09/12/3065 01:12 Location – Jaguar’s Den, South of Coolwater, Astrokaszy
SaKhan Jakk woke with a start hands on his rifle immediately, his companion Kat did the same. He threw off the blanket they were sleeping under and looked out from one of the many firing points dug into the hills. Coolwater was burning, Arrow IV missiles from the Derecho MLRSes and shells from Marksman and Warthog Artillery impacted their positions as well. Dust was thrown from the timber frames that supported the serpentine tunnels that wormed through the hillside. Commander Carrett and several guerrillas ran through from their own bunkers. SaKhan the invaders are attacking, they have hit the first minefields and will be upon us shortly.
The group could feel the vibrations from the assault tanks that were firing upon their fellow defenders. Autocannon shells lit up the night air between the forces with green and red tracers as the field guns engaged the Grenadiers heavy armor. Flame Fougasses burst from the hillside engulfing a Marsden IV tank in flames, the flames found the fuel cell and fire burst from the rear of the tank, secondary explosions shook the bunkers beneath. The Jaguars could see the movement of enemy infantry behind the tanks through the smoke and flames.
Top Shot’s Heavy Bombers pummeled a strong-point so hard they took the top of the hill off. Command detonated minefields tore through the treads of a pair of Von Luckner heavy tanks immobilizing the mighty war machines. Light Missile Carriers wheeled up supporting the Grenadier’s Heavy Battle Armor which were taking heavy machine gun fire from a pillbox. A volley of missiles impacted the defenses turning it to dust as the first line was overrun.
Jakk went to the main arterial tunnels in the second line, it was only a matter of time until they found the trapdoors. All Heavy Weapons deploy here! We can’t let them get to the third line and the rest of our supplies. Kat organize the runners we are going to use a lot of ammo here. Commander Carrett take the East Corridor, Commander Helm take the West Corridor, I will hold the center. Point Leader Omen bring the barriers up here, heavy machine guns and grenade launchers deploy here and here. Elementals deploy behind and wait for my signal.
The Jaguar guerrillas took up defensive positions in depth, techs wired up charges to collapse tunnels, and brought forward abundant ammunition to repel the Grenadiers. Jakk stared down the four meter tall tunnel, high powered lights over his shoulders. He could hear deafening fire from the side corridors, he breathed deeply readying his assault rifle behind a massive block of stone. Exhaling he fired as soon as he saw the gunmetal grey shield wall that turned the corner. The whole world exploding in front of him, grenade explosions and machine gun fire tore away the protective shields to reveal the heavy battle armor and heavily armored infantry behind.
The Grenadier’s battle armor fired back with their heavy machine guns tearing away at the stone barriers deployed to provide cover to the lightly armored infantry. Screams of wounded and dying men almost overwhelmed the heavy clack, clack of weapons fire, high caliber bullets whizzed and ricocheted off the stone walls. Jakk triggered the high powered lights momentarily blinding the attackers and allowing his forces to fall back. A burst of machine gun fire blacked them out once more. A pair of rocket launcher crews fired splintering one of the Grenadiers battle armor. A massive crash was followed by another as a second battle armor fell to the armor piercing 14.7mm rounds. One of the infantrymen fired a thermobaric grenade at the clustered Jaguars. The massive whoosh of the explosion was followed by a pressure wave that crashed into the hard stone walls and reverberated through the tunnel crushing men with its immense pressure and setting the area on fire.
Jakk fainted in the wake of the explosion, he came to covered in stone dust and without his weapon, he couldn’t hear anything and felt burned but saw Elemental Omen stepping forward with the rest of his point. His weapons firing to cover the stricken Jaguars. Crawling to all fours Jakk saw the detonator still grasped in the hands of the now dead Yin, although his arm was no longer attached to the torso. He could smell the charred flesh of his comrades and see the gory aftermath in the wake of just one of those grenades.
He felt weak, there was no way he could take another impact like that, he might not even survive this one, Kat ran toward him dragging him to cover by his armor’s harness while firing her weapon. Jakk grabbed Yin’s arm prying the death man’s fingers from the detonator and looked back toward the invading force. Omen’s Elementals had pushed the Grenadiers back but they couldn’t hold against the heavy firepower even with all their advantages. He could see the side corridors were evacuating out of his peripheral vision, blood flowing out of bullet wounds and shrapnel. One of the Elementals fell, the victim of grenade launchers and anti-tank rockets whose explosions he could see and shocks he could fell but not hear.
There was no choice, Jakk pressed the detonator, a series of explosions ripped along the tunnel ceiling and wall supports. Tons of raw stone and concrete fell onto the unsuspecting Grenadiers crushing them under its weight. The Elementals crumbled and were lost in a cloud of dust. The power was interrupted to the second line in the resulting explosion and everything went dark.