I'm Sorry, Tony

"I don't know if you'll ever see this, Mr. Stark. I mean - Tony. Heh, I guess I'm not used to being so affirmative in my actions. I've made this as a way to prevent me doing something emotional and stupid, which I am bound to do as you know. I just want you to know that I'm sorry. I think the world of our partnership and I want the Enforcers to be the greatest hero team anyone has ever seen. I don't blame you for Venezuela. I don't blame you for anything. I just want to be friends again."

The old piece of notebook paper crinkled in the gentle breeze from the empty hallway. Aaron Palmer's laboratory stood as a bulwark of technological superiority in the wake of Stark's resurgence into corporate territory. A safehouse, of sorts, that housed the Eciton units 01 through 87, every other model having been dismantled as per Stark's order. The original eighty-seven were as silent as statues, but maneuvered in the darkness.

Their purpose had finally been achieved as an eighty-eighth model appeared out of the bioengineering chamber, its mental capacities not fused with the DNA of an ant but of a scientist who was very familiar with them. Cracking open like an egg, the eighty-eighth Eciton served as little more than a shell for an embryo - an embryo that had reached completion.

An embryo who began to scream
An embryo who began to scream

20 Comments

Band of Brothers

The Hammer of the Imperium

"From home to hell, from shore to star, no-one knows who we are. The hammer of the Imperium crashes down, breaking alien bone and cultist crown. We will never surrender, this much is true, you'd best hope our guns aren't pointed at you." - battle litany from the pages of A Guardsman's Uplifting Primer

The backbone of the Symaarian Guard is made up of the common man, everyday soldiers of fortune that seek to protect their homes and families, seek adventure, attain spiritual satisfaction or repentance, or simply because they were part of the draft at the time. Every Guardsman's life boils down to a single truth: it is currency, and it would be wise to spend it doing something worthwhile. The common Guardsman is armed with little more than combat fatigues, a flak breastplate and helmet, and the ever-reliable lasgun. Though capable of small injuries at range and mild annoyance to heavily-armored foes, the lasgun is typically used in a coordinated volley of hundreds of thousands going off at the same time, multiplying their effectiveness by unimaginable intervals. Many enemy infantry charges have been stopped in their tracks simply by underestimating the determination and martial skill of a few thousand Guardsmen.

Patrol - at most ten Guardsmen, led by NCO

Squad - at most thirty Guardsmen, led by corporal

Platoon - at most 100 Guardsmen, led by sergeant

Company - at most 500 Guardsmen, led by captain

Battalion - at most 1,500 Guardsmen, led by lieutenant

Brigade - at most 5,000 Guardsmen, led by colonel

Division - at most 50,000 Guardsmen, led by general

Start the Conversation

Armory of the Symaarian Imperial Guard

Autocannon (anti-heavy infantry and light vehicles)
Autocannon (anti-heavy infantry and light vehicles)
No Caption Provided
Heavy Bolter (fires fist-size bolts at an astonishing rate)
Heavy Bolter (fires fist-size bolts at an astonishing rate)
No Caption Provided
Heavy Mortar
Heavy Mortar
Lascannon (dedicated anti-vehicle heavy weapon)
Lascannon (dedicated anti-vehicle heavy weapon)
Mortar
Mortar
The trusted sidearm of many Imperial officers and Commissars
The trusted sidearm of many Imperial officers and Commissars
Thudd Gun (note: has four barrels)
Thudd Gun (note: has four barrels)
Heavy Stubber (note: is twin-linked)
Heavy Stubber (note: is twin-linked)
Tarantula Defense Turret (twin-linked, interchangeable weapon loadout, often used for sentry duties)
Tarantula Defense Turret (twin-linked, interchangeable weapon loadout, often used for sentry duties)
Lasgun (most common weapon in the Imperium, used to arm the masses of Guardsmen) (variants include the laspistol, Hellgun, and multilaser)
Lasgun (most common weapon in the Imperium, used to arm the masses of Guardsmen) (variants include the laspistol, Hellgun, and multilaser)
Centaur (used to pull artillery pieces into place along with providing suppressive fire from an interchangeable turret-mounted gun)
Centaur (used to pull artillery pieces into place along with providing suppressive fire from an interchangeable turret-mounted gun)
Tauros (used for harrying enemy flanks with interchangeable weapon loadout)
Tauros (used for harrying enemy flanks with interchangeable weapon loadout)
Atlas (used for heavy lifting and construction while providing supporting fire with interchangeable hull-mounted gun)
Atlas (used for heavy lifting and construction while providing supporting fire with interchangeable hull-mounted gun)
Crassus (large troop transport/mobile fortress including interchangeable weapon loadouts) (transport capacity of twenty)
Crassus (large troop transport/mobile fortress including interchangeable weapon loadouts) (transport capacity of twenty)
Chimera (amphibious troop transport with interchangeable turret and hull-mounted weapons as well as the capability of allowing its passengers to fire while moving) (transport capacity of twelve)
Chimera (amphibious troop transport with interchangeable turret and hull-mounted weapons as well as the capability of allowing its passengers to fire while moving) (transport capacity of twelve)
Destroyer (forward-mounted heavy lascannon means a very dedicated anti-vehicle tank)
Destroyer (forward-mounted heavy lascannon means a very dedicated anti-vehicle tank)
Leman Russ Conqueror (features a smaller battle cannon than the standard Leman Russ, allowing it to fire while moving as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns)
Leman Russ Conqueror (features a smaller battle cannon than the standard Leman Russ, allowing it to fire while moving as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns)
Leman Russ Annihilator (trench rails included) (features a twin-linked lascannon mounted on the turret as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns)
Leman Russ Annihilator (trench rails included) (features a twin-linked lascannon mounted on the turret as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns)
Leman Russ Demolisher (trench rails included) (features a turret-mounted Demolisher cannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns) (note: is designed with reinforced armor)
Leman Russ Demolisher (trench rails included) (features a turret-mounted Demolisher cannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns) (note: is designed with reinforced armor)
Thunderer (a reinforced battle tank featuring a hull-mounted demolisher cannon)
Thunderer (a reinforced battle tank featuring a hull-mounted demolisher cannon)
Salamander (heavy support tank with interchangeable weapon loadouts)
Salamander (heavy support tank with interchangeable weapon loadouts)
Leman Russ Executioner (trench rails included) (features a turret-mounted Plasma Destroyer cannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns)
Leman Russ Executioner (trench rails included) (features a turret-mounted Plasma Destroyer cannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns)
Leman Russ Exterminator (features a twin-linked turret-mounted autocannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns)
Leman Russ Exterminator (features a twin-linked turret-mounted autocannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns)
Leman Russ Vanquisher (features an extended barrel for the default battle cannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns) (dedicated anti-vehicle)
Leman Russ Vanquisher (features an extended barrel for the default battle cannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns) (dedicated anti-vehicle)
Basic Leman Russ (features the reliable battle cannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns)
Basic Leman Russ (features the reliable battle cannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun and optional sponson-mounted guns)
Marauder (flying fortress complete with two twin-linked heavy bolter turrets and a twin-linked forward-mounted lascannon turret) (transport capacity of ten)
Marauder (flying fortress complete with two twin-linked heavy bolter turrets and a twin-linked forward-mounted lascannon turret) (transport capacity of ten)
Lightning (lightly-armored and incredibly fast jet fighter armed with a twin-linked multilaser and lascannon)
Lightning (lightly-armored and incredibly fast jet fighter armed with a twin-linked multilaser and lascannon)
Thunderbolt (heavy jet fighter armed with a twin-linked lascannon and two twin-linked autocannons)
Thunderbolt (heavy jet fighter armed with a twin-linked lascannon and two twin-linked autocannons)
Vulture (lighter version of the Valkyrie with interchangeable weapon loadouts) (note: cannot carry troops)
Vulture (lighter version of the Valkyrie with interchangeable weapon loadouts) (note: cannot carry troops)
Sky Talon (designed to airlift light vehicles into combat with interchangeable weapon loadouts)
Sky Talon (designed to airlift light vehicles into combat with interchangeable weapon loadouts)
Valkyrie (the mainstay aerial troop transport capable of many interchangeable weapon loadouts) (transport capacity of thirty)
Valkyrie (the mainstay aerial troop transport capable of many interchangeable weapon loadouts) (transport capacity of thirty)
Manitcore (dedicated ordinance battery with interchangeable warhead options)
Manitcore (dedicated ordinance battery with interchangeable warhead options)
Minotaur (super-heavy artillery piece featuring a twin-linked Earthshaker cannon)
Minotaur (super-heavy artillery piece featuring a twin-linked Earthshaker cannon)
Medusa Tank (features a unique Medusa gun as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun)
Medusa Tank (features a unique Medusa gun as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun)
Medusa gun
Medusa gun
Praetor (dedicated ordinance battery with a twin-linked turret mounted gun as well as a pillbox cab allowing the crew to fire their weapons)
Praetor (dedicated ordinance battery with a twin-linked turret mounted gun as well as a pillbox cab allowing the crew to fire their weapons)
Earthshaker (dedicated ordinance battery) (most common artillery piece in the Imperium)
Earthshaker (dedicated ordinance battery) (most common artillery piece in the Imperium)
Colossus (largest mortar in the Imperium)
Colossus (largest mortar in the Imperium)
Basilisk (features a single Earthshaker cannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun)
Basilisk (features a single Earthshaker cannon as well as an interchangeable hull-mounted gun)
Stormblade (super-heavy tank featuring a Plasma Blastgun as well as the typical interchangeable armament of a Shadowsword)
Stormblade (super-heavy tank featuring a Plasma Blastgun as well as the typical interchangeable armament of a Shadowsword)
Stormsword (super-heavy tank featuring a Hellhammer Siege Cannon as well as the typical interchangeable armament of a Shadowsword)
Stormsword (super-heavy tank featuring a Hellhammer Siege Cannon as well as the typical interchangeable armament of a Shadowsword)
Macharius (super-heavy tank designed as the go-between for a Leman Russ and a Baneblade) (features a twin-linked battle cannon as well as interchangeable sponson guns)
Macharius (super-heavy tank designed as the go-between for a Leman Russ and a Baneblade) (features a twin-linked battle cannon as well as interchangeable sponson guns)
Vulcan-Pattern Macharius (features a turret-mounted Vulcan Mega Bolter instead of the twin-linked battle cannon as well as interchangeable sponson guns)
Vulcan-Pattern Macharius (features a turret-mounted Vulcan Mega Bolter instead of the twin-linked battle cannon as well as interchangeable sponson guns)
Malcador Infernus (super-heavy tank featuring the Inferno Gun as well as interchangeable sponson-mounted guns)
Malcador Infernus (super-heavy tank featuring the Inferno Gun as well as interchangeable sponson-mounted guns)
Shadowsword (super-heavy tank featuring the titan-killing Volcano Cannon as well as interchangeable sponson-mounted guns)
Shadowsword (super-heavy tank featuring the titan-killing Volcano Cannon as well as interchangeable sponson-mounted guns)
Valdor (super-heavy tank featuring the ancient and rare Neutron Laser Cannon, making it an indispensable tank and titan-hunting vehicle)
Valdor (super-heavy tank featuring the ancient and rare Neutron Laser Cannon, making it an indispensable tank and titan-hunting vehicle)
Baneblade (the most common super-heavy tank featuring no less than eleven barrels of immense firepower, one of those being an Earthshaker cannon while another is a Demolisher mortar cannon) (interchangeable sponson-mounted guns as well as an autocannon mounted next to the Earthshaker cannon)
Baneblade (the most common super-heavy tank featuring no less than eleven barrels of immense firepower, one of those being an Earthshaker cannon while another is a Demolisher mortar cannon) (interchangeable sponson-mounted guns as well as an autocannon mounted next to the Earthshaker cannon)
Warhound Titan (smallest variant of titan with interchangeable arm weapon loadouts)
Warhound Titan (smallest variant of titan with interchangeable arm weapon loadouts)
Reaver Titan (the second-largest and most widespread variant of titan featuring two interchangeable arm weapon loadouts as well as a back-mounted Apocalypse Missile Launcher)
Reaver Titan (the second-largest and most widespread variant of titan featuring two interchangeable arm weapon loadouts as well as a back-mounted Apocalypse Missile Launcher)
Imperator War Titan as compared to a Warhound Titan (note: extremely rare and costly, but absolutely devastating in combat)
Imperator War Titan as compared to a Warhound Titan (note: extremely rare and costly, but absolutely devastating in combat)
Start the Conversation