We have been assigned to be the body guard of Imperial Diplomat Erwin Sire for our mission upon Seraph 131. It is distasteful to embark upon such a mission but it is our duty to ensure such an en endeavor is successful. It has been suggested that there will be elements that will attempt to prevent such successful negotiations. My suspicion is that who ever is against this it will not be the Tau. The Tau need all the time they can gain from these negotiations. Their race is doomed lest they find some ultimate weapon that can prevent their destruction. A cease fire is the only way to stall the hammer of the Imperium so breaking a delicate truce would be detrimental to their so called “greater good”. It is more likely the Stigmartus will attempt to reign chaos upon these proceedings.
Day four of the negotiations have begun. During a break between the two parties it would seem that Brother Brevy and Brother Gabriel have incited some insult according to the pict footage provided by brother Hecaton. In response I have been held accountable, as is protocol, for their actions and must engage in a duel with the Tau commander. While the contest itself will be a small matter I am vexed at the question it draws. There is quite simply no comparison that can be drawn between the skills and talents of an Astartes to that of a Tau warrior of any stripe. This contest brings forth that irrefutable fact to question. It reinforces the enemy committed to their agenda. It shows that an Astartes can be challenged on the field, and belies valuable information in regards to what we are capable of.
We are not here to show the enemy what we are capable of. We are here to see that negotiations are conducted peacefully. And while thankfully no repercussions have been felt by the actions of my brothers at this point we have failed on a more fundamental level. I will see to it that we report to Chaplain Drakaus upon arrival at Erioch.
I shall make available upon request the information spanning the entry above and below as I found it more prudent to bring attention to a rather troubling report.
Upon providing support to Brother Hestus, Brother LiiVi and Gabriel became engaged with, and terminated, one of the faithless traitor extemis. According to the report the traitor attacked Brother LiiVi from behind thinking him to be an easy target. Honored Gabriel immediately engaged while Brother LiiVi used his exceptional training to target the traitor when the opportunity arose. According to their report Brother Garbriel gave chase to the fleeing cowardinto the woods where he used his superior skill, grace, and his faith in the Emperor to remove the coward’s arm and run him through from behind. A fitting end to such filth. Let this be a reminder to all who would stand against the justice of the Emperor.
While this cowards death is to be celebrated it is quite vexing as well. The placement of a single Astartes, even one who has fallen so low, in the ranks of the enemy does not make sense. If there were to be only one then he would likely be some form of warlord and hence have the finest troops with him. We already know the Stigmarta forces are well armed and organized so to leave a high ranking asset such as an Astartes alone is contrary to reason. It is more likely that this asset was working along side others or sent as a lone agent to see a single task completed. What could that task be, where are the others and how many of them are there are the questions that now concern me.
Unfortunately the negotiations are to continue for another 2 days and until this is done I am whole preoccupied with the defense of this council. It has been reported that an attack is inbound by Brother Hecaton and Agent Nexus. I must make ready the defenses for this facility.
As I expected the the Stigmarta forces were involved with the Traitor legions of the Night Lords. Movement was detected north of our position at the presumed abandoned Stigmarta camp and thus Honored Brother Gabriel and Apothecary Brevy advanced upon their position. The recon mission turned to a full out assault and back up was required. I chose to relocate Agent Nexus, Bacunawa squad, and Brother Hecaton.
During this battle the Night Lords took the opportunity to attack my position in hopes of destroying the negotiations. I requested the aid of Brother Epistolary Eustice and with his help was able to fully engage allowing me to destroy two of the Night Lords. I must commend the actions of Brother Eustice and have quickly found that despite the Battle Brothers clouded past, I would be honored to fight along side this honored brother.
While the attack from the Night Lords that I engaged was viscous my knowledge in the Codex, faith in the Emperor, and duty to the Imperium held firm. I was able to remain calm and clear headed, using my cryo grenades to eliminate the 1st traitor that I had nearly ended with my opening salvo, and at the same time, weaken the other traitor. My Tark blood line allowed me to weather the cryogenic effects of the grenade and continue to battle the traitor. In the end, the coward attempted to kill The Plenipotentiary Designate while fleeing. I intercepted the traitor’s rounds with my body and exchanged them in kind, detonating his knee, hip, heart, and shoulder. His ruin found the rampart before exploding in a ball of fire.
After securing the site I incinerated the bodies and belongings of the traitors as is protocol. My company arrived shortly after with Elak Sarda captured after some insult to Brother Eustus’ honor. It will be noted that Agent Nexus has been both easier and more difficult to deal with on this mission. I will speak to her at a later time to temper this inconstancy and continue to build team unity.