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Vega Sector Campaign: Kurasawa System

Kurasawa 1

Shotglass: Maverick, how’s it going? So here we are, in Kurasawa. Kilrathi call it Warach Tha, they say. Empire’s s’posed to have several bases on an’ ’round the fourth planet, so I suppose you boys’ll be seein’ some serious action soon. Still, we’re not the first Terran ship here. I heard the Kilrathi in system are already half beat.
Angel: Allô, Maverick. You have a moment, non? The Colonel has directed our crew chiefs to prepare our Rapiers for battle. I had hoped we would have flown them more before now. C’est la vie. Should you get the chance, let me know how they fly. It is trés important. Au revoir, Maverick.
Maniac: Maverick, am I glad to see you. I’m going insane listening to Angel talk about fuel-to-acceleration ratios. Heard that we’re about to raid some fuzzball bases. That’d be great! I haven’t shot at anything in a week, and I’m starting to get restless.
Briefing Room
Mission Briefing. Kurasawa System, 06:00 hours, 2654.281.
Halcyon: All right, boys and girls. Let’s get to work. First, I want to congratulate you all for your efforts at Dakota. Our successes there were crucial to recent developments in the war effort. The Kilrathi advance has been halted, and now the Confederation is on the offensive. Now we’re moving on the Kilrathi bases in the Kurasawa system. These bases are vital to Kilrathi command and communication in the sector. The Empire is currently trying to ferry troops and supplies to these bases, in a frantic attempt to defend them. I’m sending my best pilots, in my best fighters, to head off these supplies.
The commander assigns several wings, led by Iceman, Hunter, and other aces. Maverick’s assignment comes last…
Halcyon: Theta is especially vital, so I’m sending you, Maverick, with Bossman as your wing. Computer, display Theta Wing. We’ve detected several Kilrathi fighters circling two nearby jump points. One Dorkir-class transport has already jumped in here, at Nav 1a. You’ll intercept and destroy it, then move on to Nav 2, where another squadron of Kilrathi fighters awaits an incoming ’sport. When you’ve taken care of any ’sports that appear at Nav 2, return to the Tiger’s Claw via Nav 1b, in case there are any late arrivals. Questions?
Bossman: Yes, Colonel. Do we have any intelligence regarding the contents of the ’sports?
Halcyon: Nothing definite, Major, but that first Dorkir is especially well guarded. It must be something – or someone – the hairballs don’t want to lose. If that’s all the questions, then let’s get into space. Squadron dismissed.
Rapier Launch
Fly Kurasawa 1
Mission Debriefing. 15:00 hours, 2654.281.
Halcyon: Welcome back, Major. Let’s have your report.
Maverick: Yes sir. We nailed the Dorkir at Nav 1a. We got another ’sport at Nav 2. We took out one more at Nav 1b, on the way back in.
Halcyon: We’ve determined that the first Dorkir was a command staff ship, Maverick. Blasting that one should cripple their chain of command. Good job. I’ve read the flight log of your engagements, Major. You took out 7 of the fuzzballs, Maverick, and Bossman got 7. I’ll go over your report in detail later. You did well out there, Maverick. That’s all. Dismissed.

Kurasawa 2

Shotglass: Take a load off, Maverick. I’ve got good news. We just got a report from the siege force over Kurasawa IV. The CSS Suffolk just torched a Kilrathi communications station. That should keep those Kilrathi jerks in the dark for a while. I’ll let you know if I hear anything else. See you, Maverick.
Knight: Good day, Maverick. Heard you’re flying a Rapier these days. Is it really as quick as everyone says? I’ve got to see it in action. I just got back from a patrol out near Kurasawa IV. That was a nightmare. Me and Lightning were jumped by a couple of wings of Gratha. We managed to take out five of them before they got Lightning. If we’d had those Rapiers, I bet that we’d never have taken a hit. They’re good ships. You’re lucky to fly one out.
Spirit: Konichi-wa, Maverick-san. Do you have time to share? I am inspired by the reports of our successes. We are doing well. Still, I am sure that there are many battles left to be fought. The Kilrathi will not be vanquished until they are beaten on their own territory. Beware a desperate enemy, Maverick. They will stop at nothing to defeat you. Until we meet again.
Briefing Room
Mission Briefing. Kurasawa System, 06:00 hours, 2654.282.
Halcyon: Okay, boys and girls, we’ve been lucky. Less than 4 hours ago, we received a Code Blue transmission. It seems our boys captured a Ralari-class destroyer in the Port Hedland system. Sector Command wants to use this ship in our siege here at Kurasawa. I’ve given my assurances that we’ll bring her in intact. I’m sending a wing to rendezvous with the Ralari and escort it to the Claw. Bossman and Maverick, this one’s yours. Maverick will fly lead.
Maverick: Understood, Colonel.
Halcyon: Here’s the scenario. Computer, display Omicron. The Ralari entered the system at the jump-point near Nav 1. There’s an asteroid belt along the way. Keep your eyes peeled for trouble. Once you’ve arrived at the rendezvous point, you’ll escort the destroyer back here. One other note. Our sensors show a Kilrathi force approaching at high speed. They must have been sent to prevent us from getting the Ralari. Expect a tough fight. That’s all, gentlemen. Dismissed.
Rapier Launch
Fly Kurasawa 2
Mission Debriefing. 15:00 hours, 2654.282.
Halcyon: The captured Ralari has pulled into formation with the Claw. Good job, Maverick! Same for you, Major Chen. You both are a credit to the Confederation.
Bossman: The credit belongs to Maverick, sir.
Maverick: I can’t take all the credit, sir. Bossman played a major role.
Halcyon: Let’s review what happened out there. Maverick got 7 of the hairballs, and 1 for Bossman. I commend you on bringing back the Ralari. Dismissed.
Hangar Deck. 17:00 hours, 2654.282.
Halcyon: For meritorious conduct in confronting the Kilrathi enemy, in the Kurasawa system, on or about 2654.282, the Terran Confederation is proud to present the Silver Star to Major Blair. Your courage is exemplary of the Confederation’s finest defenders. Good job, Maverick. Congratulations.
Maverick: Thank you, sir.
Award Ceremony
Filled with pride, Maverick meets the applause of his fellows.

Kurasawa 3

Shotglass: Good morning, Major. How’s tricks? Have you seen the news trids that they’re showin’ in the mess hall lately? Mostly repeats, last I saw. I mean, can’t we ever get any new shows? What happened to the Confederate News Network? It’s getting harder to know what’s going on before everyone else does around here. After all, I’ve got a reputation as an omniscient bartender to uphold.
Hunter: Say there, mate. Got a minute? I’ve ’ad a chat with the Colonel. ’e says we’ll be flyin’ together soon. Let me give you a few notes on my style… before we launch. Right off, I’m not as crazy as some people say. I’ve just got me own ways. ’long as we take a crack at any fuzzballs we see, I’ll be ’appy. Also, it never ’urts to check out ev’ry angle. Even if that means going against the plan. After all, you just might find something you’d miss otherwise.
Iceman: Major. Looks like we’ve got the hairballs on the run. But I won’t sleep well until they’re out of the sector. Still, I’d like to get my hands on one of them… face to face… to answer for what they did to my family on Vega VII!
Briefing Room
Mission Briefing. Kurasawa System, 06:00 hours, 2654.283.
Halcyon: All right, people, here’s what we’ve got. We’ve received a tight-band transmission from the Formidable, an Exeter-class destroyer. She’s just come from a scrap, and she’s in rough shape. Your mission will be to rendezvous with her, and guard her against further attack. Hunter and Waxman, you get the duty. Hunter will fly lead.
Maverick: Excuse me, sir? I served on the Formidable back at the Academy. If possible, I’d like this mission.
Halcyon: Very well, Maverick, you and Bossman get the nod. Maverick will take the lead.
Maverick: Thank you, sir.
Halcyon: Here’s the flight plan. Computer, display Chi. You are to proceed directly to the Formidable, which jumped in at Nav 1. The destroyer has reported a minefield between Nav 1 and the Claw. Once you’ve arrived at the rendezvous point, you’ll escort the destroyer back here. You should return via Nav 2, and avoid the minefield entirely. Be on guard. The Kilrathi would love to take out an Exeter-class ship. Dismissed.
Rapier Launch
Fly Kurasawa 3
Mission Debriefing. 15:00 hours, 2654.283.
Halcyon: Good to have you back. What’s the status of the destroyer?
Maverick: She’s been put into tow, and is powering down for repairs.
Halcyon: Good. You’ve earned us one more ship we have to use against the hairballs. Both of you have done a fine job out there. Let’s review your performance. Maverick, you destroyed 5 of the Kilrathi fighters, and Bossman killed 5. Why don’t you go and see Commander Della Guardia on the Formidable? She’s already asked to meet her escort. Dismissed.
Rostov capture
Primitive alien village, Rostov System.
As the Kilrathi fleet flees Rostov before the advancing Human warships, a handful of Kilrathi marines are stranded on Rostov’s jungle world, where they are captured by the native sentients, the Mopoks.
Win: Venice System
Lose: Rostov System

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