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ShroudedSciuridae

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Nicholas Kerensky, Assassinated!
« on: 21 August 2021, 07:12:35 »
This is been tickling the back of my mind for a while, and I feel like the pieces are finally fitting together enough that I can say Clan Widowmaker's Khan Cal Jorgensson (Ghost Bear Khan Hans Jorgensson's jealous older brother) assassinated the Great Father.

This might not even be the first instance of perfidy on the part of Jorgensson. After he made a political alliance with Khan Jason Karrige, the saKhan Nicholas selected, Mariel Sanders was mortally wounded in an assassination attempt on Dagda during KLONDIKE. Following her death, Cal Jorgensson rose to saKhan. Karrige's role in the Wolverine affair already employed confidants, it's likely his saKhan was a primary plotter, though Betrayal of Ideals doesn't feature him. After Karrige's death Cal became Widowmaker Khan, driven to fits of jealousy about outdoing his brother. How can you outdo a Khan though? By becoming ilKhan. Something that can't be done while the Great Father is alive. Or at the least, Cal simply wanted revenge on Nicholas for a continuous stream of perceived slights

But how do I know Nicholas was assassinated? OTP Widowmaker Absorption. In the Trial of Grievance declared within the Trial of Refusal over the Wolf Trial of Absorption for Widowmaker (wow that's a lot of Trials) between Jorgensson and Wolf Khan Jerome Wilson, Jorgensson gets his hip actuator destroyed, reducing his modified Highlander HGN-732 to 2/3 movement, and thus removing really any tactical incentive for Jorgensson to try maneuvering (ie, unfavorable To-Hit modifiers). So he stands still, and five of his Widowmakers rush into save him from Winson. Nicholas steps in to stop this breach of the Circle of Equals within a Circle of Equals. Jorgensson raises his Left Arm ER Large Laser and puts a bolt right through the head of Nicholas' Atlas II. It could totally be an accident though, right?

No. Because you see Cal Jorgensson has a Special Piloting Ability of Marksman. That allows him, as long as he doesn't move that turn, to fire any single weapon into a location of his choice.

You'd think Nicholas could have foreseen the results of this sibling rivalry considering his own with Andery, whom he had assassinated as well.

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Re: Nicholas Kerensky, Assassinated!
« Reply #1 on: 22 August 2021, 01:24:35 »
Actually, I think there is a decent chance that the Widowmakers were the ones who assassinated Andery. Karrige did manipulate the events of the Wolverine Annihilation and when Nicholas realized it, he ensured not only his death, but the destruction of his legacy.

Now imagine if Andrey had been alive. It almost certainly would have gone much differently. It's even noted that Andrey helped temper his brother's worst excesses. Karrige, on the other hand, fed those same impulses. It would make sense that manipulative bastard looking to gain influence on the ilKhan would need to eliminate the the trusted advisor so he can step into the power vacuum.

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Re: Nicholas Kerensky, Assassinated!
« Reply #2 on: 22 August 2021, 02:55:45 »
History doesn't repeat itself, but it rhymes.

Andery=Aleks
Nick=Malvina

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Re: Nicholas Kerensky, Assassinated!
« Reply #3 on: 22 August 2021, 03:13:39 »
An interesting scenario. Maybe the upcoming Clan founding book 3 will answer this one definitively.

You'd think Nicholas could have foreseen the results of this sibling rivalry considering his own with Andery, whom he had assassinated as well.

Is there any hard evidence of this? There's in-universe speculation but nothing confirmed AFAIK.
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