Account of the Mars Skirmish

[Extract from historical archives on OpenElora]

[Historical context : the Mars Skirmish was one of the only three recorded occurences of ship-to-ship engagement since the discovery of the geometry drive. It involved unidentified Q-ship "Horizon Signal" and USRE warship "Damask Rose." The following records have been extracted from Damask Rose's black box.]

INPUT::

::Warning : translation detected.
::Sensors : resolving contact.
::Sensors : contact identified as : merchant.
::Comms : sending hail.
::Comms: no response.
::Sensors : WARNING
::Sensors : discrepancy between self-reported class and thermal signature.
::Sensors : contact reclassified as : XXX.
::Sensors : WARNING
::Sensors : TARGETING LASER DETECTED
::Nav : initiating evasive translation.
::Comms : interception permission : denied.
::Sensors : WARNING
::Sensors : MISSILE LAUNCH DETECTED

::MASTER WARNING : BATTLESTATIONS


::Comms : interception permission : denied
::Sensors : MISSILE TRANSLATION DETECTED
::Nav : evasive translation data sent (random translation pattern)
::Nav : translation
::Sensors : reacquiring target
::Sensors : tracking 3 projectiles
::Sensors : projectile translation detected
::Comms : interception permission : granted
::Sensors : establishing targeting solution
::Nav : evasive translation data sent (random translation pattern)
::Sensors : reacquiring target
::Sensors : tracking 2 projectiles
::Sensors : warning : missile parameters prevent fire without target solution.
::Sensors : override acknowledged.
::Weapons : missile drop : tubes 1 to 6. (blind).
::Nav : evasive translation data sent (random translation pattern)
::Sensors : reacquiring target.
::Sensors : tracking 1 projectile.
::Sensors : tracking 2 projectiles (PROJECTILE REACQUIRED TARGET)
::Nav : WARNING : TRANSLATION ERROR, COMPUTING PARAMETERS EXCEEDED
::Nav : rebooting mainframe
::Sensors : PROXIMITY ALERT
::Mainframe : emergency shutdown
::Mainframe : ejecting blackbox

::Missile 1 : contact with ship lost.
::Missile 1 : activating auto-tracking mode (last known target)
::Missile 1 : activating swarm mode (5 projectiles)
::Missile 1 : target reacquired
::Missile 1 : warhead armed
::Missile 1 : target resolved
::Missile 1 : target locked

::Missile 2 : target hit
::Missile 2 : target breaking
::Missile 2 : good kill good kill


Total elapsed time : 8.7 seconds.
Both ships were reported destroyeds. No survivors.


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