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General BattleTech Discussion / Re: Attack Challenge
« Last post by JadeHellbringer on Today at 09:53:59 »
Virus, as said, or else toxic metal in the water supply.  It might take a lot of energy output, but shifting the orbital path of a large asteroid by enough to intersect the planet's orbit might also work.  Then again, you could pipe Justin Bieber's music over the planetary communication systems 24/7 until nearly the entire population commits suicide.

Wiping the population off the surface of the planet with military forces leaves behind a rather clear and obvious trail, and a lot of participants or organizers who WILL talk at some point.  It's got to be something that only a handful of people need to be involved in, if you don't want your part in it to become common knowledge.

Yeah, jokes aside you'll never be able to 'sanitize' an entire planet of its population with military force alone, at least without resorting to really drastic measures like NBC options. Just walking Battlemechs around shooting everything will reduce cities to rubble and kill a whole mess of people, for sure, but you'll never wipe them all out that way- people have a remarkable capacity to survive in situations like that. See: Kentares.

Biological/chemical agents are the best option, hitting the water supply (which many worlds lack sufficient clean water to being with, remember) is probably the best bet (as mentioned above). Something nasty in there, and people either die of thirst, die of the chem/bio agent, or leave to find somewhere else. You want to make sure it's something that's either naturally plausible- for example, a virus based on something the world already has, a mutated version of a flu bug for example- or alternatively something that points at someone who isn't you (maybe a chemical agent that the Draconis Combine has used in the past, so you can at least point the finger and say "hey, isn't that the same stuff Kurita used...?")
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To me, the novels have either revolved closely around the tiny circle of royalty at the top of the pecking order, or else focused on the oddities and exceptions within the IS and Clan societies.  As a result, they really don't give a good feel for how the majority of a faction lives or what makes them any different from other factions.
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General BattleTech Discussion / Re: Attack Challenge
« Last post by Crackerb0x on Today at 09:52:49 »
Without having to fear interdiction, a bio weapon would be best - go old fashioned and aerosalize a designer strain of measels or some other very deadly disease (the more the culture of the planet emphasizes social gatherings and large house holds the better). Bring in a clean up wet-work crew to finish off survivors. Might want to start, though, bribing or putting pressure on a tech or two at the Comstar compound to sabotage the HPG or even just car bomb it so word doesn't get off planet. Put up some sort of satellite or ground based communication system to warn off any trading ships coming in.

Since it's on a trade route, this also leads me to believe drop ships would already be on the ground. When the attack starts. I would either hide aerospace forces just outside the planet to attack any leaving dropship and cripple it to prevent it from leaving, commandos to hijack the ships and prevent them from ever lifting off or BattleMechs to kidnap some token equipment and people, cripple the dropships and make it look like a pirate raid. Execute the people being kidnapped afterwards and burn the bodies to tie up loose ends.

EDIT: OR psychotropics in the water /food supply. Cripple dropships and let them kill each other.
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Shun the nonbeliever!
SHUUUUUUN!
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"Stop firing that thing at us!"

"You have mimetic camo, we can't see you! Put out a smoke grenade or something so we know where not to shoot!"

"Then the Clanners see us!"

"Hey, I'M creating solutions, YOU'RE creating problems here!"
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Ground Combat / Re: TSM - Why isn't it more common?
« Last post by Kharim on Today at 09:44:55 »
The biggest problem with TSM is not in maintaing heat, it is with enemy bringing heat seeking missiles as a counter. Being at 9 heat means being 1 easier to hit for heat seekers. So basically if somebody uses TSM all the time, then counter strategy is obvious.
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General BattleTech Discussion / Re: Attack Challenge
« Last post by Kovax on Today at 09:44:30 »
Virus, as said, or else toxic metal in the water supply.  It might take a lot of energy output, but shifting the orbital path of a large asteroid by enough to intersect the planet's orbit might also work.  Then again, you could pipe Justin Bieber's music over the planetary communication systems 24/7 until nearly the entire population commits suicide.

Wiping the population off the surface of the planet with military forces leaves behind a rather clear and obvious trail, and a lot of participants or organizers who WILL talk at some point.  It's got to be something that only a handful of people need to be involved in, if you don't want your part in it to become common knowledge.
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MechWarrior: Age of Destruction / Re: Undead Lance?
« Last post by wantec on Today at 09:43:35 »
Didn't several of these guys get write ups in the various 3145 TROs under the Notable Mechwarriors? I'm sure the Mortis and at least one other did
It looks like only the Cadaver got one, in the 3145:Mercs pdf. The others had some of the MWDA Solaris pilots.
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General BattleTech Discussion / Re: Attack Challenge
« Last post by JadeHellbringer on Today at 09:42:54 »
Announce a 50 C-bill prize to the first person to swim to the bottom of a volcano.
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Off Topic / Re: Aviation Pictures Part Deux
« Last post by JadeHellbringer on Today at 09:41:59 »
Oh ye gods, what did they do to that poor thing... man, at least make the cowlings match, that just looks awful. My OCD is screaming at me.
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