Skitarri Vanguard squad Xzel-Sht1

Lead by Alpha YDM-6 squad Xzel-Sht1 has been built and rebuilt dozens of times. Their battle engrams are extremely aggressive. Their aggressive nature often overriding the minimal self preservation protocols in the Skitarii cohorts of Kaiyune IV. YDM-6 always lead the squad closer to their foes to maximize the lethal effect of the yellow radium in their weapons.

The Catacombs of Abersim

A cohort of Skitarii including Xzel-Sht1 went to the Abersim system when tithes of heavy metals didn’t arrive at Kaiyune IV. The mines were busy. Workers went into the mines and heavy metals came out of the mines. The magos in charge of the cohort entered the refinery that separated the heavy metals from the less useful minerals and never exited it.

Threat protocols snapped into place and the cohort stormed the refinery. . A search for Magos Borl turned up nothing. YDM-6 ordered a full spectrum scan of the refinery. A faint binaric signal was picked up. It appeared to becoming from some distance below the refinery. A new search revealed a hidden panel in the floor. Opening it revealed controls that caused that section of the floor to sink rapidly beneath the refinery.

Beneath the refinery

As YDM-6 and Xzel-Sht1 sank deeper and deeper underground the faint binaric signal grew stronger. The floor stopped descending revealing a vast corridor. Strange Xenos constructs were disassembling the torso of Magos Borl.

Necron Wraiths

Xzel-Sht1 opened fire on the creatures, having little effect on them. YDM-6 changed tactics and ordered the squad to focus their fire on 1 of the creatures. Metal shards flew from the creature until it fell inert on the ground. The other 2 constructs turned from the sparking remnants of the Magos and flew at the Skitarii. Quickly the squad changed their target to the closest of the remaining monstrosities destroying it seconds before its flashing claws reached them.

The final creature crashed into the squad, it hacked an arm off the closest skitarri while another claw pierced the chest of another. YDM-6 stepped up, his power maul slamming repeatedly into the xenos construct or whirling to catch the deadly claws and keep them from the rest of the squad. YDM-6 swung his power maul up and pounded what he thought were the creatures eyes and then instantly dropped to the ground.

Within microseconds of slamming the creatures eyes and while he was still dropping to the ground the remaining squad members opened fire , dispatching the strange serpent like machine.

Aftermath

Getting up and scanning the area YDM-6 ordered the still-sparking chassis of the magos and all the severed limbs to be retrieved. The squad quickly made their retreat alert for any new threats. They quickly made their way out of the refinery, broadcasting a recording of their encounter with the creatures and the tactics that failed and those that succeeded.

The fight for the Abersim system had begun.

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