AWD #390: Crossroads Finale
Crossroads Finale
Summary: A joint Marine exercise by Orion and Spree's commands to liberate a POW camp on Aerilon - the finale of the Crossroads campaign. It gets messy.
Date: 17/07/2016 (OOC Date)
Related Logs: Boom Baby and Airwing Crossroads.
Randy Kapali Mallas Fischer Clara Krypterst 
Crossroads, Aerilon
A small bombed out port city now under Cylon control along the coast at a river's mouth. The location had an air field, manufacturing, rail road depot, and labour camp. After successive missions, all that is left to do here is liberate the POW camp. A long, low building behind an electric wire fence at the edge of the air field.
Tue Jan 31 18:31:31 2006

Briefing: Spree's and the Orion's people have been working on Crossroads for a while. We have had previous missions to destroy a munitions depot that was also a manufacturing facility. SF's has been in and out getting intel. Airwing has done bombing runs to take out the AA Batteries, the docks, the railroad line, and the air field with as many assets as possible. Spree's people have tried to get POW's out of the camp on two previous attempts without sufficient success. Now Spree is really sweating it that the Cylons, who can no longer get the POW's out of Crossroads and relocated easily elsewhere, will simply terminate the humans. Of which there are a couple of hundred.

Your mission tonight is to be taken in by Raptors into a hot combat to back up Spree's people on a final attempt to free the POW's. Intel has come in that the cylons are going to move them out or eradicate them in the immediate future. These people are mostly Aerilians but with a few military mixed in. Spree's intention is to get as many out alive as we can. Some (wounded mostly) by Raptors, most of the rest on foot or ground transport to scatter with help from ground forces. Afterwards people can be sorted, carefully screened, and resettled if they survive. YOU have orders that if things get too hot, you are to pull out. Salvage what you can and … the rest is up to the Gods. Aerilon is not an easy fight.

—-

The Marines know the drill. After the briefing they are sorted out into Raptors and loaded up. Full kit, two frags each, with assorted other kit as necessary. Details are to be cleared through the individual Sergeants in command of their Marine units. They already have their orders from Captain Ommanney and Spree's Captain who will be overseeing the assault.

The jumps to Aerilon are in themselves uneventful. With viper escorts, the Raptors dive into atmosphere to go in as fast as possible and drop their loads before too many Raiders show up to give them hell. For the Marines and medical personnel this means a hard, fast, bumpy ass ride knowing there are bombs slung beneath the Raptor bellies. Almost at once a few Raiders begin to harry the buses and as they rocket in towards the surface, the hard vibration of clearing atmosphere giving way to the booms and rattle of AA guns firing.

Marines are jostled hard, strapped in like sardines. Pilots and ECO's are busy trying to deal with Raiders, flak, and "Missile incoming!" They haven't even arrived at Crossroads and the shit is hot. There is no time to deal with the AA Batteries. A missile explodes far too close, knocking the Raptor and riddling it with shrapnel!

Those Raptors that have bellies full of Marines go right in and the pilot shouts back, "LZ in 10 seconds! Get ready! Out as fast as you can!"

Here they go again. Fischer doesn't seem to mind the bumpy ride, as he checks his equipment once more. Hand going to a pocket behind his vest, to check that something is there. Letting out a brief sigh, he nods at the mention of getting out. "Let's do it," he offers, a bit quietly as he prepares to head out with the others.

Secured into the seat like all the other sardines, Kapali is careful to keep her jaw slightly flexed to keep popping her ears and has both hands curled around the harness to augment the illusion that holding on to the harness will in some way help keep her in the seat should the Raptor suddenly get a giant extra window exploded into the side of it. The rattle and shake routine on the drop toward Aerilon's surface is not a unique experience, but it sure as hell is one way to make sure that her adrenaline knows how to spike properly.

Clara is squished in with the rest of her unit, rifle gripped in her white-knuckled hands. The little medic is trying to keep her attention focused on the patch of floor between her boots, rather than the raiders swarming them outside or the way the raptor bucks and swerves to dodge incoming fire. Breathe, in and out. Get ready to move as soon as the word is given. She doesn't make eye contact with anyone, but does triple-check her medpack is where it should be.

"WE'RE LANDING ON THE AIRFIELD! THERE SHOULD BE COVER!" Randy shouts over the commotion sharply, trying to make sure her fellow Marines can hear her but allowing for proper pauses for the pilot and ECO's communication to take priority. "KAPALI AND I ARE PACKING BOOM. KAP'S DOUBLE-LOADED, SO I WANT SUPPRESSING FIRE AS SOON AS THAT HATCH OPENS." She can't say anything more since the area is too hot and the sounds are too loud anyways. "FISCH!" she makes a signal to him to communicate he's on point.

The Raptors are slewing in to land much like long forgotten old earth's Chinooks. Hatches are opening. -This- Raptor finds a spot in that line of flying steel and even before the bird comes down to touch the earth, somebody's opening the hatch! The ECO hefts it up with all his might and slams his butt into the door gunner's position to open fire and see if he can't clear a path for the Marines to leap out into the frey. It's all the cover they are going to get.

That hatch goes up and bullets are already flying! There are people running over the tarmac who, Gods help you, better be Marines. Spree's people, you hope. They aren't shooting in your direction yet so that's good. Something -EXPLODES- off to the right as what appears to have been an aircraft and possibly a Raptor (hopefully it was a Raider) hits the side of a building and goes up in a bloom of outward expanding flame as the fuel ruptures. It lights up the airfield - there is NO COVER between the Raptors and the electric fence up ahead. Beyond that is a long, low building for prisoner housing. Centurions are already in the yard and firing. Bullets are hailing the Raptors and a Raider sloops by far too low overhead!

There's a nod from Fischer as he sees the signal from Randy, and starts moving out as the hatch is opened. Grimacing at the incoming fire, and the lack of cover. "I'm getting too old for this…." he mutters, as he fires back at one of the toasters.

Mallas is along for the ride as well, hauling the Squad Automatic Weapon along with the rest of his armor and kit. The grunt looks less than thrilled with this assignment, complaining as they ride the jostling raptor down to the planet. "Frak! And me with a frakking forty-eight hour pass to Piraeus…." But he's out the door along with the rest of the unit, hitting the ground as soon as they're clear of the bus and opening fire with the light machine gun, trying to cover the rest of the squad as they move out and deploy.

Seated beside Clara, Kapali aims a sidelong look at their team medic that is intended to be reassuring, even if it fails, it's the thought that counts. "Move when we move, duck and cover when we do, you're going to be ok," she offers in a voice pitched to carry without shouting to the entire Raptor. "If we get wounded, we'll drag the wounded to you instead of sending you forward, when we can. Remember," and she lightly taps Clara with one elbow, "You keep us ticking."

This is said a few moments before the Raptor slews in for a landing and bullets start zipping at their team, INSIDE the raptor, like bees slicing through the air with lethal intent. She is on her feet almost before her mind catches up with her feet, having unhooked the safety harness and is following Fischer out the door and into the incoming fire, rifle snugged against her shoulder and running flat out, opening fire as well as she runs, as though clearing a path through the hail of incoming bullets actually will help with return fire.

"GO! GO!" Randy shouts when they have an opening, knowing from experience that the pilot won't have long to stay in one piece. She looks off in the direction of the boom for a moment enough to catch the burning raptor out of the corner of her eye even as she ducks her head a little out of instinct. "BANDITS FLYING LOW! NO COVER, JUST GO!" for it's as plain as day once they're out of the raptor that there is no cover. "THERE! FIRING SQUADS!" She's going to be hoarse after this. It might disqualify her from yelling at Air Wing officers. Pity.

<COMBAT> Kapali fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Toaster4 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Toaster4 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Toaster4 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Randy fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster4 with Rifle AP - Moderate wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster4 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster4 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas fires fullauto!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster4 with LMG AP - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster4 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster4 with LMG AP - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster3 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster3 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster3 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster2 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster2 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Clara suppresses Toaster1 with Rifle AP. <successful>

<COMBAT> Clara suppresses Toaster2 with Rifle AP. <successful>

<COMBAT> Toaster2 attacks Randy with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster2 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster2 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster2 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Eco attacks Toaster2 with 20mm Minigun - Critical wound to Right Arm.

<COMBAT> Toaster3 attacks Fischer with LMG Tripod - Light wound to Left Leg.

<COMBAT> Toaster1 attacks Fischer with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster4 attacks Kapali with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster2 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Toaster4 has been KO'd!

The Marines leap out into the fire and the ECO does his best to lay down cover for them. That 20 mm minigun makes a hell of a noise as it fires, mowing down at least one Centurion for the landing, hot brass ejecting like a spew of water. Maybe he's channeling Evans! He whoo hooos behind them even as they can hear the Raptor lifting off. No way in Hades is the pilot staying remotely close to the ground. They have AA Batteries and Raiders to worry about.

Clara turns a brief, wide-eyed look Kapali's way, and nods once to her instructions. "Yeah. Got it." She tries to smile, and then it's go time, and she's on the move. Tearing off the webbing, she shoves to her feet, swings out of the hatch, and launches into a dead sprint. Her focus is on making sure the big guns can do their job; as such, she cocks her rifle to lay down some suppressing fire once the opportunity presents itself.

Guns blazing, Randy and Mallas take down another one, quick as you can say PLEASE! But more Centurions are coming around the buildings all around the air field. The first wave of Spree's Marines are at the fence and setting charges to blow it, but they are at the other end from the Orion's Marines. You need to make your own hole, under fire.

Fischer gets a bullet grazing his leg, but with the adrenaline pumping he manages to keep going. When he can see someone else take down his target, he turns his attention to one of the next, moving on with the rest.

Brass spews out of Mallas' SAW as he traverses his fire across the formation of big silver robots opposing them. In between bursts he might be heard praying, rather loudly. "Lords of Kobol … hear my prayer … Ares God of War … grant me the strength … to kill some … metal mother frakkers." He continues to try and suppress the Centurions while the Marines push forward.

Bullets whizz past, but Randy keeps her mind focused on only a few things. One, aim gun at Centurion. Check. Centurion that will explode Kapali. Double check. Two, keep moving. Done. Three, light 'em up! Hell yes. Just don't think about the explosives in your pack. She stays near the rear of their unit and lays down some suppressing fire as she luckily makes it through so far with dumb legs that are simply getting her from point A to point B. She reaches out to thwap Kapali's helmet with her hand. "WE'RE BLOWING THAT FENCE. WE'LL HAVE TO PROTECT—" She gets cut off from gunfire.

Clara's bullets spray the ground directly in front of the advancing centurions, hunks of dirt pranging off their metal frames and hopefully occluding their own fire somewhat. She doesn't stick around to see whether it's successful; she's on the move again when Randy shouts, ready to pick off any toaster that gives her EOD team trouble.

Feet pounding against the ground, real air searing into her lungs, Kapali plunks away at the centurions that cross her line of fire as she alters her course accordingly and heads for the fence line. She feels the thwap on her helmet and turns, of all things, a fierce grin at Randy before she yells back, "Keep everyone away from the fence line!" before she pours on extra speed and gets to work, letting the tactical sling carry the weight of the rifle as she shoves it to the side, and surveys the fence line with a rapid sweep to determine the best way to disarm it. Over. Under. Through. Options, options, options.

Kapali spends 1 luck points on Fence Line shenanigans.

<FS3> Kapali rolls Engineering: Success.

"Stay back and draw fire away from Kapali if you can! Do not advance! Heavy suppressing fire!" Randy gets it out between rounds. She stands up tall, low flying Raiders be damned, and strafes out a little to fire again in a fit of bursts.

<COMBAT> Randy fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster1 with Rifle AP - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster1 with Rifle AP - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster1 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster3 with Rifle AP but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster6 attacks Kapali with LMG Tripod - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Clara fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Clara attacks Toaster6 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Clara attacks Toaster6 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Clara attacks Toaster6 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster5 attacks Mallas with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster1 attacks Kapali with LMG Tripod but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas fires fullauto!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster6 with LMG AP - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster6 with LMG AP - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster6 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster6 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster6 with LMG AP - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster3 attacks Clara with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

Incoming rounds buzz and cracks past Mallas, a sound he's all too familar with. "Frak!" Shifting his fire in response to the Sergeant's call, he focuses on those Centurions firing at their combat engineer. The LMG kicks and spits tracers down range.

Somewhere amidst the fray of bullets and marines and raiders buzzing them overhead, Clara spots one, and then two toasters lining up shots on Kapali. She swings around, rifle braced against her shoulder, and rattles off a triple burst that's only marginally effective; one hit is good, the rest slam into the dirt and ricochet off at useless angles. She hisses quietly, backs up a step to gain a better position, and swings around again to aim at another would-be attacker focused on Kapali.

Randy hears the thwack that is the bullet lodging into Clara's armor, but thinks it's herself for a half a moment. She growls out, "Don't frakkin get hit we need you," to the Corpsman so nearby, then she turns her rifle on the toaster that looks like it's locked onto Kapali. "Frak frak," not noticing the one who has chosen her to be its valentine.

Working the angle in the middle of the chaos, the sound and literally the fury, has Kapali studying the fence line, eyes narrowed, crouched in the dirt, one hand resting on the ground while she identifies the key points on this section of the fence. "Right," she exhales in a half breath, more to herself then anyone else before she speaks into the channel. "I'm going to re-route the current away from this section of the fence and then set charges to blow the whole segment." This said just as she starts to rise from the crouched position and gets shoved backward slightly by the round that slams against her body armor. A grunt of pain is given before she moves forward again, taking the necessary tools from her kit to route away the current from the connection points, moving as fast as safety .. to hell with safety. Moving as fast as her hands can move. Once the current is shunted away she sets the demo charges at the key points, muttering to herself all the while about connection points, load bearing poles, tension lines and running the math in her head before she speaks on the com again. "Ready to blow it, sarge!" then shouts the minimum safe proximity warming.

Kapali spends 1 luck points on Badabing badaboom.

<FS3> Kapali rolls Demolitions: Good Success.

Some of Spree's Marines as well as another Orion unit are at the fence, taking fire and giving it. More Centurions are coming out from around the airfield if not from the POW compound itself. Those who are in charge of blowing the fence are working as fast as they can, under fire. Down the line a woman trying to blow the fence for another team gets hit, throwing her up and back to fall in a heap. That team is more than 100 feet away and has some light cover in the form pieces of a Raider that was blown on an earlier bombing run. That woman is down but a man comes up to take her place with the explosives. It's a race against time.

Continuing to fire, while not paying too much attention to what he hits, Fischer keeps on sending off the bullets in the same direction as before. Just hoping to be able to take out some of the toasters with his shots.

"5 meters back!" Randy yells to the unit, "and hit the deck!" figuratively of course. She stays there, providing cover at the blast radius till everyone has made it back.

<COMBAT> Clara attacks Toaster3 with Rifle AP - Moderate wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Toaster5 attacks Randy with LMG Tripod - Serious wound to Right Leg.

<COMBAT> Toaster3 attacks Kapali with LMG Tripod but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Randy fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas fires fullauto!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster3 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster3 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster3 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster3 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster3 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Toaster1 attacks Fischer with LMG Tripod - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Fischer fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster3 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster6 attacks Fischer with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Randy has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Toaster3 has been KO'd!

<FS3> Clara rolls Body+body: Success.

The team down the fence is slower than Kapali and are taking losses. She has rerouted the electricity in the fence and is good to set her charges right up against key points. Meanwhile bullets are flying and the first sign of a human comes out of the POW building. He's carrying something and starts running towards the fence. The door behind him remains open as two more Centurion's come out.

As Randy keeps providing suppressing fire, the Centurion gets a clean shot right into her leg and blood spurts out in a split second before she crumples to the ground. She screams. Despite knowing it's going to get her killed. Please be killed. The screams join the whir of Centurion arms.

Mallas hears the Sergeant screaming, but can't understand what she's saying. He looks up towards Randy, sees that she's been hit, and grimaces to himself. They still need to get through that fence before they're swamped by Centurions, so he keeps his SAW firing at the Toasters that are trying to shoot their demo team.

"Cover me!" barks Clara, in a whipcrack shout that carries surprisingly well for such a small woman. Her rifle is slung across her back and she crouch-runs to Randy's side first when she sees her go down. Then another shot takes Fischer out, and she has to make the call; he's taken a chest wound, but Randy's in far worse shape. She unzips her medkit and pulls out a roll of bandaging, syrette and gauze, and gets to work. "Shut up, Randy. Shut up." She doesn't have much in the way of bedside manner, but she works as quickly as she can to control the bleeding.

Continuing to fire, Fischer takes a bullet to the chest and is knocked down. Wincing as he hits the groand, he remains there for a few seconds. "Frak…" he mutters, before he rolls over to his side and turns his weapon to fire again. Try to make them unable to hit, right?

The sound of her own breathing is somehow loud in her ears despite the sheer press of sound erupting all around her as Kapali moves down the fence line, placing the charges in precise positions. She doesn't have time to hug the ground or worry about cover fire or anything else. The fence line needs to come down or they're stuck on the wrong side of the fence, literally. Once the charges are in place she beats a hasty retreat, throwing herself to the dirt in the last few paces so that she is well outside the minimum safe distance, her gear leaving new and interesting bruises as she slams into the dirt and rolls, bringing the rifle up as she does so and opening fire in the general direction of the centurions that continue to emerge from the nest like and endless tide of ants.

The man who ran out of the building and towards the fence seems to be in combat kit, much like a Marine but he doesn't look right for one. The Centurions aren't firing upon him as he runs forward, stops and raises his rifle to take aim and fire … NOT at the Centurions, but at Clara dragging Randy! The son of a bitch is a /human/ or possibly a skinjob firing upon the Corpsman!

<COMBAT> Toaster5 attacks Kapali with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas fires fullauto!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster1 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster1 with LMG AP - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster1 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster8 with LMG AP - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster8 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Clara treats Randy:

<COMBAT> Toaster1 attacks Kapali with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Kapali fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Toaster1 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Toaster1 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Toaster1 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster8 with Rifle AP - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster8 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster8 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster8 attacks Clara with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster7 attacks Mallas with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Toaster6 attacks Fischer with LMG Tripod - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Armed Human1 attacks Clara with Rifle but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster1 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Toaster8 has been KO'd!

Almost simultaneously the fence gets blown in two of the three places under assault. Explosives rip it apart, throwing fragments of steel poles and wire all over the place along with clods of earth. Spree's unit as well as Kapali's are now clear to proceed and the third unit is not far behind, their charges set and about to blow. The Centurions are taking losses but even as the Canners are falling, shot to pieces, /more/ armed humans are coming out of the POW building. Whether they are jacked, skinjobs, or are collaborators isn't clear, but the men and the one woman are variously armed and armored and immediately start firing upon the Colonial Marines.

Randy's shocked and screaming and angry when she sees Clara there. She stops screaming, breaking the skin as she chews on her lower lip. Somehow, she's still awake. It could be all that fiery anger flashing in her eyes. "LET ME SHOOT LET ME SHOOT!" she shouts by way of habit as she tries to wriggle to get an angle but is easily handled by this thing called pain and the horror of what she sees. "BOMB! SUICIDE VEST!" It's an instinct and well, she's impulsive.

A Raptor sweeps overhead, a Raider hot on it's tail and two vipers vying to blow the raider out of the sky as they fire above. They roar past as AA Batteries keep firing and then suddenly one of those goes up in explosions to the west, billows of flame and shockwave as a Raptor delivers it's payload successfully. Further out other air craft have already taken out one of the other batteries but SAMs keep firing from other points.

Clara wraps up the injured leg as best she can, and only then does she wrap her arms around the marine's waist and attempt to haul her off to the right a few paces, where the warped bay door of some sort of aircraft lies. And then Randy's babbling about something, bombs? Suicide vests? "Suicide vest? What?" She releases her, unslings her rifle, and lines up a shot on whoever's peppering her vicinity with shots. A human. It's enough to give her pause for a heartbeat, and then she aims for his head and depresses the trigger.

In the absence of any obvious change in plans, Mallas just keeps up his fire. There's a moment where he sweeps his sights across the humans who now seem to be joining the battle on the Cylon side, and his finger is /right there/ on the trigger. A hairs breath from spitting a hail of 5.56mm armor piercing rounds at the woman. And then he sights off and settles on the Centurions before opening fire. There are still mother-frakking robots to kill.

<FS3> Mallas rolls Alertness: Failure.

<FS3> Clara rolls Alertness: Great Success.

<FS3> Fischer rolls Alertness: Good Success.

<FS3> Randy rolls Alertness: Great Success.

<FS3> Kapali rolls Alertness: Success.

Randy slides down from Clara's grip and shuts up immediately as she cringes. Then she begins to use that adrenaline and fire to limp behind-ish Clara, raising her rifle to shoot, careful not to snag someone with friendly fire.

The shouted horror of BOMB! SUICIDE VEST! has Kapali once again shoving the rifle aside, unhooking one of the grenades from where they are clipped to her gear and, in another of those moments where she can hear the voice of one of her math teachers saying: at last, now is the time when math saves the day. She works the angle in her head before throwing the grenade into the path of the incoming wave. Why they are doing what they're doing isn't the topic of debate; stopping them is the only item that matters.

With his shots succeeding this time, Fischer manages to get himself back on his feet, firing for another of the toasters, before he sees the humans firing. "What the…?" A brief pause, before he shouts, "Doesn't seem to be any of the known skinjobs…"

<COMBAT> Randy fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Armed Human1 with Rifle AP - Moderate wound to Left Arm.

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Armed Human1 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Left Arm.

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Armed Human1 with Rifle AP - Moderate wound to Right Hand.

<COMBAT> Mallas fires fullauto!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster7 with LMG AP - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster7 with LMG AP - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster7 with LMG AP - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster6 with LMG AP - Critical wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster6 with LMG AP - Light wound to Right Hand (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Fischer fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Clara attacks Armed Human3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster7 attacks Randy with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Armed Human2 attacks Randy with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Armed Human1 attacks Kapali with Rifle and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster5 attacks Clara with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Pretty Close To Armed Human1 - Serious wound to Head.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human1 - Moderate wound to Left Hand.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human1 - Light wound to Right Foot.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human1 - Light wound to Left Arm.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human1 - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Armed Human2 - Critical wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human2 - Serious wound to Right Leg.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human2 - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human2 - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human2 - Critical wound to Right Hand.

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Armed Human3 - Serious wound to Head.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Serious wound to Right Arm.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Critical wound to Left Hand.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Critical wound to Left Arm.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Critical wound to Left Leg.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Serious wound to Left Foot.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Moderate wound to Right Foot.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Critical wound to Left Foot.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Critical wound to Right Leg.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Critical wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Serious wound to Right Foot.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Critical wound to Left Leg.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Critical wound to Right Arm.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Armed Human3 attacks Clara with Pistol AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster6 attacks Clara with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Armed Human1 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Armed Human2 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Armed Human3 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Toaster6 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Toaster7 has been KO'd!

The fence is ripped open and all three teams are now running like hell through it towards the POW building. Bullets are ripping in every direction, and even a Raptor flies over with the 20 mm minigun tearing through to give the Marine's air support! The engine is loud, kicking up dust everywhere. Kapali's grenade hits, absolutely OBLITERATING one of the humans who'd come up to kill Marines. Chunks and pieces of human flesh come raining down to pelt the Marines, bloody mana falling to Aerilon earth. Total hell and chaos all over the yard.

All at once in a matter of seconds the Marines can reach the building. The door is closed but not locked. One Centurion yet stands and is firing upon them as the rest are distracted to focus on the other Marine teams, or are blown to bits. Somewhere to the north the ground shakes with a rumble as something large is moving over the ground, probably a tank or an AA Battery.

Mallas hears someone screaming about a suicide bomber, and then there are explosions. But they're all still there, the fence is breached, and no more armed humans are in sight. So things must going according to plan? Who the frak knows. There's only one Centurion left in front of them, so it's clearly time to make a move. Scrambling to his feet, Mallas rushes the breach while firing a series of short bursts.

Maybe it's her confusion, her hesitation that throws her off, but Clara's shot goes wide and the cylon sympathiser or jack or whatever the frak he is that's bearing down on her, keeps coming. That is, until Kapali tosses a grenade into the fray. She knows what's about to happen next, and goes down behind the sheet of airframe junk just as the ground shudders with the force of the explosion, and bits of human and centurion both rain down on them. She wipes some gore off her face, out of her eyes, and reaches over to help Randy up to her feet. "We should move. They've cut a path for us. Lean on me if you need to."

The door opens and a man looks out the end of the building. He and a woman, then another man start to try to come out.

<FS3> Mallas rolls Alertness: Good Success.

<FS3> Fischer rolls Alertness: Great Success.

<FS3> Clara rolls Alertness: Good Success.

<FS3> Kapali rolls Alertness: Failure.

<FS3> Randy rolls Alertness: Success.

Randy spots an armed human taking aim at Kapali and switches her aim last second. Like a hunter shooting skeet. PULL. Her rifle adjusts quickly and she shoots the human in the kneecaps and their hand in three bursts as Kapali cracks the sky and Randy gets tagged with some viscera. She stands right there but the Centurion and human that have her in their sights somehow miss. Flukes surely. The explosion and minigun ring in her ears as she leans on Clara, limping along as they advance.

After his burst was fired, Fischer has to duck some incoming body parts. "Holy…" he begins, before he sees that one Centurion still standing, switching firing mode so he can empty his magazine into the remaining toaster.

When he sees the people attempting to get out of the building now, Fischer raises his voice. "These doesn't seem to be armed. Careful!"

Shielding her face with one arm after she primes the grenade and proves that math still can save the day and that mental math for the win IS the only way to play the game, Kapali waits out the sound of the explosion, the rain of that which will not be named in minute detail, and blinks as well to check the field of combat for more targets. She eyes the remaining centurion and is reaching for the rifle at her side when she sees more humans emerging from the building. Swearing in a low voice that isn't so much spoken as exhaled with every short breath, Kapali bares her teeth in a snarl of sound and brings the rifle around to shoot at the centurion in a controlled spray of projectile weaponry.

<COMBAT> Toaster5 attacks Clara with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas fires fullauto!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP - Light wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP - Moderate wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP - Moderate wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP - Light wound to Left Hand (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Toaster5 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer fires fullauto!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Toaster5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Randy fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Toaster5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Kapali fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Toaster5 with Rifle Ap - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Toaster5 with Rifle Ap and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Toaster5 with Rifle Ap and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Toaster5 has been KO'd!

Mallas contributes to the hail of lead that brings down the last Centurion in sight, and then completes his dash through the breach in the fence. He darts to one side and then goes prone again, readying the machine gun to cover the expected flood of prisoners. Although the Private does give the new trio of humans coming out an odd look, they're not obviously armed, so he's not about to light them up on sight. Instead he'll take the opportunity to change out the big box magazine on the SAW.

Randy grunts, "Reloading," to Clara as she leans. She bites her lip again fresh and draws blood, much more able than if Clara hadn't worked her witchery, but still in a great deal of pain. She'll keep the endorphins going as long as possible…even if it's just to reload her rifle with another mag and shakey hands.

Kapali eyes the centurion as it gets riddled with weapons fire then stalks forward and kicks the chassis with the steel tip of one boot. "Sixty percent dangerous, forty percent pissed off," she says with another kick and turns to eye the humans emerging from the building. "Everyone who would rather NOT be a prisoner of war in this hell hole, HAUL ASS for the fence line and make for the landing field," she pitches her voice to carry while - not casually - shifting the angle of her rifle to cover the emerging humans. Just in case one of them comes out with a suicide vest and a penchant for exploding into micro-shrapnel of human detrius.

Reloading after his magazine clicks empty, Fischer looks around to see if there's any more Centurions incoming, but as he doesn't notice any, he keeps his gaze on the people emerging from inside now. Just in case.

The first three people who just came out of the building now look tired, half starved, wide eyed and mixtures between scare and cautious. The woman is older with greying hair and a military bearing, and the first man out with her is younger, dark haired and also looks alert but not spooked. The third man is older and chubby and he looks scared. The woman speaks up, "Are you Spree's people? We have a lot of people in here. Some of them are sick and injured." She isn't running for the fence but the heavy set man starts to run as well as the younger man. The woman though goes to open the door, "Be careful! Not all our people can be trusted."

Clara helps Randy through the shredded fence line, and then releases her once they're on the other side. "Gonna go check on Fisch," she explains, and takes a moment to load a new magazine into her rifle before hoofing it for Fischer. "Let me have a look at that," she tells him a bit brusquely, digging out a dressing and peeling off the backing. It'll seal up the wound nicely, and reduce the chance of a pneumothorax forming.

Spree's people as well as the other Orion team are going to other entrances to open the building up. There's still some shooting going on but for the moment things are quieter. More Centurions are surely coming from other parts of the city and things will heat back up, but they have a brief window to get people moving and to call in the Raptors.

Sharing a nod with the woman who gives the warning, Kapali's expression of grim cynicism seems almost stuck in place, but she remains in place. Each person that emerges is giving a quick once-over before the next, and so on and so forth as they trickle out in small groups.

"Stay alert Marines. We don't have much time," Randy warns them already after she hears what the prisoners have to say. "We're with Spree. We're Orion people. We have to save as many of you as fast as possible. We cannot move the sick and wounded." It comes out flat and hollow. "Children first." Blood and dirt are smeared across half her face. Someone else's? She keeps her rifle lowered, but an inch or two from ready.

There's a brief smile to Clara as she works her magic, before Fischer turns back to the task at hand. Keeping a careful watch on the people they get out, he keeps quiet for now.

The woman goes back into the building and starts giving orders. People start coming out - men and woman mostly of all ages, but also some children. Mostly teens. They all look ill used, hungry, wary, scared. A few people are trying to encourage and help each other as they start pouring out about as fast as they can from every door and even some of the windows. They run for the holes in the fence and start gathering in the air field.

There is plenty of room for the Raptors to start coming in to land to pick up people. But also, Spree's people are on top of it. Trucks, a line of them start rolling in. The rumble from the north turns out not to be a tank but is a convoy of transport. Small trucks, cars, big trucks, anything they can get their hands on to transport people away in every direction.

In the midst of the exodus, an explosion goes off at the far end of the building and some of the Marines are thrown down. That end of the building collapses in a pile of rubble! People start screaming and running, afraid.

"I can stay." It's said quietly at first, but as Clara finishes up with fitting the sticky, plastic-y square of dressing over Fischer's wound, she turns toward Randy and speaks louder, "I can stay and help their wounded, until someone can return for us. I can't leave them to die." Blood is wiped off her face with the back of her hand, jaw set as she waits for a reply.

"Sweep! Kapali lead!" The Sergeant can be heard after the explosion goes off. She reaches to try and pull Clara down with her. Randy isn't mobile enough to lead a sweep on the building and she needs someone with a trained eye for explosives with the best view. "Could be ambush!" She shouts to Clara, "Don't get frakked by shrapnel. One to neck." Is all it would take. "Rifles! Careful of friendlies!"

"Frag out!" Kapali shouts as she sees the incoming enemy combatants, labeling them accordingly for the sake of her sanity as she unhooks another of the explosives from her gear and does a visual sweep of the emerging tangle of people and searches for those who are genuine enemy combatants vs those who just happen to be in the way. She primes the grenade then tosses it with a short exaltation of sound that is almost a yell but not quite.

Clara isn't near enough to be pulled down by Randy, but she does follow suit and drop to the ground when the explosion goes off. It's hard to say whether her request was heard, but there's no chance now to follow up on it. She does what she can to help get people out, rifle slung unused across her back. "Keep moving, keep moving!" she barks as the bedraggled survivors shuffle through. At one point, a small child becomes separated from her father, who is lost to the press of the crowd. She scoops up the little girl and instructs her to hold on tight, shh, shh as she wails.

People are coming out as fast as they can, coughing and choking. The older woman is trying to help and direct them, giving orders for them to remain calm, that the Colonial Marines are here to help them. From a door further down, more Marines are helping people to get out as well as helping their own, wary of the collapsed end of the building. People are running for the Raptors coming in and others are being directed to load up into trucks and cars. A raider zips over, hotly pursued by a viper and gets blown out of the sky right over head. The Raider breaks up and strews debris that thankfully overshoots the building and most of the air field.

On the near end, two people come out, and further down a third and without warning, in the middle of the crowd, they open fire!

Frowning at the explosion, Fischer readies his rifle as he sees the armed people moving for them. Taking aim for the one that seems ready to shoot at him, he fires, hoping to take the man down now.

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Armed Human2 - Critical wound to Head.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human2 - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human2 - Critical wound to Right Foot.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human2 - Critical wound to Left Leg.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human2 - Critical wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human2 - Serious wound to Right Arm.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human2 - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human2 - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!

<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Armed Human3 - Moderate wound to Head.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Critical wound to Left Leg.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Moderate wound to Right Leg.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Serious wound to Right Foot.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Critical wound to Left Arm.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Critical wound to Left Arm.

<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Armed Human3 - Serious wound to Left Hand.

<COMBAT> Armed Human3 attacks Fischer with Rifle AP - Critical wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas fires fullauto!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human1 with LMG AP - Light wound to Right Arm.

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human1 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human1 with LMG AP - Light wound to Left Leg.

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human1 with LMG AP - Light wound to Right Hand.

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human1 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human2 with LMG AP - Serious wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human2 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human2 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human2 with LMG AP - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Fischer fires fullauto!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Armed Human3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Armed Human3 with Rifle AP - Moderate wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Armed Human3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Armed Human3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Armed Human3 with Rifle AP - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Armed Human3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Armed Human3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Fischer attacks Armed Human3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Randy fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Armed Human2 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Right Arm.

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Armed Human2 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Armed Human2 with Rifle AP - Moderate wound to Left Arm.

<COMBAT> Armed Human2 attacks Kapali with Rifle and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Armed Human1 attacks Randy with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Armed Human3 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> Fischer has been KO'd!

All hell breaks loose. All three start firing at Marines but they are spread out and mixed with other people. Bullets start flying and POW's, already stunned, still have enough sense to dive away and try for cover. Most of them, but not all. Some are too dazed to do anything but freeze - Kapali throws her grenade and there are other people still too close. It goes off, throwing everyone near it to the ground with injuries and death, both the armed and the unarmed! Marines open up on anything that's shooting and in a matter of moments, then collaborating humans are dead or badly injured. But so are a number of the unarmed civilians.

Those who are able flee to the vehicles and Raptors, or simply run away between the buildings to take their own chances. Among those who are injured and lying on the ground is the older, lean woman with the greying hair. Bullets or flying material has brought her down but she may still be alive.

"You frakkin-" Randy's cut off by the blast of Kapali's frag and she flinches, but doesn't duck. Nope, she advances steadily, limping towards Kapali, "I SAID RIFLES KAPALI WHAT PART OF FRIENDLIES-RIFLES-FRIENDLIES DO YOU NOT UNDERSTAND!" It's like a gasket has popped. The tiny Sergeant looks like she might literally chew the Corporal up and spit her out the way she limp-stalks. She raises her rifle with a grunt and shoots at all the pitiful armed humans that are left.

Clara shoulders her way through the evacuees until she manages to reach the girl's father, and presses his daughter into his relieved arms. He thanks her profusely and hurries away, both of them clambering up into one of the trucks rapidly filling up with people. Clara, meanwhile, beelines it for Fischer when she sees him go down again. Fancy footwork to swerve away from the explosion going off, and her medkit is unslung from her shoulder before she even skids to a halt next to him. Steri strips, syrette; plastic cover ripped off with her teeth and she works to control the bleeding from his head with gobs of gauze.

Firing is all well and good, but then Fischer takes a hit to his head. Stumbling backwards, he drops his rifle as he falls, knocked out, but still breathing, at least.

Having shifted her focus from the mob on the ground, Kapali is sweeping the rooftops of the buildings, hunting for snipers carrying rifles. The sound of Randy's words has her turning away from the search for kids pressed into service as brain washed snipers and literally blinking at the sergeant for a moment. The look that Kapali aims at the sergeant is, however briefly, a blank look that conveys the sense that Randy's words are a lot of words but not a lot of sinking in. She reaches for the rifle that she's been swapping to and from since all this started and exhales, "Aye, Sarge," and hunts for a genuine target, that twitchy instinct to eye the rooftop is hard to fight.

<COMBAT> Randy fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Armed Human1 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Armed Human1 with Rifle AP - Moderate wound to Left Arm.

<COMBAT> Randy attacks Armed Human1 with Rifle AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Clara treats Fischer:

<COMBAT> Armed Human1 attacks Mallas with Rifle AP - Light wound to Left Hand.

<COMBAT> Mallas fires fullauto!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human1 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human1 with LMG AP - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human1 with LMG AP - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human1 with LMG AP - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human1 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human2 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human2 with LMG AP - Serious wound to Head.

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human2 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mallas attacks Armed Human2 with LMG AP and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Kapali fires a 3 round burst!

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Armed Human2 with Rifle Ap - Light wound to Right Arm.

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Armed Human2 with Rifle Ap - Moderate wound to Left Hand.

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Armed Human2 with Rifle Ap and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Armed Human2 attacks Randy with Rifle and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Armed Human2 has been KO'd!

"Frakking sweep the building for bombs and high value criticals we can target with Spree's people once you've cleared the sitelines." Randy calls out to Kapali. "I'm going to go make sure our wounded get out." She starts to hobble back towards Fischer and the others, where she left Clara behind and did stupid crazy walking and shooting to get to Kapali. "Sitrep!" she shouts and then nearly loses her balance. She'll keep directing the Marines and helping get Fischer and Clara some help from other Corpsman and medevac units.

There's just too much blood. Clara thinks she's got it under control, but there's more, and there's more, and her hands are slipping as she tries to work because there's so much. "Priority one evac here!" she calls out, pressing a handful of gauze against the worst of Fischer's wounds - the one in his head. "He's going to need medical on board Orion, or we're gonna lose him."

The Raptors are coming in and landing on the air field, what remains of it. They are working to take on the wounded, both POW's and Marines. Trucks and cars with Spree's people take on everyone else they can while many others of the prisoners simply run away and will take their chances getting out of Crossroads on their own. A Marine Captain is shouting about Centurions coming in from the west and everyone better HAUL ASS because they are leaving NOW. Some Aerilon resistance personnel come out here and there between the buildings and start setting up a defensive line to hold and slow down the Centurions so evac can continue.

A few last Raptors come in to lift the Orion Marines and take them home once everyone else is loaded. The final mop up will fall to the Aerilon resistance fighters and Spree's people. It's time for the Orion units to GTFO.

Go into the mess and clear the buildings, check. Link up with Spree's people after doing so, check. Kapali is preparing to move out to do precisely that when the call comes down the pipeline to fall back to the raptors because the lot of them need to haul ass and evac now. Kapali does what she can to help those on the ground make it to the waiting raptors and is one of the last Orion marines to get on the Raptor for the flight back to the war star.

"Go with him Clara. Get outta here! Everyone for the Orion! Let's go unit! Load up!" Randy directs some people towards where Spree's people are waiting. "No more! No more! Let's go!" She reaches to click on her radio and says, "Kapali, get your arse out of there, you've got less than a minute till we evac. Toasters are coming." She starts to hobble towards their raptor, but doesn't load herself in just yet.

<FS3> Clara rolls Body+body: Success.

A few muttered words. That's the indication that Fischer is still alive.

Once Kapali is within sight, Randy rolls onto the Raptor and tries to move, but gives up, just holding onto the ECO's legs and chair.

Clara doesn't have time to get Fischer stabilised; she does her best not to aggravate his injuries and enlists help from another corpsman to prop him up between them, and half carry, half drag the marine as quickly as possible to one of the waiting raptors. Once he's in, she turns and helps hoist Randy inside, getting her strapped in as best she can.

Once the firing dies down, Mallas cautiously gets to his feet and moves to stand beside the breach in the fence, weapon pointed down at the ground, to wave people through. Hearing Randy barking, the Private gives her a 'yeah, yeah' sort of look, then starts to herd people towards the LZ. Seeing Fischer being carted out gets Mallas' attention, however. He trots over to look at his squadmate with grimace. "Frak, you're a mess, man. Hang in there, Fish."

Seeing Randy not quite able to leap up into the Raptor and into one of the seats has Kapali moving to lend a hand, whether the sergeant wants one or not. "Lets get you secured, Sarge," she says in a low voice as she works with Randy to get her situated, not leaving her on the deck of the bird when it's ready to lift off.

People are loaded up. Marines lend Marines help to get the wounded, fast as they can. What they can't load up on the Raptors they send to the trucks and cars that are left. The convoy is pulling out. Anyone left behind either be prepared to hold the line against the Centurions, or run for it.

A Marine grabs a little girl child who stands around crying and she gets hefted up into a Raptor, "Take her!" The girl looks about 2 years old, dirty and thin with dark hair. Then he runs to get into a moving truck. Soon as the last Orion Marines seem to be accounted for, the Raptors are closing hatches and taking off. It's going to be a bumpy ride back out with more Raiders incoming, but the AA batteries aren't a problem now.

With the air craft taking off, the firing below starts to kick up again. A few bodies are scattered here and there, mostly Centurions but also some humans, armed and unarmed. A few last people are on foot - but at least they are free to make a run for their lives.

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