“Bleed a cold but feast a fever.”
JP (Pitbull) ————————-——-Atlas
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September 22nd, 3025 : System – Tashrakaar : In the aftermath of the battles on the planet’s border regions, the unit began to examine its findings closely, and after ensuring all salvaged goods and vehicles were accounted for and stored, recruited more crew from their DropShip fleets to provide a basic skeleton crew for the two newest members of the fleet; the “Kiss of Death” and the “Cutlass”.
The Cutlass was ordered to arrange commercial transport to System – Promise and then commercial transport back to System – Dumassas, having secured its cargo of settlers on that world and brought them to * “The Iron Dingoes” landholds on their homeworld. The round journey was expected to take several months.
September 23th : The unit left the planet, on the long two-week burn out to the jump-point.
October 5th, 3025 : The fleet jumped out-system to System – Outpost. Upon arrival they informed the local government officials of Excalibur Corporation to having recovered a large number of fleet crews from pirates and that they were available for pick-up. The corporation offered to send shuttles to bring their lost crews back to base at the systems repair station.
October 10th : Excalibur’s shuttles arrived, with the corporation thanking the unit for their work in this matter. The unit also spoke with a broker over system comms, seeking to acquire any crews willing to work for the unit on their DropShip fleet. Any interested parties could take ship aboard the Cutlass when it appeared in-system in a few months, en-route to Dummassas.
The unit also inquired as to the possible whereabouts of Indro the Lightless, the other notorious pirate who is rumored to be operating in the anti-spinward regions of Systems Constellation – “The Hyades March”. According to rumors, his forces had been sighted some months ago moving through the border systems with the Federated Suns, en-route between that region and The Tortuga Dominions.
October 12th : Jump cores charged, the unit jumped out-system to System – Pa’an.
October 19th : The fleet, having recharged their jump cores, jumped out-system to System – Gollere. The unit detached their entire DropShip fleet, and burned in-system for three days.
October 22nd : The fleet landed at The Barony of Horn, among the blasted craters well outside of the town limits where they usually landed, and upon debarking, were met by agents of Baron Jemmas of Horn, who welcomed the unit back to their humble lands. The unit noticed that the town and its lands were greatly developed from the early years when the unit first came to the Barony.
The Command Council were escorted to the landhold’s fortress, and greeted personally by the Baron at the gates. A feast was immediately declared, and among the festivities the unit learned of the Baron’s latest project, his Prydwen-Class Carrier Airships. They were promised access to the vehicle for a tour, as well as the recent activation of the LIF-CK Micro-Fusion Battery Pack manufacturing plant. The unit also took the opportunity to seek new recruits from the Baron’s own college, finding a handful of techs and administrative personnel interested in taking service.
Among the discussion, they also learned that the Mangai of Gollere was generally leaving the Barony of Horn alone in their recent demands for an increase in resources. Several other planetary resource colonies were facing much higher quotas. They also learned that rumors out of Dumassas included the recent outbreaks of the Outworld Flu, and that the world was under an Amber Alert warning, suggesting avoidance to landing, due to the illness and recent civil disorder on the planet. Travel to the orbital station, “The Factory”, however was allowed as the main point of contact, due to careful quarantine regulations by station medical staff.
Many of the ship’s crews and unit personnel were given access tot eh town’s nightlife, which was fairly substantial.
October 23rd : The unit were invited aboard the Prydwen which had been moved to the town, followed by a quick tour of the battery manufacturing complex. The Command Staff and more members of the unit were able to take some personal time in the town’s hotspots.
October 24th : The unit took their leave of the Baron and his family, and began the burn back to the jump-point with their DropShip fleet.
October 27th : The JumpShip fleet left the system, jumping back to their homeworld of [System – Dumassas. They immediately learned of the second wave of the disease, known as the Three-Day-Flu by some, so-called because of its rapid and sudden onset and death of many of its victims. Others called it Death’s Mercenary, because of how it seemed to stalk military camps in particular. Riots and civil disorder were rampant among the former member states of the League of Free Nations. The unit began the long ten-day burn down to their homeworld.
November 5th, 3025 : The unit landed in their makeshift drop-port at Iron Dog Airfield, and scattered to their various holdings, most with their months of back pay paid to the end of October burning holes in their pockets. Facing the planet’s difficult medical situation, the unit disbursed its * Iron Dingoes Medical Corps among its landholds, to try and mitigate matters as best they could, though the illness seemed to affect the Dingoes own landholds with far less virulence, probably due to their own efforts to establish better health care than most other communities on the planet. The worst of the recent wave of the disease, however, seemed to have abated.
The unit met with Captain Carla Estrella, their liaison officer with the The New Republic of Sangria, who gave them a run-down of the local situation. In particular, she mentioned the government was in official talks with The Oriental Republic of San Isabel to formalize a trade and military alliance, known as the Commonwealth of Nations.
Captain Estrella also asked for any ideas on ending the stalemate that was the national peace process. The unit discussed various strategic options, and settled with the fact that General Pierre Garza was ultimately a nationalist, and while he might not like the Iron Dingoes, he didn’t want to fight a protracted war against his own people. He was hungry for power and privilege, but not willing to destroy his nation at the same time. As for General Allister Uirdo, his primary issue was that his district was isolated and thus cut-off from contact with the rest until the “Garza Situation” was resolved. General Uirdo faced constant raids by the Mercenary Warlord Vaas Montenegro and his forces, and bringing those forces to an end would probably secure The District of Cauca and its military.
To resolve the issue, the Command Council suggested (mostly at the advice of Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” over sat-coms) a more peaceful solution. They suggested entering formal peace-talks with Garza, offering him perhaps a hereditary governorship over The District of Cundinamarca with its own private military force, but that the Iron Dingoes own liaison officer, Lt JG Yineth Trujillo be very obviously available during these negotiations. It was hoped that this might hint to the General and his senior officers, that the Iron Dingoes were closely interested in ending the stalemate, one way or another, if the General and his force didn’t come to a negotiated peace soon.
To resolve the Uirdo situation, the unit would be paid, in some form or another, to assault the Warlord’s four unassailable fortresses in the Blue Mountains using air power dropping Inferno Bombs backed by the unit’s long-range and powerful Kate & Leopold. This assault group would use the unit’s Guardian Fighters armed with Infernos, presently based from Iron Dog Airfield, but temporarily moved into The District of Guaviare for the attack, escorted by Sangrian Air Commands 3rd and 6th COmbat Air WIngs. Escorting the Long Toms would be the unit’s Line Infantry and Combat Armor companies, backed by Guaviare’s own Battalion Speciale 1 – The “Sun Swords”. They would hit the fortresses with as much firepower as possible, and hopefully submit the survivors into surrender, ending the drug and military threats they presented.
Within a few months, and with a minimum of conflict, the civil strife in Sangria might finally be resolved.
The other awaiting issue was a formal offer by The Free-City of Peregrine to hire a small company-sized infantry unit to train one of that nation’s battalions into anti-armor/Mech infantry, a contract similar to the unit’s Contract – Operation : “Ocean Breeze”. The Command Council scrambled to find a free veteran military platoon to lead the expedition, though they had several younger units to fill the roster otherwise. Eventually the unit decided on using their 1st (Marine) Rifle Platoon, led by Captain (Brevet) Jack Krauss “Forge”. They organized a new unit, called * The White Asp Training Cadre, and made a formal, long-term cadre contract, Contract – Operation “Foothold”.
The unit discussed disposition of their recent military recruits, both internally promoted and those hired in recent efforts, and formally created a new sub-division of their home guard forces, the * Fraternal Iron Dingoes Organization (FIDO), a force of troops that had always been loosely affiliated within the command structure, but now firmly under the control and interests of Captain Pol Baca “Templar”. They also distributed a handful of techs and admin staff ear-marked for the imminent return of * “The Fold Fiends”, and assigned the unit their poorly-crewed “Kiss of Death”, granting them finally their own “home vessel”. As the ship would likely be in-system for several years, it could slowly recruit a larger crew base, and promote someone to command the newest unit acquisition. Other personnel were left unassigned, to support the needs of the local landholds, until the larger batch of settlers arrived from System-State – “The Unity of Promise”.
The last bit of news, was a discussion surrounding the origins of the recent pandemic, the Outworld Flu. The unit recognized that there might be a direct connection between the mountain of hazmat suits and bio lab gear they recovered during the fighting on Islas Brasilera under the aegis of Rockhopper Exploration, and the pandemic. It seemed someone might have been gene-tailoring the disease with a plan to drop it on the The New Republic of Sangria and the Iron Dingoes own forces, but that the unit’s preemptive strike might have pushed those plans off the table. Its subsequent release might have simply been a loss of containment during the recent civil disorder in the Dingoes former enemies, the League of Free Nations, whose population and military seemed to be taking the illness the worst.