Black Library Weekender (Anthology)
by Andy Smillie
by John French
The Smallest Detail
The Divine Word
by Gav Thorpe
by George Mann
Signal to Noise
by C.Z. Dunn
by Rob Sanders
Inquisitor Czevak emerges from a Webway Gate on an unknown world and prepares to seal the gate behind him with Melta Bombs. Before he can do so, he is captured by a Dark Eldar raiding party, gathering slaves and feral beasts for the gladiatorial arenas back on Commorragh. Czevak is thrown into a stockade, stripped of his bombs, his Harlequin coat, and the Atlas Infernal.
In the stockade, Czevak recognizes one of the other human captives as a cultist belonging to one of the many cults that serve Czevak's nemesis, Ahriman. The cultist is elated to recognize Czevak, but the Inquisitor calmly informs him that he altered the records on the last library world Ahriman raided, which means the Sorcerer is unlikely to find his way to them.
Both of the captives are dragged in front of the party's leader, Lelith Hesperax herself. But Lelith is nonplussed to find that Czevak is not the usual "mon-keigh" she is used to torturing. For every knife she lifts from her private table, Czevak calmly identifies the poison lacing the blade by scent, and informs her that he knows, and has already taken, the antidote.
Lelith is getting increasingly aggravated, even as her warriors rush in and tell them that something dark is lurking in the jungle outside her tent, snatching her soldiers at will and getting stronger by the moment. Lelith's Succubus aide flies into a panic and scratches her mistress with another blade before dying. The blade carried a poison that Lelith does not know the antidote for - though Czevak does. She is forced to release him, and then flee the planet as soon as he tells her exactly where to find the antidote and how to prepare it.
Czevak gathers up his coat, his bombs, and the Atlas, casually informing the cultist that Ahriman is clever enough to have seen through Czevak's tampering, given enough time, and should be reaching the planet eventually. By then, however, the Webway gate will have been destroyed - with Czevak on the other side, of course.
Czevak sets his bombs and prepares to step through the gate, comfortably in the same place he's always been - one step ahead of his many enemies.