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De Laurant Warrant of Trade
WARRANT OF TRADE
Resolved henceforth in the name of the Most Beneficent God-Emperor of Mankind, the High Lords of Terra grant this Warrant of Trade to:
ANTOINETTE MARIETTE DE LAURANT
And to all of her line, from now until the end of time.
The Bearer of this Warrant of Trade is granted the inalienable right to go forth beyond the sacred borders of the blessed Imperium, to contact such benighted civilizations as she may encounter, and to make war for the glory of the Emperor as she deems necessary.
By the authority of the Senatorum Imperialis, this Warrant places the Bearer as a peer to the great powers of the Imperium, inter alia: Imperial Commanders, Chapter Masters of the Adeptus Astartes, and the Masters of the Holy Orders of the Emperor’s Inquisition.
The authority this Warrant grants begins where the Imperium ends. Beyond the extent of Imperial rule, the bearer of this Warrant speaks with the voice of the Emperor Himself.
It is the bearer’s right and her responsibility to claim whatever worlds, resources, or privileges she may obtain in any manner she chooses.
By writ of Seal of Holy Terra, at The Feast of the Emperor’s Ascension, 0.0.847.M36
In the Name of the God-Emperor of Mankind and through His Authority, Wisdom, and Guidance, His humble Servants, the Senatorum Imperialis, do set down these addenda to the foregoing Warrant of Trade and hereby COMMAND that these addenda shall be read into the foregoing Warrant of Trade as if writ within it, to wit:
I . In recognition of the reformations of Sebastian Thor, the Trader shall recognize and comply to the strictures of the Ecclisiarchical limitations, specifically to the proscription of retaining “men under arms” and as such deny said resources to the Ecclisiarchy. Pursuant to this, the Trader shall recognize the validity of the institution of the Adepta Sororitas, and understand that it is not a violation of the proscribed actions stated herewith.
Given under our Great Seal, and the Signature and Seal of our Recorder, at the Imperial Palace, Holy Terra, 0.001.847.M36
II. The Trader shall understand that as regards to the to the rightful claim of planets and domains for the furtherance of Imperial Dominion, that they shall recognize and celebrate the infallibility of the True Faith as spoken by the properly ordained ministers, clerics, cardinals and other personages representing the Ecclesiarchy, and as such are mandated to commission a worthy monument or temple on the places of such claims for the Emperor’s most deserved veneration.
Given under our Great Seal, and the Signature and Seal of our Recorder, at the Imperial Palace, Holy Terra, 0.002.847.M36
III. With regards to the rights of succession and inheritance of the Warrant of Trade from Bearer to Bearer, each new paterfamilias or materfamilias shall declare to undertake a Grand Endeavour outside the borders of the most supreme Imperium of Mankind to chart unknown expanses of space, give light to threats to humanity, return wayward colonies to the light of Imperial Rule and return with the bountiful treasures of their odyssey to the wholesome realms of the Imperium.
This they shall declare with neither haste nor delay within the time of one standard terran year upon their receipt of the Warrant, and take up the task for at least two standard terran years, in consideration with the unknowable workings of time and space in the Empyrean, as recorded in the infallible bridge datacore of the Trader’s chosen flagship, as vetted by the authorities of the relevant representatives of the Mechanicus and Imperial Navy. Upon their most triumphant return, they are to submit the details of their Endeavour to the nearest Sector Administratum authorities, as well as the decimation of their bounty, to be rendered as unto the Imperial Tithe.
This they shall perform to prove their loyalty to humanity and the Master of Mankind.
Upon the embarkation and return on such Endeavours, the Trader is given right to claim assets, vessels and persons as they deem necessary from the relevant Sector Command, as vetted by the Master of the Administratum and Sector Governor, in preparation and recuperation respectively to such worthy acts.
Given under our Great Seal, and the Signature and Seal of our Recorder, at the Imperial Palace, Holy Terra, 0.003.847.M36
IV. In regards to the actions of the Rogue Trader, their Captains, Retainers and associated Agents, The Emperor, through his most capable Senatorum Imperialis, decrees the provision that the Bearer of this Warrant attach themselves to the righteous Crusades of the forces of the Imperium, to further expand the borders of the true human territories and to show the Trader’s Duty, Devotion and Loyalty to Mankind.
In gratis to this most worthy Endeavour, the Bearer of the Warrant has the indelible right and privilege to requisition and recruit from the assets and manpower of the Imperial Navy, the Imperial Guard and the Emperor’s Adeptus Astartes as to the purpose of furthering the Duties invested in the Trader, in consultation to their respective masters in perpetuity.
Given under our Great Seal, and the Signature and Seal of our Recorder, at the Imperial Palace, Holy Terra, 0.367.187.M37
V. For their contributions to the discovery and cataloging of the Warp Routes to the system now known as The Lathes and attendant planets, the Trader and his associated agents are granted Median Rights of Passage to the domains, facilities and vessels of the Mechanicus as associated with the Fabricator-General of The Lathes.
Let it be known that the Dynasty is recognized as Ally to the Priests of Mars for their relinquished Right of Claim, as ratified by Lord Militant Drusus with the Grant of The Lathes to the Mechanicus in perpetuity.
Given under our Great Seal, and the Signature and Seal of our Recorder, at the Imperial Palace, Holy Terra, 0.248.380.M39
VI. In recognition to the Trader’s worthy contributions to the Angevin Crusade and the formation of the Calixis Sector, the Trader is hereby relieved of the Fourth Addendum of this Warrant, and is mandated to pursue the Original Mandate of a Bearer of the Warrant, for the expansion and development of the Imperium.
Furthermore, for the Trader’s actions in the creation of the Calixis Sector, the family of the Bearer of the Warrant is granted titles and rights of Nobility and Inheritance to the position of Sector Governor, whose position in the Line of Succession is obfuscated by the Orders Famulous in Scintilla until such a time requires that the extent of their claim be need known.
Given under our Great Seal, and the Signature and Seal of our Recorder, at the Imperial Palace, Holy Terra, 0.875.384.M39
VII. For valorous service to the most rightful conclusion of the Meritech Wars, the Bearer of the Warrant is recognized as Ally to the Imperial Navy, and given the honorary post of Lord Captain, and as such speaks with the representative authority of Battlefleet Calixis within the domains, facilities and vessels of the Sector.
Given under our Great Seal, and the Signature and Seal of our Recorder, at the Imperial Palace, Holy Terra, 0.721.226.M41