As the Heinlein spent a day making their way out to the 100 diameter range from the gas giant, they zeroed in sensors to record as much of the battle as possible. The missile cruiser was no match the viral fleet. However, the viral fleet was clearly not aware of the new torpedo technology. The cruiser used this to their advantage as it squared off against a dozen or so frigates; with a C&C vessel, and a fuel tanker behind their line.
The cruiser was able to distract the frigates with huge barrages of missiles. Meanwhile, torpedoes mixed in with a few missiles were sent toward the C&C. A missile only barrage would normally have been relatively easy to intercept and that failing would not have caused significant damage. In this case, the torpedoes were able to get thru and cause massive damage to the C&C vessel. This threw the viral fleet temporarily into disarray. The cruiser capitalized and launched massive volleys on the Tanker causing it to go down in a brilliant explosion. The C&C vessel, on a nearby flank, was caught up in the explosion and was also destroyed.
The frigates reordered their line and pressed the cruiser anew. Several more volleys were exchanged. The cruiser was able to take down just two of the frigates before damage to the point defense cannons left it unable to defend itself. The cruiser attempted to retreat but was destroyed before it got far. The remaining frigates then set course to leave the system.
The crew of the Heinlein returns to Barnett. Damage to Heinlein incurred during the battle at Lagar I, Moon 1 was significant. The crew wonders how the ship stayed running as well as it did. They even suspect some sort of divine intervention by a mystical material known as Dragon's Milk Stout caused someone to forget to roll on the critical hits table. Luckily the patchwork done in the field is enough for them to limp home, however, hull damage and damage to the reactor core will take many months to repair properly. The scout service, grateful for their service, agrees to repair the Heinlein free of charge in their own maintenance facilities. Meanwhile, the crew is able to liquidate the Luxury goods they pulled out of the skimming operation in Lagar and convert that into 8.8 million credits. They also turn over the data retrieved from Lagar to the Scout service for analysis.
The next session will begin approximately 3 weeks after the Heinlein jumped out of Lagar.