Dramatis Personae: Rogue Trader Gant Magnus
"It looks to me like they’re burning, lads! Grab your weapons and prepare to board!"
The ill-fated Bravitovich Consilium Rebellion wracked the distant Vagus Sector in the late years of the third century of M41, when six pirate captains captured the sector capitol. They assassinated the planetary governor and declared the planet independent from the Imperium and themselves rules of the new sovereign state. Their petty efforts lasted only three years (during which war raged across the planet as order dissolved due to lack of Imperial organizations) before an Imperial Navy Fleet blew the pirate captains’ blockade out of orbit. Some historians are amazed as to how efficiently the rogues were destroyed; the official stance is simply that the Imperial Navy acted with His will behind their efforts.
The truth is, of course, not so pretty. One of the pirate captains was a grand deal more pragmatic than his peers; he saw their world falling into civil war and knew the Imperial Navy could not be far away. He secretly approached the Inquisition with a deal: grant him a Pardon, and he would give them inside information that would later prove vital to destroying the rebels. That captain was Viktor Magnus.
Viktor Magnus was granted official sanction as a privateer after the destruction of his former peers, and his bloodline granted legitimacy with a Warrant of Trade. His frigate, the Cobra-class destroyer Fortune’s Hand, has been captained by his descendants ever since. Despite the role Viktor served in helping the Navy in their efforts, those who serve in the Battlefleets have never fully trusted the Magnus line. Few criminals look to kindly upon them, either, seeing the Magnus line and all who serve it as sell-outs and lapdogs. Viktor’s descendants do have one important ally, however; the Inquisition.
The servants of the Holy Ordos have never forgotten the service rendered to them by the captain of Fortune’s Hand, and often charter the ship to provide transport for Inquisitors, Acolytes, and dangerous cargo. The vessel can be trusted with tasks too unconventional for Naval ships or other Rogue Traders, but demand more loyalty than a true criminal could ever guarantee. Whispers are common among the crew that the Inquisition has moles aboard the ship and furnish it with sanctioned technology.
Gant Magnus is the current captain of Fortune’s Hand and holds the bloodline’s Warrant of Trade. He is a man of ambition who enjoys toeing the line between legality and crime. The life of a privateer suits him well, and he’s bloodthirsty in the pursuit of those the Inquisition tells him to destroy, often leading boarding parties with a savage grin on his face. Those who meet him find him a charming man, though disarmingly discontent with Imperial Creed or authority. He’s a shrewd businessman, eager to grow his fortune and fleet, and often takes to retrofitting the ships he attacks and captaining them with those he trusts most. So far, his fleet has grown to include two vessels, the Loki-class Word of Drusus and Claymore-class Call for Retribution.
The captain seems to relish conflict with xenos pirates, seemingly reveling in the chance to prove his mettle against enemies that frighten any sensible voidsman. He takes to his task with no hatred, only a sense of warrior’s honor and the desire to assert his dominance over any foe. Only one enemy sets his blood boiling, the infamous reaver Blood-Eye Jericho. Gant once had a contract to kill Jericho, but rushed into the engagement and was ambushed by the reaver’s allies in hiding. While the Fortune’s Hand survived the battle, Jericho escaped and has since returned to his vile ways. Gant keeps an ear to the ground in every port about sightings of the reaver and has an agreement with a number of Inquisitors to report rumors of his whereabouts.
Magnus Gant is a strong ally of the Inquisition, capable of ferrying Acolytes, Inquisitors, and cargo wherever needed on short notice. His growing fleet can also serve as valuable muscle for any Inquisitor who makes it worth his while. Gant is a steadfast ally of the Inquisition, trusted with things few others outside the Holy Ordos would. His lack of conformity with the Ecclesiarchy puts off a number of Puritans, but his value cannot be understated.