Watchman Posted May 5, 2013 Share Posted May 5, 2013 (edited) MercNews Report Watchman Reporting Location: XXXXXXXX, Just out side the Galactic Center, Radiation Zone. Coordinates: Bearing: XXXD XXCD XXMD Mark: XXXD XXCD XXMD This is Watchman on location reporting. I am accompanying a green Terran recon platoon. The force consists of an Archer, Falcon, Starhawk VI, and a Talon. The patrol zone was to the south of the --------------- Diamond Processing Facility. They reached the patrol zone that covers a hilly, woods strewn area with a small lake in the center. The zone is on the edge of an area to the south called The Barrens. This area has many declivities and mountains, very inhospitable, and burnt red from some past event. It was about midday, when an unidentified mixed platoon of, either Mercenary or Pirate, which is what my inclination is, was detected coming out of the south, from The Barrens. Their direction of travel looked to be toward the Processing Facility. The Recon Platoon, of the xxxxxxx xxxxxxx, deployed in a crescent moon pattern, forming along a ridge/ woods line, about a Â¼ mile from The Barrens. Contact was made when the enemy force was only an 1/8 mile from The Barrens. They were totally unprepared for such a quick encounter, but they retained initiative through most of the battle. It appears the enemy force was equally green, being in a tight group in the center, making no allowance for flank maneuvers. The Terrans had the Falcon and the Archer deployed from the center to the right, on the ridge, but no cover, with the Talon and Starhawk VI grouped in light woods off to the left. The Talon/Starhawk VI section was working around the left flank while the Falcon/Archer section held the center and right flank. The enemy force became recognizable as a Dictator, Duelist, Tyrant, and a Vanquisher. They opened the battle, zeroing in on the exposed Falcon, using their initiative to great effect, the Falcon soon succumbed to the pounding of four enemy CAVs. The Falcon did give out some punishment, but did not survive the onslaught, with the crew punching out early in the battle. The battle was not going well for the Terrans with the enemy having the initiative most of the time. The enemy force was holding to the move-fire-move maneuvers, coming out of the woods, firing, and backing back in again. This was forcing the Terran platoon leader to do some thinking, as the Archer was engaging very little and the Talon/Starhawk VI section moving in an out-of-the-way area with no engagement and not realizing the capability of the Talon. The platoon leader stopped the advance of the Talon/Starhawk VI section, pulled the Starhawk, and sent it across the flat lands just below the location of the Falcon/Archer position. The Starhawk went around the lake and into a path through the woods on the right flank that would take the Starhawk all the way to The Barrens. The Archer, in the meantime moved to the left flank with the Talon, taking sporadic fire just before the move, but suffering no damage, having wisely engaged in a lateral movement behind some light woods. Once the Archer joined up with the Talon, they began to continue the advance up the left flank coming out from behind a ridge to put fire on the enemy, in the process finding out the value of the Talon, also revealing its effectiveness to the enemy. The enemy force began pulling back, refusing its left flank, not knowing where the Starhawk might appear, but distracted from the threat on their right. The Talon/Archer section was able to move right up to the edge of The Barrens seeing the retreating form of the Vanquisher in The Barrens in the area of the declivities and no cover, fortunately for the Vanquisher, the Butcher was on Overwatch and moved to interpose himself to protect the Vanquisher. The next set of events were truly amazing as the ideal shot for both sides presented itself. The Talon/Archer section got off the first shots at a Butcher sitting in the open. Not one hit! The Dictator, with those powerful Gauss Cannons, should have hammered the Archer. Not one hit! Talk about Weapons Officers banging their heads on the walls of their cockpits. The Dictator backed off into the mountains. Back to the Starhawk and his flanking maneuver. He moved to an Over-watch position near the edge of some heavy woods trying to see if the enemy force would expose itself in its retreat, but that did not happen. The Starhawk continued the flank maneuver right into The Barrens into a corridor between some mountains and ended up facing the Tyrant in a hull down position, basically two small ridges between the two. The Starhawk opened up with the Gatlings and riddled the Tyrant, convincing him it was best to depart. The enemy force did leave intact, albeit a bit ventilated. The Terrans lost the Falcon, but drove the enemy off, later recovering the Falcon crew. The Terrans finished out their patrol and returned to rearm, and request a replacement for the Falcon. This is the Watchman reporting from XXXXXXXX, good day. Edited July 24, 2018 by Watchman 2 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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