Extending our forward defenses in 466, the defenders
of Waage are ordered to move to the Al Tarf system. Bringing
more forces to the future battle area, Admiral Greer pulls
two more armadas, 1 Carrier and 1 Short Range out of reserve
at the Fieras system neighboring the Al Tarf system.
Seeing the number of gas bag armadas headed to the Al Tarf
system, Admiral Greer becomes concerned that the enemy might
be changing tactics and that change, from appearances looks
to be very dangerous. His forces engage the gas bags in the
final contested near core system of Fakar and swiftly defeat
the small defensive force located there.
A large enemy force then arrives in Fieras and quickly destroyes
our two new armadas with very few losses of their own. Having
cleared our defenses, they quickly proceed to bomb the colony
of Fieras II out of existence.
In 467 Admiral Greer assigns a new carrier Armada to Fakar
to finish the battle there ASAP. He also orders an army out
of reserve to conquer the last remaining gas bag colony located
near our core. Through conquest we can put their resources
to work for us! Then our forces attack the colony of Fakar
IV and then our army storms the surface quickly securing the
world for our cause! In the same year however we received
some dire news.
Chairing a strategic conference in central command Admiral
Greer is urgently contacted. “Admiral sir! Literally
hundred of ships have just arrived in the Al Tarf system through
their mobilization center there sir! Our forces there were
immediately engaged and destroyed. They are in the process
of bombing Al Tarf IV as we speak sir!”
“Get me fleet command. Redirect the defenders of Waage
to the Ruchba system. Al Tarf can no longer be considered
defensible! Order our forces at Fakar to Ruchba ASAP! Contact
the reserve and pull all available forces out for the defense
of Ruchba. Now! Move!”
Looking over his strategic position, Admiral Greer is worried.
Ruchba is still 1 jump away from the fortress system of Tefnut,
and two jumps from our ancenstral home of Awenn. I have three
primary defense fleets, located at Archird, bordering Tefnut,
Joseki, holding the last piece of our frontier, and now Ruchba.
We are continuing to fight, but I do not see how we will surmount
this foe if we are unable to reduce the size of their host.
God willing, we shall repeat the battle of Waage several times
and then, perhaps we will gain soe breathing room.
In 470 the forward elements of the Gas Bag fleet bypass Ruchba
and attack Tefnut destroying the colony of Tefnut I. Angry
at their bold move Greer orders an overwhelming force to Tefnut
to destroy the interlopers. We win the battle, but the cost
to our forces is terrible. While we destroy 72 enemy warships
we lose 50 of our own in the battle! In the same year there
is also a major battle at Ruchba resulting in near total victory.
Our forces destroyed 159 enemy warships losing a mere 7 of
our own. Finally, in 469, the gas bags attack our colony of
Phlegyes IV and then bomb the colony killing every citizen
470 was a terribly year. Our forces continue to fight valiantly,
but the enemy is moving such a large force against us that
we are unsure that victory is possible. Seeing that the enemy
is in a position to move more ships pass Ruchba (the 159 lost
were a more part of the total fleet that had arrived) more
ships are diverted fron our defenses at Ruchba and Archird
to Tefnut to fight off any leakers.
In 471 our forces at Tefnut battle the armadas that were
able to fly past the defending force at Ruchba. The resulting
battle is yet another big win for our fleet as 64 enemy ships
are destroyed while our valiant forces lose but 5 of their
own number. Wnating to replace forces diverted from Archird,
Admiral Greer orders his newest carrier armada to Archird.
Having seen that many of the enemy ships were are starting
to face are of much higher quality that they had been, Admiral
Greer asks for and receives permission to redesign his fleet
Then the long night begins. In 472 the gas bags begin pressing
a new offensive and we lose the colonies of Cerva III and
Indactyl VIII. More reseves get directed to Archird as admiral
Greer braces for the fight to come. In 473 the heavy fighting
The systems of Archird, Ruchba and Cerva are attacked. In
Archird, they only brought and lost 1 armada of 16 ships,
but the direction of the attack is of much more concern than
the strength of the attack. Next a larger force attacks Ruchba.
In this battle they lose 96 ships while we again lose nothing.
Finally, their attack in Cerva destroys our last remaining
colony there. More reinforcements are directed to Ruchba as
we continue to brace for the onslaughts we can see coming
and then the Ruchba fleet advances on Al Tarf to head off
the enemy offensive.
Looking up intelligence reports on our relative fleet strengths,
Greer is saddened to see that even after these victories,
the enemy still have 2,385 ships to our 468. Determined to
make the drive on Al Tarf a move to strategically weaken the
enemy while strengthening our own position, Greer orders two
armies out of reserve for offensive action at Al Tarf. Our
forces attack the enemy in Al Tarf destroying the small defensive
force there eliminating 30 more enemy ships without losing
any of our own. However, in 474 we lose the colonies of Narn
I along with our last remaining colony in the Girtab system.
Concerned about the fleet at Joseki Greer looks up th fleet
strengths there and he is shocked with what he sees. The gas
bags have 1,136 ships in this systems alone compared to our
140! That is nearly half of their entire fleet! There are
two more small battles in 475 and Admiral Greer, even considering
the staggering disparity in fleet size has some hope that
the fighting may be toning down. In Archird we destroy another
10 enemy ships while in Ruchba we kill 50 ships while losing
12 of our own. The colony of Narn II dies a fiery death.