2237-12-09 - Chicks Dig Scars Right?

The marines assist a Picon squad, and Gage suffers an injury that may affect future Cage Lowjack covers.

Date: 2237-12-09

Location: Picon

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation: Bullhorn

Scene Number: 1608

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The CF's focus the last few days has been on retaking the occupied city of Port Powell. While the Battlestar marines and Picon soldiers have been bearing the brunt of things on the front lines, the Wolves have been used more selectively for special missions. Today that mission is bringing ammo, medical assistance, and reinforcements to a Picon squad that's been facing heavy resistance for 48 hours. The Picons are holed up in a position fortified by sandbags at the corner of a large public square downtown. Their vantage point gives them good coverage of the square, surrounding buildings, and several cross-streets. They've taken out a lot of toasters, but it's made them a target. Even as the squad, led by SSG Haney, carefully moves down the street towards their position, they can hear the clatter of gunfire ahead. They can't see anything just yet though.

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Lyn is right at home in the cold. It makes her miss Aquaria that much more, but for now, she's focused on the task ahead. The recon marine is bundled up in her cold weather gear, and has the muzzle of her rifle covered with a black sock. Don't laugh. It keeps the barrel from getting frozen over and takes a half second to remove.

There's something familiar about fighting in occupied cities that, perhaps, makes Gage less talkative, and more focused. He's only made one complaint about the weather -- which is probably a first -- hand occasionally rising to the unlit cigarette tucked behind his ear as if it check that it's still there as they progress down the street.

Aldrich is....not so much at home in the cold. He's all bundled up in everything he can wear without losing maneuverability, but he still has the grim, white-faced look of someone who just isn't equipped to handle cold weather. Still, he seems determined not to let it interfere with his contribution, such as it is, and he is careful to keep up with the squad, especially as they approach gunfire.

Glad that they are not stuck on the front lines, grinding against the Cylons and attrition at the same time, Aleksander has no qualms about being used as a more selective and smaller force. Once the gunfire is heard, the Tauran shifts to a more readied demeanor than the casual gait he held when escorting the supplies destined for the Picon squad. Cigarette that he was smoking is plucked from between his lips and dropped to the ground, boot flattening it as they continue to move on.

Cate has tucked her gloved hands under her armpits and shuffled her feet enough to illustrate her feelings about the cold, even if she hasn't complained. She's been quiet, though, as they made their way to the target.

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The sergeant comments as the sound of gunfire gets closer. "Sounds like we'll be jumping right into the fire. We should be hitting their position when we turn the corner up here. Ibnez, go ahead a bit and see report back on what we're dealing with."

One of the other recon guys nods and heads forward, pausing at the corner to peek around and take stock of the opposition. He relays over the radio, "Looks like a heavy squad of Toasters advancing on the defensive position. If we come through this building here, we can flank them."

"Sounds like a plan," Haney says. "Davion, Tomak, see if you can kick in this door up here, and we'll try to make our way across the building." It looks like a typical office building. This is one of the side fire entrances. A sturdy looking locked door.

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Lyn hunkers down on one knee as they wait for the report, and she slides the sock off the barrel of her rifle. With confirmation, she goes into a covering position for the two marines ordered to get that door open.

Reflexively, Gage's hands search out the pockets with his det cords, before he frowns. Wait, did Haney mean kick in, kick in? Not explode? The realization comes with a mute kind of disappointment, as he moves up towards the door, glancing at his fellow Tauran. <<On three? One, two...>> If he gets to three, it's lost in the brief sound as he lifts his boot and takes a hard kick at the door, timing it to his fellow Tauran's blow.

<FS3> Gage rolls Brawn: Success (8 5 2 1)

Heading to the door that Haney directs them to, Aleksander takes position in front of it next to Gage and nods his head at the other Tauron. <<If we blow it up, Tomak, they will kind of know we are here.>> He says in slight amusement when he sees the combat engineer going for the detonation cords at first. As for the three count, Davion nods his head again and takes position, then when the three is suppose to be spoken, he lifts his own boots and directs a swift kick at the door.

<FS3> Aleksander rolls Brawn: Success (8 6 5 2 1)

Aldrich arranges things as he gets in position so that he passes by Lyn, while murmuring something under his breath. A prayer? A curse? 'Frak it's cold'? It's anyone's guess! But he takes up his usual position near Cate and prepares himself to move once the door is open.

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The door creaks but doesn't give on the first try, causing the Sergeant to huff in displeasure. But a second set of kicks does it in. "Move out," Haney says gruffly. The team does so, weaving through the dark office building hallways as cautiously as they can given their hurried pace. Soon enough they've reached the other side. The hallway opens up into a big lobby. On the far side are windows and a big set of double doors that one presumes lead out into the square where the Picons have set up their fortified position. "Arda, move on up and report." Haney meanwhile gets on the radio to alert the Picon friendly forces about their new location.

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Cate gives Al a little nod when he comes up beside her. She snickers when the Taurons have a little trouble with the door, not that she could do any better of course. Then it's game time, and the medic is following the group with her SMG ready.

Lyn nods to Haney. "Yes, sir." She moves stealthily up through the lobby, from structure to structure quickly and as quietly as she can. Her eyes move constantly, trying to make out any signs of movement or reflection, or the sounds that might indicate an enemy presence.

<<I could make it a little explosion,>> Gage grumbles briefly as they execute a second kick. Still, the fact that they manage to successfully kick in the door this time mollifies him marginally, it seems. He follows in with the squad, settling into a lean against the wall under a fancy-looking painting of Picon in summer while he waits for recon to report.

Haney isn't the only one displeased with the result when the door doesn't give on the first solid kick, Aleksander's expression growing dark and annoyed. He does reset his stance and gives Gage a quick glance, as if to signal that he's ready for a second attempt and countdown. Once again, he syncs up with the other Tauron and his boot hits the locked door at the same time as the combat engineer's. Heading inside with the squad, Davion is already scanning the interior ofr a good piece of cover in case it is needed. For now though, it seems like they are waiting on intel from their designated eyes and the next course of action.

Aldrich watches Lyn go to do her recon thing with an unreadable expression, but once she's out of sight, his attention turns inward and he falls into line, waiting in silent contemplation for her report.

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When Lyn gets up to the front, she'll be able to see two groups of four Centurions blanketing the Picon positions with machinegun fire. The group nearest to Haney's squad hasn't noticed them. They've got a good flanking position, but stray shots have a chance of heading downrange towards the Picon troops. After Lyn (presumably) reports all this, Haney says, "All right, take up cover in the lobby and wait for my signal. Controlled fire - we don't want to hit our own guys."

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Cate nods to the sergeant's report. She creeps forward in a hunched-low position, finding some cover behind a solid-looking planter. She waits for the signal.

"Two sets of four Centurions. Looks like we have the element of surprise. Carrying LMGs. Need to be careful not to get our guys in the crossfire," Lyn reports. She sets up to a position behind some cover and prepares for the order to shoot.

Gage moves on up next to a window, reaching in his vest for gum. He starts chewing, while eyeing out the window. He flicks his weapon off burst, then settles in to focus on what he perceives as the biggest threat out there -- at this point, just the centurion closest to his own position.

Moving up to the double door, Aleksander takes up position against it and waits for the signal to engage beforehe would open the door and use it, as well as the door frame, as cover. From there, he would fire off his rifle at the squad of Centurions, picking the second to the right.

Aldrich settles in next to Cate with his rifle ready. He glances over toward her to orient himself to where she is, then focuses ahead, waiting for the signal.

Lyn fires a burst!

Lyn attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

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

Lyn attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

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

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

Aleksander attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but Cent2 EVADES!

Aleksander attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent3 passes.

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

Cent4 passes.

Cent2 passes.

Aldrich attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

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

Cent1 passes.

Ibnez attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Left Arm.

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

Cent2 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Aleksander, Ibnez)

Lyn triggers a burst of rifle fire at one of the Centurions, but the damned thing dances aside like it's doing ballet. She grunts angrily, but that dies down when Cate and Gage take it down. She turns her attention to another one.

A satisfied grunt comes from Gage as his shot rips through the centurion and sends it toppling, in a satisfactory way, to the ground. He flicks his rifle to burst mode, aiming at the next centurion as he chews his gum. "Piconese must be down quite a number. Think they'll let us hunker in with them and play duck-shooting all night, too?" he says, with a sudden grin.

Cate fires a burst when the sarge gives the signal. It hits, but doesn't seem to do much.

One of Aleksander's rounds finds its mark, punching into the chest place of the Centurion he was shooting at. With Ibnez adding a shot that tears through the Cylon's left, metallic arm, it sends the toaster spinning and crumpling to the ground, out of action. The Tauran immediately shifts to the next closest canner, seeing that there are two left from the original squad of four. Taking aim, he fires off another burst, rat-tat-tatting away, his own shooting adding to the squad's as well as the Picon forces.

Aldrich squeezes off a round at the first Centurion in his sights, but he doesn't wait around to see if it hit. He's already readying his next shot, with a scowl of concentration generally reserved only for the Cylons.

Aldrich attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Aleksander fires a burst!

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap but Cent3 EVADES EASILY!

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Lyn fires a burst!

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

Lyn attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm.

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

Gage fires a burst!

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

Gage attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Arm. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gage attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Abdomen.

Cent4 fires full-auto!

Cent4 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

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

Cent3 fires full-auto!

Cent3 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent3 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

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

Cent3 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod but Aleksander EVADES!

Cent3 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Lyn, Gage, Haney)

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

This time, it looks like Lyn recalibrated her aim, as her shots slam into the chest and left arm of the Centurion and do serious damage. With the help of others, they take it down. A quick look towards Al and Cate's position as she saw fire heading their way, and a relieved expression when they look ok.

There's a satisfaction in Gage as at least one of his shots tears through the centurion's chest. He's not watching the other toaster closely though, and there's only the shattering sound off the bullet crashing through the window he's leaning near to before it impacts the side of his head, sending him slouching bonelessly back down the wall with a surprised exhale of breath, eyes sliding closed.

This time Aleksander's shots miss, going high and wide into the air though in turn, the Centurion's own shots in his direction also misses, flying harmlessly deeper into the office building they are sheltering in. The sound of glass shattering next to him, where Gage was positioned causes Davion to look in his fellow Tauron's direction. Seeing what happened, he can't help but curse loudly before glancing around for Cate, "Medic! Tomak is hit bad!" Firing off another burst at the Centurion, Aleksander then begins covering the short distance between himself and the downed combat engineer.

Cate fires another ineffective burst, then ducks as the Centurion's return fire rakes across the lobby, taking a chip out of the planter. "You okay?" she asks Aldrich a little breathlessly. Hearing the call for a medic though, she calls back, "On it!" Then she's getting up and running over towards Gage and Aleksander's position.

Aldrich manages to duck in time, himself, still scowling. He nods shortly at Cate's question. "Fine." Then his attention is shifted along with Cate's by the call for a medic. He's a bit more cautious than Cate, and shoots a burst of fire to maybe give her some cover as she runs over to tend to Gage, before he's moving out to follow her.

Lyn fires a burst!

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

Lyn attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Lyn attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Aleksander fires a burst!

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

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

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Aldrich fires a burst!

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

Aldrich attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Right Leg.

Aldrich attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Cent3 fires full-auto!

Cent3 attacks Aleksander with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Cent3 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Cent3 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but hits the COVER they're behind.

Haney fires a burst!

Haney attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Haney attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Haney attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cate tends to Gage and treats their worst wound successfully.

Lyn sends another burst of fire at the remaining Centurion, but the damned thing simple evades all but a dent in its chest. The thing is dodging like something out of a martial arts flick. She sucks in a breath and fires again.

As he makes his way towards where Gage went down, Aleksander takes a hit but his tactical vest takes most of the impact, doing it's job splendidly. It still knocks the wind out of the Tauron for a moment though, causing him to go down to a knee, as if to remind him to return to partial cover. Shaking it off, he maintains that lowered stance and returns fire, the last Centurion of this particular squad proving to be particularly formidable. He certainly won't be leaving Cate's side while she is working on Tomak, his rifle spitting out another trio of rounds as he gently tugs on the trigger.

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

Slumped against the wall, Gage's eyes open again, but they're not exactly focused. Still, he can see Cate, and beyond her, Aleksander, his hand reflexively starting to lift towards his head. He mumbles: "Things I do for attention huh, Rhodes?" He can still hear the rattle of gunfire, his hand -- that was reaching for his head -- instead straying to his gun.

A bullet stings Cate's arm as she rushes over to Gage's side, because that's how her luck goes. She winces but keeps going, skidding to her knees beside the Tauron. "Tomak? You, can you hear me?" Then he's opening his eyes and being a smartass and she smirks. "You want attention? Make another romance novel cover. Hell of a lot less painful." She quickly and efficiently bandages the wound and shines a penlight in his eyes to check for signs of brain damage.

Aldrich glances over to see how things are going with Cate and Gage, and when it seems like she doesn't need the backup, he stays put and continues firing at this last darn Cylon that just. won't. go. down.

Lyn fires a burst!

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

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

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

Aldrich fires a burst!

Aldrich attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

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

Aleksander fires a burst!

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

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

Aleksander attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent3 fires full-auto!

Cent3 attacks Ibnez with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Ibnez with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Ibnez with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Cent3 attacks Lyn with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Lyn with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Lyn with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Haney fires a burst!

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

Haney attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen.

Haney attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

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

As the last Centurion falls, the crew can see that the Picon squad has managed to take out the other group. And for now at least, the battlefield falls quiet.

Gage snorts, briefly, then visibly winces, painfully. After a moment, he mutters, "I've been reliably informed that women dig scars, right?" He grits his teeth through the bandaging process, wincing away from the light. Might be a minor concussion, not really surprising, though.

This time Aleksander's rounds are more accurate, especially the first one before the recoil shifts his aim away slightly. But the first bullet slams into the Centurion, punching through its dented and damaged chest plating, scoring a direct hit to its critical system. The combined fire from the others in the squad knocks it backwards and onto its back, dead. When the area falls silent of gun fire, Davion takes a look at the plaza and finally releases a breath. A break for now at least, that or the Cylons have been repulsed.

Cate hitches a shoulder to Gage. "I'm more into tattoos, but everybody's got their thing," she deadpans. "You'll be all right," she assures him, closing her med pack and unslinging her SMG. Of course by then the fighting's over.

PEWPEWPEW! Thank the gods that damned Cylon ballerina finally went down. Lyn lets that breath out again and lowers her weapon. "We're clear! How's Tomak doing!?" she calls over.

"Got plenty of them too, Rhodes. All things to every woman," Gage answers with a grin that falters a bit into a wince. His fingers twitch again towards his gun, only marginally relaxing when the chattering of weapons stops. "I'm good," he agrees with Cate's assessment, but then a moment of rare clarity about his own mortality, adds, "Help me up? Gotta get onto those Piconese."

Aldrich ducks behind cover between rounds, starts to come out, and finds that the final Cylon has gone down. He hesitates for a moment, round-eyed, but then relaxes a little and stands up straighter, sweeping a quick glance to be sure no one else was hurt.

Ejecting the magazine to his rifle, Aleksander tucks it away into one of his mag-pouches before pulling out a fresh clip and jamming it in. Chambering the first round, he looks towards where Gage and Cate are, watching them converse somewhat casually, which is a good sign. There is no screaming of pain, spreading pool of blood, a medic working frantically to save a soldier, images that he has seen plenty of in the past. So that is a good sign, "Is it gonna leave a scar, Tomak? If so, I will need a few of your old photos autographed. Existing Cage Lowjack pictures will definitely rise in value." Tomak may catch a glimpse of an amused grin on Davion before the latter turns away to scan the outside again, rising to his feet and getting ready to move out so they can deliver the supplies to the Picon squad.

"He's all right," Cate calls back to Lyn. She smirks at Gage. "Long as they don't mind surly, right?" She slips her backpack back on, then extends a hand to help him up.

"Gotta have some flaws. Keeps things interesting." Gage has an answer for everything it seems, even if his gaze doesn't entirely focus accurately. He takes Cate's hand with a grimace as he pulls himself up, one hand pressing his rifle smartly to his side. His stance is largely stable, even if his steps are a bit uneven as he prepares to move out with the rest of the squad. It must be a measure of Gage feeling well, since he grumbles fervently to Aleksander in Tauran: <<Frak you, Davy.>>

Lyn jogs over to position beside Aldrich, where she can give him a sidelong looking over to be sure the preacher is healthy. She also gives him a little smile.

Aldrich slings his rifle over his shoulder and gives a very slight smile toward Lyn as she approaches. "All good?" he asks, a little too casually. Only professional interest over here. Yep. Totally.

Hearing that reply, Aleksander actually lets out a light laugh, still amused and also relieved. As he heads towards the door, he does give Gave a wave as if shrugging off that comment, "Once we drop off the stuff to our friends over there, I have some smokes for you." As if that would make everything better.

"Deal," even with possible concussion, Gage is never going to pass up the opportunity for free smokes. Some things are constant in the world.


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