Raptor Squadron is a joined elite Imperial-Legatus squadron formed after the conclusive events of the "Struggle of being a Half-Elf" storyline and the increasing threat and power of the Cyrandia Resistance. The squadron original purpose excisted out of a single goal, hunting down and destroy the various Resistance cells that pose a threat to the Imperial Order.
The original Raptor Squadron ceased to excist after the Empire and Legatus forces lost their flagship and hold over the Rambo Capital in September 2820.
The Galactic Empire of Cyrannus goes to war against the New Cyrannian Republic in 20 AQF with the destruction of Mou'Cyran during the Mou'Cyran Cataclysm, killing the majority of the New Republic government including president Nexarón Valkistair. With this act the Second Great Cyrannus War breaks out and plunges the Cyrandia Cluster one again into war. In the background of the war, the Cyrandia Resistance still seeks to combat the Empire ever since their appearance during the battle Capricaerón. An annoyance to the Empire but not classified as a severe threat to Imperial interesst for decades though this all changed after the destruction of the Cyrannic Imperial Battlestation and a group of dissidents escaping the Legatus Finduilica and joining the Resistance cell; the Rambo Loyalist.
High Imperial authorities began to see the Resistance as a possible threat that should be dealt with before they gained to much power. Under direction of Grand Mandators Deoclet Caesarius and Schlimm Eklig Statthalter the Raptor Squadron Initiative was raised. A joint Imperial-Legatus task force with a single goal, hunt and bring down the Cyrandia Resistance while the main forces engaged the New Republic. Led by mandator Camron Dar the classes assigned to the squadron include light cruisers and Gozanti-classes, the flotilla is mobile, requires little resources and is easily resupplied instead of a Imperator-class star destroyer. Imperial personnel assigned to the squadron are the elite commander Vitiian Rax. Legatus personnel assigned to the squadron include the mysterious and notorious Lady Astrosia, her right hand sergeant Verico and captain Nanda Tessala of the Provocateur.
Fighting the Resistance
- Tar Kuuran
By april 21 AQF, the squadron began its hunt as Mandator Dar send them to track down resistance privateers that were active during the Skirmish at Corthon in the opening stages of the Second Great Cyrannus War. Commander Rax and Lady Astrosia identified their targets as Corva and Tironus Manition and tracked their whereabouts to the criminal stronghold Tar Kuuraen. Disturbing their meeting with New Republic agent Rhavor Aldorón sergeant Verico attempted to arrest them in the Jonalek Tavern though the group eluded him. Outside the tavern they were awaited by Lady Astrosia who led them run to the nearby docks for commander Rax to arrest them. During the ensuing fire fight the Falcon-group managed to escape the Imperial forces though were cornered in the air by the light cruiser Provocateur under command of captain Nanda Tessala. Nearly disabling their CC-10 cruisers Stench rammed the Falcon into the Provocateur, sacrificing himself and enabling Corva and Tironus Manition to escape Tar Kuuran. Astrosia and Rax were pleased with the events, hoping that the escaping privateers would lead them to the whereabouts and current position of the Cyrandia Resistance and their highest wanted priority, General Sesoka who hopefully after torture would reveal the identities of the other as of yet unknown resistance leaders.
- Concur Refuel Depot Aftermath and Ozdudrahk
Shortly after the theft of two modified Dreadnought-Class command destroyers Mandator Camron Dar dispatched Lady Astrosia to investigate Resistance presence. To her luck, she encountered a lone Consular-class of Lusitania Squadron and engaged the vessel. During the battle she managed to place a tracking device on the hull of the Resistance vessel before she allowed it to escape unharmed. Astrosia managed to track the vessel to Ozdudrahk and informed Mandator Dar who arrived with part of the Raptor fleet near Ozdudrahk. Recieving supplies and fuel from the civilian Smogash Transports Raptor Squadron prepared itself to invade Ozdudrahk and destroy the Resistance presence there.
Soon after, Astrosia led the attack on Ozdudrahk, arriving over the city she bombarded the various hangars that harboured Resistance/Loyalist crafts before engaging the Loyalist One, a modified Munificent-class frigate. To thwart her plans, Ser Ramniels Ramcelsior onboard one of the CS14-class cruisers rammed one of the Arquitens-class light cruisers, allowing the Loyalist One to escape the planet and the Imperial trap. Astrosia and her forces did manage to capture a large number of Loyalist troopers and destroyed all of the CS14-class blockade runners. Pleased she informed Mandator Dar who informed her to rendesvouz with the rest of Raptor Squadron. As commander Vitiian Rax was absent from Ozdudrahk she was closing in on the position of General Sesoka. Mandator Dar believed the Rambo Loyalist forces had been reduced and were posed no serious threat anymore and as such attention could be diverted to track down the General, his forces and Blazing Squadron.
- Fall of Rambo Nation and aftermath
Raptor Squadron temporarily discontinued their search for Sesoka and his Resistance forces to aid admiral Valindor Palenix, commanding officer of the Executor to secure the Rambo Capital. Closing the ranks of the Imperial fleet that arrived at the capital Raptor Squadron hunted down any Resistance/New Republic stragglers and managed to capture various rebel insurgents. As such Raptor Squadron took part in the fall of Rambo Nation and considered it one of their greatest accomplishments. Raptor Squadron, backed by two Interdictor-classes were send into New Republic space where they surprised and trapped renegade Rambo officer Commodore Malegras. The Interdictors used their gravity wells to pull out the Galathynia from hyperspace, crippling the vessel by overloading its engines before disabling furhter by opening fire. Lady Astrosia herself boarded the might Rambo Caradhras-Class and fought with Malegras onboard the bridge where she managed to defeat the cyborg officer and captured him.
Shorlty after, Raptor Squadron was dispatched by Imperial Command to secure the (in)famous Gorge where various former Rambo starbases refused to acknowledge Imperial authority of their once proud Nation. Amongst them was starbase 33, a military installation that found itself under assault by Raptor Squadron. Lady Astrosia put all its commander in front of the firing squad and executed the renegade Rambo officers. This brutal act ensured the surrender of the entire Gorge as many commanders lost their morale to fight against an enemy without remorse for a Nation and Monarch that were gone. Shortly afterwards, due to the actions of Idris Vanguinar, lieutenant Vax Trask lost his prisoner Malegras while temporarily commanding starbase 33. At the same time, most of Raptor Squadron was engaged in the Second Battle of Lianna to fully siege control of the former Rambo Nation territories and stations.
During the battle Lady Astrosia and commander Rax teamed up again and together with Verico they stormed the halls of Lianna. Sieging the bridge, the trio and their troops were cornered by the arrival of NCR troops and Apaltar, who was killed in the battle.
- Quadrantia Contingency Plan
Simultaneously with their mission to hunt down the Cyrandia Resistance within the Cyrandia Cluster, Mandator Dar executed his Quadrantia Contingency Plan as well. Raptor Squadron played a role in forcefully moving the Q-Ortella population to Jatooine and later on destroyed the civilian transports housing the Q-Dagian and Plutanios populations.
It was later dispatched to the planet Aegimi where they exterminated the Whitharia population. After an assault on the Mandator it made a small stop at Pauvenris where they send the cadet Sia to the salt mines as punishment for it. Continuing its way westward it headed for Yarchadia and laid siege to the planet and destroyed its population. It returned just in time in mid may 2820 to defend the shipyards of Eris against Rambo Loyalist forces under Commodore Malegras, forcing him to retreat.
In June 2820, Raptor Squadron suffered it first defeat during the Battle of Impaerusqiantia and was forced to retreat to the capital regions of subjugated Rambo Nation space. To hinder the Loyalist advance against the Empire Lady Astrosia managed to cripple the Dinotopian Republic navy in orbit of Bikasulam before they could take an active role in the war against the Empire. Succeeding in destroying three of their five star destroyers in service, the Dinotopians were unable to aid the Loyalists for a prolonged period of time and face the threat of an Imperial invasion. The only obstacle left to retake complete dominance over the Quadrants was the Civatron and their Pact.
During a scouting patrol the ICS Provocateur was sieged by the Rambo Loyalist and later destroyed during the Siege of Pauvenris where it self destruct, taking the Autokrator star destroyerss ICS Athena and the ICS Poseidon with her.
Mere days later, Raptor Squadron lost their flagship, the ICS Raptor Nest during the battle of the Rambo Capital. With Mandator Camron Dar fleeing the battle and with Astrosia her withdrawal to Legatus space, the original Raptor Squadron ceased to excist as most of their assets were destroyed with few remaining.
Due to its unique status and initiative of being the first joint Imperial-Legatus task force, it was initially commanded by a mandator for the time being. Using the mandator's explicit knowledge about the resistance and their way of thinking he wielded the squadron with deadly precision.
Military and Defense
Raptor squadron is a small, secretive, effective and specialised squadron within the Galactic Empire of Cyrannus. Its complement varied over time.
The personnel of Raptor Squadron hail from the Empire and the Legatus, the second in command is known as the Raptoriaen Secundus. The CO's are the commanding officers of starships within the squadron while the XO are the executive officers and often the second in command of a starship.