Campaign of the Month: June 2014

Battletech : The Farscape Campaign

Episode 118 - 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.”

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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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Episode 114 - Ambush Bugs

“If your attack is going too well, you’re walking into an ambush…”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

12th of September, 3025 : In preparation for any coming assault on the pirates, the nit had the “Revolver” waiting with its Corsairs and TRB-D36 Thunderbirds, and both its Orkan-Class Space Planes loaded with the 1st Marines Platoon and 6th Marines Platoons for a potential boarding operation. This DropShip laoded on-board the “The Den Mother”, for a jump once the pirate JumpShips were located and could be met at whatever pirate point they might be at. Quizin the remaining staff from the “Kiss of Death” resulted in them finding that Pirate-Lord Cyr Milligan preferred to jump into a close orbit of the world, to mitigate being found and boarded by defensive patrols, so there was a greater level of risk in countering them.

The unit then moved much of their Line units in the Dire Dingoes into the “Kiss of Death”, awaiting the arrival of any forces Milligan might send so they could ambush them.

20th of September, 3025 : After more than a week of patience, the first word the unit had of the Bloody Reaver’s return, was the arrival of Fury-Class DropShip at the blasted field used by the world as a starport. Bearing the colors of the Bloody Reavers, the “Cutlass” dropped its ramp and soon off-loaded a convoy of Light Utility Transports with a handful of Jeeps and some infantry as escorts. The convoy made its way through the outskirts of the startown, and began winding its way into the wilderness where their DropShip was parked.

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In response, * “The Iron Dingoes” dispatched their armor forces from the “Relentless” to intercept the convoy and capture it. Meanwhile, a DropShip was noticed landing some distance away from the Kiss of Death. The unit responded by scrambling its Mech forces to take cover in the scattered woodlands nearby, that ran between the two ships, power-down, and wait for the approach of whatever forces might come. With their DropShip sensors on passive, there would definitely be some degree of surprise involved.

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About 15 minutes later, a pair of lances of Mechs appeared, accompanied by a lance of hover armor. Far to the south were a pair of PXH-1 Phoenix Hawks, and another pair of unknown 60-ton Mechs. To the east, came the expected AS7-D Atlas, with a BL6-KNT Black Knight, a Wyvern and an unknown Mech that seemed like a slightly heavier RFL-3N Rifleman bearing a large aerodome above its head. Moving along the north edge of the unit were a pair of Condor Heavy Hover Tanks and a pair of Drillson Heavy Hover Tanks, the latter of which was a very new tank on the market. How such a thing had made it out here so suddenly and in the hands of pirates was, perhaps, a little unsettling.

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The units in the Command Lance started their engines, and immediately drew fire. Both the Atlas and the now identified LosTech Galahad dropped multiple Gauss Rifle and LRM shots onto “Glamour”s Atlas, rocking her back.

The remaining units swiftly closed and began focusing their attentions on the now active units.

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“Templar”, “Wraith”, “Pitbull” and Glamour all concentrated their fire on the Galahad, with scattered damage and one fluke shot rattling the armor on that Mech sufficient to critically shatter most of its engine shielding. “Slayer” and “Blaster” opened up on one of the Condors doing some heavy damage, but failed to stop it.

The attacking pirates, Mechs and tanks both, continued to concentrate their fire on Glamour, tearing apart most of her front-facing armor, and starting to do serious damage to her Mech’s internals. Pitbull called in all attacks to silence the Galahad’s firepower.

The swift lance of Mechs moved along the south, coming into position on the hill over-looking the battlefield.

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Glmaour pulled back into a relatively safe position behind the woods, and Pitbull began to draw fire. The Galahad managed to get in a couple strikes on Pitbull, but he responded with a critical shot from his own Gauss Rifle, blowing apart the remaining engine shielding on the Galahad. The machine began to over-load and within seconds exploded into a massive miniature nuclear fireball. He threw some secondary shots doing heavy damage to one of the Condors. Glamour struck against one of the Drillsons, immobilizing it, and taking it out of the fight.

The remaining hidden units began to power-up, and immediately laid in fire across the spectrum, with Slayer striking the RS of one Drillson tearing through its armor and blowing it apart. “Faith” focused on the Phoenix Hawks. with some scattered damage. “Caboose” and “Backdraft” both scattered fire on the now-identified paired Phoenix Hawks, moving standing high on the hills. Templar hit one Condor with multiple Medium Lasers, immobilizing it, and his secondary strikes scattered across the Black Knight. Wraith followed-up with a couple PPC strikes on the Black Knight as well, but it stood tall.

The now-identified paired LosTech Champions began to open into the rear of Advocate, doing some critical damage on its extra-light engine. The Phoenix Hawks also laid in as much concentrated fire as they could on Advocate, with one scoring a shot to his Head. The Black Knight struck Pitbull with scattered damage, as did the Wyvern and remaining tanks.

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Advocate fled from the concentrated fire of the southern lance, hiding in the woods and taking shots at the Black Knight, that was backing away from the converging Command and Fire Support lances. Prince, Fixer and Advocate all took shots at it.

Pitbull let loose on the closest Condor, blowing through its Front armor with a solid Gauss Rifle shot, blowing it apart. Templar scattered his fire across the Atlas, as it moved into the edge of the nearby woodland, with one shot striking its head.

The Black Knight and Atlas concentrated their return fire on the slower Catapult, and the remaining Drillson tank got in some close shots on Glamour, who missed in response, though she still hit the Atlas as a secondary target through 60ms of light woods with her ER PPC.

The paired Champions and Phoenix Hawks began to back off, pouring their fire into Faith, who was closely following along with them. Backdraft followed suit, hitting one of the Champions.

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The Drillson tank began to move off as swiftly as possible, getting off a couple shots, and blowing Glamour’s RA clear off, and she opened into it in response, destroying its hover-lift and immobilizing it with her ER PPC.

Backdraft struck the same Champion as before, as did Caboose. The Champions both began a series of shots into Faith’s Victor critically destroying her ammo stores. The multiple explosions were somewhat contained by its CASE, but it still catastrophically shattered the Mech, knocking her over and out of the fight with near fatal injuries.

The Black Knight hobbled into the fringe of the woods near Advocate, firing multiple shots on Fixer. Advocate hit it with a critical strike to its LT, destorying its Large and Medium Lasers located there. Templar followed-up with a critical shot into its LL, shattering both the Knight’s Hip and Upper Leg Actuator, and knocking it onto its right side on the ground.

The Atlas continued its fire on Fixer, who in response, concentrated his fire on the Atlas, blowing off its Head with a massive volley of Medium Lasers that destroyed the Mech, and ending Starlord Cyr Milligan’s career.

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Fixer got in a lucky strike on the Black Knight, blowing apart its ER PPC within the RA. The Black Knight, struggling to remain in the fight, let loose with everything at its disposal, registering multiple strikes across Fixer’s Catapult. It critically damage one Heat Sink, and his Gyro, knocking him over. The damage from the fall shattered the Mech’s CT internal structure, and the Mech collapsed in on itself, destroyed.

The remaining units circled around the downed Black Knight, feasting their fire into it like true Dingoes. Wraith and Advocate got in some scattered damage. __Templar_ managed a Shoulder critical with his PPCs, and Prince got in a critical shot on its LT on the already damaged Large Laser. Pitbull also got in multiple strikes as well.

IN anger, Advocate kicked the downed Black Knighttearing through its Left Leg, Left Torso, and breaking its internal structure holding the CT together, destroying the machine as it collapsed in on itself.

The paired Champions and Phoenix Hawks left the battlefield, moving with all swiftness back towards their DropShip parked some distance away. As those Mechs had speed and the hills to their advantage, the unit did not pursue.

Word came within a few minutes, that the supply convoy had surrendered with only a few shots from its supporting infantry, before they were silenced and surrendered. The convoy was then directed to continue on to meet at the “Kiss of Death”, to figure out what it had been carrying.

* “The Werewolves” Spec Ops forces positioned in their Type-S “Seeker” Mining Shuttle, “Lucky Strike” moved across the landing field and promptly captured the “Cutlass”. Among the various bits of cargo and booty uncovered, were a large number of DropShip engineering personnel recently captured from Excalibur Corporation in the System – Outpost. Apparently, Milligan had been seeking to acquire the crew he needed to get the “Kiss of Death” operational again.

September 21st : The unit consolidated their positions, and got a report that the pirate’s remaining DropShip, the Horror of Hades had boarded its surviving Mechs, burned for orbit, where it rendezvoused with its JumpShip in close orbit of the planet’s south pole. Within minutes of its docking, the entire vessel jumped away, hinting it was equipped with the rare Lithium-Fusion battery system to quick-charge its jump-coils for a quick retreat. The Bloody Reavers had escaped. For now.

The accumulated salvaged supplies were examined, and the unit held a Command Council to discuss their options and plans, which included the disposition of the Cutlass and where they should go next.

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Episode 113 - Spring Cleaning

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

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

June 5th, 3025 : System – Dumassas : * “The Iron Dingoes” were paid in full to the end of the month, and granted some downtime, while they each engaged in various personal tasks.

The unit reorganized itself, deploying the two captured AS7-D Atlas Mechs, and redeploying their existing units to raise their weight class yet again.

Towards the end of the month, * The Blood Raiders started looking for a contract. The decision was made to concentrate on House Davion, partially because there seemed more opportunity with that government, and partly because they had to choose between Taurian Concordat or Federated Suns in the future, if their ratings were to ever increase; both Houses did not appreciate work with the other.

July 1st, 3025 : The Line unit boarded their DropShips, and began the ten-day burn to the jump-point.

July 11th : The unit jumped into System – Aurore, and sent the “Relentless” down to the planet to dump many of their excess parts (mostly actuators and spare engines) with the Bank of Aurore, leaving Lt JG Marguerite Phillano to sort out the problem and use some of the profits to set herself up properly. The unit then burned back to the jump-point, and jumped out to Tarsus.

July 18th : System – Tarsus The unit identified themselves to the local government, knowing that they were effectively a tool of Excalibur Corporation, and that despite their present good relations, there was always the question of sincerity on their part.

July 26th : The unit jumped into System – San Carlos, a minor holding of Excalibur Corporation.

August 3rd, 3025 : Unit jumped into System – Coventry.

August 10th : Unit jumped into System – Promise, the capital of System-State – “The Unity of Promise”. As the burn down to the planet would be a 20-day trip, they settled for contacting their own agent on-planet, Senior Executive Liberte Asante. They inquired if she knew the whereabouts of either of the major pirates in the area; Starlord Cyr Milligan or Indro the Lightless. Checking with the government, she informed them that ships associated with Milligan was last seen laying low in System – Tashrakaar. The unit got permission to jump through Unity of Promise space, and also requested Asante to arrange for some recruitment efforts; namely looking for paramedics and administrative staff, with a few technicians if possible.

August 20th : The unit jumped out to System – Lot. They identified themselves and waited for their jumpcoils to charge.

August 27th : The unit jumped into System – Kraan, made contact with the local Excalibur Corp reps and waited for their recharge.

September 2nd, 3025 : System – Tashrakaar : Jumping into this marginal mining colony, the unit scrambled their 9th Marines Platoon, and both Spec Ops units of * “The Werewolves”, plus the unit’s Scout. Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” and Captain Pol Baca “Templar” both burned down to the system in “Crimson Sands” with their troops.

September 5th : The group landed at the starport, which was little more than a blasted section of soil on the edge of the habitable portion near the northern pole sea. Opening their hatch, the unit was immediately beset by half-washed citizens hawking everything from used small arms to their own bodies, but they were quickly dispersed by the marines, singling out an older man who was trying to sell his shoes. They interrogated him, trying to gauge information about the whereabouts of Milligan’s forces, which he readily gave away, for the promise of enough food and water he could carry away with him. He knew of the pirate lord’s symbol and told how a collection of pirates came to the market every few days to trade packaged crates of space suits for water and ration bars. They seemed to be stockpiling a large quantity for some reason.

Following his directions, the unit dispatched their spec ops in their Freefall Drop APC, and with their guide, made their way out of the starport community, south some 30kms, following the slight trail the pirates used to haul their supplies along. Eventually, they came upon the DropShip, spying the “Kiss of Death” powered down and half-hidden in an exhaust-blasted gully. The unit scouted the perimeter, and dispatched their scout to keep an eye on the site, while they returned and discussed options.

September 7th : Observing the site, they discovered the DropShip was operating under low-power, hinting it was in a mothballed state. Very few personnel were seen, and almost none were what one might interpret as guards. The unit decided that they could likely take the DropShip with enough force, so they called in their other forces to burn-down and prepare for an assault.

September 10th : After reaching orbit, and juggling their military forces, they landed the bulk of their forces about 30kms away, further out in the wilderness, and then prepared both Spec Ops squads and the Beta Platoon from their Force Recon Line Infantry for the assault. Those units moved in close to the site and prepared for a night-assault.

September 11th : Early in the morning, the unit assaulted the DropShip, and came under intense defensive action. The defenders proved determined to resist, and after some minutes finally crumpled when the attackers dropped any pretense of capturing prisoners. BY morning, the “Kiss of Death” was captured, though only a couple defending techs survived the attack.

September 12th : The unit salvage squads reported finding tons of rations, about 250 vacuum suits, and a fairly distinct series of maps for the local constellation, detailing possible supplies and exports.

Apparently Cyr Milligan and his forces were off raiding certain systems, most noteworthy of which was System – Outpost. Apparently they were looking for someone named Professor Ricketts on Outpost, a noted xeno-biologist. They were expected back in a couple weeks.

The group discussed waiting about six weeks for the appearance of the rest of the unit, and settled down to make plans for the coming activities.

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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.”

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) -———————-Ostroc

April 25th, 3025 : System – Aurore : * “The Iron Dingoes” took advantage of the accessibility of spare parts to find a few replacement bits for their Line units. They also assigned Trooper Marguerite Phillano to the position of “Attache” to System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster, on behalf of the unit. Lastly, Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” attempted to convince the local ComStar representative, Precentor Damien to grant them access to their HPG network outside the Cluster, but failed miserably.

April 26th to 30th : The unit spent some downtime in various R&R endeavors, as well as conducting some research regarding Valediction Freeport, and the pirates common to Systems Constellation – “The Outrim Void”. Gamour attempted one last effort by meeting formally with Precentor Damien, but again failed to convince him to grant them access to the network.

The last couple days, the unit boarded their DropShips and burned out to the jump-point.

May 1st : Docking and jumping out-system back to their home in System – Dumassas, the unit began their 10-day burn towards Terramatrix. Reports were that an unknown plague was on the rise across The Federative Republic of San Marcos. The Republic of Buntar, a nominal ally of the unit’s national government, had locked down its borders to San Marcos, and deployed its military to cordon off foreign access. San Marcos was burning.

May 11th : Upon landing back home at Irondog Airfield in * Landhold : Garrison, the unit appealed to their liaison officer Captain Carla Estrella to approach the government to see if there was anything the unit could do to help. They got back a response, that there really wasn’t, since the efforts in containment of the millions of potential cases were beyond the capability of most national controls, let alone the handful of personnel the Dingoes might want to throw into the medical fray. For now, The New Republic of Sangria government were simply sending small amounts of food and supplies to their new allies in Buntar, and hoping for the best.

Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” did a dry run of his upcoming talk to several of his staff, getting back a good response.

May 12th : The unit approached Manuel Serrate, and offered to purchase his interests in Expresos los Llanos. He demanded 2 Million plus a small interest (5%) in Whippet Transport Lines, which they agreed to. Papers were drawn-up and signed, and the trade was made official over tea and whiskey.

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The unit distributed its recently manufactured Double Heat Sink (Prototype)s into various units in the Line Mechs. They also checked-in on their development of Powered Armor, and found the system was about half-way done. The development team had built a basic exoskeleton system, and was now working on developing the sub-system controlling its prototype stealth capabilities. This system was known as the GloryHound Exoskeleton.

Glamour began construction of her and “Advocate’s” home next to “Paladin’s” own estate in Forest Hills overlooking the town of Garrison.

The unit also sent their special ops forces, * “The Werewolves” in with both paws to investigate the university site of San Succi, as a preliminary to Moxie’s coming speech for The Sangrian Academy of Exact, Physical and Natural Sciences.

30th of May : Spending the rest of the month in downtime and conducting various personal tasks, the group prepared for Moxie’s upcoming speech. On the 30th, Moxie took the “Crimson Sands” to San Succi’s starport, now something of a shell of what it once was, and thence with an APC to the San Succi branch of the Universidad Nacional de Sangria, Garcia (UNS-G), along with a handful of line marines.

The event was moderately popular, and after meeting with some of the resident professors and some of the planet’s “greatest minds”, he was introduced to the young and beautiful Mia Ospina. Moxie also got into a lengthy discussion with Doctor Magnus Schroeter, regarding both Moxie’s personal interests in AI research and cybernetics, and Doctor Schroeter’s research into genetics.

Eventually Schroeter gave a headline speech regarding his studies in bio-genetics that Moxie recognized as being very closely related to the work they had interrupted back in Brightwater Base, that had resulted in the development of “Scarlet Jade”. Suddenly realizing this man might be an enemy made him become paranoid about his safety. Soon, he was up and giving his speech, with help from his lengthy efforts at preparation. It was well received (perhaps not as well as previous discourses), and when complete he received a full round of applause.

After glad-handing his way around the theater, and having another somewhat uncomfortable conversation with Doctor Schroeter, he was almost tackled by Mia Ospina, who convinced him to skip out to walk her home. He was closely followed by the Werewolves, but arrived at her high-security residence on the university grounds unmolested. He spent the night with her and left in the morning, after a simple breakfast, with her personal sat-com contact number (apparently her family has their own satellite…). The spec ops Werewolves had recorded the entire event, and promised to keep the records private…

June 1st : Taking the Crimson Sands directly to “The Factory”, he went to Doctor Sid Sutherland, and discussed the status of Scarlet Jade. He immediately began procedures to waken her, and after ensuring that the event was well recorded and as safe as they could make it, woke up “Scarlet Jade”.

The next couple days were a series of tests and exams as they began to try and understand who and what Scarlet Jade was. After several days of interviews and observation, they found she could talk fairly well, and had been raised in a lab environment most of her early life, but didn’t remember much past the age of twelve or fifteen, and implicitly trusts doctors and nurses in a lab environment. She was subjected to as many tests as she could handle, and as her sickness improved and she could use her body more and more. Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” took a personal interest during the first week, but soon gave over the studies to the resident specialists to conduct. Plans were made to get her as healthy and capable as possible before real testing could begin.

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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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