There is nothing like hunting a man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never care for anything else thereafter..
* * *
The Wrath of the Emperor
+++ INITIALISING +++
“Oh Great Machine God, I implore thee to cast your benevolent gaze upon our systems, the Divine Right. Let your burning power seethe through its circuits. Let your undying wards lay upon its matrix and circuitry. Let your supreme intellect watch over this operation and assist me in my never-ending search for knowledge.”
+++ LOADING SEARCH PARAMETERS +++
+++ LOADING +++
+++ INITIATING LORD MARTINEZ PROTOCOLS +++
+++ LOADING +++
+++ SEARCHING +++
+++ ADD SYSTEM WIDE +++
+++ LOADING +++
The Emperor Protects
+++ PRAXIS GATANIA SUBROUTINE IMPERIAL COMMANDER +++
+++ ACCESS DENIED +++
Hunt the heretic, cleanse the unclean
+++ ARBITES MAINFRAME +++
+++ ACCESS GRANTED +++
+++ PLANETARY DEFENSE FORCE SUBROUTINE +++
+++ LIMITED ACCESS +++
Patience, He that has patience can have the will
+++ ADEPTUS ADMINISTRATUM - ACCESS GRANTED +++
+++ ERROR - FIREWALL INITIATED +++
+++ ACCESS LIMITED +++
+++ MARTINEZ ACCESS OVERRIDE +++
+++ ACCESS GRANTED +++
Patience is a gift to the truly anointed
+ Arch-Magos. This is servitor 31/20. We are being scanned +
+++ PROXIMITY ALERT +++
+++ AUSPEX SCAN +++
+++ INCOMING VESSEL CONFIRMED +++
+ Two thousand Kilometres and closing +
I cannot understand why they were not picked up sooner: Note Run diagnostic on servitor’s 30/20 through to 30/27
+ Lower shields. Send out Standard Imperial Greeting +
+ Unknown vessel. This is The Admiral Swinton of the Praxis Gatania Outer-Rim Flotilla. Heave to, lower your colours and prepare to be boarded +
+ Good Day to you +
+++ ACCESSING NAVAL DATA BASE +++
+ Greetings Captain Zorich.This is an un-registered vessel on Imperium business. Sending our clearance now +
+ Unknown vessel. You will immediately cease your scans of our vessel and Heave to. This is not, I repeat NOT a request. You will comply or face ultimate sanction +
+ I am sending you our clearance now Captain +
+++ ACCESSING +++
+ Instructions received. Thank you for your co-operation. If there is anything we can assist you with, do not hesitate to ask. The Emperor Protects +
Indeed he does
+ That will not be necessary. We will be on our way +
+++ ALL SYSTEMS SEARCHED - STANDBY +++
+++ 13 OF 14 PARAMETERS FOUND +++
+++ AWAITING INSTRUCTIONS +++
Knowledge is power
Arch-Magos Flavius Cutov of the Adeptus Mechanicus detected a rise in blood adrenaline levels in the frontal lobe of his brain; this immediately caused a rush of pleasure throughout his body giving him a feeling of lightheadedness and well-being, and what he might perceive as being excitement.
Note: Check Frontal lobe functions for signs of decay or possible infection
His pneumatic legs raised him up to his full height and twisting at the hip, he moved away from his station and made his way to the Sanctum exitway.
+ Lord Martinez. This is Arch-Magos Flavius Cutov. Are you awake? +
There was a pause, before a gruff, deeply-accented voice returned.
+ I have only slept one hour in the last twenty-four so technically I am still asleep +
These mortals insist on using the wasted method of communication called sarcasm
+ I have a 13 out of 14 template result for you +
The Arch-Magos heard what he thought to be a spluttered cough, followed by items being dropped or knocked over.
+ Cutov, a 13 of 14 is very rare, are you sure? +++
Omnissiah, give me your infinite strength so that I may continue to work under such testing conditions
The Arch-Magos momentarily halted and considered the question.
+ I have run a quick diagnostic my Lord, my systems are functioning at 99.97 per cent. I am almost certain that the information is correct +
There was a longer pause this time and then a deep baritone burst of laughter.
+ Almost 99.97% certain. From a an Adept of the Mechanicum, that is not very reliable +
+ My Lord, I will shut down and purge my systems and try again +
This time the reply was quick and without humour.
+ No, no, for the Emperor’s sake Cutov, do not purge yourself, I am more than happy with the result. Meet me in the Stratagem most expeditiously +
* * *
“The antidote for fifty enemies is one friend”
~Aristoti, ancient Terran Philosopher
I AM AN OUTCAST.
For years too innumerable to count, I have traveled the stars, always moving, always hiding.
For I am hunted.
I have seen my brothers and sisters burn, I have seen them flayed, I even watched one of my brothers being crucified in front of a baying mob and could do nothing.
Their crimes? Like me, they were different to everyone else. When one cannot explain something his base instincts take over and something that is not the norm, something that does not fit the time or place is dealt with through ignorance and fear. Death usually follows.
I have been hunted down through the years by men on horses, with dogs and other wild beasts, but always managed to stay one step ahead. Special units or groups have been formed to find and destroy my like.
Groups like The Inquisition.
I faced the Dominicans, The Innocent Pope and later Torquemada, the high-and-mighty, and all of them failed to judge me.
Now I face them again, in this time, but the latest batch of zealots put the ancients and their methods to shame. These so-called brave and loyal servants of the Emperor make the Spaniards look like small children at play.
I feel my days are numbered… perhaps?
I am not ready to give up yet, for I believe that I still live for a purpose, and although our numbers have dwindled, I know that I still have brothers and sisters out there amongst the stars.
One day we will all meet again. One day we will sit at the feet of our father and a new dawn of enlightenment will begin and Mankind’s true destiny will be revealed.
Until that time I will run and I will hide. I will agitate, harass and spur on the subjugated and the oppressed and I will bring a glimmer of light and hope to small corners of this dark Imperium.
It is my destiny…