Wednesday, 29 June 2011
The Kill Team descended to Castiel once more. This blighted planet finds itself under the thumb of the Emperors Children. The main mining facility turned into some form of arms depot.
The kill team touched down on the landing pad. Inside overseers offices were coated in blood, no living humans were detected. A slaughter had happened the men of the facility not standing a chance.
The only way to progress through the mines was by way of large lift systems that the team were more than wary of. Descending into the mine they found themselves in a large storage area, where minerals, ore and refined armour plates were packed and shipped out. Mortis detected shadows on the Auspex, after determining that they were alone the team continued finding a storage room with 5 trapped workers inside.
The miners were scared and cowering at the sight of the Battle Brothers. Whimpering about not wanting to die or be taken by the others, but not making much sense. Brothers Mortis, Darnial and Magron ignored the situation and set to work on the next set of lift doors. Brother Claton tried to probe the mind of one of the humans, but ended up delving to far causing the workers brain to hemorrhage. Brothers Claton and Marcus wanted to just let the workers flee, they were no threat, but Brothers Ansum and Zaharial believed that having been near such corruption or being possible heretics that the miners should die.
A standoff occurred, the 4 Brothers argued with each other. Brother Ansum made to swing his Power Sword at the miners before Claton stepped in and with the help of Marcus pinned him against the wall. Zaharial kept his cool and made no move. Believing to have calmed Ansum down he was released though Marcus kept his Bolt Pistol trained upon him. Marcus fired a warning shot at the floor in front of Ansum as he charged again, ignoring it Ansum slaughtered the workers much to the disgust of some of his Brothers.
On the next level the team met their first opposition and took part in a running engagement through some buildings fighting off Chaos Marines. The team killed them with Bolter, blade and psychic flame. Brother Magron also tried to operate a forklift truck to which he destroyed the controls beneath his power armoured gloves. The next lift down bore a pair of terminators which immediately charged the Kill Team. The Terminators were ultimately destroyed but nearly at the price of Brother Mortis' legs, I believe he is annoyed at how his flesh failed him.
On the lowest level the team headed through into a refinery. Liquid metal filled several large vats within the room. Enemy Chaos Marines in power armour defended the room from ground level and from gantries above. The kill team, through well placed Bolter fire and Ansum charging up onto the gantries, broke the enemy and pushed them back. Knowing the fight was lost an enemy Astartes blew one of the vats. Most of the kill team avoided the spill of liquid hot metal, Brother Darnial was not so swift and the armour plate on the legs of his errant armour began to melt away.
After clearing the room the team managed to infiltrate the next area where an enemy Tech Marine was working upon sarcophagi to be fitted into Dreadnoughts and Defilers. The follower of the Dark Mechanicum and his coterie of Heavy Bolter Servitors proved little match for the team.
The enemy's plan was uncovered, using the mining facility to suit their own needs and constructing engines of war suitable for daemonic possession. By this point Brother Librarian Claton could sense the strong psychic presence that had been in his mind all along. Going the only way possible, deeper into the rock the team come upon a ritual in process.
A deep pit, with sacrificed corpses layering the bottom, took up a large portion of the room. Chained above it was a Defiler, an engine of Chaos, with an enemy Sorcerer performing a ritual of summoning whilst guarded by yet more of his heretical kin. A battle ensued. The Defiler could not be harmed by the teams conventional weaponry, nor could the Sorcerer. The Defiler due to its armoured hide, the Sorcerer due to a conjured field of energy.
Dispatching the Emperors Children proved easier. Brother Claton attacked the Sorcerer with a psychic lance, penetrating the conjured field. The strain of using his power in close proximity to the summoning caused the Librarian to collapse as he felt his power drained (in reality he nearly summoned a daemon price but used fate to dodge that bad boy). The sorcerer was cut down by the team as Power weapons were also found to penetrate the Sorcerer's shield, at the same time the rest of the team were cutting the chains to dump the awakening Defiler in the pit, before dropping every remaining explosive charge down on top of it.
Clearing the area quickly and extracting back to the Strike Cruiser we must now deliberate on Castiel's fate.
Has the planet fallen to far?
Is the populace corrupt?
Have they seen to much?
Can we risk a lingering taint?---
Monday, 27 June 2011
Kill Team Epsilon's composition has changed since we started and characters have advanced a little. So here they are.
- Brother Magron. Tactical Marine of the Raven Guard. Magron's skills lie in his natural ability to command and his aptitude at stealth. Magron prefers to shoot the enemy from afar and calls things exactly how he sees them. In addition to a Tactical Marines standard wargear Magron has proved himself enough to acquire himself a Stalker-Pattern Boltgun.
- Brother Darnial. Tactical Marine of the Imperial Fists. Darnial's skills lie in his ability to spot enemy weaknesses in every situation. Darnial prefers to have fortified his position before spraying Bolter fire from behind it. In addition to his standard wargear Darnial tends to carry a significant amount of Kraken Rounds for his Bolter.
- Brother Zaharial. Apothecary of the Shadow Hunters (Dark Angels successor). Zaharial has an unparalleled ability to heal, analyse and create chemical compounds. Despite his abilities to heal, Zaharial appears to have no qualms about slaughtering unarmed civilians. In addition to his standard wargear Zaharial also requisitions thinning agents allowing him to drug humans.
- Brother Claton. Librarian or the Death Paladins (Blood Angels successor). Claton has great power, but restrains himself in all but the direst of circumstances. Claton believes in preserving the lives of innocents and has almost come to violence on several occasions with his fellow brothers. Brother Claton's ancient Force Weapon takes the shape of a long sword, and has recently mastered a psychic lance power.
- Brother Mortis. Techmarine of the Night Reapers (Ultramarines successor). Mortis has developed a cold analytical mind, as do most who favour the Mechanicum. Mortis has raised himself above petty arguments and rivalries, focusing on the mission at hand and how he can better his weaker organic parts. In addition Brother Mortis has been working on reconsecrating a Storm Bolter which he has been allowed to keep.
- Brother Marcus. Devastator of the Steel Wings (Ultramarines successor). Marcus is an ever stoic presence in the team. Marcus excels at ranged assault, wielding his Heavy Bolter with deadly efficiency. When Marcus chooses a side in a disagreement, others calm themselves and think about their actions not wishing to end up in his gun sights.
- Brother Ansum. Assault Marine of the Black Templars. Ansum is zealous just like the rest of his kind. Any hint of a taint or corruption and he will attempt to end it in the swiftest, most brutal way possible. Ansum often clashes with the rest of the team forcing confrontations, mostly when dealing with seemingly innocent civilians he is still convinced of a taint. Brother Asum has proven himself and been allowed to carry a Power Sword into battle with him.
The kill team faces many challenges. Not least of all stopping themselves from tearing each other apart. Their differences are many, but their cause is ultimately the same. To purge the Xenos.
Sunday, 26 June 2011
En route to Castiel. Progress was slow our vessel having taken damage from the enemy cruiser. Brother Magron and Ansum have both fully recovered from their wounds of the two previous missions.
Rescued Battle Brother Alus of the Nova Marines is recovering well under the expertise of Brother Zahariel. Apothecary Zahariel has also assisted Brother Mortis to install an Augur Array.
Having proven themselves Brothers Magron and Ansum are able to request new items of personal wargear. Brother Magron receives a Stalker Pattern Boltgun and Brother Ansum receives a Power Sword.
Records taken from the Chaos Cruiser Ecstasy's Blade show that the Emperors Children were using the primary mining complex as some form of arms plant. We arrive at Castiel in 8 Terran hours, upon which point the team will deploy and investigate the mining facility. Once the heretics plans have been uncovered the team must decide upon Castiel's fate.---
Brother Magron was redone, no longer a Dark Angel but a Raven Guard.
---Ship Captain Brastus Mission Report
Upon retrieving the Kill Team from Castiel a Cruiser was detected emerging from the dark side of Castiels moon. The ship was detected to be a Chaos Cruiser of the Emperors Children. The cruiser outclassed our own in fire power, so a plan was formulated to use boarding torpedoes taking the vessel from within. Brother Zaharial was occupied with treating Brother Alus.
Upon making a swift pass boarding torpedoes were launched under the cover of fire from our broadside guns. The Kill Team deployed finding a console and locating their exact position. The decision is made that their first port of call should be the engineerium to disable the warp drives.
Heading down largely unguarded corridors until a long stretch where a servitor waits at the end. Heavy Bolter fire poured down the corridor as the team ducked back around the corner. Brother Ansum attempted to take the problem head on, gunning his jump pack, but misjudged the height of the corridor and bounced off the ceiling before slamming into the floor and sliding to a halt being peppered with fire. The rest of the team step in at Ansums 'distraction' and take the servitor apart with accurate fire.
The team make it to the Engineerium and breach the doors. Inside there was little opposition other than human workers, heretics and an Emperors Children over seeing everything. Ignoring the opposition Brother Mortis headed straight to the consoles. Brother Ansum took to the overhead walkways to reach the heretics above. The rest of the team fanned out and slaughtered all opposition with precision, then swiftly secured the area with Brother Darnials expertise. The drives and life support systems were disabled by Brother Mortis and the team moved on.
Heading to the other end of the cruiser towards the bridge. The team faced an emplacement at a sort of crossroads of corridors. A pair of Heavy Bolter emplacements keep the Kill Teams heads down, while Brother Magron doubled back and came at the emplacement from the side, using a Frag grenade and a few well placed shots the well organised defenses were turned to shambles and the team pulled the defenses apart.
Reaching the final bulkhead door before the bridge the team found their path blocked by three Emperors Children in Tactical Dreadnought Armour. The enemy Terminators began raking fire across the Brothers of the Kill Team. The team expended all but one of their Melta-bombs at this point as they threw them as best they could at the Terminators. The Melta-bombs combined with the Sound Strike Missile Launcher that Brother Magron saw fit to bring along devastated the Terminators. Force fields overcharged, armour split open and blood leaking the enemy were then swiftly dispatched by precision fire from the team.
Breaching the bulkhead door to the bridge proved difficult first a hole was blown in it which required opening up using Brother Mortis' Servo-Arm. Once inside the bridge the human crew were swiftly dispatched, leaving a few enemy Marines and the Captain in Terminator armour. The Chaos Marines proved troublesome as one armed with a Plasma Gun very nearly killed Brother Magron, his arm very close to being lost to the over heated plasma. Brother Marcus raising his Heavy Bolter let loose a devastating fusillade of fire, completely pulverising the enemy Captain, whose Iron Halo failed to deflect a single round.
With the bridge secured and forces on route to cleanse the rest of the ship the teams mission was done and extraction followed.---
Thursday, 16 June 2011
Wednesday, 15 June 2011
--- Arriving at the city the team establishes it's presence and after talking to the Governor splits up to visit all seats of power within the city; PDF complex, Administratum building, Arbites Building and the Chapel.
After investigation at all these points, and Brother Mortis interfacing with Administratum consoles, the kill team discover 'expeditions' authorised by the Governor have been entering and leaving the city. Upon discovering this the team return to the Governors Palace where Brother Claton tries to skim read the Governors mind. The Governor reacts immediately signalling a group of men to join him, Brother Claton's powers instantly diminish.
At a dead end and not wanting to go to war against the entire city, the squad settles into quarters in the PDF facility. From which the team split to apply themselves to various tasks. Brother Magron breaks into the officers quarters and finds a lead back to the Administratum.
The team convene and head to the Administratum building, entering through a loading ramp down to a cargo area underneath the building. The metal shutters to the cargo bay nearly found itself at the wrong end of a melta bomb until the team decided they might be able to lift it... Which they did.
Searching among the general clutter and supplies, the team find a metal strong box, which again nearly gets torn in half before someone decides Brother Mortis should pick the lock. Which he does. Inside is the helm of missing Battle Brother Alus. Further searching of the building shows a map to a cave system outside the city. Taking a few of the Cargo 8's the Kill Team get underway.
Disembarking the team disperse into formation, while Brothers Magron and Zaharial approach the sentries stealthily, one manages to get off a harmless burst of las-fire before being dispatched. With noise already made, certain members of the kill team feel anyone inside may have been alerted. Brother Ansum sprints through the cave tunnels, passing heretical glyphs on the walls as he goes, the rest of the kill team following.
Ansum bursts into a large chamber to find himself suddenly opposed. A group of men fanned out around the entrance and a heavy weapon emplacement. Ansum finds himself hammered backwards by bolter fire and battle ensues. The leader is eventually captured for interrogation, but spouts nothing but heretical nonsense. Brothers Magron and Mortis try to stop it, but Brother Ansum takes the heretics head, ending him.
To continue the hunt for Brother Alus, Magron risks his purity and tries to glean knowledge by consuming a portion of the heretics brain. The only way to go was back to the Governors palace and demand an explanation for this heresy.
Arriving at the palace the kill team decide they are past the point of the subtle approach and set melta charges to the palace doors to blow their way in (the doors were unlocked)... The squad then manages to divert the palace guard to an 'attack' happening at the gates. Entering the Governors state rooms they look through the side rooms. One room resembles a torture chamber, Brother Alus upon a slab hardly breathing. Brother Zaharial attends to him at once.
The Governor appears spouting his allegiance to the dark gods, all brothers poise to fire their weapons upon him......
*Boom* The retort of a single bolt shell.
The governors torso turns to mist, but not one of the Deathwatch members had fired. From the other side of the chamber 3 Chaos Marines in the livery of the Emperors Children approach.
2 Heretic Marines fall to concentrated efforts of disciplined bolter fire. Brother Ansum his zeal taking over challenges the champion to one-on-one combat. Brother Ansum's best efforts are proven to not be enough as he is beaten back, his right arm hanging useless by his side as the heretics power sword cuts through his muscles. At this point Ansums brothers will not see him fall and step in taking down the champion of Slannesh with righteous fury.
The team take Brother Ansum, set charges in the palace to destroy any lingering trace of heresy still in the palace. Brother Claton locates the Pariah that was blocking his link to the warp earlier. The team claim the rare human as a prize. Withdrawing from the palace, boarding their stolen cargo 8's the team are chased by palace guard as they discover their Governor dead. Mortis blows the charges as they pull away, the building coming down on their pursuers.
The team rendezvous with their Thunderhawk outside the city and extract with the pariah and their grievously wounded brother.---
Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Entering Kill Team Epsilon's Mission Log
Kill Team Epsilon were called into the strategium of Watch Fortress Erioch where i briefed them.
Our watch station on the planet of Castiel had failed to report in. The watch station is located in the hills near the city of Casus. Manned by a single vigilant Brother, Alus of the Novamarines. The watch Station was a bunker with automated defences. The teams task was to assess the situation and secure the watch station.
After a journey on the Ctrike Cruiser 'Spear Of Fury' and then a descent via Thunderhawk down to the planet Castiel, Squad Magron Disembarked on the plains lying between the hills and the city. Wasting no time the Kill Team ascend through the hills, soon coming upon the one approach to the Watch Station. Blood pools and tyre tracks mark the ground. Shell cases and power packs left where they fell in the dirt. But no bodies were located.
The Watch Station had come under heavy fire its surfaces blemished with impact craters, it's door wrenched inwards and the automated turrets dry or destroyed. Inside more blood, more spent rounds and a groove marking the floor where something heavy had been dragged out. Brother Alus is nowhere to be seen. Consoles flicker a door sealed towards the rear of the bunker.
Squad Magron disperses and takes up positions around the bunker. Battle Brother Mortis immediately walks over to the electronic key pad and attempts to open the door. Failing to open the door, Mortis acts out in uncharacteristic frustration and uses his servo arm to begin pounding at the surrounding wall deciding to smash his way into the room beyond, rather than continue to try the keypad. After a few minites of taking down the wall the room is in fact Brother Alus' personal quarters, and contains no further information.
The consoles inside the station reveal little, so the Kill Team decide to investigate the nearby city. As they exit the Station a group of men round the far corner. Brother Magron shouts to them, asking them to hold and what their intent was. The men heedless of the threat they faced charged the squad.
Las rounds splashed harmlessly off the armour of the Kill Team, and in return each cut down swathes of guardsmen with bolter and chainsword. The combat was short lived, Brother Ansum the only one at risk as he chose not to don his helm. When the men dwindled in number they began to flee, several brothers making a bid to grab one of the men for questioning, others using their pistols to finish off the last few men.
Brother Magron and Zahariel begin to interrogate the lone survivor. Question leads no where as Magron breaks bones and Zahariel intermitently relives pain to keep him concious. After interrogation leads nowhere Brother Claton skim reads his mind learning little of value.
With little information the team headed to Casus City, hoping to find the source of hostilities and ultimately Brother Alus.---
Sunday, 12 June 2011
---Watch Captain Servais. Authorisation Gamma 653284---
---Hereby follows details of Kill Team Epsilon, currently operating as Kill Team Magron.
- Designated Squad Leader; Battle Brother Magron, Tactical Marine of the Dark Angels. Magron is a charismatic, natural leader. I believe secrets of his past still haunt him today. Magron has a difficult task ahead in bringing this team together.
- Battle Brother Ansum, Assault Marine of the Black Templar's. Ansum is as hot headed as it comes, his zeal needs to be channeled as a weapon. He disdains the use of his helmet, preferring to look his enemy in the eye and duel them one-to-one.
- Battle Brother Claton, Librarian of the Death Paladins (Blood Angels Successor). Claton is a skilled psyker, showing great control. His preferred power allows him to channel waves of psychic flame upon his enemies.
- Battle Brother Marcus, Devastator of the Steel Wings (Ultramarines Successor). Marcus is unrelenting with his personalised Heavy Bolter. He is ever proud in his duty to cleanse the taint of Xenos and Heretic alike. In addition he carries a genetic trait of pale blue skin which he has yet to reveal to his fellow brothers.
- Battle Brother Zahariel, Apothecary of the Shadow Hunters (Dark Angels Successor). Zahariel dedicates all he does to the Emperor. He appears to be a model battle brother, though the roots of the Dark Angels secrecy still lies within him.
- Battle Brother Mortis, Techmarine of the Night Reapers (Ultramarines Successor). Mortis is calm, cold and calculating as you would expect from a disciple of the Mechanicum. Like all techmarines he possesses a servo arm. In addition he has an array of Mechandrites.
Some of the team have already taken part in the cleansing of Baraban. Where despite success Brother Ansum required extensive treatment in the Apothecarian after a Tau Commander nearly took off his arm with a plasma blast.
This full team will first meet tomorrow. By which point if we have still received no word From Watch Station 852XA2, I believe their first mission should be to investigate and secure the Station.