A Lion at the Door
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ACT 1, MISSION 4
Fighter squadron: 107th Ravens
Description: After the Shivans attack an allied warship in Capella, the 107th Ravens are deployed to secure a mysterious subspace portal in the Gamma Draconis system.
The GTC Vigilant, assigned to guard the Capella-Gamma Draconis jump node, was destroyed by the Shivans, using new ships that the GTVA has never seen before. While the Carthage and Dahshor were deployed and neutralized the attackers, Command has ordered a state of enhanced vigilance and deployed scout wings to reconnoiter the Gamma Draconis system. The scouts reported that the Shivans are emerging from a massive ring-shaped object that appeared to be projecting some kind of subspace portal. The Shivans, on their end, are sending in transports and freighters from the portal, loaded with cargo, and have made a small depot near the portal. These ships are dumping their load in the area around the ring before re-entering the portal. Alpha and Beta wings from the 107th are deployed to destroy all hostile ships in that area and hold off any new arrivals from the portal until the Carthage and Dahshor arrive with reinforcements.
The mission begins with you and your wing emerging a few thousand meters away from the subspace portal. There are Shivan Mara-class fighters patrolling the area, with the Behemoth, a Rakshasa-class cruiser parked nearby. Behind the Shivan cruiser, you can acquire sensor lock on some freighters, a Shivan Azrael transport and many cargo containers.
The Mara fighters will break formation and attack you first. For beginners, keep a short distance away and fire a salvo of Harpoons at them. Once all the Shivan fighters are destroyed, attack the Behemoth. The Rakshasa-class cruiser has only one anti-fighter beam. Destroy that, as well as its weapons subsystem, so that the cruiser will pose much less of a dire threat to you and your squadmates.
Once the Behemoth is destroyed, Command orders you to hold your position as they deploy the Carthage and Dahshor. However, as you wait for the two warships to arrive, the Shivans start to send in more fighters. Alpha 2 notes that the new fighters are designated Astaroth. These new fighters will break formation and attack. Expect most of your wingmen to fall, as the Shivans outmaneuver your slower heavy fighters with their interceptors. On higher difficulty levels, you will need to rely on a bit of luck in order to survive being attacked. Defend yourself until the Carthage and Dahshor arrive. When they do, fly towards the Orion-class destroyer and destroy your pursuers within range of the destroyer's guns. Next, get what is left of your wingmen to defend both ships. Shortly after the two Allied warships arrive, the Goliath, a Cain-class cruiser, jumps in from the portal with another wing of Astaroth fighters and a wing of Seraphim bombers. The Carthage and Dahshor will encounter few problems with the Goliath, but the Shivan bombers will go after the Carthage first. If you want to get a medal, you will need to defend both vessels from the Astaroth and, in particular, the Seraphim.
- One way to have your wingmen survive the first engagement with the Astaroth is to simply tell them to form on your wing and then fly away from the portal as soon as the Behemoth and Mara fighters are destroyed. As there is a short time delay before the Allied warships arrive, you will have no problem ordering your wingmen to guard the Carthage or the Dahshor before the Shivans enter firing range.
- There is a trick to getting the kills for the freighters. The moment they lose their cargo by having it blown off, they jump out. Your wingmen tend to hit the cargo quite often while going for the freighters, and it's not all that easy for you to avoid doing so either. However, if you keep your wingmen away and aim carefully, it is possible to kill all the freighters before they escape. The large SFr Dis does not jump out if its cargo is destroyed.
- Oddly enough, the Semyaza never jumps out no matter what happens, even if the Carthage and Dahshor jump in, and has no intended purpose other than just to sit there and be a bystander.
Total number of forces
|File size:||73.8 KB|
|Total number of objects:||51 (+6 waypoints)|
|Total number of wings:||11|
|Number of mission events:||57|
|Number of messages:||23|
|Event music:||4: Numbers|