W40k: Rogue Trader

8: A Cave Story

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Lord-Captain Magnus Blackstar
Personal Log

817.M41
Unknown Planet
Unknown System

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This planet is much more valuable than previously thought. Having fled the horde of beasts into a cave (a well-timed appearance from Missionary Morpheous and his blessed prometheum allows us to hold them off), we discovered the planet is home to a massive system of caverns. The surface would be hospitable, if it weren’t for the monsters, but these caves are /lush/.

It’s too good to be true. Naught’s auspex scans determined the water is clean- /pure/, even- and there are fish. The plant-life is green and appears edible enough, though Naught is not the one to ask about that. I have ordered the crew to use their canteens as long as possible; if we need to drink from this ‘pure water’ we will, but I won’t take the risk just yet. The Guardsman- Bob? Bill?- drank from the river before I had the chance to stop him. I suppose he’ll be our test case; if anything happens to him, we know not to touch the water.

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817.M41
Unknown Planet
Unknown System
Later That Day

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Sword spiders. We have encountered a species of massive spiders with swords for forelegs. I retract my previous statement about this place being “too good to be true”.

We left the river, following a set of humanoid tracks that Reg(?) found, into a much larger cave. It’s unsettlingly large; the ‘sky’ is a thousand tons of rock above us. The cavern could hold a voidship!

Encountered the one that likely left the tracks; A tribal, living in the caves.

Being chased by the aforementioned massive spider. We had to kill two of the things; we’ll need to return later with cages, see if we can capture a sample.

The tribal, though… Is interesting. He rattled off some numbers; a heathen chant in low gothic, the ID number of an exploratory crew. He seems to believe we are that crew returning. With a bit of effort, I convinced the feral to lead us to his people. After taking the time to gather the spider’s bladed legs (I ordered Bill to assist. We might as well impress them with our generosity.) he lead us on a long trek to his village.

As I thought, they’re tribals, but Nautilus and Reg were both excited by the idol at the centre of their village. It appears to be a damaged ship power core. It gives off some sort of energy, that the ferals are using to grow crops. Interesting, and exactly what we need. If it can be repaired, their god is our ticket off this rock.

Something worries me, however. The tribals are here, with their voidship-born idol. Where’s the ship it belongs to? The ship is likely what brought our shuttle down, meaning its defenses are still active, but we’re going to need to risk it if we’re going to repair the Exchange.

I knew I should have brought explosives. Note to self; we need supplies. Once we’re off this planet, we’re going to need to resupply.

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