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Such is the GuardThe bombed out intersection was quiet. The artillery had ceased firing hours ago as the main Imperial advance had entered the city sector, and the constant snowfall was already covering up the damage. Several platoons had been dispatched to hold this area against further Tau incursions, among them Sergeant Cormac's squad 728. The area they were defending was several blocks wide, but the terrain was so broken up that it was deemed that the Tau wouldn't even try to advance more than a small scouting party through the area.
"Alpha-728, this is Alpha-005, do you read, over?" Sergeant Cameron's voice crackled over the vox. Squad Alpha-005, one of the Veteran squads of their regiment, the 443rd Highlanders, was a little over a full kilometer to the east, where the roads were still mostly passable and the most likely route for a Tau advance.
Sergeant Cormac completed one last visual sweep of the area before ducking back down below the line of the parapet. He and Trooper Donnelly had take posi
318th: Battle for LiberaDrason, Emperor damn you, get those Hydras online! Those Talons are coming back! By this point Im yelling into the combead. What can I say, Im quick to anger and being nailed twice by these Chaos bastards without the Navy doing their job is starring to piss me off.
Drak it, sir, Im working as fast as I can! Drason, our resident non-techpriest grease monkey, yells back.
Well work faster! Marxon, where the hell is the Navy Two-Tenth?! I cut the com line to Drason and turn to Marxon, my vox operator.
About three-hundred miles to the North, sir. Sounds like they found another of those airborne mass carriers.
Well, isnt that nice? Near as I can tell, Im one of the few men alive who can turn to sarcasm when faced with two-thousand bombs dropping all over the place. Tell them to at least give us some draking Lightings if they want us to help storm that damned tower tomorrow!
The True Founding WIPThe True Founding of the 318th Shataarin
I suppose youll be wanting stories about what Heros of the Imperium we are? About how we defeated the Traitor Marines on Tratis V? You want the truth about Tratis V, youve come to the right place, but, uh, dont mention me by name. The Commissar will have my head if he finds out Im doing this.
I suppose I should start from the beginning; Tratis V, when it was discovered, was going to be an agriworld, to help feed the Katan sector. Then somebody in the Administratum noticed that it would make a good gardenworld, so thats what they made it, a playground for the rich and powerful of the Imperium. The whole planet was ocean and forest, with plenty of wildlife to hunt, and with plenty of places to hide incase of an invasion. Didnt do em much good though, I suppose; when the Archenemy invades, they dont l
a dangerous hallucinationThe light coming through the window was bright,
much too bright.
Even though my eyes were closed
I could see it-
The skin of my arms prickled,
sweat dripped from my brow.
It was two in the afternoon but…
the sun was setting
through the window facing east.
I should have seen the hutch,
shelves lined with bone china
decorated with delicate leaves and vines.
I was so thirsty
and reaching for cups that should have been there.
Instead I found a billboard of butterflies,
the colors raging
more than any rainbow
I'd ever seen.
Their wings fluttered and flashed
yet somehow they moved in slow motion.
I wanted to stand,
wanted to reach out and touch them but…
I couldn't move,
and yet I laughed
ignoring my dry mouth
and the tingling in my feet.
There was a tempest
on the rise
and in my blood.
A sugar rush disguised
as a riot of butterflies
and they were swarming me.
There was a small vial
of insulin in my pocket
that I nev
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