Read first, just wrote up the background for the planet. Updated 3/21/10
With abundant agricultural and mineral resources, Hexos has been a hospitable planet and major commerce center for the Imperium of Man. Large agri-farms on one half of the planet and hundreds of mines on the other half both areas are divided by great oceans. There are great cities that dot the continents that have commerce around that involves storing and shippin inbound and outbound trade goods.
+++ PLANETARY DATA +++
EQUATORIAL CIRCUMFERENCE: 41,265 km
SATELLITES: Two moons, Soldurii and Utto
The moon Soldurii orbits at a distance of 408352 kilometers and consists primarily of jagged regolith. Its density is sufficient to cause only mild tidal forces on Hexos. Utto, an asteroid captured sometime in the distant past, has an irregular tricorne shape that features prominently in local iconography.
CLIMATE CLASSIFICATION: Continental Temperate
MEAN SURFACE TEMPERATURE: 7.21¡C
TROPOSPHERIC COMPOSITION: Nitrogen 75.1%, Oxygen 22.3%, Argon 0.8%, H2O 0.7%, Other 1.1%
Despite the best efforts of the Ecclesiarchy, the Imperial Creed has never taken seed on Hexos. As devout pragmatists, the people embrace no religious tenants at all. Since the population holds no belief over that of the Emperor, the Ministorum has been unable to classify them as either noncompliant or heretical. There are many theories to this; one is Hexos has been forgotten in time of need, constant influx of miners and farm workers or transients, the increasing number of trade and cargo ships coming and going. The people of Hexos are neither for or against the Imperium but rather indifferent. Even thought the general populace may fill that way the Imperium does not and makes sure through the PDF units, Priests and etc that Hexos is a planet that belongs to Terra.
The agricultural and mining clans (AKA companies) form a large group of men that control what happens on the planet.
Three concepts hold primacy in Hexos society to the exclusion of nearly all else: property, currency, and then the Imperium.
Hexos has experience great gains for the last millennium and in fact the Imperium has not figured out why. Unbeknownst to the Imperium the Tau have sent Water Caste Tau to set up trade with the business leaders of both the agricultural and mining companies. The Tau have seen that going to these people first are more apt to listen as the Tau can provide “limited’ technologies that seem great to the humans but are not current with Tau technology. These “trinkets” of technology have helped the humans but have never given then a technological edge that could be used against them.
Other the years the company leaders are reaped the benefits of this technology and have lined their pockets with credits that could almost purchase another planet. The Governor who was elected, by the Imperium, has the duty to protect the Imperium’s interest but being so far from Terra and the constant temptations of money, power and etc the Governor’s have “looked” the other way. Such an attitude has permeated the civilian life itself thus giving way to cultists, renegades, Xeno lovers and etc to freely live on the planet.
It is only a matter of time before the wheels begin to fall off and something drastic happens…………. Rumble in the Skies
The planet had been a peaceful planet that was go agricultural and mineral. Unbeknownst to most there was a chaos presence, a small radical group that was gaining a foothold or stranglehold on important aspects of the planets economical and military departments of the planet. The Chaos forces had been summoned and arrived with no advance notice. The Chaos fleet dropped from the Warp and instantly appeared hovering above the planet. Alarm bells began to sound in the PDF’s orbital station. The commander on duty began to say “What is going……….” when he was shot in the head by PDF captain that had already sided with Chaos.
The Chaos forces began to shuttle forces down planet side unopposed. The general population was unaware of the horrors that were about to be done. The PDF did what they could must the Chaos cultist had done some much damage by sabotage and infiltrating the PDF that the PDF was unable to prevent the Chaos advance upon the planet. The PDF forces that were loyal to the Emperor fought to the death.
One distress call went out. It was by Private Ryan, PDF, Communciations. Private Ryan in his dying breath got out a short message, “Chaos Invasion uggg”. There happened to be an Imperial Guard Catachan brigade being shipped back to their Deathworld when the ship’s captain received the message from the Adjunct. The captain ready the message “Chaos Invasion Ugg.” The captain turned to his Adjunct and asked “What is ugg?” Is that a new type of Chaos troops or ship? The Adjunct pursed his lips to not laugh and replied, “I believe the man died after he sent out “Chaos Invasion” “. The Captain nodded and said , “Alright then full stern to port and head toward this planet.” The Adjunt clicked his heels , hoping the captain would die, and gave the orders to full stern to port and to head to the planet.Catachans
The Catachans were about to get caught up in an urban battle with Chaos minions. Overall, most Catachans could care less where they would fight but preferred jungle or Deathworld type environments. While this planet had some jungles they were very few as the planet set up for half agricultural and half for mining.Mordians
Aboard the same troop transport as the Catachans was the Mordians. The Mordians did not fear Chaos and the only thing they hated more than Chaos was Catachans. The Mordians felt military was an honor and that all soldiers must look and dress the part. The Mordians looked down on the Catachans as they dressed in sloppy fatigues and torn shirts. It was rumoured that the Catachans did not wear Imperial Guard Article 14589 or underwear. It was said that the Catachans would go "commando". Tau
The Tau where now caught in a middle of a war that they did not intend. The Tau had been trading with the humans for almost 80 years. With that, they remained largely unseen to the general population but would have direct talks with prominent business men and politicians. The Tau would trade for resources that they needed and would give the humans what they felt they needed. One technology the Tau have the humans was called “SAL” Sound Activated Lighting. This will allow anyone to walk into a dark room and to “smack their hands together” to activate the lights in the room. Some humans began to call this the “clapper” as you had to clap your hands together. Either name, it was a big hit.
There happened to be a delegation of Water Caste Tau on the planet in secret talks with the Governor when the war broke out. Now the delegation was trapped and could not afford to reveal themselves and went into hiding. Orks
While the Chaos forces were doing battle there was an Ork contingent on an old Space Hulk traveling through the Warp. The Weirdboy began to convulse and he told the Ork Nob there is a great battle close by as he can feel the Psyker powers being used from both sides. The Weirdboy got so worked up that the Nob had to hit him to calm him down or he would have blown up the ship.
Turning, stopping, or maneuvering a Space Hulk is no easy task as the most rudimentary control mechanisms are not working. The Orks began working right away and retro some missiles they found as engines. In doing so, the Orks used the only defense or offensive missiles left on the ship. The Mekboys went to the Nob and told him they were ready and with the Weirdboys power they steered the Space Hulk out of the Warp. It was one of the most unnatural and unholy acts ever commited. The Warp seemed to “spit out” the Space Hulk. The Space Hulk came out in the area of the battle. Chaos and Imperium battleships and fighters were engaged in battle. Everyone stopped for a minute to see a gigantic Space Hulk float haplessly across the space.
The Orks were hooping and howling to go into battle but it soon dawned on them that something was wrong. How where they going to get into battle with no missiles, no fighters, and no offensive or defensive capabilities? The Orks could only watch the ongoing battles by pressing their faces up to the windows to view outside.
The Nob was made and had executed three other Orks for suggesting this was a mistake. Then a group of Grots appeared before the Nob. One of them began to speak and the Nob shot him, the group of Grots shuffled backwards in fear but then pressed forward again. Another Grot began to speak to the Nob only to be dropped kicked to the 2nd level. Finally, a third Grot came forward and stammered he knew how they could get into the battle. The Nob, pulled out his gun and pointed at the Grot and said, “How?”. The Grot said “follow me”. The Nob and his retinue followed the grots to a hallway that had many doors in it.
The Grot opened the door and told the Nob to “get in” the Nob was furious. Was this a joke? The Nob kicked the Grot into the small room and pushed the RED button “to make the door shut faster” and when he did there was a loud explosion. The Nob looked through the window in the door and saw the Grot floating out into space in the “small room”.
The Nob told his men to get everyone down here and they would take the “small rooms” to go find the enemy. Anyone else would have known they were escape pods but the Orks are not that bright.
The Orks began to jettison themselves out from the Space Hulk. Many of the escape pods fly harmlessly across the battle. The Imperium forces and most of Chaos forces largely ignored the Orks in the escape pods as they offered no real threat. The Orks soon realized they did not know how to pilot the escape pods and some “humi” kept talking to them to fasten their seat belts but they could not find any “humies” in the escape pod. Very perplexing.
A few of the Ork escape pods landed into the battleships that had gaping holes from battle and the Orks managed to do some battle once they got out of the PODs. A few of the Escape Pods would slam into a battleship or frigate and then bounce harmlessly out into space but some of the pods would bounce into the planet’s atmosphere and were beginning to descend upon the planet.
The Ork Nob’s pod came in hard and fast. The pod was heating up and then it crashed into something and keep crashing until it stopped. The door was opened and the Orks jumped out. They looked around and soon realized they were in a building that was over 3000 feet in the air and they had came down through the top of the building and crashed straight through 500 floors before the pod stopped.
The Nob looked out the closet window and could see the battle in the skies raging on, he could see gunfire out to the West of his position in a largely deserted city and then he saw something and then more. He saw more Ork escape pods shreaking across the sky and begin to impact around the city and planet. The Nob knew they would do battle soon.Kroot
Foghorn Leghorn the a Shaper for a squad of Kroot. He had his clan work for the Tau, humans, Chaos, and Eldar. He was a business man first and then get things that would gain him resources. A messenger came to him and “chirped” out some tones. Foghorn’s quills raised up on his head. The Tau where in need of his help as they didn’t want to send Tau warriors in if they didn’t have to rescue the Water Caste Tau. Foghorn looked at Kiwi (Vulture Kroot) and said, “This is a good day, the Tau need us badly and I can exact revenge upon the Tau.” Kiwi chirped back “How is that”. Foghorn explained that the Water Caste Tau that are stuck are from the same family and let his mother’s clan die out as it was for “The Greater Good.” Road Island Red was ordered to get the squad ready and to secure transportation by any means necessary to this planet. Foghorn Leghorn took his last drink from the bar. The Bartender asked him if he want to pay up or put it on his Bill?