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Issue 9
Written by: Ferg McJinti (from manuscripts of Gloria Petrides)
Artist: Ferg McJinti
Story: Gloria awoken in the quarters after falling unconscious from a battle with a group of Gronyx. It has been morning as she check the clock before inspecting the new cavern refuge for people of Windfield Downs. The local Freebots also aided the refugees with shelter and construction tools that can help create a new village until the plague subsides from Auroria. There were small warehouses for food supplies, and the inhabitants have begun tilling the fields as the tilling season begins as Auroria has been a warm place to provide almost a year-round crop seasons. Then she met the young girl again and shown gratitude from her before she left with a good bye. This was the finest deeds she have done on Nexus. From various broadcasts and news publications, she had heard stories of a Highborn family who have hunted Lowborns for sport and the scourging of infected villages in an attempt to stem the plagues. In such a dire situation, she managed to at least provide a small hope for the people of Windfield Downs.
In her patrol within the safe areas of Hycrest, she then found a strange meeting at the marketplace where a robed figure has been consorting with a well-dressed figure. As she prepare to follow the suspicious scene, the robed figure disappeared but she managed to follow the finely-adorned Cassian down to the inn where she planned her moved. If she had brutally assaulted that Cassian and discovered to be a Highborn or a well-fed Lowborn, she would get troubles with local elites or gains scorn from her accomplices of lower birth respectively. In a minute, she decided to enter the inn and trick the Cassian into lowering his defense of his secretive nature in a “friendly” conversation. Then she made her move with request to talk about his secrets in secluded area. From there, she learned about what he has been dealing with the robed figure: crates to be transported to remaining “safe” settlements. In addition to the secret conversation, she also learned that the said person had no knowledge of what he carried and all done in business manner. A less-than-honest merchant he maybe, but this one was done out of simple business deal guised under some conspiracy. All of it was done without the merchant's knowledge that he was being interogated by Gloria, who done all of it with her guile and diplomacy. She then give thanks to the merchant for cooperation and fine talk before she sallied forth to find the last known locations of crates' delivery points. From that point forward, she later found one in the barn where a group of Cassians has been pushing the crate in there. She then barged in and call for surrender with her blades open. As she yelled, the people in the barn was surprised and some even dropped their contents from the crate. As the small object dropped on the floor, Gloria inspected it and discovered to be a hand gun: made by treacherous Exiles.
Douglas Bricius (Cassian Warrior Scientist, OC and Main character)
Brigid Bree (Human Stalker Soldier, Exiles Alt and future brewery owner)
Ferg McJinti (Chua Working Class Author)
Valeria Caesarius (Fleet Officer and a Lady)
Ursula Zaros (Mordesh Medical Migrator)
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Issue 10
Written by: Ferg McJinti (from manuscripts of Gloria Petrides)
Artist: Ferg McJinti
Story:
Previously, Gloria has happen upon a barn that has been storing Exiles-manufactured weapons for nefarious plot to be commited upon the Dominion. In her surprise and anger, she grabbed one of the Cassians and ask, “Where did you get them, you traitor?” The frightened Cassian explained with stutter, “We're jest simple porters, m...me lady. Got it off-board with an instructions to deliver it here”. Just as he finished speaking, Gloria hears the startup of energy weapons and sliding of levers when the Legionairres approached the barn. The captain, wearing his adorned officer armor representing the Gold Legion, “Lady Petrides, I will take it from here. Captain Sula at your service. We've been informed about the weapons that were being stored by disgruntled rebels influenced by the heretics”. Gloria was aloofed by the presence but dropped the Cassian porter and left outside to let the Gold Legion do their actions while she discussed with Captain Sula. From there, she learned about the investigations leading on the crate that has been suspiciously carted to the barn based on reports from the local inhabitants. No actions was taken due to priority to quarantine the infected villages away from the remaining safe areas in time of plague. Then, Gloria congratulated the Captain and appreciation for timely intervention despite having the situation under her control. However, she felt that the entire scene is too precise to be a coincidence and decided to investigate the matters. Then she found a house with a lit window that may have answers to her curiosity.
Gloria knocked on the door and the inhabitant of the lit-home being an old Lowborn lady who was glad to let a hero of Windfield Downs as her guest. She later have a conversation with her and learned about her witness, which an clue being that she was the only one present during the months of “suspicious cargoes” but unaware due to old age and occupied with her work as a miller for a distant mill. In addition, the only suspicious thing she saw was that a group of Gold Legionairres has been walk in and out of the barn for weeks just before they discovered Gloria and called in their officer. In her suspicion, she began to infiltrate the barn—away from guards at the front door—again and found the crates were taken away for “evidences”. Or so she thought as she stumbled upon a trap door and discovered that there were more crates of weapons and even heavy ordinances in the basement before she turned back and saw Captain Sula. The captain said, “I can't let you get away with this” before cocking his gun but later responsed by Gloria with breaking his gun-arm and running away. As she escapes, she hear gunshots at her direction before she managed to get out of sight. Sadly, she also doomed the old lady to her fate as the pursuers discovered a lit home and decided to pay her a “visit”.
Douglas Bricius (Cassian Warrior Scientist, OC and Main character)
Brigid Bree (Human Stalker Soldier, Exiles Alt and future brewery owner)
Ferg McJinti (Chua Working Class Author)
Valeria Caesarius (Fleet Officer and a Lady)
Ursula Zaros (Mordesh Medical Migrator)
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Issue 11
Written by: Ferg McJinti (from manuscripts of Gloria Petrides)
Artist: Ferg McJinti
Story:
Gloria Petrides, now on the run from the crooked Captain Sula and his glorified thugs after discovery of his private cache of Exiles weapons when she has dilemma over her choice to save the old Lowborn lady in name of heroism but possibility of being overrun or leave her to her doom in name of safety at sacrifice of the witness. She has been running and the time slowly running out as Captain Sula began to cover up the witnesses. These are her only two options with calling for aid would be too late for the old woman. In her altruism, she decided to go back to the old lady to rescue her instead with haste towards the house. There she managed to get here just in time before Sula's subordinates kick the door open and murder the elderly Cassian. She took out her blade and disarmed the weapons while only leaving the man wounded based on her belief that they can still be redeemed. The elderly Cassian opened the door and saw her surrounded by lying Legionairres, distaught and surprised. Fortunately Gloria managed to explain the situation to the elderly Cassian before she accepted her request to lay low for the time being.
In the evening, she decided to find evidences of Captain Sula's treachery before he spread his lies to everyone on Nexus as a cover for his personal gains from collusion with the Exiles, which they would use him as a tool to further their control over Dominion's rightful destiny. All the time during the plague with personnel's shortage and priority over the quarantine areas had allowed the Highborn to form his own ambitions and being used as further staging areas for the Exiles to attack the capital. It has made sense for him to discover the weapons cache so soon and right in the area where not many locals would see it. She began to infiltrate into Captain Sula's garrison camp in order to gain information about his dealings. Across the unsuspecting guards and security, she broke through the treachous officer's personal quarters. From there, she read all the logs that linked him with his defection to Exiles with false intentions as one of their believers while a Grismaran grave voice seem to only care about his deeds. Furthermore, she discovered that the same Exiles has also been responsible for the plague in Auroria in a manner to destroy the food source along with cornering the neighboring Illium with hidden cells of subversives and upcoming Exiles reinforcements in the region. As Gloria saw the evidences, her anger was shown through her clenching her teeth to her lower lips and muttering the curse towards Captain Sula. He must be taken down for his crimes along with his Exiles “friends”. As she took the documents into her pouch, she make her way out of the tent and try to find where the Captain's current location was. She overheard the guards who spoke of his private meeting at a small country manor outside of Hycrest. Now it's her time to strike there to bring justice upon Sula.
(trying to make up for last week's absence, going to update the sequel tomorrow.)
Douglas Bricius (Cassian Warrior Scientist, OC and Main character)
Brigid Bree (Human Stalker Soldier, Exiles Alt and future brewery owner)
Ferg McJinti (Chua Working Class Author)
Valeria Caesarius (Fleet Officer and a Lady)
Ursula Zaros (Mordesh Medical Migrator)
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Issue 12
Written by: Ferg McJinti (from manuscripts of Gloria Petrides)
Artist: Ferg McJinti
Story:
On her hoverbike, she raced towards the nearest safe location near the country manor where Captain Sula would start a meeting with his colleagues over business. She already saw his collaborationw with Exiles and their actions of bringing diseases to communities of Auroria. The treacherous captain must be given retribution in the name of Dominion law. Her Uniblade's frontal wheel rolls on the dirt road as it approaches not far from manor. She will have to proceed into the manor without detection of his guards and possibly Exiles. As her hatred of Exiles shows, she would murder the guards as they have already known of Sula's treachery and gladly joined with Exiles. From trees to trees, fences to fences, and grass to grass; she proceed to silently stroll through towards the manor when suddenly she saw a guard right ahead. With his guns raised, he ordered her to stand down. Knowing that he has already known her location, she brings her sword and runs it towards his chest where his heart should be. Then she moved the body and quickly continue her objective. This was the first time where she murder a fellow citizen even if he was already corrupted by Exiles by that point. There she managed to get into the cellar, filled with wines and delicacies for a noble of his taste,which was accessed after jimmying the basement windows. Blade and mag pistol were two of her possession to eliminate the guards.
She managed to get pass the kitchen where the staffs were preparing pastries for the dessert along with some snacks if their liege feel peckish. She noticed that all of the people she saw were Cassians, who has no problem working with Exiles despite being chosen to lead the Dominion. She found that irony to be unsettling and yet make sense since most of the Dominion subject races—especially Mechari--has been loyal. There she proceeded across the hallway and spotted an Exile guard and two of Sula's personnel soldiers who were quickly dispatched with her pistol and finished off the last cowering legionairre with her blade. Being modified to reduce noise, the fight almost went unnoticed over the chatters and music from the banquet of Sula and his “friends”. In an instance, she did not formulate a complex plan to capture Captain Sula. All she need was to pop a smoke grenade in the room and use the confusion to draw out the attendants before grabbing the first person out of the room. She captured Captain Sula and get out of the estate with already cleared escape route that would led her to deliver him to the Dominion command in report. Although suspicious of her claims, an inquisitor was dispatched to the interrogation room and Captain Sula would confess to his crimes along with his associates before being sentenced to be executed a week later with him and his associates whose deeds were too nefarious to be considered as redeemable. Unfortunately, Gloria was not taken lightly for her actions on Captain Sula since she had taken the matters into her own hands despite having good intentions and managed to find the treachery as a result. Although she would be discharge had it not for her foil in their planned revolt, she was to be reassigned to menial duties as a punishment until she learned her lesson. Even as a hero, such transgressions in command structure is not to be taken lightly by the strict commanders in order to maintain order and stability within the military. It was fortunate that she was given a much lighter sentence, which her rank of Lieutenant would be restored so long as her time in menial duty is finished
Douglas Bricius (Cassian Warrior Scientist, OC and Main character)
Brigid Bree (Human Stalker Soldier, Exiles Alt and future brewery owner)
Ferg McJinti (Chua Working Class Author)
Valeria Caesarius (Fleet Officer and a Lady)
Ursula Zaros (Mordesh Medical Migrator)
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Issue 13
Written by: Ferg McJinti (from manuscripts of Gloria Petrides)
Artist: Ferg McJinti
Story:
Private Gloria Petrides, daughter of now-dissolved House Petrides and ender of Sula conspiracy, have now been deployed to Galeras where the Dominion has been tense situation after their offense to Thayd has been thwarted by counter offensive at both Tempest Refuge and Staging Area near the Eldan ruins. Most of her time has been loading ammunition to hauling cargoes for the now-redeploying army as the treacherous Exiles had subversively hinder their logistics and command structure as they press on with their banished Gnoxian warriors. She remembered them when she was fighting against them with their agents in Auroria. Their large rock body and stubborn nature not to be trifled with but she managed to slay few of them in that time. She have to watch them as they deployed to the Falkrin temple, which she was finally given a combat duty and make a final stand as the remaining troop move to evacuation point. As Gloria thought when she realized that her family's name as traitors and heretics can finally be cleared even if she is the only member of her family. Then as expected from Exiles, their recklessness caused a doom to their own as they bombarded the temple and caused the local Falkrin to become upset. On one hand, her salvation unto death has been denied. But on the other hand, there is a miracle for the rest of the troops to redeploy to other areas as her rear guard unit withdraw to evacuation zone during the chaos.
She pull out her blade and charged her way through the Falkrin as her unit advances. Though not many make it through, the majority of the unit managed to get to the evacuation point but the mood went dour as she learned that very few ships has been making runs as the Exiles managed to get their fighters to block off any more transports. She dropped down in shock that they will have to die here instead with wounded and those who cannot board the ship at the time. To make matters worse, the war cry of Exiles come as many of their companies managed to broke through the Falkrin with enough strength and morale for a final push against the Legion. Then, at her sorrow, she sit on the crates and contemplate her demise until she met a fleet officer cladded in ground combat armor as a crew for one of evacuation ships. The woman—emerald spark in her oval eyes, young, and bronze skin—later introduced herself as “Lieutenant Valeria Caesarius, Galactic Fleet” to Gloria. She told of her story as a Highborn heiress who lost her honor for her family's crime and now having demoted to Private from a promising officer. Valeria sympathised with her and began to find solace within eachother. Suddenly, Gloria regained her spirit and quickly get her platoon to go to last known location of the convoy that had recently been ambushed by two way battle with Falkrin and Exiles. Thanks to her brilliance in scavenging equipments and tenacity to mop up the remnants, she finally given the evacuation point a chance to survive with enough firepower to at least hold off until evacuation with 20 unexperienced volunteers against 50 Exiles with artillery and tanks. This is where Valeria would make her greatest deeds.
Douglas Bricius (Cassian Warrior Scientist, OC and Main character)
Brigid Bree (Human Stalker Soldier, Exiles Alt and future brewery owner)
Ferg McJinti (Chua Working Class Author)
Valeria Caesarius (Fleet Officer and a Lady)
Ursula Zaros (Mordesh Medical Migrator)
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Issue 14
Written by: Ferg McJinti (from manuscripts of Gloria Petrides)
Artist: Ferg McJinti
Story:
An hour has passed since Pvt. Gloria Petrides and Lt. Valeria Caesarius has prepared their defenses with any abled-bodied personnels they can muster from the evacuation point. Unfortunately, the majority of 20 defenders were mainly recruits, non-essential crews, and manual laborers. Only experienced soldiers were too few and Valeria is the most senior officer present for the time being. Sandbags and barricades has been established for cover along with any strong building materials taken from the ruins. This would not be enough as they are outnumbered two times against the Exiles, who also has benefit of artilleries and two tanks. The entire battle would be to hold the enemies long enough for the survivors to evacuate the area as much as possible and make their last stand. A glorious last stand, Gloria thought as she realized her redemption and a chance for soldiers to fight another day. No matter the preparation—dugouts for bombardments, mines for tanks, and even runic magics to supplement firepower—which they made to counter the every tactics the Exiles would use, their chance for victory was too slim. So the battle begins as the artillery barraged upon their position and the defenders hid in the dug outs. When the rumbling stopped, the large rock skinned Granoks take the first charge to exploit their supposedly sucessful bombardment. Fortunately, Valeria's tactical acumen was on the defender's side as her insight and keen observation allowed her to position kill zones for the gunners after the bombardment ended. Granok met their end as they realized that the Dominion forces have wits to assume their position faster than they expected. But it was a mere three soldiers until the remaining seven managed to pin them down before calling in their tank. They thought that they were smart enough to send in less-expendable units as scouts as they managed to remove barricades and call in their vehicle at safe time, but Valeria was ahead in the heretics' line of thought. Valeria pop out of the void from hard to see flank and opened fire with her mag pistols at the tank while two of her comrades provided covering fire with their automatic rifles. Then with her speed and accuracy, she overcharged her runic power and blasted at the tank's vulnerable spots on the generator and tracks. Valeria's ambush managed to take out one vital target for the defense of the evacuation point but she managed to withdraw before the Exiles regrouped. On Gloria's side, she was sadly not with her as she is aiding the defenders' gun platforms from any bold FCON who managed to come near. She managed to plunge her sword into a Mordesh' head as it sprays out Vitalus from the cracked mouth plate. Then the entire defense line was in disarray as both the cloaked commandos harrased her position and another tank was rolled in Many defenders were wounded and saw one of them being impaled as the selfless porter pushed Gloria away from the bright blade in her struggles. In her fury, she picked up an anti-tank grenade and dashed towards the tank's rear armor. Being busy with lighting up its cannon, Gloria toss the grenade into the vent and put an end to their momentous assault. Seeing that their major component of their sneak attack has gone, the commandos withdrew to another position for recovery but Lieutenant Caesarius and her team returned and caused their entire attack to be called off as their elements of surprises and sufficient manpower were lost from the counter attack. As they count their losses, it was fortunate that only one was dead but their numbers of defenders has fallen greatly as only seven were fit for combat duty with the rest in need of medical attention. Fortunately, the evacuation point is secure and transports are coming with the escorts managed to rout the blockade air forces. Now, Valeria and Gloria must defend long enough for the evacuation of the area to complete.
Again, the bombardment rang out as the Exiles managed to aim for the fortification this time rather than the general area. For the first assault's failure, whoever commanding the FCON unit has enough intellect to push the one last assault through creeping barrage and precision demolitions. Gloria had to go out in sprays of fragments and dirt ricochet around her. Then she saw a group of well-equipped FCON units using the cover of artillery to advance deeper into their defenses with coordination. She saw three of them carrying explosives, all of which and the troops she told to Lieutenant Caesarius. She remembered that some of the ungrateful Highborn had turned against those who granted them priveleges and joined with the Exiles. Although many of them would turn away and even execute them, their valuable intel and sophisticated military training allowed them to be placed in their ad-hoc military along with various subordinates who were experienced enough to execute their plans. Gloria remembered Captain Sula's treason and feel anger at that statement. She decided to volunteer for a small team to take out the explosives. With a Draken hunter, Chua engineer, and a one-armed Mechari steward; the assembled team move through the terrain filled with explosions and debris. Then, Gloria met one of the three explosive carrier and done to next as their detonation mechanism were destroyed. Finally, as the team was about to reach the last one, the team discovered them and open fire. The mechari was first to fall but his exanite core still survived. As the team try to fall back, the Draken stayed behind to arm the explosives to take out the bomb and assault group with him. The surviving team managed to reach to the bunker, they hear a single small explosion between two of barrages as they know that the Five Draken Gods will be smiling at his sacrifice. Then the bombardment stopped after a zooming noise appear. The entire ordeal was over and the evacuation has come. Gloria smiled as she realized that their defense for the evacuation point has managed to grasp the slim victory. The young Cassian and the Draken hunter will be remembered for their sacrifice.
Douglas Bricius (Cassian Warrior Scientist, OC and Main character)
Brigid Bree (Human Stalker Soldier, Exiles Alt and future brewery owner)
Ferg McJinti (Chua Working Class Author)
Valeria Caesarius (Fleet Officer and a Lady)
Ursula Zaros (Mordesh Medical Migrator)
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Issue 15
Written by: Ferg McJinti (from manuscripts of Gloria Petrides)
Artist: Ferg McJinti
Story:
On board the transport, Gloria Petrides and her fellow comrades have been sitting around for an hour since evacuating from Galeras. Although the Galeras campaign has not fare well, the war is still ongoing with much of Olyssia under the control of the Dominion. She then talked to Lieutenant Caesarius who was happy enough to socialize with her. As Gloria told her story, she explained on the downfall of her family due to her treachorous family member and current status as “vagrant noble” without any support except her lineage. The young green-eyed officer sympathised with her as she explained on her luck as someone who chose her own destiny in pursuing military career in Fleet rather than her parents' decision. Lieutenant Caesarius too has lost someone dear to her as her fellow crews and the Captain fell after her first ship crashlanded after a hit to the engine. However, she felt that she was lucky to have her lover—a medical officer—who has been assigned on homefront due to his leg injuries and awaited for her return. Gloria enjoyed hearing the lieutenant's experiences but felt envious of her relatively better life at the same time. As both of them exchanged speeches, the ship has arrived in Whitevale where the Dominion managed to claim the western parts of the region as their beachhead and transport hub. From there, Gloria can receive reassignment duties as the evacuees were processed.
Things were not pleasant as she hoped as she discovered funerals, piles of wounded, and ruins from previous battles still litter the area. Nevertheless, she finally got her break from fighting as of now. Then she was approached by a priest, who strangely lack any Vigilant Church emblems as he preached on the new salvation to the citizens. She politely refuse the offer and sits on the bench before a Draken give news to her. From the letter, Gloria's Lieutenant rank has been restored for her deeds at Galeras evacuation as her sentence has both been revoked for exempalary deeds. As her first return of duty, she is to report to a local commander who will give orders for her as a deployed soldier. As the letter states, Gloria went to the Captain in charge of the company with a salute and address. The Captain give an ease to her as she introduced herself as “Captain Laramae” along with her staff: the Draken Centurion named Rekgor, and Lowborn named Thatcher. As she introduced her staffs, she offered a package of her officer-issue armor along with a medal of her deeds. Captain Laramae concluded with her to be dismissed until a new meeting for the evening as she went back on her duties. Gloria was delighted that her rank was restored and finally placed in command position for the current time. Then she hears a commotion, which she inspected by running there. She discovered a dead Inquisitor who was killed by a mysterious man after he was to be detained for questioning.
Douglas Bricius (Cassian Warrior Scientist, OC and Main character)
Brigid Bree (Human Stalker Soldier, Exiles Alt and future brewery owner)
Ferg McJinti (Chua Working Class Author)
Valeria Caesarius (Fleet Officer and a Lady)
Ursula Zaros (Mordesh Medical Migrator)
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Issue 16
Written by: Ferg McJinti (from manuscripts of Gloria Petrides)
Artist: Ferg McJinti
Story:
Gloria—a Legionairre who has been restored to her Lieutenant rank and assigned as second to Captain Laramae—who has witnessed a murder of an Inquisitor by a suspected heretic as his cover has blown. She has no matters in her investigation as her jurisdiction has been limited under the command of her superior and has been punished for vigilantism that caused her to be deployed in Galeras with her rank suspended. The best possible action Gloria can take is to ask the few witnesses of the act, which was described as a sudden attack in crowded area with the suspect vanishing after the Inquisitor was assasinated. Then she give the collected information to nearby Gold Legion members but they had been given the same description by the witnesses. All she can do was to wait until the evening where she went into a command tent with the Captain and her subordinates as they await others to come for briefing. Finally, the middle-aged Highborn lady gave points on the unit's objective in Whitevale where they are locked in stalemate with Exiles and best possible stratedgy being containment, where their main tasks were to flush out Exiles and their Blackhood attachments to prevent subterfuge on their strained line. The platoon (20 men strength) will rally at a small encampment quite near to known Dominion supply lines where they will launch an ambush. For now, they will take a few hour standby before march.
It was 3 am when Captain Lucia Laramae and her platoon spotted the encampment as they go through the forest. Men felt sleepy but the rest was enough to keep them in combat-ready strength. Not knowing what they will expect, she sent Gloria and two of the men on reconnaisance for both survey and pin pointing coordinates for mortars. Then something unexpected was found as they entered deep into the camp where they drop markers and made observations. Many of the camp inhabitants lack FCON uniform and more so doesn't seem like combatants. To make their suspicion grew wary, they discovered that many of Dominion citizens were in the camp along with a few priests in robes without Vigilant Church insignia. Then they saw a figure, a man in large concealing helmets with two cybernetically enhanced bodyguards. While cybernetics are not uncommon, their implants seem to be Eldan in nature and quite rigid for average cyborgs. The helmet-wearing figure then give sermons to the camp followers as they approach to heed to his message of salvation through attaining the same ascendence of Eldan. Talks of augmentation was heard and plan on pilgramages to nearby Eldan facility; these were not Exiles at all. This was the Ascendancy—the new cult that has known to trick or kidnap innocents to their cause through forced cybernetic surgeres—which has followers from both Exiles and Dominion. So Gloria then give word to only fire mortar bombardment at the outskirt as to scare off the unaugmented ones on reports of her foundings. The Captain was reluctant as she do not know the consequences since their panic might compromise their mission but Gloria agree to take responsibility. In the same moment of mortar shells whistle, Gloria took her pistol and fired at the preacher in the chest. The guards quickly drag the wounded preacher to safety as the loyal followers go along with the entourage. Her gamble paid off as the innocents were spared and the hunt on the local Ascendancy entourage begins.
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Brigid Bree (Human Stalker Soldier, Exiles Alt and future brewery owner)
Ferg McJinti (Chua Working Class Author)
Valeria Caesarius (Fleet Officer and a Lady)
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Issue 17
Written by: Ferg McJinti (from manuscripts of Gloria Petrides)
Artist: Ferg McJinti
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Gloria's platoon chased the ascendancy cult at their base located in wilderness filled with Augmentation devices. As Gloria took the lead as a scout, she saw the already imprisoned victims having their limbs sawed off and replaced with prosthesis before being processed into one of many mindless cultists. She considered the entire site to be cleansed with artillery bombardment but she discovered a few remaining hostages, which she is not sure but refuse to leave them to either be augmented or perish in bombardment. She plead to the captain on having a chance for rescue, which Captain Laramae herself agrees reluctantly. So she was given thirty minutes to extract the survivors quickly. As she hear the order, she take no hesistation in running towards the known location of the kidnapped victims. She snuck past the patrol before she silenced the guards with two strikes of her blade, one for each guard. Then she discovered to her dismay an Aurin, a Mordesh, and a child to be survivors, which she can't bring herself to eliminate them with the child inside. As she checked, it was a Cassian child that she can take him to safety but his insistence on letting the other prisoners come with him made her escort them to other area in reluctance. Maybe she can contact the ICI on their last known location as she secretly thought, but for now she brought the heretics along with her since she found them. While entry was easy, the exit out of the bombardment zone is hard with the new patrols being sent along her route.
Gloria and her group of survivors has to hatch a plan if she is to get out before artillery barrage begins. The two Exiles survivors wouldn't be trusted with their weapon and the child isn't fit for combat. So she has to send out the Exiles as disposable scouts, which she is not liable for their deaths and might be a boon had they fell or captured again. In her annoyance, the two heretics turned out to be adept at art of stealth and alive at every situations, even the one where trained person like Gloria would have difficulty. As they approached to the exit area, the two Exiles prisoners escaped from her reign as she was exhausted from her treacherous retreat and time is running short along with carrying a tired child. The red-haired maiden went to the extraction zone but an artillery round fell short but only to knock her out with the child safely thrown into a pile of snow. “RUN!” was she she yelled before quickly crawling towards safety with mind being in panic to get up. Then she calmed herself down before an Augmented guard found her during his escape from artillery fire and knock her out. As she woke up, she was strapped to the table as she was to be augmented inside the underground bunker. As she ponders on her fate, she had decided that it was a good-intentioned but a foolish choice on her part to rescue the captured prisoners even if she chose it for a child.
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Brigid Bree (Human Stalker Soldier, Exiles Alt and future brewery owner)
Ferg McJinti (Chua Working Class Author)
Valeria Caesarius (Fleet Officer and a Lady)
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Issue 18
Written by: Ferg McJinti (from manuscripts of Gloria Petrides)
Artist: Ferg McJinti
Story:
Gloria woke up after an Augmented cultist knock her out. As she look around, the new environment with eldan machineries and various constructs fitted with surgical tools. As she tried to move her arms, she found them to be strapped to the slab. Suddenly, she met a doctor with cybernetic eye and limbs as he inspect her to be one of their converts. “This is it” was the thought she had when he realized that she was to be processed into their ranks by the Ascended cult. As the doctor was about to finish his inspection before he called upon the augmentation construct, a miracle happen when a small explosion caused the doctor to be distracted as he show worries of discovery of their surgery along with ten seconds as the cultists began to reordered and positioned again. During that time, she found a screw driver and a now-freed as something small and cunning ran away as the doctor turns towards Gloria. In her quickness, she quickly unscrewed her legs and arms' bondage before going straight for the doctor with a screwdriver in his cybernetic eyes. As the guard is about to react, she used the doctor as a shield as he approached one guard with a pistol where she used it to give a clean death to the second guard. Then she exacted “Dominion Justice” to the downed cultist with a single blast. In her medical gown, she would have worn the armor of augmented but she was not sure whether it will fit or not and decided to go on with her current clothings.
With stealth and experience, she make her way through the facility while avoiding guards and make her way to the armory where her equipments were kept. She try to open the cage that her equipment was in but they were wise enough to not let her use the tools. So she try to improvise a weapon by turning a piece of loose Eldan metal and rip her gown as a handle to use the makeshift-blade safely. For protection, she just took the armor out of desperation. Then she make her way to the officer who is leading the cult for both crippling and getting her way out via keys. She makes an approach with caution as half an hour has passed and saw that there are more cultists being positioned somewhere else. She realized that it was a clear moment where she can find escape as it might be a possibility of a breach by Captain Laramae's unit. She quickly made her way to the leader of the cult and drew him into a fighter where he won't call upon his subordinated easily. A largely augmented Cassian she saw, with most of his body covered in Eldan tech and even reminded of cybernetic Grismaran but more mechanical. Although the leader had the advantage in properly equipped, Gloria has experience and combat skills to compensate for her near-naked protection with only an armored vest and improvised blade. In a combat, she received cuts from the energized blades of the leader. As he thought of his confidence made him blind to the reality, Gloria saw an edge but getting him to thrust his blade. The leader smiled as he made his tenth cut to cripple her but it was a last move as Gloria strike her blade to his skull in one stroke. As the leader fell, she took his keycards and retrieved her equipment as she proceed to the known area of her comraded with the head of the leader. As the team moved in, she showed her prize of the cult leader and met Captain Laramae who's in field command of the operation. She was not pleased with her capture but quite proud of her deeds in slaying the cult leader along with her selfless nature for the prisoners and her escape. Maybe one of them may came back for her by unscrewing her holster and giving a screwdriver as she thought, possibly the girl.
(a week break begins as it reached another 6th issue.)
Douglas Bricius (Cassian Warrior Scientist, OC and Main character)
Brigid Bree (Human Stalker Soldier, Exiles Alt and future brewery owner)
Ferg McJinti (Chua Working Class Author)
Valeria Caesarius (Fleet Officer and a Lady)
Ursula Zaros (Mordesh Medical Migrator)
Posted Oct 27, 16 · OP
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