Sunday, 18 October 2009

The Odyssey begins

After the long and arduous progress of surgery, mental indoctrination and training by the Talon Knights. The Exodites were declared combat effective and were added to the list of active Astartes Chapters on great Terra.
The ceremonial commissioning of the Exodites was conducted on the bridge of the battle barge Propontis. High above Umbriaria, Numikas presented the Great Spear of Illum and the shield of Prophecy to Ascanius, ordaining him as Legate of the Children of Aeneas, Astartes.
On completion of the ceremony, and once the distinguished guests had departed, Ascanius slumped in his command chair, removed his ceremonial open faced helmet and gazed intently at his gauntleted hands, his voice drew out slowly, deep and bold but without anger,
Brothers the time has come, we now have the tools, we are favoured, vengeance shall be ours.
The command team looked at each other expectantly.
He turned his weary gaze to his navigator, his grey-green eyes boring into the man, Set course for Cannakkali.
The Navigator clicked his heels and span to pass the order.

The people of Umbrairia, were confused and outraged they couldnt understand where the Astartes fleet had gone.
Numikas feared he made a most fatal mistake as he watched the Exodite fleet depart from low anchor in the Azure skies. Communications and challenges were dispatched, the only ansewer bieng silence. The planatary defence grid flashed to life, targeting the wayward vessels. But Numikas stayed his hand and let the decendants of Aeneas depart to their destiny.

A tear ran down Ascanius's proud face as his fleet dropped out of reality and away from the light of the Imperium.

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