The War for the Emperor's Soul
Chapter 1 Closing
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CASE FILE 988:20S:AA3:Abraxis
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VERBAL TRANSCRIPT OF PICT-RECORDED DOCUMENT
LOCATION: SOPHANO PRIME – 1.9 KM FROM GROUND ZERO
RECOVERED FROM SERVITOR RECORDING MODULE
TRANSCRIBED BY SAVANT MALOCH, ORDO HERETICUS, INQUISITORIAL DATA-LIBRARY SCINTILLIA 817.M41
Synchronizing data stream. [Pict recorder adjusting to low light levels] Surroundings stone cavern with debris strewn floor, lighting source panning ground ahead. Subject(i) on left side of frame wearing heavy combat armour and carrying glo-torch. Subject(i) calls out [speech unrecoverable]. Subject(ii) enters frame from right, wearing robes and wielding force sword.
Voice(ii): Keep moving, entrance is 30 meters ahead.
[Pict blurry, attempting focus] Light source moving farther ahead, illuminating large metal door set in worked stone.
Voice(subject iii?)[Thick accent] Right where they said it’d be. Voice(ii): Definitely pre-Imperial origins. Careful everyone, weapons ready.
Subject(iii) enters frame. Various cybernetic implants visible. Sex indeterminable. Wearing red robes bearing the seal of the Adeptus Mechanicus. Pict source moves closer to door. (i) begins inspect surrounding structure. Door is heavy blast seal set in recessed structure. Looks very much like a bunker. (ii) moves to door and begins examining.
Voice(ii): No control console or release mechanism I can see. Seris, cut it open.
(iii) approaches door [White out for 1.4 sec. Flare compensator adjusts]. (iii) is using cutting torch on blast door. Light from torch illuminates the cavern further, markings on door captured [Ref: Pictframe 1193-C attached]. Cutting continues for several minutes.
Voice(iii) I can’t get through with this equipment, we’re going to need some thing bigger.
Cutting stops. (i) approaches door and motions (iii) back.
Voice(i) Try this.
(i) beings affixing something to the door [Subject’s body blocks clear view of the device]. Voice(i) Alright, everybody back.
Pict source moves away from door, a circular object identified as a melta-bomb is attached to door [Ref: Pictframe 1193-D attached]. (i) and (iii) leave frame. Melta-bomb detonates [EM feedback causes feed loss for 2.1 seconds]. Blast door is largely destroyed.
Voice(ii) Jaris, take point. Seris keep back with the servitor.
(i) re-enters frame on the left, carrying lasgun [Note customized sights and power feed]. (ii) enters on right, following (i), bolt pistol and force sword drawn. Pict source advances, clinking of rapidly cooling metal heard. Subjects and pict source cross threshold of the bunker. (i) sweeps with barrel-mounted glo-lamp. Light source illuminates rusted metallic interior.
[Pict and vox source loss for 28.3 seconds]
Voice(iii)[Subject Off-frame, speech partially unrecoverable] corrected feedback compensation.
Interior of vault is unlit, light sources from servitor and (i) show clears pre-Imperial technology (Ref: STC – Adeptus Mechanicus]. Various iconography visible [Ref: Pictframe 1193-E though K attached]
[Unidentified background noise]
Voice(iii) What is that
[Pict source shuders, focus lost for 2 minutes 17 seconds, garbled voices]
Voice(i) There it goes! Voice(ii) Stop in the name of the Inquisition!
(i) runs ahead and leaves frame, pict source shaking badly [indistinct sound], follows down metal staircase. [screaming] Voice(ii) [unknown]. Pict source pans left, blood smear on the wall, light source follows down corridor. Two points of light seen [eyes?].
Voice(ii) Jeris! (ii) runs ahead, (iii) enters frame, plasma gun drawn.
Voice(unknown) [Language unknown]
[Pict sources moves forward, low-light filters compensating]
Voice(ii) Show yourself!
Subject(iv) enters frame, small man in worn cloak of an Adeptus scribe.
Voice(ii) Where is Jeris?
Voice(iv) [shrugs, heavy accent] I only wanted the hands, he could have kept the rest
Voice(ii) What are- [pict blurs, motion too fast to capture, loud background noise]
[Pict source lost for 32.4 seconds, screaming and gunfire]
Voice(iii)[Screaming] They’re all around us. By the Ommnesiah what manner of creature are they?
(iii) is discharging plasma rounds into indistinct shapes, light source continously shifting [focus lost 1.43 seconds]
Voice(i) Back to back!
[Servitor autocannon begins firing, pict source unable to focus due to recoil, twenty assailants destroyed in 43.2 seconds]
Voice(iv) [location unknown] I can answer that.
Pict source pans left, (iii) visible left of frame, (iv) is standing in a throng of creatures. They fill the corridors, numbers unknown]
Voice(iv) They are the Children of the Kingdom
[Bird-like chittering heard all around, light sources show figures crawling on ceiling and walls, servitor continues to fire into the swarm]
[blood splash partially covers pict-recorder lens]
(iii) [screaming] being dragged down, firing plasma gun wildly.
Voice(i) [off-frame] Emperor who art with me, keep my soul and protect it. Be my guide as I walk in the valley of [speech lost]
Pict-source falls to ground [dragged down by attackers?], sound ripping flesh and screaming [likely from pict-source]
[Image out, recording ends]