Dana(Lt. Charles)————-Hermes 2
Bruce(Erica Hartman)———Phoenix Hawk
Greg(Michael Anderson)——Hermes A
We’d been doing maintenance and other work on our Mechs for a couple weeks in the relative peace and tranquility of Fort Anton, when the “Panther Strike” Gang showed up. They went on demanding entrance, which Zeddy, our resident landlord, refused at our request. Fionna and her troop refused to help us, stating “Not our fight”, though they seemed concerned about the outcome of it. When the bandits found out we were present, their leader went apoleptic. Demanded our heads and our Mechs, and other things. He called us out, and said he’d take us down in the local ruins of Antonopolis. We suspected a trap, but we didn’t have much choice. We needed that Wolverine… We all agreed that it was to be our target of opportunity.
They had brought a Firestarter and a Stinger as support, but the Wolverine and Commando were fairly new to us. Also with them was a Locust, and based on its coloring and battle scars, was likely the same one that eluded us in the Panther Strike Mine. They also had a Valkyrie with them, and this one turned-out to be piloted by a noblewoman by the name of “Lady” Anna Simpson, late of the Federated Suns. When we arrived, she immediately challenged Captain Ruxbundy to a duel in his Spider, which he accepted. A collection of hover trucks showed-up too, filled with drunken locals seeking to get in a little bounty and salvage.
As Capt. Ruxbundy and the noble opened on each other, we moved into position. Lt. Charles and Dominic moved forward, and started trading blows with the Wolverine and his “bodyguard” in the Commando, while the rest scattered and began taking shots at the targets of opportunity on the far flank, namely the Stinger and Firestarter. They scattered a few ranging shots at the support Mechs, and managed to chase them away from the flanks, while Charles and Dominic began to take withering fire from the Commando and Wolverine. Erica engaged the Firestarter and Stinger, and then pulled back to range long distance fire on the command group, as they had taken a position in some hills near the village.
Ruxbundy and the “Lady” traded blows, while they ranged across the map, and the Spider used its superior mobility to its advantage. Erica pinned down the command group with her Phoenix Hawk, while Charles took a few devastating hits that breached his engine shielding and he began to form a fall-back move. Meanwhile, Kampho, Michael and Mitch managed to take down the Firestarter and chase the Stinger back into the cluster of trees around the hills the command group were working in. The Stinger took a devastating shot that blew away its right arm, and with severe damage to its armor, it shut-down and surrendered.
By this point, Charles was dodging around the woods, and finally saw his chance to pull away from the fight and flee across the battlefield away from the Wolverine. The Locust took a couple lucky shots and then it attempted to slip away into the nearby forest, being pursued by Dominic for a about half a minute, until he abandoned it and returned to the main fight. The group, now concentrating on the Commando and Wolverine as originally planned, managed to blow apart both right and left torso on the Commando, forcing its surrender, and all that was left was the main duel and the Wolverine.
Ruxbundy was doing well, until he closed in for an attempt to take out “Lady” Simpson; his attempt failed, with him falling over and taking severe actuator damage to his legs. He admitted defeat, as the gang surrounded the Wolverine, blowing one leg clear off on a lucky shot. The group offered surrender terms and stopped attacking the remaining Mech, and finally managed to convince “Wild” Bill Neibling to surrender himself.
The party convinced “Lady” Simpson to accept the damaged Firestarter instead of the easily repairable Spider, and offered her to spend the night in Fort Anton. Although the pilot of the Firestarter had escaped, and the Stinger pilot refused to work with us, (claiming “You’ll get yours, yet!” as he left)the group managed to secure a new bondsman, Dale Taylor, pilot of the Commando, as well as the services of “Wild” Bill Neibling as the lance leader of the “Cattlemen Society”. Combined with the two battered Stingers piloted by the Clooney Brothers (one from this fight and the other from the previous Panther Strike Mine raid), the group now had a seriously damaged lance of questionable loyalty added to their organization.
“Wild” Bill proved to be a wealth of information about Deadwood, and freely shared what he knew with Capt. Ruxbundy. The Thumpers seemed impressed at the savvy of the group, and although Fionna Lord and her Snow Dusters didn’t say much, they did seem to hold the “Iron Dingos” in higher esteem than before. All that was left now, was repair work and waiting for the notice of Milo Carsebloom’s train leaving Deadwood for New Denver… with all the extra mouths around, we needed some serious influx of cash, or we might have a mutiny on our hands.