“You don’t get anything clean without getting something else dirty.”
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
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The unit reorganized itself, deploying the two captured AS7-D Atlas Mechs, and redeploying their existing units to raise their weight class yet again.
Towards the end of the month, * The Blood Raiders started looking for a contract. The decision was made to concentrate on House Davion, partially because there seemed more opportunity with that government, and partly because they had to choose between Taurian Concordat or Federated Suns in the future, if their ratings were to ever increase; both Houses did not appreciate work with the other.
July 1st, 3025 : The Line unit boarded their DropShips, and began the ten-day burn to the jump-point.
July 11th : The unit jumped into System – Aurore, and sent the “Relentless” down to the planet to dump many of their excess parts (mostly actuators and spare engines) with the Bank of Aurore, leaving Lt JG Marguerite Phillano to sort out the problem and use some of the profits to set herself up properly. The unit then burned back to the jump-point, and jumped out to Tarsus.
July 18th : System – Tarsus The unit identified themselves to the local government, knowing that they were effectively a tool of Excalibur Corporation, and that despite their present good relations, there was always the question of sincerity on their part.
July 26th : The unit jumped into System – San Carlos, a minor holding of Excalibur Corporation.
August 3rd, 3025 : Unit jumped into System – Coventry.
August 10th : Unit jumped into System – Promise, the capital of System-State – “The Unity of Promise”. As the burn down to the planet would be a 20-day trip, they settled for contacting their own agent on-planet, Senior Executive Liberte Asante. They inquired if she knew the whereabouts of either of the major pirates in the area; Starlord Cyr Milligan or Indro the Lightless. Checking with the government, she informed them that ships associated with Milligan was last seen laying low in System – Tashrakaar. The unit got permission to jump through Unity of Promise space, and also requested Asante to arrange for some recruitment efforts; namely looking for paramedics and administrative staff, with a few technicians if possible.
August 20th : The unit jumped out to System – Lot. They identified themselves and waited for their jumpcoils to charge.
August 27th : The unit jumped into System – Kraan, made contact with the local Excalibur Corp reps and waited for their recharge.
September 2nd, 3025 : System – Tashrakaar : Jumping into this marginal mining colony, the unit scrambled their 9th Marines Platoon, and both Spec Ops units of * “The Werewolves”, plus the unit’s Scout. Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” and Captain Pol Baca “Templar” both burned down to the system in “Crimson Sands” with their troops.
September 5th : The group landed at the starport, which was little more than a blasted section of soil on the edge of the habitable portion near the northern pole sea. Opening their hatch, the unit was immediately beset by half-washed citizens hawking everything from used small arms to their own bodies, but they were quickly dispersed by the marines, singling out an older man who was trying to sell his shoes. They interrogated him, trying to gauge information about the whereabouts of Milligan’s forces, which he readily gave away, for the promise of enough food and water he could carry away with him. He knew of the pirate lord’s symbol and told how a collection of pirates came to the market every few days to trade packaged crates of space suits for water and ration bars. They seemed to be stockpiling a large quantity for some reason.
Following his directions, the unit dispatched their spec ops in their Freefall Drop APC, and with their guide, made their way out of the starport community, south some 30kms, following the slight trail the pirates used to haul their supplies along. Eventually, they came upon the DropShip, spying the “Kiss of Death” powered down and half-hidden in an exhaust-blasted gully. The unit scouted the perimeter, and dispatched their scout to keep an eye on the site, while they returned and discussed options.
September 7th : Observing the site, they discovered the DropShip was operating under low-power, hinting it was in a mothballed state. Very few personnel were seen, and almost none were what one might interpret as guards. The unit decided that they could likely take the DropShip with enough force, so they called in their other forces to burn-down and prepare for an assault.
September 10th : After reaching orbit, and juggling their military forces, they landed the bulk of their forces about 30kms away, further out in the wilderness, and then prepared both Spec Ops squads and the Beta Platoon from their Force Recon Line Infantry for the assault. Those units moved in close to the site and prepared for a night-assault.
September 11th : Early in the morning, the unit assaulted the DropShip, and came under intense defensive action. The defenders proved determined to resist, and after some minutes finally crumpled when the attackers dropped any pretense of capturing prisoners. BY morning, the “Kiss of Death” was captured, though only a couple defending techs survived the attack.
September 12th : The unit salvage squads reported finding tons of rations, about 250 vacuum suits, and a fairly distinct series of maps for the local constellation, detailing possible supplies and exports.
Apparently Cyr Milligan and his forces were off raiding certain systems, most noteworthy of which was System – Outpost. Apparently they were looking for someone named Professor Ricketts on Outpost, a noted xeno-biologist. They were expected back in a couple weeks.
The group discussed waiting about six weeks for the appearance of the rest of the unit, and settled down to make plans for the coming activities.