Battle of Primerus (ALLIES) Jun 12, 2012 16:39:21 GMT -5
Post by Theopolis on Jun 12, 2012 16:39:21 GMT -5
Battle of Primerus
[/color] forces will end in the loss of Sorguth Prime.
Battle Type: Decisive Battle
-- Retreat belies the possibility of being destroyed by enemy forces.
-- Surrender or Defeat of Graal Hegemony
-- Surrender or Defeat of Allied Coalition forces will end in the eviction of Allied forces on Sorguth Prime.
The Battle of Primerus was the first genuine Allied operation of the war. While fleeting attempts at cooperation were first seen on High Hroth; the hesitancy of the Dronavi to leave native space, the ambitions of the RWU to garner increased support of the Graal Revolutionary Front, and the Esharans simple goal of peace meant that the Allied Coalition's troubles were more than just the Graal. Moreover, a wild card had introduced itself -- Varium. A small contingent of humans in the Lonos System, they had been politically bullied into joining the Graal Hegemony's war, even though their own military prowess was less than the fleets of the Allied Coalition. It was a move of desperation. The Varian Defense Fleet sent it's two vessels, the VDF Pioneer and the VDF Indomitable to lead the assault in a hot insertion onto the planet to reinforce the beleaguered Graal defenders.
The Battle over Sorguth Prime was so minor that historians of future generations would not acknowledge it was as a major battle. The three transport ships of the Varian Defense Fleet split up, turned, pitched and scratched their way across the orbital blockade. The VDF Invincible, carrying 5,000 armor pieces of the New European First Men of Iron was blasted to smithereens after being lethally pursued by the fightercraft of the RWU's carrier Greater Cooperative. Heavily damaged but suffering only minor personnel casualties, the VDF Valiant carrying the elite Varian infantry entered the atmosphere over a completely different continent and would not land at Primerus' for another fifteen hours. Only the VDF Justice managed to successfully steam past the blockade and land at Primerus, unload it's cargo and began setting up it's artillery without hinderance.
For the Varians, the VDF Indomitable would most likely warrant a statue in the annals of history, for she went down with fighting spirit. It would forever be unknown whether the crew knew they wouldn't return home -- but they fought as if they did. While fightercraft swarmed them and a RWU Dreadnought approached, the Indomitable, displaying a technological superiority that had the Esharans surprised and a fighting tenacity that the Graal themselves seemed to instill, mauled the Free Peasant RWU Frigate and gave the Etna a thrashing that put it out of patrol operations until after the end of the Battle of Primerus before a single broadside from the People's Sickle RWU Dreadnought ended any future ambitions of the VDF Indomitable.
The VDF Pioneer saw similar success but it's dreams were ended equally as soon. Matched on two sides by a RWU Frigate and an Esharan Frigate, the tacit fire control crew of the VDF Pioneer kept their guns firing for four hours until a well placed rail shot destroyed the bridge and the VDF Pioneer was left dead in the water. Her crew ejected it's lifepods, of which only 44 of 122 made it to the surface of the planet intact.
The battle on the ground had not yet commenced. The city of Primerus housed some one billion in it's center and several hundred million in the outlying, more rural based cities that surrounded it, often connected via winding roads entrenched in the sand of the planet. Surrounded on three sides by the Allied Coalition. The continued and ragged artillery fire of the Allies was intense and kept most Graal's heads down, but it was ineffective in a city so large ; 94% of casualties incurred by such artillery fire were civilian in nature and caused more trepidation than death.
-- VARIUM: Please overlook the available Graal and Varian forces you have. PM your battle strategies, doctrines, et cetera.
-- ALLIES: Please overlook the available forces you have. PM your battle strategies, doctrines, et cetera.
-- There will be three phases. Engagement, Battle and Conclusion. Have fun!
-- Remember, the more detail, the better I can figure out what you're doing.
-- Free Peasant[/color]: Destroyed.
-- Etna[/color]: 13% combat effectiveness. Engines inoperable. 81% crew casualty rate.
-- VDF Pioneer[/color]: Destroyed.
-- VDF Indomitable[/color]: Destroyed.
-- New European First Men of Iron[/color]: Destroyed.