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Postby LaxKnight » Thu May 31, 2018 4:41 am

They said nothing about her note but at least they read it. Thea didn't need to move much when the Lieutenant called for them to gather, being already at the front. She listened intensely to the briefing and she couldn't help but have a few questions. The Krieger asked a good one and so did the guy wearing all the plate armor. She actually had a similar question to his.

"Are we dealing with live targets or dummies?" she asked. There will be problems if it were life targets.
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Postby blinddeadmcjones » Thu May 31, 2018 6:16 am

sshhhk

the sound of maridas sword piercing the earth cut through the conversation as effectively as it cut into the ground. she turned and looked at all of them sternly

"you will treat this as the real thing irrespective of that the targets are, you will treat your weapons as though they are loaded with live ammo, and there is only one access point and that is the front door. by all accounts its the exact opposite of ideal for the breaching team but that is the point, you are guard, worst-case uphill battle scenarios are the norm for you, you will persevere despite this or you will answer directly to eckhard and myself.

do you understand?!"
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Postby Tabitha Maru » Thu May 31, 2018 2:02 pm

A pleased grin spread across the lieutenants face, he had Becket pegged right. She was the harsh soldier through and through. Good. She pulled it off a lot better than he could too. Well, if she was the taskmaster with the whip that left him the role of the reasonable father figure.

"Weapons set to training mode, that means low power and blanks. The sargeant is absolutely right though, you will treat this as if it was an actual combat situation with fully lethal weapons. As for point of entry? You all heard the sargeant: main entrance it is."

It was of course the only entrance intended. The sewers had longs since been well and truly walled off and mined, to prevent any intruders from getting in that way. And while a rooftop breach was certainly possible to pull off in there, it required the proper set up. No, main entrance was the planned and intended point of entry. The idea was sound though and the fact that it was brought up was a good sign, he gave the kriegswoman a nod of approval at her suggestion.

"As for targets? You'll find out soon enough..."
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Postby LaxKnight » Thu May 31, 2018 2:33 pm

The sound of a sword being drawn instinctively made the Lioness go for her sword but finding the blade buried itself in the dirt. The Sergeant gave a small speech about treating this as the real thing, which Thea was planning on. Have only one way in? Fine. The Sergeant didn't need to be so stern in response to their questions but she kept quiet. Then the Lieutenant spoke up, reiterating the point by saying their weapons should be set to training mode and their entry would be the main entrance. He, however, left the status of their targets conveniently vague. This caused Thea to frown. She took a step forward.

"Excuse me, Lieutenant, but some of our weapons don't have a 'low power' setting," while her voice was calm, she pulled out her sword and stuck it in the ground in a similar way to the Sergeant to emphasize the point, "So, do we have some training swords around here or am I lopping someone's head off? Or do I even need to worry about that, sir?"
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Postby Hey Ricky » Fri Jun 01, 2018 8:07 pm

Ricky glanced between the silent #66 and strangely talkative #316 Krieg units. He'd heard that a krieger had caused civilian causalities during a hab block deployment before Candlemass. That incident had led to the insertion of such units into activities and missions on base ever since.
Judging by the behaviour of 316, Talsen - perhaps wrongly - concluded that this chatty soldier must have been one of the erratic units responsible for the incident in the civilian tower.

Raising a hand after Thea, he asked, "And how are the teams to be broken up, sir?" stabbing a thumb towards one krieger than the other, "Do I really have to be on point in front of these things, given their... Reputation?"

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Postby Tabitha Maru » Sun Jun 03, 2018 7:42 am

"As I recall, your regiment put an emphasis on skill with the blade, lance corporal. I trust that you have enough control over it that if you do lop off someone's head, it is quite deliberate. Your sword will not damage the locale the same way a stubber or a hot-shot will, as such there is no need to change it for a training version.
Beyond that, you will need to adapt on the fly and rely on training and judgement. That is part of the exercise."

While the lance corporal's interjection had been slightly annoying and in his mind quite unnecessary, after all swordsmanship is considerably different that shooting and didn't rely as much on quick reactions as much as overcoming the defences of the other, the question still fell in the realm of the acceptable. Perhaps the lioness simply wished to steel herself for bloodshed yet to come.

It was the second question that truly made the lieutenant turn his head. The corporal had started off quite well, asking how the teams were to be formed. A very valid question and the lieutenant was just about to ask the sargeant how she intended to organise the teams. It was the second question that made the colour drain from the lieutenants face in anger. Not only had corporal Talsen gone awol and accidentally disrupted a training exercise, but now he had also disrepected his fellow guardsmen in front of the lieutenant. Maybe the corporal ought to be transfered to the engineers since he clearly had a talent for digging the pit he was in even deeper. Friendly ribbing and competition was one thing. This was another. It was a cancer that needed to be exhumed, now.

He stepped forward towards the corporal, getting close enough that the corporal could feel his breath as the officer looked up at the taller soldier. He spoke slowly and deliberately, with a tone of voice he usualy reserved to soldiers that had earned his ire.

"Yes, you will. These two are fine examples of the emperor's military. You will do your utmost to assist them. You will trust them with your life and do your utmost to ensure that they perform this mission, and any future missions, to the best of their abilities. You will die for them, if need be, and they for you. As far as you're concerned, they are your sisters in arms. That is the only part of their reputation that you need to care about."

He took a step back and turned around, adressing the entire group now.

"That goes for all of you! In there there are no cadians, no lionesses, no lucifer blacks and no kriegers. There is only guardsmen. One unit and one duty: To each others and to the mission.

Am I clear?"

With that last part he focused on the corporal again, with an implication that the soldier ought to be very enthustiastic with his response.

"Sargeant, the corporal here was kind enough to -volounteer- for the fourth fire team as their point man. I want you to form the rest of the teams. It's high time we get this run going. "

((I hope you won't take the lieutenant's focus on your character personally Ricky. He still has plenty of chances to earn his ways back into the lieutenants good graces :) ))
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Postby Hey Ricky » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:12 am

Talsen, to Eckhardt's knowledge, did not have a history of disruptive behaviour. He had been utterly unremarkable, in that he had no real disciplinary record, but also nothing of note in his achievement record either.
So when he opened his mouth to speak again, despite it being painfully clear how bad an idea this would be, nobody was really sure what was about to come out.

"My concern sir is not dying for them, it is that death may be all too likely to strike from behind me." Ricky didn't pause long enough to be cut off, "I refer sir, to their reputation for having mowed down local civilians with no more concern than having damaged the walls they stood between."
His voice was tired, this being pretty much regular for the Cadian, "I will stand shoulder to shoulder with anyone, sir. And support them as my comrade. But I do not usually fear for my back."

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Postby Hey Ricky » Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:43 am

Ricky turned to listen. What he heard relieved him some.
"Grenadier, define necessary collateral?" he asked without sarcasm, or snide edge to his question, "Just so we are on the same page."

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Postby blinddeadmcjones » Sun Jun 03, 2018 12:06 pm

"enough!" marida barked, her patience well and truly being tested by the errant corporal talsen

"someone has to be in front corporal, and for team 4 that someone is you, grenadier #66 has provided their personal assurances that no harm to shall come to pass and Leftenant Eckhardt has also vouched for both members of the death korps, and finally as you are more than aware, The Emperor Protects. That should both be more than enough for you and the end of the subject."

for a moment, the optic eye implant of becketts looked like it was glowing

"do you doubt the leftenants judgement corporal? and by extension Commissar Holts?" because if you wish to continue with this line of inquiry you are more than welcome to do so with Commissar Holt after you are done cleaning out the stables. are. we. clear?"

she waited 5 seconds for a response, wanting to see with the corporal lived up to the title of 'too dumb to live' by trying to answer a rhetorical question.

"now. everyone, these are your squads. Vervusius, you're leading the 1st squad with Lenk, Amada and Strelok. Sanders you Astora and Brabham are with me in the 2nd squad. 3rd squad is led by Kelmore, you will have Munro, Hitch, and Raynor." the sargeant stopped for a second as she gazed on the 4th fireteam, considering who would be best to lead, it did not take her long

"#316, you're in charge of the 4th team, with #66 and Anosov and as you know Talsen here is pointman for you."

she took a step back and pulled her sword out of the ground

"Now form up!! as you heard from the good leftenant the unseen sons and 2nd sons have done this in 18 and 19 minutes respectively, by the end of the day you should be able to do this in 17 minutes or better. now, as you also know the 2nd sons consider us to be little better than swamp rats. so hows about we show them what us swamp rats can frakking do aye!?!"
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Postby LaxKnight » Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:17 pm

Her sword not damage people like a hotshot and a las round will? The lieutenant was right about that, but likely not in the way they were thinking. If Thea were to treat this like 'the real thing' she could do a lot more damage, especially in a close quarters environment that they would be charging into. That kind of fighting relied a lot more on instinct and speed, essential when guns are involved. She's hacked through armor before. However, he was right: she had to learn how to adapt and rely on her own judgment. She didn't look entirely happy but she nodded in understanding as she pulled her sword out of the earth and brushed it off before sheathing it. She decided to see this as a challenge. She had to simply see what was in there and decide from there.

A Corporal spoke up, asking how teams will be broken up and if he really did have to be up front with Krieg soldiers behind him. What kind of cowardly question was that? Sure, Thea has heard of the atrocities the Krieg have done in terms of civilian casualties, but he wasn't a civilian. He was a soldier, just like them. Besides, as an NCO shouldn't he ensure such an incident doesn't happen? The Lioness saw it as an attempt to get out of leading from the front and she looked at him with mild disdain. His question, however, invoked a powerful response from the Lieutenant. He gave a fine speech about how it didn't matter what regiment they were in, they were all Guardsmen and brothers in arms. It got her heart pumping a little bit, stirring her eagerness for battle. So much so that when he asked if they understood she yelled enthusiastically, "Yes sir!"

However, it did not seem to placate the Corporal as he continued to voice his concerns about friendly fire. That was quickly cut by the Sergeant, challenging his judgment in both the Lieutenant and Commissar Holt. How the hell did this guy get to be Corporal? She then divided them into squads. Thea was to be in charge of Third Squad, exciting her even more. She got to be in charge of a squad! She can prove to her superiors that she was ready to be an NCO. She also noted with mild amusement that the Corporal was but with BOTH Kriegers and a Lance Corporal was leading the squad to add extra insult to injury. However, a part of her knew that he likely didn't care very much about that last part and that sickened her.

When the Sergeant asked that they show them how they do Thea pulled out her sword, jabbed it up in the air, and gave an enthusiastic war cry. After that, she kept her the sword as she yelled toward the group, "Third Squad, form up on me! Just look for the one in red with the sword!"
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Postby Hey Ricky » Sun Jun 03, 2018 2:54 pm

"Just so we're on the same page." Ricky repeated softly. Unstrapping his lasgun from around him, he stepped out of the group, and with both hands, returned the weapon to Lieutenant Eckhardt.

Saluting, he at least appeared remorseful, and met his commander eye to eye, "Sir. I'll attend the brig... You don't need to escort me. My presence here would only disrupt things and undermine what you're attempting if I don't trust my comrades. And I don't." his eyebrows knit, "I can't. I'm sorry. You heard that thing."

Stepping away, Ricky didn't wait for dismissal, and didn't meet the eye of anyone else. He headed away towards the exit of the courtyard.

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He's not out of reach or comment just yet, but he is leaving. ))

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Postby Archer » Sun Jun 03, 2018 8:00 pm

Luca didn't say a word he just quietly fiddled with the power setting on his hotshot pistol and hellgun he didn't want to cause trouble or get involved with it if he didn't have to. The Lucifer Black finished preparing his gear carefully unbuttoned on his multiple knives this one longer with and made of ceramite, the stamp of the foundries of Mars lay upon the edge of the blade yet edge of the blade was different it seemed to be another metal bonded to the ceramite, perhaps adamantium. All Luca knew was that the long knives of the Lucifer Blacks were highly prized weapons meant for close quarters fighting and that the blades rarely ever needed to be sharpened.

He moved to stand near Marida scanning the others, he frowned at the mistrust of the Kriegers. He didn't know much about recent events but they seemed to be making an effort to help, though he did not approve of the idea that civilians were allowed to die. They were here to protect the Imperium and its people by extension.

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Postby Tabitha Maru » Mon Jun 04, 2018 1:46 pm

The lieutenant watched impassively as the corporal stepped forward, unstrapped his gun and held it out towards him. Eckhardt's initial thought was to grab the soldier by his collar, chew him out before the rest of the group and force him into that compound. He felt his inside boil at what he percieved to be cowardice on Talsen's part.

But there was something in his eyes, something that stopped the lieutenant from going with his gut reaction. There was a time and place for such demeanor and the cadian realised that it was not here and now. No matter what punishment they threatened, not matter what language they used, it wouldn't matter. It seemed to him that what stood before him was not a man without courage or discipline... but without hope.

And that... was not something this exercise could solve. It would require far more work than that.

Without taking his eyes off the corporal he reached out and took the rifle that was offered to him, then whistled sharply: summoning two of the soldiers that had been standing guard on the edge of the field.

"This man has refused to follow orders, escort him to the brig. I'll deal with him -later-!"

To the man's credit, he at least displayed shame of his actions. It'd take time, building trust from the ground up, but the lieutenant thought he could still turn the corporal into a decent soldier. This would require a deft touch though, and to ensure that the case was handled by the right commissar.

He turned around only to become aware of the soldiers looking in his direction. He grabbed the rifle with both his hands and barked at the group.

"What are you staring at? Get ready to move or will I have more soldiers to send to the commissariat today?"

Catching the eye of the sargeant, he gave her a grim nod to indicate that while he was not pleased with how this had turned out he was satisfied with her performance thus far. As the group continued to get ready to enter, the lieutenant sighed deeply. That bottle in the insidepocket of his fatigues was starting to feel rather heavy right now.
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Postby Hey Ricky » Mon Jun 04, 2018 5:27 pm

Ricky slowed his pace and accepted the accompanying soldiers, allowing them to escort him. He wasn't too certain if he was under arrest.
In the moment, wasn't too certain what had made him refuse. Those were articulate thoughts for articulate men. And right now, he was anything but.

The only thing that was certain to him, and he could tell from his Lieutenant's reaction too, was he done fucked up.
Undoubtedly, insults and scorn would follow, regardless of his ability to respond or defend himself.
For now, he kept his tongue firmly between his teeth. There would be a time when he could explain to the people who mattered, before they took their pound of flesh for his insolence.

When something felt wrong, all anyone had was their instincts and principles. And so far, for better or for worse, those had kept Talsen alive.

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