“You’ve spent too much time with the stars. You don’t know anything about living, the law of the jungle, the human jungle. I do, I’ve spent my life at it. You don’t know what your civilized people will do to cling to life. I do, because I know I’d cling if I had to kill to do it. And so will you.”
Bruce (Glamour)————————Phoenix Hawk LAM
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Battlemaster
-————————— Maxim Heavy Hover Tank
April 3rd, 3021 : Following the unit’s jump back into System – Dumassas, the Iron Dingoes began organizing rotations through “The Factory”, and while their fleet prepared to reposition itself into a holding pattern near “The Bloody Paw”, the Command Staff ordered a shuttle from the station and rendezvoused back to meet with their senior officers on the station.
Station Master Haro Lothrain informed the unit upon their arrival, that the station had proven extremely popular… so much so, that there had been an increasing traffic of mercenaries and their equipment (including Mechs and their pilots) through the station, bound for Terramatrix. Most had been somewhat down-on-their-luck types, and had been using the station’s facilities to perform repairs and maintenance. As such, they had a rough number, of about a battalion of MechWarriors and a Regiment of infantry and armor had been incoming over the past couple months.
They also received several older hails from the Liaison Officer from * “The Dead Man’s Hand”, Cornet Carla Estrella. Due to the time-lag of ten hours to send a message to Terramatrix, they initially ignored her queries.
Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” organized the transfer of the salvaged bio-lab equipment into The Factory – Main Medical, and set-up the new laboratory, designed to study biology matters. The salvaged Battle Armor – Tornado PAs were transferred and stored with the unit’s “Coffins” in the Factory’s deep storage vaults. Captain Erika Hartmann “Glamour” made contacts with all her Intelligence operatives, and started going through her gathered briefs.
April 4th, 3021 : LtSG Massimo De Luca “Advocate” pulled a Tornado Battlesuit out of storage, was assigned a squad of marines and the lead tech team who had designed and built the Iron DIngoes “Warlord Mk2” Field Kit, and finally pulled the spare Passenger Module from * “The Scrapyard”. So equipped, he began booking passage via commercial JumpShips, to try and reach Joshua’s Station as quickly as possible. He was intending to bring the design specs they’d taken of the Battle Armor – BH-18 “Waddle” Combat Walker, combined with their own research and the salvaged BattleArmor, and see if they could access the design and manufacturing resources of their old acquaintance Karl Lotjonen. How long this might take was anyone’s guess, but they speculated several months for the entire trip…
The unit also transferred their salvaged Large Agricultural Robot over to the station for reprogramming by Moxie and then for storage in the Deep Vaults. Glamour’s reports revealed that the incoming mercenaries were indeed rather worn, desperate sorts, but that they were just as deadly when pushed against the wall. Someone, or several someones, were hiring them soon after their arrival, and then they were shipping down to the planet as cargo, using local transport services (mostly DropShuttles).
So informed, Major Kanto Jokukad “Pitbull” went into his most “normal” clothing, and attempted to find a couple un-hired mercs and try to find out who was hiring them. He had trouble remembering his own name for a bit, and settled on a persona as “Advocate” a pilot from * The Fold Fiends. He found that the mercs never knew who was hiring them, just that they met privately and the contracts were being witnessed by the local Comstar tech Adept Koda Svenson, who was assigned to the station for that purpose.
Originally the unit thought they should follow the mercs using security footage across the station, but Trooper Pol Baca “Templar” came up with the idea that maybe the unit should follow the Comstar tech instead. The unit’s intel techs began working through all the tapes from the last few months, and would contact the unit once they had something.
Colonel Michael Ruxbondy “Paladin” returned another call from Cornet Estrella, and over the whole day was able to communicate with her, learning a great deal about the situation on-planet. She related that The Dead Man’s Hand were engaged in a “wargame” out in the western mountain jungles with the Royal Guard, but while they rotated their lances through the games, they were also using the games as a cover for scouting the region. They had encountered numerous tracks and signs that small troops of infantry and Mechs were moving through the region, scouting-out the perimeter. In a lot of ways, it was what had been happening down south in The District of Garcia over a year ago.
Meanwhile, the unit’s allies in The 4th Motorized Infantry Battalion, Sangrian Army – “Garrison’s Own”, had been reporting the strange “Aero-Blip” had been spotted several times over the southern jungles. Also, garrison patrols had reported movement in the jungles of forces that were definitely not indigenous. Whatever their intentions, they were likely less than good.
April 5th, 3021 : All cargoes transferred and troops assigned, the unit detached from their transports and burned in-system to Terramatrix.
April 11th, 3012 : Taking hours to relay information, Glamour’s intel reported en-route, that they had narrowed the mercenary contact to one person : the Comstar Adept himself. Seemed he was making contact with the individuals privately, and soon thereafter, the mercs would take passage aboard various commercial transports for flight down to Terramatrix. All of them.
April 15th, 3021 : The fleet arrived over the northern pole, trying to remain hidden until they had scouted the situation and decided on a certain plan. They immediately deployed Intelsat “Predator’s Eye” into high orbit, and settled into silent running.
Paladin contacted Cornet Estrella via satellite, and informed her of the unit’s position in orbit. He then informed her that it was the responsibility of the Dead Man’s Hand to deal with the western “situation”, and that the Iron Dingoes would deal with the southern one. Once and for all.
The unit then transferred their Gamma (Force Recon) Group “Snow Demons” Line Infantry over to the “Crimson Sands”, since it was the only force of infantry they had that could quickly and easily navigate the southern jungles. They also dispatched Senior Scout “Scammer” Firdaaz with his Swift Wind Scout Car to accompany them.
Taking most of the day, the unit landed at Ciudad Garcia Starport, and within minutes of landing, had unloaded the infantry and Scammar in his car. Local security and customs forces were initially annoyed, but after presenting the “proper papers”, they left the DropShuttle alone. Lieutenant JG Dara Gideon was ordered to remain behind at the starport, until further notice, as their back-up for off-world evacuation.
April 16th, 3021 : The Snow Demons travelled through the evening, arriving at Garrison under dark. Immediately contacted by their allies in the 4th Battalion, they were assured the troops were loyal to the memory of the men who had trained them, and as such they were willing to “remove” the leadership that had been appointed by the local government. A “Purge” quickly ensued, and all suspicious members of the unit’s command were imprisoned, placing Major Petros Vagarez in charge of the entire force. The unit’s position and safety at Garrison was assured. And, more importantly, the 4th was theirs.
April 17th, 3021 : The unit’s scout, Scammer, was dispatched to the dam on Lake Orlando. He observed and reported the site was guarded by a Marauder on the dam itself, and a pair of Rifleman, one guarding each end. A platoon of SRM-equipped Infantry on motorcycles also seemed to patrol the site. Moving on, he was able to survey the village of Ourinhos, finding four Archers, three Rifleman, two Warhammers, and an ancient Longbow. Another pair of platoons of SRM-equipped infantry were spotted employing motorcycles and jeeps. All seemed peaceful, but these were different mercenaries than had previously been encountered at the site.
The unit contacted their old industrialist friend, Mister Hernandez, informing him of their presence in-system. They discussed the military situation in the District, and where everything stood. Hernandez assured them that mercenaries in the employment of the Merchant’s League would not engage any “hostile” forces unless they attacked the holdings they were assigned to protect. He admitted the forces around Lake Orlando, however, were something of an enigma. Although they were employed, by and large by the League, they were a large force, and might be on the payroll of someone else.
During their discussions, they learned of a series of meetings that were culminating this very evening in a party at the Governor’s Palace. Apparently various munitions salesmen and military industrialists were present, talking about munitions purchases and new weapons and vehicles. After ensuring the group would keep a low profile, they made plans to crash the party.
Templar, Pitbull, and Glamour recalled the “Crimson Sands” to rendezvous with the unit’s DropShips in orbit, and loaded their Hover Limo “Elite” into the cargo bay. They brought their blueprints of Kate & Leopold on a blank portacomp, hoping to use them as cover. Taking the ship down to the starport, they quickly made their way through Ciudad Garcia to the Palace. They crashed the Munitions Conference.
Meanwhile, the fleet left orbit, and made a forced landing outside the fort at Garrison. They made contact with the new leader, Major Vagarez, and he welcomed the Dingoes formally to Garrison, offering supplies and the town. With Paladin, they began to make plans.
At the conference, they found many different individuals moving about, mostly local industrialists, with some off-world investors and several munitions specialists. They also saw Governor Dominica (who immediately recognized them), and Commander Pablo Othello, who did not. They also saw the man, Doctor Varn, who had sold the unit several truckloads of munitions, and was also the factory administrator in the capital. Glamour approached and flirted with the Governor, hinting that more might be available…
Templar was drawn to someone who looked distinctly like the women he’d met before who might be Colonel White’s daughters… Major Koko White “Azrael”. She proved to be very articulate, a shrewd businesswoman, and very happy to show-off her “wares” to a military man. In particular, she showed some advanced blueprints of a wheeled APC, known as the Amalek. She presented her card (smelling of cinnamon), detailing she was from an unknown manufacturing firm, Starhammer Forge, and gave a contact office here in the capital. Eventually, Templar’s attempts to hide his Iron Dingoes patch failed, and when she spotted it, turned icy. She summoned her son, Jeremiah White “Lucius” who seemed her personal assistant despite his young age, and the two quickly left the party.
Pitbull confronted Commander Pablo Othello, and though he didn’t recognize Pitbull at first, but eventually he did, and mentioned he thought he recognized “…the whore dancing with the Governor…”. As the conversation turned sour, the three met back together again, and promptly left the palace ahead of a complete lock-down. They travelled back to the Crimson Sands, and performed a sub-orbital drop to Garrison for a good night’s sleep…
April 18th, 3021 : Taking a day to recover from their night’s jaunts, the unit met together later in the day, and made plans to scout south into the Corazon Jungle, in force, once they had managed to get a bead on the signal. All depended on the luck and skill of their scout, Scammar in the south…