Day Nine, 20:00
After the return of Ruin Dmitar and a brief planning session Lt. Samara Hellstrom led her lance in a raid upon the militants base at Stanton Company Mine Eight. Having avoided the hover-jeep patrols, the locust lance achieved near total surprise.
A series of watchtowers with searchlights and SRM equipped infantry defended the base, supporting two Dig Lord S6 Mod-A militarised industrialmechs.
Due to the element of surprise, the two defending ’mechs were out of position and the long range missile batteries they carried were often blocked by intervening buildings.
Lt. Samara Hellstrom successfully separated the two defending mechs. Her lance eliminated the one piloted by the leader of the militants, Leftenant Simon Trask. During the battle there was heavy damage to Jacques Dubois’s Locust LCT-1T before an internal ammunition explosion killedLeftenant Simon Trask.
Leftenant Simon Trask’s wingman approached from the other side of the settlement and engaged the locusts. Once his leader was eliminated, the wingman ordered a blackout of the settlement to try to use the fog conditions for a tactical advantage. A series of fires lit by weapon fire partially illuminated some areas of the battlefield. The locusts swarmed and surrounded the second target and eliminated it, by a headshot from Layne-Lars Kinnesson.
The remaining infantry forces in the two target buildings refused to surrender and fired upon the locust lance. The two facilities took heavy damage and were set alight in the engagement.
Day Nine, 21:00
Clean-up operations began after the battle.
After the militants were eliminated Lt. Samara Hellstrom opened discussions with the survivors and discovered the only survivors at Stanton Company Mine Eight were the effectively enslaved group of Twilight farmers. The gun-runners led by Leftenant Simon Trask had invaded and taken over the settlement after the peaceful Twilight farmers had created it. The hippie-commune of Twilight farmers were mostly ex-miners who had retired from mining or chosen to drop out of regular Strata society in favour of a new and independant agrarian lifestyle in the lowlands.
Following orders, Layne-Lars Kinnesson sought and destroyed any greenhouses growing Twilight but sparing any growing other plants, even though these were a mix of recreational drugs as well as food crops.
Ruin Dmitar took up arms and searched the main enemy facility for surviving militants. He discovered two more of the missing landtrains in the vehicle depot of the facility. The supplies and equipment-cache of the gun runners was found, enough to fully repair the previously salvaged Dig Lord S6 Mod-A and the one piloted by the second in command which salvaged from the battle. The stash included many personal weapons and vehicular weapons, vehicular armour, and other supplies.
Jacques Dubois took the lead on fire fighting. In one of the landtrains he found an un-modified Dig-Lord-S6 equipped with a dust suppression water sprayer system, which made quick work of the remaining fires.
Day Ten, 1:00
Using the two land-trains and a crew of Twilight farmer volunteers the lance set out for Argyre. Due to the heavy damage to his Locust LCT-1T and his greater skill at driving, Jacques Dubois was assigned to command the landtrains, which had been linked up into one combined vehicle. Lt. Samara Hellstrom, Layne-Lars Kinnesson and Ruin Dmitar escorted the combined landtrain and mopped up the hover-jeep patrols that remained.
At the end of his first patrol Ruin Dmitar talked with the Twilight farmers and acquired a stash of Twilight-wine and samples of the drug using other delivery-methods. Upon trying the wine, Ruin Dmitar found it was highly potent dose of Twilight and was strong enough to temporarily alter his vision.
Estimated 5 day duration.
Day Eleven, 13:00
Estimated arrival of the convoy in Argyre.