The Illusions of Clarity

Homeward Bound

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The cellebrations are done for now and its official, it feels like this is the first time I can relax in almost a year. I’m still amazed at the time our Navigator Jon Targaryen has made in bringing us on a return trip deep into the Koronus Expanse while some of our competitors have still yet to reach Port Wander.
After we left [Clarity], thats not it’s name but its what I’ve come to think of it as we made good time traveling along the safer warp route provided by Captain Swifts employee. On my orders we didn’t set into dock at Footfall, I was still rightfully worried that one of our competitors might try and steal what we had gained at Clarity, without hard evidence all we would have is a fanciful tale. We had to stop at Port Wander for three days for customs since we were finally re entering the Imperium. We headed straight for Scintilla and our reward, Navigator Targaryen again made it in times I can scarcely believe but definitely can get used to. He has gotten paler however and his hair seems to have fallen our, perhaps he has pushed himself too hard but he appears unconcerned however I will have to talk with him about this
We met with Lord Sector Hax and he discussed with us what we saw on Clarity. I was issued my Warrant however he did inform me that as with all warrants some service would be required that he would ask it sometime in the future and I should be prepared. I hope to have a stable set of business connections and a small fleet gathered by then. The Red October is a fine vessel although after seeing the [Necrontyr] I’m definitely considering hiring professional soldiers, in large numbers at some point in the near future.
The next day we began the official festivities regarding my promotion, Cardinal Ignatio himself even attended. My family’s ties to the pilgrim paths pay off once more! I only got to say a few short words to him but he blessed the founding of my dynasty. After this I was approached by a Cannoness who offered a gift, one of their talented Adeptus Sororitas as a bodyguard. Magos Stark not too subtly made crude jokes in cyphers… He wears my patience, it does him no good as I would gladly pay a man of his skills more if he merely stopped acting like an oaf, he’s not like any other tech priest I have met where you just have to forgive their social failings. He does it on purpose.
An odd note just before this I was approached by an emissary from the Mechanicus stating that they wished to put an Explorator on our ship to which Magos Stark almost bit the poor man’s head off stating that he was one… but they had no records of him! The mystery was solved, apparently he is qualified for such but he’d need a letter of recommendation from myself… this seems extremely odd that he would need one from one outside the Mechanicus but I am a Rogue Trader now so my opinion might actually register with them now… and if it does now it will carry more weight as my power grows. I have with held such a letter until we leave Scintilla, this has slightly reduced Magos Starks provocations. I have to admit a new Engineseer Prime and one possibly more experienced than Stark has an appeal to it but better the Devil you know. Still he’s definitely been hiding something from me or the Mechanicus… as to wether I should pry, it might be more trouble than it’s worth.
Jon and myself are preparing for a reception which will allow us to make some business arrangements. Before I leave Scintilla Father wishes to speak about various things including my place in the family now. This has weighed on my mind somewhat, Father has always been a man for control and it might be tempting for him to try and micro manage me. The way I see it there is a number of ways we could end up.
Firstly as he may or may not wish me to follow his instructions and allow him to be Rogue Trader by proxy, effectively my Dynasty becoming a Vassal of the family’s. This would only end in ruin I think as if I couldn’t be seen to run my own afairs few would wish to do business with me, and my peers would doubtless see me as someones pet Rogue Trader. Hax might even rescind the warrant.
Secondly the house could become a vassal of the Dynasty. I don’t see Father necessarily being too enticed by this option though it would hardly hurt their business prospects it might hurt his pride, unless he was planning on retiring soon. Father as always can be hard to predict.
Thirdly the House and Dynasty could be allies, I of course have loyalty to the house and would be happy to make sure they have lucrative contracts from my Dynasty once it’s operations are truely set up. This might come under a different name but it leaves both of us our independence, as to whether Father would be satisfied with this…
I don’t think he’ll push for the first option, I proved my worth to Lord Sector Hax himself, trying to take control could be seen as an insult to Hax’s judgement or at worst treason. Still it is a talk that could go badly.
Captain Swift and Cutter to our knowledge still have to reach Port Wander, I have a debt to repay Captain Swift for those warp routes and a Lanister always repays their debts.

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