the bodies of the dead. The dead dogs are the first things to disappear.
  • The Acoloytes continue searching for Doone, heading in a direction generally toward the middle of the Escarpment.
  • One of the survivors from the previous fight can be seen pointing out the Acolytes from a distance
  • The Acolytes find a relatively defensible set of hovels in which to make their stand
  • A large group of Dregs with a pair of Scum leading them confront the Acolytes
  • The Acolytes tell the group of LMEs that they’re looking for Joran Doone. They don’t know about him, they’re just supposed to take them to their leader.
  • The Acolytes are led to a nicer looking hovel, one that actually has a real door. A large, tough looking LME is living there. He has a decent quality rifle near him. The man introduces himself as Big Boy, the local LME boss.
  • Big Boy is convinced to go talk to Doone and see if he will see the group.
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174.815.M41-3, Sophano Prime, Before Sunrise
Tracking Big Boy

Bones, Cortez, Gallus, Titus

  • Big Boy leaves the Acolytes in his house and heads out.
  • Titus slips away and follows Big Boy. He tails him for a number of hours.
  • Titus acquires inconspicuous clothing from one of the slums residents.
  • In the mid morning Big Boy reaches a very nice looking permanent house with heavily armed guards near the center of the escarpment.
  • Titus waits for an hour while Big Boy is in the house until he sees him leave the house and head back in the direction he came from.
  • Titus continues to wait, and sees what appears to be a messenger leave the house and head in a direction different from the direction back to Big Boy’s house.
  • Titus heads back.
  • Bones spends his time gambling with LMEs.
  • Cortez spends his time fixing some of the damaged weapons of the LMEs.
  • Gallus spends his time sleeping with one eye open.
  • Big Boy arrives back at his house, with Titus arriving shortly thereafter. He informs the group that Mr. Doone will see them tomorrow around noon.
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175.815.M41, Sophano Prime, Mid Day
Meeting Mr. Doone

Bones, Cortez, Gallus, Titus

  • The Acolytes wait around near Big Boy’s house until agents of Mr. Doone’s arrive to escort them.
  • The Acolytes travel to meet Joran, the booking agent who got Seb into some kind of underground bloodsport arenas.
  • Joran asks the Acolytes why they are looking for him. Titus tells him that they want to get in to see a show, with Xenos that are worthy of them being involved in the area combat.
  • Joran tells the Acolytes that he doesn’t arrange the fights, he’s just a talent agent. All he can do is arrange for a try out, which wouldn’t happen before tomorrow.
  • As much as the Acolytes try to get more infrormation out of him, he doesn’t seem to have anything else to tell except for the location of the trial arena.
  • The Acolytes accept, and are given directions to a locaiton in the Hisswich Projects.
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176.815.M41, Sophano Prime, Morning
The Try Out

Bones, Cortez, Gallus, Titus

  • The Acolytes arrive in the Hisswick Projects at the appointment time
  • They are told to go through a pair of doors. The first one leads into what appears to be a locker room with surgical area within it. The second door leads into an arena.
  • The arena is a large square ferrocrete structure, with cage like doors on the opposite end, roughly 25 meters away, to the right and elevated from the arena floor is some one way glass.
  • A voice tells the Acolytes to prepare themselves.
  • The caged doorway opens, and two Sabre Wolves and a man with an autopistol come out of the doorway.
  • One Sabre-Wolf charges at Titus, who has taken point of the group, another one charges at Gallus and the man with the autopistol starts duelling with Bones
  • Cortez uses his feedback screech, which prevents the enemies from getting off an opening salvo of shots.
  • Gallus blinds one of the Sabre Wolves with a Psychic blast, it appears unfazed in its ability to track its prey.
  • Bones and the Handler trade brutal shots, with bones unloading his shotgun and moving to his autopistol. Bones is hit hard with multiple bullets from an auto fire blast, but is able to shrug off the stun and hit with his own blast, killing the Handler. He is lucky to escape from the fight with only a few broken ribs.
  • Cortez moves over to help Gallus with the Sabre-Wolf by him. Together they are able to take it down while suffering only minor damage.
  • After quickly getting an upper hand on the Sabre Wolf in front of him, Titus suffers some setbacks, getting knocked back on his heels as the Sabre Wolf dodges his attacks, then feints and gets in a few nips. It too, though, is eventually brought down. The fight is won.
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176.815.M41, Sophano Prime, Mid Day
It's a Trap!

Bones, Cortez, Gallus, Titus

Hisswick Projects Underground Training Facility

  • Titus finishes off a wounded Sabre Wolf
  • A Cleanup crew comes out and begins the task of removing the corpses from the Arena
  • A door opens and several carapace, autogun toting enforcer soldiers enter the arena, taking of an obvious defensive position.
  • A noble enters the arena, he is quickly identified as being from House Sophano, Count Tonias Sophano.
  • Sophano directs his personal attendant to treat the wounds of the Acolytes
  • Sophano mentions it’s lovely that the group has a Psyker, and how disappointed he is that this fact had not been mentioned to him previously.
  • Sophano invites the Acolytes to attend a Carnivora that evening as his personal guests in the V.I.P. suite. The Acolytes think to themselves that this is going too well, it must be a trap.
  • The Acolytes accept the invitation and are told they will be given quarters in which they may spend the day at at the facility.
  • After Sophano leaves, one of his troopers clutches his head, screams something about “What is that thing! It’s still alive!” Then opens up on the corpse of a dead Sabre Wolf and the two menials removing it from the Arena. They are killed, and the rest of the Squad Members immediately open up on the trooper, killing him too. They swear under their helments, “Emperor! Another freak out, that one was nasty, too!”
  • Stanton Minita, the Count’s attendant, shows the Acolytes to a break room where they may get refreshments of food and drink. The Acolytes are generally very hesitant about taking anything to eat or drink.
  • Bones is the first to brave eating and drinking the refreshments.
  • Gallus is the most paranoid of the Acolytes.
  • Titus takes a rest, and gets some shut eye.
  • Cortez … seems to have nothing interesting happen to him.
  • Gallus detects a low hum of background Psychic activity all over in the area.
  • At the planned time, the Acolytes go with Stanton Minita and Count Sophano into a sealed transport, so that they will not be able to know where the Arena they are going to is located.
  • The Acolytes are driven around, but are unable to precisely locate where the Arena they are going to is located based on their sense of the motions of the vehicle.
  • The Acolytes are escorted into the V.I.P. suite, and are offered all the free Amasec and puffed grain they desire, but all refuse to partake of anything.
  • The V.I.P. Suite is filled with many well to do types, numbering about two dozen total. The matches begin, starting with criminals and other poor beggars fighting against one another for survival. After the initial rounds it graduates into more exciting, obviously professional gladiators, then even mixing in some creates such as Sabre Wolves and other mostly standard fare.
  • Count Sophano gets an urgent call and needs to leave the V.I.P. suite with Stanton.
  • The main match is obviously about to begin, and the lights and music start thumping in a large buildup. Everyone is rushing back to their seats. A few minutes of this pass, an obvious waiting period allowing those to wish to get back to their seats from whatever else it is they were doing.
  • In the platform in the middle of the arena, a new figure appears, a man in a Lion mask. He starts exciting the crowd even more.
  • A steel door closes in the back of the V.I.P. section.
  • Lion Mask: “Waht is better than the blood of peasants?? The blood of nobles!”
  • Everyone from the V.I.P. section, Acolytes included, is dumped into the arena.
  • The crowd responds to Lion Masks’s question, what should they face with chants of “Beasts! Beasts! Beasts! Beasts!”
  • An unnerving Howl erupts from the gateways at the far end of the arena. Two Hulking obviously Augmented creatures come charging out towards the Acolytes.
  • Titus and Cortez are shaken up, while Bones is terrified of the creatures.
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