Arrival at Cerrus.   Posted by Inquisitor Lord Frumentarius.Group: 0
Inquisitor Lord Frumentarius
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Fri 6 Jul 2018
at 14:18
Arrival at Cerrus
After an uncomfortable yet uneventful flight to the surface, you feel the ship start to decelerate and touch down with a horrifying screech of metal. The door slowly opens, and you see several armed men encircling the ship, although they aren't pointing their weapons... yet. A grey haired man in the center - presumably the leader - steps forward and raises his palm in greeting. "Ho there! I apologize for the inconvenience, but I can't say that we were expecting you."
Domonia Sadistivus
 Acolyte, 16 posts
 HP: 13/13
 Fate: 4/4
Fri 6 Jul 2018
at 15:34
Arrival at Cerrus
Domonia immediately unbuckled and walks forward ahead of everyone making her sure her military outfit and hat with the inquisition symbol are in perfect view. "My name is Domonia Sadistivus of the inquisition. It is my understanding that there is a matter of interest for us on this planet. I assume you are part of the planetary government. What is your rank and title?"
Alyss Vance
 Acolyte, 13 posts
 HP: 12/12
 Fate: 4/4
Fri 6 Jul 2018
at 16:01
Arrival at Cerrus
Alyss unbuckles and follows Domonia out. "No one expects the Inquisition. Greetings. I am Alyss Vance and like my associate has already said, we're Inquisitorial representatives. We have business on your planet and would appreciate it if we had your full cooperation so we may conclude matters as quickly as possible." She steps up next to Domonia and offers her hand to the man to shake.

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Inquisitor Lord Frumentarius
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Fri 6 Jul 2018
at 16:26
Arrival at Cerrus
You hear the man mutter something about the stories being true, and he shakes Alyss' outstretched hand. "My apologies, I'm Quintus Rex, captain of the governor's personal guard. If you don't mind, the governor will want to meet with you immediately."
Alyss Vance
 Acolyte, 14 posts
 HP: 12/12
 Fate: 4/4
Fri 6 Jul 2018
at 16:36
Arrival at Cerrus
Alyss gives an approving nod. "Lead the way."
Inquisitor Lord Frumentarius
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Fri 6 Jul 2018
at 18:45
Arrival at Cerrus
Quintus barks an order to a pair of men, who salute and scurry off. Several minutes later, a small personnel carrier rolls up and Quintus beckons you inside. After some concerns that Uroch may or may not fit through the door, everyone manages to squeeze inside, with little room to spare. Nivellius mutters something about the state of the accommodations, although Quintus appeared to not hear him.

From one windowless transport to another, you've been unable so far to get a good look at the cityscape.

After roughly 15 minutes, you hear the squeal of the transport's brakes. The doors swing open, and you disembark at a massive set of stairs leading to the gubernatorial palace. While you have seen larger and more impressive buildings, the palace strikes an elegant figure, more an art piece than a fortification. Crafted from massive blocks of white stone, it contrasts the typical Imperial grey rockcrete style, though the massive Aquila banners hung from every spire reaffirm that this is indeed an Imperial building. There are several guards at the top of the stairs, blocking the entrance.

Quintus looks at the visible parts of the small armory that you have with you. "Ordinarily I would insist that anyone meeting with Lord Heimgarten disarm, but since I doubt I have the authority to make you do that, I'll settle for a polite request that you keep your weapons holstered while within the palace grounds."
Alyss Vance
 Acolyte, 15 posts
 HP: 12/12
 Fate: 4/4
Fri 6 Jul 2018
at 19:05
Arrival at Cerrus
"Thats a reasonable request I think we will be able to keep." She gives side glances at Cromwell and Uroch.
Lhari Gorgo
 Acolyte, 16 posts
 HP 13/13
 Fate: 2/2
Fri 6 Jul 2018
at 19:28
Arrival at Cerrus
Lhari warily looks around and gives a curt nod to Quintius.
Cromwell
 Acolyte, 8 posts
 HP: 11/11
 Fate: 3/3
Sat 7 Jul 2018
at 05:41
Arrival at Cerrus

Cromwell cracks a sincere grin, "Of course. I wouldn't want to set anyone on edge."

I could draw my gun within the space between your heartbeats old man.

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Inquisitor Lord Frumentarius
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Sat 7 Jul 2018
at 12:10
Arrival at Cerrus
Uroch, unsurprisingly, makes no indication that he heard or understood.

"Is he always like that?" Quintus asks with a raised eyebrow.

Nivellius sighs theatrically. "I have yet to hear him speak a word of Gothic, although I haven't heard him attempt any sort of speech. Probably for the better, I suppose, given the intellectual powers at his disposal. I assure you, we can keep our friend under control." Nivellius, to his credit, is attempting to look reassuring, but he just looks as smug as usual.
Alyss Vance
 Acolyte, 16 posts
 HP: 12/12
 Fate: 4/4
Sun 8 Jul 2018
at 16:15
Arrival at Cerrus
Alyss looks at her chrono. "Shall we proceed then, captain? No one here will violate your request. We just want to talk."
Inquisitor Lord Frumentarius
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Sun 8 Jul 2018
at 17:40
Arrival at Cerrus
"As you wish, follow me." Quintus leads you up the stairs, and waves the guards aside. The guards move with varying degrees of urgency, and throw lazy salutes as you walk past. As you walk through the entrance chamber, Quintus gives a disgusted sigh. "If things were normal around here, I wouldn't be forced to tolerate such sloppiness."

Ahead of you lies a pair of massive wooden doors, each with half of a wrought metal Aquila fastened upon them. A pair of guards stand in front of them, and in contrast to the pathetic display outside, they are better aware, armed, and armored. As Quintus approaches them, you hear a crisp snap as they stand at attention. Quintus orders them to open the doors, and they make haste to do so. The double doors smoothly swing wide open with a surprisingly low amount of effort, which you note as strange, as they are almost a meter thick.

As the doors open, you catch the sounds of several people arguing. Over the din, you hear a man's voice roar out "ENOUGH!"

The chatter dies down, and Quintus beckons you to follow him as he strides into the throne room. As you enter, you see several figures standing around a man seated on a throne of the same white stone as the palace. The man, presumably Governor Heimgarten, sees Quintus motioning with his hands, and stands up. "This discussion will continue later. For now, I want you all out of my sight." Murmurs of protest are cut short with a quick shout of "GO!"

As you walk down the fine carpet leading to the throne, six individuals file out opposite to you. They appear to be various advisers, notably from groups the Inquisitor mentioned as having split off. After they exit, the doors glide closed.

Now that he is no longer surrounded, you get a clear look at the Governor. Heimgarten is stocky, well built man, with a head of short black hair and a bushy beard, although it would appear that his hairline is starting to recede and several flecks of grey are dotting his beard. Interestingly, his nose appears to have been broken on at least one occasion over the years, and were he not clad in the robes of his station, he would not appear out of place working with his hands.

Heimgarten sits back down and looks over the group standing before him. "Quintus, did I not tell you that the Emperor himself heard our prayers? I asked for a way to smell out which of those damnable groups are truly loyal, and He sends me a pack of His hounds!"

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Alyss Vance
 Acolyte, 17 posts
 HP: 12/12
 Fate: 4/4
Sun 8 Jul 2018
at 20:51
Arrival at Cerrus
Alyss steps forward. "Greetings Lord Governor. We got word that the Emperor's light was dimming here and came to...rekindle the fire. I am Alyss Vance, and these are my associates Lhari Gorgo, Domonia Sadistivus, Cromwell, Nivellius, and Uroch." She gestures at each of them and she says their names.
Inquisitor Lord Frumentarius
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Sun 8 Jul 2018
at 22:52
Arrival at Cerrus
"I'm pleased they saw fit to send a team, I was worried they'd decide the planet is too much trouble for them and just blast the whole damned thing." He tells you with a grimace. "Pass my gratitude along. I tried sending a few of my men to sort out this madness, first overtly and then covertly. The first teams to each group reported that they couldn't find anything wrong, and the second ones didn't report back at all. Now, at first I thought this was just the squabbling of petty tyrants, but this worries me."

He shakes his head and rubs his eyes. "I almost wish that if these groups have indeed turned on us, they'd hurry up and try to kill us man to man already. At least then they'd have the guts to face me as an enemy instead of disguised as a friend."
Alyss Vance
 Acolyte, 18 posts
 HP: 12/12
 Fate: 4/4
Mon 9 Jul 2018
at 01:10
Arrival at Cerrus
"Yes its much easier to know who's a heretic then. When did all this start and how did it start?"
Inquisitor Lord Frumentarius
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Mon 9 Jul 2018
at 03:16
Arrival at Cerrus
"Like everything else about this blasted situation, it's unclear. It all came to a head about two weeks ago when two of the three sides left the city. My advisers were acting like children before that, although that proves nothing, they've always been contentious. As to the how, Pontifex Eurac and Master Burggraf apparently nearly came to blows." The governor chuckles. "I would have killed to see the bag of bones priest and that fat paper pusher fight."

"The PDF got involved when Burggraf tried to have the Ecclesiarchy detained. Instead of seizing them, they protected them on the way out of the city. They didn't get those orders from me, but if this was a coup, they would have already killed me. Every attempt I've made to get them back in the blasted city has failed, although they assure me that they're loyal to the Emperor, 'and all His faithful servants'. The local business heads and the borough leaders were concerned by all of this, so they up and took many of their people to the quarry near the ruins. Oddly enough, I think some of our local color joined them to protect them. Strange bedfellows, although unfortunate, because the more respectable criminals are who I'd usually send for something like after my men's straightforward approach failed."


"The city still has plenty of civilians in it, so my men are stretched thin, as you can see. For obvious reasons, I'm doing my best to appear neutral until I can tell who really is being a true servant of the Emperor. As such, I think the Administratum have hired some offworlder group as guards. Small outfit, think they were just stopping for supplies. Think they're under a Rogue Trader, but I don't have much intel on them."

"The only thing I have going for me at this point - and probably the reason they sent you instead of a firestorm - is that this doesn't appear to be a planetwide issue. My other cities report that while the respective orders have all contacted their peers, it would appear whatever they told them wasn't enough for the others to fight, and they report they're still loyal to me so long as I am loyal to the Emperor. I'm sure you see my problem; if I reject or support one of the groups, I may turn this schism from 'just a city' to 'planetary'."

Alyss Vance
 Acolyte, 19 posts
 HP: 12/12
 Fate: 4/4
Mon 9 Jul 2018
at 16:56
Arrival at Cerrus
"I understand. In fact it was because of your neutrality that made us come here first. I'd advise you continue to stay neutral until we determine which of these groups is true to the Emperor. Like you said best to contain the problem to one city. Rest assured Lord Governor that we will get to the bottom of this. Hopefully its nothing more than petty politics but one can never be sure with these kinds of accusations." She looks around at her comrades. "Well, anyone else have anything to ask the Governor before we get to work?"

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