The Bio-Pilgrymme, Part I: The Daerwynne Palimpsest & Lost Mechanicvm ( Author and Artist FPOA of First Point of Aries )
Green Man cometh!
The Prigorian Divide, scarcely mentioned in Imperial records but commonly known among Rogue Traders in the region simply as ‘The Rift’, is a vast interstellar void of darkness separating the expanses of Imperial colonisation in the Gothic Sector of Segmentum Obscurus from the fading Halo Stars of Crataegus Fragmentum, an old region of stars placed in the outer fringes of the galaxy.
Apart from The Rift, which in itself is a treacherous region of space rumoured among Rogue Traders to hold a wealth of undiscovered natural resources, the Halo Stars that make up Crataegus Fragmentum have been left apparently unexplored for Millennia…
Recently the Bio-Archaeologist Brostten Haggwers and his team of Bio-Explorers discovered small fragments of what has become known among Imperial chroniclers as The Daerwynne Palimpsest.
The fragile, layered parchment rumoured to be thousands of years old was found hidden on board a thorny space hulk floating empty and eerily adrift in The Rift. The first examinations of the palimpsest suggest that it predates the 30th Millennium. From what could be drawn from its remains it is said to account for the region of Crataegus Fragmentum as the original birthplace of the microscopic life forms and organic building blocks of life that led to the evolution of the flora and fauna on an abundance of worlds in that part of the galaxy, including that of Holy Terra itself. The Golden Throne of Mankind…
In his highly controversial Abiogenesysse: A Treatise on the Originne of Species Brostten Haggwers, building upon the fragments of The Daerwynne Palimpsest, not only proposes how certain life forms on Terra initially evolved around the stars that today make up the Halo Stars of Crataegus Fragmentum when they burned more brightly during the early days of the galaxy billions of years ago. He also claims that these life forms consequently spread like an interstellar epidemic to other star systems in that part of the then young galaxy, among others the Sol System, in what he describes as ‘The Great Panspermiae’.
Furthermore Haggwers suggests that the region of Crataegus Fragmentum was initially discovered during the Dark Age of Technology by the Mechanicvm, who, again citing the palimpsest, revered the interstellar region for its maternal kinship with the Sol System and as a result transformed many of the moon worlds into ‘living machine shrines of both analogue and organic circuits and devices that run as mechanical supplies through the plants and the moons themselves, resulting in living worlds partly wired from within by mechanical, self-assembling conduits and hissing transistors.’ (Brostten Haggwers, Abiogenesysse: A Treatise on the Originne of Species, M41.965)
It is unclear what other discoveries Haggwers did during his explorations of Crataegus Fragmentum and The Rift. But as some Imperial agents within the Inquisition have already deemed his illustrious treatise heretical in nature, Brostten Haggwers and his team of Bio-Explorers have apparently disappeared.
Some rumours say that they have ventured deeper into The Rift to the thorn moons of the Crataegus Fragmentum in search of more fragments of The Daerwynne Palimpsest. Other more staunch rumours say that his Rogue Trader Anaxaegoras was last seen carrying a Millennia-old biomechanical cargo bound for Holy Terra…
The rumours are true…
Brossten Haggwers and his team of Bio-Explorers are bound for Terra. On board their Rogue Trader Anaxaegoras is a host of Lost Mechanicvm hailing from the living machine shrines that are the thorn moons of Crataegus Fragmentum. Radical Mechanicvm Genetors who colonised the long forgotten region during the Dark Age of Technology with an intention to uncover the ultimate knowledge of the genetics of the Imperium…and now, with the aid of Haggwers and his team, on a pilgrimage for Terra and the broken Golden Throne of Mankind!
Both share the same goal: To acquire key fragments of The Daerwynne Palimpsest rumoured to be hidden in a forgotten, dystopian Botanicarium in the subterranean vaults and cathedrals of Terra.
For Haggwers and his team of Bio-Explorers it is (most likely) a question of personal ambitions and the glory of achieving a potentially huge discovery on the emergence of life on Terra (and thus the Emperor himself!) as hinted at in the first fragment of The Daerwynne Palimpseste, which they discovered deep inside a thorny Space Hulk floating ‘eerily adrift in the Rift’.
For the Mechanicvm it is a question of ultimate knowledge with the intention to see that the broken Golden Throne is repaired in such a way that it becomes ‘a living machine shrine’ like the thorn moons of Crataegus Fragmentum. This will ensure the natural evolvement of life in the galaxy and the coming (continued change) of the Emperor as (into) The Green Man. Ultimate Machine-Nature reincarnated…
First up is the Lost Mechanicvm Arch-Magos Biologis Sverre Arrheniusse and four of his Sicarian Thorn Guards hailing from the thorny cathedrals of Crataegus Fragmentum…radical Mechanicvum Genetors bound for Terra!