27/02/3050. Day 96, 06:00
The package had a computer printed note addressed to Ruin stating the contents would help him with his withdrawal symptoms. Although testing the contents indicated they were safe and likely would function to reduce symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, Ruin was incenses at yet another accusation he was an alcoholic. Due to his indignation and also the foolishness of injecting unknown substances, Ruin refrained from using the ‘gift’.
27/02/3050. Day 96, 07:00
The first day of war-games began. The technical team of the Hellions were tasked with setting up the first trial field, which was a mock urban combat scenario using spent cargo containers (from the recent cargo delivery to the Atlantia Military Base on the same Dropship as the Hellions arrived on). Having done so in secret overnight, CPO Lionel Barclay, Ingrid ‘Mouse’ Marsh and Ken Tyler were all quite spent by morning and were all ordered to return to base and rest (under the new ‘fatigue management policy’) by Hauptmann Samara Hellstrom.
Professor Anna Morozov oversaw the fruits of Special Project 17, she was equally proud of man and machine as they took the field. Jacques Dubois led the battle armour troops in the morning (non-combat) drills and tests.
Samara Hellstrom and Ruin Dmitar took the chance to test out their new battlemechs. Ruin Dmitar‘s Koter KTR-1G quadrupedal battlemech was almost 50% heavier than its predecessor the Jaguar-4R. Samara Hellstrom’s Weta WTA-IIB featured experimental Hardened Armour which made the battlemech much harder to handle. Both needed to get used to operation on the ice surface of Atlantia’s frozen oceans.
Adept VI-Iota Michelle Abnett accompanied Ruin Dmitar and field tested the recently completed prototype Hellbringer Medium Battle Armour. This field test was not to extend to participation in the war-games.
Beta Squadron, the tracked vehicle squadron of the Hellstrom’s Hellions company, set out to circumnavigate some of the closer islands of the Thalia island group.
27/02/3050. Day 96, 09:06
Dmitri Radchenko, who was still on ‘light duty’, had been temporarily assigned to the command and control section of the Zmey Land Train. He routed through a encrypted communique from Hpt. Kommandant Dieter Herrman to Hauptmann Samara Hellstrom. The message informed Samara that he had been ordered to command her to secure the designs of the battle armour being fielded by Special Project 17, the Gray Death Legion and Wolf’s Dragoons. It fell short of actually ordering her to do so, however, merely informing Samara of his own orders.
27/02/3050. Day 96, 12:00
Samara Hellstrom ordered Ruin Dmitar to join her for lunch and informed him about the odd orders, to a point. She did not include the fact the Special Project 17 designs had been included in her orders.
27/02/3050. Day 96, 12:42
Five representatives of the Resplendent Order of Twilight’s Harmonious Embrace had travelled to the Atlantia Military Base to construct non-solar hydroponics facilities. Their successful efforts in the sunless lowlands of Strata made them the perfect choice for the sunless expanses of Atlantia.
While there Ruin was encountered by a apparent sixth twilight cultist who identified himself as a friend of a Friend. He was aware of Hauptmann Samara Hellstrom recieving a communique from Hpt. Kommandant Dieter Herrman but not its contents. Ruin Dmitar confided with a friend of a Friend that the orders were to secure the two mercenary factions designs for the Lyran Alliance.
When asked if he would have shared the designs with the Lyrans, A friend of a Friend wasnt sure but guessed not. Ruin Dmitar considered it entirely reasonable for the Lyran Alliance to do what it could to secure the designs themselves if their Federated Suns allies wouldn’t share the information.
Ruin made contact with the Twilight cultists and secured a stash of coffee from them.
27/02/3050. Day 96, 14:00
Ruin Dmitar took Adept VI-Iota Michelle Abnett to visit the Wolf’s Dragoons and attempted to secure their designs for the Grenadier IID. He met with Nova Commander Gabriel Shaw, Scientist Jasmine and Mechwarriour Zachary who agreed to give him the specifications for the Grenadier IID but seemed to be holding something else back.
On the return trip Michelle told Ruin about some of the oddities of clan command structure, and the fact any warrior with a last name (Like Gabriel Shaw) was one of the most dangerous 400 clan warriors. She confided some of the oddities of clan leadership structure that she had learned (from her contact with the inner sphere) were inefficient if not broken.
27/02/3050. Day 96, 18:00
Jacques Dubois was pulled from action before the live fire phase of the days activities by Professor Anna Morozov, and observed the hour of live-fire exercises followed by simulated-fire for the remainder of the testing day.
- The Grenadier IID suits had the clear edge in firepower, but was slowest.
- The Hellstorm HM1 benefited from the highest mobility (and only jump-capable suits) but suffered for lacking stealth armour.
- The Gray Death Standard MkII suits had 10% less armour protection, and were weak in melee, but the only suits to feature improved sensor capabilities.
The resultant power balance was that the Dragoons Grenadier IID was the best performing design, the Hellstorm was the most manoeuvrable, but the Gray Death design was able to detect and ambush the Hellstorms.
27/02/3050. Day 96, 19:00
27/02/3050. Day 96, 20:00
Ingrid ‘Mouse’ Marsh found a circuit board designed to look like a proper replacement part but including a repeater to send any received communications over a short distance.
Ruin Dmitar checked the Hauptmann’s office and found it had been bugged.
28/02/3050. Day 97, 01:00
While watching over Samara Hellstrom‘s quarters, Ruin Dmitar received notification the trap box had been sprung. He arrived at his quarters to find Michell absent and Ken Tyler unconscious on the floor. He had triggered the box after becoming suspisious why Ruin Dmitar had requested special security for his quarters immediately after he made contact with him as ’a friend of a Friend’.
Ruin and Ken discussed a lot of matters including the miscommunications leading to Ken’s discovery. (Note Ruin jack-potted on Investigation at this time).
28/02/3050. Day 97, 02:30
Since she was absent Ruin Dmitar sought out Adept VI-Iota Michelle Abnett and founf her tinkering with her power armour, She confessed elementals only need one to two hours of sleep a day. The pair discussed a range of other topics in the seclusion offered by the early hours of the morning.
28/02/3050. Day 97, 06:00
Samara Hellstrom and Ruin Dmitar met for a (now) scheduled morning coffee meeting. In this they confided with each other, revealing some of what each’s order had ordered them to. Bith shared some, but not ll.) of the information.