In a daring run during the twilight hours of the morning, Psycho Spiders and aerospace forces alike struck out against the 5th Regulan Hussars. Alternating between decoy and raiding tactics, the Blackthornes managed to throw the Hussars into confusion first as their depots were bombarded by laser fire from above by the aerospace group, then by Psycho Spiders as they leapt into the midst of the group attempting to form ranks. While their lighter mechs could do little damage against their more-heavily armored opponents, the act itself completed the confusion the destruction from the depots had caused. As the Psycho Spiders attempted to make their escape, the right leg of one of the resulting in the pilot’s choice to self-destruct in order to buy still more time.
The rest of the outfit not in the fight made ready to make its departure, working hard to sever all ties and records with its dependents on the planet so that they could not be held hostage after the Blackthornes had made its departure. All remaining mechs and equipment were gathered into the Overlord and Union dropships Dullahan II and Casúr Cogadh. The two Leopard dropships, the Gae Bolga and CV Variant Cait Sith, would land at a small airport close to the enemy’s base and remain there for as long as possible to provide all surviving members of the strike team an escape while the 5th Hussars tried to figure out what would come next.