“Never throw the first punch. If you have to throw the second, try to make sure they don’t get up for a third.”
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The Military Airfield
November 1st, 2:00 AM, 10 kms south of the Mount Pleasant Airport : While the unit’s infantry and armor secured the airfield, * “The Iron Dingoes” Line Mechs slowly made their way back north to the airfield, having stopped a relief column of heavy tanks making their way to the airfield. Initially planning to leave the Fire Support Lance “Hell’s 1st Light” behind to secure the site, they decided to stay together, and allow the salvage squads to hit the battlefield later, since the tanks weren’t going anywhere.
8 kms south of the Airfield
The unmistakable Boom of a pair of Sniper Cannons was heard, and a series of rounds began to barrage onto the field near the Dingoes as they returned north. The unit quickly moved through the barrage, taking fire, but suffered no damage from the strikes, despite several close calls. As they left the area, they realized they had been spied upon by spotters in that area, and hurried off to return to the safety of the airfield.
2:30 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : The airfield was still intact, protected by the unit’s Line armor and infantry. The units DropShips quickly landed, including “Relentless”, “Pandora’s Box”, “Star Talon” and “Crimson Sands”, and quickly deployed to create their traditional perimeter of infantry posts and active remote sensors.
3:00 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : Site secured, the unit’s salvage squads began to spread-out, targeting the shattered remnants of the fallen UM-R60 UrbanMech. Operations were expected to take roughly a full hour for all six of the shattered UrbanMechs.
The unit began cycling through the Relentless, having their tech crews do as much repair work as time would allow. Initially choosing to match the salvage efforts, with an hour of repairs, they extended it to one-and-a-half hours, to ensure the most damaged locations on the unit’s Mechs were repaired. In some instances, this meant leaving severe damage (like Fixer’s engine critical) untouched, but for the most part, the unit was mostly intact.
4:30 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : The arrival of both “Revolver” and “Spearhead” were heralded with a hard landing by the Leopard CV, that struck some piece of debris on the field. It landed intact, but hard.
Repairs were about as complete as they could be expected, and salvage had been secured in the Relentless’ cargo holds. The unit’s liaison officer under their contract, Captain Juan Aristizabal landed soon thereafter in a K-1 Class Dropshuttle, and announced he awaited the unit’s briefing.
Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate”, having suffered multiple strikes to his Mech’s head from infantry-toting grenade launchers, and Captain Michael Anderson “Fixer” with his hot-running Mech were assigned by Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” to remain behind and oversee the airfield. The rest of their lance were temporarily folded into “Hell’s 1st Light”, and along with “Pitbull’s Pariahs”, would conduct a raid in force on the capital of Port Stainless. The unit’s Line infantry and armor companies would raid the civilian airfield near the capital, as this seemed to be the site where they had based most of their military air assets, including their dangerous half-dozen Corsairs.
5:00 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : As preparations began for the raids, word came from the unit’s “Loup Garou” paw of * “The Werewolves”, claiming they were incoming in a convoy of three Light Utility Transports, and that they had succeeded in their “shopping trip”. They also had brought someone the command council might want a word with. Approaching with the convoy was a FS9-H Firestarter piloted by Recruit Marcus Matsumoto. He was quickly briefed by the unit (the entire command lance surrounding him in their menacing assault Mechs), while the convoy moved off into the airfield.
During the following interrogation, the unit chose to accept him, with his intelligence report about the capital, that he had recently abandoned when they wouldn’t hire him. He stated that about a company of tanks and eight BattleMechs (though he only knew one lance was medium strength), and a battalion of regular infantry were watching the capital at the moment. The supply cache located just north of town was quite substantial, with arms, munitions and supplies for the coming invasion of Operation Mercury. Despite there still being roughly nine hours of darkness today, the area was well-lit and under constant surveillance, especially since a special forces unit had apparently hit the Momart Facility…
_Given a Leash Contract, he was assigned as a temporary thirteenth member of the unit, and given reign to act as their roving lead scout, especially since he now had the most mobile Mech in the unit.
Glamour then moved on to deal with the massed prisoners in the eastern part of the camp. She gathered them all together, and climbed out of her Mech to talk to them. She proceeded into a,long speech, and got about ten minutes in, when she realized that they mostly only spoke Portuguese… and called for a translator to begin again. Eventually she managed to make them understand that she was not ’El Diablo", but that she and her troops were mercenaries. She handed out the unit’s recruitment pamphlets (a suggestion by Advocate ), and tried to talk them through a recruitment speech. Eventually, most of them seemed to understand, and she left them to think about what they had been offered.
5:30 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : Glamour dispatched any spare Techs, Med-Techs and two platoons of the unit’s Janissaries (the 25th & 36th Platoons) to investigate the San Marcos Air Force Mobile Field Hospital, and assess the situation. The facility had roughly 21 Med-Tech Squads, along with an inordinate number of unarmed litter-bearers, but were given leave to treat the wounded. They were informed that the facility, once they had treated the wounded, was to become a Dingoes possession, were handed recruitment pamphlets and left to their work. The facility was under the command of one Colonel Xavier Marks, a veteran soldier and medical officer, who grudgingly accepted the situation, and moved forward with his work.
The unit then turned their attention to the “Barracuda”, visiting the site in person, and thanking Dame Modesty Scrope “Viper” and her troops for their efforts, as they were lounging around the DropShuttle, apparently sizing it up for their future operations. Piloting the ship was a young Darrian officer, Recruit Pleione Bayern, who was quickly recruited and assigned a young Shadow Recruit to help her and keep an eye on her activities.
While all these activities were on-going, Captain Pol Baca “Templar” spent some time searching through the ravaged remnants of the airfield’s central command post for any tactical information, but the flamers did their job too well, and he could find nothing.
6:00 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : Another call went out to the Dingoes command staff, asking for an update by their liaison officer, Captain Juan Aristizabal. Glamour reported in, and gave a run-down of the activities and present standing of the facility and their combat readiness. Captain Arisizabal reminded the unit that their primary responsibility was to ensure the security of the airfield, until such time as The Oriental Republic of San Isabel could fly in their supporting infantry and armor forces to properly secure the airfield.
Glamour convinced him that while the unit could remain and secure the airfield, they felt it was better to move forward and quickly recon the capital and remove the threat of the airfield, before they became too entrenched and activated the bulk of their local resources. He acknowledged they might know best in this situation, and would support their efforts, but reminded them that holding the airfield was still the main objective at this time.
6:30 AM, Mount Pleasant Airport : The unit’s remaining mobile ten (10) Mechs moved-out, heading north-east in sight of the coast, towards the capital 50-60 kms away. The unit’s Line armor and infantry, with their hover vehicles, would circle on ahead, and skipping across the bay, strike the Port Stainless Airport, located east of Port Stainless itself.
7:30 AM, Port Stainless : Scouting reports of the town claimed it was relatively quiet, with the large maintenance facility located near the middle of town dominating the location. Everything was well-lit and open.
As they approached, units began to go active, namely the three local security companies of infantry, as well as the primary active lance of Mechs; a Hunchback, a Hermes II, a Centurian and an Enforcer. A pair of Striker Light Tanks and a pair of Demolisher Heavy Tanks began moving down the other side of the facility, in support of defending the stockpiles.
Recruit Marcus Matsumoto quickly moved forward to scout the site, and the Fire Support Lance moved out to scout along the edge of the town. They opened fire on the two Demolishers, one taking heavy damage and stunning the crew, while LtJG Jessica Burlingame “Slayer” laid both her PPCs into the side of the closest and blew it apart.
Along the north, the Firestarter took a MG hit to the RT, and laid its Flamers into the armored pillbox, doing some damage.
The remaining Demolisher moved west to support the Mechs, while the Strikers moved due north to support the protection of the supply dump, while a pair of Predator Tank Destroyers came out of a concealed position in the eastern woodland, moving to protect the western edge of the supply dump.
The Command group moved into and through the small woodland near the town, with Trooper Bodrick Thompson “Blaster” firing on the MG Pillbox and destroying it. Templar struck the Hermes in the RL, while both Pitbull and Glamour opened on the Hunchback doing multiple strikes, including Pitbull’s devastating strike that shattered through the Hunchback’s cockpit and destroyed its sensor array, though the Mech kept standing and moving.
Slayer struck the Centurian with both of her PPCs, to little effect.
As the Fire Support Lance moved into the edge of town, the three main Mechs of the defending lance moved to intercept, when they sprung one of their traps; another pair of Predators moved out of a concealed position directly in front of Slayer, and opened fire, one hitting her in the LA. Another lance of the vehicles moved out of concealed positions south of the central park in town, and closed to fire long-range shots at the Mechs, one hitting Caboose in the RT.
The unit opened fire on the Predators, doing passing damage, but their strong front armor kept them from destruction. Slayer kicked the one that shot her, and smashed right through its front armor, destroying it.
In the north, the unit moved into position, readying for the new threat, and preparing for whatever else might come, by taking positions in the woodland edges.
The trap sprung completely, when four hidden QUA-51T “Quasit” MilitiaMechs moved out of the relatively deep pond in the central park, opening fire on any targets of opportunity, mostly Caboose and Slayer. The Predators also began moving forward and targeted Caboose, as he came under increasingly withering fire from the defending MEch lance as well. The Enforcer and Centurian began the barrage with multiple autocannon and long-range missile strikes, and the Quasists with multiple LRM and SRM strikes, that eventually began to shred his armor and strike internal criticals, numbering two estroyed Medium Lasers and one Heat Sink in his RT.
The Fire Support lance began to withdraw from the edge of the town, responding with their own devastating attacks. Slayer opened with a round of shots on the Predators, but did little damage. Wraith and Oddball both managed as series of strikes, blowing apart a pair of the Predators. Caboose also slipped in a shot that blew apart his own Predator, as did Templar. Most of the Predator threat had been eliminated.
Pitbull, managing to just target the Hunchback between two buildings in the woods, blew off its LL with a Gauss Rifle strike, blowing it over onto its face, and apparently knocking the pilot unconscious, as the Mech powered down.
Around the supply dump, the Firestarter managed to get off a shot on the Hermes, shooting it in the LL with its ML, while the Hermes responded with an autocannon into the Firestarter’s RL. The Strikers managed a couple SRM strikes against Blaster, in a peppered strike across his arms and torsos.
The fight against Stainless Steel had begun in earnest.