Edge of Darkness
15 June 2013
Novia and Kar found themselves on a large service lift. They have both been summoned. They hear heavy footfalls and a female adeptor siroras arrives. A vile short person wanders on the dias followed by a Tech enhanced adeptus mechanicus type. The final person arrives, he is an obvious imperial guardsman. The servitor passes and tells the occupants to board as the dias begins to descend. They reach the destined floor and have one corridor ahead. They reach a large metal door. There is a figure gesturing the group towards a medical device with suspended needles and a mirror. The figure makes himself known as Sand. He represents the holy order of the imperial inquisition. They are here to see a corpse. The body is Saul Arbis, male 23 years of age. The autopsy showed some anomalies that require this groups attention. The cause of death was systemic failure due to an implant. The graft was probably used for neuro control. Various other body functions were affected or modified in the surgery but it would appear he was unwilling in all this. The implant is illegal that would justify the death penalty for the users. His sister is Lilly Arbis.
They are taken in the next room and told this is to be a shadow investigation. They need to find out how this was done and by whom. They question the insectoid looking implants nature. It is completely biological. His sister reported him missing. He was recently laid off his unskilled labour job. He worked for a local trade family the Tentalis combine. His body was found on the train as it returned to the hub. He was possibly implanted about 8 days ago.
The group are all given aliases/disguises and personal com devises. They are given a bio-sample kit.
The journey to Coscarla will take several hours and will require several transport changes.
They arrive at Coscarla after a long and arduous trip. They plan to head to Lilly Arbis’ house. The tech priest pulls up the deceased information and sees much of what they were told previously. The area they are in is unusually empty for the lower area of hive they are in. They are very low in the heavily dilapidated area of this rung of the hive. The market nearby is very ramshackle, it is basically a trash market. They approach the havaloc where the sister’s apartment will be found. They need to get to level six and it appears the stairs are the only way up. They make their way up to 6th floor and see that the door to the Arbis apartment has been forced open and the door is ajar. The girl is cowering in the corner gripping a satchel. She is frightened and wants to know how these people know about her brother’s death. He got fired for drinking. He was hanging out at the union hall. Kar looks around for signs of those who broke in. It appears she doesn’t know a lot about her brother’s disappearance and is very shaken and withdrawn. The door looks like it was forced open by a sledge hammer. Evard Zed, the sister tells the company to look for him. She departs and the group decide the room has little of interest for them. Arduon suggests heading to the union hall.
The hall is a bar of sorts with the usual scum and villainy milling about. Kar asks the bar tender about Zed but gets no answers. Novia approaches who she believes to be the warden. The Warden doesn’t want to talk and seems sketchy upon approach. The gang tells her to leave him alone and starts laughing. Garvel intercepts the warden at the door and intimidates him to sit down. This creates a scene and the gang members stand up and pull guns. There was a fire fight. The warden fleed and the battle took some time to resolve before the group could pursue him.
Once they get out they head to the pill box to chase down the warden. Kar finds a good high vantage point to climb up and view the pill box entry. Whilst he stays there the rest travel to the church and meet with the priest therein. They question him about the candles and the people that come through here during the day. They get little information out of him.
Back at the havaloc that Kar is camped out on, he waits for the others to come back. He sees there are big storm shutters closing for the night. He communicates this to the others and they come and get him. They send Nicodemus out to look for an abandoned place to rest for the night. He does and the other sneak through the city back to here to join him and Kar.