Sins of the Father

Chapter 1
En Route to Footfall, Winterscale's Realm [Koronus Sector]: 998.8-M41

“A Rogue Trader’s dynasty is built on the ambition of his ancestors, be they dreams of glory or nightmares of failure.”
~Wielding the Warrant: A Tale of the Void

“The open void is where fortune is found.”
That is what the late Lord-Captain Marius Aegius was often fond of saying. Indeed, the masters of the Aegean had often found riches beyond their wildest dreams in every corner of the then undiscovered sectors, far from the reach of Holy Terra. They, of course, lost it all in the mad schemes of a deluded and power-hungry ancestor.

Once again, the scions of the once great house have regained a fraction of their lost fortune upon the discovery and looting of the legendary lost treasure ship, the Righteous Path. Six months have passed since the clash with Hadarak Fel and the reputation of House Aegius has only grown with time.

Perilous adventures await the Explorers, the Aegean, and it’s crew; imperial worlds in rebellion, rampaging xenos, and pirates lurking unsuspectingly. With every new challenge brings treasures and even greater fame.

While fame is the calling card of all nobility, all Rogue Traders learn eventually that not all treasures should be plundered. Sometimes these lessons have a very treacherous learning curve. Warnings go unheeded because fortunes must be had. The greed of mankind knows no bounds, be it sparkling gems, crystal swords from the Egarian Dominion, or knowledge from the depths of the Black Library.

However, it is all hearsay and myth, like Whispers on the Storm.

The Calm Before the Storm
Port Wander, Rubycon II System [Calixis Sector]: 998.2-M41

“It is the beast that swallows the apostate, the doubter, and all who
ship with them. Better to slay the unfaithful than risk the dread Maw
whilst such false wretches draw breath."
~Opening lines of the Voidfarer’s Warning from the Drusian Play

The Koronus Passage sits as the only link between the Calixis Sector and the Koronus Expanse.
However, it lives on in the hearts of many a voidfarer with an air of fear and respect. Coloquially (and superstitiously) referred to as “the Maw”, the Koronus Passage is symbolized as a great beast comprised of warp storms that ebb and flow with savage beauty. Many explorers have been destroyed simply by heeding it’s intoxicating call and being eaten whole.

Port Wander, a great sentinel and waystation that guards the passage, is the last real bastion of imperial civilisation. Here, upon the very decks of the space station, is the calm before the storm.

It is a place of solace before the Rogue Traders venture Into the Maw.

The First and Final Day
Dry Dock, Opus Macharius [Calixis Sector]: 998.1-M41

Everybody gonna pray
On the very last day,
When they that hear that bell
Ring the world away.
Everybody gonna pray to the heavens
On Judgement Day.
~“Very Last Day”
An excerpt from an old (and heretical) folk song

The ancient monolith awaited it’s new master.
The Aegean, considered a cursed ship by many voidsmen, is the flagship and seat of a once great house of Rogue Traders. Only the most unwary scions of House Aegius met untimely ends at the hands of their own ship. The wise, however, respected the ship and knew it for what it was; a hungry beast and a murderer. Many were the offerings that have been served up to it’s ravenous appetite, but none so dramatic as the death of the late Rogue Trader, Lord-Captain Marius Aegius X.

Captain, heir, counselors, and deckhands were found frozen to death on the command deck not one month ago. Long time voidsmen, residents, and even stowaways have fled the seemingly accursed ship leaving even the closest of possessions behind in blind fear. Only those who have never known any other home have remained behind, familiar as they are with the bloody and capricious nature of the vessel.

Now, the Aegean sleeps, content to await a new captain.


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