The Mind Killer
Your assignment takes place on the Hive World of Baraspine, an out of the way planet far to the Galactic Southeast of the system capital, Scintilla. The surface of Baraspine has been long since rendered almost entirely devoid of plant and animal life by huge programs of strip mining and industrial abuse in its distant past, the population are almost entirely confined to towering, climate sealed hive cities for fear of the deadly Splinter Winds, 700km an hour winds that whip up shards of volcanic glass and ceramic fragments from the planets countless dustbowls, and are rumoured to be able to strip a lightly armoured human to the bone in under thirty seconds.
The planet is Governed from the Palace of the Dzarr in Hive Adna, the traditional seat of the Imperial Governor. The Governor is normally elected by a council of the Noble Houses, the largest and most dominant of which are House Karillon, Haxaan and Zaede. Last year the seat was claimed by Tobias Haxaan, with support of a number of minor noble houses, ending nearly thirty years of nearly uncontested governance by House Zaede.