Campaign of the Month: June 2014

Battletech : The Farscape Campaign

Episode 123 - Forgotten Duel

“I don’t duel, boy. I kill as a soldier kills, which is as a butcher kills, as quickly, efficiently, and with as least risk to myself as I can arrange.”

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Episode 122 - Bitter Blood

“The only way to stop a rebellion is to crush it with blood and fire, and to wound them so they’ll never dare to raise a hand again.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Liam (Backdraft) -———————-Awesome

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Episode 121 - The Awareness of Rebellion

“The way I see it, when you put the uniform on, in effect you sign a contract. And you don’t back out of a contract merely because you’ve changed your mind. You can still speak up for your principles, you can still argue against the ones you’re being made to fight for, but in the end you do the job.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Liam (Backdraft) -———————-Awesome

20th of January, 3026 : The unit begins a discussion regarding raiding The Federative Republic of San Marcos and The Tragnar Confederation for its faltering industrial assets. In the end, they decide to dispatch Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” aboard the “Betty” as an interface, and “The Iron Vagabond” to “hire” some raiders from The Starlords – “The Brotherhood” to keep the unit above suspicion in regard to any industrial conquests. The assets of IGB Eletrônica and Fabral of San Marcos, and FAdeA of Tragnar are highlighted as targets.

That afternoon, the unit approaches The New Republic of Sangria regarding the Vampires who seem to have taken over the capital regions of Tragnar, through their attached liaison officer, Lt JG Yineth Trujillo. Believing the Vampires might be very similar to General Pierre Garza’s organization, Garza’s Legion, they suspect they might be able to reason with them.

The unit is reminded that the government is still officially at war with Tragnar, and this translates over to whomever may be claiming leadership within the nation’s government as well. The unit decides that they will take the matter into their own hands, and visit the Vampires personally t see if they can’t reason with Duke Hermanus Santiago and his Vampire Legion.

21st of January : Taking * “The Werewolves” and LtSG Trooper Shiv “The Knife” and a squad of his marines, the unit boarded “Crimson Sands”, and burned for a sub-orbital drop to the Tragnar capital of Greater Aires interstellar starport.

Captain Pol Baca “Templar” made first contact with the starport’s security detail, and convinced them to get a ride to the Palacio for him and the Werewolves. They spend the next hour slowly travelling through the crowds and various military check-points, taking in the chaos. Eventually they enter the Palacio, the former government house for the the National Government, finding it an armed camp, filled with militia and former soldiers of the Vampires. The Werewolves carefully gauged the facility and eventually were introduced to Duke Santiago himself, in the national commons chamber, now converted over to the military headquarters of the junta.

They eventually are escorted to speak with Santiago, though they are forced to remove their weapons. It quickly becomes apparent that he is not afraid of them, and he seems suspicious about them, having recognized whom * “The Iron Dingoes” are. He agrees to meet with Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull”, offering to throw a dinner in their honor later that evening. The Werewolves and Templar take their leave, and head back to the starport, informing the unit of the situation along the way.

Late that night, the unit’s senior officers visit the Palacio once more, leaving orders to have the unit drop on the capital if they disappear in an hour. They find the grand hall appropriately decked out in urban military chiche, Senior military officers from the various military units under Duke Santiago’s control were in attendance, along with musicians and dancers and plenty of other important local individuals. It quickly becomes apparent, that the local military are not Garza’s Legion.

The reminder comes as they realize the Vampire’s symbol is a white cross over the national badges they all wear; unlike Garza these men are not nationalists. They are rebuilding matters to suit them and their position, but they are not concerned with the nation, only how much power and control they can maintain. Furthermore, Duke Santiago has seen the unit’s approaching him as a sign of weakness on the Iron Dingoes part. From his perspective, they realize, he has something they want, and they owe him for the privilege of whatever they seek. They make small talk, and drink a little, but quickly excuse themselves from the “celebration” before it gets more “exotic”.

The unit returns to the drop-port, and boards the Crimson Sands, returning to Garrison. En route, they discuss options, and it becomes apparent that they had forgotten one thing regarding Tragnar, the force that calls itself “The Condottieri” had been sending agents around their landhold, so the group decided to talk to them and see where such talks might lead.

Landing back at * Landhold : Garrison, Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate” circulated around the town’s bars, starting at his own The Lucky Lady. He found the two agents, both junior officers who were visiting the bar. He met with them and discovered that the entire 21st Regiment and their dependents had evacuated themselves far from the capital and had disassociated with what they all agreed was no longer their nation. Finding transport and a safe haven was the hard part.

Advocate offered them the opportunity to be absorbed by the Dingoes. The entire unit, plus their dependents. He even has some pamphlets (in both Portuguese and Spanish), detailing the benefits of service in the Dingoes mercenary organization. The pair admitted it was a great offer, but they couldn’t speak for the unit as a whole, but arrangements could be made to speak with the 21st Regiment’s senior officers, including their commanding officer, Lieutenant Colonel Jorge Adolphus Mendoza. Advocate offered to meet with the man, assuring them he spoke for the unit’s Colonel, and that he would take both men directly to their encampment in Tragnar. The two were then left to discuss the matter by themselves.

22nd of January : Taking one of the units Line Force Recon squads as guards, the Command Council gathered at the Crimson Sands, and both liaison officers from the 21st Regiment were escorted to meet them there. The pair spoke with Lieutenant JG Dara Gideon “Flash”, giving her the camp’s co-ordinates, and marveling at the sudden burst into orbit, something neither officer had ever experienced. An hour alter, they found themselves in a distant frontier village of Tragnar. The entire unit, and their hundreds of dependents, had virtually taken over the local area, and the K-1 Class Dropshuttle was landed near a primitive landing strip built by the military for border patrols.

Several utility trucks arrived with a platoon of soldiers, but after talking with the liaison officers, the group found quick transport through the large refugee community of armed civilians and military billets to the command post of Colonel Mendoza. The meeting proceeded swiftly, with the Dingoes offering land to the unit’s dependents, and offers of employment to all troopers and techs at the regular rates of all their soldiers; a literal fortune to these men and their families. Colonel Mendoza was quickly convinced of the offer, but asked for a couple hours to gather his senior officers and discuss the offers with them. Granted three hours, the Dingoes officers left for their DropShuttle, while the unit met for the talks.

Two hours alter, they were informed that the majority had agreed in principle, and that the unit could begin to organize the evacuation of the unit via the Dingoes large DropShip fleet. Plans were laid-out and the unit saw a three-day series of lifts from the site to Corazón Airfield, where all these forces could be vetted and processed, and eventually the military forces retrained to follow Iron Dingoes standards and equipment. It was further agreed, that the unit would keep its internal cohesion for the time being, though platoon numbers would be re-designated, while they were being re-trained. The unit’s fleet was quickly marshaled, and they began plans for the next few days.

23rd of January : As evacuation operations began, * “The Werewolves” were activated to begin operations against the local criminal organization, The Highwaymen. Having heard nothing from its leadership, that evening, they slipped into the group’s ranch, and quickly assassinated him and a handful of his guards, leaving a Dingoes military patch in his mouth.

24th of January : A sales representative from Ares Wartronics visited the unit, offering sales information regarding its AN-94 Battle Rifles, Ares Pulse Fires and various vehicles in response to reports the Dingoes were going to be responsible for raising and training the proposed The Commonwealth Star Guards. The unit was friendly, and listened, but generally dismissed the idea, planning their own long-term developments.

25th of January : Late in the day, the landing and evacuation operations concluded, and the processing of the civilian and military evacuees began. Housing was something of a crisis, but there were plenty of supplies and the unit’s * Iron Dingoes Medical Corps were in attendance along with the unit’s spare * Fraternal Iron Dingoes Organization (FIDO) unit from Garrison. Processing was expected to take a couple days, and the exact lands to be given to the dependents were still under discussion.

26th of January : Sales reps from Armadyne Industries appeared, and alongside their lines of HK 416 Assault Rifles and HIEX Grenade NT-RU735s, LM Meteor and LRM-65 Maverick missiles, and their all-important Neurohelmet “Blueline”-Classs. The neuro-helmets were of obvious attraction to the unit, and they immediately ordered one-hundred (100) of the units), almost an entire year’s production of the valuable artifacts, since they were not generally available outside of Mech production facilities. It was intended that the regular pilots of the unit would all be re-equipped with them, and that it would become the unit’s standard in its Iron Dingoes Mechwarrior Field Kit (3020). They got a bargain for the units, ordering in bulk.

That evening, the Werewolves again struck against the leadership of The Highwaymen, assassinating the latest leader of the unit. They again left a Dingoes patch stuffed in his mouth.

27th of January : Representatives of The Republic of Buntar’s FAMAE organization approached the Dingoes, much like the other small arms manufacturers, to extol the virtues of their Taurus GTA Carbine, though its HIMART system was what primarily interested the Dingoes, particualrly in the light of its ability to stay with infantry formations, but remain at range of enemy forces, despite terrain. Deploying with Inferno rounds, it was seen as a very valuable addition to the Dingoes support forces, particularly against other infantry formations.

Rumors placed that there was a real shake-up among the leadership of the Highwaymen (gun-fights and brawling were rampant among the organization’s membership, throughout the day). That night, the Werewolves once more assassinated the sometime leader of the organization, and within hours, were contacted to meet with the newest leader at Poker Cerveza Taverna.

Pitbull met with the leader, who turned-out to be Surtar, the lieutenant of the organization who had met Templar at the gates of the ranch. He had one question for Pitbull; WHAT DO YOU WANT?!?”. Pitbull explained that the Highwaymen had to stop raiding Iron Dingoes caravans, and furthermore, anything within the unit’s own landholds. And second, they needed to start sharing their information network, since ti seemed quite capable within the local territory. They were informed they needed to keep the Iron Dingoes informed of anything untoward that happened among their lands, such as black market arms sales or anything else that was of value to their operations.

Surtar assured the Dingoes he would keep them informed, and that he was their loyal (and somewhat frightened) servant. They would cease all operations along any roads in Dingoes landholds, and anything bearing the Dingoes mark. In response, Pitbull assured them, that the Dingoes protected their allies, as well. He also asked about this third shadowy organization that was rumored to be based out of the capital. Surtar knew little enough, but knew that they dealt in illegal vehicle parts and black market small arms. Pitbull immediately knew who it was; Doctor Derek Varn, a man they had themselves dealt with in the past, and possibly one of the men behind the support of General Pierre Garza’s military armament over the last couple years.

28th of January : The unit was contacted by the government’s liaison officer Captain Carla Estrella, that they were requested for a high-profile meeting with government officials, ASAP. The unit’s command staff gathered on a couple of their line Karnov UR Transports and a couple squads of Line Force Recon, and flew directly to the capital building. From there, they were escorted directly into a meeting with Presidente Antonio John Diaz and the ambassador of The Oriental Republic of San Isabel.

Getting down quickly to business, the San Isabel ambassador proceeded to explain that while it wasn’t largely known, the bandit forces in the northern districts of Highland and Rivera had recently been disavowed by Commandante Jorge Ernesto Vásquez, and had begun fighting among themselves over leadership, eventually forming around an unknown leader, who had united the survivors to gather and march across the northern regions seemingly bent on establishing themselves somewhere, possibly Lake Aurin, and beginning a reign of terror on the northern provinces.

He accepted on behalf of the government of San Isabel the proposal regarding the formation of The Commonwealth Star Guards, including establishing a landhold in the northern provinces (likely Lake Aurin and the nearby community of Aurin Village itself) for the raising and training of a national battalion for the defense of the nation. In exchange, the Iron Dingoes had to remove the threat of this bandit force, thus freeing the local military from its inaction. It seemed the force had formed a caravan of infantry and its various artillery and armor, seemingly marching towards Lake Aurin.

The Command Council examined the best maps available, and planned a quick strike on the force while it was on the move along the border, and its only river crossing. The unit was informed to be boarded within the hour, and the Dingoes excused themselves to return to prepare. A battle was about to begin…

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Episode 120 - Federation and Empire

“Dumassas is big enough to count, but remote enough not to matter.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Liam (Backdraft) -———————-Awesome

January 16th, 3026 : The “Relentless” landed at * Landhold : Garrison, to the news that the capital of The Federative Republic of San Marcos had suffered a nuclear explosion from unknown sources. The remaining national government of the nation had ceased to exist. Warlords were scrambling to establish their own nation-states within the remnants of the former districts of San Marcos.

While * “The Iron Dingoes” discussed their next options, Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” began work with his girlfriend Mia Ospina’s grandfather, proposing his plans to build a telecommunications network in support of national research and collaboration, which the old general applauded. Talk about investment was also mentioned.

January 17th : The unit contacted the Miguel Caballero company in San Succi directly, and after explaining their needs, offered two sets of combat armor to the company for research; the standard Iron Dingoes Infantry Field Kit (3023) combat armor, and the set the unit had recovered from System – Sligo. The unit requested research, including blueprints on their manufacture be conducted; the company could keep and manufacture the Standard copy for themselves, provided the unit got a 25% share in profits from their sale, in exchange for the exclusive rights to the second armor type (initially called the “Scorpion Armor”, for its large mark of a rearing scorpion on the chest) for themselves, hereafter known as “Dingo Hide Combat Armor”. The company agreed, though they made no promises as to their capability to understand the latter armor, as it seemed to have a very unique properties used in its construction.

The unit also funded the construction of * The “War Dogs” College of Military Sciences deciding to construct the college in * Landhold : Izpek. The unit also contacted Mercado Industrial Group, and through their MerTech branch, attempted to hire a handful of line engineers, succeeding in recruiting three trained engineers (two women and one man), for their own manufacturing efforts.

Word also reached the unit regarding the missing San Marcos Navy, who had apparently taken temporary refuge in The Overseas Territory of Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha.

Later in the day, Captain Pol Baca “Templar” and MechWarrior Eric Lars “Caboose” took a squad of troopers and traveled out to the ranch known as the headquarters of “The Highwaymen”, one of the local criminal bands in * Landhold : Garrison. They boldly forced a meeting with the leader, Richard “The Red” Fernandez, who was having a barbeque with many of his men in back of the ranch house. Templar tried to break the ice by offering his aniseed-flavoured vodka, which he sipped to prove it wasn’t poison. When Red took a sip, he utterly couldn’t stomach it, and proceeded to puke all over the ground. In the confusion that followed, Templar and Caboose were forced out of the ranch at gun-point, though it was obvious Red had lost certain face among his own men by his weakness.

January 18th : Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” and Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate” had arranged for a meeting with the Sangrian government staffer who was responsible for the talks regarding establishing The Commonwealth of Nations. Visiting Ciudad Garcia, the pair and their assistants met with the woman, Secretary Mia Francis, and broached the subject of the Iron Dingoes providing training for the combined (future) military force of the Commonwealth.

They laid out their idea, of each nation in the organization granting a battalion of troops, and a landhold to support them within their own territory, and that the Iron Dingoes would equip them, train them, and then support them from these landholds. These Commonwealth forces would ostensibly keep the peace between nations, and protect the signatory nations from off-world aggression by bandits and other forces. The unit also specified that they would equip these units with armor and other assets over time, and train them in traditional Dingoes Tactics, using their successes in various training units, like the 12th (Foot) Rifle Infantry Battalion – “The Krakens”, as proof of their concept.

Secretary Francis was reluctant to guarantee this idea, partly because there had been nothing substantial agreed by any side in the negotiations, and partly because she was not the ultimate authority in the matter. She was concerned, at first, regarding giving even more lands to the Dingoes for the funding of an army to be led by them, insisting that there needed to be a civilian oversight committee within the Commonwealth that could assure the neutrality of this force. However, in principle, she reluctantly agreed that it was a good first step towards establishing a Commonwealth military force.

Pitbull also mentioned the remnants of the San Marcos navy, and hinted that if the Sangrian government didn’t make an attempt to recruit them, either directly into the Sangrian Navy, or under the aegis of a Commonwealth, the Iron Dingoes intended to do so. Secretary Francis assured them that it was underway, and that they intended to, at the very least, offer sanctuary and supplies to the navy and its dependents, until matters could be organized further. She also said she would bring the subject of the islands up to the President during her next briefing, possibly declaring the islands a “Territory” or other similar title.

After the officers excused themselves, they returned to their landhold, and began plans to possibly hire pirate allies from Haven to raid into the remnants of San Marcos, to liberate various industrial assets they might want. In effect, they would be hiring pirates to raid their own territory, and keep themselves completely out of the equation. Using The Warlord and his own forces might be the only way to pick out the pieces of the collapse of San Marcos for themselves, without being labelled pirates. It was predatory, but it was “Dingo Pack Tactics, Always”.

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Episode 119 - Severed Dreams

“Who am I? I am the right hand of vengeance. I am death incarnate, and the last living thing that you will ever see. God sent me.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

January 6th, 3026 : Petrópolis : As the aftermath of the local situation settles, the unit called in the “Relentless” for a drop in the western section of the compound, while Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” took over control of the “Aviso”. About an hour later, the Relentless dropped safely and * “The Iron Dingoes” Line troopers spread out in a frantic search for the purported nukes.

They managed to recover most of the relics from the cathedral without serious incident, and found the “hospital wing” to be lightly guarded, but the command sections under the palace were a tough nut to crack. Supported by an increasing number of troopers, the defenders finally fell, though it was assumed the commander of Petrópolis, Warlord Jorge Rafael Videla had fallen among the mess that had become the command center.

Quick interrogations of the handful of captives led the Dingoes to believe there had only ever been a handful of nukes, and all had been deployed by the Warlord’s forces. In point of fact, it was revealed the Aviso had been sent to resolve the issue, and bring their puppet to heal. When further interrogated, the crew of the Aviso revealed that they operated out of somewhere called “Black Ice”, something that hacking and examination of the ship’s logs by Captain Michael Anderson “Fixer” revealed to be a close orbital to Terramatrix, something totally missing from system navigational charts and records.

The unit’s techs from the Relentless spread out and within an hour had salvaged most of the wreckage and the vehicle bays. The unit also rummaged through the relics taken from the cathedral, and notably found the Sword of the Monarch among them. A discussion with the leader of the scientists under guard in the hospital wing, revealed them to be civilians, and an offer was extended to bring them and their dependents out of the city to The New Republic of Sangria; many accepted the offer, and boarding the Relentless, the unit lifted-off from Petrópolis, leaving the ruined fort behind.

January 7th : Once in orbit, the ships rendezvoused with “The Factory”, and off-loaded their civilians. A council was called, to discuss options. Eventually, the unit removed themselves from the Factory, and landed back at * Landhold : Garrison, off-loading their salvage and proceeding to complete repairs on their line Mechs.

Most of the captured jewels and treasures captured in the raid were given over to the Sangrian government, though no mention was made of the recovery of the Sword of the Monarch. Later that night, Presidente Antonio John Diaz issued a formal holo-net statement commending the Iron Dingoes for conducting the raid on behalf of The Commonwealth of Nations, and removing a dangerous criminal from power that threatened continual peace among the planet’s nations.

Meanwhile, the Dingoes activated * “The Werewolves” and two of their marine platoons; the 6th and the 26th platoons. The units boarded their two Orkan-Class Space Planes, with the Werewolves boarding their own specially equipped Type-S “Seeker” Mining Shuttle, the Lucky Strike. These units began a burn out to rendezvous with whatever Black Ice was, intending to circumvent its passive sensors by drifting towards the object while running quiet, before forcing a boarding operation. Their primary objective was to shut power down in engineering, before attempting to seize the object.

January 9th : Early in the morning, the unit boarded their traditional berths on the “Relentless”, and left for a standard burn to rendezvous with the object known as Black Ice. The trip took the better part of four days.

January 12th : As the group approached the co-ordinates, they received a snap-burst from their special forces, who reported they had taken the site. The DropShip approached the site, to reveal it as “Black Ice”, an unregistered asteroid in close orbit to Terramatrix every few decades, before swinging back out into the system again for a generation or so. The group cautiously approached the object, and carefully docked through the “throat” of the base, under the barrel of the Naval PPC. It went without event, and the unit’s techs spread throughout the facility, finding it mostly stripped, but still holding a sizable amount of infantry-related equipment, as well as a large cache of outdated tanks and other equipment. The prize, however, were one-hundred and eighty (180) HAVOK Tactical Nuclear Warheads, the source of all the troubles wracking Terramatrix. The techs began salvaging everything, and interrogation of the handful of tech staff present commenced, but revealed nothing new, other than reference to most of the cache’s materiel being shipped off to Phoenix Base", a site located somewhere deeper in the Periphery.

The unit, having accomplished what they had basically set out to do, left a handful of techs and marines to shut the facility down and place it in mothballs, and the rest of the unit took their salvage in hand and returned via the Relentless back home to Garrison.

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Episode 118b - From the Depths

“Bravery isn’t when you go looking for trouble; bravery is when trouble comes looking for you.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Atlas
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Liam (Backdraft) -———————-Awesome

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Episode 118a - From the Depths

“Bunch together a group of people deliberately chosen for strong religious feelings, and you have a practical guarantee of dark morbidities expressed in crime, perversion, and insanity.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Bruce (Glamour)————————Atlas
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Atlas
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Liam (Backdraft) -———————-Awesome

Jan 1st, 3026 : Rumors begin to circulate that a faction of the military of The Federative Republic of San Marcos. By the end of the day, Dingoes intelligence through * “The Dingoes’ Fangs” report that the nation-state based from Petrópolis has deployed long-range nuclear ordinance in a bid to halt the steady approach of military forces from The Republic of Buntar. Military operations halt all along the border, and several strikes destroy important front-line forces, including several battalions of line infantry.

Over the next couple days, the strikes wind-down, but alarms begin to spread among the nations of Terramatrix regarding the exact nature of the nuclear arms being deployed by the Petrópolis military. The arrival of the “Aviso” only complicates matters, and the nation-state having off-world support concerns the nations of the world even more.

January 4th, 3026 : The nascent members of The Commonwealth of Nations approach * “The Iron Dingoes” through their liaisonofficer Captain Carla Estrella, asking for any sort of assistance or advice in the matter, since the ability of both nations does not include assaulting a company-sized BattleMech force. The Dingoes commence a round-table discussion, and agree to help the organization, as they recognize the Dingoes might be the only force capable of responding in this sort of situation.

January 5th, 3026 : The Dingoes decide to deploy the lead Paw of * “The Werewolves” in a drop using their Freefall Drop APC, who will land outside the city, infiltrate the fortress and attempt to seize the Aviso. They recognize that the entire ship won’t be occupied, but they believe that capturing the bridge will forestall its guns and lock-down the DropShip until the troubles have been resolved.

The main Line BattleMechs of the Iron Dingoes will deploy aboard the “Brush Wolf” for a rapid orbital drop directly into the town of Petrópolis, and once the local Mech garrison has been destroyed, the Mechs will seize the DropShip for their own deployment back into orbit. The unit will also make an effort to locate the nuclear stockpile, if possible, and seize them as well.

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The Werewolves manage a safe drop outside the town, and swiftly manage to sneak into the DropShip, seizing the bridge without alerting either the local garrison or the DropShip itself. With their swift orbital snap-burst message, the Dingoes deploy their Mechs in a line outside the fortress.

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During the drop, however, MechWarrior Faith Whinyates “Faith” faced a malfunction, and was blown off-course, crashing south of the rest of the unit near the southern wall of the fortress. Local defenses immediately began to scramble.

Over the next minute, as the Mechs jettisoned their drop-packs and guarded the drop of their companions, a battalion of infantry roused themselves from barracks near the north-western corner of the fort. Another company deployed around the DropShip, dressed in an odd livery of yellow and red. Mechs also began to deploy from the DropShip, first four GLD-4R Gladiators and then four TLS-1B Talos. The unit also noted several bunkers scattered about the field in key positions in the roads and on the gates to the fortress, that went active.

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Faith roused herself and scampered behind nearby buildings to gain some cover to her damaged right side, but two of the Gladiators split-off from the pack to deal with her, firing and striking her with several PPCs as they closed. Captain Michael Anderson “Fixer” and his unit jumped over onto the wall, taking a sprinkling of anti-armor fire from the closest barracks, while others scattered fire against the closest bunkers, taking minor anti-armor fire in return.

The command lance encountered the two Talos at the entrance, and exchanged fire, with MechWarrior Eric Lars “Caboose” laying in multiple hits with his PPCs and Large Laser, and Trooper Marcus “Backdraft” Matsumoto followed up with a couple hits to the Talos next to it, knocking it over, with a follow-up series of hits from Trooper Bodrick Thompson “Blaster”.

From the DropShip deployed a final lance of two Phoenix (ancient Mechs from the Rim World’s Republic past), as well as a Shootist, and a Dragoon, both high-end Mechs from the Rim World’s Republic’s Royal forces. All the new command Mechs began firing into the closest target, as Backdraft began taking some withering fire from all four of the Mechs along that edge..

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Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” finally recognized the coloration of the Mechs and the DropShip; the coloration of the Republican Royal Guards from the Rim World’s Republic. It would appear the unit had encountered the mysterious force that had been quietly manipulating activities all across the planet over the years.

A pair of Demolisher Heavy Tanks deployed from the central bunkers, but faced the arrival of Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” as she jumped onto the fortress walls with her highly-modified AS7-D Atlas. She concentrated all her fire on the heavy tank, blowing it up, though its companion managed one solid strike into her RT with its AC/20s. One of the Gladiators managed a strike on Galmour, striking the same location as the tank.

The nearest bunker to Faith managed a lucky shot on her Head, though she also got in a couple shots on the closest Gladiator.

The lead Mechs in the entrance began concentrating fire on the two Talos, with all of them registering hits. Captain Pol Baca “Templar” scored criticals on the right hand Talos, including its Gyro and Engine, while Blaster followed up with PPC hits that blew through its remaining RT, to tear apart its CT, and destroy the Mech. Captain Mitchell Kitsune “Wraith” and LtJG Jessica Burlingame “Slayer” laid in strikes across the other Talos, with the latter getting multiple criticals to its Engine and LRMs. In response both Talos managed few hits.

The Shootist and Dragoon also managed a series of hits against Backdraft in his modified BLR-1G Battlemaster, including a couple critical strikes, as his armor began to buckle under the barrage.

Finally, Fixer managed a physical kick on the closest Talos, with no retaliation.

Things were heating up.

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Episode 117 - Operation : "Whiteout"

“We used to live and die by the rules we made. But our rules, like everything else we built… are breaking down. There’s only one rule left out anyway. One rule above all. Survive.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

December 1st, 3025 : * Landhold : Garrison : As a new year grows close, the unit leaders began reviewing unfinished tasks. Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” sent his recently liberated navigational core from the Wreck of the “Concordat Mercy” into the science labs aboard “The Factory” for further analysis. The unit also dug the odd suit of infantry combat armor originally discovered in System – Sligo, closely examining it again (some six years after its discovery). They noted it bore strange “scorpion markings”, somewhat reminiscent of The Tortuga Dominions, and that it was made of an advanced “memory metal”, an odd alloy that seemed capable of being reformed when struck with blunt trauma. The command council discussed various options to do research into this unique system, eventually placing the suit at the attention of the * “The Iron Dingoes Skunkwerks” scientists. A research team would be assigned once its present roster of tasks had an opening.

December 7th : Having access to the HPG, Moxie sent a copy of his recent AI research paper directly to NAIS in New Avalon. Though expensive, he was assured it woudl arrive in a timely manner. Captain Michael Anderson “Fixer” began searching about for a possible source of external research for his own personal tasks, and took possession of his new replacement Mech. MechWarrior Eric Lars “Caboose” began looking into the operations of the two local criminal groups in * Landhold : Garrison; the “Highwaymen” and “The Dead”, but was finding little beyond their present intelligence regarding the organizations.

December 15th : * “The Dead Man’s Hand” signed a new short-term contract with House Davion, Contract – Operation : “Perilous”, and began organizing themselves for shipping off-world, and then engage in the long trip to the Capellan Confederation border. While exact plans were obviously scant, it seemed they were being used to engage in a series of “asset raids”, as a counter to the large war game of troops House Davion had planned, called “Operation Galahad 3026”. The other option had been a very low-paying cadre offer, and the bargaining had been difficult, but they had secured full salvage rights, the key point in all Dingoes contracts. They planned to leave the planet by the 21st.

December 16th : Moxie flew into San Succi on a date with his newest flame, Mia Ospina; she had invited him to “tea” with her grandfather, the patriarch of the Ospina fortunes. He successfully pulled no blunders, and discussed his own personal economic activities, such as various tavernas, as well as his new company Telkom, and his scientific research in the Corazón Jungle, with the “BattleCat Project”. The old man was suitably impressed, and welcomed him back to discuss these matters anytime. It’s rumored he got lucky.

December 20th : Word came from Senior Tech (Research) Sarah “Sharkey” Richmond, she had encountered a 250-ton submarine in the Southern Atlantis Ocean, moving into and then, some hours later, departing from a region of thick ice and underwater mountains. Due to the limited nature of movement, the area granted them an improved opportunity to find anything in the region.

December 21st : Sharkey reported in with a description of having found something, an underwater base of sorts. She reported in that the site was located under a thick ice shelf, and built upon one of the many underwater “mountains”. Large, the facility seemed relatively uninhabited, though the power was obviously active on some limited scale. She described that her scientists and scout would be unable to secure a better vantage point, and was advised to remain passive and back off from the site and sent the location of the site to command.

A plan was quickly enabled, with the intent of the unit to secure the site as quickly as possible. The unit would first send in * “The Werewolves”, to secure the access sites, then would land their DropShips about 12kms south of the site, on the actual ground, rather than the ice shelf. From there, the unit would deploy marines and their Line Infantry, and attempt to seize the site, while their Mechs and armor waited off-site to see what happened. Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” chose to take personal command of the marines and infantry during their assault.

December 22nd : Late into the evening, the Werewolves deployed via their Freefall Drop APC and moved across the rugged ice shelf to enter a large cave directly above the facility. They found two Mech-sized elevators, and a deep crater that might allow the landing of a small or medium-sized DropShip, but was best suited to access via K-1 Class Dropshuttle. Securing the entrance, they awaited the arrival of the infantry.

December 23rd : Some hours later, the infantry moved across the broken ice field, and quickly closed to meet the Werewovles. They secured the upper level without resistance, and discovered the facility was under limited power. Using the Mech elevators, they found was a serious drain on power reserves, but they managed to enter the base, dropping into a large central cargo bay,. The most noteworthy aspect of which beyond its cavernous size, were the fur assembly bays holding four partially built TLS-1B Talos. The infantry and marines swiftly moved through the facility discovering it was abandoned, though apparently someone came and went from the facility on a regular basis, roughly every few months to ensure everything was in order, and to harvest the algae tanks of its hydroponics bays.

The Iron Dingoes had secured * Deep Ice One.

They ordered the reassignment of several platoons of infantry from 2nd Ghost Battalion “The Bronze Ghosts” to take up a garrison of the facility, and quietly occupy the site until the other unknown group came back to visit, when they would (hopefully) capture the handful of techs for further interrogation. Several techs were also assigned from the Line Technical Group to study the site and explore the facility.

December 24th : The site secure, command began negotiating with various local manufacturers; AeroAndina from The District of Cauca and Effa Motors, SA from The Oriental Republic of San Isabel. After several days of careful negotiations, they managed to acquire both the tools, dies and blueprints for the Pegasus Utility Helicopter from AeroAndina, and the production line for the chassis of the former Fasana Gillig “Phantom” Mk-2. Both production equipment lines were moved into storage in * Landhold : Garrison, for future considerations.

December 28th : As the year drew to a close, the unit attempted to find out more information regarding why Commandante Jorge Ernesto Vásquez was still supporting his former Content Not Found: elgas military force, but beyond it had somethign to do with his family, they were unable to learn more.

A new year was dawning.

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Episode 116 - A House of Cards

“Since 3021, we’ve faced our fair share of challenges, and come through them stronger. That’s because we have never let go of a belief that has guided us ever since our founding; our conviction that we can change this country for the better.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

November 6th, 3025 : System – Dumassas : As the unit settled back into their chosen homeland, they set about rebuilding their most damaged Mechs and reassembling their Line unit. Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” and Lt SG Candy Dulfer went for a vacation, and some personal time off.

November 9th : The unit organized its reserve conventional air units, six (6) Guardian Fighters and six (6) Titan Combat Helicopters to provide the air strike component of the bombardment of Warlord Vaas Montenegro’s Armenian Rookeries, along with some infantry and Kate & Leopold to blast the bandits and their fortress into ruin. The units were then sent to The District of Guaviare, to await the operation later in the month.

November 10th : The unit began an advertising campaign on the world-wide network run by ComStar, attempting to make their new company, Rockhopper Exploration look like it was in full operating swing, in the hopes that it might attract its lost surviving agents. They also deployed the company’s Type-S “Seeker” Mining Shuttle into the Trojans, in hopes they might begin to ferret out more information regarding The Trojan Dominion of Cortez.

November 13th : * “The Fold Fiends” jumped back into the Dumassas system. They began the burn down to Terramatrix, and were informed of the capture of the “Kiss of Death” and various other supplies and equipment awaiting them on their return.

November 15th : Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie”, having begun the collection of Nexu for his “Battlecats”, was informed to attend Warlord Varsha Arkadjian as her “doctor”. He then began a long, sweaty and dangerous trek through the jungles of the deep Corazón Jungle, escorted by some of the best scouts in The (Territorial) District of Corazón. His trip to the “Great Egg” was about to begin…

November 16th : The unit’s raid on the Armenian Rookeries went off without a hitch. The third site, commanded by Citra Talugmai-Montenegro surrendered without a fight, and after they were captured, their remaining fortress was blasted into ruin by the unit’s Long Toms and Inferno rounds. Within days, the unit was back on the road, to reunite in its garrison sites.

November 20th : Moxie finally entered an isolated valley deep in the Corazón Jungle, and discovered the Wreck of the “Concordat Mercy”. Led inside, he discovered the ruins in poor condition, but had at some point after its crash, been partially rebuilt to operate as a research base for an unknown organization. He took a few data holos, and then assisted in the birth of Warlord Varsha’s daughter, Fuerza. The only notable object in the medical bay, was the automated recovery bed, which was, indeed, egg-shaped.

Once his immediate demands were met, he wandered through the ruins, escorted by a couple guards, more to protect him than stop him from doing anything, and after learning something of what systems remained intact, largely the main power core, many of its weapons systems, and basic life support, he surreptitiously stole the navigational core, and checked back in on his charges. Lastly, he bounced a signal off the communications satellite owned by Mia Ospina, whose location beacon he had access to, and noted the geographic location of the wreckage for future reference.

November 22nd : The Fold Fiends landed at * Landhold : Garrison, as did Pitbull fro his vacation. Inspections began of the unit, as they received their pay and took a short period of R&R, before taking over the garrison portion of their stay on-planet. * “The Dead Man’s Hand” began readying a transfer of their assets to the “Victory’s Blood”, and officially began looking for a new contract.

November 23rd : Word came via HPG that System – Belladonna wasn’t a very viable place to conduct a tech raid. Not only were its immigration policies closely monitored, its proximity to New Avalon, and position as one of the Golden Five worlds, meant that it was heavily monitored, well-protected by crack forces, but the only noted Star League facility remaining was the starport where they disassembled old conventional aircraft, and even that was active and under garrison. Belladonna was not a good option.

The group began a Command Council meeting for their next options, and decided that they would take another month of downtime, and look for information regarding bandit activities or anything else in the systems bordering the Systems Constellation – “The Orion Rift”.

November 28th : Moxie returned to Tuadann, and set about contacting the unit regarding his finds. He spent the day organizing his Dingo Cats project, noting that several young cubs had been captured, and were under-going training by the locals for his project.

November 29th : The recent Command Council discussions brought up the discovery of various algae, sealed habitats and a research submarine in the stockpiles shipped onto Islas Brasilera during the height of the 3024 Small War. The group recognized that the best possible location for an underwater base would need some research.

November 30th : The group’s research listed the southern portions of the Atlantis Ocean as the most probable location for a base, as it matched the closest explanation as to why they had been gathering such goods on the island. They assigned Senior Tech (Research) Sarah “Sharkey” Richmond to organize and mount an expedition into the region, using their “spare” Aquarius Research Submarine assigned to Rockhopper, and under the guise of a resource exploration mission. She left for Islas Brasilera within hours.

November 31st : The unit assigned their remaining trainees from Fort Boomerang into two holding units; the 1st Ghost Battalion “The Shadow Ghosts” and the 2nd Ghost Battalion “The Bronze Ghosts”. These two units were assigned various duties in relation to * Castle Corazón, and scheduled to begin occupation of that facility the following day.

Moxie returned with the evidence he’d uncovered regarding the wreck of the Concordat Mercy, and displayed his holo evidence, racking his salvaged data-core over to future study. The individuals with interests in the history of the Star League immediately recognized the symbols that eluded Moxie

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The Rim World’s Republic was again noted as having relatively recent individuals conducting research on Terramatrix, in the Iron Dingoes own backyard.

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Episode 115 - Dancing with Dragons

“Bleed a cold but feast a fever.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

September 22nd, 3025 : System – Tashrakaar : In the aftermath of the battles on the planet’s border regions, the unit began to examine its findings closely, and after ensuring all salvaged goods and vehicles were accounted for and stored, recruited more crew from their DropShip fleets to provide a basic skeleton crew for the two newest members of the fleet; the “Kiss of Death” and the “Cutlass”.

The Cutlass was ordered to arrange commercial transport to System – Promise and then commercial transport back to System – Dumassas, having secured its cargo of settlers on that world and brought them to * “The Iron Dingoes” landholds on their homeworld. The round journey was expected to take several months.

September 23th : The unit left the planet, on the long two-week burn out to the jump-point.

October 5th, 3025 : The fleet jumped out-system to System – Outpost. Upon arrival they informed the local government officials of Excalibur Corporation to having recovered a large number of fleet crews from pirates and that they were available for pick-up. The corporation offered to send shuttles to bring their lost crews back to base at the systems repair station.

October 10th : Excalibur’s shuttles arrived, with the corporation thanking the unit for their work in this matter. The unit also spoke with a broker over system comms, seeking to acquire any crews willing to work for the unit on their DropShip fleet. Any interested parties could take ship aboard the Cutlass when it appeared in-system in a few months, en-route to Dummassas.

The unit also inquired as to the possible whereabouts of Indro the Lightless, the other notorious pirate who is rumored to be operating in the anti-spinward regions of Systems Constellation – “The Hyades March”. According to rumors, his forces had been sighted some months ago moving through the border systems with the Federated Suns, en-route between that region and The Tortuga Dominions.

October 12th : Jump cores charged, the unit jumped out-system to System – Pa’an.

October 19th : The fleet, having recharged their jump cores, jumped out-system to System – Gollere. The unit detached their entire DropShip fleet, and burned in-system for three days.

October 22nd : The fleet landed at The Barony of Horn, among the blasted craters well outside of the town limits where they usually landed, and upon debarking, were met by agents of Baron Jemmas of Horn, who welcomed the unit back to their humble lands. The unit noticed that the town and its lands were greatly developed from the early years when the unit first came to the Barony.

The Command Council were escorted to the landhold’s fortress, and greeted personally by the Baron at the gates. A feast was immediately declared, and among the festivities the unit learned of the Baron’s latest project, his Prydwen-Class Carrier Airships. They were promised access to the vehicle for a tour, as well as the recent activation of the LIF-CK Micro-Fusion Battery Pack manufacturing plant. The unit also took the opportunity to seek new recruits from the Baron’s own college, finding a handful of techs and administrative personnel interested in taking service.

Among the discussion, they also learned that the Mangai of Gollere was generally leaving the Barony of Horn alone in their recent demands for an increase in resources. Several other planetary resource colonies were facing much higher quotas. They also learned that rumors out of Dumassas included the recent outbreaks of the Outworld Flu, and that the world was under an Amber Alert warning, suggesting avoidance to landing, due to the illness and recent civil disorder on the planet. Travel to the orbital station, “The Factory”, however was allowed as the main point of contact, due to careful quarantine regulations by station medical staff.

Many of the ship’s crews and unit personnel were given access tot eh town’s nightlife, which was fairly substantial.

October 23rd : The unit were invited aboard the Prydwen which had been moved to the town, followed by a quick tour of the battery manufacturing complex. The Command Staff and more members of the unit were able to take some personal time in the town’s hotspots.

October 24th : The unit took their leave of the Baron and his family, and began the burn back to the jump-point with their DropShip fleet.

October 27th : The JumpShip fleet left the system, jumping back to their homeworld of [System – Dumassas. They immediately learned of the second wave of the disease, known as the Three-Day-Flu by some, so-called because of its rapid and sudden onset and death of many of its victims. Others called it Death’s Mercenary, because of how it seemed to stalk military camps in particular. Riots and civil disorder were rampant among the former member states of the League of Free Nations. The unit began the long ten-day burn down to their homeworld.

November 5th, 3025 : The unit landed in their makeshift drop-port at Iron Dog Airfield, and scattered to their various holdings, most with their months of back pay paid to the end of October burning holes in their pockets. Facing the planet’s difficult medical situation, the unit disbursed its * Iron Dingoes Medical Corps among its landholds, to try and mitigate matters as best they could, though the illness seemed to affect the Dingoes own landholds with far less virulence, probably due to their own efforts to establish better health care than most other communities on the planet. The worst of the recent wave of the disease, however, seemed to have abated.

The unit met with Captain Carla Estrella, their liaison officer with the The New Republic of Sangria, who gave them a run-down of the local situation. In particular, she mentioned the government was in official talks with The Oriental Republic of San Isabel to formalize a trade and military alliance, known as the Commonwealth of Nations.

Captain Estrella also asked for any ideas on ending the stalemate that was the national peace process. The unit discussed various strategic options, and settled with the fact that General Pierre Garza was ultimately a nationalist, and while he might not like the Iron Dingoes, he didn’t want to fight a protracted war against his own people. He was hungry for power and privilege, but not willing to destroy his nation at the same time. As for General Allister Uirdo, his primary issue was that his district was isolated and thus cut-off from contact with the rest until the “Garza Situation” was resolved. General Uirdo faced constant raids by the Mercenary Warlord Vaas Montenegro and his forces, and bringing those forces to an end would probably secure The District of Cauca and its military.

To resolve the issue, the Command Council suggested (mostly at the advice of Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” over sat-coms) a more peaceful solution. They suggested entering formal peace-talks with Garza, offering him perhaps a hereditary governorship over The District of Cundinamarca with its own private military force, but that the Iron Dingoes own liaison officer, Lt JG Yineth Trujillo be very obviously available during these negotiations. It was hoped that this might hint to the General and his senior officers, that the Iron Dingoes were closely interested in ending the stalemate, one way or another, if the General and his force didn’t come to a negotiated peace soon.

To resolve the Uirdo situation, the unit would be paid, in some form or another, to assault the Warlord’s four unassailable fortresses in the Blue Mountains using air power dropping Inferno Bombs backed by the unit’s long-range and powerful Kate & Leopold. This assault group would use the unit’s Guardian Fighters armed with Infernos, presently based from Iron Dog Airfield, but temporarily moved into The District of Guaviare for the attack, escorted by Sangrian Air Commands 3rd and 6th COmbat Air WIngs. Escorting the Long Toms would be the unit’s Line Infantry and Combat Armor companies, backed by Guaviare’s own Battalion Speciale 1 – The “Sun Swords”. They would hit the fortresses with as much firepower as possible, and hopefully submit the survivors into surrender, ending the drug and military threats they presented.

Within a few months, and with a minimum of conflict, the civil strife in Sangria might finally be resolved.

The other awaiting issue was a formal offer by The Free-City of Peregrine to hire a small company-sized infantry unit to train one of that nation’s battalions into anti-armor/Mech infantry, a contract similar to the unit’s Contract – Operation : “Ocean Breeze”. The Command Council scrambled to find a free veteran military platoon to lead the expedition, though they had several younger units to fill the roster otherwise. Eventually the unit decided on using their 1st (Marine) Rifle Platoon, led by Captain (Brevet) Jack Krauss “Forge”. They organized a new unit, called * The White Asp Training Cadre, and made a formal, long-term cadre contract, Contract – Operation “Foothold”.

The unit discussed disposition of their recent military recruits, both internally promoted and those hired in recent efforts, and formally created a new sub-division of their home guard forces, the * Fraternal Iron Dingoes Organization (FIDO), a force of troops that had always been loosely affiliated within the command structure, but now firmly under the control and interests of Captain Pol Baca “Templar”. They also distributed a handful of techs and admin staff ear-marked for the imminent return of * “The Fold Fiends”, and assigned the unit their poorly-crewed “Kiss of Death”, granting them finally their own “home vessel”. As the ship would likely be in-system for several years, it could slowly recruit a larger crew base, and promote someone to command the newest unit acquisition. Other personnel were left unassigned, to support the needs of the local landholds, until the larger batch of settlers arrived from System-State – “The Unity of Promise”.

The last bit of news, was a discussion surrounding the origins of the recent pandemic, the Outworld Flu. The unit recognized that there might be a direct connection between the mountain of hazmat suits and bio lab gear they recovered during the fighting on Islas Brasilera under the aegis of Rockhopper Exploration, and the pandemic. It seemed someone might have been gene-tailoring the disease with a plan to drop it on the The New Republic of Sangria and the Iron Dingoes own forces, but that the unit’s preemptive strike might have pushed those plans off the table. Its subsequent release might have simply been a loss of containment during the recent civil disorder in the Dingoes former enemies, the League of Free Nations, whose population and military seemed to be taking the illness the worst.

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