16/01/3050. Day 54, 07:00
Ruin Dmitar had organised a meeting with Secretary Robyn Hedley, they met at the beginning of her hectic schedule for the day. The conversation took place in the hybrid continental breakfast and cafeteria setup the Orange Council had organised. In the public setting both master spies were limited in what they could say, and Hedley proved infuriatingly evasive about the Sons of Brion and Silent Watchers while being helpful as much as she could about Argyre events and the plans for Wolkehoffen Einrichtung.
Hedley suggested that Paul Hines of the New Orange Union and Mist-Dreamer Blue-Stream of the Grey Party and Resplendent Order of Twilight’s Harmonious Embrace be contacted next as they might be helpful for Wolkehoffen Einrichtung.
16/01/3050. Day 54, 08:15
Samara Hellstrom met with Paul Hines of the New Orange Union and he was enthused by her proposal. He bargained in an experienced and pragmatic manner, a testament to his many industrial dispute resolutions. His main motive at the moment seemed to be some of the older and more infirm veterans of lowlands mining industry around Argyre.
16/01/3050. Day 54, 08:30
Ruin Dmitar met with Mist-Dreamer Blue-Stream who lived in a tent embassy of the Resplendent Order of Twilight’s Harmonious Embrace near the Orange Council headquarters. He was treated to some excellent coffee, and also excellent tea, and discovered they grew a huge variety of crops including fine quality coffee and tea. It turned out she was formerly a landtrain driver, and was excited about the idea of cooperation and trade, and becoming part of Wolkehoffen Einrichtung.
16/01/3050. Day 54, 08:45
Jacques Dubois‘s third in command, Bishop, was found dead. Second in command, Slab, brought Jacques Dubois to the scene. The Worker’s Resistance Militia gathering there didn’t have the investigation skills needed, but they called in Ruin Dmitar who determined what happened. Bishop had fought back hard against a skilled assassin who had tried and failed to garrotte him (due to his militia armoured vest), was disarmed of a vibrosword, then fought him to the death using a normal knife and their fists and feet. For his part Bishop fought to the death with courage and honour, and was posthumously praised by Jacques Dubois and the other Fists.
16/01/3050. Day 54, 09:05
The central support pillar was shot out by pinpoint SRM fire before lit up with incendiary grenades. Four of the eight people in there got out safely, and one had luckily carried the saloon’s beloved rat mascot ‘Blender’ to safety.
16/01/3050. Day 54, 09:25
Ruin Dmitar contacted Hedley and was told a lot, he was told “Rogue Assassin. Use Extreme Caution” followed by a description “Female, 5’5”, Brown Hair, Green Eyes". This sounded very similar to the previously captured Sons of Brion agent Min Tanner. It turned out the assasin was Min’s sister Lin Tanner.
16/01/3050. Day 54, 10:03
The two cornered and engaged Blade on the rooftops overlooking the murder site. She proved to be a very nimble combatant, darting away from the battle armour and firing on it with her shoulder mounted SRM launcher. Her first shot hit Jacque in his right hand, blowing it off. Her second shot targeted the damaged spot, disabling his machine gun, and her third hit him in the torso. Jacque had cornered her at this point, and as she went to draw her vibrosword against the heavily damaged battle armour Ruin took his shot hitting the formidable assassin in the head. This sent her toppling over the edge of the roof but Jacque jumped down with his battle armour and saved her, then rushed her to Professor Anna Morozov for medical care.
It was then that he realised his own condition, his hand was not just numbed by the built in medpacks of his suit, but had been blown away. He fell unconscious (helped in no small part by the professor’s intervention, remote-commanding the suit to sedate him).
Samara Hellstrom and Ruin Dmitar were both rattled by the fall of the invincible Jacques Dubois, and proceeded with non-battlefield projects for the rrest of the day while Professor Anna Morozov worked on their friend.
16/01/3050. Day 54, 11:30
16/01/3050. Day 54, 19:00
Professor Anna Morozov finished the first of two operations, implanting a cybernetic hand onto Jacques Dubois. An unconcealed improved enhanced prosthetic, with melee hardening and a shocker system installed (Punch 2M/4 when unpowered, 2E/5S shock when powered, 3 PPS, uses HC Micro Power Pack with 15 PP). Her excellent skill (and experience) led to an excellent operation and an expected rapid recovery.
16/01/3050. Day 54, 20:00
Adept VI-Iota Michelle Abnett returned from scouting zones 3, 5 and 6 and discussed her findings with Samara Hellstrom in preparation for the upcoming military action/intervention in those territories.
16/01/3050. Day 54, 23:00
Professor Anna Morozov finishes surgery on Lin Tanner with excellent results. Her toughness and pain resistance being key factors in the outcome.
17/01/3050. Day 55, 05:12
Jacques Dubois in the recovery ward, feeling 100% (due to medication) but fully physically recovered. Using his new hand is as natural as his birth hand, except the shock system which he began learning to control.
17/01/3050. Day 55, 07:00
The operation began, led by Samara Hellstrom and including Ruin Dmitar in his sniper battlemech, Jacques Dubois leading four squads of battle armour troops, and Layne-Lars Kinnesson as an eye in the sky with her Raven ’mech carried by VTOL. The cadet lance was also grought in for their firepower and to give them battle experience.
The first area (zone 3) was apparently unguarded. An unarmed man challenged the expeditionary force and attempted to pass himself off as an innocent civilian. Meanwhile Ruin Dmitar spotted two trucks headed south. They were attempting to seize the cache of weapons in (zone 1). Ruin Dmitar used his ’mech as a road-block and the fourth squad of battle armour troops air-dropped in and subdued the targets (14 men).
17/01/3050. Day 55, 08:30
The expeditionary force entered zone 5. A series of pitched battles began with remnants of the combat-drugged defenders, most who were armed with anti-vehicular grade weapons of one sort or another. The defenders fought fearlessly, ultimately proving to be on the combat drug K-Z (aka Krazy), managing to score a SRM head-shot on Samara’s battlemech and some damage to battlesuits.
During the engagements Ruin Dmitar exited his combat to fight a emplacement of three SMR armed gangers in a sniper duel. When one proved to be a crack shot, Adept VI-Iota Michelle Abnett who had stowed away on Ruin’s battlemech interposed herself and took both SRM hits herself. She luckily escaped without injury but four sevenths of her armour had been blown away.
One of the Javelin battlemechs piloted by the cadets had severe damage done to one leg, but at the cadet pilot’s insistence she stayed in the fight.
A tower with fize LRM equipped fanatics fired on the Raven and its transport, forcing them to evacuate temporarily before ground forces took out the anti aircraft missile nest.
Only 4 of 45 militants in the zone were taken alive.
17/01/3050. Day 55, 10:00
Moving into zone 6, Ruin spotted another IED and evaded it, but Samara got too close to one and took heavy damage to her battlemechs left leg. Other hazards of the area were dealt with by the increasingly on-alert forces. One last desperate berzerker charge was not halted by teat gas grenades, forcing the battle armour troopers to gun them down with machine gun fire.
The boss of the zone 6 forces wielded a light machine gun, like the leader of zone 5 whom Ruin Dmitar had dispatched. Samara Hellstrom was engaged by the leader of zone 6 who fought fearlessly but fanatically. Meanwhile a creepy gothic-horror girl stood by and watched. Jacques Dubois dispatched the light machine gun wielding fanatic, upon which the 15 year old girl demanded that Jacque or Samara show her their face.
A surreal battle ensued, with the girl trying to place a magnetic-charge on the battle armour with her left hand (the right being behind her back) while expertly evading the battlesuit’s melee attacks. Finally Jacque disarmed the girl, upon which she said “show me your face” and he responded with a battlesuit helmet headbutt and dropped the girl.
Despite unconsciousness, she recited “In defeat I have become a stain, a stain of blood upon the honourable blade of Shojici”.
Ruin Dmitar detected a transmission, and spotted an observer watching on from a three story building. He got Adept VI-Iota Michelle Abnett to jump him over upon which they captured a similarly creepy woman.
Ruin discovered from her that she had released the dreaded Agent DC37 into the local water supply. Once informed of this Jacques Dubois sprung into action using his South Side crew to contain the problem in his areas. Hedley was contacted to protect other areas, particularly zones 7 and 8.
17/01/3050. Day 55, 12:30
Hedley’s negotiations with zone 7 and 8 went well, but when Samara Hellstrom talked to the people in zone 8 they took it as part of the propoganda about the military inventing threats to trick the populace into compliance and didn’t believe the problem with the water was real. This saw them drinking the contaminated water and about 200 people becoming contaminated by Agent DC37. As a result four of the affliceted gouged out their eyes like Technician David Curran had.
17/01/3050. Day 55, 13:00
On a roll, Professor Anna Morozov finished surgery on Technician David Curran implanting cybernetic eyes into the man. She had slept between performing surgery on Lin ‘Blade’ Tanner and Jacques Dubois.
17/01/3050. Day 55, 14:00
17/01/3050. Day 55, 15:00
17/01/3050. Day 55, 16:15
This resulted in Ruin Dmitar storming into Samara Hellstrom‘s office to voice (among other things) his continued distrust of ComStar and his disagreement with her decision to let the Adept remain close by. The discussion quickly led to Ruin’s status as a clone and other linked issues.
17/01/3050. Day 55, 23:45
Ruin Dmitar met with Secretary Robyn Hedley who he knew to be a coffee addict, offering real coffee in exchange for a frank discussion. She agreed and they discussed many matters off the record including Hedley’s current motives in favour of the Wolkehoffen Einrichtung agenda.