Inquisitor Kaede addresses the Kabal
My Lords and Peers of the Tyrantine Cabal,
It is of vital importance that we pursue any and all venues of investigation that may lead to a deeper understanding of the mystery of the Tyrant Star. I know I need not make a laborious argument about the gravity this threat poses to the sector if not the Imperium as a whole, and I am confident you share my conviction that this purpose justifies the most extreme measures.
I have pursued leads and references in reports from the agents of our Ordos as are made available to our brotherhood, and have made some worrying discoveries.
While there have been some of our number that for some time have argued that there is a connection between Komus and the Haarlock Legacy, any lingering doubt was extinguished with the report from Inquisitor Aurelius, then Acolyte of the late Inquisitor Sand, respected member of our Cabal. I include Aurelius in this report, as he and his cadre have repeatedly been involved in these matters.
His report details the closely averted loss of Quaddis by the sudden appearance of the Black Sun of Komus, but the interesting parts are recovered by the recordings of the words and actions of the servants of Haarlock. The Spider Bride and the Widower, both of theses creatures referred to Haarlock as “The Traveller”. The Spider Bride acknowledged her link to Haarlock, and said “In dread of the Traveller’s return we serve.” The Widower, upon his destruction made a prophesy of warning: “He comes – the master – I am his herald. By the footsteps of fools he is announced. The Mirror shatters and the Island Burns. He returns, the Dark Traveller, and ruin comes with him.”
I will get to the matter of this Dark Traveller in a moment, but the references to shattered mirrors and burning islands also concern the actions of Aurelius and his team. The shattered mirror was the source of the recent murders in Sinophia Magna, and turned out to be the prison of a daemon summoned by Erasmus Haarlock in his quest for forbidden knowledge. The Burning Isle is the site of the House of Dust and Ash, host to the auction of the Haarlock Estate where we first learned of the return of Haarlock.
Digging into the reports from these operations, I see further references to this Traveller in the words of the Gilded Widow. “The traveller and the scion both do live, one without and the other within. Blood of his blood, born of his line, flesh so frail caught in this web, death shall be their inheritance. Haarlock returns and hell follows with him!”
I must point out that having agents equipped with recording equipment in such situations is wonderfully convenient for detailed after-action reviews. A practice I thoroughly recommend to my Peers.
My research now turned to references of this Dark Traveller, and the answer was found in ancient texts also related the the Haarlock Legacy, the myth of the so-called Seven Devils of Dread Calyx, an ancient legend that still forms the obsession of many Xanthites to the present time.
A short history lesson: The region was first named in the writings of the legendary Rogue Trader Solomon Haarlock, whose thirteen voyages out past the edge of Imperial space in the late 36th millennium would define the Calyx Expanse as a realm rich in “Souls, Plunder, Wealth and Things Best Left Undisturbed.” Three millennia later, the Angevin Crusade would forge this region into the Calixis Sector.
Haarlock’s writings spoke of the seven devils as beings of dark power, fiends who haunted this area of space, some as savage predatory beasts, some walking amid the cold stars and others worshiped as fickle gods by those mortals who fell inside their domains. These seven, Haarlock claimed, were connected together by a dark and terrible web of fate, and if all were brought forth at once, a key would be turned that would extinguish the stars themselves.
Haarlock’s writings, filled with allegory and symbolism, have continued to strike a cord with the Ordo Malleus, particularly those of the Xanthite persuasion, and still echo through the sector’s histories. Those who have sought out the truth behind the legends are known to have discovered much of value in them, as well as great peril.
One of these is Inquisitor Emeritus Andros Bray, Keeper-General of the Ember Archive at the fortress-asteroid of the Bastion Orpheus in the Maccabeus system. In his Lexicon he names these devils, and one of them is known as “The Night Traveller: Nature unknown, also known as the kin-slayer, one that returns from where none has before and whose predicted coming will herald the End of Days.”
We know that Erasmus Haarlock exterminated his entire bloodline after a failed attempt at his life by his cousin Mathias Haarlock, an outcast family member who turned to the Ruinous Powers for aid. Some sources claim these events drove him insane, but regardless of reasons he then pursued some obsessive and secret quest which purpose remains unknown.
Erasmus Haarlock is the kinslayer, he is returning and brings with him our destruction. But from where? The daemon bound in the mirror claimed desired to escape before Haarlock “returns to plunge these stars of Calyx in to an abyss that none, not even my kind, can escape.”
It is imperative we learn more, and so I took it upon myself to do what Aurelius and his team, then still Acolytes in Sands service, wisely left to their superiors to do.
I reassembled the mirror and interrogated the daemon.
I demanded it tell me where Haarlock went after shattering the mirror, and gained an answer: “Beyond the void of night, to change what was and master what can be, and from thence he now comes, returning from where no man nor god returns unchanged. Seek the Blind Tesseract if you would chart his course…”
I ask that you aid in the task of learning about the Blind Tesseract, and I request actions to the forbidden vaults of Bastion Serpentis for these purposes. Wherever Haarlock went, we must follow. We must learn of the nature of the threat before he returns and brings untold destruction with him.
Yours in service and faith,
Inquisitor Vownus Kaede
A response by Inquisitor Rykehuss
My Lords and Peers of the Calixian Conclave,
I bring before you a motion to summon Vownus Kaede to a tribunal to answer charges of Heresy. He has by his own admittance summoned and communed with a deamon, and he has done so in the very heart of our domain, in the hallowed halls of the Tricorn Palace.
I name him Excomunicate Traitoris, and ask that the Emperors justice be delivered unto him.
Yours in faith and deed,
Witch Finder Rykehuss, Ordo Hereticus