2237-11-03 - Incoming

The marines take heavy fire while defending a Tyllium mine.

Date: 2237-11-03

Location: Sadah Province

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation: Watchtower

Scene Number: 1534

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The ship may be abuzz over the results of the dueling inquiries, but down on Sagittaron, the war marches on. We join our battle already in progress. It's the middle of the night. Two squads of CF marines had been guarding one of the Tylium mines in the contested zone when the Cylons attacked. They've set up defensive positions around one of the mining outbuildings. There's plenty of cover behind rocks, big mining vehicles (bulldozers and the like) and some small storage sheds.

Their squad, under the command of Sgt Allen, repelled the initial wave of the attack over here. East, across the mine, the crackle of gunfire can still be heard as the other squad battles the second prog. "Bravo Team, report," Allen can be heard calling breathlessly over the inter-squad radio. Pvt Gordon was killed during the first wave, and Martinez injured. As Allen tries to ascertain the status of the second squad, the whistle of artillery rounds can be heard. "INCOMING!" someone shouts, and then the explosions begin to light up the night.

Coming over a hill to the south, they can see more Centurions, their red eyes marking their positions and the moonlight glinting off their chrome.

Lyn is hunkered down behind one of the rocks, reloading her rifle with a grimace as she listens to Allen's words on the comm. She's momentarily thankful that Al isn't on this mission. He's been a bit off his game since the VRM incident. At the call of incoming, she settles back into position and levels her rifle at the next wave of chrome.

As usual, Gage's preference is for night missions on Sagittaron to avoid the worst of the heat. That puts him in his best mood -- although that doesn't last for long when the cylons hit them. He's furiously chewing gum, expressing his normal satisfaction when the last of the initial attackers is down. He uses the brief respite to reload his rifle, snapping to when he hears the familiar whistle of artillery rounds, ducking behind cover. A quick glance of the incoming centurions has him reflexively touching his vest, counting out his grenades and other implements to take a mental update of what he has left.

She still aches sometimes. Charlie's been cleared for full duty for a couple weeks now, just about, but she still aches sometimes. That sore sensation deep in her abdomen, where her body still isn't quite up to par. It made her -- initially -- relieved to just be on guard duty. Then the shit hit the fan. When the Centurions coming over the hill are noted, she swears under her breath. In Scorpian. Because of course Evan would have made sure she learned that in her lessons. There's rapid work to check over her rifle, reload it, and she moves towards one of the massive vehicles, clambering up towards its cage to get a better position as she starts trying to line up a shot on the lead cylons in the approaching wave.

Nicole is holed up in one of the houses, she checks her rifle again, pulling out the magazine and giving the rounds a quick glance. The magazine is slammed back into place, a check to make sure a round is in the chamber and then a slow breath. With the call she looks up and over the edge of the window and then the shelling starts. "Frak." She frowns. "Well, only easy day was yesterday."

"You know what that sound means, Tomak?" Abigail, tucked down not far from Gage, pushed up against one of the buildings, in the midst of reloading, glances up at her fellow engineer, "Plenty of explosives for us to steal." because that's how this dynamic duo rolls, apparently. Possibly. At any rate, the blonde, having reloaded her smg, moves forward to try to get something approximating a better angle to see what's coming in from where.

Tavo knows incoming, and he knows how to deal with it. He draws back from the corner of the big bulldozer he was sheltering behind previously and wriggles his way between the tracks, leading with his SAW so that he can find a firing position with cover overhead. "If there is still firing, they're still fighting," that's Tavo's advice to Sergeant Allen. "And with this arty, we can't maneuver to support." Getting his SAW's bipod settled in again, he sights on the crest of the hill, "Contact!"

As is typical of Noah on an actual op, he's been pretty quiet, even after things took a turn for combat. That's still true when the shelling begins, but it produces more of a response than most things: there's very little in war as terrifying (to him, at least) as the sound of artillery fire. He's down on the ground now, and as the strikes land he shifts to use as much of the cover as is humanly possible without getting too close to the vehicles that might be targets, helmeted head practically pressed down into the dirt, hissing profanity that no one else will be able to hear. The moment that ends, he's back to sighting along his rifle, teeth gritted.

The right side of Akeso's face is a bit swollen still, and her eye on that side twitchy lidded but considering she was shot in the head not long ago - she looks pretty good! The worst of it must be tucked under her helmet. Knowing her, she ought to be in bed still but here she is, getting shelled and fighting Cylons. Good times. She's at the shed, changing out her magazine in the brief lull, probably wishing she'd stayed back to read Pinned Down or one of her Leonese romances. When she's ready to roll again, she slides her back up the wall and lifts a hand to the others nearby. Then? Peep around the corner. More cylons. She mutters something to herself.

With the first Cylon attack repulsed, Aleksander ejects the almost spent magazine from his assault rifle before grabbing a new one tucked away in one of the pouches that are clipped to his belt. Smacking it against his helmet first, he makes sure any sand is shaken out to prevent jamming before he jams it into his weapon. Davion was about to pull out his pack of smokes, assuming that they are going to get a much neede reprieve when the call of 'Contact!' is called out along with 'Incoming!'. With a curse in Tauran, he presses himself against the wall of the building he was next and goes down to one knee, his free arm covering his face as he waits for the artillery shells to land around them.

Cate was struggling to stay awake when they were on guard duty, but that's not really a problem right now. "You're good to go," she tells Martinez, finishing off tying a field dressing around the marine's arm. Then the whistling can be heard. She grabs her rifle and hunkers down as much as possible behind the giant wheel of a giant mining bulldozer that she and Martinez had been using for cover.

Allen nods to Gustavo, "They've got it handled for now, sounds like. Take cover!" he yells, needlessly, as the artillery begins to fall.

Lyn curls up and covers her head with her arms at the order from Allen. She can hear the whistle of the artillery heading their way. She can only hope that she's still alive when the dust settles.

Nicole passes.

Artillery2 uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery2 attacks Allen with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Artillery2 attacks Allen with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Artillery2 attacks Allen with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery2 attacks Allen with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery2 attacks Gage with Frag Grenade but Gage EVADES!

Artillery2 attacks Gage with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Gage with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Nicole with Frag Grenade but Nicole EVADES!

Artillery2 attacks Nicole with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Nicole with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Nicole with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Martinez passes.

Artillery uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery attacks Abigail with Frag Grenade but hits the COVER they're behind.

Artillery attacks Abigail with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

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

Artillery attacks Abigail with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

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

Artillery attacks Akeso with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

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

Artillery attacks Aleksander with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Artillery attacks Aleksander with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.

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

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

Allen passes.

Artillery3 uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery3 attacks Cate with Frag Grenade but Cate EVADES!

Artillery3 attacks Charlie with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Artillery3 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Leg.

Artillery3 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Leg.

Artillery3 attacks Gustavo with Frag Grenade(Concussion) and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery3 attacks Gustavo with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Leg.

Artillery4 uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery4 attacks Lyn with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Artillery4 attacks Lyn with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery4 attacks Lyn with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Artillery4 attacks Martinez with Frag Grenade(Concussion) and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm.

Artillery4 attacks Martinez with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Artillery4 attacks Martinez with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Leg.

Artillery4 attacks Martinez with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery4 attacks Martinez with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Artillery4 attacks Noah with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Artillery4 attacks Noah with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Martinez has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Artillery4)

Gage gives a grunt by way of response to Abigail as he leans into the wall at the edge of the shed. "Aint much use if they've already exploded it," he grumbles under his breath, rifle lifted in a defensive posture, but the centurions are too far to hit yet, so instead he moves on to find better cover, taking note of Akeso's position as he ducks in, <<Try and keep that helmet on this time, Ma,>> is thrown out in quick Tauran. And then the artillery comes in. Some of it lands nearby, throwing shrapnel up -- striking his right arm which he quickly throws up to protect his face. His arm is bleeding, but he still has full use of it, despite a brief grimace.

Abigail flashes a grin in Gage's direction, "Where there's one artillery shell, there's a stockpile. These cylons never do anything by half measure. She scoots forward, attempting to keep her body as close to the wall of the building they're against as she can. It mostly works, I mean, she doesn't take shrapnel to the head, but her est is soon peppered, which draws a curse from the woman.

Charlie attacks Cent8 with Sniper Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Nicole attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but Cent4 EVADES EASILY!

Allen passes.

Artillery2 uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery2 attacks Gustavo with Frag Grenade(Concussion) and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg.

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Artillery2 attacks Noah with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Abigail fires a burst!

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen.

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

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Artillery uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery attacks Gage with Frag Grenade but Gage EVADES!

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

Artillery attacks Abigail with Frag Grenade(Concussion) and HITS! Impaired wound to Head.

Artillery attacks Abigail with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Artillery attacks Aleksander with Frag Grenade but hits the COVER they're behind.

Artillery attacks Aleksander with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cent8 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Charlie)

Lyn feels shrapnel smack off her helmet, but her bell doesn't get rung. She coughs away the dust from the shelling and pops back up, leveling her rifle over the rock she's behind, to fire at one of the Centurions marching in.

Somehow, in the shelling, a very prone Noah winds up...not prone? Or rolled onto his side, or something? He isn't sure how that happened, exactly, but given the amount of shrapnel ripping through the air in his vicinity things are a little bit hectic. The ultimate and very baffling result is that he takes a chest wound while he's lying down on the ground on his stomach.
Look. Just go with it.
It's nowhere near as bad as the time he was shot in the chest, though, so it barely rates a mention. He's extremely focused on dealing with the centurions so that they have a hope in hell of getting rid of that artillery. Or -- this idea is novel -- maybe there'll be air support? For once?

Tavo knows he took a risk sheltering under the bulldozer, the opposite risk that Noah took. The concussion of the paired near-missed rattling him against the bottom of the bulldozer and shaking him up quite unpleasantly. And there's a tug at his left leg as a ricocheting piece of shrapnel finds its way under the vehicle. It takes him a moment to square up his SAW again, working his jaw to try and clear his ears from the sudden overpressure.

The amount of cover Charlie can take is limited in the cab of the machinery, but at least the cage helps to provide some cover. Unfortunately, she was already in a shooting position; leaving her legs outside of ample cover. The sniper hisses as shrapnel rips through her BDUs on her left leg. In answer, she fires back to that leading cylon she'd been tracking. Payback is (for them) a bitch as the round from her rifle tears a hole through the Centurion's torso, causing it to spark and shudder before falling over.

The cover did not help Aleksander in this case as one of the mortar shells landed behind him but luckily, not on top of him. The spray of shrapnel does pepper the Tauran and a few jagged pieces cuts through the flak vest, cutting into the side of his midsection and another slashes across his right thigh. "Frak!" This time the curse is in their standard colonial language as a hand reaches down to his side, out of reflex just to check the damage. The thigh wound he can see, something superficial in his eyes. Then a second round of artillery rains down again, Davion a bit slow in moving to fight the inbound Centurions. With the second mortar exploding not too far, the wall he took cover against soaks the damage this time while another cuts at his armor and that's about it. Raising his rifle, Aleksander takes aim at the inbound toasters, finally returning fire.

Abigail manages to get her smg up, she even manages to get off a shot...but not a good one, as the second artillery shell headed in her direction explodes nearly on top of her, the force of the blast throwing her back into the building hard enough to slap her head, still in helmet, for all the good it does, into the wall and set her ears to ringing. The other sounds of battle are a muffled din compared to the noise in her head as she attempts to continue to return fire on her original target.

In a moment of near panic, Nicole raises her arms up and covers her head, the shrapnel rains down from the skies and it cuts her arms up some. Thankfully the brunt of it was taken by the building around her. She lets out a breath, rapid for a moment before she slow it down and looks out the window. There! There they are. She closes her eyes, finding her balance, before raising the rifle from a kneeling position. She takes aim, fires, but her nerves are still rattled. She waits for a moment and lines up for another shot. "Gods, get me through this one. We'll worry about the next fight later."

Cate ducks down when the first round of shells fall. The tire takes the brunt of the blast, but Martinez goes down. "Shit - Martinez. Hang on I'm..." She shifts out a bit to go help him, but another shell lands near them, peppering both with shrapnel. Martinez has the worst of it, but Cate is knocked flat. She pushes up off the ground, ears ringing, and tries to pull Martinez into cover so she can work on him. Her eyes scan the others to look for anyone else down.

Akeso catches a bit of shrapnel, but avoids the worst of the shelling by some small miracle and by, well, shed. There's a tight almost smile for Gage at his comment, but if tonight shapes up like the last, her helmet won't be coming off voluntarily. She gives it a moment, perhaps waiting to hear for shouts for her services, and hearing none and seeing nobody layed out, she swings her rifle around the corner and looks for a big red eye to fire at.

The sound is still ringing in Gage's ears, which is probably why he raises his voice louder than he needs to: "Frak. I hope to Gods you're wrong, Walker, or they can just sit there and shell us 'till we're grit." He glances left to see Abigail slam into the wall, scowling. <<Ma, she needs-->> but the words don't finish except with a snap of teeth. He can see Abigail firing back, and that's a sure sign as any marine needs that they're functioning enough not to need a medic. Instead, he lifts his own rifle and begins firing back.

Allen passes.

Nicole attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Head.

Cent7 attacks Noah with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Noah fires a burst!

Noah attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Noah attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Noah attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Lyn fires a burst!

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

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

Lyn attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap but Cent5 EVADES!

Charlie attacks Cent7 with Sniper Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Aleksander fires a burst!

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

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

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

Cent6 attacks Lyn with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Impaired wound to Abdomen.

Cent3 attacks Akeso with Lmg+Bipod but Akeso EVADES!

Gustavo fires full-auto!

Gustavo attacks Cent5 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gustavo attacks Cent5 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gustavo attacks Cent5 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Cent6 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Cent6 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but Cent6 EVADES!

Gustavo attacks Cent6 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

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

Akeso fires a burst!

Akeso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Akeso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

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

Artillery uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery attacks Akeso with Frag Grenade but hits the COVER they're behind.

Artillery attacks Allen with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Artillery attacks Allen with Shrapnel and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery attacks Allen with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Artillery attacks Allen with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Artillery attacks Allen with Shrapnel and HITS! Impaired wound to Right Leg.

Artillery attacks Nicole with Frag Grenade but Nicole EVADES!

Cent5 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but Cate EVADES!

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head.

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

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

Cent2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod but Aleksander EVADES!

Abigail fires a burst!

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Smg+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Smg+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Artillery2 uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Frag Grenade but Charlie EVADES!

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Leg.

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Artillery2 attacks Lyn with Frag Grenade(Concussion) and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

Artillery2 attacks Lyn with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Lyn with Shrapnel and HITS! Impaired wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery2 attacks Lyn with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Artillery2 attacks Gustavo with Frag Grenade but Gustavo EVADES!

Artillery2 attacks Gustavo with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Allen has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Artillery)

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

"We're taking a beating out here from that artillery." Sgt Allen is on the radio to command. "Request air support. I don't care who the frak you send - just get us some damn air..." Allen never gets to finish his request, as an artillery shell goes off nearby and a piece of shrapnel tears through his face, killing him instantly.
Clearly, this trying to shoot straight while you can barely see straight is not the business. You know what is the business? Still having enough of your faculties to throw a grenade and hopefully hit something vital. Larger area, better chance of actually hitting something. Either way, something is getting mangled horribly today, let's hope it's not Abigail.

The next crack of Charlie's rifle heralds... not much, sadly. The shot glances off the Centurion's torso, but doesn't slow it down. She's reloading when artillery fire lands on the cage of the vehicle she's in, peppering her with more slagged shrapnel. She swears, a lot, but grits her way through it to line up another shot.

A bullet kicks up dust next to them as Cate pulls Martinez behind a tire. She works to get him patched up as best she can quickly, then it's back to the fight. "Lyn! Noah! You guys okay?" she yells over to them. She brings up her SMG to fire back.

Lyn had such a long and glorious lucky streak going with not getting badly injured. Heck, even her injury when she was a POW was from the raptor blowing up, not the enemy. That streak ends now, in fire and not so much glory. She pings a few scratches into the armor of the Centurion she was targeting, then another of the damned things blows a hole in her stomach. She gets a hand over the hole just in time for another artillery shell to hit nearby, sending shrapnel slamming into her chest and side in too many places for her to really be able to plug on her own. She slides down, back to the rock, and rasps out, "Medic..." over the comm.

Clearly, Gage is upset about all this artillery going to waste, when he could be stowing it away for later use. His first shot rips right through the centurion's head, probably making the rest of the bullets that zing through the thing's chest and arm rather superfluous. He gives a grunt of satisfaction as it collapses to the ground, glancing quickly at his fellows as more artillery slams in nearby, "You good, Walker?" he calls, even as he shifts his attention to one of the centurions firing on their medic.

Nicole squeezes the trigger, but she lined up a little too fast as the shot pings and richocettes off the Centurion she was aiming at only living a dent to the head. She pulls herself back down and in just before the artillery shell went off and blasted into the wall, kicking up dust into the air. She takes a breath, deep breath, and coughs from the dust. Just... Just relax. Breathe it out, and she pops up to try and line up another shot on the Centurion.

Motion outside of cover draws Tavo's attention, and he grumbles a curse in Scorpian under his breath, as he spots the medic part-way out of cover to get Martinez. His SAW hammers into his shoulder, spitting lead and tracers up toward the Centurions cresting the hill. "Covering fire!" His rounds mostly spark against armor, and another shell strikes near his cover. He ducks low to avoid being bounced into the 'dozer by the concussion, but a piece of shrapnel flies neatly under the machinery and slices his right forearm, drawing a hiss of pain from the man.

Almost as soon as Akeso pokes her head out around the corner, one of the Cylons fires a burst that walks across the wall, punching out chunks with each hit. She ducks back just in time, bullets buzzing by her nose and after a breath, tries again. This time she has enough of an opening to snap off a couple shots at another toaster before the whistle of incoming shell prompts her to tuck down behind cover again. Another near miss for the medic. She takes the moment as the dust and smoke clears to see how everyone is doing. No screaming, that's a good sign. She creeps to the corner again, this time staying low.

On the matter of getting mangled horribly today: Noah. The whistling of shells is near-constant, and there's no point in cringing at every last shrieking volley. Eventually fear plateaus into something shocked and numb. So he's firing, trying his best to ignore the constant threat of sudden death, when his luck wanes and a twisted jag of metal knifes its way through his vest and lodges in his ribcage. His ears are still ringing as he rolls over and uses the boot of the opposite side to push himself as much behind the rocks as he's able, reaching down with a hand that finds sharp edges and the hot slick of blood. "Well," he answers Cate, voice tight, "I'm not dead."
In Marine-speak: no, not really.

With mortar shells raining down all around them, it is harder for Aleksander to focus on the advancing Cylons as his aim is pretty accurate, the first bullet punching into the Centurion's midsection but the rest just glances off the armor plating. His usual plan would be to chuck a grenade at the toasters but with enemy artillery still zero'd in on them, he doesn't risk going into the open to toss one. He does pull back into cover, eyes looking over at the friendlies near him, only to see the Sergeant take a large piece of jagged shrapnel right to the face. Davion knew the man was yelling for air support but with the message cut off, he is afraid that the request was not made. So pulling out of cover, he fires off another burst from his assault rifle at the Centurions before he sprints to where the downed Sergeant is, to look for that radio linked to command.

Charlie attacks Cent7 with Sniper Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

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

Cent7 attacks Noah with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander fires a burst!

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

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

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent7 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Cate attacks Cent7 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Cate attacks Cent7 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Gage fires a burst!

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

Gage attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Cent1 attacks Abigail with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent3 attacks Akeso with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Nicole attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but Cent4 EVADES!

Artillery uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery attacks Abigail with Frag Grenade but Abigail EVADES!

Artillery attacks Abigail with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Artillery attacks Abigail with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Artillery attacks Akeso with Frag Grenade but Akeso EVADES!

Artillery attacks Nicole with Frag Grenade but Nicole EVADES!

Artillery attacks Nicole with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Artillery attacks Nicole with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

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

Cent6 attacks Lyn with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Akeso fires a burst!

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

Akeso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but Cent4 EVADES!

Akeso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Lyn passes.

Abigail uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Right Leg.

Abigail attacks Cent3 with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Abigail attacks Cent3 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Abigail attacks Cent3 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Abigail attacks Cent3 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Abigail attacks Cent4 with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

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

Abigail attacks Cent4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Abigail attacks Cent4 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gustavo fires full-auto!

Gustavo attacks Cent5 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gustavo attacks Cent5 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gustavo attacks Cent5 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Gustavo attacks Cent6 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gustavo attacks Cent6 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Cent6 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent5 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

Artillery2 uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery2 attacks Gustavo with Frag Grenade but Gustavo EVADES!

Artillery2 attacks Gustavo with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery2 attacks Gustavo with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Artillery2 attacks Gustavo with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Frag Grenade but Charlie EVADES!

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Frag Grenade but hits the COVER they're behind.

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Noah passes.

Abigail has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Cent1, Artillery)

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

Cent5 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Gustavo)

Noah has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Cent7)

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

Lyn leans around the rock she's behind to try and see how close the enemy is getting to her position, and another shot scrapes up her clavicle. "Pinned down here!" she shouts.

The machinery is getting dangerous. Charlie ends up covered in more shrapnel- once again most of it across her legs. The sniper works on backing out of the cage, keeping her aim and tracking the cylon that's been headed their way. Particularly a downed member. It puts her in the open, but should serve to get her a cleaner shot.

Another shot down range that Nicole pulls back from a bit early, shooting wide once more as the next round of artillery rains down. She huddles down as the explosion rattles all sorts of shrapnel and building materials across her armor. "Just breath, Nicole." She closes her eyes again, flips the switch to burst and pops up again over the window to send some bullets down range. "Just /die/ already!"

Well, that didn't work either. But Walker isn't about to stay where she is, not when another shell and the cylon she's been taking pot shots at nearly knock her down for the count. She begins to pull back, to try to move back out of the line of fire. She'll still fire, of course, as she retreats, but she's not hopeful. Back to the smg it is. That's probably not hopeful either.

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

Cate fires a burst, which doesn't do too much, and hears Lyn's call for a medic. "Hang on, I'll get to you!" Is she yelling at Noah or Lyn? Or both? It's not entirely clear. She starts to do so, but another artillery shell knocking her down and a bullet pinging off the truck cause her to hesitate. "Delgado - cover me!" Hoping he can at least keep the robot head down of the one shooting at her, she dashes across toward Lyn.

This time, there's explosions coming from their end, and combined with a tight pattern of shots that rip through the centurion's head and chest, Gage is looking positively thrilled despite the fact they're still pretty well frakked. "Things are looking up," he's grinning, as he shifts his arm to another of the centurions approaching them. The nearby shelling has him glancing over to check on Abigail, but she's still firing back, so he takes that as a sign she's good. "Need to get these frakkers down, give us some breathing space to get away from this frakking artillery!"

With the Centurions shooting at other targets and mortars landing further away, Aleksander is able to make it to where the Sergeant is without getting shot or blown up. He still does the obligated check for vital signs on Allen but it's obvious he's gone. With a shake of his head, the Tauran quickly picks up the radio and begins to do what their squad leader was doing. Issuing the appropriate tags to identify their squad and command, Davion quickly follows with the same sense of urgency, "We need either long range artillery support if in range or immediate air support! Enemy artillery pieces are..." There is a pause before Aleksander tries to look out into the darkness, trying to catch where the mortars are firing from.

The Sagittaran medic is persistent, or crazy, both maybe. She swings her rifle out from her hip and fires, trying again to down one of the two marching toward the buildings. This time she cracks it in the face, but it keeps marching and a shot to the armor drives her back. It's actually lucky, given that corner turns into a lethal thunderclap of light and shrapnel a split second later. It nearly sucks the air out of her lungs, but with a blink and a cough, she stands up and tries again. A for effort.

<FS3> Aleksander rolls Alertness+3: Good Success (8 7 6 5 5 4 3 2 2 2 1)

Pulling that metal jag out of himself is a really bad idea. Everybody with a fundamental grasp of medicine knows that: you don't pull things out of yourself. It's a good way to bleed to death. Even if he wanted to, Noah's not sure he could; it's slippery now, as much lodged in his vest as himself. So: it has to stay. And in the meantime?
He takes as deep a breath as he dares, given circumstances, and shifts over onto his side, wounded side up. There's still a fight, and if he just waits for treatment while the Cylons roll over his squadmates, there won't be any treatment coming. So: there's a tremor in his grasp on the rifle, but he's on the ground, and he uses that to his advantage as he refocuses to add his fire to theirs again.

Lyn grimaces at Cate. "Stay there! It's too hot here! Wait for them to take the big guns down!" she shouts to her friend. But will Cate listen? Probably not.

Tavo's scything sweep of fire drops one of the Centurions he's been firing on, but another shell lands close enough to his cover to rattle him and send shrapnel punching into his armored vest -- and cutting along his left shoulder. Since they seem to have bracketed him, he scrabbles out from under the bulldozer and starts to race across the intervening distance between himself and Noah's cover. As he does, he swings up his SAW in both arms, cutting loose with a wide-ranging spray of fire at the approaching Cylons in answer to Cate's request. It's a classic roadie run, down low and zig-zagging, but still moving as quickly as possible with a heavy combat load. "Westlake, you better not be getting yourself killed."

Cate tends to Lyn and treats their worst wound successfully.

Nicole fires a burst!

Nicole attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Nicole attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Nicole attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but Cent4 EVADES!

Artillery uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery attacks Abigail with Frag Grenade(Concussion) and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head.

Artillery attacks Abigail with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Leg.

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

Artillery attacks Akeso with Frag Grenade but Akeso EVADES!

Artillery attacks Nicole with Frag Grenade but hits the COVER they're behind.

Artillery attacks Nicole with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Artillery attacks Nicole with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Leg.

Artillery attacks Nicole with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Artillery attacks Nicole with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Leg.

Abigail fires a burst!

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Abigail attacks Cent1 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Charlie attacks Cent7 with Sniper Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

Gustavo tries to suppress Cent6 with Lmg+Ap but FAILS.

Gustavo suppresses Cent7 with Lmg+Ap and succeeds.

Akeso fires a burst!

Akeso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Akeso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Right Leg.

Akeso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but Cent4 EVADES!

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

Gage attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Gage attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

Aleksander passes.

Noah attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent4 attacks Akeso with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Leg.

Cent7 fires full-auto!

Cent7 attacks Gustavo with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Cent7 attacks Charlie with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent7 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Lyn passes.

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

Artillery2 uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery2 attacks Gustavo with Frag Grenade(Concussion) and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Frag Grenade but Cate EVADES!

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent6 attacks Lyn with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Abigail has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Artillery)

Cent7 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Charlie)

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

Does Cate ever listen? Despite Lyn's urging, she makes a mad dash across the open space between her and Lyn's position, hunkered down. The last couple feet are more of a stumble than a dash, as another explosion carries her forward and pelts her with shrapnel and dust and rocks. She's breathing hard when she crouches next to Lyn, just in time to see her friend hit again. "Motherfrakkers," she hisses, getting out a field dressing. "Delgado! We're pinned down here!" Not that that ever stops Cate, but she can hope that Gustavo can do something about it.

Lyn takes another shot right in the chest from the relentless Cylon who seems to really want her dead. She grunts and uses her other hand to try and plug that hole while Cate is working on the rest. "This is bad," she rasps. "Where the hell is air support?"

Abigail just can't seem to get clear, and her shots are completely ineffective. And another blast from the artillery doesn't help, as she once again finds herself being slammed up against the wall, shrapnel shredding the right side of her helmet and peppering her face. She simply continues to move, this time forgoing the firing back, as she tries to patch herself up the best that she can.

Noah's usually easy baritone sounds rough even over the com, but there's nevertheless a shine of gallows humor in it after the scraping note of a laugh he answers Gustavo with. "Negative Staff; that would be the toasters." Getting him killed. Obviously.
He only manages to graze his target, shot wide enough to nick its arm, but given the shape he's in he's just happy to land any of his shots at all. For as long as he's stuck there and the Cylons are advancing -- and for as long as he's able to focus through the pain -- he'll keep firing.

"Where the hell is our air support?" Charlie didn't realize the request got cut off early. "Are they frakkin' abandoning us to this shit again?!" Last time it was a tank. Now it's artillery. And too far away to go after with any of their own explosives. She just continues cutting across the hard packed earth towards the rocks and those that have been shot to shit already to help provide cover.

This time, Gage's shot is not as on point -- managing only to zing a bullet off the incoming centurion's arm. He snaps his teeth, chewing the gum harder as if in distraction. As more artillery fire lands in their vicinity, he reflexively ducks his head, though none of it lands near him. He scowls as he spots Abigail tending her own wounds, growling something briefly to Ma, <<She's as stubborn as a frakking Tauron.>> It does not sound like a compliment.

Nicole gives a sigh as her shots miss the mark again, but she sees the Centurion start to aim toward Akeso. Oh like hell. She pulls the rifle in tight to her shoulder and squeezes the trigger, trying to shoot in a way as to make the Cylon easier for the others to gun down.

Delgado is nearly tumbled by another round landing not far off, and a Cylon round tugs at his left triceps, just barely splitting his skin there. He stumbles down behind Noah's cover, dropping down to a knee and peeking up over it again. "Good, then that should be settled. We deal with the Toasters, we stop them trying to kill you. Get Rhodes over here next." The call from Cate causes him to frown, and then he draws in a breath, smiling broadly, "Rank hath its privileges. I'm gonna do something stupid, Westlake. Cover me." Clicking the intra-squad comms, he notes, "Spoiled Marines, waiting for air cover. I'm going to hit the crest of the hill, see if I can spot the mortars. Give me some covering fire." And then he's up again, ducking out from behind the cover and roadie-running forward, directly into the teeth of the remaining Cylons, toward the hill they walked up and over.

Aleksander gets a response from the radio. "Copy that, Alpha-Two-Niner. We've contacted Virgon forces, who are the closest to your position, but they're delayed. Stand by." Ever so helpful. Do they at least get some elevator music while they're waiting?

Having gotten as far back as she can at the wall, and still finding no relief from the shelling, Abigail simply settles in, turning to face the centurions once again, a hand briefly reaching into her blouse, pulling out her tags, hers and another set. A brief moment to listen to the sound of them jangling, before she brings her rifle back up to fire.

"You'll be fine," Cate tells Lyn confidently, getting some bandages in place over the worst of it. "Al will kill us both if not. Hang tight." Because now she's off to Noah, laying down some random covering fire as she goes, in response to Gustavo's request.

Gage grunts. "Aint waiting for air support, none. Killing some frakking toasters, Delgado." And as he sees Gustavo break cover, adds, <<Frakking idiot,>> with some heat. He did the same, once -- but facing a single cylon, no artillery. He's crazy, not that crazy.

"Stay down, Walker. Quit trying to run for the hills." Akeso shouts after a quick peek around the corner. Her nemesis is still out there, and the artillery has been steady, so she looks to Gage who's much closer, <<She hit bad? I'm coming over>>. Barring her own death or dismemberment. Seeing Abigail still moving and shooting she holds off on running across the open ground to try once more to pop that canner who refuses to stop trying to ventilate her.

Hazel eyes lift to focus on Gustavo as the big man slides into cover next to Noah, kicking up veils of dust. Those eyes are tight, but there's still color in his face, so he's probably not immediately at risk of passing out due to blood loss, at least. Cover me, Tavo says, and Noah can't salute -- gods that would hurt -- but he gives a little movement of two gloved fingers that suggests the same thing. "You got it. Fast feet, Staff."

"Delayed? Delayed?!" Aleksander yells back at the radio, and yes, he is transmitting his fury across the comms, which is probably why he is not the radioman. "Any more delays and you'll have a full squad of dead Marines at this mine! Tell those frakking Virgon pansies to light a fire under their butts and haul ass! Or send someone competent instead of the Virgons!" With that he was about to throw the radio down on the ground like one would slam the phone but a moment of clarity hits the Tauran. If he breaks it, and they need to contact command again, then that would be bad. Tucking the radio away, Davion readies his rifle again and begins searching for threats.

Cate tries to suppress Cent6 with Smg+Ap but FAILS.

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

Noah tries to suppress Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but FAILS.

Noah tries to suppress Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but FAILS.

Noah tries to suppress Cent6 with Rifle+Ap but FAILS.

Cent1 attacks Abigail with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

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

Aleksander passes.

Gage fires a burst!

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

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

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

Gustavo fires a burst!

Gustavo attacks Cent6 with Lmg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Gustavo attacks Cent6 with Lmg+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gustavo attacks Cent6 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Abigail tries to suppress Cent1 with Smg+Ap but FAILS.

Abigail tries to suppress Cent4 with Smg+Ap but FAILS.

Abigail suppresses Cent6 with Smg+Ap and succeeds.

Artillery uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery attacks Gage with Frag Grenade(Concussion) and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.

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

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

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

Artillery attacks Gage with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg.

Artillery attacks Aleksander with Frag Grenade but Aleksander EVADES!

Artillery attacks Aleksander with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg.

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

Artillery attacks Akeso with Frag Grenade but Akeso EVADES!

Artillery attacks Akeso with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Akeso fires a burst!

Akeso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head.

Akeso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Akeso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Nicole tries to distract Cent4 but FAILS.

Artillery2 uses Frag Grenade. EXPLOSION!

Artillery2 attacks Noah with Frag Grenade but MISSES!

Artillery2 attacks Noah with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Noah with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Frag Grenade but Cate EVADES!

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Leg.

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Cate with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Frag Grenade but Charlie EVADES!

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Artillery2 attacks Charlie with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Left Leg.

Cent6 fires a burst!

Cent6 attacks Gustavo with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent6 attacks Gustavo with Lmg+Bipod but Gustavo EVADES!

Cent6 attacks Gustavo with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Lyn passes.

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

Cent4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Akeso)

Noah has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Artillery2)

"Stay where you are, Ma. Don't need a medic getting their ass shot." Abigail has settled in, since no angle is a good angle. Now to wait for the inevitable, such as it is. "At least I still have a grenade on me." She's settled in, now, a quick check of her rifle noting the remaining ammunition.

Gustavo, heading up onto the ridge, can see the situation first - but the others see it soon enough after. Another full wave of ten Centurions moving towards their position. He can also see the two artillery pieces, further back. Two small armored vehicles with vehicle-mounted mortars on the back.

Command makes some noise on the radio about doing everything they can - hang tight, help's on the way, that sort of feel-good nonsense that is ultimately not too helpful in their current plight.

Across the way, explosions and noise indicates that the other squad is still alive and kicking, but they seem to be facing pretty heavy resistance of their own.

As artillery fire begins raining down on his position, the smart thing to do would be to move. But Gage has a bead on the centurion, and a fellow marine to prevent getting shot in the throat, and so he stands his ground, bullets tearing through the thing's chest in a satisfactory way, only a few pieces of shrapnel scoring his arm. "Field clear on this side," he reports. Akeso's call to him has him glancing back towards where Abigail is with a grimace. <<Go see to her anyway, Ma. I'm going out after our frakking gunner,>> And, he begins reloading, stepping out into the open, heading off to converge on Gustavo's location.

Finally. That centurion zigs when it ought to have zagged and Akeso brains it. Down it goes. On the way it tears up the wall with a wild burst, and tags the medic yet again. Doesn't look like anything too serious, just more blood and yet another reason she's going to need a new uniform if or when she gets back to the Dauntless. <<That was the plan.>> She nods to Gage before lowering her head as another shell lands nearby, showering her with dirt and stone. She spits out a bit of that, peeks around the corner and runs for it in a stoop until she's close enough to Abigail to slide in next to her. Her rifle is slung in the same motion and when she's come to a stop, she's got her medic pack out and opened asap. "Hey Walker. How about you stop bleeding for me?"

Gustavo appears to be living a charmed life -- for now. He puts on a burst of speed like he's hitting the hole on a Pyramid court, but instead of taking a pass and slamming the ball home, he's doing his best to avoid incoming rounds. His from-the-hip shots kick up sparks from their Cylon target, and the return fire thumps into his vest, drawing a groan. As the ground slopes up in front of him, he groans, muttering to himself, "Getting too old for this shit, Tavo." Flopping down at the military crest -- just shy of the actual crest, he grimaces, "Ten Centurions incoming. Two mortar carriers. Out of LAW range. Davion, your..." He looks back down the hill again, then "...one-fifteen, <handwavey> meters." I'll try to pin them down with the SAW until we get support."

Cate falls down next to Noah as another artillery shell lands entirely too close for comfort. She seems to be lucking out today, for none of the blasts have done more than ding her. Panting from all the running, she checks over Noah's wounds. "Not our best day ever."

As a few go running over he edge of the hill, Charlie stays put. She does take a running jump onto one of the rocks. Sort of. There's a bit of a fumble as her left leg gives out a bit on her, but the woman moves to both gain slightly higher ground and to provide better cover for those injured.

Abigail looks up, as Ma heads in her direction, the woman shifting the angle of her weapon just enough that she won't risk accidentally shooting the woman when she's returning fire. "I'm hardly bleeding." A couple three flesh wounds, on her left side, right arm and left leg, but the woman looks, in every other way, physically intact, "Just the force of the blasts knocking me around. Don['t let me fall asleep and I should be fine."

By the time he makes the ridge, Gage has popped some new gum in, because it kind of seems like it's going to be that sort of night. He's dropped onto his front, crawling his way up to the crest alongside Gustavo. His expression, as his gaze sweeps the scene before him, kind of validates that suspicion. "Well, frak," is his comment to Gustavo. "Got enough ammo?" he throws out, grinning. Because what the frak else can you do? Well, besides check your vest for how many grenades you have, which is exactly what the combat engineer is doing.

The rock behind which Noah is taking cover is suddenly a very popular place to be. No sooner has Gustavo left -- and Noah failed completely in his efforts to provide that covering fire he was asked for -- than Noah is wincing as his arm is nicked open, and a piece of shrapnel dings off of his helmet just as Cate arrives. It's insult to previous injury, and enough to have him dropping the breadth of his upper back against the rock again, eyes closing for just a moment.
"Right?" His voice is still rough, but he finds a wan little half-smile for her. "Probably not your worst, though." Probably his worst. At least when he got shot it knocked him out cold instantly.

He gestures at the snarl of metal lodged in his vest, and subsequently his ribcage. "If you could do something about this, I'd be real obliged."

When a mortar round explodes not too far from him, throwing shrapnel up, one cutting his uniform at the right leg and thudding off his kevlar chest piece, Aleksander decides that running in the open is a very bad idea. For now, instead of running to assist Akeso with the wounded, he is turning his attention to what Gustavo is telling him once he hears the Gunner mention his name. "I copy, Delgado, will relay that to command." With that, he crouches down to one knee so he can present a smaller profile in case another mortar lands nearby and activates the radio. Once more, he calls out command's designation, "This is Alpha-Two-Niner, update on hostile positions. Two mortar carriers and a squad of Centurions, ten strong, at..." A pause before he issues the new coordinates. "Those damned Virgans better be here within five mikes or they don't have to bother coming!"

"I'll see what I can do," Cate tells Noah, responding to his smile with a weak smirk of her own. She's already getting out the bandages, ducking a bit as another barrage lands not too far away. Tavo's report causes her to wince. "Frakking ten more?" She mumbles something else under her breath. "Just keeps getting better and better."

There's a sigh as Nicole hunkers back down after watching the Cylon near their position get stop functioning after some well placed shots by Akeso. Another breath, she closes her eyes, and then pops up to start keeping watch for more targets. More cylons, after all, are on the way.

Lyn mumbles, "I'm just gonna nap a little," to Cate, and passes out.

"I had no idea you were a doctor." Akeso says rather flatly, as she looks the combat engineer over and takes a bandage out for the worst of the insignificant injuries and underhands it, and a packet of painkillers into the other woman's lap. "Carry on, doctor Walker." With that, she pops up and runs off to get back into the fight or at least back to her cover. That'll take her up to Nicole again who she drops in alongside of. "Have all your fingers and toes, Siska?" She'll prompt, giving her a quick once over.

As the artillery continues to land all around them, the marines make a desperate defense against the oncoming forces. They manage to take out one of the mortar trucks (the gunners, not the vehicle itself) and hold the Centurions back long enough for their air cover to arrive. It's not the Virgons who show up, though, but Vipers and Raptors bearing Timber Wolves insignia. Whisper makes contact on their approach, and soon after the cannons and talons are tearing into the two mortar trucks and the ground forces. There were more coming behind that next wave of ten, too, but once the air support arrives those other waves get chewed up and the remnants fall back. And then there's quiet. Well, apart from the ringing in everyone's ears.

Tavo gives Gage a very old-fashioned look at the inquiry as to whether he has enough ammo, pulls out his two frag grenades, and passes them over to Gage, "Go nuts." He has the LAW to use on anything that gets a little closer. He slithers up to the actual crest of the ridge, and then the next several minutes get very, very busy. He spends most of his time pouring fire into the crews of the mortar vehicles to distract them, although at one point the LAW gets pulled out and used on the advancing Centurions. When the Vipers and Raptors go whipping over and Whisper's voice comes over the comms, Tavo nods sharply, letting out a little breath. There's still more work to be done, but eventually he can stop putting carefully-short bursts through his overheating barrel and check -- half a mag left. Just barely enough ammo. "Davion, get me a sitrep on Bravo Team. Alpha Team, check in."

Though she's annoyed with the delay, Charlie gives a sigh of relief as air support arrives. She fires off a few more shots at the nearer Centurions, but stays put atop the rock; leaning more weight on her right leg than left. The left being fair covered in blood at this point. Once things clear up, she drops to sit on the rock, taking a breath before calling out: "We need medevac," she calls to Gustavo. "Westlake and Arda need attention."

Let's face it, Gage's eyes practically light up at the gifts Gustavo hands him. "Copy that," he grins in turn, as he tucks one to the webbing of his combat vest, the other held to hand. He waits until Gustavo gets into position to fire, edging along the ridge, then starts tossing grenades towards the mortar trucks, into the midst of the centurion ranks, and basically anywhere where it'll do the most damage. Things are looking up for the engineer, despite the fact they're still badly outnumbered, even before the air support finally arrives.

Noah is cooperative while Cate pads the shrapnel in him with gauze, though there's the occasional wince and tightening of his jaw. The sudden sound of overhead aircraft has him tilting his head back against the rock behind him, and the CF logo on the fighters wins a beat of closed eyes and slow, shallow exhale of relief. Not long after that, the eventual silence tells him the worst is (hopefully) over. "Thanks Rhodes." So polite!

At this point, though, he's starting to look a bit drained of color, and the lidding of his eyes attests to significant blood loss, and the onset of some amount of shock. There's no machismo-driven denial that he needs medevac: he would really, really like to get that thing out of his chest.

To Rhodes, because he lost a little bit of his situational awareness there for a while: "Everybody else make it?"

Once Noah is patched up as best as she can under the circumstances, Cate joins the others in returning fire against the incoming Centurions. There's an audible sigh of relief from the medic as the friendly birds soar overhead, and she sinks back against the nearby cover. There's another weak smirk to the thanks of the polite Noah. "Wish all my patients were that polite when I had to leave shrapnel sticking out of them."

His question has her scanning the area, counting heads. "Arda and Martinez are bad off, but you'll all pull through." Confidence or wishful thinking? I should go check on them." But right this instant, the exhausted medic needs a moment. She's only now seeming to realize just how banged up she is. It's nothing major, but there sure are a lot of little cuts and bruises. She clenches her hands into fists, resting on her thighs.

Sliding down off her rock perch, Charlie moves for additional cover as well while they wait for the pickup. She sinks down to sit by Cate and Noah. Relief washes over her features once she's off her leg. The woman sets to checking over her rifle. "Think the Virgans were... uhm... purposefully unable to make it here?" Thankfully their own wing was able to make it in, but after the reports of the investigation outcome...

"There are a few people in this world-" Wince. "-That it doesn't pay to piss off. Waiters and waitresses and doctors top the list." Always gallows humor, from Noah. He glances at Chuck as she drops down beside he and Rhodes, and winks at her. That's as much as he has left to say, though. Talking hurts. Breathing hurts. His helmet settling back against the rock, and his eyes closing, say pretty clearly that he's hit the limit of his ability to joke around, and he'll wait like that until he's picked up.

Tavo moves forward over the crest to the military crest of the hill on the other side as reports start to come in, getting himself nice and tucked in to cover any resumption of the attack. He gets the medivac called in, then glances over to Gage, "You're bleeding pretty good yourself, Tomak." He has little trickles in half a dozen places himself, but nothing worse than the gash across the back of his right forearm. The discussion down by the mine causes him to grunt, "More likely the Wolves are just more badass. Let's not go looking for trouble."

"Aint nothing," comes Gage's bland response, glancing towards the medevac but not heading that way himself, grimacing as he sees some of their fellows carried in. "Nice work, Delgado," is all he says, as he settles in to light the cigarette he always has tucked behind his ear, and wait for pickup.

"More likely the Royal Navy was too busy frakking off somewhere," Cate challenges grumpily after Gustavo's remark. Looking for trouble being somehow hardwired into her DNA. Not over the comms, though Charlie and Noah can hear. Seeing Charlie's wincing does get her off her butt, "Let me see that leg," she says, as a pair of Raptors head in for a medevac pickup.

There's a snort for Cate's words and Charlie seems inclined to agree. She may not have been involved in either situation, but she has dealt with the insurgents and knows well (as do they all) how rough it is to wait out air support. When Cate asks to see her leg, the Piconese sniper shifts to stretch her leg out. She hisses, as she does. No one injury too much worse than another, but there's a lot of them on that leg. Her right arm is bleeding from a couple of spots, too.

Tavo nods to Gage, "You too." The lighting of the cigarette gets a roll of the man's eyes, but as the Raptors start to smooth in for their landing, he retreats the little outpost back from the hill down to where the rest of the Marines are settled in, limping a little on the twinges of pain from the nick he sustained on his leg. It's amazing what happens when the adrenaline starts to wear off, just about everything hurts, despite him not getting beat up nearly as badly as some of the others.


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