The mechwarriors of Einherjar Company take up their assigned positions and ready their weapons. Seconds later you hear the piercing shriek of approaching aerospace fighters. They attack in pairs, one on Jotun Lance on the right flank and the second on the half of Aesir Lance hidden in a small clump of trees in the center.
All four Slayers release their cluster bomb payloads just as your pilots lash out with their own weapons. Barlowe and Mortiere get the worst of it but everyone in the target zone save Olsson suffer some damage from the rippling explosions. Two of the fighters are struck by return fire; one critically. It corkscrews out of control and crashes. The rest disappear over the hills to the south.
In the wake of the airstrike, the DCMS battlemechs advance at top speed. Von Tripitz’s Vanir lance is badly outnumbered and she orders them to fall back. They nimbly evade the scattered fire of their pursuers while drawing them into the teeth of the rest of your company. The two missing Combine machines enter sensor range; a Dragon and an Atlas.
The eight enemy light and medium mechs rushing down the hill spring your trap and are ravaged by crack shooting. Zia’s PPC shot ignites the ammo magazine of a Wasp and it is shredded by internal explosions as its pilot ejects. Barlowe’s LRM volley claims a Locust in similar fashion.
The Combine heavies now enter the fray and the fighting intensifies. An enemy Archer stumbles and falls under concentrated fire from Olsson, Barlowe, Dementyev, and Mortiere. Eriksson and Powers heavily damage an enemy Crab and Wasp respectively. Magnussen’s Banshee and a Combine Warhammer with commander’s insignia trade PPC and autocannon fire.
With the DCMS advance beginning to falter, Kapten Magnussen orders the company to break cover and charge. The words are barely out of his mouth when Kavelrist Mortiere’s Battlemaster surges out of its meager tree cover. The enemy Warhammer steps forward to battle with her but is met with heavy fire from several directions. Lars’s fire strikes it in the head and right leg, which crumples. It falls and does not move again. This drives the rest of the cadre warriors into a frenzy.
The hostiles in the center and right flank (the Dragon, Atlas, and heavily damaged Archer) direct their fire on Lar’s Banshee in retaliation. One shot pierces his torso armor and damages his gyro but he stubbornly keeps the mech upright. The DCMS Panthers, Crabs, and remaining Wasp charge the left flank, firing on Eriksson’s Marauder and Meyer’s Centurion. Vanir lance moves to support them.
Zia’s Battlemaster closes into short range with the drak Atlas and both mechs shudder under each other’s assault. Barlowe supports her attack with LRM fire while Magnusson, Dementyev and Olsson finish off the Archer and cripple the Dragon’s left leg, sending it to the ground. The left flank becomes a wild melee as the Combine Crabs and Panthers swarm Eriksson’s Marauder. Vanir lance works in their original pairs to efficiently dispatch the battered DCMS battlemechs.
Mortiere drives her mech’s fist through the weakened armor on the Atlas’s left torso and into the LRM magazine stored there. The following series of explosions reduces the DCMS assault mech to scattered debris.
The fallen Dragon struggles to rise while Einherjar Company converges on the last of their mobile opponents. All save one Panther are brutally cut down. Its pilot attempts to turn and flee but is swiftly caught and toppled by laser fire from Vanir lance.
The battle is over. Several potentially salvageable battlemechs litter the ground and the surviving pilots are captured. At Magnusson’s direction, they pull their unconscious commander from his fallen Warhammer.
The status of Einherjar Company is as follows: