“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.”
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
-————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
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.
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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.