2237-08-19 - Tower Assault

The pilots attack a Cylon fortification.

Date: 2237-08-19

Location: Over Delphi

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation:Delphi

Scene Number: 410

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The Caprican marines have been fighting tooth and nail to clear the city, a hard fight for each city block. Every so often, though, they run into a particularly tough obstacle. Today it's a Cylon defensive post set up in the top of what was until recently part of the provincial government building. The building's central tower gives them a vantage point to fire down on Caprican troops in all directions. The squadron's mission is to take out the tower while minimizing damage to the surrounding buildings. AA batteries are expected, and Cylon air cover responding to the incursion is a definite possibility. Stirling is in command this time out.

Aubrey is settled in on Alain's wing, looking over at his Viper to await his usual thumbs up. She seems calm and focused tonight, with a small smile on her lips. She had good luck against the last AA battery at least, and came back to the barn unscathed for once. Of course, her luck is bound to run out in that respect.

Mention of AA batteries is never a great start to a briefing, but it could be worse. Alain looks at ease, confident as he straps into his viper, going through his pre-flight checklist, cranking up the Gemenese music. Launching at speed out of the tubes, Alain gives his usual thumbs-up to Aubrey as he settles in alongside her within the flight, fingers drumming along to the music.

Calliope is situated in her Raptor, flying among Stirling's birds. There's been a tension, an quiet that isn't really standard, since they started flying over Caprica. And that's pretty much the case today as well. She concentrates with a set jaw on the terrain below her, occasionally exchanging a few words with her ECO, but mostly just sinking into her work.

Flying in formation with the rest of the flight, Kell was recovered easily last time when he was shot down by one of the Cylon's anti-air battery. When the briefing mentions more emplacements on this mission, Razor looks a bit uneasy but he doesn't shirk from duty, mounting up again. For now, he is silent in his cockpit as they proceed towards their mission objective.

Eva is mostly silent, through the mission briefing, across the deck to her vipers, through the process of being loaded into the tube and then launching. Even forming up with the rest of the wing, in preparation for their insertion into the atmosphere has been met with only the bare minimum of conversation from the redheaded Captain. As she moves in closer to the raptors, catching sight of Kell doing the same, her voice finally breaks the silence, "How you holding up, Razor?"

Micah Knoor had taken the news of their raid on the Delphi government building much in the same way he took most things. With a cool nod and a refill on his coffee. The Caprican pilot proved wordless as he climbed into his Viper, checked systems, and launched. Though it wasn't far to the rally point for the wing, he allows a bit of a burn to test his engine system, and a wobble of his wings to test his stick.

The stifled yawn is pushed back; not from boredom but rather the excess work much of which has been self imposed. Addison, hereto referred to as Hurricane, let's his Viper drift not far off of the wing of Eva and in formation with the rest. One hand gently guiding the bird while the other is rifling through music selections for the operation.

"Maybe after we can stop at the shopping plaza." Irene suggests to her new and thus endlessly fascinating ECO Weathergirl. Shopping might go over better with her than her usual co-pilot, the grouchy methuselah, Wooley. He's out with a bad thumb though, so she's happy to have new ears in the bus listening to her amiable chatter. Her eyes dance over the console and various indicator lights as she talks, not worried about anything yet, even if she gives the DRADIS screen an absent thwack with the heel of her palm. It flickers. She glances aside at Gabriela and gives her a thumbs up. Fixed it. Smiling, she guides the raptor into formation.

Settled into the ECO's seat on Soundbite's Raptor, Paige has been quiet for most of the flight to allow Calliope to concentrate. She's paid attention to her own station for the most part as she looks up at the DRADIS to give it a thorough check. Of course, this is bittersweet for her - Delphi was one of her favorite places to visit when she was a civilian - and of course, now it's under siege by the very machines that her family helped create. Glancing up for a moment from her work, she glances towards the windows and gives a little smile. "There was a little bistro and museum down in the basement of that building. They made a pretty decent latte." she points out thoughtfully, and then adds, "And a few blocks south is a fashion mall." she adds, keeping the conversation in flight as she returns her attention to the controls.

Hearing his callsign, Kell glances out the portside of his canopy, seeing that Eva has formed up with the Raptors near him. He gives her a thumbs up before answering over the comms, "Ready to go, Cherry." His tone is passive as usual, as is the number of words he speaks while flying.

Micah and Emrys make a good team, since neither of them apparently talk on the radio unless they have to. So the two fly along, settling in and testing their birds, like a pair of silent ghosts. Well, as silent as vipers ever are anyway.

Nora forms up with the rest of the flight, keep a careful eye on her two wingmen. It's been a while since she's flown in that particular configuration, but then it's been a while since she's flown a real mission at all. She shifts her grip on the stick once, twice, and does her best to keep attention focused on her fellows and their objective up ahead rather than the ruins of Delphi below.

It really shouldn't be allowed Gabriela contently chatting along to Iris. It appears there's little rest for new arrivals as she works her console, "Oh? Do you think there's anything good still stocked. It sounds like I'm going to need more outfits to keep up here." She says contently as she marks out the various items their sensors register as they fly in the formation.

Aubrey relaxes a touch when Alain gives his thumbs up, because there is a comfort in rituals and that is their normal one. She returns the thumbs up with a grin, and presses a fingertip to the family photo stuck to her dash.

"I went to college here," Calliope replies to Paige. Tone low, though still audible within the shared space of their Raptor. "I think I remember the bistro. I never got to the museum, but I definitely remember the mall." She chuckles soft. "It's my favorite place in Caprica. I have a lot of, like, weird feelings about Cap City. But Delphi was mostly good stuff. Still have a bunch of friends there. Or had. Not sure where some of them are now. It's a mind-frak, to see it like this."

DRADIS is clear as they zip down from the clouds towards their target. At least that's one thing this place has over Picon - the skies are not thoroughly owned by the Toasters. "Caprican guys must still have their CAP busy on the east side," Stirling announces. "Looks like we'll be clear all the way to the target. Vipers, you focus on the missile batteries. Raptors, we'll hit the tower."

There's a nod, at Kell's reply, though it really isn't possible that he would see it. But now that she's sure the pilot, at last so far as he's letting on, is right, she pulls up, allowing his wingmen to fall in line with him and moving back to settle in formation with Addison. Mostly though, her attention seems to be on the mission, the turbulence from the atmosphere, and projecting precisely where she plans to come out, once they clear the cloud cover.

Rituals are indeed, of comfort, as are prayers. Alain might be saying one or two as they near the AA site, although his cheerful disposition doesn't change, nor does the level of music -- at least not until he hits the wireless with, "Whisper, Jigger. Roger that, toast the batteries. Banshee, let's frak 'em up, eh?"

"I know the feeling." Paige responds, her own voice low as she reaches up to adjust the ECM console for the fifteenth time, her focus on going through the various frequencies she remembers. "Delphi is a good city - glad that the Colonial Forces opted against turning it to rubble." she admits and gives a little smile. "Perhaps if we free the area, we can get a chance to see if the mall is still there. I do enjoy shopping."

"Whisper, Banshee. Copy that. AA batteries are about to be ex-AA batteries. Come on Jigger, let's take away the toaster's toys!" She sticks close to her wingman, glancing at DRADIS and out the canopy in equal amounts.

"'Cane, I'm on you." Eva's voice, breaking the silence for only the second time, as she moves to allow Addison to take over as wing leader.

"Flight, Princess." Paige's tone comes across the comms as she speaks up. "We're within jamming range of the anti-air systems, starting to suppress."

"Bingo, Razor, Shirts," Nora says, Introductions were brief in the ready room prior to launch, but hopefully they remember the accent if nothing else (broad and soft, back country Virgan).

"Busker copies. Targeting batteries." Micah's own cockpit is tremendously free from noise. He does offer a glance out to Hawk, though, backing off his thrusters just enough to allow Hawk to edge forward. It would seem that the Caprican was more than content to sit not he Virgan's wing.

"Bingo, Razor, Shirts," Nora says, "You heard the CAG. On me, strafing runs at the gun turrets." Introductions were brief in the ready room prior to launch, but hopefully they remember the accent if nothing else (broad and soft, back country Virgan).

Calliope smiles. Not that Paige can see that, with Cal's focus firmly forward. "After this, I think I am going to need some retail therapy. It's a deal, Princess."

As they near the objective location, Kell's eyes are constantly scanning the horizon, first the right side and then out the left side of his canopy. He appears surprised that they aren't being contested in the air, perhaps the Major is right, Caprican patrols are either keeping them busy or shooting the Cylons down on notice. Having air superiority certainly eases the stress levels. When the orders come through from the CAG, Razor shoots back a quick response, "Whisper, Razor copies." Then a quick message to the two wingmen he is assigned to for this mission, "Shirts, Bingo, Razor, I'm on your wings. Will watch your backs."

"We'll just have to hope the Cylons didn't cart off the good stuff." Irene sighs as she looks over the city rapidly filling her view as the raptor dives out of the blue sky. Stowing the idle chatter when Stirling breaks in with the rundown. She's all business after that, arming missiles and acknowledging over the radio, "Copy that, Whisper. Iris is go, targeting tower." She settles back into her seat and leans forward hard to check her straps. They're good and tight. "Here we go, Weathergirl. I'll try to keep it smooth."

"Copy Cherry," comes Addison's response as he slides in front letting a small smirk touch his lips. "You know one of these flights you're going to start listening to this music." The commentary towards his wingmate comes with a small chuckle as he preps to go hot; well, hotter.

"Hawk copies. Batteries it is." Emrys calls out, before easing forward as Micah backs off. It almost looks like a rehearsed move between the two, as smooth and instant as it is. Either that or they can reach each other's minds.

"Oh definetly." Paige offers wistfully within the Raptor. "Perhaps we can get the other Raptor drivers and ECOs together and have one large shopping trip." she admits with a small smile as she thins her lips to start to suppress the target area.

Gabriela's fingers begin to work across her controllers as they draw near to the objective. She smiles, "One way to get a sale." She says brightly and her fingers begin jamming as the enemy eaponry begins trying to search for the wing in formation. As Iris focuses on the tower she ensures she's jamming all the Cylon sensors the Raptor can go. She offers mildly, "Oh come on Iris you can be a little rough. It's not my first time." She says merrily.

A double tap on her comm button is about all she gives as her eyes start moving around again. Faye's scanning the skies as they continue in toward the target, just because they haven't seen any raiders yet -- doesn't mean that they won't suddenly leap out of nowhere when they weren't looking.

Gabriela tries to suppress Aa1 with Ecm but FAILS.

Gabriela suppresses Aa2 with Ecm and succeeds.

Gabriela tries to suppress Tower with Ecm but FAILS.

Nora passes.

Eva passes.

Irene passes.

Paige suppresses Aa1 with Ecm and succeeds.

Paige suppresses Aa2 with Ecm and succeeds.

Paige suppresses Tower with Ecm and succeeds.

Tower attacks Emrys with Missile but Emrys EVADES!

Aa1 attacks Alain with Missile but Alain EVADES!

Aa2 attacks Aubrey with Missile but Aubrey EVADES EASILY!

The ECM must be helping, for all three of the missiles that streak up from the tower and surrounding grounds go well wide of their targets. It also helpfully points out the location of the emplacements. "All right everyone, watch out for other ground emplacements. Let's get those targets," Stirling says.
The missiles start to fly, and Paige concentrates on trying to keep the batteries suppressed and unable to get a lock on the Raptor's little friends. "Weathergirl, Princess, make sure to keep an eye out for fliers, if the Caprican CAP has to withdraw, we may find their leftovers here quickly." she comments as she lifts her gaze. "Way's clear, Soundbite, take us on a run to clip that tower."

As they break through the clouds, two missiles come streaking towards Alain and Aubrey. "Frak!" Jigger has time to curse, before his viper jags lefts, the missile streaking past him. He twists in his cockpit to get vision on Aubrey, since he didn't see if the missile struck or not. "Banshee, Jigger. You good?" He's probably offering thanks to Ares about now, as he brings his viper back into an attack run, targeting one of the batteries.

The trouble with fighting missiles with, essentially, small arms, is that they can hit you, before you can hit them. So when th AA comes online along with the tower, there's nothing that Eva can do, but stick with her wingman and hope that they don't lose any of the flight before they can even get close enough to retaliate. Thankfully they make it through the first round unscathed, and she moves in to follow Addison's lead.

"Oooh those are some cranky Cylons," Aubrey quips as she spirals through the hail of AA fire that focuses on her Viper, coming away without a scratch. "They are also really bad at aiming," she points out, before she points her KEW at it to return fire.

As the flight descends downward towards the tower and the nearby anti-air batteries, Kell takes a quick peek at the missile lock indicator, no doubt worried about being painted again by one of the surface to air batteries. When the light doesn't flash and his cockpit stays rather quiet, he is able to focus more on the strafing run he is setting up, aiming at one of the missile batteries. Once in range, his finger presses down on the trigger stub, his twin autocannons roaring to life as it spits out multiple rounds.

A glance is given to the blips that represent missiles flying past the wing that's making the approach run. An eyebrow quirks up from Hurricane as he see it from his view then a shake of his head and he slips back into focused approach on the weaponry. "Cane, Cherry. Corkscrew."

Calliope just beams as that Cylon fire finds no targets. "Flight, Soundbite. Coming into range of the tower. I'll try and get you a good angle for the drop, Princess." She's not a flashy flyer, but she brings her Raptor in as straight and true as she can for a run on the target.

There's a soft snort of a laugh from the front of the raptor, Irene is amused. She probably wasn't going to fly smooth anyway, at least not when the missiles start trying to knock on the front bubble wanting an invite inside. She does however line up the bombing run like a master, dropping the nose, cutting power and gliding in, all while keeping out of the choppy draft of the other attacking birds. The timing is just right and the angle is textbook. "It's all you, Weathergirl. Stick it."

Micah's eyes track that missile, which, as luck would have it, is heading roughly in Hawk's direction. Roughly is the operative word. It streaks off, and draws a careful smile. "Hawk? Busker. Following your lead on Tango 1."

Bringing up the targetting systems, Paige frowns. "Hopefully I won't drop it on that bistro." she murmurs to herself as she dials up the bombing system to begin the attack. "Don't have to be perfect, Soundbite, just have to be effective."

Gabriela lets out a breath of relief as the flare of missiles rising into the air don't create anything more harmful. She wrinkles her nose, "Do you want to hear today's forecast Iris?" She says with forced brightness. "Looks like there's a high raptor front coming in. With a chance of secondary explosions." She says along as she selects the tower busting ordnance and braces for the dive and to release the explosives.

Nora watches the missiles zing past as vipers swing safely out of their path, and adjusts her heading slightly to account for their shift in position, but otherwise remains on course. "Razor, Shirts. If you're bringing up our tail, keep an eye out for raiders as well, thanks? It's too quiet out here for my liking."

Emrys doesn't even need to take evasive action for the missile, such is the quantity and quality of supression being handed out. He just watches it fly wide. "Busker, Hawk copies. Let's light it up."

"Copy that, 'Cane.'" As Addison gives the attack order, Eva moves in seamlessly with her wingman, adjusting the pitch, speed and direction of her flight to spiral in with him. Anyone who's flown with her before, would notice a marked difference from the way she flies with her other usual wingman, Farmboy.

Paige uses Shaped Charge. EXPLOSION!

Paige attacks Tower with Shaped Charge but Tower EVADES EASILY!

Paige attacks Tower with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Engine.

Paige attacks Tower with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Track.

Paige attacks Tower with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Weapon.

Paige attacks Tower with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Engine.

Micah attacks Aa1 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Irene passes.

Nora attacks Aa2 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gabriela uses Shaped Charge. EXPLOSION!

Gabriela attacks Tower with Shaped Charge but Tower EVADES!

Gabriela attacks Tower with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Body.

Gabriela attacks Tower with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Engine.

Gabriela attacks Tower with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Body.

Gabriela attacks Tower with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Track.

Aubrey attacks Aa2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Weapon.

Stirling uses Shaped Charge. EXPLOSION!

Stirling attacks Tower with Shaped Charge(Concussion) and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Track.

Stirling attacks Tower with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Track.

Stirling attacks Tower with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Weapon.

Stirling attacks Tower with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Engine.

Aa2 attacks Aubrey with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Aa2's weapon clicks empty.

Eva attacks Aa2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Weapon.

Kell attacks Aa1 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Controls. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aa1 attacks Alain with Missile but Alain EVADES EASILY!

Aa1's weapon clicks empty.

Emrys attacks Aa1 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Weapon.

Calliope passes.

Addison attacks Aa2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Weapon.

Alain attacks Aa2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Controls.

Tower attacks Emrys with Missile but Emrys EVADES!

Tower's weapon clicks empty.

Faye attacks Aa1 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Weapon.

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

Aa2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Nora, Aubrey, Eva, Addison, Alain)

Tower has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Stirling)

RATATATATATA. Aubrey unleashes KEW hell on the AA tower, and streaks by it while the rest of the squadron lends their fire to end both placements threat. Not before one of them blasts the ever-loving crap out of her Viper though. Things all go blinkity wail on her dash. "Jigger, Banshee, I took a bad hit. Still flyable but I'm not going to be a whole lot of use out here."

As the Raptors streak over in formation, Paige releases her bombs, and there's a sharp wince and frown as the charges fall against the building. "Flight, Princess, miss." she reports dryly, awaiting Stirling's orders before beginning to prepare for a possible second pass.

"As long as it's not cloudy with a ninety percent chance of raiders, I'll take it." Irene manages to say, tone understandbly distracted as she keeps the majority of her attention on the task at hand, mainly, flying. As the tower looms she shuts right up, biting her bottom lip in concentration. She doesn't say anything until the raptor is running out of air to fly in, "Fire fire fire." She prompts, if Gabriela hasn't already launched the bomb, and the instant she has she brings the nose up and burns to avoid an impromptu landing on the roof of the next building over.

This time, Alain expects the incoming missiles -- he veers just enough to avoid the missiles' trajectory, before returning to his attack path just behind his wingmate. His KEW fire rakes the battery, to his whooping delight as he sees the explosion out the side window of his cockpit after several of the other vipers make a pass. His delight fades abruptly as he gets alongside Aubrey's viper, getting a close look. "Shit, Banshee. That looks bad. Play defensive, stay in close to me. No frakking heroics, you hear?"

Faye follows in on the attack pattern along with Razor and Shirts, slowing up her viper to trail behind them as she keeps her eyes up and about. She's looking outside the cockpit even as the attack run starts, but it's only a second or so before it's all gauges and HUD. A look out through it, a cant of her head and finally she holds down the trigger on the Viper's Kews, strafing one of the AA batteries.

Finishing the rolling manuever in sequence with Cherry, Addison's Viper peels off separate from hers with the last of the KEW rounds flying free towards the tower. "Hurricane, Cherry. Totally mine."

Eva never leaves formation with Addison, the two pacing each other well enough that they've either been getting in a lot of extra practice, or they're just lucky enough to have a natural feel for flying together. Whichever one of those actually happens to be the case, the end result is the same. Their fire, combines with at least three of the other vipers puts paid to one of the AA, "Was there ever any doubt?, 'Cane?"

Stirling angles her ship in for its bombing run, trying to get her ECO a good angle for the attack. Their bombs strike the center of the tower. Combined with the other fire, the top of the tower collapses in a hail of concrete chunks. "Target destroyed," Stirling relays calmly. "Everyone still with us?"

"Copy that, Jigger. Banshee is flying safe-ish," Aubrey replies over the comm, and she does actually rein in her usual aerial acrobatics.

Without missiles streaking out towards him, Kell appears to have no trouble focusing on his attack run. What appears to be carefully aimed shots, the autocannon rounds punches through the control section of the SAM battery he was targeting. The systems are shredded and it appears that the anti-air has been knocked out of commission. With his run complete, Razor pulls back on his flightstick and begins gaining altitude. While checking in with his status, he maintains a higher altitude as if flying over watch for now, eyes once more searching for potential bogeys, "Whisper, Razor, all systems green."

"Whisper, Bingo, not a scratch."

Calliope zooms down in a bombing run with Irene and Stirling's Raptors, waits a split second for Paige to drop the bomb, then zooms up and out. She prepares to veer around for another pass when Paige reports the miss. She didn't even have time to look down at their handiwork. But Stirling's report of the destroyed tower gets a satisfied nod from her. "Copy that, Whisper. Soundbite and Princess as flying A-OK."

And yet another missile comes for Emrys. Micah passes slightly starboard, allowing his wingman room to evade to either side. His KEWs tear a bit of armor off of the AA gun, but don't really get the Christmas bulb lit. "Roger, Whisper. Busker, still solid."

Jigger's a total tattle-tale, because: "Whisper, Jigger. Banshee's taking a bad hit. I'll stay close to her."

Emrys goes sideways for a moment, to allow the missile to pass, before levelling out again. A fancier move than is probably strictly necessary. And then he strafes the AA gun with a burst of KEW fire, right into the gun itself. "Whisper, Hawk is still good to go."

Gabriela lets out a sound of irritation as the heavy bomb impacts on the building but it doesn't cause the desired secondary explosions, "Weathergirl, targets still... someone got it. We're still good." She says her tone irritated but returning quickly to scanning for additional targets and speaking then to her pilot, "Board is currently clear. But, Iris you know how raiders are. Always crashing a good party and looks like we have at least one injured. Someone, ah... Banshee?" She murmurs as she scans the wing's status wincing but clearly not yet used to the different callsigns..

Eva says, "Whisper, Cherry. Hurricane and I are still here."

Nora's aim is a little off, the initial burst of KEW fire striking the target but trailing off-target as she passes, the follow-through slightly miscalculated. She grimaces in the cockpit, but every attempt chips a little more of the rust off. "Whisper, Shirts. All clear here." She's got her eyes on the horizon as she radios in, still not quite trusting it to be this easy.

Aubrey's Viper is smoking and fizzling here and there, and she's already bemoaning the damage to her precious new baby, talking to it in soft tones as she pats the dash gently.

"Whisper, Iris and Weathergirl are good." Irene informs the flight leader, gaining altitude to put some space between the raptor and the ground. Always a good thing, that, especially with all the SAMs. "I'm surprised we aren't being swarmed already." She asides to her co-pilot, eyes scanning the sky as she gets a visual on the other vipers and raptors, and watches for incoming raiders somehow evading DRADIS.

"All right everyone, let's RTB," Stirling orders. The ships pull away from the burning wreckage of the tower and AA batteries and head back for the ship. They've only made it part of the way there when the Raptors' long-range DRADIS pings with enemy contacts heading their way. "Banshee, Jigger, continue on to the ship. Flight, everyone else change course to engage."

"Iris, Princess, you just had to jinx us." Paige offers dryly when she hears the call from Stirling of targets on the edge of the DRADIS and switches back to the ECM suite. "Looks like we get that nightcap after all, Soundbite."

The ease of returning to base is suddenly shattered and Addison flips over his coms again. "Hurricane, Cherry. Pairing or Racing?" He asks it with a calm tone while starting the work of peeling off for the intercept that was ordered.

"Copy that, Whisper." Eva breaks her, once again, radio silence, as the raptors begin to report contacts, and Stirling gives the order, "Don't worry yourself, Jigger, just get Banshee back safely. We'll be along after a while." And that said, Eva gives no more immediate thought to the pair heading back to the Dauntless. They have other, more immediate problems. Buying the pair time to escape is the concern now.

Aubrey grimaces, but she isn't going to argue, since while patting her dash, it spit sparks at her. "Whisper, Banshee, copy that, RTB. Though if you need Jigger, I can make it on my own."

"Princess, Bingo, you think that's bad -- never play as her partner in any game." Faye quips to the other as she cants the ship and pulls back on the stick so that she can angle toward the direction of incoming contacts. A slow smile starts to spread along her lips. Now for the fun part... the merge.

Eva says, "Your call, 'Cane. You're the lead."

Alain doesn't much like running from a fight -- but he has a wingmate to look after. "Whisper, Jigger. Roger that, RTB." He eyes Banshee out of his cockpit to make sure she's sticking close by. "Can't shake me, Banshee. Besides, we're racing now -- first one in gets a chocolate milkshake." This might be the one bet he can actually win, by dint of not having been exploded by a missile.

Calliope is on course back to the barn as ordered...when reports of the new contacts come in. "Looks like we probably won't have time for the mall today, Princess," she says wryly. She comes about, keeping with the flight to engage the new blips.

"Copy Cherry." Addison's response comes, "Divide and Conquer for now. Watch the new bloods and let's get on clean up duty." Rolling the Viper over he accelerates towards his target before flashing the laterals and beginning a strafing course to light up the path of Cylon's that are trailing other members of the Flight.

Stirling replies to Aubrey, "We've got it Banshee. Not taking any chances on you guys running into more bandits on the way back."

Gabriela sniffs as she's accused of the Jinx, "It's a weathergirl's job to know what's in the forecast." She says primly, "They just can't let a girl go can they. Iris dear looks like we have an admirer, let's play hard to get shall we?" She says as she begins designating the targets and jamming the incoming raider wings.

Micah was just about to pull his stick around. And then the radio verification of incoming targets echoes into his comms. He squints through the cockpit, looking for visual confirmation on the targets. "Wilco, Whisper. Busker turning to intercept." The targets, approaching fast, have finally entered the eye line of the blond pilot. He does keep an eye out for Hawk, though, executing the turn in such a way to make sure that it would bring a tear to Uncle Hawk's proud eye.

Of course, it's not a party without angry Cylon raiders showing up to drain the keg and pick fights. Irene was right to be surprised by the lack of swarming, so she's not the least bit phased when contacts are called out. "Iris, sorry Princess. I had to ruin our pleasant flight home." She shrugs into her straps, even if nobody can see her do it save her ECO, then starts to fly defensively. "Roger that Weathergirl. Watch if any of these frakers launch missiles and jam any that do. They've been throwing a new model at us."

As they begin returning to base, Kell looks down on his DRADIS when the ECOs announce that bogeys are popping up. Soon enough, he confirms the same and his eyes quickly looks out in the direction of where the Cylons are making their approach. He maintains formation with both Nora and Faye, waiting until the furball begins. Sticking with his two wingmen, Razor pulls up on his flight stick and then does an inverted half loop to dive down again. This helps separate the Cylon that is on him and soon he is on the Raider that is chasing Faye, "Shirts, Bingo, Razor, looks like we each have a bogey on our tail. Bingo, moving in to help clear your tail first."

Aubrey smirks out the canopy at Jigger. "Oh sure, I'll take that bet. Because you deserve to win one," she points out.

Emrys grins in the privacy of his cockpit, as it becomes apparent they won't be going home. "Whisper, Hawk copies. Moving to engage." He banks around as Micah does, crisp tight turns like the two are some sort of display team. And then he's locking in on one of the raiders, ready to open fire.

"Shirts, Razor. Copy, circling back to cover your six." Nora acknowledges, teeth lodged firmly in lower lip as she watches the raiders screaming toward them. Her jaw flexes, hard, and then she's nudging the accelerator foreward, not enough to break formation, but grimly eager to engage.

Micah attacks Raider6 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Calliope attacks Raider3 with Missile and HITS! Impaired wound to Wing.

Addison attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Alain passes.

Gabriela tries to suppress Raider1 with Ecm but FAILS.

Gabriela tries to suppress Raider2 with Ecm but FAILS.

Gabriela tries to suppress Raider6 with Ecm but FAILS.

Nora attacks Raider5 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Raider2 attacks Nora with Kew but Nora EVADES!

Irene passes.

Raider1 attacks Irene with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Weapon.

Stirling attacks Raider6 with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Nose.

Faye attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider5 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES!

Aubrey passes.

Paige suppresses Raider3 with Ecm and succeeds.

Paige suppresses Raider4 with Ecm and succeeds.

Paige suppresses Raider5 with Ecm and succeeds.

Kell attacks Raider4 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Raider6 attacks Emrys with Kew but MISSES!

Raider3 attacks Calliope with Kew but MISSES!

Emrys attacks Raider6 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Raider4 attacks Faye with Kew but MISSES!

Raider4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Faye, Kell)

Raider6 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Micah, Stirling, Emrys)

Having left Addison to his own devices, Eva moves in to engage with the small cluster of raiders that have been fast approaching their location, ducking and weaving through the rather large complement of vipers as she zeroes in on a single target, the one seeming pointed at her raptor of choice -- that would be Soundbite. Not much damage though, and she flips back around for another run.

"No fun if it's a pity bet," Jigger's replying to Banshee, with a grimace. "But I'll take it anyway. I really like chocolate milshakes." He keeps a close eye on DRADIS and his wingmate's viper out the window as they head for the Dauntless.

Razor's rounds punches a couple of holes in the Raider that was on Faye but it was her shots that ends the Cylon. This also gives Kell time to kick his Viper into a tight barrel roll, dodging the shots that are coming from the bogey chasing him. Eyes scanning for his other wingman, he quickly locates Nora and the bogey that is on her. Breaking hard, he maneuvers into position to start an attack run on that Raider, a quick glance over his shoulder just to keep a quick eye on the one still on his tail. Then he focuses on the Cylon ahead of him, his targeting reticule leading the bandit as best he can as he triggers another burst of twin autocannon fire.

"Hurricane, Shirts. I'm playing with this Raider on your tail, if you could go ahead and give me a starboard bank that'd be great. Also, what the hell is with the callsign Shirts?" Addison asks it over the coms as he slips his Viper in behind the Raider that is trailing the other on the flight.

"Got one on us, Soundbite." Paige reports. She doesn't rejoin the banter at the moment as she tries to keep the Raider from getting in an attack on them. "We're clear - take it down/"

"Flight, Iris. Raider on my tail." Irene calls out calmly as the kew fire flashes by and smacks a sharp pattern of hits across the armor plating. She breaks hard to shake it, the remaining burst sliding down her wing and off, harmlessly into the sky.

A bank one way, a flick of Faye's hand pushing the Viper over in the other, avoiding the shots but mostly lucking out as Kell's knocks it off target enough -- and right into her line of fire as she depresses the trigger. The Kews stitching the Raider as well and watching it lose power. She hits the rudder again, yanking back with a little twist and moves to acquire the next target. She heard Iris, but she also had to repay the favor now for Kell having helped her out. "Razor, Bingo, lemme knock that one loose of you."

"I see it, Princess," Calliope says, aiming at the Cylon dogging their Raptor. Her hit connects, but it's not quite enough to down the thing. "I think he's limping now, but we didn't shake him." She tries to keep the Raider in the sights.

Nora's rounds only skim across the body of the raider tailing Kell, rattling it for long enough to allow Razor to get his shots off before it resumes pursuit. Nora stays right on it, making little attempt to evade her own bogey, trusting in her wingmen to take care of it. "Hurricane, Shirts. Copy that, banking right on your mark. And it's as in 'shirts and skins', Skinner." Get it? "I hope Hurricane doesn't describe your flying style or the state of your bunk."

There is one raider, in particular, who has a terrifically bad day. Fire from Micah's Viper strikes it's target center mass, ripping bits and chunks from the main fuselage of the aircraft. It leaves the raider crippled there, as his approach draws up and he's forced to circle around. He, of course, was already looking for another target. It was almost assured that the wing behind him would finish off the target he left behind. "Hawk? Let me know if that one needs a cleaver. It looks like we have a fresh tango looking at the Raptors."

Stirling looses a missile at one of the Raiders, combining with fire from some of the other pilots to take it out. There's little chatter from the CAG as she switches to another target, this one going after one of the Raptors.

Hawk finishes up where Micah left off, clearing up behind his wingman. "Busker, it's taken care of. Let's get the next one off the board if we can." And around he goes, to find the new dance partner Micah mentioned and lock on.

Gabriela hisses as there's some damage done to the Raptor. Gabriella's chatter drops away as she slaps a console and asses the damage. "Iris, Weapon systems are impacted. He must really like us." She says as she reroutes whatever needs rerouted and adjusts her jamming undoubtedly focusing on the raider trying to tag them.

Alain passes.

Micah attacks Raider1 with Kew but Raider1 EVADES!

Gabriela suppresses Raider1 with Ecm and succeeds.

Gabriela suppresses Raider2 with Ecm and succeeds.

Gabriela tries to suppress Raider3 with Ecm but FAILS.

Nora attacks Raider5 with Kew but Raider5 EVADES!

Raider5 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES!

Irene passes.

Addison attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

Eva attacks Raider3 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

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

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

Stirling's weapon clicks empty.

Paige suppresses Raider2 with Ecm and succeeds.

Paige suppresses Raider3 with Ecm and succeeds.

Paige suppresses Raider5 with Ecm and succeeds.

Raider2 attacks Nora with Kew but MISSES!

Kell attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Nose.

Emrys attacks Raider1 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider3 attacks Calliope with Kew but MISSES!

Raider1 attacks Irene with Kew but MISSES!

Calliope attacks Raider3 with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Calliope's weapon clicks empty.

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

Raider3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Eva, Calliope)

"We're clear, Soundbite. Want me to switch to the rear turret and try to give a hand to the Vipers?" Paige asks, though she seems more than content to continue with the jamming, since there's plenty of Vipers in the wing.

"Always nice working with you, Soundbite," is Eva's humoured reply, as between Eva's KEW and Calliope's missile, they manage to clear one of the raiders, Eva flying through the debris as she turns back to look for the next target. Because there's always a next target. As quickly as they shoot them down, the cylons seem to put them back up on the board.

The Raider that Kell is chasing this time is a bit more nimble as he isn't able to get a clean hit off, as he lead his target a bit too much or the Cylon was able to pull back from his previous heading. His rounds glances off of the front of the Raider. Before he can give chase further, he breaks the other way to juke the bandit behind him, dodging the shots again before going after the bogey that continues to give chase on Nora.

Calliope laughs over the comm. A joyous sound. She's come to take pleasure in destruction, after this much time in the service. "Cherry, Soundbite. I will blow stuff up with you anytime." To Paige, she says, "Sounds good, Princess. That one emptied our racks. Give them guns."

"Damn it." Micah's words remain privately within his cabin. He, thankfully, remembers not to press the comms button on that one. His weapon had fired, and the slippery raider had evaded. But like any other pilot worth his salt, he was already looking for his next target of opportunity. And that Raider still going after Raptors peaks his interest. Though it looks... wounded.

"Hurricane, Shirt. That has got to be the absolutely worse Callsign story I've ever heard. At least say you won some kind of wet T-shirt contest. Feint starboard again and roll hard port if you don't mind. I'd like to purge this Raider so I can get back to my nap." Addison's banter comes in a conversational tone as he slips his ship around, starting a spinning rotation with it to create a spiral of KEW tracers.

Emrys shakes his head as his KEW grazes off the cylon, which is subsequently destroyed by another pilot. He swings around with Micah, the two descending like a pair of wolves onto the wounded Raider.

Faye continues to pull back on the stick, getting closer and closer to getting the right angle on it, a little further, c'mon! Then the cylon jerked in front of her, she tried to follow but only got a passing graze to its wing before she yells at it, "Damn you!" She's, of course, not keeping the comm as she yells it. "Razor, Bingo, still on it."

"Hurricane, if that's the worst you've heard they must not be very creative wherever it is you're from. Hard port on your mark." Nora only lets the comm go silent for a moment before it's back to business. "Bingo, Shirts. When I roll port, swing out past my wing and perhaps we can catch Razor's stubborn friend here in our cross-fire."

Raptors aren't exactly the most nimble, but Irene makes hers dance, keeping it just out of the raider's fire with a rapid series of twists and hard breaks. "I hope they're still operative. We might need them." She laughs a little, half amused and half relieved when the raider that had been giving chase is turned to airborne scrap. With some time to breath, she scans the sky, finds the remaining bogies and sends a missile after it.

Stirling glances around to make sure everyone's still with them. Her missile strikes another of the Raiders, taking it out. With the launcher empty, she lets her ECO take aim with the rear cannon.

Faye double-taps the comm in response to Nora.

Eva attacks Raider5 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

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

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

Micah attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Graze wound to Wing. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gabriela attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Faye attacks Raider5 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Stirling attacks Raider5 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Alain passes.

Calliope passes.

Paige attacks Raider5 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Emrys attacks Raider2 with Kew and HITS! Impaired wound to Body.

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

Irene attacks Raider5 with Missile and HITS! Impaired wound to Wing.

Raider2 attacks Nora with Kew but MISSES!

Raider5 attacks Kell with Kew but MISSES!

Raider2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Addison, Kell, Gabriela, Emrys)

Raider5 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Eva, Faye, Stirling, Paige, Irene)

The final two Raiders go down, and Stirling says, "Good work everyone." She sounds pleased. It's so refreshing to have a clear success for a change. "Let's head back to the ship."
"Hurricane, Cherry. The aisle are cleaned up on this side of the store." Addison calls out as the Raider he and the others are scraping off of Nora is shattered away. "The Young Bloods are safe."

Gabriela lets out a short sound of satisfaction as she gets the jammers working and then even as Irene switches over to missiles, "Switching to kinetics." She informs the pilot and as their missiles reach out to tag one enemy the ECO sends the turret fire at the other passing radar. She lets out another sound of delight, "Looks like clear skies now Iris. Not a bad night of dancing."

Working with the others, Kell this time is a little bit more accurate though his autocannon rounds misses any critical systems, only making a few more holes on the Raider. The others though mince it to pieces with their own shots and soon enough, the skies appear clear. Eyes searching, Razor is unable to find anymore bogeys in the area as he begins moving back into formation with the others.

"Nice to have a milk run once in a while, am I right?" Lords know, they don't get them all that often. "I'm on you, 'Cane." Eva, settling back into flight formation, after Stirling's orders, settles back to follow Addison back up and out of the atmsophere, back on the way back to the Dauntless.

Leaving the rear turret, Paige returns to the ECO's station. "That settles it. Next leave, we're getting the girls together and taking on the nearest mall for retail therapy and manicures all around after." she smirks. "Though I am totally taking a spa day and letting them wrap me up in seaweed."

Who knows if it was Faye and Nora's tactics or the hit from Paige, it looked like even Irene's missile stuck that Raider. And even then Faye thinks she saw a few others tracers. One way or the other, that Raider was destroyed and she could only shake her head as she took a more leisurely bank this time to pull back around onto the wing of the other two vipers in her flight. "Well, that Raider went fast." She mumbled out to the vacuum, another sigh as she finishes her approach and forms up. Faye made sure to check her fuel one more time.

Micah peppers the wing of that raider, hearing the sounds of impact and explosion coming from just behind him. When he looks up, he shakes his head, laughing softly. "Busker copies, RTB. I'm on your port, Hawk." And indeed, the Caprican pilot brings his aircraft back around and settles it on Emrys' port wing for his ride back home.

Nora adds little to the barrage of fire that takes out the raider trailing Kell, but it goes, just as the one that's set her own DRADIS to beeping ominously is destroyed as well. No new contacts appear, and so Nora turns her viper back toward the barn, but she keeps a weather eye on the sky all the same.

And back to the barn Calliope goes. "Princess, you were seriously tight out there," she says, admiration in her voice for the ECO. After a pause, "I was wondering what it'd be like. Fighting back home. Feels good. On days like this, at least."

"Not the only one from here, Soundbite." Paige says with a certain dryness, but she has a smile for a moment. "So I heard a rumor that I was to blame for your callsign?"

"Hawk copies, RTB. Busker, I copy." Emrys makes the appropriate acknowledgements over the comms, and then settles in to position for the ride home.

It might not count as an official kill, but Irene smiles all satisfaction when her missile puts a sizeable dent in one of the raiders which then mostly evaporates under a hail of colonial fire from the rest of the wing, basically. As the pieces scatter to the wind, she looks for Stirling and Calliope so she can rejoin them in formation. "Not bad, Weathergirl." She grins over her shoulder at Gabriela, "I guess I packed extra snacks for no reason. We aren't going to be walking home today after all." She clicks the radio, "Iris copies, RTB. Thanks, whoever peeled that raider off us."


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