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    Setesh and Slathissin hear nothing, but Katria catches brief flashes of words coming from an adjacent hallway.

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    Voice 1: "...shouldn't be here. Dark Apostle Akaduros-"

    Voice 2: "What he doesn't know won't hurt us. Come brother. We have a-."

    Voice 1 (in a low, hissing tone): "Shut up! It's bad enough we're going to do it. Don't say it out loud - the walls have ears."
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    The former assassin tilts her head, and then beams under her cloak's hood at the thought of something new to delve into. The two chaos marines are quickly forgotten as she makes her way towards the source of the voices, hands gripping the hilts of her concealed swords for reassurance.

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    Katria moves stealthily towards the sound of voices, creeping through the dark hallways. When she gets close, she can make out a pair of Word Bearers with their backs to her, walking in the opposite direction to Setesh and the Night Lord.
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    Cloak not at all swishing in the silence, Katria follows, a bright, curious smile on her face.

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    The Word Bearers walk down the hallway for several minutes in silence, bolters gripped and ready. Eventually, they halt at a seemingly random spot and wait.

    And wait.

    And wait.

    And wait.

    Finally, a voice seems to come out of nowhere.

    "You are alone?"

    "We are."

    "Good."

    A piece of the background seems to move forward. A blue gauntlet with silver edges shows beneath a cloak.

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    Setesh and Slathissin find a bay full of slaves with little trouble, their superhuman senses easily detecting the sounds and smell of so many before they even come close.
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    Patience is a taught virtue to any skilled killer who wants to stay alive and Katria settles contently in place, simply observing the coming conversation for nlw, even as her eyes search out more of the new figure.

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    "You brought the codes?" says the cloaked figure, extending his gauntlet expectantly.

    "Of course." The second Word Bearer removes a small chip from a pouch on his belt and places it into the figure's hand, which rapidly closes around it.

    The figure examines it for a moment, then stows it beneath his cloak. "Good, gentlemen. Very good. The Alpha Legion thanks you for your service."

    The same Word Bearer who handed over the chip extends his own hand. "Our payment."

    "Of course." the figure reaches into his cloak slowly. With a sudden burst of speed, the figure whips out a pistol and immediately fires a blinding plasma shot at the other Word Bearer's head. Before the second Word Bearer has time to blink, his companion's head is vaporized.

    "Treachery!" hisses the remaining Word Bearer, rapidly moving his hand to his belt. A chainsword whirs to life, and he hurls himself at the figure.

    "Really now, what did you expect?" says the figure calmly as he tosses aside his pistol and cloak. Katria can now clearly see his dark blue armor with silver rims. Decorative green scales coat the lower half of his leg armor. A green Chaos Star decorates his left pauldron, a curling green hydra his right.

    "I expect you to die!" the Word Bearer screams as he swings his sword. It bites into the marine's left leg, and he staggers.

    The blue marine draws his own spinning chainsword. "For the Emperor!"
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    Seeing a chance while both remaining marines are still focused on fighting, Katria darts behind the newly revealed figure and prowls closer, cloak shifting as she attempts to retrieve the small chip he'd just been given.

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    Katria smoothly removes the chip from the marine's belt pouch as he concentrates on the Word Bearer.

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    The Word Bearer looks at Katria and screams. "NO!"

    He staggers back as the other marine unleashes a flurry of attacks on him, but most of them fail to penetrate his armor.

    "Not me, you fool!" he snarls. "That mortal has the codes!"
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    Ah. She'd planned flight in any case, but that only added a touch more motivation to her reaction. Katria spun gracefully, and then shot off down the corridor like a fired arrow, hopefully before either (or both) marines could focus on her a little more.

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    "You will not deny me my prize!" screams the blue marine as he breaks off to seize his pistol and cloak from the ground.

    Whirling around, he fires it wildly.

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    At the slave pen, Setesh acquires 2 slaves for himself to sate his hunger. At this point he has little else on his mind than to break the minds of these two slaves open and consume anything there is. He takes the slaves to a run down hallway a short walk from the pens, away from the crowds. With his large gauntlet he grips he head of one of the slaves, closes his eyes, focuses his mind and penetrates the mental barriers of the weak-willed slave easily. How different it is when he's not forced to use this power subtly. To him, this feels so much more... right. Not before long he has completly broken the mind of the slave and he wades through all he can find. Maybe the slave had overheard something interesting. But no, there was nothing that stood out in particular. But all knowledge had a place, and there was no telling if something would be useful in the future or in one of the Great Schemer's plots.

    Still gripping the head of the slave, Setesh forcibly thew it to the side, disregarding it like it had no more value to him, and moved on to the other slave. Once again, he firmly gripped the head, this time with the slave letting out a muffled shriek of pain. His mind stabbed at the slave's outermost mental layer, and like piercing a sheet of leather with a knife, he was through. Digging deeper and deeper, Setesh ripped his way through layer by layer until he had broken the slave's whole mind. It was now an open book to him, and he drank from the well he had forced open. In this slave there was not much of interest either, but he found something curious. The slave had noticed that the World Eaters seemed to be getting along with the Word Bearers better than other heretics on the vessel, which Setesh found a little strange. Maybe there was some deal on the side, or special task for the World Eaters, for this to come to be.

    Having consumed all he could from the slave, Setesh crushed the head of the slave with his gauntlet still firmly around it until he could hear a mushy kind of crack and pop, and threw the slave to the side, done with it. "Hummmmmmmmmmm... Hmm..." Vra'tzaen had started humming, as to protest not having the pleasure to taste the blood of the slave Setesh had just killed. "You shall have yours, do not worry." he said, gripping Vra'tzaen in his hand and walked over to the still alive first slave he had thrown to the side before, who was lying on the floor. With a fast slash he clove the slave in two diagonally over the ribcage with Vra'tzaen, who was humming almost frantically and with multi-hued warpfire flaming over the bloodied, now teeth-filled, edge of the sword.

    Setesh could feel his hunger almost sated, which was enough for the moment. He no longer felt the urge that he had to rip someone's mind open, that was good. Now he could concentrate. He walked away from the area to the slave pens, not caring for the mess he had left behind.
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    Katria threw herself sideways as the gun sounded, a hole ripped into the floor behind her. She had little time for a pause though, the other marine pounding towards her. Keeping her cloak in place to obscure her face, she darted forwards, holding to her full out run and aiming for a more populated part of the ship, where she could hopefully lose her pursuers in the crowds.

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    "Damn you girl!" screams the enraged marine who shot at her. He sweeps his own cloak over his body and seems to disappear beneath it the same way Katria does.

    The Word Bearer continues to scream curses at her, but seems to be falling behind.
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    Apparently safe or not, the recent thief doesn't stop in her retreat until she's in a nice, safe crowd. Moving quickly through the people, she lowers her hood to better blend and to appear less noticeable, her steps carrying her towards the relative safety of the medi-bay.

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    As he sees he is falling behind, the Word Bearer halts in his tracks. Moving with the superhuman speed only possible for one of the Astartes, he jams his sword back in his belt, swinging his bolter around on it's strap instead.

    "Feel the wrath of Holy Lorgar, whelp!"

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    The Word Bearer screams in frustration and hate as he watches his bolts fly harmlessly by the ex-assassin.

    "Mark my words, girl! This isn't over! I'll find you, and your soul will be devoured!"
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    Two days pass aboard the Inevitable Damnation. Two days of waiting, preparing, planning, gathering, and even doing nothing in particular.

    Zasz spends those two days in the medicae bed, Katria at his side for most of the time.

    Slathissin opts to spend the time searching for new weapons for his arsenal, but has no success in this regard.

    Setesh winds up being somewhat more successful. A Brass Butcher, one of Khorne's warriors, proves to have a force field he is willing to give up in exchange for a new bolter. Setesh thinks this obviously imbalanced trade is just the stupidity natural to those that refuse Tzeentch.

    He acquires a lovely set of grenades from the very same Slaaneshi sorcerer that he met earlier. He and the sorcerer wagered over a game of chance. Both sides attempted to cheat of course, but Setesh did it better and so won a small clutch of hallucinogenic grenades.

    Finally, on the third day of the trip, Zasz awakens from his dreamy haze. Word Bearer artificers help him back into his armor, and a slave in Word Bearer robes walks up to him.

    "This way, my lord." she says softly, before turning and escorting him to a large chamber filled with warriors.

    Setesh, Slathissin, and Katria all find that a slave of the Word Bearers somehow manages to find them all as well, and they are lead to the same chamber.

    In the chamber are numerous members of the World Eaters, the Scourged and the Sons of Hekesh. There are also at least several thousand relatively unaffiliated heretics and scum, mostly humans, but with a few xenos and a handful of Astartes, including the same Slaaneshi sorcerer from earlier. As always, numerous Word Bearers are at hand to keep things civil.

    There is a large screen on the wall, showing an overhead view of what looks to be a damaged cityscape.
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    Zasz looked around the auditorium, searching for Katria. She was the single most important person aboard the vessel, and now that he was mobile and sentient again, he would not allow her to be harmed. He flexed his right hand, deep within the chainfist, and felt his new muscles flex. It felt good to subvert the Corpse-King in this way, to use the Loyalist Astartes' literal strength against them. It had been an interesting fit, getting back into the armour, but Zasz didn't mind. Soon the fluid would accumulate again, and another few centuries would pass before he removed the armour again.

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    Setesh looked around in the crowd of heretics, some looking quite restless or impatient. Setesh himself felt quite calm, having not long ago consumed the knowledge of a slave. In his hand he fiddled with a small brass-colored amulet with a green gem in the middle of it, which was the Refractor Field he had gotten his hands on before, having to settle for it as he was not able to acquire a stronger force field. It was surprising a khornate would have such a thing in his possession, but Setesh guessed it was due to it being brass. It was obviously not for its protective purposes, considering how easily the khornate traded it away.

    He had not seen Zasz since the day of the initial speech, and couldn't seem to see him in the crowd either. Maybe if he could find that interesting little girl. She amused him, and he strangely felt like being amused instead of having to be bothered with Word Bearers and the inevitable speech coming their way. However, Setesh could not see the little girl in the crowd either. Maybe she had gotten herself killed, he thought. "That would be a pity." he uttered to himself.

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    Zasz is able to spot Katria, while Setesh fails to find her in the large crowd.

    Suddenly, the lights dim a bit more (they weren't particularly bright in the first place) and a booming voice echoes across the auditorium.

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    Now it starts, Setesh thought as he let out a sigh. He hoped it would be over fast, as he had gotten quite tired with Word Bearers over the previous few days. How much his dislike for the Word Bearers was due to their preaching and devotion to the Unaligned Chaos and how much of it was still lingering feelings from before the great Betrayal over how the Word Bearers Legion would destroy vast libraries and collections of knowledge was hard to know at this point. But it was there nonetheless.

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    Katria is settled on a ledge for one of the massive viewpoints, her cloak currently nowhere in sight. She gives Zasz a cheery wave and smile, her eyes then darting around the room as she tries to pick out the particular Word Bearer she encountered earlier.

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    Slathissin sighs as he begins to listen to the briefing within the confines of his cloak. The crew of this ship were infuriatingly aloof in their dealings with him, and he had been able to find little to improve his arsenal. No matter, he thought to himself, they would be off soon, and back onto ground where he might rip gear from the dead.

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    Katria observes what she thinks to be the same Word Bearer standing in one of several groups on the side of the room, ready to swoop in if violence starts.

    The voice continues. "It is good to see you all well. And so few incidents over the past few days? Truly Holy Lorgar blesses our mission!" A Word Bearer with the identity markings of a high commander steps from a group of his fellows onto a small stage below the screen. He, unlike the Apostle, is wearing ordinary power armor. It has dozens of small battle scars gouged into it. As with most Word Bearers, it is covered in inscriptions from the Book of Lorgar. Various passages seem to flare with unholy flames at seemingly random intervals. "I am Captain Zanian of the Blessed Seventeenth Legion. I will be leading this portion of the battle. As such, I will be briefing you on the tactical situation."
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    The Night Lord disengages his Catalepsean Node, coming out of half-sleep as he prepares to commit the briefing to memory. The ship was beginning to be most unwelcome to him.
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    Zasz moved through the room, gently nudging people or maneuvering when possible to try and get to Katria. He could move and listen simultaneously.
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    Katria studies the chaos marine as he holds the shard out towards, eyes sparkling as she studies it with a wide smile. Then her power sword is suddenly slashed upwards to try and send it spinning out of his hand and into hers.

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    "Listen brethern, and listen well. The heretics we have come to expunge haves holed up in a ruined city. Because of their defenses, an orbital bombardment is impossible. Therefore, we will launch a ground assault. The exact strategy is beyond the scope of this briefing. I speak now of what we ask of you." He indicates the overhead view on the screen. "This is a southeastern section of the city. On the flank of our main assault line. Obviously, it will not do to have the heretics able to threaten our main thrust at their center. Therefore, their position here will need to be pinned down and eliminated even as our frontal assault occurs.They are holed up in this compound." He indicates a section of city, which is highlighted on the map. "It is well defended. At least 150 Astartes, 1000 humans and xenos, and perhaps a dozen tanks, all arranged for intense street-to-street fighting. Nonetheless, we should be able to take it. Here is our plan: the honored sons of Angron and their engine will take the most straightforward path, right into the teeth of the enemy." An arrow marked with the World Eaters' emblem appears pointing directly at the base. They seem to be quite pleased with the idea and cheer vigorously. Once they quiet down, the good captain continues. "As the do so, the Sons of Hekesh will circle around to the right flank. The Scourged will take the left." Two corresponding arrows appear, showing the pincer. "Once the enemy is assaulted from both sides, myself, my Word Bearers, and our more independent allies will circle around to attack from the rear." More arrows appear. Notably the Word Bearers symbol is behind that of the independents. The message is clear enough: "We'd like you to die first, please." "Not the most complex plan in the galaxy, but given our relative lack of experience at coordinating together I felt simple was best. Now then, any questions?"
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    Katria studies the chaos marine as he holds the shard out towards, eyes sparkling as she studies it with a wide smile. Then her power sword is suddenly slashed upwards to try and send it spinning out of his hand and into hers.

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    Making use of the disarm check from earlier. I presume we'll be hitting initative after she does this, so.

    Init: (1d100)[40]
    The marine moves his own bizarre icy sword back down at her.

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    Katria knocks the weapon out of his hands and grabs it before it touches the ground.

    The marine snarls at her. "Bad idea, wretch."

    Katria hears what sounds uncomfortably like a pair of cloaks being thrown to the ground.

    "After what happened last time, did you truly think I'd be so foolish as to come without backup?"
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    Before he'd even finished speaking, Katria rolled forward and past him. And then she was running in a now fairly familar pattern.

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