04/04/3064 02:17 Location – Orbit of Derf V, Jade Falcon Occupation Zone
The Merchant jumpship Smoke and Mirrors emerged at a non-standard jump point in the orbit of Derf V. It has two drop-ships attached a Broadsword and Confederate both of which quietly boosted away from their jumper as its solar sail unfurled to capture the light of the G7 yellow dwarf.
04/09/3064 05:42 Location – In orbit around Derf II, Jade Falcon Occupation Zone
Ash stood in the center of the Broadsword Ember Mech bay looking over the latest reports, the drop-ships sensors detected the Falcon’s supply depot. The Spheroid Watch had given her good intelligence but that didn’t mean the Falcons would go down easy. Her force was becoming more patchwork by the day this raid would keep the fight going.
Vaska inform the Vanguard, we drop in ten minutes
The Ember and Vanguard burned out of the grey clouds in the night sky. The two drop-ships touched down at separate points landing in the soft grassy plains around Homestead Station. Ash’s Linebacker walked off first covered with Jan’s Elemental point followed by the rest of her Star.
While advancing the radio blared
I am Star Commander Kayin of Clan Jade Falcon, Identify yourself and your forces so that you may face our steel talons with honor
Ash was tempted to respond but silenced the radio
All forces this is Ash, The Falcons seek an honorable fight don’t give them one. Leave nothing but corpses, understood, we take everything
Nine status lights blinked green, satisfied she ordered Jan and his elemental point off her mech to support the Confederate’s infantry group for the final approach.
Ash’s Linebacker advanced rapidly engaging an Incubus and Howler, laser fire and missiles bridged the gap. Amman’s Scarecrow crippled a Conjurer before curb stomping it. The Pirates lost an Ice Ferret and Vapor Eagle but claimed a Phoenix Hawk C and a Crusader C as isorla. The Conjurer was salvageable but needed a new head.
Ten minutes later the Falcons had been routed. Jan’s Elementals tore through the lesser solahma infantry clearing the route for the technicians to access the depot. Vaska accessed the facility, took inventory and reported that it wasn’t the huge haul they were expecting. They cleared it out in two trips and then moved to salvage the Falcon’s mechs. The Pirates’ infantry had gathered up the Falcon Mechwarriors for Ash to deal with.