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In orbit over Palmyra, the space flash suddenly with the light of a dozen stars. Anyone watching from the surface of the world would see the twinkling and be amazed at the perceived meteor showers, but a fleet commander knew better. The initial flashes were from a massive fleet exiting the warp and the secondary flashes were the drop pods fired towards Palmyra.
Commander Luchetto, Chapter Master of the Lightbringers, watched from the bridge of the Unyielding Flame, the Lightbringers Battle Barge, as the Word Bearers fleet turned to face him. He absent-mindedly traced the scar on his right cheek, his hand stopping as it reached his bionic right eye.
“Now is the time to strike, my brothers. The Word Bearers fleet is turning to face us and we must take them while we still have the advantage. Captain Tremolt, once our ground forces are deployed, in the name of Roboute Guillman, push forward at full throttle and engage at will! I want that enemy fleet to be a wreck by the time I return from the surface.”
“Yes sir!” Tremolt replied with a swift salute.
Luchetto turned from the bridge and headed for his quarters. He strapped his armor on piece-by-piece, then lifted the Blade of Ultramar from its brackets on his wall. He turned the ornate weapon over in his hand, as always amazed by the beautiful engraving and the mirror-like reflection of the blade itself. Legend told that the Primarch himself had once wielded it as a dagger, but to Luchetto the weapon’s size was equal to that of a normal sword. He slid the sword into its sheath and strapped it to his left side, then attached his bolt pistol to the mag-locks on his right thigh.
The Lightbringers were a Fifth Founding Chapter of the Ultramarines, the finest of all the Emperor’s legions in Luchetto’s eyes. When he had received distress calls from Palmyra that claimed the wretched Word Bearers were present, Luchetto had wasted no time in deploying the entire chapter to combat the Word Bearers threat. The added possibility of the Dusk Phantom’s presence was an even stronger incentive for Luchetto to aid the Imperial world. He owed much to the Dusk Phantoms’ Chapter Master Desmond, and he wished to repay the favor tenfold.
Luchetto walked down to the hangar, nodding to his command squad, which followed him into the belly of the command thunderhawk.
“All set sir,” the pilot asked as Luchetto strapped himself in?
“Yes, get us to the surface,” Luchetto replied tersely.
The rear door retracted, cutting off the light as the door closed shut and locked into place. Dim red lights clicked on as he felt the thrusters kick as the pilots were given clearance for takeoff. He buckled himself into his seat with the harness and mentally rehearsed the Pledge of Stewardship.
“Through the Emperor and by Roboute Guillman, I stand strong and resolute against the tide of oncoming darkness. Emperor, guide my hand and Guillman, give me strength, so that I may cast down the heretic and bring light to this bleak world. Let not the heretic survive my assault or escape to prosper once more. Watch over my brothers as they fight this battle in your honor, and help mankind triumph over evil once more.”
The thunderhawk landed gently and the door began to grind open, allowing Luchetto to take in the first rays of Palmyra’s sun. He unbuckled his harness and led his squad outside to the highest point he could find. Before him stood his battle brothers in ranks of ten, their polished blue and silver armor gleaming in the sunlight. The chest plate, thighs, helmet, arms, and shoulder trim were a deep blue, while the greaves, elbows, gauntlets, shoulder pads, and parts of their power packs and helmet were silver. After one hundred years Luchetto had finally brought his chapter up to strength, and it was time to see his splendid force in battle.
“Lightbringers, sons of Guillman, both the Emperor and our Primarch call on us to exact vengeance upon these traitorous Word Bearers in payment for their crimes against mankind. Fear not death, nor defeat, for we are the Lightbringers, and we will bring the Emperor’s light to Palmyra once again. Death to the heretics!”
His brothers gave a cheer and raised their weapons. He raised the Blade of Ultramar in return, saluting them with a quick turn of the blade. As one the chapter slammed their helmets onto their heads, locking them into place and dispersing into their companies. The Word Bearers would rue the day the set foot upon Palmyra, Luchetto would make sure of it.
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*shudder* wannabe Ultra-SMurfs!
A good transition chapter, the only thing I would comment on is that a Chapter is extremly unlikely to send all of there troops into a single conflict, theres something in the codex about that... if there is a need for more marines, they simply call in another Chapter. You might be able to get away with 2 companies and the Chapter Master if it was really important!
these stories you are creating are so good you should make a book. keep it up
Chaos is a decison not a life
I think he will get away with it though Blood_Blade, simply due to the fact that (as you can tell he had an encounter with the Dusk Phantoms) from what you've seen in my story you'll understand that the Imperial Fleet are after them, if they fail as well, won't that mean the Space Marines will follow in tow?
If the Space Marines follow - and connect the Dusk Phantoms to the Word Bearer Legion, and on top of this recieve as Lyran put it: a tramsition asking for aid. They're likely to send in the entire Chapter. Finally, it's no longer buisness. It's personal- the Chapter Master of the Lightbringers has a bone to pick with Desmond.
Garanteed to make palms sweaty and eyes open wide ^_~
- As always Lyran, your narrative pacing and skillful description never leaves anything to be desired.
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I thought I might just add in something to Adahn. Space marines would never send in all of their soldiers, they always leave at least one company (not sure how space marines are ste out, I do Chaos) because if they sent in all their companies and the were beaten, severely, they would have no one to carry on the gene-seed.
However you haven't specified in any way how that 'One Company' isn't involved. It could very well remain in orbit within the ships whilst the rest of the chapter fighters. It might remain in the home planet - it might be anywhere. There's nothing to say it can't be there - but simply not see any action.
good point adahn. the Lightbringers are a fleet-based chapter so their tenth company is on board one of the ships.
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