“Veni, Vidi, Vici”
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
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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 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.
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.
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.