April 22, 2018, 11:15:18 AM

Author Topic: Eridani Light Horse - A Strange Encounter  (Read 379 times)

0 Members and 1 Guest are viewing this topic.

Offline Xannatharr

  • Inner Sphere Faction Representative
  • *
  • Posts: 49
  • Karma: 15
    • View Profile
  • Unit: [T] The Templars
Eridani Light Horse - A Strange Encounter
« on: December 01, 2017, 07:00:07 AM »
Danziger 16 System Nadir Jump Point
11/30/3062





Danziger 16 was a disputed system whose now-depleted uranium mines had once made it an important planet. Discovered early on in the age of exploration Danziger was a waypoint and fueling station for early starships. But as the major uranium mines gradually became exhausted and fusion reactors began to replace older fission systems on ships Danziger 16 slipped into irrelevance.

In theory the Free Worlds League and the Federated Suns both claimed the system, but they had never fought over it and very seldom even bothered sending military units on visits to show their flags. Most of the time the only organized force on the planet was the Civil Militia, and given the endemic corruption in the Planetary Government, the  Militia could be bought and sold by anyone who had the c-bills and cared enough to spend them.

But when the Manager of the small Dynamico Limited uranium processing plant sent a frantic message requesting help and then went dark, a ripple of events started that resulted in CEO Prisca Na'aih calling in a favor from High Command on Avalon. Soon after two lances of the Eridani Light Horse were dispatched to pay a visit to Danziger abourd a Dyanmico jumpship. Ostensibly they were there to show the flag, but in reality the mission was to secure the uranium processing plant until the company was able to hire and transport suitable mercenaries, probably an infantry unit with a few light armored vehicles, to guard the facility.



Kills5150, a long-time officer in the Light Horse with the rank of Captain was in charge of the small expeditionary force. He sat in the cockpit of his Cicada Battlemech, warming up it's systems as the dropship descended through the polluted atmosphere of Danziger 16, headed to the single active aerospace port on the planet. Other ELH mechs filled the bays of the dropships, including several Warhammers, a Catphract, an urbanmech and a Javelin for scouting. All were warming up their systems and preparing to walk off the dropship as soon as it touched down.

At that moment Kill's commlink chirped and the voice of the dropship's communications officer came over the link. "Sir we have received a transmission from someone on the ground who wants to speak to you... patching them through!"

The center flatscreen display in Kill's cockpit flipped away from displaying reactor temperature data and was replaced by a stern face with piercing eyes surrounded by vibrant green tattoos. 


"Listen Mercenary scum. I have no respect for those that fight for coin rather than for the honor of their Clan, but we have heard of your particular band and it may be that you are not completely without honor. There is no need for a Batchall; I will blood my new mechwarriors on you, man for man, warrior for warrior. My veterans will stand by and watch. We will defeat you but no Isorla will be taken. Fight honorably and we will leave you with the pitiful resources of this backwater planet as your reward. We await you at the uranium processing plant."

The connection closed.

"What the fuck?" said Kills aloud to his empty cockpit, then he keyed his commlink "All units, there are Clan Jade Falcon mechs on-planet. When we land we will immediately deploy towards the uranium processing plant. I know this sounds nuts, but we are only to engage the ones that fire at us.. if you see other enemy mechs standing by observing you are NOT to fire on them!"

The Eridani Light Horse Dropship landed in a cloud of smoke and dust and the unit debarked, headed for their strange battle with the clans.



***********************************************************************************

To Commander, ELH
From: Kills5150, Expedition Commander,
Mission Report: Danziger 16 Expedition

Digest: When we were on final approach we were challenged by the 79th Raptor Talon Cluster of Clan Jade Falcon. It appears that they had landed on the planet some weeks ago on a training mission for new warriors and upon arrival on Danziger 16 immediately destroyed the Civil Militia force. Honestly this isn't all bad because the Militia was rotten to the core and if they were dumb enough to shoot at the Jade Falcon dropships... well survival of the fittest and all that.

Decimating the Militia didn't satisfy their training demands, so the Jade Falcons waited, hoping that the Free Worlds League or Federated Suns would send them a worthy opponent to "blood" their warriors. Since the CEO of Dynamico is a friend of the First Prince, that turned out to be us.

The Jade Falcon commander did not issue a Batchall, he just came right out and told me what the terms of the fight were going to be. They would hold back a number of units, leaving us to fight an equal number of their warriors and whatever the outcome of the fight, they would not take our mechs or warriors as prizes. And if we fought "honorably" they would leave Danziger 16 to us afterwards. Given the orders you issued to us before we departed Fletcher, I judged that fighting on their terms was the most certain way to achieve our mission.

Signals intelligence and gun camera footage seems to show that the enemy had almost three stars of mechs at the Dynamico plant, but they only used 8 against our two lances and they appeared to select machines of equal weight to those we dispatched to Danziger 16. So it really was a straight-up fight just as the Jade Falcons promised.

We sent a scouting unit to spot the enemy forces and attempt to pull them a firing line we built against one of the plant's walls and it partially worked; an enemy Cheetah type battlemech strayed in front of our firing line and was quickly destroyed. The majority of the enemy force formed up on top of the structure and attempted to fire down on us, but torso-mounted weapons from both sides did not have enough elevation to engage.

But we discovered that the enemy force included a couple of their new 90-ton Madcat II mechs, and these were carrying gauss rifles in arm mounts. They were able to engage us with some effect so we pushed away from our cover and attempted to suppress the partial enemy firing line above us. But we lost those trades and they ground us down pretty quickly. We finally managed to get into a close range fight on the ramp up to their position but when the smoke cleared we had only take down a handful of Jade Falcon Mechs.

True to his word, the officer leading this element of the 79th Raptor Talon Cluster loaded their mechs and lifted off, leaving us to salvage our downed machines. Dynamico Limited is covering the cost of our repairs as High Command told you they would. A infantry company and a lance of tanks from Kellen's Killers should arrive later this week to take over security for the plant and I wouldn't be surprised if the local government tries to hire a some of them to take over for the Civil Militia. We will depart for Fletcher once Kellen's Killers are in position and the Dynamico Limited plant Manager indicates he is satisfied.   

***********************************************************************************       




   
   
« Last Edit: December 01, 2017, 09:08:49 AM by Xannatharr »
- For The Glory of House Liao

Offline Xannatharr

  • Inner Sphere Faction Representative
  • *
  • Posts: 49
  • Karma: 15
    • View Profile
  • Unit: [T] The Templars
Re: Eridani Light Horse - A Strange Encounter
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2017, 07:21:46 AM »
::OOC:: Many thanks to Geg and the warriors of R79T for the scrimmage last night. We had a good time, learned some sharp lessons and definitely benefited from getting in some matches on Rubellite Oasis.

/Salute!
- For The Glory of House Liao

Offline Geg

  • Clan Council Representative
  • *
  • Posts: 114
  • Karma: 3
    • View Profile
  • Unit: R79T
Re: Eridani Light Horse - A Strange Encounter
« Reply #2 on: December 01, 2017, 07:42:19 AM »
o7....   I know.   It's been so long since we got a new map, I rather forget how long they take to learn.   Good times all around!
« Last Edit: December 01, 2017, 07:43:52 AM by Geg »