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  • I have already opted for Gunboat Diplomacy. What did you two choose?

    Pruitt
    Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

    Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

    by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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    • QM: Writing is in progress! Real life has slowed down the effort as I haven't been able to sit down properly and have a good writing inspiration to happen. And Gunboat Diplomacy won.
      From Devastation - Knights Twilight Warhammer 40,000 Quest
      Rear Admiral Sander Van der Zee, Commander of Dutch Far East Theatre
      "There is never enough firepower!"

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      • Originally posted by Pruitt View Post
        I have already opted for Gunboat Diplomacy. What did you two choose ?
        Pruitt
        Same yes, seems well suited for the summer months when forum game participation is always a bit slow, it'll also buy us some more time to further explore the mechanics and setting without getting immediately involved in major battles.

        High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.
        Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Co.

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        • Should be interesting to see what information we find over the course of our travels.
          Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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          • It's also closest to my favourite Space Opera setting, travel the depths of the Galaxy, with a new "problem" to solve each episode...

            Promise to support a full campaign against the Orcs come September

            Although I'd prefer to find "Heretics", they would logically be the first target, given our chapter history...
            High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.
            Major Atticus Finch - ACW Rainbow Co.

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            • I'm attached to that setting as well, so I can definitely relate...
              Captain Khryses, Silver Star Omnilift Wing

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              • I am more inclined to go Orc Hunting after we recruit some people.

                Pruitt
                Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

                by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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                • What do we know about the Orcs btw ?

                  Are they inherently "evil" ? Or just misunderstood

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                  "Ere We Go, 'Ere We Go, 'Ere We Go!" — Common Ork chant heard during a Greenskin WAAAGH! Orks Totem of the Ork raceOrkBoy1 An Ork Boy holding the head of an Imperial Guardsman of the Maccabian Janissaries


                  The Orks, also called Greenskins, are a savage, warlike, green-skinned race of humanoids who are spread all across the Milky Way Galaxy. They share many features with Warhammer Fantasy Orcs (and were initially called "Space Orcs" to distinguish them). They are seen by their enemies (pretty much everyone else in the universe) as savage, warlike, and crude, but they are the most successful species in the whole galaxy, outnumbering possibly every other intelligent race, even Mankind (with the very plausible exception of the Tyranids).


                  https://warhammer40k.fandom.com/wiki/Orks
                  Last edited by Snowygerry; 12 Jul 19, 09:05.
                  High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.
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                  • It would appear the Orks then are the Ultras of this universe

                    Ere We Go, 'Ere We Go, 'Ere We Go
                    "Of all the races I have battled throughout the galaxy, the Ork is the hardest to comprehend. They wage war with machines that should not work, care little for strategic gains, and are just as likely to slaughter each other as the enemy. How does one battle an enemy that defies all logic?" — Rogue Trader Varnael Larik
                    High Admiral Snowy, Commander In Chief of the Naval Forces of The Phoenix Confederation.
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                    • Kill 'em all and let the Emperor sort them out!!

                      Pruitt
                      Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                      Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

                      by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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                      • QM: I can hopefully get the update out tomorrow. All the real life stuff has been done.

                        And yes the Orks are the Ultras of 40k. They were inspired by the British football hooligans and cockneys. They are great!
                        From Devastation - Knights Twilight Warhammer 40,000 Quest
                        Rear Admiral Sander Van der Zee, Commander of Dutch Far East Theatre
                        "There is never enough firepower!"

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                        • ++Date:943.M41++
                          Aboard Strike Cruiser Magnificent
                          In Vectus Sector outer regions
                          Turn 1 Part 5



                          Decisions:
                          -Gunboat Diplomacy

                          Special Event Roll: 7

                          The decision where to go and what to do in the future was made shortly after Magnificent had replenished her stores and several thousand volunteers had joined the crews of Magnificent and her escorts. Much to the ire of local Ecclesiarchy priest, large number of these volunteers were religious fanatics who were important part of local parish. The worries from priests were put aside after Administratum reminded them of the overpopulation of Vectus was suffering from. All this didn’t concern you, as Knights Twilight are above squabbling politics of locals. The thing that mattered to you was that you now had full crews for all of your ships.

                          Slowly you left the orbit and watchful eyes of Imperial Navy. It was time to go do your duty as Adeptus Astartes, as Space Marines. You had seen that time of rest was needed and that “showing the flag”, patrolling and acquiring information would be for the best. There was still one stop, Forge World of Grahe, the local powerhouse of Adeptus Mechanicus should know that you are here.


                          ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


                          During the warp jump to Grahe, you finally had time to go find Veteran Sergeant Tigrus. What he had said during the latest council meeting had concerned you. You had talked in private with Master of Sanctity Capon about what Tigrus had said. Capon had told you that it was nothing to worry about, that he would tell you if anything changed. Tigrus just felt that he as a senior member of the Chapter should have gotten the Captaincy of 1st Company and before the Downfall he felt that he would have become the 2nd Company Captain. According to Capon, Tigrus felt slighted. Taking what he told you in account, you entered the chapel-barracks which formerly housed a single Battle Company, but now had more action going on. The veterans of 1st Company had outside of training and drills other responsibilities in running Magnificent and what remained of the Chapter. Asking directions to where Veteran Sergeant Tigrus was at the moment, you were directed towards one of the private training chambers.

                          Entering the chamber you found Tigrus in the middle of a complex combat drill. Using a training blade he fought simultaneously against three training servitors, parrying their strikes while hitting his own. With a signal from a buzzer he quickly sheathed his sword and took out his bolter and fired at targets on the other side of the room. With a few quick bursts the magazine was empty and Tigrus signaled the servitors to move aside before removing his helmet and revealing his scarred scalp. His face showed several grizzly scars from his long service including the lightning burns from a psykers attack that made him wary of them.

                          “Brother Tigrus, I want to talk with you.”

                          “You haven’t come have here before Chapter Master, I would ask why the talk in private, but I think I know why.” He murmured back and checked his gear that everything was still in place after the training session.

                          “What you said during the meeting bothers me. It is true that I am cautious, but I am cautious with a reason. And that reason is not the lack of faith in Emperor or you in my brothers.” You let the words sink in for a few seconds before continuing. "Worshippers of Chaos and Xenos appear to be few in this sector Tigrus, indeed the Admiral appears to be in denial in regard to their very existence - we have Orcs and Pirates, but I suggest we continue to collect intelligence on our surroundings untill we find an opportunity to apply our limited resources with maximum efficiency. This is the reason why I am cautious, I am not going to throw what remains of our Chapter into the fires of war without a good knowledge of it."

                          Tigrus shifted a bit and straightened his back, but before he could speak, you continued.

                          “You know what Codex Astartes says about this, If you know both yourself and your enemy, you can win a hundred battles without a single loss.” You said to him knowing that Tigrus knows Codex Astartes by heart. It was a sly thing to do, to use something so important to him as a tool against him, but it seemed to work.

                          “Then we wait, but as we get an opportunity, you need to direct us at our enemies. A blade that isn’t used will grow dull, we need to sharpen it, we ourselves before we grow used to this.” He took attention and raised his bolter. "If that is our plan we need to serious about it. In the meantime as we are preparing, I suggest we build our reputation and keep an eye out for opportunities to grow our numbers. I will cease my talks about this with others, but you have my word that I will remind you that we are Angels of Death and that war is the place for us to be."

                          With that he gave you a deep bow and left the training chamber.


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                          Warp Travel and Exiting Roll: 83

                          The warp jump to Grahe System went uneventfully. With the guidance of Magnificent’s Navigator and Librarium lending their power, the travel could be considered smooth. Quickly you were greeted in both high gothic and in binary and welcomed to Grahe. Compared to the flight control of Vectus, the ones guiding you in Grahe were experts. With their help you found yourself approaching the Forge World Grahe Secundus which slowly was circling the gigantic gas giant Grahe I. You could easily see the massive defensive works around the moon. Space stations filled to the brim with defensive batteries, torpedo launchers and attack craft bays circled Grahe Secundus and the Adeptus Mechanicus installations in the system. To your trained eye this system was a fortress and likely the most well defended location in the whole Sector. Gigantic Ark Mechanicus battleships with their cruiser escorts were tethered in their places with dozens or even hundreds of smaller ships flying around them or working on them.

                          You didn’t have to linger long in the high orbit before you were contacted again. They were asking for you, Master of the Forge and a small honour guard to come to planetside for a meeting. It seemed that want to meet was mutual and not just something you wanted.


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                          The trip from the orbit to planetside aboard a Thunderhawk didn’t take long. With you came Master of the Forge Gregorious Vero and five veterans of the Chapter. Having known Vero for a long time, you could see that he was a bit nervous. The prospect of meeting the Fabricator-General of Grahe was just too exciting for him. The prospect of partnership with a strong Forge World would be a great boon for the Chapter.

                          You were guided towards a smaller landing pad near one of the secondary forges far away from the main forge complex. As you embarked from the Thunderhawk you saw the typical landscape of a Forge World. As far you could see there were ancient factories, gigantic chimneys and large cooling towers. To your eyes most buildings around where you landed looked like abandoned. Thankfully you all were wearing your helmets as the punishing winds caused your power armour to warn you from dangerous levels of pollution. You had to wait for some time before you saw three figures approaching you. The leading figure you saw being a large robed human riding a what seemed to be a monstrously huge horse and he was in turn flanked by two large Thallax cyborg soldiers. The figure on the horse approached you and spoke through his vox grill.

                          “Welcome to Grahe Space Marines, I wish to invite you to come inside away from these blasted winds and so that we can talk in private.” The figure said with his voice being distorted by the vox grill into something more mechanical than what normal while extending his hand from underneath his robe. To your surprise the hand wasn’t mechanical, but flesh. “Even here in outskirts there are prying eyes and those who don’t want you here, so please follow me. The entrance is just a few minutes walk from here.”

                          You followed him across a ruined railway and through a burned warehouse. Few times you could see servitor work gangs either repairing the structures and machines there or small pickets of Skitarii patrolled or manned outposts. The figure on the horse seemed to see that you noticed them and spoke.

                          “Malign and corrupted code and machinery is ever present in most if not all Forge Worlds. It is sadly byproduct for our Quest for Knowledge. You saw our planetary defences on your approach here, you recognized their strength. Grahe system can’t be assaulted without a clear and decisive strength in numbers and even then conquering the system might be impossible. But a single corrupted code can bring it all down from inside, that is why we must be vigilant.”

                          Just as he had said, it only took a few minutes for you to enter through and heavily fortified airlock and take a cargo elevator approximately 150 metres underground. What greeted you was very well maintained set of hab-blocks, factories, laboratories and hundreds of workers milling around doing their tasks. The figure on the horse finally dismounted and patted the back of his horse. Now as he was standing, he really wasn’t much shorter than you were.

                          “Beautiful creature isn’t she. I would say one of my finest creations. The war is very mechanical, but even then the flesh is still required. Some of my colleagues would want to disagree, but even they know that machine cannot replace flesh completely.” He said while continuing to check on his horse. He then looked like he realized something and removed his helmet showing his face to you. He looked like many older Imperial Guard veterans you had seen, a face full of scars, skin and muscle transplants and what seemed like two high quality vat-grown replacement eyes.

                          “Sorry for my tardiness for not introducing myself first. I am Maximilian Roche, Magos Biologis of Adeptus Mechanicus and Genetor of Forge World Grahe. My responsibilities lie in the creation of the majority of the more specialized servitors and soldiers of Skitarii Legions. Forge-Biologis 23, the place where we are now is my base with over one million subordinates directly under my command. For example these two mighty Thallax cyborgs have been created here.” He points to his two bodyguards.

                          “But where my responsibilities lie is not my expertise, it is flesh, biological enhancements. Like my horse which is vat-grown and genetically enhanced to be superior to what the ancient horses of Terra were. Subdermal plating, secondary heart, resistance to fatigue and pain that surpasses their riders. Beautiful creations of mine for the armies of Imperial Guard. Superior compared to what they originally were, bit like you compared to normal humans. Biologic and genetic freaks created for war.”

                          His voice was of excitement and deep interest, before it changed to a tone of calculated coldness.

                          “But enough of what I do and back to responsibilities. Fabricator-General Higrain is a very busy servant of Cult Mechanicus couldn’t personally come to greet you. I jumped on this chance to represent Grahe instead of someone else.”

                          “Pleasure to meet you Magos Biologis Roche.” You finally had a chance to speak. “I presume you did this because of politics and power.”

                          You gambled a bit on what you said, but Roche seemed to be calculative just like members of the Adeptus Mechanicus usually are.

                          Roche smiled slyly and spoke.

                          “You are correct Chapter Master, politics and power are the reason. When a force of a single strike cruiser, commanded by a Chapter Master with only a handful of Space Marines under his command appears, especially if that Chapter is known for operating in galactic south and not here in north suddenly appears, it does raise interest. And to be frank just like you were with me, you aren’t really in a position to negotiate.”

                          He left a pause so that what he said could sink in before continuing,

                          “But I and other Magos of Grahe know that you shouldn’t corner a runaway servitor to subdue it. You give it possibilities and in turn make it think that it has a chance before you catch it. With you it isn’t as simple, but you get the idea. What we offer is our services as the premier manufacturing and shipbuilding world, in turn for our services we need you to do things that benefit us.”

                          He was brutally direct and the worst thing was that he was correct. Knights Twilight lacked the numbers and strength to properly negotiate and be independent. You knew that they could dictate the terms how they would help you, but they also knew that you could decline and no one would benefit from this.


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                          You talked for several more hours in what could be called office. He had arranged a few Space Marine sized chairs to be moved there so that you could sit around uncomfortably small table that was clearly made for regularly sized humans. While Roche was very direct and straight, he also knew how to be subtle enough to make you stay and hear his proposals. Gregorius Vero and him talked about the condition of Magnificents Forges, Grahes more specialized products and other more Adeptus Mechanicus related things. Supply situation, how many servitors Magnificent has, future proceedings and other pieces of information were traded with what he proposed was discussed between these subjects.

                          What he proposed was simple. Bring captured warships to Grahe instead of Imperial Navy, bring whatever archeotech or weapons that are extremely rare that you find to Grahe or help Adeptus Mechanicus in tasks where they require help. In turn Grahe could produce something more special which Magnificents Forges cannot produce and that shipyards orbiting Grahe would be available for Knights Twilight to use.

                          While your meeting had a rough start, you considered it a success. Forge World Grahe saw you as an asset that could be used to achieve their own goals and in turn Grahe would allow access to their abilities to produce tools of war. Finally as a sign of friendship, Magos Biologis Roche gave your Master of the Forge 10 Grahe-class Combat Servitors as bodyguards. Both you and Vero thanked Roche for his hospitality and left Grahe with the servitors following Vero like a flock of birds their mother.


                          ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++


                          Warp Travel and Exiting Roll: 83, 34, 56

                          Leaving Grahe behind you finally started what you had planned to do, your trip from the Sectors centre towards its less patrolled outer areas.

                          Rest of the year was rather uneventful as nothing that would require you to fight happened. Majority of the time was spent on doing warp jumps from empty system to another empty system during which you few times escorted traders to their destinations. Once you met with Imperial Navy patrol which after short conversation and exchange of intelligence wished you Emperor’s protection before continuing the patrol. Only once you had to go full battle stations as your long range augurs managed to find an old remains of an Ork Rok which was clearly blasted apart by macrocannons and lances.

                          The more fruitful portion of the year was when you visited several Imperial worlds. You met with their Planetary Governors, joined their feasts as direct representatives of God-Emperor and even once participated in a military parade hastily put together. You talked to them about threats that could face them, you spoke about doing your duty for the Imperium and the God-Emperor and that fighting for mankind is the greatest honour one can have. You knew that you were used by the nobles in their local squabbles and politics, but that didn’t concern you. You knew that your presence put them in line for at least for the foreseeable future.

                          1st Company Captain Valerian and 10th Company Captain Grafft had met with the leadership of the different Planetary Defense Forces. From their report the PDFs are quite a mixed bag with the quality of the troops and officers ranging from poor to Imperial Guard level. Their report also concluded that the population of the worlds you visited are too soft for recruitment at sustainable rate. If the standards were to be lowered and large portion of the population screened, maybe you could get a batch of recruits every decade or two. Administratum wouldn’t most likely even allow recruiting from these worlds. Taking the Red Tithe and taking the recruits by force by Graffts estimates could be done, but the damage done by taking the strongest and brightest would most likely make it hard for the worlds to pay their Tithe. These Civilized worlds within Sector Vectus don’t seem to be suitable for sustained recruitment.

                          Otherwise the worlds visited were calm. They paid their Tithes in time either as produced goods or in regiments of Imperial Guard. Chief Librarian Gotch saw that any mutants caught were killed and psykers caught. Semi-regularly the Inquisitional Blackships came and took them away. Neither did Master of Sanctity Capon find anything strange when he visited the churches and met with the local Ecclesiarchy's priests. Final conclusion of these worlds was that without a foreign threat, it would be unlikely for the worlds to end up in conflict.

                          Librarium Effort and Intelligence Gathering: 83

                          Most importantly by the efforts by the Librarium and Chapter Serfs sent undercover to ask things, you managed to find information regarding the Ork pirates and their raids. Combining it with what you already knew, it seemed that Orks might be using Penubilian Cluster as their base. Penubilian Cluster is a group of systems close to each other inside the Veiled Nebula. Its location is known, but it hasn’t been properly mapped. Imperial Navy rarely if never patrols through it.

                          In total the Gunboat Diplomacy was seen as successful. There were more worlds to visit in the outer regions of the Sector so the work isn’t done yet, but with finding information regarding the Orks new possibilities of action. But before you could continue, the year of 943.M41 came to its end. For nearly a year you had operated in Sector Vectus. While there were no fighting yet, you had made your presence known. There was Space Marines, Adeptus Astartes the Emperor's Angels of Death in the Sector.


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                          Events:

                          Religious fanatics among replenishment crews
                          -Large number of replenishment crews for Magnificent and her escorts were religious fanatics. While at the start it was hard to get them to switch to the Chapter Cult, but after the switch the new crewmembers continued to serve fanatically. Improved morale amongst the crews



                          Relationship with Forge World Grahe established
                          -Forge World Grahe is willing to allow the use of their Forges and Shipyards in exchange for Favours.
                          -Shipyards available, check Forge World Ship Production Costs for their prices.
                          -Forges available, wargear with the note: “STC Pattern Unavailable: Contact the Mechanicus” are available for acquiring. Prices depend on the product. Ask for more information.
                          -Adeptus Mechanicus might ask for help or give missions to accomplish. Doing them will earn you Favours.



                          Investigation on Ork Pirates
                          -You managed to find information on the Ork pirates and their base of operation.
                          -Penubilian Cluster singled out as potential Ork base of operation
                          -Approximately active Ork pirates have several frigate sized vessels, Orks are known to have Roks guarding their systems, single cruiser sized vessel has been seen in the raids.



                          Production:
                          -Land Speeder Tornado
                          -Mk-VIII ‘Errant’ Power Armor
                          -10 Grahe-class Combat Servitors gifted.

                          ++Thought of the Day++
                          Let your soul be armoured with Faith, driven on the tracks of Obedience which overcome all obstacles, and armed with the three great guns of Zeal, Duty and Purity
                          Last edited by Senorankka; 16 Jul 19, 16:23.
                          From Devastation - Knights Twilight Warhammer 40,000 Quest
                          Rear Admiral Sander Van der Zee, Commander of Dutch Far East Theatre
                          "There is never enough firepower!"

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                          • QM: Took longer than I wanted, but here is the Turn 1 Part 5 and the end of year 943.M41. I will post the Turn 2 Part 1 hopefully tomorrow with all the Turn 2 what to do decisions etc, it shouldn't be that big of an update. Hopefully I didn't forget anything when writing this turn or made other mistakes.

                            I will update the Google Doc now so that when Turn 2 Part 1 hits it should be up to date. As always, if you have any questions, feel free to ask.
                            From Devastation - Knights Twilight Warhammer 40,000 Quest
                            Rear Admiral Sander Van der Zee, Commander of Dutch Far East Theatre
                            "There is never enough firepower!"

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                            • Testing...
                              Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                              Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

                              by Khepesh "This is the logic of Pruitt"

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                              • What do you guys want? I lean to saving up some favors to get better ships. My wish list is a squadron of Hunters and a Strike Cruiser. This could take some time! We have 24 more gene seed which can be implanted in 24 new volunteers, install the seed? We also have 60 new Build Points.

                                Pruitt
                                Pruitt, you are truly an expert! Kelt06

                                Have you been struck by the jawbone of an ASS lately?

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