Abdul Goldberg stole your ship off you -the poker game was rigged and your sure he put something in your drink. Your crew are unhappy - having been turfed from their ship together with their possessions. The ship and its new crew leaves tonight - unless you can steal it back!
The common language of the Imperium is represented in this (blog) by English, proper names have been rendered in anglicised form. Many of the titles of ancient instiutions and organisations are presented as Latinised English (such as the Adeptus Terra). This represents an older tongue, itself a development of Twentieth Century languages, not necessarily Latin as such.
The porta-rack is an essential tool of the Inquisitor - it is used for extracting the truth from recalcitrant subjects. It resembles a small black box, from which proturde many hundreds of fine wires. Placed against the skin these extend, delving deep within the subject’s central nervous system, enabling the Inquisitor to control the individual’s emotions and state of mind. With a little fine tuning, uncooperative individuals soon become compliant.
For a thousand days the great barge of the Adeptus Astronomica sailed toward Earth. In the thirteen holds each as cavernous as a temple nave, our human cargo sent up a great wailing and moaning. There were over two thousand souls bound for service, men, woman and children; young and old; the sick and the sound. Only the children did not know. But I am a psyker like them and I know that pain. I felt the chains as if they were upon my own limbs. I knew their fate, they had been tested and found wanting., they were too vulnerable, too dangerous to live. I am a guardian of the Adeptus Astronomica. Souls such as these I carry to the Emperor’s table.
Eldar mercenaries can be hired by any human governor or rebel with sufficient money and no scruples. These inhuman warriors are renegades amongst their own kind: murderers, psychotics, criminals and anarchists. Only desperate men would stoop to employing Eldar mercenaries. Those who do so inevitably come to have regret their action. These sell-swords owe nothing to anyone, and are quite happy to switch sides or pursue their own objectives when the opportunity arises.
“The beast of metal endures longer than the flesh of men. Those that tend the beasts of metal must labour long to learn its ways, for a single beast must suffer the mastership of many men until it is ready to shed its vorpal coils. Those that seek apprenticeship must attend closely to the runes of mobilization, the rights of maintenance, and the words-of-power that describe the parts of a beast. Nor must they neglect the tutelage of the Adeptus Prefects, nor the casting of the proper roboscopes.”—Runic Mechanics, an Introduction