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Deathwatch – Binary Stars Episode 1

In the year 755 of the 41st Millenium, in the Calixis sector, on a routine visit with Rogue Trader Blain Arcadius, the navy frigate Spear of Tarsus made a discovery that would change the course of a trillion lives. On an emergency exit from a warp trip through the heart of Imperial territory, their astropath immediately collapsed frothing at the mouth, the auto-recorder recording a single phrase: “The unravelling is begun.” On further investigation, the Spear of Tarsus found a station, a ring kilometers in length, of unknown xenos architecture and purpose. After years of careful study, the station was activated, opening a stable portal to a region of space isolated for thousands of years by warp storms: The Jericho Reach. The Jericho gate, connecting to the center of Imperial territory, presents one of the greatest threats or opportunities yet encountered to mankind.

In the year 777, 22 years after initial discovery, the High Lords of Terra issued the official decree secretly authorizing the Achilus Crusade, under the command of Imperial Warmaster Tiber Achilus. Striking forth, he found early success, securing the “Iron Collar”, a near-impenetrable series of Imperium-sympathetic worlds that were quickly conquered, fortified, and turned into staging areas for further strikes. However, the early victories were quickly followed by failures. To the galactic southeast, the Tau empire, having assimilated many formerly human worlds into their system-spanning organization for the “Greater Good”, slowed the crusade. To the east, spewing forth from the Hades anomaly, demonic influences and aligned forces, the Stigmartus, threaten to corrupt or overwhelm the crusade. And in 786, a mere 9 years into the crusade, Tiber Achilus is lost forever during a routine warp voyage within the Iron Collar.

His successor, Solomon Tetrarchus, has been in charge of the crusade for 31 grueling years. In 812, 26 years into his command, Tetrarchus reorganized the crusade into three distinct entities. The Canis Salient, led by commander Ebongrave, would engage the Tau. The Acheros Salient, currently under the command of Duchess Magratha Von Karlack, would engage the Stigmartus army emerging from the Hades anomaly. And the Orpheus salient to the galactic north, under general Mikal Curas, sought to reunite the easily broken and sympathetic worlds therein. While the other salients settled into a long stalement, the Orpheus salient was successful, advancing quickly, until the shadows of new foe, the unknowable biological hordes of the Tyranids, crashed into the front, pushing it back slowly and steadily. The fate of dozens of worlds remain entirely unknown.
The year is 817. The Achilus Crusade has raged for 40 years. In these troubled times, the Ordo Xenos, the arm of the inquisition with ultimate authority and duty to face all alien threats to mankind, operates among the crusade, pursuing goals that may save a million lives or doom an entire fleet in a heartbeat. Their greatest warriors, the Deathwatch, are drawn from the ranks of the Space Marine chapters, genetically engineered warrior-monks, armed with the greatest implements of war the Imperium can muster. And on Watch Station Erioch, the millenia-old fortress of the Deathwatch in the Jericho Reach, a new killteam is ordered…

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Only War – Severan Dominate Finale

Nunna dem humies gon’ scrap wit’ us, wen we ridin’ in dis. No maskboyz, none dem flyin’ gits wot got wingz. Dey too caught up killin’ each ovva. Makes Ed wish he kinda didn’t have it.

Kinda.

Oi! Wot’s dat bangin’ on I ‘ear? Humiez on da roof? Gon’ be a good ‘un after all. A rite scrap!

– ‘Edrecka Da Grot-Minda, five seconds before the Severan assault began.

All allies have been called in. All available wargear and manpower put to its best use. The Aetherian Rex auxilliary squad rides into battle, flanked by their ship-mate’s gunships. They are the Dominate’s last and only hope to maintain presence on Hervara. Without the planet’s metals, Duke Severus’ dream of independence from the Imperium will be strangled to death by lack of raw materials before it even gets to draw breath.

Ordinatus Ullator must be destroyed, or taken for the Dominate. No other outcome is acceptable, no matter how unlikely.

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Only War – Severan Dominate Episode 11

The so-called “Saint” Drusus was a nothing more than a mouthpiece for those who oppressed us! With that in mind, the Festival of “Saint” Drusus shall be replaced by a more fitting celebration – the Feast of Rightful Stewardship. As I have for all of you – give others what they deserve. Those you interdepend on. Those who observe justice, and act with honesty.
Edict XIV, 1 month into the New Severan Calendar, Year The First

Even with the news of an Imperial offensive on their minds, the Dominate Overpass HQ can’t help but celebrate the Feast of Rightful Stewardship, a Severan holiday based on gift-giving and general comraderie. Each squad member celebrates in their own way, and it looks like this is the calm before a terrible storm.
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Only War – Severan Dominate Episode 10

We’re getting dragged down into this planet, for decades maybe. And for what? It’s like fighting someone over an empty bag of recaf – nothing but tunnels and spite left on the surface. We have better places to fight. So let’s end this.
-Codename “Cassius”, Dominate Informant

While the Severan base at Kleins has to be abandoned, there’s still hope to recover the squad’s old Rhino and punch another hole in the Corbin-Danziger Line. Due to the actions of a mole in the Imperial forces, Dominate High Command can still take advantage of the acceleration of the three-way battle that began with the firing of an unknown weapon.
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Only War – Severan Dominate Episode 9.5

”My Aetherian Rex boys’ll be on the motivational bills soon, just you watch. And judging by the mission report, they’re rubbing off on those bone-totin’ ferals as well. Emperor bless ’em.”
-Private Notes of Lt. Heston Rhodes. Timestamped ten minutes before the Evacuation of Kleins.

A job well done. Only a few casualties taken, in exchange for new territory in a war that seems to be without end. But a relic from the ancient past seeks to literally reshape Hervara to the whims of its owners. And the way back home becomes much more treacherous than anticipated.

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