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Winter 34 1944

 
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2006 7:50 pm    Post subject: Winter 34 1944 Reply with quote

More ships came - they slipped into Terranovan orbit with little resistance as the first waves of fighters and destroyers had cleared a path. From the surface they were visible as a new constellation of stars that glinted dimly as the craft aerobraked in the upper atmosphere. From orbit, they were a dispersed flotilla that grew by the hour while their reinforcements came.

The bombings were indiscriminate, forming a belt that arced from Valeria to Port Oasis and back again. More streamers slipped down from the new constellation as rods of lead and titanium streaked down to the planet, obliterating factories and spaceports. Fighters and drones spread out, pushing aside Terranovan defenses like a bulldozer clearing a road. Even with the thirty-odd cycles that Terranovan had to rebuild their space defenses, they were no match for the new and improved CEF fleet. While the Earthers were rebuilding with the resources and industry of two planets, Terra Nova was busy butchering one another in a senseless and brutal war.

They were paying for their fractitious nature now. Orbital strikes rained down onto the planet - the planet replied, of course, but the lasers of the ground defenses could be counteracted, whereas there was little a Terranovan defense could do against a plummeting tonne of metal.

Operation Icarus had begun.
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Location: Rangstadt, Allied Europe, Earth, NEC

PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2006 8:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Damage as of 2400h Winter 34 1944:

Zeus Shipyards: Siginificantly damaged. Five cyles before production capacity returns to full, barring resource or personnel problems. Elements of the Southern Republic's Space Defence Branch turned aside the CEF fleet before the facility was completely destroyed.

Hope Station: Destroyed.

Ellis Island: Lightly damaged. Ellis Island is the central Black Talon space facility and was very well defended - the CEF only managed to make one pass upon the base before being forced away by PaxSec and Black Talon responce teams.

Transfer Stations: Two gate transfer stations remain operational.

Gateships: Leviathan (Registry UAC-44271) - destroyed.
Remar Vajra (Registry UAC-52121) - heavily damaged.
Laban Emuros (Registry UAC-49275) - heavily damaged.

Bombing of Lyonesse Launch Facilities and Industrial Centre: Facilities destroyed. 1.8M casualties in the downtown core and outlying areas.

Bombing of Port Oasis Launch Facilities: Facilities lightly damaged. 240,000 casualties. Aerospace defense assets managed to divert a siginificant portion of the ortillery rounds into the surrounding hills and lake.

Bombing of Valeria Launch facilities: Facilities heavily damaged. 72,000 casualties. Aerospace defense assets managed to divert the majority of the ortillery rounds into the surrounding hills.
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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2006 8:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"We've found them, Sir. Right where our agent said it was going to be."

The Kassandra class GREL turned from her terminal on the bridge of the ELINT ship Patroclus towards the commander, a stern man with colonel's stripes on his shoulder and a frown on his face.

"Let me see it." the Colonel replied flatly as his eyes burned into the viewscreen ahead of him. He had been here once before, long ago. He was a Lieutenant then, on a little patrol boat. He had personally sent four ships of the colonials spinning off into the depths of space, and would live to see many more of them die. He relished the thought.

The panel in front of the Colonel came to life with imagery of the planet beneath. The dusty ball which they had fought so hard for and had been rebuked was still familiar to him - all of a sudden, the twenty years of separation seemed like mere minutes, and he was once again entrenched in a bitter war for survival and ideology. He refused to lose.

"Give me the window."

The Kassandra replied sharply and efficiently, "We have three hour-fifteen-minute until the main Terranovan fleet arrives on their current trajectory, Colonel."

He grinned a thin, vicious grin. More than enough time to do his bloody work. "Signal the carriers. Give them this message." He leaned forward in his chair as far as the restraints would allow, an almost insane gleam in his eye as he addressed his soldiers. "You have your co-ordinates. Wipe them from the map. Kill them all - for the Earth, for the Party, for the Eighth. Show them what definace brings them."

He sat back again, almost gleeful amidst the chaos of the electronics ship. He watched the slim silhouette of the NCS-45 Westphalia as it tried to slip unseen through the Western Desert. Before too long the ship, and the secrets it held, would be laid bare in the desert sands for him to pick over.
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