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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1440 on: 07 March 2019, 20:10:57 »
Nice update!  So far no Aerospace pilot training yet or is that done at Pattonsburg?  Its nice to see the Boss thinking of how much civilian shipping they will need in the Outer March.  And where will Scott hide Plan B for the just in case scenario?   

On a different note, if Scott is not in a hurry to get married so he can create a heir, maybe Clan Nova Cat can help?   lol   ;D 8)
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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1441 on: 07 March 2019, 20:23:03 »
sounds like Mackolla should be the home for a new Naval academy , while on Bamburgh a new Aerospace academy should also be established for that branch of the AFFC Armed Forces .
just my two cents worth

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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1442 on: 07 March 2019, 22:30:47 »
Nice update, as always!  Kommandant O'Malley has a nice ring to it...  ^-^

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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1443 on: 07 March 2019, 23:22:20 »
good to see that they are increasing the number of jumpship's in his area.  I wonder how long it is going to take before shipping companies and small and medium sized mercenary units send orders for Merchant class ships and the like. 

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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1444 on: 07 March 2019, 23:54:53 »
 15 October 3062
       Tortuga Prime


  Duke Scott Mitchell had arrived after linking up with the Clan Nova Cat command circuit of 4 Jumpships. After several trips via command circuit, he decided it was the only way to travel the stars. Even if the multiple jumps were a little rough on a person, it really sped up travel time. Now, he was on the surface once again awaiting the all clear for the dropships ramp to open up. He was anxious to get on with whatever Khan Carns wanted to discuss, he had a bunch to do with the last of the FRR refugee's due to arrive in less than a month's time. Then February 3063 would see the first of the tidal wave descend upon the Outer March, almost 25 million people.

  Finally, the all clear was given and the ramp began lowering. As it reached eye level for Scott, he could see Khan Carns and what had to be 2 full Clusters of Clan Nova Cat formed up. Scott walked down the ramp and rapidly closed the distance to the aging Khan of Clan Nova Cat. Scott held out his hand as he neared Khan Carns, who shook the offered hand.

 "Duke Mitchell, welcome to Tortuga Prime. Thank you for answering my call for a meeting." Khan Carns said

 "It's Scott, to you it is always Scott. Khan Carns, why the guard force, you don't trust e anymore?" Scott asked in jest

 "Ah, the assembled warriors? Why this is the first of several surprises I have in store for you Scott. In recognition of the sacrifice your forces made here on Tortuga Prime and in all the freely given offers of support and assistance, I, Khan Carns of Clan Nova Cat gift to you the 57th Nova Cat Regulars and the 6th Nova Cat Regulars. I am sad to report that Clan Nova Cat could not properly outfit them with Omni Mechs nor proper Dropships. My second surprise is that Clan Nova Cat will provide replacement warriors to maintain these 2 Clusters at full strength at all times." Khan Carns decreed

 Scott was speechless, he did not even know what to say or think. "Khan Carns, this is too much. I do not know what to say."

 "I believe the proper term is still thank you." Khan Carns said with a slight smile

 "Thank you I guess. But, now it is my turn if you want to play this game. I, Duke Scott Mitchell of the Outer March, CEO of Mitchell Aerospace and Shipyards and a slew of other enterprises that we have not yet named officially do hereby gift to Clan Nova Cat all the Omni Mechs they need." Scott declared

 "Scott, how can you provide Omni Mechs to Clan Nova Cat? Do not dishonor yourself making a pledge that is not viable." Khan Carns said with a disappointed tone in his voice

 "Ah, but I can fulfill that promise Khan Carns. I have a fully operational Mech Factory and the ability to produce Omni Mechs to full Clan specs. We currently produce Kingfisher, Summoner, Ice Ferret, Stormcrow and have the ability to produce Cougar, Timber Wolf, Hellbringer, Turkina, Night Gyr, Battle Cobra, Shadow Cat and Adder. We can also produce second line Clan mechs, Incubus, Highlander IIC, Conjurer, Guillotine IIC and a Clan Wolf special build that we put into mass production the Wolfhound IIC. I also offer to Clan Nova Cat the use of my shipyards to help in maintaining your fleets." Scott re-affirmed.

 This time, it was Khan Carns' turn to be speechless. Here he had thought he was repaying a debt and now he did not know what to do. Scott sensed the sudden uneasiness descend on Khan Carns.

 "Khan Carns, my gift to you and your Clan is freely given. I want nothing more than to be a friend to Clan Nova Cat. We are neighbors after all. The better friends we are, the less likely chance there is of a misunderstanding between our people. I also hope it will help Clan Nova Cat adjust to their new place in the Inner Sphere and how to interact with the people here not as occupiers but as fellow citizens of the Star League." Scott said

 "I see, thank you for clarifying this Scott. Now for my 3rd surprise for you, this will take some time, but you will now accompany me to our hospital. There, Clan Nova Cat doctors will heal your injury and you will once again be able to pilot a mech if you so desire." Khan Carns said

 "Khan Carns, the AFFC doctors were quite clear, the injury is permanent. It cannot be healed." Scott protested

 "Maybe to their doctors, but not to Clan Nova Cat doctors. We can heal your injury. You will be here at least 3 months under their supervision." Khan Carns said

 "I cannot be away that long, there is too much to do." Scott protested a bit stronger

 "Scott, we do this the easy way or I will command a Point of Elementals to "escort" you to the hospital. Your dropship captain is right behind you on the ramp, he can inform your people of what the delay is." Khan Carns said

 Scott knew he was beaten, he did not really like it though. Though the thought of once again piloting a Battlemech was glorious, he also knew that he was needed in the Outer March, so much was happening there. He nodded to the Khan and then to his dropship captain. He followed Khan Carns to the awaiting ground car.

 Terra

  Commanding General Cocus of the SLDF was putting the final touches on his plan to evict Clan Smoke Jaguar. He had labored hard over this plan, assisted by Combine and AFFC officers. The plan they had come up with was overwhelming. If people thought the ejection of Clan Jade Falcon and Clan Steel Viper was quick, wait until we unleash Operation Neutered Jaguar. We are going to cut the balls off Clan Smoke Jaguar in record time. They only had 3 waves planned. It would be massive.

 Operation Neutered Jaguar

 First Wave Targets

 Kiamba- 1st Genyosha, 1st Kestrel Grenadiers, 11th SLDF Division
 Tarazed- 2nd Genyosha, 3rd Donegal Guards RCT, St. Ives Cheveau Legers,
 Port Arthur- 1st Davion Guards RCT, 5th Sword of Light, 17th Benjamin Regulars
 Asgard- 250th SLDF Division, 3rd Proserpina Hussars
 Yamarovka- 8th Alshain Avengers, 9th SLDF Division, V Legio
 Hyner- Alpha Galaxy Clan Nova Cat
 Kabah- Delta Galaxy Clan Nova Cat
 Stapelfield- Sigma Galaxy Clan Nova Cat
 Marshdale- Ryuken-ni, 244th SLDF Division, 1st Canopian Cuirassiers, 2nd Canopian Cuirassiers
 Outer Volta- 8th Sword of Light, 39th SLDF Division, 2nd Taurian Lancers, 1st Taurian Lancers
 Labrea- Alpha Galaxy Clan Wolf in Exile
 Byesville- 143rd SLDF Division, 323rd SLDF Division, 1st Proserpina Hussars
 
 Wave Two would be conducted by follow on forces jumping into the recently invaded systems and moving thru them to their targets before they are even retaken.

 Wave Two Targets

 Luzerne- 208th SLDF Division, 3rd Davion Guards RCT, Ryuken-roku
 Savinsville- 79th SLDF Division, 6th Lyran Guards RCT, 3rd Benjamin Regulars
 Albiero- 2nd Dieron Regulars, 8th Dieron Regulars, 22nd Dieron Regulars
 Bangor- 1st Robinson Rangers, 2nd Donegal Guards RCT, 3rd Royal Guards RCT
 Jeronimo- Alpha Galaxy Clan Nova Cat (non committed Clusters in Wave One)
 Coudoux- Delta Galaxy Clan Nova Cat (non committed Clusters in Wave One)
 Virentofta- Sigma Galaxy Clan Nova Cat (non committed Clusters in Wave One)
 
 Wave 3 would await results on Wave One and Wave Two assaults. Follow on forces would strike ever deeper into the Jaguar occupation zone. Clan Nova Cats Xi Galaxy would be held as the invasions reaction force. Many of the AFFC and Combine forces were also slated to boost defenses in case of a counter attack by the Jaguars.

 Operation Neutered Jaguar would begin May 1, 3063.
 
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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1445 on: 08 March 2019, 00:13:45 »
what forces will be opposite?
Daniels Avenger                Clan Coyote
General Jennifer Daniels    Galaxy Commander Jim Skyes
                                        Omicron Galaxy
Clan Wolf in Exile
328th Assault Cluster(the Lion Hearted)
Star Captain James Sword

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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1446 on: 08 March 2019, 00:15:34 »
 As in Jaguar defenders? If so, these will be historical Operation Bulldog defenders on target worlds.
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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1447 on: 08 March 2019, 00:40:29 »
It's a bit of time to be away, but well worth it for Scott I think.


What about the other forces stationed in the Outer March? Can Scott upgrade these units?

 Anjin Muerto CrMM to be reclassed Anjin Muerto OMM
 Broken Wheel CrMM to be reclassed Broken Wheel OMM
 First Argyle Lancers already based on Skepptana
 Mararn Crucis March Militia to be reclassed Mararn OMM
 10th FedCom RCT

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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1448 on: 08 March 2019, 03:19:40 »
 1 November 3062
   Tortuga Prime
 

  Scott awoke feeling extremely groggy and when he tried to sit up he felt a wave of dizziness wash over him. He laid back again and reached, his head wash covered in thick bandages. Damn, what did they do to me. The last thing he remembered was being wheeled into the surgical ward and then now. Slowly, he realized he was not alone in the room. The bandages prevented him from turning his head enough to see who was in the room with him.

 He tried to ask who was there but only a croak emerged from his mouth, damn he had a serious case of cotton mouth. Magically, a straw was gingerly placed in his mouth and he took a sip, nice cold water. He continues to drink from the straw. Then it was taken away, he heard the muffled sound of water being poured into a glass. A soft noise signaled a motor being activated and the bed began very slowly adjusting to a somewhat sitting position. He heard a chair being shifted and then he saw her, he noticed her eyes first, a very bright green, they seemed to pierce right into his soul. Damn she is beautiful.

 She was dressed in surgical scrubs, but so was almost everyone else he had seen in this hospital. He tried to focus on her name plate "Twyla" it read. She held up the glass of water and he slightly nodded a yes, again the straw was gingerly placed at his lips and he sucked the water down as best he could. Finally he figured he would try to speak again, this time actual words came out.

 "Thank you, may I ask who you are?" Scott asked

 "I am Twyla, I have been assigned by Khan Carns to see to your needs at all times while you are recovering from surgery." She said

 Damn, her voice is a beautiful as she is physically. "Are you a doctor?" He asked

 "I am the surgeon who performed your surgery. You will recover fully. You will pilot a mech again." Twyla answered as she stood up "It is time to change your bandages." He watched her move to a small cabinet and remove several rolls of fresh bandages. When she returned to his bedside, she placed used one hand to cup his chin and hold his head perfectly still as she carefully unwound the bandages covering his head. Her hands are so soft, damn she smells good.

 "Your healing very well, another week and we will be able to get you up and moving around." Twyla said

 How about I just stay here in bed and let you take care of me forever? Scott thought to himself, he inhaled as deeply as he could, filling his head and senses with her fragrance. Wow, I could live with that scent the rest of my life. Since she held his head gently but firmly, he could see just the bottom of her chin, her neck, and almost, almost some cleavage. But not quite. Damn.

 For several minutes, all he could do was look forward and study what he could see. He could detect not a blemish on what appeared to be the softest skin ever to grace mankind. Form what he could see, she was flawless. Then she released his chin and very gently allowed his head to return to the pillow where it had been. She stepped back and she shot him the most beautiful smile he had ever seen, Katherine Steiner Davion and her mother Melissa Steiner were famous for their smiles, he had been on the receiving end of them, but this woman's smile beat both of theirs in his opinion.

 "It is time to start you on some solid foods, I think mashed potatoes, and maybe a bowl of stew for today. We will see how you handle that and adjust as we go forward." Twyla told him

 "Your the boss Twyla." Scott said, you can tell me what to do forever, I could listen to your voice forever.

 Then it hit him, he had to go to the bathroom. Oh shit, panic started to overtake him. "Twyla, I uh need a..."

 "To use the bathroom? I can assist you." She said as she moved to the bedside

 As she reached under the sheets, the panic became a full blown terror. Then she touched him, sweet jesus her hands are soft, but he could not hold I back any longer, the relief was instantaneous. He could not stop the "ahhh" from escaping his throat. He saw her smile again at hearing it. Dammit, I am useless right now, this is so embarrassing. When he finally finished, she looked at him with that smile "Feel better?" All he could do was smile and nod.

 8 November 3062

 The last week had passed much faster than Scott realized. Twyla answered his questions but never volunteered anything. She was always so nice and gentle with her touch. That first night after he had awakened, he had been startled when he discovered that she had been staying in the bed next to his. Damn, she takes her orders or patients seriously. Only once had he been awake as she got out of bed and moved to the small bathroom, she wore a simple, what looked like a long shirt to him. The starlight coming in thru the window cast just enough light that he could see her legs, perfectly sculpted, firm and muscular, but not overly. Damn they looked so soft and sexy.

 Twyla had told him she had been born on Barcella in the Clan Home Worlds. She was not a Trueborn but had been a natural birth. She had been selected for training as a doctor at a early age and was only 26 years old. Her expertise was in neuro surgery, but was also a trauma surgeon. Yesterday had been the first time she had allowed him to attempt to get out of bed, but with her assistance. Today, they were outside in the cool but warm sunlight of the very nicely sculpted garden on the hospital grounds.

 "Twyla, where is Khan Carns? I have not seen him since I went under for surgery." Scott asked

 "The Khan is accompanying the Clan Nova Cat forces for the upcoming offensive against Clan Smoke Jaguar. saKhan West is about 2 months away. He is returning with several million of our lower caste and their Clan Diamond Shark escorts. Your Prince Davion had granted them access to travel across his nation to us here and the use of recharge stations along the way to speed their arrival." She responded

 "So he left me in your care while he is away. I wish I could have said goodbye and thank you before he left. Can you get a message to my dropship, I assume it is still here?" He asked

 "Yes, I can arrange a message to your ship or even have the captain brought here to you." Twyla answered

 "Even better, yes, I would like the captain to be brought here, I need to send a message to my folks back home." Scott said

 "I will make the arrangements." She said

 Three hours later, Commander Manny Solis was let into his room. He seemed a little nervous.

 "What's wrong Manny, why so jittery?" Scott asked

 "Sorry sir, it is just all those damned Elementals. When they got word that you wanted to see me, I must not have been moving fast enough to suit them, they damned near carried me to the car and escorted me up here. Big damned folks." Manny replied

 Scott had to smile, he had a mental image of several Elementals frog marching Manny to the car and then up here. "Relax, we are among friends. Move faster next time. Now, any word from back home?"

 "I brought the faxes with me, all of them since you have been out cold anyway." Manny replied as he handed over a thick folder. Scott put it aside for now.

 "Send a message to Mackolla, I want a Monolith LF loaded up with 4 Overlord C and 4 Sassanid. Get them to Bamburgh and await further orders. Now, I never got to meet the commanders of those Clusters that were gifted. You met them?" Scott said

 "Oh yeah, I have met them. Star Colonel Bill Leroux commands the 6th Nova Cat Regulars and is the ranking officer overall, very serious dude. The commander of the 57th Nova Cat Regulars is Star Colonel Sara Demarque." Manny said

 "Okay, head back and send the messages, ask the Star Colonels to come see me in the morning if you would please." Scott said

 "No problem sir. Any idea when we will be heading back home?" Manny asked

 "I am told not for another month at the earliest, more likely 2 months." Scott answered

 9 November 3062

 At precisely 9am a knock on the door caused Twyla to stand and walk over to the door. Opening it, she stepped back as Star Colonel Bill Leroux and Star Colonel Sara Demarque entered the room. Both stopped short of the bed where Scott was reclining after his morning physical therapy and assumed a rigid position of attention. Sensing they were about to do the entire "reporting as ordered" bit, Scott decided to cut them off.

 "Please, take a sit. You must be Star Colonel Bill Leroux and Star Colonel Sara Demarque. I am a bit tired, the physical therapy kicked my butt today. I am sorry I did not have time to meet either of you before I went under the knife here. First, Welcome to the Mackolla Defense Force. Now, since Khan Carns and saKhan West are not around, I need your input. What is Clan Nova Cats preferred Omni Mechs from this list?" Scott said as he handed over the list he held

 Star Colonel Bill Leroux was the one to speak first after looking the list over "Sir, Clan Nova Cat uses all Omni Mech designs. The Shadow Cat is Clan Nova Cats design but until their factory here is online, they are in short suppy. No telling when we will be able to build our Omni's again."

 "Oh, and what is the hold up? I am curious, they way you said that means there is a major problem." Scott asked

 "There is a serious problem, these worlds, though rich in many ores and metals are severly lacking in the types needed for production of our engines." Star Colonel Bill Leroux answered

 Well, now. I just happen to know about a huge supply of that very stuff. Scott thought to himself. Out loud he said "Okay, and how about both of your Clusters? How are we equipped?"

 "The 6th Nova Cat Regulars have 6 Binary's in it. 5 Binary's are Supernova Binary's and the 6th is a Aerospace Binary. We are fully outfitted with Omni Mechs and Omni Fighters. 50 Omni Mechs, 250 Elementals and 20 Aerospace Pilots." Star Colonel Bill Leroux answered

 "The 57th Nova Cat Regulars are not as well off as the 6th Nova Cat, but we at full strength. I have 6 Trinary's assigned, 3 Mech, 2 Elemental and 1 Aerospace. All of our equipment is second line. 45 Mechs, 150 Elementals and 30 Aerospace Fighters." Star Colonel Sara Demarque

 "Okay, I am curious, is what kind of Mechs and Aerospace Fighters are you using in the 57th Star Colonel Demarque?" Scott asked

 "Our main mech if the Conjurer, I have 20 of them in my Cluster at this time. I do have 5 Supernova's. The Aerospace fighters are several types, but I have 10 Hydaspes in my Trinary. Very powerful fighter." Star Colonel Sara Demarque replied

 "Okay, we get home, we will outfit your Cluster with Omni Mechs. Now, how are your troops handling all of this?" Scott asked

 "We go where we are told. Both of our Clusters were gifted to you, it does not matter how anyone feels about this." Star Colonel Bill Leroux answered

 "Well, it matters to me Star Colonel Leroux. This is going to be quite a culture shock for your troops." Scott said

 Before anhyone else could speak, Twyla interrupted "He needs his rest Star Colonel's. This can continue later if he chooses, but now he needs to rest."

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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1449 on: 08 March 2019, 03:21:07 »
It's a bit of time to be away, but well worth it for Scott I think.


What about the other forces stationed in the Outer March? Can Scott upgrade these units?

 Anjin Muerto CrMM to be reclassed Anjin Muerto OMM
 Broken Wheel CrMM to be reclassed Broken Wheel OMM
 First Argyle Lancers already based on Skepptana
 Mararn Crucis March Militia to be reclassed Mararn OMM
 10th FedCom RCT

  Possibly, the OMM units he would have better luck with, the 10th FedCom RCT and 1st Argyle Lancers probably not so much.

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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1450 on: 08 March 2019, 05:15:13 »
Yeah I figured the OMM units should be easy, not so much the federal troops. Just curious how you might handle it. I was thinking rotating front line units in/out, upgrade the mechs and train the techs to maintain it, then send them on their way. Would be a heck of a business for Scott and co.


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« Reply #1451 on: 08 March 2019, 10:07:26 »
At least he's going to be able to pilot a 'mech again.  Enforcing a 3 month absence will be hard on how things are running back in his March.

And it seems Yvonne has competition...  ^-^

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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1452 on: 08 March 2019, 17:57:40 »
It is a good thing that there are not a whole lot of "Court" people yet in the Outer March, because this 3 month forced vacation might have caused trouble.

and way to go Scott 1 upping Khan Carns thank you gift!!!

and soon we will have to start The Quest part 2

"For the Angel of Death spread his wings on the blast, And breathed in the face of the foe as he passed:And the eyes of the sleepers waxed deadly and chill, And their hearts but once heaved, and for ever grew still!"

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Re: The Quest
« Reply #1453 on: 08 March 2019, 18:02:53 »
I hadn't thought about that... the page count is up to 30 for me, so the mods may be along shortly to lock the thread.

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« Reply #1454 on: 08 March 2019, 19:52:56 »
 Neither had I, I guess I will go ahead and start the new thread as I work on the newest post.