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On the Paradise/Resort world of Tessax III, a place where the elite and noble classes of the Ryza System would enjoy the fruits of the numberless hordes of Imperial citizens all was well one day, until the local PDF Garrison reported unidentified vessels that shortly thereafter disabled most of the Planetary Defence force's cumbersome, lumbering ships. Images on the pict recordings sent to the Planetary Governor's office alerted the senior officer of the PDF to the presence of the Eldar.
Black cruisers with wickedly curved prows, scimitar like mainsails and ragged hidoues hook structures along the hull marked thema s raiders, or as the Dark Eldar to a more trained eye. Not much of a surprise to many that the opulence and decadence of the place had finally attracted the marauding slavers. A general distress call waqs sent by the Governor when if became evident that the General could not manage the threat witht he meager posting of soldiers garrisoned to the world.
Four Days and gharrowing nights follwed as the Dark Eldar led by Archon Soulscream enslaved and tortured thousands ont he outlying resorts and settlments with little or no real resistance.
And on the fifth day the call was answered. The Kabal's staging point and starport was identified by the Bombardment Cannon of the Strike Cruiser Eterna Fidelus and annihilated in a barage of magma bombs. The sky over the ruined starport teemed with THunderhawk gunships bearing the Green, Silver and BLack Heraldry of the BLack Knights Chapter. THeir Battlecannons and Turbolasers wreaked havoc on many of the swift Raiders and Ravagers, stranding the decadent aliens to a groundbased battle one which Captain Robert Colise was sure his men would swiftly bring to heel.
Having been rasied and trained by the Deathwatch Kill Team of The Great Council, they had been educated and indoctrinated better than most into the ways of the Heretic Aliens. These Dark Kin of the Eldar preferred Hit and Run tactics, lightnign swift raids against hte Honorable face to face, BLade to Blade combat of the true warrior. Well, his plan had worked and they would be denied the bulk of their mobility.
Dark Lance fire clipped the forewing of the Captain's Gunship and the pilot warned eh would not be able to land. Service studs glinting int he afternoon sun Captain COlise grinned feraly signaling to his men. The rear accsess hatch opened and as one the twenty assault marines and his command squad jumped clear of the smoking ship, igniting their jump packs a hundred feet before hitting the ground.
He swung his thunderhammer in an arc as the thunderhawks landed, spraying the immediate area with suppression fire. As the third company landed and debarked Captain Colise gave the order to bring the aliens to bear.
Where heavy weapons fire spattered the Marines the Devestaros of Sergeant Rejak answered with Lascannon bolts and the chatter of heavy bolters. Jade armored warriors shot the Black Knights with violet jagged crystals and dark pulsing energy. What should have beena killing ground betweent he Landing Zone and the Hab Unit's the Aliens used for cover proved ineffectual as the Blessed power armor turned aside blast after vlast. Several MArines fell, but with faith as theri sheild most rose again,a nd thsoe that did not heard their names on the lips of their battle brothers int heir last moments and knew their deaths would be avenged,a nd htat they had helped their chapter bring death to the aliens.
The bark of bolters wreaked beath in great swathes among the lightly armored warriors. Eldar were blasted apart by mnass reactive bolts. Where a spider limbed creature wailed a sound wrenched from the deaths of those servants of the emperor it held captive Sergeant Kale hewed the things weapon arm free as it shattered the head of the thing with his powerfist. Xenos identified as "Wyches" sallied forth, eyes distorted and wide, frothing at the mouth it seemed ot bring battle to the emperor's chosen. Honorable comabat was a contest between equals however and they were scythed down like wheat by the bolters of Tactical squads Alpha and Delta.
Captain Robert Colise shoved aside one of his squad as a Bladed skimmer witha shrieking eldar atop zipped past. Twirling massive double bladed Glaive's the squad of Hellions turned and came around...this was combat. AS one the COmmand squad dropped bolter and drew Powerfist, Sword and chainsword. Brother Yevor lost an arm to a sweeping stroke of the blade of one warrior, though with his remaining hand gripped the Eldar's anklea nd swung him as one might ah ammer, smiting himn into the ground, shattering hte eldar's fragile body. Sergeant Unger's powerfist smashed another of the flier's fromnt he air, his boot crushing he skull of it's rider ont he cobbelstone ground. BEarer of the Sacred Standard Wilks swung the standard about, impaling an alien on it's ornate banner top before planting the standard into the body of another, trying to rise, but brought low by apothercary Ginness's chainsword, the heretic alien's blood sanctifying the standard with the heat of battle. Brother Kindreck roleld to his back as one of the aliens swept over him, trying ot slice him in two. But with practiced economy he drew bolt bolt pistols and fired up through the skimmer, shredding it and the alien riding it, the wreckage flying into two approaching Incubi, bi-secting them.
AS Archon Soulscream approached Captain Colise brought his thunderhammer down on an approaching skimmer, somersaulting the rider through the air to land witha sickening crack at the leader's feet. "THe Leader is mine. Account well Battle vrother's dispatch the Bodyguards."
Archon Soulscrea smirked, for he was a Warrior of the Blackened SOul Kabal. And relished personal combat, witha gestured of his bladed gauntlet he ordered his gaurds to fan out,e ach one facing off with a memebr of the marine's command squad.
Arcing power Scimitar in hand, bladed gauntlet glowing with eldritch eergies Soulscream and COlise advanced,a t once the pace of battle slowed as they bounded towards each other. Amber power crackled from COlise's thunderhammer, scorching hte pale skin of the Archon's face. In return a dazzling spin technique tore off the Cpatains helmet and gougeda shoulder guardd eeply, blood sizzling as the wound cauterized. Both warriors took measure of hte other, aware that they faced the only Warriors worthy of themselves ont he field. Indeed comabt was not joined by each commanders squad as the LEader's fought. Colise's Emperor given strength a daunting weapon for Soulscream, but the Aliens agility and speed were beyond superhuman and after minutes, each warrior sported bleeding gashes,a nd a feral grin, knowing htey had the meausre of each other.
Soulscream launced a swipe with his powerbladed gauntlet, which Colise countered by a full titlt anfd turn swing of his thunderhammer. The bladefist tore into the exhaust of his powerpack, but the thunderhammer came around in a deadly arc..sure to tear Soulscreams head from his shoudlers.
As the weapon gained momentum, the DarkEldar sliced the haft with his own blade, shearing the weapon in two. The head flying off to land at CHampion Jorrel's feet in a gasp. As the Archon readied for the Kill, believing victory was his, he rasied his blade to kill the Captain, but Colise stepped forward, jerking hte lighter, severd staff of the ruined thunderhammer like a cudgel and slamemd it across the creaures face. The archon was spun by the viscious attack and as he spun Captain Robert Colise dropped the ruined weapona nd seized the eldar lord. Rasing the archon over his head he roared in triumoh and brought the frail creature's body down over his knee, snapping it's backa nd nearly the lord himself in two. The battle was over, and the incubi melted into the deepening shadows, along with what remaine dof hte Dark Eldar forces.
Hundreds of Imperial Citizens were freed fromt he torture camps, and Captain colise detailed an Assault and Tacticals quad to remian On Planet for the duration of the next cycle ot hunt down the accursed eldar. The Body of ArchonS Oulscream was awarded a rare honr, as it was laid atop a pyre and burned, rather than tossed intot he funeral mound sof hte countless other Dark Eldar. WHen confronted with ths truth and told that this was Heresy! And that the Alien was an Enemy of the Emperor Captain COlise turned Darkly down to the Planetary Governor and spoke, the words now taken as legend and inscribed upn the barracks of Third Company.
"Aye, it was an Enemy. Of The emperor, of Man, and of The Black Knights. But My enemy fought me with honor, as I fought it. And with that act bought the respect of Myself and My Warriors. The Alien's name is gone and it's soul os withering in the Warp even now. OUr job is doen, but I will honor a warrior, enemy or not as I see fit. This is the Code of the Black Knights. An Enemy is an Enemy in life and Death. A heretic is a Heretic in life or Death. And a Warrior is a Warrior in life and death."
And with that the black knights boarded their thunderhawks and left, Captain COlise bearing his shorn Thudnerhammer, and the Powersword and Gauntlet of the Fallen Archon to be placed in the Great Trophy hall, truly worthy of his companies blood. It had been a good battle.
(COmments nad critique eagerly awaited))
SO guys? Was it that bad?
I like it. Think it needs a spell check, and some random corrections.
I think the honor given to the Archon might be pushing it to some, but I think it's a nice touch.
"They are my space marines and they shall know no fear, for they are fear incarnate." ~ Konrad Curze (Night Haunter), Primarch of the Night Lords Legion
"Adeo mori servus Imperator Fictus
Ave Dominus Nox" (So die the slaves of the False Emperor. Hail to the Lord of the Night.) ~ Talonmaster Zso Sahaal [Lord of the Night, p.68]
I was unsure about how i wrote that, and It did indeed ocem out badly. What i was tryignt o convey was the Honor of The Warrior Spirirt, not the Archon itself, just hat A fellow Warrior had fought well and fallen. That I should have clarified some more. as to the typo's..I am a horrid typist lol.