You are Captain Numeon Smith of the Knights Inductor space marine chapter, commanding officer of the Aprior sector Joint Task Force (JTF) a hybrid military force of guardsmen, Knights, and several other allied units of human and xeno origin.You are currently in the capitol city of Tyrae, on the JTF's first mission, to quell the rioting across the planet, and prevent an all out civil war.A few minutes ago, a sniper of unknown origin attempted to escalate a disorderly mob into a full on riot, only to be stopped by the timely intervention of one of your rangers.You are currently walking through the streets with a team of six Knights, heading to the governors palace, which has been secured by a few other Knights, the Sisters of Reason, and a task force of guardsmen. There you plan to speak with the governor and hear his side of the story, the first step towards resolving the situation on Tyrae.Most of the JTF is at work in the city, quelling the violent protests and riots still raging. The ASIS task force is in the heart of the disorderly zone conducting investigations into the cause of the unrest.Confessor Cromwell is at the palace, and is preparing to make a broadcast to the people of Tyrae, calling for peace.Your Task Force stands as follows.SpecOps: ASIS task force, Eldar Ranger squad.Air Support: Valkyrie Avenger dropships, Shrike air-space fighters.Heavy Armor: Fenris main battle tanks, precision rocket artillery.Infantry Support: Sisters of Battle, Battlesuit Team.Special Units: Confessor, Tau Commander.Do you proceed directly to the governors palace, or do you take any detours, or call anyone on the vox as you go.Also, any newcomers have questions? I would be glad to answer them.
>friends with - eldar, tau, and SoB>SoB
>>25115581The Reasonable Marines are insanely persuasive, plus it's not like they're stupid enough to let their friends meet up on a regular basis, knowing that said friends are psychotic.
>>25115596That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard.
>>25115610Why's that? It's pretty easy to look around 40k and realize that the only way to be friends with ANYONE is in secret, especially if you have more than 1 friend.
>>25115581Actually they don't get along with the Sisters of battle very well at all. Except for one branch they basically reformed at swordpoint a millennium ago. There was a warpstorm in the sector they were in so by the time the rest of the Impirium noticed no body left alive wanted to complain anyway.
>>25115627Because you just made the marines more Mary Sue than before while simultaneously stealing the Taus thunder.>>25115639Thats equally dumb.
>>25115627The dumbest thing is them having any friends at all. The Reasonable Marines are Reasonable, not xenophilic.
>>25115639That would be the Order of Reason's Light, which are the sisters you have with you now.
>>25115654The way 40k works, you can't have anyone be friends with anyone, period. It's like saying there's something other than war. The way the setting is built, it's a fucking miracle anyone can build an army.
>>25115532Lets get to the Govenor. Have the PDF general give us local politics 101 on the way.
>>25115654This. I thought Reasonable Marines were supposed to be Operator Marines Operating Operationally, not Friendly Marines who make love with filthy xenos and somehow manage to not piss off fucking Sororitas of all things by doing so.
>>25115682 >>25115654>>25115647>>25115639Please people, if you have questions ask me, I will answer them, otherwise no fighting in the thread please.If you dont like it please dont make a fuss, just sit and watch or leave, or ask me questions with a minimum of profanity, I would be glad to answer anything you want to know.
>>25115702They know damn good and well that even they can't handle every situation, so logically speaking they would try to make whatever allies they can, it's stupid to act otherwise.
>>25115682>>25115654Please reread the damned fluff. Why the hell is anyone suprrised by the knights inductor being like this? They've been like this for years. Goddamn no-fun newfags.
>>25115675>yet another SoB order that exists only to be the similarly themed tits to a Space Marine Chapter
>>25115733I've actually paid quite a bit of attention to the fluff, it's a wonder the various adeptus haven't tried murdering each other, sure they work in tandem on some things, but they get really pissed if you accidentally stand on their schtick.
>>25115722That is the dumbest thing I have ever heard. Marines are the best of the best and shouldnt be making friends with the very enemies they are pitted against.
>>25115787These are REASONABLE MARINES, they aren't stupid enough to make such assumptions.
>>25115654I hear they have daemon allies, too.
>>25115787How much do you know about the Knights Inductor?This is kind of what they do.
>>25115814Now that's genuinely retarded.
>>25115813REASONABLE MARINES should also be REASONABLE enough to realize that making friends in 40K will only lead to you dying horribly.
>>25115741Actually, unlike the Knights Inductor, the Order of reasons light actually worships the Emprah, which occasionally causes friction.Plus, the story of their adopted eldar sister, while sueish, is funny as hell. Especially when she runs into other eldar. Her attempts to convert them to the Emprah end in violence, and mass facepalming.
>>25115814Yes, but they are not a part of this task force, bringing one was an option, but the original players voted not to include one in the lineup.
>>25115841>Actually, unlike the Knights Inductor, the Order of reasons light actually worships the EmprahThat changes nothing about what I said about how /tg/ makes the most uninteresting SoB orders.>Eldar Sister of BattleOh for fucks sake.
>>25115842can we please move on? do >>25115688
>>25115840Not as much as you'd think, there are certain factions you can be friends with, and only occasionally will you have to tell them "hey don't touch that", "run away!" or "blow that up".
>>25115860just one eldar actually, she was adopted as an infant and raised by one of the sisters after her home was destroyed.
Why so much tards and trolls in this thread ? If you don't like the fluff of this homebrew, just GTFO (reasonably, of course)
>>25115869Every story in official 40K canon of cross-faction teamups always ends in violent death. Hell, the Imperium cant even make all of its own factions cooperate without somebody getting beheaded or multiple ships getting blasted out of orbit. The only difference is you controlling the narrative to make everything go your own way.
>>25115894Because they are determined to prove who are more annoying. The 40kids or the questfags.
>>25115878>just one eldarThats what I said. Its fucking dumb as hell.And for that matter, eldar wouldn't want to work with tau, seeing as some tau just blew up some Craftworlds. And working with daemons in general is the ultimate retardation.
>>25115909Bullshit, there have been numerous occasions wherein the treaty between the Tau and IoM has worked out, typically when chaos is involved. The Eldar and IoM have also worked together against Orks and Nids, in a bizarre twist, the Eldar didn't fuck over the IoM on at least one of those occasions.
>>25115943Look seriously, Fuck off.
>>25115945>there have been numerous occasions wherein the treaty between the Tau and IoM has worked outAnd then the IoM start up another crusade as thanks.>The Eldar and IoM have also worked together against Orks and NidsAnd then they fight.In fact, the most amicable teamup was between Vampire Marines and Robot Lich Egyptians.
>>25115938You can filter quests in catalog pretty damn easily.The same cannot be said for 40k.(In all actuality, MTG is the hardest to filter, you need half a dozen filters and you still get 8+ threads you have to manually hide a day.)
>>25115986Look seriously, this is a quest thread. Not a 40k lore thread. If you want to start up a thread complaining about old /tg/ homebrew go make one.
>>25116030I never said it was much of a contest. questfags stick to their own threads.
>>25115894Why play a 40K quest if you aren't even gonna make it remotely 40K? This shit rapes the lore worse than HLQ, and HLQ had a fucking female ork.
>>25115868Yeah, I was just trying to calm the thread down, it will be difficult to keep moving forward with people fighting.---You proceed directly to the governor's palace, a palatial complex surrounded by high walls. You exchange greetings with the guardsmen who have replaced the PDF perimeter guards, and proceed on in.On your way through the expansive gardens surrounding the palace itself you pass several members of the palace guard, tired and weary looking individuals in uniforms covered in gold filigree and bright colors, now dirty and torn.This surprises you, having not seen such units before, you wonder if many fighting forces in the wider Imperium wear their dress uniforms to battle.As you pass, the palace guards give a ragged cheer, their hopes raised by the sight of the Astartes passing by.Eventually you enter the palace proper, a rather ornate slab of masonry jutting against the night sky.The interior is opulent and overdone, to your rather spartan mind, with lots of golden drapes, expansive paintings and tapestries, previous governors glaring down at you from portraits and busts along the walls.TBC
>>25116053Oh god, will you fuck off already? Trying to grimderp the Reasonable Marines just turns it into Generic Space Marine Chapter #1368
>>25116044>questfags stick to their own threads.Tell that to the Vampire thread that Vampire Doll Questfags invaded just earlier today.
>>25116079>Trying to grimderp the Reasonable Marines just turns it into Generic Space Marine Chapter #1368I never said to grimderp them, I said to stop changing them. Thats like making Angry Marines into Tourettes Marines and then claiming anyone who corrects you is a nofun faggot troll from hell.
>>25116091Didn't they use the same image as that quest's OP? Not that it excuses not fucking off when asked to do so.Still, that's an isolated incident, while the 40kids have invaded this thread 4 straight times.
>>25116122Except he's not changing a damn thing, you're just being a massive tool.http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Reasonable_MarinesYou're not 'correcting' anything, you're just being an enormous jackass.
>>25116135>Still, that's an isolated incidentIt happens all the time, don't kid yourself.>while the 40kids have invaded this thread 4 straight times.Its a fucking 40K quest. If you don't like 40K, then you shouldn't fucking be here.
>>25116064After a few more minutes of walking, your ceramite boots grinding dust and dirt into the expensive carpets, you reach the throne room itself, a great vaulted room, at the far end of which sits the governor upon his throne.He looks to be in his later sixties, although with juvenat treatments it is impossible to tell for sure, wearing a blue cape fastened around his neck with a gold chain.He is currently speaking with Sister Cypress, and as you approach, he turns his head to you, fixing you with a squinting glare."I take it you are the commander of the reinforcements, eh? I will be honest, I did not think the Imperium thought us that important, to send one such as you to assist us in our time of need."
>>25116169It's also called "Reasonable Marine Quest"If you don't like how the Reasonable Marines operate, then you shouldn't fucking be here.
>>25116169>>25116122>>25116053>>25115943Please, I am not going to retcon the entire fluff of this faction just because some people do not like it.If you are not going to observe quietly, contribute, or offer polite suggestions or constructive criticism of the actual quest, please excuse yourselves, you are not accomplishing anything with these outbursts.
>>25116157And it says they are friends with the tau, a sensible thing, but not that they are friends with Chaos and Sisters of Battle at the same time, an utterly unreasonable thing. In fact, the very link you posted says this>Naturally, it doesn't take much of a genius to realize by now that the Reasonable Marines would never allow Chaos to run rampant. Chaos daemons and the Traitor Legions are treated with the same aggressive and unrelenting effort that any other true loyalist chapter would display
>>25116178"Every soul matters for the Emperor, and every fight is worth being fought."Let's ask him how he wants to proceed to resolve this crisis. We want to know if he's a reasonable man.
>>25116232You already retconned the entire fluff when you made the Quest and made them best bosom buddies with fucking daemons and made the SoBs look the other way to this shit.
>>25116245Probably because he gave you the wrong link. Read the following:http://1d4chan.org/wiki/Knights_Inductorhttp://1d4chan.org/wiki/Return_of_the_Reasonable_Marines
>>25116275see >>25116281your argument is invalid.
>>25116281>Battle Cry - LIGHT UP THE NIGHT Hoooly shit. Not that other anon, but goddamn this is fucking 40Kfanwiki levels of bad.
>>25116275That is all bases off of the Knight's previously existing storyline, none of which I wrote, I am simply being truthful to the original material.If you don't like it, please leave, I am not changing it on account of one or two people why are constantly trying to crash my thread.You are not changing my mind, or that of any of the players, you are just being a massive jackass, as it has been said, please stop wasting your time and mine with these outbursts.
>>25116342>using greentext wrongThat bothers me more than your little argument derailing this thread.
>>25116178So on a scale from 1 to Slaanesh, how fucking corrupt is the govenor.
>>25116339>I am not changing it on account of one or two people why are constantly trying to crash my thread.To be fair, this is the first time I have ever seen one of these threads, much less jumped into one. I'm gonna be leaving now, but I still have to say the whole thing reeks of Mary Sue and stupidity.
>>25116394Given that the whole setting of 40k is literally made of stupidity, and that actually accomplishing anything for anyone counts as being a mary sue in the setting, I'm not worried.
>>25116394You're a goddamn idiot, the Reasonable Marines are supposed to be a parody of how grimdark canon 40k is. You can't make a parody by playing it completely straight.Congrats, you're that jackass who complains how historically inaccurate and unrealistic Monty Python and the Holy Grail is!
>>25116272"Every soul matters for the Emperor, and every fight is worth being fought."You say, trying not to sound like you are quoting ancient scripture."Please tell me how you wish to proceed in restoring order on this world.""Yes of course my lord."The governor leans back in his throne, shifting slightly."When it became clear that the protestors had no intention of dispersing or standing down, I declared martial law and turned out the PDF to restore order.Usually, mind you, that does the trick, there's a period of unrest and resentment, but it eventually subsides and things can return to normal."He shies and shakes his head."Not this time though, the dissidents were more, determined this time. They've been running rampant for months, and seem very determined not to return to normal order, I feared a shooting war would start soon had you not arrived.Moving forward from here, I would arrest the worst of the rioters and put the leaders on trial for inciting a revolt, that should calm things down once a few examples have been made, we need to get this planet back to normal operations as quickly as possible."
>>25116435>you're that jackass who complains how historically inaccurate and unrealistic Monty Python and the Holy Grail is!No, I'm more of the guy who claims Scary Movie 3 has shitty jokes and doesn't understand the concept of parody.
>>25116426These guys are worse than the Grey Knights when it comes to being Mary Sues.
>>25116511Have you identified the leader? Furthermore, you indicated that regular declarations of martial law are to be expected, why?
>>25116603"I don't know of any single leader, there are so many factions with so many demands and grievances I don't know if they even could agree on a single subject, let alone a leader. And yes, I have declared martial law several times in the past, not an ideal solution but I cannot afford to have this world consumed with turmoil while I listen to demagogues shout demands in the streets, we have obligations to meet."The governor shifts on his throne, trying to find a better spot on the cushion."Now that you're here I don't see any major problems in restoring order, once's these riots are put to rest I can get back to running this planet and we can all move on, I'm sure you have better places to be than worrying over this backwater my lord."
>>25116743"True. But My chapter's philosophy has always been to get to the root of the problem whenever possible, and try to achieve it with minimal casualties. Much like the Salamander Chapter, though we have our own...quirks. I'd prefer a more in depth briefing on the causes of this.
>>25116842The governor is lost in thought for a moment, shifting uncomfortably on the throne."Right then, let me see here."He waves one of his attendants and whispers to him, you of course hear every word, he is asking for the most recent list of demands and grievances.The attendant returns a few moments later, bearing a dataslate, which the governor activates and begins perusing."Let me see here, a 2% rise in the tax on wheat, a 5% increase on the tax on tobacco and alcohol, 15 minute increase in general curfew time on week days, 4% reduction in minimum wage, they demand that I reduce all taxation across the board, disband the curfew as if they don't cause enough problems during daylight hours, demand that I cease all forms of compulsory service, and reinstate the public welfare program."He hands you the slate with a grimace, "That's all that my people are aware of at least, if you can find some way to resolve this and keep the planet functioning by all means, but we need to get these people working again and not looting."
>>25116976now that the angry people have gone, how many people are left?
The fact that it's gotten to this point is rather unsettling.Either he was so incompetent that things managed to get this far, or the population's being manipulated as a conspiracy by genestealers/chaos/insert baddie hereEither way we should look into possible replacements for the govener.
>>25116988I gotta say, I'm kinda done with the quest. Nothing against you, but things are plodding along too slowly and the threads are way too volatile.
>>25117012that's a real shame, I'm sorry to hear that.Do you have any suggestions on how to improve things, I have not done this before.
>>25117004an entirely doable course of action.Next move players? Cypress is here, so you could leave and talk to her, or you could retire to whatever empty plot of city the JTF has taken over as its home base before they deploy out to the rest of the planet.
>>25117087>>25117058>>25117004thank you for coming
>>25117060Not him, but I'm gonna suggest posting faster.Faster posts mean more activity and has less of a time to devolve into arguments.
>>25117082Thank him. Then go to Cypress and get her advice on the political situation.
>>25117101Im trying, I am writing as fast as I can, and trying not to let the 4chan goblins eat my posts, captcha has become quite a nuisance, but I will try.
>>25116988I like how you call all detractors trolls. Fuck you.
>>25116988I'm here. Attempting to find your posts in the see of rage.
>>25117130>see of rage.Great, now the Grammar Nazis are gonna hate on this quest too.
>>25117130Control F my friend, control F
>>25117121I didn't say that it was feasible, it's just the only thing I could think of.
>>25117115"Thank you for your input governor, I will do what I can."You walk off, motioning for Cypress to come with you."Thoughts?"She contemplates for a moment before replying."I talked to the governor and a few of the staff here, It seems like most of the problems here started about eighty years ago. This world's oceans often generate large hurricanes, but that year they created a monster storm, devastated a third of the planet's infrastructure before it abated.As the captain said in his briefing, this world supplies food and medical supplies to several other systems, so in order to keep the tithes flowing the governor declared martial law, and cracked down to keep the shipments moving. The situation has been steadily decreasing from then on, with a repeating cycle of increasing violence being met with harsher crackdowns, and the governor still has to meet his tithes regardless of the local situation."Cypress grimaces at the whole situation."It looks like it just finally boiled over."
>>25117191I shall try, I think I spend too much time answering questions for people who don't know what is going on, but that is just an instinct of mine.Also, It may be wise from now on to wait a few minutes at the start of threads to see if a shit-storm is a'brewing, I love a good debate but it makes running these difficult as >>25117130said.
How long as "declaring martial law" been considered a usual thing?
>>25117211Any suggestions? Do we have any technology we can implement to increase their productivity? That would help get them out of the death spiral.
>>25117241Maybe next time put a discalimer about us using existing reasonable marine fluff in the OP. Might stop as many people from gatecrashing.
>>25117211replace decreasing with devolving and it makes more sense.
>>25117315Some links in the op to 1d4chan might be smart, too, though that will just lead to people using these threads to pick apart the preexisting fluff.
>>25117211"With such varied demands, have any leaders at all appeared among the riotous crowds?">>25117306Increasing productivity or at least repairing the infrastructure and factories might be possible with Aprior technology.
>>25117306We might have been able to construct automated facilities if we had our magos. Maybe we should start a propoganda campaign explaining to the populace why there has been such a crackdown?
>>25117348Yeah, it's not the Govener's fault, it's the Munitorium's and the Imperium's as a whole!There's no way this could fail!
>>25117315might be a good idea>>25117306You have a number of Apriori techpriests with you, and passing on their superior technotheological knowledge is doable, but it is not a long term solution which will not stop the immediate crisis.>>25117344"With such varied demands, have any leaders at all appeared among the riotous crowds?""Nobody major from what I can see, the complaints are usually too varied for one group to cooperate with another, but I can put some feet to the pavement and try to round up some individual leaders if you wish."
>>25117211"That kind of situation could have been avoided if Aprior's decentralized model was in use in this sector... such a shame, really."
>>25117387Yes, let's try to start speaking with some of the leaders.Meanwhile, let's take a look at the agricultural output; what are they using for farm equipment and farming techniques? Have they repaired all of the damage from the super-storm, or is there still problems? And have the storms abated in strength after that one freak storm?
>>25115532Oh damn, I missed the start of this.I did read the previous threads, nice work, mighty flying brick quest writerAlso>Luckily you managed to get rid of the waifu neckbeards
>>25117392"Yes, a great shame.">>25117437"Most of the damage has been repaired in the still inhabited areas, but entire cities were obliterated, and the recurring storms, while nowhere near as strong, make repairing them difficult, a lot of coastal area was never reclaimed. As for their farming techniques, manned tractors and harvesters, and a lot of manual labor, I was surprised to see that actually."You are a bit surprised as well, in Aprior such things are often handled by automated tractors and harvesters, drones whose diligent machine spirits toiled long and hard so that their masters need not strain themselves under the sun nearly as often."
>>25117483I don't think so.
>>25117483Thank you, I try, and nice to hear that we are getting new people, I always worry that I am spending my days GM'ing for only one or two guys.Glad you're liking it so far. As for the waifu guys, I'm sure they meant well, but they were making things a little difficult.
Okay.Sort-Term. find out who that sniper from the end of the last thread is conspiring with and what their angle is while keeping the population calm with propoganda and timely intervention.Long-term. Early warning system for the storms, better construction techniques that won't be destoryed by winds quite so readily. Mechanise the agriculture.
>>25117520They were funny though, have to give them that.
>>25117497I think we should get the confessor to drop hints of more advanced techniques that our Techmarines (we have at least one in the JTF right?) could teach them to improve their lives.It would also be useful as a tool of negotiation. If they see us worrying for them they will like us more
>>25117583no techmarines, but you do have a number of techpriests, more than the average guard deployment to, to tend to the advanced unique tech you brought with you, they are some of the Apriori Mechanicus' best and brightest.
>>25117532Sounds like a plan.We'll need to check if we have any agricultural engineers in the JTF, and check to see if we have the necessary information in our databases.
>>25117614How do you proceed?
>>25117520Starting quests need love from the creator, so why not tell you that we are interested, that makes it better for you, knowing that at least someone cares.
>>25117708Stop it, you're going to make me cry.
>>251176141. Tell the Confessor via Vox (assuming he has one) or to the closest form of escort he has the plan, while2. Start to look for the sniper, have our squad screen the area and subdue him with non-lethal rounds
Lets have a meeting where people venture their opinions on how to calm things down long enough to implement economic reforms. Also The Fenris guys could probably be convinced to phone home for more guys to help out in return for a contract on their tanks.
>>25117619It seems that the general consensus is to go back to base, try to line up repairs to the damaged infrastructure, and try to explain to the leaders of the revolt how you are going to improve matters.Also, there are riots continuing across the planet, do you wait for them to calm down on their own or redeploy units of the JTF?Also, Cromwell is making his address, calling for peace and brotherhood, reminding the people that we are all children of the Emperor, and that only by working together can they improve their situation.
>>25117800I say we redeploy our more civilized forces. That governor could one-up us and ruin everything before we can fix this mess.
>>25117750The sniper is long gone, having somehow escaped the scene of the incident despite only having a few seconds before you were in the front door with a half dozen marines. The ASIS task force is currently investigating the incident, moving amongst the rioters and making discreet inquiries. The rangers are out scouring the city for any sign of suspicious activity, but they have yet to report any findings.
>>25117800Redeploy units of the JTF to PDF units that are unable to contain the riots, once the Confessor's speech is done.
>>25117862I'm sorry, what?
>>25117862Sure, I'll support.
>>25117862When deploying more JTF forces, we shouldn't stretch ourselves too thin. Make sure that each location has some armor support for the infantry.
>>25117869As you move to your new command center, you inform Colonel O'Niell of the situation and your plans. Every fast dropship at your disposal is quickly loaded with guardsmen and a number of marines and deployed to various hotspots across Tyrae.It takes several runs to finish deploying the assets needed, but you manage to reinforce the PDF garrisons and quell the worst of the rioting.You also arrive at your new base of operations, a recently-vacated factory complex in the city, which your techpriests have been diligently converting into a makeshift regimental HQ. It's not as well stocked as the facilities aboard the Midnight Flame, but it should suffice for your needs.
>>25117959There is really nothing else to do that night, the situation in the city is slowly calming down but there is still a lot of tension amongst the protestors.You spend the evening looking over reports and reading up on the local situation, trying and mostly failing to wade through the list of demands the protestors have left.you shoot off a message to the techpriests you brought with you to start looking into repairing and upgrading the locals infrastructure, and they assure you that they will examine the situation with all due haste.After that you lead those brothers who joined you at the command center in your evening remembrance, and then allow yourself to sleep.>Give me a moment while I prepare the upcoming content, feel free to continue discussing.
>>25117959Could we schedule a meeting with the planetary governor? We need to assess his ability to rule, and see how could he rule a world in such a stupid way. That's not efficient.
>>25118117We have already met him and discussed the situation, I believe general consensus is to meet with the leaders of the revolt next to hear their side of the story.meeting with the governor starts here>>25116178
>>25118159Yes, we need to see these leaders. Maybe bring up the fact that they're so disorganized, some of their demands don't make much sense.15 extra minutes on a curfew? Really?
>>25118159Oh, sorry. I just skimmed the rage parts. You could try to quote your previous quest-relevant post in the next one all the time to make it more fluid.
>>25118100With the coming day arrives new problems, but also some slight hope.Between the arrival such a great host of armed forces and the heartfelt appeals of a genuine Confessor, it seems that the situation has calmed down considerably since you made planetfall, most dramatically in the capitol. Tensions are still high, but the riots have mostly become protests again, and most are not trying to storm barricades and throw firebombs anymore.At least most of them have, but those determined to cause trouble have often found that tear gas bolts and low powered lasgun shots are not worth whatever message they were hoping to send.There has been some progress in attempting to find the leaders of the rioters here in the city, between the Confessor calling for these individuals to come forward, the ASIS sneaking around behind the scenes, and the sisters making their subtle as ever inquiries they hope to have something for you by early afternoon.At present you are at the command post.
>>25118210This. At first hour, ask the confessor to do a speech about the great virtues of our cause, and that we will not kill His most loyal servants if they step up and join us in the negotiations.It's worth a try.
>>25118241I try to keep a constant thread going, either back to the last post I made or directly responding to a player, but I will try to keep a direct path between my posts from now on.
>>25118293As you enter the command post, you are greeted with the sight of an Eldar ranger, his hood lowered and rifle slung over his back."Mon'Keigh, I have come to, apologize. I failed to capture or eliminate the sniper at last nights event, and was unable to track him. I have been, sub par in my duties as a ranger, and ask your, forgiveness."He bows slightly, a little stiffly, it is clear that he is very uncomfortable with this entire situation.
>>25118293Request of the General of the PDF the readiness status of his forces, and that he should liase with Colonel O'Niell to coordinate JTF-PDF operations to contain the riots.I have a vague idea of checking through the planet's treasury and seeing what can be done to put people to work in repairing farms and factories.
>>25118384As I reacall I missed my shot aswell. Do not blame yourself but be vigilant next time you meet our assailent again.
>>25118384"Your apology is accepted, Ranger. Have you or your brethren discovered any other agitators during the night?"
>>25118384None of us found him either. And lets be honest, we should have. Absent some rather hefty luck a random agitator should not have evaded either of us, much less both. I expect there was more to him then their seemed.
>>25118384"Stay sharp, Ranger. We will succeed if there is a next time."Make sure the Techpriests are doing what was asked of them last night.
>>25118490>>25118462>>25118447>>25118429He nods, a trifle stiffly."Thank you for your understanding."Then he relaxes a bit. "As for tracking the sniper, it was possible that he exited the rear of the building through a mid level window and escaped through the alleyway, but he would have to move very fast to do so. We have been unable to track him any further than that rooftop, and there have been no further incidents of this kind."He nods again and takes his leave. Walking over to the vox station, you patch yourself through to the techpriests you contacted earlier."This is Captain Smith, have you made any progress towards aiding the citizens of Tyrae?""With the Omnissiah's blessing all things are possible." Responds the techpriest. "We have begun our preliminary investigations and the situation looks promising, although this will take a great deal of work. We can start by upgrading their generator shrines to provide a shot in the arm to their infrastructure, and teach them how to build and maintain automated farming tools.A more expedient solution would be to import a number of such tools from the Aprior sector, as it will take time to set up the facilities to manufacture such drones here and we are not that far from home.Should you wish I can prepare a presentation on the benefits of such machines to show the local populace."
>>25118651Question. How desperate is the manufacturer for Fenris contracts?
>>25118745"Unfortunately, after the rejection of our design, the company has suffered significant financial losses, why do you ask?"You recognize his voice now, he was one of the priests who thanked you in the hangar bay for choosing to deploy the Fenris.
>>25118651A presentation of the benefits of better machines would probably best come from the Admech.And improving the power plants is always helpful.We shall send an astropath message back to the Aprior Sector to see if shipments of farming machines can be sent, and if a small factory to produce them locally can be set up.
>>25118779Because if you were willing to deploy significant assets to assist the current issue, you could probably convince the Governor to sign a long term contract.
>>25118901A quid quo pro to solve the issue? Benefiting both the locals and a major Apriori defense contractor? How... reasonable.
>>25118834>>25118901"Very good sir! I shall make the arrangements myself! May the Omnissiah watch over you."He says with the enthusiasm of a man who has suddenly realized he has a financial future and disconnects the vox.Apart from that there is little else to do for the rest of the morning. You coordinate with the various commanders on how best to contain the more stubborn rioters, but nothing major pops up until early afternoon.True to his word, you receive a vox call from agent Kolchack early in Tyrae's long afternoon."Sir, agent Kolchack here, it appears that our efforts to gather the leaders of the revolt have been successful, as we have managed to convince a number of individuals with the support of their followers to meet with you and the governor to discuss the situation.If that is all you require of my team, I shall now devote them to tracking the sniper and any organization they might work for, we have a few possible leads, I shall let you know if anything turns up.Where would you like me to send these leaders?"
>>25118957>yes, this one is to be commended.
>>25118959How about the Governor's Palace. It's the traditional seat of power after all.
>>25119004Bring them to the palace to meet the big man, and the governor of course?
>>25119004are we doing this? it got very quiet in here.
>>25119115I'd prefer to have an informal chat with them first before giving the Aristocracy a chance to butt in.
>>25119137very well, first talk to them yourself, then the governor.Do you bring them to the HQ or go to them?
>>25119164Eh, lets go to them.
>>25119196>>25118959very well."Agent, give me their location, I shall go to them.""Very well sir, best of luck." He sends the information and deactivates the vox.You ride a Rhino most of the way to your destination, disembarking once you enter the area completely under the control of the dissidents. To an observer you would seem to be alone, but the occasional glimpse of a cloaked figure with a rifle dashing across rooftops lets you know that you are not without backup.After a few minutes of walking you reach the destination, an old residential building,a few guards eying you with equal parts wariness and shock.You walk forward and offer your unarmed hands."I am Captain Numeon Smith of the Knights Inductor, I am here to discuss improving the situation on Tyrae with your leaders."After a few moments discussion they move inside, and come back a minute later, waving you in. You take one last glance over your shoulder, seeing a cloaked figure wave from the top of a building down the block, and move into the building.TBC
>>25119337You are led down into the basement of the building, where you see that a wall has been busted out to connect to what appears to be an abandoned subway station, bypassed and cut off from the main line.Here a meeting room has been set up, with a central table surrounded by a few chairs, although none of them could support your weight. After you come in, eying the armed guards, a group of unarmed individuals file in and take their seats around the table.They appear to come from all walks of life, although given your unfamiliarity with Tyrae's culture, you cannot say for certain. Of the seven individuals before you there are some young, some old, four men and three women."So," says the woman in the middle, a upper thirties woman with her hair tied back in a professional bun."I must say we have never had a space marine come to our world before, and I did not expect you to come here of all places."She gestures around to the dusty station."Your messenger said you wanted to talk, but we have all heard the talk the governor likes, orders and edicts and calls for continued work in the face of adversity. What do you have to offer we have not heard before?"
>>25119427Give them the reasonable speil. Tell them frankly that honestly we'd all probably die of old age before the Munitorum agrees to a tithe reduction, and that for the past 80 years ever since the big storm successive Governors have basically cannibalized the economy to pay the tithe as demanded. Fortunately, we have some very smart members of the Admech with us that are going to systematically upgrade some infrastructure, as well as ship in some aid from outside from a forge world that frankly desperately needs some long term military contracts and will willing to provide immediate aid in return for them. As the economy improves, the Governor will be able to roll back his unpopular decrees without getting shot for treason, and everyone will be much more prosperous as a result.
>>25119580Reasonable marines reasoning their way through a problem to come to a reasonable compromise.say that 5 times fast
>>25119580I don't know what else to say that this guy already hasn't.
>>25119427"This planet faces a difficult predicament, the planetary governor feels that he is forced into these actions in order to meet this worlds tithing requirements, and let us be honest, we will all die of old age before the Administratum agrees to lower the tithes.However, we are here to help, bringing the ingenuity and skill of the our home sector's Mechanicus to aid in the revitalization of this world, starting with repairing the infrastructure, as well as importing advanced farming tools, and teaching you how to build your own.Once this world's infrastructure and agriculture are improved, the governor will be able to roll back his decrees and meet your requests, having much more breathing room in being able to meet the tithes, which I remind you, must be met, several other inhabited worlds with tens of billions of inhabitants rely upon Tyrae for food and medicine..."You continue in this manner for some time, the leaders of the dissidents listening in rapt attention. After you assure them that it is your intention to leave their world more prosperous than it has ever been they seem to take heart, and engage you in an energetic session of questions and answers which lasts for several hours.You eventually convince them to accompany you to meet with the planetary governor to discuss your mutual grievances, on the condition that you accompany them and the knights provide for their protection while in the loyalist controlled section of the city.Your task done, you are ready to return. Do you wish to take them to the palace now to speak with the governor?
>>25119580Pretty much this. Tyrae has responsibilities to other planets nearby; they will go without food or medical supplies if the tithe is not paid.
>>25119797>Do you wish to take them to the palace now to speak with the governor?Yes. Make sure that Knights at the Governor's Palace tell the guards there to let us through and to make the arrangements with the Governor. The faster we move and change the situation, the less control that the conspirators will be able to exert.
>>25119880A few quick orders over the vox summon the Rhino you you arrived in, the Knight at the back ramp snapping a respectful salute to you and the leaders as you enter the armored vehicle.Your guests look around the inside of the APC with evident interest, never having seen such a vehicle before. A few rumbly rattley minutes later you arrive at the governors palace, where the Knights on guard immediately allow you in.Your comrades have taken your order about securing the VIPs as seriously as you would expect, two Knights and an honor guard of guardsmen file in behind you, the troopers guarding the front door forming neat rows on either side of the front doors, presenting arms as if receiving visiting dignitaries.You pass by the hall of stern portraits again, proceeding to the throne room, which you see now includes a table set up before the governors throne.You and your group proceeds over to the table, your escort taking up positions at a respectful distance.TBC
>>25120048As you proceed over to the throne, you introduce your guests in turn, and the governor nods curtly to each of them. He does not rise from his throne to greet them. After an awkward silence you start off the meeting by largely rehashing your speech from the meeting with the leaders, for the governor's benefit.From there the local politicians take over flurrying demands offers counter-offers and statements of intent for quite some time. The dissidents are eager for the governor to repeal his edicts, but he is unwilling to do so until he can actually see the improvements being made, and reminds them that the fate of the planet is at stake.After a while you break for refreshments with the 'entertainment' being provided by the techpriest you spoke to earlier, named Kalec, who gives a very energetic presentation of the various improvements to infrastructure, agriculture, and medicine that the Apriori in general, and his company in particular, can make to help Tyrae back on its feet.In the end, you feel like you have made some difference, at least you got them talking. After the meeting, Kalec pulls you and governor Varan aside, leading you out back of the palace.>Yes the governor does have a name!TBC
>>25120264"governor, I assure you that we can help each other out a great deal, why stop at agricultural supplies? We have so much more we can offer you."The governor, leaning heavily on his walking stick, looks at the priest with a mix of interest and weariness, it seems that Kalec's continuous enthusiasm for all things mechanical has begun to wear on him."If you would be willing to sign a contract to purchase a number of our Fenris main battle tanks to outfit your forces, then we would be happy to provide you with a number of automated tractors as a bonus, no extra charge!"At this the governor looks a little more interested. "Show me one of these tanks."A smile grows over Kalec's face, and he gestures off down the darkened street. Nearby, an engine roars into life, luminators flashing on as a vehicle approaches.Low and sleek, the Fenris' engine purrs as it slides into the lot before you, sounding like an over-sized sports car, and the governors eyes light up as he sees it.Pacing around the tank, the priest rattles off a number of impressive technical specifications, and it ends with the two shaking hands, the governor smiling for the first time you have seen.All in all, it seems like a job well done.The talks continue to gain steam over the next several days, and a message from Aprior arrives, it appears that you made a few struggling manufactoria very happy indeed, the first shipment of complimentary tractors will be on their way soon, apparently they needed the tax write off.The city starts to piece itself back together, and what protests remain across the globe seem to have become peaceful, if still emotionally charged.Walking through the city streets, you see techpriests worrying over some power conduits, and work crews busy repairing damaged storefronts and houses.TBC
>>25120516You pass a vid theater, where the sign proclaims a complimentary viewing of "Building a brighter future, the Adeptus Mechanicus and you!", written directed and narrated by techpriest Kalec.All in all, things are proceeding relatively without note, until one day a few weeks after the conference when you receive word from agent Kolchack.It seems that his investigation has borne some fruit, and he has requested your presence back at the command post.Your return there, to find him and his entire team standing around the hololith, a map of the continent on display."We think we have found the location of our conspirators." He said simply.
>>25120597Well that was a big dump, anything anyone wants to say before we press on?
>>25120619Yeah, is our tech priest getting promoted? 'Cause it sounds like he is getting promoted.
>>25120668Within the Mechanicus he retains his current rank, but he may be moving to a higher pay grade in the company.
>>25120711I GOT PROMOTED.
>>25120739Don't party too hard now son.Anyways, are we ready to find out what the frak is going on here?
>>25120784Proceeding"After much investigation, with which the words of the good Confessor were invaluable, as have managed to track the organization for which our sniper employed. Doing so required us to piece together several eyewitness accounts who saw what we now know as the sniper entering the building before the incident.This allowed us to identify him, no name, but we do know some of his actions in the area, he has been in the capitol since the riots began, and has been regularly calling for greater force against the PDF and the governor.Cross referencing this information with local rumors and some of the suspect's speeches, we are now able to identify his probably place of origin."Kolchack zooms in on of of the coastal cities."This is one of the cities devastated by the super storm eighty years ago, it was abandoned and never resettled, but we now believe it to be the home of these unknown agents provocateur.With your permission, I wish to send my team to this city to reconnoiter the situation and determine whether there is indeed a presence there.
>>25121036Granted. I'll have a team of marines on standby for drop pod deployment if needed.
>>25121119Did you wish to take part personally, or leave it in command of one of your subordinates.Also, headcount, who all is here, just so I know how many people to wait for.
>>25121158nicely done sir or madam, I applaud you.
>>25121164I'm here. Sure, why not.>>25121174Should have done it back when we were getting promoted, but forgot.
>>25121230"Permission granted agent, I shall personally command a marine force standing by to extract you should the situation prove volatile.""Very good sir, we shall depart at once."Of course it takes a little while to prepare for your departure, the ASIS team loads into one of the Avengers, while you and a handpicked team of Knights return to the Flame to stand by in a drop pod in case immediate intervention is required.You have the option of changing your kit while you are waiting, you could swap out your bolter for a plasma gun if you wished. Be aware the the wonderful cogboys of the Aprior sector have fixed that whole disastrous overheating problem.
>>25121380nah, we will stay with the bolter.
>>25121436very well, also, is there only one person here now?
>>25121463Nah, I'm also here.
>>25121513okay.You restock your bolter rounds and check the power cell in your shock maul, everything checks out.After grabbing a short rest you meet up with your brothers in the drop pod, locking into the restraints and storing your gear in the provided nooks.You wait for quite some time, standing by on ready alert, listening to the vox chatter between the team and the rest of the JTF.After a few hours the nimble gunship arrives in the airspace over the seemingly deserted city, and the pilot finds a secluded spot to make a landing.As their handler, Kolchack is remaining in the Avenger while Jager leads the ground team."Keep it warm for us boss." Jokes Jager, "We'll be back in time for tea."You pull up a vid screen, observing through what must be Jager's helmet cam, as he steps out into the deserted city.
>>25121620The team advances for some time, without seeing any signs of habitation. The city is silent save for the cries of animals in the distance, echoing off of the abandoned buildings and shattered shopfronts.Everywhere there is the howl of the sea wind in broken windows."Intel suggests that the targets will be underground, this city has a substantial tunnel system." you hear Jager say. If they are still intact they would be an ideal base for our conspirators to hide.----I will wait a moment after each of these to give you a chance to respond or not respond as you see fit, chime in at any time.
>>25121701generic be careful and watch for sensors.
>>25121772That's all I've got.
>>25121701"Watch yourselves down there, if they are hiding out here they could have set up traps to dissuade house calls.""Got it boss."After another few minutes of walking, Jager pauses for a moment, the rest of the team looking at him quizzically.Jager stops and crouches down, poking the dirt on the broken street with a gloved finger, picking up a pinch and rolling it between his thumb and index finger.He looks around and does something you cannot see due to the camera angle, before rising and pointing into the darkness of a nearby parking garage."Someone has been in here, recently too. I'm damn sure of it."
>>25121938sorry, had to go say goodnight to family, am back now.
>>25122132I've got nothing honestly.
>>25122184Jager and his team carefully enter the building, most of the team electing to activate night vision gear, before moving further in, an the image on the screen switches to the glowing green of a night enhanced optic.The team moves cautiously for some time deeper and deeper through the building, before gaining entrance to the undercity."We were right." Whispered Jager, "There is a network of intact tunnels down here."Before they moved further, the team set up a vox booster along the wall, hooking it onto a long metal pipe, effectively transforming it into a vox antenna to maintain communications.They moved deeper and deeper into the tunnel complex, stopping at intersections where Jager chose the next direction seemingly at random. The team slinking further and further into the deep dark of the undercity warrens.Eventually, Jager held up a hand for a stop."Hold up." he whispered redundantly, "I think we've got something down here.""Report." You say, leaning forwards in your crash chair.
>>25122345"I'm not entirely sure sir, I just, something doesn't smell right."You are about to ask him to elaborate when you actually hear him sniff the air over the vox."Seriously, doesn't anyone else smell that?"The team members you can see shake their heads, and Jager mutters something unintelligible,
>>25122345Well, we've already told him to report. Not much more to say.
>>25122394"Whatever it is it's up ahead." Jager gives the signal to move out, drawing his weapons as he does so.You note that he has elected to bring a slugthrower, a type of submachinegun unique to the Aprior sector. Or rather submachineguns, one in each hand. You doubt his accuracy, but the rate of fire he could put out would be devastating.They inch forward through the gloom and the tunnel around them begins to brighten, eventually to the point where the nightvision switches off.In the distance, you can hear a faint clicking noise, quickly joined by the sounds of civilization.The team drops low and crawls to the end of the tunnel, which terminates in a wide balcony, across a massive empty space the size of a squigball field you see the other side, more tunnels leading to this central point from there.
>>25122575Put more forces on standby, just in case.
>>25122575You order the Shrike fighters to standby alert, and order the Avenger pilot to prepare for a hot extraction.Meanwhile, Jager and his team creep forward to look down into the hole.Down several levels below them is what appears to be a shanty town built around whatever broken machinery inhabits this place. It seems that the town was built out of discarded metal sheets and other scavenged detritus from the city above.Down in the town you can see fuzzy images of people moving about on various tasks, after a moment Jager zooms in and waits for the image to clear up.Again you hear that clicking sound, Ka-click, Ka-click, but you cannot identify it.Jager tilts his head, as if listening, and sniffs the air again, growling something you cannot understand.after a moment more, the image clears, and you get a closer look at the town's inhabitants.They wear a dozen different suits and uniforms, castoff rags and scavenged gear, all moving about working on various tasks, the entire operation seems to have an air of diligent efficiency, some are checking weapons, others manning vox stations, others taking inventory of stockpiles, this is clearly an entrenched operation with significant resources.
>>25122803If possible, recommend gas masks. Something is wrong here. Beyond insurrection wrong.
>>25122803"It's not poison sir, I know that much, this is something else, very different.""Wait a second." Jager mutters, zooming in further on one group of people."Oh frak, command are you seeing this?"It takes you a moment to see what he is referring to, but when you see it you recognize it immediately from your training.One of the people down there is busily cleaning the action of a heavy stubber, holding open the action with one hand, oiling the weapon with another, and stabilizing the barrel with his third hand."Command." Jager says through a dry throat."We've got genestealers down here, oh frak, I say again genestealer presence confirmed."Again you hear the noise, Ka-click, Ka-click.Jager hears it too, and raises his weapons."Oh frak." he breathes, whirling around to cover the hallway behind him, Oh Frak!"you see the head first, the wide open maw rushing forward, its clawed feet click-clakcing on the rockcrete floor."OH FRAK OH FRAK OH FRAK!" Jager shouts as he opens up with both guns, pouring a fountain of lead into the corridor as the purestrain charges out.The shots tear into it but its momentum carries the great creature forward, raising a clawed hand to swipe at Jager, filling the screen for a moment before the feed cuts out.End of thread 3
>>25123067Darn. Thanks for posting OP. Same time tomorrow?
>>25123171I know, I'm an evil bastard aren't I.As for the time, sounds about right, doing this literally consumes my entire day but I enjoy it so much, I literally do noting anymore but work and run this quest, but I'm having too much damn fun to care.I should be up at the normal time, barring unforeseen events, I'm glad you enjoyed this.Tune in tomorrow kids!
>>25123218With a genestealer infestation confirmed, we need to start handing out medscanners as well as starting up a public awareness campaign.In fact, I think that we need extract Jager and his team, and then place an orbital bombardment beacon here.
damn missed the thread>>25123680extracting the team is a must, we need to scan them as well for infection/infestationi think its time we impose a blockade on any activity into and out of the ruined city and start getting heavier troops into position, if the situation is too dire and cannot be salvaged from a ground based effort, place some beacons and blow it to hell
>>25125305I don't know, man. Nuking the site from orbit sounds like its the only way to be sure. The city isn't a vital or strategic location, and sending ground troops will cause casualties that we can ill-afford. Setting up a perimeter with seismic sensors to make sure that they're not tunneling out while we inform the Governor of an impending orbital strike, and maybe public warnings that civilians should find shelter, would lead to the minimum amount of casualties on our side.
>>25125509i'd say inform no one but current JTF members, we dont know how far the infestation spreads, and there may be very useful intel down there, i say we attempt to salvage what we can, and if its not worth it, nuke itbut id rather not go all grimdark and then find out we destroyed something we could have used to come to a better solution
>>25125583>there may be very useful intel down thereDo genestealers even need to write things down?I thought that the Broodmind allowed for all information to be stored "in the cloud", as it were.
>>25125853this does not smell like a normal genestealer infestation, who knows whats down thereusually the stealers go for the nobility, and the riots are a cause of their actions, not their actions themselves
I'm still tickled pink that people think highly enough of what I write to run and participate in a quest about it.I'm sorry that not everyone likes the Knights. They are the second iteration of an idea of mine that I thought was cool and then grew to realize was not fully matured, and maybe there's another iteration to go yet. I have yet to post any other stories about them because they're going through much the same process. The story that I'm working on the most is one that focuses on Captain Darren's training and earlier years, to look more at the internal structure and "spectrum" of the Knights. Everything written about the Knights and Apriori so far is either a PSA, or uses the framing device of giving a tour to an outsider, and in both cases, they are putting their best faces forward and being rather artificial. The part of "Return of the Reasonable Marines" that I like the most, in retrospect, is the part where Inquisitor Immam chases and tries to kill Ardi, because that's the part that feels most natural. Hopefully, the tentatively-titled "Squire Inductor" will let the Knights just be Knights and struggle without coming across as overly shiny.
As far as this quest goes, the content and pace seem to be on good tracks (we're still in the early days, so we'll see how things develop from here), but I'm not quite sold on the "tone". The only BL works I've read so far are Ciaphas Cain and Enforcer (I'm looking to read something involving some Space Marines, so that I can get their "voices" right), but it seems that communications are just ever-so-slightly more formal than we have them here. I get that you're writing on the fly, but minor mechanical hiccups in your writing also hurt immersion (though I completely understand that obsessing over getting everything "just right" would kill the quest -- I take so long to write even a short thing like this post that sometimes I feel like changing my name to "SlowPoster").That said, I love the line ending in "We have so much more we can offer you." I can just see the tech-priest getting into his wheeling-and-dealing routine.Final note, the name is "Ardi" (as in R.D. for "reasonable daemonette"), not "Arda".
>>25123067>genestealersFUCKING CALLED IT!
Had to leave for uni early in the quest, but good developments all round.