And They Call It A Mine
And They Call It A Mine
Arc: None
Summary: The Scaredy Cats try to set up a Mine Field and a group of Minutemen and Black Cats move in to stop it; only to run into another a rather annoying Kilrathi Ace. Will Confed help to boost this cat's subscriber base or get him banned from KTube.
Date: 2659.252
Related Logs: Preamble to a Disruptive Strike
Participants: Cyric Azran Silence Singh Ona Clearoff

Strapped securely into his Rapier, Jamie's helmet hits the headrest of his ejection seat as the small space superiority fighter rockets out into space.

Singh and Ackerman are already flying next to the Majestic. They took off first.

Ona and Clearoff are in their Sabre, checking their torpedoes are working properly.

Azran finishes the standard pre-flight procedures and full throttles off the runway, « Comm check. Am I clear? »

«Clear to me, Azran.» Ona replies.

«Acknowledged Mittens, take off on tube 2. Talon is in tube 1, Silence is in Tube 3» Murphy replies over the comms.

«Ona and Swordbuddy, tubes 1 and 2 after the escorts are cleared»

« Copy that, Mittens, » Jamie replies, after his launch. He's certainly not going to be the one who tells Azran what his callsign means. His Rapier settles into formation with the other Rapiers.

«Sigma engaging autopilot.» Singh radios as the stilettos fly off into the distance.

Ona waits for the escorts to launch before she moves into Tube 1. Her own launch is completely uneventful.

Swordbuddy takes off too.

«Ok, let's fly this for the glory, taking point of escorts. Ona, you got lead.» Cyric states over the radio. «Form up on Ona.» He continues.

«Roger, Cyric.» Ona responds.

"No glory for me today," Jamie thinks to himself. "I'll settle for helping people come home alive." He clicks his mic. « On your wing, Ona, » He calls out.

« Acknowledged. » Azran says as he veers into formation.

Autopilot whoosh sound.

The group all sees a copperish dot in the distance.

Their sensors indicate it's a refit Dorkir, more heavily armored… some smaller fighters are around it. The sensors cannot make them out yet.

«I'm seeing our target, ready to engage.» Cyric's hand is on the throttle, ready to engage afterburners.

Leaning forward in his seat, Jamie squints at the sight in the distance. He switches to the laser link - may as not broadcast radio all over if he doesn't have to. « Confirming visual contact. She's got escorts. »

Ona radios, «Rho Lead, acknowledged. Pearson, you're with me. Let's deal with this minor miner quickly. The rest of you, engage the fighters.»

Ona lines up on the Dorkir and prepares for her attack run.

« Ackowledged. » Azran says with an approving growl as he breaks off and throttles up.

Swordbuddy replies «Acknowledged.»

Ona targets the minelayer with her torpedo.

Clearoff swings her gun around to target one of the Drakhri.

Silence alerts, « Fighters incoming. I'm after the first Grikath, flight lead…. »

Cyric relishes the thought of playing chicken with a drakhri. «You want to joust, come on!» He radios.

Azran growls as he registers three ships breaking to attack him and begins evasive maneuvers while the missiles load up.

«Har, so the monkey boy thinks he can fly?» The Drakhri replies.

«Your mother smells of elderberries!» Clearoff says.

COMBAT BOT: Talon's Dumbfire Missile scored a critical hit on dr0.
dr0 lost their front shields and had their craft's nose chewed off.

COMBAT BOT: dr2's Dumbfire Missile was easily evaded by Mittens.

COMBAT BOT: dr1 barely hit Mittens with Laser Cannons.
Mittens had their aft shields flared.

COMBAT BOT: Silence's Pilum FF Missile scored a critical hit on gk0.
gk0 lost their aft shields and their right armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: gk1's Fang FF Missile was unable to maintain lock and hit Mittens.

COMBAT BOT: Mittens's Pilum FF Missile scored a critical hit on dr1.
dr1 lost their front shields and took severe damage to their craft's missile launchers.

COMBAT BOT: Swordbuddy could not attack anyone this turn as no weapon was selected.

COMBAT BOT: gk0 almost hit Silence several times.

COMBAT BOT: dr0's Dumbfire Missile hit Talon dead-on.
Talon lost their front shields and took severe damage to their craft's maneuvering thrusters.

COMBAT BOT: Shakkar passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Clearoff barely hit dr2 with Aft Neutron Turret.
dr2 had their front shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: Fwiffo's shots missed dr1 completely.

COMBAT BOT: Ona's Torpedo is scrambled and bounces off the shields of Shakkar before detonating harmlessly.

In the first pass, the fighters made straight strafing runs at the enemies. The kilrathi seem to have taken a much harder hit in this, though Talon's jousting match did him some damage too.

Ona swears. Guess, she's going to have to try again…

«My torpedo didn't want to lock, taking a second pass.» Swordbuddy said.

Azran twists, turns, flips, engine stutters, and all sorts of other piloty lingos to evade the attacking ships, getting out with little more than minor redness and irritation to his shields, while one of the Drakhri take a decent hit to their launchers, evaporating the front shields in the process.

Silence attempts to maneuver closer to the Sabres, but it's not easy with a Grikath all over him. He's well aware that the heavy fighter could shred his Rapier in seconds. Gritting his teeth, the young pilot attempts to line up on the Grikath long enough to get it away from him.

Ona arms and locks a second torpedo. She has three left and that should be enough to take out this thing.

«Die!!!» Cyric yells over the comms.

The grikath turns away from their targets and take aim at the sabres.

As soon as the Grikath peels off, Jamie immediately spins his ship about and hits the burners, attempting to line up a dumbfire on the hopefully vulnerable Grikath flight lead.

«Ona, my torps targetting system is glitching, taking on a grikath.» Swordbuddy radios.

«Swordbuddy. That's a real pity. I've had enough of the whipped cream and wanted someone else to have a go.» Ona responds.

Seconds later, Swordbuddy’s torpedo locking system manages to initiate locking, so he lets it roll.

COMBAT BOT: Silence's Dumbfire Missile scored a critical hit on gk0.
gk0 lost their aft shields and had their craft's right wing blasted to pieces.

COMBAT BOT: gk1's Fang FF Missile scored a critical hit on Ona.
Ona lost their aft shields and their aft armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: dr1 only scored glancing hits on Mittens with Laser Cannons.
Mittens had their front shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: dr2's Dumbfire Missile almost hit Mittens.

COMBAT BOT: Clearoff scored multiple weapon hits on gk1 with Aft Neutron Turret.
gk1 lost their front shields and their left armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: Talon barely hit dr0 with Full Guns.
dr0 had their front shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: dr0's Dumbfire Missile hit Talon dead-on.
Talon lost their front shields and took crippling damage to their craft's left wing.

COMBAT BOT: Fwiffo's shots missed gk1 completely.

COMBAT BOT: Mittens's Pilum FF Missile scored a critical hit on dr1.
Mittens's missile launcher clicks empty for Pilum FF Missiles.
dr1 lost their aft shields and took severe damage to their craft's guns.

COMBAT BOT: gk0 barely hit Swordbuddy with Neutron Guns.
Swordbuddy had their aft shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: Shakkar passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Ona's Torpedo gets caught part-way through the shields and detonates before hitting Shakkar.
It was hit in the front side and its Nose are crippled.

COMBAT BOT: Swordbuddy's Torpedo gets caught part-way through the shields and detonates before hitting Shakkar.
It was hit in the front side and its Bridge are crippled.

Ona feels a major shudder as the FF missile hits and takes her shield down.

« Got 'im good, he's spinning! » Silence barks over the comms, flipping a switch and attempting to finish the job off with his ship's cannons.

One more torpedo salvo from the pair of them should do this. Ona thinks to herself.

«Hardly worth a missile, har har» one of the Kilrathi radios.

Azran jostles a bit as more lasers glance his shields, grimacing as the dumbfire passes by his cockpit almost close enough to reach out and touch, « Out of Friend or Foes. » He tightbeams over as he warms up the guns.

«I need to get this drakhri… » Cyric blankly states

«Attention Rho, we've encountered significant opposition here… we're bound up at the moment.» Singh broadcasts on LR.

«Got it, Singh. Will you need assistance? This guy is almost done.» Ona replies.

COMBAT BOT: Silence scored multiple weapon hits on gk0 with Full Guns.
gk0 lost their front shields and had their craft's right wing blasted to pieces.

COMBAT BOT: dr1's shots missed Mittens completely.

COMBAT BOT: dr2 scored a glancing hit on Mittens with a Dumbfire Missile.
Mittens lost their aft shields and took minor damage to their craft's left wing.

COMBAT BOT: gk0's shots missed Swordbuddy completely.

COMBAT BOT: Talon's Pilum FF Missile scored a critical hit on dr0.
dr0 lost their front shields and had their craft's nose chewed off.

COMBAT BOT: gk1's Fang FF Missile scored a critical hit on Ona.
gk1's missile launcher clicks empty for Fang FF Missiles.
Ona lost their aft shields and took minor damage to their craft's maneuvering thrusters.

COMBAT BOT: Fwiffo only scored glancing hits on gk1 with Aft Neutron Turret.
gk1 had their aft shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: dr0 almost hit Talon several times.
COMBAT BOT: Mittens only scored glancing hits on dr1 with Full Guns.
dr1 lost their aft shields and took severe damage to their craft's guns.

COMBAT BOT: Clearoff scored multiple weapon hits on gk1 with Aft Neutron Turret.
gk1 lost their aft shields and their aft armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: Shakkar passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Swordbuddy's Torpedo gets caught part-way through the shields and detonates before hitting Shakkar.
It was hit in the aft side and its Hull is crippled.

Shakkar has its spine broken in two followed by numerous explosions along the hull.

COMBAT BOT: Ona is unable to complete their attack as Shakkar has been taken out.

«Haha, scratch one capital ship!» Swordbuddy cries out

Ona watches as her target explodes. This kill will go to her wingman. «Need assistance with this fighter! Switching to missiles…»

Azran jostles more as the dumbfire nearly finds its mark, blowing through his shields and battering a wing, growling as his target skates by with only minor burns.

Grim satisfaction crossing his face, Silence watches out of the corner of his eyes as the minelayer goes up in flames. « Nice! Let's get 'em! » He begins to turn toward Mittens, firing a few more shots down toward the smoking Grikath he's been focused on along the way.

The explosions ripple down the spine of the minelayer and its carcass begins to turn red. The enemy fighters, regroup at the loss of their ship and select different opponents.

«Time to become stardust you bastard.» Cyric radios.

COMBAT BOT: Mittens's Dumbfire Missile scored a critical hit on dr1.
dr1 lost their front shields and had their craft's nose chewed off.

COMBAT BOT: dr2's Dumbfire Missile scored a critical hit on Swordbuddy.
dr2's missile launcher clicks empty for Dumbfire Missiles.
Swordbuddy lost their front shields and had their craft's controls fried.

COMBAT BOT: Talon's Dumbfire Missile scored a critical hit on dr0.
Talon's missile launcher clicks empty for Dumbfire Missiles.
dr0 lost their front shields and had their craft's guns shattered.

dr0 is shredded to pieces and explodes as its ship's core detonates from shrapnel.

COMBAT BOT: Swordbuddy is unable to launch a missile due to a Control circuit failure.

COMBAT BOT: gk0's Fang FF Missile scored a critical hit on Talon.
Talon lost their front shields and their front armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: dr1's Dumbfire Missile was easily evaded by Mittens.

COMBAT BOT: Silence's Dumbfire Missile scored a critical hit on gk0.
Silence's missile launcher clicks empty for Dumbfire Missiles.
gk0 lost their front shields and had their craft's maneuvering thrusters caved in.

gk0's ship exploded due to a critical failure of ship's integrity in addition to the loss of structural elements.

COMBAT BOT: Ona's Pilum FF Missile scored a critical hit on gk1.
gk1 lost their aft shields and took severe damage to their craft's tail.

COMBAT BOT: gk1 only scored glancing hits on Ona with Neutron Guns.
Ona lost their front shields and their front armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: Clearoff scored multiple weapon hits on gk1 with Aft Neutron Turret.
gk1 lost their aft shields and their right armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: Fwiffo only scored glancing hits on gk1 with Aft Neutron Turret.
gk1 lost their aft shields and took minor damage to their craft's missile launchers.

«Controls are shot, I'm sitting out of it.» Swordbuddy claims

«Persistent, aren't you?» Ona says on the comm, referring to her Grikath target.

Silence squints as the Grikath he's been hammering detonates. He immediately changes course, aiming for the Drakhri that's still on Swordbuddy's tail.

Azran easily rolls around the dumbfire the limping Drakhri spits at him and fires one back in return. Letting out a low roar when his radar shows it still hanging on and beginning to mutter angrily in Kilrathi to himself as he sites it back down.

«Ahh, fresh meat!» A snarling Kilrathis face appears on Silence's VDU

« Not for long, kitty litter, » Silence snarls in return. He sounds surprisingly aggressive, but he's still flying with his head. The important thing is that he's distracted the Drakhri's attention.

COMBAT BOT: Talon scored several hits on dr2 with Full Guns.
dr2 lost their aft shields and took severe damage to their craft's guns.

COMBAT BOT: Mittens's Dumbfire Missile scored a critical hit on dr1.
Mittens's missile launcher clicks empty for Dumbfire Missiles.
dr1 lost their front shields had their cockpit blown out.

dr1 is out of the fight due to a destroyed cockpit.

dr1 is shredded to pieces and explodes as its ship's core detonates from shrapnel.

COMBAT BOT: dr2 almost hit Silence several times.

COMBAT BOT: Ona's Pilum FF Missile scored a critical hit on gk1.
Ona's missile launcher clicks empty for Pilum FF Missiles.
gk1 lost their front shields and took severe damage to their craft's right wing.

COMBAT BOT: Clearoff only scored glancing hits on gk1 with Aft Neutron Turret.
gk1 lost their aft shields and had their craft's right wing blasted to pieces.

COMBAT BOT: Silence's Pilum FF Missile scored a critical hit on dr2.
Silence's missile launcher clicks empty for Pilum FF Missiles.
dr2 lost their aft shields and had their craft's tail sheared off.

dr2's ship fell apart due to accumlated serious damage in addition to the loss of structural elements.

COMBAT BOT: gk1's shots missed Ona completely.

COMBAT BOT: Swordbuddy passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Fwiffo only scored glancing hits on gk1 with Aft Neutron Turret.
gk1 lost their front shields and took minor damage to their craft's missile launchers.

As his peers explode around him, the last grikath decides discretion is the better part of valor. He turns tail and starts fleeing.

Ona sees the severely damaged Grikath. Sole survivor of the Kilrathi force today. She pities the fool.

Azran sights the Drakhri down once more, murder in his eyes, and lets loose his last dumbfire. The missile hits the pilot directly, the explosion rupturing the core and reducing it to scrap and dust to the chorus of Azran's mad cackling, as he twists off to find another target.

Silence uses a classic maneuver. The Kilrathi's angry. He uses it to his advantage. A quick spin upward, and he uses his ship's high maneuverability to bring his nose to bear. « Fox three! » He calls, right before the Drakhri explodes. « Swordbuddy, your tail's clear! »

Swordbuddy managed to escape the combat zone, his ship too damaged to continue

Ona decides to fire one parting shot at the fleeing fighter, determined to eliminate any chance of a return visit.

COMBAT BOT: Ona's missile launcher clicks empty for Pilum FF Missiles.

COMBAT BOT: Mittens's Spiculum IR Missile hit gk1.
gk1 lost their aft shields and had their craft's right wing blasted to pieces.

COMBAT BOT: Silence scored several hits on gk1 with Full Guns.
gk1 lost their aft shields and had their craft's engines shot up.

COMBAT BOT: Talon has no target selected and does not act this turn.

COMBAT BOT: Clearoff's shots missed gk1 completely.

COMBAT BOT: gk1 passes this round.

Just the Grikath was about to make its escape – neutron and laser fire in combination with an imrec rip through the rear of the bomber sending it careening into a mine. That grikath is certainly gone; however, something else is coming on the horizon

Ona realises she forgot to switch her missile and curses under her breath.

Ona does a last scan of the minelayer and comms «I'm out of missiles and in a bomber, I'm returning to base to get re-enforcements, stay until sigma arrives.»

«Rho wing, this is Karen, the majority of opposition scattered after that big flash at your point. We're regrouping on your position and readying for the second wave.»

Silence catches his breath as he pulls back into formation with Talon. « Flight lead, all systems online. I'm a little low on fuel and weapons, but I'll make do. »

«Acknowledged, Silence. That was just the first wave. Stay frosty. Azran, status?» Cyric radios.

Azran throttles back as he swerves back into formation, « Low on missiles, out of Friend or Foes. Minor damage to left wing. I can keep going. »

«Then let's see what your former comrades have in store for us now. Anything on scanners?» Talon adds.

«Eta 1 minute. how was your …. » Karen cuts out.

An uncharacteristically nasal and high pitched warbling laughter fills your coms on all frequencies. The viewscreen pops up and a kilrathi with pink meshes of hair and what looks to be mascarra’s face appears on the screen.

Random Roll Alertness:
Talon (5, 24): 22
Silence (6, 26): 21
Azran (5, 24): 23

All three Rapiers spot beyond normal sensor range a Hhriss.

This looks to be heavily modified, having bright lights and shiny elements on it. The pilots all also recognize the Kilrathi face and falsetto laugh from the mess hall.

«Hhriss on edge of sensor range. Moving to engage. Wing, follow me. This one is utterly insane by the look of it.» Cyric radios.

«Hrai and Harrakh eaters! It is I, your true Kal, `Bladelord` I come to show you my latest prank! It’s not for the emperor, not for glory, but for… »

«The views! In front of me are 3? 4ish confed apes… I don’t care, counting is hard, these stupid apes are… IN A MINEFIELD.» He continues with his high pitched nasal laugh.

«Now what…» Continued the laugh «Do you think `BLADELORD` has in his paw?»

His deliberately irritating laugh continues «That’s right! A controller for these 4 drones!»

« Stay out of its front. Let us deal quickly with this…embarrassment. » Azran says with obvious irritation as he readies to throttle up.

Fixing his eyes on the canopy in front of him, Silence squints and frowns. He's not going to admit it, but he recognizes the Kilrathi ace. He tightbeams to the others, « Ready to engage. Let's keep our eyes open. He might have backup out there somewhere, hiding. »

«I leave it up to you my adoring warshippers, 100th comment gets to decide… » Bladelord continues his snicker. «What I say when I blow up these monkeys.»

«Rember! no glory for the empire, I do this for the views and for yous! I'm the Caxki you want to see!» His four drones enter the combat.

«Agreed. Wing, Break and Attack! Keep your eyes open for more foes.» Cyric goes to full speed, spinning his craft at an oblique angle relative to the garish alien craft. Working to spin around the scattered mines and the drones as he moves to get behind his enemy.

«Karen and Kobold here, we've cleared the mines. Coming in hot. Got a story to share for after… WHAT ARE THOSE?» Singh radios.

«Mittens, take drone1. Silence, take drone 2. Karen, take drone 3. Kill your targets, then gang up on our erstwhile friend over there. Good Hunting!» Cyric moves to engage Drone0.

«Ok… the stilettos are faster, who's managin Rho now, Talon?» Karen asks then agrees to the target selection. «Gotcha»

Silence responds. « Copy that, Talon. Breaking formation! »

«Kobold, the stiletto is faster, these look like they are unmanned, see if you can distract that Hhriss over there.» Karen radios to her wingman.

«Let's clear them out quickly!» Cyric switches over to Full guns and throttles up to max dodging the mines between him and his target.

« Acknowledged. » And with that, Azran breaks formation, throttles up, and sights down his target.

The nasally staccato laugh returns to jam the radio. «More monkeys? I'm only at comment 30, what's keeping you warshippers?? Well here's a bigger show for you.»

Karen looks at the wrecked minelayer and has a bittersweet smile, so far having a clean mission.

COMBAT BOT: drone3 scored several hits on Silence with Laser Cannons.
Silence had their aft shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: Mittens only scored glancing hits on drone1 with Full Guns.
drone1 lost their aft shields and took severe damage to their craft's missile launchers.

COMBAT BOT: drone1 only scored glancing hits on Talon with Laser Cannons.
Talon had their aft shields flared.

COMBAT BOT: Kobold has no target selected and does not act this turn.

COMBAT BOT: drone0 scored multiple weapon hits on Mittens with Laser Cannons.
Mittens had their front shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: drone2 scored multiple weapon hits on Talon with Laser Cannons.
Talon lost their aft shields and their aft armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: Silence almost hit drone2 several times.

COMBAT BOT: Karen almost hit drone3 several times.

COMBAT BOT: Talon's Pilum FF Missile scored a critical hit on drone0.
Talon's missile launcher clicks empty for Pilum FF Missiles.
drone0 lost their aft shields and had their craft's tail sheared off.

The laugh returns on the radio. «Ooh, look, at that! we have an utak that is dancing for his Kal! Dance monkeys dance! `Bladelord` rules!»

As the furball heats, up, Silence jinks and spins, trying to keep his sights on the drone in front of him while relying on his Rapier's shields to keep him safe from the one on his tail.

Karen is dodging the drones and seeing her friends in danger. She lines up for a perfect shot but then the drone veers to the left at the last second.

Azran growls as the drone darts out of his sights after only a few scrapes, while another lights up his shields. He reaches for the comms to shut them off, but stops just short and resumes his dogfight with another angry growl.

Cyric switches to guns and changes his angle of approach to open up as he twists out of the way of the enemy drone's attack with as much as his maneuvering jets will allow him. This drone was weak indeed to fire at him with only lasers. Time to finish it off.

«Silence, remember how I said a Rapier can outrun everything the kilrathi got?» Karen radios. «I didn't think they had these.»

« These things are outdated jokes. We'll take 'em apart! » Silence responds.

COMBAT BOT: drone1 scored multiple weapon hits on Talon with Laser Cannons.
Talon lost their aft shields and took minor damage to their craft's maneuvering thrusters.

COMBAT BOT: drone3 barely hit Silence with Laser Cannons.
Silence had their front shields flared.

COMBAT BOT: Mittens barely hit drone1 with Full Guns.
drone1 lost their aft shields and took minor damage to their craft's guns.

COMBAT BOT: Karen almost hit drone3 several times.

COMBAT BOT: Silence's shots missed drone2 completely.

COMBAT BOT: drone2 scored multiple weapon hits on Talon with Laser Cannons.
Talon lost their front shields and took minor damage to their craft's guns.

COMBAT BOT: Talon's shots missed drone0 completely.

COMBAT BOT: drone0 scored several hits on Mittens with Laser Cannons.
Mittens had their front shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: Kobold has no target selected and does not act this turn.

Gritting his teeth and narrowing his eyes, Silence growls through the comms, « They're quick little bastards, I'll give 'em that. »

«Attention salthi pilot, stop doing this, you can't make it out. Just surrender.» Singh radios.

«What, no reply of "We shall destroy terra?"» Singh radios after a brief pause.

«They are drones only. There's nothing alive inside of them. Please kill yours quickly.» Cyric radios.

«They are drones?» Karen smiles.

Cyric is growing irked that his maneuvering jets suck now and switches to his IR missiles.

Karen has new resolve and engages the drone, tailing much more aggressively.

Azran completely ignores the shots peppering his shields as things start to go red at the darting drone. His volley manages to cut through its shields and damage its guns, but it otherwise shows no signs of slowing down.

COMBAT BOT: Karen's shots missed drone3 completely.

COMBAT BOT: drone2 scored several hits on Talon with Laser Cannons.
Talon had their aft shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: Silence barely hit drone2 with Full Guns.
drone2 lost their aft shields and their right armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: drone1 scored multiple weapon hits on Talon with Laser Cannons.
Talon had their front shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: drone0 scored multiple weapon hits on Mittens with Laser Cannons.
Mittens had their aft shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: drone3 scored multiple weapon hits on Silence with Laser Cannons.
Silence had their aft shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: Mittens almost hit drone1 several times.

COMBAT BOT: Kobold has no target selected and does not act this turn.

COMBAT BOT: Talon's Spiculum IR Missile was unable to maintain lock and hit drone0.

«I'm in firing range!» Kobold states «Fox 2»

Seemingly intent on conserving his missiles for the creature who sent these drones out, Silence continues to push the attack on the second drone, guns flashing over and over again as he attempts to draw an accurate bead on it.

Kobold’s missile flies through the Hhriss. The shields buckle it seems to change shape. «What is this, a relay satelite?!?» Kobold asks

«Say again? What relay satellite? Is it the one controlling these drones?» Cyric asks.

«You think you monkeys are worthy of seeing me? Nonono! I am the cat to see and the Caxki!» He giggles prompting a slight head shake.

«Affirmative. Heavily armored, and with a link somewhere» Kobold replies.

Irritated, Silence finally switches to an open channel with his free hand, then continues pouring fire at the drone. « Sounds like that Utak out there's afraid to engage us. »

«Yeah, scaredy-cat too freaked out to come out and play like a true warrior of Sivar!» Cyric taunts.

drone0 replies with Bladelord's face. «Such a potty mouth! That's our word! now be a good monkey and dance then die.»

«Yeah, yeah; chicken. Hide behind your drones!» Cyric taunts again.

drone1 replies «You wouldn't know a true warrior of sivar if he got more drones than you and killed you in front of millions of viewers!» intersparsed with giggles.

«Easy for you to say, why don't you come out here and prove it out here, cat!» Cyric continues.

The laughter continues, this time from drone3 «You're right, this is too easy, try exploding with pretty lights, it'll get me more subscribers! I'll put you in my thumbnail!»

Azran tightbeams to the rest of the Confed pilots, "Call him an ukta tuka harakh, and see what happens." A mischievous tone to his growling voice.

«Ukta tuka harakh! Let's see if Sivar bothers to dine on your corpse when you die of old age!» Cyric says.

The enemy ships shift positions and form up on a different vector.

COMBAT BOT: drone2 scored several hits on Mittens with Laser Cannons.
Mittens had their aft shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: drone0 scored multiple weapon hits on Talon with Laser Cannons.
Talon lost their front shields and took severe damage to their craft's right wing.

Talon's ship fell apart due to accumlated serious damage.

COMBAT BOT: drone1 scored multiple weapon hits on Silence with Laser Cannons.
Silence lost their front shields and their left armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: Karen scored multiple weapon hits on drone3 with Mass Drivers.
drone3 lost their front shields and had their craft's controls fried.

COMBAT BOT: Kobold has no target selected and does not act this turn.

COMBAT BOT: Mittens scored several hits on drone1 with Full Guns.
drone1 lost their front shields and had their craft's right wing blasted to pieces.

COMBAT BOT: drone3 is unable to attack as their Control circuits have been destroyed.

COMBAT BOT: Silence scored multiple weapon hits on drone2 with Full Guns.
drone2 lost their aft shields and had their craft's maneuvering thrusters caved in.

Talon spends a luck point to continue.

Silence grits his teeth and grunts in discomfort as several pulses of laser energy pulse across his ship, leaving black scorch marks but no real damage. In return, he blasts a significant hole in the rear of the drone he's been after. The flashes over in Talon's direction don't escape his notice. « Talon, you okay?»

Cyric shakes off a fever dream as if someone had stepped on his grave and then backed off of it leaving him in a happier reality. «Felt for a moment like someone walked all over my grave. I'm fine. Thanks.»

«Hrai, Friends and Fields, my deares warshippers, please ignore that monkey… he must have squawked a co-incidental thing… but you know… can't risk being demonetized…. sooo»

Azran grunts at the jostling from the hits across his shields, but doesn't lose focus, baring down on the drone and eviscerating it's wing with a series of shots.

«Taking out the satellite!» Kobold radios

The Kilrathi's face comes on the radio. This time no laughter, it is a colder more calculated voice. «Attention monkeys, if you destroy my relay satelite, I will no longer be able to transmit your demise… I may have to be …» he bares his fangs «unsporting.»

The laughter returns. «This ghorah kharran tech keeps fritzing out… no wonder they left, they were just so dumb!» he continues the laughter «Now let's see some more monkeys die!»

« Leave the satellite. I want them to watch him die. » Azran radios.

COMBAT BOT: drone0 scored several hits on Talon with Laser Cannons.
Talon had their front shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: Silence scored multiple weapon hits on drone2 with Full Guns.
drone2 lost their aft shields and had their craft's maneuvering thrusters caved in.

drone2 is shredded to pieces and explodes as its ship's core detonates from shrapnel.

COMBAT BOT: drone1 scored multiple weapon hits on Talon with Laser Cannons.
Talon lost their front shields and their left armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: Kobold has no target selected and does not act this turn.

COMBAT BOT: Karen scored multiple weapon hits on drone3 with Mass Drivers.
drone3 lost their aft shields and had their craft's engines shot up.

drone3 is shredded to pieces and explodes as its ship's core detonates from shrapnel.

COMBAT BOT: Mittens barely hit drone1 with Full Guns.
drone1 lost their aft shields and their aft armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: Talon barely hit drone0 with Full Guns.
drone0 lost their aft shields and had their craft's tail sheared off.

« Salthi down. Switching targets, » Silence calls out, voice low, excited, but professional. It's the first time he's run into a Kilrathi ace, at least…. sort of, so he's keeping his composure carefully.

Karen strafes the drone and manages to shred its paneling. It explodes, she scans the debris and is horrified. «There's a human body in there!»

« Bullshit! It's probably a dummy, no one can make out fine details from here! » Silence radios over the secure line.

«Haha! Monkeys killing monkeys, isn't that funny!» Bladelord cackles. «I put a slave in each drone!»

« Stay calm and move to the next, he was dead when they put him in there. » Azran boredly comms to Karen as he chews a little harder into his targeted drone.

«Kobold… cut the god damn transmission. Destroy. that. satellite.» Karen radios.

«But this is getting boring, and I got the 100th comment a few minutes ago! Setting the salthi to to detonate.» He cackles maniacally.

«Kill the satellite. Hope they don't have a failsafe detonator that gets them killed anyway.» Cyric says on Confed channel.

Despite his aggressive words, Silence eases back on the throttle, hesitating before he begins to open fire again.

Random Roll Kobold to destroy Satellite (1, 100): 31

Kobold fires at the satellite and damages the feed dish. It did not destroy it though.

Azran glances to the comm as Edgelord declares detonation time and grumbles as he pulls off and starts making for the minefield's edge.

«Thanks you all and Good night… you know what the 100th comment was?» bladelord cackles. «First!» He cackles

«Go evasive and bug out! The mines are going to blow!» Cyric alerts his wing.

The remaining mines in the shakkar go off and a shockwave sweeps through the minefield. The satellite detonates too! All pilots were out of range.

Silence slumps back in his seat, watching through the rear of his canopy as mine's burst all around. After a moment of hesitation, he radios to the others, « At least they went fast. » It's all he can tell himself right now.

The 5 ships proceed to return to base.

The rest of the flight is thankfully uneventful.

After he finishes the usual slightly more careful and procedural landing required when a fighter's taken damage and the Majestic's not in combat, Jamie pulls off his helmet and slumps back in his seat, wearily completing his post-flight while the ladder's pushed up to the side of his cockpit. He distractedly takes in the sight of the minor damage along the left side of his ship, and winces when he sees the much more extensive hits that Talon's took nearby.

Once he's on the deck, the young man makes his way over to the others, helmet under his arm, suppressed anger obvious on his face. "We're gonna get that guy. Right?"

"We are going to nail that cat to the wall and mount his head on a pike in the officer's mess!" Cyric says with feeling.

Julianna gets out of her stiletto… she removes her helmet revealing bloodshot eyes. "This… this cannot be." She says.

Dropping his helmet on the deck and spreading out his hands at Karen, Jamie exclaims, "Of COURSE it can be! They're Kilrathi! That's how they get their rocks off!"

Azran comes to a stop and wastes neither hesitates nor hurries out of his fighter, as though this were a totally routine run. He notices the upset hoomans conspiring kitty murder and wanders over out of curiosity…Maybe not a great idea.

Azran's ears pin back a bit at the racial outrage.

"Azran, was this what passes for humour back home?" Julianna asks… stiffling tears.

Azran shrugs slightly, "Poorer taste than most, but bloodsport is common in the empire. Usually it is either pitting slaves against fully armed and armored Kilrathi warriors, or against each other."

Random Composure Roll: Singh (1,20): 12

"I don't like killing, it's part of my job… but for this guy, I will make an exception," she says hesitantly, tears rolling down her cheeks.

Azran scratches his chin, "I had heard talk about putting slaves to use as fodder pilots a few times, but the idea never gained much traction. Too much risk of them turning on the fleet or attempting an escape."

Oddly, Jamie doesn't even seem that bothered by Azran right now, despite how matter-of-fact the Kilrathi's being. Oh, sure, if Azran had been the one doing it, that probably would have been different, but he knows that's just Azran nature by now. Or thinks that, at least. "Look," he replies to Julianna, his own expression hard. "I just killed one of them. Directly. And now I'm just tellin' myself over and over that at least he went faster at the end of my guns than he would have at the claws of a cat."

Random Composure Roll: Singh (1,20): 4

"Yeah… this was… a mercy…" She weeps while trying to keep a little composure to herself.

Azran glances down to the hoomans and their feeble emotions, "…The moment they were put in the cockpit, they were dead. Be it literally, as corpses, or figuratively in that they would have been killed for amusement. You may have pulled the trigger, but all you did was end a suffering I hope you cannot ever imagine…" His tone low and surprisingly somber for the ever matter of fact warrior space cat.

"At least, they are at peace now." Cyric pats Karen on the back comfortingly. "We will make them pay for every death they caused us today. This fanglord is dead if we ever met him out there again."

Karen swats away Cyrics hand before walking away. "I think… I need some time… " She walks away to the lift, supporting herself with the handrail. She blows her nose on her sleeve and weeping can be heard across the halls.

"Take what time you need." Cyric says. "Take care, Karen. Rest assured that they will pay for this before the end."

Jamie scowls. He reaches up to wipe an arm over his brow, clearing away some of the sweat. This was probably the most intense fight he's been in yet, and it certainly didn't end the way he expected. Watching Julianna leave, he then shifts his eyes back up toward the huge Kilrathi nearby.

"Not sure if I should be worried that I feel like I'm thinkin' more like you every day."

Azran looks down at Jamie in silence for several seconds before turning to walk away, "Suffice it to say… There is a reason I left the empire…"

In the background Seelig sees the still smoking fighters

"Son of a diddly! Whiskey tango foxtrot happened?"

Cyric nods. "…and we are glad to have you on our side. With any luck, this war will end someday for both our people's sakes."

Jamie watches Azran heading out - the Kilrathi's the smart one, leaving before Seelig gets within range! He glances back at Cyric, then Cyric's mangled fighter nearby. "Minefield. Kilrathi ace. The usual," he asides to the tech.

"Drones. Slaves used as human shields. Kilrathi detonators. No sign of Ace anywhere." Cyric responds.

"What can I say, the universe loves me." Cyric smiles. "Got to go for a debriefing though. Catch ya' later. Silence?"