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WL-Yhdunii
Allied Reporting Name: ‘Fusilier’
Type: Light Armored Vehicle
Place of Origin: Dominion of Risallas

Production History:
Designer: Wanlaweyn-Lokori Military Design Department
Designed: Nlaba* 10th, 2118 AEC
Deployed: Liwesii* 29th, 2139 AEC
Produced: 2136 AEC to present (500,000 total)

Specifications:
Mass: 18.14 metric tons (20.0 tons)
Length: 7.01 m (23ft)
Width: 3.05 m (10ft, 0 in)
Height: 2.6 m (8ft, 6 in)
Crew: 1.
Caliber: 76.2 mm
Depression: -10°
Elevation: +50°
Traverse: 360°
Protection: 3.63 metric tons of Galactinum armor plating (4.00 tons)
Engine: 1 × Compact ATF reactor (1.5 metric tons/ 1.65 tons)
Movement Type: Wheeled
Speed: 132.84 km/h on roads, 102.42 kph off road

Main Armament:
    1 × 76.2mm AGML

Secondary Armament:
    3 × 15.0mm AGML (Ball mount, front)
    2 × 15.0mm AGML-AMS (mounted in hull)

Overview:    
The WL-139 is a very recent addition to the Dominion arsenal, and as such it is only just beginning to reach front line units.  The basis for the WL-139 is as a sort of ground force amplifier; it exists to increase the number of units in a given unit without necessarily increasing the amount of manpower needed to field an effective force. The very nature of the WL-139 puts it at odds with similar weight vehicles that have been in service longer such as the WL-78 Ilẹsẹ Armored Car and the WL-86 Haheshi armored vehicle.  The chief advantage of the WL-139 is that it only requires one operator, this in turn imparts an economy of force that the WL-78 and WL-86 cannot match. Additionally, the control systems and the on-board AI system allows (if the situation warrants it) for an authorized operator to assume command of up to five other WL-139’s and guide their respective artificial intelligences. This feature allows them to operate as a reinforced armored platoon. This ability also makes the WL-139 a very effective system for scouting, skirmishing and as a general means to support vehicle convoys and conduct patrols.

Capabilities:
    The Yhdunii vehicle system is based on the normal formula for a turreted armored vehicle, primary weapon in the turret, secondary weapon in the forward hull and support weapons mounted somewhere on the hull if not deployable from the turret. All the weapons on the stock version of the Yhdunii are energy based including it’s two anti-missile systems to allow the vehicle to operate away from supply lines for extended periods. The Yhdunii is protected by four tons of Galactinum armor, has a reinforced frame and is capable of speeds of up to 132 kilometers per hour on prepared surfaces. Each vehicle has an ECM module, NBCE protection, PADD sensors, independent suspension and all-wheel drive. An oddity of the design is that none of its wheels actually pivot, each is independently controlled can vary the amount of force being applied to the point that the Yhdunii can literally drive sideways. The novel approach and some of the interesting uses of the vehicle by its operators have often taken to referring to the vehicle as the “Yhdunii” which roughly translates from Okar as Crab which its sideways maneuvers do somewhat resemble. The nickname became official as the unit finished it’s testing because it was thought that it might gain the vehicle extra consideration.

Deployments:
    The Yhdunii has seen very few deployments that are worthy of mention. For the most part the newness of the WL-139 has limited its deployment options outside of units that are stationed within Dominion territory. One specific deployment does stand out in its history the second battle of Cam Ranh on the 1st of Isintuli, 2040 AEC.  Though to call the Second battle of Cam Ranh a major confrontation is a bit of a stretch. The battle occurred approximately three-hundred and sixty-two kilometers south west of the city of Cam Ranh and was essentially a running battle between Dominion forces and the retreating forces of Commander Nhu representing the Davian Confederation. The battle itself was truthfully a series of skirmishes that occurred roughly three days after Commander Nhu’s dropship crashed after her attempt to withdraw from the planet Bien Hoa. The Dominion made use of an available company of WL-139’s to harass Commander Nhu’s forces every time they attempted to establish a fortified encampment. The vehicles would skitter in and out of cover and their operators took a specific pride in aiming for mess tents, and camp fires in specific. The 76.2mm AGML primary weapon at very low power proved to be effective at setting tents on fire, bursting stoves and destroying critical supplies. This could be done at maximum effective range and the effects were demoralizing and enough of an irritant that the rebels began to dig six-foot deep pits in which they would situate their means of cooking so that their as yet unseen harassers could not continue to impart misery. This proved fruitless because WL-139 operators would move their vehicles up on hills and other high terrain to fire down on the reasonably visible cooking pits to do more of the same. To keep the enemy guessing, some times the WL-139 crews would set sections of the rebel encampments on fire and do nothing else, or use their weapons to damage the rebel’s ability to sustain their forces or worse call in high precision artillery strikes in the dead of night after stalking the rebel forces for days without incident. Over the course of three months of near constant harassment punctuated by the occasional lethal artillery bombardment or skirmish Commander Nhu’s forces surrendered in small groups and slowly her part in the rebellion was marginalized. Commander Nhu was never captured however and the last of her troops claimed she h ad committed suicide and they interred her body somewhere in the hills of Bien Hoa, but could never be persuaded to divulge the location. The Dominion military officially accepted this statement however its intelligence apparatus continued to search for the grave site and Commander Nhu well into 2143 AEC with no success.  After the second battle of Cam Ranh, the Davian rebellion was effectively over as no rebel units bothered to challenge the Dominion any further and many sympathizers turned themselves in over a span of the next eight years to Dominion forces as the alternative of surrendering to other nations made the Dominion the more reasonable choice.

The Davian rebellion at least in the region of space administered to by the Dominion lasted for roughly eleven months between the 8th of Jelana 2140 AEC though the 22nd of Ndasa 2141 AEC. The casualties and losses from this portion of the conflict are as follows;
-Dominion: 3,300,000 peak strength, 213,416 dead, 25,610 missing, 1,320,000 wounded.
-The Davian Confederation: 800,000-1,200,000 peak strength (est), 570,000-790,000 dead (est), 800,000-900,000 total wounded (est).


Variants:
    Wanlaweyn-Lokori has a few variants of the basic vehicle in testing however it is not expected that any will be deployed within the next few years.


* Nlaba is the 5th month of the year, Liwesii is the 11th month of the year and, Isintuli is the 13th month of the year. These three months are analogous to May, November and, Anemory on the Gregorian calendar respectively.
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WL-119 Kiineun
Allied Reporting Name: ‘Schiltron’
Type: Main Battle Tank
Place of Origin: Dominion of Risallas

Production History:
Designer: Wanlaweyn-Lokori Military Design Department
Designed: Nlolunji* 14th, 2010 AEC
Deployed: Ncaba* 2nd, 2119 AEC
Produced: 2115 AEC to present (6,000,000 total)
    -WL-119: 3,000,000.
    -WL-119-A: 800,000.
    -WL-119-B: 800,000.
    -WL-119-H: 1,400,000.

Specifications:
Mass: 40.82 metric tons (45.00 tons)
Length: 9.73 m (32ft)
Width: 3.25 m (10ft, 7.5 in)
Height: 2.94 m (9ft 8 in)
Crew: 3
Caliber: 76.2mm
Depression: -5°
Elevation: +30°
Traverse: 360°
Protection: 12.25 metric tons of Galactinum armor plating (13.50 tons)
Engine: 1 × Compact ATF reactor (4.49 metric tons/ 4.95 tons)
Movement Type: Tracked.
Speed: 70.2 kp/h cruising speed, 105.3 kp/h maximum speed.

Main Armament:
    1 × 76.2mm AGML (Turret mounted)
    2 × 50.8mm AGML (Turret mounted)

Secondary Armament:
    2 × 25.4mm AGML (Turret mounted)
    3 × 15.0mm AGML (Ball-mount, front)
    2 × 15.0mm AGML (Casemate mount, rear)
    1 × 15.0mm AGML-AMS (Turret mounted)
    3 × 15.0mm AGML-AMS (Mounted in hull)
 
Overview:
    When Wanlaweyn-Lokori hinted that they would have an announcement about a future armored vehicle along the lines of the WL-103 Ishib medium tank many expected that they had produced a full upgrade kit for the WL-103 to carry it into the next era of warfare. Wanlaweyn-Lokori instead opted to reevaluate everything that was good and desirable about the WL-103 and produce a main battle tank version of it. The resulting vehicle was the larger WL-119 Kiineun which is ten tons heavier and has noticeably larger physical dimensions.  At a great distance it is possible the two armored vehicles might be mistaken for each other however the differently shaped turrets are a dead giveaway assuming the vehicle’s crew hasn’t added false plating to the WL-119’s turret to make it look like it’s precursor. For note Wanlaweyn-Lokori anticipated crews might want to make the WL-119’s turret look more like the one on the WL-103 and has offered free parts kits to change the turret’s appearance for tank units that historically have used WL-103’s.

Capabilities:
    Moving beyond the obvious similarities between the WL-119 and the WL-103, the Kiineun is internally quite different and its role in the Dominion’s armed forces is very different. The Kiineun requires one less crew member thanks to the installation of the latest C6-capable systems, targeting computers and other ergonomic features that the WL-103 lacked. The tank’s weight as a result of modernization ended up being forty-five tons which is ten tons heavier than the WL-103 but the Kiineun is only a few kilometers per hour slower. Given the size and weight differences it is no surprise that the WL-119 has more armor protection than its precursor and yet, the Kiineun relative to its overall weight devotes thirty percent of its total mass to armor much like the WL-103 did. Additionally, the tank’s weight means that it is still able to be airlifted, and can cross 90.3% of bridges in Dominion territory without a risk to the tank or the bridge. Interestingly the WL-119 has a feature that no other tank in Dominion service has, it is able to drive in reverse at full speed. This feature was incorporated because it increases the ability of the tank to operate in urban environments where turning radius, ground slope and obstruction by debris might hamper the effort to take an advantageous position. Also, the reverse speed allows a WL-119 to make a fighting withdrawal without having to expose its rear armor, which surprisingly is not the location with the thinnest protection. The thirteen and a half tons of galactinum armor plating on the Kiineun is spread evenly across the tank for the most part but, the front, sides and turret have received additional armor for the obvious reasons. Technically, the thinnest armor is found beneath the hull, but this is only because protective measures have been included there to negate the threat of anti-armor mines. In live fire conditions the Kiineun is able to withstand several large shaped charge type IED and or professionally made mines with a total loss of the tank but full crew survival.

For brevity purposes the following only discusses the use of the mainstay version of the Kiineun armored vehicle. The known variants are discussed in the variants section which will include the WL-119-K ‘Korroko’. The primary version of the Kiineun has an all-directed energy weapons load out because the tank is intended to operate for long periods without the need to resupply munitions. The tank is optimized for combat in confined spaces and as such its width allows it to operate even in the narrow streets of New Magoro.  Even with specific optimization the WL-119 isn’t out of its element in the open. The tank’s primary weapon is a Xaafuun Precision Optics 76.2mm AGML directed energy weapon which has a range only limited by the range of its ability to spot targets. This weapon is puled to increase the amount of damage it does and its ability to track a moving target. The primary weapon is supported by two Xaafuun Precision Optics 50.8mm AGML directed energy weapons. The smaller AGML’s have a shorter range but their cycling time is shorter than the main weapon which allows the smaller AGML’s to exploit whatever damage was caused by the 76.2mm weapon. Additionally, a pair of 25.4mm AGML’s are also included in the turret to allow the Kiineun to engage at closer ranges where the primary weapon may have accuracy issues. Supporting weapons for the tanks point defense and anti-personnel features include two casemate mounted rear-facing 15mm AGMLs, three ball mounted 15mm AGMLs in the frontal arc. Point defense is quite thick, in the upper surface of the hull three 15mm AGML-AMS are installed while a fourth is mounted in the rear of the turret where the bustle meets the sloped turret. Since the WL-119 Kiineun is quite agile for its size and reasonably well-armed


Deployments:
    The WL-119 has seen a limited range of deployment partially due to its specific specialization and partially because the units it has been assigned to are largely former WL-103 units which were assigned to posts within the Dominion’s territory. A handful of these tanks were involved in the Davian Rebellion, though all of said tanks were the K-variant and arrived late to the first battle of Cam Ranh. After the end of the clean-up operation on Nha Trang, Dominion’s Sector command had finally decided to declare martial law and instituted a curfew. This was not a decision reached quickly as the political risk carried could have easily been used against the effort to appear not as a conqueror but rather as friendly nation attempting to aid the Davian people in reaching a state of respectability. The perpetual attacks by the Confederation and the atrocities they had committed in both AURA and allied territories had excluded them from certain considerations in the Zamure Doctrine. They were deemed by Chancellor Nyarai to be “Completely without a shred of honor, their entire crusade is so meritless that it is merely an act of violent suicide.” With that statement the Chancellor authorized additional forces for the occupation zone held by the Dominion. The chancellor did not heed some of the Quorum’s suggestions to appoint Regional commanders as she knew from reports of the rebellion that she already had a corps of tested commanding officers who were already performing well despite the somewhat irregular chain of command. Chancellor Nyarai authorized commanders on the ground to cease passive peace keeping and, martial law was to be instituted with strictly enforced curfews where punishments in specific were at the discretion of local officers. This meant that there was some leeway in dealing with individual cases which would do much to assuage tensions during the period of martial law. Ultimately the Chancellor made it clear that the rebellion would be quelled at gunpoint, and by the first of Liwesii, the Chancellor and the Quorum had selected a number of existing commands to give authority to as part of the the more aggressive actions against the rebellion. In the wake of the battle of Qui Nhon, the Dominion’s Naval presence had been reduced from one ultra-light carrier (DRNAS Samar), four frigates and eight corvettes to the Samar, three frigates and three corvettes. By the end of the first week of Liwesii, the Dominion’s naval presence doubled as three more Samar-Type ultra-light carriers arrived (the Luzon, Sulu Sea and, Visayas respectively), two destroyers, six marauder frigates and ten corvettes. The arrival of more naval forces and with them additional planetary troops did not go unnoticed by the Davian Confederation. The very act moving large numbers of assets into the occupation zone was seen as an enticement to fight. The last two large engagements against the Confederation would occur on the 4th of Zibandlela 2140 AEC and the 1st of Isintuli 2140 AEC, these would be the first and second battles of Cam Ranh.

    The first battle of Cam Rahn began with a minor uprising in a town roughly one hundred and twenty kilometers east of the Cam Rahn. The uprising there was agitated by Davian rebels as a smoke screen of sorts to both recruit fanatics but also to lure Dominion assets away from city of Cam Rahn. The rebels did make a mistake there, the Dominion did not maintain a large presence in the city simply because it was deemed a ‘blue zone’ and wasn’t in need of pacification, the city was under the least strict state of martial law also. The uprising was responded to but not by Dominion military assets the state police and national militia quelled the uprising instead. Commander Nhu whom had orchestrated the uprising was surprised the Dominion’s military did not react, it was the first time they hadn’t. She knew that the Dominion had a substantial garrison on Bien Hoa (the planet where Cam Ranh is located) and she had confirmed reports of the martial law and the Dominion’s orders to engage, but this response wasn’t at all what she’d hoped for.  But if history was any indicator Commander Nhu was definitely ambitious, if the Dominion wasn’t going to cooperate, she would try something to force a reaction. On the 4th of Zibandlela, Commander Nhu moved a large force in system the moment she had an indication that the assigned naval assets of the Dominion were out on maneuvers. To avoid alerting her target Commander Nhu hid her forces by using small civilian freighters to move her troops past security and down to the surface over the course of a week. These forces would be distributed amongst several of the planet’s space ports and unload containers of actual cargo to maintain the illusion of being simple freighters. When the time was right the ‘freighters’ made a fast orbital pass and deposited their asserts before maneuvering to pretend their operations were normal.

This maneuver was not unnoticed by the Dominion’s localized system command. Military assets were quietly mobilized and anti-orbital weapons were operating in passive mode to avoid any suspicion that the Dominion’s military was aware of what the rebels were up to. Local authorities were notified quietly and certain areas were cordoned off in urban areas under the guise of watermain breaks, and other similar major utility emergencies. The Dominion forces present calculated the probable locations of enemy landings and positioned WL-119 Kiineun tanks in hull down positions incorporating natural cover. Where this was not possible, the use of sensor absorbing camouflage netting, and other means of obscuring detection of Dominion forces were used to increase chances that the rebel Davians would be caught off guard. The Dominion had correctly ascertained three of the rebel’s drop zones that were closest to the city of Cam Rahn, however, there was not enough men or material to cover the two drop zones that seemed to have landed off course by seventy kilometers. These two drop zones were far enough out that only light reconnaissance assets and air support could get within line of sight in any appreciable time. This also meant that the armored units at the closer drop zones only had artillery supporting their operations.  As the rebels organized and began to move out of their drop zones in a coordinated manner, they met no initial resistance.   They moved roughly twenty kilometers west towards Cam Rahn emboldened by the lack of any opposing force. In the path of the rapidly approaching rebels were three companies of WL-119 Kiineun armored vehicles and supporting infantry.  Twenty-four of the vehicles were of the standard model while the remaining twelve were composed of four K-models and eight B models. Once the rebels advanced to within ten miles of the Dominion position, the support-oriented WL-119’s opened fire with missile and artillery DRAIL weapons. This didn’t exactly dissuade the rebels who were certain they were facing lose militia that had by luck spotted the advance. Commander Nhu ordered her forces to overrun the enemy position though she offered a reward for any one of her tank crews who got a disabling shot on an enemy armored vehicle that did not destroy the vehicle. Capturing vehicles and putting them back into service with her loyalist crews was essential to keeping the fight going.  At a mere distance of four-hundred meters, the rebels found out how badly their commander had miscalculated as the line of eighteen WL-119 Kiineun opened fire with their energy weapons from a line of hull down concealed positions. The attached infantry fired at targets of opportunity amidst the torrent of colorless coherent energy being fired downrange at the rebels. The combination of heavy resistance, sudden air attacks on the two furthest out drop zones and the detection of additional Dominion forces would force Commander Nhu to attempt a retreat. Unfortunately for her, while her drop zones were being overrun, she lost several dropships before they could even lift off. Her dropship was critically damaged and would end up crash landing almost three hundred miles south west of Cam Rahn.
    
Variants:
    The two alternate weapons configurations of the Kiineun are support tanks. Configuration A, utilizes a pair of L-Type 1A DRAIL kinetic energy weapons synced to the vehicle’s sensors and firing control computers to make it a very effective long-range direct fire vehicle. Often configuration A vehicles are equipped with precision rounds for their DRAIL systems to increase accuracy against aircraft. The Configuration B variant equips ten RA/AMP-1I missile systems and is commonly used in the role of missile artillery. Both variants are equipped with LEA/PD hover systems to allow them the ability to rapidly relocate to avoid counter-battery fire by enemy units.

The most numerous official variant of the WL-119 is the K variant which is nicknamed ‘Korroko’ which roughly translates to wasp. This variant is slower, and is essentially a self-propelled gun. The K-variant’s primary weapon is a L-Type T1 DRAIL kinetic energy weapon which fires precision rounds. In addition to the cannon, the K model also mounts two 76.2mm AGML directed energy weapons making the K model exceptionally deadly because it can direct fire it’s main weapon and coupled with the AGML’s a lot of target vehicles tend to be rendered inoperable.

* Nlolunji is the 2th month of the year and, Ncaba is the 8th month of the year and is analogous to February and August on the Gregorian calendar respectively.
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The Compendium of Planetary Vehicles-RD
After a bunch of editing here it is, the entire RD combat unit line up for planetary combat. This is everything that was ready before the deadline and this file will probably be updated later on to fill in additional information andunits as they are revealed.

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WL-121 Ajinge
Allied Reporting Name: Savage
Type: VTOL
Place of Origin: Dominion of Risallas

Production History:
Designer: Wanlaweyn-Lokori Military Design Department
Designed:  Mandulo 7th, 2113 AEC
Deployed:  Zibandlela 13th, 2121 AEC
Produced: 2119 AEC to present (3,000,000 total)

Specifications:
Mass: 31.75 metric tons (35.0 tons)
Length: 15.55 m (51ft)
Wingspan: 5.56 m (18ft, 3 in)
Height: 2.97 m (9ft, 9 in)
Crew: 2
Protection: 6.35 metric tons of Aerospace grade Galactinum armor plating (7.0 tons)
Engine: 2 × Compact ATF reactors with LEA-PD propulsion (2.69 metric tons each/ 2.97 tons each)
Movement Type: Flight
Speed: 291.6 km/h maximum
Acceleration: 3,776.9g (space)

Sensors & Electronics:
    1 × SIF system Mk III
    1 × PADD Sensor Suite
    1 × Arke Electronic Warfare Suite

Main Armament: [Primary configuration]
    2 × 76.2mm AGML (Pylon Mounted)

Secondary Armament: [Fixed Equipment]
    1 × DRAIL, L-Type 4/18 (Front)
    2 × 15.0mm AMS-AGML (Fuselage)

Overview:

    The WL-121 is an interesting asset used by planetary forces of the Dominion. It essentially is a highly advanced hovercraft that replaces more traditional VTOL assets completely. The WL-121 is more versatile that the units it replaces because its design integrates forward compatibility, and its modular nature allows users of the WL-121 to make situational alterations. When the design was revealed in 2120 AEC it was met with the expected criticisms regarding its value in the battlefield. Critics stated that aircraft such as the WL-121 were made obsolete by aerospace assets and that the aircraft was just a highly mobile coffin. Supporters often counter that the WL-121 fills a specific niche that will become increasingly important as the Dominion becomes more entangled in foreign affairs. The primary model itself has been called a ‘flying tank’ as it’s normal weapons load somewhat resembles one or more similar tonnage armored vehicles in service to the Dominion. It is perhaps a not to subtle irony that the WL-121 has been in service for almost two decades providing the least expensive air support for planetary garrisons when compared to aerospace assets. Yet somehow with a sterling service record hundreds of thousands of flight hours on record, short of seeing the craft on the news rescuing stranded civilians during natural disasters the WL-121 has largely gone with out a defining moment until the Davian Rebellion. The Ajinge was so unnoticed outside of the Dominion that the ANC net went wild with conspiracy theories as to what it was once it was caught on poor quality video footage diving down from cloud cover to deliver a withering hail of missile fire on insurgents during the Davian Rebellion.

Capabilities:

    The WL-121 Ajinge is a solidly built craft that is a worthy successor to the technologically outdated helicopter. It costs less to build and operate than an aerospace fighter, can provide ground attack options and close air support where needed. Unlike more traditional hover vehicles the WL-121 can operate at a higher altitude which means it can support infantry forces in locations where hover tanks cannot go. Also, the Ajinge can use some of the same parts that armored vehicles use without any special modification which means it can operate in field bases without special preparations for airborne assets. The Ajinge is powered by a pair of Lodwar ‘Sechon’ Class 7-35 ambient temperature fusion reactors which power the aircraft’s LEA-PD hover systems and its maneuvering systems. The internal framework of the Ajinge is hardened to provide the aircraft with additional protection against damage while the armor mounted on the Ajinge is respectable. Twenty percent of the Ajinge’s total mass is devoted to its armor protection which gives it immunity to most man-portable weapons, and gives it sufficient protection against most vehicle mounted weapons and a fair number of weapons emplacements. The primary armament of the WL-121 Ajinge is composed of a pair of pilon mounted 76.2mm AMGL directed energy weapons and a retractable flex mounted L-Type 4/18 DRAIL kinetic energy weapon. A pair of 15mm AGML-AMS systems in the fuselage protect the WL-121 from the combat hazard that poses the most threat, air to air or surface to air missile weapons as well as other guided munitions. Interestingly, the Ajinge also incorporates a simplified inertial dampening system to allow it to perform aerial maneuvers that would have been suicidal for a pilot of any of its precursors. The system isn’t stalled so pilots can showboat while on duty; it’s there to allow the Ajinge to perform evasive maneuvers to increase its battlefield longevity. Beyond this the Ajinge also has a full sensor suite, an electronic warfare module and protection against NBCE threats for its two crew.

Deployments:

    For almost two decades the WL-121 Ajinge’s deployments were literally nothing to write home about. The pilots and crew involved considered its operation as routine as any other armored vehicle. During this time realistically the Ajinge acted in a support and fast attack role where aerospace fighters were not available. While this role gave the Ajinge a pretty secure niche, it’s trial by fire would occur in 2140 AEC.  The Ajinge would see its first real combat during the Battle of Qui Nhon on a planet called Nha Trang within the Dominion’s section of the Allied Occupation zone. It was there that Commander Nhu, decided to make another attack in an attempt to destroy a strategic target of value to the Davian population and the Dominion. Nah Trang was home to a fuel refinery operation that produced high grade fuels for starships and planetary vehicles alike. Although by far not the largest refinery in the former Davian territories, it was the only fuel extraction and refining operation in the Dominion’s portion of the occupation zone. Obviously, the presence of such a facility made it a very tempting target for Davian rebels and inevitably Commander Nhu set her sights on it in late 2140 AEC. While Commander Nhu had had some successes raiding other regions of the Allied and AURA occupation zones, she was still spoiling for a fight with the Dominion whom had defeated her forces three times already. Commander Nhu, had learned from her prior combat actions, and devised a plan to simply destroy the refinery and to attempt to de-orbit it’s orbital transfer stations into population centers. This strategy was a departure from her normal attempts to capture or defeat garrison forces and she pinned her hopes on this strategy inflicting enough damage to at least hamper the Dominion’s fast response assets such as the DRNAS- Samar. To win the battle Commander Nhu determined that a two-pronged attack would be the best way to hit the objective and tie up the Dominion’s Naval forces around Nha Trang. On the 31st of Mandulo, 2140 AEC Commander Nhu’s forces began their approach towards the planet of Nha Trang, but much to the Dominion’s surprise for once the rebel Davians had actual warships.  As Commander Nhu predicted the mainstay of the Dominion’s naval assets engaged rebel forces as far from Nha Trang as was possible to reduce damage to the planet, orbital facilities and the refinery. Dominion forces engaged the Davians in a pitched battle that rapidly devolved into a medium to short range slugging match with the expected aggressive boarding actions performed by both sides. The battle was intense enough that some of the bright flashes of light and energy from weapons fire could be seen on Nha Trang with simple telescopes. The battle as it progressed was covered in the news as embedded reporters sent intentionally time delayed frontline reports of the battle as it raveled.

It was unknown to those at the front line, or at sector command or even system control that Commander Nhu’s plans were far more devious than anticipated. The main attack was a distraction, the actual attack force crept towards Nha Trang. Commander Nhu made sure her attack force made use of every means of avoiding sensor detection short of true stealth systems to get close enough to make a planetary landing. This meant that Commander Nhu’s attack force could not contain any warships larger than a frigate, and even frigate scale ships were risky. Her planetary assault force was escorted by several captured Davian corvettes and they used every sensor shadow, and FTL distorting gravity anomaly she could locate to avoid detection. System control didn’t see Commander Nhu’s forces until the Commander launched her first wave of attacks. The first wave was comprised entirely of suicide drone warships and false signature drones. The latter produced false dropship signatures to distract anti-orbital weapons fire, and the former existed to kamikaze anti-orbital emplacements to clear a path for the second wave. The initial wave was a fair success as many anti-orbital emplacements fell victim to the rain of suicidal space craft. The resultant destruction damaged the regional power grid and cast many into darkness as the first shots of the real battle began to be fired.  The few reserve warships in orbit were rapidly overrun and were mostly destroyed by the second wave of attackers; a select unfortunate few were boarded and captured. Somehow Commander Nhu reconnaissance of Nha Trang had failed to notice that the DRNAS – Samar had arrived in orbit of Nha Trang just eight hours earlier. The ultra-light carrier by stroke of luck had gone unnoticed. It had arrived to refuel and transfer personnel with standing orders to move on to the planet Bien Hoa which was a single FTL jaunt away. When the attack began the Samar was still refueling, but it’s Commanding Officer Commodore Nakato was carefully observing the situation as was Captain Feraji.

The battle on the planet below was not going well as planetary forces supported by loyalist Davian militia had been pushed back several times. The garrison was badly out numbered when the fight began even with local support; it was only a matter of time before garrison forces were fighting within twenty kilometers of the refinery complex. Although Commodore Nakato had specific orders to proceed after refueling on to another system, those orders did not explicitly state that she could not deploy the dropships that were docked on the Samar which were all under the command of Captain Feraji. Captain Feraji was the same commander who had twice thwarted Commander Nhu, and was the best person to lead a counter attack on Nha Trang. As the situation looked dire and enemy forces began to approach the orbital station the Samar undocked and while still in the shadow of the station and released her dropships and several flights aerospace fighters to escort the dropships at least part of the way to the planet’s surface. When the Samar moved out of the shadow of the refueling station at three-quarters sublight speed, the three rebel-controlled Davian corvettes that were making approach hesitated, the Samar looked like a small destroyer due to its size. Commander Nhu recognized her enemy however and as the corvettes moved to attack, the Samar opened up with its anti-warship weapons. Coherent beams of directed energy lanced across the distance between the Samar and the rebel corvettes followed by para-gravitic propelled DRAIL rounds. The first corvette was lanced from bow to stern and exploded violently, another followed seconds later and it was then that Samar proved it wasn’t an easy mark. This brief engagement was as much a distraction as it was a means of ensuring Captain Feraji’s forces landed intact. What Commander Nhu did not know was that the Samar had arrived laden with dropships filled to the brim with Dominion XPI troops and Marines, while it would not even the numbers it would certainly bolster the struggling planetary garrison until real reinforcements arrived. The distraction would turn out to be a success as all eight dropships successfully made a virtually uncontested landing at a military space port just thirty kilometers west of the refinery.

Captain Feraji’s forces began their deployment operations immediately after their dropships settled fully into landing gantries.  The scene at the space port was crazy, as fleeing civilians clogged roads and tried to scale the walls to get into the military space port in hopes of securing a ride off the planet. This wave of desperate citizens created a new problem for the Dominion forces since a significant portion of the arriving force would have to utilize the roads to get to the refinery. The Captain had an almost ‘no-win’ situation since the clogged roads guaranteed most of his for4ces would not get to the refinery in time. Not arriving to defend the refinery was unthinkable because if its fuel was set off the blast could potentially kill thousands and would certainly vaporize any units fighting within the immediate vicinity. Captain Feraji’s forces needed to arrive sooner rather than later for the sake of the city. A partial answer to the dilemma was found by one of the Captain’s subordinates who noticed that there was a unit of WL-121 VTOL aircraft spread across two of the Captain’s dropships. The WL-121’s were supposed to be transported to a neighboring solar system’s garrison and by accident they hadn’t been transferred to the Samar. Since the vehicles has assigned crew and operators, whom came along for the ride it was decided that the WL-121’s would be temporarily inducted into the Captain’s unit for the duration of hostilities on Nha Trang. Captain Feraji determined that if he used the ground attack WL-121 Ajinge aircraft to lead a air-mobile attack while the transport variants moved air-mobile assets into position near the refinery he could buy time for his main force to arrive and make a major counterattack. As Dominion ground forces slowly made progress towards the refinery, dozens of WL-121 attack craft flitted overhead followed by slower personnel carrier variants and cargo moving variants.  For the first time in his career, Captain Feraji, chose to inspire his air-mobile elements by piping a bit of classic music through the unit’s communications. Although it is not known why he picked the song he did; he ended up playing ‘Fortunate Son’ released in 1969 by a band called Creedence Clearwater Revival. It is unknown if the Captain was aware of the irony of his choice, but it certainly worked. The Davian force had nearly pushed the defending garrison to the breaking point as rebel tanks came within firing distance of the refinery.

Ajinge aircraft started to darken the sky as the ground attack aircraft began to attack Davian armor with impunity. The rebel Davian’s were stunned at first, they didn’t know the Dominion had such aircraft. The reconnaissance of Nha Trang indicated no assigned air assets of this type or of any other type planet side. Only the Dominions naval warships were expected to have aerospace fighters or deeps pace fighters and what the rebels faced were more like gunships. The first wave of Ajinge did much to blunt the rebel advance as the rebels had limited options to reply to the sudden arrival of the advanced hovercraft. Airlifted forces brought much needed ammunition and supplies to weary elements of the local militia and the remnants of the Dominion’s own garrison. Over the next three hours, Ajinge aircraft ran repeated strike missions, and of the thirty-six craft deployed, only five were shot down by enemy fire. Rebel troops not knowing the name of the craft took to calling it the ‘Shrieking Devil’ because of the distinctive sound of the missile systems aboard the (alternate A) WL-121 made when cold-launching missiles. Commander Nhu at some point in the next day decided she had had enough of the ‘Shrieking Devils’ and finally decided to try and counter them with the rebel’s own VTOL assets. While the actual name of the rebel VTOLs is unknown, Dominion marines decided to give the strange looking craft a number of unflattering nicknames referencing parts of the male anatomy. Many of the vulgar nicknames stuck simply because the actual aircraft had an odd spherical body with strangely placed weapons that were tactically baffling. That said, for the next week, the rebel Davian VTOL aircraft fought in the skies above the ground battle against WL-121 Ajinge aircraft in the longest known air battle between VTOL aircraft in modern history. Comparatively the rebel Davian craft were heavily armored, fairly quick but lacked in firepower, the WL-121 was faster, better armed and had respectable armor protection. By the end of the week, the remaining sixteen WL-121’s still in airworthy condition had three ace pilots, and overall WL-121’s on average shot down 4.47 enemy aircraft for every WL-121 lost. The leading ace produced by the battle was not a pilot but a weapons officer within that unit. Sub-Lieutenant Zuberi Adesina, at the end of the battle of Qui Nhon was credited with shooting down thirteen rebel aircraft, five of which were brought down with the DRAIL kinetic energy weapon in a retracting flex mount in the front of the WL-121 Ajinge. Ultimately the ground battle had turned against Commander Nhu’s forces as Captain Feraji’s forces rallied and fought street to street in areas of Qui Nhon (the city surrounding the refinery) that were evacuated and were deemed free fire zones. Fighting would continue for another month before the last of Commander Nhu’s guerilla forces were either killed or captured. Commander Nhu herself would evade capture but would return to trouble the Dominion two months later at the first battle of Cam Ranh.

Variants:

    The variants of this design in military service are limited to variations on the WL-121’s weapons options. Configuration A, mounts a pair of 25.4mm AMGL directed energy weapons and, a pair of RA/AMP launch systems spread across its four weapons pylons. Configuration B, installs six 15mm AGML-8G anti-personnel weapons each on a separate weapons pylon, three to each of Ajinge’s wings. There is also a heavily altered variant that incorporates a special set of landing gear and the necessary equipment to mount an infantry compartment or the equipment to carry twenty tons of cargo.


* Zibandlela is the 12th month of the year and, Mandulo is the 9th month of the year and is analogous to December and September on the Gregorian calendar respectively.


[OOC Note: The WL-121’s art is recycled from an earlier work by me which can be seen here. www.deviantart.com/gratefulref… Some of you out there are probably wondering what business a helicopter has in a science fiction setting. The answer is simple, the WL-121 is a very advanced one that no longer needs the vulnerable rotors. The expected lift equipment has been replaced with particle dissonance-based hover technology making the WL-121 effectively an aerodynamic hovercraft designed to operate at the highest practical altitude for a hover craft. There is a precedent for this as seen in the existence of high altitude repulsor lift craft in Star Wars.  Also obviously ASFs and DSF’s can’t always be present so having something like the WL-121 around is a rational addition that allows the Dominion to operate in places where fighters are not practical.]
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WL-110 Osuvua
Allied Reporting Name: Derecho
Type: Aerospace Fighter
Place of Origin: Dominion of Risallas

Production History:
Designer: Wanlaweyn-Lokori Military Design Department
Designed:  Nlolunji 16th, 2104 AEC
Deployed:  Ncaba 28th, 2110 AEC
Produced: 2109 AEC to present (8,000,000 total)

Specifications:
Mass: 22.68 metric tons (25.0 tons)
Length: 16.15 m (53ft)
Wingspan: 10.9 m (35ft, 6 in)
Height: 5.18 m (17ft)
Crew: 1 (training version has 2)
Protection: 4.72 metric tons of Aerospace grade Galactinum armor plating (5.2 tons)
Engine: 1 × Light ATF reactor with HERON propulsion system (2.49 metric tons/ 2.75 tons)
Movement Type: Flight
Speed: 4,082.4 km/h maximum (Mach 3.3, Atmospheric)/ 31.5 IKN.
Acceleration: 3,776.9g (space)

Sensors & Electronics:
    1 × Arke Electronic Warfare Suite
    1 × PADD Sensor Suite

Main Armament:
    1 × 76.2mm S.P.E.A.R. AGML (Front)

Secondary Armament:
    2 × DRAIL, L-Type 2/18 (Left-Front)
    2 × DRAIL, L-Type 2/18 (Right-Front)
    4 × 15.0mm AMS-AGML (Fuselage)

Overview:
    The WL-110 Oṣuvua, is a solid design with a respectable track record of operations. In an era where many armchair generals would question the validity of continuing to deploy aerospace fighter assets, the simplest answer is cost. The production cost of a single WL-110 is an eighth that of a single NT-17 deep space fighter. The cost in maintenance is also much lower, and to have a WL-110 airborne on standby costs far less per hour than having a any DSF do the same job. There is also the fact that the WL-110 can loiter for hours, with no real degradation of its lethality, this makes it especially potent in a ground support or local interception role. The Dominion deploys WL-110’s to every planetary garrison, with a focus on garrisons that have terrain that is difficult enough to limit the effectiveness of ground-based strike assets.

Capabilities:
    Overall the WL-110 is a reliable machine, it is more agile than the WL-89 but is understandably slower because the aircraft has a different combat objective. The WL-110 Oṣuvua is built around an internal frame work that maximizes protection and structural rigidity against the expectation of thousands of atmospheric exits and entries over the course of a service life that per unit is expected to be on average sixty years. A total of 5.25 tons of Galactinum type L armor cover the aircraft with no true weak spots to be seen as the armor is largely evenly distributed. The cockpit module, fuselage and frontal areas of the craft have slightly thicker armor to cope with ground to air fire that the WL-110 Oṣuvua is likely to experience in normal operations. The power plant powering the WL-110 Oṣuvua’s sublight propulsion systems is a Lodwar ‘Sechur’ Class 6-25 ambient temperature fusion reactor which is a reliable unit specifically rated for vehicles in the 20 to 30-ton range. The reactor powers the WL-110 Oṣuvua’s HERON propulsion system which unlike the civilian models produces very little of the ‘Saint Elmo’s fire’ effect on the rear portions of the wings.  This is simply because the field emissions surfaces used in the system are far better shielded and don’t need to bleed excess energy off like civilian models do. HERON is a very reliable means of propulsion because it is immune to electromagnetic pulse and ionic interference, it is damage-insensitive and civilian aircraft have landed with large sections of wing missing which is a testament to the stability of the system. Armament on the WL-110 Oṣuvua consists of a single nose-mounted S.P.E.A.R. AGML, which is supported by two pairs of DRAIL, L-Type 2/18 kinetic energy weapons offset in the forward arc and two 15mm AGML-AMS systems in the fuselage. The primary weapons loadout is backed up by an electronic warfare system and full sensor capabilities which is more than sufficient for the fighter’s intended role as a planetary interceptor with ground attack capabilities.

Deployments:
    The wide deployment of the WL-110 Oṣuvua has guaranteed that it has seen combat in one form or another on numerous worlds. The most recent conflict occurred during the Davian Insurgency after the territory of the Divine Davian Empire was split in two. The Davian insurgents within a span of three months had proven themselves to be much more than a nuisance. They rallied local populations with false displays of invulnerability to weapons fielded by ‘the foreigners’ committed acts of sabotage that delayed recovery and then would use subterfuge to claim that foreign nations could not help the locals recover in the post Voi Con era.

A confrontation involving the WL-110 Oṣuvua occurred on an agricultural world called Plei Me. The planet itself was somewhere in size between a planetoid and a full planet which limited its utility because of its unusual orbit around a hot gas giant which meant that for at least half of the year on the planet, it was effectively a long hot summer. The rest of the year the planet was known to be warm but acceptable due to its constant low humidity. The Davians originally colonized the world because it had all the right climate conditions for growing grains. Plei Me’s topography was still fairly mountainous which meant that farms would be placed in the long fairly valleys. Since rivers and streams often crisscrossed the valleys irrigation was easy enough that there was no need for sophisticated pumping stations to move water. The population of Plei Me barely noticed when things started going wrong for the Divine Davian Empire, and they barely took note when the Battle of Voi Con happened. The splitting of the empire, was noticed on Plei Me, but the people were indifferent to it, they were for the most part simple farmers on an agricultural world, they already were not going to starve, and given their strong religious beliefs, as long as they could peddle their grain and live a simple existence it didn’t much matter what flag was on the flag pole at the end of the day. In truth, the population of Plei Me for the most part wanted to be left alone until it was time to ship their surplus out. The planet of Plei Me was within the Dominion’s section of the allied occupation zone and since Dominion’s Sector Command was not unfamiliar with the sentiment of Plei Me’s population, they did not interfere with the day to day activities of the population. The Dominion opted not to place a garrison on the world simply because it would be too culturally intrusive but they did negotiate to purchase the surplus grain the world was producing so that the local economy would be stable and resistant to the insurrection that was going on in other regions.

Unfortunately, the Dominion did not expect to be troubled by the Davian Confederation, let alone on a strategically insignificant world such as Plei Me. This was a tactical error as Commander Nhu, still stung by the events on Vinh at the battle of Thahn roughly a month earlier set her sights on Plei Me where she expected the Dominion to have a small garrison that she could easily defeat. Commander Nhu quietly assembled a force mainly comprised of two brigades of infantry supported by a number of modern Davian tanks and other armored vehicles that were recently stolen from a depot. Combined, Commander Nhu effectively had two motorized infantry brigades supported with two companies of armored vehicles which by her reasoning was more than enough to flatten a small Dominion garrison. The commander found it fairly easy to gather troops this time around because the target a world with an atmosphere and lots of food, the need for pressurized EVA suits was a serious limitation on Vihn. Commander Nhu arrived on Plei Me just a few weeks after her retreat from Vihn. Her finalized landing force added a company of Mechanized walkers designed for use in scouting which was a clear adaptation to what she had learned from the battle on Vihn. Commander Nhu’s dropships were better than the ones she used on Vihn, but still not exactly cutting edge. The very dropship she fled Vihn with was present and she would use it as her command center. As her ships touched down on Plei Me, the Insurgency was in full swing, and battles were being fought all over territories of the Allied and AURA corridors.  Upon landfall Commander Nhu rallied her forces and immediately overran the nearest major civilian center, a town called Da Lat thirty miles north of her landing zone. Having learned from her last encounter with Dominion forces she left a fair-sized vanguard around the landing zone and deployed scouts in the surrounding hills to ensure that her landing zone could not be attacked by surprise.

When Commander Nhu herself barged into Da Lat’s town hall to demand the surrender of the Dominion forces she was sure had a garrison on world, the Commander was told that the Dominion did not have a military presence. Despite all evidence she was presented with Commander Nhu felt that the locals were clearly stalling for time to alert the garrison and with that, she ordered her troops to systematically sack Da Lat. The smoke from the burning city could be seen for miles in every direction and the few who escaped to tell what happened told of the cruelty Commander Nhu brought on the inhabitants of the town and the surrounding country side. In the Commander’s mind, the Dominion would have to come out of hiding and fight eventually, she was certain they were present, and her troops were becoming bolder in their depravity as they saw this as proof they could defeat the foreign menace. The pillaging of small towns and hamlets went on for almost three weeks with several counties virtually in ruins. The locals were simple farmers and had nothing effective to fight the invaders with. Hunting rifles were good if you were out for game hunting but ineffective against military issued body armor. A few farmers had plasma projectile firing mustketoons but these antique weapons were slow firing. Even though they could fire six shots, the recharge time per chamber and the need to load specialized primer rods in each made them no match for the rebel’s high rate of fire plasma-based assault rifles. The invasion spread rapidly as hamlets and small towns fell left and right some surrendering without any resistance. Eventually when it became apparent that the locals could not handle this situation, they broke their normal isolationist stance to call for help.

Sector command once appraised of the situation on Plei Me, and the danger it posed, assembled a task force from whatever was available with whatever troops that were not deemed mission critical. This meant that the unit in question would be assembled ad hoc, they would at the very least be a stopgap until a more unified force could arrive. Sector command located five platoons of reservists equipped with WL-103 Ishib medium tanks and their logistical element and diverted them. Several reservist mechanized infantry units also were diverted to the same rally point just one FTL jaunt outside of the Solar system where Plei Me was located. Utilizing a rapid transit maneuver Sector command quickly transported and reassigned the recently promoted Captain Ferjai Ironsi, whom commanded the garrison on Vihn to the same rallying point that the infantry and armor were sent to. At the rally point waiting for the arriving forces was a single Warren Class frigate outfitted to operate as an ultra-light carrier. The DRAN-Samar was an auxiliary naval warship by technicality. It was outfitted to act as a self-sufficient fast reaction asset and its crew was mainly comprised of Navy reserve personnel. While the ship was not as well armored as a Camden class, it made up for it in point defense and the ability to maneuver rapidly. There was also the fact that it’s elongated hull had room for up to eight externally docked dropships. As soon as all elements were at the rally point and docked with the DRAN – Samar, Captain Feraji wasted no time in informing his troops of the situation and what kind of enemy they were up against. He urged caution because he did not know what Commander Nhu’s forces were equipped with specifically. He also pointed out that the distress call was days old, and by now the city it came from, My Tho could have been overrun, they were going to land a distance away to avoid the risk of an ambush. Within three hours Operation- Royal Flush began with the Samar jaunting into FTL and appearing one full parsec above Plei Me. The Captain of the Samar was no stranger to combat deployments and put the ship on a course that kept it as obscured as possible, the vessel approached Plei Me from the side of the planet opposite the fighting while managing it’s sublight propulsion so that it emitted the least detectable energy signature possible. The trip to the planet took four hours, and then another two to slowly creep into a position on the dark side of the planet to disengage the dropships. Once they were free the Samar moved forward on an agreed upon course and transmitted a pre-recorded message for Commander Nhu. It was a simple message; an offer to Commander Nhu to surrender, Captain Ferajai did this in a mocking tone specifically because he knew the commander would likely recognize his voice, if not his name. As if to goad the Commander, he stated that by defeating the commander once, he got him promoted, and he figured that a second time would also. He bet in the message that by kicking her ass a few more times he might be a general by the end of the year. Commander Nhu listened to the message from the arriving Dominion forces and found it galling, her enemy from Vihn had arrived here to fight her. This was perfect, he was full of himself, her troops were not the irregular rabble he probably expected. Given the facts that were available she accounted for the vehicles he used on Vihn as well as his probable strategy there. The roles were reversed, she just had to hold the line until it was time for a flanking maneuver which was limited by the terrain and the high mountain peaks. She had heavier tanks with reasonably experienced crews, this would be quite a fight. The first thing she had to ascertain the size and composition of the enemy force. All she knew was that her forces spotted eight dropship engine flares which told her a similar sized force was arriving. First, she would use the KT-TS hussar light tanks to perform reconnaissance in My Tho and the surrounding area, since the enemy had clearly landed close to the town but not in it.  As her light tanks sped across the valley towards their reconnaissance positions Commander Nhu began to move her heavier elements towards My Tho.

Meanwhile at the Dominion’s landing zone, eight Dropships settled on the bare rocky ground. The area was picked because the landing would cause no damage here and the exposed bedrock was thick enough that the weight of the transport dropships would not fracture it. Captain Feraji ordered his forces deployed with an air of urgency as he expected Commander Nhu to attack at any moment. He had the armored cars and lighter armored vehicles disembark first so that he could establish both reconnaissance positions and a defensive picket line to detect and slow down enemy forces. Behind that, he employed hard light holographic decoy tanks that were created by remote drone emitters. The vehicles intentionally matched those he had employed on Vihn with one major difference. All of the fake armored vehicles matched the all-energy variants of the chassis so that the decoy tanks could fire very real looking AGML weapons. This was all a ruse to buy time so that the Captain could get his WL-103 Ishib medium tanks deployed and so that his combat engineers could finish building the temporary airfield that would handle the Captain’s plan for catching Commander Nhu off guard. High above the battlefield the complement of aerospace fighters aboard the Samar were being prepared for a dead drop type launch. All of the fighters were WL-110 Oṣuvua type aerospace fighters which was at this point was an ASF that had been in service with the Dominion for thirty years. On cue, the Samar dropped its fighters and began it’s acceleration into a position where it could provide live intelligence to the Dominion ground forces below. By 8:22 am, the temporary ‘airport’ was completed and the WL-110’s let gravity do the work as they slowly tumbled towards Plei Me. Meanwhile on the ground the battle had begun, Commander Nhu’s reconnaissance force smacked into screening elements of Captain Faraji’s lighter assets about 9 kilometers north west of My Tho and weapons fire was exchanged in earnest. As the two forces tangled, Commander Nhu assessed the information she was getting, the enemy had clearly landed a fair distance outside of the city, perhaps to prevent damage to it. That they now had a warship of some sort in orbit was troublesome, but would they use it? The ugly thing was just there lurking like a poorly veiled threat, why, capturing it would make for a great prize. Commander Nhu quickly hatched a plan that involved the use of several of her faster dropships, she would send up her elite to board and take that warship then…turns its guns on this wretched Captain and then claim the planet for the Confederation. Little did she know that twenty-four high speed daggers were falling from orbit, and that alone would change her plans in just one hour.

As per the Captains plan, the Dominion’s scouting elements had begun to fall back as the holographic decoys were being destroyed rapidly enough that the enemy had begun a steady advance towards the Dominion’s landing zone. The Confederation’s D3-THN Saint Giong Heavy tanks supported by XT-CL Swordsman tanks simply had more firepower than the scout elements and the decoys obviously were not holding up.

The initial confrontation line fell back to the secondary line and then further back each time stalling and sending the worst damaged vehicles to the rear. Over the course of an hour, the Dominion effected a fighting withdrawal that ceded twenty kilometers to the Confederation forces. As Commander Nhu pressed her own unit’s weight and firepower advantage, the armored cars she was pursuing which separated her Swordsman MBTs from the support of the heavier Saint Giong tanks. The armored cars moved to a predetermined line of defense and used their target designators to illuminate the heavier tanks where possible for support fire. It was at this very moment Commander Nhu made her biggest mistake, she ignored the warnings of her subordinates and focused more on the group of her dropships making a hard burn towards the enemy warship in orbit and not how strung out her armored units were becoming as the Saint Giong heavy tanks were more than a kilometer behind the faster Swordsman tanks. Commander Nhu watched as her dropships closed to within a few thousand kilometers of their objective when they were detected by the warship in orbit. She watched almost to the detriment of all else as her dropships closed to within a few thousand kilometers of the target only to have it turn to present broadside open up with point defense and make its own hard burn into a higher orbit. The dropships tried to pursue, but this thing it moved like, like it wasn’t a warship…not enough mass. It was then one of her dropships spotted the ships identifier prefix before the point defense blasted the dropship out of the sky. There painted on the hull it was a warren class, a cargo ship! This thing wasn’t a warship at all and its cargo was the force she was fighting… ‘Oh no!’ was Commander Nhu’s first thought as she looked to the battle on the ground and watched as the first Saint Giong exploded. No where in Commander Nhu’s calculations was there any anticipation of the Dominion using air support.

Overhead the dagger-shaped WL-110 Oṣuvua burst from the cloud cover overhead and began to rain precision AGML fire down on the heavier confederation tanks. In the first pass seven Saint Giong tanks were destroyed. In the second pass another five were rendered inoperable. The WL-110 Oṣuvua’s however did suffer losses as three WL-110’s were brought down by surface to air fire. The surviving aircraft reduced in additional number by two ASF’s having to ditch due to system failure, now made five more attack runs over the enemy formation even after they had run out of heavy tanks to attack. The Dominion’s Medium tanks were an effective match for the Swordsman tanks but the support of the WL-110 Oṣuvua’s made the fight much easier. Commander Nhu began to issue orders to organize her troops but it was too late, the Dominion’s forces rallied around medium tanks of a type she had never seen before now supported by a fighter that she had never seen prior; the tables had turned dramatically. Commander Nhu had lost the initiative just that quickly, and called for what was left of her forces to make a fighting retreat, against fresh forces and fire support that she could not counter; this battle was a loss. The remaining aerospace fighter squadrons of WL-110 Oṣuvua continued harassing Commander Nhu’s forces as they retreated past My Tho with short breaks for pilot fatigue and equipment maintenance. Commander Nhu’s forces learned to dread the distinctive high-pitched whine of the WL-110 Oṣuvua as they made their final approach during an attack. The fighters earned a nickname, “Howling Death” by the Confederacy. It would take another four weeks of mop up operations to finally liberate Plei Me of Confederation forces. Unfortunately, Commander Nhu managed to escape with roughly thirty percent of her original forces. After the attack, and the relatively quick liberation of Plei Me, the local government asked for a permanent garrison on world as many were shaken by the barbarity of the confederation. The Dominion graciously agreed, and built what would come to be called by the locals as Hoi An fortress which centers on a more permanent airfield. A permanent assignment Of two squadrons consisting of twelve WL-110’s each is assigned to the garrison and designated Vigilance Red and Vigilance Gold squadrons.

Variants:
    There are two known variants of the WL-110. The WL-110-C exchanges the S.P.E.A.R. AGML for a standard 76.2mm AMGL and uses the spare tonnage to add two 15mm AGML-AMS systems. The DRAILs are replaced with four 15mm AGML-8G APW directed energy weapons. The other primary variant of the WL-110 switches the armament out adding two weapons pylons with a carry weight of .8 tons each and installs two additional AGML-Anti-missile systems and uses a nose mounted 76.2mm AGML along with two 50.8mm AGML directed energy weapons.

  *Nlolunji is the 2nd month of the year and, Ncaba is the 8th month of the year and is analogous to February and August on the Gregorian calendar respectively.



[OOC Note: The Dominion defines an Aerospace fighter as an aircraft that primarily operates in a planet’s atmosphere but is able to make escape velocity and operate in space with equal efficiency. Aerospace fighters never have shields or FTL propulsion. This is in contrast to the Deep Space Fighter which has either FTL propulsion or shields but never both. Likewise, a true starfighter will have both FTL propulsion and shields.]

[ Credits for names and units:  
KT-CS Hussar Light tank
www.deviantart.com/nhinhonhinh…

XT-CL Swordsman MBT
www.deviantart.com/nhinhonhinh…

D3-THN Saint Giong heavy tank
www.deviantart.com/nhinhonhinh…

These armored vehicles belong to NhinoNhino.]
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TKG
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First off the name TKG is my initials, but that aside I started out with loose sketches in my notepad which originally transformed into scaled-up paintings. Later on this turned into the digital art that fills my online portfolio on Deviant Art. At first I only did paintings but as time progressed, the digital became dominant for the ease of editing and the sheer simplicity of making a piece of art one pixel at a time. As with the old times my art is done with each wave of inspiration with little or no directive other then the fervor of the moment. feel free to leave a comment about it all.
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It all began with me sorting through my personal library of books; the shelves needed dusting and I figured I would re-read something as a break from my normal assigned reading. Every season I set out to read a bare minimum of six books preferably related to my profession and if not, history.  While I cleaned I came across the boxed set of ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ by Alvin Schwartz, which was illustrated by Stephen Gammell. I’d been introduced to this series before I was in high school and the books held a lot of spooky nostalgia for me, as they were what turned me on to horror movies and folklore. The stories were excellent since Alvin Schwartz was a skilled tory teller but the art was epic as Stephen Gammell’s art really sold the books. If you dare to google Gammell’s art you will see that his art has its own style that some have roughly recreated but has been never imitated.  So of course, it stuck in my brain…I decided that some how or some way I would learn to produce art like that. In reality, this was before the internet really caught on and dial-up was the only way to connect so there was no fast way to research only study of his available art from ‘Scary stories to tell in the dark – more tales to chill your bones’. Unfortunately, I was terribly unsuccessful as I had no idea where to begin and my forays into painting went in a different direction.  

Enter the age of Amazon.com and suddenly I was able to order all three books in the series in a nice collector’s edition and yes, I did so. This spurred a search for the artist himself and surprisingly he was still producing stuff, the sad pat is that Alvin Schwartz died on the 14th of march 1991 roughly a year after the third scary stories book was published. Even with that loss, Gammell produced a long list of works which I encourage you all to check out.  As far as I can tell and everyone is welcome to correct me if I am wrong, but there is no online guide to demonstrate how Gammell produced his art; but there are second party approximates and that’s ok.  Still, the man is 75, and he is as far as an illustrator goes a modern American legend, I just hope he keeps on producing art. If any of you remember this guy or were inspired by the ‘Scary Stories To Tell In The Dark’ series reply to this journal with your thoughts. In my next post I’ll talk about an even more obscure series of novels from the same time frame.

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Martechi Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018
Thanks a lot for the watch!
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2018  Hobbyist Digital Artist
you are welcome, you do some impressive art.
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Thanks for the fave.
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Oct 3, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
You are welcome, your models are always fantastic.
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Happy Birthday sir! :iconsaluteplz:
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you, gonna have a fun weekned this time.
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madcomm Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist General Artist
Happy birthday and to a succesful year!
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Jarl, though I hope the successful year part applies to 2017 cause 2016 has been a flaming nuclear train wreck.
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Brigadier-Zod Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016
Happy birthday. May it be filled with celery. ;)
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GratefulReflex Featured By Owner Sep 16, 2016  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Ah-HAH! so you confess to the crime of filling both of my vegetable crisper draws in the refrigerator with celeries? Well played!
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