31 Oct: Old allies, old feuds, part 4

Orion mercenaries that are blockading the House Sorzal shipyards have made themselves comfortable at the hydrogen mining facility in the orbit of the local gas giant. It’s time to evict these interlopers, even if it means setting the place on fire…

Shift Time: Sunday, Oct 31, Alpha -1

Audience: KDF and allies

Event Type: Combat RP

Starting Point: Starship bridge/infirmary

GM: @gulremal

OOC: time might be subject to change by an hour due to Daylight saving changes shenanigans happening this weekend.

Mission log

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Almost a day after the debriefing of Lt. Mayaq, Woldan relief taskforce arrived at the outskirts of the Udran system.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Kunang shipyards are located in the high orbit of the system’s single sun, and long range scans show that the main facility is still non-functional. Nuv satellite defense system is operational, at least 30 satellites covering the most critical locations - main facility and dozen of main drydocks.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> At safe distance, multiple orion and lethean patrols keep the close watch on the facility, occasionally being replaced by squadrons arriving from the gas giants, the only other stellar body within the system. On Lagos’ order, Woldan’s main force is staying under the cloak, circling the outer system to prevent easy detection by the orion patrols

Egzo@HF_Mudd considers the tactical plot, probing for weakness

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> San’leth returns from the scouting patrol of the gas giant…

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: Well, I hope B’Atar had more luck than I did…

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: “They’ve definitely dug in at the mining facility for now. One battleship and two cruisers in orbit, with two groups of three frigates and several fighter wings on patrol.”

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: “Six more cruisers docked with the facility itself. Good news is, the facility doesn’t seem to have any defenses, just some heavy armour. Probably why they’re relying on patrols.”

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: “Nothing a few torpedoes shouldn’t be able to break through, though.”

Egzo@HF_Mudd hrmms but nods.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: whistles That quite a lot of firepower for a mercenary op. Only a few groups can bring so much heat.

[Local] Aestae Vali@crystyll: “They’re called the Latinum Wings, and they are led by a self proclaimed Admiral Nishke”

[Local] Aestae Vali@crystyll: “We’ve got intel that links them to House Mokai”

Egzo@HF_Mudd looks to Aestae’s hologram, then back to the plot.

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: “So they are being supported and this isn’t just an opportunistic op…”

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: Nishke? I haven’t heard that name in a while. Former Syndicate, some folks even thought she’d go after D’ian and take her place, but I guess she had other plans.

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: “Looks like.”

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: So that battleship must be her flagship, Repossessor.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: We should definitely try to evade that bugger and his two escorts, or we’ll get swarmed by fighter craft in seconds.

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: “Aye. Best thing to do would be to hit the mining facility as hard and fast as we can, to make sure these additional cruisers don’t have time to undock.”

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: “We could sneak past the ships in high orbit, engage the patrols and have one or two ships make a run for the facility while everyone else keeps the patrols occupied.”

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: “Then break off, cloak and run for it?”

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: “That’s the idea. Much as I’d love to see that battleship go down, we’re probably gonna need more firepower.”

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: You guys amaze me, to be sure. I am here busting my brain on how to approach the mining station undeceted, unload the torps and then somehow outrun the blast, while there you are, lamenting you can’t immediately go for the big boss herself

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: “Hey, we punch way above our weight. Usually 'cause we got no choice…”

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: “But this time, Nishka and the Repo ain’t our target.”

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: “Would the gas of the planet give us any cover?”

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: That’s reassuring. to B’atar I did think about using the gas giant’s atmo as cover, but it’s literal hell down there. I doubt our birds can withstand the pressures and storms cooking underneath that milky cloud cover.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: Unless we can figure a way to further reinforce the hulls and shields, we’d be taking a big risk at being torn apart even before we reach the target.

B’Atar@anncarise nods, “That’s what I thought…”

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: “So it’s regular cloaks, I figure.”

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: “What about outrunning the blast? Can most of our ships manage it from the distance the patrols move at?”

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: “Okay… who gets to tangle with the patrol and who goes for the station?”

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: “San’leth’s fast. We can take the station and we’ve got the best chance of outrunning the blast.”

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: I’ll stay and keep the patrol busy. Could use a wingman.

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: “That’ll be me.”

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: You sure? You’ve got a crazy pilot there.

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: “All the better to not get hit. Unless you were thinkin’ a’ Aestae and Morakos.”

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: Up to you folks, I just need someone to watch my back. But B’atar should definitely not go alone.

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: it’s up to you folks how you wish to split the team

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: bara is just voicing her opinion

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: “I bet she could… but maybe you’re right.”

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: Well, I can go with B’atar. But you’re the boss, so you call the shots.

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: Aestae, you there?

[Team] Aestae Vali@crystyll: yup

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: to Aestae What say you? Coming with me to pester patrols, or going with B’Atar on the station run?

Aestae Vali@crystyll holds up her hands, “Not my call. Morakos’ll go wherever we’re sent”

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: "Fine. You and Bara play tag, Hag’lhr and San’leth’ll go after the rig.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Bara: All right! Time for some payback for the damage they did to Barut last time!

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: anything else to add before we move to the next scene?

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: Looks good to me.

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: I’m good.

[Team] Aestae Vali@crystyll: good here

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> 30 minutes later, after some careful repositioning…San’leth and Hag’lhr are trying to move past the capital ships in high orbit of the gas giant, while Barut and Morakos approach from the other side, preparing to pounce on still unsuspecting frigate patrol.

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: stealth rolls plox

[Emotes] B’Atar@anncarise: rolls 45 (1-100)

[Emotes] Aestae Vali@crystyll: rolls 57 (1-100)

[Emotes] Sadia@gulremal: rolls 1 (1-100)

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: Wow

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: That’s not good…

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: waiting for egzo

[Emotes] Egzo@HF_Mudd: rolls 18 (1-100)

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: so. rerolls? :p

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: I’m thinking rerolls.

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: here’s mine.

[Emotes] Egzo@HF_Mudd: rolls 53 (1-100)

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: wait

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: I’ll stick with the 45 for now, saving reroll for later

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: okies

[Emotes] Sadia@gulremal: rolls 17 (1-100)

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: right, I mostly meant for me and you, Sadia.

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: And that is… an improvement I guess

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: Better than a 1!

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: But I guess Barut is malfunctioning today…

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: It’s that damage from Nimbus

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Hag’lhr and San’leth deftly evade the outer patrol and the capital ships are are closing in on the mining station. Morakos and Barut are moving into attack position on the frigate patrol, when one of the frigates catches Barut in an antiproton sweep.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <C-Bara> Well, f*ck! Decloak and open fire!

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: – ROUND 1 –

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Frigate patrol springs to attention, focusing on new target. Surprise is ruined, but Morakos is still undetected and will have a bonus on the next attack

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Barut immediately decloaks and opens fire on the ship that ruined the surprise

[Emotes] Sadia@gulremal: rolls 70 (1-100)

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Barut’s fire drops the frigate’s shields and does minor hull damage to the lead frigate

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: – Aestae’s action –

Aestae Vali@crystyll | Morakos quickly comes about and decloaks on the flank of the frigate patrol on Barut opening fire on all

[Emotes] Aestae Vali@crystyll: rolls 81 (1-100)

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Morakos fire disables the already damaged frigate and drops the shields of two remaining frigates to 75%

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Two remaining frigates go into evasive actions, sending a call for help to all allied ships

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Hag’lhr and San’leth will need at least one more round to get into firing range of the mining facility. Their sensors notice quite a sharp increase in enemy communications.

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: technically you have a round for preparation, if you have additional ideas to give you boost

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: – B’Atar’s action –

B’Atar@anncarise | San’leth takes the time to route power to engines and optimize them to escape the blast.

[Emotes] B’Atar@anncarise: rolls 41 (1-100)

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> San’leth techs pump all spare energy into engines, and prepare the emergency batteries to kick off once the running begins.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: – Egzo’s action –

Egzo@HF_Mudd keeps one eye on the tactical plot, making sure no one is turning in their direction, while the mining rig grows larger on the main screen. Shlaak and Kem are looking for a good spot to hit.

[Emotes] Egzo@HF_Mudd: rolls 78 (1-100)

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Kem: That armor plating is thick, but look, it’s the old version of diburnium alloy. That had impurities that made it weak to certain disruptor frequencies. If we soften it up with disruptor fire before we send in the torps, they should punch right through.

Egzo@HF_Mudd nods. “Do it.”

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: Kem: Aye-aye, cap’n.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: – ROUND 2 –

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: – Capital ships start launching more fighter wings, while two closest fighter wings already on patrol rush towards the Barut and Morakos. Remaining frigate patrol starts it’s own antiproton scans

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: - but they are way out of reach and they don’t find anything

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <C-Bara> Gotta keep 'em occupied until that station turns into a small sun. Keep firing

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Barut engages one of the remaining frigates…

[Emotes] Sadia@gulremal: rolls 12 (1-100)

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX>…but without much success, as the enemy frigate is completely on the defensive

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: – Aestae’s action –

Aestae Vali@crystyll | Morakos continues the dogfight, trying to keep enemy vessels between themselves and the reinforcements

[Emotes] Aestae Vali@crystyll: rolls 27 (1-100)

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: Does San’leth get the info on the disruptors too or just Egzo?

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: oh, I guess maybe I - or Shlaak - should pass that along. u_u;

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Morakos doesn’t have much luck either, but it does keep the frigate occupied and between Morakos and reinforcements

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: I guess you did, using some kind of short range comm

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> As San’leth and Hag’lhr come into firing range, their sensors show that docked cruisers powering fully up…

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: – B’atar’s action –

[Local] Egzo@HF_Mudd: <C> Hag’lhr, ready to fire.

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: <C> San’leth, ready to fire as well.

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: <C> The cruisers are already powering up. We’re gonna have to hit the facility hard, might not have a chance for a second run.

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: okies, gimme firing rolls both once you start shooting

B’Atar@anncarise | San’leth decloaks and fires disruptor weaponry first, followed by a volley of torpedoes aimed at the exact same region of plating.

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: You first :)

[Emotes] B’Atar@anncarise: rolls 18 (1-100)

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: and NOW that reroll :)

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: This is what I’m saving rerolls for hehe

[Emotes] B’Atar@anncarise: rolls 30 (1-100)

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: Not great but better than 18

Egzo@HF_Mudd | <FX> Hag’lhr does the same, mere seconds later.

[Emotes] Egzo@HF_Mudd: rolls 97 (1-100)

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: Woah

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: Okay that makes up for it!

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: We share the kill XD

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> San’leth decloaks first, her disruptors hitting the plating in too wide a pattern for torpedoes to properly follow, so most of the torps hit undamaged armor. This does help Hag’lhr who moves in a second later, with pinpoint accuracy disruptors weaken the armor and torps easily breach both hydrogen tanks that were the targets.

[Emotes] Sadia@gulremal: rolls 25 (1-100)

[Team] Sadia@gulremal: egzo and b’atar, piloting rolls plox

[Emotes] B’Atar@anncarise: rolls 63 (1-100)

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: time to Run Like Blazes.

[Emotes] Egzo@HF_Mudd: rolls 69 (1-100)

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Last line of defense, internal force fields, did not survive the attack. Two hydrogen tanks detonate violently, causing a cascade reaction of the remaining eight.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> Within seconds the entire station is a massive fireball that rapidly expands in all directions. All docked cruisers had no time to rise shields or any relevant defenses, and their warp core explosions just add to the fireworks. Hag’lhr and San’leth ride the blastwave as it consumes one of the fighter wing patrols.

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: I am very glad we both rolled well (and similar) on that last part.

[Team] B’Atar@anncarise: Yeah!

[Team] Egzo@HF_Mudd: Nice visual :)

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <C-Bara> Hells that’s some fireworks all right! I guess our job’s done, time to GTFO before the big boys come to play!

[Local] B’Atar@anncarise: <C> Aye, time to go!

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> The blastwave stops at some point, enough for Hag’lhr and San’leth to join Barut and Morakos in their retreat, while the enemy frigates run back to regroup with capital ships in high orbit.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: <FX> But before Repossessor and her supports can move in, the attackers are already gone.

[Local] Sadia@gulremal: – SCENE END –

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