The Governor of Remus Minor paced back and forth as he coughed in his gasmask , he treaded each step with care. Emperor Seated on Terra ! how he so deeply hated being away from his spire but this situation had to be dealt with, personally. The Explorator had hardly been stopped from being a complete machine addled madwoman and dismantling key infrastr- "Governor Jarres , Explorator Amerina Tulus has arrived" he refined his scowl to a suitable hard line despite the fact it was hidden by the mask, he didnt know what the machine sodomizing blaggards had done to modify their own and wasnt taking the risk that She could see him "let her in" he spoke as he straightened his cloak, double checking that his medals were not crooked on his uniform which bulged around the midriff . the Explorators procession slowly made their way into the room, first a group of red cloaked tech guard with large arcane rifles and metal legs, some members of their godless religious order and then the explorator herself , her body mostly hidden in her red cloak that seemed to drown her spindly frame, a few mechadendrites darting out to collect ,utilize, and return data pads from a veritable convoy of servo-skulls running to her and out into the corridor. "You could spare this much for an entourage Explorator ? Are we not struggling to keep the dig site un-molested as is ?" Governor Enkdin Jarres asked his voice dripping with faux concern. "There would be no issue if you Arbites could could control the populace more efficiently". Her own voice with a hint of metallicness to it . The puffy faced governor huffed agitated "we've had to conscript mass amounts of the populace for this dig si-" "Excavation Governor , Excavation" The Explorator chided . Tighten one of his hands into a fist he began again "we'v had to conscipt mass amounts of populace for the Excavation Site of yours and it has caused unrest" the irritation in his voice palpable "and whilst we have some usage of guard assets they are on leave and the warmaster will not simply let us simply borrow a few regiments"He said rubbing his temples around the gas mask. "Despite these, Inadequacies we shall begin our first manned expedition into the catacombs in 0130 hours from Governor i hope you will not lose control of the Excavation and your city whilst i brief them ?" The Explorator asked as she departed the room, her entourage and Servo-Skull convoy following along out of the luxurious suite had created for himself near the dig site before he went over to the newly installed window to look out on the hole in the dirt that had caused him so many grievances @Tamu @BlackNecron Brought in from their own respective sources the arbites had spent most of the day together forced to pair up under the lack of personnel the local arbites were under . from morning till evening helping wrest control of the underhive from gangers, rioting underhivers looking for taken loved ones and the occasional swarm of mutated vermin that generally came post riot 'dispersion' ,seeing as both were unharmed from the prior conflicts and had solid service records were chosen on their way back to the impromtu barracks , sparing them the meaningless whinging of Heimer about how he was forced to bunk with some tech boy vanguards. They were shuffled in along with a stream of underhiver workers and some more curious figures @Casavay The Inquisitor had sent The noblewoman to the meeting point a half hour before the Explorator had even called for her presence at what would be the first expedition briefing. When asked how he knew the old man only chuckled with a twinkle in his eye and sent her on her way through the massive excavation site, from hivers chipping away at the rock with drills to the ground rumbling goliath rock crushers clearing the site to the frequent sight of red robed figures traversing the dig site and berating hivers for carelessness in their labor or firing arcane tech weapons off into the distance to aid far off arbites. Someone had really kicked an anthill uncovering these catacombs @BuriasDempsey Jack had been hauled away relatively recently when it came to the enforced labor at the site. Being riled up every day from the shanty tent town at the perimeter of the massive excavation site with the shock batons of arbites and the barks of cyber mastifs left most on edge. Jack however had been fortunate, he had been allotted some more damaging equipment seeing as he had been voted onto guard duty for the rickety shacks and tarp tents they called home for the moment so when they began grabbing folks at seeming random and shuffling along into a still standing building on the periphery of the hole , rumors saying that there might even be the governor around there , he was dragged along for support by an arbite @Kalle Where there is work, heavy machinery, long unforgiving hours and harsh supervisors there will be injury and thats where the sister hospitaller came in. Many of her order had been sent down to tend to the injured at the sight. Many collapsing from exhaustion while many others had suffered quite severely from the vermin in the underhive. After a hard day of bloody , thankfully none her own, the Sister hospitaller was washing up for evening prayers when a message from the canoness that several sisters had been called for a situation and her along with the others were to report to a building on the perimeter of the excavation for a briefing , thankfully none too far from their current triage station @Vlayden The regiment of Kriegsman were on mandatory leave , whilst it wasted tme the regiment could be using to dispatch the enemies of the emperor they had to due to supply issues and a direct command from the warmaster but thankfully an issue with the martians allowed for the Death Korp to put their skills to use, whether it be aiding in the excavation or clearing the city of the sporadic uprisings what with the concentration most peace keeping forces. Sev had been appointed to a security detail on the perimeter shortly before being pulled along to a large room full of citizens with a mechanicus official standing atop a makeshift stage of sorts @Jammysod Factor Peirant Laith had been called by the Explorator recently along with several other members of the omnissiah's holy order. Seeing as the expedition was planned soon he had had the privilege of spending the time prior to the briefing in her presence, though the displeasure of witnessing the discourse between herself and the Planetary Governor. He had been placed into one third of the seating section. A clever assignment ploy by the Explorator to allow the simple minded hivers to locate their work groups for the expedition @Taec Unlike the Death Korp the Cadians had unsurprisingly not volunteered for back breaking labor by moving rocks for some fat cat and red robed cog heads. They did however have to lend some aid to the less labor intensive side of the operation one of which was to send some of their best to aid in the expedition , or so the Servo skull carrying a data-slate had touted a few days back. The company commander had promised his Some of his best , one from each platoon. Lucas was not one of those , for he has not met the one medal requirement set by the cog heads as a definition for "best" thankfully however his platoon mate who had been their best had gotten extremely ill. Something the locals called orange flu, pretty ugly. In a bid of genius to avoid reputation damage the guardsmen loaned lucas one of his medals knowing how much the man wanted to go. After some deep sighs and assistance from a tech adept he had made his way to the briefing . Just in time as well , managing to get the last open seat. With all of the delegations she had sent for arrived the Explorator began. Whilst she may have disdain for the waste of time that is speaking i person imperial citizens are very ... finicky. " Look around you , you will find that each of you are seated in a large group, 3 groups to be precise. Each of these groups has been painstakingly chosen so that we may begin our very first manned expedition into the data catacombs beneath this fine hive. Your goal is to clear a path and reach the last known location of your groups respective survey probe, exceed it if possible and recover the drone. A simple task i am assured you can complete." With her curt briefing done Skitarii soldiers guide the selected groups despite any protest , their galvanic rifles quickly silencing any complaint with a shot into the ceiling the smell of ozone strange and unfamiliar down here, soon a pair of arbites, a mechanicus factor, a pair of guardsmen one of caida the other krieg , an Agent of one of the Ordos, a hospitaller, and 13 Hivers though one is armed a supervisor of sorts: they all stand before a dark hole in the wall. It is large enough for a man easily to get into and they possess the simple directive of go deeper.