We approached the Tau complex under the cover the darkness. The alien buildings had an almost smooth shape, unlike the harsh jagged edges of the Imperium. I removed the thought of it and clenched my bolter harder. Three of the scouts with sniper rifles took up position overlooking an entrance, while we with bolters moved in closer. My heart started to beat faster as we approached and although I had gone over our orders and battle plans many times, I was still nervous. I did not know how the battle would end, but I know it would be unforgettable.
We received the signal; the Inquisitional Storm Troopers had begun the attack on the north side of the complex. Soon sounds of alarms filled the air and I could see battle suits taking to the sky. That was our signal to infiltrate the complex. We got strait to work and planted melta-bombs at the Tau gate. In a fiery explosion we emerged firing our guns, the sound of the bolter was familiar, but there was a new sound. The sound of foul Xenos dying.
We charged in, ignoring the pulse rifle shots that were raining down upon us. I felt one shot hit me and it burned my flesh, but I ignored it. Some of my fellow scouts were not so fortunate... As I followed my sergeant and another scout, an accurate pulse rifle shot blasted his head clean off. I carried on and ran over to his bloody corpse.The other scout squads had joined us in combat and were adding some suppressing fire to the mix.
I pulled out my bolter and begun to shoot at the foul Tau, the noise was beginning to become a comfort compared to the high pitched noise that the pulse rifles made.
I had to take cover as Tau battle suits began raining fire down upon the battle field. Most of the scouts took cover, but those that didn’t were killed, the armour could not hold against the power behind the plasma. Then there was a blinding explosion as the Whirlwind artillery tanks begun raining hell upon the foul Xenos, and soon Terminators of the 1st company teleported straight in the middle of the Tau.
The Terminators begun to fire at the Tau soldiers that were taking cover upon the city walls, but the rain of pulse rifle shots did not cease. I decided to enter the nearest building and try to cleanse it of the Tau warriors. As I approached the door it seemed as if more and more pulse rifle shots were being aimed at me, but I paid little attention and simple fired my bolter blindly as I ran. When I got to the door, to my surprise there were two other scouts placing charges to open it. It exploded and we ran in, just in time too, as I heard the crash of more missiles. I guess the second wave of missiles landed.
Alarms were going off and the sound was deafening, but we stayed true to our mission. The building was like nothing I had ever seen before, all the sleek smooth bright hallways were in stark contrast to the fleet that I am used to. I know that the temptations that the Tau offers are almost as dangerous as those which Chaos promises. That much I do know. We silently and carefully walked through the hallways, taking up point and covering our advances, in case there were Tau soldiers still in the building. Our black armour did not blend in well with the hallways that were a bright white, but we were fortunate for we did not encounter any soldiers.
As we continued through the building, we began to hear some voices, not the voices of fellow space marines, but the strange foul tongue of the Tau. We approached a door. I took up point while the other two scouts moved towards it prepared to open it. As they placed the explosives, I held my breath, for it could have resulted in my death. When the melta bomb went off, it seemed as if time itself had slowed down as I took a deep breath and aimed my bolter; ready to kill any Tau that may be inside. The fiery roar of the burning flames rushed past me and it felt good.
The smoke cleared and I saw six Tau figures; one pulled what appeared to be a pulse rifle at me and I shot him through the head. It was like breath a breath of death, as the bolt shell went through his head. One of my brothers shot a Tau, but had his own head blown of by an other. I and the second scout shot the three other Tau warriors. The last Tau figure wore robes and carried a gold staff with a highly polished blue gem at the top. We entered with our guns raised and he raised his blue skinned hand as a sign of surrender.
“I am defeated space marine,” the Tau alien said “you and your kind have defeated me, but know that you will never defeat the Tau in the end. The Greater Good will prevail. His expression was grim as he said these words and those black eyes I will never forget.
“The Greater Good will be coming out of my bolter and into your head Xenos,” I glared at the Tau and pointed my bolter at him.
“Strong words from such a non-believer,” replied the Tau alien.
“It is you who are the non-believer!” I exclaimed, “The Emperor of mankind rules all and He demand that we, His angels of death purge all who believe in something else.”.
“Tell us,” I said.
“Where is the relic that you stole from the Imperium?”
“You had no right to claim that item as yours,” replied the Tau alien, “It belongs to the Greater Good just as all the stars will soon be united by us. But if you demand it so insistently, you do not have to look far for it. On the table in front of him, he began to reach for a button.
“Hold fast xenos,” I said, “How do we know that you will not call for reinforcements?”
“You do not know,” replied the Tau alien, “But I admit defeat” He pressed a button on the table in the centre of the room and it opened. Out came the "Crystal of the Faithful". I stared at the holy relic of Saint Delius, its holy light almost blinding me.
“You see human,” said the Tau alien, “This is your so called “relic”. I did not think it so important, but now that I see your expression I feel that it must affect you differently than I. However you will not have this so called “relic” for I will destroy it.” The Tau alien raised his staff and the whisper became a demand.
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