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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

A single Tribune transport ship arrives at the coordinates, accompanied by the two Odacon stealth transports. The Tribune carried 3,000 ISB soldiers, as well as 600 War Droids and the necessary ships to transport them all. The Odacons had 40 ISB commandos, 120 ISB soldiers, 30 Karis and 10 Valikas, with an additional 15 War Droids.

Tsark was on Odacon 1, Kalira was on Odacon 2. If Tsark accompanied them, then he would find himself on Odacon 2 alongside Kalira.

The 3,000 ISB soldiers and 600 War Droids were divided into equal groups of three, and would systematically reinforce each assault point if ever needed. They would wait outside of combat, and jump in when ordered.

The Hegemony slicers that accompanied the Order on their mission to the Azalus have been requested, only a few, to work on hacking the Dragon Fang's systems while they fight. It may take a long time, or be impossible, but if the fight drags out then this could save the assault groups a lot of trouble.

Tsark turns as Captain Warrick approaches him. They exchange some words, and Tsark grins.

"Good, so our plan remains intact. This is our chance to deal a truly devastating blow to the Republic, one from which they will never recover. Are the Hegemony aware?"

Warrick shakes his head, and hands Tsark a box. He opens it, a faint glow emitting from the inside. Glorious PG Tips and delicious Bourbon cream biscuits, stolen from the Republic while they were busy preparing. With this recipe in the hands of the Empire, they will finally have the edge they need to conquer the Galaxy once again.

"Does anyone know that they are missing?"

"One man, sir. But he will be silenced. I will see to that..."

Tsark laughs maniacally as he goes into his quarters and makes himself a cup of tea, sipping slowly and savouring the taste. Perfection.

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Admiral Hul stretches, his back aching from aging. He sits at the helm of the Triumph, one of the brand new Magister class battlecruisers. He smirks at that, naming an entire line of Battlecruisers after himself, smug bastard.

He shook himself of these thoughts and remembered to whom he was loyal to, and that was Supreme Commander Pao. And if he supports the Emperor, then so will I, Hul thought to himself.

The Strike Force was assembled and prepped for combat. The new Imperial Class Star Destroyers shining next to the utterly black Grim Shadow that was the Emperor's flagship. She was a little menacing, but he knew that the Magister out gunned her, at least in the long run.

"Prep the fleet for the jump to the rendevous point. Shouldn't be any trouble where were headed, so no need to combat formations." Hul explained taking his seat at the helm.

"Aye, Admiral." The crewman replied and began making preparations and relaying orders throughout the strike force.

Once the strike force was readied, it entered hyperspace and exited at the meeting point. Once in the system Hul opened a comm link to Tanick who was aboard the ship with Kalira.

"Major Tanick, as ordered we are ready to engage the Hutt's. I will be commanding Imperial Forces from this point onward, your role is support the sith in their boarding operations. Hul out." Hul exclaimed prepping the strike force for combat.*

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

The Republic 3rd Flotilla forms up under Commander Umbra just outside Hutt space. They, at first, take the transit route shared by the Hutts and Republic between the Mon Calamari Sector and Republic core territory before slipping under the Hutt's radar and making their way towards the rendezvous point. Knowing the route well, the task is easy for even a sizable fleet such as theirs to slip past the Hutt observers.

While significantly delayed, the Republic fleet is ready for action immediately upon arrival; their strike force assembled and ready.

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AK151 Author
AK151

The Tion Hegemony sends coordinates to the Nexus Enclave after receiving word through certain channels that they have taken an interest in inconveniencing the Hutts.

Three Star Destroyers matching the design of the ship the factions met on earlier drop out of hyperspace, escorted by two other, unknown ships that are likely the pair of carriers the Hegemony promised to provide.

The lead Star Destroyer opens a channel to the gathered ships. "We will wait here for additional reinforcements from the Nexus Enclave. Separate into assault and infiltration forces in the meantime and stand by."

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

The Odacons and lone Tribune wait besides the Imperial Strike Force. As soon as the fighting starts, the Odacons will jump in and secure a landing point for the remaining Imperial soldiers.

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

Following the allied Imperial corridor into the designated rendezvous area, the entirety Nexus Enclave Secondary Fleet exists hypersauce in formation and sets up next to the Imperial forces.

At its head was the Dragon Within, a Valiant-class Star Destroyer. It was encircled by eight Obsidian-class Star Destroyers. The remaining heavy cruisers and heavy corvettes formed a loose guard around two Lucrehulk-class Battleships.

The commander, Vice Admiral Deus Dai, sent out a transmission to the flagships of all involved parties.

"My apologies for the delay, his Highness judged the Cartel only recently to be a credible threat. Before we begin, perhaps a meeting between all commanders is in order? I'll await further instructions. Out."

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Admiral Hul sighs a little, he hoped this would be a quick affair. In and out. Guess he was wrong, the enclave wanted to meet. He opened up a channel with all commanders present.

"I see no reason for a personal meeting, Admiral, this should just fine. My fleet is ready for combat, id rather not dally any longer then necessary." Hul exclaimed, showing his annoyance.

He fidgeted with battle tactics in front of him before deciding on a certain one.*

OOC: sorry late reply turn order is wierd lol

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

The Republic strike teams form up near 3rd flotilla in several boarding craft of various types.

Umbra sits at the command bridge of his flagship. He responds to Hul's comment after the channel is opened, "I wouldn't mind briefly discussing a game plan over a secure channel, all things considered, with their arrival this certainly changes things. At least if the Enclave forces haven't already been briefed on the full situation yet. It would be wise to make sure we're all on the same page."

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

OOC: This should have been done within the Preparations event. Kinda makes it obsolete if we do the planning right before we attack xD.

"I think it would be wise if two fleets coordinate with the Tionese to create a distraction, and then the third fleet can form a corridor to the Dragon Fang that our boarding forces can use to safely infiltrate and initiate the assault."

"I believe that the Imperial and Republic ships will best serve as a distraction, drawing any ships the Hutts may have away from the Dragon Fang. Then our transports can jump in escorted by the Enclave's fleet who will form a safe path to the enemy dreadnought. Thanks to their Lucrehulks, the Enclave will most likely have fighter superiority which will be vital in protecting the transports."

"If any of the boarding parties require additional assistance, then they should request it."

"Once the boarding parties finish their missions, the Enclave fleet will escort them to safety, under the protection of the Imperial, Tionese and Republic ships. Presumably the Hutt forces will retreat once the Dragon Fang is down, but if not then any stragglers can be mopped up easily enough."

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

"Who will be our overall commander in this unholy union?"

"The Enclave will do its part, I will lead a regiment to board the vessel and take control of the hangars for your troops and then knock out its weapon systems. Our fleet will cover the transports and attempt to smash through the enemy formation to get to our target."

"Is there anything else I should be aware of? Enemy positions, other important targets and plans for the aftermath of this operation? My briefing on this assignment was practically non-existent."

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AK151 Author
AK151

OOC: Right, Branden post, and then Praxis, then I'll jump in. Turn order will be as follows:

AK > Ten > Branden > Milos > Praxis.

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*Admiral Hul listens as the others speak, and then once they are all finished he responds.

"There shouldn't be any surprises, although enemy ship numbers are unknown. Tionese Representatives, have you any information regarding enemy defenses?" Admiral Hul asked fidgeting with his pen.*

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AK151 Author
AK151

OOC: Well Ten, if the Enclave had decided to join in beforehand, we could have included them in the planning. As it is, now we have to adjust our plans accordingly.

xD

IC: A channel is opened to everyone in the coalition. "This is the Preliator. Data from the previous briefing is being sent to the Nexus Enclave as we speak, to get them up to speed. As for the battle plan, the diversionary force is exactly that: a diversion. Our priority is being enough of a threat to draw the attention of the hostile defenses away from the Dragon Fang. They'll have CGTs active, I expect, so sneaking around isn't an option. It's imperative that the infiltration teams hold until we've given them an opening. It's also worth noting that we should do everything we can to keep the Hutts from doubling back and destroying the infiltrator ships after they've docked, so we keep escape routes open."

More data is sent to the groups with rough details regarding the battlefield. "Based on our latest intelligence, the Dragon Fang is berthed in a shipyard, defended closely by somewhere around three or four dozen ships; one of the largest coalitions of gathered Hutt forces we've ever seen. The Imperials had a good plan, using one fleet to cover the infiltrators while they move in to dock with the Dragon Fang."

"If you look closely, you'll notice the asteroid field surrounding the shipyard. It's a deterrent to keep enemy ships from dropping out of hyperspace right next to the dreadnought. We don't want to get caught in there. Once we make our entrance, it won't be long before the Hutts scramble everything they've got, and if that force reaches us while we're navigating the field, we'll be in a bad spot."

There's a small pause, in case any of the commanders wish to interject and add something.

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

"The Imperial ships have many tractor beams specifically to clear asteroid fields. Perhaps they could form the vanguard, followed by the Republic fleet. Once both of these fleets have the enemy engaged, then the Enclave can jump in and escort the infiltration teams. Once the explosives are placed, the Enclave can escort the infiltration teams out and the Empire will follow, with the Republic covering their escape."

"As for who is in overall command, Admiral Hul holds the highest rank among those in command presently. He is a dedicated military strategist and tactician after all. That being said, it may be wisest to chose the Hegemony commander. They know far more about Hutt tactics than we would as they fight them regularly and they are also a neutral party. This should really be decided among yourselves, so long as you get me and my men into our positions I could not care less who is in command."

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

OOC: first thing I've seen of you HH Ina while haha

*Admiral Hul agreed, nodding his head.

"I too recommend the Hegemony commander take charge, he knows the hutts best and the area well." Hul exclaimed.*

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

"Then it's settled I suppose. Unless someone else wishes to share something, myself and my men are ready."

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

"My forces are ready."

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AK151 Author
AK151

"Then we shall commence."

The Hegemony capital ships form up and prepare to jump to hyperspace. Final coordinates are given to the coalition forces. The capital ships, primarily those of the Imperials, as suggested, will form a vanguard to keep the asteroids at bay; intelligence suggests the field isn't particularly dense, which means that it shouldn't be too difficult to navigate.

There is a pause to allow for any final preparations. If there are none to be made, and if the rest of the ships are ready, the order is given to jump into hyperspace.

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

The Odacons and Tribune enter into the Enclave fleet and will follow their orders, placing themselves wherever they are directed.

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

OOC: geeze AK whats with the recent turn bootings :P

*Imperial Forces prep for combat, forming up with battle formation Delta and jump to hyperspace.*

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

Republic forces form up and prep to jump.

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AK151 Author
AK151

The coalition forces emerge from hyperspace in front of an asteroid field. Their scanners can't pick up anything past it, and there doesn't seem to be anything in the vicinity. The three Preliators form up with the Imperial capital ships to help move the asteroids aside and clear a path to the shipyard.

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

The Enclave forces with the Imperial transports in tow but without the Republic ships. Jump to the next system beyond the area of the Dragon Fang's shipyard. They move to reposition themselves and jump directly towards the dreadnought while the others distract the Hutt main forces.

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Branden-Magister
Branden-Magister

*The Imperial Strike Force exits hyperspace in formation Delta, The Triumph and the Grim Shadow are side by side and on their flanks are the new Imperial Star Destroyers. Dominion Class Destroyers are placed in between the bigger capitols while the Ardents are on the flanks of the Imperial Classes, the Raiders make up the back of the triangle ready to intercept any fighters or bombers that try to make passes on the formation. Fighters and bombers are deployed and form up behind the formation, ready to respond to any threat that arises. (We need to work on the number for those ships, AK and Ten) Power is put directly into frontal shields and tractor beams, and they start making work of the asteroid field.

Admiral Hul sits at the helm directing the strike force into position and prepping for firing arcs against the hutt defenders. Scanners and other such electronic devices go active, including the full scanning/jamming package of the Grim Shadow, nothing would be able to sneak up on them.

Tanick sits ready to infiltraite the ship with his gear, splicing tools, a laptop, and his sidearm. Alpha stands next to him, ready to join the sith commando assault when the time comes.*

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

OOC: We did, each ISD carries 2 wings of 72 starfighters. ISDs default to carrying one fighter wing and one bomber wing.

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

OOC: Tanick must be worst hacker in existence. Most people would use a datapad over such a primitive device known as a laptop.

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

The Republic flotilla enters the system just behind the Imperial Strike Force.

Umbra forwards a message to Admiral Hul. "We will provide cover from the rear as you advance through the asteroid belt, and provide support in case Hutt reinforcements arrive. Umbra out."

The Republic assault teams wait elsewhere for the right moment to enter the system and strike at the Dragon Fang.

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AK151 Author
AK151

The Enclave forces are ripped out of hyperspace a good distance from their destination; they are immediately beset upon by long-range missiles and turbolasers. Sensors are jammed, as are communications.

Meanwhile, sensors and targeting systems, as well as communications, are suddenly jammed for the Imperials once they've made it well into the field. Only the Grim Shadow is able to detect the dozen asteroids, previously moved out of the way and forgotten in a field far, far denser than expected, as they fire short, powerful bursts from thrusters to get close to the vanguard. Before the battlecruiser can adjust its firing arc to the side or warn the other ships of the coalition about the imminent flanking attack, six of the asteroids detonate, releasing an electromagnetic ion pulse that severely depletes the shields of the vanguard. The next six asteroids, hardened to protect against such pulses, detonate immediately afterwards, releasing devastating shockwaves throughout the vanguard that wreck havoc, incinerating fighters outright and severely damaging even some capital ships. Only the Republic forces, hanging back and taking up the rear, are unaffected by the sudden ambush.

The radiation floods the sensors of the surviving starships, effectively blinding them for a time.

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

OOC: I'd like to know how the Hutts managed to block communications, sensors and targeting systems. Can a criminal empire really beat the military tech that the Empire would have that easily? Maybe the lesser ships, but the Magister is specifically designed to coordinate and direct the fleet. Their stuff is top tier, so I'd expect it to be more of a challenge than the Hutts simply flicking a switch and suddenly our fleet is blind.

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AK151 Author
AK151

OOC: As I said, its effectiveness is mainly due to how sudden it is. It wouldn't take long at all to cut through the jamming. Just long enough for the asteroids to get into position.

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

OOC:

How did you know where my fleet is (going to) in the vastness of space and how did you set up such an extensive ambush so quickly seeing as how my idea to travel through an alternate route was a last-minute plan?

Seems farfetched.

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AK151 Author
AK151

OOC: Last minute implies that hyperspace travel is instantaneous, which it isn't. The asteroid field doesn't offer many alternate entrances in any case.

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

OOC: Perhaps any future disagreements can be worked out in PMs (either the general one or otherwise) to prevent unnecessary clutter here.

Might save us from having a 10 comment chain on each move xD. Unless you guys are into that sort of thing...

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AK151 Author
AK151

OOC: We might be. You'd think by now you would have taken a hint.

xD

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

OOC: I prefer the comment chains, actually.

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Ten10dix Creator
Ten10dix

OOC: I'll get this moving, Branden's had plenty of time to respond.

I also don't understand how the second group of asteroids would damage our ships as much as you describe without literally getting in our faces. If that is the case, then we'd simply manually activate and aim the tractor beams and stop them. Unless these 6 explosions are large enough to cover our entire fleet from a distance? They'd have to be pretty damn large if that's the case, space is big.

IC: The ISDs are damaged by this initial attack but are disorientated more than anything. The backup shields are activated and they fall back behind the Imperial fleet to recover.

The Dominion Cruisers' shields are completely depleted and are set to recharge, but their heavy armour protects them from most of the damage. They form up to protect the ISDs.

The Ardents and Raiders, being on the flanks and rear of the formation respectively, avoid most of the damage as it was presumably concentrated towards the larger ships (OOC: You never specify where the asteroids go or what they target, but you do mention capital ships so I have to assume it targets the centre?)

The Magister and Grim Shadow are relatively unaffected by this attack. The Magister cycles to the unaffected shield generator and lets the other one recharge. The Grim Shadow's extra shielding absorbs most of the damage.

The fleet remains disorientated and halts its advance for the moment. Each ship begins the process of restoring its systems, and they prepare for the next phase of what they assume to be an ambush. The fighters and bombers are completely intact as they remained behind the fleet. The Grim Shadow broadcasts any information it gathers from its sensors to all other ships.

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Ori`verda Creator
Ori`verda

All Enclave warships that are capable initiate their point-defense systems, those that are not move closer to their counterparts that can.

A quarter of all strikecraft is deployed to encircle the Enclave forces and protect it from other nasty surprises such as mines or hostile strikecraft and warships.

Overall, the Enclave force assumes a protective stance around the Imperial transports. The big and tough Lucrehulks are placed at the edge of the formation, corvettes with anti-Starfighter capabilities are spread loosely all around. The Obsidians are the fortified core in this formation.

The Enclave warships trace the hostile turbolasers and return fire. Since communications are jammed it seems the enemy, whoever it may be, has no interest in negations. With sensor jammers deployed, the Enclave forces have to rely on visuals.

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Ρrʌжis Creator
Ρrʌжis

The Republic flotilla loosens its formation and scrambles additional fighters to screen against any approaching hostiles and/or aid the Imperial detachment.

They cautiously maintain their position a safe distance away from the fighting and rely on their fighter wings to dispatch the Hutt ambush.

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Following their meeting with the Tion Hegemony, the Imperial and Republic forces receive coordinates along with instructions to send their assault forces there; they will divide into infiltration and diversion teams following the rendezvous.

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