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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:05 pm

"Approved as outlined. Make it quick."
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Mon Oct 08, 2018 1:35 pm



COPY THAT SQUAD LEADER. IF WE CAN FIND A SUFFICIENTLY SOLID PATH TO THE SUMMIT OF THIS STATION, I CAN PROVIDE OVERWATCH AND RAIN FIRE ON THE ENEMY!
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:31 am

Before moving off, Lucius meets with Cassiel. Inside the headquarters, he had been able to speak at length with Ironbound about the bases defenses and what, in his opinion, it was lacking. He made detailed notes and gave Ironbound his suggestions on how to improve the base. There were plenty of holes, but with his expertise and Micah's manpower, they could get them filled.

He made sure Makradon also understood his defense-plans. Likewise, he wanted Cassiel to know the same. He fills him in thoroughly.

Finally, he gears up.

"Khol, what say we have some fun? Inbound on your position. Let's meet well outside of the horde. Moving."
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Tue Oct 09, 2018 6:36 pm

"What work is done in secret will be rewarded openly."  The words echoed again in Cassiel's mind. Half the team was dealing with the encroaching Xenos, and everyone else had a task to keep them occupied. Cassiel was finally free to ask a few questions that had been on his mind. He sought out Caedite Grimm. "I'm hoping Priest and his boys won't be trouble again. They seem impressed by Space Marines. I very much doubt that everyone in camp is. Not just Ironbound - he does what's necessary. Anyone else that you know of that has spent some time around the Astartes in the past? I have received word that my brothers in my order owe a debt to a member of your team. I have been asked to make good if I can identify who it was. I'm afraid that as appreciated as the help was, the name was lost." Cassiel makes a shrugging motion as if to indicate that these things happen in a state of constant battle.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Tue Oct 09, 2018 11:43 pm

Lucius jets off towards Khol's position, leaving Cassiel to direct the fortification efforts of the outpost.

***

Grimm shakes his head no. "The Lexon boys were fresh inductees into the astra militarum. This is their first deployment; I dont know if they what they might have seen before today. I saw one from a distance before the xenos showed up. They didn't look like you though. Their plate armor was blood-red, with yellow trim."
He coughs a bit. It was an old cough, the cough of an old mad who had too much lho in his days.
"That feels like a lifetime ago. Mag might of seen one of those red guys too. I didnt know her before we were shipped to Hessax. I only saw the few in Trimlov - you know, before it was lost."
His pauses, to remember names and faces of friends....
"Lots of good people were lost there....."
He lets the silence hang for a moment before remarking on priest.
"Anyway, Priest is a thug, a bully. He backs down when he needs too though. I dont doubt for one second he's more intimidated than impressed with you angels."

***

Serephan spends the time in silent contemplation, as does Ironbound elsewhere.
News that his father was dead would take some time to sink in.....

***

Ambrose moved the heavy debris to form barricades, with Hydrako assisting. Rusting load haulers and emptied cargo containers were used to cut off ingress' and obvious routes of entry.
Albrect slinked away, he was more concerned about the state of his soul than the state of the defenses. He preferred killing the enemy up close and personal in any case, just as his chapter taught him.
Many questions had been asked of him since the appearance of the ecclesiarchy. Did his newfound brothers really consider him a wolf in sheep's clothing? Had he not yet proved himself to them?

Makradon continues his work with dedicated precision. The machine spirit was fully roused and providing diagnostic anomalies that needed to be fixed before the array could be used to full capacity.

***

2 Hours later.....

Lucius makes it to Lucius' position. He had also come across a few sororitas search parties, and even another wrecked immolator sat burning without obvious cause.

Checking your chrono, Makradon should be finished in half an hour.

Indeed, Khol had described the situation accurately. There was a veritable sea of tyranid swarms mustering on the ash plains. He gauged the situation from his experiences:
The tyranids were slowly being forced out of the city, The were gathering here in order to counter-attack and overwhelm the guard elements and retake the city. It was very likely that other groups were also gathering in other areas around the city, the hive mind would make it a coordinated move.

The question is: what could you do about it?
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:37 am

Lucius landed near the cover the scout had holed up in and surveyed the scene.

"Now that we've pushed them out of the cities, they are regrouping for a counter attack. I wager they are in positions similar to this all across the front just beyond the Imperial lines. want to ruin their day?"

He gives Khol a charmingly wicked smile.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Fri Oct 12, 2018 12:56 am

Albrecht remained in place, a solitary figure high up on a vantage point to give a good view of the Tyranid 'cloud' and the likely approach for the cardinals forces.

He considered his brothers words, it was hypothetical for now but should the cardinal try to use force should he be made an example of or just cut down on the battlefield. Did Hydarko expect him to tear the priest limb from limb?

Albrecht tried to put those thoughts from his mind; the Cardinal seemed to be a 'good' man in so much that he had a strong faith. Although such things sometimes clouded good judgement.

-and over thinking things doesn't help-

To focus his mind Albrecht begins recite the Litanies of Hate, he lets the words wash over him.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Fri Oct 12, 2018 7:24 am

"Imperial command, standby for grid coordinates." Lucius double checked both his and Khol's scout of the horde - distance, windage, and estimated spread over the front. When he was sure he and Khol were in agreement, he took a position on the perimeter and kept a watch while Khol called it in.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Fri Oct 12, 2018 3:50 pm

Hydrako stayed in the same spot he had been when he spoke to Albrecht. His teeth began grinding together, self-sharpening. He imagined the taste of the Cardinal's blood as he tore out his throat. He didn't hope that the Cardinal would attack, but if he did Hydrako would relish the carnage he would inflict.
His mind flicked back to the attack on the port, and the mediocre job he did in directing the mortals along the front. Their lives meant nothing to him, but the loss in efficiency was galling. His teeth gnashed faster as his choler began to rise when suddenly blood trickled from the corners of his mouth. He was ready now
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Fri Oct 12, 2018 11:16 pm

Khol calls the imperial guard. After explaining to the comms adpet who he was, he was patched through immediately to Major Donovan.
"You want what?" he asks, trying to clarify Khol's request.

"Ok," he responds after the explanation, "We couldn't have done this without your help. Ill make it happen."
After a few more minutes of being patched and transferred from unit to unit, you finally meet the soldier who could make things happen.
He clarifies the coordinates with Khol, and tells him, "You might wanna take cover......"

After a tense pause, the plains where the xenos had been mustering exploded in clouds at least half a click high. The gound rumbles violently underneath you and threatens to steal your balance. You autosenses immediately shut out the percussive blasts of earthshaker rounds as they cumbust with devastating fury. Even with your helmets at maximum filtration, your ears only refrain from bursting due to the biogenetic enhancements you inherited from your ancestors.

For 10 grueling minutes this goes on, testing even your formidable limits.
As abruptly as they began, they stopped. The smoke and airbourne debris envelope the plain like a shroud. It was impossible to kill every single life form in that plain, but by a conservative estimate, at least 85% had been vaporized. The mass of xenos would not pose a serious threat again, for a while at least.

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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Sat Oct 13, 2018 2:51 pm

Lucius watched like a sentinel. Outwardly he showed no emotion, but inwardly his hearts soared and his spirit roared in triumph. Every biomorph that died under the roar of Imperial artillery was biomass that the hivemind, already desperate enough to cannibalize itself, could not easily replace.

The Imperial forces here may not get another opportunity to catch the xenos out in the open like that. He was happy to have helped give them that opportunity.

He clicked back to the team. "Bombardment effective. Tryanid forces reduced to 25% of their number. No sign of Ecclesiarchical forces... but I would wager their heads are down. Holding position."

Lucius walked past Khol and hit his extended fist against the top and then bottom of the scout's own.

"Good kills, Raptor."
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:12 pm

Cassiel asks Grimm a follow-up question. "What happens when one of your units loses their officers and tries to stick to their mission but everything goes wrong? How do you deal with that?"
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Sat Oct 13, 2018 6:25 pm

He smiles, "That's how I got in this situation."

he points out, past the barricaded windows, to the wastes beyond, "For weeks, we were evacuating these rigs. Some resisted by force, there was fighting, panic. Then the xenos started showing up. Lots of men, including many officers, died. The major did what he could, but many of us were left to fend for ourselves. That's when Micah showed up. Picked us up, dusted us off, threw us a gun and told us to keep going."

He looks at Cassiel, daring to ask a question of his own, "Whats this about his dad? Someone important? I never knew my father, couldn't imagine what he's going through."
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:37 am

"In the vast scope of the galaxy, it is easy to believe that your life doesn't matter, but that's not true. Every individual working toward the Emperor's Glory is vital, and most won't realize how vital their contributions were, at least not until they're gone. But Micah's father was universally recognized as vital during his lifetime, and that's rare. You can imagine someone being in charge of a hive city, and someone in charge of a whole planet. Micah's father had a fleet that could wipe out whole planets. He decided what battles could be fought, and which could not. There are not many who are prepared to do what Ironbound father did - find a way to win, but preserve as many lives as possible, so at the end of the day we could still fight, could still win, and still have something worth fighting for." Cassiel waves his hand to accompany the planet. "Like this, but on an unimaginable scale."
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Mon Oct 15, 2018 10:56 pm

You vox opens with a short burst of static, it was Makradon informing you that the Comms relay was up.

Those of you still at the facility move towards the small room which was where Ironbound had made his broadcasts over the last few weeks. Ironbound himself also arrived when Bleda left.

All that was left to do was to send connect, but to whom? What would be said?

***

Khol and Lucius begin the 1.5 hr trek back towards the outpost on the tracked ATV that Khol had "borrowed" from Priest. When you still had around 1/2 an hour left, you Makradon informs the squad that the vox was ready.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:10 pm

MY BODY IS READY FOR BATTLE! WE WILL STAND ON GUARD IN THE NAME OF THE PRAETORIAN DORN!bellows Ambrose, situating himself at the best location to cover the entrances with intense fire.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:16 pm

Cassiel finds Ironbound once word is given that the tech has been restored. "Good work, Makradon," he acknowledges en route. Finding Micah isn't difficult with Bleda's help. "What more will you need before you're ready to depart? Remember that even if you don't understand why there are countless people relying on you. And us to bring you safely."
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Tue Oct 16, 2018 4:28 pm

Lucius reported back as soon as he was with his brothers once more. "We had a good hunt. No trophies though." He moved towards the inside of the compound, his eyes inspecting the defensive measures undertaken at his suggestion.

"We should give Dario a status report. Perhaps their view of the ground from orbit can give us some insight into the best location for an exfil point. No doubt they will have strategic updates for us as well," he suggested.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Wed Oct 17, 2018 10:37 pm

Curas nods silently to Cassiel.
"Once the archeotech is secure, I will be more than happy to get out of this place."

All that was left was to make the call, but to who? Ezu? Dario and Avincus? Major Donovan? Everyone?

Makradon awaits Cassiel to make the decision.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Thu Oct 18, 2018 5:48 am

There is no decision to be made. Lucius is right. Dario is the link to extraction and the only one that Draco could fully trust. "Please contact Darius. Let's see if he has some options for us now that we've established air superiority."
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Thu Oct 18, 2018 2:40 pm

Makradon patches through, the comms officer was quite surprised.
"let me get him for you m'lords." he says.

After a secoind, the Imperial fist's accent breaks through.
"Mak' how you be gettin a signal up heah? Whats'sa sitrep?"
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Yesterday at 5:22 am

With Mak patching him through, Cassiel updates Dario in Draco cant. "Package in hand. Require a security force at current position before exfil. Current options limited and may put package at risk. Requesting review of options prior to additional contact with associated security options. Package delivery an open question. Requesting on site pickup." With the combination of security filters and Draco cant, Cassiel hopes that the whole planet doesn't know the status.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Today at 1:30 am

Makradon had worked as quickly as possible under the circumstances. It took quite a bit of skill to work with the archeotech, but to Makradon it was no problem at all. He was absolutely filled to the brim with joy at being able to lay hands on something as fine as what was before him. He handled it with the utmost care, having calculated how to best achieve success in the shortest time.

Once finished, he breathed a sigh, not of relief, but of ecstasy at having been able to work with such a beast.

He patches through Cassiel, letting him discuss matters with Dario.
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PostSubject: Re: Chapter 5.2 - Ironbound - IC   Today at 7:10 am

A second of static before his reply:
"Und'o'stood. Be aware dat de retrieval on de way from a biggah BoE alreadee. Can yu re'djust security from yo' position?"

It translated to-
Understood, there is already retrieval inbound from somewhere else. Can you call for security force?
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