Campaign of the Month: June 2014

Battletech : The Farscape Campaign

Episode 74 - Origami

“I know a man who used to be a millionaire before San Succi fell. Now he’s poor and mopping floors. But I’m not laughing, because at least he was able to get a job. Unlike me, who only has an English degree that’s not even worth the paper it’s printed on, the paper I folded into an origami dragon and lit on fire.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Dale (Paladin)—————————Battlemaster
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Catapult
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank

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Episode 73 - Paper, Scissors, Rock.

“I understand that Scissors can beat Paper, and I get how Rock can beat Scissors, but there’s no f@!#ing way Paper can beat Rock. Paper is supposed to magically wrap around Rock leaving it immobile? Why the hell cant paper do this to scissors? Screw scissors, why can’t paper do this to people? Why aren’t sheets of college-ruled notebook paper constantly suffocating students as they attempt to take notes in class? I’ll tell you why, because paper can’t beat anybody, a rock would tear that s@#t up in 2 seconds. When I play rock/ paper/ scissors I always choose rock. Then when somebody claims to have beaten me with their paper I can punch them in the face with my already clenched fist and say “oh s@#t I’m sorry I thought paper would protect you, a@#hole.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Dale (Paladin)—————————Battlemaster
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Catapult
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett

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Episode 72 - All's not so Quiet on the Western Front

“We were all at once terribly alone; and alone we must see it through.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Dale (Paladin)—————————Battlemaster
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Catapult
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett

May 22nd, 3021 : Late Afternoon, The Presidio, Ciudad Garcia : The capture of Governor Ferdinand Dominica, the destruction and surrender of Guardia Civilia – Garcia and the capture of their barracks, meant the war in Ciudad Garcia was drawing to a close. The coup was nearly complete.

* “The Iron Dingoes” spent the next couple days salvaging what they could from the two sites, and retreated from the city, turning over the Governor to Mayor Albertina Diego‘s government. All captured prisoners from the Guardia Civilia were also turned over to the returning 4th Battalion. Once the Iron Dingoes had left the city to return to Garrison, and their DropShips, the 4th Infantry (Motorized) Battalion, Sangrian Armed Forces – "Garrison’s Own" moved into the city to take over protection, with the military forces from the Gaucho Ranchers’ Organization acting as support.

May 24th, 3021 : With time to kill, Major Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull”, Mechwarrior Pol Baca “Templar”, and Lieutenant SG Michael Anderson “Fixer” chose to check-in with Terramatrix Industrial Salvage to see about procuring a long-term contract for replacement armor and miscellaneous parts. Quickly returning to the capital via Karnov UR Transport, the group were able to meet with the Director, Doctor Rita Moreseado. During their discussions, they revealed their suspicions regarding her factory administrator, Doctor Derek Varn as being involved in the theft and black market sales of factory materials. She agreed to take a closer look into his activities, and then agreed to sell the unit 20 tons of Livingston Ceramic armor plate every month for 200,000Cs per month. The unit also picked-up some engine heat shielding, and questioned manufacturing some Guass RIfle ammo.

May 28th, 3021 : Several days later, the unit heard from the mayor.She demanded the surrender of the Royal 5th Battalion, but promised that if they left their heavy equipment, they would be flown back to San Succi where they could be reunited with their families. Plans had apparently been made with many of the transport pilots that were in the city to serve with the local government in the same capacity. Evacuation of the troops was believed to take several days.

The Iron Dingoes claimed that they had also found the “Buenaventura” in the depths of the Corazón Jungle, following an “…exhaustive search of 8 days and a sharp firefight against pirates holding her…”. The unit claimed it for their own purposes, and since the Governor’s property was presently in Limbo, they decided to “hold onto it” and use it to improve the local economy (and their own holdings).

May 29th, 3021 : Colonel Michael Ruxbondy “Paladin” took a Karnov back to the capital, along with several other members of the Dingoes, and visited Mayor Diego at City Hall. She quickly praised them as the “Heroes of Garcia”, and informed them that a ceremony was being held on June 1st, that would cede the Dingoes the base at * Landhold : Garrison and the former Governor’s lands at * Landhold : Miguel, in exchange for their continued support of The District of Garcia and her government. Pitbull proposed the Dingoes assisting in various possible ways in education and military training. Either way, they agreed that the unit would station a substantial force at Garrison, possibly * The Fold Fiends.

They were then informed that the local government had been contacted by Lord (LtSG) Henry Fitzroy of * “The Dead Man’s Hand”, as well as one Major Adam Ocelot “Black Panther” of the Sangrian Naval Command. Apparently, the DMH and the Marines were going to evacuate the government and their families from San Succi, to regroup in the Marine’s base south of the city, and from there, take the river east to the District of Garcia. The Mayor intended to use the term “government in exile” as a means to legitimize the independence of the district from the problems growing in the nation’s heart, and give it the political clout to appoint a new “President” through the existing government members.

Lastly, they learned that the city government was broken into those being protected by the DMH and their allies, and three seperate Warlords that had taken control over various key industries and sites. Code-named Paper, Rock and Scissors, they remained in a detente, with each controlling sufficient forces to keep the others in check. One (Scissors) controlled the starport, but was unable to get the planes and helicopters flying due to increasing fuel shortages in the capital; one (Rock) controlled the local Indumil plant; and the last (Paper) controlled the Armory, where the local militia had stored their weapons, and numerous surplus items were awaiting government auction.

June 1st, 3021 : The unit arrived at City Hall in full formal dress, landing a Karnov i n front of the crowds come to celebrate the independence of the city from its “oppressors”. In a bright ceremnoy, Paladin as unit CO was awarded an ornate (though functional) cavalry sabre and marked as a Sword of the Realm (effectively a Knight). The other members of the Dingoes were acknowledged as Sword Banneret, effectively able to command other members of the local district military as though they were Lance or Platoon Commanders. Paladin gave a moving speech, during which he made the suggestion that all the Dingoes had done was in defense of the district, and always “…We did it for the People of Garcia…”. After thunderous applause, the group were entertained at a gala event in the Hall’s chambers. Looking around, they noticed that the wealthiest and most powerful individuals in the district had changed from when they first were given an invitation to a gala event. in the last three years, the power in the district was now held by the Mayor, the members of The Industrialist’s League, and the Iron Dingoes. How things had changed.

The unit retired that night and began making plans to consolidate their holdings and organize matters. They also began planning a raid into San Succi, hoping to strike at the Starport, then the Armory and/or the Munitions Plant. Scissors, Rock and Paper.

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Episode 71 - To Kill a Mockingbird

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what."
- Atticus Finch

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Dale (Paladin)—————————Battlemaster
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Catapult
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank

May 22nd, 3021 : Government House, Ciudad Garcia, Garcia District, Republic of Sangria : The second attack for force, consisting of the “Ground Pounders” of Line Mechs, the two remaining lances of armor from the Line Armor force, and the four Marine Platoons from the StarGuards to storm the residence and root out Governor Ferdinand Dominica at Government House, near the Presidio.

The unit met no resistance as they marched through the city, and made their way directly to Government House and its extensive gardens and ponds. As they approached, their air cover reported a lance of heay Mechs, the reported mercenaries, a company of infantry holding position in front of their target and among prepared positions behind with artillery pieces. Also, about four companies of militia, half armed with anti-tank guns, but all in buildings or prepared positions, were scattered around the grounds.

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The unit split into two forces, with the hover armor of their Line Armor forces sweeping ahead. Reports came of two light helicopters just behind the main building were spooling-up and the unit assumed that was the Governor’s primary means of escape, so the tanks barreled towards them. The mercs included a Zeus, an Archer, a Vindicator and a Crusader. Scattered fire was exchanged as the Dingoes advanced, but nothing serious occurred. The merc Mechs were forced to pull back to keep pace somewhat with the hover tanks.

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The lead Pegasus managed to evaporate a platoon of militia in their trenches, through its Inferno rounds, while an accompanying Zephyr tore into one of the grounded helicopters, destroying it, though it also took a lucky anti-tank gun to its skirts, immobilizing it. The Zeus, trying to stem the approach of the tanks, managed to immobilize another Zephyr, though not before they destroyed the other grounded helicopter.

The advancing Mechs just managed to clear the suburban line on the edge of the gardens, and opened fire on Government House itself. The place took some serious fire, and within seconds was destroyed. As the building collapsed, the command went -out “Olympus has Fallen! Repeat. Olympus has fallen!”.

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While the Regular Army units remained hunkered in their positions and behind their APCs, the militia began to take some serious damage, with one platoon on the east flank evaporating beneath the Pegasus’ infernos.

The attacking Dingoes Mechs avoided the infantry (for the most part), and exchanged fire with the mercenaries as they approached. The militia’s anti-tank guns, however proved troubling.

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The Dingoes Mechs penetrated directly into the main lot before the ruined Government House. The Crusader tried to use the trees it was among as a good firing platform, managing to center itself well. It got in several solid shots on MechWarrior Faith Whinyates, knocking her over onto her side.

Two Zephyr’s managed to destroy more militia platoons, while one got a lucky shot off, immobilizing one tank in return. Trooper Bodrick Thompson “Blaster” attacked the Vindicator, but only managed to destroyed it when he kicked the machine and its structural capacity failed, blowing the Mech to pieces, as his kick went through leg, torso and into the central engine, cooking the machine off as it exploded…

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Faith was unable to rise from the ground, stumbling twice more before remaining still. Propping herself, she fired a volley of lasers on the Crusader, who also took fire from Lieutenant SG Michael Anderson “Fixer”, critically damaging the Mech’s LA Shoulder and ML, though it also managed to savage Fixer in his Flashman, and knocked him over onto his side. The Crusader then kicked the downed Faith for good measure.

The advancing Mechs, however, had gotten a little close to the central militia units, and began to take some serious damage. Mechwarrior Parish “Priest” took a lucky shot into his Engine, while Master was savaged by close-range grenades and automatic fire.

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The Dingoes marines had finally reached the main field of combat, and dispersed into firetems (roughly a squad each). Faith continued to stumble, failing (again!) to stand, twice. She, Master and Fixer (even the closest Marines) all unloaded everything they could into the Crusader, knocking it over, and taking several inferno rounds. The machine had its ammo cook off, and the vehicle exploded on the ground into pieces.

Another Zephyr managed to eliminate a militia platoon in its bunkers, though the infantry managed to immobilize it with scattered fire. The Archer fired everything at Priest, knocking him over, again. He immediately shut-down. Fatih also shut-down.

The orders went out from Fixer to all remaining units to surrender, something that the remaining infantry quickly did. The two remaining Mechs moved off towards the east, and they were told that they could freely leave the battlefield, provided they revealed the location of their employer. The Zeus pilot opened his main hatch, and pushed the old Governor out through it to have him hang from the Mech. He “jiggled” the Mech until the Governor made his way back down to the ground, while the unit’s infantry moved forward to place him and the other militia under arrest. The Zeus and Archer slowly pulled away from the scene… The regular army troops were ordered to evacuate the field, and that the good Mayor Albertina Diego would sort things out in the coming days.

As they pulled away, the unit had to await reinforcement and the arrival of the unit’s salvage crews, though it was obvious that they had captured numerous anti-tank guns and a scattering of other arms and pieces of Mechs…

The battles in Ciudad Garcia, were over…

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Episode 70b - The Line in the Jungle

“If you have a business run by military officers, when there’s a transition, you’re not going to get rid of all these people. This is a way to maintain a space for established powers in a future Sangrian society.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Dale (Paladin)—————————Battlemaster
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Catapult
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Steve (Oddball)—————————Warhammer

May 22nd, 3021 : The Presidio, Ciudad Garcia, Garcia District, Republic of Sangria : The attack continues.

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On the east flank, the two newest Dingoes Mech pilots, Trooper Teresa Agnes and Trooper Thomas O’Brien continued to maneuver counter-clockwise around the wall, taking apart infantry platoons with their flamers. MechWarrior Robert Stuart “Prince” lay unconscious nearby, his Mech fallen. One enemy Hunter Light Support Tank continued to lay-down suppressive fire squared against Major Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” and Colonel Michael Ruxbondy “Paladin” in their Battlemasters.

To the west, the entrance continued to be a congested trap with fallen Mechs and destroyed tanks everywhere. The attackers have managed to push into the complex, but resistance remained hard, with dug-in and fortified infantry bunkers and a few tanks still fighting to hold their base.

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MechWarrior Valentina Masterson “Valentine” opened the next round of combat, by firing everything she had, heating some, but managing to blow through the remaining Flea’s CT armor, and score a critical into its MG ammo bins, blowing the Mech to pieces. Pitbull let loose with everything he had, damaging the last Hunter, as well as the closest infantry cluster. Thomas eliminated another group of infantry along the wall.

Trooper Mycroft Holmes “Oddball” stormed into the cluster of battle tanks near the fuel depot, and was swarmed with shells and infantry grenade fire. Several hits proved decisive, tearing through his CT and critically striking his Engine and Gyro. But he remained standing.

Word came from the Government House, that the Dingoes troops had forced the mercenaries defending it into retreat, and were mopping-up the remaining infantry… their battle was almost over.

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Oddball advanced further into the swarm of tanks, destroying a Pegasus Scout Hover Tank, but found himself along, and surrounded by enemy tanks and infantry, who flooded him with multiple hits. He couldn’t remain standing when his damaged gyro failed him, knocking him over and taking more damage to his belabored Mech’s armor.

The remaining plots started shooting infantry in the center of the complex in their bunker, doing some damage to the building and infantry. Paladin took out another Scorpion tank, and Pitbull concentrated on the nearby jump infantry moving off towards the east wall.

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Paladin opened his actions by pasting the last remaining Hunter, while Valentine burned apart a group of infantry, though she took severe damage into one torso, critically damaging one of her Medium Lasers and a Heat Sink. Pitbull continued to hunt the last few Jump Infantry, destroying one with his infernos.

Pitbull barely managed to avoid an ammo explosion with his Infernos cooking (8+!), and then kicked a last Scorpion into submission, while Oddball just powered-down, while lying on the ground, taking him out of the fight. The central bunker took a few long-range shots, but remained intact.

A force of unidentified APCs appeared to the west, moving quickly towards the entrance to the compound. The Dingoes infantry, finally managing to reach the edge of the compound, moved quickly to intercept them.

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At this point, Trooper Pol Baca “Templar” stood astride the Command Van, demanding its techs surrender (which they quickly did). The single remaining Scorpion was quickly dispatched,
and the command went out to spare none of the militia. they were the unit’s local nemesis, the Guardia Civilia – Garcia, known rapists and murderers. Thus, the unit began to chew away at the central bunkers and their infantry, while the rest moved their way around the walls, destroying the remaining militia.

The Dingoes infantry demanded the unknown approaching infantry to hold their position, and as they evacuated their APCs, they were identified as Sangrian Royal Rifle Infantry, from the 8th Battalion that ws stationed in the airport nearby. They remained clustered behind their transports, but held their position, probably staring in horror at the destruction being wrought in the compound.

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About a minute later, both armored bunkers were in ruins, and the Civilia Guardia were destroyed. The compound had fallen to the Iron Dingoes.

Word came from the other battle site, that Governor Ferdinand Dominica had been captured, and was being placed under restraints, along with nearly a company of infantry that had surrendered to the other Dingoes forces.

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With the compound in their hands, the unit infantry swarmed inside to secure their salvage in the form of the Command Van (and its technical crew), a Swift Wind Scout Car, several Sniper Field Artillery, and scattered military equipment. The Royal Infantry demanded the return of their techs, but were informed to return to their base and leave before things turned ugly…. well, uglier. They retreated, with the knowledge that Mayor Albertina Diego would contact them and sort matters out in the coming days.

The battle was over for today.

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Episode 70a - The Line in the Jungle

“Our strategy to go after the Army is very, very simple. First we are going to cut it off, and then we’re going to kill it.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Catapult
Ralph (Wraith)—————————Battlemaster
Dana (Blaster) -————————-Warhammer
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
Steve (Oddball)————————-Warhammer

18th of May, 3021 : Waiting for the moment to begin “Operation Chaos”, or the coup of the government of The Republic of Sangria, the unit were contacted by an old friend, Trooper Bodrick Thompson “Blaster”, who was back in-system with his old Warhammer. He was offered another “Leash” contract with the unit, and also brought some information: the local Governor had hired a lance of mercenary Mechs as bodyguards for his palace.

As the day progressed, the unit decided that they should just get the whole movement going, and dispatched Captain Mitchell Kitsune “Wraith” and all ten of * “The Werewolves” in a Planetlifter Air Transport to San Succi to find and assassinate the president of The Republic of Sangria.

19th of May, 3021 : Well into the 28 hour night on Terramatrix, the Werewolves chose to land south of the sprawling city, intending to activate their Battle Armor – Tornado PAs and move through the lightly populated industrial sections on their way towards the central palace and government buildings.

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The combined “Paws” activated their suits, with Wraith in his own stealth suit leading the way, while Trooper Marguerite Phillano waited with her flight crew for the eventual pick-up call. They quickly and quietly moved through the industrial sectors and commercial areas without incident, staying to the dark back alleys and made their way into the central portions of the large city. Eventually, they were confronted with the palace and government buildings complex itself, a walled compound with the mass of the 90-room, 5 story palace on the other side of the Rio Verdi. Wraith took note of the airfield that seemed fairly open, immediately next to the river, and the dark mass of the park lands north and east of the compound, but the thing that caught his eye was the large luxury zeppelin moored north of the palace at a private landing area.

The group carefully crossed the river, and moved into the airfield, avoiding exposure by using the handful of military helicopters parked as cover, and after silencing the outer sentries, entered the mass of the palace itself. The difficulty of sorting through a 90-room palace without alerting too many guards was something they expected, but proved daunting. Moving quickly, they decided (using their own skills as soldiers as the test bed) that finding the most heavily guarded section of the building was the easiest method, and moved fast and hard into the building. Within 10 mins, they found the general area they felt was the correct, and burst into the largest suite guns blazing.

In the bedroom, they found a single old man that roughly fit the description of President Miguel Tazeal, and confronted him as he hid cowering under the sheets. Wraith forced him up and listened as he stammered and asked what he wanted… Wraith immediately identified that while it looked like the President, he did not seem particularly presidential. Pointing his laser rifle at the man, Wraith demanded to know where the real president was. The man stammered to look next door.

Leaving one Paw to guard the man, the lead element of the Werewolves smashed into the next suite of rooms, less glamorously appointed, but filled with wealth, a pair of “bed-warmers”, drugs and another man better fitting the description of the president. Wraith confronted the man, and he confidently demanded to know who Wraith was, and promised “…I will make your greatest wishes come true, if you should spare me…” That sounded like the president. Killing him quickly, the order went out to kill his double and all witnesses, while the unit made their way out of an awakening and increasingly alarmed palace.

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Wraith decided that rather than try and fight their way out of the city, they should use the president’s own zeppelin, and moved north into the mooring field taking out the handful of guards. Using the zeppelin’s integral cranes, they boarded the vessel, and Dame Modesty Scrope “Viper” took the helm, using her pilot’s skills the fullest. The unit quickly found the zeppelin to be a first rate ride; well-appointed and with a dozen suites for guests, and all the liquid amenities. The group began gathering items for the return trip as they cut their moorings and slowly left the palace grounds, headed east. Wraith ordered the explosives blown as they left the compound to cover their departure.

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All hell broke loose.

Turns out, Tech Ginney McRiven “Trigger” had planted every piece of explosive she carried at key locations throughout the palace as a back-up to assassinating the president. The resulting explosion rattled windows across the city, and lit the night sky in a glorious fireball. There was no one in the city who didn’t know the palace was no more.

As the news media lit up the airwaves with the destruction, the Iron Dingoes heard most of what they wanted… except the reports claimed that the President had apparently escaped the destruction of the palace in his zeppelin. The Werewolves reported in their success, and were informed they also had to destroy the Corvair, to ensure there was no question of the president’s death.

Reluctantly, the Werewolves rendezvoused with their Planetlifter east of the city in a field, planted the last of their explosives, stole as much of the booze and snacks as they could, and then set the zeppelin loose. As the airship rose slowly into the dawning light, the group gathered at the loading ramp, and saluted the destruction of the airship over the fields of eastern San Succi. They quickly battened down the hatches and returned quietly to The District of Garcia.

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Word continued to filter out of the capital regarding the investigation into the bombing of the palace, but no one seemed to know what was going on. About an hour later, reports flooded in that the president was believed dead, his zeppelin having been blown out of the sky by unknown saboteurs.

The Iron Dingoes took their Mechs and line units and made their way into the forests south of Ciudad Garcia, in preparation for the invasion.

May 20th, 3021 : Waiting on official word regarding the situation, the Dingoes stayed in the forest, chewing survival rations, playing cards and soccer.

May 21st, 3021 : Word filtered down that various military units were moving around the capital, in anticipation of a change in government. Further to this, evidence found in the ruins of the palace revealed that the assassination might have been at the behest of the Governor of Garcia, Governor Ferdinand Dominica. In fact, the Royal military units at the capital were being hinted at having come to help arrest the Governor…

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As the day progressed, there was a media report live over the national television news from the government buildings. It reported that several battalions of Guardia Civilia had seized the government, but were engaged in conflict with the 1st Royal Guards Battalion and * “The Dead Man’s Hand”. The unit managed to catch a glimpse of several Mechs that were familiar from the DMH Command Lance, particularly Senior-Captain “Veruca” Louise Salt’s STK-3F Stalker. Eventually the report cut-off following a series of explosions.

May 22nd, 3021 : Early in the afternoon, as the darkness of the long night was fading, word reached the nation that the 1st Royal Guards Battalion, assisted by several smaller units and the DMH had taken the government buildings.

Based on the reports from the capital, Mayor Albertina Diego made a general call for all Sangrian Loyalists to rally to the defense of the nation. She also called for the Governor to step-down and allow the national government sort the matter out. This was the moment that had been planned for. The Dingoes released all their AeroFighters and LAMs to seize air-superiority over Ciudad Garcia, and take down the air defenses. They activated their local cell of * “The Dingoes’ Fangs” to assist their Informant – Airman Jordan Bellinger in keeping the air fighters at the airport grounded, by salting their fuel.

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The air war began with the combat helicopters lifting-off, and the Dingoes LAMs and AeroFighters meeting them in the air over the city. The combat jets did not join them. Very quickly, the dozen Warrior H-7 Attack Helicopter and simple air defenses proved unable to compete with modern AeroTech, especially without the Defender D-35 Strike Fighters to bolster their dog-fighting abilities. In the opening salvos, three copters were destroyed and three more damaged and forced to ground, at the cost of the unit’s STG-A1 Stinger LAM taking critical damage, and was followed quickly by three more Warriors being destroyed, and the remaining three being grounded, with one of the unit’s GTHA-500 Gotha being forced to retreat and leave the field. In the end, the four remaining AeroFighters held the sky, and the unit’s Line forces could approach the city without molestation.

The Line forces of the Iron Dingoes would split into two forces as they approached into Ciudad Garcia, intending to strike two targets; the Presidio next to the airfield (where the local Guardia Civilia were barracked), and where the Governor had much of his actual government based. The second force would attack the Government House itself, residence of the Governor, to kill him or otherwise ensure he never escaped.

The first group consisted of three Line lances of Mechs ( Command, Scrum and the Fire Support lances), the Command Lance from the Line Armor, and the three Line Force Recon Infantry platoons. The second target would be hit by the “Ground Pounders” of Line Mechs, the two remaining lances of armor from the Line Armor force, and the four Marine Platoons from the StarGuards to storm the residence and root out the Governor. The forces assaulting the bases would avoid trying to antagonize the regular armed forces in the airport, hoping they might just sit out the conflict.

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The first group moved rapidly and unopposed through the suburban city streets, though some pilots noted they were being tagged by laser sighters from various rooftops. Almost immediately, they noted two Warrior H-7 Attack Helicopters floating above the Presidio. MechWarrior Robert Stuart “Prince” and MechWarrior Jessica Burlingame “Slayer” responded by opening into both with their longer-ranged weapons, turning both into flaming wrecks.

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In response, the forces in the compound began to swarm, with the pair of FLE-4 Fleas and their supporting Jump Infantry platoons began to move out the “back” (north) entrance to the compound. The Dingoes Line Armor moved along the edge of the compound to intercept them.

Several platoons of militia infantry (the local Guardia Civilia companies) were dug-in behind heavy fortifications along the walls, and in fortified bunkers inside the compound itself. The laser sightings allowed numerous strikes from the Hunter Light Support Tanks located within the compound to make numerous indirect strikes. Several advancing Mechs made heavy strikes into the hardened walls around the infantry bunkers, while Trooper Mycroft Holmes “Oddball” made a daring PPC strike into an advancing Scorpion Light Tank, blowing it apart in the compound entrance.

Reports were coming-in that the other unit were heavily engaged with a lance of heavy mercenary Mechs, and several companies of militia armed with MP-75mm Anti-Tank Guns, all defending the Government House.

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Various advancing Mechs leaped over the defensive walls, and started opening into the exposed infantry units, taking scattered fire as well. The Hunters continued to lay-down heavy missile fire. The flanking armor backed a bit, noticing the approach of the Jump Infantry, and one of the Fleas. Slayer got in another shot at an advancing Hunter, destroying it with two quick PPC shots. Prince opened fire on the Command Van parked in front of the metal huts, taking a volley of LRM fire in return.

Word came from the other unit : “Olympus has Fallen! Repeat. Olympus has Fallen!”, implying that the unit had destroyed Government House. Apparently things were getting brutal just down the hill.

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Orders came down to eliminate the devastating fire from the Hunters, marking all remaining tanks as prime targets. Colonel Michael Ruxbondy “Paladin” and Major Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” quickly immobilized a quick-moving Pegasus each, while the two new pilots, Trooper Teresa Agnes and Trooper Thomas O’Brien flanked the main force, using their flamers on the exposed infantry behind the walls.

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On the other side of the compound, Prince immobilized a Hunter, while Commander Fionna Lord “Angel Frost” and her tank lance fired into the Flea.

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The roiling confusion at the entrance grew, with various pilots targetting buildings, and the close-range forces of the militia began to make hits, knocking over MechWarrior Valentina Masterson “Valentine” as she crossed through the ruins of the destroyed Scorpion tank in the entrance. The advancing Flea along the east flank struck a lucky hit with its lasers, immobilizing the lead Pegasus piloted by Angel Frost herself. The pilot also followed-up with a swift kick that tore off the skirts of its guarding Zephyr Hover Tank, immobilizing it.

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Caboose tripped over the same ruined Scorpion, and fell in a heap in the entrance. Slayer opened-up on a Scorpion tank destroying it. Oddball also laid into a Scorpion, destroying it. Paladin and the remaining Hunter engaged in a long-range duel, with the two unable to destroy the other, but inflicting high levels of damage. Trooper Pol Baca “Templar” stood on the wall, making a general broadcast to everyone to “Stop Shooting!”. Caboose remained grounded, unable to rise.

While the two Maxim Hover Transports laid-down suppressive fire and pulled back, they managed to stirke into the ammo bins of the Flea in a critical hit, blowing the Mech apart. The other Flea engaged in a “knife fight” with Prince, managing to hit him in the head with both a ML and a Flamer, knocking Prince unconscious, and his Mech fell over in a heap, over-heating and shut down.

The two new pilots were slowly began moving their way counter-clockwise around the complex perimeter, and using flamers, cleared the militia infantry from their bunkers along the walls.

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Episode 69 - Junta

Junta (Definition) : “A council or committee for political or governmental purposes; especially : A group of persons controlling a government especially after a revolutionary seizure of power.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Dale (Paladin)—————————Battlemaster
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Catapult
Ralph (Wraith)—————————Battlemaster
Jay (Advocate)—————————Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Thug
Ken (Templar) -————————- Crockett

14th of May, 3021 : In preparation of the possible coming conflict, the unit spent a day re-organizing itself, and bringing several of the captured Mechs on-line from * “The Scrapyard”. Chief among these changes, was the promotion of two of the recent * “The Dingo Cub Scouts” graduates who had qualified to pilot a Mech, but there had been no permanent place for them. In addition, the unit made plans to add a fourth lance of Mechs (the “Fire Support Lance” ) to their “Line”, basing them from the open bays on-board the “Dingoes’ Den”.

15th of May, 3021 : The unit asked Major Petros Vagarez to contact the local Mech Stable – “The Hombres”, and find their loyalty in the coming coup. The offer to grant them “House Guards” status following the coup was discussed, especially since they were traditionally loyalists.

The unit also had the “Betty” prepared for a quick sub-orbital drop to Corazón Airfield to retrieve the four Mechs and munitions pulled from the cargo of the “Buenaventura”, and get them into unit stores. During these preperations, it was discovered that an official “no-fly-zone” was declared over the capital at Ciudad Garcia.

Late that night there was a message sent from Glamour’s military contact, Informant – Airman Jordan Bellinger. Captain Erika Hartmann “Glamour” began getting into contact with him, and eventually discovered two complete reserve battalions of Guardia Civilia had landed at the airport aboard a dozen (12) 90-ton transport planes. Each militia battalion was lightly equipped, with a single jeep as a command vehicle, but had been supplied with AT SPM-18A3 “Backblast” Recoilless Rifles as support weapons. Rumors, he insisted, were that a full battalion of the Royal Guards was also being dispatched by road to provide further support for the governor. Present orders had the transport fleet leaving for another run back to the capital for some of the Royal Guard’s heavier equipment. He was ordered to stay low and keep in contact.

Just after midnight, Tech Jeyne Tull called Trooper Pol Baca “Templar” over secure comms (which required a ten minute wait between responses to reach the Zenith jump-point). She reported that she’d been monitoring local signals (mostly a jump in or out by transports), when she had picked-up a definite HPG signal coming from somewhere near the planet. Within minutes of the signal, she reported a response signal came into the system, lasting only a handful of seconds. This implied, she verified, that there was both a working HPG in-system, and that another was within a single jump’s distance from the system. While System – Armington was discussed as one option, the group concluded that there must be an active A-Class generator present in System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster. She was ordered to continue monitoring these signals, and Templar reported-in to the Command Council with his findings.

A late night Command Council discussion ensued, with the unit reviewing what they understood about the situation. They concluded that there were three basic forces at work locally;

AExcalibur Corporation : Interested in “The Iron Vagabond” for her navigational charts, the only reason they would want that sort of information, was to gain access to Pirate’s Haven, through a jump-point or jump-points within the database. They might want access to the resources within, or possibly something else they were aware about, but unable to access at this time. Given the company’s rapacious attitude and resources, there was no knowing what they might not do.

BColonel “White Death” : Not just a simple pirate leader, he was very highly organized, he had access to LosTech in large quantities, and was not afraid to use it to further his own agenda. He also had possibly been involved in cloning efforts, and was obviously trying to establish a colony somewhere, in an unknown location. Beyond this, little was known about him, beyond the possibility he was likely a member of The Starlords – “The Brotherhood”, but probably following his own personal plan.

C : The Starlords – “The Brotherhood” : That the StarLords were affiliated with the unknown Haven Consortium was unquestioned, and that they were both highly organized with access to a capable military industrial base was also unquestioned. The fact they were in Haven Cluster was probable, but until the unit investigated this further, little would be known about it.

D : ComStar : The whole idea of Comstar recruiting mercenary MechWarriors was not new. That they were hiring them in large quantities lately, and supplying them with Mechs, however, was news. They were likely the ones using HPGs, especially since they were in the ComStar Enclave, but more importantly, they seemed to be using the site as a forward deployment location for an army to either defend (improbable) or invade… somewhere close… like the Haven Cluster.

In the end, the Haven Cluster seemed to be at the heart of the matter. And the unit had three Jumpkeys to unknown points in or near the Cluster….

16th of May, 3021 : The unit’s informant in Ciudad Garcia reported in again saying that the planes had returned with various arms and supplies, and that they were being placed on stand-by at the edge of the airport for now. He also reported they had been accompanied by twelve (12) combat helicopters and six (2) medium Jet Fighters, who were basing from the airport. All forces were from the national Air Force, and capable. He also reported that the military had set-up several anti-aircraft positions around the airport, and that the militia was digging -in around the airport.

The unit also dispatched a squad of the 2nd Force Recon via Karnov UR Transport to visit Manuel Serrate and inform him of the recent military arrivals to the capital. They were likewise informed that his wife, Eléna (De La Vega) Serrate was invited to an afternoon tea party with Mayor Albertina Diego later in the week. They would get their answer as to her loyalties then.

Late in the day, Templar and Pitbull drove out to Mercado to visit Content Not Found: hernando-juarez, their industrialist friend and former employer, to see if they could convince him to take the reins of a New Order in the region, as “President-for-Life” of the nation. Arriving with a squad from their 1st Platoon, Force Recon and aboard their beloved Type 74 “Buffalo” Hover Truck, Football. They met with him at his estate on Cabana Alpina, HQ of the impressive Mercado Industrial Group that he controlled.

After sweeping the room for bugs, the group sat down and openly discussed the imminent fall of President Miguel Tazeal and his Junta, and that the local people needed someone honourable and capable enough to pick-up the pieces… “So,… what do you say… Mr. Presidente…?”. He was hesitant, but past experience had told him that the Iron Dingoes do not do things lightly, and that they did, ultimately, care about the locals enough to spare them most of the hardships. Plus, the removal of the worst impediments to improvement in the district would greatly help matters. So, in the end, he reluctantly agreed.

The group then sat down to work through their plans for the coming coup. It was decided that when the unit makes their move, they would take the following steps.

1 : Assassinate the President of Sangria : President Miguel Tazeal was both corrupt and evil, and would do nothing to help the people of Garcia, unless it lined his own pockets. Therefore, the unit decided that they would dispatch Captain Mitchell Kitsune “Wraith” leading both “Paws” of * “The Werewolves” into San Succi aboard one of their Planetlifter Air Transports, pretending to be on a supply run with the capital.

2 : Blame the Governor of Garcia : Further to this, they contacted Cornet Carla Estrella, and arranged to ship her 500,000Cs (she originally requested 150,000Cs) to bribe witnesses and forge evidence placing the assassination at the feet of the local political flunky Governor Ferdinand Dominica. Her loyalty was without question at this point, and she seemed the most capable person to deal with the matter, especially given her knowledge of local military and political machinations.

3 : Bring order to the Capital : Should the president die, his government would likely fall. The Royal Guards, presently on maneuvers with * “The Dead Man’s Hand”, would be recalled, and since the DMHs were under a garrison contract, they could be recalled as well to deal with the rioting and protect the government buildings, since they were the toughest military force under contract to the government at present. They could bring some stability to the capital, and ensure no one tried anything else until the matter was resolved.

4 : Use the Governor’s actions as a pretext to eliminate him : With word being spread across the nation of the Governor’s actions, reinforced by the presence of the recent shipment of troops to the District of Garcia “…to arrest him, obviously…”, * “The Iron Dingoes” would storm the capital and “put him and his loyalists down like the dogs they were…”. They would ensure air superiority through getting their informant to help their agents in * “The Dingoes’ Fangs” Field Operations to assist in spoiling the fuel reserves used by the fighter jets, and hopefully ground them, meaning only the combat helicopters and local air defenses needed defeat by the unit’s AeroSpace forces.

5 : Storm the Capital The unit would storm the capital, using the troops of the Gaucho Ranchers’ Organization as “police” to keep the peace on the countryside, while 4th Infantry (Motorized) Battalion, Sangrian Armed Forces – “Garrison’s Own” would wait on patrol at the city’s edge to step -in and protect the mayor as needed from any loose Guardia Civil troops. They would avoid conflict except around the main targets of the operation; the Airfield, the Presidio and the Government House.

The Line forces of the Iron Dingoes would split into two forces and strike two targets in the city; the Presidio next to the airfield (where the local Guardia Civilia were barracked), and the Governor had much of his actual government based. The second force would attack the Governornment House itself, residence of the Governor, to kill him or otherwise ensure he never escaped. The first group would consist of three Line lances of Mechs ( Command, Scrum and the Fire Support lances), the Command Lance from the Line Armor, and the three Line Force Recon Infantry platoons. The second target would be hit by the “Ground Pounders” of Line Mechs, the two remaining lances of armor from the Line Armor force, and the four Marine Platoons from the StarGuards to storm the residence and root out the Governor. The forces assaulting the bases would avoid trying to antagonize the forces in the airport, hoping they might just sit the conflict out.

6 : Make the Peace : With the Governor and the Guardia Civilia – Garcia removed from power, the unit would turn the governorship over to Mayor Albertina Diego, whom they felt would likely agree to take over local governorship in the absence of any other organization. Once she had control of the situation, the Iron Dingoes would retreat back to Garrison, but offer to support the “new government” whatever help they might need.

7 : Establish a New Order : Two weeks after the fall of the existing government, once peace was assured across the District of Garcia, they would place a new “President-for-Life” as the head of a New Order; they planned to put Hernando Huarez, their friend forward as the best option to lead the “legitimate government” of Sangria.

8 : Improve the defenses and prosperity of their new home : Long-term, they would establish a local Mech force, likely * The Fold Fiends, and see about bringing long-term prosperity to the nation, by folding any profits earned by the province back into its development. Ultimately, the unit only wanted a place they might truely call home (and recruit from…).

17th of May, 3021 : Things finally fell into place. They received word from Elena Sarrate that the mayor was most concerned with the welfare of her people, and if she must, she would step into the void created by the death of the Governor. Lastly, they also received word from the Hombres, that they wouldn’t support armed conflict in the province, but they also wouldn’t fight it, either.

I love it when a plan comes together…

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Episode 68 - Heart of Darkness

“The dreams of men, the seed of commonwealth, the germs of empires… And this also… has been one of the dark places of the earth.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Dale (Paladin)—————————Battlemaster
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Flashman
Jay (Advocate)—————————Thug
Chris (Caboose)————————-Phoenix Hawk
Ken (Templar) -————————- Ostroc
Scott (Moxie) -————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank

April 26th, 3021 : Captain Jessa Dajus-Marik “Dragonfly” approached Colonel Michael Ruxbondy “Paladin” with an idea. She knew the unit was interested in using Castle Corazón for their long-range goals, and suggested they activate their contingent of construction and civil engineer techs, give them a bodyguard of a platoon of militia, and repair the Corazón Airfield to act as both a forward observation post, as well as a cover for exploring the Castle itself. He ordered her to take personal control of the operation, and so she requested the 11th Militia Platoon as guards, and began flying the units south to the Airfield. They alos took a satellite communications pack from the Scrapyard, and code-named the project Operation Eagle-Eye.

On “The Factory”, the unit ordered Ambassador Inara Serra to take her shuttle, along with Space Master Terrance Chantilas intent on reaching an agreement with the captain of the “Buenaventura”, Commander Maxwell Carter. They began the long ten-day trip to Terramatrix within the day.

Major Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” gave orders to Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” to deal with the Data Core – Decimator 397 once and for all. He did research on if he could wipe it entirely for use as a storage device to hold a copy of “The Iron Vagabond”’s navigational star charts. He felt it was possible, and after running a simulation, he wiped the data core fairly well, convinced he had eliminated the “Decimator Personality” from the device utterly… well, pretty sure, anyways… The device was moved to the JumpShip, and work was begun to make a copy, something that might take a couple days.

April 27th, 3021 : Moxie turned his attention to the unit’s Large Agricultural Robot, and he spent the day poring over his notes and captured data files (from System – Gollere ), and then tried to reprogram the unit’s robotic core. He failed, finding it heavily corrupted. Further work would be needed.

* “The Werewolves” were formally activated once more, intent on getting a solid recon of the Buenaventura. They were given a guide from The 4th Motorized Infantry Battalion, Sangrian Army – “Garrison’s Own”, appointed by the Major, who knew the right contacts to make if seeking access to the district’s black market, along with a trusted soldier from the Line. The unit then slipped north into the city as quietly as possible.

A discussion ensued among the lead pilots regarding the wealth of Mechs in * “The Scrapyard”, and who should receive promotions and upgrades from their recent salvage claims. Glamour also openly discussed her interest in the younger son of Manuel Serrate. The unit decided that setting-up a weapons lab on the station was a priority, and a discussion regarding making a raid against House Liao was a real possibility in the future.

April 28th, 3021 : The Werewolves reported in early, and mentioned the Buenaventura was under-going refueling and being loaded for a shipment to somewhere in-system. They were unable to infiltrate, due to heavy security around the drop-zone.

The unit settled in, waiting for the arrival of the unit’s battle armor and ambassador. Severla days of repair and salvage work, and a cycle of R&R followed. Word came from Operation Eagle-Eye regarding the parameters of the base, and its general contents.

May 6th, 3021 : Ambassador Inarra finally arrived with her packages, first landing at Garrison to unload the battle armor, and then travelling to Ciudad Garcia to make contact with Commander Maxwell Carter.

May 7th, 3021 : Reports came in from Captain Dajus-Marik, regarding their findings. She reported that while the central fusion reactor seemed inactive, they had discovered some back-up “wind-turbine ram-scoops” in the upper level of the crater, that, if activated, could be used to provide basic power to lighting, air circulation and other important features of the base. Each was designed to provide back-up power to a quadrant of the base, though it would not allow the main drop-port doors to open. She needed a large collection of various mechanical supplies from the unit’s reserves (400,000 Cs in Maintenance supplies), and a salvage group and their equipment to get them active. She was authorized to pull them from unit reserves and began he transfer to the Airfield.

The unit’s Informant – Airman Jordan Bellinger contacted the unit, informing them that the Buenaventura was prepping for final launch on the morrow. Inarra reported that their negotiations with Commander Carter went well enough. He was not exactly fond of the current regime, but wasn’t willing to endanger either his own life or that of his family for some mystical future that may or may not occur. Without serious assurances that things would be better, they would not have his support. When it became apparent the unit was going to seize the ship with or without his help, he relented, with the provision that he get his family evacuated prior to the ship’s take-off. They offered him a full extended Leash Contract, and promised he would speak with his wife prior to take-off. He was also promised that if the unit didn’t keep the Buenaventura, he would get to pilot the next DropShip they acquired.

9th of May, 3021 : Negotiations complete, Ship’s Master Chantilas was dispatched back to the Jump-Point to get back aboard his ship with the next available shuttle, but Inarra was to return to the DropShip fleet grounded at Garrison for any needed future negotiations.

In the early morning, prior to her departure, a pair of light transports headed into Ciudad Garcia after a long night of travel from Garrison. Aboard her, were the Werewolves, accompanied by “The Loup Garou” in their suits in teh second truck as a back-up force. The convoy travelled directly to Commander Carter’s home in the capital, and quickly took his family and their handful of important possessions into their custody, and quickly travelled to the airfield, where the family and Werewolves were boarded on Ambassador Serra’s shuttle. The trucks then moved out of the city and quickly made their way back to Garrison, while the rest of the Werewolves travelled via shuttle ahead of them. Commander Carter was contacted, and assured his family were secure among the Dingoes DropShip fleet.

Boarding one of the unit’s Orkan-Class Space Planes, a pair of squads from the 6th Marines Platoon accompanied by The Werewolves, along with Pitbull and Templar. The group launched for a rendezvous with the Buenaventura as soon as it launched for orbit. During its maneuvers in clawing for orbit, the assault shuttle managed to close and quietly docked with the ship when it ceased its sudden maneuvers. The boarding operations went quickly and without any concerns. Reaching the bridge, Commander Carter had his entire crew stand-down “.. and do whatever these pirates want. We all want to stay alive here…”. The Buenaventura was theirs.

The crew were ordered to land the ship in the old northern airfield the unit had cleared back during their elimination of the Davion-backed rebels (Episode 34 – The Magnificent Seven), which went without a hitch. Grounded, the unit searched the ship completely, and identified the cargo as being some twenty heavy machineguns (20) from the factory complex in Ciudad Garcia, as well as four refurbished Mechs: a Commando, a Shadow Hawk, a Griffin and a Wolverine, all packed and stored as cargo. Examination of teh ship’s manifest revealed the target to be the Comstar EnclaveCommander Carter also verified that they did runs to the Enclave on an irregular basis.

A discussion ensued. That Comstar was hiring unemployed and Mechless mercenaries from “The Factory”, was a known fact to the unit. They were also apparently refurbishing Mechs at the facility in Ciudad Garcia, and shipping them to the Enclave. They concluded that Comstar, for whatever reason, were raising an army, independent of all other forces and loyal to them alone. Something was going on.

Pitbull ordered the Corazón Airfield to clear a spot for the re-positioning of the Buenaventura, as a place for its long-term storage. Construction equipment was air-lifted to the site, and Glamour accompanied them in her LAM to oversee the operation. She immediately requested an escort into the Castle, and spent the night in the temporary base camp the engineers had built in the main drop-port.

10th of May, 3021 : Construction begins on clearing the temporary drop-pad. Meanwhile, Glamour made her way into the core of the castle, having to rappel down the elevator shafts to the lowest leve where the core was located. She did a quick survey of its systems, and determined that while it might be possible with lots of money, equipment and parts to reactivate the central core, its radiation shielding was stripped, and there was a danger of high levels of radiation if it could be activated once more. So, activation was possible, just not probable. She went over the engineers survey and examined the work on the wind generators.

11th of May, 3021 : Glamour returned to the drop-pad construction site, and reported that work was progressing well. A discussion ensued how they might get more power to the Castle, and access through the nearby dam site was discussed. They realized, however, that the grid extended to the closer village of Rio Pequena, and that if they ever dug a line along the old road to the Castle site, that it might be possible.

12th of May, 3021 : A national alert was reported for Sangria, ordering all air assets active, and its border regions made all radar scans active for any threats. Word reached them through their contacts, that the disappearance of the Buenaventura was being considered a national threat; the Governor had friends in high places, including the President of Sangria in the capital San Succi.

13th of May, 3021 : The Drop-Pad was reported as complete, and the Buenaventura lifted-off, though it had some difficulty clearing the crater it had settled in, burning some fuel and causing some damage to its aft armor. The ship did a quick sub-orbital drop, and landed in a hurry at the assigned place in the depths of the jungle. It was now time to plan for the next moves in the unit’s plan to start a coup…

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Episode 67b - Jungle Drums

“Here is better than home, eh, Sir? I mean, at home if you kill someone they arrest you, here they’ll give you a gun and show you what to do, Sir. I mean, I killed fifteen of those buggers. Now, at home they’d hang me, here they’ll give me a fucking medal, Sir.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Dale (Paladin)—————————Battlemaster
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Flashman
Ralph (Wraith)—————————Wolverine
Chris (Caboose)————————-Phoenix Hawk
Ken (Templar) -————————- Ostroc
Steve (-) -———————————- Warhammer

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April 21st, 3021; Early Evening : Deep in the Corazon Jungle : While the “Scrum” Lance had been fighting a lance of two Hunchbacks and two Firestarters in the north-west hills, the Command and Grounders Lance had been engaging the lead reinforced lance of a Highlander, a Crockett, a Grasshopper, and a pair of Dervish. A second lance of Firestarters and Hunchbacks struggled to engage the attackers, but the thick jungles and river slowed them.

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The southern Firestarters jumped forward and laid down flames throughout the jungles around them, trying to restrict the actions of Scrum Lance. The northern pair also sniped a bit, but generally did little damage. In response, MechWarrior Valentina Masterson “Valentine” tore open the LArm of one Firestarter, blowing its Shoulder Actuator. Trooper Pol Baca “Templar” also tore apart its RTorso with several hits, and demolished its RLeg, which tore up into its RTorso and shattered the Mech, knocking it over into the brush.

The Highlander staggered up, and let loose its salvos into the closest Battlemaster, piloted by Major Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull”, who took those and its companion Mech, the Crockett in stride. Colonel Michael Ruxbondy “Paladin” fired supporting fire into the Highlander scattering across the Mech. Captain Erika Hartmann “Glamour” sniped into its CTorso® with her LLaser, dong a critical to its Engine. Pitbull hit with multiple shots, but one of his MLasers managed a lucky shot, and the multiple internal criticals blew the Head off the Highlander in a clean sweep. It fell over in a heap, its pilot clearly dead.

Several units, finding themselves in close quarters, began to punch and kick each other, but MechWarrior Evan Lars “Caboose” took the worst of it, taking internals and losing several of his JJets in the RTorso.

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Seeing the battle for what it was, and threatened by the remaining Hunchback mobile near it, MechWarrior Robert Stuart “Prince” powered down his Mech, and the downed Hunchback followed suit, taking both Mechs out of the rest of the fight. Scrum Lance responded by pulling into the fight around the lead units, while the Firestarters continued to lay down flame across the path of their retreat. Glamour and Valentine followed along sniping at them, with the former taking one Firestarter in the Head, but it was otherwise ineffective.

The real shining moment of the round, was Pitbull’s miracle shot into the Crockett, taking it’s Head armor apart, with the blast from his Pulse Laser tearing apart the Cockpit with a(n Edged) critical that killed its pilot. The Crockett fell over in a heap, and the defenders morale went with it.

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Immediately, the Grasshopper pilot identified herself as Trooper Gaines, surviving member of the unit’s Command Lance. She requested the honers of war, stating the field (and all fallen Mechs) were the Iron Dingoes, provided they could retrieve their pilots and leave the battlefield. Paladin agreed. The fight was over.

The northern Hunchback pilot stopped to pick-up his companion, then moved off to the west out of the area, while one Firestarter collected its companion, and the rest of the unit moved off to the south. The unit did a quick survey of the area, looking for camps or anything else of note, while MechWarrior Faith Whinyates called in the salvage teams to arrive ASAP in their VTOL transports. They were able to load their gantries and lighter equipment, but wouldn’t have the use of their usual transports or machine shops. Arrival was slated for three hours hence. They were told to “…just look for the smoke…”.

Pitbull pinged away with his Beagle Active Probe to little effect, while Glamour went up in her LAM to take a topographical map of the volcanoe and surrounding slopes. Templar poked around the pool, and openly commented that he wished there were some sort of “…place where the falling of water were possible…”. “Ummm… you mean like that one?”, replied Fixer. Templar hurried through the brush to investigate the waterfall and its pool on the slopes above the battlefield.

After some time, Templar managed to enter the pool, and found a Mech-sized-cave leading into the volcanoes’ interior. He activated all his sensors, and entered the cave, with his communications quickly fading-out. Pitbull followed along, though his RArm flooded and breached entering the pool, losing its use. Wraith and Fixer also followed along, leaving the rest of the unit to stay on over-watch of the site.

Glmaour’s initial mapping revealed little of note, though she noted some anomalies that would require closer examination of the reports. The Explorer Lance quickly found large, Mech-sized tunnels made of rough-hewn stone mixed with reinforced ferrocrete, that formed a massive Mech-sized maze. In places, ground bunkers for infantry and vehicles, were stripped and abandoned. Indeed, the unit concluded (though somewhat lost), that were it functional, its mines, dead-ends and defensive works would make the tunnels a death-trap for invaders. As it was, it took them hours and hours to wind their way along its echoing corridors.

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Eventually, they were able to exit the tunnels to find themselves in a massive docking bay in the center of the caldera itself. The roof was sealed by some sort of massive barricade, and the group noticed several access bays for numerous AeroFIghters, high up the walls of the interior. Based on their understanding of the site, Pitbull was certain they had discovered the looted remnants of a Castle Brian, named Castle Corazón.

The unit took notice of the facility, vowing they would return to “flip-this-castle”, and slowly made their way back outside. Salvage work in the jungles proved difficult, but the crews worked through the night, and by morning they were able to evac the unit back north.

April 22nd, 3021 : Slowly dragging the heavier Mechs, while the unit’s Planetlifter Air Transports flew out the Firestarter and Hunchback, the unit made their way north towards civilization. The hard travel slowed the unit, though they kept at it through the day. Around noon, MechWarrior Faith Whinyates detected an intermittent signal coming from the eastern edge of her detection range. She had found the Frontier-Class Air Transport, Nairobi.

Captain Erika Hartmann “Glamour” immediately separated from the unit, and went after the signal, while the unit’s “Interceptor” lance lifted-off from their position near Garrison, and closed in an attempt to intercept the airship. When Glmaour got close enough, she was able to notice the Nairobi was accompanied by two Guardian VSTOLs. Attempts to hail them failed, and she awaited orders.

It was decided that it was best to engage, and Glmaour began maneuvering to slow their retreat. It quickly degenerated into a dog-fight, and in a spectacular flip of events, Glamour fouled up a maneuver, and in trying to regain control, allowed both fighters and the transport Nairobi to escape. Other than some superficial damage to her armor and her ego, she was operational.

Passing through Rio Pequena, the unit headed north through the forest, reaching Garrison late in the evening.

April 23rd, 3021 : Repairs began, and full salvaging of the captured equipment began in full. Everyone spent some time in recovery from their long journey.

April 24th, 3021 : During final repairs and salvage work, Glamour got a contact in from her local informant in Ciudad Garcia, Informant – Airman Jordan Bellinger. He reported-in that he had just been refueling the GUardia Civil’s pair of VSTOLs, and they had their bomb- loads replaced with fuel tanks. Based on fule use, they had likely just come from somewhere east;, either Delancourt or San Marcos, or the Comstar Enclave. A discussion about planetary politics ensued among the Command Group, , and it was decided to activate their small group of field agents, and have them infiltrate San Marcos; a long-term proposition, but it was hoped the team might be able to locate the Nairobi and possibly what it was doing there. They were sent via their Supply Cobra VTOL, “Coatl”.

April 25th, 3021 : Pitbull contacted the unit’s forces at the jump-point, and requested the unit’s Battle Armor – Tornado PA be pulled from storage on-board “The Factory”, and sent to the fleet at Garrison. Furthermore, the unit began to pull various tech crews and five chosen marines t act as the pilots of the suits, moving them formally as a second “Paw” of * “The Werewolves”. The other five suits were assigned to the main force of Werewolves, though it was expected they would not always deploy with them.

It was decided that they needed to enlist the help of some of the locals in planning for any eventual coup, and so the unit activated two squads of the 2nd Platoon of Line Infantry, and then Templar, Pitbull, and Glamour took The Football and the 2nd Platoons two Buffalos and travelled to Gaucho, intending to meet with Manuel Serrate. They made good time, travelling along the old dirt roads through cattle country, finding Gaucho to be a travel back in time to a small south-western american town at the turn of the 19th century. Horses and armed “gaucho” cowboys were everywhere, with few vehicles, lots of bars and relatively primitive workshops. Asking for directions, the unit was instructed to go further south-west, to the Serrate ranch.

They found the ranch to be a well-armed, well-appointed place used to raise thousands of head of cattle. They quickly gained access and were led into the ranch house, a sprawling, fairly impressive affair, where they shortly met with Manuel Serrate himself, easily the most interesting man on the planet. Charming, intelligent, and with a past of having done almost everything, he quickly warmed-up to the unit members. Eventually, after quasi-flirting with Glamour, he hinted she should meet his younger, unmarried son…

The unit was then introduced to his wife, the lovely Eléna (De La Vega) Serrate, and the political discussion began in earnest. Manuel insisted that while the Guardia Civlia was dangerous, they weren’t the problem; he could take them out himself, especially since he commands nearly eight (8) companies of infantry himself, in the form of the armed members of the Gaucho Ranchers’ Organization. No, he insisted they needed to find a way to peacefully remove Governor Ferdinand Dominica from power, without alienating the district’s industrialists. Mayor Albertina Diego seemed the best alternative, and likely she would support the change, if she was convinced it was best for the local people. Manuel offered to have his wife “inquire” after her political leanings at the first opportunity.

The group continued to discuss the viability of taking out the Governor’s support base, and decided the best way would be to seize his own DropShip, the “Buenaventura”, and eliminate his financial support, possibly even blackmail him into resigning to get it back. The importance of possibly enlisting (or corrupting) Doctor Derek Varn to their cause was also discussed. Manuel Serrate hinted heavily that what might come after the coup was just as important to think about, but the group left with his best wishes, and returned back to Garrison, having lots to contemplate and decide.

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Episode 67a - Jungle Drums

“Art is long, and Time is fleeting, And our hearts, though stout and brave, Still, like muffled drums, are beating Funeral marches to the grave.”

Roll Call————————————-Mechs

Dale (Paladin)—————————Battlemaster
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
Greg (Fixer)——————————-Flashman
Chris (Caboose)————————-Phoenix Hawk
Ken (Templar) -————————- Ostroc
Steve (-) -———————————- Warhammer

April 19th, 3021 : Having assembled ground sensors and assigned defensive positions, the Iron Dingoes set to work finding the source of the mysterious signals in the southern jungles. Late in the day, Senior Scout “Scammer” Firdaaz manages to detect the signal, and spends most of the evening triangulating it. He eventually identifies it in a “crook” of the Rio Tashent, south of the village of Rio Pequena. Unable to enter the jungles south of the river, due to their sheer thickness, it is the best he can do.

The unit activated both of their salvage crews, and accompanied by the 3rd Line Force Recon Infantry (with their motorcycles), prepared to move out in the morning.

April 20th, 3021 : With Captain Erika Hartmann “Glamour” running as lead Recon in her PHX-HK2 Phoenix Hawk LAM, the Mechs of the Iron Dingoes, their salvage techs and infantry moved directly south through the forests to Rio Pequena. As the unit approached several hours later, Glamour spotted a lone Warhammer parked in the town’s market, it’s systems set to idle. She landed and confronted him, and eventually it became obvious he was a lone mercenary hired by the local village to sit and keep raiders at bay, for room and board and pocket money. He also claimed it was cause of the local weed…. After offering him a Leash contract for a year, he accepted and accompanied them south across the river and into the jungles.

April 21st, 3021 : After nearly a day in the thick jungles of the heart of the Corazon Jungle, MechWarrior Valentina Masterson “Valentine”s Phoenix Hawk suffered a cooling failure, with several of her heat sinks failing (+3 Heat per turn active). The group circled through the jungle’s depths, and eventually noted an EM signature near the pool where they had encountered Dominique “Domino” Harvey over a year previous, when she had defeated one of their recon lances. Heat was spiking throughout the jungle, so the unit carefully approached, knowing that any fight around here would be a “Knife-Fight”, or close-range exchange with few heavy weapons discharges.

Moving around a sharp cliff where a volcano remnant lay, they approached the pool. Glamour dipped ahead, spotting three clusters of EM signatures. As the Scrum Lance moved around the edge, the scrub jungle on the cliff side thinned enough to identify the furthest group up the cliffs… a pair of Dervish, a JagerMech , a Grasshopper, a Crockett and a Highlander!

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With the Command Lance slowly dragging their assaults through the jungles. They decided to keep the unit tight. The sensor blips began to move in from the south, while the ones to the northwest remained with the ridgeline behind them. Scrum pulled back, with the Grounders able to catch-up and link with them along the ancient remnants of an over-grown jungle road leading towards the pool and river flowing from the rocks. The Highlander took a long-range snipe with its LosTech Gauss Rifle, slamming into Valentine before she could seek refuge among a pocket of thick forest trees.

Glamour went low and “bounded” from a pocket of trees to get a look at the slowly advancing unit to the south, spotting a pair of Hunchbacks, though their jump-jet equipped support remained unidentified. She sniped at the exposed JagerMech, tearing into its RT Rear armor, and destroying one of its MLs. It sniped back, hitting with an AC/2.

MechWarrior Robert Stuart “Prince” was ordered into the clump of northern Mechs to identify them, and leapt next to another pair of Hunchbacks. Ooops. Valentine followed along as support, and the Mechs engaged in an exchange of short-range fire, which severely damaged Prince’s leg armor and causing a critical to his foot, knocking him over into the trees. The fall further destroyed his Upper Leg Actuator, virtually forcing him to crawl out of combat. The Hunchbacks kicked the downed Mech, since it refused to power-down, destroying a couple heat sinks.

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Glamour sniped again, penetrating through the rear armor on the JagerMech, critically shattering its ammo reserves on the RT AC/2, causing the Mech to explode in a flash of flame.

The remaining unknown Mechs were identified as Firestarters, that were providing support with their medium lasers. A furious brawl was erupting around Prince’s downed Mech, as he crawled away from the fight, with the remaining Wolverine and Phoenix Hawks were being chewed on by the Hunchbacks and their supporting Firestarters. The assault Mechs of the Command Lance finally managed to get into shooting view of the advancing enemy assaults, and exchanged in fire with them. Glamour’s LAM scooted around the flanks to ensure there were no other surprises.

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While the Highlander got in several solid hits, Paladin’s torso attacks and one of Pitbull’s MLs hit the Highlander in the head, knocking it over. Wraith tore into the primary Hunchback, using his Needle Laser : “The Hatpin” to good effect, critically shearing its LL completely off, and knocking it over. Valentine managed some redemption by critically damaging one Firestarter’s RL Hip. Caboose also damaged its other leg. Prince, though prone, fired off his SRMs, hitting nothing. The firestarters started setting fires all around the downed Wolverine, seemingly trying to isolate him and Warith’s Wolverine from the Phoenix Hawks

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The knife-fight had just begun…

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