Battletech Mercs Unleashed

Dark Wings
It fell off the Dropship

02/24/3065 Location – Camp Rawhide, Dainmar Majoris, Magistracy of Canopus

Report from CSS Intelligence Agent Illonka to Mercs Unleashed Command Team

Tech Chiefs Edwin and Mulwai completed their pre-mission checks. The final thing they needed to do was load the Savior Support and Undertaker Salvage vehicles onto the Leopard class MIM Diana Nanae.

The Chiefs didn’t expect to actually board our guest’s vessel, however the guards were absent and the doors were open for them when they arrived. Surprised they cautiously rolled the tracked vehicles onto the loading ramps and into the bay guided by the crew to the balanced positions the vehicles were then secured for transit.

When they dismounted they noticed the contents of the bay, there were crates of material bearing the Ceres Arms logo several of which were marked M-PPR with generic alphanumeric markings.


AI Add – M-PPR does not match any currently manufactured Ceres Arms weapons personal or heavy. However we do expect to be informed of its nature when operations begin.


What caught their eyes were the pair of matte black BattleMechs hooked up to the gantries, one was a Raven but the other looked like a cross between a Phoenix Hawk and Mongoose, certainly something that they hadn’t seen before.


AI Add – We have identified this mech as a Beowulf, a COMSTAR mech manufactured in the Free Rasalhague Republic and have no idea how the Magistracy came upon the unit. The Matte Black armor is likely stealth grade armor, it is the hottest accessory in the CCAF so the MAF could get their hands on some especially considering MIMs standing.


They then noticed the techs were composed of staff with different company and academy logos on their jumpsuits Ceres Metals , Shengli Arms , and Victoria Academy were all represented which meant something was up. Noticing their distraction one of the ship’s crew and an ARC commando moved to push them off-board.


AI Add – If the Magistracy is testing out a new weapons system there is probably no better opponent than the Hegemony especially if there is FEDCOM support for them. Ceres’ small arms, Shengli manufactured components, and Victoria Academy technicians would all stand to benefit from this operation. While their lack of transparency is understandable if frustrating I don’t suspect they mean to intentionally undermine the core contract mission, we of the Intel and Analysis team will continue to discern their motives and inform the Command Team if we suspect trouble.

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The Ebon Magistrate

07/14/3064, MIM Black Site “Gorgon Pit”, Gamilon, Magistracy of Canopus

Force Sergeant Tendaji broke the piece of rebar that was being swung at him by an ARC special operative while dodging the chains that threatened to entangle him by the other two. His Prowler PAL was largely immune to any human powered trauma that he would likely ever face. A dozen other soldiers formed a circle around the fight equally ready to jump at a chance to try their skills against the rookie.

“Alright break it up”, Commander Arachne shouted, she was a striking figure in her PAL suit, it was very different than the Prowlers that had begun filtering in to the Special Ops divisions. Rumors say it was a piece of experimental tech from her Maskirovka contacts but no one was certain. All the ARC operatives dropped their weapons and snapped salutes her way before returning to ready rest at her signal.

“Sergeant you have really taken to the Prowler suit, it is good that The Ebon Magistrate decided to recruit you out of the Gendearme. We have greater need of your skills than you realize”

“Yes Maim, I am pleased to serve”

“Good that’s it for today everyone. Meet me in the Briefing room in twenty minutes we have been given a high priority assignment to start working towards.”

Twenty minutes later

“Alright HELLCATs this is our new assignment, The Hall wants us to initiate a raid on the planet of Marius’ Tears. Analysis of reports in the Hegemony shows that the Lyran Alliance has sent representatives to the Hegemony no doubt to keep a front on the League open in the event of war.

There have been sightings of newer Commando and Centurion BattleMechs and an increase in Jump Traffic entering Hegemony space. We also have unconfirmed reports of foreign trade agents with Germanic accents arriving and making contact with lesser Hegemony companies.

This is an evolving situation but it is clear that we will be called to initiate a raid on the Hegemony in the near future. Next month we will be receiving our shipment of Prowler PAL suits, until then Sergeant Tendaji and Corporals Jaco and Bastiaan will be serving as your opponents and provide the basic training in the operation and care of the suits. The suits will arrive with a technical support team from Paradiso Armor Works to go over them in greater detail.

I have added additional training in survival and raiding tactics to the current schedule to ensure that when we are called to act we may do so immediately.

That is all gentleman you are dismissed."

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OP:CRYBABY Covert Briefing

02/17/3065 Location – Nadir Jump point Dainmar Majoris

The Invader class Jumpship OAFT Helena Vanwai popped out of the void with a pair of dropships the MIM Diana Nanae (A Leopard) and MIM Andromeda’s Chain (A Fury) attached. The Leopard detached and burned toward Dainmar Majoris, it landed in the badlands a short distance from the Mercs Unleashed base. A Weijing 8×8 armored car departed towards the remote base, it arrived with a team of six MIM agents carrying a classified briefing.

None of them were Commander Grey though which was surprising, In her place was a very serious looking woman and well equipped and grim faced commandos.

Greetings Mercenaries I am Commander Arachne of ARC Team HELLCAT, Unfortunately Commander Grey and her WILDCATs have been removed from the field but I trust we can establish a good working relationship.

Moving to the officer’s ready room with Mercs Unleashed’s Command Staff

Alright Mercenaries I understand there are a lot of new faces in your command and this mission is intensely covert and off the books. What is said in this room has to stay here. Corporal Evans please hand me the briefcase.

Briefing

Your contract targets are located on Marius’ Tears, MIM has actionable intelligence that a foreign mercenary unit is training third Legio. Sources indicate that the Hegemony has begun work on several new industrial complexes as well.

Our targets include the training area, at least two widely separated industrial complexes, and likely more once we make contact with our agents on the ground. We need to shut down their operations and deal a blow to the MHAF in order to protect Canopian worlds and stall their expansionism.

I need your unit to provide most of the forces to accomplish this mission, Lieutenant Commander Forester or I will act as Liaisons to your force in our Battlemechs. The HELLCATs will provide quick strike forces and battle armored infantry to sabotage and hamper MHAF forces.

Mercenaries I need a dozen mechs that move, iii Legio and this mercenary group are equipped with fast forces and you need to keep pace or risk being surrounded. We leave in a week.

Allies
Commander Arachne – Piloting a Beowulf
Lieutenant Commander Natalie Forester – Piloting a Raven
ARC Team HELLCAT – Two Platoons of Prowler (PaPae) Battle Armored Infantry, 1 Platoon of Special Forces, Company of Hovertanks (Fulcrum, Blizzard, Maultier) and VTOLs (Karnov, Wasp)

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OP:CRYBABY Intro

02/16/3065 Location – MIM Central Tower “The Hall of Mirrors”, Crimson City, Canopus IV

The mirrored sheen and lack of windowed offices and insignia at MIM Central Tower belied the fact that many dark secrets hid within it. Now Major Grey had been reassigned to Tower detail after going AWOL for a year. She was almost liquidated but the Director found her knowledge and contacts in the Hegemony to useful to go to waste however she would be under close watch forever. While they didn’t know what she did over that year (she had been trained to resist their “persuasion”) it probably wasn’t harmful to the Magistracy.

Recent reports in the Hegemony had reached the Director and were quite concerning. There were rumors of foreigners with strange accents and advanced tech arriving on Alphard and Pompey with meetings all the way up to Caesar Julius. Reports had also come in from League contacts that the ore ships of Lothario and Illyria stopped arriving. That was concerning enough but what really vexed the Director is why the MHAF had started fielding newer looking Commandos and Centurions on their occupied worlds.

Major Grey had no explanation for this but reports from the New Colony Region and Aurigan Coalition were equally vexing. The Oasis Incident was clearly well planned as was the death of Protector Jeffrey and subsequent internal problems within the Concordat. These were likely related and there was only one power that could orchestrate these events.

FEDCOM

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Crime of the Century, pt 3
"The Bigger they are"

07/19/3064 23:18 Location – Outside of Lakeside Starport

The hovercraft raced across the lightly defended waterside of Lakeside’s starport, looming over the whole complex was the Oasis III the lifeblood of the Lakeside refugee community. Massive storms had damaged the once prosperous city’s infrastructure and the Oasis III had been moved from Mechdur City here. That isolated the community from the main refugee camp outside Mechdur City which had become a very dangerous place with the Crimson Flu killing thousands everyday. All refugees leaving there had to go through intense quarantine procedures under the supervision of the Magistracy Medical Corps and Word of Blake militia.

The ten hover tanks (Drillsons, Maxims, Maultiers, Blizzards, and Condors) and a pair of Aurouchs hover transports came to a stop near Oasis III’s pad. The TACD workers were surprised by their sudden arrival and even more surprised when twenty five battle armored troopers hopped out along with several dozen commandos and other personnel. The few guards were quickly cut down before they could lock down the dropship’s loading ramps. The ones inside were slightly faster at sealing their compartments and beginning evacuation procedures. The Oasis III couldn’t take off though it was still connected in a dozen places to the groundside infrastructure it was sustaining and the flight crew was not on the vessel.

TACD workers issued a red alert but the hovertanks and commandos kept any AIM, Militia or ADF forces away from the dropship as the battle armored troopers cut through the doors killing or capturing any crew. The invaders began to unlock systems and disconnect the infrastructure from the dropship’s connection deck, massive water hoses and power lines were discarded out of the loading ramps.

Their mission complete the hovertanks cleared out across the lake while their cargo of commandos and a Mammoth dropship crew engaged the massive dropship’s thrusters and arced into the sky. The Oasis III had been stolen, the crown jewel of the Concordat’s colonization program had been stolen right off the pad by an unknown but well equipped and trained force.

The reinforced lance that was probing Mercs Unleashed similarly disengaged being picked up by their dropship which joined the Leopard and Mammoth dropship burning at 1.5gs until the were well clear of Mechdur. The Invader-class jumpship they arrived on zipped away two days later into the void.

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Crime of the Century, pt 2

07/19/3064 20:37 Location – In orbit around Mechdur, Aurigan Coalition

The hostile dropships began orbiting Mechdur, The Leopard and Trojan maintained different orbital paths keeping the ADF and AIM forces as well as the Mercenaries on edge. The Canopian Gendearme had left so it was just up to them to protect the remaining resettlement areas and industrial complexes. Mercs Unleashed was not contractually obligated to oppose them in orbit so their Aerospace units were located in a fortified underground hanger while their mechs were on Red Alert near the Mechdur Mechanized Industries Complex.

The Trojan made a low pass near the MMI complex dropping off a Reinforced Lance of Mechs a Chimera, Cobra, Wolf Trap, Komodo, and Clint that began to move towards the complex, circling it while Mercs Unleashed positioned itself at the access points toward the heavily defended complex. The Leopard however deviated landing 110km east of Lakeside a refugee area roughly 318km North of MMI where AIM had positioned the Mammoth-class Oasis III Colony Support Dropship to supplement the meager infrastructure there. AIM sent out a scout car to investigate and moved their meager forces (a Javelin and Wasp with some King Scorpions) to intercept.

The scout platoon failed to give their recon report, that was a a bad sign. AIM troops were on high alert but didn’t expect the overwhelming speed and firepower of the heavy hover tanks that rushed across the plains to engage them. Within seconds the blocking force was overwhelmed and the hovercraft never slowed down as they headed toward Lakeside. The roar of nuclear powered hoverfans echoed as the ten hovercraft skimmed along the the surface of the darkened lake followed by cones of spray.

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Crime of the Century, pt 1

07/18/3064 01:28 Location – ADF EW Bunker, Steel City, Mechdur, Aurigan Coalition

Corporal Bolin and his team, sat at a console deep in the ADF’s Space Sensor Bunker, an ancient piece of tech that was by law to always be staffed by an ADF officer. Unfortunately there were no officers available most of them had been purged during the Civil War and resulting occupation of Mechdur by foreign peacekeepers. However someone had to keep an eye on the Deep Space Sensors and his section drew the short straw despite their only experience being in RADAR operations.

Mechdur had always been the targets of raids and the star lift off-world had crowded up the Zenith and Nadir points as much as vast areas of empty space could be considered “crowded”.

The Coalition had ceded Mechdur’s once productive industries and likely its future to save the present but first the Taurians, Canopians, and other parties had to abide by their pledge to evacuate the planet of civilians not related to those industries before they could salvage the factories.

At 01:28 he picked up a sign of trouble, a KF emergence wave had appeared on his scopes near the L4 point. The nearly Lostech sensors and computer identified it as an Invader class vessel but with only two of its docking collars filled.

After the emergence wave the IR sensors picked up two drive plumes heading toward Mechdur. Corporal Bolin phoned it in watching the sensor readouts while the Watch Commander was en route.

“Commander we have a situation, an Invader Jumpship has arrived a pirate point with a pair of dropships.”

“Thanks you Corporal, Stevens what does the computer classify the drive plumes as?”

Private Stevens the most tech savvy of the team piped up from his console “Sir, the early warning system believes that it is a Leopard and Trojan class dropship, both are loaded for bear based on the systems analysis.”

“Good continue to track them, when will they arrive on planet?”

“Two or Three days sir depending on their acceleration, right now they are going 1.2G so they are in a hurry, if they add a little bit say 1.3 to 1.4 it could be closer to 38 hours.”

“Are there any friendly dropships en route Corporal?”

“Sir there are some dropships coming in from the Nadir and Zenith points but they will be here five days from now, the last dropships left three days ago.”

“Hmm so they aren’t interested in commerce raiding they must be here for the factories, I will inform the Precentor immediately to put the Mercenaries stationed there on alert.”

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Five Way Talks pt 4
Everything has a price

Without better options High Lady Kamea needs to auction off her biggest asset, Mechdur’s industry to save her realm from disaster. The resulting auction’s cost was for the support of refugees and resettlement plans for the employees. As a result the Trinity Alliance managed to get quite the haul off the beleaguered Coalition.

Taurian Concordat
Javelin 10F, Rifleman 3N

Magistracy of Canopus
Wasp 1A, Clint 2-3T, Danais Dropships

Capellan Confederation
Coalition Agricultural Machinery, Manticore Tanks

Other (IAIWM)
King/Super Scorpion, K-1 Small Craft, Pugio Rocket Truck (all to be made on Paradiso)

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Five Way Talks pt 3

Part 2

04/04/3064 14:18 Location – Coalition Hall, Coromdir, Aurigan Coalition

A Word of Blake adept from the Cordomdir HPG walked into a private meeting between Precentor Jadran and High Lady Kamea.

High Lady our mercenaries have dealt with Count Toure’s rebels on Mechdur with no damage to the industrial complex. The Count and his confederates have been captured and await your judgement. Thus far the mercenaries have refused to hand them over to the Interior ministry.

Thank you Precentor that is surprisingly good news I expected Toure to sabotage the facility and make a general mess of the place perhaps I misjudged his rebellion’s strength or purpose. Keep pressure on those mercenaries I want him in custody so he can’t continue to cause problems.

Certainly, there is not much more that the Word can do to publicly support your regime. You will have to make the choices in this matter I can offer you some guidance but the Council has not given me power to help you.

Later on that Day

High Lady Kamea returned to the meeting room “Attention all I have managed to negotiate an auction of the Aurigan Defense Industries, you may all bid on your price to aid the Coalition during this troubling time. I will sell them off item by item.”

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Five Way Talks pt 2

Part 1

03/22/3064 15:28 Location – Coalition Hall, Coromdir, Aurigan Coalition

The marathon talks to deal with the Coalition’s seemingly intractable problems had deteriorated as the High Lady was unwilling to make the concessions necessary.

High Lady, The situation on Mechdur has deteriorated so far that even if when we deal with Count Toure’s rebel forces there is a hard limit to what can bring that planet around. The Arms factories there are your largest government asset and your realm’s best route to salvation.

Lady Aveline, the Coalition Arsenal is the thing that makes the realm defensible without its production we are at the mercy of any faction that would victimize our citizens.

With all due respect High Lady that has happened anyway and you asked us to take over, that will require concessions on your part. The Magestrix supported your initial leadership against the Espionosas but she will not give you an unlimited lease on the Genderarme or MDC.

The Concordat’s support is similarly not free, the TACD is not free and has not been serving its primary purpose by aiding your citizens. The Protector grows weary of this although his current concern is still finding and bringing to justice the people that resulted in the death of Jeffery Calderon. I will not leave these discussions without giving him something worthwhile.

Confederation facilities are interested in acquiring some Coalition assets in exchange for our financial support to stabilize the region and perhaps the transfer of some mercenary commands to garrison at risk worlds. Unfortunately the problem still remains that the Coalition’s independent worlds are weak you need to consolidate and abandon or evacuate your more marginal colonies.

The Word of Blake and League representatives nod their heads in agreement but have nothing else to add. High Lady Kamea wouldn’t have much leverage with so many demands on her office.

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