"Hey, you guys ever feel like we're the mooks here?" Moley pipes up, firing up the Thunderbolt's jump jets to clear Siljanus' Mackie as the big mech gets briefly bogged down trying to go down the slippery river slope.
"What do you mean?" Siljanus asks.
"You know, mooks. Disposable henchmen whose only purpose is to demonstrate how badass the main protagonists are." Moley responds, splashing down effortlessly.
"Well, you know how most of the time we're driving superior mechs while fighting swarms of tanks and hovercraft? Well, they're the mooks. But here, we've got a swarm of disposable decoy mechs and the clanners have much better pilots and tech."
"Think I see your point." Siljanus responds, firing the Mackie's PPCs and gauss rifle, only scoring a hit with a PPC on the target Ryoken. "But jeez, can you just focus?"
Moley grunts as return fire from the northbound Ryoken melts armor off the Thunderbolt's center torso while the rest of the lasers simply hit the water.
The rest of our attacks against the Hellbringer don't go too well. It may be out in the open, but it's going pretty damn fast and at range. Plus, with its ECM running, it makes it harder to target and thus, all shots against it miss, while it cores out Stefan's decoy, which tumbles to the bottom of the hill. The connection to Siljanus' decoy goes out as an LRM salvo blasts the head off. Isgrimnur's decoy is the only one whose shots would have connected, but the Loki's anti-missile system engages and shoots the LRM warheads out of the air.
The Kurita forces report direct engagement with their part of the clan force, scoring a few hits and losing at least two LoaderMechs, which El Guapo acknowledges as his shots fail to connect with the rapidly jumping Thor (the Loki being an even more losing proposition). The surrounding forest heats up rather unpleasantly as a PPC shot from said Thor goes wide of the Marauder but ignites a swath of trees. Between the extra fire and all the extended range PPCs, the Marauder's cockpit is getting pretty hot at this point.
"Come out, surat, let us see how well you do in the open!" comes the taunt over the general frequency. "You too, little Griffin!", as a salvo of LRMs from the Thor wallops Lich's mech. Out of the corner of his eye, he notices a squad of elementals attempting to climb up his decoy. That's not great, if they figure out that the decoy's a decoy... well, it probably won't matter too much since most of the decoys have been taken out already. The Man O' War runs up to the river, setting off vibrabombs to the side along the way, dropping off a squad of battle armor at the river bank, presumably with the intent of having them jump across. The other clanners continue darting back and forth on the other side of the river bank, although it's pretty obvious we're going to be flanked from both north and south.
Current battlefield state:
Raw firing/heat data:
Target modifiers (does not include intervening terrain):
Mad Cat 2731: +2 (+3 if attack passes through 2730)
Black Hawk 2130: forget it (+5)
Elemental 2231: +2 (jumping, elementals)
Loki 2134, Ryoken 1730, Nobori-Nin 2026, Man O' War: +2
Elementals 2319: +0
Mad Cat 2013, Loki 1713, Vulture 1212, Vulture 1205: +2
Daishi 1305: +0
Ryoken 2301, Ryoken 1706: +2
Mad Cat 2003: +3
Mech status update:
ON1-K decoy destroyed
WHM-6R decoy crippled, disconnected
Stefan decoy destroyed
Siljanus decoy destroyed
Wolf Trap decoy destroyed