AWD #594: Close Call on Aerilon
Close Call on Aerilon
Summary: Pilots are sent to Aerilon for a search and rescue (SAR) mission to recover a downed Raptor pilot and ECO. Things get pretty hot and it looks like they may loose more pilots, but they manage by the skin of their teeth to get back out alive. It's a close call.
Date: 05/02/2017 (OOC Date)
Related Logs: None
Alejandro Elena Kris Scott Niko Pearson Dropkickst 
Aerilon, over farmland
Rolling farmland at dawn, the sun coming up in the east. Corn fields and a downed raptor. Did we mention the SAM or the dozen + Raiders?
Wed Aug 23 17:27:53 2006

Self tinting shades is the way to go when you can't exactly spare the time to remove your helmet to change back and forth. Captain Salazar has learned this pro-tip and comes in prepared. Chiron brings his craft in through atmo, feeling the shudder let up as they come into thicker air past the envelope. Angling down they slice through high cloud cover and espy the sun's light slanting across the landscape below. All of it makes visibility tricky. Ale's HUD begins to light up with DRADIS contacts and he speaks over the Tac1 radio frequency.

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Flight, Chiron. Heron, dive in and we'll do our best to cover you. Better burn fuel. We have many Raiders incoming and we sure as heck can't hold that many off for long. Weapons hot people. Johnson, you're on my wing. Gold, you are on Pearson's, over.""

LTJG Johnson is one of the newer pilots that have been assigned to the Orion, not a rookie but still a little green around the edges. Just enough for the excitement to hit a little harder than the more veteran fliers probably are. She's having to squint a little as the light hits her eyes but the sudden shift in brightness doesn't impare her from being able to read what's on the output. Smirking slightly, she falls into position behind Hobo, obeying as instinctively as one breathes.

[Into the Wireless] Kris says, "Copy, Chiron. Johnson is on your wing and ready to follow your lead."

The briefing given on the dive down to the surface, the aircraft can make out the region through scattered cloud cover at 28,000 feet. With the sun coming up, it casts long shadows across the planet. The star's light is already bright enough to need sunglasses temporarily, but as they dive through the clouds towards the target area, the need becomes a requirement. They all seem to pick up the Raiders about the same time. Almost a dozen of them, sixty miles out and rising up to meet them. So far nothing from the ground or anti-air activity. ETA to Raiders? Forty-five seconds at current closure rates.'

Ensign Heron loves SAR and medevacs. Making explosions is cool and all, but extractions make her feel like she's making a difference. She calls back to her ECO, "Get ready!" before singing out over the coms.

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Chiron, Phalanx. Good copy. Going in. Over."

Finding something more than a little eerily reminiscent between this SAR mission and their most recent training mission, Metis guides her viper into formation and sends a look sidelong toward Gold, aka Pollux, before studying the DRADIS and HUD. Behind the helmet, her expression is intent, focused, letting her eyes adjust to the change in light. Not everyone got the cool shades memo.

[Into the Wireless] Pearson says, "Flight, Metix, copy that. Gold, on me."

Scramble. The alert sends Niko running for his flight gear and then down to the hangar. A quick pre-flight and he's off with the rest of the vipers on this hop. The flight down to Aerlion isn't too bad, at least until they hit the soup and start having to deal with atmo and turbulence. Scythe has nothing to say other than the usual check-ins, at least until the Raiders pop up on DRADIS. "Here we go again," he chatters on the coms. Then he answers Chiron's lack of instructions for him with his own plan.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Chiron, Scythe. Following Phalanx down and give some cover."

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Scythe, Chiron. Green to go, over."

Scott nods a little as he hears that, glancing around very briefly, before he looks back to the front. "Ah, Aerilon. Never can get rid of you, huh…" A glance again, and he adjusts his course to form up with Pearson.

[Into the Wireless] Scott says, "Metis, Pollux. Right in place."

Elena spends 1 luck points on I can't afford to break another bird. (Defense).

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Phalanx, break! Break! They're all diving on you!"

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "On it, Scythe. Thanks for watching my butt."

[Into the Wireless] Kris says, "Flight, Jonhson. Going to do what I can go get the raiders' attention off of the Raptor."

Kris pulls herself into position to take a shot while staying on Chiron's wing, not wanting to go against orders unless it's absolutely necessary to break away from the Captain.

[Into the Wireless] Pearson says, "Flight, Metis, make that two. Pollux, stay with me."

Eight incoming and more on the way. Apollo's cock! Salazar mutters to himself but Alejandro never was much a religious fellow. He bares his teeth and as soon as he can see the Raiders are making a bee-line for the Raptor, he begins to make a hard bank and dive to take one of them into his sights, speaking over the coms as he does so.

Wearing a sudden grin that might be disturbing if anyone else had a good look at it, Metis abandons the cautious flying and angles her viper into the fray, adding her crazy flying to the mix.

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Flight, go all out! Let's not let this mission go to Hades right off!"

Slightly less crazy than Metis, Scott moves in for one of the Raiders, only taking a few moments to turn his Viper at the enemy.

<COMBAT> Scott attacks Raider3 with KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Elena with KEW - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Raider1 with KEW - Serious wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Elena with KEW - Light wound to Cabin (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Elena with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Elena with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Pearson attacks Raider2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Kris attacks Raider2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Right Wing.

<COMBAT> Alejandro attacks Raider4 with KEW - Serious wound to Right Wing.

<COMBAT> Raider7 attacks Niko with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider8 attacks Scott with KEW - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Raider6 attacks Elena with KEW - Critical wound to Engine (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Raider4 attacks Elena with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider-5166b has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider1 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-3878n has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider4 has been KO'd!

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Phalanx, Chiron! Status!"

As the hairball really gets going, Kris finds a target and shoots, squeezing the trigger while she takes a calming breath, steadying her hand as she slowly inhales and exhales. Seems to do the trick as she hits the target along with one of the other pilots. "Nice…" She takes aim at the same Raider, not yet noticing that she might have gotten the attention of several other Cylon birds.

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Chiron, Lanx. I'm hit but still flying for now. My starboard engine is going to be touchy."

Exchanging fire with one of the raiders aiming at Phalanx, Metis watches the DRADIS as their wing engages the enemy raiders. A sideways look sees the hit that splashes off of Pollux, opening com at that point even as she's taking bead on another raider.

[Into the Wireless] Pearson says, "Pollux, Metis. Damage report?"

Niko turns into the diving cloud of Raiders, trying to break up the formation. One fires some shots at him as he jinks, but otherwise the Raiders completely ignore Scythe to go after the SAR raptor. Turning hard, Niko lines up his Viper on one of the bandits, riddling the Raider's fuselage with KEW fire until it rolls over and spirals in.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Phalanx, Scythe. Still two on your six!"

Lanx grits her teeth, flying fast and smart. Ever wanted to see a chubby little Raptor weave, dip and roll? This is your lucky day.

Alejandro is pretty busy diving hard on his own attack but he tries to keep his head swiveling on a stick to track Elena's progress, and catches the bright flash of Raider fire lighting up her Raptor. "Gods damn it!" But she doesn't immediately take a nose dive for the ground, "Phalanx, Chiron! Status!" She's probably a little busy to answer right off. "Flight, keep'm hot and off of Phalanx!" All they need is for her and her ECO to go down and have to make this a double SAR. Gods. Alejandro pulls hard on his stick, trying to whip his viper around and stay after targets and also watch out what's going on with everyone else at the same time. Keep his people alive!

Opening fire, a slight hit to the wing sends Scott into a roll, before he gets back into place, frowning as he checks his instruments. Moving for the enemy again, he hurries to speak through the comms again.

[Into the Wireless] Scott says, "Metis, Pollux. Looks like they only managed to scratch the paint this time."

Elena spends 1 luck points on I'm a leaf on the wind.

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Chiron, Phalanx. Engine hit. Touch and go. Kill their butts."

[Into the Wireless] Pearson says, "Pollux, Metis, copy. Flight, Metis, five by five. Continuing to engage."

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Phlanx, Chiron copies."

Giving a sharp tip of the viper from side to side to signal to Pollux, Metis banks hard and works the angle, hearing the incoming tone of a raider taking a bead on her while still hammering away at the one she'd already crossed 'swords' with.

<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Pearson with KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Elena with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Kris attacks Raider2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Left Wing.

<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Kris with KEW - Serious wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Pearson attacks Raider2 with KEW - Light wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> Raider7 attacks Elena with KEW - Serious wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Elena - Moderate wound to Neck.

<COMBAT> Raider6 attacks Alejandro with KEW - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Alejandro - Moderate wound to Neck.

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Raider7 with KEW - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider7 - Moderate wound to Left Arm.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider7 - Serious wound to Neck.

<COMBAT> Alejandro attacks Raider7 with KEW - Serious wound to Controls.

<COMBAT> Scott attacks Raider3 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider8 attacks Kris with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider-6370f has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider2 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider7 has been KO'd!

"This is Rocket on Guard," the grounded pilot calls out on the radio. "We can hear you above us! We're in a cornfield… no idea where. We're popping moke!"

At about 1000 feet, they are really low considerign the maneuvers being done and the intensity of the combat. But sure enough, about four miles away and to the south, red smoke begins belching out of a massive corn field. The stalks are so high that seeing anyone down there is impossible. "Popped red! ECO is wounded and we cannot go any further!"

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Rocket, Phalanx. Taking out the SAM and coming to pick you up. Hope you brought pizza."

[Into the Wireless] Kris says, "Fight, Johnson. I've been hit but I think I'm still in the game… frak!"

That last hit was brutal. Some frakking bit of the bird has lodged itself just under her gorget, slicing the skin on the right side of her neck. She's bleeding, but flying.

Alejandro is ALL OVER this Raider and though he gets a little more cautious of jigging this way and that so he's not totally vulnerable, most of his attention is focused in the last few seconds on targeting. His heart is beating a little fast but mostly this is his meat and milk, and what he lives for these days. The adrenlin of the fight, the G's as he lays the throttle over, feeling the purrr of his craft. YES! Another good hit! Chiron's craft almost simutaneously takes a light hit from Raider fire and his canopy glass suddenly fractures as a round punches through - and strikes him directly! Betty starts bitching about pressure breach but Alejandro is instantly aware of air whistling in the hole that just got punched in his helmet, or maybe that's his suit? A few seconds of shock, not aware of pain. It felt like somebody slugged him hard, but … it was only a jolt. There's sweat or something trickling inside of his flight suit but his glove comes away with blood on it. No time for this. Salazar takes stock and keeps flying hard.

That last hit was brutal. Some frakking bit of the bird has lodged itself just under Lanx's gorget, slicing the skin on the right side of her neck. She's bleeding, but flying.

This is probably not the worst situation the JG has been in but Johnson's not exactly fond of what's going on. She's trying to keep an eye on her fellow pilots but there's just too much going on and, at this rate, she is probably better off keeping herself as safe as possible while taking out those Raiders targeting the others.

Seeing the raider that she and Johnson are both aiming at go up in a ball of flame and itty bitty cylon bits just makes Metis very very happy. She checks with Pollux again, com wise, while still making a nice shiny fat target with her viper to keep trying to take the heat off of Pollux.

Niko tag-teams a Raider with Alejandro, and he crows as he watches the Cylon go down streaming some strange fluid. "Toast that!" But these Raiders have a singular hate for their bus driver, and none for Scythe. All he has to do is hit the MCS and slide a bit to one side, latching onto the next one's tail.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Hang in there Phalanx, two more on you!"

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Flight, Chiron. I'm hit. Lost preasurization intregity. Get down there, Phalanx!"

Continuing avoiding getting any solid hits, Scott moves away from the one enemy he can't manage to hit, heading for the next one he can see. It's in a nice place, right in his sights. Time to get it out of the sky.

[Into the Wireless] Pearson says, "Flight, Metis, Pollux and I are still five by five. Moving into position to take the heat off."

<COMBAT> Kris attacks Raider6 with KEW - Moderate wound to Controls.

<COMBAT> Alejandro attacks Raider8 with KEW - Moderate wound to Right Wing.

<COMBAT> Scott attacks Raider8 with KEW - Moderate wound to Left Wing.

<COMBAT> Raider6 attacks Elena with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Pearson with KEW - Light wound to Controls (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-8280g - Critical wound to Body.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-8280g - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-8280g - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-8280g - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-8280g - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-8280g - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-8280g - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-8280g - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-8280g - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-8280g - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-8280g - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-8280g - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Raider8 attacks Elena with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Alejandro with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Pearson attacks Raider8 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Raider6 with KEW - Serious wound to Body.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider6 - Moderate wound to Neck.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider6 - Moderate wound to Right Leg.

<COMBAT> Forge1 takes careful aim at Scott.

<COMBAT> Aa Battery-8280g has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Forge1 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider6 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-6998h has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider8 has been KO'd!

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Flight, Chiron. Keep your status updated. Phlanx, do your best to load'm up. Everyone keep your heads on a swivel! We are sure to have more incoming, over."

The Raiders. Poor Raiders. They don't stand a chance. They're getting mowed down, shot down like so many cans off of a fence. Chuckling to herself, Kris sees one taking aim for her, the Viper stick smirking to herself. "Let's dance…" is whispered to herself, off-coms, there perhaps some kind of sadistic pleasure to be had at the thought of going head to head with the bastard. Of course, if she gets hit, it could be a sign of masochism instead? Whatever it winds up being a case of, she angles herself to go head to head, calling out quickly when Chiron gives the order to.

[Into the Wireless] Kris says, "Flight, Johnson. Got one gunning for me but am going to see if I can smack it around a bit, first."

What's up with these Raiders? Niko slots in on the Cylon's tail, and it just keeps going for the raptor. It's a fairly easy shot and he shreds the side of the Cylon craft, while he sees Kris make her pass and shoot up it's wing. *Boom* Another Cylon spinning in. Scythe pulls up to get a look around, seeing that most of the Raiders have been shot down, and the ground threat dealt with. The last couple are turning to fight, so he dives back into the furball, trying to help out his squadron-mates.

As the one he was taking part in turning into a fireball is gone, Scott frowns as he turns around once more. There's one of those Raiders coming for him, and he turns to meet it. "Bring it on…" he mutters to himself as he moves forward.

Bombs away! Phalanx makes you say boom boom boom, taking out the SAM and bringing her damaged Raptor in for a landing.

Seeing the raider that she and Pollux are both firing on go up in another happy explosion of itty bitty cylon bits, or maybe it's bytes, Metis shifts fire immediately to line up on the one taking aim at her wingman (again). She exhales a not entirely professional whoop of glee even as she banks and angles to the side to avoid the upkick.

[Into the Wireless] Pearson says, "Pollux, Metis. Lead 'em away from Phalanx, I'm with you."

Wow, they are still flying and not one of them has gone down in flames. Yet. Elena must be good with the sealant and speed tape, hell yes! Alejandro tries to ignore his wound that is now starting to ache something aweful but, he's had worse before he ever got to serving on board the Orion. He lays his stick over to roll over and come around to port hard and look for another target as his viper bursts through another cloud of smoke and debris. Raiders are littering the corn fields below, smoking wreckage dotting the landscape in firey plumes as the sun continues to rise. The golden light painting clarity upon the former shadowy landscape.

"Come on, we're on top of this dog." Quick visual check on his pilots, and Elena's position before Salazar is depressing his firing stud once more on a Raider's tail.

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Raider5 with KEW - Moderate wound to Right Wing.

<COMBAT> Scott attacks Raider3 with KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Pearson attacks Raider3 with KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Kris attacks Raider5 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Alejandro attacks Raider5 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Kris with KEW - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Scott with KEW - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<FS3> Niko rolls Alertness: Good Success.

<FS3> Kris rolls Alertness: Great Success.

<FS3> Alejandro rolls Alertness: Good Success.

<FS3> Pearson rolls Alertness: Great Success.

<FS3> Scott rolls Alertness: Success.

Niko puts a burst into one of two remaining Raiders, then breaks off to give the other two vipers on the Cylon's tail their shot. It's just a matter of time with five on two. He angles for the other Cylon, only to find the first is trying to come around on his tail. So Niko hits his burners and banks, dragging the raider around in front of the other's guns.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Scythe, dragging right. Come get this frakker."

<FS3> Kris rolls Alertness: Great Success.

<FS3> Pearson rolls Alertness: Great Success.

<FS3> Kris rolls Alertness: Good Success.

<FS3> Pearson rolls Alertness: Success.

[Into the Wireless] Kris says, "Flight, Johnson. We got ground movement heading towards the Raptor. I think this is where things hit the fan!"

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Phlanx, Chiron. Hustle. You have incoming on the ground. Get them on board and back into the air, on the double! Flight, we have company! Keep'm busy! Over."

The bleeding Raptor pilot sets the bird down in the field near the smoke and pops the hatch. The door gunner calls out, "Lanx, they're having trouble getting up!" He reaches out to help. And then there's machine gun fire from somewhere in the corn. They're aiming at the engines and the open door. The ECO ducks out to lend a hand, hoping to haul them up so they can take off.

Exchanging fire again with the same Raider that she and Pollux are plunking away at, Metis snarls a rude word that doesn't transmit over the com as she sees her fire go high and dissipate in the atmosphere. She banks, burning fuel like there's a refueling station a few clicks over with a slushy machine waiting for her to swing by. "Pollux, Metis. Coming around again. We've got new targets in the arena. Keep them off Phalanx."

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Flight, Scythe. Three more Raiders incoming. Chiron, they're angling for you!"

Knowing that Chiron has been taking some serious hits, Kris returns to his wing now that the first part of the combat seems to be over. Another couple seem to want to join the party, several seemingly hellbent on targeting the Captain. Frowning, she targets one, all while trying to keep an eye on what is going on on the ground.

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Chiron, Lanx. I am /very/ aware."

Going for that particular Raider seems to be a curse for Scott, as he misses, and takes a hit. Spinning out of the way, he turns again, to find a target once more.

[Into the Wireless] Scott says, "Metis, Pollux. The more, the merrier, some people say…"

<FS3> Elena rolls Body+reaction: Great Success.

Alejandro is not choking and can breathe and has too much to do to worry about his neck wound. His viper is still in good shape, responsive. Soon as the new Raiders come zipping in, Salazar finds he's got three of the bogies hot for him. The Lucky Strikes Commander finds himself far too busy to try and take a shot. Chiron throws himself into a roll and a dive to head for the ground as hard and fast as he can, then hits his flaps and pulls up hard to try and jink these bastards off of him. The viper's frame complains at the rough treatment and the Captain sweats in his flight suit. "Come on… stay with me, don't see the Raptor…"

<COMBAT> Scott attacks Raider3 with KEW - Moderate wound to Controls.

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Raider11 with KEW - Moderate wound to Controls.

<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Alejandro with KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Pearson attacks Raider3 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider10 attacks Alejandro with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Kris attacks Raider3 with KEW - Light wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Raider9 attacks Pearson with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Niko with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider11 attacks Alejandro with KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider-9075k has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider3 has been KO'd!

One, two, HEAVE! The ECO and the doorgunner haul the wounded Raptor crew into the bird and Phalanx takes off, the gunner returning fire.

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Flight, Lanx. I've got the package. Repeat. Got the package."

With eyes still on the ground for a moment longer, Kris eventually tears her eyes off of the Raptor that's on the ground. Time to return to paying full attention here. With the Raiders' numbers dwindeling again she feels she can breathe a little easier but she won't be able to fully relax until they're back in the barn.

[Into the Wireless] Kris says, "Chiron, Johnson. Still with us?"

Back into the dogfight, Niko scores hits on one of the Raiders dogging the CO, but can't stay with him as he finds another on his own tail. Hitting the retros and flipping his viper veritcal, he then hammers the throttle and climbs, shaking the Cylon off. Coming over the top, Scythe angles for another Raider, this one angling towards Pollux.

[Into the Wireless] Niko says, "Pollux, Scythe. Raider on your tail!"

Well, that worked! Alejandro can congratulate himself on good piloting later. He manages to shake two of them off with help and not get his ass blown to pieces! He still has one on him so he can't entirely focus on targeting only, but he comes around and gets another Raider in his sights to line up a shot. "Whoo hoo!" Aw frak him, that make his neck hurt! Blood slicks his flight suit around his throat. Salazar slews around to go after his prey.

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Johson, Chiron. I'm good, over. Phlanx is lifting. Keep the bogies off of her and let's get her clear. Over."

Another Raider gone, Scott looks around once more, before he frowns as he hears Niko's words. "Ah, one more…" he mutters to himself as he tries twisting and turning to see the incoming one.

[Into the Wireless] Pearson says, "Flight, Metis. On it."

[Into the Wireless] Scott says, "Scythe, Pollux. Thanks for the warning. They seem to like sneaking in, hmmm?"

<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Scott with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Scott attacks Raider9 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider10 attacks Kris with KEW - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Raider10 with KEW - Moderate wound to Controls.

<COMBAT> Alejandro attacks Raider5 with KEW - Light wound to Right Wing.

<COMBAT> Raider9 attacks Scott with KEW - Moderate wound to Nose (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Raider11 attacks Alejandro with KEW - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Pearson attacks Raider9 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Kris attacks Raider11 with KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Viper-4021f has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Kris has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-9281q has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider5 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Kris spends a luck point to keep fighting!

Niko scores some solid hits across his target's control surfaces, but the Cylon is still flying. Not only that but it shoots up Kris' already damaged viper even further. And then the Cylon is diving out of the dogfight and after the SAR bus. "Oh no you don't …" Scythe says under his breath, staying on the toaster's tail and angling for another shot.

Watching another cloud of cylon bits crash into the field, Metis alters course, banking away from the flight path she'd linked with in tandem with Pollux. She drops back, slowing, and works the firing solution to take aim at another of the Raiders hassling Phalanx and the rest of the flight all while eyeing the field and keying the com.

[Into the Wireless] Pearson says, "Flight, Metis. This field may go up if enough impacts hit and catch on fire. Be advised of minimum safe distance from a burning field."

Was Kris that gimped before now? Surely she wasn't, meaning the Raider that hits her manages to get a lucky-as-frak shot in on her. The ship is able to stay in the fight, somehow, and she is aiming for the same Raider as before.

They're in the air and heading back. Lanx swears and prays for the engine to hold, pushing it as hard as she dares to get out of there.

[Into the Wireless] Alejandro says, "Frak! Flight, Chiron, I'm OK. Phlanx, if you can use sealant and think you can handle atmo, GTFO. RTB. If you can't, there's a friendly Aerilon base south-by south-west at 140 klicks. You copy? Let's get out of here, over.""

Taking a hit from one of those Raiders that wanted a chat with him, Scott turns a bit further, switching to a more aggressive style of flying. He decides to go after one of the Raiders heading for the Raptor, muttering something under his breath now.

Aaaannnnddddd no sooner than he's firing and lightly hitting his Raider than Chiron's viper gets hit again, this time from behind and below. Things pink and crackle, Betty sets to bitching her alarms in his cockpit all over again. Something starts to smoke or trail out of the back of his craft but it's not serious. Probably leaking fuel or oil but his engines are still solid. Captain Salazar smacks Betty to shut down her wailing, what he's able though several lights are flashing on his controls. Yellow lights more than reds. Alejandro speaks over the com pickup as he hauls his viper around to see if he can cover his pilots for their escape.

<COMBAT> Scott attacks Raider10 with KEW - Moderate wound to Left Wing.

<COMBAT> Kris attacks Raider11 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Pearson attacks Raider9 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Niko attacks Raider10 with KEW - Critical wound to Cockpit.

<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider10 - Moderate wound to Right Foot.

<COMBAT> Alejandro attacks Raider11 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.

<COMBAT> Raider9 attacks Alejandro with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider11 attacks Alejandro with KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider10 attacks Elena with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider-5044o has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider10 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider-8347r has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Raider11 has been KO'd!

Kris manages to get back and landed fairly effortlessly. She hops out of her Viper once able to and scrambles to get help for any of those who need aid.

Niko slots in on the tail of the last raider going for the raptor and shoots up the cockpit. His hits combined with Pollux's knock the raider out of the sky, and Niko pulls up to disengage. Rejoining the formation, Scythe flies tail end charlie until they're back aboard the Orion. Phew. That was a little more excitement than he'd banked on for one day.

Whew! They got out, and they got the mission completed with the downed ECO out safe. No lives lost, though it was pretty hot there. Alejandro finally can take a breath and feel the burn in his neck. Get all his people back to base safe.

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