Your name is Michael Dunkin, and you now work for the Inquisition. Previously you were a sergeant in the 291st Cadian Shock Troopers, but now you find yourself in the company of Inquisitor Christina Massey of the Ordos Xenos. After saving her life at the cost of your men and your life (the old one, at least), you've been officially proclaimed a dead hero and recruited into her retinue. Now, with your new life and future in her hands, you're tasked with looking after Christina's well being. And whatever else that entails.Things quickly take a turn for the unexpected as you come into contact with a new xeno race on the planet Dwimos. Too bad for you, they seem more interested in turning you into a snack than anything else. Though the armsmen supporting you take heavy losses, you manage to secure the PDF headquarters and survive the night that follows.____________________________Previous Threads: http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=A%20Fresh%20Start%20(Quest)Twitter: https://twitter.com/Elijah_QM
>>32263603The sound starts muffled, but the tell-tale crack of lasfire quickly grows in intensity beyond the door. Before you can say anything, Jorah is already leaping over the desk and typing away at the console there."Can you see anything out there?" You ask him, sliding the last piece of your hellgun back into place."Nope," He answers, sounding oddly disinterested."Can you open the doors, at least?""Uh huh. Think that's a good idea, though?"Your first instinct is to order the doors open, but he may have a point. Whatever Jacklo did help thin the number of xenos directly outside, but just how many are still out there is a mystery. On a related note, just what time is it?Your sense of pragmatism and honor struggle, before you decide...>"Open that frakking door!">"We can't risk it. Wait for the others."
>lasfireLasfire = Allies!TROOPER YOU OPEN THAT DOOR THIS INSTANT!
>>32263848>"Open that frakking door!"More Xenos to eradicate that way.
>>32263848>"Open that frakking door!"Prep a grenade before the door opens.
>>32263848>"Open that frakking door!"
32263848>"Open that frakking door!"We still gots lots of light don't we?
>>32264286Shit. Stupid fucking.>>32263848>"Open that frakking door!"We still gots lots of light don't we?
>>32263848>>"Open that frakking door!"
>>32263848The xenls look like pterodactyl s right? If so how the hell did the get inside these buildings?Shit smells fishy
>>32263848>"Open that frakking door!"We have a shoulder light and one on the gun turn on all lights and face the door then open it. Load flame nades as well for our launcher.
>>32264403No, they look like subterranean hammerhead sharks with no eyes.
>>32264621Huh for some reason I thought they could fly
>>32264700I think they were just jumping in between the walls of the canyons and killing each other then falling around the people in the movie. But at the same time I want to say some could fly I don't exactly remember.
>>32264700They can fly
(Ah shite. Fair warning, my laptop's being a bitch again. Even so, I shall try my best to march on.)>>32263848New boss or no, you're a Guardsmen, and old habits die hard. Readying your rifle, you look over to Jorah and point."Open that frakking door, Trooper!" You bark, and with a shrug he complies.The thing begins to slide open with a loud groan like before, retracting to reveal an interesting scene. Xeno bodies litter the stairway and courtyard from before, as well as bits and pieces of the occasional unlucky armsmen.However, the main thing that draws your concern is the spectacle on the street, standing tall next to a freshly opened manhole."WHAT DO YA THINK YOU'RE GOING, BUG BRAINS?!" Vincent bellows, firing into the brightening sky as the xenos beat a hasty retreat. "I SIZZLE IN THE SUN, TOO, BUT YA DON'T SEE ME COMPLAININ'!Behind him, more armsmen emerge from the opening until over a dozen stand out in the open now, taking a few more parting shots at the enemy. It's not quite morning yet, but you can see the faint but growing glow on the horizon.By then Vincent and his men are making their way toward you, stepping over various corpses and puddles of blood as they go. As he grows closer you see that the Commander is wearing the stained remains of a camocloak, but now it hangs in tatters around him."Mornin'," Vincent nods as he stops at the top of the stairs, looking around him. "Fun night?">"Probably not as fun as yours.">"We managed on our own.">"Lost some good people ">Other?
>>32264803>>"Probably not as fun as yours."
>>32264803>"Probably not as fun as yours."
>>32264803>"Probably not as fun as yours."Met a survivor, helped us keep the bastards out. Find anything or anyone?
>>32264803I hear writing in google docs is good since it auto saves, Gmail does the same. Whats wrong with your laptop exactly besides being old?
>>32265009>pic OP on his laptop
>>32264852(Welp, now I know who Vincent looks like.)>>32265009(The screen locks into place, slowly but surely turning the entire screen white with an afterimage of what I was looking at in the background. How long it stays that way has ranged from a few seconds to nearly an hour, like just now. Any tips/suggestions?)>>32264803You look over the commander and his gathered group of men, each one wearing a similar looking cloak and equally covered in white ichor."Probably not as fun as yours," You answer. "We found a survivor, though; a PDF Trooper almost scared out of his wits, but still helpful.""Well, you got us beat by one," Vincent grunts. "Only thing we found below were more of the bastards. How's the Lady?""She's doing fine, thank you very much," A familiar voice answers behind you, and you turn to find Christina with several others watching on. "What's the status of Warlock, Commander?""Minus this bunch here, the rest of First and Second are still below, making our new friends chase their tails. Should be finished with that soon, if we're lucky. We picked up a few from Third that shared our idea, but from what they said they're all that's left," Vincent sighs and shakes his head.Hearing this grave news Christina only nods, a professional mask hiding whatever she might be thinking."Your men deserve time to catch their breath, but I'm afraid we're not done yet," She tells him. "You said there are xenos still underground?""In the subways and sewer systems," Vincent answers, only the slightest hint of hesitance in his tone. "Got somethin' in mind?""I do, actually," She smiles, and you find yourself swallowing hard. "This is a serious problem, but there's research to be done. Especially so with a live specimen. I want to capture at least one of these things. Alive, and relatively unharmed.">"With all due respect, ma'am, you're insane.">"I volunteer.">Say nothing.>Other?
>>32265292>So who's coming with me?
>>32265292>Any tips/suggestions?Your laptop is hanging. Reboot it. Get something like Lazarus so you can recover what your wrote even after you shut it down.
>>32265292>>Say nothing.We know it needs to happen, but fuck if we are signing up for that detail
>>32265292>other"So, I guess we're going on a bug hunt."
>>32265292>Stay with the InquisitorWe're her bodyguard. Stick with her. Unless she asks us of course
>>32265292>"I volunteer."Hmm does sound like its hanging, I'll think on it heading to lunch be back later.
>>32265292I volunteer as tribute. Been living on borrowed time anyways
>>32265292>any tips/suggestionsI'm not really too /g/-savvy but I'd suggest backup what you need then format and re-instal an operating system (I don't know what you use now but there are plenty of options you might like)
>>32265366I'll second this.
>>32265368(I've done a system restore twice now. The first time seemed to help, but the second one was done just before I started and it was acting up.)>>32265245(Fairly accurate. Diabolical facial hair included.)>>32265292"So I guess we're going on a bug hunt," You deadpan.After a few moments Vincent and the armsmen share a chuckle at your phrasing, but Christina seems to have missed the comedy side of it."Quite right," She nods. "I've requested additional support from the Antbellum, and they're bringing down gear to help handle them. The only problem is getting one in there. After that, we can eliminate those remaining and deal with the main infestation.""That sounds all well and good, ma'am," Vincent begins. "But you're leaving out somethin' kinda important.""Which is?""Who gets bait-duty?""Ah. A fair question."Though none of them seem outright scared, the armsmen look at one another as men at the noose, waiting to see who falls first. Though you can't even see their faces, you can't help but feel just a little sorry for them.Sometimes, it really sucks to be the good guy."So," You begin with a sigh. "Who's coming with me?"The others turn to you in plain surprise except for Christina, who's simply wearing the grin of a cat that's cornered a mouse."Well, well," She says. "I thought your hero days were finished, Lieutenant.""Someone has to do it," You tell her, sounding more resigned than reverent. "And I've got to start earning my paycheck."She gives a pleased nod at this."If you want, another can accompany you. Better your odds of survival," Christina informs you.As she does so, you can't help but catch someone mutter 'Fourteen, coming up.'>Pick Vincent.>Pick Roxy.>Pick Mikel.>Pick no one.>Other?
>>32265941>Pick Roxy.Vince deserves a breather.
>>32265941>>Other?Pick whoever said 14 coming up
>>32265941>Other?I pick whoever decided to be a smartass right then.A lesson, trooper. Wait until the meetings over before you get shirty.
>>32266024>>32266032This, fuck that guy in particular
>>32265941Pick the smart ass. Never volunteer for Anthony and never draw attention to yourself. We violated the first and mr. "14" violated the second.
>>32265941Chuck a thumb ver your shoulder while saying "I'll take number 14 the smart ass along for the ride Ma'am."
>>32266032Like the choice and the commentary. Support.
>>32266064Anything*.Also, elijah, I edited you quest down to just story posts and will send a link on twitter when I get home. I'm going to try to keep it updated.
>>32266024>>32266032I support this action.
>>32265941"Well sounds like I already have a volunteer, eh Mr. 14?"
>>32266153Who is Mr. 14?
>>32266196The smart ass.
>>32265941I concur with the general consensus so far. We've got an asshole coming with us.
>>32266225I missed when and where he was being a smartass, what did he do?
>>32266253>As she does so, you can't help but catch someone mutter 'Fourteen, coming up.'
>>3226625314 refers to how we're the 14th bodyguard to protect Christina and how he thinks we'll be the 14 to die.
>>32266356No we are 13th bodyguard.
>>32265941"Bunch a dammed dirt apes. You wanna live forever? The Emp's been sitting on that chair keeping this shit hole together for how long? And none of you wanna take a walk down a hole to make friends with these hammer-headed holediggers?"
>>32266365We're her 13th bodyguard 14 coming up implies we're gonna get killed soon
>>32266356Ah clever, I completely missed that.>>32266402Exactly meaning >>32266416
tg at its sharpest
>>32266124(Many thanks, friend!)>>32265941"Thank you, ma'am," You nod, chucking a thumb over your shoulder. "I'll take smart ass."Behind you, a slightly panicked noise is drowned out by various snickering from the man's comrades. Turning around, you find a particular armsmen standing stock-still and suddenly without friends."A lesson, trooper. Wait until the meeting's over before you get shitty." You tell him. "Name?""A-armsmen Aleki Hassan, sir," He answers, looking rapidly between you, Vincent, and Christina."Go on, then," Vincent grins, obviously enjoying this. "Get on with it.""A good choice," Christina adds, stoic but having just a little trouble keeping it so. "Mr. Hassan has been reported to be one of the 'lucky' ones. Maybe it'll rub off on you."Seeing no way out, the Armsman in question slumps his shoulders and gives a weak nod."Wonderful," Christina says, securing her helmet back in place.Within ten minutes additional drop-ships descend on the city, unloading fresh troops and heavy illumination equipment. Melodi and a handful of other Tech Priests arrive to tweak your flashlights, increasing their output dramatically at the cost of battery life. Already, Jaraax is mounting up on a number of Chimera's and other vehicles, intent on heading out to fortify the mine's entrance.>Stop and say hi to Melodi.>No time to chat. Time to get eaten.
>>32266477>Stop and say hi to Melodi.
>>32266477>No time to chat. Time to get eaten.
>>32266477>"Hey melodi wish I could chat but its time to go get eaten"
>>32266477>>No time to chat. Time to get eaten.
>>32266477>Stop and say hiAt least we can say hi before we get eaten, and maybe she'll have some nifty gadget for us.
>>32266477>Stop and say hi to Melodi.Hey, quick question, but can you locate where the main power plant is? I feel like the best way to trap one of these xeno's is to have a circle of light surrounding a little patch of shade. Any ideas?
>>32266477>>Stop and say hi to waifubait
>>32266477>"Hey melodi wish I could chat but its time to go get eaten, it's not nids this time though!"
>>32266525Like this idea
>>32266477>Stop and say hi to Melodi.>>32266624Good idea, anon. Supporting.
>>32266477>Stop and say hi to Melodi.who knows our favorite tech preist might have some sort of nifty Q gadget that might keep us from being an xeno snack-time
Tell melodi we love her and want to spend the rest of our life holding hands, but .... "I being to my words true, shall not fail my rendezvous"... to paraphrase a dead french foreign legionaire.
>>32266752That's a big damn snake.
>>32266778That, my friend, is what she said.
>>32266752The poets name was Alan Seeger, the poem is "rendezvous with death" ... I had to Google.
>>32266525best of both worlds right here
>>32266477>Stop and say hiLota things could be causing it to hang. Overheating, running outa ram, or your ram could be getting bad.>>32266624I like it, also think we should save our lights for when it gets too close, just quickly flash it then run.>>32266805I lol'd
>>32266477Pressed for time, you at least spare a few words while Melodi tweaks your gear. Though she moves with a practiced precision, she can't help but look over the chaos that is the courtyard."Do you know who all died?" She asks quietly."I'm afraid not," You answer. "I just know there's gonna be a lot of empty seats on the ride home."She cringes at your words, and you reconsider the bluntness of them, but before you put the thoughts to words you hear a shout of alarm. In an instant your hand springs for your rifle, but it isn't long before you see the cause for the commotion.All around the courtyard the creatures and their blood begin to melt, dissolve, and eventually evaporate into thin air. For those with the stuff on their clothing and skin, like Vincent, the experience must be a slight surprise.You and Melodi share a quiet laugh as the Commander swears loudly and frequently, wiping at his arms and face. Perhaps you could suggest he wear full carapace next time, rather than the scout variant he seems to favor. Perhaps not.However, time isn't on your side and you spot Christina nearby, tapping her wrist."Sorry, Melodi," You tell her. "I'd love to stay and chat more, but I've gotta go get eaten.""W-wait, what?" She asks, more than a little confused. However, you push on.You set off with Vincent, Christina, and the men that had accompanied the Commander up to the surface. Lastly, tagging along beside you, is Hassan, who has decided to refrain from saying anything as you clamber down into the sewers.>Say something to him? (What?)>Concentrate on the mission.
>>32267206So, why exactly are you so "lucky" trooper?
>>32267206Just get to it. No need to rub it in.
>>32267206Aren't you happy you aren't pulling sentry duty?
>>32267206>Concentrate on the mission.The time for social links is over. A simple for the emperor will sufficeinb4 hive queen
>>32267206>Say something to him?Discuss plan, our formation, etc. Cover and move. 1 runs while the other blinds the target then runs when the other stops and covers.Hopefully professionalism will calm both our nerves.
>>32267419>>32267242COmbination of these pelase
>>32267474going with this
>>32267206Though you're no fan of smart asses (mainly because you're one yourself, sometimes) you're not one to hold a grudge over something like this. Making sure nothing is creeping about the immediate area, the group starts off seemingly at random, though Vincent is at the head. Seeing this, you decide to try and try and be nice."So, why exactly are you so 'lucky,' trooper?" You ask him, and it takes a moment for him to realize you're speaking to him."That's a good question, actually," He shrugs. "I'd say it's the opposite, but then again I'm still here. I guess I'm lucky cause I'm still alive.""Fair enough," You nod. "So, you know the plan?""We make a lot of noise, then run back to the others so they can shoot the xeno with shock netting?""And?""And try not die in the process?""Good man. Any questions?""None, sir."After a few minutes of walking you seem to come to a good ambush spot in a large spacious intersection, with three different exits and plenty of hiding spots. After first making sure said spots are vacant, Vincent and the others begin taking up position."Just get their attention and let the Commander and his men handle the rest," Christina tells you. "Though if I could offer advice: run fast.""Much obliged, ma'am," You nod. Picking the middle exit first, you share a look with Hassan who seems equally thrilled. "Well, let's to it.">Strike up a song as you walk.>Talk casually.>Move carefully and quietly.>Other?>Roll a 1d20. First three count.
Rolled 2>>32268013>Move carefully and quietly.
Rolled 14>>32268013Be wvery wvery quiet , we're hunting xenos>Move carefully and quietly.
Rolled 10>>32268013Come on, dice...
>>32268013>>Strike up a song as you walk.Always look on the bright side of life
>>32268013Not too fond of being horribly murdered today, you take one side of the stretch of hallway while Hassan takes the other. Together, you both begin to edge your way forward. Your flashlights lead the way, but even as they do a decent job of it you're still cautious.The only sound is that of you and the Armsmen's boots wading through the water and your breathing, the latter at least in the attempt to stay even and collected.You're a ways down before you reach an opening branching off to someplace else. Nodding to Hassan, you get ready to move to the other side.Though you've never served together you both know you're jobs and move with quiet efficiency.Moving quickly around the entrance, rifle ready, yo-Something blindsides you, seemingly emerging from the water itself at your side in a mass of limbs and teeth. You go down before you can even cry out, the water going over you within seconds as a heavy weight bears down on you. Already, you're thankful for the fully-locked helmet.However, your rifle goes free from hand and the xeno on top of you doesn't seem too thrilled on waiting for you to find it.>Rollin'.
>>32268396KNIFE A BITCH
Rolled 12>>32268532I rolled nice!Captcha was: dthugus musicalLet's start singing!
>>32268532OPERATION OPERATIN' IS OPERATED
>>32268568>dthugus musicalso like Hustle & Flowhttp://www.imdb.com/title/tt0410097/?ref_=nv_sr_1
>>32268396The many advantaged of carapace quickly come into perspective. The added protection against bullets or, in this case, claws. The utterly airtight suit with it's small but invaluable oxygen supply. And last, but certainly not least, are the reinforced boots.Getting your feet under the thing, you send it flying with a screech before it abruptly quiets when it slams into the wall. A hand, human, brings you back up to the surface a few moments later."We have to go, NOW!" Hassan says, and behind you more screeching sounds. With your hellgun dangling at your side, you do as you're told and run.>Roll, Forrest, Roll!
Rolled 3>>32269325Rollin Thunder
Rolled 14>>32269325They see me rolling
Rolled 7>>32269325Calm yo tits stormcloak
Rolled 20>>32269325GO GO GO!
Rolled 6>>32269325Op does our cybernetic leg thats totally not Necron tech, give us bonuses to some actions?
>>32269415roll faster next time
>>32269415holy shiti actually critted.
>>32269425We'd probably need a matching set if we want to push more out of them and not lose our balance.
Rolled 10>>32269325Life is like a box of Slaaneshi porno-slates, you never know what you're gonna get.
>>32269415THE POWER OF DICE COMPELS THEE
Rolled 11>>32269754Oh jeez that was embarrassing
>>32269425(Kicking in doors and/or kneecaps and other assorted joints get a bonus when using the cybernetic. However, as the other anon said, you'd need a matching pair to get a speed bonus.)>>32269325Running is still something you're having to get used to. Your new cybernetic leg now outpaces your real one; a bit of a 180 from the old one. Even so, whatever lies behind you is enough incentive to get the lead out.Sprinting down the hall, you don't see a shred of Vincent or his men, though you suppose that's their job. Even so, when you clear the hall and enter the room the Commander's voice is clear."Down!"Rather than going straight down you throw yourself to the side. Just in time, as well, for a moment later the xeno's cry turns from one of bloodlust to fear and pain. Shaking your head and looking, you find two of the things struggling inside a large mass of webbing. A few bursts of lasfire take down the other two that dodged the ambush, leaving only the captured specimens alive.Nearing, Vincent lays into one of the creatures with the butt of his hellgun with relish. While normally an easy going man, the expression on his face is anything but."NOT SO FUN, IS IT?" He snarls, landing one last hit before a power armored hand pulls him away."Enough, Vin," Christina tells him, signaling the lights to dim. They do so, and the creature's quiet but don't outright surrender. "Interesting..."She holds out a hand, but quickly retracts it when one of them tries to snap at it. Seeing the job done, she turns to Vincent."Commander, I-"However, he's not paying her any mind."Say again?" He asks, hand pressed against his ear. "Oh for Throne's sake-JENKINS! Breathe, and start again. Slowly."Aside from the occasional growl from the restrained xenos, everyone waits quietly as Vincent listens to whoever's on the other side. When he's finally done his jaw and fists are clenched tight, and when he looks back at you all there's murder in his eyes.(Cont.)
>>32269897ah shit what did we do now?
>>32269937>you allIt's not us mate. The fucking ship captain.
It's clearly a tyranid hive ship
>>32270095Light sensitive gargoyles?>mitebcool
>>32270095A thousand Riddicks, each dual-wielding tea cups.
>>32270148ten thrones that QM laptop died again
I think its a hanging laptop.
>>32269897"We just got a call from third platoon," He says. "There's at least three of them still alive; dragged off to the mines after they were overrun at the hospital.""And?" Christina asks him patiently, only slightly taken aback when he turns and starts off. Wordlessly, his men follow with the xeno in tow."No 'and,' ma'am. We're getting our people back," He tells her."Commander," Christina calls, voice calm but with an edge to it."Come on, people. Jaraax should be in place to-""COMMANDER!"It's the first time Christina raises her voice, and it's terrifying. You're not sure if it's because of her position, the armor, or both. All the same, Vincent freezes on the spot and slowly turns back to face her."Ma'am?" He asks, obviously not in the mood for this."Three, you said?" She asks, closing the distance between them at a leisurely pace. "Three men, Commander. Three men, versus how many that we've already lost?""That's all they could confirm," He shakes his head stubbornly. "Our people don't bite it that easy, ma'am, and you know that! There's more down there with those things, and it's our duty to get them out!""It's our -duty- to serve the Imperium, first and foremost," She answers. "Now that we're able to properly catalog these creatures, I'm in favor of Leuitenant Dunkin's plan." An orbital strike? Perfectly acceptable before, but now? You don't know these men, but already you've seen them fight and die without as much as a second thought. It's almost painful watching Vincent torn between following Christina's orders and looking after his men.As if to make the matter worse, the Inquisitor turns to you expectantly.>"She's right, Commander. Those men are as good as dead.">"These men have fought for you. DIED for you! Is this how you repay loyalty?">Other?
>>32270181>>"She's right, Commander. Those men are as good as dead."This is the Imperium here, and they are guardsman. They were dead the second they picked up a lasrifle.
>>32270181ah shit you just HAD to put us in this situationwe try to move in with lots of guys we are going lose a lot more then 3 menon the other hand we don't do anything then we piss off vincenti suggest a comprimise send in one 7 man team and give them 5 hours if they don't come back with thare men then we leave them
>>32270181>Other>"Permission to attempt a rescue, ma'am."A bit gung-ho for an Inquisitorial Operative yeah, but I imagine Dunkin has gotten fairly sick of leaving people behind in his life.
>>32270181>>"These men have fought for you. DIED for you! Is this how you repay loyalty?"Blamm'ing intensifies.
>>32270181>>32270250I agree with this but add something along the lines that its for further research on the new xeno. Odd that they suddenly started taking prisoners.
>>32270266I'm against calling her out on it in front of anyone, she's calling the shots here. She has absolute authority, but that doesn't mean we can't make an alternative suggestion before she goes orbital on this rock.
>>32270181>"She's right, Commander. Those men are as good as dead."If we try to get them out more then 3 will die
>>32270250>>32270283Good idea, I imagine Christina would be fairly keen to have a pictfeed of the inside of their hive/nest.
>>32270265INTO THE BREACH YOU DOGS
>>32270250>i suggest a comprimise send in one 7 man team and give them 5 hours if they don't come back with thare men then we leave themA small team like this seems the most reasonable. Plus we're her bodyguard I doubt she'd let us go do it.
>>32270313on the contray i want to go we still need to use this grenade launcher
>>32270181One: We don't know if those guys the xeno took are still alivetwo: We go in with a group to get the captives and we'll have more casualties.Now I can agree about sending a team of volunteers and only volunteers to go on in and get them out, but its best we cut our losses.>Agree with the Inquisitor
>"Getting inside their nest might reveal a whole lot more than the two live ones we have here">"Permission to attempt a rescue, ma'am"Lead with the potential reward and then volunteer ourselves? Or are we in favoring of letting some other poor sap have a go?
>>32270250>>32270283Something like this, it is perplexing that they would just start taking prisoners. Could there be others from the capital also taken?
>>32270181 damn it, were a bodyguard not an arch-millitant.I'm in favor of >>32270265 's plan, form a volunteer rescue team and go in there. Lets take off the hell guns an run high powered lights off our back pack fuel cells and go in there with flamers, find our guys and set charges to collapse the mine behind us on our way out.
>>32270365 BRILLIANT! but we are taking the hell gun that nade launcher needs to be used
>>32270365We're a BODYGUARD. Unless the inquisitor plans to go in, we shouldn't.
>>32270181"I don't really have any right to weigh in here Lady Inquisitor. While it is true that these men knew the risks, you are still nevertheless responsible for their lives. If you're certain these men could not possibly serve any better than by dying here, it is our duty to accept your decision. Still, should you reconsider... Well, at the very least you can count me in."
>>32270365>>32270313Psh, bodyguards are a dime a dozen. Heroes of the Imperium however, are a different level of currency all together.What are you, chicken?
>>32270181If this commander wants to send more people after only three missing guardsmen, he must be pretty sheltered as far as Imperial Guard are concerned.>"She's right, Commander. Those men are as good as dead."
>>32270265I like it.
>>32270181>"Getting inside their nest might reveal a whole lot more than the two live ones we have here">"Permission to attempt a rescue, ma'am"Anybody got that let'sdothis.jpg
>>32270406This works if we have a private moment with Her Ladyship, but right now we're in full view of the squad and Vincent.
>>32270181>"Permission to do something crazy ma'am"
>>32270438Not all IG regiments have the willpower or even the manpower to soak up the ridiculous casualties that we're used to seeing in say, the Death Korps of Krieg or Steel Legion. And a Vostroyan would be inclined to recover the men just for their hallowed equipment.In short, it differs. I'd be interested to know where this Vincent hails from. A Hive Worlder likely wouldn't put that much value on his own, or wear a camo-cloak for that matter.
>>32270535I'd guess a Death World, personally. 'Every man for himself' doesn't really cut it when literally everything is out to brutally murder you.
>>32270517I think that is the perfect phrasing for what we want to do.
>>32270181>Other?>"Permission to attempt a rescue, ma'am."Set a time frame, and we can also get some intel at the same time.We may be a bodyguard, but from what Christina seems to be hinting at, she's looking for us to be something more than "just" a bodyguard.Let's show that we get impossible shit done.
>>32270181Use Cain logic: quietly pull her aside and point out these are the men who guard her life and they will be more inclined to do so if they think she gives a damn.
>>32270181No, no, no...Memories resurface of the same position, just different people and place. The job's done, why worry about a few grunts? The thought alone makes your blood boil.However, you're not stupid enough to call out an Inquisitor."Permission to do something crazy, ma'am," You request."Such as?""A rescue."You can't see her face, but you could wager it's one of surprise. However, her tone changes to one of weary understanding."I suppose I should have expected this kind of behavior to go beyond convenient," She grumbles. "I told you, going in wo-""I'm not asking you to send us all in, ma'am," You're quick to explain. "A single squad, volunteer only, sent in for rescue and further study of the xenos."She remains silent, so you take it as a sign to explain."Sure, you'll find out some things from those two," You signal to the pair of captives. "But think of what you could learn if you took a look at their home? Strap a pictfeed to my head and I can get you plenty of footage. Just give us one chance, ma'am. We'll go in, get what and who we can, and seal the place with charges. No nukes, no unneeded destruction, and we mark up a new race to exterminate.For a long minute Christina says nor does anything, instead comfortable just staring you down. You've dealt with several angry women and pissed COs before, so you're prepared for such things. The helmet covering you helps.Finally, a sigh escapes the Inquisitor and she shakes her head."Three hours," She says. "Three hours and we're flattening the entire mountain. We've got enough xenos running about trying to kill us all. I won't add another.""Thank you, ma'am.""Don't thank me," She snaps, but then softens. "Just make it back. And keep that fool alive a while longer, while you're at it. He has his uses when not on suicidal acts of bravado like this.""Yes, ma'am."(Cont.)
>>32270883You begin to make your way back to the surface, running into a handful of teams Vincent had dispatched along the way. They're hesitant around the captives, but follow all the same.Meanwhile, the Commander himself saddles up next to you as you all walk, fumbling for words."I..." He shakes his head. "Thank you, for back there. Not everyday she get's a wrench thrown into her plans. Keeps her on her toes.">"You owe me for this.">"No one else gets left behind.">"We've all got a part to play, Commander.">Other?
>>32270936>"No one else gets left behind."
>>32270936>"We've all got a part to play, Commander."
>>32270936>We've all got a part to play, Commander
>>32270936>>"No one else gets left behind.">>"We've all got a part to play, Commander." Do the first then follow up with the second as we check our gun and cock it if we can do that with guns in this era that is
>>32270936>"No one gets left behind."
>>32270936>"No one else gets left behind.">>32270936>>"No one else gets left behind.">>"We've all got a part to play, Commander."
>>32270999On second thought, I'm backing up this anon. >>32270977
>>32270936>>"No one else gets left behind.">>"We've all got a part to play, Commander."
>>32270936This >>32270977Cause fuck yeah.
>>32270883>>32270936>mfw volatile materials and mining charges laying around>mfw 'no live ammunition', only harsh language>mfw I have no face
>>32270936"No one else gets left behind," You tell him, and he nods in response. Not in the mood to deal with whoever is trying to claw to the surface of your memories as you say those words, you check over your hellgun. "We've all got a part to play, Commander. You've got yours, and I've got mine.""I'll drink to that," Vincent says.A short time later you're back on the surface and in the courtyard. With the covering shadow of a transport overhead, the captives are transferred to a metal cage for more pennant transport before being shipped up to the Antebellum.Word quickly spreads of what the plan is, and Vincent prepares to gather volunteers."A typical squad holds ten people," He says. "Leaves eight to make up, after us. Any suggestions?">Mikel.>Alpha. (Or maybe someone in particular?)>Hassan.>Jacklo.>No suggestions.
>>32271155>Volunteers only>HassanHahaha, no. Poor guy.
>>32271155>Father MikelHe did say he wanted to bring the Emperors Light into the darkness. (Flamethrowers all day everyday)
>>32271155I'm assuming we can't ask for anyone too major, as we're already pushing it by being allowed to go.Part of me really wants to ask Mikel because of his flamethrower, but we were warned, and I'm certain it was for a reason.Hassan's learned his lesson (I hope), and Jacklo has definitely earned a pass. Definitely leave them alone.I guess my vote is if Roxy volunteers (or someone else from Alpha), we take 'em, but otherwise, go strictly with volunteers so we don't irritate the Lady any further than we may already have.
>>32271155>No, this is a long-shot as it is anyone whose willing will come, everyone else should have a choice.
>>32271327This mainly becuase I can't think of any good people to bring along
>>32271327>>32271325I agree with these two anons in the main, and no doubt Vincent knows his own men better than we do. He'll probably have enough volunteers to make do.
>>32271327agreed volunteers only if one of the names ones show up however let us know
>>32271327whoops should be who's not whose
>>32271155>No suggestions.as with >>32271327 and >>32271206let people volunteer or not as their conscience dictates, (I'd be surprised if we didn't have 100% sign on) then choose among those who have stepped foreword
>>32271155Ask for the a-team and a rhino
>>32271155"We agreed this was a volunteer-only thing," You tell him. "No pressuring anyone into doing this.""Agreed," He nods, and with that takes his leave to gather some fresh bodies.The Armsmen have looted whatever remained of the armory, as well as established a small one themselves from a nearby chimera. Most of it is standard gear that you already outclass, but you might be able to find something extra for your launcher.>Roll for lootin' skillz. (Looking for anything in particular?)>Keep what you have and wait.
Rolled 2>>32271444rolling for loot find a flamethrower BRING THE LIGHT!
Rolled 1>>32271444Flare and flame nades
Rolled 1>>32271444FLAMES TO PURGE THE UNPURE
Rolled 6>>32271444>Roll for lootin' skillz. (Looking for anything in particular?)Flares, flashbangs, strobe lights, flamethrowers, anything that gives off a LOT of light.
>>32271480>>32271469>>32271464How did we all roll so shit?
Rolled 16>>32271444How about a vortex grenade, nothing like discontinued tech.
>>32271464>>32271469>>32271480An ork waagh was hidden in the loot pile.
>>32271464>>32271469>>32271480Looks like we're going in naked.
>>32271499>How did we all roll so shit?Looks like the dice gods are saying "No extra loot for you!"
>>32271444something like a million candlelight flashlight
Can we get a water pistol for out troubles?
>>32271571We found a candle and it is broken
>>32271619no we found a flamethrower made out of candle wax
>>32271644>>32271600We find a flamethrower that shoots water.
>>32271674oh how about this a flamethrower that is blessed by khorn so it shots boiling blood
(MY SIDES! And I had such a nice surprise in store too...)>>32271444You decide to rummage through the assorted pile and try to find something worth while. It isn't looking too promising, but maybe if you hoped for the best you mi-"Emperor damn mother-" You swear as something metal slices into your left palm from the pile, and when you bring the hand up a trickle of blood is already beginning to flow. Growling at your own stupidity, you feel the urge to send a water container flying, but contain yourself.A short time later, Vincent returns with his assembled team.For the most part it's various Armsmen, almost all sporting the same camo cloak as Vincent. However, there are two that catch your eye."Father," You nod to Mikel, who does the same in return. "Gabriel."The big Alpha Trooper hefts the melta in his hand to a better place on his shoulder and nods, helmet at his side and Lho Stick in his mouth. You get the sudden urge for one yourself, but decide to hold it off for now."Rox said to look after ya since she couldn't come," He says. "Thought you could use some extra punch, too.""Alright, people, we're burning daylight," Vincent says. "Mount up!"A Chimera sits nearby, engine rumbling softly as it awaits you. With gear ready and your palm no longer bleeding, the hatch closes and you set off with a roar.>Say something to someone? (Who and what?)>Light a Lho Stick and enjoy the ride.
>Light a Lho Stick and enjoy the ride.>Say something to someone? (Who and what?)So everyone why you guys sign up for this most likely suicied mission?
>>32271725>>Light a Lho Stick and enjoy the ride.ive seen some of what has been described in this section in a movie once. didnt the majority of the team end up dieing? also debating if there is any copy right we need to worry about.
>>32271725>>Light a Lho Stick and enjoy the ride.
>>32271725>Light a Lho Stick and enjoy the rideMight be our last.>>32271771Because background angst. I'm guessing Lt Dunkin was in a similar position to Vincent once, one that did go our way.
>>32271725>>Light a Lho Stick and enjoy the ride.>>Say something to someone? (Who and what?)Talk for a moment with Mikel or Gabriel depending on their moods, we don't know either of them well.Once done, ask Mikel for a blessing/reading, we'll need every last bit of bravado/luck/whatever since we're going into the belly of the beast.
>>32271725This is too much.Letting the others fill the time with talk, you strike up a Lho Stick yourself and take a grateful draw. You blame the shaking in your hands on shitty driving skills and worse road conditions. The small gestures does wonders, however, and you feel your anxiety lessening.However, not everything is idle talk on the way up."We've grabbed a fethton of lights and schematics of the mine," Vincent says. "This is a lot better than we started, so already we're doing pretty well. The way I see it we head for the last place the mining crew radioed from before going dark, here."He points to a section of mining shaft at least two kilometers down. Lovely."It's a simple snatch and grab op. We get in, grab any survivors we find, and seal the place behind us with charges," Vincent pauses. "I suppose I don't have to say this isn't our most survival-friendly mission, but we're trained to deal with crazy shit like this."Despite the view on the mission's outcome, the mood is oddly confident. Perhaps this sort of things happens as often as the holodramas depict. You're not sure if that's a good thing or a bad thing.It isn't long after when you reach the mining camp.Jaraax has already dug in around the main entrance, flood lights of all shapes and sizes mounted on just about everything. They greet you all in turn, nodding in respect or giving a slap on the shoulder. Beyond the barricade, the darkness within is far from inviting."Deuce, take point," Vincent orders, and one of the Armsmen step forward. "Last chance to back out, people."No one says a word as you step into the darkness.(Cont.)
>>32270821Yeah... more than "just" a bodyguard, maybe we should've got more than just that leg augmented, ifyacatchmedrift...
>>32272462You begin forward, looking for anything two legged or more. Sadly all you find is a spacious elevator, probably meant to hold half a hundred miners at a time. With just ten, the sheer size of it shows."That's gonna make a hell of a lotta noise," Gabriel muses."We could rope down, but fuck all trying to climb back up with more people than ropes and those things on our asses" Vincent replies.>No choice. Hit it.>Think of something else?
>>32272516>>No choice. Hit it.
>>32272516>No choice. Hit it.There's no way we'd make it back up the ropes with these flying critters on our tail and potentially unconscious abductees in tow. Let's get ready to rock and roll.
>>32272516>No choice. Hit it.Play some Imperium of Man's version of rock and roll.Anyone know of any Warhammer tribute bands?
>>32272516>No choice. Hit it.
>>32272516I suppose we could rope down, then have the elevator sent down to meet us when we are on the way back, but that would require good timing and comms that work in the mines.Barring that, I guess my vote goes for:>No choice. Hit it.
>>32272516We'll rope down. Jaraax stations some men on top so when we want to go up we'll radio them to bring the lift down so we can go up.
>>32272516>No choice. Hit it.Better have them flashlights at the ready brothers. Been nice knowing you.
>>32272516>Think of something else?3 Hellgunss and a melta trooper ropes down secures point does a little scouting then every one else takes the elevator
>>32272627This strikes me as appropriate for our current endeavor.>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JGM3Q1dVDP4This a little less so.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8JR2CU4ApCI
>>32272663And if there's a malfunction? Better to find out on the way down now than when we're bailing out.
>>32272663Then all we have to do then is try to survive. Lost half the squadron. Get someone to do a noble sacrifice. Stuff.>Captcha>dramatic eunwerIndeed captcha. Indeed.
>No choice. Hit it.We had three hours and we probably already burned close on an hour just getting there. As a certain marine in a different setting would say: "We gotta move!"
>>32272516"No choice," You say. "Hit it."With a grunt Vincent smacks the console, and after a few seconds a distant rumble begins to sound. And just like that, you're on your way down.It's not the earsplitting screech of metal on metal you were expecting, but it's far from quiet. Sticking close to the center, the squad keeps an eye on the edges and the walls as you descend. No trouble yet, but you're nothing if not paranoid in these situations.>Roll dat perception.
Rolled 8>>32272863Go go gadget eyesight
Rolled 3>>32272863Eyes on fire
>>32272875>>32272876>>32272881Is it best of three or an average barring crits?
Rolled 16>>32272863Captcha: contains paratifi. Seems like we have a name for the Xenos now...
>>32272891You, sir. You're grounded for the remaining of the thread, sorry for the incovenience.
Rolled 12>>32272863I see for the emperor!
>>32272904(Average.)>>32272863You're about halfway down when you catch a glimpse of movement, and when you look you see one of the creatures scurrying along the wall. Tracking it, you send it tumbling down with a well-placed blast."Contact!" You warn, and just in time.Four others clamber over the side of the elevator, with another breaking off of the wall and flying above. Hesitant to damage to lift, Gabriel hangs back while you and the others move to engage.>Roll for the Emperor!
>>32272904Best of 3 IIRC. Else that 20 earlier would've done shit.
Rolled 2>>32273038disciplined fire men!
Rolled 16>>32273038The dice giveth...
>>32273078well that is my last roll of the night
Rolled 12>>32273038Blast em
Rolled 20>>32273169Damn. Horrible rolls now. Did someone preroll the 20's out of em?
>>32273038You open fire as they come, but these things move at frightening speed. One goes down, then two, but the last pair scatter. Meanwhile, the one in flight swoops down. Most dive for cover, but one unfortunate Armsmen isn't so lucky.His lasgun goes flying as the thing picks him up and begins to make toward a hole tunneled into the wall. Meanwhile, Gabriel sends one of the ground ones flying with a smack from his melta, but the thing is quick to recover.>Try and save the Armsman.>Help Gabriel.>Roll it. Signify which choice the roll counts for.
>>32273187HA! I SALVAGED! HAHAHAHA!
>>32273169>>32273095>>32273085>>32273078and then there's this guy>>32273187
Rolled 3>>32273197Save the Guardsman
Rolled 16>>32273200Arglblargl. Dammit. Too late. Why?
Rolled 19>>32273197>Try and save the Armsman.
Rolled 20>>32273197>Try and save the Armsman.Come on, come on...
Rolled 19>>32273197Kill the arms man. So he doesn't suffer
Rolled 11>>32273197>Try and save the Armsman.Fuck you, spiderbug!
yesyesyeyseysyeyseysyeysyesyes!>>32273246Also forgot to vote.>Try and save the Armsman>>32273273Bad anon!>Captcha>olsdifi PatrioticFor the IMPERIUM!
>>32273269Saved both the armsman and helped Gabriel
>>32273269The emperor protects.
>>32273267>>32273269My fucking DICK>>32273273No, bad anon (good roll though)
>>32273269>tfw one of your previous rolls was a 2>tfw you redeem yourself with a 20Damn, was so worried I'd roll a 1 next or something, glad I rolled.
>>32273477the 20 isn't one of the first three, so it doesn't count.
>>32273518The 16 doesn't count, they didn't specify what it was for, which was specifically requested we mention.
>>32273518Also, the 16 roll was replying to something else, and not the posted call for a roll.Pretty easy to see it doesn't count, to be honest.
>>32273539>>32273549That and the 19 would see us through regardless, I should think.
>>32273197Not today...You take aim. It's a difficult shot to make, to say the least. The thing's constantly moving, and so is the struggling Armsman. Then you see your moment.You fire.The shot strikes true, and the xeno collides onto the floor. The Armsman lands roughly, but alive.Meanwhile, the one attacking Gabriel is ripped in half by Mikel's shotgun, while Vincent a pair of Armsmen gun down the fifth and final xeno.Shortly after that you reach the bottom of the mine to find it empty, where a number of deserted or destroyed administrative buildings stand. You and the others pour out of the elevator, scanning the open ground for movement and finding none."Well, shit," You hear an Armsmen mutter, and when several of you look he shakes his head. "Comms just went to shit topside.""Just means less noise in our ear," Vincent responds.With the map fresh in mind the Commander seems confident in his heading, moving past various off-branching rails without a second look. The silence except for your footsteps are disconcerting, but you steel your resolve and march on.Seemingly at random he pauses in front of a rail line leading farther away, seemingly in thought."This is a straight shot, but it's a hell of a walk," He jams a thumb in the direction of a nearby train. "Any of you know how to work one'a those things?">Let's find out. (Roll)>Best not waste the time. Rough it.
Rolled 14>>32273604>>Let's find out. (Roll)
Rolled 6>>32273604>Let's find out. (Roll)Go go magic dice!
Rolled 10>>32273604>Let's find out. (Roll)
Rolled 13[desire to know more intensifies]
>>32273604How mich time do we have left?
Rolled 14>>32273604>Chooo Chooo MOTHERFRAKERS!
Nice average. About 10?
>>32273604>Best not waste the time. Rough it.
Rolled 6>>32273604>Let's find outToll the Great Bell Once!Pull the Lever forward to engage thePiston and Pump...Toll the Great Bell Twice!With push of Button fire the EngineAnd spark Turbine into life...Toll the Great Bell Thrice!Sing Praise to theGod of All Machines
>>32273604After a bit of fiddling, and with the help of a questionable Armsman by the name of Venzi, you manage to 'borrow' one of the train cars. It's far from perfect after nearly a month of neglect, but before long you're making good progress."Time?" You ask, and you're surprised to see Vincent pull back his sleeve to reveal a simple wristwatch."Two hours, twenty minutes," He grins. "Plenty of time."You want to share his confidence, but you remain cautious.Another fifteen minutes pass before you finally come to another stop at a much smaller station. You catch the faint sound of rock coming loose somewhere, but nothing reveals itself as you all dismount from the train."We can't be too far now," Vincent says. "Now we just gotta..."He halts in his tracks and a hand shoots up to his ear. He looks back to you and Gabriel before quickly giving you the channel code. Tuning in, you hear a faint voice behind a wall of static."-cking peachy, boss.""Remind me to kick your ass when I'm done saving it," Vincent snorts, though the relief in his tone is obvious. "The hell are you?""Some big ass cav-of the fu-vies down here," Comes the garbled response."Hang tight. We're on our way," He answers."Like we ca-ng else," The disgruntled reply."Double time it!" Vincent orders. "Sounds like we got some new survivors to handle."Setting off down a stretch of pathway, the walls slowly grow more crude and basic as you grow closer to the most recent diggings. Eventually you come upon a mass of collapsed stone, apparently in the process of being cleared before being abruptly stopped. The occasional dark stain on the ground leaves little to doubt.You move past the sight silently, intent on getting your people back. An opening in the shaft ahead calls you, and as you slip through you hear a faint noise you can't quite make out. What you DO know is that it slowly but steadily grows in intensity as you continue.Then you come to the end.(Cont.)
>>32274340The path comes to a sharp decline, leading to the floor of the cavern below. The room itself is immense in size, with five large pillars scattered about the room acting as supports. It's far too dark to make out any other details, and you all quickly kill your lights to avoid unwanted attention."Stick to thermal or night vision," Vincent suggests, sliding an odd looking pair of goggles over his eyes. "Let's not kick the nest till we need to. Nice and slow, now."Changing from one, and then to the other, you see scattered groups of the xeno hanging from the walls or ceiling. However, near the very back you pick up human-shaped life forms. As if on cue, the radio sparks to life."Took you long enough," The voice says, much clearer this time."Stow it and get ready to play damsel," Vincent growls. "Got the camera rolling, Mike? Good. Film and make it quick. Final stretch: We grab our people and slap charges on those supports; when we reach the exit we blow'em and bury the little feths even deeper. Objections?">None.>Other suggestion?
>>32274465>The faster, the better.
>>32274465Tell him to ask the 3 guardsmen if they feel like their being watched. It could be an ambush
>>32274465>NoneSounds like a plan, let's keep our finger on the trigger though, eh?
>>322744653 or 4 guys need to go save the hostages everyone else needs to start setting the place to blow up make shure we got nades in the launcher if we have to use them
>>32274529We're in a room of full of deadly, if sleepy, xenos. Of course they're going to feel like they're being watched.
Rolled 6>>32274465>None.Make sure we have our grenade launcher at the ready, in case either the charges don't go off, or we have to buy them time.
>>32274465No one offers a complaint, and with that Vincent signals for silence as you begin downward. You keep your pace nice and slow, careful to ensure you make as little noise as possible. You try not to let it happen, but you watch the roof more than the floor.As you go by the first column Vincent gives off a number of hand gestures, and with that two of the Armsmen break off. This continues until Vincent signals to you and Gabriel. Of the two, you were lucky enough to be given several kilos of high grade explosives to carry around.With melta in hand, the big man covers you as you go about setting the charges.>Roll it.
Rolled 19>>32274676>inb4 accidental discharge
Rolled 20>>32274676GAH! I spent a bunch of time reading up on our loadout! Standard loadout is two flash grenades! Prep em for bad shit!
>>32274700>>32274695>>32274693BUENOCHARGES SET FOR MAXIMUM DEMOLITION
>>32274700YEAHHHHHHHH!!!! MY FIST CRIT 20 EVER! And I wouldn't have it in any other quest!
I just want to say that this is most impressive and that OP should be proud. I started coming to TG a few days ago as I found some old 40k books, started reading them and got all nostalgic. I had no idea that things like this thread happened here, and it has truly brightened my day to see it. Thank you for the awesomeness OP.
NOBODY ROLL ANYMORE!
>>32273038>(Average.)any particular reason? because that just brings the result of our rolls down massively and exacerbates the issues of crits and /tg/s bipolar d20's
>>32274693>>32274695>>32274700Watch out, Operators Operatin' over here.
>>32274754From what I've seen from previous threads it's averages for blanket rolls and best-of-three when specified.
>>32274733(Pleasure to be of service. Hope you enjoy your stay, friend.)>>32274754(Well, actually, I'm not too sure myself. I guess the majority support best of three, minus crits? If so, I'm cool with that.)>>32274676You don't know why, buy you've always had a knack for two things in life: cooking and explosives. Sometimes those two were combined. Thankfully, now you can just concentrate on blowing shit up.However, that's not all.You catch sight of something out of the corner of your eye. Turning, you see one of the xeno crawling down from the wall."Shit," You mutter into Alpha's private line, voice silenced from the outside. "Contact. Get scarce."With interesting ease Gabriel follows you with ease, taking cover behind a group of rocks as the thing passes by seemingly without a second thought. Your helmet cam records it's casual movement, though currently you're just relieved it's not alert.After it finally moves on you too continue, meeting the rest of the squad at the end of the cavern. There, you find a half-dozen Armsmen in various states of injury, as well as a pair of civilians. One of the Armsmen is lacking the lower half of his right arm, but the others suffer only minor wounds in comparison. Both civilians are on the ground, doubled over, but when you near one of them, a middle aged man, looks up with glazed over eyes and seems to be trying to say something.>Inspect the Armsmen.>Look over the civilians.>Keep watch around you.
>>32274921>Look over the civiliansWe're our bosses eyes and ears here.
>>32274921>>Look over the civiliansLets get the fuck out of here
Rolled 15>>32274921No time to say Hello, let's get moving.
>>32274921>Look over the civilians.
>Keep watch around you.Father Mikel look them over
>>32274921>(Well, actually, I'm not too sure myself. I guess the majority support best of three, minus crits? If so, I'm cool with that.)personally I hate d20 and vastly prefer things like 4d6-4 to get the same range and more even clustering and bell curve with much less chance for crits, with 3d20 is something like 20-25% for a crit, but thats just my preferences>Keep watch around you.get Mikel to check them over
>>32274921Look over the civilians. If they live (unlikely), Chrissy will want to speak with them. Let's try to get some info out of them now though.
>>32274973sorry frogot to take out the name
>>32274973We are a part of a team only right we use our assets, provided we have them nearby that is
>>32274921>Look over the civilians.See if the civvy is trying to say something important, like something we need to know now.
>>32274988but that is half the fun when doing 3d20s panicking over the crits be they good or bad its half the experiance after all.Unless your doint fate or them dice pools where you need to throw more dice to get the damage or chances to avoid like that one bleach quest as the hallow.
>>32275043Like their infected and that we should leave them behind...perhaps?Also, let's make sure that none of these Armsmen or civies utter a yell waking up every frakking xeno in the hive!
>>32274921With Gabriel and a few other Armsmen standing guard, you kneel next to the man."Hey, buddy," You whisper. "It's okay now. You're safe.""No, no, no..." He mumbles, and for a moment you feel like you've found another Jacklo. Then his vision seems to clear for a moment and he looks right at you. "It's too late for me. Or for her. You gotta end this."He fumbles around in his jacket and retrieves a dataslate and some handwritten notes."I was a shoddy agent," He chuckles, but cringes as soon as he does. "Get that to Christina. She'll use it we-oh, Throne!"He doesn't mean to say it loudly, but it's enough to make you cringe alongside him but for other reasons."Please," He whimpers. "Kill me. Kill me before I start screaming. Before... please, please hurry..."It's too dark to really understand what's wrong with him, but it's obvious he's having a hard time keeping silent. You're knife is still in it's sheathe, but you also came all this way for them...>Kill him.>Take him with you.
>>32275133Can we get a medic to sedate them?If so,>Take him with you.
Rolled 9>>32275133Kill him, commisar style. Take the body.
>>32275133>Take him with you.as much as I'd like to give him mercy, we need to know what the fuck is going on with him and the others, sedate him and get them back topside for Chrissy to deal with
>>32275133 Quick smash in the temple to knockout then Stuff a rag in his mouth and take em.
>>32275133this dose not make sence shure these things are bad but what would put these guys into such a fear frenzy unless.....get out of thare with everyone now and put them under sedation and quarantine thare going to change into those monsters at some point thats whare the colony when they ARE the monsters!
>>32275133"Let's let the medic decide whether or not its too late for you. Now on your feet"
>>32275133Medical kit out now, use it to sedate the civies if need be and pocket that data slate and notes.Ah man if we found a literal Xenomorph hive...
>>32275133Guys. Do you really think it's beyond these xenos to chest burst for reproduction? As much as I don't want to...>kill him.
>>32275133Ask him what's wrong why does he want to die?
>>32275218This might actually work
>>32274921I'm all in favour of best of three, plus crits. Means you can get crackin on writing sooner as well I guess.
>>32275133>Sedate and vamanosHopefully whatever horse tranq we have in the medkit will help calm down the embryo too.
>>32274921>>Look over the civilians.
>>32275336>spoilerhe if we make it back fast enough they might be able to safely remove itdo we happen to know any 'Aliens' equivalent movies IC? we should totally start making crappy references to the films or come back screaming "HES GOT AN ALIEN INSIDE HIM, I'VE TOTALLY SEEN THIS IN THE PICTS"
Guys, guys I'm absolutely sure it's nothing. Jacklo was pretty shook up as well, let's not go blasting people just because they tell us to.I am absolutely sure nothing bad will come of this.
>>32275133Yeah unfortunately we've got to bring them back with us, knock them unconscious or sedate them. Besides, there's a damn vid feed running so Christina will know that we could've taken them with us. I suspect their future will be unpleasant.
>>32275367Woah there trooper, you know what you need to do?Stay frosty.
>>32275384Famous last words.
>>32275133"We'll let the Doc's have the final say on that one," You tell him, retrieving your medkit. You're not great with it, but a shot of sedative isn't too difficult."N-No!" He struggles, but he's too weak to struggle. "You do...don..."You cover his mouth to prevent any more unneeded or wanted commotion, and soon he's out like a light. As quietly as you can, the assembled group begins it's slow and soft retreat from the cavern. Seeing as you put him out, Vincent decided you were to help carry Lawrence out.It's not the easiest thing walking with an unconscious man slung over you, but now isn't exactly the time.>Roll because of Reasons.
Rolled 9>>32275423DIIICCeeeeeeecaptcha: nozhos who
Rolled 15>>32275423ok its been hours sence my last roll lets try this again ROLLING!
Rolled 11>>32275423>Reasons By the Emprah how horrifying
>>32275448No more rolling for me, for a while. I've rolled twice today 2,3. I have dishonored my family.
Rolled 15>>32275423Are we going best of three now?(Rolling just in case not)
>>32275471Now commit SUDOKU. Do a five-star.
>>32275496I have not rolled a 1, I can reclaim my honor!
>>32275496it could be worse... the other day I rolled a 20 on a "warm up the dice" roll, then immediately rolled a 1 on the actually roll.
(We finally made it past 300 posts! How much longer do you think I have before we go over the edge?)>>32275423You manage to escape the cavern without incident, and find yourself feeling oddly optimistic as you board the train. As it starts off, Vincent retrieves a detonator and gives a content smile."Nobody fucks with my people," He mutters as he presses the button.For a moment nothing happens, but then you hear a distant thunder clap and the cave begins to shake. All around the train, Armsmen high-five and fist bump in muted celebration.Though you're confident that things went extremely well, you're still not utterly certain. Still, you don't want to ruin their victory.Nothing seems to have changed when you arrive back at the main station, except you can spot the faint glimmer of flashlights far above the elevator shaft."Guess they started missing us," An Armsman noted."We still got an hour and a half," Vincent snorts. "I'd say the Lady doesn't give us enough credit."You all board the elevator, and with serious effort the thing starts up once more.With a sigh you shift Lawrence on your shoulder, finding the man oddly heavy for someone that looks as hardy as a twig. Maybe it's just fatigue...>Roll it.
>>32275598Very well, you tread a fine line. You area already a shamefur dispray. Several more in the bottom 25% requires sudoku.
Rolled 10>>32275626I've got a bad feels about this
Rolled 19>>32275626DROP HIM!
Rolled 17>>32275626Chestbuster time?
>>32275626I fucking called it!!You guys just had to play hero one goddam more time!
>>32275626Then you feel it.You shouldn't, considering the armor you're wearing, but you feel it all the same. Something pushes against your shoulder, utterly unnatural. You act more on instinct than anything else.You let Lawrence fall from your shoulder, but grab him to keep from simply thwacking against the floor of the elevator.You hold him by the arm and shoulder, trying to get a better look."Hey, buddy," You ask, getting the attention of the others.Instead of replying, Lawrence folds in on himself.Perhaps that's the wrong way to put it. However, proper wording is the last thing on your mind. As you jump back, a dozen miniature xenos seem to simply eat their way through various parts of the agent, causing him to simply fall to pieces in a sea of blood and gore."GOLDEN THRONE!" You swear, and within moments the others are bringing weapons to bear.>Dispose of this filth.>Wait!
>>32275756>Dispose of this filth.>Check on the other civvieIt's not like we have any containers or anything to carry the little cretins.
>Wait!we are in a elevator they shot we melt though the floor START STEPPING!
>>32275756>Dispose of this filth.- We are at War with forces too terrible to comprehend. We cannot afford mercy for any of its victims too weak to take the correct course. Mercy destroys us; it weakens us and saps our resolve. Put aside all such thoughts and thank the Emperor that our path forward is simple and devoid of complication.
>>32275756>Dispose of this filth.Shoot them, shoot them now!
>>32275756>Wait!Curb stomping time or isolating the survivors in one area
>>32275756>Wait!Keep calm keep meltas at the ready. Christina would want to know what happens . Its one of our mission objectives. Study and rescue
>>32275790also true save a few for exparmenting but otherwise USE YOUR BOOTS NOT YOUR GUN!
>>32275756>Dispose posthasteWe got enough for Lady Christina with the picto on our helmet she can have the thing's corpse.
>>32275756Kick them off the elevator! Dont shoot youll burn the floor off!
>>32275756All the boots. Give thanks to Saint Clarke for this bountiful stompfest and start curbstomping!
>>32275756>Wait!Collect a sample, take pictures, then have the melta gun blow the bodies to hell.
>>32275911i think you fregot about something we are currently going up a elevator melta guns are able to burn though metal we shot them and we are going to blow holes in the elevator that is currently a far distence above ground floor!
>>32275756"Wait!" You bark, and you manage to at least make them pause. "Thin elevator floor. Hellguns. Wanna rethink that?"This logic seems to get the point across well enough. Hesitantly, one of the xenos crawls from Lawrence's body and begin to creep toward you. It looks up and cocks it's head to the side......and is abruptly turned into a white stain under Vincent's boot."You heard him," Vincent grunts. "No guns."An oddly comical scene unfolds after that as Armsmen run about the elevator, trying to crush scampering and screaming baby xenos with their boot heels. By the time it finally comes to a stop the last one goes sailing over the side, flailing it's limbs wildly."TRY FLYING NOW, YA BASTARD!" Vincent chuckles darkly, to the agreement of his men.You turn around to find Christina standing with the rest of Alpha and a fair chunk of Jaraax. Her helmet is hanging from her hip, and to say she (and everyone else, for that matter) looks surprised at the sight before her would be putting it lightly.>"...this is exactly what it looks like.">"Mission accomplished, ma'am.">"And you doubted us.">Other?
>>32275930>"Mission accomplished, ma'am"Big damn heroes.
>>32275930>"Mission accomplished, ma'am."Chuck in a salute as well while we're at it.Also, did we check on the other civie...?
>>32275930>"Mission accomplished, ma'am."
>>32275930>"...this is exactly what it looks like. Misson accomplished"
>>32275930>>"...this is exactly what it looks like.">>"Mission accomplished, ma'am."This has ought to be quite the sight.
>OtherGet all of the hostages in quarantine and a doctor now! thare going to pop like balloons in who knows how long!
>>32275930>"...this is exactly what it looks like."
>>32275930>>32275959 MeWho ever didn't pop we need to do >>32275966I assumed they all did but if not, lets not take chances.
>>32275966This mission ain't over yet cowboy
>>32275930Seeing no reason to slack off now, you snap to a salute."Mission accomplished, ma'am," You inform her, and the rest of your motley band do the same."...is that my agent in a puddle, there?""...mission more or less accomplished, ma'am."The remaining civilian is quickly and quietly shipped off, heavily sedated and guarded. Meanwhile, Vincent and the others are given a hero's welcome by Jaraax. She gives you a few minutes to enjoy it, but before long Christina pulls you off to the side.By now you've got sunshine on your face and a new Lho Stick in your mouth, so you're ready to hear or answer just about anything."So," She begins, looking neither happy nor annoyed that you'd survived. "Did we learn anything while we were down there?">"There was a 'we?'">"Good friends make better soldiers.">"The Guard was a lot simpler.">Other?
>>32276037>>"Good friends make better soldiers.">>"The Guard was a lot simpler.">>Other?"There are some creepy throne damned xenos out there. "
>>32276037>OtherThese things are brood parasitic and will try to eat everyone after they eat their way out of you?
>>32276037>"Good friends make better soldiers."Also lota video and this data-slate or whatever, doesn't shoot or blow things up.
>>32276037>Other?"Well they seem to use humans host as a nest or hatchery in the reproduction process, also they die real good. Other than that there might be some information to be gleaned from this data pad and notes you agent passed to me before he um.. gave birth"
>>32276037This>>32276069Also>THE DATA SLATE. SHE MAD. GIVE IT.
>>32276037Give her the dataslate if we haven't done so already.>I tried to get him back, but he was infected and we had no choice.
>>32276069>>32276083>>32276090>>32276095>>32276099Also the young stage is surprisingly crunchy
>>32276095I think they use every life form that is viable as hosts.
>>32276037"Good friends make better soldiers," You tell her, watching with just a small amount of satisfaction as you notice that this wasn't what she was wanting to hear."I was hoping you'd learned your lesson," She sighs. "Though I suppose soldiers like you rarely change.""I'll take that as a compliment," You nod. "The Guard -was- a lot simpler. Go, shoot, leave. No capture or scan or whatever.""I take it you were a good camera man?""I can top that."Fishing in a pouch, you retrieve Lawrence's dataslate and hand it to her. After a few verification's, she's looking it over with clear interest."Perhaps he wasn't the slacker I thought him to be..." She mutters before putting it to her side. "Well, you've been in their homes. What can you tell me about this new xeno?""A brood parasite, kind of like 'nid but a lot tamer. Seems to lay their eggs or something inside of humans and let them handle the rest. The young ones are surprisingly crunchy, though," You inform her, stroking your chin thoughtfully."Thank you for that... insight, Lieutenant," Christina shakes her head. "Will that be all?""Well, just so you know," You tell her, flicking away the remains of your Lho Stick. "I did what I could to bring your man back. By the time we'd gotten to him, though...""It happens to the best of us," She gives a wane smile. "Or the worst. However, I must congratulation you on a job well done. I question your logic on occasion, but I think you'll do well with me.""Thank you, ma'am.""Now, let's go home."_______________________________Sweet Emperor, nearly four hundred posts. I had a complete blast today, and I hope you guys enjoyed this somewhat more action-packed episode.Any last minute questions before I crash?Let it be known I AM working on a character sheet, I'm just very slow and lazy.
>>32276303NAh man was fun, and rather enjoyable was nice to see the more human side of the imperium and not the oh you were on the planet of the invading army BLAM! type of games, my bunch are in a Tau ship and decided what the fuck not and joined them.Also our dm is kinda interesting as he wasnt giving us much of a hint on what to do so we eventually figured out that the best thing to do was get used to the guns we were given and try the shooting range. Cue a few moments of asking where the damn thing is and then going to the elevator that took forever to get past as it had scanned us as hostiles due to not being registered. We finally get down to the shooting range once the commader of the ship helped us figure out how to use the damn thing and one of the party took their first shot when we left off.TL DR Tau Elevators suck balls worse than the ones in Mass Effect.But still props to ya mate.
>>32276303That was great fun OP glad I could catch the whole thing.
>>32276303Fun time OP. See you next time.
>>32276303and we still have yet to shot the nade launcher damn it!
>>32276303I missed the last 3rd of the thread as I'm at work currently, but just caught up, loved the thread, thanks for running.