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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #780 on: 05 June 2017, 17:34:27 »
Hoooooooooly shuzbutt!  An assassination of the Khan and upper leadership and many of the bloodnamed...once the Bears find out who did this they are gonna go berserk.

Who ever did this might as well have gone 'you know what..frak it' and thrown a nuke into the mix..just for added spice O_o

And the Falcons are crossing the borders again, the Lyrans really are not getting any breaks, but at least their fleets in a stronger position than it was a few years ago. 

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #781 on: 06 June 2017, 03:48:23 »
Looks like a Wobbie attack on the Bears, as they have done this before.
Is there anything left of the Lyrans, they are really hurting.
So Falcons, Wolves and Nova Cats attack and Ghost Bears get attacked.
Interesting month. O0
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #782 on: 06 June 2017, 11:21:18 »
Marauder getting a nuke past security was a bit difficult a walking bomb easier

Snakespinner where said bomb came from well I'll answer that eventually promise

No more updates due for a week or so I'm going on a little trip and internet access will be spotty at best

Please continue to speculate or ask questions if you fancy I'll answer when I get the chance updates will continue towards back end of month with the end of 3109 and beyond.  Some great stuff coming including contributions from marauder and Vition in the near future

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #783 on: 06 June 2017, 14:38:37 »
The Bear's states of Agitation



We're currently on stage 2.  When they find out who did this they will go straight to stage 4.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #784 on: 06 June 2017, 15:20:26 »
I think I know who done it, but total supposition on my part.  (and I might have given him the idea, but probably not)

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #785 on: 08 June 2017, 01:09:03 »
well... Bears.... closed borders and paranoia, and then once they have a target, oh.... no mercy there. ... wow. still... man... about time the bears got a kick in the balls  :'(

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #786 on: 08 June 2017, 04:33:26 »
I wonder if some clues could be planted pointing to the DC.
Now that would be interesting.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #787 on: 08 June 2017, 09:05:46 »
I wonder if some clues could be planted pointing to the DC.
Now that would be interesting.
I don't know: suicide bombing is more Loki than DEST, so I'd say someone could be trying to pin it on the Lyrans.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #788 on: 08 June 2017, 23:21:28 »
well... from top of my head, i could only think of maybe two or three factions who could actually turn bones into bombs in a living human being... maybe you should look to these groups first, guys :D

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #789 on: 11 June 2017, 18:46:44 »
 O:-)

I didn't say anything...

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
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« Reply #791 on: 17 June 2017, 14:41:55 »
awesome update!!  Nice to read about the status of WD!

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Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #792 on: 17 June 2017, 21:04:13 »
If I may ask, what is the current location and status of the Alpha Team and the Charlestown Chiefs?
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« Reply #793 on: 18 June 2017, 23:34:08 »
If I may ask, what is the current location and status of the Alpha Team and the Charlestown Chiefs?

I'll provide answers to both here along with other units as I go

http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php?topic=57910.new#new

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #794 on: 13 July 2017, 03:24:01 »
December 3109 - again

Finally an update with some Falcon trouble from marauder and some trouble for the Draconis Combine by Vition - thanks to both for their contributions

Command and Control
Snow Raven, Snow Raven-class Battleship
Dante, Raven Alliance
5th December 3109


“My Khan, we have received the Dragon’s response,” his commtech reported, forwarding it to the khan’s console.

Reading the reply, Khan Vir Sukhanov looks up, “It is as I expected, they have rebuffed our last proposal, they will not budge.  The Dragon has brought this on themselves by refusing to surrender the systems rightfully ours.  Send the order to begin Operation Portent.  Then prepare the jump to Kazanka.”  It was time to fulfill his promise to the Alliance.

 The Snow Raven along with its escorts jump through the occupied zone, using an uninhabited star as a quick stop before using their LFBs to jump to Kazanka.

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Shortly thereafter, seven of their nine galaxies move around the occupied zone, with four of them preparing to begin the invasion.  Gamma and Delta Galaxies are preparing a pincer move to cut off the Combine’s easy access to the rest of the pocket.  While, the Outworlds and Long Road Galaxies were preparing to push into the pocket itself each of these four are bolstered by a trio of warships, a Potemkin-class troop cruiser and a pair of destroyers, frigates, or cruisers.  This causes the borders with the Federated Suns and the periphery to be lightly defended, but the Federated Suns focus on the Combine and Confederation and the periphery having been scoured of pirates, neither are considered threatened.
The rest of the fleet had been assigned to one of four groupings, the Fleet Command Star, Montbatton Naval Assault Star, Corsair Star, or the reserve Cruiser Star.  The Fleet Command Star would be positioned in Kazanka to bolster the coreward assault, with the William Adams detached to Chirala as a quick warning for an expected Combine counter-attack.  The Montbatton Naval Assault Star would be basing out of Dante, boosting the system’s defenses as well as providing support to the rimward edge of the assault.  The Corsair Star would function similarly to privateers, hitting military targets of opportunity as the situations arose.  Lastly the Cruiser Star would be sent to bolster the Spinward assault as soon as the many newer ships passed their shakedown tests.

Clan Wolf Raids
Star League Protectorate
18th December 3109


   In what could only be described as the first probing raids Clan Wolf assault the Star League Protectorate worlds of Marcus and Nathan marking their first attempts at striking Star League held territory.  Both worlds are under defended by the SLDF with only Guard Regiments and mercenary commands defending them but the Wolves have no intention on attempting to hold the planets instead they practice insertion runs and planetary landings against the worlds testing their aerospace defences and the SLDF Guard’s willingness to try and resist invasion.  In both cases the Wolves retreat from the planetary surfaces within hours of their initial landings retreating quickly towards their Jump Points.  In neither of the attacks do the Wolves declare their intentions, announce a Batchall with the defenders or fight along the lines of Zellbrigen.

   Days after the Wolf raids Mizar announces it has joined the Star League Protectorate.  The binary holiday world had reportedly been straining under the high taxes levied by Skye and House Kelswa-Steiner and the lack of development in the world and defence from new technologies.  On the other hand the Star League Protectorate was offering a standing guard and advanced technologies to defend Mizar from all threats that could come to threaten their leisurely lifestyle.

Second Battle of Donegal
Donegal, Donegal Province
Lyran Commonwealth
21st December 3109


   In the annuals of history what has been dubbed the Second Battle of Donegal will go down as a footnote.  In what was little more than a reinforcement of both the Jade Falcon and Lyran Commonwealth positions turned into a pitched battle as both sides picked areas within striking distance of their opposition and both suffered losses as opportunistic warriors attempted to gain glory on both sides.

   On the morning of the 21st Lyran reinforcements landed on Donegal’s North Eastern Flatlands trying to take advantage of the large open area which thus far had been untouched by Falcon invasion.  Unfortunately just because an area has been untouched does not mean it is still not hazardous as Jade Falcon aerospace forces harassed Lyran DropShips belonging to the Second Royal Guards RCT as the unit attempted to reinforce the defenders positions there.  Only the heavy Lyran aerospace fighter wings and assault DropShips assigned to the RCT stopped the Jade Falcons causing heavy damage to the command but even then a Gazelle was forced into a crash landing which resulted in a fireball which killed the crew and destroyed the crew, a Union-class vessel landed heavily crushing its Mechbay door trapping the Mech Company inside for several hours, and three other DropShips sustained enough damage to force them to return to orbit to effect temporary repairs.

   On the evening of the same day the Jade Falcon’s Fourteenth Talon Cluster landed at Mair’s Farm south west of the capital in a cattle field.  The landing of the Cluster’s DropShips appeared to be uncontested initially but that only lasted until the last Union C-class DropShip touched down.  As the DropShips began to disembark from their DropShips command-detonated mines buried throughout the area by the defenders were detonated instantly killing the first units to disembark and two of the DropShips while damaging several others.  The Lyrans were not finished as scout teams equipped with target accusation gear guided in wave after wave of artillery which destroyed the remaining DropShips amd the remaining Falcons of the Fourteenth Talon.

Jade Falcon Raid
Westerstede, Donegal Province
Lyran Commonwealth
22nd December 3109


“Gotcha you son of a…!”  Staff Sargent Greer could not help but celebrate as he caught the bright green and yellow Puma in his sights.  His Wolfhoud 2H computer chimed as he fired his Mech’s heavy PPC, the bolt of energy a brighter white/blue thanks to the added power provided by the capacitor worked into the heavy cannon.  Ignoring the surge of heat that flooded the cockpit he added both ER mediums to the mix and was rewarded with a heavy explosion as the Puma’s missile ammo went up, its right arm falling away before the Clan Mech staggered and collapsed in a welter of smoke and fire. 

“Danger close! Danger close!”  The Mech’s computer, the good ‘ol Bitching Betty had picked up the next Clan Mech before Greer had even brought his Warhound around.  It was one of the Falcon’s newer ones that some MechWarriors called ‘Chicks’ due to their stunted, vestigial arms but long legs which gave them a strange appearance and a weird gait when they moved.  The Clanner was at the apex of its jump, ATM’s and ER lasers flaring, cutting divots into Greer’s Mech’s armour, blasting chunks of dirt out of the ground around him as several of the missiles missed but enough hit to cause worry. 

The 2H packed a wallop but the Mech’s coolant system was working overtime to deal with the heat surge of his near alpha strike against the Puma growling, Greer threw his Mech into reverse, buying space and time, answering the Clanner’s fire with a neat cut across its chest from one of his lasers even that caused another heat bloom to enter the cockpit.

But the gaudily painted Clanner wasn’t giving him an inch, it closed the distance, pelting him with light laser fire that would have murdered infantry but was also slowly nibbling through the armour on his Mech’s chest and arms before it reared back and there was an almighty CLANG then a horrific screeching of metal on metal.

“What the hell!”  Greer screamed as he fought to control his BattleMech as metal connected with metal as the Falcon’s BattleMech kicked his Wolfhound with its own.

“Whats up Sarge?”

“This bastard kicked me!” Clanner’s didn’t kick, they didn’t punch unless they REALLY had to and even then you could see they hated it, but this damn Chick had gone and deliberately charged and kicked.  Greer snarled, mashing his finger down on the firing stud for his particle cannon, the blast cutting the Clanner’s ATM ‘arm’ off in a blast but the Chick kept coming as another wave of heat threatened to overwhelm the Wolfhound’s systems Greer slammed the heat override determined that heat would not kill him.  “McCaffrey, get your ass over here, gonna need help, my legs shot, knee’s out, lower legs damaged and he crushed some of the coolant flow systems!”  He warned properly seeing the damage done to his BattleMech this was a fight he wasn’t going to win alone he just hoped the Falcons hadn’t learned concentrated fire along with their physical attacks, so far it didn’t look like it but who the hell knew with these unpredictable Falcons.  Even as McCaffrey turned to assist Greer saw the Falcon BattleMech charge in again this time firing its remaining ATMs and lasers on approach he knew what was coming as the Falcon BattleMech kicked out again at his damage leg snapping the Wolfhound’s limb above the knee.  With an opponent willing to engage in physical attacks Greer had no choice but to eject and hope that the Clan warrior would not try and swat his cockpit module from the sky.  He ejected he saw McCaffrey’s Hollander II blow the back out of the Jade Falcon BattleMech with his gauss rifle ending the Clansmen’s fight.

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The Falcon assault on Westerstade was deemed a success, a spoiling attack against Lyran forces that had been building up for a presumed counter-stroke against the Falcon advance and further threatened the defences around Donegal and Tharkad.  The Turkina Keshik supported by the Falcon’s Nest the Falcons had hit with the intent of raiding, not conquering.  The Korbin’s Kommandos Mercenary Battalion and the Lyran Militia put up a brave fight but with aerospace superiority lost to the Falcons they were corralled, cut off and ravaged.  With their units damaged and supplies wrecked the Lyran counter attack was thrown into ruin and the Falcon’s withdrew as quickly as they came, only pausing to salvage their own losses, not bothering to take any of the Lyran or Mercenary Mechs with them save to make sure they were wrecked beyond reasonable repair.

Star Captain Victor Malthus saluted as Khan Jana Pryde came into the planning room.  Some joked that he was an Elemental that got placed in the wrong Sibko, others said there was Jaguar blood in his veins, but no one ever said that to his face.  If they did, they wouldn’t be alive for much longer.  The big blond Mechwarrior was devoted to Khan Ward and was part of her Command Star despite his modest rank.  Instead of seeking a higher rank, even though it would have been easy to win one, he had spent his time and energy making sure the Khan stayed alive both on the battlefield and off.

His modified Jade Hawk a yellow and deep crimson brute he called ‘Sabertooth’ did little to dissuade the whispers about his blood origin, but no one would argue with his effectiveness.

“My Khan”

“Ahh, Star Captain, I wonder if I should reprimand you.”

“Why my Khan?”  He asked with false confusion.

“I had that Mech trying to flank me; once I dispatched her colleague she was next.”

“Aff, but I saw her as a threat, and you were having too much fun ripping that Atlas apart…I thought it…prudent, after all I did not want to end your sport.”

She snorted but grinned “Aff, I do enjoy the responsiveness of the Grand Summoner but I miss my Flamberge.”  She said knowing fine the new heavy OmniMech was exactly what she and her Clan needed in a Mech.

“You are the Khan; you can take what ever you want.”

“Hmm… A good point Star Captain… my quarters, fifteen minutes.”  Jana Pryde said smiling knowingly at the big warrior.
Star Captain Victor grinned broadly “I will consider that an order my Khan, and will see you soon and I will take the liberty of clearing your schedule... for at least the next two hours after."

"Feeling bold Star Captain?"  She asked turning to walk down the corridor away from the big warrior.

"Always my Khan, I am a Falcon" he said loud enough for her and anyone else in earshot to hear Jana Pryde didn’t care if anyone else knew of their plans to couple Victor Malthus’ self confidence could only be good for her Clan’s morale.

In Transit to Jump Point
Wild Swan, Potemkin-class Troop Cruiser
Dante, Raven Alliance
23rd December 3109


Anger and excitement clashed in his head as different aspects of the mission bore into his mind.  He and his Thirteenth Stoop were to be invading Morthac, but the glory wouldn’t be his alone, along with him travelled the Thirty-third Raven Battle Cluster and the Fourth Raven Guards.  Both were new formations with only a smattering of true veterans though many of the rest were skimmed from the premier sibko cadets of the Alliance training facilities.  By all rights and traditions the position of galaxy commander should have been his.  But the khan had deemed otherwise.

The upcoming conflict would be a test of each star colonel’s metal, and he or she who was best performing would earn the rank and position of Delta’s galaxy commander.  To Bran’s particular chagrin, the Star Colonel of the Fouth Raven Guards was a recent graduate of Columbia Academy on Alpheratz, and not even bloodnamed!

Each cluster had already been assigned their targets, with the Thirteenth Stoop pulling the command battalion of the Ryuken-san, the Fourth Guards targeting the second battalion of the Ryuken-san, and the Thirty-third being left the pickings of the command battalion of the Second Midway Regulars.  With the greater chance at glory Bran MacTiernen was ready for battle.

HPG Transmission, Imperial Palace
New Samarkand, Tabayama Prefecture
Midway Military District, Draconis Combine
26th December 3110


“My lord Minoru Kurita, I feel the need to update you on the situation here along the Raven border,” Tai-shu Ivor Stollarude, the Warlord’s representative on New Samarkand, began nervously, pausing to gather himself.
“Speak,” the Warlord’s word was quiet but held the full weight of the leader of the Draconis Combine.

“We’ve received reports of the Ravens moving much of their forces around the occupied zone, including mobilizing most of their warship forces around the area.  Akira has assumed command of the forces nearby and ordered a temporary reorganization of our warship forces.  He’s currently cutting orders to ten regiments, and all ten of the nearby warships.  He appears to be readying them for a counter-attack, once the Ravens have committed.”

“Hmm, the whelp is molting and showing some teeth…” Minoru Kurita muses to himself, to Ivor. “Allow Akira to spread his wings, we were never going to hold those systems anyways, we just needed them to prepare our listening posts.  You will serve as his aide; you are to make sure we don’t suffer too much from the conflict.  Allow the forces to meet the Ravens in battle, but order them to cede the systems to the Ravens after blooding them.  Akira will learn to temper his actions.  Keep me up to date on the conflict.”

“Absolutely my lord” Ivor confirms as Minoru cuts the line.  ‘This will be an excellent test of the future coordinator’s strategic abilities’ Minoru thought as he turns back to the reports around the Terran corridor.

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Around the occupied zone and the area surrounding New Samarkand, Combine troops ready themselves for combat.  The six regiments in the zone ready themselves to face the Ravens, and are given orders to pull back to Quantraine upon facing superior forces.  While another three regiments prepare themselves to counter-attack around the Chirala salient the warship forces are split into two groups, one is sent to Quantraine to make attacks of opportunity against lone or paired Raven warships.  The other bases out of New Samarkand, intended to support the operation against the Chirala Salient, and defend New Samarkand itself against potential assault.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #795 on: 13 July 2017, 03:36:55 »
Additional Mercenary write ups on this thread
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #796 on: 13 July 2017, 03:43:09 »
Also end of 3109 Map

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #797 on: 13 July 2017, 06:52:41 »
Thanks for reposting and keeping this fan-fic going, Dragon Cat!
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #798 on: 20 July 2017, 16:41:18 »
Finally into 3110 with a massive contribution from Vition2 it's time for the Ravens to fly.

3110

[/b]Mechbay, Second Ducal Guard
Oriente, District of Oriente
Free Worlds League
7th January 3110


   “The LB-X is a better weapon” fourteen year old Javier Halas said looking over at his twin brother Ralph while the two stood facing the paired Persus OmniMechs of the Second Ducal Guard Regiment.  One of the two OmniMechs was equipped with the Primary weapons configuration which featured an LB-X autocannon while the other was configured with an ultra autocannon.  Neither of them should have been there but it was late and security was far more lax than it should have been, especially for the twin sons of Oriente’s leader.

   “Negative, the Ultra is superior, better firing rate means more damage you can knock a BattleMech down with an ultra.”  Ralph replied confidently

   “The LB-X is more versatile…”

   “Ooooo it’s versatile” Ralph taunted Javier had always tended to read the technical manuals before entering a simulator while Ralph jumed straight to the action. “Read that in a book? This is the real world, brother; the ultra is the future of autocannon tech.”

   “If the ultra was the future why have they not introduced a bigger version of the Rotary?”

   “Because Davion scientists are idiots” Ralph said the Rotary was a faster ultra but it wasn’t his favourite weapon the barrels were too small.  “The ultra is the Mech killer.”

   “LB-X” Javier commented again resulting in his brother pushing him by the shoulder “hey!” He shouted pushing Ralph back.

   “Hey yourself little brother” Ralph said trying to wind up his brother further.

   “I’ll prove the LB-X is better”

   “How you going to do that?”  Ralph asked rolling his eyes but his brother reached into his pocket and produced a piece of paper “I don’t want to see new numbers.”  He said looking up at the two seventy-five ton Mechs in front of him in a couple of years one like it would be his.

   “Why not?  These numbers are the codes to unlock those Mechs.”

   “Where did you swipe those from?”

   “That would be telling.”  He said smirking “we could take a walk onto the firing range and prove which gun is better?” Javier suggested seeing his brother wanted to but hesitated.  “Com’on what have we got to lose?”

   “Our pocket money and maybe personal time for life” Ralph said looking up at the pair of Persus’ “but to pilot a real Mech… no more simulators…”

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Nearly an hour later the two brothers stood aside each other on the firing line their Mechs had joined an exercising lance the firing line and were facing several targets.  Javier targeted one of the placards and fired his LB-X autocannon sending a stream of slugs through the target making a neat hole near the edge of the target.  Moments Ralph did the same with his OmniMech’s ultra autocannon completely peppering the target with a stream of projectiles.  “More effective” Ralph commented as Javier put another accurate shot through the target Ralph targeted another of the boards and fired destroying the target with a mass of projectiles.

“What a mess” Javier said proud of his own fire aiming at another target as suddenly his Mech was rocked by laser and short range missile fire as Ralph targeted the side and back of Persus causing armour damage.  “What the hell?”  Javier said seeing the damage twisting his own Mech towards Ralph’s along the firing line other Mechs stopped firing in surprise.  “What are you doing we’re going to get into trouble.”  He said lining up his weapons with his brother’s OmniMech.

“Like we’re not already in enough trouble when father finds out com’on let’s show who is best.”  Ralph said lining up his weapons with his brother’s Persus.

“We wanted to prove which weapon was best” Javier said triggering his Mech’s autocannon and long range missile launcher firing at his brother’s OmniMech “but how can you judge a weapon without the other weapons on a Mech.”  Explosions blossomed over the other Persus as it took the fire Javier trying to move his Mech away but taking the full brunt of the attack.

“BOTH OF YOU STAND THE HELL DOWN!”  A voice screamed into their cockpits but already the two brothers were moving and firing again an autocannon blast from Ralph’s ultra autocannon went wide tearing into a pair of parked civilian vehicles as Javier avoided another attack.  The missiles and laser fire fired back at Ralph’s Persus burned armour from the OmniMech’s skin as Javier provided himself to be an able shot.  “MechWarriors this is your final warning standdown…”  He said but his voice was droned out as the two OmniMechs continued to trade blows.  Around the firing range the practice lance began to move to engage the Persus but already the two duelling twins as a flight of long range missiles from one of the Persus missed their target flying over smashing into a nearby office building shattering windows setting the building on fire.  “Four… enth lance… get… legs bri… em down.” Came a broken transmission through Ralph’s cockpit moments later autocannons, particle cannons and missiles began to fire tearing into both Persus OmniMechs.  Both of the Persus were targeted by two of the Fourteenth Lance’s BattleMechs and quickly their armour was penetrated and both Persus were disabled being knocked to the ground as their legs were torn open by rapid accurate fire.

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Several hours later Duke Jonas Halas and his wife Sherryl stood outside the isolation ward at Oriente’s main medical facility looking through the glass at their two sons who were currently under guard in their beds.  Both of the twins had been injured during their “joyride” with Javier suffering a broken leg and arm while while Ralph had suffered broken ribs and a heavy concussion.  Currently Jonas had the entire building under guard while the Second Ducal Guard were out in force in the capital.  The twin’s battle had caused the deaths of forty-two civilians, most of which were caused by the office building fire, and when it had been announced at what the cause was the population of Oriente already reeling from Capellan Confederation assaults on their system and nation.

Second Terrorist Attack
Galatea Station, Isle of Skye
Lyran Commonwealth
8th January 3110


A second terrorist attack on the Galatea Station causes nearly seventy-five deaths, including the station’s commander, and damage to two of the attached DropShips as well as damage to several sections of the ship.  Without the intelligence resources to investigate themselves the station calls in Lyran Intelligence Agents to assist in the investigation.  Despite the misgivings of the Security Chief, and without a station commander to support further investigation, the Intelligence Agents paint a picture that the Draconis Combine was responsible for the attack which causes further heavy raids by the Isle of Skye against the Military District of Dieron.

As the month of January ended Galatea Station received a new commander Leutenant-General Bruce Sheridan, a former WarShip commander with the Lyran Navy, a Lyran patriot and a man with a known dislike of the Draconis Combine and a distrust of the Star League Defence Force.

Battlefield
Morthac, Occupied Zone
Midway Military District, Draconis Combine
9th January 3110


Bran revelled in the glory of combat facing the combined might equal to more than three times his Craven’s mass.  Arrayed against him were a Panther, Grand Dragon, and a Hatamoto-Kaeru.  Expertly utilizing his ‘mech’s jump jets and supercharger he made the Craven look almost like a dancer, moving out of the way of the PPC blasts, missiles and lasers intended for his OmniMech.  He struck with near pinpoint accuracy targeting weak points of each of the ‘mechs he was facing slowly causing crippling damage.  Regardless of his successes, by the time he had laid low both the Panther and Hatamoto-Kaeru his own ‘mech was pitted with damage showing it had been in battle, though he had managed to prevent any shots breaking through his armor.

“Star Colonel Bran MacTiernen,” a hard feminine voice came through his comms, “I require the use of two points of your aerospace fighters.”

“Hah, you interrupt my duel, and request help beyond your last bid?  Your dishonor knows no bounds.”  Knowing that releasing units of his own to assist in victory would only look favorably on him he connects to his bravo aerospace star, “Star Commander Venal, you and your star are being seconded to the Fourth, follow the commands of their Star Colonel.”  The last two words of his command coming out as almost a curse.

Given the affirmative, Bran turned back to his duel, noting that with his mind on other things the armor on his ‘mech’s left torso now had some new holes in it.  With his focus returned, he side-steps a volley of PPC and laser fire, one pulse laser splashing across his ‘mechs right chest and arm.  He returned fire with a pair of heavy lasers following up with AP Gauss rounds targeted into the recently opened hole.  Noting the heat spiking in the Grand Dragon he pulled back, but as the ‘mech fell the pilot fired in a last ditch effort, striking the shoulder area of the Craven with its PPC, and severing the arm.

Irritated but respecting the warrior’s desire to hurt his opponent, Bran walked his Craven over to the fallen ‘mech pointing a pair of heavy medium lasers at the cockpit.  “I am Star Colonel Bran MacTiernen of Clan Snow Raven.  You will surrender to me and submit to becoming a bondsman to the Snow Raven Clan or you will die in your broken BattleMec.”  He said levelling the ultimatum over an open channel in response the Combine pilot turns off his targeting computer, indicating their submittal.

Elsewhere on Morthac, the Thirty-third Battle Cluster faced off against the Ryuken-san’s Second battalion, who had managed to lure them into a mine field.  With only their ProtoMech and battle armor were immune, all being too small for the mines to register their activity, the Ravens were forced from the field with several of their BattleMechs left crippled as salvage to the Draconis Combine forces.  During battle of particularly note, one of the ProtoMech pilots managed to down a pair of Ryuken BattleMech in single combat making many of the warrior’s superiors sit up and look at the warrior and at ProtoMechs in closer detail.

The Fourth Raven Guards Cluster was also led into a trap, though this one was due to limited intelligence.  During the assault on the planet they had been charged with defeating the least of the battalions on planet, that of the Second Midway Regulars.  Unbeknown to the Ravens the Regulars were bolstered by a pair of armored battalions, typically assigned to the Ryuken.  The additional forces caused the Fourth’s Star Colonel Tina Harper to break her bid and call in additional forces from other Raven forces causing further tension in the Clan’s ranks.  Even with the additional forces Harper struggled to contain the Draconis Combine forces and had to resort to the use of artillery and airstrikes to cut off the defenders from their supplies and support and force their surrender.  Though suffering equivalent material losses as the Fifteenth Stoop, they come away with relatively massive amounts of salvage, enough to make up the losses of the rest of the galaxy.  This becomes something of a theme in cadets over the next few years, as Columbia Academy graduates have a tendency to more fully utilize the differing assets they have on hand, though few of them have the requisite individual combat skill to make it above Star Captain.

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Occupied Zone
Midway Military District, Draconis Combine
9th January 3110


As the Snow Raven’s expand their conflict with the Draconis Combine Gamma Galaxy’s Fifteenth Battle, Sixteenth Battle and Seventh Chasseurs clusters assault Milligan’s World, where they expected to face off against the second battalion of the Seventh Midway Regulars and half of the Ryuken-san, a unit recently rotated into the area replacing a Ghost regiment.  Fortunately for the Ravens the Ryuken-san had recently been reassigned leaving only a battalion of the Seventh Midway to face the combined might of three clusters.

With a limited force to face the Ravens took the opportunity to bid among themselves for the right to annihilate the Seventh, allowing the Combine unit the time to prepare their defenses and withdrawal.  The extra time serves them no worth as they face elements of the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Battle Clusters, a portion of which cuts off their retreat.  Against such overwhelming odds from a superior equipped and trained force the battalion is destroyed causing little damage to the Ravens.  With the planet secure the Sixteenth and Seventh clusters lift off planet to prepare for their second target, Zlatousi, leaving behind the Fifteenth Battle cluster to garrison the world.

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While the attacks struck Morthac and Milligan’s World further another attack struck the system of Rushaven as the Ravens hit the Combine from all sides.  Expected to be among the most difficult systems to take, the Long Road Galaxy is prepared to meet the Third Sword of Light Regiment with a battalion of the First Midway Regulars in support.  As the Ravens had expected, the battle quickly turned into a grind, with each side maneuvering to cut off portions of their opponents.  Although it was seen as a stalemate, the Raven forces are slowly begin making gains as the former Alliance civilian population starts to take up arms against the Combine occupiers making it uncomfortable for the DCMS troopers.  With the combination of a lack of reserves and the Ravens refusing to bombard the Sword of Light, the battle settles into a battle of attrition, which without relief for the Combine troops, the Ravens know they will eventually win.

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Corraines was expected to be the easiest of the targets in the first wave, as the Alliance knew there were cells of the old militia just waiting to help take back their world.  With this in mind it was used as a testing ground to work up the experience of the three clusters to work together before they assaulted Quantraine, a significantly harder target.  The attack went as expected with the First Midway Regulars requesting hegira quickly after the first engagement.  It is denied but they are promised repatriation to the Combine after the conflict is finished if they surrender, nearly eighty percent of the survivors choose this option, the rest attempt a suicidal charge against the Raven forces and were quickly cut down, among these, three show bravery and skill enough to be taken as bondsmen.

HPG Compound
Ramgarh, Tabayama Prefecture
Midway Military District, Draconis Combine
17th January 3110


Having recently received orders of his own the operative had been on the lookout for a particular transmission being sent onwards to Quantraine.  The routine transmission was routed through the HPG on Ramgarh, explaining the general activities of units in the District, the priority tag already assigned as the district prepared for the invasion of the Federated Suns from near the Raven border.  It was simple to amend the document to include just a few extra words in a particular order.

Three days later, the operative left the compound on his normal furlough, but this time would not return to his station.

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Quantraine, Occupied Area
Midway Military District, Draconis Combine
18th January 3110


With recent reports indicating a full scale invasion of the occupied area, Cho-sho Shogura was pouring over reports around the area.  It looked like most of the systems assaulted were already overrun, the only system where the units were holding out was in Rushaven where the Third Sword of Light was still fighting but due to the WarShips in orbit they could not escape the world.  He made a note placing it at the highest priority before continuing the report, finally finishing at a security code.

“Get Captain Genji in here.”  He said looking up from his desk at the aide who stood waiting for orders.  A couple minutes later Genji and his aide appear at the door, prompting Shogura to immediately dismiss the aide.  “We have high level orders, your code is required” he said, the two moved across to a wall safe with a digital lock and entered their codes.  The safe opened to reveal three sealed, black envelopes each with a code in white.  Shogura slowly read off the code as Genji confirmed it inside was a piece of paper titled: OPERATION DANTO.

Sitting down at his desk Shogura slowly read the orders his jaw takes on a set appearance as he nears the end.  He looks up to Genji, hands him the orders before ordering “Set course for Quatre Belle at the highest levels of stealth, use the coordinates mentioned within the orders and prepare the jump batteries for forced recharges.”

Genji glances at the orders, his eyes going wide for a moment before steadying, “Yes sir… these are in the black, what will we do if a drive breaks down?”

 “We will take all precautions but our orders are clear, the priority is the mission.”  Shogura replies, had Genji known Cho-sho Shogura any worse, he would have missed the worry hidden behind his steady eyes.

From the WarShip further orders were sent to the Tenth Sword of Light to return to the planet, halting their movement towards the waiting JumpShips and WarShips.  And then a few hours later in a series of flashes of light the entire demi-flotilla Shiro Kurita jumped out of the system heading to war.

Trial of Possession
Hoonaar, Expanded Region
Nova Cat’s Den
18th January 3110


   As BattleMechs and DropShips wearing the crests of the Sixth Cruicis Lancers RCT of the Federated Suns descended through the atmosphere of Hoonaar the airwaves were filled with a single deep male voice.  “This is Colonel David Hayditch of the Sixth Crucis Lancers RCT I declare a Trial of Possession for this world please state the forces that you will defend it with.”  He said over the last fortnight the Nova Cats had invaded and captured Olindo, Sodertalke and Maram with similar tactics now the AFFS Crucis March Command on Tikonov had authorized a “proportionate response.” The Sixth Crucis Lancers RCT off Malagrotta had been directed to respond to the Nova Cat incursions with two combined-arms regiments broke off from the Regimental Combat Team and commanded to strike at Gronholt and Hoonaar.

   “Our response?  I am Star Colonel Samantha Rosse we will defend this world with the Twenty-first Nova Cat Roar Cluster.”

   “We would prefer to limit the collateral damage done to this world.  We request a suitable battle site.”

   “You show us great respect today” Rosse replied “Federated Suns commander we will meet in battle in the hills of the southern continent south of our settlement there.  I will warn you now that I allow this because of the respect you have shown if you deviate from this agreement at all our forces will fall on yours and destroy them.”

   “We will not deviate, Star Colonel, we will meet you in battle later today and Hoonaar will become a Federated Suns holding once more.”

   “We will see.”

   Hours later the remains of the Twenty-first Nova Cat Roar Cluster were retreating from the planet as the victorious Federated Suns command allowed them an honourable retreat.  Elsewhere on Gronholt the Sixth-fifth Nova Cat Roar Cluster had fought its own honour battle and lost to further elements of the Sixth Crucis Lancers.

The respect that the Nova Cats and the AFFS had shown each other proved to many on both sides that these trials were something that could work between a Clan nation and an Inner Sphere one without resorting to all our war.  On the Draconis Combine/Nova Cat border an entirely different type of battle was being fought as Katrine Devalis’ Nova Cats invaded Gravenhage and Chapineria completely destroying the Draconis Combine’s Tenth District of Pesht Regulars Regiment in the process.
   
Trial of Possession
Shasta, District of Marik
Free Worlds League
22nd January 3110


   The Clan Wolf Timber Wolf OmniMech fell to the ground flames tearing out of its shattered armour as the fusion engine shielding released the might of the BattleMech’s own power plant against the OmniMech.  As the once mighty seventy-five ton OmniMech fell its killer a Clan Sea Fox Mad Cat II Assault BattleMech walked past firing its over should long range missiles at another target.

   It had started three days before when the Wolves had arrived at Shasta and initiated a Trial of Possession.  What the Wolves had not expected was the Clan Sea Fox trader unit on the planet to volunteer to assist in Shasta’s defence.  Unbeknown to the Wolves when Clan Sea Fox had agreed with the Free Worlds League to build trade posts on Shasta, Ideyid and Mundrabilla they had also agreed to assist in the defence.  The Wolf incursion against the planet threatened Sea Fox interests on the planet and so elements of the Thirty-fifth Cruiser Cluster had agreed to assist in the world’s defence causing much anger from the Wolf aggressors.

   Despite the surprise caused by the Fox inclusion the battle was fought completely by the rules of Zellbrigen as the combined Free Worlds League/Sea Fox defenders resisted the Wolves forcing them from the world and system after a three hour Trial of Possession.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #799 on: 20 July 2017, 19:37:03 »
Galatea Station,  it isn't the 5th B class station is it.   8)
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #800 on: 20 July 2017, 20:31:47 »
Galatea Station,  it isn't the 5th B class station is it.   8)

It's a meeting place for mercenaries, diplomats, spies, business men/women and criminals.  It can be a dangerous place but it's the Inner Spheres best hope for a good deal

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #801 on: 21 July 2017, 08:51:56 »
Least avoid when the Shadows appears.  Divisions i mean.  >:D
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #802 on: 21 July 2017, 11:52:30 »
Interesting, little scamps in the FWL causing issues.  And happenings on Galatea Station... all alone in the night.

Also, updated my version of the map to the beginning of 3110, let me know if I missed any of the new systems.  It's back to it's normal size, so the preview is available again - still not sure why 3109 is a bigger file.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #803 on: 21 July 2017, 21:12:21 »
Maybe the 3109 file has some words from the Book of Blake hidden inside by the Wobbies. }:)
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #804 on: 22 July 2017, 00:59:14 »
Maybe the 3109 file has some words from the Book of Blake hidden inside by the Wobbies. }:)


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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #805 on: 22 July 2017, 02:44:14 »
Verrrry good update! Operation DANTO seems like some kind of either decapitation strike or to force the Ravens to fall back to defend and repair their vital yards which are probably some of the largest in known space outside of Gabriel and Titan.
The two young Lords having a very vigerous disagreement was well written and I hope they get more than just a boxed ear and a revoking of Chatterweb privillages. 

The Raven ground forces continue to show a mixture of inexperience but gutsy bravado and its good to see Proto's getting a nod and I loved the B5 reference there at Galatea Station. 
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #806 on: 22 July 2017, 09:51:26 »
Maybe the 3109 file has some words from the Book of Blake hidden inside by the Wobbies. }:)

I'd also would like to know what my babies are doing it's been what a few months since they where last seen? Maybe I need to put up a have you seen me poster on the interstellar milk cartons... #P

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #807 on: 22 July 2017, 10:42:02 »
Verrrry good update! Operation DANTO seems like some kind of either decapitation strike or to force the Ravens to fall back to defend and repair their vital yards which are probably some of the largest in known space outside of Gabriel and Titan.

My suspicion as far as yards go for size starts is as follows:
Titan - 10 slips and at least 6 types of ships potentially being built there with massive numbers of support structures from the last few hundred years in various states of disrepair.
Galaxy - 8 slips and at least 6 types of ships potentially being built there, much of it is relatively new so not a lot of extraneous structures left over from previous production
New Samarkand - (7 and 6) probably beats out Midway even though it has 1 less slip, this is because of the support structures built to produce three additional types of warships (7 total) over Midway's four
After those 4, the next largest are likely the big three of the clans: Quatre Belle, New Barcella, and the Chainlane Isles.  It's difficult to tell which are larger than the others as all of them have 6 slips and produce between 6 and 11 designs (depending on how you measure them).  Both Quatre Belle and New Barcella have many designs based heavily on other designs - the Tetrarch is an upgraded Anna Rosse; the Swiftsure, Splendid, Spartan, Sovereign, Sceptre, and Superb are all based on the same chassis.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #808 on: 22 July 2017, 10:49:16 »
wohooo... did i understand that right? the future ruler of the draconis combine send to hurt the ravens with a neat task force of warships and units? i LIKE that :) the dragon starts to roar!!

about the shipyards... i always thought the clans had more extensive yards built up in the pentagon worlds. wasnt there some huge conglomerates of stations and ship which nicolas had to reconquer? and they have to maintain 100+ warships the clans have altogether? at least HAD until revival. so your slip count seems a bit meager for the homeworld facilities... but please correct me if i have the wrong impression there...

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #809 on: 22 July 2017, 11:01:16 »
about the shipyards... i always thought the clans had more extensive yards built up in the pentagon worlds. wasnt there some huge conglomerates of stations and ship which nicolas had to reconquer? and they have to maintain 100+ warships the clans have altogether? at least HAD until revival. so your slip count seems a bit meager for the homeworld facilities... but please correct me if i have the wrong impression there...

What homeworld facilties?  :P

The homeworlds in total had the ability to support the 300ish warships the clans had before the invasion, but some of them were in less than enviable states of repair as some clans were extremely dismissive of their naval power.  But those weren't the same thing as construction yards - very few warships were built in the centuries since the exodus.  And then the Society happened, the Wars of Reaving, while less devastating than in canon, still did massive amounts of infrastructure damage, among the easiest and earliest targets were shipyards.  Now the society still likely maintains one or two smaller shipyards, but I doubt they are as large as the Inner Sphere ones - and we don't have much information on these ones, unlike what we have on the Inner Sphere yards.

 

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