Start orbiting above Ravicine.
Picked up a Techmarine (Cassius) to add to the squad.
Go down to the planet, try to find out any info we can on Xenos actions, try to cripple their movements so the Imperial forces can advance. Secondary objective of grouping up with any stranded Imperial guard units.
Landed and report. Suspicious character we walk past in town. Mind probed him, he is uneasy about Space Marines being around. We get the vibe from him that theres something more than a xenos threat going on here. Elyias (Murph) and Arxio (Dana) go to dining hall to talk to intelligence officer, Gulliver (Blake) goes exploring, Camrone (Eric) goes to a pub.
Legius (female Inquisitor) is our guide. She tells us about her background. Camrone hears in the pub that some of the people who have seen the aliens are reporting they have machine guns (described as spitting fire from their hands) on one arm with a big red crystal in their face, bulkier than the day ones. Groups of three to four, disappear and appear quickly. Informant in the cafeteria tells us she’s seen slender figures wandering through the forest during the day. Hooks on their face, can scurry up trees, they tear apart things when they eat.
Legius takes us to a spot on the edge of town that was recently attacked. They have to burn down foliage on the edge of town to keep it back. Gulliver notices plasma burn marks in some of the areas with blast marks. Notice the plasma marks come from a medium caliber weapon (not heavy vehicles, probably troop mounted). Late night patrol was attacked (2400, 0100), troop transport went up in flames. Single survivor, in the med bay in town. He says, “It was so quiet before they came.” before passing out from Gullivers injection of pain suppressant.
1800: Leaving on patrol around the city with a Chimera and group of 10 imperial guard. Nothing in the first round. Mind Scan reveals 20-30 enemies in the tree’s to the edge in the second round, after Arxios notices one in the trees. Camrone’s flashbangs them, then Elyias’ smite kills 5 off in the trees before they charge. Gullivers bone shatters from return fire on his Narcatherium arm. Elyias takes a shot through the leg. Return fire from Arkios flamer kills six of them, bolter fire kills another two. Big beary dude in the middle has his head taken off by a swing from Camrone. Another Smite kill a few, and we finish of the remainders. We subdue the living ones and head back to town.