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    Your vessel idles in orbit of the decrepit world of Tancred. Once the crown jewel of the mighty Conrad Rogue Trader Dynasty, Tancred stood as a trading hub through which fortunes sufficient to purchase entire planets flowed. Crusades were launched against now-forgotten foes from her staging fields and orbital docks and the plunder wrested from the grasp of the enemies of the Imperium of Man and brought from hundreds of worlds returned to the Emperor’s Light made Tancred and her patrons mighty and prosperous.

    Until fickle Fate turned her back on the world.

    It was not swift or merciful, but rather the slow, agonizing death of a million cuts. Over the course of centuries, Warp storms rose up to sever the distant trade lanes. First the Diadem Worlds and then the the entire Androlet Sector went silent. The Illexus Cluster followed, along with the Borault Marches. These routes and a dozen more remain only as myths to the Tancredi, reminders of what has been lost.

    In cruel irony, the routes to the Calixis Sector and the greater Imperium beyond appear to have somehow become more stable and the tithe ships have continued to arrive unabated, the bureaucracies slow to note, let along respond to, the dwindling of Tancred’s fortunes.

    Hope, frail and untrustworthy, kept the Dynasty from deserting the world to it’s fate. They poured resources into trying to find other routes, other resources to revitalize their trade hub. Dozens of expeditions were launched into the planet’s wastes or deep into the world’s hive-cities in search of a lost cache of archeotech or untapped veins of valuable minerals. Scores of ships were sent into the void, some to search for stable passage to old trading partners while others sought new ones in the tractless expanse of deep space.

    And so the Dynasty shared Tancred’s fate, slowly bleeding itself dry to maintain the facade of prosperity. Every year, fewer ships returned and more expeditions failed to report back.

    Despite everything, even alliances with the unholy xenos and a handful of the family turning to the Dark Gods in search of power, the Conrad Dynasty has fallen from grace and from its high seat of power and fortune.

    Below you, Tancred spins. It’s clouds the deep, sluggish grey of industrial pollutants shot through with static lightning. It is a ball of ash rather than the green and blue of legend. The last members of House Conrad and their retainers stalk, ghost-like, through the decaying remnants of their power, despondent in the knowledge that their last hope for a return to wealth will now be delivered to the black sheep.

    The lighter carrying the newest holder of the Conrad Warrant, Victor Conrad, and the senior ship officers soars above the miasma of the atmosphere and passes a derelict construction slip. The skeletal frame of an unfinished battleship bears mute testimony to how far Tancred has fallen, a testimony underscored by the firefly lights of salvage tenders as they cut and gouge the frame into more manageable chunks for use elsewhere.

    Beyond the picked-over battleship lies the Knave's Miscellany and you are soon aboard.

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    After a brief arrival ceremony, you are led to the bridge.
    “Lord-Captain,” a minor officer says from the communications pit even before you are able to settle into the captain’s throne. “We are receiving a vox signal from Tancred for you, by name. It began transmitting even before your lighter broke free of the atmosphere.”

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    Ooooo, better get all up and alert, the captain's here! I bet I'll be impressed! Is that a she? It looks like a she. Or is a he? Bah, you crazy people all look alike what with your flabby appendages hanging everywhere, mutters Kurrack sarcastically in his native tongue. He takes another sip of brandy, one of the few pleasant things he had found humans had.

    After his little soliloquy, he elbows Jilael, points at the aforementioned minor officer, and asks in her native tongue, Is that one a male or a female, I can't make heads or tails of it?
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    Jilael herself waits patiently through the arrival ceremony, doing her best to remain as inconspicuous as a xeno on board an imperial vessel could. She accompanies the trader and the rest of his retinue to the bridge, fiddling self-consciously with the settings on her armour.

    She replies to Kurrack tersely in Tau, "It's a male, not that it makes much difference. Now hush, this communication could be important." She then turns and nods apologetically to Conrad, hoping that he's not the sort of man to take their whispered conversation as an issue.
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    Ralosen watches the proceedings with quiet intensity. For the moment, he hangs back near the captain, though his servo skull is already whirring around command, documenting the positions of different seats and where would best suit him.

    He casts a long glance at the whispering xenos. He wonders how their skulls differ from mutants, and why Conrad was allowing them on board in the first place. He averts his eyes. It wasn't his greatest priority. For now, he would establish himself.

    He waits for the captain to speak.
    The moon sees nothing of this. She is bald and wild.
    And the message of the yew tree is blackness - blackness and silence.

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    Gustav stood in a far corner of the room, he didn't bother speaking; it wasn't what he was paid to do and even a faltering dynasty could drown any one man in money.

    It was easy for him to stay silent regarding the Xenos as well, out in the fringe past even the iron fist of the Inperium there were worlds that didn't have the same...zeal towards aliens. Gustav would often have to see aliens that weren't on the other side of a scope, it made this particular ship easier on him than some of the others. He could use that, show them that even surrounded by aliens he wasn't afraid.

    There was the Ork though, Gustav tapped his arm pondering where it went, he knew some Traders were willing to hire greenskin mercenaries, but he could've sworn it was the same Ork he ran into in the past...
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    Malavar meditated, opening his third eye to the Warp, His unnaturally thin fingers steepled in front of the bridge of his nose.

    This appeared to be a safe haven, at least for the moment, albeit one with its own risks.

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    The ork picks at his teeth with his choppa. One of the squigs from his last meal was still running around in there. After removing the squig and munching it, he looked around the room. A birdie, a tin can without his suit, one of those umies with a ton a bioniks and...a familiar looking umie! It was the digganob from when he got picked up. Teaching this lot to Waagh would now be much easier since he had assistance. He goes up to greet him in traditional ork style (smacking him on the back and comparing DAKKA)
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    Victor Conrad would walk to his captains chair with a regal air about him that almost seemed misplaced. He'd take his seat ignoring the officer seemingly. Digging around in his captain's jacket he fish out a flask and drink from it. Savoring the alcohol hed turn to Karrack and Jilael. "if you're gonna speak within my earshot. Then use a language I understand. Victor would turn to his other officer. "Put them through. I'm probably too sober for this but let's see whose hailing me."

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    “Thought you had heard the last of me, cousin?”

    The voice is one you recognize well, too well, for some of you. You last saw her at the Night of the Duel, Vaisae Talkova-Conrad. She was the favorite of the family to take up the Mantle of Rogue Trader and hold the Warrant of Trade, defeated in the final, championship bout by Victor, she chose not to be present at the ceremony that bestowed the Warrant upon him.

    “We both know that you are not worthy to hold the Warrant,” Vaisae snarls, the vox popping with her anger. “You cheated, you and I both know it. And I will take the Miscellany from you!”

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    Victor would roll his eyes, take another drink from his flask, and turn to his officers, And look at that. I am too sober for this." he would comment dryly. Turning back to the vox. "Knave's Miscellany, if you are going to talk about my ship. Use her proper name. Now, what do you want? Or did you contact me to throw baseless accusations my way. Because if that is all, I have a new ship and warrant of trade that is calling my name. I'm a very busy man now." By the end of Victor's comment, the devilish smirk on his face could be heard in his voice.

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    'Use a language I understand' uptight human naval speaker, Kurrack mocked, then he crossed his arms and frowned. How he frowns with a beak is beyond me, but he frowns nonetheless.
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    Gustav doesn't pay much mind to drunken ramblings, but he is quick to show off his custom rifle to the Ork - at least someone appreciates art.
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    “You have all of those for now,” Vaisae agrees. “But our family cannot afford to be patient, waiting for a recovery of our fortunes. We’ll see how long you last. I’ll be here, when the ship returns again to deliver your body and requires another to take your place. We’re watching.”

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    Kurrack finally noticed the vox transmission, and sniffed in disgust. He turned to the Rogue Trader, Victor Conrad, and said in terse tones, Put me in a room with that pesky nuisance with nothing but some nutmeg and pepper, and I'll make sure he makes no more threats against you. Could go for something with nutmeg. By my Ancestors, you humans grow some tasty spices...

    It was all Kurrack could do not to lick his lips, er, beak, but some drool made its way from his mouth to the floor.
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    Victor would snicker at Vaisae and Kurrack. He'd turn to Kurrack, "First off, that's a female, and second, sorry I can't let you eat my cousin. This is a personal matter." Victor would then turn back to vox. "You know if you ask nicely, I'll let you come work for me. I'm sure theres something you can do on this ship" Victor would take another sip from his flask, grinning in anticipation for his cousin's retort.

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    Gustav doesn't pay much mind to drunken ramblings, but he is quick to show off his custom rifle to the Ork - at least someone appreciates art.
    "Dats some nice Dakka roight there. Bit smalla den wat id go fer but nice. How many teef waz it" he's surprisingly articulate (for an ork) but his grammer and pronouciation were horrible like most orks. He unslings his own Big Shoota. It's about the size of an astartes heavy bolter but longer. "Diz iz my own piece. Got it offa Bad Moon trader by da fish head place. Cost me a bit but nothin muggin a few Otha moons couldn't fix," he turns its barrels lovingly.
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    “You think I would work for you?! You are even more foolish, or drunk than I thought you were! I suppose that you had the whole flight up to drink yourself stupid. Don’t scratch up my ship too much pulling out of dock.”
    “Vox link terminated at the source,” the vox-officer murmurs.
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    Victor would burst out laughing loudly. When he finished he'd take another sip. "She was right about one thing. I should have drunk myself stupid, it's a shame I missed that opportunity. Anyways, what's on our agenda? I wanna make some money people!" He'd clasp his hands together in greedy anticipation.

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    "Be gentle and respectful with the vessel." Ralosen sidles up to the captain's throne and speaks. "The ship will provide if we are respectful."
    The moon sees nothing of this. She is bald and wild.
    And the message of the yew tree is blackness - blackness and silence.

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    Kurrack mumbles something about how humans don't let him eat anyone. Kurrack then wanders near the Ork and the Militant, and pulls out his own rifle.

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    “Lord-Captain, your grandfather was in the process of some rather… delicate negotiations with Duke Severus the Thirteenth, of Karacallia,” the duty-yeoman tells you as she skims the text of the ship’s Registrar situated on the back of a hunched, mono-task servitor. “It is a minor world on the spinward edge of the Sector but quite a bit of old wealth remains there and there are several established trade routes that have shown consistent dividends to the bonded Charterist Captains. The specificities of the negotiations were omitted from the Registrar on his order but-”

    “Warp emergence!” one of the ratings at the augur station cries out. “Range, eighty-thousand kilometers (8 VU)! The ship is small, no larger than a sloop or a corvette. It’s a miracle she’s intact, emerging so close to the planet!”
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    You see a Warp flare in your third eye, like you might see if another ship entered or exited the Immaterium in close proximity to your vessel, but the flare is more... ragged than you would see from a normal Warp transition.

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    For an instant HER face comes to mind along with sultry, You’re welcome.

    “Captain, vox nets are capturing the signal of the automated saviour beacon!” an officer says from the communications pit.The ship’s conomen identifier reads as the Sylph, of… the Conrad Rogue Trader House.”
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    Kurrack drops his gun and clutches his head, seething in sheer agony.

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    Malavar rushes to an communication tube. Captain, there is a Warp Flare. Something may be coming into space near us. Be wary!

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    Victor would cringe a little but calmly sip from his flask. "Take us over to the vessel. " Victor would turn to Malavar, "Something other than that small ship?"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Celticbear View Post
    Kurrack mumbles something about how humans don't let him eat anyone. Kurrack then wanders near the Ork and the Militant, and pulls out his own rifle.

    You sapiens always think that a larger gun with more bullets is the answer, no no no, not the case at all. You need a gun that can do both long and short range, a versatile weapon for any situation. That's where the Kroot excel!
    "Wut's a sapien? Iz an Ork! My dakkas good in choppa range too! jus gotta wop da git over da head wit it. But iz got mah choppa fer dat. Beat dis Beakie," He slings his Shoota and takes out his choppa. It's slathered in red paint (to make it go faster!) and is massive. He's about to show it to the beakie but that's when the kroot begins screaming. "Oy birdie. You shut yer trap first. Wez bein quiet loik and youz da one yelling," he hits him across the back incase he was doing that thing umies do when dey eat too much. Choking!
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    Gustav slings his rifle and heads closer to the bridge, he sensed trouble; and he knew he was being paid to keep the captain alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaynebot View Post
    Victor would cringe a little but calmly sip from his flask. "Take us over to the vessel. " Victor would turn to Malavar, "Something other than that small ship?"
    Unknown, mi'lord -- the warp breach is ragged... irregular. Caution is called for, in my opinion.

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    Your vessel edges closer to the Sylph and the augur arrays begin to report a bit more detail. The ship is tiny by Imperial standards, but mounts an overlarge drive section. Even as you approach she begins to tumble in the void as her drive cones are cold and dark with only the faint light of emergency luminens leaking from the ship evidencing any power remaining. She's slowly drifting away from the planet leaking air and leaving debris in its wake.
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    I'm fine you oversized fungal bundle of joy, I'm fine. Just not used to the warp's screams... Hey, that ship looks dead in the metaphorical water, Kurrack comments as he picks up his gun.
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