Janus Draik is a Rogue Trader, renowned duelist, diplomat, and captain of the Draikstar.[2a][2b] He has pushed forward the Imperium's boundaries in the Segmentum Pacificus for decades. Exploring the unchartered regions outside Imperial Space, he searches for rare commodities to sell to Humanity's ruling elite.[2c] His preferred method of acquiring new worlds involves appealing to the interests of their greedy and self-important rulers by plying them with exotic riches and aged amasec aboard his opulent shuttle, Vanguard.[2a]
The Blackstone Fortress
Spurred on by the rumours of a new Blackstone Fortress appearing in the borders of the Galaxy in the aftermath of the Great Rift, Janus Draik procured copies of the Liber Monumenta and Ravensburg's Treatise on the Gothic War, amongst other less reputable works. Intrigued by his findings, he set course for the Western Reaches of Segmentum Pacificus.[2d][2c] There, he learned of the location of the Blackstone Fortress through parlance with various scavenger factions,[2a] resting at the heart of a nebula with no known warp routes or webway spars,[2c] littered for millions of miles in each direction by the debris of ancient warships and fragmented battle stations.
Abandoning the Draikstar in favour of Vanguard's nimbler manoeuvrability, Janus made the approach to Precipice – a small way station under the shadow of the Blackstone Fortress. Having had to leave the vast majority of his personnel behind to guard the Draikstar,[2a] and having glimpsed archeotech taken from the Blackstone Fortress,[2b] Janus formed compacts with some of the denizens of Precipice, learning through the costly acquisition of previous explorers' findings from the local traders that the fortress's small maglev chambers and ever-changing architecture make smaller parties the only viable way of effectively exploring the space station.[2e]
Janus hopes to unlock the terrifying power of the Blackstone Fortress and claim it for Mankind. At the same time, he intends to secure a bounty of archeotech from the space station that he can sell on or use in future pursuits.[2f]
- 1: White Dwarf September 2018, pg. 37 – Designers' Notes: Pushing the Boundaries
- 2: Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress background booklet
- 3: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Warhammer Quest: Blackstone Fortress