Summary of Forces
Hells Lancers – Sons Of Odin Regiment – Draco Company
Hatchetman (45) // Crow (Fred)
Hunchback (55) // Sphinx (Bob)
Centurion (50) // Snipe (Rich)
Chameleon (50) // Brummbar (Mike)
Landers (40) // Sundance (Brad)
Kintaro (55) // Bureaucrat (Doug)
Crimson Dao – Blood Dragon Regiment
Vulcan – Kevin
Clint – Matt
Panther – Kevin
Dragon – Shawn
Quickdraw – Shawn
Valkyrie – Shawn
Support Vehicles (NPC)
x2 Warrior VTOL
x2 Hunter tanks
x2 Hetzer mech hunters
x1 Mobile Headquarters
x1 Duroc bridge layer
Battle Summary – Antioch Rift
Immediately following the initial Orontes engagement at Apex Station Theta, the Hel’s Lancers pursued orders to investigate an encrypted signal several hundred clicks north-northwest. Reports indicated at recon lance in position with additional units en route.
Draco Company entered an ambush at the canyon site of a crashed ship and nearby beacon. Once at the canyon mouth, enemy VTOLs rose up from low cover to spot for forces beyond the scouting lance. BDA forces had amassed a rapid response force with considerable long-range capability.
With the enemy arranged in three layers, supported in the rear by twin VTOL Warriors, Draco Company moved to drive a wedge through open ground near the center of the rift. Marine support units and vehicles in the rear tangled with the VTOLs to delay their spotting while the core battle forces pressed forward.
Draco mechs first encountered the BDA recon lance positioned atop a ridge for sniper engagement. Crow’s Hatchetman along with Bureaucrat’s Kintaro moved to engage this lance, a skirmish that would last through the engagement with heavy damage inflicted on the BDA forces, though no immediate losses for either side.
Meanwhile, Snipe’s Centurion took his own sniping position in the only scrub cover available. This provided cover for Sphinx’ Hunchback and the SOO Goblin tanks to engage enemy forces, including covering fire against the enemy recon lance as they tangled with Crow and Bureaucrat. As the center push continued, Sphinx help press back enemy forces who wanted nothing to do with his heavy firepower.
Along the east flank, Brummbar’s Chameleon and Sundance’s Landser pushed fast along the flank. Brummbar became entangled with enemy forces along that side, including a rear attack from the BDA Clint. Sundance’s charge, using depressions for cover when possible, met with heavy enemy fire from the Hunters, Heaters, and BDA support lance. He suffered serious damage, but managed to break through the firing arcs of the enemy to engage the BDA headquarter units and infantry forces. These BDA forces were salvaging a crashed Star League-era ship. Sundance drove off the enemy mobile headquarters, and annihilated much of the enemy infantry forces, including a critical crew who carried detonators for the now booby-trapped Star League ship.
The western flank skirmish heated up with Crow and Bureaucrat entangling the enemy Vulcan, Panther, and Clint via multiple jump and close quarters engagements. By this point, Snipe, Sphinx, and the Goblin tanks escorted the SOO vehicles up the center line. At this point, Snipe devastated a Hetzer and Hunter with an remarkable hit on the Hetzer’s side armor. The ensuing explosion also detonated the Hunter’s ammo. This put the BDA vehicles at considerable disadvatage and disarray.
The BDA support lance began to separate, but their maneuvers proved costly for Draco Company. First, the enemy Dragon dropped to engage Brummbar’s Chameleon and scored a devastating hit that incapacitated the mech’s gyros. Subsquently, after Sundance’s flank attack on enemy units, the BDA Valkyrie engaged his damaged mech. Landser then scored an incredible grouping of shots that detonated the Valkyrie’s LRM ammo, destroying the unit and further damaging the Landser. But, he maintained sufficient position to intercede on the retreat of the untouched engineering team and Duroc bridge layer vehicle on the western crevasse.
As the skirmish among the enemy recon lance, and now Crow, Bureaucrat, Sphinx, and Snipe began to shift to Draco’s favor with the enemy Vulcan seriously damage, the enemy Panther suffering really wear, and the enemy Clint largely capable. At this point, the enemy began to flee, but Draco company captured the Vulcan and Panther, while the remaining enemy mechs (Dragon & Quickdraw) withdrew to the northeast.
WIth the battle won, Draco Company salvaged both the Vulcan and the Panther, as well as the Duroc and several BDA prisoners.
Most interesting, however, was their capture of the Star League cargo and beacon. The beacon may lead to additional Star League information. But the cargo contains the most intriguing salvage of all — life pods from a forgotten ship wrecked on Orontes over two centuries ago. It includes four active pods that contain members of the ship in cryo-sleep. Resuscitation is now underway.
MVP – Sundance (BradA)
Brad to serious risk, suffering heavy damage initially, but managed to flank the enemy and turn the tide of the battle, which had until that point been slightly in the BDA favor. Once that line broke, Sundance’s attack on the enemy infantry and command center proved critical to the recovery of the primary and then secondary objectives. He also eliminated an enemy Valkyrie, earning a kill for his efforts. Sundance’s willingness to take serious risk and press the enemy despite considerable opposition while almost alone himself earned him unanimous praise from fellow Draco Company mechwarriors.