Battletech Mercs Unleashed

Dust Devils

09/08/3065 Location – 75km SSE of As’SAb, Sahra’ Dayie’ Jawhar (Lost Souls Desert), Astrokaszy

The harsh sunlight broiled the sand and illuminated everything under it in sharp relief. Mercs Unleashed’s Vanguard marched alongside the road throwing up clouds of grey sand which blew in the fierce winds.

Sandstone promontories jutted out as they approaching the Oasis, a group of Headhunters came out from their positions. A squad of Battlemechs (Black Knight, Defiance, Tempest, Dragon Fire, Bombardier, and Gallowglas) and an equal number of vehicles (Behemoth, Assault Pike, three Manticores, and an Ontos) had positioned themselves to deal with your incoming force. Their support vehicles threw up grey sand as they moved toward Warawi and away from the impending battle.

Vanguard Commander Marcus Brandt called for a pause. The two forces stared down one another while the outside temperature reads 57C. A broadcast came in on an open channel, the broadcaster Identified himself as Captain Julio Reyes, Commander of the Headhunters

Mercs good to see you again, we didn’t think you would show quite so soon. We’ve been catching some of these fierce rays in your absence. Our employers insisted this is where you’d end up however so our vacation as Warlords has been cut short. Well they are paying us a lot of c-bills to kill you so we can continue it on Paradiso.

Not just you though, Major Grey, if you can hear this you killed my pal Sullivan on Hell’s Paradise. You have a bounty on your pretty little head as well so you’re next after I put down your boy-toys. It’s about time someone sent a worthy adversary your way..

The hostile forces powered up all combat systems, thermal spikes were picked up and the two forces moved to engage.

While advancing Lieutenant Nyx put in a recon report from her Anubis,

Major, hostile forces inbound on your position fast movers and a striker lance, they will arrive concurrent with the primary battle.

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Battle of Derf, Part 10
Gift-take

04/11/3064 16:32 Location – White River Pass, Derf, Jade Falcon OZ

Ash was pressing the insolent spheroid hard, her strikes found their marks frequently although he skillfully dodged the worse of it. The Captain scored a few hits but was dealing with a whirlwind of fury from a fierce knife fighter. Too focused on his knife hand; Ash didn’t see the uppercut to her gut and turned into a throw. Instinct took over and she landed in the mud with a splash but rolled back to her feet.

Captain Brekard bled from multiple knife wounds the blood rolled off his limbs and into the grey mud of Derf instantly. This fight was rapidly taxing his stamina he would need to finish this fight soon or she might outlast him. His thick boots got stuck in the mud giving her time to recover and costing him the initiative. She remained crouched where he had thrown her not moving but was holding one of her legs.

Ash feigned injury to conceal one of her hands from her foe, she reached into her pockets till she felt cold steel. There were legitimate injuries of course but she was a Trueborn Smoke Jaguar Warrior; injury and pain were constant companions and of no consequence.

This was Watch Training she figured this man would hesitate to finish off an injured woman, they always did; an unfortunate socialization of Spheroids. She re-gripped her blades, he would hesitate but he was still a mercenary soldier with a mission on his mind.

Thomas paused shifting the grip on his combat knife and catching his breath before pressing the attack again. As he approached Ash wound out of her crouch and he felt needle sharp points hit him in the torso. The flat steel throwing knives were poorly thrown, rain had fortunately slicked her hands during the fight otherwise they would have caused critical injury. Pushing through the pain he slashed, jabbed, and stabbed at her putting her on the defensive with pure adrenaline and brute strength.

Both of them dropped their knives Ash had cut Thomas’ hand and had been forced to drop her knife to protect herself from the hammer of his gauntlet. They were equally worn out Thomas put her into a clinch kneed fiercely causing an injury to her ribs. Ash escaped with a solid kick to his diaphragm but both were slow to rise. Thomas had multiple lacerations and Ash probably had at least one broken rib and an equal number of lacerations.

Tom rose to his feet holding his side and covered in blood, it looked really bad, Ash was still on her back holding her chest equally injured.

Ash, you are defeated don’t make me kill you, call off your force.

Stravag, you had better kill me, this fight is not over yet.

You are a sad and pathetic woman; you don’t even have a clan left to die for; why fight at all. No one will remember your sacrifice. Call off your forces and we’ll do the same. You can die on someone else’s time.

Thomas called in a MedEvac VTOL on himself, it was already in the area, he was transported into it and a replacement took over piloting his Battlemaster.

Ash was left there for long minutes mulling over her situation she could just order her forces to fight to the death. They might win but there would be nothing left and she couldn’t bear the be taken as isorla by the Falcons when they returned. She was infuriated that the Stravag Mercenary had taken her knives before he left. It was like he had chopped off her hands but she didn’t have many options.

Jaguar’s Claws cease fire, release any prisoners, and salvage our fallen. This battle has concluded

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OP:RUMBLE Briefing: Attack on Divine Palm Oasis
It begins

09/08/3065 03:47 Location – As’Sab, Astrokaszy

Task Force:RAMPAGE landed at As’Sab the Mule “Rodeo”, Trojan “Raging Bull”, and Leopard E “Baba Yaga” all touched down on the firm sandstone ridges outside of the As’Sab.

Mercs Unleashed unloaded their battalion sized unit and Dextran got to work setting up the base. The Marsden III’s began preparing a new airfield using their dozer blades to level and compact it. Crews off-loaded the Aerospace fighters from their bays and the techs began setting up support infrastructure.

The Ebon Magistrate mechs stepped off their Leopard-E and the rest of the mechs and vehicles were unloaded and positioned in the staging area awaiting their operators.

09/08/3065 06:15 Location – Command Tent, FOB:ROYALE, outside of As’Sab

Mercs Unleashed’s Command Team, Major Grey, Emir Khaled, Chief of Station Nathan Idlewood HELLCAT’s Commander Aracne, and Captain Kwaku Blackwood and Mechwarrior David Trust all gathered around the map table

MG: This is Chief of Station Idlewood he is our top Case Officer on this planet. Some things have changed since he sent us the last report so pay attention

CoSI: Thank You Major Grey, as I informed you the Jaguar’s Claws have fortified their position since the end of Spring and have been holding the Titanfellers’ contingent at bay.

Scouts report that the pass into the Hal’Shiekh Valley has been heavily reinforced with artillery firebases, mines, and infantry particularly around Coolwater. They are surprisingly competent; a credit to Ash but the Titanfellers’ armor contingent has been unable to break through. The have not risked their Battlemech or Aerospace assets yet, I assume to avoid the clanners Mechs. We have been unable to gather more intel on the contents of the valley but there is a lot of Electronic Interference emanating from there unlike anything we’ve ever seen. We presume its some kind of unknown Blakist tech but haven’t gotten a scout through.

The Headhunters arrived shortly before you did but have been relatively inactive. They brought with them a Fury, Gazelle, and Union so expect trouble. They have apparently negotiated a Cease-Fire with the Titanfellers as there have been no reports of conflict between the two units. Emir Khaled please inform the mercenaries of the threat assessment and options

EK: Welcome to Astrokaszy Mercenaries, As you have been informed this is a harsh but beautiful planet. Right now we are in the Summer so inter-tribal conflict is not happening, temperatures reach fifty-two degress Celsius at peak sun so your machines will run warm unless you fight at night.

An Allied tribe of ours is open to assisting your Warband with men and materiel but requires tribute, Emir Saif will likely want some of your technical vehicles for his assistance. Such things are highly prized on this planet.

You may of course remain on the bluffs outside my village during your mission but unless you take the larger towns in the wasteland you will not be able to land your space vessels on the shifting sand. Well you could land but you’d never take off again.

MG: Right now the Headhunters are in our way, the Magistrate Battlemechs under Arachne will watch for flanking attacks and conduct small raids if the opportunity presents itself but you will be the main assault force. We unfortunately have to follow the main road there are no NavSats and the desert is difficult to navigate in the best of times. You’d more likely end up in quicksand or in a sandstone gully than find the enemy.

EK: The desert has already seen six major sandstorms that have prevented our people from leaving their homes. The Desert winds really pick up later in the season

MG: I will ride with Lieutenant Inderpal with your rear echelon to keep you up to date and in communication with the rest of the force. Captain Blackwood and Mechwarrior Trust of the Niops Association Militia will be supporting you to gather valuable combat experience. Try to keep an eye on them but they are the best Mechwarriors the Association has so they can take care of themselves..

Your first objective will be to go after the Divine Palm Oasis, The Headhunters have been occupying that area for about six days but have allowed transit despite exacting a tax on the water for passerbys. Get in there and remove them so we can get to Titanfellers territory and beyond.

Any questions?

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Battle of Derf, Part 9
Bring the Blades

04/11/3064 16:18 Location – White River Pass, Derf, Jade Falcon OZ

Captain Brekard had dismounted his Battlemaster and discarded his cooling vest and neurohelmet. His black shirt was drenched with sweat and the continual drizzle and fog that had enveloped the valley. His grey pants and boots were covered in the slick brown mud that coated the valley floor.

Ash had dismounted her Linebacker discarding her cooling vest and neurohelmet along the way. She wore a red vest and short charcoal pants with black boots that added to her androgynous build and exposed numerous scars she acquired. Captain Brekard had never actually seen a clan mechwarrior up close despite raiding Falcon facilities over the past year, he had certainly never seen a Smoke Jaguar.

The two stood face to face for a short while before Ash broke the silence

Titanfeller, I declare a Trial of Blades for the possession for the Falcon’s cache and the salvage from this battle.

Watch Operative Ash Smoke Jaguar, I will answer your challenge. We shall fight till incapacitated and if either of us dies so be it.

The two dropped into combat stances neither wanted to draw first, to do so would have been seen as weakness despite the fact that this was a Trial of Blades. The pair circled one another for minutes while they felt out the battlefield and their opponent rather than engage in a flurry of blows and lose their footing, there was no margin for error in this fight.

Ash opened the fight with a fearsome series of strikes aiming at the Thomas’ vitals, she missed but he took a few hits. He answered with a sharp combination of punches and low kicks which Ash parried and rolled with. They continued to feel each other out; expert blows were thrown, dodged,, and parried in rapid succession.

The pair broke for a breather

You’re good, It has been a long time since I’ve had a challenge to test my mettle in personal combat. The last time was when I killed a Saurimat on Hyner, since then its been lowborn mercenaries and pirates.

I am honestly surprised Ash I figured you vatborn preferred to fight it out in Mechs rather than get your hands dirty for real.

Vatborn! I am an operative of the Smoke Jaguar Watch, my hands have been covered in blood my whole life. My first kill was when I was twelve, three more before I was sixteen, dozens since then. I even killed my former Watch Commander for being a fool. You would be wise to still that wretched tongue.

Too close to home then. There is no more Clan Smoke Jaguar Ash, you are delusional to cling to the past. To me you are no better than a pirate, I’ve killed hundreds of them from Antallos to Astrokaszy. You are all the same; parasites.

At that Ash attacked with unbridled fury, Thomas drew his combat knife to parry and dodge the razor sharp blades.

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Battlelines

06/15/3065 Location – Command Deck, FCS Pride of Kathil , Nadir Jump Point Baccalieu

Brevet Major Thomas Brekard (Titanfellers), and Captains Gurn Holfsteed (Gurn’s Grenadiers), and Benjamin Cirillo (Top Shot) stood on the command deck looking over DMI Analyst Harrows latest intelligence on Astrokaszy. With their latest gains there is no doubt that the Word of Blake is somehow behind the rise of the Jaguar’s Claws. This mysterious “Ash” character had showed up with a load of advanced equipment, there was no other explanation. While the Commonwealth was not in trouble the Hegemony was in the midst of throwing off the shackles of the Word of Blake. After the Marius’ Tears Incident they couldn’t afford another front before dealing with the Circinus Federation at the behest of the Archon-Princess.

DMI laid it out; Task Force:DECLAW would land in the village of Ta’iqih, the locals were unusually accommodating; apparently Ash and her Jaguar’s Claws terrified them. From there they would press forward into her territory occupying and pacifying it until they forced her back to the Kasbah of New Szabo and captured or killed her forces. Sounded easy enough but it would take nearly a regiment of mercs to finish the job.

When Agent Harrows left Thomas called his own briefing;

Captains, I have fought this Ash before

What! Why didn’t Harrow’s know? Why bother with the DMI intercepts if you know of her?

Loki was supporting her operations against the Jade Falcons; just as they supported by unit against them. It was a black ops project; I think this is Damage Control for the Secretariat. The Titanfellers defeated her unit in the Occupation Zone.

Well if you defeated her; why is she here; about to start a new Tranquil Incident? We all fought during the invasion, we know what the Jaguars are capable of.

Well there is a story to that, I did defeat her but I think it just made her angry. And I think I gave her the idea.

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Crisis in Crimson, pt 6

06/07/3065 04:12 Location – Noéle Centrella Military Hospital, Outside Crimson City, Canopus IV

Major Felicity Grey came to with a start, someone firmly pressed her back down

Calm down Major you are in the hospital, don’t want you to break those sutures

Grey blinked twice to clear her eyes and saw the various medical devices she was hooked up to. Her ribs pained her and she could feel that her gunshot and other wounds had been patched, that was a feeling she could live without for the rest of her life.

She faced the only other person in the darkened room. André had been discharged for her AWOL adventure but must have still been in her emergency contacts.

What happened?, how did I get here? What day is it?

Don’t worry you’ve only been out for most of a day. The surgeons removed all the bullet fragments and put a mesh on your ribs. As for those other things I don’t know the specifics considering I wasn’t there. But the news said it was New Colony Separatists that attacked the Tower and made an attempt on the Magestrix.

An attempt on the Magestrix! That is a massive escalation.

She has issued a Decree that the New Colony Region be put under Martial Law; and politely ordered Shraplen to withdraw the TDF peacemakers from the New Colony Region to prevent “incidents”.

Well then it seems settled

You and I both know the New Colony Separatists wouldn’t make an attempt on the Magestrix. Even the Colonial Marshals were only trying to hold her and Thomas as negotiating pieces they didn’t try to kill them.

I know but unfortunately that is going to have to be the story. I just hope some good comes out of it because if not… it’s going to be a long dark struggle for the Magistracy.

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Intel Snapshot: Astrokaszy

EYES ONLY SAP: MIM/ARC Project #18793-AS CODENAMERUMBLE
NOTICE!: Any attempts to copy this document will result in it’s immediate destruction

Prepared for Major Felicity Grey, Brevet Commander of ARC Anti-Spinward Operations by CAC Team BLACKFLAG

Major Grey in relation to your request for intelligence on Astrokaszy we have prepared the follow from intercepts and Chief of Station Nathan Idlewood’s reports.

Current Friendly Forces

CoS Idlewood has persuaded a group of Indigenous Auxiliary Forces (IAF) under the command of Emir Khaled Hamid bin’ Al’Sur to cooperate with your Task Force. Disposition below

50 Mechanized Heavy Weapons | 100 Beast Mounted Riflemen | 250 Foot Riflemen
4 Outriders | 1 Hetzer | Chameleon Spotter Plane

He has informed us that another group of IAF under the command of Emir Saif El-Baz bin As’Sab might be converted to the cause. The Emir has so far been reluctant to risk his soldiers against the Jaguar’s Claws.

Major Grey Insert: I have retained the use of Commander Arachne and Lt. Commanders Forester and Nyx and their Mechs (Beowulf, Raven, Anubis), I will be riding in the Command seat of Lieutenant Inderpal’s Thunderbolt to provide strategic updates.

Current Data on Hostile Forces (dated 06/11/3065)

Major Grey your contacts in the Marian Hegemony have updated us on the condition of the Hegemony. The mercenary unit Titanfellers (Veteran Mixed Battalion, MRBC) arrived on Pompey and linked up with the mercenary units Gurn’s Grenadiers (Regular Conventional Battalion, MRBC) and Top Shot (Veteran Heavy/Assault Aerospace Squadron, MRBC) and departed on the Invader-Class Jumpship FCS Pride of Kathil with an Overlord, Triumph, and Buccaneer.

We were unable to confirm any of your suspicions on their destination but you have good instincts and a better understanding of the unit.

Additionally our contacts and intercepts have informed us that the mercenary unit Hardcore Headhunters (Veteran Mixed Company, MRBC) formerly on contract with the Duchy of Orloff have arrived on Paradiso aboard the Merchant-class Jumpship FWLS Karst. Due to Paradiso’s proximity to Astrokaszy and them bringing an empty Gazelle dropship along with their Union we have to consider they might be a factor. Once more we cannot confirm this to be so as our agents haven’t made contact with the unit, they will maintain vigilance on the group. Their current disposition is unknown the latest MRBC force report is nearly two years old.

Chief of Station Idlewood has prepared his best guess of the disposition of the Jaguar’s Claws from tribal militias that have fought and lost to them. Reports say they have a reinforced company of Mechs, some Omni models are present and they do have some clan tech weapons. They are backed by a Medium Square Armor Company, Regiment of Infantry, two squads of conventional fighters, and a five gun artillery battery. Transports are unknown but Ash must have a jumpship somewhere in-system to make it across the Sphere from Clan space.

Planetary Factors
Your operations will have place during the planet’s summer, this is not normally campaign season on-planet due to heat and dust storms. The shifting sands are treacherous so expect environmental hazards to be ever present. The IAF and your forces will need to maintain control of the various oasis and wellheads in order to maintain tempo.

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Crisis in Crimson, pt 5

06/06/3065 11:28 MIM Central Tower, Crimson, Canopus IV

Major Grey jogged through the corridors on the second floor her various injuries were starting to wear on her but she still had plenty of adrenaline. The casualties continued to grow there were plenty of dead Revenant, the guards near the Armory were better equipped to deal with intruders than the office staff on other floors. She saw the results of more than a few Anti-Personnel mine explosions splattered along the Alabaster walls.

She saw that several of the PAL suits had been equipped with full body armored shields pockmarked with dozens of bullet holes some were rent from explosions. There were IS Standard Battle Armor as well brought down by rockets and satchel charges; their machine guns were still warm. They had exacted a heavy toll on the Ministry; she grabbed a pair of satchel charges from what was once a security guard and warily advanced.

After clearing another fifty meters she came upon a Revenant squad, they spotted and fired on her but she tossed a pair of concussion grenades into their ranks. The grenades stunned and injured them her rifle finished them off. She could hear more explosions and gunfire nearby and went towards it. While creeping around a corner she was backhanded by the metal fist of a battle armor, catching it on her chest she rolling with it but crashed into the wall behind her cracking plaster and probably a rib.

Recovering she rolled away into an open doorway as the battle armor skewed its machine guns and fired them where she had just been. The Battle Armor crashed through the wall but got stuck on data cables, Major Grey armed the satchel charges with a 30 second delay slid them behind the trooper and broke through a door into an adjacent room. The charges went off as planned and pushed her foe through the exterior wall.

She pressed on and ambushed a group of Revenant that were slowly advancing behind a shield wall. Emptying three magazine into their ranks the moment of confusion gave the Security forces enough time to disable the PALs in the front and she almost got out of the crossfire but got hit twice in the process.

Everything went dark around her

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Crisis in Crimson, pt 4

06/06/3065 11:17 MIM Central Tower, Crimson, Canopus IV

Major Grey had engaged a few more stragglers, her previous encounter had fortunately not alerted the Revenant that she was flanking their main forces. Her tactical vest’s radio had been discarded and her attempts to reach anyone on one of the MIM radios had failed they were being jammed. She could hear multiple explosions and there were still sporadic combat noises coming from outside the tower.

The enemy got thicker as she headed for the Auxiliary Armory on the second floor of the tower, a couple of grazing bullet wounds and shrapnel slowed her down but dead Revenant laid in her wake. Unfortunately there were a lot of casualties among the Magistracy personnel as well and the tempo of firepower increased, worryingly more of the Revenant had gas masks and there were a few PAL equipped ones. She grabbed one of the masks putting it in a pouch.

A quick glimpse outside was equally concerning she had been keeping count and all six of the mechs guarding the tower had been brought down and smoke rose from multiple areas in the courtyard. There was still a fully involved battle going on isolating the tower from the Gendearme that were responsible for the quick response to situations like this.

MIM was still on its own.

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Crisis in Crimson, pt 3

06/06/3065 11:10 Location – MIM Central Tower, Crimson, Canopus IV

Major Grey was not surprised to see the floor she was currently on was a slaughter, the Revenant infantry and MIM staff had engaged each other. Multiple fires and scorch marks charred the formerly pristine walls while hundreds of bullet holes punched through the walls tearing everything in their way.

She didn’t have time to treat survivors and there were still sporadic firefights happening nearby. She continued on down the corridors only to stop before she walked out in front of a group of Revenant. She just barely escaped their initial burst of weapons fire and could hear them shouting orders in an unknown language.

The broken glass on the floor tore at her exposed legs but she brushed it off and kept focused. The fighters bootstep’s were audible even over the din of the fire alarm and she caught the first one that cleared the wall. A quick burst from the Roryrex caused him to crumple and brought him down. His squadmate tried to suppress her but she was on her back and shot at his legs through the walls emptying the magazine.

After quick changing the mag two more showed up behind her and they met the same fate. Their squad leader was on the radio likely calling in reinforcements from elsewhere. She peeked up and saw him through one of the ragged gaps in the wall and double tapped him in the head, hoping he hadn’t communicated her position.

Breaking into one of the first aid kits she quickly wrapped her wounds and continued on toward the loudest gun fire. She grabbed the Revenant’s mags and one of their tactical vests still wet with blood then rushed toward the nearest firefight. Her memory of the layout of the tower was going to be the best advantage she had if these were just the cleanup guys.

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