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Ultima Praeparatione

Coopers Cooler
Writer
Mandalore System - MandalArms HQ

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Hanging above the now pristine world of Manda'yaim, the ubquitous MandalArms station hung, a vibrant stream of traffic coming to and from the station from the planet and from outsystem. Freighters and transports as well as sleek Mandalorian built craft were everywhere, Manda'yaim had had to invest in significant upgrades to traffic control to handle the influx. Business was booming.

Aboard the station, in a private training facility, a bank of six immersion chairs were in evidence. Kaine Australis stood wearing only a simple black jumpsuit with the emblem of Clan Australis, awaiting his visitor.

The immersion chairs allowed a user to experience a full virtual environment using a neural interface, it was as close to the real thing as you could get, and Kaine never felt that real space combat with powered down weapons was as interesting. You couldn't simulate damage and casualties effectively enough in the General's mind.

The scenario was preprogrammed, the Dathomir system, with a single destroyer for each player. Kaine versus Rex, captain to captain, to the very effectively simulated death.


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[member="Rex Taff"]
 

Ravenfire

King of Pumpkins
Writer
The last time Rex was here he was still the minister for science. He hadn't been here since then. But here he was in a blue jumpsuit with the australis symbol on the chest. He would walk in "General Kaine it is good to see you, I assume we just sit down in these chairs here and get things underway. I believe it was 1 on 1 and no other ships apart from the ones we have selected?" He would then sit in a chair with a grin on his face. "Let's do this I wanna learn as much as possible from this."
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He would sit back in the chair. Then he was on the bridge of the Valkyrie. It looked like they were in the Dathomir system. Good choice mostly open space. He would be on the bridge and turn to his comm's officer saying. "Send General Kaine I message I am ready to start the battle." He would stand right in the centre watching the other Mandalorian Star Destroyer.
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[member="Kaine Australis"]
 
Coopers Cooler
Writer
Kaine nodded to Rex and took his own seat, beginning the simulation.


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Dathomir System


Immediately, he was sat in his command chair on the bridge of one of the fleet's Mandalorian Star Destroyers. This one was named Defiant Mantis. The bridge crew were all in their stations. Kaine signalled to the comm officer to return Rex's transmission and let him know they were ready here. Kaine was ready.

A single tone indicated the contest had begun. For all intents and purposes this would be real combat. And here came the alert klaxons and red bridge lights. The sensor officer spoke first.
Sir, Hostile Destroyer detected.

Valkyrie, the unique and powerful personal Star Destroyer of Rex Taff loomed large in the bridge holodisplays.
Kaine stood up.

OpPlan Kashyyyk.

Immediately a holographic version of the General appeared. It sat in Kaine's command chair. Kaine himself headed aft, going for the hangar bay.

If the enemy sensed for Kaine in the Force, they'd feel nothing, not among the thousands of Ysalamiri aboard a Mandalorian ship of war. If they sensed with sensors, they'd detect a lifesign. The presence of a young ensign sitting in the chair behind the holoimage saw to that. If they looked in the windows, they'd see the General. But he himself would be elsewhere.

On the bridge, the hologeneral, entirely controlled by the ship's Captain, signalled to the comm officer, just as Kaine would have. Then it spoke in a near perfect approximation of Kaine's voice.

Open a channel, full video.

Captain Rex! I see you've brought the Valkyrie, too! Don't worry, we'll be gentle when we tow her back to spacedock.

The holo-Kaine grinned a very Kaine-like grin. Then it looked away from the transmission to the bridge officers.

Full ahead. Give them a long range hello. And launch all fighters.

Defiant Mantis lashed out with its long range weaponry, and her fighters began the scramble to launch. In the bay, last to leave among the fighters and gunships was a single craft, which cloaked before making its way into space. Aboard was General Kaine Australis.

Kaine had brought his own surprise to this little skirmish, and he hoped Rex was ready for it.
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[member="Rex Taff"]

TL:DR

Defiant Mantis firing long range weapons at Valkyrie and approaching at full speed, launching fighters.

Werlaara (1) - Kaine
2 Sqn Heavy Interceptor (8)
2 Sqn Fury-Class (24)
2 Sqn Autofighter (32)
 

Ravenfire

King of Pumpkins
Writer
Dathomir System
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The Alarms went off as the sensor officer said "Sir the enemy ship as started moving towards us." Rex nodded "Good. Full speed ahead as well and begin firing our own long range kyber batteries." The Comm's officer would say "Sir [member="Kaine Australis"] is hailing us." Rex nodded let him though. Rex couldn't shake the feeling that wasn't Kaine. But he couldn't check without the force or could he. "Sensors check for life signs along the ship the hangers included something smells off, Kaine always has something up his sleeve." Sensors officer would nod. "Sir they have launched six flights of ships."
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"What do you mean six? They have seven hangers like us don't they?" A technical officer would answer his question "Yes Sir." Sensors would then say "Sir everything seems normal, but something strange was just in the last hanger, it is gone now." Rex would then say "That isn't nothing. Kaine's up to something lets wait and see what." Rex would think for a second. "Launch all of our flights but have one flight set up picket lines. Don't let those fighters though and sensors check that hanger again when we get close it isn't like Kaine to hold back." He would look at the other ship. "Actually use our better speed and manoeuvrability against them. Try to avoid those shots." The first salvo would hit the molecular shields nearly making it through. "Damn it we need to avoid those shots use our speed to our advantage."
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TL;DR

The Valkyrie is firing it's own long ranged weapons. It is also moving to try and avoid the shots. It has launched all of it's fighters.
Rex had the senors scan Kaine's ship and they detected a lifeform in the last hanger that didn't launch any ships. Rex is suspicious but can't prove anything yet.

2 Sqn Heavy Interceptor (8)
2 Sqn Fury-Class (24)
2 Sqn Autofighter (32)

1 Sqn Autofighter (16) on picket duty keeping a screen around the Valkyrie

First Salvo hit his shields
 
Coopers Cooler
Writer
Dathomir System

OpPlan Kashyyyk was in full effect. Communications between Rex and Kaine were cut, and Defiant Mantis went to war. Her long range turbolasers continued to fire on Valkyrie, trying to track the big destroyer's maneuvering. Range continued to close, it wouldn't be too long before they'd be within proper slugging range.

Outside, the attack formation came into view. Two forks, one went port, one starboard, both on parabolic courses that would cross the distance between Mantis and Valkyrie around the time they got into firing range.

What would Rex do, Kaine wondered to himself. Split his fighters to cover both groups? Go for the unprotected destroyer? Something else?

Kaine himself busied himself preparing for the first of his surprises for his Chiss vod.


12 Furies, 16 Autofighters and 4 Interceptors went to port, the same to starboard, each group led by the fast movers, with the furies arrayed around the heavier craft in a pair of nice neat formations. Mantis came straight up the centre. Werlaara was approaching Valkyrie, carefully, silently, hoping to go unnoticed.

The flash of kyber-focused long-range turbolasers continued to brighten space between the two dagger shaped combatants.

[member="Rex Taff"]

Defiant Mantis firing long range weapons at Valkyrie and approaching at full speed.

Werlaara (1) - Approaching Valkyrie

1 Sqn Heavy Interceptor (4) - parabolic approach to Valkyrie from port side
1 Sqn Fury-Class (12)
1 Sqn Autofighter (16)

1 Sqn Heavy Interceptor (4) - parabolic approach to Valkyrie from starboard side
1 Sqn Fury-Class (12)
1 Sqn Autofighter (16)
 

Ravenfire

King of Pumpkins
Writer
Dathomir System - [member="Kaine Australis"]
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The salvos were no longer hitting them and their shots weren't even landing. Rex looked at the weapons officer. "Do we have a targeting problem? Why aren't we hitting their ship?" "Hang on sir I will do a diagnostics check." He thought he trained his people better than this. Then again this was just a simulation. Sensors would then call out "Sir their fighters are approaching from either side." Rex would look at a holomap. "Okay since we aren't hitting their main craft destroy those anti fighter gunships." Weapons would nod changing targets.
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"How close are they?" He would ask, sensors would reply. "They are within range of our long kyber turbolasers, they will be in our Ion cannons range soon." "Excellent once they are hit them, pull our anti-fighter gunships back into a picket line. Send two squadrons of the autofighters to hit their ship and send one squad of fury class at the starboard group and the other at the port side group. Target those anti-fighters first and get them outta my sky. Then hit their fury's and keep out of range of their main ship's lasers while we do so. We are faster than them." He would be happy with his choices.
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TL;DR

The Valkyrie is still moving avoiding shots. They have changed targets to the enemy Heavy Interceptor. Once the fighters are in range they will being firing the rest of their weapon systems at them.

1 Sqn Fury-Class (12) - heading for port group
1 Sqn Fury-Class (12) - heading for starboard group.

2 Sqn Autofighter (32) - heading straight to the Defiant Mantis.

1 Sqn Autofighter (16) on picket duty keeping a screen around the Valkyrie
2 Sqn Heavy Interceptor (8) also on picket duty now
 
Coopers Cooler
Writer
Dathomir System
By now, the fighters had reached engagement range. For the purposes of the engagement, Kaine's forces would be considered friendly, or blue forces, and Rex's would be considered hostile, or red forces.

Defiant Mantis ceased her turbolaser assault, no doubt recharging her weapon arrays for a more intimate encounter. Her engines hauled the large dagger shaped craft straight on in towards Valkyrie. The fighters would get the first shot, but Mantis was coming to get hers.

A comm officer reported to the Captain. There was little point speaking to holokaine when no one could see.

Enemy fighters approaching.

Autofighters. Let them come.

Among the squadrons, Kaine's pilots knew the Fury well, MandalArms designs having come into service across the fleet some time ago. They were amazingly agile, and could turn in their own axis and fire in any direction. What they lacked was speed and toughness. Kaine's fighter tactics took advantage of these weaknesses. The Autofighter, was fast, maneuverable, light, and perfect for engaging enemy fighters, not Star Destroyers.

In both the port and starboard engagements, Kaine's tactics, formations and style of attack were identical. Both Group Two and Group One executed their orders precisely;


The autofighters veered away at all points of the compass, The friendly furies fired proton torpedoes, one to each of Rex's furies, and then jinked clear of any return fire, using their own weapons to fire on the furies even as they tumbled away, evasive after firing. Meanwhile the quadcannons on the Heavy Interceptors blasted away, their heavier guns silent for now. The big craft weaved and rocked to avoid the now incoming long range blasts from Valkyrie, who they thought mad for firing into their own fightercraft. The autofighters would continue their maneuver, racing back in at sharp angles to finish off any surviving furies with rapid fire attacks.

Despite the long range assault, the aim of Kaine's fighter formations was to box in each craft with too much to do, and tear it apart. The friendly fighters had been lucky enough so far to evade any fire from Rex's Star Destroyer, but that couldn't last forever, especially as they got closer.

The fire coming in on her unreturned by her own guns any longer, Defiant Mantis raced in towards Valkyrie. Werlaara and Kaine, meanwhile, would be in range of the Valkyrie extremely soon...

[member="Rex Taff"]

Defiant Mantis charging weapons arrays to full power, still approaching Valkyrie at full speed.

Werlaara (1) - Approaching Valkyrie

1 Sqn Heavy Interceptor (4) - Port Engagement with Rex's furies
1 Sqn Fury-Class (12)
1 Sqn Autofighter (16)

1 Sqn Heavy Interceptor (4) - Starboard Engagement with Rex's furies
1 Sqn Fury-Class (12)
1 Sqn Autofighter (16)
 

Ravenfire

King of Pumpkins
Writer
What the Kark was he doing. He had a plan and it had gone out the window. He watch as his furies got torn apart. He was so focused on trying to anticipate [member="Kaine Australis"] he had just lost a whole squadron of furies. What the Kark. He called back what was left of them sending them at the Defiant mantis, while calling back the auto fighters.

"Right we are going to turn on the damn ship. Turn and Full speed at the Defiant mantis. I am going to rip them in half." "Sir what about the enemy fighters." "Let them come our pickets and weapons can take them on, change the long range weapons back to the Defiant mantis. We are going to rip him apart. Destroy the destroyer then we can focus on their fighters."

TL;DR

The Valkyrie moving at full speed to ram the defiant mantis and cut them along the hull blades. They have changed targets back to the defiant Mantis. Once the fighters are in range they will being firing the rest of their weapon systems at them as well as the picket squads.

They lost half of both squads of fury class and have sent what was left at the destroyer.
1 Sqn Fury-Class (12) - heading for The defiant mantis

The two squadrons of auto fighters have been called back too the defensive screen.
3 Sqn Autofighter (48) on picket duty keeping a screen around the Valkyrie
2 Sqn Heavy Interceptor (8) also on picket duty now

Rex no longer cares where kaine is. He is on the understanding that destroying the destroyer will allow him to take out the fighters easier.
 
Coopers Cooler
Writer
The engagement so far was going according to plan. Rex's force had lost a dozen fighters, then they'd recieved new orders and had broken for Defiant Mantis. This got them clear of Kaine's furies and interceptors, but made them easy prey for the Autofighters, which continued to harrass them, outnumbering the fleeing groups sixteen to six.

Kaine's forces meanwhile continued. The Furies and Heavies kept course, adjusting for Valkyrie's acceleration. Now the two capital ships were charging one another. The fire was still all one way, with Valkyrie's long range turbolasers splashing the shields of Mantis, while Defiant Mantis simply came on, content to absorb the enemy fire.

On the bridge, an officer called out to the Captain, ignoring holokaine.

Sir, forward shields down to seventy five percent.

The Captain was unmoved.

Carry on. Full ahead, and continue charging weapons. If they want to come into range sooner, all the better for us. Stand by.

Outside, Werlaara had now, thanks to Valkyrie's acceleration and change of course, come within weapons range of the ship. She was able to keep pace easily with the much larger Valkryie, and carefully, slowly, utilzing her engines and thrusters as little as possible to evade detection, she crept in ever closer.


[member="Rex Taff"]

Defiant Mantis (charging weapons arrays to full power, still approaching Valkyrie at full speed.)

Werlaara (1) - Within weapons range of Valkyrie

1 Sqn Heavy Interceptor (4) - Approaching Valkyrie from Port
1 Sqn Fury-Class (12)

1 Sqn Autofighter (16) - Chasing remaining Furies

1 Sqn Heavy Interceptor (4) - Approaching Valkyrie from Starboard
1 Sqn Fury-Class (12)

1 Sqn Autofighter (16) - Chasing remaining Furies
 
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