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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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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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"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."
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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As Tine and his fellow squadies trudge up the stairs to get to the third floor the new Lieutenant grabbed Tabitha for something on the second floor. When they reached the third floor Tine saw Sergeant Brast and one other clearing the right side of the hab. Alexious walked over to the left side to a door that was still somewhat open. When Alexious went through first Tine was behind him eyes taking a long time to adjust to the near complete darkness of the room.

"Troopers moving on the third floor on the left side, don't go into the room. Stay in the corridor."

Tine hears this as he is about to follow Alexious in to the room. "Alexious stop moving now!" Tine snaps at him hoping to avoid the whatever scared the squadies on th seond floor.
"Alexious, Serpio I think we should just walk back the way we came in and move on to the next door," Tine says calmly after his outburst to stop Alexious moving forward, "What were you and the girl talking about before anyway Alexious?"

Tine walks carefully backwards to the corridor and takes up a general defence stance lasgun up against his shoulder and pointed down the hallway. Greeeaaat traps set by someone unknown. Question is, was it set for us? or the zombies? Tine thinks to himself, I hope we don't see anymore surprises today, but thats unlikely though.
When they had finished clearing the first hab Tine slung his lasgun on his shoulder for a second and grabbed his canteen to clear his mouth of any vomit that remained. After taking a sip he swished it around before spitting it out and ataking a long swallow of water. I hope theres no more traps or surprises left in the next couple of habs. Tine thinks to himself.

'Bloody big Habs aren't they,' Tine hears Alexious say.

"Exactly but then again so are the ones in the cities at home Alexious," Tine responds to his question as they make thier way to the next hab. When they get there Serpio trys to kick open the door and fails. Tine hears Alexious chuckle and joins him for a second.

“One of you,” he said,” set your Lasgun to low and lets cut our way through the door………………………….” says Serpio.

"Lets not do anything rash Serp, there might be a survivor behind there and even on low they could still be killed. Why don't we all just kick at the same time instead?" Tine says to everyone.
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