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The Scouring of Arajo

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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.


"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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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.'
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.
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.
Alexious looked around at the third floor.
Just like the other two below.
He saw Brast and another trooper enter the right hand hab, leaving the left hand one to Alexious and the other three people around him.
'Ok guys, this is one creepy looking place, lets see what the hell is in here,' Alexious said as he approached the door, it was slightly damaged as if someone had already been in here and had lazily swung the door closed.
Alexious prepared to open the door when he heard the noises of the other members of the squad investigating the floor below.
Must be a really thin floor in here, these habs are basically sound proof
Alexious then opened the door and raised his lasgun. The room was nearly pitch black, it took Alexious a good couple of seconds for his eyes to ajust and then he continued walking.
This would be the perfect place to set a trap.
Alexious heard the yells and stopped moving.
'Holy crap what the Emperor is going on,' Alexious thought as he brought his Lasgun up to his shoulder, the floodlight illuminating the area around him, he looked really closely at the floor in front of him and saw that it wasn't actually a floor, it was just a cloth.
'Guys, are there any more traps in the room,' he yelled as he stood stock still and surveyed the area around him.
Alexious very softly crept out of the room and threw himself out of the door.
'Wow, that was close, next time, remind me to scope out the room before going in,' he said as regained his composure.
"What were you and the girl talking about before anyway Alexious?" he heard Tine say.
'The normal, how we got into the Guard, why and what we wanna do,' he replied, trying to keep his eys aimed down the barrel of his Lasgun.
As the squad cleared the last rooms and left Alexious filed out beside a member of the squad who he had yet to talk to.

'Bloody big Habs aren't they,' he said, trying to make conversation as they crossed the open ground, it was sparse, no vegetation in sight, it was almost as if the Habs had been dropped from the sky and expected to flourish wherever they landed. It was nothing like home. Alexious found himself grasping at his knife through the sheath, almost as if touching the blade would transport him home.
Unfortunately it didn't.

As they entered he decided to take point behind Serpio, he looked at the door and it looked fairly boarded in, he didn't say anything, looks were decieving.
But when Serpio kicked the door and it didn't budge Alexious couldn't help but give a deep chuckle.
When he heard of Serpios idea to cut the door open Alexious touched Serpio on the shoulder.
'Mate, you aint gonna make yourself feel better by cutting the door open, we better find another way in.'
Alexious stomped up the stairs, all sense of subtletly lost.
He saw the door, not much diferent from all the others, it was just a door though, he gave no second thought to his actions as he but his boot into the door, breaking the door open and he scanned the room with his lasgun while the trooper behind him panned his Flamer around.
'Just be sure not to set me on fire with that thing,' Alexious said, remembering all the stories of guardsmen getting set on fire from their own Flamer Guardsmen.
He saw the body and cursed, he didn't know whether it was a hostile or not so he walked towards it, he leaned down to examine the persons features and saw it was a woman, who looked like she had a star...
...The woman was near him in an instant, he was lucky he had turned to speak to Melak as he would've had his throat slit if he didn't. He jumped even further back, only to find a wall there, he abandonned all sense of Guardsmen stand and shoot tactics then and there. He dropped his lasgun and drew his knife, holding it backhand like he was taught, he leapt forward and the two blades clashed, the blade was rust and wasn't as sharp as his, but it was still a knife none the less.
He fought a hard battle with the woman and was just getting the upper hand when he saw a shadow move behind Melak.
Alexious turned his attention to the shadow and called a hurried warning to his squad mate.
'Melak, behind...' Alexious never got to finish as a fist knocked him to the ground with a punch to the face, Alexious tasted blood, he had split his lip and his nose was bleeding.
'Bloody good punch,' Alexious thought as he staggered to his feet and prepared himself to fight once more.
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Alexious was about to launch himself at the figure, he saw the glint of metal, meaning only one thing.
He had a weapon...
...Alexious tried to bring himself to miss the shot but in the end he found he had turned his body in sauch a way that the pellets glanced into him, most of them reflecting off his flak armour, one lodged into his arm and he grunted in pain as he was thrown backwards by the blast and into Melak who had a knife implanted in his flak Armour.
Alexious grunted in pain as he rolled onto his back, his vision was blurry on the edges and he swore his ears were full of water.
He lifted himself to his feet to see the flamer rig, he turned away from it.
'Better let the special weapons trooper deal with it,' Thought Alexious as he dived back towards the figure, knife in hand and a battlecry on his lips.
Alexious threw a punch at the brute, the man caught it and twisted, nearly snapping Alexious' hand off, but he pulled his hand out of his glove before he could and jabbed his knife into teh mans gut, he saw blood and felt a warm trickle of blood run down his hand but the man was completely oblivious to it and kept rushing at him.
Alexious heard Melak yell something but his voice was soft and blubbery, it sounded like he was losing alot of blood.
At teh last second Alexious caught the meaning of the words and snatched his glove back from the Giant and rolled away.
Alexious gave himself a mental slap in the face for grabbing his glove back, it was a stupid move, he could've grabbed it latter yet he felt he had to act the smart arse and grab it back before the enemy died.
But now most of his arm was burned and tender because of his smart arsery.
He bent down to examine Melaks knife wound when Tabitha arrived and gave Melak a slap and wrenched the knife out without any hesitation.
She then turned to Alexious and gave his some painkillers. After taking them Alexious slipped his glove back on.
"Gonna be some scarring, and using that hand will cause you pain sooner than later; gonna need to fix you up better back at base." She said.
'Don't worry, I'm fine,' said Alexious almost dreamily. Throne these painkillers felt good.
Alexious went to stand and instantly felt a bit groggy, Melak helped him up.
"sorry for the burns, I owe you one", Melak said.
Alexious shook his head, 'Nah, it was my fault for being a smart arse and grabbing my glove back, but meh, we all make mistakes.'

They got down to the rest of the squad and Alexious said nothing while they were ordered out of the building and out into the daylight.
Alexious kept his finger on the trigger of his lasgun as they walked out. And just when he was about to slack off he heard a gunshot and the sound of punctured flesh.
Before any order was given Alexious dived behind the nearest cover, a burning pile of rubble and stuck his lasgun over the top, ready to shoot anyone who got too close.
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Alexious arrived at the not burnt out vehicle and swung his lasgun around the side and let rip, he couldn't see anything but that didn't matter. He kept firing until he ran out of charges.
'Emperor damn it, why did I join the Guard,' he said to no-one in particular with a strong humour undertone.
He swung back around the vehicle and reloaded with a quick flick of the hand.
He then swung back around the vehicle and emptied the clip, trying to draw the enemies attention and giving the others a chance to get to some worthwhile cover.
Alexious saw the twentyish zombies heading for his squadmates.
'Zombies, what out,' Alexious yelled as he fired at the Zombies approaching them, rolling from cover and heading towards his squad mates.
He emptied his pack into them and only managed to "kill" two and wound some others, not that they felt it.
'Emperor Damn it!' Alexious yelled as he plucked a grenade from his belt and lobbed it at the slowly approaching Zombies.
The blast caught three and knocked them from their feet and confused a few more.
But in seconds the remaining eighteen of the zombies were still coming at him and his squad mates.
'For the love of the Emperor, just die,' Said Alexious as he slammed a fresh power-pack into his lasgun.
Alexious raised his lasgun and fired off some more shots. they hit various zombies but did nothing that wouldn't stop it getting back up.
He went to shoot again but instead of seeing zombies all he saw was a slew of burning red laser blasts engulf the mob, like a wave does the shore.
Alexious readied his lasgun for whatever caused the death of those plauge zombies, only to see a pair of armoured forms walk towards them.
'Finally, something good for us,' Alexious said, slinging his lasgun over his arm.
Alexious crept into another building, he raised his lasgun and looked around a corner.
He saw a figure creep up the stairs.
A Zombie?
A survivor?
Alexious had to find out, Creeping up the stairs with all the caution he could muster, which wasn't much, he finally arrived a a thin door, made of very weak wood. Alexious heard something squeak behind it.

And with that Alexious kicked the door down and looked around, seeing nothing he lowered his lasgun, only for a creature to scurry across the ground...

...Only a rat.
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