Saga of Nouvelle
During the 3rd sphere expansion of the Tau Empire. During the time of Eye of terror campaign. That found most of the universe races drawn into a fight initiated by Abaddon's thirteenth black crusade. Many Imperial legions of the Imperial forces were drawn away. To defend the Cadian sector of the empire. One particular planet Xenoas that was in the midst of a glacier ice age. With established human colonies of the Imperialum. Had been targeted by a Ork warboss that called for a waagh. The Imperial planet on the fringe with the Tau empire. Came under heavy assault. The Vallahan 23rd regiment was hard pressed. No support was coming from Earth. The colonies and planet would have been over run. But the Tau in forming the third sphere sept of Fi'rios. Turned the tide for the planet of Xenoas with waves of fire squads and hunter cadres. That in a uneasy battle field alliance with the 23rd regiment of Vallahan. Drove off the Ork waagh.
It is after the battle that changed things for the humans on the planet. It was the support and help given by the Tau commander O'Shovah. So when the Tau commander invited the human settlements of this world to join the Tau empire. They did so without reservation. Even the Vahallan 23rd regiment. Xenoas was not the only planet with human colonies that separated from the Imperialum to join the Tau Empire. In being part of the third sphere sept of Fi'rios.
Gue'vesa, the Tau word for humans meaning human helpers. The Vahallan imperial guardsmen long known for their experience and knowledge in fighting Orks. The descendent's of the regiment. Have carried on the tradition of where they come from. One of the first lines of defense of Xenoas. In addition one of the first the prime sources of Gue'vesa auxiliary hunter cadres. However, to the Imperialum, these humans are traitors to the emperor and mankind.
A hundred years has past. The Tau have just finished a grand expedition in learning of the warp. In order to start the fourth sphere of expansion. However, as the data came in. Through rich in detail, it brought to conclusion that the third sphere of expansion still needed to be consolidated. Thus tracking a Ork fleet in the sector. The Tau would follow the fleet. The Orks once again a warboss has declared a waagh. The target a planet similar to Xenoas and Valhalla. Known as Nouvelle, with small Imperialum colonization. The climate running from 30 F to 35 F. The small colonies on the planet come under attack by the Orks. The Tau would take action, knowing if the Orks are not stopped here. That the waagh could grow. So fire teams are dropped with hunter cadres. Yet unknown to the Imperial fleet has been tracking the Ork Fleet also. Of the three the Tau force is the smallest. As chaos ensues on the planet. The Ork waagh is largeness has been under estimated by both the Tau and Imperial fleet. For a second Ork fleet was also heading to Nouvelle. One advantage the Tau have is the fact that their auxiliary Gue'vesa hunter cadres from Xenoas is knowledge able of the lay of the planet. Having been deployed here before. In scouting for the upcoming fourth expansion now on hold. The assimilation of the planet was scrapped, long before the idea of holding off on the fourth expansion. For the Por (water caste) had agreed to a withdrawal of contention for the planet Nouvelle. Gue'vesa La Gigi Sigmonsonn is one such that has served time on the planet. Her hunter cadre is deployed.
Imperial fleet; Reports were coming in that the Tau were reported also engaged within the sector of engagement with the Waagh fleet. That was currently attacking the colony planet of Nouvelle. In addition a second fleet of Orks is detected. As multiple Imperial guardsman regiments are deployed on to the planet side. Along with many auxiliary support personal assigned to the various Imperial guard regiments. Acting swift, and perhaps in great error. The Imperial fleet would attack and destroy the Tau fleet.
Which would prove down the road to be a choice the Imperial fleet if given again would not have done. Without the presence of the Tau in space. The two Ork fleets were able to flank the Imperial fleet. Despite inflicting heavy loss upon the Ork fleets. The sustained fleet loss of the Imperial fleet is near catastrophic. The fleet is forced to pull back from the engagement. Thus for the moment unable to support the ground forces deployed With resources heavily deployed elsewhere in the Imperialum. Reinforcements will be long in coming. But more then that, the ground forces were now without key orbital barrage support.
While on the ground, the fighting is intense. As the beleaguered colony is barely holding out. A three way fight has ensued between the Imperial troops, Tau and Orks. In one particular front, the western front. The adversaries are having to deal with near white out conditions of blizzard like conditions. Major break downs of command structure and ranks. As regiment and even unit integrity has broken down. As whole regiments break in the onslaught of carnage that ensues. The loss of support, the orbital strikes is catastrophic for the Imperial Guard.
Out of this beleaguered remnants a small cadre group of harden experience survivors are forming. A group that is five to six strong. Communications have broken down in addition. For the static of the planet interferes to much with the bounce of across the planet of radio communications. With out the satellite redirect beam from the fleet above. It has contributed to the chaos on the planet. Basically turning the guard regiments and units into the chaos. So it leads to this these forming mix matched pockets of the remnants.
The size of the Ork waagh has been sorely underestimated. Through they themselves are in total chaos in the theater of battle front. There shear numbers form a more cohesive force. The band of heroes would come upon a group of Orks. That hold Tau prisoners. In addition the remnants of a shadow sword company. The markings are of the bravo company of the 7th cavalry brigade. From the mechanized 22nd Vahallan regiment. The Orks are trying to get one of the shadow swords started. Well the only one that is still serviceable. The band that has formed up is able to catch the Orks in complete surprise. Through one war buggy manages to escape. Leaving the prospect of Ork units returning. Now the group is face with having Orks had Tau prisoners. Sometimes harsh measures have to be taken. With being lost, not sure of the troop strengths of the Tau or Orks in the area. Or what is left of the Imperial guard. The Ork and Tau prisoners would need to be killed. They just did not have enough food to accommodate and feed prisoners of war. Or let alone watch them, and to let either go could very well mean their own deaths. But as the group goes to carry out the nefarious deed of necessity. One of the prisoners is a human woman. A Tau sympathizer, a traitor. Before they can carry out the executions. One of the Tau speaks out in low gothic. A water caste Tau. He pleads not for his life. But for the woman's, who he calls Gigi. It seems she is knowledgeable of the world and terrain. That she could be used to get the lost group to the colony. Even with a pysker who could possibly guide then in direction to the colony. He would not be able to guide or navigate the terrain. Which in itself is very deadly. The traitor though would be of value in such.
In addition the group will have to deal with Orks and Tau. The ever present of the marauder masters the Dark Eldar a raiding force. Has enter the sector. A planet under siege is a choice morsel for collecting slaves. While unknown to even the gue'vesa guide. A dark sinister force has been slowly corrupting the colony.
This will be run using Dark Hersey rules or free form. Four to six slots are open, in which all are required to be male characters. As for character class and type that is open, though if decided in system. The starting level will be at 500xp.
The game will be set in NC-E system small games or NC-E free form small games. The game through set in NC-E. It is a plot driven game. Of the survivors making their way across hostile terrain and territory. Of course, the group if need to relieve themselves have the captured traitor guide. And yes the group has the possibility in traveling in the remaining shadow sword.
If interested please say type of character, and if prefer free form or system. setting.