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?
Each choice will have its repercussions and its benefits, so it's up to you to choose where you want this Roleplay to go. Are you willing to deviate from your mission or do you not want to risk the fact that this might be a trap?
GM's Notes: Euphrati, I strongly suggest that you post before Next Monday (which is the deadline for this update), and if you cannot make it for any reason than let me know, either in a PM or in a Recruitment Thread.