The Personal Memoirs of Sir James E.B. Stuart is the written recollection of a character from a Role Playing game I am in. James "Jimmy" Stuart is a Centauri Knight, an advanced and skilled soldier outside the normal chain of command who pilots a large robot called an Armored Mobile Frames, or just Frame for short. This is his account of the war he fought that is currently being played out in the RP. The writing right here begins about two years prior to the time of the begining of the RP. This is a work in progress and will most likely go through several edits and updates as it continues.
Ch. 30 The Lai Dame Campaign
To fully know the regiment one most go back prior to its creation. Our history actually begins several years before its commission where Lady venne Bannikberg and her future knights first met each other.
It was 2997 and the Federation had made an advance into the Lai Dame system. At once our forces were sent out to drive the enemy from this contested territory under the command of Military Lord Dain Keller. The enemy had made a sudden strike but as this was not followed up with support and the Centauri garrison there was able to regroup and fight them to a stand still on Lai Dame planet. At this point in time the enemy force numbered 15 ships, 300 frames, among them at least 30 Aces, and a ground force consisting of 20,000 men. Lord Keller’s force was also comprised of 15 warships as well as 5 Knight Regiments among 200 frames and 60,000 men. This fleet was stationed at planet Midwen and would reach Lai Dame in 24 hours after setting off. Combined with the garrison at Lai Dame we well outnumbered the Federation army.
The Lai Dame system is a populated with only two inhabited planets, Lai Dame and Lai Dame Minor, the later often simply referred to as Minor. Lai Dame the fourth planet from the sun and is the primary planet of interest with its large mining facilities coveted by both sides. Minor is the fifth planet and is used as the capital of the system but is also sparsely populated. An asteroid belt separates the two and was heavily defended by the Federation invaders.
It was here that I first met the gallant men and women who would form our regiment. At the time I was attached to no regiment and acted independently of the other Knights. I was required to attend Lord Keller’s Council of War so as to better understand the opposition we faced and to provide my support and say in the matter. Ship Lords and Knights crowded the room and everyone chatted amongst themselves and took their seats while Lord Keller conferred with his aids. When at last he was ready the room fell into silence and Keller laid out his plan. It was his opinion that Lai Dame could not be taken without first going though the asteroid belt that the Federation had laid their defensive works in. Were we to go over it the enemy would attack us from the rear while the fleet around Lai Dame attacked from the front. Time was of the essence, with the planet as their base they could hold out indefinitely until reinforcements arrived at which point they would drive us from the system completely. The asteroid bases had to be taken then. On this everyone agreed on.
Lorraine venne Bannikburg of the Delorean Regiment (the 127th Ossetia) was present with her regimental commander, Sir Johnathan William Pershing. I would come to learn she did not say much in official gatherings. As it was she never spoke throughout the council though I could see clearly she was holding on to every word, taking note of what was said and who said it.
Annabel Vermillion Lee was like myself, a Knight independent of any regiment. For the most part she too remained silent until the discussion turned to the manner in which the battle ships were to be used. Lord Keller’s plan called for a massed barrage against enemy strongholds by the fleet before allowing the gunships and frames to enter the asteroid field. When other lords suggested that instead the fleet should scatter among the frames squads and act as back-up artillery Annabel stood up and vehemently opposed the idea. The matter went on for some time but Lord Keller’s decision, backed by Annabel, was final.
Upon the conclusion of the meeting I made my way over to Annabel to express my admiration for her resolve. She admitted to being surprised at her own forcefulness, she seemed very timid as of that moment and immediately excused herself. I was disheartened and thought I had somehow offended her.
We were due to leave for Lai Dame in 12 hours. I returned to the Reynolds
to make the necessary preparations for battle. Once we left the system there was little for me to do but wait, and I must confess I spent much of this time in communication with my fiancé. Near our arrival time I conferred with the captain of the Reynolds
who told me that we would not be going directly to the asteroid belt but that the fleet would make orbit at Minor to resupply and organize the Centauri force already there into the battle plan.
We arrived in the system on schedule. Completely unaware that the hold outs of Lai Dame Garrison had since been overrun and Minor was now under the control of the Federation.
edited 7th Feb '11 3:47:02 PM by Parable