Down Time

The Deus Imperatoris Vindicari‘s astropaths had picked up a distress call from system 3 days to the South of the fleets, just outside the Pariah Nexus. With the fleet being only 2 days from their assigned AO, the Grand Admiral decided to dispatch the Deus Imperatoris to assist. The Raven Guard battleship dropped out of warp into realspace and plotted a course, the ship’s Captain brought the long range augers online.

Soon after the translation to realspace the astropaths were picking up multiple messages. The most urgent was from Corresh Tertius, designated a Hive Planet, but vast swathes of it have been destroyed; yet to be rebuilt. The reports of Aeldari incursions were corroborated by long-range augur readings. They were picking up energy signatures of Xenos capital ships in the area that matched known Aeldari signatures. A recon patrol would be assembled and sent to Corresh Tertius’ surface, this duty fell to Lieutenant Torovac and his men.

Torovac decide that he wanted Brother Librarian Ordus to help lead this mission since he had very recent experience with the Aeldari in this sector and his insight would be invaluable in planning out the mission. While they planned the men would continue to recuperate and train.

It was decided that Squad Tev would sit this one out since “the Reapers” filled out their ranks to a full 10-man squad with the allocation of more Veteran Intercessors from 1st Company. With Solynus training with his new men and Sgt Tev’s men recovering from their wounds inflicted from the Plague Surgeon’s foul weapons, they were recovering more slowly than Solynus’ men who were injured from standard weapons, Sgt Kyphan’s Infiltrators were training for urban combat.

As they approached the planet in stealth mode, the augurs picked up a Xenos disturbance in the ruins of an abandoned hive city, designated C3H-482. Lieutenant Torovac would split his patrol into 2 smaller forces; he would take “the Reapers” and Squd Rushal would provide overwatch while they searched grid 252-Alpha in the remains of the Upper Hive. Brother Librarian Ordus would take Squads Kyphan and Ort to search the adjoining grid 253-Beta. Mission parameters are recon only, if contact is made summon reinforcements before engaging.

As they boarded the Thunderhawk that would speed them to the insertion point, a plaza 3 grid locations from their search grids, Sgt Tev’s whole squad, walking wounded and all, were there to see them off.

Well Dang!

So, doing some more research into the lore and found out that I am sort of breaking my own “rule” about heroes. I am not using a named character, but it turns out that there is only one Captain per Company, so 11 in a whole Chapter counting the Chapter Master. Even though the Captain is not a named character, he does qualify as hero of the chapter.

So, I think that the easiest fix is just change Torovac’s rank. He can have all the same back story, warlord trait, and relic. Instead of reroll 1’s to hit he will have reroll 1’s to wound.

Lieutenant Reszan Torovac

Lieutenant Reszan Torovac would be considered a Noble Warrior; ever since Espandor III he will take any risk and pay any price to preserve the lives of his battle-brothers.

Lieutenant Reszan Torovac was in command of detachment that was all but destroyed in an action in the Espandor System. He replays the siege by the Warp Ghost raiding party over and over in his head. Despite the years of experience on the Indomitus Crusade, this ambush bothers him more than any other encounter that he was in command of. He lays awake at night wondering if there was something different that he could have done. He lost a lot of good battle brothers that day; he sees their faces when ever he closes his eyes. The only battle-brother from the survivors to accompany him on this mission is Brother Vorkys Ordus, his mysterious librarian.

When he was assigned one of several small demi-companies attached to Battle Group Kallides, sent to investigate the Nephilim Sector, his dark, brooding mood had not lifted at the promise of a new command, he named his detachment, Umbra Redemptio, the Shadow of Redemption. He was not a lone, many of his peers, combat tested all of them, seemed to be a touch broody. Why not? They have all seen things; all suffered loses; all expected to suffer more losses in this indubitable Crusade against the malignant spawn spilling out from the Cicatrix Maledictum. Was it that or just their Primarch’s geneseed working its way to the forefront? Only time will tell.

In the Nephilim Sector the Raven Guard would be the eyes and ears of the Imperium, the mission they were promised were to be small, intelligence gathering missions. There should be no protracted engagements, on taking and holding of ground, just do what his Chapter does best – stealthy insertion, decisive action, and get out with the intelligence or the confirmed kill of an enemy high value target. His men, carefully selected because they excelled in the lessons of 10th Company. Most of which chose the Chapter’s Phobos patterned armor for it protection and stealth abilities.