Turn up your headphones, make sure your smartgun is charged, and pray to Gnon, because a Valiant-class dropship just made a made a de-orbit burn over Venezuela, and it is coming in hot.
The Empire of Man was gloriously established ten years ago, but some resistance persists. Pockets of democrats and communists continue to deploy meat puppets, humans with all their higher mental functions stripped, bodily cavities packed with sufficient CL-20 to take out a dozens of civilians. Today, at 0300 local time, the 1st Royal Orbital Fusiliers are being dropped in from Man’s crowning achievement, New Victoria, a Stanford Torus housing over ten-thousand.
At 0301, 32 carefully-aimed tungsten ‘god rods’ fell from the heavens at Mach 10 onto strategic targets across Venezuela offering the raid a light diversion. Trying to land a Valiant in communist-infested Caracas would be a suicide mission given heavy SAM coverage, so eighteen brave knights bail out at 150,000 feet with just ablative shields and stealth-suits for protection from the 500 degree supersonic wind. Once inside the operating envelope of the Strela3, small charges in the shields burst and the Fusiliers spend the next 80,000 feet plummeting at terminal velocity.
As the lights of the slums of Caracas grow in brightness and definition, each soldier steels himself. Just 500 feet from the ground, one-shot retro rockets built into each stealth-suit fire, rapidly halting their descents. Once on the ground, each man checks his Lord’s Rifle Mk 2, an electrothermal-chemical smartgun. Fully auto and capable of firing flechettes at over 30,000 fps, the effects on flesh are spectacular.
The mission is simple, a classic raid: penetrate the tunnel complex underneath Pico Naiguatá, the mountain abutting Caracas, kill or capture HVTs, plant a SADM (a healthy upgrade to your standard satchel charge), and detonate once out of the min. risk estimate distance to cover the tracks on the exfil. Good luck. Don’t fuck it up.
Now, put on your cerro-diamondoid vest and smart helmet, turn up your audio amplification up to maximum, and join the 1st Royal Orbital Fusiliers as they bury democrats and communists under thousands of tons of irradiated rock.