The Cavalry
The Calvary
Summary: With no word from either of the downed craft, the remaining forces on Leonis bug out. And then return dramatically with Big Guns and plenty of Birds to try and rescue their lost comrades.
Date: 28 ACH
Related Logs: Bye Bye Leo, Search And Crash, Enemy Contact, Leonis Bunker

The hours go by back at Base Camp. No word from the downed Ol' Spooky's crew. No word from the SAR's crew. This is not good. After waiting the standard length of time and maintaining radio silence, the Major decides to take matters into her own hands. Retreat, albeit a tactical one.

Fast forward to now. Up above Muse Lodge, the air is suddenly filled with a deafening roar, wind ripping through the lanes of the town. And distant, but growing ever-less-so, above is a glowing orange shape. A falling star. No. A falling Assaultstar. Pandora has made an in-atmo jump and is belching out Raptors and Vipers, one after another, like arrows shot from a flaming bow of VENGEANCE. Er.

Huddled at the base of a structure not far off from the lodge, Private Lex looks up as the Assaultstar makes a atmo jump. The firefight and the claymores are, for a moment forgotten. "Holy shit." And then it's back to ground reality. She hefts her rifle, and makes a dash for the lodge, hunkered low in the snow.

[FireEater_702: Roz] One viper launches out like it is shot from the tube, which it is. Roz breaks from the tubes and begins banking above the mountains and resevoir. That poor town will never be the same again with the Pandora arriving.

[Wrongway_101: Rue] Back in the cockpit of her Viper, Wrongway accelerates out of her launch tube and into the turbulence of the atmosphere, throttling away from the falling capital ship. The sleek Mk VII glints coolly in what light is presence, then begins to dive, it's engines making a comforting 'I'm going to kick the CRAP out of you' sound.

[Tac1] "Fireeater" Roz says, "Actual, Fireater, weapons free and awaiting orders."

[Charon_840: Warwick] Speeding out of the tube and rolling around to get in a good position, Hound gets the Charon ready as he follows after the diving Viper, prepared to give those Cylons present exactly what they deserve. The ride across the river, that is.

[VIPER_1738: Alister] Never be the same? The town is DOOMED. Slipstream's Viper doesn't look nearly as sleek as Wrongway's as it barrels out of the tube, what with the charred paint and slight number of dents. It makes a quick beeline to form in with Hound as soon as he's clear of the Pandora. Oh god it's like a sky full of angry screaming bees. With rocket engines. The town is definitely doomed.

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "Acknowledged. Fireeater form up on me. Slip, form on Hound. We'll lead the way. Keep your eyes and ears open for our people. Then it's ground support and air cover, til the Raptors are ready to leave."

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "Hello down there. Anybody call for a taxi?"

[Tac1] "Fireeater" Roz says, "Copy that, Wrongway, I'm on your six."

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "Get ready in case we need to do some sudden twisting and turning, Slipstream. Show must go on, after all."

[Tac1] Lex says, "Eyes in the sky, Fortune One and friends awaiting a pickup. If it's not too much trouble. We've got some civilian resistance down here who might appreciate a ride as well. Two heavily wounded awaiting med evac. Over."

If it looked like a bunch of angry bees before, here come the Hornets. The Vipers haven't even begun a proper search before being set upon by Raiders, rising from a nearby airbase. The two sides are angling for one another. This could get ugly.

Meanwhile, Pandy blinks out of existence, a few thousand feet above the ground, sending out a shockwave sure to send any folks on the ground sprawling. It looks like the Colonial forces have committed. For better or worse.

<COMBAT> From Rue: TURN 1. Pose and aim.
<COMBAT> Roz aims at Raider1.

[Tac1] "Slipstream" Alister says, "I hear that, Hound. No dying. I'll get blamed."

<COMBAT> Warwick aims at Raider3.

[FireEater_702: Roz] Fireater begins her turn, when the DRADIS is noted. "Looks like we attracted a few flies." She then banks in, right off the CAG's wing.

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "Acknowledged, Fortune One. We have multiple Raptors inbound, they should have your coordinates now. We'll keep the metal off your backs, but watch your head, it's liable to start raining."

[Charon_840: Warwick] Getting in position as the Raiders comes in, Hound directs the Charon for one of them, as soon as he can. Getting ready to fire.

[Wrongway_101: Rue] Wrongway's viper, with Fireeater at her side, dives right into the cluster of enemy combatants. Huzzaaaaaah-chop! The Miss Piggy School of Tactical Warfare.

<COMBAT> Rue changes stance to Banzai.
<COMBAT> Alister changes stance to Banzai.

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "Don't worry, Slipstream. Got a few more shows left of the contract. And here the audience has arrived, it seems."

<COMBAT> Rue aims at Raider4.
<COMBAT> Roz changes stance to Banzai.
<COMBAT> Warwick changes stance to Banzai.
<COMBAT> Alister aims at Raider2.

[Tac1] Lex says, "Copy. Luck up there. Fortune One Out."

[Tac1] "Fireeater" Roz says, "I'm on it and so are the tunes! Blasting to the beat of some dead band."

<COMBAT> Roz attacks Raider1 with Viper and hits! (LIGHT DAMAGE to LeftWing)
<COMBAT> Warwick attacks Raider3 with Viper and hits! (MODERATE DAMAGE to Body)
<COMBAT> Raider1 (NPC) aims at Alister. (Rue)
<COMBAT> Raider2 (NPC) aims at Warwick. (Rue)
<COMBAT> Raider3 (NPC) aims at Rue. (Rue)
<COMBAT> Raider4 (NPC) aims at Alister. (Rue)
<COMBAT> Rue attacks Raider4 with Viper and hits! (LIGHT DAMAGE to Tail)
<COMBAT> Alister attacks Raider2 with Viper and misses completely!
<COMBAT> * All PCs have fired. *
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Alister with Raider and barely misses!
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Warwick with Raider and hits! (MODERATE DAMAGE to LeftWing)
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Rue with Raider and misses horribly!
<COMBAT> Raider4 attacks Alister with Raider and barely misses!
<COMBAT> From Rue: TURN 2. Pose and aim.

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "They like us, they really like us!"

[FireEater_702: Roz] Once the CAG goes in fullbore, her wingman follows. They do a pretty good dance at breaking that formation up and Roz lets go of her guns, sending a spray across the wing of one Raider. "Take that!"

[Wrongway_101: Rue] Atmospheric fighting is fun. Less so than fighting in the quasi-vacuum of space. That pesky gravity thing can be a bitch, too. Wrongway's viper hits some wind sheer, but peppers her target with some holes. Just enough to make it try harder.

[Charon_840: Warwick] Sending off his hail of bullets for the body of his chosen target, Hound groans as the Charon gets hit from one of those other Raiders. "You're taking too much of a beating, baby," he mutters, before continuing to go after the same Raider as before.

[Tac1] "Fireeater" Roz says, ""I'd take one as a boyfriend, but that metal is coooold at night."

[VIPER_1738: Alister] Covering Hound's six is a relatively simple task. Watch for anything going to attack him, then blow it up before it can. Easy, no? No. Slip watches a Raider dart right for Warwick, and tries to execute the second part of the plan when his peripheral vision is suddenly filled with enough gunfire to make a nun denounce any and all deities. Slipstream's own shots go wide, too. With a lovely burst of cursing as a bonus.

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "Must be our charming personalities, right?"

[Tac1] "Slipstream" Alister says, "Notlookingbehindmenotlookingbehindme."

<COMBAT> Alister attacks Raider2 with Viper and hits! (LIGHT DAMAGE to Body)
<COMBAT> Roz attacks Raider1 with Viper and hits! (LIGHT DAMAGE to Body)
<COMBAT> Rue attacks Raider4 with Viper and hits! (MODERATE DAMAGE to RightWing) !!KO!!
<COMBAT> Warwick attacks Raider3 with Viper and misses completely!
<COMBAT> * All PCs have fired. *
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Alister with Raider and barely misses!
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Warwick with Raider and hits! (LIGHT DAMAGE to Controls)
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Rue with Raider and misses horribly!
<COMBAT> Raider4 attacks Alister with Raider and misses horribly!
<COMBAT> Raider4 has been removed from combat.
<COMBAT> From Rue: TURN 3. Pose and aim.

[FireEater_702: Roz] Fireater banks and rolls, adding some more damage, but not quite enough. She does notice the CAG slap one silly and pumps a fist. "That's showing them!"

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "Splash one. YEEEHAAAAAW. Shred 'em up, boys and girls."

[Charon_840: Warwick] Firing isn't that easy at the moment when others are firing at you. But Hound doesn't give up, even if the Charon shakes with the incoming fire again. Like the animal itself, he stays on track.

[VIPER_1738: Alister] Slip isn't cheering. His Viper darts around the sky like a hummingbird on crack as the pair of Raiders fire into the air he once was and never will be. Warwick might not be so lucky, but at least the Raider chasing him isn't getting away so unscathed. Now it has a few 'show' holes, too!

[Wrongway_101: Rue] Wrongway flys over Fireeater, twisting in the air. The viper's nose shifts before the thrusters are kicked in, acquiring a new target and attempting to fill it full of lead like the last one.

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "Hound, I'm gunning for the one on your six."

[Tac1] "Slipstream" Alister says, "Y'know, if all my concentration wasn't being used up on not dying a horrible death, i'd say all these fireworks look almost pretty."

<COMBAT> Rue aims at Raider2.

[Tac1] "Fireeater" Roz says, "Just like Hound to attract them. I wonder if they are female."

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "I'd appreciate it, Wrongway. And they're probably some old fans, Fireeater. Used to be a lot of them, back in the days."

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "Probably. I hear him crying like… a hound dog, though. Who can blame 'em."


[Tac1] "Slipstream" Alister says, "I'm fine, thanks for asking!"

<COMBAT> Roz attacks Raider1 with Viper and hits! (MODERATE DAMAGE to RightWing) !!KO!!
<COMBAT> Warwick attacks Raider3 with Viper and hits! (LIGHT DAMAGE to Guns) !!KO!!
<COMBAT> Alister attacks Raider2 with Viper and hits! (LIGHT DAMAGE to Tail)
<COMBAT> Rue attacks Raider2 with Viper and hits! (MODERATE DAMAGE to Body) !!KO!!
<COMBAT> * All PCs have fired. *
<COMBAT> Raider1 attacks Alister with Raider and misses horribly! BOTCH
<COMBAT> Raider2 attacks Warwick with Raider and hits! (LIGHT DAMAGE to Guns)
<COMBAT> Raider3 attacks Rue with Raider and misses horribly!
<COMBAT> Raider1 has been removed from combat.
<COMBAT> Raider2 has been removed from combat.
<COMBAT> Raider3 has been removed from combat.
<COMBAT> From Rue: TURN 4. Pose and aim.

[Tac1] "Fireeater" Roz says, "It's about damn time, Splash One! And indeed a splash it is, nice curvature, nice form, right into the drink..I give it a 6."

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "You underestimate the Explosion Pattern. That one was verra nice."

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "At least an 8."

[Tac1] "Fireeater" Roz says, "Hound your bird is looking bad…"

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "I've seen cheese with fewer holes."

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "Splashing like a bug on a windscreen this one. Or like something falling into the river Styx. And looks aren't everything, guys. Need to make sure the deck crew is kept busy too, right?"

[Tac1] "Slipstream" Alister says, "Eh, he's still got wings. It's not a Hound special, yet."

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "Sorry to disappoint you there, Slipstream…"

[Tac1] "Fireeater" Roz says, "Looks like we are good for the moment. Are they loading up?"

[Wrongway_101: Rue] Below the air fight, the Raptors have made their way to their pickup point, coming in for a landing where they can. It looks like there's plenty of people getting on into the rescue vehicles.

[VIPER_1738: Alister] Slipstream re-forms with Hound, making sure to stay well clear on one side. Y'know. In case anything falls off. Better to be safe than sorry.

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "Alright, Fireeater, Hound, head for the rendevous with Pandora. North magnetic pole. Slip, you and I are going to give the Raptors cover, til they jump out."

[Tac1] "Fireeater" Roz says, "On my way, might find a few on the ground I can shoot too."

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "You see metal, put some holes in it. Just don't stick around. The sky is full of stars."

[Tac1] "Hound" Warwick says, "Will do, boss. Let us know if you need some more assistance, will you?"

[VIPER_1738: Alister] Aaaaand Slip's viper leaves Hound like a man running away from a timebomb, rolling in to join Wrongway.

[Wrongway_101: Rue] And if anyone bothers looking up, visible in the upper atmosphere are metallic stars. Basestars. A whole lot of them.

[Charon_840: Warwick] Getting those orders, Hound hurries to break away, heading back in the direction of the Panda itself.

[Tac1] "Slipstream" Alister says, "You say that like it's a bad thing, Wrongway."

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "The stars are not on our side today."

[Wrongway_101: Rue] Dutifully, Wrongway's viper sails over the town, over and over again. Maybe one time she dives low and puts some slugs into a few Centurions walking around. Either way, five minutes later, the last Raptor is off the ground and into the atmo before blinking out of existence, leaving the last two Vipers to boogy.

[Tac1] "Slipstream" Alister says, "Still beautiful, in a terrifying sort of way."

[VIPER_1738: Alister] Centurions are small fry. That and Slip is keeping the high-cover going, so any and all toasters are all for Wrongway to cackle maniacally while killing… this time. Well, that and he's spending all the time looking at the sight above him.

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "Alright, Slip, light the fires. We're bugging out."

[Wrongway_101: Rue] Up above, the scene just gets worse. Basestar upon basestar blinks in. And there's a sheet of metal, Raiders, plunging down through the atmo at them. Eep.

[Tac1] "Slipstream" Alister says, "You really need to work on your chatup lines, Wrongway. See, now 'I wonder how many we can take out?' would have worked better."

[Tac1] "Wrongway" Rue says, "Afterburners. Now, Slip."

[VIPER_1738: Alister] Depite his retort, the engines of Slip's viper burst into glorious 'Oh god we're running away' technicolor. The rest of his viper remembers to follow the engine after a short lapse in concentration. He's on Rue's wing all the way.

[Wrongway_101: Rue] Wrongway orients towards the north, even as the Raiders close in, then thumbs the special stud on her stick. The Viper Mk. VII's rear end lights up and in a flash, she's gone and a supersonic boom thunders over the lands of Leonis, following after Slip's.

[Tac1] "Slipstream" Alister says, "With you, Sir. Also. Eight. I'm going to say eight."

Warwick stands next to his Viper, studying it rather carefully. Shaking his head a little bit as he does, muttering something to himself.

Alister falls out of his. All the while muttering something about dancing with angels.

Once Wrongway and Slip's Vipers are back on-board, the ship lurches suddenly… oh that lovely jump drive. But it does do one other thing: it carries them safely away from Leonis and into the anonymity of space. Rue waits til the jump is over before trying to leave her cockpit. When she's to the bottom of the stairs, her helmet is tugged off and she glances around.

Warwick pauses a bit at the jump, before he grimaces a little bit. "Maybe I should check this one for any kind of magnetic devices, or something," he remarks a bit absently.

Slipstream takes the time to roll onto his back, still quite happy being prone on the floor next to the viper that was his for today. Shooing away a few of the crew before craning his head to peer at the… remains of the Charon, he coughs.

Warwick turns to look over in Alister's direction, shaking his head, "You tried saying something?" he remarks a bit lightly.

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