Deadly Cargo

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Deadly Cargo

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AUFSEHER CLASS ASSAULT AIRSHIP

Constructed in Prussian Scandinavia, under the supervision of the Teutonic Order, the mighty Aufseher Class Airship is a new variant of the sturdy Gewittewolke Class battle Zeppelin that has served the Imperial Aerial Superiority Fleets for many years.

Instead of being a heavy aerial gun-ship, the Aufseher is designed to carry out armoured aerial assaults. Most the vessel’s bulk is dedicated to carrying squadrons of Luftlancers and other assault troops, as well as a large internal hold for carrying battle-tanks and smaller war-robots.

The Prussian Empire’s Zeppelins are a frightening sight at the best of times, their massive hulls wreathed in electrical discharge and studded with gun muzzles. The Aufseher takes this terror to a whole new level. Its vast bulk descends from the skies, blasting apart with opposition with blinding flashes of lightning and salvos of deadly shellfire, before disgorging a horde of Luftlancers and battle tanks to overwhelm the stunned opposition.

Although employed in steadily growing numbers across the Prussian Empire, Aufsehers are most common in the Scandinavian divisions of Frederick Grunder’s armies. They operate as the transports and assault ships of special air-landing units of the Imperial Land Fleet Panzer Regiments and Reichswehr infantry.

Aufsehers saw their first actions on the Eastern Front, positioning small, elite units of armour and infantry behind the Russian front lines to harass supply convoys and attack siege artillery batteries positioned around the city of Konigsberg.

However, these new airships are also favoured by the armed forces of the Teutonic Order itself. Two such vessels, Klammerer and Lansing were deployed against the Britannians and their allies in Belgium, their most deadly action undoubtedly being the total destruction of a fortified Britannian artillery position at Hoek by Teutonic Order Armsmen and armour support, during the grinding siege of Terneuzen in the Prussian Netherlands.

They came from above...

They came from above...

FAUST CLASS ROBOT

Developed alongside the Aufseher by the specialist artificers and scientists of the Teutonic Order, the Faust is the smallest of the Order’s series of war-robots. It is thought to have created as an armed battle model of the machines used by the Order’s mechanists to build and service the gigantic Metzger robots for which the Order is most famous.

In common with the Metzger, the Faust is manned rather than remote controlled, albeit under the sole command of a single highly-trained helmsman – normally an experienced Order Armsman of senior rank. Squadrons of Fausts are often seconded by the Order to act as close support for units from the regular Prussian military.

Although very small by the standards of Sturginium Age heavy war machines, the Faust still towers over mere infantrymen and even dwarfs standard battle tanks such as the Walze in height. Armed with potent Koch-Mauser MK VII automatic cannons on its arms, the Faust is easily a match for enemy armour of its size. In large groups, they are even a threat to heavier tanks, Land Ships and fortifications.

Not only that, but the Faust is a terror at close quarters, its humanoid design and agility allowing it to hunt down enemy infantry and other units in tight terrain that would be inaccessible to conventional armour.

Like the Aufseher, the Faust was first employed on the Eastern Front – indeed, Fausts are used exclusively as the armour payloads in Aufsehers operated by the Order. The war robots quickly gained a fearsome reputation among the soldiers of the White Army during terror strikes around the besieged cities of West Prussia, and on the far northern front in the Grand Duchy of Finland. As a result, many Russian foot soldiers and tankists know the Faust as the schcheben’ okhotnika (rubble hunter) or led d’yavola (ice devil).

The Britannians gained their first unwelcome experience of the Faust during the Teutonic Order’s raid on Hoek, where Fausts, descending on great chains from their assault Zeppelin, were responsible for destroying the bulk of the artillery position’s garrison during their terrifying night-time raid.