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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #210 on: 17 February 2017, 02:49:02 »
Good to have your own transport. O0
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #211 on: 17 February 2017, 17:32:25 »
They do indeed. And dealing with them leaves a bad taste in your mouth...

(For non-Australians,Tooheys is a brand of beer here. Rather cheap and nasty beer)


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #212 on: 20 February 2017, 17:49:10 »
Benji will take the place vacated by Lottie in the Fire lance. He will be driving the. Welty captured Blakist Archer and is a veteran warrior warrior.

Benji Sukumaran is a former ComGuard mechwarrior who departed the Order in early 3072 following years of disappointment and disillusion.
Born on the Terran continent of Australia, Sukumaran was the youngest child of two ComStar Adepts and from an early age was encouraged to join the Order.
His two older sisters both took their vows as soon as they came of age but Benji rebelled and spent his teenage years travelling Terra, working as a tracker, tour guide, adventure sport instructor and occasional bodyguard across some of the planet's few remaining wild areas, including the Amazon, the Australian outback, the Russian steppes and even the arctic circle.
At age 19, the Word of Blake came and conquered Terra. Sukumaran was initially neutral until he witnessed violent crackdowns on civil liberties first hand in Prague.
Later he would learn his parents had perished in a "re-education" camp.
While he fled off world by smuggling himself out, his sisters readily joined with the Blakists.

Eager to retake his homeworld, Sukumaran made his way into the Lyran Alliance and joined ComStar, eagerly volunteering for the ComGuards.
Assigned to the 198th Division, Acolyte Sukumaran saw action during OPERATION BULLDOG and later against the Jade Falcons during the FedCom Civil War - but his constant railing against higher ups who he claimed refused to take the Blakist threat seriously eventually saw him reassigned to the 12th Army's 116th Division.
The outing as the very Primus as a Blakist in 3068 almost saw him quit, but the chance of striking back kept him with the ComGuards - finally finally getting his chance on Donegal where he accounted for four Robes, including a Shadow, in his Kintaro.

Seeking to keep up the fight rather than return to Arc Royal for R&R, he deserted after Donegal and signed with the Cavaliere.

Big, dark skinned and quick with a joke or to buy a round, inside the former Acolyte burns with his own personal vendetta.


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #213 on: 20 February 2017, 17:58:38 »
We're also rounding out our aero contingent - but 2nd Flight will remain on Galatea as part of the training element.

Lena Goldsmith was born on Robinson, the FedSuns' hub of the Jewish faith to a devout family with a long service of service to the FedSuns. Picked as fighter pilot material early on, she was part of the initial intake of the 3rd Robinson Rangers fighter wing and soon become a vocal and ardent Katherine loyalist. Even the defeat on New Avalon didn't dampen that support - but the subsequent invasion by the Word of Blake did see her quietly slip away with her SPR-7D Sparrowhawk, reckoning the rest of the Steiner-Davion brood had it coming.
An excellent pilot, she's also a massive diva and treats her wingman and techs like her own personal property.

Boris Jackenzo doesn't speak about his background. Or how he got his SYD-Z1. Occasionally, he'll let slip (in his thick Russian accent) that he was born on Epslion Indi and that he fought on that world during the Chaos March skirmishes.
Oddly, he fits the description of Nicholas Kiev a former Lieutenant in the Epslion Indi Protectorate Militia's fighter detachment who was officially classed as MIA in 3071 during a routine training exercise. Kiev had taken part in numerous anti pirate and counter insurgency operations since his homeworld joined the Protectorate in 3068 but had repeatedly been reprimanded for his outspoken comments about their Blakist "overlords".
He's Goldsmith's wingman.

Eryn Calosso is the 18-year-old daughter of the unit's master at arms and former Locust pilot Jorge and his wife (senior tech) Krystal. Determined to avenge her sister Georgia's death and kill as many Blakists as possible, she's a decent but green pilot.
Like her sister, Eryn is a blonde Amazonian beauty courtesy of her Kendall genetics and seemed determined to horrify her parents by getting an inordinate amount of tattoos and piercings as soon as she came of age on Galatea's infamous strip.
But she's also a master with a verity of bladed weapons - ranging from throwing knives to the katana - courtesy of her tutelage under first her father and later the enigmatic tank commander Saladin.
She pilots one of the newly captured Transgressors in 1st Flight as Mira Fowler-Jenkins' wingman.

Mira Fowler-Jenkins Commands the Cavaliere's aero contingent. She's a changed woman since her husband's death.
That union conceived a child just weeks before her husband was killed fighting the Lyrans in 3068 and she's spent the past few years tending to young Henry.
Reserved and shy, Fowler rarely speaks now but has proved she's still as formidable as ever at the controls of her Transgressor.


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #214 on: 20 February 2017, 19:34:51 »
You do know Felix can now probable win a arm-wrestling contest with an Elemental left handedly...

But otherwise, how goes it...

I do have a 3040-era pirate unit with concealed employers. Nothing too fancy, Vector Motors is the name.

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #215 on: 20 February 2017, 22:34:02 »
We're hitting Saiph in the Protectorate Next - so the Canned Heat Mercenary battalion and Protectorate Militia are our next opponents


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #216 on: 21 February 2017, 19:30:59 »
*******INTEL_REPORT_0001_APRIL21_3072******

Saiph once formed the junior partner in its titular Chaos March protostate, but resentment against New Canton's interference (as well as a growing Pro-Liao insurgency) saw it secede and join the growing Blakist Protectorate in 3067.
That year saw the rise of the Saiph Citizens Alliance - formerly an insurgency group, the SCA used growing discontent with New Canton to turn legitimate and pick in several parliamentary seats. A series of scandals rocked the tottering Saiphense government and saw them defeated in a landslide.

The newly elected SCA took no time inviting the Blakists in to "assist them in making the planet safer". Within months, the Word had taken over planetary defence, communications and foreign policy.

The planet's defences are maintained jointly by the Saiph Protectorate Militia and the Canned Heat indigenous Mercenary command.
Formed amid the fires of the Chaos March, the Heat has benefitted  greatly from, Blakist training, supply and leadership.
A mech battalion, backed by a conventional battalion, the Heat is key to the planet's defence, including a garrison at the sprawling Sitwell Corporation's industrialmech plant and several outlying forward operating bases.

The Protectorate Militia division has concentrated mainly on anti-insurgency and security operations since it was formed and relies heavily on infantry and vehicles, with only two Demi companies worth of Battlemechs.
Interestingly, the Militia has recently acquired a battalion of security troops on exchange from the Liberty Protectorate Militia. Specialists in intelligence gathering, interrogation and counter insurgency, this unit has had a string of successes against rebel forces and seems to excel at obtaining intelligence from captured insurgents via creative interrogation techniques.

Opposition: Saiph's government is engaged in operations against two rebel groups - one backed by us and the other by House Liao.
The group we support is nominally the remains of the former government in exile and consists of elements of the former militia, a handful of Canned Heat deserters and volunteers.
The insurgency consists of little more than three Battlemechs, about a company of irregular infantry and some older tanks ill suited for these kinds of operations.

The Capellans backed unit is rumoured to number several companies worth of infantry and a handful of older battle armour. They apparently lack mech support but seem to posses several artillery pieces they've used to shell the capital and Blakist positions.
So far, we have had little success with reaching out to the Capellans in an effort to cooperate.

Objective: Mercenary forces will infiltrate Saiph (suggested landing sites are attached, including the Greater Mao Basin region) and carry out attacks against on world forces, primarily harassing and rendering the Canned Heat Mercenary unit combat ineffective.
Our hope is that by taking the Heat out of the fight or at least reducing its overall effectiveness, Saiph's defences will be degraded, pacing the way for further operations.

********ENDS**************

We came down on Saiph and managed to hide the ships in this big, broad basin filled with dense jungle.
It appears orbital watch is not the Protectorate Militia's primary concern and we easily managed to avoid detection.
While the Colonel was keen to link up with any on world resistance, we quickly got word they had been delayed and were out of position.
Rather than sit around - he decided to go hunting.
There was a Canned Heat manned fire base on the lip of the basin so we started making all kinds of noise - sent our fighters up, easily got noticed marching mechs along ridge lines, etc.
Pretty soon, the defenders were out in force looking for us - that's when we struck.

We left Fire Lance with the droppers and the Colonel reorganised us - I'd take all the non-jumpers and advance straight down the highway towards the base. He and the remaining jumping mechs went bush.

I can't imagine the Canned Heat jocks' faces when they saw three Awesomes and a Bandersnatch charging down the road towards them! Well they started to sight their arty on us, drag around field guns and they were even scrambling a lance of tanks when from the jungle one of their patrols staggered right into us - this poor scout lance suddenly found itself right in our guns, while their own comrades started dropping shells on them!

And that's when Felix and his jumpers came sailing over the compound's walls.
It was pretty one sided - half the scout lance was down in minutes, but one damn Nightsky turned out to have the devil's own luck. It was leaping among us, hacking with its odd shaped axe. Angela Edith went toe to toe - and the damn medium damn near ripped her apart.

Meanwhile, the colonel's lance had destroyed half the base, a whole lance of heavy armour and he'd downed a Banshee - the 95 tonner came boiling out of the mechbays and ran straight into his MAD-II.

I offered the Nightsky jock the chance to power down - we'd holed it a dozen times and it was now facing all four of us.
She surrendered - and then amazingly made us an offer to change sides.

Things kept getting better as we secured the base - the Banshee was driven by the Heat's XO for mech operations, a Captain Richard McCormick. We grabbed the two prisoners, threw the two captured mechs on a prime mover (the Banshee's missing a leg and we weren't letting the turncoat pilot her machine just yet) and rigged the compound to blow.

The Heat must have lost close to a company of armour and artillery, two mechs and another two totally destroyed. And worst of all - some valuable personnel.
I think the Word is going to know we were here!
- Captain Joe Paige


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #217 on: 21 February 2017, 19:48:02 »
How's the Arm doing? And what's keeping you from really using it? Need some more Whisper action? I can make a leg or another part...

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #218 on: 21 February 2017, 19:52:52 »
How's the Arm doing? And what's keeping you from really using it? Need some more Whisper action? I can make a leg or another part...

TT  O:-)

How do you mean "really using it"?


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #219 on: 21 February 2017, 20:10:02 »
Circle of Equals... what else?  8)

No... I jest, what I mean is who or what is going to feel Felix's cold steel fist.

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #220 on: 21 February 2017, 22:06:19 »
Circle of Equals... what else?  8)

No... I jest, what I mean is who or what is going to feel Felix's cold steel fist.

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Ha! Purely from a storytelling perspective I actually have a little idea for later - what happens when Felix is betrayed? And what happens when the betrayer forgets what lurks in that metal arm?

That said - if he ever punches out, I pity the infantrymen who try and capture himself...


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #221 on: 26 February 2017, 20:01:10 »
Does it ever stop raining on Saiph?
- journal entry, Major Joe Paige, May 3072

The Robes' quisling mercs the Canned Heat have been bloodied a second time, by elements of Alys Marik's brave resistance!
Using the heavy rain and thick jungles to their advantage, a lance each of Battlemechs and hovercraft from the  Cavalli’s Cavaliere struck at a Heat column moving along Highway 6.

Rising from the dense jungle and even appearing from a nearby river, the Cavaliere destroyed two mechs and forced a lance of tanks to surrender. Two more Canned Heat tanks were seen fleeing into the jungle.

These canny jungle fighters travel light and  paused on,y long enough to sabotage or destroy the surrended tanks before vanishing back into the driving rain.

While, we are loathe to give our occupiers any intelligence, we understand the victorious unit was from the mercenary's Fire Lance.

As always, maintain the fight!

Propaganda message played on repeat via pirate satellite, Saiph.




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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #222 on: 26 February 2017, 22:23:17 »
Sitwell Corporation today - a primer
Despite its dubious beginnings (amid allegations of fraud, theft and corporate intrigue) Sitwell has grown to be one of the success stories of the former Chaos March.
Benefitting from extensive funds injections from the Word of Blake since Saiph joined the Protectorate in 3067 and a major upgrade of facilities in 3070, Sitwell has gone from strength to strength.

Located approximately 48km west of Saiph's capital, the main plant is accessible by a hover rail, recently installed by the Word of Blake government. Previously, most of the plant's workforce lived on site in worker housing.
Additionally, while the plant can drawn power from several on site diesel generators, most of the energy is supplied from the SouthWest Fusion Generator in the capital. Y the means of an underground pipeline.

Ten metres wide, this concrete pipeline only breaks the surface in two spots (one inside the city limits and one some 25km out from the Sitwell facility) before reaching its destination
Previously, this pipeline was notorious unreliable but the Word invested significant monies in hardening and upgrading the line as well as diverting its path so it was better concealed and protected.

More than 2000 employees commute to the Sitwell complex every day, in fee shifts, seven days a week as work continues around the clock. Another two hundred or so live on site in barracks style housing.
Most of these are security or vital firefighting crews.

Job applications can be sent HERE or candidates can peruse our vacancies HERE.


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #223 on: 26 February 2017, 22:25:09 »
Audio intercepted by Word of Blake Protectorate Militia 2nd Security Battalion

Voice one (female, husky but still obviously young. Possible Capellan/Sarna March accent):
Zero Alpha this is Mockingbird, come in Zero Alpha. Over.

Voice two: (bored sounding, older male. Possible Taurian or FedSuns Outback - but he's tried to lose it)
Come in Mockingbird, I read you loud and clear. Send SITREP. Over.

Voice one: Zero, this is Mockingbird. Have reached LOC. Say again, Mockingbird is in position.

Voice two: Rodger that Mockingbird. Can you give us an eyes? Over.

Voice one: zero, Mockingbird. Put me into Sunray. Out.

Voice two: Mockingbird, that's a no. I've got Sunray Minor here. Over

Voice three (male and gruff. Again, probably FedSuns accent. Maybe Crucis March)
Mockingbird, this is Sunray Minor. Please give your report, over

Voice two (almost interrupting over the top): Get off the Comms, Paigey. I want the organ grinder, not the monkey. Put the Colonel on. Over.

Long pause

(Note: during this time, we were able to triangulate the initial broadcaster's location to just outside the wire at Junction Station Two - the site where the power line to the Sitwell Complex breaks ground)

Voice four (this one is very deep and male): Mockingbird, this is Sunray Actual. Report

Voice one: Sunray, Mockingbird. I'm at the LOC. I can see maybe 15-20 PBIs walking around. No sign of any heavy equipment or vehicles.
There's probably another couple inside the buildings. Over.

Voice four: Good work Mockingbird. Fall back and be ready for us. Sunray, out.

Note: after this radio interception, Canned Heat's Major Bob Smith scrambled a company of his mechs under his XO Captain Shella Handley, plus his personal command lance and set out for Junction 2. Precentor Hau insisted on sending elements of his Protectorate Militia's security battalion along.


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« Reply #224 on: 27 February 2017, 20:33:05 »
Those Protectorate Militia boys are really going to have to look at how they gather electronic intelligence - shame it's too late to save the Canned Heat.
Our little ruse worked - drawing off the Heat's command element to the junction station and right into our waiting arms.

We hit them just outside the compound and then fell BACK into the compound, brushing aside the infantry and armour.
Meanwhile, pre-sighted artillery from our rebel friends started dropping on the Canned Heat unit's strung out through the jungle. They had little else to do but come in after us.

Fire lance and command lance took the brunt of it while Assault looped around and blocked a secondary push.
Stray arty rounds were now dropping all around us inside the compound - who knew that place would go up so fast?

We quickly managed to carve up one of the Heat's lance but Riva-Singh was forced to punch out of her Treb after getting cornered.
I didn't see Angela Edith buy it - Assault was on the other end of the compound. Apparently, an SRM Carrier packing infernos caught her point blank. Not a good way to go, poor kid.

I knew we needed to end this and when I saw the Canned Heat's CO in his Guillotine I knew how. He fought damn well - Bob Smith didn't get to lead the Heat by being stupid and the Word had given him one of those fancy 6WB Guillotine.
We stalked each other amid the burning buildings and he gave as good as he got - one of my ER PPCs was off line and he'd holed my torso armour but in the end imshit him out of that fancy machine. He looked less than pleased when his ejection seat landed right at Conan Blair's feet.
With their CO captured, one of their lances totally wrecked, along about the same and half their vehicles imobloised, the Heat pulled back into a defensive laager around the pipeline.

We didn't care - we weren't there for it. Instead, we gathered up our salvage and pulled back into the jungle and pouring rain.
We'd come and got what we wanted - their CO captured, their armour battalion gutted and four of their lances either taken out of action or confined to the repair bays for months, the Canned Heat are a spent force for now.

As Fowler and her aerospace flight ran interference, our droppers came in low and picked us up. We're down with Saiph - the resistance wants us to shift towards the Marik end of the Protectorate for our next missions.
- Felix Cavalli

So, all up the Saiph campaign cost us two mechs - the Trenchbucket and the Awesome.
We gained a 6WB Guillotine that is more spare parts, a headcapped BLR-3M Battlemaster, a One legged BNC-5S Banshee. And a Nightsky NGS-5S with a defecting pilot, former Canned Heat warrior Raita Mbugua.

I genuinely thought we were going to lose that one - two mechs down and while the Canned Heat were bloodied, they weren't going down. It was good timing stumbling into the CO and managing to take him down quickly


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #225 on: 27 February 2017, 20:41:25 »
It's strange - I'm sitting in a cabin as we depart Saiph. But I'm not a prisoner. Down in the hold, Major Smith and three of my former comrades are in a similar situation. Except they're officially POW and will be handed over to the Marik Resistance when we get to the next stop.
As mercs who sides with Blake, the Lord only know what's in store for them.

I guess I'm lucky. But I can't describe my feelings. Saiph was effectively my prison for the past six years. Growing up on Solaris as the daughter of a gladiator you don't see half of the evil that occurs in the Inner Sphere. I know now I was in a gilded cage, but it was a better cage than Saiph.

When dad was accused of cheating and dragged us all into the Chaos March to go merc I thought it was an adventure - although I was still pissed about leaving the Black Hills and all my friends. And our money

When he died in '67 I thought it nothing to finally take over his Nightsky as he'd always wanted. Little did I know I'd find myself stuck on that hellhole.

I think Colonel Cavalli and his unit just saw me as an opportunistic deserter, they have not learned to trust me yet.
What they don't know is that I owe them everything for getting me of Saiph

- Raita Mbugua


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #226 on: 27 February 2017, 22:49:16 »
ooooohhhhh
a banshee :-)
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #227 on: 27 February 2017, 23:02:07 »
Nav~

I got some new units available to have fun with...

Just tell me when...

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #228 on: 28 February 2017, 03:41:47 »
ooooohhhhh
a banshee :-)

And apart from a missing leg and a trashed PPC it's almost pristine!



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Just tell me when...

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« Reply #229 on: 28 February 2017, 15:30:29 »
so keep your eyes out for banshees legs
online access to parts shops and salvage yards helps
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #230 on: 28 February 2017, 18:54:36 »
The Rotten, Harden's Howling Wolves and other scum of the Periphery: a MRBC Primer 3072

The following is an update from the MercNet Database for Wanted and Renegade Commands.
Interested parties should be advised the below are considered armed and extremely dangerous. The crimes for which they stand accused may be only a hint of the lengths they will go to defend themselves.
Extreme caution is advised for any who attempt to apprehend or interfere with these forces:

The Memphis Kings (mech company/green/wanted)
Charged with severe breaches of faith (three counts) and attacks against civilians (three counts), larceny and acts of piracy.

Bounty: 5,000 C-Bills per warrior, 10,000 C-Bills per officers/NCO, 25,000 C-Bills for Major Greeson Presley (dead or alive)
Last confirmed whereabouts: Memphis

Calling themselves the Memphis Kings, this dubious former mercenary unit appears to be made up of the remains of the shattered Longdale's Lancers who folded under extreme debt in 3067. One Greeson Presley, a former Taurian asteroid miner turned Mechwarrior and several other former members washed up on the Davion Outback world of Memphis in 3071, offering their services to the world for quote "anti-pirate and counter insurgency operations". The Christian fundamentalist fathers of Memphis were less than impressed with their planet's name being taken in vain, but repeat pirate attacks had made them desperate.

After several early failures to bring the pirates to heel, the Kings retaliated by simply firing on the town they believed the raiders were hiding in. This attack caused the death of several hundred townsfolk.

Now outlawed, the Kings fled and carried out a series of resource gathering attacks along the edge of the newly christened Filvelt Coalition. None brought them much gain. The Kings were repeatedly defeated and suffered losses against defending militia.

Rumour has them being absorbed by the larger Rotten pirate band in recent months.

 
The Rotten (combined arms battalion/veteran/wanted)
Charged with:
Slavery (9 counts), Crimes Against Humanity (2 counts);Attacks Against Civilians (9 counts);War Crimes (5 counts); Acts of Piracy (10 counts)

Bounty: 100,00 C-Bills (Bonnie Raynor), 50,000 C-bills (per officer), 25,000 C-bills (per non-officers). Last known whereabouts: Tortuga Prime

The Rotten, while small have emerged as a major threat along the FedSuns/Coalition/Taurian borders since emerging at the outset of the Jihad. Bonnie Raynor - aka "The Rotten" has cut a swath across the region, striking civilians targets and military alike and worst of all - taking large numbers of slaves for sale on Tortuga Prime and Pirates' Haven.
Well equipped to act as regular pirates, the Rotten seem particularly adept at slave trading - complete with special built slave pens on board all of their Dropships.

The origin of this band is still unknown, but it's believed Raynor was born on Tortuga Prime to washed up mercs turned small time pirates and spent the previous three decades working her way up until she commands her own band.
They've recently expanded, probably have absorbing several smaller commands.

Tavern talk on Tortuga Prime has it the Rotton are intent on plundering the half forgotten worlds of the Outworlds Wastes and surrounds for slaves, which could see the Taurian/Outback region breath a collective sigh of relief.

***** NOTE: After a lengthy absence, the Rotten returned to Tortuga Prime flush with slaves in mid-3072. They used this new wealth to purchase two full lances of upgraded Brigands. Raynor put these new machines under the command of her newly acquired lieutenant Frank Duggan.

Harden's Howling Wolves: Finding your scum and killing them - for money


Never a storied unit, Harden's Howling Wolves have spent most of their lives under the radar. Formed from a mix of FedSuns and even some defecting Kuritians in the wake of the War of 3039, the Wolves spent the next few years garrisoning various worlds along the Lyran/Marik border before moving to the Sarna March.

Lacking any upgraded equipment, they sat out the Clan War and aftermath and their brief attempt to work the Chaos March market saw them roundly defeated. By 3066, the Wolves (under the founder's son Wilson Harden) has moved to the easier market of the Periphery.

Security work and boring garrison eventually left them heavily in debt, until while sitting on Laconis the Wolves accidentally stumbled on a pirate camp during a routine patrol.
The pirates were in an even worse state than the Wolves and were easily defeated - but Wilson Harden was later overjoyed to be paid in cash for the pirates' heads (considerably more than the garrison was paying)
 
Since then, they have plied the trade as professional bounty hunters and have set their eye on Rotten.

Force Strength:

The Howling Wolves boast a full Battlemech company, with fighter support and a mixed company of armour and infantry mainly used to security work and labour.

Support: Much of the bounty hunting profits go into repair and maintaining the unit's equipment and they field a solid tech crew. Harden has only managed to secure one upgraded machine, however. His Salamander.


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #231 on: 05 March 2017, 18:16:40 »
The Deimos Bunker aka DMS Plant 0008X remains one of Pollux's key attractions for tourists interested in the history of the Jihad. Originally nothing more than a power station and surrounding support buildings used to provide power to a nearby quarry, the Word seized the facility in 3070 and declared the entire area off limits.

Over the next two years a monumental amount of funding and resources were allocated to the site that was still officially just a power plant.
Soon after Pollux's occupation, the Word overseers began rounding up large amounts of dissenters, political prisoners and members of the press, opposition government and labour unions. 
From 3071 increasing number of these were shipped to Deimos as forced labour - digging out an extensive tunnel/factory/prison complex under the power plant that would later be dubbed The Maze.

Living conditions were atrocious and the survival rate was low, forcing Blakist to imprison an increasing number of Pollux natives.

It was not until after the Jihad that it was revealed that the Deimos site had been used for the manufacture of capital weapons.

Only a fraction of the original tunnels remain, but the power plant and several above ground facades have been preserved. The memorial to those killed in The Maze is a must see.

- MUST SEE! Republic Tourism Guide, New Home Press, 3099


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #232 on: 05 March 2017, 18:31:15 »
Felix,

attached is the mission pack for Pollux. I'm sure you probably know all the particulars about the planet and its defenses, but I'll do a quick run down for you.
First up - this mission is a pure recon op. Burn in, drop on that power plant and do a good scan. And get the hell out - the Resistance needs that data.

We know the Words are doing something there- they're pumping tens of millions into it and all the rumours point to forced labour and slaves being pumped into that hell hole. We just want to know what the hell is going on in there.

The only intel we have so far is something or someone called "Banshee". We intercepted a transmission saying "Banshee" or possible a "Banshee unit" was being deployed to the site. Your guess is as good as mine - the rest of the damn message seemed to be messed up Latin.

In terms of defenses - there's elements of four seperate Protectorate Militia Divisions on planet. The Robes rotate in a battalion or so in every six months or so. That keeps our infiltrators out and stops the militia from getting too friendly with the locals.
We think the current crop from Wing and New Earth in addition to Pollux natives. These are some hard buggers - they're skilled counter insurgency types and have plenty of experience.

Plus, the objective has a pretty decent security element - supplemented by this "Banshee".

One thing, I should mention is the on world resistance. Officially, we don't condone or have anything to do with these guys. Their methods are a little... confronting.
It's a small resistance made up of some pretty bitter types determined to keep hammering the Word. We set up a secure message system with one of their leaders, a Colonel Kovacs.
He's the real deal - ex-Dark Shadows, ex-Eagle Corps and recently retired when the Word killed his family and burnt his farm.
Since then, he's been... different. This war is personal for him.

Look, he's probably not even monitoring the channel. But my only advice is... be careful.

- Albatross


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #233 on: 07 March 2017, 20:00:10 »
May 17, 3072 - Pollux International Spaceport
Audio recording captured by resistance probe

A Achilles-class dropship sits on the pad, steam pouring from its exhaust ports. The main hatches are open and down but no one has exited.
At a safe distance, a line of people stand. One is a short dumply individual wearing the hooded, white robes and gold sigil of a Word of Blake Precentor. He's flanked by two Militia Guardsmen in body armour.
A half a dozen Word of Blake technicians are clustered behind the Precentor.

Suddenly a figure appears at the top of the ship's ramp - the camera zooms in on a tall, lithe woman. She too is wearing long flowing Blakist robes, but without any insignia and in red.
As she reaches the gathered party, she throws back her hood to reveal mocha dark skin and oddly golden, almost white hair.
Her eyes glow oddly.

Women: (Her voice is deep and almost buzzing, like a garbled transmission from far away) The Peace of Blake be with you, Precentor Galvin.

Galvin: (There's an element of... awe. Or maybe fear in his voice) Spectre Precentor Delta Logan, it's good to meet you. However, we're very busy and need to return to our work.

Logan: Understood, Precentor. Your work at Demios Base is exactly why I was dispatched here. There are concerns about its security that I'm here to tend to.

Galvin: Wait, a secon-

Logan cuts him off by raising both hands. Her robe's sleeves fall down past her elbows, revealing both arms are metal prostetics.

There's a collective gasp from the technicians.

Behind Logan there comes the sounds of crashing bootsteps and from the dropship's hold march a double line of troopers.
Each of them are grotesquely large and bulky - pectorals and shoulders bulge against body armour and clothes in a most unnatural way. All have shucked their full face helmets to show off faces straight from nightmares - chrome and plastic google-like discs replace their eyes and many sport mouths full of overgrown fangs that protrude of their lips.

Logan: Precentor, may I present my Banshees who will now take over security at your site.

Galvin: (He's visibly shocked and looks a little green now) I can assure you Precentor, Demios Base, nor Pollux is not without its own defenses.

<ENDS>


So, we had trouble breaking into Pollux. We slipped into the system - the Ramses came in at a pirate point and we anticipate she'll be able to stay out of sight behind a asteroid patch.
The Blakists however, scrambled fighters as soon as we broke atmo - a lot of fighters. A lot more fighters than we were supposed to have on planet.
The Spada took some serious damage and last I saw was descending - smoke and flame pouring from its hull as a couple of Lucifers followed it down.

I was on board the Damnthing with Command Lance and our BA platoon. We caught a garbled signal from the other dropper - they were down (although that could mean a lot of different things!) a good 300km south of our objective.

We managed to shake our Blakist fighters and come down at the LZ.

But we're a long way from home and out of contact with more than half the unit. Things could be better.

- Felix Cavalli



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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #234 on: 08 March 2017, 19:30:51 »
AFTER ACTION REPORT - Protectorate Militia, May 15 3072

The following is pieced together from guncam footage taken from Lieutenant Yang's Crockett and verbal reports from the crew of Demon M009.
A Level II under the command of Paris Welles was on patrol in the vicinity of the ruined Allied LAM facility when they encountered a lance of the recently arrived raiders.

Captain Welles radioed the situation in, but soon afterwards we lost contact with the Level II because of the high metallic content in the region.
From witness reports, we understand the Level II split into two parts - Captain's Welles' Sentinel and the paired Demon tanks moved through the bombed out remains of a series of warehouses and flanked the lance, while Yang's Crockett, the squad of Longinius Battle Armour suits and a Gurkha assaulted the resistance raiders head on.

A Marauder II and an Awesome met this assault head on - we also glimpsed a pair of Bandits among the merc forces, suggesting a possible Allied Mercenary Command link.

At this point, we lost contact with the Level II. One Demon fled the scene - its crew suggest they only retreated after their unit's total defeat, although this is now a subject for a disciplinary hearing.

Recovery and salvage efforts later found Lieutenant Yang - injured and suffering from exposure and a mercenary Bandit. We suspect the vehicle was destroyed by the mercenary after it was crippled by our forces.


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« Reply #235 on: 08 March 2017, 19:34:36 »
Just after finished off that Level II of Robes, we finally got word from the Damnthing. She's damaged but ok - but now in the tender mercies of the local resistance cell.

This Colonel Kovacs says he's managed to hide the dropship from the Word but wants to have a meet before he's going to reveal the location. That's right, we're being held to ransom by our own damn allies.

 - Felix Cavalli



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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #236 on: 08 March 2017, 21:15:07 »
Wonder if these " Banshees " is a signal for me to make more pain?

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #237 on: 09 March 2017, 00:47:15 »
With Banshees wasn't it OP Flesh Gordon. ::)
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« Reply #238 on: 09 March 2017, 18:25:37 »
Let's just say, they may come up sooner than you think snakespinner....

And those Banshees may be a twist on my Tau Omegas, which I won't release until you've all grown up a bit. But I can give you guys an official tease:

Platoon Size: 6         
2 MP                         
Armor Divisor: 3       
39 potential damage
C3i                           
Glides                     


Only 264 BV2 for a 2/2 with network...  >:D

Now about these Banshees...  O:-)

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #239 on: 14 March 2017, 08:32:40 »
PORT DOOR CAMERA - DPSHIP HOBART

the image is grainy and short through with occasional bursts of static. It's also askew, suggesting the Dropship is not sitting flush against the ground.

It shows a brown landscape, stubby rock formations crop up very so often but for the most part it's featureless.
A minute passes before suddenly a patch of red-brown ground shifts and rises - it's a person who had been carefully concealed. Shaking dust from his torso, the figure rises to its knees.
Now, the camera can now pick up the extensive camouflage the man was wearing - a full smock in swirling reds and browns, cloth strips partially obscuring his face and face paint twisting his features.
His AX-22 assault rifle has also been carefully concealed with cloth and bits of twig and leaf litter.

Slowly, he raises his left hand - the right still holding his rifle's pistol grip, the barrel never wavering - and makes a forward gesture.

Out of the dead ground emerge a collection of figures - each clad in a variety of outfits and carrying a medley of weapons.
Two appear to be wearing cast off odds and sods from Word of Blake Militia - complete with full face helmets and scratched vambraces.
Another looks about 16 - still too young to shave - and wearing a bulky FWL Military style parka over blue jeans. But he carries the double barrel shotgun with obvious ease and skill.

In the middle a very tall man wearing a long brown leather duster over FWL fatigues is the obvious leader. He carries only a sleek auto-feed Neddler pistol and uses a series of hand signals to spread the troop out in a skirmish line.
They quickly advance on the Dropship.

Finally, I got to meet the infamous Colonel Kovacs. His men still hold the Spada and finally agreed to a meeting.
I was surprised, I assume he wanted a lift off world and would hold our ship until he got away.
No. He wants us to strike our objective - and help him free the prisoners down there. He says it's some sort of Word of Blake hellhole where they're forcing slave labour into the tunnels.

I agreed. What else was I going to do? Paige was just about ready to kill him on the spot - his wife and her lance are still on board the Spada.

At 0430 we hit the Demios Complex. I'll take our 10 mechs, one Bandit with its squad of BA and assault the complex. Kovacs showed us a disused tunnel dug as part of the extensive digging project there. It's been disused for about six months because of cave ins, but with the right explosives we can blow a hole and force our way into the Maglev tunnels leading to the facility. Then we pop up and attack the facility.
Meanwhile, Kovacs and his men will rush past us and hit the complex in a hope to Free the prisoners.

There's just too many problems with this plan. We are relying a lot on this guy (who is literally holding half my people hostage!), we don't know if we even have the right tunnel and we don't know what we are fading.
- Felix Cavalli


"Hold your position, conserve ammo... and wait for the Dragoons to go Feral"
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