A long and drawn out fight cost Jake Shadow very dearly between the Lyran Alliance which nearly destroyed the Black Star Mercenaries unit.
The Lyrans killed his beloved wife and Commanding Officer while destroying almost all of their mechs and killing most of their warriors as they ejected from their dying mechs as their ammunition exploded destroying their machines along with almost all of his armor division while their infantry was slaughtered.
Jake vowed revenge on all Lyran warriors and started to rebuild by selling all most all of their salvaged Clan chassis save for two heavily damaged light mechs that they had started to repair before their near fatal run in with the Lyrans during an offensive raid on a world that held little value as it was just a small ammo and equipment depot or so they had thought as a mech company seemed to have come out of the wood work.
The Black Star’s three lances was outnumbered by the enemy units as well as out massed as the Stars had a mixed unit of mediums, heavies and two old Assault mechs that had seen better days.
His wife had fought valiantly dropping enemy units one by one as her Battlemaster suffered heavy damage yet she did not eject as her mech was being torn apart as armor flew or melted as she took PPC damage and Gauss Rifles shells.
One of her kills was a Caesar which was she took out its engine with three well placed
Particle Projection Cannon shots though only one found a flaw in the armor heavily damaging the engine, however the other two hits had been reduced to only sixty percent of their damage due to damage from enemy fire.
She had replaced her SRM rack and Machineguns with an LRM launcher which had finished the job on the engine.
Her other kills consisted of two Atlases and a Thunder Hawk, though those would be the last of kills she would have before another Thunder Hawk claimed her life with two Gauss Rifles to the head before her machine was devoured by fire as the LRM ammunition was hit and setting off the reminder of her ammunition while PPC blasts, Assault Cannons, and Gauss Rifles tore and clawed at her machine destroying whatever was left of her machine.
Jake had roared as he pushed his Thug way passed its limits as he fired his Particle Projection Cannons as fast as they cycled while pushing the mech high into the red while slamming his fist down on the override button to prevent shut down.
He had long since dumped his ammunition as the Launchers for them had been destroyed by Gauss shells.
His Thug was glowing from the massive heat buildup while the barrels had started to warp from the heat as he heard popping sounds of heat sinks rupturing as his heat rose even higher as he slapped the override again.
The air was so hot that he could smell plastic melting as sparks flew from the panels as his cross hairs flickered and then vanished as his targeting computer went off line and his machine was so sluggish that it hardly moved and the Thug seemed to scream with each fired shot from his PPCs and with each hit from enemy fire until the Thug locked up for a few minutes as the actuators started to fuse slowly but not before he managed to take one swing at the same Thunder Hawk that took his wife’s life taking the head off with one hit just as his canopy blew off as his ejector seat sent him up and away from his mech as it died.
The last of his memory was of his wife’s machine smoldering in a blackened crater before he was claimed by darkness as his seat hit a tree.
When he had awaken most of his unit had been destroyed but had been saved when their two old Drop ships came to the rescue destroying every enemy unit that they targeted before clearing the space and landing.
The Ammunition and equipment was more than what they had been told as it was a massive cache of stored weapons as well as a lance of assault mechs meant to be used to attack behind the front lines.
Victor’s people came in and stripped most of the equipment though allowing them to salvage whatever they could from the destroyed enemy machines.
Jake had been extremely angry as his wife and most of his people died so that Victor’s people could take what was there.
That was not the worst of it, they had some intelligence about that there was a heavy force protecting it but did not want to risk their main line units.
A month had passed and had put all of his time into rebuilding the Caesar using limited resources from their clan stock of weapons and equipment.
They had only been able to salvage a lance of mechs from the enemy side while being able put together three of his own.. his wife’s machine was beyond repair and hardly anything to recover.
The Drop Ship had been docked at a space port on Outreach and had used the funds to repair many of their mechs draining much of their funds.
Jake was determined to put their unit back together and would not rest until they had at least two lance which they was almost to their goal as they finely got the two clan light mechs back up and running.
The Caesar what the last machine that needed repaired, though lacked the engine and the Gyro scope.
The engine was a clan extra light was in need of repair and had put it off as it would take too long and without the proper training his techs couldn’t repair it.
He had sent it off to be repaired by some tech friends of him from within the Dragoons.
It would be another month until the Caesar was finished. Using the PPC from his old Thug which was so badly damaged due to heat and the mass fire from the remaining enemy units out of spite.
The medium lasers came from his wife’s mech or at least the few that survived its destruction and what could be salvaged from the downed mechs.
He had also added jump jets for the mech which would allow better mobility, the Clan
Gauss Rifle like the engine and light mechs had been from the counter attack which had halted the clan invasion.
Once finished they took their first contract in months and would take only jobs that would allow them the chance at revenge and would also take revenge against house Davion for it was also their fault that his wife was killed.
Rebuilding the Machine:
Using a repaired Clan engine it gives the mech the same speed and tonnage space needed for its weapons.
The Pls Lasers had been replaced with their Extend Ranged counter parts for better reach as well as being half as heavy as their worthless short ranged Pls Laser Counter parts. Though had Jake had Clan Pls Lasers he would have used them instead.
The Extend Ranged Particle Projection Cannon had been replaced using the one from his destroyed Thug.
The Gauss Rifle had been replaced with its Clan counterpart from their limited supply freeing up weight for other equipment.
Having free weight after dropping the Pls Lasers and using a clan Gauss Rifle they had enough weight to add in four Jump jets and maximized the machine’s armor allowing it to hit harder, take more of a beating, and giving it better mobility.
“Jake on your six!” Jodie Riley called out as a Lyran Commando tried to get behind him.
“You sure that’s a Commando?” Jake asked as it was moving almost as fast as a Locust.
“Positive.” Jodie said as she was tracking it with her long range sensors.
Jake slammed down on his jets just as the Commando came around the hill and landed behind the Commando which surprised the pilot as it only registered as a standard Caesar and had not expected it to jump.
Once behind it he did not bother wasting ammunition and just used his Piratical Projection Cannon which tore into the rear torso and nailing the extra light engine destroying it.
When the mech collapsed Jake kicked in the cockpit before moving on.
As he rounded the corner Jake ran almost into the Atlas which hastily fired its Assault Cannon which missed wide followed up by SRMs and Medium Lasers.
Jake road out the hail storm of missiles as well as a single medium laser slashed a nasty molten scar along the left shoulder.
Jake was sure he just found the commander but he also was not sure if he really wanted to go toe to toe with an assault mech.
He quickly lit off his Jets and tried to leap over the Atlas which reached up and grabbed his machine’s leg and forced him into the side of the hill and destroying one of his jump jets.
Jake had gritted his teeth as he had hit the hill and had to shake his head to help clear it and leveled his right arm and at point blank range he let lose a whip of manmade lighting slamming into the head of the Atlas stripping it of all of the armor and took out the cockpit.
Jake breathed heavily as he thought he was done for the moment he came point blank with that mech but he was glad though that he had managed to kill a Lyran commander.
In his thirst for revenge he picked his targets well, he wanted to hurt them by killing their Commanding officer and their Executive officer.
This was their first mission back after the long rebuilding of their units and they was like him wanting revenge. They fought savagely and worked well together to bring down their enemy while Jake’s mech had been at the lead of the assault.
His mech painted in black with hellish fire which looked as if the flames had actually engulfed the mech as the cockpit interior light was dark red giving Jake a menacing look.
Torso Twisting to the right he brought his Gauss Rifle to face a Thunder Hawk and pulled the trigger as he seen a silver blur fly out and smash into the head of the mech killing the pilot.
Jake couldn’t help but smile from the irony of it as it was the same type of mech that had killed his wife and he had dispatched it in the same way.
The enemy fell into disarray as he killed their Executive officer but that was not the end of it as he ordered the annihilation of the enemy force right down to the last infantry unit.
Any other enemy he would not call for the complete annihilation of but these where Lyran forces and that meant death.
“Sir, our Davion rep is ordering us to pull back and to stop this attack at once as the enemy has given up.” His Communication officer reported and Jake gritted his teeth as he sent a hellish whip of red manmade lighting from his PPC directly into the back of a fleeing Commando tearing through its rear center torso and into its engine destroying it.
“Sir?” I heard you..” Jake muttered.
“All units stand down and pull back to allow salvage and recovery teams to do their work.” Jake said and he turned his back on the battlefield and went back to base where he was sure would get an earful but at the moment it actually felt like he managed to get his tiny bit of revenge against those that took his wife from him.
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BattleMech Technical Readout Type/Model: Caesar CES-3M Tech: Mixed Tech / 3063 Config: Biped BattleMech Rules: Level 2, Standard design Mass: 70 tons Chassis: Dorwinion Standard (IS) Power Plant: 280 General Motors XL Fusion (C) Walking Speed: 43.2 km/h Maximum Speed: 64.8 km/h Jump Jets: 4 Standard Jump Jets Jump Capacity: 120 meters Armor Type: Unknown Armament: 1 ER PPC (IS) 4 ER Medium Lasers(IS) 1 Gauss Rifle (C) Manufacturer: Unknown Location: Unknown Communications System: Unknown Targeting & Tracking System: Unknown -------------------------------------------------------- Type/Model: Caesar CES-3M Mass: 70 tons Equipment: Crits Mass Int. Struct.: 107 pts Standard (IS) 0 7.00 Engine: 280 XL 10 8.00 Walking MP: 4 Running MP: 6 Jumping MP: 4 Heat Sinks: 16 Double (IS)  15 6.00 (Heat Sink Loc: 2 LA, 1 RA, 2 LT) Gyro: 4 3.00 Cockpit, Life Supt., Sensors: 5 3.00 Actuators: L: Sh+UA+LA+H R: Sh+UA+LA+H 16 .00 Armor Factor: 217 (IS) 0 14.00 Internal Armor Structure Value Head: 3 9 Center Torso: 22 33 Center Torso (Rear): 11 L/R Side Torso: 15 22/22 L/R Side Torso (Rear): 8/8 L/R Arm: 11 22/22 L/R Leg: 15 30/30 Weapons and Equipment Loc Heat Ammo Crits Mass -------------------------------------------------------- 1 ER PPC (IS) RA 15 3 7.00 1 ER Medium Laser (IS) RA 5 1 1.00 1 ER Medium Laser (IS) LA 5 1 1.00 1 Gauss Rifle (C) RT 1 16 8 14.00 (Ammo Locations: 2 CT) 1 ER Medium Laser (IS) RT 5 1 1.00 1 ER Medium Laser (IS) LT 5 1 1.00 4 Standard Jump Jets: 4 4.00 (Jump Jet Loc: 2 LT, 2 RT) -------------------------------------------------------- TOTALS: 36 69 70.00 Crits & Tons Left: 9 .00 Calculated Factors: Total Cost: 13,915,974 C-Bills Battle Value: 1,897 Cost per BV: 7,335.78 Weapon Value: 2,495 / 2,495 (Ratio = 1.32 / 1.32) Damage Factors: SRDmg = 33; MRDmg = 23; LRDmg = 11 BattleForce2: MP: 4J, Armor/Structure: 5/3 Damage PB/M/L: 5/4/2, Overheat: 1 Class: MH; Point Value: 19