“Command... Come in command I am under heavy fire, I repeat under heavy fire, support is needed in sector 5”
“We are a little tied up right now Eve, we have a large force pooling up to our left, can you hold out for a while longer or are you in danger of being over run?”
“I will set up a defensive position and hold as long as I can.”
“roger that, keep us posted and good luck”
Eve slung her rifle over her shoulder and started to set up motion sensors in the dense forest. Every ten meters she placed another sensor along a quarter mile stretch of forest. She set up some claymores, anything to slow their advance.
“Rhylus can you give me an overlay map of the area and upload all pings of the motion sensors onto the map?” she didn’t need to ask, the AI integrated into her armor would of course do it, but the more they worked together the more he seemed like an actual person working beside her.
A map showed up in the top right of her heads up display, none of the motion sensors were pinging yet, though that would be changing shortly.
Eve unslung her rifle, checked all the magazines and got into crouched position keeping an eye on the map.
“Rhylus why would the separatists push this far and be this aggressive. Haven’t they always been more on the defensive side of the war?”
“I spent a quite a bit of cycles pondering this, all I can think of is that they are hoping to make it to the armory for resupply” It was funny to hear him talk as if he spent a long time on this, when in reality it was only a few seconds.
The motions sensors start to ping, they were advancing faster than expected. They didn’t know she was still here. The first of the 4 claymores went off, all sensors stopped pinging.
“Command, the separatists have reached the forest line, how much longer till I can get that support?”
“uhhhh give me a second... yea our western front is getting hit pretty heavily, it looks like they were hoping to catch our flank and come around your end. We are going to need you to stay there, turn on your locater beacon, we are sending supplies your way”
With the right supplies she could be a one woman army. Her armor suit and shields would easily withstand most anything they could throw at her, as long as she could let her shields recharge. She flipped on her locator beacon, and threw it a few meters away from her. She looked to the sky, and zoomed in to large ship in low atmosphere orbit overhead. The ship, New Horizons, was here to give them any support they needed. Though the giant guns that it wielded were too large to effectively use in close proximities.
A small dot appeared in the sky, piercing through the air to her location. It landed next to the beacon. Eve walked over to it and keyed in her UNSC code on the side keypad. Both sides lifted out and upward revealing enough ammo to keep a squad filled for a good sized firefight. When she went to the other side she found a few rockets, a high powered sniper rifle, grenades and most concerning an overrun beacon. Those were only supposed to be used when she had been completely overrun and had no chance to retake her position. Not only that but it would send a signal to New Horizons the flatten the area with high explosive tungsten rounds.
“Rhylus break into one of the New Horizon camera’s, tell me what they won’t. How bad is the situation really? they gave me enough supplies to fight off a lightly armored company.” she tensed up, looking behind her for the best possible route to escape through. It was mostly a rocky hill, no easy task to get up when under fire.
“It doesn’t look good ma’am, the force is larger than what we thought it would be, and if i am not mistaken they have a few armored troop transports and a light tank.”
“It makes sense why they placed me here, how long do you think those pricks over at ONI knew about this.” she grumbled
“I can che...” “rhetorical Rhylus... that was rhetorical” she said cutting him off, as smart as he was, he still never got sarcasm or rhetorical questions.
They appeared to be moving slower though they couldn’t be seen by the overhead cameras in this dense foliage. She had to rely solely on the sounds of the remaining 3 claymores and her motion sensors. Another boom and the sound of a tree falling meant that the last 2 were the only things between her and the separatists.
Eve took out the sniper rifle, sat against a large boulder, turning the scope to thermal, and started taking shots at the soldiers she could see. One by one they fell, she had 50 rounds total. That was usually more than enough for the regular soldier but her training, bio-upgrades, and most importantly her armor, allowed her to to shoot faster with better accuracy. After a few minutes she was already down to 10 rounds left. She decided to save them until she really needed them.
Readying her battle rifle, she flipped it to single shot and waited for the last 2 claymores to go off before starting her defense. While she waited, she dragged the supplies behind the large boulder with her and crouched behind it.
The last two claymores exploded, her arms quickly moving the rifle up so she could see down the scope, scanning the edge of the forest. After about 8 seconds a few troops slowly emerged, she let them get about halfway between the forest and herself before quickly firing a few shots at each of them, dropping them before they could fire back.
That is when she heard it, the obvious rumbling of the Armored Troop Transports. A few more soldiers dropped and she switched back to the sniper rifle. With careful aim she shot through the radiator and into the engine block. Fluids poured out of the bottom of the truck as it came to a stop. Another well placed shot took out mounted gun on top of the vehicle.
She continued to do this for the remaining 3 transports. Most of the troops refused to leave the forest area into the opening that so many of their fallen comrades had tried to cross. She ran from rock to rock taking advantage of the cover to get new angles and take out as many troops as she could.
“The separatists have decided to stop in the forest, I can’t get them all. Is there any way I could get a strafe or two from some of the longsword fighters?”
“We can send one fighter your way, send the strafing run to his nav computer, and make it count. Send it to L-87 and we will direct him your way.”
Eve quickly set up a firing solution for the pilot and sent it off to the pilot, hopefully this would scare them out of the woods, or at least let her get a bit closer to them while they were under cover.
The scream of the engines could be heard now, the guns started pounding away at the edge of the forest. It turned around for its final run, guns blazing. While trees splintered from gunfire Eve packed up more ammunition and grenades, and made her way to the edge of the forest.
She turned, quickly 2 shot a soldier facing away from her and knelt behind a fallen tree. She readied a grenade and tossed it over the tree. The explosion took out a few more men, and as it went off she propelled herself over the tree. Shrapnel pinged off her shields, along with a small bit of incoming fire. she rolled and sprang into action quickly taking out 3 more enemy troops.
“Eve this comes from higher up the chain, we need you to try to capture one of the enemy, aim for an officer if you could.”
“You ask this NOW” she angrily replied, sweeping her leg under an enemy and jabbing her knife into his side. “a little notification before hand would have been nice”
“we just got the orders, just do what you can”
The sound of the light tank could now be heard over the gunfire. “shit” she thought to herself. she was a ways away from her supply cache, and had no rockets with her to effectively take out the tank.
The tank edged closer, it was a type 4 light tank.
“Rhylus what are the weak points on a type 4 light tank? All I have are a few grenades and my battle rifle with me”
“The most you could do is take out one of the tracks with what you have, though an alterior route would be to break open the top hatch and throw in a grenade. Caution should be taken with this plan, as it will detonate any ammo it is carrying.”
“plan b it is”
Eve darted forward, rolled to her right as the tank’s cannon shot a round, exploding the area where she had been a moment before. Using the trees for cover, she made her way up to the tank, grabbing ahold of the main cannon, which was swinging to try and track her. She flung herself on top of armored beast, pried open the hatch, primed a grenade and dropped it in. At the last moment she noticed the insignia of an officer on one of the uniforms. She grabbed the man, and jumped away from the tank.
“Rhylus divert all shields to max strength on my back”
She landed on the ground, covering the officer, almost crushing him under half a ton of powered armor. The tank exploded sending them flying through the air. She held onto her captive, and reached out and grabbed ahold of a tree almost dislocating her shoulder in the process.
She saw the man reach for an explosive on his belt, and quickly hit him simultaneously on both of his arms, shattering the bone. He screamed in pain as she picked him up, and started running back to her boulder. As she got there she set him down and noticed an enemy drop ship carrying at least a battalion of soldiers setting down behind the forest.
She picked up the overrun beacon and radioed command.
“Command I need heavy fire support, I am setting my beacon to On and tossing it into the woods, open fire at its location. I have a fresh battalion of enemy forces bearing down on my position.”
“Get as far away as possible as quick as possible, notifying New Horizons now”
Eve set the beacon to on and threw it as far as she could into the wooded area. She quickly picked up the rockets, launched them at the treeline and started to run up the hill with the officer and her rifle over her shoulder. As she got to the top of the hill, she heard the boom of the guns on the ship in orbit, and in 3 shots the whole forest was leveled.
As soon as the barrage was over a pelican arrived to pick her and her new source of information up and bring them back to HQ.