With the Winterscale and Hos War ended with a crushing victory to the Imperium, tension in the Koronus Expanse was slowly unwinding, and Rogue Traders could turn to profit: specifically by picking through the remnants ofAspyce Chorda’s dynasty. A bunch of new information regarding her holdings had come to light, and Dynasties had swarmed over the remainder of her holdings to pick off whatever was left. For the noble Kayne Dynasty, this led them to the Sabrine Sector, an otherwise unremarkable system that Chorda had flagged as having extreme interest, and one whose secrets they would discover and exploit.
A trio of lesser Kayne Dynasty members: Horatio Delacruz, Yasha Sanjiovinus, and Sir Morkdredd descended on one of the many craters that dotted the surface of the planet and discovered a small, primitive human settlement that they set out to explore. The settlement was on the rim of a crater at the centre of which sat a giant swamp, and Yasha theorized that the impacts were caused by an Imperial-sized ship that disintegrated in the atmosphere and scattered onto the planet.
On approach to the settlement, the small party encountered a near-death human woman who, upon approaching them silently and creepily was subjected to a Kayne Dynasty “Warning Shot” which took the woman’s head clean off. The village itself welcomed them, and seemed well versed in the existence of the Imperium and the galaxy at large, and took them to their leader who was named the “Komitzaar”. He prepared a feast to celebrate their arrival, and prepared to conduct the promised exchange, but quickly realised that the group had no idea what these terms were. Nonetheless they were welcome to stay, and free to explore the town of roughly 2,000 at their leisure.
Many odd things and quirks were discovered about the planet: They had no young children nor elderly (though the former were explained as just being absent from sight), no central place of worship, refusing to even name themselves, and a barely-contained hatred of formalized organisation. At the feast, the Komitzaar vaguely alluded to the great worth that they could offer in exchange for weapons with which to fight off the “Mirelings”, the undying creatures in the swamp that assaulted them and required greater weaponry to ensure they couldn’t be fought off. He continued to be vague in terms of what would actually be offered, despite Yasha’s skilled negotiations.
In the morning, Horatio and Yasha demonstrated a crate of weaponry that he demonstrated and promised to show their worth: Leaving the village slightly, they used a lure to bring a quartet of deadly Terroraxes to assault them, one of which was torn apart by ranged weapons, two by Morkdredd’s Orkish strength and one by Yasha’s Mono-Axe. They then bore witness to the Sabrine “weaponry” for sale: a young, 13-year old child who similarly attracted a sextet of Terrorfaxes… and annihilated them in an instant with a blast of psychic fire. The townspeople showed no surprise at this, and intimated that they were all psychic to some degree.
The other scouting parties confirmed similar findings, though none as in depth. Troublingly, at least two dozen similar settlements had already traded something for highly advanced weaponry, presumably meaning that Chorda already had a large supply of unlicensed Psykers at their command. Excuses were made to get out of that cursed village and back to the Lilliput where options were discussed. At Rogue Trader Kayne’s urging, the Dynasty decided instead to return to Port Wander and report this planet to the Inquisition in exchange for the Dynasty receiving the Inquisition’s favour, and being 90% less likely to be completely annhilated for harbouring highly dangerous unsanctioned Psykers.
The journey to Footfall for the orientation to the Stations of Passage went smoothly, but en route to Port Wander their trip was interrupted with a blaring siren, and a jarring transition back into realspace. The unplanned re-emergence from the Warp resulted in daemonic incursions that Yasha and Morkdredd quickly responded to while Horatio left to arm and prepare himself. The duo encountered a crew member whose skin was melting over the flesh of another, leaving their skin without orifice and faceless. The sight unnerved Yasha and some accompanying crew members, and the Seneschal was forced to turn her gun on her own people to prevent violence, while the Ork charged in to kill both corrupted crew members and fight off the infection from the tainted flesh that got on him.
The daemonic incursion was mercifully brief, but nonetheless disturbing to the crew. Making their way to the bridge, they discovered that the Stations of Passage were closed, and that there was no currently known way out of the Expanse: Heading back to Footfall to regroup, the Dynasty prepared its new list for how to consolidate power, as with the Maw closed, the Koronus Expanse would descend into anarchy and violence as people fought for food, personnel and other essentials to keep their void ship working. They arrived at Footfall ready to take action and weather the storm that was coming.
But upon their arrival, Footfall was gone. Destroyed by an unknown force that swept through it, the Liege’s Court was gone, the Statue of the Emperor destroyed and the asteroids that composed it holed by lance and open to the void. There was no sign of an invading force or what caused this, but not even two weeks had passed since they left for Port Wander… just enough time for the first signs of the new trouble that brewed in the Koronus Expanse.