Campaign of the Month: June 2014

Battletech : The Farscape Campaign

Episode 113 - Spring Cleaning

“You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.”

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Episode 112 - Expounding the Future

“Technology… is a queer thing. It brings you great gifts with one hand, and it stabs you in the back with the other.”

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Episode 111 - Bargained Well and Done.

“The most difficult thing in any negotiation, almost, is making sure that you strip it of the emotion and deal with the facts. And there was a considerable challenge to that here and understandably so.”

April 22nd, 3025 : Slat Flats north of Tanstaafl City : The duels continue.

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“Pitbull” opened the round with a Gauss Rifle round to the head of the Giant’s Atlas, blowing it clean off and killing him, with a PPC shot into his CT for good measure, though the Ginat got off a lucky AC/20 shot before going down. “Templar” also fired a PPC shot into his targeted UrbanMech, blowing its ammo, and tearing the Mech apart. The rest of the unit got in several shots, though only "Advocate"’s multiple hits tore apart the RT of one Urbie, being noteworthy. MechWarrior Faith Whinyates kicked one UrbanMech, but it remained upright.

The pirate’s responses were somewhat underwhelming, though they managed to get in a few shots.

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Templar got in a lucky shot on his new targeted UrbanMech, hitting it in the Head. “Fixer” blew his target Urbie’s LA apart. Faith continued her assault on her targeted Urbie, blowing through its armor and critically damaging its Engine twice, and blowing its LA off. She followed it up with another kick, this time smashing through its LL, LT and dismantling the CT and engine in a shattering explosion that destroyed it. “Wraith” smashed the Ostsol with his fist, shattering its LT.

The pirate Mechs, recognizing they were out-classed, immediately shut down and declared the Iron Dingoes the winners.

Salvage crews from * “The Dingo Pack” swarmed the field, targeting the pair of mostly intact AS7-D Atlas Mechs. Over the next day, the Dingoes made inquiries about “The Knights of the Stars” with predatory eyes, and discovered the unit had withdrawn to its base on planet, and were engaged in “private discussions” about their leadership. Bodies would be appearing for days as they sorted out their leadership in the wake of the fight.

The command group turned its eyes to finding a good person to provide sufficient provenance to back Glamour’s claim to a title in The Starlords – “The Brotherhood”. They focused on one name; Tech Jaqueline “Jack” Nought. She was one of the few techs originally hired back on System – Claybrooke, and had worked closely with the command staff of the “Outback Irregulars”, the mercenary company that had been privately operating as LosTech salvagers and pirates, and from whom they had originally gotten their San’Grael.

April 23rd, 3025 : The group approached Jack Nought, and pulling her from the salvage crews where she led a team, they explained the situation and need of her testimony regarding the origins of the San’Grael_. She later accompanied select members of the command group to the government domes, and was introduced at court once more. The group mingled, and eventually they were called forth, and _Content Not Found: the-warlord declared Glamour, the “Reaver of the Stars, Starlord of the Hyades Rim”. He challenged anyone who felt otherwise needed to speak now, or accept his ruling by combat. No one did. The group mingled with the various gathered pirate leaders and government officials of the Cluster. Among the individuals of note, were Precentor Damien, who introduced himself, and made contact with the new Starlord.

Eventually, Glamour, Pitbull and their provenance Nought, were summoned into a back hall, where they were introduced to various other Starlords present on-planet, as well as their assigned representatives. Glamour met Consort Jessica White “Ariel”, White Death’s representative and consort. The two got along quite well.

Nought presented her evidence to the assembled elite of the Cluster, and after talking among themselves, they agreed that the story made sense, and that Glamour was the undisputed heir of the title. The Warlord summoned a holographic map of the known systems and asked what territories “Marshal Glamour” intended to claim. After finding out the former owner of the San’Grael had claimed the territory running from the Outworld’s Alliance, through the Hyades Rim and into the Taurian Concordat. _Glamour also agreed to this region, but laid claim to the former lands of the Terran Hegemony. The room erupted in anger.

Shouts and cries for her death rang among the gathered members, with challenges for her head were made, as that latter territory touched on practically every member present. Areil and the Warlrod remained quiet and simply watched the others harass its newest member. After a minute of this, Glamour acquiesced, dropping her claim for the Hegemony territory, but insisted upon the other lands. Everyone agreed, and the deal was struck. “Well bargained and Done”, spoke everyone. After this there was some mingling, with Ariel hinting that the Capellan Starlord, Lord-Marshal Ching was someone to be wary of, since she had reason to believe Ching had some sort of grudge against the Dingoes. The group quickly broke up and went their own ways, with the Dingoes returning to their DropShips.

April 24th, 3025 : The group went on various shopping tasks, attempting to acquire some of the goods they might not find easily back out of the Cluster. They inquired about the local trade network, led by Planet Express, and looked into the operational protocols of Bank of Aurore. Everyone seemed to be trying to develop their skills at local Starlord protocol.

Glamour spent part of the day returning to visit with the Warlord in a private conference. Upon entering his private hall, Glamour was formally introduced to the other Starlord present…Lord-Marshal “White Death”. He was rather pleasant to Glamour, despite their past during “Operation : Overlord”, their first official contract with Baron Kenton Sarne : Contract – “Operation : Overlord”.

Glamour explained that her unit were planning to conduct a raid into Davion space in a year or two, that they were calling Operation : Belladonna. They wanted permission to conduct this raid, and presented an offer of a copy of their maps of the Inner Sphere, that they held, as payment. The Warlord agreed in principle, and would approach Starlord Chevalle on Glamour’s behalf. White Death seemed particularly interested in these maps as well. Glamour inquired as to White Death’s recent operations in her territory. He adamantly refuted it, stating that he had no desire to be in that part of the known worlds… he hinted there was something bad in that area. When Glamour inquired further, she was quietly informed “…something out there is eating whole worlds. I don’t have time or an inclination to deal with that…”. She quickly excused herself and called a Council meeting.

Glamour informed the group about what she had learned, and quickly informed them that the persons or whatever they had thought were operating on White Death’s behalf, might not have been him and his forces at all. The forces operating under “Operation : Reset”, whatever that might be, were another force so far they had not identified. The force behind the Gold Legions on System – Gollere, the odd activities on System – Sligo and possibly others.

Silence settled, as the group realized that the reality of their present existence, might be based on wrong assumptions. The pirates were better organized than their own world’s government. House Davion was under-taking more and more force movements, abandoning the Periphery almost entirely. White Death was actually more like them than they had appreciated. Baron Sarne was acting more and more like a Warlord. And now there was a large unknown power wandering around causing mayhem in their own backyard. Everything was to be questioned…

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Episode 110 - A Starlord is Born

“In the kingdom of the blind, the one-eyed man is king”.

https://youtu.be/u8xqxFfyWd4

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 (Backdraft) -———————-Ostroc

April 16th, 3025 : System – Aurore : Inquiries were made to formally meet with The Warlord, and an appointment was arranged for the 20th in a meeting of the full court. The unit took advantage of the opportunity to take a few days of downtime for the crew on-planet.

April 20th, 3025 : The Command Group gathered aboard their Hover Limo “Elite”, and escorted by some of their marines, made their way to the colonial government domes in full formal regalia. After passing through security, they entered the main hall, a large formal setting filled with warriors and pirates and government officials as though it were a regular court. The locals had a formal uniform, a charcoal-grey military style jumpsuit, that easily stood out among the prates and rough soldiers. Above the group, stood a BL6-KNT Black Knight, threatening anyone who dared come close to the end of the hall unbidden.

Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” was introduced as “Lady Glamour, Reaver of the Stars”, approached the throne-like area at the far end of the hall, where The Warlord sat talking with a pirate about raiding an Inner Sphere world. Sitting beside him was Consort Maetel Legend on his right, and several rough-looking individuals who seemed to be either actual members of The Starlords – “The Brotherhood”, or its senior pirate-lords. The discussion laid-out basic Starlord policy, wherein the Warlord might want something within a particular Starlord’s territory, and would hire a pirate to conduct the raid. The pirate would proceed, offering a share of its raid to the leader “owning” Starlord, and then bringing the appropriate item to the Warlord. After all parties were agreed to the contract, it was concluded with the words “Bargained well, and done”.

Eventually, Glamour was given leave to speak with the Warlord, and she approached the throne, bowing deeply and made her case for claiming the title of Starlord. Her voice was low enough that only those around her heard, and immediately, the Warlord demanded the hall be cleared. After everyone but Glamour’s party and those around the throne had left, he asked to examine the item closely. He admitted it appeared to match one of the missing “San’Grael”, but he required provenance from someone who knew the former owner, and could trace the San’Grael’s history. With the unit’s forces at the jump-point, it would likely take three days to get some, once they’d examined their personnel rosters.

Immediately, the tall, barbaric pirate-lord stood and demanded proof of her claims by combat. He demanded to “…crush the interloper with eight-hundred tons…”. Glamour countered with 750 tons, and identified the pirate as Humzan “The Giant”, leader of the pirate group, “The Knights of the Stars”. The pirate-lord agreed, closing it with the words “Bargained well and done.”. Glamour asked for three days to get her forces present, but the “Giant” demanded that the agreement was complete, and the Warlord agreed, saying she had two days to bring her forces to the salt flats north of the landing field and meet the challenge of the Giant_. They left the hall and made their way out to the _Content Not Found: berracuda, sending a message out to the fleet to bring in all their toys. They then spent the next couple days going through rosters and coming up with their list of units to use in the duel.

April 22nd, 3025 : The unit’s ships landed at the starport, and the group set about readying their Mechs for the fight. Several of the pilots were under some duress fro increasing the burn-in speed to 2Gs, so they could meet the challenge, but it was a risk the group willingly took. Once units were assigned, the group headed out to the designated spot, and found the Giant’s forces waiting for them. They lined up facing each other, and insults started to fly back and forth across the channels.

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Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” demanded a duel with the Giant himself, which was gleefually accepted. Captain Pol Baca “Templar” followed suit challenging both the Orion and the UrbanMech next to it, also accepted. Lastly, Captain Michael Anderson “Fixer” challenged the two UrbanMechs next to the Atlas group, also accepted. And it began.

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Pitbull opened with a shot into the Giant’s Mech; a Gauss Cannon shot that hit it squarely. The Atlas’ opened up with their LRMs, but couldn’t bring anything else to bear.

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They got closer and heavy PPC fire lanced from the unit into the pirates. Templar blew into the center torso of the Orion, shattering its heat shielding with a critical hit, and watched as the Mech collapsed in on itself, then exploded in a miniature nuclear explosion. Trooper Bodrick Thompson “Blaster” hit the Head of the Crusader squarely with a PPC and critically damaged its Life Support. MechWarrior Eric Lars “Caboose” got in two PPC strikes on an Atlas, and Pitbull hit the Giant’s Atlas with another Gauss shot and a PPC, but it responded with another few shots. Captain Mitchell Kitsune “Wraith” managed to hit one of the Atlas’ tearing into its Head, and with a massive critical, blew the head clean off, dropping the Mech.

The pirates responded with a scatter of LRM fire, but were slowly closing.

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The three fire support Mechs closed with their four UrbanMech quarry, striking multiple times, but the Urbies proved their worth, weathering the barrage and letting loose with their ACs. Fixer did hit with all his MLs in a barrage that tore apart one of his dueling targets, knocking one Urbie out of the fight.

In the main group, there were multiple shots ranging back and forth, and the one Atlas managed to get in a shot on Caboose, blowing apart his RA with its AC/20. Blaster got off a PPC shot into the Atlas Head he was targeting, but it continued forward.

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Templar blew off his target Urbie’s RL with a well-placed PPC shot, knocking it prone to the ground. Blaster got in a lucky shot on the Crusader, blowing its ammo and tearing the Mech apart. Pitbull got in a lucky shot on the Giant with a HS critical. Everyone else got in a few shots here and there.

The pirates got in a few shots, but their return fire seemed to be slackening.

The battle for honor had taken a turn.

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Episode 109 - TANSTAAFL

“The first lesson of economics is scarcity; There is never enough of anything to satisfy all those who want it. The first lesson of politics is to disregard the first lesson of economics. There ain’t no such thing as a free lunch.”

https://youtu.be/fJ09bTPLohM

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Liam (Backdraft) -————————————Ostroc

March 11th, 3025 : The Iron Dingoes, their fleet charged, jumped into System – Aurore, via one of their Jumpkeys. Once the sensors had cleared, they began monitoring comms, finding the usual periphery traffic. They noted a beacon coming from one of the moons of a nearby gas giant, noted as Aurora HighPort Station. After a few hours, the unit boarded “Barracuda”, along with * “The Werewolves” and LtSG Trooper Shiv “The Knife”s marine unit. They also brought along their Hover Limo “Elite” for a potential meeting with the upper caste of The Starlords – “The Brotherhood”.

March 13th, 3025 : Burning the two-days to the gas giant, they found its moon to be the mystical planet Badlands, or as the locals called it, Aurore. Checking in with the orbital station, mostly still under construction, they were given the choice of landing at either New Haven, Aurore City, or TANSTAAFL. They chose the former, and landed their DropShuttle on a rough landing field somewhat reminiscent of their own back on Terramatrix. They quickly recognized many of the DropShips; New Haven was the landhold of Colonel “White Death”.

Met at the drop-hatch by a tech who was very respectful, he offered to refuel the shuttle, and ordered them a Mule Utility Transport to bring them wherever they might want to go. The driver took them through a series of prefab and timber/ferrocrete neighborhoods, interspersed with hydroponics and fields of carefully manicured crops. In the distance, a large military fortress, reminding the unit of their own base in Garrison, rose on a hill overlooking the sprawling community.

The truck stopped at a restaurant of some sort, and going in, the handful of troops spread out across a couple tables. They ordered some local food, mostly hydroponically grown vegetables and fresh flat-bread, though the meat was a little suspicious. The “burger beer” was exceptional. After a little carousing, they learned about the local culture a little more, and decided they should leave as quickly as they could. Paying their bill with hard C-Bills, which seemed to be the local currency, they left, made their way quickly back to the airfield, and boosted back into orbit. Contacting the highport, they changed their landing zone to Tanstaafl, and landed back down in an hour or so at the local airfield.

Tanstaafl City turned out to be more cosmopolitan than expected. The unit split into small groups and spent the next day wandering the local town, carousing about and trying to gather information. In addition to discovering there were four systems under Starlord control, they looked over the local industrial and commercial development, and it struck them as strangely familiar; in many ways, they were seeing a great deal of their own efforts mirrored in the Starlords, in that how they were developing their own landholds were similar in style and Iron Dingoes culture. The one oddity, was that there were rumors coming out of The District of Aurore, that there were local troubles.

The group engaged in a discussion of whether or not to claim the unit’s San’Gra’el, and try to become a Starlord. It was decided, after a lenghty discussion and various small groups taking breaks to visit all the corners of Tanstaafl City, that Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” would claim the title, first thing in the morning…

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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

March 16th, 3025 : As the eastern nations of System – Dumassas slowly began to descend into chaos, the Dingoes began to prepare for their journey into the System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster.

Before leaving, the unit decided to increase the size of the force watching the border between * Landhold : Hellas and The Oriental Republic of San Isabel, to a full battalion, placing the force under the command of their long-serving 7th Infantry Platoon, the “Coldhearts”. It was also decided that, long-term, Castle Corazón would serve as a training base for Dingoes “Spec-Ops” forces.

Dingoes Civil Service FIDO, under Captain Pol Baca “Templar”, was officially funded, and given a budget. Including working closely in community out-reach programs, it was to assist retired military and technical personnel and their families, which in the case of the local community, represented a huge chunk of its population, making the program quickly popular.

Lastly, the Dingoes Command Council organized a co-operative under the Dingoes brand name, the Dingo Co-operative to gather the various agricultural products of the unit’s landholds for sale internationally and out-system, in time. A small shop has also opened on “The Factory”, offering the local produce of its The Factory – Hydroponics Facility to shop-keepers and travelers alike. Fresh food among spacers is a luxury.

Thus last efforts prepared, the unit began boarding operations for the long trip to their jumpships and transit out-system.

17th March, 3025 : Boarding operations of the “Line” units completed, they boosted to orbit and began the ten-day burn to the pump-point.

March 26th, 3025 : The unit assembled aboard their two chief JumpShips; “The Iron Vagabond” and “The Den Mother”, and jumped out-system, using one of their two Jumpkeys….

Once the jump distortion had cleared, they immediately found themselves buried deep in the blinding lights of the Pirate’s Haven Nebula. A faint signal was coming in from a beacon somewhere in-system, identifying the site as “Talisman Station”, with a constant passive beam allowing sensors to navigate through the radiation and white noise of the nebula to it. The unti stayed quiet, hoping their arrival had been blinded by local radiation.

April 2nd, 3025 : A ship jumped-in near Talisman Station, and began broadcasting, calling itself the “… Starbound Mercy out of Aptitude…”. A series of communications began between Talisman and the Mercy, detailing personnel and caargo transfers, and gave reference to another “…regular shipments… " to be picked up by the usual transport.

April 3rd, 3025 : The fleet was officially charged for another jump. Using the beacon as a destination, the unit fleet jumped near Talisman Station, bringing their lead ships with them, but leaving the “Revolver” behind to keep watch over the fleet. They were informed that “Standard Decontamination Procedures” were in place, and to proceed with caution.

The unit landed to discover the system was not quite what they expected. System – Farlight quickly turned-out to be a highly industrialized mining outpost on a planet that was trying to kill the interlopers. Built primarily underground, the above-ground landing field was under constant bombardment by hard radiation, and local plant-life was almost predatory, trying to crawl and grow itself onto the ships parked there, kept at bay only by constant patrols of flamer-armed infantry in hard-suits.

The interior was kept protected against constant spore plumes by hand-plasma units, and a careful screening of everything and everyone that entered. Underground, the facilities were fairly rudimentary, but represented a typical periphery mining town, with bars and other entertainment available. Numerous companies, previously unknown, operated offices here, mining radioactive “power” minerals and gems/crystals for export to the pirate capital of “Aurore”, wherever that might be. ComStar also operated offices here, along with access to a small HPG for communication “… throughout the Cluster…”. The locals drank local drinks, ate local foods and used, mostly, brands of equipment locally produced, and unknown outside the Cluster itself.

The other noteworthy thing, was the utter control of The Starlords – “The Brotherhood” culture. Everyone was of the various castes, including Comstar, who only, at best, wore daggers; there were “pirates” and soldiers about who were Not Starlord Marshals, but were employed by various Marshals and used their name to bear weapons. It seemed as though the concept was a hard one to accept in the culture, as mercenaries and pirates were not Marshals and had no power or authority without the express allowance of their own Marshals. A confusing aspect to wrap their minds around, but there nonetheless.

The unit spent several days under the guise of delivering ten tons of spare medical supplies to the local Lord-Marshal, and resupplied themselves with local stocks, which were pricey. They asked around, and after some time felt the other Jumpkey likely led to the other colony known during the Star League, Badlands, which might be this Aurore everyone spoke of.

April 7th, 3025 : Leaving the mining colony, without too many questions, they were forced to undergo decontamination procedures at Talisman Station, which, due to the size of their ships took the better part of two days, before rendezvousing with their JumpShip fleet. With several days until full charge on their drives, the ships waited quietly, monitoring local broadcasts for any information, and eventually watched “The Starbound Mercy” jump out-system.

April 11th, 3025 : The fleet was charged and prepraed to jump to “Badlands”, using the last of their Jumpkeys.

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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

January 1st, 3025 : The Dawn of a new era… Command Council meeting ensued.

Salaries were paid out to the entire unit. Master Tech Cutter was chosen to head up a new division of the Dingoes government, establishing the unit’s Civic Planning Bureau, whose primary task was planning urban and rural development. Also, funds were made available to the unit’s Whippet Transport Lines to build their proposed administrative and maintenance depot, scheduled to be completed around September of this year.

In the research front, Doctor Sid Sutherland was granted access to the unit’s recent salvage lists, and accepted the equipment from the Genetics Lab for his research on “Scarlet Jade”, as well as the Red Plague studies from System – Tharrill.

January 9th, 3025 : * The Blood Raiders returned suddenly in-system, and began their ten-day burn down to Terramatrix. They reported they had been paid-out by House Davion, for completion of their contract. They brought with them a large sum of cash and supplies acquired through sale of the cargo left aboard the former Occator, the “Guinevere”. They also reported that there were presently something of a reorganization among Davion military commands, as they were engaged in something called the “Galahad Games”, somethig of a wargames in which the various units of the Davion military were engaged in troop movements and competition to achieve select goals within Federated Suns territory. The first were to engage next year, and this also gave the unit an opportunity to take a new series of contracts…

The unit established a new company Cemex to help in future construction efforts, largely with the funds the Blood Raiders brought with them.

January 15th, 3025 : Reports came that the mercenary lance The Urban Blight had placed one of their two Leopard-Class DropShips under a lean in “The Factory”’s control, to pay for supplies and repairs to their Mechs. The ship was under claim by the Factory, if they paid 10-million C-Bills cash, and they wanted to know if the Dingoes wanted to take advantage of this; which, of course, they did. Urban Blight were not particularly angry about the loss, having needed to improve their cashflow and supply issues.

January 18th, 3025 : “The Iron Vagabond” returned suddenly, toting along a large sum of cash from its trade efforts abroad. While its DropShips began their own ten-day burn down to the planet, they gave a list of supplies procured on the Dingoes behalf, along with an account of revenues.

January 21st, 3025 : An expensive new sensor package was commissioned to upgrade Captain Pol Baca “Templar”s CRK 5003-1 Crockett. Using the unit’s X-TAR3D AD System specifications, work would take most of two weeks to build the unit. Also, the unit’s salvaged Command Vans were issued to equip their auxiliary forces.

January 29th, 3025 : The unit’s study of the maps from the Iron Vagabond compared with existing maps issued by ComStar, were completed. It displayed a wide number of now dead or otherwise uninhabited worlds, but the key difference, was the appearance of two systems in System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster, listed as Lorkdahl and Badlands. Limited information about these two systems and their worlds existed, other than the fact that they were, at one time, colony worlds of the Taurian Concordat, long since abandoned due to a break-down in communications. As the unit had possession of two Jumpkeys known to access worlds in the Cluster, they determined these must be to these two known systems, and plans were made to employ the Jumpkeys to visit the Cluster.

Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” expressed concern regarding his upcoming dissertation in San Succi in May, since several key scientists had recently gone missing. He was officially assigned one of his marine security teams as his constant guards, to ensure he stay around before and after the event.

January 31st, 3025 : An official sent from Excalibur Corporation delivered 20-million in their remaining promise of assets directly to Garrison landhold, thus completing their contract with the Dingoes.

February 7th, 3025 : Rumors persist of riots developing in The Federative Republic of San Marcos and nearby regions, in the wake of the government’s failures in the Small War.

February 12th, 3025 : Study of the starmaps continues. Nothing new to report.

February 23rd, 3025 : Riots accelerate across the eastern continent, except in the realms of The Free-City of Von Doom’s Downport and The Free-City of Von Lord. The Republic of Buntar locked down its borders and has cut all official ties with San Marcos, arming its border to repel the rising steam of refugees.

March 3rd, 3025 : Reports begin to filter into the district, that there is a military conflict in the northern provinces; between The District of Antiquia and The District of Cundinamarca.

March 9th, 3025 : Rumors are made fact, as General Pierre Garza officially announces over the planetary holo-network, that he has officially occupied the northern district, “… to ensure the peaceful integration of that lawless realm…”. With the death of Colonel Robinson Gonzalez del Rio (Deceased), the district has become wholly the territory of General Garza. The unit expresses fears that the warlord will next turn to the relatively weak The District of Cauca next…

Rumors of riots across the eastern continents persist…

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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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