A-Hour + 30 Location:
ATT Orbital, Lower Concourse, green sector, launch bay 420
Secure Transmission to K-42 wrote:Kor'vattra fleet K-42, this is Da'Anuk. Time is officially A-Hour + 30. Attack on orbital imminent. Proceed to stand-by positions and prepare to transit in-system. On signal, commence with Kau'yon operation.
Shas'O'T'au Kais'ka'Eoro Da'Anuk finished his regular scheduled communication burst to the fleet, hidden safely out of the system where they would be invisible to any enemy scouts that might already be near the orbital, and continued to pace around the hangar bay. He inspected infantry teams, weapons, supply caches, prepared field hospitals, a command post, anything that might take his mind from the creeping sense of unease that was beginning to fester inside him. Maybe they were right, the voice in the back of his mind went, Maybe the station's command staff do have things under control this year. Maybe he really was just paranoid.
But then the Shas'O remembered the second attack, by Gue'la terrorists. The attack that orbital intelligence had assured him would never happen.
The Tau commander jumped at the sudden noise of a hatchway opening, only to be confronted by the reassuring sight of his main Pathfinder team returning from their patrol through the station.
"What did you see Shas'ui? Has anything happened yet?"
"Nothing yet Shas'O, although one of the senior officers has just checked in with the station's activity registry. The recon drone is still scanning the orbital's signal communications, but hasn't picked up on any suspicious traffic.
"Well at least we'll have plenty of time to prepare this Tau'cyr. The hard part is this damned calm before the storm."
"Always the big drawback of a Kau'yon. Are we patched into the orbital's systems yet?"
"Emptyspiral hasn't reported back just yet, they're probably keeping a low profile until the shooting starts. I'd assume they've set us up by now though, they know what they're doing when it comes to cyber-ops."
"So now we just have to wait. Sir, are we sure those... free agents... in the other docking bay can be relied on?"
"They might be from the wrong side of the Gulf Shas'ui, and they might follow a loose cannon Shas'O whose actions I cannot condone, but we've had help from the Enclaves before in these battles. They'll do their best like the rest of us, and if they don't..." Da'Anuk looked back at the communication console linked to the fleet, "Well, whoever we end up fighting today, we'll have a few tricks up our sleeve." Time:
A-Hour + 37 Location:
Bridge of the T'au'Il'fannor'B'Kyse'Kais'Y'eldi'Aloh (Serenity
) The bridge was abuzz with a chaotic dawn chorus of sounds from communications transmissions, beeping computers, whirring drones and bridge crew talking and relaying orders as Kor'O'T'au Kais'Y'eldi'Aloh took in the latest situation updates over a large breakfast of Tau'Shi'T'Koreth Galactic Dumplings. It had been mere minutes since the elite Fire Caste cadre, Hunter Cadre Kais'D'Anuk or the 42nd T'au Guards Cadre as it was known to the Gue'la, that they were conducting this operation with had reported in notifying its official start and already things were proceeding smoothly.
"... All ships have reported in Kor'O," Kais' chief officer was continuing, "They have successfully completed etheric transit and have formed up at their assigned locations. The carriers report that their small craft wings are being prepared for immediate take-off and all crews have been briefed and are on full alert. Provisions for non-combatant evacuees are at 95%, and are expected to be completed within the next few minutes."
"Excellent Kor'el," said Kais "Do we have any more intelligence on what the likely enemy force is or its intentions?"
"No Kor'O. Based on latest signals intelligence however our on-board analysts are predicting a major attack very soon."
"Well, the betting pool has closed now at any rate, so at least no-one will have an unfair advantage there," Kais chuckled to himself.
"Kor'O, sir, are we sure that enemy action is likely today? With all due respect, I understand the caution of you and the ar'tol, but the past major incursions on the orbital have always begun by now. I'm.." The Kor'el lowered his voice "I'm starting to wonder if perhaps the rumours they say about the Shas'O are true Kor'O. That too many hard battles might have driven him mad, and he's acting out of paranoia."
"Kor'el, that commander was the first one to notify us of the original incursion over three Tau'cyr ago. The actions of himself and the troops under his command have saved countless lives, including a revered Aun." Kais said. "Furthermore, I need not remind you that our intelligence also failed to predict a major attack two Tau'cyr ago, when the station was hijacked by Gue'la terrorists. If D'Anuk thinks an attack will happen enough to play half the T'au Shas'ar'tol against each other to manipulate this operation of his into happening, then you will indulge my sense of loyalty in following him. Especially when our orders come from the T'au Kor'ar'tol itself."
"Of course Kor'O, I'll fly with you over the edge of the world." The Kor'el said, quoting the ancient Air Caste saying from pre-spaceflight T'au.
"I'm glad to hear that," said Kais, "Depending on what happens today, you might just have to..."