Dicsord Channel: https://discord.gg/F9VbvJK Four high ranking members of the Ordo Xenos with their respective retinue gathered as a Cell in the big hall which was akin to that of a Parliament. Each faction had their fancy thrones, fit to seat even an Astartes. Although all the mortals looked pathetically small in them, compared to the Angels of Death. Of course while one could easily think this was a proper gathering like that of a Cabal or even Conclave, it really was just four inquisitors coming together to bring swift results to the Imperium. On the Eastern Rows sat at the head a Captain of the Deathwatch. Former Lord of Fortress Vendaran in the Ultima Segmentum before it got hopelessly overrun during the First Tyrannic War. He and his Deathwatch Kill-Teams fought with vigor and all they had, but in the end made a full retreat to carry the horrors that the Tyranids were to the Imperium. Alas, the warp played with them and they emerged after Calgar and his Ultramarines emerged victorious in the Battle for Macragge. With his life already forfeited to the Deathwatch, Iron Hand Varuuk devoted his life to exterminate the Xenos - no matter what the price was. It was easily visible on his body as the only thing that remained human probably was his head - or so the rumors were. His Kill-Team knew him already as a ruthless warrior, walking into battle with the ancient Power Axe that was crafted on Medusa by some of the best Techmarines their chapter ever had. It accompanied him through all Three Tyrannic Wars, since he had become a Sergeant. For him, it was black and white. The aliens are the enemy that must be annihilated as much as the old enemy, the traitors. After all, the aliens were what brought humanity together back in the Great Crusade. But now they threatened discord in their midst. Eldar 'allying' with humans, though in the end it was always to their own benefit. The Tau who promised that one could serve for a 'Greater Good', though it was just propaganda to be part of their own warmachine, being used as meat shields and to bring terror to the Imperium by forcing them to fight their former friends and brothers-in-arms. Then of course the Tyranid threat which just devoured anything in it's path, akin to how Necrons simply want everything to be as dead as themselves on the inside. They all would be annihilated - or at least Varuuk would die trying. Behind him sat or stood: Goreparan the Minotaur Apothecary. Sirius the Blood Raven Tactical. Obiken the Exorcist Techmarine. Ruine the Imperial Fist Assault Marine. Tyr Nosebreaker the Space Wolf Grey Hunter. On the Southern Rows, represented by Inquisitor Amleth sat casual, one elbow on the armrest and his head resting on the palm of his hand. He was known as a rather... Creative problem solver. Although it may look questionable by many of his adversaries, he could care less - his motives are only important to himself, and the end always justifies the means. He rose to power the traditional way, having been an acolyte to many Inquisitors throughout his lifetime until he earned the title himself. Which of course was more out of necessity than desire. After the Second Tyrannic War caused by Hive Fleet Kraken, so many good Inquisitors died that they had to use whatever scraps they had. Which included Amleth. Nobody even knows of his past, as all of his history before the age of 18 when he was adopted by a noble family has been eradicated. And interesting enough he never had more than one human in his retinue, just like now. But instead relied on aliens. So it was no surprise that at his side was his personal acolyte, Rygar Pox, a Techpriest from Metalica which makes him of course a devoted Electro-Priest. the aliens sat behind him with shock collars that Rygar could utilize with the help of his MIU, after all - remote controls were far too unreliable. It was more as a precaution in emergency scenarios and so that other humans don't think of him too lowly for utilizing Xenos help. After all, he did genuinely facilitate their needs and made sure their physical and mental health came first. Dark Eldar, Clawed Fiends and similar blood and/or soul suckers were fed with scum humans that would have died one way or another anyway. Verathians, Kroot and other 'wilder' aliens would live in a former mess that would have been turned into one giant terrarium. Eldar were allowed to keep their soulstones and even their own meditation halls. They were tools. And a tool will only remain useful if you keep it maintained well, that was Amleths belief. The seated aliens are: Karack 'Smiley' Ghost-tooth, the Verathian Teethspeaker (Psyker) Alnar, the Eldar Corsair Reaver Laeris, the fallen Dark Eldar Trueborn On the Western Row, there was only a lonely throne as there was no retinue behind this individual. It was an androgynous character. And one might even be backhanded or punched in the face if calling this person by the wrong name, at least the cocky smirk gave that impression away. One leg was placed over the other, middle finger on the upper lip and index finger across the rectangular glasses, tapping on the temple. It was Inquisitor Sascha Yuri Gorbachev. The hair was bright blonde, straight and with spikes going to the right. Bright blue eyes with a certain glow, almost spark, placed beneath, scanning the room with great interest. Sascha was renown as an Inquisitor with extensive knowledge on the warp. Having served on black ships, also rumored to belong to either the Horusian or Xanthism faction of the Radical Inquisitors. Although there are more than one person in all arms of the inquisition who would swear that Sascha is a full-hearted Puritan. It was perhaps the jealousy of other, less successful inquisitors who tried to slander Gorbachev. It didn't matter what the rumors said - the track record spoke for itself. Sascha aided the Ordo Hereticus before in witch hunts, having quite a third eye to pick out those with psychic abilities. Yuri also aided the Ordo Xenos in many research projects, such as how Kroot can develop psychic abilities from devouring enough psychic users, such as Eldar. Or how the Tyranids evolved between the wars. It was a bit awkward to give so much tribute to a person who was barely over 60 years old, and even moreso since Gorbachev looked not a bit over 21. But then again, what would one else expect from a Delta Psyker having been born and raised within the Inquisition? And finally there was the Northern Row, representing the 'normal' Imperials by a Puritan Inquisitor who believes in the avatar of the God-Emperor who will walk among humanity in their darkest hour, if they continue to praise him and hold him dear in his heart. She studied Sebastian Thor thoroughly and has always believed in his writings. Inquisitor Marcella Brigitte de Provence might also be influenced by her background of having been raised in an Orphanage ran by the Adeptus Sororitas. While they hoped to raise a new Sister of Battle, it seemed the psychic potential in Marcella was too strong to let the talent go to waste. So the Inquisition was called in and with the Ecclessiarchy Militant as sponsor, she was granted the best of the best tutors and facilities. In fact she was shipped from some backwater world in the Segmentum Pacificus all the way to Ophelia VII to be trained in the ways of the Inquisition. Although she had problems at first with the necessary force and coldness that an Inquisitor had to bare, since she always had been someone who believed in unison, strength in numbers and that humans should take care of one another, she would eventually understand that it was for the good of the Imperium as she got older. Especially once she wandered as an Acolyte of an Ordo Hereticus Inquisitor she learned of the threats within, how cruel and ill-willed the very humanity is she swore to protect and lead into the faith of the God-Emperor, that he is protecting them. Marcella learned with her own eyes how thousands of humans gladly worshipping the ruinous powers of the warp, turning away from the light of the Emperor. It made her upset enough to turn away from the Ordo Hereticus and serve the Ordo Xenos, wishing to fight the enemy from outside as it was easier on her conscience. A rare sight for a Puritan of her caliber is that she sees Abhumans and Humans on the same level - as long as their faith into the God-Emperor was equal. Next to her was her retinue of humans, sitting on the same line as herself, as she never saw her greater as any other loyal human being: Macharius, the Stormtrooper Rei, the Telekine Psyker Red Tarsinis, the Crusader Arleen Herithorn, the Felinid Sister Hospitaller Denton 'Longfang' Reach, the Catachan Above them was a giant projection of a planet in the Segmentum Ultima. It's name, 'Klarheit II', it was an imperial world that had fought hard for it's survival in the recent wars it had seen. Constant war terrorized this world for the last century. First came the Orks which were relatively quickly taken apart through assassinations on their bosses. After that, was an insurgency by a local rebellion in the capital which killed some of the higher officials but failed to kill the governor - claiming that they failed in making Klarheit II a stronger system than what it is. After that, the system came under attack of a small Red Corsair fleet which raided them for weapons, ammunition and slaves. It is still unclear whether they were chased off, or if they simply left with what they wanted. Lastly and currently, there was a siege on the capital by the Tau Empire. The screen displayed two picts, one of a Tau commander clad in a customized crisis battlesuit with a red painted head and the rest painted in a deep green the name label read 'Commander Firestorm'. Anyone who knew a bit about the Tau would identify them as the Dal'yth sept. The other pict showed an Ethereal, a name label above him 'Aun'vre'Ka'Shi'. The Deathwatch Captain rose to instruct how the operation was going down. "Our mission is simple and direct. Eliminate the Tau threat and liberate Klarheit II once more. Their morale is weak and the Tau profit from the fact that there was a past rebellion. They claim liberation from the 'iron fist ruling of the Imperium', as they describe it. So their recruitment numbers increase by the week, especially since their Blitzkrieg tactics have gotten them fast advancement into the Capital. Foreseen reinforcements never arrived, which is why we have been convened this quickly to bring an end to this." A green square with a big question mark popped up, indicating the lost reinforcements are not to be expected anytime soon. Varuuk continued on without much of a pause. "The Deathwatch will handle Commander Firestorm and his battlesuits. Inquisitor Marcella will travel to the other worlds in the system to rally reinforcements from the local PDF, while her retinue is being handed over to Inquisitor Amleth. The aliens and humans will work together to get rid of the Ethereal. Without him, they will fall apart and victory is ours. Which means that we will keep the Commander occupied so he can't worry about the protection of his spiritual guide. Yuri, you will stay on the vessel and make sure to warn us of any warp activity, in case the Red Corsairs come back, or by Ferrus' hammer who knows next. Prepare yourselves on our shared vessel 'The Darkest Night'." The fact the title address was missing for Inquisitor Gorbachev combined with the use of the middle name was hinting that Varuuk and Sascha knew one another. The meeting was as quickly completed as it came together. ~~ Three Days Later ~~ The group had armed up and readied themselves in whichever way they needed over the last few days, but at last arrived in orbit of Klarheit II. The mess of this warzone was visible from space, the planet being blockaded by a handful of damaged Tau ships, scans indicating that in fact the planet wa not even under imperial control anymore as broadcasts from the world have recruitment speeches of the Tau Empire on loop. Orbital imagery revealing flags of the Dal'yth hanging from the governor's palace. The entire retinue was present witnessing the images together, only Marcella and Sascha being absent as Marcella readied for her rally across the system and Sascha being busy meditating. Captain Varuuk clenched his hands into fists. "Change of plans then. The Deathwatch will board their flagship and take out the engines. That will make the ship fall towards the planet and break the barricade. The humans and aliens will wait until we are successful and then proceed to land at the governor's palace to survey the situation. We will join you on the ground as soon as possible." Inquisitor Amleth rose an eyebrow at the decision but smiled. "Very well, Captain. I will have my good man Rygar ready a thunderhawk to extract you, while we will deploy via Valkyrie. Should be plenty of space for us. I wish you good hunting with the Tau flagship." He waved playfully and then turned on his heel. "Come now, Karack, Alnar and Laeris. And of course you, too, retinue of Marcella." The mortal inquisitor called over his own deployment squad, two-handed force claymore on his back. Captain Varuuk marched towards the boarding torpedoes, expecting without a word needed to order, for the Deathwatch marines to fall in line. He was also clad for full combat, Power Axe on one side, bolt pistol on the other, a frag and krak grenade on each side on his waist on the front. Shortly all six Astartes sat in their torpedo like a proper kill-team, waiting for the signal to launch. "Speak your prayers to your progenitor, ancestors, the emperor or whomever else you wish. Today we fight to get rid of the enemy from beyond - the Alien, the Xenos. They will wish to have never been born by the time we are done with their petty souls. But no matter how much you enjoy to bring death to them. Don't lose your objective out of sight. We will disable their engines and annihilate their flagship for one purpose alone: to get to our real target - their commander." The Astartes had time to speak their mind, do their prayers or make a quick plan as their cruiser and frigates approached the enemy fleet to get into range. OOC: Aliens + Mortal Humans will deploy via Valkyrie & combined under Inquisitor Amleth once the Tau barricade has been broken. Deathwatch Astartes will deploy via Boarding Torpedo to disable the engines to make the vessel drop on the planet and break the barricade.