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PostSubject: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:23 pm

[Continued from Ghibilline.]

The Storm-Eagle cuts its way down into Ni'Iktu's atmosphere and towards the moon's only settlement, Moment's Rest, which rests on a plateau above the planets jungle.

The Storm-Eagle touches down without issue and the craft's front ramp hisses open.

Archimedes can hear Frederick yelling from the back of the Storm-Eagle, "After you, Astartes!"

Archimedes steps out and his helmet auto adjusts to the harsh light. Moment's Rest isn't anything to write home about as it resembles more of a shanty town more then everything. The one standout though is the protective wall around the settlement. It's marked with auto-turrets, multiple towers, and multiple walk ways with slits for shooters. It's crawling with activity... more so then the settlement it protects.

The rest of the ground party comes pouring out of the Storm-Eagle. Frederick and Levantine approach a lone man who seems to be waiting for them.

Sarge, with Wyk right behind her, comes up next to Archimedes. She takes in a deep breath and exhales, "Smells like an untamed nightmare."


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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Sun Nov 12, 2017 10:39 pm

He exits with the bolter in hand. His helmets ancient autosenses track far off threats in the shanty town.

"Smells like recycled air to me." he replies, confident that the fact his helmet meant he was shut off from the sickening smells of moment's rest would not sully his nostrils.

"But its looks like a well guarded pile of grox dung." he finishes.

He begins to move forward, not liking his position on point.
"So why begin our search here? Do you have any contacts?"
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:03 pm

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"So why begin our search here? Do you have any contacts?"

"Contacts and the fact it's a safe staging point."

Frederick and Levantine come back to the rest of the ground party, "The Talax are happy to have us here for the moment."

Levantine speaks for the first time for Archimedes, "Speaking of the Talax they have not heard of this treasure Legion speaks of. However, the warrior we just spoke to you says an elder might know about what we seek."

"We'll talk with this elder, " Frederick look at Archimedes, "That means you're coming along, Legion. You too, Wyk. Sarge, keep the men in line and tread lightly. We are quite outnumbered here."

"Will do." She says and looks at Archimedes, "Have fun."

Wyk hefts his Great Chainsword and rests it across a shoulder and joins up with the captain and Levantine.


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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Sun Nov 12, 2017 11:38 pm

He follows, letting his bolter drop from the upright position into a loose, two handed grip.

"Numbers? I am Legion." he says, exceedingly glad he picked that name on a whim. He would enjoy this game.

He moves in, eager to find Ry'kleth and be off this rock as soon as able.
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Tue Nov 21, 2017 5:44 pm

Archimedes follows Frederick, Levantine, and Wyk from the landing port into the shanty town. The town seems to be a trading post, armory, and barracks, all rolled into one. There are plenty of off worlders here doing business.

One of the female off worlders passes by Archimedes and slips a note into one of his magazine pouches. She didn't try to hide it from him but none of the others he was traveling with noticed. This must be Cashmere.

Finding the elder isn't hard. His shack is decorated with countless trophies. No one stands guard outside so Frederick walks in like he owns the place.

The elder, a man of many scares, and a physique more suited for a man thirty years younger, sits on a throne of carved bones. He's working away at a scrimshaw necklace before he spots the group that entered.

He's not phased by the three Astartes and the Pirate Prince standing before him, "Ah, our treasure hunters. Someone said you might come to me."

"Now we're here. So tell me. What do you know about a treasure that might be hidden on this forsaken moon?" Asks Frederick.

The elder sets down the necklace in his lap, "When I was a young warrior doing my first tour here at Moment's Rest a travele came here seeking a place deep in the jungle. What for he did no mention. He brought along with him a heretek and a pysker. The three of them set out into the jungle. We did not here from them for quiet a while but one night the sky opened up and a beam of white light descended down into the jungle. The next day the traveler returned without his companions and set off without a word." The elder reaches down and picks up a gold coin, "He did leave many of these for us though." He tosses it to Frederick who hands it Levantine.

The Sorcerer whispers into the Pirate Prince's ear [-10 Perception test to hear what is being said] and tosses the coin back to the elder.

Frederick smiles and nods his head and leaves the shack.

[Archimedes can probably get in one question to the elder if he wants.]
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Fri Nov 24, 2017 9:58 pm

Roll:
 

He looks around at all the talismans and charms that were suspended on many handing beams. They were quite exquisite. He picks one out.
He looks at the bone charm, not able to place the memory......he had to have it.

"Ill be taking this if you dont mind. It...speaks to me." he told the old man, waiting to see if he would protest or not. Perhaps he would even encourage it or had even made it for archimedes. Such things were known to happen in the screaming vortex.

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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Wed Nov 29, 2017 9:48 pm

Archimedes hears the whisper from Levantine to Frederick in crystal clear detail, "This is Ry'Kleth's mark. The pirate king did not leave these lightly and the fact he had with him a psyker and heretek... This might be Ry'Kleth's vault we've stumbled upon."

The talisman Archimedes is drawn to is a set of teeth. A set of three that have serpents carved into every conceivable inch.

The elder nods his head at Archimedes selection, "For when one head is cut off two will sprout."

[Gained Gear - Talax Talisman: One time use infamy point.]
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Thu Nov 30, 2017 1:59 am

Archimedes' mind was ablaze with questions. He doubted the old man had any answers. He simply nods and sets the charm around his wrist.

The helmet covered his face at hearing the captains words. If this turned out to really contain the vault.....he would have to kill not only the psyker, but every other person involved here, including the captain. Then, he would have to destroy the vault from reality.

As the others were outside, he pulls the note from his pouch and reads it. When he finishes he conceals the note again, and leaves the shack.

"Time to hit the jungle? or do we have more sightseeing to do first?" he asks, a hint of sarcasm in his raspy voice.
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Wed Dec 13, 2017 5:15 pm

"A little rousing speech first don't you think?" Frederick says to no in particular.

The captain and the three Astartes return to the Storm Eagle where the rest of the ground party awaits.

Archimedes uses this moment to slip away. As per Cashmere's note she would be waiting for him by another vessel. She didn't lie.

Cashmere hides in the shade of a crude vessel. Must be a Talax ship.

She bows her head as Archimedes approaches, "Astartes, Ryborn informed me you might be coming." She looks over at Frederick giving his speech, "I didn't expect this much company though. No matter." She leans in close, "I can confirm the presence of one of Ry'Kleth's vaults being here on Ni'iktu." She repeats the same story the Talax elder told you before. She then passes you a cartograph, "I've pieced together a rough estimate of its location based off information from the Talax. It's hidden deep in the jungle. Very deep."
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Wed Dec 13, 2017 11:38 pm

He remains quiet as he takes in all the available information.

"Good work, Cashmere. The others prepare for the jungle. I must be off with them soon."

There was a moment of silence, he had to consider the next few words very carefully.
I must tell you that we are both in danger here. It's been brought to my attention that another astartes is in Ryborn's employ. One of the others with me is a sorcerer, he plans on killing me for Ryborn once we locate the vault. Apparently my price was too steep, and I...embarrassed the boss back on Ghibiline. Not only has he ordered the sorcerer to kill me, but before I left he asked me to kill you. Since I am not keen on this betrayal I must know, what have you done to anger him? or does he fear the vault's location becoming common knowledge?"

He pauses briefly to see her reaction, before finishing his spiel "Since we are both betrayed, would you like to join me and live instead? Perhaps even finding vengeance against our betrayers?"

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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Wed Dec 20, 2017 7:35 pm

Cashmere narrows her eyes at the mention of Ryborn betraying her.

Cashmere Scrutiny Roll: 43 (1 DoS)

[Not good enough. She believes you.]

Then she shakes her head in disbelief, "He wants the vaults to himself and the Libertine Counsel. Knocking off those who have found one so they themselves can't run off with the treasures themselves. Smart operational security until the pawns get smart and team up." She pounds a fist against Archimedes armored chest, "And a lack of trust for his agents. Bastard." She then nods her head, "Living and vengeance sounds nice. Sign me up."

[And Archimedes has himself a buddy!]

Archimedes hears the speech winding down and parts ways with Cashmere, "See you when you return." She says as she heads back into town.

Archimedes slips his way under one of the Storm Eagles wings and looks like he's always been there. However, the glint of green lenses, those of Wyk's, stare directly over at him.
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Wed Dec 20, 2017 11:09 pm

He nods, glad that she was on his side.
"See if you can round up some muscle. I don't know how the captain or the other guards will react when I kill the sorcerer. We may need some numbers, possibly alternate transport back to Ghibiline as well."

As he turns and walks away, he bids her farewell, "Our vengeance awaits."

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He stays silent, wondering what Wyk would do. While he did that he sizes up the sorcerer and evaluates him as a threat.

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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Tue Dec 26, 2017 2:56 pm

Wyk doesn't do anything as he returns his attention back to Frederick's long winded speech. Archimedes tunes him out as he observes Levantine's equipment. He can't make heads or tales about his armor or weapons expect for the fact they're well maintained and incredibly clean.

Archimedes attention drawn to Frederick when he points at, "Legion here will have the honor of leading us out. An ample award for bringing this treasure to my attention." He smiles at Archimedes and then looks to Sarge, "Move them out."

"Yes, sir!" She bellows, "You heard the cap! Staggered column. Colton you and your stubber with me in the middle. Shane and Wyk you're up with Legion on point. Everyone else sprinkle yourself around."

The group gets into formation with Archimedes in the lead. He's joined by Shane, the man with the heavy flamer, and Wyk. Frederick and Levatine place themselves a little behind the front of the column. A group of men separating them from Archimedes.

Archimedes leads the column out from Moment's Rest and into the jungle.

[It's around a 2 day trip to the location marked on Cashmere's cartograph]

[Day 1]


The jungle is massive and thick. The undergrowth is hard to penetrate through and so tough at times you have to work around it instead of going through it. The air is pierced by the occasional predator and it's prey trying to escape. However, at one moment everything goes deathly silent and Sarge halts the column.

All eyes begin to scan the surrounding jungle [-10 to perception as it's thick].

[Make an awareness roll.]

Levantine:
 

Levantine holds up his bolt pistol and scans the jungle.

Frederick:
 

Frederick follows Levantine and gets his plasma pistol up and scanning the jungle around them.

Wyk:
 

Wyk readies his chain greatsword and widens his stance. The motor igniting sounds like thunder in the silence.

The rest of the group also readies their weapons and scans the jungle as well.

Ground Party:
 

No one has spotted anything... yet.
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Tue Dec 26, 2017 8:13 pm

Awareness:
 

Archimedes kept his eyes and ears open. He could handle anything the jungle would throw at him, but it always prepared to be ready. The jungle was thick and humid, though it bothered him little behind his power armor.

He also kept up as much attention as he dare on the sorcerer. The intrigue that the officer had introduced was piquing his interest rapidly, and the fact that Cashmere had bought his story meant he would have backup in some way.

Then he would return to Ghibiline and kill the smug Ryborn.
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Tue Dec 26, 2017 10:23 pm

Archimedes fine tuned senses combined with his armors auto senses pick up on a group of creatures [8 individuals in total] starting to surround the group. He can't make out any fine details but the creatures are the size of Astartes and if he trusts his eyes their fists are made out of bronze.

[From that success Archimedes has a full free round to himself before initiative is rolled.]
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Fri Dec 29, 2017 12:02 am

"Contacts. We're surrounded. Eight large humanoids, bronze fists."
He warns as he tracks the closest, ready to fire.

He wasn't surprised that everyone else missed them. The alpha legion were experts at the more subtle tactics of warfare. The other astartes, as aloof as they were, were expecting simply to be attacked and not snuck up upon in such a manner.

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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Mon Jan 01, 2018 8:46 pm

[Oh, that free round I gave doesn't seem special after everyone else got one themselves. So, instead, Archimedes gets to act first before anyone else this round.]

Levantine Initiative: 12

Frederick Initiative: 12

Wyk Initiative: 14

Group Initiative: 8

Shadow Brawlers Initiative: 9 (higher Ag then Arch so they go before him after this round)

[Archimedes goes first and then I'll post the NPCs stuff after that.]
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Mon Jan 01, 2018 9:38 pm

Archimedes kept the aim on the nearest creature, but he didn't want to shoot in case it wasn't necessary.

"Hold or we will open fire!" he commands, he didnt know if these were mindless beasts or if they were preparing for a pre-emptive strike, or possibly just checking in on what group was in their neck of the woods.

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When all he received was a roar of defiance, he fired a single, well placed bolt round at the closest one, the one he had been tracking in the thick foliage.
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Tue Jan 09, 2018 6:15 pm

Shadow Brawler:
 

Archimedes round strikes with a vicious blow to the creatures right arm as it's obliterated.

Shadow Brawler Toughness Roll: 53 (1 DoF)

[Shadow Brawler is stunned for 1 round]

The beast goes into shock as it stiffens up and falls to the ground.

[Round 1]

With the threat revealed everyone springs into action.

Wyk:
 

Wyk holds his ground.

Levantine:
 

Levantine shoots and moves in towards Frederick to protect him.

Shadow Brawler:
 

The beast isn't able to move quick enough and the bolt round hits it hard.

Frederick:
 
Frederick fires a ball of plasma into the trees but his target is fast enough to avoid it.

The Shadow Brawlers then come racing up through the jungle.

[Shadow Brawlers will be in charging distance next round.]

Sarge gives the signal to open fire and the group does.
Ground Party:
 

The groups las shots, frag grenades, shotgun, and autocannon rounds hit everything else but the beasts running at them.

[End of Round 1]

[Round 2]

Wyk:
 

Wyk still holds his ground waiting for the enemy to come to him.

Levantine:
 

Levantine takes aim with Bolt Pistol again but reaches into the warp instead of firing. Everyone around him feels an increased burning hatred run through their minds.

"Embrace the hate!" Levantine yells out.

Then suddenly all the beautiful foliage around everyone instantly withers and dies away and then a gust of wind comes through a blows away the remains.

[Everyone must make a +0 Willpower Roll or give up their reaction for this round and gain a free standard attack right this moment. Everyone needs to make a +30 Strength or Agility test to avoid being knocked to the ground beforehand though.]

Levantine:
 

Levatine is thrown off balance by the gust and falls to the ground.

Frederick:
 

Wyk:
 

Ground Party:
 

The ground party unleashes another devastating volley into the beasts coming at them and this time they hit. They take out 4 of the incoming beasts only leaving 4 left.

Frederick:
 

Frederick's shot goes way off into another part of the jungle.

Wyk:
 

Wyk unhooks a frag grenade and tosses it at the beasts.

Damage: 2

It catches three of them but doesn't do much damage.

[Archimedes needs to make two tests here. +30 Agility or Strength roll of be knocked down. Also, a +0 Willpower Roll or give up his reaction to gain a standard attack this very moment. Also, the beast he shot is stunned and helpless.]

[Will continue the update after Archimedes choice.]
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Tue Jan 09, 2018 11:39 pm

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The beasts arm blew off in a satisfying shower of gore. Archimedes smiled under his helm at the brutal efficiency. Then he heard the psychic call to battle. He was no stranger to witches and the havoc and power they could invoke, but he could not stop himself. Over come with a violent lust, he fires another shot into the helpless ape-beast whom he had felled.

Spoiler:
 

As soon as it happened it was over. The battle lust had passed. Archimedes wondered if he could somehow make the sorcerer's error work for him in the future?
That was a thought for another time, right now he just needed to prove himself worthy. He takes a quick aim at another running beast and fires another mass reactive round.

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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Thu Jan 18, 2018 7:15 pm

Achimedes quickly dispatches the stunned creature and turns his aim on another rushing straight at him. The rounds strikes true but the beast isn't slowed.

Shadow Brawler:
 

The two other beasts charge right into the heart of the ground party. There bronze fists smash into the pirates and they hit hard. Hard enough to kill with ease as three pirates fall to the ground with there chests and heads smashed in.

[End of Round 2]

[Round 3]


Wyk springs into action after the beast charges at Archimedes.

Wyk:
 

Wyk brings his chain greatsword around in a overhead arc and brings the deadly weapon down on the beast. It digs in between the beasts shoulder and neck and penetrates down to its groin. It was dead before it hit the ground.

Levantine gets himself up as Frederick jumps into the fray with the beasts and the ground party. The beasts smash in a few other pirates before they can be brought down. One gets a power mace from Sarge to the head, another is roasted to death by the Heavy Flamer, and the last one is downed by Frederick himself.

[End of Combat]

After all is said and done the ground party lost 5 men leaving 13 left which includes Archimedes.
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Archimedes sweeps his gun from left to right, making sure the jungle was still clear.

After seeing no more incoming targets, he slowly lowers his gun. Bringing his eyes to the sorcerer and Frederick he says, "Some of these men may still be alive had the warp rage not consumed them. It was a good thing myslef and Wyk were here to pick up the slack."
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