The tech adepts of House Haarlock worked diligently for some time to restore the ancient vessel to working order, but only enough could be done to reactivate its base functions. Grand Cruiser-class voidships are not easy to operate with a skeleton crew. After as much could be done to get the ship moving, we found several cases bearing similar design-work to the Bloodlock Bolts found earlier. These cases were smaller, but there were several of them arrayed on the lower platform from where the Deathwatch sergeant vanished.
The team gathered around to determine the next course of action. Most resolved to open them, using five keys recovered from the battles previously. Devil chose to open the first, and upon doing so, a small mutant leapt forth. Before he could react, the creature clawed at his face in some ravenous stupor. Devil tried as he might to free himself while Akathin attempted to swing a few at his head in some comedic effort to help. His massive axe was too large to strike such a nimble target, but Soren was able to finish the job while barely missing Devil's face. His ruined form carried a large backpack full of high-tech weaponry, probably looted from the ship, the Roh dynasty, or both.
The next crate contains another small creature, this time some sort of robotic drone that also was carrying a large backpack. This one set about taking Akathin, who had a tough time trying to reach it before it stood on his shoulder and taunted the group, shortly before combined weapons fire from Li-Tal and Nil obliterated it. More wargear spilled from the drone's backpack.
A third box contained another small mutant that attempted to loot the party, but impatience and irritation amongst everyone made short work of it as quickly as their weapons did. With more wargear acquired from these drones and mutants, the group became more interested in the spoils uncovered. Devil's curiosity overcame his better judgment and he opened yet another crate. Whatever the Deathwatch had done, they managed to imprison 8 minor Khornate daemons within one of the boxes, and everyone had realized their foolishness. Devil, Remy, and Soren fought at close range while Nil threw one of the Phosphex bombs into the mix. A massive discharge of ancient and volatile corrosive gas exploded, making short work of the weakened daemons, and nearly killing Devil himself.
Our knowledge of Phosphex is rather limited, however, and the lingering nature of this proscribed chemical weapon is most inconvenient. We shall have to devise a suitable means of venting the gas cloud into the void before it can cause any serious damage to the ship. Devil managed to escape any serious injury, thanks to his eldritch resilience.
With one key remaining, the party opened one last crate. The contents appeared to be the strangest yet, as a doppelganger in the likeness of Akathin revealed itself before being promptly annihilated by the combined efforts of the original Akathin and Devil, himself.
Four crates remain, but their locks are accessed by other keys. Perhaps we will find them in time.