M.E.R.C.S. Battletech

After Action Report: Pirate Hunt
August, 3030

Pirates Smashed in Daring Attack

M.E.R.C.S, a newly formed mercenary unit working out of Astrokaszy, recently completed its first mission, hunting down a band of pirates that has been raiding planets in the Free Worlds League along the periphery border for the past several months. They cornered the pirates on a desolate former mining colony world one jump anti-spinward of Campoleone which they had been using as a temporary base. In a pitched battle in an underground cave system the pirates were defeated and captured with minimal damage to the M.E.R.C.S. ’Mechs despite the tactical advantage held by the pirate forces. Unfortunately the captain of the unnamed band managed to escape aboard his dropship concealed nearby by abandoning his comrades at a crucial moment of the battle.

M.E.R.C.S. however captured several pirate ‘Mechs in excellent condition, recovered all of the pirate’s booty to return to its rightful owners, and delivered the captured pirates to the FWLM liaison on Astrokaszy to claim the bounties on their heads. The Free Worlds League Military commander was quoted as “being impressed” by the professional conduct and quick success of M.E.R.C.S. in carrying out this mission and the units standing with the FWLM has no doubt risen.

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After Action Report: Objective Raid and Extraction
December, 3030

Smash and Grab

The group took on a seemingly “too good to be true” contract that paid 6 million C-Bills for one month’s on-planet work. Eager for the big payday, M.E.R.C.S. took off in late August for Vosloorus. They arrived on-planet with no incident. Their job was to capture and secure some stolen ComStar merchandise, which was stolen and squirreled away in a factory near the city of Otravisk. At least one other unit was on the planet looking for the same material, so time was pressing.

As they approached the factory, the thieves who stole the swag had laid carefully prepared ambushes. The unit’s Wolverine was nearly reduced to scrap but survived only by pure luck. The SturmFeuer was almost immobilized, but it also survived. Having taken the thieves’ best shots, the unit began to gain the upper hand. During the fighting, the unit’s Warrior, which was acting as a roving scout, noted five heavy and assault ’Mechs approaching the factory. One of them was a gaudily painted Marauder of unknown variant. It was bright green and covered with silver C-Bill markings.

This was obviously the other group on-planet looking for the stolen swag. Fortunately for M.E.R.C.S., this group began looking in the wrong place in the factory. Seeing what was quickly becoming a VERY bad situation, and after being informed that ANOTHER force was approaching the conflict (this one a patrol from Volsloorus’s ruling oligarchy), Miranda surprisingly offered quarter to the thieves. She said, “bug out, keep your ‘Mechs, and we’ll spot you 100 large.” The thieves’ commander, who was surrounded at the time, thought about it for a moment and decided to cut his losses.

By this time, Miranda recognized the leader of the augmented lance of heavies. It was her old nemesis, known only as The Bounty Hunter. As he and his compatriots finished blowing through the building they were searching, the oligarch’s force arrived on the map, sporting policeman’s colors. They ordered everyone to stand down. The Bounty Hunter, seeing an impossible situation, withdrew without complaint, but not before completely wasting the stricken building with a wash of three PPCs. For good measure, he used two rear-facing medium lasers to blow apart the last wall as he withdrew.

The unit had wisely brought along a ComStar liaison, who successfully negotiated with the cops, who seemed unaware of the swag in one of the other buildings. By skillful use of negotiation, bribery, and timing, Miranda was able to complete the mission without a loss, which was astounding, considering the situation and how it could have degenerated into a no-holds-barred free-for-all very easily.

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After Action Report - Retainer Contract
August, 3032

Repelled CC Raid on Indicass, St. Ives
MERCS tangled with some Capellan forces on Indicass. The fighting was intense, but MERCS’ superior tactics carried the day in two engagements. They brought down a Clint, a Griffin, a Crusader, and a Trebuchet in the fighting, losing only the pilot of one of their Schrecks in the process.

As the battle was nearing fever pitch in the woods north of the capital, however, two Overlord class DropShips landed and disgorged Veteran and Elite St. Ives Compact troops, who entered the battlefield and ordered the Capellans to surrender. They did, instantly. The commander of the St. Ives forces basically released MERCS from its contract and paid in full. For some reason, the “Capellan” mechs seemed to have St. Ives colors underneath their Liao-green paint jobs. MERCS packed up and left.

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After Action Report: Recon Raid and Planetary Invasion on Latice
September, 3033

Ammunition Factory Destroyed
After a through advanced recon of Latice the MERCS unit successfully engaged and destroyed an ammunition factory on Latice, crippling vital supply production for the Capellan Confederation war effort. Unfortunately the mercenary unit Carson’s Renegades, which where contracted for a planetary assault, turned it into a quick supply raid before dusting off and heading back to Andurien space, forcing the MERCS unit to also abort the planetary invasion plans. Never the less, the FACF military command was quite happy with MERCS performance and paid a hefty bonus to the unit for destroying the factory.

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After Action Report: Extraction on Castor
July, 3034

MERCS Framed and then Vindicated
The extraction of an important civilian on Castor went horribly awry when he was killed and the MERCS unit was blamed for his death. Fortunately they were able to fight their way past both Lyran forces and an interfering Capellan Confederation unit to provide the recording to the true culprits to the authorities, clearing their good names.

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After Action Report: Garrison of Horsham
May, 3036

MERCS Repel Slavers
While serving an 18 month garrison contract on the Federated Suns world of Horsham the MERCS unit valiantly repelled a pirate attack. The pirates, suspected to be operating out of the Tortuga Dominions, landed and engaged the MERCS with the main body of their ’Mech force while their infantry company sneaked into the city and started rounding up civilians to take as slaves. Fortunately the MERCS quickly dispatched the pirate ’Mechs and were able to intervene in time to prevent any citizens from being taken while the remaining pirates fled off world.

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After Action Report: Prototype Retrieval
March, 3037

Prototype Recoverd for Achernar Battlemechs
Tracking down a stolen advanced ‘Mech prototype to the planet Hobbs, the MERCS team were able to retrieve Achernar’s property intact. Davion officials and representatives from Achernar had high praise for the unit for handling the matter swiftly and efficiently.

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After Action Report: Brisbane Garrison
January, 3039

Dolphins Saved from Poachers
While carrying out their garrison duties on Brisbane, the M.E.R.C.S. combined arms company successfully hunted down and captured a band of poachers who had been illegally capturing and exporting local dolphins to the detriment of the tourist trade. Grateful local officials presented the mercenaries with the “Friend of Brisbane” award and a spontaneous street party erupted afterwards.

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