Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Resource Exploration Company
Rockhopper Exploration is a shell company for * “The Dingoes’ Fangs”, providing cover for its operations under the guise of its original mandate as a resource exploration company. Although lacking some degree of assets and personnel, the build-up of this organization is an important goal for the organization.
The company has an infrastructure of a few scattered personnel at this time, but operates under its cover mandate, providing survey information to interested parties. Its CEO is presently Master Tech (Intelligence) Fernando Botero “Picasso”, who rarely leaves the island today, but his agents travel quite widely.
The company maintains close ties with The Trojan Dominion of Cortez through its space survey division, and is working to re-establish its offices in * The Independent Territory of Borealis, including the operation of a deep-sea cargo submarine.
The following assets have been assigned to it as it develops.
Land Survey Group
Three (3) MT-1B Light Troop Carriers
3 Engineering Squads (Reg, 2 Green)
Space Survey Group
One (1) Type-S “Seeker” Mining Shuttle (Regular)
Thirty (30) Pre-Fab Emergency Housing Units (Environmental Seals, Capable of holding a platoon of troops or techs : 6 tons each -100,000 Cs per)
One (1) Pre-Fab Emergency Galley Unit (Environmental Seals – Capable of feeding a complete regiment : 100 tons – 250,000 Cs).
One (1) Large Pre-Fab Vehicle Storage Facility (Environmental Seals – Capable of housing up to twelve light vehicles : 100 tons – 250,000 Cs).
One (1) Electric Cell Bay (Environmental Seals – Storage Facility for electrical charges : 100 tons – 250,000 Cs)
Five (5) Civilian Solar Panel Units (100,000 Cs per)
Two (2) Civilian Wind Electrical Generator Units (100,000 Cs per)
Rockhopper Exploration Depot, Isla Brasilera
“Rockhopper Exploration” was primarily a resource exploration company that specialized in petrochemicals. They had been in operation since 3013, and though the bulk of their assets were located in The Federative Republic of San Marcos, they maintained a private compund on Islas Brasilera. They were known to have a handful of small ships from which they operated helicopters, WIGEs and research submarines.
None of the extensive organization survived the civil wars of 3025, and the only notable assets remaining were located in the depot on Isla Brasilera. The company attracted few of its former agents or assets back into its fold initially, but an advertisement campaign was able to lure a handful of former employees back during late-3025 and early-3026, most of whom had been located in * The Independent Territory of Borealis.
In late-3024, the company was taken over by * “The Iron Dingoes”, who absorbed its surviving assets and personnel, in an effort to develop a shell company for its intelligence service in * “The Dingoes’ Fangs”. Presently the “Dent des Chien” (French : “The Hound’s Fangs” ) network of the intelligence service uses Rockhopper as its cover, and continues to train new agents and rebuild.
In late-3025, the organization was assigned a salvaged Aquarius Research Submarine to provide oceanic exploration services to the company. For the month of December, the submarine was used by Senior Tech (Research) Sarah “Sharkey” Richmond to conduct “scientific research” along the southern reaches of the Atlantis Ocean. Also, the organization’s Type-S “Seeker” Mining Shuttle began operating in the system’s trojan asteroid fields, in an effort to try and investigate The Trojan Dominion of Cortez. About a year later, the Seeker was instrumental in making contact with the people of Cortez, and the unit’s chief intelligence asset began official trade talks with that nation-state’s council, to provide rare minerals to its manufacturing interests.
In late-3027, the company was equipped with three (3) MT-1B Light Troop Carriers and a supply of 500 Defiance Industries Heavy Environment Suits, and further equipped with a plethora of environmental gear for establishing a temporary base in any harsh environment. The company engaged in organizing for a potential salvage operation of the irradiated starport in System – Pa’an, which would have demanded much of their effort and personnel.
In early-3028, the company was contacted by The Trojan Dominion of Cortez to broach the topic of trade with their allied Iron Dingoes holdings, and Senior Tech (Intelligence) Selena Marie Demarkos was integral in beginning negotiations with that isolated community. As a result of those negotiations, Cortez has since formally entered The Commonwealth of Nations as an observer nation. Today, Rockhopper is a welcome sight among the Dominion territories, and has developed a distant, though friendly relationship with the asteroid miners.
In mid-3028, the shuttle was dispatched to System – Pa’an to operate as a small survey and salvage crew for the next year or so among the salvagers of Downdistrickt, during which time they learned about the people and nature of the regional government, and survived largely on accompanying local salvage crews into the ruins of the former starport, as their advanced equipment and technical knowledge made them welcome members of any team. In mid-3030, they were removed from that detail, and returned to Dumassas, taking some months off, but had learned a great deal about survey work among the ruins, and became quite capable salvagers.
In early-3030, the company was assigned a stripped-down Seahorse Cargo Submarine, intended as a medium-level cargo vessel for shipping the company’s equipment as required. In truth, the vessel was used to haul supplies to * Deep Ice One and its production back to the * Sierra Madre Casino & Villa. The submarine was equipped with a number of Iron Dingoes loyal technicians, but is commanded by a former crew member of Senior Tech (Research) Sarah “Sharkey” Richmond. It claims Isla Brasilera as its port of call, and is found at the depot in that island province, when not engaged in its shipments.