2237-09-01 - Tanks In The Quad

The marines run into new challenges while assaulting the university.

Date: 2237-09-01

Location: University District

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation:Delphi

Scene Number: 463

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Delphi's University District lies just east of the city center, an urban sprawl containing many buildings that date back to the city's early days. The Wolves are supporting the Caprican military's (hopefully) final push to retake the city. Even though the Cylons have been pushed back considerably, the brass estimates that there are a couple battallions and several air squadrons left. The colonials could be facing upwards of 2000 Cylons in fortified positions, with armor, artillery and air support.

The battle is already underway, and the din of gunfire and explosions can be heard for miles around. Despite their standing orders to spare buildings as much as they can, there's smoke cloying over the district from burning buildings and vehicles.

Mercer's squad has had a few smaller urban skirmishes already, but now they have a new assignment: "All right listen up," says the sweaty gunny, who has a small bandage on his upper arm. "Caprican marines are pinned down by a mixed platoon of infantry and armor just east of here on the university quad. We're going to go give them a hand. Capricans will be detailing air support to take out the tanks; we're focusing on the infantry. We're going to go around the student union there and flank them." He looks around to see if there are any questions.

OOC Inspiration: https://tinyurl.com/y7nheajl You're going to be coming around from the left, in those trees. The badguys are in the center - in the trees and vehicles in that open field, and the Caprican marines are also in the center but further back towards the big tall building.

Lyn has all her regular gear on her, and she's already checked it over three times. She's had a crazy streak of luck in the field lately, with not winding up in the Sick Bay for anything, and she's planning on staying that way as long as possible. She takes a knee to listen to Mercer's orders, and nods when the Gunny finishes. She's ready, giving a glance to place Aldrich in the group and give him a meaningful look.

Gage has a slight limp from a close-call trading fire in one of the earlier skirmishes; not enough that it's bothering him, though he does find a wall to lean into while Mercer briefs them. "Rescue some Capricans, frak up some cylons. Roger, Gunny," he replies, cheerfully. After a moment, he straightens, edging over towards Aleksander, and giving him the oh-so-familiar wistful look of someone trying to bum a cigarette. It'll probably be their last chance, while questions are taken and answered, after all. "Gotta spare, Davy?"

Abigail, for a wonder, doesn't seem to be much diminished in supplies or energy. The picon marine is staging not far from Tomak, naturally, and also not far from Wagner, busying herself with checking over her gear, stepping around a few of the taller folk to get her a better view of the terrain ahead and what they can see of the final destination. She shifts her shoulder, rearranging the pack she's gotten strapped back onto her back, tugging the straps up to loosen then just enough that she can slips it off and on more easily and on the run.

The earlier engagements with the Cylons were light, at least compared to what it sounds like around them in other sectors. Aleksander has his usual lit cigarette between one side of his lips, taking a drag when he can. When the Gunny tells them that they are relocating again, this time to save some more Capricans, there is no comment from the Tauron. He does spot Gage approaching and smirks, already reaching for his pack of cigarettes, tossing it at the combat engineer. "When do I not?"

It's been a long day already, but that never stops the Fleet, does it? No from handing out assignments, at least. While Mercer speaks, Charlie goes through her gear. Largely, she checks over her munitions. It's not so easy as magazines with her rifle. She's got rounds. The woman checks one pocket, then another. And finally, she checks her bag. Satisfied, she shuffles a few around for easy access and chambers a few in the gun itself. Satisfied, she leans back on her heels. A bit of jerky is pulled out and chewed on as she adjusts her helmet, looking off in the distance towards the smoke. No questions from her, apparently; just waiting for the go ahead. Ready to be moving before any of the weariness sets n.

Already having worked in the treatment of some of the wounded Marines, Backham nods to the orders. "No questions, Sergeant." he comments quickly as he checks his medical pack and makes a quick note of his supplies before giving his rifle's magazines tap to make sure that it's good and secure. "On your order."

Jacob had been covering one of the flanks. And? In all honest? He hadn't spared even a sound of opinion while assisting in the execution of the Cylon skirmishers. As the group comes to a halt, he too takes a knee. The only equipment that gets the benefit of a second check is the marine's rifle. He wiggles the sight rail and the receivers, checking for any sort of play or wiggle. "Good copy." He offers forward to the gunny, chewing a sliver of toothpick that had to be screaming for relief.

Aldrich is quiet, as usual, reserving his energy for the tasks at hand. Or perhaps he's focusing on his prayers. Whatever the case, he is characteristically not joining in on any banter. He listens kind of intently to Mercer's instructions, then nods a bit. He glances over in time to catch Lyn's expression, and spares an all-too-rare smile, small though it might be, before turning his attention back to Mercer.

Cate has apparently inherited a streak of bad luck to balance out Lyn's good luck, but here she is, back at it again. She drags a sleeve across her face and nods quietly to the gunny's orders. A tiny smirk touches her lips at the exchange between Aleks and Gage, but then she glances over at Jacob when he speaks. No, she's still not quite used to seeing him here, but they've got bigger things to worry about now.

Of the various marines present in Mercer's squad is Chance Daly, armed with his usual heavy machine gun. He glances to Mercer as the explanation is done and shakes his head, "I'm good, gunny. Let's get this done." He checks the feed to his machine gun, making sure the belt of bullets from the guns repository is straight and glances around to the others present.

The squad moves off, hoofing it across a street in front of one of the dorm buildings. They watch the windows, since you never know where Cylons might be lurking, but nobody bothers them. Past a deserted line of cars and closed-up food carts, they then reach the lawn of the quad. From here they'll be able to flank around the building. Or would have been able to. Before they can make it, a gunshot rings out - closer than the others. Poor Neely, we hardly knew you. He goes down hard, a shot to the face that is quite obviously fatal to anyone who gets close. "Sniper!" Mercer yells unnecessarily. "Everyone take cover. Find that frakker."

Lyn dives for cover at Mercer's order. She hunkers behind the food cart and scowls, slapping the scope onto her rifle to use it to find the sniper. "Another one? Spectre keep your head down!" she shouts towards Charlie. Last time she took one to the head. She begins to sweep the higher points through the scope.

There's an entirely unrepentant (but also grateful) grin from Gage to Aleksander, as he collects one of the cigarettes and the lighter. It doesn't take long for him to light up and inhale a deep, grateful breath, passing the lighter back to the other Tauron, as he slips into their native language: "<<What would our families say, you think? Us rescuing frakking Capricans?>>" there's an amused slant to the words, as he slouches and glances around at the rest of the squad. It doesn't take him long to burn through that cigarette, crushing it underfoot as he settles in to hoof it with the rest of the squad. "Frak!" comes his growled curse as that shot rings out, instinctively ducking into the nearest cover while trying to get a bead on any hostiles.

<FS3> Abigail rolls Alertness: Great Success (8 7 7 7 7 6 2 2)

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

<FS3> Aldrich rolls Alertness: Good Success (7 6 6 6 4 4 1 1)

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

<FS3> Charlie rolls Alertness+1: Great Success (8 8 7 7 6 6 4 3 2 2 2)

<FS3> Lyn rolls Alertness: Success (7 6 5 4 4 3 3 2 1 1)

"Cover me!" Beckham calls out. While most people may be taking to cover, the medic has a different responsibility. He's running out quickly to try to grab Neely by his web gear and pull him back to cover. Just because the Marine was shot in the face, he's not dead until the medic says he's dead.

<FS3> Chance rolls Alertness: Good Success (7 7 6 6 5 3 3)

<FS3> Gage rolls Alertness: Good Success (7 6 6 5 5 2 1)

As soon as Abigail hears the gunshot, she doesn't wait to be told to drop. Who cares who might have sent it, she's getting a bit of cover if she can. A quick twist, as she moves to a attempt to crouch behind a garbage cane, which, given the size of her pack, is not the best cover one would possible ask for. Still, that's only half the battle, the other is trying to locate the direction the shoot came from. And even as she's finding that cover, she's peeking out to try to see what there is to see.

Cate jerks a little when Neely goes down. He's dead, but she of course doesn't know that yet, so her first reaction is to start moving towards him. She only gets two steps though before realizing that Beckham is already on it. And, well, much as her heart wants to help, her head knows that it doesn't make sense to risk all their medics all at once for someone who's probably dead. She ducks down behind a car and yells back to Becks, "We can't cover you if we can't frakking see it!" Though she's scanning around trying to remedy that, her SMG raised.

Jacob actually has a moment to raise a skeptical eyebrow as Neely goes down. That's between the body's contact with Caprica and the order by Mercer, though. "Here we go." The big marine murmurs, moving for cover and sparing a quick glance at Cate. His rifle snaps up automatically, eyes scanning the points of elevation for scope glare. He even spits out his toothpick. Because choking in combat would be an absolutely laughable way to die.

Aldrich isn't all that far from Neely when the shots ring out, and he ducks instinctively, just in time for the poor guy to get shot in the face. He doesn't waste any time. While Beckham is dragging Neely back to cover, Aldrich dives down himself and looks up, rifle at the ready, searching for said sniper. "Any chance for him, Dorn?"

<<What they don't know won't hurt them, Tomak. Plus, the sooner we get this done, the sooner we get out of harms way and hopefully off this planet.>> Comes the answer from Aleksander in their same native language, native from his previous life. As they reach one of the dorm buildings, keeping an eye on the windows and doorway watching is second nature for the Tauron, having fought against the Cylons in urban zones on Leonis when he was with the Legionnaires before his transfer. When they reach the line of deserted cars, the Marine takes a quick final drag before letting it fall to the ground, crushing it with his right boot. Then after they proceed further, the sound of sniper fire rings out crystal clear. First action out of training and reflex is to find cover and in this case, there is none nearby, Aleksander falls flat to the ground, prone.

When the shot goes out, Charlie's head comes up. She has a helmet and she gives no fraks about 'getting down.' She's listening for the echo. Pinpointing direction. The woman doesn't run out or anything, but she does put her know-how to use to start isolating direction... even before Mercer tells them to start finding it. She's slinging her rifle off her shoulder, swapping it up for long-range without even having to look. That gun's her baby. She knows how to switch it up without having to see. Only as she begins working does she start moving towards a good spot to setup to shoot. Scope, stock adjusted, and she's soon got it ready.

Charlie and Abigail see the sniper - the barrel of its rifle just barely visible peeking out from a window on the top floor of the student union they were going to flank around.

The gunshot forces Chance to drop like the others, scouring out around him to see if he can identify the shooter. He settles his heavy machine gun against his shoulder to start taking aim on something since he can't spot the sniper, "I got nothing on that sniper..." he calls out to Mercer. He doesn't have a target, so he holds, breathing in and out steadily.

Abigail, in mid visual sweep, stops dead, as she lifts a hand to her comm. She's not that far from Charlie, so that's a bonus, so she can get to the woman if she has to, "Wagner, I'm marking a target, fourth window from the left, top floor, that student union building." They did get a rough map of the place, so she at least knows the building. "Once you give the go-ahead, I'll coming to you."

There's a small crunch of gravel beneath Charlie's knee as she settles down, setting the edge of her rifle against the hood of the car she's stopped near. She listens to Abigail's mark and opens the line back. "Copy, Walker. I've got the same reading. Keep cover for the moment." Then she breathes until she finds her opening to fire.

Cate clenches her jaw, tension obvious as she searches for the sniper. "Frak, I got nothing," she mumbles, her eyes switching between scanning and watching Beckham's progress.

Abigail says, "Copy that, Wagner."

Beckham can't really answer Aldrich yet. He's not bothering to check Neely out in the open, as he arrives at the body. Instead, his hands loop beneath the web-belt of the soldier and get a tight hold, starting to drag the soldier back to cover as hopefully he gets enough covering fire to complete his mission.

Settled in behind his chosen tree -- Gage loves them even for all the bark-pieces he's had to pull out of his skin over the years -- the combat engineer continues to hunt for a target, gaze flickering back and forward, making a frustrated grunt as he's unable to see anything. While he looks, he reaches for a stick of gum, chewing furiously.

While everyone is looking for the sniper, Lyn checks the ground-level for any incoming patrols.

Lyn passes.

Sniper attacks Beckham with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Impaired wound to Head.

Beckham passes.

Charlie attacks Sniper with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen.

Martinez passes.

Hamilton passes.

Aleksander passes.

Gage passes.

Jacob passes.

Abigail attacks Sniper with Smg+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Jacob doesn't seem quick to engage anything either. He does glance at the sniper setup, however, and hunker a bit more into cover. His rifle is still up even as bright eyes glance down to Beckham, tracking his progress toward the downed Marine. When he gets hit, the Hibernian man looks toward the origin. That fact along causes his rifle to turn, seeking to, in the very least, give the sniper something else to think about.

Normally, this would be the moment when Abigail would be running out to try to get to whomever might have just take n a hit, but just at the moment, with all of her attention focused on that tiny speck, she isn't at an angle where she can see who is it. Also, with only two pairs of eyes on the sniper, it would be colossally foolish to look away for even a second. She simply tracks, fires and remains in place to take another shot.

To be honest, Beckham wasn't looking for the sniper. Instead, his focus was on the Marine. Pulling him back towards the cover, as a second shot rings out, the side of the medic's helmet explodes, but the medic is still moving backwards, dropping behind cover with Neely. When he looks up toward Aldrich, he's got a nice looking headwound that he doesn't even seem to notice as his attention falls to Neely and he starts to reach for a pulse, but it's pretty obvious the Marine's missing more of his head than the Sergeant currently is. "I think.." it's all he really says, because he's not sure what to say as he starts treatment on a dead man.

Lyn hunkers down, waiting for Charlie to take down the sniper. When there is the crack of another shot and this time Beckham gets hit, she winces. "Dorn took a shot!! Cate, you have him?!" she calls out. Aldrich is way too close to the dead zone for her comfort and she watches carefully, looking for that telltale glint of metal.

There's an almost silent swear from Charlie. She knows she hit, but she also knows she didn't take the Sniper out. The woman adjusts slightly, however, to compensate for where she hit. Bit low, as it were. She racks up another round, leans in, and draws up a bit higher.

Aldrich glances over toward Beckham, and his eyes widen a little when he sees the head wound. "Frack..." He glances down to Neely, and takes a wild guess that he's probably a lot farther gone than Beckham. He's already shrugging his pack off to get to his medkit. "Don't look now, but you've got a bit of something right there," he comments, making a little gesture to the side of his head, and watching Beckham to see what kind of reaction he gets. By then, he's got a bandage in his hand to press to the head wound to stop the bleeding.

When a second shot rings out, Aleksander sees that the sniper is taking aim at the medic and curses, "Dirty mother-frakker, going after our medics." Climbing out of his prone position, he goes to one knee to keep himself balanced and takes aim at the window where the offending Cylon is shooting from, triggering a burst of assault rifle fire with the rest of the squad.

After a couple of chest compressions, Beckham blinks at Aldrich and looks at the blood that covers his hand. "Frak. Seems that I've been hit." he grits his teeth, accepting the bandage and treatment from the chaplain as he reaches up to discard his helmet.

There's a pop of gum from Gage, and a brief curse as another shot rings out that isn't theirs. The shots of Wagner and Walker allow him to zero in on the sniper's location, as he glances briefly over to see the Chaplain's taking care of the Caprican.

"Becks! Frak." Cate swears, then zeroes in on the sniper's position thanks to the second gunshot and the tips from the other ladies. "Al's got him," she calls back to Lyn, trusting the chaplain-turned-honorary-medic to call her if it's dire. For right now, she figures the best she can do is help take that frakker down.

Mercer raises his rifle as well, calling out the sniper's position to anyone who didn't hear Charlie and Abigail talking.

Once the snipers position is made apparent, Chance locks and loads his heavy machine gun and takes aim at the sniper. He flicks the switch to burst mode, no need to go all out autofire on just one sniper.

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

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

Aleksander fires a burst!

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

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

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

Jacob fires a burst!

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

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

Jacob attacks Sniper with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

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

Abigail attacks Sniper with Smg+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Aldrich tends to Beckham and treats their worst wound successfully.

Sniper attacks Aldrich with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope but Aldrich EVADES!

Martinez passes.

Beckham passes.

Hamilton passes.

Chance fires a burst!

Chance attacks Sniper with Hmg+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Chance attacks Sniper with Hmg+Ap but MISSES!

Chance attacks Sniper with Hmg+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Plink! Lyn bounces a bullet off the armored noggin of the sniper but, thankfully, the rest of the team obliterate it before long. When another shot goes off before it drops, her head snaps towards the wounded and the chaplain, and looks relieved no one seems to have been hit.

That bit of adjustment does the trick, it'd seem. Charlie doesn't go for the head; too small of a target for something to far. Not when you need to just take out enough servos and chips to drop a piece of machinery. The report of her rifle sounds through the quad when it goes off and it's enough, along with the rest, to take the Centurion out. There's just a bit of the good ol' magic smoke contained inside all computer things to remain. Satisfied with a final look through her scope, Spectre stands and props her rifle to her shoulder, "Target's down, Gunny."

Jacob succeeds in littering the Cylon with bullets. Unfortunately, none of them are death inspiring bullets, but at this point, the Hibernian will take what he can get. He rises silently to his feet, his slow steps automatically taking him to the front of the line before he finds another safe spot to use for cover. He does, once there, eject his magazine, tuck it into his vest, and remove a fresh one. It's jammed into his rifle with a tight lipped smile. Recon. Always out front.

Did Aldrich duck? Lean just the right way at the right time? Who knows! Whatever the case, he jumps a little as a bullet pings a little too close for comfort against the cover he's crouched behind, but he escapes harm, so he just focuses his attention back on Beckham with a crooked grin. "Just a scratch. We'll get you mopped up in no time. Wanna let me get a look at your eyes real quick?"

Once Wagner gives the all-clear, Abigail, keeping low, moves to try to make her way a bit closer to Charlie. because you never know when something else is going to pop out of the woodwork to get you, and Wagner ain't got her buddy with her today. Alas. Abigail will have to do, as she moves in to get into a position to offer good covering fire for the sniper. "Dorn down?" She can sort of see a foot, and she can't see his head at all, so he must be the second target. "Doesn't he know not to run out into traffic?"

The burst fire from Chance's LIGHT machine gun smacks around the sniper and while he probably left a nice red scratch somewhere on him, it was the bullets from the others that actually killed it. Luckily, all of Chance's scrtaches helped keep someone from getting sniped in the head. It's very hard to snipe when bullets and hitting around you. Super hard.

"I'm good.." Beckham may not be, but he's not going to complain about it at the moment. "I'm good to move. Neely's dead." Even though he hears Abigail, there's no immediate response except to lift his hand and give her a Tauran salute before returning to his duties. "We moving, Gunny?"

There's a satisfied pop of Gage's gum as he sees his bullet impact through the sniper's chest, along with all the other shots that impact along with it. Even if it's momentary victory, he doesn't risk stepping out of cover, in case there's a second sniper.

Cate doesn't manage to actually get a shot off before the sniper falls back down behind the wall. She frowns, but then turns a concerned look toward Beckham and Aldrich. "He okay, Al?" Abigail's comment gets a frown. "Yeah y'know next time someone goes down I guess we'll just kick back and have a beer instead."

Mercer shoots her a look that silences the combat medic grumpily, and nods to Beckham's report. "Let's get moving. Odds are that frakker told them we were coming, so stay sharp." He bends down by Neely to take the man's second dogtag and then starts moving out.

"Only focus is the wounded I guess," Charlie offers to Abigail in a low voice. She gives a shrug, moving to join up with the rest of the squad, but remaining close to Abigail as she does so. Always stick to your buddy! With Cate's words, she sighs, rocking on her heels before following. She adjusts her rifle again, moving it back to a mid-range configuration. "More, y'know, if y'all die going after one dead man, we're kinda frakked moving forward."

The amount of lead poured into the window is a thick volume, Aleksander's three rounds joining the others, only one hitting the sniper though from his distance and angle, he can't really see the results. Since there is no further movements or activity coming from there, it appears they took it down. When the Gunny tells them to move out, the Tauron rises to a standing position and starts moving again, this time a bit more wary.

"Because you were so sure he was dead, right, Freyja?" Beckham comments dryly and asides to Cate. "I'll go for some wine, but there's plenty of it here at the moment." With that, he's prepared to move.

Abigail seems not at all bothered, by either medic's response, her tone even, "I thought the first job was always to gain fire superiority, then bring in the wounded. I read that in the manual." Seeing as how Abigail has had to do some aid herself the last few missions. She offers Wagner a shrug, before she settles in beside the sniper.

Aldrich manages to get the bandage in place before Beckham declines further attention, at least, and Aldrich holds up his hands, and glances toward Cate with a sort of worried look. "He seems to think he is," he calls back, and gives a nod in that direction to suggest she might want to keep an eye on him. He pauses for a moment over the dead man, doing some quick motion over the body, probably related to the fellow's religious beliefs, and then he climbs to his feet and shoulder's his pack to follow the group.

"Everyone knock off the grab-ass," Mercer snaps as the bickering continues. The team hurries out, leaving the fallen Neely behind (for now) as they move on to the actual target. The sound of gunfire intensifies as they get closer, followed by the boom of a tank cannon going off and an explosion on a small out-building where the Caprican marines are holed up. In the area they can see, there are six Centurions and a tank. There are probably more on the other side, but there are some trees between here and there obscuring the view.

There's a snort at Abigail's response. Mercer's report and the sharp crack of a tank cannon silences Beckham's response, as he takes cover near Cate, tightening his bandage, sharing a glance with the other medic.

Cate bites back whatever she was going to say back to Abigail and Charlie, but judging by the medic's face is wasn't anything happy. She nods to Aldrich. "I'll keep an eye on him. Nice job." She holds her SMG tightly as she moves out, sticking cautiously to cover as she moves out with Mercer. The boom of the tank gun causes her to jump a little. That's an uncommon sound in their battles.

Keenly alert, even Gage doesn't bother with his usual complaints about wanting for a beach recon mission or the like. Clearly the death of one of their own means shit's serious, and the combat engineer has his serious face as as he moves, scanning for threats as they go. The explosion quickly turns his attention in that direction, a near-inaudible whistle escaping him as he spots the tank, his left hand instinctively checking with a touch to his pack, undoubtedly doing mental calculations as to how much explosive he has and whether it's sufficient. "You want Walker and I to circle and around and deposit some presents on that thing, Gunny?" he asks, with a grin. "Bet you could provide sufficient distraction."

"Nah, it's cool," Charlie murmurs to Abigail. "I just know where I rank on their list no-" But Mercer's snapping back at them and the woman looks properly abashed. She clears her throat, apologetically. There's a check to her weapon as they near before she splits off just far enough to angle for some cover.

Lyn picks up the pace at Mercer's order, giving Cate a nod in passing. She goes to one knee at the sound of the tank cannon, and grunts as she watches the impact on the building. "That's going to be a problem," she mutters. "Unless we can drop a tree on it," harkening back to MoreTree. She hustles behind a tree for cover.

Aldrich nods to Cate, with a little smile for that praise. Then there's a tank gun firing and he jumps a bit, himself, and looks in that direction, suddenly all seriousness. "Gods." Prayer or curse, apparently that's all he can think to say about that.

The same boom of the tank that draws an arch in Jacob's right eyebrow. He looks down at his weapon and then slowly raises his gaze to the tank. Yeah. Not going to happen. The muzzle break of that well loved rifle does aim, though, covering the leftmost of the group of Cylons just in case. "What are the orders here, Gunny?" It was the first he'd muttered in a few hours. And even so, his voice sounded like he'd swallowed gravel. Clenching your jaw for hours on end would, in fact, do that to you.

"That'll make you clench your spinchters." Beckham mutters dryly. "If we fire now, we're going to draw that tank's attention." he mutters to himself. "Guess noone brought their shoulder missiles with them, huh?"

Abigail, as they move closer, perks up at the sound of the tank gun, looking back to see if she can spot where Tomak went off to. She almost opens her mouth, but then, as Gage asks the same question, she offers only, "I'm ready to move on your orders, Gunny." because really, if you're not trying to blow something up, what sort of combat engineer are you?

Mercer shakes his head to Gage. "Air support is inbound. Don't want you up close and personal when a missile drops on its ass. We focus on the ground troops. Spread out, weapons free."

Eyeing his own machine gun and then the tank, Chance grimaces just a bit. "Kinda wishing I had a rocket or grenade launcher right about now.." he mutters and looks over to Mercer. A nod is given at Mercer's orders and Chance moves off towards the left in an arc to take up a firing position.

Gage tries not to look super disappointed, and frankly, mostly fails. How often do you get to blow up a tank, after all? "Roger that, Gunny," he says, although the look he shoots in Abigail's direction expresses his disappointment all too clearly, as he settles in to find a spot to fire from.

Hearing the call from Mercer, Abigail settles into as good a spot as she can, keeping a comfortable proximity to Charlie, as she takes a moment o bring her weapon to bear on one of the centurions.

Lyn removes the scope from the rifle, now that the targets are in closer range. She checks the magazine, then takes aim at one of the Centurions on the ground.

Aldrich goes along with the rest, and finds a spot with some cover he can duck behind. He checks on his rifle, more a nervous habit than necessity, than brings it up, ready to fire.

Lyn fires a burst!

Lyn attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but Cent2 EVADES!

Lyn attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but Cent2 EVADES EASILY!

Lyn attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Charlie attacks Cent5 with Sniper Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent6 fires full-auto!

Cent6 attacks Lyn with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Cent6 attacks Lyn with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent6 attacks Beckham with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent6 attacks Beckham with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent6 attacks Beckham with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

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

Abigail fires a burst!

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

Abigail attacks Cent6 with Smg+Ap but Cent6 EVADES!

Abigail attacks Cent6 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Aldrich fires a burst!

Aldrich attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aldrich attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Aldrich attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cate attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Beckham fires a burst!

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

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

Beckham attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Martinez passes.

Chance fires full-auto!

Chance attacks Cent2 with Lmg+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Left Arm.

Chance attacks Cent3 with Lmg+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Chance attacks Cent4 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Cent5 attacks Martinez with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

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

Gage fires a burst!

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

Gage attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but Cent4 EVADES!

Gage attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but Cent4 EVADES!

Hamilton passes.

Cent1 attacks Jacob with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent4 fires full-auto!

Cent4 attacks Hamilton with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent4 attacks Hamilton with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Cent4 attacks Hamilton with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but Gage EVADES EASILY!

Cent4 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but Gage EVADES!

Cent4 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but Gage EVADES!

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

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

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

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

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

Lyn leans around the tree she's behind, and fires a burst from her rifle at one of the Centurions. The thing evades easily, and then her cover is being chewed up by LMG fire. One of the bullets grazes her in the stomach, but her armor soaks most of the damage, thankfully.

The chatter is ignored by Aleksander, either feigning that he doesn't hear or just a complete lack of interest on the discussion of tactics, too lazy to participate. When they get close to the big boomer, the Tauron sees what the others see. Seeing Gage's disappointed expression, he can't help but laugh lightly in amusement but says nothing as the squad is already moving into position to engage. Moving towards one of the trees, he doesn't quite make it there when the firefight starts and he fires off a quick burst of return fire at the Centurion shooting at him. The first two rounds are off their mark since Aleksander was still moving but the third bullet punches right through the toaster's chest plate, destroying the interior components and shutting down the red-eyed metallic monster. Reaching the cover, he hugs the truck before situationing himself to take a shot at another toaster.

Only slightly more disappointing than not getting to blow up a tank, in Gage's playbook, is harmlessly trading fire with a centurion when he lets rip. At best, he dings the thing's chest, earning a growl as he ducks behind cover, waiting for the bullets to stop rattling past before he leans out for another shot.

Jacob looks rather irritated as bullets slam into the cover in front of him. He ducks down, looking as though he's going to rise after a moment. But, unfortunately, more bullets. His light blue eyes peer, though, around the cover, looking for a more forward position to advance to. He manages to slip away, in a gap of fire, moving to cluster of two trees side by side, offering his wide frame a bit more protection. It also gives him an angle. His rifle rises, leaning against the side of the tree for support, aimed directly at the toaster that tried to turn him into cheese. If the marine had a god, 'Weapons Free' would probably be somewhere in his prayer.

Abigail manages to get a good hit in on her target. No, that's a lie. Really she just messed up its paint. This is why she's so much more effective with a grenade. Well, she'd been to get in a bit closer to use one of those effectively, so she'll just have to keep plucking away with her SMG.

Chance unloads several shots and three of the Cylons, hiting one in the head. Unfortunately, his standing out, without cover to unload a full auto, braced fire attack results in a round slamming into his upper right torso, just above his body armor. The bullet brings Chance to the ground and he growls out loudly as he crawls around behind cover, firing off a single shot at the Centurion who shot him on his way there.

There's that crack of Charlie's rifle and one of the centurions loses most of its midsection. Got to love the size of those rounds. They leave quite the hole behind. The sniper breathes a sort of sigh of pleasure as she draws back and readies another round. She shifts the rifle against her shoulder, adjusting as she leans into her cover, squinting down the line of the barrel as she adjusts for another shot on another of their assailants. At least they're dropping fast. She doesn't notice Chance getting hit; he's out of her line of site. She just focuses on taking the ones she can see out as fast as possible.

As he hears the cry and sees Chance go down, Beckham starts his fire. "Marine down." he comments, clapping Cate on the shoulder. "Give me cover, I'm going after him." he gets up and starts towards Chance without bothering to ask if they have fire superiority yet.

Cate nods to Beckham. She fires at the Centurion that seems to have its attention fixed on Chance's position.

Aldrich glances up when he hears Beckham's cry go up, and he frowns a little as he glances in that direction. "For all the..." he mutters, but it fades into Gemenese babble that pretty quickly gets drowned out as he takes aim and fires again.

Aleksander suppresses Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and succeeds.

Aldrich fires a burst!

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

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Right Leg.

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Left Arm.

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

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but Cent2 EVADES!

Cate attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Left Arm.

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

Gage fires a burst!

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

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

Gage attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Abigail uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Frag Grenade(Concussion) and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Abigail attacks Cent2 with Frag Grenade but Cent2 EVADES!

Abigail attacks Cent2 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Abigail attacks Cent2 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Abigail attacks Cent2 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Abigail attacks Cent2 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Abigail attacks Cent4 with Frag Grenade(Concussion) and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Abigail attacks Cent4 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Abigail attacks Cent4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent4 fires full-auto!

Cent4 attacks Hamilton with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Hamilton with Lmg+Bipod but Hamilton EVADES!

Cent4 attacks Hamilton with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent4 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent4 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but Gage EVADES!

Lyn fires a burst!

Lyn attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but Cent2 EVADES!

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

Lyn attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but Cent2 EVADES!

Mercer fires a burst!

Mercer attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but Cent2 EVADES!

Mercer attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but Cent2 EVADES!

Mercer attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Beckham attempts to treat Chance, but they have no treatable wounds.

Martinez fires a burst!

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

Martinez attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Martinez attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Jacob fires a burst!

Jacob attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

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

Jacob attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

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

Hamilton fires a burst!

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

Hamilton attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Hamilton attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent2 fires full-auto!

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent2 attacks Beckham with Lmg+Bipod but Beckham EVADES!

Cent2 attacks Beckham with Lmg+Bipod but Beckham EVADES!

Cent2 attacks Beckham with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent1 attacks Jacob with Lmg+Bipod but Jacob EVADES EASILY!

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

Another Centurion goes down, but three more come out of the treeline. And now they seem to have earned the attention of that tank. Mercer can be heard on the radio, "We need that godsdamn air support frakking yesterday."
Abigail says, "Still want Tomak and I to wait, Gunny?"

Gage pops his gum, satisfied this time as he sees his bullets rip into the centurion, watching it collapse moments later after several more bullets from the squad tear into it. The lack of bullets being fired his way is a welcome relief. Gage grins at Abigail's words. "Reckon Walker and I can outrun air support, given how frakking long they take to show up, Gunny," he adds, dryly.

Making his way over to where Chance is, Beckham takes to cover and grunts. "Next one, Rhodes gets to go after." he manages after checking over the wounds. "...you're back in the land of the living. Let's make sure you're staying that way." With that, he moves to put his rifle up to fire, sharing Chance's cover as he brings up his rifle to fire.

Instead of aiming to kill, Aleksander fires a shot purposefully close to where the Toaster is camped out at, to distract it from its aim which appears to have its desired effect. Problem is, it remains standing after another exchange of shots between the two sides. Switching back to burst fire mode, the Tauron spots more Centurions appearing and changes target to greet the new arrivals with lead.

"Seriously?" Jacob mutters under his breath, switching from a standing position to a kneeling position. He doesn't comment as a bullet whistles directly through his previous position. Again, his rifle comes to rest against that tree as he fir- As he watches the enormous tank barrel swing in their direction. "Seriously." He nods his head, hunkering down, and trying for that evasive little Cylon a second time.

Aldrich grits his teeth and glances over, relaxing only marginally to see that Beckham made it okay. "Is it just me, or are they specifically targeting medics, now?" he asks of no one in particular, between one burst and the next. Then the tank is swinging their way he becomes pretty focused on shooting and not getting shot. That second part is pretty important.

"Hey, I can blow shit up now apparently," Charlie chimes in to the banter with Abigail and Gage. There's a flash of a teasing grin their way. Not that she's really keen on doing so again. Taking out that dish was a split-second decision. Comms jamming is a big deal and she didn't want to see DRADIS and all frakked for their side. But that tank? Well, that's a problem. "Hopefully we get our support soon," the corporal mutters as she digs her heels in by her tree, tucking her rifle in a bit closer to her shoulder.

There's a loud growl from Chance at Beckham as he checks the wound. Not really at Beckham, but Beckham was there. "Yeah, I'm good, I'm good doc!" he tries not to snarl, but that really hurt. He rolls out from cover to unload another burst of full auto at two cylons. Of course, that's when he sees the tank and blinks at it, "Mother frakker..." he says before actually firing.

Cate spares a glance over at Jacob's position. She doesn't hear Aldrich's comment or she might have something to say about it. She's just glad Beckham made it okay. She takes aim at one of the new arrivals, anxious eyes glancing at the tank now and again.

Abigail fires a burst!

Abigail attacks Cent12 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Abigail attacks Cent12 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Abigail attacks Cent12 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Lyn fires a burst!

Lyn attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but Cent2 EVADES!

Lyn attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Lyn attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cate attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cate attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Aldrich fires a burst!

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Mercer fires a burst!

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

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

Mercer attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Right Leg.

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Cent12 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander attacks Cent12 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander attacks Cent12 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent11 attacks Charlie with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

Charlie attacks Cent1 with Sniper Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent1 attacks Jacob with Lmg+Bipod but Jacob EVADES!

Beckham fires a burst!

Beckham attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Beckham attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Beckham attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Jacob fires a burst!

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

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

Jacob attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Gage attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap but Cent10 EVADES!

Gage attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap but Cent10 EVADES!

Cent12 attacks Abigail with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

Hamilton attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap but Cent10 EVADES!

Chance fires full-auto!

Chance attacks Cent2 with Lmg+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Right Arm.

Chance attacks Cent2 with Lmg+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Chance attacks Cent2 with Lmg+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Chance attacks Cent10 with Lmg+Ap but Cent10 EVADES!

Chance attacks Cent10 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Chance attacks Cent10 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Cent10 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Tank uses Rocket. EXPLOSION!

Tank attacks Gage with Rocket(Concussion) and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Tank attacks Gage with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Tank attacks Gage with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.

Tank attacks Gage with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm.

Tank attacks Lyn with Rocket(Concussion) and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Martinez attacks Cent11 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cent2 fires full-auto!

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

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Leg.

Cent2 attacks Chance with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

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

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

Cent2 attacks Beckham with Lmg+Bipod but Beckham EVADES!

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

Ooooooh FRAK! The cannon fires from the tank and the scream of the shell gets louder, and louder, before it explodes near Lyn. It kicks up all sorts of shrapnel that slices a shallow wound across her forehead, and another across her belly, but her helmet and tac vest soak most of it. She is thrown to the ground, but other than not being able to hear anything other than the ringing in her ears, she seems to be ok.

There's a boom as the tank gun goes off again. It doesn't actually hit anyone directly, but strikes the building behind them. Bits of brick and plaster and shrapnel go flying towards Lyn and Gage's position. And still no sign of their air cover.

So... at least this is different. Instead of trading fire with a centurion, Gage is now getting targeted by a freaking tank. The blast throws shrapnel into his arm and leg, and a minor scrape across his abdomen, though his tactical vest absorbs the worst of it from his chest, thankfully. He's bleeding, but it's nothing life-threatening, and he manages to stagger to his feet, leaning into the tree he's behind, though that won't provide much cover for a long against a tank. "FRAKKING AIR SUPPORT!" He might be yelling that a bit loud, so his hearing might be a bit iffy, too.

That large round embeds itself in the tree that Charlie is situated behind, sending bark everywhere, but fortunately? None of it affects the Piconese woman herself. She lets out a relief breath before leaning out just enough to return fire at a Centurion at an angle from her. It hits; solid, but not enough to take the tincan down. Readying another round, she doesn't notice the tank adjusting itself. Here's hoping trees hold up against a tank round. Ha!

Abigail, once lucky, is not lucky again, as she barely does a lick of damage to the enemy she's targeting. But you know what they say...as long as you've got rounds in your weapons. Actually, nobody says that, except probably the engineer herself. And as she's still got decent cover, she tries for the same target, "Gunny we're none of us getting anything but older out here."

Cate takes a hit to the vest, because of course she does. She rocks back for a second, wincing and catching her breath, and then puts the SMG back up to her shoulder to fire at another Centurion.

Jacob raises his hand in silent thanks to the phantom sniper that seems to have his back. Since, of course, he seems intent on scratching the paint of the Cylon hiding behind cover. They're dug in. And assaulting the position from back here draws a sigh from Jacob. "Gunny? If the engineers are up for it? I'd would be more than happy to take them in close." He glances back at his fellow suicidal maniacs with a raise of his brow. "Assaulting here looks more like chipping concrete than destroying Cylons." He glances back, his eyes finding Cate. "That is, if you're sick of waiting on flyboys, of course."

Aldrich ducks down behind cover at the boom of the tank, hunching his shoulders against potential shrapnel, but pops up again when it's over, looking around to see who might have been hit. He sees Lyn on the ground, and does something very un-Aldrich like. He pulls a Beckham, breaking cover to run that direction. "Lyn!" And also, you know, Gage was there, too.

The boom of the tank hitting the building causes Aleksander to involuntarily flinch, the concussive wave from the explosion rippling by. Peeking around his cover, the Tauron looks over to where Gage and Lyn were hunkered down. Then his attention shifts back to the Centurion he was shooting at, taking aim to lay down another burst.

Of course, Lyn can't hear Al, her ears are ringing as she skitters on hands and knees to cover and levels her rifle at the enemy

The tank fires and Chance can barely even hear all the gunfire. He rolls back into cover, wincing as pressure comes onto his injured shoulder. He moves into a crouch, resting his machine gun against some rubble he can use as a stabilizing position, "We could use that frakkin' air support right about now." he growls out and then ducks back out of his cover to once more spray autofire at the cylons he can spot.

"Chaplain, if you have any divine interventions, you know, Thor or lightning or something, it'd be great." Beckham comments quietly as he tries to keep firing, but it's getting harder to do with the blood loss.

Lyn fires a burst!

Lyn attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Lyn attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Lyn attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap but Cent10 EVADES!

Charlie attacks Cent1 with Sniper Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent12 with Rifle+Ap but Cent12 EVADES!

Cate attacks Cent12 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cate attacks Cent12 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Cent12 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Aleksander attacks Cent12 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander attacks Cent12 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gage attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Gage attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Abigail fires a burst!

Abigail attacks Cent12 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Abigail attacks Cent12 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Abigail attacks Cent12 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Jacob fires a burst!

Jacob attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Jacob attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Jacob attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mercer fires a burst!

Mercer attacks Cent11 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Mercer attacks Cent11 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mercer attacks Cent11 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Martinez attacks Cent11 with Rifle+Ap but Cent11 EVADES EASILY!

Cent10 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but Cate EVADES!

Aldrich passes.

Tank uses Rocket. EXPLOSION!

Tank attacks Charlie with Rocket(Concussion) and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen.

Tank attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Tank attacks Charlie with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Tank attacks Hamilton with Rocket(Concussion) and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.

Tank attacks Hamilton with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Chance fires full-auto!

Chance attacks Cent1 with Lmg+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Chance attacks Cent1 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Chance attacks Cent1 with Lmg+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Chance attacks Cent10 with Lmg+Ap but Cent10 EVADES!

Chance attacks Cent10 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Chance attacks Cent10 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Cent12 attacks Abigail with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Beckham fires a burst!

Beckham attacks Cent11 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Beckham attacks Cent11 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Beckham attacks Cent11 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Hamilton attacks Cent10 with Rifle+Ap but Cent10 EVADES!

Cent1 attacks Jacob with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent11 fires a burst!

Cent11 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent11 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but Aldrich EVADES!

Cent11 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but Aldrich EVADES EASILY!

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

Cent12 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aleksander, Abigail)

"May just have to do that, these flyboys are taking their godsdamn sweet time," Mercer replies to Jacob, seething with irritation. But then, as if on cue, the hum of aircraft engines can be heard heading their way. And from a distance, a missile streaks down from the sky to hit the tank. There's a shower of sparks and flame, and chunks of burning tank go flying. Fortunately the marines are not close enough to be hit by any of it. The Raptor also swings by for a strafing pass, and between them and the marines - they're quickly able to finish off the remaining Centurions.
One down, with quite a bit of help, that's for sure, but there are two two more, and there's still a damned tank she can't get to. "Wagner, shit..." Abigail, hearing the air support finally on its way, breaks her cover, making a mad dash towards where Charlie is using now LessTree for cover, trying to get to the sniper to help her get clear of the area of fire.

Gage would probably back Jacob's plan, if he could even hear it. He's groggy enough that his next shot towards the centurions is pretty wide, doing little more than dinging off armor. And then, finally, the air support is here. "ABOUT FRAKKING TIME!" he says/yells.

Once she's caught her breath, Cate is getting up and moving towards the downed marines, firing as she goes. She doesn't hit very well, but nor does she get shot again, so she calls that a win. She's less thrilled seeing Aldrich doing a mad dash across. "Al!" she exclaims in alarm when he gets hit.

Jacob finally gets a solid hit. It makes him stop and stare at the space the Cylon used to occupy before looking slowly down at his rifle. "Gunny? You should complain more often." He offers no other explanation than an extremely dry comment, following the fireworks show with his eyes. He does take the opportunity to get down a bit more into cover and reload his rifle. It was going to be a long evening. But Marx? Looked very well equip to handle it.

It truly is LessTree, but Charlie is Spectre. When the smoke clears, the woman is intact. A little worse for wear in the rubble that once was a tree and definitely on her ass because of the concussive blast, but she's awake, alert, and peeling out of the definitely no-longer-useful armor. Every plate in that vest has been shattered and the cermatic can be heard to be mere rubble as she lets it slide from her shoulders. The arrival of their air support and the explosion of the tank gets a sag of her shoulders in relief and the corporal decides to just take the time to lean back against the various debris around her and catch her breath.

Aldrich gets winged and goes down, just in time for the air wing to /finally/ arrive. But after a tense moment, he scrambles back up. That armor is some good stuff. There's a bit of blood on his uniform and a grim look at his face, but he seems to be fine? Probably?


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