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#13539660 Nov 23, 2017 at 10:07 PM
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Two weeks ago, Alpha Quadrant, the Tzenkethi Front...

"All batteries, fire at will!"

The I.K.S. Hammerhead rocked again as another barrage of tetryon particles slammed into her port shields. The command ship was battered, bruised, bleeding atmosphere, and loosing hull integrity. But she was still fighting. Briar, her captain and Marshal for the Klingon Empire, stood steady as a rock on her command bridge, barking orders in a deep bass growl.

He was, admittedly, a little angry. These Tzenkethi were tenacious, no matter what else they said. But where he was holding this flank on his own, the enemy had acquired reserves.

Reserves that, Briar reminded himself with wicked satisfaction, now mostly lay in the Hammerhead's wake as nothing but salvage and radioactive scrap. That still left one Rhas'bej battlecruiser facing them down, however. While this was how the fight had started, Briar's ship was dealing with significantly more damage than before.

Another explosion rocked the command ship, and Briar grunted as he watched a diagnostic flip to red, more alarms adding their shrill cries to the cacophony.

"Sir! Port side shields are down, and we've taken a hit to the port nacelle! Hull breach on deck 4, 5, and 7! Fires on deck 6 and 9!"

Briar growled again, eyeing the ship schematic and planning the fight ahead. He wasn't good at this whole space tactics thing, but once you got down to it, the general tactics were the same. And in this instance... That last hit flipped his estimations from a victory to, well, not. He knew what the enemy was doing. They were picking his ship apart from range, planning to kill him bit by bit. A statement, not a real fight.

"Maybe today is a good day to die after all..." The big gorn muttered in an almost sub-sonic rumble, re-evaluating the situation. Didn't seem to be anything for it, so the decision was easy.

"Helm! Full impulse, and bring our nose around! Put our prow right into their face!" Briar snapped out, and walked around to the rear of his command chair. A couple of taps on the arm, and he had the intraship comm open. This one, everyone needed to hear.

"All right you grubs! The Tzenkethi have decided they don't want to settle this ship to ship. They want to focus us down bit by bit, slowly, agonizingly, and in full view of the Alliance. They want to send a message to us, to the Alliance, that we cannot stop them. Well, you know what we say to that?"

Briar waited a beat for the realization to cross his bridge officers, and his own face lit in a feral, tooth-bearing grin.

"Heghlu'meH QaQ jajvam!" The chorus from the bridge was thunderous, and echoed by as many crewmen of the ship as could join the classic klingon battle cry. Say what you will about the Empire and their honor, they sure could pick phrases.

"I want every Bekk with a disruptor in their hands and a breath mask on their face." Briar continued into the comms, grabbing his own stash of weapons and gear, tucked behind his command chair. "We're going to bring this fight to the Tzenkethi."

"But, Sir..." Briar's science officer spoke up softly from his own place. The other was, to his credit, still grabbing his weapons. "Haven't we already?"

The big gorn only grinned wider. "Oh no, Commander. Not how they expect."

The I.K.S. Hammerhead pulled a very neat turn, the fact that the bridge crew could feel it a testament to the damage they had sustained. But on this new course, the Tzenkethi battlecruiser began to grow larger on the main screen.

"We're boarding." Briar told his officer with a huge grin, before settling his helmet over his head, and hiding that grin behind the the Honor Guard mask.

In his ship, an entire battalion of Honor Guard were likewise arming themselves.
Chi@grgrafitti: *cackles* Oh man I can't wait to see the crater we make!

Zorim@fulgin: Compensating for the asymmetry in the warp field.

Dekan@kanekasier: Helm. Helmplease.

Rori@zanethesage: This is gonna be a photo finish!

Chi@grgrafitti: Hehehehehe! Everyone throw your hands up in the air before we crash, best black box footage ever!

Dekan@kanekasier
: Helmwhy
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#13540414 Nov 24, 2017 at 11:28 AM
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The Hammerhead's bridge crew had, against all odds, drilled for this. The command ship dropped all shields but the forward arrays, and dumped all the remaining power into it. Weapons were taken offline, and shunted to engines. The Hammerhead lurched forward like a drunken sprinter, and burned a path towards its enemy.

The Tzenkethi figured out what was about to happen, of course. They weren't stupid. But they only had two actions they could take with the command ship bearing down on them. They could either fight or dodge, with both having counters Briar had planned for. If they turned and tried to avoid the collision, well... The Hammerhead wasn't exactly on autopilot. If they turned to face him...

The Tzenkethi battlecruiser turned towards the oncomming ship, bringing its own primary arms to bear, and opened fire. Briar's ship bucked with heavy impacts, but the damage at this point was minimal behind the reinforced shield array. Their fire took on an uncoordinated air of desperation as the Klingon ship drew closer, firing faster, but they didn't have quite enough to stop the laws of physics.

Briar stood behind his helmsman, gripping one of the support beams, and watching the main screen. Timing on this tactic was everything, and he'd drilled this one relentlessly when it came up in combat readiness exercises. Their shields had to hold to get them in, but if they stayed up at the moment of impact, the two ships would just skate off each other. With some pretty impressive damage, of course, but it wouldn't be a clean drop. They had to keep their shields up just long enough to survive, and just enough to drop their enemies shields, and then shunt everything to the structural integrity field. But as stated, timing was...

"NOW!" The big Marshal roared.

There was a moment where the whole world seemed to scream. Shields dropped, not fully, but just enough to take advantage of the Tzenkethi's weaker forward screens. The two died in mutual annihilation, leaving both hulls bare. Power runs overloaded on both ships, shook them to their core.

And then, in the next instant, they hit.

The deck seemed to shift under their feet, and a massive force tried to pitch everyone aboard forward. The sudden loss of velocity as the nose of both ships crunched into each other resulted in forces not even the inertial dampers could cancel out. Crew, and equipment, flew forward under the sudden stresses.

Except Briar.

With an effort, and a grip like duranium, Briar stood standing at his post. It wasn't easy, but nobody ever said it would have been. His helmsman, although sprawled over his console, had not flipped entirely across it. More because his legs had been stuck under the console than any conscious decision, but points for standing his post. The gorn chuckled, and pulled his helmsman up to his feet.

"Come on, Warrior. On your feet. We've got a ship to take."
Chi@grgrafitti: *cackles* Oh man I can't wait to see the crater we make!

Zorim@fulgin: Compensating for the asymmetry in the warp field.

Dekan@kanekasier: Helm. Helmplease.

Rori@zanethesage: This is gonna be a photo finish!

Chi@grgrafitti: Hehehehehe! Everyone throw your hands up in the air before we crash, best black box footage ever!

Dekan@kanekasier
: Helmwhy
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#13546787 Nov 28, 2017 at 11:50 PM
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The two battle ships spun in a lazy arc after their collision. They had locked together, superstructures entangled, and the momentum had set the new pair adrift like a binary system. Impulse engines glowed, flickered, but weren't directed to try and move either. For a moment, all was quiet. A pause in the fighting between the two ships. as if the universe was catching it's breath.

It didn't last, of course.

Assault shuttles boiled out of the Hammerheads flight deck, moving rapidly under the arc of the tzenkethi ships weapons. Their business was with the tzenkethi engineering decks; the reactor in particular. They would fly to the rear, clamp on, burn their way through the hull, and disgorge their deadly cargo of Honor Guard assault troops.

Transporters came to life, beaming squads into any open space the Hammerheads damaged sensors could still find. Their job was simple; cause chaos.

Briar was leading the third group of boarders. They didn't get assault shuttles or transporters. Their route was, in fact, much more direct.

They walked.

This wasn't the first time Briar had taken advantage of the limited EVA ability of the Honor Guard uniforms. Stifling as they got, they could still last a few minutes in hard vacuum, which was all Briar needed. They avoided the damaged sections of both ships, pushing the limits of their armor, by exiting the Hammerhead and walking along the top of its hull. Access to the tzenkethi ship was just as simple, in terms of actions, if not in means. A breaching charge punched a hole into one of the damaged sections, and then they entered through one of the security screens. And then they were inside.

The first bulkhead was unlocked, the section protected by two others and a force field, so it wasn't necessary. Confusion still reigned, so nobody was giving accurate orders. The tzenkethi soldier, occupied with repairing a damaged control run, turned at the sound, saw the massive armored form of a gorn in Honor Guard armor, and let out a challenging roar.

Briar stepped through the door, leveled his weapon, and blew the soldier into constituent atoms before the other had managed to bring his weapons up.

"Warriors, on me! We move for the bridge!" Briar barked to his squads, filling the halls behind him. And with his weapon pointed to lead the way, a scavenged point defense cannon normally found on starships, the big gorn was ready to face down anything. If borg, vaadwaur, and iconians hadn't been able to stop Briar on the warpath, he doubted the tzenkethi would manage.
Chi@grgrafitti: *cackles* Oh man I can't wait to see the crater we make!

Zorim@fulgin: Compensating for the asymmetry in the warp field.

Dekan@kanekasier: Helm. Helmplease.

Rori@zanethesage: This is gonna be a photo finish!

Chi@grgrafitti: Hehehehehe! Everyone throw your hands up in the air before we crash, best black box footage ever!

Dekan@kanekasier
: Helmwhy
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