This is a piece commissioned from me by mstrider80, and is from the battletech universe. He and I had a great deal of enjoyment putting this together, There is a lot going on in this picture, so he has put together a short story, describing the events happening here, in a far more colorful manner than I could contrive.
Delst Reaches, Nielsen Asteroid Belt
Labrea System, Irece Prefecture
Sept. 10, 3066
Star Commander Mulva Lenardon looked out into the vast depth of space, an all-encompassing net of contrasting stars and darkness. Even for a genetically-engineered Elemental warrior like herself, standing nearly 2.5 meters tall, the sight was more than a bit humbling.
But there was no time for that today. She had lost sight of her target. Peering through the ferroglass visor of her power-armored suit, she knew she only had moments to find it again. The pirates her team now faced seemed well-organized, even efficient. Something about this group was different. Even now a wing of 50-ton Corsairs was bearing down hard on her point of five Elemental warriors. The Corsairs lashed out with lasers, mostly hitting the larger Dropship. The comparatively miniscule Elementals hurriedly prepared to launch themselves off their Dropship and into the abyss, as technicians made last minute modifications on the 1,000 kg suits of armor each warrior wore.
For those in Mulva's command, launching off the Strikers' Overlord C Dropship was only the beginning of their day's duty. The first group of Elementals, led by Point Commander Shiho of the Nova Cats, had already launched. The destination was a massive lostech Arbiter Warship whose coded coordinates had only recently been rediscovered after centuries of secrecy. Upon landing on the ship, Shiho and her point would invade it via any route possible: escape hatches, maintenance tunnels, or other standard entryways. Along with a carefully coordinated and simultaneous BattleMech assault led by Star Colonel Devon Carns, the combined Strikers mercenary team hoped to rid the ancient Warship of its pirate inhabitants.
A quick glance at the ominous Warship was all Mulva needed to realize Devon and his Mechwarriors were fending off aerospace harrassers too. The group of Mechs were making their way across the outer hull of the Arbiter and towards its main bay entrance. Only magnetic rigging kept them from drifting out and forever into the cold of space.
Mulva's own point of five Elementals would be the last to launch from the friendly Dropship. While they would not be the first to reach the Warship, they would be the Elemental point bearing the brunt of the enemies' increasingly-organized aerospace assault. It was an unimaginable task, a feat worthy of a bloodnamed warrior like herself.
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