I finished this ahead of time, just got caught up in my imagination and couldn't stop lol, hope you enjoy the follow up story, this one is longer than the first so please enjoy.
A Sable Swords Short Story
The Three Relics
Lenix, Rastonos and Zannis made their way through the halls of the sable swords monastery, large darkened hallways, only lit by the light of flickering candles. A door stood tall at the end of the hall, large black metal doors, with the symbol of the chapter decorated in the middle, two large white swords crossed.
As the sergeant and his companions approached the door way, there was loud grinding noise as the doors began to open, swinging inwards and revealing the massive room behind them. Once again the room was dark, two small stained glass windows emitted a dark purple glow as the light passed through the glass.
They walked inside to see a few statues, standing tall and shining with the purple glow. These statues resembled members of the Astral Knights, each statue a memorial, each base engraved with a different text explaining the valiant story of their death.
There was a throne which stood at the back of the room, unused since the last chapter master of the Astral Knights. Large and highly decorated in gold, there was an engraving across the top. Hell to the tainted, Kill all who oppose the emperor. The current battle cry of the sable swords, and as far as anyone knew, the same shout the Astral Knights would have spoken.
A voice sounded from the shadows to the east wall of the room, “Sergeant Lenix, you have returned, were you successful in your journey brother”, a figure walked out from the shadows, similar height and build as Lenix himself. Wearing black armour with gold trim, a white helmet resembling a skull mounted upon his head.
“Chaplain Parathorn, we were successful in retrieving what we have been seeking, the second relic once again has returned to these halls”. Lenix informed the Parathorn, “well done sergeant, your skill once again shines in your latest accomplishment, may I retrieve the relic from you brother”. Lenix handed the relic to the chaplain, Parathorn then placed it at the feet off the throne. “Well sergeant I expect you wonder why these relics are required, especially with chaos intruding out home world”.
“Well chaplain, that would be useful, knowing what I’m retrieving and what it is used for”, Lenix inquired, “well brother, a long time ago back in the time when the Astral Knights fought in this universe, the chapter master at the time had been the holder of a great weapon, the Hammer of Astrix, a weapon which contained unimaginable power, a god killer some would call it, the chapter master split the weapon in three parts, the first is the hilt, the second and third are the head which was split into two pieces, all three were hidden away never to be rejoined again”.
“So brother chaplain, why exactly are we trying to remake a weapon that was not meant to be remade” Lenix questioned the information that Parathorn had just told the sergeant. “Oh sergeant there is more than one reason, for starters you wonder why chaos was waiting in orbit for you to return, there hunting for the relics, and they know the location of the final piece”. Lenix threw Parathorn a confused look.
“Chaos are searching for the relics as well, why in the emperors name would they be doing that”, Lenix questioned the chaplain. “yes brother they are, they seek to use the power against all who stand by the emperor, so that is why we must be first to retrieve the final relic before they manage to secure it” the chaplain responded to the question.
“And the location of the final piece” Lenix dug for more information from Parathorn, “not far brother, in fact it is located right here on Obsidia, the forbidden cave”. “Are you saying to retrieve the final piece, we need to desecrate the ancient tomb of the Astral Knights”.
“Yes brother and I suggest you move fast, if the chaos filth are already invading the surface, they will have most likely already started heading to the cave”, Parathorn informed the sergeant. “Well it’s no good us standing around talking, Rastonos go to the armoury and prepare some jump packs, were going to drop right on the entrance, and Zannis you can fly the thunderhawk right, you better get that ready, were going to move out asap”, Lenix ordered the marines that stood with him.
The sounds of engines roared into life, the thunderhawk was ready to go. Lenix was commanding a squad of four other marines. “Squad status check” Lenix ordered his squad before mounting the thunderhawk. “Rastonos, Aye”, “Lambert, Aye”, “Jarva, Aye”, “Mertin, Aye” after all four acknowledged there readiness Lenix done the same, “Sergeant Lenix, Aye”. All five moved onto the thunderhawk.
“Zannis, ready to move back here, anytime you want brother”, Lenix threw the order to fly over the comm’s to the pilot. “Affirmative sergeant, taking off now” Zannis replied to the order. Suddenly as the rear loading doors of the ship slammed shut with a metallic clunk, the thunderhawk shuddered as it began to ascend into the air. “Approximate time of arrival, forty three minutes”, Zannis informed the squad before the ship shot forward with incredible speed.
“Sergeant Lenix, what’s the plan” Jarva inquired to the sergeant, Jarva was young marine, not long out of his training, this was his first non training mission. He didn’t even know what the chaos was truly capable off, the rookie showed no fear in his eyes even though this was his would be his first confrontation with the enemy.
“Were going to drop right onto the entrance of the cave, chaos may have already took up a position there, trust me they won’t be glad to see us, hence were dropping on their heads, be prepared for anything brothers, once landed we will move fast into the cave and retrieve the relic from the tomb, once secure in our possession we will want to get out of there as fast as possible, you never know how many more chaos are going to be coming through that entrance, on exit the thunderhawk should be ready for our retrieval, it will do a slow fly over giving us a chance to jump on board using the jump packs, everyone clear” Lenix instructed the squad of what they were about to undergo.
All the marines shouted at the same time, “aye sir”, Lenix paced around the room listening to the chitta chatta off his squad. “Lenix, what if there is another daemon in the area”, Rastonos questioned the sergeant. “Then we kill it brother” Lenix answered with no hesitation. “Aye sir, have you wondered why the chaplain would entrust you and your squads to retrieve the relics sir, it’s been bugging me”, Rastonos inquired. “I never asked brother, I’m sure there is a good reason behind his decisions, why else would he be the commanding officer brother”.
The thunderhawk was fast, quickly flying over the terrain of Obsidia. As they were getting closer to the drop site above the cave Zannis suddenly spoke over the comm’s, “sergeant Lenix you might want to come see this”. The sergeant moved out the room and headed for the cockpit of the ship, as he entered the room there was two marines sitting in the only two seats in the cockpit. “Zannis what is brother” the sergeant asked as he looked out the windows.
The terrain was covered in craters, chaos drop pods scattered all over the area. More than fifty easily lay on the ground, but no sight of any marines. “This doesn’t look good, there might be more than we were expecting, well no worries” Lenix opened the comm’s to the ship. “Marines, prepare yourselves for war, more than fifty enemy drop pods located on site, mass enemy forces may be within the cave, brother Rastonos equip everyone with you know what”.
As Lenix returned to his squad who were now fully equipped and ready to deploy, each member with a large jump pack, a bolt pistol, and the weapon Lenix had Rastonos hand out. A sword that glowed blue, shinning with power the blade was known as a power sword. “Sir, were ready to go” Lambert announced with a sense off eagerness. “Not be long brother, we must not fail on this mission” Lenix replied with a deep relentless voice.
“Drop in two minutes, opening rear doors” Zannis’s voice crackled through the comm’s. “Ready yourself men, Hell to the tainted” Lenix shouted over the sound of the doors opening and the howling wind that was rushing into the ship, “Kill all who oppose the emperor” the other marines shouted seconds before Zannis spoke over the comm’s once again, “go, go, go”.
The sergeant was first to leave the ship jumping off the edge of the ramp, heading straight for the cave. The other four marines were right behind him, all diving at incredible speed, a small blast of flames would burst from the jump packs as they stabilized themselves.
Before they even hit the ground, bolter rounds flew past them as the chaos soldiers guarding the entrance opened fire upon the incoming squad. The sergeant now confident all the chaos had moved on this position, he began to rattle rounds out of his bolt pistol as he got closer to the enemy. About twenty enemy soldiers stood at the entrance to the tomb, one or two were shot dead by the sergeant’s rounds, as he was about to land.
Hitting the ground and rolling to the side, drawing his power sword he charged on the enemy, jumping above them using the jump pack with minimal burst. As he lowered on top of one of the chaos soldiers, he drove the power sword straight into the marine’s skull. The rest of Lenix’s squad were right behind him, tearing limbs from the chaos marines with their power swords as well.
Clearing the entrance fast off the filth, Lenix was ripping arms and legs of chaos warriors, blasting bolt pistol rounds through skulls and chests. Rastonos was proving himself in this small fight, jumping from one to another slicing and dicing them with no effort. The other marines were fighting with such honour and valour as well.
As the last chaos marine guarding the tombs entrance, fell to the swinging sword of the rookie, Jarva. Lenix regained his composure and grouped his squad together. “Brothers, there is a lot more in that cave than there was out here, let’s move out” Lenix threw the order to move to his squad.
Entering the cave it was dark, wet and extremely muddy, not what anyone was expecting for an ancient tomb. Vegetation had grown up the walls and even covered a majority of the roof, no one knew what could be lying in this dark place. As they marched through the cave, bolt pistols raised and ready to shot anything that came from the shadows.
As sergeant Lenix halted his squad to the unexpected silence in the cave, there were suddenly sounds of gun shots and even an unnatural screeching noise. “Sergeant what the fuck was that” Jarva inquired about the screeching noise. “It couldn’t be” Lenix mumbled, they marched on a bit further and out of the shadows a corpse lay on the floor, a chaos space marine dead.
Lenix knelt next to the lifeless corpse, noticing that the armour was steaming, a few marks on the armour sizzling. “Acid, sir” Rastonos questioned the sergeant. “aye brother, looks like we got more here to handle than just chaos”, “what you saying sir, what else could be down here” Lambert dug for an answer of the sergeant. “It’s hard to believe brother, but I believe we have nids in this place” the sergeant answered with a sense of anger.
Tyranids, an alien life form, with no mercy or fear, these creatures would attack anything that came in their path, sharp claws and monstrous teeth that could rip anything apart. Lenix had experience fighting these beasts, only a couple of year ago Lenix’s own brother was killed by the nids, hell bent on killing all nids the sergeant quickly jumped to his feet, drawing his power sword, and giving orders to his squad, “let’s move brothers”.
As they made their way deeper into the cave, the surrounding walls became stone more of a hallway now. Dead chaos corpses lay throughout the halls, some missing body parts, others completely ripped to pieces. Sounds of gunshots would burst from time to time, screeches of the nid or nids could be heard.
They reached a doorway, the doors broken, smashed and covered in scratches. Could the nids have been locked away inside the cave? Who knows how long they have been dormant within this tomb. More chaos lay dead in the next hallway, the noises of the screeching nids became louder, gun fire emitted with louder bangs. Lenix and his men were getting closer, to the source of the trouble.
As the sable swords squad moved closer to the sound, there was a door blasted from its hinges. Chaos wanted to move fast in this place, blowing doors open instead of finding a way to open them properly. Before the sergeant and his men moved through the door a chaos marine went flying past the sight of the sergeant, “ready yourself men, there here” Lenix ordered his men to be on guard.
Lenix and Rastonos were first to enter the room, swinging there bolt pistols from side to side, searching the room for any signs of chaos or even the tyranids. Nothing but dead body lay in sight, where did the nids go. As the approached the centre of the room, shadows moved, aiming at the moving shadow suddenly it burst forward. Tall and extremely fast this beast headed for the sergeant, running on two legs and four arms spread out, the creature was white and red were it was covered in the blood of the chaos.
Lenix opened fire on the fast approaching nid, “genestealers” the sergeant shouted informing his squad of what they were facing. Before they knew it two more nids came running out the shadows towards the group, Lenix sprung towards one of the nids, driving his power sword through the body of the beast as it swung its claws, catching Lenix’s helmet slicing through it with ease slightly cutting the sergeants face.
The first one drop to the floor, Lenix drove the power sword through the head of the beast, making sure it was dead. The other marines opened fire on the other nids, one of them jumped upon Mertin, ripping his arms from his body, biting his helmet, blood sprayed everywhere as the genestealer finished off one of the marines.
Rastonos caught the attacking nid with his power sword, ripping its head clean from its
body. The third nid was shot down before it got close, multiple rounds driving deep in its body and head, it collapsed to the floor, bleeding out.
The stench in this place was horrific, but the sergeant and his men didn’t even wretch at the unbearable smell. More nids came bolting from the shadows, one from every corner. Lenix ran once again for a nid but this time the nid hit first, knocking Lenix to one side making him stumble to the ground. Before the nid had a chance to dive onto Lenix, a power sword belonging to Jarva ended up driven straight into the tyranids skull.
Rastonos took down another one, by blasting a few bolt pistol rounds into the head of the nid. Lambert was caught by one of the remaining genestealers ripping one of his legs from his body, blood spraying from the wound, the nid gripped his neck with its sharp teeth. Another marine down, Lenix sliced one of the nids arms off, blasting a round directly through its skull, another one dead. Jarva took care of the last one, booting it and knocking it back, slicing open its body with his sword.
With the nids dead, losing two marines, the sergeant hunted for the final relic. Half of a hammer head, matching the other half located in the monasteries throne room. He knew this is what they were looking for. They didn’t hesitate to get out of this place as fast as they could.
As they ran back Rastonos stopped for a moment, launching a melta bomb into the hallway, rejoining the sergeant and Jarva, there was a large explosion, the roof and walls collapsed in. “If there’s any fucking nids left, they’re not getting out” he said with a chuckle”.
As they exited the tomb the thunderhawk was waiting, a small boost from the jump packs easily allowed the marines to jump onto the loading ramp. As they made there was inside the doors close with a massive clunk. “Zannis, go”, Lenix ordered his pilot to return to the monastery.
The thunderhawk shot forwards, “approx forty minutes till arrival, sir” Zannis sounded through the comm’s. The sergeant looked like was in a deep thought, why were there nids in the tomb, maybe the chaplain could clear his mind.
As they entered the throne room back at the monastery, the chaplain was waiting for them. “I see you return once again sergeant, did you secure the last relic brother” the chaplain quickly asked Lenix. “Yes chaplain here”, Lenix handed the relic to Parathorn, as the chaplain turned and head towards the other two parts of the ancient thunderhammer.
Lenix threw the chaplain the question he was waiting to ask “Chaplain Parathorn, I don’t suppose you could clear my mind and inform me why there was genestealers locked away in the tomb”, the chaplain didn’t look back to answer, “I can yes, you see a long time ago, once again in the generation of the Astral Knights, the Tyranids invaded the planet, but there hive ship was destroyed by the marines, few nids remained on the planet, and were locked away in the forbidden cave, I thought they would have died out by now, obviously my theory was wrong, the chapter master must have thought that the relic would have been safer locked away with these murderous creatures”.
“Well the chaos forces couldn’t handle the power of the nids, tore to pieces as we arrived, now that we have the three relics, what is going to happen now brother Parathorn”, Lenix inquired. “Well brother I can tell you, but I want to explain to you alone, would you Rastonos and brother Zannis please leave the sergeant and myself to discuss this important matter”, Parathorn asked the other marines to exit the room. “Aye brother” they both responded, leaving the throne room and closing the doors behind them.
Parathorn Joined the two parts of the hammers head together, sparks emitted as it somehow welded its self back together again. “Brother Lenix, do you know why I choose you to retrieve the relics” the chaplain asked as he picked up the hilt to join it to the hammer. “Not exactly chaplain, would you care to enlighten me”, Lenix answered with a sense of interest. “Well Lenix, there is a saying that the Hammer Of Astrix, once rejoined will choose its bearer, only the one who retrieved its three pieces can wield its power, that is why I choose you, you show more strength, skill and honour than any other member of this chapter, and I believe it is time for a new era of the sable swords, the first chapter master is long overdue”.
Parathorn forced the hilt into the head sparks again flew from the hammer, welding its self together again. “What are you saying Chaplain, that I am to become the chapter master of this sable swords” Lenix asked Parathorn. “Well not exactly, the hammer will choose, and I know it’s you it will choose” Parathorn walked to Lenix, before handing him the hammer he said one last thing “Sergeant once I give you this great weapon I will no longer live, my final task will be complete, I am off great age, in fact one of the final two remaining Astral Knights, and knowing my old brethren, Maranik is his name, he will hunt you down for this weapon, he wants the power for himself, tainted by the warp he is powerful, evil, and you should never allow him to retrieve this weapon, do you understand”.
“I do Parathorn” Lenix held his hand out to receive the hammer from Parathorn. As the chaplain handed over the ancient weapon, it suddenly sparked into life, bolts of lightning shot from the hammer in all directions and eventually surrounding the chaplain. As it cleared the chaplain was gone, Lenix wasn’t even going to question what he had just seen. The power of the hammer ran deep through Lenix, he seemed to change, somewhat seemed a lot more powerful.
Before he had time to do anything, there were sounds of bolter fire from outside the throne room. Louder and louder it became, until the doors burst open, four marines ran through the entrance. “Lenix, Chaos lord approaches the throne room”, Captain Ramov shouted to Lenix. Before anyone could continue speaking a shadow blasted through the room, jumping from one marine to another, until all four were blasted against the walls, knocked unconscious.
“Ah the Hammer of Astrix, once again rejoined now Lenix hand over the weapon and its power to its rightful owner” the Chaos Lord spoke to Lenix. “Who are you to invade this scared place” Lenix shouted at the tainted lord. “I am Maranik, The last remaining Astral Knight, seen the truth long ago about the false emperor I vowed to destroy all those who believed in the false god”.
“Maranik, in the name of the emperor, I will never allow you to take this weapon from these halls”, Lenix shouted with immense power. “If you won’t hand the hammer over, you leave me no other choice but to take it from your dead corpse”, suddenly flames burst from the ground surrounding Maranik like a vortex. The chaos lord began to grow, his armour cracking as Maranik grew larger, eventually shattering. The power fist he was equipped with merged with the creatures growing body. Red and black rough looking skin, sharp claws on one hand with massive arms. Horn grew from its forehead, the size of a man’s arm. Letting out a massive roar, this was no normal daemon.