As the interrogation of Sims continues – Colonel Vail radios in to inform the party that two Leopard-class dropships were coming out of the star’s radiation shadow and were twenty hours out from Persephone 3. The party scrambles to prepare for their arrival. Vail’s mech lance and Janks’ marines deploy around the landing strip in the event one of the dropships attempt to make a landing. Stella and Mitch in their Shivas and Becker commanding the Coyote engage the dropships and their fighter escorts.
While waiting for the action to come to the ground, Janks has a flashback.
A brief battle occurs in orbit – the four Stiletto fighters launched from the dropships are destroyed and the armed Leopard – the Dervish – is damaged, with its transit drives destroyed. Both dropships surrender and land at or near McTavish’s Hope.