Return to Athens
THE INDEPENDENCE SOLDIERS:
Unified Reclamation Supply Dock #1 outside Geopolis, Athens
Arriving by a most comfortable private shuttle, the team sets down in Unified's temporary space dock outside Geopolis. There, after meeting with their Unified liaison and a quick once over by a grumpy Customs official, they are loaded into a van and shuttled out to the Athens Militia Emergency Aid Camp inside the ruins of Geopolis itself. Along the way they learn that their liaison, Norman Wren, was born on Athens and even served as a communications officer in the local militia during the war...on the Alliance side, of course. He is quite happy with his job and has already seen some promising progress made in recovering from the devastations of the war, especially since Unified and the various charitable organizations began extending aid to the locals.
Reaching the city limits of Geopolis they immediately find themselves behind a small convoy of Alliance military vehicles. Their first encounter with any true Alliance military force since the war, this drives home the point to the team that their place in the world has change dramatically. This convoy of armed soldiers, once bitter enemies, now supposedly keep the peace in the area where the team is to be employed.
The team has just enough to time to acclimate themselves to this disturbing fact when a large detonation erupts in the road ahead, throwing gouts of dirt and stone into the air and flipping over the lead hover jeep. With the convoy forced to a halt, the team's van along with it, the Alliance soldiers have only a moment to brace for trouble before automatic fire rings out from a burned out building nearby. As Wren quickly slams the van into gear and fishtails off into a trash-strewn alley nearby, away from the gunfire, the Alliance boys begin laying down suppressing fire into the buildings. Taking their cue from Wren, the team hunkers down in the van in an effort to avoid stray bullets. As they flee the scene down a series of short twists and turns, emerging quickly back onto the street well ahead of the small battle, the team spots two Alliance air skiffs already burning in from the east to strafe the area.
After finally arriving at the Emergency Aid Camp and witnessing first hand the horrible conditions of the refugees there Wren explains that the people, though barely getting by on the combined contributions of the charitable organizations and Unified's own efforts, are far better off than the scattered settlements deeper in the city's ruins. Compounding this, of course, are the scattered raids and supply convoy strikes by local rebels and Independent holdouts in the nearby hills.
Once they've reached the guarded and gated Unified compound within the Camp itself, the team are shown to their individual prefab housing units and given one hour to prepare for their meeting with the Unified local field representative and the Aid Camp's OIC, General Lumen of the Athens militia. Taking the time to clean up, organize their gear and don their Unified Reclamation Security Officer uniforms the team is soon ready for their meeting.
After an hour Wren returns to fetch the team and escort them over to the Aid Camp HQ. There they are introduced to the Camp OIC, General Lumen, who expresses his gratitude that they've come to help protect the Aid project. He further informs them that he has personally reviewed there war records and is (to the team's chagrin) particularly impressed with the commendation they received in the Prisoner Processing Center on Dike. To their surprise the team finds the General doesn't appear at all troubled that they served with the Independents during the war and seems relatively at ease with them.
Turning things over to the Unified representative, Lloyd Florens, the General takes a seat to oversee the meeting. From Florens they learn the details of Athens aid project as well as Unified's own role in the process. Until just a year ago raids on food processing centers and supply convoys were but a minor inconvenience, with most of the real violence being confined to the ongoing clashes between local Alliance military forces and Independent rebels in the hills. More recently, however, an unexpected escalation in the frequency of attacks against the supply convoys has occurred as well as a marked surge in the terrorist activity targeted at the various aid organizations themselves. In response to this the various charitable aid organizations, the local Athens militia base and Unified Reclamation have all begun working together to beef up security (being more or less resigned to the fact the Alliance military and federal law enforcement are far too focused on combating the rebels to bother with helping them). As part of this effort the team is to reinforce Unified's own security forces as well as make themselves available for any "special operations" at the behest of the Aid Camp OIC. As such they are to report directly to the Unified Rep, Florens, but are expected to worked hand-in-hand with local militia and camp security as well.
The team takes the opportunity to assure all involved that they have no problem with working with the local forces and uses the next few minutes to clear up details of their assignment and the local situation. As the meeting wraps up the team is told that, unfortunately, the local press has been making some fuss about Unified Reclamation hiring on "thugs and mercenaries" to beef up their security. In response to this the Athens governor has extended an offer to a handful of local journalists to attach themselves directly with the Aid Camp in order to provide open access to the entire operation. As part of this, the team finds themselves saddled with a local journalist, Sara Dover, who'll be working with them. Escorting the woman into the room, the OIC makes polite introductions, during which Dover assures the team that she has no intention of getting in the way or offering anything less than full and balanced coverage of their activities. After a short, friendly discussion, Dover is escorted from the room and the team receives their first assignment.
Following two recent and very vicious attacks on local supply caravans, resulting in the deaths of several Camp security officers, the team's first duty will be to back up local security directly by helping escort the convoys for the next couple of days. By then a new batch of drivers and security personnel should arrive to fill the ranks. It is the OIC's expectation that the team will have oriented themselves to the various organizations they'll be working with by then and will be prepared to take on any more challenging missions that might present themselves.
THE INDEPENDENCE SOLDIERS:
Athens Emergency Aid Camp HQ, Geopolis, Athens
With the rest of their evening free the team convenes in Ringo's housing unit to discuss the upcoming escort mission. Taking time to run down the names and identities via cortex of those they've been acquainted with since arriving, they find nothing unusual. They are a bit discouraged to find that the journalist, Sara Dover, has already been credited with a couple of hard-hitting stories in her short career. From all indications she has quite a nose for news and the team discusses options for minimizing any possible trouble she might stir up for them. After agreeing to wake early for their assignment and interview the members of the convoy team they'll be working with before heading out, the team retires for the night.
When morning comes the team heads out and arrives at the warehouse where the convoy team is already hard at work loading the last of the supplies and checking their gear. They find Dover already there, apparently with the intention of likewise acquainting herself with the crew. As they introduce themselves to the men Norman Wren arrives, announcing that he'll be riding along for their first escort to offer them his input as needed. Having assured themselves that the convoy crew seem a professional and experienced group they decide to position themselves in the back of the second cargo truck in order to cover the convoy for the trip.
En route to the first of two distribution centers in the ruins of Geopolis the convoy encounters no difficulties, though both the team and the convoy drivers all fail to spot the three-man group of bandits atop one building observing them as they pass. Arriving at the center, the team dismounts and pitches in with the teamsters to unload the food and medical supplies there. As the teamsters sign off on the delivery, the team keeps a watchful eye on the horde of starving civilians impatiently waiting outside the razor-wire fence for the day's distribution of credits and food. The convoy men then take a quick break (before signing off for the night altogether) while the team meets with the distribution center administrator.
After a polite sit down and introduction the team learns the administrator feels relatively confident that the center itself is safe from the local gangs and the anti-Alliance groups within Geopolis itself. After all, they stand to benefit both directly and indirectly from the distribution of wealth and services from the center. She further points out that at least one criminal organization has already set up drug labs in the local ruins and she's seen drug abuse sky-rocket in recent months. In relation to this she further suspects that some of the activity she's been privy to in the local underworld may well indicate that this organization is preparing to take a stance against the local rebels in order to protect it's source of income. In short, she's confident that the trouble the local Aid Camp has suffered is certainly the result of bandits or Independent holdouts in the area, if not both.
After further questioning by the team she recommends the local tavern, the Five Aces, as a good source for local happenings and possibly even a few contacts with the various power groups in the area.
After double-checking things at the warehouse and insuring all is secure the team heads out for the Five Aces to get a feel for the forces working behind the scenes among the scattered settlements in Geopolis. Naturally, they find Sara Dover already there speaking with a dubious looking trio on the corner. Iddy immediately gets herself a stiff drink and begins carousing with the locals, who find her quite entertaining. Ringo and Angelina both start working the patrons, starting with the bartender, trying to identify anyone of interest. After three hours, they've found nothing noteworthy and failed to connect with anyone who might provide them with intelligence. They do, however, identify the three men that Dover is spending time with as mid-level members of one of the local gangs, rumored to be involved with the drug traffic in the area.
During all this Angelina manages not to spill her drink on anyone in particular nor trip over the various drunks staggering about her while Iddy successfully swipes an ashtray fashioned with the Five Ace's logo to add to her collection of knick-knacks. Ringo's Things Don't Go Smooth complication causes him to irritate a small group of men he tries to connect with, leading to a verbal confrontation which he easily wiggles out of. Unfortunately this draws the attention of the other patrons and it's soon clear that he and the girls have more or less been tagged as "outsiders" by the locals here.
Accepting that their trip to the tavern has largely been wasted they retire to the center's barracks for the night.
While preparing to move out the following morning, the team meets the security chief, Hanson Martins, assigned to the center at the direction of the predominant charitable aid organization, "Good Samaritans". On hearing Ringo's distinctive accent, he inquires as to his home world and soon determines that the team all served with the Independents during the war, something they've so far made no effort to hide. The polite introductions quickly falter and Martins makes clear his disapproval with hiring Independents in the first place, especially considering all the trouble the aid effort is having at the hands of Independent rebels. Angelina and Ringo manage to smooth things over and avoid an actual confrontation but the chief's cold shoulder thereafter makes clear that whatever information he had intended to relay to them has been lost.
Discouraged with their lack of success in touching base with the folks in the area, the team is eager to move out on schedule. To their irritation they find their departure delayed by one of the aid organization's bureaucrats in the process of conducting an impromptu inspection of the center. The team pointedly avoids interacting with the man but allows him a quick once-over of their crew, at least until Norman Wren makes an appearance and confronts him rather aggressively. In short order it's clear the two men are at odds with one another and voices are raised in the process. Sara Dover, meanwhile, is on hand to film the minor power struggle between the two bureaucrats, leading the team to determine that putting an end to the escalating tensions would best serve their employer's interests (and their own).
Taking thing firmly in hand the team orders the convoy crew to go ahead and begin moving out, forcing Wren to break off his argument with his rival and secure a seat. It's clear that the yammering bureaucrat is more than a bit peeved at their lack of respect but they ignore his threats to report their "lack of cooperation" to his superiors and quickly leave the center behind them.
On their way to their second and farthest removed supply drop at the remaining distribution center, Angelina makes note of truck that pulls in behind them soon after they depart and follows for more than an hour. Once it becomes obvious that the truck is keeping a discrete distance, apparently with the intention of tailing them all the way to the next center, the team decides to take direct action. Calling a halt to the convoy, the team flags down the truck and confronts the driver. Utilizing the limited authority they've been granted they are able to order the men from the truck and question them. It's immediately clear to Ringo that the men are lying through their teeth when they claim to be workers employed by the city to aid in clearing rubble from the bombed out docks across town. After getting their reluctant permission to check their truck's cargo area the team finds a trio of older model assault rifles and mesh armor. When the three men claim the weapons and armor were issued by the city for their protection, Ringo begins pressing harder with Angelina playing "good cop" in the roadside interrogation. The three men immediately clam up and the driver, the senior of the three, asserts that they've already complied as they're required and orders his two men back on the truck. Without the authority to detain the men any longer Angelina demands their identification and takes down their names before letting them go.
After another half hour of travel the team arrives at the second distribution center and oversees the delivery of the last of their supplies. An interview with the center's administrator reveals much the same information as they've gathered recently and the team spends an uneventful night there. On their way back to the Aid Camp the team spies two Alliance military jeeps heading out of the city with several plain-clothed men with assault rifles occupying them. From the manner in which the two-jeep convoy immediately veers off the team gets the impression they were avoiding them. Only an hour later the team detects a smattering of small arms fire and an explosion in the distance in that direction. With a column of smoke soon visible in the distance Dover urges the team to investigate but they decide that proceeding on the Aid Camp should be their first priority.
Arriving back at the Emergency Aid Camp that afternoon the team reports in for a short debriefing. There they learn that the latest delivery from the processing center outside of town just came under attack en route to the Camp. Though there were a few injuries, with one man seriously wounded, the three trucks managed to plow through the small force opposing them and break away. The team then points out the portion of their report which makes note of the Alliance vehicles they witnessed heading in that general direction but it quickly becomes apparent that this isn't particularly well received by their superiors. A complaint lodged by the "Helping Hand" aid organization citing a lack of cooperation with a local inspector is then addressed but the OIC doesn't seem especially troubled by it. Nonetheless, the team is encouraged to take more diplomatic approach in interacting the various groups who so loosely form the overall aid effort on Athens. Finally, the team is informed that local Alliance officials have suddenly taken a irritating interest in the procedures for processing new employees by Unified Reclamation. Consequently the newly hired security officers that the team is substituting for have been delayed for at least two more days and they'll be riding shotgun again for yet another supply convoy in the morning.
That night the team receives a wave from the Henisons, calling to check on their progress. After a short session of mutual well-wishing the Henison pointedly inquire if the team has any intention of making contact with the Independent rebels on Athens. When the team responds that they had been considering it, hoping to use their own past service in the war to gain access to members of the rebel groups, the Henisons immediately advise against it. According to them Unified Reclamation, while so far having displayed no particular reservations regarding their loyalties, are likely concerned nonetheless and may view the team's interaction with rebel forces with some alarm. Though the Independent holdouts on Athens are very likely responsible, directly or indirectly, with the difficulties Unified faces on Athens, the Henisons strongly advise the team to focus on maintaining security and to distance themselves from the rebels as much as possible.
The following morning the team puts aside their plans for investigation and reports for escort duty. Sara Dover is on hand, along with Norman Wren who will apparently be riding along again. Once the supplies are loaded and they are assured the convoy team is prepared, the team places Dover and Wren in the rear truck cab and take up position in the middle truck's cargo area.
Midway between the Aid Camp and the first distribution center the convoy comes upon two heavy wheeled trucks blocking the street about 50 meters ahead, each braced with a machine gun mounted jeep on either side of the street. They immediately spot a group of at least eight other armed men under cover in a ditch a ways off the road to the south, covering the convoy. With the size and mass of the two heavy trucks making any attempt to push through the blockade unlikely to succeed and no way around without backing up and around the curve, the convoy is forced to halt. As one of the men in the gun jeeps demands they exit their trucks and lay down arms Ringo alerts the men to prepare for an assault and the team immediately goes on the offensive.
Firing off a trio of called headshots with his Grizzly against the two machine gunners on the jeeps ahead Ringo drops both of them, removing a significant advantage the ambushers held over the convoy at the onset. As the rear truck containing Wren and Dover squeals into reverse, backing into the curve they just exited, a mutual volley of auto fire between the attackers in the ditch and defenders aboard the trucks eats into everyone defense with only a few injuries on either side. Angelina and Iddy, however, land three calmly placed head shots with their shotguns on the ambushers to the south, nearly halving the attacker's numbers with their addition to Ringo's kills.
As the two jeep drivers ahead find themselves without the defense of their gunners they both throw their vehicles into reverse and flee into the cover of the respective alleyways behind them. While the drivers of the front two supply trucks exit out their sides to ready weapons, Ringo vaults over the side as well to ease into a covered firing position over the cab of the truck alongside his driver. The second round of auto fire from the ambushers in the ditch drops both convoy security men in the front trucks as well as clipping both Iddy and Angelina. Meanwhile, the rear driver successfully carries Wren and Dover to cover around the curve where he and his security officer then exit the truck and move forward to take up firing positions on the ditch.
As Ringo drops two more ambushers with called head shots the remaining attackers elect to abandon the disastrous ambush and scramble out of the ditch to seek cover in the nearby rubble. Angelina manages to drop one of the fleeing men with a very lucky shot to the leg before the team loses sight of their remaining targets.
As Ringo covers the area with his rifle, Angelina slings her shotgun to vault over the side and treat the two downed security officers. Iddy calls the two rear officers over to her and they check the area ahead for the two jeep drivers, who they confirm have left the scene. Joining Ringo they move forward to disarm the wounded ambushers and take prisoners while Angelina busily treats the two badly wounded officers. One of the remaining men radios into the Aid Camp to report the attack and call for backup.
While Angelina continues working on the two wounded officers Ringo lays into the only two conscious captives, attempting to elicit what information he can from them. When his interrogation fails and neither men show any signs of responding to their captors at all beyond a few crude insults (despite three Plot Points dropped on the attempt), Iddy takes matters into her own hands. Off to the side from the interaction between Ringo and the two captives Iddy snatches up one of the dead ambushers and, to everyone's surprise, begins interrogating him. After several moments threatening and repeatedly striking the corpse about the head she draws her sidearm and places it to the dead man's head, threatening to pull the trigger if he doesn't talk. Unsure if his two captives (or Iddy, for that matter) are even aware the man is dead, Ringo doesn't take any action and lets things unfold as they will. When she continues to receive no response from the dead man, Iddy startles everyone by pulling the trigger and blowing a hole in the back of his head. Tossing the corpse to the ground with disgust, Iddy then move over to the two captives with gun in hand and a wild look in her eyes. Rink, already riled up at all the gunplay, eagerly lends a hand (so to speak) with his own uniquely intimidating manner. Ringo seizes the opportunity as well, playing the role of "good cop" and pretending to unsuccessfully calm the clearly "out of control" Iddy and the mad dog Rink.
In moments the team has the full background of the group of mercenaries, who've been working together for some months now at the behest of a mysterious man they know only as "the Boss". Their jobs until now have primarily been assassinations and kidnappings with only the occasional strike on supply convoys. Apparently other teams usually do most of the actual ambush work. From what they've gathered "the Boss", an Alliance military official of some sort, has been behind most of the supply disruptions but that hasn't been his primary goal. Robbing the occasional cash deliveries is and he's amassed a considerable amount of wealth in doing so. The supply convoy ambushes have merely a ploy to destabilize the area and keep the local Athens militia (and the Alliance) focused on the small Independent holdouts who they assume have been behind it all. Unfortunately the Athens government has recently begun dropping the cash deliveries directly at the scattered distribution centers by armored shuttle rather than utilizing the supply convoys as they have in the past. The Boss has begun growing more and more impatient with this troubling development and is stepping up the heat.
The mercenary group was given this particular assignment only yesterday, with orders to specifically target the three new security officers that recently arrived on Athens. Apparently the Boss has taken a particular interest in them and was very clear that he wanted them dead. Though the men don't know the Boss by name they are able to give a fairly accurate description, which they relay in detail when pressed on the matter. As Angelina has joined the group by this time and is addressing the two captive's injuries, she notices Norman Wren's reaction to this information. Catching Ringo's eye, she draws his attention to the man and both get the clear impression that Wren may recognize the man being described.
Once reinforcements arrive from the Aid Camp, the team turn over their captives to them, conscript a couple of replacements for their security contingent and proceed on to the first supply center.
After completing their two day supply route without further incident the team arrives back at the Aid Camp and are quickly ushered into a heated debriefing. General Lumen loudly expresses his displeasure with their interrogation techniques, especially considering the entire incident was recorded by the embedded journalist, Dover, and will likely be hitting the cortex any moment. When the team completes their oral report they find their employers even more displeased with them once it becomes clear that the captured ambushers have fingered some shadowy Alliance official. It's obvious to the team that their status as ex-Independent fighters make such assertions, already suspect, even more so. Somewhat frustrated but not willing to jeopardize their employment, the team stand by the facts of their report while expressing a willingness to keep their investigation open in regards to who is behind all the trouble. General Lumen is noticeably quiet as the team finalizes their report and excuses himself immediately after. Before calling an end to the debriefing Lloyd Florens, the Unified Reclamation representative, takes the opportunity to sternly warn the team that any further indication that their personal and political views may be influencing their work could well endanger their position with the company. The team then retire to their quarters, spending the next two days just staying out of trouble, treating their minor injuries and researching what little information they've gathered so far. Iddy uses the time to kludge together some the simple fragmentation grenades they wished they'd had during the prior ambush.
By the second day following the ambush the video coverage of the interrogation and Iddy's own disturbing treatment of the corpse of another have since hit the prime news waves. In response to this General Lumen orders the team to relocate to the distribution center across town, ostensibly to cover the cash delivery arriving there tomorrow but in actuality to more or less remove them from the Camp until the whole mess blows over. While several members of the local Athens militia express their private support for the team and their actions it's very clear their position with Unified has become tenuous already.
Arriving at the distribution center without incident they find their reception to be mixed. While some of the workers there are clearly uncomfortable with their presence others greet them warmly and express satisfaction that someone is finally dealing with "those Independent scum" in the way they deserve. Feeling that they've once again fallen more or less on the wrong side of things the team is a bit dejected and slink off to their bunks to discuss their options. There they find Sara Dover already waiting for them and she quickly attempts to make peace with the team. After expressing her own admiration for the team's handling of the interrogation (which the team perceives as merely an attempt to cater them) she offers her regrets for any difficulty her coverage may have caused them. She then informs them that, while she is still assigned to cover the convoys, she would like to conduct interviews with them concerning the interrogation later that evening. Realizing that she's angling for a follow-up to her latest report the team puts her off until they can speak to their superiors about the matter...at which time she cheerfully assures them she's confident she can get approval for the interviews herself.
As the team backpedals, attempting to avoid making the mess they're in even worse, a series of explosions break out to the north. Each of the team members identify the sounds of airborne vehicles taking fire from anti-air rockets, something they've been on the other side of many times during the war. Breaking off their discussion with Dover they race to the security office where the find Martins already in communication with the two armored shuttles bringing in the regularly scheduled cash delivery. They arrive in time to hear the second of the two shuttles going down and find the small band of security officers already arming themselves, preparing to head out to their rescue. With only four men, including himself, in Martins' small group he reluctantly asks the team to check on the second shuttle as the first has already gone down and is taking fire from ground units nearby.
Taking a secured radio from Martins the team maintains contact with the second shuttle crew, only just recovering from the crash, while they race to their quarters to fetch their gear. Receiving coordinates from one of the security officers on the shuttle, the team commandeers a range truck from the yard and heads out, hoping to reach them before any hostiles do. To their irritation, Sara Dover appears out of nowhere and launches herself into the back of the truck as they begin pulling away. They quickly decide not to delay their departure and ignore her for the time being. En route Martins team reports that they've been ambushed near the site of the first crash and are under heavy fire. This is soon followed by report from the second shuttle crew that they are taking heavy weapons fire from a building near them.
Arriving at the second crash site minutes later the team spots three Athens militiamen taking cover against the shuttle. A machine gun of some kind is pelting the area from a second story window on the opposite street corner and the three men are having difficulty maintaining their position. After determining that they should be relatively well covered on approach to the downed craft, the team parks and exit their truck across the street near the crash site. Readying weapons they order Dover to stay put and immediately dash through the building to take positions at the north windows to fire on the machine gun above. They've only just enough time to take up positions when they spot several armed men hustling across the street from the building housing the machine gun nest toward their right flank. The team quickly determines they haven't been spotted by the machine gunners above them and move into the rear room of the building, covering the door to the alley where they can already hear the men approaching.
Acting quickly Angelina readies a homemade frag grenade, cracks the alley door and tosses it through. The resulting explosion clearly catches the men outside off guard, dropping four of them and blowing the door off it's hinges. The team then rushes through to engage the men. Having gotten the drop on the surprised mercenaries outside, the team is able to overcome them quickly though Angelina is badly wounded by a burst of fire at point blank range. Taking her Second Wind for the day she is able to go on but is in bad shape.
Wasting no time the team rushes across the street before the machine gunner above them can react to the gunfire below and enters the building. Searching for a way upstairs the team soon spies the staircase but meets one of the men from above coming down. Ducking back behind the cover of the landing above he tosses a grenade down the stairs, which Ringo lunges forward to toss back again. His Things Don't Go Smooth complication forces a reroll on his successful attempt and he fails this time, bouncing the grenade off the steps and onto the side - still covering the team in it's blast radius. Ringo and Iddy make Get Out Of Harm's Way rolls and manage to dive into the grenade's next range increment but Angelina isn't so lucky. Still, though Ringo is buffeted by the concussive blast and mildly wounded, Iddy and Angelina both take significant damage from their proximity to the explosion and are barely holding on to consciousness. Iddy take her Second Wind for the day shaking it off completely but Angelina is clearly in danger.
Leaving her to cover the staircase with her shotgun from the nearby doorway, Ringo and Iddy decide to return the favor and move forward to clear the stairs above with grenades of their own. Following immediately on the resulting blasts they find the mercenary above limping down the hall and drop him before he can turn and attack. Charging into the room housing the machine gun Ringo is struck hard by a burst of fire from the machine gunner who's now taken cover behind an overturned sofa and he drops, unconscious. He takes his Second Wind as Iddy charges the man and drops him with two shotgun blasts at point blank range.
Once everyone is on their feet again, Ringo and Iddy clear the top floor while Angelina gives the signal that she's done the same below. Ringo helps Angelina take position at the machine nest above, then he and Iddy dash across the intersection to check the survivors at the crash site. They find the three men shaken but unwounded, though the rest of the shuttle crew are all dead. They also find that this shuttle apparently housed the strong box the hostiles were after and the five of them work together to relocate it inside the building while Angelina covers them from above. Once it's secured Ringo starts organizing things and the team soon has the building locked down and have taken up defensive positions while Iddy calls in to report and request extraction.
After spending a few minutes pining down a couple of mercs moving in from the west, as well as a brief firefight between two of the shuttle crew and two more mercs moving up the street from the east, the Athens militia finally arrives to secure the area. The team turns over the strong box to them, reports to the militia commander and checks the area for intelligence. From the militiamen who've arrived they team learns that Martins and his team came under fire at the site of the first shuttle crash but managed to fight through and even to secure the shuttle for a short time before being driven off. Having determined that the strongbox wasn't aboard that shuttle and there were no survivors from the crash they opted to fall back and keep the enemy engaged until the militia could move in with air support to take the area. They were unable to take any prisoners.
Once the area is confirmed secure the team and the shuttle survivors are loaded aboard a shuttle and rushed back to Camp HQ and the infirmary there. They give their official report to General Lumen in the infirmary and spend the next few days confined to bed, recovering from the beating they've taken.
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