7:00:33 PM majdougmcknight: Evening.

7:00:36 PM vadmblackthorne: Hello

7:04:01 PM majdougmcknight: Hey hey.

7:05:23 PM ltpercybusard: Hoy all.

7:05:30 PM lcdrtkirr: Hello.

7:06:57 PM vadmblackthorne: Okay, so tonight.

7:08:16 PM vadmblackthorne: The Machen Bren fleet is arriving in orbit above the Xindi colony. 80 ships vs. 40 of ours.

7:09:21 PM vadmblackthorne: Our preparations are made. The fight begins.

7:09:24 PM cmdrshelev: :eng101: we are doomed

7:09:36 PM vadmblackthorne: Shush, blue.

7:09:37 PM ltpercybusard:  Yay doom!

7:09:49 PM vadmblackthorne: Any last questions?

7:10:11 PM majdougmcknight: Does this mean I have to cut dinner short?

7:10:13 PM majdougmcknight: I hate that.

7:10:30 PM vadmblackthorne: You'll have that. OMG KILEY.

7:10:32 PM cmdrshelev: what

7:10:43 PM lcdrtkirr: ((dammit))

7:10:43 PM majdougmcknight: Hey, and WB.

7:10:48 PM vadmblackthorne: THE SIX ARE UNITED.

7:10:48 PM rhianaaiden: Hey all, sorry bout the SN :(

7:11:05 PM lcdrtkirr: Sokay, we've had a bear and a bunny in here recently.

7:11:13 PM rhianaaiden: LOL

7:11:14 PM vadmblackthorne: Kiley, you arrived just in time for a huge battle.

7:11:15 PM majdougmcknight: Yeah, I'm lazy with that.

7:12:03 PM vadmblackthorne: So, to quickly catch Kiley up....

7:12:05 PM rhianaaiden: Cool . . . send me all hte poeple you want to die

7:12:12 PM vadmblackthorne: Our old friends the Machen Bren are back, and have declared war on us.

7:12:15 PM lcdrtkirr: . . . !

7:12:27 PM rhianaaiden: that was nice of them

7:12:27 PM vadmblackthorne: They have a large fleet inbound to the Xindi colony that we helped establish. We're the first line of defense.

7:12:39 PM vadmblackthorne: Third Fleet amassed 40 ships, vs 80 of theirs.

7:12:42 PM cmdrshelev: :eng101: we are doomed

7:12:54 PM rhianaaiden: Nice odds

7:13:26 PM vadmblackthorne: Questions?

7:13:31 PM lcdrtkirr: I stopped stating our odds of survival long ago.

7:13:38 PM vadmblackthorne: Wise.

7:13:38 PM lcdrtkirr: As a proper Vulcan should

7:13:47 PM lcdrtkirr: But yeah, pointless.

7:13:57 PM ltpercybusard:  If half a chicken lays half an egg in half an hour, and the train to Sacramento is four hours late, why the hell are the ducks rebelling?

7:14:03 PM ltpercybusard:  OH, you wanted RELEVANT questions.

7:14:07 PM ltpercybusard:  Nevermind.

7:14:22 PM vadmblackthorne: If a hen and a half can lay an egg in a half in a day and a half, how long would it take a rooster to sit on a doorknob and hatch a hardware store?

7:14:38 PM ltpercybusard:  Cheese and mushrooms, my good man.

7:15:04 PM vadmblackthorne: Okay then, let's get started.

7:15:07 PM vadmblackthorne: BEGIN SIM

7:15:08 PM vadmblackthorne: BEGIN SIM

7:15:09 PM vadmblackthorne: BEGIN SIM

7:15:19 PM vadmblackthorne: Red Alert, all hands to battlestations, fleetwide!

7:15:40 PM lcdrtkirr: ::to the Admiral::  Sir, all ships report cloak detectors operational.

7:15:47 PM vadmblackthorne: Well done, Commander.

7:16:31 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Column

7:16:31 PM lcdrtkirr: Mustang pilots are standing by, awaiting orders.

7:16:33 PM cmdrshelev: All stations report batllestations.

7:16:56 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Column Bravo, stand by in hiding, Alpha, move to attack.

7:17:01 PM rhianaaiden: Kiley>::in sickbay preparing for the wounded that is gonna come::

7:17:46 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Atlantis, Neptune, Leviathan, Britannia, Orion in front!

7:18:05 PM majdougmcknight: ::Hanging out in the center of town planetside, in what he gathers is normally a bar, but today serves as the defending army's forward command center, drinking his raktajino as he placidly stares down at the large console displaying

7:18:57 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> The first of the Machen Bren ships, two destroyers and three frigate, begin to focus fire on the Orion, firing what look to be Federation photon torpedos.

7:19:08 PM vadmblackthorne: ::narrows his eyes::

7:19:14 PM lcdrtkirr: ::double-takes::

7:19:23 PM majdougmcknight: the disposition of the space forces.::

7:19:27 PM cmdrshelev: They have torpedoes now?!

7:19:38 PM vadmblackthorne: Those are our torpedoes.

7:19:46 PM cmdrshelev: Bollocks.

7:19:53 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Orion, fall back!

7:19:57 PM vadmblackthorne: Give them some covering fire!

7:20:12 PM cmdrshelev: Open fire!

7:20:16 PM ltpercybusard:  ::By this time is in Engineering, doing her nervous, caffein-driven thing::

7:20:16 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> About ten MB ships streak for the planet's surface, presumably to land troops.

7:20:27 PM majdougmcknight: Captain Montrose> Sir, orders?

7:20:37 PM cmdrshelev: ((where's montrose?))

7:20:41 PM vadmblackthorne: ::sees that on the display and wheels around to T'Kirr::

7:20:42 PM lcdrtkirr: EnsLogan> ::all over a rear Bridge panel, helping to monitor fleet operations::

7:20:52 PM majdougmcknight: (He's on the planet with McKnight.)

7:21:06 PM cmdrshelev: ((who's running guns on atlantis?))

7:21:06 PM lcdrtkirr: ::meets Blackthorne's eyes with a significant look::

7:21:20 PM vadmblackthorne: ::eyes her:: Launch Mustangs. Give McKnight some air support, that's where they'll send their birds.

7:21:28 PM rhianaaiden: ::hopes for the best

7:21:39 PM majdougmcknight: Captain, this raktajino is SUPERB.  I don't want to order it, but I STRONGLY suggest you have some.

7:21:43 PM lcdrtkirr: ::nods:: Aye, sir.

7:21:49 PM majdougmcknight: (Um...some random NPC?)

7:21:58 PM lcdrtkirr: ::takes off for the lift::

7:22:04 PM vadmblackthorne: Good hunting, Commander, and be careful.

7:22:21 PM majdougmcknight: Montrose> You want me to have COFFEE, sir.

7:22:21 PM lcdrtkirr: ::nods as doors shut::

7:22:33 PM lcdrtkirr: EnsLogan> ::takes over Science::

7:22:35 PM vadmblackthorne: ::turns back to the screen in time to see Orion get blown to bits::

7:22:40 PM cmdrshelev: Shit!

7:22:55 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Agamemnon, come front!

7:22:57 PM lcdrtkirr: +Shipwide+ All Mustangs, prepare for launch.

7:23:34 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Column Bravo, attack!

7:23:37 PM rhianaaiden: Kiley>::in some respects, wishes she was still the counselor so she could go flying::

7:23:47 PM majdougmcknight: Captain, all preparations humanly possible in our allowed time have been made, and made well.  For our part, until the bombardment our shield is designed to stand up to for all three minutes, I guarantee you we're going to have a

7:23:49 PM lcdrtkirr: ::speeds towards the figher bay, coming out shortly and hurrying for her Mustang, already in her flight suit::

7:24:17 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> A few of the MB ships take interest in Atlantis and begin harassing us, but are mainly focusing on the Neptune.

7:24:34 PM majdougmcknight: better time down here than those poor bastards are having up there.  Now if you'd care to panic, kindly do it somewhere else.  I have a hole of a settlement to defend.

7:24:54 PM cmdrshelev: Mr. Gibbs, prep covering fire for the Mustangs. Target the torpedo boat with what's left and blow it into dust.

7:25:10 PM lcdrtkirr: ::grabs her helmet and accepts the leg-up a nearby engineer offers, grabbing her helmet off the wing as she swings into the cockpit::  Well done, Gates.  See us off.

7:25:23 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ All guns on bandit 001.

7:25:40 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Attack Group Bravo comes over the planet's horizon, flanking the MB fleet.

7:26:01 PM lcdrtkirr: ::fires up her Mustang and runs pre-flight::

7:26:17 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Thunderer, Defiance, Revenge, Mars, Sovereign, lead the attack from the flank!

7:26:41 PM lcdrtkirr: +Sharks+ All Mustangs, call in.

7:26:50 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Our enemies have chosen oblivion. Oblige them!

7:27:33 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> The battle begins to slide toward chaos, with fighting on two fronts.

7:28:44 PM majdougmcknight: ::Stares at sensors, which now confirm tens of thousands of transporter signatures some few miles from the settlement.  What's more, several smaller drop ships can be observed descending toward the surface.::

7:28:46 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Two of the frigates hit Atlantis with several torpedoes.

7:28:56 PM cmdrshelev: Damage report!

7:28:58 PM majdougmcknight: Montrose> What the hell do you suppose those are for, sir?

7:29:09 PM lcdrtkirr: ::listens to the pilots call in as their ships hum around hers, ready to launch:: +Sharks+ Follow flightpath, Zeta Two.  Our goal is to defend the Machen Bren stronghold.  Launch Sharks!

7:29:48 PM lcdrtkirr: ((rofl, Xindi stronghold, not MB))

7:29:49 PM ltpercybusard: ::Stands at her panel, examining the ship's shield power level, yelling to the other engineers in a somewhat nervous tone:: Keep the shields about 70 percent! If they get below that, I'll use one of

7:29:50 PM ltpercybusard:  you to get them back up again! Don't think I won't find a way!

7:29:56 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Several of the Machen Bren ships fire photon torpedoes toward the shield on the surface.

7:30:03 PM ltpercybusard:  (*above 70)

7:30:04 PM majdougmcknight: ::Sips his raktajino.::  Armor, or I'm an idiot.

7:30:37 PM vadmblackthorne: Neptune is taking a beating, give her some cover!

7:30:54 PM cmdrshelev: You heard the man, cover fire!

7:31:05 PM lcdrtkirr: ::streaks out of the fighter bay, followed by a stream of two dozen more::

7:31:08 PM majdougmcknight: ::Notes the Mustangs launching, since I assume that's what's coming next, and gets on the comm.::

7:31:09 PM rhianaaiden: Kiley>::starts treating a few of the people coming in::

7:31:21 PM majdougmcknight: +T'Kirr+ May I assume that's you up there, Sehlat?

7:31:23 PM cmdrshelev: ACTION> One Machen Bren eats two phaser banks at once and crumbles into dust.

7:31:43 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> That frees up Neptune to get away for quick repairs.

7:31:53 PM lcdrtkirr: +McKnight+ We're on our way, Major.  Hold it together.

7:32:28 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> About ten phototorps strike the shield on the surface

7:32:41 PM majdougmcknight: +T'Kirr+ You can count on it.  In fact, if I may be so impertinent as to tell you how to do your job, I'd ask you to circle around and wait a bit before you engage.

7:33:12 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Victory, take her place!

7:33:22 PM majdougmcknight: +T'Kirr+ I'm looking at those enemy fighters coming in now.  I've got micro torp batteries on hot standby, and it's mean a lot to my boys down here if we could give them the bloody nose to start things.

7:33:31 PM majdougmcknight: (it'd)

7:34:10 PM lcdrtkirr: +McKnight+ Acknowledged.  Standing by for some colors in the sky.

7:34:32 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Apollo, Challenger, Africa, Shenzhou break off and swing about from beneath.

7:34:34 PM majdougmcknight: ::Grins, in predatory fashion.::

7:34:56 PM majdougmcknight: +T'Kirr+ Tahnk you kindly, Sehlat.  Hoth Base out.

7:35:01 PM majdougmcknight: (Thank)

7:35:34 PM lcdrtkirr: ::pulls her formation out of the way::

7:35:56 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Atlantis takes three more phaser hits, shields still holding.

7:36:11 PM majdougmcknight: ::True to McKnight's prediction, sensors now confirm the presence of an advance wave of some dozen hover tanks of unknown configuration.  As they move, the infantry follows behind at a hot trot.  Not so fast, however, as the Machen

7:37:18 PM majdougmcknight: Bren fighters that now scream in over the horizon, loosing air to ground missiles that thunder against the perimeter shield.  McKnight's batteries respond in kind, unleashing a blanket of micro torpedoes that send fully six Machen

7:37:19 PM ltpercybusard:  Crap! ::Curses as the obligatory ship shake happens. She says, mostly to herself,:: Stop getting my ship shot at!

7:37:48 PM majdougmcknight: Bren craft plummeting to the ground amidst unceremonious balls of fire.::

7:37:51 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> The four ships break into the attack pattern as ordered and slam into the enemy fleet from beneath, but the Shenzhou takes a beating.

7:38:21 PM majdougmcknight: +T'Kirr+ Their nose is bloodied, Sehlat.  You may begin tearing up these bastards as you please.

7:38:44 PM vadmblackthorne: Status of Shenzhou?

7:38:49 PM lcdrtkirr: +McKnight+ Understood.

7:39:33 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> The four ships take down two frigates in withering fire from beneath.

7:39:38 PM lcdrtkirr: ((Any dropships still landing by chance?))

7:39:51 PM majdougmcknight: (Sure, why not?)

7:39:55 PM majdougmcknight: (BRB)

7:40:25 PM lcdrtkirr: +Sharks+ All Sharks, concentrate fire on my target.  Burn that dropship down before it makes ground.

7:40:38 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Shenzhou, get out of there, with escort!

7:42:01 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Africa, Challenger, and Apollo make it out, but Shenzhou explodes. The debris crashes into a destroyer.

7:42:20 PM lcdrtkirr: ::converges fire on said dropship when the inevitable beeps on her console:: +Sharks+ Sharks, attack pattern Alpha!  We've got a wave of fighters coming port!

7:42:40 PM ltpercybusard:  ::-Diverts power from the replicators to the shields. No one was eating anyway, and the shields were lower than she liked::

7:43:01 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> We take a few more torpedo hits.

7:43:35 PM cmdrshelev: Still waiting on damage report!

7:43:48 PM ltpercybusard:  (Crap, that's me, huh?)

7:43:59 PM cmdrshelev: (( SURE WHY NOT ))

7:44:11 PM cmdrshelev: (( I don't know what's going on either :v: ))

7:44:29 PM lcdrtkirr: ::breaks off to engage, rolling off incoming phaser blasts::

7:44:32 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Colossus, Conquerer, move above and form up wtht he Mars and Agamemnon.

7:44:52 PM ltpercybusard:   

Gah! Shields down to 46 percent and dropping! ::She ran to another panel::

7:44:59 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Atlantis shakes again from another two torp hits

7:45:16 PM lcdrtkirr: SharkSeven> +Sharks+ Got a pair of birds on my tail!

7:45:23 PM cmdrshelev: +Busard+ Please tell me you can do something about this.

7:45:30 PM majdougmcknight: ::By now, even as the anti-aircraft batteries continue to provide stout defense, that aforementioned first wave of tanks appears, having finally acquired a line of sight, and begins bombarding the shield with energy cannons, like

7:45:50 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Atlantis fall back, Discovery get up here and take some heat off us.

7:46:03 PM lcdrtkirr: Shark15> Got 'em!  ::fires on one of the tailers, blowing it apart::

7:46:12 PM ltpercybusard:   

+Shelev+ I can try, sir, but you better not be planning on taking a crap anytime soon! ::And cue all living quarter power being diverted to shields::

7:46:14 PM majdougmcknight: the bazooka that was once responsible for filling T'Kirr's backside with projectile pine tree, but on a larger scale.  The Federations's own gun emplacements immediately return fire.::

7:46:18 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Cpt. Santiago of the Discovery moves the big Galaxy class up and takes some of the fire directed at Atlantis.

7:46:51 PM ltpercybusard:   

That's got us at 54 percent, sir, but anything more than that and I'll have to take it from weapons or life support!

7:47:05 PM cmdrshelev: +Busard+ Acknowledge.

7:47:07 PM majdougmcknight: ::Frowns at the display, indicating those tanks taking some impressive punishment.::  Well, looks like those bastards had the shooting from behind a shield idea too.

7:47:35 PM cmdrshelev: Helm, fall back out of the kill zone. See if you can drag some of the bastards into the gauntet between the Discovery and the Apollo.

7:47:39 PM lcdrtkirr: ::takes out two MB fighters with a combination of phasers and microtorps::

7:48:01 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Indeed, three frigates chase Atlantis, dumping fire into our aft end.

7:48:05 PM majdougmcknight: Rodney Quinn>::On site to provide technical support and all that good stuff, he looks up with a grin.::  Not as good as ours though, sir.  According to my readings, they have a bank of force field emitters for every direction.

7:48:13 PM majdougmcknight: The significance of that, Lieutenant?

7:48:31 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> We take several more torpedo hits, even while evading, but the Discovery and Apollo end the frigates.

7:48:34 PM majdougmcknight: Quinn> Only the forward emitters are active.  No doubt a power allotment decision, to give their guns a little more oomph.

7:49:03 PM majdougmcknight: ::Grins.::  In that case, Captain Montrose, will you please signal photon mortar emplacements to have themselves a field day?

7:49:39 PM vadmblackthorne: ::looks to Shelev::

7:50:04 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> About that time the USS Mir explodes elsewhere.

7:50:15 PM cmdrshelev: Welp,

7:50:26 PM vadmblackthorne: That couldn't have been good for our shields.

7:50:43 PM majdougmcknight: ::Moments later, the sensor guided photon grenades come hurtling in from above, striking several tanks on their armored but otherwise unprotected roofs.  Spectacular explosions abound, taking forming infantry with the tanks by the

7:50:46 PM majdougmcknight: scores.::

7:50:47 PM cmdrshelev: We're out of this fight unless you want to go down with the ship.

7:51:01 PM vadmblackthorne: Get us back in this fight!

7:51:04 PM lcdrtkirr: ::attracts some heat from their rivals:: +Sharks+ Sehlat, need assistance!  I can't shake them!

7:51:25 PM lcdrtkirr: ::weaves and rolls, attempting to stay alive::

7:51:39 PM majdougmcknight: (I like Busard's strategy.)

7:51:43 PM cmdrshelev: ((yes))

7:52:02 PM vadmblackthorne: ::overhears Sehlat's radio call and turns back to the tactical display:: Sirius, Prince, Agamemnon, Discovery, Apollo, focus on target 054.

7:52:34 PM rhianaaiden: (wb)

7:52:38 PM lcdrtkirr: Shark19> +Sharks+ I've got you, Shark One.  ::chases chasers::

7:52:44 PM ltpercybusard:   


7:52:55 PM cmdrshelev: With all due respect, they have more ships than our fleet has functional phasers. I recommend planning a withdraw. But I'll see what engineering can do if you really have a death wish.

7:53:16 PM majdougmcknight: ::Seemingly undaunted by the destruction of many of their hovering escorts, the infantry come scrambling in to fill the gaps, unloading on the settlement shield with energy bazookas.  Some even rush forward in the face of Federation

7:53:20 PM lcdrtkirr: Shark10>  AHHH!!  ::static::

7:53:26 PM cmdrshelev: ::Goes to the aft of the bridge to review The Big Map Of Ship With Little Red Bits On It::

7:53:48 PM rhianaaiden: Kiley>::triages the incoming patients, treating the most serious who have a chance of surviving::

7:53:55 PM majdougmcknight: phaser rifle fire to hurl their own personal grenades, hell, even unload with their baseline projectile rifles::

7:54:04 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Two destroyers make a run directly for Atlantis.

7:54:09 PM lcdrtkirr: SharkFour> ::destroys the last tail on T'Kirr:: +Sharks+ Gotcha!

7:54:22 PM cmdrshelev: +Busard+ Engineering, what can be done to shore up our - ::sees the target lock icon:: EVASIVE.

7:54:38 PM vadmblackthorne: ::grabs onto his chair right as the inertial dampeners cut out::

7:55:02 PM majdougmcknight: ::As for McKnight, he's frowning at his display now for a totally different reason.::  They have to know what most of them are doing is useless.  They've got more guts than brains, that's for sure.  I think I'd have liked to buy

7:55:07 PM cmdrshelev: Lt. Gibbs, fire at will!

7:55:17 PM majdougmcknight: these guys a drink.  I'd have liked that a lot.

7:55:53 PM lcdrtkirr: ::finally freed of her pursuers, takes stock of her Mustangs and what few MB fighters remain::

7:55:58 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Britannia and Discovery shred the destroyers along with Atlantis's guns, but two torpedos slip through.

7:56:12 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> We are hit, directly in the secondary hull and through the saucer.

7:56:32 PM vadmblackthorne: Bloody hell, damage report!

7:56:38 PM cmdrshelev: ACTION> At some place in the universe, a circuit breaker manufacturer cries.

7:56:57 PM lcdrtkirr: +Sharks+ Get these birds down!  We have work to do!

7:57:17 PM majdougmcknight: Quinn> Sir, those tanks have slacked off a little to protect against our mortars, but that armor just keeps pouring in.  At this rate, I don't like what it means for our chances when the bombardment starts.

7:57:19 PM cmdrshelev: Secondary hull and saucer breaches. It's no longer my opinion that we're losing, it IS.

7:57:50 PM majdougmcknight: ::Frowns.::  Alright, we'll contract the shield.  Montrose, signal all units.  Fall back to second line of defense.

7:58:02 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Casualties pour into sickbay.

7:58:04 PM ltpercybusard:

Wait! Idea! ::She runs to a wall-panel and almost rips it off, digging in with both arms...before being totally thrown by the hits. It hurt, but she was up in a moment::

7:58:06 PM ltpercybusard:  +Bridge+ Give me a few minutes! We might not be out of the fight yet after all!.

7:58:39 PM vadmblackthorne: Get teams to decks 21, 5, 6, and 7 to seal those breaches!

7:58:44 PM rhianaaiden: Kiley>::looks at the more incoming injuries and gets to work, glad to have the Nurses triaging the patients::

7:58:45 PM cmdrshelev: Enthusiasm! ::Directs DCs to the breaches.::

7:59:06 PM lcdrtkirr: ::plants a microtorp into the aft of the last MB fighter, turning away from the resulting fireworks:: +Sharks+ Well done, Sharks!  Form up.

7:59:28 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> USS Africa explodes.

7:59:45 PM lcdrtkirr: +McKnight+ Sehlat to Hoth Base, we're at your disposal.  Where would you like us?  ::simultaneously scanning the scene below them::

8:00:01 PM ltpercybusard:  ::She then starts digging back into that wall-panel, then looks in a frenzy for the right tool:: Where is it! Where-there you are! ::She grabs it, and starts working at the cloak-detector device, seemingly trying to reprogram it::

8:00:03 PM majdougmcknight: ACTION, just cuz I haven't gotten to do one yet.> By now, the shield presents a constant light show, beseiged on all sides with cannon fire.

8:00:57 PM vadmblackthorne: Keep us near the center of our fleet until we get shields back.

8:01:05 PM cmdrshelev: Aye.

8:01:27 PM vadmblackthorne: We may be out of the fight, but this fleet isn't.

8:01:36 PM vadmblackthorne: In the meantime, fix my goddamn ship.

8:01:41 PM majdougmcknight: +T'Kirr+ I don't imagine you'll be lacking in enemies of your own for long, Sehlat.  But if you could get rid of a few of these tanks for us, it'd buy this settlement a little time.

8:01:57 PM cmdrshelev: ::Wonders what's taking the DCs so long and resorts to calling up every individual tech and moving their :derp: asses.::

8:02:16 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Buran, Britannia, Apollo, Gemini, focus on target 062. ::sees a target pop up exposed::

8:02:28 PM lcdrtkirr: +McKnight+ You've got it.

8:02:48 PM ltpercybusard:  (Crap, BRB)

8:02:54 PM lcdrtkirr: +Sharks+ Sharks, you heard the man.  Engage at will.

8:03:23 PM majdougmcknight: +T'Kirr+ Holy crap, was that a contraction?  Also, thank you.

8:03:45 PM lcdrtkirr: SharkEight> +Sharks+ Weee!  ::drops like a rock towards a tank, microtorp with a big red bow dropping from its nose::

8:04:02 PM rhianaaiden: (brb)

8:04:09 PM lcdrtkirr: ((Vulcans use contractions, it's androids that don't))

8:04:36 PM lcdrtkirr: ((I know, we're SO hard to mix up...))

8:04:51 PM lcdrtkirr: ::descends on a tank from behind, phasering the crap out of it::

8:05:00 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> A stray phaser blast strikes near the bridge, exploding the sci2 console in the back.

8:05:15 PM lcdrtkirr: EnsLogan> ::is thrown across the console::

8:05:28 PM vadmblackthorne: Get him to sickbay!

8:05:46 PM lcdrtkirr: EnsLogan> ::moans::

8:06:10 PM vadmblackthorne: +Busard+ Engineering, we're a sitting duck, I need shields!

8:06:20 PM lcdrtkirr: SharkTwo> +Sharks+ Whew, these tank hides are tough.  What say we pair up?

8:06:54 PM lcdrtkirr: SharkFour> +Sharks+ Ooh, ooh, pick me!

8:07:36 PM ltpercybusard: ::Grins as she finishes her last bit of work:: +Blackthorne+ You'll get better than that, sir! ::To random NPC engineer:: Turn it on!

8:07:43 PM cmdrshelev: (( I go afk for 15 seconds and shit blows up ))

8:07:46 PM vadmblackthorne: ::breathes in sharply::

8:07:53 PM cmdrshelev: This will be interesting.

8:08:01 PM vadmblackthorne: Shelev, get that man a doctor! ::points to Logan::

8:08:07 PM lcdrtkirr: ((Shit's been blowing up all sim, big surprise))

8:08:43 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> The ordered attack makes a dent and takes down two frigates, but the Buran is lost.

8:08:52 PM cmdrshelev: +Sickbay+ Med team to bridge! ::Grabs a first aid kit and starts doing the anti-burn bit.::

8:09:00 PM lcdrtkirr: ::assists with Shark14's tank, making it go splody::

8:09:26 PM cmdrshelev: This is going to sting like a bastard, but it's not as bad as getting a faceful of console.

8:09:28 PM lcdrtkirr: EnsLogan> ::moans::

8:09:31 PM ltpercybusard: ACTION> The Atlantis becomes cloaked.

8:09:56 PM vadmblackthorne: ::looks at his display:: +Busard+ Report!

8:10:06 PM cmdrshelev: ACTION> The bridge lights dim.

8:10:15 PM ltpercybusard: +Blackthorne+ I'll do what I can about the shields, sir, but I figured that might be a little better.

8:10:32 PM vadmblackthorne: +Busard+ How long can we sustain that?

8:10:54 PM cmdrshelev: ::Finishes dressing the most severe wounds on Logan as the med team arrives to do their med team thing.::

8:10:57 PM majdougmcknight: ::Tanks ARE still winding up as burning hulks, of course.  Just not as fast as McKnight would like.::  Alright Montrose, this shield's coming down eventually.  We need to start concentrating on creating road blocks.  Signal all

8:11:04 PM ltpercybusard: +Blackthorne+ Erm...until we run out of dilithium. So...a while?

8:11:20 PM majdougmcknight: batteries, all mortar emplacements, everything we've got in range to focus on...this one.

8:11:34 PM rhianaaiden: (back, sorry about that, I'm visiting family)

8:11:45 PM vadmblackthorne: (Medical emergency on the bridge, Ens Logan)

8:11:54 PM lcdrtkirr: Shark22> ::banks sharply to avoid collision, ending up in front of a tank's gun, shearing off its engine:: +Sharks+ Crap, I'm hit!

8:11:56 PM vadmblackthorne: (Console exploded in his face)

8:11:59 PM majdougmcknight: That should take those tanks out of our hair pretty fast.  Rinse, repeat.

8:12:28 PM lcdrtkirr: Shark22> ::Makes an incredibly rough landing, but survives::

8:12:36 PM vadmblackthorne: +Busard+ Good work, Lieutenant.

8:12:46 PM rhianaaiden: Med Team>::moves over to Ens Logan and quickly scans him::

8:12:50 PM ltpercybusard: +Blackthorne+ Thank you, sir.

8:13:07 PM vadmblackthorne: (There's also hull breaches in two places so sickbay is full of casualties)

8:13:15 PM lcdrtkirr: +Sharks+ Juggernaut, stay low until the base can retrieve you.

8:13:20 PM cmdrshelev: (( :eng101: We are doomed. ))

8:13:35 PM lcdrtkirr: EnsLogan> ::is scanned::

8:13:51 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Vostok, Columbia, Britannia, Apollo, Grissom, Discovery, spearhead against target 043 then 054.

8:14:19 PM ltpercybusard: ::Points to three engineers that seemed to be milling about, worried and confused:: You! Hull breaches! Fix them NOW, or you get to feel what being a human patch is like!

8:14:45 PM majdougmcknight: ::One by one, the tanks, which by now have already penetrated into the outskirts of the settlement, find their shields breached, their crews dead, and their chassis burning.  This clogs the way for the speedy deployment of further

8:14:47 PM majdougmcknight: tanks.::

8:15:27 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Those two targets are eliminated with little effort.

8:15:38 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Continue to targets 012, 067, and 080.

8:16:06 PM rhianaaiden: Med Team>::with resources too low, use a modern version of stretcher to carry Logan back to sickbay instead of using transporters::

8:16:20 PM lcdrtkirr: EnsLogan> ::is stretchered::

8:16:24 PM majdougmcknight: ::Just then, the display beeps.  A full attack wave of Machen Bren fighters.  Sensors detect multiple tri-cobalt devices.::

8:16:34 PM majdougmcknight: Quinn> Oh, shit.

8:16:34 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> The targets are destroyed and the attack force emerges without the Vostok.

8:16:41 PM lcdrtkirr: ::notices her display::

8:16:45 PM majdougmcknight: Quinn> Er, sorry sir.

8:17:13 PM majdougmcknight: ::Grimaces as he muscles down the last of his now cold raktajino.::  No, I like that, Lieutenant.  Shit's good.

8:17:35 PM vadmblackthorne: Shelev, I want this ship back in the fight, not cloaked and hiding.

8:18:06 PM majdougmcknight: Montrose, advise all ground forces to expect imminent shield failure.  Then, take command here.

8:18:12 PM majdougmcknight: Montrose> And you, sir?

8:18:25 PM lcdrtkirr: +Sharks+ Wave of enemy fighters, incoming!  Engage and destroy!

8:18:31 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleet+ Ajax, Conquerer, Leviathan, target 055 quickly!

8:18:35 PM lcdrtkirr: ::pulls up::

8:18:43 PM majdougmcknight: ::Picking up a rifle and rushing for the door.::  Oh, I was thinking I might play soldier for awhile.  Assuming I don't think of something more interesting on my way there.

8:19:42 PM cmdrshelev: I'm moving DCs as we speak. Unless you want me down in engineering and the last time I did that... I still don't remember.

8:20:49 PM lcdrtkirr: ::with twenty-two Mustangs in fighting condition, advances on the incoming MB fleet and things get mad::

8:20:51 PM rhianaaiden: Med Team>::gets logan back to sickbay and triages him to moderate section::

8:20:55 PM vadmblackthorne: Light fires under the appropriate asses.

8:21:08 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Target 055 is destroyed.

8:21:27 PM cmdrshelev: Aye...

8:21:35 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> A MB attack force focuses on the USS Ajax as it retreats and destroys it.

8:21:38 PM majdougmcknight: ACTION> It takes volley after volley to do it, but finally, inevitably, the shield flickers and fails.  Machen Bren infantry come swarming in like ants to try and dislodge the marines from their positions.

8:21:59 PM cmdrshelev: +Busard+ Engineering, why the hell are we still venting air?

8:22:45 PM ltpercybusard: +Shelev+ Because my underlings are freaking MORONS. I'm on it personally as we speak. ::She headed for the hull breaches very quickly::

8:22:45 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> The USS Prince falls to a similar attack.

8:23:13 PM lcdrtkirr: ((Oh how very Starfleet of you))

8:23:28 PM ltpercybusard: ((:-D))

8:23:35 PM lcdrtkirr: ::dodges through the swarm of MB fighters, phasering whatever crosses her virtual reticle::

8:23:51 PM majdougmcknight: ::Shooting bad guys.  Wee.::

8:24:09 PM vadmblackthorne: Get me McKnight on the horn.

8:24:13 PM rhianaaiden: Kiley>::finishes with the criticals, moves on to the moderately injured, scans Logan::

8:24:24 PM majdougmcknight: (Was that short enough for you, T'Kirr? :-))

8:24:25 PM lcdrtkirr: EnsLogan> ::moans::

8:24:33 PM lcdrtkirr: ((Pfft.))

8:26:14 PM lcdrtkirr: ::makes it past the last rival and comes about, at first confused by the mass of ships dogfighting every direction like a swarm of gnats::

8:26:30 PM rhianaaiden: Kiley>You're going to be okay Ensign.  You'll recover. ::treats the burns::

8:26:41 PM lcdrtkirr: EnsLogan> Thanks.  ::grins:: Ow!

8:26:51 PM cmdrshelev: +McKnight+ Atlantis to McKnight.

8:27:14 PM lcdrtkirr: ((He can't hear you, he's got mortars going off next to his ears))

8:27:53 PM rhianaaiden: Kiley>You can't run off yet Ensign.  Go see Lt Holters.  The Nurse will finish treating you.

8:27:54 PM ltpercybusard: ::She found one of her engineers dead on the floor, seemingly from his head connecting with a piece of shrapnel.:: Correction. Because there are fewer of them than previously. Shit. ::She assisted the remaining ones in sealing the

8:27:59 PM lcdrtkirr: ::finds a ship that's not on her side and shoots at it::

8:28:01 PM cmdrshelev: No response.

8:28:05 PM ltpercybusard: breaches.::

8:28:29 PM majdougmcknight: ::Fortunately, McKnight anticipated all the sound effects, and is wearing an ear piece.  That said, he still needs to cover his left ear with his hand, as he continues firing his rifle from behind

8:29:01 PM lcdrtkirr: ((Wait for his insanely long description, Shelev, don't listen to me))

8:29:13 PM lcdrtkirr: ((Oh wait...))

8:29:30 PM majdougmcknight: the corner of an increasingly beleagured school building with his right arm.::  Sorry about that, sir.  Some asshole was shooting at me.  Imagine that.

8:29:47 PM lcdrtkirr: SharkThree> Holy crap, this is crazy!

8:29:57 PM cmdrshelev: +McKnight+ You're on with the Admiral. ::Routes to speakers.::

8:30:11 PM cmdrshelev: ::Resumes yelling at people throughout the ship and insulting their mothers.::

8:30:17 PM majdougmcknight: Okay, sorry about that ADMIRAL.  Some asshole was shooting at me.  Imagine that.

8:30:22 PM vadmblackthorne: +McKnight+ Major, we're going to have to retreat. Get those colonist evacuated!

8:30:36 PM ltpercybusard: ((Zoidberg: My mother was a saint!))

8:30:48 PM lcdrtkirr: Shark18> You're telling me!  I've got fou--  ::cuts out::

8:31:38 PM majdougmcknight: ::Swears as a bullet goes screaming by his head.::  I'll pass that along, sir.  Anything else, while we're chatting?

8:32:00 PM lcdrtkirr: SharkFive> +Sharks+ Haskell!  Are you there?  Haskell!!

8:32:08 PM vadmblackthorne: +McKnight+ Just hold them back long enough to get the civilians away and get your asses out of there. Blackthorne out.

8:32:16 PM vadmblackthorne: Get me T'Kirr.

8:32:32 PM ltpercybusard: ::Finally, the ship was no loinger leaking. She was on her way back now, but kept a toolkit on her person now:: +Shelev+ Hull breaches closed to the best of our abilities, sir!

8:32:46 PM lcdrtkirr: ::finds herself turning evasive as she struggles to avoid fire while not running into anyone::

8:33:25 PM vadmblackthorne: +Fleetwide+ All ships, assume defensive posturing to ensure colony evacuation succeeds. Destroy their attack squadrons and hold the escape vector.

8:33:40 PM cmdrshelev: +Busard+ What about shields?

8:34:26 PM rhianaaiden: Kiley>::continues treating::

8:34:35 PM majdougmcknight: +Montrose+ Captain, Blackthorne's called this one!  Signal our guys in the caves to begin beamouts to whatever ships can take them, immediately.  Civilains first!

8:34:50 PM ltpercybusard: +Shelev+ Up to 50 percent and rising slowly, sir.

8:35:13 PM lcdrtkirr: ::manages to get a few shots to connect by luck while maneuvering out of death::

8:35:21 PM cmdrshelev: Admiral, we have hull integrity and 50% shields. Your call.

8:35:38 PM vadmblackthorne: This party is getting old. Get me T'Kirr.

8:37:09 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Three MB destroyers are melted as they attack the now much tighter-formed Federation fleet.

8:37:28 PM majdougmcknight: ::Orders all Xindi troops beamed out to the caves to await evacuation first.  The others will just keep fighting to give the command center time to beam everyone out.::

8:37:39 PM cmdrshelev: +T'Kirr+ Atlantis to Sehlat.

8:37:56 PM lcdrtkirr: +Atlantis+ Sehlat.  ::sounds rushed::

8:39:05 PM cmdrshelev: +T'Kirr+ Admiral wants to chat. ::patches her through.::

8:39:07 PM cmdrshelev: You're on.

8:39:09 PM vadmblackthorne: +T'Kirr+ Sehlat, this is Atlantis Actual.

8:39:31 PM lcdrtkirr: +Blackthorne+ Go ahead.

8:39:33 PM vadmblackthorne: +T'Kirr+ Your new orders are to escort the retreating Xindi ships until they can get to warp. I repeat, we are retreating, cover the evacuation and then get home.

8:40:04 PM vadmblackthorne: ACTION> Another MB frigate explodes as three of them attack.

8:40:11 PM lcdrtkirr: +Blackthorne+ Aye, Admiral.  Escorting, then coming home.

8:40:20 PM vadmblackthorne: PAUSE SIM

8:40:21 PM vadmblackthorne: PAUSE SIM

8:40:22 PM vadmblackthorne: PAUSE SIM

8:40:25 PM lcdrtkirr: ::pauses::

8:40:28 PM vadmblackthorne: We

8:40:30 PM vadmblackthorne: We

8:40:32 PM vadmblackthorne: sdflkjbgjladkfgjadlkgf jasdfg

8:40:36 PM lcdrtkirr: lol

8:40:36 PM cmdrshelev: Welp,

8:40:43 PM vadmblackthorne: We'll cover the evacuation and aftermath next week, that was running long enough.

8:40:43 PM ltpercybusard: We're doomed?

8:40:51 PM cmdrshelev: :eng101: Called it

8:41:08 PM ltpercybusard: Yup.

8:42:27 PM lcdrtkirr: Wayta blow things up, guys.

8:42:36 PM vadmblackthorne: So next week, several large Xindi ships will be launching from the surface, along with mass beamups of Marines.

8:42:51 PM lcdrtkirr: Oh yeah and nice fixing things, couple of us =P

8:42:57 PM vadmblackthorne: If anyone can think of a way to shoehorn a log into their present position, they're welcome to it!

8:43:31 PM rhianaaiden: so . . . how many people did you kill off J?

8:43:37 PM vadmblackthorne: We lost eight ships.

8:43:49 PM lcdrtkirr: Oooh, he kept track

8:43:57 PM ltpercybusard: *applauds*

8:44:01 PM cmdrshelev: scared me too

8:44:01 PM vadmblackthorne: Some were likely able to launch at least some of their escape pods.

8:44:01 PM lcdrtkirr: I forgot which Mustangs I killed =/

8:44:25 PM vadmblackthorne: We lost the Vostok, Buran, Mir, Shenzhou, Orion, Africa, Ajax, and the Prince.

8:45:07 PM lcdrtkirr: I had fun playing like 20 people lol

8:45:28 PM lcdrtkirr: Okay so only used ten

8:46:16 PM vadmblackthorne: Also, I would like to congratulate Lt. Cdr. T'Kirr for winning the May 2007 Log of the Month, with "Upon Reflection"~

8:46:29 PM lcdrtkirr: Wee!

8:46:31 PM ltpercybusard: Woot!

8:46:37 PM ltpercybusard: Rock on, T'Kirr!

8:46:42 PM lcdrtkirr: ::rocks on::

8:46:54 PM vadmblackthorne: I'll have it up on the website soon.

8:47:37 PM vadmblackthorne: Exciting since we haven't had a log of the month since November!

8:48:14 PM lcdrtkirr: O.o

8:48:38 PM vadmblackthorne: Let's make sure we don't have a streak like that again.

8:48:42 PM vadmblackthorne: Well done tonight, keep it up!

8:49:11 PM vadmblackthorne: That's all, see y'all next week.

8:49:19 PM lcdrtkirr: Night, friends.

8:49:22 PM ltpercybusard: Later!

8:49:25 PM vadmblackthorne: G'night. :)

8:49:28 PM cmdrshelev: ta ta