Art by Sanchiko
The close protection unit assembles outside the Operational Centre, but there's now signs that it may have to run the gauntlet
A short distance away at an ad-hoc landing site, the corporate shuttle awaits. A team (armed with an anti-tank missile launcher) awaits at the barricade and nearby a two-man team equipped with Landmates powersuits patrols
With drones deployed and the Executive arriving at the car, the unit is ready to go
A Sakhan mercenary team pops up on a rooftop and opens fire - the security team see them off in short order
Suddenly the Heymans Yamada Grid goes down - more Sakhans open up from both sides and the rear security team loses it bottle and retreats behind a building
With the Landmate team trying to figure out what's going on, they won't be heading to help out the Executive's protection team soon. The front team heads behind another structure, giving covering fire as they go
One of the Sakhan armoured cars makes a dash across the road, just breaking the security team's missile launcher aimed down its length
A team of Sakhans, joined by a gunbot unit lurks in an alleyway, not ready to take on that perimeter security team, but not feeling confident about those Landmates behind them either
The powersuits get into the action, cutting a swathe through the Sakhan mercs.
With most of the close protection team pinned down, the bodyguards ditch the plan to take the vehicles and start to make their way on foot - presumably the Landmates will join up with them
The second Sakhan armoured car and two light infantry teams combine fire on one of the security teams
That team, now rooftop gets hit pretty bad - in fact with a heavy ant-tank guided missile send into the building it collapses
That building destruction leaves the security teams' defence plan in tatters - and with fire coming in from several angles, there's only a couple of the Heymans Yamada men still standing
The team lying in the rubble are overrun, and none are left alive
The infantry teams with the gunbots in the alleyway have taken a pasting, but a well-aimed shot from the plasma gun has knocked out and killed one of the powersuit pilots
In a race to capture the Executive before aid can reach them (and in an effort to avoid the fire of the now advancing perimeter security team) the armoured car goes offroad around the destroyed building
That perimeter team is making good progress, overrunning a Sakhan sniper team and another four-man fireteam in the wooded area by the road
A Sakhan team corners the Executive and starts to bundle her away
A final last ditch effort by the Heymans Yamada relief team is blocked by the second armoured car driving in front of their line of fire
The second powersuit goes down and a lone Sakhan merc tentatively approches it to check
At the end, someone's going to lose their job at Heymans Yamada - the mercenaries stuck to their task, and things could have gone either way by the end.
One question remains, how did the Grid get knocked down so easily by the rebels...