Gallia, a void born assassin and Ishmael, an Arbitrator from an Iocanthos are provided passage to Port Gavinus, a popular commercial space station in the in the Golgenna Reach where they are bound to join the Inquisition.
After waiting a week or two they are summoned to a room where they meet each other for the first time. Shortly Scholar Caliban Thorne arrives. Scholar Thorne is a man of slight frame with a bald head showing only a tattoo of a spider on it. He wears glasses that are square on one frame and round on the other. The lenses are colored red and green. He wears a chain coat with a stub automatic visible on the belt and he reeks of lho-stick.
Thorne informs them that they've been recruited as part of a new cadre serving under Inquisitor Gallus Tybalt. The Inquisitor is commonly referred to as Tybalt The Revelator, but seldom to his face. Thorne explains that this cell of acolytes will be serving under him. "Likely as punishment from the Inquisitor or perhaps to test my faith to the Golden Throne."
Thorne is accompanied by two floating skull servitors. One is a scribe servitor which is apparently writing every word spoken in the Interrogator's presence. It's whirring and scribbling is a constant as they talk. The other servitor performs vox and vid capture. Thorne apparently records everything that happens. He is also accompanied by two men who have the appearance of soldiers or bodyguards. Over time you will find they are named Krell & Tauron.
Note:Thorne's penchant for lho sticks and recaf later becomes apparent to the group who seldom see him without either.
While discussing how they will be serving the Inquisition, the group is interrupted by someone from the station commander's office. An inbound Rogue Trader has had the onboard astropath send a warning about a possible warp breach. The ship, Pride of Josian has left the warp and is inbound, but no vox castings from it indicate a problem.The station commander knowing that part of an Inquisitor's cadre is on the station has asked them to investigate.
The group takes an aquila lander to the ship and lands in their docking bay. They are accompanied by a four man squad of station guards to assist.
On the bridge they meet Ship Master Pontius Havelock and his first officer, Octavia Khan. The Captain is confused why the Inquisition is there, but is very accommodating. The first officer on the other hand is quite openly hostile to the group and demands to know what right they have to hold them up.
Interrogator Thorne replies by shooting out her kneecap. He explains that the first officer apparently has something to hide and he will be doing some questioning. He sends the Gallia and Ishmael to talk to the Astropath while he's conducting his interrogation. He sends his VoxVid Servitor with them to record events and later evaluate them.
The two acolytes speak to the astropath and discover that he detected a breach in the warp that "tasted" of chaos while they were still enroute. The astropath explains that it reported the breach to the first officer, but was not requested to send notice to the station. The astropath sent notice himself rather than shirk his duty to the Emperor.
Niko, the crewman who has been escorting the cadre on hearing that the first officer was aware of the breach decides open up. He is obviously frightened by dealing with the Inquisition, but is also very loyal to the Shipmaster. He explains that Octavia Khan closed off Hold 4 and sent two security teams to investigate what the astropath had reported. Niko is sure that the Captain is unaware of any of that.
The cadre goes to the hold with the four station guards and quickly finds dead security personnel. Some of them are in a very advanced state of decomposition with piles of writhing maggots, rotting flesh and exposed bone. None of that makes sense as they should only have been dead for hours at the most.
Two crazed security personnel attack the group. One is killed by a headshot from one of the cadre's station guards. The other is hit in the leg, falls and drops his weapon. Attempts to question him are fruitless as the man is stark raving mad. Gallia ends his torment with a single shot thru the head.
The group soon finds a cargo cage is burst open from the inside. On investigating, Gallia and Ishmael find a box that is also apparently burst open from the inside. Two broken vials are in it and two still intact with a strange moving fluid inside.
While looking at this the station guards open fire and start screaming. One is flung back dead and another runs past screaming. One exiting the cargo cage, they find two grotesque daemon looking creatures approaching.
They have a single horn on their forehead and a single large, milky eye beneath it. The sight of the creatures sends Gallia fleeing for a moment and even causes Ishmael to take a few steps back. The battle is short but brutal. Two of the station guards are quickly vanquished and the last remaining in the fight lays into the creatures with his las carbine. Gallia returns to the fight and joins Ishmael in unloading shotguns at the strange creatures. The shotguns make short work of them.
The one station guard was only wounded instead of killed outright, but his wounds are already severely infected before they can even be treated. He dies shortly after.
The Interrogator later explains that the creatures were Plague Bearers of Nurgle. The vials were what they were summoned into and perhaps the poor warp shielding in the hold decks allowed the vials to break. It was only through the Emperor's Blessing that two remained contained.
The questioning of Octavia Khan has been fruitful. She was to deliver the vials and other profane materials (also in that cargo cage) to a contact on the space station. The Interrogator has asked Gallia to pose as Octavia to continue the investigation. Ishmael will accompany her as ship's security. The contact on the station is not anyone she knows, so the ruse should work.
That is where we left off – more with the next session.