Kurita and the Ryuken-go’s second battalion landed at Exeter’s primary spaceport, a man-made island complex constructed during the heyday of the Star League. The Ryuken didn’t land guns-a-blazing, however. Instead, they came in flying a pair of ancient Mules, landing under auspices as freelance cargo haulers. In fact, they spent the first three days on world purchasing supplies and actively attempting to find transport contracts. As they did so, the rest of the unit’s DropShips came in — enough to carry a full regiment of troops.
The night before those DropShips entered orbit, the Kanrei attacked, taking complete charge of the spaceport, along with most of Chyron, the largest city on the planet. The veritable fleet of DropShips that landed later that day were mostly empty, however, but were enough to simulate the arrival of a full regiment. Kurita continued on the attack, largely neutralizing Exeter’s militia after just a week of operations.
That gave Kurita the opportunity to almost at-will raid the many warehouses within Chyron, the one major transportation hub on the entire planet. Even after the First NAIS Cadre arrived from Robinson in late September, Kurita continued to operate with a free reign — though the First Cadre by far had the maneuverability advantage, Kurita and the Ryuken were much more aggressive. It took the arrival of the Fourth Davion Guards in early October to finally convince the Kanrei that it was time to withdraw.
Marshal Eugene Drivers wasn’t satisfied with just allowing the Combine troops to withdraw, however. As soon as the Guards landed, the Ryuken pulled back to Chyron and the island spaceport. Drivers moved into Chyron and prepared to assault the spaceport across the thin linking bridges. Before striking, though, he sent a two-company force of volunteers, under the command of Captain Wendy Adams, underwater to hit the island spaceport from the seaside (all but three MechWarriors made it to land). As soon as Adams’ ’Mechs emerged from the water, Drivers sent his hovercraft over the water as his ‘Mechs began to make the five kilometer trek over the connecting bridges.
The Kanrei made a fighting withdrawal back to his DropShips. He was nearly shot out of his ’Mech, but his MechWarriors forced him into the command DropShip and held the line until he was safely away. Two of the Ryuken’s DropShips, along with three that they had commandeered on the ground, never made it off the tarmac. The Kanrei did make his escape, along with most of his battalion and some eighteen thousand tons of supplies taken from Chyron.
- System Name: Exeter
- Coordinates: 190.12, -8.08
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