AWD #431: There Goes Our Ride
There Goes Our Ride
Summary: With all the Crandall Marines deployed, that leaves a few visiting Orion Marines to be scrambled to Aerilon to do a medevac on a recon unit that was just discovered…with no medic and an underarmored Raptor that gets ripped to shreds. Who will save them?! Find out! Below.
Date: 26/08/2016
Related Logs: None
Agrippa Elena Kapali Knox Randy 
Aerilon
See log body…
13/03/2006

Knox, Kapali, and Randy were checking in on Picon. They were there with Knox while he was going to help with a radar system when the alert went out for troops in contact with immediate need for support and medevac on Aerilon. At Crandall, the Marines are mostly deployed so that leaves the small team of Orion Marines and what they brought with them. They all run like hell to grab gear and supplies and get onto a Raptor - a depressingly under-armed Raptor.

Knox grabs his usual gear-up without his typical odd camo style and a radio set that looks like a back-up from twenty years ago. Chest rig with seven mags and a crust helmet, he runs for the Raptor with everyone else.

The pilot tells them there is already support craft being alerted to scramble from the primary battlegroup and their ETA is likely twenty minutes. The rest? "We've got a recon team on Aerilon that got found." The pilot can't be more than 19 or so. "We'll drop you close, but they've taken heavy casualties. There's a couple SAMs in the area so we are NOT landing. You are jumping! We'll get as low as possible!" And that's what happens. During the drop in, they can see out the front window that there is flak busting everywhere and Centurions all over the place. This is starting to look like a bad idea. But the pilot pilots towards a yellow smoke grenade at the edge of a treeline. The field is small, though. 200m long by 20m wide and the defenders on the east side of the elongated side. Several Cents can be seen on the ground as they are all rocked hard by the flak. When they drop below the treeline, though, they can see more in the trees. Machinegun fire begins panging hard off the side without the door. Alarms in the Raptor start going off. Time to get the frak out!

A brief glimpse of a fierce grin forms on Kapali's face at the words that they'll be jumping, not strapped into the bird like cans in a crate plummeting toward the ground at an insane speed, rattling against each other until or until not making a crater. She'd grabbed her usual combat gear, though sporting a new helmet that is NOT equally sporting a puncture from a piece of shrapnel, and secured herself for the duration of the ride after doing her usual pre-battle pat down of gear to make sure every damn thing is precisely where she wants it. Safely keeping her tongue out from between her teeth, so as to avoid biting it when the bird starts to rock and roll. Using her mark 1 binocs, that's eyeballing it, as she presses against the inner curve of the hull and angles a look through the window, she gives a low whistle at the sight of the centurions that are all over the damn place. "That's the sound of opportunity knocking!" she voices into the team com, that fierce grin again forming, however briefly, as she releases her safety harness and prepares to follow Randy and Knox out through the hatch on the bird. Exit, stage left!

They have what they have, and for Randy, that means her regular EOD kit, which isn't tuned for a rescue, let alone a hot one. "Frak, I knew we should have prioritized spec-ing those kits," Randy grumbles as she's rifling through her equipment for a brief moment on the Raptor. She stays rather quiet in the back tucked in next to Knox and Kapali, sandwiched. "Shite they're worse than Caprican roaches." Randy stares at the Centurions for a split second before she readies up to drop behind Knox.

While the Raptor is flying in, Knox is staring out the front of the canopy. He's got his usual setup and trying to hook-up the radio, but he's taking careful notes of where the fire is coming from. Even while the flak busts nearby, he doesn't move from between the seats. Tight grip, he seems to have memorized it as the door opens. When the alarms start sounding, he turns and moves for the door and takes a flying leap with his rifle, heading for the treeline. Crashing to the ground, he rounds up quickly and hauls. he points to Randy, "You're in command here! I'm on the radio!"

When they get into the treeline, there are four 'Marines' still fighting and one assisting. In reality, they are just Aerilonian Army. Grunts. Kids in heavier-than-normal camo. A couple fourteen year olds and two older by a year or so. They all look scared as hell, but they are returning fire like any trained fighter, and the two 'adults' with them, the team leaders, are down and badly wounded. A girl of about 13 is trying desperately to treat them with what she knows. Meanwhile gunfire cracks into the tree's overhead all around them.

As the Raptor behind them begins to lift off, the rounds incoming get more intense. The tracers from the woods beyond reach out as it becomes visible in the sky. It suddenly kicks to the right, then begins slewing to the left. The ECO suddenly leaps from the door at over 100' from the ground. The ejection seat of the pilot fires at the same time. The canopy blows off, tumbling into the sky, and the seat kicks. The pilot fires another 300' into the air. Tracers arc up and tear the pilot apart even before he's managed to depart the seat. Descending like a rock, he never leaves the chair and enters the trees a 1/4 mile away. Meanwhile the ECO dives into the dirt and, despite efforts, lands head first. He hits with a thud and ceases moving.

[Into the Wireless] Knox says, "All birds, Mike-Six,Four! Iur Raptor is down! We are cut off and requesting immediate air support on grid coords five-five-one, two-one-niner! Caution flak! No known SAMs! Check-in on inbound, over!"

That brief terrifying exhilarating amazing moment of flying before the determine pull of gravity, the snap of the parachute jerking her back upwards a bit, and that sudden rush of the ground toward her at speed. She unhinges her jaw, knees and arms flexed, deliberately relaxing that instant before she hits the ground, letting the momentum roll her forward, releasing the tether on the parachute as she lets the momentum roll her to one knee, weapon ready, before she gathers up the chute as well and stows it with speed. A single glance is swept around, taking in the small group of soldiers before her attention lifts upward, sweeping the rifle in a contained arc as she watches the ECo and Pilot try to eject safely from the ship. She is on her feet now, ranged in proximity to Coop and checking the surround. "Damned crazy ass pilots, going and being fraking heroic too," regret in her voice, low spoken that it is.

Randy follows Knox out of the hatch, a half-step behind. Her trajectory isn't nearly as far out as his, so it works out. "TREELINE GO! GO!" No looking back, no looking back, la la la, Randy sings in her 'inside voice' for a moment as she books it to the treeline. Once there, she checks back over her shoulder for their bird, just in time to see it get chewed up in the heat of the battle. "Frak! Just what we need, more people to save," spoken far too soon. Randy shakes her head to get her eyes away from the carnage and focus on a fresher hell. She checks her gear a hot second out of habit and motions towards the Centurions. "We need to secure those soldiers now. Kapali. I want a grenade in their faces so we can move up on my mark."

Knox sets up behind a tree and is looking across the clearing as the Raptor goes down. He makes his radio call and it's not pretty. The guy is calling for air support with a bit of feirceness to his voice. The rifle comes up low as he looks off towards the tree's across the way. "INCOMING!"

The Raptor in the sky, unpiloted, swings for a few seconds before crashing down and exploding hard. The blast is about 300m away but they can feel the fuel cooking off and catching their breath. The heat causes a blink or two. Meanwhile the kids keep shooting as more Centurions appear through the treeline.

[Into the Wireless] Knox says, "Copy, Sandy! Mike Six-Four! Glad to hear you. We are under heavy fire with many inbound! Will advi- *gunfire drowns*"

<COMBAT> Kapali uses a Handgrenade Frag!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Cent1 - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Cent1 - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Cent1 - Light wound to Right Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Cent1 - Moderate wound to Right Foot (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Cent1 - Light wound to Left Hand (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Cent1 - ARMOR on Right Leg stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Cent1 - Light wound to Right Foot (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Knox fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent2 with Rifle AP - Serious wound to Right Hand (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent2 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent2 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Cent4 attacks Knox with LMG Tripod - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Randy with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent2 attacks Knox with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent1 attacks Knox with LMG Tripod - Moderate wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> Randy fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Randy attacks Cent3 with Rifle AP - Moderate wound to Right Hand (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Randy attacks Cent3 with Rifle AP and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Randy attacks Cent3 with Rifle AP - Serious wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Cent1 has been KO'd!

Cooper is in the midst of his radio call when the heavy fire starts. Maybe they identified a Six on the other side. Two rounds rip into him. The plate carrier stops the hit to his chest, but the one on his arm turns him back behind the cover of a tree. "Shit. Frak." He tries to shake it off and returns fire, hitting one a few times. "Frak YOU!" He's bleeding but still operational.

"No basket weaving, check," Kapali's reply is accompanied by the securing of the rifle where it hangs from the tactical sling that's wrong cross body. She unclips one of the grenades and assesses the incoming centurions with narrowed eyes, doing the math to factor approach vector, speed, the variable of wind and other elements before she cocks back her left arm, waits a precise fraction of time then heaves the grenade right at the Centurions, taking a knee immediately afterward to minimize her target profile while bringing the rifle back around again, toggling the selector from single to burst as she does so and rising to advance in that odd looking knees bent elbows tucked in pace.

Cooper is in the midst of his radio call when the heavy fire starts. Maybe they identified a Six on the other side. Two rounds rip into him. The plate carrier stops the hit to his chest, but the one on his arm turns him back behind the cover of a tree. "Shit. Frak." He tries to shake it off and returns fire, hitting one a few times. "Frak YOU!" He's bleeding but still operational. He rips a smoke grenade of his vest and chucks it as hard as he can.

<FS3> Knox rolls Body+body: Failure.

[Into the Wireless] Knox breathes heavily. "Sandy Low Lead, Mike Six-Four. We're already taking hits. Taking heavy machinegun fire." There's silence for a few moments. "FRAK! Sandy, Dustoff, This is Mike. Popping yellow on our position! Standby!"

Sergeant Flynn holds her hand up and then throws the signal before rushing forward. She roars at the incoming fire, laying down covering fire before squaring up for a real shot. Ping! "Head shot," she breathes behind a tree before she tries to move forward again to close the distance with the Aerilons, waiting for the cover of the smoke grenade before she dashes in without firing so she won't give her position away.

<COMBAT> Knox fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent2 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Right Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent2 with Rifle AP and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent2 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Cent4 with Rifle Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Knox with LMG Tripod - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Cent2 attacks Kapali with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent4 attacks Knox with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

The fire from the kids is relentless, but not super accurate. They're equal targets in the whole matter. One of the riflemen, one of the 14 year olds, shouts a cheer just before his jaw and the right side of his head comes apart. He falls silent by the rifle. The kid next to him starts crying, but continues returning fire. Meanwhile the 'medic' girl at the rear is doing CPR on the woman who is badged as a Staff Sergeant. She completely ignores the bullets ripping the branches apart around her, pumping 15 and breathing three. Watching her, it seems like she's just in an instruction class while the world explodes around her.

Knox returns fire once more while trying to make a radio call. It's filled with gunfire. He takes another graze, though, and shuffles back behind the tree for a moment. "I think I pissed them off!" he calls out, sounding a little pained. But he turns back to return fire again.

Firing in controlled bursts, Kapali paces so that she doesn't outstrip Randy or leave Knox behind, making sure that her line of fire does not cross either position NOR endangers the kids, that is, Aerilon Army irregulars that are already on the ground. The nasty whine and buzz of bullets ripping through the air makes her move with as much caution edged with focused intent. "Check your armor for a giant bullseye," she quips in a terse voice as she spares a glance in his direction then forward in time to see the one of the kids's take a round that explodes the side of his face. The sudden, sodden, spray of blood, bits of bone and gray matter exploding outward even as his body drops, the rifle falling silent. She advances forward, continuing to fire in controlled bursts until reaching the edge of the little group of Aerilon irregulars, "Are there any more survivors of your unit?" she asks in a voice pitched to carry over the sound of weapons fire, aiming this at the girl doing CPR on the Staff sergeant.

"Keep laying down cover fire! I'm with you," Randy grits out after the teenager falls. Her eyes are dark, muzzle spray flashes across her eyes, reflecting the carnage. "MEDIC!" she uses the general term. "IS SHE STILL ALIVE?!" She reaches for one of her grenades and pulls the pin with her teeth before lobbing at the incoming Centurions. "Grenade!" She tucks her head and body down, covering her ears before the blast rings out. "Frak…" Randy realizes her and Kapali are stepping over each other's shoes metaphorically so she scoots up to join the little guy whose buddy just got his jaw blown away. Randy pushes the body aside with some brief care.

<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Cent4 with Rifle Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Randy uses a Handgrenade Frag!
<COMBAT>
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Very Far From Cent6 - Light wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Cent6 is not hit by shrapnel.
<COMBAT> Cent6 attacks Kapali with LMG Tripod - Critical wound to Neck (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cent5 attacks Randy with LMG Tripod but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Knox fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent2 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent2 with Rifle AP and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent2 with Rifle AP - Moderate wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Cent4 attacks Knox with LMG Tripod - Light wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Cent2 attacks Randy with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Kapali with LMG Tripod - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).

<COMBAT> Cent2 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Kapali has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Knox has been KO'd!

The 'medic' cries back, "No! This is everyone! Cant talk!" But its all she can manage while working CPR. The girl just continues working, refusing to quit. She can't be more than five feet and looks like she could use a few cheeseburgers, but the girl isn't quitting. Even when a round blows through and punches a whole right through her backpack and out the other side.

Knox takes another hit and cusses loudly, but he's still engaging while trying to make radio calls. the guy is nearly shouting in the mic over the sound of the gunfire.

Meanwhile the pilots overhead get a good view of what is going down. There's an exploded Raptor in the trees just to the northeast about half a mile. In the trees beyond they can see fifty or sixty Centurions rushing the position. For them, though, it's a sudden introduction. Just as they spot the targets, flak starts busting all over the place. The angry black splatters appear everywhere as the pilots ingress to the position and the targets start becoming more apparent.

[Into the Wireless] Knox transmits over the sound of gunfire. "Sandy Low Lead, Mike Six-Four! Primary Flak Gun! From my smoke, bearing three one five for half a mile! He's in the trees! We are not danger close! .. Dustoff-One! If you are armed we have heavies in the trees five hundred meters west of yellow smoke! Frag 'em!"

[Into the Wireless] Agrippa says, "Mike Six-Four, Sandy, I copy. Starting bombing run Primary Flak Gun, will be carpeting the area. Over."

Knox takes the hit to his right hand, again, and it throws his hand off the rifle. He takes a moment to deal with the shock and looks down at his gloved hand. Well. That's not pretty. He powers through it and goes back to shoot again.

Those on the ground will soon hear the unmistakeable roar of Colony jet engines way before they see it. The five mikes that they had to wait for must have been the longest five mikes ever but now with each second ticking by, the roar of engines grow louder and louder. Soon, they should be able to see the unmistaken sight of a Predator tearing through the atmosphere at top speed, its direction? One of the AA Batteries that no doubt helped cause this mess. Though the anti-aircraft guns may be training their weapons at the approaching the bird, the pilot appears to be rather daring, going straight for the battery.

With the multiple incoming attacks, Randy prioritizes her defense /just in time/ as she draws the interest of two Centurions. She has to duck out of her throw, causing it to clip a trunk and only spray the Toaster a little, like a flick on the proverbial ear. "I need practice," Randy sounds apalled as she swings her rifle into position. As she can hear her fellow Marines getting chewed up. Should she draw some of the fire, or would that just compromise everyone at this point. This is not the decision she ever wanted to make. Sergeant Flynn calls on the local comms, "Kno-" but even as she's about to call out, she clicks off to hear Knox transmit and the bursting flack. She takes aim even as everything gets lit up and lays out some controlled burst fire on one of the Centurions. "WE NEED TO RETREAT WHEN THE BOMBARDMENT STARTS!" she shouts back to what she thinks is Corporal Kapali and the Medic, assuming the boy can hear her. "THAT'S AN ORDER!" The stench of blood and smoke is thick. She takes a moment to pop off a burst of fire on one of the Toasters.

Centurions in the trees? Back then Heron was in the resistance on Picon, that was her worst nightmare. She grins underneath her helmet. Who's laughing now, frakkin' toasters? She heads in low and fast for a bombing run.

"Copy that," Kapali is saying as she angles her head to speak into the com while taking a knee again to cover the young medic while she does her work. "This is all that's left - -" is as far as she gets when a line of scorching heat slices across the side of her neck, followed immediately by the impact of a round that smacks off of her body armor even as she's slapping a hand over the side of her neck. The sudden wash of blood makes her right hand slippery, muscle memory as much as anything else has her toggling the selector to safety, sliding the rifle around and out of the way as she opens her first aid kit, one handed, and slaps a handful of bandages over the side of her neck, held in place now with one bloody hand, while she reaches into the kit again. Mercifully the wash of blood isn't spurting, even she knows blood spurting is bad, and while she makes a hissing sound between her teeth she snags the tube of sealant from the kit, swabs roughly at the skin then sprays the sealant while pinching the skin together one handed, making a frakking mess with the aim but slaps the bloody bandage in place again. Ripping off pieces of tape, by the expedient method of using her teeth, she tapes the bandage down and fumbles the kit closed again. The incongruous sight of a smiley face printed bandage, done in sharpie, smeared with blood, is just proof that she'd had to much time on her hands at some point. She scrubs her bloodied hands against the grass, swings the rifle around again and rises from where she'd knelt near the medic, resting that still bloodied hand on the medic's shoulder. "We need to evac," she says, her grip firm and prepared to drag the medic with, if need be.

<COMBAT> Elena uses a Bomb Racks!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Grp1 - Critical wound to Head.
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - ARMOR on Left Arm stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - ARMOR on Right Hand stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - ARMOR on Abdomen stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - ARMOR on Left Hand stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - ARMOR on Left Hand stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - Serious wound to Head (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - Moderate wound to Left Arm (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - ARMOR on Left Hand stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - Serious wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - Critical wound to Right Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - ARMOR on Left Leg stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - ARMOR on Right Leg stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp1 - Moderate wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Randy fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Randy attacks Cent3 with Rifle Ap - ARMOR on Left Hand stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Randy attacks Cent3 with Rifle Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Randy attacks Cent3 with Rifle Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kapali treats Kapali:

< Neck (Critical): unsuccessful
< Chest (Moderate): unsuccessful

<COMBAT> Cent5 attacks Randy with LMG Tripod - Light wound to Abdomen (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Flak2 uses a Grenadelaunch Frag!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Close To Predator-8269y - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8269y - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8269y - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8269y - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Flak1 uses a Grenadelaunch Frag!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Pretty Close To Predator-8269y - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8269y - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8269y - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8269y - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8269y - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Predator-8269y - ARMOR on Tail stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cent6 attacks Knox with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Randy with LMG Tripod but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Agrippa uses a Bomb Racks!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Pretty Close To Aa Battery-5435a - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5435a - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5435a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5435a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5435a - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-5435a - ARMOR on Weapon stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp1 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cent4 attacks Randy with LMG Tripod - Moderate wound to Right Hand.

<COMBAT> Aa Battery-5435a has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Flak1 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Grp1 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Randy has been KO'd!

The situation on the ground is getting ugly. The 'medic' is still trying depserately to save the life of the female Staff Sergeant. The male Gunny is unconscious but still breathing. Meanwhile the machinegunner 15 year old takes a shot to the shoulder and screams, her cry cutting across everything. The wounded are mounting. The assistant gunner, another girl, tries to take over the gun and start shooting. no treatment to the wounded. It's a feat of training. The horrors of war. The girl lays crying with half her clavical missing while her AG takes it up and continues firing, cutting down another Centurion.

Meanwhile above, the aircraft streak across the sky, dropping their payloads. the Centurions stops for a moment and seem to try to figure out the more important targets before then trying to rush once more. This isn't over.

[Into the Wireless] Knox is pained, "Six-four to Sandy! Good splash! One more, south of smoke, one mile! Hit it!" he pauses, hurting. "Break, break! Dustoff One! We need immediate evac! Get in and land on our smoke! Multiple wounded, over!" Trust a skinjob for it?
[Into the Wireless] Agrippa says, "Mike Six-Four, Sandy copies, starting second bombing run. Over."

Low, fast and steady, the Raptor sails overhead, dropping its bombs on the toasters in the woods. Ellie doesn't get to see the results, but Knox's call over the wireless elicits a grim chuckle in the cabin. She banks and turns, heading back for the evac.

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Mike Six-Four, Dustoff copies, coming in for evac. Over."

In the game of explosive chicken, it appears that the Predator wins over the two AA-Batteries as their flak grenades explode around the supersonic fighter-bomber, the shrapnel doing nothing but perhaps scratch up the paint. The first set of bombs released by Agrippa, however, brings hell upon the anti-aircraft guns. Instead of relying on shrapnel, the Predator pilot actually drops the bomb right onto the battery where the bullseye turns the AA emplacement into a smoking crater. There is a slight waggle of wings for half a second as the Predator screams away, only to bank port to come back around with new directional instructions. Agrippa is flying to the second target with intent, another set of present gift wrapped and ready to go.

One can dodge bullets only so much. Randy presses her luck. As she sidesteps , one bullet just misses her and another tags her in the stomach, hitting her armor. She styas standing and trains her aim, but it's blasted all to hell when a bullet impacts with her hand. "FRAK MOTHER FRAKKING!" The nerves spike until the adrenaline floods to match it. "Begin evac, begin evac Kapali." Randy breathes raggedly into the comms, "Over." Then she dips down to try and grab the unconscious breathing kid into a fireman's carry to make a run back to put some distance between her and the Centurions.

The bandage on the side of Kapali's neck is stained, rapidly, with the seepage of blood that even the sprayed sealant isn't stopping. Seeing the look on the face of the medic, Kapali sets her teeth, yanks one glove off, and slaps the medic sharply enough to make the impact sting, the sound carrying. "Get up, or die here," the words grated from between her clenched teeth. She doesn't give the medic a lot of time to debate the binary selection of options as she grabs a fist full of the medic's combats, lets hear it for bloody hand prints, and hauls the medic to her feet, using her free hand to press against the side of her neck. Willing or no, she's hauling the kid with. Seems to be a pattern.

<COMBAT> Grp2 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod - Light wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Nose stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent4 attacks Knox with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Agrippa uses a Bomb Racks!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Aa Battery-9339e - Critical wound to Body.
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9339e - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9339e - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9339e - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Aa Battery-9339e - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Knox fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent4 with Rifle AP - Light wound to Left Hand (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent4 with Rifle AP - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent4 with Rifle AP and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent4 with Rifle AP - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent4 with Rifle AP and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Knox attacks Cent5 with Rifle AP and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kapali fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Cent5 with Rifle Ap but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Cent5 with Rifle Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Cent5 with Rifle Ap but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Flak2 uses a Grenadelaunch Frag!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Pretty Close To Raptor-2856l - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raptor-2856l - Moderate wound to ECM.
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Raptor-2856l - ARMOR on Right Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cent6 attacks Kapali with LMG Tripod - Light wound to Right Arm.
<COMBAT> Cent5 attacks Kapali with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Cent4 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Aa Battery-9339e has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Flak2 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Kapali has been KO'd!

[Into the Wireless] Agrippa says, "Mike Six-Four, Sandy, second AA Emplacement is history. Status on your Marines, over."
[Into the Wireless] Knox is still firing, shouting over it. "Sandy Low Lead, hit any viable targets outside out range! We are heavy wounded! Dustoff appears to be landing! Continue cover, over!"

<FS3> Elena rolls Piloting: Failure.

Heron is going to land this frakking bird, and she's going to land it right here, right now. She's not risking a second pass. She comes in under heavy fire, missing the clearing by about twenty feet and taking out some trees that could have been described as 'stately'. The hatch is open before she's even fully landed. She looks around to see if they need her to unbuckle and assist.

Once more, the Predator roars right towards the AA Battery though this time its guns are pointed at the Raptor that is descending to make an emergency extraction on the wounded Marines. Without the worry of eating a frag grenade head on, Agrippa once more lines up a brutally accurate drop, the bombs with the aid of gravity whistles down right on target. Punching into the turrets, they burst them wide open with explosive energy, but not before it was able to sing out with a final barrage at the Raptor. With the two major threats to airborne targets out of commission permanently, the stalking Predator is now trying to decide on what to hit next.

The rest of the kids at the site seem to be rally'd by the amount of incoming ordnance. There aren't many of them left but they seem like they're possessed. The kids react like any trained soldier. Despite being in their early teens, they lay down fire as best they can. The 7th grader that took over the M240 is yelling as he holds a hand up to feed the rounds and fires on nearly full auto. But with the direction to move, they will. But not without doing it right. Meanwhile the 'young' medic at the rear refuses to quit on her CPR. Even as she's grabbed at, she finally punches the Staff Sergeant right in the chest with a closed fist. As she's pulled off, the medic cries out for help as the Staff comes back to life and starts coughing. Meanwhile the Gunny to her side is badly wounded but at least he is still breathing.

"Frakking crazy pants medics," Kapali mutters as the medic shakes her off, giving the marine time to sweep a look around again, unhooking the second of the two frags that she's carrying, "Sarge, permission to hoick a grenade again?"

"Kap-Knox! I'm going back in for wounded! Let it ride Kap!" No need to go over the chain of command since it's pretty clear. Randy's /not/ ordering Kapali to go back in. She grunts and sprints back towards the place they just evacuated, towards the directiong Kapali will be fragging, dashing to try and get back to the wounded.

<COMBAT> Knox finishes reloading.
<COMBAT> Kapali uses a Handgrenade Frag!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Very Far From Cent5 - Light wound to Head.
<COMBAT> Cent5 is not hit by shrapnel.
<COMBAT> Agrippa uses a Bomb Racks!
<COMBAT> Grp2 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent5 fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Cent5 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent5 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cent5 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent3 fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent6 fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Cent6 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Left Wing stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cent6 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent6 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod and MISSES!

Tightly controlling her aim, Kapali angles so that she is NOT aiming downrange at Randy as she plunks away at the centurions, holding the line so that everyone who can evac can be evacuated. Last off, last on, mentality.

While Agrippa is flying at a slightly higher elevation after taking out the two main targets, he is attempting to keep an eye on the battlefield below, to see if he can provide any sort of close support to the Marines who appear to be in bad shape. However, he is suddenly interrupted when a stream of LMG fire streaks up from the ground, all missing the cockpit area except one round that impacts. Since the hit was so close to the pilot and the ECO, they feel the impact fully though the armor protects both officers. The Predator pilot immediately searches for the Centurions that are aiming up at him, beginning his third and last bombing run.

Randy gets back to the Staff Sergeant, somehow miraculously unscathed, though Elena's crazy arse landing probably helped distract the tin cans a little. She doesn't even bother to assess the woman medically. Instead, she goes right into another fireman's carry. The only easy thing about being small is she can bend and hitch the bodies right up over her shoulder. Whether she can bear the weight is another matter, but she sets off charging back towards her comrades without looking back. "FRIENDLY COMING FRIENDLY!" she shouts as he pounds through the terrain heavily.

Elena unstraps herself from the pilot's seat, heading out to help get the wounded on board. "What's the head count?" she asks, trying to keep down low and close to the Raptor.

Still crouched just outside the Raptor, Kapali provides cover fire for Randy as she hauls wounded to the bird to be on loaded, "I don't know," she confesses before wiping her bloody hand against her combats and shifting the grip on her rifle from left to right, wiping her other hand down, then shifting the rifle back again. "five, maybe, six? including us, plus your crew."

""Knox, this is Flynn. Back to the bird. Over," Randy relays through huffs as she makes her way back. Thank the gods for PT, thank them, no seriously Randy, remember tomorrow to go to Chapel. Randy lays the Staff Sergeant down on the floor of the Raptor for the Medic to attend to and then helps load the other wounded and other survivors into the Raptor. "We going to be heavy?" Randy shouts to Elena as she takes aim at the incoming Centurions.

"Only 'cause you got a big butt," Heron sasses back, slipping back into the pilot seat and buckling herself in. She gets ready to take off as soon as Knox gets his ass on board the Raptor.

<COMBAT> Randy fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Randy attacks Cent5 with Rifle Ap - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Randy attacks Cent5 with Rifle Ap - ARMOR on Head stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Randy attacks Cent5 with Rifle Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Knox finishes reloading.
<COMBAT> Cent5 fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Cent5 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent5 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent5 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Controls stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Agrippa uses a Bomb Racks!
<COMBAT> EXPLOSION! Right Next To Grp2 - Critical wound to Head.
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp2 - ARMOR on Right Hand stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp2 - Moderate wound to Right Leg (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp2 - ARMOR on Right Hand stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp2 - ARMOR on Neck stops the attack!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp2 - Moderate wound to Chest (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp2 - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> SHRAPNEL! Grp2 - Serious wound to Left Hand (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Kapali fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Cent3 with Rifle Ap - ARMOR on Right Leg stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Cent3 with Rifle Ap and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Kapali attacks Cent3 with Rifle Ap - ARMOR on Chest stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cent6 fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Cent6 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cent6 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cent6 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 fires fullauto!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Grp2 attacks Agrippa with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent3 fires a 3 round burst!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Engine stops the attack!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Cent3 attacks Elena with LMG Tripod - ARMOR on Body stops the attack!

<COMBAT> Grp2 has been KO'd!

With effort, more effort than is pretty, Kapali climbs into the Raptor and wedges herself into the first open space that isn't already occupied by another body. Her weapons are checked, muscle memory as much as anything else. She takes the time to press a fresh wad of bandages against the side of her neck before tipping her head to the side and applying as much pressure as seems wise. I.E. not enough to cut off the flow of blood to or from her brain, as that seems like a bad idea.

"This ammo just isn't frakking good enough!" Randy growls in frustration as the armor of the Centurion just eats up all the kinetic energy and grinds the bullets to a halt. She's not boarding the Raptor, defending it furiously to try and cut a way for Knox, wherever he might be coming from at this point. She bursts at the same Centurion, yelling, "WHY WON'T YOU FRAKKING DIE?!"
[Into the Wireless] Agrippa says, "Dustoff, Sandy, what is your status? My bomb racks are dry though one more group of tin cans pasted. Over."

[Into the Wireless] Elena says, "Sandy, Dustoff. Almost all on board. Waiting on Knox, over."

Attracting the attention of the Predator is a very bad idea and the group of Centurions that had decided to aim up and fire on the Colonial Fighter-Bomber certainly learned their lesson. The last cluster of bombs are dropped into the formation of tin cans when Agrippa roars over them in his Predator. The explosion as well as the shrapnel pretty much clears the area, some melted from the eat of the explosions, others torn to pieces. Punchdrunk pulls the flightstick back as he chimes in on his comm and then he turns his head slightly to talk to his ECO, "Bobkins, make sure to keep scanning for any inbound Raiders. This isn't a Viper but we need to make sure they don't go for the Raptor."

With the wounded and the kids being loaded on board, it gets pretty damned cramped and very fast. Elena finds noplace to even stand and has to retreat to the cockpit to fly them out. Even as the hatch closes, they're probably all thankful for the extra armor on the outside of the transport. But Agrippa's continues strikes leave the Cylons on the ground looking for a different attack vector. Even as the Raptor lifts at, they shoot in wild directions. Some of them at the abandoned positions, but a fewer try to hit the Raptor as it jets off. Meanwhile all around them, the smoking hulks of dozens of Centurions are left smoldering while rounds cook off.

Unless otherwise stated, the content of this page is licensed under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 License