The Babylon Project, Severed Dreams - The Battle of Babylon 5





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Published on Oct 29, 2008

"Severed Dreams" is an episode from the third season of the science fiction television series Babylon 5. It won the 1997 Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

The "Babylon Project" is a group of dedicated individuals who are trying to bring the essence of Babylon 5 space combat to FreeSpace 2, an award winning space combat simulation from Volition Incorporated. TBP the game is Based on the Babylon 5 Universe created by J. Michael Straczynski using the FreeSpace Open-Source Engine.

You can now download the game and all campaigns from http://babylon.hard-light.net/

This is a capture mix of stand-alone mission from the "Babylon 5 Pilot" mission pack, created by Shaun Williams. The player is controlling a Babylon 5 Starfury, codename Alpha 1. As the alpha squadron leader, the player is ordered to patrol Babylon 5 space and protect Babylon 5 station against any hostile action.



Captain Sheridan orders fighters deployed, and for all available security forces to be prepared for Clark's forces in case the station is boarded. He tells them that Clark has committed a number of crimes, including ordering the deaths of innocent civilians when Mars was bombed. Sheridan goes on to say that Orion VII and Proxima III have left the Earth Alliance because of this, and Babylon 5 was now joining them. He declares that Babylon 5 is seceding from the Alliance, and would remain independent until Clark was removed from power. Sheridan asks all non-essential persons to remain in their quarters until the fighting is over, and promises that anyone who wants to leave will be allowed to do so once the immediate danger is past. He tells anyone in the dome if they want to leave to do it right away before they violate regulations.

Soon, the Omega destroyers Agrippa, and Roanoke, two heavy cruisers, and scores of fighters jump into Babylon 5 space. Captain Dexter Smith of the Agrippa orders Babylon 5 and the renegade ships (Major Ryan, in command of the EAS Alexander and Captain Hiroshi, in the command of EAS Churchill) to stand down. Sheridan refuses and tries to reason with Smith. But Smith refuses to listen to Sheridan, and has his forces close in for attack. Sheridan tells his forces not to fire the first shot but to let the other side do so first. He says that they won't start the fight but they will finish it. As both forces close, he then orders the station itself armed and locked down for battle.

The battle soon begins. Fighters from both sides engage each other. Clark's fighters begin making strafing runs on the station and the renegade ships. Meanwhile, a breaching pod attaches itself to the station, and the Marines on the pod burn through the hull.

As the battle continues and EA Omega destroyers are closing for close range combat, the EAS Churchill has been already severely damaged by enemy fire from both Omega class destroyers and EA Starfuries. Internal sections of the EAS Churchill are seen ablaze and its primary systems are being hit. Knowing that her ship is doomed, instead of escaping, Captain Hiroshi fires all remaining energy to the Roanoke, destroying her ship in the process and severaly damaging the Roanoke and everything nearby.

Sheridan orders the defence grid to add its firepower to the assault which results, with the aid of Alexander, in the destruction of the Agrippa and other remaining EA cruisers.

With the space battle apparently over, Sheridan asks for a status report. The hull of the station is in poor shape. The deadly melee between station security and the Marines is still taking place in Brown sector. Sheridan orders Lt. Corwin to get more troops down there. A few seconds later the jump-gate opens and the destroyers Olympic and Nimrod arrive to reveal that the station had only faced the first wave of the assault forces. Captain Drake orders Babylon 5 and the Alexander to surrender. Sheridan knows he has no way of defeating these fresh reinforcements.

At that moment, however, four jump points form above the station. Three Minbari warcruisers and the White Star jump into Babylon 5 space. In command of the White Star, Delenn tells Captain Drake that the station is now under the protection of the Minbari. Drake tries to assert his authority, to which Delenn responds:

"Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with the Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else."

Realizing that an attack would be suicidal, the second wave of Earthforce ships withdraw from the area.

Sheridan orders all remaining ships to return to base while a large number of people applaud Sheridan for taking a stand against president Clark.

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