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A Designer Diary for Only War: No Surrender
Only War | Published 29 October 2013

“It is not your place to decide the price of your life. That is the privilege of your commanding officer, given him by the Emperor himself. Know, however, that the lives of the enemies you face are worth less than the ammunition you expend to slay them.”
   -Commissar Horace Barrgraves

No Surrender, the newest adventure supplement for Only War, is quickly approaching, bringing to light all the adventure and terror contained within the Lycurgos, a Ramilles-class star fort. This star fort is under the dominion of the Severan Dominate, a sect of traitors to the Imperium, and in this three-part adventure, you and your fellow Guardsmen must break the traitors’ back and claim Lycurgos for the glory of the Emperor.

During your mission, you’ll encounter foes old and new. Nothing is as it seems onboard Lycurgos and before you can establish the Emperor’s dominion, you will need to uncover the secret lurking within the star fort. To introduce some of his own contributions to the adventure of No Surrender, here’s contributing writer, Tim Cox.

A Word from a Writer

No Surrender was my second opportunity to contribute to a book-length adventure for Only War, detailing and profiling the various NPCs that the Guardsmen can interact with over the course of the adventure. One thing that immediately excited me about this project was the range of NPCs and vehicles, both enemies and allies, that we would be covering in this adventure. From the soldiers of the 1054th Vostroyan Void Shrikes, a regiment specialising in void-based operations, to the Stormlord super-heavy tank, many of these are particular to the unique setting of the adventure, the Lycurgos star fort. Fighting aboard a massive Ramilles-class star fort is certain to be a new and exciting experience for many Only War players, complete with dangers found in no other war zone.

Without giving too much away, the Guardsmen have more in store for them aboard Lycurgos than merely the traitors of the Severan Dominate. The Guardsmen are in for a nasty surprise when they confront the forces at work on Lycurgos for the first time. I think GMs will really enjoy pitting their players against the many enemies awaiting them in the Lycurgos during the adventure contained in No Surrender. Fortunately, allies such as the Void Shrikes are there to assist against the terrifying enemies waiting for the Imperial Guardsmen.

Fear the Void Shrikes

Soon, you and your fellow Imperial Guardsmen will battle through the halls of the Lycurgos star fort, destroying the force of the traitorous Severan Dominate in the name of the Emperor. Fortunately, you don’t have to make your assault alone. The 1054th Void Shrikes are ready to assist you in your attack.

To take a look at the specialized equipment and talents of the Void Shrikes, download these two pages (pdf, 856 KB) from the NPCs and Adversaries appendix of this supplement. Prepare for a new adventure in No Surrender!

Only War is a Warhammer 40,000 roleplaying game in which players take on the roles of soldiers in the Imperial Guard, the galaxy-spanning armies of the God-Emperor. In the face of overwhelming opposition, Guardsmen fight against mankind’s many enemies for the very survival of humanity and the continuation of the Imperium’s dominance over space.

    
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