Tinos Assault - Ground Attack
Tinos Assault - Ground Attack
Summary: The Raptors attack the ground installations during the Tinos assault.
Date: PHD 202
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Launching prelude in Tinos Assault - Viper Cover.

The aircraft separate into their respective groups, the assault Raptors heading straight for the prison camp itself, the pickup Raptors for the civilian pickup point in the forest, and the main Viper force for the intercept point midway between the prison camp and Glenhaven.

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, " Looks awful pretty down there. Maybe it's make a good place to retire."

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "Hnh. No thanks."

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Don't start making your retirement plans yet, Birdman. I've got plans for you. Let's mop this up, then we can go home and have a drink."

[Foxbat-2 'BLACK CAT': Legacy] Foxbat-2 breaks off from the birds of prey and swings down toward the assault point, trundling along with their (NPC) Viper escort. Through the screen, Thea and Lefty look relaxed, though just a touch pensive. Wings waggle briefly as they leave the other (PC) Vipers behind.

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Sparro steadies his Raptor in the atmospheric turbulence as he prepares to head down. "Nothing like a little attack on a camp with SAMs in place, right? Remember how well those always went in simulation? And the real thing was always worse, too." He sighs… but holds in formation as he goes after Black Cat's bird.

Your job is to take out the SAM batteries first and then the HMG towers. is not a valid participant.

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Foxbat-4 actually waggles almost in unison with Foxbat-2, only completing half of the wobble before falling back in the formation just a little and modifying its course north two point five carom… all the better not to scuttle Fox-2's targeting systems.

As the Raptors swoop down towards the planet's surface, the DRADIS blips to indicate a swarm of Raiders heading their way from Glenhaven. Fortunately the other Viper strike team seems to have them well in hand. That just leaves the SAM batteries. Warning lights dance on the Raptor controls as they get into range and the SAMs begin tracking.

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "Well. Don't they look happy t' see us."

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, " I TOLD you we should have brought wine."

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Birdman, I want you to take out the southeast. Madman, you're taking out north east, by their airfield. I'm going for the southwest. Questions?"

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, wilco. Are we each taking an escort?"

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Sparro pulls his bird into a tight turn to get a good trajectory on the tower, lining up his shot.

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Madman, Black Cat. They'll hang back until the SAMs are down and then will help us with the machinegun towers. No use all of us hitting the same one. When your tower's down, Madman, proceed to the tower on the west side of the airfield. Sparro, you're going to go for the one north of your first target, up in the northwest corner."

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, " Black Cat, Birdman. Loud and clear, Boss. Thorn, see if you can ECM it out of getting a good look at us…"

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Komnenos] There's an imperceptible hum of electricity in the air as Thorn brings Fox-8's active ECM systems online, hammering the Cylon tracking systems with staticy bursts of EM interference.

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, I hear you. Leaving your six in three."

[TAC2] "Shadow" Absalom says, "Shadow, two on me, going evasive."

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Sparro moves in on his first target, grimacing as the Tower seeks a lock. "Ok, you bastards, let's see what you've got going on here…"

The first of the SAM batteries lights up, missiles streaking towards the sky as the Raptors make their final approach. And then it is ON.

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] On count, Foxbat-4 peels from formation and skims along a layer of atmo, leaving scrapes in the clouds until it slices down through them for a clear reading of its target at the northeast.

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, " It's a hit…! Damn, Armor took it. Swinging around for another pass. Repeat, Sam4 still operational."

[Foxbat-2 'BLACK CAT': Legacy] Foxbat-2 comes sliding in, the shot aimed for SAM2 skimming by without a hit. Rather than spin away, though, Thea's Raptor swings back around for a second shot at the same target.

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, Northeast SAM is down. Proceeding to secondary target."

One of the batteries explodes in a shower of sparks. Pandemonium erupts among the humans in the camp, some cowering in terror, others running around like chickens with their heads cut off, still others cheering and screaming.

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Sparro's Raptor swings around hard after passing the SAM battery once, skimming the tops of trees to give as small a DRADIS profile as possible. Time to dance again.

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Good shooting, Madman. Copy that, Birdman. Let's blow these bastards to hell."

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "All ships, Thorn. Heads up, I'm switching two of my ECM channels t' deal with those heavy Raiders."

The ECOs seem to be doing their jobs well. Several missiles are fired from the surface, but all miss their targets.

[TAC2] "Crybaby" Kitty says, "This is Crybaby. Where are those Raiders located?"

[TAC2] "Crybaby" Kitty says, "OOC - Nevermind."

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Foxbat-4 dips and pivots to port, baring its belly to the breeze and banking off westward to the secondary target.

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, " YES! She's down… preparing to attack… belay that, my secondary target is down as well."

More pretty explosions! Several more of the SAM batteries are taken out in short order, leaving only one behind. And still no hits on the friendlies.

[Foxbat-2 'BLACK CAT': Legacy] Thea's Foxbat swings around for a THIRD attempt at SAM2, diving just a little closer since the last two attacks failed.

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "Wasn't this supposed t' be perilous?"

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Good job, people. Good job. Birdman, target my SAM. Madman, pull back slightly and prepare for a run on those machineguns."

Over on the northeast side of the camp, one of the towers (Tower3) has opened up on the helpless civilians down in the mine. The two on the northwest side have been blown to smitherines by marine rockets.

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, reporting secondary target down. I repeat, secondary target has been destroyed. Requesting further targeting instructions. Toes, man, remind me never to be in a horror film with you. Black Cat, Madman, I hear you, pulling back half and targeting far tower."

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Sparro's Raptor roars around the smoking remains of his target as he bears down on Thea's. The turn is tight, but hey, Gees are fun, right?

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, tower has opened fire. Permission to expedite returning the favor?"

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Madman, blow that bastard to hell and back. Watch the civvies."

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, I hear you."

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "Just saying, Madman."

Another Tower is taken out by the marines on the ground. Raptor3 circles around for another pass, only to get a missile up his tailpipe. BOOM!

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "OK. Maybe now I feel a little imperiled."

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "Hell of a bloody rush, ain't it?"

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, " Does this thing have some kind of scrambling going on, or what? Black Cat, Birdman. I'm coming in from southeast this time, let's try not to swap paint, sir…"

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Thea swears quietly as Raptor3 goes down. "Birdman, we have to get this SAM taken out. Madman, continue working on those towers."

The Raptor that got hit goes down in flames to the forest north of the camp.

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, I hear you."

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Foxbat-4 sails a little further past the target than completely seemly, then, all of a sudden, begins to pivot on its central axis, swinging its hind end about and veering south carom for another attempt to lock target.

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Sparro's Raptor swings around for another pass, holding dead even as Sparro opens as wide a profile on the tower as he can. "Go baby go…" he whispers as he fires…"

[Foxbat-2 'BLACK CAT': Legacy] Thea's Foxbat swings in for one final attack on that damned SAM2. It's the third or fourth time she's gone after it, and now, clearly, she's pissed.

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "Another Raptor down. Would you lot be so kind as t' take that thing down already?"

The missile doesn't seem to have destroyed the Centurion manning the tower, but it did serve to draw his attention away from the civilians. He turns his heavy machinegun towards the Raptor that shot at him. Meanwhile another Raptor is struck hard.

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, "tac3 "Shut it, Thorn. Go again. Coming in from Northeast, this time.""

[TAC2] The other Raptor pilot calls in: "Engine's hit. We've got just enough juice to get us back to Kharon orbit. Sorry guys."

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Raptor2, RTB. Limp it in and let them know we'll need SAR once the area's clear."

The marines on the ground take out the other machinegun tower. Just that one pesky one left.

[TAC2] Raptor2, "Acknowledged. Will send in the cavalry."

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Turn, aim, fire. Yadda yadda yadda. Would this thing just DIE already?

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Foxbat-4, having gotten awfully close to the ground in the last few targeting passes, pulls up and twists sinuously clockwise until it changes the axis of its tilt and peels back and across, attenting to target the coordinates once more.

[Foxbat-2 'BLACK CAT': Legacy] Thea's Foxbat spins around for what is, hopefully, a final run on that SAM. This time, she's going straight on in, as if she's going to take the damned thing out with her Raptor.

In a rather impressive display of pyrotechnics, no fewer than three air-to-ground missiles rain down on the last hapless SAM tower, blowing it to smithereens. Tower3 is likewise taken out, and the field of battle becomes oddly quiet. The heavy raiders seem to have flow off - flying the coup, it appears.

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "Last of the static defenses have been destroyed. Those two Raiders are bugging out."

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, reporting target destroyed."

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, "I believe the adaquate expression is blown to frakking hades…"

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Ok Riders, looks like we get to have some potshot fun. Look for little silver things on the ground. When you see them, shoot them. But make sure they're well out of range of people on the ground."

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman— you want us to shoot missiles? At Centurions?"

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, "Yeah, wouldn't it be more fun to just run them over?"

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Madman, Black Cat. You have your orders. We have troops going in down there and too much metal on the ground. Break it up into thirds. Birdman, you have the west. Madman, you have the east. I'll take the center."

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Sparro pulls his bird high into the air, looking down at the targets around him. Very nice. Suddenly, he sees a squad of three. Perfect. Diving down, he unleashes a missle blast at them.

[Foxbat-2 'BLACK CAT': Legacy] Foxbat-2 pulls around and starts down the center, not quite buzzing the camp, but getting close. One of the rockets picks off a glint of silver toward the southern edge, making it rain metal and dirt.

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, I hear you."

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Riders, our job right now is to provide cover for those Marines down there and make sure the way's clear to get those people out. Mind the mine. I think there are some injured down there."

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Kisseus can't help but sound a little more dubious than usual on that delayed acknowledgement, and his boat evens out to drift toward the east, trepidatious, trying to find something that looks like a target— preferably one that isn't moving too much. He finally lobs a missile toward a position on a hill away from people, but by the time it hits the only Cylon that had been over there had… moved. Rather.

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "All ships, Thorn. DRADIS is clear… we've got the skies t' ourselves for a bit, at least."

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Sparro pushes his bird down to the dirt this time, allowing the Raptor to knock some Centurions around. More fun that way.

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Birdman, go ahead and put a few potholes in that airstrip and take out anything you see there. Pull it back up."

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman. Permission to land in the mine region and see about loading up some of the worst wounded for immediate transport back to Kharon? I feel like I'm firing cannons at fireflies over here."

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "That's a negative, Madman. We're going down when we get the greenlight from the Marines."

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, "Black Cat, Birdman. Roger that. Back to the boring stuff."

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Sparro's Raptor pulls up and veers for the landing field, making it less suitable for that sort of thing.

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "Madman, Thorn. I thought you pilot types were supposed t' like shooting things."

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Thorn, Madman, if I wanted to shoot things I'd have flown a Viper."

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "Hnh. If only it was that easy."

Down on the ground, some of the people in the mine pit have come up to the edge and are waving to the Raptors, all 'come get us!'

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Madman, Birdman, I'm putting you both on guard duty. Keep a check on the perimeter. I'm going in closer to let them know help's on the way. We've blown up enough. It's time to go on guard duty."

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, I can't get a targeting solution on any of these guys. Crybaby's going to try sending them out a jamming suite, see if we can't make a few of them fall over. I hear you, Black Cat, setting perimeter route."

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Copy Madman. I'm going to double check with CAG about dropping down. If it's clear, I want you going in. Birdman, you'll hang back."

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "Madman, Thorn. Um, ECM doesn't really do anything t' Centurions, y' know."

[TAC2] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "I've tried."

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Have you, Thorn? Well, now we have, too. About as useful as me trying to lob missiles at them. Heh."

The ground troops have finally managed to breach the wall on the prison fence, and people have begun streaming into the forest to the pickup area.

[Wolf-3 'SPIDER': Kai] The thunder of viper engines burning at full throttle can probably be heard clear through the valley as the Vigilantes arrive on the scene. Spider's somewhere in the mix, breaking away with Shadow as the group establishes a loose CAP over the assaulted prison camp.

[TAC1] "Spider" Kai says, "Acknowledged, Black Cat. You're clear to help out with the rescue; we'll keep an eye on things from here."

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Madman, Birdman, you two are green to go down and get people. Load 'em up fast and orderly. Crybaby, Thorn, they're going to need you two directing traffic."

[TAC1] "Spider" Kai says, "You got it, Fingers. I'll be sure to liquefy it first."

[Wolf-18 'SHADOW': Absalom] Following in Spider's wake, is Shadow. His Viper is at his lead's four o'clock high, and, showing just a few small dings along one of its wings. The pilot keeps his eyes fixed to DRADIS for incoming contacts.

[TAC1] "Fingers" Jupiter says, "Aw, mamabird."

[TAC2] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, acknowledged."

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, "Black Cat, Birdman. I'm on it. Hope they're not too dirty, though, I just cleaned this bugger out."

[TAC1] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Spider, we had a Raptor go down at the following coordinates. Request SAR from Kharon, if you're amenable."

[TAC2] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "I'm staying empty to get the Marines and Resistance back. We'll get people back for the rest."

[TAC1] "Spider" Kai says, "Understood, Black Cat. Stand by."

[TAC1] (from "Fingers" Jupiter) It's some time later that Jupiter chimes in on the comms again, presumably after thinking about the liquefy comment for a while longer. "… Spider, that mental image is lingering. Like a 30 litre trash bag of veggie soup dropped from ten stories up."

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Foxbat-4 eases itself south of caron and geo-northward to that edge of the mine to a landing area helpfully pointed out by its ECO.

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Sparro follows suit, moving to make pickup. Oo-rah.

The combination of air and ground assault has cleared out the resistance enough that the Raptors take no fire as they land on the lip of the mine. The bulk of the civilians are off by the tent camp so they don't get swamped too badly when they land. Still, there are far more people than they can take, some injured, all clamboring to be rescued.

[Foxbat-2 'BLACK CAT': Legacy] While the other two Foxbats go down, Thea's continues to circle above, keeping a lookout. She falls in with the Viper CAP fairly easily, just a bit lower to the ground.

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] As he lands, Sparro gestures for Thorn to open up the door as he starts the relaunching cycle. This place CANNOT be expected to stay safe for too much longer.

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Foxbat-4 settles down, and Kissy unlocks the lever to release the hatch. "We need to make sure that the people who can't make it to the regular pickup site are the first on board. Can you handle some sort of triage out there, Kitty? Get on the Marine commline and see if you can find someone tending to those who got wounded in the mine."

[TAC1] "Spider" Kai says, "Black Cat, I'd like you to go in and see to the crew of that raptor. Grab the data drives and load up the crew."

[TAC1] (from "Black Cat" Legacy) Thea's silent for a moment before acknowledging. That silence is likely enough to tell everyone on the channel what happened. But then she comes back with, "Copy that, Spider. Breaking off for SAR."

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Komnenos] And with that, Thorn rises from his station, shucking off his helmet as he reaches for the door control. His right hand goes for his pistol, and he clutches it in a guard position. Just as a precaution, naturally, in case there's a Cylon they missed — or if he needs to warn off anyone who seems a little too enthusiastic to board in an orderly fashion.

Some marines and resistance on the ground are helping to filter people out to the alternate evac site, but it's pretty much mass chaos down there. Everyone wants onto the Raptors they see. Komnenos' pistol deters them a bit, but one guy in particular seems bound and determined to shove his way on.

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] Sparro, hearing trouble, quickly comes around, pistol out, and fires one shot into the air. "THIS WILL GO A LOT FRAKKING FASTER IF YOU LOT CAN DO THIS QUICKLY AND CAREFULLY!"

[Wolf-16 'POET': Roubani] Roubani remains in CAP pattern, keeping an eye both on their surroundings and the readouts on DRADIS. Every so often he glances down towards the chaos at the surface, and his helmet-shadowed mouth makes a thin, pensive frown. It's still not all sitting quite well.

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Kitty] Everything is left hot, nothing shut down on the chance that they'll need to take off in a hurry. "Roger, Madman." The coms are keyed onto the Marines' channel and she's speaking even as she goes to see what aid she can lend. "This is Foxbat-4. We have just landed at the mining facility…is anyone tending to the wounded here?"

[Wolf-18 'SHADOW': Absalom] Shadow continues on around with Spider. Just flying around in large circles.

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Komnenos] "Get in line, gods damn you!" Thorn shouts on Sparro's heels, his ire focused on the one troublemaker in particular. "We don't have time for this shit." The pistol is moving in the overanxious man's direction. "It's simple. Stay in line, keep this orderly and don't make me anxious. My finger gets itchy when I'm anxious. An' I'm not aiming at th' bloody sky, you'll notice."

A marine and a resistance fighter carry a badly injured Lyssa over to Komnenos' bird. "Hey, we need to get her evac'ed."

The shot fired scatters everyone, already a bit jumpy after all the fighting. They back off.

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Kissy is so very not opening the hatch until Kitty gets on the line with someone who'll get the wounded over to the Foxbat. Especially not when people staty climbing on the Raptor. He clears his throat and opens up a line to be piped outside. "Guys," he tells the panicking crowd. "There are marines waiting to take you to the pickup site. You will not be left behind. Please -go- with the marines. This Raptor is slated for pickup of casualties. Yes, sir, I see that you very badly want to come inside. But if you're well enough to climb up on my frontplate, you are well enough to walk to the pickup site. Please be considerate of those around you who have had pieces of metal forcibly inserted into their flesh in the last few minutes."

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] "You and you…" Sparro points to two who had been more or less behaving. "Help get her aboard, then stay aboard yourselves. Injured get on first. And keep moving."

Lyssa is… definitely badly injured, to say the least. Somehow the woman managed to take twenty-two rounds before she dropped, and she hasn't so much as moved on her own since she did so. The fact that she's not cooling suggests that she's still alive, though that's not saying much.

New DRADIS contacts to the northwest - another flight inbound from Glenhaven. A lot of them. Forty at least, with about a ten minute ETA.

The other group of Raptors has commenced pickup operations in the evac point in the forest. They're in the process of loading up their first round of refugees.

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Komnenos] Thorn shoots a look over at Sparro, but says nothing as he moves aside to allow the injured woman to be loaded aboard. The crowd may have scattered, but his weapon stays out; the Five-seveN and an unpleasant sneer are displayed prominently to anyone congregating around the Raptor. It's obvious that someone isn't in the mood for any further hijinx. His attention finally wavers, though, as he hears his console begin to beep insistently. A quick check of the DRADIS display prompts a florid Mierce curse from Anton. "DRADIS contacts, Birdman," he announces. "Forty plus inbound, ten minutes out." Then, his eyes dart back to the hatch. "Keep it orderly!" he warns the crowd again. Just so we're clear, and all.

[TAC1] "Spider" Kai says, "Birdman, I'm reading multiple DRADIS contacts. Get those people loaded, and get out. Break their godsdamned knees if you have to, but you've got about five minutes to pack up, and five more before there's a frakload of hot lead on our tails."

[TAC1] "Thorn" Komnenos says, "Spider, Thorn. I see them."

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Kitty] Kitty's still patiently awaiting the reply but her patience is growing very thin. "Think we should just go ahead and start loading people up, Kissy." She doesn't like going in blind but time's too short and they have people who are wounded who need help.

[Wolf-16 'POET': Roubani] Here we go again. Roubani's eyes flicker up from the dotted DRADIS screen and out the viewport towards Glenhaven itself, as though there were something to glimpse on the horizon. Kicking his thrusters out of their lazier settings, he heads back towards Sam.

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Kissy nods and finally lets the hatch down, hoping that his appeal to the common sense of the crowd will stem the tide of people long enough for Kitty to get out there and get the people who need to be onboard -on.- "Go, Crybaby. Worst on first,"

[Wolf-18 'SHADOW': Absalom] A yawn had crossed over Shadow's lips prior to the apperance of so many contacts on DRADIS. And then, Absalom curses in his cockpit, and angles his ship over towards the oncoming Raiders.

[Wolf-6 'CASE': Samantha] CAP is over. Back to something a bit more fierce. Sam's flying immediately turns tighter also, getting ready for work again and not the casual, protective sweeps of previous.

Whether through the appeal or the display of guns, the shellshocked civilians go along with the Raptor crews' instructions, loading up the few birds in just a few minutes. It's not too hard since they can't carry that many, particularly wounded who have to lie down.

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Kitty] The ramp lowering allows for Katherine to peek out first, trying to get a hang of the situation beore stepping out. "We are here to pick up wounded but we need to go in a triage order," she calls out, her voice muffled some due to her helmet. "Please bring your worst wounded up and we'll load them first and we'll go from there. Please act in a civil manner. No shoving, no fighting or we will be forced to leave you behind."

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Sparro] "About time. Button up." Sparro moves back to his pilot seat and fires up the engines.

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, " Black Cat, Birdman. We've got a full load, request permission to head home."

[Foxbat-8 'BIRDMAN': Komnenos] "Don't waste time being polite, shoot if you have t'," Thorn hollers over towards the other Raptor where Kitty is directing oncoming traffic. His advice is only half joking, but it's unnecessary, it seems, as the crowds begin to fall in line. "Alright, that's all we can carry," he says finally, after several checks of the compartment. "We're full. We're FULL! Back off!" The pistol twitches in his hand. "Shove off t' the other pickup point. Now." Finally, the hatch is clear, and Thorn closes her up.

[TAC2] From the other pickup site, the lead Raptor pilot chimes in, "Got our first batch loaded. Launching now." The second site says a moment later, "Just about done here as well."

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Kissy sits up front for about a half a minute before, feeling the time constraints, he finally unstraps himself and decides to go be useful, strapping in the wounded as tenderly but hastefully as possible as Kitty brings them on board, expediting the loading of passengers.

[TAC2] "Knight" Praxis says, "Raptor flights, this is Kharon. Don't wait for the bogeys to come to you - RTB immediately upon filling up."

[Wolf-3 'SPIDER': Kai] Spider maintains his patrol over the forested area bordering the camp, eyes alternately on his DRADIS, and what he can see of the operation on the ground. "Come on, come on," he mutters into his helmet. It isn't audible over the comms.

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, " Roger that, Kharon, buggering out now. Be advised that Foxbat-8 has a severely wounded soldier aboard, will need priority treatment upon arrival."

[TAC2] "Birdman" Sparro says, "Tac1 Kharon, Birdman on approach, request permission to land."

[TAC1] "Birdman" Sparro says, " Kharon, Birdman on approach, request permission to land."

[Wolf-3 'SPIDER': Kai] OOC: Can we all switch to tac1, possibly, so we're all on the same wavelength? Get it, wavelength? :D

[TAC1] "Crybaby" Kitty says, "Kitty's listening to the communications as well as the chatter of the pancked people. "Crap…" Giving Matto a look, she waves a few more people in which just might put the Raptor at near-full capacity if not over it. "Okay. I think we can't take anymore," she says to the pilot while trying not to be overheard by those who'll have to wait, hoping they'll be able to get more Raptors out their way."

[TAC1] "Spider" Kai says, "Ghostriders, close it up and RTB immediately, full or not. That's an order."

[TAC1] Kai says, "Vigilantes, standard escort once they move out."

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Kissy jumps back to the cockpit at the call to close up, hopping over the partition formed by the armrest in a sprightly enough fashion that one would think he had Cylons chasing him. Which, well. "Everyone still outside," he pipes out, "We're full. Move to the perimeter and find Marine escort to the pickup zone. Closing the hatch NOW." And he does.

[TAC1] "Madman" Matto says, "Spider, Madman, wilco, closing up now."

[TAC1] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Spider, Black Cat. Copy that order. Coming home with two passengers."

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] "Crybaby, tie down whoever's not yet and get strapped in yourself. We're leaving," Kissy shouts back to his backseater, belting himself in again the meanwhile. He doesn't wait for a call from the back that everyone's ready. Better people get back to Kharon knocked around a little than not get back at all. Soon the Raptor's leaving ground, Kissy trying to keep it smooth for Kitty to get situated instead of falling on her face.

[TAC1] "Shadow" Absalom says, "We droping our ordinance on the place now, Spider?"

[TAC1] "Madman" Matto says, "Spider, Madman, there are still people clearing the zone."

[TAC1] "Spider" Kai says, "Negative, Shadow. Hold your present pattern until we hear word from the ground."

[TAC1] "Shadow" Absalom says, "Shadow, Spider. Roger that. But, they're gettin a bit close."

The Raiders are getting closer and closer. Pretty soon the Colonials are going to be in serious trouble.

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Kitty] "We're good…" Kitty says once the passengers and everyone's buckled in. Matto is 'allowed' to do the coms work now as she's eying the DRADIS again.

[TAC1] "Case" Samantha says, "Holding, Spider… but itchy. Frakking itchy."

[TAC1] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, joining up with you on your five. Headed home, full house."

The last of the marines and resistance fighters are aboard the other Raptors, at least the ones who are coming with. There are still a lot of people on the ground who weren't able to fit into the Raptors.

[TAC1] "Poet" Roubani says, "Spider, Poet. If the Raptors get those jamming swallows deployed on their way out, it might buy us and the Marines some time. If not, all we've lost are a few swallows."

[Wolf-3 'SPIDER': Kai] OOC: Sorry guys, ignore my last. I guess we're on a different timeline from them. Total failsauce tonight. :)

[TAC1] "Spider" Kai says, "I agree, Poet. Ghostriders, prepare to drop chaff on my mark. Vigilantes, engage and destroy. With any luck, they'll be so mixed up they won't know their noses from their tailfins."

[TAC1] "Madman" Matto says, "Spider, Madman, wilco; swallows hot for scramble on your mark."

[TAC1] (from Salazar) The S2's voice crackles over the comms. "I need an air strike on these coordinates, target designation six in ten minutes, once we're clear, over."
That's the S2 reporting from aboard one of the Raptors, that is.

[Wolf-16 'POET': Roubani] With any luck, indeed. Roubani might be mumbling a prayer in his helmet. Who can tell; it's too soft to transmit over comm. He glances back at the raptors, waiting to see how well these things really work.

[Foxbat-2 'BLACK CAT': Legacy] Thea's Foxbat swings up into position, wings waggling just a touch.

[Wolf-18 'SHADOW': Absalom] Shadow continues his pattern with Spider. Just flying, and starting to sweat a bit.

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Foxbat-4 does not waggle. It is full of wounded people, after all. It continues following Foxbat-2 on course RTB, waiting on word to deploy swallows.

[Wolf-6 'CASE': Samantha] Case has been suspiciously quiet over the coms, just keeping to her tight patrol, waiting for the orders for the drop and then, hopefully, going forward with it. Still, the woman isn't chatty, hovering over Scorpia can only go so long before discomfort sets in.

The Raiders get closer. In firing range in about two minutes. If there's an airstrike, it's going to have to be now. And the swallows too.

[TAC1] "Spider" Kai says, "You don't have ten minutes, Nikos. Five, at a stretch. Poet, Case, Rebound and Jester, you're on escort duty. I don't need to tell you to guard those raptors with your lives. The rest of you are with me. Drop ordinance on my mark."

[TAC1] "Poet" Roubani says, "Copy, Spider."

[TAC1] "Shadow" Absalom says, "Roger, lead."

[TAC1] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Black Cat copy, Spider."

[TAC1] "Case" Samantha says, "Copy, Spider. We'll get'em home."

[TAC1] "Black Cat" Legacy says, "Ghost Riders, launch swallows on my mark. Three…two…LAUNCH."

[TAC1] "Madman" Matto says, "Black Cat, Madman, reporting swallows away. Continuing on course RTB."

The swallows are launched just as the Raiders get into range. They seem to do a good job of confusing the enemy ships, such that the 2-1 odds manage to not go as badly as they might have otherwise. The Vipers manage to win, albeit with some pretty dinged up birds, and safely escort the loaded Raptors back to the carrier. On the way out, some of the ships fire some missiles at the building on the southwest corner of the prison camp - the one Nikos singled out for annihilation. It explodes prettily.

[Wolf-6 'CASE': Samantha] Once they're along side of the now very laden Raptors they're escorting, Sam starts a tight, protective pattern around the other birds and escorts them quickly back to home.

[Wolf-16 'POET': Roubani] Roubani stays hot on the heels of the outbound Raptors, once they've broken from the confused raiders enough to make a dash for it. Incomiiiiing.

[Wolf-3 'SPIDER': Kai] Spider pulls back to allow the raptors in first, circling up and over the flight pod a couple of times before he swoops in.

[Wolf-18 'SHADOW': Absalom] Dutifully, Shadow stays on Spider's wing, circling the Kharon while the Raptors land.

[Foxbat-4 'MADMAN': Matto] Kisseus is quick to unlock and set the hatch to open and ramp descend, unfastening himself thereafter and taking off his helmet, setting it on the co-pilot's seat as he scrambles back to help Kitty untie the wounded in preparation for the medical teams boarding.

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