“Until the lion learns to write, every story will glorify the hunter.”
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Atlas
March 5th, 3026 : With the bulk of the fighting apparently over for control of Tharn, the Council met and discussed their next options. They identified that of all the facilities they needed to take control over, the * Duchy of Tharn regional government buildings, and the * Military Headquarters Randgeriz were crucial, while the * Tharn Central Munitions Facility “Manticora” and * Lanseal Royal Military Academy were of secondary importance. They discussed how to approach the various forces, but upon asking Lady Aletta Jemmas for her opinion, she reminded them; “Are you a politician or a warrior? Be a warrior.”
Taking along a selection of marines under LtSG Trooper Shiv “The Knife” along with a company of the 3rd (Guards) Rifle Infantry Battalion “The Jungle Cats” mounted on local steam trucks, they made their way to the regional government offices. The group moved directly into the buildings, and informed the local bureaucrats that the Colonel, “Pitbull” was now in charge, as the Duke of Tharn_. Lady Aletta managed to soothe the bureaucrats concerns, and after a few minutes, assured Pitbull she had things well in hand, and that he could leave her to continue on with his day’s activities.
The group then made their way to the outskirts of Tharn, eventually arriving in the pleasant region around the * Military Headquarters Randgeriz. They managed to gain access to the military town by appealing to the guard’s honor, and then made their way directly into the main headquarters fortress itself, surprised at the sheer massive bulk of the facility, which dwarfed even the base they maintained back at * Landhold : Garrison. Making their way quickly through the facility, they found themselves guided to the senior general’s offices, and met with both General Gregor von Daemon and General Radi Jaeger.
They quickly informed the pair of the situation, with Pitbull as the new “Iron Duke of Tharn”, and both quickly were persuaded to bend the knee. After they had sworn their fealty, and the soldiers under their commands, Pitbull and his Council began to try and offer ways in which they might be able to better improve the lives of the soldiers, though nothing really stood out in their efforts to improve matters as they presently stood.
Pitbull then suggested sending a courier, specifically mentioning Audrey, the sister of General Baldren Glassenari to bring him to the capital for a meeting with the new Duke. They agreed, and parted ways, with the Council assured that the district’s military was firmly under their control, and made their way back to the starport.
Word also came from troops dispatched under Major (Brevet) Abelinda Rivera, that both the Manticora facility and the Lanseal Academy were under Iron Dingoes control, with a platoon from the 3rd in place at each facility.
March 6th : Early in the morning, * “The Werewolves” reported in that they had managed to reach the government records facility in the mountains, and found it relatively abandoned. Several members of the unit scattered into the town, absorbing the local customs, checking out the bars, markets and other places of importance.
Lady Kalique Abrasax was contacted, and soon arrived. She was asked to discover the whereabouts of the shipments the Mangai had been sending to what the group believed was REAPER. She said she would endeavor to do so.
Later that night, she sent a reply, stating that there were four ST-8M Samsons missing, and the group remembered the four helicopters that left during the initial salvos of the fight for the starport. According to her scanners over the starport, they had been tracked heading east out of Tharn, towards the Barony of Midshield, before disappearing into the mountains. The unit crunched some numbers and began to try to identify where they might have gone.
Soon thereafter, they received word that General Baldren Glassenari had arrived at * Military Headquarters Randgeriz, and that he awaited the “… Iron Duke’s leisure…”. Taking a helicopter directly to the facility, Pitbull and Advocate met with the man, finding him angry at being summoned. After a brief hostile discourse between the two, he acknowledged that “… the Iron Duke…” had command, and could order his command at his leisure. While he had agreed to place his troops under the command of the Duke, he was not a friend to the present regime, so some degree of planning would be required to deal with him.
March 7th : Having crunched the numbers, the unit packed-up the “Relentless” and the “Pandora’s Box”, and executed a sub-orbital drop into the location they suspected represented a good starting point to look for where the helicopters might have gone. They began sending their armor lances in a sweep of the area, and a few hours later, encountered a ruined, windblown base some miles west of the landing site. The unit traveled out to the site, finding it mostly overblown and blasted by sand, but also noted that some sort of salvage operation had occurred at the site. The most telling aspect of the site, however, were the large 90m-wide treads that left the site and moved off to the south-west.
It was as though an entire fortification picked itself up and moved off across the desert some days ago.
Re-crunching the numbers, they headed back to the DropShips, and executed another quick sub-orbital drop on the south-west edge of the desert, in an attempt to cut-off the apparently moving fort. They sent off their scout to get an eye on the vehicle, while they slowly deployed themselves and began their trip towards the facility (?).
Along the way, they got back a call from their scout, Senior Scout “Scammer” Firdaaz, who reported he was nearing on the object, about 15kms away. He suddenly declared he was under fire, and within seconds, the communications went dead…
They had encountered… the REAPER.