I have added in the two new players. This is another long update but there is a lot going on here. As always, PM me if you have any questions or concerns. Thank you for sticking with it despite the slow pace. I am still enjoying writing for it. I know my RPs can be pretty demanding, time-wise, but some of these characters are really starting to shine, I think.
You step back into the flame filled ruins of the building you passed through, mostly uncontested bar some shots reflected by your Refractor Shield or hitting your armor. You turn to make your way through it, noticing several of Shabran’s scorched World Eaters, likely those not lost to the Nails, stop in their tracks or finish off their last foe without a care, staring over the distance of the ornamental plaza. You pick up on the uncharacteristic nature of this, and turn around to see the cause of it.
It’s as if a warhammer strikes you in the chest. Your eyes sharpen to pinpricks and you feel the closest thing an Astartes can to feel to fear: panic.
At the opposite edge of the plaza, a monstrous figure garbed in gore-soaked gold, and weilding two massive chain axes, cuts into view. The Red Angel. Angron.
The cityscape behind him becomes speckled with white-armored warriors as they clamber through the ruins, following their Primarch’s lead. The Sons of Horus take a supporting role, filing into the bombed out defense lines slithering over the plaza, and letting the World Eaters push by.
You make to retreat, but notice Shabran Darr still fighting against a band of Sons.
You know you must at least try. He is clearly too valuable to simply leave behind, as nearly any ally is, at this point. Your job for this post, is to convince a World Eater… to retreat.
He will come back to his senses, the bite of the Nails fading after killing over a dozen Cthonians. So, you can at least speak to him. I will speak for him, though.
Sebastian, Kyros, and Tyrus:
Bolt shells hammered the World Eater's Shield, and battered his feet. A dozen or so Death Guard had propped themselves up from the ruins and fell in behind him as he moved forward, some with shields of their own, pulling them over their heads and onto their arms.
The Mechanicus Magos had rejoined the line, adding more plasma fire to the already fatal air. His Thallax warriors quickly became the main fire support for the spear tip.
Morturg directed the few heavy weapon Marines he had left toward the sky, missiles launching upward toward the rocking, cloud-concealed stormbird. As the transport vessel attempts an evasive maneuver, a powerful gust of wind from the storm throws it into the side of a skyscraper. A wrenching metal sound and screeching whine cuts through the battle. The ship does not fall, but the bright spotlights lighting up the street quickly disappear as the pilot disengages.
Kyros’s shield finally gives in, simply not able to take any more punishment. Huge swathes of it are blasted away, leaving a mangled scrap of metal left in in the Sergeant’s hand. Two Deathguard beside him are cut down. One of which trips up the Marine behind him, causing a bloody hole to be blown into the top of his helmet.
Sons of Horus ahead are dropping as well. Bolts of lighting and mutli-lasers streaking into their positions.
Kyros casts the ruined shield away, raising his battle axe high, coming up to the first Son of Horus to charge out of cover at him. Faster than the eye could see, his axe slices down between the neck and collarbone of the Traitor, whose chainsword then weakly connects with Kyros’s side armor as he falls.
With the lines now met, Sebastian and Darius, who had been running up behind, make a break for the weapon battery. Sebastian makes aim to fire at the two Sons of Horus manning the Rapier beside the Rhino, but sees them blown apart just before pulling the trigger. Though they fall to the ground in pieces, the Rapier fires again, apparently set on autopilot so the drivers could join the fight…
Sebastian the front and sides are too well armored for an effective bolter attempt. With no more opposition between you and it, you make your way to the Rapier. The very moment you plunge your blade into its control system, you find Akkad Krateron standing beside you. A half dozen Luna wolves following suit.
Shortly after, another Son of Horus emerges from the back of the Rhino. All guns are aimed at him immediately, the air tense. The only thing that saves this Marine is the bright green lining from everyone’s HUD. One named Xaren, from the Sons of Horus Tenth Company. One of Captain Loken's.
detail the post with his perspective of the described events, and then continue his action from where I left off, meeting with Krateron, the newcomer, and the rest.
Kyros finishes off the last of the Traitors, and moves up to Sebastian and Krateron’s position, meeting them, leaving Morturgs’ bunch to regather themselves for a moment. Detail this for your post, and follow up with any conversation that may be started by the rest.
Tyrus, you are among the Deathguard who are ordered to join Kyros in the charge. In your post, detail the charge from his perspective, his thoughts on the World Eater leading it if he has any, and the battle at hand. End with a description of the melee once the lines meet. You may kill a couple Sons of Horus Legionaries, but no more than that.
Somehow, you were separated from the rest of Hellebore and all of tenth Company in the chaos that was the First Wave. And somehow, you survived the virus bombing and the firestorm that followed. You had been wandering aimlessly, for all intents and purposes until A vox message was finally able to cut through. It was Captain Torgaddon (this is froma few updates back if you wish to read it) explaining that there were other survivors and to head to the Precentor’s Palace if possible, also noting that limited Vox communication was possible and makeshift friend or foe tags were up. Moving in what you believed to be the right direction you eventually came upon the sound of battle.
Moving in with caution, you follow the lights of what must be an enemy stormbird’s lights toward the warzone. You turn your head around the corner of a hellish street to find dozens of Sons of Horus being deployed from a Rhino Transport and the Stormbird, some of them setting up a Rapier las-battery. These are the first Traitor forces you have seen so far. Some of them go down the street perpendicular, moving out of sight, and the rest go down the opposite direction in a battle with what appears to be mostly Death Guard. You likely find it odd that a group of Death Guard have come so far from the Western battlements.
As you sneak your way along the street and the rubble strewn throughout, you decide you need to add your own weight to this fight as the stormbird is knocked aside and forced to flee. You make your way into the Rhino transport through one of its still-open side doors. You find two Sons of Horus within. One is operating a Vox unit and the other is standing guard; likely the pilot. Kill both of them however you see fit.
The sounds of gunfire will have subsided by then, for the most part. Exiting the back of the vehicle, you will find a multitude of weapons instantly trained on you, the only thing that stops them from obliterating you is the thin green outline around you on their HUDs indicating you as ‘friendly’. These Marines are the players above, Sebastian, Kyros, Krateron and the NPCs (non-player characters) with them. Move to meet with them.
You can include as much detail as you want regarding his response to the betrayal and his journey through the Choral City to this point. From there, guide us through the events laid out above through Xaren’s perspective. Remember, his thoughts are important as well as his actions.
You rise from your kill. But the real threats still remain, and no plan to address them has been made through the emotions wrought by Dillinger’s first delicious taste of vengeance. Snap shots are made toward the Rapier as Dillinger, Vultus, and yourself move back into cover. More Sons of Horus move up the street to fill their dead brothers’ emptied position.
While fighting hard against this new wave, you notice missile-fire streak through the air, hitting the already unstable Stormbird above. As it tries to evade further damage, a powerful gust of storm-wind nudges it into the skyscraper beside it. A wrenching metal sound and screeching whine cuts through the battle. The ship does not fall, but the bright spotlights lighting up the street quickly disappear as the pilot disengages. You also hear the sounds of weapons almost certainly not being used by Astartes. Rapid fire cracks of las-weaponry and snaps of lightning..unless the storm above has moved to street level…
What must have been the majority of Traitor reinforcements from the stormbird moved to engage this other threat, leaving the seven of you less than a full squad’s worth of Sons to deal with.
After defeating them, all that remains ahead is the Rapier and its two pilots, the spotter and driver. With no allies in front of them again, they are sure to let loose with the weapon once more. Gretivalus fires upon its position with his heavy bolter. Its armored front holds up with minimal damage, but the spotter and driver are blown to pieces behind it.
Believing the path now clear, Dillinger begins to move forward. Vultus is the first one to move, charging out of cover into the middle of the street with the Banner of Second Company raised high and proud, a roaring battle cry on his lips.
Despite Gretivalus’s success...the Rapier fires.
Decius Vultus becomes fully eclipsed within the blazing light. Even within the beam, his eclipsed form could be seen still running forward as his body was forever erased from head to toe. His armor, body, and banner evaporating into nothingness. It was as if he ran straight into the light of the Emperor upon his death, and all that remained of him was his battle cry, Echoing through the ruins of the Choral City, and a scorched shred of his banner, now lost to the wind.
Apparently just in time before their deaths, the Traitors placed the weapon-battery on its limited auto-pilot mode. The Six of you left know that if you hesitate, it will fire again, and so sprint to its position. Just as you reach the Rapier, you find a familiar purple-clad warrior’s sword already plunged into it.
Decurian Sebastian Aurellian, alive after all, and Darius too, behind him.
A small army of Death Guard, Thallax of all things, and even a lone World Eater are present in the background, still moving up the street.
A clank of armor is heard and another Son of Horus emerges from the rear of the Rhino, caught by surprise. You may recognize him, but you wouldn’t have been the first to fire anyway. The rest, bring their weapons down at seeing him tagged as friendly. It is Legionary Xaren Lurghad. A Cthonian-born. One of Captain Loken’s.
You can never be prepared for the unexpected
Last edited by unxpekted22; 06-03-15 at 01:12 PM.