The wave of vessels would soon come within medium range of the Ssi-Ruuk fleet. Laser cannons, mass drivers, energy torpedoes, and a wide variety of secondary armaments were being unleashed, but the longest ranged weapons of the alien horde were also capable of engaging the fleet as well. Some vessels were beginning to take moderate damage already - these ships would ease back and allow other parts of the fleet to absorb the fire in their stead. The mighty UBeam of the Heresiarch would charge up and open fire once more upon what appeared to be a Star Destroyer-scale Ssi-Ruuk ship, cracking the vessel amidships and reducing it to a couple chunks of rubbish within the voids of space.
Meanwhile, behind the 'barricade' the fleet had formed, Vanessa was contributing to the clash on the ground as well. Transports were dropping all over the planet, transports containing Dark Troopers, both living and machine. The cyborg veterans of the Imperial army, some of whom had decades of experience, would soon disembark from their ships and form into their basic elements, engaging the enteched constructs and Ssi-Ruuk infantry on the world's surface. Oppressor-16 Dark Troopers would stand their ground as they marched forward, driving back the alien horde and securing space for them. The radtroopers had not been called on for this mission, as Panatha would survive this, thus ensuring that radiation did not need to be used on the planet at all. The bloodtroopers, Vanessa's elite, were on the surface as well - they were engaging attacking Ssi-Ruuvi droids and ground forces near the capitol, where Kaine's uncle was located. The entirety of the Maldrood's forces were in play today.
Hopefully their battle would not be in vain.