Your opinion is not necessarily mine; Your opinion is not fact; Your opinion is not absolute. Your opinion is a perspective.
I'll have a look tomorrow.
Throughout the complex a close quarter battle begins as the desperate defenders know they are going to die, one way or another. The republic fights for every inch of the place but are slowly forced to give ground.
Having spent a few minutes setting up a housewarming present for the Imperials, Malan becomes frustrated as the explosive device keeps malfunctioning. Eventually it gets stuck on a 3 minute timer, afraid he is running out of time he activates its and moves back to the internal entrance to the ordnance bay and opens the door. Then he moves to the side of the door and puts his back up against the wall, unsheathing both his blasters and closes his eyes while listening and just waiting. Its not long before he hears blaster-fire nearby along with the sound of Imperial boots rushing through the hallway. He opens his eyes and points one blaster towards the open door next to him.
The first stormtrooper through, is instantly blasted as he walks right into the muzzle of the blaster as the stormtrooper tries to secure the doorway. The next one, intending to secure the other side of the door bare gets to notice his comrade fall as he is shot in the back of the neck. Without leaving the stormtroopers with too much time to react Malan slowly moves in an halfcircle arch around the doorway, constantly firing his blasters with deadly aim, taking out three more stormtroopers before he reaches the other side of the doorway.
2 Minutes left
The surprised attackers will soon resort to thermal detonators he knows, after all who wouldn't in this situation? He places his hand near the panel and listens again, as soon as he hears anything reminiscent of something being thrown or rolled across the floor, he closes the door. Not even a second later the sound of something metallic hitting the door and being deflected back, following by the sound of half a dozen stormtroppers trying to get out of the way and then the explosion shaking the walls.
He opens the door and moves into the hallway, He ignores the heated air in the narrow hallway, which makes keeping his eyes open almost unbearable, and opens fire on anything the moves, managing to gun down the last of them in the immediate area. But he knows more are coming.
Hearing footsteps coming from around the corner, he takes a thermal detonator from one of the stormtroopers and throws around the corner while he retreats to the entrance again. He soon feels a burning sensation from his wound his leg and falls to the ground and it can no longer bear his wait and have started to bleed profusely again, at great effort he crawls into the ordnance bay, and off the the side to sit up near some crates where he passes out.
He wakes up in pain as an imperial officer is pressing his boot against Malans would. "Now that is just rude *******, can't you leave a man to die in peace?" Malan manages to blather out. He finds that he has been disarmed and is surrounded by stormtroopers.
But when he sees how the imperials are all so focused on him that they haven't noticed the bomb he can't help but laugh.
"What are you laughing at "Supreme Commander"? The officer asked in a mocking tone. "We are victorious and to top it off, we are going to capture you alive." he says with a smirk on his face, no doubt considering how he will be rewarded for the capture of Malan Drayson.
Without answering the officer directly, he simply states; "Thank the force for the Mandalorians..." as he gazes upon the bomb attached to a rack of almost fifty capital ship grade Super-Heavy Concussion missiles.
As Malan comes to lights inside the building flicker and the room shakes because of artillery strikes. The medics have moved on to other patients and doesn't notice Malan grabbing his gear and sneaking out. Still a bit dizzy, he finds his way to one of the administrative offices, same same one he had used for the last few weeks to plan the defense of Mon Calamari. At the desk he sits down and relaxes for a few minutes before he opens a smaller locker under the table and pulls out a bottle and a glass. He fills op halfway up and then takes a small sip at first, before drinking the whole thing. He pours another one.
Despite the stalwart defense, and the with the gunship weaponry as their disposal, the Republic forces are simply too exposed to the Imperial heavy walkers. Despite their bravery, most fall here while the rest retreats into the building, sealing doors and bulkheads behind them wherever possible.
Back at the office, Malan bottoms another one and then moves out. As he walks through the hallways, he doesn't pay much attention to troopers running back and forth, and they don't pay much attention to him.He goes to a hanger bay storage area where the Republic have been storing all kinds of weaponry.
The massed imperial assault makes for easy pickings for the stationary light tanks and republic artillery, also giving the retreating troopers some respite from the imperial onslaught. Most of the defenders does make it back to the gunships, but even with the gunships-turned-wall. The surrounding area is much more open than their previous positions because the buildings in the area are short and more spread out.
The Juggernaut returns to the main administrative complex where Malan is brought inside, soon after he wakes up and medics tend to his wounds. Its only then he sees the large piece of glass stuck inside his leg. Despite the pain, he insists on a rapport.
A Trooper Sergeant approaches, sir, our commanding officer was killed a few minutes ago. But I can give you a bare-bones rapport based on what we know. We're getting a lot of rapports right now, and not very many of them are helpful. So far hall of all our brigades are confirmed to be fully annihilated or close to, 20% are half strength or less and the last 30% of our forces are currently either attempting to hold off the Imperial or rallying here."
"Thank you sergeant. That will be all." Malan says before he passes out again, the medics continue their work on his leg.
OOC: If you don't mind, I'll take a few liberties with your own tactics if you don't mind, and since I'm not willing to accept your spotting on my arty that far away :P
The Republic defenders stalwartly maintain their defense still as Malan and his guard gets closer. As he watches and AT-TE takes down several light walkers that were getting to close to comfort, with its anti-infantry turrets mowing down stormtroopers as well. Son however it goes up in a massive explosion as an enemy heavy walker takes it out from a distance, the republic crew having been to distracted to notice the threat. A few more explosions indicate where the imperial walker is blowing breaches in the main barricade.
As the area fills with dust, reducing visibility greatly, the fighting suddenly becomes a melee brawl in some areas. Without hesitation, Malan begins to run towards it, a heavy blaster pistol in each hand. Due to poor visibility, he almost doesn't notice the stormtrooper running right at him, however the stormtrooper's charge is put to an abrupt end with a single shot to the head. Seeing shades rushing towards him from the same place, he fires to more shots and two more stormtroopers fall to the ground.
Around him, the commandos spread out a little to better control the area and thus better protect the Supreme Commander, even is said commander no longer cared for his personal safety. If he ever did.
The disturbing sound of massive mechanical legs and the familiar shaking of the ground with each step forewarns of the impending danger, especially with visibility clearing up fast. Its not longer before they can see the towering walker that is approaching. A nearby team of Commandos have already launched several missiles, but without being in a position to properly flank and his the less armored areas, the walker shrugs off the damage easily enough. Unsure as to how the Jedi got there, he spots the Mon Calamari hanging on to the walker near its neck, he ignited his lightsaber and begins cutting into the walker.
At first it seems unhindered but then one of the legs seem to malfunction and it stops moments before its about to fire again on Malan and his group. The Jedi makes a leap away the walker and lands near Malan. Soon after an explosion near the neck tears the forward legs from the sockets and flings them to the sides as it comes tumbling down.
He half expected the Jedi to brag, instead he says; Commander, this position is compromised, we should reat back to the..." The Jedi is interrupted as a massive barrage of Imperial artillery catches them out in the open, including any nearby stormtroopers.
As Malan comes to, the first thing he sees in the Jedi's broken lightsaber at the edge of a large crater. How he himself survived is no small miracle having been that close to the explosions. Before he manages to fully become aware of his surroundings Imperial forces have already begun to completely overrun the position, a couple of light walkers walk by, unaware of the commander even lying there. As one of them stops right behind him, he takes off his belt, along with the three grenades attached to it. He activates one of them and swings it over to the feet of the walker that stopped and then he rolls himself into the crater. A few seconds later they explode and take out the walker after which he slowly crawls up from the crater again. This time he is spotted by the second walker which have turned around, He takes a few shots at the view ports on the walker, but can't seem to hit due to a wound on his hand that he hadn't noticed until now, not that the shots were likely to penetrate anyway.
Not sure why, he becomes dizzy and begins to pass out, but not before seeing the light walker is crushed from behind as one of the last available A7 Juggernauts arrive, running over the walker. The last survivors of his guard, half a dozen commandos quickly run over and grab him, carrying him into the Juggernaut which immediately begins to pull away.from the front.
While most of the front is still holding their ground, the breach begins to endanger more and more of it, with officers beginning to call for a retreat to the main administration complex and the shield generator while the stationary light tanks slows down the imperial advance.
As the enemy repulserlift jammer activated, the few shuttles still in the air, transporting wounded away or carrying out other logistical tasks come crashing down fast. Luckily, most are on the ground. The Republic hovercraft sitting idle behind the lines have fallen to the ground and are unable to move.
Making the best of the situation, the ground oriented vehicles are made into stationary defenses behind the main lines, with rubble being piled on top as extra protection while keeping the turrets clear and main armaments aimed in direction of the Imperials. Unaffected, the AT-TE says at the main lines and choke points as heavy fire support against enemy vehicles.
In the center of the city, near the central administration complex where the shuttles are grounded around the shield generator, they are dragged into a makeshift defensive perimeter. The side panels are opened to reveal internal heavy repeaters, with the outward facing composite beam lasers being re-manned as well. As the shuttles are somewhat exposed targets, an effort is made by every available personal to cover them in rubble and any other available material as well.
On the front, all units in range opens fire at first opportunity.
Clad in modified trooper armor, no helmet, and his personal gear, Malan leaves the forward command post, as he walks by the Republic MAC guns, which now resumes fire as stationary artillery, he is joined by over forty Republic Commandos. Before long, a Jedi in heavy armor, and a Mon Calamari no less joins as well.
"Requesting permission to join your guard, commander. " He says. Well aware of Malans intense dislike of the Jedi, which had not improved during the last few years. In some respect even to his own surprise, Malan accepts as he looms upon what may very well be the last Jedi in the galaxy. In another time and another place, he might not have found it to be such a bad thing.
He sighs.. "Very well Master Jedi, we shall die together..."
OOC: If I am jammed, then so are you. Hence you wont be able to ferry more men to the ground.
While some take the bait, others patiently await better targets, in the meantime Republic MAC guns fall silent as they redeploy.
The silence occasionally being broken by random sniper fire or artillery shelling, the Republic forward command post is now mostly silent as well. The initiative is now almost solely in the hands of the Imperials, all the Republic cards were on the table. The only thing left to do is wait, and eventually react.
It wasn't long before the front line had become a slugging fest of artillery, keeping both Imperial and Republic forces in check. As Imperial snipers move into the fray, a battle of patience and psychological terror spreads and Republic snipers, already in place, initiates a battle with the more advanced Imperial positions and snipers.
Even as the Republic positions are continuously bombarded, small covert teams have been deployed across the city, seeking out some of the taller buildings still standing. There they begin to set up. Each team is bringing a portable targeting array, but doesn't activate it quite yet out of fear of discovery.
Behind the Republic lines MAATs are reloaded and prepped while MACs get into position. With the destroyers only just now entering the atmosphere near another of Dacs continental oceans, the time arrives for the teams to fire up the targeting arrays. Moments after the Imperial artillery is marked by the arrays, along with secondary targets in the form of any advanced mortar positions and other imperial vehicles, the MAATs rise quickly into the air. Using the information provided by the targeting arrays, every MAAT fires their full payload of missiles towards the Imperial bases and a massive improvised artillery strike. The moment they have all been fires, the MAATs retreat back again
Soon after, MACs located further back opens fire on the Imperial positions, prioritizing vehicles and fortification also spotted on behalf the advanced spotters, allowing them to strike with deadly accuracy.
The loss of the strike force attacking the Imperial maritime force was a blow, but having done nothing would have been an even longer one in the long run. For now, the Republic keep most of its hardware away from the Imperial artillery, but most troops remained dug in behind or near the main defensive line.
The Republic did have some battledroids left, having not been foolish enough to commit all the droids to the attack, but pulled them from the water and had them guard the various sub-city entry points.
The Republic speeders suffer heavy casualties and seek cover as fast as they can, even if it means leaving the speeder bikes, leaving most survivors trapped by the constant artillery fire. Soldiers near the barricades take cover in buildings and below the streets and wait out the bombardment. Snowbirds and shuttle are content to leaving the Imperial positions alone and only patrol the skies above the Republic positions.
"Command Unit X56. Are your forces deployed and ready to engage?" Malan inquires through a secured transmission. Not that the Imperials are in a position to react quickly enough anyway.
"Command Unit X56 is affirming. All units deployed." the droid answers.
"Engage hostile forces."
"Affirmative. Commencing engagement."
Its not long before the crew on board the Imperial warships hear a thumping sound from inside as hundreds of KR1 Battledroids climb up the sides of each ship depending on the size. Halfway up, they blow dozens of holes in the ships and board them. Once inside, they start to mercilessly slaughter the lightly armed crewmen and damage every critical systems or component they come across.
He must be reading the Youtube comment section. I have no doubt about it.
The defenders welcome the Imperials with a wall of blaster from behind their defenses. With the enemy having shelled the positions much less this time, many of the taller buildings still stand and the MAATs have little issue avoiding the surface-to-air missiles by flying between the buildings and landing behind them near the main lines, unloading the reinforcements.
At the same time Republic speeders arrive and engage the Imperial speeders and stormtroopers, swooping over the barricades on pre-placed ramps. Had they only had lances, the battle would have been almost archaic in nature, alas blasters had to sufice along with PATs dropped from the back of the speeder to spread confusion and chaos among the Imperial attackers.
Malan stood silently watching a closed up holo of the Imperial maritime warships. He would readily admit it was something he did not expect from the Imperials. If anything he had expected an attack from below the city, so much so that he had prepared extensively for it. Seemed all the preparation may end up going to waste, he thought to himself. It wasn't long before a wry smile appeared. Perhaps not a waste... entirely.
As Republic forces are still cleaning up Imperial remnants, Malan begins to reorganize immediately, especially the AA and Artillery as Snowbirds continue to secure the skies and the shuttles are withdrawn.
While the Republic had far from taken as many losses as the Imperials, the losses big enough for concern among the officers, but they refused to show any hint of indecisiveness or doubt and aided in the re-organization and/or mob up of Imperial forces near the original landing zones.
At the same time as the Imperial forces begin to bombard the main line in other sectors and deploy troops, some have caught a ride on the shuttles back towards the inner city the reinforce the defenders. The faster moving vehicles also turn around and redeploy.
Republic artillery continue the creeping barrage firing just in front of the advance, on occasion causing some friendly fire but it being well worth it in order to soften up any makeshift Imperial defenses and cover for the still advancing forces. Imperial bombers do inflict moderate damage, taking out over a dozen vehicles at least, through their bombing run and subsequent suicide attacks.
As Imperial shuttles and gunships attempt to evade the AA, AT-TE crews see their opportunity to engage the low hanging shuttles as they are deploying troops or just about to.
Some of the vanguard troops closest to the main groups of imperial forces takes cover where possible are starts to set up positions from which they can more effectively engage the enemy and cover the rest of the republic forces still charging.
The MAATs launch the missiles on mass, targeting Imperial walkers and artillery thanks to having relatively free reign. Their anti-infantry turrets carve stormtroopers into pieces below as they fly over Imperial positions.
As its reported in that more Imperial forces are being deployed to the less contest areas of the city, the troopers stationed there on the main barricades are made aware that they need to prepare for the defense of their sector.
Snowbirds accept the challenge of the Imperial Starfighters, fiercely defending the skies above the remaining parts of the city. Some of them are on the duty of defending the MAATs assaulting the remaining Imperial forces. With the Imperial reinforcements being forced to land much closer, Republic FAAVs have a field day with the enemy shuttles, but are somewhat hindered by the friendlies.
Undaunted, Republic forces continue their assault, insistent on pushing every last Imperial soldier into the sea.
All around him, the other officers and Malans advisors cheer as the holotable show just how succes their plan was, but Malan knew. This, while an admirable victory, would only provoke more drastic measures by the Imperials.
As the Imperials reqroup and then continue the attack, massive and numerous detonations occur throughout the outer areas of the city. After the deafening thunder of explosions, a distorted symphony of metal bending and breaking followed with the sound of water rushing forewarns of what is happening. All over the outer areas of the city where the Imperial landing zones and staging grounds are located, massive chucks of the city breaks apart as starts to rapidly sink.
The Engineers having worked day and night to place explosives at almost all the structural weak points in the outer city and sealing off underwater areas that may flood the rest of the city, their work now comes to fruition. Any transports, troops or vehicles in the outer areas find themselves pulled down with the chucks of the city, some as large as an entire block, into the oceanic depths.
Across the main barricades, to time is wasted watching the not so distant buildings sink below the horizon. A counter charge is commenced immediately with the reserves rushing over the barricades, supported by the artillery with a creeping barrage to cover their rapid advance.
Previous having been hidden away, on the largest roads A7 Juggernauts and on the maller, TX130 Fighter tanks, join them, with the AT-TE's taking up the rear due to being slower than the rest.
From the center of the city comes previous grounded Snowbirds and MAATs to support where necessary. Lending their firepower to the counterattack.
Managing to conduct an orderly retreat back to the primary line, the Republic forces suffer only moderate losses thanks to the sacrifice of at AT-AE crewmen and their vehicles covering the retreating forces.
From across the city, especially the southern and western areas, snipers, AA and AT weapons teams return back from their multiple positions to join in on the defense. Among them are around a hundred engineers.
At the primary line, attacking Imperial forces are finally in range of the Republic MAC vehicles, which open fire with their devastating heavy artillery rounds. AT-TEs behind the barricades thrown in fire support as well in a dual anti.infantry and anti-vehicle role thanks to its plenty forward facing weapons. Troopers across the perimeter get up from behind cover to target anything ahead of them that moves, well knowing they risk hitting stragglers from their own vanguard forces.
Reserve companies from up a little further behind the lines.
The Imperial scouting forces to manage to confirm lighter defenses. At least in the outer areas. The scouting parties have not all gone unnoticed however, and some are pinned by sniper fire and reported in.
Its not long before Malan gets the first report."They are too late in that regard. However send some small teams the patrol in front on the primary barricades. If they move just an inch to close, I want to know about it before they come knocking on the front door." he tells the officer bringing him the report."
"Yes sir." he says and is dismissed to continue his duties.
"Hey you" Malan says and points at a trooper. "Go make sure the lookouts know to inform me the second the Imperial artillery moves from their current position!."
The light defenses and barricades having been obliterated during the evening, however the defenders remained committed to the defense and holds on the best they can. As soon as the artillery barrage seizes they know the attack is coming and get ready, laying dawn suppression fire and continuing mortar fire. AT-AEs bolster the defense and helps out in dealing with enemy walkers.
At the forward command post, Malan begins to prepare the primary line of defense, moving battalions, companies and squads into place. Even as he completes his efforts he starts to wonder it even matters, even if they won the battle a hundred times, they would still be trapped and at the mercy of the Imperial fleet. To keep up appearances and inspire confidence in his men he quickly pushed his thoughts aside before it showed and continued to coordinate his efforts.
He quickly ***** the situation at the front. This defense was never meant to hold for long and they wouldn't, not after the bombardment they had just suffered through. Luckily, they had already served their purpose, the delay the Imperials although they themselves had done that by bombarding for so long. So he gave the order.
Full retreat back to the main line.
At the front the infantry begins to retreat carefully with the walkers covering them. Snipers from far away seeks to further delay Imperial troops trying to take advantage of the situation.
The closest Republic positions hunker down, content with the current mortar slugging match. As more Imperial forces get on the ground, several companies are sent to the outer perimeter to increase the strength of the defense. They bring with them anti-vehicles weapons and heavy repeaters. As walkers close in to help demolish buildings, anti-vehicle teams open fire.
The Republic prepares for the oncoming Imperial offensive by digging in. As the skies clear of hostiles, AA positions begin to move around to avoid them being too easily spotted or pinned down. The enemy mortar fire have a limited effect thanks to the buildings being denser and higher the further into the city they are fired.
The Republic keeps up its fierce AA screening, however vanguard forces begin to slowly withdraw as more and more stormtroopers get on the ground and due to the friendly AA coverage being lighter in the outskirts of the city than elsewhere. They suffer some casualties due to the bombers clearing areas in the outskirts. Soon after the landing zones are hit by mortar fire from AT-AEs further back, as they cover the retreating forces, which then set up with the AT-AEs to form a defense behind some light barricades on the major paths into the city.
As the battle slowly progress, Malan have moved to one of the forward command posts to directly oversee the organisation of the defense.
I'm on board with the style. But considering that battles tend to take a long time in space alone, having this many sectors on a planet is going to drag things out endlessly.
Also, I think there should be a bigger emphasis on strategically important locations. As we discussed the other day, in order to retain control of the planet. While you have specified each sector in the list, there is no indication which of those are important and which are not.
As soon as the Imperial Starfighters approach the outskirts of the city, they face direct fire from numerous gun emplacements scattered around the city, in the streets and in the buildings. Considering how targets of value are in and between the buildings, it forces the Imperial Starfighters into the pre-arranged firing arcs creating killzones over certain areas of the city where the buildings are lowest.
Only when the bombers reveal themselves does the Republic AA vehicles, starting with using its specialized Mass Driver cannons. Missiles are used to either destroy or disband the fighter escorts, making sure the already restricted bombers are blown out of the sky.
Any starfighters and bombers that actually makes it past the AA defenses and goes in between the taller buildings are torn apart or violently sent spinning into the ground as they hit barely visible metal wires stretched between the buildings, like flies finding their way to a spiders web.
As the shuttles carrying troops are also soon under fire from the many gun emplacements around the city, small squads deployed through the city outskirts with rockets launchers, the moment shuttles start to land or stormtroopers rappel down, they open fire as their targets stops moving. The stormtroppers that manage to get on the ground are soon under sniper fire.
Before long the Paladin lose primary power to most systems and the shields fail completely, combined with total annihilation of the engine section, explosions ripple through major sections of the ship. The ship begins to come part under the stress of the firepower of the Imperial Armada.
Moments after, a massive explosion from the hypermatter reactor vaporizes most of the ship.
On the surface, a moment of silence is given in respect of the ship and her crew.
A naval intelligence officer approaches Malan and the rest of the officers convened about the holographic table. "Sir. We have the post Phase II casualty reports." He says and hands Drayson a datapad.
Thirty-seven Starfighter Wings
All Bombers lost
Some of the officers around the table cannot help showing their disappointments with the current results of the battle. "70%" One of the officers mutters to himself It was the Republics finest dying, the men and material being lost was utterly irreplaceable at this stage.
"Gentlemen, we were always going to lose the fight, there is nothing left to do that die fighting, to die trying, to die killing as many Imperial pigs as we can. All that has transpired here today was expected. Even this." Malan proclaims as he throws the datapad onto the table in front of them.
"Send the signal, Phase III." He orders, and the naval intelligence officer runs out.
The Republic fleet reforms its defensive perimeter into a circle, all remaining Scythes, Coronas and Endurances ceasing their attack and returning back behind the Nebulas still standing, leaving behind a few ships to cover the retreat. The last few Endurances position themselves near the Warlocks, while the Coronas and Scythes moves to the rear and flanks to defend the rest of the fleet, be it only for a few moments. Once a perimeter have been formed, a general abandon ship order is given to crews having already been prepared for it as thousands already stand ready at the escape pods.
The Paladin begins to turn around, bringing its forward weapons to bear on the Eclipse, the rest still firing on what would be the rear section of the Executor. Just as it manages to complete its turns, the rear shields give out and enemy ships begin to tear the engines sections apart. Secondary explosions occur throughout the ships.
Before long, hundreds of escape pods leave the fleet, moving towards the planet, with the last few wings of starfighters covering them from enemy interception, almost all of them giving their lives in the process. Even as this occur, the final part of Phase III commences, teams made of volunteers and droids direct all ships on collision courses with the nearest Imperial vessel, the Nebulas in the front all target the Executor and the Eclipse, most of them the Executor as it is closest.
On the Paladin, no order to abandon ship is given as it is on its own and surrounded. No escape pods are expected to survive anyway so most of the crew stays and hope for a miracle.
On the surface of Dac, in the now evacuated city of New Calamara, Malan goes outside the Command Center and looks up in the sky, where the flashes of large explosions can be seen clearly on the early morning hours.
The NIO returns. "Phase III have commenced sir."
"I'm not blind." he says in a patronizing tone and points up in the sky.
"Activate the shield array and begin preliminary deployment of the army." He orders before going inside again.
As the Paladin continue to engage to Executor-class, marines are sent to meet the boarding parties in an effort to force them off the ship. Enemy boarding parties in the hangers are meet not only by marines, but also automated defense turrets that proceed to tear them apart. The Paladin have now moved slightly past the SSD, some of its weapons being able to hit the rear of the Eclipse. The Hyper-velocity gun hits the enemy Star Destroyer as the Eclipse turns an Endurance to dust.
The Warlocks continue to fire from slight behind the Republic front, in the center, unhindered. Republic Starfighter wings remain on the Defensive along with the Corvettes, in order to conserve forces they seize raiding out, even when good targets presents themselves in order to combat the increasing amount of Imperial strikecraft. Despite their best efforts, some Imperial strikecraft start to break through, especially on the flanks, but for now not enough to make an impact.
Despite being made for anti-starfighter screening, Imperial odds means the destruction of several corvettes.
With the enemy fleet starting to completely encircle the Republic forces, the defenses begin to crumble faster and faster as more and more ships suffer critical damage and/or destruction.
Through some kind of sensor malfunction, the Silphens engaged with the rear of the Imperial right flank somehow finds themselves going through the Imperial battleline instead of firing from the sidelines as they thought they were and are thus unable to counter Imperial ramming tactics successfully, both Silphens going down in quick succession. As they are destroyed, Republic efforts on the flank goes from unfavorable to suicidal and Republic startfighter and bomber losses increase ten-fold, especially as they have seemingly also run out of ammunition despite the pilots being sure there was more they could do. Alas, Republic pilots are not capable of being conservative with the weaponry.
Having made sure to board Imperial weapons-control points as closely as possible, locking down areas or blocking route access only have an effect on the few boarding teams being forced to access enemy ships further away. The same goes for Imperial ambushes, after all you can't ambush someone already having reached their destination. Where ever the Imperial try and regain access to their control centers, Republic teams cut all lines going to the bridge and attempts to continue their operations as long as possible, even as more and more of their fellow boarding teams goes silent.
Unable to hide the nature of the supposed Republic reinforcements, Imperial sensors show them to be empty civilian transports, piloted by droids, with a very limited arsenal attached to them. Few, if any of the ships even reach the Imperial lines, nor where they meant to.
The Paladin resumes its engagement of the Executor SSD, continuing its heavy fire on the enemy ships flank as the ships slowly pass each other. Enemy counter fire tests the Mon Calamari shields to the limits, with some effect seeping though and causing minor explosions in various places, albeit nothing critical and mostly absorbed by the armor plating. PDLs target the enemy ACMs on route, but also actively target them as they exit enemy missiles tubes.
The Hyper-velocity gun fires on the Eclipse SSD again with friendly ships making sure to stay out of the way of its firing arc as much as possible.
With the Imperial Star Destroyers switching targets once again, the Scythes and Coronas are now free to engage the enemy counter strike elements, the Scythe is particular is now in a prime position to deal a great amount of damage with the Imperial Star Destroyers having concentrated the majority of the firepower away. Endurance-class carriers, unopposed, continue to project a large area of anti-starfighter of screening for the Scythes, Coronas and some parts of the the rest of the fleet. Providing a "vacum" of Imperial strikecraft, allowing the Republics won starfighters and bombers to protected the rest of the fleet, a critical necessity as enemy reinforcements arrive. Amidst the chaos of the fighting in the center, the Nexus corvettes seek out and make good use of any and all opportunists to raid and interrupt enemy screening formations in joint strikes with Crossfires in an effort to safeguard the Republic Star Destroyers along with the Paladin for as long as possible..
The Warlocks being not-at-long-range and thus not giving the the Imperial as much time to prepare as they may think, continue their concentrated fire on the Executor-class to support the Paladin.
As the Imperials move forward in an attempt to flank on the Republic left flank, they remain opposed by the Republic detached squadrons, still defending the flank even as the Imperials seem to ignore them. In any case the Republic makes good use of the opportunity to continue to weaken the advancing Imperial lines as much as possible, all the while the Republic strike force continue to advance though the same said ranks. Some Republic wings have even started to circle back to make a second pass on some ships.
Suddenly the supposed Republic reinforcements on the Imperial left flank advance rapidly their speed increasing more and more as the ships in question divert all power to engines and forward deflectors.
The Silphens continue advancing, albeit slower to before in order to deal with enemy ships trying to ram them, in unison they focus fire on the ships trying to ram one by one, but still targeting different vessels when necessary.
As the Imperials soon find it out, the Crix-class assault shuttles are more than up to the task of dealing with the Proton and ion weapons, as they are well shielded and armored and not as slow as one might expect. Having suffered far fewer casualties than expected, there are successful boarding all over the Imperial right flank, or the half furthest to the right at least. But the boarding parties don't try to take over the ship or destroy it, instead they rush to the weapon control systems taking them over and turning them on other Imperial ships, all squads having encrypted transponders to identify why ships have friendly boarding parties and which haven't. If the Imperial right flank wasn't chaotic enough, it sure was now.
Detecting another buildup the Paladin steers right very close to the Imperial Star Destroyers, with the Executor moving closer into the gab, it was soon in between the Ultra Star Destroyer and the Paladin, the Paladin now firing everything it has the SSD in an old fashioned broadside attack, while launching two hundred proton torpedoes targeting critical systems.
With the Paladin having moved aside, the Hyper-velocity gun opens fire on the superlaser weapons port on the USD.
As the Star Destroyers insist on following their targets, their noses start tipping down, the Republic Star Destroyers change targets to the Imperial SDs. The Scythes and Coronas move down again to further manipulate the Imperial front line, with a Corona waiting to long getting annihilated and a Scythe momentarily losing shields.
Crossfires engage defensively as needed, but avoid enemy corvettes where ever possible. The friendly Nexus Corvettes as well, even engaging other corvettes if it serves to protect the Crossfires and K-Wings. In an unusual move the Endurance class carriers joins the Scythes and Coronas, adding their limited firepower but formidable anti-strikecraft weapons with them into the fray.
With the Imperial fleet in the center now heavily engaged along with its strikecraft, the Warlocks unleash their full firepower, firing hundreds of Concussion missiles against enemy strikecraft and dozens upon dozens of Heavy Concussion missiles at the Executor.
The imperial starfighters sent to investigate are shot down by concussion missiles from a target that seemingly appear out of nowhere only to disappear again. The roughly forty ship reinforcements reform the line into a wide formation, but remain in position.
On the Republic left flank near the moon, the Republic strike force make full use of the tight imperial formation to exploit the lack of space for proper maneuvering, as they strike from target to target inside the Imperial formation, depending on the success attacking further and further in the long Imperial formation from the flank. The Silphens continue firing at will at the most opportune targets, even diverting most energy to weapons.
Even as Imperial ships between the center and the flank starts to turn, due to the Republic strike forces attacked into the flank and not the rear, there remain few if any available targets for them.
As Crossfires and K-Wings engage at will, the Crix shuttles single out any enemy ships that have lost shields and board the Star Destroyers and battlecruisers. Inside the shuttles are the best the Republic have to offer, seasoned veterans, Commandos, Intelligence agents, Advanced combat droids and any and all Jedi remaining either alive or loyal to the Republic.
However, with thirty Imperial wings have appeared out of nowhere, perhaps having teleported out of their hanger bays to meet the "expected" Republic assault, the element of surprise is soon lost for the Republic and while outnumbering the enemy, the Republic suffer higher casualties than expected, loosing an entire wing only a few moments into the engagement.