22/12/3049. Day 29, 14:30
The relief forces arrived. The VTOLs could not land but the troops were able to rappel down and to secure the cargo. The circle of armoured trucks was to be used as a base camp.
The airlifted troops were a medical staff led by combat medic Dr Gibson, a LRM platoon led by Lt Hartford, a SRM platoon led by Lt Stevens, and a Machine Gun platoon led by Lt Horner.
22/12/3049. Day 29, 16:00
Medically treated and lucid, Ruin Dmitar was sent to scale the DCS Hi No Kaze and let down a rope ladder. A squad of LRM infantry set up a firing position at the top of the crashed warship and Lt Hartford took command personally.
22/12/3049. Day 29, 16:30
Hellstrom’s Hellions made their way to the main breach in the ship’s hull and entered the ship. Their primary objective was to retrieve the ship’s logs and sensor records, and their secondary objective was to neutralise the countermeasure.
On the way in to the bridge the team subdued two people under the influence of the hallucinogen. Upon entering the bridge they discovered one person hiding in a storage closet and locked them in. They closed the door and began downloading the logs.
Ruin Dmitar began to feel mildly under the influence of some unknown factor, equivalent to being mildly ‘tipsy’ but still clear minded.
22/12/3049. Day 29, 16:50
Someone began cutting into the bulkhead using a vibro-tool. The team opened the door and counterattacked. Six of the influenced people, unusually acting as a team, attacked.
Jacques Dubois held the attachers off using a shield and stun staff, backed up by Lt. Samara Hellstrom and her stun staff. Layne-Lars Kinnesson and Ruin Dmitar helped from behind where they could. During the fight most of the attackers were taken unharmed but stunned, one was killed by Ruin and another wounded by Layne, but Layne was stabbed by a vibrodagger.
Layne-Lars Kinnesson was injured seriously but still conscious and mobile.
While the files were being downloaded, Lt. Samara Hellstrom tried to talk to the person in the closet, who attacked blindly through the cupboard with a Draconis Combine vibroscimitar and wounded the lieutenant. Ruin Dmitar fired through the hole and killed the person inside.
22/12/3049. Day 29, 16:53
Ruin Dmitar fell under the influence of the unknown factor, a biological agent delivered along with the hallucinogen. He hallucinated that he’d just been struck in the forehead with a rfle-butt by a Commstar soldier, then fled the team of six into the woods to carry out a mission from his past. He slipped away from the group, who couldn’t track him.
Ruin proceeded down the main access corridor of the ship, seeing it as a woodland path. Along the way he saw a Commstar sniper, snuck up and knocked him out (kick to the back of the head) then made it to the breach in the hull. He managed to shake off the delusion at this point, just before two infected people attacked. Ruin Dmitar fought off the two men, using the zeus heavy rifle he had loaded with flechette rounds.
22/12/3049. Day 29, 17:07
Layne-Lars Kinnesson activated the ship’s venting system, which would begin clearing the chemical and biological weapons inside. This was a system designed mainly to help clear the ship of smoke in the event of battle damage.
After completing the download Lt. Samara Hellstrom led her team out. They found the curb-stomped man Ruin Dmitar saw as a Commstar sniper. Then they heard and following the sounds of gunfire and found Ruin. Only Lt. Samara Hellstrom knew Ruin Dmitar had been hallucinating, Ruin only trusted the lieutenant with that confession.
The Hellstrom’s Hellions exited the ship and radioed in to the base camp. They were informed by Dr Gibson about the biological agent and directed to report to medical.
22/12/3049. Day 29, 17:30
The group made it back to the base camp, after seeing many infected people had killed each other and about fifty had been gunned down attacking the base. Lt. Samara Hellstrom and Layne-Lars Kinnesson were treated for their wounds and tested for the bio-agent, and Ruin Dmitar was dosed with a medicine to suppress hallucinations.
22/12/3049. Day 29, 18:00
With his superiors medicated, command fell to Jacques Dubois. He did an exceptional job of it, knowing the Eisen Mining reinforcements should be arriving any time he had Technician David Curran contact Eisen Mining and get them on-side. They established a quarantine perimeter.
Due to this, Communications officer Imogen Swan from Waystation 86 contacted the military when the missing Burro I truck showed up. It had been commandeered by Sons of Brion forces with salvaged bioweapon canisters, and they attempted to infect the relief forces. The warning prevented this and they made for Argyre.
Jacques Dubois took charge while his lance-mates were under medical treatment. He coordinated the quarantine zone and communication with military headquarters. As the situation developed, he initiated a quarantine of the whole lowlands zone around Argyre.
22/12/3049. Day 29, 20:00
Lt Horner led a squad, in environment suits, into the ship to retrieve the people that had been incapacitated by the Hellstrom’s Hellions. They encountered resistance but overcame it.
23/12/3049. Day 30, 12:00
By this time, most of the expedition survivors had killed one another, or themselves. A total of twenty four were taken alive, the rest were dead or missing. Of these only Technician David Curran is lucid.
25/12/3049. Day 32, 08:00
The relief convoy arrived with Lt Richter and her lance, and the Hellstrom’s Hellions mechs, plus more infantry forces led by Sergeant Dirk Wolf and Corporal Sarah Langley. Coincidentally the relief team arrived on Christmas.
26/12/3049. Day 33, 22:00
Attempting to use cover of night, the Sons of Brion terrorists tried to get the Burro I truck
and its cargo of biological weapon canisters (salvaged from the ship) into Argyre. The cadet lance sent to replace Hellstrom’s Hellions in Argyre successfully detected, intercepted and captured the truck and its occupants. One was a Sons of Brion agent, the other one of the Silent Watchers. Both had civilian hazmat gear and admitted to being under the command of the captured Sons of Brion agent Brook Harris, driver of the captures Swift Wind Scout Car.