I was reading through some my old PM's and cmae across one I sent to Celeste about why the mission was set up where Jon and Tess were captured.
I tend to go a little deep sometimes in character development. But here part ofmy explaination to Celeste so she could use it if needed for Tess.
"I had to do online research to find a reason for the raid. If General Richard Wilkins had been recalled off Hera then the whole battle of Serenity Valley would have been different. It will take a really good Firefly fan to catch that. Let's see if we get some points from Al, lol.
Richard Wilkins was a General of the Anglo-Sino Alliance military during the Unification War. General Wilkins led the Alliance forces against the Independents at the Battle of Serenity Valley and was the architect of the Alliance's victory.
The Battle of Serenity Valley was a battle fought during the Unification War in Serenity Valley, located on Hera, and was considered to be the final decisive battle in the war. The battle began in May 2511, and while not the final battle of the war, was generally considered the end of the war for the Independents, who had lost almost all of the sixteen brigades and twenty air-tank squads they committed to the battle.
The battle lasted seven weeks, with dug-in Independent forces matched up against the superior numbers and technology of the Alliance, before Independent High Command officially surrendered to the Alliance. The Alliance were victorious due to their previously mentioned numbers and technology, as well as a brilliant deep-flank strategy by General Richard Wilkins.
The battle was in May of 2511 so that is why we were raiding in April 2511 so they would pull the General."
The hope of the attacks was to draw Alliance forces and leaders back toward the core planets. It was just Jon's luck he draw Wilkins planet and if they had succeeded then Wilkins would not have been in Serenity Valley and his pivotal flanking move would not have happened changing the course of the battle. That is one of Jon ghosts, knowing that his failure may have allowed that battle to be fought.
Been running like crazy getting everything ready for my trip to Georgia, getting a handicap sticker for Mom, taking my best friend to all the offices he needs to go to recover his ID's and a number of other things.
I will try to get posts up by Sat-Sun again my apologies.