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In the year 998.M41 the Imperium was once again shattered by brutal conflict. 'The Beast'; ork Warlord Ghazghkull Thraka had returned. Thousands of regiments were dispatched to hold the line, and the 501st was no exception. The regiment was deployed against on Armageddon Prime and was unfortunate enough to bear the brunt of the fighting. Despite enormous efforts, the 501st was not able to hold the line, and slowly retreated. The regiment’s prior experience against the orks proved invaluable, and the 501st suffered minimal casualties in the withdrawal. Yet the bloodiest conflict was yet to come.
The 501st fell back as far as it could, eventually reaching the coast, and the city of Thraxus. The regiment dug in, giving the civilians time to escape. As the 501st's men joined the retreat, only three companies remained to defend the spaceport, and the fleeing civilians. The orks were unable to breach the entrenchments, but activities by ork stealth operatives ensured the orks could close the distance. In the regiments darkest hour Colonel Renik himself led the countercharge, and faced the orks monstrous leader in single combat. Renik fought valiantly, but was no match for the warlord, one of Ghazghull's chief Lieutenants.
Yet still victory was achieved. As Renik fell, mortally wounded by a terrific blow from the warlord, Scylos, the regiment’s psyker, attacked the warlord with all his mental strength. The force of the psychic attack stunned the warlord, and Renik severed the warlords head with his final ounce of life-force. The ork horde was decimated by the loss of their leader, and fled.
Yet the 501st faced a crisis. Despite their escape their commander was dead. The man who had saved them from defeat and annihilation. The man who had lead them to victory and honor. Nearly half the regiment was also dead; rotting on Armageddon Prime.
The men of the 501st refitted and rearmed, and wondered what was to become of them.
As always I appreciate all C+C.
Nice, as always. This based on a real experience, or just made up? Still waiting for my mention though
This is based on real experience, as is nearly all my fluff. Don't worry, I'm working through it all in some sort of order, so you'll be there eventually.
There is one problem, fighting my armies, will contain excessive amounts of 'win' for your side
Thanks for getting around to publishing another piece of fluff, Chad! And thanks very much for remembering to drop me a note.
I find it somewhat lacks your in-depth detail and intriguing style of writing this time, I am sure you could flesh it out a little and make it into one of the masterpieces you have been feeding us with if you find to time to work it over a little!
But good story! You say it is based on experience - I'm curious: what do you mean by that? Is it the story of a battle you have fought with your friends?
Well, anyway: I am very much looking forward to the next recount of what happened to the Cadian 501st. And if fate ever takes you towards the Finial or Scarus sectors or at least back to the Eye of Terror be sure to hit me up - maybe we can work out a common piece of history for our armies, the Nebula Raiders will be around doing their part!
Thanks Red! This is just a piece of general history on the 501st. I am in the middle of a short story about the battle at the moment, and I will be posting the first part of it soon. It'll be in the fiction and arts section, but I'll give you a link. That piece will be a lot more detailed, like the story about the destruction of the chaos baneblade.
This particular story is based on a battle I played a while back. It was around the time that the new ork codex came out, and a lot happened in that battle. I have swapped a few details around, but when I get the short story up you should be able to get a fairly good account of what happened.
The 501st will definitely be returning to the Eye of Terror in the future, as the invasion of Cadia and the 13th Black Crusade is only a year or two in the future. I'd love to work your army in somewhere (yours too Spammy), so let me know if you have any info you reckon I could use!
All my armies are xenos
the only non xeno army is my marines :p
so you can only side with my marines ... Unless you have seen the greater good?
Deamons could come in during the battle of Cadia. Necrons, Tau and Tyranids; possibly during a campaign in the Ultima Segmentum. Your Penguins, not sure. Maybe a trip to the zoo for the new Colonel's birthday :p
The Nebula Raiders were lost in Warp and could reestablish contact with the Imperium in 914.M41. In 000.M42, after the wave of rebellions, they relocate to the Finial sector to fight the Battle for Duglum XIII (the current campaign of my gaming group). In between the Raiders fought in the vicinity of Cadia and all around the Eye of Terror.
So, we potentially have the end of 998.M41, the entire 999.M41, and the beginning of 000.M42 to meet up somewhere...
I haven't worked out those years in detail, so I'm rather flexible regarding what part Nebula Raider detachments played in the history of that time...
As far as working together with other Imperial forces is concerned it is most probable that the NRSC Lightning under Captain Achilles' command was there. They frequently come to the aid of Imperials stuck in trouble and bail them out with mass jump infantry and support speeders. Achilles and his Myrmidon vanguard veterans are also known for infiltrating far ahead and preparing sudden strikes at the heart of the enemy forces. [Achilles is my Nebula Raiders counts-as-Shrike...]
Maybe that helps inspire your imagination.
Very much looking forward to reading the short story on your battle presented here!