On Hostile Turf Pt. 6
The last episode of the 'On Hostile Turf' chapter.
"Radar confirms the enemy is approaching."
"Alright, here they come! Get ready!"
Sure enough, the majority of the enemy light vehicles were speeding towards them. At a distance, the rear two split off, disappearing into the forest.
"Alright, let's move, people."
As the first ghost approached, it opened fire, trading rounds with the machinegun on the elephant.
A lucky round pierced the power core, detonating it as the ghost drew closer. The nearby brute chopper deftly avoided the blast, skirting around the front of the elephant.
Elsewhere, one of the wraiths was preparing to rain destruction upon the human convoy.
It opened the cover over its main cannon...
...then began charging for the first shot.
Suddenly, a bolt of red-hot energy impacted the weapon at the speed of light.
With its main gun disabled, the enemy vehicle began approaching the elephant to cover the lighter vehicles.
"Good hit, Rockstar---woah, look out."
One of the ghosts which had disappeared earlier had spotted them and was now peppering their warthog with plasma bolts.
Returning fire from Epic's rocket turret missed with the first two rockets...
...but the third struck the ghost square in the front, causing immediate and devastating results.
Elsewhere, Hazard and Xbot stumbled upon the advancing wraith, firing a rocket at its backside as a pair of covenant vehicles gave chase.
The rocket missed the vital exhaust port, but struck one of the maneuvering vanes instead, rendering the vehicle immobile.
Meanwhile, the chopper behind them opened fire, the deadly bolts just missing.
In a hidden spot, another wraith opened fire, sending a huge bolt of plasma arcing toward the elephant.
At the aforementioned elephant, Jordan and Viper were busy leading a pair of covenant vehicles into a 100 mm trap.
Turning to the side, they opened up a perfect shot for Rourke's tank to do what tanks do best.
The brute on the chopper never saw it coming. The ghost behind him was more fortunate.
His good luck didn't last long, as the warthog led him directly into the path of another machinegun, quickly tearing his flimsy craft apart.
Meanwhile, the bolt of plasma sent by the wraith struck the ground mere feet away from the elephant, melting some armor, but thankfully not destroying anything vital.
Elsewhere, the wraith's arcing ball of plasma led Rauko's warthog straight to them. a lance of energy killed the gunner, while a rocket screamed toward the cannon.
The rocket detonated, destroying the main cannon.
A subsequent detonation inside the vehicle killed the driver.
Further east, Hazard and Xbot were busy fighting off their pursuers. Skidding down the hill, they turned to line up a shot with the rocket launcher.
The rocket struck the ground just beneath the ghost, sending it sailing over their heads.
The chopper also suffered, losing control and bringing the brute's head into point blank range for Hazard's assault rifle.
Another plasma bolt struck the ground, melting the plastic covers on the elephant's taillights.
As the wraith prepared another shot...
...A 14.5 mm shell whizzed through the air, turning the elite gunner's head into paste.
The driver stepped out, bearing a very dangerous looking weapon.
As Hazard and Xbot approached, he launched a bolt of plasma at them. The bolt itself missed...
...but the subsequent detonation sent the mongoose airborne.
As Hazard and Xbot lay unconscious, the elite took a moment to relish victory.
That was a fatal mistake.
*Target neutralized.* Rex called over the radio.
As the dust settled, Trael called roll. When everyone responded, he breathed a sigh of relief.
"Alright men, any injuries?"
*Well, Xbot's got a fractured shoulder and my Mongoose has seen better days, but we're alright.*
The mongoose had indeed seen better days, but the elephant was a fully capable mobile repair station.
"And how about the enemy?"
*Near total casualties sir. Two choppers escaped, but we're mopping up the rest right now.*
"Good. Alright, I want a total check done on every vehicle we have and I want it done ASAP. We march on the enemy base in 15 minutes."
Notes: Aye, it's been a long time coming, and I'm sorry for that, but this is one of the longest episodes I've done in a long time. Hopefully I'll be able to get the next one out in a few days instead of a month, yeah?
Also, please ignore the tripod leg that snuck into one of the pictures. I didn't even realize it had done so until now.