Chapter 8 - Act I - Part 1


[07:47:19] GM: Ishida and Fairman make their way back to the airstrip after giving Ay her marching orders. "Locate a way in."
[07:47:46] GM: Well, actually, you all return to the airstrip cause hey, that’s where your gear is.
[07:49:18] 2Lt. Aylanea takes her marching orders with a slight face, laughing. "That simple, hm? Okay…" She looks around a little then. "Hrm… Should get sonogram of network or such, if there is one, then."
[07:49:28] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( or whatever it's called ))
[07:49:46] GM: ((Ground Penetrating Radar?))
[07:49:56] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( yeah ))
[07:50:07] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( to see where the hollow spots are ))
[07:50:32] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( if there's a GPR map, it makes things tons easier ))
[07:50:36] 2 LT Komillia: May I suggest a geologist tagging along?
[07:51:02] 2 LT Komillia: I mean I'd rather not drill a hole only to have the cavern collapse on me ten minutes later.
[07:51:52] 2Lt. Aylanea looks around. "If there is one, and we can get hold of them. Obviously for the recon, we won't have the suggested Spherian coming with us…" She nods a little. "Yeah, drilling holes I'd think is a last resort, if we can find a real entrance. I'd hope. But then, real entrances are going to be heavily guarded."
[07:52:50] Lt. Ishida makes her way to her craft and pulls out the food and clothing items from the bomb bay.
[07:54:14] GM: Let me know what you are doing etc prior to jump off.
[07:54:16] 2Lt. Aylanea snickers slightly and looks around for someone to ask about snitching personnel, or a map from, starting with a quick radio message. She glances over and nods a little, smiling to Suki. "Good luck up top."
[07:54:36] Lt. Ishida smirks at Ay and smiles.
[07:54:42] Lt. Ishida: Luck has nothing to do with it.
[07:54:50] Lt. Ishida: But thank you.
[07:55:09] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( *faints* ))
[07:55:15] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( I see a Lu ))
[07:56:57] 2Lt. Aylanea tries to call that little command bunker to see if she can snitch a geologist or a GPR map, or if anyone there even has one, to start, looking over towards it.
[07:57:35] CWO2 Sarah glances over to Suki and smiles. "Stay safe. And hit a lot of targets of opportunity of course."
[07:58:03] GM: As you do that you see Ishida stuff Anji's arms with socks and MRE's and walk with her towards the Artillery Batteries.
[07:58:27] CWO2 Sarah laughs a little at that, shaking her head.
[07:58:42] 2Lt. Aylanea snickers. "Poor Anji, being used as a pack mule."
[08:00:50] 2 LT Komillia goes scouring for older maps. Sometimes they have info that newer maps don't .
[08:01:23] GM: Roll some rolls.
[08:01:29] GM: Whatever you think you might need.
[08:03:17] 2 LT Komillia: [1d20] => [15] = (15) PERC, she has no skills that would be applicable here.
[08:06:32] 2Lt. Aylanea: [1d20] => [12] = (12)
[08:06:34] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( about the same. ))
[08:08:54] GM: Military Etiquette rolls are applicable, since they are a catch all for procedure and all that stuff
[08:09:30] CWO2 Sarah tries, for her part, to slip up and sweet talk someone if she can, about the kind of things mentioned being needed, explaining the situation and trying to see where she might get either of them for the mission leader. [1d100] => [55] = (55) trust [1d100] => [18] = (18) charm, [1d100] => [47] = (47) etiquette (69%) (for wording), and [1d100] => [19] = (19) (54%) speaking to get it out right.
[08:10:03] 2 LT Komillia: [1d100] => [78] = (78) Military Etiquette vs 70
[08:10:32] 2Lt. Aylanea: [1d100] => [56] = (56)
[08:10:32] 2 LT Komillia: [1d100] => [8] = (8) vs 40% charm
[08:10:38] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( vs. 70% etiquette ))
[08:10:46] GM: While Komillia comes off like a provincial boor, Sarah slides in like Don Juan de la Nooch!
[08:10:55] 2 LT Komillia: [1d100] => [3] = (3) vs 24% seduction
[08:11:00] GM: While Komillia and Ay…
[08:11:06] GM: Okay, a Sexy hick
[08:11:13] GM: Very Daisy Duke
[08:11:34] CWO2 Sarah: [1d100] => [21] = (21) seduction vs. 78% for me too ;p
[08:11:36] GM: I don’t know what 1080i is, but, I totally want it.
[08:11:37] CWO2 Sarah: (( lolol ))
[08:12:05] 2 LT Komillia: ((1080 dots per inch.))
[08:12:50] GM: I know what it is lol, didn't you see the Dukes of Hazzard commercial?
[08:13:12] CWO2 Sarah: (( rofl ))
[08:13:20] GM: The had the actress that played Daisy pitching the new TV, that was her line
[08:13:30] GM: complete with hip swivel and pouty lips.
[08:13:34] CWO2 Sarah: (( rotflol ))
[08:13:45] GM: Anyhow
[08:14:01] CWO2 Sarah: (( anyway, do all my rolls net us either the geologist or the GPR map? ))
[08:14:41] CWO2 Sarah: (( since that's what was "mentioned being needed" ))
[08:14:59] GM: You with your seduction rolls get every male in the TOC looking your way, and garner a few icy looks from the female mud marines nearby.
[08:16:32] GM: One of the Corporals gets the others ire since he's the keeper of such things and amongst cat calls, whistles and calls of "you lucky asshole!' he walks up and points you to the TOC's plot display.
[08:16:59] GM: Jess, back on the flight line, what is you be doing?
[08:18:31] CWO2 Sarah smiles sweetly and heads up to the plot display, to get a printout of all the map info she's allowed to get from it, to find the entrance, thanking the corporal.
[08:18:58] UEEF: Um, okay, maps of , of what the tunnels?
[08:19:20] 2 LT Komillia: Yes. Please…
[08:19:34] UEEF: Okay, lets see.
[08:19:45] UEEF punches in some commands to the Field Display
[08:20:50] GM: A holographic representation of the area pops up and you can see a very incomplete radar picture.
[08:21:20] Jess assumes shes on the flight deck with her aircraft tinkering….
[08:21:31] GM: You can see the tunnels closest to the surface clearly, but as you move further into the mountain the blur out then nothing.
[08:22:09] 2 LT Komillia: Any old paper maps lying about on these things?
[08:22:23] GM: You also note that the mountain area is about 40 to 60 square miles and the UEEF has gotten the area pretty well surrounded. There are concentrations of troops in Sectors 5, 8, and 12
[08:22:45] UEEF: [1d100] => [6] = (6)
[08:22:54] UEEF: Um, yeah, actually we do.
[08:23:17] CWO2 Sarah nods just a little. "Older paper maps and a new printout of the radar map would be really helpful, yeah."
[08:23:52] UEEF rifles thru a host of rolled up maps and finds the one he is looking for.
[08:24:15] UEEF: Here we go. We got this in a month back.
[08:24:46] 2 LT Komillia: Back home we had all sorts of problems of some of the original surveys being done by hand and never copied over to electronic. So sometimes a really old discovery got lost because people would rely too much on the tech to be right.
[08:24:51] UEEF unrolls the map on a nearby foldaway table and you can see a crisp clean scan of an older Karberran Map.
[08:25:17] 2 LT Komillia scans over it for anything different between it and the holomap. [1d20] => [20] = (20) PERC
[08:25:29] CWO2 Sarah winces a little bit. "Ouch." She looks at the older map, to see what all it has. [1d20+1] => [11,1] = (12) perc
[08:25:38] CWO2 Sarah: (( wow, uberKomi ))
[08:25:44] 2 LT Komillia: ((Ding, Yu shan, Nirvana and temporary omniscience.))
[08:26:30] Lt. Fallnya waves at Suki and Anji as she wipes her dirty hands with a rag, glancing at her Alpha with a bit of disgust
[08:27:23] GM: Komi, you note that the upper portion of the Karbarran map jives with the GPR map. It would seem however that while the GPR map is incomplete the Karberran map contains far more information regards the lower levels.
[08:29:02] 2 LT Komillia: See what did I tell ya, the lower sections aren't even on the GPR map.
[08:29:35] UEEF: yup, that’s why we kept the Karbarran map.
[08:29:49] CWO2 Sarah laughs a little and nods. "Definitely useful."
[08:30:29] UEEF: Seems the entire mountain is smack dab right on top of a massive Sekitan ore vein, really screws with our radar, Invids to, which is why the bears held up here during the occupation.
[08:31:36] CWO2 Sarah nods just a little bit at that. "Good and bad, then, there…"
[08:32:11] 2 LT Komillia: Anything special about this ore besides the ECM capabilities?
[08:32:21] UEEF: Um,
[08:32:23] UEEF: [1d100] => [26] = (26)
[08:32:28] UEEF: ((smart mook!))
[08:32:47] UEEF: Bears used it as fuel, kinda like we used uranium.
[08:33:09] CWO2 Sarah ehems a little bit. "Does it have a radiation level similar to uranium as well?"
[08:33:45] UEEF: Oh hell yeah, when refined.
[08:33:58] UEEF: In it's natural state, not so much.
[08:33:58] CWO2 Sarah shakes her head. "I mean when it's in the ore."
[08:34:06] CWO2 Sarah nods just a little.
[08:34:12] 2 LT Komillia: Is it stable or would the wrong shot set off a chain reaction?
[08:34:41] UEEF: No, it's stable, hehe, or else we wouldn't be bombarding the place with artillery every day.
[08:35:05] UEEF: Course, the vein is deep in, and we've never gotten past here, and here…
[08:35:12] UEEF points at the holomap.
[08:35:57] CWO2 Sarah mmmhmms and nods. "So getting to the vein might have a better chance of setting it off?" She takes note of that. "What would it take to potentially set it off, then, explosivewise?"
[08:35:57] GM: The places he pints to are in sectors 5 and 8, and show about .5 miles further in then the sector 12 entry.
[08:36:45] UEEF: I don't know, but intel doesn’t think so, Karberrans told us it was safe, you know, until you refine it and try to slam one rock into an other.
[08:37:34] CWO2 Sarah hmms and nods just a little. "Mmmmkay…"
[08:37:57] Lt. Finch: Hey! Whats going on here Corporal?
[08:38:06] Lt. Finch walks up in a huff,

[08:38:19] GM: back on the airfield
[08:38:57] GM: Anji nods at Lurana's wave but as her arms are full of plastic bags full of socks and food she cant wave back, Suki , a bit ahead of her, didn't see you and continues on at a brisk pace.
[08:40:06] GM: Jess?
[08:41:37] Lt. Fallnya shrugs at Suki ignoring her and tries to catch up to Anji "Need a Hand?"
[08:42:02] LCpl Summerwind nods
[08:42:13] LCpl Summerwind: Yeah, thanks, hard to carry all this in armor.
[08:42:19] Lt. Fallnya Relives her of half of the load
[08:42:43] CWO2 Sarah: (( thought Anji was with ground team? ))
[08:42:43] LCpl Summerwind shifts the rest of her load and trots a hop to keep up.
[08:42:46] CWO2 Sarah: (( hehehe ))
[08:42:50] CWO2 Sarah: (( anyway ))
[08:42:57] GM: Shush!
[08:43:00] CWO2 Sarah: (( lol ))
[08:43:32] Lt. Fallnya: "Do you always pack this much?"
[08:43:32] GM: Suki hears Lu's voice and looks over her shoulder and nods at her.
[08:43:56] LCpl Summerwind: Nah, we're winning hearts and minds.
[08:44:58] Lt. Fallnya: "Aren’t we always?"
[08:45:19] GM: You approach the artillery batteries and Suki slides her face plate closed. The nearby MAC-II's constant fire is near deafening.
[08:45:51] GM: Looking about Suki finds what she is looking for and makes her way towards the mess tent.
[08:45:54] Lt. Fallnya had her faceplate closed already speaking over loudspeaker
[08:46:15] GM: The noise level is less here as a sound wall has been erected between the facility and the massive guns.
[08:46:52] GM: In front of the tent you can see a few off duty MAC-II crews lazing about smoking.
[08:47:28] Lt. Fallnya ignores them her self but could definitely use a bit of Fire Water
[08:47:44] Lt. Ishida walks up to them and removes her helmet.
[08:48:11] Lt. Ishida: Hey, any of you want some clean and dry socks?
[08:48:23] Lt. Fallnya just simply lifts her faceplate
[08:48:46] UEEF Line Chief: Socks? Lady, you must be mad.
[08:49:18] Lt. Ishida: Not mad, just need an Artillery crew at my beck and call for the next say, few hours.
[08:49:38] Lt. Ishida points to the socks, which at this point Lurana is holding.
[08:50:12] UEEF Sgt. : Well shit, she wasn't kidding, I always liked pilots. I was just telling these guys how much I liked pilots.
[08:50:34] UEEF: Sheeeit Phillips, you're so full of shit you cant see straight.
[08:51:03] UEEF Line Chief takes a puff off his stogie and walks up his hands on his hips.
[08:51:11] UEEF Line Chief: So whats the deal?
[08:51:47] 2 LT Komillia: ((AFK))
[08:51:53] Lt. Ishida: We're going to be running strafing passes on Sector 5. I'd like your guns to cover our approach and disengagement.
[08:52:31] UEEF Line Chief looks over the tiny pilot and chomps a bit on his cigar.
[08:52:38] UEEF Line Chief: Alright.
[08:52:59] UEEF Line Chief: All those socks oughta cover it.
[08:53:16] Lt. Ishida: I give you all and you're mine for the rest of the day if needs be.
[08:53:32] UEEF Sgt.: Hehe listen to her.
[08:53:32] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( *picks up a tiny pilot and looks for where the rest of her got lost to* j/k ))
[08:54:18] UEEF Line Chief: Okay okay, fair deal. Whats your freq?
[08:54:45] Lt. Ishida: We'll be on your CAP freq, callsign Hammer 1-1
[08:55:23] UEEF Line Chief: Roger that, okay boys, you heard the lady, lets get back to looking busy.
[08:55:44] Lt. Ishida points to Lu and then to the Line chief.
[08:55:57] Lt. Ishida: If you please.
[08:56:50] LCpl Summerwind snorts
[08:57:05] LCpl Summerwind: Okay, hearts and minds…and bribes.
[08:57:10] Lt. Fallnya walks up to him and lifts them for him to take
[08:57:52] UEEF Line Chief points his Sergeant over to take them and smiles wide his cigar in the corner of his mouth.
[08:57:58] UEEF Line Chief: Pleasure doing business with ya.
[08:58:30] Lt. Ishida: Those MRE's the Lance has are a bonus.
[08:58:53] UEEF Line Chief: Ha! Well well, roger that.
[08:59:05] Lt. Fallnya: [1d100] => [97] = (97) vs 30% charm if he sees her face btw
[08:59:14] LCpl Summerwind hands over the goods, glad to be rid of the cargo.
[08:59:14] Lt. Fallnya: (ack)
[08:59:55] UEEF Line Chief: S'wrong there lady? Ya gotta shit or something? Making a face like that.
[09:00:11] UEEF Line Chief: Latrines over there behind the ammo dump.
[09:00:23] UEEF Line Chief: HA! latrine. Dump! I kill me.
[09:00:35] Lt. Fallnya: "No but you all need a shower." *closes her faceplate
[09:00:44] UEEF Line Chief: That I do, that I do!
[09:01:09] Lt. Ishida turns back to the flight line.
[09:01:13] Lt. Ishida: Fallnya
[09:01:57] Lt. Fallnya: "Yes Ishida" *moves to follow
[09:02:59] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( kekekekeke ))
[09:03:21] 2 LT Komillia: ((back))
[09:03:25] Lt. Ishida: I already talked to Fairman, I'll be leading this hop. I want you to follow me in, you've done some ground attack. Fairman will be pulling up tail end charlie so he can see how it's done.
[09:03:56] Lt. Fallnya: "Its been a while but its like riding a bike correct?"
[09:04:02] Lt. Ishida: Not really.
[09:04:23] Lt. Ishida: Just watch your approach, try to stay out of the weeds and don’t forget to pop counter measures on your way out.
[09:04:39] Lt. Fallnya: "We going in with just our alphas for the maneuverability or full Legios for speed and firepower?
[09:05:36] Lt. Ishida: legios for the firepower and speed. Which means we're going to be descending rather fast, and with Karbarra's higher gravity, you'll need to pull up sooner then it might seem necessary.
[09:06:10] Lt. Fallnya: "I did train for some higher gravity bombing runs."
[09:06:19] Lt. Ishida: Roger that.
[09:06:22] Lt. Fallnya: "I do assume we are gonna be loaded with dive bombs correct?"
[09:06:25] Lt. Ishida: Summerwind.
[09:06:38] LCpl Summerwind: Yes'em?
[09:07:57] Lt. Ishida: Stay here with our gun crew and coordinate. I want a salvo on target 20 seconds prior to our passes and then a 21 gun salute 10 seconds before we make our run.
[09:08:11] LCpl Summerwind smiles
[09:08:16] LCpl Summerwind: Sweet!
[09:08:29] Lt. Ishida: Alright, off with you.
[09:08:47] Lt. Ishida pats Fallnya on her shoulder rough Marine style.
[09:08:49] Lt. Ishida: Lets go.
[09:09:02] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( hehehehehe. lilanji ))
[09:09:06] Lt. Fallnya smacks Ishida's shoulder full power
[09:11:38] Lt. Ishida: [1d20] => [13] = (13)
[09:11:48] Lt. Ishida stays static.
[09:11:57] Lt. Ishida snorts.
[09:12:17] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( hehehehehe. lilsuki ))
[09:12:26] Lt. Fallnya: "What you hit me first."
[09:12:52] Lt. Ishida: If I hit you, you'd know it.

[09:13:09] GM: Back in the TOC
[09:13:26] Lt. Finch: What the sam hill is going on here?
[09:13:37] 2 LT Komillia: Hi, Lt. Just requisitioning some maps for a little recon.
[09:13:51] UEEF: Um…s…sorry sir. They wanted to see some maps.
[09:14:13] 2 LT Komillia: [1d100] => [49] = (49) vs 70 Mil Etiquette, [1d100] => [87] = (87) vs 40 charm, [1d100] => [16] = (16) vs24 seduction
[09:14:14] Lt. Finch: Aren't you supposed to be out doing strafing runs?
[09:14:34] Lt. Finch looks at Komi and huffs.
[09:14:38] 2 LT Komillia: No sir. We're not.
[09:14:51] Lt. Finch: Fine. And keep your waggle to yourself.
[09:15:09] Lt. Finch: We have a war on out here if you DIDN'T notice.
[09:16:00] 2 LT Komillia: I'm well aware of that. In fact, we'll probably end up making the situation winnable for you when all is said and done.
[09:16:19] CWO2 Sarah nods. "We're just getting some maps and getting out of your way, is all, sir. We have a tunnel system to deal with."
[09:16:27] Lt. Finch: I highly doubt that. Now, have you gotten what you need?
[09:16:45] Lt. Finch looks at Sarah and scowls.
[09:16:46] 2 LT Komillia: I believe so. Well, see ya around!
[09:17:11] Lt. Finch: Good to hear, and that’s Yes Sir to you pilot.
[09:17:25] Lt. Finch: Now clear the fuck out, your cluttering up the Colonels TOC.
[09:17:31] CWO2 Sarah nods quickly at that and moves to follow Komillia.
[09:18:04] 2 LT Komillia walks out.
[09:18:21] 2 LT Komillia: So nice to know there are bad Lts to ruin the rep for the rest of us.
[09:18:42] Lt. Finch: Bloody pilots. what the fuck are looking at Corporal! Mind your fucking panel!
[09:19:07] GM: Ay, roll an IQ
[09:19:09] CWO2 Sarah follows along, making sure they're well and truly out before speaking again. "Yeah, quite the character, that one. Feel bad for the people forced under him full time."
[09:19:26] 2Lt. Aylanea: [1d30] => [2] = (2) vs. 17
[09:19:53] GM: Ay, you remember to grab the map before you leave.
[09:20:02] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( lol. ))
[09:21:04] GM: Okay, Ay and Co. return to the air strip at about the same time as Lu and Co.
[09:21:15] 2Lt. Aylanea nods a little to the others. "could say plenty about that guy, yes." She looks at the map. "Still, we got what we needed, at least partly."
[09:22:17] 2 LT Komillia: Hey, Lts, we got us two good maps.
[09:23:03] Lt. Ishida: Good to go!
[09:23:24] Lt. Ishida: We're about ready to lift off on our end.
[09:23:47] 2Lt. Aylanea nods quickly. "Good to hear."
[09:24:47] Lt. Ishida: So, what can you tell us before we head out?
[09:24:56] Lt. Ishida: Since you were int eh TOC and all.
[09:25:49] Lt. Fallnya stands silently and opens her faceplate to hear better
[09:25:51] 2 LT Komillia: Lt. Jaron made a deal with a prick? Or the fact that the tunnels run deep and they only ever made it half a mile in.
[09:27:05] Sarah nods. "the troop concentrations for us are in sectors 5, 8, and 12,, though it's reasonably surrounded. There's Sekiton in the tunnels, further in, the ore vein is deep down. Supposedly it's not as unstable as ore, but if we could find a way to make it unstable it might be enough to bring the whole system down on them. If we can get to it. It also scrambles radar nicely."
[09:27:43] Lt. Ishida: Roger that.
[09:27:49] Lt. Ishida: What your plan?
[09:27:58] Lt. Ishida looks at Ay.
[09:29:05] 2Lt. Aylanea hms. "I intend to use the tunnel map as a guide and look if possible for a way in from the top. The problem with the good tunnel map is that it's from the Invid war, so may have been shared with the Haydonites while they were still allies. Barring that, it's a matter of finding the weakest entrance for infiltration to get a bomb into place."
[09:29:53] 2Lt. Aylanea thinks. "Likely in a sector away from the three mentioned, where troop concentration is less. They'll be focusing their forces likely where concentrations are high."
[09:32:46] GM: Okay, Ay, where to first?
[09:33:07] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( sector… 12. ))
[09:33:19] GM: ((okie dokie))
[09:33:50] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( enie menie minie mo… ))

[09:33:57] GM: As the ground team moves out, the folks destined for the air saddle up and get their launch clearnace.
[09:34:37] Lt. Fallnya fastens down her helmet looking back at the beta strapped on her ass end with a slight sigh and punches up her weapons console to check payload
[09:35:27] GM: Lu's bird is green across the board and fully loaded.
[09:35:41] Lt. Fallnya: (bombs?)
[09:35:55] GM: Yes
[09:36:52] GM: What gunpods to you have Lu, before we start
[09:38:20] Lt. Fallnya: (uhhh
[09:38:56] Lt. Fallnya: i forgot the EU type I've been using
[09:39:06] GM: 13 or 15
[09:39:22] Lt. Fallnya: i think it was a 15
[09:39:27] GM: kk
[09:39:33] GM: And off we go
[09:40:03] Lt. Fallnya: (was gonna take an EU-15 and a
[09:40:08] GM: Jess, and either James or Carrie, roll a d10 high roll's team goes first.
[09:41:24] Lt. Fallnya: GAU-14
[09:41:42] Lt. Fallnya: [1d10] => [3] = (3)
[09:41:50] 2 LT Komillia: [1d10] => [7] = (7)
[09:42:02] GM: Ground team hoooooo!
[09:42:39] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( wee ))
[09:42:40] 2 LT Komillia: ((Alright Lion-o, I've changed the kitty litter, will you stop roaring now?))
[09:42:43] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( hehehehehe ))
[09:43:09] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( woot, the new fridge is cold, I moved the stuff over ))

[09:43:57] GM: You ground pounders mount up and head out in your Cyclones. It takes you a good hour and a half to reach Sector 12's AO. As you travel, you can hear the ripping linoleum sound of Fairman and the others conducting their runs, sounding much like the old A-10's from your history vids.
[09:45:23] GM: You pass lines of vehicles on the road, but as you near Sector 12 things begin to peter out. There is not much fire, outbound or inbound, and things here seem, relatively quiet.
[09:47:06] 2Lt. Aylanea blinks at the quietness, scratching her head and looking around. "Hmm…" She ponders just a moment at the quietness, as she starts thinking on which potential entrance point to check first.
[09:47:27] 2 LT Komillia: Gee, you think the toasters knew we were coming and unplugged themselves before we could?
[09:47:33] CWO2 Sarah: [1d100] => [22] = (22) tactics vs. 89% to discern why it's quiet.
[09:47:39] GM: As you roll up you can see a UEEF firebase.
[09:47:52] GM: Yeah, easy, no fighting is going on here right now.
[09:48:07] CWO2 Sarah: (( hehehehehe. Beyond that… ))
[09:48:27] CWO2 Sarah: (( standard field kit has binoculars in, right? ))
[09:48:33] GM: Yes
[09:49:08] CWO2 Sarah pulls binoculars to look up at the firebase, to make sure it's still in allied hands, concerned with the silence.
[09:49:29] GM: The UEEF troopers here are milling about, attending to their duties in a slow and easy manner.
[09:49:56] GM: You even see a few in a sort of makeshift jacuzzi
[09:50:29] 2 LT Komillia: Complacency anyone?
[09:50:42] GM: There is a decent compliment of mecha, but most are in their revetments under camo netting.
[09:51:24] CWO2 Sarah sets her binoculars down and nods. "Hmm. Complacency indeed." She looks around a bit, thinking.
[09:51:50] GM: You can see a sign on the road , it reads. "Welcome to the 35th Infantry, Paradise on Earth (earth is crossed out) Karbarra."
[09:52:45] CWO2 Sarah: "Could be that they're staying in their holes here. But I don't see why they would be…"
[09:53:36] GM: Roll a perc there binoc girl
[09:53:43] CWO2 Sarah: [1d20+1] => [3,1] = (4)
[09:53:46] CWO2 Sarah: (( suck and fail ))
[09:53:56] 2 LT Komillia increases the throttle and zooms up to the gate.
[09:53:58] GM: Oblivious Invid is Oblivious
[09:54:23] GM: As you approach the perimeter you are literally swarmed by UEEF out of the wood work.
[09:54:42] UEEF: Halt!
[09:54:52] 2 LT Komillia stops.
[09:54:54] 2Lt. Aylanea stops at the swarming, nodding.
[09:55:06] UEEF approaches gun pointed at your dome.
[09:55:16] 2 LT Komillia presents ID, "2nd Lt. Komillia Maeless.
[09:55:21] UEEF: Okay chicky-poo, who are ya?
[09:55:31] UEEF: A pilot?
[09:55:39] 2Lt. Aylanea offers her own ID. "2nd Lt. Aylanea Madresa."
[09:55:41] UEEF: The fuck they sending us a flygirl for?
[09:55:50] UEEF: Two fly girls.
[09:56:03] 2 LT Komillia: Yes, sir. But I'm out on a recon. I'm a raider as out my compatriots.
[09:56:03] CWO2 Sarah offers her own ID then, when bothered. "Warrant Officer 2nd class Sarah Amdahl."
[09:56:24] UEEF slings his rifle.
[09:56:43] UEEF: Damn, here we though we'd gotten some attractive replacements.
[09:56:54] 2 LT Komillia: Pardon?
[09:57:00] UEEF: Okay, Command center is thataway. Just past the mess tent.
[09:57:16] UEEF: Okay boys! False alarm! Back into your hidey holes.
[09:57:21] 2Lt. Aylanea nods at that. "Good to see the base is on its toes. Activity is light here, I see?" She laughs about the attractive replacements, and nods quickly. "Acknowledged. Thank you."
[09:57:32] 2 LT Komillia: Not so complacent after all.
[09:57:46] GM: There is a general murmuring accompanied by laughter as the UEEF troops scurry back from whence they came.
[09:57:54] CWO2 Sarah nods just a little. "And well camouflaged."
[09:57:54] 2 LT Komillia: I guess the Jacuzzi just happens to be because they genuinely have the spare time.
[09:58:51] 2 LT Komillia heads up to the command center.
[09:59:01] 2Lt. Aylanea nods just a little. "If we weren't in a hurry and on a mission, I'd love a dip, but well…" she laughs and heads up to the center as well.
[09:59:19] GM: As you drive in you see one of the best developed firebases you've ever seen. You figure that either they must have elements of a Combat Engineering unit co-located, or they have had a LOT of spare time.
[10:00:27] 2 LT Komillia: Sweet! What's next an arcade?
[10:00:28] CWO2 Sarah heads up for the center, looking around at everything, raising her eyebrows at it. "wow."
[10:01:13] GM: You walk into a well appointed, in so much as comfort (the equipment is what you would expect from a 3rd line unit)
[10:01:50] 2 LT Komillia: You sure we're in the right spot XO?
[10:01:56] CWO2 Sarah: /me looks around. "Geez…"
[10:01:59] CWO2 Sarah looks around. "Geez…"
[10:02:00] CWO2 Sarah: (( ack ))
[10:02:40] 2Lt. Aylanea coughs and nods. "Yes, I'm sure. At least I think I'm sure…" She shrugs. "Still, when did they get time for all of this? Geez."
[10:03:09] 2Lt. Aylanea looks around for anyone on shift or anything.
[10:03:24] UEEF Captain: Okay! I see newbs in my CP!
[10:04:01] 2 LT Komillia: Sir!
[10:04:05] UEEF Captain says, as he flips down a copy of Nymph magazine with a very hot Praxian on the cover.
[10:04:22] 2 LT Komillia: Ah, issue number 32.
[10:04:51] UEEF Captain stands wearing his CVR-3 lowers but a Hawaiian shirt up top.
[10:05:09] UEEF Captain: Best issue yet! Here ya go, restrooms out back.
[10:05:20] UEEF Captain lobs the magazine at Komillia
[10:06:00] UEEF Captain: So, what can I do you for?
[10:06:16] 2Lt. Aylanea nods just a little bit and smiles at the banter. "Just a little batch of recon runners, sir. The tunnel entrances here are nicely monitored and quiet, I take it? Planned on peeking at some."
[10:06:53] UEEF Captain: Ahh, okay, wait one. Smith! Ring Charlie 5-5 tell em I'm on my way up.
[10:07:07] UEEF Captain: Yeah, nice and quiet indeed.
[10:07:25] UEEF Captain: Best assignment dirt side this near hell on earth.
[10:08:03] 2Lt. Aylanea nods just a little at that. "Yeah, I'm impressed with the facilities, sir. got an engineering detachment somewhere with you at some point, or you guys build all this yourselves?"
[10:08:24] UEEF Captain pulls off his shirt to reveal hunky abs. He pulls up and zips his CVR under suit then dons the rest of his armor
[10:08:53] UEEF Captain: yeah, we did all this ourselves.
[10:09:14] UEEF Captain: So, what are you ladies looking for?
[10:09:25] UEEF Captain: Exactly?
[10:10:41] 2Lt. Aylanea smiles a little. "Oh, a little way in to get ourselves into the tunnel network, maybe."
[10:10:55] UEEF Captain: Suicide mission huh
[10:11:17] 2 LT Komillia: We plan on exterminating a toaster infestation that has itself really rooted in.
[10:11:27] UEEF Captain: Commendable
[10:11:43] UEEF Captain: But i wouldn’t try using this entry.
[10:11:52] UEEF Captain laughs as he dons his helmet.
[10:11:57] 2Lt. Aylanea raises her eyebrows at that. "Really… Why is that?"
[10:11:59] UEEF Captain: C'mon. Follow me.
[10:12:17] 2 LT Komillia follows the Captain rather curiously.
[10:12:23] 2Lt. Aylanea shrugs and nods, keeping her helmet held on the side.
[10:12:42] UEEF Captain leads you out, and after a 10 minute walk and climb up a hill to the crest where a UEEF watch post has been dug in the Captain hops into the well made bunker.
[10:13:06] UEEF Captain: Any change?
[10:13:17] UEEF Sgt. : Same as yesterday.
[10:13:46] UEEF Captain hands a pair of field glasses to Ay and points out the slit in the bunker.
[10:14:06] 2Lt. Aylanea nods, taking the glasses and peering out the slit, to take a look.
[10:14:19] CWO2 Sarah pulls her own binocs and tries to peek as well.
[10:14:25] GM: You see the cave, large, open, quiet.
[10:15:02] GM: There is a slew of debris at the mouth, some of it looks like bones, you also see a few glinting peices of metal that look more…Haydonite.
[10:15:17] 2Lt. Aylanea winces at the sight of the mouth. "Great…" She ponders,.
[10:15:50] UEEF Captain: Not to sound melodramatic, but, whatever goes in, doesn't come out. Alive that is.
[10:16:14] UEEF Captain: We figure that haydonite crap came from inside, and was tossed out with all the rest of the trash.
[10:16:31] UEEF Captain: So, what are you all going to do inside there?
[10:16:39] 2 LT Komillia: A toaster gopher. Maybe even a dragon. Now where did I put that vibrosword?
[10:17:53] 2Lt. Aylanea frowns at the debris. "Great…" She ponders that. "Still working that out. The more of the network that can be collapsed, the better. Don't suppose you folks have a tech that's toying with drill tanks, do you?" She laughs just a little.
[10:18:18] UEEF Captain: Drill tanks? No, cant say as we do.
[10:18:59] 2Lt. Aylanea nods just a little. "Didn't think so."
[10:19:20] 2 LT Komillia: Yeah, the day I see a drill tank I'll be asking about getting a Getter Robo.
[10:19:28] UEEF Captain: A what?
[10:19:38] 2 LT Komillia: Old Earth Anime.
[10:19:42] UEEF Captain: A what?
[10:20:05] 2 LT Komillia: A television show about a robot that evolves while protecting humanity.
[10:20:17] UEEF Captain: Quaint.
[10:20:43] UEEF Sgt. : Sure ain't Haydonite that’s for sure.
[10:20:59] GM: The rest of the bunker and the Captain laugh
[10:21:07] CWO2 Sarah starts laughing just a little at that, and looks for the map, to check for any other potential entrance points in the sector.
[10:21:27] GM: Sarah, your looking at it.
[10:22:06] CWO2 Sarah: (( kk ))
[10:22:12] CWO2 Sarah: (( hehehehehe ))
[10:22:26] CWO2 Sarah frowns just a little at the map. "hmm…"

[10:22:21] GM: Meanwhile, an hour and 15 minutes earlier
[10:23:20] GM: Lu, you are mid flight and are just about to begin your pass, the arty has plonked down a slavo ahead of you and you can see Suki push over from 10,000 feet and roll into her dive.
[10:23:49] Lt. Ishida: Here we go, keep it tight, guns only!
[10:24:07] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [47] = (47)
[10:24:19] Lt. Ishida: [1d20+11] => [16,11] = (27)
[10:24:24] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [63] = (63)
[10:25:06] Lt. Fallnya maneuvers to follow her at a slightly different angle to hit her target, switching to all guns [1d100] => [28] = (28) vs 85% piloting, [1d20+11] => [1,11] = (12) strike, [1d100] => [2] = (2) vs 85 piloting to pull out
[10:25:24] Lt. Fallnya: "Shit i just jammed my guns"
[10:25:27] GM: Suki pulls out some 500 feet off the deck then opens up along the ridge line, lighting the area up, then pulling hard up engages her burners while a stream of flare and chaff are pumped out behind her.
[10:26:24] GM: Lurana, you dive beautifully but your guns refuse to fire, your pull up is textbook as well.
[10:26:45] Lt. Fallnya: "Switching to lasers."
[10:26:46] GM: Jaron follows suit and follows you back up to 10k feet
[10:27:00] Lt. Ishida: Negative, land and get your guns cleared.
[10:27:41] Lt. Fallnya heads back then without saying a word
[10:28:01] GM: [1d30] => [13] = (13)
[10:28:28] GM: You are up and flying again 13 minutes after you touch down, by which time Suki and Jaron have made another 5 passes.
[10:28:57] GM: Ishida throttles up to allow you back into formation.
[10:29:10] Lt. Ishida: Anvil 1-1 you good to go?
[10:29:47] Lt. Fallnya: (that’s not me is it?)
[10:29:54] Lt. Ishida: ((it is))
[10:30:23] Lt. Fallnya: "Good to go, energy clip fried in the EU-15 and the EU-14 had a bad round chambered."
[10:30:36] Lt. Ishida: Roger that. Here we go.
[10:30:39] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [66] = (66)
[10:30:44] Lt. Ishida: [1d20+11] => [3,11] = (14)
[10:30:46] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [33] = (33)
[10:30:56] Lt. Fallnya: [1d100] => [72] = (72) vs 85, [1d20+11] => [14,11] = (25) [1d100] => [47] = (47) vs 85
[10:31:31] GM: Your approach is wonky, but you light the ridge line up something fierce. You departure is clean.
[10:31:42] GM: Roll RSI
[10:31:45] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [54] = (54)
[10:31:50] Lt. Fallnya: [1d100] => [86] = (86)
[10:31:59] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [86] = (86)
[10:32:07] Lt. Fallnya: (i see shit)
[10:32:18] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [89] = (89)
[10:32:23] Lt. Ishida: [1d20+11] => [4,11] = (15)
[10:32:26] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [6] = (6)
[10:32:39] Lt. Fallnya: [1d100] => [69] = (69) [1d20+11] => [2,11] = (13) [1d100] => [58] = (58)
[10:33:23] GM: Ishida calls out an AA battery and tried to hit it but misses, as do you, not because you are inaccurate, but you are unable to see it and Suki was unable to transmit the targeting data to you in time.
[10:34:00] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [55] = (55)
[10:34:17] Lt. Ishida: Okay, lets see if we can't hit it this pass.
[10:34:39] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [74] = (74) [1d20+11] => [19,11] = (30) [1d100] => [83] = (83)
[10:34:45] Lt. Fallnya: "Roger that going in hard and fast
[10:34:47] Lt. Fallnya: [1d100] => [9] = (9) [1d20+11] => [13,11] = (24) [1d100] => [38] = (38)
[10:36:33] GM: Lurana, you see Suki's fire shred the thing but nearby dismounts open up with MANPADS (Man Portable Personal Air Defense Systems) IE: Haydonite versions of Stingers. You are able to shred them but not before a few missiles are fired at Suki. Suki, roll to counter.
[10:36:55] Lt. Ishida: Flare/Chaff [1d100] => [99] = (99) Dodge [1d20+20] => [3,20] = (23)
[10:37:09] Haydonite: [1d20+8] => [11,8] = (19)
[10:37:14] Haydonite: [1d20+8] => [12,8] = (20)
[10:37:33] GM: Suki your counter measures do nothing but you are able to shake the missiles.
[10:37:48] Lt. Ishida: That was fun…
[10:38:13] Lt. Fallnya would see if they were starting to turn to follow and then fires on them if they do
[10:38:31] GM: RSI
[10:38:38] Lt. Fallnya: [1d100] => [44] = (44)
[10:38:48] GM: You see them start to arc back
[10:39:08] Lt. Fallnya: "there coming back, i got them [1d20+11] => [20,11] = (31) head lasers
[10:39:22] GM: You have no head lasers this isn't a VF-1
[10:39:34] Lt. Fallnya: (nose lasers)
[10:39:38] Lt. Fallnya: (what ever
[10:39:43] GM: But I'll say you fired off some of your MMDS-8's
[10:39:50] GM: Which ARE head mounted
[10:40:07] Lt. Fallnya: yea and I'm not in battloid mode
[10:40:10] Lt. Fallnya: (so those won't fire)
[10:40:13] GM: Your missiles frag the enemy stingers.
[10:40:27] Lt. Fallnya: (nose lasers LWS-12)
[10:40:37] Lt. Ishida: Tactics [1d100] => [49] = (49)
[10:40:49] Lt. Fallnya: (head missile only fires in battloid mode
[10:40:54] Lt. Ishida: Lets come in from the east this time, form up on me and come to heading 250.
[10:41:09] GM: Says who?
[10:41:17] Lt. Fallnya: (book)
[10:41:23] GM: I'm the book
[10:42:05] Lt. Fallnya maneuvers to come from the east
[10:42:18] CWO2 Sarah: (( GM can overrule book. Kinda like how the cyclone boxes stay with us during shift to battloid. ))
[10:43:03] GM: ((plus I has the toy, granted it's just a toy, but the head can swivel about))
[10:43:19] GM: ((Toy trumps book!))
[10:43:43] GM: Roll RSI
[10:43:46] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [70] = (70)
[10:43:54] Lt. Fallnya: [1d100] => [84] = (84)
[10:44:10] Lt. Fallnya: (dice are hating me
[10:44:13] Lt. Ishida: Looks like we stirred them up, this pass is going to be ugly.
[10:44:32] Lt. Fallnya: "Good i was starting to fall asleep."
[10:44:35] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [31] = (31) [1d20+11] => [3,11] = (14) [1d100] => [17] = (17)
[10:44:53] Lt. Fallnya: [1d100] => [94] = (94) [1d20+11] => [10,11] = (21) [1d100] => [41] = (41)
[10:44:58] GM: Suki you don’t hit shit, but you sure buzz them nice and low.
[10:45:24] GM: Lurana, you take incoming on your way in. [1d20+8] => [17,8] = (25) [1d20+8] => [19,8] = (27)
[10:46:14] Lt. Fallnya barrel rolls [1d20+15] => [16,15] = (31) dodge 1 [1d20+15] => [18,15] = (33) dodge 2
[10:46:49] GM: Hmm, note to self, up enemy strike rolls
[10:46:59] GM: Lurana, you are able to roll out of harms way!
[10:47:15] Lt. Fallnya: (and the 21 strike?)
[10:47:18] GM: You aren’t sure if you hit anything dirtside however.
[10:47:59] GM: You probably hit, but you'd have to wait till you develop Jaron's camera footage to be sure.
[10:48:07] GM: Since he was behind you
[10:48:39] GM: These passes go on for another 45 minutes as you three make run after run.
[10:49:17] GM: You return to base for a 15 minute break to rearm and use the facilities.
[10:49:25] GM: Then it's back into the air.
[10:50:14] Lt. Ishida: Fallnya.
[10:50:34] Lt. Fallnya: "I'm here"?
[10:50:43] Lt. Ishida: You want to try something different?
[10:51:04] Lt. Fallnya: [1d100] => [58] = (58) vs 43% Tactics
[10:51:14] Lt. Fallnya: "Nope unless you want me to."
[10:51:31] Lt. Ishida: Okay, cover me, I'm going to try and be arrogant.
[10:51:50] Lt. Fallnya: "Fine by me we gotta let lose some time any way."
[10:51:55] Lt. Fallnya follows her
[10:52:00] Lt. Ishida: Roger that.
[10:52:04] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [98] = (98)
[10:52:10] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [24] = (24)
[10:52:41] GM: Suki you take incoming on your way in. Good recovery [1d20+8] => [4,8] = (12) [1d20+8] => [14,8] = (22)
[10:53:01] Lt. Ishida: [1d20+20] => [15,20] = (35) [1d20+21] => [15,21] = (36)
[10:53:12] GM: You evade.
[10:53:24] Lt. Fallnya: (err i see +21on the second)
[10:53:28] Lt. Fallnya: (but what ever)
[10:54:10] GM: Suki dives then slams into Guardian then strafes the area from tree top level with full guns and missiles. ((oops sorry, you are right, my mistake [1d20+20] => [16,20] = (36))
[10:54:25] GM: [1d20+11] => [9,11] = (20)
[10:54:37] GM: Lurana your move.
[10:54:42] GM: Your move
[10:55:07] Lt. Fallnya does the same only focusing with missiles [1d20+3] => [1,3] = (4) missile barrage
[10:55:14] CWO2 Sarah: (( lol ))
[10:55:18] Lt. Fallnya: (yay missile cook off)
[10:55:30] GM: Did you remember to arm them?
[10:55:41] GM: Roll a piloting
[10:55:45] Lt. Fallnya: (of course lol)
[10:55:52] Lt. Fallnya: [1d100] => [79] = (79)
[10:56:00] Lt. Fallnya: vs 85%
[10:56:02] GM: Close enough to suck for this to work.
[10:57:07] GM: You settle into your hover and fire off your missiles, but (with a 1) the recoil almost topples you backwards and your missiles stream into the sky and proved the enemy and allies alike with the most spectacular fireworks display since last Earth Liberation Day
[10:57:41] Lt. Fallnya: (lol i figured with a nat one they'd cook off in the tubes )
[10:57:54] GM: ((nah, I use that too often and it gets old))
[10:57:59] Lt. Fallnya: (giving me the chance to fly over the enemy screaming my head off to dump them all over the place )
[10:58:18] GM: nah, this way you create quite the distraction for Jaron's pass
[10:58:46] GM: Suki, time to exfiltrate, roll, you to Lu
[10:58:49] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [92] = (92)
[10:59:04] Lt. Fallnya: [1d100] => [36] = (36)
[10:59:35] GM: Unfortunately Suki, even with the distraction you are fired on on your way out, Lu you are clear. [1d20+8] => [12,8] = (20) [1d20+8] => [18,8] = (26)
[10:59:40] Lt. Ishida: [1d100] => [2] = (2)
[10:59:51] GM: Suki your flares do their job
[11:00:11] GM: Meanwhile, back on the ground…
[11:00:16] GM: Roll percs.
[11:00:34] Lt. Fallnya: [1d20] => [14] = (14)
[11:00:44] 2 LT Komillia: [1d20] => [6] = (6)
[11:00:56] Lt. Fallnya: )woops my bad)
[11:01:04] Lt. Fallnya: (gota kill me a rabbit now)
[11:01:11] GM: ((lol))

[11:01:17] GM: Ay and Sarah, percs
[11:05:51] CWO2 Sarah: [1d20+1] => [20,1] = (21)
[11:05:56] 2Lt. Aylanea: [1d20] => [7] = (7)
[11:06:21] GM: Sarah, you see on the far side of the mountain a missile barrage light up the sky
[11:06:33] UEEF Sgt. : Ooo pretty!
[11:06:43] CWO2 Sarah blinks a little at the barrage lighting up. "wow… wonder what that was…."
[11:08:01] 2Lt. Aylanea peers at the entrance again through the field glasses, frowning.
[11:08:21] GM: ((you need to take the lens caps off Bush))
[11:08:41] 2Lt. Aylanea: (( rar ))
[11:09:47] UEEF Captain: Seems like someone is having some action
[11:11:05] 2 LT Komillia: Not us.
[11:11:19] UEEF Captain: Yeah, well don’t be so eager.
[11:12:06] UEEF Captain: At any rate, you want to enter the mountain thru here, I can give you back up, but, I'm not sending any of my men past the mouth of that cave.
[11:13:38] 2Lt. Aylanea nods just a little bit at that. "Yeah, not us…" She hmms just a little bit, peering at the entrance, and trying to note things down for later. "Right. No worries on that. Beyond the mouth of the cave is our job, not yours." She smiles.
[11:15:46] UEEF Captain: Sorry, But I wont put my men into danger for nothing.
[11:16:21] UEEF Captain: Besides, the Colonel will have me ass.
[11:17:20] 2Lt. Aylanea nods just a little bit at that. "I know. Again, not your worry. The insides are for the 33rd to deal with." She smiles. "thanks for the look, though."
[11:17:58] UEEF Captain: Roger that.
[11:18:35] 2Lt. Aylanea smiles and looks to the others. "So… Onward to the next sector, then?"
[11:19:00] CWO2 Sarah ponders the situation here and what's been said. [1d100] => [29] = (29) tactics vs. 89%
[11:19:09] GM: You regroup and move out to Sector?
[11:19:25] GM: What are you looking for Sarah?
[11:19:27] CWO2 Sarah: (( pretty much, after the tac results. ))
[11:19:30] CWO2 Sarah: (( overall evaluation. ))
[11:19:44] CWO2 Sarah: (( of the particular entrance. ))
[11:19:57] GM: Well, this are is clear of Haydonites, but something is in that there cave that scares not only the Haydonites but the UEEF as well.
[11:20:48] GM: The UEEF here seem to be stationed here as a speed bump in case the Haydonites make a break thru in this sector. They have enough men here to hold out long enough for reinforcements to arrive, and little else.
[11:21:08] CWO2 Sarah: (( hehehehehehehehe. ))
[11:21:10] CWO2 Sarah: (( kk. ))
[11:21:46] CWO2 Sarah makes note of that, and moves for the head out. "Something in that cave… not sure what."


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