XXIIVV – 817.M41 – Jericho Reach – Erioch System XXIIVVI.130
From Erioch, Brother Ephriam summoned the Kill Team to a briefing chamber and delivered the requirements of the next mission. On the coreward edge of the Orpheus Salient in a quiet sector known by the largest life supporting world Eiken. It is here that the Trader vessel Heavenly Seduction was exploring when it came across a Space Hulk of some kind. They issued a distress call via Astropathic message that morning. The Striding Ocelot and Ostogar’s Typhoon, an Endurance Light Cruiser and Dictator Cruiser respectively were originally dispatched by the Crusade forces to investigate, but the clear indication from the distress call that there was a Xenos threat involved that somehow managed to disable the Seduction warranted the Deathwatch’s attention.
The team dispatched aboard Thunder’s Word, a ship that has been in service to the Deathwatch of the reach for over 2,000 years. Its hallways and ready rooms have carried countless Marines to do the Emperor’s work in that time. The Word is a Gladius Class Frigate, the Astartes version of a Sword Frigate, but heavily modified for speed and stealth. It was this ship who first made contact with the Great Devourer as it began its unrelenting march into the sector in 814 in the Freya system.
During their approximately two week trip to the Eiken system the team is summoned by their Watch Captain to the bridge, who recounts the condition of a moon designated Tantalus. Tantalus orbits a gas giant and was an Agri-World serving Castobel. Recently, as have many worlds in the Salient, Tantalus has come under assault from the Tyranids. Tantalus is overrun with xeno-forms. Imperial resistance has been crushed, primary starports and habitable zones have been lost, the Garrison destroyed, the central government ripped apart, and an estimated lunar casualty rate of 92% and rising. There is fragmented resistance in the polar regions, but is totally inadequate to prevent the Swarm from advancing and scouring the world of all life. It is estimated that within 40-90 hours biospheric conversion will commence. Tantalus is lost.
However a distress call from its surface has gathered the attention of the Deathwatch. Magos Biologis Vyakai was on Tantalus when the swarm attacked the planet and took the opportunity to record vital data about the nature of the Hive. He has put this information in his internal data core and is fleeing for the polar regions of the planet, where he hopes to transfer the information (and be extracted) to the Kill Team.
As the group arrives in the orbit of Tantalus, the Thunder’s Word moves into stealth operations. A transmission is received again from the Magos indicating his ship has been shot down, somewhere near a promethium refinery designated Pyroclast-Gamma-9. By the time the Word is within range of Tantalus, it is estimate that there are 5 to 6 hours before the main swarm reaches the polar regions and sweeps them clean of life. Brother Ephriam deems due to the time constraints, the team should be deployed into two locations via drop pod and convene on the center of the compound, then extract together.
Primary Objective: Recover Magos Vyakai’s Data Core
Secondary Objective: Extract with Magos Vyakai
XXIIVV – 817.M41 – Jericho Reach – Orpheus Salient XXIIVVI.133
**** Tantalus, Southern Polar Region – Pyroclast-Gamma-9****
Brother Thomas and Brother Erik board one drop pod, leaving Eizen, Oathorn, and Josiah in the second pod. They descend onto the dying world on wings of fire.
Thomas and Erik’s pod lands on the southern side of the maglev line, while the others take the north. It’s not long before Erik and Thomas spot the scar of a crashed flyer. Their investigation uncovers that the Magos rigged the ship to boost the vox singnal, and has looped the audio distress call. The pair follow the Magos’ tracks eastward and stumble across a group of Tyranid victims. Two dead naval officers and a badly damaged servitor lay dead, the ground soaked in blood. Thomas attempts to retrieve data from the servitor but it is damaged beyond use. They press onward, turning south and heading into a security bunker where they find system security access. It’s apparent that the systems are mostly offline- the primary functions of the plan are offline or spinning out of control prior to the swarm arriving. As the two are prepared to leave, a lone Tyranid Warrior bursts forth from the ground. The two engage it, chainswords biting deep into its flesh. The beast give little ground, driven onward without regard for itself, rapidly swinging it’s scything talons, penetrating Brother Erik’s armor and pouring it’s venom into his veins. Brother Thomas scores a lucky hit, across the beast’s midsection, temporarily stunning it and leaving it open to Brother Erik’s final killing blow, rending the creature open from tip to tail. Steam rises from the corpse and the blood and entrails that cover the wall of the facility and the armor and faces of the Astartes.
The team heads north, heading for the mag lev line in an attempt to orient themselves with the main command center of this area. It is then they hear the distinct sound of lasguns echoing across the tundra. They quickly move to investigate and find the last of a squad of guardsmen readying their line to defend against another assault. Their cover is the overturned transport that brought them here. Their commanding officer is a young Commissar Sander, who shouts orders and prepares the team to face their attacker one final time. Across the ravine in which the battle is unfolding is an undulating carpet of hormagaunts. The Battle Brothers waste no time, Brother Erik calling for a bolter assault, charging into the fray to defend the soldiers of the Imperium. He lands himself between the horde of Tyranids and the Guardsmen, lobbing a grenade into the oncoming tide and unleashing purifying fire against them. Thomas too hurls a grenade, and the guardsmen open fire with everything they’ve got. Scores of Tyranids fall to the weapons fire, are cut down by shrapnel, or burst into flames, but it’s not enough. The swarm is overwhelming and they leap atop Brother Erik like a living tide, almost toppling him over. They claw at every opening, at every crevice, at every vulnerable spot on his body, pulling pieces of flesh off and out with their diminutive claws and talons. Brother Thomas lobs another grenade, the guardsment continue to fire, and Brother Erik ignites his thrusters to boost himself just outside of the beast’s reach and again pours holy promethium across the swarm. The handful left again climb onto Erik, but now Thomas is within striking distance, and he bats them off of his companion with ease. Due almost in total to the bravery and the fortitude of the Astartes, not a single guardsman falls in the assault.
Without much talking, the group asks the Commissar and his men to join them, and they head north to the train line. It is here they find Adept Halis hiding in a closet within the maintenance outpost. He is terrified, and has been held within the building for the past several days. Again, without probing for questions or information, they grab Halis and take him with them, and the rag tag platoon climbs the maintenance ladders to the top of the maglev platform.
500xp was awarded.
There was also an apparent missed week in the recaps, where about 500xp was given out, essentially bringing the nights total to 1,000xp to bring the adventure log up to what we think is reality. The total base XP should be around 18,003 (I think).