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post #11 of 107 (permalink) Old 07-22-11, 09:06 PM
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Requiel sat in a meditative pose, helm by his side and eyes closed. His hands were resting on his knees, and his gloves were tucked into his belt, his knuckles were white. Visions flashed through his mind, feedback from the Farseer, nothing he could interpret but enough to strain his will even more. The flow of power in the chamber was immense, he was struggling with it, despite the presence of other warlocks and seers. He bit his lip, feeling blood begin to well up, as more and more power forced it's way through him.

And then, it was over. He wiped his mouth quickly, standing along with the others. Knowing that know they had their path...

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Seers: The two of you follow Maechu from the Dome of the Crystal Seers out into a courtyard. He looks up and inhales deeply, you both sense a build up of psychic energy within him. As if by reaction, two rows of towering Wraithguard emerge from another alcove and march neatly before him. Though you hear no words spoken, it is clear that the Farseer commands them psychically as after a few moments one of them nods and leads the others up ahead at a very quickened pace due to their long legs. He then turns back and addresses you;

'Young Seers, the coming conflict will be trying on all of us, and I am afraid even the citizens of Ulthwe will be called upon to fight. Our resources are spread very thin, meaning that I need some of you to as self sufficient as you can be. The Guardians will need leadership, and the Ghost Warriors will need guidance. If any of you feel up to this task, I will ask you to consider it and inform me upon our arrival at the Crystal Dome.

Describe these events, afterward you will continue to travel by foot along the smooth wraithbone walkway leading the short distance to the War Council Chamber. You are free to converse with one another at this point. How do you feel about the choice presented to you? Do you feel up to the task of leading a guardian squad or a wraithguard unit? If so, inform Maechu when you arrive at the Council Chamber. If you are not up to this task, you will instead serve in Maechu`s retinue.

Warriors: Your various training sessions have finally concluded (Goglas, include a brief description of yours) and your respective exarchs bid you to don your armour. Once this is done, you must all make your way to the War Council Chamber in the central dome of the craftworld. Once there, you will stand to attention as the exarchs take their place on raised dais` around the centre of the vast chamber. Positions are clockwise from the Farseer`s dais; Dire Avengers, Warp Spiders, Fire Dragons, Dark Reapers, Striking Scorpions and Howling Banshees. The second circle contains the second Generation Aspects. The Shining Spears are positioned in the space between and behind the Warp Spiders and the Fire Dragons. They will be arriving a bit later.

Describe these events. You are free to converse where applicable with other players. Once all the Warriors have arrived, there is a low level of chatter between warriors as you all wait for the Farseer and the Autarch to take their places. At this point you may converse with the other aspects PC`s if you wish.

Rangers, Carane: The three of you continue your aerial competition for a short while longer, until another member of the Shining Spear squad catches up and informs the three of you that the War Council is assembling. You must land immediately, prepare yourselves and rush to the War Council Dome as fast as you can.

Carane, are you irritated that these outcasts have delayed you? You will return at once to your temple, don your armour and rush to the Council Chamber where the rest of your squad will have arrived a short time earlier than you.

Rangers, you will land and meet back up with the Corsair Orlath. He chooses the two of you to accompany him to the War Council, reasoning that you will likely be seeing to ground operations while his armada assists the greater fleet. He brings you first to a building where the Guardians of Ulthwe are armed and armoured. Fresh suits of Guardian Armour await you should you desire them, as well as facilities for stowing any weapoins you may be carrying at the time. Outcasts are forbidden from bearing weapons in the presence of the War Council. Once ready, head over to the Council Chamber and take your place. You will be positioned on a small raised dais alongside the other non warrior representatives of the craftworld, behind the assembled warriors of the Aspect Temples.


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Shelwe was breathing heavily, barely able to stand. I must finish this!
He spit on the ground and rose to his feet. Climbing to the top of the mound of human bodies, his eyes scanned the battlefield. The skull mask on his face hid the great pain and exhaustion he was feeling, while the rest of him was covered by the blood-stained bulky Aspect Armor of his temple. Spotting more human cultists in the distance he aimed his Reaper Launcher and pressed down the trigger, unleashing a barrage of tiny anti-personnel missiles at the enemy.

As he gunned them down he saw a large figure standing behind them, a chainblade in hand and twisted Power Armor seared into his skin.
A Chaos Raptor!
Shelwe stopped his fire and switched to heavier ammunition, but before he could re-aim his launcher, the marine kicked off the ground and surged upwards, landing hard next to the Eldar.
"Destroyer!" Shelwe called out, heaving his great weapon. The Raptor roared and slashed wide, breaking the Reaper gun in half. "I can already taste your blood," the marine said, mocking Shelwe. The Eldar dropped his gun and unsheathed his knife, but not soon enough to guard himself against the Raptor's blade.

Shelwe fell to the ground, a gaping wound on his chest. The marine laughed maniacally and stepped forward. He aimed his bolt pistol at Shelwe's head.

"Enough!" The sound of the Exarch's voice echoed across the battlefield. Shelwe blinked in amazement as the dirt, the blood, the wound on his chest and even his wear gear faded away. In their place appeared the familiar cold wraithbone of the craftworld.
Shelwe stood up, still breathing heavily, and straightened his robes. The clean white cloth was a stark contrast to the stained dark armor he was just wearing. Even after so many years in the Dark Reapers Temple, his psyche was still not used to the realism of the simulated battles.

The Exarch examined his warriors with a stern look in his eyes. A Dark Reaper always fought from a great distance from his foes, and this training was designed to show them their limitations in close combat. Still, Shelwe could not help feel he should have done much better. The look from his master and the roughness of his tone told him the Exarch thought the same.

"Don your armor and put on your masks, warriors," the Exarch said. "We leave for the Council Chambers."

Shelwe saluted and did as he was ordered. He felt much slower with his real armor on, which disturbed him greatly, but he felt so safe in it he couldn't help but ponder whether a chainblade could really cut through it.
Taking his Reaper Launcher in both hands, he moved closer to his Exarch, and followed him out.

They reached the War Council Chambers after a few minutes walk, seeing as their temple was the closest to the central dome. The warriors took their place and stood at attention as the Exarch moved forward to stand on his dais.

Shelwe tilted his head slightly towards one of the entrances to the Chambers, waiting to see who would arrive next.
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Drasi slowed his jet bike and angled it downwards. As he approached the ground he swung his leg off the bike and crouched low on the foot grip . As he reached the ground he kicked the stand down and leapt off the bike, watching it slow to a halt before turning to Orlath. The corsair gestured at Drasi and Svent saying “you two, with me.” Drasi nodded and followed the veteran corsair through the dome. They came to a building and Orlath went inside. Drasi followed him and saw that it was where the suits of armour were kept. He walked down the corridor till he came to his armour and, stepping into the room that contained it, proceeded to pull it on. He slipped his cloak over his shoulders. He reached down to his leg, pulling the shuriken pistol and holster there off his leg and placing them in a cabinet to one side of the room. After that he reached down to his ankle, pulling out the small dagger sheathed there and placing it in another cabinet. After that he pulled on his helmet and left the room.

He then followed Orlath out of the building to the war council’s chambers. He walked past the lines of Aspect warriors and joined the other outcasts on a dais behind the warriors alongside several none combatants. Drasi stood straight as he saw the Exarch of his old temple and he glowered inside his helmet, that was the man who was the cause of his banishment and that betrayal was still raw in the rangers mind despite the many years spent in the wilderness of space. Drasi unconsciously adopted the pose of a striking scorpion but relaxed when another ranger nudged him and pointed out what he was doing. He waited for the Autarch and Farseer to arrive with a slightly bored expression hidden beneath his helmet. He sat on the dais, adopting a meditative position. Taking off his helmet and placing it to one side he closed his eyes and breathed deeply, reflecting on his actions as he waited for the others to arrive. Hindsight was such a valuable quality he reflected…

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After putting a stop to the training, the Exarch of the Warp Spiders bid them to don their armor and follow him to the war council chambers. As he was putting on his white and green armor of Biel'tan, Jaeriel could not help the feeling of excitement that swept through him. The battle draws closer he thought as he finished armoring himself, feeling the reassuring weight of the heavy aspect armor. Grabbing his Death Spinner, he followed the Exarch and the rest of his Aspect to the Council Chambers. As they filed into the chamber, taking their place between the Dire Avengers and Fire Warriors, he felt his gaze settle on the Dark Reapers. The mantra of the Dark reapers, War is my master, Death my mistress drifted through his mind along with memories of battles past, and blood shed from his time as a Dark Reaper. Shaking away the memories, he cleared his mind and waited for the meeting of the War Council to begin.
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The Biel-tan seemingly had nothing more to say at Othuen's response. He couldnt blame him, he supposed, for what more was there to say? It was obviously the largest unit composition either of them had ever seen which meant the battle would be bigger than either of them had seen as well; and that meant certain death.

He knew why the Ulthwe fought chaos, but he was not exactly certain why Eldar from other craftworlds had come to fight as well. Sure, all Eldar despise chaos and recognize it for the evil it presents but normally most of the other craftworlds had their own business to attend to.

As they cleaned up and doubled their physical size by getting into their heavy aspect armor, Othuen asked the Biel-tan spider, "Out of curiosity, what exactly brings you here to Ulthwe? I can understand that other craftworlds wanted to feel as if they are helping us against the armies of Chaos, but what brought you here, specifically?

They had begun on their walk, about a half hour's distance from the central dome. The temple of the warp spider aspect warriors slowly getting smaller behind them with each jarring step. It was bright outside, some time during the artificial day....actually, it had been increasingly difficult for him to tell whether or not the light 'outside' was real or artificial. It was just light. What had it mattered to him anyway? He wasn't sure, for he had never lived on the soil and grass of a real world; merely lingering natural instincts he supposed. Thoughts like this always caught his interest, for despite the overwhelming age of the Eldar race, there was still just a hint of natural instinct left inside some of them.

By the time they had reached the central dome and took their seats at the war council, he hoped his Biel-tan companion had an answer for him.

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'Young Seers, the coming conflict will be trying on all of us, and I am afraid even the citizens of Ulthwe will be called upon to fight. Our resources are spread very thin, meaning that I need some of you to as self sufficient as you can be. The Guardians will need leadership, and the Ghost Warriors will need guidance. If any of you feel up to this task, I will ask you to consider it and inform me upon our arrival at the Crystal Dome.'

Requiel did not need to dwell on it long, he knew he couldn't remain in close proximity to the Farseer, the backlash of energy from the seer was just too much for him to handle, certainly in battle. However, he was accustomed to the company of a craftworlds dead. His own craftworld now made frequent use of the mighty wraith warriors and Requiel had always felt an instinctive fellowship with the inhabitants of the infinity circuit.

As they walked Requiel turned to the Warlock who walked alongside him, knowing that they would be fighting alongside each other soon he figured it would be the best time to get to know her. "I am Requiel, do you feel up to leading a squad in battle, or are you more comfortable supporting the great seer?"

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During the walk to the war council Jaeriel thought about what the Ulthwe spider asked him. Why had he volunteered to come to Ulthwe, he asked himself. As they got closer and closer to the council chambers, he began to realize that he came to fight the forces of chaos, nothing else. As they stood in the War Council, Jaeriel turned to the Ulthwe spider and said
"I came because no one else would come. The experience your craftworld has fighting those that follow the way of eight is second to none, and I wish to gain some of that knowledge from your people. My exarch suggested we send the Bahzhakhain, but the Court said no, for the council did not see it in battle here. When the Court of Biel'tan asked for volunteers, I was the first and only."

Turning away from the Ulthwe spider, Jaeriel felt slightly shamed that no others from Biel'tan volunteered. He banished the feeling, looking forward as the council assembled.
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"An excellent bout as always, Jae," he breathed. "As memory serves, we are even now."


Jae's legs finally collapsed beneath her, although she scolded herself for letting weakness show against her fellow eldar, it was a stupid mistake brought on through fatigue, she was better than that. "Five each I do believe? Though whose counting?" Finding herself strangely content with inactivity Jae longed to simply lie on the field for eternity, her every joint screaming in pain following the strenuous training regime. However, the booming voice of Jolinaar shook Jae out of her thoughts, "Only the dead have earned the right to rest!" she bellowed at the two trainees, Jae scrambled quickly to her feet, biting back the retort that threatened to come to her lips, momentarily forgetting the powerful being whom was the source of the fury directed at her. "Our apologies Exarch, we shirk our duty." Jae put on a shameful face, hoping for his own sake that Arthuin also had the right mind to do likewise.
Jolinaar looked up and down the two exhausted recruits, a grimace of distatse etched upon her face, the features of a harsh instructor and a cold warrior both. Although known for being a jovial exarch and an eldar full of camaredie, warriors from every aspect knew of her reputation as an unforgiveable teacher. Jolinaar knew what the young warriors must be going through, she knew that this was too much for them to handle, but she also knew that nothing else could prepare them for what was to come, and she had her doubts that even this would fortify them for the horrors of the coming battle, but even so, they deserved some respite from her temper." Either way, this session is now concluded.", and then turning to address the greater group of Banshees, "We are requested at the Council's chamber as representatives of our temple for the battle to come. Dismissed."

Jae jogged along the path to the chamber, her ferocious mask, and emblem of her aspect, slung under her arm. She had donned her armour quickly with the rest of the warriors, unwilling to be late for the council themselves. Turning onto the path leading to the chamber itself, Jae found Arthuin on his way to the War council as well. Thoughts of the duel had raced through Jae's head following the bout, her silly error mocking her at every corner. Although she knew that Arthuin was a truly worthy opponent and a gifted fighter. In preparation for the coming campaign, the different Banshee shrines had merged in an attempt to share their knowledge and expertise. Arthuin hailed from the Harbringer shrine, and since the first joint lesson they had kicked up a friendly competition between the two, both being near, if not at, the top of their class. The challenge thrilled Jae, finding the different techniques that Arthuin utilised in battle to be a refreshing change from the routine doctrine taught at her own shrine.

In the chamber, Jae took note of the warp spider aspects and some secluded rangers already in their positions. She also noticed the dark reapers standing on their own dais, their armour shining in the light. Shaking her head, Jae approached her own temple's area, she had long ago given up attempting to understand what possessed the Reapers to forego the glory of confronting an enemy up close and in the adrenalin fueled rush of second by second melee, and rather opt for striking their foes from so far away that one cannot even see the light fade from an opponent's eyes! However, doubt their effectiveness she did not, for such ranged forces were a necessity in battle, but the warrior's motives themselves eluded her. Turning to Arthuin she wondered what were his own thoughts, "Arthuin, I always wonder what strange emotions compell warriors to interact with the dance of combat from afar, rather than engage in the swirling mass! These dark reapers are a mystery to me, although their prowess is not, what do you think about them?" before he could answer however, Jae couldn't help but wonder about the eldar himself, "In fact, the thought occurs to me that you yourself have not yet told me your own reasons for joining our noble aspect!"
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Once the war council was reached, the Biel-tan did indeed come up with an answer for him. It was a disheartening one.

Othuen had tried to tell himself it was because the Bile-tan were likely engaged in their pursuits of warfare upon the galaxy as they often were, fighting Orks or the Imperium. But this, bah!, he should have known better.

"From now on, I know of only one Biel-tan I can rely on; and if unseen forces allow us to live beyond the coming confrontation and I some day find myself in Biel-tan's shadow I will know who to ask for. Rather, I would if I knew your name cousin. Mine is Othuen, welcome to Ulthwe'."

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