Twilight of the Soul

The Cleansing of Atheno's World

Trial by Fire


++++ TRANSMISSION FROM ESCORT VESSEL VIGILANCE ++++

Priority Level:……Mission Update-Code Black Classification
Transmitted:……………Vigilance, Sword-class Frigate, Areonis
Date:………………………………3625822.M41
Transmitter:……………Astropath Agent Minius
Receiver:……………………Astropath-terminus Pasole
Author:…………………………Brother-Sergeant Marcel Renaud
Thought:………………………Survival is no birthright, but a prize wrested from an uncaring galaxy by forgotten heroes.

Brother-Captain,

The following is my report for kill team mission A46-5314-L known to the locals as the Cleansing of Atheno’s World.

GST 13.8- Battle-Brothers Alistair Tavish, Gunnar Geirlav, Jorias Arkio. Otto Jaeger, and I recieved summons to the bridge by Inquisitor Sarno. We were briefed on the situation of mycetic spores landing on the planet of Atheno’s World in the capitol city of Erianis and recieved mission authority to cleanse the planet of the Xenos intruders. I was eleceted squad leader by my battle brothers for the execution of the mission.

GST 14.3- Kill team 6-47-C boarded the Thunderhawk Righteous Call with a kasrkin squad detached from the Cadian 83rd. I reviewed the mission parameters with Sergeant Carmine to ensure his comprehension of the task at hand. Under my leadership Kill Team 6-47-C administered the oath of the Astartes devoting the rest of the flight time to reciting lines from the Codex Astartes reciting the deeds from our own pasts.

MC +.7- Kill team 6-47-C and kasrkin arrived on Atheno’s World just outside the cathedral district. Sergeant Carmine’s men spread out to secure the drop zone from bystanders. Battle-Brothers Gunnar Geirlav and Jorias Arkio followed the trail of the Xenos to a lower basement and into the underground. I conducted an interview of the local Arbites to get more details on the Xenos planetfall. Witness reported arachnid looking aliens that headed below ground as soon as possible. No innocents were harmed during the planetfall. Brother-Apothecary Tavish inspected the remains of the mycetic spores before the PDF brought in heavy flamers to burn the remains. Arbites Pelonius provided Brother-Techmarine Otto Jaeger, with data concerning the spore’s biology.

MC +9- Kill team and kasrkin squad descended into the lower levels of suspected apartment building in search of Xenos. No contact with Xenos. It was apparent that the Tyranid’s objective was to get below ground as quickly as possible. With Battle-Brothers, Geirlav and Jaeger following the pheromone trail the kill team descended through a large access door, that was destroyed, into the vast labyrinth underneath the capitol city of Erianis.

MC +1.5 Kill team and squad ambushed by then unknown assailant two kasrkin killed. Dead were incinerated. No other injuries. I assigned Battle-Brothers Arkio and Tavish to escort the kasrkin through the rest of the mission.

MC +3- Kill team and kasrkin descended further into labyrinth via a large sewer access tunnel. Brother-Techmarine Jaegar still had a strong pheromone trail of the Xenos threat.

MC +4.5- Kill team and kasrkin discover a hole created in by Xenos threat that led into the undercity of Erianis. Upon entrance into the city I conducted an interview with a failed ministorum priest. The priest was unable to give any useful information and refused to help us in our mission. We continued to follow the pheromone trail on Brother-Techmarine Jaeger’s auspex.

MC +4.75- Contact with mutant gangers approximately 40 in number. Battle-Brothers Arkio and Jaeger took support positions with the kasrkin, while the remaining memebers of the kill team approached the mutants. Kill team and kasrkin engaged mutants inflicting heavy casualties. Mutant gangers unexpectedly stood their ground and returned fire. Eight genestealers appeared on the east flank and were engaged by the kasrkin and Battle-Brothers Arkio, Tavish, and Geirlav. A quick engagement ended with two kasrkin dead and three others injured and all mutant and Xenos threats eliminated. Kill team established protective cordon around injured while Brother-Apothecary Tavish administered treatment to Battle-Brother Geirlav and injured kasrkin. Brother-Techmarine Jaegar spotted the Xenos responsible for the ambush. Identified as Lictor-class of the Tyranid Xenos threat. Pheromone trail was established from the reamins of a dead kasrkin. Dead were incenerated. Before departure, Brother-Apothecary Tavish took genetic samples of the genestealers’ remains.

MC +5.1- Kill team and kasrkin continued down primary objective pheromone trail provided by Brother-Techmarine Jaeger. Brother-Techmarine Jaeger also kept kill team appraised on the pheromone signiature of the lictor. Private Germaine, one of the kasrkin squad, offered as bait to ambush the lictor and was given an Astartes stun grenade.

MC +5.25- Brother-Techmarine Jaegar had contact on the lictor pheromone trail and spotted the lictor approximately 30 meters from kill team and squad location. When kill team was within 15m we initiated a suprise assault using Bolter Assault from the Codex Astartes. The lictor was caught by suprise and wounds were inflicted via hellfire and regular boltgun Rounds. The lictor engaged me and sunk flesh hooks into Battle-Brother Geirlav, due to previous tactical spacing of my squad I was able to evade the lictor’s blow. I disengaged and continued to fire on the lictor while Battle-Brothers Arkio and Jaeger engaged the lictor in hand to hand combat. Due to the skill of our Brother-Techmarine and the strength in his servo-arm the lictor was soon dispatched. Brother Geirlav applied repair cement to his armor I retrieved the stun grenade from the surprised kasrkin and we continued toward our primary objective.

MC +6- Kill team and attached kasrkin squad reached the undercity’s cathedral. Upon entry it looked as if our the Emperor’s Figure was still under proper care. The lower level of the cathedral was cleared by both the kill team and kasrkin squad. A relic of the past was discovered a statue of the Emperor crafted with a pre-hersey Word Bearers seal. Unsure how to proceed regarding this point I simply submitted the statue’s discovery to you. No other actions were taken.

MC +7- Kill team and attached kasrkin squad ascended through the cathedral following the direction of Brother-Techmarine Jaeger’s pheromone tracker. When the kill team reached the lower level of the cathedral we found ourselves in a storage room in the company of a broodlord committing unknown Xenos acts to members of the planetary defense force. The kill team immediately engaged the units of the PDF and the broodlord. Battle-Brother Arkio and myself utilized metalstorm rounds in combating the PDF, decimating their ranks while the rest of the kill team supported our fire. When the PDF was routed the broodlord used a psychic call to get support in the form of mutants. These mutants were quickly dispatched by the kill team. More mutants were called along with 10 more genestealers to assist the broodlord in his defense. Brother-Apothecary Tavish issued a challenge to the broodlord and engaged to hand to hand combat while Battle-Brother Arkio lent fire support to his battle brothers engaged with genestealers. Battle-Brother Geirlav assisted in defending the shocked kasrkin and myself dispatching two genestealers. Once free I executed a genestealer with bolter fire freeing up Brother-Techmarine Jaeger to assist Brother-Apothecary Tavish in dispatching the broodlord. Once the broodlord was eliminated the kill team and remnants of the kasrkin squad eliminated the rest of the Xenos threat and executed all mutants and PDF associated with the broodlord. Brother-Apothecary Tavish attended to the wounded and took samples of, infested PDF members, infested mutants, genestealers and the broodlord. Brother-Techmarine Jaeger reported no pheromone trails that exiting the area of engagement.

MC +7.25- The kill team and kasrkin squad exited the basement and were met by Arbites Pelonius and several detachments of PDF. I briefed the Arbites on the situation in the basement and informed him of our success in cleansing the undercity.

MC +7.75- The Righteous Call arrived and kill team 6-47-C and remaining kasrkin boarded the vessel and returned to orbit.

PRIMAY MISSION OBJECTIVECLEANSE ATHENO’S WORLD OF ALL XENOS INFESTATIONCOMPLETE
SECONDARY MISSION OBJECTIVEELIMINATION OF TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITYCOMPLETE
TERTIARY MISSION OBJECTIVESPRIDE OF ARMS, SURVIVAL OF ATTACHED KARSKIN UNITCOMPLETE

DAMAGED EQUIPMENTBATTLE-BROTHERS GUNNAR GEIRLAV, MARCEL RENAUD POWER ARMOR, ASTARTES CHAINSWORD.

++ TURNED OVER TO TECHMARINES AND SERVITORS UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF BROTHER TECHMARINE JAEGER FOR REPAIR ++

++ VID AND VOX LOGS WILL BE SUBMITTED UPON ARRIVAL TO FINAL DESTINATION ++

KILL TEAM6-47-C OPERATIONAL STATUSFULL

We look forward to meeting our fellow Battle Brothers stationed in the Defense of the Emperors Domains. Emperor Protect.

Brother-Sergeant Marcel Renaud

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