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Ratio Quotidionem: Non Patior Striga Vis Res de Dominus Classorum: Gaius Marcus Pompeius Tiberius Lazarus
Navis Imperialis Historia Ducem, nomine Q. Caecilus Catius Macharius Antistitus
Ratio Quotidionem: Animus Apertus Est Castellum cum Portas Reseratus Incautusque
Nomine Scribi: Hieronymous Bede
The subject of this record was born to the most wellrenowned Antistitus family on 120425.M41, and enjoyed a modest childhood of prosperity far removed from warfare. His interest in matters martial, if his personal memoirs are to be believed, came from his witnessing the completion of the Battleship “Pax Imperialis” and its subsequent blooding in a hard-fought battle in orbit against xenos raiders. It is worthy of note that the Admiral was only twelve years old at this time, but a representative of the Collegium Navem admired his zeal and interest as the unfortunate incident unfolded on the projection screens above him. It is a form of justice, one must suppose, that he is now serving upon a vessel largely forged from the hulk of the “Pax Imperialis” following its destruction during the Thireteenth Black Crusade. The Admiral proved to be a most dedicated student of tactics
and basic commanding roles, gaining the interest of the Segmentum Commander of Segmentum Pacificus (it is a cruel irony that it is Battlefleet Pacificus which is so often called upon to aid Battlefleets Tempestus and Obscurus). As a result, he was elevated to the rank of Admiral at the age of thirty following an extended period of study and service as Captain of the Tyrant class Cruiser “Contempt.” His time as captain of the Comtempt was mostly Holy Emperor. Worthy of note, however, was the unacceptable display of arrogance he displayed at the Battle of Chiros System, wherein a renegade Imperial officer, evidently en route to a rendezvous with heretics and subversives, attempted to evade detection by travelling aboue the galactic plane. Captain Antistitus immediately contravened the orders given to him by his commander, Admiral Cn. Fosco, and led not only his own vessel but also three “Dauntless” pattern cruisers, which he had requisitioned by means of falsified orders, to intercept the traitor. The reason such a course of action was so contentious was because the Ordo Hereticus were already full aware of the treason being committed, and somewhat resented the sudden arrival of four unknown Imperial vessels on the scene.
uneventful, as befits a dutiful and loyal subject of the
It took much reconciliation and tribute from Admiral Fosco to encourage the Inquisitor, Lyudmilla Kaplensky, to not immediately terminate Captain Antistitus and all the crews involved. By means of punishment, instead, he was transferred to a distant fleet (for it could not be denied his strategy was sound). This rare display of clemency by the Holy Inquisition is itself a miracle, and we feel that Admiral Antistitus should show a little more respect than he does to their agents. To ensure his tactical acumen was put to good use (and also to ensure that he would be supplied with a ready supply of targets), it was decided to make the man Admiral of a small group serving around the Cadian Gate. One can see the brilliance of Inquisitor Kaplensky’s judgement in this. It is clear she had no time for Antistitus, but could ill well kill a man for trying to root out heresy (and Antistitus himself claimed that the only reason he had broken formation was he felt that Fosco’s inaction was due to some sympathy for the traitor) so instead he was transferred to a sector where he could indulge his vainglorious fantasies and where his death would matter not. Admiral Antistitus has been serving Battlefleet Obscurus for some years now, and has ascended to the rank of Solar
Admiral, much to the dismay of Kaplensky. She has been reported as saying that if ever he should be even slightly brought into suspicion, he will never command again. As a simple scribe and historian, I am unable to comment on this, however. What follows is a report of the strength of Battlegroup Antistitus, with some information about the vessels which comprise it.
Commentarium Classis :
Ratio Quotidionem: Scientia Imperium Est, Hic Abstrudete Bene. Nomine Quaestoris: C. J. Valenus
Vessel Designation: Divine Justice Class: Battleship, Emperor Class Commanding Officer: Q.C.Ct.M.Antistitus Vessel Designation: Divine Right Class: Battleship, Emperor Class Commanding Officer: L. G. Marinius Vessel Designation: Praetoria Class: Battlecruiser, Mars Class Commanding Officer: T. T. Caecilia Vessel Designation: Imperia Class: Cruiser, Dominator Class Commanding Officer: L. T. Tiberiuensis
Vessel Designation: Pietas Class: Cruiser, Dictator Class Commanding Officer: T. N. Sulla Vessel Designation: Virtu Class: Cruiser, Lunar Class Commanding Officer: V. I. Ulyanov Vessel Designation: Aurum Class: Cruiser, Dauntless Class Commanding Officer: S. Bergova Vessel Designation: Argentum Class: Cruiser, Dauntless Class Commanding Officer: I. N. Bakharensky Vessel Designation: Vermillion Prime Class: Frigate, Firestorm Class Commanding Officer: J. L. Stakhanova Vessel Designation: Vermillion Secundus Class: Frigate, Firestorm Class Commanding Officer: A. S. Alexanderovna
Group Prime: Comprises vessels “Divine Justice”, “Praetoria”, “Pietas”, “Argentum” “Vermillion Prime” Group Secundus: Comprises vessels “Divine Right”, “ “Virtu”, “Pietas”, “Aurum”, “Vermillion Secundus” Acting Commander of Group Secundus: Captain Lucius Gaius Marinius Details of this unorthodox structure are described below, by the captain of the Most Revered Emperor Class Battleship “Divine Right” and by the Admiral’s aide.
Testimonia de Lucius
My experience of the command methods of Admiral Antistitus
initially filled me with both doubt and admiration in equal measure. However, the alacrity and efficiency, not to mention zeal, with which he conducts his sacred Duty have made me vessels Confessor, Fra Magellan, one month ago, so as I could be justly given penance. However, I now understand clearly his methods. His decision to render unto me command of parity to his serves to empty his mind of distractions, and allow him to devote his time more readily to prayer and other such meditations. In battle, he is to be seen on the bridge leading be reading the holy texts. In battle, his plans seem reckless but I do not fear, for I know whatever I do he will do himself. Together the two groups of his fleet serve as hammer and anvil, with Divine Right and Divine Justice coming together to demonstrate that in the eye of the Emperor there is only judgement. realise that I should never have dared to doubt his Lordship. As a result, I visited my
his crew in prayer and in hymns to the Emperor, while as a matter of course he can be seen to
Testimonia de First Lieutenant of the Bridge
Pius Sanctis Parvenu My opinion of the Admiral is nothing short of adulation for his attention to tactical matters. I can only hope that one day I may hope to be half the tactician he is. His use of attack craft in a manner hitherto unseen to me, combined with the controversial two-front tactic which serves to trap the vile enemies of the Most Holy God Emperor of Mankind in a vice from which there is no escape (as well there should be, for the Judgement of the Emperor is inevitable and inexorable) fills me with admiration. I can not find fault in neither the acumen nor the zeal nor the pure unsullied piety of the Admiral. May the Emperor be praised and his transgressions be forgiven opon the tragic yet inescapable moment of his demise, which I can only hope is at the helm of his ship with me at his right hand as he sends to their judgement the enemies of the Imperium. May I be forgiven, I forget myself. Such. . . Impropriety was displayed in this testimony. I shall chastise myself by kneeling at prayer in lieu of repose tonight. May my fatigue and discomfort be seen as due penance for such utterly unforgivable sins, the sin of pride and of false hope.
Acta Diurna Privatus de Lyudmilla Kaplensky (nota bene: Domina
Kaplensky absens erat cum hic commentarium factus erat)
Ratio Quotidionem: Dubitas Signum Fragilitas est.
Damn and confound that self-righteous imbecile. Were it not for him and his vainglorious attempt to prove himself to some higher power, I would not be a
laughing stock (as I am now). I returned to my home world to a fanfare of ignominy. Vrag Naroda! I cannot begin to comprehend why I was not allowed
to incinerate him on the spot. Such...such prozhekterstvo! Nothing but bluster
and self image, are the Navy! They stand up for their own and worst of all
there are Commissars who believe their tripe! I swear I will not rest until I have seen judgement passed by MY hand. If only that rvach Inquisitor
Iux had not been there. What with his impeccably timed veto to my judgement. “Surely, Lyudmilla, we should be understanding?” We are the Ordo
Hereticus, you fool! We do not forgive! That bezdel'nik, that thrice-cursed
moron in uniform, he is a blight on my record! I suppose I should be grateful the traitor was killed, but I should have done it.
At least his punishment is inventive. I'll give Iux that. Send him to the
Cadian Gate so he can blaze away at the enemies of man and hopefully die
somewhere where he won't be mourned. But damn it, he should be in my cells, learning what it truly means to cross the Inquisition. I would have settled for nothing less than death, or if I were especially lenient (which I am not)
arco-flagellation. He is...izmenik! Little better than a heretic! An officer
should know his place. When I was training, I never dared act without the
faith and blessing of my mentor. Why can this new wave not comprehend this? Still, for the moment he is winning battle. However, I have just found out
that the Empeoror moves in mysterious ways. I have been transferred to the
area in which he is in command. Perhaps I can arrange a snap inspection of his ship. I am sure that I could find something there which would compromise his position. Damn him He will pay.
No man crosses the Inquisition and lives.
No man crossed Lyudmilla Kaplensky and lives. To disobey is to offend the Emperor.
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