Cog factory it was estimated contained roughly 2500-3500 warp influenced heretics. The Artemis crew would need an army to meet their ends. Captain Keel promised 500 navy soldiers, the Artemis provided an addition 500 and it was decided to make use of the 500 men promised to service on Svard. It would take a week or two to assemble these forces, arm them, brief them and bless them but this was time that Lord-captain Aquinas desperately needed to recover from his wounds sustained in the previous engagement.
The battle plan was a three-phase operation. Lucius, who was taking command of the weakest force was also given the most dangerous mission—which was to initiate hostilities and engage in combat on the very lowest deck of the structure. Lord-captain Aquinus (leading the Navy) and Lt. Ruby (leading the Artemis marines) would land on the central processing deck, open the massive airlock, clear the area before rendezvousing with Lucius (providing he survived his trials on the lower deck). Meanwhile the gun cutter would deposit Manfred, Lermanov and the Artemis’ two shock squads on the roof of the factory where they would seek ingress and eventually a path to the control block.
The initial wave headed by Lucius was surprisingly non-contested while they scaled the gantry to the hatches and flooded into the lower decks where they met resistance from lightly armed workers. Once his larger forces came into play they ran into a larger force of more skilled soldiers and entered a protracted firefight.
Lt. Ruby’s landers were unable to safely approach the dock due to men armed with heavy weapons patrolling the bay. She called in the Manfred and the gun cutter for a strafing run which initially was ineffective though on an additional pass the pilot and gunner wiped out the defensive force on the platform. Once clear Ruby landed and cleared the shuttles which returned to return more forces. The massive airlock doors were mag-locked however so they sought ingress with a small force though a concealed service hatch.
Lord-Captain Aquinus was hamstrung until Lt. Ruby cleared the debris off of the landing zone and opened the doors, so he held back with his men and issued instructions to Manfred and the strike crew. The strike crew spotted anti-ship defensive turrets on a flyby of the landing area and called in fights from Capt. Keel’s force to take them out which they did after several passes. Uncontested, the strike crew (Lerminov, Manfred, Thunder and Omega squad) alighted among the tangle of pipes and wires on the top of the structure. Luckily entrances were located in short order and the team entered the uppermost deck of the building.
Meanwhile Lucius had finished off the group of workers that he encountered first with a heroic chain sword charge. Though doing damage to the larger contingent of trained soldiers, he was not near defeating the bulk of them.
Ruby had made it inside the loading bay and after several false starts was able to lead her men to the massive doors and began opening them while under withering fire from surprised troops on that deck. Once it became clear that the doors would be opened Lord-captain Aquinus landed his troops also.
The strike team finally made it to the entrance door to the command bunker. Lerminov was able to make contact with the Adepetus Mechanicus, who it turns out were still alive. They were extremely leery of Lerminov and Manfred who put them in contact with the Lord-captain who was able, with the help of a jury-rigged camera feed convince them to let the team into the bunker.
Once the massive airlock doors opened and the bulk of Ruby’s soldiers were brought to bare they made quick work of the troops on the loading level and proceeded to fan out and secure the are to await the rendezvous with Lucius. The Navy troops joined her on the deck in short order.
Then it was passed Mark’s nappy time so everyone took five.