Paul walked into the command centre witch had been set up in the remains of the downed battlestar . Over the loud speakers came a call for all wing commanders to make there way to command for final briefing . “I see we are all here so lets get started keep all questions to the end, commander there all yours”. “thank you” replayed Paul as he took the podium. Paul looked down at the people he was about to send to there almost cretin deaths . “ok I will run down the plan and if any of you have and questions at the end speak up because this will be your last time to do so. The plan as it goes is simple we are going to jump the raptors and vipers to the system rim were we will then tag the vipers to the raptors and then jump the first 50 vipers in ten to a raptor slap bang in the middle of the cylon fleet the raptor are to drop there cargo and jump back out of the kill zone hopefully bring with them a basestar and some of it support craft so you must make your jump as obvious as possible we need to bring as many of the cylons out of capricas orbit your jump coordinates will bring you in behind the Haley’s comet were we will have five combat fitted raptors with to nukes each and another 50 vipers to give covering fire as well as keep the basestar support occupied .now back to viper wing one after you have been dropped in by the raptors I want you to set up a cross fire situation that bring two basestars in line with each other and draw the fire then open up with every thing you have then when I give you the signal light up your ftl drives and jump right out of there letting what ever they are throwing at you hit them then we will jump the reaming raptor gun ships in with there nukes and hope fully sit back and watch the fire works . after we have jumped every one back out we will regroup and try and do as much damage to the remaining basestars hopefully drawing as many of the remaining ones away from caprica that will be were the remaining 100 vipers will come in hopefully catching the cylons of guard . they will come in from behind taking out as many of the cylon fighters as possible and if every things goes to plan we will make a brake back to caprica just before the planit shields go up now any questions”. Captain power wing one stud up “sir why don’t we jump in under our own power and leave the raptors to do there own thing so that they will have a better chance in getting away before the basestars can open up on them and we have are cloaks so we could come in with out been detected until we open fire and the cloaks go down .”<br>Paul looked perplexed “we do not want the cylons to know that we can shield are selves from them and we don’t want them to know that the vipers have ftl drives before we have too. the cylons know we cant jump vipers so there going to think that we are launching from a battlestar and they are going to start looking for it as soon as we start to attack and as long as they are distracted we have a better chance in surviving this hole thing and getting home.”<br>Another one of the wing commanders stud up and looked around the asked the question that all of them were thinking “sir what happens if we don’t make it plaint side before the shield goes up were do we go”. Paul smiled and look across the faces of every one in the room then answered “we have made sure that there are enough rations to support us up here for 2 years and there are still 11 more planets left out there with tasters crawling all over them so don’t weary we will find some thing to do ok now if that it every one to there posts and good hunting.”<br>Paul stepped down from the podium and started to make his way to his raptor smiling as he went along “if all there wearied about is making it back to caprica before the shields go up this is going to be one hell of a learning curve”.
Admiral Dillon and major furlong stud in the main briefing room of the underground bunker as Paul walked in they were finishing up a short briefing with captain Fleming . “come in Paul” john motioned to him to sit at one of the empty seats along the conference table . the admiral spoke first “we are sending you and your people up to the downed battlestar to set up a forwarded command. There you and your people will take part in the first wave of attacks to try and draw as many of the cylons away from caprica so when we raise the shields we won’t have as many base stars to deal with”<br>“with respect how do you want me to do that with only a had full of men sir?”<br>john turned to Paul “we are giving you a squadron of 100 vipers and 6 raptors and they will all be fitted with ftl drives and cloaks they will be led by lt Colum ‘maddog’ Power he will be answerable to you and is up on moon 1 now were they have manager to clear out one of the landing zones on the battlestar we have a copy of the full out lay of the plans for you on data disc for you to read on you way up so good look”<br>Paul stud up and saluted his commanding officers and went to leave then stopped and turned “it been an honour working with you sirs good by”. Paul walked out thinking to himself “suicide mission just when I was beginning to have fun well frack it”.
Tell me where were you jumping to when you were hit and crashed?” asked maddog “we had taken some bad hits and had just got are systems rebooted when we picked up a signal from the galactica for all ftl capable ship to meat up at ragnar for a final stand so we keyed in the curse and started the jump that’s when the nav failed and we hit the moon”<br>“maddog maddog this is reaper we are coming in with medics and supplies can you give us an idea of the condition the air lock is in reaper out”. “reaper the air lock is in good condition but you might want to hock up an alternative power supply to it as the power reserves are low in here maddog dog out”. Maddog looked down at Gus “well the cavalry are here so lets get you back to the rest of the survivors and get you all patched up.”<br>“are you not going to talk us of the ship to a medical facility”. “that will be up to my captain but for now we are going to set up some shielding around this old girl and work from there”.
Maddog looked around the communications room there was very little damage and almost everything seamed to be in working order . “why were you broadcasting on such a low frequency Gus”<br>Gus looked up from the flask of water that maddog had given them. “we though we had lost the war and decide that we would send out a low band signal so if there were cylons out there they might think that it was an automated signal and wouldn’t bother to come looking but now I see that we made it we should have .”<br>“we didn’t make it, the colonies as far as we can see have been destroyed and we are all that left .”<br>
Maddog stepped into the corridor as the inner door sealed ,he look at he suit readout and saw that the air in the corridor was breathable and lifted of his helmet then immediately put it back on as the smell in the ship was unbearable ,then he fought the sensation to through up. Making his way down towards the source of the mayday signal maddog came across the source of the sickening smell and now he had to open his face plat and through up because there in front of him were scours of body’s piled up in the widest part of the corridor . As he came to the source of the mayday he noticed that there was no dust around the controls of the communications consol so that meant that at least one of the remaining crew was still able to get around . From behind him came the sound of someone stumbling down the corridor so maddog placed himself behind the opening to the communications room and awaited whoever it was to come in. Gus stepped in through the hatch to cheque on the signal and to make sure noting else had gone wrong in the last 24 hours when suddenly from the corner of his eye he saw a suited and armed person coming towards him. With the last of his strength Gus tried to move away but he just stumbled to the floor and started to cry uncontrollably . Maddog moved over to him and knelt down to help the man up ,as maddog helped Gus up he lifted his visor and spoke very gently to his . “it all right I am here to help you ,so lets get you to a chair and find out what your name is and see what we can do to get you and your people out of here”. Gus look at maddog for a few minutes then relaxed “my name is Gus pandol communications officer on the battlestar pollough and there are 694 people still alive onboard and we need water and medical supplies.”<br>“well first things first let me contact my raptor and let my co-pilot know that I am still around then we can see about get a medical crew over here ok”.
Maddog brought the raptor into land close to the battlestar and put on his enviro suit and ordered reaper to keep the engines hot and ready . “if I don’t make contacted in 1 hour take of and head back to the caprice and give a full report to Fleming”<br>at that reaper put on his helmet and decompressed the raptor allowing maddog to leave and make her way to the stranded battlestar. As maddog made his way to the entrance hatch he managed to get a better look at the damage ,both launch platforms had been ripped of and there were the remains of vipers and raptor strung across the debris field . there was still power in the controls of the entrance hatch and mad hoped that there was still a good seal on the inner air lock or what ever was let alive inside would be sucked out when he open the outer hatch , maddog typed in the release code and the outer hatch began to open slowly but thankfully there was no sudden gush of air so that meant there was still a good seal on the inner door now all he could hope for was that there was still enough power to seal the outer door and open the inner . “reaper,maddog here I’m going in so we might be out of communication for a while I will make my way to the source of the signal and hock up my suit sensors to it so that you can see what’s going on ,keep a full recorded and make sure that if any thing happens that you send it back to the caprice in a data flash,”<br>(data flash a 1.5 second burst of compressed data and pictures max info sent in a data flash is 200 gigs) “will do mad be safe reaper out”.
Maddog took the raptor down just above the surface of the moon and followed the distress signal down into a large crater 7 miles deep and 4 miles wide . As the raptor moved down from the entrance of the crater it sensors stared to pick up something very large and radiating a low pulse of energy. As they got closer to the energy signal the shape of the object began to become clearer on the sincere read out. Maddog looked back at reaper and let out a large gasp as the sensors identified the objected as a battlestar . Reaper started to carry out a full scan of the ship . “anything” asked maddog , “yes we are picking up life signs scattered across the ship and from what I can pick make out 3trs of the battlestar is underground, it looks like they tried to do an ftl jump but there navigation failed and they hit the moon but I can’t tell until we get in there .
As Dillon walked into the communications room the Tec on the main board stud up to salute him and then reached over to hand the admiral a message from captain Fleming . “admiral we have picked up a low frequency distance signal from one of the moons orbiting caprica. I have sent out a raptor and 3 vipers to investigate it .when I know more I will let you know. Fleming out”<br>“when did this come in” Dillon asked the communications officer. “about ten minutes ago” sir “keep me posted as soon as we hear anything back from captain flaming.”<br> The raptor with its 3 ftl fitted vipers slipped back into real space and raised there cloaking shields straight away. so if the cylons did pick up something it would only look like a blip on there radar . “viper one this is maddog keep your guys close to the moon surface as we go down to cheque out were the signal is coming from”<br>“be save maddog, one out.”
Fleming look up at the main screen as the flow of information kept coming in from there scans of the space around caprica and it did not look good to date they had detected 12 basestar and about what looked like 70 troop careers which from there size looked as it they could carry about 50000 cylon troops ,and the caprice had only scanned 63% of the space around caprica.
Dillon stepped into the raptor a seated himself behind the pilot as the Maine hatch closed “activating the cloak and raising blast shields sir,we’er just waiting for clearance to take of sir then we’ll be plaint side in about 25min sir”. “raptor one your cleared for takeoff have a safe flight and my the gods be with you.”<br>The raptor engines roared into action as it lifted of the hanger bay deck and moved with grace into the vacuum of space.
Some hours pasted since the caprice and the four raptors that had been dispatched to carry out the complete planet scan . Information from the four raptors had come in on a continues feed to the caprice and was collated with it own scan data and was now ready for a briefing of the ranking staff onboard. Captain C.Fleming “sir as you can see from the first read outs the cylon have taken for granted that they destroyed our full planetary defences and that is there biggest mistake the have plenty of ground personnel but they seam to lack any major air defences witch is a major advantage to us. They have also seamed to have kept most of there military forces in major urban areas and only seam to have small patrols in the rural and small town’s ,they also have reactivated all the major power plants on the plans and our scans show that there is a lot of power being lost in the rural areas through the damage caused to the inters tucker which would be an advantage to us if we could tap into in some way and boost are power supply to are underground fabrication plants which in turn would allows to in cress production of items for every day need as well as our military need’s, my people have already run the numbers we could have 2 new battlestars of a similar class to this ready for launch in 5 months as well as been able to power up as many charge cells to power the new planetary shields to last us for 3 years on max strength that would mean we could cut the planet of from reinforcements to the cylons and give us a greater chance in taking back the plaint”. “thank you captain but lets not get ahead of ourselves yet , replied the admiral.
Admiral Dillon walked into the caprice control room “are we ready”. “yes sir” replied ciara and john. “well lets get to it.”<br>the caprice engines rumbled into action and all the control screens light up as computers started to hum with info coming to the from all over the ship . “all systems running a 100% optimal performance captain”. “prepare for launch”. “all hand brace for planetary launch”<br>“raise shields and cloaking”<br>“shield and cloak active captain we are ready to go”. “full power to engines ,helm take us out”. With that the caprice raised up from the under ground landing pad and with a flash of hot air shot up and straight towards the night sky leaving it resting place never to return like a child leaving it mothers womb . Admiral Dillon felt his stomach turn as the caprice left the plaint atmosphere .he new that the feeling he got was in his mind as the ship was fitted with the most state of the art grv daps put if he could see it he felt it and that’s what he would tell the cleanup crew will they cleaned up his sick from the unman consol he had been sitting at. “not to worry sir the reports coming in from across the ship say half the crew did that”ciara remarked.
Paul walked into the mess hall it had not felt the same since they had lost tom and sparks and Paul had still not forgiven himself for leaving them there but that had been 4 months and thing had changed for the good. The new recruits that had been in training not for nearly 12 months and the tec boys had made huge advances in the clocing and shielding tec, which meant that the time was coming for the first attack on the cylons and now they had the upper hand they had surprise and a way to defeat them.
Tom moved his men up to sparks position and gave her a rundown on what the plan . Sparks looked at tom “we better make this quick my people are getting the frack knocked out of them and I do not know long they will last we already have lost 2 men and have three injured .
Major john furlong walked on to the bridge of the caprice as captain ciara Fleming was making the last adjustments to the new clocking device that had been installed . “how are we go ciara ?” john asked “ not to bad ,the power drain is minimal which means that we can go out fully armed and shield with out causing any stress on the ships other systems .so we are good to go on your orders.”<br> TEXT