Miasma of Darkness

Session 2

As the system ships and the pirate space station have surrendered, Lady Mitos decides to round up all the officers in charge on the system ships, and transfers them to the brig on the Destinies’ Mistress. She also decides to board the space station. Lady Mitos commands some ratings to tell her the whereabouts of the commanding officers. She is told that they have locked themselves in the command bridge. It becomes apparent that the station has a fire raging out of control, thanks to a torpedo attack, so Lady Mitos tries to contain the fire with the help of the space station cogitators. Unfortunately, the fire is devastating and the plasma core is overloading and getting ready to explode. A hurried evacuation of the space station is commenced, Lady Mitos offers to shuttle the commanding officers off the station, but gets no response, so Lady Mitos and crew round up as many of the ratings as possible and promptly leaves the station. Once onboard, and the ratings are securely being held, Lady Mitos is informed that the blast of the space station will impact the Destinies’ Mistress and can be devastating. After hearing varying opinions on the best course of action, Lady Mitos decides to fire all weapons at the station to destroy it, before the plasma core can overload and devastatingly explode. With ease the station is destroyed, and the course is set to travel to Port Render.

During the warp travel, John Blackthorne, right hand man of Lady Mitos, questions the captains of the system ship survivors. He finds out that the Pirates were lead by a woman by the name of Lady Winter. That their main focus was smuggling, but recently changed to raiding the fuel supply lines of Port Render. The change started with the arrival of a man, very well dressed, and has the effect of disarming someone with just a casual conversation. Further questioning produced the name Sebastion Ralle.

The arrival and docking at Port Render proceeded without a problem. Lady Mitos promptly requested a meeting with Captain Keel and Precept-Marshall Valkyran. The meeting is set up a few hours later at the Blood Moon Tavern.

Lady Mitos and crew arrive and find Captain Keel, Precept-Marshall Valkyran, and Jessica Ralle awaiting them. Lady Mitos informs them that the pirates have been taken care of and informs them of all they have uncovered. As Lady Mitos finishes, Captain Keel gives a nod to Precept-Marshall Valkyran, and she voxes some arbites to clear the Tavern. Captain Keel informs Lady Mitos and crew that Sebastion Ralle is the brother of Jessica Ralle and that he is a suspect in the recent tragedy that claimed the lives of the prominent leaders of the chartists houses by the Brotherhood of Set. Lady Winter is head of a house in direct competition to house Ralle, since the former head of house Ralle discredited ouse Winter, and has been on the decline ever since. Jessica can’t believe that her brother would be caught up with pirates, but the evidence is undisputed. Precept-Marshall informs Lady Mitos that she would consider it a favor if she could bring Sebastion Ralle alive to her. Lady Mitos turns over all the ratings she has secured to Precept-Marshall Valkyran, and the meeting is ended.

Lady Mitos sends a request for Captain Keel to dine with her aboard the Destinies’ Mistress, and John Blackthorne sends a request to dine with Jessica Ralle. Both requests are accepted. Sebastion Warwick proceedes to hire some joy girls for Captain Keel for after the dinner.

John Blackthorne arrives sharply at Bloodstone, a middle class establishment. There he and Jessica discuss everything that has happened. Jessica is still in shock, and still can’t believe that her brother is involved. John finds out that Jessica was the one chosen to lead house Ralle after the tragedy, and that her brother was totally caught off-guard that he was not chosen to lead house Ralle. Jessica asks John that if he should come across Sebastion to talk some sense into him, so that they can lead house Ralle together, since they have always been stronger as a team. John says he will look into it, and the dinner goes on with normal conversation.

Captain Keel arrives promptly at the Destinies’ Mistress. He is lead to a private dining hall were Lady Mitos awaits. As dinner commences the talk turns to the exploits of Captain Keel and how he got stationed at Port Render. Lady Mitos also slips in the talk of restocking her torpedo stock. Captain Keel likes how Lady Mitos handled the pirates and agrees to make arrangements to resupply the Destinies’ Mistress with torpedos. Captain Keel informs Lady Mitos that he doesn’t take any pirates lightly, and that if she comes across Sebastion Ralle, and Lady Winter and is able to bring them to him, many more doors will open to such an intiative drawn person such as herself. With that the dinner ends and Captain Keel takes his leave. Sebastian Warwick personally brings the joy girls to Captain Keel with a lavish entrance.

Lady Mitos recieves a personal vox from Xanatov, requesting to meet with her at her earliest convenience. Xanatov informs Lady Mitos that the Most Monorable Orpheus has requested her presence at the Processional of the Gifted. Lady Mitos voxes her crew and off they proceed to the Processional of the Gifted.

Arriving at the Processional of the Gifted, Lady Mitos and crew enter into the sanctum. The sanctum is filled with incense, so much that there is a fog in the sanctum, with Orpheus waiting. Orpheus welcomes Lady Mitos, and cuts to the chase. Orpheus informs Lady Mitos that a Miasma of Darkness will descend upon the Ethereal Glade, and the Miasma will engulf all or that it will be dissolved, either way she is the keystone to the outcome. That it begins with her takeing this: a small stasis sealed gene-coded casket. Lady Mitos takes the casket, and Orpheus tells her that it will begin as soon as she leaves the Processional of the Gifted. With that Lady Mitos and crew take their leave.

Once outside Lady Mitos and crew see that there are some people waiting for them. A pale-skinned lithe woman, and a group of armsman block their way. “you have something that my employer wants, so you can hand it over or this can get difficult” says the woman. With that combat erupts. The lithe woman is very agile and dodges bolter fire from Lady Mitos, and she sends a psyber-raven at her, which wounds Lady Mitos, but a bolter round ends the threat of the psyber-raven. Jak Guillione opens his warp eye at the armsmen. As the warp energy cascades over the armsmen, they wither and die on the spot, as the lithe woman surveys the carnage,she promptly retreats to fight another day. Lady Mitos voxes Precept-Marshall Valkyran and informs her of what has happened. Precept-Marshall Valkyran informs Lady Mitos that their attackers are servants of the Argyl Rogue Trader Dynasty and members of the crew of one Cornelius Argyl. However, there is no way to prove that they were acting on his orders and without solid evidence she cannot act against Cornelius, as his Warrant of Trade protects him from such minor crimes. She offers a promise of swift intervention by her men in the case of further hostilities.

Promptly after her vox is finished with Precept-Marshall Valkyran is finished, she recieves a vox transmission from Cornelius Argyl!!! Lady Mitos demands to know why he had his ccronies attack her. Cornelius Argyl informs Lady Mitos that he has big plans on the horizon and that she should not get involved in matters that she cannot handle, and that everything would have turned out better if she just handed over the container to Lady Iris. Lady Mitos confidently tells Cornelius that he failed, but Cornelius says th he didn’t fail and got just what he needed. With thta Lady Mitos cuts off the transmission and sends Sebastion Warwick to do a flyby and scout Cornelius’ ship.

Jak Guillione informs Lady Mitos that during the fight, he sensed psychic activity from the psyber-raven, Lady Iris, and the casket. Lady Mitos has Jak try to open the casket, but he is unable to open the casket as it is gene-coded and he is not compatible. Lady Mitos is compatable and opens the casket. Inside is a smooth gray crystal, identified as a astropathic mnemolith! Knowwing that only a psyker can read the information contained in it, Jak asks Lady Mitos if he can proceed, and she allows him. Jak touches he gets this vision: a flickering star surrounded by a nebula and vast stretches of void, circled by one planet inside a concentration of dust with a vessel filled with treasure. Lady Mitos and crew search through many star charts aboard the Destinies’ Mistress, and in the archives of Port Render, and find that the vision is of the Astoria system.

Meanwhile, Sebastion Warwick has completed his flyby of Cornelius’ ship. He informs Lady Mitos that Argyl’s ship is a frigate class ship, and is called the Falcon’s Talon.

Lady Mitos decides to wait 1 day so that the torpedos are fully stocked, and ready in case Cornelius Argyl decides to interfere. The next day Lady Mitos finds that Cornelius Argyl has left Port Render 9 hours previous. After the Torpedos are loaded, Lady Mitos and crew prepare to leave Port Render for the Astoria system, and so ends session 2.

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