: The quake passes as quickly as it began, for a moment the only sound is silence. The silence stretches for an unnaturally long second, before a whining scream fills the room. Somehow it pierces your hearing and sounds as if it is coming from directly inside your head, everybody in the room is clearly affected but one or two are more affected than others. The few Imperial Fists Librarians are screaming themselves, blood pouring from their eyes, ears and noses as they fall to the floor, trying to still the scream. Many draw their bolters or combat knives, trying to see what is causing the chaos and stop it before it can get worse, but the cause becomes apparant as soon as a marine of the Celestial Lions looks up and shouts something at the top of his voice.
You all look up and see a creature floating in the ceiling underneath the plexiglass dome. It looks human in some places, but the bright multi-coloured and flaming group of four wings that erupt from her back, the clawed and feathered harpy feet that have replaced her legs and the great symbol of the Lord of Lies that is branded into her chest show her allegience clearly. A servant of Chaos has entered the Phalanx. Lord Pugh draws his twin blades and shouts her name, Morgatha the False-Tongued. This is the Chaos Champion that the Imperial Fists are battling in the system you are all in now, somehow she has boarded the Phalanx and is doing something to the air above you.
A fusillade of shots are fired at her by the Iron Knights and Crimson Fist marines but none find their mark, the bullets melting in midair before they can touch her. The screaming intensifies as Morgatha chants in a debased language, the air hazes with heat ripples as a bright light begins to leak through in a small part of the air above you all. Soon a tear forms and widens quickly, and as soon as it does all hell pours through it. A horde of monsters, each one distinct from it's twisted kindred, fall from the sky and land among the assembled Space Marines, the screaming has stopped but the damage is done. The Phalanx is under attack by Daemons! The Astartes quickly move to battle but the Daemons have made the first strike, and already several brothers lie dead on the ground, crushed by falling bodies or eviscerated by Daemonic talons or burnt alive by Warpfire hurled by Morgatha.
Fight back or see the Phalanx lost to the Great Enemy!
: Unslinging your weapons you move to join the battle immediately. Your fellow Crimson Fists rally around you as a horde of Daemons smashes into your Chapter's hastily assembled defense and try to penetrate the ranks to get at you, your heraldry marking you as a Veteran among your brothers and as a kill and soul of worth. One of your brothers falls from the defense with his chest torn open and his organs burning, allowing a creature covered in scales and feathers with the body of a snake and the head and arms of a dragon to slither through the gap and strike at you with a scythe made of razored-bone. It's maw spills black fire which it also attacks you with, alternating betweent the two to try and catch you off-guard.
Ahead of you and behind the Daemon your brothers continue to fight, another has fallen with his head missing. But further ahead of them you see a knot of Iron Knights fighting against a pack of winged Daemons made of bone, you have seen Kathartes before and know how deadly they are. And at the centre of the Iron Knights is Krixus Orison
, battling against a Karthate nearly twice his size. The Daemon battles against you and several Crimson Fists that stand by your side, you could leave them to slay this monstrosity while you move to support your cousin before he and his marines are lost to the shrieking Daemon flight, but if you do that you would be abandoning your Chapter brothers to an enemy that they may not be able to defeat on their own, but the Iron Knights may be mauled if someone does not come to their aid. Trust that the Iron Knights will be fine and kill this monster with your brothers? Or trust the skills of your brothers and go to support your cousins in battle?
Marcus Alexander Helstrom
: The entire gathering breaks into bedlam as Chaos invades the holy ground of your home-vessel. The rage you feel is palpalble, the Great Enemy dares to soil the Phalanx with their unclean presence. Your Imperial Fists, being on the periphery of the room, are still in formation and are firing into the crowd, picking their shots. But they are separated from the larger group and some are being picked off, you see one Imperial Fist swung into the air by a creature with arms bigger than your body and ripped apart like an insect by the brute Daemon. Do you call back your Imperial Fists to your side, giving them protection but lowering the area that they can support their cousins, or do you leave them where they are and trust that they can handle themselves.
Whatever you decide the Daemons leave you little time to dally. A group of snarling red-skinned Daemons, hooved and horned and all carrying flaming blades that drip blood assault you and the Fists standing near the stage. Bloodletters. And leading them is a mightier specimen, his horns banded in bronze and twisted on themselves, and wearing infernal armour that smokes as the blood from his horns drips onto it. His blade burns black as he raises it towards you and spits a challenge in his guttural tongue, you do not need to understand it to know it is a challenge. You could meet this creature's challenge head on and show it that the Imperial Fist will not be cowed, but ahead you can see a knot of Celestial Lions fighting hard against a group of Daemons made of pure warpfire. Your acquaintance Solomon Feunand
is there fighting against a Daemon whose very presence is melting the adamantium floor of the Phalanx. You could get to him, but if you fight this champion then the opportunity will be lost. Support your brother and snipe the Daemon with your stalker-bolter, or uphold the honour of the Fists and meet it with Xiphos in your hand?
: Your sword rings clear of it's scabbard as you leap into the fight, your fellow Iron Knights bellowing war-cries into the vicious melee that has erupted in front of you. Several Daemons fall to your blade as your Chapter strike faster than any other, but still some Iron Knights fall with their limbs severed and their blood splattering all over their brothers armour. A brother in front of you decapitates a Daemon and in an instant is crushed as a great skeletal Daemon that looks like a cross between a bird and a dragon lands on him, it's bulk turning the Iron Knight into a broken corpse. It roars at you and attacks, it's brethren dropping from the sky to attack you and your brethren.
Before this creature can attack you it is smashed out of the way by another, much larger specimen. This Daemon is nearly twice your size and appears to want you for itself, it attacks without any hesitation, swiping it's razor-sharp claws at you and trying to pierce your defense. Your brothers create a circle to hold back any interlopers but few Daemons appear to be trying, the other skeletal Daemons seem just as eager to keep this duel between the two of you. Fight this monster and destroy him, before your brothers are overwhelmed by the increasingly bad odds arrayed against you.
: Your brothers hiss as the Daemons of Chaos erupt into existence all around you. One Daemon leaps at you but your whip takes it's head off before it can land a blow, but this does not deter the others who rush you and your brothers and quickly embroil you in a brutal close-quarters fight. A brother Excoriator tries to reach you but is skewered on the end of a talon attached to a great Daemonic spider creature, the human sticking out of it's neck from the waist up hisses at you and draws a sword made of chitin. Swarms of tinier spiders assault your brethren who valiant fight to hold them back from supporting their broodfather, who attacks you as soon as the eight eyes of the spider-thing narrow on you.
The creature moves fast and in a jittery fashion, jinking from one spot to the next in quick leaps to try and make you miss with your whip, so it can strike once you have made your blow and it can dart in. It appears to want you to make the first move so that it can respond, a cowardly tactic fitting of a Daemon but it gives you the chance to score a strong blow right away, if you can figure out a way to battle such a creature. Your brothers are fighting and dying to give you this chance to slay this unholy champion, make sure their sacrifice is a worthy one and destroy this abomination.
: The both of you quickly move back-to-back as the Daemons burst into the vast chamber. No Chapter brothers stand here to support or protect you, giving the Daemons a clear path to both of you, and your blades. Gibbering monsters assault the both of you but you both work together to fight, your differing combat styles supporting one-another as the Daemons try to break you both apart so that they can swarm each of you as an island among a sea of degenerates. Many Daemons fall before your blades, each one horrific and almost unique in features when compared to the rest of the forces arrayed against you both, but all of them emanate the same aura of suffering and sadism. Other Astartes are too busy fighting for their own lives to come to your aid, and even if they tried it is doubtful they would be able to get through the ranks of the Daemonic that have blocked you both off.
Suddenly the Daemons part like an ocean, allowing a behemoth the size of three Space Marines to step through. It's skin is scaled and covered in slime, the nest of tentacles that is growing from it's back and waving around behind it spray the slime all over the area you are both in. It's three eyes glare down at you from an almost bird like head, it's hooved feet leaving imprints in the floor and the spindly multi-jointed arms that fall to the floor tense, talons burst from the finger-stubs and covering the floor in light-blue blood. It howls and attacks the both of you, the Daemons surrounding you both content to simply watch as this Champion of the Warp murders the two of you and claims your souls for whichever of the Dark Pantheon it serves. End it and and make these Daemons realise their folly.
: The Daemonic attack on your brethren happens so quickly that it seems only a microsecond has passed between the creature above opening the tear and the furry monstrosity with four arms in front of you trying to open you up with a blood-soaked blade in each scaled hand. Your Celestial Lions battle ferociously at your side, killing Daemons with every strike of their weapons but each kill is a drop in the ocean, that is quickly replaced by two more. One of your brothers falls in front of you, his arms torn from their sockets and a dog-like Daemon savaging his throat. He is dead before anyone can do anything. The four-armed thing in front of you feels your rage as you hack it to pieces, but before you can move to support your brothers something much different steps in your way.
The Daemon is literally made of fire. Fire that changes colour every second and each part of the Daemon is another colour, a head that juts from a neckless body roars at you while it's arms split into flaming tendrils that lash at you. The floor, made of adamantium, is melting wherever this creature stands, and it's very presence makes the air hazy and clouds everything around you. The creature starts moving closer to you, it's tendrils lashing and reforming into claws which it slashes at you with, only for it's arms to break apart against as you try to counter. It is trying to back you against your brothers, where no doubt it's attacks will hit something if not you. You must find a way to kill this abomination before it is close enough for it's attacks to hit your brothers if it misses you.
[And the update is here. Apologies for the length of time but exams over the last week and revision over the last three meant I was busier than normal. But that's done with for njow and we can get back to the Blood of Dorn. Hope you all enjoy the chance to get some fighting in, you are all capable of killing your opponents in one post but i'd like it to be a detailed fight. Each of your opponents is unique so it should give you good material for the fight, especially those of you who can move to support another; so you've got to decide whether or not to help someone else or focus on the fight yourself, and if you do help then your all going to have to work together on your fights and discuss your posts so that you can avoid stepping on each other's toes here. Again hope you all enjoy this one.]