PHD #387: EVENT - Enter the Swarm: One Gun to Rule Them All
Enter the Swarm: One Gun to Rule Them All
Summary: The Swarm rains down on the Fleet, but the Colonials shoot back with a vengeance. This comprises the Air Wing portion of the show.
Date: 20 March 2042 AE
Related Logs: Enter the Swarm: And In the Basestar Bind Them
Andrea Baer Bran Cidra Devlin Drake Evandreus Keenan Kepner Leyla Marduk McCoy Pallas Solstice Trask Wade NPC Hydra 
Black and swarming.
Post-Holocaust Day: #387

[Harrier-651: Cidra] The last three days have been quiet ones. The calm between Swarms of late. Perhaps the destruction of the second Cylon foundry really did thin their production. But, as was the case before, the quiet does not last. It's broken by the hyperlight flash in the haze of the gas giant cloud of space the Fleet flies in now. Two Raider contacts pop up on the DRADIS. Calls set the battlegroup at Condition 1, orders for Alert fighters to launch from the Cerberus and Areion, orders for CAP to engage. It begins and it always begins, for so many days over the past month. Only two Raiders spotted now, but they are ever a prelude for more to come.

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Test."

[TAC3] "Hosedown" Andrea says, "test"

[Harrier-304: Solstice] Shakes nods her head, a faint smirk tracing her lips. As she looks back to her DRADIS, she says. "Yeah, that is what I am asking there Rook." She says. "Every ECM wants to make sure they have got a solid in the front seat. Makes our job easier." That is when the pings hit her radar and she narrows her gaze. "Ready as you are. We got two contacts, I repeat two contacts closing on our six." She intones.

[TAC3] "Shakes" Solstice says, "CAP, this is Shakes, we got two contacts and closing fast. Starting suites."

[TAC3] "Toast" Cidra says, "Flight, Toast. Confirmed, Shakes. Two bandits spotted. CAP engage to carom niner-six-three, weapons hot. Alert fighters, launch and intercept and look sharp for new contacts. They do not come alone."

[BlackKnight-853: Andrea] After so long being off the line, Andrea has only just been cleared by Medical. Several had mentioned that this apparent respite would be perfect for her to come back, maybe have a quiet CAP. But when the bogies appear, she grins. "Heya boys, I'm back…" she whispers as she pushes her bird towards them.

[TAC3] "Hosedown" Andrea says, " Toast, Hosedown. Moving to engage, weapons hot, aye."

[BlackKnight-662: Wade] Wade is out there, during one of the first runs with his modified Viper, it is certainly a new experience and one that he is liking quite a bit. However, the fun changes to full focus when the DRADIS contacts blink on his screen. Two Raiders, and we already know what happens next. He looks for visual confirmation and immediately sees that one of them is after him "Figures…" mutters the man and opens his com to speak with Decoy.

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. Same as always, we have two incoming. One of them is after me it seems, care to provide some cover fire while I shake my ass?"

[Harrier-304: Keenan] The moment the ping is heard over the DRADIS, Keenan freezes. Quickly his eyes dart to the readout as a sudden moment of panic overcomes him. His first combat. The voices over the tactical frequencies snap him out of it. Bitterly mouthing the word 'frak' with an angry face, he reaches for his flight controls to do as he was trained. "…hell of a day to sign on." He murmurs off of the line. For now he's silent. Silent and serious.

[TAC3] Keenan says, "CAP, this is 304, moving into support position."

[BlackKnight-854: Drake] Barreling out of the Areion and then into a few barrel rolls, Dizzy zooms towards the skirmish, keeping her CAG covered while he keeps ups.

[Harrier-304: Solstice] "Just keep us steady, Rook." Intones Shakes as she is revving up the frequencies for jamming signals. Her gaze narrows a moment and she cleans up the signal with a shift in lower amplifiers and releases. The ECO shifts a little and spares a glance up at Keenan. "Just keep her steady and out of fire. We are here to offer interference that is all. I got us covered." She says. She broadens her placement of footing to get ready for the rock and roll pitch of the newb.

[BlackKnight-855: Devlin] Out on CAP with Drips, Devlin reads the DRADIS contacts at the same time as his wingman, and is already shifting to engage when Wade gets on the comms. He wheels his Viper into position, and replies.

[Harrier-651: Bran] "Ah," breathes out Bran under his breath. With contacts appearing on his DRADIS readouts does begin his spooling of combat and jamming suites, pocketing a pen he had been idly playing with in the process. "Ares, I do believe I am of one mind with thee. And Toast, I do believe I'm all set back here - time for some fun again."

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, "Drips, Decoy. Copy that, I see them. Moving to engage the bandit on your four now."

[Spectre-001: Baer] Not that Baer isn't keeping up. His slate grey Viper — burned black here and there where new armor plating has been welded to his bird — accelerates out of the launch tube and executes a pinpoint turn toward the designated coordinates, while behind him the rest of the Spectres fan out into their assigned sectors. Two by two, two by two. At this point, it's almost automatic.

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Hosedown, Drips. If you are thinking about going after the one tailing me, don't. I'm covered. You need to protect the Toast's Raptor."

[TAC3] (from "Bootstrap" Trask) The call goes out, which means Trask is soon enough on the horn. "Flight, this is Bootstrap. Alert Harriers are launching. Bunny and I are en route. Save us a few dances. Over."

[TAC3] "Hosedown" Andrea says, " Drips, Hosedown. It's your ass. Heading to the other one…"

[BlackKnight-1117: McQueen] A grey blur with a flickering blue tail, Viper One-One-One-Seven comes hurtling out of the Cerberus' launch tubes along with the Colonial 'counterswarm', as Queenie's bird takes a straight and direct route towards the new, unwelcome contacts with only a couple RCS bursts correcting its course.

[Harrier-303: Evandreus] In the wake of the alert Vipers rolling out from Cerberus, the alert Raptors rise in a line formation through the perimeter of the ship before each one adjusts course to head off in pairs to shore up the CAP ECM capacity. Bunny lets the raptor roll slightly on its Z before veering off in an easy arc out after 304.

[Harrier-307: Leyla] Flying into the formation of alert raptors is Big Bertha, Harrier-307, flying clear of the main ship and moving to provide cover for the approaching Areion vipers, the raptors moving out to cover the entire field. Skeeter and Sweet Pea, at your service.

[Harrier-304: Keenan] "Yeah I'm keeping distance." Keenan replies to Shakes as he flattens out a bit of wobble he had in his approach towards the raiders. Keeping away from the main furball that is about to form, he fights the chill creeping up the back of his spine. It's evident in the tone of his voice that his body has flooded his bloodstream with adrenaline, and he's already starting to sweat. He glances down to the DRADIS, watching the IFF record the launching craft for a split second. His eyes snap back forward, the resulting jolt causes their Raptor to wobble just a bit, which he quickly restabilizes. "Sorry…Sorry…"

[TAC3] "Queenie" McQueen is maybe a little less chatty and more curt than usual. Which is likely a good thing for everyone involved. "Flight, Queenie. Everything green here. Except for those two bandits, yeh? Moving to intercept at three-seven-niner carom three-oh."

[Harrier-304: Solstice] Used to some harsh movements, Solstice compensates a little but the sudden rock in what should be a relatively calm flightpath causes her to grab her console edge. Letting out a breath, Shakes speaks up. "No harm done, Rook. This is no different from the sims, just keep it easy and soft. You tense, that is when the Raptor feels it most." She says. Not a pilot herself. "Its just blue skies, keep us close and keep us agile. You got this, Rook." She says in encouragement. "The Vipers get to dance. We just keep the low beat."

[TAC3] "Bunny" Evandreus says, "Raios, Bunny. I'm coming up over to your eleven for suite symph formation zeta. You doing okay there?"

<COMBAT> Pallas attacks Raider2 with KEW - Light wound to Left Wing.
<COMBAT> Keenan passes.
<COMBAT> Evandreus passes.
<COMBAT> Cidra passes.
<COMBAT> Wade attacks Raider1 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Skeeter passes.
<COMBAT> Leyla passes.
<COMBAT> Andrea attacks Raider2 with KEW - Serious wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Trask passes.
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Cidra with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Wade with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Mcqueen passes.
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Raider1 with KEW - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Baer passes.

<COMBAT> Raider-0520r has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider2 has been KO'd!

<FS3> Solstice rolls Ecm: Success.
<FS3> Trask rolls Ecm: Good Success.
<FS3> Bran rolls Ecm: Success.
<FS3> Leyla rolls 5: Bad Failure.

[Petrel-647: Pallas] That old Mk II hurtles into space from the Cerberus, launching itself directly into the action without a second thought. Her pilot is none other than Pallas, who has apparently been given the green light from medical staff to get back in the cockpit. He takes a quick pass at one of the Raiders, landing a few shots, and barrel rolls past it at full speed. Looks like he's more excited to fly again than to rack up more kills.

[BlackKnight-662: Wade] The controls respond a lot faster than usual and it takes a moment for Wade to adjust himself to the modified Viper. Certainly, the sims don't do justice to what this modifications really do. He manages to dodge the incoming attacks from that Raider but he fails to hit mark, just looking at how his KEW gets not even close to the target. "Alright, minor changes…"

[Harrier-303: Trask] Another day, another battle. Business as usual. So much so that it should be unsurprising that Bootstrap is rather blase about it all. "Glad I hit the head when I did," he casually remarks to Evandreus. "Love my coffee and love it black, but not so keen about pissing it out when out in the black."

[Harrier-304: Keenan] The young pilot, Keenan, listens to the words of encouragement from Shakes and takes them into consideration while trying to keep his movements as fluid as possible. Hovering outside of the tangle of Vipers and Raiders, his Raptor shift to the side while trying to maintain a spherical perimeter around the fight. Aside from little bits of tilt, he's managing like a rookie and doing it all with very little style. Less mouth, more piloting, the ECO in the back of the Raptor doesn't get a reply. Once the first Raider explodes, he chimes in over the TAC.

[TAC3] Keenan says, "Buddy, Raios, just keeping the nose pointed at the ugly. We're doin' fine. Out."

[Harrier-651: Cidra] Cidra adopts the tight evasive flying with the Raider on her tail, and manages to avoid getting burned. The fact that the Vipers covering her blow it to smithereens helps, certainly. "You pray to Ares, Pens, I will pray to Athena, and will cover the war on two fronts. Though I could do with less frequent attention from all the Lords of battle."

[BlackKnight-853: Andrea] Andrea lets out a whoop as her target explodes, and pulls up into formation in anticipation of the rest of the Swarm while that warm "just killed a Cylon" glow lingers.

[Harrier-307: Leyla] Harrier-307 settles into formation, spreading out into the staggered line and fray of raptors providing ECM coverage for the engaging vipers. Just another day in paradise. "I'm not sure about these changes, Skeeter, she just doesn't feel right." Anthropomorphizing at its best. "They've been messing with her private parts and she's not happy about it."

[TAC3] "Shakes" Solstice says, "Flight, Shakes. I've got three new pings on DRADIS. But the power read outs in their bursts are stronger than I have seen. Stronger than a heavies. I need confirm!"

[TAC3] "Toast" Cidra says, "Flight, Toast. Fine kill. My six is clear. Steady hands out there, Raios. We have been through this far too many times."

[TAC3] "Hosedown" Andrea says, " Spiral, Hosedown. Miss me, baby? Let's make some more of these bastards dead. I'm on your wing, try not to get too excited about it."

[Harrier-304: Solstice] Worry, perhaps there is some worry in her voice as she states what she spies on the DRADIS. She tries to clean up the mess of a signal, thinking it might be something that is caught in her image and nothing more. But her brows furrow, trying to stream out what she's seen. In turn, she has no words for the Rook as she tries to ascertain what her console is saying.

[TAC3] "Spiral" Pallas says, "Figures you'd survive. There are no Gods."

[Spectre-001: Baer] The exploding Raider lights up Baer's cockpit for a second or two, and the man looks away from the glare as a matter of reflex more than anything else. His effervescent blonde wingman waggles her Viper when he does — eliciting a sour little chuckle from the leader of Areion's air wing. Like peas in a pod, the two of them: fraternal, admittedly, not identical. And then gloved fingers flick on the afterburner, vaporizing tylium streaming a hot orange-white from the nacelles of his sleek unpainted fighter.

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, "Drips, Decoy. Still chasing the one on your tail, maybe we can take it out this time. Are you reading any more contacts? My DRADIS has just the one but you never know with this radiation."

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "Flight, this is Papa, bingo contacts here. Stay in your lanes."

[TAC3] "Hosedown" Andrea says, " So those flowers weren't from you, then? Pity."

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. Just crap all over the screen, and that one Raider. Still, the Raptors have more power output so I believe what they say. Keep your eyes out there. And let's turn Cylons into space crap."

[TAC3] "Bootstrap" Trask says, "Shakes, Bootstrap. Confirming three new contacts. Registering FTL sigs with more juice than found in Raiders and their chubby sisters. Odds are it's basestars, or some new toy the Cylons are bringin' to the sandbox. Currently on the outer fringes of the Fleet's location. As ever, Corsair, please advise if you notice something we don't. Over."

[Harrier-303: Evandreus] Bunny's not entirely put off by the prospect anymore, either. Not that he likes getting called out while on alert— but it's more of a nuisance, after a while, than a terror. Or maybe the acupuncture and tea is joining forces with his new Adonaic icon in order to keep him pretty chill. "Pee pocket's never a comfortable option, is it?" he'll answer back before heading back onto comms.

[BlackKnight-1117: McQueen] Not too late to the party, Queenie's Viper shifts course in a quick roll as he moves into position, cruising towards the remaining contact and maintains an aggressive velocity, approaching the bandit at a sharp angle.

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "Tango, Papa, confirm that reading?"

[Harrier-307: Leyla] "I don't see anything. You're bad luck, Sweet Pea." The pilot doesn't bother to look back, "I know." But she does key up her comms system.

[TAC3] "Bunny" Evandreus says, "Raios, Bunny, good job. Just remember to breathe. I'm right here with you, eh?"

[TAC3] "Sweet Pea" Leyla says, "Boots, do you want a couple of us to veer off and go take a looksee?"

[TAC3] "Queenie" McQueen says, "Well damn, I can feel the bloody love already. Still no joy on new contacts. This is Queenie - I 've eyes on the remaining target, takin' the shot."

[Harrier-304: Keenan] Keenan's eyebrows lower, suddenly realizing what Shakes has relayed to the rest of the flight. Putting so much of his energy into keeping his movements fluid, he continues to orbit the combat with the Raptor's nose pointed towards the fight. He glances towards his DRADIS as the TAC frequency starts rattling with theories. "Basestars? As in multiple?" He asks himself, cursing under his breath. He taps on the TAC.

[TAC3] "Tango" Foxley says, "Papa, Tango, we see them too. Looks like Rudy's going to have to undo his jock and let the Gun hang out. Again."

[TAC3] Kepner says, "Flight, Areion Actual. Copy that. We're getting the readings in from the Corsair now. Confirm, three new bandits out there, and their DRADIS confirms we have basestars. They're hemming us in. Looks like they got tired of hitting and running. We're prepping the Gun. Time this damn chase ended."

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "Tango, this is Papa. You are ordered never to speak about Rudy's jock again."

[TAC3] "Spiral" Pallas says, "If it didn't tick, it wasn't from me."

[Harrier-651: Cidra] As those contacts are confirmed, those three large DRADIS shadows being to pour forth their spawn. Dozens of contacts coming from those positions light up the DRADIS boards. The swarm has come, an in larger and stronger numbers than it has before.

[Harrier-303: Trask] When Baer asks Tango for verification, Trask smirks. "Fates forefend that a non-Evocati ECO actually be able to adequately do their job," he snickers, likely loud enough for his pilot to hear in the cabin.

[Harrier-304: Solstice] "Not basestars, Rook." She says to her pilot as she is trying to rev up suites to accomodate the influx of bogies. "Not big enough. Whole Flight would have seen those." She says. Her fingers are flying over the console. "We got locks on friendlies. Bring us about if you can." She says and tries to expand the frequency to offer some cover for the ships.

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. It seems you have one after you, why don't we pay attention to that one first shall we? It's a heavy and everything. Let's burn the hell out of it."

[TAC3] Keenan says, "Bunny, Raios, I thought you said…nevermind, thanks. Breathing fine. Out. Basestars or not, Shakes, that's a lot of frakk—"

[TAC3] "Bootstrap" Trask says, "Negative, Sweet Pea. Corsy gave us what we need, although I wouldn't mind confirmation on whether or not any of 'em are those quote unquote stealth basestars."

[TAC3] "Bootstrap" Trask says, "Harriers, this is your SL. Stay the course and cover our people."

[TAC3] "Hosedown" Andrea says, " Awww, the clockwork monkey was yours? How sweet. Let's go kill a Raider together."

[TAC3] "Sweet Pea" Leyla says, "I can try to do that for you, Boots. They're disgorging their raiders now, I'll see if I can check for markings."

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "Dizzy, Papa, looks like our six is clean. Hi-lo on the nearest bandit, designation Raider-Fife."

[Harrier-651: Bran] "Uh." Not that one Sam Bran suddenly finds distaste in talking prayers and religious business with Cidra; no, he's just heavily distracted by his consoles all of a sudden. "Well, I'm not the only one seeing things. That's a load off of sorts - of sorts." He goes back to murmuring a prayer, just in case.

[Harrier-304: Keenan] "…Basestars or not that a lot of frakkin Raiders." Keenan replies to Solstice, turning his TAC emit off a little to slowly as he turns the Raptor in the direction that his ECO needs. "You do your thing, Shakes, just do your thing. I've got this end covered even if I'm gonna have to pull off some acrobatic shit to get us out of this one."

[TAC3] "Bootstrap" Trask notes with a hint of dry humor, "Your initiative is ever appreciated, Sweet Pea, but let's let Tactical have a bit of fun." Which is to say that the Raptors are to continue suppressing and supporting.

[Harrier-303: Evandreus] "Come on, Bootsies, that's not exactly fair," Evan points out, his usual gently-pitched voice registering just a little bit of tension as this particular swarm starts to thicken up a little more quickly than the last couple. He doesn't take the time to elaborate on that sentiment, moving on, "And you'll have plenty of chance to go ramping up your suites," he points out, as if that should be a comfort somehow.

[TAC3] "Queenie" McQueen adds, dryly, "Speakin' too soon, wasn't I?"

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, "Drips, Decoy. Copy that, I'm taking evasives and coming around to engage, I— holy shit, this is like a swarm of swarms on DRADIS right now."

[TAC3] "Sweet Pea" Leyla says, "I thought that's what they were doing when they decided to establish a flak ring."

[TAC3] "Dizzy" Drake sounds as thought she's beaming when she tells Baer, "Roger that, Daddy-o."

<COMBAT> Raider5 attacks Andrea with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider4 attacks Leyla with KEW - Serious wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Leyla - Light wound to Right Foot.
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Mcqueen with KEW - Serious wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Pallas attacks Raider5 with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Keenan passes.
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider4 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider5 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Heavy1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider4 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider5 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Heavy1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Mcqueen attacks Raider1 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Leyla passes.
<COMBAT> Heavy1 attacks Devlin with KEW - Light wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Evandreus passes.
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Heavy1 with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Cidra passes.
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider4 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider5 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Heavy1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Andrea attacks Raider3 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Wade attacks Heavy1 with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Wade with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Baer attacks Raider5 with KEW - Serious wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider5 - Light wound to Left Arm.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider5 - Serious wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider4 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider5 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Heavy1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>

<COMBAT> Heavy Raider-5350k has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Heavy1 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider5 has been KO'd!

[Harrier-303: Trask] "Fair?" Trask quips back with a faux incredulousness. "What is this 'fair' of which you speak?" Because when the frak is life ever fair?

[BlackKnight-662: Wade] Wade moves after the Heavy Raider that is trying to take Decoy down. "Heeeere heavy heavy heavy" mutters the man, keeping the evasives up to avoid getting hit by his own little attacker. His KEW is true and hits mark, straight in the cockpit. And hey, double trouble because it seems Decoy hits as well. Yes, that Heavy Raider is /out/, and Wade manages to avoid getting his as well. Happy times, for now.

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. Nice shooting out there, one less…a shitload to go, let's dance with them."

[BlackKnight-853: Andrea] Well, she didn't hit her target, but Andrea grins as the one chasing her down explodes, and pulls her bird around to do some more good out there.

[TAC3] "Toast" Cidra says, "Flight, Toast. Can we get a closer read on those basestar signatures. Confirm if they belong to that 'stealth' monster that dogged us last time?"

<FS3> Trask rolls ECM: Good Success.
<FS3> Solstice rolls Ecm: Success.
<FS3> Bran rolls ECM: Bad Failure.
<FS3> <FS3> Leyla rolls 5: Success.

[TAC3] "Hosedown" Andrea says, " Spiral and Papa, Hosedown. Thanks for watching my ass, makes a girl feel attractive. I'll try to return the favor."

[Harrier-307: Leyla] Bertha is not happy, not happy at all. While the rest of the wing seems content to be off gallavanting around, she and her crew are trying to avoid the raider stuck on them like a bad habit. But as good as Leyla is, she isn't good enough to avoid the hit that hits her right in the nose, as it were, splintering the glass of the cockpit, the decompression a not so pleasant after image. But lose of oxygen or not, Leyla is working hard to fix her bird.

[BlackKnight-855: Devlin] Devlin takes a bit of a hit to the body, KEW pinging off armor and leaving a bit of a dent and a scorch. It doesn't throw off his shot, though, which lands right in the cockpit along with Wade's. He gives a brief, grim little cheer as the heavy raider is downed, but quickly turns his attention back to his controls, and then to the raider dogging his wingman.

[TAC3] "Bootstrap" Trask says, "Sweet Pea, Skeeter: sing out. Your sig's flickerin' like you took a nasty hit. And workin' on it, Toast."

[Spectre-001: Baer] Skiron Baer doesn't truck with the fancy flying of his wingman. He drives his Viper like he does his lovers: with a muscular, impatient, and sometimes brutal touch. The gunmetal grey of his fighter cuts sharp zigzags across space as she zips above and below blue-white tracers. And only when he settles down on his target's tail does he open fire, letting out a clinical burst from his cannons that cuts a path down its dorsal ridge to the cockpit beyond. Then it's onto the next foe, without even a yell (or fist-pump) to celebrate his victory.

[Harrier-304: Solstice] As they get closer, Shakes gets a look out the window. "Frak.." Basestars. Letting out a long sigh, she shakes her head. "Grand. Well nothing like trial by fire." She says to Keenan. She is already redirecting suites to compensate for those that are still flying strong. "That heavy is out, at least that is reassuring." She murmurs. "Sorry Rook, this is not usually what we see on CAP." Nope, not basestars. "You got lucky." Adjusting her readouts, she pauses and opens up TAC again to communicate with her fellow ECOs.

[BlackKnight-1117: McQueen] Bertha isn't the only unhappy camper, as McQueen fell for the oldest trick in the book. Oh sure, no joy on new contacts — THEY COULDN'T POSSIBLY BE HIDING. Unfortunately, that's exactly what happened. As he closes in on target #1, one of the new assailants tries to take a chunk out of his shiny metal ass with a burst of fire that sends his bird arcing wildly. He struggles with the controls as the Viper wildly overcorrects. Whatever he's thinking right now, it isn't pretty.

[TAC3] "Sweet Pea" Leyla says, "We've lost atmo, and the front window, and my suit may or may not be venting oxygen. we'll get back to you. Bertha says not to worry. Skeeter says she's never flying with me again."

[TAC3] "Shakes" Solstice says, "Flight, Shakes. Reading some energy fluctuations that match the Basestar from first contact with the Swarm. Other two read normal. Waiting for confirm."

[Petrel-647: Pallas] Pallas' Viper rolls begrudgingly from side to side when Baer finishes off the Raider he marked. It was a good kill, even if it should've been his. But there's no acknowledgement or congratulations over comms, just a quick hop over to the next target.

[TAC3] (from "Queenie" McQueen) There's a storm of static interference and noise coming over the comms. "SHIT! Flight, Queenie. I'm hit but I'm holding." More static "Bastard's up my arse, all right.."

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. Change of plans, adjust target, let's cover McQueen."

[TAC3] Kepner says, "Flight, Areion Actual. The Gun is charging. Should be ready to pop off in seven minutes, according to our engineers. Those basestars are staying in place. Might think they're out of range. We've got a surprise for them. Corsair and Praetorian are moving into position to provide amplification for our network. Will advise when ready. Keep those frakkers off us."

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, "Drips, Decoy. Turning back to that bogey on your tail, engaging along heading three seven niner carom two four. Let's— oh, okay. Changing course, copy."

[Harrier-304: Keenan] Keenan stays off of the TAC, too busy keeping his Raptor under control while having to worry about incoming Raiders and the promised threat of the Basestars. The Raptor dives, levels out, and continues to orbit around the fight. Some of the maneuvers are more crisp than others, but it's the best that Keenan can manage while trying to watch out for Raiders trying to kill them. The flight wobbles again with Queenie's near mayday, as Keenan spies the Raider bearing down on them. "No…no no no." Keenan says through gritted teeth.

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "Dizzy, Papa. Harrier-Three-Oh-Seven's looking pretty beat. Move to intercept Raider-Four. I have high, say again, I have high."

[Harrier-651: Cidra] Cidra adds a few prayers of her own. In Old Gemenese, though Bran's flown with her enough to be used to her old country mutterings by now. If nothing else, she refrains from doing it on the comm. Her Raptor slides closer to Keenan's position. Perhaps to better aid their electronic warfare outfits in syncing. Or just keep an eye on how the rook is flying.

[TAC3] "Bootstrap" Trask says, "Flight, Bootstrap. Confirming two standard basestars and one matching the sigs of the quote-unquote stealth model. And for the love of Bunny's cotton-tail, what do you mean you've lost the front window, Sweet Pea? If you can't patch the windshield, you are to RTB Ar-Tee-Eff-En. Skeeter, check your pilot's suit integrity while she makes any necessary ship repairs. Over."

[TAC3] "Dizzy" Drake says, "Copy that, Big Daddy. Seems like they need to be reminded that this porridge is too hot."

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "I don't even know what that means, Dizzy."

[Harrier-651: Bran] In the middle of finagling his systems, Bran looks to their flickering imagery and averts his attention temporarily away from the interference. It's to try and catch sight of the chaos beyond him and the CAG. A moment later has him adjusting his focus and recycling jamming frequencies to bugger with the Raiders in range under the guidance of Cidra's Old Gemenese.

[TAC3] "Sweet Pea" Leyla says, "I'm sorry, Boots, you're breaking up, lots of static…"

[TAC3] (from "Bunny" Evandreus) Bunny chimes in, "Sweet Pea, Bunny; if you need a ride home, don't be shy asking, eh?" especially as Toast comes over to take over looking after 304.

[TAC3] "Dizzy" Drake sounds bewildered. "You've never heard that story?" And then the woman actually feels a little crestfallen, only to bounce back when she realizes that, "I'll tell it to you later."

<COMBAT> Wade attacks Raider3 with KEW - Light wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Pallas attacks Raider4 with KEW - Moderate wound to Left Wing.
<COMBAT> Evandreus passes.
<COMBAT> Cidra passes.
<COMBAT> Raider4 attacks Leyla with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Wade with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Keenan passes.
<COMBAT> Baer attacks Raider4 with KEW - Moderate wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Andrea attacks Raider4 with KEW - Serious wound to Body.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider4 - Serious wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider4 - Serious wound to Neck.
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider4 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Mcqueen with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Mcqueen attacks Raider3 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider4 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider4 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider4 with ECM. <unsuccessful>

<COMBAT> Leyla treats Harrier-307
< Cockpit (Serious): unsuccessful

<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Raider3 with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider4 has been KO'd!

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "I'm sure you will, Dizzy, whether I like it or not. And — hold one. Three new contacts on your three."

[Harrier-304: Solstice] As new contacts blip onto screen, Solstice is trying to link attempts with Pens. But as a lock sounds out and one moves in on thir tails, she opens com.

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Hosedown, Drips. Keep hitting like that and you'll make me swoon."

[TAC3] "Shakes" Solstice says, "Toast, Shakes. We both have company, we should probably split up and engage dancing partners so that we don't get caught in crossfire."

[TAC3] "Spiral" Pallas says, "Hosedown, Spiral. Your kill, not mine. Two on my tail unless my DRADIS is frakked, taking evasive. Keep 'em from putting more holes in me."

[Spectre-001: Baer] As Dizzy's Viper breaks low, Skiron Baer pulls back on his stick, firing his ventral RCS points as he does. And with that elegant flip, his fighter's nose is suddenly where her tail once was, flying inverted so Papa can eyeball the silver roach-like Raider skittering toward Leyla's stricken Raptor. Then down, down, down he goes, another controlled burst from his guns tearing mercilessly through the Raider's ammo box before the Cerberus pilots finish the job.

[Petrel-647: Pallas] Pallas isn't doing great on his first day back in battle. But he's not doing terrible either. His shots are landing on target, at least. He's feeling pretty good until he sees two bandits on his tail and kicks it into evasive maneuvers, weaving in and out through the action to try to shake them.

[BlackKnight-662: Wade] To help McQueen, Wade goes. Yes, the pilot manages to hit Queenie's attacker but only barely, causing minor damage. The good part is that he dodges the attacks against him once again and it seems that this works well because that Raider, decides to take on a new target. Score. Quickly enough, Wade turns his Viper and speeds towards Cidra's Raptor.

[Harrier-304: Solstice] Shakes then looks forward towards Keenan, "Ready to shake em. Got your back." She says and begins to redirect behind them, attemptng to focus mostly on those that are creeping up on the two Harriers.

[Harrier-304: Keenan] "Frak…hang on back there!" Keenan barks inside of his Raptor, pulling hard to the right and going into evasives as a Raider takes interest in his craft. A gut-wrenching turn is pulled, designed to get away from the Raider, but has the side effect of putting the enemy to be vulnerable to the human side of the battle lines. Breathing heavily, Keenan fights his urge to panic and stays evasive.

[TAC3] (from "Bootstrap" Trask) Is that a hint of incredulousness in Trask's own voice? Could be. "Well, you're comin' in crystal clear, Sweet Pea." Even so, he breaks out the proper protocol, "I say again: if you cannot repair the windshield, you are to R-T-B R-F-N." Which, for the acronym lost, is standard for: Return To Base, Right the Frak Now. "If you requite a tow, sing out."

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. Look at that, that Raider got bored of me, I'm just not a fun date it seems. Let's cover Toast."

[TAC3] (from Baer) "Toast, Papa. You've one on your tail. We're engaging, over." Baer's tone is just a little wry.

[TAC3] "Toast" Cidra says, "Papa, Toast. I would appreciate the cover. I trust your aim."

[TAC3] Keenan's voice is heavy over the line. "Flight, 304 here! Got one on our tail! Going evasive!"

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, "Drips, Decoy. Looks like Papa and Dizzy are helping Toast out, maybe we should give Queenie some more cover? Or Spiral's picked up a pair, if my reading is right. Whatever."

[TAC3] "Queenie" McQueen says, "Drips, Queenie! Bloody /beautiful/, man! Whoah. Looks like we have one of those big frakkers coming up on my Two. See if he likes /this/.""

[Harrier-651: Cidra] "It does appear we picked up another tail," Cidra says to Bran. Her tone generally understated, as it tends to be when she flies. Toast is not a flashy pilot. She's all about doing it competently and consistently. Which, thus far, has kept her more or less in one piece. "Continuing evasive maneuvers. We should say a prayer to Hermes, Pens. Get us swiftness."

[Harrier-307: Leyla] "Just keep them off us, I can do this just fine, Skeeter." Leyla is doing what she can to work on the repairs to her ship. But the angle of the hit to the windshield is bad, really bad, and the patch kit just isn't cutting it. This could get ugly very fast. "Yeah, thanks for covering everyone except us, flight." Her ship's badly damaged and she's refusing a direct order, she's allowed to be cranky.

[Harrier-304: Solstice] As Harrier-304 dips suddenly, the ECO slams her elbow into the consoles edge. She winces some and sucks air through her teeth. "Easy." She says, "Keep it cool." Its just mouthing something to give the rook some stable ground. "You got this." She says again and grips for the console once more, releasing the jammers to give them an edge.

[BlackKnight-853: Andrea] Another kill! Nice. Andrea pushes her bird into a spin to make life difficult for one of the Raiders chasing Spiral.

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. Right you are, I see Papa moving to engage. Ok, switch targets again, let's go after 8777-Papa. Queenie, we are coming to help you man. Hang tight."

[Harrier-303: Evandreus] Evan hovers at 304's eleven; none of the raiders have been particularly bothering him, but they all seem to have notices the rook amongst their ranks. Lips tighten into a drawn line and he pulls a few algorithms from his store list, the Raptor suddenly going all bronco, rolling iver the very tip of a parabola and into a dive past the line of carom between the Rook and his second pursuer in as many minutes, trying to catch the thing's glowing red eye.

<FS3> Evandreus rolls Raptors: Good Success.

[BlackKnight-1117: McQueen] So far McQueen continues leading his opponents in a chase in a wounded Viper, squeezing off bursts of cannon fire helplessly. On the plus side, he still has cannons that fire. Thank the Gods for small favors. He brings his ship around in a sharp turn to engage a new oncoming opponent, flying fast and wild. Probably not the smartest move.

[TAC3] "Queenie" McQueen says, "Oh, I'm hangin', boys. I'll be hanging this shitbird by his own guts."

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "Areion Actual, Papa. What's the ETA on the Gun coming online?"

[Harrier-651: Cidra] The Raider on Keenan's tail abruptly veers as Evandreus broncos into their vicinity, leaving the rook to chase flashier prey.

[TAC3] Kepner says, "Papa, Areion Actual. We're down to four minutes and counting. We'll need Raptors support on amplification. Await orders to form perimeter near Areion. In the meantime, continue suppression."

[TAC3] (from "Sweet Pea" Leyla) Skeeter's squeaky voice pipes up over comms, "We'll RTB when we can, Boots, but the Pea's losing ox fast, she's trying to find all her leaks. We won't make it back if she doesn't. Well, I might, but I don't like to land.

[Harrier-303: Trask] "Yeah. Definitely glad that I hit the head when I did," Kal cracks, for riding a Raptor rodeo-style would make just about any full bladder weep. Through the peehole, no less.

[Harrier-304: Keenan] "I -AM- keeping it cool." Keenan barks as he levels out the turn, glancing to the DRADIS, while not panicked, he's definitely running on a sense of urgency. "Wait…it veered off? What the frak did he do?" He flips on the TAC, leveling out the Raptor and turning it back towards its desired position.

[TAC3] (from Baer) "Roger that, Actual." Baer's about to click off the com when he catches sight of Evandreus' Harrier doing its thing. "Stop playing games, Three-Oh-Three."

<COMBAT> Mcqueen attacks Heavy2 with KEW - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Heavy2 with KEW - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Andrea attacks Raider7 with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Wade attacks Heavy2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider6 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider7 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider6 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider7 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Evandreus with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Pallas with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Pallas attacks Raider1 with KEW - Moderate wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Leyla attempts to treat Harrier-307 but HARRIER-307 has no treatable wounds.
<COMBAT> Keenan passes.
<COMBAT> Evandreus passes.
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider6 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider7 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Raider6 attacks Cidra with KEW - Moderate wound to Body (Reduced by Armor).
<COMBAT> Heavy2 attacks Mcqueen with KEW - Serious wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Mcqueen - Moderate wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Mcqueen - Serious wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Cidra passes.
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider6 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider7 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Baer attacks Raider6 with KEW - Serious wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider6 - Moderate wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider6 - Serious wound to Chest.
<COMBAT> Raider7 attacks Pallas with KEW but MISSES!

<COMBAT> Mcqueen has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Blackknight-1117 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Mcqueen has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider6 has been KO'd!

<COMBAT> McQueen spends a luck point to keep fighting!

[TAC3] (from "Bootstrap" Trask) Displeased SL is displeased. Not with McCoy or Aydin, but definitely with the situation. "Skeeter, Bootstrap. Copy that." Okay, displeased is actually an understatement because this is one of those Difficult Decision Times that come with a command position. "Are you still linked with the ECM network? Over." The Raptor known as Bertha isn't going anywhere just yet, so Trask gathers what data he can to make an impending decision.

[Harrier-303: Evandreus] "Sorry, Boots," Evan calls back, sounding actually kind of regretful, especially at the chiding from Baer comes over comms. "They wouldn't leave the damned rook alone. It's, like, his first day out." But he keeps all his excuse-making off-comms, only signing back on after a moment to say, brisk and professional,

[TAC3] "Bunny" Evandreus says, "Papa, Bunny, I hear you."

[TAC3] (from "Queenie" McQueen) It's the sound of static, cannon fire, a surge of some sortand..profanity. "Son of a BITCH, Can't.." more interference, "Queen—" More noise. "Hit bad — try to" — "Barn…"

[Harrier-303: Evandreus] Evan keeps running through evasives, the meanwhile. He's pulled so many evasive maneuvers since the swarms started that it's getting more and more to be simple muscle memory. And that bus can dance.

[TAC3] "Toast" Cidra says, "Queenie, Toast. Copy. In part. Clear to RTB. Cerberus, Toast, prep a medic to meet Queenie in the hangar."

[BlackKnight-662: Wade] Wade hits the Heavy Raider right in the cockpit but it's not enough to bring it down. "Frak…" mutters the man, still moving against McQueen's attacker. When he sees Queenie get hit, he yells 'Noo!' inside his cockpit but out of the comms. He does speak to the man and immediately notices that the Heavy Raider is mad at him. Damn…

[Petrel-647: Pallas] Pallas is starting to get pissed off, and it shows. His flying becomes erratic and sharp as he continues weaving and evading the two Raiders on his tail. Catching a quick break and a brief window of opportunity, he flips and fires on the first bandit on his tail, inflicting some decent damage before continuing to run.

[TAC3] "Sweet Pea" Leyla says, "Yes, we're still working well enough for that. And my suit's all patched up. At least, my gauge isn't falling anymore. We're alright."

[TAC3] (from Baer) Click-click is the only response Bunny will get from Baer, whose labored breathing is audible for a few seconds over vox before he realizes he's accidentally kept his finger on the com. Off goes the com, and silentCAG is silent once more — except to ask after his squeeze. "Looks like it's just a scratch, Toast."

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Queenie, Drips. Get the frak out of here, go back to the barn. Decoy, that Heavy got mad at me, let's bring that piece of shit down."

[BlackKnight-1117: McQueen] Sometimes you don't roll that hard six. It looks like Queenie came up a "soft 1." And this isn't one of those games where the object is a low score, that's for damn sure. As he jousts his new enemy, he comes up short and there's the unpleasant sight of sparking in the Viper's cockpit as part of its wing is shot to Hell. The plane skitters out of the fray and somehow barely ends up limping towards the Cerberus. Back home, still in one piece.


[Harrier-304: Solstice] Trying to work out the frequencies, the quip from the Rook definitely is noted. Shakes watches the Raider take off and notices who it tags on to. "Bunny has got our back." She smiles softly and continues to work out the kinks in her signals. The soup is becoming something like a stew out there with the continued presence of heavies and raiders. There is a faint push of her boot to the bottom of the console in furstration. "Frakking radiation.." She hisses, trying to clear up her reading. She releases again, trying to link with those near her.

[TAC3] "Toast" Cidra dryly notes, "I have had worse, Papa."

[TAC3] (from Baer) "Have you, Toast." Baer's voice is a touch shy of being amused.

[Harrier-303: Trask] "Screw 'im," is Trask's reply to his pilot, by which he means Baer. "Not the first time we're doing our jobs and those of others." That would usually be the end of one of the Blackie's 'pep talks'. Since this is Bunny, though, he makes a point to add with a tone of encouragement, "You did good, Buns."

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Cerberus, Drips. Get medical team ready on deck, wounded bird coming in."

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, "Drips, Decoy. Copy that. Queenie, hope you're okay in there, man. See you back at the barn. Engaging that heavy, Drips, but the way I'm shooting tonight, I wouldn't expect much help. Sorry. Radiation's frakking with my targeting more than usual, or I just suck. Who knows. Doing what I can."

[BlackKnight-853: Andrea] Andrea tsks as she misses her target, but stays hard after it. Pallas can't fly with two Raiders shooting at him forever.

[TAC3] "Shakes" Solstice says, "Bunny, Shakes. You at least have -our- thanks."

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "Dizzy, Papa, let's link up on the other side of Three-Oh-Three. Watch the rad-flares."

[Harrier-651: Bran] "Perhaps, perhaps," replies Pens in turn. He's still in the middle of hastily jamming Raiders whilst he turns to respond at length: "Sir, what say you, Hermes and Hephaestus?" He's adjusting his attention and his sensors in joining with Shakes and the other nearby ECOs, teamwork and ingenuity and all that lovely combat effectiveness jazz. And with being hit does he chime up with a snarky, "I'd love to bloody their noses back this time around."

[TAC3] "Bootstrap" Trask says, "Copy that, Sweet Pea. Either of you suffer more suit damage, you are to go keep Queenie company. Got that, Skeeter, seein' how /you/ haven't been suffering comms issues and static."

[Harrier-651: Cidra] "Hard work and fast engines, Pens? I approve of such prayers. I have always found it odd, you know, that such a merry god as Hermes was the bearer of souls to the underworld." Perhaps not the most cheerful of observations from Cidra, but it seems to occur to her temptingly just now. "Gods send we shall not need him today in that capacity. We took on one the nose, trying to adjust systems to compensate."

<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider7 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Pallas attacks Raider1 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Evandreus passes.

<COMBAT> Cidra treats Harrier-651:
< Body (Moderate): successful

<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider7 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Raider7 attacks Pallas with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Evandreus with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Keenan passes.
<COMBAT> Heavy2 attacks Wade with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Heavy2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Baer attacks Raider3 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Wade attacks Heavy2 with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider7 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Leyla passes.
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider7 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Andrea attacks Raider7 with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider7 - Serious wound to Right Hand.
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Pallas with KEW and MISSES!

<COMBAT> Raider-7257v has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider7 has been KO'd!

[TAC3] Keenan says, "Bunny, Raios, yeah…thanks. Owe you one…"

[Harrier-304: Keenan] It's at this moment that Keenan realizes that no one is targetting his Raptor, giving them some room to move around. Glancing down to his DRADIS and back to the viewport, he looks at the dogfight and picks his angle. He finds his feet and pushes forward. "Hey Shakes we're helping that gun on the Areion target right? When the call goes out that it's getting ready to fire, got any bright ideas?"

[Harrier-307: Leyla] "Damned if I'm going back in with three basestars waiting out there for us. We won't have time to cycle and launch a new raptor that can link up with the Areion." Not that Sweet pea is particularly happy that Bertha's been frankensteined, but it is what it is. Hey, at least with the last of the oxygen gone from the cabin, her sightlines are clear again, and she takes the time to get a look in on the field in her area.

[BlackKnight-662: Wade] Face to face against that Heavy Raider, Wade gets his Viper into a spin while he fires angry KEW at that damn thing. Good thing, he hits! Good thing, he dodges! Good thing, Decoy hits too!. Bad thing? That bloody thing is still up, still trying to mess with them. Wade opens fire again, die now.

[TAC3] "Sweet Pea" Leyla says, "Shakes, get that rook of yours in gear, you've got a raider coming in on your position."

[Spectre-001: Baer] Baer's Viper flashes through a thin blue haze as he's buffeted by a sudden flare from the surrounding radiation. Gritting his teeth as he fights with the controls, the CAG recovers just in time to emerge on Raider-Three's blind side — which means that he'll probably claim that to have been his plan all along. Pay attention, gentlemen and ladies. This is how a myth is made.

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "For frak sakes. Decoy, Drips. This guy is starting to piss me off. Good shooting, let's keep it up and kill that damn thing."

[TAC3] "Hosedown" Andrea says, " Spiral, Hosedown. I got one of 'em off you, but looks like a Heavy likes my ass. How you doing over there?"

[TAC3] "Shakes" Solstice says, "Sweet Pea, Shakes, he's moving. Gonna be hard to hold position near the gun with this thing coming at us."

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "Dizzy, Papa, Raider-Three's being stubborn. I've got one on my tail. Cover me."

[TAC3] Kepner says, "Flight, Areion Actual. One minute until our Gun can fire. Raptors, fall back to the Areion's perimeter, just outside our flak zone, and prepare to provide amplification. Those basestars are sticking close to our line, but with all the suites up we should be able to hit them."

[TAC3] "Spiral" Pallas says, "Hosedown, Spiral. Flying circles around it, haven't been tagged yet. I'll finish it off when I feel like it."

[Harrier-304: Solstice] "Correct, rook. Keep us in evasive but start getting us closer." That said, Sweet Pea points out what her DRADIS does as well. "Contact inbound, Rook. Keep it light. Move us closer to the gun to link, but I will worry about connecting. You just keep that Raider off of us." She says, already prepping for some hipshaking fun. "Do what you gotta do."

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, "Drips, Decoy. Copy. These big ones never want to die. Coming back around for another pass, then we'd better get to covering the raptors, I'm guessing?"

[Harrier-303: Evandreus] Evan has never been very good at taking praise, and so he just sends his soul down into evasives, since all that sexy dancing has left the raider on him wanting more. His cheeks reddening either with embarrassment or exertion, he keeps off comms, and even if the kind words from Taller Kal make him smile numbly, he doesn't say anything there, either. Evan's had more than his recommended ose of hubris for one lifetime already. And then word comes that there's another raider after the rook, and, "Gods-damn- it!" he shouts, more agitated than usual.

[TAC3] (from Keenan) ..son of a bitch. Sweet Pea, 304, I see him.

[TAC3] "Sweet Pea" Leyla says, "If it was easy everybody in the galaxy would be doing it. He's either a pilot or he's not."

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "Flight, this is Papa. Clear your tail if you can. Protect the Raptors at all costs. We've only got one shot at this."

[Harrier-307: Leyla] Bertha, banged up and a bit bloody, moves away from the safety of the viper contingent, heading to hold the line at the edge of the flak ring with the other networked raptors. She shall overcome!

[Harrier-304: Keenan] "…I see him." Keenan finishes over the Tac line. This time his movements are smoother and not so violent as he goes evasive, but goes evasive in the direction that they need to go to assist with the gun correction. Leveling it out, he grits his teeth at Sweet Pea's remark. "Alright hang on back there, Shakes. Moving back into the perimeter."

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. Alright then, let's get some cover the Rook and Shakes, they have fans."

[Petrel-647: Pallas] Up, down, over, under, and spinning sideways. Pallas really is flying circles around the remaining Raider, and that 'Viper 2.5' is zipping around like it's no trouble at all. No wonder he's been able to go all fight without getting hit once so far. After Andrea takes down the second bandit coming after him, he stops running and starts maneuvering to gain a superior position over the first one.

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, "Drips, Decoy. We've almost got this one, but if you want. Changing targets to match yours."

[TAC3] (from "Dizzy" Drake) "Surprised it took so long for your sweet ass to get noticed," Dizzy chirps before realizing she really should take on, "Sir." Which she does.

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. Well, you hear what the dude with the frak ugly hat said."

[TAC3] (from Baer) "Focus, Dizzy. And if you say 'I am focused. On your ass!' like I'm sure you're about to say, we're leaving you behind." Baer judiciously ignores the comment about his hat. That fedora helped him GET SOME.

[TAC3] (from "Dizzy" Drake) "Someone needs to be channeling Fiasco," Captain Drake protests to her CAG, although she sounds as though she's grinning.

[Harrier-303: Evandreus] Raptor-303 comes 'round in due time, drawing its own Raider behind it, and the Vipers on that Raider. The parade's in town— but the band leader's slowing and getting into formation.

[TAC3] "Fiasco" Marduk says, "WOOOOOOOOOOOOO."

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "Fiasco, Papa. Gods damn it."

<COMBAT> Wade attacks Raider8 with KEW - Critical wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Raider8 - Serious wound to Right Foot.
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Heavy3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider8 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Bran suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Andrea attacks Raider8 with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Pallas with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Keenan passes.
<COMBAT> Heavy3 attacks Andrea with KEW - Moderate wound to Cockpit.
<COMBAT> CREW HIT! Andrea - Moderate wound to Right Leg.
<COMBAT> Heavy2 attacks Wade with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Evandreus passes.
<COMBAT> Cidra attempts to treat Harrier-651 but HARRIER-651 has no treatable wounds.
<COMBAT> Baer attacks Raider3 with KEW - Light wound to Right Wing.
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider3 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider8 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Heavy3 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Raider9 attacks Baer with KEW - Serious wound to Tail.
<COMBAT> Raider8 attacks Keenan with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Evandreus with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Pallas attacks Raider1 with KEW - Moderate wound to Body.
<COMBAT> Leyla passes.
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Raider8 with KEW - Light wound to Weapon.

<COMBAT> Andrea has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-3231r has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider3 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider-5453g has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider8 has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Andrea spends a luck point to keep fighting!

[TAC3] "Dizzy" Drake says, "Sorry, Big Daddy. You're just gonna have to compensate for the lack of Bubbles and her bubble-but. Ain't that right, Gabe, babe?"

[Harrier-651: Cidra] Cidra slows out of her evasives and pilots tight toward the perimeter as ordered. Still sticking near Keenan. Like Evandreus, perhaps trying to act as a guide of sorts for the rook. They'll all need it as, with the Raptors going into position, the Raiders of the Swarm turn on the buses rather than their Viper counterparts.

[Harrier-304: Solstice] As the Heavy repositions to head in on them and the Raider breaks away, Solstice manages a grin, "Good flying their Rook. Think you just proved to Sweet Pea you are a pilot." She turns her head long enough to give him a nod before she starts to try to link with the other ECO's, drawing frequencies down to align and create that branching circuit for the gun. "Keep it up!" She says, legs straining to keep her pinned in place so that their rocking and rolling won't unsettle her.

[BlackKnight-662: Wade] Yes, it is a pretty ugly hat, regardless of all the tail that might have got him. Wade right now, focuses on protecting the Raptors and pushes the throttle on his bird, speeding towards that Cylon Raider, getting a pretty heavy hit against the cockpit. "Frak you bitch!" yells the man inside his cockpit as that Raider goes out in flames and guts and blood and….brains and….stuff. To the next target!

[TAC3] "Shakes" Solstice says, "Sweet Pea, Shakes. Think we got a pilot manning this Harrier."

[TAC3] "Hosedown" Andrea says, " Godsfrakking dammit, my leg! Spiral, Hosedown. I'm hit but its not bad, it just frakking hurts. Can I get some cover while I try to patch up my bird a bit?"

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "All points, this is Papa. Cover the Raptors, say again, cover the Raptors. Vipers are expendable today."

<FS3> Solstice rolls Ecm: Great Success.

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. Keep it up man, we are doing good! Let's cover Sweet Pea now. Lala, we are coming…"

[TAC3] "Spiral" Pallas says, "Hosedown, Spiral. One last shot at this son of a bitch, then I'll disengage and babysit your sorry ass."

<FS3> Bran rolls Ecm: Terrible Failure.

[Harrier-304: Keenan] Keenan steers the Raptor to skid into the line behind the Areion's flak perimeter, but that doesn't stop the miniature fireworks display from exploding all around the Raptor. When the action ends and the fighter craft scream past the slower ship, Keenan quickly scans over the readouts and finds that the hull hasn't been breached. "Well if Sweet Pea says that again she can frak herself. I'm busy." Keenan says, looking up to give the incoming Heavy Raider the hairy eyeball. "Okay…I'm gonna stay lateral and try to dance this one. That frakkin' heavy wants some but we've gotta keep the guns trained….shit shit shit…I'm going to port, Shakes." Keenan says, thinking on his toes, doing what evasives he can.

<FS3> Leyla rolls 5: Success.

[Spectre-001: Baer] Skiron Baer ordered all units to protect the Raptors at all costs, and for all his faults, Skiron Baer leads by example. Ignoring the Raider on his six, to whom he even grants the easiest of easy shots, the man slots his fighter into position behind the bandit looking for a piece of Cowboy Evandreus. A quick touch from his light cannon sends a stream of bullets into the wiring on its right wing, causing it to careen out of control and vanish into the haze. And then, nursing his injured bird into position behind the massive Heavy Raider dropping down on Cidra's Raptor, he lines up still another shot.

[TAC3] Keenan says, "Flight, 304…Heavy Raider inbound on our position. Maintaining position inside flak zoke."

[TAC3] "Sweet Pea" Leyla says, "Doesn't matter if I believe it or you believe it, Shakes. He's gotta believe it. That's what makes the difference between a rook and a blooded pilot. We're holding in position. Skeeter reports we've got a raider incoming."

[TAC3] "Fiasco" Marduk says, "You know it Dizzy baby," the Areion stick replies with a laugh, "No offense Pops, but your ass is no match for Bubbles'. You're missing the view over here, Diz, it is haaaawwwt. WOOO!"

<FS3> Trask rolls Ecm: Great Success.

[Harrier-651: Cidra] Cidra slots her Harrier into position and holds it in the Raptor line. "Hephaestus is working your hands back there I trust, Pens?" she asks. Well, not like she knows what's going on with the ECO's console. She's engaged in eyeing that Raider bearing in on her position and praying her Viper Knights (and Evocati) keep it from striking.

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, "Drips, Decoy, nice shooting. I'm gonna break off your six again and pick up the same target, on carom three four niner. Wait, are they talking about Psyche's ass right now? What the hell? Random."

[Harrier-304: Keenan] "So I'm just supposed to frakking stare at this thing?!?" Keenan says incredulously to Shakes. "FRAK IT. Fine." He grunts, holding the line. He takes in a deep breath as he watches the Heavy Raider bear down on their position.

[Harrier-304: Solstice] A shiver runs up her spine as they are almost considerably sitting ducks for the heavy that has locked onto them. Trying not to consider that, Shakes is just doing her best to keep her frequencies running hot and fast. "Its okay..I got suites." She says, if that is any consolation to just - waiting. Biting her lip, she is quickly gracing her fingers over the console to keep things moving, keep them updated as trajectory changes with their incoming and the gun.

<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Trask suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Pallas attacks Raider1 with KEW - Moderate wound to Right Wing.

<COMBAT> Andrea treats Blackknight-853:
< Cockpit (Moderate): successful

<COMBAT> Wade attacks Raider9 with KEW - Moderate wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Heavy3 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Solstice suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Heavy2 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider1 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Raider9 with ECM. <successful>
<COMBAT> Skeeter suppresses Heavy3 with ECM. <unsuccessful>
<COMBAT> Raider9 attacks Leyla with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Leyla passes.
<COMBAT> Evandreus passes.
<COMBAT> Cidra passes.
<COMBAT> Heavy2 attacks Keenan with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Heavy3 attacks Cidra with KEW but MISSES!
<COMBAT> Baer attacks Heavy3 with KEW - NEAR MISS!
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Evandreus with KEW and MISSES!
<COMBAT> Keenan passes.
<COMBAT> Devlin attacks Raider9 with KEW - Moderate wound to Weapon.
<COMBAT> Bran passes.

<COMBAT> Raider-7016n has been KO'd!
<COMBAT> Raider1 has been KO'd!

[Harrier-303: Evandreus] Evan talks briefly with the Rook over ship-to-ship, then, taking a deep breath, he takes a deep breath, back straightening a degree or two more than even the raptor belts restrict him to, keeping his eyes front. It is a little strange just sitting there. Goes against every natural instinct. Makes the hair on the back of his neck stand up. But he concentrates on the blossoming flower of the Dead God, and reaches a peaceful place, even a little bit of a smile touching his features as the raiders rush incoming.

[TAC3] Kepner says, "Flight, Areion Actual. We're charged. Firing…now."

[Harrier-651: Cidra] And on Kepner's word it does, the escort carrier consumed by the strange greenish glow that accompanies the loosing of its fateful lightning. The Praetorian and Corsair, for those paying attention to the visuals, do not pulse with the pure radiation it emits, but those watching the DRADIS would note a spike in their energy outputs. A spike shared by those Raptors linked up to the network, as their combined power flays the Gun's radiation far across space, over the battlefield, toward those basestars hanging on the outskirts. It's all over but the crying now. In a moment, all the Raiders are overwhelmed by it, and the enemy ships go dead as unplugged toasters in the water. The ripples of that radiation wave do in fact carry to the far, far edges of the space battlefield, and those ECOs watching would see those basestar signatures flicker and go 'dead in the water' as well. It's all over but mop-up work now, the field littered with Raiders as still as broken toys.

[Harrier-304: Solstice] "Either you are damned lucky, Rook or that Heavy has bad aim. I like to think its the former." Solstice says and is feeing her signal into the masses. As the gun unloads and the signals on her DRADIS flicker, there is a clipped cheer from the ECO. Its a soft one and she contains her excitement of the network being successful. She clicks open her com to confirm wtih the rest.

[TAC3] "Shakes" Solstice says, "Flight, Shakes. Confirm enemies dead in the water."

[Spectre-001: Baer] Still no fancy hijinks from Baer and his stricken Viper, which is starting to shed burnt bits and pieces of her reconstituted tailfin as the man struggles against his controls. Alarms blink all throughout his blue-lit cockpit, illuminating in luminous yellow the little black letters below each light: VERTSTAB, TVECT, MAIN BUS C. His rear RCS points inoperative, half of his fuel lines severed, the CAG nevertheless finds some way to keep on the Heavy Raider bearing down on Cidra Hahn. He's firing to harass more than anything else —

And then, when the wave of radiation sweeps across the battlefield, it's all he can do to keep on firing at all. Like a discarded doll, his Viper skids backwards across an invisible plane until he regains control a half-second from smashing into a trio of disabled Raiders. Which he shoots, of course, once he manages to face them.

[Harrier-304: Keenan] "…Brace! They're gonna fire." Keenan yells out, blinking as he starts to breathe heavily. As the first rounds start to burst from the Heavy Raider's cannon, Keenan keeps one hand to steady the flight controls as another shoots up in front of his face in an aligator-brained response to protect himself. His gut rolls and the taste of bile fills his mouth as the promise of his cockpit and his seat being the first things likely to be torn apart by the gunfire. The light that flashes through the cockpit from the combined radiation attack comes and goes. Keenan waits, and then only bothers to look after Shakes comments on the raider's aim. "What?" He blinks, bringing his arm down. "Holy shit…oh my gods we're frakkin alive!" What follows is a series of intangible cheers of joy, focusing on the Areion's attack.

[BlackKnight-662: Wade] No messing with Lala! At least that's what Wade thinks as he goes after her Raider fan. He gets a hit but it's not enough to kill it, but alas, the famous gun does the job and now all Raiders are ded. Yup, clean up now, that's the only thing to do. "Well…" mutters Wade and just opens fire against the dead birds, destroying as many as he can because…come on, they already have a lot of Raiders packed in Cerberus.

[TAC3] (from Keenan) The tactical communications system for a few short moments is flooded by cheers of triumph from Keenan, the kinds of things that you'd hear at a Pyramid game.

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Vipers, Drips. Let's do some cleanup, weapons free, target practice."

[TAC3] (from "Sweet Pea" Leyla) Sweet Pea's voice comes soft and controlled, as though the woman were trying to get as many words out as possible, using as little breath as necessary. "Harrier-307, RTB to the Areion. I'm bingo oxygen."

[BlackKnight-853: Andrea] Andrea is too busy hurting with her shot up leg to be too effusive with the praise, but it is indeed a job well done. She takes some shots, of course, but before too long she is RTBing. Time to get her leg looked at. Sigh.

[TAC3] "Papa" Baer says, "Flight, this is Papa. All Viper units still operational will stay in the field for clean-up and sector patrols. All Raptors not currently engaged in SAR, RTB. Your SLs will liaise with the CMC to coordinate boarding operations." And then, as if weighing whether he can just sign off, he pauses — until he realizes he probably can't. "Nicely done." Spoken grudgingly, but with surprising conviction. "Papa out."

[Harrier-307: Leyla] Bertha doesn't even wait for the go-ahead, once Skeeter reports that the cylons have been disabled. She pulls up and away, avoiding the flak ring and the debris there as she turns tail and burns at max thrust for the smaller ship. The Cerberus will have to wait.

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, "Rook, Decoy, what are you, a frakking cheerleader? You're clogging the channel, come on! Drips, copy. Target practice it is."

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. I believe you just gave our Rook a callsign. Cheerleader."

[Harrier-303: Trask] When those three basestars register as going dead, Trask is uncharacteristically dead quiet. For a long moment, he stares at the readings. Then, abruptly, like a prairie dog popping out of its burrow, he perks up with wide eyes. "Want. So want." And he most certainly be needling poor Major Hahn with all his has in an attempt to be among those who get to poke around the 'stealth' basestar. "RTB, stat, Buns. Gotta track down Toast. Pronto."

[TAC3] "Fiasco" Marduk says, "WOOOOOOOO!"

[TAC3] "Toast" Cidra says, "Copy Sweet Pea. Back to the barn, those who require repairs. Otherwise, Viper Flight, mop up those Raiders. We shall not leave the enemy any parts to salvage. And I do believe Drips is correct. Wear it as an object lesson, Raios. Or Cheerleader, proper." A pause and amused, "I have had worse."

[Harrier-304: Keenan] Quickly shutting up, Keenan is about to thumb the TAC to apologies, but then hears about the callsign Cheerleader. He slumps a little bit in his chair and lets out an audible sigh. "Son a bitch." He gripes, palming the clear screen of his helmet with his gloved hand. He turns the Raptor back towards the Battlestar Cerberus, and follows the RTB order.

[TAC3] "Sweet Pea" Leyla, in that tight, controlled voice, says "Too long. Pom Pom.""

[TAC3] "Hosedown" Andrea says, " Toast, Hosedown. Loud and clear, heading home. Cheerleader, Hosedown. Welcome to the club."

[TAC3] (from Keenan) The line opens and there's a moment's pause. "Roger that. 30—Cheerleader…" There's a pause, the words obviously stinging his tongue. "…RTB."

[TAC3] "Shakes" Solstice says, "Flight, Shakes. Too long for the rook. I say we give him…RahRah..or maybe skirts. He's got a pair that might look nice in the right light."

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, ""Oh hey, I did. Sweet! Cheerleader it is," he laughs, and then agrees with Leyla, "Or Pompom. Cheerleader's only three syllables, but we could just call him both, anyways."

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. You see how it is Decoy? People want to steal your thunder…no shame, no shame… Anyway, CAP duties after traget practice, you are with me."

[TAC3] "Toast" Cidra says, "Flight, Toast. Sweet Pea has a point, concerning wireless ease. RahRah and Pom-Poms both have a ring to them. I leave it to decide amongst yourselves which is a better…object lesson for the rook."

[TAC3] "Bootstrap" Trask says, "My rook. My call. And it's Pom-Poms. Plural."

[TAC3] "Decoy" Devlin says, "Drips, Decoy. Copy that. And I like Pom-Poms better."

[TAC3] "Drips" Wade says, "Decoy, Drips. Well, as long as it works to avoid the RahRah singing…I'm good with it."

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