Marsh spoke with Montag and the Neo-Browncoat leader crowed on about how the
movement’s numbers had grown to the point that they were now capable of
offensive operations. In fact, the Neo-Browncoats had massed to attack targets
all throughout the Georgia Quadrant as the
The convoy was very large with eight ASREVs and two Patrol Boats guarding ten Leviathan-Class bulk freighters and eight Eagle-Class heavy mid-bulk freighters. One small event in the Crew’s favor was that Willis and Xavier had successfully talked to Montag and had joined Marsh as probationary Neo-Browncoats. However, this good fortune was somewhat mitigated by the fact that Todd Lian, the fellow the Crew rescued from the OddEasy was aboard the ‘Ghost. He’d been captured on one of the other freighters taken in the convoy out of Hera. The ‘converts’ learned it would be best if they assisted treating the wounded as litter bearers.
As the strike force neared Regina, Li Ming joined the other probationary Neo-Browncoats leaving only Chan and William confined in one cabin, as Willis, Marsh, Li Ming, and Xavier shared two more and the wild card Todd Lian was in the fourth cabin. As the Neo-Browncoat force on the ‘Ghost consisted of five flight crew, eight missile handlers, two medics to assist Cindy, and the twenty soldiers, the Crew outside of confinement were hopelessly outnumbered as well as being unarmed. All they could do was bide their time and try to gain the trust of their new allies.
The attack started with the rebel
force waiting until the
The escorts lost one more ASREV
crippled and gave the convoy the order to scatter before the escorts all hit
Hard Burn. The Neo-Browncoats were surprised by the
The raid was more successful than the rebels had expected and with fourteen ships captured, they didn’t have enough guards to ensure none of crews revolted. This forced Montag to send all but three soldiers plus crew from the warships to take control of the freighters. One of the Leviathans fought back savagely killing one soldier and wounding five more before the crew was subdued. Counting two casualties on the ASR that was crippled, this only left enough soldiers to guard eight of the freighters. Montag settled on five Eagles and three Leviathans, letting the other six Leviathans escape.
The ‘Ghost took on the wounded and the entire group departed with the slower Leviathans using Hard Burn to maintain fleet speed. The freed Crew acted as litter bearers for the wounded and at various points Marsh, Willis, and Li Ming got a few seconds alone with Cindy to try and break through to her. She ws confused by the ‘need’ to win the U-War, but each had to leave when casualties arrived before being able to bring her back to reality. Due to the lack of manpower, Montag was forced to reduce the watch to one soldier in the engine room, one on the prisoners, with two deck crew guarding the bridge and each probationary crew being shadowed by one of the deck crew.
Cindy operated for eight grueling hours, but managed to save all four of the most seriously wounded Neo-Browncoats. Six of the freighter crew that fought back were also brought aboard, but Cindy was too exhausted tp go on. Marsh, Willis, Li Ming, and Xavier tended the two men and two women of that crew that were most wounded through the night, but by the time Cindy could function again, the two women had died. The other two less wounded, a man and a woman, also survived the night. In the morning, Cindy wanted to work on the more seriously wounded civilians, but Montag over rode her decision and ordered her to tend to the soldiers first. Cindy nodded in agreement, but all four of the freed Crew spotted the fire in her eyes, Cindy was back!
Unknown to the Crew, the
Neo-Browncoat attacks had savaged shipping in the quadrant and had scored a
decisive thrashing on the
The Neo-Browncoats sprung a
deadly surprise and crossed the ‘T’ of the
The Neo-Browncoats over
Willis, Li Ming, and Xavier all
growled that the pilot had it coming for being so ungrateful and disloyal to
the Cause. Montag
was so moved, he granted the three full privileges as
true Neo-Browncoats. The three were still smiling as an alarm sounded. Montag received a report then explained that something had
gone wrong. The rebel battle line was supposed to have arrived from