Originally Posted by The Glyphstone
A big boon, but it's also a combination responsibility and white elephant (if white elephants had a tendency to horribly murder your enemies). He's obviously in high favor (because he has a Grand Cruiser, a small fleet, and a Daemonship), but that means he's also riding a much thinner line. He can't afford to be weak, or even to look weak, to his mortal followers or daemonic patrons/superiors. "Turtle up in a defensive formation and fight reactively" would be a cowardly, weak-looking tactic in most circumstances. It might be the proper defense against the Rogue Trader here, but said Rogue Trader is literally the only enemy in the entire galaxy short of actual Culture ships who can fight in this way; it won't be his first go-to response, and even if he figures it out, he'll hesitate to issue the orders because he'll know how it will look to his ambitious and less tactically minded minions.
Also, I think this might have extra hilarity because I have a sneaky suspicion Jseah picked a few ships off the ship list because they sounded/looked cool, and we've since dragged this off in a completely different direction.
True. So the tactic might be a bit bolder then just turtling. For example they might spread out and try and maximize their killing fields while still covering each other's rear arc. There are actually a lot of tactics they can use, just as long as they cover their rear arcs they'll be able to at least shoot at the RT's ships which is really all they need.
They are in a warp rift/storm right? That Deamonship is going to be next to impossible to kill if so. I think. Generally deamons are much stronger in the warp, to the point that the RT might need to get the Deamonship into range of a Geller field which is beyond close range and practically touching at that point.
Basically unless their fleet is heavily damaged then I suspect the RT will be forced to retreat.
Here's how I see the fight going down. The RT surprises the Chaos fleet with it's tactical FTL doing some damage. He gets in some more hits but then the Chaos Fleet positions itself so there is no safe place to attack from. The two Merc frigates go down to a barrage of fire. They trade blows for a little while and the Lunar decides to bugger off. The RT is forced to retreat shortly afterwards. Chaos loots the destroyed frigates.
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