As the Court finished gathering, and all the visitors had taken their place, all eyes were turned towards the primary platform. Maechu`s apprentice warlocks were all present, but the farseer himself had not yet arrived. Nor was the assigned Autarch present. A low murmuring began, it was unusual for such important officials to be this late. A few of the exarchs began to exchange nervous glances, aggression was their nature and this business of having nothing to focus themselves upon was discomforting.
'I wonder what`s going on...' Orlath muttered from the rear platform. A few warriors spared him a glance, doing their best not to pay any heed to the larrakin ranger beside him.
The pilot sect seemed similarly disturbed. Though they were not as tempered as the warrior exarchs, they maintained enough discipline however to keep such concerns silent. It was a full further five minutes before Maechu finally emerged onto the platform, alongside the Autarch Eldranna
. Eldranna was a lithe figure bearing the black and bone armor of the craftworld. She carried her helmet under one arm and the Hawk wings at her back were furled to avoid impaling the seer beside her.
As impressive as these two were, it was the figure accompanying them that drew the most attention.
'Mon-Keigh!' Jolinaar hissed, only to be swiftly silenced by a glare from Eldranna. There was silence as the farseer raised his hands and began to speak.
'The Great Enemy has shown their hand and the time to strike approaches. The human world of Calleth is falling under siege, and we must make all effort we can to keep it from falling. The Imperium maintains a strong presence here, but their strength is insufficient to the task. As such, we must lend our might where it is needed most and ensure that the forces of Chaos are driven back and exterminated.'
He paused, before lowering his hand and stepping back, allowing Eldranna to step forth.
'We have contacted the Imperium and given our warnings. By the grace of Khaine, they have agreed to prepare their defenses. However, they are not aware of our coming involvement save for a few, and in the interest of keeping on good terms for the foreseeable future, we have agreed to be as covert in our operation as we possibly can. This is Inquisitor Jacob Mykyas. He will act as our liaison and ensure that our peoples do not meet. Understand however, that the enemy`s defeat takes priority over this arrangement, and should Human forces prove insufficient to the task at hand, we will intervene.'
She spares a glance at the human ambassador, and he nods understandingly. Eldranna nods in thanks before continuing.
'The focus of the battle is to intercept a convoy that will reinforce their primary staging zone. Their landing zone is too well entrenched to attack directly, but once they begin to travel they must traverse an expanse of jungle terrain to reach the Imperial Strongpoint. If we can starve them of reinforcements for a few days, it will give Imperial forces enough breathing space to prepare a counterattack and drive Chaos from this world. If necessary, we will assist at this stage as well. Once the forces of Chaos are in retreat, we will pursue their fleet and wipe them out before they can contact more of their filthy kind.'
At this point, Maechu stepped forward again and looked at each of the exarchs in turn. He then turned his gaze to the rangers.
'The task will fall to you to meet the convoy when they have entered the jungle. Pick off as many of the leaders as you can and withdraw. While they are in disarray, the warhost will move in. Our Scorpion and Spider aspects will meet them in the flanks while the Banshees and Fire Dragons meet them head on. We will then have our Hawk and Spear aspects deliver death from above while the Reapers ensure the destruction of any who attempt to retreat. There can be no mistakes. Our guardians and Spirit host will be in reserve, ready to redeploy as needed. Are we all clear on the task at hand? This will be the first of many raids in this campaign, and we cannot afford casualties this early.'
He pans his gaze across all of you, then turns and leaves. His warlock council follows him out before Eldranna and the inquisitor leave as well.
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All: This will be a fairly simple update. You will react to the events described above before your exarch/Orlath/Maechu leads from the chamber back to your temple/hangar/dome to prepare for combat. You may express your opinion regarding the collaboration with the Imperium, you may ask any questions of your respective leaders regarding your tasks, and you may see to any pre-battle rituals you may have.
After this, your respective leaders will lead you to the main Webway port to await deployment instructions.