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Enigma Sector Campaign: Ghorah Khar System (Losing Track)


Ghorah Khar (Losing Track) A

Ghorah Khar System, Enigma Sector.
Angel: We are gathered here today to bid farewell to one of the Confederation’s finest pilots. I did not know Captain Norwood very well, but she was a dedicated and skilled pilot. Her death is the Confederation’s loss. Our friend is not the only Confederation pilot who has died in the line of duty. Death is a fear each of us must face, everyday aboard this ship. But we cannot forget why we are here, and what we are fighting for. Many pilots have given their lives for our cause, and we will continue the fight in their memory.
Funeral
Four hours later…
Spirit: Christopher, Jeannette and I just wanted to say we’re sorry about Shadow.
Maverick: Liz was one of the few friends I’ve had since the Tiger’s Claw disaster.
Angel: I remember how I felt when Bossman was killed… C’est la guerre, my friend.
Maverick: She was so close to going home to her family… Another month, and her hitch would’ve been up. Blast.
Spirit: This war has stolen so much from us… but you cannot dwell on that, Maverick. You must keep your spirits up. Like Hunter. Remember the practical jokes he’d play on Maniac?
Angel: Like the time he put that slime rat in Todd’s bunk!
Maverick: It took two hours to pull Maniac off the ceiling!
Spirit: And Hunter was peeling potatoes in KP for weeks!
Angel: Ah, Christopher… we have missed you very much.
Spirit: I’m glad you are with us once again, Maverick.
Colonel Devereaux’s Office, TCS Concordia.
Angel: You will be delighted, Maverick, to learn that your next mission is not a standard patrol.
Maverick: Terrific! What’s up?
Angel: A few hours ago, the Concordia jumped into the Ghorah Khar system. We believe the Kilrathi are attempting to retake the planet… a rebel Kilrathi colony that joined the Confederation ten years ago. The Concordia will defend Ghorah Khar against the enemy assault. Your assignment is to fly as a courier to the Field HQ on Ghorah Khar.
Maverick: Well, it’s more interesting than a patrol. Any special objectives?
Angel: We believe there may be Kilrathi capital ships moving through this area. When you hit your Nav point, a trace analyser on your ship will automatically search for jump traces of enemy ships. With luck, we may be able to learn where they were headed, and send our fighters to intercept them. But I expect this will be an uneventful mission for you. That is all, Maverick. You are dismissed. Good luck!
Ferret Launch
Fly Ghorah Khar (Losing Track) A
Maverick: Ghorah Khar HQ, this is Captain Blair of the Concordia. Requesting landing clearance and ALS linkage.
Ghorah Khar: Permission granted. It’ll take us a few seconds to set up the Automatic Landing System complink for you… Are you parked, Maverick?
Maverick: Affirmative, I’m in a parking orbit. Ready for linkage when you are, HQ.
Ghorah Khar: How was your flight, Captain?
Maverick: Not too bad. I went out to pick up those capital ship jump traces. A wing of fighters tried to nail me at the Nav point. They were escorting a Dorkathi minelayer ship. They’re all history, sir. I toasted 4 cats, total. I also ran into a minefield beyond the Nav point, HQ. I have the co-ordinates on my flight disk.
Ghorah Khar: Maverick, our ALS is uplinking now. Prepare for Automatic Landing Sequence on my mark. 3… 2… 1… mark!
Maverick: Roger that, HQ!
Ghorah Khar
Confederation Ferret Patrol Fighter

Ghorah Khar (Losing Track) B

Two hours later…
Downtown: Maverick! I didn’t realise you were here. I’m Downtown. I fly off the Concordia. I’ve seen you in briefings, but never had a chance to introduce myself. So, what brings you here? A special mission?
Maverick: Just an ordinary courier assignment. Yourself?
Downtown: Flying escort for a food transport from Ghorah Khar to Niven. I used to live here on Ghorah Khar, a long time ago, so they let me have the run.
Maverick: But wasn’t this a Kilrathi planet then?
Downtown: It was. The local Kilrathi rebelled and joined the Confederation. Now the Empire may try to retake the system. It’s a bad situation. Well, I’d better see if my bird’s fuelled up yet. Got a schedule to keep. Later, Maverick.
Ghorah Khar: Captain Blair, report to the Flight Deck for immediate launch!
Ghorah Khar
Maverick: HQ, this is Captain Blair, do you read?
Ghorah Khar: Ferret ID 3478, this is Ghorah Khar HQ. The Concordia‘s current location is set in your Nav computer. Be careful on your approaches, and do not deviate from course. The cats want to retake this system, and they’re probably out on the prowl tonight. We’ve programmed your Nav computer to avoid these Kilrathi troop movements, so do not deviate from your flight path. You will not have a wingman for back-up, so if you go into a combat situation, Blair, you’re on your own.
Fly Ghorah Khar (Losing Track) B
Maverick: Concordia, this is Captain Blair, do you read?
Concordia: Loud and clear, Christopher. What’s your situation?
Maverick: I’ve completed my mission. We definitely have company out here.
Concordia: Please clarify, Maverick.
Maverick: The Nav point was uneventful, as expected. I was proceeding on course when I received a distress call from Sable Star.
Concordia: The transport carrier? What were they doing in this area?
Maverick: They diverted from their flight path to avoid Kilrathi movements… and naturally stumbled right into a wing of Drakhri fighters. I kept the Kilrathi away from that ship… they’re continuing on their course.
Concordia: How many enemy ships did you take out?
Maverick: I nailed 4 cats, ma’am.
Concordia: That’s not too bad. Proceed with your landing, Maverick. Be careful on your approach… the TCS William Tell is testing their engines.
Maverick: Roger, Concordia. I’m on my way.
Sparks: Welcome back, sir.

Ghorah Khar (Losing Track) C

Barracks, TCS Concordia.
Poker Game
Jazz: Five-card draw… everyone ante up.
Spirit: Maverick, have you met Colonel Ralgha?
Maverick: Ralgha? You mean…?
Spirit: Yes. Those Dralthi we flew ten years ago, back on the Tiger’s Claw. Ralgha’s the Kilrathi captain who defected and brought them over to our side.
Hobbes: It is an honour to meet you, Captain. Call me by my callsign, Hobbes, please.
Maverick: I’m in for ten.
Spirit: Stingray, have you met Maverick?
Stingray: I’ve heard of him. He’s the hot-shot that ran out on the Tiger’s Claw, isn’t he?
Maverick: Say what you want, Stingray, but I didn’t run.
Stingray: Hey, same to me either way. I’m just here for the adrenaline rush. I’ll see your ten, and raise five more.
Spirit: I’m out.
Hobbes: I must fold also.
Jazz: You’re dreaming, kid… raise you ten. Anyone else want to lose some money?
Maverick: Not me!
Jazz: Three aces… you beat that, Stingray?
Stingray: Not me. You’re up, Mariko.
Spirit: The game is seven-card stud.
Maverick: I’m out. I’ll play again another time.
Briefing Room, TCS Concordia.
Briefing Room
Thirty minutes into the briefing…
Angel: …Zebra Wing, that is your assignment. Maverick, you will fly this mission in a Broadsword. Your turret crew is on the flight deck. The Broadsword has lots of fire-power, but it’s not as agile as other fighters. Your mission is simple: Investigate enemy jump traces at Nav 2. Your ship will automatically track jump traces when you reach that Nav point. There may be other enemy ships moving into the area, so be careful. Maverick, you are to go to the Flight Deck and launch immediately. Doomsday, you will also launch immediately, but stay close in case the Kilrathi try another direct assault against the Concordia.
Doomsday: I can see it now… I’ll be all alone out there, against millions of Kilrathi. How depressing… I thought I’d survive for at least another week…
Angel: Good luck, mes amis! Dismissed.
Broadsword Launch
Fly Ghorah Khar (Losing Track) C
Meanwhile…
Auxiliary Communications Room, TCS Concordia.
Traitor
Traitor: Kilrath’ra rakh, walhi drathrik… Hrashra ni’lakh rakhta…
McGuffin: Thanks for watching the comm station for me, sir!
Traitor: Back so soon, kid?
McGuffin: It doesn’t take long to get coffee– Hey, that’s a Kilrathi on the screen!
Traitor: Why, yes… I believe it is. You should take longer breaks, kid. No problems, Krihakh. Fralkra himekh, TCS Concordia, co-ordinates 234576, 376867
Maverick: Maverick to Concordia, do you read?
Concordia: Major Edmond here. Let’s hear your report, Maverick.
Maverick: Ran into trouble at Nav 1… Drakhri and a Kamekh corvette. All enemy ships were destroyed, Major.
Concordia: How many kills, Captain?
Maverick: I fragged 9 furballs.
Concordia: That’s not too bad, Maverick. Very well. Stay away from Deck Seven once you’re aboard, Captain.
Maverick: Why? Is something wrong?
Concordia: Someone murdered Specialist McGuffin in the Auxiliary Commo Room. And that same person used our comm equipment to transmit a message to the Kilrathi. Captain Blair, you are cleared to land.
Sparks: Welcome back, sir. Did you hear about McGuffin?

Ghorah Khar (Losing Track) D

Observation Deck, TCS Concordia.
Spirit: Christopher, please join us. Have you heard about Specialist McGuffin?
Jazz: Somebody blew him away in the Commo Room.
Maverick: Do they have any clue who might have done it?
Spirit: Nothing yet. At least, nothing they’re letting out…
Maverick: Could this be connected to the explosion on the flight deck?
Spirit: That’s possible. Strange things have happened lately…
Jazz: …and it all started right about the time you came aboard, Christopher.
Maverick: Are you suggesting something, Major Colson?
Jazz: Not at all, Captain. Not at all.
Briefing Room, TCS Concordia.
Briefing Room
Angel: Before we begin, I wish to make a statement. This is intended to slow the spread of rumours, which could cause people unnecessary problems, n’est ce pas? We have a traitor aboard. That traitor appears to be a pilot. Evidence has been discovered that implicates a pilot in the death of the tech. There will be no loose talk on this subject.
Stingray: What’s the evidence, Colonel?
Angel: I am not at liberty to say. There will be an inspection of quarters during this mission. Pilots, let us get to our business. The Concordia is sweeping through this system, and we need patrols to clear the way. T-Hawk, you will sweep right, covering these Nav points. Zorro, you will lead the Concordia, covering these Nav points. Maverick, you will sweep left, and cover these Nav points. Be careful, mes amis. I do not want any of you to draw undue attention to yourselves. We do not want the Kilrathi to discover our destination. Each of you will be flying a Ferret. Do not take on more than you can handle, non? Engage as necessary, but keep in mind that you will be left behind if you are late. Bon chance! Dismissed.
Ferret Launch
Fly Ghorah Khar (Losing Track) D
Sparks: Welcome back, sir.
Colonel Devereaux’s Office, TCS Concordia.
Angel: What happened to your flight recorder, Christopher?
Maverick: My flight recorder?
Angel: The Flight Deck officer said it was missing from your ship.
Maverick: I don’t know… I must’ve lost it in mid-flight… but that doesn’t matter. Angel, there are Kilrathi stealth fighters in this system!
Angel: You are joking with me, non?
Maverick: Angel, don’t you believe me? Those stealth fighters were real!
Angel: What am I supposed to do? You have no flight recorder to prove an encounter with these invisible fighters.
Maverick: Blast it, I killed 7 of the bastards!
Angel: But there is no proof! I will enter a record that you killed 7 Drakhri fighters, but no one will believe this story of stealth ships.
Maverick: You have to tell Tolwyn about this immediately!
Angel: I am sorry, Christopher, but I cannot go to the Admiral with this.
Maverick: You’ve never believed the stealth fighters exist, have you? Not now, and not ten years ago, when they destroyed the Tiger’s Claw at K’Tithrak Mang… Angel, do you really believe I’m responsible for the destruction of the Tiger’s Claw?
Angel: Get some rest. We’ll talk more about this later.
Maverick: Blast it, Angel, tell me what you think!
Angel: Christopher, I must go to the Bridge now. We will talk later.
Sable Star rescued (Ghorah Khar (Losing Track) B): Ghorah Khar System
Sable Star lost (Ghorah Khar (Losing Track) B): Failure

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