IN THE WARP
On the way to Arbuthnot, the group is introduced to Arnorius Embrent, a former follower of the Administratum who was chased out of Imperial space due to turning too many people into Servitors, including his brother, Brother Dantius. The Prophets of the Blighted Path say that he came to the Screaming Vortex through Arbuthnot, and as such can be a guide to them. He gives them a quick rundown of what is going on at that system.
A world split by 4 clans, 1 per Chaos god. Chaos followers who ask for favors from the Gods and found wanting are teleported here. Overhead is the Ravagers of Hope, a pirate band in command of the system. They are led by The Undoubtable One, who takes slaves and minerals from the world and trades them for goods raided and traded for in other systems. He builds up a lucrative amount while sacrificing to the Gods when necessary.
EXIT TO SHUTTLE TO LAMENT OF HOPE
The Prophets of the Blighted Path send the group and their guide to the Lament of Hope, the Cruiser belonging to the Undoubtable One. As they arrive with several other free people and several hundred slaves, they are accosted by the Master of Arms of the ship, Blarian Mordechai. He says the Undoubtable One wishes to see them. The group follows him through the bowells and to the highest reaches of the ship, until they reach a room with only 2 circles of light on the floor, one for the Undoubtable One, and one for them.
He tells them that he is the undisputed ruler of this system, but those on the planet below wish to change that. The heads of each Chaos clan on the planet Arbuthnot wish to see themselves rulers of the whole system, and he will stop them. He gives them a mission with 4 goals:
- Make the ruler of the Slaaneshi clan know fear
- Destroy the Nurglite clan’s newest bioweapon, using the antidotes he will give them
- Stop the Khornite clan’s attack on the Tzeentchi clan, without having the two fight each other
- Stop the Tzeentchi clan’s attack on the Khornite caln, without having the two fight each other
The Undoubtable One gives them a shuttle and tells them the plans are up to them, but if they succeed he will show them favor. The group leaves wondering what they will do. Along the way, they test the daemon blade they picked up. Arnorius Embrent says he can figure out what it does, and when given it, hands it to Brother Dantius and tells him to stab a rating on the ship who is talking to his fellow crewmate. The blade goes through the rating and sucks up his blood on the way out. They return the blade to Hilaria Coita and head to the shuttle.
As they arrive on the shuttle and are discussing things to do, the second of the Ravagers of Hope, Cali Dalno, contacts them to find out what her leader is doing. She tells them that she wants to expand their operations, but the Undoubtable One seems to be complacent. She trades them information on the planet for assurances they will keep her abreast of anything that goes on.
The two things she gives them that they latch onto is the fact that there are 500 Dark Consuls, not the 100 the Undoubtable One thinks there are, and that there may just be a 5th, unaligned force in a small forest in the center of all the warring. The group decides that the first act will be to find this fifth group of chaos, and see if they can aid them in their works.
LANDING IN THE FOREST OF MALICE
When they land, the group searches the area and finds several traps. Arnorius sends his brother to set off the traps, which surprisingly don’t have any harmful effects. Suddenly they are surrounded by 5 Chaos Marines whose colors are half black and half white. They take the group into their base, where the group tells their champion that they are here to disrupt the leadership of all the other warbands on the planet, and asks for their help. These Chaos Marines agree, and introduce themselves as the Sons of Malice.
The group then hatches a plan:
Step One: Giving every group but Nurgle’s the plague that the Nurglites were creating, then giving the Tzeentchi clan the cure. All groups will converge on Nurgle’s city to defeat them before they make a more virulent strain. Then Step Two.
Operations for Step One go perfect, and all are sending forces towards the Nurglite city to crush them and their disease. Step Two is to split the forces of the Undoubtable One into 3: Him and His Cruiser, His second and her pirates, and finally the Dark Consuls and their ships. They send a message to Cali Dalno saying that their mission was a success and the Undoubtable One is ready to do some raiding for once, and that she should get her ships ready for that. At this point she takes it to mean that she should move towards the outer system.
The group then contacts the leader of the Dark Consuls and tells him that they need assistance with the Undoubtable One’s scheme, and that the forces on the planet are working together with Cali Dalno to assault his allies. The Dark Consuls move their ships into near orbit to bombard the planet. Their final contact is to the Undoubtable One, whom they fool into believing that his second is about to attack him, by faking a scene where the Dark Consuls attack the group before cutting out the vox.
TO THE LAMENT OF HOPE
The group and all the Sons of Malice load into the Sons of Malice’s cargo ship, and launch with it towards the Lament of Hope. As they enter the void, their holo-desk shows them the 3 groups in space have started to fire on each other, while on the ground a massive 4-way battle has erupted. They are able to arrive in the landing bay of the Lament of Hope without trouble, and the first wave of Sons of Malice converge upon the transports along the ship. When they get to the elevator leading to the The Undoubtable One’s throne room, the group, the Sons of Malice champion, and a squad of the Sons head into the elevator and up to the front of the throne room.
They slaughter the first guards they see and then the doors to the throne room burst open and the master at arms of the ship opens fire on them with a heavy stubber. He only hits Galba Otho and doesn’t even pierce his armor before being blown away by Otho. With that they enter the throne room. As soon as they enter, the Sons of Malice champion and Undoubtable One enter combat, the former with a great powersword, the later with lightning claws. The rest of the Sons of Malice and the group open fire as they are fired upon by the Undoubtable One’s guards. Arnorius Embrent inspires the Sons of Malice and the group, and Hilaria Coita does damage with her psyker powers. Meanwhile, Galba Otho shoots several guard marines with his bolter.
It seems the Chaos Gods were watching the battle, and wanted it to be more interesting, as most of the bolters jammed throughout the combat. As soon as the guards were down, everyone who could entered melee combat with the Undoubtable One. As he was getting weaker, Hilaria Coita let loose a Soul-Killer blast, and made the Undoubtable One’s head explode in a shower of gore. The last guard made a run for behind the throne, at which point he was brought down by bolter fire from the Sons of Malice.
With the bridge secured, Arnorius Embrent took up the personal vox of the Undoubtable One, and commanded the fleet and the ship to stand down, and all Masters of the ship to report to the bridge. Ortho and the psyker searched the Librarium for information on the Torestus, and, having found a book with similar writings, they took it and headed to the bridge. Here the group and the Sons of Malice met with the masters of the ship, the Chief Confessor having been dragged into the bridge after trying to procure a melta bomb from the ship’s Munitorium. After a stirring speech, Arnorius shot the confessor in the eye.
He asked what the Sons of Malice wanted done with the ship, to which they replied they would allow the group to keep it, so long as they got one last use out of the Teleportarium. With agreements from the group, they left the ship in the group’s hands and left through the Teleportarium. Arnorius then asked what kind of title a leader of the ship would have to the assembled Ship Masters. They threw out ‘commander’ and ‘commodore’, but he said ‘No’ to both. Then the Chief Chiurgeon, Nadeyse Sola, said ‘Lord’ to which he said ‘Yes’, and she stuttered ‘Lord Master?’ at which point he smiled and said ‘Yes, I am now Lord Master of this ship. What is its name?’ They replied with the Lament of Hope, to which he asked, ‘What was the Confessor’s name?‘. They told him it was Zeil Yasha, to which he replied ’This will now be known as "Yasha’s Folly":https://ambitions-of-chaos.obsidianportal.com/items/yasha-s-folly .
With that they sent the Ship Masters to their stations, and commanded them to take position over the planet. They checked local void space to find 4 pirate ships and 3 ships of the Dark Consuls fleeing the area in opposite directions. ‘Lord Master’ Arnorius Embrent contacted the Slaaneshi Chaos Lord ‘Terror Drinker’ and offered him safety from the disease of Nurgle and aid in combat over the others in exchange for fealty to the group. ‘Terror Drinker’ agreed and pulled back his troops. At this point the ship fired its macrocannons down at the Nurglite city, destroying it, the land around it, and the Tzeentchi and Khornite forces assaulting it. The Khorne Daemon Prince Excrtiatus died in the attack, and the entire Nurglite forces were destroyed.
With that the group gained their first planet, and set off to the nearest shipyard, the ones over Q’Sal, for repairs….