+++FILE DESIGNATION: Lord-Captain’s Personal Logfile+++
+++LOCATION: Merv 12RB-75+++
Having at least partially explored the moons of Ozymandias, it was time to move on to more significant matters. My concern regarding the Wanderer had been growing for some time and we were long overdue for action. After consulting with the command staff, I determined the best course of action would be to use one of the scavenged atomics to destroy the Wanderer’s remains in the cleansing fire of the Emperor’s Wrath, and be done with it for good and all.
Lt. Jenkins, the pilot from our last recon of the Wanderer, was selected to carry his Emperor’s payload into the heart of the beast. He knew its horrors from before and proved eager to serve his final duty. Renatus and Thunderwrath prepared his soul and I gave Nicostratus the duty of informing the Lt. of his orders. If the boy is to become a soldier he must learn what it is to bear the burden of command. I fear the lesson was lost on him, however. Victrix reports that his execution of my orders was… flawed. It is no matter. There will, no doubt, be many more opportunities to repeat this particular lesson.
Jenkins will be… missed. He’s been with us since the Gate and, somehow, managed to survive. It is a rare quality in a soldier to bear such longevity and yet remain willing to do his final duty to the Emperor. He died as we must all hope to: in service to the God-Emperor of Man.
Victrix is concerned I am losing my edge. I can’t blame her. This is not the command I was bred for. The concerns of property and politics are foreign to me and have been occupying far too much of my mental landscape. Nicostratus, for all his failings, is a skilled seneschal and these concerns must be his. I, on the other hand, must remain focused on the wider view. My forces have gotten bogged down in this system. Now that Ifetchi and his people have broken ground on the colony, the Wanderer has been destroyed, and the outer moons secured, there is work to do elsewhere. We will depart this place at the earliest possible opportunity and sail for parts unknown.
For Cadia. For House Draque. And for the Emperor.