Manufactorum Kappa-90

Answering a distress vox from a small supply convoy of Kiavahr PDF on Ziedos, an outlier system on the edge of the Nexus, Torovac put down near where the last call from the convoy came from. It didn’t take long find the ruins of the convoy, their were Aeldari vehicles sprinkled in with the destroyed vehicle. It appeard as if an Aeldari raiding party was responsible for the destruction. The troublesome thing was that there wasn’t any bodies – none! Not from either side, no Aeldari or humans. Torovac’s men searched the remains of the battle. There were strange readings on the auspex, bodies would show up on the HUD, but as they made their way through the swirling wisps of polluted fog. But when they got to the spot there was nothing there.

“There is something unholy happening in this place!” growled Brother Ordus.

“Manufactorum Kappa-90 is 3 klicks to the East, maybe the survivors took refuge there. Brother Ordus, take Squad Solynus and Squad Ort, head to the North end of the manufactorum. I will take the rest and head to the South end.” ordered Torovac.

Both detachments head out. Going was slow because of all the ghost signals coming in on the HUDs.

There were no bodies anywhere! Where are the bodies?“, thought Torovac. “There should be casualties somewhere! There were 30 Kiavahrian Scions along with support personnel, not to mention the xenos bodies. I can understand the xenos taking their dead, but there should be some that were missed.

Plus, if they had time to take their dead, why didn’t they take any of the cargo?” This last thought bothered Torovac. It meant that there had to have been a third party involved that killed xenos and human with equal efficiency. “But why take the bodies?” pondered Torovac.

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SD Theta-49

Shadow Force embarked on the Thunderhawk Swift Retribution for the 30 minute flight to the drop zone. The drop zone was 10 klicks from area of operation which will be traveled by foot to ensure the element of surprise. Since there were no last minute changes to the mission, the flight down was jovial, it was good to be back in the saddle again – days on the ship could be so boring. The units were talking smack as they usually do to cut what little tension there was. They agreed to a small side bet on who could kill the most enemy units once contact began. The winner would be crowned “the Reapers” until the next mission; in case units had the same number of kills, the unit that had the most close quarter kills would be deemed the winner.

The Shadow Force disembarked with practiced precision, despite that forces have only been assembled into a fighting force for a relatively short time. Umbra Redemptio was formed right after the decision was made to send a Raven Guard contingent it investigate the Nephilim Sector and the rumored Pariah Nexus. It was decided that the bulk of forces would be drawn from the 10th Company Vanguard and supporting forces from the 7th, 8th, 9th, and 1st.

Squad Rushal (Eliminators) set up at the ramp to cover the disembarkation. Squad Sorlynus (Veteran Intercessors) and Squad Tev (Intercessors) were the first on the ground setting up a perimeter, followed immediately by Squad Ort (Eradicators). Lieutenant Torovac strode down the ramp with Squad Rushal trailing while they scanned the treeline with their powerful scopes.

With Squad Rushal on point, they set out for the 10 klick trip to the are of operation. All communication from here on out would be done using Corspake, a series of hand gestures. Every battle-brother learned this before under going their first Rite of Shadow.

The trip was uneventful.

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Umbra Redemptio Mission 1 Bat Rep

Mission: Core Rules, Crusade CP2 Supply Depot

Opponent: Gnaxos the Repugnant

Shadow Force Torovac successfully beat a Death Guard force at Supply Depot Theta-49. Captain Torovac commanded his combat patrol with amazing efficiency, holding both flanks and contesting the center objective until it was destroyed.

Sgt Sorlynus’ Veteran Intercessors annihilated a 5 man squad of CSM in combat (OK, that may be a bit strong – he killed 2 on the charge and we killed 4 causing the last to run in Morale, but hey, the victor writes the history). At the same time, Sgt Ort’ Eradicators had finished off the remaining 1 CSM with bolt-pistol fire. With their only units left being the Pox Walkers holding the center objective my numbers and the Plague Surgeon moving up the center of the board, and the slow moving Lord of Contagion on our right flank (moving very slowly.

We continued to chip away at the Walkers until we could keep their numbers on the objective the same as our, there by contesting it. And Sgt Tev’s Intercessors baiting the Plague Surgeon out into the open by falling back and setting for the charge. Eventally, Sgt Sorlynus was eventually able to remove the Walkers and Sgt Ort’s Eradicators killed the Surgeon in a hail of melta fire.

Sgt Rushal’s Eliminators held the right flank, holding the objective and firing Hyper Frag rounds and Mortis rounds at the Walkers and Lord of Contagion respectively.

After action:

The game ended up 100 – 20 Raven Guard. We each had 1 unit level up thanks to our Agendas Sgt Sorlynus and his Veteran Intercessors accomplished Reaper and his Lord of Contagion Survived with now wounds. The Raven Guard got the extra Requisition Point by virtue of the commanding victory. We nearly tabled him without loosing a unit (though it was close, the Vet Ints were down to 2 models and Ints was down to just Sgt Tev) Not a single 1 was rolled in the After Action.

The Vet Ints rolled Head Hunters – +1 to hit and +1 to wound vs CHARACTERS. I see Sgt Solynus and his Thunder Hammer ruining some enemy Character’s day.

SD Theta-49 Mission Parameter Changes

Reszan slept fitfully. In his dreams the Warp Ghosts just materializing from the immaterium in what seemed to be never ending waves. While his battle-brother gave better than they got, there was nothing that could be done when the enemy cared little for their casualties. All the way to the extraction point the Warp Ghosts would materialize in ambush, killing 1 or 2 battle-brothers before being wiped to a man – assuming that you can call them man. Eventually, their Shadow Force made it to the extraction point with their wounded, most of their dead, and all of their precious gene-seed.

In the morning, when he awoke, the sense of foreboding was overpowering. Even his meditation couldn’t shake it. Reszan made up his mind, he summoned his servants and donned his Phobos patterned armor – he would lead this mission. He was sure that Brother Ordus would not take it personally to be replaced on such short notice, or at least he hoped so.

Stopping at the Comm Center of battle barge Deus Imperatoris Vindicari (God Emperor’s Revenge), Torovac checked on the latest auger scans. As he walked into the Comms, Brother Ordus turned to him. Brother Ordus could see the fearsome resignation on his Captain’s face – right then he knew that the premonition that came to him during his meditation was true. Ordus betrayed no emotions on his face, least of all surprise at seeing his Captain was in in his armor, prepared to go to battle.

Captain Torovac asked Brother Ordus to accompany him to the landing bay. On the way there was no conversation and Torovac could get no read on Ordus’ mood. Sighing inwardly, Torovac turned his thoughts back to the mission at hand.

Return to Supply Depot Theta-49

Rumors of a Death Guard ship hanging around an asteroid cluster just outside the Nephlim Sector, near the Imperial Supply Depot Theta-49. Shadow Force Torovac of Umbra Redemptio has been tasked with investigation. Lieutenant Torovac chose Brother Lbrarian Ordus to head a patrol because of his experience The last time a Xenos raid on the supply depot, Brother Librarian Ordus led a combat patrol to Theta-49 successfully preventing the Aeldari from stealing vital supplies.

Patrol Ordus intervening against a Craftword Aeldari raid.

Brother Ordus patrol is to be made up of Veteran Intercessor Squad Sorlynus, Intercessor Squad Tev, Eliminator Squad Rushal, and Eradicator Squad Ort.

Gnaxos the Repugnant – The Plague Spreads

Loyal servant to his primarch Gnaxos has faithfully served the primarch under the flag of the Fecund Ones warband. Gaining the rank of Lord after the events of the Outbreak of Ultramar he has led small bands of attacks against the loyalist marines. Tasked with spreading the newest concoctions of the plague brewers to turn entire worlds into servants of the plague god.

Since the 7th outbreak the small band of plague marines led by Gnaxos has been skipping from planet to planet in search of lost relics to further enhance the forces of the Death Guard.

After a recent campaign in conjunction with warbands of the 3rd plague company against the greenskins, Gnaxos added the Tallyman Feccustus Laliá to his ranks. The Tallyman had rallied Squad Enteritis and The Undying to hold off the waves of greenskins.

The plague fleets continue to patrol the edges of imperial space carefully watching the actions of the loyalists, waiting on their next move…