2237-10-16 - Mountain Sweep

The air wing clears out some Raiders in advance of a bombing mission.

Date: 2237-10-16

Location: Over Sag

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation: Watchtower

Scene Number: 1493

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The Virgon RN is planning a bombing raid on Cylon positions in the mountains, but they've asked the Timber Wolves to clear the way for them. The ships are heading down towards the front on an angled course from orbit, Stirling in command. It's intended to be a fairly straightforward air sweep. They're expecting resistance, but not a ton. The mountains make SAMs a risk.

Faye is strapped into a Viper, as per her usual, with her eyes flicking along her gauges. A double check to her tyllium before finally turning them outside the cockpit. Can't hurt to keep an eye out - sensors can always be fooled after all. "Whisper, Bingo, was the briefing for this mission going in high to avoid the AA or low to reduce their chance to lock?"

Calliope pays strict attention to her pre-flight checklists, but she's especially on-guard for strange rattling sounds and slight malfunctions as they operate over Sagittaron. Her ECO is doing occasional system's checks between keeping an eye on the DRADIS. All of her attention is on flying, the pilots in formation around her, and the terrain below.

Back in the saddle, as it were. Astraea's had an Alert Five prior to this, but it passed without anything coming of it. This is her first time back out there since her capture. She flexes her hand on the controls every so often, frowning at the strain in the healing tendons and fresh scars. She's been quiet since they left the Dauntless, only speaking up on comms when necessary. Otherwise, the Scorpian's entire focus seems to be on the task at hand: flying. No, not just flying... flying into battle. Her ECO tried being chatty at first, but her lack of response killed that fairly quickly. It's a quiet Raptor, but one keeping tight in the formation for the time being.

Stirling responds over the radio. "Keeping low's going to be difficult with the uneven terrain, Bingo. We'll try to keep the Raiders high enough to avoid the SAMs if we can." But of course, with them being the hunters and the Cylons the prey, they go where the prey is.

Another mission on Sagittaron, another one that Kell has been slotted to fly though this time it isn't a simple CAP over superior air space. This one involves mountains, mountains that the Libran feels a bit comfortable with, having climbed them at home. He also knows the terrain can contain many hidden surprises, from SAM batteries tucked away to Raiders winding their own way through the valleys and rocks. Razor stays in formation as they descend in altitude, staying quiet while he listens to the squadron's comms.

Mountains are fun, and not a big issue as far as Addison is concerned; particularly since the last time he got to fly through canyons and the like he foudn himself tagging a couple of new prey. At present he's simply floating in formation, shuffling through his music playlists as he so often does while flying.

It doesn't take long before the DRADIS lights up with contacts to the north. An even dozen, with only one heavy among them. "Looks like we found them. Let's go get them, flight," Stirling radios.

Calliope's ECO confirms the call of incoming bandits, and she goes to work. Assuming a covering pattern over the flight and focusing on interference, first and foremost. "Whisper, Soundbite. Copy that. ECM is up and running. Will bring our talons online ASAP."

When the hostiles begin appearing on DRADIS with the ECOs on the Raptors confirming, Kell is already looking in that direction, the glints of metal far in the distance, a distance that will close very quickly with how fast both sides are flying. When the CAG issues orders to engage, there is no hesitation from Razor, even though the enemy outnumbers them. "Razor copies, moving to intercept." Banking his Viper slightly, he angles his fighter towards the approaching Cylons, ready to go with a head-on pass right from the start.

"We made friends." Faye says off the comm, giving a quick glance out the glass toward Irene and Hotshot. A confirmation on her DRADIS, yep. It's alll lining up, what a joy. Well, not really joy-joy, more a matter of of it being what was expected. They were out on the prowl, as Stirling had pointed out, so it's time to let the trap spring. They were the trap right? "Iris, Hotshot, Bingo, same as usual. Keep them off our Raptor, Hotshot."

Addison's Viper begins to have some in-flight mechanical difficulties. "Head back to the ship, Hurricane, we'll cover you," Stirling orders. That leaves Nova and Razor in a wing to themselves.

Iris is there, just doing that raptor driving thing. She's been at odds with her ECO, Wooley, so he's sulking, or she is. Or they both are. Either way, they aren't having fun banter time so it's all quiet save for updates from him and the odd word from her. They only start talking when the raiders pop onto the screen and it's back to business as usual. They've been stuck in the same bus so often they fall into an easy routine. "Looks like they're going for Soundbite." She points out, banking to get an angle on one.

"Copy that, Soundbite," Stirling replies as she maneuvers her Raptor towards the enemy ships, trying to get a missile lock on one of them.

And...Calliope is suddenly Ms. Popular with the Raider clique. "Oh, frak." It's muttered off-comm, though given all the pings of weapon locks she's getting, it's probably implied to the flight at large. She goes hard into evasive maneuvers, as one would.

"Iris, Bingo, you made a friend. I'll go play with them." Faye pulls back on the stick a hair, pulling her above the Raptor and starts setting up for the merge.

There's a moment where Astraea almost hits the comms as Hurricane is sent back to the proverbial barn. She hesitates, however, an just takes a breath. Focus. Must focus. And Lords, there's a swarm of them. But not the usual two-Raider to a Heavy combo. A minor relief, that. The Scorpian takes a breath and steels herself. "Flight, Nova, gonna see if I can get th' big one." There's some shake to her voice, but it straightens out by the end of it. To her ECO? A request to get on suppression and let her know the instant the field changes. She's in battle-mode. For now.

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

Irene attacks Raider4 with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Calliope suppresses Raider11 with Ecm and succeeds.

Calliope tries to suppress Raider4 with Ecm but FAILS.

Calliope suppresses Raider6 with Ecm and succeeds.

Raider5 attacks Stirling with Kew but Stirling EVADES!

Raider6 attacks Calliope with Kew but MISSES!

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

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

Raider11 attacks Calliope with Kew but Calliope EVADES EASILY!

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

Heavy1 attacks Astraea with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Cockpit.

Raider8 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES!

Raider1 attacks Stirling with Kew but Stirling EVADES!

Raider3 attacks Hotshot with Kew but Hotshot EVADES!

Astraea attacks Heavy1 with Talons but MISSES!

Raider4 attacks Calliope with Kew but Calliope EVADES EASILY!

Raider10 attacks Faye with Kew but Faye EVADES EASILY!

Stirling attacks Raider11 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Tail. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Raider9 attacks Hotshot with Kew but Hotshot EVADES!

Raider2 attacks Irene with Kew but MISSES!

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

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

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

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

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

Stirling can't quite get a lock. "Slippery bugger," she mumbles under her breath. Her ECO does manage to take a potshot at one of the ones on Calliope, drawing its attention away from the other Raptor. "Nova, status."

As the Cylons get closer and closer with each passing second, Kell can only pick out one of the numerous Raiders that dot the skies in front of them. The head on pass is quick with a brutal exchange, Razor's twin autocannons spitting out numerous rounds which shred into the fuselage of the bogey he was targeting. The Raider suffers a massive system failure and it spirals down towards the ground in an out of control spin, trailing thick back smoke. Juking his Viper so he doesn't accidentally collide with one of the Cylons, Kell is already banking his fighter around only to see Astraea suffer a hard missile hit. He was about to call out for a status check when he hears the CAG doing so over the comms and he begins chasing the Heavy Raider, wary of the Cylon that is also on his tail.

The tracers from the Raider's kews zip over her canopy as she angles in tighter on the one going after Irene's Raptor. She shoves the rudder in, a put over with the nose and it's a clean shot through the body of the raider - sending it down in a blaze. "Iris, Bingo, you're clear." And then it's a put of the stick to one side as she lets up on the rudder to twist the viper around toward her purser.

She hears the warning bells of the missile lock and Astraea just freezes. She fires off a Talon, but it goes wide. It's that missile lock that gets her. She struggles to breathe for those precious seconds and it's much to her detriment. The missile solidly hits the front of her Raptor. There's a few seconds where her Raptor dips precariously, losing altitude. The running lights are out and there's a lot of smoke trailing from the cockpit. Then, everything comes back on and the radio crackles to life. "Flight, Nova. Still here." Her voice sounds further unsteady, but she has the craft back under control and works on regaining altitude; angling back to pick up on the Raider on Kell's tail.

Everything's going by the numbers for Irene, the missile she launches chases down one of Calliope's pursuers and turns it into a fireball. She then neatly breaks, causing the raider after her to overshoot while Faye chews it to pieces. "Thanks Bingo, Hotshot's drawing raiders. Intercepting." She angles on one heading for her other wingmate, trying to get a clean lock.

Calliope flies and flies and flies for all she's worth. And her Raptor comes out of it, if not exactly unscathed, then at least close enough to it for government work. "Flight, Soundbite. I'm OK! I'm totally OK!" She sounds more manically relieved about it than she might mean to. But, she's very relieved right now. "Thanks for the assists, all around. Engaging bandits." And she takes a more offensive position, now that she has a little more room to move.

Faye attacks Raider10 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Irene attacks Raider9 with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Nose.

Irene's weapon clicks empty.

Raider8 attacks Kell with Kew but MISSES!

Raider6 attacks Calliope with Kew but MISSES!

Kell attacks Heavy1 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Raider3 attacks Hotshot with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Hotshot attacks Raider1 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Nose.

Heavy1 attacks Calliope with Missile but MISSES!

Heavy1's weapon clicks empty.

Raider9 attacks Hotshot with Kew but Hotshot EVADES!

Astraea attacks Raider8 with Talons but MISSES!

Raider11 attacks Stirling with Kew but Stirling EVADES EASILY!

Raider7 attacks Stirling with Kew but Stirling EVADES!

Raider1 attacks Stirling with Kew but Stirling EVADES!

Raider10 attacks Faye with Kew but Faye EVADES!

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

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

Raider10 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Faye)

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

Raider9 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Irene)

Stirling cracks a smile at Calliope's relieved enthusiasm. She fires a missile at one of the Raiders on Calliope's tail. "Soundbite, you're clear." Stirling is the opposite of clear, her evasive maneuvers foiling the efforts of a trio of Raiders. "We're good here, Nova. Pull back if your bird's having issues."

Faye whips the viper back around toward the Raider that's been coming after her. A twist of her ship and she hits the rudder in to jar it quickly downward, avoiding the shots coming in, a rotate out and a bank up and she lays in with the kews. A quick burst and the raider soaks it right into the body where it gouts out flame on the opposite side. "Aaand that's another." Faye mutters off the comm as she turns about to look for another target.

Cutting through the furball, Kell increases the thrust of his Viper as he wants to get even closer to the Heavy Raider that is chasing after Calliope's Raptor now. There is a sense of urgency in Razor's movements, as if he wants to land a hit on the Cylon before it could launch its second missile. With the larger craft filling his targeting reticule, he presses down hard on the trigger stub, as if that would cause his autocannon rounds to inflict more damage. Apparently, it works, or most likely just pure coincidence but just as the Heavy Raider was about to launch its missile, Kell's shots pound into his fuselage, punching through that heavy armor plating and into the soft innards. The Cylon blows one of its engines and loses altitude along with power, fire and smoke shows that it is beyond recovering. "Soundbite, Razor, Heavy is off your tail. You're clear."

"Frak." That's not on the comms and good thing, too, as it's followed by a series more. Astraea's ECO is probably trying to get her to peel off, but she won't yet. That's admitting defeat. Even so, she's missed yet another volley with the Talons. The Raider on Kell is still clean and clear. Nova takes a deep breath, grasping tighter at the controls as she works to close the distance between herself and the Cylon craft; intent on taking it own.

Irene puts a missile right into a raider's face and it promptly explodes. That gives Hotshot the wiggle room to deal with the second bandit and they do. Faye downs another and Irene puts the raptor into a victory roll and comes around to rejoin the vipers. "Nice work." She says mostly to herself, before glancing back at Wooley, but before she can say anything he's already climbing into the tail and readying the gun. Routine! She looks for a target.

"Razor, Soundbite. I owe you a...whatever you want me to buy you, the next time we get any shore leave." Calliope does a few more mid-air corrections, trying to create a clear path for her talons.

Calliope attacks Raider11 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Irene attacks Raider3 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Wing.

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

Raider8 attacks Kell with Kew but Kell EVADES!

Hotshot attacks Raider3 with Kew and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Body.

Raider3 attacks Hotshot with Kew but Hotshot EVADES EASILY!

Raider11 attacks Stirling with Kew but Stirling EVADES!

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

Raider7 attacks Stirling with Kew but Stirling EVADES EASILY!

Stirling attacks Raider7 with Missile and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Stirling's weapon clicks empty.

Astraea attacks Raider8 with Talons and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Weapon. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Raider8 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Kell, Astraea)

Stirling dodges some more, getting clear just long enough to launch her second missile at one of the remaining Raiders. It explodes. "Nice work, flight, let's clear out the rest of them." Stirling pulls back a bit so her ECO can provide jamming support.

With the bogeys dropping like fies, Kell is searching for the next one when he glances over his shoulders to see that the Raider that has been chasing him is still there and getting awfully close. So instead of breaking right or left, he pulls back on his flightstick just a touch, sending his Viper into a slight climb but his other hand quickly pulls back hard on the thrust lever, cutting his speed. With Astraea's distracting shots peppering the Cylon, it overshoots Razor's craft, setting itself up right in the Viper's sights. All it took was pressing down on the trigger stub and the Raider is shredded by multiple autocannon rounds, "Razor, Nova, thanks for the assist."

Faye gives a bank around toward the Raider she had chosen next. A swoop down and a burst of her kews into the Raider but it's only superficial to the damn cylon ship. She lets out a groan of anguish, how was that damn thing still alive! Time for another pass.

Frustration and dedication win the day. Sort of. Astraea's talon may not hit hard, but it hits all the same. That's the important thing. It allows her to breathe a little easier. To feel like she is back in the fight, as it were. There's still some struggle with maneuvering her bird, but she's kept it in the air and hasn't lagged behind the rest of the pack. Yet. She's quiet on comms for a few beats before coming back with: "Razor, Nova... Anytime."

Wooley keeps Iris up to date, mainly by cursing. Not good news then. The raider tangling with Hotshot is still in the game so she tries to keep a window open for him to keep pinging it with the tailguns.

Calliope keeps on firing as the field of Raiders thins, focusing on Stirling's tale. She doesn't allow herself any relief yet. There are still toasters in the air.

Stirling suppresses Raider11 with Ecm and succeeds.

Stirling suppresses Raider3 with Ecm and succeeds.

Calliope attacks Raider11 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Kell attacks Raider11 with Kew and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

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

Raider3 attacks Hotshot with Kew but MISSES!

Astraea attacks Raider11 with Talons and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

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

Raider11 attacks Stirling with Kew but MISSES!

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

Raider11 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Calliope, Kell, Astraea)

Raider3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Hotshot, Irene, Faye)

Faye lays into the Raider, but it looks like all of them are hitting pretty hard. She's pretty sure it's not nearly so bad as that other Raider is feeling it though and with a bank she pulls up and off away from her target. "Iris, Bingo, looks like that's all of them. Man! Can I get a couple missiles on my Viper? Because you just ripped those Raiders apart with those things."

Stirling dodges once more, her ECO flipping switches on the ECM console. "That's the last of them. Good work everyone. We're in a holding pattern until the bombing raid concludes." In case any more Raiders turn up. "I've radioed the Virgon flight and they're on their way. Nova, head back up to the ship."

With the last bandits cleared from the skies, Kell releases a sigh of relief and when the orders come in to maintain a holding pattern, he is already putting his Viper into a climb to gain altitude. "Razor copies, moving to overwatch position."

"Maybe if you're good, Bingo." Irene answers after the combined fire of her raptor and her two viper wingmates finally tear through the last raider's armor plating and send it to the ground in the most explodey way possible. "Aye sir, Iris is holding." She'll go on to acknowledge, bringing the raptor into formation.

Maybe it's luck. Honestly, at this point, it probably is luck. Astraea's Talon hits the Raider along with Soundbite's and Razor's auto-cannons. It'd be a good hit on its own, but along with theirs? Means the Cylon ship is utterly destroyed. The Scorpian is breathing heavily, fighting past her own fears and the pain building up in her hand. Even so, when ordered to return, she almost -- almost -- argues it. Her jaw tightens and she cuts back on her thrusters, adjusting trajectory. "Nova copies," she offers into the radio. And then she's heading back for the Dauntless.

Calliope joins in the rain of death on that Raider, with Astraea and Kell. It does the job. "Whisper, Soundbite. Copy that." Her ECO will continue to monitor their airspace as she moves her Raptor back to the barn.

The other ships hang out for awhile, seeing the Virgon RN ships head across the imaginary line that is "the front" to deliver their bombs. There's a satisfying plume of smoke from the target, and then Stirling reports. "Mission accomplished. Let's head back."

There's a wiggle of her wings toward Iris' Raptor as she gives a look around to find Hotshot and ensure he looks alright. Yep. Looks like their three flight is looking fine. "Bingo copies. Our flight's clean." She drifts back down and takes up a spot off of Irene's right wing as she starts to hum something to herself.


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