Location: Sperpent’s Lake Research Station
Date: September 29, 3030
The battlefield was two maps, one a mountain with a stream running down it, which led to the second which was a lake with some hills. The research facilties were built on the hills next to the lake and protected by some fixed turrets. Where the two maps met (the base of the mountain) two turrets were also built. My friends got to place their mechs anywhere behind the line made by the forward turrets.
Combat started as the sensors being jammed, limiting the Mechs they could see strictly to line of sight. Then a couple of light Locust Mechs crested the mountain and began firing on the forward gun emplacements, followed by two Spider Mechs. Three of the group moved to meet the light Mechs and began to engage in battle at the base of the mountain. One of the Medium mechs (a Blackjack) held back and fired from across the lake. Finally a Panther and Jenner crested the mountain and began firing on the group.
After the group destroyed one Locust, knocked down another and the Blackjack piolt shooting a Spider out of the air the light Mechs began to fall back firing as they went. Suddenly 4 Assault class Mechs (Atlus, Awesome, Banshee, and Zeus) appeared on the far side of the lake and began systematically demolishing the buildings in the installation. At this point the group was informed that if they retreated to the edge on the far side of the mountain they would successfully end the encounter. They decided that that would be the most prudent course of action and began pushing towards the far end of the map, all the while destroying the light Mechs that remained. The blackjack took the longest to extract, because he had no jump jets and had to wade through the lake before he could book it to the exit.
Upon extraction I informed the group that the base had been completely lost, and due to their retreat they were disgraced and discharged from the Draconis Combine military. Now the next mission will follow their exploits as they become guns for hire.