Campaign of the Month: June 2014
Battletech (Farscape) : The New Breed
Master Tech April O'Neil
Lead Tech from Five Rings Technologies
Master Tech April O’Neil is a skilled technician and former reporter from Joshua’s Station serving Five Rings Technologies, until she left that organization, and brought her crew into the employ of the Iron Dingoes. In addition to handling a tool kit, she is a capable media savvy woman, and also acts as the spokeswoman in all video footage being taken of the Mechs, tanks and infantry equipment being tested.
Master Tech O’Neil is a Regular NPC MechTech, and a Regular NPC Reporter. She and her crew have taken control of the PR Group of * The “War Dogs” College of Military Sciences, travelling around the planet in an effort to improve the international image of the unit, as well as increase the diversity of its recruitment. Her holo-vid crew travel in a pair of Black Dog Jeeps, and are notorious for filming everything they come across.
She typically wears a unit tech uniform, but is known to put on her ubiquitous heavy brown leather jacket when in front of the camera. She also wears standard combat attire during maneuvers. She is always armed with a standard automatic pistol, but seems increasingly fond of a recently acquired boarding sword (sabre).
She technically operates under the aegis of the Civilian Liaison service, best represented by the * Fraternal Iron Dingoes Organization (FIDO).
Little is known about Master Tech O’Neil prior to her joining the tech crews along with her equipment, vehicles and Mechs. She has a past serving in the Channel 6 News at Joshua’s Station, as a roving reporter. She rose to prominence solving a number of thefts in the station’s docking repair area, and was something of a media darling. During the fallout from that scandal, she lost her job, but was hired by Five Rings Technologies to work on internal matters, primarily corporate news releases and PR work. Eventually, she was recruited to be the lead on the unit’s mission to System – Dumassas.
After two years on Terramatrix, she and her crew returned to Joshua’s Station and turned in their reports and data. She convinced the group that there was a bigger story happening with the Dingoes, and quickly returned to Dumassas, where she began filming a documentary called “Merc Life – the Iron Dingoes”. She completed that after following their unit around for most of a year, watching them train local troops under their various * “Sangrian (Air-Mobile/Mechanized) Training Cadre” contracts.
She then spent several months on “The Factory” filming the Iron Dingoes dependents and civilians in a follow-up piece, called “The Forgotten Warriors”, which did quite well in local radio and holovision broadcasts. Following this, she was approached for a permanent placement in the unit as their PR Spokesman, which she readily accepted.
She and her crew then spent a year working under a Leash Contract travelling around the planet on a recruiting drive, which was quite successful. Training efforts for the new recruits took another year, and in the time since, she and her crew have been working closely with Ambassador Inara Serra in marketing strategies for the Iron Dingoes new educational programs.
She then headed the PR Group of * The “War Dogs” College of Military Sciences, though she and her crew still do reports for the Iron Dingoes from time to time, and continues to operate as a reporter for the Iron Dingoes internal broadcasting service, known as “Dingoes Watch!”, which highlights regular activities of its main units, and often details what life is like in Dingoes service among its military, technicians and civilian dependents across all branches of the unit.
In early-3026, she was promoted to the highest rank a civilian can hold in Dingoes service, that of Master Tech.
In mid-3032, she presented an extensive documentary detailing the events leading up to the nuclear destruction of Petrópolis, in a mini-series called “In the Doghouse”, that gave unprecedented background views of Iron Dingoes operations, including live footage from their own black boxes during various engagements, as well as interviews with various members, and unclassified after-combat reports of the situations from its own intelligence services. Given the events surrounding the presentation, it was widely received across the planet, and is considered one of the highest-viewed documentaries in Terramatrix history.
Her coverage of the 3036 “Refugee Crisis” was also well received.