The battle over the void space of Damaris raged endlessly, with the Hos Dynasty and the In Purgatio Lumen drawn in one region of defense, the In Obscurum Veritas was left to defend a region of space all on its own. The noble Explorator Artifex Felicis confronted this duty stalwartly and dutifully by heroically ordering his servitorized crew to handle all of the details and leave him alone in the Laboratorium. With Yu’Vath, Dark Eldar, Orkish technologies as well as even a few smatterings of non-heretekal Imperial technology lying around he had more than enough to occupy his attention. However today he was frantically tidying away the worst of his heresy as following the Orkish invasion he was expecting a visit from Magos Hadron Shard of Damaris, where he hoped to further persuade the Magos that he was well-versed in Shard’s mysterious research and was capable of providing valuable insight.
The long-range, highly calibrated weapons of the Veritas handily saw off its portion of the invasion, and on the next day Magos Shard along with an honour guard of Skitarii and a handful of Servitors arrived on board the Veritas, along with exotic Archeotech weapons and mysterious devices sealed inside of carefully warded crates. Escorting the Magos to the heart of the Veritas, Felicis continued to toady his way into Shard’s acceptance, resulting in the Magos happily accepting the “young Explorator” as his protegé. Sadly Felicis failed to get any further information on Shard’s actual research, so he was somewhat concerned when Shard produced a Mechandrite with a paralytic agent to sedate the Explorator during the neural implantation surgery. Failing in his attempts to stall, and praying fervently that there was no ill-intent intended, he submitted to the Magos’ request and swiftly lost all feeling and consciousness.
Felicis regained consciousness with the Magos standing next to him, asking how the Explorator was feeling. Sensing immediately something was wrong, looking “down” caused Felicis to realise that he was now in the body of one of the Security servitors of his Cruiser, and that his previous body was lying still on the operating table. Roaring as to how this couldn’t be possible, Felicis bodily seized the Magos and demanded to be put back in his “original” body. With the Magos in blissful joy over his accomplishment he failed to notice the danger posed by the Servitor, but eventually agreed to remove Felicis from the Servitor. Releasing the Magos, Felicis awaited the extraction process, which came in the form of the Skitarii levelling their Archeotech weapons at him and stripping the organic components from his Servitor body. With the unending pain from his death echoing in his mind, he awoke from the operating table in his “own” body, with Shard mentioning he would return the next day once Felicis had adjusted to his new neural implant.
Meanwhile, Navigator Maturinus had returned to the Lumen for contemplation of the holy relic of Saint Drusus while the remainder of the Inner Council ventured to explore the crippled Ork Cruiser from their previous void battle. After debriefing the Crusaders and the Pathfinders from their excursions damaging the Ork forces on the surface of Damaris, he realised that a large amount of their morale problems centred around Captain Hos’s insistence that all Hos Dynasty personnel wear daringly short shorts or miniskirts. Seeing their complaints, the Navigator set out to confront all requisition and procurement officers on board, and leveraged the full weight of the Navis Nobilite to insist that his personnel be given the option of pants on their mission to end senseless objectifying by senior personnel. Also for armour purposes. Although he intended to make this an option, the force of his personality along with his boosetd status from the acquisition of the sacred relic resulted in the crwe believing pants were now necessary, and they were sent into frantic activity to acquire new clothing that matched the mandatory dress-code.
In the midst of this fashion revolution, the Navigator was surprised to receive a message from Explorator Felicis, asking the Navigator to escort the Relic to his Cruiser for examination. Although the Navigator was unaware of the reason for this sudden invitation – or Felics’s growing realisation that his descent into Tek-Heresy sometimes had negative consequences. Maturinus brought the sacred stasis casket to the Veritas, arriving shortly before the arrival of Magos Shard for the second round of his research. Successfully convincing the Magos that their research would be better spent contemplating the Archeotech casket rather than whatever strange device he had brought, the pair set off to his Laboratorium.
Though Magos Shard was highly critical and dismissive of Navigator Maturinus’s presence, Explorator Felicis was unwilling to be alone and insisted on the Navigator remaining. This would prove prudent when the casket was opened, and a bizarre blue light appeaerd to wash over the ship. The Magos and many of his Skitarii froze, Navigator Maturinus passed out and Explorator Felicis suffered a splitting migraine. Tending to Maturinus, the Navigator was thankfully only briefly stunned and the pair turned to get Magos Shard to close the casket, only to have the Magos lunge at them in a blood-crazed fury.
As his Skitarii turned on each other, the Magos activated an integrated power fist to attempt to destroy both the Navigator and Explorator. Heavily protected by sacred technology, the two explorers struggled to overcome his defenses – an effort made more difficult when his servitors joined in the fight, and the crazed Skitarii overcame their still-loyal counterparts. Maturinus turned the baleful power of his warp eye on the Skitarii, disintegrating them while Felicis managed to put down the Magos with a pair of well-placed plasma shots.
Staggering, the Magos appeared to come to his senses, but it was for naught as Felicis intoned that he had been found unworthy in the eyes of the Omnissiah, and executed him with a close range shot. Maturinus remained convinced that the hand of Saint Drusus had awakened the sin living inside of the Magos, leading to his just execution. He finally looked inside the casket, and beheld the preserved left hand of a human he instinctively knew was that of the sacred saint. Getting Felicis to reseal the casket, he departed back to the Lumen, where he planned to spread the word that even from beyond the grave, the Saint would smite heretics.
Felicis was now left with a lab full of bodies, and potential execution if word got out. Before he could deal with any of this though, he wanted the neural implant put in by Magos Shard removed first, and prompted the medical servitors to carefully remove the implant. While under sedation, he had the strangest dream where an ethereal voice was contacting him, whispering that his destiny was about to change. Awakening from the surgery, he found himself clutching a strange blue gem, which identified itself – somehow – as Farseer Anaris.
The long-dead Farseer revealed the truth of what happened during the battle. When the casket was opened, his Psychic energies reacted with the Stryxis technology brought by Magos Shard which drove him into a frenzy. He used his powers to convince Navigator Maturinus that the Saint’s power revealed the heresy, and compelled him to leave the ship. He spoke of ill tidings and grave events, and informed the Explorator that he would put him on the path that he had to walk. And as proof of his gratitude, the scanners of the Veritas detected the emergence of an Eldar Cruiser appearing out of the void…