Ferox Rangers #6 (Battletech Campaign)
Date: March 28, 3066.
World: Kennard, at the border of the Federated Suns and the Outworlds Alliance.
Mission Briefing: Adept Julius Vespasian, ComStar
Good morning Ms. Ferox. Thank you for taking the time to speak with me. My name is Adept Vespasian, and I am the senior ranking officer for ComStar on this world. It seems that you've been operating a mercenary company on Kennard without filing the proper paperwork with the MRB. As I am sure you are aware, the monetary penalties for operating outside of the parameters of the MRB are quite hefty, and I have an order here that will allow my personnel to immediately, and without any additional cause, freeze all of your accounts, seize all of your assets and impound your entire lance of battlemechs.
Now, I am not an unreasonable man, and I believe that we can come to some kind of agreement that will serve to our mutual benefit. You see, we have a problem on Kennard, and at the center of this problem is a self-styled "pirate king." I think you are familiar with Julian Corpuz, and I have seen from the records that you have encountered his lackeys before. If you are willing, we can arrange an encounter between your lance and Mr. Corpuz. Terminate him, and the pirate problem on Kennard should lessen considerably. In payment for this, we will dismiss all of your penalty fees for operating as a rogue mercenary group and I will personally ensure that the Ferox Rangers are properly registered and placed in good standing with the Board and with ComStar. We will also provide you with an additional 250,000 C-Bills as a sort of bounty compensation if you manage to terminate Mr. Corpuz. There will be no support, no salvage rights and no insurance coverage in this mission, but I think the terms that I have presented are more than fair.
Refuse this generous offer, and I can assure you that ComStar will confiscate everything you think you own, levying penalties against any future earnings, if necessary. You may still be able to find work as a farmhand on Kennard, but I can promise you that if you are not willing to work with us, I will personally see to it that you never pilot a battlemech again.
Mission Report, Commander Ellen Ferox
So that's how I ended up working for ComStar.
Worst mistake of my life, so far.
The message came out of the blue, pissed me off first, then scared me. I took the mission because I've heard all of the stories about how ComStar basically always gets what ComStar wants, and the best way to minimize how much they take is just to go along with whatever they want and pray they don't alter any deal you make with them. I'm not happy about it, and I don't trust this Adept Vespasian any further than I could throw him, but his threats carry weight, so I decided the path of least resistance was just to be a good little mercenary and take this shot at taking out Julian Corpuz.