Session Two, Operation Two.
Day Three, 21:00
After a planning session, Lt. Samara Hellstrom ordered a Packrat patrol vehicle and a squad of troops into the lowlands to a waypoint close to the more distant of the two suspected ambush sites. She also asked Mayor Kent McAlester to send a supply drop to that location as a diversion. The plan was to test for a mole by laying the story that they would rendezvous with the supply-drop and search that area. In truth they would return to the first site while the packrat and squad covered the second area and retrieved the supply drop.
Day Four, 6:00
The supply-drop was sent out on a fast landtrain from Argyre with an estimated delivery time of 22:00.
Day Four, 7:00
Jacques Dubois led Ruin Dmitar to the nearest saloon, and met up with Ken Tyler. Jacques Dubois had only one thing in mind, sized up the patrons, found the biggest and picked a fight. A quite friendly fistfight ensued, but ‘the slab’ was laid low at the end of the stand-up fight. Ruin Dmitar gambled on the underdog and won, adding some credits to his meagre savings.
Day Five, 9:00
Layne-Lars Kinnesson woke, late, and did some research into the missing landtrains and looking for any traits they had in common.
Day Five, 14:00
The lance set out timed to meet up with the drop in eight hours time, however they returned to the first operation site. After the four hour trip the lance powered-down and relied upon passive sensors to monitor the abandoned mine come chop-shop.
Day Five, 22:00
At the time the drop was due, four weaponised light trucks arrived at the site. These were missed by Layne-Lars Kinnesson, allowing the raiders to stop and disembark. The fog of the lowlands stopped the raiders spotting the mechs which were one kilometre away. Layne-Lars Kinnesson spotted the heat signiatures of the raider personnel once they were beginning the recovery of the landtrains, after being tipped off to collect the stashed landtrains now while the lance of mechs were supposed to be 500km away.
The mechs moved in, captured 10 technical staff and one surviving militant, but 25 were killed while resisting. The 25 dead included the leader and the 8 who were vehicle crew. That meant no-one who knew the location of the bandit’s base survived.
The Packrat, which had collected the supplies, was ordered to rendezvous at site one.
Day Six, 2:00
The Packrat and troops arrived, and helped the mechwarriors to transport the captives, captured vehicles, and the two salvaged landtrains back to Argyre. The trip took 22 hours.
Day Six, 24:00
The convoy arrived at base, the captives were handed over to the defence squad led by Sergeant Dirk Wolf.
Day Seven, 3:00
A well equipped intruder was killed by Corporal Sarah Langley while trying to break into the second building, the one being used to house the prisoners. Shortly afterwards, Jacques Dubois was fired upon while scouting the perimiter, but this flushed out the shooter and Ruin Dmitar returned fire and killed the second militant. It became clear the two were part of the same organisation that had hijacked the landtrains and that they were determined to rescue (or silence) the captives.
Day Seven, 7:30
Argyre was filled with rumours after the three gunshots in the early hours of the morning. Ken Tyler arrived to check on his friend Jacques Dubois. Ruin Dmitar, Jacques Dubois and Ken Tyler left the complex to get breakfast. The older landtrain was identified by Ken Tyler as the landtrain of New Cairo Mining, a small company that was wiped-out by the loss of its only landtrain and a season’s load of mined ore.
Day Seven, 9:00
Lt. Samara Hellstrom and Sergeant Dirk Wolf began the interrogations, although neither were trained in interrogations. Later Ruin Dmitar took over for Sergeant Dirk Wolf. However they got some information about the bandit base, a canyon-side mine-site named Stanton Company, Mine Eight.