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Resilient Session 7

Vlaskiyov Nov 1st, 2014 200 Never
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  1.  TheResilientGM As the sun rises, the watch rotation shifts to another auxiliary squad. A patrol returns, and reports to the overseeing NCO, and the men are made to rise and prepare for whatever orders their Prithian commanders may have.
  2.  TheResilientGM The servitors have long-finished the construction of the prefab structures and defenses, and so idle around in a group, immobile.
  3.  Gru_Persay performs basic maintenance and upkeep on the powered down servitors.
  4.  Schneider eats a ration with Hector.
  5.  TheResilientGM A few squads, after reporting to their officers, begin PT around the outpost, and you can hear their calls. Others gather in groups and open rations.
  6.  Gru_Persay "Thus do we invoke the Machine God."
  7.  TheResilientGM Hector: "I think we're better off setting traps" an uncomfortable expression on his face, as he chews on the standard-issued chow.
  8.  Schneider nods "Yeah or we find something/"
  9.  Sgt_Eberstark "Maybe. But that means our patrols have to keep more on their mind, and we'd have to keep too many people in there."
  10.  Gru_Persay "Thus do we make whole that which was sundered."
  11.  TheResilientGM Siegberg approaches the squad: "Sir, Aeronautica will be making the prefab drops on the next checkpoint at noon."
  12.  Sgt_Eberstark "All right. Let's move up with a portion of the company to secure them as they come in."
  13.  TheResilientGM He comes closer, "they wish to speak with you, sir."
  14.  Sgt_Eberstark gets up
  15.  Sgt_Eberstark "Very well."
  16.  TheResilientGM He lifts the mouthpiece.
  17.  Gru_Persay commands the servitors to activate and form up.
  18.  Schneider gathers his things. "Should we scout ahead Sir?"
  19.  Sgt_Eberstark "Let's hear them first."
  20.  TheResilientGM +Sgt. Eberstark, I remind you there are 4 total outposts that need to be built. The close range of your current location means that you ought to use the auxiliaries sparingly. A couple of squads will do. Keep in mind that they are not likely to be resupplied until your mission is complete. Do with that information what you will.+
  21.  Sgt_Eberstark +Yes sir.+
  22.  Sgt_Eberstark "Three squads per platoon..."
  23.  TheResilientGM "Keeping a platoon together does have its benefits considering..." Hector points to two auxiliaries arguing in the odd dialect.
  24.  Sgt_Eberstark "Patch me in to the lieutenants."
  25.  TheResilientGM Siegberg nods.
  26.  TheResilientGM "Sir." he confirms
  27.  Sgt_Eberstark +We are going to keep one platoon in each outpost. Inform your men that if any outpost is attacked, all other outposts are to send one squad to reinforce. A single squad. One squad to reinforce attacked platoons. Understood?+
  28.  TheResilientGM +Si, comandante+
  29.  TheResilientGM Instantly, you see around you the officers forming their men up, interrupting their meals, and exercises. They gather around, and they begin to organize themselves.
  30.  Sgt_Eberstark +Excellent. Choose one platoon to leave behind, the rest will move up to the next outpost in five minutes.+
  31.  TheResilientGM One of the Lieutenants steps up in front of the rest, you notice, volunteering to guard the outpost.
  32.  TheResilientGM He is given a firm handshake by his fellow officers, and he immediately begins to shout orders on the positions the men are to take, and what emplacements are to be manned.
  33.  Sgt_Eberstark nods. "Remember, send reinforcements if any other outposts are attacked, but do NOT leave this one undefended."
  34.  TheResilientGM You hear the howl of Valkyries in the air, though you don't see them.
  35.  Sgt_Eberstark "That's our cue. Let's go."
  36.  Schneider heads out with Hector.
  37.  -->| Victrus_Macharius (chatzilla@sux-EE2BCFE0.sanbrunocable.com) has joined #resilient
  38.  TheResilientGM The remaining platoons ready themselves and form up by the entrance.
  39.  Sgt_Eberstark takes center position with the rest of the squad. "Company, advance!"
  40.  TheResilientGM The command is mirrored, albeit in a different dialect, echoing through the ranks.
  41.  TheResilientGM The formation moves forward, and proceeds North on the track-scarred road.
  42.         TheResilientGM  As you move, the terrain on your left begins to rise, becoming a small hill. You notice, however, on the peak, the glare of a scope scanning your formation.
  43.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Sniper! Schneider, take him out! Everyone else, take cover!"
  44.         Schneider       brings his rifle up. "See him Hector?"
  45.         TheResilientGM  The formation breaks appart, as men dive on the side of the road.
  46.         Victrus_Macharius       takes cover behind the Heavy Bolter
  47.         TheResilientGM  "I've got'im"
  48.         Schneider       fires off a shot at the sniper and kills him.
  49.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Excellent work."
  50.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Company, form up and advance!"
  51.         TheResilientGM  The auxiliaries slowly come back to their formations.
  52.         Victrus_Macharius       gets up and follows
  53.         Schneider       keeps his rifle at the ready cautious of more snipers.
  54.         Kass_Yonova     picks himself up from where he had been prone. "Surely there can't be more snipers?"
  55.         TheResilientGM  As you march along the road, the coastal winds pick up, and a light fog sets in.
  56.         Victrus_Macharius       "I wouldn't count on it Kass"
  57.         Kass_Yonova     "Uh Sarge, it's gettin' a little too spooky for this time of the day."
  58.         Sgt_Eberstark   gives him a look
  59.         Kass_Yonova     shrugs
  60.         TheResilientGM  Looking ahead, you spot bumps on the road...
  61.         Kass_Yonova     "Hey Sarge, there seem to be bumps on the road. Can't make them out from this distance, whatever these bumps are."
  62.         Schneider       looks for a rock and throws it at one of the lumps.
  63.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Company, halt!"
  64.         Gru_Persay      commands the servitors to stop.
  65.         TheResilientGM  The formation stops in place.
  66.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Enginseer, do you have a mine detector?"
  67.         Victrus_Macharius       holds position
  68.         Gru_Persay      "I do not."
  69.         TheResilientGM  Hector moves to the front of the formation, magnoculars in hand.
  70.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Shit. Schneider, find an alternate route."
  71.         TheResilientGM  "Erm... Sarge? That's bodies, up there."
  72.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Shit. Ours, or...?"
  73.         TheResilientGM  Hector nods.
  74.         TheResilientGM  Without warning, Vikk runs up to the bodies, kit under his arm.
  75.         Kass_Yonova     "Vikk! Stop!"
  76.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Trooper, halt!"
  77.         Kass_Yonova     runs after him.
  78.         TheResilientGM  Vikk stops, and turns around.
  79.         Kass_Yonova     Kass tackles Vikk to the ground.
  80.         TheResilientGM  Schneider can spot the silhouette of a vehicle some distance beyond the bodies.
  81.         Schneider       "We got a vehicle up ahead."
  82.         Schneider       peers through his scope at the vehicle.
  83.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Shit."
  84.         Kass_Yonova     "Goddammit Vikk, wait 'til we can identify them before rushing to help. Last thing I need is you dieing out here."
  85.         TheResilientGM  Vikk grunts
  86.         Victrus_Macharius       "What is it?"
  87.         TheResilientGM  "Shit, Kass... you weight a tone"
  88.         Kass_Yonova     "You calling me fat, buddy?" Kass rolls off Vikk and gets into a crouch.
  89.         TheResilientGM  Schneider makes out the vehicle as some sort of transport, men appear to be collecting the bodies into it.
  90.         Schneider       "They're loading bodies in the vehicle. We'll head up and check it out if you'll allow it Sir."
  91.         TheResilientGM  Vikk: "Yyepp." He crawls up to one of the bodies.
  92.         Sgt_Eberstark   +Affirmative. If you think it is possible for us to take them out, say so.+
  93.         TheResilientGM  +Prithian colors on the wounded+ Vikk confirms
  94.         TheResilientGM  +the... the dead+ he corrects himself
  95.         Schneider       motions Hector to follow him and heads off into the bushes.
  96.         TheResilientGM  Hector keeps his head down and follows.
  97.         Kass_Yonova     +How many bodies do you see, Vikk? And get the hell back here.+
  98.         TheResilientGM  +Three... four. Four and a fucked up mess... blown to bits.+
  99.         Schneider       sneaks forward with Hector crawling towards the vehicle.
  100.         Kass_Yonova     +Nothing we can do for 'em.+
  101.         TheResilientGM  The men loading up the bodies are not of Prithian colors, they are collecting the Prithian bodies into the transport.
  102.         Schneider       whispers to Hector. "Capture or kill?"
  103.         TheResilientGM  "I'm sick of hearing about ghosts on the road. We could use more intel."
  104.         Schneider       nods. "Kill one grab the others?"
  105.         TheResilientGM  Hector nods
  106.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Company, defensive formations until the Jaeger returns!"
  107.         Schneider       moves closer to the soldiers with his lasgun raised.
  108.         Victrus_Macharius       "yes sir" sets up the Heavy Bolter
  109.         Gru_Persay      wields the Omnissian axe.
  110.         Kass_Yonova     "Vikk," Kass says in a low voice. "Let's get back to the rest of the squad, c'mon." Kass motions for Vikk to hustle.
  111.         Schneider       aims at one of them. "Once I fire order them to get on their knees."
  112.         TheResilientGM  The platoons shift into formations securing a perimeter.
  113.         TheResilientGM  Hector readies his lasgun, "understood" he whispers.
  114.         Schneider       fires at the soldier and kills him instantly.
  115.         TheResilientGM  Hector jumps up, aiming his weapon, "GET ON THE FLOOR, NOW!"
  116.         Schneider       follows Hector "GET THE FUCK DOWN NOW!"
  117.         TheResilientGM  One of the men drops next to the body he was carrying, the other makes a run for the vehicle.
  118.         TheResilientGM  Hector fires, hitting him on the lower back.
  119.         TheResilientGM  Vikk shifts his position and advances close to Kass.
  120.         Kass_Yonova     With Vikk in tow Kass heads back to the squad.
  121.         Schneider       runs up to the other soldier and uses the butt of his rifle to smack him in the chest.
  122.         |<--    Sgt_Eberstark has left irc.thisisnotatrueending.com (Quit: http://www.kiwiirc.com/ - A hand crafted IRC client)
  123.         Kass_Yonova     +Bring back the prisoner. We'll decide what to do with the vehicle later.+
  124.         Kass_Yonova     +Schneider?+
  125.         Schneider       points his longlas at him. "You're coming with us"
  126.         Schneider       +Hold on+
  127.         TheResilientGM  Hector approaches the man he shot, and flips him over.
  128.         TheResilientGM  "Some variant of the enemy colors."
  129.         Schneider       grabs the soldier by the should and jabs his laspistol in his back. "Walk!" He begins leading the men back to the company.
  130.         Schneider       +Coming back with 1 prisoner.+
  131.         Kass_Yonova     +Affirmative.+
  132.         Schneider       pushes the soldier down on his knees in front of Kass.
  133.         Kass_Yonova     "Can you understand me?"
  134.         TheResilientGM  The man is silent.
  135.         Kass_Yonova     "Look friend, those bodies you were carting with your fellow soldiers were from my homeworld. I suggest you start talking or things are going to get difficult."
  136.         TheResilientGM  He spits.
  137.         TheResilientGM  "Any second now, your men will drop one by one. Don't you know, invader? There are ghosts on this road."
  138.         Kass_Yonova     "Victrus! Bring your Bolter over here!"
  139.         Schneider       smacks him in the back of the head. "Those snipers you mean? I killed them like the little bitches they are."
  140.         Kass_Yonova     smiles sadly at the kneeling soldier.
  141.         Kass_Yonova     "You could have prevented this."
  142.         Gru_Persay      "What the hell is going on?" Gru approaches with his axe.
  143.         TheResilientGM  The man's eyes grow wide, he looks back at Schneider, then at Kass again.
  144.         TheResilientGM  He tries to get a glimpse of what's coming behind the medic.
  145.         Victrus_Macharius       "On it," as he rolls up the Heavy Bolter and places in in front of the prisoner.
  146.         Schneider       smacks the man's head again. "I've killed 2 so far. How many more ya got?"
  147.         Kass_Yonova     holds his hand up for Schneider to stop smacking him.
  148.         Schneider       shrugs at Kass.
  149.         Kass_Yonova     Kass grabs the mans head and forces him to look down the barrel of Heavy Bolter.
  150.         Kass_Yonova     "Now, you can cooperate, or this can get much uglier than it has to be.
  151.         Victrus_Macharius       pulls the charging handle back slowly to ready the Bolter.
  152.         TheResilientGM  "NNn-nnoo. Wait! Wait!" the man jerks back.
  153.         Kass_Yonova     holds the man's head there. "Are you willing to cooperate?"
  154.         TheResilientGM  "Wh-what do you want?"
  155.         Kass_Yonova     "Information. I'm not really keen on ghost stories, so let's start with these ghosts you were talking about."
  156.         TheResilientGM  "It's... the new Legate..." he tries to pull his head back away from the weapon.
  157.         Kass_Yonova     "Go on."
  158.         TheResilientGM  "Lucius. The Duke's representative. He means to intimidate the invaders..." he spits to the side.
  159.         TheResilientGM  "To show them the mistake of being blind lapdogs to those who blaspheme against the Emperor."
  160.         Kass_Yonova     lets the man's head go. "Blaspheme against the Emperor? The hell are you on about?"
  161.         -->|    Sgt_Eberstark (Sgt_Eberst@sux-AA270AB0.clients.kiwiirc.com) has joined #resilient
  162.         TheResilientGM  "You fiends are blind! Blind to the corruption of His Will in this pitiful /Imperium/ they have imprisoned you in."
  163.         Sgt_Eberstark   +Is it safe to advance?+
  164.         TheResilientGM  "Legate Lucius has brought us the Duke's Enlightenment. We are free!"
  165.         Kass_Yonova     "Right." Kass says putting much emphasis on the r. "So all of our dead comrades, that was just the snipers then?"
  166.         Schneider       +Yeah they're bodies of our guys.+
  167.         TheResilientGM  "Ghosts..." he smiles
  168.         Schneider       +Sarge, I got a request if you can oblige me+
  169.         Kass_Yonova     "Uh-huh. Have any Skeletons, with these ghosts?"
  170.         Schneider       looks down and smiles at their captive and squats next to them. "There's an entire company of hunters just like me. Your ghosts will all be dead in a week."
  171.         TheResilientGM  "I've seen your /valiant/ soldiers panic en-masse. Ignorant of the Duke's tactics, of the power the Emperor has awarded him with."
  172.         Gru_Persay      "Ghosts? It's non-sense. The only spirits in these regions are the ones in the machines."
  173.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Which would be?"
  174.         TheResilientGM  The man pushes back, suddenly, and breaks free of Yonova's grasp. He then runs back in the direction of the vehicle.
  175.         Schneider       +The convoys were taken out by snipers. Bad ones too if the two I took out are any indication. Request that the Jaegers get sent out to handle them and we won't have a problem with them any more."
  176.         Schneider       raises his longlas and fires at the man.
  177.         TheResilientGM  The man falls... ironically in the same area as your own fallen comrades.
  178.         Gru_Persay      approaches the enemy vehicle and examines it.
  179.         Victrus_Macharius       "Well that's irony for you" says Victrus as he looks over at the now lifeless body of the prisoner.
  180.         TheResilientGM  The first impression is clear to the Tech-Priest. This is tech-heresy of the most defiling kind. The vehicle is put together by scraps of other defiled chimeras and other nondescript variant of armor.
  181.         Gru_Persay      +Disgusting+
  182.         Gru_Persay      opens the door and enters the vehicle.
  183.         TheResilientGM  A pile of corpses, Prithian fill the rear segment of the vehicle. The crew seems to have crawled into whatever space was left in the front, where there stands a seat for the driver, and a small communications array. Even the inside betrays the tech-heresy, as crude welding lines adorn the sides.
  184.         Kass_Yonova     "What the hell was that guy on about, Sarge? Sounds like these guys are all kinds of fucked in the head, but not necessarily heretics."
  185.         Gru_Persay      examines the communication array.
  186.         TheResilientGM  It is a worn-down, equally defiled aparatus. It has been modified by ignorant barbarians with no regard to its machine-spirit.
  187.         Schneider       begins searching the dead rebels for anything of use.
  188.         Gru_Persay      +Does anyone have a grenade?+
  189.         Victrus_Macharius       +Which type? Frag or Krak Grenade?+
  190.         Gru_Persay      +Kass, I have some bodies for you to examine.+
  191.         Schneider       "Move our dead out before you do that. "
  192.         Sgt_Eberstark   "They seem to be heretics of some sort, and are to be treated as such. Some sort of... apostate sect or something. I'm not very well versed on theology. ALl we need to know is that they are the enemy, and they represent a threat to our Imperium and souls."
  193.         Kass_Yonova     +What exactly would I be examining for? They're all dead. They need burial now.+
  194.         Kass_Yonova     "You got a point, Sarge.
  195.         TheResilientGM  The auxiliaries slowly break formation and solemnely advance, looking at the bodies of the fallen Prithians.
  196.         Gru_Persay      +A clue prepares on this ghost nonsense?+
  197.         Sgt_Eberstark   +The ghost is an enemy Psyker. That much is certain.+
  198.         Kass_Yonova     +Pretty sure it seems like it's snipers and ambushes, Gru.+
  199.         Gru_Persay      +Are we moving the bodies?+
  200.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Get back in formation and hold!"
  201.         Kass_Yonova     "C'mon Vikk, lets line up our fallen brothers, they deserve that much. Mind if I conscript some of the auxiliaries, Sarge?"
  202.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Not at all.:
  203.         Kass_Yonova     Kass approaches the nearest platoon and it's immediate CO, and tries to tell the men to come with him and help move the dead.
  204.         TheResilientGM  The auxiliaries form up once more, but in an entirely different formation. They present their weapons in front of them, officers remove caps. It's a sign of respect for the fallen.
  205.         Gru_Persay      exits the vehicle.
  206.         Sgt_Eberstark   nods approvingly
  207.         TheResilientGM  The platoon breaks its formation, and follow the medic.
  208.         Kass_Yonova     Kass starts organizing the bodies in several rows with the auxiliaries and Vikk's help.
  209.         Gru_Persay      +Victrus, get the Frag grenade ready.+
  210.         Gru_Persay      commands the servitors to push the vehicle off the road.
  211.         Victrus_Macharius       pulls out one of his Frag Grenades, +Got it+.
  212.         TheResilientGM  The servitors line up to one side of the vehicle.
  213.         Schneider       makes the sign of the aquila to his fallen comrades.
  214.         TheResilientGM  They push the vehicle, sometimes with their bodies rather than limbs, slowly to the side and off the road.
  215.         TheResilientGM  A pair of Valkyries flies overhead.
  216.         -->|    Schneider_ (chatzilla@sux-1F2A303E.shr-wy.client.bresnan.net) has joined #resilient
  217.         Gru_Persay      hits the deck.
  218.         Gru_Persay      "Not this nonsense again."
  219.         Kass_Yonova     Kass walks down the rows of fallen, closing any eyes that remain open. He gives a quick prayer to the Emperor once all have been seen to.
  220.         Kass_Yonova     watches the Valkyries fly past.
  221.         TheResilientGM  Vikk: "Should I collect the tags?"
  222.         |<--    Schneider has left irc.thisisnotatrueending.com (Ping timeout)
  223.         =-=     Schneider_ is now known as Schneider
  224.         Victrus_Macharius       moves into position
  225.         Gru_Persay      approaches the vehicle and opens the fuel tank.
  226.         TheResilientGM  Just over a minute later, you hear a series of explosions in the distance.
  227.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Yes, collect the tags."
  228.         Kass_Yonova     "Of course. Collect any small personal effects as well. Letters and the like."
  229.         Schneider       goes around with Hector collecting dog tags
  230.         TheResilientGM  Vikk nods, and begins his least-favorite part of the job.
  231.         Victrus_Macharius       "I wonder what target they hit this time?"
  232.         Sgt_Eberstark   "The next outpost. Hopefully they weren't shot down."
  233.         TheResilientGM  Siegberg: "Sir, I'm picking up Aeronautica chatter. The dead-zone seems to have disappeared. Comms are working again."
  234.         Gru_Persay      "Vikk, do the thing."
  235.         Schneider       "Did we kill it?"
  236.         Gru_Persay      "I mean Victrus."
  237.         Victrus_Macharius       pulls the pin and drops the grenade into the fuel tank, and then runs like hell as far away as possible.
  238.         Victrus_Macharius       "Run"
  239.         Gru_Persay      runs so far away.
  240.         TheResilientGM  Vikk returns to his comrade, several bloody tags in his hand, his face expressionless.
  241.         Gru_Persay      the commands into formation near him.
  242.         Gru_Persay      commands the servitors to form behind him.
  243.         Kass_Yonova     takes a small bag from a medical pouch and has Vikk place the tags into it. "It sucks but it need to be done, Vikk."
  244.         TheResilientGM  The servitors in unison rush to their master, an unlikely speed between them, barely outrunning the explosion.
  245.         Schneider       "Think HQ will give bounties for snipers Sir?"
  246.         Gru_Persay      "Oh, fu...". Gru is tackled to the ground by a few of the servitors.
  247.         TheResilientGM  Hector: "No, but I'll bet the Jaeger Captains will be offering rewards for it!"
  248.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Don't think so."
  249.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Help."
  250.         TheResilientGM  "MEAT" the servitor's voice on the tech-priest's ear.
  251.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Up. Move. Off."
  252.         Schneider       smiles. "Good thing it's just us out here then huh?"
  253.         Victrus_Macharius       turns to see a few of the servitors are on top of Gru
  254.         TheResilientGM  The servitors all get up, clumsily, and disperse.
  255.         Kass_Yonova     "All of our fallen are accounted for, Sarge."
  256.         Gru_Persay      commands the servitors to line up in formation.
  257.         TheResilientGM  A larger flight of Valkyries now flyes by. The skies are clear enough that you can see they transport prefabs and other outpost equipment. They appear to be escorted by the pair of Valkyries that carried out the airstrike earlier.
  258.         TheResilientGM  Siegberg: "Sir that's ours. Ahead of schedule. They're calling for us to secure the area around the outpost."
  259.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Understood."
  260.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Company, advance! Double-time!"
  261.         Kass_Yonova     "Looks like it's time to hustle." Kass moves his pack around to make it more comfortable.
  262.         TheResilientGM  The auxiliaries form into a loose formation, and hurry along with the Prithians.
  263.         Victrus_Macharius       "Yes Sir."
  264.         Schneider       "Should we scout ahead and search for more ghosts?"
  265.         Kass_Yonova     keeps his lasgun in a loose grip to make the running faster.
  266.         Gru_Persay      grips tightly on his axe
  267.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Yes. Keep an eye out while we set up."
  268.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Take a squad or fire team of auxilia if you want/
  269.         TheResilientGM  The formation advances in double-time past the laying corpses and the destoryed transport, several kilometers later, the road arches over a hill where a destroyed Chimera rests on the side of the road. No bodies are in the area, but you know the truth behind the disappearances now.
  270.         TheResilientGM  Schneider sees evidence of an ambush. On the side of the road, a small wodden hut of sorts, heavily camouflaged lies with the door open. It appears large enough for several squads to hide in.
  271.         Sgt_Eberstark   "So these are our ghosts..."
  272.         Schneider       whispers to Hector. "Makes me wish for my flamer."
  273.         TheResilientGM  The scarred ground suggests the ambush was violent, but quick. The Prithians didn't have time to react.
  274.         Schneider       +Found a bunker, want us to clear it with a grenade?+
  275.         Sgt_Eberstark   +Affirmative. Investigate afterwards.+
  276.         Schneider       nods to Hector to ready a grenade.
  277.         TheResilientGM  Hector holds a grenade in his hand.
  278.         Schneider       nods for him to throw it.
  279.         TheResilientGM  The grenade falls just in front of the entrance, and rolls inside. A few seconds later it goes off.
  280.         Schneider       raises his longlas and prepares to clear the hut
  281.         Schneider       and Hector rush into the building
  282.         TheResilientGM  As you enter the hut, you see the gory remains of Prithian soldiers. These attacks appear to be quick, and the bodies are dragged into these huts to complete the "ghostly" effect of the disappearances.
  283.         Schneider       "Well shit."
  284.         Schneider       +Bunker's empty sarge.+
  285.         TheResilientGM  Hector: "I don't feel so good..."
  286.         Schneider       +Just more of our guys dead.+
  287.         Schneider       looks at him. "What's wrong?"
  288.         TheResilientGM  He vomits to one side.
  289.         Sgt_Eberstark   +Torch it and return to formation, then.+
  290.         Schneider       pats him on the back.
  291.         Schneider       "Let's head back buddy."
  292.         TheResilientGM  As you walk out, you realize a few meters away, another hut stands... and another beyond there.
  293.         TheResilientGM  Altogether, the enemy could have hidden half a company for these attacks.
  294.         Schneider       +Sarge, ya got a lighter?+
  295.         TheResilientGM  ... and could have stored half a company of Imperial soldiers in there once they were done.
  296.         Sgt_Eberstark   +No. Probably best not to waste resources on this, actually.+
  297.         Schneider       +Sir, there's more of these things. We should burn them to send a message with all due respect."
  298.         Kass_Yonova     "Should we mark them for later retrieval?"
  299.         TheResilientGM  Siegberg: "Drop's been made, Sarge. Outpost awaiting the Enginseer's attention."
  300.         Schneider       +You could probably fit half a company in these things.+
  301.         Sgt_Eberstark   +Yes, mark them as the Enginseer sets up the base.+
  302.         Sgt_Eberstark   +Schneider, if you can find promethium to burn these, then you are free to do so, by all means.+
  303.         Sgt_Eberstark   +But our priority here is to establish the outposts. And yours is to scout and snipe.+
  304.         Sgt_Eberstark   +Collect their tags, then report back to me.+
  305.         Schneider       +We'll catch up Sir+
  306.         TheResilientGM  The Valkyries fly above you, returning to base.
  307.         Schneider       turns to Hector. "Get some dry brush and light up em." He heads into the hut to collect dog tags.
  308.         TheResilientGM  Hector nods and begins his search.
  309.         TheResilientGM  Siegberg: "Sir, I'm getting a ping from the prefab outpost."
  310.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Transmit it.
  311.         TheResilientGM  ++Confirm you read transponder message. Confirm with command "Acknowledge transmission"++
  312.         TheResilientGM  The message loops several times.
  313.         Schneider       and Hector regroup with the squad while a pillar of smoke can be seen on the horizon.
  314.         Kass_Yonova     "Tags?"
  315.         Sgt_Eberstark   +Acknowledge transmission.+
  316.         TheResilientGM  Not long after, a plume of red smoke fills the sky ahead.
  317.         Schneider       hands them to Kass. "This is going to be fun."
  318.         Schneider       "Gru when you get the outpost set up can I use the vox if the Sarge is ok with it."
  319.         Kass_Yonova     "Oh yeah..." Kass deposits the tags in the bag with the others.
  320.         TheResilientGM  The Company arrives at the outpost location. The setup is slightly different. It appears a makeshift repair depot is included in this arrangmenent.
  321.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Form a perimeter and defenses while the Enginseer builds."
  322.         TheResilientGM  As with the first objective, the auxiliaries move in to secure its perimeter.
  323.         Schneider       nods
  324.         Victrus_Macharius       set up the Heavy Bolter into position.
  325.         Schneider       heads to a high vantage point to keep an eye on the surrounding area.
  326.         TheResilientGM  The outpost is located near a creek - you can hear the stream of water. But just over its sound, you can hear voices in the distance. It appears to be an argument of some sort.
  327.         Victrus_Macharius       +Hey guys, there some people arguing near by, cant tell about what or if they are friendly or not+
  328.         Sgt_Eberstark   +Stay low. Schneider, check it out.+
  329.         Schneider       +Copy+
  330.         Schneider       heads out to figure out who's arguing.
  331.         Victrus_Macharius       +I think they are near the creek+
  332.         Gru_Persay      commands the servitors to start assembly.
  333.         Schneider       +Gotchya+
  334.         Schneider       heads down to the river with Hector in tow.
  335.         Gru_Persay      hooks up to the console. and starts speaking in binary.
  336.         TheResilientGM  On the side, by the water sit two people. One argues that the other must escape the area, the other is reluctant to leave without him.
  337.         Victrus_Macharius       +Schneider, find anything yet?+
  338.         Schneider       +Just two people arguing, we're still figuring out what they're arguing about.+
  339.         TheResilientGM  "I'm done for, anyway. The Disease has already come for me, and if you stay with me much longer you'll get it, too. Now go! The invaders are already here."
  340.         TheResilientGM  Suddenly, the servitors stop in place, completely unresponsive.
  341.         Schneider       looks at Hector. "What the fuck are they talking about?"
  342.         TheResilientGM  Just seconds after, Siegberg approaches the sergeant. "Sir, all comms are down."
  343.         Kass_Yonova     "Looks like the air-strike didn't do shit."
  344.         Schneider       continues to watch the two people.
  345.         Gru_Persay      +Sarge, the Servitors are not responding?+
  346.         TheResilientGM  The transmission doesn't go through.
  347.         Sgt_Eberstark   "What? Shit."
  348.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Shit, shit, shit."
  349.         Kass_Yonova     "Sarge?"
  350.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Fall back with a squad and tell that to HQ. I'm going to check on the Enginseer."
  351.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Yes?"
  352.         Victrus_Macharius       "Whats going on Sarge?"
  353.         Gru_Persay      disconnects from console.
  354.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Comms are down."
  355.         Gru_Persay      connects to the data slate and tries to use it.
  356.         Victrus_Macharius       "Shit we need to tell Schneider"
  357.         TheResilientGM  The auxiliaries realize that something is wrong, they look very worried.
  358.         Sgt_Eberstark   "One of you should go."
  359.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Attenzione! Communications are down! Stay sharp!"
  360.         Kass_Yonova     "I'll go get him."
  361.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Good luck."
  362.         Kass_Yonova     gives a quick salute and motions for Vikk to follow.
  363.         Sgt_Eberstark   goes to find Gru
  364.         Gru_Persay      walks towards Meat and says "Meat. Speak."
  365.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Enginseer, comms are down. How are the servitors holding up?"
  366.         Gru_Persay      "They aren't responding."
  367.         TheResilientGM  The presumably healthy civilian leaves the ill one and heads up-stream.
  368.         Kass_Yonova     Kass heads towards the vague direction of the creek, looking for Otto and Hector.
  369.         TheResilientGM  "Meat," the servitor says, immobile.
  370.         Sgt_Eberstark   "What the fuck?"
  371.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Walk. 2. Steps."
  372.         Schneider       whispers to Hector. "Lets get out of here. They don't know we're here."
  373.         TheResilientGM  The ill man struggles to reach the stream, and reaches to get a drink. He slips and falls in.
  374.         TheResilientGM  "Meat", the servitor takes two clumsy steps.
  375.         Schneider       heads back to the compound.
  376.         TheResilientGM  The civilian begins to slowly drown in the shallow stream.
  377.         Gru_Persay      "They are unable to respond quickly or effectively."
  378.         TheResilientGM  "Attenzione!" one of the auxiliaries calls out rushing towards the sergeant.
  379.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Report."
  380.         TheResilientGM  The auxiliaries around you, make shouts and calls, forming defensive positions on the North-East of the outpost.
  381.         TheResilientGM  "Signore, il nemico e qui!" he points, tugging at the sergeant's sleeve in the same direction.
  382.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Il nemico?"
  383.         Sgt_Eberstark   "What's going on? Take to to it."
  384.         TheResilientGM  "Fuoco!" one of the lieutenants shouts in the distance.
  385.         TheResilientGM  The auxiliaries open fire.
  386.         Sgt_Eberstark   finds cover
  387.         TheResilientGM  Suddenly, a firefight breaks out.
  388.         Sgt_Eberstark   rushes up and takes cover, trying to find the enemy
  389.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Contact!"
  390.         TheResilientGM  The north-east of the outpost is being assaulted by enemy infantry. They have heavy weapons teams supporting from the other side of the creek.
  391.         Kass_Yonova     hits the dirt, somewhere in the woods, dragging Vikk down as well. "What the hell is going on?"
  392.         TheResilientGM  Several auxiliaries are hit.
  393.         Sgt_Eberstark   "SIEGBERT! FALL BACK TO WHERE COMMS WORK AND CALL FOR REINFORCEMENTS! NOW!"
  394.         Sgt_Eberstark   opens up with his laspistol
  395.         Gru_Persay      "COMMAND! SERVITORS! DOWN!"
  396.         TheResilientGM  Siegbert drags an auxiliary by his collar and makes him follow him out into effective vox-distance.
  397.         TheResilientGM  Stubber fire hits the auxiliary positions.
  398.         Victrus_Macharius       opens fire on the approaching enemy and kills 3 of them.
  399.         Schneider       hears the fire and motions for Hector to follow him into the bush.
  400.         Gru_Persay      equips his axe and readies his mechadendrites for battle.
  401.         Sgt_Eberstark   snaps one in the chest
  402.         TheResilientGM  The servitors group up behind a prefab structure.
  403.         Kass_Yonova     "Sounds like the enemy finally found us. We'll flank them from here, I'm assuming Schneider and Hector are doing the same." Kass finds cover near some tree as he leads towards the enemy's flank.
  404.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Stand and face the enemy, men! FOR THE EMPEROR!"
  405.         TheResilientGM  The men pinned under heavy fire, rise up, and return fire despite the precarious situation.
  406.         TheResilientGM  "Granata!"
  407.         TheResilientGM  Time appears to stop for the men behind cover around the sergeant. The grenade lands and goes off, knocking down a group of men, shrapnel hitting all around.
  408.         Sgt_Eberstark   grits his teeth and gets up
  409.         Gru_Persay      gets behind cover and says "What is the name of the Omnissiah is going on?"
  410.         Sgt_Eberstark   "What do you think? We're under attack, and they have heavy weapons! Now get behind cover and get ready to put that axe of yours to use when they get close enough!"
  411.         TheResilientGM  "Figlio di puttana!!" an auxiliary NCO injured by the blast yells. His legs shredded, he fires with his laspistol from around his cover.
  412.         Gru_Persay      "Understood."
  413.         Sgt_Eberstark   pulls him into cover "Good man! Medicae is on its way!"
  414.         Victrus_Macharius       opens fire again, but all shots miss there target
  415.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Keep that fire up, Macharius! Keep them pinned!"
  416.         TheResilientGM  You then hear a houl. An unnerving warcry. The sound is ear-piercing. The calls inspire the enemy, and then you see him - an enemy commander transmits through several laud-hailers his war-cry. Some auxiliaries break, and abandon their positions.
  417.         Victrus_Macharius       "Yes Sir"
  418.         Sgt_Eberstark   "STAND YOUR GROUND! THE EMPEROR IS WATCHING!"
  419.         TheResilientGM  A deep fear overtakes Yonova, the sound is not unike the Foxes of Prithia, stalking their prey from above. Terrifying creatures that haunted him in his youth.
  420.         Sgt_Eberstark   shoots at the commander and misses
  421.         TheResilientGM  The faltering men, rally behind their Prithian Commander. Both sides fire and spit insults with such savagery that many - on either side, charge in to engage in melee.
  422.         Kass_Yonova     Kass suddenly drops his lasgun and falls to the ground. He pulls his legs in and forms into a ball, wide-eyed and breathing hysterically.
  423.         Gru_Persay      moves up to the Sarge.
  424.         TheResilientGM  Vikk: "Kass? Shit! Kass, are you okay?"
  425.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Snap out of it, medic! We need you here!"
  426.         Victrus_Macharius       "Shit, here they come"
  427.         TheResilientGM  Vikk slings Yonova's lasgun over his shoulder and lifts Kass's upper body. He draggs him in the direction of the outpost.
  428.         Kass_Yonova     Kass continues to to mumble to himself, still wide-eyed, no longer aware of what's going on around him.
  429.         Victrus_Macharius       takes aim and opens fire
  430.         Sgt_Eberstark   fires a two-round burst
  431.         TheResilientGM  the formation in front of Macharius is split by a gorey mess. The enemy left flank comes to a complete stop as men search for cover in desperation against the bolter fire.
  432.         TheResilientGM  "THEY BLASPHEME! THEY ENSLAVE HUMANITY AND CLAIM IT THE WILL OF THE EMPEROR! REPELL THE INVADORS! DESTROY THE BLASPHEMERS!"
  433.         TheResilientGM  The enemy roars in unison, and charge viciously.
  434.         Sgt_Eberstark   "STAND YOUR GROUND!"
  435.         Sgt_Eberstark   throws a frag
  436.         Gru_Persay      readies his axe. "For the MACHINE GOD!"
  437.         Sgt_Eberstark   "GET THEM!"
  438.         TheResilientGM  "Per l'imperatore!"
  439.         Victrus_Macharius       fires again at the approaching enemy
  440.         TheResilientGM  The charging formation receives another round of bolter fire, another 4 men are dismembered and otherwise turned into pulp by the fire.
  441.         TheResilientGM  The sergeant's grenade flies into the enemy formation. As it goes off, 3 enemy soldiers instantly perish, and another 3 fall heavily injured.
  442.         Victrus_Macharius       pulls out lasgun
  443.         Sgt_Eberstark   pulls out his chainsword
  444.         Sgt_Eberstark   "AFFIX BAYONETS!"
  445.         Sgt_Eberstark   "CHARGE!"
  446.         TheResilientGM  The auxiliary officers repeat the order and all men ready themselves for the melee counter-charge.
  447.         Sgt_Eberstark   charges the nearest enemy infantryman
  448.         Gru_Persay      charges at the enemy while staying near the Sarge.
  449.         Victrus_Macharius       follows suit in the charge
  450.         TheResilientGM  War cries are heard from either side, the battle intensifying.
  451.         TheResilientGM  Vikk shakes Yonova, "Kass! Kass, come on." he pours water over him.
  452.         Kass_Yonova     Kass stares at Vikk for a moment. And then suddenly, the cacophony of war hits him like a truck. "Emperor's Teeth, where the hell am I? Vikk? What the hell happened!?" He's having to yell over the screams of the charging men.
  453.         TheResilientGM  "It's turned into melee, a fucking mess!"
  454.         Sgt_Eberstark   turns to another enemy and slashes at him
  455.         Kass_Yonova     Kass pauses for a moment. "Right, well let's get stuck in, then we can patch up whoever's still going." Kass takes his lasgun from Vikk, and affixes his bayonet. "C'mon!" Kass runs off to catch up with the melee.
  456.         Sgt_Eberstark   misses
  457.         Victrus_Macharius       charges at one of the approaching enemy and stabs him in the chest
  458.         Gru_Persay      misses the punch with his manipulator mechadendrite.
  459.         =-=     Kass_Yonova has changed the topic to “Kass, Victrus, Gru, Sarge”
  460.         =-=     Kass_Yonova has changed the topic to “Kass, Victrus, Enemy :>< Gru, Sarge”
  461.         =-=     Kass_Yonova has changed the topic to “Kass, Victrus, Enemy :>, Gru, Sarge”
  462.         Victrus_Macharius       takes another stab at the same enemy with his bayonet, as he pulls it out guts and blood poor out of the enemy
  463.         TheResilientGM  Slowly, you realize the enemy's rear breaks and runs. Those who catch on to what's happening join in.
  464.         TheResilientGM  Soon, the majority of the enemy flees, only few unaware soldiers remain in melee.
  465.         Sgt_Eberstark   cuts down another soldier in melee
  466.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Medic, there's plenty of work for you now. Get to it."
  467.         TheResilientGM  The auxiliary company cheers at the sight of the enemy retreat.
  468.         Kass_Yonova     stops near the ending melee and nods. "Aye sir." Well that was a waste of running. "Vikk gather up those who can walk and run triage I'll see to the criticals.
  469.         Victrus_Macharius       looks at the retreating enemy and shouts, "YEAAAAAAA!!!!!"
  470.         Sgt_Eberstark   "You have done well today, but there is still more fighting ahead. Form a perimeter, and help the medic with the wounded."
  471.         Sgt_Eberstark   falls back to check on his vox operator
  472.         Gru_Persay      returns to his servitors.
  473.         Victrus_Macharius       turns back to the Heavy Bolter
  474.         Schneider       returns to the camp a little while later carrying something in his hand.
  475.         TheResilientGM  The triage runs as smoothly as possible. Yonova's experience in Feldmann's medicae center has paid off. The efficiency saves valuable time needed to treat those with the worst of the wounds.
  476.         Gru_Persay      "Command. Move. Two. Steps."
  477.         Victrus_Macharius       "Sarge, are the coms still down?
  478.         TheResilientGM  The prefab buildings are used and auxiliary tents are set up in segments.
  479.         TheResilientGM  The wounded await whatever treatment they can get.
  480.         Victrus_Macharius       +Hello, is this thing on, any one there?+
  481.         TheResilientGM  The transmission is unable to go through.
  482.         Schneider       walks up to Eberstark with something in his hands. "Sir can I use the Vox?"
  483.         Victrus_Macharius       "Damn, seems like the coms are still down, any luck with yours Arthur?"
  484.         Sgt_Eberstark   "It's down. My vox operator was sent out to get reinforcements."
  485.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Let's go check on him."
  486.         Schneider       nods and shoves the object in his pack.
  487.         Schneider       follows behind his squad leader.
  488.         Sgt_Eberstark   goes to find his comrade
  489.         TheResilientGM  Vikk: "8 Critical condition, 12 moderately wounded, 10 lightly wounded" he hands the summary to Yonova.
  490.         TheResilientGM  Vikk: "21... 22 dead... 4 missing. That's the butcher's bill."
  491.         Kass_Yonova     "We'll have the auxiliares form a search party and look across the battle zone for the missing and gather the dead."
  492.         Kass_Yonova     "I'll need you assisting me here, Vikk."
  493.         Gru_Persay      uses MUI to give orders to each servitors.
  494.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Where the fuck is he?"
  495.         Sgt_Eberstark   gets back to base
  496.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Schneider, my vox operator and three other auxilia are missing. I sent them back to get reinforcements when the engagement began. Help me find them."
  497.         Schneider       nods. "Yes Sir, Hector and I'll find em."
  498.         Victrus_Macharius       looks over at the sarge, "Hey Sarge, need any additional help?"
  499.         TheResilientGM  In the distance, Schneider can hear the call of a Prithian bird-of-prey.
  500.         Schneider       calls back and heads towards the sound.
  501.         Schneider       motions for the squad to follow him.
  502.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Hold on, let me get some first aid."
  503.         Sgt_Eberstark   stays behind for Kass to heal him
  504.         Kass_Yonova     "Dammit, sir, I need you to stay in one place."
  505.         Schneider       "I'll bring them over."
  506.         TheResilientGM  A squad of Jaegers show up, along with Siegberg and his accompanying auxiliary.
  507.         Schneider       "Hey fellas!"
  508.         Victrus_Macharius       follows Schneider "Arthur stay here while I go check this out"
  509.         Schneider       "I got somethin for ya to give back at HQ"
  510.         TheResilientGM  "What the hell are you two up to? Comm black-out this far south?"
  511.         Kass_Yonova     "Sarge, you seem to have caught some shrapanel in the ass, and right leg."
  512.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Emperor damn it. All right, get to it, then."
  513.         Schneider       reaches into his pack and pulls out the severed head of the enemy Commander. "Well what ever jammed us attacked us and I got this bastard. I figured no one would believe me unless I took a trophy."
  514.         Kass_Yonova     Kass directs the Sergeant to lay on his left side as Kass extracts the metal bits. "Believe me, I would rather you caught it somewhere else as well."
  515.         TheResilientGM  "Who the fuck's this?"
  516.         Schneider       "Some Commander."
  517.         TheResilientGM  "Probably the reason behind some of these fucking ghost stories."
  518.         Schneider       "See I got 'em right through the eye." He points at his blown out eye socket.
  519.         Schneider       "I figured it out."
  520.         Schneider       "It's just fucking snipers."
  521.         TheResilientGM  The lead Jaeger looks through. "Hmm wow."
  522.         Schneider       "Shit ones at that. I popped 2 on the way out here."
  523.         TheResilientGM  "What about the bodies?"
  524.         TheResilientGM  "Supply trains have about 50 MIAs... on the way here, we only saw a few of the Prithians' remains."
  525.         Kass_Yonova     "Alright Sarge, you're good to go, make sure you sleep on your side, or you're irritate the wounds."
  526.         Schneider       "They're gathering up the corpses for some unknown reason."
  527.         Kass_Yonova     "Ah, here's the wounded report as well."
  528.         Kass_Yonova     Critical: 4 with lost apendages, 1 lost a chunk of his head, 2 are literally full of holes, but cauterization and terrible aim mean they weren't hit anywhere vital, and 1 with a nasty chest wound.
  529.         TheResilientGM  "Well, I'll be sure to take your present here to the Captain."
  530.         Kass_Yonova     Moderate: 5 with broken arms/legs, 3 with multiple shrapanel wounds, 2 with concussions, and 2 with multiple lacerations (one barely missed the femoral artery)
  531.         Victrus_Macharius       "We founds some people packing the bodies into some patched up Chimera on the way here"
  532.         Kass_Yonova     Light: 7 with minor shrapanel wounds (including one Sergeant Eberstark), the remaining 5 have light wounds including, large scrapes, torn skin, and one was unfortunate enough to have two black eyes.
  533.         Schneider       nods. "Will do, I'll be taking sniper ears when I kill em too. Make sure you guys take some too when you get them."
  534.         Schneider       "They think their "ghosts" are unkillable."
  535.         Schneider       "What are you guys doing out this far anyway?"
  536.         TheResilientGM  "Now, Otto... you'll want to tell your Captain? Lieutenant? Whatever it is... there's a civie settlement up-stream. Mostly non-aggressive but we gathered some intel they may have something to do with the goddamned comms blackouts."
  537.         Schneider       "We got conflicting stories on what it might be. The cogboy says it could be some sorta archotechy thing and the psyker says it might be some crazy psyker shit that's causing it."
  538.         TheResilientGM  The servitors busy at work, finalize the defense turrets first and begin building the prefab structures.
  539.         Gru_Persay      starting chanting machine prayers as he uses his MUI to give individual servitors new orders.
  540.         TheResilientGM  "Well whatever it is, we can't be of much help. We're going back into effective vox-range to end the patrol and then back to HQ."
  541.         Kass_Yonova     After finishing with the wounded Kass washes his hands in the creek. He heads back to take stock of his remaining medical supplies.
  542.         Gru_Persay      "Our enemies may rest but rust never sleeps!"
  543.         Schneider       "Gotchya, let em know we got a Commander and they've started assaulting our outposts."
  544.         TheResilientGM  "And I'll let our friend here," he points to the severed head, "tell them about the end to ghost stories."
  545.         Schneider       "Just remind the bastards there's scarier things than Ghosts."
  546.         TheResilientGM  The servitors finish everything save the repair depot - the largest building in the compound.
  547.         TheResilientGM  They all go to work on the same structure. Many auxiliaries stand around, observing with awe as they work.
  548.         TheResilientGM  "Just don't kill all of them!" the Jaeger lead takes the severed head from Otto and rejoins his squad.
  549.         TheResilientGM  Siegberg: "Sir, the black-out zone has somehow shifted... it's much closer to base now."
  550.         Kass_Yonova     stands behind the auxiliary crowd watching as well.
  551.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Shit. Whatever its source is, it's moving towards us."
  552.         Sgt_Eberstark   "I take it you couldn't get any support?"
  553.         TheResilientGM  "I was able to contact HQ, sir. The drops are going ahead as scheduled. Aeronautica patrols will be sent in to keep an eye on our movements, and a small convoy may be sent up to this outpost. Other than that, not much is changing."
  554.         Victrus_Macharius       heads back to the Heavy Bolter
  555.         Gru_Persay      connects each servitor together and then to himself. Gru commands them to move towards the back of the structure then power down.
  556.         Sgt_Eberstark   "... I see."
  557.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Yonova, how many able men do we have left?"
  558.         Gru_Persay      starts maintenance on the servitors.
  559.         Kass_Yonova     "If we include the lightly wounded who are still able to fight, 68, sir."
  560.         Kass_Yonova     "We can't really move the critically or moderately wounded either, unless it's back to HQ for extended care."
  561.         Sgt_Eberstark   "How long till the moderately wounded are in fighting condition?"
  562.         Kass_Yonova     "About a week for 5 of them, the other 7 would be months."
  563.         Kass_Yonova     "They can still fire a weapon sir, but it would have to be from a fixed position."
  564.         TheResilientGM  The auxiliaries finish gathering the dead, and line them up in front of the repair depot, covering them up with their cloaks.
  565.         TheResilientGM  They have also brought in 3 heavy stubbers left behind by the retreating enemy.
  566.         TheResilientGM  They have set them up covering the road, forming a well-defended perimeter.
  567.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Set two of those behind. Leave thirty men in fighting shape with the wounded here; the rest come with us."
  568.         Sgt_Eberstark   "No, 25."
  569.         Gru_Persay      approaches the rest of the group.
  570.         Victrus_Macharius       successfully taught one of the auxiliaries squad's the basics of how to use the heavy stabbers and not get themselves killed with the help of Kass's "amazing" translating skills
  571.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Let them choose one, we're taking the other two: one per outpost."
  572.         Gru_Persay      "Sergeant, the servitors will have trouble marching any distance."
  573.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Can you set up everything yourself?"
  574.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Is there any way for them to be disassembled and carried to the next spot?"
  575.         Gru_Persay      "Not without a transport vehicle."
  576.         Gru_Persay      "And an assembly line factory to put them back together."
  577.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Damn."
  578.         TheResilientGM  Hector: "If the problem's the damned comms blackout, Jaegers say a civvie outpost up-stream might have something to do with it."
  579.         TheResilientGM  Vikk: "We'd fall behind schedule for the drop, but it may be worth it if we can put an end to this thing" he points to his commbead.
  580.         Kass_Yonova     "Aye, it's a pain the ass not being able to coordinate without the comm-beads.
  581.         Sgt_Eberstark   "How long do you think it would take to get there?"
  582.         TheResilientGM  Hector: "Can't be sure, Sarge, but we did spot two civilians nearby before the assault."
  583.         Schneider       "I think they said it was a few km away."
  584.         Gru_Persay      "Securing the Dark Age technology will benefit the Adeptus Mechanicus greatly."
  585.         TheResilientGM  Vikk: "Considering how fucked up everything is, I don't think they would have travelled too far away from their settlement" he shrugs
  586.         Schneider       "One of em said they were sick too so I don't know what's that all about."
  587.         Victrus_Macharius       "What happened to the one that was sick?"
  588.         Schneider       "He died."
  589.         TheResilientGM  "Drowned in half a foot of water" Hector adds.
  590.         Sgt_Eberstark   "That..."
  591.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Tell the auxilia to boil the creek's water before using it."
  592.         Sgt_Eberstark   "Let's go find this facility, then."
  593.  
  594.         Kass_Yonova     "I did, but that's what sanitation is for."
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