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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #270 on: 19 April 2017, 22:22:24 »
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #271 on: 20 April 2017, 10:16:00 »
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #272 on: 29 April 2017, 22:14:40 »
In late 3077, Clan-Wolf-in-Exile's Beta Galaxy tore through Saiph's Protectorate Militia. While considered a veteran formation with extensive experience fighting insurgents and even the occasional pirates or off-world Raiders, the Militia crumbled after 10 days of blitzkrieg tactics from the Wolf forces, reminiscent of the original Clan War.
The Exiles were also able to call on irregular support in the form of both commando troops dispatched from Alys Marik's network and on-world insurgents.

While the Word of Blake was keen to lump the entire Saiph opposition in with the "insurgency", in truth opposition was made up of numerous, myriad groups only united in their fight against the Word.
The largest group of insurgents have their roots in the Chaos March era pro-Liao rebellion against Saiph's New Canton appointed government. Initially well funded and well equipped, the Liao insurgency enjoyed some success but had been pushed into the Wu Bo Feng Highlands by the late-60s when the Word of Blake took power.

The second largest group (post 3068) would have to be the remnant of the old New Canton appointed government. With a handful of mercenaries, loyalist troops and farmers, this opposition lacked the numbers of the Liaoists but access to several hidden caches of weapons and equipment that sustained their struggle.
By 3072 however, the two groups realised they needed to work together - chiefly because Sian had either written off the Saiph insurgency or simply decided to concentrate on threats closer to home.
This didn't eventuate into an easy working relationship and the two groups maintained seperate chains of command and objectives but had actively stopped shooting at each other.

While these two groups united, dozens of other ethic, religious and nationalistic militia groups remained - many siding with the Word of Blake, while others maintained their struggle against the WoB and each other. However, none of these groups bar the United Freedom Party and Ky Cao's "Holy Army" could ever produce more than a battalion and ever really influenced proceedings.

The year 3072 was remembered mostly as a year of peace and prosperity on Saiph - by mid-July, the insurgents had been beaten into their jungle or mountain holdfasts and the Word carried out several major infrastructure projects. Indigenous Mercenary battalion Canned Heat had earlier been handed a bloody nose and spent much of the year repairing, with active security handed over the the Militia and newly arrived Barton's Boozefighters.
The Boozefighters were once considered a reputable merc outfit but defeat and dubious undertakings had seen them shrink to two reinforced companies of desperate men, more than willing to use overwhelming force on protesters or insurgents.

Through late 3072, they patrolled and rebuilt as the insurgency stayed quiet
- a notable exceptions are the September offensive, which overran the Hue Spaceport - but all of this would be for naught in 3073.

In early March, WolfNet decided to assist the insurgency (and probably facilitated the truce among the two main elements) and dispatched a small team of operatives.
Escorting the team (callsign Long Fang) and a shipment of arms and equipment was the recently reformed Black Widow Company.
Barton's Boozefighters never knew what hit them.

- except from Against the Word! Televised on Foot Fall by Special Broadcasting TriVid, 3079.

The jungle burned. Brett Barton frantically spun his Vanquisher around, hazy black smoke reduced his visibility to virtually hill and several couple of seconds his massive machine would bounce off a tree, splintering the towering forms as he ran headlong from the battle.
Two lances just... gone.
He'd taken his Boozefighters' command lance and met up with the second company's Fire lance for a routine patrol.
And ran straight into... the Black friggin Widows!
Glancing back he saw two of the black and red mechs pursuing him.

He knew Hauber had managed to get free - his Sunder was missing an arm but had knocked down that damn Uzeil and fled. Maybe Keller in her QuickDraw too.
Either way, it had been a disaster.

Suddenly his command crackled. A woman's voice - deep and rich but very feminine.
"Run little Blakist quisling, run. Because the Widow has come for you."

Barton charged his mech forward, desperate to escape the charnel house.

So I ran through the Saiph track in Wolf and Blake - the sourcebook never mentions what mercs the new Widows face and the timeframe worked perfectly for my Boozefighters... who were slaughtered.
Three mechs escaped out of eight and two of them were fit for the scrap heap.
Me thinks the Word are less than pleased with Barton and his men after yet another failure... maybe a change in leadership is in order?


"Hold your position, conserve ammo... and wait for the Dragoons to go Feral"
- last words of unknown merc, Harlech, 3067

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #273 on: 30 April 2017, 20:06:40 »
We finally pulled the Colonel aside and sat him down - me, Joe Paige, Lou Black and the new kid Taige. We brought a couple bottles of Glengarry Black and cornered him in his office and told him - we can't keep throwing ourselves at the Blakists like this.

After the wedding and the attack on New Home the unit is worn out and battered and while the Colonel is hurting, a private vendetta isn't going to help that. He finally saw sense and agreed to look at jobs doing anything but Blakist fighting for a while.
Pretty quick we signed on with the independent planet Megrez on the FWL/Lyran border.
Seems they're stuck with a bunch of Lyran freebooters who have decided that border conflict is still going on.
This sort of low intensity cattle rustling is probably just what we need

March, 3073
Jorge Calosso



The FWL-Lyran border region suffered greatly during the Jihad and while the obvious culprit is clearly the Word of Blake, the machinations of petty lords on either side of the border cannot be discounted.
Chief among them were Count Oslo Willhiem von Schleicher, a wealthy Bolan noble who had the ear of Duke Alder Umayr and was a key architect of the 3067/68 invasion.
Von Schleicher's considerable landholdings suffered greatly during the Marik counter offensive and he spent several year petitioning the Duke's court and even the newly freed Tharkad for a renewal of hostilities.

Denied, he dispatched a band of his personal retainers, supplemented by mercenaries (all under the banner of the 1st Herzberg Defenders) and conquered the planet of Megrez. There were plans to expand the unauthorised invasion, but the green troops were soon bogged down in counter insurgency.
In May 3073, two months after they arrived the Defenders were assaulted by Marik mercenaries.

- excerpt from 1000 Facts you didn't Know about the Jihad! (Skye Printing, 3111)
« Last Edit: 30 April 2017, 20:29:51 by Nav_Alpha »


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #274 on: 30 April 2017, 20:30:27 »
Need more weird combat options, just ask!

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #275 on: 30 April 2017, 20:39:48 »
Need more weird combat options, just ask!

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These guys are going to Be a real hodge podge- maybe a mech company, tank battalion and infantry regiment of mixed Lyran and Marik. Mostly older, some salvage, etc


"Hold your position, conserve ammo... and wait for the Dragoons to go Feral"
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #276 on: 30 April 2017, 20:46:55 »
So older as in 3060 tech?

I can make the Marik force easily but the incorporating Steiner... yikes!

PM forthcoming.

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #277 on: 30 April 2017, 22:56:17 »
Oh! I like what you've sent me! Good mix of older "surplus" tech and decent stuff. I like the Manteuffel company too!

I've worked up a backstory and I'm figuring a company of older militia/household retainer mechs and then maybe a demi company of mercs who are former Lyran regulars gone rogue/turned merc after getting booted out, etc


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #278 on: 30 April 2017, 22:59:34 »
 >:D

Who? Me... O:-)

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #279 on: 02 May 2017, 20:09:06 »
Ulf Mountains, Megrez, Lyran occupied territory


The Colonel is back, there's no denying. The Lyrans had this place sewn up pretty tight but he dropped some of our footsloggers in discreetly. They took the fort overlooking one of the big logistics hubs - we quickly had the planetary food supply cut off.
So, there was little the Lyrans could do but attack us - over the mountains.
- Joe Paige

Setup: Mountain terrain, The Defender will place/designate 4 Medium buildings (any
height) near the center of the battlefield.

Attacker (Lyrans)
The Attacker enters half of their force from their home edge
at the start of the track. The remainder of the force enters from
an edge perpendicular to the home edge during the Movement
Phase of Turn 1D6+1; this result is rolled before the beginning of
the track and is kept secret from the Defender.

Defender
The Defender places their entire force anywhere on the
battlefield. At least 25% must be within 3 hexes of the designated
buildings. Secretly designate one of these buildings as headquarters
before the start of the track.

WARCHEST:
+75 Inspired Opponent: Increase the Attacker’s Skill level by
one (e.g., from Regular to Veteran, etc.).
+75 - Fire for effect! Defender has two Sniper pieces with 10 rounds each

OBJECTIVES
Identify and destroy. Locate (using Scanning, p. 14) and
destroy the headquarters building.  [200]
Seek and destroy! Destroy/Cripple the Commander. This
objective only applies if the player is the Defender. [200]
Rough up the place. Destroy/Cripple 50% of the opponent’s
force. [400]


AFTERMATH:

Well, that was something else! Dad made it more than obvious where he was - building light fortifications and marching his troops around - and the Lyrans came on charging.
Of course, they sent a second company through a mountain pass thinking to flank us - but found us dug in and ready to fight.
It helps when the whole planet hates the Lyrans and were happy to keep us alert of their every step.

The main thrust was stopped cold by Dad's 1st company - using Thunder LRMs and hit and run tactics, they were drawn in to the trap - artillery and dug in mechs.
It was over in minutes - complete with the enemy commander knocked down with a bum gyro.

The other thrust hit us and the Captain initially had us fall back. But with three mechs down and two tanks burning they quickly got the idea.

The Lyrans boosted the next day - without their equipment, which we handed over to the locals. Maybe they can defend themselves next time?
Moses Cavalli


"Hold your position, conserve ammo... and wait for the Dragoons to go Feral"
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #280 on: 11 June 2017, 03:23:47 »
13 February, 3074 - INN report
Picture shifts to focus on a short, squat man with blonde hair and a week of stubble in a tanker's smock and LCAF field jacket.
He's leaning against a metal bulkhead, tapping away at a noteputer.
Reporter:
This is Sergeant Rolf O'Connor, a tank commander in the 7th Donegal Guards.
Tomorrow his RCT will lead part of the assault on Coventry's capital.

The picture shifts again - this time it's a close in shot of a man's head encased in a bulky helmet. It's a Marine Combat Suit - the visor pushed up onto his head.
Reporter: This is Captain Leon Douglas, he leads an elite Mi6 team from House Davion. Aka The Stealthy Foxes. His team of specialist experts will take part in the anticipated spaceborn action tomorrow.

Reporter: This is Star Captain Hannah Pryde of Clan Jade Falcon.
Picture shows a lean, woman with a wolffish grin and a blonde Mohawk. The symbol of her clan has been tattooed on the shaved left hand side of her skull.
Reporter: Star Captain Pryde's forces have been designated as shock troops that will be tasked with destroying Blakist strongpoints after the initial engagement is joined.

Another shot - it shows a busy dropship bay. In the centre a group is huddled around a holotable. A short stocky man with close cropped black hair and a beard is leading the discussion - the camera briefly settles on the chrome, skeletal prosthetic that sticks out from his left sleeve.
Around him gather four young men and a woman - two vaguely resemble the older man, although with darker features.

Reporter: this is Mercenary Colonel Felix Cavalli and some of his newest Mechwarrior apprentices. Their unit is one of several Mercenary commands attached to the assault.

The picture shifts to the reporter standing in the Mechbay. Behind him, techs are working on an Awesome, it's torso pulled open to expose wiring and mymor muscles.
Reporter: What do all of these myriad elements - from different states and even the Clans - have in common? They're all united in their actions against the Word of Blake.

- Journal of Teige Barrett

It's been a lean year. We spent 3073 working small time gigs across the FWL/Lyran border and Steiner space - mostly small time garrison work, petty nobles wanting to settle petty scores amid the Chaos of the Jihad.
By November we were just about broke - we have a lot of mouths to feed and a lot of pricey machines, so small time work left us just about redlined.
In November we landed on Noisel hoping for a break - and we got it in spades.

It wasn't long before we were approached by... I dunno, do we call it a Coalition? Stone'a people? Anyway, the money was Lyran, but it was a joint op.
Coventry. Seized in 68 by the Word, its been churning out war machines for them since.
Not for much longer though.

Best of all - while on Noisel, I was nosing out for some contacts when I was approached by someone who was very keen to assure me he wasn't from Blackstone Battlemechs (ha!) but most certainly had some work for us.
It's a little side job - they want us to divert to a small, sideline facility and grab a computer core.
That's right, we will get paid double to kick some Blakist arse.


"Hold your position, conserve ammo... and wait for the Dragoons to go Feral"
- last words of unknown merc, Harlech, 3067

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #281 on: 11 June 2017, 03:26:17 »
So, we are back! I've had four weeks holiday in Europe - but all the while, I was cooking up new ways for the Cavalliere to get into trouble!



"Hold your position, conserve ammo... and wait for the Dragoons to go Feral"
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #282 on: 11 June 2017, 16:55:59 »
Need an OpFor to play with?

 >:D

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #283 on: 11 June 2017, 19:17:38 »
Need an OpFor to play with?

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Hmm... why not. They'll be facing the 30th Division - veteran Blakist Militia, who are sitting in Coventry's mech works.
I was thinking a good mix of Blakist Star league era equipment, newer stuff and some Lyran designs


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #284 on: 11 June 2017, 19:44:18 »
 ???

What? Only one assualt mech made?....

Gimme a few days ok?

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #285 on: 18 June 2017, 18:56:38 »
Picture shows the shattered hulk of a dropship twisting through space. its armour is torn, rent and blackened but the Lyran fist is still clearly visible.
A Lucifer class fighter suddenly zips past it, the bright blue ion contrails spewing from its engine obscuring the shot.

REPORTER: We're here on board the Freya, a pocket warship attached to the LAS Fylgia over Coventry. Any minute now, a coalition of Lyran, Clan Jade Falcon, ComGuard and mercenary troops will commence their assault on the planet below - finally regaining its crucial Mech factories for the Lyran Alliance.
Only an hour ago, combat operations here in space finished, with the coalition destroying the bulk of the Blakist fleet. But it came at a terrible cost.

The picture shifts to a piece to camera. The reporter is short, dark and carrying about an extra 10 kilos around the middle. He's wearing a LAAF spacer's coveralls, with no rank or unit insignia.

REPORTER: Clan Jade Falcon - once our greatest foe - spearheaded the assault, with two warships going toe to toe with a waiting Blakist ship, alongside a host of smaller assault dropships and pocket warships.
While that action left one Falcon warship dead in the water, and two Lyran jumpships - both merchantmen dragooned into service as troop carriers - destroyed by nuclear fire, it was truly a joint victory.

Scene now shows a cluster of dropships burning in for the service.

REPORTER: Above Coventry, this is Hans Schneider for Solaris Broadcasting Service.

We're dropping in the first wave - the Lyran have never been backwards about getting the most out of their hired help, eh?
Ole Galen Cox has worked out a decent plan with what he's been given. The 8th Lyran Regulars are outfit known for off the wall sort of jobs, so they'll execute a hotdrop, setting down almost a carpet of troops across the Trollheim Hills down through the wood almost all the way to Port St William. Each battalion will be backed by a battalion of mercs - w're partnered with 1st batt under Kommondant Helga Steiner-Reece.
Our job is to smash through ammo dumps, supply points, key bridges and crossroads and any dug in positions without stopping - the Coventry underground is warned we're coming and they can tie up any static positions, etc. We're just there to raise hell.

The Falcons are coming down due east of us, coming down on the Cross-Divide Mountains and hitting the Blakists from the flank.
Ten hours after we first hit dirt- hopefully with the Robes all in a flap - the 7th Donegal, another regiment of assorted mercs and elements of the ComGuard's 1st and 4th Army consolidate our positions and roll over Port St William and the Coventry Mechworks.

What's more, Lieutenant Barret will be taking his lance, and some of the vehicles and hitting our side job. Guess, the rest of us will have to raise enough hell that our paymasters never notice?
I'm just hoping the ground battle doesn't go like the one in space. We stayed out of it, but that looked bloody - nukes flying around and warships going broadside for broadside just a couple klicks from each other. We could do without that kinda fighting on the surface.

- Felix Cavalli


"Hold your position, conserve ammo... and wait for the Dragoons to go Feral"
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #286 on: 19 June 2017, 20:40:16 »
The burning fighter twists in mid-air, oily smoke and flames pouring from its rear and forming into a comet-like tail. For a brief seconds the aircraft holds in air before plunging into the treeline with a huge explosion.

Battlemechs advance through the towering trees - many bear signs of combat. Blackened and burned armour plates, a Nightky is missing its left arm, with just a tangle of mymour bundles now dangling in the breeze.

REPORTER: I'm here on the frontlines on Coventry as Lyran and mercenary troops take the fight to the occupying Word of Blake. Losses have been high in the past 12 hours of fighting, but the Word already seem to be falling back.
The bulk of the invasion force landed several hours ago and are ready to push on the capital and its valuable Mechworks.

An APC rolls past behind the reporter, a gunner hangs out of the top hatch, swinging her Machinegun about rapidly. The reporter is briefly obscured by smoke.

REPORTER: We've also had word that a Cluster of Jade Falcon troops under the command of Star Colonel Quinn Kerensky smashed a battalion of Blakists a short time ago.
This is Hans Schneider for Solaris Broadcasting Service on Coventry.

The first scenario on Coventry went well - two lances of Mechs with armour and BA support stumbled into a Level II of Blakist mechs and heavy armour as the Wobbies tried to ford a river in the woods. Despite the huge amount of fire expended, we came out with only minor losses: a Heavy Hover APC and three Battle Suits.
And we salvaged....
- Two FLS-9B Flashmans - both are little more than spare parts, but we can cobble together a whole Mech.... maybe.
- THG-11Eb Thug - in good shape. Well, apart from where Felix put an ER PPC through its cockpi.
- LRM Carrier (WoB)

Now, I'll run through the second scenario - Barrett's strike force will hit the CPM computer facility


"Hold your position, conserve ammo... and wait for the Dragoons to go Feral"
- last words of unknown merc, Harlech, 3067

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #287 on: 21 June 2017, 18:26:05 »
How's the OpFor doing?

Need adjustments?

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #288 on: 21 June 2017, 19:29:00 »
How's the OpFor doing?

Need adjustments?

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Saving them for the final assault.


"Hold your position, conserve ammo... and wait for the Dragoons to go Feral"
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #289 on: 22 June 2017, 20:32:59 »
You have my permission to run elements of my Whispers of Blake, if need be.

I also have a CHH mixed Binary with Nova abilities and Protos if you want a break in fighting Blakists.

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #290 on: 23 June 2017, 00:27:39 »
VOICE ONE (unidentifiable): Bushwack Three, watch that tower, there's a lot of fire still coming from that sector!

VOICE TWO (unidentifiable): Roger, lead! Moe is still down. I think that last burst wrecked his gyros.

HISS OF STATIC

UNKNOWN VOICE: MAD readings! MAD readings! They're freaking everywhere-

VOICE ONE: Keep pushing forward ****** it! Keep-

STATIC

VOICE THREE (positive ID as Lt-General Daniel Voss-Steiner, 7th Donegal Guards);

Get them back on the comm, Fuller! I wanna find out who is doing all this advancing.

VOICE FOUR (positive ID as Kommadant Jeff Fuller, 7th Donegal headquarters staff):

Sir, it's not really an advance. It looks like a company or so have pushed through one of the auxiliary Mechworks sites.

Burst of static

VOICE ONE: swing past those turrets, looks like that Level II are packing up.

Static

Voss-Steiner: Goddamit, THAT is the kinda fighting spirit I want to see! Find out who those kids are Fuller! If he's a Major he's bloody Colonel now!
By help me God, sure as shit!

Fuller: we are trying sir. But the ionosphere is playing hell with the radio gear.

Voss-Steiner: then get it the hell off the Comms, don't you know we got the game on here!

VOICE FIVE (female, unidentifiable): Barrett! We are moving in - looks like you cleared the front door for us.

VOICE ONE: Roger that. Everyone, this is Bushwack One. We hold position here. Infantry are moving in to grab the package and then we fall back.

Voss-Steiner: NO! Attack! Attack! We gotta keep pushing, this is the only spot we are advancing.

Fuller: Sir, we lost them. We lost the signal with those... people.

Voss-Steiner (now over Comms): This is Sabre Six Actual. I want ALL Tiger and Hawke elements to begin advancing on Blakist position now. General attack, over.

Tiger: Roger that.

Hawke: Roger Sabre Six. Be advised, we can see some sort of dust up to our front. Looks like someone is throwing a lot of ordinance at the Robes already. Over

Voss-Steiner: That's it! Hawke - you push in and HELP those boys. Sabre Six Actual out!

- the following recording from the 7th Donegal Guard headquarters position were never released to the public.
A subsequent advance on February 15, 3074  cut off large elements of the Blakist 30th Division, forcing the bulk of their forces to fall back on the capital.
It's believed this advance, and a subsequent mop up of the encircled elements shortened fighting on Coventry by as much as a week.
However, it causes significant loss of life on both sides, as the encircled Blakista fought to the last man.


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #291 on: 23 June 2017, 00:45:57 »
Somebody must have watched 'Kelly's Heroes' recently. I was waiting for the Marching Band/Graves Registration Unit to show up next
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #292 on: 23 June 2017, 01:30:52 »
Somebody must have watched 'Kelly's Heroes' recently. I was waiting for the Marching Band/Graves Registration Unit to show up next

Even the damn grave diggers are in on it!


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #293 on: 23 June 2017, 15:32:31 »
So this means Cavalli is Kelly? So whose Oddball and Crapgame?

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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #294 on: 23 June 2017, 17:29:14 »
love the Kelly's Heros reference
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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #295 on: 23 June 2017, 19:23:17 »
So this means Cavalli is Kelly? So whose Oddball and Crapgame?

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Actually Teigh Barrett is probably Kelly in this scenario - he's leading the side job to grab the computer core. And somehow triggering a major offensive


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #296 on: 25 June 2017, 22:10:58 »
Alliance Medal of Honour recommendation

NAME: O'Connor, Rolf (no middle initial)
RANK: MASTER SERGEANT (SERGEANT at time of recommendation)
UNIT: 3rd PLATOON,  TEAM DELTA, 523rd Donegal Light Infantry, 7th Donegal Guards
WITNESSING OFFICER: COLONEL Rayburn Schultz, 524th Light Infantry, 7th Donegal Guards
CO-SIGNER: Demi-Precentor Annette Dawn, COMGUARDS 4th Army

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RECCOM: During actions against the Word of Blake on Coventry on 16 February, 3074, Sergeant O'CONNOR showed extreme leadership and bravery against overwhelming odds.
While the initial push against the WoB defenders fared extremely well, a counter attack using chemical and nuclear weapons two days after the initial assault, threw Lyran and ComGuard forces back.
An hour after the initial counterattack, the 7th Donegal's fixed position were assaulted - first in the from of a large scale chemical weapons attack and the by conventional  means.
At the time Sergeant O'CONNOR was an acting platoon commander, assigned to TEAM DELTA - an armour heavy attachment to a light infantry battalion. The element had already sustained major casualties during the initial fighting (including the loss of O'CONNOR'S platoon commander).
TEAM DELTA and its parent battalion suffered serious losses during the initial chemical attack and quickly found themselves encircled by WoB Mechs and tanks. Despite this, Sergeant O'CONNOR continued to engage WoB forces from his Marsden II tank, destroying a Mercury Battlemech and an unknown number of enemy APCs from a dug in position
Directly his last remaining lancemate to fall back and provide supporting fire, Sergeant O'CONNOR engaged the enemy in a series of hit and run actions, claiming a Burke tank and a Brutus.
Pinned down artillery fire, which killed his tank's loader (SEE ATTACHED DETAH CERTIFICATE AND MEDAL CITATION) and damaged his radio, Sergeant O'CONNOR continued to engage the enemy, at one point exiting his tank and directing his lancemate via hand signals - despite the threat of further gas attack - as the pair assumed a new position.
Sergeant O'CONNOR's Marsden II engaged and destroyed a further two Brutus tanks and an unknown number of infantry before linking back up with friendly forces.
Now with further support, he took charge of several tanks and infantry squads and counter attacked into the WoB flank - his tank personally accounted for a Blakist Lightray, another Brutus and several infantry positions before being knocked out. During that time, his ad-hoc assault element pushed the WoB forces back and away from Lyran lines
His refusal to leave his position and his skilful direction of his comrades are to be commended.

SUGGESTION 
The above has already been promoted to Master Sergeant, but it's recommended he also be further promoted to Lieutenant.
His nomination for the Alliance Medal Of Honour is PENDING per approval of the Archon.
The high command gives its full endorsement.
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I dunno, I read the letter Galen Cox sent to Martial Steiner-Davion (and the unofficial follow up that didn't leak. Don't ask how!) and it didn't reflect the past four days of fighting.
It wasn't clean and over and done with with ease.
The Blakists fought for every metre - they used tac nukes and chemical weapons when they counter attacked and when we finally got into the capital on day three, they made us pay in blood for every street corner and rooftop.
I'm talking IEDs in the doorways to civilian apartment complexes, Mechs hiding in behind hospitals and all the rest.
And best of all - we matched the, atrocity for atrocity. Day three, we got tasked with destroying a power plant just outside Port St William. We hit the two Level IIs holding it and blew up the plant, sending radioactive material pumping into the nearby swamp and forest.
Later, we learned it powered the university district around the Coventry Mech Factory - that includes the second biggest teaching hospital on planet.
When ComGuard and Lyran air strikes hit shortly afterwards (they moved in ground forces shortly after) the five or six thousand injured civilians had no hospital to go to - it didn't have any power.
The Colonel seems fine about it - but I know he's drinking behind closed doors trying to blot it out.
Jesus, we are trying to help people under Blake - not show them the Robes are a better alternative!
- journal, Amber Mori-Paige


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #297 on: 12 July 2017, 20:14:04 »
Skye? Again? I love Skye! Those Isle ladies know how to party!
- Corporal Isaiah Hannick, Cavalli’s Cavaliere 1st Infantry Platoon

So, we have reorganised on the way to Skye. With a bit of salvage we managed to get everyone back in a Mech and get all our lances back up to strength.
It's good to be back on Skye - they remember our time here in'67. And from what we saw on the run out from the capital - Skye hasn't forgiven or forgotten the Word.

Huge swathes of  New Glasgow are just blackened ruins and much of the surrounding farmlands are still littered with debris and battle damage.
We are being shuttled into an outpost about 150k out of New Aberdeen - as an early warning system for the big Cyclops Plant. I got some garbled orders about a Lyran liaison officer and linking up with a  Clan Wolf unit nearby.

But it's bloody chaos - if the Robes attack now, we are done for. This is just a clusterfu-

Great, we have another move order. Seems like Skye's deep space detection gear has got some serious pings out near what could be a pirate point near the Nadir point. Looks like it's war.

- Felix Cavalli, 27 June 3074

RECORDING
The image is dark, lit only by flames reaching for the heavens. Quickly it can be surmised the camera is shooting from the open bay door of a VTOL.
The camera twists down, showing a town below, lit by flames.

There's an ugly, open pit mine cut directly into the green hill, a nearby hi-tech looking geothermal plant, linked by a railway down to the jumble of wooden docks on the river side.
A collection of 50 or so homes ramble between the mine and the docks - mostly thatched roof and rammed earth, along with a collection of plastic pre-fab and one Georgian revival style with garbled pillars and a broad verandah.
A fuel station and stacked logs, a seedy looking hotel, two bars and two churches - Tharkad Reformed and the Church of New Scotland - complete the picture.

The Shamrock bar, two of the adjacent houses and a stable are well alight. Along the docks, a steamer has sunk dangerously low in the water and oily dark smoke pours from its hull.

REPORTER: This is Nordhorne, a tiny village only valuable for its proximity to the Cyclops Incorporated plant. But tonight, it has felt the fury of the Word of Blake.
Several hours ago, the Word announced its return to Skye by kicking off a large-scale bombardment of the planet from space.

Evading the gathered Coalition ships, warships fired on the planetary capital and vital communications, logistics and industrial spot. It's believed the capital sustained major damage and a great loss of Life, while here in the Bugbottom District, several Coalition positions were bombarded.
It's understood several stray shells struck the undefended town of Nordhorne.

The camera shifts around, the VTOL levelling out. Flames fill the horizon, suggesting a huge blaze.

REPORTER: most of the barrage was aimed at nearby hardened positions taken up by mercenaries and Clan Wolf's Delta Galaxy.
We have since received word of Word of Blake troops dropping almost directly on emir position.
Shane! Shane! What the hell is that?!

There's a flash of light and the picture lurches to one side before turning to static.

- Skye News Service, reporter Jim O'Shae, July 2, 3074


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #298 on: 12 July 2017, 20:16:38 »
Camera opens with a hiss of static before forming into an image of a teenaged girl sitting cross legged on a pillow. She's obviously tall and willowy, with dark blonde hair pulled up into a pony tail. An errant couple stands show it's also streaked with blue. She's very attractive, with huge blue eyes and creamy skin.

She's probably about 16 but has inadvertently managed to make herself look younger by pulling a bulky flak vest over her jersey. The body armour fits her like an elephant skin on a cat and makes her look ridiculous.

Behind her, it's obviously a bomb shelter: all concrete walls and floors and dim lights. Small huddles of people and children speaking softly or moving about around several electric heaters.

"So, this is Greta Kramer... and I'm so bored. Dad's off fighting the Robes, mum's upstairs with the infantry. And me... I get stuck here with all the lames and losers.
When they told me we were going to Skye I thought like FINALLY a planet you can buy a decent dress at or get a decent blow dry... but NO. We get sent to Hicksville, SwampLand and I get forced down a bomb shelter.

"Dad said he's supposed to be a "mobile defence" outside some factory. Not the factory we are stuck under though. It's literally bombed to nothing, some other one still making vehicles."

The camera shifts, showing several people huddled around lamps, reading to children or just looking stunned. Outside there's a rumble like thunder... but not.

The camera switches around to show an older woman kneeling down over a backpack radio. There's a combat shotgun leaning over her shoulder. The radioman is similar: he wears what look like tech coveralls, with a flak jacket over the top and a snub nosed SMG sitting nearby.

The woman speaks into the radio's handset.

"Roger that, Echo. Bishops falling back. Still no activity here."

She notices the camera trained on her and hands the handset to the man as she moves towards the camera.
There a hiss of static as a hand obscures the lens.


While the native Skye troops and Stone's men get the majority of the credit when history speaks of the second Word of Blake assault on Skye, the contribution of Mercenary and Clan forces cannot be denied.
Take for instance, the spirited defence around the Cyclops plant - carried out by Mercenary elements and the Clan Wolf's 11th Wolf Guards.
After their assault forces broke atmosphere, the Word of Blake initiated a massive orbital bombardment to cover its landing.

Delta Galaxy of the Wolf Clan were responsible for much of the Bugbottom District, supported by the 2nd Skye Guards, local reservists and mercenaries.
While a formidable force, the initial bombardment shattered many formations - including Delta's 11th Guard Cluster and much of the local forces.

Tasked with holding the Falkirk Moors, which was an effective overland route to the Cyclops plant, a Mercenary unit named Cavalli's Cavaliere mounted a mobile campaign against Word forces. Acting independently, Colonel Felix Cavalli counter attacked the Word's forces and fell back into broken terrain.

His Cavaliere were one of the few units to ride out the initial bombardment and played. A game of cat and mouse with elements of the 18th Division for much of,the first night, before being joined by scattered elements of the 11th Guards.

Initially, the mercenaries had been tasked with 'breaking the teeth' of the Blakist advance by holding prepeared positions, with artillery and air support, but due to the heavy orbital assault and a lack Of time, the mercenaries were forced to adapt - relatively independent of allied forces.

When the 18th Division funnelled in extra forces, the Cavalliere fell back. Now supported by Delta Galaxy forces, the two units displayed a spirited defence for several days.
Finally, allocated artillery and air support (the mercenaries' aerospace fighters had been assigned elsewhere by Skye high command), the battle fell into an effective stalemate with both sides launching small sized counter attacks and spoiling assaults.
- A Merc's Life: Skye Free Press, 3089

July 7, 3074
Reserves have finally come up. Mostly the 3rd Skye Guards, who are a mix of reservists frocked back into the regular army and beardless children. Either way, a company of leg infantry has been dropped on either side of us and some mixed hovertanks are bending us in support
The Wolves failed to show - we were told that what was left of Delta Galaxy would relieve us soon. Either they got lost or are more damaged than high command is saying

Three days of constant combat has worn us down, but we are holding strong. I pulled Fire Lance off the line because we were out of LRMs (no one is rolling with full magazines now, no resupply) and Battle is down two Mechs.
Casualties among our armoured forces are high, but the machines themselves were all repairable. I feel like a total bastard writing that.

We are facing our old friends from Donegal - the 18th Division. I reckon they have been reinforced with a lot of green troopers, because, while they outnumber us - they're not that good.
My lance personally saw off three times our number last night - we hit them, fell back, hit them... and then they just broke.

Those Wolves better get here soon though - we are strung out and under supplied, holding two ruined villages (both copped a recent WoB shelling) and a long stretch of forest. But if we have to keep falling back we will back at the Cyclops Incorporated plant before long
Felix Cavalli


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Re: Cavalli’s Cavaliere
« Reply #299 on: 12 July 2017, 21:15:46 »
Also, just a little update on the roster:

Lucius Black now commands the 2nd Company's Dragoon Lance. The veteran warrior has grown into a crucial component of the unit and has put down roots after marrying Peder Hammerskjold in 3073. He's pushing his new team hard, but the benefits are already showing.

Antonious Cezar is one of the unit's newly graduated Mechwarrior apprentices, born on distant Lontano and brought to the Inner Sphere by the Cavalliere. When the unit returned from their misjump in 3059, they brought with them several platoons of native infantry, several former pirates and numerous dependants. Cezar and his companions are drawn from those dependants.
Cezar is a bullheaded, quick to anger type but a promising Mechwarrior at the controls of his Commando COM-5S in Dragoon Lance.

Bjorn 'Big Bear' Kramer is a former FRR warrior who's faith was shattered when his beloved nation willingly merged with Clan Ghost Bear.
The former 4th Drakon has wandered since his failed Trial of Position, serving as a merc mostly along the Lyran/Clan border, with his wife Roxanne (now a squad leader in the 1st infantry platoon), their 17-year-old daughter Greta, their Ashlain Mastiff Odin and his Assassin ASN-21.
Big Bear plays guitar in the band he, Lieutenants Black and Barrett have formed.

Sharni Kharti is a native of As Samik and comes from a long line of Mechwarriors, reaching back to the days of the United Hindu Collective. A classically trained ballerina, she can replicate similar feats of acrobatics at the controls of a Mech and spent years on Noisel, competing in the games. Her career as a Mech gymnast dried up as the Games shuttered up during the Jihad. Seeking new horizons, she signed with Cavalli but lost her Valkyrie on Coventry - it's been replaced by a Commando COM-5S and rounds out Dragoon Lance.

Bruno Allegra is another Lontano native - both his parents signed as Astechs with the departing Cavalliere and he was raised in the Mechbay. A handsome, well built figure he's already shown a worrying habit with dice, cards and and women - and is practically in love with The mysterious Raita Mbugua from the Command Lance.
He drives a GRF-6CS Griffin, captured on Coventry, in Fire Lance.

Ginnifer is the third of the young new apprentices, but is not actually a Lontano native, although her foster parents are. Half wild warrior woman Evelyn and her wife adopted the six-year-old war orphan when Cavalli's Cavalliere moved into the Chaos March. Ginnifer has managed to overcome her horrific early childhood on a battlefield and the death of her adoptive mother during a Cavalliere mission and develop into a skilled warrior.
Beautiful and lithe, she also bares the ritual tattoos of her late adoptive mother's Clan.
Ginnifer pilots a  Firestarter Omni, purchased on Noisel, in the Hunter lance.

Following the New Home campaign, the Cavalliere adopted a wayward lance of the shattered Legion of the Rising Sun. These stiff necked former Kuritians failed to gel with the unit and one by one departed during 3073.
The exception was Yasmin Keyes, the daughter of a Shin Legion ex-pat and a Capellan noblewoman. A born rebel she'd never fitted into either regimented society but found what she was seeking with Cavalli's men. For now.
Her Daikyu was destroyed on Coventry, but Cavalli readily compensated her with an upgraded (but still old) Dragon.
She fills out the Mauler lance.
« Last Edit: 01 October 2017, 20:13:00 by Nav_Alpha »


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