Captain Chapel, Silver Skulls 5th Company (Chapter Master Tu’Shan)
Space Marine Commander, Lightning Claw, Storm Bolter, Iron Halo, Terminator Honours, Melta Bombs. 120 points.
Rhadamanthys, Battle-Brother of the Legio Bolter & Chainsword (Several Concerned Cricketers)
Space Marine Leader, Bolt Pistol, CCW (Chainsword), Purity Seals. 37 points!
Commentators: Assassin M’Shen (MS), Ogryn bodyguard Nork Deddog (ND).
ND: - so I said to the producer, ‘I won’t sink to the lowest common-denominator, and if the audience don’t know what ‘erudite’ means then let them look it up!’ - oh, are we live?
MS (quickly putting down donut and wiping chin): Yes we are, Nork! It seems that people just can’t wait to see our next matchup between the self-styled ’Luckiest Veteran Sergeant in the Universe’ - Rhadamanthys of the Legio Bolter and Chainsword - and the formidable Captain Chapel of the Silver Skulls Chapter.
ND: I have to say how much ’The Big R’ impressed me in the Divine Hunter AoD, the way he stood up to Champions armed with all manner of skills and wargear, while all he had was that outdated Filienostos pattern bolt pistol and a chainsword -
MS: - and his faith in the Emperor of course, Nork -
ND: - aha, of course M’Shen! The question remains, can he stay lucky for long enough to defeat Captain Chapel? Comparing their weapons, chainsword against lightning claw, bolt pistol against storm bolter this looks like a mismatch -
MS: - that’s what they said before Rhadamanthys’ battle against the Death Guard champion, Warghoul Fester on the Divine Hunter, and just look how that turned out!
ND: Strangely these two competitors have met before, during the Scouring of Plenaxis. The Silver Skulls and Brazen Claws drove a force of Night Lords of the 17th Legion of Fear from that hive-world in 996.M41, and if I remem-
MS: - Did I ever tell you how I killed the Night Lords Primarch, ‘Mister I’m-So-scary’ Konrad Kurtz, Nork?
ND (Head in hands, muttering something incomprehensible): Well the competitors are nearly ready, time to bring in our special guest, winner of the Chaos AoD, the Warmaster, Tomax Hell…
MS: Hello Warmaster, I was just talking about your Primarch!
Warmaster Tomax Hell:
SILENCE, WENCH! THE NIGHT HAUNTER WAS FULFILLING A PROPHESY!
YOU ARE A PAWN TO THE POWER OF CHAOS!
… AND THOSE TAPES WERE INCONCLUSIVE!
I WILL TRACK YOU DOWN AND FEED YOU YOUR OWN -
MS (Ripping a handful of sparking wires from the reciever): - I am sorry… but we seem to be suffering, er, technical difficulties with our Astrotelepath connection to Antioc, but thanks for those colourful comments, Warmaste-
ND (With barely concealed relish) : - And I will have to interrupt you, M’Shen, as the two competitors have just entered the arena, and I can see that Rhadamanthys has changed since we saw him last on the Divine Hunter, the blue and red quartered design has been replaced by the mainly black armour of the Legio Bolter & Chainsword!
MS: But more significantly he now has purity seals! The same ones that he earned for surviving the Divine Hunter AoD! How will this drastic change affect his legendary luck, Nork?
ND: We are about to find out, M’Shen, as the referee signals to start, and both marines close the distance… Chapel opening up with that storm bolter, shells ricocheting off his opponents armour, but doing nothing more than scratching the fresh black paintwork…
MS: The insane luck of Rhadamanthys is still intact, as with a single shot from his bolt pistol he finds a chink in the Silver shoulder armour of his opponent, who has had to drop the storm bolter, seemingly stunned at the turn of events!
ND: Well Rhadamanthys’ never fails to dish up the shocks! The former Brazen Claw takes another shot, but Chapel is un-injured this time…
MS: Rhadamanthys takes advantage of Chapel’s surprise to get the decisive charge in, just like I did when I assassinated Konrad Kur-
ND: But ‘The Big R’ doesn’t even get to land a blow! In a blur of speed Chapel has speared Rhadamanthys twice with his lightning claw, and this battle is over!
MS: I think that if we go to the action-replay you can just see that Rhadamanthys’ chainsword was caught up in his purity seals, and the fraction of a second was enough time for Captain Chapel to end this confrontation. I knew those purity seals were a bad idea, Nork!
ND: Rhadamanthys is down hard! The referee has signalled that the contest is over, and Chapel is checking on him - and helping him carefully to his feet! It seems these two old comrades are unwilling to kill each other to advance. You have to admire the skill of Captain Chapel to wound his opponent enough to drop him, and doing it with enough control to ensure that his friend is not permanently injured!
MS: I am very impressed by the skill of Chapel, I think he could go all the way to the final, but how different would the battle have been if Rhadamanthys had landed that chainsword blow. He must be cursing those purity seals right now! I certainly didn’t need distractions like that when I took out Konra-
ND: I am sorry but that is all we have time for tonight from the Arena, M’Shen. Now lets hand you back to Lord Solar Macharius and as always, Lord of Change, Tzstskxtztxtai’Sczeeph for post match analysis on this eventful win for Captain Chapel of the Silver Skulls!
Both (Cheesy grins): Good night!
(Many thanks to jokersminis for channelling Warmaster Tomax Hell for the batrep. )
Edited by Aurelius Rex, 26 June 2004 - 02:50 AM.