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Korvus nodded as the Sergeant spoke, glad that somebody had taken his advice and listened to it. Though the thought of Huron Blackheart in those rusted piles of scrap was enough to elecit a low chuckle from him what followed next nearly caused him to gasp, only supreme effort of will kept him silent, although the colour drained from his face. They had been caught. Immediately he began revising the last few moments in his head, nobody had made a mistake. Even his disagreement with Cleite had been near muted and over the vox, there was no way that traitor's with vehicles that even PDF regiments wouldn't want could have cracked their network. And nobody here was a traitor, Korvus knew that while he disliked most of them none of them were traitors and he would bet his soul on that.

As the Traitor that somehow spoke into his head droned on Korvus guessed that it was a psyker present, nothing else could pull off this kind of detection. Could the psyker sense their souls? Was that how they had been caught. Not many psykers could do that so well, but it was the only feasible explanation as to how they'd been caught so easily and so quickly. Korvus was tempted to speak but dared not, even he recognized that such a moment was not the time for sarcasm or a flippant remark. He would make that once they got away.

Before he could formulate his next move Sergeant Korvis yelled at them to get clear, and Korvus also realised what was about to happen. He'd been right, there were explosives inside those Chimeras! Before he could move the Chimeras exploded as one, the sheer force knocking him back and into a bramble bush, his bulk crushing the plant and the impact knocking out the breath he didn't realised he'd been holding in. Immediately he rose and assessed himself, his left shoulder was dislocated which he quickly corrected. A cursory look showed that his armor was a bit scuffed but he didn't see any damage on it, and that was good enough for now. Quickly moving towards the group he saw that the rest of the squad was fine. Smirking at Cleite's remark he pushed his way past some more bushes and showed himself.

"He's right, rare as that may be. Nobody's stupid enough to put all their trust in something like that, i'd bet they've got a Raptor pack or some Chaos Marines waiting nearby to ambush us after the blast and deal with any survivors. We need to move fast."

Korvus couldn't fathom the strategy behind this attack. He glanced at the wreckage and saw a wrecked chestplate of Red Corsairs armor in the debris, so whoever did this had the authority to blow up a Chaos Marine and get away with it. That meant that it was definitely a high-ranker, and with the enemy speaking into their minds factored in there was no doubt that it was a Sorcerer they were dealing with, which Korvus quickly voiced to the group. The fact that he had been wrong about the Corsair presence meant little to him, deductive logic was not perfect and he while he would have rather been right he was not petty enough to whine about it.

"That had to be a Sorcerer speaking, the way he could talk into our heads and find us even when we were hidden so well. He must have sensed our souls or our minds or... something. I don't know how those heretics work, it could have been anything."


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Korvis was relieved when the HUD display inside his helmet informed him that they hadn't received any casualties from the blast. Sharing a quick glance behind him at the wreckage, the Sergeant noticed that a piece of armour belonging to a Red Corsair Astartes lay mangled in the wreckage, which gave him chills - and showed that the commander of Fort Indomitable had a lot more expandable troops than he had initially thought. To use cultists as meat shield was bad enough, but Astartes? He remembered that the Red Corsairs were once members of the Astral Claws Chapter before they turned renegade, and wondered briefly if the warriors that had been destroyed were either original Astral Claws or from another warband.

“Not to rob Korvus of his job stating the obvious or worse, but we must move away from here before our enemies choose to make sure their little trick worked," Cleite said, scanning the wreckage for the young warrior and Roath, whose life-signs were still active, which was a relief as Korvus was not willing to accept anymore casualties in his squad. The landing had been bad enough, and with his squad already down to six members not including himself, he could not afford to lose another.

"He's right, rare as that may be. Nobody's stupid enough to put all their trust in something like that, i'd bet they've got a Raptor pack or some Chaos Marines waiting nearby to ambush us after the blast and deal with any survivors. We need to move fast."

"Aye," nodded Korvis, agreeing with the youngster and Cleite. It was rare that these two warriors could actually agree with each other, and the Sergeant decided that it was probably the best time not to interfere. "All Raven Guard, move. We withdraw to a safe distance, but keep your eyes open for attack."

Once they were a certain distance from the blast, Korvis addressed Korvus' second comment that he had made about the fact that it had to be a Sorcerer speaking. "Yes, you're right, Korvus. From now on, we need to be more vigilante than ever. The enemy could come from anywhere, and we must presume that they know where we are at all times."

He hoped they didn't, because otherwise, when the Raven Guard arrived at Fort Indomitable, they would find themselves massively outnumbered. They had to keep to the shadows at all times, and only strike where they could be certain they would not be detected. This was a stealth mission, the kind which all Raven Guard Marines excelled in.

However, before he could get any further, the Vox Link in Sergeant Korvis' head crackled into life causing the Sergeant to frown in confusion. The Vox was dead, wasn't it?

++This is Brother-Librarian Kalan of ... Ultramarines ... to all Imperial ... near ... location. I ... managed to hold ... ...Sorcerer who is manipulating ... Vox Link ... Squad ... depleted .... survivors .... wounded ... aid... +++

So the Ultramarines had forces working near their location as well, then? thought the Raven Guard Sergeant, with a smile forming on his face that was hidden beneath his helmet, savoring the fact that he and his squad were not alone this far behind enemy lines, but also acknowledging that it could be a trap. After all, if the Sorcerer was a high-ranking warrior in the rank of the Red Corsairs, and he had to be to be allowed to do something insane like the exploding Chimeras, then what was to stop him from impersonating this Ultramarines Librarian?

"Brothers," Sergeant Korvis addressed the Raven Guard who were now surrounding his position, having not heard the vox that filtered through his ears. "I have just received a vox, however impossible that it may sound, that states we are not alone in these jungles. An Ultramarine Librarian has apparently managed to find himself in a dangerous situation and is requesting our assistance. This is a decision that I am going to leave to you, for a change. Do you think that it is a trap laid by the enemy, or is this a real Ultramarine?"

All: Okay, there are two ways that this story can go now and is the first of what I hope to be many situations which will let you decide where the Roleplay will go. You can PM each other to decide which course of action you want to take, whether you think you should go and rescue the Ultramarine, or do you think that this is the enemy playing their tricks to lure you into a trap? Remember, most members of the Assault Squad are still young initiates so the Sergeant could be doing this to test their reactions. So What is your call? Do you aid the Ultramarine even though it may be a trap, or do you refuse to go to his aid? This decision could be influenced by many things, such as - Have you seen Ultramarines in action before? Do you respect Guilliman's descendants or do you loath them? Do you take it upon your duty as a Space Marine to aid as many Imperial forces as you can, or do you think that aiding the Ultramarine will take valuable time from the mission?

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"He's right, rare as that may be. Nobody's stupid enough to put all their trust in something like that, i'd bet they've got a Raptor pack or some Chaos Marines waiting nearby to ambush us after the blast and deal with any survivors. We need to move fast." Korvus responded from behind Cleite, and the younger warrior could swear he caught the hint of a smile on those words. “You mock me once and are proven wrong for it, and barely minutes later you mock me again Korvus? If whoever is behind this has more traitor marines at their disposal then they would either have already committed them in lee of the explosion. If anything they would send any rabble with them first, to ensure our focus is hindered.” He spat back his retort, putting emphasis on the word traitor, because follower of the chaos gods or not that is what anyone who followed the Tyrant was.

Sergeant Korvis, however, silenced any further conversation between the two of them when he gave the order for the group to move out. Cleite did so without another word, and it was not his mouth and words he wished to use against Korvus should the fool mock him a third time. Not long into their progress, Korvis moved closer to Korvus to speak with him of some matter, Cleite did not bother to listen in for he did not care to hear his sergeant chastising or praising the cur. He did stop, however, when he saw Korvis cock his head to the side and stop in his tracks, as if he was getting a long range message despite the jamming in effect.

"Brothers," Korvis began, garnering everyone attention and stopping them all. "I have just received a vox, however impossible that it may sound, that states we are not alone in these jungles. An Ultramarine Librarian has apparently managed to find himself in a dangerous situation and is requesting our assistance. This is a decision that I am going to leave to you, for a change. Do you think that it is a trap laid by the enemy, or is this a real Ultramarine?" He finished, turning to each of them and awaiting an answer.

“I can only speak for myself sergeant, but I did not receive any message over the long range vox. If it is only you that has, then in conjunction with that voice and the previous trap it is likely that this is much the same.” Cleite spoke up after a few moments of thinking. “Did anyone else receive this message?” He asked, spreading his arms to encompass the rest of the group.

“Regardless of this being a trap or not, the risk of the call being genuine cannot be ignored. From what we have seen so far, our enemies are good at predicting our movements, and they may be hoping to either flush us out or have us turn our backs on an ally. I say we give the traitors what they expect, but on our own terms. We should send only two of our number to aid this Ultramarine as the rest hold back. If it is indeed a trap, then those two who have gone proceed to fall back into a trap of our own making, ambush our ambushers.” Cleite finished, hoping that the elder warriors would agree with his idea; to goad their enemies into thinking the squad was being fooled until that mistake was realized to late.

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Korvus bristled as Cleite once again mocked him. Was he really fool enough to take the chance that a pack of screaming killers were descending on their position right now? Koruvs took a step forward and prepared to settle things with the brute once and for all, he didn't need to fight him, just make it clear that despite his blunt nature Korvus was a team player, he just didn't talk like one. Before he could begin his lecture Sergeant Korvis stepped forward and silenced any retort that Korvus may have made. He was not about to disregard the Sergeant just to snap back at Cleite.

Korvus nodded as the Sergeant agreed with them both and gave the order to move out. As he began to walk briskly through the brush Korvus raised an eyebrow as Korvis approached him, ideas about the Sergeant's intent formulating in his mind even as the Sergeant closed in and began to speak. Korvus nodded as the Sergeant explained his agreement with him on the matter of the Sorcerer. Korvus gave his assent to the Sergeant's suggestion, when an ugly thought began to implant itself in his head. He cursed inwardly for not having seen it immediately, but before he could share his new theory with the Sergeant he noticed that Korvis was listening to his vox.

"Brothers," Sergeant Korvis addressed the Raven Guard who were now surrounding his position, having not heard the vox that filtered through his ears. "I have just received a vox, however impossible that it may sound, that states we are not alone in these jungles. An Ultramarine Librarian has apparently managed to find himself in a dangerous situation and is requesting our assistance. This is a decision that I am going to leave to you, for a change. Do you think that it is a trap laid by the enemy, or is this a real Ultramarine?"

Korvus nearly chuckled. A starch-shirt of Guilliman was here? Alone? That violated so many precepts of the Codex that the idea was laughable, not even Ultramarine scouts would operate like that. A Raven Guard would, but the Codex was not the same to the Sons of Corax as it was to the Sons of Guilliman. He found it hard to believe that a single Ultramarine, a Librarian at that, was alone behind-enemy-lines and contacting for their help. It sounded like a trap, and the chance of that was too great to take.

"I say we send scouts sir, no Ultramarine would be operating so far into enemy territory alone, and definitely not a psyker. Breaks too many regulations of the Codex. We already know the enemy has a Sorcerer, one that can get into our heads, and they know we wouldn't ignore a distress call from another Chapter. If it is them though then they know we survived, so their Sorcerer can probably still sense us. I say we help them but we don't all go, its too risky. Cleite and one more should go, examine the situation. If its a trap, then I say the ambush idea is a good one, if its not then we find out why an Ultramarine Librarian is here alone and operating so far beyond what the Codex says they should be doing."

His intention made clear Korvus walked up to the Sergeant and offered his latest thoughts. "Sir, something came to me a moment ago and I think we should consider another possibility regarding the Sorcerer and his knowledge of us. Cleite was right about those transports carrying Corsairs and I was wrong, I thought traitors were smart enough not to blow up their own Marines. But I was right about the explosives, and those transports seemed like they'd been prepared to explode. Which means that Sorcerer might have known we were coming before we even got here, and if he did then they might have been preparing for us."


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Alesso listened to his brothers talking, weighing up the options in his head. Both Cliete and Korvus had a point, considering the most recent events, the chances of this being a trap was frankly overwhelming. On the other hand, Alesso knew that they could not allow any imperial servant to die if they could help it. The Tyrant of Badab was a grave threat to the imperium, he had been for many years. If they could damage him badly now, perhaps even slay the tyrant, then it would save dozens of imperial worlds and countless imperial lives. But the imperium needed every able-bodied soldier they could muster to overcome this devious foe.

Alesso winced slightly at Cliete's use of the word 'bait', which was, in Alesso's view, a rather blase way of considering the life of an Astrates. But Alesso couldn't fault the logic in his plan. If these heretic scum thought they could outwit the Raven Guard, their leader was more insane that Alesso had previously imagined. Unlike some of their more belligerent bretheren, the Sons of Corax were the silent blades, thrust in the dark. Nothing evaded their notice and none can stay their wrath.

Korvus also gave a valid argument, none of the Ultramarines would dare to break the tenets of their precious Codex, they were quick to remind anyone that it was Guilleman who wrote the Codex Astrates and they were pressured by that knowledge to follow it's rules to the letter. It was doubtful that a librarian of that chapter would be deployed so deep in enemy territory, especially unaided. It was too suspicious a circumstance to ignore the obvious threat of a trap.

Alesso stepped forwards and spoke. His armour a shade of dull orange in the flickering fires of a burning tree. He faced Korvis with a steady gaze under his expressionless helm as he addressed the squad's leader.

"I agree with them, if there is even the chance of a fellow astrates in need somewhere then we must do all we can to help, but let us not ignore the obvious potential threat, our foe is devious and we should remain vigilant. We should prove ourselves to be the perfect example of the Raven Guard, striking unseen from the shadows and outwitting those who are foolish enough to believe themselves beyond the reach of our blades."

He paused for a moment then spoke again. "If you would allow it, Brother-Sergeant, I would take my usual role in this strategy, to stand and watch from the shadows, until the enemy come within our reach."

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"Very well," commented Korvis, looking up at his brothers as they made their way through the Jungle. "Thank you for your input. Cleite, Roath, Tev. You three will go to the Librarian's location. If his cry for help is geniuene, then we have nothing to fear, and we can find out what the Librarian is up to so far behind enemy lines without risk of losing more men. However, if there is no Librarian, or that Librarian is a tool of the enemy, then the rest of us will be waiting in reserve. To strike. Victorus aut Mortis."

"Victorus aut Mortis," the six other Raven Guard warriors echoed, before half of the warriors under Korvis' command advanced ahead of the rest as Korvis told them the location of the wounded Ultramarine.


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As you make your way through the undergrowth, you remain watchful for clear signs of the enemy. It doesn't take long before you come across a small clearing, where you find a Drop Pod bearing the colours of the Ultramarines sitting dead in the centre. There, you find an Ultramarine that is clearly a Librarian, surrounded by a squad of five Ultramarine Tactical Marines, bearing the colours of the Fifth Company. Relieved that this is not a trap, several questions leap to your mind. Why are the Ultramarines operating against the guidelines of the Codex Astartes? Why is there no evidence of other Ultramarine force operating on Thorodon Major when the Raven Guard were informed they were on Thorodon Secondus?

Before the Ultramarines can answer your questions, you hear gunfire from nearby, and realise that your brothers are under assault by enemy forces. After the initial signs of hostility between the depleted squad of Ultramarines and your own forces, you must take up arms together as you rush to find out why your brothers have fired their weapons.

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As you hang back from your three brothers allowing them to advance, what are your feelings about being denied this honour of being the "bait", or do you view it as an honour? Do you prefer lurking in the shadows rather than being thrust headlong into danger?

As you wait for the call from your brothers who are finding the source behind the Distress Call, you find yourselves attacked by a five-man squad of Red Corsair Raptors, descending from the skies above. You find yourselves outnumbered, and must hold out against the Chaos Space Marines until the remaining members of your squad arrive, although in this update, you must not post about your reinforcements arriving - that will happen next update.

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Alesso stalked through the trees, his hand inadvertently slid over his bolt pistol's handle. He was glad he wasn't in the 'bait' group, his role had never been loud or aggressive, it had always been that of silence and patience. He only noticed the action when the weapon hung loosely in his hand. He did not re-holster the weapon, he'd never had any reason not to trust his instincts before now, why should he start?

Pushing aside low hanging flora, Alesso stopped. He stood for a few moments, scanning the surrounding trees for any movement other than his two brothers behind him. Nothing stirred, not ever the wildlife. Alesso's sense of unease grew, his grip on the pistol tightened and his eyes darted in the shadows, his heightened senses making him aware of just how empty the forest was. Something was wrong here. Alesso sensed a trap.

"Brothers, we should-" He began, but stopped when he heard the familiar noise of jump packs above. He flicked his eyes skyward just in time to activate his jump pack, blasting him backward before a screaming, red being smashed into the ground next to him. Alesso blinked rapidly, lying on his back, his jump pack propping him up in a sitting position. He looked up at the power armoured being standing in front of him, a chainbladed axe revving in one hand. The red corsair raptor strode towards him raising his bloody weapon above his head. Alesso's bolt pistol spat a trio of rounds at the approaching warrior, who twitched as the bullets sparked and put small craters in his red plate with each shot.

The Raptor roared and threw himself forwards at the Raven guard. Alesso had one thing to be thankful for, however long ago this heretic left the emperor's light, it had been long enough for him to forget the strict battle discipline that all astrates were taught. The insane warrior threw himself on top of Alesso, who rolled back a little and slammed both boots into the raptor's exposed chest. The heretic fell backwards with a roar of indignation, giving Alesso time to rise.

He ran back a few steps to his brothers' location, half turning mid run to lose another four shots off in the general direction of the raptors.

"Brothers! We are under attack!" He said over the vox, attempting to hail the rest of the squad. "Defensive formation!"

He reached the rest of the combat squad and turned to face the traitors, hoping that his brothers would form up on his left and right. He raised his bolt pistol and shot at the raptors in the trees.

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Aethon nodded grimly at Korvis’ order. Without waiting for anything else, Tev turned and started to carefully push his way through the vegetation that surrounded him, looking warily around. The thought, ‘This has to be a trap,’ flashed through his mind but he instantly dismissed it.

“Regardless, we have to investigate!” he murmured to himself. “Astartes could be in danger, we have no choice.” And with that, Aethon put the thought out of his head and concentrated, searching for signs of Chaotic interference. His hands flexed, the left clenching instinctively around the hilt of his chainsword, but he resisted the urge to rev it. An anxiousness started to eat at his stomach, and try as he might the thought couldn’t be banished.

Drawing close to the origin of the suspect message, he stopped, and, quickly, spoke to his battle-brothers over the comm. ++Brothers, I suggest that we approach from three separate angles, just in case this is a trap++

Leaving them to decide whether they would or not, he started straight forward, taking a few steps before breaking out into the small clearing, bolt pistol aimed ahead and chainsword held at the ready. He immediately took the scene in, and numerous questions ran through his mind, and then annoyance replaced them. ‘Typical of the sons of Guilliman,’ he told himself. He focussed on the squad of marines themselves, and then saw the librarian himself. ‘So it wasn’t a trap.’ He lowered his pistol slightly and stopped his chainsword revving, to show he wasn’t going to attack them. He thought back to the last time he’d fought side-by-side with Ultramarines, and cursed them again for their arrogance.

“Brothers of the Ultramarines Fifth Company, I am Aethon Tev, of the Raven Guard Second Company.” His voice was biting and cold, clearly portraying his feelings towards them.

“Why are there no records of you operating here? Hell, what, in the name of the Emperor, are you doing here?” he asked. None of them could see his eyes, but they were hard as steel and full of determination. No-one replied, because the sound of gunfire shattered the peace, tearing throughout the forest and resounding heavily in the close air. Tev turned his head, and waited with baited breath, thinking, ‘the others,’ with the slight shudder of shock. More gunfire, sounding like a thunderclap, reverberated. A second passed, thoughts flickering through his mind, and then he came to a decision. He had to help the others, and they probably couldn’t do it alone.

He looked at the librarian, who, despite not looking at him, seemed to be thinking the same thing. Aethon nodded at nobody in particular, gunned his chainsword and said to the Ultramarines. “The rest of Squad Korvis. We’re already depleted. Will you help?” He’d already started moving, assured they would feel the same sense of duty to aid him as he had to aid them.

He streaked away through the trees towards the continued sounds of gunfire, steely determination once again showing on his hidden face. The Raven Guard punctuated his already inhuman pace with short burst of his jetpack, and after only a couple of minutes he saw a flash of red before him. He thought back to the exploding Chimeras, painted in Red Corsair colours. He slowed down slightly, trying to ensure he’d retain the element of surprise when he showed himself.

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Corvane nodded in agreement as the Seargent issued orders. Corvane had been thinking carefully about the multiple options available to the squad and he could see the wisdom in the plan. He turned and followed the other ‘watchers’ into the trees where they could cover the rest of the squad if it was, as he suspected, a trap. Corvane himself moved away from the rest of the group and crouched down into a large bush where he could watch the progress of the other half of the squad better. He saw them reach a drop pod that bore the marking of the Ultramarines and engage in conversation with a Librarian who was being guarded by a handful of Tactical Marines. After deemng that it was indeed not a trap Corvane turned back to the rest of the squad, onlt to find himself face to face with the distinctive figure of a Red Corsair Raptor.

Corvane only had seconds to react as the roaring chain-axe swung at his neck. Corvane dropped to the ground and swung his chain-sword up into the Raptor’s torso. The revving blade made contact and cut through the ceramite armour that the Chaos Marine wore. The Raptor staggered back and Corvane fired four rounds into the Raptor from point blank with his bolt pistol. Not waiting to see if the Red Corsair fell Corvane turned and set off through the trees. He burst from the foliage in time to see Alesso running towards him with more Raptors on his tail. Corvane’s years of training took control and Corvane fired his bolt pistol past Alesso with pinpoint accuracy. Alesso drew to a halt and turned to face the fast-approaching Chaos Marines. He heard Alesso’s voice cming in over the static that had filled his vox since the crash.

"Brothers! We are under attack! Defensive formation!"

Corvane quickly arrived at Alesso’s side and continued to fire at the approaching Red Corsairs.

“Understood Brother Alesso, I am at your side”

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“ Cleite, Roath, Tev; you three will go to the Librarian's location. If his cry for help is genuine, then we have nothing to fear, and we can find out what the Librarian is up to so far behind enemy lines without risk of losing more men. However, if there is no Librarian, or that Librarian is a tool of the enemy, then the rest of us will be waiting in reserve: to strike. Victorus aut Mortis." Korvis said, finally making the decision for the lot of them in regards to what would be done and silencing any further discussion over who would be acting as bait. Cleite did not like it, that three would go rather than the two he had advised, but the decision was ultimately not up to him and so he did not argue. There was a moment of joy that filled the warriors heart, that sergeant Korvis would give him the honour of being one to undertake this task, in addition to the fact that the foolish Korvus was not also given that same honour. It did not last for long, for Cleite would need all of his focus on the task at hand rather than something superficial like his dislike of the dishonourable elder squad-mate.

"Victorus aut Mortis," The words all but flowed automatically from his lips, and without another word he was off with Tev and Roath. It was not long before the forest began to show signs of recent and violent intrusion. The content of chemicals within the air, and the lack of noise from indigenous creatures being dead give-aways. Brothers, I suggest that we approach from three separate angles, just in case this is a trap. Tev said, and Cleite found himself agreeing with this sentiment; it was a sound move that the veteran had chosen. Though it weakened them as a group, the fact that they could strike or observe from multiple angles allowed for a better chance to gather information.

Cleite moved to flank the veteran marines right side, and it was not long before his enhanced vision picked out the blue and gold form of an Ultramarine drop pod. As the younger assault marine got closer, he noticed Ultramarines near the downed craft; and that fact disturbed him. Sergeant Korvis had spoken only of a single Ultramarine librarian, not several of their warriors. And more, there was no sign of danger or trouble that he could make out. Before any of this could be relayed or confirmed with the others, Cleite spied the black form of Tev breaking cover from the trees to approach the Ultramarines. He spoke, his tone little more than that of accusation and reproach and hardly what the younger warrior would have considered even if he ignored these inconsistencies.

“Take care little wing, there is something amiss here. Something that even a wizened warrior like Tev cannot see; or will not.” Cleite whispered in the battle cant used by his Raven Guard brothers through the vox unit in his helmet. That Tev was able to make use of his gave Cleite some meager hope that his message would be carried over to Roath. Before any of the Ultramarines deign to answer the questions issued by Tev, gunfire erupts from elsewhere in the forest, and it does not take a superhuman warrior to guess from whom it is likely coming from.

Tev informs the Ultramarines of the likely cause, and Cleite cannot help but curse the veteran’s haste. If he had taken even a moment to think about what they had been told, what they had known, then the older warrior might realize the potential folly he had just made. Until this moment, these Ultramarines were unaware that there was anyone else of beyond Tev, and now he had betrayed that fact.

As much as he wanted to follow the quickly retreating form of Tev, it was more important that Cleite held his ground and kept an eye on these Ultramarines, lest this truly be a trap and the others find themselves beset by attackers on two fronts without support. “Hold your ground little wing.” He whispered to Roath, holding his own position while hoping that his concern proved to be untrue and these space marines truly were allies that could be counted upon.

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