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Operation Thor’s Hammer: Retreat

Retreat 1

Shotglass: Maverick! How’s it goin’? I can’t believe we’re pullin’ out. We never finished our job. We’re just letting the people at Goddard die for nothing. NOTHING! Old Man Halcyon better not walk through here… I’d tell him to… oh, what’s the use? We did all we could to win. I just hate losing to those fleabags.
Angel: Bonjour, Maverick. I am very upset about our defeat. Up to this point, we had been pressing the attack… and now we run like frightened children. I have spoken with the Colonel about our chances of surviving our retreat. And the odds do not favour us. I have never felt so helpless. I only wish that I had done more to help our chances.
Spirit: Hello, Maverick. Will you join me? I am trying to console Jeanette, but she is most adamant in her anger. Everywhere I go, there is only talk of failure and defeat. We have not lost the war yet, only this one operation has failed. I cannot believe that we will bow our heads to the Kilrathi ever. Keep that close to your heart, Maverick. It will give you inner strength.
Briefing Room
Mission Briefing, 06:00 hours, 2655.155. Retreating from Kilrathi Territory.
Halcyon: All right, everyone. Listen up and listen good. As you know, our failure to achieve success against the Kilrathi means we must withdraw from Kilrathi space. We have to assume that the Kilrathi will pursue and attempt to destroy us. The most likely scenario involves a strike against the Claw near the border. This gives them the most time to prepare for our arrival. If we can disrupt their scouts enough, we just might avoid their main retaliatory forces. Okay, here’s your assignments. You’ll fly to each of the three Nav points with the goal of destroying any Kilrathi you encounter. Remember, this is our only plan to get us out alive.
Maverick waits until his name is called.
Halcyon: Iota Wing will be Maverick and Maniac, Maverick as wingleader. That’s everyone. Stay sharp, people. Dismissed.
Scimitar Launch
Fly Retreat 1
Mission Debriefing – 15:00 hours, 2655.155.
Halcyon: Okay, Maverick. Let’s hear it.
Maverick: Yes, sir. The run out to Nav One was uneventful, but once I arrived, there was a wing of Krant escorting a Fralthi, heading for the Claw.
Halcyon: Obviously you made it back… how’d you do?
Maverick: Toasted the Fralthi, sir. At Nav Two, there were a mass of Dralthi. I counted ten at least. I killed as many as I could, then headed on.
Halcyon: Understood, Maverick. Go on.
Maverick: Yes, sir. I went for Nav 3 next and when I got there, there were two Ralari with Gratha wings on patrol. The first Ralari wasn’t too difficult to take out, sir. And the second Ralari is dusted, sir. No problem.
Halcyon: Okay, Maverick. I’ll see that the other wings take out what you missed. The numbers for you are as follows: 13 bagged by you and Maniac got 12. Dismissed.

Retreat 2

Shotglass: Maverick! What are you doing here? We’re in a Code Red alert! You’d better head to Briefing. We’ll talk after the show.
Briefing Room
Mission Briefing, 06:00 hours, 2655.160. Nearing the Kilrathi/Terran Border.
Halcyon: We’re at full alert, everyone. Our retreat across the border won’t be as clean as we’d hoped. We are already tracking several inbounds approaching from multiple vectors. Each of which could mean our destruction. All of you will launch immediately, one wing after another to stop them. There are only two ways this can go, people… either the Claw survives, or it doesn’t. If we survive, we’ll be jumping as fast as possible on a course for Vega sector. Questions? No? Okay, wing assignments. Blair and Marshall are Upsilon Wing, Blair is still wingleader.
The other wings are assigned quickly and efficiently.
Halcyon: That’s all. Prepare to launch. Dismissed.
Scimitar Launch
Fly Retreat 2
Mission Debriefing – 15:00 hours, 2655.160.
Halcyon: Welcome back, gentlemen. I’ve got to get to the bridge for the jump, fill me in quickly on your kills.
Maverick: Yes, Colonel. I killed 11. Maniac knocked out 11.
Halcyon: Maverick, I need to see you in my office later. Dismissed.
Kilrathi Illudium Mines
The Kilrathi Slave Mines.
With the retreat of the Tiger’s Claw and the failure of her mission, the Kilrathi use their new weapon to establish dominance over Confederate defenders. Thousands of Humans are enslaved and taken to the Kilrathi Illudium mines, forced to work in misery until dying from the radiation in the ore… their toil fuelling the Kilrathi advance towards the Human homeworlds.

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