The Longest Journey

Chapter 3: The Burning Sands of Nadusa

Log entry V

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Date: 5.625.815.M41, 228th day of the year.
Classification: Epsilon
Distribution: Senior expedition personnel of the Lord Captain’s Council

At the behest of Lord Captain Marcus de Winter I have prepared this document and log for the Lord Captain’s Council held on the 208thth day of the year. Strictly for internal use.

Expedition intel:

208th day of the year: Master of Esoterics Song reported the positive identification of the Tyrant-class Cruiser “Luna Crescere”, flagship of the Hredrin dynasty fleet. The cursory survey suggests outfitting and armament in keeping with its class, notably the Tyrant’s feared heavy plasma battery broadsides.
214th day of the year: Master of Esoterics Song reported a preliminary scan of a newly arrived vessel in the Nadusa system. The ship was reported as the Turbulent-class Heavy Frigate “Ater Angelus”, captained by Captain Lissandre Hellholt. It did not respond to any attempts at initiating communication.
222th day of the year: Shore-team Asceline. On this day the whereabouts of intelligence asset Jeremia Stones was confirmed by First Officer de Winter and he was located to the monastery “Garden of Viride” upon Nadusa. Preparations where immediately made to retrieve the target.
227th day of the year: Shore-team Asceline. The capture of asset Stones was pre-empted by agents of the Lyn Dynasty who is now in possession of it. Reports from First Officer de Winter confirmed that dynasties Lyn, Hellholt and Hredrin all sought to claim the intelligence asset. Main dynasty holdings notified of the possibility of hostile relations.

Status as of the 228th day of the year: The pursuit of the Lyn dynasty vessel, a Orion-class Star Clipper, commenced. Intelligence asset Stones believed to still be alive.

Financial and diplomatic issues:

220th day of the year: On behalf of Lord Captain de Winter a team led by High Factotum Premysl conducted negotiations with representatives of the Winterscale Dynasty upon the latter’s orbital anchorage facilities. The negotiations were concluded in a satisfactory manner and payment conducted for material and parts required for the scheduled repair of the Winter King. Directions for finalizing the payment forwarded to Baraspine via scheduled Astropathic communication.
221th day of the year: Shore-team Drusus. Negotiations with representatives of the local imperial government concluded and permission gained to conduct voluntary recruitment upon Port Zeal. Permission also gained to land crew shore-side for the purpose of moral fortification and spiritual reflection.
222th day of the year: Shore-team Asceline. Minor hostilities reported against members of the local Kasballica network, ending with the death of a local Kasballica “baron”. Long term effect of the incident unknown. A cautionary notice forwarded to Baraspine, to be distributed.
226th day of the year: Direct astropathic communication with the Ars Moriendi confirms the success of its recent attempt at running the blockade of Lucin’s Breath. It’s shipment of armaments were safely delivered to the Chorda resistance and received the promised shipment of Nephium. The Ars Moriendi is now proceeding to Port Wander.

Status as of the 228th day of the year: The success of the Lucin’s Breath endeavour is an important boost in the financial situation. It will afford us some time to stabilize the situation and prevent further sales in the immediate future.
Diplomatic update: The reaction of other Kasballica Princes to the incident upon Nadusa remains unknown and of some concern.

Military issues:

222th day of the year: Shore-team Drusus. Commenced rotating shore-leave for voidsmen, expected to be finished by the 235th day of the year. Minor recruitment drive commenced.
222th and 227th day of the year: Shore-team Asceline. Hostilities reported on two occasions. Firstly against members of the local Kasballica network, secondly against a rival expedition of the Hredrin dynasty. Three men gone to the Emperor, may he look to their souls.
224th day of the year: Shore-team Drusus. A group of eleven deserters caught upon Port Zeal after failing to report back at the appointed time. Ringleader summarily executed and the remaining ten sentenced to death by public hanging in view of Port Zeal’s spaceport.
227th day of the year: The Winter King, Bridge. The arrival of the heavy frigate “Ater Angelus” in low orbit above Nadusa and its subsequent launching of atmospheric crafts triggered a response from “Luna Crescere”. “Luna Crescere” reported as moving to intercept the “Ater Angelus” whom it is predicted will attempt to break off without engagement.

Prisoners: 152 raiders.
Reported Casualties: 12 KIA, 23 Wounded, estimated 1980 Returned To Duty.
Desertion: 172 men. May the Emperor throw them into the darkness.
Recruitment: 1081 unskilled labourers recruited. Promotion and training of existing personnel underway.
Status as of the 228th day of the year: Minor armed engagements upon Nadusa reported as successful. Steward’s station reports an improving personnel situation.

Naval issues:

210th through to 220th day of the year: Engineseer Prime Hoshi reports good progress with initial repairs and restructuring efforts. Damaged compartments cleared and unrecyclable debris jettisoned. The Manifactorium reported to have commenced production of most necessary parts and further repairs are being planned.
220th day of the year: Helmsman’s station. By the afternoon watch it was reported that the Winter King had achieved high orbit over Nadusa as scheduled after a journey in-system of approximately thirteen standard days.
226th day of the year: Preliminary repair report submitted by Engineseer Prime Hoshi. Work is proceeding as planned and structural integrity considered restored. Further repairs postponed pending the arrival of the “Ater Angelus”.
227th day of the year: Helmsman’s station. On the forenoon watch Lord Captain de Winter gave the order to slip mooring at Nadusa. The order was affected without delay and all shore-parties reported back in good time.

Repair report summary: Major restructuring of interior compartments successfully conducted. Structural integrity restored to deck 6 through to 11. Deck 12, 13 and 14 remain sealed and their functions have been moved elsewhere. Functionality restored to Main Hold 3. Port side armour plating refitted and in full working order. By the grace of the Machine God all functions considered at optimal efficiency. Structural stability remain compromised however and further repairs advice as soon as possible.

Status as of the 228th day of the year: Operating at near optimal capacity. Caution adviced on further offensive engagement until final repairs can be conducted.

Navigatorial and Exploration Reports:

222th day of the year: Astromantic Survey Team. Full survey of the Nadusa system completed, cross-referenced with known data and archived. Ref 40.6803.IP.010.N.
228th day of the year: Navigators Station. The Lord Captain ordered a new course plotted along the likely vector of the Orion-class Star Clipper belonging to the Lyn Dynasty. Warp Guide Yelisavet Nostromo reports that work is underway and a course should be set by the time the Winter King approaches the systems edge.

Status as of the 228th day of the year: The standing order is to keep close watch on the Orion-class Star Clipper belonging to the Lyn Dynasty. The pursuit continues as preparations for a warp translation is underway. May the Emperor save us from the horrors of the Void.

Notification: The order stands to have the ship down and ready for warp translation on the 246th day of the year, at the third bell of the forenoon watch. May it be that by then our course shall be clear.

Thought for the day: To compromise is to err.

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Chapter 2, Part III: The Prophetess and the Swords of Twilight

Log entry IV

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Date: 5.523.815.M41, 208th day of the year.
Classification: Epsilon
Distribution: Senior expedition personnel of the Lord Captain’s Council
At the behest of Lord Captain Marcus de Winter I have prepared this document and log for the Lord Captain’s Council held on the 208thth day of the year. Strictly for internal use.

Expedition intel:

203rd day of the year: On this day the Astropathic Choir of the Winter King picked up an encoded message seemingly originating from the dynasty ship Ars Moriendi. Upon decoding, it was revealed to be a distress call reporting the Ars Moriendi had been pursued by an unknown enemy to the Jerazol system. This information later proved to be false and astropathic communication has confirmed that the Ars Moriendi is currently preparing to run the blockade of Lucian’s Breath.
204th day of the year: Intelligence report on the hostile forces encountered at Ajax delivered by Magos Occularis Walter Magnum. Attackers confirmed as Eldar xenoform from the piratical faction designated “Swords of Twilight”, the attacking voidcraft corresponding to a cruiser class ship known as “Arrow of the Eclipse” captained by the infamous pirate “Mor’meril Ossian”. Vid-transferee from the bait-vessel also showed a female xeno naming itself “Ela’Ashbel”, a name correlating in several records with an Eldar world or base known as “Kaelor”.

Status as of the 208th day of the year: Preparations commenced for the retrieval of the target known as Jeremia Stones from Nadusa. A message to observe extreme caution pertaining to the Eldar xenoform sent to all dynasty ships and operations. See attached intelligence report: 01.398.SJer.Az.

Financial and diplomatic issues:

203rd day of the year: First Officer de Winter established an operational relationship with Commander Victoria Horne of the Emperor’s Imperial Navy. The Commander proceeded to aid the Winter King’s withdrawal from the Jerazol system. Further contact and cooperation may prove fruitful.
205th day of the year: Dynasty agents upon Port Wander reports the arrival of merchantman “Spirit of Calixis” hauling wreckage on the 201st day of the year. A formal claim to the right of salvage lodged to port authorities by dynasty representatives. Process expected to be finalized within a year.
207th day of the year: Factotum’s Division. Astropathic communication with Baraspine confirm a previously divined surge of warp squalls on the Baraspine-Malfi warp connection. The estimated effect is a delay of shipping by at least two months. Navigatorial assets relocated. Effect on financial situation detrimental.

Status as of the 208th day of the year: Financial situation deteriorating further, further sales and/or leasing of dynasty holdings may be required.
Diplomatic update: None.

Military issues:

197th through to the 202nd day of the year: Winter King Security Detail. Centurion Primus de Winter led two separate raids upon the Bilge. Both considered highly successful. An estimated seventeen nests and one hundred fifteen abominations purged. Remains converted into auxiliary reactor fuel. Thirty-three men wounded in action. Seventeen gone to the Emperor. Two men summarily executed for cowardice in the face of the enemy.
200th day of the year: Winter King Security Detail. A minor riot on Deck 18, Section 3 broken up and dispersed. Fourteen ratings sentenced to the upper brig for disorderly conduct. Two suspected ringleaders sentenced to the deep brig. One man wounded in action.
203rd day of the year: Winter King Military Analytic Report. Twelve Standard Terran hours after receiving the distress call allegedly of Ars Moriendi the Winter King came under attack by the vile Eldar xenoform. By means of unclean teleportation technology the bridge was attempted boarded by three xenoforms but repulsed to the loss of one attacker. The Winter King then proceeded, under heavy fire, to withdraw and regroup with the Imperial Navy light cruiser “Hawk”. This objective was achieved after approximately two and a half hours at which point the cowardly xenoform withdrew. Medium casualties sustained. Major structural damage reported.
205th day of the year: Winter King Security Detail. Three ratings found agitating against the Lord Captain on Deck 4, 18 and 21. As per protocol assigned to “conversion” henceforth.

Prisoners: 168 raiders.
Reported Casualties: Estimated 3440 KIA, 3910 Wounded, 427 Returned To Duty. Nine warrant officers confirmed KIA.
Status as of the 208th day of the year: Engagement of Ajax considered a limited success and disengagement was successfully affected. Serious casualties sustained and the Steward’s station reports a need for replacements. Minor irregularities reported amongst the crew.

Naval issues:

203th day of the year: Helmsman’s Station. On the order of Lord Captain de Winter the Winter King affected realspace translation at the edge of the Jerazol system. Warp drives ordered powered down but kept online. Preliminary scans suggested target located in anchor above a gas giant designated “Ajax”. Navigation commenced and successfully conducted. Naval engagement commenced at Ajax, consult relevant military report. Heavy damage sustained, consult summary below, full report archived as 39.04.0110.AO
204th day of the year: Navigator’s Station. Warp translation successfully affected and journey continues. Estimated arrival in the Nadusa system set to three standard days. Sacrifice conducted to the blessed warp drive with the Lord Captain present. May the Emperor light our way.
207th day of the year: Navigator’s Station. Realspace translation successfully affected into the Nadusa system.

Damage report summary: Severe damage sustained. Xenoform lance weaponary inflicted massive damage on the forward sections of deck 6 through to 14, several quarters suffering complete collapse. Main Hold 3 suffered internal plasma detonation of torpedo-like device coursing severe damage, resealed. Port side armour plating partly jettisoned due to holing. Multiple minor internal collapses due to kinetic impacts. Structural Integrity in need of immediate repair and reinforcement. Critical functions still at maximum capacity. Ave Omnissiah!
Status as of the xxxth day of the year: Operating at sub-optimal capacities. Extensive reconstruction and repairs at a suitable port of call required.

Navigatorial and Exploration Reports:

200th day of the year: Navigator’s Station. Under the supervision of Navigator Zakarias Nostromo an evasive manoeuvre to avoid an unidentified warp phenomenon successfully affected. Navigator’s station reports phenomenon as “Warp Shoal”, c.ref archive 03.1098.RE.Ty-VI
205th day of the year: Astromantic Survey Team. Preliminary survey of Jerazol system conducted, cross-referenced with known data and archived. Navigators Station reports charts confirmed and realigned.

Status as of the 208th day of the year: A closer survey of the Nadusa system and vessels present underway, expected done by the second dog watch.

Notification: Estimated three weeks before orbit over Nadusa is achieved. All preparatory measures for extraction of target Jeremia Stones as well as preliminary repairs to be finished by such times as orbit is achieved.

Thought for the day: Study the Alien, the better to kill it!

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Chapter 2, Part II: The Mystery of Zone 888

Log entry III

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Date: 5.503.815.M41, 198th day of the year.
Classification: Epsilon
Distribution: Senior expedition personnel of the Lord Captain’s Council

At the behest of Lord Captain Marcus de Winter I have prepared this document and log for the Lord Captain’s Council held on the 198th day of the year. Strictly for internal use.

Expedition intel:

193th day of the year: Dynasty agents upon Port Wander reports that the ships Ater Angelus and Luna Crescere slipped mooring on the 181st and 182nd respectively, gathered intelligence suggesting both were headed for the Koronus Passage. Final destination unknown but possibly related to the lead on Nadusa.
196th day of the year: Report on the Decryption and Extraction of data from the station designated as “Lonely Light” submitted by Magos-Biologis Arkturus Mycol, leader of the intelligence extraction unit. Report attached below. Of note is the rough coordinates for two inhabited systems within “Foundling World” region. Possibly important stopover points.

Status as of the 198th day of the year: Expedition still pursuing main lead located to Nadusa within the Koronus Expanse. Possible suspicion of competition.

Financial and diplomatic issues:

190th day of the year: Lord Captain Marcus de Winter claimed the Space Installation designated “The Lonely Light” in the name of the de Winter dynasty, by right of salvage. The decision to move the installation was confirmed. Full scale repairs and survey commenced.
192th day of the year: Survey teams aboard “The Lonely Light” reports the discovery of a cargo hold containing Missionary supplies. Full inventory attached below. Cargo moved to storage aboard the Winter King.
196st day of the year: Survey and repairs completed. Survey report archived: 40.107.LII.LL888.Verd

Status as of the 198th day of the year: Financial situation remains dire.
Diplomatic update: None.

Military issues:

185st through to 189th day of the year: Winter King Security Detail. Several Minor Raids reported across Deck 5, Deck 12 and Quarterdeck 9/1. Repelled by local security patrol. Seven men gone to the Emperor. Perpetrators suspected to be denizens of the Bilge. Increased frequency likely caused by warp travel.
189th day of the year: Winter King Military Analytic Report. On the 189th day of the year an armed boarding was effected on the space installation designated “The Lonely Light” comprising the third and fifth platoon under the overall leadership of First Officer de Winter and Centurion Primus de Winter. Hostile forces (See report: Lonely Light Denizens) were encountered in number across the installation. After a prolonged engagement lasting roughly three hours hostilities ceased. Boarding detail reports medium casualties sustained.
190th through to 197th day of the year: Winter King Security Detail. A complete scouring of space installation “The Lonely Light” affected and security routines implemented. Lieutenant de Winter reports installation secure on the 197th day of the year.
192nd day of the Year: Winter King Security Detail. A punitive expedition launched into the Bilge. Three Hullgast nests discovered and all inhabitants exterminated. Two more expeditions planned within the next week. Fourteen men wounded in action. Two gone to the Emperor.
195th day of the Year: The Winter King’s Court. Eight men sentenced to execution for cowardice and/or wilful abuse of the Captain’s trust. Effected immediately.

Prisoners: 188 raiders.
Reported Casualties: Estimated 28 KIA, 53 wounded, 982 returned to duty, 8 Executed, 124 Transferred. One warrant officers confirmed KIA, six transferred.
Status as of the 198th day of the year: Boarding of the space installation designated “The Lonely Light” considered a success. Casualties neglectable. Security compliment considered strengthened.

Naval issues:

189th day of the year: Emergency Translation successfully affected on the orders of Navigator Primus Yelisaveth Nostromo. Preliminary scans revealed an unidentified stellar object. Order was given to investigate. Navigation to the core of the discovered Station of Passage affected without incident. High anchorage achieved over unknown stellar phenomenon.
190th through to the 197th day of the year: Mechanicum Delegation. Extended Repairs affected while at anchor under the supervision of Engineseeres Prime Seiun Hoshi. Progress report attached. Repairs also affected on the newly acquired space installation designated “The Lonely Light”.
193rd day of the year: Engine Division. Plasma drive observed to have vented thrice within one hour sidereal. Interpreted as a sign of the spirits displeasure due to idleness. The Rite of Appeasement and two Rites of Devotion conducted. Situation stabilized.
197th day of the year: Warp Reactor activation rites commenced in preparation for imminent translation. The Captain’s Offering and the Rite of Appeasement conducted according to protocol.

Repair report summary: Secondary damage survey revealed larger structural issues then first believed. Rebalancing of Deck 18 and the complete rebuilding of Section 3 deemed necessary and affected. Holding Bay 11 and Storage Compartment 96B sealed but still not operational. Further repairs required at earliest opportunity. Structural Integrity or Vital Functions not threatened. Ave Omnissiah.
Status as of the 198th day of the year: Preliminary repairs affected. The Winter King still in need of minor repairs during next call but operating at full capacity. New naval asset acquired, designated “The Lonely Light”, repairs affected.

Navigatorial and Exploration Reports:

189th day of the year: Navigator’s Station. Sudden warp squall forced an emergency translation within a Station of Passage. Occurrence considered common to the Koronus Passage.
189th day of the year: Astromantic Survey Team. The Winter King translated into a previously uncharted Station of Passage designated Zone 888 by senior survey staff. Dominated by a unknown stellar phenomenon possibly under the influence of ethereal forces. Zone marked on all charts and archived. Discovery forwarded via Astropathic Link toward main archives on Baraspine.
193rd day of the year: Navigator’s Station. The Empyrean reported to once more be calm and the passage unimpeded. Warp translation scheduled for the second bell of the Morning Watch, 199th day of the year.

Status as of the 198th day of the year: Empyrion and the Koronus Passage deemed acceptably calm to attempt translation and continue traversing.

Notification: On the 199th day of the year at the second bell of the Morning Watch the Winter King will affect translation from Zone 888 and continue navigation of the Koronus Passage.

Thought for the day: Survival is no Birthright, but a Prize wrested from an Uncaring Galaxy by forgotten heroes.

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Chapter 2, Part I: The Rubycon II System

Log entry II

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Date: 5.484.815.M41, 185th day of the year.
Classification: Epsilon
Distribution: Senior expedition personnel of the Lord Captain’s Council

At the behest of Lord Captain Marcus de Winter I have prepared this document and log for the Lord Captain’s Council held on the 185th day of the year. Strictly for internal use.

Expedition intel:

165th day of the year: The High Factotum reports that four major parties appeared at the ceremonial launch of the Winter King, likely parties interested in the Charnel Star Expedition. Those present where the dynasties Hellholt, Lyn, Kreutzen and Hredrin. Furthermore, the presence of at least one Inquisitorial Agent was confirmed.

Status as of the 185th day of the year: Intelligence severely limited beyond rumours and reports from the wreckages. Expedition being watched. Still pursuing main lead located to Nadusa within the Koronus Expanse.

Financial and diplomatic issues:

176th day of the year: Reports reached the Winter King indicating that in order to cover the recent expenditures on outfitting the expedition Lady de Winter has deemed it necessary to lease out the Hive Tarsus holdings upon Scintilla as well as closing down the mercantile endeavours in the same Hive. Lord de Winter confirmed the decision on the same day.
183th day of the year: Negotiations with Captain Hargar Charis of the Merchantman “Spirit of Calixis” finalized. He agreed to led the salvage of one captured enemy vessel to Port Wander and hand it over to the dynasties representatives for due process. As compensation he is to receive 10% of the salvage price.

183rd day of the year: The same Captain Charis furthermore promised the good-will of the Saul dynasty towards our ventures, words which will hopefully translate into action.

Status as of the 185th day of the year: Financial situation remains largely unchanged and dire.
Diplomatic update: The Saul Dynasty considered well disposed towards the endeavour.

Military issues:

179st day of the year: Minor raid upon Quarter E, Section 23, 5th Deck. Repelled by local security patrol. Three men gone to the Emperor. Perpetrators suspected to be denizens of the Bilge.

183st day of the year: Winter King Military Analytic Report. Fifteen days out of Port Wander the Winter King received a plea for aid by the Merchantman “Spirit of Calixis”. The Winter King successfully came to its aid two hours later and engaged two “Wolfpack” class raiders in battle in which the Winter King prevailed. One enemy vessel taken out of action before a collision and critical warp engine failure caused it to be lost with all hands. The second enemy vessel was taken out of action, leaving a burning and drifting wreck. Light casualties sustained.

183th day of the year: Winter King Security Detail. The enemy salvage was successfully boarded and taken without notable resistance. Near five hundred former slaves and four hundred enemy crew were taken.

185th day of the Year: Winter King Security Detail. Two minor instances with enemy prisoners attempting violent action. Three men lightly wounded. All perpetrators executed before their fellows as examples.

Reported Prisoners: 389 Enemy Crew, 201 men recruited into service and deemed fit. 727 Former Slaves, 163 men recruited into service and deemed fit. Remaining prisoners, 188 raiders and 564 former slaves.
Reported Casualties: Estimated 643 KIA, 1661 wounded, 123 returned to duty, 364 drafted. 3 Warrant officers confirmed KIA.
Status as of the 185th day of the year: Engagement of Port Wander considered a success, despite some casualties. Crew compliment requires some reinforcement.

Naval issues:

180th day of the year: Minor repairs conducted on Deck 13 and 12 under Engineseer Prime Hoshi.

184nd day of the year: Full damage report delivered by Engineseer Prime Hoshi, attached below. Preliminary repairs affected.

184th day of the year: Warp Reactor activation rites commenced in preparation for imminent translation. The Captain’s Offering and the Rite of Appeasement conducted.

Damage report summary: Lance strike caused catastrophic damage in Quarters A and B, Section 3, Deck 18 as well as associated service corridors. Holding Bay 11 and Storage Compartment 96B partly compromised. Structural Integrity or Vital Functions not threatened. Ave Omnissiah.
Status as of the 185th day of the year: The Winter King in need of minor repairs during next call but operating at full capacity.

Navigatorial Reports:

183st day of the year: Auger taken by Navigators Yelisaveth and Zakarias Nostromo, results indicate favourable tides and a calm Empyrion. Estimated time to Nadusa is eleven days standard Terran time.

Status as of the 185th day of the year: Empyrion and the Maw deemed acceptably calm to attempt translation and traversing.

Notification: On the 185th day of the year at the four strike of the Last Dog Watch the Winter King will affect translation and commence navigation of the Koronus Passage.
Thought for the day: Every human life is a spark in the darkness. It flares for a moment, catches the eye, and is gone forever.

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Chapter I: A Port of Wanderers

Log entry I

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Date: 5.440.815.M41, 165th day of the year.
Classification: Epsilon
Distribution: Senior expedition personnel of the Lord Captain’s Council

At the behest of Lord Captain Marcus de Winter I have prepared this document and log for the Lord Captain’s Council. Strictly for internal use. It will track our status for the duration of the Charnel Star expedition and I shall strive to include all major events of interest to this council.

Expedition intelligence:

160th day of the year: Keeper of the Librarium Lin Lee, on behest of the First Officer, has compiled the list of known vanished ships and known intelligence reports on the Charnel Stars. The information is regrettably limited. All related archives moved to the Winter King.

161st day of the year: Lieutenant de Winter reported Jones Erch apprehended by our security personnel. A summary of the interrogation report and investigation report from the site of his apprehension is attached. See below.

164th day of the year: At the behest of First Officer de Winter a small collection of volumes were bought from the Este estate. Several vague surveys of the Charnel Stars region contained within, but regrettably lacking in substance.

Status as of the 165th day of the year: Intelligence severely limited beyond rumours and reports from the wreckages. Main lead located to Nadusa within the Koronus Expanse.

Financial and diplomatic issues:

160th day of the year: Negotiations with the Cestelle Alliance finalized. This treaty secure basic supplies (food, water, content for the arboretum, basic tools for small scale excavation, power packs etc) and fuel.

160th-163rd day of the year: Negotiations were initiated and finalized with the Fane of Takara. This pact secured military grade armaments to be distributed amongst key security personnel and a supply line of armaments as needed.

162nd-165th day of the year: A loan agreement was successfully negotiated with house Este. This covers both the initial funding issues as well as guarantee for a second payment.

Status as of the 165th day of the year: Financial situation is grave after recent massive expenditure. Expedition fully outfitted for initial surveys and the voyage, outfitting beyond the initial expectations.
Threat update: Fane Daru and house Ortellius considered hostile to the endeavour.

Military issues:

161st day of the year: Port Wander Estate Security Detail. Minor clashes with the forces of an unidentified organization, presumed Rogue Trader, and Gilliams during the apprehension of Jones Erch. Three men gone to the Emperor, may he guard their souls. Lucius Abramovic noted for bravery.

164th day of the year: The Winter King Security Detail. Obscura ring on the 32nd deck curbed. Two men gone to the Emperor, may he guard their souls. Four identified dealers sentenced to conversion and servitude.

Reported casualties: 7 KIA, 11 wounded, 4 returned to duty.
Status as of the 165th day of the year: The Military Assets of the Expedition is well stocked and operating at full strength. Considered sufficient for small scale ground and space operations in addition to security duties.

Naval issues:

124th day of the year: Plasma Reactor ignited. Test runs successful.

162nd day of the year: Negotiations with the Adeptus Mechanicum finalized. The Adeptas blessing granted upon the endeavour and research personnel agreed to vacate the Winter King within three days. All communication hence-forth, beyond Imperial Space, will go through Engineseer Prime Hoshi.

164th day of the year: Plasma Reactor operating at full capacity. Engineseer Prime Hoshi and Helmswoman Nightingale reports The Winter King is now fully operational.

Status as of the 165th day of the year: The Winter King is operating at full capacity and supplied for the estimated voyage ahead.

Personnel issues:

163st day of the year: Representative Kai Takara, liaison to the Fane of Takara, to be given passage aboard the Winter King. He has sworn to serve the manifactorium for the duration of the voyage.

162nd-164th day of the year: Negotiations conducted and finalized with house Nostromo of the Navis Nobilite. The signed pact solves the expedition’s imminent need for Navigators. Pact also promises further cooperation.

163rd day of the year: Missionary Gregor Sorsky of the Missionara Galaxtica appointed Ship Confessor. May he guide the faithful to his light. Several Ascelinite pilgrims in his entourage to be spread throughout the crew.

Status as of the 165th day of the year: All essential personnel for operation of the Winter King in the process of transferring aboard. Crew at full strength.

Notification: On the 167th day of the year The Winter King will slip mooring at Port Wander, all preparation is to be completed by the First Dog Watch of the 166th.
Thought for the day: In the darkness a blind man is the best guide. In an age of Madness look to the madman to show the way.

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The Longest Journey
Expedition Log

Some would say madness, others greed, others again would call it a noble spirit, but whatever drives our brave explorers they have set out on the Longest Journey, destined to take them to the Charnel Stars in search of who knows what.

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