The UAS Paladin shone like a jewel under the light of Alpha Virginis II, and the rest of the assembled fleet were gathered around her like a congregation of gems in a piece of jewelry. Admiral Sor surveyed the entire fleet from the window of his shuttle, nodding in admiration at the assortment of ships. Ever since the Zuul started ravaging the Alliance's colonies they had been waiting for this moment, and while it was an impatient wait the Admiral knew the extra preparation time was worth it.
"We'll be docking with the Paladin in about 5 minutes Admiral." the pilot reported and the Admiral nodded towards the cockpit. "Very good Lieutenant." Ships flew past the window as the shuttle passed by and Sor took the time to look over the final reports that had come in since he departed from Lupus.Turn 141-142
The Zuul made a run at Wazn II and a pair of scouts tried to scope out Alpha Virginis II. Said scouts were eliminated with no issue whatsoever, but Wazn II was another story. The fleet managed to massacre the first Zuul wave of 10 ships with the loss of only 2, but the commander made the mistake of chasing a cruiser that tried to destroy the Hiver's gate. Leaving the planet wide open, the 4 cruisers the commander forgot about raced in and bombarded the planet. It survived, but the colony took a beating. 4 defense platforms fell before the fleet made it back, but the damage had already been done.
Gearing up for the current mission, 2 assault fleets were built along with 5 new freighters. The new economic pie was a very pleasing one for Admiral Sor, the shipyards were able to churn out ships by the dozen now.Turn 143-147
The final building and deployment phases of the mission came into play. Since most of the attack ships were ready construction focused on support ships: 3 additional repair ships for the main fleet and 17 freighters all launched from the shipyards, ready to do what they needed. While they travelled to their posts the shipyards returned to war production, churning out 3 more assault groups, reinforcements for the main fleet for after the mission. They weren't going to stop at this one strike, oh no.
The Science Department had a small mishap, a minor accident slowed their research just enough to force them to go over budget, but thankfully they recovered quickly. Heavy Platforms hit the orbital shipyards, expanding them significantly, and opening the door to the Department's latest magnum opus: Dreadnoughts. It will take quite a bit of time before the shipyards are ready for them, but Admiral Sor was already salivating at the thought of matching Zuul dreadnoughts with his own.Now if only the raiders would leave the trade lanes alone.
he mused. A small group tried to ambush a trio of freighters at Avalon but their escorts managed to chase them off, destroying 3 raiding ships, but losing one of their own.
While nearly lost in the mountain of deployment and construction reports, news had spread of the colonization of Procyon II, another planet tucked on the outskirts of the Core and nestled between Human and Tarkan space.
The shuttle bumped as it touched down on the Paladin's deck and the Admiral gathered his things. The pilot saluted as his superior disembarked, and the Admiral greeted the Paladin's captain a moment later. They had talked over the hyper-comm earlier so the ship was all ready. With little more than the usual "Welcome aboard" the two humans marched up to the Bridge where everyone was waiting.
"Officers and crewmembers of the Fleet, for too long we've been hammered by the relentless Zuul. We've sat in horror as we watched helplessly by while our brothers and sisters, fathers and mothers threw themselves at the beasts, desperately trying to hold the line. Today, it is the Zuul's turn. From this point on they will be the ones to lose their planets, watch as their ships burn in the sky. We sought to explore in peace, but they answered with war. It's time to show them just what war with the Alliance means. Helm, set course for Wundagore. It's time to reclaim our planet."Turn 148-150
"Fleet exiting Nodespace Admiral." the helm called out. A moment later the ship shuddered as it transitioned back into realspace, the viewport covers retracting automatically.
"There's a formation of Zuul cruisers up ahead." The sensor screen showed the line, and they were already advancing towards the node point. "Damn." Sor swore. It was a short hop from the rally point to Wundagore, but apparently they still knew the Alliance was coming. "Have Group 1 advance, meet them away from the node."
Everyone on the Bridge watched as Commander Irina's group powered past the combined fleet to meet the Zuul. Within seconds the Zuul bore through the asteroid fields and Irina opened fire.
Phaser and HCL beams light up the dark sky, rupturing hulls and exploding ships lighting up like fireworks. It went back and forth, sometimes a Zuul cruiser dying, then a human. But Commander Irina won out, the advance defense fleet reduced to nothing but junk. The Bridge erupted into cheers, but they quickly died. "What is she doing?!" Instead of following the plan of drawing the Zuul to them, Irina was pressing forward. "Get her on the comm!" Sor ordered, but Irina never replied. The asteroids blocked part of the scans, but a few minutes later the results were clear. "12 enemy cruisers have been destroyed, but all 18 ships of Group 1 have been lost Admiral."
Sor slammed his fist into the armrest of his chair. "Damnit! They may have mostly destroyers but we can't take losses like that! Tell Commander Print that he better follow his orders!" Print's Group 2 moved up, and he got the message. Standing between the asteroids and the node, Group 2 traded blows with the Zuul, eliminating 9 of their cruisers and 27 of their destroyers, losing 11 of their own ships.
Reinforced by Group 3, both Commander Print and Commander Burox brought the fight closer to the Zuul, wiping out 45 destroyers and their command ship with 8 losses. Admiral Sor would have preferred to not lose any ships, but the planet's missile batteries were taking advantage of the human's focus on the Zuul fleet, slipping a number of missiles through their point defenses. No matter, Sor's goal was in reach.
5 more groups of warships were in the shipyards right now, many of them already flying towards the front as fast as they could. 6 freighters were getting parts and supplies throughout Alliance territory, and 18 colony ships were gearing up to claim another planet. The Alliance was not going to stop here.
"Captain, relay to the fleet: Prepare for ground assault. All ground forces, prepare for drop." Admiral Sor leaned back in his chair, fingers steepled in front of his face. Wundagore grew in the viewport as the UAS Paladin and the remainder of the Fleet advanced on the planet.Wundagore
"NOOOOOO!!!" The Master screamed as he slashed the closest thing to him. The slave flew into a wall, already a bloody mess from his claws. Dana wanted to flee, but His will pinned her in place. He turned on her, his eyes burning into hers. "My fleet is gone! They move to eliminate me! You WILL stop them!"
Her mind exploding under his onslaught, Admiral Eurix's mind ran through numerous battle plans, but it was no avail. The Master had nothing with which to stop the Alliance fleet. Wundagore would fall, it was just a matter of when, and how many would die. "Then they will have to kill you all." The Master growled, and slaves started to gather outside, forming a wall between their Master and anyone who would come for Him.State of the MissionNotes and Questions
I'm BAAAAACCCCKK!!! Sorry about the longer than expected hiatus, it's surprising how long it can take to get situated in a new home. No matter though, the Mission continues!
I'm very, very pleased at how well the attack is going so far. Aside from the 1st round where I made the error of rushing the 2nd wave I've been slaughtering the Zuul in return for every lost cruiser of mine. The Phasers are performing magnificently, outdoing every other weapon I and the Zuul have. I just wish they didn't have those blasted multiwarhead missiles, they're impossible to get with PDF. The Battle of Wundagore should be over in the next couple of rounds, they had 100 ships there with only token reinforcements (1-4 ships each) nothing my 90-strong fleet can't handle, though I have lost a 3rd of it. Oh well, I've got more where that came from!
Sadly dreadnoughts were going to take about 24 turns to finish up so it'll be a while before I can get them up and running. I'm wondering if I should go for stations or Armada CnC next. Stations are only 1 turn of research, but Armada will undoubtably take longer.
Now for the big question: I've got a combined Blue/Teal/Purple Zuul fleet sitting in the next system after Wundagore, and both Blue and Purple have a couple of DNs there. I'm guessing I'll want to wait until I've got a much larger fleet on hand before going after it? And when I do go for it, what're the chances I'll pull Blue and Purple into it? For the most part they're letting Teal take the brunt of my forces, and I'd like to keep it that way.
See you next time!