ALT #316: Massacre at Belgravia
Massacre at Belgravia
Summary: An Orion air patrol is dispatched to investigate the region near the Picon mountain town of Belgravia. They find some of the remaining Cylons on the planet wreaking vengeance on it.
Date: 18/11/2013 (OOC Date)
Related Logs: Picon Invasion in general, none specifically
Agrippa Bennett Darius Jason Maia Phin 
Picon
Mountainous, war-torn.
AWD #316

THE ORDERS: Pilots and ECO's from the Battlestar Orion have been tasked with taking on the occasional patrol down on Picon to give the Colonial Pilot's planetside a break from the near constant 'mop-up' missions they have been flying. Today they are flying one such patrol, and are scouring the countryside for any remaining Cylon Patrols or Units that have been terrorizing rural towns and villages who don't have the ability to fend them off. As such, they have orders to fly to the Blue Mountains, several hours north of CFAB Crandall, and fly a pre-determined patrol route near to the town Belgravia.

SCENE SET: For the first time in recent memory the skies on Picon are clear, and for once are a brilliant blue color and there is not a cloud in sight. The air is crisp and cold though, and even if the skies are clear the ground is covered with snow this close to the Blue Mountains. It has been snowing in the mountains and the nearby foothills for weeks, and the locals are already whispering that the snow heralds the start of a nuclear winter. Still, for today no snow is falling. The patrol of Orion Pilots and ECO's from the Battlestar Orion, flying Predators, flies towards the distant rocky peaks of the Blue Mountains — just minutes away from the start of their patrol route.

Phin was not exactly enthusiastic about getting back into a Predator when he was briefed on the specifications for this mission. His last time out in one, after all, was that whole near death experience over Caprica thing. Still, he suited up for it as required. He and his ECO are presently flying lead in a loose 'arrow' formation of Predators toward the mountains. He doesn't make much conversation with the off-squadron ECO he's pulled for this mission, apart from asking occasionally if the bloke sees on Raiders on the DRADIS. So far, so good, so far as he knows.

Predators this time, something that Agrippa is trained for but not his preferred fighter of choice. However, these birds are fast, he'll give them that, incredibly fast in atmosphere. Also, his attention is more on the ground for this mission than in the air, with his ECO pilot playing the support role so he can focus on killing and more killing. The snow covered grounds can be considered beautiful, as Punchdrunk looks out of the cockpit, the left side, then the right side.

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Flight, Dolly. Centerfold, Punchie, flank my left and right side out front. Supes, Hyper, fly rear guard. Keep yourselves spread out. If anything's lurking down there, don't want them to be able to pick us off in a bunches."

He's singing to himself in the cockpit now. And not just gloomy songs, but for once rather happy ones. Yes, it would seem Jason is quite comfortable with flying a Predator. Keeping his to the rear left of the formation, his attention moves to the ground every now and then, then back to where he's flying.

[Into the Wireless] Jason says, "Dolly, Superstar. Got the rear left spot. Such a nice day to be out and about, right?"

Darius on the otherhand was quite enthusiastic about getting into even a Predator for his first patrol. He sure lived up to his callsign "Hyper", chattering away with his own off-squadron ECO to the point where the man literally shut off his intercom headset to not have to listen to the Ensign talk about how excited he was to be on his first mission. When Phin tells him to fall back as rear guard, it dampened his enthusiasm slightly, but he obdiently dropped back with Jason spreading out a bit on the rear right to act as one the rear guard. He turns serious and keeps an eye on his screen and on the ground for Raiders.

[Into the Wireless] Darius says, "Dolly, Hyper. Copy that, taking rear right… I hope we get to fry some toasters today."

Bennett arrives from the Tinyplot Room Nexus.

The same for Maia, she'd last been out over Caprica, dropping bombs on the innocents as well as the not so innocents. She prefers not to think about it right now. In the Predator, pre-flight done and ECO in back letting her know she's good, they had gone. Now to see the skies over Picon, so blue compared to the snow below, it's breathtaking. Tuned into her com, she hears Dolly, and checks in herself.

[Into the Wireless] Maia says, "Dolly, Centerfold. Copy. In formation now."

[Into the Wireless] Kalum says, "Crandall-Tower, Predator Flight: Come in. Over?"

As the new formation is called out by Dolly, Agrippa is more than willing to comply as he gooses his thrusters to add just a touch of speed so that his Predator takes the front right position.

Phin isn't the only one whose enthusiasm was lacking for the predators, on this particular run. While Bennett was fairly mum about the whole thing, her ECO might have caught a mutter about how she'd 'take a raptor any day over one of these glorified vipers'. Once they're out of the tubes and speeding toward their destination, however — her predator somewhere near the starboard-side tip of the formation — she's completely professional over the wireless.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Crandall Tower, Butch. I copy. We are enroute to our destination; ETA five minutes. Do you have anything for us?"

Phin throttles back some so Bennett can take the lead on the approach to the mountains. It's his inclination to push it, Viper need for speed that he has, and he has to acclimate a little to flying the Pred. He tries to keep his eyes more on the sky, and peaks, ahead than on the snowy ground. Though he can't help but be drawn to look down at the landscape of nuclear winter now and again.

Darius wants to do a few turn and burns, but restrains his enthusiasm, stunt flying's only going to get him reprimanded and maybe even taken off of flight status. He stays in formation as he listens in on the wireless.

[Into the Wireless] Kalum says, "Butch, Tower: We're attempting to raise resistance fighters in Belgravia to see where you're needed, but can't reach them on the Wireless. Could you try to raise them? The distance may be causing signal intereference. Over."

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Tower, Butch. I copy. Dolly, please continue flying lead for the duration of this mission. Centerfold, please attempt to contact the resistance units as directed; we'll remain in a holding pattern at our destination coordinates until we have an answer one way or the other."

Jason listens in quiet for the moment, grimacing at the words from the Tower. "Why is it that I have a bad feeling about this?" he mutters to his ECO, shaking his head a little. Keeping the Predator at its place in the formation rather easily for the moment.

Bennett maintains her wing slot in the formation, and pilots her strike craft competently, if not with much flair to speak of. No turns and burns for her; she's more focused on not CFIT'ing them into a mountain, at the speeds the predators are capable of.

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Butch, Dolly. Copy that. Re-taking point. Tower, when was the last contact you made with Belgravia, and what'd the folks on the ground there have to say?"

[Into the Wireless] Maia says, "Butch, Centerfold. Copy that, initiating attempt to contact resistance."

[Into the Wireless] Kalum says, "Dolly, Tower: They were supposed to make contact about an hour ago. They had reported occasional Cylon patrols in the area. Nothing serious. Over."

While the others are focused on acquiring the most up to date intelligence of the area and status of the resistance fighters on the ground, Agrippa continues to keep his eyes peeled out of his cockpit towards the ground, seeing if he can pick up anything metallic or out of place in the distance.

Phin noses back into the top of the 'point' they're flying in. Still displaying more caution than he might in a Viper. Not that he's the most daredevil pilot even in his preferred craft. He listens to the chatter over the wireless, squinting ahead, trying to zero his eyes in on their destination. Such as he can from their current distance.

<FS3> Maia rolls Ecm: Good Success.

While keeping formation, Maia continues trying to contact the resistance teams on the ground via the coms. Her attention is on her flying while she listens to her ECO about the status of the DRADIS at the same time.

[Into the Wireless] Maia says, "Belgravia Resistance, Predator Flight seven-six-one-zero, initiating contact, please respond."

[Into the Wireless] Kalum says, "*crackle crackle crackle crakle hiss his snap pop* <static on the resistance band>"

Bennett frowns slightly to herself as all that comes over the radio is static. From this proximity, they should be getting something. She reaches over to key her radio again, and does a brief visual sweep of the mountain range coming into view below them.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Flight, Butch. Are any of you picking up something I am not? It sounds to me like no-one is home. Centerfold, try all military frequencies and distress bands. The rest of you, stay sharp. We will hold a little longer here."

Darius continues to fly as asks his ECO for an update and getting none, continues to follow the flight, getting a bit tense.

Looking out in the direction of the town, Agrippa is feeling very itching to do something besides just stay in their holding pattern, his wing dipping in that direction before correcting his heading.

<FS3> Phin rolls Alertness: Great Success.
<FS3> Darius rolls Alertness: Success.
<FS3> Agrippa rolls Alertness: Good Success.
<FS3> Jason rolls Alertness: Success.
<FS3> Bennett rolls Alertness: Great Success.
<FS3> Maia rolls Alertness: Good Success.

The snow covered peaks of the Blue Mountains shine brightly in the afternoon sun. The mountain slopes and the surrounding foothills are covered in perfectly white snow. As the fligh of Predators draw closer to their destination, it isn't hard to see jet black smoke rising into the sky from where Belgravia should be.

Phin does some frowning of his own as the wireless does naught but crackle in response to Maia. He takes a deep breath and releases it slow, continuing to sweeping the landscape ahead of him. And assuming his ECO is checking their DRADIS periodically. He can't miss the smoke. "Gods…" he murmurs, with a certain amount of dread. Bad sign, that.

[Into the Wireless] Maia says, "(repeating on all frequencies)Belgravia Resistance, Predator Flight seven-six-one-zero, initiating contact, please respond, I only hear vague static."

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Tower, Butch. It looks like we have a situation here. Smoke coming from the direction of Belgravia. We are diverting to investigate. Requesting a SAR unit on standby. Flight, let's go in."

[Into the Wireless] Kalum says, "Butch, Tower: Roger that. Keep us updated. Over."

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Butch, Dolly. Copy that. Proceeding into Belgravia."

Jason :lets out a sigh as he sees the smoke, and hears the words spoken. "Told you so," he mutters to the ECO, before answering the comms as he moves forward with the others now.

Once the order to go is given, Agrippa quickly banks his Predator in the direction of town and the black smoke on the horizon. He also kicks his thrusters into full throttle, the engines roar loudly now. Black smoke means friendlies in trouble or someone is cooking a very large pig over a bonfire.

[Into the Wireless] Jason says, "Butch, Superstar. Moving in with the rest of you."

Darius sees the smoke and gets wide-eyed, and whispers, "Oh no… please tell me we're not too late…" He prepares himself and asks his ECO to check the DRADIS once more. He's actually nervous and he trembles a bit in his flight suit. It's for real now, he's going to be heading into his first battle, he makes the sign of Kobol for the people of Belgravia and banks the fighter in the direction of the smoke and his voice cracks on the wireless.

[Into the Wireless] Darius voice cracking, "Butch, Hyper…" He coughs and starts again, "Butch, Hyper. Proceeding to new coordinates.

Bennett swings her predator in to follow the leader of their little procession, and her fingertips briefly sweep over the weapons controls like she's reminding herself of where they are in this less-than-familiar airframe. The sight of the smoke garners a steadying breath, and then her gaze drags away, back to the task at hand. Flickering little shadows are cast over the rocky peaks as their birds skim overhead, speeding toward the little town.

Phin flies toward the smoke, adjusting course. Never a particularly wise move, but it's the job. He doesn't make a particularly stealthy approach in the bomber, but he tries to keep an eye on the ground for whatever might be lurking down there.

SCENE SET: Belgravia is just a small town, nestled amongst the foothills of the Blue Mountains, where most of the men used to work in the surrounding pine forests — doing the same job their fathers had done for hundreds of years. There is only one main street down the center of the town, along with several small side streets filled with small houses, and the tallest building is the saw mill — was the saw mill. As the Predators approach they can see that the saw mill is on fire, and dark black smoke billows upwards into the sky from what remains of the building. At this distance, it is possible to see the occasional muzzle flash in the town, and tracers lancing upwards into the sky.

As soon as the order is given, Maia keeps formation as the whole group go in to investigate. She checks back with the ECO to see what the status is and falls silent on the coms, stopping the contact attempt for the moment.

<FS3> Bennett rolls Ecm: Failure.
<FS3> Jason rolls ECM: Failure.
<FS3> Maia rolls Ecm: Success.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Flight, Butch. Let's do a low-altitude pass and get a better look at what we are dealing with here. Is anyone spotting any SAM signatures?"

[Into the Wireless] Maia says, "Flight, Centerfold. ECO reports no SAM signature."

Jason winces as he sees the fires and such, keeping his Predator in formation with the others, but ready to break off if they'll need to. Otherwise keeping quiet now, as it seems to be time to work.

When her ECO reports there is no SAM signature, Maia quickly passes off the information to the rest of the Preds. She goes in low, remaining in formation, as ordered, keeping her eyes on the ground below while watching her controls.

Getting closer to the town, Agrippa can see that a battle is still on-going, despite the lack of response from the comms. That means they are entering a hot zone, with tinnies on the ground so Punchdrunk begins an attack run, trying to pick out the foes from the friendlies. If he sees a grouping of metallic centurions, he'll engage immediately.

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Butch, Dolly. Copy that. Angling lower."

Darius is really tense now as he follows the flight in making a pass on the town from a lower altitude, again he makes the sign of Kobol as this is horrifying.

And angle lower Phin does, trying to put some more distance between his Predator and the others in the flight. It's not any particular show of eagerness. Just more of that inclination to make whatever 'targets' the enemies on the ground might make of their flight as spaced apart as possible.

SCENE SET: The Predators pass over the town, and the sight itself is disturbing — reminiscent of the first days of the war. At least forty Centurions have descended on the town, and working in squads of five to clear the town of its inhabitants. The brief pass over the town reveals bodies of men, women, and children lying in the street. Some of the Resistance Fighters are doing the best to fight off the Centurions, as is evident by the occasional muzzle flash from a house, but that fire only draws the attention of the Centurions to that location. At the edges of the town, unarmed Colonials are trying to flee, and are cut down by either Centurions stationed in the steeple of the towns church or Centurions placed around the edges of the town to stop people from fleeing. It is wholesale murder. Cylon vengeance for losing the battle of Picon.

Bennett takes a breath, taps the predator's thrusters, and takes them in with a brief flare of the bird's exhaust vents. Her weapons are checked for possibly the sixth time since they departed Orion. Down, down they go at speeds her raptor doesn't even begin to dream of.

As the situation becomes clearer, it only ignites rage inside of Agrippa as he sees the Colonial civilians being cut down like cattle being slaughtered. He floors the afterburners and immediately choose the Centurions inside the steeple of the church. His mini-gun roars to life, a demonic buzz as rounds of projectiles stream out of the gun.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Flight, I see several groupings of Centurions; call your targets and fire at will. Dolly, I would like you and Hyper to focus fire on that steeple at oh-seven-niner mark six. The rest of you with me; we are going to target the outliers."

Phin doesn't turn his head, but he does speak to his ECO. "How well are you able to isolate between human and chrome? We're not going to do much good if we fire on our own people."

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Butch, Dolly. Copy that. Fly-over targeting groupings six and seven. Hyper, with me. On your guns. I don't like bombing so close to civvies unless we don't have a choice."

As the situation becomes clearer, it only ignites rage inside of Agrippa as he sees the Colonial civilians being cut down like cattle being slaughtered. He floors the afterburners and immediately choose the Centurions that are on the outskirts of town. His mini-gun roars to life, a demonic buzz as rounds of projectiles stream out of the gun.

Darius is the most inexperienced flyer here, so it's only natural that he'll likely be one fired on first, he swoops down, and with Phin on his wing he speeds up and dives for the steeple, lining up his shot as he mutters, "This one is for the people of Belgravia… you'll psy for this"

[Into the Wireless] Darius says, "Butch, Hyper. Understood, making a run on the steeple, those Cylons are going to be nothing more than scrap! Roger Dolly, miniguns only… let's get us some toasters"

"Ah, don't these guys ever stop?" Jason mutters to himself, shaking his head a little bit as he dives down a bit, moving into position to get one of the groups in town in front of his guns. When he seems happy with his targetting, he lets his own guns go blazing.

Hearing Dolly over the comms, Maia almost changes to mini-gun, but instinct has her continuing on with the bomb choice, she takes careful aim at the group and calls it over the com, "Dropping the bomb next pass over, I'm going in."

<COMBAT> Maia takes careful aim at Centgrp-2.
<COMBAT> Bennett attacks Centgrp-4 with 20MM MINIGUN - Critical wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Centgrp-6 with 20MM MINIGUN but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Darius attacks Centgrp-6 with 20MM MINIGUN but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-6 attacks Piconcivs-2 with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-4 attacks Piconcivs-3 with LMG Tripod - Moderate wound to Left Leg.
<COMBAT> Agrippa attacks Centgrp-5 with 20MM MINIGUN - Critical wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Piconcivs-3 attacks Centgrp-6 with Rifle - Critical wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Piconcivs-2 attacks Centgrp-5 with Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Jason attacks Centgrp-3 with 20MM MINIGUN - Serious wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Centgrp-3 attacks Piconcivs-3 with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Piconcivs-3 with Lmg Ap - Light wound to Abdomen.
<COMBAT> Piconcivs-1 attacks Centgrp-3 with Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-5 attacks Piconcivs-1 with LMG Tripod - Moderate wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Centgrp-2 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-2 attacks Darius with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-2 attacks Darius with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-2 attacks Darius with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-2 attacks Darius with Lmg Ap but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-2 attacks Darius with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-2 attacks Darius with Lmg Ap - Light wound to Nose (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Centgrp-2 attacks Darius with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-2 attacks Darius with Lmg Ap - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Kalum has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.

SCENE SET: The Predators lance through the Centurions like the claws of a hawk through the soft flesh of a rabbit, and many are turned into heaps of scrap in the first pass. The Colonials have achieved nearly complete surprise in their first pass, but that doesn't last. Some of the Centurions turn their attentions upwards towards the Predators, and begin putting a lot of fire into the sky to fend them off. More then a few Centurions reach back to pull missile launchers from their backs, no doubt scavanged from Colonial supply depots for just this purpose, and turn them upwards towards the Predators. A second pass over the town may prove to be much more difficult, and the Centurions seem intent on keeping the Colonial Pilots at bay while they cut down the rest of the Civilians.

Darius gets fired on by a group of Centurions and it messes up his targeting just as he's about to fire. It's a good thing that Phin was able to take them out as he yanks on the yoke to bank away from the fire as his nose and control are hit, doing some damage and he growls as his controls spark a bit. He calls back to his ECO to see if he's injured and calls out on the wireless. He bounces around as his controls are sluggish and he worries that he might not even be able to control his plane in a firefight and settles on taking out another group of Centurions.

[Into the Wireless] Darius says, "Flight, Hyper! I'm hit but not bad, Someone take out that group of Centurions over there."

Darius gets fired on by a group of Centurions and it messes up his targeting just as he's about to fire. It's a good thing that Phin was able to take them out as he yanks on the yoke to bank away from the fire as his nose and control are hit, doing some damage and he growls as his controls spark a bit. He calls back to his ECO to see if he's injured and calls out on the wireless. He bounces around as his controls are sluggish and he worries that he might not even be able to control his plane in a firefight and settles on taking out another group of Centurions.

[Into the Wireless] Darius says, "Flight, Hyper! I'm hit but not bad, Someone take out that group of Centurions over there."

Phin sweeps low over the little temple, mini-gun blazing. At that speed targeting is difficult business, and his trigger finger is being extra-cautious in the civilian area, so he misses clean. Fortunately, an enterprising civilian is also shooting at that area, and takes out what they were aiming at. He scans the ground, diverting his aim to another Centurion. He sticks to the guns rather than the heavier weaponry in these close quarters.

Bennett switches to the minigun's trigger mechanism as her predator screams into range, and the CAPARMS lets loose a hail of rounds that neatly cuts down the group of advancing canners with a deafening thud*thud*thud*thud of shredding metal. Her bird wobbles just slightly as she pulls it out of its dive and arcs nimbly skyward, but her strafing run, at least, was successful.

The strafing run by Agrippa is rather brutal and puts short work on many of the Centurions that were at the outskirt of town. Most of the tinnies there were chewed up and spat out over the snowy ground, with only a couple remaining to shoot up at the Predators. Punchdrunk doesn't stay to clean up the lingering Centurions, instead he hunts for other targets. This time, he switches to missiles and launches a pair off at one of the rocket wielding Centurions, dumbfire mode.

<COMBAT> Centgrp-2 attacks Piconcivs-2 with Lmg Ap - Moderate wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Maia uses a Bomb Racks!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Centgrp-2 - Critical wound to Head.
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - ARMOR on Right Hand stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - Serious wound to Right Foot (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - ARMOR on Left Leg stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - ARMOR on Right Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - Moderate wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Centgrp-2 - ARMOR on Left Leg stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Jason attacks Centgrp-1 with 20MM MINIGUN - Moderate wound to Left Hand.
<COMBAT> Agrippa attacks Centaa-3 with Missile Ap - Serious wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Darius attacks Centgrp-5 with 20MM MINIGUN - Serious wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Centgrp-5 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-5 attacks Darius with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-5 attacks Darius with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-5 attacks Darius with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-5 attacks Darius with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-5 attacks Darius with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-5 attacks Darius with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-5 attacks Darius with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-5 attacks Darius with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Jason with Lmg Ap - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Jason with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Jason with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Jason with Lmg Ap - Serious wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Jason with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Jason with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Jason with Lmg Ap - Light wound to Nose (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Jason with Lmg Ap - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Centaa-3 uses a Missile He!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Very Far From Predator-7610p - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Predator-7610p is not hit by shrapnel.
<COMBAT> Bennett passes.
<COMBAT> Piconcivs-3 tries to attack but has no target!
<COMBAT> Piconcivs-2 tries to attack but has no target!
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Centaa-2 with 20MM MINIGUN and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centaa-2 uses a Missile He!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Far From Predator-4951e - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4951e - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Centaa-1 uses a Missile He!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Predator-4498e - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4498e - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4498e - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4498e - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4498e - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4498e - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4498e - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4498e - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4498e - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-4498e - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Kalum has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.

<COMBAT> Centaa-3 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-2 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-5 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Piconcivs-2 has been KO'd!

Jason sees his target group go down, and turns to face the next group now. He's got one group in particular in his sights, and is going for that one, not having seen the ones with the AA weapons yet.

Something explodes in alarmingly close proximity to Bennett's predator, and the bird is shaken as rounds slam into it. Fortunately, it isn't enough to spin her out of control or really do much in the way of damage, and she wheels about to bear down on her next target with renewed fervour.

SCENE SET: The second pass by the Predators shows the skill of the Orion Pilots. Further Centurions are cut down in the streets, and on the edges of the town. Unfortunately, this doesn't deter the Centurions from their bloody buisness. As the Predators pass over they can see men and women cut down as they flee or fight. Before the last of the Centurions on the edge of town are cutdown, the robot monsters manage to spray bullets into a family of civilians fleeing from the town. The Centurions continue to fight on, and soon more tracers and smoke trails lance up towards the incoming Predators.

Phin can't dance the Predator as nimbly as he can a Viper, but he damn sure tries with those launchers aimed at him. And…he makes it through that run without being hit. He indulges in some deep, relieved breathing, before gearing up for another strafing run down at what remains of Belgravia.

Darius turns and bears down on the group of Centurions at the edge of town taking potshots at the fleeing civilians, he lines them up evading most of their fire, a couple of shots being absorbed by the tail armor of his Predator. He fires a burst and mows the them down like they did the citizens of Belgravia and he grins triumphantly, "That's for Belgravia, you metal monsters!" He banks and switches to missiles as he wants to take the rocket launching Centurion out at range and not put his damaged Predator, himself and his ECO at risk.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Flight, be on the lookout for civilians in this mess. The cylons appear to be trying to take down as many as they can with them; I would not be surprised if they tried to use them as shields."

Though the explosion was pretty far from her Pred, Maia can still feel the heat from it, and something nicks the side. The armor on it takes most of the impact as she takes evasive action after dropping her bomb on the group, taking them out. Now she's targeted again, the warning lit up, so she switches to her missiles. Alllll the while looking out for civvies.

[Into the Wireless] Phin says, "Gods…Butch, Dolly. Copy that."

The pair of dumbfire missiles make short work of one of the Centurions that was wielding an anti-aircraft missile and Agrippa doesn't even pause before kicking the burners to get him away so he can loop around for another pass. This time, he switches back to guns, only to see a missile being launched at him. He is only able to fire off a quick burst from his mini-gun before breaking hard right.

Staying on course, Jason sends off a few more rounds at the Cylons, while there are some incoming bullets hitting his Predator. Not letting that stop him, he turns the craft around to spray bullets at the enemies again.

<COMBAT> Bennett attacks Centgrp-1 with Missile Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Phin attacks Centaa-1 with Missile Ap - Critical wound to Abdomen.
<COMBAT> Darius attacks Centaa-1 with Missile Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Jason attacks Centgrp-1 with 20MM MINIGUN and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centaa-2 uses a Missile He!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Predator-8673f - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8673f - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8673f - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8673f - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8673f - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8673f - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8673f - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8673f - Critical wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8673f - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8673f - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8673f - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8673f - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Agrippa attacks Centaa-2 with 20mm Minigun and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Piconcivs-3 attacks Centgrp-1 with Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Maia attacks Centgrp-1 with Missile Ap but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Maia with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Maia with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Maia with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Maia with Lmg Ap but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Maia with Lmg Ap but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Maia with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Maia with Lmg Ap - Serious wound to Right Wing (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Maia with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Maia with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centaa-1 uses a Missile He!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Predator-8434i - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8434i - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8434i - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8434i - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8434i - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8434i - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8434i - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Kalum has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.

<COMBAT> Centaa-1 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Predator-8434i has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Jason has been KO'd!

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

SCENE SET: The fire in the city is dying down. Most of the Centurions have been destroyed, and the carnage has caused them to turn their metal heads upwards — self preservation taking over in favor of murder. The Predators have drawn the attention of the Centurions away from the last of the Civilians, but at a heavy cost on the last pass. The last of the Centurions have drawn together on the main road in the center of the town, and are beating a retreat towards the edge of the city. However, metal hands and metal bodies don't have to worry much about footing, and they keep a withering fire up on the Predators — including another rocket launch this time towards Phin.

Phin gives a little nod back to his ECO as the missiles are prepped, since it's typically the back-seater's job to launch them in these things. It falls on target. Much as one can hope for given the situation, at least. He pulls up some after that pass is made, though it's only to take a moment to switch back to his guns before coming around again. Just in time to see himself being aimed at by the Cylons on the ground. He swallows. He committed, so there's no turning back. He at least tries to come in at an angle that'll give him some room to flee sharply. He hopes.

Darius misses his shot and growls, moving to get a bead on the other centurion rocket launcher, wanting to take it out quickly. This is very dirty and ugly battle, not at all like in space and he's none too pleased by it. He switches back to the minigun and lines the centurion up, hitting the turbos so that he can hit them point blank! Definitely living up to his callsign of "Hyper"

Bennett hesitates a little too long on her pass, and by the time her backseater decides to wave off due to proximity of civilians, it's too late. The missile is away, and careens off into a (hopefully) abandoned storehouse where it bursts into a plume of wood shards and detonated explosives. Cursing softly under her breath, she rockets the predator in on an intercept course with one of Phin's pursuers.

Agrippa's last second evasive maneuver doesn't bring him too far from where the missile exploded due to the speed of the missile and his own Predator going head to head. It was a game of chicken that was not meant to be played. The Predator is pretty strong and durable, the armor fending off the explosion itself and most of the shrapnel, but one piece cuts through like a hot knife through butter. It punches into his weapons systems, causing the warning light to flash bright red with a buzz of alarm. Slamming the toggle to silence the alarm, Agrippa finds that his targeting system is gone, but it doesn't prevent him from using good ol' ironsights to strafe the remaining Centurions. He doesn't even bother reporting in on his Predator's condition, fully focused on killing the Cylons, fueled by his rage, despite smoke trailing his bird.

Maia takes a pretty big hit this time, her right wing fielding most of it. "Oh don't worry, it's only the wing," she tells the ECO, trying to be a smartass. Luckily though it was only that one hit as the bullets whiz past the canopy harmlessly. Her evasive maneuver unfortunately threw her off and she doesn't get a hit in, her own attempt misses its mark.

Oh, there was a rocket coming for his Predator? That one catches Jason unaware, and as it explodes into the body of the craft, it sends it off on a bit of a wild roll, guns blazing, until Jason can get the control back now. He moves for one of the remaining Cylons, grimacing a bit as he does.

<COMBAT> Maia attacks Centgrp-1 with Missile Ap - Critical wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Darius attacks Centaa-2 with 20mm Minigun - Serious wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Agrippa attacks Centaa-2 with 20mm Minigun and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Phin passes.
<COMBAT> Bennett attacks Centgrp-1 with 20mm Minigun and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Jason attacks Centaa-2 with 20MM MINIGUN - Critical wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Centaa-2 uses a Missile He!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Very Far From Predator-4951e - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Predator-4951e is not hit by shrapnel.
<COMBAT> Piconcivs-3 attacks Centgrp-1 with Rifle and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Phin with Lmg Ap but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Phin with Lmg Ap but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Phin with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Phin with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Phin with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Phin with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Phin with Lmg Ap but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Phin with Lmg Ap - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Phin with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 attacks Phin with Lmg Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kalum has started a new turn. Pose and choose your action.

<COMBAT> Centaa-2 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Centgrp-1 has been KO'd!

SCENE SET: The amount of firepower dumped onto the last remaining Centurions is frightening. They are torn apart, and barely anything is left that is recognizable. However, they get off a few more shots at Phin, but none quite find the mark. The guns in the town on either side fall silent. The sawmill continues to burn, and several of the houses have caught fire — either from the Centurions setting them or the missiles launched by the Colonials. A man stumbles down mainstreet, clutching his arm, which appears to be missing. A young girl runs out to shake the body of her father. A family lies in a bloody heap, cut down like dogs as they fled. Around the peaks of the nearby mountains clouds begin to gather, threatening snow once more.

The eerie, smoking silence that settles over the town is not something Bennett is unfamiliar with. This is usually the point at which she's able to assist in evacuating those still alive, and ferrying the dead back to their final rest. But in the predator, she can do little more than watch wordlessly, jaw tight, as the breadth of the carnage is taken in.

Phin is pinged by the concentrated Cylon fire on him, but not much else. If he wasn't flying a large metal death trap at insane speeds, he'd indulge in some relief. As it is, all he can do is smile at being in one piece while he makes another fly-over of the town, to survey its condition.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Tower, Butch. All enemy contacts have been eliminated. Requesting immediate medevac for the survivors."

[Into the Wireless] Agrippa says, "Butch, Punchie. Do we flight air cover for the town until evac arrives?"

Darius exhausted from the tension of battle, leans back in his seat, and glances wordlessly bac at his ECO as they contemplate the massacre that happened here. If only they were here sooner, maybe they could have prevented this.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Punchdrunk, Butch. Affirmative, resume patrol until the raptors arrive."

[Into the Wireless] Kalum says, "Butch, Tower: Roger that. MedEvac Raptors are in bound. Can you ascertain how many survivors there are, and what is the status of the town?"

Slowly relaxing as the battle comes to an end, growing quiet, Agrippa pulls his Predator up and after getting an answer to his question, he begins the patrol pattern over the skies of town. As he does so, Punchdrunk goes through the damage status of his fighter-bomber, and tries to initiate the bypass for his weapons system.

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Tower, Butch. I estimate fifty to one hundred survivors, maximum. There is at least one class A, possible class K fire burning, with a number of smaller ones around the perimeter and numerous stockpiled combustibles. I would wager around thirty percent of the structures have been destroyed or damaged beyond repair. I suggest complete evacuation."

SCENE SET: Watching from on high the Predators are helpless to aid the survivors left in Belgravia beyond what they have already done. A girl stands in the middle of the street, her mouth open wide as if to scream, but the sound can't be heard by the Colonials. What is left of the civilians run out to the torn up bodies, and hold them close. Others grab wounded, and try to drag them off the street. Some wave at the Predators in a vain attempt to signal their desperation to them. Near the sawmill, several large stockpiles of wood are beginning to smoulder.

[Into the Wireless] Kalum says, "Butch, Tower: Roger that. Scrambling further Raptors to aid in the Medevac. Please remain on station until they arrive. Over."

[Into the Wireless] Bennett says, "Tower, Butch copies."

Phin takes up a patrol position over the town. What's left of the town.

Darius had to learn a very hard lesson today, that sometimes, no matter how good you are, you never can be everywhere, everytime and tragedies like this will happen. It does however, strengthen his resolve to never allow the Cylons a foothold here again and to do his level best to wipe them out.

"Frak," Maia murmurs to herself. "Somehow I wonder if we did more bad than good here." Looking troubled, she remains on patrol, forced to watch while waiting for the medevac.

Bennett seems tempted, just for a moment, to bring her bird in to land. But a job is a job is a job, and she remains aloft while coordinating the rescue with Crandall Tower— even as desperate people begin clambering atop sheds and vehicles in an effort to bring them closer to the circling fighters. This, this is what stings more than anything.

SCENE SET: In about an hour, a dozen Raptors appear first on DRADIS, and then swiftly approach the town. They radio their arrival to the Predators, and pass swiftly over the town — searching for a safe place to land. The ships swing around in a lazy arc, and then slowly descend on the streets of the town. They settle down bravely near to ruined and burning buildings, and open their hatches. Marines, Corpsman, and Doctors leap out of the Raptors and start gathering up the Civilians. The operation takes another couple of hours, and then soon the Raptors are lifting off and returning to Crandall.

Muttering a bit at the Predator, Jason lets his Predator fly a bit wider for a few moments, attempting to figure out just how much damage it took out there. But soon thereafter it's back in normal patrol patterns, until the medevac comes, and such.

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