Notes on the “Patient 3418675”: Recovering a Butcher’s victim
“A simple victory in a battle of ships means little in comparison and this is truely not what this struggle is about: It’s an example of standing up for what is good and right, to serve faithfully. That’s not to say we all should vow the same: Rather we should all find inspiration in this example to confront the darkness we can make a stand against: To burn and live, to fear not, to be light. To spread the light throughout creation.”
- Nicoletta Mithra, founder of the Societas
On December 13, 117, a surviving slave crew member was extracted from the wreckage of @Nauplius ‘s Rifter-class frigate after the heretic was defeated in combat in Mehatoor. The survivor was taken on board of TES Exorcist and the same day delivered to the Societas’ medical facility in Mehatoor VI - 24th Imperial Crusade Logistic Support.
The rescued was a male of biological age 26-28, DNA profile compliant with Northern Sebiestor subtype I1, gaunt, with milky white skin. He suffered moderate barotrauma during the ship destruction, but otherwise no serious injuries. However, the slave was malnourished, with obvious vitamin deficiencies, long-term lack of medical help and critical levels of stress evident. There were numerous scars from the electric lash, both new and healed. Further assessment found three differing forms of Vitoxin present in the body: the old-school poison and two mutating viral strains. As much as six different TCMC chips controlling most of the bodily functions were also found, three of them partially conflicting with each other. Those were likely used to torture the slave.
III. Preliminary background investigation
During the later questioning the patient refused to name himself anything other than “number 3418675” or “this slave” and provided no information about his background or origin. The DNA sample submitted to the Civil Service yielded no results in the database. It was assumed that the slave, likely bought by Nauplius on the open capsuleer market, has never passed through the hands of a proper holder and has his origins in one of the pirate deadspace installations that pilots raid on the regular basis. Attempts by my staff to request identification of the DNA sample from the Republic authorities in early 118 also led to nothing.
IV. Log of Events
117-12-13 - The patient is placed in the SFRIM medical facility in Mehatoor and is being treated for barotrauma. General assessment and Vitoc profiling is taking place.
117-12-14 - The legacy poison is removed from the system. Vitoc withdrawal from two of the active strains start to assert itself. The patient is placed on life support until the viral samples are decoded and Vitoc profiling is complete.
117-12-15 - The patient regains consciousness. He is not cooperative, tries to resist our Ni-Kunni medical personnel, calling them “servants of the Deceiver”, so they had to ultimately restrain and sedate him. He also keeps complaining that the “Master” will ultimately find and punish him, and then he’ll be damned to Hell. Attempts to question him fail.
117-12-16 - Since Dr. Scherezad, an known expert on complex cases such as this was unavailable, I gave Directrix Daphiti a brief report on the situation; she recommended contacting Samira Kerhner, who was a Lieutenant in Praetoria at the time. Unfortunately, I had to leave for Danera V on an urgent matter as the management of the estate had more priority than a well-being of a single slave. During the brief communication windows of opportunity Lt. Kernher was unavailable as well, so I ended up merely leaving the instructions for the staff to request help from Kerhner’s rehabilitation center, particularly on the Vitoxin strains used by the Butcher.
117-12-22 - Nauplius’ tower is destroyed at Afnakat VI in Khanid Kingdom with the joint effort of PIE and SFRIM. TES Seven Gates, my Armageddon-class flagship, participates in the bombardment.
117-12-29 - Vitoc profiling is complete. Both strains of virii were found to be used by the Butcher before on other victims in the custody of S.Kernher and A. Jenneth. The medical staff requests the applicable Vitoc formula for the synthesis.
117-12-31 - The patient is administered Vitoc and is taken off life support, but still kept sedated to prevent interference with the medical staff. The preparations to remove TCMCs begin.
118-01-01 - As a part of the celebrations of the New Year, I visit the patient personally to inform that the “Master” is never coming back, that the only Hell there is is the one he already survived through, the nightmare of the Butcher, spawn of Molok, and his new, true life in Light has now begun. As the patient is under the effect of recently administered Vitoc, he listens carefully.
To be continued.