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A story line I have written can be divided into two different parts. These battle reports (there will be more) take place between the two parts.
It focusâ€™s on Joy, a young celestian. The Canoness of the convent helped her hide a dark secret however. She was a witch. Psykic dampeners were hidden in her power armor cleverly by the artificer Neokai. Throughout the first part of the story a great deal of the systems past was revealed.
In a previous war nearly every one, who was old enough to fight, died. Thousands of children were orphaned. One generation later, the schola progenum has trained these orphans in every trade needed. On the tenth year anniversary of the end of the previous war, the first storm troopers and battle sisters, including joy, are graduated by the schola progenum.
Life is not so easy in this system. Inevitably a new war has erupted. In the chaos of this new conflict Joy finally came to grips with her dark side and has extinguished all of her psykic powers. However, while joy has come to grips with her own self, she feels the Emperor will only forgive her sin when she dies in his service. The Orphan war is running full swing at this point.
The following are entries in Joyâ€™s diary. In this system they have 6 months, who are approximately 60 solar days in length. The months are named after the 6 battle sisters who saw the emperor in person.
In this battle Joy is represented by a Sister repentia. Ginia is a Canoness with Jump Pack, blessed weapon, cloak of St. Aspira, Rosarius, bolt pistol, and melta bombs. The battle being played was a recon mission. Ginia is not the canoness who helped Joy keep her psykic powers secret, but was the sister superior of the unit Joy used to belong to.
1M42 Mina 8th.
Ginia found me today. She is bothering me still. Her behavior borders on heresy. Ginia believes the emperor not only forgives me, but that I am destined to lead his servants to victory in this war. I told her she was wrong. She is so obsessed with me that she brought an entire detachment to its doom.
She was leading two squads of battle sisters, who all looked kind of green, and a retribution unit. One squad was mounted in a Rhino, and lead by a sister superior. They had been issued a heavy flamer and a flamer. The second squad, numbering twenty, traveled by foot and was issued three storm bolters.
One of the storm bolters was very well made though. I could tell that it was made from the finest composites. The detail work was exquisite. It was carried by the sister superior of that unit, who also carried a power weapon.
The retribution unit numbered ten. They were issued 3 heavy bolters. Ginia and her detatment had followed the repentia and I far from controlled territory. After days of fighting I wasnâ€™t even sure where we were. I didnâ€™t want to talk to Ginia, and my prayers were answered by a strike team of elder.
The sector crawled with elder. There was probably some means for them to arrive in abundance in this sector. Maybe they arrive by some ritual circle or portal. The heathens are a mystery to me. In previous engagements, however, I have been able to learn much of these diabolical xenos.
Their markings revealed that they were from the Alaitoc craft world. Even before the battle I felt the presence of this bands leader. I believe they call them far sears. She, the farsear, was accompanied by a squad of guardians, armed with pistols and swords.
A squadron of two vipers and a war walker were also present. Three squads of rangers and a squad of pathfinders made up the rest of the elder detachment.
The battle field was easily divided into three major sections. We were in the south of it. The elder attacked from the north. In the northern sections were a series of ruined imperial buildings. Two of the ranger squads took cover in the western parts of the ruins. The far sear, the pathfinders, the war walker and the guardians were taking cover in the eastern side of the ruins.
To the west were two bunkers, one north of the other, who had collapsed. A squad of rangers had used the northern bunker to sneak up on us. The vipers were also with them. Just to the east of the southern bunker the squad of twenty battle sisters were caught out in the open.
In the South east was a forest. There was a stretch of open terrain between the forest and the ruins to the north of them. The squads of sisters mounted in the rhino were in the east of the forest, along with Ginia. The repentia and myself were immediately south of the forest. The retributers were being harassed by the guardian fire moments earlier. Thatâ€™s when we were first alerted to the presence of the elder. Most of the detachment was able to work its way northward to strike at the elder, but they were lagging behind.
We had been lead into a trap. The squad of sisters to my units east were dropping like flies. The emperors finest were dying quickly. Then the repentia started dropping. We were amazed. The rangers had infiltrated just north of the collapsed bunker and had an angle on us. We hit the dirt, along with the battle sisters.
To our horror the shots never ceased. Four repentia had died, and nearly half of the twenty battle sisters. We couldnâ€™t move. Ginia and the other squad of sisters could however. They drove on forward like lightning to the other side of the trees and out of sight. There was an explosion, the rhino I would soon learn.
The opportunity to move came. The retributors still hadnâ€™t arrived. We charged through the trees. The battle sister squadron followed suite and leapt forward too. When we came to the other side we found that the squad of sisters in the rhino had been cut down by the guardians as they escaped the burning wreckage. The war walker was staling its way towards the remaining squad of battle sisters. Ginia was in the middle of a melee with the path finders, guardians and even the far sear. Clearly, this melee distracted the pathfinders from firing on the remaining squad of sisters, allowing us to advance.
The two guardian squads to the north east resumed fire. This was when we were first able to discern where exactly the fire was coming from. The rangers, who were behind the northern bunker had moved east into cover behind a barricade. Two more repentia fell and we were pinned down by the fire of the rangers again.
The battle sisters thought better of firing on the rangers, who were all but invulnerable when given even the lightest cover. That much they did right. To my horror they fired on the war walker instead. Their bolters did have the potential to destroy it, but its armor was still more than adequate to shrug off even their blessed hellfire rounds.
They were reduced to only the sister superior, and three other battle sisters. Terror gripped them as they picked up their storm bolters and ran.
Then the retribution unit finally arrived. Seeing them and their armament filled the retreating squad with fervor. With a quick prayer uttered by their sister superior, the battle sister squad rallied.
They ran through a hail of shurikens, being cut down to the sister superior alone. Filled with zeal, she alone defeated the squad of rangers just east of the northern bunker. They ran from her as filthy aliens should. Then the cowards killed her with their war walker.
Their vyper squadron was making a bee-line towards the retributors who promptly cut them out of the air. Not before the vypers could decimate the retributors. The remaining guardians proceeded to tear them apart, reducing their numbers to a single heavy bolter girl who firmly stood her gound.
On our side of the battle, we got out of the dirt and ran to Giniaâ€™s aid. She was beaten unconscious just as we arrived. Our mistress, Hessis, used her whips skillfully. All of the few remaining guardians were killed before those terrifying neural whips. I personally cleaved the far sear in half with my eviscerator.
Seeing their leader slain, the remaining two squads of rangers and the war walker withdrew. They saw that we could advance no further. I can only guess as to why they attacked us hear. Whatever their ulterior motive was, they must have perceived it as accomplished and thought better of further engagement.
I found Ginia bleeding. The wounds were deep, but she would live. I write as we talk. â€śThis is why we need you. It is the Emperors will.â€? She claims. My reply is â€śTo have witchs lead the Emperors solders was never his will.â€? Ginia is closing her eyes now. She will need to rest to recover from these wounds.
The battle ended on the sixth turn. Iâ€™m sorry that the turn sequence is not easy to tell, but I wanted the battle report to be a believable diary entry. My opponent usually plays dark eldar. He recently started Altiaioc. I had never faced elder before, and havenâ€™t had a chance to read their codex. Looking at it now I can understand why elder are sometimes called cheesy.
Obviously I was doomed to loose early on when I faced an un-familiar army though. The terrain was also advantageous to him though. There was plenty of cover for almost his entire army to receive a 2+ cover save! What is worse is that he was able to pin half my army before the game even began, not to mention the heavy bolters he put in reserve.
Turn two was no better. The retributors didnâ€™t show up and this time every one but my cannoness was pinned down. I was extremely frustrated. I simply couldnâ€™t control my entire army. I could have left the room at that point, because I spent most of the game unable to control my army due to failed pinning tests. I had never failed so many leadership tests before! I was amazed that the repentia did so often too. With the mistress their leadership was far to great for them to be phased by snipers. Sadly I was fated to roll 11â€™s on nearly all of my leadership tests.
In the end, I was able to pull a moral victory out of my ass by wiping out half his army with the repentia and my canoness alone.
That was a good report and very entertaining. Even the greatest generals have to endure the worst conditions sometimes though. Bad dice rolls and enemy terrain advantages can make for a very bad day! You wrote about it well and I look forward to the next installment!
HOLY CRAP SOME ONE REPLIED!!! I didn't think any one had the patience to read through the whole thing!!
Thank you for your comments too. Do you think the battle report gave a good description of the battle and what happened, or did it seem a little to hard to follow when told from Joy's perspective? I like to have battle reports accurate enough that valuable information can be drawn from them when deciding appropriate tactics and military doctrine to use in future engagements.
Looking at the eldar codex now, I am a little embarassed to have spelled Alaitoc so poorly.
It was pretty easy for me to tell what was going on and who's turn it was and which tactics were being applied (even though not all of them worked perfectly ^_^ ). It sounded like you had a fun game even though everything didn't go as planned, (it rarely ever does! There's a famous saying that,"No battle plan; however geniously conceived; survives contact with the enemy!"
The characters are being well developed and it never hurts to flesh out your protaganists as this guides the reader towards understanding what drives them and helps the reader to identify with them. Keep at it!
Excelent battle report very cool. I would give it a 9.9 out of 10 and that's just because I'm a picky ***** (it's seer not sear...I saw that and was like "is it a chef?"). I hate eldar, especially sneaky sniper rifle toting eldar. And isn't there an act of faith that allows you to ignore coversaves for a turn?
Only his elite squads of Path-finders can get the 2+ cover saves in a bunker...that's what I really like having played Alaitoc myself.
Do bunkers not give you a 3+ cover save (+1 one for ranger cloaks) resulting in 2+ for all rangers.Only his elite squads of Path-finders can get the 2+ cover saves in a bunker...that's what I really like having played Alaitoc myself.
You cannot win, for to fight us is to give us power.
I was not under that impression, but then again, I don't have the rulebook in front of me right now, but I gather that trees etc = light cover = 6+, then rocks etc = 5+, and finally fortification,s bunkers, and pillboxes for 4+ cover...no 3+ there. that would be sick, though. If you COULD have a 0+ cover save, pathfinders with the +1 cover save battle honor in a 3+ (ie nonexistant) bunker would get it... . Every Alaitoc Player's dream...as it is, they can only get a 1+ sv with the battle honors. :lol:
wow, that would be broken. No the ruins provided a 4+ cover save, and my aponent had me under the impression that even his rangers had a +2 bonus to their cover save. After reviewing the codex though, I think you guys might be right about rangers only getting +1 to their cover save.
Over all, the lesson of the story is that I should get my girls into close combat faster. Then my sisters could beet those eldar like.... well, little girls.
You guys are thinking of 3rd edition cover. In 4th shrubs, fences, and debris give a 6+, woods, trees, low stone walls etc give 5+, rubble and ruined buildings, buildings in general and trenches (I think) give 4+ and bunkers give a 3+, resulting in "terminator" rangers and ratlings.