Siege of Gorro

Siege of Gorro

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Invaders (StarCraft and Star Wars alliance):
Entire Death Squadron.
Lusankya.
Eclipse.
Malevolence.
Shedao Shai’s fleet.
5 Leviathans with zergs troops.
Mothership with protoss troops.
Additional land troops:
Emperor’s Royal Guard
3000 Phase I dark troopers.
1500 Phase II dark troopers.
1000 Phase III dark troopers.
5 Rakamats
Tu-Scart
“Hero” units:
Sarah Kerrigan, Darth Vader, Tsavong Lah, Zeratul, Grievous, Durge, Darth Sion, Darth Maul, Savage Opress, Count Dooku, Darth Malgus, Mace Windu, Boba Fett, Asajj Ventress, Zurvan, Dehaka, Yoda.
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Defenders (Warhammer 40K, pre-heresy) Space forces:
Orks fleet.
Iron Blood.
Endurance.
Additional land troops:
Deathshroud and Perturabo’s automaton bodyguards.
“Hero” units:
Gorro’s warboss, Perturabo, Mortarion, Calas Typhon, Commander Farsight, Vre’valel, Swarm Lord, Old One Eye, Barban Falk, Dreadnought Berrosus, Forrix and Kroeger.

Invaders goal: Destruction of Gorro’s core.
Defenders goal: Defend Gorro’s core for two months.

Let the siege begin!

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131 Comments on "Siege of Gorro"

  1. Ninja Xtreme September 13, 2014 at 10:37 am -      #101

    Doesn’t the Imperuim have experience in Zerg Rush like stuff? Anyway, I think the Zerg and Empire can destroy the core of Gorro.

  2. GMoney September 13, 2014 at 6:58 pm -      #102

    @Neon Lord
    “This is so untrue its not funny. Their ships have ridiculous amounts of redundancy.”

    Ork ships are durable against ballistic and explosive weapons because they have incredibly thick hulls. The problem is, Ork ships do not have shields which means that turbo lasers are gonna cut through them like a knife through butter.

    “Last time I heard they were in megaton range. But that’s a very hot topic.”

    The general consensus I’ve seen on many threads was single to double digit gigatons with the ICS numbers as outliers.

    “Lasguns have been known to punch through metres of concrete, and Orks tank them for breakfast.”

    Las guns have never been shown to do that. Their showings range from drilling a couple inches wide hole through someone to making a square foot sized hole in someone. Please show me a quote for penetrating layers of concrete and even if their is one, it’s an extreme outlier and if we want to use outliers I’ve seen some ridiculous numbers for Blasters.

    “*facepalm* How the hell does the Imperial Guard not fight in squads.”

    Most of their regiments fight in massive formations. While their are a few exceptions such as the Catachan Devils and Gaunt’s Ghosts, the majority of Imperial regiments fight in the traditional line formation prevalent in WW1.

    “Do we know if the Gorro Orks had large numbers of Gargants/Stompas? If so, they would put up serious competition for the AT-ATs.”

    We do not have direct evidence that Gorro possessed Gargants or Stompa’s but considering the Empire of Gorrro stretched across an entire sector, they most likely had a couple hundred Garagants. However, because of their lack of shielding, I don’t think they will be able to take on the ATATs, who will outnumber them. And even if there are Gargant factories on the planet, they will most likely be one of the first targets for the Invaders.

    But, these are mostly moot points anyway as because even though Gorro’s atmosphere reduced the power of the Imperium’s bombardment I don’t think it will be able to stop The Eclipse’s superlaser.

  3. Jake_Uzumaki September 13, 2014 at 7:20 pm -      #103

    EU in play is I think..20 gigatons…ICS is 200.
    That said ICS was always discounted because it was Legacy Canon, which all the EU was moved under. However Legacy is still separate from a third canon which is negative canon stuff like Lego Star Wars games.
    Just putting that out there. not saying to use ICS I’m just putting it out there.

  4. Glutinous-Bicarbonate September 13, 2014 at 8:27 pm -      #104

    Well, we kinda have to assume the EU is in play because half of the star wars people only exist in the Legacy now.

  5. GMoney September 13, 2014 at 8:29 pm -      #105

    If EU isn’t in play then the Star Wars forces become a non-factor so I assume it would be in.

  6. Neon Lord September 13, 2014 at 8:32 pm -      #106

    “Most of their regiments fight in massive formations. While their are a few exceptions such as the Catachan Devils and Gaunt’s Ghosts, the majority of Imperial regiments fight in the traditional line formation prevalent in WW1.”

    Regiments which consist of companies, which usually have infantry platoons, which in turn consist of squads.

    “Ork ships are durable against ballistic and explosive weapons because they have incredibly thick hulls. The problem is, Ork ships do not have shields which means that turbo lasers are gonna cut through them like a knife through butter.”

    Don’t turbo-laser shots explode on impact?

    “Las guns have never been shown to do that. Their showings range from drilling a couple inches wide hole through someone to making a square foot sized hole in someone. Please show me a quote for penetrating layers of concrete and even if their is one, it’s an extreme outlier and if we want to use outliers I’ve seen some ridiculous numbers for Blasters.”

    Like I said earlier, I couldn’t find the exact source. They are able to punch through wall rockcrete walls though, and can fling a person bodily away with a good shot.

    “We do not have direct evidence that Gorro possessed Gargants or Stompa’s but considering the Empire of Gorrro stretched across an entire sector, they most likely had a couple hundred Garagants. However, because of their lack of shielding, I don’t think they will be able to take on the ATATs, who will outnumber them. And even if there are Gargant factories on the planet, they will most likely be one of the first targets for the Invaders.”

    Where did you pull a couple hundred from? A sector of Orks can easily 1000+.

    And whilst not standard, Orks have been known to make enormous bubble-fields to cover their troops and walkers.

    “EU in play is I think..20 gigatons…ICS is 200.”

    Where did the 20 gigaton come from again?

  7. Glutinous-Bicarbonate September 13, 2014 at 8:38 pm -      #107

    It’s a middle ground, considering the absurd heights of the ICS, double digit gigatons is more reasonable. This was often considered so in matches before the disowning of the EU.

  8. Jake_Uzumaki September 13, 2014 at 8:39 pm -      #108

    @Neon
    I think that’s what was agreed on but I don’t remember Glutinous probably remembers better than myself

  9. Glutinous-Bicarbonate September 13, 2014 at 8:43 pm -      #109

    I don’t think there ever was a total consensus, but that’s what I’d largely ascribed to through it all.

  10. GMoney September 13, 2014 at 9:01 pm -      #110

    “Regiments which consist of companies, which usually have infantry platoons, which in turn consist of squads.”

    I stand corrected. But the IG do fight in WW1 formations, as shown in many books, so my point still stands.

    “Don’t turbo-laser shots explode on impact?”

    No, they can have caused an explosion by hitting a vital area of a ship.

    “Like I said earlier, I couldn’t find the exact source. They are able to punch through wall rockcrete walls though, and can fling a person bodily away with a good shot.”

    Not saying that it isn’t a feat, but that feat is an outlier at best and hyperbole at worst. And if we want to use outliers, I’ve seen megajoule+ calcs for Blasters.

    “Where did you pull a couple hundred from? A sector of Orks can easily 1000+.”

    I based it on the fact that The Orks during the 3rd war for Armageddon had around 100 (114 to be exact) Gargants and it was the biggest WAAAGH! since the WAAAGH! of Ullanor, which was an even bigger WAAAGH! than WAAAGH! Gorro, so much so that the Emperor speculated that Gorro was a satrapy of the Ullanor WAAAGH!

    “And whilst not standard, Orks have been known to make enormous bubble-fields to cover their troops and walkers.”

    That’s where it gets a bit tricky, we don’t know the exact amount of troops on Gorro and what they had in vehicles. We can speculate all we want but that makes debating this a little tricky.

  11. GMoney September 13, 2014 at 9:10 pm -      #111

    I just thought of something. Gorro is a very small planetary body, (it was about 200km from surface to core according to one of the marines in the story) could The Vong tow it into the sun or another planetary body with a Dovan Basal? Or completely obliterate it with the Eclipse’s superlaser?

  12. pimpmage September 13, 2014 at 9:24 pm -      #112

    @GMoney
    OP stated he didn’t want the planet destroyed from orbit… I think.

    Also, are the insides of an AT-AT vacuum sealed? If not, Typhons plagues would just waste away the crews.
    Edit:
    Also, from one of the blood angels HH books, colossal swarms of chaos flies were smart enough to clog up engines and stuff to stop SM thunderbirds starting up/lifting off. The same thing could happen to any vehicle setting down on gorro.

  13. GMoney September 13, 2014 at 9:29 pm -      #113

    @Pimpmage
    While I know that Typhus and his warband have turned planets into plague-ridden nightmares I don’t believe Typhus has the power to do it by himself. But if you can show me a source that shows him doing that, I will back down on the matter. And the source about Typhus infecting planetary systems is to vague to be used. How long does it take for Typhus to do that? Is he even doing it or is it the daemons that do it? Does he have help? His warband has sorcerers in it so I would bet that he does.

  14. pimpmage September 13, 2014 at 9:41 pm -      #114

    Typhon’s body hosts the Destroyer hive. His body constantly produces tons of these fly sized insects that bite and infect living things and spread disease. These could infect the orc population of gorro and in turn spread disease across the entire planetoid. There would literally be nowhere to go that isn’t covered with rot and warms of flies within a few days.
    img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131007175822/warhammer40k/images/3/3d/Destroyer_Hive_Drone.png

    ” Does he have help? His warband has sorcerers in it so I would bet that he does.”

    Typhon IS a psyker. He is the herald of Nurgle. He is a step above even his demon prince primarch in the hierarchy of Nurgle’s servants.

  15. GMoney September 13, 2014 at 9:51 pm -      #115

    “Typhon’s body hosts the Destroyer hive. His body constantly produces tons of these fly sized insects that bite and infect living things and spread disease. These could infect the orc population of gorro and in turn spread disease across the entire planetoid. There would literally be nowhere to go that isn’t covered with rot and warms of flies within a few days.
    img1.wikia.nocookie.net/__cb20131007175822/warhammer40k/images/3/3d/Destroyer_Hive_Drone.png”

    But how long does it take for the infection to spread? I’ve read all the short stories he’s in and he’s only shown using it at a local level. It could take weeks or even months to infect even a small portion of the Ork populace. Also, aren’t Orks somewhat immune to the Chaos God’s influence due to Gork and Mork?

    “Typhon IS a psyker. He is the herald of Nurgle. He is a step above even his demon prince primarch in the hierarchy of Nurgle’s servants.”

    Since when is Typhus more powerful than Mortarion? Mortarion was the one who created the zombie plague btw, Typhus just spreads it.

  16. Glutinous-Bicarbonate September 13, 2014 at 9:53 pm -      #116

    They ARE call “All Terrain”, so it’s a good bet that they’re sealed against the elements.

    And continuous bombardments should help clear out rot and/or enemies that might try to advance to spread disease.

  17. pimpmage September 13, 2014 at 10:02 pm -      #117

    Local level is all that matters.

    “Orks somewhat immune to the Chaos God’s influence due to Gork and Mork?”

    Typhon will create these guys from the orks
    www.warseer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=176475&d=1376762649

    “Tales such as these spring up wherever Typhus treads, for his ambition is as fierce as ever. As his journeys across the Imperium bring system after system to ruin, Typhus becomes ever more convinced that he is the true son of Nurgle. Mortarion has proved his own lack of worth by failing to wage the Long War against the Imperium; to Typhus, the Primarch was purely the vector by which the Plague Marines were birthed into the universe. By comparison, Typhus has been tireless in his prosecution of his true master’s goals.”

  18. GMoney September 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm -      #118

    “Local level is all that matters”

    Over time he might be able to infect the entire populace but 2 months simply isn’t enough time to infect a meaningful number of Orks. And the battle will most likely take less than 2 months.

    “Typhon will create these guys from the orks
    www.warseer.com/forums/attachment.php?attachmentid=176475&d=1376762649”

    Bsides making the Orks slightly more durable against non-lethal wounds and slowing them down what is this giving them?

    “Tales such as these spring up wherever Typhus treads, for his ambition is as fierce as ever. As his journeys across the Imperium bring system after system to ruin, Typhus becomes ever more convinced that he is the true son of Nurgle. Mortarion has proved his own lack of worth by failing to wage the Long War against the Imperium; to Typhus, the Primarch was purely the vector by which the Plague Marines were birthed into the universe. By comparison, Typhus has been tireless in his prosecution of his true master’s goals.”

    Have the Grey Knights ever mobilized their entire chapter to fight Typhus? Because that’s what the Imperium did to take Mortarion down.

  19. pimpmage September 13, 2014 at 10:31 pm -      #119

    “Over time he might be able to infect the entire populace but 2 months simply isn’t enough time to infect a meaningful number of Orks. And the battle will most likely take less than 2 months.”

    Orks get infected. Infect other orks. Infect other orks. This wouldn’t tank long at all.

    “Bsides making the Orks slightly more durable against non-lethal wounds and slowing them down what is this giving them?”

    I was proving orks can be infected by chaos. Which was mean to prove orks cant resist nurgle’s gifts.

    “Have the Grey Knights ever mobilized their entire chapter to fight Typhus? Because that’s what the Imperium did to take Mortarion down.”

    This is why mortarion sucks and typhon doesnt. Mortarion keeps getting killed and failing at life whereas Typhon is unstoppable.

  20. Rookie September 14, 2014 at 4:15 am -      #120

    @pimpmage

    “This is why mortarion sucks and typhon doesnt. Mortarion keeps getting killed and failing at life whereas Typhon is unstoppable.”

    I also loved how furious was Typhon when he learned that Mortarion killed 7 his own terminators-bodyguards and one apothecary and destroyed a whole bunch of geneseed to resurrect warhammer40k.wikia.com/wiki/Ignatius_Grulgor. His “You spend talent to resurrect a failure” and “All primarch thinks that their SM is unlimited in number… and they all wrong” was priceless.
    Sadly at that point Grulgor was more important then Typhon.

  21. pimpmage September 14, 2014 at 2:14 pm -      #121

    To be fair, grulgor is pretty badass. I’d say he is one of the most potent characters to have on any battlefield(even over typhon).

  22. Rookie September 14, 2014 at 2:24 pm -      #122

    @pimpmage

    “To be fair, grulgor is pretty badass. I’d say he is one of the most potent characters to have on any battlefield(even over typhon).”

    Yes, but you should agree that he didn’t earned his powers like others DP. He just got lucky. At the start of his career as a chaos spacemarine he failed. He had only one mission and a lot of troops with him, yet he failed. Later he was granted with daemonic powers (why?) and he again fails to kill Garro. And despite all of this he still became one of the most powerful DP. I kinda understand why Typhon not like him. Typhon usually get his job done, or at least keep his losses at minimum, while Grulgor screwed up big time.
    Sure now he is big deal, but only because Nurgle gave him a lot of power.

  23. Praetor Prefect September 14, 2014 at 3:19 pm -      #123

    @Pimpmage/Rookie
    I only wish Mortarion was a bit more active. I know they’ve played the “minion of chaos who isn’t interested in serving chaos” routine before (Ahriman ahem…), but I think he needs a bit more to do since (last I saw) all he’s done is be a failure and get his shit kicked in by Grey Knights

  24. Rookie September 14, 2014 at 3:28 pm -      #124

    @Praetor Prefect

    “I only wish Mortarion was a bit more active. ”
    During vengeful spirit he killed few SM.
    In “Scars” he had a fight against Khan and neary won.
    So far he appears pretty often.

  25. pimpmage September 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm -      #125

    “In “Scars” he had a fight against Khan and neary won.”

    How could you have read that book and think that? The khan was raping that fight. Mort had to run to survive. That book made the kahn my #2 fav primarch. I love how he handles his own legion too, so cool.

  26. Praetor Prefect September 14, 2014 at 3:35 pm -      #126

    @Rookie
    Huh, guess I missed a few then lol. I’m really just complaining for the sake of it though.

    Match wise, I do see a huge problem for the invasion force: with such a mass of enemies planetside (with the bolstering effect of chaos plague) is it feasible for them to put the defenders down completely? I mean, I do think they have superior firepower but with limited numbers that are immune to the plague I see them not being able to last without calling in large scale bombardment (which is apparently not allowed?)

  27. Rookie September 14, 2014 at 3:56 pm -      #127

    @pimpmage

    “How could you have read that book and think that? ”

    “The Khan struck first, moving faster than thought, his cloak swirling about him. Mortarion met the blow with his scythe, and a radial wave shot out from Silence, throwing up the ash in swirling clouds.
    The Deathshroud lumbered into range, swinging their own scythes. Qin Xa’s warriors engaged them, charging across the cracked stone and bringing their blades to bear. Neon-blue claws clashed with heavy iron, sending dull clangs resounding across the empty square. Amidst the ruins of Tizca, the two forces slammed together, moving like choreographed dancers as the eyeless faces of old statues gazed down at them.
    ‘I see your mind, brother,’ hissed the Khan, hammering home the attack. ‘You would turn me, or end me.’
    Mortarion grunted as he blocked the incoming dao. He moved far more slowly than the Khan, but everything he did was solid, dense, and indomitable. ‘If you’re stubborn enough not to see the chance here, then, yes – your time is over.’
    The Khan laughed. Wielding his blade again freely felt good. The psychneuein had been a trivial challenge – going up against a fellow primarch was the kind of test he had missed for too long.
    He darted in close, spinning on one boot before thrusting his sword at Mortarion’s midriff. The strike was blocked, but the Death Lord stumbled.
    ‘So slow,’ taunted the Khan. His blade danced, flashing like the lightning above. Every strike was weighted heavily, slicing chunks from Mortarion’s thick plate as if it were corroded scrap. ‘You got everything wrong. Why exchange one master for another? And do not take me for a fool – only one soul may rule from the Throneworld.’
    He heard the clash of blades around him, the soft rush of bolter-discharge and the heavy bang of the shells detonating. More cracks opened up underfoot, glowing red like molten steel. Muzzle-flashes lit up ruined, carven images on ancient stonework, starkly revealing the Prosperine occult devices engraved upon every facet.
    Mortarion rallied, breathing hard. Though his reflexes were slow, his strength was impressive. He had already taken blows that would have felled a lesser warrior and yet seemed barely troubled.
    ‘Your Legion called out,’ he snarled, wielding Silence in deadening sweeps. ‘You have cells operating in every brotherhood, desperate to serve. All we did was answer them.’
    The Khan laughed again. He felt alive, unfettered, free for the first time in months to act. ‘The lodges, eh? Secret societies? You think that’ll be enough to drag us behind the Warmaster?’
    Mortarion dug in, and his heavy boots sank into the ash. The Khan launched a series of blistering dao-blows, glancing off the Death Lord’s thick pauldrons and sending him reeling.
    ‘I let them meet,’ the Khan said. His blade was moving brutally, smearing with speed and clanging from the scythe. ‘I have always let them. I am not a tyrant, brother.’
    Mortarion started to rally, meeting the Khan’s fury with resolute efficiency. He took a stride back in close, planting his feet widely to close down another incoming stroke. The two weapons twisted and rebounded, sending sparks flying through the gloom. The intensity of it was vicious. Every perfect movement was vindication of the Emperor’s gene-majesty, albeit exemplified in two totally different aspects. The troops battling around them, themselves titans of combat, were reduced to irrelevance, like mortal warriors straying into the quarrels of gods.
    ‘We are all tyrants,’ Mortarion rasped, picking up the pace of his scythe-blows. ‘Do not fool yourself. We were bred for nothing else.’
    ‘Not I,’ said the Khan, whirling around him, moving with an almost unconscious balance. ‘I care nothing for dominion. Never have. You, on the other hand… You. You yearn for it.’
    The Khan drove Mortarion back further, pounding and pummelling him across the square’s margins and towards the edge of the broken pyramid. They reeled together under the shadow of Photep’s Arch, the old entrance to the immense vaults within, now roofless and gaping.
    The Khan felt brief flashes of warp-fire, and guessed that it was Arvida. He heard Qin Xa’s battle-cry, and gloried in it. The keshig-master was a superlative warrior, and he had no fear for him, nor any of the others.
    They could fight now. They knew the enemy. They could see him, and that was enough.
    ‘I deserve it,’ Mortarion wheezed, gasping into his rebreather as he laboured under the assault. ‘I always deserved it. You could have joined me.’
    The Khan did not relent. His blade was like a shard of starlight, fierce and irresistible. ‘Your time will come. You tell me the warp should be forgotten, shut away. How little you know. It will come for you now. Killing you here will be a mercy. I can already see your future darkening, dragging at your very soul.’
    The two of them thundered across the base level of the pyramid, followed at every step by the echoing clash of arms around them. The edifice’s open carcass rose up high above, its broken spars jutting upwards in perfect geometry towards a non-existent apex. The old internal walls, half slumped into rubble and riddled with yawning gaps, twisted away from them in a labyrinth of complexity.
    ‘All futures are dark, now,’ Mortarion replied, swiping savagely and backhanding his scythe into the edge of an exposed archway. The keystone smashed to rubble around him. ‘You have no idea what Horus has become, nor the Emperor. They are both monsters, but you have chosen the wrong one. Horus is a fighter. He is one of us, not some immortal… aberration.’
    The Khan laughed as he pursued him, this time from genuine pleasure. ‘Immortal aberration?’ he mused, dragging his blade down at a sharp angle and nearly severing a thicket of Mortarion’s feeder cables. ‘We all share his blood. What does that make us?’
    More powdered stonework, destroyed by Mortarion’s wild scythe-blows, bloomed in a cloud around them. Bolt-trails whined and punched through the haze before cracking into what remained of the architecture. Uncaring of anything but their own contest, the two primarchs hacked their way towards the pyramid’s core, overshadowed by immense pillars and gaping roof-curves, trading blows of such heft that the earth shuddered beneath them.
    ‘Just what do you think will happen here?’ spat Mortarion, digging in again and halting his backward course. His armour had been hacked into a tattered parody of its former solidity. ‘Do you think you can behead me, like Fulgrim did Ferrus?’
    The Khan missed his aim then for the first time.
    Was that true? Was Ferrus gone?
    Mortarion surged back at him, kicking the hilt of Silence hard into the Khan’s leading leg. The ivory greave-plate cracked, fizzing with energy as the ceramite fractured.
    The Khan veered away from the follow-up strike, nearly losing his footing entirely. He staggered backwards as Mortarion went onto the offensive.
    ‘Oh yes, he’s dead,’ Mortarion rasped. ‘The numbers are against already you. They will only get worse.’
    The Khan glanced upwards, up into the immense voids of the pyramid’s heights. Tiny flecks of glass rained down from the smashed apex, sparkling bloodily from the fires kindling in the fissures below. Prospero’s landscape growled its sullen anger, as though the world itself were outraged at a second duel of primarchs upon its soil. The carbon-dark sky, starless and empty, roiled above the jagged maw of the summit.
    Mortarion’s cloak spread wide, buoyed by hot updraughts from the cobweb of glowing crevasses. For a moment, he looked like some vision of the underworld, a phantom of old Chogoris – consumed by yaksha, eternal and devilish.
    The Khan fell back further, holding his dao two-handed. Mortarion was strong, as strong as the roots of the Ulaav mountains, but he was slow. The two of them were perfectly matched, like two sides of a medal.
    If we fought on the same side, he and I, countering our weaknesses, could anything stand before us? he thought. Even Horus? Even the Emperor?
    He gazed into Mortarion’s pallid face and saw the resentment burning there, just as it did in him.
    He is lost. We have all been betrayed.
    The Death Lord strode closer, sweeping Silence low and hard, his expression curdling into hatred, his sclerotic breath low and rapid.
    ‘Come then, brother,’ said the Khan, bracing for the impact once more, holding position amidst the glass tears of Magnus’s lost city. ‘Let us decide this, you and I. For eternity.’
    Mortarion’s raw strength was renewed. Facing it full-on, the Khan doubted that any of his brothers, save perhaps Ferrus, could have matched it. The Death Lord absorbed every strike that connected, sucking the power out of the blows like a leech, taking the hits and coming back for more.
    The tenacity of the Death Guard was legendary, as was their ability to absorb punishment and just keep coming. Now, witnessing them in combat for the first time, he appreciated just how true it was. The silent Deathshroud were as implacable as their master, still fighting with the keshig amidst the wreckage. Warriors of both sides had already fallen, their bodies caked in the drifting dust, but the fighting continued around them, bitter and unyielding.
    The pyramid’s vast interior rose up around the combatants, terrace upon terrace, blotting out what little light remained under its blackened shell. The two primarchs had torn through what must once have been the antechambers and audience halls, kicking aside fire-crisped books, old instruments and carbonised artefacts from a thousand worlds. Now the heart of it loomed before them – a circular floor of obsidian, ivory-traced with mystic swirls of silver and clogged with the atrophied cadavers of the long-fallen. Banded columns as wide as Rhino transports towered all around, rearing up into the gloom like sentinels. At the very centre, inlaid into the dust-streaked floor in gold, was the Eye of Magnus, still glistening faintly even beneath the filth that caked it. Directly above them, hundreds of metres up, was the apex itself, open to the fury of the skies.
    As they broke into the circle, the Khan felt himself tiring at last. Never in uncounted years of combat had he felt more than trivial stirrings of fatigue. He had fought the greatest champions of xenos races, had brought down creatures that stood as tall as Warhound Titans, had carved his way through fields of greenskins as violent and unending as the tides of the sea, and still he had never felt the bone-deep drag that Mortarion inspired.
    Only the primarchs could destroy the primarchs.
    Mortarion began to laugh in his coarse way.
    ‘Never had it this hard, eh?’ he grunted, still wielding Silence heavily. He was suffering too – blood flecked his cheeks and forehead, and his rebreather rattled as he hauled in thick breaths.
    The Khan launched another attack, flourishing the dao before searching for a way through Mortarion’s stony defence. He was still faster, still more accomplished with the blade, but it was like duelling with entropy itself.
    ‘You neither,’ the Khan observed, gesturing to the lines of reddened sweat trickling down Mortarion’s ash-grey temples.
    ‘True enough.’
    Mortarion’s voice gave away his regret. Even amidst the slow-burn resentments, the long bitterness, the Death Lord was still sane enough to see the irony of the situation. The primarchs had been bred to fight as part of one army, each brother making up for the deficiencies of the other. For all the jealousies and rivalries, in terms of raw conquest that army had been perfect. The Emperor’s vision – the Great Crusade for Unity, sweeping across the stars, governed by twenty immortal avatars of his own unmatched psyche – had been impeccable.
    Now, though, here they were: brawling amidst the embers of Russ’s vandalism. The fall was already severe, and they both knew that it would plummet deeper before the end.
    ‘You could recant,’ the Khan said, falling away from a whistling sweep of the scythe just as it angled at his helm. ‘Horus does not own you.’
    Mortarion snorted. ‘No, and he never will.’
    ‘You have seen our father’s glory unleashed – none of us could stand against him.’
    Mortarion surged back on the offensive. Around them, the columns flickered and leapt with the reflection of fiery disruptor energies. ‘He is hobbled by his own mistakes. The Throneroom is a den of nightmares, one that he cannot leave. The field is open – it is ours to claim.’
    The Khan beat away a scythe-strike and went for Mortarion’s gorget. At the last minute he jutted the blade down, slipped below the defence and cut a long gash in the primarch’s breastplate. This time the blade cut deep, paring already fractured armour and delving into the ribcage below.
    Mortarion grimaced and jerked clear, cracking the Khan’s sword away with his scythe-shaft and staggering backwards.
    ‘There is nothing to seize,’ growled the Khan, going after him. ‘Nothing but burned earth. Look around you – you will make this the whole galaxy.’
    Mortarion snarled defiantly and barrelled back at him, using the scythe like a halberd and smashing the hilt into the Khan’s midriff. The Khan lurched away, stumbling across the uneven floor, and Mortarion lumbered after him.
    More blows came in – hard, heavy, earth-shaking blows. The Khan was driven further, only barely able to weather the explosion of fury directed at him. When they slammed together again the impact was bone-jarring. They tore into one another, each strike powered by raw defiance. Fragments of armour flew like shrapnel. Gas exploded from Mortarion’s store of vials as the glass was shattered, nearly blinding them both. Blood flew in straggling splatters, trailing across both combatants and staining their armour. As they hacked and countered, neither giving up so much as a centimetre of ground, it mingled upon the blades’ edges, as rich and dark as wine.
    As the Khan fought on, the taste of copper in his mouth and the burn of acid in his muscles, he felt the lore of the plains nag at him. He needed space – room to use his speed. He had to break free, to turn the fight to his strengths, to rip clear of Mortarion’s cloying grasp.
    Summoning up one last burst of energy, the Khan bludgeoned aside the scythe and pulled away, beckoning his adversary to come after him. The Death Lord held Silence high, casting a sickle-shadow over the eye-device upon the floor. His ripped cloak billowed out in an almost parodic vision of old legends – the reaper-myth of a thousand human worlds, summoned into life on a world of extinguished souls.
    The Khan held position, panting hard, trying to drag up energy for the final clash. His hearts thudded, his lungs burned. He held the dao poised, waiting for his enemy to move.
    Come to me. You can see my weakness. One thrust.
    One perfect thrust, angled precisely – he had the strength for that. It would have to be flawless; if it were not, no defence remained. Nothing else would suffice for this enemy. No lesser move would accomplish the kill.
    But Mortarion did not move.

    I don’t know it seeems to me that Khan hoped that his final attack will kill Mortarion, otherwise he would’ve died IMO.

  28. Glutinous-Bicarbonate September 14, 2014 at 4:23 pm -      #128

    Oh that’s cool. Always wanted more about those two.

  29. Praetor Prefect September 14, 2014 at 4:59 pm -      #129

    Very nice, will have to read Scars now

  30. GMoney September 14, 2014 at 5:00 pm -      #130

    “Match wise, I do see a huge problem for the invasion force: with such a mass of enemies planetside (with the bolstering effect of chaos plague) is it feasible for them to put the defenders down completely? I mean, I do think they have superior firepower but with limited numbers that are immune to the plague I see them not being able to last without calling in large scale bombardment (which is apparently not allowed?)”
    But what is the plague doing for the defenders? It makes the Orks slightly more durable but much slower giving the invaders more time to fire on them before the Orks reach their lines and the plague won’t affect the Storm Troopers, their armor Is sealed against the environment. It might damage the Zerg, but the Zerg could adapt to it. And bombardment is allowed, but the planet cannot be destroyed by the Eclipse’s super laser or The Protoss Mothership.

  31. creyzi4j October 13, 2014 at 1:09 pm -      #131

    seriously! THE FUCKING WANK I SEE ON THE 40K SIDE IS MAKING MY EYES HURT!
    WTF!! Stop wanking the franchise!!
    This is a complete stomp on Team A’s side. Kerrigan alone would solo Goro.

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