2 Hours till Zero Hour
Akita stood at the front of the room as the gathered attendees chatted. Nearby, Kaine's datapad beeped, a unique notification, letting them know that the final intelligence reports had come in from the Mandalore system. That had been a hard decision. By seeking that information, and getting it out, they had not only burned those sources, but also tipped off the Sith that the Mandalorian were coming. Kaine and Akita and Adenn had judged the value of the information and the necessity of having it, worth the sacrifice. The agents knew what was being asked of them.
The old Gurlanin looked up at the room, away from the datapad.
Thankyou for coming. We don't have a lot of time, and you've all been patient with the lack of information. It's time for me to let you in on the plan.
The Mandalore system was a star system located within the Mandalore sector of the galaxy's Outer Rim Territories. Positioned in the galactic north-east, the Mandalore system was comprised of nine planets—Nog, Akaan, Tracyn, Kalevala, Mandalore, Mandallia, Bonagal, Shukut, and Werda—and their...
He activated the room's large holoprojector, and the room darkened to highlight the display. The Mandalore system, a convoluted mess on the system view. 9 planets and a whole collection of moons, orbiting a single primary star. After a few moments, the display zoomed in to focus on the fifth planet and its pair of satellites.
Occupied Mandalore, or Moridinae as our old friend Darth Carnifex has named it. Concordia, which theyve turned into another Death Star.
As he mentioned the two celestial bodies, the display highlighted the new additions to the system. Areas on the surface of both the planet and the moon were highlighted and began to pulse for identification.
The Sith have fortified the moon with a plethora of weapons. Those weapons must be prevented from firing on Mandalore.
A fleet of ships appeared between the moon and the planet, focused around the moon's equator.
Our ships will stand between Mandalore and harm while our strike team takes down those weapons.
A second force appeared, moving down to Mandalore's surface, while a third moved down to the Moon.
The ground force on Mandalore will be tasked with the most important mission. They will free and rescue as many of our vode currently in Sith captivity as they can. Our people are no doubt being poorly treated, and likely slated for extermination at best. The Sith can and have done worse. We owe it to them to get them the hell out of there.
Akita stepped back, and slapped Kaine Australis none too gently on the back. From here, it was to the Mandalore to lead his people to success or failure.
-------- Zero Hour --------
The intelligence provided at the cost of hundreds of Mandalorian lives had given the Network's forces a clear and up-to-date picture of the Mandalore system. It had, most likely, led to Sith Intelligence figuring out that the Mandalorians were coming, and probably the timing of the assault. That couldn't be helped. The Network knew they needed the information, and if the price was alerting the defenders, they'd have to factor that into the plan.
Akita had been surprised to see that Kaine's plan was a very un-Australis one. Though on the surface, he wished the assault to appear to be a typical Australis rush, raid in force, little forethought, in truth, it was a delaying action. The battle didn't matter. The homeworld, symbol that it was, didn't matter. Not today. Today, they had come to rescue their captive sisters and brothers.
Bethikas - Bombarding
Direwolfs - Bombarding
Terror Australis - Bombarding
Between Concordia and Mandalore
Shieldcarriers - Lots
Fighters - A tremendous amount
Ships began to emerge in-system, led by the Terror Australis, a visible symbol of the Clan's presence. They came out of hyperspace in ones and twos, then threes and fours, and continued to pop out into the system. Dozens. Hundreds. They kept coming. The Network was throwing almost all of its military forces into this operation, and it showed. The starship forges of Myrkr, of Hodasal, of Alsakan, and other minor worlds poured their fresh bounty to the Network's cause.
Diversionary raids elsewhere, some on cargo vessels, some on outlying systems, had kept up the facade that the assault force wanted to hit Mandalore. There was no hiding who was coming and where they were coming. But, the attackers hoped, they might be able to hide their true purpose until it was too late.
The outer system also recieved visitors, though not nearly in the gargantuan numbers now assaulting Mandalore and its moon.
Each fighter garrison recieved a single shieldcarrier as a guest. Not enough force to overwhelm and destroy each garrison, they didn't need to. Their job was to tie up the fighters and stop them having an impact elsewhere. Each carrier's 30 squadrons of droidfighters would launch and swarm the enemy. It was calculated to be a stalemate, which suited the attackers just fine.
The prison complexes recieved somewhat greater attention. Clan Australis's elite force of stealth vessels decanted above the 7th planet. Heavy cruisers provided fire support while frigates, corvettes, and landing craft moved into the gravity well to support the landings. Strongpoints and defences were targeted from above with precision heavy weapons. Shields and defences were engaged with ion cannons. Heavy troops came down via shuttle, ready to liberate the prison camps. The outer system would not see the main battle, but liberating those camps was a primary goal of the Mando'ade.
Between Mandalore and Concordia, Network shieldcarriers dropped from hyperspace in great numbers. These were key to The Network's plan, capable of absorbing significant damage, they would stand between Mandalore and harm coming from Concordia. They formed several lines of rocky sentinels between the moon of Concordia and the planet of Mandalore. The rest of the fleet was well outnumbered by the mass of gargantuan asteroid-like ships standing between the moon and the planet. But this was only one part of the mission.
Almost one entire half of the moon's equator recieved more attention, as further vessels dropped into the system, far closer to the satellite. These were ostensibly space stations, far slower through hyperspace than warships, but absolutely festooned with weaponry which was now trained down on the fortress moon. Ten of the bulbous organic stations popped back into realspace and moved in a great wave down into their bombardment positions around the moon's equatorial trench. Keeping well clear of the pack of organic behemoths, a wing of Direwolf-class battlecruisers also moved in to bombard the fortress moon's weapon arrays. Joining the Terror Australis, the assault fleet began to pound the moon's equatorial trench facing Manda'yaim with relentless fire.
Though this was an incredible array of firepower, and an incredible sight to boot, things weren't quite done just yet. Finally, the ground assault forces themselves began to drop in. Two main thrusts, one towards the planet of Mandalore itself, one towards the moon of Concordia. A very red, very fast ship led the assault towards Concordia; the Red Razor, aboard which was Kaine Australis himself.
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