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SUBSECTOR: ZENTHAN RIFT WORLDS
+++WHAT FOLLOWS ARE AN ACCOUNT OF THE ENGAGEMENT THAT OCCURRED ON THE AGRIWORLD MAZIRIN+++
Background: Mazirin, a verdant world on the edges of Segmentum Pacificus has long been vital in the supplying of the defenders of the Cadian gate as well as a target of attack from Chaos renegades and xeno marauders for its rich resources and key positioning. Dawnhammer was drawn to the sector after receiving a distress signal indicating an ongoing raid by xeno forces. However, upon entering the sector Dawnhammer receives enemy fire in an apparent trap set by renegades to catch unsuspecting Imperial vessels as they transition out of Warp space. Forced to enter orbit above the planet Lord Inquisitor Arkhan deploys units to the planet’s surface to take control of what appears to be an overrun Imperial Bastion used as a communications nexus for the renegade forces as well as a beachhead for the invading renegades. It takes a moment, but Arkhan is able to identify these renegades as a rogue chapter of the Emperor’s Space Marines.
Engagement: Renegade forces have taken an Imperial Bastion with a Skyshield Landing Pad to deploy forces onto the surface of Mazirin. Recognizing this as the fulcrum of the renegade forces Lord Arkhan deploys Scions from orbit to counter enemy ground forces as well as a Deathwatch Kill Team deployed by drop pod to remove enemy armor. Lord Arkhan also chooses to deploy Captain Gethrik and his retinue to provide logistics and orbital support. The battle proper begins with a furious alpha strike from orbit, mass drivers and missile batteries from Dawnhammer are trained on renegade fortifications and rain fire upon the entrenched renegade forces. The second wave of attack comes from Scions being aerially deployed around enemy emplacements while Deathwatch Forces are deployed by drop pod. Although the attack is blistering, the renegade defenders hold steadfast an open fire upon Arkhan’s offensive forces.
The renegade forces consist of what appear to be
Dark Angels *REMOVED BY INQUISITORIAL ORDER* Space Marine Forces using archaic wargear. The enemy forces evade conventional identification and Imperial records on the enemy’s gear patterning provide empty results, much to the Lord Inquisitor’s ire. As the battle continues the forces of Lord Arkhan begin to establish a sizable foothold planetside. In a shocking turn of events the entirety of the renegades forces disappear from the battlefield as if they had found what they were looking for. The only scrap of information Lord Arkhan’s crew can recover is a pink seal with the words ‘Wings of Vengeance’ inscribed upon it. Unsure of whether or not this engagement was carried out by heretics or by some unknown Imperial force Lord Arkhan bemoans the unnecessary lose of life and with a weary eye leaves the bastion to Planetary Defense Forces. Dawnhammer remains vigilant in orbit in case these mysterious strangers return and after a short period and acquiring requisitioned resupply, departs the system. The Lord Inquisitor wonders what factors could have possibly forced these Marines to turn on Imperial forces and what possibly could have been their motivation. Only time will tell it would seem…