Kansas City, Missouri
June 1st, 2013
The US military were stationed in a perimeter around the evacuated city. They were awaiting the invasion force, and the war machine had been grinding furiously.
Considering the weight of the Space Marine's armour, the standard rifle had to be completely redesigned. The bullets themselves were revolutionary. Taking inspiration from HEAT (High Explosive Anti Tank) Rounds, the bullets were more akin to miniaturised warheads.
The US Military had taken no chances, taking troops from several other units to amass a force of over half a million soldiers in preparation for the battle. The air force were on standby further back, with fighter jets ready for take-off in Jackson county. Tanks were stationed alongside the soldiers, ready for the defensive force.
Alongside the military were several 'specials', acting as Mercenaries or consultants. Most notable, at least to those in the know, was a man named Arsenal. A retired time traveller, Arsenal was an expert on alien life and tactics, and had helped prepare the military leaders in preparation for the day's violence. All three members of Sketchinoda were present as well, and there were others present.
Not all were there to support the military, however. There were some behind the military that cheered to welcome their new alien overlords, as they liked to call them, including some who intended to fight against the US military and earn camaraderie with the 4th Legion.
It was noon, a bright summers day of 38'C, and the human race watched anxiously for the Marines's move.
A spear of white-hot metal descended from the sky and pierced the river, right where the Kansas and Missouri rivers met, cascading waters into the street by the displacement of water. The metal pole was huge, touching both banks of the river and stopping the flow completely.
The water began to recede from the pole, and it soon became clear that the land around the pole was being elevated. It stretched upwards, like it was being pulled on a string, and the city began to split into thirds. With the water drained from the rivers, the empty riverbeds became fault lines and the earth broke apart to reveal metal staircases, starting below ground level and ascending all the way to the massive cavity at the top of the artificial mountain.
The process took a matter of minutes, converting the bowl-shaped city into a mountain as a huge metal tower began to descend from the sky. The military began to launch missiles upon the floating cathedral, but to no avail. Whether there were some form of energy shields surrounding it, or the alien metal was just that strong, they didn't know, but within a matter of minutes the tower was seated snugly inside the cavity formed from the raised earth. The water that was drained from the rivers began to pool around the city borders, forming a natural moat in the new ditches that appeared as the earth around and under the city rearranged itself into more comfortable positions.
Kansas City was taken.
Doors opened around the city and Space Marines walked out. Sixty all in all, twenty on each side, as shields went up around the city. This time, the ripples were visible, and they completely blocked all artillery that attempted to attack the city.
The communications systems all over the two states the city shared flared to life.
_/_ "Citizens of Kansas City." _/_ Captain Titus declared. _/_ "The Embassy has been placed, and we would now like to welcome you all back to your homes. Thank you for your cooperation, and we look forward to our future teamwork as neighbours and friends." _/_
The communication ended, and the military leaders gave the order.
The US MIlitary boarded their vehicles and advanced, intending to enter the city walls and rout out the invaders.