My family is currently planning a 3 weeks trip to the eastcoast this late august-to early september.
Is there anything we have to see or anyone we (I) can meet?
Would be really nice to meet some of our members while we are there!
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Xenos Horrificus Ch. 1 - Den of WraithsXenos Horrificus Ch. 1 - Den of Wraiths by Scholar-of-Wastes
(Nine Years After Au'Taal)
The Kabal of the Wraithkind, exiles of Commorragh in all but name, have endured a painful transition. No longer able to reside in the Webway, the disgraced Archon Tilensic D'raque has been forced to carve out a new realm in the wilderness of Realspace. Despite this increased vulnerability the Kabal has made three entire sectors of Imperial Space their exclusive hunting grounds.
Their initial culling had obliterated the Merchant Fleets of over 180 planets, destroying five sector-economies, triggering society-destroying famines on two Hive Worlds, and indirectly causing Imperial defeats in seven different warzones for lack of critical supplies. All counted the Kabal had cost 12 billion human lives in two years. Clearly the Imperium was being made to suffer for D'raque's mistake of opposing Asdrubael Vect.
Deprived of the ability to escape into the Webway, the Kabal instead operates from carefully concealed bases in remote systems. One such installation was the
Xenos Horrificus Ch.2 - Through The BreachXenos Horrificus Ch.2 - Through The Breach by Scholar-of-Wastes
Rakarsha is a world dying under the yoke of xenos occupation that has lasted for over a decade. Waaagh! Rokkadaka had been wholly unexpected, and half the planet was lost in only two months of fighting. The planet would have been lost much sooner were it not so well garrisoned by the Imperial Guard to resist the expansionist Tau Empire. Though even these troops were not in the numbers necessary to withstand an Ork Waaagh! of this magnitude.
A salvation of sorts came with the arrival of the Dark Eldar who assassinated the foul Warboss leading this invasion, but promptly harvested the entire Ork and Human populations of three of Rakarsha's four continents. The Imperial Guard still lacked the manpower to exterminate the Orks, even in their divisive state, and was forced to slowly surrender more territory in a grinding war of attrition.
Calls for reinforcements were regularly sent to Segmentum Command, but Waaagh! Rokkadaka had only been one of over a dozen Waaaghs! that had stampeded over
Xenos Horrificus PrologueXenos Horrificus Prologue by Scholar-of-Wastes
Au'Taal looked like a jewel from space, and the Tau Empire treasured it a such. Xin'Vauk explained that the Sept of Au'Taal was a place of extraordinary natural beauty that was carefully stewarded by the Tau, and beside descendants of the original colonists and the retiring elite of the Empire, no one was allowed to immigrate to Au'Taal so that development could be kept to a minimum.
Randall suspected this was the first time Xin'Vauk saw Au'Taal too from the she described the Sept with such awe. Her child like enthusiasm was very cute and a little infectious. Randall needed his spirits raised after the long and uncomfortable journey from Horizon Prime Colony to the Tau heartland. An idyllic planet far away from the Imperium's wars sounded like the perfect place to finish healing from the ordeals that brought him and Xin'Vauk together.
The transport ship landed them on a small island in the middle of a crystal clear sea. As Xin'Vauk helped a limping Randall off the ship he smelled the s
Xenos Horrificus Ch.3 - Ghost ImageXenos Horrificus Ch.3 - Ghost Image by Scholar-of-Wastes
The Tau called the conflict "The Great War of Confederation". The Etherals coined the term because of how effectively a flood of Orks could isolate the many Septs of an otherwise united empire. It had begun a decade ago when eleven separate Ork Waaghs! had charged through the Western Veil Nebula. Even by the galactic standards that everything was measured by the Imperium of Man this was a major Ork migration.
Without exception, all the western frontier settlement worlds and void colonies were lost to the Ork invaders in the first year of the war. Only the Sept Worlds had the ground forces or star fleets to withstand the Green Tsunami, but even they were just stones in a river of Orks, incapable of stopping one Waaagh! bypassing them when they struggled to survive the attacks of another. Had there been even the most basic collaboration between the different Ork Waaaghs! all the Second Sphere Septs would have been annihilated.
By the third year of the war, the Ork invaders were in
Ordo Hereticus“Suum cuique – To each his own"Ordo Hereticus by AlmostWhitey
We are the shadow behind the shining light.
We are observers inside the rising tide.
We are the hunters; and justice's heartless smite.
We light the fires in darkest, deepest night.
We burn the witches, we are the mutant's doom.
We find heretics, our faces full of gloom.
We are the watchmen, a punishment divine,
The inquisition, the keepers of the shrine.
We are the judges, with saber and with torch.
We cross the border, we measure and we scorch.
We are a Kraken, with thousand sleepless eyes.
We are the order – and chaos in disguise.
We are the Witchhunters of the Ordo Hereticus. We sin, so that our people can be pure.
We are invisible and incorruptible. We exterminate, so that humanity can live on.
May imperial justice account in all balance.
The Emperor protects.