Dana(Lt. Charles)————-Jenner (Mod)
Bruce(Erica Hartman)———Phoenix Hawk
Greg(Michael Anderson)——Hermes A
With Lord’s escorting hover recon storming into the hangar bay of the dropship, the remaining active Galleon moved out of its position in the woods, covered by Shredder and Lord’s two Pegasus Tanks. Gunfire could be heard coming over the coms, but it was light and quickly died-off. Shredder moved to cover the bay door, followed by the Galleon, and some of the infantry from the trenches around the ship. The two Pegasus pulled away somewhat, using their SRMs to destroy the Galleon, while Shredder evaporated the infantry on one side, and his brother Gunman tore into the others, scattering all resistance near the Dropship itself.
Glamour and Voice continued their sweep into the western hills, herding the Stingers, with Glamour destroying one Stinger on a hilltop and forcing the other to bounce back into the northern woods as they followed. They encountered a Thorn coming out of the woods, and Voice cut it to pieces, knocking it to the ground. For the next minute or so, he slipped around it and after several quick shots, kicked it into destruction, blowing its CASE and ammo stores.
Skirting the woods behind the quarry and next to the river, Paladin, Fixer and Wraith sniped across the river to strike against the Panther, finally ravaging it enough to knock it down. The Assassin continued to leap around, joining the retreating Stinger in the woods, and eventually making it to the eastern hills, where they made a few small shots, but eventually fled from the battlefield into the woods on the eastern edge of the valley.
With the fall of the Panther, all forces concentrated on the Sentinel, getting several good hits in, until the Black Knight made it to the edge of the woods and opened up on Paladin. Pockets and Pitbull combined their attacks to tear apart the damaged Sentinel, while Voice closed across the ruined Thorn, and Glamour tried to cool down. The Black Knight opened up another round against Paladin, missing with several of its shots, while it closed walking into the river. All the units of the Dingoes closed and opened up on the Black Knight, while Shredder and Gunman ensured the Dropship was captured and no loose infantry tried to enter up its ramps. The Black Knight took serious withering fire, and was knocked into the river, its breached torsoes flooding and in a cloud of steam, shut down. The commnander of the Mech, refusing to surrender, shot himself before being captured with a single statement before he died : “For their Honor!” BLAM. That single shot was followed by a chorus of howls and cheers from the Dropship, as Lord’s crew declared victory with the lead pilot’s surrender to the Dingoes command.
The Dingoes quickly tried to get control of the site, as techs from the camp began to flee the area. One group tried to rally and capture the remaining inactive lance of Galleons, but were quickly chased away by the arrival of Shredder. Some light jeeps evacuated into the eastern woods, but the majority were kept in the camp by the arrival of Gunman and Lord’s tanks. Pockets and Voice went on over-watch, sweeping the area for any other signals, while Wraith, Glamour and Voice headed to the Dropship to see about its disposition. Pitbull and Paladin tried to sweep the camp, while Lord’s reserve transport crews arrived, using their tech teams to evaluate the camp and its contents. Pitbull captured the Sentinel pilot, one Valentina Masterson, who was a little beligerent, but submitted to the boys with guns.
Pitbull negotiated a truce with the tech teams, discovering they were mostly local AsTechs hired to facilitate the excavation of the minehead. They were allowed to keep their personal transports, excavation vehicles, and complete their hired tasks, where-upon they were promised the freedom to leave. The Dropship, the “Velvet Glove” (a Seeker-Class) was surrendered to the unit formally, and they met its lead pilot, Captain Thane, who explained much of the reasons for the mercenary “Outback Irregulars” being here, as their secretly being treasure hunters. It further became obvious, much of the mining equipment they had accumulated was captured materiel stolen from the several mining camps recently hit in the Northern Territories…
Using Lord’s tech crews, Fixer and Pockets began salvaging all the Galleons and the ruined BattleMechs. It was determined the Black Knight was mostly intact, the Sentinel and one of the Thorns were fairly repairable, while the other Thorn, Panther and Stinger were in pieces. The pair of Skycranes were easily salvaged, and moved into the Dropship. About twelve hours of anxious salvaging later, the site was under control, with the unit’s captured materiel moved into the “Glove”.
Wraith and Voice went in search of an EM field identified by Pockets about 2 kms off on a hill to the north. They discovered an ancient microwave transceiver, and salvaged the site using Fixer’s skills, and traced its connection back to the quarry/mine site. It was determined that the site would take about 2-3 days of work, so the unit settled in for a wait, using the Dropship as a repair facility, and taking parts and supplies from the reserves they’d brought along on the Meadowlands carriers.
After a few days of anxious waiting, the site was excavated and the AsTech crews were dismissed, taking their tools and equipment along with them. Pitbull spoke at length with a handful of mercenary tech crews formerly serving with the “Irregulars”, who seemed willing to be hired, providing a half-dozen Green tech crews to the unit support crews.
The Dingoes investigated the site to find a large Mech-sized entrance, dropping in a reinforced tunnel to a large alloyed door bearing a Cameron star of the Star League and the words, “51st Light Horse” below and “Eden’s Promise” above. An active hard-wired electronics lock along one side was investigated by Fixer, and after several hours, he was able to break its codes, determining it required a “Class 3 – SL Support ID Card”, though where someone might find such an item remained unknown. The door opened with a horrible screeching and the sound of ancient servos in movement. It revealed a series of activating lights, marching off into a vast and pristine vault of containers, canisters, and large bulky objects and vehicles. Eden’s Promise was a Star League Strategic Vault for the 51st Light Horse and its attendant RCT…
Following the oddly dust-free passages between the supplies and equipment, they came to a central lit area where a computer console rigged with power cables led off into the roof, and was over-looked by a single olive-drab CRB-27 Crab. Accessing the computer, it became obvious it was a simple inventory data core, detailing the entire contents of the cache, which gave a print-out as follows:
- Class I Items for Storage -
Administrative Materials – 100 tons
Administrative Records – 72 tons
Construction Materials – 128 tons
Electronic Components – 14 tons
Medical Supplies – 15 tons
Soft Goods – 320 tons
- Class II Items for Storage -
BattleMechs – 50 tons
Combat Vehicles – 430 tons
Missile Ammunition Reserves – 110 tons
Portable Fusion Generators – 20 tons
PPC Loads – 210 tons
Repair Facility Equipment – 110 tons
Spare BattleMech Components – 125 tons
Spare Vehicle Components – 110 tons
Standard Foot Infantry Kits – 30 tons
Standard Jump Infantry Kits – 5 tons
Support Vehicles – 550 tons
- Class III Items for Storage -
Fibre-Optic Communication Lines – 10,000 tons
RCT Emergency Rations Reserves (20 Days) – 1200 tons
SL-V84 Fusion Engines – 2760 tons
Special Food Storage – 20 tons
Strategic Metals – 100 tons
Using the database, the unit was able to bring in their tech crews and identify the entire contents of the cache easily, though it took a good day to sort through its contents. They were able to salvage several vehicles, spare parts, infantry equipment, PPCs and ammunition, as well as a complete repair facility including its machine tools and a large supply of strategic metals for manufacturing essential high tech dies and tools. The Crab was easily salvaged, swapping-out its “black boxes” and using a spare neurohelmet from the unit’s dwindling stores, though it contained a minor mystery in the form of a bloody helmet despite its pristine appearance. They also salvaged a pair of “Patron” LoaderMechs. The cache finally included a vast stock of fibre-optic cabling (enough to equip a planet), stocks of combat survival rations, and a massive stock of Dropship fusion cores.
Every nook and cranny of the Dropship, and even the unit BattleMechs were laden down with salvaged supplies. The vehicle bays were crammed tight with support vehicles and stacks of other goods. With the tech crews secured aboard the Dropship, along with Lord’s recon troops to “keep an eye on things”, it began preparing for a quick sub-orbital hop to Fort Anton, while the PCs moved their large convoy of laden vehicles and Mechs back overland to rendezvous with the group in a week…