The Few, The Proud

S1E3: I'll Be Home For Christmas

Spade and Joker platoons receive a briefing from Major George Dixon and Mr. Johnson in reference to a classified mission. The GIA was contacted by a field team that had been sent into Anchorage, AK after the city fell to gather intelligence. The team, along with other teams, had been believed lost. Four mechs from Joker platoon along with Major Dixon and Mr. Johnson deploy aboard one Tarantula and Spade platoon deploys aboard a second Tarantula. Both platoons make an air drop and then approach the city on the ground. Spade platoon remains outside the city while Joker platoon makes the extraction.

After several hours, Major Dixon radioes for immediate support which Spade platoon responds to. Upon arrival, Spade platoon finds Joker platoon engaged with several Migou Draonflies, three Locusts, and a Mantis. Two scout mechs from Joker platoon are either down or unaccounted for. A series of weapons malfunctions afflict both the Migou and NEG mechs. Spade platoon destroys the three Locusts and assists Joker platoon with the destruction of the remaining Locusts. A second Mantis arrives and joins the battle. 2LT Vreta destroys the first Mantis with an incredibly lucky shot. By this point only Major Dixon and Mr. Johnson’s mechs remain active from Joker platoon. The remaining Mantis withdraws as Migou reinforcements begin to assemble. Major Dixon transfers the two GIA operatives he is carrying aboard his mech to Vreta and 2LT Owen Gray. 2LT Ryan Khostov and 2LT Kobayashi Reika rescue the two downed recon pilots and rig the downed mechs for destruction. It is discovered that the other two recon mechs were lost while withdrawing from Anchorage and that the pilots were killed.

Spade and Joker platoons withdraw, but are pursued by Migou mechs and aircraft as the weather worsens. Major Dixon’s mech is damaged and having trouble keeping up with the rest of the detachment. When it becomes apparent that the NEG mechs will not be able to evade their pursuers for long enough to safely request extraction, Major Dixon turns command of the detachment over to 1LT Paul Hernandez and orders him to extract the platoon while he buys them time. Major Dixon then heads off to engage and delay the Migou mechs alone.

Spade Platoon and Mr. Johnson are able to successfully extract via Tarantulas due to Major Dixon’s sacrifice. Back aboard the Victory, Mr. Johnson responds to questions either tersely or by stating that the answers are classified. 1LT Mecy punches Mr. Johnson in the face on the hangar deck.

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S1E2: Being Useful

Spade Platoon deploys to Ketchikan, Alaska via a V-35 Tarantula to assist with security. Spade Platoon finds out that they will actually be serving as provosts under the operational command of the 82nd Airborne Division to provide security and police services for the refugee camp.

2nd Lieutenants Vreta, Gray, Khostov, and Kobayashi Reika respond to a disturbance call at a temporary housing location after being summoned by a child. The Marines break up the dispute with Kobayashi having to use force to subdue a non-compliant person. The Marines learn that the dispute is over money; specifically, the resident, a man named Howard Marshall, borrowed money from the other party, a man known only as “Richard,” in order to buy food and other supplies on the black market. Marshall could not afford to pay the money back after the terms were unilaterally changed. They also learn that Marshall’s daughter, Melissa Marshall, has gone missing.

The Marines agree to approach Richard under the guise of trying to get a piece of the action. After some work, this is successful. The Marines chip in to come up with the money necessary to satisfy Richard and Khostov sets up a bank transfer to ensure that the money cannot be traced back to them. The family is told that the situation has been resolved and is instructed to tell Richard, if he should ask, that the Marines shook him down for the money.

Vreta puts pressure on Richard and learns that he is involved in human trafficking. Richard arranges to take the Marines along on a delivery to his contact, a Nazzadi named Davra. At the meeting, Davra is immediately suspicious of the Marines. Vreta announces that Richard has turned Davra over to the police and a shoot out ensues. Richard and two of his men are killed. Davra is knocked unconscious by a stun round and four of his men are killed. Two of Richard’s men and one of Davra’s men escape. Vreta harshly interrogates Davra and learns that he sold a girl matching Melissa Marshall’s description. The Marines obtain the bank account number and trace it back to a man named John Billings. Special Agent Faheed ibn-Fahdlan of the Federal Security Bureau arrives and takes custody of Davra as well as the human delivery.

The Marines locate Billings’ residence and search it. Inside they find occult books and a ledger with meticulous records including an entry which appears to be a purchase of a person. Gray searches public records and finds a foreclosed warehouse that Billings appears to be using. The Marines respond to the warehouse. Inside, the Marines locate a basement storage area and observe Melissa Marshall lying naked on a table and Billings standing nearby. The table is surrounded by a chalk circle and various symbols. When Billings picks up a knife, all four Marines take a shot with their rifles, but the rounds miss for some inexplicable reason. Billings does not seem to notice. They rush to ground level, but have trouble getting through the circle. Gray smears the chalk circle and gets his hands burned in the process. Billings, who had been writing symbols on Melissa Marshall with his own blood while the circle was intact, threatens to kill her with a knife. Billings informs the Marines that they do not realize what they have done and tells them that if they leave, he will still have time to get things under control. When it looks as though Billings is going to kill Melissa Marshal, Gray shoots Billings in the head.

Billings does not fall down and in fact continues to talk to the Marines, although his entire demeanor changes. He says something in a language they do not understand and is somehow able to incapacitate Vreta, Gray, and Khostov. Kobayashi is unaffected and begins to shoot Billings with her pistol. Billings turns his attention to Kobayashi and then begins to yell at her in a language that is not understood. Billings seems surprised and, in English, tells Kobayashi that she has no soul. Kobayashi deploys her nano-sword and beheads Billings. Billings’ body drops to the ground and the other Marines are no longer incapacitated.

Marines, led by Special Agent ibn-Fahdlan, storm the warehouse, acting on information provided by the Marines already present. ibn-Fahdlan takes charges of the investigation. It is learned that Billings was the one suspect that escaped a previous raid by the FSB earlier in the week. Vreta, Gray, and Kobayashi are injured during the incident and are taken for treatment. Vreta, Gray, Owen, and Khostov are ruled justified in a cursory and quick investigation by the 82nd Airborne. Vreta pockets a book from the incident scene and does not tell ibn-Fahdlan about it. The Marines are shaken up by their experience and Gray and Kobayashi are especially disturbed. Spade Platoon remains in Ketchikan for another two weeks before returning to the NES Victory.

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S1E1: Improvise, Adapt, Overcome

2nd Lieutenants Vreta, Owen Gray, and Ryan Khostov report for duty with the 17th Mechanized Company currently embarked aboard the NES Victory.

The 17th deploys via CV-9 Caravans to Juneau, Alaska to assist with the evacuation of all remaining military units. The 9th Mechanized Company embarked aboard NES Dreadnaught is also deployed. Elements from the 20th Arctic Division, 6th Marine Division, and 4th Canadian Division are in theatre. Evacuation has been going on for several weeks now. This is anticipated to be the last days or day.

Spade Platoon, 17th Mechanized Company is tasked with providing security and traffic control at Juneau International Airport as the platoon is short one mech and three of the five pilots have no combat experience. The majority of remaining military units are evacuated over the course of the day.

A Migou scout squad attacks and shoots down an NEG government. Spade platoon engages and 1LT Paul Hernandez, 1LT Mecy, and Khostov each destroy a Migou Dragonfly mech. A Migou company (nine Mechs) attack the airport shortly there after. Spade platoon engages the enemy company and destroys a Migou Mantis with 2LT Verta receiving primary credit for the shared kill. An NEG airstrike further slows the engagement followed by reinforcement from the rest of the 17th. The order to scatter is received from NEG command. The 17th pulls back to the Alaska Capitol Building under fire. A nuclear strike against the Migou forces massing outside Juneau inflicts significant damage and devastates Juneau. The 17th is retrieved by V-35 Tarantulas and flown back to the Victory.

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