The Naevus Heresy
Epilogue Mission 7
Baron Ulbrexis: Memoirs. An Extract.
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What a superb day what what? Terribly exciting and all, never had so much fun in my life. I met those awfully nice chaps from the Inquisition again. The ones I met a few months before when they investigated the Harrow, you remember. Anyway, it appears they were interested in an artefact that was for sale in the eight crystals auction house. “What a coincidence” I hear you say, for that was precisely where I was headed to purchase the exact same artefact. I couldn’t believe that anyone would be willing to bid so high against me, some Eleanor Rudelmann (never heard of her before), obviously someone else knew that it wasn’t a Gul Pha piece at all but was in fact a Tchee piece, would that I could add one of those to my collection, it would make it so perfect, where was I. Ah yes, the Inquisitors, anyway they had obviously figured out that this piece was a bit special and when I bought it they were mostly interested in who else was bidding for it. Well this I couldn’t resist as it had adventure written all over it. They were there in secret so I made sure I didn’t act suspicious in any way in order that I might damage their cover. Lesser men might have become over excited at this point, and that would have been very dangerous. Careless talk costs whatnot!
I had Movern install a transmitting unit in the crate the artefact got loaded on, and my suspicions were raised even further when the Inquisitors after showing so much interest in it suddenly decided they would leave it in my care. Well I knew that spelled disaster so I made sure I had a backup plan. I travelled with captain Movern a few miles behind the object, alas my vehicle got bogged down in the forest. As we suspected our convoy got struck and the object was stolen. Movern continued on but I missed all the action. By the time I arrived the place was in flames. There were burned out vehicles and even a burned out Gaius. I’m surprised he lived given the state he was in.
Apparently some Xenos had been on our planet. Can you imagine that, on our soil! Movern soon had them running for their ship and with some support from the Inquisitors managed to rout the mercenaries hired to steal my artefact. When I arrived they were just starting the clean up, burying the dead, you know the drill what what. Spoke with that Xantius chap, nice enough, but a bit creepy, a bit middle class, still I recon he’d make a good prop forward. Xantius gave a big Hurrah for Movern I’ll tell you that much! Told me to keep mum about the contents of the crates littered about the place, xenos baubles that’s all I can say. Classified don’t you know. Alas the xenos scum, those snakes in the grass, managed to get away with my artefact. But it was a good show for the house guard, a good innings on a tough wicket.
That nice chap Masters came around to visit me after all this. He was mightily disappointed that the object was lost, but you know I don’t think he would have let me keep it anyway. Frightful shame and all. Wish I’d seen the battle, it has been a long time since I was in a proper scrum. He said it was a bit of a run out for this new team, you know, trial by fire and all that. Between you and me I think they did ok, but I’m sure he gave them a big bawling out over the whole affair. In fact one of the men said he heard Masters shouting at poor old Giaus even as they stretchered him to the medevac vehicle. He’d only just regained consciousness. Then again I suppose those are the demands of command. You can’t give your subordinates a free pass just because they were lucky enough to get horrifically wounded. I should know.
Won a bid, party, feast, bit of a ramble in the country side and a scrap against the forces of evil. Shame I was late for that bit, but what a Sunday afternoon, I’ll say.