Having scoured the memory banks of the In Purgatio Lumen, Explorator Artifex Felicis has uncovered some location that could start to complete Jequin Hos’ mad dream of cementing his standing as his dynasty’s latest warrant holder. A salvation beacon from The Emperor’s Bounty, long since lost in the Angevin Crusade has been discovered residing inside the Lumen’s ancient cogitator, and this mythical treasure ship would be the foundation upon which to build his ambition. First though, a Writ of Salvage must be procured from Port Wander, the last bastion of Imperial Society before the lawless Koronus Expanse is entered.
Transiting into system in their war honoured ship, the Explorers quickly found themselves unsure of the actual protocol needed for acquiring the Writ of Salvage. Although one could be legally purchased from the Battlefleet Calixis representative, or the endless bureacuracy of the Administratum, these methods would be time consuming and expensive. The current leader of Port Wander, Commander Larius Sans, was viewed as an unknown quantity, with his family’s past history staining his honour. With his lack of proven qualifications, and only a nominal Imperial presence on the stations, options were explored.
Arch-Militant Zacharya Caine pulled in his contacts gained from his experiences as a bounty hunter and learned of a name that might be able to provide the Explorers what they needed – Karsus Har. A one-time officer of a Rogue Trader, he was abandoned in a failed raid and the only survivor of his boarding party. He now serves the Ventan Iron Hounds, a press-gang group selling soldiers to Rogue Traders and other interested parties in the Port, as well as rumoured to possess other less reputable forms of information.
Rogue Trader Jequin Hos visited the Voidfarer’s Rest, a bar popular with the Imperial Navy, and through a concrete strategy of name-dropping and heavy drinking quickly established himself as a fellow voidsoul to the crew there, improving his reputation and establishing a few contacts among the Battlefleet Calixis personnel there.
Explorator Felicis visited the local Mechanicus shrine, and after a perfunctory introduction to Magos Toronos, attempted to compare what he knew of the Emperor’s Bounty to the existing Mechanicus records on the region, as well as to identify any other possible rumours to follow up on during this voyage. Perhaps fortunately, he did not meet with success in this endeavour…
Navigator Maturinus Pazzano and Astropath Zacharya Caine joined the Arch-Militant outside of the Iron Hounds office to meet with Karsus Har. Reluctant to reveal any specific information, they attempted to steer the conversation towards how a Writ of Salvage might be acquired through his contacts. Lasting about six seconds into this conversation, Astropath Caine soon hit upon the more direct option of raiding Har’s mind for the information sought. An extraordinarily successful plan, the Astropath’s mind was soon filled with the knowledge of Har’s contacts on the station, as well as several key figures in Port Wander’s central authority who Har was blackmailing to do his dirty work. The infiltration had even spread to corrupting the machine spirits inside the Mechanicus Shrine, although the full extent of this compromise was not revealed to the Astropath’s untrained mind. Excusing themselves from the conversation, ostensbily to bring back their Rogue Trader who could seal the deal, the Explorers retired from the night to ponder their options.
Rogue Trader Hos soon hit upon the ideal solution. Rather than exposing their plans to an unknown quantity, he would trust in the Battlefleet through proper channels and use the gleaned information to bring down what they could of Har’s operation. Revealing the names of the compromised personnel inside of Port Wander, Commander Sans requested that the Explorers follow through with the acquisition of the bogus warrant, and then when
or if the personnel inside of the Port made their move, the Battlefleet would be able to expose the conspiracy.
A highly successful negotiation with Har later and the plan appeared to go off without a hitch. Within a few days, the Explorers were summoned back to Commander Sans’ office and presented with a Writ of Salvage for The Emperor’s Bounty. The Commander was so thrilled with the result and professionalism of the Explorers that their down payment was even compensated by the Battlefleet, and with his fulsome thanks they now had everything they needed to enter the Koronus Expanse and search for the derelict vessel.