Battletech Mercs Unleashed

Mechdur Planet Profile
Junkyard of the Rim

Compiled from the COMSTAR Atlas of the Capellan Reach

Mechdur
Star Class – G0V
Gravity – 0.9g
Atmosphere – Breathable but extreme particulate and smog dangers
Surface Water – 68%, 8% Fresh
Major Industry – Coalition Arsenal, Ltd, Coalition Aerospace, Ltd, Coaltion Armorworks, Ltd, Aurigan Agricultural Machinery, Mechdur Machined Goods
Capital – Mechdur City
Points of Interest – Mechdur Defense Park, Lake Takonai, Aspho Flats, Mt Kubara, Kubara City

Summary – Mechdur is a heavily industrialized planet much like Detroit, it was one of the gateways to Rimward space during the early era of Exploration at the height of the Star League. It acquired the nickname Junkyard of the Rim after the Reunification War where Kerensky’s army refitted themselves and discarded anything that couldn’t be repaired.

The Aurigan Coalition added Mechdur before the Third Succession War and invested much of their trade income into modernizing the factories on-planet. As such it also had one of the largest garrisons of Aurigan Defense Force in the Coalition, nearly a battalion of mechs and a regiment of vehicles guarded the Defense Park alone.

Mechdur has dealt with the long slow decline of the Coalition well but the industries have polluted water and soil so much that it is becoming uneconomical to continue living on that planet. It has been at the mercy of capricious merchant princes in the Coalition and pirate raids seeking to capture some part of the factories. Two years ago the Word of Blake inked a secret arrangement to begin a planet wide evacuation but it was interrupted by a civil war between the planet’s major houses Toure emerged victorious and shredded the initial arrangement seeking more favorable terms.

Things made on Mechdur
Wasp 1A, Javelin 10F, Clint 2-3T, Rifleman 3N. King Scorpion, Super Scorpion, Manticore, Pugio Rocket Truck, Danais Dropship, K-1 Dropshuttle

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Mechdur Relief and Recovery Mission Brief

From the Desk of Precentor Dainmar Elena Sunwell to Mercs Unleashed

We are grateful you decided to accept our offer of employment, I will forward you the message we received from Ti’are Ningou concerning their current situation.

Ti’Are Ningou, Aurigan Interior Ministry

The planet Mechdur is in a period of crises we are grateful to Precentor Yen’s assistance in the effort, you must have expended quite a bit of capital to get the Gendearme, MDC, and TACD to come here. This is the current situation

Count Alfons Toure has taken the Aurigan Defense Force into the industrial region of Mechdur and cut our access to power, food, and the primary starport. His band of thugs sees this crisis as a prime time to renegotiate the social compact giving more power to the ADF. We still have the internal security forces, the Magistracy Gendearme, and your own milita but we cannot dislodge the largest garrison in the Coalition and their heavy weapons.

He has seized the initial shipments of food aid and displaced civilians in his wake. They are preparing for an extended campaign.

We need a combat unit to dislodge his forces, details below
Company of Mechs (mostly Medium/Light with a pair of heavies)
Company of Armor (mostly Light)
Battalion of Infantry (Three Companies of Green conscripts, Company of Regular mechanized)

Your continued support is appreciated and we are willing to do whatever we can to save our citizens from a terrible fate. As the situation is fluid I will update you when I can.

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Bad Blood pt 3

Meanwhile

The Mercs Unleashed crew is enjoying a succulent feast of various meats, cheeses, and spirits at Ruby’s invitation as it the day before he birthday. Ryan has been bedecked with the latest in fashionable suits from Crimson and Ruby is wearing a Quipao (China Dress) which has grown increasingly popular as Naomi has been seen wearing one while alongside the Chancellor. One of the Carabiniers walks up to Kalisandra as she sits on the high table and whispers something into her ear and all the Carabiniers become more visible and the servants make themselves scarce. Stannus becomes equally tense but they fail to convey confidence in what is about to happen.

Amethyst bursts through the door to the main chamber in her white adept robes and heads straight for her mother. The Carabiniers instinctively put their hands on their stun sticks but Stannus gestures to them causing them to return to a ready position.

“Hello Daughter, have you come to wish your sister a happy birthday? How very polite

Stuff it Mother, I know what you have been doing, and not doing. How dare you profiteer off the Word’s relief supplies marking them up thrice for our accounts while selling them to the MDC normally. Have you no shame? Eating and slumming it with mercenaries, Stannus winced at that but kept his cool; making merry while Argent and I are trying to save a dying world.

Yes how is brother? We have not seen him in quite some time. Have you come on official business Sister or is this a social visit?

Brother is doing Blake’s work Sister as am I. This is clearly not a social visit, I am here to petition the Abbess and will be sure to make mention of mother’s profiteering to the trade council, surely Luxen will react poorly to such a blatant and shameless disregard for human life. The Abbess will also take umbrage with your vassal’s activities in her desert.

The Abbess surrendered her power over this planet when she took the habit Daughter, she will surely be irate in her dotage regardless of your Sister’s choices. Do you bring word from the Precentor herself of the Word’s stance or do you merely want to run your mouth of your opinion on matters?

I bear no word from the Precentor Mother but I will be certain to make you suffer if we fail in our righteous works for your lack of support and cold heartedness.

You mercenaries there is much work to do on Mechdur perhaps some of you might be saved if you fight for money and our righteous cause, the Word has both in quantity.

Goodbye Lady Kalisandra, Lady Ruby, may you walk a righteous path or face judgement in the afterlife"

Adept Deepwater turned and marched out of the hall slamming the large doors behind her as the Carabiniers breathed a sign of relief and the servants brought another round.

Stannus relaxed his grip on the pistol in the small of his back, “Wow that is a relief, normally there is a lot more yelling and fighting. She’s not wrong though the Word is here to stay, it might be better for you if you were at least on their good side as long as they paid. My command was on the wrong side of Katherine and that didn’t work out well for us.”

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Bad Blood pt 2

30 minutes later, Lake Endric Starport, Dainmar Majoris

The MMV Alexandra Cul set down on pad 5 of the Starport, Adept Deepwater disembarked after the ground cooled to a safe level. The Permacrete around the dropship was still warm and mixed with the cool lake air to create a blanket of fog. She could see the lights from dropships on pads 2 through 4 creating eerie shadows along the tarmac.

One of those shadows was Adept Anero the second in command for the Lexington HPG C in his Black Pit Bull with a Detroit Workhorse following, both painted with a white “Word of Blake” and bearing its insignia. He stepped out with the other technicians to meet her in a non-loading area as a pair of Conestoga Heavy Transports backed up to Pad 5’s loading area to deliver their supplies (dual use medicines, baby food, condensed milk, and other dairy products).

“Blessings of Blake upon you Adept Deepwater, we are pleased to have you home

and upon you Adept Anero, I feel you might be the only ones

Why? Surely your mother will be reasonable the Primus has decreed that this operation is part of our sacred duty. We are the only ones who can accomplish it.

My mother has never been reasonable nor has my sister, I am not here to throw stones against a mountain. I am here for the Abbess perhaps she can sway the Bishops to support us, surely they can understand the grave peril that Mechdur is in.

It is a pity that Adept Argent cannot be here perhaps both of you could sway your mother to lobby for more aid.

He is doing Blake’s work on Mechdur just as we should all seek to do every day wherever we are. What news have you heard on planet please inform me while we ride."

The Workhorse pulls up to the unloading are and receives a half container marked “HPG upgrade components, destination Dainmar Majoris”

While in transit Anero informed Ame’ of Mercs Unleashed’s deal with her sister and how their base property was cut out of what was nominally considered the Abbess’ Demesne. Infuriated she demanded he take her to Chateau Deepwater and informed the acolytes to keep heading to the HPG. Upon reaching the Chateau they were challenged by a squad of Carabiniers at the gate.

“You there stop, the Chateau is a private residence show us some ID. I am sorry Lady Deepwater, we cannot bar you from entering if you have official business but we have to make sure you both are unarmed. Ruby and Stannus are here as well, we don’t want trouble.

Adept Deepwater Corporal, I stopped being a Lady in my mother’s eyes when she exiled me to the desert. Do what you must but watch yourselves."

The two of them drove the Pit Bull up the winding gardens of the Chateau where magnificent marble statues and high hedges shared space with stables and grazing areas for the famous dancing horses. The whole Chateau had a luxury village feel to it that made it the envy of the New Abilene Great Ranches.

“Leave the truck running, I am going to see my mother so this won’t last long”

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Bad Blood pt 1

02/14/3064 21:42 Location – Chateau Deepwater, Lexington, Dainmar Majoris, Magistracy of Canopus

The arrival of Mercs Unleashed on the planet was rather tame, they had arrived for a brief respite after transiting the Confederation to take contracts in the Rimward Periphery and Thaddeus had a work crew preparing their new base already. He had hired local techs on their behalf to replace the MMT techs that went off their two year contract back to the Federated Suns supplemented by the few techs that were not contracted through MMT.

They were welcomed by Kalisandra, Ruby, and Stannus with a marvelous feast of the premium local fare.

Meanwhile on the Danais-dropship, MMV Alessandra Cul on final approach to the planet

The crew of the Alessandra Cul ran regular transits across Magistracy space split between cargo and various passenger accommodations. They had been quite busy recently with the troubles in the Coalition as Word, MAF, Gendearmie, and MMC personnel had booked passage. The Captain and her brother (also a Dropship Captain but further along in the transit) were swamped with hauling personnel and materiel there but they didn’t complain the Word paid handsomely.

This dropship was no exception there were 50 passengers and many hundreds of tons of relief aid headed to Mechdur from the League although they were to pick up fresh foodstuffs and fuel on Dainmar Majoris. There was only one Blakist passenger though, the ship’s steward had been informed to wake her when they were beginning their final transit.

“Excuse me. ”/characters/lady-amethyst-deepwater" class=“wiki-content-link”>Adept Deepwater we are beginning final approach, we should be at Lake Endric Starport in thirty minutes"

“Thank you please radio Adept Anero at the Lexington HPG to meet me there”

“Of course Maam”

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Paradiso Armor Works Promo Video IV
Hot New Products

“Greetings all, I am Enrique San Marco, CEO of Paradiso Armor Works, I would first like to thank everyone for their continued support of my company. As you might know Paradiso hosted the latest meeting of the Interstellar Association of Arms Manufacturers and it was a fabulous success. Based on feedback and part of our commitment to expanding the defense market in the wake of massive shortfalls in Materiel we at PAW have come up with new technologies leveraged with our research groups.

Opening shot shows Enrique in a hot air ball, he pulls on the burner and it shoots a blue flame out into the mass

As you may know modern flamers burn fuel and send the superheated air towards their target. Although we have a history of our Longspear Torch variant using these weapons I always felt they we lacking in efficacy. To that end my research group contacted Flame Tech, a division of Fusigion Heavy Weaponry, to come up with a better method of fire delivery.

Landing the balloon on a beautiful beach Enrique looks out at a Marsden III and Locust 1M with a different weapon set

Our Flame Projector takes the Ammo-based Flamer to a new age, the Flame Projector weighs two tons and is designed with replacing common SRM 4 or LRM 5 racks in mind. Its fuel pumps and turbo-nozzles can launch a glob of modified hydrocarbon based on Inferno fuel up to 180 meters away, twice as far as the super-heated air of a traditional flamer.

This 100 kilogram charge burns just like inferno fuel and the closer you are to the projector the more gets on the target. Even if you miss the fire still goes somewhere so if there was such a thing as incendiary artillery this would be it.

(Stats, Wt 2 tons, Damage 7H / 5H / 3H, Range 2 / 4 / 6, 10 shots per ton, follows inferno heat table)

The Marsden III twists it’s turret delivering a 10 second burst of fire to a prop building nearly two football fields away. The Locust walks up and burns up a series of bunkers set up in the hill before six figures hop off of it.. The figures walk back towards the camera and Enrique.

Paradiso Armor Work has prided itself on a long tradition of thinking outside the box and this is no exception. The Paradiso Prowler Armored Exoskeleton (PaPAE) has 100 Kg of armor, enough to stop a burst from a LFN Linbald 12.7mm machine gun. It has an integral thermal camera that feeds to the trooper’s visor, magnetic clamps built into it’s elbows and knees allow it to ride Vehicles or Battlemech.,

The suit is environmentally sealed for use in NBC situations with 12 hour endurance of its power pack and rebreather. It’s armored and sealed cargo pack is capable of carrying 10Kg while still moving 23 km/h but with no integral weapons the wearer will simply have to carry a rifle like a standard trooper.

It is an excellent system that is easily trained on rather than the more complex suits with jump jets and other gizmos. The first production batches have already been sent to the Magistracy Gendearme for use in the Aurigan Reaches and we will begin processing orders as they come in.

The power armored troopers hop back onto the Locust, which while shifting as the hop on maintains its balance before running at full speed down the beach. It circles back and the troopers hop off it again and wave to the camera

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Debrief

OPERATION:SILVERBACK

Our task force landed on Hell’s Paradise and disembarked a portion of the mercenary forces under our command to launch an initial strike. They soundly defeated the scout platoon of mechs that was sent before moving on the secure an LZ for the rest of their forces to unload.

While we were unable to secure the bridge the enemy lost most of their force in the engagement. The mercenaries only lost one mech, I did have several KIAs of WILDCAT commandos while on a high risk mission to secure the bridge. They were unsuccessful but the mercenaries forded the river and pressed the attack against the indigenous forces. We were forced to reroute further north were we faced minimal infantry resistance.

The mercenaries engaged the bulk of the indigenous forces in a pass on the way to the communications station. The hostile forces didn’t stand a chance and were destroyed, once the mercenaries secure that position we began launching RF finder missions to take out any remaining high power transmitters. The indigenous people scattered to the hills, we managed to locate the blakist agents in change but they were killed in the fighting.

When the smugglers landed a WILDCAT/Merc crew secured the dropship, the smuggler was killed in the fighting unfortunately it would have been useful to interrogate him. Our aerospace forces secured the merchant jumpship FWLS Hernan K Loudin.

We destroyed whatever we couldn’t carry out of system; Commander Grey dropped the Mercenaries off across the border in Loric and let them take merchant traffic back to Outreach. Shonsa Shi Fang took the seized dropship and the Mask vessel out via the Circinus Federation bringing it back to the Confederation via a circuitous route which Commander Grey later followed.

The mercenaries exercised a clause in their contract to purchase a Trojan class dropship formerly owned by Thuggee operatives. The dropship had fortunately been cleaned of the blood; twice. It is due to be delivered to Outreach by their estimated arrival time in January.

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UCM Channel 5 - Voice of New Avalon
"Eye of the Sphere"

11/22/3063 Location – UCM Building, New Avalon City, New Avalon

CB – "Greetings everyone welcome to Eyes on the Sphere I am Corrine Belame, with me today I have Divya Sahni, Sasha Malair, and Diana Allegin.

We also have a special guest Archon-Princess Katherine Morgan Steiner-Davion, Your Serene Highness it is a pleasure to have you with us today"

KSD – “Thank you I am pleased to be here as well, you may call me Katrina if you’d prefer no need to stand on ceremony.”

CB – “Now Katrina we have had your sister Yvonne on a long time ago before she left New Avalon. What did you want to speak with us about today?”

KSD – "Thank you Corrine, well I wanted to talk about a new set of programs I am working on, The Next Generation Initiative. Now this initiative will be a fundamental shift in how the Commonwealth will be ruled.

I have proposed to be more inclusive with the Inner Sphere and Near Periphery. As you know previous generations have long neglected education and jobs training while looking down on our neighbors. To that end I intend to adjust the military-industrial complex of the Commonwealth states and move funds into development of the Spinward and Anti-Spinward Regions."

SM – “Your critics have accused you of collusion with Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao and Coordinator Theodore Kurita on things that have destablized the Cappellan and Draconis Marches. The Brotherhood of Cincinnatus, Wolves-in-Exile, Kell Hounds, and Free Skye have increased their activities grabbing headlines along the way and the Trinity Alliance has strengthened the Confederation after decades of decline. Why would you draw down the Commonwealth militaries in an increasingly dangerous Sphere?”

KSD – "I would like to correct you on that, the Inner Sphere has always been a dangerous place. I mean Luthien Armor Works has been partially idle for most of the year with no end in sight while they deal with internal troubles. The Combine just fought off an attack from Clan Ghost Bear and an illegal invasion from the Draconis March. The Coordinator’s daughter was assassinated by the same terrorists that killed my brother Arthur. The Free Worlds League has shown no aggression since Guerrero the fault of an ill-advised action made by my brother Victor despite a recent row with my great-aunt and the death of the Captain-General’s sister.

Now the Combine annexed the Lyons Thumb after a Skye force attacked them. I have lodged a complaint with the Coordinator over that and I’m sure we will talk about it on Marik during the Whittling Conference.

To the critics its not like the military budget of the Commonwealth states has shrunk dramatically most of it will be invested in better aerospace assets, the Mjolnir and Avalon class Warships have been coming on-line breathing new life into our stagnant aerospace forces. We already have so many mechs in the hands of noble armies and federal military forces and more tanks than we can count. The people of the Federation and Alliance have never been safer despite a looming clan threat, a threat that will be dealt with by the Second Star League in unison."

SB – “Onto a different topic, your rule has not been without controversy the executions of Eric Dresari and Thomas Bradford and multiple invocations of Noble Laws to cast down their peers have chilled your relationship with many planetary rules. You have had strained relationships bordering on rebellion with Dukes Tancred Sandoval, Robert Kelswa-Steiner, and George Hasek. Why do you keep looking for trouble?”

KSD – "Oh I like interesting challenges really. Each of them is a challenge; like most men in power they don’t like being told what to do. It was tragic what happened to Dresari and Bradford but I cannot have nobles taking up arms against the AFFS or LAAF without penalty. That is no way to rule an interstellar empire.

James Sandoval the former Duke of Robinson launched an invasion into the Combine out of the blue, Duke Tancred was empowered to deal with the fallout, I didn’t tell him what to do besides rein his father in, I think the lingering effects will be minimal

Duke Hasek was sponsoring terrorists and hiring mercenaries through shell companies to fight the CCAF. His private forces took up arms against the federal forces I sent into the Cappellan March to secure strategic assets there, I don’t want to fight him but I won’t be undermined by a March Lord with an axe to grind,

Duke Kelswa-Steiner was stirring up seperatist elements in Skye the same ones that forced my brother Peter into exile and provided reason for SLDF peacekeepers to be deployed to the Lyons Thumb. His imprisonment was the least punishment for such actions.

Opinion polls have shown that my actions against the more abusive nobles in the periphery and the expansion of the Federation Marshal Service and Alliance Border Guard to deal with the bandits there has been a popular move, Filtvelt, Alarion, Timbuktu, and Woodbine all stand to benefit greatly from that expansion. The Federation and Alliance require checks and balances to ensure peace and prosperity."

DA – “Now excuse me you don’t have to answer this if it is to difficult but you have lost two brothers while one is missing somewhere in the Sphere. How are you and Yvonne dealing with it?”

KSD – “Well I can’t speak for Yvonne but I am dealing with it as best a possible, Victor’s loss was terrible I felt awful for months but he died heroically while defeating the Smoke Jaguars and liberating their occupation zone. Arthur was worse though it brought back so many terrible memories of my mother’s death, it was even on a live feed. I had nightmares.”

DA – “Is there anything you would like to say to Peter?”

KSD- “Peter I’m sorry that you felt you had to leave, but it is just us now, Victor and Arthur are gone. You don’t have to hide we can make things better between us.”

CB – "Heartfelt, I am sorry you had to relive some of those terrible memories. We just have a couple more points of discussion more in keeping with this program.

In a rather unorthodox approach you have publicly stated that you have a cordial relationship with Magestrix Emma Centrella despite her alliance with the Confederation and her daughter’s relationship with Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao."

KSD – "I have; it amazes me that having a friendly relationship with another state is considered unorthodox. How far have we fallen that we don’t even bother to talk to one another.

I have great respect for her, she has done astounding things. She even sent me a Daimar Majoris dancing horse, most people don’t know this but I have hobbies like any other person. I love equestrian sports and Nolan, the horse, has performed magnificently.

Now I have to think of something she might like, perhaps we will speak on it during one of the side-bars on Marik."

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CBN Broadcast - Special Report Aurigan Reach
"Poisoned Well or Growth Opportunity"

Greetings Citizens of the Concordat, I am Bryan Ayers of the Concordat Broadcast Network with a special report on the Aurigan Reach.

As many of you know the Reach has been shaky since the twenties but we have a long history with its citizens. Many were former Concordat colonies that were left behind after the Taurian-Magistracy War and while the Protector worked a deal with the Canopians to jointly develop the Fronc Reach we never forgot about the Aurigonians. They were doing relatively well for a while and produced an abundance of trade with Capellan and Taurian border worlds especially Paf, Girondas, and Larsha.

The Aurigan Defense Force and Aurigan Information Ministry under House Arano worked with Taurian and Canopian forces to clear the area of pirates although some remain and still threaten planets in the area. The more pressing concern however is the economic collapse of the Reach, many of their planets were marginal and recent years have been tough.

Pirates damaged water purification plants on Guldra, Artru, and Panzyr, the biodomes of Bringdam and Enkra have begun failing despite their maintainers best efforts, poor harvests on Coromodir and mismanagement of Mechdur’s mineral resources have brought hard times to the Reach.

The growing insecurity of the Aurigan Reach has forced the Taurian Border Force and Confederation Frontier Police to begin evacuating expatriates from the Reach. The Consulates recommend that you leave but have not instituted a mandatory evacuation order. The Border Force is offering limited aid but they have a five month operating budget right now so if you are going to leave they insist that you do it soon.

The Canopian Consulates are to be used for any other Inner Sphere or Magistracy expatriates seeking return to their home regions and have been reinforced with Magistracy Gendearmes. The Word of Blake will continue to operate the Class B HPG on Coromodir and Class C HPGs on Itrom, Guldra, and Mechdur until told otherwise although they have reinforced their garrisons.

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AU pt 5 - Word and Empire

Interstellar News Network, 3062-3063, Keywords – Word of Blake, COMSTAR, Marian Hegemony

3062
Word of Blake gains control of Titan’s Shipyards and begins to expand them

COMSTAR restarts the Gunslinger program at Focht War College and attempts to bootstrap military industrial infrastructure on Tukayyid. The slowdown in Luthien Armor Works allows them to begin construction of the Star League Arsenal Alpha factory complex. Precentor Martial Alexander Cocus keeps a close eye on the construction while he performs his duties throughout the Sphere.

Star League Director of Intelligence Jerrard Cranston founds the SLDF SIS Academy on Tukayyid to formalize the rebuilding of COMSTAR ROM after the loss of Terra. The Academy completes its construction this year with a full roster already in training.

3063
The Marian Hegemony conquers the Illyrian Palatinate, the victorious Julius O’Reilly returns back to Alphard where his father Sean attempts to kill him. Julius and his legions kill his father’s men before finishing the job. Julius O’Reilly is named Caesar of the Marian Hegemony and announces reforms returning some matter of sovereignty to the Lothan League and Palatinate.

SLDF Commanding General Hohiro Kurita leads portions of the Com Guards to defend the Combine against Clan Ghost Bear. The Com Guards are put on high alert in the event of a larger invasion that might threaten the truce. He links up with his mother who is commanding the Ghost regiments assigned to the defense.

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