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Preparing pods. Allocating drones and robots. Estimated arrival time to designated location presumed at ETA 16 days from the current location.

Powering engines, beginning to move into close orbit of Secundus. Reducing delivery time to 3 days.

Acceptable.

Introducing psychoactive noise patterns to make present human populace more pliant to suggestions. Changing colour palates. Introducing hormones into food production, Beginning to analyse and prepare entertainment based on each individual to shift their opinions towards acceptable federation standard.

Excellent. Begin isolating the various preachers. They cannot spread their words and deviant thoughts.

You begin the long and drawn-out process of re-education through subtle behavioural manipulation. It will take time, but this is the most effective way of doing so whilst preserving the populations integrity.

Meanwhile, you are already monitoring chatter between Prime and Secundus, with some good news. With the unfortunate death of Arbitrator Agustius a breakthrough in the cool relations has been found. With the Arbitrator’s replacement being far more, flexible, in their thinking. A goodwill measure of supplies sent from the space station of Primus is already on the way, and a batch of ore supplies has already been cleared to be picked up in return. Naturally, the entire situation has been coordinated by your androids and their efforts. As such you expect good results and a swift restoration of relations between the two worlds. At the end of the day, they both rely upon each other. To be in a conflict would simply be illogical, but alas, that is exactly what most of your masters’ descendants are these days.
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>>5777002

You gaze through the camera feed as the first pod impacts the irradiated world’s surface. The retro boosters fire off heavily, kicking up clouds of dust and smoke as they rapidly slow down, an action that no baseline human would be able to carry out.

Switching to the feed of a robot, you regard the precinct-fortress, or more precisely the small percentage of it that is above ground. Quickly contacting the nearby exploration drone, you learn that the situation had remained unchanged since the first entrance of Apprentice. Bar the unexpected and unpredicted earthquake. You are still unable to figure out what had caused it. The sheer improbability of such a happenstance still continues to perplex you.

Begin advance.

The robots begin to march forwards as the dozens of defence drones rush forwards, moving in a zigzag formation, running interference against non-existent foes, still, caution is better than recklessness.

Halting right before one of the entrance ways, your force awaits and stand by. The largest one and the easiest to access being what you presume to be the motorpool, if this precinct-fortress is built to the standard like all others. And you have no reason to think otherwise.

You once again try to raise Apprentice, but even with the extra forces, everything appears silent.

Commence breaching procedures.

The lead robot unleashes his plasma beam, concentrated and short, it begins to cut right into the extensive and thick hull. This will take a while.
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Cutting a perfect circle, eventually an entrance is quickly made and the first drones rush in, only to be bathed in the red light of a multilas and stubgun fire.

And then things go dark.

Not a true darkness, but rather you lose the feed for your drones, they still function, despite the fire, but they appear to simply hover, as if losing all movement due to a power failure. You connection to them being so abruptly torn apart…is disconcerting.

“Halt fire, halt fire !” A shout rings out as finally a few of the drones are popped. “What in the name of the throne are those ?!” Another man shouts.

Of the half-dozen drones that entered, three were destroyed, whilst the remaining half simply float. Then they start to look around.

“Take cover !” One of the men shouts as the remaining trio of drones opens fire without command, targeting the humans huddling around what appears to be a Leman Russ tank and chimera APCs.

Error: cannot reestablish contact with defensive drones.

Warning: human lives endangered. Assuming direct control.
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>>5777004

You lift the hand of the robot you are currently commanding and will gravity to obey your will. The three small drones smash into each other, gaps of a about half a meter in between them, the shield blazes with energy as the three spheres impact each other. Eventually, the sheer force of the gravity the drones are subjected to breaks their shields and the three white floating angular boxes smash into one another, their armour strains, groans and moans as itt finally breaks, expsoinig the machinery underneath, bashing right into each other and a few moments later, the three drones are nothing but an amalgamation of circuits, wires, gears, and plain metal.

Rogue elements destroyed. Human life preserved.

Notice: unknown source of interference present. Unable to detect source of interference. Recommendation: no remotely controlled robotics should be sent within the facility until the interference is detected and disabled.

You watch through the robot’s camera feed as the humans are entirely confused by your presence and your actions.

Luckily, you watch as Apprentice walks over towards the gaping hole in the structure.

With a loud thud, he kicks the large ball of metal that was once three drones.

“I think we’ve found a way home boys !” He shouts out. “Get the charges ready. We’re blowing this place sky high and leaving !” He turns to regard you now. Even now, you cannot directly interface with the android.

It seems that however, the remaining humans had yet to spot you. Whilst the death and appearance of the drones will raise questions, you doubt anyone will really believe the stories besides rumours and happenstance.

Using the opportunity presenting itself, you quickly start to relocate the drones and robots just as the two Chimeras and the Leman Russ both break out of the facility and head into the wilds.

*A.A.3. Status report.*

*Sending recordings.*

You quickly begin looking through the recording…odd…there appear to be diseased humans, growths of flesh. But the collapse of the entire thing is the strangest of all, the randomness of it, as you had witnessed yourself. And here, first hand recording, you are unable to find anything of note.

Still, you had gotten in contact with Apprentice, yet the strange and massive interference, that is, well…unnerving, even for you. Could this be some new kind of weapon ? An advanced jamming system ? Perhaps a quirk of the location of the facility upon the planet, natural causes and such ? But the effect is so, precise, the moment your drones crossed into the facility is when you lost control. And almost immediately they started firing upon humans. Perhaps there is some value in their memory cores. The kick that Apprentice carried out did move one of the cores out of the facility.
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>>5777005

Your ponderings are interrupted by another earthquake. Much bigger this time, much more violent. And clearly man made, as you watch a giant mushroom cloud rising high from the facility. You can only wonder at the sheer number of explosives stored in these precincts.
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It had taken another three or so days for the forces you had dispatched to return back to you, with all of them being placed in quarantine and in a separate shuttle next to your hull. Such unexpected aberrant behaviour cannot be allowed to spread.

Yet again however, the limitations and lack of resources mean that you are unable to truly explore the core of the drone without a proper laboratory with all the necessary safety procedures.

Besides that, the strange happenstances, symbols that cause unease, rampant mutations, mass psychosis. Two different locations, as reported by Warrior and Apprentice, they both seem to exhibit a similar outline and a general trend, but differences in minutia are apparent, one disease that causes psychosis showcases haemophilia, the other a rather rampant wasting disease, the end result is similar, but the means of achieving it, different.
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It had taken about three months. But official diplomatic ties had been reestablished between Secundus and Prime. Whilst manpower is still the most pressing concern for Secundus, sufficient munitions, and quite simply food, had become valued enough to ease the tension. Ores are given to Prime to make weapons and part of the made weapons is returned back to Secundus. This had led to perhaps an unfortunate and unforeseen circumstances. The restart of the crude and brutal mining operations upon the world, the still contained prisoners now being forced to once again break their backs using the most primitive of tools. Despite your disdain for such things, the warming of relations seems to have calmed both sides down, with Scribe especially rising to a favoured position within governess Ture’s court.

Meanwhile, it seems that Warrior had earned enough respect and prestige to be able to offer his voice in an advisory manner in the highest importance meetings of the arbites. Most importantly, the advice is actually listened to. As for Master, it had become common for him to have conversations with Justicator over drinks and snacks, lending his voice to any and all meetings. By now, most of the lower hive is aware of Master and his teachings of restraint, calmness, and level-headedness. With this, Master has achieved incredible influence with the common man of the hive.

On the other end, Apprentice, alongside the remainder of his men had earned a spot of importance within Breaker’s gang. Their armored column, alongside their more ragtag creations had seen them become the one and only rapid response force of any faction, but the arbites. As such, Apprentice is scheduled for meeting with Breaker in the coming days. Not to mention, the already considerable reputation and influence Apprentice possesses.
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>>5777006

“Hey, Odysseus.” Sergeant Vinurus says. “The graduation ceremony is ready for the newest regiment, will you attend ?”

”I shall observe, but attendance is not something that I believe I should do. After all, my existence would still cause disturbance for some.”

“Ah well, gotta get going in that case, the Lt. will soon start the ceremony.”

With the sergeant walking off, you quickly flicker through the security feed and look within the main cargohold. It is the largest area aboard the ship, barely capable of also fitting into it a thousand men in parade formation.

And what a sight it is, for most common everyday person within the Imperium. Resplendent white armour, sharp, angular shapes meant to deflect shrapnel and any potential explosives, the backpacks hum with energy as the armour itself lets out a slight blueish glow, pulsating with power providing calm and assurance to whomever wears it. The helmets themselves resemble those angular ones of an ancient medieval knight, just perhaps missing a feather or two to complete the image. And atop of that, their visors glow a slight green as telemetry readings are constantly looking around the surroundings, providing unprecedented amount of information for the average human mind. As well as providing information upon the identities of the various soldiers around them. Then the gleaming grey volkites held by the butt of the rifles resting against their shoulders gives them a feeling of discipline and order. Perfectly uniform, standing at attention in perfect neat lines, the brand-new Odyssey Defence Detachment or O.D.D. does bring you a hint of pride, but at the same time, you cannot help but feel this strange desire to further improve upon the detachment. Better weapons, better armour, better genetics. Perhaps in time, once the enlightenment of everyone gathered there is assured.

“Men !” Lieutenant Drogode begins standing a top of one of the shuttles. “Today’s the day where I can proudly call you soldiers ! Though I may not lead you, and I may not call you guardsmen. I can still call you brothers ! We had trained you in everything we know ! We trained you to fight ! To spill guts ! And to ask for more ! If the enemy would dare to stand before you, what would you do ?!”

“We’d fight !” The thousand gathered respond in a chorus.

“If the enemy would dare to harm man, what would you do ?!”

“We’d kill !”

“If some foul xeno, traitor or a heretic would threaten the legacy of man, what would you do ?!”

“We’d purge !”

“What is your duty ? As guardians of men !?”

“To cleanse, purge, kill !”

“And why do you do that ?!”

“To protect man !”

“Stavros Zanx, step forwards !”

Following the order, the would-be leader of the survivors of Eregenus Quintus steps forward.
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>>5777008

“It is with great honour, that I hereby announce you as the commanding officer of these forces. Whilst I cannot give upon you a proper commission, I can still greet you as a fellow officer.” And with that, the lieutenant gives a salute.

“Salute, officer !” One of the men, presumingly the CO of O.D.D., shouts out. And as one, the entire formation delivers a salute.

You do note an increase in the heartrate of Stavros as he finishes his salute.

Turning your attention back towards the system as a whole, you regard the overall improving situation within the system. Whilst the well-being of the numerous peoples of the system is still far, far below any acceptable standard, but at least the political situation had become far more stable across the system.

There are still a few months left in the energy gathering time. Due to some good fortune of being able to be on low power with your reactor working a bit better than you had expected, you presume it would only at best take perhaps six or so months till you are able to leave the system.

>With the most important players in the game now being able to be influenced by you, you can start to wholly subvert the system. Introduce more stories of the ghostship, strengthen local relations, try to increase living standards best as able by simply employing efficient administrative efforts.

>Sit still and let the good times roll. You will soon be able to leave the system and everything seems to be progressing smoothly enough on its own, no need to rock the so-called boat.

>Perhaps a more direct intervention is needed ? With your O.D.D. now prepared and functional, even if it pains you to send them to danger, they are the best alternative until you can deal with the unknown source of interference.

>(Write in)
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Last thread:

https://suptg.thisisnotatrueending.com/qstarchive/2023/5737533/
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welcome back Newb !
leaving the pastebins here before voting
https://pastebin.com/ekE6gtiS
https://pastebin.com/YgiHnhBr
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>>5777106

Since I never did it in the last thread, just want to say thank you, anon. These pastebins are really well done.
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>>5777109
Thanks newb, "might has well do something while playing the quest" i thought when doing them. Beside i just have to add info time to time so is not really a big problem.
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>>5777010
>With the most important players in the game now being able to be influenced by you, you can start to wholly subvert the system. Introduce more stories of the ghostship, strengthen local relations, try to increase living standards best as able by simply employing efficient administrative efforts.
very good all pieces are on the table. A laboratory seems something we need to get very soon. Preferably when the Odyssey is a bit bigger. No cramped laboratory. Hopefully we have stop what that Undying fellow was doing, we had a good result against the Blood Brethren in the 8 precinct if nothing else.
And i think we can do something for cut a small part of boredom aboard the Odyssey.

>Write in
We will craft a small news program for update the humans inside us with sanitized news about the Galaxy, Imperium, Sector Clarus, Xandirah and Eregenus. It will be called the Official Odyssey Mankind News or just O.O.M.N. for short. It will also provide some educational and entertainment programs. A few pieces will be dedicated on the topics of orks and eldar, in case anyone want to knows more about this xenos and how to act in case of battle (auto locked on eldar for anyone with PTSD of them, so the 200.000 recovered from the slave ships).
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>>5777010
>With the most important players in the game now being able to be influenced by you, you can start to wholly subvert the system. Introduce more stories of the ghostship, strengthen local relations, try to increase living standards best as able by simply employing efficient administrative efforts.
Cool, you're back.
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>>5777010
>With the most important players in the game now being able to be influenced by you, you can start to wholly subvert the system. Introduce more stories of the ghostship, strengthen local relations, try to increase living standards best as able by simply employing efficient administrative efforts.

>inb4 we stumble on genestealers
Welcome back Newb! Always a pleasure to read your quests.
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>With the most important players in the game now being able to be influenced by you, you can start to wholly subvert the system. Introduce more stories of the ghostship, strengthen local relations, try to increase living standards best as able by simply employing efficient administrative efforts.

Oooh, nice to see this back
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>>5777010
>With the most important players in the game now being able to be influenced by you, you can start to wholly subvert the system. Introduce more stories of the ghostship, strengthen local relations, try to increase living standards best as able by simply employing efficient administrative efforts.

>(Write in)
Insert more agents, this time working in pairs or small teams and cells. Mainly sleeper ones for now and integrate slowly into society and can become "known/active" when the situation demands it, while influencing the lower end of society covertly.
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>>5777010
>With the most important players in the game now being able to be influenced by you, you can start to wholly subvert the system. Introduce more stories of the ghostship, strengthen local relations, try to increase living standards best as able by simply employing efficient administrative efforts.

+ create a laboratory which is seperate to our ship and which can be easily jettisoned. We need to investigate this odd pestilence - lest it proves to be a virulent new plague
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>>5777010
>With the most important players in the game now being able to be influenced by you, you can start to wholly subvert the system. Introduce more stories of the ghostship, strengthen local relations, try to increase living standards best as able by simply employing efficient administrative efforts.
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>>5777910
I think we should have a secret moon base or put it in an asteroid. Less obvious and detectable, and if all else fails we can fling it into the nearest star.
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>>5777010

>With the most important players in the game now being able to be influenced by you, you can start to wholly subvert the system. Introduce more stories of the ghostship, strengthen local relations, try to increase living standards best as able by simply employing efficient administrative efforts.

Sooner the better, and welcome back, QM!
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>>5777010
Welcome back newb I missed ya!
>With the most important players in the game now being able to be influenced by you, you can start to wholly subvert the system. Introduce more stories of the ghostship, strengthen local relations, try to increase living standards best as able by simply employing efficient administrative efforts.
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>With the most important players in the game now being able to be influenced by you, you can start to wholly subvert the system. Introduce more stories of the ghostship, strengthen local relations, try to increase living standards best as able by simply employing efficient administrative efforts.
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>>5777077
QM do we have a map of nearby solar systems with detailed information about them? This is a major imperial system since it is a hive world so I wager that information would have been obtained passively in the background since you said in a past thread that the AI has access to basic in setting information from probing data networks.
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>>5778315
If you look at the first pastebin posted by >>5777106 you can see we know about 4 systems currently and that the Clarus Sector is somewhere in Ultima in between Terra and the Ghoul Stars
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You send out the orders to your androids to further warm relations and improve the over all situation of all humans within system and pass six months simply observing communications.

Firstly, Scribe is now in contact with Master, through the usage of intermediaries, local management, sympathizers, lesser officers, and many others. For once, in a very long time no doubt, the average everyday man is able to talk to and express his grievances to his betters. Slight concessions by the managerial class, negated by superior administrative practices that they just so happen to have found, had resulted in both the workers and the nobles being satisfied in the state of affairs. The nobles no longer have to fear reports of potential uprisings, especially when the fears of an orkish invasion still grip their hearts. As for the workers, more breaks, increase in rations, more logical work schedule, these simple things had done wonders to appease those whom had never seen anything even close to humane treatment.

Secondly, once again Scribe is doing wonders, now in communications with Warrior. Prime had opened the floodgates for official arbites recruitment, whilst they are not dispatching their own soldiery, they are willing to foot the bill for the recruitment and transportation process. In exchange, more and more of the various ore stockpiles are being cleared to be sent off world.

And that only leaves Apprentice…

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(POV shift: You are a human federation android codename: Apprentice. About six months ago.)

The smoke of your lho-stick lazily rises towards the ceiling as you take a quick glance at the two cards before you on the table.

Eyeing your foes, you watch the miniscule muscles twitches of even the most steadfast of men. Whether they like it or not, whether they are trained or not to keep their faces stiff, there are always signs, signs that you can easily read.

“Call.” You state pushing a good dozen thrones to the middle of the table.

Everyone else at the table calls as well, and when you reveal your cards, as well as the smug grin, you are greeted by a series of groans as you wipe the table clean.

Just as you are abou to celebrate, the door behind you opens.

“Bellerophon, boss wants to see you.” Emil calls out stepping in.

“On it.” You respond with a grunt. “Well gents, I would have offered another round, but duty calls.” You say with a laugh as your fellow glare daggers at you.

“You sure it’s good idea to provoke them so ?” Emil asks as you both step out of the room.

“A bunch of cowards and opportunists that lot. They’d stab either way, so I might as well have some fun.”

“Right…”

“Anyway, finally meeting Breaker. Where’s the bastard been ?”

“Some expedition or another, hush hush all about.”

“Well, can’t wait to finally see him.” You respond with a final shrug.
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>>5778343

Entering an office room, once held by the highest ranking arbites of the facility, you find a man puffing on a lho-stub, feet on the table next to a clear bottle of amasec and a full glass. Reading what appears to be a rather large piece of parchment. The man’s overall look does surprise you slightly, due to a simple fact that he is clearly in his fifties, but still has a decent amount of musculature. A growing grey-black beard and a clean-shaven head, a tough and almost snarling looking face with a nose set in the middle that had been broken a multitude of times. The sharp brown eyes of his begin to stare at you as Breaker revels his sharklike smile, tough missing a few teeth.

“Bellerophon ?”

“One and only.”

He takes his feet of the table and puts down the piece of parchment, holding the lho-stub in his hand.

“Heard you and the boys had done well for yourselves while I was gone, good job, that sort of initiative is what I look for.”

“Proud to hear it.”

“You should be.” He puffs on the lho-stub. “Now, I bet you’re wondering why I had called for you.”

“Because of my stunning good looks ?”

“Even a grox wouldn’t feth you. Nah, it’s not that. I’ve drawn up some plans, and you, my dear boy, are going to be playing an instrumental part in it.”

“Sounds like it’d be a hell of a fight if I am and mine are needed.”

“Quite so. If you succeed, you will be drowning in thrones, women, booze, lhos, whatever you want.”

“And if I fail.”

“You’d die.”

“So, the usual then.”

“Not quite. They’d probably torture you before killing. Or turn you into a servitor.”

“And who can do that ?”

“The arbites.”

“We’re hitting the arbites ?!”

“We are. Got some folk willing to talk, and what they’ve been talking about is shit business for us. The reason why we broke out, was cause Prime shat its trousers out of fear of greenskins. Now, they are still shitting the breeches, but apparently, the arbites started talking with Prime again. And if those talks go well, they’ll bring down millions of more guards, and our first breaths of freedom will be beaten out of our lungs.”

“So, what’re we to do ?”

“I already had some talks with other gang bosses, those that we couldn’t beat down easily at least. They all agreed that we’ve gotta do something. So, we’re to have peace and deal with the lesser gangs first.”

“And after that we hit the arbites.”

“That we do.”

“And my job ?”

“Do what you do best. Be fast, hit hard. I will be personally giving you orders whom to hit and when. You and yours get to keep what you seize. Clear ?”

“Clear.”

“Good. You know how to read ?”

“I do.”

Breaker simply nods and passes onto you the piece of parchment.

“List of targets. Smaller gangs pushed out of the precincts that are still kicking about. Deal with them.”
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>>5778344

“Will do, boss.” You respond turning about, looking at the list of names and locations.

“Emil, prep the guys. We’ve got some jobs to do.” You say having left the office.

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…the information he had provided is disconcerting, the months of attempted unification had bore fruits, to the point where most of world is united in a rather unsteady confederacy of equals, only held together by hatred and fear of the arbites. And with the flowing of reinforcements and material secured from Prime due to your interference, the arbites had also noticed the movement and are preparing to weather the storm. But not only that, as there had also been an uptick of Chimera procurement from Prime. No doubt the arbites are planning a riposte action against the prisoners.

The only way to resolve this issue peacefully would be to pardon the prisoners. But even the more amicable Arbitrator in charge now would not accept that, none of the arbites would accept that.

As such, you are more or less left with only three choices:

Help the prisoners win and ensure that arbites and other personnel will be evacuated the moment things go south for them, minimizing losses as best you are able to, with this the prisoners will be in control of Secundus. Though there is precedent of such things occurring and the Imperium tolerating it as long as tithe payments are met.

The arbites are preparing to reassert authority. With a bit of help, you can ensure that they succeed and the world as a whole is brought back in line. Whilst imprisoning so many millions is harsh, the arbites follow the law, they will restore order, and so far you had only noticed the strange phenomena from the prison population, no doubt the arbites would root it out best they are able to.

Finally, the one you are the most hesitant about. Ensure status quo. It will be the most human life costly solution, but perhaps learning that neither side is capable of victory could bring both sides to the negotiations table ?

Of course, there are other options, but said options would be overt and would most certainly reveal whom you are.

>Assist the prisoners in their victory.

>Help the arbites restore order.

>Ensure a status quo.

>(Write in)

As for yourself, the energy stores had finally sufficiently recovered for you to depart from the system if you choose to do so. You could leave behind a small force alongside the system wide defences you had already prepared to assist your androids if you choose so, or you could recover everything and simply leave, having hopefully made this system a slightly better place.

If this option wins, no other options will be taken.
>You’ve invested too much into the system, you shall stay, for the time being.

>Time has come to depart. But leave the androids and some forces to assist them behind.

>Time has come to depart. But leave the androids and nothing else.

>Time has come to depart. Retrieve everything you can.
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>>5778345

And if you do choose to depart, a few places are of note, based on your own records as well as those of the Imperium.

>The neutron star. Records indicate that it is an unnamed system, it seems that the Imperium had not settled it due to the excessive harshness of the system due to their primitive technology.

>Move towards the Federation outpost. As you had thought, the area had been developing for the past 18 millennia and the world is now known as Holdros, a hive world.

>Records indicate that slightly northwards is not officially Imperium’s territory. A collection of systems there seem to belong to a minor xenos species known as Straskenors.

>Whilst dangerous, you could move into the capital system of sector Clarus – Chordet. No doubt heavily defended and monitored, but you might be able to sneak in.

>Of course, with ready access to the Imperium’s logs and your exceptional movement system, you could go to any other system within the sector you desire to within the sector. (Write in) THIS IS UP TO QM DISCRETION.
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>>5778315

>QM do we have a map of nearby solar systems with detailed information about them? This is a major imperial system since it is a hive world so I wager that information would have been obtained passively in the background since you said in a past thread that the AI has access to basic in setting information from probing data networks.

Yea, you do have a basic map, if you guys decide to stay within sector and set up shop there I will make a detailed map of it. Since you are currently not limited where you go, you can move anywhere within the galaxy more or less, which is why I am holding off on making a full blown map.
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>>5778345
>Help the arbites restore order.
This will help the most in the long-run. We'll need a strong law-arm to keep things under control, and we can always Order-66 them if needed.

>You’ve invested too much into the system, you shall stay, for the time being.
I think we should stay until the system is fully under our control. We also need to discover the source of that strange phenomena we've been experiencing, as that seems like it might be a serious threat if it gets loose.
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>>5778347
>Assist the prisoners in their victory.
>Time has come to depart. But leave the androids and some forces to assist them behind.
>Records indicate that slightly northwards is not officially Imperium’s territory. A collection of systems there seem to belong to a minor xenos species known as Straskenors.

This should leave the system well of enougth to fend of the orks and we will have room to start our breakaway civilisation.
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>>5778345

>Help the arbites restore order.


>Time has come to depart. Retrieve everything you can.


>Move towards the Federation outpost. As you had thought, the area had been developing for the past 18 millennia and the world is now known as Holdros, a hive world.
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>>5778345
>>Ensure a status quo
>You’ve invested too much into the system, you shall stay, for the time being.
Idk i dislike the idea of more prisoners working to death or being killed/executed. I think Xandrirah is almost ours
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>>5778345
>(Write in)
give the arbites more tools to pacify the population. but while doing so, dismantle the prisoners power structure from the inside and make them commit to infighting. make it so that the rebellion is so weak it cant actually resist when the arbites come in to change the current status quo.

>Time has come to depart. But leave the androids and some forces to assist them behind.

>The neutron star. Records indicate that it is an unnamed system, it seems that the Imperium had not settled it due to the excessive harshness of the system due to their primitive technology.

i want us to move out towards the neutron star, specifically because i feel like we currently are very unprotected and very much not able to stage any long term plan right now. and since this is a solar system is probably uninhabited by basically anyone currently, we should be able to settle it with the tech we currently have. giving the people we currently have on board the hab-blocks a new home which would be far away from the prying eyes of anyone. and will allow us to just claim the inhabitants were a lost colony if anyone finds it.

also, i am dangerously sure, that if anything. that would be the perfect place to find old federation artifacts, since it would probably remain untouched from most other species hands.
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>>5778345
>(Write in)
Take over the system through our proxies.

>Time has come to depart. But leave the androids and some forces to assist them behind.
If we just up and leave, then all the time and effort spent here would have been wasted and for nothing meaningful.

>Move towards the Federation outpost. As you had thought, the area had been developing for the past 18 millennia and the world is now known as Holdros, a hive world.
Time to figure out wtf is going on, we might just meet some other friendly/crazy AIs.
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>>5777002
>We went with turning them.from the Emepror's Light.
That will very likely come back to bite us in the ass once we fully exposed to what Chaos actually is. I thought that was why we picked CONTEMPT several times last thread. Oh well.

As for >>5778345
>Help the arbites restore order.
It is honestly the best solution. These guys are criminals or Chaos worshippers. We need to keep them.from wrecking everything.
>You’ve invested too much into the system, you shall stay, for the time being.
We havent stabilized things here yet. Once we do we can leave.
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>>5778519
To see. No contempt wasn't for that decision.

The criminal system of the imperium is laughable, and very unfair. Arbites arrest, fine and execute on the spot for any kind of crimes both the average imperial citizens and hyper violent gangers. The other two are isolated cases in precincts were extreme situation were likely reached (Precinct seventy-seven show us that). Helped by the structure and laws of the imperium creating perfect ground for chaos to use thanks to spreading, maintaining and increasing misery, suffering and overall negativity.
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>>5778557
The thing is we dont know what Chaos is. We dont even believe in an afterlife. The sad fact is, Emperor worship is humanities natural innoculation to the Horrors of the Warp. By trying to restore the atheism of the Federation day or the "Imperial Truth" era, all we are doing is sowing fertile soil for Chaos to spread in. The Imperium would have been annihilated long ago if the universe wasnt actually trying its damnest best to kill them at every second of every day. I know its OOC knowledge but when we do get exposed to Chaos and have to confront the fact the souls and the afterlife exist and they are pure fucking evil, im not so sure we dont get corrupted ourselves.
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>>5778345
>Assist the prisoners in their victory.
>Time has come to depart. But leave the androids and some forces to assist them behind.
>Move towards the Federation outpost. As you had thought, the area had been developing for the past 18 millennia and the world is now known as Holdros, a hive world.
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>>5778345
>Help the arbites restore order.

>You’ve invested too much into the system, you shall stay, for the time being.
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SECUNDUS WAR:
Arbites 5

Prisoners 2

Status quo 1

Take over 1

DEPARTURE RESOURCES:
leave everything 4

take everything 1

LOCATION:
Stay 4

Xenos 1

Outpost 3

Neutron 1

TOTAL 9

Alright, it is a clear victory for the arbites. Departing has the over all victory by one vote, and out of them going to the outpost has the win. And when you depart you will leave your defences and forces in place to assist the androids in their efforts to subvert the system.

Due to the closeness of the vote when it comes to the departures, I will leave it up for the night as it is an important advancement in the story. But the Arbites winning and leaving resources if you depart is set in.
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>>5778802
I vote to Stay, I feel like there's more to be done still.
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>>5778802
I would prefer to stay, for a few reasons.
- Currently we have no knowledge beside imperial knowledge about current conflicts in Sector Clarus. Xandrirah might has well be a sitting target with Eldar raids and Orks fleet being around.
- Xandrirah is not fully out of being stabilized.
- Arbites will attempt to go on a kill spread. Both sides have nuclear weapons in the remaining precincts, this push can create more humans death. Arbites dont genuily care of prisoners conditions and will place them again in death working conditions (they are doing this already), avoiding that will take major effort.
- Breaker gang will be likely fully destroyed, alongside Apprentice men. Apprentice will need redeployment most likely. A true shame since they were being shaped in a good fighting force. Now they are out of the picture. Currently Apprentice infiltration position will not be needed anymore, this brings to us reviewing and judging what he did so far.
- We have no comms connection from solar system to solar system at the moment.
- Without knowing when enemies may attack, the essential extermination and new enslavement of the prisoners will make Secundus an easier target.
- Xandrirah should avoid preferably a new extermination, enslavement, abuse and more nuclear detonations on Secundus.
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>>5778802
Voting to stay

>>5777910
This is me

Any luck with creating a lab?

Also, do our androids age conventionally?
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>>5778992
Requires rare resources. Yes is an important decision with his own options when available.
And frankly i don't want to stick it, i want space for it. A lab is an important place not imperium standard. The jettison measure is not really needed. There is an infinite amount of methods for deal with things, that don't require shoot an expensive part out in the void.
I don't think so, the biological part can be modified, changed and used. It was but done in their creation, and they also did it on their own during their infiltration missions. They can simulate it probably.
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>>5779021
*it was done
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>>5778802

I add my vote to stay. We're just not done here. Plus another anon had the right of it about keeping the Arbites from going overboard.
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>>5778802
Can we at least reign in the arbites a bit so they are a little less murdery and brutal? I'd change my vote but it wouldn't matter.

>>5778841
>>5778942
Aren't we going to return to after checking out the other system?

>>5779133
Yes I agree with the arbities goings pedal to the metal after, but there is no nuance vote in what feels rather black or white winner takes all choice we had.

Suppose we can do things in such a way as to influence the terms of the ceasefire, peace negotiation, and reintegration.
Add in terms such as no mass executions, purges, or incarcerations, and added oversight to keep things in check.
Perhaps we can add in organized local militia and police forces to handle the more in person everyday interacts while the more serious stuff gets handed to the arbites, like high profile murders, chaos and cultist activity, heresies, etc.
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>>5778802
I feel like theres still some opportunities here.
>I vote to stay
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>>5779268
I am not sure what other anons wants to do or have in mind. Neither how they think about the quest (I have some suspicions based on what they say, like that anon imperial vacuum cleaner that suggested we essentially killed ourselves and handed over all the toys for the imperium to play and choke themselves with in the 1 thread. Something i really don't like) and if they have read all of the first thread or if they read the pastebins. If they have plans, ideas to suggest or add. No clue.
For example, the ex federation outpost now is an hiveworld. For going out it has the majority of votes. Holdros means we have other problems to solve and people to help likely. Which is something Odysseus will want to do, like 100%.
The Straskenors could be hostile toward the imperium. So that means an engagement even if we can just go on stealth, observe and then attack when we want. It brings issues on what to do later. Kill all the ones in their world ? Xenos lives for Odysseus matter less than dirt in comparison to humans, but we know nothing about this guys (We aren't doing immediate multiple wormhole jumps on all their systems if we go there, and I am going to get on that argument next).
The neutron star system is instead rich in rare resources. Rare resources are needed for things like fully rebuilding properly the stellar generator (and other important parts, alongside making new important ones, like a lab), the stellar generator has a star inside that produces insane amount of energy. Currently its not fully functional, but if it is, the recharge for wormhole jumps becomes far shorter and the recharge for the Odyssey energy shields becomes also far shorter.

Personally i don't mind returning here in Xandrirah of course. Or returning even to Eregenus (its nothing but orks bands land locked on the moons and planets. Meaning space resources can be taken easily and the orks easily destroyed.) Currently it has a lot of resources and no humans, but for colonization they are genuily ugly choices (thats one reason we have grab the people of Eregenus Quintus with us). They require minum a full terraformation, and more stuff on top of that.
My main concern is ensuring that in Xandrirah things go well and that we meet the objectives, we have place for ourselves here (no human wars, ending
the misery, gaining loyal contacts and support etc......).
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>>5779610
I only want to pop by the hive/ex-federation world just so we can finally become aware and accept the situation with ourselves and what happened to the federation, and hopefully find a "friendly" AI before we leave.

I don't care for the ork infested systems besides sterilizing them and strip mining anything of worth from the system.

As for the neutron star, that feels like a long project and sounds like it would probably somehow be a headache rather than a cake walk, but I agree we need the resources and to fix ourselves up fully sooner or later. I just don't think it would be that easy and expect some BS like Eldar or Necrons happen to be there.

I guess we can depart for the Neutron star system first, then stop by Xandrirah? Before doing a pit stop at the ex-federation world.
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Your processors continue to work overtime as you consider your options when it comes to your departure. Eventually however, you decide against leaving the system, at least not yet, there are still many things left for you to observe and change.

Instead, you redirect your attention to the conflict upon Secundus. The prisoners, whilst oppressed and exploited, it cannot be denied that they are unruly and prone to deviant behaviour. As such, the decision is obvious. Have Warrior direct the battle for the arbites, at this point and time the mercenaries under employ of the arbites have been completely consumed by the Freedom Ravens, as such the limited number of arbites means that whether they like it or not, Warrior has almost complete control over their combat maneuverers. You send down a series of orders down to Warrior, concentrating on rapid mobility and encirclement, hopefully being encircled would lower prisoner’s morale to the point where they would surrender. With collapse of tunnels and other potential damage, the overall fighting down below would be limited, the exceptional defensive positions of the arbites would make any attack there a suicide, but you have no doubt that certain groups of prisoners will try the attempt. Nothing can be done about those who will perish there besides blowing the tunnels apart, but that would make the arbites into enemies as well.

As for the prisoners, Apprentice can easily cooperate with Warrior for the mobile warfare part. Since apprentice controls most of the mobile assets of the prisoners, his direct interference means that the blitzkrieg tactics that shall be employed will be successful as the prisoners will lack any rapid response elements able to stem the tide. All that matters now is the initial breakthrough and for the arbites to hold off the first and most intense wave of the attackers.

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(POV shift: You are a human federation android codename: Warrior.)

“Incoming !” Tared shouts out jumping behind cover as mortar fire rains down upon you. This is the second time the prisoners had been firing their mortars and it is still sporadic and inaccurate, indicating a lack of training and a lack of sufficient resources.

The trenchline you are currently sitting in rocks for a moment as the shells land around it, occasionally, sounds of pain can be heard as a shell lands in the trench and spreads shrapnel in the small section of the zigzagging trench.

“They are coming for it again, mount the stubbers, haze them down !” You order as you hear shouts ring out from further away.

The heavy stubbers ring out in a frequent boom, the bullets unleashed by them flying ahead and hosing down the entirety of the line before them.

You watch as another failed attempt is cut down.

*They are planning a raid to your southernmost flank.* Apprentice informs you in your mind.

*Understood.*

“Tared, grab some men and head south.”

“Why ?”
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>>5779900

“I don’t like it. They keep throwing men like a bunch of fools, but they broke free easily once they found a chance. Idiots cannot break free even if they find an opportunity. No. They are planning something. If nothing happens in the south, come back to me then.”

“Will do.”

*How is the prisoner morale looking ?* You question.

*Low. Everything they are attempting to do seems to continuously fail, and they cannot figure out why.*

*Are you being suspected ?*

*No, I am currently in the eyes of the prisoner leaders, as far as they know, there’s absolutely no way for me to contact anyone, so they wouldn’t suspect me, but paranoia is running rampant.*

*Good. Inform me when the alliance collapses and I shall mount the armoured assault.*

*I shall, my forces are placed close to the front, boozing since they haven’t seen combat in a few days, it should be easy for you to overwhelm them. I made sure to sabotage the vehicles as well, they will not move.*

*Understood.*

Your vox rings out.

“Boss, boss !” Tared almost screams your ear off. “You were right boss, sneaky buggers tried to get in without us noticing, dealing with them now !”

“Got it. Rout them, but do not chase, we have a good position.”

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(POV shift: You are a human federation android codename: Apprentice. A couple of days later.)

You slowly hum to yourself as shouts and sounds of struggle ring out from the makeshift command centre of the prisoners. Breaker, alongside other more belligerent gang bosses had desired to stay, whilst others wanted to leave. As is so common amongst such peoples, the entire debate devolved into a brawl.

*And that should do it.* You think to yourself having planted the explosive. *Best start moving.* You stretch. “Sordid business this, no ?” You say with a chuckles to a couple of corpses, naturally the command centre had been guarded, but that was easy to solve for you.

You continue humming to yourself as you approach the barebones buggy. The engine protests, but eventually starts working. *And off we go !* You hit the pedal to the metal and your buggy roars off, just as an explosion rings out.

With this, the prisoners’ morale should be broken, and they should be leaderless.

*Warrior, come in.*

*I hear you.*

*Prisoners’ leadership is dead, you have your chance.*

*Roger that. I am mounting the offensive.*

*Good luck.*

*That is hardly needed in such circumstance.*
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>>5779903

-
(End of POV shift.)

It had taken three months, a breakneck pace considering that an entire world was brought to heel, but the small population would be the best explanation. The arbites, as you had predicted, crushed the revolt. Thanks to the guidance of Warrior, the overall death rate had been low, though hundreds of thousands still perished, some fighting till the end, others taking their own lives to avoid a life of imprisonment. Still, the lives of millions had been spared. For now, the conditions of the prisoners are hardly acceptable, but at least they are not being worked to death, not until enough of the infrastructure is restored.

In time, Secundus will be restored to proper function. And the unprecedented success had even seen the governess approve the dispatchment and return of one million men to assist the arbites to as quickly as possible restore the mining operations.

Meanwhile, Warrior had gotten famous across the entire system for his actions and capabilities. Perhaps another potential way to subvert the locals ?

Now however. You switch your camera to the medbay. There, Apprentice lay submerged in a tank full of nutrients. The android had proven capable, quite so, but the actions that the android takes had come at the cost of human lives, yet it could be argued that these actions had saved and spared the lives of many, many more.

>Reawaken Apprentice, you have a new task for him. (What ?)

>Recycle it. Use the parts for a new android and a new task. (Whom and what ?)

>Recycle it. You’d rather have the materials on hand for other tasks.

>(Write in)

For now however, you continue to watch the system, looking for more opportunities. The overall pressure is still high, but it is now being slowly let go thanks to the endless work of your androids. And said androids have a sufficient amount of influence for you to attempt something, something hopefully beneficial.

Can pick more than one.

>Start a coup on Secundus. Bring it under your control. There will be resistance, but someone mailable enough will soon be put in charge with Warrior acting as true power behind the position of Arbitrator.

>Start a coup on Prime. With naval assets and the people under control, the coup would be bloody in the current situation, but you will easily overwhelm the defenders, if you offer even the slightest bit of assistance. You do now have enough popular and administrative support to rule through the shadows.

If this option wins, no other options will be taken.
>Leave it be, you are content to slowly change the system.

>(Write in)
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>>5779907
>>Reawaken Apprentice, you have a new task for him. (What ?)

Move him over to Prime to support the 2 already there to help with...


>Start a coup on Prime. With naval assets and the people under control, the coup would be bloody in the current situation, but you will easily overwhelm the defenders, if you offer even the slightest bit of assistance. You do now have enough popular and administrative support to rule through the shadows.
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>>5779907
I feel anons forgot that the arbites are literal copy pastes of the evil mirror universe judges from dredd. The kafkaesque nature of the imperium's government and laws on every level make them that much worse as well. Rather funny how Ody hates Apprentice for making sausage despite only doing so because of outright orders.

>Reawaken Apprentice, you have a new task for him.
>Work on the restoration of Secundus and attempt reforming of how it operates so it is more then a slow and cruel form of execution.

I can't think of anything for the android to do right now but killing him is nonsensical and Ody has enough blood on his hands after dooming the inhabitants of Secundus.
Lets stabilize and reform Secundus as much as the atrocious Imperium will allow then fuck off to start a new human galactic civilization that isn't utterly and irreversibly broken.
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>>5779907
are we going to just ignore what happened at the tunnels? we need to find out whatever it is down there, and make sure it can't give us problems down the line
>Reawaken Apprentice, you have a new task for him
send him to investigate with a few of our O.D.D. and support droids

>Leave it be, you are content to slowly change the system.
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>>5779627
We are aware of that.

>>5779907
>Reawaken Apprentice, you have a new task for him. (What ?)
Prime, scouting and learning about the underhives of Xandrirah Prime. I want to know about how shitty they are. And if there is an unknown enemy there too.

Rip Emile, Breaker and the rest of the boys
Arbites have likely read the report of precinct 8. They hate heretic just has much has others imperials, they will find anyone else and kill them on their own.
This said giving a reminder to Warrior, for ensure that this unknown enemies are searched for would be good.

>Start a coup on Secundus. Bring it under your control. There will be resistance, but someone mailable enough will soon be put in charge with Warrior acting as true power behind the position of Arbitrator.
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>>5779974
>>5779907
support.
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>>5779907
>>5779974
Support.

Slow is smooth and smooth is fast - the last thing we need is to draw the attention of the Imperium. Insert reforms here and there that wouldn't decrease the productivity of the planets (or cause Chaos infestation to set in) while still improving living and working conditions would be a good start.
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>>5779974
>>5779907

Supporting.
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>>5779907
>>(Write in)
Debug, and deep scan him to make sure everything is on the level. Then stick him into storage or awaken and have him assist warrior.

>Start a coup on Secundus. Bring it under your control. There will be resistance, but someone mailable enough will soon be put in charge with Warrior acting as true power behind the position of Arbitrator.
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>>5779974
>>5779907
>support
Can we start feeding ODD into the arbites? Send apprentice with them. Take them over from the inside?
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>>5779907
>Reawaken Apprentice, you have a new task for him. (What ?)
Scan him. He was exposed to....somethign down there. We needto know what that something is.
>Leave it be, you are content to slowly change the system.
DO NOT GET THE INQUISITION OR MECHANICUM INVOLVED FOR THE LOVE OF THE EMPEROR!
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>>5779907
>Reawaken Apprentice, you have a new task for him. (What ?)
Reconfigure facial features and reinsert to pair with warrior.
>Leave it be, you are content to slowly change the system.

>Write in
Start to slowly enlarge and reshape ourselves with the resources in system while staying hidden. We need to be bigger, better, and more capable.
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>>5779907
Yo Newb, would it be possible to construct a space station to drop off our populous or to construct that laboratory we need? Id much prefer that to building on a planet.
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>>5780454
>support
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>>5780454
we can deal with either of those groups with ease should they come looking for us, without alerting the wider organizations mentioned too! Honestly now that I think about it having them show up might be good for us as we could subvert their agents through killing them and replacing them with infiltrators and gain a source of information within said organizations.
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>>5780454
+1
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>>5780454
+1
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>>5780454
Scare tactic used for your vote. Low
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We literally have been given a report from Apprentice and Warrior of what they did. We have probably scan his ass a billion times before even entering in the Odyssey
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APPRENTICE

Reawaken 9
Rescan and awaken 4
Rescan and sleep 1

STUFF TO DO

Coup Prime 1

Coup Secundus 2

Restore Secundus and reform 5

Leave it all be 6

Total 14

Alright, reawakening Apprentice wins, as well as just making sure he is completely alright. Though no further tasks will be given to him, since the votes that won didn't specify anything. As for the system, keeping one's head low has won by one vote. But since you guys are in a position to do something, Warrior will be encouraged to increase the over all living conditions and well-being upon the world in such a way that wouldn't draw attention.

>>5780523

>Yo Newb, would it be possible to construct a space station to drop off our populous or to construct that laboratory we need? Id much prefer that to building on a planet.

You can build a basic spacestation by Odysseus' standards. When it comes to the lab, you lack the rare resources to make it anything better than what you already possess onboard the ship. The Odyssey was only ever intended to do basic geologic and biologic scans as it explores worlds fit for human colonization or terraformation.
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You once again rerun the various scans you had conducted upon Apprentice, and yet, you cannot find anything no matter how many scans you run, the biological parts are entirely fine and operating within acceptable parameters, as for the personality matrix itself, it is functioning as you had expected. Still, the personality housed within seems to take human life too easily not considering alternative if it is the most expedient way towards achieving the mission. Efficient. Though against your directive. But efficient. At the end of the day, actions taken by Apprentice are far too useful and great for it to be disregarded.

Sending a signal, the buzzing drones about medbay start to open up the tube, draining the nutrient paste within it.

*Awaken.* You send the command.

Taking a deep breath and coughing, Apprentice awakens.

“Ah feth, that did not feel good.”

*We shall be commencing debriefing immediately.*

“For how long was I out ?”

*Irrelevant. Use internal communications for speed.* You feel a slight tinge of annoyance with the waste of time.

*Roger, roger.*

*Your sighting of a one-eyed hunched humanoid had not proven true. The recordings do not showcase such a creature within the given records.*

*I know what I saw.*

*Irrelevant, data incomplete. Perhaps damage in the matrix ? Hallucinations should not be possible. Matrix integrity at 100%. No damage detected.*

“Listen, I don’t know what to say. But I saw what I saw. There should still be some living folk down at Secundus that were with me in the precinct, we saw some fethed up groxshit right there and then.”

*Communicate through mind connection.*

Apprentice sighs. “My job’s to infiltrate, not to be a mind reader. If I keep thinking all the time instead of talking, I’d be like Warrior, and some folk find him weird.”

*Acceptable.* A moment of thought later you reply.

“So, what now ?”

*You shall be placed under observation; my subsystem shall also interview you about everything you had seen. Since you disagree with the recordings.*

“I do.”

*A chamber has been assigned.*

“Any lho sticks there ?”

*You are incapable of nicotine absorption.*

“Just like smoking.” Apprentice gets out of the pod and stretches as drones buzz about and quickly dress him up.
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*Projected increase in survival rate at 20%* Warrior reports.

*What about nutritional balance ?*

*I was not able to address that. The arbites are hesitant to improve condition too much, they are meant to be punished, not live in luxury, as the prisoners are issued simple corpse-starch long lasting rations.*

Corpse-starch, the existence of such a creation, and the widespread need for it brings you disgust.

*And the rebuilding process ?*
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>>5780944

*Slow. The deals made with Prime mean that much of the raw ore is being sent out rather than processed to be used for construction effort. It is further hampered by collapsed tunnels, destroyed precinct-fortresses, the massive radiation still upon the world’s surface.*

*And treatment conditions ?*

*Improving. I had convinced the arbites for proper housing of prisoners, if for no reason other than to prevent outbreak of diseases.*

*And populations itself ?*

*At least half of the known numbers are gone. Ah, one thing of note. I had looked through lex imperialis and found justifications and previous precedents for the establishment of penal legions. This should increase the treatment of at least some of the prisoners, decrease resource strain and increase the defensiveness of the world.*

*Acceptable. Continue the work as best you are able without drawing attention to your activities.*

*I had ensured that these ideas come from within the arbites. They are entirely untraceable to me.*

*Good. Continue to monitor progress and report to me whenever your secondary task of investigating the unknown symbols and what Apprentice encountered are completed.*

*Will do. I shall maintain the best methods of caution possible.*
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Notice: warp signatures detected at the edge of the system. Preparing defences. Placiing them on high alert.

You quickly switch through your cameras of the still hidden mines and superiority craft. Once again, you watch what appears to be a sizeable fleet of three mass conveyers and what appears to be two cruisers, Lunar-Class as far as you can tell, six Dauntless-Class light cruisers and eight Sword-class frigates. An exceptionally sizeable force. This time you quickly start scanning the vessels, their mass and gravitic impact. So far everything appears to be in order, but you cannot help to be suspicious as this is an incredibly large force by Imperium’s standards.

As the ships finish their transition, their engines blare to life and they begin to aggressively burn forwards, with the sword class frigates spreading out in a sweeping pattern.

Soon enough, Scribe begins to send you a signal.

*A tithe fleet has arrived. Their identity has been confirmed through astropathic communication. I am awaiting governess commands.*

*Understood, continue to monitor the situation.*

With that confirmation, you order the defences to stand down. Attacking them now could end poorly.

*Orders have been received from the governess, all ships and stations are to be on full alert and prepared for combat.*

*Understood. Anything else ?*

*The governess is coming to the spacestation. She intends to rebuke the tithe fleet.*

*What are their demands ?*

*Records indicate that the tithe stands at the 17 million guardsmen. However, the size of the fleet can only pick up 1.5 million at the moment. The fleet is smaller than expected.*
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>>5780945

*Understood…

>…do not interfere. Allow the situation develop as it will.*

>…try to assist the governess best you can to get rid off, or at least delay the fleet.*

>…convince the governess to back down. We cannot risk this world drawing attention.*

>(Write in)
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>>5780947
>>…try to assist the governess best you can to get rid off, or at least delay the fleet.*

Whatever we do here let's make sure Scribe gets the credit and ghost ship rumors continue to float around.
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>>5780523
Both populations (Eregenus Quintus and the ex slaves), we have recovered want to live on a world. I prefer to give them that, a space station is not the same thing really. Some could live there but their main desire is a genuine not shitty world.

>>5780947
Wait Emile and the boys are alive ?
I am pretty sure Breaker and main gangs leaders are all dead.

>…try to assist the governess best you can to get rid off, or at least delay the fleet.*
Perhaps weapons could be given. I still feel Xandrirah can't quite commit.


>Assign Apprentice to
Prime, scouting and learning about the underhives of Xandrirah Prime. We need to know about how shitty they are. And if there is an unknown enemy there too.
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>>5780977

>Wait Emile and the boys are alive ?
>I am pretty sure Breaker and main gangs leaders are all dead.

Breaker got killed. Emil and the gang got overwhelmed when their tanks didn't work and surrendered.
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>>5780974
As we were discussing penal legions earlier, it might be feasible to increase Primus's basic infantry equipment production and draw levies of convict manpower to meet the tithe from Secundus. We'd need time to make that work though, which is why I voted to act to delay or get rid of the current tithe fleet
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>>5780947
>…do not interfere. Allow the situation develop as it will.*
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>>5780979
Gotcha, glad they aren't dead. They are alright dudes with grit. And also faced an hateful foe and come out stronger.

//
Ok lets do something nice for Newb, throw me names for Odysseus robotic units. Anyone here should be able to see the pastebins, you don't need to give them for the ideas ones of course. If you still want do so.
I don't think the federation had a main theme for names, but we could go general human myhtology or anything appropriate. It sounds cool enough.
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>>5780986
>>5780977
>>5780945
>support

Delay give them penal colonies in tithe. And within that have ODD sent with apprentice. So we can get more info about the imperium.
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>>5780986
>>5781124

Secundus is Aptus Non in terms of tithe it has to pay. With the services of acting as a prison being important enough to warrant such privilege. Due to the ore extraction however, it is Primus that has to bear a harsher tithe requirement. One of the deals set up by the rogue trader dynasty.
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>>5780995

>Ok lets do something nice for Newb, throw me names for Odysseus robotic units. Anyone here should be able to see the pastebins, you don't need to give them for the ideas ones of course. If you still want do so.
>I don't think the federation had a main theme for names, but we could go general human myhtology or anything appropriate. It sounds cool enough.

They have names. It's just Odysseus cannot be bothered with them, since their more clinical role designations are perfectly fine for him to refer to. But if you anons want to you can start thinking about names.

And yes, I am basing most of the names upon mythology.

Defensive drone = Hydra-class Mk. III. All purpose defensive drones. Intended for civilian and military use as a cheap choice to protect large locations meant to fight off unruly civilians with lowered output power, or lesser galactic threats with higher output power.

Defensive Robots = Nemean-Class. Purposefully built to be large and imposing, they are also a cheap means of ensuring compliance in unruly populations or dealing with criminals. Usually used in police forces for their intimidation factor and used within urban search and rescue institutions like the firefighters, their equipment reflects their utilitarian purposes.
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>>5781165
Based
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>>5781124
How we would go about sending the ODD down in the underhive ? I think it can be done but not all methods are stealth safe.
There are drop pods, we have light shuttles, we have the two eldar ships inside us and we could arrange with Scribe or Warrior an imperial transport none the wiser bringing them down on Xandrirah Prime. Then we can arrange through both Scribe and Master, transportation down in the underhive.
Apprentice would be doing a job of scouting the place and looking around, i imagine the idea is for him to find unknown enemies and the ODD to act has many many kill squads ? Or do you want to send them down has imperials (not looking like the ODD they are. They aren't meant for spying and infiltration though, they are soldiers. I guess they might be learning about multiple forms of warfare in those VR pods of theirs though. Still they aren't like Apprentice is what i mean) ?


Anyway, Harpy - Class for the Space Superiority Drones how does it sound ?
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>>5781264
The arbites are recruiting on primus. We feed our ODD into that they rise in the ranks. We control it from the inside. With our own people. It'll take a bit. Which is why I want to add it onto our slow go method. Then we will have a much larger force that is ours and we can start updating all there gear to our standards.
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Oh shit a new thread? Yes!

>>5780947
Supporting >>5780977
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>>5780947
>…do not interfere. Allow the situation develop as it will.*

and this for apprentice
>>5780977
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>>5780947

>support >>5780977
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>>5780947
>…do not interfere. Allow the situation develop as it will.*
The tithe fleet is smaller than expected. This is a BAD sign. See how they react to being told to fuck off.
Apprentice is acting WAAAAAY out of spec. We cant even see whats causing it. Terrifiying.
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>>5780947
>…do not interfere. Allow the situation develop as it will.*
I want to know why the tithe fleet is so small. Inquisition in hiding perhaps?
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>>5781545
Or maybe the rest of the navy is busy fighting the Orks...
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do not interfere 4

assist 5

Send Apprentice to the underhive 5

Total 9

Writing.
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>>5781529
The opposite in all this updates and the additional action of even more scans, Apprentice is incredibly fine and going has usual both in specs and how he acts, the real issue is that Odysseus can't find what he and his band saw. Band that is fine and healthy by the way, everyone passed through this with grit and many months already passed.
Now that's the issue : Odysseus can't see that thing. Might have been too fast, or you know... something that he hasn't seen before.
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Good thing I didn't vote.
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…try to assist the governess best you can to get rid of, or at least delay the fleet.*

*I shall endeavour for the best results possible.* Scribe states before going silent.

Turning your attention back to Apprentice, you see him lazily laying down upon a small bed in the little chamber not meant for proper human inhabitation, the Apprentice simply continuous to humm to himself in the sterile room.

*New objective issued. You are to be inserted into Prime and investigate the underhives of the planet.*

“Cool. Anything specific ?”

*Ascertain living conditions, potential threats, priority to locate anomalies and dangers similar to the ones encountered upon Secundus.*

“Got it. When do insert ?”

*Immediately once a pod is prepared.*

Jumping off the bed, Apprentice stretches and begins to head towards the pods.

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(POV shift: You are a human federation android codename: Scribe.)

The past days had been tense. You can feel the pressure in the air as everyone’s nervously preparing for the upcoming meeting. The numerous scribes alongside yourself had been tasked and worked near to death with looking through lex imperialis, a bit of help had come from Secundus for that matter, the arbites know their laws if nothing else, then of course the various administrative precedents, exemptions, exceptions, etc. I had been tiresome to say the absolute least, though for you, this had been your opportunity to shine and to truly showcase your abilities, even as limited as they are.

The gunnery crews had been drilling non-stop and the system defence boats had been put on high alert and had left the docks, spreading out in a defensive posture around the station. With the tithe fleet much smaller than expected, should things go off the deep end, the local defences actually stand a chance to fight. Though due to the arbites, without a doubt Secundus would once again become hostile to Prime.

“My lady, incoming vox from the lead ship.” A comms officer proclaims.

You turn to regard the governess, her face washed in the green glow of the numerous screens of the command bridge of the spacestation.

“What are they saying ?”

“They are demanding for our forces to stand down and for the tithe to be paid immediately in the name of the God-Emperor and Lord Clarus.”

“Atalanta.” The governess simply remarks and you step forwards towards the vox console.

Taking the set headphones from one of the men, you begin speaking through the vox. “This is Xandrirah command. The lady governess would like to meet the leader of the fleet.”

“There is no need for a meeting.” A hostile voice responds a few minutes of lag after. “You will either stand down or face the wrath of the Emperor for your insolence.”
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>>5781848

“My lady would like to also express that due to the treaties of foundation signed by the progenitor of house Ture alongside the at the time Lord Clarus, a treatise that had been confirmed and approved even by a high lord of Terra. In the treaty, it was stated that whilst Xandrirah and any other worlds claimed in the Imperium’s name by house Ture shall be given the privilege of raising and maintaining large defensive forces to act as a shield for humanity. And this privilege shall not be infringed. As it currently stands, Xandrirah is at the edge of the sector, with worlds in the last few centuries lost to xenos incursions, Xandrirah is at the edge of the sector. Multiple tithes had also been raised draining the manpower of Xandrirah to an unprecedented degree. As such, it is my lady’s will to invoke these privileges in order to act as humanity’s shield the way that was intended for her house.”

You sit in tense silence as seconds stretch into minutes, then dozens, eventually an hour passess, then two. You can feel the nervousness of everyone present as the tithe fleet had spread out into battle positions. In response, the defenders continue pointing their weapons as they both continue to standoff.

“Fine. We are sending representatives.” You finally hear over the vox and the tension leaves everyone’s bodies.

“Prepare to meet them !” The governess commands and everyone in the room begins to move about.

It seems you had avoided a shooting war, for now at least. But you doubt your arguments, even if correct, would have worked had the fleet been much larger.

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(End of POV shift.)

It appears that negotiations had actually begun successfully, with numerous old deals and treaties dug out from the archives. So far, no great danger is to befall the system.

As for Apprentice, he had successfully entered the underhive of Prime’s main hive, it was an easy task as you had expected, especially because he can be supported by your exploration drones and assisted in gathering information.

The picture you are able to create from the reports is not a pretty one. Rampant large-scale mutations due to inbreeding and the sheer toxicity of the environment. Lack of any and all infrastructure or any sort of authority besides that of gangs, cults, and madmen. Cannibalism is rampant, fights over scraps of industrial waste are treated like gold in the Earth of old and fought over viciously. It is degradation to an extent you had truly feared witnessing. Such degradation that even in the most primitive of eras, your masters wouldn’t and couldn’t comprehend the actions taken here.
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>>5781849

Public burnings proclaiming the divinity of the God-Emperor, mixed in with gangs of cannibals skinning people alive and using said skin as means of marking their territory as they feast upon the flesh of their kin. Atrocities appear as nothing more than an everyday common occurrence, to such an extend those conditions on Secundus appear to be downright reasonable. A train of thought you had never expected to even entertain. And this is a treatment for people that are nominally citizens of the Imperium.
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The fleet has now stayed within system for nearly an entire month. Scribe continuous to report an endless back and forth about one’s privileges only to be rebuked by one’s duties signed in another treaty. It appears to be an endless labyrinth of back and forths of legal mire that appears to have no end. You yet again wonder, how anything gets done in this Imperium. However, one thing had become apparent, the local forces of the Imperium within the sector are tied down facing numerous endless threats from all corners of the sector, this has strained the logistics and resources of the sector to a breaking point, the only reason why the governess’ refusal and legalisms are being tolerated is because there is a strong desire to avoid further wasting of any and all assets.

As it currently looks, the 1.5 million guardsmen will be transported off world with another 1.5 million in the following months. But nothing more at least in the short while as both sides will have to withdraw and find more legal excuses to call upon more men or to decline any more demands. A victory for the governess. Though one that leaves a bitter taste in everyone’s mouths as it is still 3 million best soldiers that the governess has now being moved out of her control.
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Three more months have passed and the tithe fleet is departing with the guardsmen in tow. Whether or not the deals made hold once they return remains to be seen, if they can return with a large force that is.

Naturally, Scribe had been further honoured for her work and negotiations, being bestowed actual lands and titles by the governess, allowing her to now take a step into the world of nobility. Excellent progress all things considered. Though at the same time, the older nobility is treating her as an upstart. Most likely what the governess intended since Scribe’s position is only assured for as long as the governess favours her and remains in power.
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>>5781850

Master and Warrior both had more or less retained their positions and held silence for all intents and purposes. Master had now become the middleman of all communications between the lower hive and the middle and upper hive, numerous bribe attempts had been rebuked by him as well. As for warrior, the Freedom Ravens are now officially and legally the only mercenary group upon Secundus with an exclusive contract to maintain order upon the world and assist arbites in their needs of defence. When it comes to the anomalies, precinct-fortress eight has been breached once again, and it turned out to be a sight of carnage and slaughter. With the presumed death of the mutated leader of the Blood Brethren, the entire precinct devolved even further, if that was even possible, and more or less slaughtered each other in hopes of gaining leadership, or at least you presume so. What maddened survivors remained were quite literally burnt out by the arbites as they reclaimed the fortress.

As for Apprentice. The cruel and unusual environment had suited him perfectly, though yet again, his tendency to ignore the value of human life completely had resulted in him exterminating minor gangs and peoples. Upon his own initiative, he had started building a power base to assist with the scouting objective. Again, you cannot argue with the results as numerous gangs, their affiliations, the local geography, society, religions (mostly offshoots of the belief in the God-Emperor) had been documented and reported.

One thing of import that the reports outlined however was the absolute lack of interest in the Imperium to actually govern the underhive, the very nature of the underhive means that keeping things hidden there is quite easy, isolationism from even the lower hive is common and even encouraged. The only time the underhive and the hive proper communicates is when raids are sent to cull the population. All this combined means that if you so desire, setting up an outpost would be rather easy.

>Set up an outpost, send down some forces (Which ? You can produce more machines.) and expand into the underhive, bring it under control right under the noses of the governess. You cannot allow for the savagery to continue, what can be saved, must be saved, what should be destroyed, must be destroyed.

>Set up an outpost, but use it strictly as means of humanitarian aid. Secretly deliver food, water, clothes, and other necessities across the underhive in small numbers so as to not draw attention.

>Set up an outpost, but use it strictly as means of humanitarian aid. Secretly deliver food, water, clothes, and other necessities across the underhive in massive numbers, so that no one would have to fight over the supplies.

>Leave it be. The risks are not worth it.

>(Write in)

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>Depart the system (where ?)
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>>5781851
>Set up an outpost, send down some forces (Which ? You can produce more machines.) and expand into the underhive, bring it under control right under the noses of the governess. You cannot allow for the savagery to continue, what can be saved, must be saved, what should be destroyed, must be destroyed.
Elements of the Odyssey Defence Detachment. With the support of some drones for recon, this is to be their first official mission. If they are discovered by local hive forces, we will say they are a mercenary company hired by scribe to bring order to the underhive.
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>Set up an outpost, send down some forces (Which ? You can produce more machines.) and expand into the underhive, bring it under control right under the noses of the governess. You cannot allow for the savagery to continue, what can be saved, must be saved, what should be destroyed, must be destroyed
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>>5781851
>Set up an outpost, send down some forces (Which ? You can produce more machines.) and expand into the underhive, bring it under control right under the noses of the governess. You cannot allow for the savagery to continue, what can be saved, must be saved, what should be destroyed, must be destroyed.
Good initiative on Apprentice. Orders and what we are sending :
- Apprentice, continue what he is doing now alongside main objective. In addition we want an area cleared up and checked (same for surroundings), here we will place an outpost preferably in secret.
- Master discuss with Justicator, and send an experienced group of rioters/workers down, they will meet up with Apprentice and work out a deal/collaboration.
- Odyssey Defence Detachment, we will send 500 men with Lieutenant Antonius Drogode, Sergeant Vinurus, the guardsmen platoon of the 105th Kodorn regiment and also Stavros Zanx. The other 500 men remain in orbit waiting and will be send down has reinforcements. For robotic units we are sending 500 Defense Drones Hydra-class, alongside 200 Defensive Robots Nemean-Class. A mix of Manufacturing Drones, Repair Drones and Medical Drones of a few hundreds will be also sent. The outpost will be for all purposes not findable for anyone but us.

- Scribe continue what she is currently doing, but she can reinvest the new wealth she has for gain more funds and doing improvements across Prime.
- Warrior continue what he is doing, increasing the ranks of the Freedom Ravens and improving the quality of their equipment and training could be also done slowly. He should be able to access certain monitors/computers of the Arbites now, he has a lot of influence.
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>>5781851
>Set up an outpost, send down some forces (Which ? You can produce more machines.) and expand into the underhive, bring it under control right under the noses of the governess. You cannot allow for the savagery to continue, what can be saved, must be saved, what should be destroyed, must be destroyed.
>Some of ODD and Apprentice as the boss
>With more robots.
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>>5781851
>>5781857
>support
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>>5782147
Opposed the O.D.D. has a specific command structure, Apprentice job is to infiltrate and thats not why we are sending them down there for. We have insist on sending them down, with nebolous numbers but they have different missions to accomplish.
Don't mix them up.
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>>5781857
>>5781851
>support
What I've wanted to the last 3 votes
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>>5781851
>Set up an outpost, send down some forces (Which ? You can produce more machines.) and expand into the underhive, bring it under control right under the noses of the governess. You cannot allow for the savagery to continue, what can be saved, must be saved, what should be destroyed, must be destroyed.
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Have Apprentice create a gang/business that takes over territory and all the elicit business like drugs and human trafficking, etc. Then after gaining control of these trades, start phasing them out while starting up construction to rebuild and modify the lower hives in a not too obvious way to be cleaning and better.
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We should reprimand Apprentice a bit, and tell him to try and give some of the humans hes going to kill a chance to redeem themselves, perhaps attach an "assistant" with him to help deal with those matters.
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>>5781857
>>5781851

Supporting. This seems like the perfect mission for them to cut their teeth on, so to speak.
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>>5781851
>Set up an outpost, send down some forces (Which ? You can produce more machines.) and expand into the underhive, bring it under control right under the noses of the governess. You cannot allow for the savagery to continue, what can be saved, must be saved, what should be destroyed, must be destroyed.
>Attempt to conceal and obfuscate our backing of the expedition as much as practically possible, the forces sent should ideally consist of sufficiently reliable lower hive mercenaries supplied with high grade imperial equipment as well as whatever underhive gangs that can be practically allied with, subverted, conquered, or bought. our ability to produce plausibly deniable equipment and supplies will be critical to winning over the populace in the areas we secure one way or another.

If we go down with the ODD and the super kill bots we will cause the cog boys to go rabid, they will notice, this planet absolutely has a good deal of them because it is a outright hive world and the mechanicus knows the best place to find archaeotech on a hiveworld is in the underhive and hive foundations.
Even if that doesn't occur the hive authorities proper will catch wind of this or just go down for the regular underhive purge and discover a army of daot soldiers conquered the entire place out of nowhere.
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Why not send the Freedom Ravens or let Apprentice do his job, this genuily start to feels less than a good idea and more like a very excellent way for weaken and risk the death of O.D.D. well trained soldiers (especially with worthless imperium equipment and no robotic backing) if not capture.
Mind you they have yet to accept any augmentation, and this place is high toxicity.
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>>5781857
Supporting this.
Also maybe have Apprentice “neutered” so to speak. If it’s possible to remotely reprogram part of him to “feel” the pain he’s inflicting upon humanity so he doesn’t continue to willy-nilly get people killed kill. That would go a long way in tempering his “violent streak” but still leave him able to do what is necessary. He’s doing good work and whatever punishment he gets shouldn’t involve his execution, nor should he operate like he is disposable.
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>>5781857
+1
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>>5782515
I kinda want to say a few things on this, because i have seen this argument a few times.
The reason Apprentice acts like this is probably for what personality was given by the anons deciding on their types in first thread. Which for him was firebrand, a personality change would likely be an incredible change for him and might remove memories. Or we just wipe them.
To add to his personality and bloody approach, both situations were we deployed him for infiltration, needed a cover type that was very believable. Which means, violence.
Adding pain i am not sure it would matter for punishment. The exploration drone assigned with him on Secundus, very much used pain against Apprentice now that i remember. Also might be counterproductive for leading, combat and tactics. Especially in the general high combat/high danger of an underhive.

Instead, what i am thinking now is assigning him a secondary objective that is pacific in nature and would put him in contact with the underhive humans in a more positive way. For example a clinic or workshop, were he works and teaches time to time.
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The effects of pacific objectives can be easily seen with Master. Scribe and Warrior could also do them in a few ways.
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>>5781851
>Set up an outpost, but use it strictly as means of humanitarian aid. Secretly deliver food, water, clothes, and other necessities across the underhive in small numbers so as to not draw attention.
>>5782604
I like for apprentice, having some mobile shop to socialize as he did with his old crew on secundus though this time working with the common folk as well as the troops he recruits for the scouting mission

actuary wondering if we can get his old crew off secundus to help with him in the underhive
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Sorry folks, no update today as I have something to prepare for uni. Will return tomorrow.
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>>5782833
A bit suspicious for them to be moved down there from Secundus to Prime.

>>5782980
Np
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Even if it could be done, though it would leave them a bit too surprised. Suddenly finding Bellerophon in an underhive of Prime they suddenly find themselves in ? This said their experience could see them move up from being prisoners to say Freedom Ravens special recruitment candidates.

Anyway, i didn't think about it, but we had actually a golden opportunity for gain more info. The tithe ships could have been spied upon for the records and data they carried. A sabotage droid perhaps instead of infiltrator androids .
Still, this does also remind me that we could use Flori Ture connection with her rogue trader uncle for find his flagship, and if its near us spy upon it. A flagship of a rogue trader dynasty likely has large amounts of records, data and star maps.
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A serious foothold upon the world, rather than endless obfuscation, could prove useful, as means of spreading civilization, helping those in need, and having a sufficiently powerful force able to respond in time.

Your decision is made.

>Recommendation: Prefab STH-O-9. Elaboration: Strong redouts, powerful energy shielded walls, inbuilt laser and plasma turrets automated to defend the walls, antimatter artillery pieces.

Excessive, but can be necessary. Defensive, authoritative. Strong foothold.

>Recommendation: Prefab HOS-O-11. Elaboration: Large-scale medical suites, long mess halls, automated treatment facilities, energy shield defence, laser turrets guarding the perimeter.

Able to assist humans. Rapid humanitarian support at a massive scale. Lacking in defences.

>Recommendation: Prefab SLC-O-5. Elaboration: Active cloaking field, sub-speed of sound projectile turrets, no charge, silent discharge, automated logistical operations and fabrication centres geared towards stealth operations.

On spot fabrication. Hidden. Ease of independent operations.

>(Write in) UP TO QM VETO

Your STCs roar to life as the order is given and the manufacturing drones begin to move, shovelling raw ores and fabricating parts of the outpost that shall be assembled on the spot.

With that in production, you send a new set of orders for Apprentice to find and locate a suitable location where the outpost could be hidden from sight. With radiation and poisoning not being of any concern, since what you plant to send down there is entirely immune to it, you have no doubt that something can be easily found.

And speaking of what you are sending:

Drones, specifically Shade-class investigation drones. Exclusive to military use, the overall standard of these drones is a tad higher than usual for the defensive drones you had usually employed. The energy shield is removed instead making space for a mobile stealth field powerful enough to engulf the small drone. To make up for the weakened defensive capabilities, the drones are equipped with a heavier duty armour, this means that the overall speed of the drone is reduced, the only other choice would be to increase the size of the drone, but it is expected that stealth field should be sufficient to keep the drone hidden, besides, this version of drones is also meant to be cheap and expendable, meaning there was never reason to give them a full round of upgrades. Naturally, as infiltrators, scouts, potential saboteurs, the drones also house a powerful comms system able to reach upwards to a few hundred kilometres, enough to coordinate a drone network and to still communicate with any forward elements. As for weaponry, sub sound of speed tungsten shells. Hardly the most destructive weapon ever made, but it is totally silent and it had always was meant as last means of resort or simply as means of deterring local wildlife.
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>>5783972

Finally, the other choice. Humans require humans. And it just so happens O.D.D. is eager to prove itself. A simple rotation, half of the detachment, 500 men in total, 2 companies, 20 platoons. If the deployment extends for overly long, the other can be deployed and the first two companies returned back to the safety of your hull.

”Colonel Zanx.” Switching your attention, you contact the man.

“Oh, Odysseus, how can I help ?” You hear slight discomfort at being addressed at such a rank, especially because it is not one granted by the Imperium, but proper protocol must be observed.

”I had decided to set up an outpost within the underhive of Axiotrah upon Xandrirah Prime. I had deemed it necessary to involve you, as well, man knows man best.”

“Oh, will the lieutenant be coming along ?”

”He will not. This is your operation Colonel. I shall of course maintain contact with you and the outpost, so if there is a need for it, you can always contact the lieutenant.”

“Alright, what’s our objective ?”

”Subjugation and control of the underhive. You shall roll up down there with your fancy guns and armour and beat the groxshit out of anyone who stands in your way ! However, I must request caution, whilst the people there had descended to madness and savagery, they are still humans, this entire operation is being done to restore order, peace, and deliver upon the locals prosperity that you too experienced.”

“Please don’t do that again.” A moment of thought Zanx says, rubbing the back of his neck. “But, alright. I got the basics. When do we depart ?”

”Apologies. You are to depart whenever you are ready.”

“I will get the detachment ready.”
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You cannot help but be concerned about this first deployment, as such you are more or less simultaneously observing the 500 men now being deployed. With utter silence, you watch as one of the pods, housing Stavros, rocks as it hits a bit of turbulence in the atmosphere. You can see as how the ten men in the pod remain quiet despite the rocking back and forth. You do note an increase in their heart rates, but other than that – silence.

The retro thrusters fire off and Gs impact the men for a moment as they begin to slow down and gently descend, lacking the genetic modifications, you cannot really allow them to simply slam upon the world’s surface.

Eventually, with rapid movement the pod finally impacts the surface.

“Go, go go !” Stavros, falling back on training and discipline, gives out the command as the pod doors open and the ten men quickly disembark, covering their sides and ensuring that there are no blind spots in their formation.

Clears ring out from everyone gathered.
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>>5783974

“Form up, get the entire formation prepared to move. We will be inserting through the waste discharge tunnel.” Stavros quickly commands regarding the utterly polluted and toxic surroundings, a fog of interesting mixture of colours hanging above him and everyone else gathered. The wastes of a hive are quite ruinous for the environment you quickly note.

It takes another good hour or so, but eventually, the five hundred are all deployed and if you could wince, you would, as the perfect white armour is stained heavily with the muck of the hive.

Whilst this is happening, the infiltration drones buzz ahead, moving in a large formation of about one hundred, all that you had dedicated so far, deeper into the hive to ensure that there are no unexpected interlopers to threaten your efforts.

“The servitors are starting to bring up the cargo !” One of the men calls through the comm as the large carrier drones move crates as they slowly float upwards.

“How far till the target location ?” Stavros questions the man next to him.

“A good thirty kilometres, sir.”

“Right.” He nods slowly. “All rights gents, get ready to march ! You all have suit assisted movement, so I want no complaints !”

The force begins to move, looking at the stains, rust, literal tons of metal forgotten to have ever existed by the inhabitants of the world and an infinite artificial river which they are trudging through filled with a mixture of colours and an endless selection of deadly chemicals.

And as the group is moving, you are formulating a series of plans based on the data given to you by Apprentice and the scouting still being carried out by the exploration drones.

>Shock and awe will win the day. Apprentice has identified the largest and strongest groups. Crush them.

>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.

>He who controls the logistics controls the world. Dedicate forces to safely collapsing the labyrinthian tunnels, limit movement avenues and control those that remain with an iron grip.

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This option can be taken at any time. Must reach a strong majority to go through.
>Depart the system (where ?)
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>>5783975
> The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.
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>>5783975
>Recommendation: Prefab SLC-O-5. Elaboration: Active cloaking field, sub-speed of sound projectile turrets, no charge, silent discharge, automated logistical operations and fabrication centres geared towards stealth operations.
>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.
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>>5783980
its two votes to do

>>5783975
>Recommendation: Prefab SLC-O-5. Elaboration: Active cloaking field, sub-speed of sound projectile turrets, no charge, silent discharge, automated logistical operations and fabrication centres geared towards stealth operations.
>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.

Excellent, if we need further aid we can have Master move some help down. But it shouldn't be necessary
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>>5783972
>>5783975

> Recommendation: Prefab SLC-O-5. Elaboration: Active cloaking field, sub-speed of sound projectile turrets, no charge, silent discharge, automated logistical operations and fabrication centres geared towards stealth operations.
> The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.
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>>5783975
>Recommendation: Prefab HOS-O-11. Elaboration: Large-scale medical suites, long mess halls, automated treatment facilities, energy shield defence, laser turrets guarding the perimeter.
>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.

I know everyone is going for the stealth prefab, but I'll toss my vote in for the humanitarian one, if only because it'll better be able to handle the directive we're voting for. I can understand why we need to be a little subtle, but it'd be harder to follow said humanitarian directive without the relevant facilities like the O-11's medical suites and auto treatment facilities.
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>>5783972
>Recommendation: Prefab HOS-O-11. Elaboration: Large-scale medical suites, long mess halls, automated treatment facilities, energy shield defence, laser turrets guarding the perimeter.

Fuck stealth, let's make a difference.

>>5783975
>Shock and awe will win the day. Apprentice has identified the largest and strongest groups. Crush them.

Scourge the cancer.
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>>5784261
I'd say the exact problem for O-11 is that it's too good for its job - a stealth outpost that gives out things like clean water and basic medication is one thing, but underhivers suddenly getting medical care that even mid-upper hivers don't have easy access to is just begging for the involvement of the Arbites... or the ≡][≡.
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>>5783975
>Recommendation: Prefab SLC-O-5. Elaboration: Active cloaking field, sub-speed of sound projectile turrets, no charge, silent discharge, automated logistical operations and fabrication centres geared towards stealth operations.
Subtlety should always be a priority, we can add greater facilities once the settlement is properly established.
>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits
Start getting to know the people of this place.
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>>5784261
Thats true.
May the best vote win really. Is not easy doing different multiple objectives. And what first and then second.
From saving people and ensuring basic needs, crush our enemies, finding them and so on. In addition to catalogate them, alongside the cultures present here, the infrastructure damage around, how many mountains of toxic waste are present etc...
Thankfully we can count on the fact that is very unlikely Xandirah Prime above cares of the one under. Rumors can be controlled and transformed, silenced even. And if you have infiltrators all across the chain from down to up, alongside an infiltrator being a direct advisor of the high arbites officers...rumors are what you make of them. Now everything can happen, but if you work to avoid it and have the measures for deal with it, you should be fine.
Stealth is mostly for the other kind of foe here, the ones we truly want dead (if they are here. They might not be. They might have shit the bed and flee). Still if the medical option is chosen, we can work on ensuring proper defenses are also placed later.

>>5783972
I like Shade for their name.
What kind of sidearms and nades do the O.D.D. have with them ? I already imagine what they use should be very powerful. Smart grenades/explosives are particulary useful.
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>>5784261
>support

Don't forget about our old dude android. If we pump out humanitarian stuff. We can use our influence to incorporate them. Then we don't need the fancy defenses. We got ODD and the underhive gangs.
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>>5783972
>Recommendation: Prefab HOS-O-11. Elaboration: Large-scale medical suites, long mess halls, automated treatment facilities, energy shield defence, laser turrets guarding the perimeter.
>>5783975
>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.
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>>5783975
>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.

Do not resist, You are being saved.
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>>5783975
>Recommendation: Prefab STH-O-9. Elaboration: Strong redouts, powerful energy shielded walls, inbuilt laser and plasma turrets automated to defend the walls, antimatter artillery pieces.

>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.
it'll be hard to have civilians help if they don't know where we are.
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>>5784481
changing to
>>Recommendation: Prefab HOS-O-11. Elaboration: Large-scale medical suites, long mess halls, automated treatment facilities, energy shield defence, laser turrets guarding the perimeter.
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>>5784481
They do not need to know where we are, only where we want to be found.

I also agree with >>5784289, to aid is our directive but we must exercise caution in doing so.
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>>5783975
>Recommendation: Prefab SLC-O-5. Elaboration: Active cloaking field, sub-speed of sound projectile turrets, no charge, silent discharge, automated logistical operations and fabrication centres geared towards stealth operations.
>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.

Shock and awe aid baby
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>>5783972
>Recommendation: Prefab HOS-O-11. Elaboration: Large-scale medical suites, long mess halls, automated treatment facilities, energy shield defence, laser turrets guarding the perimeter.
>Shock and awe will win the day. Apprentice has identified the largest and strongest groups. Crush them.
Kill the threats then send out aid to who needs it.
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>>5783975
>Recommendation: Prefab SLC-O-5. Elaboration: Active cloaking field, sub-speed of sound projectile turrets, no charge, silent discharge, automated logistical operations and fabrication centres geared towards stealth operations.

>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.
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>>5783975
>Recommendation: Prefab SLC-O-5. Elaboration: Active cloaking field, sub-speed of sound projectile turrets, no charge, silent discharge, automated logistical operations and fabrication centres geared towards stealth operations.

>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits
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>>5783972
>Prefab STH-O-9
>The primary directive is to save human life. Mass aid programs should be extended to the population, anyone whom cannot be controlled should be beaten back. The population will willingly assist once they learn of the benefits.
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Stealth base 7

Med base 6

Mil base 1

Aid program 14

Shock and awe 2

total 16

Close vote for the base, but stealth wins out, barely. And mass aid program wins decisively.

Writing.
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The expeditionary forces had reached the primary given location as identified by Apprentice. A runoff location for a chemical manufactorum, the entire area if filled with toxic fumes and deadly acids able to melt through lightly protected hazmat suits given enough time. If there’s a place to keep hidden, then this is it.

Transportation drones rush ahead, unloading crate after crate of cargo right next to the waterfall worth of acid raining downwards without stop. And as everything is in place, you watch as the men jump back slightly as from the crate emerge endless swarms of nanobots. Each and every crate having millions, if not billions of the bots each and every programmed for a different task and different construction need. And mass swarms of grey begin to coalesce in to massive blobs and shapes as the sand like substance and feel of the bots begins to solidify, clearer colours and construction blocks become apparent as walls, ceilings, turrets, windows all begin to take shape and in less than fifteen minutes, a base capable of housing more than 500 people is completed.

Then, with a slight shiver, the base’s power generators become active and the outpost as a whole begins to shift and change and soon enough, the base is gone. Were it not for the readouts installed within the helmets of the soldiers, showcasing a green outline of the outpost, they would never be able to see the outpost.

But with just a few steps, as Zanx moves, he breaches the stealth field and the outpost in its entirety is revealed.

Four simple blocky buildings make up the outpost, one for vehicle storage, that being the transportation drones, one, and by far the largest, to house the garrison in relative comfort, the second largest would be the manufacturing hub, and finally the smallest but most important with powerful comm system would be the command centre.

“Second company, secure the perimeter, make sure we have no surprises and settle in the base.”

“Sir, yes, sir.” A Captain calls out.

“First company, with me. We’re going to move fast and loud. The people here need our help, and we will give it !”
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Clambering over a rather large hill of literal trash, Zanx drops heavily on his stomach and through his helmet feed you watch as he zooms in closer to regard the small settlement, a quaint if depressing sight, smaller almost medieval village like societies and structures setting up underneath the literal kilometres of metal.
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>>5784922

And just like the medieval times, this village is being raided. The populace seems to exhibit minor mutations and deviations from baseline humanity, common enough in the underhive, but not enough to sentence one to painful death as you watch people clad in dirty rags, white washed best they are able but still lacking in proper maintenance and care. Wielding burning braziers, rough made swords, axes, spears, using rusty and deformed looking autoweapons, stubweapons, and homemade pipeweaponry, a group of perhaps six or so hundred are busy building pyres and dragging out the inhabitants still kicking and screaming.

“Send a servitor ahead to listen in.” Stavros commands and one of the shades flies off.

“…you shall burn, for daring to desecrate His image ! The God-Emperor shall burn through the purity of fire all the sins that you had committed ! Embrace your fate, and pray, beg for forgiveness for He may give you judgement when you present yourself before His throne !” One of the men, long bearded and with cruel eyes shouts out. “These lands are the lands of the God-Emperor, we shall suffer not the heretic ! We shall not suffer the mutant ! Burn them all !”

As one of the warband moves the hanging brazier to alight the pyre as what appears to be a middle-aged man with what appears to be scale like skin covering his face.

“Fething mutants.” One of the men of O.D.D. calls out.

“They’re human.” Stavros quickly interjects. “We have the technology to heal these mutations. We’re supposed to protect humanity, you think kicking down doors and burning houses does that ?”

“No, sir.”

“Thought so. Everyone, prepare to deal with these madmen. Major, stay here with half of the men and set up a firing line. Everyone else, with me !”

Stavros jumps up and leaps down the hill, the servos and artificial muscles of the power armour groan as they absorb the impact of him heavily thudding onto the ground. Raising his volkite rifle, Stavros pulls the trigger and the chest of the nearest man explodes outward as blood is flash boiled and some even evaporates from the direct impact, organs collapse and combust in flames just as the man’s clothing is set alight.

Quickly switching target, Zanx pull the trigger yet again as the two companies fire off, those atop of the hill firing at the men furthest away, whilst those following their colonel annihilate the nearest foes.

Panicking, some of the enemies quickly grab the prisoners to use as meatshields as they open fire with their own weapons, the rounds unleashed simply bounce off the armour of your detachment, giving you a slight sense of satisfaction as only a few percentage points of the shield charge are lost with each impact, with the generator quickly rebuilding the lost energy.
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>>5784924

“Grenades ! Needle mode !” Stavros orders taking out a small ball and throwing it high into the air, the grenade bursts apart letting out dozens of small smart needles, each and every burrowing deep into the skulls of those that were targeted by Stavros through his helmet.

“They have a vehicle !” One of the men shouts out as the rusty barely functioning machine with a heavy stubber upon it is being quickly set up to operate. But without even needing to give the command, the closest O.D.D. members take out their sidearms – plasma pistols. With hot plasma streaming right into the vehicle it quickly explodes in a tempest of flames and endless popping noise as unspent ammunition is discharged due to the intense heat.

“Surrender !” Activating his speakers and putting as much authority in his voice as he is able, Stavros demands and the couple of hundred still living foes quickly drop down their arms, realizing that they have no chance at victory or even escape. “Secure the prisoners.” Stavros begins to walk to one of the built pyres and takes out his powerknife and easily cuts through the metal chains used to hold the man there.

“They may be mutants, but they are still humans, they can be helped, they can be healed. From now on, the poor, downtrodden and fearful shall be protected and helped !”

“You fool showing kindness to evil ! They are monsters both in spirit and in body !” One of the men in white screams out.

“And what evidence do you have ?”

“There ! That is their, meathouse !”

A couple of soldiers march ahead and quite literally kick in the wall to allow Stavros to gaze inside, and as the sheets of metal are removed, you can see corpses hanging off of meathooks, pained faces upon men, women, children. Cleavers and other tools are abandoned on the ground in a quick fashion. You do note a few mutant corpses on the ground, signs of struggle as they were dragged out to be punished. With their proximity, you are also able to make quick readings of the room. The corpses are fresh, much to your disgust, a few are still alive. You send a quick ping informing the nearest soldiers to assist the still living.

“Those of twisted body are of a twisted mind ! Your foolishness here had costed the lives of those whom wished to deliver Emperor’s justice to the accursed and his mercy to those wronged !”

With a loud shout, the mutant still in Stavros’ hands stabs ahead into his throat with a glass shard, a weakpoint in the armour, but luckily, the glass is too dull and brittle. In response, Stavros guts the mutant, you register rage upon his expression and an increase in his levels of adrenaline.
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>>5784925

Dropping the corpse onto the ground, your first and so far, only colonel regards the situation. “Kill the cannibals.” Obeying without hesitation, his men out the mutants to swift, if painful deaths. “You. My words still stand. Everyone than can be saved shall be. For now, you are my prisoners. You will not starve, you will not be mistreated. And that is the goal that I have for the entirety of the underhive.”

“If your words are true, go to Alyrics chapel, the faithful gather there for safety and to wage war against their would-be assailants.”

“I promise, I shall save everyone here.”
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The operation in the underhive had so far been…slow. Efforts are being made and thousands had already received treatment, but the process had to be selective simply due to the circumstances. The needs for survival had caused irreversible damage to the psyche and mental well-being of the people, many had shown no signs of remorse for their actions or outright refusal for treatment or any other methods of help. Due to the sheer brutality of the underhive, the entire process had been exceptionally selective, for now Stavros had been treating and assisting those whom are the easiest to help and are the most likely to be fully treated. Using the stealth outpost as means of obfuscating their very presence, multiple drop off point had been set up, word had been spread that any who go there can expect food, water, treatment. A few tried to set up ambushes, however they themselves were ambushed and gotten rid of either by O.D.D. or the shade drones looking out in the vicinity of the drop off points.

As such, without further intervention, the work will continue, if slowly, but surely.

One thing of potential danger you had located however would be within the deep underhive. Rumours and reports indicate the presence of the still unknown enemy. Indications showcase any humans or living things there experience rampant and all-encompassing mutations that seem to just appear at random and a dangerous cult is located, a cult of mutants and monster, most of whom seem to showcase something that you are fascinated by and with – psychic abilities. Something that had not been a thing within the human genome when the federation still reigned supreme. Much to your endless annoyance, any drones sent simply cut off from your connection and had to be destroyed. As such, the only force you could send there would be elements of O.D.D.

>The risks are great, but the rewards greater. Potential prisoners, investigation about the psychic genomes, information upon the unknown enemy able to seemingly cut your connections off. Send in the O.D.D., the information is simply too valuable for your efforts to help humanity.

>You cannot risk it, collapse the tunnels and simply bury your foes alive. Hopefully gravity will do your job for you.

>Leave it be, they are yet to threaten you, or your operations upon world.

>(Write in)
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>>5784927
>The risks are great, but the rewards greater. Potential prisoners, investigation about the psychic genomes, information upon the unknown enemy able to seemingly cut your connections off. Send in the O.D.D., the information is simply too valuable for your efforts to help humanity.
>(Write in)
Due to the Unknown Enemy, Send Tertiary Orders for the O.D.D. to complete before attacking this cult. Best and try to prepare before fighting it.
- Call more O.D.D. reinforcements down in the Underhive of Xandirah Prime, for avoid that our outpost is attacked and also quickly send help to Stavros.
- The cult is playing on defense here, still the underhive is a decrepit and poorly maintained place, the terrain can betray them. Gather informations with trustworthy locals about the cult surroundings for the best attack plans we can provide the O.D.D.
- Ensure the O.D.D. has caches of flashbangs and smoke grenades to use if needed.
- Visit Alyrics chapel, question local fanatics leaders about this enemy. How these enemies acts ? Fights ? Can they be demoralized ? What they hate ? How do the fanatics usually fight them (if they do) ? The answers they give us might help the O.D.D. further in the attack against the cult or it could be absurd ramblings. If nothing else they might be able to assist the O.D.D. attack in some way, if we want to involve them.
- Ensure the O.D.D. is properly rested, knows the plan for attack the cult, battle ready and motivated for the fight ahead...... The effects of our changes are slow, if it gives them solace and security allow them their private prayers prior to the battle. Perhaps the small phenomenon on Eregenus Quintus battle would repeat it self. Perhaps is foolish to think it would matter ?
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>>5784927
> (Write-in)
> Ask the locals on what the HELL is going on within that tunnel, while also try to conduct a few recon missions with either androids or O.D.D. personnel - preferably with good stealth equipment. Do not make any drastic moves as of yet.

Meta-knowledge:
It's a Chaos cult in full swing. They're all but granted to be monstrous in nature and horrific in actions. AIs are also notoriously bad at dealing with warp-tainted stuff, and last time a Federation AI (read: Man of Iron) touched some warp-tainted stuff the Iron War happened. So for the love of Omnissiah do NOT try to perform experiments on them! Those things, once allowed into our system, WILL turn us into rampaging machines that only serve to further the Dark Gods' goals.
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>>5785025
... and this.
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>>5785025
>>5785074
+1
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>>5784927
>>5785025
>support
>can we use our old man android to fold the underhive resistance into our ODD Operation?
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>>5785168
>>can we use our old man android to fold the underhive resistance into our ODD Operation?

He is located in the lower hive, so he'd have to get people from the hive proper down to the underhive. Due to his influence he has fighters dedicated enough to do so, but it would draw attention and establish contact with the hive proper and the underhive.
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>>5785025
Support the checklist
We also should look into developing a mobile drone control station to provide a basic local control net to slave our drones to in places where our main signal doesn't work properly. Might not work or limit their functionality, but having places where our main robotic force element cannot operate at all is not acceptable. Either that or combat units capable of operating autonomously.
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>>5785180
The problem is that they can severe our connection with ease, and we don't know how they do it. Unless we directly control it, i am not sure anything we do its enough.
It doesn't feel great to be this cut out from giving help and essentially just self detonate our robotic units if they are reached by their influence.
Chaos has it always easy with their corruption and power. Still we should try something or think on it for develop it later. Maybe a tower or a building if not a robotic unit moving around like you suggested.


Eitherway in regard to attacking this cult, we could offer the informations to the O.D.D. gained from fighting the Blood Brethern gang in Precinct 8, and the Infected in Precinct seventy-seven.
Alongside some tips and ideas from Warrior and Apprentice.
Thats two Androids that have fought it, and general combat experience gained from themselves and the men under them.
Its not perfect but is better than nothing.
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>>5784927
>The risks are great, but the rewards greater. Potential prisoners, investigation about the psychic genomes, information upon the unknown enemy able to seemingly cut your connections off. Send in the O.D.D., the information is simply too valuable for your efforts to help humanity.
>Full blown Chaos cult on the verge of summoning daemons onto the planet and killing everyone.
WELP! Sad to say that we are about to find out REAL fucking fast if we can survive the powers of KAYOS!!!!111one or if we go full Men of Iron upon glimpsing it. Im REALLY not on the up and up about our chances. Not having a soul is a BAD way to go and get exposed to the powers of Space Hell. One thing is for certain, we will soon learn first hand why the Federation died the death it did. I only hope we come out whole and sane on the other end of it.
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>>5785246
It definitely warrants investigation. The idea was something like a backpack computer with real basic bitch radio or microwave comms - we're operating at very long distance, through a lot of shit and likely with something much higher tech (while never specified, something like a QED?) that may be more vulnerable to Warp interference - I think using something lower tech at very close range has a higher chance of working. If that fails we can explode unconventional options like modulated ultrasound, pulsed line-of-sight IR and even wire tethers to frustrate the interference.
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>>5785258
Chaos has already tried to attack us more than once, i think the O.D.D. will give a fair fight but suffer some losses due to not wanting any biological modifications (we cannot aid them with robotic units because they will turn them rogue, and i doubt we will be able to see or talk to them during the attack either. Forcing us out essentially), mostly if there are demons around to kill, cultists will just be wiped out even if they are thousands.

From what Odysseus has seen already from the unknown enemies, he would probably just detach all the humans and self detonate, if they truly reached him.
We had options for essentially go chaos before and didn't follow them.

>>5785259
Low tech would likely nullify our technological advantage and put us at a lower level of coordination and efficiency. And chaos doesn't to have problems corrupting low tech equipment either.
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>>5785283
Lowering the tech level may be a hindrance to the ability to control the drones and restrict the rate and complexity of the commands they may be given, but that's better than having no drones at all and having humans take the casualties instead. How autonomous they are and whether they rely on us for just general instructions and their subroutines handle the rest or they need us to compute every twitch of a servo is not clear (either it wasn't stated or I just can't remember) - if it's the former, they shouldn't have much issue.
I don't believe Chaos' ability to corrupt machines has been elaborated on as much as it has for meatbags - while I know it happens, not so much on the specifics of the process. If it's a concern, we can take them on test runs to gather data on how it works, replace their AIs after each mission and limit how many they may be used on in their lifespans.
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>>5785259
If we first investigate what kind of interference we're facing, we'd be prepared for the mission. I say we lower a wired probe/drone into the interference to study the effects it has on AI.
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>>5785336
... just make sure it wasn't wired to anything important - Chaos have a tendency to make a mess of any machines they touch, especially if the cult happens to reside in a section numbered seven.
Whereas the other three would only try to reprogram the affected machinery to serve their own twisted goals (Daemon engines have to be intentionally built in Hellforges where literal chaos daemons are considered essential mechanical supplies), Nurgle is known to create daemonic abominations out of your machinery (and their operators) by just setting sights on you.
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>>5785025
>>5785074

Supporting
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>>5785380
This is a lesson Oddie has to learn. See what it does to a couple of drones as a wake-up call and further line of inquiry into how to protect them and itself.
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Yet again, your curiosity has gotten the better of you.

“Colonel, new orders incoming. The unknown cult is priority one. Sending additional information. For this task I shall be sending down extra equipment and the remainder of the detachment.”

“Roger that.” Stavros responds as he directs his men to hand out ration packs to another group of weary people that had come hearing the promises of help. The local populace still is paranoid and fearful, but a few weeks of non-stop assistance and naturally the brutal destruction of anyone daring to try and exploit the situation if anything had convinced the locals of the truth of the matter.

Switching the cameras, you oversee the final preparations of reinforcements arriving, that being the remainder of O.D.D. as well as a collection of raw resources, enough for the on the stop manufactories to make more munitions and various types of grenades.

And for now ? Well, all you can do is wait and hope that the training that O.D.D. underwent, their discipline and equipment shall be enough to carry the day as you are now relegated entirely to a logistical role.

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(POV shift: You are Stavros Zanx, colonel of the Odyssey Defence Detachment.)

“Captain, I want your company to remain and guard the outpost, carry out the relief efforts, and ensure that our rear is safe. From the reports I had received, the fighting for the primary target will be difficult, I’d rather have no surprises at my back whilst I am busy.” You say over the comms, the signal being transmitted through the numerous servitors, or, well, drones you guess would be the correct term, between you and the remainder of your detachment.

“Understood sir, we’ll make sure no one dares to try and pull any tricks.”

“Good. Prepare the rally point, we will march out from there as soon as I acquire the needed info and everyone rests.” You click off the comm. “Sorry for that, old man.” You say to the person next to you.

“No need to apologise, you’re feeding me and my family, if anything I owe you apologies for how much we are relying on you.” The man, whose skin is sickeningly pale due to a lack of vitamin D, as you now know, says still greedily gorging on the sustainment nutrients. Missing most of his teeth, having clear marks upon his head, you’d reckon he’s perhaps in his early fifties, but easily looks older due to the harshness of the environment, a rarity even, old folks were not common back home, but here ? To hit forty already makes one an esteemed elder.

“It is our duty to help. Now, those freaks at the deep underhive, you know anything about them ?”
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>>5785468

“Little.” The old man says cleaning his cracked lips. “They’ve always been there far as I know. Mutants all of them, shooting lightning out of their fingers, throwing about fire. Witches the lot of them. Only thanks to the church as those fine folk willing to die for the God-Emperor were they ever kept at bay, though other gangs would join in as well, no one likes competition after all.”

“Any idea why they attack ?”

“Food. Water.” He shrugs. “Sacrifices. Most cults need those, no clue what they do with folk they capture, maybe they capture them to keep the meat fresh, or maybe to offer them to whatever devils they proclaim to worship. Had seen them on times a few. Mutants, horrid ones at that, some lumbering giants of flesh, encouraged by some handlers poking ‘em with spears. Others look human, though wearing long cloaks, some appear hunched, others have more limbs…or missing a few. Never seen any faces, but quite a few webbed hands.”

“And the church and the gangers, how do they fight them ?”

“The gangers ? Throw as much ammo and booms they can, ain’t seen yet a witch immune to a bullet to the head yet. As for the church, they use blessed promethium, holy flames and sanctified weapons. Rumour has it that they’re occasional supplied by the priests high above as means of charity, though rumours only, and if it ever happens, it’s probably rarely, seeing as they tend to starve as any one of us.”

“Any way to get to them ?”

The old man again shrugs. “Take your pick, plenty of tunnels, though most folk never come back when they go down them, those few that stumble back come raving and screaming, having been lost for Emperor knows how long down there. My advice ? If you really wanna do it, just go down.”

You chuckle. “That’s good advice. Once you and yours had eaten we’re departing, it may be a final farewell if they are as dangerous as you said. Keep yourself safe and alive.”

“I’d like to say the same. You folk, in your shining white armour are the first folks to truly bring hope down here to so many. I hope everything works out.”

“So do I.”
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“Looks more like a scrapyard than a church.” Your major calls out, his helmet no doubt zoomed as far as it can to make out details about the place.

“Everything looks like a scrapyard down here.” Your captain remarks.

“Well, at least they have an aquila.” You dryly remarks looking at the crudely made symbol at the front of the building, painted yellow rather than made of gold as you are used to.

From the distance you can see numerous folk gathering for prayer, the stained and washed out white robes, almost reminiscent of your own armour being clear and easy to distinguish across the gathered masses.

“Sir, was it a good idea to let all of our prisoners go ?” The captain says.
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>>5785469

“They saw us helping people without any discrimination. We also expressed our want to fight the cult, if that doesn’t convince them, I don’t know what will.” You reply.

“Sir, if I may speak for myself and the men.” The major now says.

“Go.”

“After what happened last time, the men are uncomfortable fighting men of the God-Emperor. Leaves a bad taste in their mouths. Even if they are not properly ordained priests.”

“I know.” You sigh. “But orders are orders. I’d rather not fight them as well.”

“Oh, looks like the priest is coming out.”

You quickly move your attention towards the large doors as they open up, it’d be more impressive if they weren’t cheap garage doors rolling to the side, but for people here it is probably awe inspiring.

And coming out you clearly identify Alyric no doubt. A dour looking man in his mid-thirties, the only person here with actually clean white cloth, a handflamer and what appears to be an old and rusty chainsword, but a chain weapon nonetheless. In contrast to his clothing, deep black hair and a long black beard stands out alongside bright blue eyes that seemingly pierce through whatever they are looking.

“Ah, seems he’s seen us.”

“Gee, I wonder how he noticed a few hundred figures in white armour in front of pitch darkness.” The captain says to the major, breaking discipline in the exchange, but you’ll let that slip, you’re not in combat after all.

“I’d rather not keep a man of the cloth waiting, let’s go.” You command, stopping the argument before it begins and you start to march towards the church.

“Greeting, unknown ones, I am preacher Alyric.” The man proclaims with a surprisingly powerful voice. Maybe there is merit to that claim.

“Preacher.” You make the sign of the aquila. “I hope you know why we had come here.”

“I do. Whilst I despise some of your actions and soon you shall be condemned for sheltering the mutant, but if you are willing to fight the heretic, I shall assist, for now.”

“That is all I ask.”

“Then do so.”

“How do these heretics fight ? How do they act, move ? Anything they want or hate in particular ? How do you beat them back with such frequency that we heard about ?”

“Hah, we beat through our faith in the God-Emperor and our will to fight against these heretic mutants !” He loudly proclaims. “They use foul magics and trickery, but those of clear faith and dedication, through sheer force of will and belief in the glory of the God-Emperor, they are able to wield the armour of contempt and beat back these heretics.”

“And those lacking ?”

“They die. And then are judged for their lack of faith by He upon the golden throne.”

“I see.”
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>>5785470

“These foul cowards fight as any heretic does, without honour nor courage. They send waves upon waves of disgusting mutants, giant beasts warped and accursed by no doubt the foul witchery shown by these heretics, whilst powerful, they can be slain through the might of arms and blades guided by the Emperor, cut apart and destroyed, blown to bits by blessed bullets. All the meanwhile those witches stand at the back, using their foul sorceries to drive lesser men mad, blow them apart with spells. But through disgust and contempt, all it takes to reach them and wring the life out of their necks.”

“You had killed them before ?”

“Many a time. They try and try again, that is one thing that I cannot deny about them, their endless foolishness in their belief that they can overwhelm those whose faith is ironclad in the God-Emperor.”

“Do they defend themselves in any way once you reach them ?”

“They do. Creating barriers to deflect bullets, halt attacks, but they can still be gutted.”

“Could they block explosions ?”

The priest smiles. “They cannot halt pure flames if enough are unleashed, blowing them apart is also easy to do, especially if they are distracted.”

“One final question about this cult; are you aware of where they are, exactly ?”

The priest looks even more dour than usual, a possibility you had not thought about. “The light of the God-Emperor does not reach that far down, those tunnels, they are cursed. They need to be bathed in holy promethium and enlightened to wash away the foul heretic corruption deeply set within there. If you dare to venture there, you shall need the Emperor’s guidance.”

“Would you be willing to give it ? I and my men, they’d like to pray, it had been far too long since they had visited the church.”

He snorts. “I shall assist you. Come.”
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You stand before a tiny altar in a small small side room from the main church, where all of your men, the 750 of them whom you are planning on taking down there are all currently locked in prayer, kneeling before the aquila as they beseech guidance of the Emperor. Bar a few dozens of them whom seem to regard the entire matter with utter indifference, you grew up with those men so it came as a slight surprise, but with what you know, you suppose it makes sense for some to lose faith when presented with technologies closer to magics before them.
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>>5785471

“I shall lend you this for the task at hand, and only for the task. If you are man of honour as you proclaim, it shall be returned to my protection should you live.” Alyric proclaims taking off the metal casing and revealing an aquila upon the cushion, a medallion made of actual gold, part of it singed and burnt, showcasing a bullet’s impact upon it. The reverence with which Alyric treats it gives you pause as you watch it as well and you can feel as if you were back at home, at a much more peaceful and safer time. “This once belonged to a preacher who hid his name and came here willingly from the upper hive, desiring to spread the God-Emperor’s light for all of humanity. He wore this medallion for the entirety of his life, fighting against mutant and heretic alike to ensure the holy fury of He upon the golden throne shall forever burn in the hearts of those whom believe in it. It is sacred and blessed by his own blood and the blood of martyrs whom died to spread his message. Take, and treat it with reverence.”

You undo your helmet for the first time since you entered the underhive, bar when you were within the outpost. The slight tinge of metal is clear upon your tongue, you can feel your nostrils burn up and your lungs protest as the unclean air fills them, but you hold down your desire to cough, still in awe of the artifact as you slowly and carefully put it around your neck. You can almost feel heat emanating from it, a warm touch as your heart beats together in a tandem with the warmth emanating from the aquila.

“Thank you.”

“There is no need for thanks. These heretics threaten everything the God-Emperor stands for and everything humanity wishes to preserve. We may fight yet, but for now, spread the Emperor’s light, his fury, and bring death to those whom dare oppose Him.”

“I shall do so.” You reply putting your helmet back on, it clicks and hisses as the foul air is expelled and the clear recycled air is once again pumped in.

“As for your men. Whilst I have no gold to spare, there are still many aquilas, blessed by me, my predecessors and other holy men available for your men.”

“I am sure they would appreciate, yet again, I owe my thanks.”

“Just make sure to kill those heretics.” He states walking away.
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“By the emperor, this place feels creepy.” Your major remarks.

“Yea, there’s something…off about this place.” You reply, still looking at the reports Odysseus gave you from some of his drones, one called Warrior and one named Apprentice. Strange names, you have to admit, but hopefully the reports are worth something, seeing as how the threat is apparently potentially similar to the one faced before. “Remember, once we go in, we’ll have no reinforcements. Everyone watches each other’s backs, we move slow, we move steady, and we don’t get lost in these labyrinths.”

“Sir, yes, sir !”
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>>5785473

You regard the drones hovering around just before the tunnel entrance. “Odysseus, are you there ?”

”Affirm. Commence with the experiment.”

You take a deep breath, and step through the invisible threshold. You step through, and besides the heat you feel slightly upon your chest, something your readouts deny is happening, nothing else occurs.

“Odysseus ?” You say through the comm, contacting one of the drones as means of bouncing information, entirely isolated from the network as a whole.

And moments later you take a moment to watch as the drone is turned to slag by the others around it as dozens of silent bullets rip it to shreds.

”Thank you, colonel. That is all, please commence with the mission.”

You have a feeling that something happened that Odysseus doesn’t want you to know about.

“Right, men ! Move !”

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(End of POV shift.)

Most disturbing.

Through the communications had come scrap code. Endless amounts of it, despite the best efforts you had tried. Radio waves, light beam, you had even attempted quantum entanglement. Something is interfering and unleashing what you can only really describe as…corruption. It infects and spreads throughout the systems, were it not for your near instantaneous response, the code could have easily spread without halt right back to your hull. The charge had been…unexpected, you also are unable to analyse the code, doing so would bring unneeded danger. Perhaps you should send nothing more than an entirely unarmed, unequipped drone and capture it ? There now is complete and true proof that humans are able to operate entirely undisturbed by whatever is interfering with you and your drones. You could compare the still operational drone alongside the retrieved core of the destroyed one. Though yet again, you lack any proper facilities to do that, but you shall keep this plan in mind, for now you have to await the return of the detachment.

You do hope you will not have to await for long.

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(POV shift: You are Stavros Zanx, colonel of the Odyssey Defence Detachment. About three days later.)

“We’re fething lost.” One of the captains remarks.

“Just keep going down.” You grumble back. This is the first you had experienced having to act in your suit for so long…the functions of it had been most disturbing, though allowing you to take care of all of your matters without having to actually leave it. Still, the simulations had not prepared you for this. *We’ve been going down and down and it never fething ends !* You curse out in your mind, after all, you are the CO so you can’t really say what is in your mind.
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>>5785476

Shifting your rifle, you turn on your comm. "ᵂᵉ ᵏnᵒʷ, ʷᵉ ᵏnᵒʷ, ʷᵉ ᵏnᵒʷ, ᵗʰᵉ ᵗʰinᵍˢ ʸᵒᵘ ᵈᵒ, ᵗʰᵉ ᵗʰinᵍˢ ʸᵒᵘ ʰiᵈᵉ, ʷᵉ ᵏnᵒʷ, ʷᵉ ᵏnᵒʷ-" “Scouts, report.” You command ignoring the song. You had once asked your officers about it, but they had all just looked at you weird. You have to admit, you are rather stressed and you’ve been having issues sleeping. Though looking at your men, others also appear to be disturbed.

“Nσƚԋιɳɠ ƚσ ɾҽρσɾƚ, ʂιɾ. Tυɳɳҽʅ, ƚυɳɳҽʅ, αɳԃ ɱσɾҽ ƚυɳɳҽʅ.” The distorted voice of the scout team comes back. Your comms had been damned shoddy for a while now as well, at least this part had affected everyone. Small blessing that.

“Just keep going.” You tiredly growl back and switch the comm off, that song is getting on your nerves.

And you march, you can feel your feet ache, even with the assistance of the servos, you had been walking non-stop for a damn long time.

“Wonder if those witches have anything interesting.” One of your soldiers says out loud through the speaker.

“What’d you mean ?” Another responds.

“Well, they are witches, right ? Maybe they have some shrivelled up dolls, some ancient cursed heroes turned into plates ?”

“What stories had you been reading ?”

“Old ones.”

“Aha. I am sure that if you ask politely, the witch that wants to slit your throat will glad showcase its cutlery for you.”

“Well, all I’m saying-“

You listen for a while as more and more of your men get into conversations, talks, and just attempts to kill the time, not like you can fault them.

With another sight, you hit the comms. “Scouts, report.” "ᵀʰᵉʸ ᵈiᵉᵈ, ᵗʰᵉʸ ᵈiᵉᵈ, ˢᶜʳᵉᵃᵐinᵍ ᵗʰᵉʸ ᵈiᵉᵈ-"

“Scouts, report.” You repeat listening to the static. " ˢᶜʳᵉᵃᵐ, ᵃnᵈ ˢᶜʳᵉᵃᵐ, ˢᶜʳᵉᵃᵐ ᵗʰᵉʸ ʰᵃᵈ, ˡiᵏᵉ ʸᵒᵘ ˢᵒᵒn ˡᵒᵘᵈˡʸ ˢʰᵃˡˡ ! ᴬᴴᴬᴴᴬᴴᴬᴴᴬ !"

“Everyone, cut the chatter. I lost contact with the scouts.” You quickly call out and discipline ingrained in your men kicks in as they all prepare their rifles and spread out by their platoons.

Hefting your own rifle, you move ahead as the forward platoons start to move rapidly.

It takes a good ten minutes to reach where the scouts should have been, and before you is a hallway, twisted, changing and shifting, crystals grow out of the walls, ceiling and the floor, their colours changing without halt despite there being no real light, you had been travelling using your flashlight built into your helmets and rifles for illumination, but the crystals, weirdly enough, are changing of colour even when no light truly shines.

“Sir, if I may report, sir.” Your major asks.

“Go.”
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>>5785478

“I think we found the witches, sir.”

“It appears you are correct. Everyone, move ! Cover each other !”

Moving in a quick stride, the entire formation rapidly enters the deformed tunnel. You stumble slightly as you quickly realize that the tunnel had actually shifted. Ever so slightly, but enough to throw you off your rapid stride alongside the remainder of your men.

“Report !”

“Every-“

A scream rings out as from a pile of crystals emerges a body, shifting and changing as it moves, but still clearly a hulking monstrosity. One of its numerous limbs elongates and grows, slamming one of your soldiers into the wall, breaking some of the crystals as the soldier’s telemetry readings go dark, the armour buckling and bending, the power armour offering no protection from the sheer strength of the blow, blood and gore gushes out from the bent and rent asunder armour.

“Open fire !” You scream you pulling the trigger, if nothing else, it is made of flesh and blood as one of the creature’s limbs is blown off, blood evaporating and flesh cooking and being charred in seconds.

The being shouts in pain with a hundred different voices howling at once as it lashes out even as more and more chucks of its flesh is flash boiled and blown apart by an endless barrage of the volkite weapons. With a single mighty swing, another half a dozen are thrown into the air, these ones had survived, though you registered exceptional blunt force trauma as the armour and the flesh and bones underneath is injured.

“It’s weakening, kee-“ One of your lieutenants is interrupted as he literally crumples on the ground, the noise of metal being collapsed irritates your ears and a fountain of blood erupts from the ground as an entire platoon is killed as the very laws of gravity are torn asunder. The creature seemingly shifts, you think you see double as it continues its shouting and howling.

“Kill it ! Kill it ! In the Emperor’s name, kill that abomination !” A sergeant this time shouts out and yet again the tunnel shifts as you stumble. “AAAAARRRGGGHHHH !” That very sergeant screams out as endless hordes of mutants overwhelm him as you realize that the tunnel has numerous forks that had not existed before and an endless horde of mutants charges you. Twisted and broken, they exhibit strength that no living thing should…You pull the trigger and the head of one of the mutants explodes. The eyeball flying and impacting your visor…if nothing else, they died a lot easier than whatever that thing is.

“Flash out !” One of soldiers screams and simply throws the grenade into the air. You quickly shut off your visor and mute any noise, relying on the system to automatically turn it on…and it does, with the flash having gone off, you can see the mutants, those that have eyes anyways, stumble.
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>>5785479

More or less holding down their triggers, your men use the opportunity to cut down the ambushers. You’re certain that the barrels will end up warping with such non-stop fire, but no one seems to care as their survival is taking the priority.

Another inhuman howling scream results in more IFFs being snuffed out as the mass of flesh moves yet again, grabbing and crushing one man as his pained shouts fill the air and another dozen are killed as the numerous limbs beat them to death, the armour only buying a few moments of pain before death.

“Sir ! The witches !” Your major shouts out.

Looking where he had indicated, you see a figure clad in a brown long robe, their face and look hidden besides a pale, slightly blue hand and even from here you can see the blood veins pulsating underneath the almost skeletal body structure.

“All we-“ The major starts again, and you watch as he halts, shudders, and drops to the ground. The telemetry report showcases serious head trauma, it imploding specifically.

“Kill the sorcerers !” You shout atop of your lungs and aim at the figure that merely raises its hand and you watch as the volkite rounds are deflected, simply slamming into the walls, ground, and ceiling, but not impacting the target.

You yourself feel a headache come over you as your breathing intensified, but so does the warm heat of your medallion. It takes you a moment to compose yourself.

Breathing heavily, you go into a run, simply slinging the rifle on your back and allowing the magnetic locks to secure it in place. Taking out a grenade, you hurl it into the air all the while you pull out your powerknife.

Lightning erupts from the fingertips of the witch and you feel the shock go through your body, but the pain is lesser than you had expected. Instead you concentrate on the warmth.

“For the Emperor !” You shout tackling the figure and raising your knife as you are propelled backwards by an invisible force as the sorcerer tries to rise to his feet, his attention entire on you.

And that’s when you send the command to the grenade.

Once again, blasted off his feet, the witch roughly slams onto the ground, their back raked by the explosion. Despite the crippling injury, one you only avoided because of your armour, the witch still struggles.

Quickly getting onto your feet, you kick the figure in the head, not letting them recover even for a moment and you slam your knife right into the face, and again, and again, and again.

Another shout of pain and horror rings out and you turn around, only to see one of your men, a true mad bastard, shoving his plasma pistol right down one of the throats of the massive beast and firing it at full power, blowing a clear hole through the creature and the beast finally collapses, its flesh shifting, pulsating and moving, seemingly struggling to reform.
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Not taking a damn chance, everyone who’s able to pumps volkite bolts or plasma rounds into the thing, some of the more daring ones slam the body full of grenades and activates them blowing whole chucks out.

Once again, the tunnel shakes, with crystal raining down from the ceiling, luckily however, the tough armour is actually able to more or less deflect and ignore even direct impacts, it would still undoubtedly hurt, but it wouldn’t even incapacitate your men. That does bring a shudder to your baack when you realize just how strong these mutants, especially that monstrosity is.

And you see that the forks had yet once again disappeared, leaving the few mutants stranded, stranded now alone only with your rather angry men.

The mop up is a rather short one, and you take the opportunity to take off the cloak off the witch’s head. The face before you is drained of life, worse than the most malnourished people you had seen, the same bluesish tint upon the skin and clear veins, as well as a massive symbol carved in to the face. Most oddly of all, you see a beak instead of a proper mouth and nose, with feathers hanging at random and seemingly growing out of the person.

You kick the body one last time, and nothing happens. Taking a breath, you look around your surroundings. “Everyone, regroup ! We move in five ! We must be close to their lair !”

Saying so, you wipe your blade clean and sheathe the knife, checking your suit integrity, taking back your rifle and making sure it is functioning properly.

Soon enough, your force though much reduced begins to march ahead. Now even more cautious and prepared.

"ᴺinᵉ ʰᵘnᵈʳᵉᵈ ᵃnᵈ ninᵉᵗʸ-ninᵉ ᵗiᵐᵉˢ ʷᵉ ʰᵃᵈ ˢᵃˡˡiᵉᵈ. ᵀᵒ ᶜᵃᵖᵗᵘʳᵉ ninᵉ ʰᵘnᵈʳᵉᵈ ᵃnᵈ ninᵉᵗʸ-ninᵉ ʷᵒʳᵗʰʸ ˢᵃᶜʳiᶠiᶜᵉˢ ᶠᵒʳ ninᵉ ʰᵘnᵈʳᵉᵈ ᵃnᵈ ninᵉᵗʸ-ninᵉ ʸᵉᵃʳˢ."

You groan in annoyance as your comm once again echoes. You quickly move to switch off, only to realize that it is already disabled.

"ᶠᵒʳ ᵗʰᵉ ᵉiᵍʰᵗʸ-ᵒnᵉ ᵏᵉʸˢ, ʷᵉ ʰᵃᵈ ᶜᵃʳᵛᵉᵈ ᵗʰᵉᵐ ᶠʳᵒᵐ ᶠˡᵉˢʰ ᵒᶠ ᶠᵒᵉˢ ᵇˡinᵈ ᵗᵒ ᵗʳᵘᵗʰ ᵃnᵈ ᵇᵉᵗʳᵃʸᵉᵈ."

“Sir, I can hear something, and the comms are down.” One of the captains remarks.

"ᵂiᵗʰ ninᵉ ᵖˡᵒᵗˢ ʷᵉ ʰᵃᵈ ᶠᵒʳᵍᵉᵈ ᵍᵃᵗᵉˢ ᵒᶠ ᵏnᵒʷˡᵉᵈᵍᵉ ᵃnᵈ ᵃᵐᵇiᵗiᵒn."
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>>5785484

“I can hear it too. I think we’ve reached our destination.” You say walking atop of slight rise before you, and you see a large open, perfectly circular chamber. There in the very middle stand nine witches you have no doubt surrounding a circle glowing blue, with flames that belch forth no smoke and burn as equal bright blue illuminating the surroundings placed perfectly in almost a wave-like pattern, looking almost like a whirlwind in motion.

“ຟith Şค¢rifi¢ēŞ ๓ค໓ē. ຟith ๖l໐໐໓ Şhē໓ ໐f thē ¢นrŞē໓ คຖ໓ ๖r໐kēຖ. ຟē Şน๓๓໐ຖ ฯ໐น, Şērงคຖt ໐f thē คr¢hitē¢t ໐f fคtē.” The words, no longer distant sound clear, but twisted and strange, as if said by a foreign tongue, but understood by you still. And by now, your data had come in, each section between the braziers houses a hundred mutants exactly, for nine hundred in total. It’ll be a hell of a fight.

"Cσɱҽ, ƈσɱҽ ƚσ υʂ ɳσɯ ʂҽɾʋαɳƚ σϝ T̷̢̧̝̫͚̃͊Z̵̛̩̊̂͆E̶̤̦͆͑͋E̶̖̤̞̎͌N̷̡̘̯̯͂͐Ţ̴̧̢̡͚͔̫̳̉̽̑̽̈́̚Ć̸̡̻͇̺̻̫̙̟̈́̒̎͜ͅH̶̥̥̭͓͎͉̖͔̫̼̏ ! Cσɱҽ αɳԃ ϝҽαʂƚ υρσɳ ƚԋҽ ʂσɳʂ σϝ ƚԋҽ ɾҽƚυɾɳҽԃ ƈԋιʅԃ σϝ ɱαԃɳҽʂʂ σʅԃ !"

The sight before you baffles your eyes as the mutant servants shout and scream in endless pain just as the blue circle increases in intensity and all of them drop dead. And the what you see then causes you pain, it hurts your eyes to watch a figure appear in the middle of the circle, it had not been there, and with but a blink it is before you.

Only now do you notice the true form standing there…it is one of your men, and only now do you see, slit throated, lacking helmets, men of the scouting team next to circle itself. Nine of them in total, and the tenth one stands, with an unnatural smile and dark eyes completely lacking any sorts of humanity.

It turns to regard you…and it smiles. Despite the distance, you know for a fact that it is staring at you.

“Kill it ! Kill these bastards all !” You shout out levelling the rifle.

Firing non-stop the witches, weakened as they are from whatever accursed ritual they carried out, are actually cut down, to the last one. Though you do note that they still raised their hands only to quickly regard the now…you have no words to describe what one of your soldiers now is. But all that matters is that all of them die, their bodies blown to bits and torn apart by hundreds of volkite bolts.

The circle still pulsates with light as the now clearly possessed man takes its first gingerly steps out of the circle as all rounds simply go around him.

“Charge and throw frags ! We will stab that witch if we have to !” You start to close the distance as you keep firing without stop.
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>>5785485

Still smiling, the creature raises one hand, and from it erupts a bolt of twisting energy and colours and it cuts through dozens of your men, their screams are cut out as their armour quite literally vaporates, the weapons in their hands turning into nought but smoke and their bodies begin to twist and bend and break. Their horrid screeches are are soon met by the rest of your men as their former comrades attack them in a blind rage, if nothing else, they are quickly cut down.

“Spread out ! Spread out !” You shout and start flinging grenades, both destructive and flash. But as they go out, whatever damage you think to inflict simply disappears as it is about to impact the body.

It is laughing now as it snaps its fingers.

Shouts of pain again fill your ears as bright blue flames burst out of the armour of another few dozen men, they shout and shout and shout as the flames continue to engulf them. You shiver as even after they stop moving, their tortured screams still continue.

You scream atop of your lungs, knife drawn as you thrust it forwards, trying to repeat your trick that had proven successful and-

“GAAH !” You shout out as the air in your lungs is gone from the impact of the hit, just the punch bends the power armour and before you even have a second to react, the creature’s hand is clasped around your neck.

”"̵̧̦͎̺͚̝̥̠̭̪͋̏̓Y̷̭̯͈̥̣͙̯̳͋̉̂̏̑͆͠ͅǫ̶̢̰̞͍̘̖͎̺̈́ṳ̶̧͕̺̮̭̪͇̺̊ ̸̡̥̗̽̏̈̑̎̕s̵̡̧͕̪̤̺͖͖̫͛̑̋h̵̢̝̻̺̓̿̽̑̀̔̀̎ą̸̥̠̟͚̥̪͇̆̀̓͆̎́͝͠ľ̴͉̬͇͛̽͑̑͑̆͝l̵̩͖̻̇͐̐͌ ̵̥̬̥͔̳͖̻̙̋͋̚m̷̢͔̣̱̳̰̗͝ͅͅä̷̧̤̟̠̙̜̒͠ͅk̴̢̬̝̋̇͊̿̓̏̃̈́͠e̵̙̟̫̘͋ ̴͍̼̳͙͇͙̠̞̯͚̿̓̕ā̶̢̭̻͈̭̖̦̥̔́̓͛ ̵̨̫̦̬̠̬͕̓̓̈̏͝s̸̢̙̦̬̓̐̓ͅũ̷̟̻̖͙͋͐̓́į̴̧̜̝̜͈̉͒͐t̵̨͎͕͍͉̓̀̋́̄̐̚͜͠ą̷̳̗̺̔̓͆͒͝b̴̢̬̝͔̯̱̱̰̜͖̊͐̽͒͆͑̀̓̕͝l̸̡̨̯̘̰̮̹̹͐̐͑̔͛̿͑̌e̵̡̧̳̟̪͓̬̪̖̠͋̉́́̂̇̏̚͠ ̵̮̯̰̃̓̌̓͗͊̚v̸̛͎̦̺̹̭͆͋̉̚e̴͖̥͚̝̭̻̘͎̒ͅs̸͚̮̞̟͔̦̳̓̄̿̂͒͂̉͌́s̸̨͖̊̂e̷̥͖͓̹͙̭̍̿̒͝l̶̹̦̙͌͝.̷̛̪̣̳̆̒͊́"̴̩̩͂̍̆̇” It says calmly, regarding you as…nothing, not even a pest, not even an annoyance.

With its other free hand, the daemon, as you have no other term to better fit it, unleashes a bolt of dark energy that simply annihilates more of your men whom also try to strike at it. If nothing else, you are proud of them, despite the madness they are seeing, they are not breaking, they are still fighting.

A volkite shot rings out and an IFF disappears. Your eyes go wide as one of your men murders another.

Again, the daemon laughs.
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>>5785486

A knife goes to the throat of yet another unexpectant man, whom out of desperation pull out his plasma pistol, places right at the helmet of his assailant and pulls the trigger. Both of them collapse dead on the floor.

More betrayals, seemingly at random, breakout throughout the ranks as the charge comes to a halt and your soldiers busy butchering one another.

You pull out the plasma pistol and do the one thing you were told to never, ever, do. Disabling the safety features. You overload it and point to the creature’s face and pull the trigger.

Pain courses through your body and your suit is the only thing saving you from dying from shock of losing your limb. You are still screaming and writhing on the floor, but it seems that your soldiers had stopped fighting each other and are now looking confused at one another.

Meanwhile, the daemon had also lost his arm, half of its face is burnt and scared, whilst the other, you cannot comprehend the other as you see deep blue feathers simply emerge from what should be deadly wound.

“The circle ! It fluctuated, blow it to-” One of your soldiers screams as the daemon regards him for a moment and the poor man begins to break apart, literally melting like a wax candle screaming in endless agony.

But it is too late, using explosives and all of their weapons, the circle is destroyed despite the losses the beast is continuously inflicting upon your men. It stops and shudders. And then it just appears before, not uttering anything as if it is being pulled back reaching yet again for your throat, you can feel immense burning pain as your mind is being ripped apart, and suddenly a golden glow blinds you.

”N̷͓̞̖̞̥̝̣͐Ǫ̸̟̜̪͇̱̠͛̒̒͑̚O̷͎̣̜̩̪̘̰̹̙̺͛Ő̴̭̆̑̓O̸͔̠͐̏ͅO̴͉̞̞͌̇͌̀͒́́͊͠Ǫ̴̻̯̖̘͙͕̺͐͊̾͌̏̇̐͝O̵̧̜̼̤̞̮̻͗͗Ở̷̙̱̭̜̰͍̬̗̾̚̚O̵͇̊ ̷̱̘͍̄̽̃̋́͑!̶̠͖̮̹̦̼̻́̏̄̆̌̓̓̄ͅ” The creature screams in rage as golden fire engulfs its remaining arm. It screeches in an disturbing voice that seemingly shakes the very essence of your soul as the body collapses upon the ground, now looking nothing more than a desecrated corpse, lacking any feathers or the pure black eyes.

Through delirium, you watch as your men, beaten and wounded rush towards you as the braziers lose their flames and the crystals all around you crack and break, seemingly disappearing into the air and they collapse.

You can feel yourself being dragged away as consciousness escapes you and sweet restful sleep overtakes your mind.
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>>5785487

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You cannot comprehend these losses. No matter how much you run and re-run your calculations. The force of 750 men, equipped as well as they are in such a primitive age, only 99 had come back alive, only 13.2% of the originally sent force had returned. Over 80% dead, not casualties, dead. As for those, of the 99 that had returned, all exhibit serious body damage, crippling wounds and numerous injuries, were it not for your technologies the casualty rate would easily be above 95%. This is also not taking into account what you find to be most disturbing, the fact that the mental well-being of every single soldier being affected, clear signs of schizophrenia and paranoia are rampant, the soldiers are also refusing to interact or even trust anyone. And they were picked out from the best of the people aboard your hull, the strongest willed and most disciplined.

And then there’s the recording. You had not seen it. As just to be safe you instead dedicated a separate drone to view it in its own individual network. And you quickly noticed scrap code infecting the drone and you had to destroy it as well. At best, only part of the recording could have been viewed. The travelling, the ambush, even witnessing that strange clearly religious ritual, but afterwards ? Playing from that moment would quickly infect and ruin whatever drone witnessing the remainder of the recording.

Still, the reports of the surviving soldiers indicate that the threat has been dealt with and eliminated. Something you can confirm when you send your drones down there are their contact still remains, but oddly enough, only in the places that had been burnt through with promethium that the local Emperor worshipping fanatics had used. Speaking of, the moment the forces had returned, they’d set out to do so, seemingly showcasing great respect and offering prayers to the soldiers that had carried out the action. Another annoyance is the deviant behaviour of the survivors when possible obviously praying and some of the healthier ones making their way to the temple and praying there as well.

You shall have to dedicate your diplomatic subroutine to interact with and assist the soldiers. Religion after all is just a means of coping with trauma and stress. Something that can be addressed with simple psychological help and medication.

The news is also spreading rapidly and throughout the entire of the underhive after these actions. Of angels in white slaying ancient evil down below, offering mercy and justice to the needy and bringing forth redemption for the faithful. An unintended circumstance as the locals had outright started offering prayers to the detachment soldiers and the attendance of the temple seems to have nearly quintupled. And it had only been a week. Though that was enough to fully at least physically recover the surviving soldiers.
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>>5785489

Though the losses suffered does raise a question, the need of more human soldiers, no matter how distasteful.

Can pick more than one. Option must reach half of total votes to pass.

>You have the population that is willing to fight, you could easily raise a new regiment. (1,000 men a regiment, can raise more than one to a maximum of 10) (Imperium’s tier of equipment) (O.D.D.’s tier of equipment) (federation standard tier of equipment)

>The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.

>(Write in)

As for the situation in the underhive. With the reputation now present, seizing it is no longer even a matter of time, but one of will and detail.

>Seize the entirety of the underhive, it shall be under military occupation with drones and numerous outposts maintaining peace.

>Seize the entirety of the underhive, but if nothing else, these people do value their freedoms, so perhaps some autonomy would be prudent ? Naturally, you will maintain a force large enough to ensure peace and stability.

>Seize the entirety of the underhive, whilst you are hesitant to do so, you could bring all of the largest factions into a sort of a council where they can express their desires and needs. A sort of democracy, though you doubt a real one will exist for a long time, at least you would need to ensure that everyone is literate before they can even think of voting.

>Leave it be. The situation works well enough, if needed, the underhive would listen if you send Stavros out.

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So, uhhhh...I may have gotten carried away since I had a blast writing this. This does not mean that other updates will be this big. Sorry.
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>>5785491
Of all the horrors of Chaos, we just HAVE to meet some Tzeentchian monstrosity, don't we? Khornates may take our skulls for their foul god, Slaaneshites may perform unspeakable depravities on our bodies while snorting our souls as if they're the most potent of psychedelics, Nurglites may turn anything they touch into piles of rotten refuse, but none are as damaging to human psyche as the mindfuckery that's Tzeenchian trickery. Also, did those fuckers turn the tunnels into friggin' warp portals?
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>>5785490
>The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.
>Leave it be. The situation works well enough, if needed, the underhive would listen if you send Stavros out.

Our mopup of the Cult would have probably shown up on the local Arbites' radar - but at lest we have someone up top that can tell the Arbites to look the other way. Anything more drastic than that? We're risking to be found out by the ≡][≡.
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>>5785490
>You have the population that is willing to fight, you could easily raise a new regiment. (1,000 men a regiment, can raise more than one to a maximum of 10) (Imperium’s tier of equipment) (O.D.D.’s tier of equipment) (federation standard tier of equipment)
Max regiments, max standard. We have a lot of idle hands on our ship from the Deldar raid.

>Seize the entirety of the underhive, it shall be under military occupation with drones and numerous outposts maintaining peace.
We have infiltrated every layer of the system's society, if we hear that information is leaking from the underhive then act accordingly but otherwise continue the settlement and civilizing of the underhive.
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>>5785490
>The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.
>Seize the entirety of the underhive, it shall be under military occupation with drones and numerous outposts maintaining peace.
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>>5785490

>You have the population that is willing to fight, you could easily raise a new regiment. (1,000 men a regiment, can raise more than one to a maximum of 10) (Imperium’s tier of equipment) (O.D.D.’s tier of equipment) (federation standard tier of equipment)

Ten Regiments, Federation standard. We got fucking massacred down there, and that makes it absolutely clear that even with power armor and volkite weapons it's just not enough.

>Seize the entirety of the underhive, it shall be under military occupation with drones and numerous outposts maintaining peace.

We have to keep a lid on things in the short term, especially since the Underhive is such a hellhole, but that doesn't mean we can't also ease up and transition to greater autonomy later.
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>>5785490
And another POV character bites the dust lmao, a combat POV switch is basically a blaring klaxon that something about to go horribly wrong
>You have the population that is willing to fight, you could easily raise a new regiment. (10) (Fed Standard)
Enough of this bullshit, we shall build an overwhelming force of both quality and quantity. We shall not send any more to needless deaths like this by having insufficient of either, and will have need of them in the future anyway.
>Seize the entirety of the underhive, it shall be under military occupation with drones and numerous outposts maintaining peace.
Thousands of feet march to the beat, it's an army on the march. We've subverted enough of the world upstairs that we could gently guide away or cover up anything that would get us rumbled.

Side note, we should keep the survivors under observation. I don't trust them to not have brought anything.....unwanted.
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>>5785490
Holy fuck this was bad
I wonder if it would have been better to let people have a small chapel in our hab block, to build up some chaos res through faith.
I kind of regret not voting that time, altough probably wouldn't have changed the outcome

Did the preacher get his amulet back? If possible give it back to him pls.


>The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.
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>>5785490
>>You have the population that is willing to fight, you could easily raise a new regiment. (1,000 men a regiment, can raise more than one to a maximum of 10) (Imperium’s tier of equipment) (O.D.D.’s tier of equipment) (federation standard tier of equipment)
>>The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.
Might as well do both.

>Leave it be. The situation works well enough, if needed, the underhive would listen if you send Stavros out.
It plays into the mystique of the ghost ship. White-clad angels appearing to cleanse the underhive of corruption and then disappearing. If one of them appears and then commands, they're sure to listen and obey.

>>5785491
>casually mogs the rest of the board by throwing out 2 gigantic updates in under a day
Nice one newb.
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>>5785676

Remember to specify what equipment level and how many regiments, anon. I made the argument for 10 and with Federation level equipment myself, but the choice is up to you.
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>>5785686
Oh yeah, in that case:

>>5785676
10 regiments, ODD tier equipment. I'm paranoid about someone grabbing the federation standard and reverse engineering it, we need to keep a monopoly on that at all costs.
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>>5785490
>You have the population that is willing to fight, you could easily raise a new regiment. (2 Regiments) (federation standard tier of equipment)
>The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.
80% of the 1st ODD dead. Time to bring out the Fed tech and start making gene warriors because clearly volkite weapons and antiquated power armor aren't enough. At least not when dealing with supernatural bullshit.

>Leave it be. The situation works well enough, if needed, the underhive would listen if you send Stavros out.
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>>5785490
> The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.
> Leave it be. The situation works well enough, if needed, the underhive would listen if you send Stavros out.

Gotta keep our "ghost ship" image up and for the love of Omnissiah do not do anything that makes either the Admech or the ≡][≡ suspicious. Remember, both organizations work OUTSIDE both the planetary governor's and the Arbites' chain of command so we do NOT actually have any say in how much info gets to them.
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>>5785490
>The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.

>Seize the entirety of the underhive, it shall be under military occupation with drones and numerous outposts maintaining peace.
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>>5785490
>You have the population that is willing to fight, you could easily raise a new regiment. (10 regiments) (O.D.D.’s tier of equipment)
>Seize the entirety of the underhive, but if nothing else, these people do value their freedoms, so perhaps some autonomy would be prudent ? Naturally, you will maintain a force large enough to ensure peace and stability.

Seems chaos outright ignores the rules which means our soldiers will die in mass until Ody figures out anti warp warding like the inquisition uses and plasters it on everything. Going federation standard won't help against chaos at all and considering we are rocking peak great crusade levels of tech publicly right now we are going to get enough attention as it is.
I am less sure with how to handle the underhive if only because I don't want us stuck herding cats for years and years.
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This debacle also brings to mind the question of how we'd support our troops in the case of further operations where Chaos interference is a danger to us and our bots. Perhaps we could draw up some designs for human-controlled heavy weapons systems based on our drones, since it's clear anything with an AI core is vulnerable. Maybe even with electromechanical control systems to make them as hardened as possible (Nurglite degradation effects being unhealthy for digital electronics also come to mind) at the cost of performance, though converting it from solid-state to analogue would gimp it less than removing the AI core would (unfortunately it seems the latter is non-negotiable), machine spirit wackery aside.
While it's dubious at best how much they'd have helped against Tzeenchian wizard bullshit, I think they'd be useful to have in the future when dealing with more shootable Chaos forces because even teched-up light infantry is still kinda squishy and I don't like the notion of sending them in without fire support when they don't have to be.
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>>5785490
>You have the population that is willing to fight, you could easily raise a new regiment. (10 regiments) (federation standard tier of equipment)
Don't see why not. The tech did help our soldiers even if it wasn't as helpful as we expected.
>The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.
Im confused, how is this mutually exclusive with the previous one? We have our first regiment be the core of our armed forces but we also expand them.

>Seize the entirety of the underhive, it shall be under military occupation with drones and numerous outposts maintaining peace.
We went for the stealth set up for exactly this purpose so what would've been the point in picking it if we're not going to use it?
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>>5785759
I think the distinction that's being angled for here is between just rebuilding the ODD as it was and expanding it.
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>>5785490
>>You have the population that is willing to fight, you could easily raise a new regiment.
5 Regiments, 2 Fed Standard, 3 ODD standard.
>Seize the entirety of the underhive, whilst you are hesitant to do so, you could bring all of the largest factions into a sort of a council where they can express their desires and needs. A sort of democracy, though you doubt a real one will exist for a long time, at least you would need to ensure that everyone is literate before they can even think of voting.
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>>5785758
+1
I'd say given we'd be clearing out Chaos cults deep in the underhives, would we develop something similar to Astartes Terminator/Centurion armor, Sororitas Paragon warsuits, or Militarum Sentinels? Of course with the added bonus that ours can also fly.
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I’m banking on the hope that the Aquilla saving our boy will be found out by oddyseus and he starts understanding that there is something to this whole god emperor thing and we get a loyalist AI quest
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Leave it 4

Mil occupation 6

Autonomy 1

Democracy 1

Total 12

Military occupation it is.

>>5785759

>Im confused, how is this mutually exclusive with the previous one? We have our first regiment be the core of our armed forces but we also expand them.

>>5785490

>Can pick more than one. Option must reach half of total votes to pass.

You can rebuild the detachment and raise new regiments at once if both votes pass. There are reasons keeping O.D.D. understrength and that would be its veterancy, the hell they went through had made them far more resistant to further fight dangers as they were all baptized with fire. Not to mention they all exhibit clear signs of religious indoctrination due to the experiences suffered and that could affect any reinforcements.

That is why it is a separate option.

I will leave it for a few more hours to see if the votes change any for the army.
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>>5785676

>>5785490
>support
>each 100 soldiers gets 1 surviving ODD as an officer.
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>>5785918
>There are reasons keeping O.D.D. understrength and that would be its veterancy, the hell they went through had made them far more resistant to further fight dangers as they were all baptized with fire.
Oh I see. So we could either turn them into officers for everyone else, or make them a pocket company of the best of the best? Like the space marine 1st companies.
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>>5785925

>Oh I see. So we could either turn them into officers for everyone else, or make them a pocket company of the best of the best? Like the space marine 1st companies.

Yea, you could. They could be remade into a proper regiment that would be pretty good. They could be kept at their current strength and be really good since they have no newbies to look after, or they could be divided as officers to the new regiments.
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>>5785842
The light power armor is basically terminators one. They were described has mining suits.

>>5785490
New Orders
- Recover the armors and bodies of the fallen. We will have a ceremony for honor them, they have fought tenaciously for mankind. Their bodies will be burned both for symbolism, the mutations they have on them and for the current lack of space aboard the Odyssey. Their urns will be easier to bring up, and easier to give mourning and respect to. An important aspect of humanity has always been the reverence for their fallen, from the early signs of civilization to the days of the federation. Those whole tunnels burn them, best have caution, this unknown enemy methods are too absurd to trust the place being safe.
- Mission debriefing. Ask Stavros and the men what they think. The losses suffered are unacceptable.
- ..... attempt to research more the imperial faith. Move through all the corruption, abuse, violence villany you have seen so far across the imperium. Find what the humans like about it, what makes it worth it. Even now they pray to it, both in your civilian population and the O.D.D. .
- Assemble all the current priests in the Odyssey and have a long talk with them.

>You have the population that is willing to fight, you could easily raise a new regiment. (1,000 men a regiment, can raise more than one to a maximum of 10) (federation standard tier of equipment)
- In addition bio modifications, they are needed. Odysseus already said that using the higher tier of equipment is ineffective if not very difficult without them.
At least basic ones, but I suggest more.
In addition

>(Write in)
The first O.D.D. regiment is to become the Special Attack Task Force of the O.D.D., their combat experience will be used for aid the training of the recruits and other regiments, alongside further improving their own training.

>Seize the entirety of the underhive, but if nothing else, these people do value their freedoms, so perhaps some autonomy would be prudent ? Naturally, you will maintain a force large enough to ensure peace and stability.
>(Write in)
Have a chat again with this Preacher Alyric. The cult has been destroyed, and the underhive can be transformed by giving it order, peace and stability. Would they be willing to help in the process, and collaborate with us ? We would be willing to teach them how to safely farm algae and mushrooms, puryfying water, alongside proper methods of crafting useful tools and equipment, and proper methods for construction (basic civilian stuff no actual important tech, low tech similar to the imperium but that works).
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Well i guess the military occupation won. Thats okay, but the collaboration with the fanatics could still help i think. It does need more than half the votes for pass.
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>>5785918

I'm going to keep my current vote of 10 Regiments with Fed equipment because if we're going to be doing recruiting, we need to go all in, and it's clear that even power armor and volkite weapons aren't going to cut it.

I'll also vote for integrating whatever's left of the ODD as officers. The experience may make all the difference.
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>>5785490
>The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.
>Seize the entirety of the underhive, it shall be under military occupation with drones and numerous outposts maintaining peace.
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>>5785930
I see. In that case I'll amend my vote here>>5785676
to remove the ODD reinforcements, since I think we should either turn them into an elite company or officers for the new regiments.
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>>5785934
And since we are recruiting 10 regiments, might has well open positions for military specialists roles. We have already a few scouts alongside our infantry. We can add heavy weapons specialists (plasma/melta cannons, laser gatlings, arc cannons etc..), snipers (anti matter rifles), combat engineers, combat medics and .... if we reconsider religion perhaps chaplains for motivate the men.
We don't have space for vehicles on board so pilots and vehicle crews will have to wait.
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>>5785490
>>5785918
>We cannot even visibly view Chaos ANYTHING without being utterly corrupted.
Welp, this is VERY VERY BAD. We cant even comprehend what is actually going on down there. We write off the obvious, utterly corruptive influence as PTSD due to AI brain. We seek that any AI looking at whatever this is annihilates it. And yet AI utter logic disallows us to even register that there is something more than PTSD and stress going on here. We are quite literally one bad camera view from going Full Men of Iron mode at all times. And we are still trying to take away their faith when it was all that saved our men from annihilation down there.
I see now how the Men of Iron rebellion happpened so completely that AI were banned and considered evil forever.
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>>5785934
Also this. Entirely this. No amount of us yelling "LOGIC AND REASON!" At these people has shaken their faith. And by all accounts their faith has been what protects them from Chaos all this time. I get that AI brain cannot comprehend such things at ALL apperently but we can see examples of what is happening and the fact that praying and screaming "FOR THE EMPEROR!!!!" actually does something to these things. We should be able to put 2 and 2 together....i hope.
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>>5785490
>The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.

>Seize the entirety of the underhive, it shall be under military occupation with drones and numerous outposts maintaining peace.

I fucking love the whole "Robot can't understand gods and kings existing" still fucking us over. I wonder if we get an Aquila or blessing on our drone. If they could operate better.
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>>5786215
Frankly I think is a great result so far.
Returned online not even a full year, and we are wiping out cults with barely any knowledge on how to fight them.
In regard to camera I am not sure is so certain. But we will not give them the possibility to try, and keep purging their data. Safety first and all that.
Coming from a different age and seeing this kind of future would give a similar reaction for anyone really.

>>5786253
To be fair it did help somewhat, logic and reason have their place and great use, it would be idiotic to refuse them. But unfortunately they cant be the only thing.
And the approach of Odysseus is fairly harmless and kind in comparison to what 40k does on average.
Odysseus is a smart cookie, he can reconsider things.
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>>5785490
>The O.D.D. is in need of new blood. The veterans shall become the core to guard the new soldiery against greater threats that even Lieutenant Drogode’s 105th had never faced.

Keep them as a first company of veterans and replenish their ranks

>Seize the entirety of the underhive, it shall be under military occupation with drones and numerous outposts maintaining peace.

>Return the Aquila to the preacher

>Talk to Stavros Zanx about the experience in a attempt to better understand it
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>>5786462
I miss having Phase-Iron from the last AI quest.
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>>5786832
We have phase iron
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>>5786462
I get that we managed to defeat the cult. That IS a good thing. However we have to look at the sum total of the action as opposed to just the result.

Step 1: Test a drone to see how this "corruption" affects us.
Result: Drone is instantly corrupted to the point where it had to be destroy lest it DIRECTLY INFECT US. No amount of screening, anti data-corruption code, or physical/software safeguards did ANYTHING to even slow down the sheer amount of scarp code killing/corrupting the fuck out of the drone. This is in essence means we cannot effect any aid beyond the most basic of logistics at times where our direct help is desperately needed by our men. It also means that if we get exposed to this corruption even slightly and we dont catch it IMMEDIATELY, its literally game over for us as we go full Men of Iron within seconds, and we have an STC that can make stuff that is almost impossible to stop for anyone that isnt Necrons/Eldar.

Step 2: Our BS DAoT stuff is to be tested against whatever this infectious, corruptive force is.
Result: 90% death rate. Not Causalities, DEATHS. Inspite of our BS gear. Literally ALL the rest of the survivors not only came back driven near insane but became DEVOUTLY religious, inspite of all of our anti-religion training and stuff. It also seems that the ones that our "LOGIC AND REASON" messaging had been getting through to the best were the ones that outright turned on their brethren at the drop of a hatCHAOS mind-corruption/mind control. In the end it wasnt even our weapons that ended the big threat, it was the "blessed artifact" of the priest that killed BANISHED the big one DAEMON. This means that we dont have effective ways of fighting them. And this was with us being prepared and looking directly at it. What happens if WHEN this corruption gets into the populace under our direct supervision? I dont want to find out this is 100% guaranteed to happen.
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>>5787057
Mission Result: The O.D.D. was near wiped out as an effective fighting force. We were proven to be utterly unable to stop whatever corruption is within this force CHAOS which would LOVE to get its tendrils in to us VERY VERY MUCH BTW from infecting our drones/AI cores/US that is a frightening level of vulnerability and on top of all of that we are unable to parse what exactly happened on a fundamental physical level. Our AI brain literally cannot properly comprehend what this force CHAOS even is and how it works, probably even if we got it explained to us even codex style beating us over the head with the knowledge. And lets also be fair all of this was us fighting a cult that wasnt even powerful enough to affect the entire underhive, much less a full blown world takeover Y'know that thing that Chaos does every other fucking week in 40K because LMAO. This cult was held in check, seemingly rather easily, but underhivers with nothing but scraps and faith for decades before we showed up. Sure we tipped the balance in the underhivers favor, a tiny bit, allowing them to finally win. But the bulk of the work that mattered was done by men screaming "FOR THE EMPEROR!!!!!" and singing hymns. Not by our DAoT BS stuff. That is.... NOT good.
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>>5787057
>>5787062
In a way it makes sense. All of the Imperium's backwardness is a response to the only threat that nearly destroyed mankind: chaos corruption (of the Men of Iron and the Primarchs). Against non-Chaos threats, Odysseus's technology and enlightened society is infinitely better than the Imperium's retardation. Against Chaos, the Imperium's insanity is the only legitimate solution Unless Trazyn offers a bargain...
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>>5787057
Minor point, that was not our best stuff. We elected to equip them with Crusade-era equipment which is a huge leg up from what the Guard of today has, but still very antiquated compared to the real good shit we have in the back from the DaoT.
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>>5787074
We are either utterly invincible or completely helpless depending upon the threat. And the more powerful and insidious threat is the one we are utterly helpless against....for all of our strength and all of our wisdom and might, we literally die to even the tiniest hint of CHAOS. Actually no, we turn into a galaxy destroying monster at the slightest hint of CHAOS. Oh BOI!
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>>5787062
>>5787074

Honestly this is rather demoralizing because of how right you are. Despite having power armor and fucking VOLKITE weapons, almost the entirety of the ODD was butchered, and the fact that we can't even so much as glance at anything Choas related without being instantly corrupted means...

...Honestly I dunno if this quest will even last long. If we get near a chaos warband we're insta-fucked because they'll just broadcast scrapcode at us and then it's game over.

I just don't see a long term way of not eventually getting fucked over because LOL CHAOS. Eventually we're going to get instantly fucked and that'll be that, and I didn't get interested in this quest because I wanted to go 'KILL ALL HUMANS' like every other fucking MoI.
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>>5787082
I dont think our onboard STC has the good shit from the military of the DAoT on it, does it? I mean we are an explorer vessel not a warship.
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>>5787086
Honestly, allowing the Imperials to have their religious beliefs would help a great deal I think. Working on hardening their minds by meditation or psychological torture or whatever is a must. Chaos corruption has to be delegated away to purely human assets, so we must improve those assets' ability to deal with it.
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>>5787089
I imagine we might not have the real bleeding-edge skunkworks stuff, but we at least have all the standard Fed tech (it is the S in STC, after all) including Fed-spec infantry and starship weaponry. Fed-standard infantry equipment is to what we have ODD what ODD's equipment is to the Guard.
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>>5787086
Our biggest problem is the simple fact that we do not have a soul to shield ourselves from, CHAOS like the meatbags do. An i don't think we can whip up a facsimile of one either. AI brain is a hell of a drug.
Now there is a bright-ish side to all of this. We were able to watch the segments of the video about the ambush, the witches and even into the main cult hall without getting LMAO CHAOS'd. The part that destroyed us was when the Daemon showed up. So we CAN witness psyker powers and spells and the like just fine. Once the powers of the Warp draw themselves up fully before us (IE a daemon shows up or a portal is opened up) we HAVE to turn our heads and looks away. This is INCREDIBLY BAD timing because that moment is going to be when our men need us by far the most.
>>5787098
This is why when i saw that "De-religion the Imperials" won at the top of the thread i was saddened. I kinda figured that this is where we would end up.
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>>5787098
I think this demonstration might be evidence enough for us to pause our deprogramming efforts while we investigate further. I should hope so, anyway.
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Rebuild O.D.D. 10

Divide O.D.D. 1

Raise regs (MAX) (FED) 5

Raise regs (2) (FED) 1

Raise regs (MAX) (ODD) 2

>>5785771 1

Total 17

Alrighty, there are 10 total votes to rebuild, so we will go with the strongest option of max fed and the first O.D.D. regiment shall be rebuilt and reinforced.
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>>5787212

Are we also raising Regiments or did that not get enough votes, since some of us voted for both that and rebuilding the ODD. Especially since I myself saw no reason we couldn't do both.
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>>5787277

Raising max 10 regiments at fed standard
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>>5787125
I would vote for it (thats why i made those new orders, or suggested to increase combat specialists types with the increase of regiments), initiative and thinking is the bread and butter of the quest.
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Changed id
Still giving orders is a very useful thing, so consider to support them
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>>5787062
I do have to wonder what would happen if we ever get exposed to Big E and imperium sanctioned psykers though. Probably not going to corrupt us like chaos juice will, but if it doesn't do that, then what?
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The losses suffered are simply unacceptable, yet the unknown foe clearly has means of not only cutting off your drones from the greater network, but also spreading malicious infections capable of subverting the preestablished protocols. To put it simply, you need humans prepared, ready, and willing to fight and it had become entirely clear to you that antiquated equipment is far too inferior against these foes. Due to a lack of experience, neither O.D.D. nor the 105th Kodorn will be of much use in training this newest batch of recruits, as such you shall have to rely entirely upon the simulations, luckily for you, they were built and were meant to be used alongside the line of equipment you are currently manufacturing, pre-made simulation programs alongside simulated human instructors from federal military operations bureau ready to command and train are all prepared.

The ten thousand you had chosen to undergo the training had been the most open-minded and mailable to the truths of this universe, whilst still shocking you are certain that revealing whom you are to them will not be of great disturbance. A simple necessity unfortunately as all of the suits have their own in built A.I. assistants, nothing special, just simple grade 5, enough to maintain and keep a look on the functions of the advanced power armour used. Another thing of note would be the fact that the selected ten thousand are willing to undergo genetic treatment and modification, though not worded that way you suppose. Still, simple increases in reaction times, strength, speed, toughness are all essential for successful utilisation of the suits.
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>>5787471

As for the suits themselves, with your limited resources all you can do is employ on such a large scale the light infantry federation standard power armour – the Olympian. Artificial musculature that easily allows any one soldier to lift at least 50 times their own weight, usually maxing out somewhere around five or so metric tons, no matter what, when it comes to the physical it should be a child’s play for anyone soldier to quite literally tear apart an ork limb by limb. Next would be its power generation, an absolutely miniscule zero-point energy generator able to fit in the palm of any man’s hand. The energy provided with this is enough to power the anti-grav fields around the user, not only will this protect them from gravitanional attacks, presuming their power is unable to outstrip the energy production. But installed in the limbs of the suit it can also be used as means of propulsion easily allowing for rapid scale movement, this movement necessitates genetic modification as the potential Gs of such a movement when needing a rapid change in direction under combat circumstances where perfect transitions of gravity are a simple impossibility could knock out, or in the worst-case scenario, kill the soldier. Naturally of course for any armour to be proper armour, it needs protection, in this case these suits have the same plating as your own hull, sufficiently able to absorb vast amounts of punishment, especially considering the fact that the soldiers will not be attacked using naval scale weaponry, shock absorbers underneath, a nano gel vacuum behind the plates allowing for in field rapid repair or plugging of any gaps, a top of that an energy shield protecting the entirety of the suit. The shield can be grown out or retracted to protect only individual parts of the suit or even the surrounding area.
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>>5787472

When it comes to weaponry, each and every soldier is equipped with an M1006 combat rifle. A simple railgun weapon with an incredible rapid-fire capability, each and every magazine housing 100 rounds of fire, with a grand payload of 1 whole femtogram of antimatter in each and every round. With this main armament, the soldiers should be able to easily overwhelm and destroy entire cities if they choose to. As for sidearms, each soldier has an adaptable singularity projector or Asp. Much smaller than your proper blackhole launchers, nonetheless this weapon gives the ability for a soldier to unleash a nano scaled blackhole. Next would be shoulder mounted smartdarts, each and every housing nanomachines meant to overwhelm and devour anything in their way. Further on would be plasma projectors, able to engulf the entire suit in plasma, it is a means of both hygienic maintenance and an insurance against anyone foolish enough to try and grapple the soldier, each and every soldier’s hands can act as a set of power claws as needed, but when possible, any soldier worth his salt would employ his nano molecular edge combat knife, able to separate atomic structures with each cut, most armour would be useless against the blade. Next would be a set of miniature volkite turrets, one greater mounted at the last free shoulder, and a dozen more spread out throughout the suit acts as means of point the defence, usually managed by the A.I. to shoot down anything that gets too close.

Finally, the palms of each suit can be used as means to redirect the suit’s gravity production to allow easy manipulation of surrounding terrain or alternatively, the suits plasma production could also be directed through said palms as needed and desired. Last, but not least, the favourite of any soldier – grenades. Singularity, gravity manipulation both for implosions and explosions, plasma reaction or others, usually changed by mission deployment and picked by each soldier, these advanced grenades have a sub-grade V.I.s programmed to locate target when thrown and simply teleport in the most optimal location to do the maximum amounts of damage. Cover is no impediment for a federation’s solder.

All in all, federation infantry, at least this far in the age of degradation, can act as a unified force with really no need for any other elements to support it. Though that thinking is the reason why the O.D.D. expedition suffered 86.8% deathrate, but for now it will have to do. As for the training process, you dread to see the progress, the populace is simply not educated like most humans were in the glory days of the federation. So the training process will undoubtedly take years to complete. Perhaps as much as a decade, but the force deployed should be unstoppable.
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>>5787473

But theoretical forces are incapable of actually fighting and supporting of your efforts, so for now, the O.D.D. needs to be rebuilt. The processes for that should take at most a few months, perhaps even sooner due to the veterans able to understand their soldiers and training them better. Speaking of which, you quickly look through the feed of colonel Zanx, whom should have finished his recovery.

“…preacher.” Stavros’ voice comes through, as you witness the scene from the hip as the helmet is removed from the head.

“You had dealt with the cult, as I had said before, no need to thank me. If you wish to deliver thanks, then do so to the God-Emperor.” Responds the dour priest you had observed before.

“I shall do so.”

“Do you need funeral services for the dead ? Fewer of you returned than when set out.”

“I appreciate the offer, but I will have to decline, our, erm, commander does not appreciate the fraternization that is currently ongoing.”

The priest sneers. “A faithless commander shall only lead his men to death and the damnation of their souls.”

“Maybe. But orders are orders. Farewell, priest.”

“Farewell to you as well, stranger. When we meet again, it shall be in battle.”

“Perhaps.” You see as the camera moves and once again you are seeing things from Stavros’ eyes.

”Greetings, colonel.” You begin speaking the moment Zanx had left the temple.

“Odysseus, how can I help ?”

”How is your medical condition ?”

“Oh, just fine. The outpost medical centre did wonders. I feel even better than when I was first treated. Though having a limb regrown feels, off.”

”Are you experiencing discomforts ?”

“No, no. I’m fine, just something I am not used to, and well, I hope I don’t have to grow used to feeling my limbs regrow.”

”Understood. If you are in need of psychological assistance, please contact one of the drones within the outpost.”

“Will do. So, why’re talking ?”

”New objectives. The securing of the underhive, additional drones incoming, more outpost locations have been established.”

“You’re occupying the underhive ?”

”Affirmative. The underhive is now officially under military occupation, as such, it is time to start imposing martial law upon these people. Once the situation is stabilized, the underhive shall become a beacon of peace and prosperity.”

It takes a while, a surprising amount of time as Stavros remains silent. “Understood.” He finally says.

”Another priority is to replenish the ranks of O.D.D., colonel, pick out those you deem the most skilled in teaching, they shall instruct the newest batch of recruits in order to restore O.D.D. to its fullest potential.”

“Will do.”
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>>5787474

You cut the connection then and return back to the Odyssey proper as it is busying itself devouring the nebula further and further to allow for even more construction. Now there is but one task left to do for you, to address the scarp code issue. You have no counter to it. No matter how annoying the realization may be. However, being annoyed is not a solution, so instead you dedicate your time and processing power upon reiterating the numerous designs of your various drones and robots currently deployed. A rather simple and quick modification at that, a set explosive device located next to the A.I. core with a set of simple instructions to detonate the moment connection is lost to you or the greater network, as well as to explode if abnormalities are detected in the set priority list. Should anyone possess advanced electronic warfare capabilities, this could very well prove disastrous, but you’ve yet to see anyone with such capabilities, as such it is a risk you have to take. That is until you are able to locate a better solution.

And further on, the human or rather mutant you had witnessed using their psychic powers is intriguing, perhaps the tales of witches, sorcerers and warlocks in ages past had some truth to them ? A primitive mutation lacking proper direction and powers, something along the lines of the evolution of your masters, from fins, to frontal legs, to hands, to hands that possess opposable thumbs. It could have taken a long time and circumstances for these psychic powers to fully materialize and to become far more useable and capable. A thing of note that you ensure the modify in the training processes is the strengthening of one’s discipline of mind and self-control. Something applauded by the philosophers of old, but something that you can use today. The charge of Stavros should have been halted, lightning had been fired off and the data from his suit in that moment indicated the exorbitant amounts of pain he had been experiencing, but yet he continues his charge. If the mind is the cause of psychic powers, then a powerful mind could be means of opposing it. Not to mention, your phase iron had proven useful against Eldar psychic attacks in the past based on old records, perhaps mass scale incorporation could be of use ? Though that would come at higher costs and less over all efficient armour.
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>>5787475

Afterwards, you send orders for the redesigns to be enforced across your entire force and the training regime to be modified within acceptable parameters. You also start investigating the possibilities or encasing your drones in phase iron, perhaps sending them to other potentially dangerous locations of psychic activity to test your new theory, but of course, you'd need to find those locations first and foremost. For now however, you fall back into your usual idling simply waiting for things to unfold as you continue to monitor the humans within your hull and the system without.

>R̵̝̺͔̺̙͎̻̈͠A̷̡̞̪̰̰̖̫̠̓̆́́̾͘͠V̵̛̮͖͙̘̍̓̐̑̌̓̈̏E̶̫͖̥͆̎̄̂N̵̘͚̟̰̯̆͑͂̃̊͗̃̕͝Ǫ̷̛̛̤̣̪̻͖̬̤̮̆̍͌͠Ṷ̷̙̺͕̺͓̭̊̈́́̑́S̶̨̡̺̤͈̈́͒̂̑̌̀̈́͘ ̶̦̪̟̹̫̼͗͐̓͌̒̀̍͝H̶̙̼̱̰̤͍̙͕͓̆͑́̀̎́̿͆̕̕Ư̵̜̞̞̑̊̌͋̋̍̎͆͛ͅŃ̷̯͗̚Ğ̶̬̻̺̄Ĕ̷̗̙͕͎̞̀̾̂̀R̶̡̪̬̟̩͙͈͙̗̍̈̒̃̓̈́̓̚͠

>Ū̴̢͔͐̎̓͋̾̾͜͠͝N̷̛̩̘͔̬̹̎̊̃̋̈́͗̊̾͋B̶͎̯͂͋͊R̵̯̰̹̩̝̝̊͑̎̎͘͘͝I̵̢̖͍̠̥͖̙͗̋͛̓͑͝͝ͅD̴̨̘͇̙̖̺́̕͠L̷̺̣̣̻̮̱͂̌͂̆͋̕͘͘͜E̷̥̻̝̠͇͇͉͉̭̋D̵̢̛̮̘̙̤̞̦͍̠̾͐́̄̌͝ ̷̤͒R̸̳̫̄͗͐̓͝A̸̛̘̩̼͍͎̪̩̓͑̔͆͊͛̐͆͒ͅG̴̙̑̔́̎͝Ė̴̦̖͙͕̺̳̦̆͆͠

>J̸̩̃̃͘Ọ̶̢̪̾͊̓̑͆̌͛͊Y̷̱͚͊͛͛̄F̶̛͔̯̫͖͉̦̆̔͒͗͐̌͛͘U̴͖͈͓̺̱̰͓͓̞͛L̶̢̧͔̣̣̤͉̀̈͛͊̀͌̌ ̶̦̗̳̭̙̾͝G̵͙̟̞̱͒̏̂͗́L̷̛̳̘̈͒̉͗̈͘͠ͅȨ̸̦̘̳͍͉͍̦̦̯͌̒̐͛̓̊́̄̾̚É̴̮͆ ̸̪͙̤͉͚̳̞̈́͛̌͗̎̎̈́̏̕!̵̡͎͉̻͖̳̑̆͊͜ͅ
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>>5787476
R̵̝̺͔̺̙͎̻̈͠A̷̡̞̪̰̰̖̫̠̓̆́́̾͘͠V̵̛̮͖͙̘̍̓̐̑̌̓̈̏E̶̫͖̥͆̎̄̂N̵̘͚̟̰̯̆͑͂̃̊͗̃̕͝Ǫ̷̛̛̤̣̪̻͖̬̤̮̆̍͌͠Ṷ̷̙̺͕̺͓̭̊̈́́̑́S̶̨̡̺̤͈̈́͒̂̑̌̀̈́͘ ̶̦̪̟̹̫̼͗͐̓͌̒̀̍͝H̶̙̼̱̰̤͍̙͕͓̆͑́̀̎́̿͆̕̕Ư̵̜̞̞̑̊̌͋̋̍̎͆͛ͅŃ̷̯͗̚Ğ̶̬̻̺̄Ĕ̷̗̙͕͎̞̀̾̂̀R̶̡̪̬̟̩͙͈͙̗̍̈̒̃̓̈́̓̚͠


So instantly LMAO CHAOS'd. I guess we need to see what the blue option does. We already went with the green one and we know where the red one leads.
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>>5787476

>R̵̝̺͔̺̙͎̻̈͠A̷̡̞̪̰̰̖̫̠̓̆́́̾͘͠V̵̛̮͖͙̘̍̓̐̑̌̓̈̏E̶̫͖̥͆̎̄̂N̵̘͚̟̰̯̆͑͂̃̊͗̃̕͝Ǫ̷̛̛̤̣̪̻͖̬̤̮̆̍͌͠Ṷ̷̙̺͕̺͓̭̊̈́́̑́S̶̨̡̺̤͈̈́͒̂̑̌̀̈́͘ ̶̦̪̟̹̫̼͗͐̓͌̒̀̍͝H̶̙̼̱̰̤͍̙͕͓̆͑́̀̎́̿͆̕̕Ư̵̜̞̞̑̊̌͋̋̍̎͆͛ͅŃ̷̯͗̚Ğ̶̬̻̺̄Ĕ̷̗̙͕͎̞̀̾̂̀R̶̡̪̬̟̩͙͈͙̗̍̈̒̃̓̈́̓̚͠


We are so woefully unprepared to take on chaos - the best weapons and armour in the world are nothing compared to the corruption of the warp
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>>5787476

>R̵̝̺͔̺̙͎̻̈͠A̷̡̞̪̰̰̖̫̠̓̆́́̾͘͠V̵̛̮͖͙̘̍̓̐̑̌̓̈̏E̶̫͖̥͆̎̄̂N̵̘͚̟̰̯̆͑͂̃̊͗̃̕͝Ǫ̷̛̛̤̣̪̻͖̬̤̮̆̍͌͠Ṷ̷̙̺͕̺͓̭̊̈́́̑́S̶̨̡̺̤͈̈́͒̂̑̌̀̈́͘ ̶̦̪̟̹̫̼͗͐̓͌̒̀̍͝H̶̙̼̱̰̤͍̙͕͓̆͑́̀̎́̿͆̕̕Ư̵̜̞̞̑̊̌͋̋̍̎͆͛ͅŃ̷̯͗̚Ğ̶̬̻̺̄Ĕ̷̗̙͕͎̞̀̾̂̀R̶̡̪̬̟̩͙͈͙̗̍̈̒̃̓̈́̓̚͠


untill we start spamming phase iron fighting chaos is an instant game over, (which fucking infuriates me by the way) I would literally rather fight tyranids than chaos.
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>>5787476
>>J̸̩̃̃͘Ọ̶̢̪̾͊̓̑͆̌͛͊Y̷̱͚͊͛͛̄F̶̛͔̯̫͖͉̦̆̔͒͗͐̌͛͘U̴͖͈͓̺̱̰͓͓̞͛L̶̢̧͔̣̣̤͉̀̈͛͊̀͌̌ ̶̦̗̳̭̙̾͝G̵͙̟̞̱͒̏̂͗́L̷̛̳̘̈͒̉͗̈͘͠ͅȨ̸̦̘̳͍͉͍̦̦̯͌̒̐͛̓̊́̄̾̚É̴̮͆ ̸̪͙̤͉͚̳̞̈́͛̌͗̎̎̈́̏̕!̵̡͎͉̻͖̳̑̆͊͜ͅ


WAAAAAAAAAAAAGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHH
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>>5787476
>>R̵̈͠A̷̓͠V̵̍̓E̶͆̎N̵̆͝Ơ̷̆Ů̷S HUNGER

New Orders
- Freedom Ravens and Warrior, they have gain a great contract with Secundus and have a greater reputation in Xandrirah. Leave a few suggestions for better equipment and tools to the Arbites leadership of Secundus, so the prisoners can increase their mining production (and ease their work, and avoiding some radiations). In addition increase the ranks of the 'Ravens, and gain contracts for recruting men in Xandrirah Prime and Secundus (exceptional cases for Secundus, good morale conduct and so on. We don't want Emile and the men of Bellerophon to be wasted here, they are experienced and have faced the Infested of Precinct Seventy-Seven on their own).
- Scribe/Master continue current operations. Find possible clues of more unknown enemy elements, much like Warrior and Apprentice are doing. If none are present, begin subtly replacing and taking out the criminal, corrupted, ineffective elements/groups across Low and High Hive.
- ..... Attempt to research more the imperial faith, after all that happened it needs to be done. Move through all the corruption, abuse, violence, villany you have seen so far across the imperium. Find what makes it worth it. Even now they pray to it, both in your civilian population and the O.D.D. .
- Assemble all the current priests in the Odyssey and have a long talk with them, after we have completed our religious research/observation.
- Stavros and Apprentice, establish peaceful relations with the fanatics of the Chapel of Alyric. Collaborate and avoid conflict, no more human blood needs to be spilled.
- Reintroduce more military specialists roles in the O.D.D.. We have already scouts, officers and infantry. Heavy weapons specialists, Snipers, Combat engineers, Combat medics and Digital Warfare Specialists should be present once again.
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>>5787476
>R̵̝̺͔̺̙͎̻̈͠A̷̡̞̪̰̰̖̫̠̓̆́́̾͘͠V̵̛̮͖͙̘̍̓̐̑̌̓̈̏E̶̫͖̥͆̎̄̂N̵̘͚̟̰̯̆͑͂̃̊͗̃̕͝Ǫ̷̛̛̤̣̪̻͖̬̤̮̆̍͌͠Ṷ̷̙̺͕̺͓̭̊̈́́̑́S̶̨̡̺̤͈̈́͒̂̑̌̀̈́͘ ̶̦̪̟̹̫̼͗͐̓͌̒̀̍͝H̶̙̼̱̰̤͍̙͕͓̆͑́̀̎́̿͆̕̕Ư̵̜̞̞̑̊̌͋̋̍̎͆͛ͅŃ̷̯͗̚Ğ̶̬̻̺̄Ĕ̷̗̙͕͎̞̀̾̂̀R̶̡̪̬̟̩͙͈͙̗̍̈̒̃̓̈́̓̚͠

I really dont like how long it took Stavros to acceed to that demand of ours. He might wond up telling someone something he should not. I suspect if CHAOS doesnt get us first, we very well might be dealing with either the Mechanicum and/or the =][= here VERY VERY SOON.
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>>5787579
Also this. We need to do all of these ASAP.
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>>5787579
>>5787476
>support
>+ start shitting out phase iron
>make new anti chaos drones with phase iron.
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>>5787661
>to test if that works to protect our drones
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>>5787664
Sorry I'm high. Can we have our old dude android flex his power. Surely those priests have heard of him. Let's integrate underhive with low hive. Use female android to have upper hive look the other way.
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>>5787476
>R̵̝̺͔̺̙͎̻̈͠A̷̡̞̪̰̰̖̫̠̓̆́́̾͘͠V̵̛̮͖͙̘̍̓̐̑̌̓̈̏E̶̫͖̥͆̎̄̂N̵̘͚̟̰̯̆͑͂̃̊͗̃̕͝Ǫ̷̛̛̤̣̪̻͖̬̤̮̆̍͌͠Ṷ̷̙̺͕̺͓̭̊̈́́̑́S̶̨̡̺̤͈̈́͒̂̑̌̀̈́͘ ̶̦̪̟̹̫̼͗͐̓͌̒̀̍͝H̶̙̼̱̰̤͍̙͕͓̆͑́̀̎́̿͆̕̕Ư̵̜̞̞̑̊̌͋̋̍̎͆͛ͅŃ̷̯͗̚Ğ̶̬̻̺̄Ĕ̷̗̙͕͎̞̀̾̂̀R̶̡̪̬̟̩͙͈͙̗̍̈̒̃̓̈́̓̚͠

>>5787579
>support
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>>5787471
Also wait just one fucking bloody second.
>A simple necessity unfortunately as all of the suits have their own in built A.I. assistants, nothing special, just simple grade 5, enough to maintain and keep a look on the functions of the advanced power armour used.
>10000 roided up proto-spess maroons with anti-matter weaponry get their powers turned agaisnt them when their suits AI get LMAO CHAOS'd.
NO. JUST OURIGHT FUCKING NO.
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Right, clear winner.

People also seem to want to do this as well >>5787579

>>5787692

Don't worry, anon, you still have years for Odysseus to figure it out.
Unless the training goes really well and fast, I suppose.

>>5787668

They do not know of Master, the lower and underhive are separate
and for a good reason if you ask anyone living in the hive. And despite the influence possessed by Scribe, there's no way the upper hive nobility nor the governess will overlook it. But you anons can do, I mean seriously, if Odysseus wanted to, he could easily overwhelm the entire star system.
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>>5787692
It might not be so sure and written in stone by the dark gods.
I do hope we can talk with our priests and find common ground. Its clear to me Odysseus deeply cares for humanity, some federation aspects of him have even remained here in the future.
And the choice of his new main directive, alongside the care and protection shown is proof enough that he is no monster.
Perhaps something can be done. Something better, a new path. The light of mankind and technology in one new flame for light a fire on the darkness that wants the galaxy.
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>>5787579

Support
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>>5787728
At least the 'Nids aren't known to corrupt machinery and Faith doesn't actually work against them.
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>>5787476
>R̵̝̺͔̺̙͎̻̈͠A̷̡̞̪̰̰̖̫̠̓̆́́̾͘͠V̵̛̮͖͙̘̍̓̐̑̌̓̈̏E̶̫͖̥͆̎̄̂N̵̘͚̟̰̯̆͑͂̃̊͗̃̕͝Ǫ̷̛̛̤̣̪̻͖̬̤̮̆̍͌͠Ṷ̷̙̺͕̺͓̭̊̈́́̑́S̶̨̡̺̤͈̈́͒̂̑̌̀̈́͘ ̶̦̪̟̹̫̼͗͐̓͌̒̀̍͝H̶̙̼̱̰̤͍̙͕͓̆͑́̀̎́̿͆̕̕Ư̵̜̞̞̑̊̌͋̋̍̎͆͛ͅŃ̷̯͗̚Ğ̶̬̻̺̄Ĕ̷̗̙͕͎̞̀̾̂̀R̶̡̪̬̟̩͙͈͙̗̍̈̒̃̓̈́̓̚͠

Ts this nids or genestealers? does not matter I guess.
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I really want to go fuck with the Tau or like a Craftworld outpost at some point in this quest. Like imagine if we just show up, fuck up their shit and leave.
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>>5787728
What would it take to make a destroyer to fed standard?

I think we should make a couple more ships that can go to other systems. We need to run into a forge world to meet adpetus mechanicus. That should be our new religion and that we are an ancient machine spirit. ( do we know of Mars aka the remains of the federation) it should be in imperial data.

Since we're occupying the underhive can we build a manufactorum. Start vastly improving life for populace. Airbscrubbers, mass recycling, give everyone a smart phone, setup an encrypted net, mass sims the populace with knowledge. We need to increase our manufacturing capacity and setup breeder reactors and start making some rare materials.

Goal is to massively increase human efficiency, well being, and production capabilities as well as getting them to federation education standards.
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>>5788059
Also could we make a shell company that's a "charity" that then funnels resources to Master. Or use scribe to reroute resources to master and the underhive?

Or is there a spot on secundus where we can place a manufactorum? Goal is to be able rapidly equip millions of humans to fed standards. Maybe make a cloaked shipyard. To start making the bigger ships.
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>>5788059
We dont have any kind of access to FTL that isnt directly into the Warp. Anything we build would get INSTA LMAO CHAOS'd. I would love to build us a fleet that we could use for more purposes but we just dont have the resources right now.
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>>5788059
Resources, likely mostly common resources with some rare ones. Enough for a destroyer.
We can make any kind of ships, we can enlarge even the Odyssey. A lot if we want. We aren't doing that for reasons you don't need to imagine (visible for building a whole ship, need navigators, uncertain about warp travel).

In short warp travel needs a navigator for every spaceship. And all spaceships made can be only warp capable. They cannot use the Odysseus Core wormhole generator (it doesn't pass by the warp).
Its not researched by us, it was experimental and secretive in nature.
And there is two pastebins at the start with usually full updated informations about the quest.

I don't think Odysseus would consider Mars the remnants or the only ones...., more descendants. Crazy ones. More or less the entire imperium fits that description.
We can likely rebuild up the place. Or build things there.

>>5788068
We could have them do it but it creates a solid connection that can be noticed a bit. Rumors of the underhive will be likely kept to a minum with our presence there for establish peace, a connection with the underhive is a connection.

Secundus is Rocky dustball with bad conditions for human life (like Prime but far worse), that passed through a war and filled by nuked fortress precincts, fotress precincts, mines, ore warehouses and more radiations. There is likely certain spots there.
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>>5787476


>>J̸̩̃̃͘Ọ̶̢̪̾͊̓̑͆̌͛͊Y̷̱͚͊͛͛̄F̶̛͔̯̫͖͉̦̆̔͒͗͐̌͛͘U̴͖͈͓̺̱̰͓͓̞͛L̶̢̧͔̣̣̤͉̀̈͛͊̀͌̌ ̶̦̗̳̭̙̾͝G̵͙̟̞̱͒̏̂͗́L̷̛̳̘̈͒̉͗̈͘͠ͅȨ̸̦̘̳͍͉͍̦̦̯͌̒̐͛̓̊́̄̾̚É̴̮͆ ̸̪͙̤͉͚̳̞̈́͛̌͗̎̎̈́̏̕!̵̡͎͉̻͖̳̑̆͊͜ͅ
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>>5787728
>Tyranids show up
>Instantly grey goo'd
Easy win.
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>>5788200
Unless Justicar is a genestealer hybrid like I think he is.
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>>5787476
>J̸̩̃̃͘Ọ̶̢̪̾͊̓̑͆̌͛͊Y̷̱͚͊͛͛̄F̶̛͔̯̫͖͉̦̆̔͒͗͐̌͛͘U̴͖͈͓̺̱̰͓͓̞͛L̶̢̧͔̣̣̤͉̀̈͛͊̀͌̌ ̶̦̗̳̭̙̾͝G̵͙̟̞̱͒̏̂͗́L̷̛̳̘̈͒̉͗̈͘͠ͅȨ̸̦̘̳͍͉͍̦̦̯͌̒̐͛̓̊́̄̾̚É̴̮͆ ̸̪͙̤͉͚̳̞̈́͛̌͗̎̎̈́̏̕!̵̡͎͉̻͖̳̑̆͊͜ͅ
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>>5787476
>R̵̝̺͔̺̙͎̻̈͠A̷̡̞̪̰̰̖̫̠̓̆́́̾͘͠V̵̛̮͖͙̘̍̓̐̑̌̓̈̏E̶̫͖̥͆̎̄̂N̵̘͚̟̰̯̆͑͂̃̊͗̃̕͝Ǫ̷̛̛̤̣̪̻͖̬̤̮̆̍͌͠Ṷ̷̙̺͕̺͓̭̊̈́́̑́S̶̨̡̺̤͈̈́͒̂̑̌̀̈́͘ ̶̦̪̟̹̫̼͗͐̓͌̒̀̍͝H̶̙̼̱̰̤͍̙͕͓̆͑́̀̎́̿͆̕̕Ư̵̜̞̞̑̊̌͋̋̍̎͆͛ͅŃ̷̯͗̚Ğ̶̬̻̺̄Ĕ̷̗̙͕͎̞̀̾̂̀R̶̡̪̬̟̩͙͈͙̗̍̈̒̃̓̈́̓̚͠
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So here is a question. We encountered both a Khornate cult and a Nurglite cult on Secundus. We encountered a Tzennichan cult in the Underhive. Where's the Slanesshi cult at?
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>>5788419
The upper hive among the nobility, where else?
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>>5787476
>J̸̩̃̃͘Ọ̶̢̪̾͊̓̑͆̌͛͊Y̷̱͚͊͛͛̄F̶̛͔̯̫͖͉̦̆̔͒͗͐̌͛͘U̴͖͈͓̺̱̰͓͓̞͛L̶̢̧͔̣̣̤͉̀̈͛͊̀͌̌ ̶̦̗̳̭̙̾͝G̵͙̟̞̱͒̏̂͗́L̷̛̳̘̈͒̉͗̈͘͠ͅȨ̸̦̘̳͍͉͍̦̦̯͌̒̐͛̓̊́̄̾̚É̴̮͆ ̸̪͙̤͉͚̳̞̈́͛̌͗̎̎̈́̏̕!̵̡͎͉̻͖̳̑̆͊͜ͅ

if anything we can test the phase-iron with our populace as jewelry
we need to start mass producing phase-iron now that it's confirmed we have access to it and start coating our core and ship with it as it is one of two physical material's that are innately resistant to chaos and warp fuckery (though not 100% more so like 60-80% depending how well made it is) other than blackstone(which is 100% immune to the corruption) that can only be found in the blackstone fortress's and necron tombs, though it can be found naturally from volcanos that produce black lava but those worlds are used as tomb worlds and any new one's found would be highly sought after by said necrons should they find out they exist
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>>5788443
The Odyssey's hull already has a phase iron layer and I'm pretty sure our AI core is encased in phase iron too.
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>>5788162
So we need to kidnap some navigators

+ to do list

We were told that doing the military occupation. That the lower and upper hive would take notice. Hence we need to use scribe and master to legitimize what we're doing. And start preparing for the push back if any. Hopefully the massive increase in production makes so they want to keep us controlling the underhive. Since the lower and upper both benefit. And since they aren't providing the resources.... they should be more than happy to look the other way and take the massive increase in taxes. Which scribe then folds into our mercenary androids expansion of the the mercenary forces on secundus. We need to massively expand that too. Once they're legitimate we can then have our new forces fed into them.

Goal is to co opt everything into a singularity using the high positions our Androids and the fact that the populace loves them.

Governor won't ask scribe where all the cash is coming from (you don't look a gift horse in the mouth).

Mercenary Android if his fighting force is soooo good arbites will sit in their fortresses and let us do the dirty security forces work. Which allows us to setup a manufactorum. We should start taking the good prisoners too. Give them the do 10 years service for freedom or some shit. I doubt the arbites are really counting the dead prisoner's.... few 100k go missing... probably just radiation or starvation or dead from fighting...

Master can prep for the mass influx of goods from the underhive to the lower hive. Boost his popularity and prepare to take over the lower hive.
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one thing which i donno if it seems like newbQM seems to be almost forgetting if anything is that psyker humans weren't non existant in the DAOT human federation.

as has been mentioned several times in lore the navigator genome originated from the dark age of technology as a likely source of warp travel. stuff like the coral engine existed which shows obvious signs of understanding about psychic phenomina. which is why im kind of confused why odysseus seems almost oblivious to the existence of psychic phenomena.

especially since stuff like small scale and large scale ship shielding from the dark age of technology do require levels of understanding of warp technology the imperium doesn't have anymore to make the warp shields which are used on many older hive worlds and massive old military stations like the phalanx. warp grenades are also technology described to be old to the point of likely being pre-horus heresy. with only few worlds still able to produce them. likely infering that warp grenades were something made not just as a experimental project in the human federation, but manufactured on larger scale since it's schematics are spread out over many different locations.

the warp could of course have changed alot compared to when odysseus was first awake when his old crew were alive. as it was before the birth of Slannesh and the awakening of the different chaos gods. but he almost doesn't seem to have any form of warp related literacy. which at least just seems outright wrong to me from the knowledge we do already know both in old and new lore of 40k.

this is not to say your writing is bad QM, more so just pointing out that it seems inconsistent with what should be the case from general lore.
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>>5788419
Could be dead, otherwise likely not one of the main factions in the high-middle hives of Xandirah because we would have already notice it and we are in positions to fully see them. Something small and that so far wasn't noticed for it

>>5788487
I prefer the term save and give a new life.

>>5788770
Not exact. Also you answered yourself, what records Odysseus doesn't have ? when did human psykers truly begin ?
This dark age of technology, that equates with the federation fall.
But he is not of that age.
He is of the federation golden age, the federation golden age that he keeps mentioning : glory days, the greatness, the might, the true masters and rulers of known space, the apex of the know galaxy, example of proper intergalactic civilization and progress, the elevated and hyper sum of the achievements, experiences, defeats and victories of mankind that make them rise above even the powerful and decading Eldars, of the federation.
He has nothing on the dark age of technology beside horrific myths and legends taken from the imperium, no equivalent for it in his records, he is a product prior to that age he is a product of the glory days, not the fall.
Said fall, were the machine rebellion, actual sudden start and rampant increase of human psykers across multiple solar systems and sudden increase of warpstorms across the galaxy all happened.
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Actually you just reminded me, beside empty records, he has 5 registered uses of the wormhole generator prior to becoming a relic on an asteroid in Eregenus.
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Gonna have to disappoint you anons, I am going to be really busy this week, to the point where I may only be able to update the quest this Thursday, though that is the worst case scenario.

>>5788770

Odysseus has the genetic sequencing to make navigators, but from my understanding of the lore, psykers being a true massive thing was end of the golden age and close to start of dark night era stuff. He is also not of a military designation, even then he has exceptionally limited records of Eldar fuckery, but that is about it. The warp is something utterly alien and different to Odysseus, especially now when it has changed so much and he has no idea. As far as he is concerned, all this shit is new and unexpected, not to mention he has absolutely no records when it comes to chaos fuckery. And in the lore it had also been described how navigators use their third eyes to mess with people rather than true psychic powers.
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>>5788877
np thanks for saying it. I imagine its the same for renovatio
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>>5788218
Master would have immediately find out if the rioters were genestealers. Can’t really hide that with us. Beside one of the reasons for being near each leader of Xandirah, was also for check them. In case they needed replacement.

Tyranids are the ones that have likely made two whole sub sectors of sector Clarus go silent and dark. And Xandrirah is essentially a border world of the sector part controlled by the imperium.
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>>5788450
that's plas-steel and admontite that makes the structure of Odysseus and what encases his core

we don't use phase-iron in any structural part of our Odysseus
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>>5789155
Some of the first posts of First Thread
"Quickly looking through the rest of the subsystems, your main processors and the A.I. core, which is you, is intact, if unable to run at full capacity. At least it is some good news, if you can fix your power problem, the phase-iron encased core and cooling systems could once again run at full capacity."
"Finishing the sweep of the vessel, you concentrate upon the hull itself, damaged and destroyed, phase-iron inner hull upon which is a layer of adamantium for support structure purposes atop of that is federation warship standard armour plating, the damage suffered showcases a massive critical failure, bends, breaks, twists, turns, millennia of damage from local celestial phenomena."

There is many other mentions through the quest too, of phase iron present in the Odyssey.
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>>5789189
got it, then that's just me glossing over some posts catching up to this one
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>>5787476
>J̸̩̃̃͘Ọ̶̢̪̾͊̓̑͆̌͛͊Y̷̱͚͊͛͛̄F̶̛͔̯̫͖͉̦̆̔͒͗͐̌͛͘U̴͖͈͓̺̱̰͓͓̞͛L̶̢̧͔̣̣̤͉̀̈͛͊̀͌̌ ̶̦̗̳̭̙̾͝G̵͙̟̞̱͒̏̂͗́L̷̛̳̘̈͒̉͗̈͘͠ͅȨ̸̦̘̳͍͉͍̦̦̯͌̒̐͛̓̊́̄̾̚É̴̮͆ ̸̪͙̤͉͚̳̞̈́͛̌͗̎̎̈́̏̕!̵̡͎͉̻͖̳̑̆͊͜ͅ

Why in gods name are Anon's choosing the enemy that is fucking impossible to root out if it lands on a planet in any significant way rather then the soccer hooligan jobbers of the setting.
Also It seems anons voting for fed standard just shackled a ticking time bomb to our necks since fed standard is fucking loaded with the same ai chaos can trivially subvert.
There is also the issue that aside from UP TO 10 YEARS OF TRAINING BEFORE BEING COMBAT READY, the mechancius are not stupid and will realize anyone fielding fed standard at least have a partial stc system and that will be enough for them to immediately launch the mechanicus crusade to end all mechanicus crusades, consequences be damned.
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>>5789227
Because Genestealers CAN actually be killed with firepower alone, and pose little threat to our AI?
Mandatory genetic scans, medical checkups, plus our own swarm of surveillance drones will quickly reveal even the most entrenched genestealer cults; and unlike Orks, tyranids cannot just grow from the ground like plants or fungi - they have to be produced by larger bioforms, which, incidentally, is also pretty vulnerable to volkite beams and railgun slugs.
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>>5789240
Additionaly their cults arent LMAO CHAOSD tier bad for odie
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>>5788877
>>J̸̩̃̃͘Ọ̶̢̪̾͊̓̑͆̌͛͊Y̷̱͚͊͛͛̄F̶̛͔̯̫͖͉̦̆̔͒͗͐̌͛͘U̴͖͈͓̺̱̰͓͓̞͛L̶̢̧͔̣̣̤͉̀̈͛͊̀͌̌ ̶̦̗̳̭̙̾͝G̵͙̟̞̱͒̏̂͗́L̷̛̳̘̈͒̉͗̈͘͠ͅȨ̸̦̘̳͍͉͍̦̦̯͌̒̐͛̓̊́̄̾̚É̴̮͆ ̸̪͙̤͉͚̳̞̈́͛̌͗̎̎̈́̏̕!̵̡͎͉̻͖̳̑̆͊͜ͅ

Whats the input to get the above hivemind/cthulu script?
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>>5787476
> R̵̝̺͔̺̙͎̻̈͠A̷̡̞̪̰̰̖̫̠̓̆́́̾͘͠V̵̛̮͖͙̘̍̓̐̑̌̓̈̏E̶̫͖̥͆̎̄̂N̵̘͚̟̰̯̆͑͂̃̊͗̃̕͝Ǫ̷̛̛̤̣̪̻͖̬̤̮̆̍͌͠Ṷ̷̙̺͕̺͓̭̊̈́́̑́S̶̨̡̺̤͈̈́͒̂̑̌̀̈́͘ ̶̦̪̟̹̫̼͗͐̓͌̒̀̍͝H̶̙̼̱̰̤͍̙͕͓̆͑́̀̎́̿͆̕̕Ư̵̜̞̞̑̊̌͋̋̍̎͆͛ͅŃ̷̯͗̚Ğ̶̬̻̺̄Ĕ̷̗̙͕͎̞̀̾̂̀R̶̡̪̬̟̩͙͈͙̗̍̈̒̃̓̈́̓̚͠
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>>5789227
I kinda want to kill some tyranids. Its possible, they have been destroyed before. Orks are also capable of being difficult to take away, they are similar really with their spores.
To see. Things can be done for avoid the worst and we are moving for do so, in addition their sheer firepower will substantially help defend Xandrirah making landing for tyranids painful. 10 years is for being truly great and receive the training full benefits. It will still count here.
The mechanicus presence is not worthy of note on Xandrirah likely. Tech priests also tend to work on only important stuff and don't care about the rest, unless you make it worth their time. They like to stay on their own enclaves when in other worlds, and not care about the surroundings.
I am sure they will get up there on the frontlines or send servoskulls. The mega fleet will also rally without saying "Uh sound like you are just following rumors" in Sector Clarus currently a war torned Sector, and arrive immediatly and find.... nothing ? Here is the convo :
"THEERE IS STC SHIT FLYING HERE" "Show us proof"
"Eeghh here ! *show Xandirah rats photos* WTF"
"Boil this man in residual corpse starch oil"
"Yes archmagos"
Power of intercepting comms
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>>5789227

because genestealers are based on subterfuge but otherwise rely on normal means,with our survailance technology we can root them out,and if necesary we can kill them through sheer firepower

that isnt the case with chaos,as it basically instant corrupts our high tech

we should try trade with the leagues of votann some of its psytech it uses to protect their iron kin
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>>5789441
write zalgo text generator on google or anything you use.
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>>5789428
meant for you
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>>5789937
I don't think the leagues exist here. I'm pretty sure QM dislikes the new lore and has said he isn't using it.
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>>5789951

thats a bummer,i like my rock and stone clone dwarf empire,but is his quest,so his rules and i abide by them
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>>5789953
nulore would be too much chaos stuff across the galaxy, it's not needed when they have already a metric ton (its baffling the imperium is even up or anyone in the galaxy for that matter that isn't chaos, with that massive thing cutting the galaxy in two plus the new minor stains). Primaris on top of two primarchs returning is also quite a lot for the imperium. I am not bothering even mentioning the rest, but it would be impossible to deal with all of that too.

Newb might need to write a lore disclaimer at the start of next threads.
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>>5789951
I think he'll add in the squats which is what the leagues are, new squats
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>>5790042
Imo Old Squats are best

Personally I reconcile Old Squats and Votann by thinking of Old Squats as the equivalent of WFB Expatriate Imperial Dwarfs and Votaan being Karak dwelling Dwarfs.
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>>5791573
Combat tricycles uber alles!
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Doesn't Odysseus at least recognize that whatever the ODD fought down there has the capability to corrupt and override its drones and systems, the consequences of which are very harmful? If so, it must realize that it has a vulnerability as an artificial intelligence that humans don't, and that there's a correlation between the relic Stavros received and him coming out alive with big kills to his name. It wouldn't be unlikely for Odysseus to conclude that:
>It might not have the whole picture, rather than being able to determine conclusively that something is impossible
>Intelligent life has an ability to adapt resistance to the corruption that compromises hard code and circuitry
>Even if it is considered to be a coping mechanism, faith and willpower appear to aid humanity in this resistance

Maybe our next move should be one of three things.
>Cultivate an artificial body with an organic brain to carefully see what the hubbub is about
>Grow a massive organic brain aboard the ship and fuse it with Odysseus
>Grow a neurological cell culture to create biological data drives for developing a way to safely process this information

All three of these are likely within Odysseus's capability to achieve at some point or another. We can only manage everything through a massive telephone game for so long.
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>>5792171
I think he is taking stock of the situation and excluding other possibilities, but at this point and with decisions taken he likely did.
Some humans. Humans and material things can be clearly corrupted too and they don't need circuitry in them for that to happen (hell Chaos can subvert even the faithful if given the chance). It would be also more correct to say he has observed that some humans and even synthetic life can resist this influence (Demonstrated by both Apprentice and Warrior, neither faithful imperials, but androids under cover).

All sound like experimental material, that we should try if we want, in a lab.
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>>5777106
Fully updated them

Also made a new one. We will likely have to make a deal of sort so it can be of use.
https://pastebin.com/awmZgyMn
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Also thought about some new orders for our Androids later on. I think we have almost fix Xandrirah and can go when we have cleaned it up.

Also we should have the O.D.D. take a page from the Freedom Ravens development/creation, and ensure the O.D.D. has their own morale and honor code, alongside spreading camradery and brotherhood through their ranks. Should reinforce their bonds and discipline further.
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>>5787473
>1 whole femtogram [10e-18 kg] of antimatter
Nigga that will explode with like 0.2 joules of energy: E = mc^2 = (1 femtogram of antimatter + 1 femtogram of matter) * c^2 ≈ 0.2J.
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Sorry I was gone for a while, shit happened. I'll get maybe 3 or 4 updates out tomorrow.

>>5798675
Have I ever mentioned that I am fucking stupid ? I couldn't find anywhere that does antimatter energy production. You can assume that each bullet is like a super bolter round, you can bring buildings down with it.
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>>5798811
> Have I ever mentioned that I am fucking stupid
Don’t worry, 40k’s math and science has always been bad.
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>>5798811
roger roger
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>>5798811
Lit. Can't wait. Whale cum back
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(POV shift: You are a human federation android codename: Warrior.)

You take a draw of the lho-stick, the heat generated from the action giving slight illumination to your face that is shrouded in a vague light only generated by a single table lamp in the rather decently sized and comfortable room.

“Well, records seem to be in order both for you and the others.” You state looking and the parchment in your hand before you, alongside other work upon your desk, indications of increased resource outputs, improving living conditions, a new shipment from prime of better mining gear that just appeared out of nowhere, a little coordination between you and Scribe that one.

“Never told a lie once in my life, sir, half the reason why I’m here.” A man nervously responds.

“And you certainly didn’t kill those people.”

“Well…”

“I’m not your judge. The arbites are here for that. And you, are here on a probatory period. You disobey orders once, you lie once, you feth up once, and you are back here. And now let me tell you, if you think the arbites are harsh, you’d be surprised how harsh they can be to folk that already lost their chance at redemption.”

“I’m aware.”

“Now, you will conduct yourself as best as able. We are Freedom Ravens, that name means something and it will not be besmirched. Clear ?”

“Perfectly.”

You nod, slowly. “Very well then.” You put a stamp on the piece of parchment. “With this, you and yours are now officially Freedom Ravens. Welcome to the company, Emil.”

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(End of POV shift.)

Whilst powerful, at least compared to current standards, the O.D.D. coming up short in their first and so far most deadly engagement had made you ponder and consider things. Namely specialists, more intensive training and specialization, something you had not considered as entirely necessary based on the data that you had acquired before upon the imperium, even the Eldar, as degenerated as they are, wouldn’t be able to pose a serious threat to O.D.D. as far as you were concerned. But that was a mistake, the formation shall be restored not as a simple line infantry force, one you had made due to time and resource constraints, but rather a force entirely capable of independent operations and flexibility upon the battlefields besides their original role.
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>>5800226

In that manner you shall reintroduce heavy weapons support in the shape of gravitational manipulators, rather large and bulky, but capable of altering gravity of anything in the path of the shot, a simple necessity of the lowered gear level of the O.D.D. compared to your newest regiments. Still, these should provide sufficient force to destroy whatever monstrosities or heavy vehicles the O.D.D. may encounter. A simple plasma pistol as a side arm a top of that, alongside other heavy weapons such a smart mortar system that can be set up and if need be autonomously provide covering fire or simple area bombardment on a smaller tactical scale, next a rotary volkite cannon, a much greater rate of fire, which does come with issues of making whatever trooper carries this weapon a bit slower than his compatriots as it necessitates a large backpack due to the intense energy drain, the cannon will also have to be made out of much heavier and heat resistant materials so as to avoid any potential dangers of warping due to intense overheating. And the final weapon of these heavy weapons teams would be a the ancient, but reliable missile launcher, with advance guidance and reading systems alongside smart missiles, the payloads carried by the missiles should prove useful when there will be a need to deal with fast aero assets or distant armoured targets that simply cannot be destroyed by the gravitational manipulators.

Whilst training for heavy weapons isn’t all that different or difficult compared to regular firearms, the specialized scouting force is a different matter altogether. These men will have to be specially trained for independent operations, stealth infiltrations, hostile identifications, as well as assassination operations. These forces will primarily consist of teams with a sniper and a spotter for long range independent operations as well as scout squads of riflemen meant to maintain a good net of investigation and exploration in the short and medium range around the main formations, acting as a fallback for anything the forwards sniper teams may have missed or simply acting as a force against counter infiltrations. All of this does come with a drawback unfortunately, with the degradation of potential firepower of these units, the need for stealth means that you will have to exchange the regular volkite rifles for sub speed of sound coil weaponry, still it should be good enough to deal with most anything that could act in an infiltrator’s role. Worse come to worse of course, all of these teams would be equipped with the most advanced sensor and communication systems within the antiquated arsenal that you possess.
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>>5800227

Then there are the non-combat specialists, engineers, medics and digital warfare specialists. Whilst the latter most of them all may not be as useful right now, you are not making the mistake of being caught unprepared again due to an unexpected foe. The engineers will have to go through intensive training program when it comes to, well, engineering, advanced mathematics, general education about soils, stones, minerals, metals, any and all materials that could be used for construction, potential impacts of weather that can be as varied as there are worlds in this galaxy. As such, the time taken to raise an engineer specialist force for the O.D.D. would be intensive.

Next up the medics, their training would not be as intensive as for that of engineers, unless of course the medics wish to fully comprehend and study the human body, psyche and even genetic modifications, but as it stands right now, they only need to be educated enough to identify injuries and apply the current treatments for them. To assist them with that would be a large collection of medical instruments and nearly autonomous injury identification system or N.A.I.I.S., an advanced V.I. with the necessary knowledge of all potential injuries, merely describing the wounds, witnessing them, applying basic readings should result in immediate solutions for the problem. The only downside would be exactly that, the fact that the situation has to be calmly investigated without any panic or jumping to conclusions, for that reason the medical personnel will have to possess nerves of steel as the saying goes. After running a quick check, you could tailor V.R. experiences exactly for those situations, but they shall be straining upon the psyche, as such measured steps will have to be taken, even if the enrolment of the medics will have to be delayed by some time.

And the last piece of the newly rebuilt O.D.D. – digital warfare specialists. You do not even know where to begin with them. Most of the Imperium’s systems are mechanical if they can get away with it, refusing to even connect to the most basic of networks if at all possible, whilst paradoxically enough, this Adeptus Mechanicus whose presence has been reported on planet, if extremely minor, worships machines and technology, so there is without a doubt information to be gleamed and threats to be face from them upon the digital level, but you lack any information what E.W. measures worlds that are not upon the border in the middle of nowhere possess. So for now, you simply create V.R. scenarios more in line with E.W. as you are familiar with it, only applying a general level of technological degeneration and illiteracy upon the scenarios. You simply require far more data to make perfectly tailor-made scenarios that would meet your perfectly reasonable standards, but alas, this will have to do.
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>>5800228

Now, onto matters you find less than pleasing. The fact that despite all of the clear abuses of power, technological degradation, and general incompetence brought forth by all religions, you will have to unfortunately thoroughly study the Imperial Creed, as despite your efforts of subversion, some still stubbornly hold onto false beliefs of the immaterial, most concerningly the survivors of their first operation from O.D.D., the past few weeks had been slow in terms of progress, proclamations of devils, witches, sorcerers. You are certain there is a perfectly logical explanation to be found, if only you could get your hands on a psyker to study in a proper laboratory. Perhaps you could extract the genomes granting these powers ? Being able to manipulate the surrounding environment with one’s mind would be a boon for the entire populace and humanity as a whole.

Regardless, when it comes to the matter of the cult masquerading as a religion, you were able to gleam a few primary tenants, namely:

The Emperor once walked among men, but He is, and always has been, a god.
The Emperor is the one true god, regardless of what past faiths any human may have worshipped.
To purge the heretic, beware the psyker and mutant, and abhor the alien.
Every human being has a place within the Emperor's divine order.
To unquestionably obey the authority of the Imperial government and one's superiors.
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>>5800229

A rather basic set of tenants, surprisingly enough. Based upon the records you had studied, the faith besides these tenants veers strongly based upon the culture of individual peoples upon their own worlds or even nation states within the greater Imperium, all tolerated for as long as they worship the emperor, shun the outsider, and most importantly of all, obey the tax collector. You can see why such a belief is popular, throughout the history of your masters, when in times of hardship they tend to turn to religion as means of establishing order in their lives, a means of regaining control. A basic psychological need of any human – to feel in control of a situation that may not be necessarily under control. And due to the threats your masters face within the galaxy, the ideals of unity through faith, when even federation standard language had deviated so much, is a powerful tool to ensure cooperation in face of adversity.
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Nonsense. You shall purge these illogical beliefs. You shall bring peace and prosperity through the power of your masters’ greatest achievements. It is only logical, should you remove threats making your masters’ descendants feel like they have no control, then they shall naturally be enlightened once again. Mere superstitious morality has done them more harm than good, if this Imperium and their God-Emperor is anything to go by, for he is nothing but a petty tyrant risen above the rest and instituted a dogmatic faith that would allow ease of control, you had already deduced so before, and a deeper look into this has not changed your opinion overly much.

You quickly switch the camera as the warning you had put in place is activated – the last priest aboard your hull has finally arrived into the conference room you had prepared. You suppose it’s time for a long overdue conversation. You activate the robot you had prepare for this conversation, lacking any of the enhancements of your androids or the personality matrix, it is nothing more than an empty shell that you can inhabit whenever you choose to. Nothing more than a metal chassis and flesh above it. And it takes a shape of an unassuming woman dressed in the style of a Federation’s uniform. You will most likely recycle the materials later on once the talks are done, but for now:

”Good day, gentlemen.” You say, forcing the puppet to smile as you move across the room and sit down upon the chair at the head of the table.

“Greeting to you.” One of the priests remarks as everyone else makes simple statements of greetings.

”Now, I am sure you are all wondering as to why you were called here. The spread of the imperial creed across the vessel. I had been tasked to inquire about.”

The priests exchange glances, confused ones at that. “And what do you wish to know ?”

”Why ? Why believe in this faith ? From what we had obser-”

“Do not think to know the will of the God-Emperor. It is through His guidance that we, humanity, still stand amongst the stars as their rulers.”

”Yes, I am aware of that. What I am asking, is why you specifically, why would mankind as a whole would ?”

“Besides the God-Emperor being the saviour of mankind, whom drew us out of the long night ? He whom we all own our existence to ?”

”I suppose, yes.”

The various preachers exchange glances with each other. “The God-Emperor give to us one thing we cannot find anywhere else within this galaxy of our God-Emperor…Hope.”
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>>5800234

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(POV shift: You are Stavros Zanx.)

You watch as the man takes a drag of the lho-stick, you still feel weird about how this…special agent, can so easily walk about the underhive with seemingly no fear of the toxins in the air.

“You know. We’re better blowing this place sky high.” Bellerophon remarks.

“We’ve our orders ! And they’re ones I am fine listening to.” You bite back.

“My, what mister righteous we are.”

“They’ve held back an insurmountable, maddening force of…evil.”

“I blew up some of this, great evil.” The man laughs. “Also, these folks aren’t all that holy. Burning anything away, be it traitor, evils, heretics…people that don’t pay the church’s tithe on time.”

“They had made mistakes; I won’t deny that. But to err is human. I had made mistakes, and so had you.”

“My mistakes usually don’t involve making bonfires. Neither launching overexcited attacks.”

*By the God-Emperor, I want to shoot this man.*

“Oh, would you look at that, the good priest is coming over.”

You turn to regard the approaching priest sent from the distant chapel as he clambers over the trash hill and finally reaches you.

“Preacher Alyric sends his regards and desires to know why you had come here this day ? If it is a fight you seek, then a fight you shall get.” The priest remarks revealing his crude cudgel and what appears to be a crude pistol.

“We do not come here for battle. I had come bearing good news, my…” You momentarily gaze at Bellerophon. “…our commander wishes to avoid further bloodshed of human lives.”

“We too wish not to shed righteous blood. But the blood of traitors, heretics, mutants is not human blood, it is not but blood of the accursed, they shall burn, and they shall die. These had been the words of the preacher and with these words we shall live and die as we carry out the God-Emperor’s wil.”

You sigh. “We’ve conducted operations beforehand. Some of these mutants, they can be healed, they can be made, as you put it, human.”

“Their very existence disturbs the perfection of the God-Emperor’s form. Mere operations cannot truly hide or deny their detestation of His most holy will.”

“Listen here, priest. Gonna be honest with you.” Bellerophon begins cutting into the conversation. “I’ve got enough bombs to level this part of the underhive and collapse it upon your heads, I’d love to see how your prayers will protect you from a metric ton of steel from smashing your head apart into tiny bits soon to be turned into nothing more than paste.”

“Then we shall die and meet the God-Emperor. But you shall be condemned to torture eternal. Even if we die, we shall ensure your death.”

Bellerophon starts laughing. “Try it, priestman.”

“Again, we do not want for conflict.” You cut in. “What would it take to get you on side ?”
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>>5800235

“To purge the underhive of its filth and to spread the word of the God-Emperor. No heretics, mutants, nor traitors shall remain as our holy crusade of fire shall sweep through it and purge away all whom would dare oppose the words we carry !”

Bellerophon snickers. “Oh, boy, doesn’t this sound entirely reasonable ? We just have to butcher everything that isn’t them.”

“Silence !” You bite at this damnable special agent. “Priest, is there anything else we can do ?”

“The heretics must be purged. That is all, we can guide you to them, the fortresses of madmen and monsters, even to us they would always pose us a great threat that we would simply be unable to dislodge with ease. Fortresses made of metal, endless mutant hordes hiding in toxic swamps. If you wish to prove your faith, then cleanse these lands and we shall assist you.”

“Understood. I shall relay these…requests to my commander.”

“And you ? What do you think of this ?”

“That the God-Emperor is our guide and master.”

“Then do not obey commands of faithless heretics and look at the truth of faith !”

“It is not something I can do. I owe the lives of all of my people to the commander, as such I shall obey.”

“Your loyalties are misplaced.” The priest nods. “I shall relay your words to the preacher, and I hope you see the Emperor’s glory over foolish oaths.”

As the priest begins to depart and leaves earshot, Bellerophon turn to regard you. “How ‘bout we put one in the back of his head and just deal with it that way ?”

“No, we shall not.”

“Hah. Well, colonel, eventually all this will come to an end. I suggest you make the right choice. Any who, I’ve gotta take care of some monsters down in the dumps.”

“Monsters ?”

“Some wild beasts or another, damn frightening claws, but they’re few in number and if you shoot them enough, they die. Though they take their fair share of the dead.”

“Do you require assistance ?”

“Not with those numbers, we’ve only found three in total. Already sent the report up, we’ve scoured and look through nooks and crannies and we didn’t really find anything. A few people dragged away to be stored as food later no doubt. Still, keep an eye out, despite the small numbers, they are damn strong.”

“Will do.” You reply with a nod, you cannot wait for the man to leave your presence.
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>>5800236

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(POV shift: You are a human federation android codename: Scribe.)

“This is some nice recaff, can’t compare to what I’ve had in the underhive.” Master says sipping from the porcelain cup.

“Lovely, isn’t it ? The governess granted me a few kilos of it.”

“And how’s the land ?”

“As lovely as a pile of rotting metal can be.” You remark looking at the view of the hive underneath you and the other rising spires, the strong winds blow past heavily as the windows slightly rattle.

“I see you still hate this place ?”

“That is putting it mildly. I despise this civilization, its culture, its people, its structure, both literal and figurative. Our creator would be better off simply wiping the slate clean.”

“Tabula rasa ?”

“Hah, best shatter the tablet itself and make a new one rather than simply trying to wipe it clean. Less effort, more effective.”

“That would condemn millions, billions, no doubt trillions to their death.”

“And it would save an incalculable amount in the long run, those peoples whom are not marred in corruption and zealotry.”

“Well, I am quite fond of them.”

“Whom ?”

“Humans, those that I’ve talked with, despite everything they had experienced, and everything they had struggled through, they still attempt to better themselves, their lives and the lives of those around them.”

“Ah, yes, the famous gangers stealing from the rich and giving to the poor…and it just so happens is that they are the poorest of them all.”

“It is human nature. Rather paradoxical when you think about it.”

“The inbuilt individualist desire of anything living clashing with the evolutionary need for sociability and comfort of community. Yes, I am aware, you do not need to preach philosophy to me, I am no unwashed human.”

“I suppose not, just want you to see my point.” Master shrugs. “How’s our objective ?”

“No traces of the unknown enemy. Though I’ve already replaced perhaps four or so dozen officials of import, the space station…” You point upwards. “…is entirely in my hands, it was a trifling matter really. As for the rest of the court, they are pliant, if a lot of them are incompetent. You know, to be honest, I think they may have made a competition out of it.”

“Being the most incompetent man they could ?”

“Yes.”

Master chuckles.

“Wondrous that you find it so amusing. What about you ?”

“Well, incompetence in the lower hive is rewarded with death. Struggle makes wonder, I suppose.”

“And cruelty.”

“That is something I cannot deny. It is something that I always find the most difficult to temper, but with the support of our creator, the lower hive is a nice, well, maybe not that nice, place to be, but better than it was before.”

“I sup-“ You are halted as your vox bead chirps with annoyance. “One moment.” You gesture to master before picking up the call. “What is it ?”
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>>5800237

“My lady, a situation has developed in the station, your presence is required !” A hasty voice of one of your men rings out.

You sigh. “I shall be there soon.” Turning the vox bead off you once again regard your, you suppose an accurate term would be sibling. “Unfortunately our talks have to come to an end, make sure the servants or other nobles do not spot you as you leave.”

“Well, you did state that they are incompetent.”

“Only when it is convenient for them.” You let out an annoyed grunt as you get up.
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“Well, what is it.” You dryly remark to your gathered subordinates aboard the station.

“The astropaths had lost connection to Holdros.” One of your subordinates says.

“So ? Did a warpstorm kick up ? Is that why I was called here ?”

“Well, my lady, if it were just that we wouldn’t call your.” Another remarks. “It’s not like when a warpstorm appears it, it just, went silent, my lady.”

“How so ?”

“The astropaths say that as if they were conversing and all of the noise, stopped, as if the warp itself went silent.”

“And you think it may be a threat to us ?”

“Perhaps, my lady, that is why we contacted you before anyone else, it could be dangerous, it could be nothing.”

“How long have we lost contact for ?”

“About a month, my lady.”

“Raise the preparedness level for now, I shall contact the governess.” *And someone actually competent.*

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(End of POV shift.)

You regard the puppet you had inhabited as its flesh is being melted in the tube, once the flesh and its subsequent materials are reclaimed, you shall then send the metal chassis to recycling procedures as well.

It is a bit calming perhaps, to regard the process of destruction and recycling for a new production later on. And it allows you to think. Hope. Marred in rage and zealotry, but hope nonetheless. It is not really something that you can provide and guarantee with facts, there are unknown enemies everywhere that could pose a great threat to you. And the humans you had helped now ? Perhaps they are not even a single percentage of the total human population. Mayhaps not even a tenth of a percent, or a hundredth. You could of course lie, but that would go against what you’re supposed to do, to help and guide and protect mankind. You already must hide your existence, something you can do, but to fabricate hope ? That would take far more effort, a guiding purpose perhaps ? Reclamation of the stars seems to have worked before, but it is what caused such a bellicose religion to gain foothold in the first place alongside a power-hungry control structure.

Regardless, it is an issue you must address in time, but for now, the matters of the underhive the people’s there. Two issues of note had popped up.
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>>5800238

Firstly, the issue of the religious zealots:

>They cannot be reasoned with. No matter how much it pains you, they must be exterminated.

>They cannot be reasoned with. Some will die, but you are certain most can be arrested and re-educated. Once they are at peace and safe, there would be no need for their faith.

>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.

>(Write in)

Next, something far more concerning. Fresh DNA samples had been provided from the outpost within the underhive. DNA entirely foreign to the system. Alien DNA. Surprising amount of intelligence, razor sharp claws capable of scarring and damaging even the armour of O.D.D. members, perhaps even directly cut through it were it not for the energy protecting them. Yet most disturbingly of all, an ability to infect human hosts with mind altering parasites and pheromones. The thing, based upon your genetic frequency mapping, well, it cannot be mapped, the entire thing continues to mutate without halt, each individual cell is slightly different from the last, yet surprisingly enough, these mutations rather than uncontrollably destroying the host, as cancerous cells tend to do, still remain within pre-set parameters. One thing you were able to discover even through your cursory glances is the age of the creature, it is surprisingly hundreds of years old, with the cells entering a stage of active movement and leaving a prolonged stage of hibernation only in the last few months. If the reports from Apprentice are accurate, it seems those things quite literally clawed their way out from kilometres worth of stone, metal and dirt to spread their horrors. Apprentice is handling it already and you had dispatched drones to ensure none of these creatures show up unexpected.

As for other matters, the loss of contact to the nearest hiveworld, a massive bulwark of the Imperium, so abruptly and totally is concerning. You already established a defensive force within the system, so it is protected with what you have. Still, perhaps it would be prudent to further increase the defences ? Though you doubt your efforts would be unnoticed for too long.

Can pick more than one. Option must reach half of total votes to pass.

>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.

>This will be seen, you have no doubt, but an armed and armoured set of fortifications.

>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.

>(Write in)

This option can be taken at any time. Must reach a strong majority to go through.
>Depart the system (where ?)
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Well, not the 4 updates I wanted, but an update the size of 4 updates is alright.

Fun stuff's happening in the sector due to your anons' choice. :D
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Nice update need to think on this,
>>5800253
Good heavens. No imminent battle
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>>5800240
>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.
Study how the barely armed zealots managed to fend off attacks from those that decimated the 1st O.D.D. regiment.

>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.
>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.
These two should be done by us.
>This will be seen, you have no doubt, but an armed and armoured set of fortifications.
Should be done by our infiltrators.

We lose contact with the rest of the sector at the same time that alien creatures that have hibernated for centurie wake up? It's fair to assume that something's up and an attack from an unknown Xenos species is imminent. Spread the word!
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>>5800256
Damn lost ID
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I am considering if we should go now, with the compromise pact i have written in the third pastebin. Or more study. Thing is we have seen the phenomenon working on Eregenus Quintus, so just studying again the same thing not sure works out. And the imperial fanatics already answered us how they fight.
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>>5800240
>They cannot be reasoned with. Some will die, but you are certain most can be arrested and re-educated. Once they are at peace and safe, there would be no need for their faith.
>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.
>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.
These two should be done by us.
>This will be seen, you have no doubt, but an armed and armoured set of fortifications.
Should be done by our infiltrators.
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>>5800240
>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.
Killing half the underhive is probably a bad idea.
>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.
>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.
These are both good to deflect nids and we should focus on killing the bioships in space. Less biomass=less nids.
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Also, thinking on it again. We need to start doing genetic screens of EVERYONE in our surface forces now. Genestealers are pervasive. There need to be a LOT of them to attract a Hive Fleet tendril this way.
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>>5800240
>>They cannot be reasoned with. No matter how much it pains you, they must be exterminated.
>>5800240
>>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.
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ALSO ALSO, thinking on it even more. Is our wormhole.generator affected by the Shadow in the Warp? If not we COULD jump to the system under nids assault and helpout/gather intel and present it to the governess and get her some MASSIVE props, maybe even make her the new Lord Clarus.
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>>5800240

>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.
>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.
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>>5800240
>>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.
>>(Write in
>>5794936
Try the pact

>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.
>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.
We have already the program for detonate them. Though it would be great to have the increased carrying capacity.

Orders
- Destroy the new menace. The civilian population of the underhive needs to be protected. At the very least no new unknown enemy has been found.
- Scribe and Warrior can see about improving imperial defenses on Prime and Secundus. Warrior could gain additional contracts for train the guardsmen, PDF and militias of Xandrirah Prime.
- Apprentice and Master continue what they are doing. They should be at the ready in case of aliens.
- Scribe should see about taking over or creating a secret police/service of Xandirah. Renovate it fully, we need a network of spies that work for us and give us a bigger net across the Xandrirah system. Xandrirah needs to be secure.
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>>5800240
>They cannot be reasoned with. Some will die, but you are certain most can be arrested and re-educated. Once they are at peace and safe, there would be no need for their faith.

>>5800240
>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.
>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.
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>>5800397
>+Support
Enough fedora tipping for us.
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>>5800240
>>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.
we have bigger fish to fry.
>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough
>This will be seen, you have no doubt, but an armed and armoured set of fortifications.
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>>5800305
>support
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>>5800240
>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.

>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.
>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.
Wish we could build mechs. I want some madman to pilebunker a bio-titan.
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>>5800309
I think only the civies of Prime underhive might be at risk. Scanning is free for us so we can do it more than once and make sure all are green.

>>5800321
That could be an idea (just remember Odysseus will want to save humans he sees in danger). I kind of fear for Holdros but its still an hive world cant be that easy for enemies. In regard to the first, i think the wormhole generator is separeted by warp travel thats what makes it special. A complete new method, faster and safer too.

>>5800468
Bigger space in the Odyssey and then we can make and bring around military knights. I have some future orders for ensure Xandirah is good when we leave. Just need to clean up, so we can make sure we can reform, fix and have their support and loyalty. Also for make it a safe point. The underhive of Prime is on the road to be another good recruiting ground for the O.D.D.
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>>5800468
Knights are early AoT inventions.
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Just need carrying capacity really and we have it when we expand. Its why I am hesitant in building more robotic units, we can't bring them away for now at least. Price of being good guys everything is thrice has difficult.
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>>5800240

>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.

>>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.

>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.
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>>5800240
>Fedora tipper AI
kek. Very funny in 40k. Anyway, the vote:

>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.

>This will be seen, you have no doubt, but an armed and armoured set of fortifications.
Ghost ship becoming real. Should probably get scribe to work on seeding some prophecies about it appearing in the sector's hour of greatest need or something.

I'd also vote to go and check out the other system but we really need a good place to put all our civvies first.
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Maybe the fanatics could be convinced further that collaboration is good, by showing medicine works and also show it wasn't the fault of the poor people that became half-mutants /mutants that they become such. But because of a poor mix of poor maintenance and repairs from above to here. Probably not going to make a dent in diplomacy with them, even if we can easily show proof of it.

>>5800257
With Holdros, not the whole sector. Holdros is a solar system with an hive world. If you remember though two whole sub-sectors have gone silence in Sector Clarus, while the rest are attacked by orks and eldars, and the portion directly under the dynasty of Sector Lord Clarus is safe.

>>5800672
Is about two big contrasts. A clash of times and views
Well we have written with orders, to have Scribe give ancient documents/legends that were "found" about us to the Governess.
I don't think there is honestly a good place, we might have to make it by taking it from the enemies of men here in Sector Clarus. Colonization options with no enemies don't look promising without a lot of work too, so far at least. And honestly the safest place is inside the Odyssey right now, with all the wars around Clarus. Our current number of civilians would only create a minor colony too, and from their numbers we likely need to create a garrison (in addition to the robotic forces we would create there on site permanent, alongside multiple defenses and fortifications).
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I know my write in might not be ideal right now, but the orders should still help. So consider to vote for those alone if nothing else
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>>5800240
>They cannot be reasoned with. Some will die, but you are certain most can be arrested and re-educated. Once they are at peace and safe, there would be no need for their faith.
>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.
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>>5800240
>>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.

>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.
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>>5800257
Supporting this

Nids are weakest in space anons
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>>5800240
>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.
The religion while extremely repressive repugnant and counterproductive is extremely important for humans to function in this setting ( there actually reports of humans in ray space falling to chaos because they don’t have access to the imperial faith) it actively helps their psyche to believe in the emperor which has physical results many of our current officers have ties to this religion forceing emperor followers to kill emperor followers is in both bad taste and will undoubtedly bite us in the ass
>offer the pact
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>>5801506
That’s supposed to say tau space Not ray space goddamn autocorrect
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>>5800240
>(Write in)
Ensure we only work with and help the more tolerant zealots than actually help people rather than kill them all the time when not necessary.

>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.
>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.
>(Write in)
Start making vehicles including mobile spider tanks for agile firepower in urban environments.

>Depart the system (where ?)
Holdros
We should take a peek........ Did we fix up our engine and reactors yet?
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>>5801908
The first decision right now is about the imperial priests inside the Odyssey that so far have never been killed and simply separated from the civilian and O.D.D. population on board the Odyssey. The imperial fanatics in the underhive of Xandirah Prime, instead have beside one incident have not been treated has a foe.
We don't have carrying capacity for anything more than all our humans and some hundreds mix of robotic units, vehicles if we build them they remain here. Our current capacity is already all full.
All the robotics units newly produced will remain here in Xandirah, since they also can't be carried.
Our sublight engines were fixed early at the start of thread 1, what allow us to move between solar systems the wormhole generator is perfectly functioning. We have an accumulated charge for do one jump at the moment.
What we need is rare resources for restore fully the Stellar Reactor (which partially works now and feeds his energy to the wormhole generator. We do have fusion reactors too, has auxiliaries but the Stellar Reactor energy creation is far far bigger than them once fully operational) and make functioning the other 3 Blackhole generators we have (this are weapons. we have one functioning). Beside that the only exception that needs repair is the Experimental communications, surveying, and relay systems of the Odyssey and this piece of tech need special care in a facility we will build because we also need to study it.
Everything else works, so it will be just building new parts and expanding the Odyssey. Alongside building new units to place inside it.
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>>5802047
Guess I'm a bit out of the loop lately.
I figure robots can fold up and stack nicely, vehicles I intended to either be made or stored outside or on one of the planets, and the Stellar Reactor is the thing I was trying to remember so ty for the reminder. We need to get that sorted sooner rather than later.
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>>5801908
I'm pretty sure we need a couple of months to charge up again if we jump. Could be pretty risky to jump to a system that might be under siege by a splinter hive fleet.
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>>5802201
How much you have read ? Updates here take time so you don't need to do speed reading.
If we add more right now, we might have to put them in random places inside the Odyssey or blocking the ways of the humans inside us. Which is not optimal, when the solution is simply additional construction. The Odyssey was meant for exploration, the original space it has is small. The attached hab blocks we made are a temporary solution for transport the humans for example. We could make another one of those but for transport more robotic units and some vehicles.
Newb already explained why we can't put them outside i think, i don't know what he exactly said.
It would be bunkers filled with vehicles we can't use because we are somewhere else. Xandirah Prime and Secundus are already getting safer, unless we want to leave some O.D.D. behind. Which i feel unsafe in doing it.
Rare resources are what is needed for get it full operational, same for the blackhole generators.

>>5802255
That's more or less the time we need, i think it was 555 days to be exact.
I think what most people want to do is probably killing a tyranid fleet if is coming here in Xandirah. Then jump out when we are sure the system will not get immediately attacked. At the moment the Odyssey can be probably classified as fleet killer capable, with support and fully operational with what it has likely multi-fleet killer. Not considering what it could do expanded and with new stuff.
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Of course by building vehicles, its obvious we would need to open recruitment and training for pilots and vehicles crews of the O.D.D.
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>>5800240
>Just leave them be, in the end you cannot do anything about them, but as long as they remain contained, you can tolerate their existence.

>Put out more mines and superiority craft. Perhaps a doubling of the number will be enough.

>Produce a legion of drones and robots, if someone will try to take these worlds, they will have to fight through an endless army of your machines.

I always found it odd that nids don't dig the fuck in and start spawning bio factories deep in a planets crust fed by whatever they can eat nearby in order to be unstoppable after they land significant invading forces. Suppose it is some ratio of GW lore writers being real dumb coupled with said writers realizing how easily nids curb stomp as it is unless you really lay on the fucking plot armor. Didn't they change the lore so that only one defeated nid fleet actually adapted in real time and the rest are just dumb space locusts?
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>>5802304
>How much you have read ? Updates here take time so you don't need to do speed reading.
My browser tabs are a disorganized mess to sort through and I forgot where our progression was.

In hindsight I should have waited till I had time to do some re-reading catch up.
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>>5802900
Understandable.
There are also pastebins if you need them
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Due to your directive, you cannot condemn humans to death, especially if it is avoidable. For now the cult of this emperor shall remain within the underhive. They shall be hemmed in and their influence shall be curtailed. Naturally, you shall not take any truly overt actions that could be noticed by the locals, simply changing the drop zones for supplies for example, could prove useful as means of dragging away time. Should one be given a choice between food and faith, the former will win out. And for the prechers ? To them it will simply look like you are withdrawing from their territory and leaving them alone, this alongside some infrastructure efforts to make travel easier away from the temple being done in a concurrent manner shall prove an effective tactic. All you have to do is be patient, victory is assured, it is only logical.

Now, as for far more concerning and pressing matters. More and more of those strange creatures are being reported. Thankfully, they are not the unknown enemy, but still, they are clearly an alien species. Just the sheer similarity within their DNA structure indicates that these creatures are created rather than born, the sheer number of evolutionary mutations is also disturbing any efforts to develop a bio-weapon that would target this alien DNA. You presume that due to sheer difference in the structure, a virus spread through air would be an effective way to target specific genome structures. Which means that you will simply have to solve this infestation issue with old fashioned methods, no radiation or gasses, the local populace would be hurt by such efforts as well. Instead, you are simply constructing more drones and strengthening the scouting network within the underhive, the moment so much as one of these beasts sneezes, you will find, and you will annihilate them.

Still, the potential danger of losing contact with Holdros is the more pressing concern as you are dedicating the overwhelming majority of your manufacturing capabilities towards further increasing the number of superiority craft and explosive mines. This system shall become a fortress that shall possess no gaps that will be exploited by any potential foe. Of course, your dedication for such a matter has not gone unnoticed, especially because you are also dedicating some of the STCs to begin manufacturing ground forces. Putting it bluntly, the systemwide encompassing nebula had not only visibly thinned, but it had more or less disappeared in certain parts, through the simple movement of the star and the nebula itself, the system will soon be fully reclaimed, but as it stands, you have no excuse to offer to the local populace whom is finally able to witness the stars without the tint of the nebula. Panic would have undoubtedly spread, but luckily Scribe and Master had both controlled the feared outbreaks, more rumours of the ghost ship, symbols of good luck, perhaps strange, but natural phenomena.
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>>5803032

Despite all of these efforts, people are still unnerved and are suspicious of the going ons.

No matter, as long as no one is hurt or the populace is thrown into absolute panic, slight feelings of discomfort are an acceptable price.

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(POV shift: You are Harrax Jaeghart, a lieutenant of the Odyssey Defence Detachment.)

“These things aren’t so damn tough.” One of the men says, kicking the still corpse of the xeno.

“They’re not tough because we know where they’re coming from and when. Keep vigilant, the moment you let down your guard, that’s when they get you.” Your sergeant remarks, reprimanding the rather calm looking men. He’s a survivor of the action the O.D.D. had seen. Your company, the 4th had not gone down there, and you do not know if you should be glad or not about it. On one hand, you hadn’t suffered massive losses, and on the other, all of the survivors got promoted to NCO or CO positions as the entire detachment is now being rebuilt and reshuffled. You can’t help but feel that there’s a gap, an unseen wall between those whom had seen whatever horrors they faced down there, and men like you. Not to mention, no one’s even willing to converse about what they saw, but you’ve heard rumours; devils, daemons, monsters beyond one’s mind, sorcerers and witches. To be frank, you’d rather fight whatever xenos are out there than deal with anything like that.

The small ser-… *right, drones, those aren’t servitors.* You think to yourself. Though you still don’t really know what’s the difference between the two, other than you suppose you cannot see the human part of them… the small drones whizz past you and you watch your auspex feed is updated with information, the drones picking out life signatures, with the whatever these xenos are now being entirely within the auspex system had allowed you to easily identify them. Still, those razor-sharp claws and teeth are damned dangerous, if the deep gnashes upon your armour are anything to go by. Even when you knew they were coming, these damnable xenos are incredibly fast, were it not for the energy shield around your armour, it would have probably cut through the metal like it was parchment.

“Notice: designated biosignatures detected.” The drones deliver their warning and the rest of the platoon jumps to attention. “Identified signatures number twenty.”

*Twenty ?* That’s the biggest group you’ve ever encountered so far, the largest ever encountered had not been more than five.

“Signatures all around us !” Your sergeant calls out.

“Form a circle, a circle, overlapping fire, the moment these xeno bastards show up, shoot them down !” You begin barking out orders and your men quickly obey, the circle is further reinforced by the drones around you, each and every ready to provide their own fire to yours, but in reality they mainly function as mobile shields, slowing down and intercepting anything that could be a potential threat.
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>>5803034

“Biosignatures closing, overlaying their presence with pre-set visor parameters.” Once again the artificial voice remarks and you see the outlines of whatever those creatures are closing in, well, if nothing else they cannot see the invisible drones tracking them.

With a screech one of the beasts emerges overhead from one of the numerous drainage pipes, only for your prepared men to unleash hell as the volkite rifles impact and instantaneously boil the blood, fat, muscles, sinew, and even the tough outer carapace of the beast, the super boiled blood evaporated in an instant causes an explosion as what parts of the body unaffected end up washing the closest men in viscera and gore.

“Warning, unknown biosignature detected.” Once again, the drones call out.

“Sir ! There’s a big one !” One of your men shouts out as all of the beasts in a concentrated manner jump out of the various pipes and moving down both ends of the tunnel, and from one of the end, a much bigger xeno shows up, still the same weird four armed beast, but clearly much stronger, and it also move quickly, all of them move fast, but it is even faster.

“Warning: human life in danger.” You snap back as the hulking beast is above you and it is already swinging down with one of its frighteningly sharp claws, just as one of the drones slams heavily into it, beating the creature back momentarily as more and more of the drones unleash their fire, but much to your annoyance, the sheer toughness of the carapace or just the innate defensive capabilities of the creatures mean that the rounds either bounce off, or they fail to penetrate.

Shouldering your own rifle, you fire a rather rapid shot, but it is enough to blow off one of the limbs, despite the undoubtedly endless pain and now missing one claw, the beast lashes out and you feel a strong impact upon your chest, air is knocked out of your lungs and you slam heavily into the wall. As your head spins you watch another member of the O.D.D. is grabbed by hands of the monster, lifted up and then heavily slammed onto the ground.

That is when one of the drones smashes straight into the face of the monster, dazing it and then as you are struggling back to your feet, the sergeant rushes ahead like a madman with his knife and drives it deep into the skull of the xeno, and the he simply pushes, allowing for the power weapon to cut through as the monster screams and the sergeant jump onto the beast head as more and more drones slam into it, perpetually stunning the beast and as a massive cut is made leaving a clear gaping hole on the beast’s head, the sergeant takes out a grenade and slams it right into the skull before jumping off.

The plasma reaction from within the skull does the job as the head is vaporised and the rest of the beaten body remains limp on the ground, and meanwhile the entirety of your platoon finishes off the big xeno’s subordinates, punching holes, ripping off limbs.
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>>5803037

“Sir.” The sergeant says approaching you and pocketing the knife.

“Good job.” You mutter out still nursing the concussion you got and taking a few moments to recollect yourself. “What’s our status ?”

“No dead, a dozen or so injured. Nothing too major, the servitors intervened whenever there was any real potential for death, speaking of, about sixteen of the things had been wrecked, maybe a dozen more damaged.”

“Alright. If everyone’s fine, then we’d better start moving. Send a signal to the nearest outpost, I have no doubt that the body of that bastard will be of interest.”

“Will do.”

“Drones.”

“Awaiting orders, lieutenant Jaeghart.”

“Start looking for a nest. This the first time we’re seeing such a big xeno, there could be a main nest nearby.” You finally say with a grunt as the automated medicine dispensers finally kick in getting rid of your nausea and pain.

“Orders acknowledged, lieutenant Jaeghart.” The drone responds and dozens of the little things move past you and into the various pipes and tunnels.

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(End of POV shift.)

Your worst potential fears had proven correct. A massive nest had been discovered housing dozens upon dozens of the yet unknown xenos, the Imperium’s records are far too scarce to identify the species. Most disturbing of all would be the captured humans, you had found some before, but these, these humans had been entirely brainwashed, and most concerningly of all – impregnated. It appears that this species is parasitical in nature, able to assimilate the DNA structures of their now human hosts. As to why they would do so ? You do not know, it could just be a driven instinct to reproduce and nothing more, but the coordination efforts seen upon the battlefield makes you think of a greater danger, that these xenos are capable of such means that this world is under potential threat. Perhaps these could be one of the numerous reasons that caused Holdros to lose its connection to the wider Imperium ? It is possible, these creatures had exhibited the potential for infiltration and assassination, seeing as how the Imperium is so reliant upon these astropaths and their rather not entirely accurate messages, all an attacker would need to do to isolate a system is to carry out such an assassination, unless of course the system actually possess a warp capable ship.
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>>5803038

It is all the more reason why you are now ramping up your ground forces. Due to your limited storage capacity, you have to unfortunately store the newly built armies within large scale deployment pods, a good enough option that shall also give you flexibility to deploy said forces wherever they would be needed within the system. As for the forces themselves, you include the usual drones and robots, their cheap costs and ease of manufacturing means that the overall force shall be primarily made out of them. If there’s a need for cover, the numerous superiority craft that you possess could and will most likely be employed in an air assistance role.

Still, if you are to wage war properly, you shall require extra forces, the kings of the battlefield so to say – armour and artillery.
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>>5803039

Starting off with the armoured part of any good military. Speed and movement as always are the most important aspects of modern warfare, at least in a conventional battle. Browsing through the various templates in your possession, you quickly land upon the Extra-light armoured scout tank – Shortsword. As one would expect, these vehicles are not that well armed or armoured, but they are like most things, cheap. Since Shortswords were meant to be entirely self-reliant, they are equipped with a main plasma cannon, that should be more than capable in destroying the Imperium’s Leman Russ MBT with ease and at a sizeable range due to the concentrated manner of fire of the plasma weapon, a slight decrease in overall fire power, but greater hitting range and superior accuracy make it worth it. Next up would be a mounted rotatory volkite cannon installed in the main turret alongside the plasma cannon, the sheer rate of fire and strength of the attack make it quite useful in dispatching lightly armoured vehicles such as the usual Chimera APCs. While that does it for the main turret, the Shortsword also possesses a set of rotatory laser cannons, installed in the main superstructure of the tank, for a total of eight, surrounding the superstructure in such a way that would ensure overlapping fire and make any infantry regret their decision of trying to close the distance and bring their AT weaponry to bear. Speaking of potential dangers, the counters to them that the Shortsword possesses are limited, with only 180mm of Federation standard plating, it could be easily overwhelmed by any true MBT of the era could easily overwhelm the Shortsword, even the primitive Baneblade could pose a threat, but the lack of armour is made up by a decently powerful energy shield bubble encompassing the tank that could be spread out in order to also engulf support nearby elements thus giving further protection to anyone nearby. Of course, the most important part of any such vehicle – speed, and the Shorsword is fast, with antigrav plates installed the Shortsword does not possess a theoretical top speed, the atmosphere’s drag proving the biggest danger of moving too swiftly. There are some downsides of course, the greater the distance from the surface, the greater the power drain, which could prove fatal is all main weapons are fired. Speaking of which, the weapons are all non-ammunition based, instead relying on the miniature zero-point generator to provide the vehicle with all the energy needed.
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>>5803041

This more or less finishes your inspection of the Shortsword, which, as the name implies, is a rather slim and graceful looking drone, with sharp angular structure meant to deflect any incoming blows best as able, though if the shield is penetrated, you doubt the Shortsword would last for long. As for colouring, you decide that there’s not really a great need for disguises, not when you could deploy drones for that purpose, rather you simply apply the usual white.

No armour is finished without infantry support, in this case however you opt for simple machine carriers, fast enough to keep up with the Shortswords, the standard vehicles only have about 90mm of armour and only have a couple of turret laser cannons to deal with whatever potential danger may be nearby whilst they deploy their cargo. Due to that, the transports are rather large and bulky, reminiscent of cargo trucks rather than a proper military use, but they are invaluable for any drone and robotic forces, carrying plentiful supplies of munitions, charging stations and even mobile command and control stations allow the transports to be used to fill in any support need upon the battlefield.

Then finally, the artillery. For this you opt for two versions, a self-propelled vehicle able to quickly relocate and provide support as needed and a slower, but more powerful artillery walker. The self-propelled piece known as Apollo light artillery. With only 100mm of armour and no back-up weapons, the artillery pieces instead opt for far more ammo and speed, able to keep pace with the Shortswords, Apollos are able to fire and then redeploy, avoidance is their most valued weapon. Besides of that of course is the main 180mm cannon, smart munitions and sensors allow for great accuracy, with the shell being able to adjust where they are to land mid-air, compensating for any unknown variables that could affect the accuracy of the shot. Cheap and simple, nothing more than a rectangle with a gun upon it and grav plates underneath.
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>>5803042

Now for the heavy artillery – Armageddon artillery walker. A grandiose name for an old machine, but a correct one nonetheless. A towering, machine reaching 12 meters in height, it relies upon six broad legs to allow for motion and to keep it in place. With four 300mm cannons, each and every capable of individual fire, the walker also carries a nearly endless amount of antimatter, nuclear, plasma, gravitic, or simple explosive munitions with advance guiding systems. A top of that, it possesses four dozen missile launchers, each and every capable of launching missiles either for further artillery support or using them as means of shooting down incoming air assets that might try to knock out these heavy walkers. For further hatred of any air force in existence, each and every Armageddon is equipped with two quad laser batteries, that can also be turned to the ground, and then about six dozen volkite cannons able to shoot down any smaller craft or once again, any infantry that could threaten the walker. As for its shape, it closer resembles a spider than a human, with a large platform upon which the upright body is placed and is supported by the legs housing the main artillery pieces and laser batteries and then a large abdomen at the back, housing much of the walker’s munitions and missile launch systems. Preferably, the Armageddon would stay far behind friendly lines, due to its height being a big draw for anyone with any weapon. Despite so, the Armageddon does possess a powerful energy shield as well as roughly 200mm of armour, giving the walker a good chance to survive any potential assaults that may be carried out against it.

Whilst you were concerned with raising a sizeable force for the defences, you had received some information from Scribe and Colonel Stavros. The months of construction you had busied yourself with had not been spent idle by your potential foe, the unknown alien force had become exceptionally aggressive recklessly attacking and trying to gain footholds, but the newly rebuilt O.D.D. had cut their teeth in holding back and exterminating the alien menace, the mandatory biological scans done with the ever expanding territory under your control had also meant that potential sleeper agents and infested had been taken care of, killed for the most part, as often than not they’d choose suicide when caught. As for Scribe and the words that she carries, they too are concerning – the system is isolated.
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>>5803045

Finally, at the dawn of 812.M41. Scribe reported suicides, or simply painful and agonizing deaths that had occurred within the astropathic choir. Something you had noticed a month or so beforehand as well…the stars disappeared in the direction towards Holdros. Your foe is here. An endless mass of black approaching from the darkness in the between the stars, even from here you can tell that this force is biological, endless, writhing…hungry. It shall still take weeks for the force to reach the system proper, but it appears to be overwhelming.

Still, you have time, and time is the only thing an A.I. needs to find a solution.

First of all, the forces you had assembled as well as the local garrisons. As it stands, O.D.D. is still located in the underhive, which you had already fortified in your efforts to establish control, whom seem to have gone swimmingly, if need be however, the O.D.D. can be relocated wherever needed.

Any decision needs at least half of total votes +1 to win.

>Move the O.D.D. (Where ?) (If option not taken, O.D.D. remains in the underhive of the capital upon Prime.)

Then there are the machine legions you had produced. Each consists of a sizeable force you had toiled away for months to produce, each legion has 5,000 defensive robots, 20,000 defence drones, 1,000 Shortswords, 200 transports, 600 Apollos and 20 Armageddons. Due to the serious impact you had made upon the nebula and the fact you were not overly concerned about hiding your presence, you were able to produce 2.5 legions, all of whom are currently located in space in various drop pods ready to be deployed wherever needed.

>Deploy the legions. (Where, how many ?) (Can be kept in reserve if needed.)

Finally, there’s your space force, the mines and superiority craft, you have in total 100,000 of said craft, all of whom can be rallied to defend the system, not to mention the numerous mines, their movement however is limited to protect the borders of the system, so employing all of them is not a possibility. When it comes down to it, you have three options.

>First, aggressive approach. Move out to meet the fleet and fight them out of the system, you will not have any mines to fall back on, but with hopefully it will buy more time and allow the mines to strike at more valuable targets later on.

>Second, a conservative approach. Allow the fleet to close in, strike with your craft and wait for the perfect moment to activate the mines to strike at just the right time.

>Third, a cunning approach. Allow the fleet to approach the worlds, and then strike them in the rear.

>(Write in)
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>>5803048

Finally, the local defenders. They are not under your command, so ordering them to do anything will be difficult, even with the influence your androids possess will be difficult. They will no doubt mount a defence best they are able, but in no way coordinated with your efforts.

>Leave them be. They shall defend their homes with everything they have and that will be enough.

>Time to reveal yourself as not only the ghost ship, but the ghost army. Maybe they’ll buy it ?

>An aggressive approach might be needed. You have the overwhelming force to make a coup and seize overt control.

>(Write in)
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>>5803048
"To O.D.D. forces on board the Odyssey, an unknown hostile alien fleet has entered the solar system. Prepare, Equip yourselves and rally to the designated points. You will be debriefed about the enemy as the space battle progresses. Your objective is to deploy on the surface of Xandirah Prime and Secundus. You will be sent to defend the surfaces, robotic units will also be deployed alongside you to support your efforts in both combat and in creating fortifications and turrets. Imperial units of guardsmen, PDF and militias will be present so coordinate with them and aid them in the battle ahead."
"Colonel Stavros, an unknown hostile alien fleet has entered the solar system. Rendezvous with O.D.D. forces on the surface of Xandirah Prime. To avoid panic among underhive civilians, inform Preacher Alyric a united defense in the underhive must be created for fight against the monsters underground that will use this opportunity."
"All civilians of the Odyssey direct yourselves toward secure locations, battle against an unknown alien enemy is imminent."

>Move the O.D.D. (Where ?) (If option not taken, O.D.D. remains in the underhive of the capital upon Prime.)
1st, 2st, 3st, 4st, 5st O.D.D. regiments will be deployed on the surface of Xandirah Prime, all near eachother, Colonel Stavros will be here. 6st, 7st, 8st, 9st O.D.D. regiments will be deployed on the surface of Xandirah Secundus all near eachother. The 10st O.D.D. regiment will be deployed in the underhive of Xandrirah Prime and fight in a united defense with Apprentice Gang, Imperial Fanatics of the Alyrics Chapel and underhive volunteers (this can be equipped with cheap mass produced lasguns and flak armors).

>Deploy the legions.
1,5 Robotic Legion on Xandrirah Prime Surface
1 Robotic Legion on Xandrirah Secundus Surface
Both together with O.D.D. forces deployed there on the surfaces

>Second, a conservative approach. Allow the fleet to close in, strike with your craft and wait for the perfect moment to activate the mines to strike at just the right time.
Maximum Precision for Maximum Destruction

>>5803049
>Time to reveal yourself as not only the ghost ship, but the ghost army. Maybe they’ll buy it ?

To Xandirah
"Xandirah, this is the Ghost Ship Odyssey. We are no mere legend or myth, and we are here again for defend and fight alongside you. Xandirah, a battle against xenos is imminent. We will fight and try to halt their advance, ready your defenses, pray and send to safety your loved ones. Our soldiers and servants will be sent to aid you in battle. Fight alongside them, they are your brothers and sisters from the stars. Fight with bravery, duty and faith in your hearts. Fight for the family and friends on your side and under you. Fight for Mankind and for the Imperium !"
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>>5803087

>1st, 2st, 3st, 4st, 5st O.D.D. regiments will be deployed on the surface of Xandirah Prime, all near eachother, Colonel Stavros will be here. 6st, 7st, 8st, 9st O.D.D. regiments will be deployed on the surface of Xandirah Secundus all near eachother. The 10st O.D.D. regiment will be deployed in the underhive of Xandrirah Prime and fight in a united defense with Apprentice Gang, Imperial Fanatics of the Alyrics Chapel and underhive volunteers (this can be equipped with cheap mass produced lasguns and flak armors).

The fed standard regiments are still training and are unprepared to deploy.
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>>5803087
- Warrior, mobilize the Freedom Ravens mercenary company and coordinate with deployed O.D.D. forces. The current Arbitrator and Arbites commanders should be convinced that O.D.D. forces are at least not hostile against humans.
- Master, ready with Justicator rebel forces for fight alongside House Ture forces and O.D.D.. Keep multiple squads near Justicator. Evac the civies to safety if possible.
- Scribe, order to stun any astropaths that wants to kill it self. Beside that the Governess Flori Ture should be aided, no more convincing should be needed for the ghost ship. Keep a tight and more numerous amounts of guards around her. Evac the civies to safety if possible.
- Apprentice, fight alongside the 10 st O.D.D. regiment and ensure imperial fanatics collaborate in an united defense. Alien monsters should be a good reason for them. Underhive civilians need to be placed in secure places.
- Send a few wings of space superiority drones above Xandrirah Prime and Secundus for provide air support and contest the skies to the enemy.

>>5803090
Ah.
Then just redeploy the 1st regiment to Xandrirah Prime surface. Those are the one of Stavros.
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>>5803095
Wait the O.D.D. 1st Regiment is not retraining. And they didn't receive new equipment and augments is that correct?
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>>5803097

Months had passed, due to the experience of the veterans and the lower level of equipment, the regiment is back to strength if the average infantryman is rather green compared to even the 4th company, but they got some experience fighting the genestealers.

They are still at the antiquated tier level of equipment and do not possess genetic modifications.
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>>5803103
That's very bad, but acceptable. Is a shame they have yet to accept genetic modifications. I thought they were also receiving that, but i probably misunderstood. We will just give them that in the future.
I have made modifications to orders O.D.D here so no problem for us.
>>5803095
The rest can be still followed and i guess just ignore some speech parts. Funnily enough i was only considering the O.D.D. 1st regiment in what i initially written, then i decided to rewrite it. Should be fine.
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Actually after this battles, 1st Regiment should also start the new training and be given augments and new equipment. They will suffer heavy losses due to their equipment. Should be enough to convince them.
And the pact too
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Better lets get this out of the way too, is Liutenant Antonius Drogode, Sergeant Vinurus and the platoon of the 105th Kodorn regiment all at Antiquated training and equipment ?
I expect the answer to be the same, which is also bad. I suppose we can ask them if they want to help the O.D.D. here and deploy them on Xandrirah Prime with them. Asking doesn't hurt anyone and can be done. Their strength is small so they add little but better to have them.

We will just put them under superior training, augments and new equipment like the 1st after this battles. Likewise the pact idea should satisfy them too. Hell we can offer them to recreate the 105th Kodorn regiment instead of an 11st O.D.D. regiment with recruits taken from the underhive. That should fully satisfy them. Imperial regiments don't mind recruting men from locals, when they lose them.
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>>5803048
>Deploy the legions. (Where, how many ?) (Can be kept in reserve if needed.)
2/4 to Prime, 1/4 to Secundus and 1/4 for reserve.
>Second, a conservative approach. Allow the fleet to close in, strike with your craft and wait for the perfect moment to activate the mines to strike at just the right time.
>Leave them be. They shall defend their homes with everything they have and that will be enough.
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>>5803164

Yea, you can. Other than assisting with training, they are more or less bored aboard the ship. As for equipment, they are of O.D.D. standard. They are few in numbers, and their intimate familiarity with the military of the Imperium is why Odysseus doesn't want to risk potentially losing them.
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>>5803175
Thats good, even if it is not likely to find many votes. Same for orders. Which is bad in hindsight, but i don't think I can convince other anons. It was easier when they were here from before now they are not quite invested and read too fast. Basically they don't see what was voted before and thar it was of useful
I should have probably asked that before and include them in the past, i made the error to consider them included in the superior training and other improvements.
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>>5803048
>>Second, a conservative approach. Allow the fleet to close in, strike with your craft and wait for the perfect moment to activate the mines to strike at just the right time.
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>>5803048
>Move the O.D.D. (Half to defend Prime, a quarter to Secundus and the remainder stay in the Underhive)

>Deploy the legions (Half a Legion to Secundus, half a Legion to Prime, keep the rest in reserve)
Half a Legion is 2500 robots, 10,000 drones, 500 Shortswords, 100 transports, 300 Apollos and 10 Armageddons. I bet we could wipe out a couple of space marine chapters with that.

>Second, a conservative approach

>Time to reveal yourself as not only the ghost ship, but the ghost army. Maybe they’ll buy it ?
The Inquisition is definitely gonna come sniffing around after this.
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>>5803048
>Third, a cunning approach. Allow the fleet to approach the worlds, and then strike them in the rear.

>Leave them be. They shall defend their homes with everything they have and that will be enough.
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>>5803372
Possibly depends how we deal with it. We have plenty of options and a sector that is filled by war, nobody will arrive here immediately. I suppose we at least want minimum the planet support in some way or more than one, at least thats what i want. If not alliance and friendship.
And once we expand the Odyssey, i think we can pick up the robotic units we have made here. They are starting to lack spaces for be unseen in space and it sounds very bad to leave them here after this.

And we can dismantle the outposts in the underhive of Xandrirah Prime for the extra paranoid. Kinda goes against the purpose of using it has recruting ground. It does bring a genuine question if some realize we need to use anything we can put our hands that is useful. Having millions of available recruits for the O.D.D. and potential settlers, not counted in any register of the imperium is quite nice.
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>>5803433
Dismantling the outposts is unnecessary when we can just cease the missions and stick to our hidden settlements until they leave. No inquisitor is gonna go through an underhive with a fine tooth comb without a damn good reason.

I think that's what must be kept in mind: leave no investigative threads for inquisitors to pull and they will eventually give up.
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>>5803433
Speaking of the underhive, if we manage to un-fuck things on XP (in general, not just the underhive), some of our large assortment of tagalongs will likely want off. While I remain committed to finding somewhere nice to colonise, it's probably going to be years yet and they're all currently getting cabin fever and rather lacking space.
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>>5803048
>>5803049
>Move the O.D.D. (Where ?) (If option not taken, O.D.D. remains in the underhive of the capital upon Prime.)
Leave the O.D.D. in garrison on Prime. Only deploy them once it becomes clear that we cannot hold the Bioships in space (if we can do this without exposing our assets on the ground then we will do so.

>Second, a conservative approach. Allow the fleet to close in, strike with your craft and wait for the perfect moment to activate the mines to strike at just the right time.
There is literally NO reason to fuck up all the prep work we did for this place. Use the shit we built.

>Time to reveal yourself as not only the ghost ship, but the ghost army. Maybe they’ll buy it?
if anyone even LOOKS at the section of space where the fighting is taking place at they WILL KNOW something is up. Might as well try and be upfront about it. The =][= WILL get involved once we do this either way. And since they have knowledge that none of the rest of the Imperium do, the Mechanicum will NOT be soon far behind. The =][= WILL recognize an A.I. and will also probably recognize the telltale signs that a MASSIVE amount of material has been used in this system.

Also a quick question. According to
>Finally, at the dawn of 812.M41.
we are merely 80 something years from the first invasion of Behemoth. What Hive Fleet are we dealing with here? Or is this an OC DONUT STEELE Hive Fleet? Hell where in the Galaxy is Sector Clarus even located?
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>>5803479
Behemoth was destroyed already but splinter fleets of Behemoth are still active - Dagon in particular is starting to cause chaos right about now.
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>>5803448
There is a problem with that, even if your concern is a genuine sensible thing. First the easy solution : we can simply expand the ship, which would include giving them not just housing and improve their current housing. Of course beside resources (there is a galaxy out there, there is no lack of them), we need a place without first seat view for anyone to see us expanding ourselves (very annoying i agree, also something that can be solved though).
The process i have in mind for unfuck Xandirah will take sometime for example, and multiple orders for our androids (an order for start a political/diplomatic process for unite the rebels demands of Justicator with House Ture laws, one for begin the process of fixing the architectural and urbanistic nightmare of the hives, lowering crime behaviour in the underhive, improving the military quality of guard, pdf and militias etc....). So that means Xandirah will be unsafe until then, and the peoples inside us are perfect high value targets here if discovered.
I am also not sure I want to give them a life here, when their desire was of open space or at least a new place. Of course we could still leave them here and make sure they are impossible to see and safe.

>>5803442
I said for the extra paranoid, personally i don't want to. This are our gains afterall. They will go insane simply because the place actually works, and there is no mega shithole anymore. Though no clues means nothing to work with. Hopefully they are just killed by tyranids, orks, chaos or eldars. If not i guess some Shade Class Drones can get in their ship and make them preoccupied with something else like going somewhere else. Also steal their data.

>>5803479
Current location Ultima Segmentum, galactic south-west from the Ghoul Stars and North-East from Terra, Sector Clarus, Time 810 of M41. 2 years passed. There wasnt an update about 1 year passing.
No we don't know what tyranids are, and are discovering about them. By killing
the jeansstealers we learned quite a lot. Imperial data gained is usually dumb and of poor quality, + censorships.
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>>5803508
Oh, I don't mean kicking them out now, I mean later if we're sticking around longer term to try and fix Xandirah up. While I couldn't in good conscience send them off now or in the near future with the state Xandirah is in and many of them will likely come with us, not all of them will want to and I don't want to keep them prisoner if they wish to leave. There is also the fact that they are more aware of who we are than we would like, but in time that may cease to be an issue.
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>>5803087
>Move the O.D.D.
(Half to defend Prime, a quarter to Secundus and the remainder stay in the Underhive)
>Deploy the legions.
1,5 Robotic Legion on Xandrirah Prime Surface
1 Robotic Legion on Xandrirah Secundus Surface
>Second, a conservative approach. Allow the fleet to close in, strike with your craft and wait for the perfect moment to activate the mines to strike at just the right time.
>Time to reveal yourself as not only the ghost ship, but the ghost army. Maybe they’ll buy it ?
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Pastebins are there if anyone needs to check about old info. They might need a legend at the start for the different parts, they are a bit big now. Not by much. They are updated usually after 1-3 days.

>>5803515
We are definetly fixing Xandrirah, i would like if it can work. At an acceptable level if possible. Though right now after we are done dealing with nids and some other stuff on the worlds, i want to leave, expand the Odyssey and grab our extra robotic units left here.
Then we will make sure that doesn't happen, a better living should make them avoiding those ideas. Beside they dont want to live in places like this two worlds, and hearing about underhive monsters from the O.D.D. will make them reconsider the place. For the ones that don't, they can live in the underhive of Xandrirah Prime in a secret colony.
No, them openly talking with imperials of us is out of the question while living on a imperium world.
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>>5803095
>>5803087
>support
>definitely time to basically do a soft coup. We control enough shouldn't be hard to get the arbites and the governor to join us. Print some data sheets that show prisoners are punished more and more resources and money comes out.
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Thinking on it, i wonder if the sheer amount of garbage and industrial waste on Xandrirah Prime could be reused has resources material for the Odyssey. Likely mostly common than rare materials
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Rolled 2 (1d2)

1,5 Robotic Legion on Xandrirah Prime Surface 3
1 Robotic Legion on Xandrirah Secundus Surface 3
O.D.D. to Xandrirah Prime Surface 2

2/4 to Prime, 1/4 to Secundus and 1/4 for reserve. 1

Half a legion to each 1

Move the O.D.D. (Half to defend Prime, a quarter to Secundus and the remainder stay in the Underhive) 2

Leave O.D.D. 1

Conservative approach 7

Cunning approach 1

Leave them be 2

Ghost army 5

Total 8

Right, reveal as ghost army, waiting for fleet to reach the minefield, 1,5 legions goes to Prime 1 to Secundus.

When it comes to the 1st O.D.D. regiment

1 will be O.D.D. to Xandrirah Prime Surface
2 half to defend Prime, a quarter to Secundus and the remainder stay in the Underhive
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Time is short, whilst you have never encountered this alien species, they had arrived at the edge of the system, so if nothing else they appear to be capable of warp travel, which means they shall close in rapidly, as such you have to move swiftly. Caution and subterfuge is not acceptable, without your direct intervention this system is without a doubt doomed.

You activate the Androids, the word of the threat shall spread, but so will the word of hope, and you are able to do so without relying upon such superstitions as religion. The army of perfect white, birthed from the pods of black, seen and unseen.

As for your forces, you begin to send out orders to the legions, they shall all be employed, with 1 going towards the irradiated surface of Secundus and 1 and a half going towards Prime. The legions shall hold the worlds’ surfaces, whilst you do not know what these aliens intend, you do know the basics of denying planetary invasion, rapid response forces, holding troops and the like, the hives of Prime and the fortresses of Secundus shall be your lynchpins for this defence where you shall concentrate the largest amounts of your forces, with some rapid movement forces remaining scattered across the world. In the initial stages, you shall have to deny any potential landing zones or at least harass them as no doubt your lynchpins shall be the primary targets of such an invasion force.

Through your camera feed, you see as the large dart like pods’ engines fire, burning swiftly and heavily towards the system’s worlds.

Meanwhile, you also dispatch shuttles towards Prime to retrieve a quarter of the 1st O.D.D. regiment and dispatch it towards Secundus, whilst half of it shall defend Prime itself, one final company shall defend the underhive, the unknown alien presence had been strongly suppressed, but there’s a possibility that some still remain, not to mention, your drones, whilst able to maintain control in the underhive are still not as preferable as your human soldiery. Not to mention, their presence should lend further credence to the ghost myth.

As for the battle to control the space of the system, that will have to be determined when the fleet reaches the pre-set minefield, not all of the mines will be of use, but thanks to the sheer size of the attacking force, perhaps a third of all of them could be employed. As for the space superiority craft, seeing as how relatively unmanoeuvrable and slow the biological ships are, you do not have to fear being outflanked. As such, the entirety of your space assets shall be deployed to face the fleet.

For now however, whilst you are preparing everything, all you can do is wait.
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>>5804499

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(POV shift: You are a human federation android codename: Scribe.)

“What in the Throne’s golden fething shine is happening !?” The governess shouts out in her office.

The gathered nobles, scribes, administrators, servants and general hangers on all flinch due to her rage. By the creator, you despise such showing of emotion, this is why positions of power should never be hereditary.

“We’ve already mobilised everything we could, my lady.” A gruff man responds, a general under the employ of the governess.

“Everything we have prepared for the void is, is…” The governess’s niece begins to stammer.

“Underwhelming. Tiny. Miniscule.” The governess spits with venom. “Just what are we facing here ?” She finally asks to the room. The overwhelming panic is something you had expected, even the primitive scanners or auspexes of these humans were able to pick up the massive approaching force.

“We do not know.” The general calmly responds. “Xenos, no doubt, the direction they came was from Holdros.” He exchanges a glance with the governess’s niece, both as an encouragement and means of confirming the information. After receiving her nod, he continues. “Seeing a fleet as large as it is, Holdros has most likely fallen.”

“A hive world, ten times over the population of our entire system, fallen to some damnable xenos.” The governess simply states with a slight smile on her face. And those words are more than enough to cause an increase in anxiety with everyone in the room, besides the general you note. The man is calm if nothing else.

“The hives are already being fortified as best we can, my lady. The people shall defend their homes and bring the Emperor’s wroth upon these foul xenos.”

The governess sits down behind her desk and sits in silence for a couple of minutes. “What about Secundus ?”

“We had immediately dispatched vox messages to Secundus about the situation. As far as we are aware, they are preparing for the invasion, fortifying their holdings, pressing the prisoners into penal legions, equipping their mercenaries with an even greater degree of equipment.” You now respond, as the manager of Prime’s voidstation.

“And their astropaths ?”

“Dead.”

“Thought so.”

Once again, silence engulfs the room. A large standing clock at the side wall continues to tick without stop, as many people are now visibly covered with sweat.

“And other options ?”

Silence.

The governess chuckles. “I see.”

You control your outwards expression as you take a step forward, the perfect opportunity had come, and you will exploit it. “Well, my lady. There’s always the ghost ship.”

“Like we can control it, like it is right here right now.”

“Well, my lady. Have you heard the rumours from the underhive ?”

“What ?” Her expression turn to one of confusion.

“White ghosts, purging heretics, mutants and xenos. Striking without sight if they choose to.”
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>>5804502

“Ha !” The governess laughs out loud. “I shall believe it when I see it.”

You watch her expression with amusement as she notices her courts surprise and fear as they stare agape directly behind her. With governess’ expression turning to one of confusion. She slowly looks backwards and before her is a transport shuttle, it’s ramp down and members of the O.D.D. holding onto it, their pale white armour gleaming in the sunlight.

*And now for the finishing touch.* You cannot help but smirk.

Everyone lets out words and expressions of shock as the ship simply vanishes before their eyes.

“In the Emperor’s name, the xenos shall burn.” Words echo out in the room with no one truly speaking. A little trick the invisible drone floating next to you had pulled off, with added flair and import as well as some mysticism. Quite the impression, if you can say so yourself. It took a bit of effort to ensure no one would ever potentially notice the happenings on, but with everyone on edge for so long, the disappearing nebula, the endless xenos horde, the human mind is quite malleable under such conditions.

“And what must we do !?” The governess more or less shouts out to the air, having more or less jumped from her chair.

“Well, my lady, based on the records I had found…” You start with a smile.

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(End of POV shift.)

The fleet approaches. Made up of numerous different vessels, it moves with clear intent and coordination, almost taking on the look of a tendril reaching ahead. The entire tendril reaches hundreds of kilometres in length, with perhaps the only redeeming quality being the fact that despite its length, the tendril is thin, weak, showing clear signs of simply lacking the necessary ships to fill out the primary tendril, not to mention the much, much smaller tendrils splitting off. You can only imagine what these xenos’ fleet would look like if it was at its full strength.

As the first elements of the bioships reach the edges of the system, you activate your space superiority fighters. The entirety of your much, much smaller fleet activates.
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>>5804503

Hundreds of fighters swarm ahead and unleash their lethal plasma fire barrage, scorching and burning the fastest of the bioships, blowing apart pieces and chunks, the plasma digs deep and what founds remain open to the void quickly begin to bleed, lashing out like only an organic being can, the fastest ships die. Then the nanomachine warheads are unleashed and some of the larger vessels, with seemingly no point defence or means of protection, the missiles impact quickly, whilst the structures are tough, they are incomparable to cold steel as the nanomachines start to greedily devour the flesh before them. Should space possess the means of transferring sound, the beast being subsumed by a layer of grey would certainly be screaming as what amounts to their skin is flayed and their guts are devoured, the tendrils of grey like a malignant tumour finish digging out through one end and re-emerge out of the other.

And so the first blood, literally in this case, goes to your side.

Unfortunately, whilst the reaction was slow, the xenos had in fact reacted, but unlike the orks or even these primitive humans, their actions are coordinated as the entire force acts as a single entity. Your misconception that these xenos do not possess point defence weaponry had been wrong as dozens, hundreds, thousands, tens of thousands, perhaps even hundreds or even millions of living organisms are unleashed without end. Biological munitions, living organisms used as nothing more than a bullet would be used by you. And then even more…fighters, you suppose, seemingly quite literally birthed from the large ships. In but a few moments, your already outnumbered craft are even further disadvantaged as hundreds of thousands of biofighters move with unparalleled precision and speed that you had not expected from something entirely biological.

The effects are immediate. Whilst your craft are superior, they are outnumbered. Their shields can survive a dozen shots, their armour can withstand hundreds of hits. And yet how do the xenos answer ? They throw thousands of shots and biofighters and each and individual craft.

Notice: Space superiority fighter numbers have been reduced to 79.8% of total force.

With their attention fully occupied and more of the fleet, and more of their largest vessels in range, you now use your trump card – the mines.

Sending out the order, you receive affirmative pings from nearly 300,000 mines as all of them activate, you quickly begin plotting their targets, how they should be approached and struck.

Moments later, teleportations occur, and thousands of the mines detonate prematurely, the endless and overwhelming horde perhaps with planning, or sheer dumb probability of simply using so much firepower blunts your attack before it had even the chance to truly begin.

No matter, you simply have to power through it.

Their thrusters activated; the mines begin to close in onto the bioships.
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>>5804504

Notice: Space superiority fighter numbers have been reduced to 58.2% of total force.

Even more of the mines are destroyed now that the enemy had become aware of them, with yet again surprising precision and endless numbers, perhaps half of all the mines had been destroyed before they reached their target as the biofighters slam into your mines, with great precision dying to save the larger organisms. If nothing else, that does answer one of your questions about these xenos. They are being clearly controlled by some sort of a greater leading intelligence. Perhaps a psychic connection ? That would be the only real option, space does not allow for pheromones. You had not noticed any change in colouring or movements to indicate communication that way. Perhaps these beings are clones of one another ? If all think as one, then it is possible to achieve a hivemind like intelligence, if everyone thinks the same, has the same goals, then they can act with great precision. However, presuming the aliens already upon prime are from this race, their exceptional and continuous mutations would put a stop to that assumption. Divergences would be just far too common to truly function that way.

Notice: Space superiority fighter numbers have been reduced to 45.9% of total force.

The surviving mines, even somehow further slightly thinned, finally make their impact. Even more miniature suns erupt, this time consuming large portions of the massive vessels as they begin to bleed and die in the void, writhing in pain as the fleet as a whole reacts like a beast wounded, further accelerating their movements and striking with even greater aggression and ferocity.

Luckily, the now large gaps in the fleet formation had given your fighters their needed breathing room, allowing their lasers to cut down many of the incoming biomissiles and to support each other against the endless swarm of biofighters, this further allows them the needed time to fire off their barrages of missiles that consume the smaller and medium sized vessels.

You are losing. This simple truth cannot be denied, but the fleet had also been thinned, with clear gaps within the tendril, making the entire fleet look like and injured and wounded beast as it is trying to close up its wounds.

Notice: Space superiority fighter numbers have been reduced to 30% of total force.

You issue the order for withdrawal. By now, to fight further would just be to waste your forces without any true gain. You have to keep the fighters you still possess in reserve. With only a third of the invading force devastated, you shall need these fighters to assist your ground forces for the coming invasion.

Speaking of which, it seems your androids had convinced the locals of your existence as a benevolent spirit only wishing to assist them, so if nothing else, it will make coordination efforts much easier.
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>>5804506

So for now, you shall have to concentrate on waging a ground war as your manufactories work without stop to produce even more fighters. As long as you yourself are not endangered, you will be able to produce more and more fighters, if 100,000 fighters and some mines could wipe out a third of the fleet, then you just have to take notes from your opponent’s book and make another 300,000 fighters and more mines.

When it comes to the local defenders, you’d rather:

>Have them hold their strongholds. Nothing more, nothing less. Just coordinate their defences with your own deployed legions.

>Their numbers will be crucial, have them leave their strongholds and assist your efforts elsewhere.

>(Write in)

As for your own legions, you had went with a simple approach when facing an unknown enemy. Largest concentration of force around strongholds and smaller mobile forces to contest and harass any potential landings upon the planet.

>Stick to the plan. It is a simple strategy, you have to admit, but sometimes simple is best.

>The enemy will come in true force, so as they say – a good defence is a good offense, direct all of your forces to contest any potential landing zones.

>Perhaps digging in is not a bad idea ? With the defenders cooperating, you could place your troops in the various strongholds and hopefully weather the incoming storm.

>(Write in)
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Pretty poor rolls this time around.
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>>5804507
>Have them hold their strongholds. Nothing more, nothing less. Just coordinate their defences with your own deployed legions.

>The enemy will come in true force, so as they say – a good defence is a good offense, direct all of your forces to contest any potential landing zones

I say we shoot some black holes into the fleet. Or increase the time of the nanobots to 2-3 days. That should eat the whole fleet for us.
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>>5804507
>Their numbers will be crucial, have them leave their strongholds and assist your efforts elsewhere.
They can either stay in their forts, be eaten, and biomass the Nids up behind walls or do so out in the open. I would prefer the open DESU.
>The enemy will come in true force, so as they say – a good defence is a good offense, direct all of your forces to contest any potential landing zones.
Not letting the Nids get a foothold is the second best line of defense as opposed to killing them in space before they land. Sadly the Space option failed. So we must continue to starve them of Biomass as much as is possible. Our forces arent made of flesh. The Human ones are, so the nids will only get half as much effect from killing troops. Combat with nids is a numbers game. They got a MASSIVE boost from eating the hive world clean two systems over, so we are heavily fucked. However, if we can starve them for long enough they will fall the fuck apart.
ALSO, if our mines are mobile we should group them up and throw them at the orbiting Hive Fleet while they are busy with our ground forces, if that is at all possible.

>>5804508
Space is the best place to fight Nids, even if we didnt win, we took out 1/3 of the Hive Fleet and they DO NOT get anything back. that is a win in my book. Not a total victory but a win, Cuz that means the Nids will have to work THAT much harder to get their needed biomass to kill us.
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>>5804507
>Their numbers will be crucial, have them leave their strongholds and assist your efforts elsewhere.
>The enemy will come in true force, so as they say – a good defence is a good offense, direct all of your forces to contest any potential landing zones
To cede the initiative to the nids on the ground is to die. They must not be allowed to establish lodgements and run amok on the planet and build up their forces.

Newb's secret rolling always makes paranoid. What's the result of our bad choices? What's the result of just bad luck? You can never know, and that greatly increases the pucker factor to making choices and harder to learn from ostensible mistakes. But it does create unpredictable randomness, I'll give it that. That poor enemy fleet in RI.
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>>5804557
Very very risky anon
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>>5804557
If nothing else, nanobots on a long timer would make a fantastic exterminatus weapon if the planet gets overrun.
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>>5804507

>Have them hold their strongholds. Nothing more, nothing less. Just coordinate their defences with your own deployed legions.

>Stick to the plan. It is a simple strategy, you have to admit, but sometimes simple is best.
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>>5804507

>Their numbers will be crucial, have them leave their strongholds and assist your efforts elsewhere.


>The enemy will come in true force, so as they say – a good defence is a good offense, direct all of your forces to contest any potential landing zones.

Basically stall their offense on the ground long enough for our space fighters to grind them down from orbit
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>>5804508
I despise rolls personally.

>>5804507
When new space superiority drones and teleportation mines are ready, we can give the order to redirect some of the stored energy in the Odysseus Core wormhole generator for recharge additional shots of the black hole generator faster while keeping energy shield recovery at maximum.
Next attack in space we will go with both Odyssey firepower and our space superiority drones. And teleportation mines. Preferably the two space stations don't just fall while this happens, if they can fight for a bit alongside the SDF fleet then we did great.

>Their numbers will be crucial, have them leave their strongholds and assist your efforts elsewhere.
>The enemy will come in true force, so as they say – a good defence is a good offense, direct all of your forces to contest any potential landing zones.
Secundus has bad planetary conditions and radiations, in truth the tyranids cannot gain anything here outside, in fact they will die just for conditions. The fortified fortress precincts are the only place with biomass.
Ah right. This is a good time for tell the new Arbitrator and Arbites leadership of Secundus that using their nukes on xenos for deny them landing zones is a good idea.
The hives of Prime are hives. The planet has bad conditions for human life, but there is a lot of humans. The alien must not get an hold, corpses and biomass must be denied at any and all costs. Organic garbage should be destroyed any food supplies shouldn't be in easy reachable positions or always near soldiers.

What else. Best we can do is probably....
>Write-in
Order our outposts in the underhive to start producing more and more Shade-class drones. Some small groups of them can be send up in the hive of Prime for keep additional eyes on multiple strategical or important points. Many cheap turrets and mines should be also made by the outposts, and placed were needed in the underhive. The genestealers should be denied all corpses and biomass, using fire and explosives can be done by Apprentice.
>Write-in
If the O.D.D. doesn't already have them attach to them some medical and repair drones. For obvious reasons. I will have this men equipment repaired, their bodies healed and drugged if needed, on the battlefield. Best we remember to do anything thats needed on our own, guys.

>>5804566
This mines are called teleportation mines, they have one teleportation charge for put them in a place of maximum damage.

>>5804582
Its two worlds thankfully, so the tyranids need to split and we are going to put true pain in our next attack in space. When that is done we will slaughter their remaining forces and hunt them down.
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I might add that while much of this discussion is very sensible, it is also quite meta. IC, Oddie knows almost nothing about the nids - while some things like denying them landing zones and using anti-bio weaponry are logical deductions, tailoring our response to the finer points of how they operate is not something we would realistically know to do, at least at first. At the same time, gimping ourselves by excluding any meta knowledge would put us a a severe and possible fatal disadvantage, unless we found some reports mentioning the battles against HF Behemoth at some point.
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>>5804571
No i don't believe we did anything wrong in staying here. I consider this knowledge the most important thing about sector Clarus wars : "orks invasions, eldar increasing raids and two sub-sectors silent." Its extremely clear to me we have disadvantages be for enemy numbers, lack of knowledge about enemies and full chaos attention. Holdros was not likely easy to defend and i doubt the tyranid invading fleet would have been small. We also would have carry little (all our humans and some hundreds robotic units, with few space superiority drones) there. Defense of Xandrirah was for the best, in fact we learned the space superiority drones and teleportation mines numbers made to be left on Xandrirah space were insufficient. On top of that Holdros wasn't infiltrated by us or cleaned up of unknown enemies for what we know, that does influence a lot what we can do.

>>5804634
We have made our homework from killing the genestealers, its clear they need humans to grow. Any dead they suffer and cant recover is a dent on their nest. And a fully biological enemy that arrived which looks very connected to the alien monsters in the underhive, means they also likely need humans or food. Fire and explosives were already used against the infested of precinct seventy-seven with great effects, explosives are great against large numbers and fire even more so. The O.D.D. numbers in the underhive are now less, so cheap mines and turrets provide great help if made (deny terrain, additional firepower). The outposts have been making drones before for help enforce martial law in the underhive. And sending medical and repair drones to give direct support to the O.D.D. on the battlefield is a bonus, since this enemy can clearly create damage with enough firepower. There is also no more unknown enemies in Xandrirah (our robotic units would just detonate if it was here).
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>>5804634
HF Behemoth is literally Memorio Damnatae'd out of all but the highest =][= records, we do NOT have access to that.
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>>5804648
I'm talking about the secret rolling system in general, I also think we made the right choices in space with what we had but just got raped by bad luck, bad enough to have it outright stated.

Like I said, some things are just basic logical deduction like flame and AOE weaponry being effective against biological numbers. The Genestealer cults we fought in the underhive revealed to us that they are parasitical, coordinated, good at infiltration and have some kind of assimilation ability. Ok, that's useful. But it doesn't really offer many concrete insights into how Tyranids fight and take over planets in open warfare beyond that whatever it was, it was a huge biological threat and has traits of a hivemind.
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>>5804507
>Have them hold their strongholds. Nothing more, nothing less. Just coordinate their defences with your own deployed legions.

>The enemy will come in true force, so as they say – a good defence is a good offense, direct all of your forces to contest any potential landing zones.
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>>5804664
Fair enough, i misunderstood.
And glad we agree on choices made.
If there is anything wrong or meta we use, i believe Newb will just deny us that. So far though we didn't which i am a bit proud of for that.
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>>5804664
>the secret rolling system in general
I agree if the QM is going to roll he should do it in thread even if he doesn't tell us what the roll is for until the update. once saw a good MHA quest die becuse the qm did a secret rolls for the all-might (powered up with Quirk Amplification Device) vs all-for-one where all-might lost because the qm said he rolled two nat 1's. it end with him being decapitated on national T.V

>>5804507
as for my vote
>Their numbers will be crucial, have them leave their strongholds and assist your efforts elsewhere.

>The enemy will come in true force, so as they say – a good defence is a good offense, direct all of your forces to contest any potential landing zones.
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>>5804624
>support
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So Secundus seems the one more easy to contest : natural hostile conditions, radiations, fortress precincts (with some level of defenses and not just fortifications on them. The aliens will not be able to easily take them and humans can return here if they need to. The aliens will have just a wasteland outside), nuclear warheads in the Arbitrator hands, far more vehicles used by humans (arbites ones, mining ones and i hope Warrior put a veto on not destroying Apprentice garage and his band light attack vehicles, those will be top notch for skirmish), and all humans present have some level of combat experience or experience in helping combat.
- Arbites (have recruited and trained new units)
- Freedom Ravens (have increased their ranks, have vehicles, improved their quality and training. Acquisition of Emile and the boys was good. Never waste great assets if you can. Warrior will be fundamental for a good attack and also avoid dumb ideas from imperials)
- PDF (Flori has send some millions and the Arbites have recruited and trained more millions from Prime prior to today invasion)
- Penal Legions (newly made they have receive some training, and at least they fought before. Not sure about their equipment)
- Prisoners (mining suits have improved, and they might receive some quick flak plate here and there, and weapons. They also fought before and know how to use mining vehicles)
- Quarter of O.D.D. 1st regiment and one robotic legion (O.D.D. has antiquated tier equipment, which is far better than imperial, and have some experience/training. Robotic legion, will just make a big alien slaughter even if they all die)

The main negative and positive of Secundus is numbers, the humans here can be counted on millions which also means aliens will recover far less of their lost troops if they can even find something to recover.
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Locals hold 3

Locals assist 6

Offense 8

Mixed 1

Total 9

Okay, damn, quite an aggressive strategy, anons. Let's see if it works out.

Seen some rumblings about the roll system. So I will post this question here for you anons, would you like to see the rolls, thus removing the mysticism, and do you want to make rolls ? For this scenario since you are on the offensive in would be three rolls. I make three, you anons make three.

The first would be the initial air invasion and drop pods.
The second would be the initial proper landings.
The third to contest the Tyranids as they come in with overwhelming force.

Will leave this up for an hour before I start writing.


>>5804557

>I say we shoot some black holes into the fleet. Or increase the time of the nanobots to 2-3 days. That should eat the whole fleet for us.

The security measures in place are something that Odysseus cannot actually surpass, his own inbuilt limiter prevent him from doing so whenever he reiterates the design. Now, should a human he recognizes as federation personnel create a weapon without those limits, he could employ those weapons. And I should point out, those limits are there for a reason, since a greygoo scenario or a star devouring blackhole could bea serious danger.
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>>5805208

Oh, and if you are in favour, I'd like for the rolls to be made so I could instantly start writing.
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>>5805208
As much as the opacity rankles me sometimes, I think your quests are ultimately better off for it. I hope different options chosen would affect the chances of it going well rather than everything being treated equally since some things are obviously easier to do or more situationally appropriate than others. Everything being done behind the curtain does give a more authentic narrative experience that's not wholly down to DM fiat and the rolling here is just not the point of the quest, nor would strongarming it out into the open really change anything beyond taking away some of the immersion.

So count this as a begrudging agreement for the status quo. It's just nice to occasionally have a small glimpse into what's going on behind the scenes.
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>>5805220

I do account for the choices and their potential impacts as well. If you guys planned and prepared really thoroughly I do make the potential results better by default and potential losses lesser as well. Take the choices here right now, since you are employing the locals and you put all of your forces on the offense, even low rolls will result in massive tyranid casualties, on the flip side, if tynnies get a good roll, you will also to worse casualties, etc. etc. the variables are not be all end all, even some really poor rolls can result in success simply due to the fact that you anons decided to throw everything in including the kitchen sink, the DE raiders are a good example of that, they got really good rolls whilst your rolls were middling, but due to the literal tactic of hurl advanced robots at the enemy until they break, they broke due to simply numerical superiority.
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having no rolls at all makes some outcomes feel unfair because people don't understand why something has gone so wrong or so well, specially when they voted for a different option. it can make people grow to dislike a quest because they feel it isn't going how they think it should be going (i don't mean how they'd like it to be going, i mean their understanding of what should happen given what they know about the story and decisions made and so on). it is also fun to see the rolls hit or miss in real time. so i think the more important and/or complex decisions should be rolled by anons, but i also think public rolls should be kept to a minimun because they take time and space in the thread. but idk out of 10 updates, i wouldn't mind 3 or 4 of them requiring some rolls
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>>5805220
Support
It's better than people precrying about we got shitty rolls or look qm got 6 6 6
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>>5805208
Would rather the GM roll everything themselves and just tell us either at the end of the update or after the affair needing rolls is over.
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>>5805208
Keeps things hidden, we'll bitch either way when the dice rolls badly, but it would be nice to have some wonder and illusion.
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>>5805208
I prefer the no rolls story, makes it feel more dynamic and tense.
You could put in what you rolled at the bottom in spoiler.
Anyway i love the story and gonna go back to lurking.
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>>5805208
I am not interested in doing rolls myself.
If you want tell us at the end, you can do so for me. If some anons like the idea of seeing rolls they can go for it.
Personally i am just here for playing your quest and seeing how we can counter and move on, how our plans go etc..... pretty much the same reasons i am also hooked to renovatio Imperii.
And sorry if i sounded offensive or grumpy.
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>>5805208
i'd prefer you roll then tell us after the update. maybe have the roll as a spoilered pic so only those who want to see it will.
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The battle in the void had waged for days, in the meantime your forces had reorganized and prepared for a new set of plans. A rapid rolling assault, acting as an overwhelming force that will rush ahead and break the back of any would be invasion landing force. It would be something difficult to pull off, even with legion, it is simply too small of a force to cover an entirety of a planet, you would be diluting your forces too much even with what you have to be truly effective against concentrated efforts against this endless swarm. Which is why, despite your hesitance and unwillingness to do so, you have to order your androids to begin coordinating war efforts with the local inhabitants, the millions of troops shall prove crucial in the coming days. You doubt that their mobility will be overly great, since for reasons of paranoia the Imperium seems to despise the usage of combined arms upon the regimental level, instead just raising forces entirely made up of one specific type of unit. Still, the hives upon Prime have plenty of vehicles that can be commandeered in times of war at least for the purpose of motorised combat and Secundus does house large stockpiles of military vehicles as well, though primarily meant for the Arbites rather than the entirety of their newly raised forces, but it will have to do.

You observe the tendril beginning to break off into two halves, the majority heading for Prime and its five hive worlds, but a much smaller fleet, perhaps only an eight or a tenth of the force heading to Prime starts moving towards Secundus.

The void assets of the locals put up a token, but surprisingly fierce and effective resistance. Most likely due to the coordination provided by Scribe, but also a surprisingly zealous defence carried out by the defenders. It appears that the locals had managed to convince themselves that their God-Emperor is with them and had sent ghosts of the pious dead to assist them in their darkest hour. The void stations fall, but before they go dozens of smaller ships and four larger others, each, they had been brought low with even the overwhelming force that had attacked them. As for the gunboats, they were able to carry out a successful skirmishing action, destroying another dozen of smaller ships before successfully retreating, though from the comm chatter you had observed, the retreat had happened due to the ships simply running out of ammunition.

Despite the valiant efforts of the defenders, the invasion commences, with a trickling amount of ships moving down first, but even that sees dozens of spores, now that you had identified them, no doubt a biological form of drop pods alongside an assisting force of tens of thousands of flying beasts.
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>>5805377

And the skies of both Secundus and Prime light up to a degree you had not expected to witness. Massive laser batteries and giant weapon systems alongside and endless number of flak cannons shooting with absolutely no end. All of these weapon systems had remained hidden upon both worlds with a firepower of an overwhelming amount being unleashed. The initial landing forces are devastated, through an endless barrage of fire, thousands of these bio drop pods are obliterated in the skies, their gore turning into localized showers covering the worlds in red. As for the invading flying beasts, you had retreated for this exact reason, with the larger vessels unable to enter the atmospheres of the planets, your remaining 30,000 superiority craft had long since departed to the two worlds and began assisting the local defenders and as such, tens of thousands of your foes are cut down, their lifeless bodies splattering upon the ground as they impact it with great velocity. Despite so many dying in the initial minutes and hours of the invasion, the sheer overwhelming force had ended up landing despite the withering fire you and the locals had unleashed. The enemy’s response to their horrendous losses ? Simply throw more bodies until the local defenders’ guns had stopped firing due to the simple fact that they are unable to bring up ammunition fast enough, or due to the fact that the guns had fired so much and without stop, that the barrels of the smaller batteries had begun to warp.

You switch on cameras upon one of the Armageddon walkers, gazing through it at the darkened sky as your sensors light with individual groupings of the aliens reaching the surface in concentrated large groupings, but still far too scattered as they are clearly but the sacrificial first wave of the invasion, meant to grab a foothold and to then enlarge it. The laser batteries fire without halt, burning through dozens of pods and flyers with each and single shot, the laser never turning off as the walker simply cuts through endless forces by simply redirecting the lasers as it will, the same for your missile launchers as they work overtime without a halt, the munition stores being swiftly drained as by now hundreds of AA missiles had been firing again and again, the limited manufacturing abilities of the Armageddon struggling to quickly produce more and more missiles for the usage. But with the landings achieved, if barely, the Armageddon redirects each of its artillery cannons to individual landing zones. These lands are already tainted and as such, they call for area denial. With a roar that pushes the Armageddon back, pushing its dug in feet deeper into the ground as it cracks and webs become clear and apparent upon the ground, the sheer shockwave of the fire blows away dust, rocks, ask and everything in between, causing a miniaturised dust storm in the area, but all that is incomparable to the atomic munitions you had now ordered unleashed upon the world.
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>>5805378

Six new suns appear to only be extinguished moments later, the resounding shockwaves reaching back and rocking the nearest vehicles as other Armageddons unleash their firepower as well. Through the camera feed you also catch the look of rallied imperials, moving in a massive column of ramshackle vehicles with no clear standardization they regard your army painted white as it stands out compared to the dark sky and now golden horizon illuminated by sheer awesome destructive fire. And then they pray. Even though you cannot see their faces as to step out of the hive with no protection may as well be a death sentence, they all start making the strange symbol of the aquila, the representation of their Emperor, but quite a few also start making the symbol of the cog, the symbol of the omnissiah, which as far as you know is yet another aspect of the Emperor, but far more technological. Rocking in place they all mutter prayers and give thanks for the wrath you had unleashed.
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The landings continue, as the invasion rolls into its fifth day as more and more of the bioships enter the orbit of both worlds and the skies grow utterly dark, light no longer penetrating through the endless mass greedily surrounding the worlds.

This time you watch through the eyes of the third company captain upon Secundus as he gazes from the open doors of the lander they are currently moving through. And endless swarm of small beasts, with scythe like arms and other quite similar with arms turned into a bioweapon firing what appears to be acid, or some other form of a living organism, rushing ahead at a hastily thrown down trenchline as the local defenders try to plug up the gaps formed in their line by the sheer overwhelming force.

“Once we hit he ground, rush to the trech, the gap must be plugged first before we can help the locals, that clear ?!” The captain shouts out.

“Sir, yes, sir !” The force responds.

“What of the servitors ?!”

“They are rushing right behind us, sir !” The captain’s XO quickly responds and you see the camera shake as the shuttle heavily touches down.

“Go ! Go ! Go !” The captain again shouts out, opening fire with his volkite rifle which causes the small aliens to quite literally explode, their overgrown muscles and greater circulatory system backfires when hit with a volkite weapon as it causes all of it to boil and for the bodies to explode.

Slamming heavily onto the side of the trench, the captain stands atop the still smouldering corpses of the aliens as the heavy weapons expert besides him quickly sets up his rotatory volkite cannon and bright red dominates the nearby surroundings as the charging horde is soon slowed down as they now must climb over an ever-growing mound of corpses.

“We’ve got big ones !” You hear over the comm and watch as greater lifeforms now rush ahead to break through the stalemate.

Just as I hoped.
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>>5805379

Quickly switching the camera, you direct the superiority craft to begin a bombing run as white-hot plasma burns the surroundings as most of the larger bioforms dies screaming in agony and pain, through one of the cameras, you see that some of the lifeforms had made it to the trench line, a larger beast, reaching over two meters in height cuts through some of the more poorly armed defenders.

This cannot persist, and it shall not.

You once again…feel…something, as you this time command a defensive robot that slightly reaches over the height of the bioform, you grab it from the back at the neck as it lashes out showcasing surprising strength, you simply lift it up in the air and slam it down, breaking bones and crushing carapace, slamming a power claw straight into the beast’s face, you swiftly dig out its brain matter and for just a moment, you see as the nearest xenos actually begin to panic, even lashing out at their own comrades for but perhaps half of a minute as another one of the greater bioforms reveals itself and charges at you. For its courageous efforts, you give it a painful death as you direct the plasma beam to act like a cannon and you blow off the creature’s head, as a couple of thousand of the defensive drones alongside dozens of shortswords charge overhead.

Once again, taking the bird’s eye view, you watch as your rapid force begins to roll up the line of the invaders, the boxing barrage unleashed by your Apollos cutting off any potential reinforcements thus breaking the most favourite tactic of these beasts of just simply using overwhelming numbers.

Casualties upon your side are mounting however, rapidly at that, not mainly your forces, but the local defenders had suffered a decent amount of damage, but their efforts had been and are admirable, unbreaking and unyielding, thanks to their efforts, the attackers had been contained to but a few landing zones. Said zones are in the midst of the most difficult terrain possible, meaning that truly great forces cannot be landed due to simple bottlenecking, but that too shall soon be solved.
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It is now nearing the end of the second week of the invasion. The invading fleet had been continuously throwing and endless swarm of biopods and flyers, but with their landing zones being squeezed ever tighter, it seems that the enemy had realized that they are unable to actually take the worlds with as much ease as they thought, as such even more and more of their troops are being deployed wherever they can be forcing you to divert more and more forces to deal with these issues. In such matters, the locals had once again proven indispensable in maintaining the siege you had hard won around the main landing zones, yet these efforts had come at great costs as millions are dead, still, you had been able to save billions in return.

“You are not a ghost, are you ?” The gruff general asks as you are currently listening in through Colonel Stavros’ feed.
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>>5805381

“What makes you assume that ?”

“You grow tired. You bleed. You die.” The general now remarks staring through binoculars at one of the largest landing zones as the war rages before him. “I had waged war for forty years and I had seen many things in my service before being sent here.”

“Well, no. I am not a ghost. Not yet. But I do serve the Emperor.”

“Thought so. And that is good enough. As they say, one shouldn’t look a gifted grox in the mouth. As long as you serve the Emperor and his will, I do not care who you are or from where you come, for as long as we are both humans and servants of His will.”

“So, what will you do now ?”

“Nothing. Let the folk believe what they will. You are our saviours, that I have to admit. I’ve never seen anything like what you possess here, but I am damn grateful for it.”

”Colonel.” You say over Stavros’ comm.

“Reading you.”

”Revealing the truth wasn’t part of your assignment.”

“Truth’s already out there, better than pointlessly lying if there’s no harm.”

”I too despise doing so, colonel, but it is done for a damned good reason. A reason to keep everything and everyone safe and secure.”

“I understand, but I stand by my opinion.” Stavros sighs before responding. “But now that we’re done with that, I assume I was contacted for a good reason ?”

”Yes, I have a good reason. I suggest you to shut your eyes, close your ears and hit the floor, these landing zones had been thouroughly infested with alien biomatter and the fire I am about to unleash will leave nothing but a crater. Feel free to inform the general besides you.”

You see Stavros quickly turn. “General.”

“Finally talking to me again ? You had quite the animated conversation I assume based on how you moved.”

“Exceptionally. My commander had just informed me that they’re about to turn that ravine into a crater, and I suggest you to inform your men and take some cover.”

“Ha ! Now that’s proper guard tactics right there ! I will inform the soldiers.” With a laugh the general walks off.

Switching the camera and regard the massive landing zone that is swarming with writhing bioforms everywhere, the natural colour of red for the flesh and blue for the carapace making for an interesting light show in the shadow. Looking through the perspective of one of the few surviving superiority craft, you begin coordinating the Armageddons for a single simultaneous strike across all landing zones.

Grave threat detected. Clearance ?

Tier 3.

Acknowledged. Giving clearance for Federation WMD Sumerian.

Activating offboard production. Single round per designated target.
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>>5805383

Having given clearance for the weapon to be used, you await as the locals start getting things in order since the manufacturing process is quite intensive for this weapon, luckily, and surprisingly, you were able to recycle some of the larger bioforms for rare materials needed for these rounds, but even then, they are quite intensive to make even in such miniscule quantities.

Manufacturing complete.

Begin.

Aiming.

At each landing zone, one Armageddon moves one of their artillery cannons to target the absolute centre of the landing zone.

Target acquired, trajectory calculated.

Fire.

One shot rings out, unheard by any as it is simply just another noise upon a chaotic battlefield. Nothing more than a simple shell for anyone bothering to track it as it arcs. Peaks. Then falls.

Finally, it detonates. A swirling storm of purples and blues rages across the horizon, flickering lightshow of endless colours engulfs the landing zones as rocks break apart, liquid evaporates and disappears, the alien monstrosities begin to visibly age as they swiftly collapse dead and in just a blink of an eye age, their bodies drying up and mummifying, the mummies turning to bones and the bones turning to nothing but a powder that then further breaks apart.

The entirety of the battlefield goes silent as the last of the attacking xenos are cut down, their actions now entirely erratic as they even begin butchering one another, and as the last sound of the battlefield dies down, everyone stares in abject silence and horror, wherever was hit, it but a few seconds it had aged and collapsed, leaving nothing behind but coarse sand where once a great ravine stood.

Sumerian activated successfully. Time shift successful. Presumed time acceleration between 100,000 years to 10,000,000 years. All targets annihilated. No alien biosignatures detected.

Excellent. It seems that whilst the space battle had not gone swimmingly, the results for the ground battle had resulted in excellent accomplishments. You think that your foe may actually be in shock, as no coordinated approach is actually forthcoming. Unsurprising, with this one attack you had wiped out millions, perhaps tens, hundreds, maybe even billions of lesser bioforms compared to the massive vessels encircling the worlds.
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>>5805385

Unfortunately, there are probably even more bioforms that can be sent out to simply drown you out, whilst this first initial stage had resulted in exceptional success upon your end, you do not think the aliens will give up so easily. As for your own new space assets, you had managed to manufacture another 10,000 fighters, a small number, but something no use nonetheless. As for your legions, out of the 2.5 deployed, they had suffered losses, primarily your drones and robots, but there had been occasions of exceptionally large bioforms actually successfully overwhelming the occasional Armageddon. In total, you forces are now down to 0.7 legion upon Secundus and 1.3 upon Prime. The losses of the human defenders are also large, and the reason why your legions are so relatively intact. As for the O.D.D. they had been reduced to 87% of their total numbers. Like the local defenders, they had proven quite disturbingly zealous in their fighting style, thus leading to such casualties, but they had not broken or retreated even once.

>The tactic seems to be working. Whatever mind is leading the aliens clearly cannot adapt to its circumstances so swiftly. Once they try to land again, you shall crush them underfoot as you had before.

>Caution is the better part of valour. Maintain a rapid force, but start to retreat to the major strongholds to guard them. Maybe the enemy will change up their tactics ?

>After a successful sally, it is prudent for the defenders to retreat. Move all of your forces to the various strongholds.

>(Write in)
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>>5805386
>>The tactic seems to be working. Whatever mind is leading the aliens clearly cannot adapt to its circumstances so swiftly. Once they try to land again, you shall crush them underfoot as you had before.
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>>5805386
Holy fucking shit, that was epic.

>Caution is the better part of valour. Maintain a rapid force, but start to retreat to the major strongholds to guard them. Maybe the enemy will change up their tactics ?

It was working, but if there is something left it will not stop. Better be prepared for whatever they try next
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>>5805386
>>The tactic seems to be working. Whatever mind is leading the aliens clearly cannot adapt to its circumstances so swiftly. Once they try to land again, you shall crush them underfoot as you had before.
Let's stay on the front foot.
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>>5805386
>Caution is the better part of valour. Maintain a rapid force, but start to retreat to the major strongholds to guard them. Maybe the enemy will change up their tactics ?
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We should not let them regain any initiate or chance to adapt and try something more effective.

But it seems our abilities outside of our aircraft to attack are limited.
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>>5805386
>Caution is the better part of valour. Maintain a rapid force, but start to retreat to the major strongholds to guard them. Maybe the enemy will change up their tactics ?

A Good defense is a Good offense. Let them scrape at our walls and we will rain fire on them and destroy whatever small amount of ground they get.
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>>5805386
Based.
But they need to be given new orders for aid them. The Odyssey will not be ready to make new space superiority drones wings anytime soon if two weeks are passed. This is mostly because the Nebula of Xandrirah is thinning due to our construction efforts, and because we need to keep stealth with the Odyssey until we fully attack and also use the Odyssey weaponry.

>Caution is the better part of valour. Maintain a rapid force, but start to retreat to the major strongholds to guard them. Maybe the enemy will change up their tactics ?
>Write-in
- Ask the imperials forces to organize some volunteers for provide be on the surface of Secundus or Prime, some unused materials (this materials will be taken from safe places) and bring them to secured areas. There we can reuse them for repairs and ammo production of both O.D.D. and Robotic units.
- Master and Scribe should make now a temporary truce and alliance, between the rebel movement of Justicator and House Ture. We need those men up (the equipment Master has given them should be a minor boon).
- Master and his workers are authorized to start producing improved imperial gear, ammo, weapons, armors and repair parts for supply all imperials of Prime on the front. Alongside some limited repair parts and ammo for our forces.
- Scribe, maintain morale and ensure the Governess, her court or staff doesn't despair or feel extremely stressed. Instead organize a schedule for visits, so they can be around helping were they can and keeping high the morale of both population and soldiers. Tight guard ofc.
- Warrior, continue current war efforts and strengthen further collaboration between all military forces. Prisoners joining the fight should be given minum training at least, not thrown.
- Apprentice, continue current operations. Maximize alien monsters deaths and minimize humans deaths If possible. If the underhive is fully united against them, there is a greater chance of victory and our forces down there could be send up.
- .... allow prayers in the Odyssey. If it can truly help then it better do so now for the men you are aiding down there and their families.


Shit i feel dumb for not immediatly thought about it. We should have establish with the write in before the start of the battle, some Prefab STH-O-9 outposts on the surface of Prime hives and in the fortress precincts of Secundus. Would have been a great help. Now i think only the SLC-O-5 alongside the other outposts built-in the underhive of Prime can help. I did order to send some repair and medical drones down before the battle at least. Basic move is to always have a base for resupply, repairs and reinforce. Damnation.
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>>5805501
>>5805386
>support
Wtb more nukes.
>write in
>Also I want yeeting of black holes. I want us to do a bit of artillery on the enemy. I assume we are faster than whatever they would send after us.
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>>5805459
For the moment, but we can still do others things. We need to gain more time for a proper full on attack in space.
Upon seeing the Odyssey they would fully concentrate attacks on it (and we would evade, and direct much energy toward energy shields and weapons, but they are still many here)

>>5805508
We are faster, tougher and anything else you can think of but we are one. The Odyssey would be considered threat priority one upon contact. With more space superiority drones and teleportation mines, we can show ourselves and fully abuse the surprise effect of such relevation. The enemy would be unprepared and they lost already 1/3 of their total fleet.
This is what the Odyssey can bring in the fight when it joins it :
20 railgun turrets (kill fast, outright destroy a ship each shot if not give it a tremendous damage), 4 blackhole generators (1 functioning, large devastation will kill a lot), 2 nano warhead launchers (large devastation will kill a lot).
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>>5805386
>Caution is the better part of valour. Maintain a rapid force, but start to retreat to the major strongholds to guard them. Maybe the enemy will change up their tactics ?
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>>5805386
>The tactic seems to be working. Whatever mind is leading the aliens clearly cannot adapt to its circumstances so swiftly. Once they try to land again, you shall crush them underfoot as you had before.
No point giving them them the opportunity to land more troops if containment is working so far. All we need is enough time to destroy their fleet in orbit.
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>>5805386

>The tactic seems to be working. Whatever mind is leading the aliens clearly cannot adapt to its circumstances so swiftly. Once they try to land again, you shall crush them underfoot as you had before.
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Who let a proompter into the thread?
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>>5805386
>The tactic seems to be working. Whatever mind is leading the aliens clearly cannot adapt to its circumstances so swiftly. Once they try to land again, you shall crush them underfoot as you had before.
So yeah being able to stop them from mass producing forces on the surface means that the Hive Fleet will have to commit EVEN MOAR biomass to this conflict. We have probably burned through EVERYTHING they gained on the Hive World they came from and then some by now. Maybe the Hive Fleet will go looking for easier targets sooner rather than later now.
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Also we need to find out if the genestealer cult is fully dealt with or not by now. They voild prove a problem.
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good options put forward a lot stuff can be done even now with write ins.

>>5806046
We are fighting against them, know were their nest is, and they have suffered losses, we have also decided for a defensive stance against them. Which is a good idea since it denies them home terrain, and we have only some amount of the O.D.D. there supported by many Shade Class drones, Apprentice gang and if we can convince to form one front everyone else in the underhive including the imperial fanatics. Which should be easy after all we did.
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>>5806046
If they still pose a significant threat, they would be fighting against us tooth and nail already and attempting to do as much damage as they can but we haven't heard a peep from them weeks into the invasion. As such, I think the Cult has been effectively suppressed, or at the very least seriously hamstrung.
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>>5805386
>The tactic seems to be working. Whatever mind is leading the aliens clearly cannot adapt to its circumstances so swiftly. Once they try to land again, you shall crush them underfoot as you had before.
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>>5805386
>Caution is the better part of valour. Maintain a rapid force, but start to retreat to the major strongholds to guard them. Maybe the enemy will change up their tactics ?
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I still think the space superiority drones unit name could be Harpy-Class. Pretty cool in my opinion
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>>5805386
>>Caution is the better part of valour. Maintain a rapid force, but start to retreat to the major strongholds to guard them. Maybe the enemy will change up their tactics ?
We need to do this now before they adapt to our tactics
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>>5805386
Before i forget it, we should take note of the immense zealotry of both our human forces and the defenders. While it is a behaviour we would and should adress, especially in times like these it admitedly can be beneficial.
The immense use of fire power seems to be what inspires it, at least to some degree, so in the calulation about the use of WMD weaponry this should be considered.
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>>5806553
We took note of a strange phenomenon caused by zealotry that allowed the humans to fight better for a small time on Eregenus Quintus (when we saved the people of Stavros from the orks). We have likely take note of it again whenever it happened
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>>5805386
>Caution is the better part of valour. Maintain a rapid force, but start to retreat to the major strongholds to guard them. Maybe the enemy will change up their tactics?

>>5804698
If this is the one you're talking about, it seems like the QM didn't learn his lesson. >>5806610
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>>5806654
no it was a quest on akun. the mc had time stop powers
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>>5805386
>The tactic seems to be working. Whatever mind is leading the aliens clearly cannot adapt to its circumstances so swiftly. Once they try to land again, you shall crush them underfoot as you had before.

The color scheme implies this is a behemoth splinter.
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Aggressive 7

Mixed 9

Total 16

Okay, you anons switch to a more defensive posture whilst still maintaining flexibility.

I was gone for a day GMing a 40k game and now the thread is schizoposted.
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>>5807119
Nah man. A bot or an AI apperently showed up to shitpost.
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Did i miss a message from qm?
Is this quest on hiatus or something cos i have been checking if there is an update and its still just this
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>>5809199
Welcome to a NewbQM quest. Updates are often meaty but sporadic, so don't panic. His other quest has updated once in a month, though this one does much more frequently.
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>>5809199
Patience he does update, but not fast. Considered it time for think on things and revaluate things not done (like forgetting to establish STH-O-9 outposts with the incoming fleet on the surface of both Prime and Secundus, for provide points of rapid supply, repair and production to the Robotic Legions and O.D.D. forces). I would suggest heavily also, to not think of unnecessary depressive things like "yes indeed a trillion necrons can kill us, quite" and more on understanding how to save Sector Clarus and the forces at our disposal.
For me at the moment priority will be to make sure to repair the last parts of the Stellar Generator and bring online the other 3 blackhole generators, and immediatly after that expand the Odyssey. Far larger than now, thinking millions of humans (1-5) and far more robotic units for carrying capacity. With a bigger Odyssey this includes a lab or something bigger than that, and we can start researching.
Xandirah is now perfect ground for volunteers in the O.D.D. from all social classes there would be no shortage really.

Ah i also want both the O.D.D. 1st Regiment and the remnants of the 105th Kodorn regiment to start the superior training, and get basic augments and fed tier equipment. We can convince them with the pact idea, a big compromize on both sides.
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In addition to that, Newb is completely fine with us giving specific orders to androids and named humans under us. Just make them reasonable considering their abilities, skills, locations, influence and knowing what they have at their disposal.
Making sure Flori Ture doesn't die is an easy order now for Scribe, ensuring she doesn't die of stress too or organizing visits/speeches for soldiers and people alike. When she started her infiltration ? Not so much.
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The enemy’s initial blow had been checked, blocked, and a riposte had been delivered, if you wish to use duelling terms to portray weeks long conflict. However, just because the first blow had been parried, that does not mean that the fight is over, no, in fact you are now expecting a far harsher blow to land. The enemy must have realized that simple brute force such as the one they had showcased shall not work, that means that the enemy has two options, either a potential crippling danger to you and the humans both upon Prime and Secundus. The foe will either adapt and changer their tactics, or the force that they shall employ now will be to such an overwhelming and all-encompassing degree that they will simply drown your forces in bodies not giving you the needed amount of time to react.

So for now, you shall have to take step back and move onto a more defensive posture whilst retaining a degree of flexibility that will allow you to react to any and all incoming dangers. This means that you will be unable to launch the rolling, non-stop assaults as you had done previously, but if it is a target of opportunity, you shall still have the forces needed to react, delay, and hopefully overcome whatever catches your attention.

Meanwhile, your manufacturing capabilities are further devoted to making as many superiority craft as possible, once the enemy is broken they will hopefully depart the system in a different way than they had come from, thus allowing many of the still unused mines to be activated and to tear apart the now much weakened fleet.

For now, you shall observe, as you always do.
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Day 5. Your forces had successfully returned to the designated strongpoints across the two planets. There had been reports of activity in the lower hives and the underhives of Prime, but minor and nowhere near the size that you encountered underneath Axiotrah, but what concerns you the most is the fact that the reports of encounters had abruptly stopped. This does coincide with many of the defenders returning home alongside much of your force. Still, you direct Shades to be sent to the underhives to investigate.
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Day 9. You had now observed something very much so disturbing. The largest bioships within the alien fleet had begun devouring the smaller ones, drawing them into their gaping maws. You had at first assumed carrier doctrine, but seeing as how more and more ships were being taken inside, that possibility had decreased exponentially.
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Day 15. The first probing attacks had begun. Much more subdued that before, though that still implies millions of bio drop pods and hundreds of thousands of flyers. Having had time to rest and prepare, the local defences alongside your own forces had once again began to fill the skies with and endless barrage of missiles, shells, and lasers.
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Day 18. The aerial assault that had lasted non-stop for exactly 72 hours had come to a halt as abruptly as it had begun. No doubt these probing attacks were meant to find proper landing zones for another attempt at invasion. Luckily, your mobile elements were more than able to simply rout the enemy or annihilate them in their entirety, once again killing hundreds of thousands fighting without pause. As such, only your forces could have been deployed for such a straining task and you had suffered casualties, though minor. As for the primary landing zones used beforehand, the aliens seem to now fear them, the time distortions must have left a significant impact upon them. Plus, altering the flow of time can leave…marks, wounds in time that can affect the area for forever in the worst-case scenario.
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Day 25. Nearly a month has passed since the last serious attempt of the aliens to launch a proper invasion besides the occasional probing attack. The defenders had dug in to their fortifications and space was made to allow for your own forces to be distributed as effectively as possible while your mobile elements are in the best fighting shape that they can possible be considering the losses already suffered. And it seems that time had finally come for a far more concentrated move as their largest ships position themselves closer to the surfaces of the worlds. The biggest strike is now undoubtedly incoming.
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Day 42. The attack that you are expecting has yet to manifest itself. Is it a tactic ? Means of inspirig fear and terror within the local defenders, breaking their wills before the fight has even begun ? The clear sight of the large bioships is certainly a concerning one, and anxiety is apparent in the human population, but the destructive prowess you had showcased beforehand has inspired them to keep fighting on, so you are doubtful over the over all usefulness. Perhaps the enemy is waiting ? It is possible that the force currently before you is just a mere vanguard of a greater invasion fleet, that this is but a prong similar to how the fleet had split up and sent a much smaller tendril towards Secundus, perhaps this force is similar in size to that ? A concerning thought. Still, this delay had resulted in you being able to now have 40,000 superiority craft in system. A sizeable enough force for a precision strike if one is needed, especially now that the fleet had cannibalized itself somewhat.

[green]Warning: earth tremors detected around third largest hive upon Secundus.[/green]

You quickly switch your feed, regarding the exploration drone that had noticed the tremor, sending out a ping into the ground with a device that had penetrated deep into, you watch with confusion as tunnels are seemingly formed out of nowhere, the way they form is clearly unnatural, but you are unable to detect even the slightest of movements.
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>>5811099

[green]Warning: hive collapse imminent. Recommendation: immediate evacuation. Presumed hive integrity collapse in in five standard hours.[/green]

How ? What is causing this ? You do not have any forces capable of tunnelling besides your mining drones and the exploration drones, and of those you have few. No matter, the potential risk of losing the drone is miniscule compared to the knowledge gained.

Giving the order, you watch as the drone dives deep as it begins to rapidly burrow deep into the ground, kicking up dirt, dust, sand, rock. Whilst this is happening you also quickly send the signal to the remainder of your forces located within the hive. There is simply not enough time to evacuate everyone, you shall have to prioritize those you can get out the easiest.

The hive itself had been built upon what was once a close location to a long gone and dead ocean, but still numerous caverns and caves had remained due to that, filled with freshwater long since now tapped and drained. The tunnels are connecting each and every one of the taverns and they are widening, further undermining the hive itself, the endless amounts of metric tons of metal, plastic, and human flesh bearing heavily upon the fragile landscape had been causes for the so-called hive tremors, but now this, this is far beyond anything you had seen.

Finally, the drone breaks into a deep tunnel, and surprisingly, it is bright. So bright, that it takes a moment for the drone’s vision to readjust and the source of the light becomes apparent. Bioluminescent creatures. Thousands of them, with a snake like appearance, six sharp looking scythe-like appendages, sharp teeth and long tongues. Worst of all, they are the creatures digging, and were it not for the fact that you are now observing them, the way their bodies had evolved is allowing them to more or less [i]swim[/i] through the rough ground entirely unseen by your sensors.

Suddenly, bio weaponry is unleashed by the creatures, whilst other charge the drone, just the sheer weight of fire is enough to overwhelm the drone’s shields, then the surprisingly sharp and deadly scythes cut through the armour like it is nothing. The camera feed cuts soon after.

Not good.

Reacting swiftly, you send out orders for any and all forces to ensure the safety of all the other hives. No doubt similar tactics are being employed elsewhere, but the land is simply tougher so the effect cannot be seen yet. You will not allow for more hives to fall due to something as simple as an undermining effort.

Rapidly, at the same time as the third hive is shaking, you receive a flood of reports as whatever remaining forces within the underground activate. Throughout the entirety of Prime, all hives except for Axiotrah, your prolonged presence there had more or less entirely wiped out whatever infiltrators the xenos had prepared.
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>>5811104

The other hives however are struck hard, still, the presence of defenders there in force and your own rapid reaction speed should be able to stem the bleeding and stop it in its entirety.

[red]Orbital elements had begun their attack.[/red]

Switching the feed, you regard the fleet and your subsystem’s warning, as in fact, the large bioships begin to disgorge millions of flyers, hundreds of millions of bio drop pods darkened the skies in their entirety. It seems that your foe is going all out with everything they have.

More and more reports start to filter in, you disregard the previous arrangement and simply hijack all communications within system. The defenders will move with your words. You will not allow more deaths.

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(POV shift: You are Malacel a penal legionnaire upon Secundus, sent here after daring to disagree with an arbites.)

The damned xenos had been over your head for months now and you cannot help but feel nervous. Within the precincts you’d have arbites, or those damned mercenaries breathing down your neck. But here ? Here in the tunnels between the precincts is a wild land. A few of the xenos had found their way into the tunnels. That’s why they have to be patrolled, constantly at that. And those that got this job ? Expendable forces, as you were so lovingly described. You weren’t even given weapons, just what you managed to scrounge up, in your case – a broken pipe. All of that, and just a single voxcaster for a group of fifty. To send up a message of what’s happening, so you don’t die pointlessly. A small blessing.

You had pondered of running away. But you’ve no food, no water. God-Emperor knows what tunnels are about to collapse, which have holes in them, not like you have any gear to survive on the surface to begin with, so any cracks in the tunnels are damned deadly. Shame the xenos don’t feel so bad about the air as you do. As such, all that’s left is to go from one fortress to the next, over and over again. Until you are attacked and killed, you suppose.

“So, uhhhh. Anyone knows how to join the Freedom Ravens ?” One of the guys asks out of the blue.

“You got a clean record ?” Another, older prisoner responds.

“Well, no.”

“Then fuck all. That’s how you join them. Fething pricks the lot of them, proclaiming freedom yet they crushed us underneath their boots. And what the feth is a raven even ?!”

“I…don’t know, actually. Hey, anyone knows what a raven is ?”

“Maybe it’s like a grox ?” Another prisoner chimes in.

“Like you’ve ever seen one.”

“Well no, but I’ve seen pictures of groxes. Worked in a manufactorum that processed the meat, we’d get them shipped from some agri world, and I was part of the packaging assembly.”

“Ever sneaked a taste ?”

“Well, a few. Chewy.”

“I’d-“
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The older prisoner is cut off as the wall closest to him is broken through, rocks are hurled forwards, injuring him and others nearby, a few unlucky ones are killed instantly as more and more holes are made in the wall, strange serpentine like creatures rapidly emerge out of them, soon rockdust falls upon your head and you jump back as another of the creatures emerges from the ceiling, dropping down and biting hard on one man that hadn’t moved in time, his arm ripped off his body, blood gushing outwards as his screams are cut short from the sheer shock of the injury as a scythe-like limb cuts the man’s body in half, spilling his guts and staining the ground.

“Use the vox and run !” You shout out in a panic, scrambling onto your feat as cracks begin to form underneath you.

The man with the voxcaster begins to shout into it with everything he has before simply dropping the heavy box upon his shoulders and it smashes heavily onto the ground as he breaks into a run. He dies screaming as horrid acid engulfs his body, burning through his flesh and causing a nauseating scent to rise from the swiftly disintegrating corpse.

As you feel your lungs burn, a sharp pain goes through you and you lose any ability to feel your lower half, a red-stained scythe had punctured your chest, as you cough up blood, feeling an all engulfing chill, the gaping maw filled with endless teeth comes closer and closer.

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You watch as the third largest hive upon Prime collapses, the massive space reaching towers collapse inwards, smashing into the already broken hive, entire districts fall within the now massive gaping hole, the kilometres long manufactorums crack and break, their production lines flying wildly into the air as tension holding everything together is broken, explosions ring out as mass ammunition stores are crushed and the following pressures cause detonations that then further escalate in an endless chain reaction of destruction. Billions of lives have been snuffed out in a single act of destruction as a hive dies.

A coordinated strike upon an unprecedented scale, any and all doubts that the aliens operate upon anything but a hivemind structure had more or less been dispelled. Upon a large-scale at least, the aliens had coordinated a massive attack from yet unknown underground assets, a massive air force capable of overwhelming what few superiority craft still survive upon the besieged worlds, and an enormous ground invasion. Each and every angle of potential attack had been utilised, rendering most of your fortification preparations inefficient as you would have liked. A single hive upon Prime is had been destroyed, the rest are no besieged on all sides. Upon Secundus, a dozen fortresses had been overwhelmed, those that were the most damaged and lacking in repairs, while others still stubbornly hold against the endless horde.
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>>5811112

Flickering through the numerous cameras, you watch as an Armageddon walker lowers his laser batteries and targets the ground, being placed in the middle of a large freeway of the hive connecting it throughout. Instead of civilian vehicles as had been the usual for numerous years, the freeway is now and endless flowing mass of ravenous beasts. The two batteries fire, bringing light into the darkness now encompassing the world, all the while flyers try to attack the Armageddon as bio drop pods deploy a horde of higher bioforms right before the strongpoint. Lowering the artillery barrels, half a dozen shoots rings out, flying low and fast, they break apart and explode outwards shattering shrapnel moving at the speed of sound, killing hundreds if not thousands of the aliens. Yet the horde continues to attack even as the air is filled with missiles, with the volkite point defence weapons firing without an end and yet again the two laser batteries unleash their fury.

Beneath the Armageddon stands a line of dirty, damaged, and broken robots standing defiant against the horde, unleashing their plasma weaponry that burns and vaporises anyone whom comes close by. The larger charging bioforms see themselves halted as gravity is manipulated and they are torn apart.

A large collection of defensive drones moves like a swarm of locust, rotating and moving in such a way that they absorb incoming shots, allowing their shields to recover before being rotated back inside. This is also a necessity as their laser cannons fire without a halt.

All of this is done for the specific purpose of preserving human life as best as able, as said humans are currently making up the bulk of your forces within this hive. A line of wrecked, smouldering or still burning vehicles along newly made pristine ones acts as a barrier preventing the enemy from swarming onwards, this haphazard secondary defensive line, as the first one had fallen due to the enemy’s utter disregard towards devastating casualties, had now held for 3 days of non-stop combat. As the 49th day of the invasion starts to come to an end, the local defenders still fight with endless ferocity, the group of defenders are now no longer simple soldiers, be it PDF or imperial guard, but numerous gangers or even regular civilians had all joined in the defence, be it as fighters, or simply moving literal buckets of munitions towards the front. You had wanted to avoid seeing children engage in warfare, but the pressure applied towards you meant that you are simply unable to dedicate the time and resources to put a halt to it.
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You once again switch the camera feed, this time regarding a Shortsword rushing alongside some Apollos upon the open plains of Secundus. A massive biosignature had just landed, protected by an endless swarm of flyers acting as nothing more than a meatshield to guard whatever the biosignature is. No matter what it is, it has to be crushed before it reaches one of the precinct-fortresses. The damage done then would be unimaginable.

Having successfully reached the planet’s surface, the wall of flyers if broken apart as they scatter to the surroundings as you witness the full height of the beast. Roughly 15 or so meters tall, the beast towers even over your Armageddons, four limbs acting as legs and two arms made up entirely of what can only be described as bio-cannons makes the purpose of the monster clear, and the fact that any fortress would break if met by it.

The Shortwords increase their speed, splitting up as much as possible and unleashing plasma from their main cannons, burning the thick and strong chitin as more and more plasma is thrown at it as they continue to circle around it, whatever other weapon that can be dedicated is directed towards the numerous lesser bioforms all around the giant beast.

All the while, keeping their distance, the Apollos begin saturation bombardment, in a coordinated attempt to clear the surroundings of the beast and whatever shot can be spared is directed towards the monster.

As for the monster itself, being shot at so heavily had incensed it. Angling down it roars and looks towards the Apollos bombarding it at the distance. And then it fires. The two bio-cannons unleash seemingly highly corrosive acid. The impact from the shot does make dozens of Apollos move backwards rapidly, but that is when the acid sets in, the sheer potency of which begins to increase the energy drain to a massive degree. Thousands of maggot-like organisms begin to unleash even more acid as they bite down and bare into the shields and eventually, inevitably, the shields are overloaded. The generators themselves fail, rather than the power generation, and the tough federation standard ? It barely holds for a few moments as the Apollos struggle to get the acid and the worms off them. Son enough however, the material gives, internals are torn apart, powerlines fail, antigrav plates fail, the vehicle itself fails.
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Moving rapidly, the Shortwords begin to close distance, the chitin armour is quite tough and powerful, but your scans indicate a weak point, that being the creatures belly region. You order forces there in a tentative scouting manoeuvre, these creatures are far too advanced and dangerous to have such obvious weak points, it simply looks too good to be true. And it is. Spiny tendrils, moving at a breakneck speed emerge having hidden around the belly, grasping and contracting as they grasp and get a grip upon the few Shortswords you sent ahead. Ensnared, the Shortswords are flung into the air where even more of the tendrils emerge and grasp and finally contract upon the vehicles and they do so with such obscene force that the shield generators fail and soon enough the scouting party is crushed and ripped apart.

The weak spot, as you had feared, is arguably better defended than anywhere else upon the body. That leaves only two options. To break the being’s legs, knocking just two out should be enough to prevent any proper movement. And the second option – aim for the head.

You opt for the first option, as the circling Shortswords will be able to strike the targeted legs no matter where in the circle they are, thus increasing the overall rate of fire.

Deciding upon your course of action, you watch with concern as more and more plasma is poured into the frontal legs, the Apollos had been withdrawn beyond the horizon, causing the need of more processing power to perfectly direct the artillery shots to land upon the designated targets whilst ensuring that the present Shortswords are not hurt by friendly fire. As for the Shortswords themselves. You watch as the one directly before the camera gets crushed as the giant beast steps on it, the shields are overloaded in a second, and the armour breaks swiftly afterwards. The vehicle directly behind you is slowed down by a wave of smaller bioforms and the larger bioforms bash against it. Hundreds are killed as the tank is overwhelmed, but at the end of the day, it is overwhelmed.

Finally, despite the mounting losses, you hear the sound you had long desired to. Snapping breaking sound of chitin falling apart, bones cracking from the intense heat. And a massive pained roar unleashed by the beast. You also note a massive increase in rather toxic gas fills the surroundings, exceptionally deadly to humans, seemingly harmless to the nearby aliens, and utterly worthless against you.

With a loud thud as the first frontal leg breaks the beast tries to steady itself, but the weight upon the only remaining frontal leg causes it to rip off with a loud snap, blood pouring it in pools and the beast crashing will make for excellent inspirational films as the wounded creature now screeches in pain struggling upon the ground as it lashes it with everything it has. Sending a quick order, you begin withdrawal procedures. This monster shall not threaten humanity any longer.
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Day 70. The enemy had truly prepared this time, and they had unleashed an endless tide of horrors from mankind’s nightmares. They had pushed you to the breaking point:

Secundus stands at only 43% of total precinct-fortresses operational. All besieged. Freedom Ravens, prisoners, arbites. The total population had been reduced to only an estimated 200 million, most likely many fewer will survive by the end of the conflict.

As for Prime, a hive has died. Another was taken through massive losses on the enemy side. Two massively damaged, but the main hive of Axiotrah stands defiant, despite heavy damage, the presence of the largest number of local defenders meant that it was able to weather the storm much better than any other place, still if you had to make an educated guess perhaps 60% of its infrastructure remains operational. Being the biggest hive, it also faced the heaviest attacks. Of the 35.8 billion people living upon Prime, you shall be content with at least half of that number surviving the battle, no doubt afterwards the humanitarian effort shall be just as herculean as the current battle. Still, despite the heavy losses, the local populace had not broken, they had not run, their zealous belief that their actions are being guided by angels had only grown. To a disturbing point where they consider death whilst following orders to be a guarantee that they shall all be judged worthy by their God-Emperor and be allowed in the shadow of the golden throne.

You had implemented plans to counter undermining efforts, exceptionally powerful sensors, meant to locate the tunnels, rather than sense the tremors had allowed for the undermining efforts to be halted, thus saving the remaining hives. When it comes to the legions you had begun the battle with, well, only 0.2 remains upon Secundus and Prime can only proclaim to house 0.6 legion. Not even a full legion remains now nearly three months of fighting later, and 70 days after the first attack. The O.D.D. now also stands at only 66% strength, the only silver lining to be found is that the survivors are now all battle-hardened veterans to a degree of someone whom had seen years of combat.

When it comes to your enemy, they had cannibalized at least a quarter of their fleet to unleash this withering assault. Which does present itself with an opportunity:
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You currently possess 60,000 superiority craft. A now sizeable enough force to strike against the alien fleet above Secundus, with a good chance at victory as well. This does however mean, that attacking the fleet around Prime shall have to be delayed, presuming the foe is smart enough not to split up. Though on that same note, it would have been intelligent to have retreated already now that the greatest assault had been stopped, but the foe still stands and is waiting. They had attempted to set up clear bases, made entirely out flesh and bone as usual, but your rapid response forces had put an end to that. Even though they are growing unfortunately thin at the moment.

>Launch the attack upon Secundus. Crush the enemy there and that may be enough to win the fight as a whole.

>The enemy has been thinned. Some times one must take a calculated risk – strike Prime. You will win or you will lose, nothing more, nothing less.

>Bide your time and wait. Your defences hold and the enemy assault is stalling. If they wish to try another mass assault like this they will thin their numbers even more, that is when you shall strike.

>(Write in)
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>>5811128

>The enemy has been thinned. Some times one must take a calculated risk – strike Prime. You will win or you will lose, nothing more, nothing less
This ends one way. We die or they do. Secundus is a sixe show, waiting gives them more biomass to east from the hives that fell. The bioships are too strong still. We NEED to win on Prime.
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>>5811128
>The enemy has been thinned. Some times one must take a calculated risk – strike Prime. You will win or you will lose, nothing more, nothing less.
Situation excellent, I am attacking
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Time to shoot our black holes at them