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Blast from the past

Post by Slamhammer » 05 Mar 2003, 01:22

ELH Operations Center
Fort Winston
Derion, Draconis Combine
0400 hours
8th Aug 3062



"Three more hours", Hondo thought to him self just three more boaring hours. Captian Hondo had what all captians and below called stable watch. His job was to be the commanders rep during off duty hours. This included scanning over coms traffic, insuring that security post were manned, that all sub units were checked twice during his tour of duty and genneraly keeping a eye on the Lighthorse untill the units senior commanders arrived in the morning. Hondo was located in the bowls of the Hq building some 50 meters below the ground in a renforced bunker that was built some 300 years ago during the the Star League days.


In the Ops Center with him was a sensor tech, a comms tech, a intell tech and two security troops. Sensor screens, com terminals, data interfaces cluttered three of the four walls of the bunker. This was the nerve center of the Eridani LightHorse a gift from an unlikley source, the Draconis Combine along with the old SDLF base that ELH called home. The Cordinator of the Combine insisted in giving ELH these facilities to help forget the bad blood that House Kurtia and ELH have had since a mad DC plannet governer in 2930 ordered 2400 ELH dependents to their deaths. Even with the a new home handed to them without any ties there was still some bad blood flowing around the Lighthorse, but those feelings were mostly kepted in check.


Captian Hondo had just filed his last security update when Trooper Davis the sensor tech called him over to his station. Hondo looked at his watch 0405 DST ( Derion Standered Time) Damn he thought just 2 hours and 55 minutes more. Standing behind Davis, Hondo could not tell what Davis was worried about. Taking his hand and pointing to a blob of different color graph lines Davis explained. " Sir we have a flux in the gravity well located just 16 hours from the planet and it was a big spike sir". Hondo looked hard at the screen this time , he looked at the graph before and after Davis indicated the contact and he saw a diffrence in the carrier wave. " Davis is it a Jumpship" Hondo asked. Davis looked again, turnning his head to face Hondo" Sir I think so, but it sure ain't at any known jump point or pirate jump point that we know of sir, that place in space is pretty deep in this systems star's gravity well, it would be a really crazy captian to attempt this".

Hondo looked at the screen again then over to the com tech Sgt Fields, "Josh call DC flight ops and see if they have any inbound jumpships due this morning and also check with the tracking station and make sure they also have this on their screens" Sgt Fields grabed his com set and responed " Roger that sir I'm on it", then went to work on carring out his task. Tech Sgt Norris at this time had transferred Davis's data to his own screen and was looking at it. Norris had called up intell data and was trying to match any of the infomation to known contacts. Hondo stepped over to Norris's station " well Lee any matchs" hondo asked.
Norris looked at a the screen and looked up at hondo " Sir It looks like five maybe 6 invaders or merhcent class jumpships, that is at least 15 dropships sir". Hondo thought for a second " Davis move all ISAT's to that location in space I want a picture of what the hell we have got it". Davis started to input the commands to change the attitudes of the four early warning satilites under ELH control to the contacts last location. Five minutes had gone by, then Hondo heard and saw a trio of warnning buzzers going off over trooper Davis's station. Hondo cleared four steps in each stride and was by a very concern trooper Davis in a flash. " Whats up Davis" Hondo said while looking over his shoulder. " Sir I have a confrimed fix on at least 5 very heavy Jumpships..plus I am starting to get smaller contacts which most likley are dropships disembarking from the jumpships. I count at least 12 dropships, type unknown at this time and they are showing signs of a hard burn sir at least 2g or better".


Hondo's mind was racing, looking over to his com tech " Josh anything from DC flight or the planets early warning stations". " Yes sir, I just got conformation that there is no Jumpships civilian or military due today and the tracking stations have indicated that all of the contacts have gone quiet no IFF or voice reponse at all sir". Hondo's brain was working overtime, he instructed Sgt Fields to inform Col Steel , Col BLackhawk~K, Major Elkins the on-call airboss and Major Gruber the maintence officer.


ELH Operations Center
Fort Winston
Derion, Draconis Combine
0600 hours
8th Aug 3062


It had been two hours since unknown guests had jumped into the Derion system and started a hard 2g burn toward the planet of Derion. Captain Hondo had followed his protocol to the letter, what started out as six soldiers in the large command bunker now had expanded to over forty. Every console, computer terminal and workstation was manned. The place had come alive since Hondo had started the emergency recall plan.


Col Steel the Eridani LightHorse executive officer had received the call a scant fifteen minutes after the first contact was detected. Steel had arrived at 0445 and had taken over command from captain Hondo. Since that time, more and more information had been coming in about the unknown contacts. The size of the inbound force had been upped to 16 drop-ships and it seemed that there was a single large contact stationed between the drop-ships and the jump-ships. This contact had Steel worried. Col Blackhawk had arrived 20 minutes after Steel and was suggesting that the contact was a warship. Who ever they might be, they were still sixteen hours from planet fall. The local commander of the Draconis Combine forces on Derion had sent a lasion officer to help coordinate a planetary defense if the contacts were indeed hostile. Steel was a little concerned that General Slamhammer had not arrived yet. He had gone to a small retreat south of Fort Winston to do some fishing. Steel had dispatched a vtol to go and pick him up.


Col Steel and Col Blackhawk stood in the map room looking over the defense plane for Fort Winston. Each regiment had been assigned an assembly area; these were used to deploy the regiments out of a large target area such as Fort Winston. The 151st had the north defensive sector, which stretched from the Dillford Mountains in the northwest over, to the town of Gilmore to the northeast. If you looked at a clock the 151st Lighthorse had the ten to two o'clock position. The 71st Lighthorse had the two to six o'clock positions. That covered just south of Gilmore to the area just north and east of the Glass River.Bridge the 21st Striker had been given the six to ten o'clock positions. That covered just west of the Glass River back up to the north ending just south of Hibner pass in the Dillford Mountains. Fort Winston had a 360-degree perimeter around it that extended out to 125 km from the fort. The defense plan called for a defense in depth with five rings. Each ring was 25 km in depth, and had choke points that would help in channeling an enemy into regimental engagement areas or REA. In case of the worse Fort Winston would be the fall back area and evacuation point.

Steel was in the communications area when Duster one reported that they have landed and where gathering the general up and should be airborne in 5 minutes, Steel breathed a sigh of relief. He did not want to be in charge if this turned into a fight. Slam was better at it then he was. Looking over to the communication tech " trooper. I need LTC Lancer, Buff6 and Cricket to report to the operations center in " turning to look at his watch Steel finished. " by 0700 hours and have them give me a complete readiness report you got that son." the young tech responded " copy that sir


60 kms south of Ft Winston
Derion, Draconis Combine
0730 hours 8th Aug 3062

Slam was in the back of the cabin when he heard the distinct sound of rotor blades echoing off of the canyon walls. The sound was getting closer, Slam walked out to the back yard of the cabin and looked to the north. Popping up over the trees was a VTOL craft at full throttle and very low. As the craft closed Slam could make out the wing horse with crossed sabers of his personal VTOL Duster 1. The sleek rotor craft banked to the east and pulled hard pitch, then shifted to the west and flaired at the last second and landed not more then 30 meters from were he stood. The aircraft had not been on the ground for a second when a helmet wearing crewmeber jumped out and headed at a dead run torward Slam.
The crewmember stopped slauted and held out a noteputer. Slam returned the salute and leaned over to the young crewmember " Dale whats up " Sgt Dale Hendricks cupped his hands around is mouth " Sir sorry to interupt your vacation but we got some serious stuff developing". "Col Steel has called a full alert and has the entire unit called in sir". " The details are on the noteputer sir". Slam took the noteputer from Sgt Hendricks, Slam told Sgt hendricks to wait and walked back to the cabin. Slam grab his ready bag and made sure all of the eletricity was off and locked the doors and headed to wear Henricks was standing. Slam put his hand on the young Sgts shoulder " ok Dale lets get moving" grabing the flight helmet that Sgt Hendricks handed him he followed the crew cheif back to the VTOL. Slam secured the five point restraint system in the command seat and pluged his helmet into the coms system. keying the mike " ok Gale lets get this bird back to Ft Winston on the double time, copy". The pilot, Flight Warrent Gale Westerbrooke nodded and made a fast check of the outside area then added power and lifted off heading due north. "Sir Col Steel wanted you to contact him as soon as we lifted, its seems we have some vistors inbound" Gale said. Slam nodded and switched the comms to the secure command net. ' Eridani 5 this is 6 over" Slam said as he checked the cypher key. "Eridani 6 this is 5 " Col Steel responed. " Helmut give me a fast sitrep" there was a slight pause then Steel spoke. " Sir at 0400 DST we detected a large contact entering the Derion system at a prisously unkown drop ponit about 18 hours from the planet". " We follow all of the ELH and DC protocalls with dealing with unkown contacts, at 0520 hours I identified the contacts as hostile and alerted the command". " As of now sir, we have 16 dropships and a possible warship headed at high g torward Derion". Slam made a mental note about the warship. " Sir DC command indicated that they also have tagged the contacts as bandits". " Sir the Lighthorse stand at 97% assembled and all regiment commanders indicated that they will start moving to their desinated assemble areas within the hour". Slam looked over the notes in the handheld then responed " What is the status on our dependents Helmut". There was a slight shudder in the VTOL's
air frame as Gale increased speed. " Sir LTC Lancer has dispatched elements of the 50th HCB and 8th Recon Bn to escort all ELH dependents
to the city of Goldhights 400 km south of Ft Winston". " The safe area has been cleared by elements of the 2nd Direon Guards". Slam thought for a second " Colonal I want all regiment commanders to stand by untill I get there". Slam directed Steel to release all regiments to their assembly areas and to insure that all transport assets be up and ready in one hour.


Landing Pad 2A
Fort Winston
Derion, Draconis Combine
0800 hours 8 Aug 3062



"Sir we are on final, ETA 1 min" Gale informed Slam. Slam lifted his head from the tactical reports he had been reveiwing over the last 20 min and looked out the cabin window. Fort Winston was a huge complex 840 acers of hangers, barracks, housing areas, training, maintenance and storage facilities. Looking to the east Slam could just make out several large coloums of support and combat support vehicles moving to their forward locations. Duster One slowed and pitched up as Gale pulled the collective and flaired the nose up slighty to slow Duster one's forward speed. A marked increase in vibrations and a slight bounce and Slam was on the ground. Popping the restraint harness and hitting the door release, Slam exited the aircraft. Looking torward the nose slam gave Gale a thumbs up and a salute and then double timed off of the pad.


Standing at the edge of the landing area were Col. Steel and Lt. Stache.
Slam greeted both as he came within ear shot. Steel and Stache both rendered a salute "Welcome back sir, sorry we pulled you away from fishing trip" responed Steel. Slam returned both officers salutes " Well Fritz I was having no luck anyway" Steel cracked a grin and chuckled a bit. "Sir we have a hover jeep waiting to take us to the TOC." Lt. Stache added "Also sir I have a fresh uniform and some hot coffee waiting in your office" as he grabbed Slam's ready bag. "Thank you gentlemen" responded Slam and all three Lighthorsemen headed to the hover jeep.



Lighthorse Tactical Operations Center
Fort Winston
Derion , Draconis Combine
0900 hours 8 Aug 3062


It had been 5 hours since the unknown inbound contacts had been detected. The Eridani Lighthorse, 5,200 troopers strong, had been fully mobilized and were on the move. In a fresh uniform and carring a large ELH cup full of good strong lighthorse coffee, Slam stood in front of the best tactical and logistical minds in the Inner Sphere. To the uninformed the scene infront of him would be called chaotic, but to the trained eye this was a well oiled machine. Each part knowing exactly what the other part needed, the uninterupted flow of information going to the right part at the right time... It would be work of art if not for the fact that all of this meant that people were most likely going to die. This part Slam new all to well.


Col. Steel, Col. Blackhawk, the Regimental CO's (the XO's were in charge of the forward assembly areas) and other members of the command
cell had moved to the large tac screen located in the back room of the operations center. Laid out in front of Slam was a 3-D projection screen where tac updates and unit reports came in real time. Col. Steel and Major Frank Green, the S-2 (intel officer) walked out to the front of the group. Steel then started his report, " Ok Sir this is what we have so far". "At 0400 hours this mornning a large group of contacts were detected jumping into the Derion system at a point only 18 hours out. "At 0600 hours I put the Lighthorse on full alert status and started the deployment of all combat commands to include getting the non-combatant response plan started". "At 0720 after conferring with the commander of all DC forces on Derion both myself and the DC commander agreed to tag the inbound contacts as hostile". Steel pointed to the screen where a complete list of every unit's combat status was listed. The lighthorse unit listing was in blue, in green was the DCM listing and in red was the hostile's status. "Sir as you can see the Lighthorse look pretty good, we stand at 96% readiness". "As of 20 min ago sir Col. Lancer reports the 151st at full readiness with 104 mechs, 15 Striker hover tanks, 8 Manticore medium tanks, and 30 various other transports, maintence and recovery vehicles". "Also deployed with 151st is the 4th jump infantry company and 3rd company of Lighthorse Sappers". "Col. Crickett reports the 71st at 98% readiness, with 101 mechs, 10 Van Lucker heavy tanks, 10 Striker hover tanks, 12 Cobra hover APC's and 25 other vehicles". " The 8th mech inf company and the 1st company of Lighthorse Sappers are attacted to the 71st". "Col. Buffalo6 reports the 21st at 90% readiness with 98 mechs, 18 Striker hover tanks, 24 transports and other vehicles. The 5th mech infantry company and 2nd LightHorse Sappers are deployed with the 21st". Steel paused a second, and then "Ummm...the 21st will be at 104 mechs within 15 minutes which will bring them to 98%..." Slam gave Buff a quick look, and Buff could only roll his eyes and shrug his shoulders... Slam smiled to himself so no one else would see as Steel went on, "Col. Blackhawk reports the 19th at 100%. They can be deployed within 2 minutes for local TOC security which would stretch their deployment time for hammer/reserve forces to 8 minutes. Otherwise they can deploy within 5 minutes if held at the drop pad."
Slam focused on the mech numbers, ELH had a very strange table of orginisation. All four of the regiments were in fact each a combined arms unit with their own tank, inf and air support. In fact the lighthorse had kept the same force structure that it had in the old SLDF some 300 years before. So in an Able company of the 5th striker Bn 21st Striker Regtiment you would see two lances or 8 medium to heavy mechs with 4 Striker tanks and 3 scout tanks. In Baker company of the 11th recon Bn 71st Lighthorse you would see 4 med mechs 4 Kemper scout hover tanks and a platoon of jump inf. This would look very confusing to the enemy and a lot of friends but it has worked for a long time, so why fix it if it ain't broke. "Fritz what about our air status" Slam voiced. " Sir we have all 6 wings ready plus Derion Air Defense command has transfered 2 sqaudrons to us for help in keeping a CAP (combat air patrol) over Fort Winston". " LTC Sanders has indicated that all of his pilots could be airborne in 50 minutes sir, that is 96 fighters". Steel made a gesture torward the data at the bottom of the screen. " Fritz have we started to deploy all air assets to there secondary fields, I do not want to be caught with my air sitting wing tip to wing tip just itching for a well placed bomb or two". Steel checked his personal notes " yes sir I ordered LTC Sanders to disprese his crews two hours ago". " good Firtz I want to hit this bastereds on their way in". " I want to reduce their ability to operate over the battle field , lets get a strike package togather to intercept the fighters". " The less air they have to disrupt us the more we can use to pin down their manuver units". " Sir Sanders and myself had the same thought, he has 4 of his wings configured to knife fight with the enemies air cover and the other two wings are to engage the vanguard of enemy dropships". Looking up at Steel Slam could not help showing a slight smile. Col Steel was the best operational plans officer in the inner spere, his ability to see the details has been one of his greatess assests and one of the Lighthorses best kept secerts.
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Post by Slamhammer » 05 Mar 2003, 02:33

ELH Operations Center
Fort Winston
Derion, Draconis Combine
1530 hours
8th Aug 3062


Slam stood looking out of his office window at the mech hangers in the distance. It had been almost 12 hours since a large group of undentified jumpships entered the Derion system and started a hard burn torward the planet it self. In those 12 hours the Lighthorse had jumped into action. Slam smiled and was comforted in the fact that not more then 12 hours ago those hangers he was looking at were full, now they were almost empty. A few mechs and supply vehicles were the only trace of more then 450 mechs and almost a matched number of other combat vehicles that had been there mere hours before.


ELH AIR OPS
Hanger 40 C
FT Winston


LTC Sanders stood facing the 103 pilots and crews of the Lighthorse Air Wing. Since 0700 hours LTC Sanders has been dispersing his fighters and fighterbombers in groups of 6-8 aircraft to a dozen small airfeilds around Ft Winston. All of the aircarft and support crews completed the move by 1200 hours and in good combat order.

Dave "Viper" Sanders was the youngest senior leader in the Lighthorse. At 31 he was in command of all ELH airospace assets. He was 6"1 192 pounds and had long blond sideburns to go with his handle bar mustach.
he looked every part a fighter pilot. In his carrer with the Lighthorse he had scored 27 kills with his banshee meduim fighter. The only active pilot to have more was Flight Warrent Gayle Westerbrooke who had a even 30 kills before she was picked to fly the old man around. Standing in front of those fine men and women always inspired him. Dave felt charged, invegorated, focused, every sense was magnified ten fold.


LTC Sanders Stood infront of the podium the noise started to wain as more and more pilots turned and looked at their commander.
" Ok folks, great job on getting your aircraft out to those fields". Dave voiced. " We have 2 hours before we launch and intercept the bandits inbound on our nice little home here". " as all of you can see from your brief we will launch six squadrons from ELH and two on loan from the Derion Airospace command". " The old man wants our main foucus to be on the fighters, he wants us to hurt them as much as possible so they can't hurt us here on Derion". Dave pointed to Major Ree "Pinto " Giles "Ree you will lead the three squadrons hitting the dropships".
Dave ponited to Captian John "Moose" Wang " you and your Ripers will go with Ree's Dagger Squadron" ,"copy that skipper" Captian Wang replied.
Dave then looked to the rear of the room and located the group of pilots who had come from the Derion Air Combat Command. " Folks at the back of the room is the Cordnators own" with a slight smile Dave pointed out the visting pilots. " Major Yamasherto you and your squadon will go with Major Giles". Dave then looked at the other DC commander Captian Oshie
"your Bear squadron will be with me and the other three Lighthorse squadrons understood" Captain Oshie responded with Iye.

LTC Sanders would lead four squadrons, The Pagens, Rapiers, Sundowners and the Emarld Knights. Their main job would be to mix it up with the enemy fighter cover. The second flight would be lead by Major Ree Giles she would take three squadrons, the Daggers, the Rippers and the Shaddow Cougars aginst the dropships. The plan conceived by LTC Sanders would place his four Sqaudrons in the lead they would engage the enemy CAP split it in two then have Major Giles pilots rush through the center and hit the dropships. Major Giles will hold her squadrons togather four at least 2 attack runs and then have them split into smaller sections of three to four and hit indiviual jumpships. The part that presented the most concern was getting his pilots to disengage during a running fight and getting back to cover the ground forces on Derion.

The Breifing lasted all of 10 min, Dave stood looking at his pilots knowing that there will faces looking at him now that would not be there in 2 hours. Clearing his throat, Dave spoke: " People we will be hitting a larger force, a force that for some reason wants to do us harm". " All I can ask you to do is your best, if we don't do are best a lot of people, friends and comrades will most surley die. " The lighthorse has had a long and distingused history the men and women before you fought with the strenght and love of beleiving in a dream their memory and that of the Lighthorse will carry you to victory". " Be strong look out for your wingmen and be agressive but not reckless". Dave lifted his head and elevated his right arm" Ok folks lets saddle up!!". The room erupted into a huge wave of woops and battle crys.




ELH Operations Center
Fort Winston
Derion, Draconis Combine
1620 hours
8th Aug 3062


The cast had been set; there was nothing to do now but to let the lighthorse pilots, mechwarriors and support troopers do their job. Slam felt very small as he watched the last of LTC Sanders fighters form up and head torward the largest air to air fight the Lighthorse has had in over 200 years. Slam closed his eyes and wished the winged lighthorsemen god speed and good luck.



Air Combat Center
Fort Winston
Derion, Draconis Combine
1710 hours
8th Aug 3062


"Pagean Prime this is Lighthorse Air ops, turn 215 mark 120 sqauwk 5680 for hand off to Pegasus control". The main ELH flight ops handed over all 7 fighter squadrons to the in flight combat controll air craft flying a figure eight pattern just inside Derions atmostphere at 200 km altitude. " Copy flight ops" Dave flelt the Banshee power through the Derion atmostphere and enter the vacum of space. Looking to his left and right he saw flights of fighters getting into their attack postions the sight was almost overwhelming. The crackle of his com broke him out of his trance; " Pagean Prime this is Pegasus Control your vector to contact is 220 mark 052 range 1800 km speed 7800 kph".
Dave felt somewhat releaved that the show was about to start looking at his com he thumbed his transmit button " copy Pagasus control Pegean prime copies all squadrons are in attack formation, time to intercept 4 min
Prime clear"...Dave "Viper" Sanders had one last thought " dave old boy just don't screw this up" and with that LTC Sanders switched his coms to command channal and informed his pilots of the score. " Prime to all squadrons, badits at 1300 km speed 8200 kph weapons free good luck and good hunting Prime out". LTC Dave "Viper" Sanders had just released his wing commanders to exicute the plan they had been briefed on this left him to do the one thing he ever wanted to do, fly fighters in combat.



ELH Operations Center
Fort Winston
Derion, Draconis Combine
1715 hours
8th Aug 3062


The ability of the human speices to adapt to stressful events has been the hallmark of man since the dawn of time. To be pushed emotitional and phyisicaly to the ponit of breaking and then somehow pulling one's self out of the well of dispair and hoplessness at the last moment was a gift that would time and time again show the persaverance of human kind. The scene in the Ops Center was not one of dispair but of determnation and focused drive. Every lighthorsemen from the newest trooper to most hardend vet new the events unfolding could only be controled through Strenght, a sense of purpose and luck the later being out of their control but would most likley be the most important variable in the comming events.

Col Fritz "Steel" Helmut had the ability to calm and focus others around him without saying a word. That trait was being used to its maxium effect as he stood in the ops center listing to the space battle taking place some 600 kms above Derion at this time. Throughout every unit in the lighthorse that same battle was being moniterd. Slam stood next to Steel as the first contact with the enemy fighters was being made by LTC Sanders and his pilots. " All Flights this is Pagean Prime I have visual on badits bearing 050 mark 215" Pagean Prime to all flights engage!,engage!, engage!". The whole op center and in every fox hole and mech, ears would strian and harts would pound for it was not just 103 space jockeys up there but all 5400 lighthorsemen. Slam turned his head and looked into his XO's eyes they both knew that the one plauge that man could not beat, once agian would show its abhorent form. War was uncarring and venimous its hurger never being satisfied.

The coms came alive with the sounds of battle. " Emrald flight this Emrald lead engage bandits, Tally Ho". " Dragon flight this Dragon lead take bandits head on Tally Ho". The same command was being made throughout all of the squadrons. The sounds of battle were surreal comming from speakers in the ops center. The disbodied voices sounded more like specters then men and women fighting for their lives. Slam stood transfixed as every victory and death assaulted those listining on the planet below.

Slam was so envolved that he did not see Major Rubin standing behind him. Major Ike Rubin was the assistent Regimental intel officer for the Lighthorse. His looks hid the keen intilect and and attention to detail that you find in a good police detective or the best intel officer in the Inner Sphere. Major Rubin tapped Slam on the shoulder and flashed the folder in his right hand. Slam turn and saw his intell officer had something to tell him. Stepping away from the group of officers that gathered around the main air ops station, Slam turned to Steel " Fritz Ike might have some intel that could shed some light on all this". The Three officers walked to the back of the Ops Center into one of the staff offices. " Sir I think we got a pretty good picture on the who, what, and why for all of the intrest for our little home here" Major Rubin said. Steel looked at Major Rubin and could not help but smile, turning to Slam " Sir me thinks our little super sulth here has uncovered this mystery". With out waiting for the two senior officers to prompt him Ike started his brief. " Sir it seems that we have some secert friends, my people have been digging through every intel report, newsclip and tea leave to find out who are visitors are". "There was reports of some troop movements being conduct along the lower thumb by some Stiener friendly FCAF units". "It seems that redeployment of Combine units along the lower thumb to reinforce their boarder with the Ghost bears has caught the attenition of one slighty power hugery Achron". " Then this came form the for mentioned secert friend sir if you look at the HPG code there is only 3 people that carry that level". Major Rubin handed the folder to Slam the words Wolf-Net and the distinct logo of the fabled Wolf Dragoons was embossed on the dispatch.

Slam thumbed through the folder, three HPG messages caught his eye, Slam scanned through each dispatch. Steel saw Slams facial expresstion change. Looking at Major Rubin Slam's tone changed" Ike how solid is this". " Sir there is nothing that go's on in the inner sphere that Wolf-Net knows some information about", "I would bet this is as solid as it can get".
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I am going to finish this story

Post by Slamhammer » 02 Sep 2004, 01:53

I could use some imput from all of you to wrap this story up...any help will be greatly apprecated. I just added the 2 paragraphs give it a read and tell me what you think....

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Post by Firemane » 02 Sep 2004, 20:32

Slam,

This is a good tale. The growing tension is a good effect. With this type of detail, you could run a long way with this. You could have some incoming info that tells a little more about why the raiders are coming- a leak from Comstar, an HPG letter from a "friendly" merc unit or transport captain, communication from the inbound commander, etc. If you have them come down to the surface, some intel reports from recon units over squelchy radios would add a lot.

Good work and keep it going.

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Post by Crickett » 03 Sep 2004, 12:19

Slammy :D
Please put me in a Cauldron Born killing lots of the enemy :shoot hehe thanks.


:salut:
Lt.Col.Crickett,acting CO.
71st. Light Horse
The White Horse Reg.

On any planet on any terrain in any climate,ELH will meet and defeat any enemy!!!

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Post by Firemane » 03 Sep 2004, 18:55

Jeez, Crick. You ask for him to develop such a complex character for you :D

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Post by Slamhammer » 03 Sep 2004, 21:44

Not to worry crick , the story will have most if not all of former and current light horsemen :D

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Post by Hammer » 08 Sep 2004, 21:05

ELH Operations Center
Fort Winston
Derion, Draconis Combine
1719 hours
8th Aug 3062

Suddenly a huge cheer went up from the rest of the Eridani Troopers in the TOC. All three rushed to the office door to look at the huge wall of status displays... The strike package had taken out two dropships almost simultaneously! Steel immediately got a handle on the euphoria before folks let their duties slip too far...then went straight to the comms section and asked for a secure channel to Major Giles.... "Pinto this is Eridani5, over..." two seconds..."PINTO this is Eridani 5 over" two...four...five seconds passed..."Eridani5 this is Moose1 (so called because there was more than one Moose within the 5,200 personnel in the Lighthorse), I have had no response from Pinto for two minutes sir" Steel's voice cracked as he spoke, meeting the CO's eyes over the microphone and seeing the pain, "Moose1 this is Eridani5, understood...pass along a good job to your crew out there when you get collected, and bring yourselves home safe - and understand that you just saved some lives down here on the gound" "Wilco Eridani5...." Steel had been scanning the tac screen while speaking and turned to Slam, "Sir, looks like we've lost about 20% of our air wing...but it looks like we've hurt them pretty badly. I don't think they expected us to even have any air assets..." Slamhammer replied "Alright, tell Sanders to conduct an orderly withdrawal, keep the option to aggress against any enemy air assets he has an immediate superiority over, and have 3 air wings follow plan Darkside." "Yessir..." as Steel turned back to the comms tech to ask for the channel the comm tech handed him the mic already set. Steel made contact with Sanders and pondered both the feasability and advantages and disadvantages of their Darkside plan as he communicated the instructions from the commander. Somewhat of a misnomer, on purpose of course, a Jumpship and dropships were on the opposite side of the planet from the invaders (Steel could not yet put the invader's likely origins into cohesive thought) in a tight orbit so they could not be found by enemy sensors. They would act as a spaceborn fighter ops base and give the Lighthorse some additional flexibility, but at some potential amount of risk as well...

Slam walked back into the office and punched his code into the comlink. "Yessir" was the greeting he received. "Get me the Draconis System Commander, priority Beta1...and encrypt this military top secret." "Yessir" replied the tech, "Standby" After a minute the comm tech said "Sir, I have Colonel Yushito on the line for you. Colonel Yushito you are connected with General Slamhammer of the Eridani Light Horse." Both men heard a very slight click indicating the comm tech had dropped off the line. Colonel Yushito started the conversation "General, what may I do for you?" "Colonel you have no doubt been keeping close tabs on the situation..." "Yes General, I have". "Good, all of our tatical data has been linked to your HQ so you can see what we see in real time. We have just received some new intel that has not been sent to you just yet". There was a slight pause before Colonel Yushito responded "Yes General, your link has greatly helped our view of the enemy's intent". "Well Colonel, this new information might make the picture a little clearer. Our sources have ID'ed some or all of the inbound units. It seems that the dropships belong to at least three merc commands. So far we have ID'ed elements of Brion's Legion, Mobile Fire and Bronson's Horde. The last one, as I am sure you know, piques my interest." There was a slight pause "General is that the same Bronson's Horde that has a Blood Fued with the Lighthorse?" Slam had heard it called a lot of things but a blood fued was not one of them. "Well Colonel, it might be a blood fued from Colonel Bronson's viewpoint but that is not one taken by the Lighthorse. The fact that they are involved in this makes this a bit more interesting, but in fact all three of these units have been recently or are curently under contract to the Lyran Alliance, which means that this would not be just a personal vendeta that Colonel Bronson was able to involve the other two commands in. In fact the complexity and the logistical footprint this would require has me thinking either full involment or complicity of a Major House." "Yes General, This seems to be more then a vendeta raid. I will inform the Coordinator of your findings." Slam looked at the last page of the Wolf Net intel brief, "Colonel, as it stands now we are looking at my four regiments plus your forces verses at least 4 full mech regiments with 1 armor and 1 infrantry regiment, with at least a 1 1/2 regiments of aircraft. This will be interesting to say the least..." "Yes General, the current forces I have at my disposal to include the planetary milita stands at 2 Bns of mechs, the 2nd and 3rd Bn's of the 2nd Derion Regulars, plus at least a full regiment of infantry and armor mixed." "This will be the full extent of forces I can expect to have due to the redeployment to block the attacks from Clan Ghost Bear." "The eailerest we can expect help would be a minmium of 2 weeks." Slam paused to let what the Combine Colonel told him sink in... "Well Cononel, things will play out as they play out. I will ensure you are updated as soon as I have new information." " Of the 16 Dropships we have detected 13 have made it through our fighter umbrella, they should be at their DZ with-in the next 5-10 minutes. It looks as though the enemy will go to ground outside our defensive perimeter in at least 4 seperate locations. The exact postion is still unkown." Colonal Yushito finished taking notes and laid down his pen "General if you are finished I would like to brief my commanders and ensure they know to coordinate their actions with you. I will be in touch." Slam replied "Colonel if you need anything please let me know". " Yes General I will do that. Good day sir, and good luck and good hunting." With that the com system went silent.
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Post by Biobod » 09 Sep 2004, 10:18

Hey Slam...good tale bro...keep it going. Nice adition Steel. :salut:
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Post by Crickett » 09 Sep 2004, 13:33

Yes please keep it going I'm on the edge of my seat :pcorn


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Post by Slamhammer » 27 May 2005, 19:20

234 mark 180 at 312 KM above
Derion, Draconis Combine
1735 hours
8th Aug 3062


The smell of fresh made biscuits, with bacon and potatoes always got Ree out of bed before her alarm did. The delightful smells lead her out of bed and into her morning ritual of getting dressed and getting the choirs done. When the last of the wood was placed on the porch and her room was cleaned then the haven that was daily home made breakfasts would be the focus. Ree pulled on her coveralls and headed to the kitchen to greet her mom and to sample some of those fresh picked oranges that her mother had got from the family groves that vary morning. Things felt different some how she did not hear her mother lightly humming to herself while she cooked or the raspy sounds of the wind powered generator that provided the power for the farm. Looking into the kitchen her mother was not there the food was placed on to plates and the stove was on but no sign of her mom. The strange feeling she had awoke with got more pronounced she could not put her finger on it. Ree turned to check the pantry and at that point she felt a sharp piercing pain in her arm and back. The room started to spin and the light started to fade except for a bright sphere located near the stairs it would strobe like a lighthouse guiding passing ships away from danger. Everything collapsed on her except that blinking light the pain in her arm and head were almost too much to bare. There was also a new sound, that of voices in the distance calling her. The voices kept calling but the name she did not recognize. Ree?s hart was racing her hands were shaking, she tried to speak but no words would form. The spinning got worse she felt that she would be sick any second ?she screamed the blackness ebbed away. She was sitting in a tube there were little lights blinking all around her each a little angry bee buzzing at her. Ree focus hard at the light that flashed off and on, trying to find some shape. It slowly came into focus a round ball with dark blues and greens. Shit those voices and those bees? Ree thought then as being hit with a large tree branch it came to her. She was Major Ree Giles aerospace pilot and flight leader for The Eridani Lighthorse and she was in deep doo doo. Ree scanned the cockpit of her cheetah aerospace fighter, warning lights were flashing everywhere threating to overwhelm her senses. The bitching betty was squawking like a parrot on stimulants. The last thing she could recall was swooping in on a dropship letting lose all of her missiles and then things went black. Ree new the first order of business was to get control back, she was in a flat spin being drawn into Derions atmosphere at the wrong angle of attack which meant one dead major.

200 mark 120 at 210 KM above
Derion, Draconis Combine
1738 hours
8th Aug 3062

Ree's mind had cleared a bit since regaining Consciousness her body still hurt but her mind was clearing each passing minute and with that she was now relishing how much trouble she was really in. Ree was able to change her fighters angle attack with her thrusters and thus slowing her decent. Her eyes shifted over her cockpit displays and she was able to get a good picture of how bad her bird was hurt. See had hydraulic leaks all over, her primary weapons control module was fried, atmospheric flight controls were badly damaged, her starboard engine was out and the port was at only 70% thrust that in fact was good news. The absents of fire or smoke indicated that the onboard fire suppression unit work and worked well. The Banshee was getting harder and harder to control with the thrusters meaning she was getting into heavier air and that meant the fighter was wanting more and more to fly like a airplane and less and less like a space craft. With shot up flight control surfaces it was going to get real interesting real fast.
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Post by Slamhammer » 12 May 2007, 00:48

6 Km's due east of Bradley Woods Park
Derion, Draconis Combine
1752 hours
8th Aug 3062

Looking at the valley below one would say that it was a wonderful place to own a home, but to Cpl Greg Fox, infantry section leader, 3rd Recon Co, 11th Recon Bn, 71st Lighthorse Regt., Eridani Light Horse, it was a great natural engagement area. The valley ever so gently sloped to the west with the most probable axis of advance being from north east to south west. All day Greg had been on the move with his section; the LT had instructed his section to scout and set up an observation post along the whole Gilden valley. It had been a long day so far with no end in sight, everything had been a blur from the 1st alert call until he arrived at his present location. Senior Sgt Tucker and LT Dansforth had briefed the whole platoon on what was going on. To Greg it meant the same thing, it always meant the same thing. People were coming to their quiet little home hell bent to kill him and the Horsemen in horrible ways. With a slightly wicked smile Greg thought “let them try, others have tried and paid the price at the end of Lighthorse mechs, tanks and pulse rifles”. The thought made Greg tighten his grip on his own pulse rifle. Cpl Greg Fox turned to look up the hill and saw L/Cpl Lisa McBride moving towards him at a fast walk. “Hey Greg!”, “LT is on the line and he wants us to move north along this ridge we are on.” Lisa spoke, a little out of breath. Greg with his right arm motions her to crouch down as he himself moved towards her. Meeting Lisa half way up the slope Greg spoke with a low raspy voice “ Damn it McBride do you want everybody in this bloody valley to know we are here?” Grabbibg a knee, Greg motioned Lisa to take a knee beside him. L/Cpl McBride in labored gasp was somewhat taken back " Damn Greg its not like we got bad guys swamming this valley some times you tend to be so dramdtic". Lowering her head lisa added a eye roll putting her own dramtic flair to the exchange. Greg took his map out of his top right pocket and laid it down infront of himself and Lisa, putting his right index finger at a ridgeline he looked at Lisa "ok poptart this is were we are" moving his finger to the north about 400 meters not waiting on a response he continued " there is two pretty good sized trails that run from the north paraell to Hwy 6 to the south right through this little valley it offers great concelment and with ridgelines on two sides does a good job hidding any ground radar sources" bouncing his finger on the map " so if you could clear the bleech hair color vapor from your pretty little head what does that tell us". Starring right at Greg, Lisa's face showed just a tint of iratation she spoke with a corosive tone that made Greg think twice about his little comment. " Ok frist off screw you a**hole and second I am a scout just like you so close your pie hole the LT saw the same thing you did thats why he wants us to move north straddleing the road we are to recon north about 5 klicks and set up a LP/OP Eridani 6 wants more intel and guess what Cpl Fox that is are bussiness". With that L/CPL McBride stood up and headed to the squad vehicle.
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Post by Marauder » 20 May 2007, 14:04

wb Slammy

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Post by daofcmacg » 24 Sep 2007, 21:19

I like the story line, you guys should think about putting a book together.

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Post by daofcmacg » 13 Oct 2008, 11:00

Is there more to this story, I've read it several times and I would like to see more. Steel??? Slamhammer???

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Post by Slamhammer » 13 Oct 2008, 16:35

Funny you mentioned it...going to start hitting it again...I am sure Steel will add also...Buff , you game ? I added some more to the last entry...I will try to add a little each day..

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Post by Buffalo Six » 14 Oct 2008, 07:27

holy fuck he IS alive!

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Post by daofcmacg » 14 Oct 2008, 09:04

The last story post I see is May 12th but right above that there is May 27th 2007.

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Post by Slamhammer » 15 Oct 2008, 01:29

That is 27th May 2005... I edited both the 12 May 2007 and the 27th May 2005 added 2 paragraphs...to each.

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Post by Slamhammer » 16 Oct 2008, 03:44

Gen Slamhammer’s Office
Fort Winston
Derion, Draconis Combine
1830 hours
8th Aug 3062

Slam was frustrated, information was not coming fast enough and the Intel that did come in was not helping him put together what was going on, and why and by whom. The size of the enemy units ruled out a raid, and with the logistic planning that was most likely involved ruled out a quick in and out operation. As of 1815 hours it was estimated that all surviving drop ships had landed at their LZ’s and have began reinforcing their bridge heads. The S-2 and his staff had been working none stop for the last 14 hours to figure out the basics of the enemy’s plan, his strengths, his intentions and most important who was backing this little venture. Slam was pretty confident that the target was just not Derion and its resources but the Light Horse. Any attacker who wanted Derion had to take care of The Light horse everybody new that one of the conditions of the coordinator of the Draconis Combine gift was that the Light horse would have to defend Derion from any outside force. That in its self had kept this very valuable planet safe. Very few units were held in such regard and for as long as The Eridani Light Horse. The Fabled Wolfs Dragoons, the 21st Century Lancers, Northwind Highlanders and the Grey Death Legion being the other units that have maintain an elite status for as long as ELH has.

So that meant who ever was running this show had to get units that would fight the Eridani Light Horse on their own ground. Four units had been some what ID so far, all of them mercenary commands. Brion's Legion, Mobile Fire, Bronson's Horde, Storms Metal Thunder, two have long history’s with the Lyran Alliance. Slam pulled down the four unit’s bio from the ELH’s secure intel data base. He was interested in what connection these units had with each other or to any house or person that might shine some light on this situation.

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