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Dyson C4 Q3 -- Doctrine Carrier 2 x Legion of Terra Fighter Squadrons CV5, Hardened Armour, Move Medium, Range Short, Indirect CV 4
Lodestone C1 Q4 -- Escort Support, Hardened Armour, Move Medium, Range Long, Indirect CV 3
Compass (Lodestone class)
Catapult C2 Q3 -- Escort Support, Hardened Armour, Move Long, Range Short, Indirect CV 3
Eye of Sathrass C3 Q3 -- Escort Support, Move Medium, Range Long, Indirect CV 3
Mauler C4 Q3 -- Escort Support, Move Medium, Range Long, Indirect CV 3
Samael C6 Q4 -- 1 x Saturn Fighter Squadron CV6, Hardened Armour, Move Long, Range Medium, Shield Generator, Indirect CV 3
Icarus Jane C3 Q2 -- Escort Support, Move Medium, Range Medium, Shield, Indirect CV 3
Freebooter C3 Q3 Escort Support, Move Long, Range Medium, Indirect CV 3
Outrider C4 Q3 Escort Support, Move Medium, Range Short, Indirect CV 3
Homeland C2 Q3 Escort Support, Move Medium, Range Short, Indirect CV 3
Great White C4 Q3 Escort Support, Move Medium, Range Medium, Indirect CV 3
The Axis fleet were overmatched but had a simple objective, break through the Alliance fleet and exit as many of the Ganymede rocket ships as possible. The Ganymede ships are armed freighters, the Dyson’s cargo bays having been converted to fighter bays, the rocket ships are carrying bulk rocket fuel.
The two fleets encountered each other in the midst of three Asteroid Fields. The two fleets deployed facing each other across a gap between two of the fields. The Rebel fleet took the initiative and manoeuvred towards the enemy, launching a torpedo spread at the Dyson and two spreads at the Mauler. They also fired two long range ray attacks that proved ineffective. In response the Axis Fleet headed directly towards the Alliance ships, with the Dyson launching its two fighter squadrons, one to defend against the incoming torpedoes and the other to attack the Samael.
The Icarus Jane, flying dangerously close to one of the Asteroid fields, overloaded its weapon pods and fired at the Lodestone, causing serious damage to its superstructure, disabling a weapon pod. It also launched a torpedo spread at the Mauler. The Freebooter also overloading its weapon pods fired at the Lodestone, which heavily loaded with fuel, blossomed into a huge explosion. The Outrider, taking a leaf from the other Rebels, overloaded its weapon pods and destroyed one of the Maulers wings, carrying away one of its weapon pods. The Great White moved around another of the Asteroid fields away from the rest of the fleet effectively meaning it was alone against the Catapult and Eye of Sathrass. A weapon pod attack on the Catapult went wide. The Homeland powered towards the enemy, launching a torpedo spread against the Dyson. The Samael with supreme confidence fired its weapon pods at the Dyson at long range, only to see them pass harmlessly by. The Axis fleet doggedly held their fire and closed the gap.
The Icarus Jane, dodging Asteroids at the periphery of an Asteroid field, could only manage a Torpedo spread at the Compass.
A spread of Torpedoes reached the Dyson but was destroyed by the point defence system.
The Icarus Jane still tempting fate by skimming the outskirts of an Asteroid Field accelerated further, firing her overloaded weapon pods on the Eye of Sathrass. On board the Sathrass’s bridge panel’s exploded and crewmen were thrown about like dolls. The Outrider’s weapon pods tore into the Lodestone destroying several of the unfortunate ships systems and at the same time she launched a spread of torpedoes at the Dyson. The Great White overloaded her weapon pods and fired a barrage of shots at the Catapult, melting one of her weapon pods to slag. Homeland launched a spread of torpedoes at the Dyson and the Samael closed with the Sathrass and overloading her weapon pods fired on her, destroying a weapon pod.
Two Torpedo spreads struck the Dyson, causing several hits on her hull and weapon pods, which resulted in serious damage. The unfortunate Compass was struck by another spread of torpedoes, her hull crumbled and she erupted into a ball of plasma.
The Sathrass turned away from the main battle and towards the Great White, firing torpedoes towards the Rebel Cruiser. The Catapult strained her engines to draw ahead of the Sathrass and also launched torpedoes at the Great White. The Mauler’s crew managed to patch up some of her damage and the Dyson launched a squadron of Legion Fighters at the Samael.
Two torpedo spreads struck the Great White, destroying one of her weapon pods.
The Icarus Jane left the relative safety of the Asteroids and manoeuvred behind the Mauler. At the perfect moment she fired her overloaded weapon pods into the Mauler’s aft. The Mauler now with critical weapon damage limped on with the rest of her fleet. The Great White, now alone and fighting two axis ships, fired her remaining weapon pods, on overload, at the Sathrass, tearing serious holes into her hull and destroying one of her weapon pods. The Outrider swept around the damaged Dyson, firing into her rocket motors. This caused a chain reaction that tore the ship apart taking with it one of the Legion of Terra fighter squadrons. The Mauler, now the only Axis ship facing the main Alliance fleet was the target of torpedoes from the Freebooter and Homeland but it was the Samael which delivered the Coup de Grace into the aft of the crippled Mauler, ripping it apart.
The Eye of Sathrass crew performing well, if far too late, managed to divert power to their rocket motors taking them out the battle area. The Catapult’s crew performed even better, launching torpedoes back towards the Great White whilst keeping pace with the Sathrass as they fled the battle.
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Thanks Kitch! An outstanding report and thanks for the feedback as well.