The six boys joined the line on chosen that filed through the massive hanger they had landed in, the frozen waterfall could be seen just off to the side of the open blast doors. A great grating sound thundered through the hanger as the doors closed behind another ship coming in to land. Following the others Tanuth could see other metal ships and half man half machine men tending to them.
They were led into a huge hall and made to form row after row until all 150 chosen were standing in 3 rows. The skull helmeted giant stood before them and spread his arms wide.
“Welcome Chosen ones, welcome to the Artic fox training base, I am Chaplin Chamoflem, here you will be subjected to 112 tests of survival. Not all of you will survive. Those who do will be given the honour of becoming pups within the 5th training company where u will spent the next 10 to 13 yrs training, this training will also include the surgical and medical tasks to turn you all into a Space marine, you will be stronger, more resilient and will become the gauntlet around the god emperor’s fist, but only if you have the will to survive the will to fight the chapters enemies. Only after all of this will you given the title of Artic fox battle brother and become a true member of our brotherhood. Now you maggots this is Sergeant Ezeric he will be your drill master, what he say goes no questions”
A marine stepped forward from the shadows, in full combat armour. His arms reached up and removed his helmet. The intake of breath was sharp as the sergeants head came in to view his skull was pitted with what looked like dents massive, scars crisscrossed his face and a metal eye stared at them from his left socket pulsing red as it focused on several faces. A gruff and commanding voice growled out of his heavily scared throat.
“What you knew of your old life is now over. Your transformation in to a space marine begins now over the next 300 days you will be subjected to 112 tests to weed out the filth that are unworthy to stand in the battle line as our brothers. Those of you who fail in these tests will be sent home to your village, if you are still alive………”
Tanuth stopped listening at this point to look round at the others who had been selected, so many of them looked scared some bored as if not believing it would be that hard others hanging on every word the marine said.
“Now these brothers will direct you to your chambers training begins at dawn tomorrow, dismissed”
Filing out of the great hall they were led down passage after passage until the came to a large corridor. The marine that had showed them the way started splitting them off in to groups of six and allocating them rooms.
“You six, this will be your chamber remember its location you will not be told its location again” turning away he led the next six to the room across the hall giving them the same speech
“How in the name of the emperor are we supposed to remember how to get here, all the corridors look the same”
“Oh can it fungus head, we will get used to it”
“Who you calling fungus head, Klaus”
“oh shut it you two, let me get some rest, emperor knows when dawn is can’t tell what time it is at all down here, for all we know its only an hour away”
Piling in to the room they found 3 sets of bunk beds climbing on to a bottom one it eh far corner Tanuth closed his eyes. Waking with a start he found the others in deep conversation.
“What are you lot jabbing about, I was have such a nice rest”
“Ah Tanuth your up, all our cloths are gone! You hear anything last night?”
“What, there gone?? What the hell!! What do you mean there gone Shamus”
“Just that, we woke up and all our cloths are gone”
A bang on the door stopped all conversation. It swung open with no noise at all which the boys found very creepy. A boy stood there in under shorts.
Rising a hand “yo guys, this is going to sound stupid but have all your cloths disappeared”
Lothbrok snorted “you got that right! How about you lot”
“Ye all ours are gone”
A rumbling echoed down the corridor as a half man, machine came rumbling down it towing a large trolley. Coming to a halt next to them, a metallic voice came from what used to be its mouth, which was now replaced by a metal box.
“These are your new garments, take two each. Change it each day, the dirty one will be taken for cleaning”.
It rumbled away down the corridor to the next rooms. Looking at the new comer and point at the back of the trolley pulling machine-man
“I guess that’s what happened to our cloths” holding up the black and white body glove and matching robe.
Heading back in to there rooms to change a voice came bellowing down the hall
“Get up you wimpy new born swine’s, its time for your morning training”
Falling on to his bunk Tanuth could hardly move the training had been a lot harder than he thought, it could ever be. Nineteen hours they had been at it, nineteen will a brake only to eat three times amounting to 1 hour 3mins.
This continued for several weeks, over and over. Sward and shield training, hand to hand training, clubs, spears, axes and hammers all manner of weapons. This changed when after several weeks they were forced to do the same but with added weights to their bodies in the form of rings round there wrists and ankles. These weights got progressively heavier until one morning they came to the training ground after their allotted 5 hour sleep, to find Chaplin Chamoflum standing next to the now hated drill master. Looking round as if for the first time the 6 boys found that the group seemed smaller some how. Chaplin Chamoflum came forward.
“As you can see some of your number were not strong enough to endure the training. These boys have been sent away from the training camp. But you my chosen have past test one. The second test now begins”
He turned on his heals and walked away
“Right you maggots, the Chaplin might think your worthy but I know there are still weaklings among you, time things got a little harder”.
The tests grew harder and harder until the tenth test came around
They were led to an arena where 6 other boy where standing in the middle, all looked strong and tough, and had several scars over there bodies that could seen on their arms and legs. Others surly lay under their black and white body gloves.
“This is your next test, these boys where a special case and were recruited two years before you lot when their tribe was attacked and the fought off several men each of much older years than themselves”.
He waved a hand and the boys prepared holding weapons they were obviously used to and knew how to use. A great growl came from the far end of the arena drawing the viewer’s attention. Two huge snow leopards came bounding from an opening gate, towards the 6 boys. Circling to the right and left the two snow leopards attacked in tandem as the 6 boys defended 3 on 1. There was a growl of pain from one of the leopards as one of the boys struck it in the hind leg with a spear. An axe came down in a killing blow to cut the leopards head off in a single stroke. The Leopard twisted out the way breaking the shaft of the spear, twisting the arm of the boy holding it, to an unnatural angle. The boy screamed as bone splintered and broke through the skin, blood pooling on the floor. The axe came down on the metal floor and the leopard pounced over the axe its jaws in an open snarl to take the boy in the gullet blood sprayed from his artery as teeth sunk in ripping backwards taking the ruined chunk of flesh with it. Blood gurgle up from the gaping hole and the boys body went into shock. The third boy came at the leopard from the side and swung his hammer in a side ways stroke that connected with the side of the animals head making an audible crunching sound the leopard staggered sideways its eyes glazed over and crumpled to a heap on the floor. The other team had, had much better luck having surrounded the animal they had driven it back against a wall where the bludgeoned it to death with a series of blows. Medical staff came running forward as the second leopard died taking the injured boy away. While trying to save the others life.
The sergeant turning back to his charges said
“At first it will be six to one and it will progress until you’re fighting them two to one. Make sure you survive we have few recruits as it is, at this moment in time”.