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Post by Geekwithpower » Fri Feb 20, 2004 4:42 am

"Admiral Li'Mao, the hyperspace core is not responding. The ship will not respond to any commands to initiate pre-hyperspace flight sequences. We're stuck in realspace. The fleet won't be able to jump directly in-system either. They'll exit a few dozen kilometers out."<P>The Admiral took this news with a grain of salt. He was upset. He had not come to do battle, but if battle must be done, he would fight with all of the ferocity and vigour the United Worlds had to show.<P>He turned to the Comms officer. "Contact the fleet. Have them jump in at the following coordinates..." The admiral punched something into the holographic display, and a large yellow grid shimmered into existence. The transmission was sent, and the fleet began their preperations to jump into the outer edges of the system.<P>"Bring the ship to red alert. I want shields at maximum. Get the ion cannons armed, and the missile tubes loaded."<P>The two massive anti-capitol-ship ion cannons on the upper deck began to power up. Several hundred meters down the hull, several locks disengaged, and a few dozen meters of hull were retracted, revealing the dozen missile tubes lined up in a vertical array.<P>"Weapons are armed, Admiral. Shield layers one through six are operating at maximum. Cloaking fields remain at maximum."
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Post by General Edor Crespin » Fri Feb 20, 2004 12:57 pm

[OOC]Whoever didn't participate in the last battle, the existence of the <I>Shadowkeeper</I> is unknown. And I hope that is an ESSD... :D[/OOC]<p>[ 20 February 2004: Message edited by: General Edor Crespin ]
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Post by Draco429 » Fri Feb 20, 2004 5:49 pm

OOC: Well, I don't ever remember having the Ssi-ruuk ever appear again. So I figure, why not?<P>IC: The bigger of the Ssi-ruuk, Flirryni, turned to the smaller one, Hyn. "Tell the entechment crew to activate our Jedi."<P>"At once."<P>------------------<P>The red Ssi-ruuk in the entechment center received the call and acknowledged. "What should our first target be?"<P>"I don't care, pick a smaller ship for now; the Jedi will be able to focus in on one that isn't moving too quickly, and there won't be confusion of other life around it."<P>"Understood." He turned to the human in an entechment chair next to him. <I>Filthy human. And yet you will help to purify your kind.</I> "Take a pilot from one of their fighters."<P>The Jedi rolled his eyes back and concentrated. <I>It was an easy matter to break him down.</I><P>Then the Jedi relaxed, and suddenly one of the Vortex fighters in-system wasn't responding to anything, nor was the body inside.<P>--------------------<P>"We have a nonresponsive fighter in-system, and several warships are gathering!"<P>Garren winced. "Send the message to our supply ships."<P>"Acknowledged... no, wait. Vortex Lead says that one of the fleets is of the Corellian Empire!"<P><I>Janson!</I> "Send our supply ships out of the system; we'll be jumping in system to help them out! And leave a message beacon for the <I>Event Horizon</I> to jump to our position when it arrives!"<P>"We have a problem, sir. The fighter's are reading an ESD in system."<P><I>Who in the dark heart of the Sith has an </I>Eclipse<I> anymore!?</I> Then we have to jump in to give any allies the opportunity to escape. We owe Admiral Janson that much!"<P>"Sir, all of the grav generators on that thing are on. We can't jump in any closer than a dozen klicks."<P>"That's too far for us at sublight to make any difference. We can't make that any closer?"<P>"No, sir."<P>"Then jump in as close as you can. And send an inquiry to the unresponsive Vortex."<P>"Understood."
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Post by Major Wes Janson » Fri Feb 20, 2004 8:08 pm

Janson looked at the display screens. A Vortex fighter was unresponsive, likely a casulty. "All ships, shields up." The Corellian fleet had been running on deflector screens, but now full shields were activated. Power hummed through the newly installed systems on the <I>Bastion, Fury, Knox</I> and the Aeolis and Ticonderoga frigates. Built without shields, they had been retrofitted, but retained their armor. So they were extremely durable. As long as the <I>Warlock</I> didn't have it's superlaser, the <I>Bastion</I> could possibly match it in armor. The Colossus would be badly out gunned, but the shields and armor would allow it to fight for a long time. <P>Janson pulled up a comm link to Fleet Command. "Command, I want either <I>Kearsage</I> or <I>Cantwell</I> here as soon as possible. Use hyperdrive, or subspace drive, I don't care, get them here. How long?"<BR>"Sir, both ships are more than three days away, even with max speed. They won't be of any help!" <BR>"Fine. What esle do we have, besides the patrol groups?"<BR>"<I>Stalwart</I> and her group are in repair dock at Corsin, about 6 hours away."<BR>"Get them prepped and here ASAP. Her group has a Dominator interdictor and a trio of ISD IIs, or did they get diverted?"<BR>"Two of the destroyers were sent to the <I>Gambit</I> flag group, so all that is in dock is the <I>Stalwart, Mammoth</I> and the Star Destroyer <I>Abyss</I>"<BR>"Send them here as soon as possible. I'd ask for part of the Corsin defense group, but this close, they could be counterattacked."<P>A blinking light on his console attracted Jansons attention. It was a simple text message from General Crespin.<P>'To: Admiral Janson<BR>From: General Crespin<BR>RE: Current situation<P>I feel that it would be in both of our best interests to cooperate in this battle. We have spotted the Eclipse class, and are curious as to whether it is Admiral DeGaulle. If so, we should cooperate to destroy the ship. If you are interested, send a reply to this message and I will send a representative, one of my fighter group leaders. What is your decision? This message is time critical.' <P>Janson made a quick decision. "Command, have any ship within 12 hours not on defense duty head to the Ras Algethi system. Be warned that it will likely be a combat zone when they arrive. Janson out." <P>He clicked the comm off, then back on. "Janson to fleet. All ships under the command of General Crespin are for the duration of this battle marked as friendlies. afterwards this will change to neutral status unless otherwise noted by myself. Bastion Air Group: Keep the Herc 2s for defense, but have your Boanergses and Erines groups form into squadrons. They are to report to whomever General Crespin sees fit for a joint fighter operation. Load the bombers with Stilletos, Synaptics, and Helios torpedoes." Again he clicked it off and back on. <P>"General Crespin. Agreed. Sent your representative. I have a large detachment of fighters and bombers ready for joint operations, they will report to your fighter commander. We have your ships tagged as friendly at the moment. I am limited to what forces I have in-system for the next six hours, but other ships are on their way. I suggest we move our ships to form a mutual defense." he waited for a reply.
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Post by Geekwithpower » Fri Feb 20, 2004 10:12 pm

There was a great flash, as if something had exploded. Suddenly, several more, surrounding the initial light.<P>The bow of the <I>UWN Heracles</I> appeared, and steadily the rest of the great ship emerged from its cloaking field, as did its escorts.<P>"Admiral, the fleet will be here shortly."
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Post by General Edor Crespin » Fri Feb 20, 2004 10:37 pm

[OOC]Where are the Ssi-ruuk right now? In the system somewhere?[/OOC]<P>"Sir, Admiral Janson has acknowledged our request. He says that for the duration of this battle at least, we can cooperate and attempt to destroy the ESSD. He also says he has a large fighter group he's willing to place under our command," Koll told Morvon after the reply came through.<P>"Let Valkyrie Base know at once. Warn them that the ESSD will be in firing range of at least one group of ships within a few minutes, and by the time they get here combat will likely have started. Also, acknowledge Admiral Janson's. Lieutenant Deel, take us in, have us take up position at the heart of Janson's fleet, at least until the fleet arrives. Lieutenant Koll, open a private channel to Scimitar Lead for me."<P>"Channel open, sir."<P>At the acknowledgement, he turned back to the viewport. "Colonel Doriana, this is Commander Morvon. Admiral Janson has accepted our request, and you are to go over to his command ship and liaison between our two groups. The fleet should be here soon, General Crespin will give you any further instructions."<P>"Acknowledged, Commander. The Force be with you," the woman's rich voice came, and then the channel closed as she peeled away from the Dreadnaught, and then an abrupt boost of speed carried the X-wing out of sight within seconds.<P>"Good luck, Colonel," he muttered to himself and switched channels. "Scimitar squadron, return to hangar bay, we're going insystem."<P>When they reached the edge of the artificial gravity well, the decks of the Dreadnaught throbbed violently but their own gravity generators quickly compensated.<P>***<P>"Sir, Admiral Janson has agreed to a truce. He also has a detachment of fighters that he's put under your command," Derander's voice came through Edor's helmet as his TIE Defender raced through the atmosphere and toward the <I>Shadowkeeper</I>.<P>"Why, how kind of him. Perhaps we may come out of this battle successfully after all. Route any further communications through the <I>Shadowkeeper</I>," he replied, and closed the channel. On his sensor display, various icons representing starships were taking up position around the <I>Shadowkeeper</I>, and smaller icons representing fighters, shuttles, and other small craft made a nimbus around the whole group as the fleet hurriedly prepared for combat. <I>This fight will likely be even worse than the final offensive against the Tyreen.</I><P>***<P>General Edor Crespin, owner and operator of one of the only <I>Executor</I>-class Super Star Destroyers still in existence, strode unannounced onto the bridge of the mighty vessel. "Captain Iskariz, what's our status?" he called toward the tall, hawkish man that was hunched over a display and murmuring something in low tones with the operator of the station. At the voice, he promptly straightened up, spinned around, and snapped a salute.<P>"General Crespin ,sir! The <I>Shadowkeeper</I> is ready for battle. All non-essential personnel have been confined to quarters, all starfighter squadrons are ready to launch. All ships should be in formation within one hundred and eighty seconds, and then we will be at full operational status."<P>"Excellent, Captain," Edor said, continuing his stride toward the front of the bridge, Iskariz hurrying along behind him. They both stopped at the front, and Edor turned to the ship's captain (when he wasn't onboard, anyway). "Do you have a list of all ships in the fleet?"<P>"Yes, sir, here," he responded, handing a datapad over. Edor studied the data scrolling down the screen.<P>---<BR><I>EXECUTOR</I>-CLASS SUPER STAR DESTROYER (with custom modifications)<BR><I>Shadowkeeper</I><P><BR><I>IMPERATOR III</I>-CLASS STAR DESTROYERS<BR><I>Shadowflame</I><BR><I>Starfire</I><BR><I>Majestic</I><BR><I>Legacy</I><BR><I>Steadfast</I><BR><I>Valour</I><BR><I>Basilisk</I><BR><I>Firestorm</I><P><BR>MC-90 HEAVY STAR CRUISERS<BR><I>Illustrious</I><BR><I>Defender</I><P><BR>MC-75 STAR CRUISERS<BR><I>Ascension</I><BR><I>Blizzard</I><BR><I>Celestial</I><BR><I>Crusader</I><P><BR><I>INTERDICTOR</I>-CLASS STAR DESTROYERS<BR><I>Indictor</I><BR><I>Disruptor</I><P><BR><I>LANCER</I>-CLASS STARSHIPS<BR><I>Centuria</I><BR><I>Catapault</I><BR><I>Dominion</I><BR><I>Glorious</I><BR><I>Icestorm</I><BR><I>Firestorm</I><BR><I>Havoc</I><BR><I>Gorgon</I><P>12 CORELLIAN CORVETTES<P><B>All ships capable of carrying starfighters have full complement. <I>Shadowkeeper</I> carries two squadrons TIE Defenders, rest are composed of TIE Avengers, X-Wings, and Assault Gunboats. Bomber complement is TIE Scimitar Bomber. All other ships carry X-Wings, E-Wings, and mixed Y-Wings and TIE Scimitar Bombers.</B><BR>---<P><I>I wish we had more ships. So many others are out on patrol or in drydock... Ah well, these will hopefully be enough. </I>Edor nodded. "Excellent. I believe the fleet is ready now?" he asked expectantly.<P>Iskariz stiffened and bowed his head slightly. "The <I>Shadowkeeper</I> is fully at your command."<P>"Very well. To the Ras Algethi system, Captain."<P>The ships entered hyperspace, and the system was as it was before, quietly tranquil.<P>***<P>"<I>Oriskany</I>, this is Colone Diane Doriana of the Remnant Hegemon, requesting permission to dock. I've also been told to notify you that our fleet should be here within ten minutes. Hopefully that won't be too long."<P><I>It took us a lot longer to get here, but only because we went through a lot of other systems first,</I> she thought to herself.<p>[ 20 February 2004: Message edited by: General Edor Crespin ]
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Post by Bunita Ronin » Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:26 pm

Grand Admiral Ronin peered out of the main bridge window. His fleet was one of the strongest, but all of his ESSD's were in permanent drydock in the Dreighton Cube. The cost to repair them would be too great. <BR>***<BR>The radar didn't lie. A powerful source of energy had just been activated, not from the ESSD, but from a supposedly empty corner of space.<BR>"Admiral, one of the smaller ships has been destroyed."<BR>"What?!? What hit it?"<BR>"Sir, a blast of energy has been traced to this point. This is the epicenter."<BR>"Hail them; I don't want any mistakes."<BR>"Sir, they aren't responding."<BR>"Send a Lambda shuttle for recon. Send it to that point."<BR>"Yes, sir."<BR>***Some time later...***<BR>"Sir, the shuttle has returned."<BR>"Yes?"<BR>"It found a Ssi-Ruuvi Picket Ship."<BR>"Blast! I thought we got rid of those buggers years ago. Bring the <I>Saruzin</I> into firing position; I want to wipe them out once and for all. Oh, and Captain..."<BR>"Yes, sir?"<BR>"Engage the Energy shield. I don't want them trying anything."<BR>"The probability they have a Jedi..."<BR>"Captain, follow my orders or I will have you removed from command! I know the chances are slim, but if they do have a Jedi, I don't want to be defenseless!"<BR>"This will drasticly reduce our speed,"<BR>"Better slow then dead. That is all, Captain."<BR>***<BR>General Edor Crispin, I am offering my assistince in the destruction of the ESSD. The <I>Saruzin</I>, <I>Vehement</I>, and ISD-III <I>Vanguard</I> are moving into attack formation. The <I>Saruzin</I> is moving to attack the Ssi-Ruuk, with the two ISD's escorting her. Although the hyperdrive sensors (seeing in hyperspace) are outdated, the flagship of the Admiral can still "see" all enemy ships in realspace.<BR>Grand Admiral Ronin<BR>***
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Post by General Edor Crespin » Fri Feb 20, 2004 11:52 pm

[OOC]Can you post a list of your ships and who're you with, Ronin? If I understand correctly, you're part of the Imperial defense?[/OOC]<P>"Sir, a fleet has decloaked opposite us, on the outer edges of the! Sensors can't decide what they are, they keep flashing between several types. I believe it's safe to say that they're unknown ship types and need to be treated cautiously. They're too far away to pose any danger, but they might have just started moving insystem, we can't tell," Koll called again. He sounded... calmer this time. First one thing and then another, Morvon grumbled to himself. "Acknowledged, keep an eye on them," he said wearily.<P>"Sir, incoming transmission, directed to General Crespin.<P>"Put it on."<P>Morvon listened, and frowned when the transmission ended. "Open a channel... Admiral Ronin, this is Commander Niles Morvon of the Remnant Hegemon, speaking for General Cr<B>e</B>spin until he arrives. Your assisstance is summarily accepted until the General arrives, he will then speak with you. Good luck. <I>Monitor</I> out.<p>[ 21 February 2004: Message edited by: General Edor Crespin ]
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Post by Geekwithpower » Sat Feb 21, 2004 12:52 am

Onboard the <I>Heracles</I>, the computers were repeatedly blipping as they acknowledged scans from foreign vessels.<P>"Sir, we are being scanned repeatedly. They can not identify us."<P>The Admiral observed the faint lights on the other side of the system, knowing them to be the unknown ships. He turned to the officer. <P>"Transmit back basic information. Ship class and allegiance."<P><B><I>SCAN ANALYSIS</I></B><BR><I>Insurmountable</I>-class Battlecruiser<BR><B>Registration</B> - <I>HeraclesUWN-NFF-001 <B>UWN Heracles</B></I><BR><B>Current commanding officer: Admiral Darek Li'Mao of the United Worlds Naval Forces</B><BR><B>Status</B> - <I>Non-hostile/Neutral</I><p>[ 21 February 2004: Message edited by: One Point Two ]
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Post by Bunita Ronin » Sat Feb 21, 2004 1:33 am

Sorry, General!<BR>***<BR>Grand Admiral Ronin read the reply from the <I>Shadowkeeper</I> and sent the following reply:<BR>General Edor Crespin:<BR>My fleet <I>is</I> part of the Imperial Defense. Although most of my fleet is in a drydock in the Dreighton Triangle, here is a list of the forces I have with me:<BR>---<BR>Saruzin-Class Command Ship <I>Saruzin</I><BR>Zeram-Class Cruiser <I>Tropetti</I><BR>Zeram-Class Cruiser <I>Stopetti</I><BR>Zeram-Class Cruiser <I>Unterstepetti</I><BR>Zeram-Class Cruiser <I>Elba</I><BR>Zeram-Class Cruiser <I>Jaccen</I><BR>Zeram-Class Cruiser <I>Lusanche</I><BR>Zeram-Class Cruiser <I>Onstropini</I><BR>ISD-III <I>Vehement</I><BR>ISD-III <I>Vanguard</I><BR>ISD-III <I>Kyor-gresse</I><BR>ISD-III <I>Vornskyr</I><BR>ISD-III <I>Manticore</I><BR>ISD-III <I>Chimaera</I><BR>ISD-III <I>Orkstraka</I><BR>ISD-III <I>Karcenogen</I><BR>Grazan-Class Carrier <I>Groudonni</I><BR>Grazan-Class Carrier <I>Qui-Bi</I><BR>SRS <I>Serapis</I><BR>Various Support Craft [i.e. Lancer Frigates, Correllian Corvettes, Frigates, Strike Crusiers, Interdictors, Dominator Interdictors, etc.] <BR>---<BR>Grand Admiral Ronin<BR>***<BR>The fleet slowly closed on the Picket Ship.
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Post by Phoenix » Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:20 am

[OOC]I am the shipyards. so, therefore, I am on the Imperial side. Here is my info:<P>Ras Algethi 6 Shipyard:<BR>24 Squadrons of various Imperial starfighters<BR>Core platform is 15km high, 10km wide<BR>Scaffholding extends 25km from core, with additional reactors (to power incomplete ships) scattered along the way.<BR>Firepower of core is equal to an SSD, but scaffholds have minimal weaponry.<BR>Shielding is minimal (would get in the way of ships/workers) but armour is very heavy to compemsate. Shields and armour combined make the platform almost as durable as an ESSD<P><BR>Battle capable starships under construction<BR>(With an average of 40% fighter complement)<BR>SSD 56-A1BAC5 (81% complete)<BR>SSD 56-A1BAC6 (75% complete)<P>ISDIII A7-1EBC29 (98% complete)<BR>ISDIII A7-1EBC2A (95% complete)<BR>ISDIII A7-1EBC2B (80% complete)<BR>ISDIII A7-1EBC2C (80% complete)<BR>ISDIII A7-1EBC2D (75% complete)<BR>ISDIII A7-1EBC2E (50% complete)<BR>ISDIII A7-1EBC2F (49% complete)<BR>ISDIII A7-1EBC30 (43% complete)<BR>ISDIII A7-1EBC31 (40% complete)<BR>ISDIII A7-1EBC32 (38% complete)<P>FRG 2D-A126C4 (77% complete)<BR>FRG 2D-A126C5 (77% complete)<BR>FRG 2D-A126C6 (68% complete)<BR>FRG 2D-A126C7 (64% complete)<BR>FRG 2D-A126C8 (63% complete)<P>CRV AA-BA311C (95% complete)<BR>CRV AA-BA311D (95% complete)<BR>CRV AA-BA311E (95% complete)<BR>CRV AA-BA311F (90% complete)<BR>CRV AA-BA3120 (88% complete)<BR>CRV AA-BA3121 (70% complete)<P>Starships in for repair: (Excluding Ronin's forces)<P>ISDIII Terror<BR>ISDIII Furious<BR>ISDII Crescent<BR>ISDII Avenger<BR>ISDII Vector<BR>INT Shadow<BR>INT Versuvius<BR>DREAD Borealis<BR>DREAD Claw<BR>FRG Sabre <BR>FRG Raper<BR>FRG Broadsword<BR>CRV Aurora<BR>CRV Nova<P>100 mobile gun emplacements are scattered around the shipyard. [/OOK]<P>-------------------------------------------<P>In the master control room of the shipyard, Admiral Perick was still passed out on the floor. His Sensors Officer and Comms Officer, the only two in the room, were organising the defense.<BR>"How's it going, Daz?" Asked the Sensors Officer.<BR>"Not good Jit. The stations defenses are online, but a fault has developed in the subsidiary reactor network. Most of the starships under construction are without main power. I have repair teams working on it, but they still have not found the cause."<BR>"O-kay, I'll set up an interference pattern in the scaffhold shield grid. That'll block scans of the ships in drydock."<BR>"Yeah, you do that. What's the news on the long range scans?"<BR>"Well, I've identified 3 of the incoming fleets. One is GA Ronin's task force, and the second is the SSD Vehemence battlegroup. Vehemence is hours away though. They're both friendlies. The third belongs to General Crespin. I'm not sure of his allegance."<BR>"I'll try to contact Ronin and inform him of our status then." Jit worked on his control panel like a concert pianist, and wuickly opened a comms link to the Saruzin. "Ras Algethi 6 to Grand Admiral Ronin..."<p>[ 21 February 2004: Message edited by: Phoenix ]
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Post by Bunita Ronin » Sat Feb 21, 2004 4:09 pm

[OOC]I was at the shipyard getting my ships repaired[/OOC]<BR>Grand Admiral Ronin and his operational fleet closed on the Ssi-Ruuk.<BR>"Sir, Coded transmission from the shipyard for you,"<BR>"Yes, Patch it through"...<BR>"Send the rest of the fleet, except for the <I>Saruzin, Vehement, and Vanguard</I> to the shipyards.Reply we are willing to help. In the meantime, we are going after the Ssi-Ruuk. After that, we will assist the destruction of the ESSD..."<BR>"Sir, why to the platform?"<BR>"Don't ask, just do it! Send this reply, coded"<BR>***<BR>Admiral Perick:<BR>Most of my fleet is going to your assist. Inform me when your defenses are up.<BR>Grand Admiral Ronin
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Post by Geekwithpower » Sat Feb 21, 2004 9:52 pm

"Admiral, the fleet has arrived."<P>Great flashes of blue light, approximately twelve kilometers from the <I>Heracles</I>, signaled the arrival of the fleet.<P><BR><B><I>UNITED WORLDS NAVAL FORCES IN AREA</I></B><P><B>Flagship</B><BR>UWN Heracles<BR><B>2 Battlecruisers</B><BR>Herculean<BR>Phoenix<BR><B>6 Destroyers</B><BR>Infinity<BR>Osiris<BR>Talon<BR>Crusader<BR>Druid<BR>Stonehenge<BR><B>5 Ion Frigates</B><BR>Evicerator<BR>Emancipator<BR>Trogdor<BR>Sovereign<BR>Viking<BR><B>5 Assault Frigate<I>(Flak Frigate + scatter missiles)</I></B><BR>Stellata<BR>Polythemus<BR>Odin<BR>Mjolnir<BR>Thor<BR><B>6 Heavy Torpedo Frigate</B><BR>Frigga<BR>Loki<BR>Hephaestus<BR>Zues<BR>Hades<BR>Pandora<BR><B>2 Carriers</B><BR>Romulus<BR>Remus<BR><B>4 Infiltrator Frigates <I>Equipped with shield disruptors that allow them to penetrate shields, and attach onto the ship, allowing its team of marines to board</B></I><BR>Ares<BR>Demeter<BR>Empyrean<BR>Aetherius<p>[ 21 February 2004: Message edited by: One Point Two ]
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Post by Major Wes Janson » Sat Feb 21, 2004 10:15 pm

[alternate character or AC]: "Admiral DeGaulle! We have picked up a number of transmissions that indicate the other fleets are making plans to destroy the <I>Warlock</I>!" <P>The aged warlord looked out the viewports. He walked with a limp, his replacement leg not functioning as well as he would like. Nor was his eye. Damaged in the last major conflict, his left eye was a prosthetic. <P>"They can destroy that ship for all I care. It is just a shell, with engines and gravity generators. My real <I>Warlock</I> is on the edge of the system, ready to pounce. And we are here, also ready. The rest of the battlecruisers are all in position. We have not fought a battle like this since Earth. But my new group of Vengence battlecruisers are ready for a fight. Especially with the modifications. Tell the <I>Shadow</I> and the <I>Eclipse</I> to drop the cloaking fields on my command, but remain cloaked themselves. This will be a perfect test for the cloak frigates we have constructed."
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Post by General Edor Crespin » Sun Feb 22, 2004 2:20 am

"<I>UWN Heracles</I>, this is Commander Niles Morvon of the Dreadnaught <I>Monitor</I> of the Remnant Hegemon. Requesting your intentions in this system. <I>Monitor</I> out."
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Post by Geekwithpower » Sun Feb 22, 2004 3:29 am

"Admiral Li'Mao, sensors are picking up several very faint signals near the far end of the system."<P>Ships constructed at the vast Jordaan Shipyards of the United Worlds capitol Herculean were [in]famous for their advanced cloaking and cloak detection technology. Most UWN ships came equipped with cloaking fields, as well as their superior sensor scrambling probes, and cloak detection sensors.<P>"We've got a fleet of cloaked ships, Admiral. We're still having trouble pinpointing the source of the cloaking fields - yes, there are multiple fields - our sensors are still adapting to their cloaking technology"<P>The Comms officer looked up. "Incoming transmission."<P><BR><B>"UWN Heracles, this is Commander Niles Morvon of the Dreadnaught Monitor of the Remnant Hegemon. Requesting your intentions in this system. Monitor out."</B><P>"Commander Morvon, this is Admiral Darek Li'Mao of the United Worlds. We only recently uncovered this system and came here on a diplomatic visitation mission. It seems we've chosen a bad time. We're unable to engage our hyperspace drives, and we've decided to stay to aide in any coming battle. Our fleet is here, moving in to the system."<p>[ 22 February 2004: Message edited by: One Point Two ]
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Post by General Edor Crespin » Sun Feb 22, 2004 12:41 pm

"Admiral Li'Mao, if you're on a diplomatic mission, I'd hate to see you when you invade a system. But that's the reason we came here too, to scout this system. Are you willing to a truce for the course of this battle?" Morvon replied.<P>***<P>"Six minutes re-entry to realspace in the Ras Algethi system, General."
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Post by Geekwithpower » Sun Feb 22, 2004 4:08 pm

"Aye, Commander. We could use a friend right now."<P>The Admiral chuckled inwardly about the size of his escort. It was true, the United Worlds did not go unprepared anywhere. Their war with the Scattered Worlds left them a paranoid people, and with the Scattered Worlds striking against them in a gourilla fashion, one must be prepared to battle anywhere, at anytime.<P>"And I also think you should know, Commander, that there are more ships here than you think."<P>Li'Mao nodded to the Comms officer, and the officer transmitted a set of coordinates to Morvon's navigations system.<P>When the coordinates were accepted and the grid displayed, several faint blips started to appear on it, an entire fleets worth, shimmering in and out of visibility on the screen.<P>"They're cloaked."
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Post by Phoenix » Sun Feb 22, 2004 6:18 pm

The two low ranking officers in the command centre of the shipyard were still pretending to be Admiral Perick. How no-one had realised they didn't know, or care. All intra-station comunications would go through them anyway, and the channels betweent hem and the other ships were text only, due to the interference from so many ships talking at the same time.<P>"What's the news Daz?"<BR>"Ronin is sending most of his fleet to our defense. I think he will need them more if he is going to take on that ESSD."<BR>"Ok, tell him that then."<BR>"Well, we will still need them when the battle starts. If just a handful of capital ships get here with our defenses in this state..."<BR>"Yeah, you're right. We'll keep them..."<P>Suddenly, a light began flashing on Daz's console. Studying the readings, he began to smile.<P>"You might want to hold on that Jit, I just got a killer idea... I have a plan... A plan so cunning you could stick a tail on it and call it a weasel!"<BR>"Oh yeah? Spill, Daz." <BR>"No. I do not want to spoil the surprise. I will contact Ronin and tell him to recall half of his fleet. You contact the remainder and tell them to move into the scaffholding and power down."<BR>"Playing possum? But they'll see the ships move in, and so expect them to power back up!"<BR>"Exactly."<BR>"But I don't... Ohhh! I see. That <I>is</I> cunning... Sending the communique."<P>A moment later, Perick began to wake up.<BR>"Ohhh, I had the worst dream... I dreampt there were fleets on unknown ships heading for u...." He passed out again. Daz looked down at him.<BR>"Strange, I wonder why he passed out agai..." His voice trailed off when he looked at Jit, who was holding a needle from the med kit under ther console.<BR>"I thought it'd be best if he slept through this."<BR>"Good thinking."<p>[ 23 February 2004: Message edited by: Phoenix ]
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Post by Major Wes Janson » Sun Feb 22, 2004 8:55 pm

Crespin's frigate safely protected by his fleet, and the fighter screen deployed, the Corellian Navy was in a fairly good position. Which meant that things were going to go wrong, and fast. Commander Morvan sent a flash update to the <I>Oriskany</I> then to the rest of the fleet. Seems there were a number of cloaked ships on the edge of the engagement area. "Captain Silcu, launch probes towards the cloaked ships. Let them know we know they are there." Janson ordered. Just then a ship rippled into existance at the edge of the gravity field and set course for the Corellian fleet. It was a Tempest class Fleet Carrier. More Specifically, the <I>Bradshaw</I>. Part of Janson's 3 Special Operations Group. The two and a half mile ship was not new, but it's appearance surprised Janson. "Were they on station near here?" Chief Randall looked up from his console as their hail came through. "Yes, sir. They were conducting Swordfish fighter combat evaluation." "Swordfish?" Janson could not think of the fighter at the moment. Evidently the flight crews had given it a name already. "Yes, sir. Actually the Swordfish II. It's program 23-AA, the Lance Cannon fighter." "Oh, that fighter. They were testing it nearby?" "Apparently so sir. The <I>Bradshaw</I> is carrying two full wings of Swordfish, as well as 2 wings of Tie Avengers for defense, and a wing of Tie Drones for combat testing and target drones." "That improves out fighter complement drastically. Swordfish are strike fighters, correct?" "Yes sir, they have the lance cannon, as well as four slug cannons. Also we can mount a pair of concussion missiles on them. They were designed to attack unsheilded or ray shielded targets in space or atmosphere, and just outmanuever fighters. They have extreme manueveriing capability, enough to evade most missiles. And the final note is that the wings fold, allowing us to double the number we cna have on the hangar deck. Ties use overhead racks, Swordfish can use the ground pads or shuttle bays. we can fit a half dozen in the space one shuttle takes up." "Good. We can use them with any bomber groups, with their cannon, the bomber can bring down shields, while the Swordfish play Wild Weasel, then they can disarm the ship once the shelds are down. Give them the Tie Avengers as escort." The Bradshaw recieved the orders, and quickly large numbers of fighters, painted black, poured from its cavernous bays. Suddenly, near the edge of the system, there wa san explosion. <BR>OOC: Anyone have a problem with the pics?<BR>Bradshaw:<BR> Image <BR>Swordfish II<BR> Image<p>[ 22 February 2004: Message edited by: Major Wes Janson ]
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Post by Draco429 » Sun Feb 22, 2004 9:19 pm

The Ssi-Ruuk picket ship waited patiently as a fleet approached it.<P>"They are falling for the bait," the Flirryni said. "Send the signal."<P>-------------<P>When Ronin's fleet had approached to within three klicks of the picket ship, the picket ship suddenly exploded, sending shockwaves of pure energy pulsing out towards Ronin's ships.<P>Severely damaged, the ships decided to back out. They began to maneuver their ships to retreat, when suddenly one ship's navigator and bridge commander suddenly went lifeless, weapons and shields in another, and sensors in a third.<P>Then, exactly 100 Ssi-Ruuvi carriers jumped into the outskirts of the system, and each deployed their full complement of incredibly durable fighters.<P>---------------<P>"Sithspawn!" Garren's sensors officer cried. "We have unknown carriers jumping in, with an explosion just six klicks to our starboard bow!"<P>"Unknown?"<P>"Sir, I've never seen these kinds of carriers before in my life!"<P>"Let me see." Garren's eyes scanned over one of the long-range sensor scans until he found one of the ships, and his blood ran cold. "Ssi-ruuvi."<P>"Sir?"<P>"Upload the Battle of Bakura sims into your computers. These are Ssi-Ruuvi ships, and they don't make good company. Send a signal to Admiral Janson! Tell him we're in system! And Navigations, plot me a course to the nonresponsive Vortex."<P>"At once, sir!"<P>--------------<P>"At once, sir!"<P>Kieran glanced out the viewport as his communications officer prepared to send a long range message to Garren, telling him that he'd be another six standard hours before he arrived in the rendevous system. He wished he could get there sooner, for there was a chill in his gut. <I>I don't know why there is, but I'll be there soon. So why do I feel this way?</I>
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Post by Major Wes Janson » Sun Feb 22, 2004 9:46 pm

Janson stared in disbelief. 100 carriers. Even the Eclipse obriting the planet could not survive that sorf of onslaught. "This is Admiral Janson to all ships in the system. We have an emergency situation. A large force of Ssi-ruuk carriers has entered the system. They have the ability to overwhelm us individually. I propose we all cooperate to destroy them, then go about dealing with each other afterwards. This goes for you too, DeGaulle, no matter how much it pains me to say it. I know you are out there. End. Chief Randall, put me through to Fleet Command." "Done sir." "Command, we have had 100 Ssi-Ruuk carriers enter the system, and it appear they have their own gravity well generators. Belay my previos orders. All ships on patrol are to deploy to my position at maximum possible speed. Leave skeleton defenses for facilities and planets. And tell <I>Kearsage</I> and <I>Cantwell</I> to divert all power to the hyperdrives. We need them here. Also, if there is any more ships like the <I>Bradshaw</I> nearby, get them here, now![/i]" "Understood sir, but it is doubtful that any ships will arrive before the <I>Stalwart</I> group." Janson cut the comm. "This is Admiral Janson to fleet. All ships, Red Alert. Full power to shields, launch all fighters, even the reserves. Keep in formation for now. Fighters, form a screen 10 klicks out. All ships with flak, set for maximum range. Charge anti-fighter beam arrays. All heavy beam and heavy turret emplacements, concentrate fire as soon as targets are within range. They have enough fighters that even the big guns can hit some. All hands to battle station."
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Post by Geekwithpower » Sun Feb 22, 2004 10:59 pm

The five ion frigates <I>Evicerator, Emancipator, Trogdor, Sovereing</I> and [/i]Viking[/i] spread out to the head of the fleet, whilst the <I>Heracles</I> gunned her great engines, beginning a slow rotation to face the onslaught of carriers.<P>"Ion Frigates are charged and ready to fire, Admiral."<P>The Admiral stated, "We will wait to see what our temporary allies do. <I>Romulus</I> and <I>Remus</I>, deploy Interceptor groups."<P>From the two carriers came five groups of interceptors each, the groups composed of six of the versatile fighters. Reach Interceptor was armed with two forward-firing laser cannons, as well a single missile tube.<P><B>UWN Eagle-class Interceptor Fighterp</B><BR> Image
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Post by General Edor Crespin » Mon Feb 23, 2004 1:47 pm

"SIR! Somewhere around a hundred Ssi-ruuk carriers have just entered the system and deployed fighters!"<P>"<B><I>Sithspawn!</I></B>" Morvon swore. "Open a channel to Admiral Janson for me... Admiral, this is Commander Morvon. I hate to say it, but if the situation turns bad, we may have to withdraw. If we brought in everything we had, we could take them by ourself, but we have too many problems of our own to pull them out and bring them here. Just a warning. Morvon out." ... "Ensign, prepare a burst transmission for the <I>Shadowkeeper</I> when they arrive. Things could turn deadly very fast.<P>***<P>Colonel Diane Doriana, escorted by two of Janson's troopers, entered the bridge of the <I>Oriskany</I>. "Admiral Wes Janson. I'm Colonel Doriana, I've been assigned to you for the course of this battle as a liaison," she said with a small bow. Lustrous copper hair that looked as if it had captured a beam of sunlight lay in a smooth wave down the back of her flight suit. Elegant features, her hair, and eyes a color of blue so dark that it was almost green gave her the look of an Old Republic aristocrat.<P>***<P>"Five... four... three... two... one!"<P>On the far edges of the system and on a much higher plane than the other fleets, the <I>Shadowkeeper</I> and her fleet flickered into realspace. The seventeen kilometer-long warship was framed by the ISDIIIs, four to port and four to starboard. The two MC-90s were just under and aft of the bow, while the four MC-75s were above and about six kilometers in front of the bridge in a bent diamond formation. The two Interdictors were at the rear, surrounded by the Corellian Corvettes, and the Lancer Frigates were interspersed among the ISDIIIs to defend against Trench Run Disease. After a few seconds, maneuvering thrusters fired, and then the fleet started accelerating insystem.<P>"Captain, what are those?" Edor asked darkly, studying the holographic display that now filled the main viewport. A large blob of icons were some thousands of kilometers away.<P>"Sir... Ssi-ruuk carriers! Over a hundred!"<P>"All ships to red alert!" Edor ordered. A muted alarm started <I>whooooop</I>ing and the normal blue/white illumination on the bridge was replaced by a subdued red. "Commander Miron, I want all fighters ready to launch on a second's notice! Unless further orders are received, they are to form up in a defensive screen around their motherships when they launch!" Edor told the fighter commander.<P>"Yes, sir!"<P>"Open a channel to Admiral Janson for me," he then said, turning back to the holographic display.<P>"Channel open."<P>"Admiral Janson, this is General Edor Crespin. Past differences can be put aside in the face of extermination, it seems. We're on our way in, try not to end the party before we get there. One thing, please give Di- er, Colonel Doriana my regards. <I>Shadowkeeper</I> out."<P>"Sir, this group of ships here," Iskariz said hurriedly, indicating a fleet on the display, "they're from the United Worlds. Morvon arranged a truce with them also. Here's what he got on them," he tapped something into his datapad, and a corner of the display flickered and then displayed a block of text.<P>"Interesting. Open a channel to them... Admiral Li'Mao, this is General Edor Crespin of the Remnant Hegemon. Commander Morvon tells me that we've also a truce with you. Good to meet, you, here's to future peaceful relations. <I>Shadowkeeper</I> out."<P>***<P>On the bridge of the <I>Monitor</I>, there was a cheer at the sight of the fleet on the sensor displays. For their home planets they fought, and died. But perhaps they would not die...<P>In this battle, anyway.<P>[ 23 February 2004: Message edited by: General Edor Crespin ]<p>[ 23 February 2004: Message edited by: General Edor Crespin ]
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Post by Phoenix » Mon Feb 23, 2004 6:55 pm

"Jit, is anything interesting happening out there?"<BR>"You aint never gonna believe this, but one <I>hundred</I> Ssi-Ruuvi carriers and more fighters than I can count right now, just appeared on the far side of the system."<BR>"No kidding? Huh. I never saw that coming. But, you will never believe this. The comms traffic I am picking up... At least half the fleets have called a truce! Even several blood enemies!"<BR>"Well, I saw <I>that</I> coming. Against that many Ssi-Ruuvi? It's fight together or die."<BR>"Does this change my plan, do you think?"<BR>"Nah. The Ssi-Ruuvi're even less likely to spot it than these guys."<BR>"It will be quite a laugh. How are the preparations?"<BR>"Starfighters're all ready to fly, station turbolasers and missle tubes are standing by. The shielding reinforcements're online around every node, and the construction crews of the affected ships all report ready. The databurst to Ronin is ready, we can send it at a moments notice."<BR>"Okay. Wait until the fleets are fully engaged before sending the databurst."<BR>"Will do..."
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