Jade struggled with her Jäger's controls as she slid down a large slope. Sand billowed around her as autocannon fire ripped into the fine silicate. Darting through smaller dunes, she watched in horror as Bart's Elan took a direct hit from a Northern rocket. The buggy exploded in an orange ball of death. She was next.
Spinning on the Gear's foot-mounted wheels, she emptied her pack-gun into the Jaguar coming over the crest. Thick smoke started pumping out of the attacker's side and Jade allowed herself a grim smile. It faded as two Hunters appeared to cover their wounded commander. Tracer shells zipped past her viewscreen and she slammed her Gear into a zigzagging run. It wasn't enough.
A high-caliber shell cracked her Jäger's V-engine housing just before Jade got behind cover. Fuel oil poured onto the sand and all her gages slammed into the red, but the dry well was right where she remembered. She pulled the manual release, grabbed her canteen and rifle, slipped out of her Gear and jumped into the fissure in less than a minute. From there, she could make it out of the battle unseen.
They may have won the first encounter, but the Northern Guard hadn't heard the last of the Desert Wolves.
This Badlands sourcebook provides a wealth of information on the inhabitants of the great desert. A perfect complement to the Terra Nova sourcebook, it focuses on people and events, including most of the principal actors in the desert setting, and emphasizes how their relationships are changing with the move to war. Some highlights of this book include:
- Paxton Arms
- New settlements
- Rover gangs
- The Northern and Southern forces
- The Revisionist Church
- The semi-legendary Sand Riders.