As the refreshed escapees and Team Echo, now reunited with Sebastian, decamped, they decided to cut across the rough terrain of the Montana hinterlands, making a beeline for Great Falls. They chose this location due to the fact that Michelle’s enemies wouldn’t be looking for her right in the middle of their seat of power, the arez controlled by Baron Tanaka, and she had allies there who could help them as well, easing their passage to Cascade.
The group set out, using their knowledge to make good time during their first day, as well as pushing on past the regular time for setting up camp, in order to minimize their time in Hill People lands. They made camp at a location that, while lacking on the defensive front, allowed them to rest and recuperate up from the hardships of the day’s trek.
The following day, the terrain got a bit rougher, and the group was not able to make as much time as the previous day, and they decided to halt their progress at the allotted time of day, in a campsite very similar to the one used before. During his watch, Sebastian deployed the drone he was carrying in order to scout ahead, and found troubling information: there was a group of Hill People in the hills, smack in the middle of their route. Having given this information to Robert Granger, the soldier decides, after some deliberation with his teammates, to head into the ambush and spring it, since these Hill People would probably track them down and accost them at another time if they decided to go another way, all due to their superior speed, endurance and knowledge of the encompassing area.
It is this way that the party hatched a plan, in which Fredric O’kerrigan, assisted by John Doe, would snipe at enemies from a hillock overlooking the ambush site, while the rest of the group handled the mutants that came at them in close range.
Both groups went their separate ways, however, Fredrick and John got turned around and arrived at a wrong hill, one away from their destination. Robert, and the rest of the group had arrived at the foot of the hill where the ambush would take place. Having been alerted to the ambushers, Robert was able to pick out a couple of them hiding in the shrubbery. As he gave the ready signal and waited for an answer, the lack of an immediate response made his instincts kick into overdrive. He faked stumbling on a rock and adjusting his boots, trying to buy some time, however, he knew that any further delays would arouse suspicion, and so he walked forward. However, as he rounded the first bend, he was able to clearly pick out an amusher, which prompted him to raise his rifle and shoot the mutant, killing it instantly.
Then everything seemed to happen all too quickly. Two mutants leaped down in front of the group, mauling the Sergeant before being brought down. Robert advanced and threw a smoke grenade to confuse the other mutants, receiving a couple of hurled spears for his trouble. Momentarily stunned by this attack, he then fell back to the rest of the group, where he fired his automatic weapon, taking out a couple of the mutants. Meanwhile, Fredrick was already in position, firing at the mutants, with the aid of John as his spotter. Peter moved up a bit and lobbed one of his homemade grenades at a couple of mutants, hurting one and blowing apart an another. Howevwr, a couple of other mutants rushed him and clubbed him to the floor with furious blows, battering him senseless and within an inch of his life, as Robert yelled for the group to fall back.
Seeing his teammate go down prompted Robert to stand next to Peter and try to staunch the bleeding from the grievious wounds, while tne rest of his teammates managed to down the rest of the mutants.
Team Echo had been victorious, but at a high cost.