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Farseer_Emlyn has been a member of Tau Online since the start of this year, and in this time has quickly become known as a staunch Eldar fan! FE has also been a great help with Tau Online's campaign. However without further ado, let's get on with the interview :-)
(Q) What attracted you to this site and how have you found it so far?
A: I was first attracted to this site by the Eldar & Space Marine articles (not to mention the pictures of the Imperial Fists in the main site). Then I got hooked when I found the forums and discovered Eldar players who actually want to have an intelligent conversation.
(Q) Which armies do you collect, how big are they and how long has it taken to accumlate them?
A: I have a 2,000 point Elathiad Eldar army. I began the army in the end of 2006 and I hope to have it to 3,000 points by the beginning of 2008. I also have a 1,250 point Ork army that will be completed someday. Overall, I’ve been collecting for just under a year.
(Q) Any advice for the rest of the community
A: Sure. Focus on trying to enhance the Tau Online experience for your fellow members. If you do this, you’ll find that your own experience is enhanced through the effort.
( Q) What do you think is more important scientifically, exploration and settlement of the Moon or Mars?
A) Neither. I think we should focus on exploration of areas where we know life already exists - namely the depths of the seas.
(Q) What is one army you could never see yourself playing and why?
A) Necrons. Because they play too much like Marines (Rapid Fire, 3+, etc).
(Q) Favorite saying or quote?
A) I thank God that my relationship with Him is not directly dependent upon my relationship with His servants. (from me)
(Q) If you could have 1 piece of technology (fully functioning) from the 40k universe, what would it be?
A) An STC.
(Q) Do you have a zombie plan?
A) Yep. Step 1) Break into Wal Mart and steal a shotgun, ammunition, and other cool stuff. Step 2) Run for the hills and don't ever go back into town again. Step 3) Send my inlaws into town for milk. Step 4) Live happily ever after.
(Q) 4. If you could change anything about Warhammer 40k - fluff/races/rules etc - what would it be and why?
A) I would make the rules more representative of real combat (more war than game).
(Q) Would you pet Elfy on his head?
A) I hear he actually prefers to be scratched behind his ears.
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The thing moved quickly and with an aggression of a stalking predator. It had stalked around their lines, moving between buildings with inhuman speed, followed by ten more blurs of death. Mars Aran kept his eyes trained on its most likely attack route, and around him, he could sense the foreboding build.
Ten Space Marines in pure white power armour with flame of red and yellow painted proudly upon their leg greaves and shoulder pads awaited, with their weapons held aloft, ready to strike.
Behind them, Guardsmen stood at the ready, ready to lay down their lives for the Hive’s they stood to guard. Lasguns and hellguns held firm against the coming storm. Grey fatigues formed two evenly spaced lines, with their officers waiting patiently by their command Chimeras.
Behind them, stood yet more troops. Adeptus Arbites held their shotguns loosely by their sides. Forty black armoured bodies stood apart from the large doors to the inner-city sanctum. Within the inner-city sanctum stood the large financial district, star port, the Governor’s palace and the housing districts of the noble houses of Torrin. Around the inner sanctum, a heavy buttress wall provided them a measure of protection from outside attacks.
They were there to hold off the Tyranid vanguard organisms for as long as possible, each warrior knowing that they were merely attempting to stall the Tyranid attacks for time only, and that quite possibly none would survive the coming hours or days.
Mars Aran sounded off over the Astartes battle net as his squad sergeants reported in. Three squads were spaced evenly around three massive gate houses, three weak points in the buttress walls. Mars Aran knew that they would be the first points attacked by the Tyranids, and had taken measures.
A low growl caught the Chief Librarian’s attention and he brought up his plasma pistol reflexively. Something slipped past his enhanced vision, almost too quickly, but Mars Aran knew what exactly what it was.
"Broodlord sighted at the southern gate" reported Mars Aran over the vox. His Marines maintained vox silence, but behind him, he could hear the clicking of Marines checking their bolt pistols, and the roar of chainswords being tested for activation.
The atmosphere tensed for a few seconds before the Genestealers made their appearance felt. They rushed from cover, and had covered the distance to the Marines in a few seconds. But that was all the Marines needed. Bolt pistols barked a chorus of death and two stealers exploded in fleshy ruin as the mass reactive bolts detonated.
Mars Aran’s pistol also hissed as a bolt of intense heat leapt forth, searing the flesh of another stealer in and instant.
Before he could get off another shot with his pistol, the stealers were in amongst the Space Marines.
Chainswords flashed and bolt pistols fired behind the Librarian as he brought his force axe up and around in a sweeping parry, and then down in a piercing strike. Feeling the axe connect with hide of the Genestealer, the Librarian brought his axe up again, ready for another strike as the Tyranid creature before fell to the floor with a heavy thump with alien blood pouring from the wound in its flank.
Before Aran knew it, the Broodlord was upon him. A large beast of pure muscle and sinew with razor sharp claws and a gaping maw filled with diamond hard teeth. Slipping beneath the Lord’s first strike, the Librarian brought his elbow up beneath the alien’s chin. Feeling the blow connect, Mars Aran leapt back and sliced downwards with his force axe. Alien ichor sprayed as the axe slipped through more flesh. The alien before him howled in rage as the blood spilled from an open cut in its thorax.
Before the Chief Librarian could step back into the combat, three lasbolts tore through the air. Without turning his attention to the Guardsmen that had fired, Mars Aran dropped his shoulder, narrowly avoiding a heavy swing by the Broodlord as it stepped into the distance between the two combatants.
The Fists of Flame Librarian’s pistol spat an inferno, but missed its mark as the Broodlord side stepped another salvo of lasfire. Seeing his chance, Mars Aran spoke to himself in low hushed tones as he fended off attacks by the Broodlord with his force axe.
With his ritual of purification complete, Mars Aran’s body exploded into flames.
The Chief Librarian was a living flame; bright red flames of pure warp fire consumed all within reach. The two combat monsters fought for life itself, the Chief Librarians’ movements growing ever faster with every passing second as the warp energy infused his body with renewed fury.
With a sweep of his foot, Mars Aran pushed his opponent back with a swift shoulder barge. Seared flesh filled his sense as the flames which engulfed him burned the xenos monster with each blow. Kicking out, his armoured boot connected with the hard chitin of the creature’s chest, and he felt the bones break beneath the impact.
With his opponent on the back foot, the Fists of Flame Librarian pressed the attack, and sliced downwards with his force axe. Hitting the soft tissue where he had just connected with, the axe bit deep. Releasing the grip on his axe, Mars Aran jumped back, out of the Broodlord's reach once again. Another salvo of lasfire pattered off the Broodlord's chitin, and Mars Aran spoke in hushed tones to himself once more. With each syllable he spoke, the axe responded. Bright red and yellow fire flared from the axe as the Librarian concentrated intently upon his weapon which was still lodged in the flesh of his opponent.
The Broodlord gave out a piercing scream of pain when the axe finally exploded into white hot fire whilst the Librarian continued to chant his catechisms of hate. Within a minute, the fight was over. The Broodlord slumped forward as its life force was suddenly extinguished.
Retrieving his axe quickly from the dead charred husk of the Broodlord, Mars Aran scanned the area around him. The Fists of Flame had lost four of their number, but had dispatched all of their opponents, aided in part by the Guardsmen behind them.
Changing vox channels with a thought, the Chief Librarian gave reported "Attack on the southern gates defeated, four dead.
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