Battletech Mercs Unleashed

Selene pt 1

11/18/3063 Location – O.C. Selene above Niops VIII (Boreal), Niops Association

The K-1M Drop-Pod M.J.V. Eos’ Dawn 3 begins its docking sequence to the small orbital construct. The gas dwarf Boreal’s deep blue atmosphere fills up the view-screen as Lieutenant Commander Alera completed the sequence.

Selene, we are docked. Prepare for entry

Affirmative Echo-Delta Three, everything is green, N.M.B. is en route

Alera walked back into the Cargo Bay, Three soldiers were at full attention their hands on their Ebony laser rifles guarding the “cargo”, three medical pods, one of which bore the Sword of Blake while the other two were emblazoned with the Black Bird (Ebon Magistrate).

Doctor Madhavi, how are our passengers?

They are well Commander, your network is exquisite. I must commend your team on their professionalism. I didn’t think you could snag Mr D.S. here

Madhavi touched the pod marked by a Sword of Blake

It was a difficult extraction I unfortunately lost five agents and two operatives acquiring him, the Foreign Affairs Corp does what it can with what we have

I will speak with General Eliiot when we are finished here, if you can interdict such a sensitive shipment I’m sure we can furnish you some more funding to support your operations

That would be appreciated. Doctor, if I may, who is he? and why did the Blakists want him so badly?

I am afraid that is classified Ultraviolet Commander

Understood

As their conversation concluded, the three soldiers walked toward the load-master waiting near the cargo bay door.

He opened the bay door which split horizontal revealing a large air-locked receiving dock where three vac-armored soldiers, a pair of heavy duty flatbeds, a manned cargo exoskeleton, and five red suited medics.

Doctor Madhavi went and spoke with the leader of the red suits and signaled both sets of soldiers and the cargo exoskeleton to pick up the pods. The fractional gravity (0.62 g or 6.07 m/s^2) made these large and heavy pods (nearly 1 MT, a piece) much easier to move and secure and they were finished within ten minutes.

Commander Alera and Load-master Rafael walked alongside Doctor Madhavi and the olive skinned Dr. Talib Narinder of the Niops Medical Bureau through the construct. It was a maddeningly plain and antiseptic facility, all white walls except on the “floor” and “ceiling” which were bright green and light grey respectively, it did however smell of lavender which was a pleasant surprise, much better than the “sweat and sour” smell of most drop-ships.

They arrived at a heavy bulkhead guarded by a pair of Niops Association Militia Marines and watched by the ever present security cameras that she had just begun to notice. This facility was as well guarded as the Mirror Palace in Crimson which began to make her uneasy.

The Marines opened the bulkhead but stopped the non-medics from entering, several N.M.B. personnel took over the pods from the Marines and the security detachment departed. Another N.M.B. person this time dressed in a Grey Jumpsuit with Purple Stripes arrived from one of the side corridors.

Greetings Commander, I am Corporal Sajjad, I’m afraid Dr. Narinder has such terrible manners especially considering this facility would not exist without the Magistracy. Welcome to Orbital Construct Selene, let me take you for a tour while they conduct their business

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Battle on Derf, Part 2
Picking the bones

04/07/3064 Derf Zenith Jump Point

Captain Brekard and the Titanfellers were on the hunt, the Triumph “Hardball” and Fury “Fastball” were burning toward the location of a Jade Falcon supply depot. LIC had informed them that the Falcons were utilizing the low profile system to avoid “pirates”. These pirates must be something if they needed to move emergency caches to a mostly abandoned system but the Titanfellers were up to the challenge.

The two dropships departed toward Derf II at 1.2g’s trying to make good speed toward the target, they were in enemy territory after all.

04/09/3064 06:18 Location – Outside Homestead Station, Derf, Jade Falcon Occupation Zone

The three Freeborn in front of her were a despicable lot, their Star Captain was now goo in the Conjurer after its head was smashed. The Trueborn Solahma Warriors refused capture and needed to be shot. As she walked in front of them the Freeborn’s eyes were fixated on her karambit as it whirled around her finger, worried expressions on their faces.

I am looking for recruits, loyalty is top priority. We are one unit there can be no deviation.
So I am going to ask you some questions privately if you answer correctly and I trust you all will be well, otherwise

Each one of the Freeborn is taken aside and interrogated by Ash before being returned to the holding area.

You all did good, I believe you are sincere however, you violated by Loyalty clause. That is inexcusable so prepare to defend yourselves

Ash gripped her blade and quickly dispatched the three Freeborn. They were so easily cowed by her that they would revoke their Falcon loyalty, such timidity would not be tolerated.

Vaska broke in through her radio,

Commander we are detecting a pair of drop ships in-bound, looks like Spheroid raiders, they have refused to identify themselves and will be here in three days

Vaska get the Techs to bring the salvaged Battlemechs back online. These raiders should supplement the meager cache the Falcons left for us. This might yet be a successful venture.

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The Battle of Derf pt 1
Opening Shots

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.

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Ash's War

February 3062

Ash sat quietly with the rest of the Falcon Undercaste as the CJFM Wandering Roost Buccaneer drop-ship landed on the windswept world of Wotan. She walked off with the rest of them but evaded the Falcon Patrol and boarded a train to the city of Oslo. The city was partially underground built into the remains of mines that dated back to the Rim Worlds Republic. Ash and Vaska had made contact with the Dark Caste on-planet through the pirates they had co-opted so they knew where they needed to go.

Upon reaching Oslo’s main train station the Jaguar Watch operatives evaded the large Falcon Patrol and Watch security cordon and eventually made their way into Oslo city proper. While heading through the labyrinth of poorly lit tunnels one of the Spheroid under-caste separates herself from the crowd. She begins trailing the Jaguars and others join in, Ash notices them and tries to shake them fearing the Falcons had one of their brief moments of competence to discover her.

Ash and Vaska turns a corner and immediately beset upon by four armed figures, Ash and Vaska both draw knives and went back to back to defend themselves. One of the the figures steps forward hands open,

You are not from around here, who do you work for? Combine, Bears, Nova Cats…

Ash flashed a snarl at the mention of the Nova Cats betraying more than she intended.
The speaker stopped for a moment shocked as she processed it, Ash saw a perfect opportunity to strike but chose not to. Regaining composure the speaker dropped into a defensive stance suddenly very wary.

Jaguars!…What are Jaguars doing in Falcon Territory? Your clan was destroyed on Huntress!

Ash grew weary of this Spheroid’s questioning preferring to know her purpose and get it over with she had important work to do

Perhaps we should start with some identification, yes we are Smoke Jaguar. Who are you?

My name is Amna we wish to bring down the Falcons for the Commonwealth

Very well I am Ash, we share common cause for we seek to ground the Falcons as well

Is that so, perhaps we might be of assistance then if you would accept it

It would be of assistance if you leave us, we have much work to do here before we rejoin the others

Very well Jaguar Ash, we will find you when ready

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INNside Track Special Edition

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Special Report from Tematagi in the Free Worlds League, unknown attackers have struck at Nimikachi Fusion Limited. Jumping into a Pirate Point the force struck while the Eighth Orloff Grenadiers were off-world to attend Regimental Training Exercises on Karachi.

The attack force consisted of a reinforced Battalion including Aerospace and held against the Bashi-Bazook, a mercenary unit contracted with the company’s defense.

The attackers hit the facility that manufactures the VOX 280 Extra-light Fusion Engines used in Nimikachi’s Venom and Warhammer Battlemechs. They deployed a wide variety of IndustrialMechs and vehicles to steal the highly sophisticated tools used in the manufacture of the Engines. Before the Eight could jump back in system the attackers were done and had left the system.

The facility has suffered extreme damage and Nimikachi’s production will be slowed while they arrange an alternate supplier of the engine. Irian Battlemechs Limited has already contacted Nimikachi as a supplier while they rebuild the facility.

Nimikachi has informed the DCMS that their next shipment of Venoms and Warhammers will be delayed while they resolve the engine problem,

Nimikachi Fusion Products and Free World Defense Industries has placed a ten million Eagle prize for information on the attackers and a one Billion Eagle bounty if the attackers are killed or captured and the tools returned.

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Ashes to Ashes

08/12/3061 Location – Anywhere, Jade Falcon OZ

It had been a long trip from Ironhold to Anywhere but this was the best time for them to spring the trap. Disguised as Laborers or Technicians they had smuggled themselves to the Inner Sphere aboard a Jade Falcon resupply trip. Laying low till they could seize a Broadsword and get a Merchant Jumpship to escape the system that time was now.

The disguised Elementals managed to get their work detail in the Mech Bays while the Warrior/Technicians stayed far away lest the Falcon Warriors notice them.

In Mech Bay 4,

Dezgra”, the Jade Falcon Mechwarrior didn’t stand a chance before the unsuited Elemental crushed his throat then discarded the corpse into a mass of hoses. His solace was that their whole clan was Dezgra, All the Jaguars, it still hadn’t sunk in yet but there was fighting to do.

The rest of his point arrived from their assignment and took up positions rounding up the other Technicians and Laborer castes with stolen weapons to ensure they didn’t inform the Warriors in this particular zone.

We have secured the area Captain, the Warriors have been slain

Fine Work Jan, we will arrive shortly, Vaska is securing her objective first

A flash of light from the command tower signaled that Vaska had completed her objective as well.

Jan we are coming in, hold your fire

A ME-18 Truck pulled up to the lonely mech hanger with headlights off, three men and two women stepped out dressed in blood stained fatigues. Before them were a portion of the Jade Falcon Provisional Garrison Cluster Mechs based on Anywhere. They were pleased that their sources were correct. The Falcons here did have a Linebacker no doubt won in a Trial against the Wolves.

The Technicians activated and slaved the Mechs to the Jaguar pilots, while they may have not been good enough in their Trials to die with the Touman they were still Clan Warriors dishonorable, good as dead Warriors.

The Ash Pirates had been in such deep cover they did not even know the Clan had been Annihilated till they reached Anywhere but it changed nothing. Their final objectives were “Continue the fight till the bitter end” given to them by the Loremaster. They intended to make the body count as high as possible before that occurred even if it went against “Honor.”

The Elementals seized suits assigned to the Cluster and gathered up supplies with the actual Technicians assigned to the unit, universally washed up or disobedient but they could fly the Broadsword and fix mechs. The Captain had seen that one of the Broadswords was being prepared to lift off with Mech Bay 4’s inhabitants as it’s cargo. Time to take their act on tour.

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We are Legion

04/09/3065 15:48 Location – Prospero MHAF, Marius Tears

Legatus McGuire is on a War Footing he had readied his Crusader and marched out with the rest of his Century to reinforce the garrison awaiting the raiders next move. The Cohort and Auxilarly had taken longer than expected to ready and the Titanfellers asked to much to just deal with the problem. They were to remain on their contracted duties.

The raiders had taken the East Airfield but little matter, it wasn’t s strategic just dirt and concrete he had sent a Century to reinforce the factory complex, as long as the Cohort held that complex he would be successful.

Centurion Hannovel had reported the raid’s strength his Quickdraw had withdrawn from the fight and screened by some of the hovertanks. The raiders had still managed to capture some of this men they would be disciplined for their failure.

04/09/3065 17:52 Location – Near The Depths Geothermal Power Station, Marius Tears

“This is Orange to Hotfoot, I have spotted seven wheeled transports in a convoy traveling away from the power station. They are escorted by a Wolf Trap, Nightsky, Komodo, Cobra, and Chimera. Requesting guidance?”

Shortly after receiving that message an open broadcast blared on the MU speakers, “Unknown attackers, we are the Titanfellers, our fight is not with you. If you fire upon us or our charges you will be eliminated. If that changes we will inform you, Captain Brekard out”

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INNside Track - Q4 3064 - Q1 3065 pt II
The Rimward Sphere

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The Rimward Sphere

Ex-Count Alfons Toure of Mechdur has escaped Aurigan Interior Ministry detention en route to Coromdir for his Treason trial. His unknown accomplices freed him and stole a dropship full of heavy weapons from the former Aurigan Defense Force. He claims to have proof that the Magistracy released the Crimson Flu on Mechdur to steal their industry, a Magestrix spokeswoman denies allegations of foul play.

The transfer of the Coalition Arsenal and Mechdur Refugees has been hampered by a lack of Confederation support and worsening outbreaks of the virulent Crimson Flu. The Magistracy Medical Corps has put the whole planet under a Level Three Quarantine and have restricted movement between refugee camps and work camps. The effort to relocate the Coalition Arsenal is continuing and the Magistracy Development Corps and Taurian Agency of Colonial Development continue their work.

The Magistracy Gendearme have deployed additional personnel and heavy weapons to combat rampant lawlessness in Aurigan space. There are reports that the Taurian Internal Security Force has deployed peacekeepers as well. This is causing massive strain as both nations are occupying the Coalition as well as the wayward New Colony Region adjacent to the Magistracy. There is growing animosity between the two Realms as their region of space and increasing assertive neighbors have placed major demands on their military and security forces.

There is still no answer as to who has stolen the Oasis III from Mechdur, the unknown assailants managed to steal it right under the TACD’s nose. There are unverified rumors that the TACD crew defected to the Federated Commonwealth.

Both the Magistracy of Canopus and Taurian Concordat have been constructing new industrial parks on their planets and expanding others. These industrial parks are financed through the Confederation and Word of Blake (for the Concordat) or COMSTAR (for the Magistracy) secured loans. This investment will take some time to bear fruit as both Realms have suffered from under-investment for decades.

They have increased their hiring of mercenaries to supplement their military and security forces, the St Ives conflict inflicted disproportionate harm on both of the Trinity alliances junior partners. The Aurigan Coalition is also looking for experienced freelancers due to the Aurigan Defense Force’s suspect loyalty. The Aurigan Interior Ministry has sacked hundreds of Field and General officers for colluding to overthrow High Lady Arano.

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INNside Track - Q4 3064 - Q1 3065 pt I
Whitting Conference

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Top Story

As expected the Third Whitting Conferance held on the Free Worlds League world of Marik was ripe with headlines.

Archon-Princess Katherine Steiner-Davion was the obvious successor to Coordinator Theodore Kurita for First Lordship but was defeated in favor of Regent Elected Prince Christian Mannson. While a seemingly major personal defeat for the Archon-Princess she was nevertheless in a rather spirited mood throughout the Conference according to our sources.

The Word of Blake Protectorate comprised of Terra and Gibson and the Taurian Concordat, a medium sized Periphery realm were both added as provisional members by the League and Confederation respectively.

The Archon-Princess announcing that the Federated Suns and Lyran Alliance would reform the Federated Commonwealth with Katherine acting as its leader. This was met with protests by influential critics of her leadership of the Federated Suns and predisposition toward Lyran interests over Federation ones.

The Free Worlds League struck a deal with the Draconis Combine that would continue to supply war materiel to rebuild the depleted DCMS. This is desperately needed to replace lost production while the Combine investigated radical elements tied to Luthien Armor Works.

COMSTAR has been active in rebuilding the COMGUARDS, DCMS, and Clan Nova Cat Touman after they suffered greatly during Operations SERPENT and BULLDOG. All three forces are dangerously below their recommended forces levels but have not asked for outside intervention from Commonwealth forces in areas of shared interest.

The Capellan Confederation announced several large initiatives with their Trinity Alliance partners including technology and officer exchange as well as large joint defense and commercial ventures between the three states. Continued instability in the neighboring Aurigan Coalition and the rise of the Marian Hegemony to parity with the Magistracy of Canopus were not discussed in the public sessions.

The Federated Commonwealth announced it would return to normal levels of production after a year long slowdown that has severely hurt Lyran arms exporters. Industry leaders report that they spent the time retooling and training new staff. The Archon-Princess has made it a priority to provide all the troops and machines within Commonwealth territory necessary to counter Clan activities before the end of the ceasefire in 3067.

Arcturan Arms, a long term supplier to the Rasalhague Republic has acquired the licenses to build and sell Wolfhound and Panther Battlemechs to the Kungsarme and eventually the mercenary market. They managed to leverage Rasalhague politicians to license the popular Panther from Luthien Armor Works despite the DCMS’s policy against foreign competition. The Arcturan Arms manufactured Panther will still use many imported parts to maintain continuity within the Kungsarme’s supply chains.

Arcturan Arms and its fellow independent weapons manufacturers have been trying for years to license Draconis Combine designs for sale on the open market and this deal is seen as a major accomplishment.

Arcturan Arms reportedly beat out Arc-Royal Mechworks for the Wolfhound license from TharHes much to the disappointment of the Kell Hounds who had a bid out waiting for approval from the Archon-Princess. She approved Arcturan Arms license from TharHes within two weeks of the offer being extended. Grand Duke Kell of Arc Royal and Khan Kell of Clan Wolf had not commented to INN regarding the decision.

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OP:CRYBABY Part II

04/09/3065 17:18 Location – East Prospero Airfield, Prospero Island, Marius Tears, Marian Hegemony

Commander Arachne stepped out of the Diana Nanae’s briefing room with the team leaders of Mercs Unleashed and the HELLCATs. They had thoroughly interrogated the POWs and dosed them with some exotic drugs that would had a lasting effect but no real permanent harm (at the request of MU, they would have just shot them if the Mercs didn’t ask them not to) and locked them in the airfield’s command bunker with some rations till the MHAF came back to claim it.

The techs had completed the repairs and transfer of a MU Mechwarrior’s (“Hook”) neural waves to the captured Marian Panther still in its black and purple coloration there was no time to repaint it not that such a trivial thing mattered anyhow. Anything that was going to be salvaged was already loaded into the Diana Nanae’s cargo hold. MHAF recon patrols were increasing and the HELLCATs were eager to get moving before a Cohort of MHAF mobilized and tried to take back their airfield.

Arachne and Forester climbed into their Battlemechs and began marching toward the Prospero North Airfield and the geothermal power station just west of the airfield known to the MHAF as “The Depths of Hades”. They had good intel on most of the defenses but the POW’s reports were incomplete and Andromeda’s Chain in orbit over the island could not get a real time high resolution picture of both battlefields at the same time. The Mercs Unleashed Boomerang did manage to find the wayward Quickdraw but it had withdrawn to the power station.

Threat Assessment

The Depths of Hades
Force Estimate – 2-4 Turrets, Commando, Vindicator, Whitworth, Spider, Quickdraw

Prospero North
Force Estimate – 4-6 Turrets, Zhukov, Marsden IV, 2 Harassers, 2 Outriders (Wheeled King Scorpions), Jagermech, Blackjack, Commando

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