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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.

Necron Destroyer Lord Zerg

Necron Lord Zerg and his gun cohort Zig,Zag and Zug
Necron Lord Zerg and his gun cohort Zig,Zag and Zug

History

In his fleshlife the necron Destroyer Lord Zerg was a cruel, vicious member of the Necrontyr aristocracy.  Zerg had a tactical genius for swift strikes that inflicted great damage to his enemies.  He was justly feared  by other members of the Leytek Dynasty.  Few of the other lords of Leytek would openly oppose him.  Those that did would often find themselves falling to his fatal blade.  Short and extremely strong for a necrontyr, Zerg was quick to anger and take offense.

When the Silent King made his bargain with the C’tan to transform the Necrontyr into the Necrons, the Leytek Dynasty was just beginning to rise in prominence.  In them the Silent King saw a viable threat to himself and relocated the dynasty to the outer reaches of his domain.  Zerg took this removal to the hinterlands as a personal insult.  As a result a deep hatred and silent rage began to grow in psyche.  This rage festered during the long millenia that the Leytek tombworld slept.

Awakening

Lord Zerg had arranged with the crypteks that he was to wake from the great sleep before the other lords.  Over the centuries his anger at the Silent King had grown and became less discriminate.  Anyone or anything that he even imagined slighted him became a target of his hatred.  Zerg forced the crypteks to remove his legs and fuse him to a destroyer skimmer.  The pain of that transformation shredded the last few strands of sanity he had left.

Necron Destroyer Lord Zerg
Necron Destroyer Lord Zerg

The Tomb World

While the necrons of the Leytek Dynasty slept deep in their tombs, the world that was theirs was discovered and laid claim to by other races of the galaxy.  The eldar Craftworld Krahlee saw an uninhabited world and nurtured it as a Maiden world.  They cultivated it and it was a garden world for the ship bound eldar to visit in times of peace.

After the human galaxy was torn asunder by the Horus Heresy, a small group fled the war torn Imperium and established a colony.   The colony grew slowly because they used little of the technology of the Imperium, fearful that either the savage forces of roaming chaos warbands or the heavy handed bureaucracy of the Imperium would notice its use.  When the eldar of Craftworld Krahlee took notice of the humans they attacked.  Faced with destruction by the eldar a distress signal was sent but it was too late.  The humans of Morgan’s Grief were slaughtered.  The Imperium arrived too late but found an agri-world and a righteous reason of vengeance to claim it.

The Tomb World Today

Zerg woke to find his home a playground for the hated eldar and infested by a race of primitives with powerful weapons and seemingly unending numbers.

He immediately instructed the crypteks to speed up the awakening of the Leytek but also to keep them hidden.  Zerg and his lieutenants began a series of quick raids killing eldar and human alike.  This temporarily satisfied their rage and lust for killing.  These raids also provided Zerg with much needed information on how the galaxy changed during their long sleep.

Necron Destroyers
Necron Destroyers

The Necrons would pounce on the unsuspecting interlopers of their world.  Zerg’s lieutenants zooming in first Gauss blasters thinning out the foe.  Zerg would then sweep in  swinging his Warscythe  and decimate the rest in a frenzy of hacks and slashes.