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+++++++++DATE    :    IMPERIAL DATE 028795653M35  

+++++++++REF.      :    CLT/06978745365553/TG/BTR

+++++++++RE.       :    BATTLE REPORT, CAPTURE OF THE GREAT BASTION

++++SUBJECT           :    SIGHTINGS BLACK ARMOURED SPACE MARINE FORCE, UNKNOWN CHAPTER

 

On the third night of fighting the Orks took the Great Bastion from us. Despair settled in our hearts, for all hope of rescue was now gone. Of all our company I counted but thirty-seven living, and of these but twenty-five unhurt. The Orks gathered about us in the darkness. The screeching and cackling of their Gretchin haunted us as they mustered to the attack. An hour before dawn I called the Company to prayer and, since our Chaplain was slain, we made our peace with the Emperor in battle fashion.

It was as I raise my eyes from prayer that I saw a strange host where moments before there was nothing but darkness. At first I thought it some connivance of the Orks, but as it neared I realised it was a force of Space Marines, though not of any Chapter under the Emperor's sun. Their armour was coloured black and upon it was drawn chilling images of bones and fire, and on their helms they bore skulls. As they advanced, an eerie glow shrouded them and fire seemed to dance about their feet. Like the bones of men in the torment of purgatory they were, so that they looked more like skeletons than living men. Yet not a sound did they make.

For a while I believed this to be some phantasm, a vision of ancient times, for I had heard the Emperor grants such sights to those of his warriors who face death in his name. But is was not so, for soon the ghostly warriors reached the Orks' battleline, and suddenly the air was full of battle-din, and the Orks were wailing and crying in terror. We that remained watched the dark battle-brothers at their work, and never before or since have I seen fighting such as I witnessed that dawn. Seizing the moment, I regrouped my company, and led them to war. Yet there was little work for us, for the Orks lacked stomach for the fight. Soon we secured the Great Bastion once more and without further loss. Of the dark brotherhood was no sign.

Accounted by Ultramarines Chief Librarian Tigurius