Campaign of the Month: June 2014

Battletech : The Farscape Campaign

Episode 154 - Long Way Home

“But no matter how malevolent or evil are the many murderous dictators who can currently oppress their nations and cause international problems, it is obvious that they cannot harm others or destroy countless human lives if they don’t have a military organisation accepted and condoned by society.”

https://youtu.be/r7DMepMDDng

July 1st, 3032 : System – Dumassas, Garrison.

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Episode 153 - Fallout

“Did you ever try to put a broken piece of glass back together? Even if the pieces fit, you can’t make it whole again the way it was. But if you’re clever, you can still use the pieces to make other useful things. Maybe even something wonderful, like a mosaic. Well, the world broke just like glass. And everyone’s trying to put it back together like it was, but it’ll never come together in the same way."

https://youtu.be/8gl9u259QqI

March 12th, 3032 : System – Dumassas : Garrison :

A period of three months of Downtime occurs for the unit, during which time various events occur. In the background, * “The Iron Dingoes” support the efforts of the international community to bring aid and relief to the survivors of the Petrópolis “Incident”, including providing the services of their own * Iron Dingoes Medical Corps and * “The Dead Man’s Hand” to assist the efforts of The Commonwealth of Nations. Various supplies are given over to the Commonwealth’s forces, and the international community comes together as it never has before.

Venturespring attempts to rent the open space available in “The Factory” for its latest investments in ZAFO being manufactured by CODALTEC. The offer is accepted, with the factory slated to begin operations in early-3033.

Executive Administrator Rivoche Carsebloom arrives in system, bringing her company, Carse Technologies Corporation to the service of the Iron Dingoes. Milo Carsebloom, their old acquaintance, has fled from The Duchy of Andurien and their failing war, and after resigning his company over to his daughter, has retired to a private life of quiet wealth on Terramatrix. The company is given charge over finding the solutions to bringing the Sarang Helium-3 Processing Plant on-line in the coming years.

Major Linda Chung “Amber” brings an entire company of young junior officers to attend * The “War Dogs” College of Military Sciences at the request of Sangrian Army Command. The rumors of the national military creating an exclusive company of BattleMechs attached to the 1st Armored Cavalry Battalion “Big Red One” are proven true.

The unit decides that the next effort of * The Blood Raiders should be the salvage operation of the four (4) Saturn-Class Patrol Ships found in the 309th AeroSpace Maintenance and Regeneration Group “The Boneyard”. Long-term plans for “The New Karachi” are slated to include Space Master Eric Severin as the vessel’s probable future Commodore, and leader of its interstellar fleet.

Despite a bad photo-op by Advocate regarding General Pierre Garza, which implicates the Iron DIngoes as supportive of his bid for presidency, Advocate moves to endorse all of the candidates, and thus recovers somewhat from his political failure.

Windward Resources is officially announced, and it is revealed that The Duchy of Windward has been quietly developing its large deposit of germanium in connection with Horn Industries. Their laser-refinement complex, built under the guise of being an iron foundry, is slated to go on-line in late-3032.

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Episode 152 - Cry Havoc!

“But I had a point here. A lesson, if you will. There are other organisations out there. And, in time, I’m sure they’re going to spoon-feed you their own patented form of bullshit. Ignore the verbage and look at what they’re doing. What they’re asking you to do. What sort of world they’d have you build and how they’re going to pay for it.”

https://youtu.be/9xujlozKPwQ

After preparing a forward operations base, known as FOB “Jericho”, in which the Iron Dingoes based * Dangerous Operations Group (DOG) as a distraction, they managed to pull away local militia forces and the defending armor resources of the central fortress in Petrópolis, then conducted a high altitude drop on the town. After engaging local militia forces, they destroyed a Stinger apparently trying to escape the fortress, and triggered two small nuclear explosions, which ravaged both defenders and attackers alike, and shattered the surrounding community. The fight was quickly brought to a conclusion, but the damage was extensive to the Dingoes forces.

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Over the next ten days, combined forces from the signatory nation-states of The Commonwealth of Nations, as well as * “The Dead Man’s Hand” operating under the banner of the Commonwealth led a relief effort among the survivors at FOB Jericho, and began to patrol the former borders of the nation-state in an effort to protect the remaining frontier communities from possible invasion by its neighbors. in the wake of the devastation, peace fell over the region, as its shell-shocked citizens struggled to find purchase in the new territory of the fall of Petrópolis.

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Episode 151 - The Divide

“If war never changes, then men must change, and so must their symbols. Even if it is nothing at all, know what you follow, Courier.”

https://youtu.be/bmUxvX2z5N0

February 1st, 3032 : Garrison, System – Dumassas.

After a lengthy discussion regarding the unit’s plans, they decide to bring the _Problem with Petrópolis to a conclusion. They ask for a meeting with the various heads of The Commonwealth of Nations, and this is scheduled for 8 days hence.

Meanwhile, the unit cancels its plans for contact hunting, and instead readies its * Dangerous Operations Group (DOG), * “The Dead Man’s Hand” and their own * “The Iron Dingoes” Line forces for a possible invasion effort.

8th of February : Meeting with the various representative of the Signatory Nations of the Commonwealth, at their temporary quarters in Quez, the unit leaders proposed to discuss changes in the constant Time of War facing the members of the fractious world. Doctor Max Helmut “Moxie” proposed a more scientific approach, suggesting that off-world influences were driving much of the strife facing the world, and though he could not present definitive proof, he suggested that a radical exision be conducted; assault Petrópolis, and seize The Petrópolis Free State in the name of the Commonwealth. They presented its position between both The Marcosan Mandate and The Republic of Buntar would provide a buffer between the two fractious nations, and ensure peace in the region for years to come, not to mention a good position to base the entire organization, moving forward.

While both Sangria and San Isabel seemed somewhat supportive, the representative of The Free-City of Peregrine demanded what the cost of such “help” would be, citing numerous examples of the unit gaining financial support in every effort they have made to both found the Commonwealth and their own efforts during the 3024 Small War before that. Pitbull himself assured them, citing and promising his own word, that they sought nothing more, and though the Dead Man’s Hand would provide assistance in garrisoning the site, it would remain only as long as the Commonwealth required, and would remain at their disposal for the length of their position.

Sangria and San Isabel both voted to support the action, while Peregrine abstained, stating they would see how it all played out. The unit then left, and began to finalize its plans as both a conqueror and garrison force of the most chaotic nation-state on the planet. The situation made the election of Paladin as Marshal-Secretary of the Commonwealth unlikely, however, and the unit began looking elsewhere for a possible influence into this important position.

The Problem with Petrópolis might finally be resolved, though not in an easy way.

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Episode 150 - The Bringers of War

“Across the sea of space, the stars are other suns.”

https://youtu.be/Jmk5frp6-3Q

Synopsis : 15th of December, 3031 : System – Goria.

Arriving at Goria, the Iron Dingoes burn into the system, landing at Aurora Landing with their full line fleet, plus the “Spearhead”, on December 23rd. They are met by a band of troopers from the nearby support dome of the Aurora Faction, and eventually a large gathering from both sides meets; more than fifty of the local warriors led by their chief, Evan “Biter”, with Major Frank Castle and the 1st Marines Platoon on the other, backed by Pitbull in his [[:hgn-732-highlander. A fight ensues, in which Biter swiftly defeats Castle. Templar steps forward and after hurling several insults, is also defeated in hand-to-hand combat by Biter.

Pitbull responds by stomping on Biter, and in the wake of the silent fears on both side, Glamour steps up and demands leadership, ceremoniously “defeating” the Highlander with a bullet, and then sweeps up both sides to enter and take charge over the local support dome. No one attempts to dissuade or stop her. Once inside, she appraised the site, and then explored the support facility that maintains the tribe and its people. She discovers the real secret of the society; its Technical Caste is both capable and privately manages the society, ensuring its survival. She meets with Mary Aurora, and begins efforts to assimilate the local society, planning to remain behind while the rest of the group travels back to Dumassas.

The unit spends the “holidays” on the planet, and leaves the Spearhead, its four marines platoons, and Glamour behind, returning to System – Dumassas on January 23rd, 3032. The unit discusses their various options, and then organizes the budget for the coming year, allocating various resources and personnel, and making their plans for the coming year. They also begin plans to establish a new colony on nearby System – Hawktor, known as Hawkport, enlisting the help of Governor Carrie “Cara” Sifuentes as the future colonial governor.

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Episode 149 - Blood & Iron

“The great questions of the day will not be settled by means of speeches and majority decisions, but by iron and blood.”

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21st of November, 3031 : System – Dumassas

The unit completed their negotiations for establishing the * Iron Dingoes Autonomous District (IDAD), agreeing to raise * Task Force Dingo by mid-3032 from their own holdings. They also gathered supplies and activated “Spearhead”, giving the vessel over to LtSG Trooper Shiv “The Knife” and the unit’s 6th, 9th, 28th and 29th Marines Platoons who would use the vessel as their base from which they could garrison Aurora Landing on Goria following successful domination of the local “Aurora Faction”. Eventually the ship and marines would be replaced by a local governor, likely Captain Frank Castle.

The Line unit then burned off-planet, and headed off to begin their campaign for claiming System – Goria late on the 21st. They jumped out-system on the 30th.

December 14th, 3031 : A series of raids began in The Petrópolis Free State, and within hours, the 7th cavalry came under direct attack by various militia forces under the command of the Bloody Hand of Marcosa’s leader Prince Monitor.

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As the mercenaries came under attack, they largely eliminated the armor assets of the uprising, but its few powerful MSK-9H Mackies and the bulk of its infantry militia remained intact. Their forces rendezvoused with their hidden DropShips, and retreated back to Corazón Airfield to rejoin their dependents. Conducting their repairs and rebuilding their structure, the 7th Cavalry took several days of downtime, before announcing their new operational status as of December 22nd, 3031.

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Episode 148 - Hegemony of Iron

’Do not wait to strike till the iron is hot; but make it hot by striking."

https://youtu.be/rQCmyg2rryE

October 8th, 3031 : System – Dumassas

Upon returning to Dumassas, the unit heard many hard things from the central Marcosan nation-states, primarily from the problems with Petrópolis. The unit made landfall back at Garrison, and took stock of the efforts that Advocate had been engaged in. He had been working to establish a foothold in both The Independent Territory of Maroon and The Independent Territory of Davion Solitaire, building some support facilities and settling the numerous refugees the unit had rescued from Tequila Beach. They also had begun establishing mining sites in Maroon, and survey work continued unabated.

Moxie had made contact with The Independent State of Klein Vrystaat, and the entire settlement willingly offered to ship their goods to the Iron Dingoes markets, provided they were left alone to deal with their own people and traditions. The Dingoes agreed to send a regular flight of Whippet Transport Lines to the community to conduct trade in exchange for this support. Effectively the small, isolated community became a landhold of * The Iron Dingoes Demesne.

The unit weighed their new options, and sought to sell LRM-65 Maverick, eventually gaining a good price from the transaction with Excalibur Corporation. With the resources available to them, they set about expanding their planetary resources, buying more support supplies and consumables, and activating all their production lines to begin manufacturing the wide variety of vehicles and equipment available to their unit’s own production lines, with the intent to use some internally, but largely seek to sell them to fund these and future efforts. The unit also agreed to a collection of this production to be sent as their “tribute” to the Warlord.

21st of October : Meeting with the 7th Cavalry – “The Iron Ponies” commander, Lt. Colonel Eóghan Brand, Pitbull learned that there were problems, but that the unit refused to abandon their contract, being honorable soldiers. Pitbull offered to evacuate the 7th Cavalry dependents to their isolated holdings of -Fort Boomerang_ at Corazón Airfield, as a precaution, which they accepted. The unit privately saw it as an opportunity to perhaps recruit the 7th Cavalry for their own purposes in the long-run.

24th of October : * “The Dead Man’s Hand” returned in-system, making landfall at Garrison on the 4th of November. Having successfully completed their most recent contract with the Aurigan Restoration, they brought back a fair sum into the unit coffers, and were informed of the unit’s plans to soon return to Goria, as well as to ready themselves to support the 7th Cavalry in the Line unit’s absence.

16th of November : “The Iron Vagabond” returned back to Dumassas, reporting in it had a surprise for the unit. Executive Secretary Arlana Jericho made the burn back to Terramatrix personally, requesting a personal meeting with both Pitbull and Moxie. Arriving on the 26th of November, she brought in a package for the pair, a copy of the Helm Memory Core, along with the unit’s share of her recent profits from her trade mission into the Davion Outback_, cut short by the recovery of this data cache. The device was immediately shipped to _Content Not Found: the-skinkwerks civilian site in Cartera, and came under close scrutiny by a small collection of techs.

Plans were immediately drawn up to begin the conquest of System – Goria, and after a brief discussion, it was decided that playing ’The Chosen" card was the likely easiest and least destructive method to take control of the central Aurora Faction, and then systematically use them as the means of expansion to include each of the dozen or so factions scattered across the planet.

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Episode 147 - Blackhearts

“Little things matter far more than big ones. We remember them longer. We can’t control the big things. If you think about what’s happened in the past, it will be the small moments that come to the forefront, not the big transitions. The big things were just history. The small moments are yours. The books those monks printed are still preserved centuries after they were gone. Little things matter.”

https://youtu.be/R5_gkn3iLP0

June 24th, 3031 : System – Goria

Having arrived in Goria, the unit inquired after the so-called pirate band, The Mavericks", tracking them to the isolated colonial dome they had occupied some hours away from the central starport. Loading up and confronting them boldly, the unit quickly over-powered them, largely by simple weight, but also by numbers, though they lacked a couple of their regular numbers who remained back on Dumassas. As usual, ammunition explosions played a key part in the fight, and eventually the survivors surrendered.

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Capturing the Mechs and their surviving pilots, the unit managed to convince the grounded DropShip, the LRM-65 Maverick to surrender, and captured it along with the knowledge of their JumpShip escort, The Galloping Ghost located in a hidden orbit above the north pole. Using * “The Werewolves”, they boarded and easily captured the vessel meeting little to no resistance. Confronting the captain, Ellis Vorash, they bring the vessel with them back to System – Dumassas, before turning his family and ship free in exchange for spreading the unit’s actions among his own kind, the mysterious group known as The Charioteers.

The unit then proceeded on back to the June system, where they turned the pirates and their salvage over to their employers, and after a prize court, received a healthy paycheck, including the outright grant of the Maverick itself as part of their settlement. The unit then returned back to their holdings on Dumassas, with the caveat that they would return to Goria in the near future, if only to seize the valuable ore processing facilities in the central starport domes for themselves.

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Episode 146 - Pax Ferrum Canis

“To some Humans, the promise of a patch of land was worth any effort. It was an oddly predictable sort of behavior. Humans had a long, storied history of forcing their way into places where they didn’t belong.”

https://youtu.be/Nd-DlMOLCY4

March 28th, 3031 : System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster : After arriving back on-board their JumpShips, the unit jumped back into System – Dumassas, and looked for news regarding the system and their on=planet holdings. The recently arrived Company of the Rose had taken a position in Petrópolis with little difficulties, but there was very little getting out of the region, as the two provinces of The Province of Cabinda and The Province of Central Marcos had recently starting “consolidating” their local territories, and there wasn’t much else being related from the region with so many closed borders.

On a lark, Pitbull looked for local contracts, and discarding a corporate raid contract, as well as a House Marik contract due to their wanted status in that realm, he began negotiations for a private noble’s contract for pirate hunting, Contract – Operation : “Back in the Saddle”. The unit ensured they had proper supplies, and began the jumps required to bring them to June system on a ten-day later. They passed quickly through System – Armington (13th), System – Csomad (20th), System – Malagrotta (27th), and finally June itself on the 2nd of May, 3031.

In-system, the unit discovered the contract was to hunt an unknown group of pirates that had struck the Michaelson Heavy Industries parts plant on its surface, taking a valuable cache of repair and manufacturing tools, as well as a collection of their manufactured VTOL and tank parts. Their liaison officer was Captain Hazam Narthelm, the man who had been dispatched to arrange the contract. It was surmised that the pirates were using so-called Black Systems not on the usual star charts, but luckily the unit had access to the more complete star charts once exclusively owned by Jericorp, so they were able to chart a course down these back-lane systems, hoping they could find traces of their passage.

May 16th Fully charged, the unit jumped out to the more “southern” Urbigger system, finding it on initial examination to be abandoned. Jumping on further “south-east”, the unit jumped into the Lashuppi system, this one a rockball abandoned system of no consequence. The unit then jumped into Tequila Beach using one of their Jumpkeys, and quickly made contact with their Infochant, “Flowers”. Paying him a tidy 65,000 Cs, they learned that the group called themselves “The Mavericks” after their Union-Class DropShip the “Maverick”, and “allegedly” operated from System – Goria. The unit’s various members spread-out following various leads, and discovered that the pirates had been selling various parts and tools at the shadowport recently, hinting they were closely following the pirate’s trail. Their liaison officer was dumb-founded on the fact a pirate outpost of this size was located so close to the Federated Suns border.

May 25th : The unit jumped out-system on a bee-line for Goria. Jumping through System – Gollere (June 1st), System – Pa’an (9th), and directly into System – Goria on the 17th of June. The unit made a quick survey of the system, checking their logs on this periphery world and were stunned to realize the system manufactured a very high-quality armor. There was talk of future conquest of this system and its valuable resources for their own purposes following the contract.

The unit organized their DropShip fleet, leaving the “Revolver” behind to protect their JumpShips, and burned down to the planet with “Relentless”, “Pandora’s Box”, and the “Xīng Hu” for salvage operations, reaching orbit on the 24th of June. They landed at the primary starport dome, known to be held by the Aurora Faction a few hours later.

Captain Pol Baca “Templar” made first contact with the local thugs, backed up by LtSG Trooper Shiv “The Knife” and his platoon of marines. There was a little posturing, but when Templar tried to turn the discussion to trade, they got offended and quickly told him and his men what to do with themselves. They turned to leave, when Pitbull in his HGN-732 Highlander deployed from the bay and demanded to know where the pirates calling themselves “The Mavericks” were located. The locals sobered up quickly and pointed out a community dome a couple hours walk away, known as G-19. They quickly retreated back to the safety of their own fortified dome.

Pitbull returned and began organizing for an immediate assault, having assumed that the pirates likely knew they were on-planet, and the group needed to take the pirate’s dome as quickly as possible. It was decided to move in a trident formation to surround the pirates, and have the unit’s infantry and armor just out of range behind them, with the techs and salvage squads to seize the dome and any salvage they might get.

The assault was now in motion.

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Episode 145 - Inquiring Minds

“If you don’t ask the right questions, you don’t get the right answers. A question asked in the right way often points to its own answer. Asking questions is the ABC of diagnosis. Only the inquiring mind solves problems.”

https://youtu.be/iQK8dvDKE7Y

February 23rd, 3031 : Tequila Beach : After recharging their jump-drives, and spending a little time in discussions regarding intelligence assets and another attempt to ellicit information from their local Infochant on “Operation Jumpstart”, the unit jumped back into Gollere on March 2nd. They then made another recharge, and jumped back into System – Dumassas.

March 14th : Waiting for contact from “Meteor”, the unit dispatched their recent “colonists” down to Terramatrix and * Landhold : Garrison for processing. Advocate and Moxie both accompanied them, the former to spend some time re-acquainting himself with operations in Dingo Brand Corporation, and the latter because of personal reasons, and a desire to spend more time with Mia Ospina.

Rockhopper Exploration was also ordered to investigate the two independent colonial holdings of The Independent Territory of Davion Solitaire and The Independent Territory of Maroon, as potential assets. Also, the * Deep Ice One complex was ordered to continue producing small quantities of their TLS-1B Talos in preparation for potential sales off-world, to be organized by Advocate.

March 16th : The unit jumped into System – Pirate’s Haven Star Cluster using their Jumpkeys. After burning to the primary in System – Aurore, they made landfall at The District of New Haven, arriving on March 22nd. They met directly with Consort Jessica White “Ariel”, and after a short formal meeting, were invited to spend the night at the local palace over-looking Dis.

Pitbull, Caboose and Glamour met with her that evening in a private central hot pool in the “Guest Wing” of the palace, bathing with her and discussing the secrets of “Project Reset” and the Jumpstart Caches. In exchange, they shared their knowledge of Doctor Magnus Schroeter and his genetic operations, identifying his location as likely somewhere in Rhiannon City.

Conducting a sub-orbital burn to Tanstaafl City and made contact with their on-planet agent, Lt JG Marguerite Phillano. Rumors suggested that Content Not Found: the-warlord was acting a little erratic, but Glamour met with him anyways, during which she learned that her “operation” hadn’t been paying him proper respect, mostly in the form of proper booty from their territory. He seemed adverse to light, and was very curt with her. The unit then took a few days of downtime to acquire new supplies, and left planet for a quick burn back to their jumpships.

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