Campaign of the Month: June 2014

Battletech : The Farscape Campaign

Episode 109 - TANSTAAFL

“There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”

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Episode 108 - Burnt Offerings

“Through me you go into a city of weeping; through me you go into eternal pain; through me you go amongst the lost people”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Greg (Fixer)——————————Catapult
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Liam (Backdraft) -————————————Ostroc

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Episode 107 - Old World Blues

“There is an expression in the Periphery : “Old World Blues.” It refers to those so obsessed with the past they can’t see the present, much less the future, for what it is."

https://youtu.be/G_KMFxTJefE

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Bruce (Glamour)————————Awesome
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Liam (Backdraft)—————————-Ostsol

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Episode 106 - Operation Valkyrie

“The Valkyrie; handmaidens of the gods, choosing who will live and who will die, sparing the most heroic from an agonizing death. One cannot understand Dumassas if one does not understand Wagner.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Bruce (Glamour)————————Awesome
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Greg (Fixer)——————————Catapult
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Liam (-) -————————————Firestarter

November 2nd, 3024; 6:00 am : Mount Pleasant Airfield, Islas Brasilera : Having spent a night of relative peace after a long day of fighting and struggles to take the islands, the __Dingoes_ Command Council met to discuss their options and look over the salvage lists. They also took stock of the collected assets that * “The Werewolves” had managed to take from the MoMart facility. Among the millions in gold bullion and cash seized, was Dame Modesty Scrope “Viper”s personally favorite item, the Imperial Crown of Terramatrix.

Examination of the lists of salvage coming to the Council, led them to conclude that the bulk of the civilian cache was mostly scientific equipment, with the tag of Rockhopper Exploration. Based on the prevalence of aquatic exploration equipment, they thought it might be someone trying to build an underwater base, but the presence of solar power and wind turbines as its electrical source, hinted it might rather be an arctic base of some sort. What might be located in the arctic zones that would interest the San Marcos or other government? Further investigation was required.

9:15 am : Repairs complete, the unit contacted Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie”, and disturbed his sleep to have him dispatched to the islands to pick out the salvage he might want for his scientific division. He grudgingly went via DropShuttle, set to arrive in a couple hours.

Meanwhile, Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” contacted their liaison officer, and set out a plan to take out the next largest concentration of the San Marcos army, located a little ways away at Goose Green, a strategically sensitive location that had been lightly fortified, and its troops dug-in behind thick concrete walls. Pitbull dispatched his unit’s artillery to the site along with a a platoon of infantry and four tanks from the Line, to barrage the site into submission. They were accompanied by a battalion of regular troops from San Isabel and together would bombard and then assault the fortifications, should they not surrender.

11:00 am : Moxie landed, and after arranging rooms for himself and assistant, began picking through the lists.

12:00 pm : Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate” took Moxie and the support force of * “The Werewolves”, the “Loup-Garou”, without their PALs, via helicopter to Port Stainless, and the Rockhopper Exploration depot located there. They landed and after bribing the local tech teams to “go for lunch”, spent several hours trying to access any information in the depot’s limited computer database. They found nothing beyond the fact that it was engaged in casual petroleum exploration in the area, and that it had regularly been bringing in goods from corporate headquarters and stockpiling it with the incoming military supplies north of Port Stainless. The local depot didn’t know why, just that they were under corporate orders to do so. AS the unit left, they acknowledged that this sort of organization might prove valuable in the future; the ability to go anywhere, conduct surveys and then leave under the guise of “resource exploration”, was a great cover. Noted for later.

6:00 pm : The aligned assets began their bombardment of the Goose Green defensive network. After an hour of barrage attacks from the unit’s Kate & Leopold resulted in a massive flattening of the defenses, and the defenders capitulated to San Isabel forces. Goose Green had fallen.

November 3rd-5th, 3024 : The unit spent the next couple days doing simple mop-up work, securing small garrisons of no more than a platoon of infantry with a handful of artillery and anti-aircraft defenses scattered across the islands. By noon of November 5th, 3024, the islands were officially occupied by the growing presence of the San Isabel military, and the local government capitulated. Isla Brasileras had fallen.

The San Marcos fleet retreated to the high seas, and riots began to protest the actions of its military and government in all the republics of the League of Free Nations. As the days passed, some brutal crack-downs occurred to quell the unrest, but by late in the month, the unrest was subdued. The mild resistance to San Isabel rule on the islands was also quelled, and it seemed that victory was complete.

24th of November, 3024 : Combat footage was leaked showing the efficient ability of BattleMechs in taking both the military airfield of Mount Pleasant, as well as the brutal fight north of Port Stainless. Riots ensued across the Free Nations.

Word leaked to * “The Dingoes’ Fangs” via its chief foreign operative, Senior Tech (Intelligence) Selena Marie Demarkos, that there was going to be a high-profile meeting of the League of Free Nations primary military leaders in The Free-City of Von Doom’s Downport, at a hotel near the starport. This meant that Baron Rolf of Von Doom, Colonel Francois of Tragnar, and “Doctor” Alasquez of San Marcos would all be attending, along with key members of their military and civilian government liaisons. The meeting was set for the 30th of November, and was expected to be quite a high security environment.

A plan developed to end the war sooner, and hopefully save lives, code-named Operation : Valkyrie. The unit would drop * “The Werewolves” in their Freefall Drop APC, who would then infiltrate the hotel via a route established by “The Asset”. Once they had entered the hotel, they would eliminate the gathered leaders, extract the Asset, and then extract themselves under the cover of the hotel’s destruction. They would rendezvous outside the city with the “Barracuda”, and return to the operational safe-zone back in * Landhold : Garrison.

The Werewolves began running mock drills and went over their plans, preparing for the assault for the next week.

November 30th, 3024 : Under the great fanfare of the meeting, the Werewolves managed to land undetected, and slipped into the city with some ease. They managed to enter the hotel undetected, but as they encountered security close to the meeting, they met stiff resistance. The push into the meeting hall was hard, but the heavy weapons and Battle Armor – Tornado PAs of the Werewolves proved superior to their security teams equipped with small arms. The three primary leaders were slain, along with much of the senior staff.

Extraction proved increasingly difficult, though Miss Demarkos helped out in the escape from the hotel complex. During the firefight to extarct themselves, they encountered a number of heavy support weapons, and both Trooper “Wiley” Xavier was heavily injured, and Senior Tech Aaron Birkoff (Deceased) slain, though both were recovered with their suits intact. The unit blew the hotel complex and managed to rendezvous with the Barracuda for extraction from the city, though they changed their destination to “The Factory” to get Xavier more immediate health care. The Werewolves had been successful, but at a cost.

1st of December, 3024 : The principal elections in The New Republic of Sangria had completed, and resulted in the non-surprising election of Presidente Antonio John Diaz to the office of President. While celebrations continued at home in the Iron Dingoes own territories, the mercenaries began preparation for the completion of their contract, and plans for the future of united nation.

7th of December, 3024 : Increasing riots in the League of Free Nations, and even in other neutral nations began to ramp up. In Von Doom particularly, demands by the leading citizens for luxury goods and its supporting corporate allies became very vocal, and lacking a single organized leader, the breakdown was fairly rapid. Talks between the Interstellar Terramatrix Transport (ITT) Industries and Excalibur Corporation began in earnest.

10th of December, 3024 : ITT Industries formally allowed itself to be become a subsidiary of Excalibur Corporation. The starport was officially opened, and Excalibur personnel began to assume operations of the company, with the formal landing of Marquessa at the starport. The treaty and corporate take-over was signed later that day. Von Doom had become a property of the Excalibur Corporation.

Riots continued across the League of Free Nations, as the alliance broke up, with the various military branches working to secure their own assets and personnel in the ace of widespread unrest. Each district began to scramble to secure their own military assets and resources, as they began to break-up much as The Republic of Sangria had, with the threat of warlords taking regional control with the lack of central command.

The unit spread their resources around to various allotments of equipment and personnel. The * Iron Dingoes Medical Corps was begun, with the recruitment of Captain Elias Koteas and several of his surgical staff. The unit was also approached by their liaison officer to hire a small portion of Iron Dingoes infantry to work at training the local militia into a full battalion of regulars to help defend the islands. It was felt that the presence of the Iron Dingoes flag, no matter how small, would deter a counter-assault of the full force of the Iron DIngoes as evidenced during the recent conflicts in The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina. The unit assigned their newest marine platoon, the 39th (Marines) Infantry Platoon, to the duty, and they organized the * The Whiteshield Training Cadre for this purpose, giving them several weeks to ready themselves for deployment to Isla Brasilera.

15th of December, 3024 : Word reached the unit that the San Marcos navy had declared itself neutral, and seized control of its facilities in the capital, sup[ported by several key members of the government and other branches of the military, including at least half its air force.

The unit also re-visited the Rockhopper Exploration site, and offered them to become the latest branch of their landholds. Citing the fact that there was no word from their headquarters, nor pretty much anything at all from San Marcos, the local civilians accepted being absorbed, and were immediately given equipment and other assets to assist them in their continued efforts as an exploration company, and were assigned a new CEO, Senior Tech (Intelligence) Fernando Botero who intended to convert the company into a cover for future operations as they began rebuilding their network, recently burned with the assassination of the League of Free Nation’s leadership.

30th of December, 3024 : Plans were made to pull the Iron Dingoes out of their cantonments in the airfield, as their contract was ending. The unit as paid-out, they formally left the Whiteshield Company in contact with their San Isabel liaison officer, and burned in a short sub-orbital drop for their home in * Landhold : Garrison.

It was decided that the unit would send their recent acquisitions of war salvage to improve the oil fields near * Landhold : Hellas, and the oil refinery in * Landhold : Izpek. Furthermore, they would hold a formal memorial for their lost troopers and techs, including the recent loss of Tech Aaron Birkoff. The unit planned to take a couple months of downtime, hopefully rendezvousing with the return of * The Blood Raiders, and plan to potentially follow-up with their research efforts in stellar cartography.

For now, the Small War looked to be over. For now there was relative peace in their homeland.

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Episode 105b - Stainless Steel

“I know, better than anyone else, that there are no heroes coming to save us. There are no good mercenaries. None of them protect us. Power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Bruce (Glamour)————————Awesome
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Greg (Fixer)——————————Catapult
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Liam (-) -————————————Firestarter

November 1st, 3024; 7:31 am : Northern Outskirts of Port Stainless :

The battle continued…

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Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” continued firing on the Demolisher Heavy Tank to little effect, but Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” followed up with a shot right behind with his Gauss Rifle, that tore through its weakened RS and blew the machine apart. Mechwarrior Mycroft “Oddball” Holmes fired everything he had remaining through the front of the closest Predator Tank Destroyer, destroying it. Trooper Bodrick Thompson “Blaster” tore through the LS of one of the Striker Light Tank shattering its engine. MechWarrior Eric Lars “Caboose” and Captain Pol Baca “Templar” couble-teamed a QUA-51T “Quasit” MilitiaMech taking it apart piece-by-piece and forcing its MG ammo to explode, blowing the machine apart.

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Caboose began moving back, as the MilitiaMechs_ began concentrating fire on him, with one getting in a critical shattering one of his PPCs and a Heat Sink. His return fire was ineffective. Glamour concentrated on the closest Quasit, blowing through its CT, and watching it explode as its fusion core went nova with three engine criticals, like a miniature nuclear explosion.

The other Quasit managed to get off a lucky shot into the Head of LtJG Jessica Burlingame “Slayer” with a medium laser, before being knocked over by two PPC shots from Blaster. One of the remaining Quasits took a series of shots, but weathered it despite a Critical to the Hand. Captain Mitchell Kitsune “Wraith” pegged the Enforcer in the Head, as well. Slayer first fired on one Quasit, knocking it over, and as a secondary shot, hit the Centurian in the LT, blowing off its arm. Pitbull followed up on the Centurian with his Gauss Rifle tearing into the machine, blowing its ammunition and destroying the Mech in a rippling series of explosions. Pitbulls’ secondary target was the remaining Predator Tank, and he destroyed it too.

Pitbull then kicked the Enforcer in the Right Leg, tearing it off and knocking it over.

Crippled and under fire from all sides, the mercenaries surrendered the field to the Iron Dingoes, while the regulars from the San Marcos military in the depot dug themselves in. The Dingoes accepted, took the remnants of the Hunchback as battlefield salvage, and loped off the field, determining their “Recon in Force” a success.

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Meanwhile, to the north, the unit’s armor and infantry approached the airfield, and came under attack from various air units based from that site. By 7:46 am, the Dingoes responded by applying their air power, the combined air assets from the “Revolver”, its TRB-D36 Thunderbirds, GTHA-500 Gothas and the lead lance with its Corsair and their ace pilot in his EGL-R6 Eagle. The local Von Doom six Corsairs met them in the air, and as the air battle heated up, the Dingoes gained superiority, though at the cost of its pair of _XXX_s. They managed to down two Corsair’s outright, forcing the other four to disengage and crash elsewhere on the island, for later salvage.

Four helicopters managed to slip away to the fleet off the coast, as did the local conventional air units. It was assumed that the local command managed to make it onto the air units, and evacuate.

12:46 am : Supporting the ground attack, the remaining AeroFighters maneuvered over several hours, strafing and isolating the enemy units, until they absolutely outmaneuvered them, capturing the air field with only a handful of shots fired, and the Von Doom heavy hover armor company disengaged out to sea and the fleet’s landing craft. The Dingoes ground forces captured a large number of conventional helicopters, and about another battalion of infantry.

2:00 pm : The “Brush Wolf” landed at the civilian airfield, and the Iron Dingoes salvage squads rendezvoused with them to begin stripping the airfield of its captured conventional assets. Once complete, the infantry and armor made their way back to Mount Pleasant and the Brush Wolf returned back to * Landhold : Garrison with its cargo.

6:00 pm : The unit sent their scouts, Senior Scout “Scammer” Firdaaz and Scout Kohana “Ranger” Roberts temporarily on assignment from * “The Dead Man’s Hand”, to check-out the smoking ruin that hinted at the destruction of the military port at Port Mare. They soon reported back that the base there, and its gathered supplies, were a smoking ruin; the San Marcos military had burned their own supplies rather than allow them to fall into Dingoes hands. Non-critical repairs were complete among the units and salvage squads supported by technical assistants were sent to secure whatever they could from the civilian supply dump north of Port Stainless. After several hours of careful searching, they salvaged a large amount of odd civilian and scientific equipment, Isla Brasilera Salvage List. This equipment was deemed valuable enough to take, leaving hundreds of tons of rations, small arms munitions and a cache of infantry support weapons, though it was obvious that the departing infantry had salvaged what they could.

The Oriental Republic of San Isabel infantry was beginning its landings via its fleet of DC-3D “Condor” STOL Air Transports, operations expected to last the better part of a day. As its units began to take over perimeter responsibilities, the Dingoes reported in to their liaison officer, and stood down for rest and maintenance routines after a long day.

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Interlude - Cinder Soot

“A new pair of shoes can change your life”

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Episode 105 - Stainless Steel

“Never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don’t get up for a third.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Bruce (Glamour)————————Awesome
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Greg (Fixer)——————————Catapult
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Liam (-) -————————————Firestarter

The Military Airfield

November 1st, 2:00 AM, 10 kms south of the Mount Pleasant Airport : While the unit’s infantry and armor secured the airfield, * “The Iron Dingoes” Line Mechs slowly made their way back north to the airfield, having stopped a relief column of heavy tanks making their way to the airfield. Initially planning to leave the Fire Support Lance “Hell’s 1st Light” behind to secure the site, they decided to stay together, and allow the salvage squads to hit the battlefield later, since the tanks weren’t going anywhere.

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8 kms south of the Airfield

The unmistakable Boom of a pair of Sniper Cannons was heard, and a series of rounds began to barrage onto the field near the Dingoes as they returned north. The unit quickly moved through the barrage, taking fire, but suffered no damage from the strikes, despite several close calls. As they left the area, they realized they had been spied upon by spotters in that area, and hurried off to return to the safety of the airfield.

2:30 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : The airfield was still intact, protected by the unit’s Line armor and infantry. The units DropShips quickly landed, including “Relentless”, “Pandora’s Box”, “Star Talon” and “Crimson Sands”, and quickly deployed to create their traditional perimeter of infantry posts and active remote sensors.

3:00 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : Site secured, the unit’s salvage squads began to spread-out, targeting the shattered remnants of the fallen UM-R60 UrbanMech. Operations were expected to take roughly a full hour for all six of the shattered UrbanMechs.

The unit began cycling through the Relentless, having their tech crews do as much repair work as time would allow. Initially choosing to match the salvage efforts, with an hour of repairs, they extended it to one-and-a-half hours, to ensure the most damaged locations on the unit’s Mechs were repaired. In some instances, this meant leaving severe damage (like Fixer’s engine critical) untouched, but for the most part, the unit was mostly intact.

4:30 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : The arrival of both “Revolver” and “Spearhead” were heralded with a hard landing by the Leopard CV, that struck some piece of debris on the field. It landed intact, but hard.

Repairs were about as complete as they could be expected, and salvage had been secured in the Relentless’ cargo holds. The unit’s liaison officer under their contract, Captain Juan Aristizabal landed soon thereafter in a K-1 Class Dropshuttle, and announced he awaited the unit’s briefing.

Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate”, having suffered multiple strikes to his Mech’s head from infantry-toting grenade launchers, and Captain Michael Anderson “Fixer” with his hot-running Mech were assigned by Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” to remain behind and oversee the airfield. The rest of their lance were temporarily folded into “Hell’s 1st Light”, and along with “Pitbull’s Pariahs”, would conduct a raid in force on the capital of Port Stainless. The unit’s Line infantry and armor companies would raid the civilian airfield near the capital, as this seemed to be the site where they had based most of their military air assets, including their dangerous half-dozen Corsairs.

5:00 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : As preparations began for the raids, word came from the unit’s “Loup Garou” paw of * “The Werewolves”, claiming they were incoming in a convoy of three Light Utility Transports, and that they had succeeded in their “shopping trip”. They also had brought someone the command council might want a word with. Approaching with the convoy was a FS9-H Firestarter piloted by Recruit Marcus Matsumoto. He was quickly briefed by the unit (the entire command lance surrounding him in their menacing assault Mechs), while the convoy moved off into the airfield.

During the following interrogation, the unit chose to accept him, with his intelligence report about the capital, that he had recently abandoned when they wouldn’t hire him. He stated that about a company of tanks and eight BattleMechs (though he only knew one lance was medium strength), and a battalion of regular infantry were watching the capital at the moment. The supply cache located just north of town was quite substantial, with arms, munitions and supplies for the coming invasion of Operation Mercury. Despite there still being roughly nine hours of darkness today, the area was well-lit and under constant surveillance, especially since a special forces unit had apparently hit the Momart Facility

_Given a Leash Contract, he was assigned as a temporary thirteenth member of the unit, and given reign to act as their roving lead scout, especially since he now had the most mobile Mech in the unit.

Glamour then moved on to deal with the massed prisoners in the eastern part of the camp. She gathered them all together, and climbed out of her Mech to talk to them. She proceeded into a,long speech, and got about ten minutes in, when she realized that they mostly only spoke Portuguese… and called for a translator to begin again. Eventually she managed to make them understand that she was not ’El Diablo", but that she and her troops were mercenaries. She handed out the unit’s recruitment pamphlets (a suggestion by Advocate ), and tried to talk them through a recruitment speech. Eventually, most of them seemed to understand, and she left them to think about what they had been offered.

5:30 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : Glamour dispatched any spare Techs, Med-Techs and two platoons of the unit’s Janissaries (the 25th & 36th Platoons) to investigate the San Marcos Air Force Mobile Field Hospital, and assess the situation. The facility had roughly 21 Med-Tech Squads, along with an inordinate number of unarmed litter-bearers, but were given leave to treat the wounded. They were informed that the facility, once they had treated the wounded, was to become a Dingoes possession, were handed recruitment pamphlets and left to their work. The facility was under the command of one Colonel Xavier Marks, a veteran soldier and medical officer, who grudgingly accepted the situation, and moved forward with his work.

The unit then turned their attention to the “Barracuda”, visiting the site in person, and thanking Dame Modesty Scrope “Viper” and her troops for their efforts, as they were lounging around the DropShuttle, apparently sizing it up for their future operations. Piloting the ship was a young Darrian officer, Recruit Pleione Bayern, who was quickly recruited and assigned a young Shadow Recruit to help her and keep an eye on her activities.

While all these activities were on-going, Captain Pol Baca “Templar” spent some time searching through the ravaged remnants of the airfield’s central command post for any tactical information, but the flamers did their job too well, and he could find nothing.

6:00 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : Another call went out to the Dingoes command staff, asking for an update by their liaison officer, Captain Juan Aristizabal. Glamour reported in, and gave a run-down of the activities and present standing of the facility and their combat readiness. Captain Arisizabal reminded the unit that their primary responsibility was to ensure the security of the airfield, until such time as The Oriental Republic of San Isabel could fly in their supporting infantry and armor forces to properly secure the airfield.

Glamour convinced him that while the unit could remain and secure the airfield, they felt it was better to move forward and quickly recon the capital and remove the threat of the airfield, before they became too entrenched and activated the bulk of their local resources. He acknowledged they might know best in this situation, and would support their efforts, but reminded them that holding the airfield was still the main objective at this time.

Port Stainless

6:30 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : The unit’s remaining mobile ten (10) Mechs moved-out, heading north-east in sight of the coast, towards the capital 50-60 kms away. The unit’s Line armor and infantry, with their hover vehicles, would circle on ahead, and skipping across the bay, strike the Port Stainless Airport, located east of Port Stainless itself.

7:30 AM, Port Stainless : Scouting reports of the town claimed it was relatively quiet, with the large maintenance facility located near the middle of town dominating the location. Everything was well-lit and open.

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As they approached, units began to go active, namely the three local security companies of infantry, as well as the primary active lance of Mechs; a Hunchback, a Hermes II, a Centurian and an Enforcer. A pair of Striker Light Tanks and a pair of Demolisher Heavy Tanks began moving down the other side of the facility, in support of defending the stockpiles.

Recruit Marcus Matsumoto quickly moved forward to scout the site, and the Fire Support Lance moved out to scout along the edge of the town. They opened fire on the two Demolishers, one taking heavy damage and stunning the crew, while LtJG Jessica Burlingame “Slayer” laid both her PPCs into the side of the closest and blew it apart.

Along the north, the Firestarter took a MG hit to the RT, and laid its Flamers into the armored pillbox, doing some damage.

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The remaining Demolisher moved west to support the Mechs, while the Strikers moved due north to support the protection of the supply dump, while a pair of Predator Tank Destroyers came out of a concealed position in the eastern woodland, moving to protect the western edge of the supply dump.

The Command group moved into and through the small woodland near the town, with Trooper Bodrick Thompson “Blaster” firing on the MG Pillbox and destroying it. Templar struck the Hermes in the RL, while both Pitbull and Glamour opened on the Hunchback doing multiple strikes, including Pitbull’s devastating strike that shattered through the Hunchback’s cockpit and destroyed its sensor array, though the Mech kept standing and moving.

Slayer struck the Centurian with both of her PPCs, to little effect.

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As the Fire Support Lance moved into the edge of town, the three main Mechs of the defending lance moved to intercept, when they sprung one of their traps; another pair of Predators moved out of a concealed position directly in front of Slayer, and opened fire, one hitting her in the LA. Another lance of the vehicles moved out of concealed positions south of the central park in town, and closed to fire long-range shots at the Mechs, one hitting Caboose in the RT.

The unit opened fire on the Predators, doing passing damage, but their strong front armor kept them from destruction. Slayer kicked the one that shot her, and smashed right through its front armor, destroying it.

In the north, the unit moved into position, readying for the new threat, and preparing for whatever else might come, by taking positions in the woodland edges.

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The trap sprung completely, when four hidden QUA-51T “Quasit” MilitiaMechs moved out of the relatively deep pond in the central park, opening fire on any targets of opportunity, mostly Caboose and Slayer. The Predators also began moving forward and targeted Caboose, as he came under increasingly withering fire from the defending MEch lance as well. The Enforcer and Centurian began the barrage with multiple autocannon and long-range missile strikes, and the Quasists with multiple LRM and SRM strikes, that eventually began to shred his armor and strike internal criticals, numbering two estroyed Medium Lasers and one Heat Sink in his RT.

The Fire Support lance began to withdraw from the edge of the town, responding with their own devastating attacks. Slayer opened with a round of shots on the Predators, but did little damage. Wraith and Oddball both managed as series of strikes, blowing apart a pair of the Predators. Caboose also slipped in a shot that blew apart his own Predator, as did Templar. Most of the Predator threat had been eliminated.

Pitbull, managing to just target the Hunchback between two buildings in the woods, blew off its LL with a Gauss Rifle strike, blowing it over onto its face, and apparently knocking the pilot unconscious, as the Mech powered down.

Around the supply dump, the Firestarter managed to get off a shot on the Hermes, shooting it in the LL with its ML, while the Hermes responded with an autocannon into the Firestarter’s RL. The Strikers managed a couple SRM strikes against Blaster, in a peppered strike across his arms and torsos.

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The fight against Stainless Steel had begun in earnest.

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Episode 104b - Mercury Burning

“God created war so that (people) would learn geography.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Bruce (Glamour)————————Awesome
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Catapult
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank

The Military Airfield

November 1st, 1:00 AM; Mount Pleasant Airport : As the battle for the airfield began to seemingly wind down, the Dingoes found themselves turning their attentions from the surrendered mercenary UrbanMech company, towards the infantry forces gathered primarily in the camps, though one or two regulars platoons were hiding among the fortifications near the DropShip and DropShuttle.

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The Approach of Doom

The seven, powered-down Mechs remained standing obstacles, while the rest were either ruined fields of debris or sprawled across the ground. The infantry, urged on by their officer platoons were mobs of troops, firing wildly at the approaching Command and Assault lances of the Dingoes.

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Firestorm

Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” and Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate” both deployed their Flamers into the closest officer units, shattering them completely.

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Pepperboxes

The Command Lane moved in close to bring all their weapons to bear on the infantry, and started raining fire on them, but to less effect than hoped. The survivors responded, with multiple strikes across various Mechs, allowing the massed fire from several hundred soldiers to be felt at close range.

Pitbull and MechWarrior Robert Stuart “Prince” took multiple strikes across their Mechs. Advocate, however, took the brunt of the attacks, including two separate strikes to the head from grenade launchers.

The Intruder-Class finally blasted-off, clawing its way into the sky over the airfield, and not looking or firing back as it left.

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Mass Extinction

As the rest of the unit closed with the remaining infantry, and Pitbull called out to target the officer platoons, the unit brought their Flamers to bear, eradicating one after another of the units, burning more than two companies of regular troops in the effort, all of them officers. There were spatters of return fire from the conscripts, but their desire to keep fighting seemed to be waning.

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Resignation

Pitbull demanded the immediate surrender of all surviving troops, and lacking any officers to drive them, the entire remaining force, roughly a thousand men, surrendered. They were corralled in the part of the camp furthest from the artillery strikes that was still intact, and near the water reservoir. The San Marcos 12th Air Assault Brigade had ceased to exist.

The surviving Mechs asked permission to move their forces to their DropShips, where they would hold until they had permission to leave into orbit. They got permission, and moved themselves from the field.

Slayer and Pitbull made contact with the San Marcos Air Force Mobile Field Hospital, the largest air-mobile MASH in the world, contacting the entire compound and reporting that they could retrieve the wounded once Iron Dingoes infantry and armor was available to escort them across the field. The facility, consisting of fourteen (14) 30-ton modules, two (2)Pegasus Utility Helicopters (Med-Evac Variant), and six (6) Light Utility Transports (single-patient MASH Variant).

Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” made contact with * “The Werewolves” and encountered them in the middle of their assault on the “Barracuda”. They quickly managed to subdue the handful of troops on-board the DropShuttle, securing it for the Dingoes. The defending anti-air and artillery units were also noted for salvage and removal. Everything else was up in the air at the moment.

The field secured, the unit called in their salvage units as well as the infantry and armor held just a few kilometers away. Pitbull managed to detect about a company of tanks making their way north towards the airfield, and dispatched the less-damaged Mechs from the unit (8 Mechs) to intercept the tanks before they reached the field, while the rest would hold the field until the arrival of the infantry and armor, and then follow-up.

The Relief Column

November 1st, 1:45 AM; 10 kms south of Mount Pleasant Airport : In the wide-open plains south of the airfield, the intercepting Mechs moved to stop the approaching tanks.

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The unit identified the eastern lance as a group of Manticore Heavy Tanks, with a pair of Von Luckner Heavy Tanks holding the center, and a pair of Demolisher Heavy Tanks slightly behind and beside them. The last pair were unidentified for the present, but also heavy tanks.

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Sniping quickly began as the tanks got within PPC range, with Trooper Bodrick Thompson “Blaster” getting in a long-range shot with his PPCs that tore the turret off the leading Demolisher, rendering it dead, though capable of being salvaged.

One of the unknown tanks, now identified as a pair of Burkes, got off a long-range shot on Oddball with an LRM.

The Von Luckners and Manticores tried to use the small woodland on the east of the field as a means to snipe back, but the Dingoes Mechs had the range, so they quickly abandoned it.

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As they got closer to range, fire became withering, with multiple PPC strikes across the field doing scattered moderate damage against the tanks, and only light return fire. Glamour somehow managed a magic shot with her Blazers, reflecting a shot through the track well and blowing through the rear armor to destroy the other remaining Demolisher.

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Still having range with their PPCs, though slowly heating up, the Dingoes Mechs did increasingly devastating damage to the tanks. Blaster took out a Burke, Pitbull took apart a Von Luckner, and Glamour took apart one of the Manticores.

In response, a Burke did passing damage with its PPC and LRMs to Pitbull.

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Having closed to effective range, the remaining heavy tanks did what they could, with the remaining Burke getting in multiple strikes on Blaster, but the rest were ineffective.

The rest of the Dingoes did multiple strikes across the field with moderate damaging results. Pitbull blew the turret off another Manticore, Oddball destroyed the other Burke, Fixer critically blew the fusion engine on the Von Luckner, and another Manticore fell to Templar’s attacks.

Faith strode up to the remaining Manticore, and kicked it right through its side armor, destroying it.

The unit allocated the Blind Justice lance to remain on-site, holding the area for salvage once the unit’s DropShips had relocated to the airfield, and the rest of the unit began moving back to join them and establish operational control over the landing field for their employers from The Oriental Republic of San Isabel, and for their own reinforcements from the “Revolver” and the “Spearhead”. Things seemed to be progressing well.

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Episode 104 - Mercury Burning

“You might as well appeal against a thunderstorm.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Bruce (Glamour)————————Awesome
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Catapult
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank

October 7th, 3024 : With word of the previous agreement between the Iron Dingoes and Excalibur Corporation finally starting to filter through the unit, Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” made her way to Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull”’s chambers and confronted him over the contract. She neither liked nor trusted Excalibur, and explained her grievances to the CO. The “discussion” went on for more than an hour, and eventually wound down with her warning him that there would be a sudden and inevitable betrayal, and that Excalibur was playing a much longer game. She spent the next couple days in her quarters on the “Relentless”, drinking away her sorrows.

October 10th, 3024 : Security was reported increased on “The Factory”, with the new Excalibur trade office under watch. This included the activation of a counter-intelligence squad, under the command of Lieutenant JG Isabella Farron “Swan”.

An Excalibur courier arrived with the unit’s initial payment of 20,000,000 Cs in hard currency and trade certificates.

October 15th, 3024 : The counter-intelligence force was in place aboard the Factory, and began regular reporting to Glamour regarding their movements and activities.

Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” began planning his return to the Corazón Jungle, specifically to investigate the origins of the mysterious “Great Egg” rumor. The unit felt it might be a lost DropShip, but that seemed difficult to imagine. Nonetheless, Moxie began making plans to head back at the end of the month.

October 18th, 3024 : Moxie was paid a visit by a young Sangrian woman by the name of Renya Juárez. She had been sent by The Sangrian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences to offer a 1,000,000 C-Bill grant (an annual award to Sangrian citizens for efforts in improving local technology levels or understanding) to Moxie as a means of providing a research paper to the global meeting of the scientists in San Succi on May 1st, 3025. He accepted, after taking the day to confer with his unit, and have Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate” look over the contract. She wished him well, but warned his to take care. Close questions brought out that several notable scientists from around the globe had gone missing over the last couple years… usually when they attracted enough world-wide attention… and then Renya excused herself to head back to San Succi.

An update from the target airfield in Islas Brasilera reported that in addition to the arrival of a K-1 Class Dropshuttle, a now familiar bone-white painted 1860-ton Confederate-Class DropShip had landed, and after a couple of days of meetings with the crew of the Intruder-Class DropShip, blasted back into orbit.

With this knowledge, the group decided to confer with Trooper Dominique “Domino” Harvey, who had a personal history with whomever had owned/operated the vessel. She was notably reluctant to talk about matters, but related that she had been hired by two shadowy individuals, an Agent Jones and an Agent Smith, who hired her and her crew to attack the group. As a bounty hunter, it wasn’t all that unusual. She said their ship was equipped for five Mechs, with a single small craft bay that held a fairly standard-looking KR-61 Class Long-Range Shuttle. She honestly didn’t seem to know more than that. Following this, they made small talk about Mechs, while Domino avoided eye-contact with Advocate.

October 29th, 3024 : The Federative Republic of San Marcos had finally reinforced Isla Brassilera with its main carrier fleet; two destroyers, a supply ship, and their flagship, the venerable carrier _ “Minas Gerais”_. It brought with it a host of conventional aircraft and VTOLs, but no apparent extra AeroFighters. It also appeared that the cadets were finishing their paratrooper training.

October 30th, 3024 : Hangar activity was noted. Techs and some pilots would come and go, but the hangars themselves remained sealed and under secure lock.

The unit was introduced to their army liaison officer, Captain Juan Aristizabal. An amputee from a mine some years ago, Captain Aristizabal was assigned mostly administrative duties, and had been assigned as their liaison officer for the coming two-month-long Contract – Operation “Mercury Rising”. While he would not be with them in the initial attacks, he would arrive and co-ordinate once the airport was secure, along with the first San Isabel troops. He was briefed on the planned invasion , and gave the go-ahead, trusting in the experience and power of the unit to make the initial efforts as flawless as possible.

October 31st, 3024 : The “Star Talon”, the “Pandora’s Box” and the “Relentless” were loaded and prepared for final lift-off on the short hour-long hop to Isla Brasillera_. The _Content Not Found: crimson-sands would bear both special forces units from * “The Werewolves”, and include their Freefall Drop APC to scout ahead of the unit by a few hours. They were to be escorted by the “Revolver” and its flight of six (6) AeroSpace Fighters, who would keep any rival forces from landing operations, and then return to “The Factory” for refueling and repairs before helping clear airspace above the airfield.

The Crimson Sands deployed ahead of the unit, and dropped their APC cargo quietly some hours ahead of the fleet, to scout the airfield. They inserted their cargo, and awaited the rendezvous for final insertion themselves with the rest of the assault fleet on midnight.

The Werewolves landed un-noticed, and cloaked in their Battle Armor – Tornado PAs, quickly approached the airfield and bypassed their rudimentary outer defenses. The group had identified the DropShuttle as their primary target, since the Intruder would be too tough a nut to crack for the five of them, especially if the number of troops on-board seemed typical. They swiftly investigated the hangars, and discovered they were filled with eight (8) Mark VII Landing Craft; the entire assault flotilla from The Free-City of Von Doom’s Downport. Noting this, they then proceeded on towards the DropShuttle, and prepared for the Dingoes landing.

The unit’s launch and orbital insertion were prompt and on the mark. They began landing operations one minute after receiving authorization from their liaison officer to begin the contract, and seemed to catch the defenders flat-footed. Initial contact was light, and no AeroFighters came against them initially. All four vessels landed 30kms north of the airfield, forming a tight ring, deployed their security forces from * “The Cerberus Command”, and deployed their line forces, including their artillery Kate & Leopold.

As the Line Mechs began making their way to the airfield, the defenders sent up a flight of six (6) Corsairs with Von Doom markings, deployed from the civilian airfield closer to Port Stainless. The six craft made strafing runs on the advancing Mechs, getting in some hits, but took similar damage (one in particular, taking very dangerous damage to its nose), before withdrawing back to their airbase.

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The Field

The field ahead consisted of a traditional airfield along the west, bordered by more than a dozen DC-3D “Condor” STOL Air Transports intended to haul the conscripts in a massive air-borne invasion.The hangars and fuel dump occupied the central portion, and below that lay the Drop-Pads, with the Intruder and DropShuttle. Along the south lay the various barracks, the two Leopard-Class DropShips holding the defending UrbanMech company.

On the north-east lay the large “Tactical Mobile Field Hospital”, that had been flown-in to provide closer service to the potential battlefield, and included several medical evac Pegasus Utility Helicopters and several paramedic vehicles. South of this lay the sprawling encampment of more than a thousand conscripted soldiers. Around the camp were a couple dozen MT-1B Light Troop Carriers, that several companies of conscripts had been practicing on.

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After the Thunder

With the way to the airfield open, the attacking artillery let loose a two-minute barrage primarily targeting the infantry encamped to the south-east, and the deployed “guard” Mechs around their DropShips. A couple hits managed to directly damage a couple of the UM-R60 UrbanMechs, including one poor bastard who lost his right torso and dropped his entire undamaged arm on the tarmac. The infantry camp was shredded in several places, as well. Several shots did go wild, most landing off the field and having no effect, though some took out the clusters of transports along the edges of the camp. A few batteries of Fledermaus Air Defense System were also scattered around the camp. A long line of Sniper Field Artillery Pieces were also arrayed along the south-east edge, as part of a practice range.

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Opening Moves

As the smoke cleared, and the Dingoes charged onto the airfield, the Urbanmech defenders began pouring from their berths in the Leopard-Class DropShips. Infantry platoons began waking and moving about their camp and on the edges of the airfield. As they hove into range, the Dingoes began taking long-range sniping shots, with LtJG Jessica Burlingame “Slayer” hitting with her PPC drilling through one UrbanMech’s RT and blowing its ammo stores, smashing it apart.

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Lightning Strikes

One lance of UrbanMechs moved off towards the north-east, in support of the infantry scrambling to get out of the smoldering camp, while the remainder struggled to get out of the shadow of the landed DropShuttle and DropShip.

The Dingoes began sniping even more accurately, with Trooper Bodrick Thompson “Blaster” and Trooper Mycroft Holmes “Oddball” tag-teaming another UrbanMech, and Slayer took out another one with her PPC. The command lance did some serious damage to their targets, causing critical damage to one UrbanMech’s Gyro, and Captain Mitchell Kitsune “Wraith” hit one twice in the legs, knocking it over.

The defenders had a few shots back, though none striking, save one that critically hit Captain Michael Anderson “Fixer” in his Catapult’s Engine.

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Ricochets

The Dingoes and eastern lance closed to knife-fighting range, and began tearing into each other. It became obvious that the infantry was mostly a mob of ill-trained rabble, and that the key to their control were the small officer platoons of regulars keeping them moving.

The Dingoes began striking with their SRMs and Medium Lasers, doing some serious damage across the board, though only Oddball managed to take out another UrbanMech, while Caboose blew the ammo bin on another.

The Command Lance started in on their targets, with Templar critically striking one in the Engine, and both Wraith and Pitbull getting in multiple hits, knocking both over. As the damage began to mount, it was increasingly obvious to the defending Mechs that they had lost, and they appealed over the general channel for a truce, ceding the field. Pitbull agreed, and the remaining Mechs powered down , while the Dingoes concentrated on the infantry.

The battle for the airfield was seemingly winding down.

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Episode 103 : Operation Mercury

“You don’t win a war by dying for your country. You win a war by making the other bastard die for his.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Catapult
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank

October 3rd, 3024 : The Oriental Republic of San Isabel, Montevideo : Late that afternoon, Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” and his group gathered at the Palacio to meet with Baron Alexander Valdez in an attempt to sway him to support the Iron Dingoes invasion of Islas Brasilera. After an hour-long discussion, and reassurances the Dingoes only wanted peace and what was best for the planet, the Baron agreed in principle to hiring the Dingoes for the invasion. As a consequence of the contract being ratified, San Isabel would join with Sangria in defending against further “…San Marcosian aggression…”. An official announcement would follow, once they had opened discussions with the Sangrian Council of Governors.

The group met some national negotiators, while the Baron excused himself to return back to national business, and the unit began negotiations for a short-term invasion contract, hammering out the details of Contract – Operation “Mercury Rising”. These lasted the rest of the day.

Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” and Captain Pol Baca “Templar” spent the day doing research in the national university regarding the history and origins of the natives from the Corazón Jungle. Tanking several days, they uncovered references to “The Great Egg”, from which all warlords of the jungle are born. It looked like Moxie was headed back into the jungles in the near future.

October 4th, 3024 : In recognition of the fact they didn’t get much downtime, the group took the chance to wander the San Isabel metroplex, shopping and drinking and carousing like only wealthy military officers could.

October 5th, 3024 : The unit returned to * Landhold : Garrison, and began making plans for the invasion. Since they had time to plan, and needed to await San Isabel’s organizing their occupation forces and get themselves geared-up for war, they could take their time.

Initial intelligence hinted at around 6 battalions of conscript infantry being camped near the airport, and conducting military training and advanced paratroop training. It was expected, the force would be done their training in a little over a month. Apparently, the combined military of the League of Free Nations was calling this “Operation Mercury”.

They planned to land some 30kms north of the main airport with their DropShips, and deploy their artillery to begin a series of shots into the clustered infantry, while the MEchs and armor approached. The infantry would be held back to cover the artillery, but could respond quickly in need to reinforce the airport. The unit’s reserve “Jannissary” infantry forces held at The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina would follow-up once the airport was taken, to support further activities on the island and eliminate any supporting or reserve forces the San Marcosian military had on the islands. According to contract, they had to hold the islands for two months, while San Isabel transferred some reserve troops to the islands to take over possession of the district for national interests.

In support of their activities, * “The Werewolves” would conduct a scouting and recon patrol of the airport and whatever targets presented themselves. Their Loup-Garou force, would also conduct a raid on the MoMart facilities in Port Stainless during the initial invasion, in an effort to take whatever they could find that was in any San Marcos government official’s personal accounts. Von Doom and Tragnar government officials would also be targets of the raid, in the hopes of walking out with some hard currency assets for themselves, while hurting their opponents.

October 6th, 3024 : While the unit slowly geared-up its plans for the invasion, Pitbull was informed that a representative from Excalibur Corporation had landed at the Iron Dog Airfield, and was requesting to meet with him. Escorted under guard into the MechWrrior Hall and Pitbull’s personal offices, the Colonel was introduced to Executive Officer Frank Simmons, liaison officer of Excalibur Corporation. He opened by saying he had recently replaced the former executive of this part of the company’s interests, and was simply here to clear the air and start a new relationship with the Iron Dingoes. He expressed that with the growing conflict on Terramatrix between the Dingoes and the recently organized League of Free Nations, he knew that he could help. Since Interstellar Terramatrix Transport (ITT) Industries out of The Free-City of Von Doom’s Downport represented the leading commercial and economic force to trade in the system, Excalibur Corporation was in direct competition to Von Doom, and thus; “The enemy of my enemy is my friend”.

As they began discussing terms, it became apparent that the liaison officer they were meeting with was a different breed than his predecessor… this one was cold and calculating and willing to make concessions if he could get a larger piece of the pie afterwards. During their discussion and agreement, they contracted to the following principles.

1) “Drop the debt on Executive Secretary Arlana Jericho’s company JeriCorp”.

“Agreed. Done within the week.”

2) “Drop all accusations that the Iron Dingoes are involved in piracy”.

“Spurious comments made by my former colleague”.

3) “You have to mess with Von Doom’s logistics”.

“Consider it done presently”.

4) “We require some sort of physical assistance”.

While this one took some negotiating, they immediately surrendered four (4) second-hand TAAF-54 Vasarahais and a sum of forty-million C-Bills. While the Dingoes demanded 20-million a year indefinitely, but it was discussed that if Excalibur wanted to hire the Dingoes, it would do so. This was only to help in their military efforts for the coming conflict. 20-million would be paid-out presently, and the rest would come over the next month, once he had “liquidated some assets”.

5) “We want a trade agreement in place, particularly with the capture of Von Doom”.

“Agreed. We demand placing a trade office on the Factory, secured by our own security officers against outside influence”.

With that, he left the offices, and Pitbull immediately contacted Captain Mitchell Kitsune “Wraith” to begin a planned raid on Von Doom’s JumpShip fleet.

Hours later, as people returned to their homes, a news bulletin went out over international holo-nets. With footage taken live from “The Factory”, Executive Frank Simmons made a statement, declaring Von Doom an enemy of all traders and free merchants, for its unjust trade policies, and its efforts to disrupt the Candle Trade Route with excessive fees. They therefore backed the efforts of The New Republic of Sangria and its allies, as they sought to resist the aggressive so-called free nations.

As a reel of holo-footage played, showing the boarding of Von Doom’s own Invader-Class JumpShip and its DropShip, by EXcalibur marines, he continued. He stated that any ship attempting trade with Terramatrix, had to dock with “The Factory” and use the services there for future trade. Landing at Von Doom’s Downport would be considered a violation, and the company responsible would lose both DropShip and cargo for the effort.

Terramatrix was now officially under a trade blockade.

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