Campaign of the Month: June 2014

Battletech : The Farscape Campaign

Episode 145 - Pax Ferrum Canis

“To some Humans, the promise of a patch of land was worth any effort. It was an oddly predictable sort of behavior. Humans had a long, storied history of forcing their way into places where they didn’t belong.”

https://youtu.be/Nd-DlMOLCY4

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Episode 144 - Against a Crooked Sky

“It just so happens we be Terramatrixians. Terramatrixian is nothin’ but a human man way out on a limb, this year and next. Maybe for a hundred more. But I don’t think it’ll be forever. Some day, this country’s gonna be a fine good place to be. Maybe it needs our bones in the ground before that time can come.”

https://youtu.be/ccPBMI9Lixo

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Episode 143 - The Sword of the Monarch

“Better to reign in Hell, than to serve in Heaven.”

https://youtu.be/Fizh0M8TczA

After a brief discussion, the Command Council decides that the Iron Dingoes would be best served by staying on Terramatrix until the matter with Petrópolis is resolved, particularly as their two support units have moved off-world some weeks previous on contracts with the Aurigan Restoration.

While observing the activities of the 7th Cavalry – “The Iron Ponies”, the unit attempted, and failed, to gain knowledge of the rumored pirate forces operating in the system, and using The Trojan Dominion of Cortez as a resupply base. They also reorganize several recently recruited technicians and engineers under the command of a young but loyal officer, Station Master William Holden, and begin bringing * “Black Ice” into operational status. Lastly, Viper was assigned the position of her former lover, and took command of training operations for the unit’s infantry and special forces.

After several days of failed efforts to contact the 7th Cavalry – “The Iron Ponies” leadership, the Iron Dingoes managed to send a message through ComStar to speak directly with the 7th Cavalry’s leaders. Pitbull agreed to meet with them in a neutral location, choosing Von Doom’s Interstellar Starport in The Free-City of Von Doom’s Downport. Meeting on the 8th of February at Wrolka’s Downport, a popular local restaurant, the two leaders met with a small escort, and after discussing their various situations, Pitbull suggested he had the means to give military support to the 7th Cavalry if they chose to seize the nation-state for themselves. While keeping the exact means vague, secretly hinting at the possession of the Sword of the Monarch, he hinted the ability to claim support from a portion of the nation and its surrounding border states in both Buntar and the Marcosan Mandate were available, and he stressed that the Iron Dingoes much preferred dealing with fellow mercenaries, rather than the terrorist organization that employed the 7th Cav.

While Lt. Colonel Eóghan Brand remained non-commital and reinforced that he and his officers were willing to work with the government of the Bloody Hand of Marcosa, he added the provision that as long as they fulfilled their oaths, he would fulfill his. This included an assurance of a landhold for his dependents and to support his forces. If that failed, he would rethink his loyalty.

The two parties left amicably.

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Episode 142 - The Problem With Petrópolis

" The Movement is dead. Hence the name: movement. It moves a certain distance, then it stops, you see? A revolution gets its name by always coming back around in your face. You tried to kill me you son of a bitch… so welcome to the revolution."

https://youtu.be/hB94i3kEwBs

Following several months of downtime, the unit reorganizes several aspects of its ground forces, including assigning specific postings for its infantry units and commands scattered across its landholds.

On January 2nd, 3031, the unit gathers their forces and begins a burn out to the jump-point, intending to head to Tequila Beach.

9th of January : Reports come from their JumpShip fleet at the Zenith jump-point of two JumpShips arriving; one Merchant-Class painted in DCMS military colors, and a second Invader-Class in merchant’s colors. After a few hours of snap-burst communications, the fleet disgorges two Unions, a large and ancient Jumbo-Class DropShip and a smaller Gazelle-Class, all of which begin a burn down towards Terramatrix.

While the Iron Dingoes, still en-route to the jump-point discuss the implications of several companies of BattleMechs appearing from the Draconis Combine, they agree to reach their jump-point and then burn back to Terramatrix, deciding to react to whatever that force does, increasing their trhust to arrive a few days before the invasion fleet arrives, provided they operate at a regular speed.

18th of January : Arriving back at Terramatrix, the unit rendezvouses back at “The Factory”, and awaits the arrival of the unknown fleet, though they will operate at less capability, given their increased thrust to reach orbit ahead of them.

19th of January : The unknown fleet arrives in orbit of Terramatrix. The fleet maneuvers itself, and numerous snap-bursts are identified passing back and forth between The Factory, and into the microwave networks on the surface. The unit is further identified as the 7th Cavalry – “The Iron Ponies”. Within hours, the invasion fleet dropped directly on Petrópolis, and engaged the local infantry battalion assigned by Buntar.

Over the next couple days, the local force of the Bloody Hand of Marcosa rises up in support of the invasion, and declares itself the rightful government of the nation. On the 21st of January, they declare themselves the ruling party of the nation, and that the 7th Cavalry is their army. Proof is proffered that a legal contract has been signed under a war bond with the mercenary force through ComStar. By the 24th of January, the entire lands under Petrópolis are declared under their protection, and the problems with Petrópolis rise once more.

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Episode 141 - Mergers and Acquisitions

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

https://youtu.be/S7DoKFPOhZk

25th of August, 3030 : System – Gollere :

Synopsis : Burning back to Gollere, the unit lands at Rejhappur Starport, and choosing to visit with Lady Kalique Abrasax by attending her home in the city, inform her of most of their plan regarding System – Pa’an. They express an interest in shipping “various goods” over the next few years to Gallos and its allied nation-states, via her regular routes. She agrees, though she understands that she doesn’t know exactly what is being shipped. The unit then burns back out their JumpShips and heads out-system, back to their home.

8th of September, 3030 : The unit makes planetfall back at * Landhold : Garrison, and begins an extended period of downtime. Glamour meets with her intelligence personnel in * “The Dingoes’ Fangs”, and conducts an overview of problem or possible expansion opportunities on-planet. Sharing her results, they identify * The Independent Territory of Borealis and The Gatun Foundation as the two easiest nation-states to either invade or otherwise influence.

After a lengthy discussion of options, they decide to simply send a junior officer to The Gatun Foundation, with an offer of securing that nation’s borders, or even training their security forces, in exchange for a percentage of their income (for a long-term contract), or a reasonable flat service fee (for a cadre mission).

Recognizing they have practically no real contacts within Borealis, they decide to exploit their contact with the leader of Bertling Logistics, “Big” John Stone, and invite him and several other important industrial and financial leaders to a large “all-expenses-paid” soiree at * Sierra Madre Casino & Villa. These individuals are to bring their significant others/wives/husbands, and enjoy a few days of luxury at the Dingoes dime.

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After a few days of preparations, the soiree begins, and most of the Command Council is in attendance, as various important national and a handful of invited international guests also appear. Each night, Paladin and Advocate hold private poker games with their few trusted contacts and friends, and they broach a desire to meet with the CEO of Borealis Corporation to Stone. He accepts, and that night introduces Advocate to Lord Administrator Prestor Sifuentes. The two talk about the Dingo Brand Corporation’s plans to expand, and they offer to buy a controlling interest in Borealis Corp, and after a series of negotiations, settle on a price of 15 million Cs_, paid in 1 Million C-Bill installments every month over the next 15 months. In exchange, Dingo Brand will take over the company, and its interests will fall under the control of the Iron Dingoes. A formal announcement is made the following evening at the closing ceremonies, and many gathered accept the decision as being the reason they were all gathered for the summit in the first place.

One of the matters that became evident during the soiree, was that the heart of the social scene in The District of Garcia was definitively Lady (Major) Heather Jemmas. While an important military officer in their organization, she was also a political power-house in the local district. She was evidently rather put-off that she had been excluded in the opportunities afforded by the unit’s plans, but accepts it nonetheless. Rumors also spread among the wives of the leading industrial figures, that attendance to * The “War Dogs” College of Military Sciences is considered the penultimate glory for any upper caste children in both the district and nation of The New Republic of Sangria. Many important families were using the event to ensure their children gained sponsorship to both the college and the unit’s secondary school, the Iron Dingoes Military Academy, in Garrison.

The unit then returned to their holdings, and began enacting various private works and plans over their own responsibilities with the unit and their interests. Downtime was declared to pass for the next few months, and both of their resident combined-arms mercenary battalions were ordered to find contracts and seek off-world employment, if possible.

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Episode 140 - Once More Into the Breach

“Conscience is but a word that cowards use,
Devis’d at first to keep the strong in awe:
Our strong arms be our conscience, swords our law.
March on, join bravely, let us to’t pell-mell;
If not to heaven, then hand in hand to hell.”

https://youtu.be/9-G4xAijMq4

July 19th, 3030 : System – Dumassas :

Synopsis : While still on Terramatrix, the unit disburses some of their equipment to various forces, including their surprise gift of four (4) TLS-1B Talos and four (4) FLE-4 Flea to The Commonwealth Star Guards. The unit is also paid its back wages (until August 1st), and more consumables are procured through their on-planet logisitics chain. They decide to expand * The “War Dogs” College of Military Sciences, building a MechWarrior studies wing. They also hold a quick memorial for Captain Mitchell Kitsune “Wraith”, and all those troopers lost in the recent campaign.

Lastly, the unit discusses their future plans for the Battle Armor – Warhound, as the first prototype is declared operational. Seeing its value, the unit decides to (long-term) create “Claws” of five (5) troopers each equipped with these suits, as the standard “Super-Heavy” infantry of the Iron Dingoes. The unit then boarded their transports, burned to their JumpShips, and jumped out-system.

August 9th, 3030 : System – Gollere : While in-system, the unit organized expanding the local depot, funding an expansion at their holdings at the starport complex for a fair-sized Whippet Transport Lines facility. Governor Jenna Marcuro helps greatly in these matters, and takes over the project for them. The unit then met with Lady Kalique Abrasax, summoning her to their DropShips, where she gives them a quick run-down on matters as she understands them, in System – Pa’an. As informed as best they feel they can be, they spend a couple days organizing matters, and giving some of their forces a little local downtime, before again burning back to the jump-point and jumping out-system.

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Lordhsip of Downdistrikt

August 15th, 3030 : Jumping in-system, the fleet holds it position, and after a short discussion, the unit decides to take the trusty old “Crimson Sands” along with * “The Werewolves”, and burn down to Pa-an, landing in the Downdistrikt ruins. At the site, they are met by local “authorities”, who answer their questions after the “proper papers” are in order, and relate what they know about the arrival of Ambassador Inara Serra some months ago, referring them to speak with the scavenger crew from Rockhopper Exploration that had been operating here over the last year, and whom had spent some time with them and seemed quite friendly. When the Rockhopper crew are met, they inform the “Ambassador” was headed to the Republic of Gallos. Pitbull orders them to pull-out and return back to Dumassas over the next couple weeks.

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Republic of Gallos

Enacting a sub-orbital jump to the “capital” of the Republic of Gallos, they found the place a grubby little fishing town of a few thousand colonists. They quickly intimidate the local security forces, and locate Ambassador Serra, who is acting as the lover of one of the important local government Senators. After visiting with the good Senator Alcan, they agree to attend a dinner party to meet with the other important folk of the local government. That night, while the site is surrounded by a security force from the Werewolves, the unit leaders attend the social event, and Pitbull eventually meets with the Ambassador privately, and gets an in-depth run-down of the political situation on the planet. She advises, long-term, that the unit should try a “slow-burn” effort, as direct force against one of the locals could precipitate a full-scale resistance against Iron Dingoes interests on the planet, in particular among its two primary power factions, The Republic of Carcovaan and Carving.

After meeting with the various economic and political leaders of the nation-state of Gallos, Pitbull relates his ideas to the group and then proposes, moving forward, that the Republic could be a good friend of the Duke of Tharn, and offers to send troops and guns to help resist the efforts of The Republic of Carcovaan in the future. Senator Alcan agrees, noting that he was glad the Iron Dingoes hadn’t arrived in full force, as that would have likely ended poorly. The unit then packs-up, ordering Inarra to leave sooner, rather than later, and burns back to their JumpShips, eventually jumping out-system, and stopping back in Gollere once more.

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Episode 139 - Homecoming

“An army can conquer a general, but no man can rob one of his ambition.”

https://youtu.be/vyuUcTewmBI

August 16th, 3029, Basalt System, “Coventry Base Camp” :

Synopsis : Concluding their Contract – Operation : “Purple Demon”, and choosing not to extend it another six months, the unit left the Basalt System, and began the long trek back out to their holdings in System – Dumassas. Passing through several systems, including a couple of the core Golden Five Federated Suns worlds, the unit hears news of the 4th Succession War unfolding above and behind them along the borders.

Eventually, they reach the Filtvelt System, and taking the opportunity of its renowned war college, recruit a collection of failed officer candidates to fill-out some of their missing positions and plans for the future. In particular, they use the infantry squads to create a whole new subdivision, the 15th (Jump) Infantry Company – “Death From Above”, equipping them with some of their previously ordered Jump Pack. The unit reaches their landholds in Dumassas, just after the sphere-wide interdiction goes into place against the Federated Suns for their supposed “war crimes” of destroying the Sarna HPG.

Returnign to Dumassas in July of 3030, the unit then settles back into their old haunts, taking a week to conduct some downtime, procure needed consumables, and direct the funding of their landholds from the last couple years, as well as prepare expenses for the new year coming up. They decide to move forward on the possible invasion of System – Pa’an, and quickly loading up their forces begin the long burn back out-system.

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Episode 138 - The House of Blue Leaves

“Soft, the snow falling
Steam spiraling from coffee
The slain cold and still”

https://youtu.be/Hq_Zm8mY32U

Synopsis : August 8th, 3029 : The Iron Dingoes were dispatched as part of an ambush force against a counter-attack planned by House Liao’s reserve formations. The unit were to watch over the “Controssa” resource site on Basalt, one of six (6) supply systems along the line of attack into Confederation space, and respond to any breakthrough against the defenders.

After weeks of quiet on-planet, the system came under attack by the expected assault force, amounting to almost a full regiment of Mechs from several smaller units, supported by three (3) infantry regiments and four (4) armor regiments, more than double the forces assigned any other resource system, primarily because there were two sites to be destroyed on Basalt.

The invaders struck the lakeside depot in a traditional manner, with the infantry and hover armor regiments encountering a heavy armor regiment and light Mech regiment, that quickly tore into the lightly support troops, and eventually destroyed half the invaders before they could reach the warehouses, only to find them empty. Upon this discovery, the entire unit surrendered.

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House Ijori

The Controssa site, the invaders deployed with two battalions of Mechs, two infantry and two armor regiments. Taking the ’Avalanche Drop" tactic of deploying almost directly into the defenses of the 4th Crucis Lancers, and the fight proved disastrous for both sides. Thus entangled, the sixteen Mechs of House Ijori landed directly from orbit, with only the Iron Dingoes to stop them.

The fight was brutally fast, and only a few seconds into the battle, it became apparent a Union-Class DropShip was landing directly on the site. House Ijori, noted for their suicidal and extremely angry response to being tricked as to the size of the defenders, and hearing the warehouses were empty, threw everything they had to destroy the Dingoes, but they were out-gunned and withered under the Dingoes assault.

At the conclusion of the battle, Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” herself seized control of the DropShip, and found it to be a cargo conversion loaded down with technical support staff and cargo movers to facilitate what they thought was an easy smash and grab.

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Wraith’s Demise

In a stunning reversal, Captain Mitchell Kitsune “Wraith”, struck once in the head during the fight in his Atlas, stumbled and fell over, and a tree pierced his cockpit, killing him instantly. His death brought a blood-lust to the unit that matched the fury of House Ijori, and the Dingoes took the field.

The battle itself proved successful, having lured all the reserve formations available to House Liao into the six-system trap, and brought about a renewal of the attackers spirit over the next couple waves of the war.

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Episode 137 - Dynasty

“All eyes on the stage
Together now we can turn the page
All will see the Dynasty”

“This globe is getting small
Touch one life and you’ve touched them all
Look and see a Dynasty.”

https://youtu.be/zX6BiYMikxs

Synopsis : Due to several last-minute cancellations, this session was largely dropped. Instead, those in attendance began discussing the nature of the unit’s status and political position. Various “base-line” concepts were established, including * The Iron Dingoes Demesne as determined by Battletech – Dynasty Rules.

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Episode 136d - The Omega Company : "The Final Countdown"

“We’re leaving together,
But still it’s farewell
And maybe we’ll come back
To Dumassas, who can tell?
I guess there is no one to blame
We’re leaving ground (leaving ground)
Will things ever be the same again?
It’s the final countdown
The final countdown.”

https://youtu.be/6GRHANmafp0

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

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

December 24th, 3028 : System – Northwind : Battered and worn, * “The Iron Dingoes” stared after those forces that were retreating from the remnants of the city headquarters, and Pitbull identified they were gathering in the ruins of a nearby industrial district. Taking stock of their damage, the mercenaries acknowledged they had succeeded in the basic tenets of their contract, and that while attacking the survivors might earn them more salvage, it might also destroy the unit and kill some of their pilots, due largely to their severe damage situations.

The group then decided to move forward and join the rest of the 5th Deneb Light Cavalry RCT, Team Banzai, and their own technicians at “DropShip Row” at the starport. The battered remnants of the 5th RCT and Team Banzai were gathered, and Pitbull was called to attend a meeting of the surviving senior officers. During this meeting his opinion was requested by Major Scott Bradley, and they decided to stay a week, repair what they could, before deciding whether or not to flee the planet. The Christmas Week was a somber one, remembering lost companions and scrounging for armor, parts and supplies to bring as many forces into full operating status as they could.

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At the one week mark, the unit had largely been rebuilt and it was obvious their enemies among the 5th Sword of Light, the 36th Dieron Regulars, and the Genyosha were prepping for one final push into the starport to seize their DropShips and finish the defenders off for good. As all sides braced for the impact, a call went over the intercoms… all four regiments of the Northwind Highlanders had arrived on-planet!

The four regiments landed all around Tara, and quickly chased the invaders away from the city, pushing fast and hard to force them from the planet. By the end of the day, House Kurita had retreated and the planet was saved. The Northwind Highlanders were here to stay.

The tale quickly spread of the entire mercenary group abandoning their contracts in Liao space in exchange for the offer of their traditional homeworld as a personal landhold by House Davion, something they had wanted for centuries. As a result it appeared the Liao border worlds had crumbled all across the Terran Corridor, and the third wave of Operation Rat looked to be in full swing.

The unit was given a full week to take some personal time, and as their contract was soon to be completed, there was a discussion regarding whether they should extend it. House Davion was interested, and soon negotiations began, extending the contract another six months. Meanwhile, the unit rebuilt several of their more damaged units using the Grey Iron Forge mounted in the “Relentless” third bay, bringing themselves back into full strength once more.

Word came from their other two contracts, Contract – Operation : “Thor’s Hammer” and Contract – Operation : “Bronco”, both of which were nearing completion, and both of which were being offered extensions. The Thor’s Hammer one had been a brutally short invasion of Buckminster, in which that unit had taken some infantry losses and lost their Warhammer, but recovered extensive infantry salvage in their attack on the capital. The unit chose to recall this unit, as it was located so far from their personal holdings on the Periphery, and by the time they returned to System – Dumassas, their other contracts would likely be complete. Bronco was extended, largely due to its favorable terms, and the seasoning it would give that infantry force.

In addition to repairs, the unit on System – Northwind were able to recover some salvage over the next few weeks, as the prize court released several pieces into their control, including the captured VND-1R Vindicator. Salvaging parts off several of these units, and selling the intact Vindy to the 36th Dieron Regulars. The unit were able to make contact with their own holdings out in the Periphery, and as February drew to a close, sent orders regarding expenditures on their holdings, and plans to expand both * The “War Dogs” College of Military Sciences and complete their plans for the starport in * Landhold : Garrison, along with other lesser expenditures. The unit were paid-out the first part of their contract, (and their other contracts) and were ordered to make preparations for the time extension and shipment off-world.

The unit also decided to take the opportunity with access to Team Banzai, to sell off several of their BPCs for technologies recovered from Blue Rock Candy Mountain. After a brief negotiation, they were able to secure an offer of a battered old Star Lord-Class JumpShip found in orbit, “The Storis” in exchange for them, plus a guarantee of 150-million Cs against the assets of Dingo Brand Corporation and all its various auxiliary companies. Jumping at the chance, they accepted, and dispatched “The Iron Vagabond” to return back to System – Dumassas and take charge of its trade efforts in the constellation under the Whippet Transport Lines brand.

Last, the unit gave orders to begin production of several TLS-1B Talos from * Deep Ice One. To ship them, it was decided to procure a stripped-down Seahorse Cargo Submarine, and that the units would be stock-piled at the restricted portions of * Sierra Madre Casino & Villa, until further notice. The Seahorse would likely cost around 5-6 million to procure, but would be valuable for their long-range goals, so one was ordered and arrangements were made to ship the 250-ton vessel to Terramatrix.

And then the orders came to ship-out to the Liao front…

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