The Darkest of Heresies
ATAV (All Terrain Assault Vehicle)
The ATAV is a vehicle deployed by the Imperial Guard Scout Corp Recon Division. The armored vehicle is used when air support is not capable of gathering fast enemy intelligence. The truck sacrifices armor and firepower for high mobility, speed, operational range, advanced sensory equipment and communication capabilities. Its crew consists of one driver, one commander, one gunner and four to six other soldiers. This amplifies its role as an assist vehicle and not a main fighting platform.
As all things in the Imperium, you need some defence against the wretched heretics and xenos that plagues the galaxy. The ATAV is armed with a single one manned gunturret. This turret comes with a dual heavy stubber but it can be armed with everything from an Autocannon to a heavy meltagun. The turret is equipped with a ballistic shield to further secure the gunner from incoming fire. The Gunner is also provided with a floodlight, extra ammo for the turret, a place to put his sidearm and a cup holder. For extreme rain or sunlight the turret has the capability of raising a small plastech roof to cover the gunner.
The ATAV is also armed with 12 grenade tubes, 3 in each corner of the vehicle. These can be armed with all types of grenades capable of getting fired by a launcher.
SENSORS AND ELECTRONICS
The ATAV is rigged with advanced sensor technology to help increase the amount of information gathered and survivability of the crew.
The Cam turret is a small 15*15*20 cm observation camera with a 360 degree view of the surrounding area with a zoom of 30x, night vision and infra red, which makes it perfect for scouting in all conditions.
It also has sensors that react to lock-on weapons, targeting lasers and guided munitions. This can be rigged so it gives of an alarm or automatically releases counter measures. It also comes with toxin and radiation detectors.
The ATAV have a very good radio transmitter and amplifier to sustain communications with other military units.
ENGINE AND MOBILITY
The ATAV is one of the fastest ground vehicles deployed by the imperial Guard. It can reach speeds of up to 130 km/h and travel a maximum of 700 km before it needs refueling. Its engine design is cleverly worked out so it can run on any promethium based fuel and other high energy liquids. It has two engines, one liquid fuel based and one electric. Should one fail will the other take over. This has both advantages and disadvantages. When running on full electric engines, there is almost no sound, which is ideal for covert driving but it can only reach a speed of 50 km/h and the range is only about 30 km before the battery runs out.
The ATAV is completely amphibious and can traverse swamps, rivers and small lakes. While it does this, the speed is reduced to a maximum of 35 km/h.
The vehicle can traverse a slope of a maximum 35% uphill and 45% downhill.
The front of the truck is equipped with a 100 meter powered steel cable that can pull a maximum of 20 tons. The cable strength is 40 tons before snapping.
The ATAV weighs 9900 kg and 15000 kg with full combat load. It is 6.00m long, 2.50m wide and 2.75m tall.
The ATAV is fully bullet resistant from any, but not limited to, solid projectile and/or las weapon that does not have any penetration qualities. For example, a hunting rifle cannot penetrate even if it does its maximum damage, while a hand cannon has the opportunity to over damaging the armor points because of its penetration qualities. The vehicle has an armor strength of 10 on all sides and roof, 8 around the windows and 20 underneath. There is also a reinforced bumper in the front, capable of sustaining severe impact damage or being used as powerful battering ram. The tires are made of a light ceramite alloy that that is both bullet, mine and fire resistant. They have special tire pattern that allows for greater speed in water and muddy ground. The turret shield grants an armor bonus to the gunner of 8, except to his head. The ATAV has countermeasures to deflect and deceive guided munitions. This is accomplished by 20 micro flares on each side of the vehicle. They do this by producing intense radio and heat radiation when launched.
The ATAV comes with a variety of equipment needed to sustain a scout mission. Each ATAV is fitted with custom gear for each mission, but they all have a standard issue consisting of 2 20×20 meter camouflage nets, 4 IG combat shovels, 4 40liter fuel cans, 8 ammunition storage boxes, 3 extra wheels, general spare parts, toolbox, 2 fire extinguishers, 3 compact IG tents, water and food storage compartments, 2 binoculars, weapon maintenance gear, water filtration equipment, 4 first aid kits, 2 stretchers, 2 electric charging devices, 4 compasses, 200 micro flares, grenade storage for maximum of 72 grenades and 50 meters of high tension rope.
Extra set of wheels: Making the ATAV go from 4×4 to 6×6 and adding more space, crew, weapons and gear. 3000 thrones.
Steel grid armor upgrade: Adding 2 armor to all sides and ads carrying capacity by 15%. 2000 thrones.
More Guns upgrade: Adding 4 coaxel lasguns to the observation turret. 600 Thrones.
Protection turrets: Giving the ATAV up to 4 deployable turrets that can be used as base defense and perimeter control. Each turret can cover 180 degrees and is armed with three coaxel autoguns with drum barrels. Each turret is capable of detecting and targeting enemies on its own and can be integrated with the ATAVs surveillance capabilities. 750 Thrones for one, package price is 2350 thrones for 4.
Extended fuel tank: Increases operational range with 100 km. 1000 Thrones.
Hunter killer missile: Gives the turret a hunter killer missile on the side which is fired by the gunner. 2000 Thrones.
Auto Mortar: An automatic mortar that deploys in the back of the vehicle that loads and fires automatically. The aiming is done with the observation turret and lets the crew stay inside the vehicle. The mortar can fire six rounds before it needs to be reloaded. 3000 Thrones.
Radar: Add radar capable of detecting air and big ground units in a radius of 250 km. 2500 Thrones.
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The All Terrain Assault Vehicle, ATAV for short, is manufactured at the Bencorp Industries forgeworld of Brovatos IV. It is here that ATAV 633781* came to be. Her hull was born in the blasting heat of the core-oven, where the precious metal was poured into the shape of a more lasting figure. The composite metal used, had traveled over 400 light years from an distant mining world before finally delivering its cargo to the hungry forges of Brovatos IV. Along with the Cargo ship came a huge transport-ship carrying fresh workers from a nearby hive world. Because Brovatos IV is always hungry for new workers, always hungry. Among the 600,000 people arriving is the unknown girl Karen. Alone and afraid she sits on the hard and cold adamantium floor which is cramped by the thousands of others sharing her fate. Her only comfort is her fathers old pocket watch which she holds close to her chest as she sings the only song she knows, her mothers lullaby.
“Goodnight, my little angel
Time to close your eyes
And save these questions for another day
I think I know what you’ve been asking me
I think you know what I’ve been trying to say
I promised I would never leave you
And you should always know
Wherever you may go
No matter where you are
I never will be far away”
The ceramite blessings are beginning for the ATAVs wheels. The last thing we want is for the Emperors wheels to puncture and render his wrath haltered by such an nuisance. The smoke of the holy machine myrrh is therefore swung thrice upon thee metal before it is cast in a shape more suitable for transporting the Emperors vengeance upon thee field of battle.
Karens life had been a hard one. Living in the middle of a hive-city had been rough on her. Her mother had tended the small hab-flatt they had been granted by the manufactorum authorities administering the factory her father worked in. She had lived a life of survival. In a world ruled by gangs and criminals, trying to live honest and fair is hard to say the least. It only got worse after re-educational facilities shut down in her sector and forced her get into early factory working. She was slightly lucky tho, getting to work in the weapon assembly area for small arms. Not to hard and not to harmful for the 14 year old girl. One day, her father came home with great news. He had been granted the a holy working permit for the upper hive and a relocation permit for 3 people. This was the happiest day of Karens life. This meant for a new beginning and life free from poverty and harsh living conditions. It would take tree days before they could depart to the upper hives. Karen had only heard stories of how beautiful it was up there and how she imagined herself making friends and living happily ever after.
It is now time for the engine to be assembled in the factorums main chamber. It is done so in such a fashion that each part is inscribed with runes of lasting to prevent corroding and tearing of the divine metal used for such an holy purpose as to wage war on the enemies of man. As the automatons screws and welds the parts together, an Orange robbed Machanicus overseer holds an ornate bell and blesses the workings of the machine with his binary voice.
“TOLL THE GREAT BELL ONCE!
PULL THE LEVER FORWARD TO ENGAGE THE PISTON AND THE PUMP…
TOLL THE GREAT BELL TWICE!
WITH THE PUSH OF BUTTON FIRE THE ENGINE AND SPARK THE TURBINE INTO LIFE…
TOLL THE GREAT BELL THRICE!
PRAISE THE GOD OF ALL MACHINES FOR THE MYSTERY OF THE MACHINE IS TRULY DIVINE”
Something woke Karen abruptly. It was in the middle of the night-cycle when she heard a hard knock on the door. “Open the door! This is the Manufactorum enforcers and we will bring this door down if you do not comply!” Karens father opened the door. " how many people live in this apartment?" the enforcer asked. “Only me, my wife and my daughter sir” Tree people, thats just our quota then. You will be coming with us!" Four people came in an grabbed them. “What is this about!? I have a working permit i tell ye, A PERMIT!!!” “That doesn’t matter anymore, we have gotten the authority from the Governor himself to gather at least tree people per apartment in this section of the city.” “How can he do this, we haven’t done anything wrong!” “You are merchandise! A hive worlds primary export is people, and you happen to be one unfortunate one of does. You have been bought and sold to Bencorp Industries for quiet a handful.” “Pleas, i beg of you, take me, but leave my family alone, i can work for both of them i swear” The enforcers only laughed at him. Karens father then mustered all his strength. and said “I WILL NOT LET YOU TAKE MY FAMILY!” Just before he bit down on one of the enforcers throats. Blood sprayed everywhere as the enforcers drew their guns and emptied their clips on her father. Her mother had used the diversion to get a knife and brutally stabbed one of tree left standing before the other two managed to reload and kill her as well.
Karen only Stood there. Complete in shock of what happened. She silently walked past the last enforcers and sat on her fathers ruined chest and just before they took her, she was able to get her fathers pocket watch and put it away.
It is now time for whole vehicle assembly and the automatons and Orange Cloaked Tech Pirests alike are gathered for this ceremonial act of engineering. All parts are coming together in such a splendid fashion that even the Omnisiah would be proud. It is now that the cog of approval is set upon thee vehicle a good omen for the machine. The cog have the been colored red, from the dusty stone of Mars itself for further helping this vehicle along the way and preparing it for the final piece. The machine spirit.
As the workers got transported down to the planets main manufactorum they got divided into two set. Obvious to most was that the strong and healty was put in one group, while the young and weak was put in another. All the prisoners got a number branded into the back of their skull. Karen was no exception and through searing pain she gained the number 633781.
She woke up in a white bed wearing an old fashioned hospital gown. She tried to stand up, but quickly realised she was chained to the bed and in that moment she overheard two mechanical voices at the other end of the room.
…specimen 633781 is showing great neural activity and her augmentiv capability survival rate is at 94,7%. That is why i will recommend her for the prototype system requirements but i need you to create a stable mental condition on the subject before we start the procedure, if not i fear this will result in another failure. If we don’t make it this time i fear the Lord CEO will not be pleased…
Karen didn’t hear anything else before the drugs overcame her willpower and she went back to sleep. When she woke up again, she was staring right her fathers pocket watch. It was opened so that the picture of her father and her mother were visible, she had not known it could do that and her mind felt peaceful as she remembered all the good times she had had with her parents. The picture of her parents washed all other impressions away and made her ignore all of the Mechanicus Biologis standing around her readying several aparatus.
In her final moments of sentients she could still remember her mothers voice soothing her mind with her lovely lullabye.
“Goodnight, my angel
Now it’s time to sleep
And still so many things I want to say
Remember all the songs you sang for me
When we went sailing on an emerald bay
And like a boat out on the ocean
I’m rocking you to sleep
The water’s dark
And deep inside this ancient heart
You’ll always be a part of me
Goodnight, my angel
Now it’s time to dream
And dream how wonderful your life will be
Someday your child may cry
And if you sing this lullabye
Then in your heart
There will always be a part of me
Someday we’ll all be gone
But lullabyes go on and on…
They never die
That’s how you
As the holy insertion process is starting, the great Overseer Prime himself is taking his time ornamenting the Machin-spirit container with ancient scripture of the Omnisiah. Ensuring great reassurance upon thee Machine. After all, this is one of the first times Bencorp Industries had allowed the human soul to remain unharmed within the machine-spirit. All to further increase its capabilities. The container is then placed within the most armored place of the vehicle and connected to its systems. Then its only for the Omnisiah to decide its fate. For in the Eyes of the Omnisiah, all Machines are his children and all Machine-spirits are welcome in his embrace.