Rogue Trader

Episode XI

Seeds of Rebellion

The team admire red and gold silk kimono’s which lay upon beds in their very opulent rooms. They don the new attire; with weapons and armor underneath and leave to attend a dinner in their honor. An elderly servant escorts them to a large banquet hall. A long center table seats about forty and all but four seats near the queen are claimed. A king’s feast is spread across the table. The room is decorated with long red silk wall covering and all of the guests are wearing red kimonos including the queens personal guards.

The queen, Ziyi, takes her seat at the head of the table and all other other guests sit in silence. The team is escorted to their seats next to the queen while a servant walks behind each member carrying a red pillow. On the pillow lie a diasho, a large and small sword signifying a high rank within their society explains the queen. When the team take their gifts General Katsemoto stands and aggressively speaks at Roland. The audience is in obvious shock at his outburst. The queen stands and he immediately bows his head. She chastises him for embarrassing her and he reluctantly takes his seat.

The meal was festive with animated chatter across the table and soothing harps playing in the background. The citizens thoroughly enjoyed the occasion and eagerly consumed all manner of food and drink. While the desserts are being plated, Ziyi pulls Mirrabe aside and questions her if a navigator is required to travel the warp; what is a minimum crew needed to pilot a starship. Suddenly, a gasp is heard from the attendees. Gabriel’s eyes have turned white and whispy white tendrils; in the shape of wings grow from his back. He draws his gaze to the chamber ceiling and see three crawling deamonic cat like creatures.

Roland recognizes the Adorjin warning, draws his working hell pistol and fires at one of the deamons. The creature leaps away from the blast and directly at Roland; who stumbles back surprised by the creatures agile evasion. The deamon lands on him driving him to the floor. A fierce melee ensues. Gabriel and the sword of Adorjin prove to be a devastating weapon against the creatures. General Katsemoto keeps himself between the queen and any attacker. Roland manages to blast the ceiling, the second course meal, and a harp. Finally with the final deamon crouching along the floor; ready to pounce at the queen; Roland fires a deady stream of melting plasma directly into General Katsemoto’s chest. The general’s arms drop to his side and he fall’s like a domino. After the last deamon is killed, the queen informs the crew these demonic encounters are not uncommon. The planet is filled with perilous fauna and flora.

The next morning, Ayumi, the escort and translator for the group, takes them to a meeting room where one of the rescue ship’s captains is waiting. The team conducts interviews with all three and find one story is not trustworthy. The captain sent to the northern crash site – the largest portion of the Razor may not be telling the truth. He claims to have been forced back by dropping winter temperatures. The other captain brought back some member’s of the crew. The team talk the surviving crew members but keep them imprisoned for now. Werner Ghost, the Astral Knife with the gift of visions, tells Gabriel his vision. He saw a giant fiery bird rise from a planet shattering it into pieces.

Based on information gathered by Mirrabe, the team ask to see the mines outside the city palisades. The request is granted but Ayumi, brings extra guards and the team is given horses to travel. Traveling outside the walls can be extremely dangerous. While traveling out of the city, Ayumi see’s a teenage boy painting on a wall and instantly races after him. The boy manages to escape in a crowd and the team see the graffiti created by the lad. It is a lion head inscribed in a circle. Ayumi explains this is the symbol of some terrorists who continue to vandalize and destroy property in the city. She doesn’t think they are much of threat just some bored youth.

The company travel into the wilderness following a winding path higher into the surrounding mountains. They manage to reach the mines without an incident and see miners extracting a crystal or gem-like substance. Gabriel, a ship-born, recognizes the substance as promethium a possible fuel for starships. Ayumi, informs the team mining this substance is a direct order from the queen and they have been doing it for several months now. They haven’t used it for anything yet. It is just being stockpiled.

They quickly travel back to the safety of the city and when they are quartering their mounts a nearby building is rocked by an explosion. Ayumi quickly jumps in to help some of the injured. A cloaked man whispers into Mirrabe’s ear, “Meet at the dock midnight” as he walks by. The cloaked man quickly blends into the crowd. They reach the palace and being investigating the ship captain’s again only to find they all have died – “accidentally”.

Using sheets they repel down from their balconies to meet the cloaked figure. They manage to reach the docks unseen and the cloaked man finds them. The man is part of the rebellion but its not quite the story the queen explained. He takes the team deep into underground tunnels until they finally reach a small room with a meager box for a table and a few chairs. The cloaked figure leaves and a large humanoid figure enters the room. He is Ajani, the leader of the rebellion.
His people were the original ruler’s and they found Ziyi as a young woman after she escaped slavery aboard Rogue Trader vessel. She quickly amassed a following which brought about a civil war. Her psychic powers continued to grow. She could cloud the minds of men making but not the Nekojin. Frustrated, she created a new curse for them. Using her dark magic she transformed them into cat-like savage deamonic creatures ending the civil war. Some of Nekojin were able to resist the curse. Ajani is the leader of these few and has amassed a small rebel force.

He asked the team for help. They need to find a weakness. They need to discover why the queen has such interest in two locations. One the Razor’s crash site and the other is the queen’s wives chamber. Only the queen and her wives have ever been in there. Several attempts have been made to gain entry and all have fatally ended. But the queen has a new favorite. An infatuation, which could be useful, Mirrabe could be able to gain access to the chamber.

Mirrabe agrees. During another conversation between Mirrabe and Ziyi, the queen asks about Mirrabe’s loyalty to the Razor’s crew. Could she leave them? Mirrabe convinces her enough that Ziyi says, “I think its time you met the other’s”. Ziyi takes Mirrabe into the chamber. Its filled with books, artifacts, and strange relics. A powerful incense fills the room and at the center are plush pillows with two beautiful women. She introduces them as Mina, Tomiko her companions and she is optimistic that Mirrabe could join them. At the back of the room is metallic arch engraved with strange writing. Mirrabe cant read the glyphs but knows they are in Eldar tongue. Two pots of burning promethium flank the arch and Ziyi grabs some promethium and places it on the arch. The fires dances across the arch and a warp tunnel is formed within it. Ziyi pulls Mirrabe close and with a slight smile says, “I want to show you something.” They walk thru the portal.

On the other side of the portal, they are standing on a damaged platform in the frozen reaches of the planet. The portal transported them to the crash site of the Razor. The fallen hull of the Razor damaged the platform and created a massive crevasse in the ice. “See our fates are intertwined. I’ve pondered ways to release the craft but the fortune of your arrival has opened our door. Now we can leave this planet and create the society we’ve wanted.”

Looking down, at the Razor, Mirrabe sees the truth. The crash of the Razor uncovered a buried starship. An ancient starship of foreign design left under the ice for millenium. A craft for their escape or a vehicle the spear Ziyi’s new society.

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