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{{Mission|next=The Sixth Wonder|previous=The Great Hunt (FS2)|campaign=FreeSpace 2 Campaign Walkthrough}}
  
 
'''ACT 1, MISSION 7'''
 
'''ACT 1, MISSION 7'''
  
'''Fighter squadron:'''
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'''Fighter squadron:''' [[107th Ravens]]
  
'''Description:'''
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'''Description:''' The 107th leads a bombing action against the Shivan destroyer ''Ravana''.
  
 
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==Background==
 
==Background==
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The [[GTVA]] is losing ground against skirmishes with the new [[Shivans|Shivan]] destroyer, the [[SD Ravana|SD ''Ravana'']], in the nebula. The [[FreeSpace_2_Terran_Ship_Database#GTD_Delacroix|GTD ''Delacroix'']] and [[FreeSpace_2_Terran_Ship_Database#GTC_Champion|GTC ''Champion'']] have been destroyed in the attacks, while the remaining warships are damaged. Alpha wing of the 107th Ravens is sortied to destroy the ''Ravana''.
  
 
==Walkthrough==
 
==Walkthrough==
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This is, canonically, the first mission in the main campaign that will test your skill in bombing runs against warships. You may encounter problems the first time playing this mission, so watch what you are doing.
  
This mission tests your abilities in bombing runs. This one is quite difficult for the first run, so pay attention at anything you are doing. You have to choose a bomber all the way, I suggest you the [[GTB Medusa]], because it has the best survival chance, and it is able to carry a quite good amount of [[GTM Cyclops]] warheads. Arm yourself full of Cyclops. Hit your burners, but do not attack the [[SD Ravana]] right at the beginning. There are [[SF Basilisk]]-class fighters coming in front of you. Take them out with your lasers. After they are gone, go against the Ravana.
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A recommended loadout is the [[GTB Medusa]] armed with three banks of [[GTM Cyclops|Cyclops torpedoes]].  
  
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When you start the mission, you will have the ''Ravana'', as well as the ''Khenmu'', a [[GVCv Sobek|''Sobek''-class corvette]], on your escort list. Hit your afterburners, but do not attack the ''Ravana'' right at the beginning. There are some [[SF Basilisk|Basilisk-class fighters]] near you. Take them out with your guns. Once they are destroyed, attack the ''Ravana''.
  
Order you wingmen to disarm her. Have a bank of [[GTM Cyclops]] selected, target one of the closest subsystems of the Ravana. Wait until your computer acquires a lock, and shoot out your bombs. Making sure your warhead won't be hit by the lasers of the Ravana, you have to destroy the Weapons subsystem of this ship. It makes it far more inaccurate. If she fires at you with her anti-fighter beams, press R and hopefully, your attacker will be targeted. Head against it and fire the next salvo of [[GTM Cyclops]] at it. Change to another bank as soon as you fired a pair of bombs from another one. You only have to target the ship again without waiting for the 15 penalty seconds of the same bank. It is the mania of the game to prevent you from shooting powerful bombs quickly after each other. By changing the secondary bank, you can avoid this penalty.
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Order your wingmen to disarm her. Target one of the closest subsystems or turrets of the ''Ravana''. Select the first bank of Cyclops torpedoes, wait until your computer acquires a lock, then fire your bombs. If the ''Ravana'' fires on you with one of its turrets, press R and hopefully, the attacking turret will be targeted. Switch to your second bank of torpedoes, approach it and fire another salvo. Switch missile banks again as soon as you fired a pair of bombs from that bank. This allows you to fire another bomb salvo immediately, without having to wait for the current missile bank to reload.
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While this is very unlikely, the ''Khenmu'' will be replaced with the GTCv ''Yakiba'' and GTC ''Heisenberg'' should it be destroyed. If the ''Yakiba'' is destroyed, the GVC ''Somtus'' will be deployed.
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Once the ''Ravana'' is destroyed, or if all four Allied warships are destroyed, you will be ordered to return to base.
  
 
==Tips==
 
==Tips==
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* The ''Khenmu'' parks itself at one of the ''Ravana'''s weak spots. If you desire, you can provide bomber cover for the corvette while it batters the ''Ravana'' to destruction with its frontal beams.
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* The ''Ravana'' has weak spots at the front and the rear, the front because it is guarded only by a few laser turrets, and the rear because it is guarded by a single anti-fighter beam and flak cannon.
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* Destroying the Weapons subsystem of the ''Ravana'' makes its turrets fire much less accurately.
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* Make sure to check your wingmates' armament, as several do not have a full complement of Cyclops torpedoes equipped.
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==Notes==
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* The ''Ravana'' model has a glitch in that some of its turrets can fire through the destroyer, hitting you even if you are supposedly protected by a portion of the ''Ravana'''s hull.
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* The destruction of the ''Champion'' is mentioned only during a failed debrief, not during the mission brief. This is probably a FREDding oversight.
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==New equipment==
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* [[GTB Boanerges]]
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* [[GTM Cyclops]]
  
I played this mission countless times using the "brute force" method of fire your bombs, lean on your afterburner, and hope you don't get shot at before I realized how much easier the mission can be if you think intelligently.  Just use the Sobek!  It provides excellent flak and beam cover for you to recharge and rearm between bombing runs.  You can even just park there and wait for the Sobek to take out the Ravana itself, if that's your thing - just be sure to take out any beam turrets or fighters targeting it.
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==Total number of forces==
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{{total_numbers_2
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|belligerent_1 =[[Galactic Terran-Vasudan Alliance|GTVA]]
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|belligerent_2 =[[Shivans]]
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|ship_1 =
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* 1 [[GVCv Sobek|GVCv ''Sobek'']]
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** [[FreeSpace 2 Vasudan Ship Database#GVCv Khenmu|''Khenmu'']]
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* 0-1 [[GTCv Deimos|GTCv ''Deimos'']]
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** [[FreeSpace 2 Terran Ship Database#GTCv Yakiba|''Yakiba'']] (*)
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* 0-1 [[GTC Leviathan|GTC ''Leviathan'']]
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** [[FreeSpace 2 Terran Ship Database#GTC Heisenberg|''Heisenberg'']] (*)
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* 0-1 [[GVC Mentu|GVC ''Mentu'']]
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** [[FreeSpace 2 Vasudan Ship Database#GVC Somtus|''Somtus'']] (**)
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|ship_2 =
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* 1 [[SD Ravana|SD ''Ravana'']]
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** [[FreeSpace 2 Shivan Ship Database#SD Ravana|''Ravana'']]
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|strikecraft_1 =
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* 4 [[GTB Boanerges|GTB ''Boanerges'']] (#)
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** ''Alpha'' (4)
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* 3 [[GVF Serapis|GVF ''Serapis'']]
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** ''Epsilon'' (3)
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|strikecraft_2 =
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* 6 [[SF Mara|SF ''Mara'']]
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** ''Virgo'' (4)
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** ''Gemini'' (2)
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* 7 [[SF Manticore|SF ''Manticore'']]
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** ''Cancer'' (3)
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** ''Scorpio'' (4)
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* 8 [[SF Basilisk|SF ''Basilisk'']]
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** ''Libra'' (2)
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** ''Taurus'' (2)
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** ''Leo'' (2)
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** ''Aquarius 1''
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** ''Sagittarius 1''
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|casualties_1 =
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* 0-1 [[GVCv Sobek|GVCv ''Sobek'']]
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** [[FreeSpace 2 Vasudan Ship Database#GVCv Khenmu|''Khenmu'']]
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* 0-1 [[GTCv Deimos|GTCv ''Deimos'']]
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** [[FreeSpace 2 Terran Ship Database#GTCv Yakiba|''Yakiba'']] (*)
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* 0-1 [[GTC Leviathan|GTC ''Leviathan'']]
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** [[FreeSpace 2 Terran Ship Database#GTC Heisenberg|''Heisenberg'']] (*)
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* 0-1 [[GVC Mentu|GVC ''Mentu'']]
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** [[FreeSpace 2 Vasudan Ship Database#GVC Somtus|''Somtus'']] (**)
  
There is another way to slay this beast. Enemy fighters jump one after another, so having an escort is a good thing. However, Ravana can eat Vasudan fighters in a matter of seconds if they get in range of her anti-fighter defences. Not all hope is lost, though, at the beginning of the mission order all fighters to cover you, then go all around Ravana and attack her directly from the front. There's only a couple of blob turrets there to care about, so when you are in position, order Alpha wing to destroy Ravana, unload your own cargo and watch the fireworks. This is, in my opinion, the only way you can put [[GTB Boanerges]] to any use, as otherwise you won't have time to shoot all 14 Cyclops on board.
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*0-3 [[GTB Boanerges|GTB ''Boanerges'']] (#)
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** ''Alpha'' (3)
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*0-3 [[GVF Serapis|GVF ''Serapis'']]
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** ''Epsilon'' (3)
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|casualties_2 =
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* 1 [[SD Ravana|SD ''Ravana'']]
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** [[FreeSpace 2 Shivan Ship Database#SD Ravana|''Ravana'']]
  
Take out weapons subsystem, and then all beam turrets (including the anti-fighter ones). Then let the Sobek wear down the Ravana. When it is at around 3-5%, fire off a bomb or two and you get the kill.
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* 0-6 [[SF Mara|SF ''Mara'']]
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** ''Virgo'' (4)
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** ''Gemini'' (2)
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* 0-7 [[SF Manticore|SF ''Manticore'']]
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** ''Cancer'' (3)
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** ''Scorpio'' (4)
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* 0-8 [[SF Basilisk|SF ''Basilisk'']]
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** ''Libra'' (2)
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** ''Taurus'' (2)
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** ''Leo'' (2)
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** ''Aquarius 1''
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** ''Sagittarius 1''
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}}
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(*) '''Deployed only if the [[FreeSpace 2 Vasudan Ship Database#GVCv Khenmu|GVCv ''Khenmu'']] is destroyed'''<br>
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(**) '''Deployed only if the [[FreeSpace 2 Terran Ship Database#GTCv Yakiba|GTCv ''Yakiba'']] is destroyed'''<br>
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(#) '''May be replaced with the [[GTB Medusa|GTB ''Medusa'']] and/or the [[GTB Ursa|GTB ''Ursa'']]'''
  
==Notable ships present==
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==Technical information==
*SD Ravana
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{{MissionInfo|SM1-07.fs2|50.0 KB|Brad Johnson|33 (+3 waypoints)|11|45|16<sup>1</sup>|2: Exodus|Brief7}}
*GVCv Khenmu
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===Notes===
*GTC Heisenberg
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:<sup>1</sup> This is the lowest number of messages in the main FreeSpace 2 campaign.
*GVC Somtus
 
*GTCv Yakiba
 
  
==New equipment==
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==Videos==
*[[GTB Boanerges]]
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===QuantumDelta===
*[[GTM Cyclops]]
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<br><videoflash>OFHDdmICpr8</videoflash><br><br>
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===TheOneTrueRenairen===
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<br><videoflash>2COwYJMjdBg</videoflash><br>
  
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[[Category:Main FreeSpace 2 Campaign]]

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ACT 1, MISSION 7

Fighter squadron: 107th Ravens

Description: The 107th leads a bombing action against the Shivan destroyer Ravana.


Background

The GTVA is losing ground against skirmishes with the new Shivan destroyer, the SD Ravana, in the nebula. The GTD Delacroix and GTC Champion have been destroyed in the attacks, while the remaining warships are damaged. Alpha wing of the 107th Ravens is sortied to destroy the Ravana.

Walkthrough

This is, canonically, the first mission in the main campaign that will test your skill in bombing runs against warships. You may encounter problems the first time playing this mission, so watch what you are doing.

A recommended loadout is the GTB Medusa armed with three banks of Cyclops torpedoes.

When you start the mission, you will have the Ravana, as well as the Khenmu, a Sobek-class corvette, on your escort list. Hit your afterburners, but do not attack the Ravana right at the beginning. There are some Basilisk-class fighters near you. Take them out with your guns. Once they are destroyed, attack the Ravana.

Order your wingmen to disarm her. Target one of the closest subsystems or turrets of the Ravana. Select the first bank of Cyclops torpedoes, wait until your computer acquires a lock, then fire your bombs. If the Ravana fires on you with one of its turrets, press R and hopefully, the attacking turret will be targeted. Switch to your second bank of torpedoes, approach it and fire another salvo. Switch missile banks again as soon as you fired a pair of bombs from that bank. This allows you to fire another bomb salvo immediately, without having to wait for the current missile bank to reload.

While this is very unlikely, the Khenmu will be replaced with the GTCv Yakiba and GTC Heisenberg should it be destroyed. If the Yakiba is destroyed, the GVC Somtus will be deployed.

Once the Ravana is destroyed, or if all four Allied warships are destroyed, you will be ordered to return to base.

Tips

  • The Khenmu parks itself at one of the Ravana's weak spots. If you desire, you can provide bomber cover for the corvette while it batters the Ravana to destruction with its frontal beams.
  • The Ravana has weak spots at the front and the rear, the front because it is guarded only by a few laser turrets, and the rear because it is guarded by a single anti-fighter beam and flak cannon.
  • Destroying the Weapons subsystem of the Ravana makes its turrets fire much less accurately.
  • Make sure to check your wingmates' armament, as several do not have a full complement of Cyclops torpedoes equipped.

Notes

  • The Ravana model has a glitch in that some of its turrets can fire through the destroyer, hitting you even if you are supposedly protected by a portion of the Ravana's hull.
  • The destruction of the Champion is mentioned only during a failed debrief, not during the mission brief. This is probably a FREDding oversight.

New equipment

Total number of forces

Forces involved
Belligerents
Ships
Strikecraft
Casualties

(*) Deployed only if the GVCv Khenmu is destroyed
(**) Deployed only if the GTCv Yakiba is destroyed
(#) May be replaced with the GTB Medusa and/or the GTB Ursa

Technical information

Slaying Ravana
File name: SM1-07.fs2
File size: 50.0 KB
Author: Brad Johnson
Total number of objects: 33 (+3 waypoints)
Total number of wings: 11
Number of mission events: 45
Number of messages: 161
Event music: 2: Exodus
Briefing music: Brief7


Notes

1 This is the lowest number of messages in the main FreeSpace 2 campaign.

Videos

QuantumDelta




TheOneTrueRenairen