This page continues the chronological log of our Second Votoms Campaign.
PART 7- HOMECOMING
7212.10.20- GRATTAN NEAR ORBIT
Mongrel Squad has miraculously survived their latest mission to
blow up a Balarant InterSystem Ballistic Missile station, and
escaped in a Balarant ship. Now they must get back to Grattan,
but if they can't find a Gilgamesh ship to return in, they will
surely be mistaken for an enemy and destroyed! As they enter
the Grattan system, they do find a Gilgamesh A.T. Lighter, but it is
drifting lifeless and surrounded by debris...
Mongrel squad sorties in their borrowed Fatty ATs to investigate the
wreckage. Several Scopedog ATs litter the battlefield, where
some fires are still burning, devouring precious fuel and oxygen
supplies. The team also make use of a Balarant light AT to
repair the damage and cut entry into the drifting ship.
Once inside, the team find more signs of struggle, but no evidence
of who the attackers were... only bodies and destruction,
likely caused by ATs.
Reaching the engine room, they are able to restart the ship... but
it looks almost like the crew deliberately shut the power
down... With power restored, Mongrel Squad begin transferring
over to the reclaimed Gilgamesh ship.
In the control center, the team discovers a Gilgamesh heavy
AT. Both its rocket gun AND the cockpit strangely empty and
abandoned. They still manage to complete the transfer
and get underway.
The newly crewed A.T. Lighter soon comes across another stricken
ship, drifting in orbit around Grattan. The team investigate,
hoping to recover more supplies in case the unknown threat returns.
Suddenly, the other ship comes to life, attacking with its guns and
Tortoise ATs! The team barely manages to retreat to their own
ship and get aboard, only keeping the enemy at bay with a few well
Mongrel squad pulls away from their mysterious attackers and resume
course toward Grattan...
Suddenly, something explodes INSIDE their ship, and on the security
camera monitors, the team can see two Standing Tortoise Mk II units
active in the hangar! The lurking units threaten to destroy
the ship from the inside. Pirates, saboteurs, or worse, the
team are left with no choice but to vent the airlock and blast the
threat into space...
The damage done, Mongrel Squad's badly damaged ship plunges through
the atmosphere towards Grattan, returning home to an unknown fate.
On to PART 8!
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