“Behind every captain, there’s a crew. Sure, some of you are as ugly as a sea cucumber, some of you are closer to being a chair or coat rack than a pirate, and some of you are fish I’ve just dressed up in a hat…”
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
-————————— (Science Lab)
January 20th, 3021 : After battle on the plains of Tether, System – Rolling Thunder.
The turrets on the base’s pylons stopped firing as soon as the Mechs surrendered, and all went silent within the facility. The unit knew there was a full platoon of marines and about two dozen techs in the place, and they were doubtless fortifying their position.
Discussions ensued regarding how to proceed, and since the unit had time before their marines needed to deploy, they waited. Eventually, Captain Erika Hartmann “Glamour” broke the silence, and demanded that her possession of one of the San’Grael (believed to be the watch from early in their careers) makes her one of The Starlords – “The Brotherhood”. When queried who she had stolen her token, she responded “Starlord Zane”. Silence.
Five minutes passed. Then ten. Then came the response; “You have assaulted a neutral facility owned by the Haven Consortium. This is an act of war against all the Starlords.”
“Fine”, she responded.
The unit gathered their marine squads, calling in both those waiting aboard the unit’s Orkan-Class Space Planes in orbit, choosing to land them at the base’s own shuttle strip, and called in the “Star Talon” with its complement of marines. They quickly deployed, with their key units from Shiv’s Talons in their heavy combat armor, the Iron DIngoes “Warlord Mk2” Field Kits, taking the front assault positions towards the bay. The rest accessed the various personal access doors, and breached the airlocks quickly, assaulting directly into the lower engineering bays. In an overwhelming display of force, the unit took very few casualties, and within ten minutes had the entire base under their control, and a squad of marine survivors along with most of the techs. The base was theirs.
The prisoners were interrogated in the base itself, and placed under heavy guard. The survivors of the Fold Fiends were quickly leashed, while the unit’s salvage squads took their time scrapping the facility, and salvaging the Mechs from the field. The unit suddenly saw the incorporation of the Fold Fiends as a possible third combined-arms battalion…
As the days progressed, it became apparent that all the formal Marshals from the marines were unapproachable. A discussion made them all agree to leave them behind. Among the techs, some of the refinery staff were formerly civilians and four were hired for a position aboard the unit’s The Factory – BioDiesel Refinery, while two of the regular Kindred were determined to be former civilian techs and not too dangerous to hire. The rest were to be abandoned wiht the Marshals.
Among the base’s salvaged bits, the unit took all its “Mech Bays”, stripped the turrets, and found a large collection of various trade goods that made their way into * “The Scrapyard”. They all seemed to be made by various companies under the monniker of the Haven Consortium. Finally, large supplies of spare parts were salvaged for their own refinery, and the remainder of the facility was sabotaged for what was to come. The Fold Fiends Mechs were packed aboard the “Dingoes’ Den” as cargo.
February 2nd, 3021 : After a long recharge time, and hard work, the unit’s DropShips left the asteroid Tether, and moved back to their JumpShip fleet. They prepared everything for a jump, and sent “The Iron Vagabond” and “The Den Mother” off ahead back to System – Dumassas with all their DropShips, while “The Freedom of the Stars” remained behind for a little experiment, with most of the command staff present.
The unit had decided, very covertly, to test their AR-10 Launcher. They placed Engineer Tia Sprang in her position as command on the weapon system, and placing the target of the refinery base on Tether as their target. With all its Marshals and Kindred deemed dangerous as victims. She launched a Barracuda and it quickly closed with the facility, and struck dead center. After the initial explosion, a series of rippling explosions expanded through the refinery, and out into the large storage tanks buried around the facility, resulting in secondary explosions that proceeded to tear the asteroid into two pieces and dust. Tether had just been un-tethered… As the dust expanded, the unit jumped away, back to Dumassas, clapping each other on their backs. Some however, seemed horrified by the level of destruction… The unit collectively decided to start calling their torpedoes, “Coffins”. Somewhat apt.
Back in System – Dumassas, the unit decided to rotate their crews through their landhold, “The Factory”, and transferred personnel, parts and supplies appropriately. The unit examined their possible recruitment efforts having been gathered on the planet of Terramatrix and at the station itself. It seemed, the station was attracting local attention as a gathering point for mercs. The unit managed to get a pair of crews with hover tanks, and some Mech pilots and pilots with their own Mechs to fill the rosters of their new unit, * The Fold Fiends, and formally assigned them to The Factory as a defensive force, while they started to work together and build their esprite de corps. NUmerous infantry units were placed into training units in * “The Cerberus Command” as Militia.
During the week, Major Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” started looking over his maps and consulting with the navigational maps aboard “The Iron Vagabond”, and comparing them with his own collection. He came to the conclusion, that two navigational points were available on the Iron Vagabond, to two unknown systems; Lorkdahl and Badlands. Pitbull’s own knowledge of the region and SLDF history, let him know both of these systems were lost colonies from the Taurian Concordat, and rumored to have been thorns in the side of the SLDF throughout its occupation of the Periphery.
Other news, included the rumors that House Steiner had offered an olive branch to all the other Houses of the Inner Sphere. If accepted, this could spell the whimpering end of the Third Succession War! The news brought a wave of fear among citizens of the system, since they felt it might mean House Davion pointing its intersts back into the Periphery, once more…
Trooper Pol Baca “Templar” threw a party for the techs that designed the Warlord Mark 2 combat armor, to thank them for their year of hard work.
The unit also found Senior Tech April O’Neil aboard The Factory, doing a documentary called , “My Life as a Merc”, following the untis; various techs and troopers about, and watching their lives unfold. She claimed to be doing it from the proceeds of her research project for Karl Lotjonen, but she also mentioned she saw a market back on System – Heroditus…
As the week drew to a close, they were contacted by an _ Apprentice Synod, Garth Ammon_, of System – Gollere. He had come to Dumassas seeking a mercenary company of MEchs, to deal with an issue on his homeworld. Intrigued, and needing something to do before they trekked back across the Periphery on a LosTech hunt, he offered a three month Combat Campaign contract, to hunt and eliminate a group of “…large, man-sized Mechs …” that were raiding and eliminating various communities in his home province, the Barony of Horm. Negotiations ensued, and they nearly lost on Full Salvage_, but were able to get it i n exchange for reduced supply options. The was created and signed, though the unit discovered something else new… they had a Comstar adept on the station, who had just opened an office…
The unit made final preparations, taking their time, as they had some weeks to get their personal matters in order before they made the trip one system over… to deal with battle armor… preparing their jump for the 16th of February.