=[ IRON GHOST - RP ]=

Topic started by SamJaz on Feb. 25, 2014. Last post by Fehafare 9 months, 1 week ago.
Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20

SIX YEARS AGO

The council of the three tribes were gathered to meet with the Empire.

First the Fil. Quick, agile and adept hunters, bearing similarities to the cougar or the cheetah. The Fil favour guile, stealth and pursuit as signs of nobility and ability. Famed archers, they never loose their target once they have taken sight of their prey. Favouring work and determination over birthright, the Fil are a meritocracy- the quickest minds lead their people, the quickest feet lead their armies, the quickest eyes lead their spies. The slow are left behind, forgotten and useless. Aside from quickness, they are often remarked for there great courage, sacrificing themselves in battle against stronger foes.

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Second, the Pan. Strong, brutal, bearing similarities to the lion, the tiger, the jaguar and the leopard. Unlike the stealthy Fil, the Pan take pride in the majesty of their roars, and the might of their claws. The prey should kneel to the predator, grateful for the chance to serve their masters. Such is the natural order of things, for the mighty deserve their meat on the sole virtue of their might. The weak are food to this theocracy- the strongest are worshiped as gods and take possession of whatsoever takes their fancy. What cannot be defended with strength is not deserved.

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Third, the Neo. Powerful mages. Physically stronger than the Fil and far quicker than the Pan. The Neo would have dominated the entire continent had it not been for the small size of their litters.- two or three kittens a brood compared to their rivals eight to sixteen. Their magics, however, are beyond any of their rivals. Despite being the smallest of the three nations, they undoubtedly produce the strongest warriors. They operate a democracy- the wisest form a council of twenty-one, who discuss the leadership of their land in an open forum where any can come and offer their opinion on any matter being discussed.

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Mog- slave caste
Mog- slave caste

The one thing that unites the three nations, however, is their slave trade. The bald were treated as items to be bought and sold, and were known as Mogs. Word had come of a nation of Mogs coming from the west, beyond the mountains of the iron ghosts, and immediately a summit was called for.

The Mog Emperor was little more than a boy, barely a man. He spoke big words, but what could a mere mog have to say? Still, the Furred ambassadors humoured him, and continued with the summit.

First came the traditional exchange of slaves, showing goodwill and willingness to trade with all present. When it was discovered that the Mog Emperor had not brought slaves, this was a reasonable excuse for the Furred ambassadors to take offence. However, this was laughed off, surely a misunderstanding caused by a difference in customs. In fact, how could a bald mog beg expected to know of the higher practices of nobility? Indeed, the ambassadors decided to let this error slide, so long as the Emperor remembered to observe the custom during the next summit.

There was no next summit. The Emperor took the heads of all three Ambassadors and the nine slaves brought for exchanges, as well as all the slaves in the ambassadors personal parties, killing their guards in an unforgivable, unwarranted act of brutality.

Surely, this empire of mogs are brutal and bloodthirsty in all that they do! They must be brought under subjection. They must be reminded of the natural order of things.

The three Furred nations signed a treaty, uniting against these bald murderers, lasting until each one of these mogs were brought into slavery.

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ONE YEAR AGO

"Dammit..." SamJaz swore, looking over the battle reports. The Imperial Guard were barely holding the line. They were mostly keeping control of the under folk tunnels thanks to Mechanicus's control over the machines there, but the Furred soldiers that came over the tops were breaking through into the empire in small groups, taking families and burning settlements.

"There is a way we can win this." Mechanicus told the Emperor. "But it will need time. The longer you delay-"

"Fine." SamJaz snarled, through clenched teeth, barely believing himself for making this decision. "Start project astartes. Only use volunteers."

Mechanicus nodded, and departed for the orphanage.

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TODAY

Commander Hagane Kumaga looked through her binoculars at the city before them. This was Pantherinae- the capital city of the Pan tribe. It was currently preparing for a festival, where there would be bonfires, fireworks, drinking and the trading of slaves.

Hellhound
Hellhound

Hagane looked at her team. Eight Hellhound Tanks- fast and powerful. Seven metres long, Six wide and four tall and capable of reaching speeds over 70 MPH on even surfaces, 55 on rough terrain, the Hellhound weighs 35 tonnes and has 150mm of solid ceramite armour. All are equipped with multiple Heavy Bolter turrets, though their main weapons varied according to their purpose. Some carried large flamethrowers, some anti-seige cannons, some targeted missile launchers, all intended to kill as many of the enemy as possible.

Chimera
Chimera

There were also four Chimera tanks. Weighing 38 tonnes and with similar speed, size and armour to the Hellhounds, the Chimeras had lighter weaponry, and were used to carry soldiers and supplies. With heavy bolter turrets to the sides and fronts, it carried an auto-cannon turret that was able to pierce through dragon hide. For this mission, however, it was essentially a transport vehicle.

Leman Russ
Leman Russ

The heavy artillery, as it were, were the four Leman Russ tanks in her group. Both the biggest asset and biggest risk to her mission, the Leman Russ was five metres wide and five tall, seven metres long and weighing a mighty sixty tonnes. Its armour was a solid twenty centimetres thick, and could shrug off the heaviest hits. Its battle cannon could tear through any city wall, and that was what faced her now.

To destroy a city without the long war of attrition involved in a siege, the Leman Russ's firepower was essential. However, it had a crippling maximum speed of 35MPH on the most favourable terrain, meaning that the faster Hellhounds and Chimeras were forced to travel at half their maximum speed to allow the Leman Russ to keep up.

The objective of this mission is to strike the three capital cities, annihilating them without allowing them to get the message out, and striking the next cities fast enough that they don't suspect foul play. The Hellhound and Chimera tanks could achieve the kind of speed needed for that easily- the fastest Fel's couldn't run faster than 70MPH for more than a few minutes at a time, so without the Leman Russ these vehicles would outspeed any of these messengers with ease. However, since they were limited for speed, they would have to make leaving the city to communicate impossible.

That was why they were attacking during festivals, not to attract attention from the smoke. The bonfires were already lit, the fireworks would go up any second. They had targeted a Pan city first- they were the simplest, and would be the least likely to get word out without the team knowing it. The tanks were using MTP pattern camouflage, and were all but invisible to the feline eyes of the enemy.

The first fireworks went up, and the division began to approach the city walls.

"FIRE!!" Hagane roared, and the cannons rang out, piercing the stone walls and tearing the west side of the city's defences open within seconds.

The battle had begun.

Post by Fehafare (9,641 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@SamJaz:

Crown sat in the back of one of the tanks fiddling around with a card in his hand while enjoying the rhythmical bumps of the tank. It was quiet strange to see someone like him out on a battlefield like this one, but given his current status it was understandable. A week or so had passed since his day at the court with Taylor. The ending of the trial allowed him to free himself from a lot of stress, but at the same time it gave him room for thinking again, which in Crown's case was a rather bad thing. He was slowly getting used to his life without Clare, taking small steps every day and learning how to enjoy life again, but it was hard and tedious. He had already planned a few major goals, in fact it happened way back during his mental breakdown in front of his friends. Naturally one would say that he was set and ready to go then, but the reality of the situation was far away from it. Though Crown had the goals in mind and also the will to go after them, he just couldn't. It felt like his entire life stagnated in a monotone cycle, but it was even worse than that. Not only could he not become active again, but he couldn't even enjoy or even accept his everyday life anymore. He would always feel that certain uneasiness and heaviness while staying at the mansion, like it was trying to drag him down. Two other life-changing decision were made as well as a result. They both affected his life greatly, it could be said that the very core of his being was changed.

Crown decided to both stop being an actor as well as stop being Phantom. Well, he'd still be Phantom, he just wouldn't be an active thief anymore. Those things lost all value and entertainment, as now they only served as painful reminders and they did not get him any closer to his final goal either. And that was exactly the reason he was there. He couldn't stay at his mansion, nor could he really do what he had planned. As such he had to get back into the game, he had to work on himself and slowly activate again. He personally asked Sam for a mission of any kind. That way he'd help a friend and perhaps more importantly, he'd help himself.

Rising his head for a moment and escaping his thoughts he gazed at Hagane in front of him. Truthfully, he was a little bit disappointed when he found out that she'd be the one taking care of this mission. He had hoped that Sam or even Elias would be waiting for him here. He could certainly talk with the two of them. Still, there was no point in blaming her for doing her job, as such he'd do his best to get along and hopefully this time around start the relationship with no hostility between the two. He was kinda to blame for that on the first meeting.

Dropping the card and letting it disappear he walked up to her tapping her on the shoulder. "Hey sorry, didn't even greet you yet. Lately i've had a lot of stuff to think about... anyway how are you?"

He spoke in a sincere voice while extending his hand towards her.

Post by ChronoWolf (2,286 posts) See mini bio Level 12

@SamJaz: @Fehafare:

Matt was sitting in one of the tanks, looking at his digivice and counting every minute that passed. He was in one of the Chimera tanks and he was not alone but none of the people inside were familiar to him, Crown and Hagane were in a different tank. The men he was with were all soldiers from Sam's empire but not space marines like Crown's supposed future son Elias since, as far as Matt understood, the Marines only "entered production" about a year ago. The ride was excruciating for Matt, he was doing his best to stay out of the conversation of his companions as they mostly talked about what the cat people did and what the war was about and that was the last thing he wanted to think about. But staying out of the conversation gave him time to think, too much time as whether he wanted them to or not his thoughts would constantly shift to what was about to happen, the danger of the battlefield and the kind of crap he got himself into. He was starting to turn chicken, asking himself why he decided to come in the first place even though he new the answer.

There are three reasons. First, Sam asked him. Dangerous or not, Matt couldn't refuse a request from Sam after all the stuff they've been through. Second, these cats were taking slaves, something completely unacceptable to Matt. It turned the tribes into monsters in Matt's eyes and that image would be difficult to change. And the third one which is closely connected to the second, Matt wants to be a hero. Not necessarily a superhero like the ones in comicbooks even though the digivice made even that possible, he just wanted to be a hero that could serve as inspiration for someone, and what better way to be a hero then to take down monsters and save enslaved people, right?

Despite the fact that it was so easy to answer the question why he came, Matt was still terrified. He faced other stuff of equal or greater danger before but there was just something about the fact that he's going to fricking war that terrified him beyond belief. The hand holding the digivice was starting to shake and the soldier sitting next to him noticed. He put a firm hand on Matt's shoulder and smiled at him. Matt smiled back, though his smile was distorted because of nervousness. At least his hands weren't shaking anymore and his gaze turned back to the digivice and the digital clock covering the display as he continued counting minutes.

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Sometime later, the tanks were not moving anymore. Hagane was watching the target through a pair of binoculars, waiting for the perfect opertunity to strike as well as scouting out the defenses. Matt was fidgeting nearby, watching the sky and breathing heavily, trying to get rid of his fear. Come on, why's he so scared now? He's been to Congo and fought a zombie controlling warlord, he was in Egypt looking for a demonic tome and he was in Hellscraper for heavens sake. Not once was he this scared. He suspected it had something to do with all the waiting everyone was forced to do. None of the previously counted horrors had so much waiting involved and he could never think about what was going on or what would be going on soon

Luckily for Matt, the attack started eventually. Fireworks covered the sky and sounds of rockets and explosions filled the air right after. Some of the rockets were Matt's own as he was in Wolfion form firing barrages to help the destruction of the defenses.

Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20

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---SOME TIME AGO---

"Nah, It's fine." Hagane told Aleister inside their Hellhound tank, shaking his extended hand. He'd squeezed in next to her, while she sat in the commanding seat. "I've been out here for about fifty years already, so I'll apologise in advance if I come across a little out of it myself."

She smiled at Crown. A couple of years ago, she'd been told that he'd lost Clare, and she'd been sorry about it for the time. Still, it must be old news by now, and she wasn't one to drag up old memories. Last time she did that with Crown, it just ended with a big arguing mess.

Still, time to focus on the present. They had a people to save.

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--NOW--

Wolos was enjoying a pleasant day at the festival with his girlfriend, and things were going well. The food was great, the drinks are warm, he'd even found a most adorable mog going for a prize in one of the fair games, and his lady friend had been so excited when he won it for her.

That was when the wall came down, and he was crushed by the falling rubble.

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"FORWARD!" Hagane shouted, sending the Leman Russ's into the city to clear a path to the capital building, under the cover of the Hellhound and Matt's firepower.

Post by Fehafare (9,641 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@SamJaz: @ChronoWolf:

Crown smiled at the comment. For a moment he had forgotten that time passed differently here. With that taken into account he could hardly blame her for anything she said or didn't say. And besides it was better to not talk about it now, especially not with Hagane as they weren't all that close anyway. But even this felt strange to him, just being on friendly terms with her. In his memory she was the girl he'd get into fights with, who'd annoy him one way or another and towards whom he had a natural dense and somewhat hostile relationship. He probably expected something along the lines of her sending him into a part of the tank where each bump would result in him having his head slammed against some metal object. Was his current idea of her really that childish? Probably, but he couldn't really do anything against his own memories, thoughts and mind. He'd leave it at exactly that and stick to forgiven and forgotten. As things were, he needed a new start in just about everything. Turn a new page, sort the mess out and get a clean beginning.

Sitting there slightly uncomfortably he continued playing around with the card, sinking back into thoughts.

After some time, he's ripped out of his thinking process by the loud shots of tanks.

The attack had begun.

Crown looked like he had been half asleep just a moment ago, but he quickly got up getting his act together. He was somewhat out of shape, understandably, after all it's been some two months since he used his powers, let alone being in an actual combat situation. Still him being a bit rusty wouldn't stop him from going out to the field, in fact that was one of his main reasons he was there in the first place. He wanted to get that rust off himself and back into the action again. Part of that was fighting of course and that was exactly what he was going to do. "I'll be heading out to provide support, i'm of no use inside here and honestly, i haven't had a chance like this in ages." he turned around and blinked out of the tank.

Crown was levitating high above the battlefield, examining the situation. They had already breached the wall. That was fast, it would appear like the Empire side had quiet the technological advantage over their enemies. Regardless, if the war had already been going on for some time then it would be foolish to drop your guard, and Crown wanted to avoid exactly that.

Levitating above the city, hidden in the clouds he spied down on it, waiting for the first enemy troops to make their way towards the invading tanks.

Then he'd strike and deliver death from above.

Post by ChronoWolf (2,286 posts) See mini bio Level 12

@SamJaz: @Fehafare:

Matt did not only stay at a distance to support the tanks. No, to protect something one must be willing to get upclose and must be ready to get hurt. He rushed infront of the large Leman Russ tanks as fast as his robotic wolf legs could carry him, missiles flying everywhere and lasers shot in every direction. He was doing his best to attract as much attention as possible and draw the enemy away from the tanks that were supposed to do the real damage.

The wild mass shooting didn't mean that Matt was killing everyone and everything indiscriminately however. He did his best to avoid those who looked like civilians though it wasn't easy as they all looked alike to him. Even despite his attempts, there were innocent casualties, but that is normal in wars. As long as he could minimise casualties, Matt was happy. What he tried most to avoid was hitting the "mog", the hairless slaves of the beastkin tribesmen, even going so far as to carefully control the missiles if slaves were in the way and to shape the blasts from the explosions to avoid shrapnel hitting them.

Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20

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"IDIOTS!!!" Hagane shouted as a massive warrior pounced off a building and tackled Crown, with three more tackling Matt from the sides. The two of them had vastly underestimated the power of the Felus, and Hagane had to keep them alive. "ALL TANKS ADVANCE!" She shouted, grabbing a spare shell and hurling it at Matt through an electromagnetic spiral.

It exploded, killing the warriors but hopefully the armoured Wolfion form would survive it. Next was Aleister. She had to pull them back into the tanks before they were ripped limb from limb.

A Felus lunged for her, and she encased herself in her red Carapace armour and dodged the blow, grabbing the chainsword from her back and hacking into the cat-warrior's back.

Post by Fehafare (9,641 posts) See mini bio Level 13

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A shock reflex kicked in as a giant card appeared right in front of Crown's body, with the cat warrior impacting against it. Crown backed off a little bit in mid air, it was a classic jump scare reaction and beyond that he didn't even expect someone Someone to attack him so high in the sky. The card disappeared, leaving the cat in a free fall towards the ground. In Crown's hand a White Rose appeared, and the petals chased right after the enemy. Every single petal was like a sledge hammer, detonating against the skin and releasing a white wave of force, breaking bones and shooting the target down out of the sky and into the ground.

Having been given some room, Crown used it to retreat, blinking down towards the tank and next to Hagane. "Sorry, kinda rushed ahead there."

Post by ChronoWolf (2,286 posts) See mini bio Level 12

@Fehafare: @SamJaz:

Matt might have underestimated the enemy, but the enemy also underestimated him. With the three felines trying to flank him, a small jet on his back propelled him forward at incredible speeds making the kitties tackle eachother. That provided Hagane's weapon a perfect opportunity to turn them into a gory mess of exploded humanoid cat bodies.

Still, he figured this was probably a good opportunity to retreat as the cats were more dangerous then he expected. He quickly went to where Hag was, avoiding the enemy as best he could and his best proved to be good enough. "Those things are bigger then I thought." Matt's voice came out of the robotic wolf's mouth and stated the obvious.

Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20

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Hagane pushed Crown into the hull of the tank and turned to Matt. "Get in the air, stay in the air, kill anyone trying to leave the city." She ordered the transformer. "If they warn any of the other cities we are dead."

Diving back into the tank, she pushed Crown towards the main monitor. "Get your cards ready to make a ramp up to that castle." She commanded, pointing at a location on the screen. "We're gonna hit that at ramming speed."

Post by Fehafare (9,641 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@SamJaz: @ChronoWolf:

Crown sat back into place. The task asked of him was simple enough, but he did have a modification or two in mind.

Instead of a ramp a tunnel was created.

The tanks would be shielded from oncoming attacks, though he doubted that there were any to begin with.

Post by ChronoWolf (2,286 posts) See mini bio Level 12

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"Yes mam." The wolf was quickly replaced by a large blue bug-like creature. It's limbs, of which it had six, were pretty thin and it's torso seemed small when compared to the giant head with a long horn extending from the front of its face, right above the gapping mouth consisting of three parts.

It flew up into the air with its thin-looking wings and green sparks of electricity started dancing around its hands. He flew in circles above the city, patrolling and waiting for anyone to try and escape.

Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20

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The ramp created and the exits covered, the Hellhound charged right into the palace, smashing through the walls and into the room where the royal family were having their feast. The side bolters opened fire, and Hagane opened the hatch pulling Crown out.

"Cover me." She said, diving over the edge and running for the nearest wall.

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Meanwhile, a group of five tiger-warriors began to escape to the south of the city, headed for the messenger towers.

Post by Fehafare (9,641 posts) See mini bio Level 13

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"Alright." Crown replied as he got out of the tank, standing on top of it. Giant cards appeared blocking all entrances and exists for the time being.

At the same time many small Cutting Cards formed themselves around Crown, ready to be launched at any attacker or even those who tried something funny.

Post by ChronoWolf (2,286 posts) See mini bio Level 12

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Matt noticed the five beastmen running towards the tower so he held his hands before him, palms facing outwards and towards the cats. A large ball of green energy formed before him and from it a ray was fired downwards, splitting into five smaller rays midway and aiming to hit the warriors.

Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20

@ChronoWolf: @Fehafare:

Hagane slammed her hands against the floor, tearing the building apart as the Furline royals threw themselves at Aleister's cards, but Hagane's alchemy had down its irk in wrecking the foundations.

"Matt, I need you to fly seventy miles out of the city and destroy every communications tower between seventy and ninety miles away from the city." Hagane said into her communicator as she rushed back into the tank amidst the falling rubble. "Circle the perimeter and repeat that process to every other string of towers you see. Keep the silence and confusion, meet us again when you're done."

Hagane dragged Crown back into the tank and closed the hatch. "Let's go." She ordered, relaying the order to the other tanks, and all sixteen vehicles began to plow their way north, devastating the remains of the city and shattering out of the city wall.

There was some pursuit, but they were quickly dealt with by liquid fire.

Post by Fehafare (9,641 posts) See mini bio Level 13

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The cards flew off as soon as the cat beasts charged. The result was a bloody mess of body parts, falling down together with a collapsing floor.

As soon as Matt was given instructions Crown was pulled into the tank once more. A regrouping order followed and the steel cavalry made their way out of city. Crown sat in his place, leaning back and relaxing a little bit. While all of this seemed a bit rough and harsh, Crown felt like it was just a small step when compared to all the other things he had done and he will do in the future. Back then when he was digging Clare's grave he had made two decision, and created two new goals for his life. The first one was rather basic and simply to understand. He wanted to move on, he wanted to be able to be happy again and make the best of his life. The second one was a bit more unusual for ordinary people, revenge. Those men in suits wouldn't leave his head and he knew very well that if he wants to accomplish that first goal of his he'd have to kill them first. But obsessing over those things right now would be pointless, it would only give him a headache and some stress.

He turned to Hagane as the tanks were leaving the limits of the city. "Is this really effective?"

Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20

@Fehafare: @ChronoWolf:

"All going well?" Hagane asked Aleister as the tanks left the city. "Yes. Like chopping the head off a titan. We destroy their capitals and cripple their communications, their entire nations are thrown into disarray and we can finally end this war."

Post by Fehafare (9,641 posts) See mini bio Level 13

@SamJaz:

Crown nodded with a sarcastic smile, it was probably for the best.

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Something like a day had already passed. Crown spent his time with thinking, sitting in silence and even a little bit of sleeping. The trip in the tank wasn't the most exciting ride you could have. Occasionally he would blink outside and fly around a little bit and get some fresh air, but it wasn't all that exciting. After some time he and Hagane started some eye spying.

...

That proved itself to not very exciting either. Though Crown did realize something as the game went on, he knew practically nothing about her. Given that they were stuck there he might as well use the opportunity. He got a bit closer and tapped her shoulder.

"Hey Hagane, i don't want to insult you or anything but... what happened? You know i remember you being a lot more disagreeable."

Post by SamJaz (13,064 posts) See mini bio Level 20

@Fehafare:

Hagane was bored out of the back of her head, the pilots and gunners were hard at work and she was babysitting her brother's friend when he asked an interesting question.

"Since when was I disagreeable?" She asked, then memories of hell scraper came to mind. "Oh. Sorry, you caught me on a bad day back then. I'm pretty sure that's why you came across as such an ass yourself back there."

She frowned. "How long has it been? For you I mean." She asked him.

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