The Naevus Heresy
Prologue Mission 22
After the purges Consul Gaia Lecrutia Vettia wasted no time in organising the defence of the Ostian hive. She coordinated the Legions already deployed, accepted the help of the Ghost Raider chapter which started to attack the Enemy behind their lines. Landed the Legio III in a flanking manoeuvre. She coordinated the Ecclesiarchy troops to assist, both sisters of battle and frateris militia, and called up several hundred thousand reservists, and pressed the Cohortes Urbanae into military roles in order to push ahead. Help from other hives was invited too, and a large wing of fighter and bomber craft was soon supporting the actions.
The tide shifted and the extra forces were up to the task of forcing the Enemy into a retreat after just a few weeks. Vettia turned the battle so quickly that the Enemy abandoned vast stockpiles of equipment, supplies, ammunition and vehicles, all newly made in the forges of Amus.
A few more weeks and the battle was at the gates of Amus hive itself. It was there that a brave and bold attack by the Sisters of Battle order of Deborah pulled off a stunning assault on the south gate of the hive, so close to where their patron saint was martyred over three thousand years before. They took the gate in a matter of minutes with a sudden and hugely risky gambit, but one that paid off.
The horrors of what is left in Amus hive are now visible and cause many regular soldiers to retch and turn away. Even hardened jaded soldiers find it hard to stomach the atrocities. Hundreds of millions are dead, hundreds of millions more fight on even without weapons or equipment. The weapons that they do have are so new they are still hot from the presses of the forge. Vehicles straight off the assembly lines are pressed into service.
The death toll is astronomical as thousands of green eyed fanatics charge headlong into the loyalist positions with virtually no weapons and certainly no regard for their losses. Half starved to death but with controlling intelligence that is sinister and clearly the work of Chaos.
The cleansing of Amus Hive has begun.