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DEATH TO THE XENO by DamnTorren DEATH TO THE XENO by DamnTorren
Dat feel when your kid maybe killed your boss's familiar.

Again, thank you to :iconinquisitorvawn: for the awesome story to go with!

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Tarick nodded as the acolytes before him finished giving their reports, each outlining the part they’d played in uncovering the nature of and capturing the creature hidden in the depths of the Malfian hive. Though the thought that the beast had been allowed to rampage unchecked for so long distressed him, he was pleased with the end result.


“Thank you for your time, acolytes. Zolomon, Angus; The supply shuttle will be returning to Port Wander in the next couple of…”


Daddy!” A little voice floated down the corridor outside.


“… hours. You’ve earned some R and R gents, there’ll be some loaded credit chits waiting for you out with Sorrell, grab them and go have a good time on me and the Lady E. Irie, the creature’s body has been…”


DADDY!” The voice was louder now. The burly Interrogator tried to hide an expression that was somewhere between a fond smile and a frown of exasperation, wanting to finish debriefing his acolytes as expediently as possible so he could carry on with the rest of his duties. He could see the temptation to snicker coming to the faces of the men before him and fixed them both with a heavy-browed look.


“Ahem. As I was saying, Irie my apologies but the creature’s body has been taken to the labs and the Magos is not in residence right now, so I’ll need you to oversee the dissection and examination. However once that is done I’m quite happy to sign off on that trip to the Lathes that you requested. The Lady has some items that need picking up from there and you’re more than welcome to accompany the delegation when they go...”


As he finished speaking the door to his office was hurled open by a tiny form throwing herself bodily at it and his six-year-old daughter tumbled in, her eyes half obscured by the entirely-too-large guard helmet perched atop her raven-haired head and slumped forward over her brow. She nearly tripped on her way through, her mother’s combat boots swimming about her minute feet and tangling in the hem of the long dress-up skirt she’d paired with her grey tank top. One hand clutched the hilt of a wooden sword, the other held a scruffy wodge of paper wrapped with a red ribbon under her left arm.


Tarick sighed and pinched the bridge of his nose as he turned to look at his daughter “Cassie, please… Daddy’s in the middle of very imp…”


“DADDY!” Came the triumphant shout as Cassie caught herself and straightened up, march-shuffling over to the desk in the too-big boots to deposit the grimy package before her father “I HAVE SLAYEDA FILFY XENOS!”


A stifled snort of laughter came from Angus but when Tarick looked up again the man’s face was perfectly still and he was looking forward with a steady gaze. The Interrogator looked down again at the “gift” and despite himself found himself smiling at the proud little face beaming up at him. He reached for the package with another quiet sigh and a shake of his head “Cassie, really. This could have waited until…”


He fell silent as he spread open the papers, revealing the slightly blood-spotted inner of the package. A severed bird’s leg with a tack of semi-congealed blood extended between the cut end and the paper lay before him. He looked over at his daughter as she lifted her sword above her head and waved it in roaring triumph, noting absently that one edge of the dull timber blade appeared to be stained darker with blood. For the third time he sighed, this time reaching out to key in the vox.


“Elle… I have bad news.”


The faintly amused voice of his Inquisitor came back with a slight crackle “Oh? How many this time?”


“The bird, actually. I’ve got a leg on my desk and I suspect it might be yours…”


There was a moment of pause, then an affronted cawing came back over the vox followed by Elle’s voice once more “Ohh, well as you just heard, Godai’s here so I don’t know which one she’s gotten.”


Tarick nodded, still watching Cassie as she tried to menace the acolytes in front of his desk with her battle cry, waving her sword and shouting at them for being ‘Stinky xenos lubbers’ “Well at least there’s that… Though if you want I could send her down to deal with him.”


A snorted laugh was returned to him “No thanks, jerkface and I have an understanding. Though really, you might want to consider getting her a bell or something, so she can’t keep sneaking up and catching the rest of them unawares.”


“Yes… A bell…” Tarick mused, looking thoughtfully down at the braid draped over his daughter’s slender shoulder.


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SamuraiSpork Featured By Owner Nov 9, 2016
Wait is this Talons brother or is that a different Tarick?
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DamnTorren Featured By Owner Nov 15, 2016  Professional Interface Designer
Talon's brother! They're twins, but Tarick's quite a bit chubbier.
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EmperorBassexe Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2016
Let's see how her enthusiasm lasts years from now when she's pointing a Hellgun at a bawling eldar baby. ;p
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Arklyte84826 Featured By Owner Apr 23, 2018
And let no Salamander or Space Wolf see her doing so...
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Hammerhead333 Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2015
Really well. If the little one also becomes an inquisitor, the demons nothing more have to laughClap 
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Messiahcide Featured By Owner Jun 10, 2015  Student Artist
Well, that's horribly cute indoctrination. =D
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TheBl4ckCat Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
yes storyyyyy wee, but it´s 3:22 am so i´ll read it after I slept x.x

I just wanted to say that this is a cool drawing well done ; D
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barcod Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
serving the empra, he'll make a fine commissar/inquisitor when you die later man and we ship him off to the schola progenium
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xun468 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015
Good Kid! :P
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InquisitorVawn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
The Inquisitor loses so many birds this way...
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:iconxun468:
xun468 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
then maybe he shouldn't be a filthy xeno lover! :P
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InquisitorVawn Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
She. And she doesn't love them. She just needs to know her enemy. Ordos Xenos after all ^_^
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xun468 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Yeah sorry, realized I typoed after I hit submit lol. I really like your writing!
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:iconinquisitorvawn:
It's cool, and thank you :D I'm hoping to do more, I love working with DamnTorren.

I should put some non-picture-linked stuff up in my journal or something. I write a lot that never sees the light of day.
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xun468 Featured By Owner Jun 9, 2015
Yeah! You guys are a great team :D
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I-am-number-777 Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist General Artist
Ha ha, a nice story to pair with this indeed
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RecklessCharge Featured By Owner Jun 8, 2015  Hobbyist Writer
That's so freakin cute its giving me the beetus! I love it! haha!
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InquisitorVawn Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2015
Have I told you yet how much I love having my rambly little writings illustrated? Or having things to riff off of to write scenes? Love it <3
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zwartekraai Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2015
who is the child's mother if I may ask?
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:iconinquisitorvawn:
InquisitorVawn Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2015
Another acolyte of the Lady Inquisitor, an infiltration, disguise and close quarters combat specialist who met Tarick back when he was also an acolyte by climbing in through his window and startling him to the point of concussing himself on a bedpost.

It's a long story :)
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zwartekraai Featured By Owner Dec 10, 2015
Awww awesome its rare for 40k characters to actually have a happy family life. id love to hear the rest of it once. Or maybe see a portraid of the whole family together.
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InquisitorVawn Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2015
We'd have to ask :icondamntorren: super nicely if she could do that. Tarick and his wife have four already with another three on the way though, so it's a bit of an task to get them all together for a portrait.
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zwartekraai Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
So let me get this straight they raise seven kids while at the same time being agents for the inquisition. talk about stressful. Does the rest of the retinue babysit often?
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DamnTorren Featured By Owner Dec 18, 2015  Professional Interface Designer
Tarick and Regis are of the Cadian mindset of 'part of your duty is to create more bodies to fuel the imperial engine.' So they try and pop out a lot, hand over the care and tutoring to a few dedicated instructors, and more or less go about their duties. The kids will either go off to Cadia when they're old enough to train in the youth camps and go through the white-shield track, or stick around to train and become specialists. 
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InquisitorVawn Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2015
Their Inquisitor's a bit eccentric, and Jaspar's been an acolyte for her most of her life, so she's been allowed to semi "retire" to do the babymaking thing as a reward for service. In reality that means that she lives in the Inquisitor's mansion and spends most of her days there, but she's really rather happy with it all.

And yes, some of the rest of the retinue do help out with the babies from time-to-time as well, when they're back from missions on R&R.
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