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    As Hannabel starts to pull back, Macharius opens the top hatch. Those damnable Smokers have robbed me of the chance to take on Moore personally. I suppose striking them down will suffice. For the Emperor!

    With a roar, the jet-pack's engine kicks in, bearing Macharius aloft. He crashes into the roof of the Hellhound like a bolt from the heavens. His golden armor gleams as he opens the hatch. Repent, heretics! For your doom is nigh! The power armor's speakers amplify his voice to a terrifying boom as he pauses momentarily before driving his power sword into the chest of the hapless Smoker.

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    "The Hellhound is our secondary target, Magos," Hannabel answers through gritted teeth. "Once the Russ is out of the way, we can sit outside the Hellhound's range and blast her with our autocannon!"
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    Race Day

    With the stubgunners dead, Felidae turned her attention to one of the few remaining targets she knew her bolter could hurt. Explosive shells shredded the driver's compartment on the Smoker Sentinel, the walker toppling to the ground driverless moments later. The Hellhound and Chimera sped past, leaving Moore's blazing tank in the dust. Easing back on the throttle, Hannabel gave them some distance and poured fire into the vulnerable rear armour on the Russ. Ravia added bolter fire to the fusillade, but the Russ soldiered onwards, seemingly oblivious to the horrendous amount of damage it was taking. The turret was no longer turning to track targets, and the fire was spreading rapidly. Even as they watched, an explosion ripped through the side, shredding the tracks and sending bits of armour scything through the air. The Leman Russ ground to a halt, and Hannabel was forced to swerve as the Salamander shot past it. The Smokers and their Hellhound had put Moore out of the race.

    But it was Macharius' crew that would see him out of the fight, permanently. The Aquila that Hannabel had called in finally arrived, swooping low over the race track, its own autocannon chattering. A hail of shells shredded the tank's rear armour and touched off the ammunition supply. A wave of heat washed over the Salamander's passenger compartment as Moore and his tank were consumed in an enormous fireball, the thunderous explosion rocking the sturdy scout vehicle. Up ahead, Hannabel could see the rocky fields that marked the second stretch of the course. They would need to make up some ground, now that the battlecannon was out of the way, but it would be dangerous with all of the boulders in their way.

    Not that boulders were stopping the others. The Hellhound sideswiped one, rocking up on its tracks as the turret rotated around to the rear. The Rusters in their Chimera were hot on the Hellhound's heels, the multilaser spitting death as they rounded a rocky outcropping the size of a small hab. It was poorly aimed, more volume of fire than anything else, but the gunner could hardly miss a target the size of the Hellhound. The Inferno cannon answered, a gout of burning fuel obscuring the Chimera from view for a few moments - but the sturdy transport emerged more or less unscathed. Then Macharius descended, his jump pack carrying him on wings of fire, to crash into the Hellhound's roof. With servo-enhanced strength, the Rogue Trader tore the upper hatch from its mountings, reaching down to skewer the unfortunate crewman just inside with his power sword. It wasn't quite a killing thrust, though, the driver doing his best to shake Macharius from the roof. As long as he was up there, the tank's weaponry couldn't touch him, but it was going to be a challenge to maintain footing.

    Up ahead, Maximillian Stone was giving the remaining two bikers a run for it. The Veluminaries made their vehicles dance, weaving in and out of the rocks, laughing as they flew forwards. The black Interceptor, though, charged forwards, V8 engine roaring. One biker was forced to swing wide in order to avoid the groundcar's charge, clipping a rock and swaying, but staying up. The other biker was less fortunate, and the car smashed into them full on, sending bike and rider spinning away.

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    Locating the door control mechanisms was easy, if you knew where to look, and the Rings found them without too much trouble. Unfortunately, the room was occupied, and the two Rings didn't have quite the same luck slipping back out as they had slipping in. The Immortan on the control station turned at an inconvenient moment, and the options for Kip and Kimmet were attack, or abort. If they acted quickly, perhaps they could silence the target before he had a chance to sound the alarm.

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    Anika's broadcast prompted a flurry of restated worries on the open channel. The knowledge that the starship hanging over their heads did indeed have guns, and could indeed shoot them was clearly a distressing concept for many of the Immortans. None of them tried to vox her, however - possibly they weren't sure how. They also didn't stop running from the compound. Anika was recieving updates on the Race progress as well, and it seemed like Moore was not long for the world. If she wanted to be sure, of course, she could always try some target practice.
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    The two men shared a quick glance and a grimace, reaching the same conclusion simultaneously. They weren't about to run or surrender. It was a shame; killing hardly troubled them, especially some pawn of a heretic warlord, but this wouldn't be necessary if they'd been a bit quicker or quieter. Merely as a matter of professionalism, they'd have preferred to slip in and out unnoticed altogether.

    But, that ship having sailed, they lunged forward in a classic maneuver of their guild. Kimmet took the lead, mono-falchion swinging high for a powerful downward strike, but in truth he was mostly a distraction. His partner came in from the side and pivoted on one heel, graceful as a dancer, to hopefully behead the Immortan with a horizontal sweep.

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    Anika sighed. Did she need to explain how their vox worked? It was like dealing with children. She'll continue anyway, 'I notice some of you appear to have business in the city. I recommend you keep the God-Emperor's Peace so as not to make me upset. I'll see if I can demonstrate what that might look like.'

    Either they were deserting or Moore had some contingency plan. She would prefer to work out which it was before doing something she might regret later. She'll ask the Sting to keep an eye on what the Immortans seemed to be doing in the city to see if there was any sign of combat. She'll also ask them to find the nearest mountain that they could target. Ideally she wanted a large explosion that would go off somewhere that was visible to most of the city.

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    Haven't actually established where Anika is, but it's probably at the Mechanicus compound, so if there's explosions or gunfire happening she might be able to hear it.

    Targeting military vehicles would be stage 2

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    ++Now to catch some bikes and see how they toast++
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    "Nice of you to show up, Vulture One! What were you doing up there, taking a nap?" Hannabel harangues the Aquila's crew. "New target! There's a couple of bikes up ahead - one of them looks like it's still up. Make it go away, please. Also, priority message for Lady Vanhal - tell her that unless he has a body double, Clanlord Moore is now riding in Valhalla. Got that?"

    Her transmission complete, Hannabel hits the accelerator and flips the switch to the supercharger. "Everyone hold on to something! We've got lost ground to make up!" Accelerating to max speed, she screeches past the burning hulk of the Russ, straight for the rocky stretch.

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    Race Day

    The Hellhound driver swerved back and forth, trying his best to throw Macharius from the tank. The Rogue Trader managed to get a second stab in, catching his target in the chest and felling the man, before he was hurled from the roof of the vehicle and forced to re-engage his jump pack to avoid plowing into the ground. Turbines screaming, he managed to pull out of the fall just in time to see the Inferno cannon fire, a jet of blazing fuel washing over the Chimera that rode hot on the Hellhound's heels. The Ruster's driver knew his business, though, slamming one of the tracks into reverse and slewing the Chimera sideways, and out of the path of the fire. The multilaser turret came around, pumping high-energy laser fire into the back of the Hellhound nearly point-blank. The volley shredded the Hellhound's turret, tearing it from its mounting and sending the wrecked cannon spinning through the air. The final shot clipped the Inferno cannon's fuel tank, and the Hellhound vanished in an enormous fireball. The two gunners bailed out, clothes on fire, as the flaming wreck of the tank continued forwards under its own momentum. The Chimera surged forwards, slamming the wreckage out of its path and grinding the two unfortunate Smokers into the dust beneath its treads.

    Up ahead, Max Stone fought for the lead with the two Lumes. The leader's bike wobbled and smashed into the side of his car, before the dazed rider managed to regain control. It was enough for Max to pull ahead, pistons hammering, engine roaring, as his passenger leaned out the window and took aim at the biker. Macharius' Aquila swept overhead, the wash of its engines throwing up a plume of dust.

    "Apologies, Commander Shanx," the pilot voxed. "This bird's only so fast, and I didn't want them to know what we were planning, so I waited till I heard your call to lift off. I'll make it up to you, though."

    The pilot put the Aquila through a textbook turn, spinning the craft around and triggering the nose gun. A trail of impacts sticthed across the sand, intersecting with the second Veluminary bike as it pulled away from max stone. The autocannon tore the lighter vehicle to shreds, sending it spinning end over end before smashing into a boulder. One of the wheels came loose, bouncing off into the desert as the Salamander sped past.

    "Canyon up ahead," came the vox call, the pilot's voice triumphant. "Last one's yours, commander. I'll see you on the other side."

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    Against a more prepared opponent, or executed with less skill, the maneuver may not have worked. Here and now, it functioned beautifully, beheading the Immortan before he could even reach for his sidearm. The would now need to move fast, though, before the murder was discovered and the alarm properly sounded. The body could be hidden, but the spray of blood across the control console would be more difficult to conceal, and the Rings would need to remain close to ensure the gates stayed open.

    Meanwhile, the others had crossed the grounds, slipping into the palace through the incomplete wing. The layout was unfamiliar, but this close in, they ought to be able to lock in on vox signals and triangulate their target's location. The risk of detection was unfortunately also much greater, as the palace was by no means empty.

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    A suitable mountain was easy to locate, though the challenge was making sure no stray shots would strike the city. Orbital bombardments were never exactly precise, but there was only so much margin of error. Once a target had been located, the Sting fired the Sunsear Lasers. A column of brilliant energy descended from the heavens, blasting the top of the mountain and searing the air. A rumble like distant thunder swept across the city.

    All of the transmissions across the vox she was listening in on ceased abruptly. Moments later, one of the Immortans, finally, found a vox and broadcast to Anika across a general frequency.

    "Listen, uh, we're.. we're not planning anything, here. It's just we had some guys watching the starting gun, and we thought if we were in the city, your flyer might have a hard time picking us off?"
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    Kip and Kimmet relaxed, momentarily relieved. This problem wasn't fully solved yet, but if nothing else, they'd delayed discovery. Shame about all the blood, though.

    Don't suppose you brought a sponge, Kimmet signed with a lift of an eyebrow, more out of habit than secrecy, given that no one was left to hear them.

    Kip smiled dryly. Just grab his legs and let's find somewhere to hide him.

    Then the floor shuddered, causing them to drop back to defensive poses out of instinct. What just exploded, they wondered?

    Outside, Isund was probably the only one in a position to see the beam of light crash down and carve apart a nearby mountain. His face turned white as his beard. The next few moments stretched by unbearably slowly, but he gradually realized that whatever that was about, it apparently didn't directly involve his team. Maybe it was part of the race, in which case, he felt glad to be well away from it.

    The last team froze when in place when the tremor ran past them, dust shifting down from the unfinished ceiling. Lorl and Zelle turned to one another in surprise. That's not us, is it? Zelle asked. Can't be. The boys don't have anything that powerful. Not even if we used all our grenades together. Unless they detonated a fuel depot or something...

    They couldn't very well go back outside to ask for an update, so, the puzzled ladies continued forward. So long as other people were causing all the noise, that should only make their jobs easier.

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    Anika will briefly vox the others first, 'Please ignore the lance strike. If it's a problem I suppose we can talk about my command privileges later.' They probably had better things to worry about.

    To the voice on the vox, 'I believe our flyer is busy, but if you are being honest then you ought to have nothing to worry about. May I ask what is the basis of your loyalty to Moore?'

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    Capital show, my dear! Just capital. I didn't like that mountain much anyway. Macharius flares his jetpack and lands back in the Salamander. Well then, chums, this is shaping up quite nicely, isn't it? Full speed ahead, Hannabel. I have every confidence in your ability to to get us through in one piece.

    He flips his vox to speak to Bruce and Max. Nice shooting, Clanlords. Now that the two heathens have fallen, the time is nigh for the servants of the Emperor to take their rightful place. That last lunatic shouldn't be too much trouble. And if she is, the Aquila hasn't run out of shells yet. My apologies for not warning you about the orbital bombardment, by the by- some of my crew are quite fond of shows of overwhelming force, hoho!

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    With not much to do currently as a Heavy Flamer in a vehicle race was useless outside of the brief close range that had happened at the start Ravia watched the scenery go by and thought of the path that had brought her here to this point, racing a motley collection of vehicles through the desert for the right to claim leadership.

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    It certainly wasn't anything she would have expected back in the early days, although had the genetic engineering experiment borne more favorable fruit and not been so abruptly terminated a different life as a warp guide may have loomed, that had been the plan the Elders had announced to replace the corrupt and domineering navis's stranglehold on interstellar shipping. When it was successful all Del'Karro would be able to fulfill the role of guiding a ship to its destination. The expectation was that the young-bloods born with it inherent would be the best but with the knowledge and Techno-Arcane support all would be able eventually.

    She doesn’t care to remember much of her early life, it was looking back on it rather bland until the Decree of Knowledge was implemented. It certainly revolutionized her way of life, the scholum became a place of interest and place to willfully attend rather than avoid and compete with the other heirs for tidbits of the exotic

    Intensive study of the ways of the machine had become house doctrine and eventually held more interest for Ravia than the family goal. Its true that that goal still permeates her thoughts and motivations but now for her own interests as there is much potential within the warp and bio-science. Achieving a stable mix of the two however is a much more delicate and difficult outcome, flesh is inherently weak and the Warp inherently corrupts anything it touches or even beheld as the corruption of the navis holds.

    Unknown as to what was the catalyst for the end of the program and the start of the purge it had come as a shock to the Del’Karro’s to have all their holdings raided seemingly in a single swoop, fragmentary as communication was at the best of times. By virtue of being Minor Nobles, the House was spared the worst aside from the upper echelons who had been vanished (“I”) and rest were shackled to the cult for subtitle punishment. It was for the most part indentured servitude which when you are used to a life of relative freedom a chafing experience, more so when your world had broadened by the dark knowledge not commonly available to the general plebeian of Imperial society. How the church would have reacted had they know the true extent of the knowledge she had.. well actually its fairly obvious what the flame happy idiots would have done.

    A moment of luck was all that was needed to get onto the ship, she had been tasked with fulfilling a delivery of votive candles to a pilgrim ship that was in layover before heading out to the edge of the expanse and once inside had assumed the air of a Tech adept and worked her way to engineering to discover that it was mostly attended to by lay adepts who knew little more than how to manage the servitors and smattering of fallen priests who knew more about the cult than the Omnisiah, such is the travesty of church shipping.

    After thoroughly subverting the lay adepts of the pilgrim ship “Light of the Saint” to a much darker knowledge base Ravia took the opportunity to leave that wretched ship at Port Wander. Bureaucracy makes the world stagnate and on a new station with not much to her name life was hard and often she fell in with the lesser beings under the main concourses who had need of tech expertise and no questions asked.

    Eventually however questions were asked after she had accessed a power duct and not left the scene before a maintenance adept had arrived for routine pray and service. Leaving out the dark and storied parts she had filled in her captors about her history as an aspirant brought low by the machinations of the Ecclesiarchy. Starting as the lowest Tech-aspirant on the station over the years she had at least managed to make some upwardly diagonal advancement to being an actual Tech Priest, which is when the trouble started again as her desire to learn the darker secrets started to abrade the more puritan staff of the Temple Shrine on Wander. It earned her the Errant title and a posting out into the asteroids and flagged for posting to a Trader should one be in need of a Magos.
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