On the upside, you've been able to deal with any personal matters. In particular, your field commander, Jacob "SnackHappy" has been able to refit his beloved Sasha; in place of one of the (to be honest, redundant) weapon systems, the Gunwolf now has a set of functional Jump Jets, capable of making leaps, and even (crudely) remaining aloft and in flight for brief periods.
"You'll have to forgive the Sergeant. She has been called away at the last minute for an unrelated matter; in the meantime, I will handle your briefing. Fortunately, this is a fairly simple affair."
On one of the screens, a map appears, with a highlighted spot near New Indianapolis. "As some of you may be aware, the Legion has been building a communications network to be able to speak with allies. We want to ensure we can remain in touch with our allies in a variety of potentially adverse circumstances, so we use a mix of purely magical, techno-wizardry and mundane technological communication lines. It's the last one that's at issue at the moment. We have a relay station, here-- He indicates the highlighted spot. "It's part of our link to New Lazlo. Unfortunately, we've lost the signal there and need to find out why. Now, there's not a lot of roadways still intact in this region, due in no small part to ongoing conflicts between Federation and Coalition forces. Neither force controls the region, but both send forays into the area."
He taps a button, and a line appears on the map. "You'll head past Whykin--that's past, not through, folks. The Coalition has been active in that area, something about a Black Market op gone sour. Best to bypass it entirely. Once you get to Merctown, you need to contact James Connelly. The Battle Bikes won't be good in the territory you're heading through, so we've arranged for a new vehicle. You'll leave the bikes with Connelly as collateral, and take the Traveler Caravan he's got prepped for you. There's details on the technical specs for the Caravan in the mission file. Once you get to the station, we need you to repair the machinery and deal with any issues that have arisen. Technical specifications for the signal tower are also in the file. On your return trip, drop off the Caravan, pick up the Battle Bikes, and return here. We anticipate this to be a two- to three-week mission, due to the difficulty of traveling through the territory. Any questions?"