Battle for Xilos

Beyond the Gates of Antares

Third Contact

Scouting Force - 500 POINTS
VS Boromite

Previous chapters of the Trials of the Eclipse:
-Shadow of the Eclipse:

The Algoryn marveled at the scale of the ancient Builder facility as they cautiously moved through the ruins. The Boromites had wasted no time setting up their operations down here, far below the surface of Xilos. Every ruin must have held treasures of uncountable wealth and knowledge, and the Boromites were clearly in the process of seizing as much as they possibly could judging from the number of supply containers that littered the compound. Upon being informed of the facility’s existence the order had been given, by none other than Tar Es Janar, the Eclipse was to penetrate as deeply into the Boromite held territory as possible securing a route for the AI to seize the facility. The Infiltrators, had moved far ahead of the main force, more focused on their task than their wondrous surrounds. The same could not be said of the Bulk of the Eclipse forces who had apparently taken leave of their senses once they entered the caverns and encountered no resistance.

Xiail ran here squad into the cover of the ruin they had been approaching as soon as she saw the Boromites. She mused at how quietly the massive brutes could move as they rushed into forward positions whilst their Overseer sent searing blasts of plasma at the Support team, who seemed busily arguing among themselves to even notice that they had come under fire. “Idiots” she muttered under her breath as the AI Command squad rushed in to support the bickering Mag LS team, as yet more Boromites came streaming in.

The Boromites were focusing their attentions on the left flank keeping the AI Command pinned down but otherwise making little headway. Thus far Xiail’s squad had attracted little attention, thankfully the Mag LS was giving the nearby Overseer some serious trouble, so she continued to move her Infiltrators around the Boromite’s flanks. Astonishingly the Boromite’s own Mag LS seemed to be firing on their own Work Gang, the truth became apparent when two of the Targeter Probes’ feeds abruptly ended. Xiail felt a pang of regret, the little probes’ bubbly personalities quite amused her, she thought of the little machines more as pets than as tools. The Infiltrators continued through the ruins and Xiail shook her head to clear the errant thought, that kind of lack of focus got you and your soldiers killed.

Suddenly the AI Commander issued and all out attack and death spat from the AI lines. The Mag LS cut down the Overseer and one of his bodyguard, the AI Commander traded fire with the Gang Fighters and the Work Gang, his Medi-drone exploding as he bore the brunt of a Mass Compactor, she hoped he would survive but she doubted anyone who screamed like that would live for long. The Infiltrators opened fire on the enemy’s Mag LS, ignoring the lone bodyguard as a minor threat, and destroying the gun and their spotter drone. As much as she saw probes and drones as pets, Xiail knew blinding the enemy was of vital importance and so kept up the hail of fire. She watched as the younger Boromite weapon crew kept trying to repair the severely damaged weapon whilst the elder crewman tried to drag him to safety from the hail of fire the Infiltrator’s unleashed.

The AI kept hitting the Boromites hard on the left flank, the AI’s Mag LS providing covering fire whilst the Assault squad got revenge on the Work Gang for laying low their Commander. Xiail saw the last of the Overseer’s Bodyguard, overcome with rage and hatred, charged straight at the AI Mag LS, running through the Infiltrator’s Solar Charges, which curiously failed to detonate. A suspensor pulse suddenly engulfed her squad tearing Xiail’s attention away from the lone Boromite. Fighting through the mind numbing haze she ordered the charge and her squad rushed the enemy’s Mag LS. The younger crewman was an easy target and quickly dropped, but the elder fought like a man possessed, easily taking the few hits that his prodigious fighting abilities didn’t stop. Not for the first time was Xiail thankful for her armour as a sharpened piece of mining equipment was rammed into her helmet, which luckily held firm. Breaking her squad off they left the grizzled Boromite to his fate, pushing further behind the Boromite lines.

As her unit moved ahead Xiail continued to monitor the battle she had left behind. It seemed the lone bodyguard had wreaked havoc with the AI Support team and was now working through the fallen Commander’s bodyguard. Xiail seemed to have a knack for surviving her Commanders, she hoped it didn’t mean an impending promotion, as the chain of command was rapidly diminishing. The Assault squad was making serious progress through the Boromite lines, their armour covered in the gore of the Sons of Borom, when the elder crewman suddenly struck, severely injuring the assault leader before the Assault squad too made it past the Boromite lines.

They had breached the Boromite lines before their reinfocements could stop them, whilst Ai reinforcements cam pouring into the sprawling facility. Soon they would be able to strike at the heart of the Boromite operations and seize the whole facility. A sudden tremor and rain of dirt from above stopped Xiail in her tracks. “That is” she pondered out loud “if Xilos’ secrets don’t stop us first”. Noticing the glances of the Assault troopers and Infiltrators she ordered the squads to move out, trying not to ponder the fact she was the highest ranking soldier in the group and the nasty habit AI Commanders had of catching stray shots.


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