The seven of them grumble out a chorused “morning” as they groggily evacuate the tents. You respond in kind and take another sip from your flask. Ever since the beach landing, it’s been like this: chorused morning greetings, chorused affirmatives. It’s like they’re all on the same vox channel. Was this instilled in them at the orphanage?The boys wave off the three other girls as they go to dismantle the girls’ tent, telling to drink their breakfast first. They sit next to you on the frosted grass and refill their water from the extra flasks. For a bit, the only sounds are the swishing of protein mix as the morning’s meal is made, grunts and the thumps of gear as the boys pack up. You haven’t heard the chirp of a single bird since the exercise started. The only animal you’ve seen so far was the grox on the first night, though you assume there must be others since the servitor fired at something besides the eight of you last night.You observe the three other girls sitting around the campfire with you. Alizabeth looks into the dying flames after she chugs down her breakfast in one go. Sabbatine’s face you imagine mirrors your own, drinking and pausing, drinking and pausing, then looking around a little bit. She catches your gaze and manages a weak smile before she takes another sip of slab and joins Alizabeth in staring at the embers.Rena sits next to you, wrapped up in her blanket. It’s been getting colder by the day. She sniffles, her nose tipped by a tinge of red. The weather, though, does not account for her eyes. You heard her weep the night before, and it obviously didn’t stop after you went to sleep ahead of everyone else.“Rena, you okay?” you ask. It’s day four and you’re supposed roommate and squadmate for the next six years, possibly further after that, is breaking down after her first taste of combat.(1/3)
You are Evangeline Salome Rosalina de Fuentes, nobility of Alamos Primus. Your father, an Imperial Guard commander, died in the line of duty. Your mother died giving birth to your fourth sibling and only brother. Newly orphaned, you are now a cadet at the Schola Progenium of Loyola Tertius. This is your final stretch of the first training exercise.>Character Sheet & Statshttp://pastebin.com/pRZUhxV2 (PC: Evangeline de Fuentes)http://pastebin.com/fsBP3qBM (Cadet Squad 7)>Previous threads/Archive(As it was posted, unedited w/ errors) http://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/archive.html?tags=Schola+Progenium(Proofread and edited, w/o errors) http://pastebin.com/Rhs5ALQj (No seriously, this one is better)>System/Mechanicshttp://pastebin.com/9j0yNNFv>Experience PointsAttributes cost [current score x2] XP. Every session, the PC will gain a base of 2 XP, plus bonus XP at the QM's discretion.You currently have 16 XP free to spend, 6 XP already spent.>Not familiar with WH40K or don't know what certain words mean?http://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/List_of_Termshttp://wh40k.lexicanum.com/wiki/Imperial_Guard_TermsFeel free to ask in-thread, otherwise you can find most anything WH40K in the Lexicanum wiki.>Twitter@ValeForQM
“Girls, we’re ready to go. I think we’ll arrive already before the evening,” says Ander. You don’t know how permanent your leadership of the squad is, but you think you could settle with him being squad leader. Not that there’s much competition as far as you’ve seen for the position.He, Jakko, and Fortuno are already mounted up. Fortuno sits straight in his saddle, and no grimace crosses his face as his horses prances around impatiently, but you don’t know where he was hit. The horses seem to have been undisturbed by the fight with the servitor just as they were with the grox. Bartamaeus looks at you with a mixture of expectation and something else you can’t detect, both of his feet still on the ground and his hand clenched on the pommel of his sword.Rena tries to get up without answering you, but you grab onto her sleeve and say again, “Are you doing okay? You’ve got me worried.”“I’m fine,” she says immediately. You’re not satisfied with her answer given the way she looks right now, but she pulls her arm away and walks over to her horse. You and Bartamaeus are the last to mount, and the squad begins the final day of riding.The squad goes through the morning in its usual silence, with you and Ander away from the other six as outriders. On occasion, you have to shake yourself out of a reverie as you marvel in the nature of a planet exotic to you. Inevitably, thoughts of your departed parents creep in. From your perspective, you knew of their deaths within days of each other and it’s been less than a week since then, though from what you know of warp travel, you could have spent months in transit. You can still vividly picture the black cloth draped over your mother’s portrait in the house after your brother’s birth, and you suppose the same has been done for your father’s. You try not to think on it too much, and shove the thoughts into a corner, instead imagining what the next six years have in store for you.
Your mind is a bit distant as the eight of you stop for a mid-morning break at the first stream you come across. The squad rode across the largest river marked on the map late yesterday and the forest is relatively much less dense here. Passing the river puts you roughly more than three fourths of the way back. It’s only the third day. Might just be the first squad back, you figure. You take a sip of fresh, iodine-tasting water from your flask and don’t notice Bartamaeus marching up to you until he slugs you across the face with a left hook.>Punch him in response>Puta, what the hell?>Um, why?>Write in
>>32625931>>Punch him in response
>>32625931>Puta, what the hell?
5 minutes to break the tie or I flip a coin.
Rolled 21: Punch2: Angrily demand an explanation
Aw shit I'm late
Vale is ded
>>32625931Is the MC going the Commissar route?
>>32627297We don't know yetProbably assuming Vale doesn't simply drop the quest after this session
>>32627328I'm getting a sneaking suspicion he dropped it right now, or 2 hours ago to be exact. And I just woke up for this too...
>>32627484I believe in Vale. Anything less would be heresy
You’re caught completely off guard and his punch sends you reeling several steps and onto the ground. You drop your flask and water spills out of the mouth onto the ground.“Puta!” you say, swearing in the Alamosian Gothic dialect. “What the hell was that for?”You rub your chin and restrain yourself from returning his blow. Bartamaeus rubs his own knuckles and glares at you fiercely. Anticipating another punch, you get up and ready for him.“You left us last night. Went straight to sleep. You’re our squad leader,” he says, the volume of his voice rising with every word. “Never leave your men on the battlefield, wounded and weary. Aloysius Geffen, M38. ”>What say you?
>>32627856>If you have concerns, next time voice them before punching someone. You're going to go around an actual battlefield and punch your ranking officer too? Is that it?
>>32627856Striking a superior officer is punishable by death.
>>32627856"'A good soldier obeys without question. A good officer commands without doubt.' I trusted that you would wake me if you needed me. What else was I to do in that situation? Stay up all night and be useless today?"
>>32627297nah, we be going stormies>>32627856seconding >>32628041
>>32628126>implying navy isn't superior
>>32627856"Bartamaeus how pitiful can you be? Do you honestly think that it was somehow my duty to coddle you and say everything is alright like I'm your mother? Bartamaeus, do you seriously believe that killing a servitor the worst it could get and suddenly the imperium should stop and say 'Oh poor Bartamaeus, he deserves better than this'? Because quote whom ever you want, out there in the galaxy the only person you can count on comforting you is yourself and the emperor. So how about you suck it up for once Bartamaeus, because the galaxy isn't about to get any nicer".
>>32628148>navy>being in space all the time>being in the warp often>somehow better than chilling on actual planetsYeah, no
Wow. All these great responses.>>32628041We'll be going with this.
>>32628201It would be cool if we were ROGUE TRADERS
>>32628207Guess what? This isn't that quest.
>>32628148doesn't the navy have it's own brand of stormtrooper? i forgot and my brain is running on empty right now.
>>32628232The Navy has it's own Commissariat, and it has armsmen. Armsmen are nowhere on the level of Storm Troopers. They also get shitty guns because you don't want to breach the hull.
>>32628207Okay, but that's an entirely different beast. Stormies vs Navy is like comparing working in a vibrator factory to working in a dildo factory.Stormies vs Rogue Trader is like comparing working in a vibrator factory to being a motherfucking rockstar.
>>32628219Fiiine!Not like this quest is bad as it is.
>>32628232no, stormies the bestest, navy a shit
>>32628243>They also get shitty guns because you don't want to breach the hull.>hellgun breaching a starships hull...how about you stop propagating stupid myths and not make yourself look like a fool, they use shotguns and boarding guns because of the tight quarters they fight in and the types of warfare they conduct on board ships, not because they are afraid of a piddly little flashlight accidentally melting a small amount of a bulkhead that is at least a couple hundred feet of solid steel/adamantium away from the hull exterior
>>32628486I think it's unlikely that they'd worry about the bulkheads, but there is enough delicate tech that no one knows how to fix anymore inside ships that I can believe that they would want less penetration
>>32628529only in very sensitive places like the bridge or engine rooms, and if they are fighting in there, they are fucked and don't care what they have to use to take back theship
>>32628529That was something that was always bugging me about 40k that they despise coming up with new tech as it could start another age of Iron Men and AI going nuts on their ass so they dont try to learn anything about their tech that they have or try to improve it, then theres the fact that they dont let their magic users actually train better to combat the daemons attempts to use them and then they go on to shoot their fellow soldiers when their morale starts to waver, I mean jesus christ folks your literally making Humanity into a blind, dumb and deaf person trying to navigate through a factory floor for cars!
>>32628561Anon, to please read this: http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Adeptus_Mechanicus#Why_Everything_is_so_Grimdark
>>32628561Aren't Adeptus Mechanicus technically researching new tech all the time but most of the time it's just not permitted to the Empire in general?
>>32628561It's right there in the intro fluff, thoughIt's the worst regime imaginable
>>32628579nope, they have their hands full making sure what little they have does not kill everyone, see >>32628575
>>32628041This is good stuff.
You think back to your father’s lessons. He didn’t teach you just how to fight and survive. He taught you how to lead as well. You say to him, "'A good soldier obeys without question. A good officer commands without doubt.' I trusted that you would wake me if you needed me. What else was I to do in that situation? Stay up all night and be useless today?"“It still doesn’t make it right. Doesn’t make it honorable,” Bartamaeus says.“So you decided to strike me?” you ask. “That’s an offence punishable by death. If this were the real thing, I could have you shot on the spot.”“If I have my way, you won’t be squad leader for long.”“You guys, stop fighting!” says Rena. The rest of the squad was just standing there watching the confrontation. “We’ve nearly died twice already and you two are fighting over ideologies! Evangeline, you did leave us, but Barty, honor isn’t everything! I just want us to survive this… I don’t even know what I’m doing here…”She falls to her knees and breaks into tears.>What do you do?
(Sorry posts have been slow and short, still trying to git faster, and I'll continue running for the next 6 hours still)
>>32628695I think we should comfort her for reals. She IS our roommate and she is having some seriously hard time. We need them strong.
>>32628695HUGS"Barty, how about we save the ideological discussions for the classroom and focus on the present."then go and hug Rena"What you are doing here is being brave Rena, you might not think so, but a coward would have run away in the middle of the night and never looked back, you know what you are doing here, you are surviving, learning to survive and learning to survive in service to the emperor, while you may not always consciously know what you are doing, never doubt that you don't have a purpose."moar hugs
>>32628695Go over to her pick her up hug her and tell her she is surviving ad soon she will be thriving in all this tell er she is doing great
>>32628695>http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Adeptus_Mechanicus#Why_Everything_is_so_GrimdarkWell fuck this place is comeplete shite aint it? Best thing to do in my opinion is to do as the Emerperor tried to do and lead as a shining beacon for all mankind, for now we can start with Rena.>Give Barty a simple glare before turning away in dismissal>Go over to Broken Moral Rena >Pick her up and give her a hug>Then get her to look at youYou were brought here because you had something that the billions of billions of people in this universe didnt have, what that is I don't know but by the Emperor's Grace if you don't get up, grit your teeth and power through it. You Will Die.'>Then give her a bit of a sadistic happy smile "So lets try not to do that eh?"
>>32628695Tell Bart he can take it up with us after we've made it back to the schola, then try to get Rena to stop crying so we can get a move on.
>>32628733We can't coddle her though, the Schola isn't exactly conducive to touchy-feely people. We're kids yeah, but Schola kids wisen up and get real hard real quick.We need to make that clear to her or she -won't- survive this.
I still think MC would make a great Commissar. Not a shitty one that has to shoot their troops to get obeyed.
>>32628752>>32628757>then go and hug RenaWe don't even know this chick you sappy fools.>>32628759I second this dude entirely (preferably no hug but whatever).
>>32628797anon, theres a difference between coddling and helping her push through this and survive on her own, and your proposing just being a douche and saying "suck it up or die"
>>32628815>We don't even know this chick you sappy fools.we kind of do, partially, she's our roomate>>32628814commissar a shit, stormie's get to play with all the cool toys and not get blammed for looking the wrong way
>>32628814Commissar's are meant to be feared. There's a reason why Cain and Gaunt are considered to be exceptions.But we don't need to be going down the Commissar route to instill discipline in our own bloody squad, any Stormtrooper Sergeant (or Sister Superior) worth their salt would do the same.I think we're actually allowed to perform field executions in the absence of an officer or commissar.
>>32628759I wouldn't take a fan written page as gospel truth. GW changes and contradicts its canon often.
>>32628854it shouldn't be taken as gospel, but its the best writing on the subject I've ever seen, and its far better than what GW says on the matter
>>32628814Yeah, I wouldn't mind going the commissar route.
>>32628819 >"suck it up or die"But that's exactly the deal at the Schola. The instructors get wind of her like this? They'd probably make an example of her. Throwing a hug in there isn't going to change that in the slightest. >>32628832>she's our roomateNo fucking duh. But we don't -know- her.
>>32628854It's the best explanation/anaolgy on the subject that I've seen to date.
>>32628872We're off to a piss-poor start if we're letting subordinates strike us without retaliation and hugging demoralised troops.
>>32628867I'm saying it shouldn't be taken as canon. It's a good piece of writefaggotry, but unless you dig through each codex and bits of fluff you're not going to know what may be canon and what the writer pulled out of his ass.
>>32628884>The instructors get wind of her like this? They'd probably make an example of her.and how is that a good thing?we help her through this, help her learn and improve and become a better person and we can only benefit from it, whereas you are talking like we should not even spare a glace at her and walk away
>>32628907Fuck, don't blame me for that. I voted to sock the bastard as soon as he hit us.
>>32628915Well having read a good 90% of canon fluff, he does not contradict anything GW has written on the subject.>>32628872Commissar route a shit, its literally the worst job you could have as a sentient in the IG, just above a servitor
Seems to be a hot topic. Final Destination vote. 5 minutes. Only post the number which you are voting for.1: >>326287522: >>32628759
>>32628907Let's not hug her, then. Just gab her shoulders, look her in the eyes until she stop crying and then tell her she's doing a good job.Also, we need Punch-happy right now, but as soon as we're safe we kick his ass to oblivion.
>>32628932>whereas you are talking like we should not even spare a glace at her and walk awayAbsolutely not, that'd be abandoning a squad member.My point is she may very well just want comfort, but she NEEDS a harsh lesson. I am sincere when I say it is for her own good.
>>32628988with her in the position and state of mind she's in, a harsh lesson right now is only going to make things worse, theres a time and place for those lessons, and now ain't it
>>32628987>Also, we need Punch-happy right now, but as soon as we're safe we kick his ass to oblivion.I agree completely. We need to make it very clear that he's never getting another free shot. But first comes the mission.
Option 2 wins. Writing.
>>32629014Now is exactly it. This is make or break, dude.
>>32628988True. But the choice were down to "huggy love love 40k" to "still hug, but grimdark 40k">>32628946> its literally the worst job you could have as a sentient in the IG, just above a servitorHow so? You get responsabilities, troops to lead, a word on how shit happen and a very important role.
>>32628988Wouldn't it make more sense for us to go hugs but with a firm grasp on telling her what the stakes are with a bit of humor thrown in? Thought that was what option 2 was all about
>>32629031>You get responsabilitiesthat will make you the most hated person alive to those you know>troops to leadthat all want to murder you> word on how shit happenout of respect and fear of the rank and institutions, not the person>a very important role.only if you are herding children or commanding a penal legion
>>32629031Eh, I'm fine with option 2. It shows that we are offering our support and at the same time making it clear that she needs to get her act together pronto.>Commissar rolesThey have no 'rank' perse. They don't lead men, they enforce disclipine. That means dealing with derlecition of duty, organising firing squads and basically being a superpowered Military Police. They technically don't even have the power to give even a Lieutenant an order, but the fact that they have the power to shoot the Lieutenant for cowardice or incompetence means the officers generally pay very close attention to their advice.
>>32629050pretty much, thats why I voted #2
>>32629052>that will make you the most hated person alive to those you knowMaybe if you're a trigger happy commissar. >only if you are herding children or commanding a penal legionAre you retarded? There are plenty of competent IG platoons.
>>32629200>Are you retarded? There are plenty of competent IG platoons.Which ironically would suck nearly as much since we'd be pretty much stuck to dealing with the aftermath of drunken shenanigans and the occasional brawl-gone-too-far firing squad.At least in a FUBAR regiment a commissar would be actively preventing a mutiny rather than just being a fancy MP.
>>32629200>Are you retarded? There are plenty of competent IG platoons.which have no need or requirement of a commissar which would mean one would not be assigned to them...
>>32629274But that's false. A platoon doesn't need to be incompetent to have a commissar assigned to it.
>>32629274I think every IG regiment has at least one commissar assigned to them.
>>32629274>>32629320I imagine it's worked out more on the availability of commissars than the competency of the regiment, though that doubtless comes into it.If you're in a sector with a suitable numbers of commissars being churned out by the Schola's then you'll have them spread out nicely across the regiments and navies of the sector.A sector with a much more limited number of Schola's would probably make do with Commissar's being assigned on a regimental, if not even divisional, basis.
>>32629274>Not wanting to turn a bunch of underdogs into the beast platoon everDo you even sport movies?
You unball your fists and give Bartamaeus a glare before turning away in dismissal. As you move past him to go to Rena, you hear him start to draw his blade.You whip around and say, “Do you really? It can wait if you want a duel.”Then you go over to Rena. The poor girl. The galaxy will not be kind if she doesn’t toughen up somehow, especially with the paths that you and she, as cadets, will be sent on. You grab her by the arms and lift her up. You hug her until she stops crying. Thankfully her weeping doesn’t last for more than another minute. You didn’t cry when your mother died. You were sad, sure, but another of Father’s lessons was that every man dies.When she stops crying, you hold her out from you and put your hands at her shoulders. You say “You’re here for a reason, a purpose. You’re here because you have something in you that nobody else has. What any of those are, I don’t know, only the Emperor, may he protect us”—the six others chorus this with you—“knows. But if you’re not able to walk by yourself on your own two feet and deal with what’s thrown out you, you’ll die. Just like every man must, and go to the Emperor’s side.”She sniffles a bit, and you lift up her chin to look her straight in the eye. “So let’s work hard as a squad together, and try not to do that, yes?”She just nods, and so do the rest when you look around at them. Bartamaeus still has an angry look, but he nods nevertheless. You could head back out immediately, but there's no rush. It's the third day out of the week you've been given, and you're nearly there.>What do you do now?
>>32629350>What is Last Chancer's
>>32629373>Tell Bartamaeus to stow it till the mission is done>Head out immediatelyWe're on the home stretch.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OPx-nUqLMtc
>>32629373Head out. No reason to wait.
>>32629373It still night time or morning? If mornign I suggest we head out now and keep going, the sooner we are out of this spit hole the better time we can rub squads 7's victory in the other's faces! Give a bit of hoorah kinda thing at the end of that maybe to get the troops motivated, we are bestest leader.
>>32629373seconding >>32629407we might want another outrider/scout just to make sure we have a clear run back tothe schola
>>32629447Well, if you feel like it.
>>32629447...I see youand nah, I'd rather we finish the mission, get back and safe, then settle it with a duel
*whistles*No QM forgetting to drop his trip here.*whistles*
>>32629463>As we beat his ass"Honor doesn't matter!>Punch his stupid face"Only the Emperor...">Punch his guts"...And results do!">Knee him in the groin
>>32629513Anon, I love it.
>>32629540>>32629564Joke asside, people told me I was good at making totalitarian propaganda/speech.
>>32629470QM was shot for HERESY!
>>32629706Nope, just eating.
>>32629761Heretical nutrient consumption!
>>32629775Well, it isn't that awful slab protein concentrate stuff if that's what you're saying. That's for you grunts.
This anons heading to be now, thanks for the thread so far.Stormies for life
>>32630103>to be nowto bed* now, and that's as good a sign I need it as any
>>32630103Hallelujah, bruthaNight, anon.
Schola Eaterium Quest
“Let’s mount up, no more dilly-dallying!” you say. You grab your spilled flask from the ground, fill it up in the stream, and pop an iodine pill in it. It’ll take another half hour for it to be drinkable.“Don’t you guys want to be last?” you ask them once everyone mounts up. You yell as you kick your horse to go. They yell in the negative and follow promptly, Ander pulling ahead to join you as an outrider. You meet Bartamaeus’ glare as you glance back before the trees block most of your vision of the main group.A few hours of conversation-less riding later, you and Ander stumble upon a dirt road. After getting back with the main group, you decide not to ride upon the road proper, instead riding to the side. The road is out in the open, trees cleared for a couple meters on either side. You’d be prime targets for ambush.You ride parallel to the path for an hour. It ends at rockcrete walls thrice your height. The squad collectively comes to a halt at the metal gates at the end of the line. Once the thud of hooves on hard ground cease, the gates groan and open inward. You nudge your horse forward onto the paved road. A PDF lieutenant barks directions to you as the squad rides forward and the gates close behind you.[SESSION END]I wanted to write more, but this is the best place to stop before hiatus.I'll be going on hiatus for at least a month due to the fact that I'm starting school this Monday and have been a NEET for the past year. I need time to get readjusted. Rest, I assured, I fully intend on coming back.XP Gains2: BaseTotal XP: 18 Free/6 Spent
>>32630379I'll be waiting, commandant. Good luck with your studies.
>>32630379Ah, alright. Thanks for running!
>>32630379thanks for the thread, as for XP, I say we level Int, Per, Agi, End to 3 each, which would cost 16xp and leave us with 2 in the bankkeep us updated via twitter, I'll be warmly waiting this quests return
>>32630379Thanks and good luck!
I'll be around for another hour before heading to sleep. Archiving on sup/tg/ would be appreciated.Do you guys have any questions as to the direction of the quest? You guys hardly ever have any, and there are many things I can answer OOC since Evangeline knows them.
>>32630379Til next time.Looking forward to it.
>>32630454First off I wanted to say thank you for running one lasttime before you went on hiatus. Also it might be a little early to say but I also was wondering if you were planning on continuing the quest after Evangeline gets out of the schola or if that would be another quest for another time?
>>32630454I do enjoy the quest. Pretty cool stuff.My only grievance is our heroine's... accent. Personally I don't much care for "puta" and other Portugese(?) words. That's just my personal thing.You shouldn't stress too much about this. Not like it makes this less fun.
>>32630454What career would Evangeline's dad wanted for her?
>>32630515I do plan on continuing it after Evangeline gets out. Military school life is still school life, so it's a lot of routine, therefore there will be time-skips of months at points. I'm leaning toward past ending Schola Progenium Quest and starting off that next chapter of Evangeline's journey under a new quest with a different name. But that new quest would follow shortly after the end of SPQ, I already have many notes for it.
>>32630398I'd say we improve Willpower, but that's just me. I'm not a regular.
>>32630574so SPQ would be one 'episode' in a continued series following Eve? if so, cool
>>32630542It's actually supposed to be pseudo-Spanish seeing as High Gothic is also supposed to be a Romance language. Evangeline's usage of it will eventually die after being away from Alamos so long.>>32630568Evangeline's dad was grooming her for Imperial Guard command, albeit grudgingly since he wanted a son. Evangeline was heir presumptive to the House, that is to say, a male heir would've been preferred. A male heir was born, but Lord de Fuentes was fighting in the Clarent Crusade by that time.
>>32630608>male heir was born, but Lord de Fuentes was fighting in the Clarent Crusade by that time.Sooo... Evangeline got a little brother who's the heir?Also, is there a correlation between stats/career paths, or...?
>>32630664There is a slight correlation, but actions more than stats will guide the path.Yes, the little brother is now Fernand, Lord de Fuentes. The late Lady de Fuentes died giving birth to Fernand, and the late Ronaldo, Lord de Fuentes died in the line of duty, resulting in Evangeline being sent to the Progenium in accordance with the Charter Nobilis of Alamos Primus.A problem is caused by Evangeline being in possession of the de Fuentes Blade of Succession that traditionally marks the true heir.
>>32630733Fuck, missed even the session end by half an hour. Gonna catch up now. Keep it up, Vale!