Requiem for a Sector
The Empty Men of Sinophia
The Empty Men of Sinophia Magna was a Logician sponsored project that sought to corrupt humans with aspects of the alien at the genetic level. The Logicians had secretly taken over control of the PDF Medicae facility in Sinophia Magna and were using demobilised PDF troopers as unwitting test subjects for genealtering viruses. Almost all the strains tested on the unwitting troopers were highly unstable and in most cases killed the test subject. In some cases, however, it led to violent mental breakdown and catastrophic genetic meltdown. There were a few successes—the Logicians created a handful of functioning transgenic blasphemies that were later dubbed the ‘empty men’ by the Inquisition. Most of these unfortunate test subjects were recovered by agents seeded within the Adeptus Arbites stationed on Sinophia, who also ensured that the project remained unnoticed by the authorities.
When the heretical project was discovered, the Logicians put into effect one of their trademark apocalyptic exit plans. The PDF barracks were saturated with psychoactive chemicals. This reduced the garrison to crazed killers that slaughtered each other and anyone who they came into contact with. The Logician agents secreted within the Arbites overloaded the plasma reactor beneath the Adeptus Arbites Precinct, reducing it to molten slag and killing ninety percent of the garrison. The surviving Arbites and a handful of agents of the Inquisition stormed the PDF Medicae facility. They discovered hidden laboratories beneath them and horrors that were held within. Though most of the Logician agents were either killed or captured, some believe that the Logicians succeeded in extracting the keys to their limited success and that on some unknown world, more empty men are being created as the Logician’s plans creep towards fulfilment.