Battletech Mercs Unleashed

Homefront, pt 1

Status Crimson Flu – The initial waves of Mechdur Refugees had spread the disease to Umgard and Tyrion, Vox Populi and its fellow counter-media agents blamed the Magistracy.

05/05/3065 05:18 Location – MDC-Coalition Quarantine Camp, Joppa, Magistracy of Canopus

A massive tent city on a windswept prairie, almost camouflaged due to the fabric matching the grass below each with the Magistracy Development Corps insignia on it. There are also White tents with the Magistracy Medical Corps crest. A small group of men walked on their way to the commissary.

Anwar, wait up!

Baqir? When did you get here?

A young man in his teens rushed toward the slightly older one, both wore the same green clothes but Baqir’s was noticeably “fresher”, the two embraced

I just came in from Tincalunas two days ago, one of the last waves I’m told… Heading toward the Magistracy at least…. How long have you been here Anwar? I hear they have gotten better but…

Four months here, three on Lyreton before that. We both know what the Crimson Flu can do, I can’t hold it against them, I heard the death tolls on Tyrion are in the millions. The Coalition is in free-fall won’t be much longer till it all comes apart

Don’t say that! What will happen to everyone we know, someone has to do something?

No they don’t Baqir! They don’t have to do anything! They can just sit and watch or blast dropships full of refugees rather than let them dirtside or wait it out and come back to rebuild. The fact that they are doing anything is a either an admission of guilt, seizing an opportunity, or like they would like us to believe, an act of benevolence.

I’m sorry, I’ll keep it together, it’s just stressful you know. Can we get something to eat and talk about the old times? I don’t know anyone else here and didn’t eat after processing.

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Day 1 Aftermath

09/08/3065 15:07 Location – Divine Palm Oasis Airspace

Squad Leader Cirillo looked over his sensor feeds, the winds were really picking up down on the surface but they were at the coordinates. His flight was heavily loaded with Arrow IV Air to Surface missiles but they didn’t see anything on the scopes.

Major, we cannot get visual or sensor confirmation of the targets, I see beacons from the Headhunter’s S&R crews but no signs of hostiles. Looks like they bugged out and are probably shut down in the sandstorm below. We will continue a search pattern and engage if we spot them.

His Thunderbird boosted up above the dust and kept an eye on his scanners, the rest of the squad followed.

09/08/3065 15:47 Location – Hellspire Basin

The Headhunter’s Advance S&R team arrived, 4 Hawk Moths patrolled the area while a pair of Karnovs dusted off and unloaded tech and medical teams to begin cleanup. Most of the armor crews were still alive but trapped in their vehicles. Casualties were relatively light only five KIA but material loss was huge, they would be sunk if they failed to complete their contract.

Even now they were pushing it, Enrique and Alfonso only had so much money and neither would keep paying them if they didn’t deliver.

Captain Reyes was pissed, he tossed his neuro-helmet into the gray sand as he looked over at his wrecked Banshee.

Mierda, Deberiamos, haber tenido, eso lo que la cogida salio mal. Chinga usted pinche puta Felicity

The Aurochs hover transports arrived later to pick up the Battle Armor along with their own salvage vehicles to haul off the wreckage.

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Unexpected

09/08/3065 13:57 Location – Outpost Grimhide, Titanfellers Territory

Major Thomas Brekard and TacOp Annette Harris sat back to back in his Battlemaster, watching Gern’s Grenadiers slowly clear the vast minefield between them and their objective. Hostile artillery would occasionally impact near the grenadiers armored vehicles, there was no set timing to it just harassment and terror tactics.

Annette, This is a nightmare, the trickery of Liao with clan tech and mix it in with those nuts in the Word of Blake. I’ve never faced anyone so dug in while blind, anything on the drone feed?.

No we lost it in that Electronic Fog… Major, there is a Captain Julio Reyes of the Headhunters asking for a secure channel through the Command Center. He says he has important information for you.

That’s the unit north of us right?

Affirmative commander, they were apparently waiting for someone with plenty of guns and muscle and they arrived.

Patch him through Annette

Major Thomas Brekard, I am Captain Julio Reyes of the Headhunters. I have a report you might be interested in concerning the new unit that landed up near As’Sab.

Why would you be giving me this report Captain? What’s your angle?

Well they are heading your way for one. Second these individuals are War Criminals that you have encountered before according to your unit’s public history and our confidential sources.

That still doesn’t explain why you are giving me it, they are your mission after all.

Ah Major, my force while potent has limits. If we don’t beat them you will have to, we’ll split the substantial bounty on their heads with you. Our employer won’t mind and I think you might even find it enjoyable.

Alright Captain pass your report through.

Keep in touch Major, we are about to engage them. Adios

Annette put that report on my screens, lets see who the Headhunters want dead

Squad Leader Cirillo, I want Top Shot loaded for a heavy strike mission in an hour, stand by for coordinates

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Mission Update: Battle at the Hellspire

09/08/3065 14:27 Location – “The Hellspire”, 35km from Divine Palm Oasis

The Hellspire jutted out against the gray sands, its basalt monolith a testament to the ferocity of this world. Once the core of a volcano it has been eroded over eons by the coarse sand of Astrokaszy and its fearsome winds.

A jet black Thunderbolt sheds the gray sand as the wind settles, Major Gray and Lieutenant Inderpal looked out over the sensor feed from Lieutenant Nyx.

Looks like a tough fight coming our way Major sure your team is up for the challenge?

Lieutenant these Mercs are some of the most fearsome and reliable soldiers I’ve witnessed in action, it will be fine

Chief Dolens, those Fighters from the Oasis are vectoring on our position, advise you move the tech section into the lava tunnels, they will be sitting ducks out here.

Affirmative Major, this sand and heat are slowing us down but we will make best speed give us a few minutes

Arachne, you have command over the Ebon Magistrate, harry that attack team and watch the skies. Buy some time or this mission will be done before it begins.

Hot-foot you have command over your team, we will provide fire support

Objectives
Primary – Your tech vehicles will be in the open for five turns before going underground into the mostly secure lava tubes. Protect them or your ability to continue operations will be compromised.

Secondary – Engage and destroy the Headhunter Assault Squad coming your way

Hostile Forces
Banshee, Charger, Flashman, Axeman, Cataphract, Archer

2 Regulators, 2 Maxims, 2 Condors

Heavily Reinforced (plus four!) Level II of IS Std Battle Armor

2 Eagle Aerospace Fighter

Friendly Forces
Thunderbolt, Anubis, Beowulf, Raven

Phoenix Hawk, Blackjack, Cicada, Cronus, Dervish, 2 Hunchbacks, Hatchetman, Hammerhands, Locust, Wolf “Spider”, Wolf Trap

All the Tech Vehicles (full of supplies and most of your techs!)

2 Blue Hawk Conventional Fighters (which can only make one pass due to fuel unless they drop all their bombs)

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Periphery Arms Update

10/17/3065 Capital Expo Center, Ann Arbor, Detroit

Principal Attendees
Lenore McCabe, Countess of Detroit
Sylvia Ramey CEO of Detroit Consolidated Mechworks
Gavin Priest-McDonogh, CEO of Majesty Metals and Manufacturing
Linus McLeod, CEO of Pinard Protectorates Limited
Maxwell Geifman, CEO of Sterope Defense Industries
Khaliq Riuda, CEO of Coalition Arsenal, Ltd
Donald Welsh, Director of Niops Consolidated Workshops
Marie Ramita, Niops Association Representative
Augustin San Marco, Sales Director for Paradiso Armor Works (Also it’s CEO’s little brother)

Announcements
M3 has finished constructed their new production lines on Dainmar Majoris, the lines of Canopus will continue to make Manticores but that to will be phased out to Dunianshire by 3070. The Dainmar Majoris plant will begin producing Pikes, Missile Carriers, and Light Missile Carriers for the M.A.F. and affiliated forces

The Coalition Arsenal of Mechdur has almost completed their move to Guldra in light of the continued contagion on their home planet. Anti-Canopian elements in the Coalition continue to destabilize the nation due to their belief that the Canopians engineered the Crimson Flu.

The Niops Association makes public their deal with the Magestrix to move into former Ballad province worlds over the next decade. The Association will contribute to R&D on Luxen and Dunianshire in exchange for independence. This galls the New Colony Region, massive protests against Magistracy “Occupation” of NCR worlds occur over the following days.

Detroit Consolidated will increase the number of weapon systems they purchase from Sterope Defense Industries in order to match the growing demand for new vehicles to rebuild and update the CCAF, MAF, and TDF.

The Magistracy Gendearme, Colonial Marshals, and Aurigan Interior Forces will increase purchases in Pinard Protectorates’ small arms and body armor to increase inter-operability with the Taurian Border Patrol in light of the increasingly unstable NCR, Rim Independents, and Aurigan Reach. Each nation will continue to procure from domestic arms producers of course but recent events require a surge of capacity.

A joint effort by M3, Brigadier Corporation, Niops Consolidated Workshops, and Coalition Aerospace, Ltd has produced the Amur (or Leopard E) Dropship. It is the same size as the popular Buccaneer and uses many common components with that design but carries 6 Battlemechs, 2 Fighters, 4 Light Vehicles (an Augmented Company), nearly 400 tons of cargo, and much more firepower than a Leopard or Union class transport.

M3 has received the license to manufacture Monarch class dropships from the Brigadier Corporation, tooling and expansion of the shipyards on Dunianshire will start by the end of the year. The first vessel should take off by 3068, the Exchanges on Canopus and Luxen hit new highs on M3’s new capability

Paradiso Aerospace has purchased the rights to the Guardian series of Jump Jets from Mujika Aerospace. The tools and molds for the out of production fighter will be transported to Paradiso and serve as the first product for the new venture.

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Exodus, part 2

05/18/3064 Location – Suk II, Nadir Jump Point, Clan Wolf OZ

The JC Smoke and Mirrors had managed to evade Jade Falcon patrols during its transit to Port Moseby but their luck had run out. The Vincent Mk 42 CWS Trailblazer had been patrolling the System and flagged their transits as unusual due to a change in operating procedure. All hands were on deck as the infantry suited up to repel boarders should it come to that rather than be taken by Vlad’s Wolves. The Trailblazer hailed the Jaguar jump craft.

Unidentified vessel you are to declare everything right now and accept boarders, do not resist or you will be annihilated

Ash was tense but she remembered something, she turned to one of the Jump Technicians

Quick, grab the yellow book from my quarters! (muttering) Those spheroids better not have been lying

He returned with the book

CWS Trailblazer, we are Skulldiggers hunting Viridescent Pheasants

There was a short pause before the Wolf Captain responded

Come Again

CWS Trailblazer, we are Skulldiggers hunting Viridescent Pheasants

Another short pause but it seemed like forever for the Jaguars

Skulldiggers, carry on, silence the screechers, CWS Trailblazer vectoring off

Ash was surprised that worked, everyone was surprised actually. After confirming that the CWS Trailblazer was indeed leaving. A collective sigh of relief was had on the Bridge.

All units stand down, Alert Condition 4, Carry on normal duties

The fact that a Loki code-phrase actually worked to disengage a Clan Wolf Warship was curious, very curious. Perhaps even Vlad’s Wolves had distanced themselves from the clan ways despite his hard-line attitude. Or maybe they just appreciated anyone who was an enemy of the Falcons.

06/10/3064 Location – Morningside Zenith Jump Point, Federated Commonwealth

Watch Captain Ash called another meeting in the Lion JC Vanguard Cargo Bay.

We have cleared most of the Commonwealth’s patrol areas. You have all done an excellent job learning how to be Nova Cats. We will need to put your skills to the test in ten days when we burn toward Port Moseby.

We will have five days there before we have to leave lest we draw suspicion from the Dragon’s Eyes. Quartermaster Norwood has compiled a list of our salable assets. I will require everyone to be a Merchant on this mission, we are too small to specialize and the Watch is adaptable. Leave the signs we have standardized on, if any Jaguars still prowl the space-lanes they will eventually come into Port Moseby. They will need to know that Smoke Jaguars still live.

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Exodus, part 1

04/12/3064 Location – JC Ember MedBay, Derf System

Ash woke with a start, sharp pain and the smell of antiseptic assaulted her senses and she could feel the bandages that covered most of her body. The unit’s Medic Larz pushed her back down,

Watch Captain, please move slowly or you will hurt yourself more.

Larz, what happened?

Jan and his Star picked you up in the mud where you last fought the Titanfeller Captain.

Your wounds were severe, yet you fought the Elementals until they dosed you.

Stravag Mercenary! Any other casualties.

Just the Dark Caste Infantry, the Spheroid’s battle armor killed the whole Star but they blew up a Star of them so they died honorably. Some of your Mechwarriors have minor injuries, nothing out of the ordinary for a pitched battle.

Very well, I am going to speak with Vaska

Please don’t move to much yet Watch Captain, the Med-Gel is still working I will find him

Ash sat impatient, without much to do but examine her injuries. She definitely had a broken rib and tried to keep her breaths shallow. The knife wounds were customary it was not the first time she had fought with a knife and wouldn’t be the last.

Vaska walked in, a surprising old warrior for the Jaguars he was old enough to have graying hair. He had several bruises but seemed none worse for wear.

Yes Watch Captain

Give me a detailed report, I want to know what we have

He explained their current situation the Titanfellers had seriously damaged most of their mechs, there is no way they can win against the Falcons in their damaged state. They could continue and die on the battlefield or run into the Sphere.

Ash strained with the burden over several days of transit till the Ember regrouped with its Jumpship. She certainly didn’t want to die even with Glory against the Falcons and completely destroy the Jaguar’s Legacy but running galled at her Clan Indoctrination. Her unit was loyal to her they felt equally conflicted.

Jump Captain Erin plot a course to Port Moseby include our Cache location en route

Ahy Watch Captain

The_ JC Smoke and Mirror’s_ disappeared into K-F space bound for the Free Planet

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First Encounter
The Dust Settles

09/08/3065 14:19 Location – Crossroads, 5km from Divine Palm Oasis

After a very long localized sandstorm the Assault Force was still standing but several mechs were in bad shape. Both Guillotines had multiple holes in the armor and the Penetrator slowly stood back up; unstable and barely holding together. The Niopian Mongoose returned to the battle group and the Ballistas clustered with the rest of the mechs still wary of the Headhunters’ Aerospace fighters.

Clouds of dust rose up to the Northeast where the Headhunters’ Remnants had evacuated, a Boomerang observation craft lazily flew figure eights. It was too far away to make out a logo but it is clearly watching from afar. The blown out husks of the Dragon Fire, Gallowglas, Bombardier, Black Knight, and Tempest were covered in a fine coating of sand. Their pilots still secure in their cockpits, a mercy considering the harsh sun and cutting sand.

Mikhai Devo’s cockpit on the other hand was completely open to the elements, the only thing that kept him cool was the vest attached to his Orion’s life support. His heart rate was spiked and he had taken some hits but his mech was still hanging on by a thread.

Meanwhile 28km NNW

Lt Cmd. Nyx’s Anubis had come back into LOS Comm she had gotten turned around in the sandstorm.

Major Hostile Forces incoming, target list attached, confirmed recon scans that Captain Reyes is leading the incoming attack force.

Flash Transmission
Banshee, Charger, Flashman, Axeman, Cataphract, Archer
2 Regulators, 2 Maxims, and 2 Condors all of which have Battle Armor on their hulls

All there Nyx, Mercs ready your A-game here they come.

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Dust Devils

09/08/3065 Location – 75km SSE of As’SAb, Sahra’ Dayie’ Jawhar (Lost Souls Desert), Astrokaszy

The harsh sunlight broiled the sand and illuminated everything under it in sharp relief. Mercs Unleashed’s Vanguard marched alongside the road throwing up clouds of grey sand which blew in the fierce winds.

Sandstone promontories jutted out as they approaching the Oasis, a group of Headhunters came out from their positions. A squad of Battlemechs (Black Knight, Defiance, Tempest, Dragon Fire, Bombardier, and Gallowglas) and an equal number of vehicles (Behemoth, Assault Pike, three Manticores, and an Ontos) had positioned themselves to deal with your incoming force. Their support vehicles threw up grey sand as they moved toward Warawi and away from the impending battle.

Vanguard Commander Marcus Brandt called for a pause. The two forces stared down one another while the outside temperature reads 57C. A broadcast came in on an open channel, the broadcaster Identified himself as Captain Julio Reyes, Commander of the Headhunters

Mercs good to see you again, we didn’t think you would show quite so soon. We’ve been catching some of these fierce rays in your absence. Our employers insisted this is where you’d end up however so our vacation as Warlords has been cut short. Well they are paying us a lot of c-bills to kill you so we can continue it on Paradiso.

Not just you though, Major Grey, if you can hear this you killed my pal Sullivan on Hell’s Paradise. You have a bounty on your pretty little head as well so you’re next after I put down your boy-toys. It’s about time someone sent a worthy adversary your way..

The hostile forces powered up all combat systems, thermal spikes were picked up and the two forces moved to engage.

While advancing Lieutenant Nyx put in a recon report from her Anubis,

Major, hostile forces inbound on your position fast movers and a striker lance, they will arrive concurrent with the primary battle.

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Battle of Derf, Part 10
Gift-take

04/11/3064 16:32 Location – White River Pass, Derf, Jade Falcon OZ

Ash was pressing the insolent spheroid hard, her strikes found their marks frequently although he skillfully dodged the worse of it. The Captain scored a few hits but was dealing with a whirlwind of fury from a fierce knife fighter. Too focused on his knife hand; Ash didn’t see the uppercut to her gut and turned into a throw. Instinct took over and she landed in the mud with a splash but rolled back to her feet.

Captain Brekard bled from multiple knife wounds the blood rolled off his limbs and into the grey mud of Derf instantly. This fight was rapidly taxing his stamina he would need to finish this fight soon or she might outlast him. His thick boots got stuck in the mud giving her time to recover and costing him the initiative. She remained crouched where he had thrown her not moving but was holding one of her legs.

Ash feigned injury to conceal one of her hands from her foe, she reached into her pockets till she felt cold steel. There were legitimate injuries of course but she was a Trueborn Smoke Jaguar Warrior; injury and pain were constant companions and of no consequence.

This was Watch Training she figured this man would hesitate to finish off an injured woman, they always did; an unfortunate socialization of Spheroids. She re-gripped her blades, he would hesitate but he was still a mercenary soldier with a mission on his mind.

Thomas paused shifting the grip on his combat knife and catching his breath before pressing the attack again. As he approached Ash wound out of her crouch and he felt needle sharp points hit him in the torso. The flat steel throwing knives were poorly thrown, rain had fortunately slicked her hands during the fight otherwise they would have caused critical injury. Pushing through the pain he slashed, jabbed, and stabbed at her putting her on the defensive with pure adrenaline and brute strength.

Both of them dropped their knives Ash had cut Thomas’ hand and had been forced to drop her knife to protect herself from the hammer of his gauntlet. They were equally worn out Thomas put her into a clinch kneed fiercely causing an injury to her ribs. Ash escaped with a solid kick to his diaphragm but both were slow to rise. Thomas had multiple lacerations and Ash probably had at least one broken rib and an equal number of lacerations.

Tom rose to his feet holding his side and covered in blood, it looked really bad, Ash was still on her back holding her chest equally injured.

Ash, you are defeated don’t make me kill you, call off your force.

Stravag, you had better kill me, this fight is not over yet.

You are a sad and pathetic woman; you don’t even have a clan left to die for; why fight at all. No one will remember your sacrifice. Call off your forces and we’ll do the same. You can die on someone else’s time.

Thomas called in a MedEvac VTOL on himself, it was already in the area, he was transported into it and a replacement took over piloting his Battlemaster.

Ash was left there for long minutes mulling over her situation she could just order her forces to fight to the death. They might win but there would be nothing left and she couldn’t bear the be taken as isorla by the Falcons when they returned. She was infuriated that the Stravag Mercenary had taken her knives before he left. It was like he had chopped off her hands but she didn’t have many options.

Jaguar’s Claws cease fire, release any prisoners, and salvage our fallen. This battle has concluded

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