SQUAD 3, YOU'RE UP! Gortef brought down a Muton Medium Scout over China and this was the first ship to have the misfortune of coming down in Squad 3's area of responsiblity since their Skyranger came in. We drafted Goober 5003 to fly it; figured he'd have more trouble getting killed this way. Tank Operation will be provided by Son of Headdie.
Cyborg17 expresses concern over the fact he's the only person on the team still on their first life.
He is unanimously told to stop complaining, it's not like he got Heavy Plasma'd or something.
A shot is taken at the tank. Based on the angles involved, Polpolion Mark 2 realizes there's only one place it could have come from. He then demonstrates terrible aim trying to kill a Muton through a window, but finally does it for Squad 3's first kill. Pity about that other one he exposed but didn't hit...
Cyborg17 throws a six-shot no-hitter. redsniper two puts out six shots for a scratch hit. Turambar Turin doesn't even come close with six shots. Darth Jeff Vader gets another scratch with three shots. Ravenholme Dos finally puts the alien down with a third Heavy Plasma round in the chest. In all, 24 rounds were fired for three hits at an intermediate range. Squad 3 will need intensive target practice drills when they get back; note the amount of scenery they killed in the process of getting kill number two.
At this point I'm just glad they haven't shot each other or the tank. Jeff Vader makes up somewhat for the previous fiasco by getting a first-round kill on the next Muton encountered.
Cyborg17 gets one of the aliens lurking inside their crashed UFO by shooting it through the large hole in the roof. Turambar gets the other. (The last one was dead when we got here.)
Mission Complete. A modest, messy, but successful beginning.
Squads 1 and 2 are currently undergoing psi training in addition to continued deployments for live-fire practice. We plan to launch for Cydonia at the beginning of December, as soon as transfers of personnel to make the launch are complete. (It's currently November 10th.)