Hex I-46 GSM, Near the edge of Hex J-47
Galactic Alliance Assault Fleet 'Starbird'
The hold that the First Order had on L-49 and the Hydian Way had remained strong since their initial occupation, despite a number of skirmishes and counter-assaults on the area of space. Knowing that the defences remained strong around the trade route, the Alliance had instead opted for a new tactic to break the First Order's hold on their territory. Admiral Nai (Mathieu Bahreiko) had been the one to note the importance of the First Order-held world of Varonat to their efforts, as the only major naval outpost in the region, ships were regularly moving back and forth to resupply and refuel, but with so much of the surrounding space devoid of inhabited worlds, moving undetected was a boon for Nai's fleet.
The fleet itself had begun to amass near the edge of the hex, equipped with Nebulon B-9 and Stalwart-Class interdictors which would drag reinforcing ships out of hyperspace in a manner not dissimilar to the tactics that the First Order had used themselves against the Alliance. It was a colossal fleet, far larger than any the Alliance had fleeted themselves before, and fearsome even without the monstrous Itsukusk which had been destroyed at the Hydian Way, but Admiral Nai had understood all too well that such a significant show of force was necessary, the First Order was certain to respond in kind to the assault on their territory, their admirals would know that without the line between Varonat and L-49 open, their defences at the Hydian Way would be vulnerable...
As the Gravity Well Projectors on the Interdictors began to engage, the tens of thousands of naval officers waited with baited breath for the First Order to fall into the trap which had been set, the initial flow of supply ships were sure to be destroyed mere moments after being torn from their hyperspace jump, but even then Nai would let enough time past for a message to be dispatched, a distress call to the rest of the First Order letting them know of the blockade which had been set up. An invitation to test the Alliance's strength once more.
Varonat, Anoat Sector, The Outer Rim Territories
Galactic Alliance Task Force 'Sentinel'
The Alliance's new allies in the Sovereignty, along with those few Imperial defectors among the Alliance military had already proven invaluable as an Indictor II Frigate entered the Varonat system. The ship itself had been recovered and repaired from the space around Dagobah shortly following the Empire's retreat from the system, and it now housed a number of Alliance Special operatives, equipped in Imperial uniforms which had similarly been recovered from the swamp world, and Eriadu following the Imperial assaults there. Slowly, the ship approached Varonat itself, the communications officer upon the bridge connecting with the First Order's FLEETCOM in system as they approached.
A brief, official conversation and landing codes were transmitted, official codes which had been provided by the former Grand-Inquisitor Regent himself. Normally, had this plan been enacted on an Imperial World, scrutiny would have surrounded the arrival, but even as allies, the First Order was not the Galactic Empire. Nearing the orbit of the world, the smaller craft began to move down into the Atmosphere proper while Coren Starchaser moved among the interior of the craft, briefing those who were joining his task force on the mission at hand. "It won't be long before the First Order contacts the Empire and catches wind of what's happened, getting in touch with the remainders of the Morodin resistance is our first port-of-call, then we can get this assault underway."
It would be only a few minutes before touchdown would be made and Task Force Sentinel was on the move within the city of Edgefields-on-Varonat, time was not on their side, but they would be sure to move with purpose and certainty, as agents in the uniforms of Imperial Stormtroopers moved out of the Frigate and into the spaceport proper, beginning their incredibly dangerous and daring mission.
Aboard the Fleetwood, Belsavis Orbit, Bozhnee Sector, The Outer Rim Territories
Objective: Prepare for Landfall
Allies: The Galactic Alliance Assault Force 'Rancor'
Enemies: The First Order
The Supreme Commander of Alliance forces let out a sigh as he moved onto the command deck of Fiolette Yvarro's ship. He wasn't particularly bothered by being on a ship which belonged to a former member of the First Order, Yvarro had been vetted by SIS severely since her capture, and deemed a useful enough asset to the Alliance to assist with the assault on Varonat, indeed, her assistance was proving invaluable to the operation, and he had come to her ship along with the other commanders who would be taking charge in the major assault to learn whatever they could from the woman on their targets at Varonat itself.
What did bother Aryn was the fact that his own troops were upon another ship, it bothered him that Starbird Fleet and Task Force Sentinel were already underway with their parts of the operation, far away from the Supreme Commander and entirely under the command of other officers. Aryn had full confidence in the abilities of Admiral Nai and Coren Starchaser, they had both proven themselves to be skilled tacticians and leaders, it had been the reason that he had specifically placed them in their commands, but knowing that he was not directly involved in their parts of the operation, that he could not assist them if it was absolutely necessary, it flooded the Supreme Commander with concern.
For now though, Aryn forced such thoughts from his mind, there was no point wasting his concern upon the other forces and their operations, he knew he could not help them, he could only trust in the competence and the skill of those leaders he had assigned. For now he had his own goals to worry about, the main assault force needed him to be here and now, they would need him focused upon the goal at hand and he could not afford to disappoint them.
Approaching the map table where Yvarro stood, Aryn gave her and the other commanders a nod as he leaned forward, setting his hand gently upon the edge of the table. Turning his gaze up towards Yvarro, he cleared his throat. "Alright, let's go over it all again so we're all on the same page, once Landfall starts we're going to be thriving on the chaos, so let's make sure everything's stowed away and worked out now, rather than later." Once they were in the Varonat system proper, Aryn knew speed would be on their side more than anything, there was no room for any doubt among any of those who would be joining him in the primary assault.
Link to the OOC: Click Here!
Start Date: 1/30/18
End Date: 2/13/18
Welcome to the Galactic Alliance's Invasion of Varonat! If you have not already please be sure to check the OOC thread for any art pertaining to the invasion or for any details of the premise and setup aside from this opening post! The First Order still has one ally slot remaining, so if you are interested to join in please head over to the OOC and tag their faction admins if you are interested in getting involved! For this thread itself, be sure to have fun, tell a great story and just enjoy the roleplay as it happens! For any problems that arise, please speak to whoever you may be having the problems with, or don't feel afraid to contact the appropriate faction admins should you believe the issue is serious enough. Never assume that if someone does come to you that they are intending to insult or be offensive, and just be sure to follow Wheaton's Law! (Don't be a dick.)
There are only a few basic rules which have been set out in regards to fleeting in this invasion, and they can be found below, however if there are any questions, feel free to ask in the OOC and tag faction admins appropriately!
- The Main Fleeting Engagement surrounding Alliance Fleet Starbird's Blockade has no limit to fleeting meterage! Bring as big or as small a fleet as you'd like and go nuts!
- Fleeting Engagements around the Orbit of Varonat itself do have a limit of 50km per writer
- The goal of fleeting in this invasion is primarily focused around the Blockade between Varonat and the rest of the Sluis sector, but feel free to jump in with fleeting wherever you might enjoy best!