+++FILE DESIGNATION: Lord-Captain’s Personal Logfile+++
+++LOCATION: Geostationary orbit over Rosebloom+++
Our journey to the Imperial Naval dockyards at Mauritius was largely uneventful.
Upon our arrival, we were met by a Navy lieutenant and given a cursory tour of the station. The station is better kept than I expected for an installation this far out from Imperial-controlled space. Commander Grantz is also something of an oddity. He is clearly a fighting man of some experience, but the fact that he has been posted to such a backwater belies some degree of ill-fortune or misconduct in his career. I’ll have to keep an eye on the man. He is, however, in control of a fully functioning munitorium and a surprising supply of atomics, so I must endeavor to win his good graces.
As I discovered soon after meeting him, the opportunity would be readily available. The dockyards are host to survivors – a bridge office and her psycher – of a vessel called the Summer’s Bounty, which was attacked by Orks during a routine patrol near the planet Rosebloom. After brief negotiations, Command Grantz agreed to provide us with a small supply of atomics with which to aid the Summer’s Bounty and destroy the Orks. Furthermore, upon our victory over the greenskins, we will receive preferential treatment repairing and rearming during future endeavors.
On our way to Rosebloom, a minor warp incursion presented those on the command decks – myself and Victrix, especially – with a vision of an Ork horde charging through the aft quarters section. The images, though disturbing, are not entirely unexpected. As we travel deeper into the Koronus Expanse, the presence of Orks will only increase and with their increased number, one can expect the prevalence of their unholy magicks to increase as well. So be it. Their number shall be lessened soon enough.
Upon exiting the warp, we discovered the broken remains of the Summer’s Bounty hanging in a stable – if precarious – orbit and an Ork attack ship concealed on the dark side of the planet. Presumably, the Orks would have waited until we were docked with the damaged ship before launching their attack. I set out, instead, to frustrate the Ork Kaptin and draw out his attack. After several hours of maneuvering (and enraged Orkish bellowing over the vox), we turned to engage them. With Victrix’s expert command of the gunnery and the judicious use of atomics, the battle was over before it could truly begin.
We have since entered geostationary orbit over the planet and are making preparations for a ground assault. The command crew and I will make landfall with Bravo company using drop pods. We will conduct a standard assault on the settlement using mortars and heavy bolters to cover our advance. With any luck, we destroyed the Ork vessel before they were able to make communication with their troops on the surface and we will have the advantage of surprise. Once we have secured the outer parts of the settlement, Alpha and Gamma companies will make landfall with ammunition and support vehicles via dropship.
These Orks will pay for what they’ve done to this world. In the Emperor’s Holy Name, I shall destroy them all.