Hera was awoken late at night by a call. Firing up the vid-phone she talked to a mercenary liason with the Separatist forces on Skye. He told her the enemy had broken through the front and a wide area of territory to the East of Loch Glenmorangie had to be given up, but there were researchers in need of safe extraction in that territory. He offered a contract to escort trucks to the facility. They haggled, and settled on 350,000 credits for the primary objective and 20,000 credits bonus per vehicle that survived.
The lance and the six trucks it was accompanying approached the research facility at 23:35 along a road with a scrubby ridge to the north. The research facility was at the edge of a wooded area, and as the lance approached their long range sensors detected movement in the woods headed toward the facility. King Louie moved forward and identified the incoming contacts as a Jackal and a Cicada.
Outpost ordered the lance to engage. In the first three minutes the Cicada was badly damaged and the pilot signaled surrender and withdrew. The Jackal destroyed a truck and evaded most of the lance’s return fire. Two more incoming contacts were identified as heavier mechs following the light, fast ones – a Catapult and an Awesome.
Outpost ordered the lance to hold their ground until the researchers had loaded. During the ensuing battle he destroyed the Jackal and the pilot ejected, but his Scarabus was also destroyed by fire from the Catapult’s long range missiles. The Awesome charged the center, perhaps expecting the lighter mechs to flee, and was mauled by concentrated fire before the pilot was killed by a shot from the large laser on Junkyard’s Wolfhound. Catalyst dueled the Catapult far in the front of the engagement, and when the other mechs joined her the Catapult withdrew, badly damaged, and the lance was forced to return to the vehicles.
Outpost called for three salvage vehicles to recover the three disabled mechs, but the window of opportunity was rapidly closing and only one salvage vehicle could respond. He chose to salvage the biggest, heaviest mech – the Awesome. The Scarabus was deliberately destroyed and its arm was salvaged.
Awesome battlemech (market price 6.6M credits)
Scarabus (market price 5.5M credits)
Awesome, 200K credits
Firestarter, 20K credits
Raven, 20K credits
Wolfhound, 80K credits
Total: 320K credits