01:00, 18.07.3049; Concordance
Repairs are progressing on all the Battlemechs recovered from the battle. Once Ito’s techs realized they were out of a job, and that we were aiming for their boss’ head, they decided to sign up. The 800 creds a month I offered them on behalf of the Rogues probably helped. With their help, Malache was able to get two full maintenance crews together. Enough to put the Blackjack back together, and repair the superficial armor damage to the other ‘mechs. Jayce took a hit in the fight, again. Knocked out one of it’s wheels. We’ve got no replacements parts, so we drug it back inside the DS.
While Malache and the techs worked on repairs, the rest of the Rogues, Croft, and I took a look at the DS’s sensor logs, to see if we could figure out what happened. And we managed to get a couple clues. First, the Jumpship force-purged the dropships. It hadn’t come under fire, there was no emergency. They jettisoned us as soon as we got into the system. And as we were reeling through space, trying to take control of our ships, a third dropship came out of nowhere, and started firing on us. After it had disabled us, it slinked back off to it’s own Jumpship, and left the system.
As we were watching all thus, I noticed a curious reaction out of Croft. I called him out on it, and he told me that it related to some Dragoon’s business that he wanted to discuss with me. I’m still not sure about Croft. Still worried he’s on the inside… that he knows about Operation Revival. I agreed, and we left the Rogue’s in the command center, despite their protests.
In the Captain’s quarters, Croft laid a bombshell on me: the dropship that shot us down was Wolf-Net’s. That’s why Yuri had been on the Jumpship. He was there to force a purge. Then the WN Dropship came out from the dark side of Concordance’s moon, shot us down, and sent us burning to the planet’s surface. And this was all done at Croft’s order. When he heard about Kade Westen hiring the Rogues, he called in a favor with a Wolfnet commander. Damian Karnes is one of the old guard, and his name was on the Operation: Revival document I saw. Karnes authorized the attack on our dropships.
So, Croft was behind the attack on our ships, after all. Obviously, he didn’t want the Rogue’s to know. But he had to tell me, since he thinks I’m still Wolf-Net, and he probably figured I wouldn’t let the matter go. After hearing all this, I told Croft to level with the Rogue’s. It was his only shot. Again, he denied any knowledge of Operation: Revival, so I laid a little bit on him. I told him there was a war coming, the biggest one ever. And if he wanted to stage his little coup, he needed to do it quick. And to do that, he’d need allies.
Croft came clean with the Rogues. Stiener was less than happy, and read Croft the riot act. Told Croft he’d help him, but when the smoke clear, Stiener would be the one calling the shots. To my surprise, Croft agreed. I’m not sure if he just values revenge over power, or if he’s just biding his time, waiting for the right moment to strike. Either way, I’m going to need to keep an eye on him. If he somehow informs Wolf-Net of my presence here…
We figured we’d have 18 hours until Ito’s men returned to take back the last load of ‘mechs and equipment from the Dropship. That gave us enough to to repair the Blackjack, rig up the Wolverine to work as a gun emplacement, and get the rest of the mechs into fighting shape. We also used Jayce as a weapon’s control platform, rigging it’s targeting systems in to the Dropship to replace the one’s Ito had stolen. That allowed us to bring an LRM and PPC battery online.
We left the wreckage of the Spider where it was. Same with the Wolverine, but instead of being a disabled mech, it was now a gun emplacement. I took control of that one. Malache manned the DS’ guns, Flaxx took the Wasp. Steiner took the Blackjack out, and Richter took out a Javelin. Croft’s men stayed in their mechs, and we waited to spring out trap.
Ito’s forces arrived right on schedule. After a flyover by an Aerocraft, the came on. 6 tanks of various shapes and sizes, a Stinger, and Richter’s lost Hatchetman.
We took them completely by surprise. They never had a chance. The battle was practically over by the time they realized we were attacking.
We’ve got more mechs than ever, and not enough pilots for them now. We’ve also go the last of Ito’s mech pilots, if the roster we downloaded is to be believed. We’ll need to make some repairs, and some modifications. But after that… Ito is pretty much doomed.
Then we just have to figure out what to do about Hurst.
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