04/09/3065 01:18 Location – MIM Diana Nanae, Molniya orbit around Marius Tears
Commander Arachne took her XA-3 medicine with a pull from the water pouch attached to her jet black Oracle PAL suit, freefall always made things interesting. She was nervous but eager to get the mission started finally a chance to use all her training with the simulators that Shengli Arms R&D Director Hau had developed.
They had trouble with previous Death’s Commando subjects and this was the chance for The Ebon Magistrate to take the next step. Everything seemed so promising but today was the first real fire test of her new Mechwarrior capabilities.
She pulled her way to the corridor to the Mech Bay. Upon reaching it she followed the grapple lines to the pristine ebony Beowulf. This mech’s cutting edge 2SLDF electronics package had been specially modified to interface with her Oracle PAL suit and VDNI cybernetic implant. How they came upon that mech was better left unsaid and was frankly not important to her.
The support team was cross-checking everything, orbital drops didn’t leave much to chance. She climbed the rope ladder and settled into the roomy cockpit as Director Hau left.
“Good luck Commander, we have a high confidence in your abilities.”, She thanked him and attached her PAL suit’s Neutral Interface inputs into the Beowulf. As the techs brought the mech online all her nerves tingled and muscles clenched as the myomers warmed up and the DI computer came online showing all systems green except the interface.
“Commander you only have a 72% sync with the DI computer, remember your training.”
She took a deep breath relaxing away the various mental barriers that she had spent a lifetime building to protect herself from harm in the military and intelligence world. Her blood cooled and nerves were aflame as she tried to reach the meditative state that would allow the VDNI to control the 45 ton combat machine she was cocooned in.
Shortly she settled in and her Oracle PAL’s visor plate lit up with the HUD that would appear on a standard cockpit display. The Shengli Arms techs had retreated out of the mech bay so all she could see was her partner’s Raven, miscellaneous cargo, and the mercenaries Wolf Trap, Phoenix Hawk, Savior, and Undertaker all neatly stowed for transit.
“Alright Commander you have a 95% sync rate excellent work, prepping your drop cocoon, prepare to drop in 22 minutes”
22 minutes later, 16km above Marius’ Tears
The Leopard’s ventral heat shield glowed slightly as the Diana Nanae skimmed the atmosphere of Marius’ Tears. The port side door to the mech bay opened up.
“Commander approaching the drop zone now, …., Three, Two, One”
The drop pod was ejected and the Leopard adjusted burning its thrusters to bring it in line with the Raging Bull Trojan dropship it would do the final approach with. The capsule deployed a drag chute to put the heat shield at the best angle to deal with reentry. Commander Arachne saw her pod’s external temperature gauge rise to 1923K, even the inside temperature where her mech was secured right now reached 578K.
As the pod slowed the temperature began to normalize and the the pod deployed a small parachute to reach a more reasonable air speed. At 4.5km the pod separated scattering and causing false RADAR signatures, her Beowulf’s stealth armor would be easily overlooked during her initial sweep.
But then the hard part started, the DI computer of a Beowulf is not optimized for flight and she was at terminal velocity. Her mech’s jump jets flared to life on overdrive for the last kilometer but she landed successfully in the basalt basin near Prospero East Military Airfield.
Time to get to work