Meatgrinder @Draconion @Vulpas "I appreciate your help, Chief Apothecary," Sergeant Mormeh grunted as the medical servo skull hurried around him and his squad, Jendon saving lives with his action as this was exactly what the Assault Marines needed to keep themselves active in the combat. Tide of servitors was upon them, slowing the movement enough so the Iron Warriors could exploit it. Only one Assault brother died, getting between Mormeh and the axe-wielding Honor Guard, he received the sharp end of the twin weapons and got eviscerated. Jendon saw his death but couldn't worry too much about it as Captain Karon was on him and the Iron Warriors Commander wasn't about to let the Apothecary go without dishing out a proper smackdown. Jendon's power sword struck out, cutting Karon across his gauntlet and drawing a line of blood, but the Captain acted as if nothing happened. "Where do you think you're going?" just as Jendon activated his jump pack, Karon caught the Apothecary on his harness and used the sudden momentum - and his own strength - to alter the trajectory and instead in air, slammed Jendon into the ground. The strain on the engine and the damage from the crash set the jump pack on fire, burning through Chief Apothecary's back before he managed to dislodge it. He was slow though, raising his bolt pistol up only for it to be smashed aside by Karon, who brought his hammer around and hit Jendon's chest dead center. The only thing that saved Jendon's life there was his suit's artifice - plates first buckled and then were ripped to shreds by the adamantium chain wrapped around Karon's hammer, although the force of the blow broke the rib cage and shattered the golden Aquila, hurling him couple of feet away from his attacker. "How does defeat taste?" Captain taunted Jendon as he advanced upon his prone form, obvious smile hidden behind his Mark IV helmet, "Get used to it. Fulgrim was apparently too weak to purge all of you traitors, not surprising there, but irrelevant. We will get the job done properly." Karon brought his chain hammer up to seal Jendon's fate but then two shots exploded on his chest, driving him couple of steps back and preventing him from executing the Child of the Emperor. "Apothecary," once again Jendon heard the death-whisper in his ear, the Raven Guard's tone betrayed his emotions. "You are reckless. Another hit like that and you will die. Go for the throat, not for the limbs," somewhat annoyed for sure, the sniper once again fed Jendon the necessary information about the enemy movement and his own position, giving him another opening to seize and bring the Iron Warrior's Commander down. While the Apothecary was dealing with the enemy Captain, Vitaly turned his attention on reinforcing their core and taking over the "Battleborn's" systems. First entrance into the ship-wide security proved to be a difficult task as most of the firewalls and protective data-webs spun around it, the slow reaction of various sentry guns and bulkheads which friendly legionaries could utilize was troublesome as the advantage wasn't really there. Vitaly also saw, via multiple cameras, the attacking crew of Arnock, Elymas and Squad Rulduan dealing with the Iron Warriors beyond the Bridge when the bulkheads exploded and a Dreadnought charged straight at them. Quickly cycling through the network, the Forgemaster seized the communications almost without any issue. Iron Warriors and their mortal elements were kicked out of the network as the ship-wide vox fell into loyalist hands, allowing Vitaly to manipulate the events to his own accord. It was almost fated that he did this as suddenly, a powerful signal came from the rest of the enemy fleet. Doing higher triangulation at the speed of dozen terahertz he located the origin of the rogue signal, the surface of Isstvan V itself while the sender was encrypted with the classic Third Legion codes. Going through the information at the blink of an eye, Vitaly learned that he was examining a simple video recording from couple of different helmet-integrated picters, but once he opened the short clip he could see something he never saw before. Fulgrim was there, recorded from different angles as different legionaries looked at him, fighting Ferrus Manus. Video recorder had trouble following the speed with which these two beings fought and it was hard for Vitaly to make out the details, especially as it was mixed with the legionary recording it also fought against a shield wall consisting of Iron Hands Morlocks, but the majesty of the duel was undeniable. In similar fashion, the death of Gorgon was all that devastating. With a glorious riposte, using a silver sword unknown to the Forgemaster, Fulgrim decapitated his brother and as Ferrus died, so the cheers from the traitor side grew louder. What followed from the recording was that Iron Hands were pushed back from the body of their Primarch, while Emperor's Children hurried towards it, Vitaly losing the sight of it as the scavengers began to pluck it apart, Fulgrim similarly disappearing from view as he marched away from combat. This recording was sent out with the idea of it being received by every ship in the void above Isstvan, but when it came to "Battleborn", Vitaly had it firmly in his grasp and none, not even his Covenant, had seen it. He quickly moved onto next two systems and the weapons on this heavy cruiser were now targeting Word Bearers, the instant change and the fact the macro cannons perfectly complemented "Sovereign's" plasma batteries and lances sealed the fate of "Sermon of Truth" - the enemy cruiser getting blown apart from two different angles. As for "Blackest Grip", Raven Guard ship was too far gone by this point, not to mention that "Battleborn" was also damaged and its speed was not that great to begin with, it failing to do much other than prolong XIX cruiser's life for couple of more moments. Tyrion also sent a ping in the meantime, the Techmarine unable to crack Magos' engrams just yet, although he was getting to it and confirmed it to Vitaly that he will be successful soon. But this was simply the start of it. Vitaly's sensors screamed in danger as Electro-Priests got closer. Not about to be stopped by these traitors, the Forgemaster introduced them with a weapon of his own making. Electro-Priests never got the chance to argue or call Vitaly a heretek due to his experiments that most likely wouldn't sit well with some Mechanicum's higher-ups, as V.O.T.E.C. blaster annihilated all of them in an instant. Disappearing in flames, the bodies of these enemies were turned into nothing more than ash and dust. However a hail of shots came Vitaly's way as one of the Ironstriders got his mark, couple of autocannon shells exploding on his armor and blasting two big holes on his upper chest. This also prevented him from helping Ulysses who was targeted by the second walker. Ironstrider's salvo brought the Techmarine down on his knees, right into the hands of five combat servitors who attacked him without remorse. Power axes and swords fell and Ulysses screamed in pain as his left arm was ripped apart, the grav gun he held getting lost with it. He survived thought as once again Raven Guard Chaplain interfered, first by kicking the combat servitors away from the stricken Techmarine and after that, sending couple of shots into the Ironstrider and dissuading the skitarii on it from further attacking. Finally, this opened the chance for Vitaly to send a missile into enemy Librarian who still clung to the wall behind the fighting. It wasn't a direct hit but the superheated gas burned the area around the witch, enough to melt ceramite and also enough for the Iron Warrior to break his reverie. "Bring the prisoners to the gallows, we will have fun tonight!" he laughed like a maniac before another shot rang and he slammed against the wall. One of the Raven Guards opened fire alongside Vitaly and now the psyker was bleeding from multiple wounds, however he somehow still clung to life. "No, no, you won't bring me down, doesn't matter no, no! We will all burn in the end!" he rattled on before the final shot blasted his primary heart out, killing him on the spot. It came from the banner-bearing Iron Warrior, who didn't skip a beat after slaying his own deranged comrade and followed with another shot at Vitaly, the bolt exploding on Forgemaster's guard but some of the shards still managed to penetrate his neck and damage what remained of the flesh there. The rest of the Iron Warriors command squad pushed on into the Devastators, backed by the Line Squad, they wreaked havoc on the Emperor's Children. Four more legionaries died, two bisected by the swordsman, one losing his entire upper torso by a close-ranged plasma blast while the last one fell to a combined effort of multiple bolter-wielding defenders. Ilyas kept on firing though, slaying two enemies but still he was pushed back towards the central node and the Techmarine behind it. As for Minteril, he too had his luck turned on him as the Dominators grouped up after the initial attack and formed a cohesive center. This was nothing new as the Iron Warriors were famous for their grueling way of doing battle - even after suffering heavy casualties they always seemed to find the way to retaliate and win the day. Whereas Emperor's Children Terminators were obviously more gifted in the ways of pure martial prowess, they still remained sons of the Phoenician and each one of them was a great warrior on his own, but they fought the same way while the Iron Warriors did not. Two or three Dominators ganged up on single Child of the Emperor and gunned him down unceremoniously or clubbed him to death with power fists and maces. One on one they could never match Minteril's warriors in melee combat, but in the vicious brawl that ensued they had the upper hand. Chapter Master himself was the only one who they still couldn't bring down, his twin swords finding necks even as the rest of his men died around him. Enslaving the ship: Ironstriders:15/9, Combat Servitors:30 Dominators:22, Line Squad:8, Captain Karon:17(chain hammer), Honor Squad:10(Banner + bolter)/8(two power axes)/10(plasma gun)/9(power sword + shield) Jendon:12, Vitaly:17, Minteril's HQ:18, Devastator Squad Ilyas:10, First Techmarine Covenant:10, Assault Squad Mormeh:11 Skitarii troops:40, Raven Guard:??? Tides of War: Minor Iron Warriors advantage Skitarii troops are currently standing on the defense, not attacking anyone but if attacked, they will defend themselves. Minteril will focus his effort on the enemy Dominators while Ilyas will move against enemy Honor Guard. Due to once again receiving Raven Guard's locks, Jendon has an extra attack to use on his next turn. Jendon's jump pack has been destroyed. Due to Vitaly's actions in the last round, the "Battleborn" is half-way through falling into loyalist hands.