Thank you. I have the warpsmith strapped to a painting handle at present - so I hope you will not have to wait long before the Eldritch Omens box is complete.
In the meantime, I thought I would show the mission I will be playing during an upcoming apocalypse game in June. I had written the scenario with both the Iron Warriors, and my group's upcoming campaign in the Nachmund Gauntlet in mind.
Commissioned prior to the great rifts emergence by Rogue Trader Akia-Diaz as both research base and holiday home, Viridian Manor is a pinnacle of engineering, and one of the better forms of architecture found upon Vigilus, even against the noble spires of Mortwald hivesprawl.
It’s manse design allows for all the comfort a powerful viscount could ever want during a weekend break, and is fitted with a pool whose waters come not from the questionable Oteck resevoirs, but from shipments of pure ice taken from Kaelec’s Bane. For defence (for even Rogue Traders have their spiteful rivals), Viridian Manor has a well-stocked bunker, and a void shield of similar design to the great Hivesprawls themselves. As an extra measure, a small town to house the dynasty’s arms men was in the progress of being built shortly before the war of beasts, known as Ciudadde Akia-Diaz
The biggest wonder of Viridian Manor is not the manse itself, however, but in fact the grounds. Genetically bred by Akia-Diaz’ pet explorator as part of a larger experiment, a forest of revenant trees graces the lands owned by the Rogue Trader. Though incredibly difficult to cut and slow to grow, the plant life is able to thrive even in Vigilus’ desert, and is predicted to turn the barren soil into fertile grounds over the course of three centuries. Should this experiment be a success, Akia-Diaz has several contracts in place to distribute it to many of the Imperium’s blighted worlds, including more famed locals like Baal Primus.
Upon learning of the brilliance that was Viridian Manor, honoured Captain Fane of the Imperial Fists fifth company was reported to have said “It needs to burn – all of it.”
In an attempt to dodge building and planning tax, Viridian Manor had been built outside of Mortwald Hivesprawl’s fortwall, but still inside the void shield matrix the hivesprawl had been covered in, allowing for what was considered the best defence at a fraction of the cost. When the Mortwald shield went down, however, Viridian manor became a dangerous liability to the Imperial war effort defending the hivesprawl’s fortwall – while the outside desert provided nowhere to hide for an invading ground army charging the gates, the Manor’s revenant tree forest would provide enough cover for anything smaller than a super-heavy vehicle.
It was not long before the forces of Chaos, under orders from Abaddon to take the hivesprawl at all cost, pooled their resources together to attack the fortwall through Viridian manor. Imperial command sent defenders to the area, hoping to push back long enough for the manor’s field to be taken down, and the area to bombarded from orbit to rid Mortwald of the unnecessary cover.