After all i could dig out a short work in english i wrote twelve years ago, when GW launched the Medusa V campaign for Warhammer 40.000. 13th Arcadian light rifles regiment's log 998M41 Authorized: Colonel Brenno Maghenzani Location: Planet Arcadia, Segmentum Solar After losing 88% of our fighting force against the Leviathan splinter we spent nearly three years here, at home, refitting the regiment. Many of the veteran troopers died in the battles, and many more were allowed to return at civilian life, its a rare occurence for a guard to see home again. We had to find new recruits, train them, but at last the regiment is back to combat readiness. The personnel more experienced in tyranid hunting was grouped in the 7th company, but i wish we could see those abhominations no more. The few veterans left were reorganized in eight independent teams that will be attached to company battlegroups with specific missions. We just wait to receive notice of our new assignment from the Munitorium. Location: Planet Arcadia, Segmentum Solar New orders received, after completion of the last trainings and combat simulations the regiment will be moved to Segmentum Pacificum to take part in the crusade against the Blood pact heathens. The transport ship St.Augustine was assigned for the duty and reinforcements were sent from Holy Terra. Mech Company 93 of the Adepta Sororitas Order of the Ebon Chalice and a field hospital of the Adepta Sororitas Order of the Torch were attached to the regiment. 10 new Chimera IFVs complete with satellite commlinks were also received, i will assign them to the company battlegroups command sections. E.T.A. to Segmentum Pacificum : 3 holy terran months Location: Planet Arcadia, Segmentum Solar I was planning to complete the combat simulations in one month, but new orders suddenly came from the Munitorium. The regiment must immediately board the St.Augustine and set sail for Baal system, where we shall rendez-vous with Segmentum Ultima fleet's task force 696. Baal? it is very far from Segmentum Pacificum and Bloodpact, are those Munitorium bureaucrats misleading us? E.T.A. to Baal system : 6 holy terran weeks Location: Baal system, Segmentum Ultima Dire stories were told about the Blood Angels, but i must say they are exquisite guests. Troop morale high, well fed soldiers are happy soldiers. Task force 696 should be here in 48 holy terran hours. We don't have news about our assignment yet. Location: Baal system, Segmentum Ultima We could make contact with task force 696 one day later than scheduled. 2 Dauntless class light cruisers 6 Sword class frigates 1 Seeder class colony ship When i first seen that enormous ship i thought " (deleted) they are gonna send us to colony garrison duty ! " , but the only passengers resulted to be some engineer teams, then finally we received our orders. Task force 696 must move immediately to the endangered Medusa V planet, where a large operation is taking course to evacuate the whole planetary population. Our Spring of Life colony ship and many others are assembling to move the population. The engineers ( teams A,B,C + regiment's own road engineers platoon, team D ) will build an emergency spaceport and a base camp to help the operations. Once in system we will report to Colonel Jacka, commander of Imperator Aegis battlegroup. Before leaving Baal system i rearranged the sistemation of my forces, the most needed and battle ready units will form our first wave and ride on the St. Augustine. 1st company (drop troops) 5th company (2 inf plt. 1 mech plt. 1 armored plt.) 8th company (urban\hive ops ) Sororitas company 93, Order of the Ebon Chalice One third of the RGT artillery train (6 Basilisks) Engineer teams A,B,C,D Sororitas field hospital, Order of the Torch The rest of the troops have been moved to the Spring of Life, they are going to complete their battle training after all. E.T.A. to Medusa V : 3 holy terran weeks Location: Caput Draconis astral gate, Baal sector, Segmentum Ultima Baal sector lies at the galactic north of the galaxy core, Medusa system lies at the galactic south, on the other side. The choice of Baal as a staging point for the unassigned regiments scrambled to Medusa might seem strange, being so far. This is made possible by two astral gates of uncertain origin, they could have been created in the dark age of technology, or by some alien race older than man. Whoever they were, they exploited the mass of the galactic core itself to curve the space at an impossible scale and join two black holes at the northern and southern sides of the galaxy through the biggest "wormhole" ever seen. The same arcane lost technology allowed them to stabilize the two black holes, so that starships can navigate through them without being torn apart by their angular gravitational pulls. Task force 696 will enter the Caput Draconis astral gate (Baal sector) and exit from the Cauda Draconis astral gate (Kar Duniash sector) 23 holy terran hours after. Caput and Cauda Draconis astral gates are the most important asset for Imperium's strategic mobility in the Ultima Segmentum. E.T.A. to Medusa V : 18 holy terran days. Location: Medusa system On the way to Medusa i was convinced this would be an easy one, peacekeeping duty, help evacuating some hive, then back home. I was also convinced my Arcadians were ready to cope with every possible situation and terrain. The briefing by Commander-Colonel Jacka showed how i was wrong. Medusa is going to be the biggest mess ever seen in the regiment's history. We were detached from Imperator Aegis main body and sent to Articus zone: a desert of ice and snow with three hives to cover! Where are the Valhallans when they are needed? I questioned the Commander-Colonel about arctic equipment, my troops don't have any thermosuits. He could procure barely enough thermosuits for the first wave’s three companies, and told we should find more in the Medusa PDF depots at Amphion and Zethus hives. The Spring of Life techpriests crew supplied us another hundred suits and said they could produce no more than twenty of them per day, given the needed materials.... we definitely need to get our hands over those PDF depots. We must land in the Articus zone, build a provisory spaceport for the (hopefully) incoming regiments, have them supplied with the thermosuits. This is going to cost us time, just the one thing Medusa V has in less abundance. Location: Geosynchronic orbit over Articus zone, Medusa V The Spring of Life colony ship will make a perfect orbital command station for the first stages, before it gets overcrowded with refugees. The operational scale and need to cohordinate the actions of many regiments requires this upper echelon command with horbital scanning devices, powerful communication systems and a mainframe cogitator unit. On the other hand for the first time i won’t lead my Arcadians from the front line. Am i becoming old?