"Take cover!!" Captain Archea quickly fell to the ground with the rest of his brothers as another swarm of crude missiles flew over their heads, detonating some fifty feet behind them in an explosion of black and red ember, scattering scorching shrapnel in every direction, but even the sound of the explosion couldn't drown out the never ending screams and war cries of the orks as they began their charge.
Now prone, the captain zoomed in on the approaching green tide with his optics, scanning the war front and sending the information to his company's squadron of land raiders which in turn was sent to the eight earth shaker cannons the imperial guard had mounted on the ridge behind them.
"All batteries fire!" he ordered and then smiled as he felt the ground beneath him tremble slightly with each percussive shot from the heavy artillery on the ridge followed by the well aimed blasts of the heavy las-cannons mounted on the land raiders.
He watched as one bright las beam tore over a primitive ork waggon, instantly melting through the heavy iron plates and into the engine which detonated tremendously, and then the artillery struck, the cannons living up to their name as they made the ground tremble and quake upon each destructive impact, the first scattering a group of warbuggies flipping them like a group of small toy cars next to an exploding grenade, and the rest of the massive shells hit in amidst the tightly clustered horde spattering the survivors with a mix of blood, bone, mud and body parts.
But even though a heavy blow had been dealt to their numbers, the orks did not deter and kept running, raising their crude choppas over their heads and firing all of their weapons in a frenzy as a mighty warcry came from the entire army, echoing all over the planet wide assault as the sound was heard by each ork who howled the same thing as they charged fourth.
"Stand ready brothers... This is a fight we shall not lose..." said the captain softly, his voice carrying to the members of his unit through their communications system as he revved his chain sword, the hoard of greenskins now closing in.
He growled as he stood, removing his helmet and tossing it aside so he could look at the wretched mutants with his own eyes before he let out his own furious battle cry that was repeated to the entire army waiting behind him "FOR THE EMPEROR!!!! FOR MANKIND!!!!"
And with that, he charged, followed by his squadron into the inevitable melee.
His sword was true, ripping through each ork with ease as the adamantium teeth bit into the greenskins like a ferocious beast, but he did not underestimate his foe as one ork jumped on his back to bring it's crude pistol to his head.
He snapped his neck back, headbutting the ork to the ground before turning with his own glowing pistol and discharging a flaming ball of hot blue plasma into the ugly creature's mouth causing his closest companions to recoil in fear, except for one.
This type of ork was commonly referred to as a nob and differed from his companions in the fact that he was larger, stronger, had bigger teeth and an even bigger choppa that was already raised over his head.
Archea raised his hand and side-stepped to deflect the blade, but luckily the axe-like weapon slipped by, glancing off his shoulder pauldron and imbedded itself in the ground.
This made the ork furious as he ripped the axe from the dirt with a primitive snarl only to jump back, narrowly avoiding the ripping teeth of the chain sword, spinning around as he brought the iron handle of the axe up just in time to bar the sword from slicing through his skull, the adamantium teeth showering sparks before catching on the shaft and grinding to a halt. He raised his axe higher and drew closer to the captain, his hot, fetid breath filling the captains nose as the beast panted like a ravenous animal.
"Yah fight pretty good fer a git, but ya gotta rememba..." It grinned savagely, bearing it's jagged yellow teeth before nodding at the grot that had snuck up behind the marine.
With a look of gleeful malice the smaller, thinner goblin-like creature sank a rusty dagger into the knee joint of the marine's armor.
"Orks is best..." the ork growled savagely then grinned hungrily as he looked down at the new skull for his collection back home.
Archea gritted his teeth in pain as the grot stabbed his knee over and over. He could feel his strength failing as he tried to hold up the intense weight of the ork's attack. But luckily before any more harm was done, the defense system of the power armor was activated, sending a deadly current through the knife and up the grot's arm, making the small ugly goblin shriek with pain as the powerful current fried his brain.
He grunted as the knife was pulled out with a gush of blood, the wounds instantly being sprayed with an advanced foam antiseptic inside the armor that expanded to slow down the bleeding.
He strained with all of his might, the hydraulics of his armor hissing and groaning as he slowly raised himself back up to the surprise of his bestial foe, a snarl of defiance and disgust on his face "It is the God Emperor that rules this galaxy you primitive fungus and don't you forget it..."
And with that he dropped his hand from holding up his sword to rip a pull pin out of one of the stikbombs dangling from the ork's hip.
The nob let out a surprised shout and dropped his axe as his hands franticly went down to the bombs, but then it looked up and roared, grabbing the marine's arm in it's tough grip before jumping and tackling him, rolling on the ground.
"If I is gonna blow den so're you ya stinkin' git!!!"
Archea barely had time to raise his arm to his face before the explosion went off, tossing three tons of adamantium and genetically enhanced super soldier back towards his brothers.
He landed in a fox hole, the chunks of shrapnel lodged in his profusely bleeding sternum had also broken many bones and punctured one set of his four lungs. He drew a long, shuddering, pain filled breath, barely making out the image of one of his brothers jumping in to save him before he blacked out.
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