Classified communications from Shas'o Nal'da Orpheus Hangar to Shas'el Nal'da Tal'den wrote:"Tal'den, old friend, I trust you with much, and such trust has always been firmly founded in the fact that, even if I may not agree with it, you do what is right. Your seemingly inherent ability to discern facts from fabrications are why I must ask a favor of you; Sororitas activity has spike recently near the borders of the Empire nearest us, and I've received confirmed intelligence that there is a small Cadre of our brothers whom are attempting to turn a warband of the Thousand Sons to our cause, as well as activity from the Grey Knights, Necrontyr, Orks,and even other warbands of Chaos Marines. I ask you to lead an expedition and learn what you can; see if the Thousand Sons can truly be swayed, what direction the Orks are taking their fighting, and what the agendas of the other races here are. War is coming, that is no secret; we simply must ensure that there are more on our side than our aggressors'."
So I recently traded off the Dark Angels half of my Dark Vengeance set to a local gamer, and got a sealed Broadside and Battlesuit! I opened the broadside first, but decided that I'd rather wait for new plastics than messing with more metal parts. Using memory and my own innovation, I dove in and began work on the first of the new XV8s for my Cadre! This will likely be a Shas'el or a Shas'vre, and the gear isn't set in stone quite yet. I've decided that, seeing as he's part of the Nal'da Sept, he will carry a combat weapon, having received personal training from Oorpheus (and possibly from the Shadow Dragons as well). If I can find a proper blade, I may make it an axe; I'm open to suggestions, though!