Even over the howling wind, Golchu could hear the soft hum of the antigravitational plating, the reassuring murmur a constant companion on his decades of hunting. On this day, the maze-like valleys of the Armethica was their hunting ground, rocky canyons and ravines with only the faintest trickle of water running below them. Pushing the Javelin through another hairpin-turn, he finally caught sight of Bochai and his speeder. "He'll beat us to the kill", Aighur stated, the slightest tremor of irritability filtering through the vox. "He will regret his impatience, they must be expecting us to return". As the twin speeders swerved into a wide, boulder-strewn depression, Golchus prediction came true. The Ethrossian convoy were ready, having abandoned the three wrecked crawlers, digging in under a rocky overhang, with the four remaining walkers cycling for targets, even as the infantry around them swiveled their rifles to bear. Bochai still managed to fire first, twin lances of searing light flashing out at the foremost Crawler, the quadruped walker exploding even as Hughal added his heavy bolter-fire to the fusillade. The remaining Ethrossian walkers wasted no time, their accelerator-cannons sending a hail of hypervelocity munitions at the Javelin. Bochai was good, Golchu had to give him that, as he swerved and banked to evade the incoming firestorm, but the enemy gunners still found their mark, the starboard lascannon rupturing in a hail of debris and fire. Capitalizing on his brothers' lack of luck, Golchu swept in low, lascannons lashing out again and again, one Ethrossian crawler blasted clean off its four, piston-driven legs, another toppling as its munitions store went up, ripping off two legs in the process. By then, Bochai had regained control, both Javelins swept out in a wide turn, the last target gained all but simultaneously. Three searing bolts of light struck it, a hail of shrapnel scything through the closest infantry, the remainder scattering as best they could, even as the heavy bolters swept over them. Golchu opened the vox "Make the report brother, but make sure to explain why you are short a lascannon now". "I will, as long as you tell them who got the first kill". Bochais laughter seemed to linger on the vox as they sped onwards, again racing to find worthy prey.
Aighur scans for new targets
Bochai leans into the turn as Hughal suppresses enemy infantry
The Javelin carries sophisticated augury arrays, making it highly suited as a forward scout and pathfinder for the Brotherhood.
The elusive Javelins were finally caught on camera!
Edited by Brother Pheidias, 14 September 2016 - 10:21 PM.