The Mission: Phodia was lost but in an effort to secure valuable materials for Mephiston the captain of the first company of the Blood Angels, Captain Karlean, dropped to the surface of the planet with a strike force to locate and rescue the governor of the planet. His forces included terminator squad Alphaeus, a death company including Cassor the Damned a dreadnought that had fallen to the black rage, and a tactical squad with rhino transport to provide mobile support. His tactical decisions were based on the six possible locations of the governor and he had to spread is forces all over the city to find the governor before the Tyranids did.
The city was in ruins. Orbital bombardments had blasted the structures of man into dust and rubble, an ideal hunting ground for the Tyranid war organisms. Captain Karlean's orders put Cassor the Damend and squad Eladinaeus directly into action. Cassor was to engage the war beasts that had been identified and Eladinaeus was to move to points of interest and initiate search protocols. The Tyranids were not without intent and three carnifex emerged from the sewers setting their dark eyes on Cassor who saw them as strange reflections of the Arch Traitor. In the background a Broodlord, the Beast of Phodia, and unrecognized brother of the governor, moved with his brood of genestealers to find the governor as well. Please note the pict grabs from the servo skulls are out of chronological order. Post battle data was at best compromised and in some cases irretrievable...
The Beast of Phodia watches on as its Carnifexes seek to overwhelm and destroy Cassor and the Trygon and brood separate the Blood Angels' forces.
Combat squad Artemas held its ground against the overwhelming numbers of Tyranid foot troops. Eventually over come but not before Artemas himself found single handed for 3 combat rounds before succumbing to numbers. Genestealers continue to emerge from hidden lairs to support their Broodlord controller and Cassor falls even as his fellow Death Company in Squad Raphaen drops from high orbit to battle.
From across the plaza this servo skull captures the image of Squad Eladinaeus reaching their position and Karlean with this men searching furious while the Trygon seeks new prey.
With all Death Company assets lost and the rest of the battle field firmly in Tyranid control it falls to squad Alphaeus and Eladinaeus to find the governor, and without fanfare Captain Karlean pulls him from the ruins. Squad Alphaeus forms up into a protective barrier and Karlean calls down the transport to remove the high value governor. The Beast of Phodia smells its brother though and brings all forces to slay the Blood Angels and take the governor.
Squad Raphaen suddenly finds themselves surrounded by traitor marines with mutations, their rage becomes unchecked and their recklessness is their downfall.
The servo skulls in operation became overwhelmed with spores and minor hive beasts and were unable to record the end of the battle. Captain Karlean though provided a full post action report and though he did not identify his own heroics the surviving strike force members recounted in detail how he withstood the assault of the Trygon and Broodlord each separately and slew them in close combat. The governor was rescued and aspects of Squad Alphaeus was also recovered.