The NecroMech Dossier Core Manual April 2018 - Page 211

In late 1944 the German’s discovered a series of caves on the west coast of Tanafjorden (coordinates: 70.780°N 28.450°E) on the northern coast of Norway and begin building a secret naval base, nicknamed the Ice Box by the workers, with Karl Schmitt as the lead engineer. After Germany’s surrender Karl leads a group back from Berlin, through Peenemünde (Army Research Center, Coordinates: 54.143°N 13.794°E) to pick up some hidden schematics and components, then across the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Bothnia to Oulu in Finland, and finally overland to the undiscovered base. Converted into a technology research center of operation, projects target the reconnaissance of the Wastes, Ash Curtain, and the Otherside as well as retrieval and transportation of Othersiders and/or their tissue. By 1946 the fjord is entirely iced over providing access for an Arado AR 232 heavy transport (nicknamed the Tausendfüßler or “Millipede”), modified to have selectable landing gear options: either a set of 25 ft. skis or the standard multi-wheel undercarriage (11 pairs fitted with low pressure tires). The former allows ice landing while the latter supports landing on rough terrain and ditches up to 5 ft. across. Additional modifications include two on-board cages and a large reserve fuel tank that increases range to 1400 miles; enough to make it across the almost 600-mile-wide Korea Strait and back. Despite the extended range it requires six additional landing strips/fuel dumps en route to New Japan before the final flight leg into the Wastes. Rough terrain landing and takeoff are essential in fulfilling the aircrafts purpose, i.e. to capture and transport Othersiders from the Wastes. This is a superior option to sea-based landings that although optimal for normal personnel movement, by avoiding the inherent risks of the Wastes altogether, is not when it comes to managing “uncooperative” Othersider transport. The return journey requires yet another landing strip/fuel dump on the detour to drop-off cargo at Wewelsburg. Page 211