This page continues the chronological log of our Second Votoms Campaign.
PART 6- ISBM
7212.10.14 - A.T. LIGHTER
A few weeks after their return from Quent and delivery of the
mysterious device taken from that world, Mongrel Squad is called out
for a new and even more dangerous mission. A possible Balarant
attack threatens planet Grattan, in the form of Interstellar
Ballistic Missiles. The Balarant have used them before to
devastating effect. If the Kain cannot locate and intercept
the missiles, they could cause untold devastation.
Kain closes on a target that could be one of the missiles,
travelling at ferocious speed.
Mongrel Squad is launched- or at least three of them. Mick
Wansboro, Maxim Hiflen, and Burt Buton are deployed, but Rotweil is
not assigned to go, for reasons unknown.
To catch the missile, the Space capable ATs must accelerate even
faster than the Kain. Even the smallest asteroid or debris at
that speed can be lethal- and unfortunately, the missile is passing
through a whole field of asteroids! Mick's Solid Shooter is
clipped by a massive blur of rock, damaging it.
Burt Buton is first to catch the missile, a huge projectile with
lethal warhead. Detonating it here would surely destroy the
squad and the Kain, so Burt tries to push the missile off
course. By attaching his Roundmover pack to the missile, Burt
creates a constant vector disruption that even the missile's
verniers can't compensate for, sending it off course.
For good measure, Maxim smashes out the rear verniers, and sets the
warhead to detonate at a safe distance. Mick reports a second
missile sighting in the distance, and tries to engage.
The second missile hurtles straight for the diverted first one,
narrowly missing it! Burt's Scopedog, now without a Roundmover
pack, drifts helplessly until Maxim's Standing Tortoise II can grab
ahold of him. The two get out of the missile's path just in
With a large enough blast near the engine, Mick figures the missile
could be thrown off course. Strapping his damaged Solid
Shooter to the missile, Mick sets a timed detonator and backs
Maxim fires a full barrage of shoulder missiles at the solid
shooter, creating a massive explosion that throws the second missile
Unfortunately, the high speed chase takes its toll as Maxim and Burt
are struck by an asteroid! Their ATs damaged but not
destroyed, they limp back to the Kain.
The first missile explodes a safe distance from planet Grattan with
a blinding glare...
But the second missile strikes Grattan's moon, shattering the
satellite into massive fragments! Its cracked and broken
surface will never be the same...
That night, General Randol declares the mission a success, despite
the collateral damage. Perdas Grane appears with the General,
and promises that a new automated defense system known as DEFCON
will be going on line soon, precisely to prevent attacks like this
from hitting Grattan and its population...
ON TO PART 6 B!
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