Watchman Posted July 17, 2018 Author Share Posted July 17, 2018 (edited) MercNews Report 5 Watchman Reporting MercNet HQ, Kaitos (2) I bid you greetings; We have recently returned to a system between 118 Castor and 160 Fornax, about 15 L.Y. out from 118 Castor. We have a Sky High Observer Drone (SHOD) doing a repeat survey of the fourth plant. We are in an area of small mountain ridge lines, broken ground and an abandoned base of some sort. This area must have had some high usage considering the size of that bridge. We have had reports of the Black Cutlass activity; they most certainly stand out in a crowd... Well we are right on target, based upon the information we received on their occupying a base. We find them moving into the abandoned base. It has been awhile since we last encountered them. It appears to be an oversized, combined arms, company of sixteen CAVs, Armor, and Air assets. No indications of where the rest of them may be deployed. It appears their force consists of a Dictator, Duelist, two Wolf tanks, two Tsuiseki ground attack aircraft, a Ghast, two Starhawk V, Chieftain and Despot tanks, two Rhinos, Gladiator, and two Wights. In a brief scan of the area, a company of an unidentified source is moving from behind a small mountain range to Black Cutlass’s front. The identification is thus; there is a Gnomic, Butcher, Katana, Spider, Regent, two Specters, another Spider, Scorpion, two Sovereign IIIs, and one more Spider. Some of these look rather familiar. I have reported before we are trying to track down the 2nd. ACR, 14th. ACR, and the 11th. ACR. Well, let us see what develops here; a rendezvous or an engagement. The bulk of the opposing force appears to moving through the mountain crossover point unawares of what is on the other side, unless, as I mentioned before, this is a meeting. This would not be a good place to become bottled up in. We have our answer as the force moving out on the low lands has come under fire from the Dictator platoon on the right flank of the base. The Gnomic has sustained several hits with Black Cutlass doing a move-fire-move action. The Gnomic does score some hits but does a tactical retreat to survive. The Katana has moved up to open up on Black Cutlass on the right flank. Shots are being traded. The Gnomic’s comm. set was knocked out, resulting in the Katana not being warned of the concentrated fire power. Black Cutlass had, and maintains initiative, which does not bode well for the Katana. Even though the Katana was in cover and hull down, Black Cutlass did extremely well and eventually KO’d the Katana. The Rhino platoon is moving up to the broken ground area, but highly doubtful they will proceed much further as tight as it is. I would say the best they could do is be a covering force on this flank and keep the opposing side from breaking out of the mountains. On the bridge the Regent has come to a halt. It appears to be in a position to observe the low lands to some extent, but has moved no further. The rest of the platoon is continuing to close up. The other platoon has reversed course and is heading back to support the platoon on the low lands. It has moved in to reinforce the first unit. In the mean time the opposing force is opening up with indirect fire on B.C.s left flank (the dice indicate the initial map coordinates designated for bombardment and in some cases where they ended up impacting.) Ahh, it looks like Black Cutlass is following suit and returning the favor targeting the bridge (I think I will need to determine bridge strength for the possibility of knocking it out.) All in all, little damage was done to either side by the incoming rounds. B.C. came out a little worse overall. B.C. did attempt to send the Ghast up the middle for an attack but he received more than he gave. The battle pretty much bogged down. Neither side was willing to press the issue. B.C. was in the worse position having no support. Our SHOD picked up an encoded transmission from the opposing force and in short order received a reply. Evidently B.C. also picked up on the comm. B.C., probably wisely, decided to pull back, rather than find out if it was a call for reinforcements. B.C. clearly was the victor in this battle, severely damaging the Gnomic and taking out the Katana. Who ever they are were clearly complacent going against a Pirate unit. I bet that does not happen again. This is the Watchman reporting, good day. Edited July 17, 2018 by Watchman 3 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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