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Resilient Session 3

Vlaskiyov Oct 4th, 2014 316 Never
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  1. TheResilientGM  You arrive at camp late that evening. The engines of your transport cease, and the doors are opened for you. Men uniformed to signify they are part of the Captain's Command Squad wait for you just outside, lined up weapons at the ready.
  2.         TheResilientGM  "Corporal Yonova," a sergeant calls.
  3.         Kass_Yonova     get's out of the Chimera, making sure his gear and pack are comfortable. "Sir."
  4.         Kass_Yonova     Kass gives the Sergeant a salute.
  5.         TheResilientGM  Not far from you, Colonel Stieglitz dismounts from his Sentinel, Vonayans untie the unconscious Prithian from his machine and take him away into the camp.
  6.         TheResilientGM  "Surrender your weapons" as the command is given, two Prithian soldiers approach the medic.
  7.         Artem_Gusarov   hesitates and looks to Stieglitz
  8.         Gru_Persay      leaves the Chimera and commands Meat to follow.
  9.         TheResilientGM  The Colonel watches from a distance, observing the situation in silence.
  10.         Kass_Yonova     Kass unslings his rifle and hands it over, along with his grenade belt and side-arm. He also unbuckles his knife sheath and gives that with the knife to the guardsmen.
  11.         TheResilientGM  "Hold, Techpriest!" the sergeant commands.
  12.         Kass_Yonova     "I'll hold onto my medical gear, if that is fine with you, sir."
  13.         Gru_Persay      stops and says "Yes, Sir."
  14.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Stop."
  15.         TheResilientGM  The sergeant nods. "You may take it to the medicae and triage center on your way to the brig."
  16.         Kass_Yonova     "Aye, sir."
  17.         TheResilientGM  Two more Prithians join the pair already by you; your escort.
  18.         TheResilientGM  "You are to be held until a date for your court martial is determined" the sergeant adds.
  19.         Schneider       sets his weapons down and looks at the escorts. "Now don't go gettin her dirty I just cleaned her before we landed."
  20.         Kass_Yonova     Kass simply nods.
  21.         TheResilientGM  The men from around you. "Now, Corporal, if you please" he motions to the base. He solemnly salutes.
  22.         Kass_Yonova     returns the salute and then heads to the medical tent and triage, before heading to the brig.
  23.         TheResilientGM  DCC Chat (23.243.55.170)
  24.         TheResilientGM  "The rest of you. At ease," he says before parting.
  25.         TheResilientGM  A short moment later, Stieglitz follows the escort.
  26.         Gru_Persay      attempts to repair what's left of Meat's arm and face.
  27.         TheResilientGM  The base has changed since you were last here. Earthworks have been added, and regulation defenses set up. The camp looks identical to those you remember setting up in training.
  28.         Artem_Gusarov   goes to find a quartermaster to resupply
  29.         Schneider       goes off to find the mess hall.
  30.         Gru_Persay      heads toward the vehicle depo and looks around for an officer or mechanic.
  31.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Follow. I have to find you some share parts."
  32.         Schneider       returns to the squad's staging area.
  33.         Gru_Persay      enters the mess hall and gives a tray. Gru looks around."
  34.         Gru_Persay      sits at a table by himself and eats.
  35.         TheResilientGM  Not long after, several platoons in dress uniform travel together to the new LZ.
  36.         TheResilientGM  What used to be a strip of dirt is now a well-defended flattened area. It's seen plenty of use; many crates and boxes surround the area.
  37.         Artem_Gusarov   finds the mess hall and sits next to Gru
  38.         TheResilientGM  They form two single-file lines, largely spaced from eachother, and hold their positions.
  39.         TheResilientGM  Simulatentously, two officers call out the exact opposite orders. "RIGHT/LEFT FACE!"
  40.         TheResilientGM  The lines turn to face one another.
  41.         TheResilientGM  Not long after, several aircraft, flying in formation, fly around the camp.
  42.         Gru_Persay      says to Artem "You hear that?"
  43.         TheResilientGM  Finally, one of them, an Aquila lander, breaks formation and descends.
  44.         TheResilientGM  The lander finds its place, and makes a landing. The engines howling until they slow down to a halt.
  45.         Alexandr_Harmon *Stumbles into one of the tents*
  46.         TheResilientGM  The doors open, and out steps an ornate figure.
  47.         Alexandr_Harmon Oh sorry everyone, im retarded
  48.         Gru_Persay      "Who the hell is that?"
  49.         TheResilientGM  "ATTENTION!" the gauntlet of Guardsmen stand at attention as the figure approaches, followed by staff.
  50.         Schneider       "What the hell?"
  51.         TheResilientGM  He wears the cap of the Prithian Officers you remember seeing on portraits back at the training facilities in Prithia. He wears an impressive overcoat that flows freely behind him.
  52.         Gru_Persay      "Heh. Who's the unlucky squad to get that idiot?"
  53.         TheResilientGM  "Colonel! 2nd and 3rd Companies presenting and--" the lieutenant is stopped mid-sentence by the raised, gloved hand of Colonel Schoenfeld.
  54.         TheResilientGM  He takes a look at the men at either side, and salutes, making his way to the end of the ceremonial proceedings. Captain Zieten salutes him, and leads him into the Command Structure.
  55.         TheResilientGM  "I didn't think he'd be showing up" shrugs Hector.
  56.         Alexandr_Harmon Soooooooo i ate some berries and i/m not not sure what's happening,
  57.         Gru_Persay      "I think I'm done here." Gru says to Artem "What about you?"
  58.         Alexandr_Harmon "So i'm Alexandr and my friend here is Ramon."
  59.         Schneider       looks at the new comer. "I'm not sure if we need a priest or a commissar"
  60.         Gru_Persay      leaves the mess hall and heads toward the Quartermaster's depo.
  61.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Follow."
  62.         |<--    Artem_Gusarov has left irc.thisisnotatrueending.com (Quit: http://www.kiwiirc.com/ - A hand crafted IRC client)
  63.         TheResilientGM  The quartermaster appears as busy as ever, several aids running back and forth with forms, and boxes.
  64.         Alexandr_Harmon *Watching in confusion*
  65.         Alexandr_Harmon *Walks into the quartermaster's office* Sir, Alexandr Harmon requesting a grenade launcher.
  66.         TheResilientGM  "Harmon... 3rd Company?" I'm afraid not, Private.
  67.         TheResilientGM  Have these on reserve for 4th Company.
  68.         Gru_Persay      "Hello, may I see your wares?"
  69.         TheResilientGM  "What do you want, Techpriest?"
  70.         Schneider       goes up to the quartermaster. "Ya got any long lases? My normal lasgun just can't shoot very far ya know?"
  71.         Gru_Persay      "Some ammo for an autogun, shotgun, and autopistol, and a Bayonet."
  72.         TheResilientGM  "You were with the Vonayan Contacts in the assault up north?"
  73.         Schneider       "Yeah I was, it was damn fun burnin those bastards out."
  74.         TheResilientGM  "Just a moment, there, trooper."
  75.         Schneider       "Take your time"
  76.         Alexandr_Harmon *Walks up to the quartermaster* Sir, do you have a Melta that i may request?
  77.         TheResilientGM  He walks out the back and returns with a large case. He lays it on the counter and opens it up in front of you. "Our very last until reinforcements. Take good care of her."
  78.         Schneider       "Oh I will don't you worry"
  79.         TheResilientGM  "So it's a melta instead?"
  80.         Schneider       takes the rifle and ammo and slings it over his shoulder. "Hey Hector we got a new gun!"
  81.         TheResilientGM  "Now how're we going to burn those damned ugly badgers, Otto?"
  82.         TheResilientGM  "I'm afraid not, son," the Quartermaster replies. "You're just too green."
  83.         TheResilientGM  "And techpriest, plenty of ammo on the boxes to your left. Take what you need."
  84.         Schneider       "We shoot 'em from half a kilometer away that's how!"
  85.         Alexandr_Harmon *Goes to the cornet in disappointment*
  86.         TheResilientGM  He reaches down behind his counter and pulls out a form. He then points to a crate just outside the entrance. "That'll be it right there. Take one and do me a favor, bring the crate in."
  87.         Gru_Persay      grabs the crate outside and brings it to the Quartermaster.
  88.         TheResilientGM  "One of them's yours," he says as he opens the crate.
  89.         Gru_Persay      takes 3 clips of ammo for each of his weapons. Gru takes a bayonet and attracts it to the autogun. He thanks the Quartermaster.
  90.         Alexandr_Harmon *Goes to quartermaster* "Sir, can you please give me a autogu?"
  91.         Gru_Persay      "I have something for you." Gru walks outside and takes 9 entrenchment tools from Meat. He brings it inside and gives it to the Quartermaster.
  92.         TheResilientGM  "Off to the side, there, cog-boy."
  93.         Schneider       gets his sight and has it attached to his rifle while giggling like a schola girl.
  94.         TheResilientGM  Guards around you are relieved of their watch, and new ones take their place. Those relieved walk to their quarters to rest, the sun already hidden behind the horizon.
  95.         Gru_Persay      enters a chimera and starts mediating.
  96.         Alexandr_Harmon *Follows Gru^
  97.         TheResilientGM  "MMEAAAT" he charges the Private and knocks him to the ground.
  98.         Gru_Persay      "Meat... Good. BOY."
  99.         Alexandr_Harmon *Yells out* " GRU WHAT IS THIS????
  100.         Gru_Persay      "If you don't want Meat to give you one of his special hugs, I suggest you head to your quarters."
  101.         TheResilientGM  The servitor gets up and stands next to Gru, a low hum under his breath.
  102.         Alexandr_Harmon "I don't know where my quarter is. You look like a man i can learn from sir."
  103.         TheResilientGM  The servitor slowly approaches the trooper.
  104.         Gru_Persay      "For the love of the Omnissiah. Just ask one of the other officers where the quarters are. "
  105.         Alexandr_Harmon *starts stepping back^
  106.         TheResilientGM  "MMMEEEAAAAATTTT" the servitor slowly growls
  107.         Alexandr_Harmon "As you wish sir."
  108.         Gru_Persay      "Easy. Meat."
  109.         Alexandr_Harmon *Walks away*
  110.         Gru_Persay      heads back inside the chimera and continues his meditation.
  111.         TheResilientGM  THE FOLLOWING MORNING
  112.         TheResilientGM  You awake to the sound of a very busy camp. Men carrying and dragging things, chatter everywhere, orders being shouted by officers.
  113.         Alexandr_Harmon *Looks for Gru*
  114.         TheResilientGM  A man bursts into the barracks, "Lieutenant Koss' men, you are to report to Commissar Wolfe. He awaits you in the Rally Square."
  115.         Schneider       grabs his gear and makes sure all his equipment is straightened
  116.         Gru_Persay      climbs out of the chimera to see what the commotion is about.
  117. TheResilientGM  The Rally Square is different this morning.
  118.         |<--    Alexandr_Harmon has left irc.thisisnotatrueending.com (Ping timeout)
  119.         TheResilientGM  The usual stand is replaced by several benches and a large throne-like seat. The preparations are ones you are familiar with. This is set for a public court martial.
  120.         TheResilientGM  Ahead, you find a Commissar, wearing the neat dark blue and gold-trimmed coat of those assigned to overlook regiments of Prithia and the Romulus subsector.
  121.         -->|    Artem_Gusarov (Artem_Gusa@sux-D4118048.clients.kiwiirc.com) has joined #resilient
  122.         -->|    Alexandr_Harmon (chatzilla@sux-338435CC.sub-75-211-11.myvzw.com) has joined #resilient
  123.         TheResilientGM  You notice a squad approach the Commissar. They appear to be escorting Yonova, cuffed.
  124.         Artem_Gusarov   "Just my luck.", he mumbles in Vonayan
  125.         TheResilientGM  As you approach, one of the Colonel's aides approaches you, nervously. "Please join Corporal Yonova's bench."
  126.         Gru_Persay      sits on the bench and commands Meat to stay.
  127.         Schneider       sits next to Gru
  128.         Alexandr_Harmon *Sits next to Schneider*
  129.         TheResilientGM  The hall now begins to fill with officers, and troopers alike. In the very front, Captain Zieten takes one of the seats overlooking the Square; he will be part of the overseeing tribunal.
  130.         Kass_Yonova     faces the squad. "I miss anything?"
  131.         Gru_Persay      "Meat has a new face."
  132.         TheResilientGM  The Commissar stands next to your bench. On the opposite side, a Storm trooper stands guard.
  133.         Alexandr_Harmon *secretly wants to sit next to Gru*
  134.         Artem_Gusarov   "Do I want to know how you got it?"
  135.         TheResilientGM  Suddenly, the majority of the men in the Square stand at attention.
  136.         TheResilientGM  Colonel Schoenfeld enters, and takes his seat next to Captain Zieten.
  137.         Kass_Yonova     stands with the rest as well.
  138.         TheResilientGM  The colonel sits, and motions for the men to do as he has. They sit.
  139.         Alexandr_Harmon *whispers to Schneider* "Can we switch seats?"
  140.         Kass_Yonova     takes his seat again.
  141.         TheResilientGM  Then, Colonel Stieglitz enters, he makes his way to his Prithian counterpart.
  142.         TheResilientGM  A few men, no more than a couple dozen, stand now. Vonayans present for the Court martial.
  143.         Schneider       looks at Alex like he's insane.
  144.         TheResilientGM  The Vonayan Colonel sits on tha Captain's other side.
  145.         TheResilientGM  Captain Zieten then stands and announces: "The proceedings begin. Let the accused appear before the tribunal!"
  146.         TheResilientGM  A small escort enters. They escort the familiar figure of Lieutenant Koss.
  147.         TheResilientGM  Not long after, a beaten man is brought in. A captain of some sort. His swollen face familiar to you; the man Stieglitz took prisoner.
  148.         TheResilientGM  The opening arguments begin. Several charges of "gross incompetence" are raised against the men.
  149.         TheResilientGM  The opening arguments begin. Several witnesses are called in from the Colonels' staff. They detail the events of your rendezvous with the Vonayan elements, and the advance through the woodlands. Schoenfeld and Stieglitz both mercilessly question the witnesses, finding breaches of protocol during the process. It's almost difficult to remember who's on trial.
  150.         TheResilientGM  At last, Lieutenant Koss is called to the stand.
  151.         TheResilientGM  His account doesn't vary from anything that's been aid so far, save his description after entering the woods. He claims that the Vonayan recon mislead them, and instigated mutiny. He further claims that it was Stieglitz's intention to degrade his command to take glory from the field.
  152.         TheResilientGM  The Vonayan Colonel stands.
  153.         TheResilientGM  Lieutenant Koss now shifts the blame to Corporal Yonova. He charges him with serious offenses against the chain of command. Schoenfeld silences him, citing that the medic is already in custody and awaiting his own trial.
  154.         TheResilientGM  Stieglitz ends the Lieutenant's testimony for him, calling upon witnesses of his own.
  155.         TheResilientGM  "Private Artem Gusarov."
  156.         Artem_Gusarov   stands, maintaining a neutral expression
  157.         TheResilientGM  The Commissar stands out of the way, "Approach the bench."
  158.         Artem_Gusarov   approaches the bench
  159.         TheResilientGM  "Will you testify on the veracity of the events as you witnessed them, maintaining only the truth in your testimony, in the name of the God-Emperor of Man?"
  160.         Artem_Gusarov   "Yes."
  161.         TheResilientGM  "Please take the stand."
  162.         Artem_Gusarov   takes the stand
  163.         TheResilientGM  "For the record, could you give the tribunal your full name and rank in service of the Emperor?"
  164.         Artem_Gusarov   "Private Artem Gusarov, Vonayan 23rd, 2nd Company, 4th Platoon."
  165.         TheResilientGM  "When was the first time, Private Gusarov, that you linked with the Prithian Vanguard on this planet?"
  166.         Artem_Gusarov   "About two weeks after my regiment first made planetfall. My platoon was to rendezvous with one of the first squads of the Prithian 79th, 2nd Company near Landing Zone Delta One."
  167.         TheResilientGM  "What events brought you to link with the Vonayan elements so far North of this island?"
  168.         Artem_Gusarov   "I had direct orders from both my captain, Maxim Daniilovich, and later my Colonel, Armin Stieglitz, to rendezvous with the rest of my Company in the North."
  169.         Artem_Gusarov   "So I fought through the enemy's artillery base between D1 and D2, then marched the rest of the way North with the 79th Prithian's 4th Company."
  170.         TheResilientGM  The Captain continues, "What were your orders at that time?"
  171.         TheResilientGM  Colonel Stieglitz, turns to the Captain, and whispers something to him.
  172.         TheResilientGM  You can't hear the discussion, but whatever it is, it seems to change the Captain's mind.
  173.         TheResilientGM  He looks towards the scribes' table, "Redact that question."
  174.         TheResilientGM  "You then joined up with the Lieutenant's Platoon, is that correct?"
  175.         Artem_Gusarov   "Yes."
  176.         TheResilientGM  "And you both were to travel North, through the woodlands?"
  177.         Artem_Gusarov   "Yes."
  178.         TheResilientGM  "At what point, then, did you divert your course?"
  179.         Artem_Gusarov   "When I came within vox range of my Company. I was informed that the rendezvous point was changed to another point further west."
  180.         TheResilientGM  "And what reasons were given for such a dramatic change?"
  181.         Artem_Gusarov   "Enemy armor cut off my Company's previous position."
  182.         TheResilientGM  "And did you do your duty, and inform the Lieutenant of the change of location, and the dangerous situation informing that decision?"
  183.         Artem_Gusarov   "Yes, I did."
  184.         |<--    Alexandr_Harmon has left irc.thisisnotatrueending.com (Ping timeout)
  185.         TheResilientGM  Koss stands up, and desperately exclaims, "this is a lie!"
  186.         Artem_Gusarov   gives the butterbar a look
  187.         TheResilientGM  A storm trooper approaches him and sits him down.
  188.         TheResilientGM  "The accused will remain civil, lest the Commissariat be ceded the authority of oversight in this case."
  189.         TheResilientGM  The commissar standing by the bench nods to the Captain.
  190.         =-=     Kass_Yonova has changed the topic to “The Commissariat don't want none, unless you got HERESY, son.”
  191.         TheResilientGM  "And did you receive a response from the Lieutenant?"
  192.         Artem_Gusarov   "Yes. He told me to continue on to the original rendezvous point."
  193.         TheResilientGM  Colonel Schoenfeld now takes over the questioning: "But did you ever receive any confirmation that the Lieutenant had indeed received your warning?"
  194.         Artem_Gusarov   "Yes. He specifically told me to continue on to the original rendezvous point, and repeated that after I explained why it had been changed, and why continuing on to it would lead to unnecessary heavy losses."
  195.         Artem_Gusarov   "As it did."
  196.         TheResilientGM  "And what knowledge do you have of the accusation of one Corporal Yonova's impersonation of an officer during this moment?"
  197.         Artem_Gusarov   "During that particular moment, or right now?"
  198.         TheResilientGM  The Colonel looks at Captain Zieten.
  199.         TheResilientGM  The Captain resumes questioning once more: "Do you have any knowledge of a breach of the chain of command by the Corporal?"
  200.         Artem_Gusarov   "Yes."
  201.         TheResilientGM  The Lieutenant looks back, and shoots a piercing glance at Kass.
  202.         TheResilientGM  "No further questions."
  203.         Kass_Yonova     meets the Lieutenant's gaze. Keeping his expression neutral.
  204.         TheResilientGM  We call to the stand Corporal Kass Yonova.
  205.         TheResilientGM  The Storm Trooper standing guard motions for Kass to stand.
  206.         Artem_Gusarov   sits back on the bench
  207.         Kass_Yonova     stands up from the bench, and approaches the stand.
  208.         TheResilientGM  "For the record, state your full name and rank, in the Emperor's service."
  209.         -->|    Victrus_Macharius (chatzilla@sux-EE2BCFE0.sanbrunocable.com) has joined #resilient
  210.         Kass_Yonova     "Kass Yonova, Corporal, Prithian 79th, 3rd Company, 2nd Platoon."
  211.         TheResilientGM  "What do you know, Corporal, about the intelligence allegedly provided by the Vonayan Recon elements to Lieutenant Koss regarding the secondary rendezvous point?"
  212.         Kass_Yonova     "I know that the second rendezvous point was safer than the initial one given, as it was, according to Artem and his comrades, overrun with enemy armor. To proceed to the initial rendezvous would be suicidal. And it was, for the rest of my platoon, as you know, sir.. The only survivors I knew of, besides my squad, was Trooper Macharius, and Trooper Volgin with an Autocannon. I had no idea...
  213.         Kass_Yonova     ...that Lieutenant Koss was even still alive until yesterday."
  214.         TheResilientGM  The officers look at eachother and appear to discuss something.
  215.         TheResilientGM  "We understand that there's a survivor of the incident who is now in your squad?"
  216.         TheResilientGM  Koss seems utterly shocked at the information just given.
  217.         Kass_Yonova     "Two survivors, sir. Troopers Macharius and Volgin, as I mentioned earlier."
  218.         TheResilientGM  "No further questions."
  219.         Kass_Yonova     leaves the stand and takes his seat on the bench.
  220.         TheResilientGM  "We now call Private Macharius to the stand."
  221.         Victrus_Macharius       "Yes Sir"
  222.         Victrus_Macharius       Stands up and makes his way up to the stand
  223.         -->|    Alexandr_Harmon (chatzilla@sux-5119D94C.hsd1.az.comcast.net) has joined #resilient
  224.         TheResilientGM  The usual introduction and swearing in takes place, and the questioning commences.
  225.         TheResilientGM  "Private Macharius, were you in fact in Lieutenant's squad during the events in question?"
  226.         Victrus_Macharius       "Yes I and my comrade Arthur were apart of Lieutenant Koss's Squad during the events"
  227.         TheResilientGM  "Was Lieutenant Koss, to your knowledge, informed of the dangers blocking the first rendezvous point and of the need to move to a secondary point of contact?"
  228.         TheResilientGM  Suddenly, an aid in Vonayan uniform approaches the tribunal. He is stopped by guards. He appeard to give some sort of explanation, and is allowed to approach his Colonel.
  229.         Victrus_Macharius       "Yes, we were contacted by the Recon team of that there were several enemy tanks blocking the rendezvous point and we were told to head to the second point, but Lieutenant Koss's decided to push forward to the North""
  230.         TheResilientGM  Lieutenant Koss sinks in his seat. This testimony, he realizes is the end of him.
  231.         TheResilientGM  The Vonayan aid hurries off once more.
  232.         Victrus_Macharius       "along the way we were intercepted by the tanks that we were told about prior to the rendezvous point. Most of the squad was killed after that."
  233.         TheResilientGM  Stieglitz appears hard-pressed to maintain any level of stoicism, suddenly. He speaks on behalf of the tribunal: "No further questions."
  234.         Victrus_Macharius       gets up and heads back to his seat
  235.         TheResilientGM  After a very brief period of deliberation, it is Colonel Schoenfeld who announced the verdict.
  236.         Schneider       leans over to Gru and whispers "Finally we can get the hell outta here."
  237.         TheResilientGM  "It is the Opinion of this tribunal, in the light of the Emperor, that Lieutenant Koss of the Prithian Vanguard is guilty of gross negligence, resulting in the death and destruction of a majority of his forces and the equipment presented to them to accomplish their simple task."
  238.         TheResilientGM  "Stand, Lieutenant."
  239.         TheResilientGM  Koss rises, looking back once more at your bench.
  240.         Kass_Yonova     Kass looks at the Lieutenant. "Emperor have mercy on you," he mutters.
  241.         TheResilientGM  "As per the standards and regulations set by the Prithian General Directorate, your offenses constitute a direct threat to the planetary efforts to lead the sub-sector in the Emperor's service. You demonstrate no regard for these efforts, instead choosing to glorify yourself, and your now accursed family name."
  242.         Gru_Persay      responds to Schneider "Indeed."
  243.         TheResilientGM  "All titles of rank and nobility attained in service to the Emperor are hereby revoked; death by firing squad at Dawn; your body never to return to Prithian soil."
  244.         TheResilientGM  The Captain rises: "All dismissed."
  245.         TheResilientGM  No sooner is the word given, Colonel Stieglitz rushes out.
  246.         TheResilientGM  A Vonayan approaches your bench. The Commissar stops him.
  247.         TheResilientGM  "Word from Colonel Stieglitz..." They share an untrusting stare before the Commissar gets out of his way.
  248.         TheResilientGM  He approaches you carefully:
  249.         TheResilientGM  "Sukas found our base... They have repositioned their artillery and are flushing everyone out of the woods" he looks to Yonova, " the Colonel will get you out of here. You'll all be needed in the front. Schoenfeld will give you your orders."
  250.         TheResilientGM  The man leaves in the same direction as the Colonel.
  251.         Kass_Yonova     "I see." Kass simply says.
  252.         Artem_Gusarov   "Blyat."
  253.         TheResilientGM  The Commissar, you realize, has gone.
  254.         Schneider       "Finally, this shit was borin me to death."
  255.         TheResilientGM  Suddenly, the alarm is raised. Laudhailers everywhere begin transmitting the immediate need to group up and prepare for deployment.
  256.         TheResilientGM  "So... are you free?" asks Vikk.
  257.         Kass_Yonova     "To be honest, I have no idea." Kass looks down at his cuffs and shrugs.
  258.         TheResilientGM  Hector suddenly gasps for air. Apparently asleep for the proceedings.
  259.         TheResilientGM  The Commissar returns, hand reaching into his coat.
  260.         TheResilientGM  "Yonova," he calls.
  261.         Kass_Yonova     "Sir."
  262.         TheResilientGM  "It seems you've been exonerated... /vital personel/" he pulls out the relevant piece of paper. Your equipment is in the medicae ward.
  263.         TheResilientGM  The Storm Trooper unshackles Kass unceremoniously.
  264.         Kass_Yonova     "Very good, sir."
  265.         Kass_Yonova     rubs his wrists, glad the shackles are off.
  266.         Kass_Yonova     Kass looks to Vikk, "looks like I am free, lets get my gear and form up."
  267.         Schneider       nods "Okay"
  268.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Follow."
  269.         TheResilientGM  Several Arvus transport aircraft land in the now-expanded landing zone on-base. Squads are lined up just outside and ordered to pour in for rapid deployment. Likewise, the Chimera transports available are all used to bring men to the front.
  270.         Alexandr_Harmon *Follows Gru at a 15 feet distance*
  271.         Victrus_Macharius       follows Gru
  272.         TheResilientGM  Others are simply made to march north, following the trails you used during that first day that sealed the fate of Lieutenant Koss.
  273.         Victrus_Macharius       but then decides to follow kass
  274.         Kass_Yonova     At a running pace Kass, with Vikk following, makes his way to the medical ward to get his medical gear, and then the brig for his weapons and ammunition. After retrieving all of his prior equipment and gear he finds the rest of the squad.
  275.         TheResilientGM  "Sgt. Mauler" a man suddenly approaches your group. He doesn't bother stopping to salute, he simply motions you to follow him.
  276.         Victrus_Macharius       runs to the quarter master to get as much auto canon ammo as possible
  277.         TheResilientGM  "You get to attach your controversial asses to my command for this operation."
  278.         TheResilientGM  The quartermaster's depot is extremely busy.
  279.         Kass_Yonova     "Aye sir."
  280.         TheResilientGM  Every unprepared squad is lined up to acquire whatever equipment and ammo it can before deployment.
  281.         Victrus_Macharius       says to self "Fuck"
  282.         TheResilientGM  "We have the pleasure of using one of them" he points to the sky as an Arvus transport flies by.
  283.         Schneider       checks his flamer and long las while humming.
  284.         TheResilientGM  "Flying metal coffins, the damned things. But the only thing I CAN promise you is blood. Either way, I'm not a liar."
  285.         TheResilientGM  He picks up his pace, expecting you to keep up.
  286.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Hurry."
  287.         Alexandr_Harmon *still following Gru*
  288.         Schneider       looks over to Gru "Hey you want this?" He offers him his M36 lasgun.
  289.         Victrus_Macharius       turns and books it to catch up with the rest of the squad
  290.         Gru_Persay      "No thanks, I'm not trained with it."
  291.         TheResilientGM  A lander has come to a stop in front of a waiting squad. Mauler, now at a jog's pace gets in front of the group. After a short exchange with the men, he signals you over to board.
  292.         Victrus_Macharius       finally catches up with the squad
  293.         Schneider       shrugs and hands it to Hector. "Just thought I'd offer."
  294.         Kass_Yonova     climbs aboard, taking a seat inside and strapping himself in.
  295.         Victrus_Macharius       "well it looks like we wound have any ammo for the auto canon this time"
  296.         Gru_Persay      climbs into the ship and says
  297.         Gru_Persay      "Well, fuck. Just get on."
  298.         Victrus_Macharius       follows kass and climbs aboard as well
  299.         TheResilientGM  "GET ON, LADIES. YOU'RE HOLDING UP THE WHOLE WAR EFFORT!"
  300.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Inside. Metal. Bird."
  301.         Schneider       gets in and secures his gear.
  302.         TheResilientGM  Meat enters the vehicle and collapses inside.
  303.         Gru_Persay      "That will do pig."
  304.         Alexandr_Harmon *5 feet away from Gru*
  305.         Victrus_Macharius       "well meat is totally ready for this"
  306.         Artem_Gusarov   checks his weapons and gets in
  307.         Gru_Persay      secures Meat to the floor.
  308.         Gru_Persay      sits downs and straps in.
  309.         Alexandr_Harmon *Straps in nect to Gru*
  310.         TheResilientGM  The Sergeant gets on board, shuts the doors, and straps himself into the seat just behind the cockpit. He bangs on the wall, and the pilot does the same in acknowledgment.
  311.         TheResilientGM  The engines fire up once more.
  312.         Victrus_Macharius       takes a seat and secures himself for take off
  313.         TheResilientGM  The transport takes off, it's a rough ride from the start.
  314.         TheResilientGM  The Sergeant points to a dataslate, with details of the squad frequencies to tune into.
  315.         Alexandr_Harmon *whispers to Gru* "nice weather we're having."
  316.         Gru_Persay      "I will strap you on the floor next to Meat."
  317.         Victrus_Macharius       looks over at Alexandr
  318.         TheResilientGM  Outside the port and starboard windows, you can see the various aircraft and APC transports advancing North. This is by far the largest offensive in the campaign yet.
  319.         Victrus_Macharius       "please do that Gru if he continues to be like that"
  320.         Schneider       looks at Alexandr and shakes his head.
  321.         Kass_Yonova     tunes his micro-bead into the various frequencies that will be used.
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  323.         Alexandr_Harmon "i wonder why they call him Meat?" *wink*
  324.         Schneider       "I can shoot him if you want and write it off as AA fire ya know."
  325.         TheResilientGM  Outside, there is smoke covering a vast area. You recognize the river you followed on your first expedition.
  326.         Victrus_Macharius       "I would strap him to the floor already"
  327.         Gru_Persay      uses his mechandrite to slap Harmon and says "Oops, sorry."
  328.         TheResilientGM  The transport descends now, and you find yourselves in the smoke plume. It's thick; you know the damage must be extensive.
  329.         TheResilientGM  +The LZ may look familiar+
  330.         TheResilientGM  You fly low, past the area you know to be the location of the Vonayan base. There is heavy damage. You can't see any structure through the smoke and fire.
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  332.         TheResilientGM  +ETA 3 minutes+
  333.         Alexandr_Harmon "I'll be quite."
  334.         Kass_Yonova     +Would be if we could see.+
  335.         Gru_Persay      "Quite, what?"
  336.         Victrus_Macharius       smiles at Gru "good job making him finally shut up"
  337.         Alexandr_Harmon "you fill in the blank."
  338.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Status."
  339.         TheResilientGM  As you approach the LZ, you realize the Guard is using the facility that took the Valkyrie strikes a few days ago as a point of deployment.
  340.         Alexandr_Harmon *Rubs cheek*
  341.         Gru_Persay      "That facility is still standing? We saw it get blown to bits.""
  342.         TheResilientGM  "MEAT. BIRD."
  343.         TheResilientGM  +Make ready+
  344.         Alexandr_Harmon "Meat. Friends?"
  345.         TheResilientGM  The arvus makes a quick and rough landing on the rooftop of the facility. The Sergeant quickly unstraps himself, and opens the doors.
  346.         TheResilientGM  "Out! Go, go go!"
  347.         Alexandr_Harmon *Unstraps and runs out*
  348.         Gru_Persay      unstraps himself then Meat.
  349.         TheResilientGM  In the distance you hear the sounds of lasgun fire, roaring of engines... and the sound of artillery.
  350.         Victrus_Macharius       unstraps self and heads out the ship
  351.         Schneider       readies his long las before heading down the ramp with Hector not far behind.
  352.         Victrus_Macharius       pulls out lasgun
  353.         Gru_Persay      readies autogun and says "Meat. FOLLOW. STAY. CLOSE."
  354.         Kass_Yonova     unbuckles his restraints and readies his lasgun, followin the squad out.
  355.         Alexandr_Harmon *Readies lasgun*
  356.         Gru_Persay      follows Schneider.
  357.         TheResilientGM  Mauler leads you to the ledge, where rappel hooks have been secured.
  358.         TheResilientGM  "I sure hope your toy can make it down there, Cog-boy."
  359.         TheResilientGM  The sergeant straps himself in.
  360.         Gru_Persay      "If by make it down there, you mean fall then yes. Will he survive? Probably No."
  361. Gru_Persay      "Any other way down?"
  362.         TheResilientGM  "Before those guns train themselves on this barely-standing piece of rubble? No."
  363.         TheResilientGM  Not far from you, an entire infantry segment is wiped out by several rounds of artillery.
  364.         TheResilientGM  The Sergeant begins his descent.
  365.         Kass_Yonova     secures himself to the rappel, following the Sergeant's example.
  366.         Schneider       slides down the rope and begins to secure the area with Hector.
  367.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Climb. Down. Carefully."
  368.         Victrus_Macharius       follows Kass lead and straps himself onto the rappel hook
  369.         Alexandr_Harmon Sexures imself and follows down
  370.         Kass_Yonova     "Sure beats outrunning an air-strike."
  371.         Gru_Persay      climbs down the rope.
  372.         TheResilientGM  "MEAT" the servitor simply stares down from the rooftop.
  373.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Jump."
  374.         Victrus_Macharius       watches as meat prepares to jump
  375.         TheResilientGM  "MEAT." A single, concise word. The last thing he says before he lets gravity do its job.
  376.         TheResilientGM  He falls like a brick.
  377.         Gru_Persay      checks on Meat for damages. Gru Says "Meat?"
  378.         TheResilientGM  "GET A MOVE ON, GO!" Mauler calls.
  379.         Victrus_Macharius       "is meat alright?"
  380.         Kass_Yonova     "Moving!" Kass yells, before moving up.
  381.         TheResilientGM  In front of you, the remains of the trench and bunker systems that were left after the heavy ordnance.
  382.         Victrus_Macharius       follows Kass
  383.         Gru_Persay      "Meat. Follow."
  384.         Alexandr_Harmon Follows Victrus
  385.         TheResilientGM  Mauler signals everyone to stop just before the trench; fist clenched.
  386.         Schneider       switches to his flamer and lights the pilot light.
  387.         Victrus_Macharius       stops
  388.         TheResilientGM  He wields his chainsword and laspistol.
  389.         TheResilientGM  +Flamer, on that bunker. Make it quick.+
  390.         Kass_Yonova     takes a knee after stopping. Sweeping his lasgun to and for.
  391.         Alexandr_Harmon Wields shotgun
  392.         Gru_Persay      lowers himself and aims down the iron sights.
  393.         TheResilientGM  From your flank, 3 men charge with bayonetts at the flamer-wielding menace.
  394.         TheResilientGM  "FOR THE DUKE!"
  395.         Schneider       turns to the men and fire his flamer "For FUCK YOU!
  396.         TheResilientGM  The men all disappear behind the fire, as it clears, two of them lie on the ground, screaming in agony. A third, while on fire, picks up the desperate charge.
  397.         Schneider       moves out of the way of the charge "Hector this one's still alive!"
  398.         TheResilientGM  Hector reacts, and hits the man with the butt of his weapon, knocking him off-balance.
  399.         TheResilientGM  "MMMEEAAATT"
  400.         Victrus_Macharius       "shit, that was close"
  401.         TheResilientGM  The servitor tackles the man, ignoring the fire.
  402.         Gru_Persay      "MEAT. NO. AWAY. MAN."
  403.         TheResilientGM  Sgt Mauler approaches the group, and fires a las round at the enemy.
  404.         TheResilientGM  Out of the original bunker you were going to assault, exit several rebels, hands in the air, in surrender.
  405.         TheResilientGM  "Out of the trenches, now!" commands Mauler.
  406.         TheResilientGM  +Keep them in your sights+
  407.         Kass_Yonova     +Do we have orders to take any prisoners, Sarge?+
  408.         Gru_Persay      leaps in the trenches and says "Meat. Follow."
  409.         Schneider       "If you bastards don't wanna end up like them crispy critters you'll be real nice understand?"
  410.         Alexandr_Harmon *Follows Gru*
  411.         TheResilientGM  He approaches them, holstering his chainsword and laspistol.
  412.         TheResilientGM  He reaches for shackles, "On the floor!"
  413.         Gru_Persay      checks on Meat for any damages.
  414.         TheResilientGM  Vikk approaches, weapon fixed on the surrendering troops.
  415.         TheResilientGM  They fall to their knees.
  416.         Schneider       considers keeping Mauler covered with his flamer then motions Hector to do it.
  417.         TheResilientGM  Mauler restrains one from behind and kicks him forward face-first onto the ground.
  418.         TheResilientGM  He repeats this for the other soldier.
  419.         TheResilientGM  By the third one, he has no more restraints.
  420.         Alexandr_Harmon "Why don't we just kill them Mauler?"
  421.         TheResilientGM  He walks away from them, and looks to the horizon.
  422.         TheResilientGM  +Break his legs+
  423.         TheResilientGM  +We need to move+
  424.         TheResilientGM  Mauler scans the field with his magnoculars.
  425.         Gru_Persay      +Who wants the honor?+
  426.         Alexandr_Harmon "Can i?"
  427.         Artem_Gusarov   "Did they never teach you idiots how to restrain people?"
  428.         TheResilientGM  Sgt Mauler turns around, "what the feck are we waiting for?
  429.         Alexandr_Harmon *With the butt of the shotgun i bash it into the right and left shin of the rebel*
  430.         Gru_Persay      repairs Meat's legs.
  431.         TheResilientGM  The soldier is injured, though not completely incapacitated. He attempt to run back to the bunker.
  432.         TheResilientGM  He trips and falls.
  433.         Kass_Yonova     "I'll take care of it."
  434.         Kass_Yonova     "Vikk hold him down for me."
  435.         TheResilientGM  "Aye" Vikk approaches the downed man.
  436.         Alexandr_Harmon "What a cute little thing trying to runaway"
  437.         TheResilientGM  He holds him into place.
  438.         Gru_Persay      climbs out of the trenches and says "What the hell is going on?"
  439.         Kass_Yonova     rummages through his medical gear, finding the appropriate drug. He loads an injector and gives the guy a "knock-out" cocktail.
  440.         Alexandr_Harmon "we're taking care of business."
  441.         Victrus_Macharius       watches as Kass injects the drug
  442.         Kass_Yonova     "This'll knock him out for at least two days."
  443.         Kass_Yonova     +Prisoners are secure, Sarge.+
  444.         TheResilientGM  +Move out.+
  445.         Artem_Gusarov   flicks the safety on his rifle back on
  446.         Kass_Yonova     stows his medical gear and readies his lasgun.
  447.         TheResilientGM  He doesn't wait for you. He moves up along a line of destroyed AA guns.
  448.         Alexandr_Harmon *Follows Gru*
  449.         Gru_Persay      motions Meat to follow and moves with the squad.
  450.         Victrus_Macharius       says to Kass "i think you should use that stuff on Alexandr when he get really annoying next time"
  451.         TheResilientGM  "Poor Amis..." the Sgt says to himself as he passes the weapon positions.
  452.         Schneider       secures his flamer and pulls out his long las.
  453.         Kass_Yonova     "That would be a waste of vital medical supplies, trooper."
  454.         Victrus_Macharius       "just a thought"
  455.         TheResilientGM  "Everyone up here!" Mauler calls you up to a large pile of rubble.
  456.         Alexandr_Harmon *over hears conversion between Kass and Victrus*
  457.         Victrus_Macharius       head over to Sargent Mauler
  458.         Kass_Yonova     Kass climbs up the rubble, stopping next to Mauler.
  459.         TheResilientGM  +It's a fucking dead-zone up ahead. Artillery saturate that entire passage.+ he says as he looks through his magnoculars.
  460.         TheResilientGM  Up ahead, you see the advance come to a halt. Squads desperately trying to fall back and find cover. It's carnage.
  461.         Schneider       "Hector and I were good at sneakin up on badgers maybe we can find a route through without runnin into the arty."
  462.         TheResilientGM  "Notice the rounds. The shit hitting the infantry are mortars. Let's find their position."
  463.         Kass_Yonova     "Aye sir."
  464.         TheResilientGM  The Sergeant moves up along a rock formation to the North.
  465.         Artem_Gusarov   "Mortars, up ahead, past the rocks!"
  466.         Schneider       "How far?"
  467.         Artem_Gusarov   "About right behind it. Probably using the formation as cover."
  468.         Schneider       "How about we head up into them and have a look see?"
  469.         TheResilientGM  "Vonayan and Schneider, move up along that rock formation. Give me numbers, and get ready for a surprise attack. The rest of you on me. We'll flank around their rear and attack while their provide cover."
  470.         Schneider       nods to Mauler and motions Hector to follow.
  471.         Artem_Gusarov   nods and pulls his cloak around him and sneaks ahead to scout them out
  472.         Kass_Yonova     "Roger that."
  473.         Schneider       moves up with Artem into the rocks.
  474.         TheResilientGM  As you move up along the rock formation, it increases in altitude. You eventually come to a break in the formation behind which you spot 3 mortar batteries firing. There appears to be a comms chimera variant from which they are receiving their coordinates: you can see an officer race back and forth from the vehicle with written down coordinates which he passes onto the mortar teams. There
  475.         TheResilientGM  are appear to be no designated guards, however - machinegun nest completely abandoned.
  476.         Artem_Gusarov   relays the info via vox
  477.         TheResilientGM  Mauler signals the squad to follow him.
  478.         Kass_Yonova     keeps pace with Mauler, making sure Vikk is on his six.
  479.         Schneider       finds a spot to lay down in the rocks "Watch this."
  480.         TheResilientGM  +Get in position. We'll be there soon. Wait for the command.+
  481.         Artem_Gusarov   "Wait for backup, you stupid rookie."
  482.         Victrus_Macharius       moves up with the rest of the squad
  483.         Schneider       ++Cover your ears++
  484.         Artem_Gusarov   hunkers down and braces for impact
  485.         TheResilientGM  +Whatever it is you think you're doing... don't.+
  486.         Schneider       +Too late Sir+
  487.         TheResilientGM  The bundled up ammunition is hit. In an instant, all three mortars disappear from their positions, debris striking the rock formations all around. The officer is split in half by a large metal shard. The Chimera itself appears to take crippling damage on its tracks. Another piece of metal flies by the approaching squad, approaching Victrus at lethal speed.
  488.         Kass_Yonova     +The hell was that?+
  489.         Schneider       's laughing can be heard after the blast
  490.         Artem_Gusarov   "Emperor damn it, fung, you almost killed Schneider."
  491.         Schneider       looks at Artem. "How did I do?"
  492.         Victrus_Macharius       seeing the metal flying towards him, he jumps as fast out of the way as tucks and rolls. The piece of Metal misses him by only a few feet.
  493.         TheResilientGM  +We'll be talking about this later+ Mauler charges the position chainsword and laspistol at the ready.
  494.         Artem_Gusarov   +Sir, there's nothing worth charging there. Only rubble.+
  495.         Victrus_Macharius       stand up looking towards were the piece of metal came from, "Fuck that was really close"
  496.         Gru_Persay      follows Mauler slowly.
  497.         Schneider       +Ya wanted the place cleared didn't ya? Well I cleared it with 0 casualties!+
  498.         Kass_Yonova     Kass follows, keeping his lasgun ready.
  499.         TheResilientGM  From inside the Chimera a very confused, probably deaf comms officer comes out to look at the damage.
  500.         Victrus_Macharius       follows Gru
  501.         Schneider       +Should I take him?+
  502.         TheResilientGM  Upon arriving at the position, Mauler slows his pace, looking at the survivor with contempt.
  503.         |<--    Alexandr_Harmon has left irc.thisisnotatrueending.com (Quit: ChatZilla 0.9.90.1 [Firefox 32.0.3/20140923175406])
  504.         TheResilientGM  +I've got it. Come down.+
  505.         TheResilientGM  He puts away his chainsword and approaches the man, who is only able to stare at the approaching squad.
  506.         Schneider       nods and motions Hector to follow him. +Roger+
  507.         TheResilientGM  Mauler raises his pistol and fires between the survivor's eyes.
  508.         Kass_Yonova     "Why didn't we take him prisoner?"
  509.         TheResilientGM  +Tech-priest, take a look at the comms systems inside and tell me if they're still in working order.+
  510.         TheResilientGM  Mauler turns to Yonova.
  511.         Gru_Persay      sees the chimera and starts scavenging it for parts.
  512.         TheResilientGM  "We seem to be in a hurry."
  513.         Schneider       looks at the giant hole in the ground. "Well that was cool."
  514.         Kass_Yonova     simply nods. "Victrus, are you wounded?"
  515.         Gru_Persay      checks the comms systems.
  516.         Gru_Persay      repairs the minor damage to the system
  517.         Victrus_Macharius       "nope, It just missed me by a few feet luckily"
  518.         TheResilientGM  Mauler enters the Chimera, joining Gru.
  519.         Gru_Persay      "Should be working., Sarge"
  520.         TheResilientGM  "Get me in touch with 2nd Company Command."
  521.         Gru_Persay      scan the frequencies and connects 2nd Company Command.
  522.         Gru_Persay      "All yours."
  523.         Gru_Persay      goes back to scavenging the wreckage.
  524.         TheResilientGM  "Company Command, this is Sergeant Franz Mauler. Passage along the North should be clear from mortar fire... yes, sir... of course. Understood... for the Emperor, sir. Mauler out."
  525.         Gru_Persay      repairs Meat's arms.
  526.         Kass_Yonova     "What now, Sarge?"
  527.         TheResilientGM  "We wait here for reinforcements, Corporal. The next phase of this assault won't be pretty. Secure a perimeter and lay low for a while. Vikk and Schneider, take first watch."
  528.         Schneider       nods, "Yes Sir."
  529.         Gru_Persay      continues to scavenge the chimera for parts.
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