By Chester Seaton, News
1/5- The Colonial Militiamen camped outside of the captured Fort Winstone received a nasty surprise earlier this week, in a horrific turn of events that has militia forces gathering as though they are going to war.
The second colonial cavalry had been waiting for a shipment of Dragonfly aircraft for more than a week. The air craft were an integral part of the cavalry’s plan to retake Fort Winstone, which had been captured by Doctor Argyle Von Grimm last month.
The Dragonflies arrived, but not in a way they had expected or hoped. Militia officials tell us that the train transporting the aircraft to a nearby air field was attacked sixty miles east of its destination by men believed to be part of Von Grimm’s gang. All but two of the air craft were destroyed. The other two were taken, flown off by two bandits who apparently had flight training. One of these pilots matches the description of one Klaus Klaudhopper, who was last believed to be fleeing from Doctor Argyle Von Grimm, as reported by Adella Chatelaine before her disappearance.
The Dragonflies are believed to have arrived at Fort Winstone two hours later, way before any message could hope to arrive. The bandits then proceeded to drop upon the men of the Second Cav the volatile fire jelly they themselves had planned to use on Von Grimm. There are no survivors.
A group of nearby frontier rangers witnessed the aftermath of the massacre, describing the site as a hell-scape of glassed earth and charred flesh, with the bones of men and their horses reaching blackened and smoking into the sky. The rangers then reconnoitered the fort, only to find that Von Grimm and his gang had vacated the structure and retreated into the deep ravines of Sattler Pass to the North West.
Field Marshal Ameron Lassiter claims that this atrocity will be answered in kind.
“The colonial militia is now mustering its full force and plans to march on the frontier,” Lassiter said. “We will flush the Mad Mechanist and his rabble from their holes, even if we have to flatten the northern ravines to do it.”