Bonemeal For Breakfast
Bonemeal for Breakfast
Arc: None
Summary: A simple escort mission turns into a major encounter with an enemy Ace.
Date: 2659.223
Related Logs: None
Participants: Cyric Phillip Zorro Karen

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MAOz1zwups&feature=youtu.be

The pilots file in, Cmdr Schmitd starts the briefing. "Attention pilots, this is it, the re-enforcements have arrived. Many of you who were taken off the rotation were brought back for this."

“We are bringing in a lot of ships and want to make sure they deploy properly. Expect a swarm of bees out there. Alpha will be Ramirez and Veritas…”

Commander Schmitd continues through the wing assignments for another 15 minutes. “Next, -inhales- Epsilon wing will consist of Espinoza, Bradford and Karde, you'll be escorting the Hannibal, a Gilgamesh coming in from Perry. You will fly though nav 1 coming and going in order to avoid the asteroid belt between us and the jump point.”

Schmitd finishes with one more assignment, “Sigma will be Singh and Walzer. You will fly though the asteroid belt and suss out if there is an ambush waiting for us there, intell detected anomalous activity
in the field. The Hannibal will return to escort us along with the rest of the battlegroup.”

“Any questions?” adds at the end.

Iceblade wonders how this guy can give a briefing.

Karen raises her hand, "I've heard the missiles firmware was upgraded, could you tell us what we should expect?"

Cyric stays quiet as his eagerness to fight an enemy ace with such a fearsome reputation is only growing by the moment.

Zorro raises her hand. "Define swarm of bees."

Bury Schmitd responds, "About the swarm, there are many ships coming in and not in strategic positions, this is an opportunity for the enemy to snipe them one at a time. I would expect resistance. You need to stay alert." Toward Cyric Schmitd adds, "Missiles have an upgraded targetting system that is more effective when an enemy is less evasive."

Cork raises his hand, "I've heard rumours that there's an ace prowling around?"

Bury says, "Yes, there is, Bonechain. Intel reports she flies a Krant medium fighter, and she has a predisposition to kill ejected pilots and decorate her ship with it." He adds, "The good news is, we haven't seen krants in a while here. And she targets civvies which inflated her kill score."

"I hope we find her and kill her before she has a chance to kill again, sir!" Cyric comments.

"Well, if she turns up, she's mine." Zorro says.

"She's ours, ma'am," Cyric says quickly not wanting to lose out on the glory of killing a Kilrathi ace with such a high butcher's bill unpaid in kind.

Karen stares forward. Trying to look determined.

Iceblade quips, "She's going to be space's soon enough."

"We have a full launch to re-assemble a task force, chances of a random encounter for one pilot is low, but we will draw attention, that's for sure,” Schmitd interjects before adding, "Do all of you understand your mission?"

Karen nods "Aye sir."

Cyric replies, “Aye, aye, sir!"

Zorro sharply responds, "Yes, sir".

A few minutes later down on the hangar deck. Seelig is still welding that broadsword's cockpit, looks 90% done. Zorro's ship has a new bird smell. Cyric and Iceblade are in their ships too.

3…

2…

1…

Launch

Zorro looks around her craft, does a visual inspection and then gets on board.

Next up, Julianna and Karl get positioned.

Cyric scans his newly repaired and fully operational battle station with eager satisfaction from his hard work with the repairs to his own craft.

And they launch.

Cyric pulls into his wing formation slot and informs the wing commander. «Ready to engage autopilot, Lead.»

Zorro checks that all her systems are working correctly, gets into her assigned formation and then checks everyone in.

Karen forms on Cork's wing.

Zorro radios, «In position, myself.»

«See you at the jump node» Cork radios.

Iceblade hops onto Zorro's other wing. «Ready for a little mission, Lead.»

«Sigma 1, this is sigma 2, ready to engage autopilot on your mark.» Karen says.

Zorro chimes in, «Let's go then. Engage autopilot on my mark. Three, two, one…» A brief pause… «Mark!»

Epsilon flies to nav 1 and sigma goes to the field.

So. nav 1 is…

Fine.

Empty.

Iceblade yawns, "rolling…rolling…rolling down the river." Good thing the comms aren't active, cause that was terrible singing.

The three rapiers autopilot to the jump node… and they are 5 min ahead of schedule. At a distance, they spot a lone friendly come in.

Iceblade radios, «I guess we made it to the jump point, any..Hello there. Iceblade reporting a friendly signal.»

«Hail it, then» Zorro orders.

«Friendly Craft, you have in Nitir system, this is Epsilon 2, report your status please.» Iceblade radios.

«Attention Epsilon wing, this is Sigma-2 requesting permission to form up.» the friendly Stiletto radios.

«Sigma-2, permission granted. Where is Sigma-1?» Zorro questions.

«Sigma-1's wing was clipped by a stray roid, he ordered me to continue the mission while he returned for repairs.» Karen responds before adding, «Iceblade, this is Singh, all systems green»

«Understood, Singh. Suggest you stay with us for this escort run.»

«Affirmative» Karen replies as he pulls up to the group.

Cyric frowns at that. Where is the escort up to the jump point?

«Jump node is showing gravitic flux, we should give it some space.» Karen comments.

«Indeed. Let's do that.» Zorro responds.

Iceblade holds position near Zorro. «Huh, we are early, seems odd the destroyer would be rushing the jump point like that.»

The group sees a white-blue flash and a Gilgamesh flies in.

«You're right. All…> Zorro radios, «Well, it's here.»

The Hannibal launches 4 Stilettos and 4 Rapiers. «Attention Confederation fighters, this is the Hannibal returning from Perry, requesting escort back to the Majestic.» A young man's voice chimes almost bombastically.

«This is Epsilon Lead, we're your escort.» Zorro replies.

«Excellent, please show us the way.» the Hannibal radios back.

"Huh, is there a reason for us to be here when this Gilgamesh comes with fighters already." Iceblade says before radioing, «Welcome to Nitir, Hannibal»

"Wow, this ship is beautiful, I love the new designs, great curves…" Julianna says to herself.

Zorro sets the autopilot course for Nav 1.

Cyric stays quiet remembering his tour on the Alexander as he flows into escort position. It was a beautiful ship but seeing one again leaves him feeling a little frustrated as the Alexander had turned into his Dad's cage seemingly created especially for him to waste away in shame within while the real fight was fought by the adults far away.

Zorro sends the course data over to the other ship and the fighters.

Iceblade rolls into escort position relative to the Zorro and the Destroyer. "Heavy Heavy Escort, so many ships."

"They must really be worried about being jumped, when not in a battle group." Julianna thinks.

Zorro moves into her own position. She's pretty confident that they will be able to handle any likely attack.

«Awaiting autopilot mark.» Karen pipes on the comms

Iceblade wonders if this would even be tempting for a small Kilrathi strike group or raiders.

Zorro asks the escorts to give their callsigns.

«Autopilot engaged,» Cyric says turning his attention to his sensors and scanning the area for red blips to unleash his frustration in a red wave of death upon the enemies of mankind.

Zorro engages her autopilot too.

«Bravo wing here, Disco, Loaf, Creid and Dund,» reply the rapiers. «Stiletto charlie, Wedge, Biggs, Porkins and Goldilocks,» comes from the Stiletto flight.

«I'll have to ask you about those callsigns in the bar. Zorro here»

And off to nav 1 they go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JehRRD9ZoZs&feature=youtu.be

«Glad you could join us. Hopefully we can rip off the Bonechain today!» Cyric says thinking back to the bar and the talk about an ace Kilrathi pilot whose taste in necklaces was rather questionable.

«I doubt Bonechain would be stupid enough to attack this formation.» Iceblade replies.

Cyric responds, «You are probably right but we shall see. Hopefully she comes out to play with us!»

«Epsilon flight, this is the Majestic, Divert your course to rendez-vous with a civilian under attack. The Hannibal can make it back alone.»

«Roger, Majestic. We have Sigma-2 with us.» Zorro replies. «Please send us the location data.»

«Huh, Well, See you around Hannibal, duty calls» Iceblade radios as he pulls alongside Zorro and follows her lead.

TCS Majestic replies, «Affirmative, Sigma-1 landed, Sigma-2 can escort you.»

«Take care of yourselves guys! If we find the Bonechain, we shall grind her up for ya!» Cyric pulls alongside Zorro.

«Seriously, what are the chances of us finding one ace in an entire system», Karen asks

«Yummy, BoneMeal» Iceblade radios.

Karen then adds, «Forming up.»

Cyric says, «Pretty good if this distress call has anything to do with her.»

Zorro radios, «Save the puns for later. Let's focus»

«Roger, Lead. Lead the way!» Cyric says as he stays in formation with the wing.

The flight reaches near where the Sequoia was located. With the rapidity of Scoops closed, the craft make excellent time to their destination.

A tight beam comm comes from an asteroid. «Confed, is that you?» a familiar voice asks.

Karen scans the field. She spots a free trader grappled to an asteroid.

«This is Confed, identify yourself» Zorro says.

«This is the Sequoia, Miranda Cassidy here. I lost them, they went after a wing of pirates.»

«Wait, I know that voice!» Karen exclaims.

Iceblade is running his scanners full blast looking for the slightest sign of kitty craft.

«Hey Sequoia! Any idea which direction they went?» Cyric runs his scanners all out.

Iceblade sees an ion trail that went off that way.

«Hello, Miranda. Are you armed?» Zorro asks concerned.

«Transmitting coordinates.» Miranda responds before adding, «Single turreted mass driver enough to fend off a retro.»

«Epsilon Lead, Epsilon 2, picking up an ion Trail, vector 6-9-5.» Iceblade reports.

«OK, right… head for Majestic… but keep a low profile.» Zorro radios to Miranda before switching back to her flight, «Epsilon, let's follow that ion trial.»

Karen tight beams to Cyric, «Remember, don't talk to her about strawberries.»

«We'll take care of it, Miranda. Stay safe!» Cyric says, ignoring Karen's bait.

«Affirmative,» the Seqoia responds. «Heading to the Majestic, good hunting for what it's worth.» The freetrader releases its grapples and powers up.

Iceblade rolls to the left and rolls to the right, no jump this time as he positions along the vector of the ion trial. Fortunately, Iceblade's coordinates match up with those Miranda sent.

As they head down the ion trial, Zorro starts scanning for contacts.

«Requesting an update, do we pursue?» Karen asks

Cyric locks in the approach vector for those coordinates and focuses his scans in that direction.

«Yes, we do» Zorro responds.

Karen shunts power to the scanners.

Iceblade scanners snerk and cut out. "What the …" «Uh Epsilon, Scanners went dark on me.»

«My sensors picked up 7 craft, one is huge,» Karen reports. «Transmitting data.»

Cyric immediately chimes in. « Don't worry, we got it! Got 7 potential hostiles coming in.»

«Oh great. Majestic, this is Epsilon.» Zorro radios home. «We've got a big contact group out here.»

Cyric radios the group, «Transmitting IFF sensor profile.»

Karen reports, «Resolving mass… 1300 tons!»

«Majestic, make that a capital…» Zorro comms home base.

« Do we close and investigate contacts, Majestic?» Cyric asks.

Iceblade's eyes blink rapidly, and me without missile guidance. Iceblade attempts to do some work to get them back up.

«Reading 6 blips now, and a gas cloud.» Karen radios the group.

«Looks like a full blown furball then» Zorro notes.

Iceblade spends a luck point and miraculously instead of electrocuting himself, gets scanners back online. «Scanners back online» Iceblade reports.

Karen’s scanners narrow down the target, «I have locks! at 30000k!» Karen then continues, «Reading a Drakhri, 3 Sartha, a Talon and …. a corvette of sorts.»

«A corvette?» Zorro questions.

«That's the Krayt! The Bonemeal!» Cyric says zealously.

«What type of corvette?» Zorro asks.

«It says… Kamehk» Karen says unsure.

«Wait that is 6 craft.» Iceblade radios questioningly.

Karen radios back, «Yes, 6 craft.»

«Ready to close and engage hostiles on your order, Lead.» Cyric says excitedly.

Zorro clarifies to Iceblade, «The seventh just blew up. The Talon is clearly attacking.» Zorro then radios home, «Majestic, we are engaging the contact group. Request reinforcements.»

«Sorry, Had a malfunction with scanners.» Iceblade radios. «Epsilon 2, ready to rock and roll,» he finishes.

«Affirmative, re-enforcements will arrive in 13 minutes» the Majestic responds.

Zorro then orders, «All units, focus on the escorts, then we go after the corvette if possible.»

«Roger! Let's send them back to Kilrah in pieces!» Cyric replies.

«Laissez les bon corps roulez!» Zorro adds.

Just then the Talon blows up. You hear «HEEELLP MEEE!» on the coms and then static. The Drakhri comms, «Hrah hrah, another sacrifice in honor of the god of running death! Fangs, take note!»

"Yeah, it's you lot," Zorro says.

Karen tight beams, «They are talking to each other in English?»

«Ah! Good to see you Cats haven't lost your sense of humor!» Cyric begins. «Shall we send you back to Kilrah in pieces with love to your Kitty broodmothers?»

«We've been spotted!» Karen radios

«Know this, you have the honor of dying for a cause today.» The Kilrathi Ace continues.

«You'll be running back to your God soon enough, BoneMeal» Iceblade taunts.

Cyric adds in, «Today is a great day for you to die, Cats!»

The drakhri continues, «Your bones will adorn my ship, and your soul will fill Kilrah's debt to the god.»

You see this ship taking the lead and the Drakhri flies at full burn towards the team.

Zorro orders to the flight, «All units go for the Drakhri><

«Engaging Drakhri» Karen responds. Karen standoffishly burns towards the wing with a top deflection ready to slide and engage when her reticule lines up.

Iceblade lines up on the Ace pilot with a dumbfire and uh oh, she is firing back at him.

COMBAT BOT: Zorro scored several hits on BoneChain with Full Guns.
BoneChain lost their front shields and took crippling damage to their craft's controls.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3's Dumbfire Missile was easily evaded by Karen.

COMBAT BOT: Talon's Dumbfire Missile scored a critical hit on BoneChain.
BoneChain lost their aft shields and their power core was detonated.
BoneChain's ship was destroyed by its power core exploding.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1's Dumbfire Missile was easily evaded by Zorro.

COMBAT BOT: Iceblade is unable to complete their attack as BoneChain has been taken out.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha2's Dumbfire Missile was easily evaded by Talon.

COMBAT BOT: Karen is unable to complete their attack as BoneChain has been taken out.

All four pilots align on the Drakhri, with practiced aplomb they dispatch the ace unceremoniously.

Karen radios cautiously, «Remember the rumours, if one of us ejects, we protec… Go Talon!»

«Eat that, Bonemeal!» Zorro yells. «You're lasagne!»

«That, Cats, is why it’s your time to die! Whose next up?!» Cyric radios the Sarthas confidently.

Iceblade doesn't even have to dodge as Bonechain is mashed before she fires. «Well that was anticlimatic.»

The Sarthas are quite shaken by this and become quite cautious as a result.

Karen radios, «Requesting new target.»

Zorro orders quickly, «All units, engage Sartha 1»

«Say does anybody smell cat urine.» Iceblade smiles as he comes about and targets Sartha 2 with an IR… wait wait wait. PING!

Cyric burns the enemy ace with a dumbfire to her power core. The fearsome enemy ace dies quickly as the rookie cats scatter!

The Kamehk sends a message on the comms «Kill him quickly»

Cyric grins. «Smells like…Victory!»

Zorro chimes in. «Right. Let's get rid of the rest of these»

«I'll chop you guys into fertilizer! Die, Kitties! Die!» Cyric turns around and arms his remaining Dumbfire at the nearest enemy craft.

Zorro turns onto the first Sartha and decides to give it the Zorro special.

Karen flies by the debris and pulls a 180, spotting the designated target, she locks on and fires her mass drivers.

COMBAT BOT: Iceblade's Image Recognition Missile hit Sartha2.
Sartha2 lost their front shields and took crippling damage to their craft's nose.

COMBAT BOT: Talon's Dumbfire Missile almost hit Sartha1.
Talon's missile launcher clicks empty for Dumbfire Missiles.

COMBAT BOT: Zorro's shots missed Sartha1 completely.

COMBAT BOT: Karen's shots missed Sartha1 completely.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3's Dumbfire Missile was easily evaded by Karen.
Sartha3's missile launcher clicks empty for Dumbfire Missiles.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1's Dumbfire Missile was easily evaded by Zorro.
Sartha1's missile launcher clicks empty for Dumbfire Missiles.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha2's Dumbfire Missile was easily evaded by Talon.
Sartha2's missile launcher clicks empty for Dumbfire Missiles.

Missiles fly by, and only one connects. Iceblade damages a sartha's nose, and gas is leaking all over.

Zorro goes for a second attempt on the lead Sartha.

Karen is unphased by her misses, having dodged two missiles while aligning properly. She unleashes another salvo.

Iceblade smiles as his missile connects, now for the finisher. «Iceblade Fox 3» He radios.

Cyric screams as his missile barely misses due to the enemy's last microsecond juke. He turns around with his guns blazing hot death across the void of space. «Death comes, Kitty! Better say your prayers to Sivar!»

«Karen, guns guns guns.» She says… calmly.

COMBAT BOT: Iceblade's Image Recognition Missile hit Sartha2.
Iceblade's missile launcher clicks empty for Image Recognition Missiles.
Sartha2 lost their front shields and took severe damage to their craft's missile launchers.

COMBAT BOT: Talon barely hit Sartha2 with Full Guns.
Sartha2 had their aft shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: Zorro scored several hits on Sartha1 with Full Guns.
Sartha1 lost their front shields and took crippling damage to their craft's cockpit.

COMBAT BOT: Karen's shots missed Sartha1 completely.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha2 scored multiple weapon hits on Iceblade with Neutron Guns.
Iceblade lost their aft shields and their aft armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1's shots missed Talon completely.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3's shots missed Zorro completely.

And the Kilrathi ace "Bone chain" has met her demise at the hand of eleventy billion missiles. Her escort wing is in shambles and a Kamehk was slowly turning away to escape.

Zorro saw her rounds raking the cockpit of the Sartha and realized that there was a very good chance that the pilot might be already dead. But it was best to make sure…

She sends a message out. «To the Kilrathi pilot I just wrecked the cockpit of, put your paws up if you want to surrender.»

Iceblade's IR missile smashes into the poor evading Sartha crippling its missile launchers and racking its ship…. yet it still flies on. "Dang it, won't you go down." «Time for death's cold embrace kitty.» Iceblade taunts calmly as he starts sending round after round of laser and neutron fire in the damaged Sartha2.

Julianna is scanning the Kamehk while blind firing at a Sartha, "Focus Jules, stay alive."

Karen comms: «Status, team?»

«Happy», Zorro replies.

«My machine is as clean as glacial waters.» Iceblade replies idlily.

Cyric shakes off his victory jitters and hardens his jubilant heart to focus on the current enemy as his craft swings around for another run of gunfire!

COMBAT BOT: Iceblade scored several hits on Sartha2 with Full Guns.
Sartha2 lost their front shields and had their craft's nose chewed off.

Sartha2's ship exploded due to a critical failure of ship's integrity in addition to the loss of structural elements.

COMBAT BOT: Talon is unable to complete their attack as Sartha2 has been taken out.

COMBAT BOT: Zorro's Friend or Foe Missile was unable to maintain lock and hit Sartha1.

COMBAT BOT: Karen's shots missed Sartha1 completely.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3 almost hit Zorro several times.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1 only scored glancing hits on Talon with Neutron Guns.
Talon had their front shields weakened.

Scene: One Sartha down by Iceblade and two more to go… with everybody else missing. Yikes!

«Talon, status?» Karen repeats.

Cyric radios, «WELL DONE, ICEBLADE! Nominal, Lead. Just need to find another target before Ice blows it up!»

Karen asks, «Great hit, Zorro, do we re-prioritize?»

Zorro watches as her missile misses the Sartha and then has to swiftly jink to avoid being hit by another one.

«Karen and Icelade, engage the Sartha on my tail!» Zorro orders.

«And that is how it is done. Iceblade scratches one putty tat.» Iceblade veers around and spots a Sartha trying to evasively shoot at Zorro. «Iceblade covering you Lead.» Iceblade banzai attacks after Sartha3 with full guns.

Cyric gets pinged by another Sartha from behind so he performs an split S and loop to get behind his next kill guns blazing.

«Aye, taking it to him» Karen responds. «Attention Sartha pilot, Disengage and return to base, we are engaging using lethal force.»

«Why so scared, putty tat!?! Say hello to Sivar when I send you to meet him!» Cyric says jovially to the enemy ping-pong pilot.

Zorro spots a pair of Dralthi angling in at full burn and launching missiles at extreme range. «All callsigns, we've got company! Two Dralthis coming in!» she yells. Things had just gotten a bit more complicated. Time to finish these Sarthas off.

«Roger, Lead!» Cyric acknowledges. « Okay enough playing around, my sartha toy. Time to die!»

Karen notes, «I see them on the radar, thank you for the heads up.»

COMBAT BOT: Talon only scored glancing hits on Sartha1 with Full Guns.
Sartha1 lost their front shields and took severe damage to their craft's controls.

COMBAT BOT: Iceblade only scored glancing hits on Sartha3 with Full Guns.
Sartha3 lost their front shields and took minor damage to their craft's right wing.

COMBAT BOT: Zorro only scored glancing hits on Sartha1 with Full Guns.
Sartha1 lost their aft shields and took minor damage to their craft's tail.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi2's Heat Seeker Missile hit Talon.
Talon lost their front shields and took severe damage to their craft's controls.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3's shots missed Zorro completely.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi1's Heat Seeker Missile scored a critical hit on Iceblade.
Iceblade lost their front shields had their cockpit blown out.
Iceblade is out of the fight due to a destroyed cockpit.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1's shots missed Talon completely.

COMBAT BOT: Karen's shots missed Sartha3 completely.

And two Dralthis appear like bats out of hell and smash into the Rapiers. Iceblade has only a second to pull the rip cord before the missile smashes his cockpit. And Talon's controls take a hit.

Iceblade spents a luck point to eject.

Oh, no! <ICEBLADE!?!» Cyric watches his friend get hit with a HS missile and takes one himself watching his controls start acting wonky. «Taking Evasive Action!» Cyric says.

Zorro swore… «Iceblade has punched out! Karen carry on with Sartha3, Cyric and I will engage the Dralthi.»

Iceblade shoots, scores, but fails to take out the Sartha. The warning of incoming Dralthi catches Iceblade attention for a second and as he turns his head, he spots the missile coming for him… EJECT!!!

«Run hairless ape, you are not worthy of battle.» growls the lead Dralthi.

Zorror retorts, «I have plenty of hair! So we do all! You'll regret your inaccuracy!!»

«I turned BoneChain into Bonemeal! You won't even make me break a sweat, vermin!» Cyric says as his IR missile gets a lock on the taunting Dralthi's rear. «Fox Three!» Cyric fires his missile watching it track his enemy.

«Finishing off the Sartha, then engaging a Dralthi. Affirmative?» Karen questions.

«Affirmative, Karen» Zorro responds.

With the Dralthis inbound, the Sarthas take this opportunity to run for the hills.

Karen notes the retreating Sartha, «Should someone finish of the other sartha?»

COMBAT BOT: Zorro's shots missed Dralthi1 completely.

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

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi2's Heat Seeker Missile failed to lock onto Talon and is flying off into the distance.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi1's Heat Seeker Missile hit Zorro.
Zorro lost their front shields and took minor damage to their craft's maneuvering thrusters.

COMBAT BOT: Karen's Heat Seeker Missile failed to lock onto Sartha3 and is flying off into the distance.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3 passes this round.

Cyric curses as his control circuits fail to connect with the missile and launch it from its tube. «No joy on missiles, switching to full guns»

Zorro felt the ship juddering. With her front shields gone, she was vulnerable to a further frontal attack. She decided to let them recover.

Zorro moves into some rapidly evasive moves and fired some shots in the direction of the Dralthi to keep it occupied. She then orders, «All units, leave the Sarthas, engage the Dralthi!»

«On it. Engaging designated target.» Karen replies

«HAHAH, Bring it on MONKEYS» Dralthi2 taunts at the confed pilots.

Cyric breaks off his attack on Dralthi 2 and engages his wing's designated target - Dralthi 1.

«Cyric, have you ever heard a Kilrathi taunt like that… it's as if earths transmissions from the 1990 reached Kilrathi listening stations.» Karen asks.

«Zorro, I just saw Iceblade's pod» Karen reports. «He made it out, should we radio for a pickup?»

«Its strange the signal would even reach that far. Do you think it was those 90's commercials that started this war with the cats?» Cyric responds to Karen.

Iceblade watches the battle, hopeful that the fighters avoid him and glad that Bonechain is dead….. Hey, what is that over there and why is the Kamekh approaching it.

Zorro responds to Karen’s request, «Once we've defeated this lot, we radio for a pickup.»

COMBAT BOT: Talon's shots missed Dralthi1 completely.

COMBAT BOT: Karen scored several hits on Dralthi1 with Mass Drivers.
Dralthi1 lost their aft shields and took severe damage to their craft's right wing.

COMBAT BOT: Zorro's shots missed Dralthi1 completely.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi2's Heat Seeker Missile failed to lock onto Talon and is flying off into the distance.
Dralthi2's missile launcher clicks empty for Heat Seeker Missiles.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi1's Heat Seeker Missile failed to lock onto Zorro and is flying off into the distance.
Dralthi1's missile launcher clicks empty for Heat Seeker Missiles.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1 passes this round.

Fortunately, Confed is flying more defensively now and manage to avoid the last of the Heatseekers, but fail to score significant damage on the Lead Dralthi.

«Dralthi 1 is hit, recommend focusing on it» Karen throws in.

Zorro responds, «Confirm»

«Karen, Guns guns guns.» Karen throws in.

Cyric is forced to juke at the last minute to avoid the HS fired by the other Dralthi and acknowledges the order. «Roger. Focusing fire on the lead enemy starfighter.»

With the shields of the Dralthi down and her own starting to come back up, Zorro switched to a direct attack on the Dralthi's rear with an IR missile.

Karen lets off, knowing her luck won't last but tries to tail the Dralthi.

Iceblade feels a bit dejected, but is glad his Rapier is slowing to a moderate idle and not shooting off into the distance.

«Go Team» Iceblade comms over short-wave from the cheap seats.

«Iceblade, glad you're still with us, hang tight, affirmative?» Karen asks.

Cyric fueled by anger but knowing the other Dralthi is gunning for his blood adopts a cautious approach to the designated target as he listens for Iceblade's status.

«Iceblade, this is Zorro. Glad you're alive. We're… just dealing with these… people…» Zorro comments.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi2 scored multiple weapon hits on Zorro with Mass Drivers.
Zorro lost their front shields and took severe damage to their craft's missile launchers.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi1's Dumbfire Missile hit Karen dead-on.
Karen lost their aft shields and took crippling damage to their craft's engines.

Karen's ship was destroyed by severe damage across the ship.

COMBAT BOT: Zorro's Image Recognition Missile failed to lock onto Dralthi1 and is flying off into the distance.

COMBAT BOT: Talon barely hit Dralthi1 with Full Guns.
Dralthi1 had their front shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3 passes this round.

Zorro saw Karen's ship engulfed in a significant explosive cloud. They were in deep trouble now. Three versus two… and she was already pretty damage. «All units, this is Epsilon Wing! We need urgent assistance!» Zorro then repeats, «I repeat, we need urgent assistance»

«Death to Kilrah! Death to all enemies of the Confederation!» Cyric's anger wins out over his caution as he turns on Dralthi 1 with everything he has in his gun capacitors on the annoying little fly head-on.

Zorro swung back to take on the other Dralthi. No time for tag-teaming now.

Karen spends a luck points to keep flying.

Zorro is still calling for assistance.

«Engines are red, that was strange.» Karen radios to acknowledge she was still flying.

The scene is getting brutal as all three Confed craft are accumulating damage.

«Requesting target designation.» Karen says. Trying to quell the butterflies. She notices her top speed is that of a broadsword at this point. It does not look good for her.

Zorro replies, «Engage Dralthi 2, Karen»

«Hey, did somebody order a capship strike.» radios a trio of Sabres that are inbound.

«They most certainly did,» Zorro replies, «But if you can assist with these Dralthi first, that would be great.»

COMBAT BOT: Talon scored multiple weapon hits on Dralthi2 with Full Guns.
Dralthi2 lost their front shields and took crippling damage to their craft's maneuvering thrusters.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi2 almost hit Zorro several times.

COMBAT BOT: Zorro only scored glancing hits on Dralthi2 with Full Guns.
Dralthi2 lost their front shields and took severe damage to their craft's right wing.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi1 has no target selected and does not act this turn.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight2 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight1 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight3 passes this round.

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

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3 passes this round.

While Dralthi2 takes a beating, Dralthi 1 pulls from the fight to engage the inbound Sabres. Just then the Sabres start barreling for the two Dralthi, and now both Dralthi decide the Lead Sabre is particularly interesting.

«Transmitting target information» Karen tight beam scans the Kamehk designating it and sending phase shield timing information to the Sabres.

Zorro noticed the Dralthi's shield go down… time for another missile…

«Engaging designated Dralthi» Karen chimes in.

COMBAT BOT: Talon's Image Recognition Missile scored a critical hit on Dralthi2.
Dralthi2 lost their aft shields and had their craft's engines shot up.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi1 scored a glancing hit on GreenKnight1 with a Dumbfire Missile.
Dralthi1's missile launcher clicks empty for Dumbfire Missiles.
GreenKnight1 lost their front shields and their front armor absorbed the hit.

COMBAT BOT: Zorro's Dumbfire Missile hit Dralthi2 dead-on.
Dralthi2 lost their aft shields and their power core was detonated.
Dralthi2's ship was destroyed by its power core exploding.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight1's Friend or Foe Missile hit Dralthi1.
Dralthi1 lost their aft shields and had their craft's right wing blasted to pieces.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight3 is unable to complete their attack as Dralthi2 has been taken out.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight2 is unable to complete their attack as Dralthi2 has been taken out.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Karen's shots missed Dralthi1 completely.

Dralthi2 is blown to pieces by the pair of Rapiers leaving just one Dralthi vs 6 craft.

«Nice 1!» Zorro radios.

«Ha, you will not survi…» Static comes from Dralthi2.

«Good Teamwork, Lead. Targeting last enemy Dralthi» Cyric says swinging around for a run on the only remaining threat.

Zorro looks around to see what other enemy craft are still active.

«Affirmative taking out last dralthi. I don't have the thrust to catch the sartha.» Karen radios.

«Controls are acting weird. Switching to full guns.» Cyric says as he angles around for the Dralthi's six.

«Leave the Sartha unless they come back. Finish this guy, then we go after the cap ship.» Zorro orders.

«Karen, Fox 2, Mark on Dralthi» Karen radios.

«They should really put popcorn in these ejection seats,» Iceblade radios jokingly as the combat is really going in Confed's favor now… what the? Iceblade spots the Corvette really picking up speed, ramscoops closed and everything.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi1's missile launcher clicks empty for Dumbfire Missiles.

COMBAT BOT: Talon scored several hits on Dralthi1 with Full Guns.
Dralthi1 lost their aft shields and took severe damage to their craft's tail.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight3 almost hit Dralthi1 several times.

COMBAT BOT: Zorro barely hit Dralthi1 with Full Guns.
Dralthi1 had their front shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight2's shots missed Dralthi1 completely.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight1's Friend or Foe Missile scored a critical hit on Dralthi1.
GreenKnight1's missile launcher clicks empty for Friend or Foe Missiles.
Dralthi1 lost their aft shields and had their craft's tail sheared off.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Karen's Heat Seeker Missile was unable to maintain lock and hit Dralthi1.

And the last cat is fighting a losing battle, keeping smacked hard but still flying.

Karen looks at her fuel gauge, it's low and dropping fast, she realized she's been pushing her engines to compensate for the damage… she cannot sustain this. «GreenKnights, just out of curiosity, you have a tractor beam?»

Cyric's scored several hits and watches with mild frustration as not even an FF missile from the GreenKnights seem to do much but damage the enemy starfighter.

«Of course» GreenKnight3 radios. «Somebody need a pickup?»

«Yes» Iceblade replies sheepishly.

«Iceblade was forced to eject. Please pick him up.» Cyric requests.

«Designating pilot. I'd rather have him behind 20 Cm of durasteel.» Karen radios as she beams the ejection pod coordinates to GreenKnight3.

«Thanks. Let's finish this last Dralthi.» Zorro chimes in.

GreenKnight3 comes about to pick up Iceblade.

COMBAT BOT: Dralthi1 barely hit GreenKnight1 with Mass Drivers.
GreenKnight1 had their front shields weakened.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight3 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: Zorro's Dumbfire Missile was easily evaded by Dralthi1.
Zorro's missile launcher clicks empty for Dumbfire Missiles.

COMBAT BOT: Talon scored several hits on Dralthi1 with Full Guns.
Dralthi1 lost their front shields and took severe damage to their craft's left wing.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha1 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight2 only scored glancing hits on Dralthi1 with Full Guns.
Dralthi1 lost their aft shields and had their craft's tail sheared off.

Dralthi1's ship exploded due to a critical failure of ship's integrity in addition to the loss of structural elements.

COMBAT BOT: Sartha3 passes this round.

COMBAT BOT: GreenKnight1 is unable to complete their attack as Dralthi1 has been taken out.

COMBAT BOT: Karen is unable to complete their attack as Dralthi1 has been taken out.

For a moment Karen feels in control and flies at the enemy as aggressively as possible, but the Dralthi is dogpiled hard. «Bravo Zulu GreenKnight 2»

«Green Knight, this is Epsilon Lead. Can you handle the cap ship on your own?» Zorro comments.

«Yeah… wait, what Capship.» GK1 replies, "Nuts! «I think they got away in the confusion.»

«Commencing Ion scan, if it jumped we can pick up its coordinates, if it closed its ramscoops, it leaves a trail.» Karen radios.

«Having lost their fighter cover they'll be out of the fight for a good while.» Zorro comments. «But if you can go after them do. Drop Iceblade off when you're done.» At the rest of the flight, she says, «Epsilon Wing, set course back to home plate. We've got some partying to do.»

«Ion scan, there's a faint trail… but I just calculated… they have to have gone very fast, they will be lost in the noise soon.» Karen says.

«Hellion, take the kid back to base. We'll trail the Kamekh and see if we can catch up.» GK1 orders.

And…«Yeah, they're gone» Karen adds.

«Roger, Lead. Good Job, everyone! Iceblade, we'll see you back on the reservation soon. Returning to Base, Lead.» Cyric sighs his mind fried by how tough those two Dralthi were in comparison to the enemy Ace before shaking off those useless thoughts. We won, they lost. End of story.

«I'm going to try and get us a 48 hour pass first chance we get» Zorro says, «We frankly deserve it.»

«Forming up, requesting permission to return to base.» Karen comms.

«Permission granted from me» Zorro responds.

«Epsilon and Green Flights, be advised. A flight of Stilettos has detected two flights of Dralthi headed your way.» radios the beautiful comm officer. «If the corvette is still in the area, finish it off, otherwise RTB.»

«The corvette has gone. We're coming back» Zorro responds to the Majestic.

«Better luck next time, boys and girls. Green Lead out.» GK1 radios.

«We bagged an ace. We've got pretty good luck» Zorro notes.

«Let's go home» Karen radios, looking at her very low fuel… "Why isn't auto-repair sealing the leak?"

«We've got the tools and we've got the talent! Good Luck is just a bonus!» Cyric whistles at that beautiful comm officer's…words. 1 flight = 4 Dralthi so 8 Dralthi AND a corvette? Hmm…

Karen looks back and sees two sputtering engines.

The two flights return to base without incident, and two hours later, Iceblade's headless Rapier was retrieved…with no further damage.

The ships land, Seelig sees the damage and gave a resigned sigh.

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