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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #510 on: 16 November 2020, 04:28:13 »
Lady Death = Lady Over Hype, I always thought she was way over hyped to plug yawning plot holes with regards to the Davion Outback and Southern Periphery stories or lack thereof.

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #511 on: 16 November 2020, 08:07:40 »
Like old FASA fiction, i did find her background information enjoyable to read and character which had depth.  Not until recently you had characters like that.  She no Malvine Hazen, but her drama that cause her to become this way was noteworthy.
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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #512 on: 16 November 2020, 19:28:47 »
1 September 3009
Drachenfeld (Hegemony)


 Major Tabitha Buckler walked her Nightstar NSR-9Jb (Command) up the ramp of the Lee Dropship and followed the ground guide into her assigned Mech bay. She commanded the Assault Battalion assigned to the 2nd Battle Regiment, 3311st Brigade of the 331st Royal Battlemech Division. The 40 Nightstar in her Battalion made for a fearsome assault force. Her Nightstar was equipped with a 285 XL Engine, 13 Double Heat Sinks and 18 tons of standard armor. In each arm was a massive Gauss Rifle each with 2 tons of ammo, the center torso held 2 ER Large Laser, the left torso held a Targeting Computer and the right torso held 7 tons of communications gear enabling her to coordinate a full invasion if she had to.

 The 39 other Nightstar were NSR-9Jb versions. Equipped with a 380 XL Engine for an increased ground speed of 64kph, Endo Steel chassis, 13 Double Heat Sinks and 18.5 tons of standard armor for maximum protection. Each arm held a massive Gauss Rifle, each fed by 3 tons of ammo, the left torso held a Targeting Computer while the right torso held 5 ER Medium Laser for accurate and deadly close range fighting.

 Her slower Nightstar did not prevent her from getting into the fight, nor did it bother her. Her job was to command, not to get into the thick of the fight. She rode the lift down from her cockpit and watched the techs finish securing her Battlemech into it's bay for transport. She had been briefed on the mission and though it was just stomping on some pirates who had gotten a little too brave, she was anxious to get there.

 All across the sprawling space port, the 331st Royal Battlemech Division was loading their Dropships. The mission had changed in the last week and now the entire Division was deploying on the mission to take out the pirates based in the Tortuga Dominions. Word was that the 31st Infantry Division was also being readied for deployment. This had really started the rumor mill going, because no one could figure out what sized pirate group could present a threat to the 331st Royal Battlemech Division. Some were even insulted that Hegemony High Command thought they might need help with the mission.

Morgan's Holdfast (Tortuga Dominion)

 Paul Durrant was riding the same high as the rest of his personnel on the successful raid on the Screaming Eagles. He had laid claim to one of the Pillager PLZ-3Z recovered from the Screaming Eagles. He had not taken the Mech out yet, only because the techs were still reading the manuals that had been carefully stored with the Battalion of Battlemechs. He only knew they were Star League vintage and he had wondered how the Screaming Eagles had gotten them but then he had read that they used to be Hegemony troops before going Merc. They must have stored the last of them when the ability to support them vanished, even though they had ample spare parts and ammunition for them, or they did before he stole it all.

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #513 on: 17 November 2020, 05:39:08 »
Something tells me that Paul Durrant & CÂș are going for a very rude awakening.

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #514 on: 18 November 2020, 23:15:53 »
27 September 3009
Tortuga Dominions


 Fleet Admiral Tomlin Tanaka, with Commanding General Michelle Mitchell's blessing, had decided to make sure the blockade of the Dominions was solid. To make sure of this, Fleet Admiral Tanaka had doubled down, instead of the initial 2 Brandt Corvettes per system, he had assigned a Riga II Destroyer and Essex III Destroyer to each system. They went in first to secure each system. Only Morgan's Holdfast was left alone, for that system was slated to receive half of the Wolverine Squadron supporting their invasion.

Fletcher's Feast (Tortuga Dominions)

 Ship's Master Pavlov Krushkin had just taken a bite of the sandwich when the obvious warship suddenly appeared barely 725km from his Invader Jumpship with no warning what so ever. He spat out the sandwhich bite which floated about his bridge "HOLY S***!!!! NAV EMERGENCY JUMP PROCEDURES NOW!!!!!"

 He knew it was hopeless even as the words left his mouth, and the radio confirmed that when it spoke "Attention all Jumpships, you are ordered to prepare for boarding, any attempt to engage your drives will result in your destruction without further warning." Before anyone really had a chance to process the warning, the warship fired several shots on a pirate Merchant Jumpship, the shots lancing into the Merchant Jumpship with deadly effect.

 "Nav, please halt all work. This guy means business and I would rather see tomorrow." His ships plot clearly showed shuttles leaving the warship. This was not good, not good at all, he thought.

New Port Royal (Tortuga Dominions)

 Commander Oliver Hayes, SLS Paul Driscle, Riga II Destroyer, smiled as his ships communications reported the terrified calls sounding from the Zenith Jump Point where his ship had just "magically" appeared. "CAG, you may launch the fighters at will. Everyone is weapons free on any vessel attempting to flee. Comm, break thru all that garbage and tell everyone to heave to and prepare to be boarded. You know the drill."

 This scene was repeated across the Tortuga Dominions. Not a single vessel escaped the sudden blockade of the Dominions, 2 Merchant and 1 Invader Jumpship were destroyed when they failed to heed the warning calls. But 7 Merchant, 6 Invader and 2 Star Lord Jumpships were boarded and captured. While a single Brandt Corvette took station at both jump points in each system, the Riga II Destroyer and Essex III Destroyer assigned to each system moved to take up an orbit of each system to prevent any Dropships from making a run for it. Between the escorting warships a single Lion (Infantry) Dropship and Lee Dropship transported 2 Special Forces Battalions of 772 Ferret Power Armor equipped troops and 2 Battlemech Company's.

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #515 on: 19 November 2020, 21:20:35 »
  She was 17 or 18 in 3009. She has not yet got her reputation or skill.

So now we get to find out if Paula Trevaline wants to be a pirate, or if she can be drafted by the THiE and her skills put to work in a better field (i.e. not piracy/slavery).  Unfortunately her personality might be a little too toxic according to sarna

Short version - at the age of 17 she was already the owner and bouncer at a club, and everyone knew not to mess with her.  In November 3008 she poisoned someone and stole their Mech, and decided that 'Lady Death' would be her name.

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #516 on: 19 November 2020, 21:25:54 »
That would be a twist.  She demented though unless THiE has good therapists.
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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #517 on: 20 November 2020, 21:35:52 »
20 October 3009
New Port Royal (Tortuga Dominions)


 Sergeant Kirby Wallace dumped the last body into the quickly dug mass grave which now held 60 dead pirates. "Cover them quickly and let's join the rest of the platoon."

 He knew the Lieutenant was pissed, but he really did not care. This remote "camp" they had been watching for several days had unsettled every member of his squads stomachs. The final straw had come when several pirates had dragged a couple of girls into a hut, beating down what they assumed was their father when he protested. Speaking a few curses, he had hit the jump jets on his Ferret suit and his squad had followed. Seeing what they were doing, the other squad on the far side of the camp had also charged. The fight had been over in less than 5 minutes. He had personally broken the spine of one of the pirates that had been in the hut with one of the young girls.

 His Lieutenant and the other 2 squads had arrived shortly after and escorted the 167 rescued civilians and led them back into the forest. When the Lieutenant had asked what the hell he was thinking, his only response had been "The strong look out for the weak."

New Haiti (Tortuga Dominions)

 Captain Joshua Clancy could not help but laugh as the heavier Enforcer Battlemech tried as hard as he could to escape the "hidden" death that had claimed the other 3 members of his lance. He brought his Spector up to it's full speed with all of it's stealth equipment running, he passed within 70 meters of the pirate Enforcer and knew he was invisible to the pirate at the controls. Within 2 minutes, he had sped past the Enforcer and entered the dense tree line. He shut down his stealth as the Enforcer entered range and then stepped back into the open.

 Seeing the sudden appearance in front of him, the pirate quickly brought his Enforcer to a dead stop. His war book could not identify the Battlemech in front of him. But it could tell him it was a light Battlemech. Should be no problem, he thought as he let loose a shot with his Large Laser.

 Captain Joshua Clancy easily dodged the shot from the pirate and smiled as he returned fire with his ER Large Laser which stuck true into the Enforcers left leg. A graduate of the Gunslinger School, he knew he had the upper hand and should just end the fight, but he just savored the fight, could be awhile before he got the chance for another. He engaged his stealth and knew he the poor pirate had no clue what he was facing.

 When the Battlemech vanished, both visually and on his sensors, the pirate felt the could hand of death on his shoulder. It was not at all a pleasant feeling. He searched as hard as he could and was surprised when another shot slammed into his Enforcer from behind him. He spun the Enforcer, but nothing was there. He screamed in anger when another shot hit true, this time from his right. Whatever this thing was, it hit like a sledgehammer, it was ripping his armor off in massive sheets. He saw a plume of dust, there you are and he fired, he watched the shot blow a massive tree to pieces instead.

 Time to end this, the Major is going to be pissed as it is, Captain Clancy thought as he placed a carefully aimed shot into the Enforcers rear center torso, coring the Enforcer's engine. He watched the Enforcer fall face first into the dirt, smoke billowing from it's back. When the pirate popped his hatch and made a run for it, he felt nothing at all as he took careful aim and fired. Filthy pirate trash, he thought as he throttled back up to rejoin his company.

Morgan's Holdfast (Tortuga Dominions)

 Paul Durrant looked at the sky and clearly saw the drive plums of a ton of incoming Dropships. He wondered if it was the Federated Suns or Screaming Eagles coming to punish him for the Farnesworth raid, he shrugged his shoulders, does not matter, they were going to be fighting on his turf, and he had a Battalion of hyper advanced Battlemechs to make them pay dearly for coming after him.

 He turned and walked towards the hanger that held his new Pillager. He had taken it out for a few runs around the small training area and had gotten a good feel for it. Now I get to see what this baby can do against live opponent's, he thought with a smile.

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #518 on: 20 November 2020, 23:35:46 »
I think the Hegemony wants their toys back.

They could use this as the cover for something. No idea what it would be a cover for, though.

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #519 on: 21 November 2020, 00:51:06 »
I think the Hegemony wants their toys back.

They could use this as the cover for something. No idea what it would be a cover for, though.
That obsolete piece of junk?
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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #520 on: 21 November 2020, 01:27:39 »
31 October 3009
Morgan's Holdfast (Tortuga Dominion)


 "Shit, does this guy ever miss?" Paul Durrant said to himself as he checked the damage screen in his cockpit. It was not pretty, several locations were down to a hair above 50% armor left. His war book failed to identify the massive Battlemech he was facing, it looked like the biggest Marauder he had ever seen and it was deadly accurate. Why the hell did I openly challenge this guy, he thought as the cold hand of fear slowly gripped him.

 He fired his Pillager's Gauss Rifles and cursed as both shots missed the zigging and zagging Battlemech. It was like the damned pilot could read his mind, Paul thought to himself. He watched the enemy raise it's Gauss Rifles and fire, almost instantly the Pillager seemed to double over as both shots slammed into the center torso and he struggled to keep it on it's feet as the gyro protested the sudden loss of several tons of armor. He had just gotten the Pillager under control when a brace of lasers reached out and removed several more tons of armor. The loss of so much weight was just too much and his Pillager slammed into the ground with a huge crash.

 He checked the damage screen again and cursed, his left leg was gone and the right leg was as thin as a blade of grass. His Pillager had landed on it's side and he could clearly see the enemy Battlemech closing quickly, only 120 meters away. He opened a laser channel to the Battlemech. "I surrender and demand to be treated as a prisoner of war."

 The Battlemech stopped barely 50 meters from his downed Pillager and just stood there. Finally his radio came alive, "Only soldiers merit any decent treatment. Pirates and slavers deserve only death. This is for Farnsworth." He watched both Gauss Rifles shift slightly and then there was nothing. Both Gauss slugs slammed into the Pillager's head, smashing it into the ground under it.

 Master Sergeant Meredith Xi turned her Nightstar NSR-9Jb away from the now headless Pillager and moved to rejoin the fight before the rest of the pirates were destroyed as the 3311st Brigade, 331st Royal Battlemech Divisions ripped them to shreds. He caught sight of Major Tabitha Buckler, slightly behind her Battalions line of advance slowly taking shots as they were given to her. He moved to link up with her and pushed the throttles to 64kph.

 The 3311st Brigade had been given the task of destroying Durrant's Demons Battlemech forces while the other Brigades fanned out across the planet liberating slave camps and other locations identified by the Divisions Aerospace Fighters. It was a task that the 3311st Brigade eagerly performed with deadly precision and skill. They asked for no quarter and they gave none. It did not take the pirates long to realize this and they fought to the last person. The last pirate Battlemech standing, was a badly shredded Battlemaster, it was surrounded by a full Battalion of Crab CRB-33b from the 2nd Battalion, 2nd Battle Regiment, which had quickly overtaken the badly damaged Battlemaster.

 Jillian Mathews knew she was dead. Her Battlemaster had a bum hip and she struggled to keep it upright as she walked. When the enemy had surrounded her, she had halted the Battlemaster. She had never seen so many Crab Battlemechs in one place before, and damned sure she had seen none as deadly as these were. She had watched them rip her lance to pieces at both long range and it was even worse when they moved into close range. She literally had no weapons left, the only ones active were her Machine Guns and she had dumped the ammo at the start of the fight to remove that massive bomb. As she waited for the end, she mentally calculated her odds of rushing one of the silent Crab's before she was taken down. No way, I bet I would not make a single step before they slagged this Battlemaster to nothing, she thought.

 She flipped her radio to an open channel "Come on, get it over with, finish me."

 She did not expect a response, so was startled when one came "Power down and dismount your Mech."

 She sighed, I don't want to hang, hope they just shoot me, she thought as she shut down the power to her Battlemaster. She popped her cockpit hatch and scampered down the chain ladder, dropping the last 5 feet to the ground. She stood as tall and straight as she could, waiting for the killing shot. Her life flashed thru her head. She had been born in the Federated Suns, graduated from Sakhara Academy and had been on a quick rising career in the AFFS, then her commanding officer had raped her and she had shot him the second she had gotten loose. With no witness to stand with her, she had fled the Federated Suns. To survive, she had joined Durrant's Demons. She stayed far away from the slave side of things, and was generally left alone, after she had killed a few unwanted suitors who did not take no as an answer. Now it has all come to a brutal, deadly end.

 She shuddered as she watched a squad of armored figures moving towards her, she had never seen anything like them. She saw a Crab take a step forward and from it's speakers a voice "You fought bravely and honorably, which is surprising. You did not kill our ejected pilot, and even moved to block one of your own from doing so. For that, you will live. You might spend a long time in prison, but you will not die today."
 

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #521 on: 21 November 2020, 07:06:04 »
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« Reply #522 on: 21 November 2020, 07:11:26 »
this is how you social-control the concept of ethics into unethical people. :)
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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #523 on: 21 November 2020, 11:26:37 »
I wonder if they adjusted the prison sentences for Hegemony lifespans. That could be awkward for this poor sap. Of course there is always a work release program if the Wolvies kept bondsmen around. ;D

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #524 on: 21 November 2020, 13:08:03 »
I wonder if they adjusted the prison sentences for Hegemony lifespans. That could be awkward for this poor sap. Of course there is always a work release program if the Wolvies kept bondsmen around. ;D

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #525 on: 22 November 2020, 11:27:33 »
  Well I have to say I' am going like what you did with the add with Jillian Mathews. I wonder if she only Mechwarrior taken alive on Tortuga? Keep up the great work you do Sir.

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #526 on: 22 November 2020, 19:38:49 »
6 November 3009
Morgan's Holdfast (Tortuga Dominions)


 The 331st Royal Battlemech Division had declared the planet secures, though everyone knew there were bound to be pockets of hostiles around, but any organized resistance had ended. Already elements of the Division were loading their Dropships to head for New Port Royal and Fletcher's Feast to secure those worlds. The 31st Infantry Division would be securing Tortuga Prime, New Gascony and New Haiti. The Divisions medical units were busy processing freed prisoners from the many labor camps that had been liberated.

 Lieutenant General Braxton Myers, commander 3311st Brigade, had been seeing to a few of his wounded in the hospital when he heard the shouting from one of the MASH units. He wandered over that way to see what was going on. "I swear to god, you bring me a wounded pirate and I will personally cut his heart from his chest while he is awake on the table!!! I have an entire ward filled with people who have been brutalized beyond imagination. I have children, even babies, that have had things done to them I do not want to even describe. Now get out of my hospital so I can get back to work."

 General Mathew Hallis, commander 331st Royal Battlemech Division, exited the MASH unit and almost ran into Lieutenant General Myers. "Sorry Braxton, did not see you coming in."

 "No problem sir, I take it that was Colonel Cooper screaming I heard." Lieutenant General Myers asked

 "Yeah, he was reading me the riot act. Seems his people are a little worked up from what they have seen. I cannot blame them, I have seen them myself." General Hallis said

 "I heard some of it. I was just in the area seeing to my wounded before we depart for the transports." Lieutenant General Myers replied

 "Not sure I like the idea of breaking the Division apart like this." General Hallis said

 "No need to worry, we can handle anything we find on New Port Royal. I lost 11 Battlemechs taking down Durrant's Demons and they are reported to be the biggest and baddest out here. I am taking 2 Regiments of my Brigade along with a Ferret Regiment to New Port Royal. Colonel Frater is taking his Regiment and a Ferret Regiment to Fletcher's Feast. Intel says there is just over a Regiment of pirate Mechs on New Port Royal along with maybe 2 Regiments of Infantry, Fletcher's Feast has roughly 2 Battalions of Mechs and a Regiment of Infantry." Lieutenant General Myers replied

 "Glad you feel so confident. Anyway, I put in a request for additional Infantry, normal Infantry, to help patrol and garrison these worlds. I will have a Regiment of the 3312th Brigade loaded and waiting aboard a transport in case they are needed. How is that prisoner of yours?" General Hallis asked

 "She is a fountain of information. Intel has confirmed most of what she said from the few other prisoners we took. They confirm that she was an oddball, always protesting the treatment of their prisoners and generally pissing off Durrant with her bitching. He only kept her because she was a damned good Mechwarrior. I am taking her with me, I think she is worth salvaging." Lieutenant General Myers said

 "I read the report, she really placed her Battlemaster between our downed pilot and another pirate mech?" General Hallis asked

 "She did, she allowed her Battlemaster to absorb the shots that would have killed my pilot. That is why she was allowed to live. And to make sure she stays that way, she stay's with my Brigade." Lieutenant General Myers replied

 "Keep her away from Colonel Cooper. If she continues to be of service, we will see about adopting her. But after this campaign." General Hallis said

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #527 on: 22 November 2020, 20:31:58 »
Next scene or so might have ex-pirate Jillian Mathews making certain demands on her captors.  Namely, no guys around her until she feels safe.  Even better is if Colonel Collins is male, and she includes him as part of the people to stay away from her.

Still, with the pirate planet mostly secured, they now have to keep it secured from anyone returning.  With the Warships near the Z/N jump points, any Jumpship that comes in will be secured, preferably after the Dropships have detached.  This will keep all FTL transportation under control of the THiE.  Any excess might be sold to ZaP Shipping, though there will be a few questions about where these well-known Jumpships came from and how they were acquired.

So THiE will have to maintain a permanent presence on the worlds, capturing pirates as they arrive, and dealing with the prisoners.  How will that be done?  Will the prisoners want to return home, stay where they are, or prefer to go with the THiE?  The Federated Suns will soon realize that the rate of pirate attacks in that region is dropping off, and will start to wonder what is going on.  Comstar will soon notice the lack of pirate attack reports, and also be curious.  The Taurian Concordat may notice a drop-off as well and want to investigate, or more likely suspect that Davion will use the freed-up troops to attack them.

The fun part will be getting the pirates to surrender without executing any prisoners on the Dropships.  The THiE would have to get the Dropships to land, the pirates to exit (and separate the prisoners from them), then capture/execute the pirates.  Jillian may be key to this as she can be a familiar and fairly well-known face to whoever is arriving, plus knowing the right lingo so the arrivals don't suspect anything
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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #528 on: 23 November 2020, 05:19:44 »
"making certain demands on her captors."
The insanity of this phrase...

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Re: Fate Can Be Cruel (Part Two)
« Reply #529 on: 27 November 2020, 02:12:13 »
12 November 3009
Morgan's Holdfast (Tortuga Dominion)


 The 3311st Brigade was waiting for the final loads of Infantry to dock with the Jumpships. The Hegemony Armed Forces had moved standard Jumpships into the Dominion for movement to preserve the security of the slip stream transports for long range deployments. Lieutenant General Braxton Myers was in his stateroom with Jillian Mathews going over the various groups still in the Dominions.

 "New Port Royal is the most populated world in the Dominions. There are countless small Lance and Company sized groups there. The biggest group is controlled by the planetary ruler. He control's a full Battlemech Battalion and several Armor and Infantry Regiments. They are pure bully boys and thugs. The next group is Kramer's killers, slavers. He runs a reinforced Battlemech Company and about a Regiment of Infantry. You should have no problems with either of those.

 The ones you will have to watch out for are Barker's Bombers. Those folks are pure professional's. Excellent raiders. They despise slavers and refuse to take prisoners on their raids for the slave trade. Last word I had, they ran 2 Battlemech Company's and just under a Battalion of Infantry. Used to be a merc unit until they got setup and black balled in the Inner Sphere. Wish I had linked up with them instead of Durrant's folks, but I picked the wrong planet to run to.

 The rest, well I have no clue. Probably a bunch of the smaller groups got stranded there. They will not be a problem for your people to take apart. Hell, they will probably shoot at each other just as much as they shoot at you. I honestly don't know about many of the other groups out here. They are always coming and going." Jillian Mathews said

 "So you think Barker's Bombers will be our main problem?" Lieutenant General Braxton Myers asked

 "Oh yeah. Expect hit and run from them. They will do everything in their power to keep from getting boxed in or dragged into a stand and fight situation. Like I said, they are pure professional's. You need a water purification system, you send them after it. Odds are, you will get it, intact and they will have taken low losses getting it. I don't think I ever heard of them failing. Durrant hated them, seems he tried to get them to join him a while back, got told that it would be a cold day in hell before they worked with slavers or anyone who dealt with slavers. But he never, not once went after them." Jillian Mathews said

 Lieutenant General Braxton Myers leaned back and let this information soak in. He wanted to end the campaign as quickly as he could. I wonder of I can swing this Barker's Bombers to lay down their weapons, he thought silently.