2237-07-03 - Cleanup Aisle 9

The Pilots Intercept A Huge Wing Of Bombers Heading For The Picon Coast - Including Biscayne Bay.

Date: 2237-07-03

Location: Picon Space

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation: Cat and Mouse

Scene Number: 205

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Picon defense sats picked up a toaster carrier jumping into orbit and launching a wing of bombers, escorted by fighters. Vanguard's pilots were tapped for the rapid reaction team to go intercept them. The Cylon carrier is already gone by the time Vanguard jumps in and launchs its fighters. The bomber wing is a distant contact on DRADIS, zooming down towards the surface.

Stirling gets on comms after the ships launch. "Flight, Whisper. They've got a head start on us. Vipers, hit your thrusters and catch up. Raptors, we're going to plot a short FTL hop. Come out in front of them, break up their run. ECOs, try not to land us on top of them." Despite the borderline-crazy maneuver that is certainly not in any textbook, Whisper's voice is impeccably calm.
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Aubrey settles into the formation on Van's wing this time, with Alain not in the mix. "Banshee to Whisper, copy that. Milkman, I got your wing."

"Knick-Knack, Colors, looks like we're on deck." Mason comments. "Have fun with that jump, Colors, Knick-Knack will catch up after we stop for a coffee down at the corner market." he offers dryly before Gwyndolen can.

Close enough to intercept, far enough not to get jumped by the Toasters you're trying to intercept. It's a tough one, and this time, it leaves Van hurrying to catch up. At Stirling's command, he pushes his throttle smoothly forward to the stops, "Milkman copies. Should some of us try to break through to help the Raptors with the bombers, Whisper?" He glances out his cockpit to Aubrey at her call, nodding, "Banshee, Milkman, copy. We'll keep moving, if one of us picks up a tail, Weave them off. Just like the Academy. If they bounce you, we'll swap lead and I'll cover you."

Calliope keeps a steady hand on the controls of her Raptor, prepping to see it through the jump sequence input by her backseater. "Ready when you are, Pi!" she says, all of confidence they'll end up in the right place. That place is Toaster Central at the moment, of course.

Strapping in to his Raptor, Connor goes over the preflight checkup, going over all the systems in turn. To ship-com: "Preflight is green, Flip. Do you have the jump plotted?" he asks to his partner before turning back to squadron com, "Whisper, Colors. Confirmed. Launching." And with that, the Raptor is moving up the elevator to launch.

"Jar, Knick-Knack, Colors. We'll be waiting for you slow pokes to catch up!" adds Connor with a grin behind his helmet.

Eva has been mostly silent since launch, still walking the fine line between combat ready and about to get a talking to and possibly a reprimand. Once again, once she's in the air, she comes over comms, "Ringer, looks like it's you and me. And possibly, Nova, if she's picking up what we're throwing down, once we rendezvous with her." She too hits the throttle. Raptors might be tough as nails, but they're also trundle-bugs and sitting ducks, if tis isn't all timed just right.

"Colors, Knick-Knack," calls out Gwyndolen, flicking a few switches. "Any coffee requests, Colors?" she asks dryly, "We'll try to arrive soon enough that it's still warm."

"Just don't ask for a frappucino with whip, that shit's too weird." Mason adds with a small smirk as Jar hits the Turbo button to push his Viper ahead, though you cant fault it for being a little slow, what, with the extra weight.

"Whisper, Ringer. Copy." Hallie glances over her board, then remarks over comms towards her wingmate, "Hey, Cherry, want to see just how fast these things can move?"

<FS3> Bami rolls Gunnery: Good Success (8 7 7 6 5 5 5 3 2 2)

Sending the Raptors ahead? Curious. Astraea doesn't seem bothered by the move. If anything, she seems interested by it. "Whisper, Nova, copy." She looks over her shoulder to Bami, quickly. <<Plot it and hit it, Meteor.>> To the rest of the flight: "Cherry, Ringer, Nova, we'll see ya on th' other side." And then she's counting the seconds until their bird goes through to the other side.

<FS3> Isolde rolls Gunnery: Success (6 6 5 4 3 3 1)
<FS3> Tanner rolls Gunnery: Great Success (8 7 7 7 6 5 5 4 4 3 1)

"Whisper, Flip calculating jump." Tanner broadcasts. On the ship's com, he comments "Working on it. Not on top of them and not behind them. Guess what role that leaves us?" Punching in the coords, he nods. "All set, Colours. And I want hot chocolate."

"Whisper, Pi. I'm on it." Isolde breathes out a slow breath as she goes through the steps of plotting the jump. She glances over her readouts as she taps at her keyboard, making adjustments as she goes. Then she looks over toward Calliope. "Almost there, 'Bite. Unexpected jump." Which is why she's a bit slower than her fellow ECOs when it comes down to it. Too much focus on those quals, not enough time on more important tidbits.

"Knick-Knack, Colors. I like my milk with a dollup of coffee and twice as much sugar as you think is too much." Connor has a notorious sweet tooth. It almost got him a different callsign then Colors. To the ship he says dryly, "The meat? This is going to be let's say-- adventurous." Then to the squadron, "Whisper, Colors. We're ready to jump on your mark."

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As their DRADIS gets a solid reading they can see now that there are twenty bombers with ten escorts - making it the biggest bomber flight the Vanguard squadron has scene to date.

"Milkman, Whisper - affirmative. Do whatever it takes to break up that bomb run. We've got reinforcements coming up from the planetside too, but we'll get there first." They're not reading any Cypers among the escorts, at least, so that's something.

Once the Raptors have reported their readiness, Stirling says simply, "Flight - all Raptors execute jump."
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"Was that a challenge I heard, Ringer?" Because you know how eva gets down. Bananas is not just the way she fights. Eva, following her wingman's lead hits the throttle, pushing the guage to the redline. And if it's as much a way of catching up to the cylons as trying to break the tension of what they might find when they get there, well, who can blame her?

"Milkman, Banshee, let's keep those bastards from bombing home," Aubrey says over the comm in a serious tone. She clenches her jaw as she throttles her Viper to top speed, screaming in towards the Cylon formation. "Hades on a cracker, that is a lot of bombers," she whispers.

Van nods sharply at Stirling's confirmation, "Milkman copies, Whisper." There's a moment's pause, and then he adds, "Banshee, Milkman, absolutely. Targets of opportunity as we punch through, then it's straight on to the Heavies." When his DRADIS resolves the size of the enemy force, he draws in a breath, "Bite, Pi, Milkman. We'll be on you in no time, coming in like the Hounds of Hades. Fly safe."

"Flight, Soundbite. Executing sequence on your mark." And with that, Calliope and Isolde's Raptor blinks out of one corner of space and into another. Hyperlight magic.

"I read ya, Whisper." With that said, Bami starts going over all of his controls and prepares for that jump. <<Don't worry. I'll get the bird where it needs to go. Just be prepared for a lot to come your way.>> Then he hits it, and calls over to Astraea, <<Nova, here we go. Be ready to shoot.>>

"Whisper, Colors. Jumping." To Tanner over ship com: "Hold onto your ass, buddy." Connor presses the button and his Raptor does that whole voosh thing and leaps through folded space. Hopefully Flip plotted a good sequence.

Hallie grins, letting out a cheery whoop as she accelerates her Viper to follow Eva. Yes, it may have been a challenge, but if she can turn the desperate race to catch up to the bombers into a game... well, why not? It can only help.

Gwyndolen touches the controls, her Viper swooping forward to form up with Mason's. "Jar, Knick-Knack. Bad news," she says, "might not have time for coffee."

<<Preparing for battle up here,>> Astraea notes behind her to Bami. And she is; checking her Talon load-out and bracing for the jump. She takes a breath, murmuring a prayer to Apollo. Just awaiting that drag... and the ensuing jump through space to the destination into the midst of battle.

"...you heard the boss, Knick-Knack. Let's take some bombers off of their rockers and see if we can keep them from making it to the square dance on time." Mason responds, before he lets out a low whistle. "Knick-Knack, Jar. Ya.. got anything in the luck department fer dealing with that many Raiders? Tell ya what, we get done here - I'll buy ya a coffee in the mess. Even though the definition of coffee may be 'loose'."

Of course Flip plotted a good sequence. As instructed, they won't come out on top of the enemy. Which isn't to say that Colors shouldn't start preparing evasive maneuvers as soon as they appear. "I know what to expect from you by now. Try to keep us in one piece."

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There's some chatter from the other NPCs acknowledging the orders as well. The Raptors execute a perfect jump - just far enough ahead of the diving bombers to avoid smashing into them, while still taking them by surprise. The Vipers are just a little bit behind - catching up quickly with their afterburners.

And although the Cylons probably don't feel surprise in the same way the humans do, it's clear that the sudden appearance of ships in front of them has triggered an immediate sort of evasive maneuver, several of the ships breaking off in different directions.

"Flight, Whisper, engage at will." Stirling locks on with a missile.
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"Alright then," Isolde breathes as they jump in and immediately her DRADIS lights up. She narrows her eyes slightly before she starts to mark her contacts as fast as she can, switching over to her ECM console once she does. "Alright," she repeats. "Flight, please advise, I'm working on measures against targets H-73, H-75, and H-78." She inhales a deep breath, settling into her rhythm, but this time switching it up to a new series of sequences. "I give you Rion Orion's Blasted Soul," she says to herself before she starts to hum the not-as-popular as Rion's other hits.

The moment they jump before the bombers, Connor begins some intense evasive maneuvers: until the Vipers get here he's going on defense, and trying mostly to distract and disrupt, not truly harm. Not yet. To Tanner on ship com: "Hey, I'm hurt. How many flights have we done without us getting dead once?"

"Sweet jam, Pi," Calliope comments to Isolde. She always approves of in-flight music. Once they're in position, she gets their Raptor into the fray. Talons primed and ready.

"It only takes once." Tanner points out though his tone is distracted as he studies the ship's display, seeing which of the enemy are closest and which seem to be lining up on them.

There's a low whistle from Astraea as her DRADIS lights up like a Saturnalia display. <<No wonder they brought us in like this,>> she mumbles, largely to herself. Already she's keying in for the nearest target she can lock onto with the talons. "Flight, Nova... Let's see iff'n we can mop up a bit b'fore th' others get here."

Isolde laughs toward Calliope. "I'm making us a playlist next mission. We can theme it." Then she nods toward DRADIS. "You get us lined up, 'Bite, and after I got a good suppression in, I'm then gonna swap to missiles." She nods in agreement to Astra. "Knock knock, the Janitors are here?"

After they've made it trhough, Bami's checking for everything over DRADIS. To the ECM controls he goes, setting a signal for the Raiders before hitting comms. "Well, here's the welcoming party." He looks back to his controls then, and after one more check gets ready for his chance.

When the Raptors blink out of existence and right into the fray, Van draws in a sharp breath and gives his throttle another little nudge. Nope, won't go any further forward. Instead, he just murmurs a prayer to Artemis as he tries to track the action as the Vipers streak closer.

Aubrey passes.
Calliope attacks Heavy2 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.
Van passes.
Eva passes.
Bami suppresses Raider1 with Ecm and succeeds.
Bami suppresses Raider2 with Ecm and succeeds.
Bami suppresses Raider3 with Ecm and succeeds.
Connor attacks Heavy3 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Raider4 attacks Astraea with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Tanner suppresses Raider2 with Ecm and succeeds.
Tanner suppresses Raider1 with Ecm and succeeds.
Tanner suppresses Heavy9 with Ecm and succeeds.
Heavy6 passes.
Raider3 attacks Astraea with Kew but MISSES!
Heavy9 passes.
Stirling attacks Heavy5 with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Heavy2 passes.
Heavy10 passes.
Heavy1 passes.
Heavy4 passes.
Hallie passes.
Raider1 attacks Astraea with Kew but MISSES!
Mason passes.
Gwyndolen passes.
Heavy5 passes.
Astraea attacks Heavy1 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.
Raider5 attacks Stirling with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.
Heavy8 passes.
Heavy7 passes.
Raider2 attacks Connor with Kew but Connor EVADES!
Heavy3 passes.
Heavy3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Connor)

Eva's eyes, despite the swarm of cylons, are only, as thy get close enough, for the raptors facing down the enemy ships. A quick exhalation of breath, as she seems them all, for the moment, still looking hale and whole, she moves to engage the closest enemy craft she can reach.

"Whisper, you have one on your tail, Banshee is in pursuit so you can make that Raider cry for its mom. Do they have moms? Would they cry for their factory? Their programmer?" Either way, she's chasing the Raider that is on the CAG.

"Colors 1, toasters, 0." brags Connor to the team as despite his heavy evasion and flying circles around a stream of kew bullets flying at him from a raider, and his talon streaks off through the sky and explodes right damn dead center and blows the bomber sky high.

Isolde tightens her fist slightly as she somehow got distracted from her attempts at countermeasures by the flare of fire so close. She shakes her head slightly, and breathes out a slow exhale. "Switching to KEW," she tells Bite before she does so.

Tanner fires off the ECM, pausing to track the missile Connor launched and watching it take out its target. "Nice shot." Looking back to the combat display, he starts humming a nicely martial theme as he plots out who he's going to be targeting next.

"Flight, Ringer... mind if we join the party?" Hallie calls out over the comms. "It looks like there's enough dance partners for everyone." As she sweeps in, she's already trying to get a good target lock on one of the raiders.

"Copy that Banshee," Stirling replies. "Probably be crying for that god of theirs," she speculates. If Cylons cried, which of course they don't. "Nice shooting Colors." Whisper's own missile blasts a good hunk out of one of the bombers, but she doesn't finish it off - choosing instead to retarget her second missile on another.

"Sorry, Colours," Gwyndolen announces as they arrive. "Forgot your coffee." She chooses a target, setting up her shooting run. "We'll get you sugar later. With a little coffee."

Unlike yesterday, Astraea seems to be back on her usual game. At least versus Raiders. One of them grazes her wing, but the other two miss her entirely as she glides through the pack and into the midst of things. Her first volley of the talons glances over the body of the Heavy. "Flight, Nova. Looks like we're gettin' in there! Cherry, Ringer, good ta see ya!"

Calliope targets one of the heavies, though her talon does little more than wing it. She brings her Raptor around for another pass, with a quick swoop of its big wings. "Do what you need to do back there, Pi. Milkman, Banshee, Soundbite. Forming up with your section. We saved, like, a lot of them for you, don't worry."

"Banshee, Milkman, I'm going after the bombers. Catch me up when you finish clearing Whisper's tail. I'll keep an eye on you as I can." He watches his wingman arc off, then focuses his attention forward, "Bite, it looks like one of the Heavies is maneuvering to attack you. I'll try to get its attention."

When one bogey goes down Bami lets out a brief spat of cheer, but his celebration is short-lived. Next he changes controls, and starts looking over DRADIS. When he's found his next target, and reading a KEW shot at teh Cylons.

"Sure, you offer him sugar, but not me, Knick-Knack?" Mason states with a snort of amusement as he forms up on Gwyndolen to start his attack run. "Let's introduce ourselves all proper like ya keep telling me to do, shall we?"

Raider2 attacks Van with Kew but Van EVADES!
Tanner suppresses Raider4 with Ecm and succeeds.
Tanner suppresses Raider5 with Ecm and succeeds.
Tanner tries to suppress Heavy2 with Ecm but FAILS.
Heavy9 attacks Aubrey with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Cockpit.
Isolde attacks Heavy5 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Gwyndolen attacks Heavy7 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Heavy10 attacks Hallie with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Connor attacks Heavy10 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.
Calliope attacks Heavy2 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Hallie attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Nose.
Heavy2 attacks Connor with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.
Bami attacks Raider1 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Eva attacks Raider3 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Mason attacks Heavy8 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Cockpit.
CREW HIT! attacks Heavy8 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen.
Heavy6 attacks Calliope with Kew but Calliope EVADES EASILY!
Van attacks Heavy6 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Raider4 attacks Mason with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Heavy7 attacks Gwyndolen with Kew but MISSES!
Astraea attacks Heavy1 with Talons and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.
Stirling attacks Heavy4 with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Stirling's weapon clicks empty.
Heavy8 attacks Eva with Kew but MISSES!
Aubrey attacks Raider5 with Kew but Raider5 EVADES!
Heavy1 attacks Astraea with Kew but MISSES!
Raider5 attacks Gwyndolen with Kew but Gwyndolen EVADES EASILY!
Raider1 attacks Astraea with Kew but Astraea EVADES!
Raider3 attacks Mason with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon.
Heavy5 attacks Stirling with Kew but Stirling EVADES!
Heavy4 attacks Eva with Kew but MISSES!
Heavy7 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Gwyndolen)

So far, the vanguard...from the Vanguard are acquitting themselves rather well. Or at least, none of them in the immediate group has gone that. And that is all for the good. Eva, for her part, manages a solid hit one one of the raiders, but doesn't finish the job in a single stroke. Coming around again.

"Knick-Knack, Colors. Frak me, what's going to keep me awake through this little party if not a sugar high? Jar, Colors. I saved some for you. You're welcome." There's a brief sound of a long-suffering sigh before Connor goes off com to ship, "Flip, DRADIS has a contact bearing down on us. Shiiiiit--" Though he got a missile off and it streaks through and strikes a blow to a heavy's wing, his own wing takes damage and he spins in the air a bit. To ship com, "Whoops, Flip. Dialing back the aggression."

Aubrey fires at the Raider that was chasing Stirling, and it dodges her, as it breaks off to target another Raptor. "Dammit," she curses over the comm before a Heavy shoots up her cockpit canopy, sending up sparks. "Milkman, Banshee, took a shot but I'm ok!" she calls. She breaks off from that Raider when another swoops in on Astrea and Bami's Raptor. "Nova, Meteor, light on your tail, I'm coming to shake it for you!"

Van flashes in on the Heavy Raider, lining up a shot on the dodging metallic beast. Before cutting loose, he glances behind him, spotting a Raider there and twisting aside from a stream of autocannon fire. He grimaces as he notes that his previously-perfect shot has now become a high-deflection one, and he fires a short burst that mostly sparks armor on the flank of the Heavy Raider. He zips past, then glances back to where Aubrey is protecting Stirling as he works to counter his momentum, "Milkman copies, Banshee. I'm on my way. Bite, Pi, I'll be right back."

"Frak. Ruined my paint job." Mason offers with a drawl in his tone as he streaks across the cockpit of one of the Heavies, lighting it up, but not quite enough to bring it to complete destruction, as Gwyndolen scores another kill. "Knick-Knack, Jar, don't try to show me up to much, will ya? I mean, ya already know you got better legs than me."

Gwyndolen's Viper swoops, focussing on a heavy. A strafe of gunfire, and it bursts into flame, brilliant against the dark of space. "Jar, Knick-Knack," she says crisply, although admittedly not without a certain amount of satisfaction. "My legs are irrelevant to this battle."

"Jar, Colors. I have better legs then you do." offers Connor up with amusement on his voice.

Calliope shakes her tail feathers away from her tail's fire. "Milkman, Soundbite. I'm keeping it loose. Will take more evasive action as necessary and holler if I need a hand. Do what you need to do." Her fire continues to ping playfully on the hull of the Heavy she's targeting. She makes an "Ugh" sound as she adds another scratch to its sentient paint, but not much else. "Need to sharpen my claws," she mutters to Isolde.

There's a sharp blaze of KEW fire against the heavy as it moves into attack Stirling. It peppers the side of the Raider much to her delight. She shakes her head, narrowing her eyes slightly. "Alright." Then she blinks slightly at the comms, and nods. "Copy that, Milk." Then she looks over to Bite. "Switch targets, Bite. We got one sniffing around our tailfeathers."

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The Vanguard ships seem to be chewing up the bombers pretty well, but after the initial flurry of dodging, the heavies are now making a more coordinated effort to head down for the planet. It's not entirely clear at this altitude what city they're targeting, but it seems like they're heading for a heavily populated coastline (think like northern east coast USA in terms of population density) that includes, among other things, Biscayne Bay.
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"Colors, Knick-Knack, y'all just jealous that I'm thick in the clefts." Mason mutters good-naturedly as he swings around towards the Heavy, chasing after it.

Tanner's gaze flicks to the damage report as the ship rocks but it's negligible. Still, it shouldn't have gotten through at all. The toaster must be using different targeting parameters than the lighter raiders. Fine, he'll reprogram for them.

"I see it, Banshee," Bami calls out over comms. "Already wavin' 'em goodbye, but they don't know how to take no for an answer." He then starts reading up another shot. "Any help's appreciated, though."

"Frak!" Hallie takes a graze to the wing -- not enough to really impair her flying, but enough to cause her to have to pull off her attack and reposition. "I'm not sure about that, Knick-Knack; if we're dancing, then they're sure trying to step on everyone's feet!" She pulls herself around in a turn, trying to make another run on her previous target.

Stirling's missile blasts another bit off of one of the bombers. She frowns that neither went down, but them's the breaks. She spins the ship so the ECO can get the KEW on it.

Stirling attacks Heavy4 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.
CREW HIT! attacks Heavy4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.
CREW HIT! attacks Heavy4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.
CREW HIT! attacks Heavy4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm.
CREW HIT! attacks Heavy4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Impaired wound to Left Arm.
Tanner suppresses Raider3 with Ecm and succeeds.
Tanner suppresses Heavy2 with Ecm and succeeds.
Tanner suppresses Heavy1 with Ecm and succeeds.
Isolde attacks Heavy6 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Gwyndolen attacks Heavy2 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Nose.
Heavy2 attacks Connor with Kew but Connor EVADES!
Hallie attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Eva attacks Raider3 with Kew but Raider3 EVADES!
Van attacks Heavy9 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Bami attacks Raider1 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.
Heavy9 attacks Aubrey with Kew but Aubrey EVADES EASILY!
Raider3 attacks Mason with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Calliope attacks Heavy2 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Nose.
Aubrey attacks Raider1 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.
Heavy1 attacks Astraea with Kew but MISSES!
Raider2 attacks Van with Kew but Van EVADES!
Mason attacks Heavy8 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.
CREW HIT! attacks Heavy8 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen.
CREW HIT! attacks Heavy8 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm.
CREW HIT! attacks Heavy8 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Leg.
Heavy4 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!
Raider5 attacks Gwyndolen with Kew but Gwyndolen EVADES!
Raider4 attacks Mason with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Raider1 attacks Astraea with Kew but Astraea EVADES EASILY!
Heavy5 attacks Stirling with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Astraea attacks Heavy1 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Connor attacks Heavy10 with Talons and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Heavy6 attacks Calliope with Kew but Calliope EVADES!
Heavy8 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES EASILY!
Heavy10 attacks Hallie with Kew but Hallie EVADES!
Heavy4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Stirling, CREW HIT!)
Heavy8 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Mason, CREW HIT!)
Heavy9 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Van)

Aubrey slips up onto one wing as the heavy dogging her fires at her again, and she makes her dodging the stream of KEW fire look easy. She manages to scratch up the armor on the port side of the Raider she was chasing, but she breaks off as she realizes where the bombers are head. "Oh frak no, Milkman, Banshee, that's my HOME they're heading for. My dad is down there!" She streaks after the bombers.

As he tears through one of the heavies, Mason is moving to try to get himself back into position on the Heavies again, but in the process, finds a Raider streaking towards Gwyndolen. "Knick-Knack, Jar, you have a clinger. I'll show him the door for you before I get back around to dealing wth the heavies."

<<This frakker does not want to drop,>> Astraea mutters, wrenching at the controls to keep clear of incoming fire. At least there aren't missiles out there. <<How we doing back there?>> She hits the comms for the greater flight. "Cherry, Ringer, how are we?"

Another sharp burst of KEW fire rips through the heavy still tailing the Raptor. She quirks a slight smile, but it is short lived. Isolde catches the comm-chatter, and she blinks at Aubrey's words. She flicks a glance toward Calliope before she looks back at DRADIS.

"I'm doing just fine, Nova, not a scratch. But we may need to see about Banshee." because the call was heard over comms, and that sort of thing does make one reckless.

"I'm doing just fine, Nova, not a scratch. But we may need to see about Banshee." because the call was heard over comms, and that sort of thing does make one reckless. (Eva)

With the Heavy Raider tracking Aubrey, it's simple enough for Van to cut across the big ship's course and spin his Viper so that he strafes past it moving 'sideways.' This lets him trigger a long burst all the way down it's flank, setting off secondary explosions and leaving Van to whirl back around to face the way he's flying. Aubrey's wireless call draws Van's brows up, and then sets his features in a hard frown of concentration, "Banshee, Milkman, you've got the lead, I'm on your wing now. We'll stop them, Banshee."

Calliope keeps evading one Heavy and plugging away at another. "OH MY GODS DIE!" she yells out her viewport at her target. Off-mic, thankfully, but Isolde can enjoy the volume. She comes around to line up another shot on the thing. Because she is not letting this one go. She tries to track Van and Aubrey's Vipers visually, though that's a dizzying prospect right now. Her breath catches as she hears the comm chatter. She looks over her shoulder, briefly, to exchange a look with Isolde. Blue eyes big behind her helmet, though she can't find the words to say anything.

That first bomber? It went down beautifully. This second one is being a fraking frakhead. Connor does manage to spin his raptor around another stream of enemy fire with skilled grace, but again the missile only does minor damage. To Tanner he ship coms: "Flip, can you focus some attention on the contact gunning for us? I am a dog with a bone for this fraker and dodging that other toaster is getting on my nerves."

Gwyndolen strafes a Heavy and turns around to set up another run. "Jar, Knick-Knack. Thanks for dealing with my ungentlemanly stalker," she calls out. "They've always been very determined."

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"Thinning them out, Flight, good job," comes Stirling's voice over the radio. Her ECO on the rear canon sends one of the bombers spiraling towards the ground in flames. And yet, the bombers continue to descend, inching (well, as much as one can 'inch' at dive speeds) towards the surface and the innocent civilians below. "Stay focused, Banshee," Whisper encourages in her soft voice. "We'll get them. Everyone, sing out if you're hit badly."

As if on cue, Sweet Pea's voice comes over the radio. "Whisper, Sweet Pea. Banger's taken heavy damage, pulling back to the barn and... frak, we've lost Flats and Telly." Anyone who looked over at the other flight's dogfight can see flaming debris streaking across the sky - though it's not easy to tell which set belongs to the downed Raptor crew versus the enemy ships.
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Hallie's answer to Astraea is a short burst of frustrated Tauran profanity. The Heavy on her tail keeps her dodging, just enough that she can't land a solid hit on her raider target. "Nova, Cherry -- I don't have a clear shot. My dance partner doesn't seem to want to play nice."

Much better. That should help blind them a bit. Time to start blowing them up. Tanner starts targeting one of the nearby raiders but switches when he hears Connor. "You got it. Let's see if I can put it right down its throat. Or what passes for one."

<<We're sitting pretty for now,>> answers the Scorpian echo. It isn't until he hears the distress from Banshee that he pauses for just a moment. "I read, Ringer. Got a date on our ass right now. You got support when the bastard goes down."

Aubrey attacks Heavy6 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.
Eva attacks Heavy5 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Bami attacks Raider1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.
Hallie attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Weapon.
Astraea attacks Heavy1 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.
CREW HIT! attacks Heavy1 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen.
Calliope attacks Heavy2 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Gwyndolen attacks Heavy2 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.
Raider4 attacks Mason with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Cockpit.
CREW HIT! attacks Mason with Shrapnel and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Abdomen.
CREW HIT! attacks Mason with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.
Raider2 attacks Van with Kew but Van EVADES!
Connor attacks Heavy10 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.
Raider3 attacks Mason with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing.
Heavy2 attacks Connor with Kew but Connor EVADES EASILY!
Isolde attacks Heavy6 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Stirling attacks Heavy5 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Heavy10 attacks Connor with Kew but Connor EVADES EASILY!
Van attacks Heavy6 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Heavy1 attacks Astraea with Kew but Astraea EVADES!
Raider1 attacks Astraea with Kew but Astraea EVADES EASILY!
Heavy5 attacks Stirling with Kew but MISSES!
Tanner attacks Heavy2 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.
Heavy6 attacks Calliope with Kew but Calliope EVADES EASILY!
Raider5 attacks Gwyndolen with Kew but Gwyndolen EVADES!
Mason attacks Raider5 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Heavy1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Astraea, CREW HIT!)
Heavy2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Calliope, Gwyndolen, Tanner)
Heavy5 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Eva)

Aubrey pushes her Viper hard, chasing a Heavy and scattering KEW fire across its starboard wing, but it's still diving down towards Biscayne Bay, home. Her father has a condo there. The Walkers, her 'other' parents, live there.

"Whisper, you're clear." Eva's voice comes over her mostly silent comms, before she goes hunting once again, heading back to try to pick off one of the raiders on Jar, who's viper looks as though it just got lit up.

There's two bombers on Connor, but Colors spins his Raptor through space, weaving through one stream of bullets and another, and with ease and practiced skill manages to completely avoid any harm. But he keeps an eye on DRADIS and the other readings, "Jar, Colors. We're coming to your aide. Put on some evasive maneuvers while we get to you!"

Streaking by the Raider on Gwyndolen, Mason was opening up on it just as his cockpit explodes around him and multiple alarms and lights come on across the panels of the craft. There's a sharp gasp of pain and a shuddered breath. "Colors, Knick-Knack, Jar. Gonna lay off the coffee for a bit.." Mason offers as he throttles back to become more protective of his flight and moving again to engage the heavies.

Van still has a trailer, but he seems quite willing to ignore it thus far to focus on the bombers, except in so far as he keeps his course twitching side to side with his thrusters to make himself a more difficult target than if he were monomaniacal in his pursuit. He quickly finds himself curling in behind Aubrey, following her across the tail of the Heavy, his own KEW rounds chewing into the armor of its body as well, "Still with you, Banshee. Ringer, Milkman, is that you on my trailer back there? Let me know if I can do anything to help out."

KEW fire tears across the body of the heavy Raider as Isolde compresses the trigger, and she blinks in surprise as she notices how precise and, well, focused that fire had been. She didn't know she had it in her! "Thanks for the assist, Banshee and Milkman," Pi breathes after a moment, and then shakes her head. "Bite, keep 'er steady, I almost got our friendly cling-on!"

"Thanks Cherry," Stirling responds. The news from the other flight causes the CAG's mouth to twitch in a frown. "Copy, Sweet Pea. Continue supporting the Picon fighters. We'll assist when we can." If they can.

"FINALLY!" This time, Calliope does project her Caprican Woo! Girl volume over the comms. "Knick-Knack, Flip, it is a pleasure killing toasters with you." She is so happy that Heavy is gone, after so many dents and dings. She grins. "You've got it limping, Pi! I am flying us like we mean it!" Her weps systems click and ping as she adjusts her targeting.

"Ringer, Nova- looks like that one's off yer tail." Astraea also takes care of the one tha's been hounding her finally. She pulls the Raptor around then, keying in new targeting for her Talons. <<Meteor, let me see if I can take care of that Raider that's been on us.>> Meaning if he keeps on the cannon, he'll need to take care of some new targeting.

"Soundbite, Flip, Knick-Knack," says Gwyndolen, watching the Heavy explode. "Always a pleasure." She flips a few switches and frowns at the DRADIS. "Jar, Knick-Knack. Hang in there. I'll see if I can get the toaster off you."

"Ringer here; thanks, Nova! And yeah, Milkman," Hallie calls back, as she jerks hard to one side, following her raider target. "Trying to clear your tail for you. But this one's a squirmer. Got in a good hit, but it's not quite ready for the recycling bin."

Bami responds, <<Already done, Nova.>> The ECO's switching back to countermeasures, and sizing up the bastards chasing after Mason. "Got your back as best I can right now, Jar."

Eva attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon.
Hallie attacks Raider2 with Kew but Raider2 EVADES!
Gwyndolen attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Tail. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Aubrey attacks Heavy6 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Bami suppresses Raider3 with Ecm and succeeds.
Bami tries to suppress Raider4 with Ecm but FAILS.
Bami suppresses Raider1 with Ecm and succeeds.
Isolde attacks Heavy6 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Tanner attacks Heavy10 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Raider3 attacks Mason with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Van attacks Heavy6 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Nose.
Stirling attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Astraea attacks Raider1 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.
CREW HIT! attacks Raider1 with Shrapnel and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.
CREW HIT! attacks Raider1 with Shrapnel and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Abdomen.
CREW HIT! attacks Raider1 with Shrapnel and HITS! Impaired wound to Right Arm.
Raider5 attacks Gwyndolen with Kew but Gwyndolen EVADES EASILY!
Calliope attacks Heavy10 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.
Raider2 attacks Van with Kew but Van EVADES!
Raider4 attacks Mason with Kew but MISSES!
Heavy10 attacks Connor with Kew but Connor EVADES!
Connor attacks Raider3 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.
Mason attacks Raider5 with Kew but Raider5 EVADES!
Heavy6 attacks Calliope with Kew but MISSES!
Raider1 attacks Astraea with Kew but MISSES!
Heavy6 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aubrey, Isolde, Van)
Raider1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Astraea, CREW HIT!)

Aubrey continues to pepper the bomber with KEW fire, but it's Isolde who really shreds it. "Nice shooting Pi!" she calls out as the Heavy shudders into pieces. "One more, one more," she murmurs off comes to herself as she turns after the next heavy.

"Pi, Milkman, nice shooting." Van follows Aubrey around in a tight curve for another pass at the Heavy, "Ringer, Milkman, as soon as the heavies are down, I'll draw it right into you." And then he pauses, his eyes widening, "Wait... Sweetpea, Milkman, did you say Flats and Telly are down?" Horror tinges his voice with the question, but it doesn't stop him from spraying down the Heavy once more, although its Isolde's precision shooting that does the job for the most part.

Mason just doesn't seem to want to give up. He turns his Viper against the grain, strafing a few ineffective blasts towards the Raider on Gwyndolen's six, even as he takes more hits to his own Viper. "Flight, Jar, don't worry 'bout me none, make sure those damn bombers don't make their targets." he responds, gritting his teeth as he reaches for the sealant to keep his suit closed up.

Spinning through KEW fire, Connor sends off a missle and the raider after Jar is hit but only to minor damage: but that doesn't stop him from clenching his jaw and focusing, keeping his attention on the contacts, the streams of offensive fire and aiming another talon strike. "Flip..." he ship-coms to Tanner, "Nice shooting. I read that his as solid but that fraking toaster is stubborn. Take it out, man."

Calliope keeps her talon fire focused on the heavy. Her aim stays on it for another pass. "Good shooting, Pi," she says to her ECO. There's a catch in her voice. Perhaps she's finally processing the comm chatter on their fallen fellows. But mourning will have to come later.

+==~~~==================================~==+
"Only one bomber left," Stirling reports, and even her usually-unflappable voice is a bit tight. "They're nearing bombing range. Let's get this guy." Despite the damage, the other flight - joined by a Picon squadron - is finishing off the rest of the bombers. A Picon pilot goes down in flames, but manages to eject. One of the Raiders then wheels around to target her with a flyby. Her chute is shredded, causing her to plummet to the ground. The fact that the reserve chute doesn't deploy is a safe bet that the pilot was also hit in the exchange. Or they just have the worst luck ever.
+==
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Now that was a nice hit if he does say so himself. And Tanner does. One more should do it. "One great ball of fire, coming up." he comms to Colors. Goodness gracious.

Another hit and barely a lick of damage, as Eva barrels in, moving to try to get a better angle on the raiders still gunning for the Aerilonese pilot. "Coming in for a strike on your target, Whisper."

"Flats? Dammit..." Hearing that news, Hallie is just distracted enough that she doesn't /quite/ follow the most recent sudden jag of her target, and her shots go wide. "Stop frakking /wiggling/ and just /die/ already!" The young ensign kicks her afterburners on, trying to close in on the raider and get a good shot on some vulnerable spot.

And that's the other one off their tail. Astraea breathes a sigh of relief before she draws up alongside Eva, adjusting her targeting on one of the remaining raiders. "Flight, Nova... Toldja we were th' cleanup crew. How's th' civilians lookin' down there?" It might be she's trying not to think of those lost. Helps to stay focused.

Jar, Knick-Knack," says Gwyndolen over the coms, "there is something to be said for a sense of self-preservation." She checks her targeting and seems torn for a moment whether to come around and target the heavy or keep on the raider harassing her wingmate.

Another burst of KEW fire is followed by a whoop of success when the heavy Raider explodes under their combined fire. "Eat that," she tells the Raider debris, but then her words are cut-off when she catches Van's clarification. "Flats?" She says on the comms, as if waiting for someone to answer back. Then she swallows thick, glancing to Calliope before she narrows her focus once more on DRADIS. "Flight," she says, her voice a bit thin, "advise... I'm focused on the last heavy and Raider targets H-85 and H-86."

"Milkman, that's affirmative," comes the response from Sweet Pea. She doesn't elaborate since they're a little busy trying to bring down their last opponents.

When more of the Cylon's go down Bami switches controls. He takes the KEW controls, and starts looking back to the Raiders. <<Going back to KEW,>> he says to the pilot. <<Hopefully to destroy a few more of these bastards.>>

Tanner attacks Heavy10 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Aubrey attacks Heavy10 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.
Astraea attacks Raider3 with Talons but Raider3 EVADES!
Hallie attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Gwyndolen attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.
Connor attacks Raider3 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Nose.
Raider4 attacks Mason with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Bami attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Stirling attacks Heavy10 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Raider2 attacks Van with Kew but MISSES!
Eva attacks Heavy10 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.
Van tries to distract Raider2 but FAILS.
Isolde suppresses Heavy10 with Ecm and succeeds.
Isolde suppresses Raider3 with Ecm and succeeds.
Isolde tries to suppress Raider4 with Ecm but FAILS.
Raider5 attacks Gwyndolen with Kew but Gwyndolen EVADES!
Raider3 attacks Mason with Kew but MISSES!
Calliope attacks Heavy10 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Mason attacks Raider5 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)
Heavy10 attacks Connor with Kew but MISSES!
Heavy10 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Tanner, Aubrey, Eva, Calliope)
Raider2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Hallie, Bami)

Calliope bites her lower lip and keeps on flying and shooting. It's all she can do right now. For better or worse, she doens't go to pieces anymore when a flight-mate's ship bites it. It's been a long war, and it's not getting any shorter.

Aubrey focuses fire on the last Heavy in her sights heading for Biscayne Bay. She tears up more of its armor as her teammates finish it off. Only then does she let out a breath, because the threat of bombs dropping on her family is greatly reduced. She turns back to help the mop up operation, sweat beaded on her forehead from that panic for her people.

With the final bomber, at least the one they've been tasked with, eliminated, Eva turns her attention back to the remaining raiders, once again targeting one of the two raiders attacking mason. The sooner they clear the skies (which they do) the sooner they can get home and they an mourn their dead.

The latest talon to lance out from Connor's raptor hits the raider with a devistating blow, but he sees his partner's KEW fire contributes to the heavy that has had a hardon for his ship for awhile, and he exults, "Nice shot again, Flip! Frak the toasters." and he continues flying in a fairly aggressive manner, spinning in and out of enemy fire, launching talon after talon to finish off the cleanup crew.

"Godsdamnit." Van's response to Sweet Pea's confirmation is just for himself, "Ringer, Milkman, I'm going to lead him out to starboard, and then back to port. Weave and you'll have a shot." He glances around him, then his eyes widen, his lips peeling back from his teeth in a furious grimace, "That Toaster just strafed an ejected pilot. Banshee, Milkman, I'm after it." His guns hammer, and alongside the furious assault of a Picon Naval pilot, the Raider comes apart.

Isolde sweeps sharply to resume her work at the countermeasures, leaving the KEW pewpew to others. She looks up at DRADIS, her eyes hunting for Flats' signal, but there's nothing. She missed it. She can't believe she missed it. How is she going to break this to Cate? She shakes her head as she starts to type through her sequence, but she growls in frustration as she only weakens two of the three. It is when the next series of blips disappear off her screen, she maintains her countermeasures until the rest of the Cylons are taken care of.

<<Great shot!>> Astraea may not have seen it happen, but she picked up which raider Bami was targeting along with Hallie and the fact that it went down. She just assumes he got a hit in. Unfortunately, her own target goes wide. The woman hisses, but doesn't stop from angling through the cylon ships that remain, along with Cherry and Ringer to finish off the rest of them before forming back up with the wing proper when they get the call to return to base.

Gwyndolen keeps the raider as her target, but, despite that, seems relieved when the heavy is down. She focuses on the fight, working on mopping up the rest of the raiders, before she forms back up to head back to base.

"Lets blow up the last of these and get back. I want my hot chocolate." Lining up another raider, Tanner fires off another burst. It's almost like shooting fish in a barrel; it can dodge one line of fire but that just puts it in two more, given how outnumbered it is. Which is exactly as it should be.

<<Don't go thanking me,>> he says when looking for a fresh target. Bami takes his time with this, and the tone of his voice betrays the small bit of enjoyment he takes out of any and all confirmed kills. When he finds another target he calls to the pilot, <<Going at Raider-H86.>>

"Yeah.. gonna need jello for a couple of days." Mason offers as he feels a little pale, even with his own dark colored skin. "Knick-Knack, forming up on you for the walk back home. I can keep this dart up, I think."

<FS3> Mason rolls Piloting-4: Success (8 6 5 4 4 3)


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