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Old 07 Nov 2007, 23:10   #1 (permalink)
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Default A decisive strike.

(Ok. so here I go. this is my attempt at writing an astartes fluff piece for the end of the campaign. wish me luck, and remember, this is only a roughdraft at this point.)

The darkness of the Void went on into eternity. A Blackness absolute and unmoving. Even the Golgothan star was just a small speck of light compared to the infinate darkness of space.

A flash of violent light blossomed suddenly, revealing a debris field clogging the space around it. Huge chucks of ruined spacecraft and billions of chunks and peices of debris in between. Some were still burning with internal heat, while others just stood on their own axis, acting as enormous monuments to an apocalyptic war.

The Flash was gone as soon as it was there, the chaos ship adding its super-heated shrapnel to the endless graveyard. All floated ominously above a burning world. The young race called it Cha'Mont'Yr. It was a wartorn world from the start, but now it was a dying world. The forces of chaos had seen to that.

They had come to the world like carrion birds. They attacked swiftly, sweeping aside most of the Tau resistance in the first few days of the war. The Air Caste had tried time and again to push the chaos fleet from orbit around their world, but to no avail.

The ground assault tore through most of the human cities before the Fire caste could even react. Only when the chaos forces reached the Tau equitorial compounds did the onslaught slow to a crawl. Battles raged on for months, with the Tau and human auxilleries barely holding back the chaos forces commanded by the infamous Lord Arnell. The forces of the Greater Good still proved too much for Arnell's warhost, and it wasn't until the Tau's resources started to run out did Arnell manage to take any more ground.

Back in space, things had become more complicated.

With the Tau fleet aptly beaten to a pulp, the chaos fleet remained unopposed in their efforts to block the Tau's resupply runs and guard Arnell's forces from above. Then the Red Corsairs arrived, and everything changed.

The raids started very small and few, but gradually grew in size until the attacks on the Chaos fleets became a very real threat. Soon Arnell's unstoppable fleet began to lose supplies and even ships to the lightning raids. Arnell believed that his fleet commanders could handle it, until a few Tau Ressuply runs had managed to slip through his fleet's fingers.

Arnell was simply furious. How could he complete his campaign on the suface if he couldn't even secure the fight from orbit? Many of his once loyal commander's heads rolled for such an embarrasment, but despite the constant threat of raids from the Corsairs, his fleet managed to regain control of the space around Cha'mont'yr, and even had personally seen to the annihilation of several Corsair raiding parties and ships.

It was almost a year and a half since Chaos descended upon Cha'mont'yr. To Arnell, and to the Tau forces on the surface, things seemed to be once again in Arnell's control. Arnell himself predicted his bloody campaign to be finished in a month's time.

But unknown to either side of the war, things were about to get much worse.

(to be continued.)
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A shadow pushed it's way through the debris field, silently moving past the Chaos Bockade. the enemy frigates were on high alert due to raids from their own kind. those Red Corsairs, as the humans called them, were both a threat to the Greater Good as they were to these chaos forces.

Kor'El Vior'La Ko'Yan Si'Daak sighed, staring out at the war-torn world below. He had the hardest and most straining mission of his long career, and his ship hadn't even fired a shot.

"Kor'El, enemy frigate, 4,000AU." Si'Daak's Navgator muttered. The Kor'la was glued to his moniters. Si'Daak looked at the veiwport to his right, and watched the blood red hulk pass by. It didn't seem to have noticed them.

"He doesn't see us..." Si'Daak replied.

Si'Daak's ship, the Brightsword, passed by the chaos ship and continued on towards Cha'mont'yr. They were now about to exit the debris feild.

"Kor'El, we have passed the blockade undetected." his Navigator said calmly. There was a massed sigh of relief after his words. Si'daak just shook his head.

"We aren't out of this yet. Mos'yae, bring our main Railcannon to bear on the fleet and bring weapons systems online." his helmsman complied and the ship began to turn a 180 and pointed outsystem. Now they just had to wait...

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"Get this fish airborn!" yelled Thestra. The Shas'O gripped tightly to the Manta Pilot's seat, glaring at him.

"Yes Shas'O!" The pilot replied, and pulled on the throttle. There was a powerful whine of engines and then a floating sensation as the Manta lifted off the ground. The whine turned into a roar and the Tau craft shot for the sky. Thestra watched two Barracudas pull in beside the craft to guard it and the two other Mantas heading towards the sky along with several Orca dropships.

Shas'O Bork'An Kauyon'B Thestra turned to the short Tau in the observation seat in the center of the bridge. The Fio'el was busy fiddling with some sort of scanning device, and didn't even seem to notice that they had taken off.

"I am sure there are more important things to worry about at the time, don't you agree, Dor'maa?" asked Thestra, crossing his arms. The Earth Caste technician looked up at the commander, as if shocked that anybody would think otherwise.

"My Shas'O, this device contains the sole reason that we are trying to get offworld! And unfortunately, it has a tendancy to...act up...at times." He paused, as if looking at something passed Thestra, "Hmm...I believe that there is something more deserving of your attention elsewhere, my Shas'O." Thestra cocked his head to one side, then turned to the veiwport. He didn't see anything.

"Contact! 500AU!" Yelled the co-pilot suddenly. Thestra was stunned. How did the Fio'el know? He just put the thoughts aside, and walked back over to the pilot.

"The Barracudas can handle it, can't they?" before the pilot could speak, the two fighter guards shot off in the direction of the contacts.

"They are designated as 'Hellblades' and their are aproximately four of them. Three are moving to engage the Barracudas, but one is continueing towards us."

"our defense guns should be able to handle them." Remarked the co-pilot. Thestra nodded, and turned to the comms-link for the squadron.

"Attention, this is Thestra. We have incoming contacts. brace for attack." He then sat down at his seat next to the pilots. He could see the fighter craft rocketting towards them.

"It is firing missiles. point-defense online..." The co-pilot said, shaking in his seat. "200meters...100...50...in range, turrets tracking...target one taken out...target two on course...tracking..." The co-pilot cursed.

"Collision imminent! Brace for impact!" The pilot yelled. Thestra squinted, holding onto the handrail. but the impact never came. "Collition with Orca three! It's breaking up!"

That Orca was carrying most of the Vespids that he brought along with him. He shook his head in sorrow.

"Shas'O, the Barracudas have defeated the two Hellblades, and are engaging the third contact...its breaking off." Thestra nodded, then stood up. The Manta was hitting the atmosphere, and it forced him back into his seat. He cursed.

Soon, the convoy had reached the dropoff point. The massive Hero Class vessel loomed ahead of them. The manta cruised along the white starship. Thestra was still amazed at the size of the Air Caste Vessel. The ship seemed to recoil violently and he glimsed the firing of the ship's main Railcannon. Seconds later, there was a flash in the distance. The Brightsword had engaged an unseen enemy.

The ships docked with the starship, and the enormous vessel took off for the debris field before Thestra had even disembarked from the Manta.

(continued soon)
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