I promised you to continue Nestir V now and so I will.
The truth is that I had hoped to be a lot further along in my work for the AoD so far, but the amount of material to read and sort out is just way more than I had originally imagined, so I estimate I will be done with sorting everything out in a couple of weeks.
Furthermore I estimate to be where I wanted to be now, for round two. Where you will be seeing a major reworking of the AoD concept.
In the meanwhile I will be providing you with some intro stories and battle write-ups and naturally we will be continuing the round one battles.
The plan is for votes to open on Thursdays and official updates to the AoD will happen on sundays.
Mind you, the official updates will not always be a continuation of the Nestir storyline, sometimes it may be artwork, animation, Character profiles and such to.
We will hopefully also see in-between stories written by different people, although I will ask you kindly not to post any stories yet; not until the intro for my reopening of the AoD is completely done.
By the way, I originally said I would leave it up to Chaos to give me the heads up on wether or not I needed access to the Chaos sub-forum; well the deeper Ive been looking at this AoD, the more Ive realized that I will need access to keep an objective look at both sides and give "secret messages" to either side if needed. - So it has been arranged for me to have access to both camps now.
As for now the status of the AoD battles, this is as follows:
Is still missing due to Luku´s computer going bust on top of all his other bad luck.
I know how it is! Everything seems to go wrong at the same time. Ive been there myself and I can only wish Luku the best of luck.
Hopefully he will get his computer up and running again before round two, so we can get battle 5 into the mix.
Savage Mortician - Mortiis VS. Aarhus - Xavier Crussis. - Crash Landing in a snow storm and slugging it out on the ice.
Savage and Aarhus have both sent their instructions to Luku way back, but I havent seen these, so please send them to me again, using:
You have until next saturday (May 31st). to do so.
Unless I missed something, I will be rolling up this battle and write it as quickly as possible.
Crouching_Monkey - Brother Sgt. Berevius VS. Kevlarshark - Cryus Crom.
Chronologically, this is the battle that will happen after the intro story is complete.
The Imperial strike at Hive Primus once more. - General Battle.
I need instructions for this battle as well, but Im not setting a deadline for this here yet.
As for who will write it, I dont know yet, but I believe it may be me here to.
Battles after this will be detailed at a later date.
Votes will not begin anew until battle nine and ten are written up.
Hopefully this will leave you time to gather your teams, as well as finish the Dueling AoDs, and it will give me time to finish my research and work for the AoD.
Ok, I want to see some activity in the AoD forums again, so I urge the leaders of both sides to PM the members of your teams and ask them to drop by the AoD and give us some lifesigns.
Im also going to ask both sides to post up the number of points you have left for voting here, because this is unfortunatly something that I havent got the foggiest on right now.
I may still decide to let the rest of the battles go to public vote for round one though, just to get the rest of the B&C Community a bit involved in the AoD again.
Oh, and Im hoping to see more people contribute with some original artwork as well over at the PC&A.
Go nag at the artists there, or make something yourself
The Nestir V teaser intro teaser has now been removed, but I put something else up for you instead:
Ok, so with that I hereby declare the Nestir V AoD for active again.
Come one, come all. - We are open for business!
You will be seeing some twists and loops in the plot for Nestir now as I take over and write up the continuation. - And, a few of them may indeed take you by surprise.
So, here is the first part of the intro story.
It was the night before the Emperor´s day and all throughout the Nestir system, not a ship was a stirring.
Not a ship, except the Stormwolf that is.
Onboard the Space Wolf Strike Cruiser sitting in orbit above Nestir V, the Great Hall of meeting was filled with leaders and soldiers alike, and like anxious children waiting for their presents, all of them awaited the presence and words of the Imperial Crusade´s leader.
Through the Great Hall´s windows, snow-covered pine trees could be seen in the ship´s biodome training grounds, while holofield projectors provided ghostly images of crackling torches and flickering candle light, creating a dim environment that allowed the lights of the sparkling stars overhead to add to the mystery of the scene.
At one end of the room, a great roaring fireplace sat, allowing the people present a warm focal point that stood in stark contrast to the freezing planet that was perfectly framed in the huge gothic glass dome sitting on the opposite wall of the room´s great fireplace. Roasted meat and kegs of mead could be found all throughout the room, and polite serfs stood ready to entertain the guests, who spoke among each other in hushed words of anticipation.
Near the fireplace sat Chaplain Lycan in a nice warm seat, while "Captain Eutronus Amorphous" of "the Sons of Doom" Chapter, stood not to far off, holding a couple of large flagons of hot Fire Ale.
He presented one of them to the giant of a Marine next to him, who was gnawing on a large slab of roasted meat.
The Marine was Wolf Guard Battle Leader Thor, who was the host of this gathering; and the mountain of a Space Wolf gladly accepted the offered ale in a loud toast. Both of them and everyone around joined in and drank deep.
Inquisitor Smith sat taking the whole scene in, feeling slightly glum.
He always seemed to have a bit of bad luck around The Emperor´s day, and this gathering reminded him of the time he accidentally bumped into the Starship Titan and had had to fight a host of golden Necrons to save both the ship and the nearby planet. - That had started out as a silent night to, but in the end he had lost more than he cared to.
Still, this night was turning out to be a bit to silent, although looking at the merriment of Battle Leader Thor and his men, he had a feeling it wouldn't last.
Smith quickly glimpsed at his watch, then at the fair haired beauty next to him. - The Angels should have been here by now; he would just have to start without them.
Smith got up and walked over by the great dome window opposite the fireplace, nodding curtly to Thor as he passed.
As one of the most important strategic minds in the Imperial assembly, the Space Wolf was among the few present who knew the full truth and terror of what had happened, as well as what was yet to come.
A lot of the time, the great Marine may seem all muscle and barbaric bravado, but it was in great part a price-worthy act, for behind that rough exterior lay a brilliant and cultivated mind.
Getting up on the podium to speak to the assembly, Inquisitor Smith´s form was perfectly outlined against the white backdrop of the turbulently snow filled planet of Nestir V.
He quietly cleared his voice and immediately got the attention of everyone in the room, for his voice was greatly amplified by the rooms vox system. - The room fell silent.
"Friends and allies. I welcome you to this gathering!" Inquisitor Smith felt a bit strange hearing his own voice like this. This was not part of the original plan and he didn't quite know where to go with this, so he felt a bit skittish. - This was supposed to be the Commander´s task, not his; but if they were going to avoid loosing even more Imperials from this cause, he would have to act now. - People were getting restless.
"I welcome you and thank you for coming.
Im sure you are all anxious to know what is happening, but the Commander, it seems, has been delayed, so I am going to have to start without him".
At the mention of "the Commander", the crowd grew slightly agitated; some seemed surprised and a hushed murmur sprang to life in the room as hundreds of people uttered whispered questions all at the same time.
Inquisitor Smith held up his hands to quiet them.
"Please! settle down. - All will become clear as I explain. Please!"
Once more the room fell silent, and Smith caught a look from Inquisitor Alerius who nodded reassuringly.
Looking out over the assembled crowd, Inquisitor Smith cleared his voice again and continued.
"As well you know, the Crusade for Nestir V was frozen some two months ago. What you probably do not know is the full extent of the truth behind what happened.
Sixty six days ago today, the Traitors on Nestir V mustered their forces and pushed us back out of Hive Primus.
With the fall of Chaplain Calgon and his Blood Angels, the last vestiges of our real foothold slipped and we had to withdraw. Librarian Korvac´s solo mission into the city was our last real success before having to pull our forces out completely.
Then, even as we were preparing a counter attack, our fleet was struck hard by anti-orbital weaponry on the planet. We thought we had secured these facilities, but as it turns out, we missed quite a few hidden in the snow drift.
While our fleet managed to cripple most of these batteries, we were also preoccupied by an attack of Traitor ships and then the true disaster struck, and this is the part most of you have not been informed of until now".
Inquisitor Smith stood up a bit taller, taking in the hushed silence of his intrigued crowd; then he continued.
"While our fleet was engaged in battle, a massive psychic attack assaulted the `Bloodied Scion´ and struck several of the Marines onboard dead in an instant. Over 40 Serfs died and those who did not die went utterly insane. - We had to seal of the Scion completely in case of Demonic contamination.
But the attack´s main purpose was not to destroy the Scion´s crew. It was to strike a blow at the heart of the Imperial Command, and at this it succeeded one hundred percent.
After the attack, the Scion´s bridge was utterly devastated by crewmen and Marines that had gone insane and amok; but more importantly both Captain Holus and his entire support staff had utterly disappeared."
The crowd went into a frenzy of surprised chatter at this, but Inquisitor Smith was quick to intervene and the crowd´s surprised murmurs quickly died down again as he continued the tale.
"We are three Inquisitors here at Nestir V and yet it took the effort of all of us to locate the source of this psychic attack.
It was well hidden and was launched from the heart of Hive Primus. - We suspect it was carried out by Lord Adramelechk himself, which would put him dangerously into the high class Alpha level psycher range. - We are well and seriously outmatched here gentlemen!"
A roar of questions and remarks pelted the room in a wall of noise as the crowd reacted to the news of having both lost the leader of the Crusade to some unknown force, as well as hearing that this unknown force in all probability could be an Alpha level psycher.
Inquisitor Smith tried to silence the crowd again and again, but it wasn't until Battle Leader Thor got to his feet and roared for silence that the crowd finally settled down.
Thor glowered at them all and growled low in his throat before spitting out his next words.
"Be quiet the lot of you! Is this how you repay my hospitality? By acting like a scared mob of little children?
I for one would like to hear the mans words!"
Thor nodded for the Inquisitor to continue and as the crowd´s attention returned to him once more, Smith nodded back to Thor in a silent gesture of gratitude before continuing once more.
"Please!" Smith started, as the crowd´s attention focused fully on him again.
"Holus was my friend and for all intents and purposes I hope he still is.
We traced the attacker to Nestir and think we glimpsed a slight psychic signature that may belong to Captain Holus as well, But...
We were unable to carry out a full trace, as the trace quickly disappeared and covered itself up. - We are dealing with one Powerful entity here!
Naturally, those of the Legio who were close by when we divined the attackers location and probable coordinates of Holus, wanted to launch a rescue party, and they did.
The last ship to leave for a mission to Nestir was launched just after we had defeated the last of the Traitor ships. It belonged to Captain Xavier Crussis and was headed for the planet´s surface.
Shortly after however, a massive, planet-wide blizzard of a snowstorm started forming and Xavier´s Thunderhawk was lost to us. Their last transmission was a mayday saying they were going down some 25 clicks due south west of Hive Primus.
Further than that, we also lost contact with all the Legio strike teams that landed on the planet, as well as all Traitor radio transmissions.
The last transmission we received was one from Brother Veteran Morg, who was active on a mission deep within the Genatorium complex of the Hive. Im afraid we havent heard from anyone else since then.
And the rest as they say, is history.
The snow storm has covered the planet now for sixty six days, making all attempts at landing or teleporting futile. All scans and attacks from orbit have proven useless and leadership within our ranks have fallen on bad times.
Some of our forces have left and most of you are suffering failing morale.
Since that fateful day; that world below" Inquisitor Smith half turned and pointed at the white planet behind him.
"has been covered in an unrelenting and unchanging snowstorm. - Until two days ago that is.
Two days ago we detected a drop in storm activity down there, and the storm has been dropping ever since.
In addition to that, two days ago, in utter secrecy, we received a Stealth ship into our midst.
It carried with it a package of unmistakable importance, for it is with her help that we will gain a foothold on this planet once more.
Ladies and gentlemen, may I present to you: `Lady Alexandra Storm Hawkin Frost´".
With that a strikingly beautiful woman of exceptional elegance strode onto the podium. Her slinky, body-hugging dress seemed to be made out of perfect pearly ice, her platina blond hair fell lazily at just over shoulder length, over her perfect fair skin, and even her nails were a perfect polished white that seemed like frosted ice.
Around her neck hung a beautiful necklace of perfectly cut, clear diamonds on a silver webbing and her wrists were covered in amazingly intricate silver bracelets.
Finally her ice blue eyes took in the crowd, and made it fall as silent as an icy tomb.
This was the sort of woman any man would gladly lay down his life for, and it wasn't just her physical beauty, it was something in the way she moved, something in her posture and something in her eye.
The lady simply had class and an unmatched charisma that mesmerized anyone she laid eyes upon.
"Hello." she simply said, addressing the crowd in the sweetest voice, but there was a coldness there to, a power that made it clear that this was a woman who was used to getting what she wanted, and that she was no stranger to holding a position of authority.
Inquisitor Smith piped in again to get the attention of the crowd back were it belonged.
"As I said, this is Alexandra Frost. And make no mistake gentlemen, she is a dangerous contender".
At that Lady Frost presented the most wickedly charming smile and looked like a dangerously intrigued predator studying the crowd in front of her. – Unknowing, Smith continued his presentation.
"Lady Frost is one of the Imperium´s foremost expert Imperial Guard Generals on Cold Weather Warfare and she has come to assess our situation here". He said.
"She is known for showing up on cold battlefields all over the Imperium, and she has many nicknames that go with her. - You may have heard of General Frost; Storm; The Storm Hawk; The Frost Hawk; Snow White, or most profoundly, ehem..." Inquisitor Smith had to clear his voice before continuing. "The Ice Queen".
All in all she has commanded over five hundred battles in cold weather zones and it seems the cold hearted Imperial Administratum cant get enough of sending her to all the.. cool, places.
The smile on Lady Frost´s beautiful face didn't waver. "Given my name, it seems," she said, again in that sweet voice, "that someone in the Imperial Bureaucracy has a sense of humour after all."
"Yes, well..." Smith continued. "If she deems it fit, she can call in an almost immediate Imperial Guard reinforcement, and on top of all that, she is also a highly powerful psycher. - One we are certainly going to need if we are to defeat our class A psycher down there.
And finally, she has intimate knowledge about him. - Self proclaimed Chaos Lord Adramelechk that is".
"Well, I certainly should have" miss Frost said sweetly looking at Inquisitor Smith, then back at the assembled crowd.
"After all..." she continued. "He is my brother."
Edited by Chaptermaster Graymantle, 12 June 2009 - 07:26 PM.