Natasha Might | Orbital Battle | Butcher Bay
Universal Jungle: Dark Sentinels
The short story takes place 15 years before the start the book. Captain Natasha Might and her wolfpack ER bridged into the system. Might is the Captain of the starfrigate the No Luck. This story takes place right after the story ï¿½Inside the Beastï¿½ featuring Major Yosef Amir.
The 12th Stellar Group was a component of the anti-slaving taskforce ï¿½Freedom Watchï¿½.ï¿½ A portion of that taskforce was ordered to support the rapidly developing conflict at the human settlement known as Butcher Bay. ï¿½Captain Natasha Might couldnï¿½t believe that she was prepping her SF-99D starfrigate for combat against aliens. ï¿½All stations reported ready for combat, but Captain Might felt that her crew was not ready for this.
Pale skin, freckles, and fiery red hair matched the bright red color of the Astro Corps uniform and bridge. ï¿½Twelve officers sat in crash couches strapped into tactical terminals, mentally controlling the frigate into combat. ï¿½The starfrigate, No Luck, emerged from the hull of the bridgestar frigate carrier. ï¿½Five more frigates followed No Luck in formation toward the enemy. ï¿½The wolfpack accelerated toward the Poveen cruisers in orbit above the planet. ï¿½Poveen cruisers broke orbit and moved toward the incoming assault force.ï¿½ Six wolfpacks of six starfrigates approached with 3 dreadstars, a starcarrier, and multiple support stars toward the aliens.
ï¿½No Luck, this is what we have prepared for. ï¿½Weapons hot, shields up, engines burn lock, point defense active, crash couches locked, and it is time to fight. ï¿½I am sending the vector to target alpha and prepare to engage,ï¿½ communicated Captain Might to the wolfpack
she commanded. ï¿½Sweat dripped down the side of her face inside the helmet. ï¿½No Luck was already
in full battle mode. ï¿½The atmosphere
was pumped out of the compartments to prevent explosive decompression and fire. ï¿½Artificial gravity and life support were deactivated, except for select regions of the frigate. ï¿½All energy was redirected to shielding and weapons systems.
ï¿½What is the sitrep? ï¿½Where do our forces stand? ï¿½I have nothing on my HUD.ï¿½ Who is destroying those cruisers?ï¿½ barked Might at the operations officer. ï¿½The fog of war clouded the battle. ï¿½Poveen cruisers were exploding, but Might couldnï¿½t acquire any human starships in local space. ï¿½The elements of 12th Stellar Group had ER bridged so close to combat that they struggled to get an accurate update on the battle. ï¿½The speed of light was too slow and as they closed the distance, the readings scrambled due to interference.
ï¿½First indications are that the cruisers have been destroyed by Comet Corps soldiers. ï¿½The explosions originated from inside the cruisers. ï¿½We are also picking up distress calls from breechstars and dropstars. ï¿½Movement in the debris fields also indicate active Comet Corps battalions on vector toward the other cruisers,ï¿½ said the officer.
ï¿½Thatï¿½s crazy.ï¿½ Who is the commander of this system?ï¿½
ï¿½Sub Commander Malcom Masters. ï¿½Sir we have tactical information arriving from the planet.ï¿½
Might quickly accessed the data stream as she read the information flooding into her frigate.ï¿½ Might quickly took the recommendations of the commanding officer on the planet and constructed a battle plan.
ï¿½30 seconds until contact.ï¿½ What are your orders sir?ï¿½ yelled the weapons officer.
ï¿½Okay.ï¿½ Wolfpack Colorado, it is time to hunt. ï¿½Launch two full barrages of chaff at 10 seconds and 15 seconds post mark. ï¿½Ready mark. ï¿½Next ready three spreads of SM-12 Hammerheads and launch at 20 seconds post mark. ï¿½Ready mark. ï¿½Vector all missiles away from the chaff on my approach vector.ï¿½
ï¿½Sir, I want to make sure I heard you correctly. ï¿½We will not fire any missiles behind the chaff?ï¿½
ï¿½Yes, and execute.ï¿½
ï¿½Launched sir,ï¿½ said the weapons officer. ï¿½The five other frigates in the wolfpack followed the strange orders. ï¿½As they approached the first
Poveen cruiser, it fired on the chaff and ignored the missiles racing for the hull of the craft. ï¿½144 SM-12ï¿½s accelerated at 90 gs toward the cruisers. ï¿½It continued to fire its arched energy weapons at the chaff. ï¿½It burned through the gas and metal quickly until the chaff was gone. ï¿½The cruiser quickly turned to fire on the missiles. ï¿½They intercepted most of the hammerheads, but some made it through.ï¿½ 42 missiles slammed into the inner shields and hull of the cruiser. ï¿½The kinetic warheads exploded once inside causing massive damage, but the cruiser was still in the fight.
It fired a blaze of arched energy at the starfrigates.ï¿½ No Luck took evasive maneuvers as the long energy bolts reached out to touch the starfrigates like long fingers. ï¿½Two of the starfrigates of Wolfpack Colorado were struck by the arched energy and were destroyed.
ï¿½Damn, our shields can only take one direct hit from the primary weapons system. ï¿½Fire two more barrages of chaff.ï¿½ Fire two barrages of SM-12s. ï¿½This time, fire one outside the chaff and keep one behind,ï¿½ barked Might.
With precision, the wolfpack fired the second assault. ï¿½The Poveen cruisers focused on the missiles on a vector away from the chaff. ï¿½Once the missiles were destroyed, it focused on the chaff.ï¿½ This time, hammerheads streaked out the chaff to slam into the cruisers.ï¿½ It listed to one side as secondary explosions could be seen by the sensors. ï¿½It reached out and struck two more of the starfrigates in anger.
ï¿½Damn it.ï¿½ How much can that thing take? ï¿½Ready the SM-11. ï¿½Target the largest hole in its hull and get those nukes inside,ï¿½ yelled Captain Might. ï¿½The weapons officer prepared a fire solution and launched a barrage of the smaller but faster nuclear-tipped SM-11 missiles at the cruiser. ï¿½The remaining starfrigate in the wolfpack fired as well. ï¿½The missiles raced toward the cruiser, but they were all intercepted before they reached the target. ï¿½The two frigates closed within 50 thousand meters and they opened with rail cannon fire. ï¿½The damaged Poveen cruiser could not maneuver well and it took a beating as both frigates rolled, dodged, and evaded fire from the cruiser. ï¿½The tungsten, uranium, and depleted neutron-tipped rounds slammed into the cruiser. ï¿½The kinetic energy of the rounds travelling near the speed of light tore more holes inside of the cruiser, but it kept firing.
Aid arrived in the form of a three starfighter wings. ï¿½48 fighter craft swooped in on the wounded cruiser like vultures.ï¿½ The Poveen cruisers point defense systems were extremely compromised by them, but were still able to pound the fighters. ï¿½After three passes of the cruisers, only 13 remained.ï¿½ They broke off the attack to regroup. ï¿½In that time, the remaining starfrigate was also destroyed.
ï¿½Sir, I have received a fire solution from the planet directly from Sub Commander Masters,ï¿½ yelled the weapons officer.
ï¿½Use it. ï¿½We are out of time and options,ï¿½ yelled Captain Might. ï¿½The weapons officer entered the fire solution.ï¿½ No Luck bucked and twisted directly toward the Poveen cruiser. ï¿½They fired the quad rail cannons at a section of the alien craft near the massive sphere that dominated the cruiser. ï¿½The rounds ripped into the hull of the craft and pierced the sphere. ï¿½Within a couple of seconds, the gravity implosion sucked in the outer section of the cruiser. ï¿½It collapsed on itself.
No Luck turned to return to the carrier. ï¿½It was badly damaged and needed to rearm its missiles. It took a second for it to dawn on Might what had just happened. ï¿½She had lost her entire wolfpack and a lot of her own crew.ï¿½ If not for the fire solutions, they might all have been dead. ï¿½Captain Might vowed that she would find Sub Commander Masters if she made it through the conflict and thank him. ï¿½Then she would do everything possible to get an assignment under his command. ï¿½Humans were winning a conflict against the Poveen for the first time in human history. ï¿½If she was going to fight aliens, she wanted to do it with the best of them.
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