The drop pod quakes around you, shuddering from the violence of punching through the atmosphere. You can hear the ceramite and plasteel warping and howling under the pressure, a sound familiar to you after the countless drop insertions you and your battle-brothers have performed together. But the noise still causes your hearts to race, pumping battle stims throughout your augmented body to prepare you for combat.
“The Emperor guides us, my brothers.”
Harnessed opposite you, Brother-Sargeant Nelix calls over the vox, looking to you and your brothers as he holds a ceramite-clad fist out before him. You mirror his gesture, adding your clenched fist to those offered by your battle-brothers. Pride swelling in your chest, you look around the circle of power suited Marines, knowing that beneath the visor of their helmets the face of each is wearing the same expression of determination as your own battle-worn features.
“The Emperor guides us,” you intone, as the voices of your brothers echo in your ears over the vox.
You snap your outstretched fist back, smacking the ceramite gauntlet against the Aquilla set across the centre of your chest plate in salute to the God-Emperor. The crack of ceramite on ceramite echoes over the scream of retro jets as the machine-spirit of the pod begins to slow the crafts descent as it nears the planets surface.
Runes blink across your visor, informing you that your journey is due to end.
You feel your harness tighten before impact, bracing you for the impending violent landing. You welcome the jarring shock of the crash, knowing that it signals the beginning of another mission for the glory of the Imperium.
The drop pod strikes the surface of the planet with a resounding clang, releasing its exit hatches mere moments after impact to discharge you and your brothers.
Charging from the confines of the pod, bolter raised in readiness, you roar a challenge towards the enemy stronghold as you run in to the oncoming lasfire with your battle-brothers beside you.
You are the Emperor's fury.
You are the might of the Imperium.
You are Astartes.