“To some Humans, the promise of a patch of land was worth any effort. It was an oddly predictable sort of behavior. Humans had a long, storied history of forcing their way into places where they didn’t belong.”
March 28th, 3031 : System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster : After arriving back on-board their JumpShips, the unit jumped back into System – Dumassas, and looked for news regarding the system and their on=planet holdings. The recently arrived Company of the Rose had taken a position in Petrópolis with little difficulties, but there was very little getting out of the region, as the two provinces of The Province of Cabinda and The Province of Central Marcos had recently starting “consolidating” their local territories, and there wasn’t much else being related from the region with so many closed borders.
On a lark, Pitbull looked for local contracts, and discarding a corporate raid contract, as well as a House Marik contract due to their wanted status in that realm, he began negotiations for a private noble’s contract for pirate hunting, Contract – Operation : “Back in the Saddle”. The unit ensured they had proper supplies, and began the jumps required to bring them to June system on a ten-day later. They passed quickly through System – Armington (13th), System – Csomad (20th), System – Malagrotta (27th), and finally June itself on the 2nd of May, 3031.
In-system, the unit discovered the contract was to hunt an unknown group of pirates that had struck the Michaelson Heavy Industries parts plant on its surface, taking a valuable cache of repair and manufacturing tools, as well as a collection of their manufactured VTOL and tank parts. Their liaison officer was Captain Hazam Narthelm, the man who had been dispatched to arrange the contract. It was surmised that the pirates were using so-called Black Systems not on the usual star charts, but luckily the unit had access to the more complete star charts once exclusively owned by Jericorp, so they were able to chart a course down these back-lane systems, hoping they could find traces of their passage.
May 16th Fully charged, the unit jumped out to the more “southern” Urbigger system, finding it on initial examination to be abandoned. Jumping on further “south-east”, the unit jumped into the Lashuppi system, this one a rockball abandoned system of no consequence. The unit then jumped into Tequila Beach using one of their Jumpkeys, and quickly made contact with their Infochant, “Flowers”. Paying him a tidy 65,000 Cs, they learned that the group called themselves “The Mavericks” after their Union-Class DropShip the “Maverick”, and “allegedly” operated from System – Goria. The unit’s various members spread-out following various leads, and discovered that the pirates had been selling various parts and tools at the shadowport recently, hinting they were closely following the pirate’s trail. Their liaison officer was dumb-founded on the fact a pirate outpost of this size was located so close to the Federated Suns border.
May 25th : The unit jumped out-system on a bee-line for Goria. Jumping through System – Gollere (June 1st), System – Pa’an (9th), and directly into System – Goria on the 17th of June. The unit made a quick survey of the system, checking their logs on this periphery world and were stunned to realize the system manufactured a very high-quality armor. There was talk of future conquest of this system and its valuable resources for their own purposes following the contract.
The unit organized their DropShip fleet, leaving the “Revolver” behind to protect their JumpShips, and burned down to the planet with “Relentless”, “Pandora’s Box”, and the “Xīng Hu” for salvage operations, reaching orbit on the 24th of June. They landed at the primary starport dome, known to be held by the Aurora Faction a few hours later.
Captain Pol Baca “Templar” made first contact with the local thugs, backed up by LtSG Trooper Shiv “The Knife” and his platoon of marines. There was a little posturing, but when Templar tried to turn the discussion to trade, they got offended and quickly told him and his men what to do with themselves. They turned to leave, when Pitbull in his HGN-732 Highlander deployed from the bay and demanded to know where the pirates calling themselves “The Mavericks” were located. The locals sobered up quickly and pointed out a community dome a couple hours walk away, known as G-19. They quickly retreated back to the safety of their own fortified dome.
Pitbull returned and began organizing for an immediate assault, having assumed that the pirates likely knew they were on-planet, and the group needed to take the pirate’s dome as quickly as possible. It was decided to move in a trident formation to surround the pirates, and have the unit’s infantry and armor just out of range behind them, with the techs and salvage squads to seize the dome and any salvage they might get.
The assault was now in motion.