Lord-Captain Nail Donnachaidh is given a request for one of two possible favours in return for recognizing Nail as head of the Donnachaidh Dynasty and ending the Avarice War by Lord-Sector Hax. The first of these favours takes the form of a simple trip to a back water world to collect a late tithe which turn into a carnival of ineptitude and conspiracy.
The crew of the Black Shepard share a brief conversation with Valas Coro the Lord-Sector’s steward before departing for Rent. Once there they request that the Governor send an envoy to their vessel to explain why their last two tithes had been missed. They were greeted by the strange Monseigneur Er’drum who in a bid for time stalled the explorers by feigning ignorance and promising to pass on their messages to those who could be of use.
Planetary investigation was hampered by a restrictive vox network, and seemingly incompentant personnel one of whom insisted that the tithe was last paid 2 years ago(three years late). An investigation of the Astropath’s tower turned up arson, and a subterfuge by the Monseigneur to deflect more suspicion onto the Governor failed when a body was discovered in a closet.
Generally getting fed up with this, the Explorers ordered House troops storm the governor’s mansion, after which they discovered that the Monseigneur had taken the Governor’s son (who was a psyker) below the mansion into the excavated pre-angevin ruins from Rent’s early heretical days.
Before departing into to catacombs the Black Shepard received a response to the earlier report sent out by the captain:
Astropathic Dispatch, Transcript Encoded: EMERGENCY WARNING – Rent System
Priority: Beta Primarus.
To: Lord-Captain Nail Donnachaidh, Black Shepard, Malkyan Marches.
From: The esteemed Offices of the Lord-Calixis, Lucid Palace, Scintilla.
Subject: Subject of last report.
Envoy mentioned in report as Monseigneur Er’drum is known alias of wanted traitor and heretic who is known by his more infamous title Monseigneur Murder. Use extreme caution when apprehending, recommend purge on sight.
++++ Wanted ++++
Name: Monseigneur Murder
Real Name: Unknown
Known Aliases: Monseigneur Er’drum, Cardinal Arcnega, Bishop Dulbgeon
Known Associates: Pirate Captain Bonibel Scarlett, Fink Jassik, Yath Garkid.
Threat Level: Primarus
Wanted For: Treason, heresy, mass-murder, questioning in the disappearance of Inquisitior Scarro, inciting hab-riots, «
I Redacted by Order of the Inquisition I », weapons trafficking, Larceny, dealing in proscribed artefacts, Arson, « I Redacted by Order of the Inquisition I », blackmail, impersonating an member of the Administratum, impersonating a member of the clergy, littering.
300 XP challenge
100 XP role playing
Sessions 2 and 3
The crew of the Black Shepard descended into the mines in search of the Monseigneur and the Governor’s young Psyker son. After a run in with several miners the explorers found the what they thought to be a young lad crying into a fountain in an underground courtyard filled with plants. But as it turned out it was the Monseigneur wearing the boy’s clothing (and face). A small fight errupted in which the monseigniour tried to make off with a strange obilisk, but had to discard it in order to escape the wrath of the Black Shepard’s confessor.
The boy was found to have been turned into a faceless monster of mindless psychic rage and was taken out by richard and then evisiorated by alex for good measure. As the crew returned to the surface they found that they had detected a ship entering high orbit and returned to the Shepard.
There was a brief combat between the two ships, one a former dynasty vessal turned pirate ship and a second unkown vessel which escaped. But the Shepard won the day with a boarding action and took the
raider known as the Blood of Nelson.
300 XP for the second session
100 XP for the third
+4 Profit factor for a competed endeavour.