Killing is easy, but killing the ones you love. It's no small task, especially as a kid.
The Invictus Dominae space shuttle smashes its way through the atmospheric electro storm. Lightning bolts pound shuttle shields as the stealth ship breaks orbit.
Ling Fei and her platoon of eight Death Company commandos, and twenty-four Stormtroopers shake violently on board the forty-seater rapid deployment shuttle.
Shuttle lights flicker on gauges, and dials, warning of dangers to many to count.
ETA pilot says Ling Fei.
Sixty-seconds Sister replies the pilot.
Keep us just on the outskirts of the storm; stealth maybe compromised, we don't want to be picked up on radar. Make checks and get ready to drop says Ling Fei.
Delta team, stay with the shuttle. Pilot, descend around behind the valley, the mountains will shadow your approach. Echo team, you're with me informs Ling Fei.
A red light activates.
Thirty-seconds shouts the pilot.
Bolt's continue battering the shuttle. Echo team does a quick pouch, ammo, and weapons check. The floor suddenly unfolds, mountains and trees lay far below their dangling feet, obscured by the storm.
A green light appears with a beep, then soldier after soldier boom out.
Every few seconds, the operatives of Echo team release a stream of air from their Exo-armor, slowing their descent.
They land safely, and immediately set up firing arcs.
Seven Death Company and twenty Stormtroopers make their way through the mountains. They are heavily armored and pack enough firepower to stop a Battalion.
Priority six mission informs Ling Fei.
Several of her men look over at her; she can feel the slight shock from them even with their faces covered in Exo-helmets, then brief's her men.
Mission came directly from Inquisitor Bysark. We're on our own, Caesar Argyle's a week out, and other Invictus vessels are further.
Objective 1. Recover and secure a priority six device.
Objective 2. Locate Oscar Company.
Oscar Company reported landing on this rock a few days ago. They secured the device and were en route to Glen Coe Invictus Military Base. They've not reported in since.
Oscar is troop strength, Invictus Marines. They originally were a division, although took heavy casualties while securing the device against a battalion of Horde on another planet.
The Invictus FOB has a battalion of Invictus Light Infantry Defence troops although their Prefect reported not receiving Oscar.
Be vigilant, and trust no one. We must retrieve the device, and await extract, or destroy it under dire circumstances.
Caesar Argyle has been informed so we will wait for him at Delta's position until arrival once we secure the device.
Any details regarding what the package is Sister asks one Death Company commando.
You know better than to ask questions about a priority six device, fucking idiot snarls Death Company Champion Primachus Tomb Stone, Ling Fei's second in command.
Two more seconds pass, and no one asks anything.
So no more questions, right move your arses now growls Tomb Stone at the platoon.
A few hours later, after many kilometers of harsh mountainous terrain, river crossings, and forest trails, they finally arrive at the peak of Glen Coe mountain.
Sister Ling Fei looks through her helmet's optic lens. She sees her allies, the Invictus Light Infantry Planetary Defence Force.
The ILI base is in a deep valley. She can see hundreds of ILI soldier's in the military base.
She then presses a button on her forearm, and a tiny drone appears, which flies high above.
Images appear inside Ling Fei's helmet showing tactical details of their surroundings. Then a twelve-inch hologram appears on a tablet held by Stormtrooper Captain Julius.
I make out approximately five hundred ILI. No sign of Oscar Julius says.
Julius then presses another button, which switches the channel to Delta team's drone, but nothing except static appears.
Delta team report...Delta team respond...Nothing he says while trying his comms.
Must be the Electro storm, or the terrain Sister causing the interference informs Captain Julius.
Whiskey-Five says Ling Fei. Immediately two Death Company commandos head off to set up overwatch sniping nests, on top of some rocky cliffs. Two Stormtroopers unpack one of their mini sentry guns and place C-seven High Explosives to protect the rear.
Ling Fei's remaining teammates position themselves into a five-yard spread formation, then make their approach towards Glen Coe base.
The twenty odd-year-old oriental female, with the body shape of a one hundred sprinter, hero, and beauty of the Invictus Dominae marches at the rear of her platoon. She scans cliffs while holding her Trident sniper rifle.
Primachus Tomb Stone marches at the front with his rifle set on Close Quater Marksman.
Captain Julius with several of his men protect the right flank. The majority are outfitted with Reaper SMG's, and a few carry R eight-eight gauge shotguns.
The rest of the Stormtroopers are split into two sections — one squad at the front, the other on the left flank. The Death Company commandos form the center. Together the entire platoon forms a wedge formation.
Charlie station, this is Juliet Tango, we are on approach saying over her radio.
Copy that Juliet Tango, we have you on sight replies the station comms.
Guard towers, barbed wire, electric fences, and concrete walls surround the base.
Machine guns, mines, and light armored Infantry Fighting Vehicles form an outer defensive ring.
Dozens of ILID soldiers stand ready at the front gate as Echo team enter.
The bases commanding officer, a Prefect, approaches them. as the gates shut.
Within seconds, all of Ling Fei's six senses blare, combat indicators fire up in her brain. She scans the area, then looks straight at the Prefect.
Her eyes scan the ILI standing two yards in front of her. No dogs are seen or heard, The ILI SA69 assault rifle safety catches are off, and their fingers are on the trigger.
Ling Fei switches to internal squad comms. Zulu ten, repeat Zulu ten.
Affirmative replies Tomb Stone.
Copy that says Captain Julius
On my count says Ling Fei, three, two, one.
Suddenly Echo Team's Stormtroopers pull flash grenade pins from their chests. The Stormtroopers' eyes and ears are protected by their Exo-Helmets, but all ILI troops within fifty yards are blinded.
In a millisecond, Ling Fei's Exo-armor right forearm opens up, a mini Gatling gun appears, and she unloads straight into the Prefects face, turning his head to pink mist.
She continues onto the surrounding forces, taking out a dozen. Her left forearm slides open, and a mini flamer appears. She turns another ILI squad to crisp. At the same moment, her team unloads, killing all remaining soldiers in the vicinity.
Sentries from the guard posts turn to fire. Too slow. They are launched yards by the gunshots made by two Echo team overwatch snipers.
The sentries smash below with massive holes in their torsos.
A nearby Infantry Fighting Vehicle's turret turns towards her team, only to be blown to smithereens by C-seven explosives, thrown by Captain Julius.
Primachus Tomb Stone fires a rocket from his forearm multi missile launcher blasting a hole in a wall.
Recreant Invictus Light Infantry Defense Troops make their approach, advancing from various flanks, towards the patriots.
Heavy firing begins from dozens of enemy rifles. Bullets whiz everywhere, smashing off walls, and dirt.
An Armored Personnel Carrier sits unmanned nearby. Echo make a run towards it.
One DC is killed in an instant, as thirty-odd rifle rounds batter off his armor.
A Stormtrooper is hit too by an anti-infantry MG-forty-five auto-cannon machine-gun. His arm is blown off, followed by his leg tearing off, then half his face disappears.
Ling Fei makes a sudden turn, rolls, then charges forward ten yards to the side. The MG machine gun attempts to adjust its firing arc but takes to long to recalibrate, and Ling Fei puts twenty rounds into the gunner crew.
Two Stormtroopers attempt to back her up as she withdraws, but one Stormtrooper bursts. His intestines, blood, and shit splatter everywhere, as he is caught by something powerful.
Ghosts shouts Ling Fei.
Ling Fei and Tomb Stone immediately lay down suppressive fire onto the Ghosts approx position.
One DC sniper finds his mark though and blows one of the elite ILI snipers in half.
Two ILI Ghosts begin firing at the DC snipers. Shots whiz back and forth as the elite Legion, and Light Infantry Snipers face off.
Suddenly bam, one DC's head explodes. A third Ghost appears, high in the mountains. Legendary sniper "Sergeant Major Dead-Shot" now focuses on Ling Fei.
Ling Fei unloads dozens of rounds and fires a couple of flame thrower burst shots to blur their position, creating a dense smokescreen.
Just then a high-velocity round makes its way through the smoke fired by Dead-Shot, clipping Ling Fei, dazing and making her stumble.
Ling Fei screams as she falls. She attempts to get up but is yet again smacked by another high powered round to her leg which spins her into the air, then landing on her head.
Another burst of rifle fire cracks off her body from shin to head, knocking her several feet back.
Her helmet has cracked revealing her eyes. She starts to scan rapidly, disoriented, then crawls towards the APC. She pushes herself onto her feet and attempts to march on.
Tomb Stone fires another rocket at the Ghosts position, then lunges over toward Ling Fei and flings her over his shoulder into a fireman's lift then paces on.
Several MG rounds batter into his legs and back, but he manages to throw Ling Fei into the APC, and drags himself in too.
Stormtroopers also embark the APC, and immediately lay down cover, firing smoke grenades from the turret, and blasting away with the APC 60.cal machine gun.
Just then, a Shadow main battle tank appears through the smoke; its nine-inch thick turret turns to face the APC.
Two Stormtroopers fire 68mm rocket launchers at the tank, but the Shadow tank releases counter-measures, detonating the incoming rocket before impact.
Another rocket hits but barely dents the tank's thick 30cm armor.
The tank opens fire just barely missing the APC, but splatters two Death Company nearby.
The tanks sixty-caliber machine gun shreds in half another two Stormtroopers.
With seconds to spare before the tank reloads, the APC's one use anti-tank missile cuts straight into the thirty-cm tank armor, blowing it up.
Two crew emerge from the burning tank rubble, on fire, managing to run a few yards before falling to the ground, all nice and crispy.
Silhouettes appear through the smoke closing in from all directions, heading towards Echo team.
Echo team finds their mark, unloading rounds into the shadows, through the smoke.
The APC takes off, vigorously smashing over rocks, rubble, and crashes its way through the concrete hole previously made by Tomb Stone.
Rapid-fire sprays out from the APC slits. Enemy ILI are hit left, right, and center and several are crumpled under the APC's large wheels.
The armored monstrosity's high tech sensors detect anti-tank, and personnel mines in great numbers.
The vehicle weaves right and left avoiding the deadly mines, then gets back on track, heading towards the mountain.
The overwatch Death Company sniper lays down round after round into pursuing ILID as they pile out of the base's main gate.
Behind Echo, something hurries, a sound no one wants pursuing them.
Ignoring the pain Ling Fei looks at the internal display. Radar and onboard cameras pick up an ILI Sting Ray attack helicopter, armed with anti-tank missiles, rocket pods, and a rapid-firing machine.
The Sting Ray blasts off a few rockets that shunt the APC. The APC returns fire with its sixty-cal machine gun, but the Sting Ray is agile, making it tricky for the gunner to lock on.
Dozens of incoming rounds cut into the ground, several smash straight through the APC armor.
One Stormtrooper explodes as he's hit by several rounds. Blood and guts fly everywhere, covering his comrades in meat and bone.
We can't run or hide says Tomb Stone.
Open the back door says Ling Fei.
The Doors open and Ling Fei kneels, grabs her Trident, looks through the scope, and waits.
Swoosh! An incoming anti-tank missile approaches at top speed, heading straight for the APC. Bang! Ling Fei lets off one round straight into the incoming enemy missile, exploding it.
Ling Fei slows her breath again, one eye on the target, one eye through the scope.
The spinning blades slow, incoming machine gun rounds move as though within a thick liquid. Her crosshairs point just slightly off her target. Windspeed, distance, weather, APC mph, and chopper mph all accounted for; her heart beats steadily.
Her Exo-helmet picks up the infrared targeting laser coming from the attack helicopter's heavy machine gun. The laser marks her chest, then suddenly bang! Ling Fei's Trident super-powered Widow Maker round flies through the air.
Crack! Straight through the bullet suppressant cockpit, and splat! The pilot's chest ruptures. Immediately the chopper goes into a spin, its rear end rises, and the flying machine falls uncontrollably, exploding into the rocks.
Black smoke erupts from the crash site, and the ILI base gets further away. The APC doors begin to close, but zzz bang, Ling Fei goes down.
An armor-piercing round fired from the elite Ghost sniper, Sergeant Major Dead Shot. The APC door closes, and Tomb Stone catches her.
The AP bullet pierced her Exo-armor, armor designed to withstand even AP rounds but Dead Shot is a Master sniper, even firing from further away than his rifle is capable off.
Oh, you sneaky bastard says Ling Fei as she coughs up blood.
The APC rumbles along the mountain trail, firing its remaining smoke round, obscuring the APC from sight, then slows for a moment to let the Death Company sniper jump onboard.
Once out of sight, they race along the rough terrain. With no sign of pursuit, Echo radio Delta team but no response.
Tomb Stone stabilizes Ling Fei and removes her helmet.
You've looked better little Sister sniggers Tomb Stone as he looks at the killer beauty and his close friend for years.
You'll be fixed up in no time. The shuttle's just up ahead informs Tomb Stone.