09/12/3049. Day 18, 15:00
The accelerated timeframe for completion of the Jaguar design bore fruit and a working prototype frame and musculature were ready for field testing.
Like the infamous Scorpion quad mech the Jaguar proved a very stabile firing platform but extremely unstable (and uncomfortable for the pilot) in motion. This was judged far from acceptable and remedied by urgent implementation of the ‘quadruped gait’ more similar to a dog or cat than the ‘spider gait’ used by the mark one prototype and the Scorpion.
10/12/3049. Day 19, 10:00
The two Super Locust LCT-S1E prototypes were fully armed and armoured, and subjected to rigorous testing. The mobility of the battlemechs checked out but during the weapons test power-supply problems were detected when attempting to fire all medium lasers in rapid succession.
The flaw was discovered and redesign of the power distribution system commenced.
12/12/3049. Day 20, 10:00
The Raven RVN-3XML was fully armed and armoured, and subjected to rigorous testing. The design checked out completely.
14/12/3049. Day 22, 10:00
The redesigned Jaguar was fielded to test the stability of the unit. A mock patrol was organised using the entire Hellstrom’s Hellions lance and powered down weapons on all battlemechs. The Jaguar checked out.
During manoeuvres Layne-Lars Kinnesson detected a hoverbike in the training area and a ghost-reading nearby. The ghost reading turned out to be a spy in a Sneak IR/ECM suit who was attempting to scan and transmit data on the new mech designs. The suit made the spy almost invisible to mech sensors but not to visual detection.
Jacques Dubois closed and opened fire, a spectacular but harmless light show. Lt. Samara Hellstrom became suspicious when the spy did not ‘play dead’ in response, indicating he was not part of the training operation.
When Jacques Dubois attempted to grab the spy the man attempted to rappel down to the ground (and waiting hoverbike) but Jacques found his line and made him drop into a nearby river. Jacques later exited his mech and dived into the water to chase the escaping spy.
Lt. Samara Hellstrom and Ruin Dmitar searched and discovered one additional spy, who Samara succeeded in catching with her mech, and Ruin shot the sensor-unit from the spy’s hand from the roof of his disarmed battlemech. He had initiated a data download to a receiver in the midlands before it was interrupted.
The first spy and Jacques Dubois fought underwater, until Jacques wrestled the breathing gear from the spy, and in response was stabbed in the arm with a vibrodagger. Lt. Samara Hellstrom intervened, attempting to fish the spy from the water, but due to bad luck on the spy’s part he was caught under the mech’s hand and crushed against the river bed.
THe second spy was attempted to threaten his captors with a grenade, which Ruin Dmitar shot from his hand (along with the hand). He was then subdued and his wound treated. The gruesome remains of the deceased first spy were collected.
14/12/3049. Day 22, 14:00
The unit returned to base with the prisoner. He was rushed to the medical area. Lt. Samara Hellstrom and Ruin Dmitar interrogated the target and received a series of lies and half-truthes, after which the lieutenant left the room and Ruin used harsher methods. Ruin easily made the man confess to being part of Commstar, but when the obvious deception continued Ruin fired on the prisoner’s foot. When Samara returned the prisoner attempted to deceive her into believing Ruin had tried to coerce him to say he was from Commstar, but Samara had enough trust in her officers (and distrust of the prisoner) to fall for that. Ruin expressed his gratitude to his commanding officer, whose trust was a welcome change from Ruin’s previous superiors.
Some additional threats convinced the prisoner to reveal their rendezvous information, a warehouse in a midlands logging town.
During the interrogation Layne-Lars Kinnesson began working on the damaged sensor unit. Jacques Dubois attempted to retrieve the data from the undamaged sensor unit and triggered a boobytrap which erased the unit’s memory and triggered an incendiary charge, which Jacques narrowly avoided.
14/12/3049. Day 22, 14:00
Layne-Lars Kinnesson finished retrieving information from the damaged sensor unit, and discovered the sensor data for the raven had been successfully transmitted.
14/12/3049. Day 22, 15:00
The group set out on a hovercar to the rendezvous point with Ruin Dmitar wearing the captured Sneak IR/ECM and a plan for Ruin to attempt to masquerade as the prisoner.
14/12/3049. Day 22, 17:00
Hellstrom’s Hellions arrived at the rendezvous point and Ruin Dmitar approached the warehouse at the address the prisoner gave. Ruin introduced himself using the prisoner’s name, which the miscreants recognised as the name the spy was to give if captured. The Hellions fought through the would-be ambush and captured four of the five thugs alive.
The thugs were equipped with a wheeled jeep and a long range communications device, which was programmed to erase and overwrite its memory and communications logs to untraceably erase the information.
14/12/3049. Day 22, 20:00
The team returned home, and handed their prisoners over to the brig before performing the normal paperwork and also notifying the warehouse owners and local authorities of what transpired.