@dx144 | @matt23 | @Vulpas | @Tamu | @BadDo9 Tactical Squad Ars Bellica was created from the ground up as part of the 3rd company under Captain Alexandros Proxis. The man was battle-hardened as a Terran-born Space Marine who has arrived along with the Emperor of Mankind on Macragge. With Guilliman being put in charge of an entire legion, the system of Macragge was jumping years in advance ahead within weeks. New superior technology from Mars. Supplies, vessels, armies and civilian forces. Guilliman like one would have expected made complete use of them and brought the closest systems he already traded with into his fold. And he carved out within his first decade of ruling what would become the core worlds of the Realm of Ultramar. In this very decade, five children home to Macragge had become aspirants in an experimental squad under Captain Proxis unconventional tactics. His closest battle-brother, Sergeant Dominus, was training them and putting them into shape - bringing the strength out of each of these children out to make them ready to receive the gene-seed and other genehancements as per Guillimans appended guidelines. Augustus Aurelius was the oldest and most capable in terms of potential officer. Although his twin chainswords are unconventional, he has proven more than once in spar combat that it is efficient as long as the rest of the squad delivers their payload. Claudius, Augustus father, already had achieved remarkable feats and maybe it was that desire to measure up to his biological father that drove him to new heights - both Proxis and Dominus guessed. Severus 'Seve' Tiberivs is a man who could be called not only intellectual but also rather interested in effective destruction of the enemy. That is why Dominus made exceptions to arm such a young marine with a Volkite Culverin. The most interesting thing however that not even the Severus might have been aware of is that Augustus' father, Claudius, had chosen him all those years back in the orphanage for the Ultramarine ascension program. His fire support was crucial in Augustus' focus of melee, but neither Proxis nor Dominus can tell if Claudius had that kind of foresight. Then there were cousins Julius Antius and Remen Mede, both hailing from Illyria. Both being Assault Marines with bolt pistol and chainsword, favoring balanced combat. While both had grown up in the rebellious lands of Macragge, their ancestors mistakes had been forgiven. Although neither was yet aware that Severus' parents died at the hands of Remen Medes Aunt, who was the mother of Julius Antius. As the past became more washed out and less of importance, it would nonetheless become a curious experiment of both the Chief Apothecary and Captain Alexandros if the bond of brotherhood would be as strong as Guilliman always made it sound. Lastly was the youngest, by age not even allowed to consume alcohol, Aris Elhan. With the fire and enthusiasm of a young child he wields dual pistols like a gunslinger of ancient times and a modified bastard, claymore-esque Chainsword. But he is also the most humane of the squad. Likeable as Guilliman and as worried about the people of Ultramar, he truly could be called the metaphorical heart of Squad Ars Bellica. All five have been training together from their childhood on, only a few weeks after Guillimans assimilation of the XIII Legion. Ten years of training, fighting, eating and sleeping as one squad, designated to hit where no full-size squad else could and harder than any other squad, as critical strike at the right time in the right spot. And due to their lack of ranged equipment, it was no surprise that Sergeant Dominus fielded a Plasma Gun as his choice of weapon. However today would be a day like none other. Guilliman proclaimed that the Imperium of Mankind was going to conquer the stars in what would be known as The Great Crusade. After having been loaded into their battle barge and given their farewells to their homeworld they ventured off to a world that Captain Proxis named 'Port Stellus'. However it was the Sergeant who would brief his squad. "Alright." He clasped his hands, summoning the holo-desk projection of the world as they stood in full armor around the table. "This will be our first real engagement with both Terrans and recruits from the realm of Ultramar. But more importantly. This battle will serve as a proof of concept to Squad Ars Bellica." With the projection having finished all the various layers of the planet, he started pointing at different areas. "We identified three main points of assault. The capital where we assume the political leadership to be at. The 12th company will take their assault there in attempt to cut the head of these traitorous humans. Having been seduced by aliens into a better life than the Imperium has to offer." He tapped the area and it highlighted the assault pattern, a simple pincer move, allowing the enemy a false sense of ability to flank, just to decimate them with orbital bombardment or air support. "The second assault targets a large supply depot which will be taken, not detonated. This will not only cut off critical warmachines off from their military, but it will also allow us to utilize them against their own. The problem is that they use primitive fossil fuels which are prone to detonation and the fact it will be heavily fortified with various bunkers, anti-air towers and similar. Which means that five infiltration teams will have to enter at the same time to make the takeover as smooth as possible and allow a primary assault force to enter. The 6th and 9th would do this in a joint operation, with infiltrators consisting mostly out of veterans." When he had highlighted the area, the number five would become very obvious as there were five targeting arrays for the anti-air weapon systems. "The last assault group will be targeting their sole space port. We cannot simply destroy it as we must retrieve data on other worlds they might be dealing with and shipping manifestos to obtain the coordinates of incoming and outcoming shipments, their contents and the xenos associated. If these humans had been seduced, so will be others. And of course we must know if they suffer from drug abuse or other means to convince them to give their lives away to alien overlords. This operation will be led by our company, the third and Captain Alexandros Proxis himself as he excels in void combat like no other of this strikeforce." On a tap, the map zoomed away from the world and onto the space station, displaying the Ultramarine fleet battleplan and the sole space station. OOC: See Discord Voting channel. But basically the options you can choose from are: #1 - Direct Ground Battle with the 12th Company. #2 - Infiltration Mission with elements of 6th and 9th company. #3 - Boarding of Space Station with your company, the 3rd. These decisions will have long-term effects in terms of your squad reputation and future mission choices.