+++FILE DESIGNATION: Lord-Captain’s Personal Logfile+++
We have spent the last two weeks in fruitless pursuit of the Ork raiders that destroyed Rosebloom. Orpheus was able to follow their malign trail through the warp to an unexplored system, Naval Survey designation HS-7914-Alpha. Here, several Ork warp trails converge and depart for deeper space rimward. I suspect their final destination to be the Ork strongholds at the Hundred Hundred Teef. Thus, I ordered our pursuit halted, so we can explore this system. There is no immediate Ork presence to contend with, however, there are definite signs of their passage. The fourth planet in this system shows evidence of orbital bombardment with asteroids – a common Ork tactic. I fear it may once have been a lost colony of the Imperium. No longer. We will finish scans of the system, destroy any Orks we find, then return to the Naval Dockyards at Mauritius. I doubt there is much of value for us here.
It seems Nicostratus is rueful of my method of his salvation. The ungrateful whelp has no notion of the damage he has done nor of the personal risk I have accepted to keep him safe. He has formed in his mind an image of me as a father figure – one he must now rebel against. He is also possessed of a stronger will than I would have imagined for one so gently bred and, thus, my ordinary methods of bringing a cur to heel will likely not prove effective. In fact, I dare say I have been attempting to drive a square peg into a round hole. No matter. I will try a different tact. It is his own pride and arrogance I shall appeal to. One way or another, my ends will be met.
Through providence and the Holy Will of the Emperor Himself, I have come upon the writings of Alyenikov, a follower of Saint Cognatius. The letter speaks of suspicion and heresy, but reveals a path by which one might follow in the steps of the most holy saint, himself. It is this path we will walk. And with the Emperor’s guidance and our own blood and sweat, we shall follow Saint Cognatius to his final rest.