The Haarlock Legacy Campaign
CLASSIFICATION: DARK OMEGA
SUBJECT: Recent Occurrences in Sinophia Magna
My Loyal Acolytes,
Contained herein this astropathic message is a report received by the court of the Arbitrator Lord Marshal via astropathic transmission from the world of Sinophia.
The report is from Fihad Constantine, adjutant to the Arbitrator Precinct Marshal of Sinophia. The report attached outlines a series of violent attacks on members of the Sinophian nobility. As you may well know, under usual circumstances, the murder of a prominent citizen would not be worthy of a priority astropathic transmission – nor the Holy Ordos’ concern or your involvement. However, the nature of the attackers might indicate a malefic aspect to the crimes, and Sinophia’s past means all is suspect. Furthermore, there are other reports from this long-troubled world that indicate that it tips ever closer to the abyss of misrule and calamity, and these murders could provide a cataclysm for civil disorder and rebellion between the city’s ruling factions. Mark the details of the attached report and take every inference to heart. You have my authority to lay open this matter, investigate whether these are simple murders or the shadow of a greater heresy in the making, and take actions such as are necessary for its removal. I am also granting you use of the rosette if it is deemed necessary that you must reveal your actions for the population at large: the Arbites are aware of your impending arrival and your association with me.
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Arbites Summation Reports
Source: Sinophia Magna, SInophia
Subject: Murder of Viscount Hiram Sur’Seculo
Summary of occurrence:
Viscount Hiram Sur’Seculo was the head of House Seculo, a worthy and renowned house of Sinophia. The Viscount and his party had returned home to his manse in District VII just after nightfall, when it appears they were attacked without warning. From the destruction at the scene it is clear that the attackers ripped through the doorway with force and it is possible they may have sustained damage in doing so, though no blood from the attackers could be found at the scene.
There were no surviving witnesses, though it can be deduced that there were at least four to eight attackers in the murders. Psychic auto-seances confirm this.
The Viscount, his bodyguard, and five servants were killed by being beaten and/or torn apart, evidencing a level of physical force greater than that of normal human limits. The attackers also looted the personal rooms of the Viscount. The destruction was considerable, and it was unclear what the attackers were seeking, nor whether they succeeded in finding what they sought. Many valuables were left scattered in disarray in the premises, some of considerably high value. Various security devices and recording equipment at the Viscount’s manse inexplicably failed during the attack, only to resume working once the attack had passed. Tech-adept examination can offer no explanation for this.
Cross reference addendum to report:
There have been at least two further attacks on members of the Sinophian noble and mercantile class. In both cases, teh victims were beaten and rest apart, and in at least one other, there has been an attendant robbery.
We are asking for the Holy Ordos’ investigations in this matter, and I am sending this report per regulation regarding such matters. Upon arrival on Sinophia, agents of the Conclave need only seek me out at our newly-acquired precinct hall at the tower known locally as Haarlock’s Folly. I await your guidance in this matter.
I remain a loyal servant of the Imperium and the God-Emperor,
Arbitrator Adjutant Fihad Constatine
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