28/12/3049. Day 35, 18:00
Jacques Dubois and the corporal pursued the unknown humanoid light in a hover jeep. They were tracking the humanoid battlemech which had visited the combat scene, collected one of the two ComStar pilots, and left.
Tracking the battlemech was possible, and in the faster hover jeep Jacques Dubois closed on the target. Their quarry detected the vehicle and took evasive action. The trackers reached the point where the battlemech had reacted, and found the hunted had become the hunter and was closing on them. It was a ComStar Valkyrie, as Ruin Dmitar had predicted.
The battlemech used its searchlight to spotlight the jeep, and Jacques Dubois decided discresion was the better part of valour. He began evasive action, driving the hover jeep to escape the battlemech and possibly evade if it opened fire. It continued to stay stationary, hold fire, and follow the jeep with the searchlight.
During the evasive actions Jacques Dubois clipped a rocky outcrop and later crashed into a formerly-mythical lowlands fungal forest. They killed the engine and after that the Valkyrie began moving and searching.
28/12/3049. Day 35, 18:30
Adept IX-Epsilon Bryce Alexander contacted Lt. Samara Hellstrom and informed her that an AFFS hover jeep had crashed and the approximate location. He seemed worried about the wellbeing of the vehicle passengers, but after failing to locate them he gave the lieutenant the coordinates and cleared out of the area.
28/12/3049. Day 35, 19:00
Once the Valkyrie moved off, the corporal and Jacques Dubois repaired their hover jeep and headed back to base.
28/12/3049. Day 35, 20:20
Layne-Lars Kinnesson detected the damaged jeep which was returning to base.
28/12/3049. Day 35, 21:45
Hellstrom’s Hellions returned to base. Jacques Dubois and the corporal were admitted to the hospital where they handed over their mushroom samples and were treated for an apparent allergy to the mushroom spores.
Ruin Dmitar was informed that they were out of the anti-hallucenogen medication, and that a scheduled supply drop never arrived.
29/12/3049. Day 36, 06:30
Layne-Lars Kinnesson contacted the garrison lance in Argyre and got hold of Junior Lieutenant Green. After they appeared to be having the same compromised communications problem, he agreed to send a pair of runners to Perdix. The two young mechwarriors piloted a Javelin and a Commando and the travel time was estimated at 20 to 24 hours.
29/12/3049. Day 36, 09:00
A Burro II truck was sent to retrieve the two wrecked ComStar battlemechs. This freed up the squads deployed to stand guard.
30/12/3049. Day 37, 09:00
Various plans to trace down the communications problem and locate the source of tampering were debated.
30/12/3049. Day 37, 15:00
Two Exocoetidae (flying fish) class transport VTOLs arrived and landed at the field helipad. They were using the call-signs “Pike” and “Barracuda”. One was loaded with the wounded and crazed survivors of the Agent DC37, and each air-lifted a pair of Hellstrom’s Hellions battlemechs and their pilots.
The pilots quickly determined they were off-course, and when Lt. Samara Hellstrom challenged the VTOL pilots they informed her they had orders from base to rendezvous with a military airship en route to the crash site.
30/12/3049. Day 37, 18:00
The VTOLs delivered the lance to the Xanthus, a Zephyrus class military airship, designed as a battlemech carrier and mobile base of operations.
The vessel was commanded by Captain Viktor Kozlov, with Ensign Sonja Novikov at the helm.
Lt. Samara Hellstrom asked to be updated on whatever information had been missed while she was under compromised communications.
She was informed that Lt. General Elisa Hayes had been hospitalised four days earlier after a disastrous training accident while testing out the ‘upgraded’ Grasshopper. The unit had been converted from a GHR-5H to a GHR-5J based upon design specifications from the NAIS. It turned out the ‘upgrade’ was drastically under-gunned compared to the original model, which led to Lt. General Elisa Hayes being injured when her battlemech was overpowered. This had led to a general attitude in the Strata Institute of Science that the designs they were getting from the New Avalon Institute of Science were, frankly, rubbish.
Worse, three days earlier a faked communique claiming to be from Lt. Samara Hellstrom authorised the release of the incarcerated Scholz Streikende personnel, on the grounds it was an internal Lyran matter.
30/12/3049. Day 37, 18:45
Captain Viktor Kozlov took the ship up over the fog layer, claiming it was needed to communicate back to Fort Enyo. The Strata natives took this for granted, that the fog dampened communications ranges. Layne-Lars Kinnesson knew that should not be the case with normal fog.
Once clear of the fog, Lt. Samara Hellstrom contacted Hpt. General Lucius Morgan to clear up the situation. She informed the general that the order to free the Scholz Streikende personnel was false, to transmit their side of the communications logs, report the area was secure, and that Perdix personnel were suspected of compromising communications.
31/12/3049. Day 38
A communications officer at Fort Enyo was caught while attempting to notify a communications officer at Perdix about the investigation. The mole was caught before making the transmission, and he was confirmed as one of the Silent Watchers. The recipient in Perdix was ceased discretely.
01/01/3050. Day 39, 05:30
New Years Day. The Xanthus arrived at crash site of the DCS Hi No Kaze.
The Relentless, a Notus class military airship had recently arrived in the airspace over the crash site. The Relentless carries two squadrons of VTOLs and two companies of infantry as well as its security troops.
Lt. Samara Hellstrom chose to keep the existence of the two airships a secret from the personnel on the ground and had the Pike and Barracuda deliver her lance to the encampment.
Another Exocoetidae had arrived and delivered a team of scientists and technicians plus their equipment and portable accommodations. They had set up a perimeter of lighting equipment around the DCS Hi No Kaze and their camp.
01/01/3050. Day 39, 08:00
Lt. Samara Hellstrom instituted a series of projects to develope the camp now it was clear it would be a semi-permenant posting. These included an expand landing pad,
clearing cover from approach points, building roads around the ship and building secondary observation posts around the perimeter.
During the investigations Ruin Dmitar determined Corporal Sarah Langley was a twilight user and his conversations with her led to her sneaking the ex-con into her quarters. She had had her eye on him since Argyre but this was the first he had indicated interest in her.
Jacques Dubois found a LRM trooper who looked like a good match for sparring and they tested each other with a fistfight before forming a friendship. Corporal Shane O’Rourke.