The Sicilian Defense
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ACT 2, MISSION 5
Fighter squadron: 64th Raptors
The Neo-Terran Front is regrouping to take the Knossos at "rallying points". Intelligence believes that they know the rallying point of the NTF Iceni. Alpha wing of the 64th is sortied to take down all NTF warships that arrive at this rallying point, while Beta wing provides fighter cover.
Like The King's Gambit, this mission is also a bombing run. It is more difficult than the previous one, however, and your ability of survive a prolonged battle in a bomber is tested here.
When you jump in, you do not see the Iceni, but instead the Vindicator, an Orion-class destroyer, and the Venture, an Argo-class transport. Destroy the Venture first. Then target the Vindicator's beam cannons and destroy them. Taking both ships out should not be too much trouble since you and your wingmen have a full loadout. As you commence your bombing run on these two ships, the Vasudans send in a Sobek-class corvette, the GVCv Hyksos, to assist you. You have to defend this vessel. It's critical that you destroy the Vindicator's main beams before the Hyksos arrives, otherwise the corvette will probably be destroyed. Against the remaining enemy ships, the corvette should handle itself, but go ahead and lob a few bombs at the enemy to get kill points. Delta wing of Artemis bombers will also be sortied to help you out. There will be enemy fighters flying around, but Delta can take care of itself, and the enemy fighters should not pose too much of a threat to you.
The mission lets you fly fighters instead of bombers. The Perseus is recommended, but any ship that can engage fighters will do the job. The Vindicator's left-side beam turrets are severely damaged, so you can quickly get rid of them, and pay attention to fighters onwards. The Yoshimoto, the Deimos that comes in after the Vindicator gets destroyed, will have time to fire one of its rear beams at the Hyksos. Get rid of it and continue flying intercept. The last two warships—a Leviathan and an Aeolus—won't be a threat to the Hyksos if you were fast enough. You can get a lot of kills in this mission, though not as much score as if you were flying bomber. Note that this tactic will require more time.
- As with the GVCv Khenmu in Slaying Ravana, the Hyksos brings its excellent flak and beam cover into battle, though in this mission there are too many threats to simply sit back and watch. The problem here is that the Hyksos stands a serious chance of being destroyed by the Vindicator. To prevent this, take out some of the Vindicator's portside heavy beam turrets.
- There's no reward for successfully protecting the Hyksos.
"The Sicilian Defence" is an opening move in chess, where Black moves one of its off-center pawns forward in preparation for any possible attempt by White to secure control over the center of the board. The name of this mission, as well the missions immediately preceding (The King's Gambit) and following it (Endgame), likely alludes to the drastic movements of NTF forces, and the GTVA's response to said movements, as the NTF Rebellion draws to a close.
Rather interestingly, the Sicilian Defence is not a typical (or optimal) response to a King's Gambit.
Notable ships present
|File size:||69.7 KB|
|Total number of objects:||54 (+1 waypoint)|
|Total number of wings:||12|
|Number of mission events:||47|
|Number of messages:||22|
|Event music:||5: Deuteronomy|