“These, in the day when heaven was falling,
The hour when earth’s foundations fled,
Followed their mercenary calling
And took their wages and are dead."
“Their shoulders held the sky suspended;
They stood, and earth’s foundations stay;
What God abandoned, these defended,
And saved the sum of things for pay."
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
-————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
September 1st, 3024 : Gustavo Rojas Pinilla Airfield : 3:50am
The firefight began to turn into a grind, with the surviving armor and APCs exchanging fire, and the infantry trying to knock them out as they tried to control the streets. Infantry platoons exchanged fire across the central street, with little noticeable effects. Reinforcing platoons were pulling out of their positions and sprinting across the airfield to lend their firepower to the conflict, and keep the Tragnarian Marines contained.
The Ignis Infantry Support Tank concentrated along the main road, pouring flamers and heavy MGs into the buildings, and taking multiple recoilless rifle and small arms fire with moderate to severe damages, but they kept on moving along the road and keeping the attackers from crossing the street.
Eventually attrition took its toll, with various Ignis being forced immobile, and some of the Marine units taking catastrophic fire damage from the flamers and concentrated fire of the defending infantry. They also took down one of the remaining Galleon Light Tanks.
With the streets free of Ignis, the Marines began trying to cross the street, though they came under torrential amounts of fire in the clear of the streets, taking losses, though they mostly managed to make it across the streets. Reinforcements from the airfield began, however, to make some of the buildings along the edge, and held their positions.
The sole remaining Galleon scouted ahead, and ran straight into the dug-in marine squad with their MP-75mm Anti-Tank Gun, which combined fire on the Galleon eventually hitting it in the engine and knocking it out.
Several other infantry units took attrition damage, and it quickly became obvious that the invaders would not be able to achieve their goal of taking the airfield and its fuel supplies. One platoon, the same one that had held a strong defensive position dominating the western flank, moved into the tall hotel along the western edge of the map, and quickly made their way inside and into position to call-off the invasion.
Remaining forces moved quickly, some cut-off and surrendering, while others melted away due to attrition losses and quickly retreated back to the docks and their transport there. The Iron Dingoes had officially held the airfield and halted the invasion.
The unit salvaged some six intact SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifles along with their support equipment, where the Marines had abandoned them. They took 40 un-wounded prisoners, and another 40 wounded and dying, taking the lot of them directly to holding cells at * Sierra Madre Casino & Villa, where they could be kept under arms easily, until their future could be determined. The remaining vehicle wrecks were taken into the same hangar as the others until their status could be determined, and damaged ones could be repaired. Techs were also dispatched to recover the three wrecks of Corsairs that crashed elsewhere on the island during the air war.
The “Spearhead” was given orders to remain at the airfield, and support * The Sangrian Training Company with its attached infantry until further notice. Meanwhile, the Tragnar naval fleet that attacked The District of San Andrés, Providencia and Santa Catalina moved off, burning their slow, steady way south to the crossing to the Tragnar Sea, away from the islands. The first battles of the Small War were over…
September 2nd, 3024 : The wounded (both prisoners and Iron Dingoes soldiers_ were flown up to “The Factory” to get advanced treatment from its Rejuvination Suites and well-equipped medical staff. The unit had its “spare” soldiers assist local emergency and construction crews, trying to begin to put the chaos and destruction along the street back to order.
Meanwhile, deep in the Corazón Jungle, Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” was busy on his Nexu hunt in the southeastern jungles, when as night fell, he heard an odd, metal-clanging sound. Asking his escorting allied hunters from Tuadann about them, he was informed they were “…the great iron hammers…”. He asked more questions of them, and they offered to escort him to them, since they were only a few days away.
September 4th, 3024 : Governor Albertina Diego informed Colonel Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” that the new governors of the The New Republic of Sangria planned to meet and discuss the developing situation, and required the use of * Landhold : Garrison as a neutral and highly secure place in which they could all gather, to discuss the military needs of the new nation. She also requested the Dingoes dispatch their shuttles to pick them up and fly them to the rendezvous.
September 5th, 3024 : The council members all gathered through the day, and a casual dining event began, with Governor Andre LaPorte and Governor Carlos Alberto Valderrama meeting the Dingoes command staff for the first time. Governor Valderrama also brought a present for Pitbull in a basket… which turned-out to be dingo puppy. Pitbull’s Animal Antipathy kicked in, with the puppy chewing on him, and being given over to his assistant for care. MechWarrior Eric Lars “Caboose” immediately adopted it. Governor Valderrama informed the collected soldiers and dignitaries, that several isolated islands of San Andrés actually had this Dingo-like predator living in small packs on them, and it was a small token of the “…unrepayable sacrifices…” that the Dingoes had done by saving their small island. And with that, the group broke-up to meet in earnest, with Pitbull taking Major Erika Hartmann “Glamour” and Ambassador Inara Serra along with him into the closed session.
The governors immediately began by agreeing they needed to find a short-road to unifying their military, and the best way of doing that, was to assign someone to be the “lead general”. The group agreed that Colonel Luis Arturo Pérez be promoted to Colonel, and he be given reign to start organizing their army, with an eye to being the first The New Republic of Sangria General.
They also agreed that the Battalion Speciale 1 – The “Sun Swords” remain an independent force (effectively a “national guard” for its district), since it was privately funded by The District of Guaviare.
The governors also agreed to continue funding Contract – Operation : “Ocean Breeze” for an additional two years, during which, they would be tasked with raising the 12th (Foot) Rifle Infantry Battalion – “The Krakens” to full battalion strength.
They also discussed the reorganization of the Policia Federales along national lines, and established a few minor trade agreements and prioritizing a national highway and railway linking Guaviare with Garcia.
The last item, was to bring the Dingoes into the mix. In light of the recent battles, it was obvious that the other nations of Terramatrix saw their new nation as weak, and would continue to poke at them until the matter was resolved. To ensure Tragnar backed off from any further fight, it was suggested that the Iron Dingoes make a formal raid on their chief means of getting troops to Sangrian soil; they wanted the mercenaries to raid the Tanador Shipyard, and take apart their naval forces. They didn’t want any damage to shipyards themselves, since they were the only large ship repair facility on the planet, however, the military naval base and its ships, were another story.
As incentive, they offered * Landhold – Izpek for a completion of the raid, primarily since they were beginning to lack ready cash reserves. The Dingoes accepted, seeing the long-term value in the offer. Plans for the raid began almost immediately, and they were given free reign in its execution, though sooner would obviously be better.
Finally, Moxie and his escorts managed to travel to the isolated “Great Iron Hammers”, located in an isolated part of the south-east jungle, known as the Magdalena River Valley. Approaching by night, and being careful to avoid a supposed sensor network, they got a glimpse of the Iron Hammers…. that were actually oil derricks. A small oil field of ten pump-jacks, their storage tanks and a pumping pipe that collected the crude and pumped it off somewhere to the east, quickly through buried pipes that hid their presence from casual observation.
The Tuadann forces explained that there was a larger collection of Iron Hammers off to the north, and that there were more “wonders” to the east. When questioned why they didn’t travel here, they explained that the land was ruined, and that the local Achura tribe was hostile to the Tuadann, and very well-equipped. When queried about any badges or symbols, the troopers explained that they were obviously “…not of the tribe…”, and drew a symbol that was obviously Spanish on the ground… El Gas.
Moxie needed to return with this information as quickly as possible to Tuadann, to inform the Dingoes there was a valuable oil resource within their grasp…