After months of sifting through the great oceans infinite strands of
fate Ahzek Ahriman, Chief Librarian and Chapter Master of the Thousand
Sons Exiles, found a trace on the 4th planet in subsector Eros. Just
outside the Eros Habdome protective shield, amongst the ruins of a great
Xeno library. The library was destroyed by the liberators of subsector
Eros, the Emperors own Ultramarines.
Ahriman immediately dispatched his most promising student, Librarian
Urastan, to secure the site. To ensure his mission, an attachment of
Rubric Marines of the 1st company are awoken and pressed into service
once more. Equipped with precious Tactical Dreadnaught Armor, these
stoic bodiless warriors fight relentlessly for whatever cause the
Chapter Master sees fit.
The nine travel to Eros four in secret, only to be discovered upon
making planet fall as the Astropaths of Eros Habdome sense the tell tale
warp signature of a teleportation. They immediately send a distress call
knowing it can only mean trouble. The Ultramarines 2nd company, passing
through the subsector on an escort mission, respond to the call. A new
Librarian recruited from the 10th companies scout squads, accompanied by
his former squad mates are being escorted back to Maccragge to complete
his transition from the 10th.
The young Librarian joined the Captain of the 2nd company planet side,
waiting to hear back from assault squad and land speeder scouts sent out
to report back on any sightings. The first to find the invaders were the
assault squadron. The last thing they transmitted was a request for
reinforcements. Nearby members of the 2nd companies devastators were
quickly on the scene, even the terminator armor of the 15th Legion was
no match for their combined firepower. Only the Librarian Urastan was
able to make an escape.
The rest of 2nd company arrived to fortify the positions of the
devastators, only to find a full scale attack lead by none other than
the renegade exile Ahriman himself. The members of the devastator squads
took up optimum positions among the ruins, with clear fields of fire to
the new enemies approach. Fully four squads and their Rhino transports
never made it to the battlefield.
The Ultramarine tactical squad deployed to recover the remainder of
their assault squad who were wounded when they engaged the Thousand Sons
1st company terminators. The veterans of the 1st company Thousand Sons
laid down a torrent of fire from their ensorcelled combi-bolters making
a mockery of the marine power armor.
Ahriman's attack plan worked precisely as expected, as the
devastators were distracted, a Vindicator clearing a path for two Rhinos
outflanked the devastators positions. Two more squads exited their Rhino
transports and proceeded to secure the relic. Under the direction of
their Librarian Adepts the first squad formed a perimeter as the other
went about the task of excavating the area. A third Rhino squad followed
a Vindicator siege breaker tank towards the Ultramarine 2nd company
Even with the awesome power of the demolisher cannon, the devastators
had dug in too well. Their training and experience in countless battles
across a thousand worlds had proven proof against the siege engine. The
Ultramarine return fire made short work of the mighty battle tank, but
in doing so had offered many targets of opportunity for the Thousand
Sons ensorcelled bolts.
Meanwhile, clear across the battlefield, Ahriman and his Thousand Sons
were making their way to secure the 2nd relic from its earthen tomb.
With cover fire from the mighty demolisher cannon, Ahriman's Rhino
was able to breach the defense perimeter, while the 2nd Rhino attempted
to sneak in under the fire of the poised Devastator and Tactical squad.
The squad holding the perimeter was nearly destroyed by Ahriman and his
Thousand Sons when they were ordered to withdrawn by the young
Librarian. Even the enchanted armor of the Thousand Sons is no match for
the tremendous warp energies he could channel with a thought.
Unfortunately the young Librarian did not know the sorceries employed by
the Thousand Sons are an irresistible lure for many of the denizens of
The green Librarian attempted to channel a Vortex of Doom, knowing it
was his only hope against the heretics of the 15th legion. Were it not
for the power of his psychic hood, his mind would have been flayed by
the daemons laying in wait. The Captain and his squad, unfazed by the
struggling Librarian, take aim. "Purify them!" spat the Captain
as three Thousand Sons were felled by the powerful Plasma guns of the
Ultramarine Honor Guard. The Captain, now aware of Ahriman's true
intentions, issued new orders to his company; destroy the relics!
As if on cue, the scouts in their land speeder transport arrived.
Seeing their fellow Ultramarines pinned down by the devastating
firepower of the Vindicator siege tank, the swooped into action. Their
melta guns made short work of the Vindicator's armor. With the armor
now destroyed, the squad placed demolition charges into the hull,
destroying the battle tank in a shower of sparks and debris.
The destruction of the siege tank allowed a squad of Ultramarines to
advance on the Thousand Sons attempting to sneak under the Devastators
fire. The slow and purposeful advance of the Enchanted Armor gave the
tactical squad the advantage as they charged into combat after unloading
with their bolt pistols. The Thousand Sons were all but destroyed in the
ensuing swirling melee.
The Space Marine Captain proved no match for Ahriman and his Thousand
Sons, their force weapons stealing the lives of him and his Librarian.
Only the squads Apothecary survived the initial assault, though he
wished he hadn't. With a swift flick of his wrist, Ahriman accessed
the Space Marine genome, visiting upon the unsuspecting apothecary the
flesh change that had plagued his own legion centuries earlier. Not all
gifts of the warp are beneficial, as the now formless pool of flesh and
tissue sank to the floor into a crater left by the demolisher cover
Perhaps it was the sudden loss of leadership or some other sinister
sorcery, but the tactical squad could not finish off their nearly
defeated foe. With only a Librarian Adept and a single Rubric bodyguard
surviving the initial charge, the Ultramarines were finding no purchase
with any of their close combat attacks. The nearby scout squad, hoping
to catch the two Thousand Sons unaware, charged in behind them. The
Librarian Adept, as if guided with vision behind his head, rounded on
these new attackers, slashing three as their now soulless bodies
collapsed on the floor. With their surprise assault blunted so
completely, the two squads of Ultramarines decided to fall back to the
devastators cover fire.
With the captains dying order fresh in their ear, the 2nd companies
Rhinos were rapidly advancing on the distant relic. With cover fire from
three squads, their approach was assured. Just as the Rhino's got
into the range of another Thousand Sons Librarian Adept, the warp
energies he was about to summon backfired leaving him incapacitated. His
warriors fought in vain, their weapons useless against the hull of the
Rhino transports barreling in on them.
Having silenced a good measure of the devastator squad, the Thousand
Sons whose approach was gained by the sacrifice of the Vindicator Siege
Tank, embarked into their own Rhino transport ready to match steel for
steel. Reinforcing the two squads tasked with securing the relic, the
Rhino functioned as a road block preventing one Ultramarine squad from
reaching their target. The other two Rhinos managed to break the
blockade, their way paved in the blood of their fellow Ultramarines. The
relic, only recently unearthed was quickly destroyed by the Storm
Bolters of the two Rhino crews.
The last remaining relic lay under the watchful eye of Ahriman himself
as his Thousand Sons went about the task of unearthing it. The
Devastators standing guard were his only problem. With a total
concentration he unleashed a torrent of energy that melted their armor
and licked clean the flesh from their bones. Still spent from the
exertion the Chief Librarian was caught unawares by the falling back
scouts and tactical squads, still under pursuit by the thousand sons
that stole the lives of their new recruits, managed a few lethal salvoes
from their bolters, dropping the ancient Chapter Master where he stood.
The Land Speeder, having dropped off their payload of scouts, makes a
last minute dash to destroy the captured relic. The Land speeders
Multimelta, trained on the relic it is about to vaporize, gets shot from
a Thousand Sons Sorcerer Adept knocks out its targeting system. The
Thousand Sons, finished gathering the relic and started to retreat. The
Land Speeder, left with no other choice, makes the ultimate sacrifice by
crashing into and destroying the Xeno relic.
The remaining Thousand Sons gather up their wounded, including what
remained of their 1st Company terminators. Ahriman, on one knee, had the
force teleported back onto the battle barge, having lost that which he
came for. His plans ruined, he must be sated with the fact that he was
able to recover his fallen wounded to fight another day in pursuit of
knowledge and the power that comes with it.