“You want me to say it, brother? You want me to say I’m afraid? Doesn’t that go without saying? When mortals die, their souls go somewhere – there’s no place where gods go when they die! There’s nothing, just Oblivion…”
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Highlander
The unit quickly gathered their resources and set out with their Mechs, on a long trek of several hours to intercept the reported “giant crawling base”, slowly moving towards Lantern City. As they approached, it began laying down artillery rounds nearly 30kms out. Most of the unit took heavy damage from near hits, though MechWarrior Robert Stuart “Prince” (Deceased) in his GHR-5H Grasshopper had the misfortune of taking a single Longtom shot directly to his head, and was slain outright.
As the unit got within about 4kms, and saw the vehicle with their own eyes, it increased its fire, tossing long-range missiles into the mix as well. Nonetheless, the unit managed to weather the storm and finally approached the monster.
The group slowly approached the machine, though it continued to crawl slowly across the desert.
The machine began lobbing missiles into the approaching Mechs, one volley of which struck “Advocate” squarely agitating an earlier hit to critically strike his Gyro and blow out a Jump Jet. The machine crushed a section of hills, seemingly un slowed by the maneuver.
The group finally closed and began laying in a wide variety of Particle Cannon shots, devastating the armor of the lead point on the machine. Its response was to continue numerous barrages of missiles that displayed an uncanny ability to strike with larger spreads. It still methodically moved forward.
“Faith”, marred by previous damage took a savage round of missile fire and heavy autocannon rounds.
The unit continued to lay in fire and close with the machine. It responded with more savage missile fire and heavy autocannon round, doing “Slayer” severe damage, but she kept moving and firing.
Eventually, the withering fire on the machine took its toll, and the central point of the titan was destroyed, exploding as its internal structure took heavy damage and many of its weapons systems went silent.
The machine began to twist, exposing more undamaged sections as its large pulse lasers were added to the mix of weapons fire. While the unit continued to increase their tempo, getting in close enough to bring in their own medium lasers.
“Caboose” was beginning to see serious damage from the onslaught, taking several Engine criticals. Salyer also took a number of internal criticals, including a single Engine hit that destroyed much of her heat shielding.
The tempo increased, and more fire was laid about the machine, with it forcing the retreat and shut-down of several units. Nonetheless, the damage on the machine was increasingly horrendous, even as it twisted to expose more weapons blisters on the back-side of the machine.
“Blaster” took numerous criticals across his Mech, and shut-down as well. “Wraith”, most of his torso armor exposed took a savage beating, losing various systems, heat sinks and weapons. Caboose was knocked unconscious.
Finally, the machine took a savage series of strikes from the unit, and as the back portion of the machine was destroyed, the remnants of the massive crawler split in two and fell silent. The Titan was destroyed.
As the day grew late, the unit called in their DropShips, and covered the perimeter to ensure their wounded and savaged Mechs wouldn’t meet any sudden surprises.
9th of March : The techs of the Dingoes spread out and began salvaging the Machine, and the units own Mechs., moving both into their cavernous DropShip, the “Relentless”. Among the salvage, they recovered many weapons systems, including a single anti-ship missile system and several rounds of ammunition. Based on the recovery, they realized that if they had either landed closer to the Machine, or if the Titan had neared the starport, their DropShips would likely have died ignominious deaths. Also among the remnants they uncovered proof of REAPER’s minions with several infantry bays that were designed to house the typical Battle Armor – Tornado PA, but there was no sign of the machine’s pilot, REAPER itself.
The unit spent several days in recovery efforts, and eventually conducted a sub-orbital drop to the starport. Once there, the unit began planning for the future, setting themselves up for the formal take-over of their newest asset… * Duchy of Tharn.