Date Posted:14:47:54 06/19/16 Sun Author: JD Subject: Part 1 In reply to:
's message, "31st Century Chapter 12" on 20:24:27 06/18/16 Sat
31st Century Chapter 12
24 hours later - Panthera staging zone - 100km to target
Ten DropShips de-cloaked at the last minute to conduct what hoped to be a quiet landing in an isolated area, well away from any forms of civilization and sensors, a well known spot selected by Tommy. The ship launched drones in six locations, hoping to discover any enemy units. For light 'Mechs to travel a hundred kilometers would make the journey a good forty-five minutes or more of high speed travel going at least a hundred and forty kilometers an hour. In a fast paced drop, landing zones would normally have been placed much closer at three thousand meters. This however, was a recon to test enemy presence in the area.
It did not take long for the drones to report data back to the DropShips. Once they accomplished their tasks, they moved onto the next area and the DropShips shortly followed. The primary goal was to drop 'Mechs in groups of three, four thousand meters from target, and the DropShips were to wait farther away for safety. The drones relayed their data once more and the DropShips continued to follow. Once they accomplished their tasks, the ships made it to their drop zones and deployed six 'Mechs per ship.
During the drop sequence, a mission briefing was announced. Epi's voice was heard on radio as there could be no video communications due to the natural interference of the planet. "As you all know and learned from practice, all heavies and assaults are to group up at point Charlie, then commence attack from there. Us mediums and lights will re-group at point Beta to await the engagement of the assault force. Please note that those in the DropShip will remote control the 'Mechs with empty cockpits. There are six in total, let's keep them in one piece, shall we? Any changes in plan need to follow plan B and if that fails, we move to plan C. While our primary objective is to acquire the prisoners, there might be a time when we will have to engage in battle and that is secondary. If we manage to destroy all enemy 'Mechs, great, that will make our mission that much easier. Good luck!"
Yan looked over his controls and breathed a sigh. "I sure hope this works."
"Yan, if anything, the plan you guys cooked up sounds good on paper." Rampage(Chuck) replied to Yan, fully understanding the youngster was talking to himself.
"Yeah, dude, I really couldn't have come up with anything better myself." Cool-Hand replied.
Yan grunted in response as his 'Mech made contact with the ground from a fifty meter drop. "Thanks guys. See you at Beta."
Comms crackled to life with Banshee's high-pitched voice drowning out any cockpit noise, making Yan wince some. "Okay guys! Let's head out! Keep an eye on the horizons for any activity, we don't want our presence noticed till the last minute!"
There was a chorus of acknowledgments on comms at the same time causing Banshee to giggle. The moment her light 'Mech started moving forward at 50%, comms went silent as everyone followed.
1000 meters to the northwest -
Wolf grunted as the mission briefing ended. "I still have my doubts."
"I'm sure you do, Ray. For once, quit being negative, maybe we'll end up proving you wrong," Rampage(Adam) responded sincerely.
Wolf grumbled. "That'll be the day."
Rampage chuckled, "Alright gents, move out!"
With their thoughts focused, radio silence was maintained till they reached their destination, some thirty minutes later.
"Nice of you guys to finally join us," StormCat spoke out of nowhere, causing some pilots to jump in their cockpits.
"Jeez Stormy, way to break silence," Blinker replied.
Rampage(Adam)- "Are we the last ones in?"
StormCat- "I scared ya, didn't I?
StormCat- "Ha-ha-ha-ha, guess I did."
Wolf growled in response as usual. He didn't like the plan one bit. He didn't like leaving his ship behind, but he knew he had a very good captain taking care of it and was very confident no one would find it, except for those who know about the ship.
Wolf- "Guys, I know the plan is to move in as one, but what if we moved as two groups of one? I want to be able to cover our asses since we don't know what kinda firepower they have."
Rampage(Adam)- "Well, I dunno..."
StormCat- "I think Wolf has a good idea. Let's give it a try. We'll be five hundred meters apart. Acceptable?"
Wolf- "Sounds good."
Rampage(Adam)- "If you guys feel okay with it, I suppose I am too."
Blinker- "Good, let's go!"
The stampede of 'Mechs moved out, a healthy mix of some mediums, heavies and assaults. While the assaults were slow, most were outfitted with JD's configuration, a fast moving brawler capable of hard hitting, so the group did not have to worry about keeping up with everyone else. The drone overhead moved forward, providing real time data as well as acting like a radar. Time was running out as the drone was soon to run out of fuel and crash to the ground. That gave them fifteen to twenty minutes of radar activity, unless the enemy was using ECM.
After five minutes of travel, the group finally saw the outskirts of several buildings. A sudden light sandstorm started with wind howling, blowing sand and making visibility slightly difficult. The drone in the sky struggled to maintain its course, but with the storm, it was using fuel at a much faster pace. When it dropped to the ground, a second drone took its place and continued on in the same direction.
Wolf- "Company, halt!"
The entire group stopped as a few 'blips' were heard on radar as the drone picked up something.
Blinker- "Anyone have sights on the targets?"
Firewolf- "Yep. Normal patrols. There is a 'Mech hangar that could come in handy for us 'cause I see activity inside."
Striker- "I'm sure Hellboy has brought some extra remote controllers with him. I mean, why not."
Wolf- "I don't like this. There should be more patrols than those two up front. There has to be hidden snipers somewhere or a shit ton of turrets hiding."
Rampage(Adam)- "Really Wolf, don't you think you are over thinking things?"
StormCat- "No, Wolf is right. I can spot a sniper or two plus some turrets."
Wolf- "So who brought range besides me?"
Av- "I always do."
Raz- "Glad I brought them."
StormCat- "Same. This storm is shielding us for the time being, but if we can see their snipers, they can surely see us."
Firewolf- "No, they are looking the other way for now. I have eyes on them, we need to go now."
Without delay, the group began moving as one and slowly splitting. One group was heading for the 'Mech hangar and the other group moved away to distract snipers, since they would surely hit the group heading for the 'Mech hangar.
As soon as the snipers were within range, they all opened fire at the 'Mech on lookout.
Seconds later, two explosions were spotted where the sitting sniper was.
Firewolf- "What the hell was that?"
StormCat- "Double headshot kill?"
Raz- "No time to chitchat, we have their attention. Missiles incoming! Take out the missile turrets!"
Wolf and Av- "On it."
Wolf and Av fired a full alpha of weapons directly at the missile platform, doing minor damage as it let loose another volley of missiles at different targets. Raz felt a slight bit of relief due to the sheer amount of missiles being unloaded onto the others... and not all on him. Raz did not have as much armor as everyone else did, but he was thankful he brought extra armor however, another two hits of the same thing and he would have been out of action.
Just before the missile turret had a chance to unleash another round of missiles, Wolf and AV fired yet another alpha shot at the turret tower, destroying it completely. They both then were forced to shutdown to cool off their overheating 'Mechs.
Wolf- "I'm shutdown."
Av- "Me too."
Firewolf- "We'll cover ya."
StormCat- "No we won't. Wolf can cover himself while he's shutdown."
Wolf- "Bite me, Stormy!"
StormCat- "You need new material, Wolf."
Wolf- "Whatever. Get that damn laser turret off me!"
StormCat giggled then twisted his 'Mech's torso towards the laser turret on the ground next to the building on both sides. He did note how only one of the turrets was targeting Wolf. Without hesitation, he fired a partial shot in hopes to distract the turret, but it continued to fire on Wolfs' still shutdown 'Mech. StormCat growled and fired another grouping of lasers at the turret, destroying it just as Wolf was powering back up. Av followed shortly thereafter.
Av- "StormCat, whats up?"
StormCat- "I'm not sure. These turrets seem slightly upgraded."
Firewolf- "There's no time for that, double team the turrets and take them out as soon as possible."
Rampage(Adam)- "Less talking, more shooting. Us brawlers are almost in range!"
Just then, a massive Supernova jumped in the air from behind a building, clipping StormCat's right leg. It didn't do much damage as it fired a partial shot however, the pilot of the assault 'Mech stayed in the air a bit too long as three of the guys fired upon it, doing massive damage to it's left side and destroying an arm. Another series of explosions followed from somewhere within the city limits.
Rampage(Adam)- "Whoooooo! Holy shit! JD wasn't joking about the firepower on these!"
Raz- "Keep your eyes on that sniper over there!"
Bruizer- "Spotted! Engaging!"
Just before the unsuspecting Supernova jumped, he was instantly destroyed by the rapidly approaching brawler assault 'Mechs.
Rampage(Adam)- "Shit, I don't think we'll get salvage!"
Wolf growled, "Never mind that, just leg them fuckers!"