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The Cadian gate, one of the greatest bastions of the Imperium; the stop-gap preventing the legions opf traitors and vile depredations of the realm of chaos from pouring into the realm of man. In the wake of the Despoilers thirteenth black crusade, Cadia is in ruin, after nearly ten millenia of war Abaddon and his minions finally set foot upon the world; but despite this it fights on, the people fight on against chaos.

Despite his many victories, the forces of the Imperium have managed to put a stop to Abaddon's crusade and push him back into the eye of terror, for now. In the wake of this though, the Imperium has been left reeling, countless worlds lost or destroyed; the plague fleet of Typhus, herald of Nurgle, has spread forth plague and disease that nearly overwhelmed the Imperial Navy. One of these plague, possibly the worst of all, the zombie plague, ran rampant through the systems of the Agripnaa sector, backbone of the Imperial Navy's ports within the segmentum.

As the Black Templars rush forth to reclaim the worlds taken in the wake of the black crusade, other Imperial commanders follow in their stead to reclaim the ports of Agripnaa. Even now, a vanguard of twelve regiments of the Imperial guard, a force of mechanicus vessels, and an element of Legio Magna ply the stars to the Arajo system to reclaim the ship yards and titan forge at the very heart of the system.

Eight regiments of the Imperial Guard have been committed to the reclaiming of Arajo VII, a mining world rich in materials used in the production of titan armour. It has been four days since initial planet-fall, the eight regiments splitting to take back the five space ports of Arajo VII and fanning out to search the outlying cities and mining complex's for survivors, or worse.


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"Dammit all sarge, how much longer we gonna be traveling to this place?" Trooper Jeejo complained over the rumbling and shaking of the chimera. It had been fourteen hours since fourth platoon, the hard-liners, had been sent out along with the nineteenth platoon, the scarlet bastards, to seek out survivors or enemies in the mining colony of New Porleyo. So far, the Longknives had encountered large numbers of plague zombie's, victims of the plague, along with scattered pockets of cultists propagating the plague.

"Just shut up and get ready, we're here." Sergeant Rictor Brast called down from the top hatch of the transport, dropping down to the armoured interior of the cabin. The red light of the transport made the Brontian's dark features even darker. Picking up his lasgun, Brast calmly walked to the back hatch of the vehicle, seemingly undisturbed by its movements, borne from nearly a lifetime with the 17th. "Right, so for those of you who either forgot or never bothered to pay attention, and do speak up now if thats the case 'cause I've got a treat for you later, along with squad D and a pair of squads from the bastards we get the fun of checking the hab blocks for survivors. Adding to the, Lt Cohlan has assigned his second to accompany us, so you listen to me and him and don't rut things up." He said, nodding over to cadet Eli Quint as the chimera slew to a halt and he smashed the rune to drop the back ramp, the stuffy interior of the transport dispersing to a dry cold wind of the outside. "So load up and move out you dogs, lets get this done so we can link up with the rest of the 'liners." Brast shouted as he walked out of the chimera.

Eli; your last out of the chimera, the troopers of the squad filing out ahead of you. During the ride you hadn't really said much, then again most of the troopers hadn't either; but for you it would likely be mostly due to being an outsider to the unit. You quickly make way to sergeant Brast, he wasn't terribly pleased when Cohlan assigned you to squad C for this mission, but he had been far better than some of the others in the last few days.

[Your with Brast for now as he oversee's the squad entering the first of the hab blocks; squad C has six more to check out after this, each of the squads has seven or eight hab's to check out in this section alone. Any thing you want to say to the man? Maybe wonder why he's committing the whole squad to one building when he could split it and check out two or even three at a time?]

Serpio, Tine, and Jonas; You hurry down the ramp, following the motions of Brast to the first hab block, a three story unit of gunmetal grey and devoid of any light, and possibly any life. You run up to the side of the entryway, Tine kicking in the double doors while Serpio and Jonas cover.

[Not much to see initially, small hallway ending with steps to the next level with two doors leading to the main rooms of this level. You notice the left door is slightly open, do you approach with caution? Perhaps slowly enter, or kick the door in and rush inside?]


Tabitha and Alexious, Your right behind Serpio, Tine, and Jonas as they kick in the doors and rush inside, flood-lamps at the end of lasguns casting light into the dark room. The rest of the squad files in, you move over to the first living section, each of these levels is fitted with two, for a total of six in this block before the squad can advance to the next block and do the same all over again.

[Like Serpio, Tine, and Jonas you also do not seem much in the hall, moving to the right door, one of you to each side. How do you decide to enter? Any thoughts running through your mind, or things your saying to each other?]

[Obviously not to much going on; want an idea of what you all will do. Both with not loads handed to you, and with slight stuff from me. (Thats the stuff in these brackets you'll be seeing in updates.)]
 

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Damn I hate chimeras, thought Tine, They are aways too crowded and noisy for my taste. When they arrived Sergeant Brast said they get to checkthe habs for survivors. Tine thought that was highly unlikely.

When the ramp lowered Tine was one of the first out and took up postion to breach and enter the first hab block Sgt. Brast had signalled to. Upon kicking open the double doors he brings his lasgun up to his shoulder and asdvances into the room covering every quarter and possiable enemy position that he could see. "Entry way clear," Tine calls out to his back-up, "Double door on the left open on the left stairs straight ahead," he finishes calmly.

Tine quickly moves up to the door and positions himself at the edge to try and peer in. Emperor damn it! I cant see anything in the room. thoiught Tine as he tried to scan the room without opening the door any farther. Tine then held his lasgun tight to his shulder and eased the door open with the muzzle of it. Tine finds himself in a large main room and scans it with his usaul calm. "Clear in the anteroom," Tine says to his squadmates.
 

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Another bloody Hab Block Alexious thought as the Chimera pulled up. As he sat grumbling to himself the Sarge gave the order to move out of the Chimera. Alexious grabbed his lasgun and walked out of the Chimera.

Light, proper bloody light Alexious' mind screamed as he followed Serpio Tine and Jonas towards the door, he looked around and saw how sparse the terrain was.
Nothing like home Alexious thought.
Then they arrived at the doors and Tine kicked them open.
'Guys, I can't see a bloody thing other than what is being spotted right now, damn its dark in here,' Alexious said.
Alexious then hurriedly ran in with Tabitha by his side, each giving the opposite cover.
'So Tabitha, how long have you been in the Guard,' Alexious said, attempting to make friendly conversation as they came to a door, they stood on each edge of it. giving each other cover at all times.
'Ok Tabitha, You kick the door down and I'll give you covering fire, ok.'
 

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Eli hung back with Brast, observing the movements of the troops. It was a routine sweep- there was little that he could contribute tactically at this point. That is of course until things go belly-up, which such 'routine' maneuvers had a worrying habit of doing.

He took the time to observe each of the men (and women) in the squad during the ride in the Chimera, gleaning what he could about their personalities, habits, ... chances of survival. Sure it was a little pessimistic, but he'd been taught the statistics at the academy. It was a very real possibility that one or two of these men would be dead by the end of this engagement. The campaign? Well, he'd be lucky if even he managed to scrape through that one.

Quint pegged Trooper Savales as a good soldier, loyal. He'd come in handy at the vox. Sendo had experience. If there's one member of the squad you want to have experience, it's the medic. Cas looked rough and ready, the type to be busting in heads at the first opportunity. Fortis was a smart-ass- Eli had already heard a few snide quips muttered under his breath, but as long as he kept in tongue in check around him, Quint would turn the other cheek. Eli had just about mistaken Arcanius for a servitor when they first met, but he had a reputation as a crack shot, a skill that could be readily put to use. As for Tolner...well, he didn't quite know what to make of him yet. He seemed nervous, fidgety - but who could blame him, it was his first real engagement.

Presently his thoughts strayed back to the task at hand, and turning to Sgt. Brast, Eli inquired, "What's our ETA for the rendezvous? At this pace, one hab at a time, I'm a little concerned we're going to be late for the party."
 

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Man I gotz to get me one of these Serpio thought, thinking of what everyone would think if he commanded his own Chimera. The ramp dropped and Serpio swept out with the rest of his squad, rushing inside a hab block and to the first right door.

"Entry way clear," Tine called out, "Double door on the left open on the left stairs straight ahead," he finishes calmly. Serpio followed him in, wishing that Tine wasn’t so loud. Serpio had learned long ago that this can cost you big time. He moved, covering the door and moving to the window. As he peered out, he saw a fleeting shadow, but only for a moment. Weird he thought. Then he covered Tine as he moved into a anteroom, with a door on the left and two double doors straight ahead.

"Clear in the anteroom," Tine called out, and Serpio moved past him, flattening himself against the wall next to the double doors.
 

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Tabitha felt like she was falling asleep when suddenly sergeant Brast told them to look for survivors. "I doubt there'll be any sane survivors left..." she thought to herself. She quickly checked wether all her things were properly strapped on to her. The back ramp dropped and Tabitha moved out with the rest of the squad. "Why aren't there more women with the longknives? Just one would be enough for me!" she thought as she walked after Alexious.

They entered the building and couldn't see a thing. She kept her shotgun ready at all times, while taking her floodlight out of her pocket.
While entering the room and covering each other Alexious was the first to speak up. "So Tabitha, how long have you been in the Guard?" he asked her. "Well, I joined the Longknives when I was only 16 years old. I'm 28 now, though I've spent quite some time to learn all the medical stuff. I think I've only seen about 8 or 9 years of battle, the rest is spent on training and studying to become what I am today." Tabitha answered Alexious and paused a few seconds. "What about you? And what's your reason for joining in?" she asked Alexious.

Then they got at a door. "Ok Tabitha, You kick the door down and I'll give you covering fire, ok." Alexious suggested. "Fine, on the count of 3... One... two... THREE!" Then she kicked the door open and aimed her shotgun on the opening. Ready to fire at anything that might come out or attack.
 

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Alexious heard Tabithas question.
"Well, I've been in the Guard since I was 17, I got away as early as I could, my parents were limiting everything I did, I couldn't leave the house without getting clearance, so when they started to set up a recruitment drive I joined as early as I could," Alexious then turned and looked around, scanning everything near him.
Black, everything in darkness
Then as he came back to the world he heard Tabitha talking.
"On the count of three, one... two... three" and with that she kicked open the door and immediately had her shotgun up to her shoulder, Alexious followed her lead, lasgun to his shoulder and looking down the barrel in a second.
Pitch dark, nothing but dark.
 

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"Well, I've been in the Guard since I was 17, I got away as early as I could, my parents were limiting everything I did, I couldn't leave the house without getting clearance, so when they started to set up a recruitment drive I joined as early as I could," was Alexious' answer to her question. "Could have been my answer. But I got the feeling he's trying to hide the fact he's nervous. Probably his first real mission." she thought.

Tabitha kicked the door open and all she could see was pure darkness. She looked around, with her flood-light shining brightly through the darkness...
 

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Jonas sat in the chimera thinking about if he would survive his first combat, and if that, if he would survive the whole campaign. He doubted it. Jonas was glad there was no commissar with them, he knew he was afraid and having a commissar near when afraid would not be a good combination. Jonas wondered if the rest of the squad was as nervous as him.
Then before he could do anything else the chimera stopped and the ramp opened and the squad ran out, Jonas followed Serpio and Tine to a door, following then into the room. Jonas quickly scanned the room and saw that it was just a hallway leading to a set of stairs and at the end two doors and the left one a little open.
When Tine kicked it in he was quick to cover him. Hoping that Tine was rigth when he said it was clear, Jonas followed him in.
"You sure it's clear?" Jonas asked silently so that just Tine heard it.
 

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"Well nothing's moved except our shadows Jonas," Tine said in response "So I'm fairly confident its clear."

Tine still doesn't lower his lasgun from his shoulder and continues looking around for any hostile or survivor. Man this place is a dump! Tine thinks to himself, Whoever lived here would probably die from a heart attack at the sight of it now. Tine notices a closet at the esat side of the room. "Jonas, Serpio stack up at the closet," Tine motions while saying it, "I'll open it, then you two can clear it."
 

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Tine had noticed a closet at the east side of the room. "Jonas, Serpio stack up at the closet." Serpio moved to cover the closet left side. "I'll open it," Tine continued,"then you two can clear it."

Giving him the nod, Tine pulled the closet door open. Something fell from up top, Serpio put two shots into it as it fell; automatic reflexs taking over. The item was a childs toy, a local toy car model with a small aquila that now had two smoking holes in it.

"Hahahaha," Jonas chuckled softly,"you really beat yourself to the draw their."

"Shut up," Serpio snapped at him,"your turn to cover me, ok?" He moved to the double doors on the other side of the room. "Tine take point. Jonas cover him, I'll move in once you guys clear the room." Serpio reached out and grabbed the door nob, then opened it quickly and.......................

(OOC: you guys continue it, I'll follow your lead)
 

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[Yeah, I don't know if you spoke with any of the others before doing so but don't decide their actions, be it speaking or otherwise, on your own. You don't want to find out what will happen if thats done again, no one will. Deciding the actions of others, without their consent in any way, is god modding and against the rules around here. Its all fine if you spoke with the controlling players ahead of time and worked something out but don't make that decision on the fly and expect them to cooperate. Do not reply to any of this here, if you feel the need to; just learn from it and go on.]

Alexious and Tabitha; You enter the room, back to back while others of the squad cover you from the doorway. Despite the lack of light, a quick sweep shows no one beyond yourselves; not to much of a surprise from what you'd heard from other platoons in the last few days. The room itself is mostly sparse, a kitchen in one corner, a defiled shrine to the Emperor in another with a table set in the middle. You make your way over to the opposing wall, where the refresher and bed must be, peering over you see nothing but a mess, blood coating the bed and something on the wall.

[Pan your lamp packs over the wall, its just more smeared blood like with the bed; nothing more really. Though where is the body? Complete your sweep of the hab and then proceed up to the next level, by the time you get there more of the squad will be checking the rooms, cover them. When you make your way up, you'll hear two shots go off and Brast all but jumping down the stairs, whatever happened he can deal with it, keep going up.]

Jonas, Serpio, and Tine; You enter the room only to discover it is not an antechamber but the hab itself. The room is a wreck, objects shattered on the floor, with what little furniture reduced to rubble or splinters. The shrine to the Emperor is simply gone, further inspection of the back of the hab shows the window behind the bed shattered, most of the shrine having been thrown out. The head of the shrine is on the bed itself, a ragged thing that shows signs of much of a struggle and much, much worse. In the corner, you find half a body, the other half torn away or eaten or worse.

Serpio; Your itchy trigger moment passes, as you and the others clear the room someone smacks you in the back of your head. Turning around with anger clearly on your face, you find yourself staring into the red eyes of sergeant Brast. "Ease off the trigger kid, don't need you accidentally shooting a survivor. No one's gonna be happy about that, least of all me when the squad is down a man because you got executed for stupidity. Now stop draggin your asses and move on." That last bit he yells to all of you before turning to leave and proceed back to the second level.

[Doesn't matter who you are, that sight must be sickening to at least one of you, maybe even all of you; its a half eaten human body after all, left in the corner of the hab like some garbage. Finish checking around the hab and proceed to the upper levels like the rest of the unit, second floor will likely be covered so proceed to the third floor. Serpio, that shadow you saw must have just been your eyes playing tricks on you, cause it doesn't seem like there was anything. Someone, who isn't Serpio, saw Brast come in and motioned towards Serpio for the shots fired and the toy on the ground.]

Eli; Brast turns to you and nods at your question, its a valid one. "If we find anyone, we continue through the blocks till we're done; if we get a call for help or something, then we leave before we finish. Otherwise we finish when we do kid, trying to speed things up only gonna run the risk of gettin' people killed." The sergeant says to you as he walks into the hab and proceeds up to the second floor. "We got a lot of ground to cover, all of us; we split up to try and make things go faster then there are less around in case something bad happens. The time to clear one hab with a whole squad or two with half in each won't be any different." He adds before signaling for you to stop. "Colt, your with Eli here, take the left." He says to the trooper right behind you. Before he has time to say much of anything else, you hear a pair of shots go off and Brast is down the steps and out of sight. Most of the squad is down there, just continue onward.

Eli and Dean; the left door is closed, but the door itself is bent out of shape as if something within had tried to force its way out. You try the handle, but its locked, looks like no sneaky way in, or at least no just opening the door.

[The hall your in is devoid of anything; more stairs leading further up are next to the stairs you just got off, with a shattered window opposite your position. What are your thoughts about the door? How are you going to get in? Any thoughts on what you saw below, of others entering the lower rooms; not the rooms themselves but the members of your squad entering them. What about that shot, what might that have been? Well, you know it was a las, but from who and why?]
 

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Dean moved by Sergeant Brast and Eli, lasgun stuck into his shoulder. He scanned doorways and passageways, as they passed through them. Sergeant Brast spoke with Eli, about what Eli had asked him. Personally Dean felt that it was none of his business at the moment so tried to ignore it. They ascended the stairs to the second floor, Dean still acting cautious. He signalled them to stop and Dean froze before taking a kneeling position, wondering why they had stopped.

"Colt, your with Eli here, take the left." Said Brast before two shots rang out and he disappeared back down the stairs. Dean barely got off a "Yes Sergeant!." Before he had left. He stood again and moved forward motioning for Eli to follow. Dean took a glance at the corridor in front of them. It was devoid of life. He turned back and saw the left door that Brast had been talking about. Dean could swear it almost looked like it had been bent out of shape as if something wanted to get out. He looked over at Eli, Dean was a little bit wary of Eli, an officer. "Any suggestions about how we are going to get in sir? I mean we could always try and break it down, but that wouldn't be very subtle now would it." He thought about who had fired the two las shots and why. It could have been a survivor. Or more likely it was a squad mate that had come across an unfortunate soul.
 

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Tabitha checked the room. "All clea..." She paused a few seconds "Shit!" she screamed. "Guys, check this out." She said, while she looked at the wall covered in blood. "The former owner of this blood couldn't be alive anymore. But where is the body?" she thought.

The squad sweeped some more rooms and moved on to the next floor. There already were some squads sweeping the rooms, so she decided to provide them some extra cover. While providing cover Tabitha wanted to get to know Alexious a little better. "Where are you from? And what do you aspire to become before you die? Who knows, might give me some more motivation to patch you up properly!" She asked, the last line being sarcastic.
 

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Ok, my bad, I didn't knoe if we were suppose to continue it. cool, won't happen again.


Serpio was alittle nervous, now that the Sarge had put the idea of execution into his head over shooting a toy. He looked over to the body and then at the object on the bed. Must have been the head of the shrine, he thought, wondering, poor sap musta been defending it with his life. Probably means something is nearbye, something that hates the Emporer badly.

"Hey Tine," he said quietly, "ya think some of those damn cultists did this? Something bad that hates the Emporer did this. They cannot have gone far."
 

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Tine jerks back as Serpio shoots at something in the closet bringing his own lasgun up he swings around sees nothing but a toy. Damn! Thought it was a hostile. Tine says to himself after seeing Serpio shoot a toy. Tine then moved away to clear the rest of the room when Sergeant Brast came in and said something to Serpio about shooting a toy.

"Now stop draggin your asses and move on." Sergeant Brast calls to the three of us.

Tine walks carefully to where the shrine to the God-Emperor should be noticing the broken window on the way and His head on the bed.

"Hey Tine," Serpio said quietly, "ya think some of those damn cultists did this? Something bad that hates the Emporer did this. They cannot have gone far."

"Well if thats the case your shooting would have alerted them," Tine replies a little harshly, "You would not have lasted a week in my tribe in the south polar regoins being as skittish as that."

When Tine gets to the window he cautiuosly peers out it and sees the rest of the shrine.
Damn heretics! They will pay. Tine vows to himself. When he turns around he notices the half-eaten human body. Tine imediatly turns around and hunches over as his stomach heaves the small ration he had eaten on the way here up and splatters his combat boots. Wiping his mouth with the back of his left hand Tine stands back at full height.

"Found a body here," Tine reports shakily, "It's been half eaten though but doesn't look touched for a little bit though."

Finding nothing else of interest Tine heads back to the stairs and heads up to the second floor. Noticing that other squadmates have this floor covered Tine heads to the third floor.
 

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Alexious looked at the room.
'Holy mother of the Emperor, what ever did this is gonna absolutely rip us to shreds,' he exclaimed, lasgun at the shoulder.
There was blood everywhere, all over the bed and splatter on the walls, whoevers blood this is, they can't still be aliveAlexious thought as he scanned the room before leaving.

Then he saw Tabitha bounding up the stairs and heard her talking.
"Where are you from? And what do you aspire to become before you die? Who knows, might give me some more motivation to patch you up properly!" She asked, Alexious looked at her.
'I come from the marshy area of our planet, I grew up in the marshes hunting small creatures, and my parents started to restrict my ability to do so, and to spite them I joined the Guard, best decision of my life. I aspire to be able to lead my own squad, not a commander of anything, just a sarge, nothing special, how 'bout yourself,' Alexious said.
 

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Jonas walked slowly towards the closet and opened it with Serpio, and jumped when Serpio shot something that dropped out. Jonas shouldered his lasgun and pointed it at the thing that he then saw was a toy.
"Shooting toys and scaring me, what a great start." Jonas said a little shaky.
Jonas was already nervous when they were on the way here, now he was ready to run. But tried to calm down.
"Calm down, calm down, it was just a toy, and there are more experienced people with me here today, and the Emperor protects." Jonas said in his head.
Then he turned towards the door when sergeant Brast entered the room, Jonas pointed at the toy and then on Serpio.
Jonas then turned to check the room when he heard Tine throw up. He heard something about a half eaten body and decided he did not want to look.
"Shall we continue then, I have no interest in half eaten bodies." Jonas said with a little smile, that soon disapeared when he walked away towards the next floor.
 

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"Well, you could say we have some things in common!" Tabitha answered Alexious. "I lived on a farm with my parents. I always had to help with cleaning, cooking and those kinds of things. I hated it big time and wanted things to change. When I told my parents I got scolded and they said I'd have to look for the live I wanted elsewhere. I was still 16 back then, so I didn't really know what I did want. Then I met some guys who were just recruited by the Guard. I spoke to them and that's how I ended up in the guard." Tabitha paused a few seconds. "I think I already am what I wanted to be. If I save one live I indirectly save more of them. Say you were to die if you didn't get my help. I patch you up and you shoot just one heretic. That heretic can't kill anybody else, right? Meaning I've saved multiple lives; yours and the life he couldn't kill. Of course I'd love to get a higher rank or maybe educate new medics. That'd make my life a little more certain and less stressful. But I'm fine with what I am now."
 

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"Any suggestions about how we are going to get in sir? I mean we could always try and break it down, but that wouldn't be very subtle now would it," Trooper Colt said with just a hint of bravado.

Lt. Quint stood back, analysing the door from top to bottom. Solid. Probably some sort of reinforced steel. No visible hinges - must be on the inside.

"On any other day, I'd be inclined to agree with you. But it seems we're left with little other choice. Time is of the essence. What concerns me, trooper, is that this door opens inwards. Whoever lived here would know that. So why has someone...or something, tried to force its way out?" He took a moment to let his words sink in. "Colt, on my signal, I want you to plant your boot with all the force you can muster directly under the handle. If it doesn't give the first time, do it again. Harder."

Eli spun around to the stairway, where several troopers had started to file through to the second hab on the floor. Noticing one carrying a shotgun, Eli placed a hand on their shoulder. "Trooper. You're with us. As soon as this door is open, move in, and stay left. I'll be right behind you. Colt, you bring up the rear."

Eli moved into position, lasgun at a low ready. Making eye contact with Colt, heart pounding in his chest, he gave the signal.
 
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