Summary: The Pandora takes a quick jump to test FTL's and finds more than they bargained for.
Date: 1 ACH - Nov 14 2008
Related Logs: First Contact

Genesis CIC Deck

[Colonial] Regas says, "This is Colonel Regas speaking. Within the next hour or so, Major Reed Carter will be taking the Pandora out for a short haul to test the FTL drives. I'd like some pilots over on the Pandora to test the launch capabilites. A couple of Raptor and Viper. That is al"

[Tac1] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "This is Major Carter, logging callsign Pandora Actual. Crews in place, ship status nominal, preparing for departure when secondary ship crews report."

[Tac1] Regas says, "Genesis Actual copies that. Let us know when the drives spin up and run greenlights."

[Tac1] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "Genesis, Pandora. FTLs spun up and stable at one hundred percent. Hyperlight systems read as a go. We have green across the board."

[Tac1] Regas says, "Copy that, Pandora. We're standing by."

[Colonial] Regas says, "All pilots need to be headed to the Pandora and get ready to launch. Pandora Actual will be your guide in this."

Regas stands at the Nav station as those in CIC work their little butts off to get ready for this.

A marine guard spins the wheel to allow Desusa's entry into the room. He carries a small peach can in one of his hands and a fork on the other. he makes damn sure he stays out of the CIC crew's way.

[Tac1] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "This is Major Carter. This mission will be a test of the Pandoras repaired FTL system. We will be jumping to Colonial Relay Buoy 2235, pinging the buoy to download its communications logs. Once we have completed jump to the Buoy, Viper and Raptor elements will launch and fly a close quarters 2-by-2 CAP until download is complete. Once download is completed, the CAP will return and we will jump back to PAS anchorage point. Debriefing will be handled through Genesis LSO. Jump stations. All hands to Jump stations. Jump will begin in two minutes. Mark."

[Tac1] "Genesis Actual" Regas says, "All stations. Ready for the Pandora to jump. Two Minutes."

Regas glancing up, "Captain, come over and join the watch. I'm sure you'd like to see your ship back into action."

[Tac2] Desusa says, "A marine element sqwaks into the com, "Delta team, proceed to secure Hector Delta. Kappa team, move to Charlie Indigo Charlie."

[Tac1] "Cav" Novella says, "Vipers, this is Cav in 1623. I'm forming Red Lead. Crow, you're on my wing as Red Two. Hound, form Blue Lead. We're out the tubes in thirty seconds. Good Hunting and keep your head on a swivel."

Desusa sets the can in the nearest table and briskly moves to moves over to Regas's side. "Colonel," he salutes sharply and is handed a marine tac device by a marine private.

[Tac1] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "Jump complete, on target. Launch CAP."

[Tac1] "Cav" Novella says, "Copy, Actual. Jump complete. We're makin' out of here on the speed of heat."

[VIPER_1623: Novella] Cav's Viper Mark 7 kicks out into space and she rights it, immediately breaking off to the aft of the Pandora.

[Tac1] "Cav" Novella says, "Crow, this is Red Lead. Hug my wing as we move aft. Blue Lead, hang back in trail on us."

[Tac1] "Crow" Crow says, "This is Crow in sixteen-twenty-five, I copy, Cav."

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "Will be good to see a bit more of space, right? Launching now."


[VIPER_1625: Crow] There's a burst of thrusters from Crow's Viper, nose up, another quick flare as he tucks to the right and comes in at Cav's wing.

[VIPER_1743: Warwick] Hound's Viper gets out of the tubes, rolling around for a few moments before it gets into the right position, hanging back as instructed.

The blackness of space becomes more real as the pilots launch off the Pandora. The FTL jump was rather smooth and they can thank Engineering for that. The buoy that they are heading too, is off their left. The Pandora moves along as the pilots make up the CAP crew for this visit.

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "Blue Lead here. Holding back."

[Tac1] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "This is Pandora. Pinging buoy, receiving signal and download beginning. FTL stable and spun up. Mission status green. Continue CAP."

[VIPER_1623: Novella] The Viper floats through the black, rocketing up to speed. She dives her head right and double-checks Crow's position. The woman's Viper rolls to port and heads towards the buoy as she makes her radio call.

[Tac1] "Cav" Novella says, "Copy, Actual. Vipers, this is Red Lead. Two, stay with me into the buoy. Blue Lead, take up position opposite us and enter into a racetrack pattern around the Pandora just outside flak envelopes."

[VIPER_1625: Crow] Remaining in formation with Cav, Crow's bird performs the same roll to port followed by a quick overcompensation of thrusters to bring him level again, shadowing Cav's starboard side.

[Tac1] "Crow" Crow says, "Copy, Red Lead. I'm with you."

[Tac1] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "Cav,Pandora. Buoy logs show anomalies. Nothing for the CAP to concern about. Download complete, but log information malfunction. Reinitializing download. Maintain pattern."

[VIPER_1743: Warwick] Kicking the thrusters into motion so the Viper can get to the right spot, Hound smiles a bit as he looks around, beginning on that indicated pattern.

Genesis CIC

Desusa frowns a bit and shakes his head, "Same readout we got from three other bouys around this perimeter a few months ago. Damn thigs are a waste of taxpayers's money."

Regas stands with his hands on the nav table as he listens. A slow flattening of his lips and he glances up. "Seems to be a pattern starting here."

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "Blue Lead's in place, commencing with the pattern."


[VIPER_1623: Novella] The Mark VII floats out towards the buoy and fires reverse to slow the approach. Moving within half a klick, her helmet can be seen craning around the cockpit to check the black as well as the buoy.

[FUDGE Skill Functions:] <SkillRolls> <Trait Roll> Warwick rolls Awareness and achieves a degree of Mediocre (2).

[Tac1] "Cav" Novella says, "Copy, Actual. Red Flight is moving in closer to the buoy for a looksee. Judy on the buoy, itself."

<SkillRolls> <Trait Roll> Crow rolls Awareness and achieves a degree of Poor (1).

<SkillRolls> <Trait Roll> Novella rolls Awareness and achieves a degree of Great (5).

[VIPER_1625: Crow] Crow maneuvers his Viper up alongside Cav's, locking the ship belly-up with a firing of the reverse thrusters for a moment to slow his approach. He turns to watch his wingmate briefly, then takes a gander at the buoy.

[VIPER_1623: Novella] The Viper suddenly kicks up and the afterburners glow bright blue, rocketing up to speed. It takes a lazy arc towards the buoy and sets up into a high-speed pattern.

Genesis CIC - Desusa points out to the three other buoys in the display, "Big enough gap here to filter in at least five battlestars." He then flips open a pad he carries and writes.

It never is easy, is it? As the CAP maintains their movement and keeping a watch. However, the fates of the Gods or something have decided to give them a shake in the force. Nov is catching some blips.

[Tac1] "Cav" Novella says, "Actual, Red Lead and all Vipers! DRADIS contact! Pair of bogies! Other side of the buoy and closing fast. No joy at this time! Blue Lead, form up on us. Red team has lead on the intercept!"

[VIPER_1743: Warwick] Hound's Viper spins around to form up on the other Vipers, the pilot muttering something to himself.

[VIPER_1625: Crow] Crow guides his ship's nose level again, and guns it forward to follow Cav in a flare of arcing light from the 'burners, as the comm message is heard.

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "On my way, be there in a few moments."

[Tac1] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "Cav, Pandora. Negative transponder on incoming. Follow intercept protocol and transmit hostile challenge."

Genesis CIC

Desusa frowns deeper and pushes his comm device to speak to the Pandy's marine detail.

Regas moves his gaze to Desusa and then to the CIC crew, "Standby, ship going to condition two."

[Tac1] "Crow" Crow says, "Red Lead, Copy, this is Red Two, do we engage?"

[Intercom] Attention! Set Condition Two throughout the fleet.

[Tac1] "Cav" Novella says, "Copy, Actual. Pushing IFF now. <Pause> Red Two, combat spread. Blue Lead, roll in behind us. We'll bait the bogies and drag right. You roll in on their six, fangs out. Pandora, do we have permission to fire?"

Genesis CIC - Desusa looks up to Regas with a 'What the Frak; look. He wastes no time and begins barking orders to the marines here as well.

[Tac2] Desusa says, "Delta, Kappa, S3 here. Be adviced we got signals on DRAIDS close to you. Execcute LOBO DAVID on all sections."

[Intercom] All hands. To stations. Condition Yellow.

[VIPER_1623: Novella] The Viper rolls direct onto an intercept course, engines firing at maximum output.

As the two blips close in, they look very much like …well..like half moons. Pointy half moons. DRADIS is working overtime here and finally partial matches this to the old Cylon Raiders. They aren't here for coffee. As one is already firing and the missile is heading straight for that buoy.

<COMBAT> From Genesis: TURN 1. Pose and aim.

[Tac1] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "Negative on fire permission, Cav. Do not fire until fired upon- Strike last, Vipers, Weapons free!"

[Open] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "This is the Assaultstar Pandora, two pair of-"

[VIPER_1743: Warwick] Heading towards the Raiders, Hound moves for one of the half moon things, moving to find a good angle to get the shooting done from.

[Combat System->] <COMBAT> Warwick aims at Raider2.

[Tac1] "Cav" Novella says, "This is Red Lead! Judy! Judy! Bogies are hostile! Repeat, they're firing! All Vipers, cleared hot on the Bandits but do /not/ cross the Arm Line! Blue, mix it up!"

<COMBAT> Novella aims at Raider1.

Genesis CIC - [Intercom] Marine elements, report to your assigned posting. Full Battle gear.

[Tac1] "Crow" Crow says, "Copy, Red Lead, this is Red Two. Weapons ready and- engaging. I am engaging."

[VIPER_1623: Novella] Novella's Viper pulls high off the plan of attack and then rolls over onto its back so she can keep an eye on the engagement. The Master Arm is selected off and she lines up the lead Raider.

<COMBAT> Crow aims at Raider1.


<COMBAT> Novella attacks Raider1 with Viper and hits! (LIGHT DAMAGE to RightWing)

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "Engaging now. And the right side of the line's the good place to stay on, agreed."

<COMBAT> Warwick attacks Raider2 with Viper and barely misses!

<COMBAT> Raider1 (NPC) aims at Reed. (Genesis)

<COMBAT> Raider2 (NPC) aims at Novella. (Genesis)

[VIPER_1625: Crow] Crow fires a rapid burst to the boosters, rocketing his bird in hot on Cav's tail. Swinging off at the last instant, he lets loose with a battery of rounds from his ship's weapons.

<COMBAT> Crow attacks Raider1 with Viper and misses completely!

It's now a sudden dogfight, the missile scapes the buoy and veers off, explosing against some space debris, which looks to be another buoy. The Raiders are moving in, firing as they go. Real targets.

Pandoras engines flare as the ship turns, moving with power around to bring her weapons to bare in the combat.

Genesis CIC - Oh yes. The marine captain is handed his sidearm and ammo clips from those cool looking black-suited marines. GRRRR

Desusa looks over to Eli and shouts, "Sergeant, secure that hatchway. No one is comes in if his ass doesn't belong here!"
Eli is armed and turning to guard the hatchway bravely. Really,

[VIPER_1623: Novella] Cav pulls alpha and moves in dragging the tail, earning herself a nice deflection shot. Tracers arc out across the sky and stitch a neat line across the Lead Raider's wing.

[Tac1] "Crow" Crow curses, voice crackling over the comm, "Frak, missed the bogey.."

<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Reed with Raider and hits! (MODERATE DAMAGE to Hull)

<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Novella with Raider and hits! (SERIOUS DAMAGE to Engine)

[Tac1] "Cav" Novella says, "Guns, guns from Red Lead! Two, watch my six. Blue, you're on the southern Raider!"

<COMBAT> From Genesis: TURN 2. Pose and aim.

[Tac1] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "Vipers, be advised, Pandora is weapons up."

<SkillRolls> <Trait Roll> Manny rolls Pilot_viper and achieves a degree of Good (4).

<SkillRolls> <Trait Roll> Rooster rolls Pilot_viper and achieves a degree of BeyondTerrible* (-2).

<COMBAT> Reed aims at Raider1.

<SkillRolls> <Trait Roll> Alister rolls Pilot_viper and achieves a degree of Superb (6).

<COMBAT> Reed aims at Raider2.

[VIPER_1743: Warwick] Firing off his shots, Hound curses a bit as he misses the enemy. Thankfully, he's made sure he wasn't transmitting that one. Following after his enemy, he moves to get into position for a new shot, keeping away from the line of fire of the Pandora.

[Tac1] "Crow" Crow says, "Red Two, copy that, you've got heat on you. I'll try to take them off."

[VIPER_1623: Novella] Novella's Viper slides in behind the lead Raider just as the second manages a grazing pass at her. He opens fire and his cannon blasts a huge chunk off her tail, sending the dorsal engine into convulsions. One of the fan blades explodes and rips through the port engine, knocking it out too. The Viper breaks off and slides in behind Crow.

<COMBAT> Raider1 (NPC) aims at Reed. (Genesis)

<COMBAT> Raider2 (NPC) aims at Crow. (Genesis)

[Tac1] "Cav" Novella says, "<Warnings in the background> Frak! Red Lead is hit! Red Two, take point, I'll cover your ass! Blue, move it!"

Combat CIC - Desusa looks over to Regas and gives the man a 'you know what comes next'. "Colonel, permission to relay emergency warning 64HP to HQ?" He's already moving to the comm console, but waits for Regas order.

Regas nods to Desusa, "Relay." He then turns and starts barking orders to his team on the deck. "Get the alert raptors in the air."

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "On it. You're still flying back there, Red Lead?"

[VIPER_1625: Crow] Crow swings his Viper in a quick burst to port again, then a roll back to starboard, slipping in ahead of Cav's in an attempt to fire again at the bogey and take lead over the damaged ship.

<COMBAT> Novella changes stance to Cower.

<COMBAT> Crow aims at Raider2.

[Combat System->] <COMBAT> From Genesis: FIRE AT WILL

<COMBAT> Novella attacks Raider1 with Viper and hits! (MODERATE DAMAGE to Engine) !!KO!!

<COMBAT> Reed attacks Raider2 with Pandora and hits! (MODERATE DAMAGE to LeftWing)

<COMBAT> Warwick changes stance to Banzai.

<COMBAT> Warwick attacks Raider2 with Viper and hits! (LIGHT DAMAGE to Body) !!KO!!

<COMBAT> Crow aims at Raider1.

<COMBAT> Crow attacks Raider1 with Viper and hits! (SERIOUS DAMAGE to Cockpit) !!DOUBLE KO!!

<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Reed with Raider and hits! (MODERATE DAMAGE to Hull)

<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Crow with Raider and hits! (GRAZING DAMAGE to Body)

Genesis CIC - ET call home! No, its Desusa pushing a few clearence codes into the console. "Figaro, Figaro. We got metal moving close and over the Arm. Notify Hermes that Pandora has issued the 64HP signal. Over." For some odd reason, the only thing coming back from HQ is static. Maybe no one is home? He frowns and repeats the message.

"Try the H-band, Captain!" yells a techie out of nowhere. Raul switches channels and tries again. Somebody must have forgotten to pay the bill or something. "Motherfrakker!" He looks to Regas, shaking his head.


Pandora brings her guns to bare and fires, the large shell flying through vacuum to strike the raider target with full bore, spinning it into an easy target as the Raiders fire upon the ship scoring the thick armor.

[Tac1] "Crow" Crow says, "There's a whoop over the comm, followed by a crackle of Red Two's voice, "Got that motherfrakker right i' the noggin, that's a threp in't it?""

Well that was fun. The cylon raiders 2.0, it seems did some damage, but they also got their shiny new tails blown to bits. The air is full of flying debris and rolling flames which are snuffed out from lack of oxygen. But it makes a good light show.

[Tac1] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "This is Pandora. DRADIS clear and landing bays prepped. Get your birds back inside. We're going home."

Genesis CIC

Regas mutters, "Frakkin' hell." He looks to the marines, get these ships locked down. We're at Condition Two until we know what the frak is going on.

Desusa nods and barks back to the marines, Eli included, "You heard the man! Move!!" He then points to Eli and says, "Sergeant, you hold your post." He looks back to Regas and waits for his next orders.

Eli looks to Desusa and nods firmly. "Yes sir!" Then taking a deep breath and another, steeling himherself.

[Intercom] All stations, this is Colonel Regas. All ships will remain at Condition Two. I repeat, all ships on Condition Two. Double CAPS will begin immediately.


[VIPER_1623: Novella] As Novella rolls over the top of Crow, the lead Raider flashes across her windscreen and she squeezes off a snapshot, firing a quick burst. The Raider's engine explodes, sending the frame tumbling into the black before a secondary explosion rips it to pieces.

[Tac1] "Cav" Novella says, "Splash Two! Copy Actual! Red Two, Blue Flight. Land your birds first in case I foul the deck. All Vipers, RTB."

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "There. Target's all taken care of. Nice piece of fireworks there. Heading home now…"

[VIPER_1743: Warwick] After having sent the Raider2 off into every little direction, Hound turns his bird around and starts moving for the Pandora again. Looking around to see where the others are at the moment.

[VIPER_1625: Crow] Crow's Viper swings its nose lower in order to let Cav's slip overhead. It's a one-two punch of rockets that blows the raider to smithereens, but he doesn't stick around to watch the light show; flipping his bird on its back, he twists it into a barrel roll and jams the thrusters to head for base.

[Tac1] "Crow" Crow says, "Copy, Red Lead, returning home."

[VIPER_1743: Warwick] Hound waits until Crow's moved for the Pandora, before he brings his own Viper in for a landing.

[VIPER_1623: Novella] The Fight Lead takes her time nursing the Mark VII back towards the Pandora, letting the other two head in first. Eyes stay on her instruments as she takes a her approach.

VIPER_1623 heads for Pandora.

[Tac1] "PAS Actual" Reed says, "All Vipers on deck. Jump commencing in.. 5..4..3..2..1 Jump!"

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