Wednesday, February 22, 2012

5 The Idols of Khorne Part 1

The Idols of Khorne Part 1
Planet Fall
A Ravenous 1750pts Battle Report
Basking in the red glow of the Drop Pod's navigation globe, The Ravenous salivated at what was about to happen.  They licked the blood off their cracked and tattered lips as Blood Lord Manitous cantillated the consecration of Khorne to his wolf pack.  Each of member of his pack had not fed for some time and were thirsting for the chance to fill their stomachs.  Manitous cared little about their hunger as he brought his wolves here for a higher purpose.  Eight ancient Idols of Khorne were scattered across this unholy imperial world.  Each filled with with the blood of Khorne himself.  Each nothing on their own, but together they held the power to Daemonhood.  He wanted nothing more than to ascend in the name of the Blood God and was not going to let anything stand in his way.  This included the Genestealer Cult that had render the population to its knees and the various imperial forces that were here to cleanse the Tyranid swarm.

"Coordinates have been set and we will be making planet fall at dawn.  The Vindicator and Blood Hunters Alpha's Razorback have secured the landing site.  They report no sign of either imperial or nids in the vicinity."

Blood Lord Manitous' drop pod was the first to cracked open.  Five Blood Fangs each carrying a multi-melta systematically scanned their surroundings as they disgorged down the ramps.  These five wolves along with their Pack Leader and Seidhr, a Rune Priest, are Manitous' honour guard.  All of them along with Lord Manitous quickly took to the high ground in the center of the battlefield.  From high up on this perch they would be able to spot any sign of enemy movement with ease.  Simultaneously Five Blood Guards in terminator armour landed to the north of their current position.  In between them was the first of two Khorne Idols in the vicinity. "WHERE IN THE WENDIGO IS THAT DROP POD GOING!" Howled Manitous as he watched his Dreadnought's drop pod veer off its course to the west.  Impacting between a cliff and a dense ticket of crystalline trees, it was a bloody miracle that the Drop Pod did not have a mishap.  Counting the blessing of Khorne for sparing his prized Dreadnought he quickly realized it came at a cost.  Both the Drop Pod and the Dreadnought blocked the Vindicator's and Razorback's route along the west flank.  Neither of them were in position to secure the second Khorne Idol or provide fire support if enemy reared its' head.

Like a candle signalling the moth a swarm of bug emerges to north around the second Khorne Idol.  A devils scream echo across the battle and one would of expected it to be that of bugs but it was actually Seidhr's Chooser of the Slain screaming at him to look behind him to the west.  Lumbering in a supernatural speed a brood of Genestealers had outflank the Vindicator and the Razorback by scaling the cliff on their left.  The stragglers lashed out at the rear ends of both vehicles but were only able to scratch their armour.  The bulk of the brood directed their rending claws at Blood Lord Manitous and his honour guard.  Thanks to Seidhr's pet fiend they were able to counter attack the Genestealers thus stealing the element of surprise from them. Even still two of his honour guard were struck down before they were able to draw their blades.  Their loyal Pack Leader knew that their multi-meltas would be needed against the larger Tyranids and stepped in front of one his Blood Fangs to prevent the Brood Lord from taking his head clean off.  This noble act cost him not only his left arm but his entire left side of his face.  Lord Manitous strode slowly into the fray punishing one genestealer after the other with his powerfist and daemon axe.  His enormous size and bulk was misleading as he was able to execute his attacks just as fast as the bugs could.  One by one he smashed in their xenos skulls leaving nothing more than a pool of gelatine and blood on the ground till there were all gone.  Using the dark red glow of the twin suns rising up over the landscape Blood Hunter Omega used its' sun flare to mask their drop pods descent.  Impacting next to the Dreadnoughts drop pod they were able to circle the wagons around the Khorne Idol that they were currently in possession of.  With the nids out of effective weapons range each squads Skull Champion ordered his pack to reposition.  Glancing over at Seidhr Manitous bark out "Stay put with the Blood Fangs on this hill you creep and keep that ghoulish pet of your away from ME! I'll be with the Blood Guard from here on out..."

Lumbering across the battlefield two Tervigon's began disembowelling Termagaunt after Termaguant.  Congregating around these massive queens the landscape around them turned into a sea of xenos bugs.  Several warriors to east and a squad of smaller sized bugs excreted their bio weapons at Seidhr and the Blood Fangs forcing them to keep their heads down.  Down for what though?  The ground erupted like a volcano answer Seidhr's question.  A god dam Trygon.  Bio-electric pulses of emitted out of snake like tail at Seidhr and the Blood Fangs.  The Blood Fang's wolf shaped helmet to the left of Seidhr exploded into a red mist.  As if this was not enough a second brood of Genestealers clambered up the cliff next to the Vindicator and the drop pod in front of it.  They stripped the steel armour off the Vindicator like it was merely flesh.  One of them must have ignited the fuel cells as it explode into a ball of flames that engulfing two of the Genestealers.  Blood Hunters Alpha deployed from their Razorback and create a firebase to support Omega on their assault against the Genestealers.  Using the drop pod and vindicator debris as cover their storm of bullets failed to drop any of the Genestealers.  It did give Omega the opportunity to him them from their flank.  Both Ravenous blood and xenos blood poured out the bodies of their warriors.  When the dust settled all that was left standing was Omegas Blood Guard and his second in command.  The rest of the Ravenous unleashed their vengeance at the Trygon leaving it badly wounded.

The xenos tide continue to swarm the battlefield.  Both of Tervigons continued to spew out Termagaunts till the second Khorne Idol was hidden from sight.   A second Trygon burrowed up from the ground next to the first one threating to break The Ravenous ring of steel.  The fifth and final drop pod deployed Blood Hunters Echo behind the two Tervigons while positioning themselves just short of the second Khorne Idol.  Focus their fire along with the Blood Fangs and the Dreadnoughts multi-meltas The Ravenous were able to it shoot down the wounded oversized worm.

A hail of bio weapons spat out at both Blood Hunter Echo and their drop pod.  All but two of the wolves were able to scrambling down the backside of the hill that their drop pod had landed next to.  The two who did not make it to safety were given the gift of death on the battlefield.  While their drop pod was turn in a molten slag of twisted metal and debris.  Sensing not only the lurking shadow of defeat but the wraith of Blood Lord Manitous Squad Echo choose to throw themselves at the swelling mass of Tyranids that surrounded the second Idol of Khorne.  Hacking and slashing their blades at the wall bugs with a ferocity of wolf caught in a hunters trap the seven of them were able to kill dozen bugs without even suffering a mere scratch.  Knowing that the ebb of the Tyranids was just the vanguard of their tide Manitous knew he had to cut his loses including Blood Hunters Echo if needed.  With at least one Idol of Khorne in his possession all was not lost. "Blood Guard, Honour Guard, Alpha and Omega protect the first Idol of Khorne no matter the cost!!!"  Echo you dug your grave and it's up to you to find a way out of it."

One by one Echo drowned in the sea of Tyranids despite their valiant effort to please their Blood Lord.  Using their moment of this victory to their advantage the nids press towards The Ravenous.  Seidhr summoned the power of the warp to their aid and cast down a murderous hurricane of aether at the closest squad of Termagants.  Head after head imploded from the pressure of the storm that swirlled around while the rest became entangled in the energy of the warp itself.  Slithering away from the vortex of blood and magic the Trygon sidestepped the Dreadnought so it could lash out at the Rune Priest.  Waiting like a mongoose poised to strike Blood Hunters Alpha cut the Trygons path off to Seidhr.  Their melta-gun seared off one of its' appendages while the bolters pushed it back.  This gave Lord Manitous the opportunity they needed.  Like a bat out of hell three Storm Raven swooped in to pick up The Ravenous and the one Idol of Khorne that they had secured.  Rushing towards them all but squad Omega was able to extract themselves in time.

Neither a loss or Victory was at a hand.   Casualties were minimum but those of the pack that had perish would be standing before the Blood God now.  Each would present Khorne with their trophy rack of brass skulls in an attempt to prove their might.  Those that were deemed worthy enough would serve him in the after life.  Those who did not would face an eternity of shame and defeat.  If all went according to plan he would be the Daemon Prince to administer their fate.

5 comments:

  1. This is the first in a series of five narrative battle reports that document my games over the course of Gottacon 2012. Each story builds off the previous battle reports and flows like blood from a slit wrist. For a narrative back drop to The Ravenous enter this link into your razor blade where you will be flooded with images of skulls, cannibals, Wendigos and blood thirst renegades: http://thechaosmanifesto.blogspot.com/2011/06/sunday-best-3-ravenous.html

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  2. This is a tremendous approach to the standard battle report -enough detail to state the facts of the game, and an excellent narrative to make us see and feel it. Brilliant. I am looking forward to the remaining installments.

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  3. Glad you enjoyed it Brian. The key was to take notes after each game. The gap in time filters out the mundane details that the mind cares little for. While the exciting parts to each game are left fresh in your head. The hardest part was creating a hook to connect all five games together. Thank Khorne though as games four and five provided the bridge that I needed.

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  4. This is a really creative way to do battle reports, I like it.
    This is my first time reading the blog, is this a Khorne army using the space wolf codex?

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  5. Glade you enjoyed the first of five battle tales that I have weaved together. Yes this is a Khorne army using the Space Wolves Codex. My Blood Lord is a counts as Logan Grimnar. FOr more details on their back story you can check out this link:

    http://thechaosmanifesto.blogspot.com/2011/06/sunday-best-3-ravenous.html

    In terms of the army that I fielded here is the list:

    The Ravenous:
    A Renegade Space Wolves Army

    HQ
    275 = Logan Grimnar
    125 = Rune Priest: Chooser of the Slain, Wolf Tail Talisman, Wolf
    Tooth Necklace, Murderous Hurricane and Living Lighting

    Elites
    150 = Dreadnaught: Multi-Melta, Heavy Flamer & Drop Pod

    Troops
    401 = Wolf Guard Terminators x 7: Drop Pod
    -WG1=Wolf Claws x 2, WG2=Wolf Claws x 2, WG3=Wolf Claws x 2,
    WG4=Thunder Hammer/Storm Shield, WG5: Heavy Flamer/ChainFist,
    WG6=Terminator Armour/Combi-Flamer/ChainFist Hunters Squad 1,
    WG7=Terminator Armour/Combi-Flamer/ChainFist

    190 = Grey Hunters x 8: Wulfen with Melta, Power Weapon and Drop Pod
    190 = Grey Hunters x 8: Wulfen with Melta, Power Weapon and Drop Pod
    120 = Grey Hunters x 5: Meltagun and a RazorBack with TL Heavy Bolter

    Heavy Support
    175 = Long Fangs x 6: Multi Melta x5, Squad Leader & Drop Pod
    120 = Vindicator: Dozer Blade

    1746pts

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