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Old 27 Aug 2008, 21:08   #2 (permalink)
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Default Re: Entry E - Untitled

As he dreamt he remembered. He remembered being drafted all those years ago, he remembered clawing his way up the ranks but most of all he remembered them. Those soulless monstrosities. Against his will his mind drifted to the fist time he encountered them.

Two hundred and thirty years ago Antauis had been just another faceless miner in the Shoni Cartel. Then Casmere De’valtos had betrayed all of Pavonis. That T'auk'cka started a civil war on Pavonis and brought it to the brink of destruction. Worst of all, he had awakened a force that should never have been found. The spirit of death, the incarnation of fear, the avatar of mortality, THE NIGHTBRINGER. When that ancient creature rose from its tomb thousands of them had arisen with it. His mining company was leading a battalion of guardsmen through the mountains to fight them when they were ambushed by them. He remembered it all to well.

“Hey Hawkins why are we here again?” Here of course was the
Gotskrag mountains with a full five platoons of guardsmen behind them. Antauis hadn’t seen this much military power in one place since the Grand Rebellion almost a month ago.
“What? don’t tell me you fell asleep during the briefing!” Said Hawkins, a slightly short heavily tanned man.
“Hey you know I haven’t been sleeping well lately” How could he with Her staring at him every time he closed his eyes, blaming him, hating him.
“Yah yah, well if you had paid attention you would know we are guiding these fine guardsmen to fight the Xeno invaders.”
“Well I know that but why us? And what kind of Xeno? Nothing non Imperial has landed.
It cant be Greenskins because they attack in a great horde and it cant be the Black Raiders because this is an invasion. What’s left?”
“How should I know?, do I look like a bloody Inquisitor to you? I’m just doing what I’m ordered and you might want to do the same.”
Suddenly Antauis heard something from over the ridge to their right, a soft scratching like a chunk of metal rubbing against rock. “ What was that?”
“What? I didn’t hear anything”
“It came from that ridge over there, you think we should check it out?”
“You mean by ourselves! I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but were not exactly equipped for anything hostile!” That was true all they had were the standard miners issue coveralls and pickaxes. “Then lets get a guardsmen to come with us. At least they have lasguns.”
“ I guess that could work…” Antauis waved over a guardsmen, a tall gaunt man who looked half starved. He had a low and wheezy voice. “What is it?”
“We heard something over near that ridge” “And?”
“Well it could be one of those Xeno so I thought we should check it out”
“All right let me ask the sergeant” He walked off and spoke briefly with a large heavyset man. When he came back he had two more men in tow. One of them had a flamer.
“Ok where was this?”
“Right over there”
“Then lets check it out”
They slowly approached the barren outcrop of rock. As they neared Antauis heard the noise again. “Did you hear that” He breathed. They all nodded. The gaunt man came forward and said “Let me go first it could be dangerous.” They all nodded their agreement. He quickly scrambled up the slop and began to look around. At first he seemed to see nothing then he looked down and motioned then to come to him.
When they got there he was kneeling in front of a small rift in the earth and sticking out of it was what looked like a foot long metal spider. “ I reckon this is what you heard.”
“ But then why isn’t it moving now?” “Dunno but I don’t really care right now. Hey Simmons you got that demo pack?” The man with the flamer smiled and pulled out a bundle of tube charges. “ Good set them up here for a thirty second timer and lets seal this thing up.” Throughout this exchange Antauis could have sworn the spider-thing was periodically twitching and moving. As Simmons kneeled down he called to the gaunt man. “ Hey Alzo what do I do with this thing? Its givin’ me the creeps” “Take it back, the higher ups might want to see this.” “Alright if you say so” As Simmons knelled down and was setting the charge the Thing snapped down onto his left hand. Simmons fell back screaming and most of the others panicked. Alzo ran up and using the blade of his bayonet he tore the creature off of Simmons hand. It scuttled to the crevice and scurried down it. As Simmons nursed the bleeding ruin of his hand they all heard something that made them stare at the crevice. From within came a noise like thousands of metal insects scurrying up rock walls. Simmons panicked and grabbed the demo charge before priming it and throwing it down the hole. Alzo was the first to react. “Shtlk!, move, move, move that things live!” he cried as he leapt from the ridge. They ran back to the guardsmen and behind them a massive detonation threw them to the ground. As they looked back at the smoking remain of the hill Antauis began to think that blowing open a crevice filled with alien horrors may not have been the smartest thing to do.
Now his fears were confirmed as a tide of the creatures poured fourth. He and Hawkins ran back to the main force to get reinforcements while Alzo and his men bought them some time. Alzo screamed in rage as he threw grenade after grenade into the unliving tide while Simmons just stood there and stared blankly at the oncoming horde, now no more then ten meters away. Alzo cried “Simmons for Terra’s sake light em up!” Simmons seemed to snap out of his stupor as he hefted the flamer. A hideous grin split his face as he cried “BURN YOU T'auk'cka'era BURN!” A huge gout of burning Promethium roared out of the flamer engulfing most of the horde as Simmons cackled manically. Most of the metal creatures melted but they seemed to try to flow back together. With the constant heat there was soon an embankment of silver slag in front of Simmons. But they couldn’t hold out for long. When Antauis made it back to the main force he saw they weren’t alone in there plight.
At least ten more silver hordes where approaching. He ran to a giant of a man bellowing orders. He seemed half an Astartes. At least seven feet tall in golden carapace armor. In his left hand a miniature flamer and in his right a sword with a crackling energy field playing over it. “ Send platoons Three through Five out front, basic defensive perimeter. Get platoons One and Two behind with fire support, and where are those damned demo charges!” He seemed to finally take notice of Antauis standing right next to him. “Whatever you have to say make it fast I don’t have much time it’ll be a melee soon.”
“ Sir they seem vulnerable to flamers. How many do you have?” “One per platoon standard, I’ll make sure there used, By the way consider yourself drafted now grab a lasgun and get to work.” “What!”
“Did I stutter damn it! Start fighting or you will be executed for cowardice in the line of duty!” He roared while pointing the mini-flamer at his face. Antauis was in no position to argue. He grabbed two beaten up lasguns and ran back to Alzo’s men. He threw Hawkins a lasgun and began firing into the gleaming mass. The red bolts had little effect so he set it to what he hopped was full auto and pulled the trigger. The thing kicked like a bull grox but he held on. Luckily for him with such a massive horde there was little need for aiming. Then it happened. They first appeared. Behind the masses of what would later be called Scarabs the Necrons strode towards them. They were hideous beyond words. While physically little more than mechanical skeletons they filled Antauis with a nameless dread. Every angle seemed wrong and looking at them made his eyes ache. They held strange guns, little more than transparent tubes that crackled with green lightning and had a wickedly curved bayonet. They were to far to fire at yet so for now he ignored them.
Simmons’s flamer sputtered and died, the greasy gout of flame vanishing. The swarm rolled forward about to overrun them all. “ Lets get the hell out of here!” cried Hawkins.
“ I have to agree” Said Alzo. “Simmons lets get out of here.” Simmons didn’t answer, he just pulled out another bundle of charges and smiled that horrible smile again. “Simmons no! we can still get out of here!” still he didn’t answer. Antauis saw the glimmer of madness in his eyes. With a flick of his wrist he primed the charges and ran forward. He made it about halfway through the swarm before he was pulled to the ground. Chunks of his flesh being torn away even as he fell. Right before he was lost to a searing afterimage Antauis heard him scream something at the top of his lungs. “ For the Emperor!” The explosion ignited what was left of the Promethium and triggered his grenades. Where Simmons had been there was no sign of necrons or scarabs other than a smoking crater. Alzo just stared. “Come on they need us back there!” Antauis cried. Alzo nodded and ran back to the Commander.
He stood on a makeshift barricade of crates and bodies. The bodies seemed to have been flayed apart in places and looked mauled in others. “ Sir private Alzo reporting” “What happened to Simmons?” “He….” Alzo seemed to hesitate on what to say next. “He didn’t make it sir” “ So that explosion was…” “Yes sir, Simmons sacrificed himself to save us.”
The commander closed his eyes and whispered “You died well my son” In an instant he was back to normal. “Alright listen, I’ve voxed for a squad of Ornithopers to pick up what’s left of the battalion and three Marauder bombers to take care of these things after we leave. Until then just keep shooting” Antauis took up a position next to the commander. The remaining squads were roughly twenty meters in front of them and firing like mad, five flamers roaring into the Xeno. But no matter what they did they just kept coming. Those felled just seemed to flow like mercury and take there original forms. Antauis was beginning to think about saving a shot for himself incase things went bad but the gun gave a low whine and died.
The guardsmen were being pushed further and further back, with little hope of escape. By this time almost all of the scarabs had been destroyed but the necrons remained. Like water breaking over a dam they tore through the front lines. The commander ran forward and sent an oily gout of flame before him. His Powersword cut through the necrons like they were paper. Antauis fixed a bayonet and hurtled towards the commander. Alzo and Hawkins where right behind him. He jammed the bayonet into the back of the first necron he found, the bayonet simply shattered and the thing took a vicious swing at him, he held up his lasgun to try and fend off they blow. As the commanders sword had cut through the necrons so did the bayonet cut through his lasgun. He dropped the two halves and ran like hell. He stood in the middle of the carnage, on the barricade and wondered how it could end like this. Was this his punishment for failing Her? To be the last to die here, being torn apart by those…. those Things! Then he heard it, a high pitched whine that grew steadily deeper. He looked up and slowly lowering down where three Ornithopers. As he looked up there Autocannons began to fire, massive shells capable of blowing a man to pieces. They had less of an effect on the necrons but the heavy shells still tore through them and kept them at bay for now. The commander rushed up next to him, still blazing away. Now only five men survived. The commander, him, Alzo, Hawkins, And the heavyset sergeant. All were firing like mad and the Commander was screaming at the Hoppers.
As the first one lowered a gauntleted hand reached down and grabbed Antauis’s wrists. He was hauled up onto the floor of the Hopper and turned around to help the others. Once they were all aboard the Hopper it started to rise and they immediately strapped into the acceleration couch while commander started screaming at the pilots. “Where the hell are the bombers! Do you have any idea what kind of firepower it will take to wipe those things out!” The pilot calmly replied, “Yes I do, we couldn’t get any bombers so we got the next best thing. Look in the weapons chest under the couch” The commander bent over and fumbled with the lock before managing to open the chest. He didn’t say a word. He slowly pulled out a three foot long metal tube about a foot wide. Alzo breathlessly said “ Fusion bomb…”
The pilot smiled smugly and pushed a button, the side panel of the Hopper opened and the wind whipped around them, green lightning arching up from the ground. “ Bombs away” he said with a grin. The commander turned the device over in his hands, then pressing the activation rune he whispered “This is for you son…” he tossed it out the window and Antauis watched as it tumbled into the gleaming mass far below.
Suddenly the panel slammed shut. The pilot cried “ Alright unless you guys want to go out with them lets get out of here!” The Ornithoper roared off and in a few moments Antauis heard a deafening explosion and saw a blinding light through the front windshield. When the shockwave had passed the commander turned to him and said “From now on you are to refer to me as Lieutenant Ahres Grahil, This was formerly sergeant Jeng Kerel. Yes Jeng formerly.” he said stifling Jeng’s protests “As of now you are all my personal retinue. Oh and son.” He said looking at Antauis. “Welcome to the Imperial Guard.”
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