After some recent unfounded allegations that I had abandoned the greater good ( we wont name names here
) I felt it necessary to prove my dedication again So I have two updates for you today One is the first part of a short story to shed some light on the events on Embras. Those of you with a keen eye might recognize one the characters (used with much gratitude and with permission from the original Author
). Free cookie for whoever can name the character and where he's from!
The second part is my most major conversion to date. scroll down to see more.
First up, the story
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Subject: Unit Debriefing
Location: Planet Embras, Primary Dock station, command bunker:
Debriefed Element(s): T’au 26th Tactical Interdiction Cadre, Fire team Dier:
Shas’Ui T’au Dier (Absent)
Shas’La T’au Er’ath (Absent)
Shas’La T’au Cal’Nars (Absent)
Shas’La T’au Vash
Shas’La T’au Kress (Absent)
Shas’La T’au Li’Sun’yi (Absent)
Shas’La T’au Cha (Absent)
Shas’La T’au Var’eth (Absent)
Shas’La T’au Beram(Absent)
Conducting officer(s): Shas’El Vior’La Kais Vel’ar
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“Shas’La, wake up”
“….I am not asleep…”
“Shas’La, I am Shas’El Vior’La Kais Vel’ar. I have been sent to ascertain the events that took place at station 3F roughly six rotaa ago.”
“Shas’La, Will you speak with me?”
“Six rotaa? Is that all its been?..... Sands, it feels like a kai’rotaa since I last slept, since I last left this room ….. I will speak with you Shas’El Vior’La Kais Vel’ar, what do you wish to know?”
“Have a seat Shas’La. Have you been tended too? Do you require nourishment?”
“Ha… have I been tended to? The Fio have examined me more closely now than when I was admitted to the academy. What do you wish to know Shas’El?
“You and your la’rua were dispatched to research station 3F along the equatorial magma flow correct?”
“Do you recall why you were ordered there?”
“Then perhaps you could tell me?”
“Are they still going on outside? I can’t hear their rumble anymore. Did they stop? Or did this bunker get deeper?”
“Did what stop, Shas’La…?
“The storms! The lightning the wind the dust the howl, did they stop?!?”
“The Research station, Shas’La. Why were you sent to research station 3F”
“… to find death …”
“You were sent to 3F in order to secure the Fio and assist them during the storms were you not?”
“That we were Shas’El”
“And what did you find there Shas’La T’au Vash?”
“Like I said, Shas’El. We found Death…”
“Vash, Focus. I need you to remember details. What happened at the station? What happened to your team?”
“*sigh* ……. The details are all I can remember Shas’El, the details are what keep me awake.
We had been on Embras only a few Rotaa and already had our fill of these storms. There was never a moments peace, everything was cold, everything was wet. Most of the Fio and Kor at the primary Docking yards looked as if they hadn’t slept in cycles.
We were ordered to Station 3F by Shas’El T’au Du’Eio’Eldi. Having spent the previous light cycles battling a failing power grid, The Shas’El decided to send us to 3F to assist the isolated station before they were cut off entirely.
The nine of us boarded a devilfish and set off into the night. I can still hear the rolling sound of the thunder. It felt as if the atmosphere was being torn open again and again while the wind stirred up the ash wastes into a thick black maelstrom. It felt like we were cutting through murky black water rather than riding on the surface. You couldn’t even see past the nose of the devilfish from the top hatch. The pilot practically had to drive on sensor spines alone.
About half a dec before we reached the facility, we finally managed to pick up 3F’s comm signal. Shas’Ui Dier informed the lead Fio that we would be arriving shortly.”
“Did the Fio sound distressed?”
“Distressed? The Fio’s only distress was at our approach. He felt insulted at having a Fire team sent to babysit his station. He made it particularly clear that we weren’t required but he would indulge the Shas’El’s sense of caution and “accommodate” us anyway. He was also quite clear that we not interfere with what he described as "highly sensitive" work taking place at the facility”
“And what did you find when you arrived Shas’La?”
“After our conversation with the belligerent Fio, we lost the comm signal to the storm again.
We pressed on through the howling gale as ash and debris buffeted the hull until suddenly, there was silence…. In an instant we emerged from the rolling black cloud of ash into a world of abrupt stillness. We gazed back through the rear displays to see the churning sea of ash still raging behind us but refusing to cross an invisible threshold. It lingered on its border like an imposing black wall of living darkness. ahead in the distance though, we spotted the research station.
Shas’Ui Dier gave the order to ready gear and we dismounted outside of the compound. The station was made up of two dozen buildings encircled by a security wall. The cabin of the devilfish hissed as the rear hatch popped releasing the pressurized environment. We stepped out onto the ash to find the air unnervingly calm. After the last few rotaa of battling incessant gales, the stillness of the air felt foreign. I gazed up into the sky and for the first time found something besides ash choked clouds. I could see stars, set against a mesmerizing back drop of azure blue light. The sky was still wracked by violent stabbing lightning strikes but the thunder no longer threatened to shake the flesh from your bones. It now seemed calmer and somehow distant, as if you were watching it through a screen, detached from its rage.
With nobody in sight to meet us, Shas’Ui Dier attempted to raise the Fio again.
There was no response, Even over short range comms. With no signs of a struggle and the wall Auto turrets still operational and scanning outside the compound for targets, we proceeded inside.”
”What did you find Shas’La?”
“Shas’Ui Dier left Shas’La Er’ath, Kress and Cal,Nars along with the pilot to safeguard the devilfish while we entered the compound...
“Shas’La! focus, what
did you find in the compound"
“I have already told you, Shas’El.
We. Found. Death
We came across the lead Fio first.
His still smouldering remains were pressed against the interior side of the compound gate. Most of his skin had been burnt away leaving a sickening mess of bubbled flesh clinging lazily to blackened bone. Despite the ruin of his body though, his blood soaked uniform remained completely unsinged. His corpse told the story of his final moments, is fingers were still arched, pressed against the scratch covered bulkhead as if still trying to claw his way out…..
Can you believe it Shas’El? Only half a dec before he had been indignant over the idea that we were coming to protect him. And only half a dec later he was dead, Burnt alive wishing we had made it, his last thoughts of our failure…”
“So the station was silent when you arrived. what of the rest of the staff, Shas’La?”
“We advanced cautiously along the compounds wide unpaved pathways. Everywhere we turned though, horror awaited us. The night was dark but the lightning strikes bathed everything in an obscene white glow. I wanted to look away with every flash of light, avert my gaze, unwilling to face the harshly illuminated horror around me. Along one path we found half a dozen Fio lined neatly against a wall. They stood crouched on their knees with their shoulders slumped and heads forward, each of their foreheads with a single identically placed wound.
Upon turning the very next corner we found another group of three Fio. Two of them savagely beaten with every bone in their body shattered and the third with a Tau utility knife lodged in his chest. As we progressed we came across scenes of ordered execution and scenes of untold savagery. Whatever did this had fickle taste for its methods of dealing death….
“So you found no survivors?”
“No Shas’El, only death”
“How did you and your team react to the situation?”
“We were mortified. None of us spoke, there was nothing that could be said about what we were witnessing. Even Li’Sun’yi stayed uncharacteristically quiet. Only Shas’Ui dier managed to stay fully composed as he struggled to keep us on task sweeping the compound.
“Did you find any signs of the stations attackers during your search?”
“No… I counted a total of thirty seven dead Fio and one Por. Some killed with blades, some crushed, some burned and even some with wounds consistent with pulse weaponry, But no sign of their killers.”
“So you completed your sweep of the compound and found no survivors. What did you do next?
“There was nothing more we could do for the Fio and we had no idea what we were facing. Shas’Ui Dier had continually tried to reach Shas’El Du’Eio’Eldi but to no avail. He ordered us to regroup with the devilfish team then find some way to contact central. We turned around and moved hastily along the most direct path to the transport. We moved in single file with our weapons raised and at the ready. I was following behind Li’Sun’yi when she turned back to look at me, as if about to say something. A bolt of lightning flashed and I shut my eyes to flinch. When I opened them again, She was gone, everyone was... I spun around and went to raise my pulse rifle but it wasn’t in my hands!”
“Your saying that your team and the weapon in your hands simply vanished Shas’La? Into thin air??”
“I only blinked! There she was, looking straight at me, and then ……… my eyes shut for an instant and they were all gone ….
If I hadn’t closed my eyes maybe……..
I only blinked Shas’El…….
The second part will follow soon
Onto the more tangible addition to my cadre!
This is my most drastic conversion to date as I mentioned above. For lack of a better name, Ive been calling it the shadow suit during the converion (Shocking, I know).
Unfortunately it isnt photographing very well at the moment
Its shape is coming across very different in the photos than it does in real life. hopefully the shape will show a little better once its painted. A fair amount of work has gone into this conversion pretty much every part of this model has either been replaced or rebuilt. I would like to credit darkwater for the idea of using pulse carbines for the legs (Click HERE
So I'm REALLY eager to hear what you guys think about the story and the "shadow suit" (almost embarrassing to call it that out loud
C&C welcome so fire away!