UNSC: Bravo Squad

Operation Icarus

March 13 2525 CE

Commander: Major Daphne Bekyros

Local Contact: Pol Bruagra

Objective: Destruction of a Tier III Insurrectionist training facility known as Epsilon Dawn Training Camp 2831. 90% or greater casualty rate amongst the op-for is requested. Plausible Deniability is requested and blame should lead back to New Bavarian Municipality, fake identities will be provided.

Time Frame: 12 days

Insertion: Civilian flight to Enzshofen, New Bavaria Municipality. A pair of SKT-13 Shuttles will move crew and equipment to within 15K of Camp 2831. All other movement will be handled by a two Huciv .75 ton off road trucks.

Extraction: Bravo Squad will make their own way back to New Bavaria avoiding patrols and meet with contact to dispose of equipment.

Equipment Provided: 2X .75 ton Huciv off road trucks equipped with a WRANGELL M12 AT rifle and a AIE-48G. Mar P-15’s and WRANGELL M22 rifles. 60 M9HE grenades. Ralforce Sniper rifle with scope. 10 Satchel Charges (6 Kilo RC4 Explosive Each). COMMS, Medical, and Survival Equipement provided for each Squad Member.

Squad Members Attached: B1,B2,B3,B4,B5,B6

Results: Destruction of facility, 98.5 percent casualty rate from Innies. Cover remains intact. Please see Flight 2712 for information tied to this operation.

Flight 2712

April 2 2525 CE

After Operation: ICARUS, Bravo Squad attempts to book a flight back to Casbah. The flight is over booked and only Bravo 1,2,3 and 5 are able to get seats. Bravo 2 and 5 are bumped up to first class. Cargo ship During the flight, seven Innies from a Warriors for a New Epsilon Dawn cell take control of the shuttle. Bravo Squad ends up taking out six of the seven terrorists and capturing one. Although one squad member is seriously wounded, there are no team casualties and only one passenger dies due to complications from cardiac arrest at a hospital. A last member of the cell was apprehended at New Bavarian Space Port also unable to get a seat.

After Action Intel:

Information extracted from the Innie prisoners (#486539-21 and #495869-98) suggests that the cell was based out of Camp 2831 (See Operation: Icarus)this group was gathering intel and getting the final documents to perform the hijacking of Flight 2712 but two days later. They were to return to Camp 2831 and pick up munitions and equipment to include explosives for suicide vests and comms gear for coordination with outside groups. They saw the burning ruins of their camp and decided to make their move early. Evidence was found that shows this operation was funded by suspected innie money man Franco Inzhein (Decd)

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Commander: Major Daphne Bakyros

Local Contacts: None

Objective: Termination of Franco Inzhein.

Particulars: Franco Inzhein is at the Casbah Hilton Hotel and Casino. Casino large3 He is staying in room 412 and is frequenting the casino. He is to be terminated with zero lead back. It should look like no foul play was involved. As such poison will be issued to ops team.

Subject: Franco Inzhein. His dossier is located Here.

Time Frame: 14 Hours. He is to check out tomorrow morning. He has a ticket booked to Edelburgh Orbital Dock Station. Termination must take place at the hotel where he is living in excessive debauchery.

Insertion: Public Transportation

Extraction: Public Transportation

Eqt Provided: Disposible Phones, Tablet, and Phenobla (Ingestible Poison that induces heart attack)

Funds Issued: 100000 Credits

Squad Members Attached: Bravo 1,3, 5

After Action Intel: Operation was successful. Media Outlets reported death as a heart attack. A tipoff has led the Epsilon Eridani Revenue Office to review financial records and transactions of Mr. Inzhein and Andres Technologies Corp. Currently all assets have been frozen and links to the United Rebel Front and Epsilon Dawn have been found. Evidence of a rebel materials shipment has been located (see Operation Boarding Action Briefing)

Personnel Note: Bravo 5 has been issued an Article 15 for failure to stay on mission and personal misconduct. Pay is to be docked 50% and all personal leave revoked for 6 months.

Operation Boarding Action Briefing

Commander: Major Daphne Bekyros

Local Contact: Unidentified undercover IPCI agent.

Objective: Kidnapping of Captain Gabriel Long of the Mikasa Maru (Designator F-0980W, Mastodon Class Freighter). Planting of contraband materials to enable arrest and prosecution of captain by Civilian Security Forces. Removal of sensitive materials (to be identified during op). Zero casualty rate among the rest of the crew.

Particulars: In order to provide a cover story for the IPCI agent but allow for the arrest and removal of the Captain and any other possible smugglers, Bravo Squad will pose as members of Warriors for a New Epsilon Dawn. Bravo is to board and take the Mikasa Maru while it is refueling at Edelburgh Orbital Dock Station (a process that takes several days), before the captain can disembark for shore leave, and take the crew members as hostages. Link datapad to control interface. The ship is to be flown from the Orbital Port to the following coordinates RA 284.92475° (18hr 59min 42sec) and Dec 39.436111° (39° 26’ 10"). The ship will be boarded/ rescued by UNSC GETRDUN and it’s contingent of UNSC Marines and IPCI agents. The crew will be taken into custody but will “escape” at a Circumstance Orbital Docking Facility liberated by fellow terrorists.

Mikasa Maru:
Not the largest cargo class ship in the galaxy, the Mikasa Maru is still sizable in comparison to most other ships. Built at the shipyards in Sasebo, Japan, the Mikasa Maru is about 15 years old and has been in service since her construction, except for a refit about five years ago, during which time her engines were overhauled, cargo compartment split into three levels and a crew compartment added to the level one cargo hold. A new electronics suite (Radar, Navsat Uplink, Cryo Suite) installed. The Mikasa Maru is reported to have 36 crew members, who are on duty in three watches of twelve each. In addition there is a galley staff of four. Hydrogen Tankers of this type spend a great deal of time in space and are designed to be occupied by their crews for over a year at a time, because of this the accommodations are designed with a greater degree of crew comfort in mind than is the standard shipping star craft. Although the ship is largely automated, a number of tasks must be performed by humans.

Capt. Gabriel Long:
Gabriel has several links to criminal groups that traffic in illegal contraband to include; military hardware, drugs, slaves (rumored), exotic animals and creatures, precious gemstones, communication crystals. He has served in the merchant marines for 11 years. He has been suspected of moving contraband for the six years. His psyche profile reveals a greedy man that is overly concerned with his personal well being. He should not present any problems when taking his ship.

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Time Frame: Mikasa Maru will dock in 72 Hours. The ship must be boarded captain can disembark.

Insertion: UNSC Pelican flight to Edelburgh Orbital Dock Station (2.5 hours), Chantry refuel facility.

Extraction: Team will be taken into custody by the UNSC/IPCI personnel and will escape a day or two later. This will be arranged and undertaken by ONI operatives.

Equipment Provided: Air Passage to Edelburgh ODS, fake identities, Travel papers and permits, weapons appropriate to the Epsilon Dawn. To include MA3 Rifles x 2, MA5B x 1, M392 Designated Marksman Rifle x 1, M7 Caseless Submachine Gun x 2, M45 Tactical Shotgun x 1, M6A Handgun x 4, M6T Tranquilizer Pistol x 2(cannot be left behind at scene) 25 x Tranq AutoInjectors, M9FB x 12. RM 4012 Individual Tactical Radio x 6, 1000 CREDS x 6, Data Pad with Sat Uplink Hardware and Andres 23l GPS in Kevlar case.

Squad Members Attached: B1, B2, B3 ,B4, B5

Please have plans take place on the comments page attached to this wiki. Any requests of Maj. Bekyros should be presented in the same area. I would appreciate it being reuqested no later than thursday night.

Operation Spelunker

Maj. Bekyros,

This is the latest info concerning Operation Spelunker. This is from Bravo 2 Attached are also two of the better images we were able to enhance from their helmet cams.

…Start Transmission….

Spelunker +3 Hours jump off, Bravo One, Bravo Squad, Janissary:

Made contact with survivor, UNSC Corporal of rescue vessel UNSC All Guns Forward in communications suite of target vessel. Corporal seems malnourished, but alert and lucid. Informed Bravo Squad of contact made with target vessel, and boarded to investigate abnormal activity. Corporal informed Bravo squad that alien species (highly aggressive) attacking UNSC personnel from both target vessel and UNSC rescue vessel. Survivors were attempting evacuation from target vessel when the shuttle they were piloting was overrun with unknown hostile aliens and killed. These were the first bodies we located upon arrival at target vessel, all bodies inspected and video footage captured by helmet cam as Bravo One inspected the corpses. UNSC Corporal informed us that she had no ability to make contact with host vessel AI, and as such Bravo Five removed any remaining computer firewalls and established contact with host AI, and UNSC vessel Bravo team tasked to. Communications to Bravo Team’s host vessel engaged, and Bravo Team relayed information of Alien Species Contact to Ship’s AI and then again to Captain. Informed them to halt any reinforcement of target vessel until such time as new orders could be relayed.

Communications Suite: UNSC Corporal has bunker-ed in pretty well here. She has scavenged enough supplies and ammunition from the fallen marines of UNSC rescue vessel (presumed deceased) and from members of target vessel (also presumed deceased.) One survivor was located by Bravo Five, but was shot at her behest. The unknown species had some “cocoon” objects on the floor that housed one of the smaller species inside it, which Bravo Five had dispatched prior to the request of the survivor to terminate her. We will bunker here and tend to the wounded: Priority Bravo Three who was critically wounded, followed by Bravos Five and Two. The UNSC Corporal will be given a thorough examination by Bravo One, and then Bravo Team will continue with mission as assigned pending transmission of new orders (primary and secondary.)

Alien Species: Bravo Team has encountered two distinct forms of what can only be assumed to be the same species, or sub-species of the same creature. The larger creature is humanoid, fully three meters in height. Can operate in zero gravity environments, and has functional arm and leg appendages. It can stand upright, or move on all fours in an animal fashion. It is dark in color and covered in a hard carapace type structure. It also has a long tail which it uses as an ambush or assault weapon by either flailing or using it to impale targets. Bravos Two and Three have received such wounds from this creature in this fashion. It also has blood which is acidic in nature, and the entirety of Bravo Squad has suffered several cast-off wounds from the larger creature’s “blood” or this viscous fluid.

The smaller species is agile and just as aggressive as the larger species. They lack the coloration of the larger variety, and seem to favor grappling attacks in which they can bring their tail appendage into play. This is used to either choke the victim, or used in a flailing fashion while leg appendages draw the creature closer to the victim. These creatures do not seem armored like the larger ones, but their blood is also acidic in nature, which leads Bravo One to believe these two creatures my share some genetic makeup. Unknown number of aggressors left on ship, and target AI remains secured to the ship’s bridge.

Bravo Team remains combat effective, but ammunition for primary load out becoming scarce. Bravo Three is wounded severely, and Bravo One believes it believe it best we move them after primary and/or secondary mission objectives are complete. We will need a new method of extraction when time presents itself, as Team Members have suffered irreparable damage to EVA suits. Dust off will need to be a vessel of sorts, or find a way to ferry new EVA suits in the event replacement suits cannot be located on target vessel.

Encryption methods from target to home vessel unknown, information related here has been limited in this event. Bravo One clear.

…End Transmission…

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We will send more information as we receive it.

UNSC Red Horse

Operation Speluker After Action Report

The following transcripts were taken from Bravo 1 and collected from non damaged Helmet cams after Operation Spelunker-

“Spelunker” +3.5 hours

After re-establishing communications with UNSC “XXX XXXXX” Bravo Squad was ordered to continue on mission as per previous orders. At this time, it was determined to evacuate injured personnel to prevent further casualties via a contingent of personnel from “XXX XXXXX.” Fire teams Delta and Foxtrot were to dock on the UNSC “XXXXXXXXXX” and make preparations to medevac Bravo 3, and rescued Corporal from UNSC “XXX XXXX XXXXXXX.” Delta squad would then press aft to see about further recovery operations while Bravo squad continued fore to recover intelligence gear from the bridge. At this time, Bravo remains combat effective at 80% strength with Bravos 1, 2, 4, and 5 still active.

+4 hours, VIDCOM units now active on BRAVO squad as they press forward, supplemental information from them will support the mission report as needed.

(VIDCOM, UNSC Corporal XXXXXX, callsign: Bravo 1)

“One, this is Two… we are clearing the Captain’s Quarters. Provide cover for us as we retrieve the Captain’s Logs.”

“Affirmative Two. I’m showing a lot of movement outside this block on IFF, we better hustle this up and get to the bridge before we get cut off and surrounded!”

(VIDCOM whips left and right as the IFF indicates multiple contacts moving closer to Bravo’s position inside the sealed area just aft of the bridge, containing the captain’s quarters. The lighting is still broken and poor, and several bunk doors in this area are open, the area beyond still dark. As One moves to a covering position, IFF indicates several contacts well within the area the squad occupies, one contact nearly on top of Bravo 5)

“Two, this is One… we’ve got contacts inside the perimeter! Several contacts, five meters or less! We need to MOVE, NOW!”

(IFF contacts continue to ping dangerously close to Bravo 2 and 5’s position, as well as near 1 and 4. Strangely, no contacts are seen as the camera pans down the halls and up towards the ceiling. The taclight on Bravo 1’s M45 illuminates the ceiling panels a moment before the radio crackles)

“Bravo, the ceiling! They must be in the roof above! We need to get out of here!”

At this point Bravo Team decided to move faster towards the objective at the bridge. Providing covering fields of fire, we advanced up the central corridor towards another elevator shaft. Blood was found nearby and drag marks indicated a body was taken from the hall down this shaft. Bravo then fanned out to cover sectors as Bravo 5 spotted the computer console where the team needed to retrieve the shipboard A.I. 5 then breached the bridge, moving directly towards the computer to begin extraction protocols while 2 stepped inside to provide cover. At this point, 2 located multiple “eggs” located all around this location that were starting to open, and directed the team to cover him and 5 as he opened fire. From the covering position on the starboard section of the hallway, Bravo 1 was able to put suppressive fire on several of the sacs, bursting them and killing the contents, hereby referred to as “Facehuggers” inside. It was shortly after a few more rounds of fire that one of the assault forms had attacked Bravo 4, and was trying to drag him down the port side hallway towards engineering. Disregarding the previous order of providing cover, Bravo 1 gave chase, managing to score a lucky shot on the retreating alien’s left leg, effectively crippling the creature and forcing it to lose it’s hold on Bravo 4. At this time, Bravo 1 and 4 returned to their previous locations to resume covering the advance fireteam, noting the advance of another attack form into the bridge. Bravo 1 managed to get two shots off, but neither connected as the creature moved into a position that offered no safe shots without fear of hitting either Bravo 2 or 5. As this contact was relayed to Bravo 2, Bravo 1 noted another attack form moving up the starboard corridor, and engaged with two shotgun blasts which killed the creature.

Bravo 2 continued providing direct fire support as 5 worked to retrieve the A.I. from the console. At this time, several of the egg sacs had been destroyed, but several more had disgorged their contents and were now beginning to attack. It was approximately at this time that the ship’s A.I. turned off the artificial gravity. After a prolonged firefight, Bravo team managed to secure the computer and eliminated all hostiles in the area before moving back towards the extraction site, but soon discovering Bravo 5 was MIA. There were several minutes of discussion towards a course of action, finally coming to rest on the decision to enact a rescue of the missing squadmate. (VIDCOM omitted.) Bravo team refit and rearmed at Foxtrot’s position (Starboard access airlock) and proceeded to sweep aft quickly to prevent a reorganized attack by the alien hostiles onboard. Bravo is now approximately 60% combat effective at this time, having suffered multiple wounds up to this point.

“Spelunker” +5 hours:

Bravos 1, 2, and 5 continue sweeping aft, moving along the port side bulkhead towards the engineering section. There is no report from Delta squad as the team advances, and VIDCOM shows that the sections of this part of the ship have been destroyed or dismantled, and some form of biological growth or addition has been placed along sections of the bulkheads, effectively “terraforming” the aft sections of the vessel, and engineering. The floor has a heavy mist obscuring view about a half meter up from the deckplates, and the temperature in this area is steadily rising close towards 100 degrees Farenheit. Approximately a minute after reaching this section, Bravo heard gunfire from the area ahead and moved forward to investigate. Bravo then discovered a very large area where most of the interior bunkrooms had been removed, clearing an area approximately 20 meters wide by 30 meters long. In this section there were multiple survivors located, comprised primarily of captured Delta squad members and Bravo 4. Located centrally aft, near the engineering bulkhead (or where it should have been) was the largest alien form encountered to this point. The alien measured approximately three to four meters in height, with a large pulsating sac attached to the creature’s posterior. The head of the creature was enormous, with a large head-plate (possibly a shield of sorts) splaying out behind the forward face section. This form also sported a second pair of vestigal arms, use unknown.

(VIDCOM, Bravo One)

“Jesus Christ, what is that thing?!?” (video pans to the right, where the conscious Delta member was working to free itself from the biological residue pinning him to the wall, then back to the left to settle on the large alien at the aft of the room)

“Attack that thing!” (Bravo 2’s voice, offscreen left of the video)

(The video now pans down a little, focusing on several sacs on the deck dangerously close to a surviving Delta and Bravo 4. The M45 fires twice, obliterating two of the closest sacs as the large alien at the rear hisses and thrashes around in what appears to be anger, straining against the weight of the suspended egg sac. The video swings right quickly, checking the status of the trapped members on the port bulkhead, then back left as the looming shape of the large alien rushes towards the camera startlingly fast. The video shakes as the creature closes, and tilts quickly as a large tail whips into view just in front of the camera and crashes with a sickly wet splash somewhere offscreen right.)

“WHAT THE FUCK?!?” (Unseen speaker, right)

(Video pans right quickly, noting the sharpened end of the tail having split cleanly through half of a deceased human pinned to the bulkhead, then quickly back as the M45 shoots several more times, hits clearly impacting the creature in the chest, and left leg twice.

“RELOADING!” (Bravo One, camera whipping left as the camera shows the soldier moving rapidly towards a half destroyed bulkhead, ducking down behind it for cover as several more reports of small arms fire come from the room behind. Hissing and thrashing can be heard off camera as the large creature struggles offscreen to reach Bravo 1. The spear-like tail appears onscreen, shooting blindingly fast past the left of the view. The camera pans down as shells are being shown being fed into the shotgun. A few more rifleshots can be heard offscreen as the large alien screams and moves back into the room, then the view whips right as an attack form is located moving quickly towards the camera. The recording’s audio gets washed out twice as the shotgun is fired in rapid succession, both shots missing narrowly as the form crashes into Bravo 1. The audio recovers as the sounds of close quarters combat ensues. The video whips around as the creature narrowly misses a lethal strike with the secondary set of jaws impacts the deckplates nearby. Grunting is heard as the tail then whips down and pierces low on the chestplate, the video panning down to show blood seeping from the wound as the tail extracts with a sickening, sucking noise.)

“SHOOT THE BITCH!” (Bravo 2, through internal comms, offscreen. More small arms fire can be heard throughout the struggle shown onscreen)

(The shotgun roars one more time, and the attacking creature on top of Bravo 1 half hisses/screams as it dies from an unseen shot, and smoke hisses from under the body as Bravo 1 struggles out from underneath it, standing up and pulling the acid-covered chestplate off, throwing it onto the deckplates offscreen. Video pans down, showing a bloody wound low on the chest, off to the left of the abdomen. A hand presses over the wound as the camera pans up and right, showing a dimly lit area with flickering emergency lights.)

“Two, this is One… contact encountered outside your location, moving to re-enga..” (The video jerks as something slams into Bravo 1 from behind, throwing both to the ground as a slapping noise causes Bravo 1 to groan in pain. The view spins until the snapping jaws of another attack form come into focus, very close to the lens. The teeth gnash as the sharp tail once again spears into Bravo 1’s torso. Ragged breathing can be heard as the tail whips away again, red droplets of blood arcing off it as the sound of a shotgun being pumped can be heard, and the sound again washes out as the firearm goes off. The teeth gnash a time or two more, and the hissing dies out as the creature perishes and sags limp.)

(IFF rescue beacon initiated. Corporal XXXXXX ID: 372-44-0089. Negative cardiac activity.)

Operation Shepherd

Battlegroup 4 transcripted

This action report filed 10 October, 2525 from the surface of planet Harvest

We’d heard that the UNSC had lost communication with the CMA Argo and Planet Harvest on approximately 20 September, 2525. Battlegroup 4 was then formed consisiting of the UNSC Heracles, Arabia, Vostok, with the UNSC Red Horse attached as reconnaissance support and tasked with re-establishing contact with the colony and determining the cause of the loss of communications to UNSC high command. The battle group would make all speed to the Harvest system to establish force dominance if necessary, and land ground forces to assist in repelling any suspected assaults/control from insurrectionist forces.

(It should be noted at this time that Bravo Squad had learned of the traitorous activities of Bravo Four, and inquiries into said matters shed light that he’d been an innie sleeper the entire time he’d been with the squad. His actions on Tribute led to the deaths of numerous UNSC forces and ultimately he was shot and killed by Bravo 5 in a firefight on post while we were fending off an insurrectionist attack. Needless to say, Bravo was cast in a bad light, as well as the Homebrew Initiative in general at this point.)

Slipspace travel was spent honing skills and training, as well as getting our replacements up to speed on our activities. New additions to Bravo are as follows:

Bravo Four- Private Tolbert, Rifleman. The kid is just 18 years old and pretty new to all of this. He’s pretty handy with a computer though, but could stand to spend a little more time in the gym.
Bravo Six- Corporal Kunz, Rifleman (woman…) She’s a decent shot, and boasts to be a hell of a scrounger as well as a driver. She seems personable enough, although her personality seems at odds with Bravo Three.
Bravo Seven- Private First Class Ramirez, Rifleman. He’s a to-the-point talking pilot as well, and not afraid to tell anyone and everyone around him just exactly what he thinks, even if they aren’t listening to him.

Slipspace travel was uneventful, and we breached Harvest space approximately 5 October, 2525. Upon intial inspection, the planet seemed quiet, although scans visual and electronically showed severe damage to the planet’s Tiara (the cargo loading/unloading system from planetside to the station ring around the planet). Further scans indicated several large sections of the planet’s surface to be burning, and massive clounds of smoke and ash obscured much more invasive scans of the planet from orbit. It was at this time we discovered something much worse, though.

Bravo Squad was aboard the UNSC Red Horse in the briefing room, watching the events unfold in front of them on a bank of monitors while the ship rigged and ran silent in the attempts to recon without alerting possible enemy forces of the battle group’s arrival. It was not long after the battle group had established a high orbit of the planet that a large vessel of unknown origins was coming from a lower orbit of the planet on an intercept vector with the ships of the battle group. Initial attempts at communication were met with no response, but shortly after the first attempt, a voice was heard across all UNSC comms channels (and I paraphrase… I was still stunned at this discovery) that all the unworthy races would be removed from the stars. It was at this time that lateral lines along the alien vessel began to glow until a beam of energy (I’m no weapons tech, damn it!) leapt from the ship and struck the Vostok amidships, splitting the ship in half. At this time, all remaining UNSC ships were ordered to strike the hostile contact: MAC rounds, SHIVA missiles… I even threw in a couple choice swears hoping like hell they’d help even if a little. All ordinance levelled at the enemy contact encountered some form of energy shield, and no positive effect on target was noticed. A second salvo of the energy weapon effectively annihilated the Arabia moments later, and the Heracles suffered heavy damage when pieces of the destroyed ship crashed into them. Heracles then ordered a general retreat, and several lifepods from it were launched towards the surface of Harvest. Red Horse (Captain Cruize commanding) suffered a glancing blow of the energy weapon, but was effectively crippled and sent spinning. It was in this assault that Private Tolbert was killed- he was thrown from his seat and his skull struck the bulkhead, crushing it (he wasn’t wearing his helmet). Bekyros and myself also incurred superficial injuries when we were likewise thrown from our feet, but nothing critical. Cruize then issued the order to abandon ship, all hands to report to lifepods to be launched to Harvest below while he made ready to ram the Red Horse into the hostile alien battleship (for lack of a better term, this is what I’m calling the damned thing.)

Bravo 1, 3, 5, and 7 all made their way to the same pod. It was in this confusion that Bravo 2 became seperated from the group and was jettisoned in a different pod, and the same happened to Major Bekyros. The balance of Bravo (now plus one AI- Harold, attached to Bravo 5) initiated launch sequence, but the pod suffered damage in the attack and would not seperate cleanly. We were pretty certain we were going to die, but the money was still split on either being crushed to death when the Red Horse rammed the alien vessel, or if we were going to be incinerated outright in the next attack from the alien ship. Five and Harold went feverishly to work trying to get the systems in the lifepod working again in the next few tense minutes, finally re-establishing full power to the pod, though we were still tethered to the Red Horse. The last thing we remember hearing on open communications was Cruize ordering full power to propulsion as he made what we assumed was a straight vector into the enemy ship before the tether was severed somehow, and the thrusters shot us towards Harvest.

(Hudson’s note to self; it’s been a rough couple of days.. take your time to get this shit written down/recorded properly. This needs to be done right to help remember the fallen, as well as put together a complete picture of what’s going on here on Harvest and God knows where else right now. We’re at war with an intelligent race of alien beings.. and these fuckers want to see mankind stomped out of this and every other solar system.)

Operation Preserver

Operation Preserver After Action Report as to the activities of 24 October, 2525.

Location: Planet Harvest, currently under enemy occupation by hostile alien forces.

Bravo Squad under command of Major Daphne Bekyros, Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI).

UNSC Red Horse received priority communications traffic that a crashed escape pod of the CMA Heracles (Departed Harvest after initial contact with alien ship destroyed CMA Arabia and Vostok, and severely damaged UNSC Red Horse causing crash landing on planet’s surface) began transmitting in the open a few hours previously, indicating a UNSC force requesting aid. Bravo Squad was briefed and launched as soon as possible to investigate the beacon and render aid if possible to forces at the beacon location, located approximately 200 miles to the south of the Red Horse’s location. (Bravos 1, 3, 5, 6 sent on hop, attached as support was Charlie 217, Hornet class VTOL attack/recon craft piloted by Lt. Darren Miles)

Jump off commenced at roughly 0800 local, with Charlie 217 under orders to establish a fuel cache midway through the operation at a suitable location. Midway through the flight, a small farmhouse with outbuildings (barn, flams storage) was chosen to be the cache location. Bravo then disembarked the hornet and swept the location for hostile contacts before securing the site as a fuel depot for further activities in this region. After a brief search of the location for supplies, Bravo resumed original mission and flew on towards the rescue beacon of the crashed lifepod. It was around this time that Bravo 5 spotted a blinking light approximately 35 miles from the farmhouse, and it’s location was noted for future recon. Initial visual contact with the pod happened a short time afterwards, indicating four personnel. Radio communications identified them as elements of the 353rd. infantry based off Heracles. The soldiers indicated they’d encountered little in the means of alien contact, but instead had several run-ins with attacks from local wildlife which they’d fended off at some cost. One soldier was suffered from a severe wound to his leg (infected, possibly gangrenous) and the other was unconscious and suffering a critical wound to his neck.

Charlie 217 hovered low at a meter or two as Bravos 1, 3, and 5 disembarked the craft and made initial contact with the members of the 353rd. Bravo 3 and 5 immediately went into over watch (along with Bravo 6 aloft in Charlie 217), as Bravo 1 triaged the wounded for transport. The neck wounded and infected leg soldiers were deemed priority transports at this time and packaged for transport, while the walking wounded were initially triaged as dehydrated. Bravo 5 began saline IV drips for both soldiers as the site was stripped to deny enemy forces any intelligence and made ready for quiet disabling. Charlie 217 came on station dusting off Bravo 1 and the two seriously injured soldiers (One discovered to be Alpha Squad member Hess) to the Red Horse, while Bravo 3, 5, and 6 remained behind for salvage and sabotage operations. The wounded soldiers were taken straight into Medbay for surgery and treatment while the Hornet returned to the lifepod crash location with extra medical supplies and transport pod for the remaining two 353rd soldiers. Upon return, it was discovered that the members of the 353rd had been eating the wildlife that had been attacking them, and said animals had been highly irradiated. 1 then issued iodine tablets to the soldiers as well as Lt. Miles and Bravo Squad while the rest of the team remained on overwatch/salvage operations. The team then sabotaged the lifepod to deny the enemy any intel, and the team dusted off shortly afterwards to stop at the fuel depot for refueling operations to return to the Red Horse.

At this time, it was decided that the two soldiers would continue on in Charlie 217 with Bravo 1 to support as medic if needed, while the balance of Bravo would remain at the farmhouse to thoroughly scavenge whatever they could for return to the Red Horse. The team managed to scrounge up several workable items, as well as basic sundries/supplies in this time and sort them into priority transport piles. Meanwhile, the Hornet made radio communication with the Red Horse to indicate two highly irradiated patients inbound and was diverted away to a secured location for triage/treatment of the soldiers, as well as a decontamination of LT. Miles, Bravo One, and the Hornet. At this time, Lance Corporal Inessa Dane (Medtech, Red Horse) was sent out with C217 to return to the farm location to collect the remainder of Bravo, while Bravo One assisted with the treatment of the injured and irradiated soldiers with Chief Medical Officer Cottle.

Bravo Team regrouped for debrief at the Red Horse approximately 15 hours later, to which mission was deemed successful. Major Bekyros met with Bravo 1 and 3 privately to discuss a shift in primary mission parameters for further forays. Bravo was then informed they would be traveling back out the next day to investigate and reconnoiter the flashing light discovered by Bravo 5 earlier in the day. Jump off at 1000 local, Harvest.

There has still been no communication or sign of Bravo 2’s whereabouts at this time. After a brief discussion and drink with CWO3 Cottle, it appears the injured Hess is expected to recover from his wounds. The other soldier is undergoing aggressive treatment for radiation poisoning as well as infection, but is expected to lose his leg. Bravo remains 100% combat effective, even with it’s reduced numbers.

Operation Odysseus
if you're going to Bravo it, send the professionals...

After Action Report: Operation Odysseus. 15, November, 2525

Location: Planet Harvest, currently occupied by hostile alien forces.
Commanding Officer: Major Daphne Bekyros, UNSC

Bravo Team: 1, 2, 3 (providing overwatch from Pelican), 4, 5, 6. 0500 Zulu jump-off.

Bravo Team’s orders are to make contact with enemy communications array located near a river at a location near the UNSC Red Horse’s touchdown position on planet Harvest. Bravo is to ascertain disposition of enemy forces, plant a Trojan program onto the communication array to piggyback the signal to the Red Horse for decryption and intelligence purposes. If the team is discovered, all traces of enemy forces are to be eliminated and any intelligence that can be returned to the Red Horse for analysis is to be collected and returned.

Bravo inserted via Pelican Delta 2-5 approximately 10k from array, and the ground elements of the team then progressed via foot to an overwatch position to gather intelligence and mark troop movements and strength. After a lengthy reconnoiter, the team was broken down into smaller fireteams which then infiltrated the array location in order to plant the program in the array, the remainder providing cover. The program was installed properly, however one of the team members was spotted prior to exfil, and a firefight ensued. No major casualties or wounds taken by Bravo, and the enemy contacts were all neutralized in short order. All corpses were then collected, along with any weaponry the team could scrounge, and Bravo dusted off in Delta 2-5 to return to Red Horse.

End Report.

Operation Polo

20 November, 2525-

Operation: Polo
Commanding Officer: Major Daphne Bekyros, UNSC

Location: Hostile controlled planet Harvest

Operators: Bravo 1, 5, 6

Operation Polo- Make contact with locals outside a large castle type structure. Reports are that civilian population is currently being put to work by the hostile alien species currently searching areas of the planet for something, to which we have no actionable intel. Objectives are to make contact with the locals and see what intelligence can be gathered, secondary objectives are to neutralize enemy if possible and release the prisoners in order to more effectively create a resistance.

Dustoff was 1000 hours Zulu, insertion near the village via Pelican transport, Delta 2-5 (Lt. Miles, commanding). Bravo inserted into the village on foot and there made diplomatic contact with the village leadership to gain insight into the area, troop strengths, and prisoner numbers. Village itself houses 75 individuals (men, women, very few children) and the castle itself has 100 individuals mining for something currently under the structure itself. Infiltration via the front or over the walls is deemed suicidal, but locals inform Bravo that there is a sewer/storm drain that leads into the castle from out near the sea. The team quietly makes entrance into the substructure of the castle and begins a quiet reconnoiter, encountering little in the form of resistance. There is little actionable intelligence gleaned from the lower levels, other than deceased humans that look to have been experimented upon (signs of vivisection, autopsy), and very few active hostiles in the area. Team proceeds to ground level to get a look at the forces in the courtyard.

Enemy forces seem to primary consist of smaller aliens with a mottled skin, hooked to some breathing apparatus, roughly a meter in height, weight approximately 200lbs. These grunts are numerous, albeit somewhat cowardly when their forces are being thinned. Will provide intense harassing fire, and have a tendency to lob a lot of glowing blue spheres that are similar in nature to a M67 fragmentation grenade. There are some variations in color of the armors in these troops that have been noted, possibly indicating a rank structure or social class. They are often abused openly by the larger alien species.

Another alien type is a larger (taller) alien, lanky in nature with a long face with a frilled “plumage” atop the crest of the skull. These aliens are often times employed as scouts/sentries, or placed in command of a small squad of the grunt soldiers. These aliens are quite often carrying a shield type device which pulses with an unknown energy and seems to deflect quite a bit of kinetic damage before winking out, allowing the creature to be fired upon directly. These bracelets have been recovered by Bravo previously and are being investigated on the Red Horse by tech personnel. These creatures also carry other forms of the alien weaponry, consisting of;

-Alien single firing pistol, the plasma from this weapon appears green.
-Alien assault pistol, this weapon is larger than the pistol and is capable of sustained rapid fire. The arcing blasts from these are blue in color.
-Alien assault weapon, rapidly dispenses numerous pink shards of crystalline nature which upon impact with a solid surface detonate harmlessly. If these make contact with flesh, they will explode with a time delay of just a few short seconds, causing grievous injury to recipient. The shards are quite sharp and will cut through most combat gloves, but can be removed prior to detonation.
-Alien sniper rifle. This weapon is best neutralized prior to having it connect with a friendly. Very dangerous.

These creatures seem to rank just above the aforementioned grunts, but rank below the following.

Third alien species is best described as front-line NCO’s of the aliens. These creatures stand roughly 3m tall, weighing a few hundred pounds easily. They are strong, fast, intelligent, and seemingly offer the greatest threat of the aliens encountered thus far. These elite troops also show the color variations noted herein denoting either military rank, or a social structure of unknown type. These aliens will close to melee combat just as easily as stand off at small arms distance and engage UNSC personnel. Up close, they are just as formidable and dangerous as they are if allowed to fire upon any team unlucky enough to not ambush them first.

The hostiles inside the castle also have a few small ground attack craft, purple in color. These appear to be fast-response vehicles, armed with a pair of rapidly firing plasma cannons. Also located inside the castle courtyard are a pair of large craft, believed to be enemy heavy armor (tanks.)

It was some time during this reconnaissance that Bravo was discovered, and a firefight ensued. Much more of the engagement is lost on me, as during the firefight there was a large explosion, and I was caught in a crossfire of purple crystalline shards and some stray plasma fire. I was airlifted to the Red Horse with critical injuries, and came to sometime on 29 November, 2525. Team successfully managed to rescue over 100 civilian personnel, now helping out around the Red Horse.

End report,
SSgt. Dan Hudson, UNSC


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