http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WDtErG2BEeESometimes in the darkness of this merciless universe, a candle of hope is lit up. It is a small, weak, flame, that is blown out by the winds of Fate mere moments later. Some say that it's pointless, that there is no way to fight it and only oblivion shall save us. But others... Others believe, that while someone fights, while the light flares, it matters. And hope, no matter how small or how weak, shines brightest when surrounded by darkness,In the beginning of the 41st millenium, a few men decided to lit up a new beacon of hope. A secret, shrouded in mystery, forged from shadows and hardened by whispers, it was supposed to save the Imperium and Mankind itself. However Fate is a cruel mistress and nothing escapes her sight. Now, that candle is about to be extinguished by the metal monsters who come from our past, man wrestles machine in the icy grip of Mormarkian winter. The time comes for the sons to pay for the sins of their fathers...
Our wiki: http://chapterquest.wikia.com/wiki/Chapter_Quest_WikiOur chat:Last session:Requirements for new players:+Common sense+Not being shy to ask for tl;dr from GM-----------------------------------------------------------------------------Current situation:-----------------------------------------------------------------------------Chapter Master is currently healing his wounds in Tombstone Fortress-Monastery, most of the Chapter is here too. Human forces are being decimated by the machines, their grip grows tighter with every day...
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How do our battles across the world go? Is there anywhere we seem to be doing well at this point or is it time for a glorious last stand?
First question, did we recover Merkon's rifle?Secondly, orders.Once we get back in contact with Sternberg, we do the following:Despatch the following ships to other planets to get assistance: - Vanguard goes to Kronus (militarised planet, should be lots of IG there)- Kentauros goes to NestoriumThey cannot possibly up-play the seriousness of our situation enough, and the threat these Men of Iron pose to all.These ships are despatched at the same time Sternberg's ship approaches Mormark, taking focus from the Wrath away from the Imperial Fists.
>>20496074Updating. Here's last situation...>>20496076Yes, you may recover it if you wish. You can add it to reliquary of your Chapter in the wiki,
>>20496172We should definitely work towards eliminating that 15/16 enemy pocket.Adding Merkon's rifle now.
>>20496172Furthermore, territory 47 is in dangerous risk of being surrounded, also concentrate efforts there.
>>20496172updated.Ground Forces: (circa 1.2 million)Edit 1st Strike Army 'Hammer' [Attached A,C ; Bloodied] 0% 2nd Strike Army 'Anvil' [Attached D] 0% 3rd Strike Army 'Hatred' 72% 4th Defensive Army 'Faith' [Attached: B] 84% 5th Imperial Guard Strike Army 'Steel' [Elite] 93% 6th Reserve Army [Cannon Fodder] 0%
>>20496258Forgot map. Situation is critical, as enemies are already near the capital...Also, please roll d100 for the success of your distraction operation.
rolled 34 = 34>>20496274I got this guys.
rolled 96 = 96>>20496274HHHNNNNNNG- this is going badly!Looks like this is the brass ring, send all our vehicles (except aircraft) to the capital, along with half our marines.The other half of our marines defend the fortress monastery.In the name of the Emperor, let my dice roll true.....
>>20496274Also, how does progress go in the Vault?We should be ready to 'force' it open if the situation becomes severely dire.
>>20496274we did that bad with our ambush? I thought it was a phyric victory, not a one-sided slaughter.
>>20496334Your ambush indeed was phyrric victory, but it was a relatively small battle, that simply failed to change the outcome of a lot larger offensive that was happening in the north... Also, your men were already surrounded, and not having any supplies decreased their chances of survival drastically. >>20496320The Vault is 13% decrypted. Force opening DAoT gates made of adamantium... Well, that might require the kind of power that would destroy Tombstone itself.>>20496298Your maneouvre is a complete success - as your ships one by one leave Mormark, enemy tries to chase Vanguard, but it manages to evade it's pursuers and make a warp-jump towards Kronus. Other ships too manage to leave the system without any problems. Meanwhile, "Armoured Saint" joins your fleet and lands it's precious cargo in Tombstone. Without wasting a single second for ceremonies, you come to greet allies yourself. As the shuttle doors open, Brother Leutenant Sternberg comes down and extends you his hand:>It's an honour, Chapter Master, and a great surprise. Is it true what I have heard? Is it true that Men of Iron have come back to life?
>>20496465>Indeed brother. The situation is grim, the machines press in on all sides, relentless, remorseless and seemingly unstoppable. But let us not waste time on details, I am eager to learn what the Imperial Fists can teach us about the art of defence they have so mastered.Also.....ask Proteus 34 about the vault.....
>>20496465"Yes. They came here in one very powerful ship and have been wreaking havoc. So even if we manage to take out their ground forces we will still have to deal with the ship. On an related note, I take it is too much to hope that you have the phalanx nearby?
>>20496494I and my brothers are the best our Chapter has to offer in the art of building and destroying fortifications. It is a real shame, that we have so little time, but if you will show us where would you like us to work and I can guarantee you, that enemy will not take that place!As Sternberg speaks, you notice, that among his brothers there are two human figures, standing still, waiting for you to finish your conversation. Both are wrapped in pilgrim-like black hoods, so it's very hard to discern anything about them.----------------------------What exactly do you ask Proteus? Do you give him his physical form, as promised? I assume that it's armaments are dismantled, right?
>>20496569>Well Sternberg, my first question, is it possible for our anti-space defences be supercharged to the point where they can destroy the enemy ship? I doubt it is possible, but I must ask.>Current defensive priority is Kanihirium, second is Tombstone.>Who are those two fellows? [Point to the robed figures]As for what to ask Proteus, give him an unarmed, IMMOBILE physical form, and ask:>Proteus, deep within the bowels of this planet, lies and ancient vault [Describe the entrance]. Do you have ANY idea what may lie within, and how we may access it?
>>20496526Their ship... I have never seen anything like it. And maybe you can explain me, why they are apparently trying to dismantle it..? Phalanx unfortunately is very far away from here, I myself haven't seen it for over a decade, it accompanies Dalian Crusade In Segmentum Pacificus. I am sorry that there are so few of us, but you didn't specify how great the threat was, so Chapter Master Vladimir decided to send standart battle formation...
>>20496677>Do not apologise brother, when we asked for you, we ourselves did not know the exact nature of the threat.>Regarding the enemy ship, thus far they have shown an incredible knack for assimilating and altering technologies. They act like insects, with each machine working in unison with each other, like smaller parts of a greater whole. I believe the enemy super-ship is breaking up into smaller, more numerous ships, which will give them a much larger sphere of influence in space.
>>20496569"Proteus, what year do you believe it to be? If my suspicions are correct, then you think it an age that is long past. I ask you to realise that people no longer know of you or the Iron Men, that humanity has grown large beyond belief. I must also tell you that we face far greater threats, such as the continuing onslaught of the forces of Chaos and an extra-galactic invasion by beasts never encountered before. The warp is no longer as calm as you know it, the immaterium imposes itself on the materium, it is utter chaos. As a thing of logic, appreciate that you cannot gather data from it, it is chaos absolute, you cannot predict it. Please think upon this Proteus."
>>20496621>Well Sternberg, my first question, is it possible for our anti-space defences be supercharged to the point where they can destroy the enemy ship? I doubt it is possible, but I must ask.I am not a wizard, my lord, but I indeed can try to boost our Anti-Orbital weaponry. Destroying the ship would still be impossible, unless it approaches close enough, but we would be a lot better protected against any invasion attempts.>Current defensive priority is Kanihirium, second is Tombstone.My men will start working on it as soon as you transport us there.>Who are those two fellows? [Point to the robed figures]Heh... These are the special guests from Terra I mentioned. I was only told to escort them, I didn't even had permission to ask them anything. As I understand, they want to speak with you in private. Shall I leave you?>>20496706Numbers matter, but maybe now it will be easier for us to destroy them? Please take control of "Armoured Saint" until this situation is over, I hope it helps us to defeat this terrible foe.
>>20496753>You can take our Chapter's Thunderhawk to Kanihirium, it shall be escorted by the Mormarkian Air Force.I suppose we have a chat with the robed men from Terra then.....
>>20496621>Proteus, deep within the bowels of this planet, lies and ancient vault [Describe the entrance]. Do you have ANY idea what may lie within, and how we may access it?Your description matches some of the remnants of the data you erased, I believe it was among our objectives, however I would need to make a proper visual and chemical inspection of this object to make any claims.>"Proteus, what year do you believe it to be? If my suspicions are correct, then you think it an age that is long past. I ask you to realise that people no longer know of you or the Iron Men, that humanity has grown large beyond belief. I must also tell you that we face far greater threats, such as the continuing onslaught of the forces of Chaos and an extra-galactic invasion by beasts never encountered before. The warp is no longer as calm as you know it, the immaterium imposes itself on the materium, it is utter chaos. As a thing of logic, appreciate that you cannot gather data from it, it is chaos absolute, you cannot predict it. Please think upon this Proteus."My data shows me that it is year 28 902 according to commonly accepted human time calendar. Your claims on me being in different time are not supported by any proof that I can verify, ergo I must assume that you are lying. Also, this "Chaos" you speak of is probably the new collective term for warp anomalies that began bothering us in the recent millenia, however I fail to understand why would you be bothered by this minor inconvenience. At worst it can hamper warp travel a little bit or drive more sensitive fleshlings mad, however it poses no danger as such to the wider galaxy. However I am open to your information feed, your delusions might give me more insight into your motives.
>>20496569"In what form would you like proof of the date and other things I claimed, Proteus?"
>>20496791As you turn towards the robed figures, they motion you to move with them away from the eyes of the other marines. You are a little bit surprised at this secrecy, but you listen to them and show them to follow you to your cell. As they come in you turn around and ask:>So how should I understand all of this? Who are you?One of the men takes off his hood, he seems to look like and old, weathered battle veteran with grey hair and a bionic eye.>Well, boy? You don't recognize me, do you? You've grown, 5031. And it seems the Fate was kind enough to give you a one of these. He taps a finger on his augmentation.>So, how are things? How's your Chapter doing?
>>20496848"If I provided you with a star map, could you cross reference it with one in your memory banks and calculate any differences?"
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>>20496956"Men of Iron are destroying and conquering the Chapter's adopted home. Unless you've brought Battlefleet Sol upon your heels, you've likely thrown away your lives by coming here."
>>20496922>>20496957I would need about 30 hours in the open place where I could see the sky, so that I could scan the stars from the planet, then cross-reference it with your maps and my maps and only then I will be able to make a correct estimation.
>>20497004>Heh, it seems you don't remember me, 5031. What a shame, I really liked you. Well, but I guess you've had enough things on your hands in these past decades to forget your old instructor. My names Kasting, maybe now you'll remember me. However now I am here as an official Terran Emissary from the High Lords. I serve other masters now and my duties are different, but I was chosen because I was among those few who knew you before you became what you are right now. Men of power are worried back in the Imperial Capital about your situation, especially when you requested an Imperial Assassin. They decided to fulfill your request, but I was sent to inspect you and your Chapter. Then I will make a report to the High Lords. And this man here...He motions towards the second figure.>...is Ceiron of Terran Vindicare Temple. I hope you will put his skills to good use.Robed assassin bows.>Your wish is my command.-----------------------------------------------------------------Short story by Luigi about pre-initiation years of Chapter Master. http://chapterquest.wikia.com/wiki/Chronicles_of_Chapter_Master
>>20497088>Kasting! I never thought I'd see you again! It's been so long, and so much has happened.....It's good to see you.Turn to the Vindicare:>I'm certainly glad you've arrived, we have ascertained that if you eliminate the commanding AI over a particular group of machines, the rest become aimless and infinitely less effective. And I'm sure you are VERY good at eliminating individual high-ranking targets.....
>>20497184>Indeed, that is my purpose. However I've never fought mechanical abominations such as these before. I will need ALL available information about them and preferably at least some information on where could I find their leader or leaders. I will study them and then I will kill them.Kasting smiles and says:>Well, I may be on official business here, but Emperor is my witness - once this is over, well have a chat or two about the old days! Oh, and I am sorry to remind you of it, but I have the authority of Terra with me, that means that I will go wherever I please and document everything about your Chapter. However for the sake of old times, I will start my mission only from tommorow, I need a shower and some sleep. Use this to your advantage, if you need to. Suddenly, someone knocks at the door and Captain Arcon comes in.>Oh, I didn't know you've had guests, milord. Very interesting guests indeed... I am here to inform you, that Imperial Fists have left for Kanihirium, but they have little time, our scouts estimate, that city will come under siege within next week.
>>20497254Give the Vindicare access to every report made by anyone who has had contact with the machines, as well as all other data relating to them.To Kasting:>I look forward to it.To Arcon:>Thank you Arcon, are our vehicles and half our marines in position around Kanihirium yet?
>>20497326Also say to Arcon:>Arcon, whilst that Terran representative is here, I would greatly appreciate it if you and your Soulkillers would try to be a little more discrete with your ways, I would hate for him to misconstrue any of your behaviour.
>>20497326Arcon takes a look at the data-slate in his hand and reports:>Yes, we have 3rd and 4th Companies stationed in Kanihirium, also some squads from Brethoriu's Company too, total of 240 marines. All of our warmachines are ready for war. Kanihirium will be a hard bite for the enemy... Lord, as my company is there, am I supposed to lead the defence or will you take this responsibility personally? Or you wish to give this honour to Captain Dreidor?----------------------Captain Dreidor - commands 4th Company, relatively young, favours heavy infantry charge tactics, usually leads from the front, supports no cult, but is known to be friends with Harmantos. proper profile will made later.
>>20497353Do the MoI even have souls? The only other thing incriminating lying around (besides us) is that AI. Which we should justify by saying "I know that even speaking to abominable intelligence's is playing with fire. Considering the inferno I am already in, I less worried about getting my hands burned than usual."
>>20497353>Oh, so he's a Terran representative... I see. We will do our best... Chapter Master.
>>20497406>You may lead your company and the rest of the marines in Kanihirium if you so wish Arcon, we may have our differences but I trust your abilities. I shall remain here and attempt to uncover the secret of the vault, and possibly our salvation, if the situation in Kanihirium become dire, I shall lead the rest of the chapter to counter-attack.
>>20497416Please state me who knows about Proteus atm in the Chapter. Also specify which of your techmarines was responsible for handling him...
>>20497448Techmarine Destros is handling Proteus, given his fascination with less....conventional tech.I figure the only other know would be Brethorius, since we told him to bring it back from the battlefield.
>>20497437>Thank you for this honour, milord. We shall drink souls in your name... When Emissary is not watching, that is. Arcon leaves the room and you are left alone now.
>>20497482Okay then, return to Proteus, and take him to the vault entrance, we must do this quickly, whilst Kasting isn't watching.
>>20496274That encircled army needs to try to break out to the coast on 8 and then use the navy to pull back to 6. Also, orital bombardment is always a good idea.
In secret, you bring Proteus 34 in front of the Vault. Man of Iron looks at the gate, his metal face showing no emotions, then it suddenly turns to you and exclaims:>This gate was built to contain those who would want to come inside and those who would like to come out. It was definitely built by Pro-Human Men of Iron, but I am not sure what could exactly be behind it. There is a warning in your language, as you are more primitive than your brothers back in the Core Worlds, I will translate it into your dialect:"This facility was closed by order of the High Military Command of Terran Federation after project "Apotheosis" failed. Off-limits until the war ends. Extreme caution advised while protecting the gate.">My data-base doesn't recognise this project, but among my prorities was an order to "secure possible secret project sites on Federation military outpost Maermark-III", so it wasn't specifically mentioned. Asmodeus probably doesn't possess specific information about it or he didn't think it was worthy of mentioning for AI of my rank. On the other hand, being here I picked up some details that helped me to rebuild fragments of data you erased. My primary objective was here, in this fortress, as I understand from the blueprints, it's some kind of communications array.
>>20497822They will try to break out, but without reinforcements, supplies and completely surrounded, it will be a small chance... let's be generous and give them 10%. please roll.
>>20498018Proteus 34 turns to you:>Maybe you should open it?
>>20498233Do you have any idea what is inside it?
rolled 9 = 9>>20498168Sounds like they're on a highway to the danger zone...http://youtu.be/aDDnThgNWnU
>>20498268>I do not, but this new state of independent thought leaves my data processors constantly under-used and it creates a situation where I am craving for new data. This causes a behaviour in me that humans would call curiosity. Regarding the possible contents of the Vault - they are most likely either so dangerous that they have to be contained or so fragile that they need to be protected, or maybe both. Also, Apotheosis in Galactic Gothic means glorification of a subject to divine level. It can mean almost anything, but such a flawed and ambiguous name at least gives us information that it's creators were human.
>>20498349Maybe you live after all Proteus......What would be the best way to open the vault?
>>20498327All of my hate. Ok, but it will take weeks, and your characters know nothing atm. Damn PC's. Can't kill them even when you try.
Suddenly Destros approaches you and asks:>Milord, maybe we should hide Proteus 34? My other brothers might not be so understanding... Also, we have spent almost half an hour staring at this door, who knows, what would happen if wrong eyes would see us.roll secret roll d100
Attempt to attach the vault to the Stellar Nexus via the sockets on the outside of the vault. I want ALL our available Techmarines on this, it must be done perfectly (I kinda wish Urgh was here.....).
rolled 94 = 94>>20498452More 90's music for the dice!http://youtu.be/MVNQGUkRX_U
rolled 45 = 45>>20498452
>>20498511I've rolled worse.
>>20498554In this quest, we all have.
>>20498354Whichever general in charge of that retreat is going to come out of this with stats to make creed envey.
>>20498511You think, that you notice a flash in the darkness, as if camera lenses would have caught light, and then you notice a servo-skull darting into the vents... Destros screams out:>Lord, they have seen us! What shall we do?>>20498501Roll, decide who's commanding the techpriests and how do you justify this decision to everyone(wires will go for over two miles to stellar nexus, so plenty of people will see you put them).
>>20499382Suddenly, you hear dozens of armoured marines coming down the tunnel towards the vault. What do you do?
rolled 15 = 15>>20499488>>20499382Cover Proteus up, get him away, hide him, etc etc.Confront the marines while this happens.
>>20499515You quickly stuff Proteus under a pile of ancient metal junk and turn towards the coming squad. At the head of it, you notice Harmantos. Almost a head taller than his brothers, he is of the same height as you and looks you directly into the eye:>Milord, I'd like to ask for your permission to let me and my brothers to leave for a long-range reconnaisance mission. Will you let us?
>>20499585>I don't suppose it has anything to do with the.....Gnars.....does it, Harmantos?
>>20499585Walk with me Harmantos (Away from the vault)What needs your attentions?
>>20499585"Rousing the Gnar to war? Or does instinct lead you to undertake this journey?"
>>20499595>>20499597>Erm... Why would make such an assumption, Chapter Master?He and his brothers follow your lead, while Destros tries to act as if he's trying to analyse the Vault.>We noticed that there are some pathways in the mountains that we haven't covered yet and enemy might use them to inflitrate through our outer defences... We think it would be wise to close them.Roll a secret roll.
>>20499626>Oh no assumptions Sergeant.....none at all.......yes, you may scout out the terrain as you see fit, I trust your.....abilities.
>>20499621He falls silent and stops in his tracks.>Master... How? How could you have known? We took all the precautions...>>20499635Scrutiny roll failed, but not required as you've seen through his lie.
>>20499657>It's my duty to know everything within the chapter, I would appreciate if you would not hold such secrets from me in the future, Harmantos. I may not share your beliefs, but I will never judge you for them, provided they are not heretical, of course.
>>20499657"And none of it failed, brother. You have my blessing and faith to carry out this mission."
>>20499702>>20499682>I... I see... My faith is not a faith as you call it, but rather a set of things I just feel are right. And I think we might need all help we can get now... I don't know when I will return, but I must try. Goodbye, Chapter Master, may the Emperor be with you.Harmantos and his brothers leave. What do you do?
rolled 46 = 46>>20499759Stop them, and ask if they have seen a servo skull when they were approaching.
>>20499783>No, we didn't see any servo-skulls, milord... You should ask techpriests if you need one.---You receive news that first MoI detachments have reached Kanihirium...
rolled 28 = 28>>20499878Send Harmantos away, recover Proteus, and decide on what to do with the Vault.
>>20499887>I felt discomfort under that pile of trash. Why did you hide me from your subordinates?What do you do next?
rolled 88 = 88>>20499905There was a saying among a chapter of ours."Information is power, guard it well" I am sure your former masters knew this as well.
>>20499923>Your explanation is indeed rational, I will not contest it. Also, may I request an access to your library, if you have one?Do you still want to do something with the vault or stellar nexus?
rolled 9 = 9Remove everyone but ourselves and the highest ranking Tech Priest and Proteus from the room.And then ask Proteus if it is possible we can access the Vault with our mind.
rolled 5 = 5>>20499959Plugs ourselves in
>>20500127>>20500135As Destros prepares a mindlink for you to enter the Vault, Proteus asks you:>Flesh-thing, your circuits are making irratonal decisions. Having in mind that you are the only guarantee for my continued existence, I wish you to survive and this action puts you at risk. Are you sure you want to do this?(i will take rolls into account)Session over.
>>20500179Thanks Skargan.Your tears, they are delicious.
>>20500179Tell me Proteus, what else do the Men of Iron fear?They do not fear the Guardsmen, the millions they have already killed prove so quite well.They do not fear the Space Marines, my battle brothers found this as they died.And they may fear me, but I am only one being, I have not the power of a battleship, or a titan.Whatever lies beyond this vault is something I know they are afraid of, I feel if I do not do this then I will die a death far beyond my standing.Oh and, tell Destros he has command over all Tech related matters, and everything else will be split between the Terra Representative and Arcos.