The Ateph Campaign
It is often the case that a cataclysmic event is not heralded by a storm, but a whisper. On the Imperial Planet of Dacia, the heavens did not rip asunder at the arrival of an Ork fleet, nor its populace disappear in the night, whisked away by the faerie folk. The sun did not go supernova for its death throes, nor did the tendrils of a Hive Fleet descend to feast.
All that happened was an Imperial mining expedition unearthed a large, green crystal deep underground. A seemingly minor event, save the damage the seeming impenetrable object inflicted upon the digger who discovered it. Inquisitor Ricardo Sforza of the Ordo Xenos is planetside, dealing with minor dissidents and immediately drops everything to investigate. He swiftly determines the crystal to be a xenos artefact of potential worth. He cordons off the area with the help of the Cadian 113th and begins excavating the artefact.
Hearing of the discovery, Inquisitor Elias Amadeus of the Ordo Malleus makes a demand that the crystal be handed over to him, stating that it is a warp artefact and therefore in his jurisdiction, but Sforza refuses, insisting that it is of xenos origin.
Amadeus however, knew more of the Crystal’s nature and could not let it go. He gathers the Keldorian 18th to him, requisitions help from the local Sister’s Chapel and moves upon the dig site, intent on taking it by force, claiming warp taint.
Upon arrival, he finds the Cadian 113th well dug in and ready for a fight. Bloody minded, Amadeus launches the attack none the less. Sforza faces a strategic defence as he hurries to evacuate the crystal.