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Exodus

Mission Filename: sm3-01a.fsm


Command Briefing

Stage 1

GTD Bastion

Alpha Centauri System

3/1/35

New Assignments

This is Admiral Shima. I'll be delivering your command briefs while you're onboard the GTD Bastion. I extend a welcome to all pilots formerly stationed on the Galatea. I wish your reassignments could have come under better circumstances.

The loss of the Galatea is a great blow to all of us. We've lost many friends and loved ones. We've also lost many great pilots. We will need to double our efforts if we plan on stopping the Shivan fleet.

Stage 2

Destruction of Vasuda Prime

This brings me to the reason for this briefing. As some of you may have already heard, shortly after the destruction of the Galatea at nineteen-hundred last night, we received word that the Shivan Lucifer made the jump to Vasuda Prime. The Lucifer fleet bombarded Vasuda Prime from orbit for thirteen hours straight.

Stage 3

Aftermath of Vasuda Attack

Most escaping transport ships were destroyed. All major Vasudan cities were leveled, and most of the landmass was rendered uninhabitable. All of our attacks launched from the nearby installations were defeated.

We have lost contact with all Terran ships in the area, but it appears that the Shivan fleet has now moved on. It's estimated that four billion innocent Vasudans lost their lives in the attack.

Terran Command is preparing to help evacuate all survivors to other habitable worlds in the area.

Stage 4

Our Orders

What we need to concentrate on now is keeping the Lucifer fleet from making further moves towards Earth. We've been put on standby status and ordered to assist in all evacuation operations in Vasuda Prime and the surrounding systems.

We've lost Deneb. Antares is virtually undefended. Vasuda is a contested system.

Stage 5

New Technology: Banshee Laser

The Banshee laser is now ready for deployment. We just received a partial shipment of them. The Banshee is specifically designed to take down Shivan shields.

Stage 6

New Technology: Hornet Swarm Missile

We have also received a full supply of Hornet Swarm missiles. These are the best anti-fighter missiles in our arsenal, and we expect they will receive heavy use on the Bastion. Full details are available in the Tech Room.

Mission Briefing

Stage 1

Pilot Attend: As you know, Vasuda Prime has been devastated. Our focus must now shift to the evacuation of the survivors. You are to take your wing to the subspace node cluster in the Alpha Centauri system.

Stage 2

There are 3 subspace nodes in this sector. They lead to Vasuda, Aldebaran, and Sirius. Civilians will be transported from Vasuda to Aldebaran.

Stage 3

Vasudan warships will travel to and from both the Sirius and Vasuda jump points

Stage 4

Because of the strategic importance of this system, we expect the Shivans to try to secure it quickly. You will ensure the safe passage of all Allied vessels in the area. Additional orders will be sent to you as they arise.

Debriefing

Stage 1

You did an outstanding job in protecting the Vasudan transports. Through your actions we were able to save countless lives. You should feel proud of this accomplishment.

Stage 2

You were also able to keep the area secured until we established a stronger foothold in the system. Well done.

Stage 3

Far too many ships were lost in this evacuation operation. This is a great blow to the Vasudan morale and will put an enormous strain on the Terran-Vasudan relations. It is unfortunate that you were unable to do more to help those refugees.

Stage 4

However, we were not able to secure the area because you left your post before you were relieved. This is not the kind of performance we have come to expect from you. Perhaps our trust in your abilities is misplaced.

Stage 5

You were also unable to secure the area against future Shivan attacks. It will be very difficult to retake this sector of space.

Stage 6

What we are most impressed with, however, is your protection of each and every ship. We did not lose a single freighter or transport, and the Mecross is safe from Shivan bombers.

This is truly an amazing accomplishment, and for this we are awarding you the Meritorious Unit.

Stage 7

It is unfortunate that the Mecross was destroyed during the battle. Her loss is keenly felt. We realize the odds were stacked against you, and we do not hold you responsible.

Stage 8

We did lose a few refugee ships during this evacuation operation. We have contacted the PVE and expressed our regrets.

Stage 9

We are pleased you were able to use Delta wing to accomplish all of your objectives. However, you should try to keep your use of reinforcements at a minimum. If every wing commander leader requested reinforcements at every opportunity, we would run out of fighters.

Last Hope

Mission Filename: sm3-02a.fsm


Mission Briefing

Stage 1

The PVD Hope is leaving the Antares system after an intense battle. It has sustained moderate damage and will be jumping to the Beta Aquilae system.

Stage 2

We are sending two wings to help cover the Hope while it is being repaired. The Vasudans are sending their own fighters to stand guard over the Hope, but it will be some time before they arrive.

Stage 3

The Hope should be in the system when you arrive. We do not believe the Shivans have enough forces in the system to mount a serious attack, but their strategies are difficult to predict. Good luck.

Debriefing

Stage 1

Well done, Pilot. This mission was quite a bit more intense than we had expected, thanks to the Shivans. Fortunately you were able to hang on until the Vasudan reinforcements arrived. Very impressive.

Stage 2

For protecting one of the few remaining Vasudan Typhon-class destroyers, you are awarded the medal of Conspicuous Gallantry. Wear it proudly.

Stage 3

You failed to protect the Hope. Even though we were not expecting an attack from the Shivans, you needed to protect that ship. Due to your failure, our hold on this sector becomes even more tenuous. We all have to perform beyond our abilities in this war, Pilot. Dismissed!

Stage 4

Abandoning your post in such a serious mission is deplorable. You are indefinitely grounded. Dismissed.

A Failure to Communicate

Mission Filename: sm3-03a.fsm


Mission Briefing

Stage 1

Red Alert! The Beta Aquilae installation is under attack. The Lucifer has been sighted in the area. Protect it at all costs. Additional orders will be given to you on site.

Debriefing

Stage 1

There was nothing you could do to preserve the Aquilae. There was too little time and the Lucifer is too powerful.

Stage 2

Fortunately you were able to save some of the escape pods. The survivors thank you and look forward to the chance to avenge the destruction of the Aquilae.

Stage 3

Protecting all the escape pods is most impressive. The survivors thank you and hope we can avenge the destruction of the Aquilae.

Stage 4

By protecting the Beta Aquilae Communications Terminal we are able to keep in contact with our forces in the outer systems. Losing the communication terminal would have been a severe blow. Well done pilot.

For continued service to the Alliance, we are awarding you the Good Conduct Medal. Keep it up.

Stage 5

We lost many escape pods in the battle as well. Such a loss of life is difficult to bear. Several key scientists were unable to evacuate the installation. They, and their research, will be sorely missed.

Stage 6

Disobeying orders and departing during battle is inexcusable. You are indefinitely grounded. Dismissed

Reaching the Zenith

Mission Filename: sm3-04a.fsm

Command Briefing

Stage 1

GTD Bastion

Ribos System

3/2/35

State of the Alliance

We have now lost vital ground to the Shivans in the Antares system and Sirius. The number of systems between the Shivans and Earth are dwindling fast. Fortunately, we were able to save the Beta Aquilae communications terminal. Aside from that single post, we have lost communications with every outer colony.

Stage 2

Transmission from Altair

The following transmission was picked up by the Terran listening outpost in the Beta Aquilae system.

" are a group of Vasudan refugees seeking the assistance of any Terran ships. We were onboard a Vasudan science outpost when it was destroyed by the Shivans. We managed to land on this uncharted planet when our escape pod lost power. It's uninhabited, but we uncovered the remains of an ancient civilization. They were neither Terran nor Vasudan nor Shivan.

Stage 3

Transmission Continued

Our scanning equipment was able to locate a storage device of some sort. It was heavily protected, which suggests it stores something quite valuable, possibly information or technology. We are attempting to decipher the language of the device, but are fearful of Shivan attacks.

Stage 4

Transmission Continued

I say this because it is immediately apparent that this planet was also destroyed by Shivan weapons. This is difficult to believe, considering the age of the remains, but the evidence is conclusive. What we ask is for rescue and an escort away from this planet. Our scientists are not normally a superstitious group, but having one's homeworld destroyed tends to shake your beliefs. Please send an armed rescue as soon as possible to these coordinates."

Stage 5

Our Orders

Your next series of missions will require both massive firepower and intelligence. For this reason, I am assigning Alpha 1 to lead these missions. We will be attempting to rescue the Vasudan refugees from Altair.

Stage 6

New Technology: Jump Drives

This mission will be facilitated by the new subspace drive we have received. For years the GTA has tried to give a fighter the ability to do intersystem jumps. After monitoring the Beta Aquilae engagements, the GTA science colony at Sol has finally been able to solve the puzzle. All GTA fighters are currently being equipped with intersystem subspace drives.

Stage 7

New Technology: Project Ursa

Reasearch and Development have nearly completed project Ursa, which should be our best bet at defeating the Shivan Lucifer Destroyer. For those of you that haven't been keeping up, Project Ursa is an attempt to make a new type of Heavy Bomber capable of carrying the Harbinger bomb.

We expect that a wing of Ursas will be available to you on your return trip from Altair.

Stage 8

New Technology: Harbinger Bomb

The Harbinger will assist us greatly in any attacks against capital ships. Until recently, Harbingers were reserved for planetary attacks only. With this project nearing completion, we may be able to finally defeat the Lucifer.

Stage 9

New Technology: Disruptor Missile

You may or may not want to use the new Disruptor missile to assist you in the next few missions. It is the only missile in our arsenal which allows us to completely shut down a cruiser for a short amount of time. It's definitely worth a look, details are in the Tech Room.

Mission Briefing

Stage 1

As you already know, the Shivans have begun a massive offensive. They have completely cut us off from all of the outer colonies, and have our forces confined to nine systems that form the heart of Terran space.

Stage 2

However, in what used to be Vasudan space at Altair, a group of Vasudan refugees has apparently unearthed records from a long dead civilization. Terran Command believes the information in these records to be of great importance.

Stage 3

We have located one potential weak point in the Shivan barrier encircling us. The Deneb jump node to the Altair system is being guarded by only one cruiser, the Zenith.

Stage 4

The Zenith is currently on patrol with just two wings of Shivan fighters, the Arjuna interceptors, and the Rama superiority fighters. However, we believe they are able to call in reinforcements.

Stage 5

Your primary objective will be to destroy the Zenith. Take out the Zenith's communications system first to prevent it from calling in reinforcements. If you're unable to do that, go after all weapons systems, including turrets and missile launchers.

Stage 6

Alpha wing will provide cover for the bombers. Gamma wing will assist Alpha and will attempt to take out the communications system on Zenith. Beta will be equipped with Tsunami bombs, and will be targeting suspected weak points on the Zenith's hull.

Stage 7

After you have completed these tasks, stand by for further orders. Good luck, Alpha 1.

Debriefing

Stage 1

You were ordered to stay in the area until you received further orders. Yet you jumped out and the mission is a failure. You are hereby grounded. Dismissed.

Running the Gauntlet

Mission Filename: sm3-05a.fsm


Mission Briefing

Stage 1

As you already know, we are sending scientists to the Altair system to investigate records found on Altair 4. Command hopes they will aid us in our war with the Shivans.

The Rosetta is currently carrying the scientists. It will rendezvous with two transports, Omega 1 and Omega 2. All three ships should be arriving within a few minutes.

Omega wing will dock with the Rosetta as soon as they arrive. Oversee this personnel transfer, then escort Omega 1 and Omega 2 to the Jump Node

Debriefing

Stage 1

You managed to get both transports to the Altair system. If the information at Altair 4 proves as valuable as the Vasudan refugees suspect, then the Terran and Vasudan people will owe you a great debt. Well done, pilot.

Stage 2

A crucial transport was lost. We hope the one that managed to get through will be adequate to recover the information from Altair 4. We relied on you to safeguard the transit of the scientists and you were only marginally successful. We expect better in the future.

Stage 3

Both transports were destroyed. You were entrusted with a mission of enormous importance and you failed. Dismissed.

Stage 4

The crew of the Rosetta sends their thanks. When the Lucifer jumped in, they all but gave up hope of survival. Your squadron was able to hold off the enemy and that is most impressive. For this, you are awarded the Commendation Medal.

Black Omega

Mission Filename: sm3-06a.fsm


Mission Briefing

Stage 1

We have successfully extracted the records from Altair 4. They have been partially deciphered, and are being moved back to Terran Space. Omega transports will once again be handling the movement of the scientists and the records.

Stage 2

We have successfully extracted the records from Altair 4. They have been partially deciphered, and are being moved back to Terran Space. Omega will once again be handling the movement of the scientists and the records.

Stage 3

Unfortunately, the Altair system is still controlled by the Hammer of Light. One of their flagships, the Anvil, is stationed here, and has gotten word of our presence in this system. It is currently blocking the vector to the subspace node.

Stage 4

Unfortunately, the Altair system is still controlled by the Hammer of Light. One of their flagships, the Anvil, is stationed here, and has gotten word of our presence in this system. It is currently blocking the vector to the subspace node.

Stage 5

The Anvil carries with it a powerful contingent of Vasudan fighters. Intelligence reports two squadrons: one of advanced Thoth space superiority fighters, and one of Horus Interceptors. These fighters have defended the Anvil well.

Stage 6

The Anvil carries with it a powerful contingent of Vasudan fighters. Intelligence reports two squadrons: one of advanced Thoth space superiority fighters, and one of Horus Interceptors. These fighters have defended the Anvil well.

Stage 7

Intelligence has also detected the presence of a third wing of Vasudan bombers in the system. They will undoubtedly try to attack our fleeing transports.

Stage 8

Intelligence has also detected the presence of a third wing of Vasudan bombers in the system. They will undoubtedly try to attack our fleeing transport.

Stage 9

Your strike force will once again consist of Alpha, Beta and Gamma wings. Gamma will provide escort for Alpha while Alpha attacks the Anvil. Beta will ensure the safety of the transports and maintain our fighter superiority.

Stage 10

The Anvil must be destroyed. We are equipping Alpha with Harbinger bombs. These bombs require exact placement and careful maneuvering, but will do massive damage to the Anvil. Beta and Gamma must ensure that the Harbingers reach their target.

Stage 11

The Anvil must be destroyed. We are equipping Alpha with Harbinger bombs. These bombs require exact placement and careful maneuvering, but will do massive damage to the Anvil. Beta and Gamma must ensure that the Harbingers reach their target.

Stage 12

Our primary goal, however, is to ensure that Omega 1 and Omega 2 reach the jump node. Destroying the Anvil is the best way to ensure that this goal is accomplished. This mission is of grave importance. Do not fail, Pilot. Good luck.

Stage 13

Our primary goal, however, is to ensure that Omega 1 reaches the jump node. Destroying the Anvil is the best way to ensure that this goal is accomplished. This mission is of grave importance. Do not fail, Pilot. Good luck.

Debriefing

Stage 1

You lost both transports. This is a catastrophe. Terran Command viewed this mission as our last hope. The Lucifer is about to enter the jump node to Sol system and we have no means of stopping it.

There is nothing we can do from here.

Dismissed.

Stage 2

Mission accomplished, Pilot. We haven't yet been briefed on the full importance of the ancient records, but Terran Command is extremely pleased. Further orders are expected soon.

Stage 3

At least we were able to save one of the transports. We lost half the data, but the half you retrieved just might be enough. In ordinary circumstances, we'd reprimand you pilot. But in these circumstances we have no choice but to put you back into battle. The final conflict looms. All our forces are gathering for a last counterstrike.

Stage 4

It is impressive that you managed to destroy a primary flagship of the Hammer of Light. Perhaps this will put an end to their resistance. Fighting the Hammer of Light has been a great strain on the Terran-Vasudan alliance.

Stage 5

For this we are awarding you the Medal of Honor. This is a rare and coveted medal given only to the finest pilots in the GTA. Congratulations.

Clash of the Titans

Mission Filename: sm3-07a.fsm


Command Briefing

Stage 1

GTD Bastion

Sirius System

3/29/35

The Lucifer

The Shivans have finally determined the location of the Sol system. The Lucifer has moved into position here in Sirius for the subspace jump to Delta Serpentis.

From Delta Serpentis, she will certainly make the jump to Sol to destroy our homeworld.

Stage 2

New Information

From the records you retrieved in Altair, we have discovered the means to destroy the Lucifer. As you know, our shield systems do not work in subspace. The same holds true for the Lucifer. More importantly, the records contain the information to enable us to track a capital ship into and inside subspace.

If we can track the Lucifer into subspace, we believe a small strike force may be sufficient to destroy it.

Stage 3

Our Orders

We have been assigned the task of destroying the Lucifer before she reaches Sol. The Bastion is currently en route to intercept the Lucifer at the Sirius-Delta Serpentis subspace node.

The Bastion will attempt to provide close cover, while Ursa bombers deliver a payload of Harbingers. We believe that without the shielding system it's relied on so heavily, the Lucifer will be vulnerable.

Keep in mind that this is a time critical operation. If we do not enter subspace soon after the Lucifer, we cannot launch our attack.

Stage 4

Destroying the Lucifer

From your earlier scans of the Lucifer in the Deneb system, we have determined that it is powered by five primary reactors. These reactors are spread out across the Lucifer.

If all five reactors are destroyed in a short period of time, the Lucifer won't have a chance of surviving.

Stage 5

We don't have much time. Report for mission briefings immediately.

Mission Briefing

Stage 1

We have few chances to stop the Lucifer. It is heading to the Sol system but we have an opportunity to head them off at Sirius.

Stage 2

If you encounter the Lucifer in Sirius hold it off until the rest of the fleet can catch up with you.

Debriefing

Stage 1

The Bastion was severely damaged in this battle. More of the burden of destroying the Lucifer will shift to the bombers. The Bastion will be of limited assistance.

We are now proceeding to the Delta Serpentis system.

Stage 2

The GTD Bastion is in prime condition to assault the Lucifer. We are proceeding to Delta Serpentis now.

Stage 3

For your outstanding defense of the GTD Bastion, you are awarded the Military Defense Medal.

Stage 4

The Bastion has been destroyed. There is little hope of stopping the Lucifer at this point. This is the saddest of days for the Alliance. The Lucifer is expected to reach Earth in 40 hours.

Stage 5

The Bastion made the jump to Delta Serpentis and you didn't you follow her? She was destroyed shortly after her arrival. We have no way of stopping the Lucifer. This is certainly the end of the Alliance. The Lucifer is expected to reach Earth in 40 hours.

The Great Hunt

Mission Filename: sm3-08a.fsm


Mission Briefing

Stage 1

In a few minutes we will be entering the Delta Serpentis sector. We will then begin the most important engagement in our history. We will fight for the very survival of Earth.

Stage 2

Our plan is to rapidly close the distance with the Lucifer so that the Bastion will be able to enter subspace just behind her. Once in subspace, we will attack and destroy the Lucifer.

Stage 3

Your task will be to provide cover for the Bastion so that it can quickly converge on the Lucifer.

That destroyer must be stopped at all costs. Failure is absolutely not an option here, pilots. Good luck.

Debriefing

Stage 1

Why you chose to leave the battle area is a complete mystery. If any historians survive the destruction of Earth, they will surely wonder what went through your mind.

In a battle for the fate of Earth, you fled like a coward.

Good Luck

Mission Filename: sm3-09a.fsm


Mission Briefing

Stage 1

Your objective is to destroy the Lucifer. The Lucifer has five reactors located on its main hull. In order to eliminate the Lucifer, these reactors must be destroyed

Stage 2

This stage will never be seen, and if you are looking at it, ignore it. Red Alert missions only have one stage.

Debriefing

Stage 1

Congratulations on finishing the game.

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