Temporary Hiatus

This is just a notice that the campaign was set on a temporary hiatus. It is uncertain if it is going to be a complete restart, reboot, or just a fast forward.

No matter what we will continue here when it starts up again. If its under a new character these will stay under Shaan’s name.

I am still going to add Battletech/Mechwarrior things to this, for future campaign purposes.

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Welcome to my site

Welcome to my site based on my characters in a Mechwarrior Roleplaying campaign titled “Song of Kali”. All accounts are fictional and from the view whatever character made them. I will be adding sections and items as we go, and as I go through characters I will make it clear what posts belong to which characters.

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Ch 9: Tree of Liberty

“The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time with the blood of patriots and tyrants.”  – Thomas Jefferson

Location: Amity II
Date:          February 19, 3020
After Action Reports: Move on Norhaven

This report will have to be quick since I only have about ten minutes to drink my coffee and eat the rations we are carrying in mech.

We landed on Amity four days ago. The Kabal along with some Lyrans, Sabre-Tooths and some other mercenary companies I haven’t met yet. They invaded and were in process of landing when we arrived in system.

Amity II from High Orbit

They have secured the power plant and are pushing the local Marik and mercenary defense forces back. We landed at the civilian starport and secured our situation there. Meanwhile Force Commander Gibson and the Atrean Dragoons have secured some areas south of us.

We engaged with a lance of Sabre-Tooths, a gladiator/merc unit from Solaris and we did particularly well. The result was a lot of salvage mechs for us, and with Antares having to pull back with his centurion.

During the battle the phone that Heidi gave me rang. At first I thought it was her, but it turns out it is tuned into the Comstar frequencies and they were communicating back and forth details to their “agents”. I muted it so I didn’t reveal I was listening, but I sat and listened while our Astechs arrived.

We took the mechs back, secured them, including an 85 ton Stalker, and took a break, got some food, some rest and we are heading back out. I wasn’t able to meet with Olivia before we were sent out to show her the device. I will probably do that when we get back.

Our job now is to push out, to take our lance and meet up with a Sgt Major Quincy from the FWL Protectorate Guards nicknamed the “Iron Guards” and her mech, the “Paladin”. Some new mech design with a sword. We will arrive there in about 45 minutes. Evidently Kabal forces are scavenging the site, while Comstar keeps referring to an “archive”. We will need to check this out later.

Symbol of the “Iron Guards”

Sgt Major Quincy’s “Paladin”

Thats it for now, I have to hit the head and then strap back in. Talk soon.

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AAR: Move on Norhaven

SONG OF KALI AFTER ACTION REPORT

Battle Name: Move on Norhaven
Mission Purpose: Meet up with Quincy and aid in repelling Lyran infantry.
Date: 2/19/3020 (7/29/2017)
Time Elapsed on Contact: 1 minute 10 seconds

Location: Amity II (60.321 | 6.031)
Opposing Force: Lyran Infantry and Kabal Recon Lance
Terrain: Small village surrounded by trees
Results: Moderate victory, obtained contact with Paladin with only moderate damage. Prevented supplies from being retrieved by Lyrans.
Salvage/Losses:
Salvage – 1 x Maxim Hovertank
Losses – Nothing permanent

Friendly Forces Order of Battle Opposing Forces Order of Battle
Paladin: (Sgt Major Quincy)
Catapult CPLT-C1: (Henry Carlson)
Trebuchet TBT-5S: (Simone Le Claire)
Woverine WVR-6M: (Shaan Solberg)
2 x Maxim Hovercraft
2+ Platoons Laser Infantry
Jenner JR-7F (veteran pilot)
Phoenix Hawk PH-1K (veteran pilot)
Spider SDR-5V (veteran pilot)
Commando COM-2D (veteran pilot)

Situation Report: We arrived outside of Norhaven, there we made contact with Sgt Major Quincy in her Paladin. Once we made contact with her, I released my camera drone for combat footage.

Paladin sighted – Combat Time 00:14

Our arrival was fortuitous, were were able to start operations to intercept the infantry and hover tanks. We continued our move towards the city, while Sgt. Major Quincy moved out of her cover.

I proceeded to take the next twenty seconds or so and continue jumping forward, using my jump jets to access the higher spots. During this time the Paladin engaged the hover tanks, while the rest of the lance moved up.

I could hear the exchange of mech and tank fire ahead of me, however the hills and trees prevented any line of sight on the enemy.  However at the 40 second mark I had cleared the trees and came upon the supply trucks that were running away with scavenged items.

Engaging supply trucks – Combat Time 00:42

I determined that those supply trucks were our primary target and we focused on them, leaving them burning hulks within ten seconds. We then moved on to pursue the Maxim Hovertanks.

During this time Henry was engaging with LRM’s at the Maxims and taking a rear guard. His missiles needed to be at range to be more effective, and he would be able to watch our rear quadrant that way. Meanwhile the rest of us pursued the Maxims and destroyed one of the two.

Cornering one Maxim – Combat Time 00:52

As we turned to chase after the single escaping Maxim, I discovered that a recon lance belonging to the Kabal had worked its way in behind us. They consisted of the Jenner, Spider, Phoenix Hawk and Commando.

Henry’s mech was in danger. He was behind the rest of us, with mostly long range weapons. He was outgunned and outmanuevered for short range, so I kicked my Wolvie into full throttle and moved into the Jenner and Phoenix Hawk to cause a distraction.

I was determined to keep the Kabal on me and allow Henry to pull back – Combat time 01:03

It worked, the Jenner and Commando focused on me and I exchanged heavy fire with the Jenner, severely damaging his armor. In turn the Jenner and Commando riddled my Wolverine seriously degrading armor, but no internal damage.

Pursuit of the Jenner kept Kabal off balance – Combat Time 01:17

I then pursued the Jenner, determined to keep the Recon lance off of Henry so he could pull back, the Spider and Phoenix Hawk were already moving away. I had lost my large laser in the exchange but felt I was still more than a match for the Jenner. It was at this point I think both sides decided to disengage. We kept the field while the Kabal retreated.

Overall we had a moderate victory.

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Quick Update

WolverineJust a quick update to say the look of the site may change. I have a lot of MWO imagery, and other fan site stuff so that will hopefully make the site look better.

Also, I think future AARs I will only focus on what my character sees. I am not too unhappy with it, but I think a more close focus from Shaan (or whoever in the future) is going to let me write stories more. So this will probably be the last “from the top” type AAR and future ones will be more descriptive on the character.

Oh, and I have been working on a couple of scenes (not whole stories, just scenes) that I am writing to just let me practice at writing. Those will be up in the future as well.

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AAR: Slow the Cats

SONG OF KALI AFTER ACTION REPORT

Battle Name: Slow the Cats
Mission Purpose: Slow down a heavy lance.
Date: 2/11/3020 (7/15/2017)
Time Elapsed on Contact: 60 seconds

Location: Amity II (60.321 | 5.092)
Opposing Force: Sabre-Tooths of Skye
Duration of Engagement: 60 seconds
Terrain: Hilly forested area with some granite rock outcroppings along with some ice.
Results: Total Victory, denied enemies movement and took two mechs salvage with only moderate damage to one mech and light damage to others.
Salvage/Losses:
Salvage – Stalker STK-3F, and Trebuchet TBT-5N
Losses – Damaged Centurion, one internal structure on leg left, returned base w/Lt. Yves.

Friendly Forces Order of Battle Opposing Forces Order of Battle
Centurion  CN9-A: (Lt. Antares Yves)
Catapult CPLT-C1: (Henry Carlson)
Trebuchet TBT-5S: (Simone Le Claire)
Woverine WVR-6M: (Shaan Solberg)
Cyclops CP-10Z (veteran pilot)
Stalker STK-3F (veteran pilot)
Trebuchet TBT-5N (veteran pilot)
Dervish DV-6M (veteran pilot)

Situation Report: We arrived in the small pass outside of the Capital City of Stryker, there we met with the Third Lance of the Sabre-Tooths of Skye. They were attempting to make their way to the Second and First Sabre-Tooths. Our job was to slow them down.

We arrived to find the OpFor already coming. Combat Time 00:00

They arrived heading south, their mechs had seen some moderate damage across their torsos and legs. We were hoping we could slow them down enough to impact their effectiveness against the 31st Marik Militia.

Turn 1:  Initiative – Friendly Forces (11) / Opposing Forces (8)
Our initial setup was to place our shorter ranged forces in hiding, such as Simone’s Trebuchet -5S, with a max range of 270 we didn’t want her to be caught out in the open. This resulted in an exchange that was purely between Henry in the Catapult, and the Stalker at the longest ranges of about 630.

Henry’s Catapult raked the Stalker across his left leg, torso and arm with one of the LRM shots, while I missed with my large laser from my secured firing position.

Light Exchange of Fire. Combat Time 00:10

Turn 2:  Initiative – Friendly Forces (8) / Opposing Forces (2)
After seizing the initiative, we utilized our speed to obtain closer firing positions on the Sabre-Tooths as they approached. I piloted my Wolverine to support Simone, who was holding her position. Once again her weapons were not within range of the closest enemy mechs, so she held herself in place.

Meanwhile, as I moved in with my lance mates, Lt. Yves maneuvered his Centurion into my old firing position for more safety, making himself impossible to hit by most of the enemy, but also leaving us with one less mech in position. Only Henry in the Catapult was able to fire and neither launcher connected. Meanwhile we received no damage as well.

It was at this time that a Comstar facility that was unregistered announced that it would fire on anyone who approached it. We have not confirmed if in fact that is the case at this time.

Catapult and Stalker again Combat Time 00:20

Turn 3:  Initiative – Friendly Forces (4) / Opposing Forces (3)
The engagement had become very heated at this time. Command decisions were sporadic from both sides, with Lt. Yves barely beating out the OpFor commander. The enemy Dervish had crested a hill and both myself in the Wolverine and Simone in the Trebuchet utilized our chance to approach it. I came closer and Simone even more so by entering waist deep water, allowing us to dispense our weapon strike fully.

Meanwhile Henry approached a firing position, utilizing a rock outcropping and partial cover to protect him while he also focused on the Dervish. Finally the Lt. stayed in his spot, taking pot shots at Dervish.

Both myself and Simone miss our full volleys, even at this close of range, the Dervish is 210 away and with our movement made it very hard to hit. Henry however connected with one missile pack, taking armor off the right and center torso of the Dervish. The Stalker had moved up into some woods and fired at the Lt, missing completely. The Lt. returned fire and did get some light damage from his LRM’s that connected.

Still undecided… Combat Time 00:30

Turn 4:  Initiative – Friendly Forces (11) / Opposing Forces (8)
We utilized our initiative and pushed harder. Both myself and Simone waded into the water further, utilizing the partial cover at the surface to obscure the view of the Stalker that had walked into sight a moment before. The Dervish decided to pursue and ran to the surface, ready to kick Simone if it had the chance.

Meanwhile Henry pulled the Catapult back, as most of the enemy mechs were under the minimum range requirement of his missiles. Lt. Yves took the place of Henry, training his weapon down on the Stalker who had walked almost up to Henry’s old position.

Antares fired on the Dervish, and missed completely, while Henry followed up with two salvos of LRMs on the same Dervish. With tremendous accuracy, Henry was able to blow off both of the Dervish’s arms.

The Trebuchet fired at me, with a hit with one medium laser, while the Dervish shot me with a single SRM 2 rocket. I returned the fire on the Dervish along with Simone and we damaged its torso severely. The Cyclops had crested and fired its LRM, missing Simone only because her legs were under water.

Exchange with Dervish, Combat Time 00:40

Turn 5:  Initiative – Friendly Forces (2) / Opposing Forces (10)
This is where things fell apart for a short while. Lt. Yves froze for a moment. We do not know why, or what happened, but he didn’t move. What did happen was the OpFor gained the advantage. In response to their push, Henry moved further back, Simone took her Trebuchet -5S and pulled back as well. During this time the Trebuchet, Stalker and Cyclops and approached Lt. Yves. The Stalker itself walked up in front of Lt. Yves and prepared to kick him in the head.

Unfortunately my Wolverine only has a moderate amount of weapons, so I did all I could think of, I attempted a Death-From-Above manuever, utilizing my jump jets to land on the upper portion of the Stalker. My attempt was to get the attention of all of the OpFors so it would allow Yves to make a run for it. My mech is faster, slightly more armored and could take the beating for a short while longer.

Lt. Yves regained his composure and unloaded his entire weapon load into the Stalker, Henry unloaded the Catapult, but only partially hit the Stalker. The OpFor mechs focused on me, and I was prepared to be damaged severely, but Antares needed assistance.

I was fortunate, most of the OpFor missed me completely with only a few minor weapons that lightly damaged me. Once they missed I landed squarely on the already ripped up left torso, knocking the 85 ton beast down, off of the cliff and it landed on its head.

My mech hit the ground hard and I wasn’t able to stay standing, but I was still in good shape and I told Lt. Yves to keep moving.

—- No Combat Footage, lost to impact —-

Minute 6:  Initiative – Friendly Forces (10) / Opposing Forces (7)
The surprise of my death from above attack caught the OpFors off guard and we were able to utilize the initiative and move. The Stalker got up but couldn’t move, the Cyclops moved closer, while the Dervish continued to retreat. 

Lt. Yves didn’t move, instead he took a firing position behind the Stalker and unloaded his weapons. We were pulling back, but it did force our hand and we all attacked the Stalker, and it fell, knocking the pilot out.

Meanwhile Simone engaged the other Trebuchet with a kick, damaging its left leg. When it fell, it snapped the rest of the left leg, leaving it with only a single leg. However the counter fire on Lt. Yves left it with about 5% internal structure in its left leg.

Prior to Stalker fall, Combat Time 00:53

I took advantage of the situation, the Stalker was unconscious, the Dervish was already retreated without its arms and the Trebuchet was missing a leg. This left the Cyclops as the only fully functional mech. However, it is a 90 ton mech with a 200mm Auto Cannon. It could take any one or two of our mechs and we were already damaged.

I asked that we offer surrender terms. Antares and I talked for awhile and eventually we gave the Sabre-Tooths the choice to walk away, which would only be the Dervish and Cyclops, in return we would capture the Trebuchet and Stalker and their pilots.

The battle was over in 60 seconds of fighting, and about another 3 minutes of  negotation. We had not only slowed, but we stopped the Sabre-Tooths, defeated them, claimed 140 tons in salvage and several damaged the other mechs in the lance.

Lt. Yves then took his Centurion back for repairs and I was continuing forward with Simone and Henry to render more assistance for the Marik Militia.

 

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Amity II (planet)

AMITY II (Planet)

map of local space

House: Free Worlds League/House Marik
Noble Ruler: First Minister Raymond Richards (Political Leader)
Star Type: M2V
Position in System: 2
Time to Jump Point: 2.84 days
Number of Moons: None
Surface gravity: 1.1
Atm. Pressure: Standard (Breathable)
Equatorial Temperature: 34° C (Temperate)
Surface Water: 63 percent
Recharging Station: Nadir – Helios, an Apollo Class Space Station
HPG Class Type: A
Highest Native Life: Mammals
Population: 2,324,000
Major Corporations: None
Other Locations of Note on Planet:

Early History

Amity joined the Free Worlds League in 2335. For most of the first 450 years it was a peaceful world that had a great deal of industrial capacity. In fact the variety of produced goods ranged from the Galleon light tank to recording studio equipment and musical instruments.

Although Amity joined the Free Worlds League in 2335, by 2416 it was considered to be a semi-independent world with Lyran leanings; as such, it was one of the worlds conquered by Captain-General Peter Marik between the Lyran attack on Dieudonne and the armistice in 2418. The Commonwealth targeted Amity when they launched a new offensive against the Free Worlds League in 2420; the imposition of the War Powers Act by the League Parliament led to Peter Marik rejecting calls to return to service as Captain-General, and Parliament chose one of Peter’s officers, General Joseph Stewart as Captain-General instead. Stewart was a capable officer but lacked the grasp of strategy needed for interstellar war, allowing the Lyrans to score several successes including the capture of Amity.

Succession Wars

After the start of the Succession Wars Amity’s fortunes changed. By 3025 the world had been raided no less than 23 times and actually been captured by the Lyran Commonwealth twice. These successive raids and occupation by a foreign power destroyed most of the industrial capability of the planet. This in turn led to a planet-wide economic recession. Fortunately for Amity, in 2863 Captain-General Phillipa Marik sent a team of engineers and scientists to Amity to help the population rebuild the industrial capability. This resulted in a dramatic improvement in the quality of life of the average Amity citizen.

Amity was one of the worlds to sign the Concord of Danais in 2966 joining the Silver Hawks (a coalition of independent worlds in the Free Worlds League).

Amity is also noteworthy as the home of Sir Charles Smith, a member of Parliament who called for peace between the Free Worlds League and the Lyran Commonwealth. He wrote a book, The Amity Initiative, that found widespread circulation in the Commonwealth and Federated Suns. He also led the negotiations that resulted in a peace treaty between Amity and the Lyran world Rahne.

At some point between 3007 and 3017 was the site of a series of battles between Lyran and Free Worlds League forces; the mercenary unit known as Snord’s Irregulars were active during the battles, assigned to perform a holding action to allow other units to escape. Although severla units did escape the operation against the Free Worlds League forces was considered a failure – the only notable failure in the early history of the Irregulars – but the Irregulars did manage to recover the lost Jewel of Sumatra, something that was considered to be a personal victory.

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A choice to be made

I stand at a crossroads right now. To me loyalty to my comrades and the trust it represents is important. However, it isn’t just my loyalty to someone else, I expect the same in return. I would die for anyone in my unit, and while I don’t expect necessarily that same level of loyalty, what I do expect is to not be demoted, accused of being a traitor and having guards placed on me without any due process, even when command knows the facts.

I awoken from my wounds on board the drop ship. We were in mid-flight at a hard burn. It was fairly confusing to be honest. The son of Corean industries was wounded beside me and under arrest. Daawn Marie Stewart, a famous lady who is by marriage related directly to Janos Marik was on the ship, and I was under arrest.

I am not sure why I am under arrest. There were accusations of desertion, dereliction of duty, refusing to answer a call from my superior, and of possibly being a traitor to the unit. They didn’t even bring up that I had been in a firefight until later, and even then there were no victims present, I was taken to the hospital as a victim, yet the assumption is that it was my fault.

Antares was the worst of it, he screamed about how I couldn’t be trusted, that I could be a traitor and that I had broken a lot of regulations. He ordered me under house arrest, to be under guard while on the ship, and made it clear what he thought. He obviously doesn’t have the same considerations for his people that I do.

What bothered me most is that Force Commander Gibson and Olivia stood aside and let him do that. They knew the facts, they knew I didn’t sneak off the base, I went on leave, talked to someone and as soon as I woke up from my wounds I provided them with valuable intel. Not a positive word about anything.

In fact I was evidently demoted to Mechwarrior without due process, or without talking to me, which of course just made Antares believe even more he was right.

I do admit I threatened to beat him after the accusations of being a traitor and my explanation of what happened. I still mean it. However, that is different then the rest of the accusations and I am fine with spending time in lockdown and to be charged with that. I won’t ever let a person tell me I am a traitor and to treat me like that, but in turn I will accept whatever punishment that brings me.

As for the other charges, I am still unsure why there is even an idea I would do something. Here are the facts as they actually stand:

  • I left the base legitimately, it was the Saturday of the weekend with no danger of missing the prep needed Sunday for the fight.
  • I had no active duties until the following night when we would fight for Hellana. I was dressed as a civilian, as we were told we could. I wanted to make sure nothing I did reflected badly on the unit, and that the unit’s enemies couldn’t trace me easily.
  • I checked out through the security chief on duty, told them where I was going, and I never veered from what should have been a normal Saturday off.
  • When I awoken from my injuries, I reported the incident, turned over the map I had gained and awaited for debriefing.

Next thing I know after I wake up I am accused of dereliction of duty, it couldn’t be that because it was weekend leave which we were specifically told by Force Commander Gibson and Olivia we could take at any time. I had no duties as technician, mechwarrior or recruiter. In fact after the debrief the night before we were told the weekend was ours, just be ready for Sunday night’s fight.

I never betrayed secrets of our unit, the only information I divulged was information that was approved by our intelligence analyst Olivia. I never received a phone call that Antares is screaming about, and I have never been anything but loyal to the unit. So much so I used my personal contact with certain subjects to gain information for the unit.

After this “incident” Antares returned to his duties with Dawn Marie and I spent the next few days recovering in sick bay. I then spoke with Hellena about her research and discovered locations of where she gained the material to make endo-steel. She also shared with me the formula and decided Kalidasa may be a good home for her and her family.

Maybe I will follow her into the civilian world. I have a PhD in mech engineering, I am a fully trained mechwarrior with the technical skills to back it up. Even if I wasn’t able to gain a job in the industry, I could probably get either transferred to a new unit, or find somewhere else to call home.

I haven’t decided fully yet, but loyalty is everything to me, and that includes showing it back. I can’t take idly the accusations of being a traitor, placed under arrest and treated as such and maintain my ability to give 100% to the mission and to that person.

The one thing I learned, my friends in criminal organizations show more loyalty to me by rescuing me and not accusing me then my commanders.

 

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