2237-08-06 - Tough Sell

The marines take on a heavily fortified position near some shops in Delphi. It goes...not so well.

Date: 2237-08-06

Location: Delphi

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation:Delphi

Scene Number: 385

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Delphi. It's hot, the air is thin, and the city is like a ghost town - eerily empty streets with buildings that - at least in this part of town - are still mostly intact. The usual sounds of a city are absent, but in their place there's the distant crack of gunfire and the zoom of aircraft engines.

With the Cylons controlling territory to the west and most of the city itself, the Colonial offensive is largely originating from the east. The squad's objective today is to take out a particularly well-entrenched Cylon position blocking an intersection near the eastern edge of the city. It chewed up a Caprican marine squad earlier in the day when they tried to assault it. The Cylons have built a barricade to block the street and set up firing positions overlooking it from higher positions. Flanking is not an option due to other Cylons in the area. Gunny Mercer is leading the squad this time.

Mercer looks at Charlie and Lyn. "Wagner, Arda - see if you can get up in that temple there. Should give you a good position to cover us." Then he addresses Chance. "Soon as we pinpoint the location of their machinegun, use you take it out with your rocket. Make it count. Rest of you - stick to the cover of these vehicles and the buildings much as you can."

After a good leave on Scorpia, being back on a ship has been a strange transition. Charlie had just begin getting used to a proper day and night cycle again. She's enjoying being on the ground. When Mercer gives orders, the woman is prepping her rifle; sliding and snapping scope into place on the accessory rail. She checks the strap on the weapon before offering a salute to the Gunny. "Aye," she says, adjusting the lay of her mic. With a nod for Arda, she splits off from the rest of the squad and takes off at a light run, sticking close to the buildings for the cover they provide as she aims for the temple.

Lyn gives Mercer a sharp nod. "Got it, Gunny." She heads to the temple, jogging a few yards to Charlie's left to keep them from being too juicy of a grenade target. She moves from cover to cover, huddling down to listen and look before crossing any open territory.

Moving with Cate, Beckham is tense, it's easy to see. It's his first firefight since the wounding that sent him into surgery, and the medic listens to the orders being given. Glancing aside at a couple of the buildings, he recognizes their names as Caprican brands, gesturing to a couple of hopeful areas out of the line of fire and tapping his fellow medic on the shoulder. "Triage." he suggests, pointing out one of the locations, before glancing over with a frown.

'The Daily Grind' the sign over the coffee shop reads and the medic closes his eyes for a moment. In another time, he and Tamlin would be sitting on the patio of a similarly named coffee shop back home, sipping on their mugs and laughing about classes or something silly and looking at each other adoringly. She's safe, he reminds himself mentally and snaps back to the here and now.

"We'll snag any stray bags of coffee that may be on the shelves in there." he manages in a weak attempt of a jest.

A nod comes from Chance as he's addressed. Usually the biggest gun he gets to use is a heavy machine gun, but the rocket launcher is an area of some expertise for the marine. "Roger that." He offers up quietly, checking over map of the area and then folds it up and puts it into one of his pockets on his tac vest.

Cate gives Beckham an odd look when he starts planning for triage. "Thought it was my job to be the pessimist," she quips to him. Then her mouth is tightening into a grim look and she's checking her weapon and giving the gunny a nod.

Logan is for once not cracking wise. Instead, the oversized Recon Marine sticks near the squad. His eyes continuing to consider the various buildings undoubtedly considering challenging the flanking options. It really doesn't seem like Logan should be able to hide behind well...much of anything. Despite that he moves with a slow ground eating quiet pace. As the other two other recon marine split off to the side he pauses at the edge of a building leaning out for a moment to cover them and then back around the corner once they're off flashing them a good luck thumbs up. He seems content to shift absently angling forward apparently planning to get himself into a lead position with the rest of the squad as they move along. He does grin faintly as 'Coffe bean recovery' gets added to the optional objectives and he tilts his head to mapping his forward progress.

Aleksander is glad that he is a simple rifleman, that means he will be sticking with the main group and using the cover of cars and buildings. Assaulting a fortified location, especially after it carved up another Marine squad, is never a pleasant mission but once it was tasked to them, the Tauron had no words of objections, just ready to do his part. When the Gunny assigns a few of the Marines to other locations, he waits until the rest of them are to move out, checking his weapons one last time. After doing so, he pulls out his pack of smokes as usual and draws one out, lighting it and puffs away. Waiting until they are told to move out.

Though she doesn't stop often to look, Charlie does keep her head on a swivel as she runs. She's checking her six, she's just refusing to stay a static target. While she made sure the strap for her rifle was in place, Spectre doesn't rely entirely on it, oh no. Not in such a hostile zone. She's got her hands on the weapon as well and the safety off. She's well and ready to drop to a firing position if it comes ot it. In the mean time, she's continuing towards her goal.

"Never can be too careful or prepared." Beckham comments quietly, with a hint of driness in it all. "Already had one squad chewed up today." There's the tale-tell signs of the previous battle - bullet-riddled store fronts, a vehicle smoldering from an explosion earlier, and expended shells and the occassional blood stain. The blue-eyed medic glances aside to Cate. "We'll be in the mix soon enough." The usually smiling and confident medic has flipped a switch it seems, and is just locked down as he moves closer to the shop, trying to stay out of the line of sight of the centurion gunners as he checks it for egress.

Lyn sets her back against the wall of the temple, nodding to Charlie to go first while she covers the other woman. She goes to one knee, peering through her rifle's scope for any movement.

Cate offers a grim smirk to Beckham. "Like my dad used to say - it's not paranoia if they really are out to get you." Then she's scooting forward, peeking out from behind a parked car.

Mercer glances back, waiting for the two snipers to get into position, then he motions for the marines to divide up so they're not all advancing in a clump and gives the signal to advance.

Chance sticks with the main group on their way to the indicated point on the map. He's got his rocket launcher resting on his right shoulder, launcher tube tilted up away from the ground. Due to the size of the rocket launcher, he has a shotgun strapped across his back as his secondary weapon, and a large pistol as his tertiary weapon. He moves with the group Mercer indicates and waits for the order to blow the crap out of that HMG.

Lyn gets to the designated spot in the temple, and she props her rifle on a window ledge, aiming down below. "Grenade Launcher," she whispers to Charlie, before resting her targeting reticle over the toaster bearing it.

"Like my dad used to say..." Beckham responds, and then pauses. "Frak, I don't remember what he used to say. But it was probably something about it being when being hip deep in the shit is the wrong time to realize you left your rubbers at home."

Once she's settled in up by the temple, Charlie clicks the mic twice. A quick alert to Mercer -- and the squad -- that they're in position without any actual radio chatter. She gives a nod to Lyn at the alert. "Let me know," she notes quietly, "if you need help with it." She's settling her aim on another target. "There's a heavy," she intones, as she takes her own sweep of the field below.

Cate gives Beckham a curious look. "I think that means something different on Caprica than it does back home," she deadpans, possibly too far away now to be heard as she moves forward with Logan and Kinney.

Mercer fires a burst!

Mercer attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mercer attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mercer attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Charlie attacks Cent3 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Impaired wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent1 attacks Mercer with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Cent3 fires full-auto!

Cent3 attacks Renard with Hmg but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Aleksander with Hmg but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Chance with Hmg but MISSES!

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent4 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Cate attacks Cent4 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Cate attacks Cent4 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Abdomen.

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Chance uses Rocket. EXPLOSION!

Chance attacks Cent3 with Rocket and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Chance attacks Cent3 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Chance attacks Cent3 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Chance attacks Cent3 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Chance attacks Cent4 with Rocket but hits the COVER they're behind.

Chance attacks Cent4 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Chance attacks Cent4 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Chance attacks Cent4 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Chance attacks Cent4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent5 uses Grenade Launcher. EXPLOSION!

Cent5 attacks Cate with Grenade Launcher and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Abdomen.

Cent5 attacks Cate with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Cent5 attacks Cate with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent5 attacks Cate with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent5 attacks Cate with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cent5 attacks Kinney with Grenade Launcher and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent5 attacks Logan with Grenade Launcher and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent5 attacks Logan with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm.

Cent5 attacks Logan with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cent5 attacks Logan with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cent5 attacks Logan with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.

Kinney attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Renard attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent7 passes.

Cent6 attacks Mercer with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Lyn attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap+Scope. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cent2 attacks Renard with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Beckham fires a burst!

Beckham attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Beckham attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Beckham attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Beckham with Lmg+Bipod but Beckham EVADES!

Cate has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Cent5)

Cent3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Mercer, Charlie, Aleksander, Chance)

Kinney has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Cent5)

Renard has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Cent2)

As the squad moves out, Aleksander starts moving as well, the cigarette still between his lips as his hands are now gripping his rifle. Moving forward with a slightly hunched posture to provide a smaller profile, the Tauron moves out with the three closest Marines by him, Beckham, Chance, and Renard. Moving from car to car, he moves closer and closer to the enemy positions until he can make out the targets. Taking aim at one of the Centurions, he waits for the others to be in position as well before opening fire.

Lyn fires off a shot at the Cylon with the grenade launcher, but her bullet simply sparks off its armored chest. "Frak!" she hisses, seeing people go down hard. She clears her head and takes aim again.

Logan is apparently not doing so well at paying attention as grenades go off. He apparently was not in a great position as he did exaclty nothing but get blown up as the opening salvao of chaos go. There's a quiet curse and Logan is diving back scrambling back in Cate and Kinney's direction. "MEDIC!" He's demanding as he takes up a position to cover Cate and said medic.

It was not a great day for the home team. PFC Renard took a LMG shot to the face that splattered his brains all over the inside of his helmet. In the other group, a grenade exploded right between Cate and Kinney, knocking both to the ground. Neither gets up right away, though they're both moving a little so they're still alive.

Mercer fires a burst and then bellows, "Medic!" He shifts forward to get into a better position to fire at where that grenade came from. "Daly, take out that grenade launcher."

Two of Aleksander's bullets rip through the Centurion he was aiming at, gearing through the midsection and chest of the Cylon along with the Gunny's shots as well. He hears the explosion of a grenade launcher and eyes quickly try to find the hostile wielding it. Upping that to the main threat on his mental list, especially after hearing the familiar call for a medic. Instead of taking aim at that toaster, Aleksander pulls a grenade that is clasped to his kit. Pulling the pin, he calls out, "Grenade out!" As a warning to the friendlies, then lobs it in the air at a pair of Centurions.

The heavy down, Charlie racks her sniper rifle again. She swears, but silently. "Focus," she offers lowly to Lyn. The woman shifts slightly, tracking a few more of the centurions. Over the radio, she notes lowly for those below. "Dorn's got one on him. Providing cover."

There's a roar and a whistle as the rocket from Chance's launcher slams into the ground near the Centurion with the heavy machine gun. His rocket didn't take out the centurion, but several others managed to finish that centurion off. Chance slips back behind cover for a moment, takes a breath and calls out, "ON IT!" And then he slips around the truck he's using for cover, taking aim for the Centurion with the grenade launcher.

Beckham lifts his head, about to say something in response to Cate before the whistling of an incoming grenade causes the medic to flinch. In the explosion and fire, Cate's squad almost disappears before they even have a chance to return fire. There's a momentary look of panic in that blue-eyed gaze before he fires off a short burst but is in a full run towards the grouping before Logan even has a chance to call out for the medic.

Nothing said at first as Beckham drops next to Cate first, rolling her onto her back. "Hold still." he murmurs, reaching down to her stomach. Not that she's going to complain as he pulls the woman's medpack to tear open to start to pull off the tac armor and shirt to get beneath it. He's going to try to get the medic up and ambulatory before moving to check on the man next to her as he grits his teeth around the plastic of the package.

Cate doesn't see the grenade, she just feels the impact that hurls her against the side of the car she was hiding behind. Dazed, ears ringing, she's trying - unsuccessfully - to get up when Beckham reaches her. She flops back down to the ground when he rolls her over, staring dumbstruck at the blood on her hand. There's a soft moan as Beckham starts fussing with her armor, the pain finally registering.

Cent5 reloads.

Lyn attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Impaired wound to Neck. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent7 passes.

Mercer fires a burst!

Mercer attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mercer attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Mercer attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Charlie attacks Cent4 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Aleksander uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Aleksander attacks Cent5 with Frag Grenade and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander attacks Cent5 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Aleksander attacks Cent5 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Aleksander attacks Cent5 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Right Leg.

Aleksander attacks Cent6 with Frag Grenade and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander attacks Cent6 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Aleksander attacks Cent6 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Right Arm.

Aleksander attacks Cent6 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Logan fires a burst!

Logan attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap but Cent5 EVADES!

Logan attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Logan attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent2 fires full-auto!

Cent2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod but Aleksander EVADES EASILY!

Cent2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Cent2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Chance uses Rocket. EXPLOSION!

Chance attacks Cent5 with Rocket but hits the COVER they're behind.

Chance attacks Cent5 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Chance attacks Cent5 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Chance attacks Cent6 with Rocket and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent6 attacks Mercer with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent4 passes.

Beckham tends to Cate and treats their worst wound successfully.

Cent1 attacks Mercer with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Right Arm.

Cent4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Mercer, Charlie)

After getting treatment started on Cate, Beckham gets the wound patched and tied down as best as he can, concentrating on the woman under him as he works. "This isn't a case of we switch out and you go on a vacation right after I get back, you know." he says with a smirk as he takes a moment to touch Cate's cheek. "The stomach's the worst of it. Got a couple of small ones, just hang in there."

Between Mercer and Charlie, they take out the Centurion that was moving to take over his buddy's HMG post. The Cylon with the grenade launcher is a bit more stubborn. Despite taking a few hits from shrapnel, his fortified position seems to save him from the worst of the damage. He comes back up with another grenade loaded.

Lyn fires a shot right into the grenade launcher toaster's neck, and grunts when it doesn't go down. "Tough armor on this one," she hisses. She tries again.

Another rocket looses and flies at the centurion with the grenade launcher, "Frak!" Chance grumbles out, ducking down and to the right to avoid the autofire that comes his way a moment later. The rockets shrapnel does a bit of damage, but not much else. "Still working on it!" he calls out.

Satisfied that the one heading to bother the medics is taken care of, Charlie checks her rifle and shifts position. "Let's see," she murmurs, "what we can do about this grenade launcher." She settles her rifle against her shoulder again. "Let me know if the others change position."

Mercer shouts back at Aleksander. "I'll cover you - get closer and blow that frakker up."

Logan leans up over a car hood that he's conveniently lifted up for some additional cover. He curses as his previous burst just gets a flesh wound on the target. He doesn't look down to Beckham, "Can we move them? If that launcher hits this location again we're all frakked. I can carry them if it won't kill them." He says letting Beckham make the call while he takes aim at the grenadier again.

"I could use a vacation. Ow." Cate groans back at Beckham. She tries to crane her head to see how bad it is, and isn't exactly reassured by what she sees. "Frak." Still when Logan talks about moving them she tries to sit up again. "I can get up..." she insists, though that may be wishful thinking on her part at this point.

Boom goes the first grenade but it seems like the Cylon was able to soak most of the shrapnel, the sharp pieces embedding into the plate armor but not punching through. A Tauron curse is muttered, especially after a bullet wings his chest, the armor protecting him from any serious harm. When the Gunny shouts out to him to try again, closer this time, Aleksander gives the other Marine a nod of understanding. Pulling another grenade free, he pulls the pin. Then sucking in a deep breath with a mental count of three, he starts sprinting forward towards the fortified position containing the Centurion wielding the grenade launcher. As he gets close, he underhand lobs the grenade towards the enemy position before diving to the side.

"Not yet." Beckham hisses at both Logan and Cate. "Once she's stabalized, we can move." There's a glance at the other Marine that's down and the to Logan. "Lay down fire, and be ready to carry on my mark." His attention turns to the other medic. "Stop being stubborn."

Cent7 passes.

Mercer suppresses Cent5 with Rifle+Ap and succeeds.

Mercer suppresses Cent6 with Rifle+Ap and succeeds.

Logan fires a burst!

Logan attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Logan attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Logan attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent1 attacks Mercer with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent2 fires full-auto!

Cent2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cent2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod but Aleksander EVADES!

Cent2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod but Aleksander EVADES!

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but Chance EVADES!

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Lyn attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Charlie attacks Cent5 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Aleksander attacks Cent5 with Frag Grenade and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Aleksander attacks Cent6 with Frag Grenade and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

Chance uses Rocket. EXPLOSION!

Chance attacks Cent5 with Rocket. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Chance attacks Cent6 with Rocket but hits the COVER they're behind.

Chance attacks Cent6 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Chance attacks Cent6 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent6 attacks Mercer with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent5 uses Grenade Launcher. EXPLOSION!

Cent5 attacks Chance with Grenade Launcher but MISSES!

Cent5 attacks Aleksander with Grenade Launcher but MISSES!

Cent5 attacks Aleksander with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent5 attacks Aleksander with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cent5 attacks Aleksander with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg.

Cent5 attacks Aleksander with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.

Cate is no longer KOed !

Beckham successfully rallies Cate.

Cent5 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Logan, Lyn, Charlie, Aleksander)

Cent6 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aleksander, Chance)

Mercer has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Cent1)

BLAM! Lyn's rifle makes a loud report before the head of the Cylon with the grenade launcher pretty much explodes as the bullet ricochets around in its noggin. She sweeps the field through her scope and picks another target, lining up on an LMG wielder. "Gunny went down," she murmurs to Charlie, to keep the sniper apprised of the situation.

<FS3> Lyn rolls Alertness: Good Success (8 6 6 5 5 5 4 3 1 1)

<FS3> Charlie rolls Alertness: Great Success (8 8 7 7 7 6 3 3 2 1)

"Lindus, Rhodes, go." Beckham offers quickly. Hearing the report of the Gunny going down, the medic frowns. "My rounds aren't done yet. Take the wounded with you." he mutters before he grabs his bag and starts to run across the street to zig-zag and get to Mercer's side to treat him. "Good thing it's the weekend, Gunny, I do housecalls."

That is until Mercer calls him off. Caught in the middle of the street, he's frozen for a moment, and turns quickly to head back, hopefully the hesitaion doesn't cause him to pay too much as he's heading back towards where Kinney went down.

Mercer is knocked down, but only for a moment. Then he's back up, waving off the medic. "I'm fine. Get Kinney."

"Gunny is back up," Lyn amends, with a half smile.

A level of frustration sets in for Sergenat Daly, and he pushes away from the truck and moves more out into the open, focusing his rocket launcher specifically on the last centurion with a machine gun. "COME GET SOME!" he shouts out and fires off another rocket.

The lob of the grenade by Aleksander has the round, fragment explosive device bounce once before rolling to a stop next to the pair of Centurions that are dug into that position. This time, the explosion is much closer and when it goes boom, it the explosion tears up the chests of both Cylons in that spot. However, it was the dive to the side that saved the Tauron from certain death as he sees the grenade launcher spitting out at him. After diving to the side, the ex-Legionnaire clasps both hands over his head as cover, evading most of the damge as he is peppered by a bullet and shrapnel. Only his right leg gets cut, a superficial wound for the Marine. Rolling over, he pushes forward and into the pit that the Cylons were using for cover, now turning their own fortified position against them as he uses it for cover to shoot at the other positions.

Although they're managing to clear out the Cylons on the ground pretty well, Charlie catches a glint in a window in another taller building down the street. With her scope, she can zoom in and see a Centurion on one of the upper floors, and it seems to be aiming their way.

It's hard to tell what all happens down there once that grenade goes off, but Charlie's satisfied enough to see the Centurion with the grenade launcher is down once the smoke clears. She checks her sniper rifle and does a sweep with the scope to check for any others, taking her time of it. Like any of them going for that heavy machine gun. The woman is taking her time as she goes, looking over each. "Gunny's back up," she affirms, "but Kinney's still down." And then as she adjusts, she swears faintly. "Sniper," she snaps, hitting the radio. "Tower, across the street on the-" quick count, "fourteenth floor. Find cover fast down there."

Cate actually does make it to her knees, then to her feet - albeit a bit hunched over and wobbly. But then Beckham's running off and she sees Kinney down beside her. "Help me get him into cover," she grunts to Logan. She tries to bend over to pick up her medic pack, which Beckham was using, without passing out.

Logan looks relieved as at least Cate is up and talking. He winces as the cry of Gunny down goes around. He glances over to see if Cate is moving forward or back. Apparently he's sticking with this crew and when Beckham runs out and then back. Logan steps back from where he was going to grab Kinney, "Doc, you really got to plan your house visits more carefully."

Lyn attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent7 attacks Charlie with Sniper Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head.

Charlie attacks Cent7 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope but Cent7 EVADES!

Cent2 fires full-auto!

Cent2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cent2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Chance uses Rocket. EXPLOSION!

Chance attacks Cent1 with Rocket and HITS! Impaired wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Chance attacks Cent1 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Right Arm.

Chance attacks Cent1 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Chance attacks Cent1 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Chance attacks Cent2 with Rocket and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Chance attacks Cent2 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Chance attacks Cent2 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Chance's weapon clicks empty.

Mercer fires a burst!

Mercer attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Mercer attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

Mercer attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Logan fires a burst!

Logan attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

Logan attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Logan attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent1 fires full-auto!

Cent1 attacks Beckham with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent1 attacks Beckham with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent1 attacks Beckham with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent1 attacks Logan with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent1 attacks Logan with Rifle+Ap but Logan EVADES EASILY!

Cent1 attacks Logan with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Beckham passes.

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Aleksander attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Aleksander attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Chance, Logan)

Cent2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Lyn, Chance, Aleksander)

Charlie has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Cent7)

<FS3> Chance rolls Alertness -2: Failure (5 3 2 2 1)

Lyn fires off a round at the LMG wielding Cylon on the ground, and grunts in approval when the combined fire of the wolves takes it down. Then the sniper warning kicks in and she turns in time to see Charlie get shot in the head. "FRAK!" She triggers her comm. "Ghost to Gunny, Wagner took a bad shot to the head. Need a medic up here. Trying to take the sniper down!" She aims carefully at the enemy through her rifle's scope.

<FS3> Logan rolls Alertness-2: Good Success (8 8 7 4 4)

<FS3> Chance rolls Alertness: Good Success (8 7 6 6 5 1 1)

As the shots shatter concrete behind him, Beckham slides back into place behind the cars. "I'll get Rhodes and Kinney to the coffee shop." comes the quick retort. "Ain't my fault that someone didn't bother to tell Mercer his mother was a brick built shithouse." There's a grunt at that before he's moving to assist Kinney, and a glance to Cate. "And you thought I was being pessimistic."

Charlie spends a luck point and is back in the fight!

<FS3> Aleksander rolls Alertness-2: Success (6 6 4 3 2 1)

<FS3> Aleksander rolls Alertness: Good Success (8 8 7 7 5 3 2 2)

The last rocket is spent, and the last two centurions go down (with lots of help from others). Chance gets down on one knee, still out in the open and sets down the launcher. He reaches around behind his back and slings his SMG into place. He flicks the selector to single fire looks for the sniper someone just called out. He catches a glint of chrome and takes aim.

The Centurion had better cover than she did, that's for sure. Charlie has never been in quite this position before. The whole 'shot in the head.' She drops her weapon and there's blood. A lot of blood. Head wounds bleed like a bitch. She doesn't move for long enough that Arda's concern is... well, it'd be necessary anyway. But then the Piconese woman grabs at the ledge she's been using to support her weapon and drags herself upright a bit. She mumbles something that is three parts gibberish before finding her voice again: "...get myself down." A long pause, "...mebbe." And then: "...kill this frakker?" Chances are she won't be shooting straight but someone might have to drag her away from Sasha. Or more likely drag her away with Sasha. She's clearly not thinking straight.

Logan nods to Beckham as he hears the radio chatter. Logan curses and gives a nod of thanks to Beckham, "Sounds like more patients." He says gritting his teeth as he starts to head for the position the other Recon marines took up. Logan isn't staying behind nearly as much cover now. Instead he's breaking towards the position that Lyn and Charlie headed. It looks like he's building up speed to try and get to their position or at least a good midway point while he raises his rifle to take a shot at the source. Apparently he's decided speed is worth more than hiding.

"You were," Cate tells Beckham with a grimace. She can barely walk, but hobbles along, dragging her backpack with her while using her other hand for support on whatever steady surface is nearby. Kinney is still breathing but he's in pretty bad shape.

Tapping his radio as he goes, Beckham sends up to the sniper's nest. "Arda, Wagner, medics heading to the coffee shop. Need triage, we're there." he comments as he glances aside to Cate - he doesn't address her comment, instead concentrating on the man he's transporting. "Will stabalize him once we're in cover."

The Centurion that Aleksander was aiming for takes another trio of bullets from the Tauron, all center mass and two of them punching through to the critical systems. When it goes down, he is searching for the next threat, hearing one of their snipers calling out the position of an enemy sniper. Quickly scanning towards the building in question, up to the fourteenth floor, he takes aim. Whether he sees the toaster or not, he presses the trigger, attempting to distract its firing instead of actually taking it down.

Aleksander suppresses Cent7 with Rifle+Ap and succeeds.

Beckham passes.

Lyn attacks Cent7 with Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head.

Mercer suppresses Cent7 with Rifle+Ap and succeeds.

Cent7 attacks Lyn with Sniper Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Chance attacks Cent7 with Smg+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Logan attacks Cent7 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Charlie attacks Cent7 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent7 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Lyn)

Mercer takes stock of their situation - several wounded, a sniper which is down but may not be out, and now - as he glances down the street - he can see some chrome moving down the block. "Pull back. I got more incoming. Keep to cover, watch out for that sniper. Arda, we're on our way back to you. Can you get Wagner down to the ground floor?"
"I'll get her downstairs, Gunny," Lyn murmurs, in the split second before her finger caresses the trigger on her rifle, and blows the head off the Cylon sniper, even as the sniper's own shot kicks up the concrete of the window frame beside her. She lowers her weapon and moves to put Sasha into Charlie's arms, before half carrying her teammate towards the stairs. "Comeon Chuck, we have a date with the medics."

<FS3> Beckham rolls Medicine: Good Success (6 6 6 5 4 3 2 1)

It's a good thing Charlie isn't one of those massive titans of a marine because she doesn't make it all that many steps before she's blacking out (complete with more mumbled words that don't make sense when strung together). The woman comes to now and then, but not enough to be of much use to Arda on the walk 'down.' Like as not, it's going to come to Logan meeting them at the temple to get her the rest of the way to the rendezvous point.

"Fall back to our insertion point," Mercer says over their tactical net, effectively overriding Beckham's desire to pause for triage at the coffee shop. "I'm calling for a Raptor pickup."

Logan is undoubtedly just firing for effect as he rushes headling towards the other two recon marines. It really is an impressive run though. He may be able to shoot only passably but he can run. Though eventually he hears the Gunny's instruction and starts ducking down behind cover as he wends his way to where Lyn and Charlie are getting out so he can provide land transport services. He's like a humvee. But a little smaller.

Chance grabs his rocket launcher and slings it over his shoulder, then shoulders his SMG once more, starting to exfil. He walks backwards rifle aimed towards the direction where Cylons should generally come from. He'll continue to rear guard on the way back to the insertion point.

Lyn grunts then slings Sasha over her back, and then Charlie across her shoulders, to get down the stairs, before she hands the woman off to Logan. "If she freaks, I have Sasha. Sasha is safe. Remember to say that," she warns the big guy.

Cate watches Logan's impressive run down to the temple. "Holy shit that guy is fast," she grunts to Beckham. Then hearing the Gunny's order she says, "Think we're not gonna have a chance to do that for a bit." Kinney gets a sympathetic look.

With the fortified position secured, Aleksander pulls off his helmet and runs a hand through his damp hair before slipping it back on. He was about to pull out his pack of smokes for another when the Gunny orders to start withdrawing. Releasing a sigh of resignation, since they fought so hard to take this position only to give it up, the Tauron begins moving out with the rest of the squad.

By the time Charlie is passed off to Logan, she is out. There won't be any waking up and inquiring about the status of Sasha- not yet. It's probably not the best thing that she's got such a head wound and isn't wholly conscious, but at least she isn't freaking out over her rifle. Yet. Yet being the operative word there.


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