Lord Captain Aquinas
informed the Artemis
bridge crew to defer to Captain Keel
for mission orders, also to keep him posted of relevant developments in the battle. Buoyed by the news that the Hand of Redemption and the Artemis would almost certainly be able to repel the attack the command crew pressed forwards.
The Cog manufacturing facility is a massive 500 meter tall rolling factory bristling with turrets and showing the signs of decades of decay in the extremely caustic atmosphere. Manfred von Manstein III deftly piloted the gun cutter used for insertion to underneith the gantry of the massive factory. Once landed, suited up and disembarked it became clear the only way to enter the factory was via an array of catwalks and maintenance hatches approximately thirty meters straight up on the belly of the factory.
The crew ascended four separate ladders that led to the same catwalk platform, however just as they were climbing over the edge several of the hatches opened up and figures dropped out of them. The crew, sensing an immediate threat opened fire immediately. Captain Aquinus laid down crossfire with Lt. Ruby while Manfred and Anthony Sergeijovich Lermanov engaged in crossfire with Lucius Zir. The first wave of baddies was mostly taken care of when twice their number again appeared out of the hatches.
Captain Aquinus, sensing an opening charged with his power sword in an attempt to run one of the figures through. Due to the encumbrance of his void-suit he missed his attack and was summarily attacked at very close range with shotguns and lasguns. This string of attacks tore a nasty hole in his void suit and left him unconscious and bleeding on the catwalk. The battle was clearly not going well, so Manfred, with force-multiplication in mind trips down the ladder landing hard, then bolts for the gun cutter in an attempt to bring its guns to bare in the battle.
Manfred’s plan took valuable time. Luckily Lt. Ruby was able to utilize effective fire to take out all but one of the hostiles in her cone of fire and Lucius with help from Lermanov (who also retreated down the ladder) dispatched the remainder of hostiles on their side of the catwalk. After a tense couple of minutes Manfred was able to bring the cutter into battle and turn the remaining hostile inside out with a blast from the ships cannons.
The rest of the crew who were understandably very concerned for their Lord Captain’s welfare rushed to his side and, with the singular thought of removing him from the caustic atmosphere which was causing cellular damage, took him up and through one of the hatches. Once inside Ruby was able to utilize ‘caveman medicine’ with the help of a medpack, Lucius absconded a fresh void suit for the Captain, and Lermanov accessed a date port and downloaded a binary message, schematics and a station log from the factories network.
Once stabilized and in a fresh voidsuit the bridge crew carried the still unconscious Captain Aquinus to the waiting gun cutter which made a hasty exit from the area. On the return journey it became clear though communications with the Artemis and Captain Keel that the battle they were experiencing was nearly over so Manfred was able to return to the Artemis’ docking hangerterium in very short order where they were met with medicae experts who swept the captain up to the medical bay.
Lerminov set to decoding the binary transmission and analyzing the information obtained on the Cog facility. There were fairly complete schematics of the original design and structure of the facility but manufacturing and personnel logs has not been updated for at least the previous six years. The binary message revealed that, at one point at least, there was a contingent of Adepetus Mechanicus who had not fallen prey to the warp and were holed up in the command center at the top of the factory. This information was disseminated to all involved parties who began to draw up infiltration/battle plans.
The captain, who is as crazy as he is tough was soon awake and in a very poor mood. After discussion with his command crew and a consultation with Captain Keel it was decided their course of action would be to take back the facility by force…