[sorry i deleted the first part by mistake...will redo them another time]
It was then did Yanni saw her first Penitent Engine. More than ten foot tall, the majestic walker was decorated with images of gargoyles and parchments contained proclamations of the Imperial Creed. In each of the walker's arms was a flamer, a tool to deliver purifying flame to all who opposes the Emperor. But what shooked Yanni the most was the pilot himself. One must commit the greatest of heresies in order to be condemned to man the penitent engines. Now a wretched body filled wth cuts and scorched marks, the pilot was a shadow of his former self. But even so his urge to repent was clearly seen for as the mightly machine marched forward, Yanni could hear the penitent himself crying out loud, confessing and begging for the Emperor's grace. All in all the penitent engine was the symbol of all the grandeur and belief of the Imperium, and in this battle there was not one but two of these holy relics. "With these symbols of the Emperor himself, we would surely be victorious," remarked Maria.
However, her remark was immediately challenged by a green beam that destroyed one of the sacred machine instantly. It seems that even His most sacred machines could not resist the Necrontyr. The battle had begun.
"Fear not the Alien for only in death can we sit by HIS side." "FOR ABSOLUTION" the cries were from the sister repentias at the right flank. Said to be the greatest and perhaps the craziest soldiers of the Adepta Soritas, the Repentias were claded in nothing other than sacred parchments and the famous eviscerators, sacred weapons that were not given to the Order of the Southern Cross yet. Yanni was extremely impressed by them, so strong in their faith that they alone guard the right flank, facing three units of necrontyr warriors. With a frenzied cry, the Repentias charged ino the enemy only to be shot down one by one before even making contact.
For a moment Yanni was striken by the bloodshed. Is there no way to serve Him other than DEATH. "Do not be demoralised by casualties my sisters. We were winning the battles to the left!" motioned her Veteran Superior. "Now follow me into the fires of battle!"
Indeed they were doing well. The Order of the Matyred LAdy had sent all the sinners into the enemy first. The acro-flaggellants had dragged down countless Necrontyr and their foul creations while the surviving Penitent engine send the Necrontyr lord down into the dust. But the cursed abominations keep on crawling back into battle no matter how HIS champions smite them.
"Onward my sisters, its our duty to help those who repented" came a voice from above and when Yanni looked up, she saw angels...
The Seraphim, the angels of Adepta Soritas rushed into battle. Yanni's spirit risen when she saw them take out an spiderlike monster while destroying necrontyr warriors with their bolt pistol. There is hope after all. CHARGE. The Order of the Southern Cross charged into a crater where one of the sacred artifacts of the Space Marines was located.
But it was a trap.
Suddenly, there came a vortex storm and flashes of lighting blasted into the planet's suface. Only at this point in time did the Necrontyr relased their full firepower. The Order of the Matyred Lady took the brunt of the hits. Canoness Selene and her Celestians were withered down and had to retreat into the surrounding rocks for shelter. The battle sister squad on Maria's left were totally cut down . Even the mightly penitent engine was finally taken down by the twice cursed Necron Lord with his scythe that must be given to him by Death himself. But the worst news came from the Seraphim...Yanni saw with her very eyes how rays of green light tear these blessed creatures apart, limb from limb, wings and all.
Tears went into their eyes. "Oh my Lord, give me faith" Yanni prayed from the innermost of her hearts. It seems that HE heard her after. Suddenly there came a series of warcries from the rear ranks. "FOR THE EMPEROR".
Within minutes the entire Adepta Soritas battle line was back in action although severely weakened. Each battle squad charged forward taking down as may of the foul Xenos as they could. The Seraphim charged into a host of Necrontyr warriors with the Veterean Superior taking out two all by herself. An exorcist from the rear launched its missles and slamed into the Necrontyr destroyers. Canoness Selene's squad was reduced to a single sister and both survivors take the fight into the Necron Lords entourage and Selene herself brought the abomination down again with her evisercator.
"Well Southern Cross what are YOU waiting for. ONWARDS." The Veterean Sister of the Southern Cross pointed at the squadron of Necrontyr warriors perched on a rocky spire. "May the Emperor guide our bolter, may His strength rest in our arms." recited the Veterean Superior, "Have Faith in the Emperor my sisters and His Grace will overwhelm all opposition." Indeed the Emperor had shielded them that day. Their bolter shots hit where it counted, one alien was melted down by a heavy flamer alone. Even more miraculous events took place when they contacted the alien. Yanni was surprised when she slamed a foul Xenos at the skull only to see it melted into liquid metal.
They destroyed the Necron squad and took the Spire. The veterean superior who had remained anonymous till now went to the highest point and struck the Imperium flag. From her advantageous position, Yanni could see that the Seraphim had also destroyed their enemy completely but before they could assault even more Xenos, an barrage of heavy guns took the Angels down. Canoness Selene was fighting all alone now. Her Celestian companion had finally gone down. The foul Necron Lord had stood up again at the second time and wisely stood away from the Canoness and her blessed Eviscerator. But the foul orb in his hands finally proved to be Selene's downfall. For every Necron warrior that had went down, stood up again and Canoness Selene was finally dragged down. Her deathcry was clear to all in the battlefield, "For the Emperor. I am happy to sit by your side." At this moment Yanni understood what being a Sister of Battle was all about. It was not about fufilling a mission but rather proving your worth to be at the Emperor's side.
"I can tell that you have understood something, young sister. But it does not mean that we had to die needlessly. The Sisters of the Matyred Lady may be down but we of the Southern Cross still stands. Let's take out even more Xenos and retrieve as many sacred artifacts as we can. " yelled the Veterean Superior from the summit.
The squad went down the rocky upcrop and went straight into the view of the Necrontyr destroyers. With nothing other than faith, they shot a single volley into then enemy and charge straight ahead. Led by Veterean Superior, they take out every single one of the foul machines. Already other Necrontyr seems to be staying out of their radius of destruction and concern themselves with the dismantling of the sacred Terminator armor of the Space marines. One heavy destroyer was obviously unaware of the squad's presence as it tried to take a pot shot of the terminator armor buried deep inside a forest. A quick meltagun shot halted the alien from defilling the artifact.
Suddenly there came a rain of torpedoes from the sky and slamed straight into the middle of the battlefield. "Southern Cross do you hear me. This is Inquisitor Vondire. Do you hear me my brave warriors." "Lord Vondire, this is Southern Cross replying. We are the only ones left although our squad is barely scratched. We have only secured a single suit of terminator armor my Lord." The Veteran Superior answered back.
"I know. I can see it very clearly from up here. Listen carefully, I have instructed the Imperial Navy to launch a limited Exterminus on this planet to safeguard the Imperium technology. We will cover you until you reach the collection point. Now here are the coordinates.
An hour later, the Sister Battle Squad began its trek to the collection point. Struck by curiousity, Yanni ran up to the Veterean Superior. "Oh revered Sister Superior, you have led us well but being fresh and green from Titan, we do not know your name."
"Oh don't use the word Revered. I do not deserved that but if u insist on knowing my name, " The Veterean Superior removed her helmet only to revealed a face barely a few years older than Yanni's, "...just call me Sister Sophia."