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"Begin, the operation!"
Join Date: Oct 2007
Right, well, posting the first half of the Invasion to ensure no hax are involved.
Before you read this, note that I'm of the opinion that conventional weaponry, while probably not a match for Magi-tech, can certainly give it a run for its money.
The Invasion of Erusia
In all accounts, it was the invasion itself that proved the most difficult to handle.
The Erusians did not have dedicated military bases. Instead, their cities and communities doubled as military facilities. This led the TSAB to a question: were the citizens themselves also at war with them? Or was it just the government. Despite the few peace talks, it seemed that the TSAB still did not know much about the Erusians. However, on the flip side, the Erusians knew quite a bit about how they operated. The Erusians, being a warlike people, had already figured out and understood a few of the space warfare tactics that the TSAB had used in the previous space battle. And as the dust and debris from the ships destroyed began to settle in a sort-of ring around Erusia, the TSAB was sending in all of their soldiers while the ships in the void tried to figure out what to shoot and what not to shoot.
It was quick to narrow down, and the Erusians provided some of the answers. During the Battle of Erusia in space, they had employed some ground-based laser weaponry in limited numbers. Of course, during the battle the TSAB warfleet had dedicated a group of destroyers to bombard the lasers out of existence, not realizing at the time that there were many, maybe millions of civilians, within those bases. However, the TSAB noted that the Erusians employed the same design for all of their cities: this design was that, despite being military bases mixed with cities, there were nine key points to every city. The first key point was the center: In some city-bases, this served as the laser cannon weaponry; in others, it was the base of operations. Even the capital city of Farbanti followed this trend: the government buildings were smack in the middle of the city-base.
The other eight key points were eight directions of the compass. Whether it be a gate to inner walls or more military hardware, each city-base had an important part on these other eight lesser, but nonetheless important, key points. The TSAB realized that, if they focused their weaponry properly, they could destroy the major military sections of every city-base with minimal civilian casualties. Thus began the first stage of the Invasion of Erusia: the Siege.
It lasted for only three days. The TSAB warfleet split into two groups, one for each planet, and began to systematically focus on and destroy each base like this (ironically, the other planet, Sotoa, had its cities laid out in the exact same pattern). This process was long and tedious, and without any sort of anti-ship defense, the Erusians were powerless to stop them. Despite this, they still refused to surrender.
"It was sad," Lindy Harlown would note in her personal log later. "It was like... petulent children, who couldn't see that they were wrong, so they continued to fight, despite the fact they could do nothing against our fleets."
On the fourth day, the bombardments stopped. The key points in each city (including the Government Building bloc in Farbanti) lay in ruins. The Monarch of Erusia was dead, along with every key member of his Advisory Board. They were in fact the first ones to die: The TSAB made it a point to wipe that bloc off the face of the planet and leave a smoking crater; to them, it was an appropriate retaliation for killing the delegation. Despite being without a leader, the various generals of the Erusian military still fought on. It was on this fourth day that, when the bombardments stopped, the Invasion Began.
This was stage two: the Invasion.
Calling in some extra troop transports, the TSAB landed over 300,000 mages on Sotoa and Erusia apiece. They each landed in a specific place, using their transports to form a sort-of base in and of itself, and using certain places they determined were key strategic and easy to defend places. On Sotoa, they landed at what appeared to be an old fortress the Erusians called Stier Castle. On Erusia proper, they landed in the Whiskey Corridor, a stretch of desert on one of the Erusian continents that was close to Farbanti and close to the center of the continent, near a city called San Salvacion.
It was here that the Erusians played the first of many desperate hands; they revealed their military might on land.
The Erusians weren't stupid; they knew that they would have easily fallen prey to the TSAB space cannons. So they dispersed their military on both worlds, using bunkers and shelters in remote locations, places that were inconspicuous to the naked eye from space, and appeared to be strategically useless to TSAB tactical leaders. Many of these places were on flat stretches of land, or within mountain ranges, or sometimes even underwater. Places that TSAB cannons had various degrees of difficulty in targeting. They used the odd shape of their planet to their advantage, taking refuge in every warped crack and crevice. When the TSAB landed on Erusia and Sotoa, they met no resistance. As the TSAB quickly moved in and captured Farbanti and Sotoa's capital of Cinigrad, the Erusians struck.
It had been many years since a TSAB recruit or officer had held a conventional weapon like a gun. Granted, they had gun-like Devices, but the concept of chemical reactions to propel solid slugs through the air was an outdated and archaic concept to them. Likewise, crude laser weapons that also used chemical reactions were considered old. In fact, to the TSAB, they posed no threat. Their spells and Mid-type magic trumped these. And to a degree, they were right. However, when it came to solid slugs, there was one thing the TSAB did not remember.
They knew you could see an energy blast or a laser with your naked eye. They forgot that you can't do the same with a bullet.
The Erusians struck in a method that took the TSAB off-guard and in surprising unison. In Farbanti, TSAB soldiers were caught off-guard when a group of civilians who were offering help (as it turned out, roughly half of the population of each planet welcomed the TSAB, whilst the other half loathed them, causing internal unrest before the TSAB even showed up) produced handguns from under their clothing. The group of ten Erusian soldiers cut down fifteen TSAB soldiers before they were blasted away by a bombardment spell.
It was here that the TSAB learned one other advantage of conventional weaponry: You did not have to use incantations. There were no command phrases. There was nothing to remember about a gun other than two things - pointing and pulling the trigger. The Erusian military swarmed from civilians and from underground in Farbanti, striking back with the righteous fury of men and women defending their homeland. To make things more complex for the TSAB, many civilians joined in this counterattack, many of them brandishing weapons of their own; guns handed down, guns bought from stores, and so forth. To the TSAB, this city was every reason that they did not use conventional weapons and, by the time they finally began to erect Protection barriers and begin to formulate a counterattack, they were dealing with half a city's worth of angry civilians and who-knew-how many soldiers.
For three rough days, the contingent of mages in Farbanti were driven back and out, and by the time more soldiers from the TSAB arrived - all 500 thousand of them for each planet - they had officially been driven out of the city. Mortars, rockets, guns, even giant laser cannons (as the Erusians had not at the time perfected laser weaponry in a rifle-size) and the occasional tank, had pushed the TSAB out.
And then the Erusians brought out the second of their desperate gambits: Battlemechs.
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