2237-08-24 - Defend The Dauntless - Stairwell

A fire team engages a squad of Cylons when they board the Dauntless.

Date: 2237-08-24

Location: Dauntless

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation:Delphi

Scene Number: 430

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There's a shuddering of the ship that was unexpected, and the lights flicker on a pair of the decks. A hole has been breached in Dauntless, and a landing seal made. Over the comms comes the call, "Daunless Actual to all stations. Battle stations. Marine and fire teams away to Decks 5A and 6A to repel boarders. Repeat. Repel boarders."

Aleksander, Cate, Geoff and Sgt. Bennett were on a routine, dull patrol when the call came in. "Shit," Bennett mumbles under his breath. "Time to earn our pay. Let's move. Weapons locked and loaded, watch for friendlies."

Cylons on the Dauntless, that isn't right, Aleksander's expression turning into a frown, "What the frak? How did our fighter screen let them through?" With a sigh of resignation, the Tauron looks down at his assault rifle and flicks off the safety switch, making sure that a round is chambered. Then he moves with the rest of the team, prepared to repel boarders.

Geoff starts visibly when the call to battle stations is made, almost as if he'd been anticipating and dreading hearing something like that all along. He grips his rifle, looking down at it, and starts rushing for his station. "They're not gonna get any farther," he says to Aleks.

Cate looks up when the alarms go off, though of course there's nothing really to see from the overhead speakers. She mumbles a curse under her breath. "Or the ship guns," she agrees with Aleksander grimly. There's a slight wince when she starts hurrying after the other guys, her vest shifting over still-healing cuts and bruises from the last mission. Radio chatter helps narrow down the position of the boarding party, which has split into two teams. As the fire team advances they hear the clatter of gunfire and a scream up ahead. A terrified navy crewman comes running around the corner, fleeing the attack."

<FS3> Cate rolls Alertness+Reflexes: Good Success (8 8 7 6 3 2 2)

<FS3> Aleksander rolls Alertness+Reflexes: Great Success (8 7 7 7 6 5 5 5 4 3)

Out of reflex, Aleksander levels his rifle on the crewman who suddenly appears but recognition prevents him from pressing down on the trigger, turning the poor, fleeing compatriot into a bloody mess. "I guess we're going in the right direction." Effectively volunteering to take point for the team, the Tauron moves up to the corner where the crewman had appeared from and takes a quick peek to see if they are dealing with toasters here.

Bennett also jerks a bit at the sudden appearance of the crew member. "Specialist, sitrep," he demands.
"They were coming up the next stairwell," the breathless crewman tells them. "I saw three," before rushing on past.
Bennett motions them forward. "We hurry, maybe we can hit them when they're still in the stairwell. We'll have cover from the landing, they'll be exposed." There are no Cylons visible yet when Aleksander peeks around the corner.

Cate brings up the rear, her SMG at the ready.

<FS3> Geoff rolls Alertness + Reflexes: Great Success (8 8 7 7 6 3 1)

With no Cylons around the corner, Aleksander gives the all clear signal before taking a step and then taking a knee, rifle aimed to cover the rest of the team as they proceed forward, just in csae the Centurions have made it up here much quicker than anticipated. Or the Crewman was too frazzled to give an accurate report. But when nothing appears, the Tauron rises and runs after the others towards the stairwell.

Geoff takes in who the specialist is quickly, not menacing him, but he's antsy to plunge forward and get to the boarders as soon as the report comes out of the crew member's mouth. "Let's move." He rushes ahead thanks to Aleksander's cover.

At a quick jog, they make it to the stairwell without incident. There's another clatter of gunfire from behind the hatch. "Davion, open the hatch. Courtois, be ready to fire, but if they're not there we're going to sweep in and take up a position on the landing."

OOC> Basically it's like this: https://farm4.static.flickr.com/3139/3063952162_00de4419a5_m.jpg They're going to go through the door and take cover at the top of the stairs behind that little half-wall sort of thing at the top-right of the photo.

Lower his rifle, letting the shoulder sling carry his weapon, Aleksander gives Bennett a nod of understanding as he moves up to the closed hatch. With his hands on it, he looks back to Geoff, waiting for the other Marine to read his weapon. When they are ready, he raises his hand with three fingers, one goes down so there are two fingers, then one, and the final one is lowered. With the silent countdown complete, Aleksander turns and pulls hard on the hatch swinging it open for them.

"Ready," Geoff says, almost instantly. His weapon is at the ready and his shoulders are tense. Once the hatch is open, he doesn't see any Cylons, so he says, "Let's sweep through," and plunges through the opening first.

Although there are no Cylons on the landing, as soon as Geoff and Bennett start moving across into cover, bullets ricochet off the ceiling and walls around them, making loud 'ding' sounds in the confined stairwell. Nobody's hit, but two Cylons are now visible near the bottom of the stairs. "Return fire!" Bennett shouts.

Cate doesn't actually cross over the exposed zone at the top of the stairs, choosing instead to fire from the corner of the hatch. It's a more difficult shot - since she can't see all of the Cylon - but she's being extra cautious.

When the others are through, Aleksander follows to the top of the landing and peeks quickly only to duck back when bullets ricochet off of the metal bulkheads. When the shooting starts and it is their turn to return fire, the Tauron peeks again but this time his rifle is raised and he aims at one of the toasters, unloading a burst of fire.

Geoff doesn't hesitate a moment to get to cover and wait for the right time to pop up and squeeze off a burst, even though the ricochets have his shoulders more tense than ever before. What if one goes astray?

Aleksander attacks Centur2 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Neck.

Geoff fires a burst!

Geoff attacks Centur1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Geoff attacks Centur1 with Rifle+Ap but Centur1 EVADES!

Geoff attacks Centur1 with Rifle+Ap but Centur1 EVADES!

Centur2 fires a burst!

Centur2 attacks Bennett with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Centur2 attacks Bennett with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Centur2 attacks Bennett with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate attacks Centur2 with Smg+Ap and NARROWLY MISSES!

Centur3 passes.

Bennett fires a burst!

Bennett attacks Centur1 with Rifle+Ap but Centur1 EVADES!

Bennett attacks Centur1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Bennett attacks Centur1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Centur1 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur4 passes.

Bennett has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Centur2)

Bennett fires a burst at the lead Centurion coming up the stairs, but somehow manages to miss all three shots. As he's shifting position to take aim again, he takes a burst square to the chest and goes down, unconscious.

Cate also misses, but only just. "Frak," she mumbles when she sees Bennett fall. "Heading across." She dashes across to aid him, firing a burst just to distract them.

Before Aleksander could call out that Bennett is down, he sees Cate already moving to assist so he takes aim at the Centurion that he hit in the neck, which only resulted in a glancing blow. With only the top portion of the toaster in his line of fire, he takes aim at the ominous red lighted visor, as if using that as the bullseye when he fires off another single round.

"Cate, one--" Geoff starts to call when he sees Bennett, but she already knows, so he doesn't finish the sentence. He retains his tactics, popping from behind cover when he can to fire.

Cate suppresses Centur1 with Smg+Ap and succeeds.

Cate tries to suppress Centur2 with Smg+Ap but FAILS.

Aleksander attacks Centur2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head.

Centur4 passes.

Centur3 passes.

Centur2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Geoff fires a burst!

Geoff attacks Centur1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Geoff attacks Centur1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Geoff attacks Centur1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Centur1 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Geoff)

Centur2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aleksander)

The two Cylons go down. As Cate crouches down to put a battlefield dressing on Bennett's chest, they hear more heavy metallic footsteps coming from down below. Then there's a strange clanking sound, and they see a grenade coming around the corner - ricocheting off the wall like a perfect pyramid bounce. It looks like it's going to hit midway up the stairwell.

The red eye was the perfect target, Aleksander's round punches right through and shatters the head of the Centurion. The ominous red glow quickly fades to darkness and the second toaster goes down in unison to Geoff's shot to the chest. Getting ready to proceed forward for a better firing point, the sound of the metal clomping urges caution. Then the sound of the frag grenade bouncing half way up the stairwell has the Tauron widening his eyes, "Grenade! Cover!" Going into an immediate crouch, Aleksander brings his right arm up to his helmet, protecting his face as he tucks his chin against his chest.

"Frak, frak, frak," Geoff says when he sees the grenade. He sounds panicked, but there's not much of anywhere to escape to. Not in time. Flustered, he hunkers behind his cover.

Centur4 passes.

Geoff passes.

Centur3 uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Centur3 attacks Aleksander with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Centur3 attacks Aleksander with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Centur3 attacks Aleksander with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Centur3 attacks Geoff with Frag Grenade but hits the COVER they're behind.

Centur3 attacks Geoff with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Centur3 attacks Geoff with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Centur3 attacks Geoff with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Centur3 attacks Cate with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Centur3 attacks Cate with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cate ducks across Bennett to shield him when Aleksander yells his warning about the grenade.

It goes off, sending shrapnel bouncing off the walls and stairs. But apart from abusing their eardrums, it fortunately doesn't do much damage. Then the Cylons begin advancing up the stairs.

A small piece of shrapnel gives Aleksander a very small cut and prick on his left arm, the larger piece impacting his chest but the tactical vest stops it without an issue. With the explosive threat over, he moves up to a better position on the side of the landing, using what he can as partial cover just as the Cylons begins advancing. Taking aim, he fires a quick burst from his rifle.

Geoff flinches badly at the explosion, but he isn't hurt too badly. He hardly seems to notice the minor cut on his arm as he brings his weapon up to aim at the next Cylon he sees.

Geoff fires a burst!

Geoff attacks Centur4 with Rifle+Ap but Centur4 EVADES!

Geoff attacks Centur4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Geoff attacks Centur4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Centur3 with Rifle+Ap but Centur3 EVADES!

Aleksander attacks Centur3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander attacks Centur3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Centur4 fires full-auto!

Centur4 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but Geoff EVADES!

Centur4 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur4 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur4 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur4 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but Cate EVADES!

Centur4 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur3 fires a burst!

Centur3 attacks Aleksander with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Centur3 attacks Aleksander with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Centur3 attacks Aleksander with Rifle+Ap but Aleksander EVADES!

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Centur4 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate attacks Centur4 with Smg+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cate attacks Centur4 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Centur3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aleksander)

Geoff fires a burst!

Geoff attacks Centur4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Geoff attacks Centur4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Geoff attacks Centur4 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Centur4 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate attacks Centur4 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Cate attacks Centur4 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Centur4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Aleksander attacks Centur4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander attacks Centur4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Centur4 fires full-auto!

Centur4 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur4 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur4 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur4 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur4 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur4 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Centur4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Geoff, Cate, Aleksander)

The stairwell is filled with a hail of gunfire, but when it dies down, the two Centurions have fallen atop their comrades and no new ones have arisen to take their places.

Cate looks down the barrel of her gun for several seconds, before finally saying, "Everyone all right?" Except poor unconscious Bennett, obviously.

"Yeah," Geoff says, cautiously leaving cover to approach Cate. "Did Jayne make it?"

The exchange of fire between Aleksander and the Centurion he targeted has the Marine coming out as the victor. The toaster's bullets hit the bulkhead he was taking cover and the two of the Tauron's find their mark. The first one doesn't penetrate the armor plating of the arm but the second one punches into the chest. It didn't look very damaging but it must've hit a critical system inside because the Centurion collapses forward, his glowing eye fading to darkness. Quickling shifting targets to the other toaster that is ascending the stairwell, Aleksander fires off another burst, the first one tearing into the chest plate and this one has obvious results as sparks sizzle out of the scorching bullet hole. When it goes silent, Aleksander takes a couple of deep breaths before looking at the other Marines, "I'm good, looks like we're clear. I don't hear anymore metal stomping."

Cate slings her SMG once Aleksander agrees they're clear, and scoots back to Bennett's side. She squints up at Geoff with a quizzical look. "Did you say Jayne?" Her ears are still ringing so maybe she heard him wrong.

Geoff frowns at Cate's question, looking over toward the trashed Centurions. "I don't..." He looks back to Cate. "I mean this guy. Bennett. He nods at the unconscious member of their party. "Is he okay?"

"We should probably bring him to the sickbay, want me to carry him, Rhodes?" Won't be the first time that Aleksander was carrying a heavy load, but they've had plenty of training for that at the Foreign Legion. 'Training'.

Cate frowns back at Geoff's response. "I think he'll be okay. Took a couple bad hits to the chest though so yeah..." She nods to Aleksander. "We need to get him up to sickbay." More marines arrive, making the next question she was going to ask, about whether they should check for more Cylons, kind of moot. "You got him, Davi?"

"Yeah, just sling his arm over my shoulder and I'll get him there." Aleksander slings his rifle first so he has two free hands and gets ready to help Cate lift the Sergeant up to his limp feet so an arm can be slipped around his shoulder. Then he grab a solid hold of the Bennett's back and begin carrying the other Marine towards sickbay. With reinforcements arriving, the Tauron apparently feels much better about the passage to medical.


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