After the briefing and a thorough discussion among themselves, the 11 Deathwatch Marines have come to a final decision for their tactics. They would split into two groups, one to retrieve the Deathwatch Keeper, or his key rather, for the vault he was protecting - if he has perished by now. And the other team to sabotage and weaken the traitors who held Deathwatch Fortress Thebes in their corrupted hands. The initial attack would be boarding torpedoes only to keep collateral damage at a minimum, the idea being that if the fortress was to be reconquered, that they wanted to save time and resources with the repairs and avoid blowing up potential laboratories, armories and other chambers that belonged to the Ordo Xenos. Lastly, the option came up to override the drone ship that was their vessel in it's attack protocol. They could have taken the chance to destroy the fortress, alas they already came to the conclusion that was not their agenda. And to only weaken the fortress further with ranged attacks was also too risky - for both the Fortress and the ship itself which would need to endure the defensive fire. And the final option being to even dock the drone on the vessel, using it as a bait for the traitors. But that was as well too risky in a fight of eleven versus potential three hundred. So they chose to have the drone ship do it's attack run, shoot the boarding torpedoes and retreat into safety until the Deathwatch would summon them. And so the plans for war were completed. As the most logical choice amidst them, they split as followed: Kill-Team Breaking Lock (Retrieve the Key | Save the Keeper): @bossaroo - Fidel Martinez - Crimson Fist - Apothecary @WanderingJester - Orochi Mizakune - Ronin - Assault Marine @Kalle - Kleos - Flesh Tearer - Devastator @Vulpas - Narok Lightningfang - Avenging Fox - Librarian @Xaphen - Lichas Mega - Omega Marine - Assault Marine @High_Adept_Zeth - Hesiod - Blood Angel - Techmarine Kill-Team Stinger (Maximum Destruction & Distraction): @Tamu - Goreparan Minkar - Minotaur - Apothecary @Avenging-Angel - Viserys - Blood Angel - Assault Marine @BadDo9 - Yeveri Ta'Shan - Salamander - Tactical @Keidivh - Zuriel Drathus - Sanguine Templar - Viceroy (Chaplain) @Valonox - Galen Amadaus Morgain - Novamarine - Devastator @DeranVendar - Harvom Clawtaker - Space Wolf - Scout Fully equipped, each team took their boarding torpedo. Several blank ones would launch to make their travel safer. Once The Vera Krauz emerged from the warp, it made a scan of the system and forwarded the information to the HUDs of each Astartes. There were various ships floating in orbit, shot dead beyond repair and floating slowly but certain towards the planet below. None of them were intact, and none of them were of Sons of Guilliman signature either. Most of the vessels were standard Imperial Navy patterns for transport duties. There was a Deathwatch Strike Cruiser registered as The Watchful Eye, no survivors of any of the vessels were spotted, only floating corpses. No alien life forms had been detected and the Fortress was already lightly damaged. As it accelerated it's sublight engines to approach the fortress to make it's attack run, Narok's used his telepathic powers of his mind to get rough coordinations on the aura of a strong will in the midst of chaos - a mind that could belong to that of the Keeper. It was far in the east sector, near where restricted areas would be usually constructed, firming the theory. As for Kill-Team Stinger, they would hit fast and hard near the primary communications relay, having discussed thoroughly that, that was the smartest target to hit. No army without proper chain of command and orders could operate efficiently. And the fortress was big enough that their vox-systems without receivers and amplifiers won't reach everyone at the same time anymore. And the time had come. The lights changed from green to red within the chambers of the Boarding Torpedoes, giving them a 10 second countdown before they were launched. Each Kill-Team struck exactly where they intended. And so the operation of 'Liberation Thebes' has begun. ~~ Kill-Team Breaking Lock ~~ The Boarding Torpedo breached in a small storage room, enough for all 6 Astartes to deploy, it had only one door. Once all of them had regrouped and secured the room, having made sure there was no enemy, they were free to move. Narok created a nav point on the Team's HUD and there were two routes to it: #1 - Straight out the room, out left, straight, to the elevator and moving two decks down. #2 - Straight out the room, keep moving straight, take the staircase near the armory two decks down. All other ways would take far too long, or would be too risky too take, considering Codex tactics and common sense. ~~ Kill-Team Stinger ~~ Having the agenda of complete annihilation, the Kill-Team intended to deploy inside of an artechamber, but through a miscalculation or other effects of space, they instead burst right into a smaller, emptied hangar. Yeveri's Auspex revealed and relayed on his Kill-Teams HUDs that a squad of Sons of Guilliman were in the same room they just crashed into, when the torpedo broke through. With their Bolters raised, they formed a half-circle around the torpedo, awaiting the boarders to come out. OOC: Please put on top of your post 'Kill-Team <your team name here>' to make it easier for everyone to follow your guys actions, please also make it a habit to tag people you interact with or are near your character; especially if using your vox-system.