09/09/3065 20:18 Location – Forward Camp Glory, 52km NNW Divine Palm Oasis, Astrokaszy
The heat of the day had broken reaching 61°C that afternoon. The techs were not even capable of operating outside in that weather and water cans hung off the sides of the transports some of which had “DEXTRAN” still painted on their sides soon to be replaced by “µ” for MU. Several Battlemechs maintained watch having dispersed to keep an eye on hostile forces prowling in the dark.
Inside the MULE Command Post’s attached tent Major Grey, Commander Arachne, Captain Blackwall, and the Mercs Unleashed command staff gathered around a portable table with a collection of material on it. Lieutenant Ilonka and her support team remained in the vehicle keeping a close eye on the remote sensors they deployed earlier via the Marten and long range scanning RADAR feeds from the portable array outside.
“Top Shot is the greatest threat to this operation they heavily outmatch Squad Leader Kunimoto’s Air team so we need to deal with them first. Major Brekard is no fool he knows that as well so it will not be easy to pin them down. The heat and sandstorms fouled any plans they might have for a daytime offense, however that doesn’t rule out a night attack. To that end the following mechs shall stay behind at As’Sab to bolster the force there.
Both Marauders, Hammerhands, and Orion
The Blackjack and Salamander are going back to Al’Sur to shore up Lieutenant Commander Post’s defenses. He makes a good case for it and we cannot afford to lose those dropships or suffer an attack on Kunimoto’s AeroFighters. Chief Tech Dolens will bring the Penetrator back online tomorrow but it can be activated in an emergency.
During the day I got AeroPilot Chandler to do a fast run over Ni’keet and Warawi with an experimental sensor pod. The Niopian techs interpreted the data and provided a snapshot of the layout. They confirmed that Top Shot’s Aerospace is primarily based out of Ni’keet due to the support infrastructure in place. That support infrastructure is more important than the Aerofighters so we are launching an attack against it. Warawi is much the same as it was last night although the dropships have reverted to low power mode rather than ready status.
Commander Arachne please deliver your scouting reports for Despair"
“Thank you Major, Mercenaries we have been keeping a rotating scout in the area of Despair. The Titanfellers have completed initial preparation for a forward operating base they now have a short runway, helipads, basic shelter and fighting positions, and support in place from the Grenadiers mobile units.
We have confirmed that the Headhunters’ vehicles have left the facility presumably for Warawi but were unable to run them down. There are at least two mechs on watch at all hours and they have begun challenging us past sensor range so they have deployed remote sensors and have someone paying attention to them. The previous units we encountered are still based there.
Major Grey has tasked your Boomerangs to wide area recon in order to provide situational awareness if the Titanfellers are on the move."
“Thank You Commander, Alright mercenaries here is the operation plan
Hotfoot you will take the Cronus, Cicada, one of the Phoenix Hawks, Locust, Wolf Traps, and Captain Blackwall’s Mongoose and attack Ni’keet. Recon reports show that there is a squad of King Scorpions, some field guns, a Warrior VTOL, and a Clint, Sentry and Commando. You should have no trouble overwhelming their defenses before damaging the infrastructure, that should result in the Aerofighters being forced back to Ta’iqih 80 kilometers away.
Tack you will take the remaining mechs and launch an attack on Warawi then withdraw providing cover for the strike force. Lieutenant Inderpal and I along with Mechwarrior Trust will be with you. The Commander at Despair will no doubt attempt to intercept the strike force so you can kill them in the field, you might even draw the Headhunters out of their hill fort. Squad Leader Kunimoto and Flight Lead Wodan will be overhead to provide fire support and top cover against Top Shot.