[19:04] MajDougMcKnight: Admiral.

[19:04] VAdm Blackthorne: There we go.

[19:04] CmdrShelev: whatsd

[19:05] MajDougMcKnight: T'Kirr's finishing something up, I guess?

[19:05] VAdm Blackthorne: I poked her.

[19:05] MajDougMcKnight: Ah.

[19:06] MajDougMcKnight: Okay, I have a name and a place of origin for my alt, but I can't promise he'll be super fleshed out at first.

[19:06] *** LCdr TKirr has joined the chat.

[19:06] MajDougMcKnight: T'Kirr.

[19:06] LCdr TKirr: Yah.

[19:06] VAdm Blackthorne: There she is! ::points::

[19:06] MajDougMcKnight: Last one in gets force choked!

[19:07] VAdm Blackthorne: ::cackles::

[19:07] LCdr TKirr: Nooooo

[19:07] VAdm Blackthorne: I just finished my darkside playthrough of KotOR2, too. Dooooooomed

[19:08] LCdr TKirr: My Trandoshan needs a new lightsaber >_<

[19:08] MajDougMcKnight: Where is there a Trandoshan?

[19:09] VAdm Blackthorne: I think she plays SWG

[19:09] VAdm Blackthorne: For some reasons. :p

[19:09] MajDougMcKnight: Ah.

[19:09] LCdr TKirr: lol I have a headache from trying to find what I need

[19:10] LCdr TKirr: Never played kotor =/

[19:10] Kiley Airell: brb

[19:11] MajDougMcKnight: It's fun.  You can send this lady out to look for a destroyed droid, laughing at her all the while.

[19:11] LCdr TKirr: Heh um...

[19:13] VAdm Blackthorne: I mindtricked someone into jumping off Nar Shaddaa.

[19:13] LCdr TKirr: I don't play SWG much... doesn't hold much interest for me since what they call "NGE"  *laughs sarcastically*

[19:14] MajDougMcKnight: Nar Shadaa was quite possibly my favorite locale in either game, though Dxun was fun too.

[19:14] VAdm Blackthorne: I liked the whole Onderon/Dxun story arc.

[19:16] MajDougMcKnight: So...I suppose we should start.

[19:16] VAdm Blackthorne: Hang on, my raid group in WoW has :downs:

[19:16] MajDougMcKnight: Ah, take your time then.

[19:16] CmdrShelev: who cares

[19:16] VAdm Blackthorne: It's usually not quite THIS retarded

[19:17] Kiley Airell: bk

[19:17] VAdm Blackthorne: ah, Kiley's back, let's get started.

[19:17] CmdrShelev: ::TWEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEET:: etc etc

[19:17] Kiley Airell: ::AA::

[19:17] LCdr TKirr: ::AA::

[19:18] VAdm Blackthorne: Tonight, ON THE INTERNET STARSHIP

[19:18] VAdm Blackthorne: It has been a solid week of travel.

[19:19] CmdrShelev: internet spaceship

[19:20] VAdm Blackthorne: Aside from slight unrest and a bunch of hippie protesters on one ship, it was uneventful.

[19:20] LCdr TKirr: ::snorts at the thought of hippie Xindi::

[19:21] VAdm Blackthorne: Questions?

[19:21] MajDougMcKnight: Not right now.

[19:22] LCdr TKirr: No, but I have answers... :smirks:

[19:22] VAdm Blackthorne: Okay then.,

[19:22] VAdm Blackthorne: BEGIN SIM

[19:22] VAdm Blackthorne: BEGIN SIM

[19:22] VAdm Blackthorne: BEGIN SIM

[19:23] VAdm Blackthorne: ::walks onto the bridge reading a PADD::

[19:23] LCdr TKirr: ::in her quarters, carefully pinning three gold pips to her fresh uniform::

[19:23] CmdrShelev: ::On bridge, doing XO things. Read: paperwork::

[19:24] VAdm Blackthorne: Commander, anything to report?

[19:24] Kiley Airell: ::in sickbay::

[19:24] CmdrShelev: Nothing. Thank gods.

[19:24] LCdr TKirr: ::quickly looks about the spartan room before exiting and heading to/up the lift to the Bridge::

[19:25] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::at Science, attempting to stifle a yawn, but is caught with his mouth open when T'Kirr enters from the turbolift::

[19:26] VAdm Blackthorne: ::takes his seat:: Excellent.

[19:27] LCdr TKirr: ::peers about the Bridge briefly before taking her station::

[19:27] Kiley Airell: ::sits at her desk going over reports::

[19:28] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::disappears behind the turbolift doors::

[19:30] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::enters Sickbay, turning his head around until he spots Airell around the corner at her desk::

[19:30] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> Doc?

[19:30] VAdm Blackthorne: ::finishes the PADD:: Tactical overlay.

[19:31] Kiley Airell: ::looks up from what she's doing:: Yes?

[19:31] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::squints, as if the lighting is hurting his eyes:: You got anything to help me sleep?

[19:31] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::looks down at the papers:: Oh, sorry... I didn't realize you were busy.

[19:32] VAdm Blackthorne: ::sees their progress come up on the viewer::

[19:32] Kiley Airell: (there aren't any papers, they are all data padds)

[19:32] VAdm Blackthorne: ::Federation space getting ever closer::

[19:32] LCdr TKirr: <<Same diff!>>

[19:32] Kiley Airell: Having difficulty sleeping?  how long has this been going on?

[19:33] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> Oh, well.. ::gestures with a hand at nothing:: ..a couple nights, I guess?  It's nothing big, I just feel... well, awake.

[19:34] LCdr TKirr: <<Where's McKnight?>>

[19:34] MajDougMcKnight: (I'm here.  Just discussing some details out of character before I jump in.)

[19:35] Kiley Airell: Do you feel tired during the day then?

[19:36] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::crosses his arms in front of him, muscles tensed, as if cold:: You mean during my shift?  I just worked overnight.

[19:37] Kiley Airell: "day" being when you're up and suppose to be awake?

[19:38] Kiley Airell: ((I may have to restart my computer here, it's acting VERY strange))

[19:39] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> Well, I guess so.  I mean, I'm alert, sure, but I never feel well rested overnight, no matter how much I sleep before shift.  ::furrows brow:: I thought that was normal.

[19:40] MajDougMcKnight: Lt. JG Rodney Quinn> ::Straightens his gold engineering uniform a bit as the turbolift comes to a stop at the bridge, and steps off, clutching a PADD in hand and looking for the most senior officer,

[19:40] VAdm Blackthorne: ::would be the very most senior officer, his collars shining::

[19:40] MajDougMcKnight: immediately spotting Blackthorne.  Crossing over, he clears his throat softly by way of announcing his presence::

[19:40] Kiley Airell: ::stands up:: Let me check you out.  Take a seat on one of those biobeds.

[19:40] MajDougMcKnight: (Heh, note the comma.)

[19:41] VAdm Blackthorne: Lieutenant.

[19:41] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::hesitantly moves to a bed and sits, putting his palms together at his forehead and rubbing:: Can't you just give me something to help me sleep?

[19:41] MajDougMcKnight: Admiral.  The chief wanted me to get this report to you ASAP.  We've finally had some time to get a good look at that Machen Bren shuttle sitting in our shuttlebay.

[19:42] LCdr TKirr: ::looks up at the two::

[19:42] Kiley Airell: Not without knowing what's wrong and why you're having difficulties sleeping.  There may be something else going on.

[19:42] MajDougMcKnight: Quinn> ::Without further preamble, hands Blackthorne the PADD in question::

[19:42] Kiley Airell: ::takes the med tricorder and scans Logan::

[19:42] VAdm Blackthorne: Executive summary, Lietuenant?

[19:42] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::sits, enduring the beeping of the instrument, rolling his neck sideways to ease tension::

[19:43] VAdm Blackthorne: :takes the PADD::

[19:44] MajDougMcKnight: Quinn> ::Takes a breath, silently condensing it all in his head::  Oddly familiar sir.  Not all of it by any means, but some of the designs, like the sensor configuration, the impulse coolant feed...pretty consistent with designs

[19:44] MajDougMcKnight: we have on record.

[19:45] MajDougMcKnight: Quinn> Orion, sir.  Could just be a coincidence, I suppose, but in my opinion, not to be counted on.

[19:46] VAdm Blackthorne: Orion? It wouldn't surprise me if they were that far reaching.

[19:47] VAdm Blackthorne: Thank you, Lieutenant.

[19:47] MajDougMcKnight: Quinn> ::Nods::  Sir.

[19:48] VAdm Blackthorne: ::puts the PADD down near his chair::

[19:48] MajDougMcKnight: Quinn> ::Turns and heads back to the turbolift, requesting...whatever the hell deck engineering is on.::

[19:49] LCdr TKirr: <<::laughs::>>

[19:49] Kiley Airell: Well, there's nothing physically wrong.  However, your domamine and seratonin levels are out of whack.

[19:49] Kiley Airell: You stressed or preoccupied with anything?

[19:50] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::grunts in acknowledgement, eyes glazed with weariness::

[19:50] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> Xindi.

[19:50] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::looks at Kiley:: Aren't you?

[19:50] MajDougMcKnight: ::Moving back to the main character, McKnight frowns at his station as several warning beeps sound from the console::  Sir, we just picked up several contacts on our long-range sensors.  Coming in fast.

[19:50] VAdm Blackthorne: Machen Bren?

[19:51] LCdr TKirr: ::glances at McKnight, then looks at her readings::

[19:52] MajDougMcKnight: Can't think of anyone else who'd be traipsing through here with a group this size.  And readings are...consistent, if less than totally conclusive at this range.  We'll know for sure in a minute.

[19:52] Kiley Airell: I'll give you something to help you sleep.  I also recommend that you schedule some time with me to discuss this further.

[19:52] MajDougMcKnight: I can tell you they're heading right for us.

[19:52] Kiley Airell: ::moves over and grabs a hypo and two vials of meds.  Heads back to Logan::

[19:52] VAdm Blackthorne: Set red alert throughout the fleet. Battlestations!

[19:53] CmdrShelev: +Shipwide+ Red alert, Battle stations.

[19:53] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::breathes deeply:: Thanks.

[19:53] Kiley Airell: ::inserts the first vial into the hypospray and then checks the medication level, injects it into Logan::

[19:53] MajDougMcKnight: ::Nods as he raises shields, powers weapons, and sends the signal out through the fleet::  Aye sir, red alert. 

[19:53] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::looks up:: Oh, man...

[19:53] Kiley Airell: ::repeats for the other vial::

[19:53] VAdm Blackthorne: From around the civilian ships.

[19:54] Kiley Airell: These should help you relax.  You should head to your quarters and try to get some sleep.

[19:54] VAdm Blackthorne: Commander T'Kirr, ready the Sharks... including mine. I'll be down shortly.

[19:54] Kiley Airell: ::hears the red alert and wonders what's going on::

[19:54] LCdr TKirr: ::nods and hurries to the lift::

[19:54] MajDougMcKnight: (Heh, poor Logan.  Bad time to be shot full of sedatives.)

[19:54] CmdrShelev: Sir, I think you should sit this one out.

[19:55] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::jumps off the bed and heads for the door:: I've gotta get to the Bridge.

[19:55] VAdm Blackthorne: ::shoots a sharp look to Shelev::

[19:55] CmdrShelev: Last time we almost lost half the command crew of this ship, and I don't think we should take that risk a second time. Sir.

[19:55] LCdr TKirr: ::enters the Assault Bay, grabbing her flightsuit out of the locker::

[19:56] MajDougMcKnight: ::Ignores the tension between the upper command crew, focusing on his readings::  All combat ships now in position, sir.  When that task force drops out of warp, they'll find us between them and the civilian fleet.

[19:56] Kiley Airell: Logan, that's a powerful sedative I gave you.  You'll fall asleep on the bridge, there are other officers who would be better to deal with this now::

[19:56] VAdm Blackthorne: ::dead quiet as the two men stare down, except for the klaxon::

[19:56] VAdm Blackthorne: Alright, Commander.

[19:57] VAdm Blackthorne: +T'Kirr+ Blackthorne to T'Kirr.

[19:57] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::turns on a foot:: You don't understand.  We have three science officers on this mission.  If they launch the Mustangs, I have to operate T'Kirr's fighter shielding.

[19:57] LCdr TKirr: +Blackthorne+ Go ahead, sir.

[19:58] CmdrShelev: ::Returns to examining tactical data.::

[19:58] VAdm Blackthorne: +T'Kirr+ You'll be flying lead on this one, Commander.

[19:58] LCdr TKirr: +Blackthorne+ ::pauses:: Understood.

[19:58] Kiley Airell: You are in no condition to be working

[19:59] VAdm Blackthorne: +T'Kirr+ Good hunting. Blackthorne out.

[19:59] MajDougMcKnight: All security checkpoints now report full ready status.  They're in position to repel any boarding parties.  And...we've got some better readings now.

[19:59] LCdr TKirr: ::performs checks on the fighters::

[19:59] VAdm Blackthorne: ::turns to McKnight:: What do you have?

[20:00] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::braces himself with a hand next to the door:: All right, um... all right.  I'll get someone else to take care of it.

[20:00] Kiley Airell: Good. 

[20:00] MajDougMcKnight: Definitely Machen Bren, sir.  I'm picking up a destroyer group, a carrier, and...2 signals we haven't seen before.  It matches the battlecruisers from the Xindi database.  Pretty hefty group, sir.

[20:01] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::smiles halfheartedly:: Thanks, doc.  I hope you don't get anyone serious in here this shift.

[20:01] VAdm Blackthorne: Two battlecruisers?

[20:01] Kiley Airell: thanks.

[20:01] Kiley Airell: get some rest

[20:01] CmdrShelev: What on earth is their problem?

[20:01] CmdrShelev: No pun intended.

[20:01] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::exits Sickbay and walks down the corridor at a brisk pace, wondering how the heck he's supposed to sleep during Red Alert:: +T'Kirr+ Logan to Commander T'Kirr.

[20:02] MajDougMcKnight: Two of them, sir.  We'll want to knock one of those out as soon as possible.  I'd suggest all ships coordinate their fire on the lead battlecruiser.

[20:02] VAdm Blackthorne: I don't care to find out.

[20:02] VAdm Blackthorne: Suggestion taken, Major.

[20:02] VAdm Blackthorne: Drop from warp, fleetwide. Our battlefield will be of our choosing.

[20:03] CmdrShelev: Sir, I've got the current commanding officers of the armed Xindi ships patched into tactical.

[20:03] CmdrShelev: Assuming they still have a sense of self preservation, they should be as easy to handle as we can make them.

[20:04] VAdm Blackthorne: Excellent.

[20:04] LCdr TKirr: +Logan+ T'Kirr.

[20:05] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> +T'Kirr+ Commander, Doctor Airell's given me a sedative.  I can't run the shielding.  Should I wake Ellis?

[20:05] LCdr TKirr: ::drops into her cockpit:: +Logan+ Yes.

[20:06] VAdm Blackthorne: ETA to contact?

[20:06] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> +T'Kirr+ All right.  Be careful out there.

[20:06] MajDougMcKnight: (Sorry, brother called me out for a second.)

[20:07] MajDougMcKnight: Just under 2 minutes now, sir.

[20:07] LCdr TKirr: ::starts running pre-flight:: +Sharks+ All Sharks, report in.  ::takes note of all callsigns::

[20:07] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::disappears into NPC-ville::

[20:07] VAdm Blackthorne: Ready quantum torpedos.

[20:08] VAdm Blackthorne: And have the Xindi warships coordinate fire simultaneously on the lead cruiser as it drops from warp.

[20:08] Kiley Airell: ::prepares sickbay for possible casualties::

[20:08] MajDougMcKnight: Quantum torpedoes armed and ready.  Ditto for photons.

[20:08] LCdr TKirr: +Sharks+ All Sharks, stand by for launch.

[20:09] LCdr TKirr: ::feels the hum of her fighter, along with all the others around the bay::

[20:10] VAdm Blackthorne: Launch Mustangs.

[20:10] CmdrShelev: +Fighter bay+ Launch fighters.

[20:10] LCdr TKirr: +Sharks+ All Sharks, launch.  ::files first out the bay::

[20:11] VAdm Blackthorne: ::watches them deploy enviously::

[20:12] VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The Machen Bren battlegroup drops from warp.

[20:12] VAdm Blackthorne: Fire!

[20:12] LCdr TKirr: ::receives the tactical data on enemy positions::

[20:12] MajDougMcKnight: ::Having readied a firing solution, keys the launch sequence, a full volley of quantum and photon torpedoes quickly screaming across the 100,000 kilometers of empty space in between the two flotillas::

[20:13] VAdm Blackthorne: ::likes it when he can fire first without having to file tons of paperwork later::

[20:13] LCdr TKirr: <<rofl>>

[20:13] VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> A return volley arcs its way towards our fleet.

[20:13] VAdm Blackthorne: Evasive!

[20:14] LCdr TKirr: +Sharks+ Incoming fire!

[20:14] Kiley Airell: ::thinks that during red alert, it can be really frustrating to be a doctor, not knowing what's going on up on the bridge and not being able to go up and check because of possible casualties::

[20:14] VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The carrier launches fighters.

[20:15] MajDougMcKnight: ::Grimaces at finding the battlecruisers very well armed and shielded.  Fortunately, they've got the maneuverability of a brick, and the vast majority of the torpedoes hit home, unfortunately failing to immediately breach their

[20:15] VAdm Blackthorne: Keep pounding them, we have them in maneuverability.

[20:15] LCdr TKirr: ::is alerted to the fighter launch by an incessant beep and takes in the numbers::

[20:15] VAdm Blackthorne: ::is glad Atlantis isn't a Galaxy-class::

[20:16] MajDougMcKnight: shields::  Direct hits.  Lots of them, and the bastard's still cruising along.  Launching second volley.

[20:16] LCdr TKirr: +Sharks+ Omega assault pattern!  Keep out of the cruiser crossfire.

[20:17] VAdm Blackthorne: How are the Xindi holding up?

[20:17] MajDougMcKnight: ::Grins at finding the second volley too much for their shields.  Under the combined firepower of the fleet, a Xindi cruiser's forward disruptors punches its way through the shield bubble, and shortly therafter spears its way

[20:17] MajDougMcKnight: through its starboard side::

[20:17] LCdr TKirr: ::screams toward the enemy fighter wing, the Mustangs in full formation::

[20:18] LCdr TKirr: +Sharks+ Weapons range imminent.  Do what you do best.

[20:18] MajDougMcKnight: One of our destroyers has taken several direct hits, sir.  Its shields have been breached...they're drifting, sir.  All others report continued combat status.

[20:19] VAdm Blackthorne: Tractor push them back toward the civilians.

[20:19] MajDougMcKnight: Aye, sir.

[20:19] VAdm Blackthorne: ((GET OUT))

[20:19] LCdr TKirr: ::dodges the first round of phaser fire and swings back with a spread of her own::

[20:20] VAdm Blackthorne: Keep pounding the damaged cruiser.

[20:21] Kiley Airell: ::starts treating a few minor injuries::

[20:21] CmdrShelev: (( what ))

[20:21] LCdr TKirr: ::being in the lead, finds herself the central target of half a dozen craft and spins out, fully defensive and drawing fire from her wingmates::

[20:21] MajDougMcKnight: ::Manages a direct hit to the batllecruiser's belly, causing severe structural damage, but is forced to direct most of the weapons fire toward the destroyers that have now closed with the fleet as the ship maneuvers the Xindi

[20:21] MajDougMcKnight: destroyer out of the fray::

[20:21] VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> Atlantis's shields take a few direct hits.

[20:22] VAdm Blackthorne: Keep up those evasives!

[20:22] MajDougMcKnight: ::Grabs his console to steady himself::  Shields holding steady, sir.

[20:23] VAdm Blackthorne: ::takes helm away from the Ensign that has it::

[20:24] MajDougMcKnight: ::Watches on his display as 2 Xindi ships commence a final disruptor volley, targeting the Machen Bren reactor.  Sensors register secondary explosions all over the ship until a few seconds later, the entire thing detonates::  One

[20:24] MajDougMcKnight: down, sir!

[20:24] LCdr TKirr: ::takes several aft energy blasts, thankful for the PTS boost to her shielding::

[20:24] VAdm Blackthorne: ::swings the ship about:: Direct fire to cruiser two!

[20:24] LCdr TKirr: <<lol gotta pilot somethin'>>

[20:24] VAdm Blackthorne: ((Damn right))

[20:25] VAdm Blackthorne: ::brings the forward torpedo array in line with the cruiser::

[20:25] LCdr TKirr: ::hears several whoops over the comm::

[20:25] MajDougMcKnight: ::Grimaces as a Xindi light cruiser's shields collapse under bombardment from the remaining battlecruiser.  The hull soon follows::  Dammit!

[20:25] VAdm Blackthorne: ::frowns:: How many on that ship, Commander?

[20:26] CmdrShelev: At least 80, sir.

[20:26] MajDougMcKnight: Sir, those battlecruisers are just packing too much firepower!  You need to keep us between it and the rest of the fleet!

[20:26] CmdrShelev: It's morbid, but no one of import was onboard.

[20:26] VAdm Blackthorne: Message understood, commander.

[20:27] VAdm Blackthorne: Shelev, have engineering get off their asses, we're about to take some hits.

[20:27] LCdr TKirr: ::when a sufficient cluster of Machen Bren are in hot pursuit, lets loose a string of bombs in her wake::

[20:27] CmdrShelev: ((Do we have a chief engineer this week?))

[20:27] MajDougMcKnight: ::Directs a full power, sustained phaser burst at the Machen Bren battlecruiser, with a torpedo accompaniment.  Meanwhile, aft shields pour out all available firepower on the carrier::

[20:28] VAdm Blackthorne: ((LOL no))

[20:28] MajDougMcKnight: (I AM playing an engineer...that'll do, I guess.  Just keep it simple.)

[20:28] VAdm Blackthorne: ::moves the Atlantis to protect the Xindi destroyers

[20:29] LCdr TKirr: ::registers three fighters caught in the bomb blast, the others breaking off nearly in time, and switches to the offensive::

[20:29] MajDougMcKnight: (Er...I meant to say aft phasers earlier.)

[20:29] LCdr TKirr: <<I figured>>

[20:29] MajDougMcKnight: (Just caught that.)

[20:29] LCdr TKirr: <<Didn't wanna nitpick>>

[20:30] CmdrShelev: +Engineering+ Bridge to main engineering. We need more shields aft; if you can push the range out a little farther, do it. And take warp down to minimum sustained reaction; whatever power we need out of it we need in the phasers.

[20:30] VAdm Blackthorne: I'm going to make a close pass. Make it count, Major.

[20:31] LCdr TKirr: ::comes about and dives into the fray of fighters exchanging phaser fire, like so much gnats zipping around each other::

[20:31] MajDougMcKnight: Quinn> +Shelev+ Yes, Commander.  It looks like you're gonna be so close you can't miss anyway.  I'll be lowering sensor resolution as well; that oughtta give us a little more punch.

[20:32] VAdm Blackthorne: ::charges the Atlantis forward, drawing all fire away from the Xindi::

[20:32] VAdm Blackthorne: ::Charges toward the cruiser at full impulse, bobbing and weaving::

[20:33] MajDougMcKnight: ::Hopes engineering got some more power for those shields, because he's directing most of it fore now to take all the hits.  Maneuverable or not, they're close enough to make this a toe to toe slugging match.::

[20:33] LCdr TKirr: ::notices a drop in PT shielding::

[20:34] VAdm Blackthorne: ::watching Atlantis's shield strength very closely as he flies through the soup::

[20:34] LCdr TKirr: +Sharks+ PTS is down.  Stay alive, people.  ::guns down a fighter before nearly missing an enemy torpedo::

[20:35] MajDougMcKnight: ::Keeps up the phaser barrage with all available banks, aiming manually to keep it directed at a precise spot on the shields despite the lowered sensor resolution.  Meanwhile, a quartet of quantum torpedoes thunders against those

[20:35] MajDougMcKnight: maddeningly tough shields::  These shit heads know how to make a heavyweight, I'll give 'em that.  But I'll be damned if we're not better.

[20:36] VAdm Blackthorne: Here's a present for you, Major... ::swings the Atlantis to the side and makes a pass right over their hull::

[20:37] MajDougMcKnight: ::Grins, and as the Atlantis makes its pass, numerous phaser banks all along the hull open up at pointblank range, until...a single, lone phaser blast hammers its way through the shields.  The next beam is blocked as the shields are

[20:38] MajDougMcKnight: re-established just in time, but too late to prevent a sizable explosion from blossoming outward::

[20:38] LCdr TKirr: <<Sweeet>>

[20:39] MajDougMcKnight: ::Continues the phaser bombardment to try and keep their weakened shields at low power::  They're hurt!  Give us some distance, and come around!  Get them lines back up with our torpedoes!

[20:39] CmdrShelev: Now that is not something you see every day.

[20:39] MajDougMcKnight: (lined)

[20:39] VAdm Blackthorne: ::pulls up from their hull and turns the ship as rapidly as she'll turn::

[20:39] LCdr TKirr: ::takes a beating to her dorsal shields and attemps to keep her belly towards potential fire as she finds more prey::

[20:41] MajDougMcKnight: Quinn> ::Grimaces as an ODN line blows under all the strain, before managing to redirect the power flow through a secondary line.  That's gonna need some repairs later, but for now, main power is in no danger of failing::

[20:41] VAdm Blackthorne: ::comes about and puts her in position for a torpedo volley::

[20:41] CmdrShelev: (( That read like a horrible porno. ))

[20:41] VAdm Blackthorne: ((laffo)

[20:42] MajDougMcKnight: (Sigh...I'll brush up on my technobabble.  Also, die.)

[20:42] CmdrShelev: (( I was referring to blackthorne ))

[20:42] MajDougMcKnight: (Oh, in that case, lmao)

[20:42] LCdr TKirr: FriendlyFighter> +Sharks+ Ahh, I'm hit!

[20:43] MajDougMcKnight: ::Grins savagely, and opens up with all weapons.  The Machen Bren are obviously directing all available shield power to that section, and for a few moments, it works.  One torpedo, then 2 explode to no effect until finally

[20:44] VAdm Blackthorne: ::listening to Shark comm-chatter::

[20:44] MajDougMcKnight: number 3 blows past the phaser weakened energy barrier, and detonates against the hull, followed quickly by 3 photon torpedoes doing the same.  The ship is almost literally blown in half::

[20:44] VAdm Blackthorne: ::flips Atlantis front-end over back-end and guns it out of there::

[20:45] LCdr TKirr: XindiCivilianShip> +Sharks+ We've got your pilot, Atlantis.  Your mothership is in pretty deep out there.

[20:46] LCdr TKirr: ::lets out a breath:: +XCS+ Thank you.  I hope your doctor is on duty.

[20:46] MajDougMcKnight: ::Quickly redirects the shield power to aft to absorb the brunt of the explosion...only to quickly regret it, as a destroyer managed to penetrate the weakened forward shields with a lone disruptor beam, impacting on the saucer

[20:47] MajDougMcKnight: section::

[20:47] CmdrShelev: XindiCivilianShip> He is here, but is running low on tynerian leeches. I think your pilot will live, however.

[20:47] VAdm Blackthorne: ::winces::

[20:47] VAdm Blackthorne: Damage report on that hit.

[20:47] LCdr TKirr: <<lol>>

[20:48] MajDougMcKnight: Just my pride, sir.  Ablative armor's holding; damage is superficial.

[20:48] VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The carrier begins to recall its fighters.

[20:49] MajDougMcKnight: Re-initializing shield coverage.  We're at 40% strength.  I told you we were better.  And...well, son of a bitch.

[20:49] LCdr TKirr: ::rolls barely in time to avoid a microtorp as it screams by her missing dorsal shield, exploding out of range::

[20:50] VAdm Blackthorne: Son of a bitch?

[20:50] MajDougMcKnight: Machen Bren fighters are returning to the carrier.  Losing their heavy hitters may just have taken the wind out of their sails. 

[20:50] VAdm Blackthorne: Recall the Mustangs.

[20:50] VAdm Blackthorne: Focus on a destroyer in the meantime and see if we can get it before they flee.

[20:50] MajDougMcKnight: Aye, sir.

[20:51] LCdr TKirr: ::watches the enemy wing recede as a whole on her sensor map::

[20:51] MajDougMcKnight: +Quinn+ Engineering, if you'd be so good as to give me back maximum tactical sensor resolution?

[20:51] LCdr TKirr: +Sharks+ Sharks, call in.

[20:51] VAdm Blackthorne: ::brings Atlantis back in its original position between the enemy and the fleet:::

[20:52] MajDougMcKnight: Quinn> +McKnight+ Ah, yes sir.  Sorry about that.

[20:53] LCdr TKirr: ::receives the order to return to base and forms up the Mustangs, minus one::

[20:53] MajDougMcKnight: ::Nods in satisfaction as the targeting information improves, and goes after the destroyer with phaser fire.  He'd rather not risk torpedoes on a target that nimble.  They might be needed later.::

[20:53] VAdm Blackthorne: ACTION> The carrier and all of the destroyers but our target warp away.

[20:54] LCdr TKirr: ::clears the bay doors and sets down::

[20:54] VAdm Blackthorne: It was left behind to stall our pursuit.

[20:55] VAdm Blackthorne: Finish it anyway.

[20:56] LCdr TKirr: ::climbs out of the cockpit as the last fighter kills its engines::

[20:57] MajDougMcKnight: ::Nods, but doesn't respond verbally.  This thing is hardly even fighting back, just focusing on making itself difficult to hit.  McKnight is forced to use the phasers to herd it into spots where he knows he'll be able to score

[20:57] MajDougMcKnight: clean hits::

[20:58] MajDougMcKnight: ::Goes back on his earlier conservative thinking, and catches the destroyer in one of those spots with 3 photons.  It's sufficiently damaged by that for him to finish it off with a sustained phaser burst::

[20:58] CmdrShelev: And that's all she wrote.

[20:58] MajDougMcKnight: Target destroyed, sir.  Finally.

[20:58] VAdm Blackthorne: And that's that. Get a tow on that drifting destroyer and let's get moving. Warp five.

[20:59] CmdrShelev: ::sets up the tow tractor::

[20:59] LCdr TKirr: ::congratulates the squad on a job well done, as well as a Vulcan can congratulate, arranging their missing pilot's return from the Xindi ship and its few tynerian leeches while on route to the Bridge::

[21:00] VAdm Blackthorne: PAUSE SIM

[21:00] VAdm Blackthorne: PAUSE SIM

[21:00] VAdm Blackthorne: PAUSE SIM

[21:00] LCdr TKirr: ::pauses::

[21:01] MajDougMcKnight: ::pauses::

[21:01] VAdm Blackthorne: Us: 2 Them: 1

[21:01] VAdm Blackthorne: We Win!

[21:01] LCdr TKirr: Hehe

[21:01] LCdr TKirr: Oh, I forgot one other thing--

[21:01] LCdr TKirr: EnsLogan> ::snoozes through it all::

[21:01] LCdr TKirr: Kay, I'm done.

[21:01] VAdm Blackthorne: Hahaha

[21:02] LCdr TKirr: Nice shootin', McKnight.  And uh, I guess your piloting was so-so, Admiral.

[21:02] VAdm Blackthorne: Oh, why thank you Commander.

[21:02] LCdr TKirr: Err.. what am I saying... that was the best flying I've ever seen!

[21:03] LCdr TKirr: ::turns green::

[21:03] VAdm Blackthorne: Ah, yes, yes it was.

[21:03] VAdm Blackthorne: Well, another good sim with a small crew. Let's keep it up. More next week!

[21:03] CmdrShelev: yay

[21:03] LCdr TKirr: Kiley, you asleep?

[21:04] MajDougMcKnight: Alrighty, night folks!

[21:04] VAdm Blackthorne: Dismissed!

[21:04] *** CmdrShelev has left the chat.

[21:04] LCdr TKirr: Night

[21:04] *** MajDougMcKnight has left the chat.