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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Sun Nov 18, 2018 11:28 pm

Archimedes pops open the hatch of the Baneblade and squeezes his armored frame in.

Inside he finds the main gunners seat. Archimedes tries everything to boot the systems up but nothing is responding.

The machine-spirit of this great war machine might be in a deep slumber or it's actively trying to keep Archimedes from using it. Looking around the Alpha Legionnaire can see the tank is still packing a battle load. Multiple shells, bolts rounds, you name it.
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:07 am

Without any other way, he would have to manually load the shells into the breach and set them off with whatever he had available - most likely his demo kit.

He gets to work, knowing that this task might be physically intensive, and possibly even dangerous.

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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:14 am

[No rolls. He just needs time to do it right and there's no one here to rush him. Also, it's a good reminder that Archimedes goal is to destroy all the vault's content. This orb book might be the most pressing but the other books around could hold some serious power to them as well. If he rigs up the whole Baneblade the detonation and secondary explosions would have a high chance of destroying the vault. Doing all that would just require using all of the demo kit.]
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Mon Nov 19, 2018 3:32 am

As Archimedes lifts the shells into place, he decides to leave a trail of shells with the blasting caps open for maximum effect. With the right kind of luck, he would trigger a chain reaction down to the ammo stocks and destroy the entire place in the process.

This would take time, and luckily, he had plenty of that.

ONce he had hoisted all the baneblade shells into place and removed all the protective covers off the blasting caps, he was ready.

He set his demo kit in the breach between the first round loaded in the breech, and the second round which would set off the chain reaction.

He sets the timer for 10 minutes, more than enough time to get out, and exits the tank. In a full-tilt run to the portal he had entered through.

He had seen what kind of mess the super heavy class tanks would make when the ammo stores went. He didnt want to be in the same dimension when that happened.
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Mon Nov 19, 2018 4:01 am

Archimedes bolts through the portal and comes running out the other end back into the room with the ground party.

Karl looks at him surprised as does Sarge.

"What, nothing good over there?" Karl asks.

"From his hurried exit I think the other side might not of been the vault." Sarge says looking at the Psyker brain.

"I can insure you that was the vault. Ry'Kleth has not trapped it from my knowledge." The brain says.
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Tue Nov 20, 2018 6:53 am

"The vault is dangerous. Some power just isnt worth the price, is it?" he says, eyeing the jar.

He turns his attention to everyone else, "I have set off ammunition stores on the other side. There will be nothing left, and the area will be amicable to life"

He looks around, making sure everyone he left was present and accounted for.

Next, he cradles the psyker brain under his arm, and kicks the pedestal underneath, destroying the only gateway there.

"Whatever shall we do now?" he asks the rest.
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Wed Nov 21, 2018 2:39 am

Karl seems disappointed at the lack of loot but he's not one to argue with an Astartes. Sarge nods her head in agreement with Archimedes. Wyk is as quiet as ever.

"Power can unlock many doors. It can also unlock your death." The psyker brain says to no one in particular.

[1700 XP and +15 Corruption for completing the Vault Hunter goal. Knowing there are other vaults you can keep the goal or replace it with another if you want.]

"Returning to the Holy Curse sounds like a good idea." Sarge says as she starts to leave the room.

Everyone else seemed to be in agreement.

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Back at Moment's Rest Archimedes is left with a choose. His new partner in crime, Cashmere, can get them off this rock and back to Ghibilline without the need of the Holy Curse. That or he rejoins with the Holy Curse and sees what he can further get out of that crew.

As he thinks on his options the psyker brain talks to him, "Astartes, you have given me my freedom. You are not required to carry me around for all eternity nor would I demand it. I will happily take my chances with the crew of the Holy Curse. Just don't leave me with Khorne worshiping Talax."
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Wed Nov 21, 2018 7:03 am

So you worship the god of change do you? Maybe it was by his designs that I arrived to pluck you from this place. Unless you want me to abandon your pickled brain in a jungle I will keep you with me. I hope we can both find this agreement mutually beneficial for the time being?

Archimedes returns to the Holy Curse, but he stops in the settlement along the way.

Cashemere had been awaiting anxiously for his return, her perplexed look at the jellied brain brought a grin to Archimedes, though it was concealed well under his helmet.

"I plan to run with the Holy Curse, Ryborn's last known assassin has been eliminated. I would, however, feel better if we cause a full scale revolt and killed him in the process. The governing body of Ghibilline have drawn my ire. I would feel better if we left another band in charge?"
He knew she would follow him. He had "saved her life instead of killing her"
She was loyal and would follow him anywhere.....


Back on the Holy Curse:

He enters the bridge, with the jar and Cashmere behind him. Drawing both glances of puzzlement and acknowledgement.

He approaches the spymaster, the one who tasked him with Levatine's effect on the captain.
"Your problem has been solved." he says lowly.
"I do regret that the captain's loyalties were with your sorcerer and not his crew. So who will captain the ship now? What is our heading and our mission?"
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Fri Nov 23, 2018 12:15 am

"Khorne has no love for any psyker no matter their following." The brain says before pausing and thinking over its predicament, "It can be mutually beneficial if you find me a body of some kind. An Astartes with one hand behind his back is still strong but his hand is still bound. Also, you may call me Orozco."

"Large scale on revolt on Ghibilline will require vast resources and time. The ruling elite have successfully insulated themselves where war would be more viable than a revolt. If we scale down our scope though to just eliminating Ryborn it can be done. I suggest we tap a third party though to keep the ire of the Libertine Council from us." Cashmere says in guidance to Archimedes as they begin their journey back to the Holy Curse.

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Upon entering the bridge Archimedes meets a new cast he wasn't privy to when he was aboard for the trip.

A heretical navigator known as Abel, the master of the ship Redbeard, and the heretek Keltec. They stand with Iontine the spymaster.

Iontine looks to Sarge who made her way with Archimedes to the bridge, "Is what the Astartes says true?"

"It is. Frederick couldn't see the light and thought us to be traitors when Levantine was dispatched." Sarge responds.

"Unfortunate." Abel says.

"Good riddance is what I say. He already turned his back on this council for Levantine. That Astartes was poison." Redbeard says.

"It's of no matter now. We are captain-less as the Alpha Legionnaire points out. We are drifting through the void rudderless." Keltec says in turn.

Iontine holds his hands out for silence, "The death has of Frederick has left us in a predicament. Those that have laid him low haven't stepped forth to wrestle claim of the Holy Curse. It up to those  on this ship to come and forth and issue a challenge of captaining it."

Redbeard steps forth as does Keltec. A lowly midshipman is about to step forth until Redbeard stares him down and he retreats back to his station. However, the rumors are now starting to move through the Holy Curse that Frederick is dead and now a fight for control of the Holy Curse was about to begin.

"If I've ever seen an easier chance to take a voidship it would be at this moment, Astartes." Orozco says psychically to Archimedes.


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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Tue Nov 27, 2018 8:03 am

Archimedes saw an opportunity and stepped fourth.

"I have no experience in ship-based tactics. But I am well knowledged, ancient by your standards. I walked the stars when your ancestors lived in huts. If you would have me not as a captain, but as a member of this council for now, I will lead if you ask me. Keltec, Redbeard, I do not know you or your methods, but to avoid the ship-men from rioting I think an astartes would be a potent symbol of power?"

He was delicately tactful, as much as he could be, and he looked to Sarge and Iontine for their support

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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:48 am

With Archimedes stepping forth Keltec decides this is not a worthwhile endeavor anymore. Redbeard stand his ground and eyes the Alpha Legionnaire.

"You do not know this ship or its men like I do, Astartes. As you say you lack in the knowledge of ship based tactics. I've known those tactics for years. First in my time with the Imperium and now my time as a renegade. You are right though about your presence as well as your vast knowledge."

He looks around the command deck, "For what do you all have to say? Me or this newcomer?"

The junior officers don't make a peep but Sarge breaks the silence, "I agree with you, Redbeard. Legion's place here isn't as captain. His presence in the council though will go a long ways. I've seen him fight and lead. He can be an instrument of destruction."

"And one of espionage," Iontine says, 'For his kind are well versed in its ways. He can make us friends in high places or cause chaos among our enemies."

Keltec shakes his head, "Fools the lot of you. This Astartes... Legion is an unknown. We do not know his allegiances or his ambitions. He's just some traveler from Ghibilline. One that went down with Frederick to Ni'iktu... and Frederick never returned."
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Fri Nov 30, 2018 9:07 am

"Remember that." Archimedes says, threateningly.

Things were not going as smoothly as planned, but he was not too concerned.

"I did not want to fight your captain. But Levantine had twisted his mind. And so he died. Mind you what happens to those I do want to kill...."

He calculatingly returned his tone to a less intense demeanour, "It doesn't matter who leads the ship. But our course is clear. The dangers of the vault could not be tamed. This ship would not be here had it been unleashed. Even Nikt'u might not have survived such warp corruption. Ryborn knows what was there, and he coveted it. Now that its out of his reach, he will turn his wrath to us. We must strike first and kill him before he is wise. If we go back to Ghibiline, he will think we are returning with his prize. He will let down his guard and then we can end our pursuers before the pursuit begins. After Ryborn is ended, the ship's freedom will be restored."

He waited to see what they would say to that.

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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:04 am

[Oh, fear will work on some on the bridge.]

Keltec knows he messed up. Enough to know his best chance of not meeting a swift end meant getting off the bridge. He do so in a quick fashion. It brings a chuckle from Sarge.

Cashmere filled in the details about who and what he was talking about concerning Ryborn and the vault.

Iontine eyes Cashmere, "You are one of the council agents are you not? I've dealt with your kind before."

Cashmere smirks, "I once was... or maybe I still am." She glances at Archimedes and returns her gaze to Iontine, "A double agent. One of Ryborn's trusted agents... and one of Legion's trusted agents."

"So we're caught up in a game of espionage and back stabbing. Wonderful." Redbeard comments.

"We don't have to play the game as Legion says. We can end it even before it begins. We just need to kill Ryborn. Easier said then done though. He is a well respected and known member of the Libertine Council." Cashmere adds.

"Chop the head off the snake and we'll never have to worry about him again." Sarge says.

"I'm in agreement with Sarge and Legion." Iontine says.

"You just point to where you want to go and I'll get us there." Is all Abel has to say.

Redbeard mules over his options... which are slim, "Doesn't seem we have much say in this it seems. Either it's do away with you or Ryborn and I think I'll take my chances more with Ryborn then I would with you." He looks to Abel, "Get us to back to Ghibilline."

"I'll make the preparations." Abel says as he moved towards his upcoming tasks.
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PostSubject: Re: Ni'iktu (War Moons of Talax)   Sun Dec 09, 2018 4:37 am

He nods his head to the others and speaks to Cashmere,
"If I am to retain any rapport with Ryborn, Ill need him to think that you are dead and that his pet sorcerer is still alive or met with an accident prematurely. What assistance can you provide?"

He speaks to Iontine, "Keltec is in line with the decision, but Redbeard is reluctant. Is he going to cause us any problems? I also ask if I can have permission to rummage through the late captains collection to find anything that may aid. He had a plasma pistol, but it was too small for me. I left its care with sarge."

Later on, in a more private setting, he speaks to the jar, "What do you think of Redbeard as a new body? If you are residing inside, can you keep the illusion that you are him, at least for a while?"
Before he replies, he has another thought,
"What about Ryborn himself? What exactly will it take to get you to possess a body? I suspect I can get close if Ryborn thinks I have accomplished my task and have his reward. That will be the best oppritunity to kill him."
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