Arriving in Q’Sal on the Yasha’s Folly, the Doomheralds set out to find a shipwright on the nearest shipyard. After a bit of haggling, and despite offering to destroy the competing cities to get everything they wanted, they eventually settled on the torpedo bays and the luxury passenger quarters being fixed first, figuring they wouldn’t need the brig/pitfighting arena, and agreed to give up their 100,000 slaves in payment. Then Hilaria Coita set about finding out about The Torestus and the language it was written in, while Galba Otho looked into finding a way to make his own legion of space marines.
After their first day, the space marine had found out that the neighboring Ghibelline System housed the ruins of a civilization which had tried to create their own superior beings, while Hilaria found nothing. On the second day they were approached by a servant of a merchant who said they “had something they wanted, and something they needed”.
Intrigued, the Doomheralds heads to a local pleasure den, where they meet Palmere Grath, a master of a merchant fleet. He greets them and offers them the location of the Tyrant’s Cord and where to find the aliens who can translate the Torestus, but demands either 100 souls, a favor, or a item of significant power. Hearing this, Arnorius Embrent asks for the Essence Drinker, which he then gives to his servitor Brother Dantius, and then tells it to stab a nearby slave girl, which it does and Grath sees the blade suck up her essence and blood. He says that will do and then tells them that his men crashed on Ghibelline Primus and they should have a transponder to follow. The Doomheralds go back to their ship and waits for repairs.
Hilaria Coita opens the Tesseract Box and binds the Cackling Abomination inside to his service. She has the daemon follow her from here on. After fourteen days the repairs are finished and the ship takes off for a warp jump to the Ghibelline System. They arrive in 5 days with little trouble, and find most of the void traffic is over the moon of the gas giant Ghibelline, so they head there and pick up the Rescue Transponder of the mercenaries. They find that it is nearest to the town of Weeping Halls, and land there, the passengers on their shuttle are:
Cackling Abomination (Pika’Chuu in another form)
and 14 Armsmen from their ship
5 armsmen are left to defend the shuttle while the other 9 follow them as guards. They pass several groups of guards, who let them pass without a word. As they enter the Weeping Halls, they find themselves bombarded by the sound of people trying to sell them maps and ‘gifts of the gods’. The first gives them his map after being scared by the Doomheralds, the second flees with her ‘gift’, and the third is gunned down as he tries to flee with his map. Several Ogryn approach them and ask them to see [[:Shadow Liege Vycraft | Shadow Liege Vycraft]], they enter his ‘fortress’ which inside seems like luxury accommodations from a voidship.
He is sitting on a throne eating, and waves them to stay where they are. 4 Ogryn take up position off to the sides between the group and the Shadow Liege. He asks why they’re here and when he finds out they are looking out for a recently crashed ship, tries to use his knowledge of it to bargain for them to fix a problem of his. He mentions Scabscale Abomination infestations, but the group only feigns interest and asks for a day to consider it. He agrees, and they leave while he sends some mercenaries, the Levincenders, to follow them.
When the Doomheralds finds these mercenaries following them, they open fire and attack, taking down several of them before the mercs get off several lightning blasts with the coils of wires wrapped around them. While the Doomheralds finish off 6 of them, their armsmen hide in fear. The last two mercs are stunned by psyker screams from Hilaria Coita, and taken captive. Unfortunately, a stray bolter round from Galba Otho sent the Cackling Abomination back to the warp. The Doomheralds return to the shuttle and returns to the Yasha’s Folly.
The leader of the armsmen who were with the Doomheralds are told he is given the title of ‘Master of Ship Integrity’, then shown to an airlock and out of the ship…without a voidsuit. The other seven are given to Hilaria, who uses them in a ritual to recall Pika’Chuu, now in her normal form as a Daemonette. Arnorius Embrent tortures one of the mercs to death, and turns the other into a servitor that serves drinks. The Doomheralds decide to confront Shadow Liege Vycraft, and heads down with new armsman, this time only 12 in number. 5 are left with the ship again, and the other 7 come with them.
They arrive in the Weeping Halls, and find the place deserted. The only people they see are a group of Dark Eldar who cross in front of them, and the Eldar leader sneers at them as they pass. As the Doomheralds approach the fortress, 20 armed men working for the Shadow Liege point weapons at them, but Arnorius calms them down and talks them into taking them to the Shadow Liege, who is furious to see the Doomheralds alive. He agrees to allow the group entry into the catacombs, so long as they leave the Weeping Halls for good. The group agrees, and leaves for the catacombs.
Down there are a winding mass of tunnels, but with the transponder from the Deluge they are able to keep on course. The first eventful thing to happen is them finding a room of decrepit and destroyed weapons, and in the center a Chaos Juggernaut. The sergeant of the armsmen approaches it, and then it awakens, but after a flurry of attacks it is weakened, and the sergeant kills it with a plasma blast to the head. The next event to befall them is finding their way blocked by a sqaud of Dark Eldar. Galba Otho Unleashes a hail of bolter fire on them, and the Doomheralds move in to destroy this Dark Eldar den. They kill every Eldar in sight, and then move to free the prisoners, who seem to be of the crew of the Deluge.
This crew tells them that the Deluge arrived over the planet a few weeks ago, and their captain got a message which told him to wait over the world. Then 4 people appeared: 2 space marines a heretek and a human male. They slaughtered most of the crew and took the Tyrant’s Cord. They are further down the tunnels. The Doomheralds tell them to keep up if they wish to live and moves on. Galba notices an alien rune on a passageway along the tunnels, and they take the fork towards it. It takes them to a room with one stone column in the center, which the Doomheralds notice has arcane runes along it. Hilaria Coita realizes its a ritual, and quickly performs it, and the column opens to reveal an Eldar chalice and two long-bladed flensing blades in a wooden case.
Arnorius Embrent takes the chalice, notices the ashes in it and calls Brother Dantius over. He uses his own knife to cut his brother’s arm, and lets the blood drip into the cup. Once there is enough blood, he swirls it until all the ashes are absorbed, and then drinks it down, relishing in it. The sergeant of the armsmen takes the flensing blades, and when Arnorius asks for one, he says that the blades “want to stay together”. Arnorius understands, and lets him keep it, but in deference to his lords, he offers Galba Otho his plasma gun.
With all that settled, they backtrack to the fork and head in the other direction. They eventually pass into an opening and find themselves in a room large enough for titans! They notice that the whole place is covered in piles of dust at least knee high. They also see that there is a path through the place which many people have traveled multiple times, which leads to a door at the end. Not wanting to be ambushed, they search the room and find only 2 doors in the room.
They go left first, and find a Genetis Lab, where the aliens worked at creating their own superior beings. Arnorius says ’We’ll come back for this when we have time’ and they head to the other door. inside they find a strange repository of items such as bones, hair and tears. When touched by Hilaria Coita, the first item brings her knowledge of administration, and a strange urge to keep it near her. She says its a psyker repository of knowledge, and they leave for the final doorway.
Through it they find the 4 who assaulted the Deluge, and they start attacking the Doomheralds immediately.
TO BE CONTINUED