Battle for Hyperborea
|Battle for Hyperborea|
Forces involved in the Campaign:
Loyalists Involved In The Conflict
Traitors Involved In The Conflict
The Initial Battle Of Hyperborea:
The Battle for Hyperborea drew in many legions from outlying sectors who all wished to have a monopoly over Hyperborea’s artefacts. The Traitor forces consisted of Thousand Sons, Dark Angels, World Eaters, Sons of Horus, Alpha Legion and Dark Mechanicum. The Loyalist forces included Space Wolves, Imperial Fists, Emperors Children, Dark Angels and Legio Custodes.
After the initial landings of both the Loyalist and Traitor forces, small skirmish battles around the capital city were fought between scouting armies. The skirmish battles were relatively unsuccessful as little ground was gained by either side, ending the first engagement in a stalemate. The lack of information collected about Hyperborea would prove to be detrimental for either sides campaign. As little knowledge was gathered on the local flora, neither side expected to face carnivorous plants the size of a Primarch. Each plant was capable of eating half a dozen Astartes with ease, which was demonstrated on many occasions. The discovery of such plants sabotaged strategical manoeuvres and forced commanders to change battle plans. While two opposite aligned Dark Angel armies battled one another, the loyalist force led by 13th Company Captain Telemachus, encountered a carnivorous plant just moments before they were going to deal the final blow to the separatists, ensuring a loyalist victory. However, the plant proved deadly as the loyalists were trapped combatting the creature long enough for the separatists to sneak past.
The ongoing battle on Hyperborea lured mercenaries seeking fortune to the planet, running rampant among the various battlefields, hindering and helping both forces. Multiple Assassins were sent after several high-ranking Astartes, failing on all occasions. Simultaneously, Ogroid mercs lending their services to both forces, changed the narrative of numerous battles. The most notable of mercenaries found on Hyperborea were the Knights of House Cattus, who were rescued by Dark Angel Paladin Ferrando of Luther’s Seperatists. The Knight House proved to be valuable allies throughout the campaign, leading the Dark Angel separatists to many victories on the battlefield.
Several High command officer
Each battle was bloody and ferocious, swarms of infantry slamming into one another, dreadnoughts crashing into tanks, and warlords duelling atop bodies of fallen brothers. Sigismund, 1st Captain of the Imperial Fists, was tasked with holding off a World Eater onslaught. Sigismund and his Templar brethren fought valiantly, slaying traitor after traitor. The endless swarm of World Eaters inductii proved no match for the Templar, slaughtering 120 frenzied Astartes. On the opposite end of the capital, it was Wolf vs Wolf. Warden Domeric Costayne of the Luna Wolves halted the advance of Einvar the Iron Wolf’s Vylka Fenryka. It was the battle that would decide who truly deserved to be named after the wild beast. The Luna Wolves Warden had the advantage of hiring a Questoris Company and tasked them with guarding the flank. However, the band of treasure hunting mercenaries discovered an archeotech vault and betrayed their allies for greed. The Iron Wolf using this opening to his advantage, took the flank with the help of an enraged Contemptor Dreadnought. Even with a weakened flank, Domeric fought on hard and both sides were wittled down to only a handful of Astartes. At the last moment, Einvar was able to make his way to the vault with his honour guard and slay the Questoris Company, acquiring the archeotech for the loyalists.
With this victory, the Traitors would go on to possess the highest amount of Hyperborea’s artefacts, and the Loyalists broken with the defeat of their Paragons, withdrew from all battlefields.
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' The initial battle for Hyperborea, acoording to Kaltrax “The Enslaver” Captain of the World Eaters 5th Company'
5th Company Captain Kaltrax and his World Eaters were hunting down civilians in the Hyperborean jungles to add to his collection. He learned of their existence after the failed assault of Imperial Fist 31st Captain Gottfried and his Templar Brethren. A captured Imperial Fist officer from the battle was interrogated until the whereabouts of the civilians were extracted. With this newly acquired knowledge, Kaltrax quickly marshalled his band of vicious enslavers and sped off to the coordinates.
Kaltrax was as brutal and savage as any World Eater Captain in the legion. He was best known for taking prisoners on any planet he campaigned, earning him that nickname “The Enslaver”. His entourage was as equally well known, considered to be one of the most ruthless in the galaxy. The personal retinue of Kaltrax consisted of ten blood crazed Butchers, which he thankfully had dominance over due to possessing the controls to their terminator suits. These monsters were dragged by chains and pulled by World Eater Astartes. At the front of the pack was a Leviathan Siege Dreadnought who guided the battle force through the dense jungle. This towering siege equipment was once a noble warrior of the World Eaters, but has since lost his name, and is now only know as “The Eater”. A few days passed as the hunt continued for the civilians. One of Kaltrax’s minions discovered tracks and informed the ruthless captain. This discovery led them to the ruins of a landing craft where their unware targets sought refuge. The World Eater warband slowly encircled their victims, scanning the surrounding area for any traps or signs of hidden forces. Just as the warband started to advance on their prey, Kaltrax noticed in the corner of his eye a small glint of golden armour and a rustle along the tree line. It was the Emperors lap dogs, the golden Custodes. They had been sent to recover the very same civilians that Kaltrax had been hunting. Furious at the site of loyalist scum, Kaltrax motioned for his warband of blood thirsty Astartes to charge at the enemy. The Custodes were well aware of the World Eater presence before the charge order was made, and plans were already in motion to extract the civilians to safety. However, the oncoming ravenous horde expedited the plans and a small contingent of Custodes formed a shield wall while the civilians made their escape. Witnessing the Custodes form a Testudo, Kaltrax unleashed his maddened Butchers upon the enemy. The shield wall offered pathetic resistance as the Red Butchers crashed into the enemy’s defensive line, brushing aside the Emperors champions.
Amidst the slaughter a bright light shone onto the battlefield, blinding the World Eater onslaught only for a moment. As the light dissipated, a towering golden figure stood amongst his fallen brothers. It was Shield Captain Oppius and his honour guard, brimming with confidence as they stood only a few feet away from Kaltrax and his Astartes. Against any other foe, the sheer presence of the shield captain would strike fear into the hearts of their opponent. However, at the sight of a powerful enemy, the blood madness took hold of the Red Butcher entourage, charging without hesitation. As both retinues fought one another, the two officers exchanged blows. The two swung at each other over and over, each champion hitting one another’s shield, neither warrior gaining ground. While the shield captain was preoccupied two Red Butchers leapt at Oppius which he quickly dispatched with his Paragon Spear. Fighting both Kaltrax and wayward Red Butchers was taxing on Oppius, but to his credit he held his ground.
Suddenly on the east flank, the hulking monster known as “the Eater” began its rampage, crushing Custodes between its claws. Simultaneously a mass of World Eater bolters rained down on their embattled enemy, creating an opening for Kaltrax and his Butchers to gain some ground. The Emperors lap dogs were surrounded, and their destiny sealed. Realising there was no chance at escape, the Custodes and their Shield Captain fought desperately to take as many World Eaters with them before their inevitable fate. Oppius launched countless attacks towards Kaltrax, each blocked by his shield.
The World Eater onslaught slayed the Custodes one by one, and at the sight of his fallen brethren in a rare moment, Oppius was distracted. Kaltrax, using this as an opportune moment, impaled the shield captain on the tip of his trident. He lifted the shield captain into the air before casting him down to a bloody fate at the hands of the crazed Butchers. The World Eaters maddened by bloodlust, brought down the remaining Custodes that were trying to assist the civilians escaping. The civilians scared at the sight of the blood soaked mad men ran in all directions. One Imperial Nobleman was unluckily captured and thrown against the space craft wreckage, knocking him out cold. While the remaining civilians either escaped or quenched the Butchers thirst for blood.
As Kaltrax ordered the surviving Nobleman bound and gagged, he noticed that the civilians had uncovered a comms relay. Kaltrax investigated the relay, discovering it was fully operational and would prove useful for the Traitor legions. However, this discovery was only secondary, as the brutal captains main prize was already acquired, the unfortunate Nobleman who had no idea what would be in store for him.
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