…melted rockcrete smoulders in the two metre cavity left by the detonation.
The acrid smell of burnt metal and the heavy ozone of discharged plasma waft over the wall.
Stormtrooper Mac immediately orders a nearby 88th to the redoubt to summon the last of the reserves to the north wall.
Sasha scans for enemy with his comrade, his heavy bolter firmly braced on the pintle mount of the south-east tower.
Josiah calls, “Contact! large numbers, Kroot, south wall.” He readies the storm bolter.
Kaine hauls the makeshift promethium hose around from the east wall as it continues to bellow the rusty tinged fuel over the ground in front the the base.
Kroot pour from the northern forest edge, dozens, scores, perhaps hundreds, loping, almost galloping in animal like ferver towards the breach. The storm bolter up with its distinctive low pitched, sticcato buzz as it spits out .75 cal rounds in a veritable scythe across the dark open field.
Kaine arrives and hands the hose to a guardsman while he startsto lay suppressive fire upon the Kroot before them.
Kroot continue to pour from the darkness of the forest, some falling almost immediately as their legs disappear beneath them or their guts explode in violent micro-explosions. They surge forward.
Lasgun and storm bolter reap havoc and death, but the Kroot crash into the maelstrom with blind disregard. Dozens fall, but still the wave of hungry snapping maws pushes forward.
Emerging from the top of the promethium silo, Dimitri! Blown aside by the plasma blast, gathers himself together and makes his way down the ladder barking orders for status reports and troop dispositions.
The Kroot wave starts to slow down as it gathers closer to the death being heaped upon it from the tower and wall, but it presses forward with each fallen Kroot, another steps forward.
The reserve guardsman reach the wall and join their lasguns to the fray.
Kaine signals to Alexi to shut off the promethium flow, promethium now a shallow moat around the north-east corner of the base.
The Kroot are almost at the base, their vile chirping and hooting now audible even over the near constant hammer and crack of outgoing fire. Dimitri staggers up to the breach, chainsword and bolt pistol in hand, a valiant demonstration of Imperial defiance to the wave of xenos which seeks to overwhelm it.
The Kroot pour into the breach, bolt rounds thump into the enemy as they leap through the gap. A Kroot warrior angrily wields his axe-rifle towards the Commissar, but the brave soldier dodges the felling blow, another Kroot jabs and thrusts his weapon, and another leaps behind the valiant vanguardian of the Empire. The commissar’s eye widen, he shudders, and shudders again as the long, slender blade is pulled free of his body. Dimitri looks vacantly at the savage before him, the Kroot raises his long axe-rifle and swings it once more.
Kaine is atop the parapet to Dimitri’s right and sees the Kroot fill the breach and hears the awful sounds of carnage. Wasting no time, he draws and tosses two grenades into the gap, each letting off a loud crump – the sheer mass of bodies seemingly absorbing the sound as well as the deadly fragmentation.
The surge of Kroot is only slowed momentarily and more of the foul creatures leap up, onto, and over the breach.
Kroot reach the North wall proper and begin to climb its almost sheer surface with ease. Kain sees his opportunity and fires upon the promethium soaked ground underneath them. Las-burn marks scorch the ground but fail to ignite the fuel. Kain fires again and suddenly a wave of heat and fire erupt along the wall almost throwing him off the parapet.
Awful, awful cries of agony come from the wall as dozens of Kroot are instantly burned alive.
Sasha, has removed the heavy bolter from its pintle mount and set it up on the tripod facing the internal courtyard of the base. He immediately opens up on several creatures as they hop down through the breach. Their bodies explode as massive rounds rip them apart.
Mac moves down the west wall grabbing up bullpup lasguns he had placed earlier, his own hellgun now depleted. Seeing that Kroot have made it through the breach, the veteran marksman kneels and shoots, taking down one after the other as they seek cover from the heavy bolter, but remain vulnerable to his enfilade.
lasgun beam burn across the compound, bolter rounds explode against the rubbled north wall, Kroot jump forward and fall dead….then slience.
Josiah clambers down the NW tower, his storm bolter empty, and retreats to the HQ Chimera. Alexi has moved to the PoP and has powered up the turret autocannon to defend the breach.
The wave of Kroot held at bay by Josiah reaches the wall and again the slaughter spills out over the courtyard as Kroot leap over the breach. Kroot on the north wall stalk the guardsman, hacking at them with merciless determination.
Josiah and his team reach the Chimera and open the rear, stumbling in only seconds before a party of Kroot warriors snap and grab at them through the open hatch. Ozone fills the interior of the Chimera and a sharp crack resonates as several Kroot are blown backward from an intense electrical discharge, Josiah slumps from the exertion and the hatch is closed.
Autocannons burst into life filling the breach with deadly shells, the heavy bolter fires again, lasgun beams streak across the base. The carnage is seemingly insurmountable but yet Kroot still gain ground, as one falls another makes it a step further.
They reach the deboubt were Kain and Mac have retreated. Easily leaping over the makeshift barrier between the Chimeras, the gauntish warriors buffet and bash at the brave guardsmen. swords flash, grenades explode, both Kain and Mac are brought low under the onslaught and fire. Fallen but not defeated they regain themselves and clash against their towering enemies. Several guardsmen are cut down. Thrusts, cuts, cannonfire, screams…then silence.
It is over.
No more Kroot assault the walls, and the three hours of relentless fighting turns into 8 hours of tense waiting. Dawn finally arrives and it is with much relief that the squad see a support column of infantry marching up from the swamp banks to the south.
Josiah starts to snore…