Cybernetically enhanced humanoid, reportedly ‘Eldaar’.
Extremely proficient in melee and ranged combat, resistant to (at least) fire and/or fire magic. Listed on the rolls of the Knights of Saint Hrond.
HQ for Knights of Saint Hrond is in Moorpoint on Valles, also home to the Caliban See (Archbishop).
Mr. Eullent wants her dead.
A Valles based corporation, who’s main corporate offices in the Fenard building in Marfos city were targeted in a devastating attack that destroyed the entire tower they were housed in, killing 375 in the building, including non-sandstone employees and countless other hapless lower-class citizens who’s homes were below the structure. It is fairly likely that Sister Maynar is responsible for these attacks.
The contract that included the black ops mission to Kolono was part of something called Operation Blackfriar. According to the dossier, Sister Maynar was referred to as Ms. Danforth; and was an agent of the Baronial Privy Council. After the attack on Kurlou City, this story started to unravel. Zaniel thinks it is far more likely that she worked for the Rok’kannon Corp, but even that is suspect. The initial confirmation from the Privy Council turned out to be erroneous – though the money paid was genuine. They just didn’t get to spend much of it. Zaniel reckons that given the current situation the Baronial Exchequer probably seized all of Sandstone’s accounts – or is in a fight with the Guild to do so.
Ms. Danforth paid Sandstone in kronotium ingots. Fairly rare and fairly expensive. They are found on Valles and generally associated with religious relics.
Sandstone had two helicopters: a larger troop transport, and a smaller missile/gun platform. The troop transport was reduced to shredded metal in the attack at Kurlou City. The attack ship was supporting a mission for the Baronial Navy when the Marfos City bombing happened. The Baronial Navy took over the contract/lease. Both were leased from the Ares Corporation, an off-world (out of system) military contractor and arms manufacturing (mega) corp.
It is likely that there might be one remaining Sandstone contractor alive who was involved in Operation Blackfriar. Hibiscus Shrude was a Communications Tech. Prior to the mission she took ill: some sort of virus she had contracted on previous mission to Basuki. She was replaced day of the mission. Last known address was in Ervinbluff, a mid-sized city between Port Horwold and Marfos City. She was an experienced operative and likely went to ground following the bombing of the Fenard Building.
Sandstone maintained the following facilities:
a. Offices in Marfos (Fenard Building) – gone
b. Depot & helopad outside of Kurlou City – largely gone
c. Training facility at Camp Pontyler
d. Safe houses in Marfos (2), Port Horwold, Moorpoint, and Kigerley.
Valles based crime lord. Extremely successful. Could provide us with gate keys.
Mr. Eullent will furnish us with a Caliban-Arachnae Solaris jump key if we can eliminate Sister Maynar. Preferred proof is target’s head delivered in a bag.
Possible next steps
1. Travel to Ervinbluff as quietly as possible and try to locate Hibiscus Shrude, the only living person who can tell us more about Operation Blackfriar. Especially important because Sister Maynar will likely be hunting her if she knows of her survival.
2. In general, find out as much as we can about Operation Blackfriar.
3. Locate records related to the use of the attack ship by the Baronial Navy in an effort to determine if Sister Maynar is still using it, i.e. working with the Navy.
4. Attempt to trace any use of Kronotium ingots. A rare currency that could reveal the location of Sister Maynar.
5. Travel to Kurlou City and look for any clues as to Maynar’s involvement and current whereabouts.
6. Visit Sandstone safe houses if above efforts don’t reveal Maynar.
7. Never, ever visit the HQ of the Knights of St. Hrond.
Addendum – 1/24/18
Eldaar: Strictly speaking, they are non-human. They are an old race in the Empire. Kindlenomicon references the Eldaar as the source of corruption (note: not source of Unlife). At one point in time, the Eldaar opposed the Unlife but something happened in the past. They are scattered all over the Empire and often act as ‘agents’ of the Royal Houses.
Thorne’s notes on the Eldaar from the Kindlenomicon:
The Eldaar once opposed the unlife, and possibly still do, but have been corrupted. Possibly through prolonged contact with their foes or through the ruthlessness required to oppose such entities. Either way, their corrupt influence has spread through the halls of power in the Empire; specifically the Church Celestial, the Emperor and the Noble houses have all fallen under their sway. This makes them responsible for the enforced religious anti-technology stance the Empire has taken.
The previous owner of the kindlenomicon, the “architect,” was trying to obtain something called the Dark Key which would open a corresponding gate, through which the “enemies of the Eldaar” would flow forth, ending their corruption. What the gate, the key and the “enemies” are need to be determined.
The substance that is essentially the impetus of project Blackfriar. We know remarkably little about it. At least in context of the Church’s recent actions. We know that it acts as a psionic amplifier.
What we don’t know:
1. Why the church wants it, now, all of a sudden.
2. What, actually, it is, not just what it does. What are it’s origins, why is it psionically active, etc.
3. Where it occurs. Does it only ‘grow’ on Valles? Why or why not?
Was Blackfriar all about Blue Jade, and if so, why did that need to be covered up? What possible goal could be worth destroying an entire corporation to conceal?