Location: Hex I-46 -> Varonat
Objective: Blockade Varonat
Allies: Mazik Stazi Lokthra Dawning Bandor Kre'fey Mathieu Bahreiko Jyoti Nooran Fiolette Yvarro Allyson Locke
Enemies: Gromm Cardan
Directly engaging: Cyrus Tregessar Robogeber
- BATTLE MEDITATION ACTIVATED -
"Here's our time-delayed message from our allies" the communications officer told the people in the vicinity.
I’m not sure why the First Order and their lackeys decided to concentrate so many ships in one small area, but I will exploit this for our benefit. I suppose there’s nothing you can do but keep at range for the time being, but if you can muster additional ships with HIMS, then that would be helpful. When I jump into the system, direct command of my reserve forces will fall to Captain Noa. Contact him in the future for additional guidance.
There is one more thing I request. Your battle mediation. I am not familiar with your specific technique, but I recommend on focusing solely on demoralizing the enemy if is within your ability. Harass them with the very mental image of yourself. I don’t understand why, but First Order seems to experience a collective psychosis every time you appear on the field. Who knows how they’ll react to such focus, but every little bit helps. All the better if they become deranged.
"We have Bandor and Jyoti on speed dial... opening a channel now!" the communications officer signaled to Cathul.
"I feel it might be better for me to buff our allies in this battle, especially given the droid commander of the enemy fleet ahead of us. In fact they are moving out of position; while Jyoti fires at their aft quarters from underneath them, Bandor may as well attack the other fleet in orbit over the planet, and then the enemy fleets over Varonat will be fully distracted, leaving our ground force with limited interference for ground assault. Also, the new FO cruiser class we have engaged on Dagobah was, in fact, devoid of particle shields and devoid of point-defense, which make them vulnerable to bombing runs" Cathul told both Jyoti Nooran and Bandor Kre'fey on comms, after Bandor has arrived on-scene.
"How do you like the First Order rushing head-on to face us? Especially the gunners on those Resurgents: in an attempt to take the bait, they fired so out of range that they missed us!" the new sensor technician, brought in as replacement after Dagobah, reported in.
"The Deliverance's lack of mobility went from disturbing to a complete stop; activate the missile deactivation transmitters!"
"EWAR activated" the captain of the Lothal reported in.
"All hands, brace for impact!" the automated alert system sounded while the missiles were approaching the Viscount like a swarm of flies.
Cathul just didn't move, so busy as she was performing battle meditation; why would she stop doing something just because the All units, brace for impact alert was given at the sight of hundreds of missiles being fired? Even with the missile deactivation transmitters, even with, in fact, all the EWAR onboard the Lothals, even with the total point-defense across the fleet, or the fighters screening the fleet, there just had to be some missiles hitting the Viscount. Not even with premature detonation of dead-stick missiles, bringing more of their neighbors with them. Between EWAR, battle meditation, Cathul tried as hard as she could not to break concentration to chuckle at the display of Imperials missing so many shots, due to the vast ranges involved, but many of those shots were missed by pretty narrow margins. She then continued tethering the organic crewmembers of her allies, to make their minds process information faster, to give them the Force-powered equivalents of adrenaline boosts, or whatever hormones accomplished that function in the cases of non-human/Near-Human crewmembers, to provide buffs to all friendlies in range, starting with the Viscount, and also the escorts accompanying it, as well as the fleet's fighter squadrons, and finally the other Alliance fleets. From experience I know using battle meditation for buffs will work better than using it for debuffs against the First Order, she thought, while BM is activated. By now, one Force-message was being played in the minds of the allied organic crewmembers, in orbit over Varonat, while the light-sided Force-energies was flowing into them: Today, the rabid dog called the First Order is the single greatest threat to today's galaxy, so big a threat that the Sith have abandoned them by now, and everyone shall soon align against them. For a limited time only, we may as well cripple the fleets of two Imperial factions for the cost of one, especially since one of them has severe piloting problems! We shall make them pay dearly for blockading the Hydian Way, and also for making them move out of position! Put down the rabid dog, and... Lux vult!
"We're sustaining heavy damage! We can't take another volley if the enemy keeps focusing on us!" the chief engineer reported, based on shield readouts.
"Between our allied biots, our allies located aft and below the main enemy fleet, don't panic: we can still win especially since all the enemy point-defense and fighters are busy fighting the biots"
"Open a channel to FLEETCOM at the blockade"
"Preliminary sensor readings indicate that both the First Order and the Galactic Empire have massed a large fraction of their respective fleets in this sector: this is our chance to cause massive damage to their morale and naval capabilities. We didn't expect to entrap so many of the Imps' fleets in one place; it's a surprise but a welcome one" she then told Mathieu Bahreiko and the others in the FLEETCOM channel back at the blockade, such as Mazik Stazi.
"Your orders, admiral?" the chief pilot asked over comms.
"Cyrus Tregessar has arrived on-scene as enemy reinforcements!" the sensor technician reacts to the reversion of an additional.
"On the one hand, I can't entirely neglect Robogeber as he is advancing, away from the planet, to attempt to hit me, but on the other hand Cyrus can prove to be devastating at short and long ranges. I want squadrons 13-32 to split in groups of five squadrons each, and hit the Predators, while the bombers shall assault the artillery frigates and other escorts attacking us"
Cyrus Tregessar... the very FO admiral with whom any collective psychosis I might have caused among the First Order ranks began. My very first encounter against the First Order. Countless survivors of Kaeshana under his command got PTSD because of me, and his flagship at the time, the Contempt, survived Kaeshana but firepower-killed, she thought, while the only identified targets within range that belonged to Cyrus signaled a potential shift in her approach to battle. Meanwhile, many squadrons laden with heavy proton bombs and also with heavy plasma bomblet generators darted towards their designated targets, while she prayed for the success of their operation, even with the Force-tethers battle meditation provided. But as she Force-tethered her allies, any memories of past fights against that very enemy they are fighting that flowed through those Force-tethers would color the Force-support they would be getting. This realization dawning upon her, she would soon realize that she would need to shake off those memories she readily associated with Cyrus. Speaking of Cyrus, she had a special surprise for him, even though she knew that torpedo frigates entered standard turbolaser range and the enemy missile cruisers stood at the edge of it, with Carlyle's battlecruisers being at the edge of long-range turbolaser range, and his destroyers somewhere in-between.
"So we are going to go from hitting one target at long range whose lack of mobility is disturbing to another target that exhibits very similar mobility characteristics: fire all available long-range firepower at the Compellor! Also, Impasse, activate the gravity well projectors, centered on any of his remaining capital ships within range! Any debris torn off that target will be a hazard to any escort they have, and their mines will violently slam against their ships!"
"Roger, roger" the captain of the Impasse acknowledged, while activating the gravity well projectors.
"We can't let the enemy vanguard close in on us, let alone eat us away!"
"Fire standard-range broadsides at will!"
Robogeber will realize that closing in was going to be dangerous, between the Inagos, and Therapy Command's standard-range firepower, his torpedo frigates and his missile cruisers are coming under heavy standard-range fire, with thousands of turbolasers, mass drivers, ion cannons being fired at ten different ships with increased accuracy due to the effects of battle meditation on friendly gunners, driven by a sense of revenge for all those various engagements against the First Order. As much as Cyrus' arrival was intended to turn the tables on the Imperials, Cathul was about to turn the enemy mines against them, and with it, turn the proverbial tables, especially since two of the four gravity wells were centered on the bow and the engines of the Manticore, the third well on the Predator and the final well on the Implacable's engines. Once those wells were active, the white Twi'lek couldn't help but chuckle as the newly-laid mines began to be dragged towards the enemy capital ships by gravitational effects. Now, whether or not the enemy mines would be armed by interdiction gravity wells she knew not, and cared not; she just hoped for the best as far as sucking in mines or debris are concerned, hoping that it would damage hardpoints or engines, or, barring that, at least distract point-defense. But it would be a sweet revenge - if it did work: it was now time to turn their beloved gravity mines against them.
OOC: Reserves will be listed if and when they are deployed.
Edited by Cathul Thuku, 03 February 2018 - 11:48 AM.