Dec 10. 007.M42
With the Machine Spirit of Hive Primus active again, the Imperials gain access to improved surveillance equipment in high orbit and within Hive Primus itself. The Imperial Fleet detects a possible new fleet threat in the outer reaches near the sun and Crusade Commander Bannister begins leading the Imperial Fleet's efforts towards investigating this potential threat, while strengthening their orbital defences.
The Imperials also gain access to the communication codes for Hive Secundus and learn that Secundus is in a state of civil uproar. General Storm leaves alongside Imperial Guard forces, hoping to take the city back for the Imperium.
In the Underhive of Hive Primus, the forces of Chaos have finally finished their preparations to leave. The reactivation of Hive Primus' Machine Spirit has allowed them access to the subterranean land trains of the planet and so they can finally carry on with their initial plan in Nestir V's underworld.
Before they leave, they shut down the venting systems of the Underhive and release a deadly virus that kills the remainder of the populace in the Underhive and reanimates them as undead.
Detecting this, the Imperials, under order of Inquisitor Smith, open Hive Primus' Void shields, leaving the city open to the freezing cold of the planet outside, thereby slowing the virus' progress. But even so, the situation must be dealt with.
Dec 14. 007.M42
Having assembled a large part of the Imperial Forces in the icy cold area of the upper parts of the Nex Spensa Tower, Inquisitor Smith briefs the Imperial Forces on the mission to come. Before leaving, the Chaos forces left an enormous bomb in the Underhive, and as it is guarded by thousands of zombies, reaching and disarming it will not be easy. Teleport is impossible, so a team of Marines must move in to do the job, while other Marines and Imperial Guardsmen lure the enemy away.
Thor and his Space Wolf honour guard volunteer to go, hoping to eradicate the zombie threat with courage and steel. But they are to late in reaching the bomb in time, as they encounter an unknown threat in the form of the traitor Dalencius and his Fellmarines. – The two groups battle furiously while the time runs out and in the end Dalencius' Fellmarines are victorious as they throw themselves into a warp gate, leaving the unfortunate Space Wolves to their fate.
The Underhive explodes and the whole of Hive Primus shakes. Two Hive Towers collapse and entire levels of the hive fall in on themselves as debris falls all around.
One of the Hive's outer walls collapses, and eventually the zombies and the virus that caused them burn out in the inferno of a firestorm that ravages the Underhive and the lower hive. Over 800 Imperial Guardsmen lose their lives. Thousands upon thousands of zombies are burnt to a crisp and other thousands of civilians die in the chaos of destruction; while all throughout the hive, power fails.
The Imperials have been dealt a terrible defeat and safely onboard the mobile command headquarters of the Guardian Angels Chapter, Inquisitor Smith ponders what to do next.
As the landtrains of Adramalech's forces are rushing away from Hive Primus at over 600 kilometres an hour, the explosion in Primus' Underhive cuts power to the trains, and while waiting for the trains to halt their movement, Lord Adramalech tells his Commanders of his true plans.
The Imperials start sending out air patrols that carry out recon runs while following the routes of the planet's Landtrains.
Dec. 16 007.M42
With the help of Hive Primus' reawakened Machine Spirit, the Imperials finally learn of Legio Veteran Sergeant Morg's ultimate fate; and Inquisitor Smith can only watch mesmerized at the story unfolding before him on a hololithic projector.
As Inquisitor Smith and many other Imperial Commanders watch the hololithic projection put together by Hive Primus' Machine Spirit, Legio Veteran Sergeant Morg's struggles in Hive Primus unfold throughout a strange shifting of time.
Inquisitor Garl Rugajov of Ordo Hereticus interviews Veteran Sergeant Morg of the Legio and his team, as well as General Storm Hawkin Frost and Crusade Commander Iniel Bannister. - What he pieces together is an amazing story that leads him to place them all under Inquisitorial supervision and guard.
Crusade Commander Bannister orders specialized monitor-ships to continuously scan the surface and the subterranean tunnels of Nestir V in search of Adramalech and his traitorous chaos forces.
Imperial ground forces are also ordered out into the wilderness on patrols to try and seek out anything of interest around Hive Primus.
Guided by Hive Primus' Machine Spirit, emergency repairs of Hive Primus is underway, while people and supplies are being shipped in from orbit.
In the lower, mid and upper sections of Hive Primus, zones have been set up based on threat level and structural integrity. The Legio militia and Imperial Guard forces are tasked with guarding and patrolling these areas.
Having relocated to a proper auditorium and having called in the Imperial Commanders for a briefing in Hive Primus, even Crusade Commander Bannister joins their numbers, symbolizing how securely Hive Primus is within Imperial hands.
The Commanders are shown Morg's battle before a short pause in which Inquisitor Smith shows the Imperials how to make a Banana Daiquiri.
Returning after the pause, Commander Bannister brings with him the newly relocated Veteran Morg of the Legio and part of his team. The Imperials are victorious in retaking Hive Primus and celebrate their good fortunes.
As the briefing continues, Hive Primus' Machine Spirit and Crusade Commander Bannister update the Imperials on what has, is and will be happening in Hive Primus and beyond. The Imperials then learn the shocking facts about Inquisitor Rugajov's theory as to Morg's true fate and how he and other Imperials are tied into the history of Nestir V.
Adramalech's army labours under harsh conditions to carry out their Warlord's plans, hoping it will gain them peace, riches and freedom in the end. Pushing the Landtrains ever onward towards their designated waystation, the men fear they will get no rest at all, while their lords continue to plan and scheme within their luxurious wagon. Despite their fears, Adramalech eventually relents and lets his army have a bit of rest.
General Storm continues to tell the Imperials about legends of old, the ancient history of Nestir V and claims that she, Morg of the Legio, the Guardian Angels and a mysterious Inquisitor were all part of these events.
While his men work to fulfil their orders, Adramalech drifts away into his own thoughts and remembers his past, from a mere Eldar, to dreaded godhood and back.
Back among the Imperials, General Storm continues her unlikely tale of time-travel, secret Inquisitorial groups, Imperial and Eldar alliances, Warp Gods, warfare and the mighty human and xenos
forges weapons Haegl and Isa, created to slay Adramalech.
She tells of how a great war erupted on Nestir V once again, of how Adramalech was defeated and imprisoned, only to be watched over by the eternal guardian Machine Spirit: Snow Leopard.
General Storm's men break through to the inner sanctum of the last Hive ganger resistance in Hive Secundus and take them down. In desperation the hivers launch small groups with explosives against the Imperial HQ in Secundus, but are soon defeated.
Adramalech remembers more of his past and how he became able to roam Nestir V once more after his imprisonment. How he gathered armies to himself and built himself up as a legend and a hero to local populace, both human and xenos
General Storm finishes her tale of her and Adramalech's past. Inquisitor Smith tries to undermine her trustworthiness and Inquisitor Rugajov makes it clear that she and many others are to be investigated by Ordo Hereticus. Through all this though, General Storm makes the seriousness of the situation very clear, presenting a very bloody and dark version of the future should they fail to defeat Adramalech.
As night falls in Hive Primus, the Imperials hold a memorial ceremony for those that have fallen in the service of the Imperium on Nestir V. - They also celebrate the liberation of Nestir V, and thousands of Imperial citizens join in on both the memorial service and the celebrations.
Hours later, Inquisitor Rugajov is done with the celebration and walking alongside Morg, he ponders if he should declare the high commanders of the Imperial Crusade as traitors, but eventually decides that it would not be prudent. The situation may require more investigation, and Rugajov starts dreaming of a victorious future in which the refugees he saved earlier can help repopulate and rebuild Hive Primus.
Having returned to her ship after the memorial service, Canoness Ophelia Arcadion is furious to find talk of leaving the crusade among her sisters. She calls them together and makes it abundantly clear that such abandonment is unthinkable.
Dec. 17 007.M42
Following the memorial service and street celebrations, the Space Wolves locate a street named "Magonus Succetus' Pub Crawl", where they intend to honour the memory of Space Wold Battle Leader Thor in their own particular way.
As the night drags on, Codicier Korvac of the Legio and Xavier Crussis wander the streets of Primus, assessing damage and repair times. Crussis is doubtful about whether or not they should continue supporting the Imperial Crusade, but after a visit to the Cathedral where Commander Bannister fell, they see how the Imperium could come to fall should Space Marines abandon their cause. - With a clear mind they decide to keep fighting.
As the celebrations of the night start dying down, Inquisitor Smith has withdrawn to his chambers in Hive Primus and follows the remainder of the celebrations for peace, as he is troubled by dark thoughts and remembers times of old.
In an unknown place, former Crusade Commander, Captain Alexander Holus awakes and finds himself lost in a snowdrift upon an icy wasteland. He feels lonely and lost, eventually turning to the machine spirit of his armour for company. The machine spirit picks up the mood and Holus soon finds himself marching through the snowy wasteland, swearing death and destruction upon his enemies.
As morning breaks over Hive Primus, Crusade Commander Bannister of the Guardian Angels ponders laying down his badge of office. He feels the Imperials no longer trust him to carry the torch of command and he fears he may indeed be damaging the Crusade by remaining in command. Joining him to look upon the sun rise from atop the Altithronus Superna Space Port, his long time friend and Captain, Drako Kinghorn tells him that he should continue despite his doubts. Bannister relents, seeing that with this victory they have a new day coming, and the two stand watching the colourful show of sparkling colours as morning breaks.
Later in the day, Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor Garl Rugajov, supported by Canoness Arcadion and her sisters journey to Hive Secundus, where they will aid General Storm in bringing order back to the rest of Hive Secundus.
Supported by Brother Veteran Morg, Xavier Crussis ventures into the Lower hive and the Underhive of Hive Primus, where he is to aid biohazard teams in clearing out the area while leading the work to clear it out, to construct siegeworks and listening posts, and to assess the structural integrity of the hive.
Captain Melxis and his Iron Bears, as well as Lord Hakon Greymane and the Space Wolves begin scouting out and securing the ruined sections of the Underhive that lead to the Landtrain tunnels, as well as a stretch of the tunnels themselves, while searching for the remains of Space Wolf Battle Leader Thor and his honor guard.
Those Imperial battle Forces not immediately tasked with anything return to orbit, preparing and awaiting orders to carry out a Planetstrike against enemy forces once needed.
Dec. 18 007.M42
All the fires raging in the Underhive of Hive Primus have finally died down and reconstruction is just beginning.
Codicer Korvac takes it upon himself, Justicar Borroleth and Chaplain Sigrdrifa, to put together a psychic circle that begins searching for the enemy through psychic means. They do this without informing the Crusade Commander.
The psychic search yields no results, but instead, seven Imperial psychers go insane in the attempt, even with Grey Knight protection. Korvac rescinds the order to actively search with psychics and instead sets two Astropaths and two Navigators on the job of listening for psychic disturbances.
Jan. 18 008.M42
Former Crusade Commander Alexander Holus is still lost, and wandering icy wastelands he ponders if perhaps he has died and gone to the land of the dead. As he guises out over the horizon and looks back on his journey so far however, he throws such thoughts aside and finds himself perplexed to see a naked Eldar watching him from a distance on the icy steppes.
Crusade Commander Bannister's Dreadnought form sees critical failures to life support systems and the Commander must be put into suspended animation while emergency repairs are undertaken. Codicer Korvac of the Legio and the Crusade's Inquisitors pick up the mantle of leadership in Bannister's absence.
Captain Melxis' Iron Bears and Space Wolf Lord, Hakon Greymane's Space Wolves, and Spymaster Umbra Proeliator's Guardian Angels Scouts begin sending long range patrols into the snowy wastelands of Nestir V.
Under the command of Captain Xavier Crussis, the Legio trained militia of Hive Primus redouble their training and begin work on gathering even more recruits as well as better gear.
Feb. 01 008.M42
A team of thirty-five Imperial Guardsmen and five Guardian Angels Scouts are scouting out Sector 51 to Sector 220 when they come upon one of the traitor army's partly buried fortresses. They are caught in a battle and disappear from Imperial contact. All the guardsmen and three of the Scouts are killed, but unknown to the Chaos forces, two Scouts fall into a deep crevice and thus escape, only to be lost in a series of frozen caves.
Feb. 02 008.M42
The Imperials send out a Search and Rescue team to look for the missing Imperial Guardsmen and Scouts, after they fail to report in. The SAR-teams find nothing except that the team they are searching for may have been lost due to an avalanche.
The team is listed as Missing in Action.
In the time since their escape from Hive Primus, Adramalech's army has set up in six huge underground caverns and a score of other areas all around the subterranean world of Nestir V.
Having settled down in three of the huge caverns Adramalech has prepared, his human army. Around six thousand soldiers are living in three huge tent cities housing around 2000 people each. Cannibalism is suspected as resources are low, though not critical. The humans have even made contact with Adramalech's mysterious subterranean xenos
species and are working alongside them.
The Chaos army has set many operations into life; scouting out locations, preparing for battle and they are well under way towards emptying out the Promethium basins of a huge region of Nestir V. Adramalech's Eldar Pirate Lord Yana Orkan however reports that the Webway Gates they are using to empty the Promethium basins faster than any pump ever could, are breaking down faster than expected due to always remaining open and due to constantly being under immense pressure.
At a Landtrain Waystation, the men of Adramalech's Captains Everkill' and 'Neigorath, as well as that of the human leader, Brigadier 'Prosum Causidicus' has been re-rigging the army's Landtrains to run on fossil fuels, while preparing them for the battles to come. - Something that will come in handy as Adramalech intends to slow down the progress of the Imperial army.
In this same time, the Imperials have secured the world above and keep searching for Adramalech's forces, through orbital scans, visual searches from aircraft and ground patrols. Still, through all this, Adramalech keeps his forces hidden through a psychic shield and through cunning and skill.
Feb. 03 008.M42
The Imperials relocate the ruins of Hive Tertius and send an excavation team there, consisting of Civilians, Marines and Guardsmen. Under the command of General Storm and Morg, they secure and set up in the area; then they begin their search for the Underbrunner tunnel, leading to the Webway Gate that will lead them to the Fort of the Snow Leopard, where they can get further answers in their search for Adramalech and his arcane prison, The Snow Globe.
Feb. 04 008.M42
Having been summoned into Adramalech's presence, Brigadier 'Prosum Causidicus' of Nestir V's traitor army arrives at the mighty Warmaster's tent within one of their tent cities. Here he is ordered to prepare their explosives and Promethium filled Landtrain for a trip to Hive Secundus.
Causidicus also reports that his men have engaged and killed thirty Imperial Guardsmen, as well as three Astartes Scouts near one of the Traitor Guard's Underground Forts. Adramalech tells him to mangle the bodies, to take some of their meat for rations and to dump the bodies in a faraway place near a powerful predator's lair. - Happy to still be alive, Brigadier Causidicus hurries away to carry out his orders.
Feb. 07 008.M42
Having grown bored and tired of waiting in the underworld of Nestir V, Apoc Everkill wanders the tent city of Adramalech while he searches for Dalencius.
Bored, drunk and half mad Apoc stumbles upon a nest of sleeping soldiers. In the commotion that follows, Apoc has a mad vision about the truth of his existence and becomes convinced he has been banished to some unknowable hell. When he snaps out of it again a few seconds later he proceeds to slay every last soldier in the room before eventually falling asleep.
Feb. 09 008.M42
The remains of the Imperials' lost patrol is found mangled, outside a huge natural predator's cave in Sector 220. The remains of all thirty-five humans of the mission, though horribly mutilated, are found. - As to the scouts however, only three of the team's five scouts are recovered. Imperial teams deal with the huge predator in the area and search the immediate vicinity, but find nothing else.
Feb. 12 008.M42
The Adeptus Mechanicus have finally completed the artificer bionic arm for Brother-Codicier Korvac of the Legio. This day the arm arrives in an honoured Adeptus Mechanicus transport ship and under a strict ritual operation, the arm is installed and activated.
Feb. 16 008.M42
The Legio's Bloodied Scion has been repaired well enough to resume her duties as the Crusade's Flagship, and she ceremoniously takes over the command role, from the Space Wolf Strike Cruiser Stormwolf.
Feb. 18 008.M42
Order is fully restored to Hive Secundus and air transport has been bringing massive amounts of people from Secundus to Primus. Families have been reunited and the workforce at Primus has been substantially strengthened.
Feb. 20 008.M42
The Imperial Guard locates the next in line Planetary Governor of Nestir V, in Hive Secundus. - She and her cabinet begin preparations to take over Civilian Command as soon as planet-wide Martial Law is lifted, and her cabinet prepare to lessen the burden with civil matters from the shoulders of military command.
In an official and highly pompous military ceremony before the new Planetary Governor of Nestir V, her cabinet, Inquisitor Rugajov and Canoness Ophelia Arcadion, a new Planetary Defence Force based on the Legio trained militia is formed. Commander Norrington, the initial leader of the Legio militia is formally dubbed a Knight of Nestir and given the position as Military Commander of Nestir V's new Planetary Defence Forces.
Feb. 21 008.M42
It has become routine for Imperial recon planes to fly missions following the subterranean land-train supply lines of Hives Primus and Secundus, searching for movement and heat from possible enemy units. - So far they have found nothing, but this day they do.
In the ruins of Hive Tertius, an assassination attempt is made upon Veteran Brother Morg and General Storm, as a bomb is set off near them, but by sheer luck they are unharmed.
Feb. 22 008.M42
In Imperial hands, Nestir V's orbital defences have been undergoing repairs and this day the orbital defences are back at forty percent capacity.
Being notified about that enemy movement has been confirmed, Imperial leaders of the Crusade convene for a meeting. Still not fully repaired, Dreadnought Crusade Commander Iniel Bannister of the Guardian Angels leads the meeting.
Large portions of the sub-levels of Hive Primus have been tidied up and blessed. Also, what little remains that Wolf Lord Hakon Greymane could be found of Space Wolf Battle Leader Thor and his Strike Team have been recovered and have been laid to rest.
The Power Station of Hive Primus has been repaired and reactivated. As has its primary environment shields.
The Nex Spensa platform has been stabilized after the battles there and the Altithronus Superna Spaceport has undergone heavy repairs, making it almost fully operational again.
From the ruins of Hive Tertius, General Storm reports on their progress there. Seven dig sites have been scouted out, but they have found nothing so far.
Satellites and the Crusade Flagship is put into a position in which they can follow the underground movement of the enemy Landtrain.
Six hours later, the Imperials have tried shutting down the electrical grid to the Landtrain, but it has not worked, so a battle plan is presented.
The Imperials believe the Train may be rigged as a weapon of mass destruction. As a precaution the people of Hive Secundus are being moved to the safest locations within the city and evacuation procedures are being prepared. A strike team is also prepared to defend Hive Secundus. As a last resort the Imperials are also ready to blast the train from orbit, but are reluctant to do so as they want to keep the tunnels near Hive Secundus intact.
Therefore, instead of immediately reaching for overly drastic measures, the Imperials will try to intercept and take the train before it is to late.
Because the train is such a small target travelling so fast in an unpredictable environment, it is almost impossible to teleport onto or off the train, therefore a team will be getting on the moving train, using one of the tunnels' many service shafts.
Brother Codicer Korvac of the Legio volunteers for the mission and is teleported onto the planet. Before his arrival, the Bloodied Scion fires a low yield, tempered plasma torpedo into the air above his landing zone, preparing it for Korvac's arrival.
From there Korvac makes his way through service tunnels to a an underground service station where he gets onboard the speeding train. Using his powers he gathers intel before neutralizing the human enemy threat. He then goes on to shut out a disruptive psychic influence before killing two Marines from the excommunicated Steel Dragons Chapter, in a drawn out battle. With control of the train Korvac halts it and calls in teleported backup. Together they search the Landtrain and disarm the weapons onboard. Korvac also has the Legio Librarium research a portable Eldar Webway portal generator he finds onboard. The artefact is moved to the the camp at the ruins of Hive Tertius.
Later in the day, Korvac undergoes surgery to repair grievous burns and cuts suffered on his mission.
Feb. 26 008.M42
With Adramalech's ploy to bomb Hive Secundus having fallen apart, the Imperials are on the verge of uncovering the Underbrunner tunnel at the ruins of Hive Tertius. - A tunnel which will lead them to the 'BelahRill'; the Glittering Path of Bifrost and eventually to the Snow Leopard's lost underground fortress.
Adramalech cannot let the Imperials win the race to reach the ancient Machine-Spirit however, for if they do, they may very well locate the Snowglobe before he does and trap his power-centre, his 'Heart of Winter', within it forever.
So, to ensure the Imperials do not get to 'The Ice Cave of the Snow Leopard' first, Adramalech opens two Webway Portals from his lair to the dig site of the Imperials at Hive Tertius. He then launches an Apocalyptic Battle-Force of Traitor Guard, lead by Brigadier Causidicus, and Dalencius' Fellmarines leading the speartip.
It is not long before both sides have thousands of men engaged in a mighty battle among the snow covered ruins of Hive Tertius; but the Traitors are not the only ones with Astartes support and as war rages around them, Morg leads his Legio Terminators into battle alongside General Alexandra Storm Hawkin Frost and Camp Commander Steel of the Imperial Guard.
The two powerful forces clash together in a mighty battle as earthquakes shake the very foundations of the earth. The Imperials will need to destroy the Eldar Portal-generator that is being used to transport Adramalech's men, before too many of them get through and overrun the Imperial forces. In the mean time the Imperials must also hold out long enough for the Bloodied Scion to move into position and deliver Imperial support from orbit.
In the end a major battle has been fought with earthquakes, airstrikes, psychic attacks, planes crashing, tanks flying, desperate men struggling one on one and hundreds of men going at it with guns and worse. Morg defeats the Chaos Marines of the enemy and shuts down their portals. General Storm has a battle of wits with the traitor-side's counter part of herself, before having a sniper team take him down.
The Imperials win but are delayed even further as the entryway to the Underbrunner tunnel collapses. Air lifts, reinforcements and medevacs appear, and then once it is all over, both Storm and Morg can rest knowing that they have done their duty well.
Feb. 27 008.M42
Still lost in snowy lands of ice, former Crusade Commander Alexander Holus finds he has begun seeing things and is doubting his sanity, but he keeps walking anyway, trying to follow a swarm of apparitions he can glimpse in the distance. Eventually he can see the same naked Eldar he has seen many times before in the distant snow, but this time the mysterious Eldar waves for him to follow. The Eldar leads him ever onward through snow, ice and fog, to a steep hill, and once Holus has climbed the hill he stands on the top of a cliffside, looking out onto a shimmering majestic hive city. - Civilization at last! - Holus turns to thank the mysterious Eldar, but to his surprise finds that the Eldar is nowhere to be found.
Having captured one of the infiltrators that tried to assassinate Storm and Morg at Hive Tertius, Codicer Korvac interrogates the man unto death, but has little luck in extracting much info.
Clean-up of the Hive Tertius battle ground and ruins is begun. Over a thousand Imperials are put in to complete this work in record breaking time.
The enemy bodies are gathered up outside the Hive Tertius ruins, where they are purged, blessed by imperial priests and flown away to be dumped into the Hvergelmir Lavaflow River. - In addition to this a mobile army surgery hospital is set up at the Hive Tertius ruins.
Inquisitor Smith inserts Camp Commander Steel as the Imperial Guard Commander in General Storm's absence.
Feb. 28 008.M42
Awakening from his psychic reverie two days after the battle for Hive Tertius, Adramalech finds his men in uproar and in a state of war. Many of their numbers have broken away into rebel forces that battle their numbers from within. Not accepting such behaviour, Adramalech uses his psychic powers to halt the battles and confusion, and to bring as many of the men as possible back to his cause. Then he orders his loyal men to slaughter the rest.
Crusade Commander Bannister loses himself in a dream while visiting Morg and Storm in the infirmary onboard the Bloodied Scion. He is awoken by Morg and after some friendly banter, Inquisitor Smith arrives to give them a situation report, insisting that he has been to the nonexistent hospital shop to get bananas. – The eccentric Inquisitor then gives them a situation update.
The Imperial Fleet has detected another blip the long range scanners, just beyond the sun.
Feb. 29 008.M42
Nestir V's new Imperial governor is ready to take over the mainstay of civil matters at Nestir V.
Mar. 01 008.M42
Fearing that their location may be known to the Imperials, Adramalech's army is packing to move to new a new location.
Adramalech also receives a report that one of the three Webway portals they have been using to drain Promethium from the basins of the underworld has collapsed, but that his off-world allies are receiving all the Promethium he is sending, and that his secret Hrud army is working overtime to complete the project, eager to reclaim their old realm. At the first portal's collapse, Adramalech's Promethium draining project is at 98% completion.
Later in the day another portal also collapses, leaving the traitors with but one portal and they shut it down to preserve it for their future plans.
Adramalech sends a scout force out of the underworld, to set up a hidden safe base of operations on the surface.
The lost Guardian Angels Scouts Soner and Advivo, relocate the enemy stronghold they escaped from earlier, and from a distance, they scout it out for a few days.
Mar. 02 008.M42
Adramalech commands the Chaos Fleet to begin their journey to return to Nestir V.
Back in Adramalech's far away moon, rebuilt to be used as a miniature Craftworld for his Eldar Pirate Fleet, Dannan'Ra, his trusted lieutenant Yana Orkan brings with him Adramalech's order for the Chaos and Eldar Pirate Fleets to go to war.
Mar. 03 008.M42
The last of the Webway portals used to empty Nestir V's main western Promethium basins finally collapses, shutting Nestir V off to the Dannan'Ra "Craftworld", and effectively stopping the Promethium draining project in that part of Nestir V. If Adramalech and his Chaos forces wish to continue stealing Nestir V's Promethium reserves, they will be forced to retake the planet's hives. - Even so Adramalech's own agenda for draining the Promethium out of the Deeper Dark of the main western Promethium basins is almost complete and he almost has a way to reach the subterranean Fort of the Snow Leopard.
Adramalech's forces finally begin their long march out of the underworld and back onto Nestir V's surface. In the mean time his secret Hrud army also evacuate the caves and halls along their own secret underground routes, to go to safe chambers only they know about.
Mar. 04 008.M42
Adramalech's human army finally reaches the surface of Nestir V, after having passed through and sealed protective gate after protective gate leading into their underground fort. Clad in snow camo and equipped with both camo-netting and Holofield projectors graciously supplied by their Pirate Eldar allies they hope to stay concealed from the orbiting surveillance systems and long range patrols of the Imperials, long enough to carry out their mission. On snow bikes, All Terrain Tracked Carriers and skis, the traitor army rushes away from the now concealed gates to the Underworld. Adramalech also ensures to conceal his army's tracks.
The Imperials are undergoing a daily briefing on the progress of their search for Adramalech's forces, when alarms go off. Inquisitor Rugajov onboard the Numenov, has detected a wide range heat plume spreading throughout a huge continental area along the planet's western hemisphere and the effect is titanic enough to be causing turbulent atmospheric changes in that part of the planet. In shocked amazement it dawns on the Imperials that Adramalech and his Chaos forces have ignited the Promethium fields throughout the western hemisphere of Nestir V.
The Imperials realize that with the subterranean Promethium fields on fire, Hive Primus and Hive Secundus may be in danger, as the fires may spread explosively through the planet's Promethium and gas pipeline grid. With the planetwide Machine Spirit Snow Leopard still offline, safety measures to stop the spread of the fires may not be in place.
Crusade Commander Bannister orders a manual shut-down of the hives, as well as an evacuation of all high risk areas. Then the order is given for the hives to go to threat level yellow while an emergency evacuation airwing is prepared for each of the cities.
Commander Steel's dig teams at the Hive Tertius ruins are evacuated. Xavier, Hakon and Melxis prepare Astartes Strike Teams that are ready to go on a moment's notice. Canoness Arcadion prepares her forces to control civil unrest. Then surveillance planes, satellites and the Bloodied Scion are all brought into the planet's western hemisphere to keep an eye on the situation.
Having scouted out an enemy fort entrance for days, lost Guardian Angels Scouts Soner and Advivo begin their long struggle of a journey to get back to civilization with their report.
Mar. 07 008.M42
The Imperials continue their search for Adramalech's forces, but with smoke and vapour pouring into the atmosphere, visibility is an issue, so further ground based searches in the western hemisphere are called off. - Despite advanced searches both from orbit and on the ground, the Imperials have found no trace of Adramalech's forces.
Both the planet's hive cities are safe from the burning Promethium fields, but uninformed, scared and distrustful, the population of the cities have begun panicking; so the new planetary Governor has petitioned the Imperials to aid her forces in taking control of the situation.
General Storm is back in duty after her stay in the infirmary, and she is taking over Imperial Guard command from Commander Steel. She and her Imperial Guard will aid the Imperial Governor's forces in restoring order to the panicking populace of the world's two hive cities.
Aside from the Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, the whole of the Hive Tertius ruins digsite has been evacuated. Atmospheric cleansers have kept the hospital going and now the smoke and clouds in the area is clearing up. The Imperials expect to fully resume their operations in the area in a day or two.
Riots in Hive Secundus are getting out of hand again, and so Inquisitor Rugajov of Ordo Hereticus, sets out to lead Legio militia forces, the Arbites and PDF forces within Hive Secundus, to secure the Pax Imperialis.
The two missing Guardian Angels Scouts that were lost in icy caverns several days ago, flee the flames of the Promethium Hell that erupted when the Underworld burned.
With everything melting around them, they two Scouts finally escape the ice caverns and make it back to the surface.
Mar. 08 008.M42
The smoke screen over the western hemisphere of Nestir V has begun to lift, clearly indicating that the Promethium fields in the western hemisphere have, as the Imperials suspected, been nearly entirely emptied by Adramalech's forces.
The workers at the Hive Tertius ruins digsite finally uncover the Underbrunner tunnel.
In light of these news, General Storm, Inquisitor Rugajov, Lord Hakon Greymane, Brother Codicier Korvac, Inquisitor Smith, Captain Drako Kinghorn and a score of their warriors and serfs return from orbit to oversee the last efforts of the operation.
Entering the Underbrunner and descending the two kilometre long ice tunnel, the Imperials reach the Chamber of the Yggdrasil. Then they begin searching the huge chamber trying to find a way to activate the Webway portal, to activate its lights and solve its mysterious puzzles.
Eventually they solve the puzzles of the chamber and are presented with an opportunity to use the Webway Portal "BelahRill", "The Glittering Path of Bifrost". To do so however, they need a key. The key lies in the combination of both the sword of General Storm, and that of her brother, or in having an Eldar ally to open the gate. They do not have both swords or an Eldar ally however and disappointed, the Imperials are forced to walk away.
Downtrodden with defeat, General Storm returns to Hive Secundus in the hopes that she can use her own sword's powers to track down her brother's sword as well. She also tells the other Imperial leaders that their awakening of the ancient BelahRill Portal may have alerted Eldar forces which are sure to come to investigate.
Adramalech plans for his forces to split up in order to make them harder to find.
While he goes to transverse the Deeper Dark of the Underworld with his Hrudii and Astartes army. One of his traitor guard forces heads out across the open snow plains of Nestir V, in an attempt to reach one of the old pirate forts of the Kea mountain-range. An even larger force heads for their former subterranean caves, where they intend to re-establish their old tent cities. Adramalech expects his human forces to gathered together again at a later time, but is uncertain as to when that will be.
Back in their main cavern fort, Adramalech's army is ready to depart and go their separate ways; each to its own cause and mission. Before setting out however, Adramalech holds a long and stirring speech to lift up the hearts and hopes of his army.
Unknown to his army though, Adramalech's many and uplifting words about giving his people freedom and power, while crushing the Imperium, overthrowing the Emperor and the Lords of Terra, and giving Humanity Eternal Peace, has a hidden meaning, for the speech is really about the death of humanity and returning his people, the Eldar, to power.
Mar. 09 008.M42
With one faction of Adramalech's human army heading for the over-ground Eldar Pirate Fort of the Kea mountain range, and one faction remaining behind to guard their greatest underground fort and tent city; Adramalech takes his Ulfenhedner elites, his Astartes forces, Ambull, and his Hrud army into the dangerous tunnels of The Deeper Dark. As they journey through the tunnels on their way towards the centre of the planet and the Fort of the Snow Leopard, Adramalech looses himself in thought, while mentally going over his plans. - Soon the Chaos and Eldar Pirate Fleets will return to bring havoc to the Imperials and to bring reinforcements and supplies to Adramalech's ground based troops.
Then, miles behind them, his human army carry out their orders and detonate massive explosive charges, bringing thousands of tons of rock and earth down to block off the path of Adramalech and his men. Now no one can follow then into the tunnels, but also, they have but one way to go. Forward.
The unrest and all signs of an uprising in Hive Secundus, are finally ended when Inquisitor Rugajov leads Legio forces, Arbites and PDF forces against a secret cult of Chaos worshippers within Hive Secundus. In a hive block battle the Imperials eventually utterly destroys them.
Mar. 10 008.M42
Inquisitor Smith and Captain Melxis go to Hive Secundus to help poor, parentless and homeless children there. At the same time Inquisitor Smith also goes to aid General Storm in her work to relocate Jokul Rosin's mighty sword 'Rillie-Tageth'. With Inquisitor Smith's help and blessings, General Storm also tries to contact the Lugganath Eldar Craftworld, hoping that their insight can be of help to the Imperial Crusade. They have no success in doing so.
Mar. 11 008.M42
The missing Guardian Angels Scouts, Soner and Advivo, are picked up, frozen, famished and utterly exhausted, among the Kea mountain range. They are given aid and then debriefed. Based on their reports, Operation Permafrost, the Imperials' mighty strike against what they believe to be Adramalech's final stronghold, is planned out.
General Alexandra Storm Hawkin Frost sets out on daily flight expeditions using her psychic powers, meditative training, and her sword, Isa's quantum entanglement lock on its twin Haegl, to try and locate her brother's lost sword on the surface of Nestir V.
Mar. 12 008.M42
Operation Permafrost is initiated, and the major battle against what the Imperials believe to be Adramalech's final stronghold, is fought out.
The battle involves the Imperial Fleet. Especially the Bloodied Scion and the Doom's Herald, as well as landing craft, and aircraft aplenty. It also involved Crusade Commander Bannister; Captain Drako Kinghorn, Chaplain Gaius, XO. Lennox, Apothecary Sergio, Spymaster Umbra Proeliator, the Scouts Soner and Advivo, Tech-Marine Dominicus, and Dreadnought Rehab of the Guardian Angels; Commander Steel of the Imperial Guard, alongside his infantry and mechanized companies; Justicar Borroleth of the Grey Knights; Redemptor Chaplain Sigrdrifa of the Angels of Destruction; Captain Cruento Manus of the Bloodied Hand; Brother Captain Cyprian and Brother Codicer Korvac of the Legio, as well as the venerable Legio Vindicator 'Infernalis Redemptor. It involves thousands of men, lots of tanks, walkers, bikes, artillery, aircraft and more.
Throughout the day, the Imperials carry the torch of war to the gates of the enemy. They start by advancing on the enemy fort from above ground and break down its gates. Then they head over nine kilometres into the Underworld, battling the enemy every step of the way. Traps, gas, minefields, explosions, heavy fire, and desperate close combat follows.
Mar. 13 008.M42
The Operation Permafrost Battle continues and the main chamber of the fort is finally breached. The battle between the Imperials and the Traitor Forces escalates, but eventually the Imperials stand victorious.
After the battle, interrogation of captured enemy units is carried out by the Imperial Guard Commissariat. They learn the truth of Adramalech's journey into the deeper tunnels of the planet, as well as of his force moving overground towards the secret Eldar Pirate fort in the Kea mountain-range.
Later in the day, Inquisitor Smith and Captain Melxis return from their trip to Hive Secundus, where they, on the request of the new Planetary Governor, have helped out a civilian program seeking to aid children in need of help.
Briefing after the Operation Permafrost Battle is made onboard the Bloodied Scion.
Here it is made clear that neither Adramalech, nor any of his Captains were found in the operation, but that interrogated prisoners have revealed that Adramalech and those closest to him have gone into the deeper tunnels of Nestir V, collapsing the tunnels behind themselves.
As the day draws to a close, the Guardian Angels Scouts Soner and Advivo undergo a ceremony that makes them into full battle Brothers, for their efforts in making Operation Permafrost possible.
Mar. 14 -17 008.M42
Sporadic battles are fought between straggler units of Adramalech's army, both above and below ground. These battles are mere skirmishes with little more than two hundred men fighting in the largest of the battles. - For the most part the battles are fought by the Imperial Guard, with only minor effort being needed from the Astartes of the Legio, lead by Brother Captain Cyprian, formerly of the Infernals Chapter.
Mar. 15 008.M42
Captain Eutronus Amorphous and his Sons of Doom locate and engage Adramalech's Traitor Guard Force heading for the old Eldar Pirate Fort of "Occasus Niveus Montis". The Sons overtake the five hundred strong traitor force on the snowy Occassus plains and engage them in battle.
After a short battle, most of the exhausted traitors are defeated and The Sons of Doom mop up. Prisoners are taken and these soon reveal the approximate location they were heading towards. Receiving this report, the Legio decide to locate and scout it out.
Mar. 16 008.M42
Flown to "Occasus Niveus Montis" in Storm Eagles, Captain Cyprian's Legio forces search the mountainside for hours before locating the entrance to the old Eldar Pirate Fort. They find the place abandoned and that is has been unused, probably for hundreds of years. The place holds tens of thousands of Ork skulls however, and Cyprian decides it is worth scouting out the depth of the fort itself. After hours of mapping and scouting it out, they have uncovered that the place in truth is an ancient, buried Space Hulk that likely crashed on Nestir V at least five hundred years ago. – The Imperials eventually decide the place holds nothing of interest to the current Crusade, but record the place for further exploration at a later time.
Mar. 18 008.M42
Chaplain Lycan and his Space Wolves are needed to take down a particularly well defended bunker complex. After the complex is taken, captured prisoners "willingly" reconfirm the info that Adramalech and the mainstay of his forces, have moved into the "Deeper Dark" of the Nestir V underground, and that he and his army is heading for the Fort of the Snow Leopard.
Mar. 20 008.M42
An Eldar Pirate Fleet appears from behind the far side of the sun of Nestir, revealed by a small transport class Imperial ship lead by 'Incompertus Ferratus', seconded to the Legio from the 'Astral Ravens'. Onboard they carry 300 Sororitas of the Order of the Blessed Damsel, that have been sent as a support unit for the Imperial Crusade.
Upon jumping into the Nestir V system, the ship was attacked by the hidden Eldar Pirate Fleet and limping towards the Imperial Fleet, the ship gives warning of the impending enemy attack. From Ferratus of the Legio, the Imperials learn that the Eldar Fleet is commanded by an Eldar by the name of Ard-Iadanna.
The Imperial Fleet goes into full battle readiness and the Nestir V Orbital Defence Network, is brought online at 82% capacity. - Still not fully repaired after the original invasion.
On the ground, the cities fire up their Void Shields and the whole planet is put into combat readiness mode.
Mar. 24 008.M42
Much slower than expected. the Eldar Pirate Fleet has been steadily approaching Nestir V and the Imperial Fleet for days. Then out of nowhere, the Chaos Fleet jumps back into orbit above Nestir V, much closer than is normally safe.
The largest fleet battle the Crusade has seen is set into motion as ships battle ships, swarms of fighter craft battle each other, the planetary defensive network is brought online and even the Hive Cities of Nestir V take part in the battle with ancient ion cannons.
The Traitors loose seven escort ships during their opening strike; trading them for three defensive satellites and a single Imperial escort. Yet it matters little, for they succeed in teleporting onboard Chaos Marine forces, including some of the Chaos Captains, that will aid them more directly in the full on assault.
Between the Chaos and Pirate Eldar Fleet, the Imperial Fleet seems outmatched, but then out of nowhere, huge Eldar Webway portals appear and the fleet of the small Eldar Craftworld Lugganath appears. At first the Imperials think they are faced with yet another enemy, but then a Warlock named Fir Dinillainn announces to them that they are there on behalf of General Storm. To honour an age old alliance they have come in aid of the Imperials' mission.
The space battle carries on, but soon Captain Aedan Radek's Chaos ship the "Furor Securis" makes a run for the main western orbital defensive network's control hub. If the control hub falls, the Imperial will be at a serious disadvantage and the Chaos forces may indeed get a foothold over Nestir V again.
Canoness Ophelia Arcadion and nearly five hundred Adepta Sororitas defend their ship and the hub however, and they have no intention of letting it fall to the Chaos forces. When Radek and his Chaos Marines board their ship and the defensive hub, a great battle breaks out between the two forces.
The Sons of Doom's support ship, the "Fury of Auton" is also sent in to support Arcadion's ship, but is forced to sacrifice itself when Radek's "Furor Securis" opens fire on Arcadion's ship.
After a long and bloody battle, Radek eventually slays Canoness Ophelia Arcadion, while his Khornite Berserkers and other Chaos Marines have laid waste to a large portion of her forces. The last thing the Canoness does is to send a signal for the reminder of her forces to abandon ship.
Returning to his own ship, Radek orders Ophelia’s ship, The Blessed Damsel, destroyed with melta charges that cause a chain reaction in the ship's plasma drives.
The rippling shock wave of The Blessed Damsel tears the defence-hub to shreds and destroys close to a hundred defence satellites, as well as most of the escaping Adepta Sororitas escape pods and troop carriers. Then, as the control hub comes apart, all across the western hemisphere, the satellite defence network goes dead.
With the western Orbital Defence Control Station destroyed, the western hemisphere of Nestir V's heavens now belong to the Chaos Fleet.
In another part of the battle, traitor forces set up explosives within Nestir V's asteroid ring, hoping to use asteroids as a makeshift barrage of rock and flames against the Imperials. On one of the asteroids, almost large enough to be called a moon, the 44th Autonian Imperial Guard Regiment engages the traitors in an uncustomary space suited infantry battle; but the traitors are supported by Eldar pirates and Autonian’s are forced to fall back.
Asteroids rain in on the Imperial Fleet and only a massive shift in firepower sees the asteroid barrage halted. Confusion reigns and the enemies of the Imperium have more time to move properly into position. A few meteors even strike the surface of Nestir V; some of them with enough force to count as nuclear strikes.
A major Chaos attack is launched on the Bloodied Scion and Justicar Borroleth and his Grey Knights, are forced to repel borderers when a demon host makes it onboard. Beyond that, the Firestorm Frigate: "Lux Astrum Phoenix", of the Guardian Angels, is able to destroy most of the Cultist assault boats before reaching the Bloodied Scion.
Inquisitor Rugajov of Ordo Hereticus meets with heavy resistance as he leads a "Night Hawk Fury Interceptor" and "Imperial Starhawk Bomber" squadrons against the enemy. Under Rugajov's command the fighters defeat enemy strike-craft squadrons before crippling the Chaos ship 'Caenargeon'.
After this, Rugajov takes control of the 'Goldfield Voyager' and leads thousands of civilian workers that had been working on the defence network, out of harm's way.
Redemptor-Chaplain Sigrdrifa and Captain Cruento Manus' forces see little action as they continue to hold the northern orbital defence network control hub
During the time-span of a few hours, hundreds of other heroic battles are fought out in battlegrounds both large and small throughout Nestir V's orbit; but by the end of it, the Chaos forces again have a foothold over Nestir V's western hemisphere.
Both sides settle down to regroup and carry out much needed repairs in geo-stationary orbit in over either side of the planet. Chaos and the Eldar Pirates in the west, and the Imperials with their Lugganath Eldar allies to the east and towards Nestir V's Polar Regions.
Mar. 25 008.M42
Concealed from Imperial augers by cloaking systems that make the ship seem like an Imperial freighter, the Validus Justica, Battle Barge of the Fellmarines hangs over Nestir V, having returned from its long absence alongside the rest of Adramalech's hired fleet.
Skirmish battles break out between Chaos and Imperial fighter planes, bombers and interceptors, both in orbit and in the skies of Nestir V.
Most of Adramalech's Captains teleport out of the Underworld of Nestir V, but Adramalech himself is forced to continue towards the Fort of the Snow Leopard on foot; only to be kept company by hid Hrud army in the dark.
Mar. 26 008.M42
Having returned to his ship, The Consultant of Mayhem, in orbit around Nestir V, Apoc Everkill finds he can't remember the last battle he was in, but his Power Armour has been damaged and he thinks about using a new one from among the ones he has stolen on Nestir V. He considers a suit of armour from the Guardian Angels Chapter, but is uncertain if they are worthy. - With the aid of one of his cloned subjects, he begins looking for a suitable suit of armour to replace his own.
The skirmish battles between Chaos and Imperial fighter planes, bombers and interceptors, both in orbit and in the skies of Nestir V continue.
A few daring raids on the Hive Cities are made by Chaos bombers and recognizance fighters, but the mighty Void shields and anti-air-defences of the cities have no problem keeping the enemies at bay.
The Hive Cities of Nestir V start freezing as all available power generated by the cities themselves are channelled into the mighty Void shields of the cities. The streets grow cold, but people keep their houses warm with Promethium, hot food, drink and booze. – In Hive Secundus more unrest flairs up again.
Mar. 27 008.M42
The skirmish battles in Nestir V's orbit and skies still continue, and another couple of daring raids are made on the Hive Cities by Chaos bombers and recognizance fighters; but again the cities have no problem keeping the enemies at bay.
There are a few confrontations on the ground before Hive Secundus and the Hive Tertius ruins as well, but here the Imperials are superior in holding these areas, so the few Chaos forces that dared venture there do not try again.
Mar. 28 008.M42
The skirmish battles in Nestir V's orbit and skies still continue, as both forces seek to gain valuable intel or weak spots on the enemy. Raids are attempted against ships through the atmosphere, but these are all lost causes.
The Imperials have lost all control over what is happening deep within the western hemisphere of Nestir V, and so they send a reckon mission sent there to try and gauge out some intel. The expedition is lost.
The riots in Hive Secundus spill over into the streets and the Arbites, have a field day cleaning up the mess.
Inquisitor Rugajov instates a curfew in Hive Secundus to ensure that order is kept and that people won't freeze to death in the streets at night.
Mar. 29 008.M42
The skirmish battles in Nestir V's orbit and skies still continue.
General Storm finally locates a clue as to where her brother's arcane sword may be. She believes it to be in the Hvergelmir Lavaflow River and plans an expedition to go there and retrieve it.
Mar. 30 008.M42
The skirmish battles in Nestir V's orbit and skies still continue, but have become less frequent by now.
Mar. 31 008.M42
By now the skirmish battles in Nestir V's orbit and skies have almost died down.
Meeting for talks with an Lugganath ambassador, Inquisitor Smith and General Storm cement an alliance between themselves and the Lugganath Eldar.
General Storm reveals to Inquisitor Smith that she is pregnant, and Smith in turn reveals this to Inquisitor Rugajov.
Apr. 01 008.M42
Inquisitor Rugajov takes Smith out for a few drinks at "Tipsy McStagger's pub", in "the Maewyn Succat Pub Crawl street". - At "Tipsy McStagger's", the two find Chaplain Lycan's Space Wolf Warband and tell them that the Wolves will be going on a mission with General Storm, to recover the Sword "Rillie-Tageth" from the Hvergelmir Lavaflow River.
Apr. 02 008.M42
General Storm and the Space Wolves have left Hive Secundus and are on their way to the Hvergelmir, when Storm uses her own blade, Yirrik-Zhai, to track the blade of her brother, Rillie-Tageth.
Deep beneath the crust of the earth, Adramalech senses the link grow stronger and he uses his psychic might to learn more about the phenomenon. Torturing Jokul's soul, he learns of the true power of Yirrik-Zhai and Rillie-Tageth. Now knowing that the swords can destroy him, he needs to recover Rillie-Tageth before the Imperials, but being stuck in the Deeper Dark he calls to his loyal Chaos Fleet, intending to send the Berserker Lord Cryus Crom to retrieve the blade for him.
While General Storm's task force heads for the Hvergelmir Lavaflow River, the Chaos Fleet launches a surprise attack on the Imperials. A mighty fleet battle once more erupts over Nestir V, while over a thousand flyers of different sorts battle each other in the skies above the planet's Hive Cities.
This is all a distraction however, allowing Cryus Crom's Strike Cruiser, the "Strages", to go into low orbit and teleport Crom and his Terminator retinue into the Hvergelmir chasm.
At the Hvergelmir, General Storm's task force, guarded by Chaplain Lycan's Space Wolves, set up gravitic lifters to retrieve their prize, when Crom's Berserkers suddenly attack. Lycan and his Wolves engage, while General Storm's non-combatant units retreat alongside her bodyguards and herself.
A short but brutal battle explodes into action below Storm's position as the Berserkers and the Wolves engage each other in battle. Unfortunately Lycan's Space Wolves are no match for the crazed Berserkers and Storm soon finds herself falling back to be air-lifted away from the Battle Field.
Soon after, Lord Greymane's Space Wolves, backed up by Melxis' Iron Bears appear in Thunderhawks, but already having retrieved Rillie-Tageth, Crom and his men have teleported back onboard the Strages.
With their victory secured, the Chaos Fleet withdraws back to its side of the planet, and still too damaged to follow, the Imperial Fleet is forced to hold its defensive position, while even greater parts of the Lugganath Eldar's Fleet is forced to withdraw due to the Fleet's devastated state.
Apr. 03 008.M42
General Storm and her retinue have finally returned to Hive Secundus.
In a state of sadness, General Storm again starts to try and retrace her brother's mighty sword, for without both it and her own 'Yirrik-Zhai' the Imperials cannot hope to destroy Adramalech.
Apr. 09 008.M42
Inquisitors Smith and Rugajov's program to help the poor of Nestir V is finally bearing fruits. A huge shelter has been built in Hive Primus. Food, clothes, toys, money and information has been acquired for the war torn people of Nestir V. Families are being reunited and orphaned children had begun to find new families thanks to the project. The project also helps lessen crime in the cities and provides newfound stability, as well as a valuable workforce for city restoration.
In Hive Primus Smith also set up a toy manufacturing facility several weeks back, to get people off the streets and bring some joy into the lives of the young. One of the favoured toy products is a line of soft teddy bears, partly glad in what resembles polished, silvery power armour. These bears are called "Iron Bears", as a homage to the Iron Bears Space Marine Chapter.
Apr. 10 008.M42
During his evenings, Inquisitor Smith goes into harsh negotiations with the Eldar ambassador and leader. The Warlock Fir Dinillainn of Craftworld Lugganath.
Smith hopes to convince the Lugganath to stay and continue to aid the Imperials. He also hopes the Eldar will aid them in reaching the Fort of the Snow Leopard before Adramalech and tries to convince the Eldar to let the Imperials move Battle Forces through the Webway. Naturally the Eldar of Lugganath are reluctant to agree.
Apr. 12 008.M42
The Imperials arrange a special day when teams of eight Landspeeders and a Thunderhawk laden with toys, food and cloths is set up in both hive cities to deliver presents to those in need.
The Lugganath Eldar agree to continue having a Fleet presence within the Nestir V system. Seeing that the Eldar are opening up, Inquisitor Smith continues to press the Warlock Fir Dinillainn for Craftworld Lugganath's aid.
Apr. 13 - 15 008.M42
Continuing his negotiations with Warlock Fir Dinillainn, Inquisitor Smith finally convinces the Eldar of Lugganath that the Chaos threat to the Fort of the Snow Leopard is very real and that the Adramalech the demigod may yet again be unleashed upon an unsuspecting galaxy. - Together the Imperials and the leaders of the Lugganath begin planning their operation to reach the Fort of the Snow Leopard through the Webway.
Apr. 15 008.M42
The new planetary government is moved to Hive Primus where they can better assess the situation of the most heavily damaged of the planet's two Hive Cities.
Preparations are undertaken for Battle Forces from the Legio, the Guardian Angels, the Grey Knights, the Sororitas, the Imperial Guard and the Lugganath Eldar, to move through the Bifrost Gateway, to reach the Fort of the Snow Leopard.
It is now clear to both factions that securing the Fort, opening it and reactivating the Snow Leopard is paramount in their plan to relocate the lost Snowglobe artefact; 'Bionnearan Ra-iok Hasoi Tonesh Carrecenad', and with it imprison and destroy Adramalech for good.
At the same time, Adramalech's Hrud army has finally reached the outer caves that lead to the Fort of the Snow Leopard, deep within Nestir V's hollow core. Here they begin setting up portal and teleportation equipment that will be used to get Adramalech and his forces into the area.
Apr. 16 008.M42
Having tired of his ship, Apoc Everkill decides to take a trip down to the surface of Nestir V, to test out his new armour and to enjoy the cold and the wind.
While here a messenger from Adramalech summons him back to join the other Chaos Captains, but Everkill feels insulted and takes it out on the unsuspecting Word Bearer that delivers Adramalech's message. Finally however, Everkill is intrigued by Adramalech's orders and decides to return after all.
After the mysterious naked Eldar showed him the way towards a Hive City, former Crusade Captain Alexander Holus took days to make his way down the mountain, from where he had seen it. Plagued by loneliness, extreme hunger, a feeling of numb apathy, black outs and an inability to perform complex tasks, Holus then spends even more days trudging across snowy plains before finally reaching the city's outer walls.
Once there he goes on to search the outer walls for a way in, while still blacking out more often than not. The finally on the morning of this day, he finds a way in.
As the Imperials prepare to leave for the Underbrunner at the Hive Tertius Ruins, Adramalech finally steps through the portal that takes him to the caverns leading to the Fort of the Snow Leopard. On his command the Chaos and Pirate Eldar Fleets once more move into position and strike at the Imperials and their Lugganath allies.
General Storm's Imperial ground forces and the Eldar of Lugganath are air-ferried from Hive Secundus to the Hive Tertius ruins.
A dozen of Adramalech's loyal low level sorcerers sacrifice their very souls to denizens of the Warp in order to find out where they must direct their attack to secure victory. The answer is for them to destroy the hidden orbital defence grid control hub, which is guarded by a ship called Ursa Minor.
Onboard the Ursa Minor, Captain Melxis and his Iron Bears stand ready to defend the control hub to the last. On the Chaos side however, Lord Captain Belial Neigorath and his Legionnaires are tasked with taking down the defence network.
Following a bit of trash talk, a short ship to ship battle sees the Ursa Minor taking a beating and Neigorath's Terminators strike at the Ursa Minor's bridge. Here a fire fight erupts as The Iron Bears and the bridge's defenders open fire on the Chaos intruders. The Terminators seem nigh on unstoppable however and the fire fight soon turns into a desperate close quarters battle.
Eventually the Chaos forces leave the bridge of the Ursa Minor in shambles. Melxis and his Iron Bears are defeated, and Melxis awakes only to find his neck is broken and that he is paralyzed. Neigorath mocks him and puts the proud Iron Bears Captain into the Captains Chair, where he rigs things up so that Melxis himself will be forced to set the ship on a collision course with Hive Primus. Then Neigorath's Terminator Teams move on to other targets.
In the larger picture, the Lugganath Eldar Fleet has fled after taking heavy damage. The orbital defensive network has fallen and the Imperial Fleet has been forced into a fighting retreat from Nestir V.
During this same time, the Imperials' exploratory team seeking to secure the Fort of the Snow Leopard have reached the Hive Tertius Ruins and are moving through the Lugganath controlled Webway Gate to reach it. Unknown to them however, Adramalech's forces have already been moving into the region of the subterranean fort, and have started searching the cavern around the fort itself for a way in. Just as they are searching, the chamber, the Imperials appear through the "BelahRill" Webway Portal and start securing the ground around it.
Having been notified about the intrusion of the Imperials into the cave housing the Fort of the Snow Leopard, Apoc Everkill orders his force into hiding, while Lord Sullanum and Harok Tal's forces flank the Imperials in the gloom of the cavern, to take them by surprise. Only Everkill’s force is armed with ranged weapons, so getting close to the Imperials before launching an attack is essential. - Also, in the gloom of the cavern's outer reaches, Adramalech's secret Hrud army is moving in for the kill.
Lord Sullanum uses his vile sorceries to hide their advance, but the sharp senses of the Grey Knights lift the veil of magic and soon a terrible battle erupts.
On the Imperial side, the Eldar forces of Warlock Fir Dinillainn, Captain Cyprian's fast moving Legio bikers, General Storm and Inquisitor Smith's Imperial Guard forces, Justicar Borroleth’s Grey Knights, and Captain Amorphous' Sons of Doom.
On the Chaos side, Chaos Lord Adramalech's Hrud army, Apoc Everkill's Underhand Marines, Harok Tal's Marines and Lord Sullanum’s army of walking dead.
The Imperials open up on Sullanum’s zombies and quickly establish a strong perimeter around the "BelahRill" Webway Portal. While Imperial forces are moving through the gateway, Sullanum’s forces draw fire, while Harok Tal's forces attempt to sneak up to outflank the Imperials and to shut down the Webway gate.
The Grey Knights, Legio and Lugganath Eldar hold the left flank while the Imperial Guard, the Sororitas and the Sons of Doom move up on the right flank. This to Captain Amorphous' great dismay, as both his sworn enemies, Apoc Everkill and Lord Sullanum are located on the left flank.
The Imperial Guard is caught in an ambush and the Sons of Doom open fire in support. With this attack, the Imperial Guard convoy is stalled and the Imperials are unable to move any more forces through the Webway gate.
The front lines of the Imperials are overrun by Harok Tal's Battlegroup, and General Storm directs the Sororitas of Redemptor-Chaplain Sigrdrifa into the area. On the fiery wings of jump packs they move in to retaliate with steel and flame, but they also note that a new and unknown enemy begins to come at the Guard forces from the shadows. From on high, the Sororitas strike at the unknown enemy with explosives and flame, but then a mighty psychic attack is unleashed from Adramalech. Black flames of terror rage across the Imperial forces and their allies.
The Eldar, Grey Knights and Inquisitor Smith's forces stand shielded, but the Imperial Guardsmen are hit hard, and when the flames engulf Sigrdrifa's Sororitas, they fall from the sky, burning while being assaulted by fiery daemons of black flame. Still some of the Sororitas make it and by the Emperor's will they stand their ground.
A seemingly endless horde of shadow-like enemies descend on the right flank of the Imperials and strike at them from every direction. In light of this new enemy, the Sons of Doom are forced to fall back to within a forcefield that has been erected around the Webway gate. Then as more Imperial Guardsmen arrive in support, the Sons of Doom advance once more to try and support the front-line Sororitas and General Storm's Imperial Guard force.
Fighting their way through swarms of Hrud, they try to reach and engage Harok Tal's Chaos force. The two marine forces eventually clash, and a terrible close combat follows. Captain Amorphous is injured in the battle, before the forces are divided again, by the flow of Hrud Warriors.
In another part of the battle field, Lord Sullanum's undead army marches on the Webway Gate and are met with hundreds of Imperial Guardsmen that fire at them and rush their advancing numbers. Many of the Guardsmen are infected by a horrible disease that kills them on the spot and then reanimates them into Sullanum’s undead army. - Naturally many of the Guardsmen panic and flee at the sight of this.
In yet another part of the battle field, General Storm has arranged a makeshift fort out of vehicles and walkers. Held by Imperial Guardsmen and Eldar, this fort repels horde after horde of Hrudii, while Inquisitor Smith brings in even more reinforcements.
Then, from out of nowhere yet another Chaos force enters the fray as Cryus Crom's Berserkers rush into the Imperial Guardsmen guarding the Webway gate. Soon Imperial blood is raining across the battlefield.
Through all this carnage, Apoc Everkill opts to keep his men away from the fighting, seeing it more as entertainment for now.
Captain Cyprian and his veteran Legio bikers head off into the large cavern to gather intel, but they are soon set upon by Hrud and completely surrounded and cut off from any kind of support, they are caught in a terrible battle.
Harok Tal and his men take the time to kill a few Hrud as punishment for getting between his force and the Sons of Doom. The Hrud part before him and Harok Tal's force once more rush the Sons of Doom. Harok Tal and Captain Amorphous meet in single combat while the battle flows around them. Amorphous takes a devastating hit, but still keeps fighting.
Left behind at the Webway Gate, Justicar Borroleth's Grey Knights hold the gate as well as they can from the onrushing Hrud swarm. Determined to hold the gate, the Grey Knights are filled with righteous anger when the Lugganath Eldar shut it down, stranding the Imperial Spear tip with no hope of reinforcements. Shortly after this, Justicar Borroleth goes down under the press of Hrud bodies.
In yet another part of the battle field, Sigrdrifa's Sororitas are keeping the enemy at bay, desperately waiting for their backup to arrive.
The Warlock, Fir Dinillainn and his warriors of Craftworld Lugganath reach General Storm's makeshift fort, and side by side, Fir Dinillainn, General Storm, Inquisitor Smith and their soldiers hold the enemy at bay. - Even so, things are not looking good, as Lord Sullanum starts directing his undead army towards the fort of vehicles as well.
Having lost over half of their number, Justicar Borroleth and his Grey Knights finally fight off the Hrud attacking their position. Regrouping, they set out towards the right flank of the battle, hoping to aid the Sons of Doom there.
Marching up on the right flank, the Grey Knights come upon Sigrdrifa's Sororitas and aid them in battling even more Hrud warriors, when some of the Hrud suddenly explode in a bloody mess, to become Chaos Spawn. This sudden change takes the Hrud by surprise as much as the Imperials and together the Sororitas and the Grey Knights are able to defeat their nearby enemies, who flee into the shadows.
Together the Sororitas and Knights move out again, to support the Sons of Doom. Seeing that General Storm's fort of vehicles is about to be overrun by undead, The Grey Knights halt their advance however and open up on the undead army from afar. Sigrdrifa’s Sororitas on the other hand continue moving towards the hard pressed force of the Sons of Doom.
With their fort of vehicles about to be overrun by undead and Khorne Berserkers, General Storm calls for a retreat and relocation. Her men fall back inside the vehicles, which quickly move away for a better position. Bloodied and feeling down, General Storm, Inquisitor Smith and the Warlock Fir Dinillainn plan their next move within their fleeing Command Chimera. Storm reveals to the others that she has seen her brother's sword, "Rillie-Tageth" in the hands of the Berserker Lord that lead the assault on their position.
The Sons of Doom are being taken apart by Harok Tal's Chaos Marines and Captain Amorphous is down when Redemptor Chaplain Sigrdrifa and her Battle Sisters suddenly come to the rescue. Together, the Sororitas and the Sons of Doom catch Harok Tal's Chaos Marines in a cross fire and then together, Redemptor Chaplain Sigrdrifa and Captain Eutronus Amorphous end Harok Tal once and for all. Following this however, Sigrdrifa collapses due to blood loss and it is clear that most of her Sororitas are dying as well.
In the hillsides of the cavern's outer reaches, Justicar Borroleth and his remaining five Terminator Knights are surrounded by enemies. As honourable Grey Knights, they do not surrender or plea for their lives, instead they raise their swords in one last battle salute and march to their deaths against more than a thousand Hrud warriors.
While Justicar Borroleth and his Grey Knights march to their doom and the doom of hundreds of their enemies, the rest of the Imperial and Eldar forces gather at the location of the Sons of Doom, where Redemptor Chaplain Sigrdrifa's Sororitas made their last stand.
The vehicles of the Imperials and Eldar start forming their makeshift fort again and Captain Amorphous produces a flask of vine that he had been saving up for their victory at Nestir V. Popping the flask, Amorphous, Storm and Smith share a drink while preparing for an honourable last stand.
With their fort set up, the Imperials await the arrival of the Chaos forces once more. Then the slow moving army of Sullanum’s undead army appears out of the gloom. The Imperials and Eldar open up with everything they have and the army of dead walk into a wall of deadly projectiles.
Working mysterious Eldar magic, the Warlock, Fir Dinillainn reopens the "BelahRill" Webway Portal, but he opens it into a black hole. The gate stays open for but a split second, yet this is enough for the portal to swallow much of Sullanum’s undead army, to seriously harm Cryus Crom's battle force, and to leave the entire cavern of the Snow Leopard's Fort in disarray.
After this display of power, Sullanum and Crom are reluctant to be the first to advance again, and so they convince Apoc Everkill to lead the charge on the Imperial's makeshift caravan fort. Then just as Everkill's forces advance on the fort through a hailstorm of projectiles, the Webway portal opens again, and more Imperial Guard reinforcements arrive to attack the Chaos forces from behind.
The gate quickly closes and however, and Everkill's men are forced to battle the new Imperial Guard force as well.
At the same time the remainder of Captain Cyprian's Legio bikers return to the fray and engage the undead of Lord Sullanum, as well as the Chaos sorcerer himself. At great speed Captain Cyprian jumps with his bike and lands heavily on top of Sullanum himself, crushing the sorcerer's head in the process. With Sullanum’s destruction, all of his undead forces comes apart and shatter.
Everkill's battle force quickly finishes off the new Imperial Guard force, and takes pot shots at the Legio Bikers while the bikers rush away towards the makeshift caravan fort of the Imperials.
Left behind by the Legio, Everkill and Crom's forces advance on the makeshift fort of the Imperials and Eldar once more.
The Imperials are quick to deal with the open charge of Crom's berserkers, but as Everkill's Underhand warriors move in, they are once more supported by swarms of Hrud warriors, and the fire of the Imperials is divided.
Everkill's men and the Hrud swarm finally breach the Imperials' makeshift caravan fort and only Everkill himself remains out of the fight. Captain Amorphous calls him out however, and out of ammo, goes after him in close combat. A short battle follows, but soon Everkill has dealt with Captain Amorphous, who dies and collapses after having been pierced through by one of Everkill's lightning claws.
Within the caravan fort the remaining Imperials and Eldar make their last stand in an ever diminishing ring of warriors. Then, as he attempt to perform one last ritual of Eldar rune magic, Fir Dinillainn is possessed by a powerful daemon called a Soul devourer, and the Imperials and Eldar break apart while Everkill's men and the Hrud, taken by surprise, fall back from the huge monstrosity.
Inquisitor Smith reveals that the Soul Devourer is a very rare demon that can only be sated by an innocent soul, and that at the moment of feeding it is vulnerable. Knowing that only one soul in their midst is truly innocent, General Lady Alexandra Storm Hawkin Frost throws herself at the daemon, sacrificing the soul of her unborn child. At that moment the daemon is vulnerable and it is torn apart by massive fire, while Storm falls lifeless to the ground.
With the daemon gone, the Hrud once more blanket the Imperials. In the end, only Inquisitor Smith, driven mad with sorrow, and an unarmed Captain Cyprian of the Legio remain. Smith screams the gibbering phrases of a mad-man, and then the Hrud are upon them, covering them in ever increasing numbers.
Once the blanket of Hrud have fallen away from the caravan fort again, Apoc Everkill walks into it and is pleased to see that nothing remains of the Imperials; not even their bones.
All the while this last stand is taking place, panic breaks out in Hive Primus as the Imperial citizens there learn that the Nestirian Orbital Defence Network has fallen, that the Imperial Fleet is withdrawing, and that an Astartes class Strike Cruiser is heading on a collision course with the hive city.
The rich that can, flee the city in all sorts of flyers. People panic in the streets, pray in cathedrals, take cover in the Underhive or search out other areas of comfort as they await their death.
The new General of the Nestir V Planetary Defence Forces and the Planetary Governor are both caught in the streets of Hive Primus when the Strike Cruiser "Ursa Minor" finally hits home on Nestir V.
Hive Primus' Bell of Lost Souls tolls alongside every cloister bell in the city as the upper spires come crumbling down, and every soul in the city screams out in terror.
Deep in space, back onboard a war torn Bloodied Scion, Inquisitor Rugajov lays the cards of the Emperor's Tarot to try and catch a glimpse into the future of Nestir V. He lays down the first card. Death!