Lord Ryat studied the system hologram carefully, making sure of any small details he missed. The latest intel report he had received, it was his own intel network which was far superior to TECs, told him that his diversion tactics had worked as planned. The pirate attack in the Ario system had been very successful drawing off the two Motherships is the need to recolonize and rebuild the system. The Vasari attack by J'rah in the Quian system had pulled off a good portion of the fleet protecting the Eras system leaving only 2 Radiance battleships, 2 Halycons carriers, 2 Revelation battlecruisers with 75 Illuminators, 50 Aeria Drone Hosts and 30 Disciples, a starbase, no intel on build but he had a theory, with several hangar defense to defend the system. He had three fleets coming. The primary attack fleet or Fleet 1.1 was 4 Kols, 2 Dunovs, 1 Marza and 30 Hoshikos and 50 Kodiaks, 25 Gardas, 10 Ceilos. The secondary fleet, Fleet 1.2, consisted of 4 Sovas, 2 Dunovs, 50 Percheron carriers, 20 Orgovs, 30 Javelis, 25 Gardas. The support fleet, Fleet 1.3, was 2 Akkans, 4 Dunovs and 50 Hoshikos, 25 Gardas. He smiled to himself as he looked over all the projections and intel. This should be a successful attack.
Fleet 1.1 was the first to exit phase space and quickley formed up with the Kols in the frontline with the Kodiaks hovering in the wings, the Marza and supports crusiers were in the middle line with Dunovs bringing up the rear. The formation turned towards the enemy formation with the Radiances, Revelations, Disciples, and Illuminators, careful to avoid the range of the Starbase. Fleet 1.2 appeared quickly and setup around the edge of the gravwell with the Orgovs carefully manuvering into position to attack the starbase. Fleet 1.3 appeared last and followed Fleet 1.1. The Halycon/Aeria Drone fleet hung in close to the starbase. Quickly it launched the fighters and bombers at the Orgovs in hopes of stopping the attack.
Lord Ryat laid in the battle seat that kept him secure in an amoured shell, examining the hologram map as the fleets began to close with each other to begin the battle. "Anything on that starbase yet?" he asked.
"Still crunching the numbers My Lord, but we are only detecting soft Psitech traces so I dont think there are any Psitech abilities on it," his intel officer responded. Lord Ryat smiled as his theory proved to be true.
"Good, tell Fleet 2 to begin their attack," he said, "Anything on the Holy Avenger?" The intel shook her head.
"Negative My Lord," she said. Lord Ryat sighed, well that was annoying but no game changing. He punched up the comm line.
"Yes My Lord?" the captain responded.
"Yes Captain, I would like you to position the Phoenix a little bit more forward to make itself a target," he said, "We need to draw out the Holy Avenger." The captain did not bat an eye, being a veteran of many battles with Lord Ryat at the helm. He knew Lord Ryat's tendency to lead from the front and to take risks, smart risks.
"Yes My Lord," the captain said, "Will have the Adaptive Force Shield ready at your command." Lord Ryat thanked him and refocused on the system map, focusing on the Fleet Beta 1 that held the 2 Radiance Battleships. One of them had the Cleansing Brilliance weapon on it but he was not sure. So he had set himself up as bait for it.
The range between the two fleets closed rapidly. As for the Fleet Beta 2, its SC had started to come into attack range of Fleet 1.2 whose fighters and gunships launched and and began to engage the Advent drones. The drones died enmass and was further hindered as the Gardas opened up with their guns, as the Orgovs began to launch their missiles at the Starbase which did not respond as it did not have the range. Fleet 1.3 had moved to an upper right position just above Fleet 1.1. It was not even noticed by the enemy.
"He'll fire at maximum range to get as much effect as possible before I can hit him with an EMP blast," Lord Ryat said redirecting his comments back to the captain on the comm. "So we need to activate the Shield the moment he fires." The range reached the critcal point and Lord Ryats prophecy came true as one of the Radiances fired a massive brilliant white beam that struck the Phoenix Kol. The ship quickly brought up its Adaptive Force Shield to mitigate the damage as the standard shields struggled to compensate for the massive damage. The Pheonix shook for a moment longer until a Dunov, Misty Flight, fired off its EMP blast. The Holy Avenger stopped firing for a moment. Lord Ryat pounced.
"All Kols fire at will!" he called over the fleet comm. All four Kols fired off their Guass Cannons which smashed into the Holy Avenger dropping its shields to nothing. The beams upon the Kols opened up and the Radiances staggered as 16 powerful beams of energy smashed into its armor. "All ships fire upon assigned targets!" Lord Ryat ordered again, "Attack at will."
The Kodiaks opened up with their thrusters sending them flying quickly into the mass of Illuminators and Disciples followed by most of the Hosikos whose Demolition Bots swarmed forth into the fleet disabling many of the Advent frigates. EWS bombers kept the range on the Illuminators short so that they only could target the Kodiaks which handled their attacks with ease, their own attacks ripping apart many of fragile frigates. The Akkans in Fleet 1.3 opened up with Ion bolts upon the Revelation Battlecruisers knocking them out of the fight while the Dunovs cycled between Flux Field and EMP blasts wrecking havoc upon the shields of the Advent. The Holy Avenger died a fiery death under the guns of the Kols as they and the Marza shifted to upon the other Radiance Battleship as it valiantly strove to fight back. It died quickly.
Fleet 1.2 had successfully dropped the Starbase, it apperently was built for economy with trade ports and Max Allegience Improvements and not much for combat, and had changed up the mix of its SC, with the Sovas sending out their Elite Bombers screaming in at the Halycons with escort fighters from the Percherons following on their heels keeping the figher drones at bay. The Dunovs fired off their EMP blasts, sucking the Anti-Matter on board the Halycons away to stop the Telekintec Push. The first Halycon died violently as the Javelis' opened up on the Aeria Drone Hosts slaughtering them with Cluster Warheads.
Fleet 1.1 was now in the thick of Fleet Beta 1, or what was left of hit, with the Kols firing all weapons upon any target of oppertunity with impunity. The Revelation Battlecruisers tried to escape but the Akkans Ion Bolts kept them down as the Marza picked off one, then the other as the Advent fleets shattered before Lord Ryat's fleets. As the debris settled and the mop up continued by small task forces, Lord Ryat turned his eyes upon the golden desert planet of Eras.
"Begin bombardment," he said, his eyes a cold gray flame, "Wipe them witches out, All of them!"