The War for Bellum

Sound the Alarm
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Intelligence Gathering

Weeks had past since the assault on the Hq, when 1st Squad was finally called in for a new mission. The 14th was going on an offensives. 1st squad was to retrieve an informant, but more importantly the information. The team was given an Inquisitorial Chimera for the mission and they moved out with the rest of the regiment.

During their advance 1st Squad moved through the city streets until the reached a what looked like an obvious ambush spot. The street was filled with rubble and also, the team discovered, mines. As Legate disabled what mines he could while the rest of the squad moved covered him against the sniper fire.

Moving further into the city they received word that some of the platoon was taking heavy fire from enemy heavy weapons and was pinned down. The team decided they had time to support them. They climbed several stories and began to the fire on the opposing heavy weapons. After dealing with the Dominate, they moved back to the Chimera when they triggered some traps.

Moving on, they finally arrived at meet only to find the operative under attack. Legate remained in the as the others tried to rescue the the operative. The team move forward and fought off a group of

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Dark Meetings

After the arrival of both Inquisitor Otto Carius and Lord Commissar Anton, A company of the 14th was pulled from front line duties and questioned along with other Imperial elements. After a lot of waiting they were finally called in to be debriefed.1st Squad was sent deep into the bowels of the building, where the meeting was to be held.

When they enter they were greeted by the Inquisitor and the Lord Commissar, and were seated in front of a dozen Generals and Colonels. It was at this time they were introduced to their own Colonel, Arthur Wellesley. After several questions about their recent patrol, 1st Squad was shown a video that confirmed that Dark Eldar were operating in the area. Their orders were to work with Otto Carius in his efforts to eliminate this xenos threat.

As Lord Commissar Anton escorted out of the building, the power was shutdown as they were in an elevator. After finally breaking out of the elevator, they quickly found that the building was under attack. Anton quickly led the way to stairs so they could regroup with High Command. As they made their way through the dark hallways, 1st Squad got separated from Anton and could not find him, they decided to press on.

After some searching they found the communications room, where they found tremendous amounts of carnage. The only survivor be a tech adept, who seemed scared out of his logic circuits. As they tried to make repairs and call for aid, the air suddenly became ice cold and they started to hear whispers. An inky black monster attacked and managed to kill the tech-adept, who was repairing the vox, before being killed itself. 1st squad learned they were dealing with Mandrakes.

1st squad pressed on and eventually linked up with Captain Cramford, before finally making it to the debriefing room where High Command and the Inquisitor had held up. After dealing with a few more Mandrakes, 1st squad reunited with Lord Commissar Anton and received new orders. The captain was to led 1st Squad to the power room where a Magos was trying to restore power to the building.

As the team pressed on they found survivors in various states of sanity. Including one very young cadet who could not have been older than 14. Fortunus decided to care of him. It was also during this time that at one point, Cramford was being pulled into the darkness by one the Mandrakes. Commissar Castus quickly shot creature’s arm off as the rest of the squad held on the captain. They pressed further until they finally reached their objective, where they found the magos already fighting off some Mandrakes. During the fighting, both the captain and Fortunus were killed while defending the Magos. Once power was restored the team retook the HQ.

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A Dark Patrol

After the battle the 14th, began secure the city of Proelium and set up the patrols. 1st Squad settled down and began to relax. During daily training Bane and Obidiah Hakeswill had a bit of tension, but was resolved rather quickly. Most of the men spent what little time they had, visiting the secured part of the city. Fortunus began to look for his comrade, Aubrey, who had disappeared while on leave.

1st Squad soon was ordered by Lieutenant Keeghan to go on patrol and check on some key loyal citizens that helps keep the city running. As the team investigated they discovered bodies that had been mutilated, yet seem to have been murdered with procession.

After investigating the house the team noticed a figure running from the scene across rooftops. They chased it into the area of the city that had not yet been yet been secured. They lost the trail of the dark figure as they came across the a small group of guardsmen that were running from the Dominate. Commissar Castus summarily executed one and as they stood discussing what to do three Sentinels came around the corner before 1st Squad could get in position.

After the fight they began to return back to base and stumbled on upon a horrific scene. They found several people including and injured Aubrey found sprawled across an alley with horrifying wounds. They brought the injured back to base and quickly made to form up in the parade ground and expect high ranking individuals.

It was then that Lord Commissar Anton and Inquisitor Otto Carius introduced themselves.

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First Taste of Battle

The 14th makes landfall and moved in the City of Proelium. They were welcomed by the loyalist population, and even welcomed in parade as returning heroes. The regiment set up a base near what is considered the front lines. Captain Cramford informed the men that the city has been in the hands of the Severan Dominate and they will be assaulting a train station.

As the company was deployed to assault the station the men were given their orders. The assault began and 1st Squad quickly overcame the initial defenses. As they moved in on the terminal they realized that the Dominate forces were using the train to continually drop off reinforcements.

Commissar Castus, Zael, and Fortunus moved to take out a communications tower, while Bane and Legate stayed behind to cover them. Legate called in air support to help take out the towers, and soon the sounds of jet engines were heard as they took the first towers. Unfortunately they were Ork Fightas, not the support that was called.

Even with the Orks harassing them 1st squad proceeded and went down to cut power to the entire facility. Legate moved retrieved a flamer and proceed to use the it upon the enemy. Once seccured, Legate began to disable the power, while the rest of 1st Squad defended the area. After shutting down the power, they held until Lieutenant Keeghan reinforced them.

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What Glory Awaits

A new regiment is formed from the what remains of several different ones. The new regiment is called the 14th. Named for the sub-sector of their making. When regiments are joined, it is usually difficult to form the bonds usually formed during training, thus for the 14th a large contingent of Commissars were attached.

The 14th is currently on their way to the planet of Bellum. They are to reinforce the army there and crush both the Orks and the forces of the Severan Dominate. Aboard the transport ship, the 14th began their training exercises.

It was obvious to everyone that the regiment was already having morale problems. During a training exercise Bane injured a member of another squad. Things were not helped by the Legate who kept mocking the men for their “weak fleshy bits”. Commissar Castus kept the men under tight leash after that indecent. During the night a few of the Catachan members from the squad Bane had injured, tried to take revenge. A fight quickly broke with Fortunus, and Legate helping out Bane. Castus quickly broke up the fight and escorted the injured to Lieutenant Krauss, who at the time was also the companies chief medical officer. After reporting to Lieutenant Keeghan and Captain Cramford, Castus informed the them that the men will forge their bonds in battle, and those who don’t will not survive. Cramford acknowledged the report and informed the company to prepare to disembark on Bellum

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