HADES BASE HEADLINES
In brief, a very large battle in our atmosphere
took place over Russia this week following the death of a
base pilot last week. A flight of 3 ships from the base
were jumped over Kazakhstan by a group of 7 from the Zeta
Reticuli system. The base craft beat off the attackers and
resumed patrol. Over Siberia they were again attacked by a
much larger force of 35 hostile craft. After calling for
reinforcements, one of the base craft lost firing ability
and withdrew from the battle. Shortly afterwards 2 flights
from the base arrived and engaged the enemy. After downing
a few of hostiles and taking damage to other base craft,
the flight leader called for more squadrons from the base
and they were dispatched.
In the ensuing fight, a 2 to 1 ratio was reached as
the base's total of hostiles shot down reached 15 to one
base craft destroyed. Happily the downed pilot was
rescued later from the planet. The remaining force of
hostiles withdrew from the engagement. 5 base ships were
damaged by hostiles with only minor injuries suffered by
the pilots of those craft. One pilot injured his hand
while raising it in celebration through the blown out
window of his craft.
On a side note, Katrina, Taal's bondmate and mother of
their child, shot down 2 of the hostile craft and became
the newest base ace. We at the Hades Base News send
our congratulations to her.
2 new squadrons of craft will be arriving at the base
this week to beef up the base's patrol ability and
replace those craft lost in recent engagements.
A note from Omal is that we mention that the base's
craft and pilots operate independent of the base and
there is a long standing rivalry between the pilots and
the Zeta Reticulans.
In other news, one of the base defense force's second
lieutenants who had recently transferred back to Sirius
gave birth to a girl, her first child. Mother and
daughter are doing well.