Personal Log of Herodotus Dauchus
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Orwellus Spire – Heavensreach Prime
Of all our most treasured relics in the Heavensreach system, the Book of Treasured Martyrs on Portentia was considered amongst the most valuable. Stranded as we are on Kasr Ferocia, Cannoness Graile of the Order of the Blessed Trinity promised me that the Adepta Sororitas would gives their lives to defend it. And they did.
Reports have now arrived that Portentia has fallen, horribly torn from the Emperor’s grasp by twin invasions of Xenos and Heretics. The final citadel on Portentia was captured by a wayward band of traitors who claim to follow an entity known as “Daji”. Their propaganda proclaims the “Daji” to be some sort of benevolent witch-queen, and offers protection to Imperial servants who betray their Emperor. These claims are a common trick of the Xenos, and I have recorded similar pronouncements from both the servants of the dark gods and the duplicitous Xenos known as “T’au.”
A handful of my most trusted Compilers-Militant have been assigned to record this propaganda and package it for transfer to the Ordo Hereticus. They will know best what to make of it.
Though this news was frightful, there are encouraging reports from Kasr Ferocia where the Death Korp of Krieg surrounded and annihilated an unknown Xenos strike team. Reports are still emerging regarding the identity of these Xenos, but initial pict-recordings suggest that they are T’au.
Unsubstantiated reports have also emerged of a skirmish between the pale denizens of Commorragh and the Dark Angels. As usual, these Astartes are fiercely secretive, and details are scarce. Whether this is a private war of the Dark Angels or part of the larger conflict is yet to be determined.
In my own tasks, the Compiler Militant continue to record data and assemble it for transport. Nearly a thousand tonnes of production records have already been shipped off-world, and will be secreted out of the Pegasus Gulf for eventual storage with the Administraum. Perhaps in a few centuries their details will be statistically cogitated and used to improve the efficiencies of some far flung hive world. We are truly doing the Emperor’s work.
“Martyrdom is the most cherished goal of the faithful.”