Chapter 18 continued Battle and escape
new chapter! yaaa.
very action orinted this one,
The bolters rattled and the heavy bolter roared and each round flayed many a Gaunt, but still they came one. The Ultramarine had fought this war before, on Iracon, Jordine, and on Macragge it self, and they had payed for the battles in blood. Fabian bolter swept up and down the the front of the swarm each bullet slayed a target.
Then his bolter stopped, clicked once, he was out. Quickly he dropped the bolter, extended his lighting claws, and drew a bolt pistol, just in time to spear the first Hormagaunt that lept over the pile of rock of the hastily assembled firring line. As more spilled foreword he claw swinging back and forth on autopilot he spoke into his radio, “we need aid or evac is eather available?”
the ground shock instect drove him to jump to the side as Trygon emerged from were he stood. The thing turn slightly and discharged a bolt of energy at a Predator Annihilator. Stunning it, the best turn on Fabian he stood back up when his radio spoke “aid is here.” “were are you.” looking around all he could here was the roar and dint of battle, nothing different to suggest that anything new was there.
From the tree line Agemman looked down his scope, right down the eye of the Trygon, “one shot, one kill,” he muttered
over the dint of battle Fabian heard the sharp crack of the 65 caliber, special issue custom Exitus Rifle firing a turbo-penetrator. And saw the impact, it blew a hole in the thick carapace the beast recoiled from it but it was not dead,
Agemman was annoyed, it was not dead, yanking the heavy slide back, he had 4 more rounds in the 5 round clip, “if not one shot one kill, then 5 shots will do.”
once more the crack rang out, and another and another. In quick sensation 4 more shots hit the same spot, the beast roared once, then fell dead as a bullet finally hit it brain, tumbled, ripped the gray matter to pudding.
Fabian stumbled back form the falling beast then a heavy bolter rang out turning he saw a marine in purple armor, ceasing fire he turned to Fabian “we are your aid.” jumping over down from a bolder that was part of the wall he went beside him “you?” Fabian looked him over, he was big, and held the heavy bolter like it was part of his arm but that was it for merits on eye inspection. “me.” reaching to his head set he turned his radio on “this is Mackivelia commence operation.” nothing happened, “what operation.” Mich smiled “we will destroy the synapse beasts need for control.”
“and you can do this how?” Mich pointed at the Trygon “that was Agemman and hes not are oldest member. Just are best shot.” as if to make the point another 5 cracks rang out each one slaying something big by the screams.
Mich did not wait for reply he vaulted the wall and set to work with his heavy bolter single handly breaking the back of a whole attack wave. Swinging back and forth the tracers lit up in a gaze of death were it swung broken body followed behind it. As the front of the wave fell dead those behind began to trip over them only to be cut down in turn.
Else were Kell was holding off a swarm of nids with Aeorum
his bolter roaring and Kells bolt pistols snaping, “my counts up to 220 you?” “hump. Don't care.” “fine be that way.” but he had a smile on his face. Turning quickly he shot down a gene stealer that had snuck though the jungle, twisting Kell spoke “this is all well and good but we have yet to kill a Synapse beast, and are ammo will run out.”
nodding Aeorum yelled over the hoard “indeed, lets move, ready?” flipping a pistol to his belt he pulled out a power sword “shall we?” Aeorum just pulled the massive 300 round drum out and slapped a new one in place and jumped into the hoard, spraying it with 300 rounds of Hellfire, Kell close behind. Each round of the magizan killed something and any who strayed got sliced by the sword of Kell each blow perfect and deadly. A Warrior a head of them saw them coming and under the Influence of the four axe Tyrant attacked.
Aeorum, first sprayed the hoard in front of him to clear a space then on full auto as he had been on for the whole battle and sprayed, a arm broke off, then it head melted by the acid. Turning he had a sneer on his face “that how you do it Kell.” the sneer dryed up when he saw Kell standing atop his own warrior, that one had it claws shot off by a bolt pistol and a single sword blow pinning its head to the ground. “you were saying?”
else were a squad of Ultramarines meet another such Hero, Vanem, the lone wolf, unlike Kell perfect blows he used a chain sword that howled and screamed he was a whirling storm of death, 3 gaunts lept over the wall, only to be thrown back over by the force the knifes had struck them with.
Roaring he cut a Gaunt in half only for a new beast to stride before him, a Tervigon. Hissing it released a flood of Termagaunts, as the Ultramarines sent bolter round to hit it Vanem lept the wall, and started sliceing though the hoard. He many a gaunt was cut in twain. When he got to the Tervigon he grabbed a leg, worms pattering off his armor, as it had the whole charge.
Raising his sword he stabbed it into his back for grip and then one handed started throwing envenomed knifes from the staps on along his arms and legs at it as fast as he could, about 1 per second, the thing started bucking and roaring, then it shuddered as the knives, which had been rubbed in the slime of a Venomthrope, sent the poison that coated them though it body. Hopping off he slid his sword out of it body, turned to the Ultramarine and said “you going to help?”
though out the battle field Squad Indomitable may them selfs felt at Fabians command the Ultramarines surged froward the Hive Tyrant was about to join the fight, when the Hive spoke to it, it had had enough, enough bio mass had been lost fall back, the Tyrant bellowed and took a step foreword only to have it body unwillingly taken from it. It was forced to walk away while it sprite raged against the hive, it wanted to kill.
Lazerian pushed though the last small tree and got to the clearing, landers were there with waiting death claws. The Traitor guardsmen who waited had already dug in there heavy weapons. As the Choas Marines entered the clearing Lazerian was approached by his 4th in command, Captain Vandis “did you secure the artifact my lord?” he nodded “good, but we can't leave just yet.” “why?”
Lazerian due to his demi-daemon nature had a temper like a Blood Letter but he never focused it on his loyal followers as that tended to make them less loyal, still he knew by the tone that if this was his fault then the anger would turn on him.
Captain Vandal spoke “if we took off now there Thunderhawks would shoot us down that we landed at all was due to the luck. We need to deal with them first.”
Lazerian hissed slightly then thought about it. “did you bring a summoning crystal?” Vandis smiled and pulled it out of his belt “I chose one filled with flyer's, you like?” plucking it from his grip Lazerian smiled as well “I do.”
the Valkyries of the new Yothen 1st spec op flew low and fast over the jungle, Philip looked out over the, now concluded battle the Ultramarines had fought, yelling over the jets he spoke to Colonel Auburn “thats a hell of a fight down there, do they need a hand?” “no,” he yelled back “were setting down in a clearing near were the chaos marines were headed were cut them off there.”
nodding Philip looked out the door, a few minutes later they passed over the clearing. For a few seconds he saw the it all, the positions, the landers, the dread claws the marines everything. Then the traitors opened up, as one Heavy Stubber's filled the air tracers the bullets pinged and zinged off the Valkyrie. Then one hit a engine.
The Valkyrie went into a wild spin. Philip hanged on tightly to a railing they hit the forest hard jerking and shuddering, luckily it did not fall into the forest, it had landed atop the trees. When it stopped they were a good 40 feet off the ground. In the silence of the moment Philip heard his heart beat clearly, standing up he check him self over, arms, legs, chest he was intact.
“lucky thing right Auburn?” turning he stopped Auburn was not lucky, he had a tree branch pining him to the side of the Valkyrie, he was dead. He stopped for a moment and then made the mark of the eagle out of respect, then leaned out of the crashed Valkyrie at the now circling ones, radio was down but he pointed at one and made gestures telling it to let the troops off, they were a good 20 meters from the Heretics, good enough they got the message and soon rappelling cables unfurled.
Philip nodded and then he and the survivors loosed there own cables and went to the forest floor.
Vandis was caught off guard by the Valkyries after a moment of sputtering he found his voice and pointed with his power fist clad arm “what are you waiting for you sister (of battle) lovering Idiots, light em up!”
he watched as one of them crashed he then pointed to two of his most seasoned sargent, “you, and you rally your squads out of what ever drug induced stoper there in this time,” one of them was dedicated to Slaanesh “and find out if any one survived and if so kill them, quickly and come back if more troops are deployed fall send a runner back and were reinforce you.” the two nodded and gathered there squads and moved though the forest.
On the floor Philips shot gun swung back and forth like a hunting dog, seeking a scent. His command squad landed followed soon after by troops dropped by the Valkyries, all told about 60 of them. His platoons moved though the forest quietly. Then they ran into the traitors
Philip meet them first seeing the forms in the shadow he spoke the code word “Imperal,” he waited for the word glory telling him there were friendly, instead they opened fire. There bolters chattered though the forest cutting up leaves like a salad, Philip went to ground behind a slight dip due to a tree root and opened fire.
his shot gun sent a heavy 15 gage slug though the forest hitting one of them and smashed into his Carapace armor, the old thing shattered sending splinters of ceramic slicing though him killing him. Soon the wood echoed to the fire of bolters and the hiss of lasgun. The sheer disparity of fire power drove them back and they routed back to the clearing.
As guardsmen chased them into the open area with out cover they were sliced down by heavy bolters and Stubbers pointing down from AA duty. And they to fell back into the forest.
A marine chuckled “that should teach them.” Lazerian turned him “fool! A guard army with out Artillery is like tell a Berserker not to kill you new slave! If we don't leave this world soon we will likely be shelled out of existence!”
he then turned back the crystal in one deft move he shattered it and sprayed the dust though the air and he spoke words filled with the power of choas (if I wrote them down I would drive you insane)
the crystals threw a rainbow pattern though the air, but the dust motes soon grew larger and each shard turned into a a multi colored manta ray, Screamers. At a unheard command they flew out in random directions.
Philip heard a scream and looked up and saw the daemons, a guardsmen asked, “what are those?” “I don't know.” Philip replied. He then turned to his radio operator report to command that UFO have been spotted no ID use caution.” then he pointed to a pair of snipers, the heaviest weapon in the Yothen arsenal “climb the trees and see if we can snipe a few off.”
“incoming radio signal.” “play it.” Elliot said, “this is Imperial guard force Saber, UFOs have been spotted no ID use caution.” he responded “concern noted we are moving to engage the Heretics have you made contact?” in his mind something bugged Elliot why was he not informed of the Guards presence?
“yes contact has been made one Valkyrie was shot down, 5 dead then we made contact with the heretics main force.” “can you tell what the forces were?” “yes, heavy AA though all of that lighter pieces Heavy Stubber, many guardsmen unknown number, plus what ever Chaos Marines joined with them. We try to snipe a few dozen off.”
“Good,, Alpha wolf, Lordling, (Honor guard member Helon in charge of strike team beta) Fabian did you read Saber?” “this is Alpha wolf read 10-2.” “Lordling read 10-1 but understandable.” “this is Fabian, whats all this 10ing about?”
before Elliot could educate him on the code words his codex left out his Thunder hawk shock “we lost engine 1,, now two prep for crash landing.” now were did this ring a bell? Oh ya just before he meet Gawain,, were where the sister now that he thought about it?” but not here or now.
Thunderhawks have little wing surface area so next to no glide path. With out engines they fell like bricks, since space marines were so tough they almost always survived still,,
the Thunderhawk crash and unlike the Valkyrie smash though the top layer of the trees and fell to the forest floor leveling trees in its path. Until it hit a titan of tree, a 432 year old redwood with a 3 meeter radius. The Thunderhawk hit it side on and shattered in two the two half spun like top and only the super human strength of the marines kept them in. After hitting and splintering a few more trees the both stopped the silence that followed lasted for only a moment before bolters rattle shattered it followed by heavy bolters roar.
After walking out the hole made by the shattered hawk and looked up he found out why. The air was thick with Screamers he joined in, cursing his choice of a Multi melta, still when he did hit one it tend to be instantly fried he activated his radio. “this is Chronus were under heavy deamon attack, Icon 10 was downed. Need Evac!” “this is strike force Beta we saw you go down we come to assist.
While the Imperials were districted by the screamers Lazerian Dreadclaws and Landers took off. Philip watched them and sighed “tell HQ what happened, were go into the clearing and await pick up.”
in orbit the imperial fleets caught up in fighting the hive fleet got a rude awakening. From no were the cruiser Blood storm emerged, shattering the dead hive ship the Blood storm set upon the nearest target, a Lunar.
The heavily moddifed Battle Cruiser lunched a salvo of torpedoes, used the recoil to spin presenting it other flank then fired another broadside, all in less then 30 seconds. The Lunar shields sputtered and broke the first wave only for the second to tear it asunder. Massive gaps were carved into it by the torpedoes. Its void shield shot sparks and energy as techprest tried to calm it.
On board Admiral,(as he demanded on being called)Romula Horner was coordinating the attack. “she down, fire port weapon battery's and another half salvo of torpedoes.” the ship shuddered “Admiral, cruisers inbound.” he looked at a the scanner and saw two cruisers moving at her at flank speed
“I see, fire prow missiles.” the ship swung around pointing at each cruiser for a half second, time to lunch a missile at each incoming ship and it kept turning to a new heading. “assume orbit, prep docking bay but do not open doors.”
The two missile steamed closer to the target, at a range of a thousand miles the missile split in half. The first half of each fired a secondary rocket speeding them ahead. At a range of 5 miles the first missile (the ones closest to the target) detonated.
Suddenly 120 megatons of atomic fire lit up the void. Due to the stand off blast no damage was done, in deep space there no air, no shock wave, there heat and radiation but no force. But the EMP hit the ships shorting shields and disable counter battery systems, so the second missile could hit. They hit the front of the ship, and dug in, then detonated.
Once more a blast 120 megatons strong echoed in the void, in side each ship massive blasts fire 3,000 degree fire raced down the ships hall ways and hanger bays, then it was all sucked back out a moment latter. The blast twisted and bent the metal like it was tinfoil venting the burning and the ash of the crew into orbit. When the after glow faded each ship was now spinning slowly in space, the prows ripped off, vaporised in the explosion.
“hits Admiral, both ships down.” he nodded “to bad we only have 10, or rather 8 of them, on board.”
most of the Imperial fleet was tied up with the Hive Fleet. So when the chaos ground forces arrived there was no opposition.
When Lazerian arrived on the command deck he had a grin on his face. “Romula you been holding out of me, I had no idea you could wreak such wanton destruction under 4 minutes.” “it was the Blood Storm not me sir, you did retrofitted her so it was you who did it not I.” “It was me wasn't it?” then dead serous “fire up the warp drive and get out of here.”
“yes sir, all hand,” he spoke into a intercom now “prepare for warp jump on my mark.”he looked at a watch on her wrist counting down the number of seconds it would take, only 25. “Mark.”
The Battle Cruiser Art of War in orbit was steaming toward Blood Storm the captain was trying to put more power into it “hurry or there,” suddenly a red cloud shooting lighting and energy emerged in front of it. It was slowly pulled toward it until it touched it then it suddenly shot into it. The cloud closing behind it.
“damn it.” was the most printable of the obscenity the captain hissed that day. Then he spoke to the raido opratior “get me in touch with command Lazerian got away.”
PS if i screwed up in the orbital part of the chapter tell me i put it down here to keep from spoiling stuff