Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech : The Farscape Campaign
Senior Colonel Kanto Jokukad "Pitbull", Duke of Tharn
Ex-Patriate of House Kurita, MP : Commander of the Iron Dingoes
A former MP, “Pitbull” is the former Unit S-5 (Civilian Liaison) of the Iron Dingoes, and well-trained in security and civilian liaison duties. He is often browsing with other units and seems capable of “acquiring” many items, goods and personnel the unit might need in any given situation, or that unit logistics demands. Pitbull was promoted to “XO” with the sudden departure of “Major” Charles Alder “The Voice”, and has since been promoted to full Colonel, and taken command of the entire Iron Dingoes entire military organization.
Pitbull is arguably considered the best pilot and gunner in the unit, and presently pilots one of the unit’s larger Mechs, a highly modified HGN-732 Highlander. Pitbull has wears The Fisher King’s Neurohelmet in his Mech.
In the field, Pitbull once closely tended to younger members of the unit, critiquing their actions and keeping the battles short and fierce. His promotion to Colonel was a mark of the tactical abilities Pitbull has developed, and he holds the undisputed leadership of the Dingoes when deployed in the field. He has since stepped back somewhat, allowing the commanders under him to lead their lances how they want, and given the most junior members the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. He pilots one of the unit’s heaviest Mechs, a heavily modified HGN-732 Highlander, which ensures he can dominate a firefight. His Mech has also been outfitted with various recovered Star League era technologies, and proves quite capable of conducting long-range combat to devastating effect.
It was revealed in mid-3030, that he and Lt SG Candy Dulfer were expecting their first child, though its gender remains a secret.
Originally from House Kurita, Pitbull does not appear to be of “cultured” Japanese origins, but rather betrays a history of time with the darker side of Draconis Combine culture, the Oyabun. He is direct and rarely minces words, sometimes plainly so, and is not easily given over to subtlety. His call-sign of “Pitbull” comes from his tenacious attitude at achieving a personal goal, and never letting it rest, though others claim it comes from his bark not being worse than his bite.
As Unit S-5 (Civilian Liaison), Pitbull was also the unit scrounger, always on the look-out for salvage and contacts that could help both the unit and himself in the future. He is the lead negotiator in all contract discussions with civilian personnel or contractors the unit might hire, while the “day-to-day” potential employees and pilots are often given over to the unit S-1 (Personnel), Captain Massimo De Luca “Advocate” for final vetting. In command meetings, it is his voice that often carries a great deal of weight, due to his skills as a pilot and his sheer force of personality and command.
He has chosen Tech Alexander Talbot “Elminster” as his personal lead tech, a man proven to be good at his work, but also an artist and closet writer. His personal assistant in logistics and administration, is the talented young graduate from The Duchy of Horn’s technical college, Senior Tech (Administration) Charlotte Yates-Wexcombe, who accompanies him everywhere.
Following the retirement of Lord (Major) Michael Ruxbondy “Paladin” (then Colonel) in late-3023, Pitbull was promoted to full Colonel following a Command Council vote, and took command of the unit’s military endeavors. He has displayed an increasing savvy with command and politics, and has allowed the lance leaders to take a direct hand in directing their own forces.
Royal Seal of the Duchy of Tharn
On March 5th, 3026, Pitbull ascended to the position of the Duke of Tharn, and took command of the * Duchy of Tharn on behalf of the Iron Dingoes as their latest landhold. It was recognized early that the development of this largesse would take time and careful effort, but the immediate difficulties of searching for their enemy on the planet, REAPER would occupy his early attentions. Nonetheless, he spent several days organizing the bureaucracy and existing military of the realm, before setting in search of this foe.
In late-3030, he was further promoted to the rank of “Senior” Colonel, representing the unit’s development of at least one regiment-sized infantry force, and the need, moving forward, to place a direct officer in charge of these potentially larger formations in the future.