With Warsphere Shek in orbit around Inti and evidence of Magos Stein’s apparent perfidy in negotiating with the Xenos, the Hos Dynasty had no choice but to attempt to intervene in this tense situation. Under close observation from the Xenos, and with their support vessels still days away, they were forced to proceed to the surface under threat not to return to the In Purgatio Lumen until the situation was dealt with.
The research facility on Inti was heavily battle damaged and littered with the body of dead Kroot, but few human defenders, human or servitor, could be found among the bodies. The superior eyesight of Sarvus’s body picked out some scattered Kroot patrols that were guarding the Dynasty members, but they kept their distance from the main compound. Maturinus and Eckhart confirmed that there were no bizarre psychic phenomena present among either force, leading for Captain Hos to approach the main compound and request entry.
Greeting him were a small squad of creatures that were tentatively identified as human, but only just. Maturinus immediately suspected some sort of heretical mutation, but the creatures politely greeted the Dynasty and bade them come inside to meet with the Magos who would explain the situation. Stein herself had felt the pressure of the situation, but was still confident in disarming the situation. The Xenos above had come to her in order to barter for a cure for a genetic disease introduced into their populace through unspecified means, which she had agreed to do so in exchange for access to their research materials and a promise of protection upon success. Her true motivation was to procure the key to stabilizing DNA integration to complete her hybrids – humans implanted with Xenos organs in order to enhance their abilities.
The Magos had been successful in creating these augmented humans thanks to the multitude of creatures available on Inti, and felt she was close to success, but her Kroot subjects had all died and she was unable to procure more. When queried about the cure for the Kroot mutation by the Captain, the Magos happily revealed she had cured that degradation or else her experiments would never be able to proceed. Shocked that this situation seemed unnecessary, the Dynasty ordered the Magos to turn over the cure so the Warsphere would leave, but Stein refused to do so – saying she would not be complicit in the heresy of curing a Xenos race. Oblivious to this hypocricy, she revealed that she was attempting to turn the cure into a slow-acting virus that would accelerate the mutation and destroy the Warsphere, but without subjects she needed more time.
With the Dynasty stymied, they attempted to negotiate with Shek to provide more test subjects: an action that backfired when their Shaper ordered the Warsphere to descend upon the planet, and a massive host of warriors emerged in order to provide a test pool, and to guard the Dynasty and Magos to ensure there was no more betrayal. Under close scrutiny, the Magos resumed her production with Captain Hos’s assistance and the pair managed to accelerate both the cure and the poison. When it came time for delivery, the Dynasty debated psychically through Eckhart’s mindlinking whether or not they should betray Stein and win over the Xenos, but ultimately at Maturinus’s urging decided to continue the plan to kill the Xenos and allow Stein to continue her research to create advanced soldiers.
With the Warsphere apparently cured, they left to “find” themselves, and promised to return to fulfill their bargain little realising that they had signed their death sentence. Returning to Svard, the Dynasty organised their assembled fleet to await Winterscale and study their next move. Fortunately they had assistance with the arrival of Farseer Anaris, who proposed an elaborate ritual to attempt to project the consciousness of the Dynasty into the future so that they could study a path their were on to better determine their next action in this war. Sarvus declined as his soul had been tossed around enough, and Maturinus’s scoffing could be heard into the void, leaving only Eckhart and Hos to view the outcome of their actions.
Hos found himself presumably at the point of the invasion, as he was on the bridge of the Lumen being tossed around violently as they were in a fierce void battle. Their communication and augury systems were jammed and unable to function, and no intelligence could be apparently gathered from this disturbance. Void Mistress Nichols was unable to provide an explanation as the Winterscale fleet was too far out to reach the Dynasty, and when he demanded Maturinus accelerate them out Hos was informed by a confused Nichols that Maturinus was dead. Putting aside his shock, he began ordering the crew to scan harder, resulting in a desperate and confused revelation that it was the Svardic forces that were opening fire on them, and dominating their fleet as the vision faded. Meanwhile, Eckhart was trapped in a Witch Cage forced to watch the destruction of his forces while his captor – Krawkin Feckward – gloated at their downfall.
Confused and threatened, they returned to Svard to plan their next move. Unfortunately while away, Maturinus and Sarvus had found that Navigator Ember Nostromo had returned to happily point out that their suspicions were correct, and that it did appear that somehow Erasmus Haarlock’s fleet was behind all of their troubles, but not the Rogue Trader himself. Satisfied that their “alliance” was at an end, she thanked them for her help, and made it clear that any further assistance from her would require future negotiations. Even Hos balked at these negotiations, and as the Dynasty attempted to force her to leave, Maturinus lost his patience with these negotiations and attacked the heathen Navigatrix. Slaying her, her body dissolved into a viscous slime onto the carpet, and shortly one of her nearby attendents began to contort and change shape into the Chaos Navigatrix again. Realising that as long as she had bodies she was effectively immortal, the Dynasty opened fire on her and all her attendents, killing them and reducing them to ash.
With her bodies destroyed, the Dynasty briefly exulted and ordered a search orf the system for the Monarch of Whispers, but were interrupted by a vox message from a very angry Nostromo. She informed the group that their impudence means they would get what they deserved when her pursuer arrived. Cutting off, the Dynasty was forced to wonder what new threat was coming their way… as far off in the system’s outer cloud a new fleet emerged from the Warp…