Monday, August 30, 2010
Planetfall (Campaign Background)
Location: Port Arthur, Southern Hemisphere.
Southern Hemisphere, as in the wrong hemisphere. The old adage "No battle plan ever survives contact with the enemy" held true today. Port Arthur was to be lightly defended...if that was light I would hate to see moderately. The Jags aerospace forces were swarming all over us during the drop. On board is the 1st Davion Guards, 7th company, the light recon / pursuit unit for the Guards. Should call them the lucky 7th after today. We were to set down in the center of the secured area of the first wave, in the northern hemisphere.
That all went to pot when some hot shot Jag areospace pilot took it on themselves to challenge a Union class dropship, himself. Well to be honest he was one of the best Aerojocks I've ever seen. He took out our two areospace escorts with little trouble. His fighter was taking a pounding, and just before our PPC took him out, he launched a volley that took out engine #4. It is well know how vulnerable Union classes are to engine failure during planet fall. The crew did their best to compensate for the loss, but we acted more like a deflating balloon than a descending dropship. I'm betting regimental command believes we burnt up upon reentry, or crashed so hard there were no survivors. We came down in a heavily wooded section of the southern hemisphere, and I mean heavily, like giant redwoods. These things are almost as tall as the dropship. We didn't knock too many down on our way in, and the dropship is mostly screened by them, camo for the dropship...didn't learn that at the academy. Comm systems are out, as is the emergency beacons and their backups. Perimeter is secure, the nine members of the 7th that survived the crash, did a great job. Still looking into what Jag forces were supposed to be in our area.
I'm not expecting a rescue party any time, Seems like there were many more Smoke Jags on planet than early recon reports showed. Looks like we are on our own.