The Valkyri

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“They was no ladies, that’s for sure.
“We was just doing a simple patrol mission. A D-Bee village
had sprung up in the three weeks since we’d done a Search and
Destroy, so the Lieutenant had us torch it. He had no problems
with us helping ourselves to some loot beforehand — the Skelebots
took care of running out the uglies, so it was no sweat. So
we load up the Mark V with stuff— gold, jewels, booze — them
D-Bees sure knew how to live — and we head back for HQ, with
a little pre-planned stop at the ‘Burbs to sell the stuff.
“Then a land mine explodes under the front wheels and we
figure things ain’t going according to plan no more.
“Four or five or us were on the outside, holding on to the turrets
— it’s,cooler, and we get to see around us. When the Mark
V swerves, me and two other guys get knocked clear off. I musta
bumped my head, ‘cause I blacked out for a few.
“When I come to, it’s all over but the shouting. The Mark V’s
pilot compartment is burning, and the Skelebots are in pieces.
The rest of the squad are all trussed up or dead, and all these
chicks are unloading the loot and CS issue guns and E-Clips,
and stuff. They was piling it on three ATVs, painted in camy.
“I ain’t kidding. All of ‘em were girls! Juicer chicks! They
were having a big laugh as they drove away.
“Did I do anything? Umm. No. I mean, alls I’ve got is my
service laser pistol an’ they’ve got grenade launchers, rocket
launchers, rail guns, bazookas — and hell, they’re Juicers!
Chicks or no. One grunt like me ain’t got a chance ‘gainst them!
So … I… didn’t do anything. My head still felt a little woozy too.
Did I mention that? Well, after they was gone, I got up and untied
the others. I figured the Lieutenant would be pissed off, but
turns out he tried to out shoot one of the Juicer girls. Guess who
lost.
“Look. You can give me and the others latrine detail as our
punishment. Beats going after ’em.”
— Transcript of incident Report
from Private G.B. Sanders
CS Incident number 104-002312.
Note: The organization stats A-N are based on the rules for
creating mercenary organizations as presented in Rifts® Mercenaries.
A. Sponsorship: Criminal: Small-time bandits
B. Outfits: Specialty Clothing: 20 pts.
C. Equipment: Electronic supplies & good gear, medical clinic:
25 pts.
D. Vehicles: Combat cars: 20 pts.
E. Weapons: Extensive weaponry: 40 pts.
F. Communications: Full range system: 15 pts.
G. Internal Security: Tight: 10 pts.
H. Permanent Bases: None
I. Intelligence Resources: Scout detachment, Special Military
Operatives, and Psionic and Magic Operatives: 35 pts.
J. Special Budget: Large Loans: 25 pts.
K: General alignment of personnel: Anarchist: 2 pts.
L. Criminal Activity: Cyber-doc, Expert Assassin, Special
Forces, and Psychic Enforcer: 50 pts.
M. Reputation/Credentials: Known: 10 pts.
N. Salary: Good Salary: 10 pts.
Points Spent: 262 points
Size & Orientation: Large Company
The Valkyri are an all-female band of Juicer mercenaries and
outlaws who are fast becoming legendary in the less civilized areas
of the Midwest. They are a nomadic band, whom most
authorities believe to be no more than one hundred members
strong. In reality, their numbers are three to four times larger!
The illusion that they are a smaller organization stems from the
fact that they frequently divide their numbers into 3-6 smaller
groups operating in different parts of the country, and because
most people tend to underestimate them. Valkyri commonly sell
their services to small independent kingdoms, city-states and
towns, acting as mercenaries, temporary bodyguards, or carrying
out short-term missions. Occasionally, they resort to banditry,
but almost invariably, they attack Coalition States facilities,
towns, and outposts. Most of these raids inflict minimal loss of
life among the Valkyri, but the same can’t be said about their
opponents who often suffer great injury and loss of government
monies and equipment (particularly food, weapons and supplies).
So far, the damage inflicted has not warranted an all-out
hunt for them, but several Coalition officers have a personal
grudge against the Valkyri and will do anything in their power to
destroy them, if given the opportunity.
The group was formed some three years ago when two Hyperion
Juicer sisters, known as the Redstone Twins, intervened in
the lynching of a third female Juicer, Vanessa, falsely accused of
murdering a local lawman. The three held off the lynch mob, escaped
the town, and later proved Vanessa’s innocence. Of
course, at that point they had killed several other townspeople,
so they didn’t endear themselves to the locals, and all three were
branded as outlaws. As they were leaving the town once and for
all, two other women asked to join them; they had endured miserable
lives in the town, and were willing to undergo the Juicer
augmentation and accept an early death in order to escape their
bleak existence.
Before they knew it, they had twenty female Juicers travelling
with them. The high-spirits of most of the Juicer-reborn
women, coupled with the success of the group, made it all
worthwhile and prompted the ladies to consciously recruit more
female members. Every time the Valkyri stop at a town or kingdom,
they look for women who are being abused, rescue them
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from their plight, and offer them membership into the group. A
surprising amount accept and many (35%) become Juicers. Others
(25%) have turned to partial bionic (Headhunters and
‘Borgs) or Crazy augmentation, and a small percentage (5%)
practice magic or possess psychic abilities. The rest don’t get
any augmentation whatsoever. Most stay with the Valkyri for a
while, but after a while, some leave to find their own place in the
world.
The Valkyri are experts at guerrilla and counter-guerrilla warfare.
Although they lack the heavy equipment to fight a pitched
battle against a large army, they are very proficient at luring enemies
into ambushes, hit and run attacks, and infiltrating cities
and camps (some women agents are very adept at looking harmless
and helpless, or seductive, lulling guards’ suspicions). The
group has only a few heavy vehicles and power armor, but do
have a lot of anti-armor weapons like bazookas, rocket launchers,
and flame-throwers, which they use skillfully against better
armed foes.
The company will commit acts of banditry when they cannot
secure gainful employment, but they usually limit their crimes
against the Coalition States, tyrannical kingdoms, and other “deserving”
targets (like Naruni Enterprises). Many nations, including
the CS, have put a price on their heads, and several other
mere companies have tried to collect (and thus far, have failed
every time).
A few weeks ago, the rumors of the Prometheus Treatment
reached the Valkyri. They were intrigued enough to venture
close to the Coalition territories to investigate for themselves.
For more information about the role of the Valkyri in the Juicer
revolt, see the Uprising section.

The Valkyri

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