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Mersadie Oliton

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Mersadie Oliton was a documentarist attached to the 63rd Expeditionary Fleet, equipped with brain implants that gave her perfect recall and even the ability to "record" her visual memories.

History

Joining the fleet shortly after the pacification of Sixty-Three Nineteen, Oliton gained an introduction with Captain Garviel Loken of the Luna Wolves's Tenth Company. Though their initial meeting was awkward[1a][1b], the two developed a rapport, and he shared his recollections of the Great Crusade with her on a regular basis.[1c][1d]

She was good friends with Ignace Karkasy and Euphrati Keeler, but she and Karkasy did not accept the beliefs of the Lectitio Divinitatus, as Keeler did.

Later in the Crusade she was rescued, together with Keeler and Iterator Kyril Sindermann by Iacton Qruze, Captain of the Luna Wolves 3rd Company, and escaped from the events of Isstvan III aboard the frigate Eisenstein commanded by Captain Nathaniel Garro, a Death Guard loyalist.[2a]

Oliton's brain implants were put to use at a critical moment aboard the Imperial Fists' starfort, the Phalanx, when Rogal Dorn initially refused to believe Garro's report that Warmaster Horus had turned against the Emperor. Dorn was so enraged that he briefly thought of executing Garro on the spot, but Keeler insisted that he view the evidence of Oliton's implants: Horus presiding over the slaughter of loyalist Marines on Isstvan V.[2b]

After escaping the traitor Legions, it is revealed that Oliton has been kept prisoner on Titan. Mersadie had been sent visions through her dreams by Keeler that Loken was alive and she eventually begged Qruze for a single audience. Loken was shocked to his core; Qruze had purposefully let Loken believe Mersadie had died on the Vengeful Spirit. Their meeting was one of bitter, heartfelt sorrow and love. Loken took Mersadie's hand in his and they gazed at one another for the longest time, neither able to articulate what they were feeling, though in Loken's inner monologue the only word he knows to fit the situation is 'love'. Mersadie told Loken her memory coil implants had been surgically removed and that she had been imprisoned simply for being on the Vengeful Spirit. Loken was shocked and promised to have her freed and personally escort her to safety. Mersadie refused, stating that the masters of the prison weren't about to let her go. When he pressed the issue, Mersadie made it clear 'they', heavily implying Qruze and the Sigilite, would never let her go. Mersadie said her tear-filled goodbye, believing the mission Loken had been assigned would be his last. [3a]

The rage Loken felt after leaving Mersadie's cell sent his mind back into his 'Cerberus' mentality. He nearly killed Iacton Qruze and would have had Tylos Rubio and Varren not intervened.[3b]

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