Post by Neo Calrissian on Sept 23, 2012 10:34:56 GMT -5
Nexus watched with approval as, one by one, the Autobots present placed their hands flat on the table. When it was clear that each of his comrades was willing to do what was necessary, the commander tapped the three red locations marked on the map, and in response, the three images enlarged and gained detail, full schematics becoming visible as the rest of the map faded away. Nexus gestured towards the image of a massive, nemesis-class cruiser, connected to the surface by a refueling tower. "This is the ECC Ares, Straxus' flagship in lieu of Megatron's Nemesis. It's currently being refueled and restocked after a routine patrol, before a mission to the lunar surface; the crew is on leave, with only a skeleton team remaining on board to supervise the process. During this period, the engines are cut, and the Ares is held aloft by the refueling tower, which uses repulsors to keep the ship in place. The tower is also currently stocked with raw, highly explosive energon alpha. Perceptor, Styke and Redline will scale the tower, which should take about twelve cycles; no dropships I'm afraid, boys, they'd be picked up. Once at the top, they will neutralize the skeleton crew, deactivate the repulsors, and remove themselves via one of the escape pods, sending a fully armed war vessel and several million tons of high explosive crashing into the docks and the surrounding area, which includes the City Barracks. The lowest estimate for the Decepticon kill count is three thousand; the civilian kill count is about five hundred." He tapped the next image, a stretch of monorail leading into Grand Central Iacon Station. "In about eleven cycles time, a freight train containing energon ore mined from the Outlands is heading into the Inner Districts via Central Station. Under cover of darkness, Nyquist, Smokescreen and Torque, along with seven highly trained operatives, will descend on the train in a dropship, a few clicks out from the Decepticon sensors. From there, they will neutralize the guards on board, and head to the main deck, where the control systems for the energon containment units will be found. Nyquist will hack the system, destabilize the tanks, and deactivate the speed regulators, turning the entire vehicle into a massive, high-speed guided missile. The resultant explosion when it hits Grand Central will have a kill radius of one thousand feet, and will send any remaining reserve Peacemakers rushing to the scene." Finally, he displayed the image of Straxus Tower, and the square in front. "This leads into the final stage of the plan; me, Safecharm, and the remaining forty-five soldiers will make our way through the tunnels, and wait in the sewers beneath Unity Square. When the attacks have been successfully completed, we will commence an assault on the tower, and you, as quickly as you can, will have to make your way to the battlefield and give your aid where you can. More maximum effectiveness, the attacks will have to be synchronized, so comm it in when you're ready. This is Operation: HELLFIRE. Any questions?"
Torque looked over the plans for his part of the mission.
"I got a question or two. I'm assume our way off the train is the dropship, right? What's our backup exit? I might be able to survive a tuck and roll off an out of control freight train, but I might be the only one." He said.
Stryke was a little nervous about working closely with Perceptor on his part of the mission.
"Sneaking around on a tower filled with explosives, taking out a skeleton crew, then crashing a ship and high tailing it out of there in an escape pod. I can think of worse ways to spend my time. How fragged is Straxus going to be when he finds out all that damage is caused by three mechs? Three of us doing all that, it's gonna make some of his followers have their doubts about him. I like that."
"You failed to mention something very important Stryke, something I would hope no Autobot would like." Interjected Perceptor. Then he asked Nexus. "500 civilian deaths? Isn't their anyway to avoid this? Dire times or not, we are Autobots and 'acceptable losses' or 'collateral damage' are not something to discuss lightly."
"Nyquist can always give me an air lift..", Snokescreen replied and turned his head to the bot, "Right?!"
He knew Torque was right, Smokescreen had too bulky alt mode to either roll out from the back in his vehicle mode to to take a tumble out of a high speed train.
"I also agree with Perceptor, there must be another way to avoid so many civilian casualties?" All of a sudden Smnokescreen didn't like the way this mission was headed, to have such wreckless care about civillian lifeout so much as an optic flicker.
Post by Neo Calrissian on Sept 26, 2012 17:32:43 GMT -5
Nexus nodded sedately as the questions trickled in, before answering them one by one. "Relax, Stryke. You'll be getting out on the dropship, but if that's a no-go, the train will be parked over a support strut on the tracks. There'll be an access lift designed for maintenance crew just below the train; get to that, and you'll be fine. It shouldn't be too hard to hack, particularly with Nyquist in tow." He then turned to his old comrades, Smokescreen and Perceptor, who had raised legitimate concerns about the safety of civilians on the Ares job. "I understand where you're both coming from. But this isn't a decision I entered into lightly. We've tried to find ways of getting out of this, but at the moment, 'acceptable losses' is what we're dealing with. We don't have the kind of tech or manpower we'd need to get any civilians out of there- we thought about a distraction, some kind of low explosive remotely detonated to cause a panic, but the 'Cons'd see right through it and the losses would only mount up as they staged a manhunt for the bomber."[/b] He stroked his chin for a moment, staring at the holographc schematics, before snapping his tungsten fingers, tapping a few locations on the map. "Aha! If the repulsors could be selectively deactivated, it would propel the Ares rather than dropping it clean out of the sky. It would drop into the Rust Sea bay, detonating close to the dry dock for the smaller 'Con warships. The enemies casualties would be near minimal, but it'd save us any collateral damage." He frowned as the tacticians, on the other end of the secured line through which he'd been relaying the details of the operation, replied with a string of code. "There's a problem. Selective deactivation will require rigging each repulsor separately, and that's going to take time. Time you won't have. You'd need some kind of distraction at the base of the refueling tower to stop the guards from picking up that their friends up on the Ares are dead, and heading up to pay you a little visi-." "Send me." Everyone perked up at the sound of Safecharm's voice. He had sat silent at the back of the war room for the past few clicks, simply listening in. Apparently, the famously silent bot had found cause to talk. "Send me. I'll give those so-called Peacemakers something to chase." Nexus looked at him for a second, horrified at the idea. He was about to protest, when Safecharm stepped forwards and put a hand on his shoulder. "I was bored anyways." For a second, he looked like he would say no. But he simply sighed, and nodded. "Alright. Let's do this. Nyquist, Smokescreen, Torque, head down to the hanger and meet your team- they're waiting at the dropship. Torque, you're leading the mission. Perceptor, Safecharm, Styke and Redline, get to Access Tunnel Beta-1945; it'll lead you right up inside the tower's supply piping. One of our tacticians will guide you through the complex. Redline, you're in charge." Nexus didn't like bumping Perceptor off the top spot, but he just couldn't stop thinking about Crosscut. He just hoped that his old friend understood. He saluted them casually. "Let's get to it, Autobots."
"Well I still don't like it", Smokescreen side-mouthed To Torque, "We do what we must however!", he continued slapping the bot on the shoulder as he turned to leave. Smokescreen nodded to Nyquist, he still didn't know the new bot very well, but on a high-speed mission like this where time and practicality was of an essence; that would soon change. "C'mon, let's get to the hangar, we've got a train to catch!"
As he passed Perceptor, he quietly motioned, "I hope this bot know's what he's doing..", meaning Nexus.
Hoist: Hmm, I'm guessing nothing to do with Beast Wars or Armada, so either a sequel based in or around the first renegade rp trilogy or War For Cybertron? I'm guessing War For Cybertron!
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