Transcript: Post-Contact Debriefing
Commissar Dexin Interview of Acolyte Artho Yanov, Novaskaggi VII Drop Infantry
AY: Sorry, Sir…I…
“Drink, Artho.” Pouring liquid “You can verify the events of Overseer Stenson’s autolog?”
AY: Thank you, sir. Yes, they are accurate.
“There, good for the constitution, yes?”
AY: Yes, sir…coughing… Very good for the constitution.
“Why don’t we stop the recordings, just tell me what happened after you dealt with the remaining few orks left inside the refinery.”
AY: Yes…they went quickly, once we set-up cross-fire. One them said something about a big mech…Father Volkov knew the most about xenos, we thought it meant tanks were coming. After they were dead, we stacked them with the other xenos and burnt them with the proper curses from Father Volkov. It was after that Foreman Vladoff collected the cognomen tags from the KIA’s.
“…And there were none missing? All of the base personnel were accounted for?”
AY: Yes. Father Volkov performed a good death speech, and Foreman wrapped all the tags in a bandage before putting them in her pack. This I remember clearly. The rest of the night is a bit of a blur…"
“Nobody can remember everything…”
AY: Krash does.
“We will have plenty of time to discuss what Krash is and is not capable remembering soon enough…for now let’s focus on what you remember.”
AY: Yes…I know Krash, Oksana, and Rusty shut-down the refinery…they all had a lot of experience with the equipment from Home, I think. It didn’t take long.
“Do you know what kinds of repairs they made?”
AY: Repairs? I don’t remember them saying anything about repairs…they were shutting it all down. The greenskins did a lot of dangerous things. Then Foreman had us build-up the perimeter, with the mines and the bombs; I helped build the barricades.
“What did you use for these barricades, and tell me what was done with the Imperial vehicles found in the complex.”
AY: Yes, sir. The greenskins had sacked the whole barracks, everything was broken and filthy. We dragged what we could lift outside and piled it into defensive lines behind the gates. We took as much equipment from the KIAs’ as we could find a use for, every battle station had extra lasguns and charge packs. We used the extra armor, along with the flat pieces of garbage, to make defensive platforms on the roof. One of the utility trucks we found torn apart by the Greenskins, we dragged that one close to the gates and mounted the heavy bolter on the deck. The working utility truck we added walls to, and Krash was able to build an autocannon mount on the deck.
“With one of the watchtower cannon correct?”
AY: Yes, sir, the one removed when we first cleared the refinery.
“…And the xeno-tainted vehicles? What was done with these?”
AY: Yes, we took the wheels from them after pulling them in place, blocking the gate with their length. Krash rigged the fuel tanks to explode with trigger wires that led to the heavy bolter emplacement.
AY: hmmmm…No, Sir. That sounds like everything. Then we slept in shifts at our positions on the perimeter, waiting for reinforcements to come or the orks to counter-attack. It didn’t take long.
“Can you remember where everyone was when the ork counter-attack began?”
AY: Yes, Foreman and Gregori were in the watch tower north of the gate, Father Volkov was in the one on the other side, just south of the gate. I was on the west wall. Rusty was on the barracks roof with the grenade launcher, Krash and Tamarova were in the working utility truck, and the rest were in the heavy-bolter emplacement.
“The rest being Psyker Ty’win, Overseer Stenson, and Tundraman Kaminev?”
AY: Yes, sir.
“What was the first sign of the enemy?”
AY: Yes, a squad of grots came up from the road, from the east. They were too small to trigger the AT mines, but there weren’t any of the regular orks behind them. Vladoff ordered us all to hold-fire, I think she wanted us to take them out quiet-like, so the others wouldn’t know we were there.
“Did that work?”
AY: I don’t know, but it didn’t matter. They got to the gate and then they started shooting at each other, I don’t really know why, but I think Ty’Win had something to do with it…anyway, Krash helped jump the xenos that got through. About the same time they were engaging, Yuri got the call from FSD Command that the reinforcements we’d been promised were enroute. Rusty had to go back to the voxroom and let them know about the AT mines.
“Why not Yuri? He was the mission’s voxcaster technician correct?”
AY: Yes, sir. He tried to raise them on the portable vox, but they didn’t respond. We’d had to use the long-range vox station in the barracks earlier to communicate with command…so, Rusty did that again.
“There is no record of Tundraman Norin ever having received technical training on voxcaster systems. How successful was he in this?”
AY: Yes, Krash had to give him instructions on the squad band, but he’s a smart skaggi, he figured it out quickly.
“Very good, Artho. Go on.”
AY: Yes, that was the beginning of the end. A dozen boomers emerged from the west flank. Even Vladoff knew it.
“The squad had been out-flanked, duped.”
AY: Yes, sir…we underestimated them. The ones we’d fought up to then were like animals…just charging straight on.
“Yes, an error in judgement. What happened next?”
AY: Foreman kept calm, giving orders, keeping us going, but I she knew we were in trouble. Rusty started to aid me, I think he made it to the southwest corner gun before the rockets started coming in.
“What did the rest of the squad do?”
AY: Krash and Oksana broke-off fighting the grots, they got the gun-truck going and picked-up Ty’Win, Kaminev, and Stenson. That left Father Volkov with Foreman and Yuri to finish-off the grots at the gate. They were still firing at them when the boomers broke through.
“Where did they breach the perimeter?”
AY: Almost in the middle of the west wall. Rusty had been pinned down, but I remember hearing his autocannon firing all the way up to the breach.
“You are not here to incriminate your comrades, Artho; no one is questioning their courage or yours. The Emperor demands of us to accurately record contact with the Great Enemy and its allies. Now, at what point did the daemon appear?”
AY: Coughing Yes…it was just after the breach. Krash had placed the gun-truck behind the generators for cover, and everyone on board was firing at the orks coming through the gap. I could see about twelve, with two of the burly nobs. I remember Ty’Win howling, terribly screeching…
“Take it slowly, Artho. Here, drink.”
AY: Thank you, Sir…I don’t know how much help I can be…the rest is hazy…
“You must try, Artho! Be specific.”
AY: Yes, sir. It came out of the pond, the…the daemon. It must have been over ten feet tall…as big as an Akyragh…I remember it looked at me…even from over 100 yards, it looked into my soul, sir. It saw to the depths of me and it looked away. I couldn’t move. Krash had somehow gotten back in the cab, the daemon dashed toward the back of the truck….By the Emperor the way it moved!
AY: …sobs… so much blood…so much blood! He tried to get away, the truck wasn’t fast enough…I saw Ty’Win’s face!
“Artho!” slap “Focus!”
AY: …sobbing… I saw his eyes when the daemon… Sobs… so much blood!
“Acolyte Artho Yanov. Compose yourself!”
“Doctor! Sedate him.”
Door opening “Yes, Commissar. There now, son, relax. Relax, you are safe.”
AY: NO! …breaking glass_… NO! NOOO! …_furniture moving… AHHHHH!
DOCTOR: Relax! Oof! Commissar!
AY: AHHHHHmmmrphh…AHHHH! TY’WIIIINNN!
“Artho!” breaking glass, several punching impacts
AY: Nnngghh…heavy breathing…
DOCTOR: Shhhh…shhhhh..there you go
DOCTOR: Commissar, with all-due respect…what he’s been through…
“He will go through ten times as much, if he is lucky! These skaggis are supposed be hardened warriors, and he a Ministorum Acolyte. So much for the ministorum’s heedless fervor.”
DOCTOR: They’re good guardsmen, Commissar. I was present for the others’ debriefings…barely a twitch. You would have thought they were reciting the Primer.
“That is what concerns me, Doctor.”
DOCTOR: That they were calm?
“That they were reciting…”