A Protectorate pathfinder team, somewhere in the fringes of the Road. These teams use a motley variety of vehicles and equipment, and are tasked with monitoring the fluctuations of the Road and investigating the realms it borders.
Yeah, the large size of the vehicle for what's essentially a radio picket and pioneer role is something I hoped to use to emphasize the archaism of Etongi stuff and the old feeling that things on the Iron Road have.
Contemporary equipment is a very different and in some ways stranger thing than anything the Protectorate can drag out of their closet. Smaller, more capable, but with a certain absurd edge to it all. I mean, you get military robots made by the Roomba people and controlled with Xbox controllers!