Kill Team League 1 - the Story


by Michael Fortino March 12, 2019

2019 Kill Team League 1 starts on March 11th and will run for 6 weeks. One of the players has created a story line and given us permission to post the details. This post will be updated with each week's fluff as the league progresses.

Campaign Primer

The Templexus system resides on the galactic east of the veiled region in the Segmentum Pacificus. Of the systems five planets two are inhabitable (Templexus Secundus and Tetrium), Pime a glowing rock too close to the sun and Quartus and Quintus being gas giants. Templexus Secundus is a Agriworld providing food for the system and Tetrium is a small shrine world. Several moons are settled for mining and construction.

The system Resides on the edge of the veiled region and has been engulfed by said nebula for some eight thousand years unable to be reached.

The Astropathic beacon has begun broadcasting and Templexus has reemerged. Imperials now make way to the system to reestablish trade and defend the shrine world of what must be a weakened system after such a long isolation. Other various raiders also must also be en-route to scavenge resources as well.

Chapter One: Feral Tombs

The first to enter the system were Rogue Traders. Byrn Sanctic aboard the Dauntless class cruiser Calabas left warp at the systems Mandeville point and began its path towards the shrine world, targeted as the source of the call.

As they neared the mining moons orbiting Templexus Quartus and sent ships to the surface, a grim picture began to form. The moons had become tombs. Centuries-dead bodies lined the central reactor corridors, presumably the last sources of heat. More worrying, system craft had been modified, mining equipment turned into weapons. They looked the part of raiders stranded.

Scans of Secundus caused further concern for the inhabitants of Templexus. The planet shown dull orange, devoid of what should have been vast green and blue of am agri world. The only broadcasts from Tetrium was the lone astropathic beacon, projecting requests of reunion.

What fate had befallen this system that only the shrine world remained active, that would keep those with system craft on a moon until death. 

Chapter Two:The Green Ruin 

Templexus Tetrium lay below, green and mottled. Navigators protested as ships would near. Aboard the Calabas theirs had locked him self in his spire after his warning of a warp shadow on the planet went unheeded. While teaming with life, the forests showed no signs of a tyranid infestation, and very few energy sources. Some small pre-industrial camps could be seen on low passes, but for whatever their reasons, these people had settled far from the large temples of the shrine world. With any luck, these villages or temples would have a history of what had befallen the system, and why those on the moons had fled, never to return.

 

Chapter Three: The End from the Sky

+++DATE: 7125187.M43
+++REF: RTB/458623/RN
+++SENT: SERGEANT-AT-ARMS
+++REC: CPT BYRN SANCTIC
+++RE: TEMPLEXUS TETRIUS RECCE
+++THOUGHT OF THE DAY: A WISE MAN LEARNS FROM THE DEATH OF OTHERS

We have narrowed the origination point of the warp suppression fields to the equatorial jungles of Tetrius. Further investigation has proved impossible with current landing forces as conditions approach deathworld standards as we close distance. We are fortunate to report that headaches have subsided despite our closing proximity to the source leading us to believe the suppression is at least uniform in nature.

+++END TRANSMISSION
--------------------------------------------------------------

+++DATE: 7127187.M43
+++REF: RTB/477623/RN
+++SENT: ENSIGN
+++REC: CPT BYRN SANCTIC
+++RE: TEMPLEXUS TETRIUS RECCE
+++THOUGHT OF THE DAY: OUR MERCIES DESTROY US

Local colonies have proved almost universally hostile. What information we have gathered was after one lander sustained lift failure and required retrieval. Locals were quick to engage the craft (though less eager to engage the crew) Several were subdued and questioned.

Cultural summary as follows.

Mutations visible none

Dialect maintained a form of low gothic.

Dress typical of technology available with noted exception of wire mesh head wear. Despite protest one was removed for study, and they seem to lessen the mental strain of the suppression field, similar to a primitive psychic hood.

Travel to the temples is forbidden and small groups (50 or less) travel is seen as dangerous in the extreme, to the point of the captives needing to be forced off the landers upon release.

Reasons for hostilities are given as "risking the ruin of us all" referring to the landers as well as "being possessed", when referring to the crew.

+++END TRANSMISSION
--------------------------------------------------------------
+++DATE: 7133187.M43
+++REF: RTB/477623/RN
+++SENT: CPT BYRN SANCTIC
+++REC: SHIP MASTER
+++RE: TEMPLEXUS TETRIUS EXTRACTION
+++THOUGHT OF THE DAY: OBEDIENCE IS BLIND

Assume low orbit and prepare additional landers for retrieval of survivors. Prepare ordinance for methodical bombardment of equatorial ruins.

+++END TRANSMISSION

Chapter Four: Flight of the Calabas

As the Calabas fled Templexus Tetrius towards Secundus an astartes strike cruiser struggled to catch it. Batteries firing at extreme range in vain.

On board Byrn knew the danger but was not on the bridge. Instead he stood with a breaching crew at the sealed navigators spire. He knew he needed to open the door but why?

“open the hatch”

But why he thought as blue light from the las cutters finished. The door fell to the deck and the breaching crew rushed in to restrain the navigator as the enslaver entered the spire.

As the Calabas out paced the strike cruiser, it began a course that would enter the atmosphere of the scoured agriworld.


 




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