2237-12-01 - Over The Cylons' Nest

The marines raid a Cylon supply depot, but to hit the target they have to get past a Cylon machinegun nest.

Date: 2237-12-01

Location: Picon

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation: Bullhorn

Scene Number: 1595

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With the arrival of the other Colonial Forces in orbit, there's been a subtle shift to more offensive missions. For the Wolves, not being a line unit, that often means raids. Tonight's target is a Cylon supply depot. The depot is located not far beyond the front line in a hotly contested zone that's just a short hop from PNAB Northolt. Skimming the trees to foil DRADIS detection, the Raptor carrying the squad has just dropped them off in a clearing a half-mile from the depot. Gunny Mercer is in charge, and Phillips and Martinez are also along for the ride. Resistance is expected to be relatively light at the depot itself, but they can't linger because there are definitely reinforcements a stone's throw away.

Another jaunt behind the lines on Picon? It is perhaps understandable that Cate is not looking thrilled with life this evening. But apart from the grim set of her jaw, she's doing her best not to show the tension and to just focus on the mission. When the Raptor sets down and the marines start scrambling out, she slides her medic backpack onto her shoulders and quietly follows.

As is his habit, Gage naps on the trip over in the raptor -- short or not, naps are best taken wherever you can get them. Still, by the time they hit dirt again he's wide awake, routine making him touch each of the pockets of his tactical vest to remember what's tucked where, before reaching up to his ear to tap the unsmoked cigarette tucked there. All being right with the world, he checks his rifle, then settles into a crouch to wait the signal to go.

Tavo rattles around in the Raptor uncomfortably. After one of these things disintegrates in midair on you (granted, that was totally the missiles fault, not the Raptor's), it's hard to feel completely comfortable in one again. He kneels on one knee by the door, grasping onto a grab-handle with one arm, his LAW butt-up at his feet. He glances to Cate once, sharing a companionable grimace of 'this sucks,' but when they reach the LZ, he is up and ready to go, LAW barrel-down and the butt snugged into his shoulder. As the door opens, he's one of the first out, stepping aside to cover one quadrant of the LZ with the heavy weapon, eyes flickering for metallic targets. "Joy. Picon again." It's hard to out-deadpan a Scorpian.

There's another Raptor-napper: Charlie. She's been in the marines long enough that she knows the precious nature of sleeping when you can. You never knows when you'll get another chance. Especially behind enemy lines. So the sniper is out almost as soon as she's strapped in; rifle case between her knees, helmet strapped on, and head tipped against the shoulder of whoever is unlucky enough to be seated next to her. It's not until the bird shudders with that shift to its thrusters for the VTOL landing that she moves upright: eyes open and hands to the rifle to start checking it over. After last time? She's got Sasha along. She's just adapting the specialized gun for mid-range shooting. It just means she won't be capable of any burst-fire on this outing, but she will be much better equipped to take out any snipers they might run into.

There's no sign of opposition around the landing zone, so apparently their pilot's efforts to stay under the DRADIS worked. The air is cold and the ground frozen, but there's no snow in the forest today. Mercer gets the squad moving once everyone's clear of the bird. "Let's head on out. Phillips, take point. Wagner bring up the rear." Everyone else is left to fill in in-between as the squad starts heading deeper into the forest.

Aldrich sticks close to Cate's side, both during the journey and after they disembark. He is not one of the nappers, and today he's not even one of the meditators. He seems to be at sharp alert, grim expression firmly in place. He remains silent as he fills in the center, but he keeps his rifle at the ready in case it should be needed as they head into the forest.

Aleksander is use to these deep insertions behind enemy lines, being surrounded by enemies isn't anything new. As usual, during the Raptor ride there, he is silent, sometimes his eyes are shut, sometimes they are open and just staring at nothing. One thing he is grateful for is that they are not dropping in under fire, a quiet deployment is always a boon. Climbing out of the transport after the others, the Tauran looks over his rifle once before falling in with the others, his breath even and visible in this cold.

Gage seems more than happy to take up a post a couple of people behind Phillips -- he's used to settling into the middle of the squad, just ahead of Aleksander. "In and out before my balls freeze off this time, Gunny," he says in a way that could be taken as wishful thinking. He hefts his rifle, on the alert as they head out, grumbling as he ducks through some foliage.

Tavo scowls at the mist his breath makes in front of him. He falls in somewhere in the middle, not right at the front, but close enough to provide covering fire if things get sticky. He nods slightly at Gage's comment, even letting out a little chuff of a chuckle, "I'm more worried about my ankles. They don't make long undies this long." The words, however, are quiet, his dark eyes scanning the chilled forest across his section of the column.

Cate does catch Gustavo's look, a grim smirk acknowledging it. Then she's moving out near Aldrich, her SMG held ready. She glances over at the banter, but only a soft 'heh' is uttered.

Relegated to tailgunner, Charlie allows the others to file out ahead of her. She slides Sasha's case up out of the way on the Raptor and secures it. No need to haul it along in the field. The woman pulls her goggles into place, zips and velcros her coat up the rest of the way and becomes another white-camo part of the column. There's a snort for Gage's words, but she has no response this time. Instead, she's jogging a few yards back to get a good lay of the land outside the forest before they begin to file in.

"At least we're not marching in a blizzard, Tomak, I don't mind the cold, prefer it over the heat back at Sagittaron." Aleksander says with an amused smirk after hearing Gage who is in front of him. He also doesn't mind being in the middle of the squad, having no urge to take point and be the first one to get shot. Outwardly, Davion doesn't appear to be too concerned with their surroundings, apparently trusting Phillips to halt them with a signal if he spots something. Too many trees to look past.

Aldrich sighs faintly and murmurs to Gage, "From your lips to the gods' ears." Then he repeats it in Old Gemenese, just in case that might make the gods more inclined to listen. Otherwise, he just keeps pace with the group, his attention more toward the surrounding forest than the bantering marines.

Gage glances over his shoulder at Aleksander, giving him a dark look. "Don't tell me they get blizzards here? Otherwise, bite your frakking tongue, Davy, or we're like as not to get a dump of it on our heads." He even squints upwards to make sure there's no sudden, heavy snowfall about to engulf them. He gives a surprised look towards Aldrich, then a low bark of laughter as he keeps trudging along. "While you're at it, Chaplain, as for some early beach weather while we're here?"

"I've never seen a snowstorm," Cate muses randomly, pitched for Aldrich but given the quiet forest it's quite likely others can hear it as well.

Tavo grunts his very expressive disappointment in the idea of blizzards, although he notes, "It's the dry I hated on Sagittaron." He nods his agreement with Cate, although that grunt has a bit of relief to it. The big Scorpian keeps his attention outward, however, despite the many trees in his sitelines.

"I think they get the rare snowstorm," Charlie notes into her mic, ducking into the trees once she's checked the clearing. She goes a bit wide, not 'stacking' directly with the team. "Just further inland. We won't see it on the island." There's a moment as she delves into the brush, keeping a low profile as she watches behind, lagging a few yards or so behind. "No, no, Tomak. Don't worry. We'll just get ice storms."

Aldrich glances toward Gage and raises an eyebrow, but he glances toward the sky, murmurs something in Old Gemenese, then smirks toward Gage with a look that suggests the other man might have been the butt of this particular joke. He glances toward Cate, and replies, "It's the sort of thing that's lovely to look at, so long as there's a sturdy wall and a nice weatherproof window between you and the storm."

Mercer snicker-snorts at Gage but makes no promises about them getting back in time. He's too busy scanning the treeline as they move out. Time passes, the banter tapering off as they get further from the Raptor and closer to the enemy positions. When Phillips finally signals that he's spotted something ahead, his voice comes over the comms reporting the target in sight.

Mercer motions for them to move into positions. The depot is a large two-story pre-fab structure - akin to a warehous - set up along a road. There's a cleared-out kill zone between the forest and the building. In that zone, a group of three Centurions can be seen patrolling. There's also a pair of Centurions in a fortified machinegun nest on a sort of balcony on their side of the building. As they watch, a truck driven by a Cylon model pulls into the depot.

Aleksander does quiet down about blizzards, perhaps believing that Gage has a point about him jinxing them. It's not like he jinxed them with the Heavy Raider by hanging around the AA emplacement, it was pure coincidence. When they reach their objective and Phillips signals contact, Davion immediately drops to one knee and raises his rifle. Then he moves out towards the edge of the clearing, using one of the thicker trees as cover for now. He is also observing what's going on at the Cylon warehouse, a frown directed at that machinegun nest.

Either Gage misinterprets Aldrich's look or he's being deliberately obtuse, since he gives a smirking look by way of response to the chaplain. "Thanks for the good word." Charlie's words earn a grunt of disappointment. "Figures. I mean, if it isn't the huge beasts here trying to kill you, it's the weather." He falls silent as Phillips reports back, moving from tree to tree until he's in a position where he can see the structure up ahead, grimacing as he takes in the kill zone and the machine gun nest.

Cate gives Aldrich a little smirk and a nod. "I can imagine." And hopefully that's all she'll have to do - imagine. She grows more serious as they move into positions in the treeline.

Tavo knows he's not scout, so he stays a little ways back of the edge of the woods while they're scouting out the warehouse, so he only picks up the major details. Murmuring onto his comms, he inquires, "Want me to LAW the truck and then hose down the nest, Gunny? Or should we let Tomak and Davion play Pyramid with the nest?" As he inquires, the big man checks the feed on his SAW, sets up the bipod, and scouts out the edge of the woods for a good nest of his own.

Once they reach the objective, Charlie moves closer into the team. She squints at the nest and is already adjusting the configuration of her gun. "Or," she levels, with Tavo's suggestion. "Give me backup to cover my ass and I'll circle 'round for a good spot to take out that nest."

Tomak, indeed, is quick to pipe up: "I'm good with Delgado's suggestion, Gunny," with an amusement that might not make it clear whether he's joking or not.

Aldrich does not weigh in on the tactics. He just falls silent, any trace of amusement wiped away by a faint frown as he sticks back wherever Cate is and waits for orders.

Mercer considers the suggestions. "Too far to get a grenade up there," he comments to Tavo's suggestion about them playing pyramid. He means too far unless you run clear across the open ground to get close, but that would be suicide. "Take out the truck," he says to Gustavo, then glances to Wagner. "You and Davion focus on the nest. Think this is about the best angle you're going to get at them, unless you see something else." Circling around the building would put Charlie on the wrong side, and there's no convenient high ground to go to. "Rest of you, spread out so that machinegun can't keep us all pinned down. Find some cover and wait for my signal."

Tavo nods to Mercer at the Gunnery Sergeant's response, "On it, Gunny." He ducks back into the woods a little further, then loops around a dozen meters or so to the right, finding a fallen tree to set up behind. He checks the location for any traps or surveillance devices first, then preps his SAW and leans it against the log. The LAW is pulled from his back and extended, the Scorpian running brief checks on it before he hefts it, then sneaks a peak over the log to make sure that nothing major has changed while he waits for the signal.

"Got it, Gunny." Aleksander says in a quiet affirmative, acknowledging the role that he has been assigned to. "Wagner, let me know which one you want, I'll target the other." The words directed over comms to Charlie so they can coordinate their fire on that pair of Centurions. Once an answer is given, he would take aim. Flicking the safety off and changing his rifle to burst fire mode, the Tauran is ready. Just waiting for the signal now.

Gage, let's face it, looks a little disappointed, even if the Gunny's decision probably spares him a few weeks in the infirmary at best and a ride home in a coffin at worst. Instead, he reaches for the pocket at the top of his vest, pops in gum, and starts chewing as he eyes the patrol of Centurions, waiting for the go signal.

There's an upnod for Mercer as he gives the orders and Charlie makes her way towards Davion. "That tree-" she gestures with her chin to one, "or that one-" and then the other. One is a standing tree. The other is fallen. "My suggestions. Recommend you handle burst fire, primarily on the weapons. It'll keep 'em distracted while I take 'em out." She's already adapting her weapon for the job, attaching the requisite scope. There's a glance up to the Tauran and a bit of a smirk. "What, think you can handle taking one down that way?" She shrugs, lifting her rifle to site along it. "A'ight. I'll take the one on the left."

Cate also stays quiet during the discussion of tactics. When the orders are given, she just nods and moves off in a crouch, sticking close to Aldrich but not as close as she normally would given the Gunny's orders. "Take care," she offers quietly to him.

Aldrich nods a little toward Cate, acknowledging her comment with a solemn look. "May your god be with you," he murmurs back, and finds a more separated spot to crouch behind, taking the opportunity for a last check of his rifle while waiting for the chaos to start.

Charlie attacks Mg1 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Patrol2 passes.

Aldrich fires a burst!

Aldrich attacks Patrol3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aldrich attacks Patrol3 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Aldrich attacks Patrol3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mg1 passes.

Martinez attacks Patrol1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Patrol3 passes.

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Patrol3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate attacks Patrol3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cate attacks Patrol3 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Patrol1 passes.

Mg2 passes.

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Patrol1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gage attacks Patrol1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head.

Gage attacks Patrol1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Driver passes.

Mercer fires a burst!

Mercer attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mercer attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap but Patrol2 EVADES!

Mercer attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap but Patrol2 EVADES!

Gustavo uses Rocket. EXPLOSION!

Gustavo attacks Driver with Rocket(Concussion) and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Body.

Gustavo attacks Driver with Shrapnel and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Engine. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gustavo attacks Driver with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Engine.

Phillips attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Left Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Patrol1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Gage)

Patrol3 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aldrich, Cate)

The initial hail of gunfire takes out a couple of the patrolling Centurions, and the truck goes up in a fireball. Coming through the smoke from the other side of the building, two more Centurions become visible.
With the Centurions at the MG nest behind cover, it was harder for Aleksander to hit them, one of the rounds bouncing off of the thick plate armor while another impacts the sandbag. The third does punch through the toaster's armor, unfortuantely it doesn't hit anything too critical so the canner is still standing and now returning fire. Focused, Davion triggers another burst at the Cylon.

What a day to be alive! The weather might suck, but there's a generous explosion -- which always makes Gage happy, even if he's not the one doing the exploding -- it provides the perfect backlight to target one of the cylons on patrol. His rounds tear through the metal of the creature's head, near-instantly dropping the thing. The Tauran grunts with satisfaction.

Tavo waits for signal from the Gunny, then lifts the rest of the way up from behind his cover. He hesitates there a moment, drawing a bead on the truck -- then he depresses the trigger of the LAW. There is a jet of fire from behind him, and a streak of it connecting him and the vehicle. The rocket strikes the truck just under the cab, with very satisfying results. The big Scorpian nods in satisfaction, crouching down again to snatch up his SAW, set the bipod on the top of the fallen log, and twist toward the machine-gun nest. "Truck's gone." In case anyone missed the fireball.

Cate fires a burst at one of the patrolling Cylons. Combined with Aldrich's fire, the thing goes down, and she gives him a satisfied little nod. The truck exploding causes her to jolt a little, and then Gustavo's announcement gets a smirk. "We kinda noticed."

Aldrich narrows his eyes as the shooting starts, but first a burst at the nearest patrol. He blinks rapidly when it goes down, and clears his throat. "More coming," he remarks, as he retargets on one of the new Centurions.

There's a hiss of frustration from Charlie as her own round just sort of glides past the chest plate of the Centurion. She shifts her stance by the tree she's using for cover, adjusting her shot a bit. "Two degrees north," she murmurs lowly to Aleksander. "Might help compensate." She's not too certain, but then- they have no tim to run the actual numbers on wind direction. Makes it a bit trickier.

Gustavo fires full-auto!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but Mg1 EVADES EASILY!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Mg2 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Mg2 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Mg2 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Mg2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gage attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Gage attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Charlie attacks Mg1 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent2 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Martinez fires a burst!

Martinez attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Martinez attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Martinez attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Phillips attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Mg1 fires a burst!

Mg1 attacks Phillips with Hmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Mg1 attacks Phillips with Hmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mg1 attacks Phillips with Hmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm.

Aldrich fires a burst!

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

Aldrich attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Aldrich attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but Cent2 EVADES!

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen.

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

Cate attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Aleksander attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Aleksander attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Patrol2 fires a burst!

Patrol2 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but Gage EVADES!

Patrol2 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Patrol2 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Mercer fires a burst!

Mercer attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Mercer attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Mercer attacks Patrol2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

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

Patrol2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Gage, Martinez, Mercer)

Phillips has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Mg1)

"That's how you frakking do it!" Gage mutters, pleased. There might even be a grin from the Tauran, if brief, after another on-target burst tears through the remaining patrol's chest and head. The return fire sails past his cover, and habit makes him duck back briefly even if the shots are wide. His weight shifts, like he wants to move up, but a flicker of glance towards the gunner's nest holds him in place, popping his gum as he re-targets the approaching centurions.

"Frakkin' winter wind bullshit-" Charlie smacks the side of her rifle, lifting it as she pops the slide, looking down the line. "Gonna have to break her down fully tonight," she notes ruefully. "Sasha is a summer girl, ain't'cha?" She racks up another round before sliding a bit further round the tree while keeping a low profile. Her sights are adjusted once more. At least Davion got the shot well, even if it didn't take the gunner down.

Cate fires another burst, this time barely scratching the paint on one of the new arrivals. His pal fires back, and one of the bullets zings off her helmet. "Ah! Shit!" Cate exclaims, ducking down a bit and feeling for holes that shouldn't be there. There's a little cut by her ear from a shard of splintered helmet steel, but nothing major. Rattled but okay, she pops back up to fire again.

Aldrich jumps when Cate calls out, ducks back more fully behind cover, and glances over in her direction. "Still in one piece?" he calls, waiting for an answer before leaning out for another round of fire.

There are no curses or muttering when two of Aleksander's rounds go high and wide, the first one managing to make another hole in the Centurion. He does take a half second longer pause as he tries to correct his aim and then triggers another burst.

"Just making sure." Tavo sounds vaguely amused as he responds to Cate's comment. He lays down a hammer of fire across the two Cylons in the nest, although most of his rounds thump into sandbags or the wall behind them, one hits home on the heavy gunner. It's definitely not enough, not with the Cylon tearing into Phillips. As the additional Centurions come around the corner of the building and Aldrich comms his warning, Tavo ducks down just a touch, and the fire aimed at him passes neatly over his head. His lips tighten as he lifts back up again, focusing his attentions on the Cylon behind the heavy weapon. "Her and me both, Wagner." Pause, "Except the girl part."

The heavy machinegun rakes across Phillips' position, and the recon marine falls with a cry. Mercer joins with Gage in peppering the remaining guy from the initial patrol. "Martinez - hit that nest with your LAW," he calls via radio to the other gunner. Martinez acknowledges.

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap but Mg2 EVADES!

Aleksander attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Aleksander attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap but Mg2 EVADES!

Aldrich fires a burst!

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

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

Aldrich attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Mg1 fires a burst!

Mg1 attacks Gustavo with Hmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Impaired wound to Abdomen.

Mg1 attacks Gustavo with Hmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mg1 attacks Gustavo with Hmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Mg2 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

Gustavo fires full-auto!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but Mg1 EVADES EASILY!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but Mg1 EVADES EASILY!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gage fires a burst!

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

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

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

Charlie attacks Mg1 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope but hits the COVER they're behind.

Martinez uses Rocket. EXPLOSION!

Martinez attacks Mg1 with Rocket(Concussion) and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Martinez attacks Mg1 with Shrapnel and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Martinez attacks Mg1 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Martinez attacks Mg1 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Left Leg.

Martinez attacks Mg2 with Rocket(Concussion) and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Martinez attacks Mg2 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Martinez attacks Mg2 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Martinez attacks Mg2 with Shrapnel. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cent2 attacks Charlie with Lmg+Bipod but Charlie EVADES!

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

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

Gustavo has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Mg1)

Cate nods to Aldrich. "Yeah I'm okay." She doesn't actually get to shooting because she just noticed that Phillips is down. She's about to go to him when Gustavo gets hit as well. "Al - Phillips is hit. I'm going to Delgado." She's rushing over to his side, SMG slung and her medic pack coming out. "Where you hit?" she asks.

"Fuck this noise," Charlie says, shifting her rifle at her shoulder as she low-steps out from behind the tree. This, particularly, when she can tell more of their men are dropping. "Cover me," she snaps, quickly, to the large Tauran by her. She's moving for a better shot. Her covers fucking her and she can tell. The woman isn't charging, no, but she knows she's going to be an easier target as she moves to get that shot.

This time, Gage grunts not with satisfaction but disappointment. His grouping is on target, but doesn't lacks the punch to do more than dent the centurion. Returning fire streaks past his tree, though harmlessly in his case. He doesn't notice Delgado going down, focused as he is on the centurions in front.

There are downsides to pumping out that much firepower in a short period of time. Tavo finds himself behind the reflex sight of his SAW... looking up the barrel of an even larger weapon. He has just time to mutter, "Oh shit..." and mash the trigger before tracers lash his cover -- and explode right through the fallen log, revealing it to have been a good deal more rotten than solid. He gets out a volley of fire, but it mostly lashes up the side of the building as he slumps down behind the log, dropping down onto his butt and leaning back against the 'cover.' When Cate appears, he blinks, patting his torso a moment before a hand comes back bloody, "Left side." His voice is weak, stressed with pain. "Got here fast, Doc. Whole side hurts." It's just two actual entry wounds, one low in his side, below his rib-cage, the other up by his collarbone, both on the left side. Luckily, there are two exit-wounds too.

As the heavy machine gun continues to tear into them and Aleksander's shots on the spotter/feeder Centurion doesn't result in more success, he shift his aim to the actual gunner. he fires off his rounds once more, most likely trying to suppress it or distract it so it has a harder time trying to take them down.

Aldrich ducks behind his cover again without even checking to see what he'd hit (or didn't). After a few quick breaths, he starts to poke his head out again, but then Cate calls out. "Got it!" he calls back, already slinging his rifle over his shoulder so he can focus on making himself a smaller, faster target as he leaves cover to see to Phillips. Hopefully he's not dead.

Aleksander tries to distract Mg1 but FAILS.

Mercer suppresses Mg1 with Rifle+Ap and succeeds.

Charlie takes careful aim at Mg1.

Cate tends to Gustavo and treats their worst wound successfully.

Mg1 fires a burst!

Mg1 attacks Martinez with Hmg+Ap+Bipod but Martinez EVADES!

Mg1 attacks Martinez with Hmg+Ap+Bipod but Martinez EVADES!

Mg1 attacks Martinez with Hmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gage fires a burst!

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

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

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

Mg2 fires a burst!

Mg2 attacks Charlie with Lmg+Bipod. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Mg2 attacks Charlie with Lmg+Bipod but Charlie EVADES!

Mg2 attacks Charlie with Lmg+Bipod but Charlie EVADES!

Aldrich passes.

Martinez fires a burst!

Martinez attacks Mg1 with Rifle+Ap but Mg1 EVADES!

Martinez attacks Mg1 with Rifle+Ap but Mg1 EVADES!

Martinez attacks Mg1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent1 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

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

Another tight burst sees the final centurion that dared to come and see what all the fuss was about downed pretty soon after his offsider, Gage grunting again in satisfaction as he chews on his gum. "Patrols look clear," he reports. He glances sidelong where Cate and Tavo are holed up as he moves, grimacing. "How's he looking, Rhodes?" he asks, as he settles behind a different tree for cover and prepares to concentrates his fire where the rest of the squad are focused -- on that nest.

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

Cate ducks a little as a bullet whizzes overhead. She opens up Gustavo's vest and hurriedly wraps a field dressing around the two bad wounds. "Frakking machine guns," she says a little breathlessly. "You'll be fine." Of course there's no way for her to know what damage lies internally but that doesn't stop her from asserting this with confidence. "Not too bad," she calls back to Gage.

Aleksander is persistant on firing at the MG Nest, the cover and the way the Centurions are using it is proving to be rather challenging, a much smaller target profile available for the Tauran to shoot at.

"I'll live." Tavo's response to Gage's query is weak and tight, but at least it comes from him directly. His eyes squeeze shut as Cate works on his side, his lips skinning back from his teeth in a grimace, but when she leans back a little, he claps her on the shoulder, "Thanks Doc." Rolling back to his knees, he gathers up his SAW and tucks in behind it again, "'Course I'll be fine. It's 'just' a machine gun." He... is not moving so well, despite the dressing and the reassurance. His left arm in particularly does not seem to be happy rising to brace the weapon, each movement drawing a hiss of pain from the big man.

Apparently, the gods are with her. For as Charlie adjusts her firing trajectory and moves to a new position, fire rains down around her... but little of it hits her. What does, her vest takes the bulk of. The plates are likely destroyed and no good, but she doesn't stop, nor does she show any signs of bleeding. No, the sniper is good; Davion's covering fire seems to have done the trick.

"Good," Gage says, forcefully, after first Cate and then Tavo's response. "Might need you to toss me some grenades if these frakkers won't go down, Delgado. End run might be the best option after all." He's probably joking again.

Aldrich glances up and toward Cate, but who knows if he sees that everything is fine. He's looking kind of grim as he works on the fallen Phillips, so probably it's pretty bad. He gives a weak sort of encouraging smile and murmurs something as he works. He's not paying much attention to anything else just now.

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Mg1 with Smg+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cate attacks Mg1 with Smg+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cate attacks Mg1 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Charlie attacks Mg1 with Sniper Rifle+Ap+Scope and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Aleksander distracts Mg1 successfully.

Mercer tries to suppress Mg1 with Rifle+Ap but FAILS.

Aldrich passes.

Martinez fires a burst!

Martinez attacks Mg1 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Martinez attacks Mg1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Martinez attacks Mg1 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Mg1 fires a burst!

Mg1 attacks Gage with Hmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Mg1 attacks Gage with Hmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mg1 attacks Gage with Hmg+Ap+Bipod but Gage EVADES!

Gustavo fires full-auto!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Head. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Mg1 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Mg2 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Gustavo attacks Mg2 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gustavo attacks Mg2 with Lmg+Ap+Bipod but MISSES!

Mg2 fires a burst!

Mg2 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mg2 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Mg2 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Gage attacks Mg2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Mg1 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Charlie, Gustavo)

Mg2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Gage)

The battlefield falls quiet as the machinegun nest is finally taken out. There don't seem to be any other Centurions in the immediate vicinity. As the medics tend to the wounded, Mercer waves the others forward so Gage can plant his charges and then they can skeedaddle.

Gage rolls Demolitions: Good Success (6 6 6 5 5 4 4 2 2 2)

The jostling hammer of the SAW isn't doing Tavo's collarbone or side any favors, the Scorpian biting down on a pained groan as he blazes away at the machine gunners. Mostly he just kicks up ricochets off the wall behind them, or burst of dust from the sandbags, but he scores a couple of gracing hits here and there. Luckily Charlie and Gage are on top of it. "Didn't you bring your own, Tomak?" Once the firing stops, Tavo safes his weapon and slumps back down to lay back against the fallen log, cradling the SAW across his lap, "Don't blow me up, Tomak. I'll be right here making sure no one comes up behind us." And working up the pain threshold for a trip back to the Raptor.

Leaning in against the tree, Gage takes a breath, and takes a single shot at one of the gunners in the nest. The shot strikes true, ripping through its chest and toppling it over, the Tauran popping his gum in satisfaction. There's some return fire from his companion, one of the bullets striking his abdomen, but it's a light wound -- and nothing's going to stop the combat engineer from planting explosives, anyway. Always count on the kaboom at the end!

The plan works! Which is... well, surprising. A lot of Charlie's plans don't. Usually by nature of her getting shot up pretty bad. But that doesn't happen here. Instead, between her and Gage getting off those shots- down goes the machine gun nest. While the others go to the supply depot to set the charges or do a final sweep, the woman settles in to provide overwatch.


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