++Operation: Hells Maw++
++Killteam Leader: Brother Abraxus++
The Jericho Reach is beset on all sides.
Xenos of origins both known & unknown assail the Imperium.
This is the frontier.
Light from the Throne world of Terra is but a guttering flame.
Amidst this broiling storm of hatred, bloodshed & flame stands the Deathwatch of Watch Fortress Erioch.
New to the Reach stands Killteam Circo. Brothers Abraxus of the Ultramarines, Raziel the Dark Angel, Gharn of the White Scars, Liandro the Blood Angel & a marine hailing from the mysterious Minotaur’s Chapter join the frontlines.
- Abraxus is an exemplar of all that the Codex holds dear. A clear headed Tactical marine veteran of the 1st Tyrannic War.
- Raziel the embodiment of the Rock itself. Solid, calm, and deeply thoughtful he wields the team fearsome heavy weapons.
- Gharn commands the raw power of the raging storms. His tribal barbarism at odds with his brothers.
- Ladarano despite his proud martial bearing hides a burning cold rage that is only sated through melee combat.
- Lastly is the Minotaur. Brooding, hulking & wearing truly ancient bastardised Mk.3 armour this assault marine is a force to be reckoned with.
The beginning of the operation saw them meet Captain Mordigael & his personal bodyguard, Brothers Rhamiel (Storm Giants) & Brother Frostcleaver (Space Wolves). The briefing took place in one of the main chambers studding Erioch. An armoured dome with a quarter open to realspace views showing the adapted strike cruiser “Thunders Word” refuelling.
A brief exchange of banter (mostly aimed from Abraxus & Gharn at each other) later and the general consensus is that the Ultramarine would make a great candidate for Squad Leader. (As GM it was amazing though to see Ladrano & Razielboth agree that their talents lie elsewhere and they would serve the DW better as their specialisms!).
Commander Mordigael went on to explain the parameters of the mission.
Primary Objective: Secure/Assassinate the Tau Commander seen on “Hells Maw”
Secondary Objective: Remove Tau sympathisers from “Hell’s Maw”
Tertiary Objective: Gather intelligence on Tau sympathisers and their network
“Hells Maw” is a blue sandy mining moon orbiting Spite, the fortress world of the Canis Salient. With two main areas of interest, Jury the landing area and distribution hub & Orefast the mining complex.
After the briefing they met Brothers Falko (Apothcary Majoris of the Genesis Chapter) & Brother Bloodfall (Veteran Sgt Space Wolves). Bloodfall was foul tempered and wounded from arriving back from a mission where he had lost men. Upon leaving Falko greets them all and gives them a servo skull with combat medication injectors. However it will only administer them to DW and at a point of dire emergency. Raziel took charge of the servo skull unit.
Brother Gharn set off in search of Bloodfall to learn more of his recent mission. Finding him in the practise cages, Bloodfall explains that his killteam was ambushed by Fire Warriors during a routine Kroot cleansing. Bloodfall is clearly upset and goes to take out his anger on combat servitors.
On arrival at the armoury the Killteam requisitions some Kraken rounds and then head to “Thunders Word”.
They planned to land via Corvus Blackstar & foot slog into Jury first, with a Thunderhawk in a holding pattern above the landing area to make a show of strength. However on a arrival they quickly found the hub was almost deserted. As they stumbled the landing area they were attacked by Imperial Guard sentries.
Ladrano gunned his jump pack before crunching down beside the first pair, his chainsword howling as it lopped the leg from one.
Raziel opened up with his heavy bolter and turned another to red mist and pulp.
Gharn brought forth a roiling fire beast shaped as a wild horse of Chogris. Incinerating two of the sentries, the psychic backlash blowing every window apart within 36 metres. Including the eyelenses on the remaining sentries respirators.
Abraxus vaulted the barriers and kicked the legs out from underneath one of the remaining sentries.
Ladrano then sawed the head off the remaining blinded sentry before eating a portion of his brain matter. The visions he saw showed that Tau propaganda was rife in Jury with the Imperial Munitorum & Guard forces heavily influenced. As the session drew to a close the characters gathered some leaflets and trinkets hidden on the sentries bodies…