The dead moon of Arloc Mechanica once housed a thriving Imperial industry. The sector was hit by successive disasters and mankind’s firm grasp was diminished to a thin thread. The moon was abandoned while the remaining citizens headed coreward to mass in protective numbers on the primary planet of Axiomica.
Arloc Mechanica has remained silent and empty with the exception of leftover scavenger bands that refused to take part of the mass coreward migration. Being on the fringe of the system, automated systems were set up to detect incoming fleet and object movements.
It was these systems that detected several large piece of debris translating in-system at high velocity. Many of the massive chunks passed harmlessly through space, some smashing against the inner asteroid belts. Some, however, smashed against the surface of Arloc Mechanica itself.
A Rogue Trader fleet, its flagship the Cinereux, was inbound when a catastrophic event took place while in warp space. All that emerged were fragments of the fleet itself. Rogue Trader Captain Quandan had discovered an item of myth and legend: the Victory Machine. The Victory Machine is said to be able to autonomously receive messages from the future. The only evidence to point to his discovery is the sudden radiation sickness Quandan was inexplicably afflicted with…as a child. Tampering with the Victory Machine sends ripples of radiation across space and time.
The Victory Machine was aboard the Cinereux. It may have survived this disaster.