The Battle of Castobel

6. The Final Battle of Castobel

Hive tyrant

Briefing:
“Brothers.” Watch Captain Brand is standing at the far side of an old table made of ironwood. He is holding a data slate in his right hand, and even without his armour he is still a towering and imposing figure.
“The battle of Castobel seems to be swinging in our favour. There are already several reports of tyranids gone feral, and this suggests that there are a lack of synapse creatures present. We do, however, have a significant concentration of the xenos at the Desert of Cressos Majoris. There is at least one of the tyrant genus present and your task will be to eliminate it at all costs.”
The bulk door behind you slides apart and a chaplain wearing full battle armour is entering. “Greetings Brother Strome.” The Watch Captain walks over to the new arrival and then turns to you.
“This is Chaplain Titus Strome.”
You stand in awe of him, as his tales of valour echo around the Jericho Reach. He removes his skull helm and reveals a lean and hawkish head, with closecropped gray hair.
“You are to accompany my own kill-team and another lead by Brother Richter in an insertion and elimination of the Tyrant. We will be set down in drop pods directly inside the throng of tyranids, and from there we will engage the tyrant and destroy it with holy favour.”
Watch Captain Brand picks up the rest of the briefing.
“16 hours before your insertion, the Imperial Guard will launch a full scale assault on the tyranid nests of the desert, and at the same time three strike cruisers and the main battle ship, Arm of the Emperor, will strike against the Hive Fleet in orbit around Castobel. This will create a sufficient distraction for you to be inserted and complete your objectives. You will be required to bring a teleport homer, so we can return you to the watch station, with as short a delay as possible.”
Strome then goes to his knees and starts a prayer to the God-Emperor and you join him in prayer.

Requisition available: 55 per space marine and ability to requisition equipment one renown rank higher than your actual rank.

Primary objective:
– Eliminate the Hive Tyrant
Secondary objectives:
– Destroy the entire tyranid nest
– Obtain primary objective at all costs
– Save the life of Brother Chaplain Titus Strome
– If unable to save Strome, retrieve his body and return it to Watch Station Silion
Tertiary objective:
– Eliminate the synapse creatures that are encountered

Mission Debrief:
The final battle for Castobel – As remembered by battle brother Malthon

Long had we waited to get the final intel on the tyranid threat on Castorbel, so we might give them a fatal blow to the hive mind, and scatter the lesser insects of space. It was time to save Castobel for the Emporor, and for now.

Deployment
While we made our way to the pods, we took comfort in knowing that many of our brothers right now, was keeping the Tyranid threat occupied, so that we could be inserted as close to the hive tyrant as possible, as unnoticed as possible.
On the ground and out of the drop pod we quickly realize, that we had landed away from Chaplain Titus Strome, and the rest of the kill team… There was no time to waste. The rough landing had given us some attention, and we made ready for the first glorious battle the clear the way for the real glory, and the support of our battle brothers. A Carnifex, 10 Tyranid warriors and a horde of smaller xenos scum was no match of the determination in the kill team, because there was no time to waste.

Target was waiting
A quick regrouping and we were again making haste to join up with the rest of the strike team, and the final battle. As we came to a gorge, which seamed difficult to cross, help was send from the sky. A drop pod falling from the sky wedged in the gorge, and brought to us reinforcements, and a way to cross. After vaporizing the shriekers we welcomed Battle Brother Amalric Hexenhammer, and fresh supplies to end the Tyranid enemies of the Emporer.

Joining forces
On the other side we made our way though the battlefield with xenos in the distance all around us. Unable still to get in contact with Chaplain Titus or anybody else over the vox, but almost at the throng of tyranids, we are engaged by a threat we can’t ignore. A Carnifix and several hordes of Hormagaunts and Termagant stand in the way of our primary objective, and quickly forced us to tactically redeploy. Still unable to get in contact with anybody, Sergant Azrael gives the order to fall back, while The Vaporizer takes care of the Carnifex. Then all of a sudden Brother Librarian Urien claims to have spoken with the sky, and we regroup, when we hear a roaring from above. In our hour of need the Emperor had heard us, and granted us two of the finest Battle Brothers, two dreadnaughts joined the battle. We quickly dispose of the xenos horde, and quickly march to join up with the already fighting Chaplain Titus Strome.

“The Emperor protects…”
- Battle Brother Amalric Hexenhammer

The conflict resolved
Approaching the battle with the Hive tyrant, we see 4 hive guards kept occupied by Brother Richter and 5 other Battle Brothers. The adrenaline was pumping, while facing this giant beast, and we all rushed into yet another glorious battle for the Emperor. As my chapter brother Ezekiel, new brother Amalric and me opened fire on the beasts, the rest of the kill team made its way to the objective. Just as Sergeant Azrael came the Chaplain to aid, Brother Chaplain Titus Strome took a fatal blow to the chest, leaving our Sergeant alone with the beast. Taking a worthy beating, he kept it occupied while the rest of us filled it with the Emperors wrath. After the Hive Tyrant was slain the surviving hive Guards flees. Leaving nobody behind, and before more hordes attack, we gather the fallen brothers while our medic uses his skills to keep the dying remains of Titus Strome alive until the evac reached us.
Protected by the Emperor our whole kill team survives this glorious crusade, and live to tell the tale of the Battle for Castobel. It could have been a worthy day to die, but I guess our mission had the grace of the Emperor.

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