If you're looking for me, you better check under the sea.

Yu Jing
Yue Fei
VS Nomads

"We absolutely will make no move to protect Edda, unless all the nations of this human sphere sign our legal agreement to guarantee the smooth operation of all present and future Pan Oceanian sandcastle competitions!"

Silencing his feed of the diplomatic channels, Hsien Yue Fei had seen enough of the negotiations to know how this would end. Pan Oceania would huff, and puff, and try and extract ridiculous concessions before pushing the talks to collapse. While they did seem to have the material and troops to take on the Combined Army forces in Edda, it was obvious that, once again, they felt like they had to jealously horde their favourite territorial baubles and prioritize "revenge" on the rest of the human sphere instead of committing to the fight where they were obviously needed.

With the defence of the Master Clock at Huaqiao proceeding relatively smoothly, he had planned a covert operation to take him away from the drudgery of writing diplomatic missives. Several months ago a report attempting to track down a stolen shipment of Monthong Durian near Montalban had crossed his virtual desk. The Durian had never been found, a tragedy, but the report also noted that ROV submersibles had spotted what looked like a covert underwater laboratory in the area. It might be nothing, but the Nomads had been making a lot of noise about illegally held Orca pilots being held captive in Montalban. If the DIU could breach the laboratory and find evidence that supported their claims it would legitimize the Nomad assaults on Montalban in front of the O-12 [1].

A hasty plan had been made to neutralize the force of angry Helot troops that would likely be defending a facility like this. Celestial Zhou had requisitioned a small submarine, (the 萊夫·埃里克松) and jury rigged a boarding apparatus at the front of the sub containing harnesses for her squad of Kuang Shi. When they docked with the airlock of the lab, breaching charges would blow, the harnesses would unlock and the Kuang Shi squad's conditioning would trigger a surge into the facility. Their chain rifles could knock out enemy guards no matter how quickly they could fire back. Other team members could deploy more cautiously with their their rebreathers and transfer research materials to the teams pangguling remotes. Last but not least, they'd brought a small WarCor remote along to get pictures of anything they couldn't take away with them.

As the sub prepared to dock with the lab though, a starboard proximity alarm triggered. Checking the viewport, Yue Fei saw the small eyes of a large Walrus, which was lazily hanging in the water and peering back in at him. At least it was a normal size, and nothing like the beast they'd encountered back in New Hypatia. Judging by his experience normal marine life shouldn't be a problem, so he gave the signal to start the boarding operation.

[1] Though, it had to be argued that the O-12 itself held little legitimacy, given the events unfolding in Edda and the wheeling and dealing they were doing with the Combined Army to try and retain a shred of relevance.

[Yu Jing chose first turn and Bakunin, perhaps rather unwisely, chose to almost null deploy on the other side of sealab. Deployment zones were only 4", so it was actually really hard to deploy inside the building and one of the Pangulling's was forced outside.] ]
One of the Pangguling total reaction remotes managed to set itself up in a useful spot touching a biotechvore antenna. The WarCor bot was stuck outside, in the water.

The breaching charge blew and the Kuang Shi, somewhat accustomed to straining at their harnesses, suddenly found themselves free to run forward. They shot forwards into the lab as fast as they could, until a Morlock dodged out in front of them, threatening them with his own chain rifle.

Following behind the Kuang Shi, Hsien Yue Fei quickly shot down the Morlock with his Multi Marksman Rifle, without stopping to think why a Pan Oceanian would be cosplaying with a Tomahawk instead of some kind of Excalibur sword.
With the threat of return fire removed, the lead Kuang Shi made it into the enemy backlines, and chain rifled two moderators. The furthest Moderator, miraculously made it's first dodge, then shot down the Kuang Shi when it chain rifled a second time, somehow impervious to the two chain rifle hits it received.

[Yu Jing turn 1 had killed 3 Bakunin models, though amazingly the invincible moderator also appeared to be the Nomads lieutenant. The remainder of the Kuang Shi Link and Hsien Yue Fei set up to cover the Panic Room at the center of the marine complex, with one Pangguling adding combi rifle AROs. Something large swims past outside the sealab and demolishes one of the Pangguling and the Warcor robot.]

Kuang Shi celebrate some early murders, and set up to cover the central objective room.
A Morlock moves impetuously up outside the sealab, hoping to swim straight into the center room.
The Riot Grrl link moves up, with Uhahu firing a pitcher into the objective room. Unfortunately this allows one of the Kuang Shi to dodge and threaten Uhahu, Avicenna and one of the Riot Grrls.]
The Morlock pops in, attempting to shoot the Kuang Shi, but is immediately shot by Hsien Yue Fei. The Kuang Shi's armor saves it, and the Riot Grrl link is in a tough position.
A Riot Grrl with a boarding shotgun takes point, moving forward and triggering four chain rifle blasts, two of which sweep back towards Avicenna and Uhahu... who both manage lucky dodges into total cover. The Riot Grrl with the shotgun is not so lucky, and completely evaporates.

A second Riot Grrl with a spitfire moves into the same spot and kills one of the Kuang Shi, taking a wound from the other one.

[Bakunin turn 1 didn't go well, dropping a repeater and only killing one Kuang Shi in exchange for two, much more expensive models.]

Hsien Yue Fei, forgetting the enemy repeater, moves to kill the enemy Riot Grrl. Uhahu manages to Carbonite him through the repeater. The Pangguling remembers that it can simply shoot the repeater, giving Yue Fei a chance to reset and kill the Riot Grrl with the Spitfire.
This gives another Kuang Shi a chance to take a run at the enemy lieutenant. The moderator successfully evades all the pistol shots, dodges into combat with the Kuang Shi and immobilizes it with a PARA weapon.

[Turn passes back to Bakunin, who only have a couple of orders to spend. They make good use of them, with Uhahu putting up White Noise and wounding Yue Fei, who fails guts out of her line of fire. Uhahu can't quite dodge to the central room, even with O-12's Prestige]

Then, the unthinkable happens. The Moderator Lieutenant savagely kicks the paralyzed Kuang Shi out of the way and moves to take a potshot at Hsien Yue Fei. Somehow he slips, stumbles out of cover and is hit with pinpoint accuracy in a weakened spot of armor plate. With a heavy thump, he falls to the floor, quite dead.

[Well, that was an unexpected end to Bakunin turn 2... Hsien Yue Fei, hero of Durgama and leader of the Yu Jing crisis committee, dropped by a lucky potshot from a BS 10 Moderator. He was in cover, shooting back two shots on 17s, took one critical hit and failed two armor saves at damage 6! A reminder anything can and will die in Infinity!]

Celestial Zhou enacts immediate and final revenge against the Moderator Lieutenant, with precisely placed Combirifle shots.
One of the Kuang Shi eagerly tries to please Celestial Zhou by gunning down a child soldier. Regrettable, but probably still best if first hand accounts of this mission don't get spread too widely. Also... who uses child soldiers. Really Bakunin?

[Despite Loss of Lieutenant for Yu Jing, the game ends with no models remaining for Bakunin in turn 3. What a bloodbath.]

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