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Final Inspirational Friday - Legends of Chaos (until 11/9)

Inspirational Friday Inspirational Friday 2018

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I wrote and published this story four years ago, to go along with pictures of my then-newly painted second contemptor. I'm therefore not sure if it is eligible for the Inspirational Friday contest, but I wanted to share it anyway. smile.png


Edited by Augustus b'Raass, 23 March 2018 - 09:51 PM.

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Thanks for your entries in Inspirational Friday: Night Lords.

We had three fine entries, all great tales of the eighth legion.
Augustus gave us Salvage, a story of Night Lords discovering a space hulk and a treasure within. I liked that the tale was told from the point of view of a chapter serf legion slave, who was both very human and also showed talent that his posthuman masters lacked. The characterisation of the Lords was well done - I should probably admit now that I’m not particularly a fan of the Night Lords :D but at the same time I’ve only read about them in 30k novels, and the ‘edgy’ image they can have doesn’t interest me - which made it a pleasure to read.

The Voice in the Dark and All-Seeing Eye was Barabbas Sogalon’s contribution. A Night Lord sorcerer, and one who works in an indirect yet horrifying fashion! Lovely! I also liked that a blade hung above Yitzak’s head and he knew about it.

And Hushrong’s A Confession told us of Rohrt McTar’rl’s rise from Nostromo ganger to Night Lord, the retreat from Terra and the flight to the Eye (I particularly liked the talk about the other legions and how they had changed). And the coming of the Despoiler.

In closing: you’ve succeeded in getting me interested in trying the NL 40k books. :tu:

I hereby close that topic but if anyone has more stories on that theme, at any time, please post them here with a suitable title.


And here begins our seventh challenge of Inspirational Friday 2018: Ambush!
One of the oldest strategies in war: an attacker lies in wait, concealed from their enemy, and strikes when their foe enters the kill zone.
The theme of this challenge is to tell a tale of an ambush involving the forces of Chaos as one or both sides.
Where does the ambush take place? Within the twisting alleyways of a besieged city? The darkness of a Deathworld jungle? The confines of a boarded vessel? Or perhaps it is that grandest of ambushes: between voidcraft?
To what purpose is the ambush laid? To assassinate an enemy commander in transit? A raid to capture vital supplies (ammo? Slaves?) or intel? An artefact? Is it merely a slaughter in the name of one’s patron deity? An attempt to cut off enemy reinforcements from supporting a larger offensive?
And is it successful? Do the ambushers make a clean get away, fading into the terrain and leaving no survivors? Or are the tables turned and they are driven off to lick their wounds?

IF2018: Ambush! runs until the 20th of April.
Let us be inspired.

And who shall judge this new challenge? That decision lies with our current judge: Me!
As I said earlier, I’m no great fan of the 8th legion, a fact which either makes me a very good or a very bad person to judge the entrants :D, but I will say that I enjoyed reading all three and am now more interested in the Night Lords.

Hushrong’s entry started with good, familiar territory when it comes to the 8th legion: their gang origins, and showed one marine’s rise...however I feel the focus turned somewhat more toward the Black Legion as the tale progressed. Are you, like me, currently reading Talon of Horus?

Augustus’s showed us the legion at work, the interaction between marines and their mortal slaves as well as marine to marine, which I liked a lot.

However, this is Inspirational Friday and the idea of a Night Lord sorcerer, operating as Yitzak does, was most inspiring to me. I am torn I must admit - this is why I gave up judging IF every week, you know?! - but the story lingers in my mind and thus I choose Barabbas Sogalon’s entry. Take your Octed!

The winner of IF2018: Ambush! shall claim the Octed amulet:gallery_63428_7083_6894.png
...and the honour of judging the next topic.
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Hmmm...

 

Oooh. Ooohohoh. I have one. This should be interesting...


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Congrats Barabbas Sogalon!

Kierdale, I’ve read it and loved it. Same for Black Legion. Those two books, among other things, is why I’ve been building up my own BL army. To keep motivated I want my IF entries to relate to my armies.

Speaking of which I have another story to dust off and finish that will work for Ambush!

Black Legion: The Fire Rises

Dornian Heresy: Iron Hands Raiders

Alpha Legion: The Heads of the Hydra Strike

Emperor's Children: Cult of Golden Tears

 


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With no entries yet posted I can only assume that people are, in a manner most befitting the current theme, preparing their prose in order to strike at exactly the right moment...
Which would be sometime before the deadline next Friday. :)

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I’m in full Home Alone mode. Swinging paint cans and all!
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Black Legion: The Fire Rises

Dornian Heresy: Iron Hands Raiders

Alpha Legion: The Heads of the Hydra Strike

Emperor's Children: Cult of Golden Tears

 


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Cloak and Dagger

 

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Black Legion: The Fire Rises

Dornian Heresy: Iron Hands Raiders

Alpha Legion: The Heads of the Hydra Strike

Emperor's Children: Cult of Golden Tears

 


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I've been wanting to get involved with this for a while, but I've had a lack of motivation to write stuff/work on my chaos army. And the recent topics I haven't been able to figure out a way to work in my Ork force, but I've just started a Chaos cult gang for Necromunda which I've thought of a lot of background for, so hopefully I'll be writing soon :)

I know that Ambush! would work for a small gang, but unfortunately I don't really have time to write much this week, but hopefully next time!


Creepy Chaos Stuff - Mechanical Daemons & Death Guard

Waaagh Sparktoof - Kult of Speed Orks

brettfp does Necromunda - Various Necro projects

My Savlar Chem Dogs WIP - 'Cry Havok and let slip the Chem Dogs of war!'

 

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Chaos Gangs...now that’s an idea (added to the topic list) ;)
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Urgh, I've been busy, got a painting contest to enter and I've been lacking motivation. I'll need to bow out unless it returns.


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I think you can post work here even after deadlines if you want to share your work. You just have to cite what IF topic its for I believe.

 

Plus, new topic should be coming up at the end of the week so a 'reset button' is going to be happening. Then you have time to plan as the next deadline kicks in.


Black Legion: The Fire Rises

Dornian Heresy: Iron Hands Raiders

Alpha Legion: The Heads of the Hydra Strike

Emperor's Children: Cult of Golden Tears

 


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Indeed. If you have a story for a past theme, by all means do post it here, with the theme in the post title. :)

And there’ll be a new IG theme coming at the end of this week.

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Thank you for your entries in Inspirational Friday 2018: Ambush!.

That there were only two entries was a little disappointing. Don’t tell me you don’t like dirty tactics? :D

Hushrong gave us Cloak and Dagger, a tale of the Alpha Legion. I liked the build up over battles, climaxing in the betrayal. And even in the betrayal scenes there were traitors where I hadn’t expected them! It well showed the insidious nature of the Legion.

Acoustics was my entry. I couldn’t let Hushrong go unchallenged, could I? An over confident Imperial governor-general discovers that what he believed was his foe’s mad folly was in fact them preparing the site of their ambush.


I hereby close that topic but if anyone has more stories on that theme, at any time, please post them here with a suitable title.


And here begins our eighth challenge of Inspirational Friday 2018: Chaos versus the T’au

Back in October 2015 we did The Primordial Annihilator versus the Greater Good, which Warsmith Aznable won, and though I am generally not keen on repeating old topics, due to popular demand -and new developments in T’au background- I’m setting Chaos versus the T’au as the next challenge of 2018.

Though the souls of this new race are faint and bland to the neverborn of the Warp, in comparison to the rich delicacies of humanity, that is not to say that daemons do not have cause to (or entertainment in) the corruption and harvesting of their souls.
And to the traitor legions and renegade chapters the armies of the T’au and their auxiliaries (both xenos and human!) are a formidable foe in battle.

Though this challenge is open to all entries which pit the forces of Chaos against those of the Greater Good, of particular interest perhaps is the xenos empire’s Fourth Expansion...

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What fate befell those T’au vessels which did not emerge from the wormhole? And that those who did survive were tainted by their experiences is without doubt, but to what degree?
And how will the merging of the 4th Sphere’s survivors with those forces of the 5th influence the xenos’ latest plans?

Tell us a tale of Chaos versus the T’au Empire.

IF2018: Chaos versus the T’au runs until the fourth of May.
Let us be inspired.

And who shall judge this new challenge? That decision lies with our current judge: Barabbas Sogalon.

The winner of IF2018: Chaos versus the T’au shall claim not the Octed amulet:
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...but the Amulet of Greater Good:
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to protect and treasure or alternatively defile, as their mood and allegiance dictates...and the honour of judging the next challenge.

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Having put my judging hat on, I choose Hushrong as the winner of Ambush! I always like a good story about betrayal. Congratulations!

 

Now I need to find out how to kill off some Tau.



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Thank you! As I continue to garner gym badges other trainers beware! Hold on...*puts down mic. We are doing what? Xenocide on a galactic scale? Death the faux pesterer? Who?

 

Kidding aside I was just really happy that I could finish that story that I had left sitting in a folder on my desktop. And even more happy to share it. I wrote it for one of my Alpha Legionaires, Amali Sauriph, and just hoping to show off some clever machinations of his. For a future challenge to myself I think I want to write about my AL without involving ambushes, secrets, or surprises.

 

As for Tau I think I have an idea of what I want to do. I honestly don't know much about them except they look good under our boot. Also wanted to ask since fluff discussion seems permitted here: was there fluff regarding the Tau's first experience fighting against astartes? One of my buddies told me how Tau came across a squad of Black Templars and suffered horribly before killing them. I could never find that story but it sounded awesome. And I kind of want to go that route.


Black Legion: The Fire Rises

Dornian Heresy: Iron Hands Raiders

Alpha Legion: The Heads of the Hydra Strike

Emperor's Children: Cult of Golden Tears

 


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Why not drop a question in the BT or T’au forum?

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Not familiar with that story (Tau vs Black Templar) there was one about an Apothecary of Dornian lineage I think having a close encounter with a battlesuit pilot (probably a ShasVre or ShasEl) asking about what he was doing to the dead marines, and extrapolated they were "harvesting some sort of genetic material" another marine tried to jack the Battlesuit, but got a lesson in Real Power Armor and got blow the :cuss away by a shoulder mounted Burst Cannon. The Battlesuit leaves the Apothecary alone and flies off, the Apothecary contacts his captain "Captain, I must speak with you at once" or something like that.

"Our Turn" - Centurion Khârn.

 


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The Greater Evil

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The Greater Evil

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You know, when I was reading that story.... I was honestly feeling like I was reading a Black Library fluff piece.

And then I got to this point:

The enemy leader’s armour made him akin to a walking tank. He was as big as a battlesuit, yet exhibited the typical Gue’la nonchalance for head protection: his face was covered with a mask of tanned leather with a muzzle-like vent over his mouth. His scalp was marked with trepanation scars like craters, and his right eye swollen, glowing a baleful green. His armour reflected the madness within, for it was not camouflaged as any sane warrior’s might be, but was – as was that of his followers – daubed in myriad hues from deep purple to pastel pink, and intricately decorated with blasted glyphs.

That's when I realized this was the Psychopomps versus T'au Good lord man.

Side note: Crap. Now I don't know what to do, because I was planning on having Emperor's Children fighting T'au, but you just did that much better :lol:

Side note: Thank you for the easy reference T'au lexicon :lol:
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Not at all!
I’d love to see an EC one. The Psychopomps aren’t the Emperor’s Children - though I could have emphasised their differences more in the story, beyond the description of lord Sophusar, and the mention of them being former ultra-ascetics.

Because I did a Slaanesh one doesn’t rule out more :)

Which reminds me: there will be a ‘when old meets new’ theme at some point...
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Not at all!
I’d love to see an EC one. The Psychopomps aren’t the Emperor’s Children - though I could have emphasised their differences more in the story, beyond the description of lord Sophusar, and the mention of them being former ultra-ascetics.

Because I did a Slaanesh one doesn’t rule out more :)

Which reminds me: there will be a ‘when old meets new’ theme at some point...

True, true :lol:

I did have an idea of the T'au being the fortunate(?) ones who meet Legion for the first time.... Hmm....

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Grim Discovery

 

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Black Legion: The Fire Rises

Dornian Heresy: Iron Hands Raiders

Alpha Legion: The Heads of the Hydra Strike

Emperor's Children: Cult of Golden Tears

 






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