Jack Burton History

sh:inquiry “burton && nehra”

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FLEET COMMAND LOG ENTRY
^1104-12-08-110400^

Task Force 7, on a resupply mission to the Voyne System was destroyed near Nehra Seven after a mis-jump. TF7 was made up of 14 class R Freighters, 24 Class Nebula Freighters, and 4 Wayne-Type Troop Transports. >>See File Attachment 1<< . Attached to TF7, and also destroyed, was Squadron 4 from the 34th Tactical Support Column. >>See File Attachment 2<<. End.
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FLEET COMMAND LOG ENTRY
^1104-12-11-031622^

Pallas Nine, a Class R Freighter and the Republic VII, a Nebula Class Frieghter docked at the Phane >>See File Attachment 1<< Shipyards. Both ships were last registered with Task Force 7 which was lost several days ago >>ibid:1104-12-08-110400:<<. The commanding officer of the Republic VII >>See Personnel Attachment<< reported one other Nebula Freightor may have escaped the battle, but all other ships were destroyed. End.
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FLEET COMMAND LOG ENTRY
^1105-02-24-104629^

Nebula-class Frieghter Nimble’s Folly, under command of 1O Burton, docked at Outpost Manus Prime. End.
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FLEET COMMAND LOG ENTRY
>! MISSION DEBRIEF LOG !<
^1105-04-10-080344^
//- AUTO-TRANSCRIPT -\\
//-% 1ST OFFICER JACK BURTON %-\\
//-# FLEET INQUIRER #-\\
//-& FLEET COMMAND &-\\

#INQUIRER# Okay, the inscriber is running. Let’s start with the basics, name, rank, et cetera, as it was on the day in question.

%BURTON% First Office Burton, Jack. Second in Command of Freighter Nimble’s Folly, part of Task Force Seven.

#INQUIRER# And Task Force Seven. . .

%BURTON% Resupply mission to Voyne, 14 R class and 24 Nebula Freighters plus 4 troop ships and 6 security Cruisers.

#INQUIRER# For the record this was on day two, month twelve

%BURTON% 1104, yeah.

#INQUIRER# Can you tell me what happened before TF seven jumped?

%BURTON% The prep was all five by five, by the books. Downloaded the final instructs from the computer on the way out to the rallying point. Everyone got into formation and the nav computers synced up , slam, bam, thank you ma’am, we settled in and started the jump count down.

#INQUIRER# There was no indication at this point that the nav computers had incorrect jump coords?

%BURTON% Nope, nothin’, but how the hell would there be? Unless you resynced with a good loop and ran a manual diff you wouldn’t know. And that’s just not done.

#INQUIRER# Well. . .

%BURTON% All right that’s generally not done except in high sec ops, but this was anything but that.

#INQUIRER# Okay. So you jumped.

%BURTON% Yep, a hundred and sixty three hours in hyper and we would be near Outpost Able three to refuel, five point four three parsecs.

#INQUIRER# And there was no indication that the jump vector had been modified?

%BURTON% Yep, the hack was perfect, the time frames were identical down to the second. I believe they only had to change four digits to get us where they wanted us.

#INQUIRER# Well, this is not the time to discuss that. We are pursuing other avenues, for, uh. . .

&COMMAND& Let’s just move on.

#INQUIRER# Okay then, prior to jumping everything was normal, tell us what happened after the jump.

%BURTON% All fucking hell broke loose is what happened! We all dropped out at the same time, the star co-ord cpus immediately went red, so we knew we were off course. Captain Brisco ordered an immediate active scan as I’m sure every other ship did, and. . .

#INQUIRER# Lets stick to just what you definitely know.

%BURTON% Fine.

#INQUIRER# So you started an active scan.

%BURTON% Right, at the same time the comm channels were screaming. Everyone knew we had mis-jumped and were trying to figure out where we were. And then they hit us.

#INQUIRER# You were hit before the active scan was complete?

%BURTON% The Nimble wasn’t hit, but the Cruisers were. Just as the scan was running and started to pick up inbound targets the Cruisers reported that they were being engaged.

#INQUIRER# And then. . .I’m sorry.

&COMMAND& Which cruisers reported they were engaged?

%BURTON% All of ‘um.

&COMMAND& All six?

%BURTON% Yep.

#INQUIRER# Okay, then, at this point you still didn’t know what was attacking the cruisers?

%BURTON% No, the Nirindra was the closest Cruiser to us, it was in visible range. They didn’t have time to shit, spit or spin. It looked like it just started exploding on the starboard side. They reported that it was from missile fire from defense boats and the other Cruisers confirmed that.

#INQUIRER# There were no orders from command?

%BURTON% At this point the only order that had come down was to remain in formation. But at this point we had only been out of hyper a minute or so. They hit us fast, knew exactly where we would be. Had missles boats and ships in the perfect location. Cut us to fucking shreads.

#INQUIRER# Go on.

%BURTON% We saw the Nirindra was in trouble, her Captain reported moderate to heavy damage and that they were bringing their weapons online. That’s when we heard the first comm hiss.

#INQUIRER# I’m sorry, Comm hiss?

%BURTON% You ever been in a firefight up there?

#INQUIRER# Well. . .I. . .

%BURTON% Comm hiss is the only sound you hear when a ship is destroyed. It was one of the Nebulas behind us. We got visual and saw a Solmani Devastator firing on another ship in the line.

&COMMAND& It was definitely a D-Class Solmani?

%BURTON% We, er, I saw eight, before we checked out. I don’t know how many total there were.

#INQUIRER# Okay, so one freightor had been destroyed, how long are we talking now?

%BURTON% Ninety seconds, maybe two minutes. After the freighter went up, the Nirindra was engaged by two others and it didn’t last long. We watched it explode, that terrible silent flash and then nothing as space snuffed out the fires. Then a millisecond later we heard the loud hiss on the comm channel as it went offline.

#INQUIRER# Still nothing from command?

%BURTON% The channels were jammed, everyone was screaming bloody hell. Most of these pilots and Caps were greenbacks. But after the Nirindra lit up command locked the channel down and ordered the formation to break. Well, it tried to order the formation to break. Halfway through the order it was gone. . .flash. . hiss. . . gone.

%BURTON% Captain Brisco ordered us hard to starboard and hard down angle. One of the Devastators was moving down the line. The freighter two ahead of us was gone in seconds. They were just ambling down the line picking us off after our security was gone. One by One, flash, hiss, gone. They hit a transport next and it took a little longer before it was gone.

#INQUIRER# What was left at this point?

%BURTON% We had no idea. The comm channel was getting very quiet, just loud static.

%BURTON% We knew it was only a matter of time, Captain Brisco ordered a quick blast from the mains which pushed us away from the ships around us. Then we emergency cut everything but emergency power to the Nac cpus. We started spinning uncontrollably.

#INQUIRER# Why was that?

%BURTON% The ships that were left were all blasting full power try to get away but they were getting tailed and nailed by the Devastators. I thought I saw a couple of jump trails, but that could have been blast residuals, I didn’t know. Captain’s Brisco maneuver gave us time. He ordered Nav to find us a jump vector fast. And they did, faster than I’ve ever seen. You want to give an accomodation, give it to those Nav eggheads.

&COMMAND& What was the vector?

%BURTON% We didn’t know at the time, but it looked clean, we were just wanted to get the hell out of there. We had spun away from the group and the Solmani were ignoring us, too busy taking out the active ships. We stabilized and oriented on the jump vector. God dammit, it only took a couple a few seconds and two Devastators turned; one had us in its sites for long range weapons and fired.

#INQUIRER# And you were hit?

%BURTON% Yeah, we were about ten seconds from jumping when they hammered out port side, high and aft. It knocked us out of the exact jump vector but the Captain ordered us to regain the vector and not to stop the countdown. We had, I don’t know, four, maybe five seconds until we jumped.

#INQUIRER# Were you able to re-gain vector co-ords?

%BURTON% No, we came close but were off by several marks. The Solmani fired again but we jumped out as the rounds came in.

#INQUIRER# Did you have any sense of what was left of TF7 at that point?

%BURTON% Not much, well, no, we didn’t have any good sense of it. I didn’t have a good sense of it. I knew we had lost a lot, most of the ships. But, again, I thought I saw jump trails. We were just trying to get the hell out of there.

#INQUIRER# Okay. You were able to jump out.

%BURTON% Yeah, the jump was a hundred and fifty two hours, came back out of hyper to get our bearings. As we came out we lost the main jump engines, lost ’em hard. We found out later they had been stressed by the fire we took. I don’t know how we jumped at all. . .

&COMMAND& We’re straying off topic here.

#INQUIRER# Right, we’ll have a separate debrief for the time from the encounter to your recovery but I think we should have a brief. . .

%BURTON% Yeah, I know, I got a week of this shit.

&COMMAND& A brief summary is fine for report inclusiveness, but lets get on the record that this is not the formal debrief for that.

#INQUIRER# Okay Commander, a brief wrap up then.

%BURTON% We were deep in Solmani territory with no jump engines. We found a fuel source and were able to scrape the markings off the hull and re-prog the beacons. And let me tell you again, you want to plant any kind of accomodation you put it on the peanuts in Nav. They basically re-progged the cpu so that we didn’t look like anything other than a used up freighter trying to sell some stolen goods. After that we were just an used-up independent. We were able to sell some of the supplies but Solmani intelligence was on to us by then, the shit we sold was marked up too wekk. Luckily we were able to buy the parts for the jump engines and get out, but that’s where Captain Brisco was killed. . .

&COMMAND& Again, lets keep this short, there will be another inquiry in regards to the disposition of the Captain.

%BURTON% We were able to buy and steal the parts we needed, jumped to the far reaches of Solmani space, refueled and from there were able to jump to just outside Manus Prime.

#INQUIRER# Thank you Commander, I’ll see you again this afternoon for. . .

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