27/05/3050 (Terra Standard Time). Day 185
Samara Hellstrom and Ruin Dmitar did a tour of the captured Lion-class Clan Dropship. Star Captain Declan (aerospace phenotype) formally surrendered and submitted to Ruin. Samara issued orders to repair the Gargoyle then Hellbringer then Summoner.
Samara Hellstrom assembled a strike force to retake the capital city:
- Samara Hellstrom piloting the Gargoyle Assault Battlemech
- Ruin Dmitar in Nighthawk Mk3 Power Armour
- Jacques Dubois in Hellstorm HM3 Battle Armour
- Adept VI-Iota Michelle Abnett in Krieger Stealth Battle Armour (and representing ComStar for the liberation of the HPG Station)
- One squad of four troopers in Hellstorm HM3 Battle Armour
The strike team proceeded unchallenged to the city then through to the ComStar complex. They found the compound guarded by the expected point of five elementals in Elemental Medium Battle Armour, and were ambushed by two unexpected points (each of five) elementals in Corona Heavy Battle Armour.
None of the enemy elementals gave a chance for negotiation, as they were under the false impression that they were dealing with Inner Sphere barbarians who would not fight honourably and were deploying a Battlemech against a civilian facility. The Elemental troopers fought desperately but resolutely and four were felled by the Gargoyle’s and the fifth downed (but not slain) by a kick from the Assault Battlemech.
Michelle attempted to intervene and follow normal Clan protocols but ultimately failed due to the misconceptions on the defenders, and finally dragged the survivor away to safety.
The Corona troopers engaged Jacque and were sniped at by Ruin, while attempting to bring down the battlemech. Between the two points they managed to damage but not fell the battlemech before being subdued by EMP ordinance, and the attacks of the Hellstorm suits and the battlemech.
Following the battle Samara detected a panicked transmission from Technician Peter to Star Captain Dayna Malthus, complete with security camera footage of the assault on the compound. Sounds of panic were heard in the background of the transmission so Samara and Ruin chose to advance on foot (in powered armour) to take hold of the situation.
The team found Scientist Brent Tesla who they talked down (from his attempt to flee the complex) and once he had calmed and accepted them as the new warrior caste leaders he led them to the communications control center. Tesla proved to be very welcoming to the ‘Clan Hellions’ personnel, and helped reign in the other clan personnel.
Ruin used the PA system to explain the situation to the ComStar and Clan staff running about the facility, unfortunately by giving his name this further panicked the ComStar staff who believed Ruin was ‘The Destroyer’. This resulted in a fanatic but ineffectual attempt on his life by a knife wielding maniac (who could not penetrate Ruin’s power armour. A later attempt to tackle and then kung-fu (movie style) Ruin followed.
In contrast to the ComStar personnel, the Clan personnel were very helpful (and competent, and sane) and fell into line under their new military leaders. Similarly the new style of doing things presented by Samara and expertly assisted by Ruin impressed them and increased their favour in the eyes of the liberated clan non-combatants.
The clan taskforce was comprised of a series of teams:
- The Operations Team, ten Scientist Caste and ten of the Technician Caste. These (under Tesla) were responsible for running the communications and manage the colony infrastructure.
- The Utilities Team, twenty Labourer Caste tasked to assist the Operations Team and maintain the facility.
- The Inspection Group from the Merchant Caste which was three Merchant Caste and their two Labourer Caste assistants serving as retainers.
One unexpected bonus was that one of the Merchant Caste was an artist, where the Merchant Caste was the caste that most clan artists best fit into. Merchant (or Artist) Kevin Forbes, who was freeborn. His talents were being used for video production and choreography. In his off time however he pursues whatever artistic forms he can, favouring drawing and painting.
Having secured the facility, Samara and Ruin communicated with various Lyran and Davion authorities, and reported their success back to the Harbinger and the captured clan dropship.