Saturday, 16 February 2013

The Raid: Part I


Hi everybody!  Thanks for stopping by again - I was trawling through my computer and came across this little gem, a short story I wrote a few years back.  It was intended as a write-up for a kill team game a mate played against my Imperial Guard.

I always like my fluff to serve a purpose (apart from entertaining people): so this one is a write-up for a battle as well as a little story.  In others I drop in some info on the Palladians, so rather than writing something up in prose I can just describe it as part of the story.


I realise how dull reams of text can be so I'll split this into two posts ... tune in later in the week for part two!  If this goes well I have several other stories, I'll make Storytime a regular slot.


He didn’t know it then, but it was
the last sunset he was ever to see. 
A thin smile crept across Colonel Flirus’ lips as two of his men gave a final almighty heave on the steel rope, and the giant stone Aquila that topped the relay station’s entrance doorway can crashing to the ground, to whoops of delight from his men. 

He wasn’t a real colonel. He had been turned down for service in the Guard because of the two missing fingers on his left hand; a relic brought out of a hive-pit fight from years ago. If the Imperial Banner wouldn’t have him then the Enemy could. They’d almost overrun all Imperial resistance on this backwater moon, and soon Flirus could look forward to a quiet retirement as a rebel colonel with his own house and leagues of wide, open steppe to call his own. None of the squalid hab-blocks of Terrum Doxtus back on the planet. He’d had a cousin in the Navy before he turned, a Quarter-Lieutenant on the Radiant Light when it docked on Palladia. Apparently it would take years for the distress signal to reach sector command, and decades for a battlegroup to dispatch. Flirus could look forward to the quiet life.

He turned back from the wrecked tower to survey his command. An old Munitorium relay station used by the loyalist garrison before it was overrun. In the vehicle park stood a venerable laser destroyer Leman Russ. Only the Praetorians would ever get to see the like of this grade of armour normally, and he’d captured one without a fight. Its powerful laser cannon could burn through armour better than a battle cannon or even a lascannon, and was worth ten of either. He looked back over the tower where his men began to clear away the rubble of the Aquila. Now free of all the symbol and signage of the Imperial oppressors; his masters would be pleased.

He didn’t trust the Renegade Marines. He was terrified of the things, so fetid with disease and death and standing a clear seven feet tall, clad head to toe in scarlet power armour, menacing down on him and his men. They’d never spoken to him directly. He’d only ever seen three before and he hoped they’d just leave him to running this backwater moon in peace.

“The cleansing is complete, Colonel.” He was stirred from his thoughts by the report of his deputy. “Good work, Sarpia,” he murmured, turning to look across the steppe at the setting sun. “Set the guard, I shall retire for the night.”

“Very good, sir.” Flaris turned to descend the stairs into his bunker and stopped. He turned around, and squinted into the reddening sun as it was setting. He didn’t know it then, but it was the last sunset he was ever to see.

He was terrified of the things, so fetid with
disease and death and standing a clear
seven feet tall, clad head to toe in scarlet power
armour, menacing down on him and his men
“Check weapons,” For the third time Corporal Falconius barked out the command. The scouts all mechanically obeyed him, clearing chambers and checking magazines. He grabbed onto a stanchion as the Valkyrie shuddered, swooping down into a valley to avoid the rebels. The sun was nearly set, but several of the garrison’s zoning stations had been captured intact, and they couldn’t risk their cover being blown. The scouts all looked up at their corporal in unison and nodded.

They were ready.

They were scouts of the Adeptus Astartes; they were always ready. Not clad in the impenetrable powered armour of their tactical squad brethren, but their skill in assassination, infiltration, reconnaissance ... they all added to the terrifying aura that crept ahead of them whenever they entered a warzone. Fuel relay, tank park, enemy commander – no distance between a given target and the front line could guarantee security.

“Davis Flirus,” began Falconius, reciting the orders from the tech-slab to his squad as they listened in silence. “Ex-sergeant of the PDF, self-proclaimed regimental commander of the rebel forces on the Imperial moon Kohl. Satellite of Palladia. Guarding a rare laser destroyer self-propelled gun, captured from the 9 Battalion of the Guard six days ago. Reconnoitre the area, ascertain enemy strength and if possible, eliminate the traitor Flirus.” He shut the slate and looked up at his men. “This is one to play quietly, brothers.”

*      *      * 

Six minutes later, the guard commander thought he heard the faint noise of a grav-engine in the river bed across the steppe. He dismissed it casually.

To be continued ...

6 comments:

  1. I have a feeling that Fliris is going to wake up dead. Good start, looking forward to the conclusion.

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  2. oooh that's awesome. I really enjoyed that, cheers.

    In January my White Dwarf subscription expired. Curiously my wife asked why I hadn't renewed my subscription: "What's this? You are missing an opportunity to spend hobby money on purpose?"
    "Yeah, the blogs that I follow sh*t all over anything in that magazine"

    After reading posts like this and those amazing BFG write-ups, it's no wonder that I didn't feel the absence of the February issue.

    Thanks for all the fantastic blogging that you do.

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    1. @Chris - How did you guess :p thanks! Glad you enjoyed it.

      @Zzzzz - since you asked so nicely, I'll put the second part up on the morrow :)

      @Col Ackland - No problem! Y'know, that's one of the nicest quotes I've ever had on this blog. If I ever do another whining "oh, I've had no time and can't be bothered to post" remind me of that comment!

      And I'm well aware that I'm a newcomer to blogging compared to you old sweats, all of you - but big thanks to you my dear Col, not only maintaing a superb blog of your own but also sparing some time to give a few ideas to a young whippersnapper like myself :)

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    2. Arr you're totally welcome Scipio! But I'm not really a veteran blogger just yet; my blog is only 4 months older than yours. But I guess if you stick a few one-year-olds together a few months is something to boast about. ;)

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  3. "Yeah, the blogs that I follow sh*t all over anything in that magazine"
    Haha, that's awesome - and very much seconded

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