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Author Topic: What did the Eire BattleMech Company of Arc-Royal make in its heyday?  (Read 1248 times)

Mendrugo

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The Kell Hounds scenario pack/sourcebook describes the Eire BattleMech Company of Arc-Royal as producing "spare parts, but no fully functional production models at this time." circa 3029.  Handbook: House Steiner's profile of Arc-Royal MechWorks (circa 3067) notes that it was previously the Eire BattleMech Company of Arc-Royal, a minor manufacturer of 'Mech parts.

However, in "Vanish," (3005) Morgan Kell recounts having grown up on Arc-Royal watching BattleMechs walking off the factory floor, and in "Not the Way the Smart Money Bets" (3010) Mr. Franck from the Lyran office of Mercenary Relations tells the Kell brothers that Eire's products are "rather important to the defense of the nation."

So, what did Eire make other than spare parts, and when/why did it stop making BattleMechs?  The writeup says that Combine raids were rare, due to the distance from the border, but that there was a violent clash between Buddhists and Catholics on Arc-Royal in 3026 that required the intervention of the Commonwealth Religious Council.  Was Eire a casualty of religious strife?
"We have made of New Avalon a towering funeral pyre and wiped the Davion scourge from the universe.  Tikonov, Chesterton and Andurien are ours once more, and the cheers of the Capellan people nearly drown out the gnashing of our foes' teeth as they throw down their weapons in despair.  Now I am made First Lord of the Star League, and all shall bow down to me and pay homa...oooooo! Shiny thing!" - Maximillian Liao, "My Triumph", audio dictation, 3030.  Unpublished.

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Hi,

Nope. They just made parts, of nondescript use, but vital to maintaining operational 'Mech units, especially in the early thirty-first century, when tech was in decline. Those 'Mechs Morgan recalls were simply machines that had been serviced with parts form the site, is all. No actual large-scale manufacturing of full 'Mechs began there until later.

The word from behind the scenes: I'm not going to allow a throwaway line in a couple pieces of short fiction to rewrite sourcebooks, and I'm not really interested in adding yet another new 'Mech factory to the map at this time.

Thanks,

- Herb

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Thanks, that clarifies things for me.  Much appreciated.
"We have made of New Avalon a towering funeral pyre and wiped the Davion scourge from the universe.  Tikonov, Chesterton and Andurien are ours once more, and the cheers of the Capellan people nearly drown out the gnashing of our foes' teeth as they throw down their weapons in despair.  Now I am made First Lord of the Star League, and all shall bow down to me and pay homa...oooooo! Shiny thing!" - Maximillian Liao, "My Triumph", audio dictation, 3030.  Unpublished.

 

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