(26 January 3049)
2613. Thatâ€™s 436 years, gents. Over four centuries Semier Data Tron has built the Fortress-class DropShip, and now her lineâ€™s put out to pasture like yesterdayâ€™s curdled milk. Makes a grown spacer misty-eyed.
Now you might be asking yourself, â€œWhy is olâ€™ Hardenson talking about a DropShip?â€ I could probably add to thatâ€¦â€œwhy am I talking about such a rare ship?â€
Well, let me tell you. Most mercs gotta find themselves a DropShip. Sure, thereâ€™s a few of you dumb enough to completely rely on your employer for DropShip support. But you might as well sign up as regular House troops at that pointâ€¦not much making you different. Not to mention youâ€™re left at the mercy of your employer if a drop zone gets too hot. No thank you, gents.
Nope, you gotta find yourself a DropShip, even if she might be a bucket-o-bolts you pray to every time you light off her fusion drive.
And if youâ€™re luckyâ€¦and I mean real luckyâ€¦you might have a chance at snagging a Fortress. (Or try and sweet-talk Barrettâ€™s Fusiliers or the Dragoons out of one of their treasures.)
â€œWhy wouldnâ€™t I just want an Overlord if Iâ€™m gunning for a big DropShip?â€ I can hear you saying. Because, in my not-so-humble opinion, the Fortress is a far more well-rounded gal. She may be several thousand tons lighter than the Overlord, but she carries a combined-arms complement and has three times the cargo space. Not to mention the trick-up-her-sleeve of the Long Tom artillery piece in her nose, which can make all the difference. Letâ€™s not forget what the six Elvidner Fortresses did to the Second Sword Oâ€™ Light during the Fourth War!
Now I know sheâ€™s rare. Which is gonna make her expensive to acquire in the first place. Not to mention upkeep is gonna be a royal, cast-iron bitch to deal with, seeing as parts are as scarce as a charitable Elsie.
But gents, if the chance ever presents, donâ€™t leave anything on the tableâ€¦you play your best hand and get one of the best olâ€™ DropShips in service to ensure you bring your boys home after every mission.
Keep it locked and loaded, gents.
â€”Jacob Hardenson, MercNet