Al'Meda Zarco rose and the members of her team followed to a shuttle waiting to take them from the surface of the planet to the Orthanc, waiting in orbit above. Little was said as this came as a surprise to the small band of Crimosn Vanguard who had only recently been assembled as the sole battle team of the House Archanis, risen from the ashes of Volcanus.
The senior member, the huge Templar Fire Knight sat aboard the shuttle, seeming to invoke the fire within himself that he would surely unleash in space against the forces of Admiral Lanar. Al'Meda herself looked at the group. It was a position of honor to be deployed, as their name necessarily implied, at the front dealing death as the Crimson Vanguard for Taldryan.
The Tetrarch had heard Baron Zarco speak of the havoc he, as Tetrarch of the Horsemen of the Apocalypse, had wreaked upon clan Tarentum with this very squadron in the Sixth Great Jedi War just before she had left her family and joined the Dark Brotherhood. She cleared her head and communicated with him, sharing the memory of that operation so as to better her chances in this strike against Admiral Lanar.
The shuttle arrived shortly at the Orthanc, the Interdictor Cruiser that was home to Cotelin Squadron, the six Scimitar Bombers that had been assigned to the Crimson Vanguard. The Tetrarch instructed her team to proceed to the hangar area and don their flight suits then proceed to the ready room where they would be given further instruction.
The squadron pilots sat in a small room off the hangar. A holographic image projector showed the alignment of Admiral Lanar's fleet as well as how the Taldryan fleet would emerge from hyperspace in thirty minutes or so. Al'Meda's voice explained the situation.
"Admiral Lanar's fleet is arracnged as a blockade of his main base and in a formation so as to protect his primary capital ships." She pointed at the arrangement portrayed on the screen. http://www.darkjedibrotherhood.com/forum/i...?showtopic=3857
"Our ship will emerge from hyperspace here," she once again pointed at the Taldryan Fleet as it would be arrayed.
"Our target is the four Strike Cruisers deployed as the vanguard to their forces. Strike Cruisers are heavily armed fro their size but do have weaknesses we can exploit." As Al'Meda spoke a holographic image of the Strike Cruiser jumped to life and a droid voice chimed in with their specifics.
Hull: 768 RU
Shield: 1600 SBD
Weapons: Twenty Turbolasers
Ten Turbolaser Batteries
Ten Ion Cannons
Ten Tractor Beam Projectors
Two Torpedo Launchers (Thirty Torpedoes)
Hyperdrive: Class 1
Maneuverability: 5 DPF
Fighter Capacity: One Fighter Squadron
"Loronar's Strike-class Cruiser has been called the fleet's best kept secret. While every smuggler and Rebel knows to avoid Star Destroyers, the fighting capacity of the Strike Cruiser comes as quite a surprise to many. Each Strike Cruiser can carry a company of troops, two AT-STs, and one AT-AT walker for ground assault missions. Its small but functional hangar bay houses one squadron of TIE-class starfighters. Because of its modular design, a Strike Cruiser can be easily modified for specific missions. While the benefits of its design are obvious, the Strike Cruiser has some glaring weaknesses. The modular design means that entire systems or weapons batteries can be knocked out by a single, well placed hit."
The droid's voice went silent and Al'Meda's voice was heard again. "We will attack the Strike Cruiser's from their right flank so as to encounter them one at a time. We will approach them from their starboard and ventral side so as to concentrate firepower upon the aft "neck" of the vessel where its profile flanges out approximately two-thirds down its hull. This area is the least defended of the possible approaches to the ship."
Al'Meda looked around and raised her voice. "Take care to avoid any path that takes you aft of the Strike Cruisres. Such a path will take you into the range of the Lancers which will make our mission an all but instant failure." She let the words sink into the team. "We will avoid penetrating aft of the cruisers by emphasizing a ventral to dorsal, three dimensional vectoring, if you will, to remain out of clear range of the Lancers."
She looked around again. "Is that understood?"
The team members did not answer fast enough for Fire Knight's assurance. He turned to his fellow Crimson Vanguard bellowed the question again. "IS THAT UNDERSTOOD?"
A chorus of "yes sirs" and "yes ma'ams" emphatically filled the room.
Al'Meda continued, gesturing at the image of a new ship enlarged in the holo-projector.
"This is the craft we will be flying, the Scimitar Bomber' of the Cotelin Squadron." As if on cue, the same droid voice spat forth the particulars for this craft.
Scimitar Assault Bomber
Hull: 60 RU
Shield: 60 SBD
Weapons: 2 Laser Cannons | 2 Missile Launchers (8 missiles each) | Proton Bombs in Bomb Bay
Maneuverability: 86 DPF
"The Scimitar, though using only a single ion engine, is still faster than the TIE Bomber by more than a quarter. The pilot has been joined by a bombadier/co-pilot, and both are housed in a detachable cockpit module which has it's own life support and power supply, increasing crew survivability. The Scimitar adds a repulsorlift engine, and is specifically intended to support ground forces and attack surface targets, rather than space assaults. It has a similar weapons load to the TIE Bomber, but uses a simpler weapons mount. The entire underside of the fuselage may be opened for weapons release, and the drum is driven from a centre mounted spindle, rather than the overly complicated, end-mounted gears of the Bomber." The droid finished speaking as Al'Meda approached the three dimension projection again.
Our designations are as follows:
Crimson One – Al'Meda Zarco; Crimson Two – Fire Knight; Crimson Three Rannik; Crimson Four Anik Koran; Crimson Five – Daar Kaareth; Crimson Six – Zack Fayne.
"To summarize, we will approach the right flanking Strike Cruiser on a ventral to dorsal attack vector so as to avoid breaching the space aft of the Strike Cruiser. We will engage the first craft en masse as a unit to inflict massive damage on it so as to disorient and demoralize the defending forces. From that point, Crimsons three and four will follow me to the next ship. Crimsons five and six will follow Fire Knight to the next vessel. Keep your channel open and clear of chatter so as to receive further instructions as needed to respond to the opposing forces' movements."
"Are there any questions?"