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Postby Tabitha Maru » Thu May 10, 2018 2:59 pm

Tick. The arm of the chrono moved ever forward. Tock. Coming up on twenty minutes now. Tick. The lieutenant peered down on the device in his hand, watching seconds and minutes pass by. Tock. The embers of his lho stub krept closer as he took a deep drag as he followed the movement of the squad on the screen.

Looking up from the screen towards the building they were in. It bore the tell tale signs of the recent months of conflict on it’s facade. Collapsed sections, blown out windows. It had quickly proven itself unsuitable for most tasks. It mostly resembled the bombed out husks that were everywhere in the city. That was what made it ideal for its current role however.

A few weeks ago a group of enterprising officers had remade the husk into a training area for practising urban fighting. It had been filled with targets the shape of humanoids, some of them on springs or rails so they’d function as surprise or moving targets. Several different types of scenarios had been prepared for, so that the building could both serve as a general training area and as a locale to train for specific missions with minimal adjustments.

Lieutenant Eckhardt looked up as the squad emerged from inside the building, glancing down at the chrono and stopping it. Watching the final time the guardsmen had achieved and noted it on the notepad in front of him. He was here today to keep the skills of the guard sharp, but he also had an ulterior motive: he wanted to expand the imperial perimeter. Start taking the world back from the T’au.

When he had proposed it to Captain Perray he had gotten a no. Quite sensibly too. They could not afford the risk of expanding it. It’d take too long and leave them exposed during the operation and the casualties would be too high for too little. So to Yudel this was more than training, it was also a means to prove to Perray, and by extension Krugerman and Holt, that they could do it. That they could do it quickly enough and with acceptable losses.

As such, he had great ambition riding on the results of this.

He watched as the group assembled, taking another deep drag from his lho as he did so. Taking it into his hand as he began speaking with a firm and authoritative voice.

”It took you all twenty three minutes to clear the building of all hostiles. Not bad, not bad at all. It’s a result I’d consider to be adequate for the PDF. But you’re the guard and I expect a lot better from you .

Furthermore, three of you would be dead because of your failure to check corners properly. -That- is utterly unacceptable.

So we’re going to do this again. All of it, from the start. Without a single casualty. And when we do… The second Sons managed to do this in nineteen minutes. The Unseen sons in eighteen. I’m expecting you to beat their record. Understood?

You all have five minutes to rest up, refresh yourselves and get ready.”

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Postby Johannes Wyss von Krieg » Thu May 10, 2018 5:02 pm

It rested on its knees, Heavy and laboured breathing yet somehow still muffled soon followed. Unit #9453/8-316, Like all Kriegers who were trained in Trench and Attrition Warfare; close quarters combat in tight spaces are a natural component of Trench Raiding and it should be adequate in such manners. Emphasis on Should be.
#316 is not part of an assault Team and even Krieger's Skill without constant sharpening can get rusty: It did not maintain its current Standards and was off by a whole 20 Seconds, not only that but the whole Squad seems to be lacking.
Unit #9453/316 will have to put all efforts to make up for the whole team in the next evaluation. It will be Better!

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Postby Hey Ricky » Thu May 10, 2018 5:19 pm

Ricky Talsen had not been part of the original squad. In fact Ricky hadn't even known there was any exercise about to happen, when he had secreted himself out of the way.
So when an exuberant squad of guardsman had burst into the empty building in which he'd decided to take his impromptu nap, it had caused more than a little confusion on both sides, and a few unscheduled weapon discharges.

Singed but not harmed, the Cadian now stood with his lasgun, bemused expression, and prepared to be sent back inside.

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Postby blinddeadmcjones » Fri May 11, 2018 4:16 am

Marida took a moment to calm herself and avoid lashing out, it had all been going so well with the initial breach, only for it all to go downhill when they came across Ricky, who had taken it upon himself to snooze inside the building.

"right you heard him, we move in five." she told the squad, drawing her attention to the three who would've 'died' "Sanders your bayonet technique is weak and sloppy, tau and rebels aren't going to lie down out of pity like that camp follower you were with last week. Raynor, stop tucking the stock into your armpit it restricts how well you can sweep the barrel, you're not hiding you're holding. and Lenk for thrones sake focus! your eyes and footwork is all over the place, we're clearing a hab not practicing dances for candlemass!"

after that marida then turned to look at Ricky "you're on point. given you were comfortable enough to sleep in there i can only deduce that you know every corner and crevice like the back of your hand yeah?" she didn't wait for a response and instead addressed the group as a whole while inspecting the blade on her sword "now i don't know about you lot but i don't like being upstaged by those insufferable twits known as the 2nd sons or those convicts make make up the unseen sons either, do you?"
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Postby Hey Ricky » Fri May 11, 2018 7:30 am

Ricky nodded numbly, his cheeks burning from being the subject of Marida's scorn, as much as the lasgun fire that had nearly hit home, "Yes Sarge. Sorry, Sarge."
Having the decency to look ashamed, he fiddled with the clips of his lasgun strap while he considered.

"Well..." Only partly realising that Beckett was being sarcastic, Ricky held up his hands and in the air before them, traced the layout of the building, describing the routes. He unfortunately did so with more detail and speed than was easily absorbed by anyone else.

Finishing, he glanced around, and then went back to silently staring at his clips. (That probably wasn't helpful... Shut up, Ricky.)

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Postby Johannes Wyss von Krieg » Fri May 11, 2018 4:51 pm

"Negative, Sergeant" Rest is over, The Unit is standing straight again ready for deployment.
Due to being a Sniper, the Unit was not issued with a Standard Lasgun, instead it relied upon the Issued Regimental Triplex Pattern "Fury" Assault Laspistol (An extremely useful sidearm for trench raiding) and a Sharp Mono-Knife for Up Close & Personal Encounters and clearing buildings for the purpose of setting up overwatch positions.

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Postby Warsmith Wolf » Fri May 11, 2018 9:21 pm

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Postby Tabitha Maru » Sun May 13, 2018 3:53 pm

Lieutenant Eckhardt was giving Corporal Talsen a long dark look as he was being told off by the sargeant, puffing on the stub in his mouth. Not because they had mysteriously come across him inside a training course, and there was absolutely no chance you mistook the interior of that building as anything other than that, the sargeant seemed to be handling the punishment of that in a contextually appropriate manner.
Nor was it because the the corporal had unintentionally sabotaged the first run through the course, throwing the odd curve ball at the practising soldiers kept them on their toes after all.

The reason the lieutenant was focusing intently on the corporal was because he was attached to the 58th. Which would make them both members of the same regiment. And regardless of whether the corporal was under his direct responsibility or not, discipline in the unit fell on all officers of that unit.

So the corporal turning up here to everyone's great surprise came with a number of implications. None of which spoke well of the cadian unit. And to Lt Eckhardt, currently leading this excercise, something of an embarrasment. So the the gaze that fell upon the soldier was precisely the sort of attention no soldier should ever want to have. It was the kind of look that said: You damn well better excel from here on or you're going to get my undivided attention for the coming future.

From one spot of trouble to the next. He turned his attention back to the docket he had in his hands, reading it thoroughly once more. He was not sure whether he would take it as a cruel jest, an attempt intentional or otherwise to undermine what he was trying to do here, or if it was a blessing in disguise.
It wasn't that she, it, was a krieger. The lieutenant had worked with kriegers before and found their work satisfactory. He glanced up at #316. Granted, that particular group of them was consider to somewhat different from the rest. Still... if one is concious of the particularities of that breed of soldiers then they will serve admirably. No, the reason for his concern was that it was this krieger. This was an infamous krieger. The one that had proven that cooperation between the units left something to be desired. Was it this unit's fault? Probably not. It'd certainly prove itself soon enough if it was.
To make things worse however, he was also aware that of the forces present the one that had the most problem with 554th was in fact sargeant Becket's unit. Who naturally was the one leading the excercise run today.

Regardless, you play with the cards you are dealt. Not the ones you wish you had.

"Very well, Grenadier Number Sixty-six A Seven-Three-Four-Three Dash G, you have been assigned to take part in this excercise. For the duration of this mission you will be refered to as Sixty-six. The objectives are to practise the clearing of this complex of any hostile targets in a methodical and efficient manner, focusing on the skills needed for urban warfare and teamwork. The latter of which includes communication. The unit will be required to exercise discriminate fire and ensure to minimize losses of friendly units. You'll be answering to me and to Sargeant Becket.
Upon completion I will make an evaluation of your performance together with the sargeant and send a report to your superiors regarding my conclusion. Do you have any questions or anything you wish to inform me of?

The cadian folded the docket and put it in one of his pockets and then took the lho-stub from his mouth, letting the smoke whaft out of his mouth as he gave the unit in front of him a chance to reply. Then after the moment had passed he beckoned to the heavily armed soldier to follow and walked towards the group.

Sargeant! It seems that commissar Wittman and Captain Shulze has seen fit to send us some additional reinforcements, and a heavy weapons specialist to boot. Grenadier Sixty-six here has been sent for field testing; they want our help to determine whether or not she's ready for the field again. Once we're done here I'm going to want your honest opinion on her performance.

Now, with both corporal Talsen and Grenadier Sixty-six increasing our numbers I think we should restructure the fire-teams. Four teams, instead of three. Three teams for sweeping the building and a fourth one, including the grenadier here, to respond to any dug in enemies. Your thoughts?
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Postby blinddeadmcjones » Fri May 18, 2018 5:02 am

'it' had arrived

while outwardly she kept the stone faced facade up, on the inside marida was seething that she had not been given prior awareness that the krieger would be turning up, briefly her organic eye flickered towards the other one, #316, did it know that #66 would be turning up? and if so why did it not divulge this to her before hand?

Eckhard calling for her attention brought the sargeant back to the task at hand, for which she was inwardly thankful, questions about protocol would have to wait until later

"four teams does give us some more flexibility, i recommend that we put all four teams on a rotating roster so that each one has the opportunity to be lead breacher, including the grenadiers unit. it will also serve to tell us who is better suited for leading small groups"
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Postby Johannes Wyss von Krieg » Fri May 18, 2018 12:53 pm

No, Unit #316 Did not know about #66's Dispatch.
In fact, when it arrived #316 froze in its place for a second staring at the Automaton with what could be translated as confusion and after that made sure to keep as further away as possible by staying on the other end of the line in which the Assembled troops stand in attention.

No, it was not Trembling. It wasn't even flinching, one might say it was purposefully ignoring the Grenadier perhaps keeping it away from their perception.

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Postby Tabitha Maru » Wed May 23, 2018 1:23 pm

It was a good suggestion, getting everyone to get some practice in in regards to breaching. Perhaps it'd lower the overall time, but it'd make the entire group more flexible in return. And he'd have something to show after this endeavour even if his idea remained unfeasible. He gave the sargeant a quick nod.

"Good idea, sargeant. Let's get the team organised then, I think our five minutes are just about up"

The lieutenant glanced around at the soldier's spread out in front of the building, lifting his stub to his mouth and taking a deep drag from it once more.
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Postby Nevaraon » Wed May 23, 2018 2:44 pm

Croaker adjusted the strap on his trencher shield. He had slipped once during that last run. He needed to prove himself on this run.

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Postby Archer » Wed May 23, 2018 3:10 pm

Luca had arrived late, originally he wasn't scheduled to be part of the exercise, a little asking nicely and a cup of recaf for Carolyne had got him out of monitoring station four. He had been Terran PDF for years, he'd cleared under hive rooms with more mutants than anyone would dare admit exist on Terra.

He arrived in full armor green eyes staring forward as moved to join the unit, however carefully written in delicate handwriting which most officers could recognize as Lieutenant Hoods on the back of his Helmet was the name Astora. It seemed Carolyne wanted them able to recognize Luca if he went down, the Lucifer, of course, didn't know it was there otherwise he would have scrubbed it off.

Luca set his hotshot to the lower setting, in case of accidents, this was an exercise, not a field test. Next he checked his knives, making sure they were all easily reachable. Last he jumped up and down slightly spotting loose fittings and moving armor plates which he more firmly secured so they would not make as much noise. "Heard you guys are trying to break the Unseen Sons record... I'm happy to those bastard back in line."

The Lucifer finished his gear check and then did something unusual he placed the Hotshot at his side and drew his pistol pairing it with one of his many knives. He'd done this before, a hotshot could be slashed in close quarters especially if you were first in then the gun was useless.

A knife could be thrown or used to keep a blade back and the Hotshot pistol was just as good in close quarters, most Lucifers prefer it over the rifles in the tight quarters of a hive. "If you need a point man I was one with my old unit on Terra." His voice buzzed through the full helmet, speakers giving his voice a slight mechanical tone.

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Postby LaxKnight » Wed May 23, 2018 3:18 pm

As the group gathered, another person jogged to join them. No one noticed her at first but she growled at the ones at the fringe and, turning to see who the frak was growling at them of all things, went pale and let her by. Lieutenant Eckhardt might see a morone carapaced being making their way through the group with a little bit of a berth. Eventually, the soldier made her way to the front and stood in front of the officer and NCO at attention. Besides the armor, a little reminiscent of ancient Terran warriors with the shape of the helmet, what would be interesting to see is that she lacked a Lasgun, only a Laspistol, but she had a whip on her hip, a sword in a scabbard at the small of her back, and a shield on said back.

"Good day, Lieutenant and Sergeant. Lance Corporal Thea Kelmore of 24th Monroe IV Lionesses reporting," she masked some eagerness she felt as she held out a note for one of them to take, "Our regiment just got word of this event. Came as soon as I was ordered."
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Postby Johannes Wyss von Krieg » Thu May 24, 2018 11:16 am

While on the outside, the Unit stands immobile but beneath the respirator the eyes dart from one thing to the other; anything to distract from the unnerving presence that stands on the other side. Until they found something to concentrate on: the Katavarian Sergeant from the Hall of Virtue Mission and the late Practice lesson by the Terran in the Gym Tent, and... a Growl? #316 turned back and saw.. her?
Some Guardsmen on left and right backed off sure but the Kriegerin stayed rooted in its place, not from fear mind you but due to a lack thereof. "Hallo?" the Kriegerin's lenses stared right back at the growling woman.

And she just pushed past.

Well, not purely by her own strength: pushing a Krieger is a hard endeavour in on itself and not only is it discourteous but also quite foolish considering the very expected retaliation were they preoccupied with something before. Luckily, this one was not busying herself with gunning down a Hive Block and did not see this Growling Creature as a threat to the mission. Instead, once the motive of the women to walk forward was understood -the Kriegerin let her pass, with a slight turn on the heel.

'Abnormal Guardswoman Variant: Behaviour and Equipment. Must Investigate more.' the Unit Reasoned, not breaking line of sight

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Postby Tabitha Maru » Wed May 30, 2018 2:06 pm

This was one of the biggest problems the guard had down on Naris, in Eckhardts opinion. Not that soldiers were late for operations, allthough that was a completely unnecessary issue that could be solved with some proper discipline (and the fact that he had no less than three of them, only one of which with a good excuse, spoke volumes). He knew many of the officers involved, it wasn't that they didn't take their jobs seriously. They did, many of them worked almost every wake hour to keep this force going. Rather, the problem was higher up. Or perhaps more accurately: a lack thereof.

Still... a good officer plays with the cards he has, not the ones he wished he had. At least there were soldiers here, and as long as they were here at least he could make sure they left more skilled than when they were sent here.

"Alright, gather round!"

The lieutenant stood there as the soldiers around him gathered in front of him. Colourful bunch this lot, more colourful than when they had started not too long ago. Wildly different outfits, training and even cultures. Getting them all to follow the same set of rules would be quite a feat. But perhaps that was the proper way forward. He'd have to pocket that idea for later though.

"We're taking the briefing again, given that we have a few late arrivals.
Situation is as follows: Inside that building over there, we have a few stories of hostile targets hiding, ready to ambush our supply convoy that will pass the area later. You'll recognice them by the red circles they have on their torso. In addition there's also the civilian's that make this hab their home. You'll recognice them by the green squares on their torso.

Your mission is to go in and eliminate all hostile targets, without causing a single civilian casualty. And you'll have to do it fast, as we're going to need you all to clear the next hab we have our eyes on as well.

You can expect the enemy in there to be armed with the usual weapons. Stolen las weapons, stubbers, grenades, anti-vehicle weapons and mines. They don't know you're coming as such, but they expected attack and fortified their position.

Now... this is a training exercise, but that is no excuse for goofing around. I expect you all to do you best and I will be watching through the pict-recorders spread out across the compound. Impress me and I will commend you to your COs. "

He took a moment to examine the expressions of the gathered guardsmen, and letting a moment for his explanation to sink in.

"Sargeant Becket here will be in charge of executing this operation. We will divide you into four teams, each of which will be taking their turns practising breaching. Time will start ticking once you enter the compound. Any questions?"

He swept his gaze over each member of the group in turn as he allowed them a moment to ask what they had on their minds. Nodding to anyone raising a hand. Once he was satisfied they had all undertsood the operation proper he turned to the sargeant.

"Sargeant Becket, you may begin"

((If one of you have a question for the lieutenant, just fire away and I'll reply in the next post. If not, then we'll simply move on))
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Postby Johannes Wyss von Krieg » Wed May 30, 2018 2:25 pm

So far so good. Being a relatively lightly armed Unit in Close Quarters made direct breaching an ineffective endeavour, the unit was aware of it and so had to consider the available approaches, and for that it needed more data.

"Herr Leutnant"
it raised it's hand up and after being granted permission, continued "What are the available breaching points? Are Fire Team deployments through Roof or Sewer Systems allowed?"

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Postby Hey Ricky » Wed May 30, 2018 3:58 pm

Talsen saluted to indicate he had no queries. He did, but raising them would undoubtedly end worse than staying silent at this point.
He did his best to edge away from the talkative Krieg soldier, and found himself shoulder to shoulder with the other one.
Ricky glanced at the statue in uniform, and felt a little admiration for their discipline. His thoughts didn't extend terribly far, as he was focused on his own issue of being put on point.

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Postby Nevaraon » Thu May 31, 2018 1:10 am

Croaker was busying himself running through the actions of his shotgun. Looking up he asked. “Milord, doth this be a ‘Live Fire exercise? Or shalt we attempt a dry run first?”


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