Campaign of the Month: June 2014

Battletech : The Farscape Campaign

Episode 128 - Hack the Planet

“One bee cannot build a hive; one ant cannot build a colony.”

https://youtu.be/bV-hSgL1R74

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Episode 127 - Wrath of the Titan

“You want me to say it, brother? You want me to say I’m afraid? Doesn’t that go without saying? When mortals die, their souls go somewhere – there’s no place where gods go when they die! There’s nothing, just Oblivion…”

https://youtu.be/k9IfHDi-2EA

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Greg (Fixer)——————————Catapult
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Battlemaster
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Liam (Backdraft) -———————-Awesome

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Episode 126 - Headhunters

“Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.”

https://youtu.be/KQOJ8n76sys

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

March 5th, 3026 : With the bulk of the fighting apparently over for control of Tharn, the Council met and discussed their next options. They identified that of all the facilities they needed to take control over, the * Duchy of Tharn regional government buildings, and the * Military Headquarters Randgeriz were crucial, while the * Tharn Central Munitions Facility “Manticora” and * Lanseal Royal Military Academy were of secondary importance. They discussed how to approach the various forces, but upon asking Lady Aletta Jemmas for her opinion, she reminded them; “Are you a politician or a warrior? Be a warrior.”

Taking along a selection of marines under LtSG Trooper Shiv “The Knife” along with a company of the 3rd (Guards) Rifle Infantry Battalion “The Jungle Cats” mounted on local steam trucks, they made their way to the regional government offices. The group moved directly into the buildings, and informed the local bureaucrats that the Colonel, “Pitbull” was now in charge, as the Duke of Tharn_. Lady Aletta managed to soothe the bureaucrats concerns, and after a few minutes, assured Pitbull she had things well in hand, and that he could leave her to continue on with his day’s activities.

The group then made their way to the outskirts of Tharn, eventually arriving in the pleasant region around the * Military Headquarters Randgeriz. They managed to gain access to the military town by appealing to the guard’s honor, and then made their way directly into the main headquarters fortress itself, surprised at the sheer massive bulk of the facility, which dwarfed even the base they maintained back at * Landhold : Garrison. Making their way quickly through the facility, they found themselves guided to the senior general’s offices, and met with both General Gregor von Daemon and General Radi Jaeger.

They quickly informed the pair of the situation, with Pitbull as the new “Iron Duke of Tharn”, and both quickly were persuaded to bend the knee. After they had sworn their fealty, and the soldiers under their commands, Pitbull and his Council began to try and offer ways in which they might be able to better improve the lives of the soldiers, though nothing really stood out in their efforts to improve matters as they presently stood.

Pitbull then suggested sending a courier, specifically mentioning Audrey, the sister of General Baldren Glassenari to bring him to the capital for a meeting with the new Duke. They agreed, and parted ways, with the Council assured that the district’s military was firmly under their control, and made their way back to the starport.

Word also came from troops dispatched under Major (Brevet) Abelinda Rivera, that both the Manticora facility and the Lanseal Academy were under Iron Dingoes control, with a platoon from the 3rd in place at each facility.

March 6th : Early in the morning, * “The Werewolves” reported in that they had managed to reach the government records facility in the mountains, and found it relatively abandoned. Several members of the unit scattered into the town, absorbing the local customs, checking out the bars, markets and other places of importance.

Lady Kalique Abrasax was contacted, and soon arrived. She was asked to discover the whereabouts of the shipments the Mangai had been sending to what the group believed was REAPER. She said she would endeavor to do so.

Later that night, she sent a reply, stating that there were four ST-8M Samsons missing, and the group remembered the four helicopters that left during the initial salvos of the fight for the starport. According to her scanners over the starport, they had been tracked heading east out of Tharn, towards the Barony of Midshield, before disappearing into the mountains. The unit crunched some numbers and began to try to identify where they might have gone.

Soon thereafter, they received word that General Baldren Glassenari had arrived at * Military Headquarters Randgeriz, and that he awaited the “… Iron Duke’s leisure…”. Taking a helicopter directly to the facility, Pitbull and Advocate met with the man, finding him angry at being summoned. After a brief hostile discourse between the two, he acknowledged that “… the Iron Duke…” had command, and could order his command at his leisure. While he had agreed to place his troops under the command of the Duke, he was not a friend to the present regime, so some degree of planning would be required to deal with him.

March 7th : Having crunched the numbers, the unit packed-up the “Relentless” and the “Pandora’s Box”, and executed a sub-orbital drop into the location they suspected represented a good starting point to look for where the helicopters might have gone. They began sending their armor lances in a sweep of the area, and a few hours later, encountered a ruined, windblown base some miles west of the landing site. The unit traveled out to the site, finding it mostly overblown and blasted by sand, but also noted that some sort of salvage operation had occurred at the site. The most telling aspect of the site, however, were the large 90m-wide treads that left the site and moved off to the south-west.

It was as though an entire fortification picked itself up and moved off across the desert some days ago.

Re-crunching the numbers, they headed back to the DropShips, and executed another quick sub-orbital drop on the south-west edge of the desert, in an attempt to cut-off the apparently moving fort. They sent off their scout to get an eye on the vehicle, while they slowly deployed themselves and began their trip towards the facility (?).

Along the way, they got back a call from their scout, Senior Scout “Scammer” Firdaaz, who reported he was nearing on the object, about 15kms away. He suddenly declared he was under fire, and within seconds, the communications went dead…

They had encountered… the REAPER.

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Episode 125a - The Battle for Tharn

“Alea Iacta Est”

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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

March 2nd, 3026 : Tharn Central Spaceport :

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Episode 125 - The Battle for Tharn

“Veni, Vidi, Vici”

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Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

2nd March, 3026 : Early Morning : While the citizens of the capital of the Central Tharn Authority slept, * “The Iron Dingoes” enacted their plans to seize the starport. They inserted the Loup-Garou team of Content Not Found: the-werwolves into the lands near the capital, without their Battle Armor – Tornado PAs, in an effort to seize the two (2) CBR-34 Cobra-Class Courier (Gunship)s known to be stationed near the starport, and owned by The Duchy of Lovelace.

Several hours later, the unit officially launched their DropShips into orbit and made the sub-orbital drop on the far side of the starport, while their collected AeroFighters, accompanied by the “Revolver” attempted to claim the skies over the starport.

The fight was swift, but absolute, with the wings of Titan Combat Helicopters and RL-5A Quetzals quickly being out-classed by the heavier and more powerful Aero fleet. The cost of the victory was a single TRB-D36 Thunderbird piloted by a relatively new pilot, though he survived the air war, and learned from the incident. The skies over the Tharn starport were theirs. Rumors had placed there to be much greater resistance, but some of the local defenders had chosen to stay in their hangars and barracks, rather than fight the invaders; Lady Kalique Abrasax had apparently decided to support the changes to the Mangai.

The DropShips landed on towards the end of the airfield, and met no anti-air flak or covering fire, landing with only the “Pandora’s Box” taking damage in the uncontrolled landing field, crushing part of its fuselage and losing a heat sink. Once on the ground, the troops deployed from the “Relentless”, and the line Mechs moved to attack the starport. While the heavier Assault Lance moved on through the western portions, the rest came slowly and straight towards the gathering military might of the mercenaries.

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The looming presence of a Union-Class DropShip was seen in the parking slots of the starport, and while some of the BAttleMechs, infantry and tanks defending the site were gathered around it, others were parked near the large building likely serving the rest as a barracks and repair bays. Manticore Heavy Tanks, Vedette Medium Tanks, Condor Heavy Hover Tanks, and a pair of Demolisher Heavy Tanks were in the armor force, along with several Packrat LRPVs and Skulker Wheeled Scout Tanks, to round out their numbers. All were painted in a bewildering array of several styles and markings, depicting several independent mercenary commands.

The Mechs, also painted in a bewildering array of colors and markings, included several different models; a VTR-9B Victor was the heaviest present, along with a QKD-4G Quickdraw, a PXH-1 Phoenix Hawk, a LCT-1V Locust, a Whitworth, an ENF-4R Enforcer, and a pair of VLK-QA Valkyries. One group of infantry were dug-in around the edges of the DropShip, while the rest were split into a pair of motorized infantry platoons in jeeps and motorcycles, and the rest were standard foot infantry. Everything seemed in order, and the Dingoes were assured it would be a quick fight.

Behind them all, three ST-8M Samsons were loading with personnel from the main starport, and beginning to spin up their rotors.

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As the unit approached the site, Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” detected from his Mech’s Beagle Active Probe, a series of EM signatures radiating from the large building edged along the airfield as he approached. “Cortana” went off immediately, warning him of something she couldn’t quite articulate beyond there was danger approaching. Immediately, a lance of MSK-9H Mackies stepped out of the building; one targeted Pitbull’s HGN-732 Highlander, while the other three opened up on the rest of the unit, with all guns blazing.

“Faith” held back firing, and tried to lock-in the origin of the signal she was warned about, managing to identify a satellite link. Based on her experience, it matched the signal used by REAPER. “Advocate” got off a lucky shot into the lead Mackie, hitting it in the Head and scattering several other shots across its torsos. Pitbull got in several other shots, including a critical shot into the same Mackie’s RA, damaging its heavy autocannon.

On the other side, “Templar” got in a lucky shot on one Mackie’s CT, damaging its gyro, but took fire from several of the other Makcie’s, including a reciprocating CT critical that damaged his Engine shielding and took out a medium laser, and a powerful AC/20 shot to his RA. “Wraith” hit one of the Mackie’s, and also managed to get in a freak critical in the CT, damaging its engine and destroying another medium laser. “Caboose” and “Blaster” both took shots on Mackies with some effect, and “Backdraft” got in a lucky shot on a Skulker that did a critical hit to its engine and one of its lasers, knocking it from the fight. The Mackies proved unable to get their shots in response, however, missing even easy shots.

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Episode 124 - A Toss of Three, Five, or Seven

“When two evil guys fight in a duel, the worst of both will be the winner.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

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February 24th, 3026 : The Duchy of Horn, Fortress of Horn :

Having spent ten days in preparations for the coming fight, and sifting through their intelligence briefings, the unit deployed to the site chosen for the duel, located near the Barony of Lackmahnia, using their DropShip, the “Relentless” to land near the site. The landing proved hard, damaging their landing struts, but otherwise was without incident.

The field was covered in blowing sands and moderate winds that threatened to obscure advanced firing solutions from the T&T systems, likely affecting ballistic and missile weapons most of all. It also meant stability issues were a likely problem.

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The chosen members of the raid moved to the site, lining up to find the remnants of a factory site along the west edge of the battlefield, and a series of slag heaps along the east. Their opponents appeared to be a pair of PXH-1 Phoenix Hawks, an ENF-4R Enforcer, a GRF-1N Griffin, a WVR-6R Wolverine, a Whitworth and a Shadow Hawk.

The Iron Dingoes were represented by “Pitbull” piloting his private secret weapon, a KY2-D-02 Kyudo wielding the Hatchet and salvaged head of a HCT-3F Hatchetman. Accompanying him were “Prince”, “Advocate”, “Templar”, and “Fixer” in their traditional Mechs.

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Choosing to use the hills as cover to get closer, the mercenaries moved swiftly over the ground, using their jumpjets to good effect, while exchanging snipes at long range. The Enforcer came under direct fire, with two PPCs from Templar and two LLs from Advocate. In response the Enforcer managed an AC/10 shot on Advocate.

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Closing quickly, Fixer managed a LL hit on the closest _P Hawk’s Left Leg, while Pitbull and Advocate managed multiple strikes against the Wolverine. Templar, staying high and un-moving on the far hill, hit the Enforcer three times with PPCs, one of which blew past its CT, to tear apart some of its engine’s heat shielding.

In response, the Wolverine and S Hawk targeted the smaller Kyudo, hitting it with several weapons strikes. The Wolverine kicked the Kyudo, damaging his LA, but in response, Pitbull displayed his personal secret weapon; striking the Wolverine twice with his Hatchet, shattering its LL, causing criticals to its jumpjets, and knocking the unstable Mech over onto its back.

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The Wolverine wobbled erect, hitting with a couple shots at Pitbull with its RA weapons, but Templar remained on his high spot over the field, targeting the damaged Wolverine, hitting three times with his PPCs; the LL twice and the LA, all of which tore into the LT, critically striking a jump pet, the SRM and its ammo bins, blowing the entire Mech apart in a rippling series of explosions.

Advocate and Pitbull targeted the closest P Hawk, registering multiple laser strikes all across its armored structure. In response, it fired several laser strikes on Advocate, including a SL strike on his Head. Fixer targeted the advancing Whitworth, hitting with all four of his LLs, directly into its CT, blowing through its armor and internal structure, forcing the Mech to collapse in on itself.

Prince stumbled into a MINEFIELD!, scattered across the hillside. Taking some heavy damage to his legs, he still manged to keep his position, but carefully scanned the surrounding area for more traps.

The remaining Mechs concentrated on the closest and most-exposed Mech, Advocate and his heavily modified FLS-8K Flashman, registering several more strikes. He missed an arm melee strike on the P Hawk, but Pitbull hit twice more with his Hatchet, striking the CT of the Enforcer, and knocking it over onto its left side. The Mech shattered with the impact, and the machine collapsed in a heap of scattered parts.

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The enemy unit began to retreat, calling for a cease-fire, but the Dingoes refused, as the duel was “…to the destruction…”; also, as the lead pilot in the S Hawk had proven to be a capable fighter, Pitbull wanted him removed from future fights.

Fixer and Advocate registered several laser strikes on the S Hawk, but it managed to slip back with a couple hits on the advancing Pitbull. Pitbull shot the closest P Hawk, who responded with a couple hits on Advocate. Templar sniped the Griffin for two hits on its CT with his PPCs, and Griffin struck Prince with its PPC in response.

Close in melee strikes involved Advocate kicking the S Hawk, though it remained standing, and the P Hawk counter-punching Advocate.

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As the mercenaries continued to retreat, the Iron Dingoes pushed forward, exchanging shots and blows with little to no effect for the next few seconds.

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Finally, having closed with the mercenaries, the Shadow Hawk took repeated strikes from the massed weapons of the Advocate and Pitbull, including a strike to the S Hawk’s CT causing a critical strike to its engine heat shielding. Fixer and Prince concentrated multiple laser strikes on the P Hawk, but it managed a LL hit on Pitbull in response. The Griffin got a shot on Prince and the S Hawk managed a single SRM hit on Pitbull’s CT.

Nice and close, Pitbull Hatchet struck the closest P Hawk, striking it firmly in the Head, which destroyed the Mechs entire assembly, killing the pilot with a solid “Kiss”.

The fight was over, and the surviving three pilots retreated from the fight; the Iron Dingoes were successful in winning the duel! They left the field and made their way to the Relentless, and quickly returned to The Duchy of Horn. They settled in for the after-Battle-ROM reports, and were treated to a victory feast by the Baron.

25th of February : The planting of minefields by unknown parties came under scrutiny, with several such fields being identified after close examination of the Battle-ROMs. After examining the footage presented by the scout they had left to observe the field, they had clear holo-footage of technicians from Central Tharn Authority surveying the sites that there had been such devices planted. While their scout had earlier observed them, the command council had not been able to accurately determine why they had been surveying the sites, but it now became obvious they knew about the fields, and were ensuring their condition and locations for their own side’s benefit.

Word came back from the Central Tharn Authority, that they refused to accept the duel as a fair fight, citing the use of mercenaries on both sides as justification for refusal of his bid for Ducal status. Baron Jemmas refused to accept the claims, citing national laws, but tehy wouldn;t budge. Armed with the knowledge of the CTA’s potential cheating, he contacted the various Lords, Barons and Dukes, and called for a meeting of the resource Barons and Dukes to discuss the growing threat of CTA’s continual flaunting of planetary traditions.

Over the next few days, several agreed to meet, and their agents began to flood into the Barony of Horn, though the realms of Lovelace, Crescent, Ostland and Slavia refused to meet. Surprisingly, Lackmahnia appeared, citing disgust at the illegal activities having been placed on its lands, even though the realm typically supported Lovelace in its political activities. Windward, as a Duchy held some degree of esteem among the council, but all were promised an equal seat at the table to voice their opinions.

Word came from the CTA, that marital law had been declared, and that the various resource colonies should begin to arm for war. Eventually they various resource nobles agreed to meet at Horn in open council on the “leap-year-day”, of the 29th of February.

29th of February, 3026 : The gathered nobles met in open council at the Fortress of Horn. The Iron Dingoes discovered that Baron/Duke Jemmas had ensured they might have a voice in the council, by giving them an equal seat, though they could only bring one representative and an assistant to the meeting. The rest of the Council sat by and listened in on the discussions.

The chief evidence was presented again in council, and all gathered agreed that the many issues being represented by the CTA needed addressing; constant quota increases, excessive taxation, and the growing militancy of the Authority were causing problems for all the resource colonies. It was agreed that with or without the support of the hold-outs, they would ensure this problem cease.

The Dingoes attempted to present the concept of a written charter to ensure the resource colonies gain their rights, using the recent efforts to establish The Commonwealth of Nations with which they were a part, but this was rejected, as they all believed that if a person’s word was questionable or doubted, that person obviously didn’t deserve to be in command; planetary traditions against written laws rather than oral traditions were just too strong to overcome.

They did agree, however, that there should be some sort of larger council with Industrial Lords, Resource Barons and the powerful Dukes all sitting in council and determining their planet’s direction, to limit the cultural changes and power that the CTA seemed intent on forcing. Details of this council were discussed, but no one seemed to talk about how they might ensure this change.

Eventually, however, Pitbull and Advocate realized that they were seated as equals with the assembled nobles, and it dawned on them that Baron/Duke Jemmas had given them an opportunity to seize some degree of power here. Pitbull spoke up, and suggested that he and his take the lion’s share of the war risk, in exchange for taking control of the remnants of the Central Tharn Authority as a personal landhold.

Surprisingly, the council seemed to welcome the idea. They agreed to try and talk the Industry Lords_ to stay out of the fight, in exchange for a promise to avoid combat on their landholds. In exchange, the Dingoes, as represented by Pitbull would receive control over the landhold that the CTA presently controlled, though not the industrial efforts of the Mangai; but its people and general resources and infrastructure could be taken as a landhold if the Iron Dingoes fought the mercenaries and whatever other military forces might hold the starport.

Once these off-world forces were removed, if the Dingoes removed any other threats to peace in the region, they might set about establishing themselves as a Duchy, and sit at council among the other nobles. Advocate found the discussions that followed a little difficult to follow, and depended heavily on Lady Siobhan Jemmas to interpret their talk of traditional terms and cultural moors. The council voted, and overwhelmingly agreed to the idea, in principle, and all present vowed their support; which under Gollere law was as good as iron in its promises.

It was decided by the gathered council to make the attack in two days, starting on the 2nd of March. This gave the gathered resource nobles the time to contact the Industry Lords, and keep them out of the conflict, as well as prepare the Dingoes for an assault. The noble’s council broke up, and its membership scattered across the planet to their holdings to prepare.

The Iron Dingoes made plans to deploy the Loup-Garou to find and seize the two CBR-34 Cobra-Class Courier (Gunship)s rumored to be parked at the starport, under the control of The Duchy of Lovelace. Once they were secure, the Dingoes would unleash their AeroFighters to seize air-space over the starport, and then hit the starport with their DropShip fleet, to deploy against any massed defenses at the site. Once defeated, the starport would be seized by the unit’s Line Infantry, and then its reserves, in the form of the 3rd Border Guards Battalion “The Jungle Cats”, would be landed on the “Spearhead”. This would provide the beginnings of their control of the territory, though everyone agreed it would be a long-term proposal.

The fight was planned, and as the unit made ready, it began launching into orbit, while the forces examined their known holos of the starport and intelligence briefings provided by the noble’s council. War.

It was war.

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Episode 123 - Forgotten Duel

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

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

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January 30th, 3026 : System – Dumassas : * Landhold : Garrison :

The unit was paid-out to 31st of January, and Lady (Captain) Heather Jemmas was granted 8 Million Cs and access to Cemex to set about paving the main runway at Iron Dog Airfield. She was also asked regarding the exact protocols in System – Gollere, regarding the politics between the various factions, and she clarified many aspects of the relationship between the Resource Barons, the Lords o the Mangai, the more powerful Dukes, and the Central Tharn Authority.

Meanwhile, the 3rd Border Guards Battalion “The Jungle Cats” and its temporary base near * Landhold : Hellas were evacuated, and deployed to Corazón Airfield where they and their habitation modules were loaded aboard the “Spearhead”. Two days later, the unit accompanied the Line forces of the Iron Dingoes off-world, and the group began the long 9-day burn to the Zenith point and their JumpShips.

6th of February, 3026 : “The Iron Vagabond” jumped back into Dumassas, and along with “The Den Mother” began to ready for another jump out-system to Gollere.

9th of February : The bulk of the unit’s Line DropShips; the “Relentless”, the “Pandora’s Box”, the “Star Talon”, the “Revolver”, and the “Crimson Sands”, joined the “Spearhead” in docking procedures. The Tramp’s usual passenger, the “Elektra” was present, its cargo bays empty, as the “Betty” had been left behind in System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster in Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour”‘s private mission for several months. Also, “The Freedom of the Stars” joined the unit’s JumpShips, and as a fleet, and the three took a day to prepare and shift supplies.

10th of February : The unit jumped out-system to System – Gollere, and immediately began their burn in-system to an otherwise empty system.

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13th of February : The unit hit atmosphere and landed all their spheroids at the usual cratered open fields near the capital in The Barony of Horn, while the two aerodynes remained in orbit. Within minutes of landing, they were contacted and informed they would be met by a delegation from Baron Jemmas of Horn. About an hour later, a convoy of armored vehicles met the fleet, and Lady Aletta Jemmas met the unit and escorted them to the capital and into the fortress that operated as their headquarters.

Treated well as usual, they were quickly met by the Baron, who apologized, but his daughter and heir was busy int eh field and unable to meet with them. They also met with the Baron’s wife, a mousy older woman, Maria Jemmas who otherwise seemed to melt into the background of the event. The usual pleasantries were exchanged, and the updates on the local industrial development regarding the unit’s “investments” were discussed, before talk turned once more to the unit’s real reasons for visiting their ally.

The unit presented their case for dealing with the insulting duel offered by Count Almaviva and the Baron’s own daughter, of The Duchy of Lovelace. They admitted, they intended to bring the matter to a conclusion, and asked after his thoughts on the matter. The Baron expressed interest in the arrangement, as he had been quietly padding his military for the eventual push to claim Duchy status, and this required a “duel” with one of the established duchies to attempt. The Iron Dingoes offered their services, and the Baron accepted, saying he would arrange a visit with Duchess Engel Lovelace to discuss the grievance on the morrow. Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate” was chosen to be the unit’s representative at these talks. The rest of the night was spent in good food and drink, and in pleasant conversations.

14th of February : The Baron met Advocate early in the morning, and they boarded the “Crimson Sands” for a quick sub-orbital burn to the Duchy of Lovelace. Landing at the airfield near the royal manor estates of the Lovelace clan, they were met by local security troops, and quickly escorted to the manor, a finely appointed “victorian” estate that was surrounded by heavy anti-aircraft batteries and several Content Not Found: wind-dirigbles on constant over-watch. The pair were quickly shown to private study with a good view of the gardens, and served local delicacies.

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About twenty minutes later, they were met by Duchess Engel Lovelace herself, along with a personal secretary. The Duchess appeared to be a former military woman, wearing a stern military uniform and smoking a long, thin cigarello. The discussions were very polite, but the Baron insisted that he was there to counter the insults brought forth by her son, Count Almaviva against his family. She officially accepted his notice, and excused herself to consult with her chief of staff. Some minutes later, they were joined by this man, a veteran officer, and the two began formal discussions of a duel. When asked for the form, as the “damaged” party, the Baron demanded it be challenge by BattleMech, which the Lovelace delegation readily accepted, demanding “… the unfairness be resolved by a toss of Three, Five, or Seven, and no more than 350 tons…”, meaning that the Iron Dingoes had to present at least seven challengers of no more than 350 tons in weight. If that was unavailable, they had to present at least five challengers of the same weight, or failing that, three matching no more than 350 tons in weight. If they couldn’t present this, then their challenge was determined to be a failure.

Consulting with Advocate, who was privately in communique with the Baron Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” over satellite comms, agreed they could meet the requirements. The Duchess demanded the site be an open desert field near the Barony of Lackmahnia, where they had dealt with these matters in the past. The Baron agreed, and the time was set to be a ten-day from the date, to grant both parties time to prepare and meet for the challenge. Co-ordinates to the site were given, and the delegation broke-up, the Baron and Advocate returning once more to their DropShuttle and a quick sub-orbital burn to the Barony of Horn, on the other side of the planet.

Upon returning, the unit began examining their rosters to match the duel requirements, and settled on the pilots and machines best suited for the duel. Within hours, they dispatched one of their scout units to the co-ordinates of the duel, and began surveying the site, while they also dispatched the The Loup Garou of * “The Werewolves” to begin investigating whom their unit might be facing, since it was obvious the Duchy of Lovelace was using assets aligned with the Central Tharn Authority.

Over the next couple days, they got back scattered reports from the Loup Garou, whose investigations led them to a sealed section of the Tharn Starport, where a large force of armor, Mechs and infantry from off-world were being housed. After several days of long-range observation, they were unable to tell more than a force of perhaps twenty-four Mechs and armor, and perhaps a company of infantry were stationed there, and from reports, were a large number of smaller and independent mercenary commands hired from the local planets. Exact weights were unavailable, as the units were kept under close watch by the Central Tharn Authorities security forces, and apparently had their own technical support, independent of local AsTechs.

As the time approached, the site of the duel was indeed a desert region that suffered from a lack of good water and constant heat and blowing sand. There was apparently some activity by what seemed like an engineer group, that visited the site and took various measurements and readings before leaving the site a day alter. The scout did identify the force as bearing the mark of the Central Tharn Authority.

* “The Dingoes’ Fangs” led by Master Tech Melinda Clarke “Echo”, managed to patch into several satellite communiques, but the military intelligence was always in code and very little was gleaned beyond the involvement of the Central Tharn Authority in the duel, and what seemed to be a lending of troops to the Duchy of Lovelace to meet their obligations in the duel. This seemed to imply the unit faced a force of seven (7) medium BattleMechs, with _Regular- to Veteran skill levels.

The date of the duel grew closer, and by the 24th things were ready for the unit to deploy and meet the challenge of the duel…

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Episode 122 - Bitter Blood

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

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

January 28th, 3026 : Having made their plans, the Iron Dingoes board their DropShip fleet and deploy along the central border north of Lake Aurin. hoping to intercept the bandit -Army of New Patagonia_ before they reach the main road. Intelligence pegged them as a reinforced infantry battalion with light armor support.

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One hour later, they had completed their sub-orbital drop, and began to deploy their forces, with the infantry and most of their support armor following along to ensure the unit wasn’t flanked. Four of the unit’s tanks, two (2) Maxim Hover Transports and two (2) Condor Heavy Hover Tanks, are split from the group to provide scouting services, and tie down any of the enemy’s faster forces. About 30 minutes later, they identified the main body of infantry, escorting four (4) Vedette Medium Tanks and a pair of LRM Carriers. AMong them were four (4) towed Sniper Field Artillery Pieces.

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The infantry seemed to making their ways towards a bridge located west of two fair-sized hills. As both units entered the close field, the Snipers immediately deployed, and the lead Condor tanks sniped into the lead units, one hitting a command Wheeled APC.

The artillery finally managed to establish itself, and began to range into the advancing BattleMechs. it was obvious they had scouts on the field to provide indirect fire support, likely on the two hills near the bridge.

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Various units began firing across the field, with the larger, ranged weapons of the Dingoes doing some damage to the two lead Vedette’s, and “Caboose” ranging a shot into an APC in one group of infantry.

One of the Vedettes managed along-range shot on Caboose in return, but most ogf the units were out of range. The Snipers began to take shots, mostly missing, but one grazing shot exploded in front of “Wraith”, scattering shrapnel across his front torso.

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The unit’s Condors and Maxims began dueling with the lead Vedettes, the former tanks superior firepower quickly becoming telling, as they suffered light to heavy damage, slowing them down and perforating their armor. The Dingoes heavy PPCs soon outstripped most of the lead infantry motor transports and escorting Wheeled APCs. Several destroyed multiple units, and the two lead Vedettes were torn apart by final shots from Caboose and “Slayer”. The other pair of Vedettes also began to take moderate damage with secondary shots from the Dingoes.

The two LRM Carriers hunkered behind a low section of the hill, and also began firing indirect fire against the eastern flank of BattleMechs. The Snipers began to range into the units, doing scattered damage, but no serious hits. Both remaining Vedettes were able to hit “Blaster”, but without serious damage to his Warhammer.

“Faith” noticed confused communications static from somewhere on the field, but was unable to lock it down. One infantry unit managed a lucky shot into “Advocate’s” Awesome, striking him firmly in the head.

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Finally within range with their SRMs and Flamers, the Dingoes began opening into the clusters of infantry scrambling about the flanks. Faith eliminated an entire platoon with her Flamers, and the Maxims and Condors combined forces to destroy another. Wraith, Caboose and Fixer all managed to destroy more escorting Wheeled APCs.

The infantry used their SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifle effectively, hitting various targets. “Templar” took a solid strike from one Sniper round that rattled his Mech. The enemy LRM Carriers got in a savage series of strikes on Faith.

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The Maxims and Condors all swiftly blew past the lead infantry, to hit the western flank of Snipers and their infantry guards, quickly destroying both units and their guns with Inferno Rounds. “Pitbull” and Fixer destoryed more Wheeled APCs.

The LRM Carriers scattered fire against Blaster, and he retaliated with a savage barrage that destroyed one Carrier in response. Slayer also followed suit, devastating the other LRM Carrier, and the closest infantry platoon with her Flamers. Caboose and Advocate both finished off a platoon of infantry each with their own flamers. Templar tore apart one remaining Vedette, while the other actually lost its tracks and was abandoned by its crew on the field.

A scattering of Recoilless Rifle fire from the faltering infantry did a little damage here and there, but eventually, the remaining infantry, at least those not targeted by destruction, managed to see the inevitable end of their efforts, cut-off and surrounded in the hills, quickly surrendered.

The fight in northern San Isabel was over.

The unit deployed their salvage teams, and infantry to capture the surrendered units, and informed San Isabel central command of the situation. By the end of the day, San Isabel regulars from the 5th Battalion had deployed to the site, and began taking prisoners away to the district capital of Campo Grande. The site secured, the Dingoes pulled its salvage from the field, amounting to a pair of Sniper Cannons, three Wheeled APCs and a mostly salvageable Vedette, returned to tehir DropShips, and committed a short sub-orbital drop back to their home in * Landhold : Garrison.

29th of January : After a long rest, the Dingoes Command Council gathered and discussed their next actions. It was quickly decided that the wait was over, and it was time they began an off-world conquest of territory; after consulting their own limited information regarding nearby systems, they decided that they would have the best chances dealing with the increasingly belligerent government of System – Gollere, starting with their old nemesis, The Duchy of Lovelace.

Plans began to be drawn up, and intelligence consulted.

The Iron Dingoes were going to war.

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Episode 121 - The Awareness of Rebellion

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

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Episode 120 - Federation and Empire

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

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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