2237-08-09 - Win Some Lose Some

The air wing takes a beating as it tries to assault a Cylon supply depot west of Delphi.

Date: 2237-08-09

Location: Over Delphi

Related Scenes: 2237-08-09 - Pound Of Flesh

Plot: Operation:Delphi

Scene Number: 391

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Although the focus of the offensive is to liberate the city itself, the Cylons also hold the territory to the northwest, west and southwest, stretching all the way into the mountains. Delphi is the leading edge, and the hope is that by striking at their supply lines, the Colonials can eventually cut the city off and "starve" (figuratively speaking) out the Cylons in it. So today they're zooming down from orbit to hit a supply depot in the western mountains. AA is expected, as well as Cylon air cover responding to the incursion. Major Stirling is in command.

Aubrey is minus her usual wingman tonight, so she paos teamed up with Bingo to work with Iris' raptor. The pilot settles into formation, waiting for the all clear from Stirling to begin their run.

Eva is in the air. As Eva seems to always be in the air. if it's mission critical or it's not, she's in the air. But, today, is a particularly good day, as she's flying with the usual suspects. Finn on her wing, and Soundbite on theirs. Oh, it's a good day to do a little damage.

Forming up on the CAG's Raptor, Mason glances down towards the ground below. "At least we ain't gotta worry about hitting somethin' we ain't supposed to up here.." he comments to himself, before hitting his comm. "Whisper, Jar. What's the play? Want the Vipers to keep the AA distracted and y'all come in and bomb on cleanup?"

Emrys is flying, which is his favorite thing to do. So he'd be happy either way, but days with actual combat to go with the flying are the best days. He's got another viper along with him, the two of them boxing Nova in; guarding the raptor in case of air to air aggression.

Calliope has been tight-lipped and a little withdrawn since the offensive over Delphi began. At her work, though, she's as committed as usual. Moreso, perhaps, as the fighting has shifted to her home colony. She flies in formation with the Wolves, a little behind near the nine o'clock angle to Stirling Raptor. She's trying not to look too closely at the familiar landscape below. Her ECO seems to take queues from her and doesn't attempt banter today.

Faye is pulling cover off of Irene's wing, a glance over out of the cockpit toward the Raptor her and Aubrey were covering. She was waiting as well to hear about what exactly the plan was, no reason to jam up the communication with more traffic. So instead she gives a little wing waggle and starts to keep her head in motion. She's scanning through the skies once more, checking to see if she can spot anything with the other eye on the instruments.

Interestingly, it's not Pitbull in Nova's backseat. She's got someone new; someone whose callsign she hasn't quite got the hang of yet. "Cit- no, Hal- frak me- hey, you! Lemme know if anythin' pops on DRADIS, yeh? 'specially on th' ground." If there are batteries down there, Astraea wants to know ASAP. Rather than the usual high and above the wings of the Vipers she's with, she's flying below Kell and Emrys... for that exact purpose. However, the Scorpian pilot is keeping in line with the two. "Hawk, Razor, nothin' yet, but we're castin' a wide net.Will holler soon as we got somethin'."

Finn lazes in the cockpit until the call to action arrives. He flips a few switches, turns a few dials and generally readies himself. He tests his fighter right then left in quick jerking motions. He rights the viper and sounds off, "Cherry, Soundbite, this is Farmboy. Let's form up."

"Wooley, are you sure you aren't famous?" Irene "Iris" Harris asks her ECO, the old veteran she's been paired with since her last left the Forces. "You must be, somehow. You're in the all star celebrity wing." She teases, giving a toss of her head towards the Vipers in formation with her; Bingo and Banshee. Wooley frowns at her, but is, despite being perhaps the grumpiest and oldest co-pilot in the Air Wing, strangely patient with her all the same. All he gruffs out is a flat, "No." He doesn't seem that interested in playing along, but he is being extra attentive to the DRADIS. She's busy flying, and talking, so wiggles her wing back at Faye.

<FS3> Aubrey rolls Alertness: Good Success (8 6 6 5 5 4 2 2)

<FS3> Finn rolls Alertness: Success (7 5 4 3 2 1 1)

<FS3> Emrys rolls Alertness: Success (8 6 4 3 2 2 1)

<FS3> Faye rolls Alertness: Success (8 6 5 5 4 3 2)

<FS3> Kell rolls Alertness: Success (8 6 5 4 3 2 2)

<FS3> Irene rolls Alertness: Good Success (8 8 6 6 4 2 1)

<FS3> Astraea rolls Alertness: Success (8 5 5 5 4 4 2 2)

<FS3> Eva rolls Alertness: Success (8 6 5 3 3 3 2 1)

<FS3> Mason rolls Alertness: Success (6 6 5 4 4 2)

Aubrey slides in to one side of Iris' Raptor, flanking her. "Iris, Wooley, Bingo, Banshee. All right ladies, let's show these toasters what the Timber Wolves can do in the air."

<FS3> Calliope rolls Alertness: Success (8 7 5 4 3 3 3 2 1 1)

Assigned to Emrys and Astraea for this mission, Kell reaches up to his flight helmet and pushes it down, making sure that it is snug, a habit tha the has developed when they approach a combat zone. His head is turned to the right, looking out of the canopy of his Viper before he swivels it to the left, checking the horizon for any metallic specs out there that is not natural. "Nova, Razor, I copy. Still keeping my eyes open for anything out there." The familiar hum of his engines behind him is a very comforting sound to the Libran fighter pilot, the tight confines of his cockpit fitting like a snug glove. Safe.

A moment later, relayed by Astraea (as promised!): "Flight, Nova... We've got plenty of incomin'-" there's a pause, then, as she checks, again on her ECO's call, "Sparky reports we got a trio of heavies an' seven- scratch, nine Raiders. No batteries marked yet." The official call hasn't gone out yet, but with the contacts lighting up and marked on DRADIS; she reaches out and flips a switch; "Goin' weapons hot."

"Copy that, Farm Boy." Eva is only too happy to allow Fin to lead their merry band, adjusting her attitude to move in to bracket Soundbite's raptor, the movement comfortable, in that easy way that long time partners have." She's all ears, as she hears the call from Nova. "Just a walk in the park."

"Nova, Hawk copies. Weapons hot." Emrys had been exercising his vehicle a little. Letting the viper tilt to the left, and then to the right. Letting the throttle out, and then bringing it back in. With the call of contact, his flying becomes much tighter as he searches for a target.

"Nova, Banshee copies. Weapons are hot, waiting on the greenlight," Aubrey says over comm. She flips switches to arm the KEW and get it spun up.

"Affirmative, Jar - Vipers can clear out the AA and any ground targets of opportunity while Raptors hit the depot." Then Stirling is getting the report from Nova. "Copy that, Nova. Looks like we'll have to clear the skies before we can clear the ground. We're high enough up that we shouldn't have to worry about the SAMs, but watch your altitude." The Raiders zoom up from the mountains to intercept the Colonial ships while they're still pretty decently high up, out of SAM range unless someone strays too low while dogfighting.

The number of bandits in the air brings a frown to Kell's expression, a high number of hostiles that they have just run into. If they stray into the AA batteries' range during the furball, things can quickly go badly. "Razor, weapons hot." He was about to ask if they are waiting to see if the Cylons will pass by first so they can engage their objective freely but he then remembers that Astraea stated that they are incoming. Then when their CAG issues the orders, Kell shoots back an short affirmative, "Whisper, Razor. I copy." When the Cylons come up to meet them, Razor readjusts his heading so he can start his own attack run on any that is angled towards his flight.

"Whisper, Jar, I copy, moving to engage. Packrat, on my wing, let's run the front and leave it open for Whisper to get her shots in." Mason orders as he the two of them wacggle of their wings and push forward to go out forward to engage ahead of the Raptor.

"Banshee to Flight. Is one of those Raiders weird looking? It doesn't look like the others," Aubrey says, even as she turns to engage their assigned squad of Cylons.

"Iris copies, staying high." Irene sounds off, reaching across to pat Wooley's arm. "That one raider coming up," She directs his eyes away from the screen to the dark shape rising to meet the wing, continues, "It looks different to you?" Wooley squints and nods, "It.. does." She nods back, "Alright, jam the hell out of it if it takes a line on us. Flight, Iris. Can confirm, one of those raiders looks strange."

Faye is in the middle of checking on her instruments again, a little tweak here and there, checking all of them are set right when the call comes in. She taps the communication button twice in rapid succession. She heard the plan, but she was busy checking through her viper and didn't want to add anything herself.

Aubrey sweeps in towards the strange-looking Raider in an effort to get a better visual on it for the techs to mull over via her flight camera later. Also to shoot it, because, pewpew.

Calliope slots herself into formation with Eva and Finn's Vipers. Flying in the support pattern she's become accustomed to with them. "Cherry, Farmboy. Soundbite. I've got you." She checks her weps, while her ECO works the electronic warfare systems in back.

"Razor, Hawk, targeting the heavy in our zone," Astraea offers to the vipers she's been winged up with. Sparky's already hard at work with the jam and toast... or maybe that's just the jam. Either way, he's busy back there. She's got the talons up and running, tightening up formation with Emrys and Kell both. It makes them greater targets, perhaps, but it also keeps them out of range of any SAM sites down below.

Eva has no trouble staying with her wing, no matter the numbers of enemy ships coming in. Nor does she seems to scatter her focus, instead moving in to target the same raider as Finn. A move she almost never does. Maybe an old dog is learning a new trick.

As Kell closes in on the hostiles, his cockpit suddenly starts squawking very loudly that he is being painted with a missile lock, the worst sound to hear for him. This immediately has him calling out to his flight, "Flight, Razor, getting locked on by a missile, probably that Heavy. Nova, if your ECO can scramble it with ECM, it would be much appreciated." The Heavy Raider is a larger target so Razor quickly hovers his targeting reticule over it and once it is in range of his autocannon, he pushes the trigger. But it's a quick snap shot because immediately after, Kell is breaking his Viper hard to port and climbing as if hoping to break the lock or dodge the missile that is inbound.

Emrys focuses in on the heavy, joining his wingmates in trying to knock it out of the fight early. It's a tactic he's fond of, and has espoused in the past, so it comes as naturally as breathing.

"Wing, Whisper," Stirling calls to Mason and Packrat. "Going after the heavy." Though the mention of one of the Raiders looking strange has her squinting over that way. "Which one, Banshee?"

Emrys attacks Heavy3 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider2 attacks Packrat with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Astraea attacks Heavy3 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider8 attacks Emrys with Kew but Emrys EVADES!

Raider1 attacks Stirling with Missile but Stirling EVADES!

Irene attacks Heavy1 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Heavy3 attacks Kell with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Heavy1 attacks Faye with Missile but Faye EVADES!

Heavy2 attacks Calliope with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Nose.

Kell attacks Heavy3 with Kew but MISSES!

Calliope tries to suppress Heavy2 with Ecm but FAILS.

Calliope tries to suppress Raider4 with Ecm but FAILS.

Calliope tries to suppress Raider5 with Ecm but FAILS.

Eva attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider4 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Aubrey attacks Raider1 with Kew but Raider1 EVADES!

Finn attacks Raider5 with Kew but Raider5 EVADES!

Faye attacks Raider3 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Raider6 attacks Finn with Kew but Finn EVADES!

Raider5 attacks Finn with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider3 attacks Mason with Kew but MISSES!

Packrat attacks Raider4 with Kew but Raider4 EVADES!

Mason attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon.

Raider9 attacks Astraea with Kew but Astraea EVADES EASILY!

Raider7 attacks Astraea with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Calliope has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Heavy2)

Kell has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Heavy3)

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

Aubrey grumbles as her KEW shots are evaded by the weird Raider. "He's a slippery one, looks like," she mutters. She comes around again for another strafing run at the oddball.

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

As the Raiders are inbound, Finn hmmms quietly as he sees two start to veer off in his direction. He breaks left in the formation, barrel rolling and swinging in an arc to the right. His KEW blasts miss the raider he is attacking, but likewise he is missed. Unfortunately for his flight, Soundbite takes a hit, ard and Finn jerks around in his seat to look over his shoulder through the small slip of glass he has to see through, "Frak, Soundbite, sound off!"

So close, is Eva, that she barely manages to avoid the shockwave of the missile strike on Soundbite's raptor. Though it does have the knockon effect of pushing her out of the line of fire that one of the cylons was sending her way. "Soundbite, you in there?" It's sad that Eva never seems to addreess the ECO, but there you have it.

Faye notices the warning followed by the plume of smoke, "Woh." She says to herself, a hard slip with a quick dance down to avoid the missile without changing her angle of attack too much. The missile zips by, missing her with the dance she put the viper in. It also happened to line her up with one of the Raiders. If she could help take those out faster, should hopefully leave the Heavies for others. A squeeze of the trigger as she hits the Raider with a slew of bullets, making a smile slip along her lips. But that Heavy... it'd be better to maybe ease back, but that Raider was just so tempting.

So entangled in trying to take care of Packrat's attacker, Mason is forced evasive to try to avoid his own attacks as he twists the Viper violently to press the attack, after barely scraping along the side of the Raider he was firing upon.

Stirling squints at the Raiders that Aubrey's group is heading towards, just in time to see the plume of smoke from a missile launch billow out of its fuselage. "Frak," murmurs the soft-spoken CAG, jerking the stick to the side to evade it. "Confirmed, Banshee, that odd-looking one is packing missiles." A bit busy avoiding fire, she loses her missile lock. And since she has to reacquire, she says, "Going after the Heavy that hit Soundbite." And so is Eva, so hopefully that'll end well.

There's a lot of smoke coming from Calliope's Raptor. Fire suppression systems keep anything from getting out of hand and she stays in the air, but it's a near thing. And her voice crackles on the comm when she answers. "Cherry...Soundbite. Frak. Whoa. I'm still flying, though. Don't worry!"

With the Heavy Raider locking onto him without ECM scrambling its system, the missile that is launched at Kell has no issues following him even when he breaks away, streaking across the skies. Each passing second, the flying warhead gets closer and closer until it slams into Razor's fighter, blowing a nasty hole into the fuselage and soon enough, it is trailing thick, black smoke. Systems immediately shut off after that hit and his craft is now slowly spiraling, first upwards as that was his initial heading but without thrust, Kell bleeds a lot of speed and soon he is in a dive. "Frak! C'mon, c'mon!" He is going through the reset procedure for his Viper, trying to repower it before he dips too low in altitude to be picked up by the SAMs. Finally his fighter responds and systems blink back to life, engines powering up again, "Flight, Razor, I'm hit hard, pulling back for a moment to check systems."

"Bingo, break." Irene calls, watching as the heavy raider rushing up launches a missile at Faye's viper. As it streaks after, the Virgon nudges her nose in and lines up a shot, firing off a rocket that she manages to eyeball just right. The explosion takes a few chunks off the nearest wing as it sweeps by, and the raptor turns into it, trying to get another chance at it. "Big guy's after you."

In the midst of things, Astraea's not able to get a look at the Raider that Aubrey calls out, but she does call back to her ECO: "Sparky, see if ya can get a read on that ship." Because hey, maybe her ECO can do something about it. It's not like his ECM is doing much good at all. Because when the missiles and KEW tracers go flying? It's Kell that's hit hard. The woman swears: "Razor! Still with us?" When he does come in over the comms, she breaths a little easier. "Hawk an' I will form up, hang back an' we'll cover." She does exactly that; tightening in on the Virgan to try to provide a metal curtain, of sorts, for the other jig.

"Razor, we'll do our best to keep this thing off of you." Emrys calls out over the comm, as Kell confirms he's going to pull back for a moment. "Nova, watch yourself. I'm going to try and get this thing's attention." His flying becomes much more erratic then, as he powers after the heavy that's currently gunning for his wingman. Come at me, bro.

Heavy1 attacks Faye with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Heavy1's weapon clicks empty.

Finn attacks Raider5 with Kew but MISSES!

Stirling attacks Heavy2 with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Wing.

Raider7 attacks Astraea with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Astraea attacks Heavy3 with Talons and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mason attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Irene attacks Heavy1 with Talons and HITS! Graze wound to Wing.

Heavy2 attacks Calliope with Missile but Calliope EVADES EASILY!

Heavy2's weapon clicks empty.

Eva attacks Heavy2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Packrat attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Faye attacks Raider3 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider8 attacks Emrys with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Heavy3 attacks Kell with Missile and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.

Heavy3's weapon clicks empty.

Raider4 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES EASILY!

Raider5 attacks Finn with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon.

Raider1 attacks Stirling with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Tail.

Raider1's weapon clicks empty.

Calliope tries to suppress Heavy2 with Ecm but FAILS.

Calliope tries to suppress Raider4 with Ecm but FAILS.

Calliope tries to suppress Raider5 with Ecm but FAILS.

Emrys attacks Heavy3 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Kell passes.

Aubrey attacks Raider1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Raider2 attacks Packrat with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Raider3 attacks Mason with Kew but Mason EVADES EASILY!

Raider9 attacks Astraea with Kew but Astraea EVADES!

Raider6 attacks Finn with Kew but Finn EVADES!

Heavy2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Stirling, Eva)

Kell has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Heavy3)

Packrat has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Raider2)

Raider4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Packrat)

Aubrey fires off another stream of KEW at the weird Raider and at least this time she hits something important along the fuselage, as sparks and smoke waft out of it. "He has missiles! WHAT THE FRAK! And he's still up, coming around again!" she calls.

<FS3> Faye rolls Piloting: Good Success (8 8 6 4 4 4 4 3 2 2)

<FS3> Irene rolls Piloting: Good Success (8 7 7 6 5 5 4 2 2 1)

<FS3> Aubrey rolls Piloting: Good Success (8 8 6 5 5 4 3 3 1)

"Iris, Bingo, thanks!" Faye calls back just in time to miss the next one that explodes near enough to start making some warning noises in her cockpit. "Frak!" She calls out, having not seen that one coming. The whole thing throws off her next shots leaving it less damaged from her next volley of shots. "Oh come on!" She yells at the Raider, but those lights at least make her back off enough to rethink her approach from being so aggressive.

Between her KEW and the Major's missile, probably the major's missile more than anything else, the pair of redheads manage to put paid to the heavy that had done so much damage to Soundbite's raptor. But that's hardly a cause for celebration. Not yet, when there's still so much work that needs doing. And to that end, Eva hits her throttle, spinning end over end to head back in the direction of her wingman.

With his systems down before, Kell didn't realize that a second missile was launched at him and as he straightens out his Viper to fall back, the warhead gives chase rather easily. Only when a glance back over his shoulder is made does it dawn on Razor that another missile is inbound. "Oh frak..." The words accidentally spoken through the comms and at the last second, he tries to break hard right but is too late. The warhead explodes and tears up his wing. This also shorts out his systems again and once again, he is in an unpowered descent, his last heading was bringing him away from the combat zone though.

"Flight, we're down Razor." Hawk calls out, spotting his wingmate start heading down and away from the zone. He dials back his crazy flying, now, the tactical reason for it having passed, and tightens back up on Astraea.

The steady incoming barage of KEW fire at Finn forces him to roll left and right. One of the blasts scrapes the paint off of one of his guns, but nothing more. He rolls to evade another incoming series of shots, but he's evading so much he can't hit the broad side of a barn right now.

That mystery Raider is still on Stirling's ass, and the second missile impacts the tail fin with a harsh explosion, rocking the ship, which is now trailing smoke. "Jar, Whisper, took a solid hit there. Could you some help getting that one off our tail."

Packrat's Viper takes a bad hit from one of the Raiders, and starts peeling off towards the ground. "Flight, Packrat - I'm hit. I'm hit. Going down. Frak - I'm bailing out." And so he does. The team can see his chute deploying as he sails down... unfortunately probably landing close to the nest of Cylons.

"Whisper, Jar, I have chute on Packrat, can't hit the deck to check on him, the AA's too thick." So is the battle in the skies as Mason turns his attention to climbing back into the skies to get closer to his assigned Raptor, and try to give her better support.

Calliope manages to stay in the air. Small victory. Her electronic warfare suites are making an ominous crackling noise. Her ECO works to keep anything from further frying, while Calliope targets her missiles on the toasters.

Another rocket streaks off from the twin pods on Irene's raptor, this one deadeyed again, hitting the same wing that shudders the raider and sends a rain of metal bits twisting and wheeling groundward. It doesn't seem to slow the thing down one bit, however. It doesn't stop it from launching another missile at Faye either. "I think I finally got its attention, Bingo. And you're both below safe altitude, climb." She warns, pulling up after a quick visual scan, trying to watch out for her wingmates. What she sees is the Heavy arcing slow and coming back around on her. "Here it comes."

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

When Kell calls out, Astraea jerks at the stick a bit before she's able to straighten things up. "Sparky! Mark his position." She's not able to peel away just yet, much as she may want to. "Whisper, Razor's down-" she follows up Hawk's call. "Permission to SAR soon as we got an openin'." Packrat is down, too, but he's not her direct wingmate.

Raider2 attacks Eva with Kew but Eva EVADES!

Astraea attacks Heavy3 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.

CREW HIT! attacks Heavy3 with Shrapnel and HITS! Impaired wound to Left Leg.

CREW HIT! attacks Heavy3 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.

Emrys attacks Heavy3 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Nose. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Heavy3 attacks Emrys with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Irene attacks Heavy1 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider8 attacks Emrys with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider6 attacks Finn with Kew but Finn EVADES EASILY!

Heavy1 attacks Irene with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Cockpit. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aubrey attacks Raider1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Raider7 attacks Astraea with Kew but Astraea EVADES!

Finn attacks Raider5 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Raider5 attacks Finn with Kew but Finn EVADES!

Calliope takes careful aim at Raider6.

Mason attacks Raider2 with Kew but Raider2 EVADES!

Faye attacks Raider3 with Kew but Raider3 EVADES!

Eva attacks Raider6 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.

Raider1 attacks Stirling with Kew but Stirling EVADES!

Aa2 attacks Aubrey with Missile and HITS! Impaired wound to Wing.

Aa1 attacks Faye with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Raider9 attacks Astraea with Kew but MISSES!

Raider3 attacks Mason with Kew but Mason EVADES!

Kell passes.

Stirling attacks Raider1 with Kew but MISSES!

Faye has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aa1)

Heavy3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Astraea, CREW HIT!, Emrys)

Raider1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aubrey)

Raider5 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Finn)

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

Eva is fast approaching the not one, but two raiders on Finn's viper. Luckily for her, he manages to put paid to one of them, and she manages to do...well, not a whole heck of a lot to the second. But she's never been a woman to let failure get in the way of getting the job done. "I've got this one, Farm Boy, if you want to break off and provide an assist elsewhere!"

Aubrey sweeps around in an arc to come back in on the weird Raider. This time, she fires her KEW through the hole in the side she hit last time, and hits something ignitable, as the ship expodes. "Woohoo! Scratch the weird one! I got-..." BOOM! "I got AA batteries firing on me. Took a bad shot to the wing but I'm still good!" She starts flying a bit safer.

Hearing that Razor's down for the count too and seeing some of the fighters now getting targeted by AA, Stirling makes a tough call. "Flight, Whisper. Abort - I say again, abort. Cherry, Farmboy, cover Razor. Get him to orbit or to as safe a spot as he can before ditching. All other ships, head for orbit."

"Whisper, Jar, understood." Mason responds immediately, turning to form up on Stirling for the withdraw.

Eva says, "Copy that, Whisper. Farm Boy. Which one of us is going to try to cram him into our cockpit?"

"Negative Cherry. Not a SAR pickup. Just escort him as far as you can. We'll come back in force for our boys," Stirling clarifies. Unless of course Kell can pull out of his stall and get nose back up to orbit.

Faye tries to line up the shot when suddenly there's more warnings and the AA below launches a missile that explodes far too close to comfort, shredding up one of the wings of the viper as she banks up and away. A snapped shot toward her target before the call comes in. "Whisper, Bingo, Copy." Ahhh c'mon, c'mon, that's just a little extra wiggle in the stick. I still got this though. You got this, Faye.

"Banshee copies, Sterling. At least we got some footage of that new one," Aubrey states with a grimace as she heads for orbit.

"Farmboy to Whisper. Understood. Banking left, breaking away to form up on Razor. Cherry, break right." Finn sounds off in the comms and arcs out to the left to form up on Razor. "Soundbite, form up on my six."

Since the second missile only struck his wing and not the fuselage or cockpit section, Kell's Viper isn't breaking up in the atmosphere. So he has time as he frantically works on the master switch of his fighter, going through the procedures that he has already memorized and practiced on restarting his bird. Each passing second is more altitude being chewed away. Finally, Kell is able to get his bird powered up again and he is heard on comms, "Flight, Razor, pulling up. I'm Ar-Tee-Bee, I repeat, I am Ar-Tee-Bee." There is no way that Kell is returning to the combat zone and he is pulling his Viper back up and retreating at the best speed his Viper can muster.

Calliope swallows hard, but doesn't hesitate at Stirling's order. Her eyes do look down now, and up, scanning the skies for Kell.

Seeing a raider break off to follow Kell, Finn redirects and charges off, full speed at the Raider to stop it from getting to him.

When the call goes out to fall back, Astraea swears quietly (off-comms, mind). She draws her bird around to form up with Emrys and keep close on his wing. "Alright, Sparks- I'll see what I can do to get somethin' lined up for ya." Because it's all she's got to offer at this point; there's nothing she can fire at now. Not when she's go to aim away from the battle.

"Whisper, Hawk copies." Emrys breaks off pursuit, making ready for the return. He'll keep pace with Nova, shepherding the raptor back wing to wing.

Not having a huge number of options with her viper wingmates engaged, Irene just flies straight into the maw of that heavy raider. The bus is about as sturdy, so maybe she's hoping they'll bounce harmlessly off each other in total contradiction to physics. When they're within kissing distance, the raider's KEWs lash out and lick over the cockpit, cracking the bubble and pattering over the armor to leave a choppy pattern of damage. She sends a rocket right into its face and they both turn over, passing each other belly to belly with a hot flash of the rocket impact between them. Both keep on going, the raider trailing black smoke. "Light that frak up." She tells Wooley as the raptor starts chewing threw the thinner air as it climbs. He gets on the KEW with no complaints.

Raider6 attacks Finn with Kew but Finn EVADES!

Finn attacks Raider9 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Irene attacks Heavy1 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.

Aubrey passes.

Astraea attacks Raider7 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider2 attacks Stirling with Kew but Stirling EVADES!

Heavy1 attacks Irene with Kew but Irene EVADES EASILY!

Calliope attacks Raider6 with Kew but Raider6 EVADES!

Mason passes.

Raider8 attacks Emrys with Kew but Emrys EVADES EASILY!

Emrys passes.

Stirling attacks Raider2 with Kew but MISSES!

Eva attacks Raider9 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Raider3 attacks Mason with Kew but MISSES!

Aa1 attacks Finn with Missile but Finn EVADES!

Aa1's weapon clicks empty.

Faye passes.

Aa2 attacks Eva with Missile but Eva EVADES EASILY!

Aa2's weapon clicks empty.

Kell passes.

Raider9 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES!

Raider7 attacks Astraea with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Heavy1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Irene)

Raider7 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Astraea)

"Razor, Cherry, Farm Boy and I are coming in to intercept you. We'll try to give you some cover, give you time to RTB, if you're flight capable. if not, let's find a place to put you down that won't leave you stranded a week, yeah?"

As the Colonials retreat, the Raiders decide not to give chase. Especially with two of their number picked off by the Raptors' rear-facing guns. Even closer to the ground, the damaged Raider trailing Kell breaks off when it sees his ship pull up and head for home.
Aa3 attacks Finn with Missile but Finn EVADES!

Aubrey passes.

Finn attacks Raider9 with Kew but Raider9 EVADES!

Eva attacks Raider9 with Kew but Raider9 EVADES!

Emrys passes.

Mason passes.

Raider9 passes.

Aa4 attacks Eva with Missile and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Kell passes.

Faye passes.

Hearing comms again, Kell glances over his shoulders again to see a Raider trying to give chase. With a quick jerk to the right on his flightstick, Razor is able to dodge the autocannon rounds fired at him, the tracers showing them shooting through where he would have been if he didn't juke at the end. "Cherry, Razor, I copy. I am withdrawing as fast as I can, power isn't at one-hundred percent so I can't go top speed. No breach in cockpit so I should still be space worthy." His Viper is still climbing, slower than usual, but gaining altitude.

Between the missile that glances off of of belly of her viper, exploding with enough force to tumble her sideways, but not to do more than rattle her cage, and the distance between herself and the raider, she gets no joy on the thing, and instead, hits her comms, "I'm coming to you, Razor. Looks like your tail decided to head back to lick his wounds."

"Iris, to flight. One heavy destroyed. Breaking off." Irene says, cool as a cucumber as her raptor burns for orbit and the mentioned raider spins for the ground, a smoke tailed comet destined for a violent meeting with the mountains below. "Bingo, Banshee, form up on me. Let's not let them see us looking too ragged."

Calliope's eyes may dwell on the distant city of Delphi as she flies home. But she focuses on making it back to the barn.

It's almost a surprise, for Astraea, to come out of a fight -- mind you, one they've been called to retreat from -- without a mass of alarms ringing in her ears. Even better, Sparky reports a Raider going down. When Razor comes in over the comms, Nova does relax a bit. Not a lot, but a bit. "Razor, Nova, good to hear you're still upright at least." She'd have done the SAR, if necessary, but it's a good thing it's not; there's too many batteries on the ground. It'd have been hairy, if not outright impossible. Not that it'd stop her from trying if she'd gotten the greenlight.

Faye inches up in her seat, casting a glance back behind her as best she can as she gives a "Huh" before keying back on her comm, "Iris, Bingo. Better than you did at the rifle range." She slides back down in her seat more fully, her eyes seeking out the Raptor she was flying cover for. A bank over to the left (that took a bit more than it should've) before holding the stick toward the right a hair more than she necessarily needed to. Ohhh boy, the crew chief will probably want a bottle for how banged up this ship is. A sigh as she pull up on Irene's wing.

"Glad to hear it Razor." Stirling tries to angle her bird to keep them in sight. She can't see everything down there, but it's enough to make her frown. "RTB everyone. We'll regroup and come back for Packrat." No word from the pilot on the radio though, as the Colonial ships head back to the Dauntless.

That raider evades like a motherfrakker, and Finn grumbles and breaks away from pursuit. "Cherry, that's it. Calling it. RTB." With all the AA around here, flying after it would be silly. He veers off and moves back to cover Razor again.


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