The First of many prototypes of the FOIS Trilobites but the only one to be recognized as the actual predecessor of the Trilobite, it was heavier, slightly slower, and mounted a mix array of weapon systems to try and cover many roles from an escort to a limited missile support unit for both close in and for long range.
It would later on go under many changes as the design would become lighter, Faster, and slowly move to one weapon system and armor becoming paper thin.
It would later on become known as the Trilobite II in the battles against the word of blake terrorist forces.
Not well known until the Battle of Jegger II a world in the far reaches of the Combine where they earned the respect that their successor had earned so long ago and now seen wide spread throughout the Inner sphere when the first thirty was shipped the combine.
Like the Trilobite it is cheap, fast to build, and with the parts able to be replaced from any other unit makes it easy to upkeep.
Lena grunted as the Trilobite slid hard to the left and clipping a side of small supermarket as Tiberius was trying to get away from a blakest Mongoose who was able to keep up with them.
She moved the Turret to face the rear and having to do it manually as a glancing hit from a PPC managed to screw up their targeting system making the LRMs dumb fire along with the SRMs.
She fired with the Laser first which cut a line of destruction across its left arm and moved to its left torso leaving a scar and sending molten armor to the ground as if the hit caused the Mongoose to bleed. She followed up with the twin SRMs, one was set to using its Inferno rounds while the other was using standard warheads.
Both infernos was high almost missing the mech when one managed to cover the cockpit’s window which caused it to hit a wall of a bank where it stopped and used its hands to try and wipe off the flaming gel which caused it to spread covering more of the head.
“Nice Shot Sir!” Tina said from her station.
“Thanks.” Was all she had time to say as the Mongoose was back and the pilot was clearly angry with them as he was now firing without even bothering to try and target them.. unless she managed to fry their targeting system as well.
The Mongoose managed to connect with all three of its medium lasers slashing nasty scars along its left and right side, and rear of the craft causing the tank to shutter and throwing off her aim and setting a fire department on fire with the infernos which Lena thought was ironic.
Behind them a brave firefighter in an old fire starter came out with fire suppression equipment that replaced its flame throwers which then worked on putting out the fire.
The wob pilot didn’t care if it was a noncombatant and fired on the aging mech which had removed almost all of its armor removed in favor for several foam dispensing units that made up its most of its lower left arm along with extra foam tanks.
The Medium Lasers easily cut through the left leg and taking it off at the knee sending it into the building where the flames tried to devour the mech. The fire fighter was wise and waited for the mongoose to pass further away before it moved and pushed itself away from the burning building and started to crawl for cover.
“What a heartless bastard!” Tiberius muttered as he maneuvered the hover tank to the left and took a narrow alleyway which caused sparks to fly from the sides as they scraped against the walls.
The others was suddenly thrown forward against their restraints casing them to dig in to their flesh.”Why the hell did you stop?” Lena demanded.
“Brick wall.. a mech could go through it but not a tank.” Tiberius said.
They was dead and they knew it as she seen the Mongoose closing in as it moved in it fired all of it’s lasers carving up their armor which deprived them of the last of their rear armor.
She moved her weapons up for one last salvo with everything they had, the Mongoose seen this and reached out with both arms and grabbed the tank by the sides and attempted to flip it.
Lena closed her eyes waiting for the moment her world would be turned upside down and then ended. What she heard first was the wall exploding from their left side and a sound of metal hitting metal and then their tank dropped back down.
Then there was that distinct sound and smell of ozone as a single PPC fired.
She opened her eyes and looked through the monitor that showed the aft section of the tank and her eyes widened.
A Thug holding a Hatchet in its right hand had burst through the wall and cut the Mongoose’s arms off and then pumping so much energy into the face of the Mongoose that the blast exploded out the back of the head.
The Thug kicked the corps of the mongoose out of the way before its Jump jets sent the mech into the air on super heated air which was sucked in through the jump jet intakes and super heated as it passed through the engine and over a building leaving the gap in the building for them to exit through.
“What the hell was that thing?” Tim asked as he shook his head.
“That would be the CO of the Blue Swords my friend.” Lena said with pride as he was her former commander before being transferred to a different arm of the Blue shields a unit that was purely made up of tanks, fighters, and infantry and sometimes attached to units like the swords that once was a combined arms unit before being split up for other roles.
“Well Tiberius are you just going to sit here or are we going to get back into the fray.” Lena asked.
“Well we have damage to our hover system so our speed will be so slow that a slug can pass us.” He replied.
Tim and Tina got up opened the hatch and climbed outside and started to rummage around the cargo hold. Once they found what they was looking for they quickly looked around the tank and seen the damage was bad but they was able to do some fast repairs to it using some ducktape, wires, and soldering some things back into place.
The ducktape was used on the hover skirt and a few other places while the wires replaced some burned out components.
“Well that should hold out for a little while.. at least until combat or rough spots are hit.” Tina said and Tiberius started her up and smiled, they had seventy five percent of their maximum speed and shot off as fast as they could.
The sound of fighting was getting louder as they was getting closer to the fighting.
There locked in a dance of death was a Grand Dragon facing off against an Atlas trading blows as the Dragon spat out a stream of shells from its medium bore Auto cannon which blasted armor off the mighty war machine that clearly took damage from behind as there was flames and smoke coming out of its back as and coolent was streaming out like blood.
To its right was a downed LCT-1V Locust which must have caused the damage before being put down.
The Atlas punched the Dragon directly in the center torso crushing what looked like SRM launchers crushing the rack and forced the Dragon to topple over.
Lena looked at her friends and crew mates who nodded not needing to ask as they moved into position and as she leveled the weapons in the turret everything sparked as they finely shorted out.
They pushed the tank forward as fast as they could sending it right at the Atlas which had raised its left leg up so it could bring it down on the Cockpit of the Grand Dragon.
Its seemed like an eternity between the time they floored it to the impact.
The Trilobite II hit a ramp created by a fallen building by mistake and sent it slamming into the rear torso and destroying the engine.
Now fused by the impact the two machines fell together and crashing down crushing most of the tank and killing most of the crew and leaving Lena paralyzed from the waist down.
Later on Lena would learn that the warrior within the Grand Dragon was a high ranking General who was impressed by their action and the tank itself that the Combine would order many to help fill out their ranks of lost units.
The battle though for the planet and the protection of the people there had been won the war was still far from over….
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BattleTech Vehicle Technical Readout VALIDATED Type/Model: Trilobite II/Prototype Tech: Inner Sphere / 3025 Config: Hovercraft Rules: Level 1, Standard design Mass: 50 tons Power Plant: 215 Core Tek Fusion Cruise Speed: 97.2 km/h Maximum Speed: 151.2 km/h Armor Type: Standard Armament: 1 Medium Laser 2 LRM 5s 1 Flamer 2 SRM 2s Manufacturer: (Unknown) Location: (Unknown) Communications System: (Unknown) Targeting & Tracking System: (Unknown) -------------------------------------------------------- Type/Model: Trilobite II/Prototype Mass: 50 tons Equipment: Items Mass Int. Struct.: 25 pts Standard 0 5.00 Engine: 215 Fusion 0 9.50 Shielding & Transmission Equipment: 0 5.00 Cruise MP: 9 Flank MP: 14 Heat Sinks: 10 Single 0 .00 Cockpit & Controls: 0 2.50 Crew: 4 Members 0 .00 Lift Equipment: 0 5.00 Turret Equipment: 0 1.00 Armor Factor: 176 pts Standard 0 11.00 Internal Armor Structure Value Front: 5 40 Left / Right Sides: 5 36/36 Rear: 5 24 Turret: 5 40 Weapons and Equipment Loc Heat Ammo Items Mass -------------------------------------------------------- 1 Medium Laser Turret 3 1 1.00 2 LRM 5s Turret 0 24 3 5.00 1 Flamer Turret 3 1 1.00 2 SRM 2s Turret 0 50 3 3.00 Cargo Bay Capacity Body 1 1.00 -------------------------------------------------------- TOTALS: 6 9 50.00 Items & Tons Left: 6 .00 Calculated Factors: Total Cost: 2,382,333 C-Bills Battle Value: 575 Cost per BV: 4,143.19 Weapon Value: 525 / 525 (Ratio = .91 / .91) Damage Factors: SRDmg = 12; MRDmg = 6; LRDmg = 3 BattleForce2: MP: 9H, Armor/Structure: 0 / 7 Damage PB/M/L: 2/2/1, Overheat: 0 Class: GM; Point Value: 6 Specials: tran1, if