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Tanis sat in the cockpit of the Raider as the entire Rebel fleet traveled through hyperspace with him. Shiv and Aliyah were in their own ships, so he had no gunners and would set them on auto fire. Being in Renegade Squadron, Tanis was on star fighter detail. He would be going toe to toe with the TIEs along with Red, Blue and Gold Squadron until the ground war started and he'd go planet side. Green Squadron would be protecting the captial ships while Rogue and Wraith Squadron will be attacking the Star Destroyers.
The Navi computer beeped and informed Tanis that in a few seconds they would burst into real space in Korriban's orbit.
Taking a deep breath, and focusing on the battle about to begin, Tanis gripped the controls and activated the under and dorsal canons. The Rebel fleet appeared out of hyperspace with Korriban looming near,
and all the Star Destroyers, over 75, turning to face them. In 3 minutes, 4,000 TIE fighters, interceptors, bombers, and other kinds would be streaming out of them.
( http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qspRp0ddqCs ambience music)
Admiral Ackbar's guttural voice cuts into every ships comm.
Fighters to your positions! Capital ships stay your course, make the Star Destroyers come to us and give Wraith and Rogue squadron time. Squadrons sign in.
Red leader, standing by. (Vince Glortho, following his defection from the Empire after Palpatines death)
Blue leader, standing by. (Captain Merrick Simms)
Gold leader, standing by. (Lando Calrissian, assuming he finished talking to the mandos)
Green leader, standing by. (Captain Yakown Reth)
Rogue leader, standing by. (Tycho Celchu)
Wraith leader, standing by. (Wedge Antilles)
Renegade leader, standing by. (Han Solo)
Ackbar cuts in again, Fighters, call into your leaders and then begin the assault!. The Fighters switched to squadron comms and called into their own squadrons. Tanis switched to Renegade Squadron's comm channel.
Renegade Two, standing by.
Renegade Three, standing by.
Renegade Four standing by.
Renegade Five standing by.
"Renegade Six, standing by." Tanis called in. The rest of the Renegades called in and Renegade Leader Solo took over.
Alright Renegades, form up. X-Wings lock S-foils in attack positions and flank the Falcon and the Raider. Here come the TIEs! We'll take the port-side, Tanis break off with your flank when they rush us. One freighter per fighter team.
Tanis moved in next to the Millenium Falcon and from his cockpit he could see Han in his own cockpit. Chewie was probably manning the quad lasers. Han turned to Tanis and waved his hand, Tanis nodded. Things were going to get very rough.
The TIE squadrons caught up with the Rebel squadrons and laser fire erupted. Green and red laser bolts rained down on both sides as a large squadron of TIE fighters met with Renegade squadron. As planed, they split into two groups and took on the TIE fighters. The screech of their engines buzzed by and the X-wings broke off to dog fight.
A trio of TIE interceptors came up on the Raiders scanners behind the ship, trying to spring up on Tanis. He wouldnt be able to out-run or maneuver them, but he could certainly out-gun them. Tanis pulled on the controls and the Raider launched upwards.
CHOO-CHOO-CHOO-CHOO-CHOO!!! The Interceptors opened up but the shields held, they followed close. There were many, many TIEs and Tanis had to quickly deal with this team so he could help the Renegades.
Theres so many! I can't get these damn Interceptors off me! Renegade Five called out.
Easy! Theres alot... pull them into clumps and we'll shoot them up! If they're close together use your torpedoes to knock them all out.[i] Renegade Two, Col Serra, answered back.
Tanis spun in, passing by a TIE fighter very close. He quickly reached for a button and flicked it. From the rear hatch of his ship out popped a proximity proton bomb that launched itself at the 3 Interceptors in attack formation behind him. They tried to wheel out of the way but the bomb when off and vaporized the three fighters.
[i]Nice! Now get over here and shake a few of these fighters off me, theres like 8 of them. Renegade Nine called out.
Can't handle it, Tel? You sure talk alot of smack boy. Captain Serra told him
Serra heads up! Squadron in bound. Solo informed them
What the- More fighters? Theres 2 squadrons here already!
Not fighters, TIE Hunters. Watch their torpedoes or you'll be finding out what Korriban's atmosphere smells like a little early. Jared pull up! You're heading for the Hunters!
Tanis could see Renegade Eleven, Jared Falsin being tailed by 5 TIE fighters, there was no where to go.
Clear up some space! THERES NO WHERE TO GOOO! AHHHHHHHHHH-
The Hunters and fighters massacured his shields and Jared's X-wing exploded into space dust. Tanis winced, the numbers were taking a heavy toll on the Rebels' ability to dog fight.
Around 50 Star Destroyers were now in range of the Mon Calamari ships and Rebel assault frigates and they did not hesitate. Massive laser batteries opened fire and the huge laser bolts started to fly. The fighters had to move up to avoid the crossfire. Wraith and Rogue Squadron engaged the Star Destroyers and began to attack sensor relays, engines and life support systems, yet there was heavy resistance from defending TIEs.
Tanis picked off two TIE fighters and came up behind Renegade Three, who had a squad of TIE Hunters on his his tail. Tanis's canons opened up and began to chop away at two of them until one exploded and as the Raider burst through the cloud of debri the other two Hunter pulled away to escape death and wheel around.
Renegade Three was already around and his X-Wing quickly picked off a second Hunter before it could launch a proton torpedo at Tanis. The third Hunter did a barrel roll and lept out of the Xwings range and into Tanis's flank. His canons were waiting, and the Hunter met a barrage of red lasers that decimated its weak shields and it exploded along with the rest of his squad.
Tanis whiped around and caught a Fighter squad flying towards him as they opened fire. He pulls up and to the right and the 3 Fighters followed suit. The auto canons turned backwards and opened fire and two Fighters were imediatly destroyed. The last sped up and followed through with a barrage run and the Raider shook violently as the shields took the brunt of the damage.
The Fighter sped over Tanis and the auto canons couldn't keep up with its maneuvers. Tanis pulled up and the targeting systems locked on, the red laser fire lined up and oblitherated the TIE fighter.
Tanis turned to face the Star Destroyers and saw two Xwings dragging several TIE interceptors. Moving the Raider in, he locked on to the center-most Interceptor and opened the cover of a button, pressing it in the same motion. A concussion missle screeched out of its tube and sped toward the Interceptors.
"Renegades, fly clear!" Tanis called into his comm at Renegades Four and Ten.
Roger! Copy that!
The X Wings used their turbo boosts and flew upwards and away from the blast radius. The missle detonated before Interceptors knew what was happening and seven TIEs were destroyed in the domino effect of each one exploding.
Good! Keep clumping them up until they catch on. Watch the Hunters! Captain Serra told the squadron
Don't get cocky kid, those YT-2400s dont hold up like these YT-1300s. Han said
"That so? Well Dash Rendar would have something to say about that. I think my TIE count is higher than yours right now anyways..." Tanis replied as he fired at some TIE fighters.
You hear that Chewie!? If its a challenge you want, its a challenge you'll get, Jedi.
Cut the chatter! Theres enough to go around. These damn TIEs are clogging my view port,
He was right. The scale of this space battle was unlike Tanis had ever seen personally. There were TIEs and Xwings engaged in every inch of space between the cruisers and Star Destroyers as they launched full attacks on each other.
Two assault frigate was already smoking and a Star Destroyer was lurching towards Korriban's gravity pull because its life support and engines were disabled.
Both Green squadron and Rogue and Wraith squadrons needed to speed up their attack plan.
Red, Blue, Gold and Renegade squadrons were having trouble with the massive amounts of fighters, but they also needed speed up their game if the marine transports were going to have a chance at landing.
Tanis gave a deep sigh and locked on to a TIE hunter, hitting the sublight engines to catch up with it. The war in the stars raged on.
CHOO-CHOO-CHOO-CHOO-CHOO!! KAKOOOM!!! I cant shake him!
Move up, MOVE UP! KAH-KAH-KAH-KAH-KAH-KAH!!!
Cover me Red leader! Copy! Move in, Hunters incoming! KAH-KAH-KAH-KAH!!! BLOOOOSH!!!
( Info on the TIE hunters---> http://starwars.wikia.com/wiki/TIE_Hunter
Rebel characters, pick a squadron and fight!)