16/12/3049. Day 23, 08:00
The day after returning to base, Layne-Lars Kinnesson hit the firing range and worked on her accuracy with small arms and her physical fitness.
16/12/3049. Day 23, 19:00
Jacques Dubois was covertly invited for another meeting of the fight club. He was accompanied by Ruin Dmitar. During the event Jacques Dubois noted the arrival of Professor Anna Morozov and talked with her. She claimed to be running the fight club shortly before Jacques Dubois threw a punch. It was his belief that all visitors of the fight club were on the cards as eligible fighters, including her.
Professor Anna Morozov showed a lot of heart as well as toughness, strength, and fighting skill, but could not prevail against Jacques Dubois who was physically superior. She did, however, stand and fight, and hold her own for a time. She also got a spectacular black eye from the surprise opening strike.
Following this fight the other fight club members were stunned by Jacques Dubois’s boldness and/or ignorance.
17/12/3049. Day 24, 10:00
Lt. Samara Hellstrom was ordered to meet Lt. General Elisa Hayes in the command center. She was given a cryptic message about the probable need for her lance to engage in an unspecified covert operation soon and a warning that Jacques Dubois was being headhunted by Professor Anna Morozov.
17/12/3049. Day 24, 11:00
After Lt. Samara Hellstrom reported back to the other Hellstrom’s Hellions, Layne-Lars Kinnesson urged the group to acquire civilian clothing. The group requisitioned a jeep from the motor pool and set out for the nearest town.
Following the main route to the town the pilots spotted a partly concealed mech in a small pine plantation. It was identified as a 30 ton Valkyrie light mech, armed with a LRM10 rack as the primary weapon. The location, mech type and colouration were reported to base. The mech was crouched in the standard position for a shut-down humanoid mech and did not move before the jeep moved out of range.
Ruin Dmitar was convinced the mech was a Comm Guard unit but had difficulty convincing his lancemates. After reaching the town he continued to monitor communications while the others began shopping. After confirming the rogue battlemech was not part of any training operation, test, or drill the order to get satelite reconisance was given. Immediately after this all military freqiencies went down.
Lt. Samara Hellstrom decided to return to base with her lance. The base was on full alert. They took side roads rather than risk the main road. Upon arriving at the base they were informed that by the time the network had been restored that the rogue battlemech had moved, and had evaded detection by the recon units sent after it.
Layne-Lars Kinnesson investigated the technical details of the system intrusion. Meanwhile in the confusion Jacques Dubois was spirited away by Professor Anna Morozov for DNA samples and physical testing.