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Sardaukar Novel:  Guns of the Emperor


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Dune, the sand planet.  Storms are rare, but when they do occur, they can cause widespread destruction.  One such storm was in progress as the 10th Sardaukar Regiment made planetfall.

2 dozen carryalls screamed through the stormy cloads, lightning and rain flashing around them.  Landing thrusters screamed under pressure, and as one the carryalls thumped to the ground.  Clamps were released and APCs with the insignia of house Corrino sped off into the gloom.  Thrusters flared and the carryalls wer gone.  The only thing that would have told you that they had been there was the burnt and blackened grass.

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The APCs sped on through the night, and soon they reached their destination, a refugee holding area where deserters from the recently defeated 3rd Penal Army of Corrino were 'hiding' under the protection of rebel forces.  Before sentries could raise the alarm, the APC's were in the centre of the camp, their hull mounted guns mowing down rebels as they poured out of the barracks.

A few seconds later, the Sardaukar piled out of the back of the armoured vehicles.  Each squad of 4 was led by a Sardaukar elite.  Each squad made their way around the camp, mercilessly killing all that they saw.

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No mercy was given, for these men that they now slew were deserters, men whom they had trusted and thought of as friends, and who know would be fighting for the enemy.  

"For the emperor!" shouted one Sardaukar trooper as he machine gunned a deserter full in the face.

The same scene was being repeated all over the camp.  Soon, only one man remained alive from the deserters camp, their leader.  Escorted by 4 Sardaukar elites, he was brought to kneel before the Sardaukar commander.

"I can explain all!"  he pleaded pitifully.

"There is nothing to explain, only that accept the order of the Emperor, redeeming yourself in his eye!?"  Replied the Commander.

"I repent"  The man answered, stern faced now.

"It shall be done!"  As the Sardaukar commander said this, he pulled his laser knife from his belt, and quikly slit the mans throat, reddeming him as he did so, "There is much to be done, let us leave!"

The APCs sped away, leaving the destruction behind them.

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The filthy Tilaxeau come and raid the bodies of the fallen.  They then serve them kippered with pickels and pork chops at the Facedancer Ball(where you never know just who your getting into bed with!

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