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Across the galaxy the Imperium of Man fights wars on every front, few of those worse than against the greenskin menace of the Orks. Not to be taken lightly in any number, when enough Orks gather they inevitably form what is known as a WAAAGH and reduce dozens of worlds to ruin. One of these WAAAGH's, led by the Ork warlord Ghazkhull Thraka, has engulfed the vitally important system of Armageddon. Located within Segmentum Solar, the Armageddon system has vital warp routes that must be protected at all costs.

It is the year 942 of M41 an while the main source of fighting is on the world of Armageddon itself, Thraka's forces had spread themselves throughout neighboring systems and further weakened imperial support throughout the region. Within the Calveus systems lies the forgeworld of Midlais, whose production of weapons and armour are vital to mans effort in pushing back the greenskins. While space superiority above Midlais is hotly contested between the Orks and imperial navy, the true war is being fought on the ground.

Arrayed against the Orks are five regiments of Cadian shock troops, two regiments of Mordian iron guard, two Narmeniam armoured regiments, elements of the Ultramarines fifth company, and a elements of the Legio Gryphonicus.

Howdy everyone, welcome to Engine Kill; my attempt to do something a bit different than many might be used to. You are members of the legio gryphonicus, the war griffons, and it is to be your job to break the back of the Orks on Midlais and return to the task at hand in throwing Thraka off Armageddon. However, though your all war griffons don't think this means your all going to be piloting your own titans.

No, in this RP you will be the crew, some of you princeps and others their moderati.

-As GM my decision is final, if you feel their is an issue then PM me. Trying to make a public spectacle of things is an easy way to ruin the fun for yourself and everyone else.

-Death is possible, and remember that its not just your life on the line should that occur.

-Each crew is a team, divided you will get nowhere.

-No godmodding, just because you think you know what is better for the story than me doesn't mean its going to fly.

-If you have questions feel free to PM me, you never know what information or allowance that may give.

-Looking for a minimum of eight sentences per action thread post.

-PM me if your unable to post for a while or need to leave, nothing gets on my bad-side worse than someone who doesn't have any courtesy.

Right now I am looking for two warhounds and a reaver, though if theres enough interest more warhound and reavers may become available.

Character sheet:
Name - [Rather self explanatory]
Age - [A warhound princeps will be between the ages of 30 and 45, a reaver princeps between 40 and 75, moderati 20 to 60 depending on titan]
Appearance - [what do you look like?]
Personality - [What are you like? Remember that the crew of a warhound can be more impulsive and rash while a reaver crew is more arrogant or reserved]
Background - [All characters are either void born or hail from the legio's forgeworld of Gryphonne IV]
Position - Princeps, left moderati, right moderati, forward moderati (reaver only)

Princeps - The main control of the titan, a player who takes the role of princeps is the one who determines the general appearance of that titan. In game he/she is the one who controls the titans movement and on occasions can take control of weapon systems. The princeps is also the only one who can communicate with other princeps. [A player taking the role of princeps gets to name the titan.]

Left moderati - Operator of the left weapons system and shielding, a player who takes the role of left moderati chooses the left weapon system. In game he/she controls the left weapon and can regulate where power is drawn to on titan. (This includes reducing power from weapons to regain shields, for example.)

Right moderati - Operator of the right weapons system and sensorium, a player who takes this role chooses the right weapon system. In game he/she controls the right weapon and the titans sensor system, it is his/her job to inform the rest of the crew of threats/danger. (Though it may not be prudent to report some things.)

Forward moderati - Operator of a reavers carapace weapon system and ground coordinator. A player who takes this role chooses the reavers carapace weapon system. In game he/she controls the carapace weapon and coordinates the objectives/orders of the skitarii forces under the reaver crews command. Skitarii forces are a total of four hundred tech guard and one hundred fifty praetorians mounted within various transports and carriers.

Warhound weapon options:
Plasma-blastgun, inferno gun, turbo-laser, vulcan mega-bolter, chainblade with integrated double autocannon or double heavy bolter array

Reaver weapon options:
Arms - powerfist with built in quad heavy bolter array, gatling blaster, laser blaster, melta cannon, volcano cannon (may not be equipped on both arms)
Carapace -apocalypse missile launcher, plasma blastgun, turbo-laser, vulcan megabolter

And I do believe that is it for now. A word of advice, you are going to be working in teams so it would likely be a good idea to team up with others and work on your characters together somewhat.

Reaver titan Auratus Salvator
Dark Angel as princeps Isabelle Acantha
Deus Mortis as moderati Elijah Dobesh
unxpekted22 as moderati Rusilay Cartillisto

Warhound titan
Nacho Libre as moderati Erinyes Persyne
Oldman78 as moderati Varben Hesh
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Awesome. Though I guess you two will need to sort between you as to who takes the left or right side.
Awesome. Though I guess you two will need to sort between you as to who takes the left or right side.
I'll go on the left seeing as oldman78 wants to go on the right.:grin:
Oops forgot to mention, what weapons are you wanting to take?.
As Darkreever said in the opener, you pick the weapons. Go with what weapon you like best, long as they're different ideally, though I can't say I'd complain if one of you picked up a vulcan mega bolter ^^

But yeah, that's the crew done, just me to get a sheet up now!
I've been looking forward to your new thread. I was disappointed the Elysians didn't take off. Unfortunately I don't know a huge amount about Titan crews and I don't know how much justice I could do it. Also I'm out of the country for another week and won't be able to put anything together until after that. However, if after that there are any crew spots left, PM me what you need and I'll try to put something together.
Hello everybody. Looks like we've got a good crowd signing up thus far. Here's my character, hope you enjoy him :victory:

Name: Elijah Dobesh

Age: 43

Appearance: Elijah has a gutter rat look to him. His dirty-blond hair is always unkempt and comes just above his collar, except for the holes trimmed away to allow the interface ports easy access, which arm maintained with a paradoxical neatness. His iris are the colour of gun metal grey, and his eyes are almost constantly in motion. His body has an unusual amount of scars for a Moderati, but with a youth like his it is hardly surprising. He intermittently has a collection of black stubble accruing around his chin, lips and neck, depending on whether or not he feels obliged to shave. Despite many years spent in comfortable resting quarters, Elijah seems to have constant dark circles under his eyes, adding to the appearance of a weary nomad he already has.

One of the most obvious features of Elijah is his bionic right forearm, ironic considering his position in Auratus Salvator. Whilst the bionic itself is obviously standard Mechanicus issue, upgraded with several additional readers and dials which pertain to his station in the Reaver Titan, it shows obvious signs of modification and tinkering. As a man he stands a modest 5’9” and his frame matches the rest of his aesthetic , weary and vaguely malnourished despite a regular healthy diet prescribed by the Mechanicus. His skin has a waxy, opaque quality to it, with his veins being very visible just under the skin.

Personality: Elijah is not a perfectionist, although you could be forgiven for thinking that. He is often found fiddling or tinkering with something or other, even if it’s his own arm. If not that then he will be running battle simulations over endlessly, or maintaining conversation with someone, often past the point of their endurance. He is a restless soul, and it has occasionally been jokes by others, mainly Rusilay, that he should have been left shackled to the Machine-Spirit of their previous Warhound. Whilst often restless, Elijah is not impulsive or rash. It is simply that he seem to be unable to comprehend or endure the feeling of being still for very long.

He has an intermittent grasp of social etiquette. He will often not understand the humour or sarcasm behind a comment often to the amusement of other crew members, particularly their Princeps given her sharp wit. His own attempts at light-heartedness can also be poorly times. He is however diligent and attentive, particularly to machines in general and to Auratus Salvator particularly. His eternal tinkering and testing has lead him to understand, better than almost anyone, precisely how far past breaking point he can push himself and the Titan. A trait that, for all his other faults, makes him an invaluable member of the Auratus Salvator’s crew.

Background: Unlike many of the crew, Elijah is a void born child. His father and mother were both Titan crew members of the Warlord Gryphonne Indomitus. For several years, while his parents left for war, Elijah was left cooing in his cot and, later, put to work as everyone on a Mechanicus vessel must be, doing simply cleaning chores. He had a natural affinity with machines even then, although such natural talent went unnoticed until his early teens. However, on the fateful eve of one battle, apparently possessed by the same restless spirit that rules him now, Elijah snuck on board Gryphonne Indomitus and promptly became lost inside is labyrinthine depths.

War, however, always demands a payment in souls and whilst Gryphonne Indomitus did not fall, both his parents were killed due to wounds the titan did sustain. He, however, survived and remained within the hulk of Gryphonne Indomitus, stealing from the emergency ration supplies kept on board for protracted wars and roaming the corridors like a rat. The war went on for many weeks, Elijah’s presence on board went largely unnoticed. The first hints of his presence were during the maintenance of Gryphonne Indomitus, when several broken or tampered with circuits were found in places where no battle damage had been reported. Those maintaining the mighty machine thought it was nothing more than general wear and tear and so, finding no source of the damage, thought nothing of it.

The next clue came during a particularly savage battle in the campaign. Orders would be given to repair certain parts of the ship that had been damaged, either by void shields over-loading or actual munitions that had gotten through the energy field, only to find that the systems had been patched up with an albeit temporary solution. No one could or would definitively say that these crude, temporary actions made a vital difference, but it is possible that if some of the systems had failed, Gryphonne Indomitus would have fallen much sooner than it did.

Finally, it was by sheer luck that members of the crew happened upon Elijah, again applying a temporary fix to a problem in the circuitry. Initially mistaking him for a saboteur, the crew fired on him. As he ran away, however, the crew noticed that he had not been trying to destroy the titan’s systems, but repair them. They had at last found their rogue mechanic. Now knowing the identity of their helper, they resolved to track him down and bring him before the Princeps.
It took several attempts to finally corner Elijah, but finally a scrawny, oil-stained teenager with most of his right forearm destroyed by electrical fire was bought before the Princeps. The Princeps scrutinized the boy, and eventuall learnt enough about him to recommend him to the Collegia Titanica for further training.

There they replaced his forearm with a sleek bionic and trained him in the art of maintaining and operating one of the Mechanicus’s God-Machines. Fortunately, Elijah’s self-learnt knowledge proved fertile soil for such seeds of knowledge to land on, and was quickly assigned as left moderati of a Warhound titan, along with one of the men he currently serves with; Rusilay.

Him and Rusilay developed a friendship with one another and served together during many notable battles, including against the Traitor Titan Legions during the most recent Black Crusade. Eventually, him and Rusilay were elevated to Auratus Salvator under the command of Princeps Isabelle. Elijah found Isabelle very agreeable as a commander, although he still struggles to know if and when she is making light humour at his expense and actively chastising him. Ultimately, Elijah is happy with his position in Auratus Salvator, although he does one day aspire to be part of, or even command, a greater vessel than this.

Position: Left moderati

Reaver weapon options: Melta cannon
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As Darkreever said in the opener, you pick the weapons. Go with what weapon you like best, long as they're different ideally, though I can't say I'd complain if one of you picked up a vulcan mega bolter ^^

But yeah, that's the crew done, just me to get a sheet up now!
I'll take the vulcan, Nachos blast gun will give plenty of anti armor unless we lock horns with something way outside our tonnage
I'll take the vulcan, Nachos blast gun will give plenty of anti armor unless we lock horns with something way outside our tonnage
In which case we'll try to have your back, I'm sure....heh.
Well this has been a considerably good turn out so far. Maybe I should throw recruitment threads up and do three double shifts at work more often.:biggrin:

unxpekted22;1720153[B said:
][/B]Rusilay Cartillisto
Rusilay looks good overall, though that bit about the Despoiler has me curious. Welcome aboard unxpekted.

Isabelle Acantha.

Should I include a description of the Titan? I wasn't clear on that part. Here's to hoping you like her!
Yes Dark Angel, as the princeps character you get to do the description of the titan; the lady Acantha is in.

Erinyes Persyne
My these spots are filling up quite fast, welcome to the battlegroup Nacho.

Varben Hesh
And another one, you guys all collaborate on these characters together so I had nothing to really nitpick on? :p

Good to have you with us Oldman.

Elijah Dobesh
I was wondering if we were ever going to get a void born character. Only thing I'm a bit iffy on is how long he spent within the innards of the titan without being discovered and removed.

That aside though, I'll let it slide and wonder if we have the entire reaver crewed up for the next few hours (the first post will be updated to show who is where when I have time tonight.)

However, if after that there are any crew spots left, PM me what you need and I'll try to put something together.
Will do Asamodai.
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I was wondering if we were ever going to get a void born character. Only thing I'm a bit iffy on is how long he spent within the innards of the titan without being discovered and removed.
If you like, I can edit it in one of two ways:

1) Elijah is older when he gets lost in the titan, so already has a measure of technical know-how and his trouble with understanding social etiquette can just be an inherent character trait rather than a result of anything.

2) Elijah gets lost at the same time, but moves between several titans over that period of time.

Let me know what you think?
Is there room for one more?
Private message dark angel. I think there is a place on a reaver titan still available.
Is there room for one more?
Yep, the reaver titan Auratus Salvator has a spot open and all three spots on the second warhound are open.

If you like, I can edit it in one of two ways:
My only real issue with it is how he managed to survive for so long on his own without being caught. When not walking most titans are locked down and guarded rather heavily.

That being said, go with change 1.
Apologies for the delay, had to drive all the way to London to pick my sister up for a surprise visit home. Will have my CS up in the next few hours!
That being said, go with change 1.

Done and done. I made it so the campaign the warlord was fighting in was a few weeks long and so Elijah only was alone for few weeks hopefully that is ok?
I noticed the Legio Gryphonicus is said to have defended against multiple black crusades. Forgot to check the time lines in regard to his age though, could be a bit out of order.
Name: Kaiden Talivera

Age: 43

Appearance: Lean, pale and predatory. Three words that would readily and accurately describe Kaiden Talivera to anyone who should ask. Standing at five foot nine, Kaiden is not particularly tall, but this does nothing to diminish his appearence or prescence. His skin is the pale, white palour, characteristic of one born in the deep void of space. His raven hair is wild, but not unkempt, still befitting that of a princeps. Almost the entire right side of his face, save his mouth, nose and chin, is covered by a gold plate, smooth and polished to a mirror sheen, it is a striking as is it distracting. His right eye is a solid shining amethyst augmetic, his remaining human eye a glacial blue. He wears a matte black reinforced bodyglove with golden piping and detailing, the badge of the Legio Gryphonicus emblazoned on his left pectoral.

Personality: As with many Warhound princeps, Kaiden is eager, impulsive and seemingly on edge and alert. Some have described in the past as wolfish or in more whispered voices feral. Constantly on the move when not in his titan, seemingly unable to stay still for any lasting measurement of time, his human eye constantly moving, taking in his surroundings and situation, potential targets and threats. There have been talks that he is too closely linked to the machine spirit of his titan, having been much more reserved and controlled before his elevation to princeps of the Rex. Kaiden himself does not believe he will ever advance to a larger titan class nor does he care, his traits making him an excellent Warhound princeps, but suitable for little else. He is comfortable in the knowledge that if this is the best way he can serve the God-Emperor of mankind, then that must be what he is intended for in this life.

Background: Born on one of the colossal transports of the Mechanicus used to transport the awesome might of the Legios, Kaiden was the result of an affair with a senior moderati and a ships officer. The opening years of his life were spent aboard the ship as it traveled to various warzones, but after his mother was killed in action, his father became ever distant and made the eventual decision to send him away to the Legios homeworld of Gryphonne IV to be inducted into the Collegia Titanica, where he was to follow in the footsteps of his mother before him, the footsteps of a titan.

He excelled in training, born to the role, titans and their warfare had been all he had ever known. Instead of nursery rhymes, he had battle reports, where other children watched holo dramas, he saw footage of war. Confident, yet reserved and cautious, Kaiden was picked out by the masters of the Legio as a new moderati to the already veteran crew of the Canis Rex. Under the watchful eye of Princeps Ullerio and his fellow Moderati Natalya Sakura, Kaiden learnt the ways of warfare from the seat of a Warhound. Learning every details of the mighty machine, every tick, nuance and vibration, he and the others became a worthy and able crew.

After over a decade of highly commended service, Ullerio informed him that he had been picked as potential successor to the venerable Princeps himself, who rumour had it, was soon to be promoted to the command of a Reaver. Before it could come to pass however, the Rex took enormous damage in battle against another engine of the lost and damned traitor Legios, the crew compartment crushed to almost fatal levels. Fatal indeed for Ullerio and Natalya. Kaiden survived, but did not emerge unscathed. The right side of his body took multiple blunt force trauma injuries. He lost most of his face on the right side, as well as his right arm and lung. The Mechanicum repaired the damage to his body and his titan. His Titan. Upon his and the Rex's recovery, he was placed in command as it's new Princeps.

He has served under Princeps Isabelle Acantha for the last six years and is comfortable under her command and confident in her abilities, her illustrious career as a Warhound princeps herself being well known to him. Whilst he now has over a decade of experience as a veteran Warhound princeps, multiple engine kills and a fine crew, the effects of his link to the Canis Rex and the circumstances that lead to his injuries have had a profound change on his character. His effectiveness in combat is unquestionable and unwavering though, and with war once again bathing the world of Armageddon in blood, he stands ready to serve the Imperium and crush it's enemies.

Position: Princeps, Warhound Class.

Titan: Canis Rex, Warhound, Mars Pattern.

Description: Painted in the colours of the Legio Gryphonica, the Rex is bold and defiant, the dappled grey contrasting with the proud yellow and gold trim of the war engine. The plasma blastgun painted with distinct black and yellow warning chevrons, as if anyone needed to be made aware of the immense leathiality of the weapon. A gold Aquilla is emblazoned on the left leg, the right bearing the sigil of the Legio.
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There we go, edited in a description of the Auratus Salvator.
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