Excerpt from the report of Lieutenant Barnabas Calhoun, to Col. Aleksandr von Schenkopp, commanding, 13th Mortressan Highlanders:
…Though I know that the charges laid down on many of the men and women of the Penal Infantry detachment are serious, the guardsmen of this unit have, by their valorous deeds in battle against the traitors, proved their worth. Surely the God-Emperor must have smiled upon these worthless wretches as He provided them an opportunity to redeem their many malfeasances and misdemeanors.
It was the swift thinking of the Penal Infantry Company’s Engineseer to sound the alarm at the arrival of the heretics masquerading as the 14th Mortressan. Though a furious firefight raged all around him, the Engineseer imperiled the life and limb of his comrades in order to raise the alert. This warning saved hundreds of lives as Imperial Forces were given a sliver of warning of the oncoming strike of traitors.
In further actions against the heretic forces, the Penal Infantry Company demonstrated valor above and beyond the call of duty when they engaged Chaos Cultists within the sewers of Karlack city. Though casualties were heavy, they managed to fight past rampaging Daemons in order to secure a bridgehead past the Pelonius River through which Warmaster Solomon Tetrachus managed to escape to the safety of the Imperial Commander’s palace.
It is my recommendation therefore that the men and women of the Penal Infantry Company receive battlefield pardons for their crimes against the Imperium and absolution for their sins before the Emperor, and that they should furthermore be returned to active duty in the 13th Mortressan Highlanders.
Lieutenant Barnabas Calhoun,
13th Mortressan Highlanders, Penal Infantry Company
Inquisitorial Addendum (authorization: Rusalka, E.)
The full story of course cannot be told. The actions of the Deathwatch on Karlack will be concealed while our investigation into the Karlack Uprising takes place. The Imperial Guard and the Storm Wardens will have the glory of putting down this uprising, while we of the Inquisition will accomplish the true heart of the task: tracking down the many heads of the Alpha Legion’s Hydra.
The warriors of the 13th Mortressan Highlanders have time and again proved their mettle to the Inquisition, and if this is what their dregs and rejects can accomplish, perhaps this unit will have much to offer the Inquisition.
Tomorrow, I go to investigate the disappearance of Inquisitor Zael Vincent, one of my former mentors. I have a feeling that his operations against xenos-cultists in the southern archipelagos may have stumbled onto something far more than he imagined.
-Rescuing Warmaster Tetrarchus (1)
-Preventing the escape of the Chaos Sorcerors (1)
-Saving Inq. Rusalka from poisoning (1)