Ferox Rangers #3 (Battletech Campaign)
Date: March 1, 3066.
World: Kennard, at the border of the Federated Suns and the Outworlds Alliance.
You're going to want in on this one, Commander.
We've been tracking pirate movements more closely as of late, and we think we may have located the LosTech Cache that Corpuz got his Cicadas from. Probe flybys have found evidence of a significant underground factory complex under the Nissinen Plains, about a hundred klicks from Sigma Garrison, and there's enough disturbed soil in the area to suggest not only excavation, but also at least one lance of battlemechs. We're sending three of our mechs to the area, which is all we can spare at the moment, and they're going to need backup. The FedComm is willing to cover your damages in this mission up to 400,000 C-Bills, with half salvage on enemy units and 200,000 c-bills in pay, with an additional 200,000 for every one of the Davion mechs you are supporting which survives the fray, if you're willing to go. We can't really afford to lose any mechs while most of Lindon's Batallion is working elsewhere, so try to keep everyone out there alive, if you can. The civil war has us stretched thin, and I don't have to remind you that Kennard isn't all that important as far as planets in the Inner Sphere go, so we're mostly on our own with this pirate problem. Wipe out any resistance, then wait for salvage teams to arrive to check out and clean out the area.
Mission Report, Commander Ellen Ferox
LosTech. Star League caches of top-of-the-line experimental military technology. Man, in all her years as a merc, my mother never had the opportunity to be involved in something like this. Yeah, she was in the first wave of mercs to face off against the Clans when they started taking worlds, and that must have been equal parts terrifying and exhilirating, but this-- this is really exciting. If the Cicadas we faced a couple of weeks ago are any indication, we might be looking at a research facility with technology far beyond anything else on the planet. This could be a huge boon for Davion, and probably for us too, if we can move in and take the place.
Observant old-timers may notice that in the initial group shots of the task force going in, there's a Trebuchet in the back instead of a Victor. Basically what happened is that when I picked out the minis for Davion, I thought a Trebuchet would be fun to run, but somehow that got changed in my mind to a Victor during set up. I had the sheets and the BV calculation including the Victor, and when I went to move it on the table, I realized my mistake. After that, I swapped the miniature out for a more appropriate one.
Also, as an aside, I forgot how nasty Demolisher tanks can be. Now I remember why I painted them up in the first place. They're too formidable to one-shot with a mech, but they can hit hard enough to one-shot a mech if both cannons hit.
Also, also: standing in for the Cicada is one of my own creations, a VA-91 Viscacha.