Hmm, makes me wonder if any of them would recognize Angela and the Ragnarok since they have been in the arena for 3-5 years or so?
I was thinking Deepika would recognize the mech, and only then put two and two together and figure out who Angela is. My logic is that although she has little interest in mechs or arena fighting herself, she lives with other mech pilots, and at least some of them have to be enthusiasts. And she's probably been forced to sit through some matches with her colleagues. She could probably name the top mechs, and the championship winners for the last couple of years, and maybe even the pilots of a few, but anything below the "world cup of mech fighting" is beneath her radar. (So, depending on how much success Angela has had, Deepika might even recognize her on sight.)
By the same logic, she would probably be at least peripherally aware of who Athena is. Or if not not who she is specifically, she would recognize the company. She won't recognize her or or anything, but once she hears the name, or maybe the company, or gets some other clues, she'll probably put it together.
As for Ralhend's character - I read that he's going to be a soldier too? If so then Deepika could either know him or not know him, or maybe they just met as they were loading their mechs, etc..
The transport in question, if I understand correctly, is NOT a military transport. That said, I understand that this transport will be shot at and damaged, but not so much for a crash. Rather, it will jettison ALL cargo to lighten the load and make it to safety. When the characters find themselves on the ground, it'll be just them and whatever supplies they can scavenge. Beyond that, the only help they can expect is from freedom fighters and resistance groups. However, I imagine they would only help them if our characters help the groups.
If there are mobile field bases, they'll be used by the warring factions and the only way to get to them would be to take out the people guarding them. Even then, taking control and attempting to escape with the mobile base is asking to be killed.
Yeah, the concept I was playing with is that it's the space plane equivalent of this
. (Although obviously much
smaller, because it's airborne. That ship holds 18,000+ containers. Our plane would hold maybe a thousand.)
It's a civilian transport, and Deepika is just renting some space on it to transport her mech (intending to get reimbursed by the military for the costs). Just like IRL, the military often piggybacks on civilian facilities to save costs. (And of course, the fact that it's a civilian transport is why Angela and Athena are on board.)
(And though it's not set in stone yet, if we decide the transport is coming from the Moon, Deepika's excuse for being on board was that she had to get Lunar gravity certification in order to get her Captain's stripes. She's just returning from her cert tests.)
I was figuring that ground-to-orbital weapons are very, very rare, and very, very expensive - only true armies of large and relatively wealthy countries normally have them, not your average tin-pot dictator or small terrorist group. So it's a hell of a surprise when someone launches such a weapon at the transport. At least at the start, no one will have any idea who did it or why.
At any rate, the transport gets hit, and can't make a safe descent loaded, so it has to jettison the cargo. (After that, it probably goes on to make a safe landing, in safe territory.) We'll drop down in the containers, land "safely", and then be on our won.
However, I was thinking somewhat along the same lines as Ralhend - we probably will need some sort of mobile support. I was thinking what we'd do is eventually raid an enemy supply base, and steal one of their trucks. We'll load it up with whatever ammo and supplies we need, strap my character's mech to it (assuming she's got the smallest one), and she'll drive it. (Though, being an unarmed vehicle, it will also have autodrive.)
I'd like to hear Saria's opinion....
Actually, I kinda like the idea. I can see something like that being explored by a research group as "the future of combat mech technology". It's a plug-and-play system, which allows for lots of adaptability to fulfil multiple combat roles. The power suit is perfect for urban combat, but pretty weak at open-field combat... the large mech is perfect for open-field combat, but not-so-great for urban control... it seems a logical design evolution to attempt to get the best of both worlds. Plus, you could have entirely different outer frames to link into, for entirely different terrain and combat roles. It's a great idea that would certainly be attractive for research.
Of course, in reality, such a system would be a hard sell to the military. To quote a famous "engineer": The more they overthink the plumbing, the easier it is to stop up the drain. Every new "thing" you add to weapons platform is a new thing that can fail... which means more systems that can fail at a bad time, a worse combat/maintenance ratio, more expensive repairs after a scuffle, etc.. A mech-within-a-mech would strike most military leaders as two headaches for the price of one (at least
two headaches, because each part of the mech would be a headache, and then the interface between them would be yet another headache). So it makes perfect sense that even if this technology is possible, it's not widely used (if at all).
But the system has so many benefits, some
genius is surely going to try to implement and perfect it. Sounds good to me. It actually works quite well with Athena's background - it makes sense she's working on something decades beyond what is actually in service.
Actually, one thing that might keep her busy for the first while is that her mech is sorely lacking armouring, and other bells and whistles, like proper linking for its targeting systems (so that she can share targeting and mapping data with teammates) and so on. After all, it's just a prototype. One of the things she could do in the early game is frantically try to bolt on stuff - like armour and other systems - to make it real-world combat ready. For that, she might require the assistance of Ralhend's character, forcing them into an alliance.
Deepika will not be thrilled to have an experimental mech among her assets. (Or a theorist
(said with dripping disdain)
.) But if that's the hand she's been dealt, that's the hand she'll play.