“I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.”
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
-————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
May 29th, 3024 : System – Tharrill, _ : Following the Line Combat force of the Iron Dingoes return to the system, the unit deployed solar sails and set about charging their JumpShips, while they awaited the return of the grounded force of scientists and troops on Tharrill. Before leaving, Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” convinced Doctor Elsa Kast to assist the Dingoes in convincing the local government that they intended to return and engage in an expedition to Anatar in about a year or two. Offering her a 50,000 Cs “bursary” to help in her personal studies, she agreed to use whatever influence she might have and await their return.
May 30th, 3024 : All salaries were paid-out in full unit-wide, for their return back to Dumassas.
June 6th, 3024 : JumpShips in the fleet were fully charged, but the unit was awaiting the return of “Crimson Sands” from the planet, with its cargo and crews.
June 10th, 3024 : The fleet locked-down its transports and jumped out-system to System – Ildrissar. They informed the local military junta that they were passing through, and kept commo-lines quiet. Eventually they jumped out-system, and followed along a very familiar series of jumps through the Hyades Outback.
June 17th, 3024 : System – Goria
June 25th, 3024 : System – Pa’an
July 3rd, 3024 : System – Gollere : Arriving in Gollere, the unit began detached various DropShips, and began a burn down to the planet, intending to make planetfall at the The Barony of Horn. The trip in-system was uneventful.
July 6th, 3024 : The unit informed Baron Jemmas of Horn of their imminent arrival, and soon landed in the cratered fields north of the town of Horn, they had used so many times before. They were met by the usual convoy and led to the baronial palace for a night of feasting and drinking.
During the feast, Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” boldly (and without any sense of Protocol ), asked about what the local political situation was like. The Baron, used to his “barbaric” allies ways, kept it in stride. He admitted that the local Mangai had been pumping-up quotas among the “resource barons” of the planet, and that he knew there were knives being sharpened in his direction, partly due to his marrying his daughter off-world, and partly because his fief had been arming itself with modern weapons and the recent construction of industrial lines provided by the Dingoes. Indeed, the Dingoes were proving to be the big stick that kept the other nobles and the Mangai at bay; they knew that they might be able to eliminate the local troops, but that the Baron had another married heir off-world with a re-enforced combined-arms regiment only a single jump away. The unit’s constant flag waving at the colony, continued to keep any rivals at bay. After much feasting, the group returned to their DropShips.
July 7th, 3024 : Moxie was interested in investigating the ruins where the unit had abandoned REAPER. Taking a full platoon of Line Infantry. he discovered the facility further stripped, abandoned and REAPER was nowhere to be found. Tracks found at the site hinted that Battle Armor – Tornado PA-armed troopers had assisted in the work; regardless, REAPER had escaped!
Pitbull spent the day working with various gunsmiths to design a unique form of heavy revolver, similar to their old favorites, the Deadwood Special “Ulysses” Revolver, but with a local flavour, that would hence-forth be given to members of the Dingoes as a badge of honour for duty above and beyond. Named the Stargun Award in honour of MechWarrior Elias Whitlocke “Stargun” (Deceased), it was the unit’s first formal medal. Pitbull ordered sixty (60) of the devices, expecting them in about a year or so.
Blaster spent the day combing through the library looking for information on nuclear munitions and any other information on demolitions he might find, without much success.
Glamour spent the day meeting with the Baron to discuss an exchange of “intelligence assets”, to better keep each other informed of what might be happening in the other’s realms. She gave over a tidy sum to pay for this exchange, hoping to have a liaison officer return with them to Dumassas where they might learn the Dingoes ways, and then in a year, return with their own asset to exchange personnel. The Baron agreed.
July 8th, 3024 : The unit returned to the SAMURAI ruins, finding the facility much as they left it, though appearing to break apart. During the Dingoes looting, they might have caused some significant damage to its infrastructure…
Templar chose to visit with the Baron, and in a confusing series of discussions hinted that the unit might not have completed its original contract with the Baron; Contract – Operation “Steampunk Shuffle”. When the Baron seemed to be confused about whether Templar was discussing the matter from a personal or a professional manner, he excused Templar stating; “You seem distraught… perhaps it would be best if you retired and consulted with your leaders…”.
Pitbull quickly learned of the mistake, and discussed with the Baron about his local college, and whether or not they might continue to recruit personnel from his people. They discussed the matter, and all parties continued to agree that such transfers were beneficial to both sides. The Baron stated he would consult with his wife about any such matters in the future. He also excused Templar’s activities, and his explanation “He’s not well”, was accepted.
July 9th, 3024 : The unit spent the morning on a quick tour of the industrial facilities on the riverbank, and then quickly packed themselves aboard the DropShips for a blast-off and return to their JumpShips.
July 12th, 3024 : The fleet jumped out-system to System – Dumassas without incident.
The unit quickly learned of the local inception of The New Republic of Sangria, that political matters in their home nation were developing quickly, and that they might need to spend some time on-planet as these things were beginning to expand with the creation of a new nation and its various machinations.
The unit quickly burned for Dumassas, knowing that their involvement in ballots and bullets were to come…