Matt - Space Wolves Wolf Scout Bjorn
Garreth - Iron Hands Techmarine Marcus
Designated Leader - Assault Marine Klaus
Kill-Team Oath - Oath of Glory
Mission Requisition - 250 (To last two missions)
Mission Two - A Trail of Breadcrumbs
Using the advanced Vox system in his armour he transmitted back to his team their location and awaited instructions. The Black Templar leading the team informed him that if he thought he could take them out without too much noise then to go right ahead and take the shot and that he and the rest of the team would move up to meet them. Having plenty of time to take aim and with the enemy firmly in his sights he put a needle round right into it's head killing it instantly before switching his aim to a second Pathfinder and granting it a similar fate.
Bjorn once again demonstrated his uncanny skills with a rifle as one of the armoured figures accompanying the Kroot dropped dead a moment after the Wolf Scout informed his colleagues that several of the Kroot were travelling via the dense tree tops which inspired the Black Templar Klaus with an unusual strategy. The tree that was at that moment occupied by a pair of Kroot promptly exploded into splinters as it was struck by the Templars Power Maul but the occupants of the tree simply bounded into an adjacent one.
The White Scar Hakim powered up his Jump Pack and landed nimbly on the newly occupied tree branch but was unfortunately unable to hit the closest of the Kroot. Lacking the speed of the rest of his team their Techmarine was continuing to take Auspex readings as he followed and was disturbed to note that he was getting very strange readings from the East that seemed to be fading in and out of existence. Unfortunately his team was currently too busy to be distracted with such information so he kept it to himself for the moment until the current encounter was resolved. As the equipment he was carrying was vital to the missions success the Ultramarine had stayed back to ensure that nothing untoward happened to him though this seemed to annoy the Iron Hand significantly.
Editors Note - My Techmarine can move quickly if he needs too as one of his bionics grants him the 'Sprint' Talent, Unfortunately this has the possibility of leaving him fatigued so he only uses it if he's reasonably sure he hasn't got important stuff to do straight afterwards...like pass Auspex tests...
Now in position the teams sniper took out one of the armoured enemies a moment before another caught the Templar in a burst of carbine shots some of which penetrated his Power Armour. This impact seemed to put him off his stride as he then missed both his subsequent attempts to hit a Kroot that charged into him a moment later. Another shot seemingly from nowhere decapitated another Kroot as Hakim gutted the creature that had escaped his wrath earlier with his sword. Klaus's luck failed to improve as yet again he failed to hit the elusive Kroot engaged with him.
As it became apparent at this point that the forward elements of the team had abandoned any attempt at subtlety the newly arrived Claudius, Marcus and Tyr opened fire with their Bolter, Storm Bolter and Heavy Bolter respectively and tore apart the remaining adversaries with the exception of an unfortunate retreating Kroot who found himself impaled on a powerful impact drill made of super-dense adamantine alloys and ﬁtted with a matter-wave generator that cause the augur to vibrate millions of times per second. The results were messy but definitive...
More Auspex scans cross-referenced with the servo-skull network revealed at least one more group of Kroot some distance away and at least two lots of the indistinct readings that Marcus had detected earlier. The biomass that they were leading towards the Tau encampment had also stopped it's advance so Techmarine Marcus decided to use another dose of the pheromone in the censer device in case the first batch had lost it's potency some how. The Templar leading the team decided that the best course of action to ensure they remained undiscovered was to eliminate the two or three nearest groups of Tau while the creature following them was delayed in it's approach and then lead it through a smaller group on the way to the camp which would hopefully result in it also being blamed for the lack of communication with those they'd already destroyed.
If the primary part of the mission was a success and they could indeed lead the Tyranids into the enemies heart then they would be far to busy combating this new threat to spend time searching the jungle for a few missing Kroot and a handful of Pathfinders not reporting in. With a plan of action agreed upon the team moved towards the closest of the two sources of indistinct readings.
Part Two - Seek and Destroy
Marcus's Storm Bolters and Tyr's Heavy Bolter raked the area with suppressing fire and many of their shots found their marks. Several drones fell to the ground and other bolt shells could clearly be seen to have struck otherwise invisible targets. Now having something at which to aim the Wolf Scout put a needle round through a gap in the armour of one of the Stealth Suits and the poisonous toxins within quickly bought down the pilot within before he switched to his Shotgun having emptied the rifles ammunition clip. Now reduced in number the remaining armoured enemies returned fire wounding several of the kill-team before attempting to retreat. Unfortunately for them their own weapons had given away their positions and an overwhelming torrent of fire from the Marines tore them to pieces.
Having no access to an Apothecary the wounded team members were forced to rely on the Iron Hands medicae knowledge which was unfortunately for them more inclined to the repair of servitors than Marines so was somewhat rough and ready though none the less effective for that. As Marcus pointed out if they couldn't withstand a few staples and some glue then they were too reliant on their weak flesh...which he'd be happy to help them resolve once he had access to the fortresses workshop facilities.
While the Marines patched up their armour with the Repair Cement carried as standard equipment by them all the Techmarine began to investigate the wreckage of their opponents armour. Amongst the damage parts he found several intact burst weapons, some systems that he believed may have been those that generated their camouflaging energy fields and most important of all a completely intact comms system which he immediately started work on adapting to his own systems in the hope that he could tap into the enemies communications network.
Before he could complete work on this though his scanning systems picked up the approach of the earlier detected Kroot patrol which was now headed in their direction and the other indistinct readings had also turned their attentions on the teams location. Either the recently vanquished Stealth team had somehow managed to send a distress signal despite their own jamming system, the Kroots own senses had been alerted to the threat or possibly both. Marcus suggested that every-one reload their weapons even if their magazines were not yet exhausted as the number of enemies was difficult to ascertain.
As the most resistant to damage of the kill-team Marcus volunteered to intercept what was no doubt another Stealth team and hold them up as long as possible while his comrades dealt with the Kroot. As he was the bearer of several essential pieces of mission equipment and the most experienced in their use the others were unwilling to allow him to sacrifice himself despite his insistence that he was more than capable of doing the job. After some discussion it was decided to divide into two teams. Marcus, Tyr and Claudius would intercept the Stealth Suits while Klaus, Hakim and Bjorn dealt with the Kroot.
Editors Note - I still say my Techmarine could totally have taken them on his own...
Editors Note - Space Marines come by default with a number of abilities which means that even when technically unarmed they're still more than a match for most humanoid enemies...
Marcus had managed to interface his communications system with that of the Tau and was using their own transmissions combined with his Auspex and Optical detection systems to gain a bearing on the Stealth teams exact location. Using their linked systems he transmitted targeting information to the Imperial Fist Devastator who despite having no visible target simply aimed where the Techmarine indicated and tore apart several shielding drones and two of the three armoured suits ahead of them. Marcus then fired both his Storm Bolters into the remaining suit which was bought down by an unavoidable rain of Bolt rounds before the Ultramarine even had a chance to join in. However before they had a chance to enjoy their victory the Tyranid they had been luring ever closer made an unexpected appearance...
Editors Note - Yes...we had completely forgotten about the actual point of the mission...
As he burst into the clearing currently being traversed by the stealthy enemy suits he opened fire with his paired Storm Bolters and in a stroke of good fortune managed to cripple two of them before deactivating the jamming system they'd been using just long enough for the remaining Stealth Suit to transmit a pic of the charging Lictor to his home base followed by his screams as it ripped him apart. He then engaged the jammer once more as he removed the pheromone censer from his armour and prepared to hurl it into the enemy camp as long as he could find a position from which to do so that he could not be observed. Information from the servo skull network and the cartograph seemed to show a likely spot and from there an epic throw might be all that was needed to bring their mission to a satisfactory climax though the censer would need to be hurled over ninety metres.
Editors Note - A character in Deathwatch can throw an object a number of metres equal to his Strength Bonus on a successful Challenging (+0) Strength test, This distance increases by a factor of one per degree of success on the roll. With my Techmarines very high basic Strength Bonus increased using the Feat of Strength I needed three degrees of success to make the throw successfully...
After summoning all his strength both physical and bionically enhanced the pheromone device sailed over the encampment wall and into centre of the compound before he himself moved back into the jungle. The screams of the camps occupants as their unexpected visitor tore into the Tau ranks was all the signal of success that the team needed...
Back to Reality
Our GM has a lot going on in the real world currently so hasn't had time to write a session overview for me to include. As soon as he has the time I'll add it into this section.
Thoughts and comments are (as usual) most welcome.