2238-01-06 - Lost Company

The marines go searching for a missing Picon company.

Date: 2238-01-06

Location: Picon

Related Scenes: None

Plot: Operation: Bullhorn

Scene Number: 1622

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The Wolves were supporting a colonial assault into the mountains north of the city of Kienora. Picon forces had driven the Cylons out of the city, but the mountains remained a Cylon stronghold.

Things got off to a good start - some airstrikes and artillery supposedly 'softening up' the enemy positions, then colonial forces moved in. They made decent progress, but then the Cylons counter-attacked and it's been a grueling day of bitter fighting.

At one point, an entire Picon company was pinned down and cut to ribbons in a wooded valley. One group of Timber Wolves marines attacked as a diversion on the flank, drawing the Cylons away so a second group (you guys) could get in and get any survivors of the company out.

Unfortunately, the diversion was not as big of a surprise as everyone had hoped. The rescue squad came under fire almost immediately and now they've taken cover behind some rocks. Two of the squad are already dead, including the sergeant. They've seen four Cylons through the trees, and so far no sign of any Picon survivors from the lost company.

OOC> Inspirational terrain photo: https://tinyurl.com/yahjvbon

Geoff hunkers behind his rocky outcropping, neck nearly disappearing into his armor. "We're gonna get frakkin' shredded," he grumbles, waiting for a break in the fire so he can sneak the muzzle of his rifle up and maybe get a look at what in Hades he's shooting at.

It must be serious business time, because Gage hasn't complained about the weather at all in the last hour. He, too, is hunkered behind a rock, fingers brushing his vest to do a quick assessment of what he has as a backup strategy, before he pops some gum into his mouth and starts chewing. Because it's that sort of day, and he doesn't even have a spare cigarette behind his ear as usual as his reward for a mission completed. "Can we flank when we're already flanking? Gonna try," Gage mutters back towards Geoff, peeking out from his rock before moving to the left, keeping low, trying to get a better angle on the enemy.

Cate's ragged breath fogs in the chilly air, panting after the exertion of dragging the wounded under cover and trying (unsuccessfully, in the sergeant's case) to tend to them. Adrenaline isn't helping as the bullets continue to fly. She shifts her pack to her back and grips her SMG. "We can cover you while you and 'Lonso flank?" she offers to Gage.

Aldrich squints through the trees from his own spot of cover. He should probably be looking for Cylons. More likely he's looking for signs of other survivors they might have missed. "Have faith," he advises Geoff, without looking away from the forest. To Cate and Gage, he just offers, "Sounds as good as any other plan to me."

Gage gives a quick thumbs up towards Cate, and nodding towards Alonso, picks up his pace, trying to stay out of sight of the enemy.

"Covering," Geoff replies to Gage, echoing Cate, sparing just a doubtful glance for Aldrich. Not the faith type.

Cate nods to Gage and prepares to pop around the rock to shoot when he and Lonso start moving. "Sure Al'll say a few extra prayers for us," she says to Geoff's obvious skepticism.

Lonso passes.

Geoff fires a burst!

Geoff attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

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

Geoff attacks Cent2 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent1 attacks Weaver with Lmg+Bipod but Weaver EVADES!

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent2 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

Cate attacks Cent2 with Smg+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Cate attacks Cent2 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Gage passes.

Cent2 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Weaver suppresses Cent1 with Lmg+Ap and succeeds.

Weaver tries to suppress Cent2 with Lmg+Ap but FAILS.

Weaver tries to suppress Cent3 with Lmg+Ap but FAILS.

Cent3 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Graze wound to Left Arm.

Aldrich fires a burst!

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

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Weaver with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Abdomen.

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

"Shit," Geoff hisses when he gets winged, but he stays in place, squinting and changing targets since Cate takes his down.

Gage's shoulders are tense -- as the sounds of gunfire being exchanged sound behind him, but he keeps moving. He finds a new rock -- further around the side of the enemy. With a gesture towards Alonso, he counts it down with his fingers: three, two, one... and then he sprays out fire at the nearer of the centurions, hopefully taking them by surprise.

"That's my job," Aldrich confirms in an aside, but it's a very distracted comment between rounds of fire. He finally glances aside when Geoff hisses. "You okay?" he checks. He doesn't stop aiming, though.

Lonso creeps along behind Gage, moving to a better position. Weaver lays down some covering fire with his SAW. There's a hiss of pain as he's hit aggain, but it's not too bad so he doesn't call for a medic.

There's a flash of surprise on Cate's face when a seemingly-lucky hit takes down one of the Centurions. She flinches a little at the return fire spanging off the rocks. The curse from Geoff causes her to look over, checking out him and Weaver, but Al's already asking for status.

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

Lonso fires a burst!

Lonso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

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

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

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

Aldrich fires a burst!

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

Weaver tries to suppress Cent1 with Lmg+Ap but FAILS.

Weaver suppresses Cent3 with Lmg+Ap and succeeds.

Weaver suppresses Cent4 with Lmg+Ap and succeeds.

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but Cent1 EVADES!

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

Gage attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Cate fires a burst!

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

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Geoff attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.

Cent3 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but Geoff EVADES!

It's probably not as good a trap as Gage had hoped; but at least now the centurions have to potentially split their fire. Certainly, the surprise means he scores a good hit to one of the centurion's chests, but his other shots go wide, earning a low, muttered curse in Tauran. He keeps focus on the one he's firing out, chewing furiously. "C'mon, Lonso. Need to frak 'em up," he says, presumably by way of encouragement.

Indeed, one of the remaining Centurions shifts its fire to the flankers, raking bullets across the tree line. The others are dinged up but still firing.

"Fine," Geoff replies. "Just another scratch on the paint." He grits his teeth as he lets another shot rip. He manages to duck down just before a shot from a centurion blows the top off the rock he's behind.

Aldrich makes a noise of acknowledgement to Geoff's reply, just before he gets dinged himself and grits his teeth. He mutters something incomprehensible and adjusts his aim to try again.

Cate fires a burst!

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

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm.

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

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

Aldrich fires a burst!

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Right Leg.

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

Aldrich attacks Cent1 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent1 fires full-auto!

Cent1 attacks Lonso with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent1 attacks Lonso with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent1 attacks Lonso with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent1 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent1 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but Gage EVADES!

Cent1 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but Gage EVADES!

Cent4 fires a burst!

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

Cent4 attacks Weaver with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 attacks Weaver with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Weaver suppresses Cent1 with Lmg+Ap and succeeds.

Weaver tries to suppress Cent3 with Lmg+Ap but FAILS.

Weaver tries to suppress Cent4 with Lmg+Ap but FAILS.

Gage fires a burst!

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

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

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

Lonso fires a burst!

Lonso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Left Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

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

Lonso attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Cent3 fires full-auto!

Cent3 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Cent3 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

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

Lonso grunts back at Gage. "Damn things are stubborn," he gripes when one stays up even as he hits it again.

Just before a round of bullets pepper the rock Gage is hiding behind, he manages to get off another good round of shots that impact the centurion. He doesn't see what happens until moments later, after the zing of bullets landing near him has ceased, leaning out and grunting with satisfaction that the centurion is down. "As frakking stubborn as me," he agrees with a flash of grin to Lonso. Popping his gum, he aims at the next nearest, the one firing full auto on the wolves.

Another target bites it and for a second no bullets come very close to Geoff, so he lets out a breath before he aims again.

Cate lets out a startled cry when a bullet dings off her helmet. She ducks down a little, checking her head for blood, and sighs in relief when she finds none. A bit rattled, she peeks back around the rock again.

Aldrich looks over to Cate, drawn by her cry, but once he's sure she's okay, he frowns and pokes his head out to check how many targets are left. "Has anyone spotted any of the Picons out there?" he wonders as he takes aim again.

Geoff attacks Cent4 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

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

Aldrich fires a burst!

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

Aldrich attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Aldrich attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Lonso fires a burst!

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

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

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

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest. (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! Flesh Wound wound to Left Arm.

Weaver fires full-auto!

Weaver attacks Cent4 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Weaver attacks Cent4 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Weaver attacks Cent4 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Weaver attacks Cent4 with Lmg+Ap but hits the COVER they're behind.

Weaver attacks Cent4 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Weaver attacks Cent4 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Weaver attacks Cent4 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Weaver attacks Cent4 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

Cent4 fires a burst!

Cent4 attacks Weaver with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

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

Cent4 attacks Weaver with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent3 fires full-auto!

Cent3 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but Geoff EVADES!

Cent3 attacks Cate with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent3 attacks Aldrich with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent4 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Geoff, Lonso)

Weaver unloads a full burst on one of the centurions but manages to hit absolutely nothing. "Frak," he mumbles under his breath.

Lonzo's aim is more true, and he snorts at Gage. "They figure out how to program that level of stubborn, we're all frakked."

While all of Gage's shots hit, none impact strongly enough to topple the stubborn-seeming centurion. This earns a grunt of frustration, and a snort, too, at Lonzo's words. "Truly frakked," he agrees, as he adjusts his aim and takes another shot, while calling, "All good over there?" presumably towards the other Wolves.

"I'm alive," Geoff says. "Did we get 'em all? I haven't seen the Picons, anybody else?" he asks, glancing at Aldrich.

One of the Centurions is still up, but it seems to be pulling back, ducking behind some trees. Will likely get away unless they get it next round.

"Haven't seen any friendlies no. We're okay - that one's bugging out," Cate calls back to Gage. But that doesn't stop her from taking a shot at the departing one.

"And warn all its friends to come play? No, frak that!" Gage growls, leaping over the rock and advancing after the centurion at speed across the open ground.

"Frak," Aldrich mutters. He steps out further than he probably ought to in order to get off another burst at the retreating Cylon.

Cate fires a burst!

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

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

Cate attacks Cent3 with Smg+Ap but MISSES!

Aldrich fires a burst!

Aldrich attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

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

Aldrich attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Impaired wound to Chest.

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

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

Lonso fires a burst!

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

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

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

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

Cent3 passes.

Weaver fires a burst!

Weaver attacks Cent3 with Lmg+Ap but Cent3 EVADES!

Weaver attacks Cent3 with Lmg+Ap. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Weaver attacks Cent3 with Lmg+Ap but MISSES!

The Centurion shows a surprising resilience, taking a few hits but nevertheless disappearing into the forest (unless, of course, they chase it) without going down. Those things aren't as fast as humans, but they can move.

Geoff doesn't stand up from cover yet, taking another shot, but it does no good. "Motherfrakker," he murmurs, this curse specifically directed at the centurion, not the situation in general.

Gage's advance across open ground pays off in one way -- he manages to hit the centurion several times, one striking through its back -- but he growls when he sees the centurion disappear into the forest. "Frak!" he growls, glancing over his shoulder back towards the others in a moment of hesitation. "Go find the Picons," he calls back. "I'm going to go make sure the frakker doesn't report back our location," and then he's moving again, heading off into the forest at a good pace.

"Shit," Cate mumbles when her bullets hit a tree and the Centurion gets clear. "They've probably already radioed," she points out, but nevertheless is adjusting her helmet and getting up to go and look for the missing company.

"One of us should go with you," Lonzo says, glancing at Geoff and Weaver to see who wants to tag along.

"I'll go," Geoff volunteers, shouldering his rifle and getting to his feet to follow Gage.

"/Tomak/!" Aldrich starts, and his brow furrows in consternation. "For frak's sake." After that uncharacteristic outburst, he glances toward the others, momentarily lowering his rifle as he inventories who's left and probably looking for obvious wounds. As Geoff moves to follow Gage, Al calls a warning after him. "Be careful. Don't let that--" He uses some Gemenese word, "--get you killed."

Nevermind Cate's logic, Gage is determined to track down that frakker. He hears footsteps following and glances over his shoulder, nodding towards Geoff as he disappears into the forest, following the path of the centurion. Surely it's not too hard to follow -- it's big bulk would make a mess of the forest.

Cate frowns as the two move off, shaking her head. She glances to Aldrich, then moves out. "Whether they find him or not, we probably don't have a lot of time," she says. Weaver and Lonso fall in with them.

<FS3> Cate rolls Alertness: Good Success (7 7 6 6 3 2 1 1)

<FS3> Gage rolls Alertness: Good Success (8 7 6 6 4 3 3)

<FS3> Geoff rolls Alertness: Success (7 6 5 4 4 3)

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

It is easy enough to follow the Centurion's trail through the forest. It wasn't aiming for stealth. Gage and Geoff catch a glimpse of it just ahead, close enough to get a shot at.

Back on the other fork, the team moves through the valley, scanning for signs of survivors. Cate says, "Look, up there." And once she's indicated the direction, the others can see it too - a human body, sprawled over a fallen log. Unmoving.

Gage slows, abruptly, as he spots the glint of metal through the trees. He glances sidelong at Geoff to make sure the other marine's seen it too, before he raises his rifle. He gestures to indicate his intention to fire in three... two... one...

Geoff pauses when he catches sight with a clear line to fire, and lifts the rifle to shoot. And that's where his attention is focused. He waits on Gage's count to fire.

Aldrich follows Cate's gesture and grimaces when he spots the person. "Gods." He hitches his rifle onto his shoulder and quickens his step toward the unmoving figure, just in case the person is somehow still alive. He glances around to search for any other bodies as he goes.

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

Cate passes.

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Chest.

Gage attacks Cent3 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Abdomen.

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

Aldrich passes.

Lonso passes.

Cent3 passes.

Weaver passes.

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

The two marines take down the fleeing Cylon, but no sooner have they done so - return fire splinters the leaves and bark of the trees around them, coming from two more Cylons up on a ridge in the direction the third was heading.

Weaver and Lonzo cover the two medics as they move forward to the downed Picon soldier. As they get near, they can see two more just beyond, out in the open and gunned down in the back. After a quick check, it's confirmed that all three are dead.

This time, the centurion's stubborn luck has run out. Gage pops his gum, visibly satisfied when the centurion topples under the onslaught of their combined fire. Of course, satisfaction only lasts about a heartbeat before they're being fired on again, the Tauron marine diving behind a tree before he leans out to spot where the fire's coming from. "Frak. Up on the ridge. Sure could use a sniper about now," he grumbles, leaning out and aiming a shot up in that direction.

Geoff squares his stance and takes a shot before he makes any effort to get to cover. His jaw sets hard while he takes the risk to get the clearest shot he can.

Aldrich finishes checking the last body, glances over to check that Cate's assessment was the same as his, and then presses his lips together hard. He jumps and looks up at the sound of gunfire, and mutters under his breath. "What a shitshow." He glances to the others. "We better go back them up." He's already moving that direction as he speaks.

Cate had crouched down by one of the other bodies further in, giving a grim headshake to confirm Aldrich's suspicion. Her head also jerks up at the sound of gunfire, but she frowns. "There's got to be more of them out here. It was supposed to be a whole company. Looks like these guys were running from that direction." She points in the direction it appears the shots came from. "We should keep looking."

Cent6 fires a burst!

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

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

Cent6 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod. Stopped by ARMOR on Chest.

Aldrich passes.

Cent5 fires a burst!

Cent5 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod and HITS! Flesh Wound wound to Right Leg.

Cent5 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent5 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but Gage EVADES!

Lonso passes.

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Gage attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Head.

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

Cate passes.

Geoff fires a burst!

Geoff attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Leg. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Geoff attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Chest. (Reduced by ARMOR)

Geoff attacks Cent5 with Rifle+Ap but MISSES!

Weaver passes.

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

The satisfaction of scoring several good hits -- along with the thud of the centurion as it goes down -- is perhaps dulled by the fact that it takes a couple of moments for Gage to realize he's been hit. He shifts his weight, wincing reflexively as he glances down -- it's his leg, and it's bleeding, but he can still stand on it, which means he can still fight. He glances sidelong at Geoff, "You good Courtois?" he asks, while he lines up a shot on the remaining centurion.

It's a somewhat bad break for Geoff, not as bad as it might have been, but not a very good trade-off for the amount of damage he managed to deal the Centurion. Still, the thing goes down. Geoff makes a dive for the cover of trees, but it's also partly a fall. "I'm alive," he says, trying to ignore the pain to aim.

Aldrich glances in the direction of the shooting, grim-faced, but then gives a nod at Cate's suggestion. "They shouldn't have split off like that," he remarks, though it has more a tone of worry than anything. He looks around for any signs of other people passing through, but in lieu of any other evidence, he'll gesture in the direction it seems the dead men were running toward. "Let's find this missing company, then, shall we?"

"Yeah," Cate agrees, her own somber worry obvious. Weaver and Lonzo look towards the shooting, obviously antsy to go and join the fight, but they're loathe to leave the medics unguarded. Reluctantly, they continue following the path.

Gage fires a burst!

Gage attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Gage attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Incapacitated wound to Chest.

Gage's weapon clicks empty.

Cate passes.

Aldrich passes.

Lonso passes.

Cent6 fires full-auto!

Cent6 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

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

Cent6 attacks Gage with Lmg+Bipod. Stopped by ARMOR on Head.

Cent6 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

Cent6 attacks Geoff with Lmg+Bipod but MISSES!

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

Geoff attacks Cent6 with Rifle+Ap and HITS! Graze wound to Right Arm.

Weaver passes.

Cent6 has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Gage)

Geoff has been *KO'd* ! (Damaged This Turn By: Cent6)

Several bullets strike Gage's armor -- one impacting his head and one his chest, making him shake his head and shift his weight. Several of his shots strike true, ripping through the centurion's chest and toppling it over, to the Tauran's grunting approval. "Gave 'em what for, Courtois!" he's calling, pleased, before he actually glances over at the other marine. "Shit. Courtois?" That doesn't look good, and he's scrambling over towards the Caprican.

Geoff is out after another bad hit to the gut. He's bleeding, but at least he fell behind cover for once.

More gunfire from the flank causes Cate to look back worriedly. But pretty soon they've got their own issues to deal with, as they start coming across more bodies. Almost a full company of Picon marines are spread out along a rocky ridge. There are tiny craters from explosions and the associated wrecked bodies nearby. More marines have been mowed down by gunshot wounds. It's a grisly scene. "Gods," Cate breathes, sucking in a breath at the sight. The shock lasts only a few moments though and then she's cautiously moving in to start checking bodies. Weaver sets up a defensive watch, and Lonzo joins in searching for survivors.

Aldrich stands silent, surveying the carnage with a grim expression. Wordlessly, he steps forward to the nearest body and starts the work of checking for survivors. He murmurs something over each dead body, but that should be getting pretty familiar by now.

Cate passes.

Aldrich passes.

Lonso passes.

Weaver passes.

Geoff is no longer KOed !

Gage tends to Geoff and treats their worst wound successfully.

"For frak's sake," muttering and cursing apparently helps Gage focus, since he's on his knees beside Geoff, his medical kit out, tending his wounds. "Come on you, goat-frakking Caprican," because cursing at the patient is really helpful.

Geoff comes round when Gage stops the flow of blood, blinking a few times as he finds his point of view unexpectedly altered. "Frak," he says. "Frak, that hurts." Gut shots, man.

While Gage is tending to Geoff, the others make their way through the shattered bodies on the battlefield. One after another, they confirm the worst. Some have obviously been put out of their misery after their initial wounds, with neat execution-style head shots. As they near the end, Aldrich does finally find one who's alive - a young-looking fellow who seems like he's barely out of his teens. He's unconscious, lost a fair bit of blood from a shoulder wound, but is wearing even more blood from the burly guy who collapsed on top of him. Probably saved his life, making him look dead.

Aldrich is almost in a daze by the time he encounters the young man, but he snaps out of it when he realizes there's someone alive. "Cate!" he calls, urgently. "Over here! He's in a bad way, but he's breathing." He starts assessing the situation, making sure he won't hurt the kid before he starts heaving the dead guy off of him.

"Eh, you're barely even scratched, man. Frak. C'mon, let's get back to the others, get the Piconese, and get the frak out of here," Gage says, only a hint of relief showing when he manages to rouse the Caprican. He packs away the medical gear, then stoops to offer a shoulder of support to Geoff. "If you're lucky, might even buy your ass a beer."

"Just...help me get up," Geoff says, reaching for Gage's shoulder. "And don't...frakkin' forget, I never frakked a goat."

"Motherfrakkers," Cate mumbles under her breath when she finds yet another executed soldier. She adds the young woman's dogtag to her growing collection, since they won't be able to evac all of the bodies before reinforcements show up. She was staring at it when Al called for her. His yell snaps her out of it and she rushes over, unslinging her pack.

Speaking of reinforcements... Gage and Geoff can hear the distinctive clanking of Cylons who aren't trying to be stealthy, moving their way from the same direction as the two on the ridge. Out of sight, for now.

With a grunt, Gage bears Geoff's weight, though not without complaint. "You may not have frakked one, but have you been eating them lately? Frak, man," though his complaints are just about the most normal thing from the Tauran, so he can't been do worried. He does, however, try and pick up the pace as he hears the sounds of more cylons.

"You callin' me fat?" Geoff wants to know, but the quip he was planning next gets swallowed when the quicker pace sends lances of pain through him in every direction out from his gut.

"Yeah I am. So get your fat ass moving," Gage mutters.

Once Al has the big guy out of the way, he goes for his own med pack to get the job started on stopping the bleeding while Cate makes her way over. "He the only one?" he asks her when she arrives, without looking up.

"Looks like," Cate's somber voice answers. "We need to get out of here before more toasters show up." She hands him a bag of fluid from her pack and then starts unfolding the portable stretcher so they can evac more quickly with the lone survivor.

A few minutes later, Gage and Geoff are audibly trudging closer to them. Geoff doesn't look so well, with Gage supporting him. "I patched him up best I could, Rhodes, but you ought to look at him. And then we need to get the frak out of here -- there's more coming this way." He scowls, as his sweeping gaze takes in the bodies, and the lone survivor.

Aldrich nods grimly and accepts the bag of fluid. "Agreed. I hope they..." He glances up as Gage approaches, toting Geoff. His expression goes from grim to scowly again. "Frak. Tomak, come hold this so I can help." After a beat, he adds, "This is why we don't split up."

"Something inbound!" Weaver hisses when he hears the trudging approach, but after a minute of tension he says in relief. "It's Tomak and Courtois." He keeps a wary eye on the direction they came from, in case they were followed.

"Frak... Court..." Cate sounds concerned. She's about to get up, but then Al beats her to it. "Al's got him. Just need a minute to stabilize this kid and then we can go. You look like you'd better sit down and get a dressing on that leg."

"If we hadn't split up, we'd have three trying to ambush us right now," Gage replies with a scowl-by-way-of-return to Aldrich. He helps ease Geoff down into a seated position, then with trudging steps moves over to take the bag of fluid. He glances down at his leg -- apparently having forgotten -- and grunts. "Aint that bad. You can patch it up when we get to the bus."

Aldrich wordlessly gives Gage his patented preacher-thinks-you're-an-idiot frown, then turns his attention to treating Geoff's wounds so they can all get out of there. He throws a bandage at Gage between tasks. "This is going to take a sec. Might as well do as she says."

"But we would've had six fighting back," Cate points out mildly, though she doesn't sound too worked up by the decision. Mostly she just looks grim as she starts an IV for the unconscious kid. She doesn't fight Gage about the treatment either, but just tosses a field dressing package at him. Totally not realizing that Aldrich just did the same. "At least wrap it so you don't lose any more blood. Lonzo, Weaver - can you guys get this stretcher so we can move out."

Gage is undoubtedly used to such expressions -- usually from those that outrank him -- and he barely seems to react other than a shift of shoulders in a half-completed shrug. While he manages to catch the bandage, it's hard to do that and hold the fluid he was handed. He isn't expecting Cate to throw a bandage at him too, and doesn't manage to catch that with his hands fully, so it kind of hits his chest and tumbles to the floor. "Fine," he grumbles, scowling at Cate like it's all her fault. He has to set the fluid bag down to do it and roll up the leg of his pants. It's definitely not the neatest thing, and it'd probably get another scowl from the sergeant if he were being marked, but he isn't, so he does a tight, messy bang-up job instead.

Aldrich doesn't even seem to notice the fact that he and Cate apparently share a brain cell where bandage-throwing is concerned. He focuses on taking care of Geoff, doing a much neater job of it than Gage did on himself. He'll give Geoff his shoulder to help him make the journey back, while the others carry the stretcher.


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