Your wake up, as though out of a daze. Your senses and mind sharpen, suddenly bringing the room and three figures around you into focus. The floor judders and shakes, and the small view ports in the cramped enclosure make it clear that you're aboard some sort of shuttle, but it seems too small. Trying to move your limbs, you find yourself unable to, as though they are weighed down. Suddenly, you hear a voice. It sounds like it's in your skull, but can only be coming from outside.
"Greetings, I am Inquisitor Rackham. I apologize for using my powers on you as I did, but I needed agents in the sector, and you were the only ones with the correct skills for the job and the mental patterns that would allow me to interact with you over the distances required for this operation. I would normally have sent my own men in, but they're currently in another sector on what was determined to be a wild grox chase, so I do apologize again for having to drag you into this, but it is of the utmost importance that I act, and therefore you act, upon the information I have acquired. An... associate of mine has taken something rather important to me, and you will get it back for me. Let me fill you in.
Approximately one month ago, this.... acquaintance... sent some thugs to take something very dangerous and powerful from my personal collection of artifacts. Using several leads, I tracked the item down to the rogue trader vessel The Benevolent. Unfortunately, it entered the warp as soon as my team had gotten on board and disappeared soon after. However, it has resurfaced. The crew appears to be gone, and I can only imagine my men with them as I cannot contact them, and the ship is drifting. Already the vultures circle it, waiting for their chance to pick it clean. We cannot allow this to happen until the artifact is safely back in my possession. If it is not returned to me, I will lose a considerable amount of standing with my colleagues for allowing this artifact to fall into the hands of a radical and not destroying it when I first came upon it. If we allow them to recover it before us, the power crazed maniac may actually consider using the damned thing, and Emperor alone knows what it will actually do. Further, if we can recover it, I may be able to bring charges against the foul old wretch.
Unfortunately, this associate of mine has already mobilized agents to attempt to recover the item as well. We cannot allow them to succeed. If it is recovered by them, then things will become considerably more difficult and we may not be able to stop them from using it against us, or Emperor forbid, attempting to use it against the Great Enemy themselves. If you can recover the artifact for me, I will appreciate it immensely. Not to mention that having the appreciation of an Inquisitor has benefits outside of my undying gratitude and support. Monetary benefits, to be precise. And in case you were wondering, you want my undying gratitude, because not having my undying gratitude tends to shorten your lifespan considerably.
As for your actual objectives during this operation, the first and foremost is to recover the artifact. I would imagine they were transporting it in the cargo hold, so check there. If you find it is gone, then you must find a crimson level security terminal to download the ship logs from. There is one on the bridge, one in the captain's personal quarters, and one in the main fire control battery. This may give us a lead on where it went or what happened to the ship. Third, and as a personal favor to me, I would like you to discover the fates of my men if possible. They were some of my closer comrades, so I would appreciate it. Their last known location was the captain's personal quarters. I believe they were having a rather friendly chat with the old man. Fourth, if you determine what happened to the crew leaves the wreck beyond salvaging or far too dangerous to allow it to continue to exist, you must overload the warp drives. I have given each of you a data-slate. Simply plug it into any of the crimson level security terminals and select the program you wish to use and it will execute the function, whether it is overloading the warp drives or downloading the log data. The warp drives should take close to an hour to overload, which gives you ample time to flee the doomed ship if it comes to it. Fifth, if you encounter agents from my associate, do not engage them if at all possible. A civil war is all I'd need right now. If you must engage, only engage long enough to retreat or meet one of the objectives lain out here. Finally, you are currently riding in a boarding drill shuttle, and it is a one way trip. It should deposit you close to the cargo hold. Once you complete your objectives you'll have to locate another way off of the ship, presumably one of the shuttles left in the hangar bays.
If you need to contact me, you have all had psycrystals implanted in you. Simply place your hand on your chest and think what you want to tell me and I will respond if I am able to. May the Emperor protect and good hunting."
As the voice leaves your head, you feel the weights on your limbs lift and are able to move them again. You feel what has to be your kit stowed under the seats. A light appears over the hatch which leads out, counting down from a minute thirty....