Rogue Trader : The Barbannos Dynasty

The Rajiirian Cluster: 1st Session
A new Endeavor for the Dynasty

Rendezvous at Footfall

Returning from their mission to Lucien’s Breath, the Explorers were to Rendezvous with their newly acquired second starship, the Crimson Sabre, at Footfall. Upon arrival they were greeted with two unexpected bits of news. The first was that the Dynasty’s Warrant of Trade had a new owner, and thus a new Rogue Trader. The second, and more grave bit of news, was that there was an Inquisitor waiting to speak with them.

The new Rogue Trader was Sebastian Brax, who had won the Warrant through some high-stakes gambling. He was eager to lead the Dynasty, with fortune as his primary objective.

The Inquisitor was Staven Arcturos, of the Ordo Xenos, and with him were a few of his acolytes. He inquired as to what transpired on the planet Kothos, where the Explorers had been just before the mission to Lucien’s Breath. Alt, did most of the speaking, giving the cover story that the Eldar had foiled their efforts to establish Imperial rule over Kothos. He omitted all of the details of the Explorers’s treasonous acts.

Despite Alt’s omission of those details, Inquisitor Arcturos seemed to have some clue of what had really gone on, as he commented that those things which are best for the Imperium may not at first appear to be so. He then handed the team a map of a cluster of stars, far out in the Accursed Demense.

The map was of the Rajiirian Cluster, first charted by the Rogue Trader “One-Eyed” Marcus Graham. None of the Explorers had heard of the Rajiirian Cluster, and little was known of Markus Graham, aside from the following information:

-The Graham Dynasty was relatively prominent in the Koronus Expanse until about a century ago.

-Markus Graham was very into the Cold Trade of Xenos Beasts.

-Graham was murdered by a crime baron about a century ago. He had just returned from a years long voyage into the Expanse, from which he returned with great wealth.

Inquisitor Arcturos suggested that the Explorers follow the chart to the Rajiirian Cluster, and look further into what was there. Knowing that Graham supposedly found a fortune there, everyone was more than happy to go on the Endeavor.

The Inquisitor left two of his Acolytes – the Psyker Verena Nihlus, and the Arbitrator Tristan Lode – on board the ship, to represent his personal interests in the Cluster.

And with that, they were off.

Journey through the Void

During the long voyage through the Void, some of the Explorers got to know the two Acolytes a little bit better.

Verena spent most of her time on the observation decks, gazing into the stars, when they weren’t in the warp. She was very cryptic and strange, as most Psykers tend to be. She spoke admirably of Inquisitor Arcturos, clearly respecting the man and what she referred to as his “foresight”.

Tristan was more friendly, and did more investigation into the way things were run on the ship. He spoke of Inquisitor Arcturos with respect, also referring to his “foresight”. Some further investigation was done concerning Inquisitor Arcturos, and it was discovered that rumors told that he had at one time had a run-in with Ulthyr Ellarion, the notorious Eldar outcast whom the Explorers had dealt with on Kothos.

Upon reaching the Cluster, there were three warp passages that could be taken into the Cluster (it was surrounded by violent warp storms). The Explorers began by taking the Passage of Daemons, through which they were berated by the anguished howls and maniacal laughter of daemons of the warp. Many members of the crew suffered from bouts of insanity while making the voyage, but the Litanies sung by Novia had a calming effect on them. Both the ship’s Astropath and Verena noticed an almost imperceptible flicker in the ships Gellar Fields, during which it was likely that a daemon had slipped on board.

Halfway through the Passage of Daemons, the ships slipped through a small passage that led to the Treacherous Strait, as no one wanted to stay in the presence of such maddening screams. the Psykers on board experienced a moment of discomfort as everyone around them suddenly appeared to be an Untouchable. This oddity passed, though, as the ship entered the dangerous warp shoals of the Treacherous Strait. Expert piloting on behalf of Jericus Raam brought the ship safely through, however.

An Encounter in the Open Void

In the calm, open void following the passage into the Cluster, the Explorers encountered a ragtag caravan of Stryxis. The ugly and greedy xenos wanted to trade with the Explorers, and so they did. Through good bartering, including an audio recording of Novia’s singing, the Explorers got away with a few odds and ends, as well as a nice Fractal Blade and some decent armor. While on board the filthy Stryxis ships, however, the Astropath noticed another human on board, who tried to slip away unnoticed. After catching the man, and probing his mind with psychic powers, they learned that the man was from a human colony on a planet in the system. The man knew nothing of the Imperium, but did know that the leaders of his government did not like visitors.

The Vegora System

The first system visited by the Explorers was home to an asteroid belt that appeared to be a ship graveyard. When the orders were given to avoid it, Jericus piloted right towards it, overcome by some daemonic entity. The order was then given to hunt down the Daemon that had snuck aboard while passing into the Cluster. Bolstered by a psychically transmitted prayer from the Astropath, Jericus was able to snap out of it, and get the ship away from the asteroid belt. Meanwhile, Novia and Alt hunted down the Daemon. Novia caught it off guard, and let loose the cleansing fires of the God-Emperor on the foul entity of the Warp, banishing it.

Turning away from the Vegora System, the Explorers headed to the next closest system, the Hamesh system.

The Hamesh System

Upon arriving at the Hamesh system and doing initial scans, the Explorers decided to first check out the planet Morachiel, which housed a civilization of some sort. Before they could get there, they were attacked by some fierce space worm, a Hungerer, which did some damage to the Kroot Barracks before it was pulverized by macro-cannons. With the Hungerer out of the way, the Explorers made their way to explore Morachiel. . .

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The Rajiirian Cluster: 2nd Session
The Explorers meddle in politics

The Planet Morachiel

The Explorers, before sending shuttles down to Morachiel, decided to send a few of them via the Teleportarium. Alt and Novia were teleported into one of the larger cities. Upon exiting the alleyway they had arrived in, they found themselves in a large plaza full of civilians. All of them seemed to be talking excitedly or debating. Around a large fountain, there were several platforms set up with debates taking place atop them. The language was similar to High Gothic, and Novia was able to get the drift of it, although Alt struggled. They split up, Novia looking for government buildings, while Alt looked to see where the shadier sort of business went down.

Alt was able to notice – likely due to is own martial nature – that many of the supposed citizens moved with the grace of someone who was well trained and very capable in combat. In a bar, he wasn’t able to find much information, but when he asked about the shadier type of business, the people would respond by asking for his “Sign” and his “Oath”. He wasn’t able to provide a good answer, but he figured out that the Signs were tattoos on the wrist, which seemed to associate them with some faction or another. In the end, he hid a micro bead at the bar to pick up any recording, then headed back to the pickup location.

Meanwhile, Novia found her way to the State Building, and learned that they were currently in Gahuurd, capitol of the nation of Micharaad. When asked for identification, she claimed that she was from one of the other nations of the planet. However, this got a negative response from the people, so she admitted that she was from the Void. This resulted in disbelieving laughter from the people. She promised to bring proof, and was on her way.

The Grand Entrance

After hearing their reports, Sebastian decided to take some of the teeth of the Hungerer to the capitols of the four major nations, as proof of their deeds. Sebastian and the rest of the Explorers all took a shuttle down to Micharaad, while other diplomats went elsewhere. Magnus Walterford Cain was the diplomat sent to the nation of Rach Mahenna.

Having seen the shuttle approaching from the skies, the leader of Micharaad was already there waiting for the Explorers. After introducing themselves, they were warmly welcomed, and were informed that there would be a Grand Symposium held in their honor. The location for this was to be the Great Palace of Nations.

A Visitor in the Night

Those of the Explorers who were spending the night in the Great Palace of Nations came to an unusual awakening in the night. Finding themselves, still in bed, surrounded by churning blue mists. Before each of them stood a mysterious figure, clad in dark robes. The figure said to them:

“Be not afraid, for I am a friend. You are great and mighty people, and as such, there are matters that should interest you, which surpass the understanding of the people of this world. The Old Father will see you now.”

Following those words, the dark figure waved an arm and they all blacked out. They awake to find themselves in a dark chamber, lit by only a few dimly glowing lights. There they are greeted by some strange old man on a sort of throne. This man doesn’t introduce himself, other than explaining that he is very old, old enough to remember a day when the might of humankind filled the whole galaxy. While not answering much about his identity or where they are, he gives a few warnings to the Explorers. He warns them not to go to the planet Rachamel, as there are things there best left untouched. He also warns them not to kill the rest of the Hungerers, as they play a vital role in keeping the people of Morachiel from leaving the planet. His last warning is to not let others know about the people there on that world. He specifically warns them against letting a group known as the Sojourners find their way to Morachiel. His final words are these:

“Beware the powers that watch, here! Beware the powers that rest here! Beware, beware! These stars are home to something ancient, something powerful, something terrible! Be not lured in by the promises of might! Oblivion awaits those who are! Now, begone! Depart from this world!”

With that, everyone blacks out, and awakes to find themselves back in their beds on the morning of the Grand Symposium.

Investigating the Natives

Whilst most of the Explorers were busy having strange visitations in the night, Alt had been up trying to figure out what was really going on here. Imitating one of the tattoos he had seen on someone’s wrist, he showed it to a bartender, explaining that he was from the Sneaking Serpent (one of the faction he had heard mentioned earlier). The Bartender acknowledged this by asking what his orders were. Alt pointed out some random fellow in the bar, to which the bartender was mildly surprised and a bit saddened.

Alt went over to talk to the man, making up some story about how there was some package he needed to pick up in an alleyway. The man was confused, but went along with it. Alt arranged for an actual package to be there, and then tailed the man on his way. However, the man seemed to find out, so while Alt was hiding at the pickup location to see what happened, three assassins tried to sneak up on him. However, these assassins had never encountered an Inferno Pistol before, and were easily scared off. Two were incinerated and one got away.

Alt caught up with him, however, and was able to find out a bit of what was going on here. Apparently, the nations of Morachiel, while relatively free of open warfare, were in the midst of a sort of cold war. Each nation was training as many assassins as they could, ensuring that they had more than their enemies. The result was about a third of the population being a trained assassin. Alt also found out who he was working for. He found that man, and found out who he was working for. Long story short, he went on a wild goose chase up some complex chain of command until he found himself going after a man who seemed to be second in command to the entire nation. Of course, this man was at the Grand Symposium that day, so he had to wait it out.

The Grand Symposium

Despite the old man’s warnings, the Explorers decided to stick around for the Grand Symposium. Throughout the course of the Symposium, three of the four nations of Morachiel (the fourth, Rach Mahenna, had refused to attend) tried to impress the Explorers with all sorts of arts and sciences, as well as a really big parade with really fancy fireworks. It was clear that each nation was seeking the approval of the Explorers, basically wanting them to say which nation was best. Later, each nation showed off their philosophizing skills, during which Magnus decided to join in. He did quite well.

In the end, the Sebastian declared that he would take the leaders of all three of the nations up to the Crimson Hammer, as a special privilege. Once they were up there, the leaders were left in a room while the Explorers discussed what they should do. They concluded that they should get as much as they can out of the people of Morachiel while they were here, and then take off.

When they went to make their demands to the leaders, they found two of them murdered and the other missing. However, the other one was quick to reveal himself and explain to them that they could do what they wanted with Morachiel, so long as they left the system as soon as possible. It became clear that this man was aligned with the old man they had met with in the night. The Explorers agreed, however, and opted to take a bunch of stuff and get out.

Among many things, they acquired for themselves one hundred children, who were to be trained as fiercely loyal assassins. They took a few already-grown assassins, as well as a nice air-filtration system that vastly improved the quality of the air on the Crimson Hammer.

With that, they left, heading in the direction of the system marked as Graham’s Prize.

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