Ambush at Hive C3H-482

Recon Element Lux, on what was to be a simple information retrieval mission with possible hostile contact by the Aeldari in the are of operations, turned in to an overpowering wipe out by an elite mechanized force of Dire Avengers came at them from both sides of the block. Taurox Primes exploding as the managed to take out one Aeldari transport. Both Kiavahrans and Biel-tan poured out of their transports locking into hand to hand combat. Squad Solaq was holding its own on the right flank with a like number of Xenos; but Squad Medexus was out numbered 20 to 10. They mad a valiant stand, fighting to the last man and taking many Xenos with them, but not enough. Doc’s squad and Squad Klayde were taken out to the last in a vain attempt to buy Tempestor Prime Lux and Tempestor Prime Dor the time to remove the data core from the wreckage. Even the Cullexus Assassin was unable to complete its mission of taking out the Biel-tan Farseer.

Operation Retrieval at Pass 0403

High altitude reconnaissance showed that there was some Xenos activity at the battle site. It was the pesky Biel-tan Craftworld, they appeared to be preforming some sort of ritual or activity on the ruins of the webway portal that the Necrons were destroying when engaged by Reconn Force 931. The body of Shyal Chovani was spotted on the top of a rocky outcropping where he took the high position, holding off an overwhelming force of Necrons from pursuing his Battle Brothers down the the valley, thus ensuring their escape.

Auspex readings indicated that this was a Xenos unit that Force Torvac had run into previously. Lieutenant Torovac sketched out a impromptu plan the way up the valley from the LZ. The primary objective is to recover Brother Chavani, minimally his gene-seed; Force Torovac had failed to recover the gene-seed on two previous recovery missions, failure was not an option this morning.

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The Ritual at Pass 0403

Reports indicate that deep in a wooded mountain pass the Biel-tan were conducting a ritual to extract the spirt from the last remaining spirit stone of a destroyed webway portal. The portal was destroyed in an engagement with Necron forces and elements from Task Torce Qeld of the 9th Company. When Task Force Qeld made contact with the Necrons the xenos were in the process of dismantling the webway portal. So distracted they were that Qeld thought that defeating them would be an easy feat. Turns out that the small force that was working on the portal was only the vanguard and Qeld’s forces were soon over run. Only through heroic, even by space marine standards were the wounded able to evac. Sgt Nex stayed behind to ensure that the rest of the reconn force could be extracted.

Torvoc’s mission is to recover Sgt Nex at all costs, stop the Xenos if possible, and recover any Xenos information on why the Necrons may have targeted this webway portal.

The Ritual at Pass 0403 Mission Board Wooded Mountain Pass.