CLASSIFICATION: DARK OMEGA
AUTHOR: + + + NAME CLASSIFIED + + +
SUBJECT: Report on the presence of Genestealers in Hive Primus underhive, Malfi
RECIPIENT: Inquisitor Van Vuygens
My Lord, as you know Genestealer cult was recently scourged from the underhive of Hive Primus on Malfi. Reports from the Deathwatch kill-team sent to purge the infestation confirm the statements from the Ordo Agents who uncovered the Xeno infestation as to the maturity of the cult, and the short version is that our experts are convinced the cult was cleansed before it could spread its influence with any significance. The relatively isolated place of the initial incubation, combined with low population in the area kept the cults initial growth rate low, but begs the question: How did the infestation get there in the first place? This we do not yet know, and we recommend sending additional investigators to examine this matter.
I’ve included a report with our collected knowledge on Genestealer cults development, for your reference. I have no doubt this is already known to you, but better thorough than lapse in the Emperors service.
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As you are no doubt aware, a Genestealer normally cult starts with a single genestealer which starts to infect people with the Gene Seed from its ovipositor. The Gene Seed changes the DNA of the victim, which causes a great deal of physical mutation, including changes to their physical health and reproductive systems, within several days.
This second generation will mature quickly and mutate into a Genestealer Hybrid – these dangerous creatures are more human, but usually not human enough to be part of normal Imperial society. Sometimes these second generations also have ovipositors which will speed up the expansion of the Genestealer Cult. Even if these creatures do not have ovipositors they will still have warped human like reproductive organ, and they are able to sire or give birth to a third generation hybrid within two and a half months; children from impregnated woman grow equally fast.
The third generation hybrids are even more human than the second generation, and can sometimes become a part of normal society, but more often than not they have too many mutations to be accepted into Imperial society.
The creatures spawned by the third generation hybrids are very close to being human, though they are usually bald and have large eyes they can easily be mistaken for a Void Born human. Many of these fourth generation hybrids manifest psychic powers and over the course of time one of these might eventually evolve into the Cult’s Magus. Of all the different hybrids these are the most dangerous, because they can always blend into human society.
These fourth generations can also reproduce through conventional ways, and like the third generation hybrids they never have ovipositors and must have their babies delivered by normal child birth. The first offspring of a fourth generation mother will always be a pure strain genestealer (thus a generation one genestealer); later children will be purely human. The fourth generation hybrids are the final stage of the cult, when the fourth generation hybrids are mature this also indicates the cult has fully matured.
All the generations do have one thing in common: they are all connected to the hive mind, they can use this hive mind to communicate with each other, but this hive mind also increases the intelligence and determination of the cult. This resolve increases with the size of the cult, and though this Hive Mind does have a range, it shouldn’t be underestimated.
Genestealer Cult Tactics
The insidious threats of the Cults is a grave danger to the Imperium, and the Ordo Xenos has made one of their top priorities to stop these cults, but with a population of countless billions it almost impossible to track them down. But the Ordo Xenos’s efforts on their turn have not gone unnoticed by the individual Cults, they too try improve and refine their methods of infiltration, and so for every setback there is an advancement.
The most important thing is to have a safe haven, a nest so to say; after the initial infection the Genestealer and his mates will start building a nest while more people are infected, preferably somewhere deep in the hive where it is warm and few people come to investigate.
Not long thereafter the Genestealer Mates will start to give birth to the second generation who will form the backbone of the brood. One the Second Generation Hybrids are full grown they will start to hunt and procreate; woman impregnated by the hybrids that are not mates are often locked up inside the nest and used as incubators for new generations.
Once the Third Generations are born the brood starts to expand to the higher levels of the Under Hive, since these generations are usually less mutated. The third generation eventually give birth to Fourth Generations. The original Genestealer who started the brood will most probably have evolved to a Patriarch Genestealer by then.
The Fourth Generation Hybrid, appearing completely human, will now use their superior abilities to infiltrate Imperial institutes and industries to gain power. This is a long and tedious process; this is also the stage where most Genestealer Cults are discovered and destroyed by the Adeptus Arbites or the Inquisition. Favoured targets of the Fourth generations are organisations such as the Planetary Defence Forces (PDF), the Adeptus Arbites and the Enforcers, the council of the Planetary Governor and other places that control the power structure and defence of the planet. Another Important role of the Fourth Generation Hybrids is to reproduce: the newborn Genestealers will start to infect new victims, often the previous mates who weren’t infected but were used by the Second, Third and Fourth Generations as human incubators for their newborn.
This cycle will repeat itself and the Cult will expand and so, by the addition of Hybrid, Mates and Pure Strains to the Hive Mind, increase the intelligence of its members. The Number of Brood Brothers will also increase, who will usually worship the Patriarch as a living god. Now, if the Fourth Generations have done their work properly, the broods security will be guaranteed, better yet, the Cult should already have significant power by now.
The reproduction cycles will go on, and once the Cult has evolved enough a talented Psyker will be born, the future Cult Magus. This child will become the leader of the cult while the Patriarch will become a living icon of the cult who will take more religious proportions every cycle.
After reaching a certain “critical mass” and when all the pawns are in place, the Patriarch will call out across the stars. Any + + EXPUNGED + + hearing this call knows the planet is ready for consumption.
+ + + REMAINDER OF REPORT EXPUNGED. FORBIDDEN MATTER LEVEL OMEGA-I. AUTHOR RETIRED + + +
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In the aftermath of the purge the Acolytes of Ordo Hereticus end up in the medical care and intensive interrogation of Ordo Xenos personnel on Malfi, and after what feels like an eternity of treatments, drugs, repetitive interviews, hypno-sessions and not-so-subtle threats, you are finally released and re-inserted into your cover-roles. Except for Uthak, who apparently had some very interesting traces of advanced cellular re-growth and stem-fusion all over his skeleton, and is withheld for further study.
While the expedition did not go according to plan, you have still managed to accomplish several monumental tasks, and saved countless lives in the process. At best, the cult would have caused massive havoc killing millions in the lower and mid- hive, and at worst the entire planet of Malfi could have been destroyed. As a reward for your heroic efforts, you are spared purging by Ordo Xenos, and sworn to absolute silence and secrecy in this matter by the Lords of the Inquisition.
The genestealers were behind the disappearances, and their extermination has put and and to the terror they brought to the underhive. The gangs influence is spreading (and by extension, their affiliates House Cawdor), and their guardian angel is now revered within the gang and amongst parts of the population as well.
The illuminated dome was discovered to be the Kastormore from the song, and and ancient and abandoned settlement beneath the apex of the dome contained a temple of sorts, and among the inscriptions still legible on its altar and pillars could be read the verse:
Ancient home swallowed by the ground
Lost to us but will be found
Awaiting for the rightful sire
Mainating vigil at height of spire
Bearing high the light of hope
Guarding the secret of that once lost
As for the Dome itself, it is now the most hotly contended piece of politics in the entire Hive. All the noble houses seem to compete in presenting the most outlandish and convoluted claims of rights to the dome, while the Mechaninus has claimed rights based on the technology found there. Some wish to move the luminem technology to illuminate the domes of the high-and-mighty, as such is the only proper use of such gifts from the Emperor, meant for those most deserving. Others wish to return it to its original purpose, and grow luxury foods for the Hives Elite. The priests of Mars wish to remove it for study, while the Administratum wish to catalogue and evaluate the contents to better adjust the tithe levels for future tabulations. It is likely that nothing will be done for decades, as this matter makes its rounds in the legal system. But even so, Warns actions have gained glory for House Greim and his reputation as Explorator Extraorinaire is solid. The death of professor Ionas was unfortunate, but a small price to pay for the rediscovery of ancients glories.
The rest of the expedition were decimated by genestealer hunters, but miraculously Hathor and Ulfhilde somehow managed to return to Ash Falls. It seems Warns combat servitor managed to fend of the stealer until it suddenly retreated into the darkness, as if called away … With the help of Castus’ loyal gangers, they are returned to the upper levels and reunited with the Acolytes.