AWD #522: Blue Axe - Pt 1.2 - Homeworlds
Blue Axe - Pt 1.2 - Homeworlds
Summary: The Fleet dukes it out at the Cylon homeworlds.
Date: 25/11/2016
Related Logs: TBD
Alastair Amos Brandon Buchanan Elena Kelsey Niko Robin Toby 
Cylon Homeworlds
See the log…
12/06/2006

The ship goes to condition one and red lights flick on all over the ship, even in the launch tubes. On the flight deck, where every Raptor and Rhino is sitting, everything becomes blanketed in a red hue. Second pass and the countdown can be heard in their ears. Five. Four. Three. Two. One. For those on the flight deck, the world in front of their eyes flashes. When it pops open again, there are two planets to either side of them. In the distance they can all see basestars. Everywhere. Orbital emplacements. There's some shock on the radios, but they can already see outbound gun rounds, the fleet firing and the big rounds all heading towards Cylon targets. For a moment, its pretty.

The words come down to launch, though. Its a complex series of orders being barked one right after the other. As soon as they are heard, the ship begins disgorging every available craft. Vipers are even leaving the decks of other ships. No unused space. So far, it seems very quiet.

Robin is here from CIC in her flightsuit already. She relayed orders ahead of time to squadron leaders and alert vipers about the immediate nuclear strikes, their safety distances, and so forth. Everyone was instructed to be ready to launch as soon as they jumped. "We're a go! Launch!" Deck is standing by to continue to help loading Vipers into launch tubes and sending everything they've got till they have no more. She's not a part of the alert Vipers that were sitting in the launch tubes. She's going out with the second wave, and currently finishing getting into her cockpit. She made sure that her adjustments were made long before this week, and checked them herself a few days ago. But one last feel and she confirms that no one's effed with it. Once her and her compadres are in the tubes, they are cleared for launch and shot out into the great black yonder. «Nearest targets Captains,» she says over their comms and gives a quick note about the distances one more time. «Don't get fried. Good hunting.» she transmits as she brings her Viper round to face the enemy.

Toby could hardly believe no one was shitting him when he was told he was going to be gunning in the fight. He'd pegged himself as a deck damage control team as per most drills, and was momentariily guilty about not being with them, but mostly he's excited to be taking a more pro-active roll in dealing with the fiends who nuked his homeworld. Arriving before Amos he takes the upper turret, leaving the lower for the marine. Haivng checked in with the pilot and ECO he settles down to wait, a wait that seems like several lifetimes, and then suddenly it's that lurching feeling of jump, followed by the lurching feeling of launching. Good job he had a light lunch really. Not that he has time to dwell on it mind, for suddenly he's surrounded by black, and it's time to start hunting canners.

Settling into the ECO chair of the Rhino, Alastair is quickly running down the makeshift checklist and throwing circuits and master switches to bring the big bird to power. "Everything's toggling green, Pony." the Lieutenant calls out as he starts to bring the ECM systems on line and takes a moment to glance agt DRADIS. In Old Gemenese, he murmurs, ~Lords, Ladies, Pireans, and those that have gone before us. May we be the instrument of your terrible retribution.~ he prays and then sets the little picture of Pearson at the side of his console, pressing his hand to it for a moment before he throws the final switches to bring up the master power. "Take us out!"

Kelsey lifts her Raptor from the flight deck and shoves the throttles up. "Raptors on me! We're punching for the big targets." The pilot takes a steadying breath and sings the Raptor around the ship and her eyes go wide at looking at the sheer size of what they are flying into. "All ECOs, music on." Jamming go. "Stick in pairs. First wave, our missiles go first. After that we are free fire."

[Into the Wireless] Alastair says, "Trap to Spoons. Rhino's fired up, Pony's rolling us out. Keep the space clear."

Brandon is already suited up (and probably sweating in his suit) and sitting in his Raptor when the jump order comes down followed by Kelsey's order to follow her out. He's full of nervous energy; while he has been praying (quietly) quite a bit, he's now just plain excited: He gets to play with nukes! Quietly, he mumbles another prayer… "Lord Hades, may I give your Boatman lots and lots of business tonight." And with that, he takes off.

Buchanan is mostly silent as she brings her Viper into formation behind the CAG. Aside from her murmered, controlled responses on the comms to the CAG's orders, she keeps the lines free as she begins to seek out her targets, eyes scanning the space ahead and her screens.

Launching shortly after the first wave of Vipers, Cherry heeds Knickers' orders and follows her, breath catching in her throat at the vista. She cracks a weak joke to her ECO, who doesn't glorify it with a response. It's gonna be like that, huh? The young pilot knuckles down and refocuses.

[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "Spoons to Trap. Roger that."

Niko finds himself assigned (consigned) to the Rhino. Two days ago the CAG had given him the heads up that he might need to fly one, and his training was whatever time he could arrange with the bus drivers who had some experience in the flying truck. "Roger that," Pony says over the intercom after Trap gives the clear. "Let's kill some toasters, people." The big Rhino eases into space and then accelerates, moving to its place in formation as the young pilot guides it. An experimental weave convinces him the gunners are going to have to do most of the defense. "This thing is like flying a cruisers."

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Just has more cushion for the pushin', Pony. Treat her right and she'll treat you right."

Luckily for Niko, he has one tallented gunner, and one very enthusiastic one. Amos has gone into combat more times than he cares to think about, but never before in a Rhino, so his appreach is cool, methodical, where as Toby's last action was his disasterous flight with Kelsey where the young pilot nearly ended up bleeding out in the cockpit of her raptor. Fun times. They both however, keep off the airwing's coms, justenign in to what Niko and Alastair say, but equally not wanting to talk over something important.

As the wing begins to form up onto its attack vectors, the full scope of what they are doing becomes apparent. ECO's begin singing out contacts and targets. DRADIS screens are a mess of red. There's targets everywhere, in every direction. Pilots can look around and see twelve basestars that are current disgorging fighters. Hundreds of them. Everywhere. They're already outnumber four or five to one and the number just keeps rising. They've flown into the hornets nest and started throwing punches. The outbound missiles from the Orion are little noticed by most since they are moving so fast and appear to be flying nowhere, until they break apart into puffs. Little objects from each begin rocketing away towards both the planets and the basestars. Caught between the Twin Rocks, though, they can see a huge orbital shipyard that, on closer inspection, looks to be twice the size of the one they used to have at Scorpia. There's not one but three basestars under construction there. Two more big platforms that look like fueling stations, and another one with an unknown purpose. But its the sheer size of the enemy forces. Looking back to their own fleet, firing maniacally, the rounds are hurtling outbound but will take a few more seconds before reaching targets. The rounds from the super-dreadnaughts though, are easily picked out. Angry red orbs belch from the massive cannons on them, giant explosive freight trains moving at rail-gun speed.

But the ECO's begin to sing out about incoming squadrons, dozens of them. They all seem to be focusing in a few different areas between the fleet and the basestars. Getting around them won't be hard… but way outside of range from the Raptors and Vipers, hundreds of Raiders begin firing at.. nothing? No, there's something out there- Then a massive flash lights up. Then another. Another. They begin popping off like huge flasbulbs. Fifty Megaton detonations start kicking off near the clumps of Raiders, flash-frying nearly 1800 individual Raiders in a span of 20 seconds - paring down the numbers significantly.

Kelsey blinks and covers her eyes as the nukes start cooking. NOT expecting that. But when she comes back to looking and hears the report from her ECO, she hoots a laugh and shoves the throttles up. "Raptors, weapons hot. Power up the missiles and arm your warheads. Primary targets are the basestars, then we can see whats left for us to chew on." Behind her, the ECO is running through the checklist and warming up the four huge missiles under their wings. "I want missiles fired in pairs from each Rptor. Do not single-fire or dump everything at one target." Kelsey sounds a little more confident on the radio than she did at the briefing.

[Into the Wireless] Brandon says, "Copy that, Knickers. Where's the shipyard on the target list?"

"Holy frak.." Alastair has the sense not to say it over the tac, but calmly reports, "Multiple nuclear explosions detected. Systems are still green, we're not in their electromagnetic disruptions. Power is full to turrets, weapons free. Happy hunting, Marines." the ECO continues before he reaches over to crack the small folder next to his station. "Pony, Shipyards are not on target list. We're going to have to improvise!" Apparently noone knew the shipyard was located there.

As he chimes into the wireless, Brandon calls back to his ECO to make sure his nukes are getting warmed up. On confirming that they are, he relaxes ever-so-slightly while picking out a target and enjoys the flashes going off all around.

[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "CAG to Lucky Strikes, protect our cap ship as primary. Engage bandits. Weapons free."
[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "All vipers, this is the CAG. Weapons free. Engage enemy raiders at will. Protect our barns."

Cherry's ECO calls up to let her know weapons are hot, missiles and nukes are ready. She thanks him softly, blinking the surprise nuke flash away. She raises one hand to rub her eyes, which bumps ineffectually off of her helmet. Awesome.

"Acknowledged, guns free," Is all Amos says before he opens up on the most likely target, Toby on the other hand is a little more verbose. "Deck," he states over shipboard comms, "and marine." Swinging his turrent round and starting to fire he adds, "and may whichever God you pray to answer you today." See, he can be gracious.

[Into the Wireless] "Oh baby," Niko transmits in response to Cherry's remark, his tone a lot more serious than the light hearted words. Then he follows it up with a real wireless call. "Pony, moving into position."

The Rhino's engines fire and it accelerates ahead of the Raptor wing, ready to serve as a flying gunnery platform to shield the missile-armed busses behind. Niko's eyes snap shut as the nukes start going off, though the polarizing viewport in the big ship's cockpit blocks the worst of the flash. "I see it," he says of the space dock. Which would be hard to miss. "Gotta protect the Raptors first, Trap."

Just as they begin to merge, there are more flashes. These are much smaller, but they are against the skin of the basestars. The gun rounds are finding purchase against the hulls of the Cylon ships. But the closest one to the fleet? There's suddenly two very large explosions from it as two of the six arms are suddenly exploded free with the impact of the superdreadnaught rounds. They bend backwards and explode. The ship is then pummeled by more and then in secodns begins coming apart at every weld before exploding. ITs a good chance to celebrate a quick kill of a lot of enemies…

…but thats when the basestars seem to finally achieve alert status. Missiles begin flying. Dozens. Hundreds. They all leave their launchers and nuclear warning bells start going off in evvery ship. Tit for tat. The flak guns open up at long range and begin trying to pare down the enemy missiles. Now its a slugfest.

<COMBAT> Kelsey passes.
<COMBAT> Toby attacks Raider2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Buchanan attacks Raider1 with KEW - Light wound to Left Wing.
<COMBAT> Amos attacks Raider5 with KEW - Moderate wound to Left Wing.
<COMBAT> Robin attacks Raider4 with KEW - Moderate wound to Left Wing.
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Elena with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Elenaeco suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Alastair suppresses Raider2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Niko with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider4 attacks Kelsey with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Buchanan with KEW - Light wound to Right Wing (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Niko with KEW - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Niko passes.
<COMBAT> Elena passes.
<COMBAT> Brandon passes.
<COMBAT> Brandeco suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Keleco suppresses Raider4 with ECM. <unsuccessful>

With nothing but the 20mm ground-attack chin cannon available, Niko doesn't have anything to do but focus on flying. Which is probably a good thing in the unfamiliar airframe. And there's not much to hit out here in open space. "Keep them off the raptors!" This is followed by a ponderous 'jink' to the right as the Raiders close to guns range. "We can take the hits!" He's been told.

Bringing her viper into the fray, Bucky lets loose on an incoming Raider, maintaining her silence as she opens fire. Almost immediately bringing her bird 'round and getting ready to fire again, this time aiming for the Raiders that seem to be targeting the CAG.

With raiders coming in from multiple angles Toby and Amos set too. There's little chatter between the pair for now, each focusing on their own targets and just the odd, "one rabbiting from above," from Toby to alert the marine to one that'll be entering his field of fire, and similar remarks. Other than that there's the odd muttered prayer to Athena from the Libran, and a string of loud who knows hwat from the Tauran.

"And so it begins." Robin takes a deep, almost meditative breath, angling her gaze away from the explosions and then back towards them to allow her eyes to adjust. "Oh joy!" she says as all the little alert bells and whistles start slamming her at least two of her senses. As the Lucky Strikes approach their first forray in the battle, she calls out her target over wireless. She notices one break off for SLAG and zeros in on the bandit with her KEW, pulling around behind it and getting some decent damage off on its left wing.

[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "Spoons to SLAG. Got the bandit on your tail. Over."

Feeling the rattle of the Rhino as the ship takes a hit from a Raider, Alastair checks the panels and calls out over the inship wireless. "Left wing! Minor damage!" he sings out as he continues to work on surpressing the Raider that attacked them, but as it moves out of combat range, the ECO marks new targets. "Spoons' drawn a swarm! Gunners, clear her nose, I'm gonna try to give her some back up!" It may go against the orders of protecting the Raptors, but the Vipers do just as much to keep the Raptors clean.

Brandon plays a game called "dodge the incoming fire", a classic which is fun for the whole family…or at least the whole air wing. So far he's doing alright, a few pucker moments aside…and even then the puckering was mostly pointless: By the time he'd be able to react, he'd be dead anyway.

Robin registers the new attention from a few Raiders pretty quickly. Maybe she isn't too rusty after all. CAP and sims are paying off, so far. She begins some evasive maneuvering, but holds fast on her previous target instead of breaking off, taking shots as she can while she radios out the 'friends' she's picked up.

[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "Spoons. I've got multiple on my tail."
[Into the Wireless] Alastair says, "Spoons, Trap. Marking your location. Break to your four, bringing in some firepower to bear."
[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Mathews, Cherry. You're doing good. Just keep cool."

<COMBAT> Robin attacks Raider4 with KEW - Moderate wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Kelsey passes.
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Buchanan with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Kelsey with KEW - Moderate wound to Engine (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Niko passes.
<COMBAT> Elena passes.
<COMBAT> Brandon passes.
<COMBAT> Brandeco suppresses Raider4 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Alastair suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Toby attacks Raider2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Robin with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Robin with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Keleco suppresses Raider4 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Elenaeco suppresses Raider2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Buchanan attacks Raider4 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Amos attacks Raider5 with KEW - Moderate wound to Engine.
<COMBAT> Raider4 attacks Robin with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider-6260b has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider2 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-3813i has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider4 has been KO'd!

[Into the Wireless] Brandon says, "Cherry, Mathews. Acknowledged. Keeping cool."

Kelsey surges them towards a trio of basestars that are throwing off missiles every few seconds. She's punching up a new display on the Raptor's panel when a Raider cuts roudns across her engine. She jerks the Raptor through a series of rolls and pushes a few circuit breakers back in. "Still in action!" She rolls around a touch, "Raptors, bring up targeting computers. Lock missiles. Fire in thirty seconds."

With the Rhino headed to the aid of the CAG, Amos sights up on one of the raiders on her tail and lets loose, but Toby has other ideas. His ship might be going to hte aid of the Colonel, but he's spotted a cylon lining up Kelsey and swings his guns round to bear on the frakker. He's not quick enough to stop it from scoring a hit ont he raptor, but he does get the satisfaction of blowing it to smitherines a moment later. «Frak that frakker.» Then, as another appears on an attack vector he mutters «you had to piss 'em off Squire.»

"Spoons is clear! Raiders moving on lead Raptor, gunners, shift your fire. Keep Knickers clean!" Alastair will consider the humor of that statement later as he concentrates on bringing his ECM gear around to suppress a fresh target as Raiders move in and out of his surpression fields. "Should have figured out how to pack a pod."

Dodging as nimbly as one can in a Raptor, Cherry manages to avoid enemy fire so far. As she flies, she mouths 'be cool' to herself over and over, like a soothing mantra.

Robin's pulls sharply to her in a head on pass. She smiles darkly, rolling out of the Raider's trajectory while training her nose on her target. Her fire slips a little in the maneuver, but she ends up doing enough damage to the other wing and the Raider is down for the count. "One for the left. One for the right." She seeks another target and calls it.

[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "Spoons. Taking raider going for Cherry. Spreading love around."
[Into the Wireless] Alastair says, "Spoons, Trap. Copy, trying to get Knickers clean again."
[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "Spoons, Trap. Copy all."

Buchanan curses lightly under her breath as her shot misses the Raider, but there's a slightly grim smile as she sees two of the enemy explode into bitt-bits. She mutters her confirmation into the comms as she brings her Viper back to attack.

Niko keeps the Rhino trundling back and forth in an irregular weave, just ahead of the raptors. There's plenty to keep him busy as he tries to keep the ship on the main course and not collide with any of the raiders.

Brandon starts lining up a shot on a basestar as he acknowledges the order over comms. He does NOT fire ( he's awaiting the order), but oh boy is he licking his chops and thanking a whole conference room full of gods for the light incoming fire thus far.

<COMBAT> Elena passes.
<COMBAT> Buchanan attacks Raider1 with KEW - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider1 - Critical wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Amos attacks Raider1 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Brandon passes.
<COMBAT> Toby attacks Raider3 with KEW - Moderate wound to Engine.
<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Elena with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Kelsey with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Niko passes.
<COMBAT> Kelsey passes.
<COMBAT> Alastair suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Robin attacks Raider5 with KEW - Serious wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Niko with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Elenaeco suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Brandeco suppresses Raider5 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Keleco suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>

<COMBAT> Raider1 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-2018n has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider5 has been KO'd!

Kelsey has been pushing further and further out in the lead, conserving as much velocity as possible which is probably why the Raiders keep coming for her. She's aimed directly for one basestar in particular, flying right through the melted cloud of Raider slag from the nuke. Reaching down, she pulls the arming detent on the nuclear cores. "Nukes armed. Raptor One, Spears Away!" She doubletaps the missile putton on her stick and waits for the clunks as the missiles disembark and the motors fire. Once they do, streaking towards the basestar, she yanks back on the stick and begins a hard turn towards the rest of the fight.

Toby calls out a cry of victory as he scores hits on the raider attacking Kelsey, but they're quickly cut off when he sees it's not enough to destroy the thing. He looks on the plus side though, at least he gets to shoot at it again. "Staying with teh one on Squire," he notes for those on the Rhino, and is pleased a moment or two later to see fire from the lower turret arch across and aim in the same direction.

Robin takes advantage of her Viper's momentum to cross the Raider that's zeroing in on Cherry's Raptor. It's no contest at all. The limping Raider is blast right through its KEW before it has a chance to aim sights on her. Then she breaks off hard for the remaining Raider within weapons range of the Raptors, staying out of their nukey way.

[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "Spoons to SLAG. Nice."

Drawing in a breath, Alastair reaches down and flips a couple of switches. "Spears armed." the ECO reports as he turns to targetting. "ECM off, switching to targetting. Pony, keep me steady.." he orders as he watches the other Raptors fire, and then the Rhino adds it's own missile to the mix. "Spear away. Go, go go!" he calls out as he is quickly preparing to switch back to the suppression systems.

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Cherry, Spoons. I owe you a drink."

"Nukes armed. Raptor three." Brandon chimes in behind Kelsey. Tap, tap. "Spears away…". And with that, there's not much more to do but pull up to clear the blast radius. Oh, and pray.

<COMBAT> Kelsey uses a Missile HE!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-9250o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9250o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9250o - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9250o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9250o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9250o - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9250o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9250o - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9250o - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Elena uses a Missile He!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Alastair uses a Missile HE!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-5262a - Critical wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Niko passes.
<COMBAT> Base2 passes.
<COMBAT> Amos attacks Raider3 with KEW - Light wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Toby attacks Raider3 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Keleco suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Buchanan attacks Raider3 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Base3 passes.
<COMBAT> Robin attacks Raider3 with KEW - Light wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Brandon uses a Missile He!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-5262a - Serious wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5262a - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Kelsey with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Base1 passes.

<COMBAT> Raider-3910f has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider3 has been KO'd!

A base star. She's going up against a frakking base star. Cherry takes a deep breath as the missiles fly. "Spears out!"

ST: "First rolls represent strategic nuclear weapons use against the shipyard and against surface tagets."
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 6: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 6: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 6: Success.

ST: "Second set of rolls represents how the Ceres Vipers are faring."
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Good Success.

ST: "These next ones are hwo the Raiders are doing against Ceres and our other Raptors"
ST: "Set three was also partially against defenseless targets"
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 6: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 6: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 6: Success.

ST: "Three rolls here. This represents Colonial Fleet Outbound missiles and guns."
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Success.

ST: "Next three represent Cylon fleet outbound nuclear and conventional. They do not use guns."
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 7: Great Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 7: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 7: Good Success.

ST: "I'll make some rolls on just which ships we're looking at"
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Failure.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Failure.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 4: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 4: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Failure.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 4: Failure.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 4: Failure.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 3: Failure.

<FS3> Kelsey rolls 5: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 5: Failure.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 5: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 5: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 5: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 5: Good Success.

Basestar Three takes four nukes right to the skin and they all detonate cleanly. The flashes cause ripple-fire explosions through the arms, though. It looks like the ship might survive until two of them intersect and the explosions spread through the ship in almost an instant. The basestar explodes in a bright flash, pieces scattering and flipping off into space - some of them quite large. The other two basestars both take a pair of nuclear weapons each and they start several rippled explosions also, but neither explodes. However, on both the ships, one after the other, the external lights shut down and suddenly the raider packs go dark. Left adrift, both start tilting away from where the detonations occurred. Out of the fight - but for how long.

But this does give the group a chance to look around at how the fight is shaping up. ECO's can get a better view of exact numbers. About one fifth of the Raptors are just -gone- with only a few ejection seats noted. But given the proximity to the homeworlds, likely no single ECO is alive without a Raptor. The Vipers, however, are not standing off. The doubts are erased. They can hear the Vipers on the radio howling aggressively and running through the paces. Raiders are exploding everywhere. Despite their own losses, the Viper pilots - human and skinjob - are covering each other and doing their damndest to keep the enemy off the raptors and fleet.

The overall strategic situation looks a little more evenly matched, though. The Colonials look to be slugging it well, but not as well as people might have hoped. The shipyards are missing an entire construction dock section, one of the three, where the nuke chewed it off. The thing looks to be without power with fires burning, but otherwise still parked in orbit. Meanwhile on the ground, the mushroom clouds are drifting across the terrain. Best guess, looks like the MIRVs found around 75% of their targets. Not great, but better than nothing.

The fleet, though, is having it out. Most of the ships are smoking or at least venting something from somewhere. Not one single ship looks to have evaded being hit at least twice. A group of nukes must have gotten inside the flak net at one point, though. The Seradontis is in the process of exploding, deck by deck, with the Orion pulling away from it. Others are on fire and look to be in serious trouble. Ships that aren't small. The Cygnes, next to Seradontis, looks to have fires burning uncontrollably from Engineering and they seem to have lost steerage. The Rubual, their pocket carrier, is missing the entire top of the flight pod but for about 20% of it at one end. There's a fuel fire burning off an exploded fuel line from the flight deck. The real gut-punch is seeing the pair of heavy cruisers, the Subic Point and Cape Jackson, both burning. A nuke must have gone off right between them. Their armors are scorched like it and the ships have started a very slow tumble, the Cape Jackson looking ot be without power but the engines are still lit. Nearby, the Meloni is also on fire but trying to make its way to Cape Jackson as if attempting to lend assistance despite its state.

"Athena have mercy," Amos mutters as he gets a look at the state of the fleet. Taking advantage of the stopped raiders while he can he starts picking off as many as he can and once it becomes apparent what he's doing, Toby joins in too. Who knows how long they have until they reactivate after all. That, and it means not thinking about whats going on behind.

"They're giving as good as we're trying to give." Alastair gives the report, trying to pay attention to the comms as they are flooded with calls of attacks, destruction, death, and it seems that noone's bothering to eject this close to the Cylon homeworld. He swallows hard and returns his attention to his tasks. "If anyone has missiles left, now's the time to unload them." he reports as he works on warming up his own consoles after the brief flicker from the nuclear explosions. With that, he waits for orders from the CAG, since her blip still shows active on DRADIS.

"Oh, frak me," Cherry mumbles under her breath. Be cool. Be cool. Be cool.

Robin first calls out over the wireless to start mopping up the Raiders of the second and third basestar. Then she calls for a sitrep from her Squad leaders on a frequency she set up with the wing as reserved for team leads prior to the battle starting to cut through the chatter. One by one her leads report, or the poor sods that got operationally promoted to lead mid flight.

[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "CAG to Team Leads, we're looking limp on our big babies. Sitrep go."
[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "Spoons to Lucky Strike, mop up the Bandits."
[Into the Wireless] Buchanan says, " SLAG to Spoons, copy that."

Kelsey looks over the damage dealt as she comes over the top. She looks on, face ashen, but she remembers what someone told her. "Raptors! You want to help the fleet, lets sink the rest of them! Pony, you and Brand get orders for a new target from the CAG! Cherry, you and me are back in hot. Shove it up!" she calls, pushing her throttles forward again. Don't think about the fleet. Don't think about the fleet.

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Cherry, Knickers, copy five by five. Coming in close with you, four o'clock."
[Into the Wireless] Alastair says, "Spoons, Trap! Give us a target!"

Elena has not yet learned how to sound totally cool on the coms, but she's getting there.

[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "CAG to Trap, come back and help clear the wave. Protect our nukes on Brand."
[Into the Wireless] Alastair says, "Copy. We still have two in the tubes! Pony, Trap. Get us over to support the CAG's birds. Gunners, pick new targets!"

Brandon grins as he sees his handiwork…brushing aside a momentary flashback to the sight of the nuke going off on Warday. "Got the frakker!". A moment of unsportsmanlike celebration later, he sees the fleet…and promptly mutes his mic for about fifteen seconds while he lets loose with a torrent of profanity. Unmuting his mic, he jumps on comms.

[Into the Wireless] Brandon says, "Mathews here. Tell me who needs two nukes up their ass and I'm on it!"

"Gunners, new targets!" Alastair sings out as he hears the new orders from the CAG. Bringing up his suppression systems for now, the ECO frowns as he hears Kelsey and Elena going off on their own, it is the type of utterly crazy.. he sighs, and murmurs a quick prayer after the two as he switches fields.

So many ships in the sky, and so much ordnance flying, it's difficult for Niko to tell what is going on outside the Rhino itself. They're fine. He can hear the CAG on the wireless, and so he steers the dump-truck of a spacecraft around and onto a new vector, straight for the inbound raiders. "Four raiders, twelve o'clock."

Buchanan does her damndest, despite the carnage she sees on her screens and in the vast space in front of her. She brings her Viper out of idling and moves to find her next target, hoping that she can at least do a little damage, this time around.

<COMBAT> Toby attacks Raider8 with KEW - Serious wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Robin attacks Raider8 with KEW - Serious wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Niko passes.
<COMBAT> Kelsey passes.
<COMBAT> Brandon passes.
<COMBAT> Brandeco suppresses Raider7 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Amos attacks Raider9 with KEW - Moderate wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Raider7 attacks Brandon with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider6 attacks Buchanan with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Buchanan attacks Raider6 with KEW - Serious wound to Left Wing.
<COMBAT> Base2 passes.
<COMBAT> Raider9 attacks Buchanan with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider8 attacks Buchanan with KEW - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Keleco suppresses Base1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Elenaeco suppresses Raider8 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Elena uses a Missile He!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4456u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Base1 passes.
<COMBAT> Alastair suppresses Raider9 with Missile HE. <successful>

<COMBAT> Raider-3048a has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider6 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-7255h has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider8 has been KO'd!

<FS3> Kelsey rolls Gunnery: Great Success.

Robin zeros in on one of the Raiders with Rhino-1, warming it up for the big lady to strike down with some serious damage to the body. All it needs is a touch. «WOO!» she can be heard in the comms before she relays orders off to their remaining nuked-up Raptor and the Rhino. She pulls around and works on covering the Rhino and Raptor.

[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "Rhino-1, break off with Brand to start lining up on our next 'star."

With Alastair being the only other person in the Rhino who understands Tauran, it's likely only him that fully understands the sheer joy eminating from teh deckie as another raider explodes after judicial attention from his turret guns. Niko and Amos just get a load of grabled but enthusiastic noise over the ship's com. Spotting another raider homming in on then rhino he looses no time in oppeningup into it.

After knocking her initial target out of the fight, there's a fierce grin from Bucky in her cockpit, but she doesn't rest on her laurels. Nope. Very quickly bringing her Viper round and looking for the next one. Spotting one almost immediately she begins lining up her shot.

[Into the Wireless] Alastair says, "Rhino 1 copies, Mathews has the shot, we'll see if we need to clean up or get a second target!"

As Robin sends orders, Alastair relays, making sure Pony only has to concentrate on flying the lumbering giant. "Gunners, keep pinging away, I'll keep them pinned down for you until we have a new target!"

<COMBAT> Elena will pass this turn.
<COMBAT> Robin attacks Raider11 with KEW - Light wound to Engine.
<COMBAT> Kelsey passes.
<COMBAT> Toby attacks Raider7 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Elenaeco suppresses Raider9 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Elena passes.
<COMBAT> Buchanan attacks Raider7 with KEW - Light wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Brandon passes.
<COMBAT> Amos attacks Raider9 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Raider7 attacks Niko with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider10 attacks Robin with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Niko passes.
<COMBAT> Raider11 attacks Brandon with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Brandeco suppresses Raider7 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Base4 passes.
<COMBAT> Raider9 attacks Robin with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider12 attacks Buchanan with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Keleco suppresses Raider7 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Alastair suppresses Raider10 with ECM. <successful>

<COMBAT> Raider-0751d has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider7 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-9060m has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider9 has been KO'd!

Kelsey gets on the radio, "Splash our two basestars. They're in chewy chunks, sir. We're on our way back to join you."

[Into the Wireless] Robin says, "CAG. Excellent. Copy all."

Toby is briefly torn, attack the raider heading for his friend's raptor, or the one heading for his rhino. He makes his call at just about the same time as he notes the lower turret aiming for the other, so feels less guilty about not defending his own craft. «You're fraking well bringing this one home Squire,» he mutters in Tauran as he lines up the shot. AMos on the other hand has an easier job of it, his target is heading for them after all.

Alastair continues to jam away, switching fields of suppression to match with the Raptors to try to make it a cone of silence for the Raiders to get into as he waits for Brandon to launch his nukes so that he can arm and ready the last set.

Elena weaves and banks, doing her best to dodge fire. Her eyes go wide when she tanks the base star, but she's too keyed up to celebrate.

Niko sees a raider on their tail, and he hits the manuevering thrusters to pivot the Rhino, then fires the main engines for a quick, high-gee deceleration and change of course. Their attacker overshoots. Hey, he could get used to this artificial gravity thing. If only the thing didn't handle like a wallowing hippo.

Not as much love given to Robin's target as she'd like, but that's the price of living through a bunch of frakkers right on your tail. She scores the engine with her KEW fire but no splodey. She sets her jaw and assesses where Brandon is lining up to take the shot, so she peals off from her previous trajectory to cover Brandon's bird.

<COMBAT> Robin attacks Raider12 with KEW - Light wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Amos attacks Raider12 with KEW - Moderate wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Raider10 attacks Kelsey with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Buchanan attacks Raider10 with KEW - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider10 - Serious wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Brandon uses a Missile HE!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Pretty Close To Aa Battery-4412u - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4412u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4412u - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4412u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-4412u - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Raider11 attacks Elena with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kelsey passes.
<COMBAT> Keleco suppresses Raider12 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Elena passes.
<COMBAT> Brandeco suppresses Base4 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Toby attacks Raider10 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider12 attacks Niko with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Niko passes.
<COMBAT> Elenaeco suppresses Raider12 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Base4 passes.
<COMBAT> Alastair suppresses Raider11 with ECM. <successful>

<COMBAT> Raider-9477m has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider10 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-8887w has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider12 has been KO'd!
ST: "Base4 is still up. Barely. Smokin, on fire, no power."

ST: "Ceres Vipers against Cylons"
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Success.

"Raiders against Ceres and Raptors"
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 6: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 6: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 6: Good Success.

ST: "This is for Colonial Fleet Outbound"
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 8: Great Success.

ST: "And here comes Cylon nuclear and conventional"
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 7: Good Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 7: Failure.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 7: Good Success.

ST: "Damage control teams"
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 5: Failure.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 5: Failure.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 5: Failure.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 5: Success.
<FS3> Kelsey rolls 5: Good Success.

With this much distraction, its hard to keep track of everything. people may not have started to notice just how quiet the radios have started to get except for the terse calls from some of the harder and more experienced Viper jocks, the young and lucky voices, and the female staccato of Ceres and the nines calling out kills as they all knife through. Some of them re surely over ten or fifteen kills by now. But the remains of their own people are crushing. Just under three quarters of the Raptors are gone. Just gone. Not a single ejection seat fired. There were just too many Raiders and not enough Vipers. The Vipers themselves are down to about 1/3 strength from the over-population they had at launching the strike. But the skies are starting to clear - which puts total Vipers in the skies at about 50% of Orion capacity. Given the radio, though, the Nines seemed to have taken the blunt force of the violence with their aggression on the offense and defense.

But with the Raiders being swept across the sky by the combination of Vipers and flak action, the rest of the fleet was not sitting idle. They appear to have done it. The last basestar is coming apart rapidly as every single surviving Colonial ship is focusing every gun they have on the last one. Huge arms and pieces are being blown off with glancing shots while others are plowing right through and exploding out the other side. Meanwhile Orion has turned the bow-mounted super cannons directly on one of the planets. A very massive structure on the surface, twenty or thirty miles across, is apparently the target. Cylon Fleet Command. The canners dropped a fifty megaton on Colonial Fleet HQ. The Orion just opens up with the bow guns and goes into full battery fire, the structure beginning to explode as rounds are walked right across it. But the Cylons are the only ones to have taken a beating. Mosto f the ships are hurt and some not in small ways. Smoke, venting, engines on and off. Its clear the fleet was in a serious fight. Among the lost? Cygnes. Rubual. Subic Point. Thousands of people just died in the span of half an hour, bringing the fight to the enemy's doorstep and blowing it down with a grenade launcher.

With the last basestar exploding in the sky, the fleet's guns go silent and the recall notice goes out. "All aircraft return and rearm." Despite the losses, they aren't going anywhere.

With the recall order given, Toby and Amos swing their guns round to cover the Rhino's rear as she heads back towards the capital ships. The marine is careful with his shots, lining up targets and firing when he can get them in his sights, the deckie in contrast seems to be trying to fill the space with fire.

Alastair almost punches something, but the order is given. The fact that they didn't get to spend the last two nukes is noted as he safeties the weapons. "Rhino 1 copies the RTB." he reports as he keeps his eyes on DRADIS for the flight back to Orion to prepare for round 2.

Brandon is having a hell of a roller coaster day: On the one hand he may be the only human being with two basestar kills to his name. On the other, he can also tell the toll that's been taken on his side. He can feel it. "Mathews. Raptor Three. Acknowledged.". He takes a moment to survey the wreckage and takes a deep breath. "Tell Deck I want to be airborne again ASAP. I want to be out here until either they're all dead, I am, or we withdraw."

"Cherry copy, RTB," she sings out, a smile of pure terror spreading across her face, tinged with the hopeful relief of getting back on deck, even for a moment.

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