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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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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.
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.
Jonas followed the rest of the group up the stairs to the third floor and saw that sergeant Brast and some other squad members enter the right room.
That leaves the left one, I hope Serpio can keep his nerves in check and not shoot any toys this time, and I really hope I can keep calm too. Jonas thought.

He was ready to enter the room behind the others when he heard some one yell something about a trap. Jonas directly shouldered his lasgun and started to aim around.
"I see nothing, but then again it's quite dark in the room over there." Jonas said with a raised voice so that Serpio, Tine and Alexious could hear him
Jonas followed the rest of the squad to the next hab. While they were walking he looked around much more than he normally would have. Jonas did not like that they were so open, no cover near them. Jonas followed Serpio to the door and covered him when he tried to kick the door in, Jonas smiled a bit when he heard Serpios quiet yelp of pain. When Serpio suggested that they should try to cut the door in Jonas backed away a bit, letting the others make the decisions.

When Jonas heard Melak say something about the habs being big he turned towards the other hab to look at it.
"Quite big indeed, or at least bigger than most other habs I have seen, I bet we are going to see habs that are a lot larger if we live long enough. And I really want to live longer, maybe meet some nice girl" Jonas said while smiling a bit.
Jonas listened to Brast orders and started to follow him directly. Jonas took the lead with Solamon when Brast signalled for them to do so. They got to a set of 3 door, one being boarded up, so only two rooms to clear. Jonas watched as Brast walked away with Dean toward the one rooms.
Solamon told Jonas to watch his back just before he kicked to door down, even if the door looked like it would have fallen by just breathing on it.
The room they got into was more like a scene of slaughter than a room.
Jonas looked around and tried not to think to much about the stench of death.
Jonas heard some noise and directly turned around towards the door to see a cable snap, then he heard Brast yell something about getting out, but before the could react the floor fell away under them.

One second Jonas was standing, the next he was one floor further down on the floor. Solamoin was up before Jonas and so he pulled him up to stand and askin him if he was ok..
"I am ok." Jonas said to Solamon when he was standing again. Then Jonas noticed the bodies started to move. Not good, not good at all. Jonas thought fast. Jonas quickly looked for his lasgun, but could not reach it so he pulled out his Long Knife and started to move towards his lasgun, hitting some Zombies on the way. He got to it and took it but shouldered it, as he knew it was to much zombies there to use it.
Jonas then started to follow Solamon towards Brast.
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Jonas continued to hack at the zombies for a little while, and the started to shoot at them, he knew he was not the best person at aiming, but in the crowd of zombies it was not hard to hit either. Jonas noticed that the windows were boarded up when he looked around a bit more. He continued to shoot at the zombies when he noticed that Solamon lost his blade to a zombie, but then some zombies charged Jonas so he could not help him.
Somehow Jonas managed to kill two of them, but the last one had a knife all of a sudden, Jonas realised that it was Solamon's knife, but before he could do anything the zombie fell dead to the floor.
Jonas nodded quickly to thanks Solamon. Then Solamon shouted something about boards and windows so Jonas made the conclusion that he wanted out.
"Will try to!" Jonas yelled back while making his way to one of the windows and starting to try to get away some of the boards.
Jonas ripped the flak board of one of the windows and fell on his ass. He quickly noticed that it did not help very much. Solamon yelled something to him about getting up
"As fast as I can" he yelled back, Jonas then got up in time to see Brast blast a zombie to parts and shouting at them to get away from the room.
Jonas quickly made his way to the door and helped Solamon to get away the stuff in front of it, and then kick it down. Jonas ran out from the room and almost stumble on a body.
"Huh, that was not there earlier." Jonas said with a bit of surprise. Then he turned to see the rest of the squad coming down the stairs. Jonas greeted them quickly, then turned away and threw up.
"I do not like dead things." He then said a bit weakly. He then heard a shot and Brast yelling to them to get cover, Jonas then jumped to the closest cover, with Brast, Melak and Solamon. He tried to see the shooters but could not, and when Melak suggested that he could go closer to get him he was about to say something but Solamon was faster.
Jonas then turned away and tired to see the shooters again.
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As Jonas was trying to see if he could see the enemy shooters, and noticed some one standing in the window on the second floor. And that shooter aimed straight at Jonas and shoot, Jonas dodged in the last second by throwing himself out of the way.
"That was close" Jonas thought for himself when the bullet landed hit the ground very close to him. Jonas then rolled a bit more into cover and saw a bunch of figures on the other side of the hauler.
Jonas quickly estimated there to be about twenty figures there.
"We got a problem!" Jonas shouted to the rest of his squad, then he realised it was not maybe the best idea to shout. He then made his way to Brast.
"I saw about twenty figures on the other side of the hauler, not sure if they are enemy's or our own, but probably not friendly. And there is one on the second floor with some old weapon" Jonas quickly said.
Jonas threw a grenade at the shooters in the building, hoping to hit them directly. Then turning his attention towards the zombies, starting to shoot at them, without very much result, or at least not any good result.
"Die stupid things." Jonas half yelled towards no one in particular. Then he hit a zombie in the head and the zombie fell down. He continued to shoot but no other results. Then some one else started to shoo at them too, and Jonas noticed that Dean and Alexious also was shooting at the zombies. Some more zombies fell to their fire, but not enough.
"Why can't those damn zombies just go down and stay down, I do not want to die here." Jonas thought quickly while aiming for another zombie.
Jonas continued to shoot at the zombies and hoped for the best, but did not do very much.
"Damn things die!" He yelled at no one in particular. Then when he started to aim he heard a whining sound and saw a red blast engulf some of the zombies, the remaining zombies were cut down fast by similar blasts. Jonas looked around to see what had caused the blasts and saw the from of Reaper Lead and Reaper five walking towards them.
"What a nice surprise." Jonas said and then sat down to cover the fact that he was shaking quite much.
"I really hope we do not run into similar stuff in the next place, where ever we are going." Jonas thought. Then got up slowly and started to walk towards the rest of the squad.
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