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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1380 on: 26 November 2021, 09:13:37 »
Interesting update.  I have sinking feeling that Star League's days are numbered.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1381 on: 26 November 2021, 13:16:58 »
Well, what with all the "Protectorates" that keep springing up in all the Great House areas ... yeah. Don't think they'll keep looking on while they lose the nominal control of worlds that had been theirs for very long timeframes - at least - centuries...

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1382 on: 29 December 2021, 09:18:44 »
I'll try to keep this more up to date than I have recently but December has been the usual fun.


Office of the Khans
Former Kell Family Hold, Arc Royal
Jade Falcon Occupation Zone
9th April 3116


   The place for a Clan warrior was not behind a desk but today was one of those days that Khan Jana Pryde of the Jade Falcons had to remain.  Today she had authorized the creation of several new Clusters of warriors and deployed them into the Lyran Commonwealth against the worlds of Collnas, Jaumegrande, Turinge, Bjornlunda and Furillo.  The battles the warriors would face would be their initial Trial of Possession those that survived would become members of the Jade Falcon warrior caste, their time as cadets was over.  Recently she had reinforced her Clan with several Clusters of Jade Falcon warriors won in Harvest Trials taken against the Sea Fox, Hell’s Horses and Coyote Clans the Falcons had a plan gone were plans to conquer the capital worlds of the Lyran Commonwealth instead they were going for the nation’s manufacturing capital Hesperus II.

   In the coming days only the systems of Jaumegrande and Bjornunda all fell to the Jade Falcon cadets with those that survived their victory now granted warrior status.  The forces deployed to Collnas, Turinge, and Furillo were wiped out completely by the Lyran defenders.  In all the Jade Falcons had lost the equivalent to seven clusters of warriors but they were a couple of jumps closer towards their goal of Terra.  With the cadets proving their worth Jana Pryde and the elite units of the Clan would charge into the heart of the Isle of Skye.

   As the Falcons have successes against the Lyrans the Rasalhague Dominion and Lynx Clan factions have other successes jointly assaulting the Draconis Combine the two Clan factions capture Almunge, Brocchi’s Cluster, Coudoux, Hanover and Kabah before the end of April.  The continued joint operations by the two Clans and the successes of Clan Jade Falcon shows the Inner Sphere that they need another solution to fight the Clans.

Public Health Announcement
Triad, Tharkad
Halfway Province, Lyran Commonwealth
22nd April 3116


   On Tri-vid screens across the Inner Sphere and beyond Dr Tobias Roeper, the Head of Lyran Health stands to make an announcement that would cause fear and panic in many places.  Tobias Roeper was in his late sixties and had never reached for the limelight but today he needed to be the one that spoke to the people of the Lyran Commonwealth.  “Ladies and gentlemen, I am Dr Tobias Roeper the head of the health department for the Lyran Commonwealth, we have been monitoring a genetic virus which targets specific genes causing illness and then death.  The scientific and medical community across the Lyran Commonwealth and with our allies in the Star League Defence Force are doing all they can to find the best treatment for sufferers of this virus” the over weight balding man said looking at the tri-vid camera Roeper was not a picture of health but he was the man best placed to inform the people of what was wrong.

“Unfortunately, due to the severity and targeted nature of this virus and the unknown transmission rate and method, certain steps have had to be taken.  As of this date the 22nd of April 3116 the systems of Rosice and Radostov are under a quarantine with restricted travel into and out of these systems.  This will remain in effect until further information is gained on the virus.”  He said pausing for a moment “to the people who are living and visiting these worlds listen to the authorities on these worlds they are there to help you, if you do not have a permanent residence on these worlds and are stranded the authorities there will help you.  You will not be forgotten.”  He promised the people on the two quarantined worlds.  “Updates will continue on the progress of this virus, the ongoing quarantine and treatments that will be rolled out by your health providers.  If you have left ether the Rosice or Radostov systems within the last week please report to your nearest health centre for a health check up.”

Distress Signal
Uncharted world, Outworlds Wastes
Periphery
30th April 3116


   Following the detection of a distress signal when their JumpShip had entered the system Captain Alec Oak had ordered the Raven Alliance’s Thermo Police into the system to investigate it had taken their two DropShips three days to make the trip.  The distress call was generic and continued to repeat that there was a DropShip which had landed on the world and been unable to leave the crew were now taking shelter near their ship and required assistance.  The same message could have been playing for decades but one of the reasons the Thermo Police were out here in the Outworlds Wastes was to investigate any signals they picked up.

   From orbit the Headquarters, their Lion-class DropShip had detected what appeared to be an ancient Mingo-class Dropshuttle which hadn’t been used in more than one hundred years despite this indication that the ship’s crew would have been long dead Oak ordered the unit to land.  The Headquarters had found a landing zone a little under a kilometre from the Mingo at one end of a long rocky ravine from orbit the planet looked entirely land locked with a few small lakes and rivers dotted across the landscape the atmosphere was thin and the world was colder than a comfortable world but there wasn’t enough moisture to make it a wet or snow-covered place.  From what he’d seen since leading the landing zone there wasn’t many large creatures in the area either just some small small mammals the size of a domesticated dog, a poorly fed one at that.

From the landing zone the unit’s ten BattleMechs could move in and investigate the find.  The Thermo Police’s second DropShip the Precinct One, a Buccaneer-class vessel, had needed a longer area of land to come done on and had landed nearly three kilometres away on board it was their three IndustrialMechs, supporting infantry, support staff and the five ProtoMechs assigned to the unit.  For the initial part of the mission the ProtoMechs would be the primary defence for Precinct One.  As a trueborn Raven Karl had applauded Oak’s aggressive strategy this way, they would engage with those already on the planet in less than an hour.

In his BattleMech Karl followed Oak’s Dervish in his Warhammer IIC at the other side of the Dervish walked Rhodes Cable’s own Warhammer while the Hercules and Ursus BattleMechs followed them by one hundred metres.  Further back still was the support star of its four regular Mechs and Alisan Nostra’s Hunter IIC which had traveled onboard the Headquarters.  Making their way along the ravine it was Karl’s Warhammer IIC’s sensors that detected the BattleMech first it was a design he didn’t recognize, as quickly as he’d seen the contact it was gone again.  “Contact!”  He called out looking over the sensor image he could see it was a smaller Mech than his Warhammer IIC, it had a nearly round torso with two cannons extending from its back one over each shoulder.  The Mech had two fully formed arms and back-canted pointed toed legs.  “Single unidentified BattleMech, I am moving to investigate.”

“Negative, MechWarrior Karl await until we are in position.”  Oak said but Karl’s BattleMech had already turned to face the potential threat.

“Too late” he said to himself allowing his finger to slip off the transmission button he muttered “freebirth” under his breath.  As a Clan Trueborn warrior Karl’s position may be subordinate to Oak in position but his birthright took most importance and if he ever wished to win a Bloodname he’d need to count on his genes and taking on every challenge he could.

His Warhammer IIC8 was about two hundred metres clear of the other BattleMechs rounding a pile of grey rocks sitting on the brown soil his quarry appeared standing waiting for him behind the BattleMech there were plenty of thick rock cropping which would impede any Mech’s movement, his BattleMech’s warbook quickly tried to identify the BattleMech but did not recognize it.  Quickly Karl opened a communication channel “I am MechWarrior Karl of Clan Snow Raven, I challenge the MechWarrior ahead of my position, this will be a dual of honour may no-one else interfere.”  He said before the other BattleMechs could round the corner the smaller Mech’s arms were raised and his sensors could detect targeting systems coming from the Mech.  “These other warriors will not become involved if you accept this challenge.”

“I am MechWarrior Berat Hordwon of the Escorpión Imperio Seekers we have claimed this world you are intruding on our territory.”  The MechWarrior responded the BattleMech holding fire his Warhammer IIC8’s sensors had identified that the enemy Mech was either forty or forty-five tons in weight and was most likely built using Clan technology.

“The who?”  Karl pondered to himself for a moment before triggering the communication system “MechWarrior, I do not know who your Escorpión Imperio is…” he said he noticed his private communication channel between him and Lieutenant Alisan Nostra was also active.  “I am a member of Clan Snow Raven and I have challenged you to one-on-one combat.  You will accept it or you will face my entire Star’s fury.”

“And yours will face mine” the MechWarrior responded from behind the unknown design Karl saw a Daedalus QuadMech rise fully to its feet, beside it looked like a pair of Orion BattleMechs, though his Warhammer’s warbook was struggling to lock down on the Mech type, finally a Timber Wolf OmniMech rose fully to its feet.  Karl cursed himself he had challenged a MechWarrior when the Star Captain was waiting for them, now one of his Starmates would defeat them and the glory that would be attached to that victory.  Karl noticed that his communication channel was still waiting with Nostra.
“Wait one” he said keeping his fingers near the firing triggers he switched channel his eyes never leaving the enemy Mech “what is it?”  He snapped “you may be born of Clan blood, but you do not know our ways! Quiaff?”  He demanded angrily.

“MechWarrior Karl, the name Hordwon was once an Ice Hellion name, this Warrior could be a trueborn like you.”
“Of a dead Clan and now of a Bandit Kingdom.”  Karl said pondering for a moment “I have an idea” he said switching back to the other frequency “MechWarrior Hordwon, I am a trueborn of the Snow Raven Clan, we are tracking down a Bandit Caste force.  You are far from home it is possible you have stumbled into our hunt.”

“This world has been claimed as our own MechWarrior it is you who have stumbled somewhere.”

“Then we will dispense with our Honour trial which you have failed to answer, I declare a Trial of Possession over this world.  Clan Snow Raven’s Thermo Police bring ten BattleMechs, 3 Industrial Mechs and five ProtoMechs to this battle.”  He declared now he saw Captain Alec Oak’s frequency was active.

“We agree, but with one provision you accept all surivors from our battle into your Clan.”

“I accept.”  He said switching the frequency he activated Oak’s channel “Sir” he said confidently.

“What are you doing!  We are not here to declare an invasion on a world?”

“We are Clansmen Captain Oak.  Your unit has been allowed some autonomy but I was born for battle, they have accepted our battle.”  He said “we were ordered to look around the periphery the Raven Alliance, we have found something that could potentially have found a threat on our border…”

“So, you declare war on them!”

“A Trial of Possession is not the same as a War.”  He stated calmly “Captain, these warriors could potentially be from the fallen Ice Hellion Clan, Lieutenant Nostra identified the name of the warrior I spoke to as a Hellion bloodname.”  He explained “should they be of Clan blood and should this Escorpión Imperio be close to our borders we should be prepared for them, Quiaff?”  He asked wondering if Oak had listened to what was going on.

“You are correct MechWarrior, we should investigate”

“Aff” he said swapping back to the open frequency “we are ready to begin this trial here and now, but as the defender I am willing to give you the choice of venue and time as is our tradition.”

“We are also ready, we have this single star of BattleMechs here, our other forces protect our landing site and will not be included in this battle.  I will transmit our combat and codex data. Quiaff?”

“Aff, your bid of five BattleMechs is accepted, the Snow Ravens have ten BattleMech here at present as our initial bid.”  He said swapping to the Snow Raven secure channel “Captain Oak, you heard their bid as is our tradition we must inform them who will fight them.  We can take all of our BattleMechs but that will not win our Clan honour.”

“It would be the most effective use of our forces.”  His commander initially answered “but you understand this sort of thing better than I and this is your battle MechWarrior.  Choose the force you wish to battle; I seed command of this trial to you.”  Oak said Karl almost smiled, almost being the correct term now that Karl was in command any failure would fall on him but so would the victory.

Karl sat for a moment and looked at the data shared by the enemy MechWarrior the forty-ton Mech he’d initially seen was called a Whipscorpion and was an alien design to him before today.  The two BattleMechs which had looked like Orions were in fact known as Reconquista C BattleMechs which were more like IndustrialMechs than proper BattleMechs they were powered by Fuel Cell engines, making them slower than almost any other Mech Karl had seen and they featured strange looking lift hoists hanging from their backs.  What they’d originally been designed for was anyone’s guess but now they were a nightmarish mix of IndustrialMech and BattleMech but still would likely be no match for a true Clan BattleMech.  The Timber Wolf and Goliath were likely going to be the toughest of opponents the Timber Wolf was an iconic Clan OmniMech known across the Inner Sphere for its prowess in battle while the Goliath was an eighty ton heavily armoured QuadMech.  “We must match the BattleMechs we will face, I will take on the Timber Wolf, Rudolf and Joel you will each face one of their Reconquistas they are heavier than your Mechs but you are capable warriors and you have better equipment than them.  Adrie your Ursus is lighter than that Daedalus but it is like those Reconquista’s and built as an IndustrialMech, keep moving and force its surrender.”

“And I will take on the Whipscorpion.”  Oak said

“Captain, it may be lighter than your Mech but it is a superior machine.”  Karl warned

“I’m still the commander of this unit Karl, if we’re going to fight them then I’ll take on the target.”  Oak said
“Aff, Captain, transmitting data.”

A short while later the ten Mechs were facing off against each other ready to engage in battle and straight away as planned the separate challenges flew out almost immediately the Dark Crow, Shadow Hawk IIC and Ursus II from the Thermo Police launched themselves into the air attacking their opponents.  In the less nimble Warhammer IIC Karl stood his ground. “I am MechWarrior Karl of the Snow Raven Clan; I began this trial and I challenge the Timber Wolf opposite my positon to single combat may no other enter.”

“I am Star Commander Pine I accept your challenge MechWarrior; may no other enter” Karl cursed his luck the Timber Wolf was the star’s commander but unlike the Whipscorpion pilot he wasn’t bloodnamed.  Never mind the fight was now more important.”  The Timber Wolf opposite him opened fire with both large lasers one went wide while the other slammed into the Warhammer’s left leg just as Karl charged forwards returning fire with both arm mounted Heavy Large Lasers the opal coloured beams stretched the distance between the two Mechs savaging the Timber Wolf’s armour as a wave of heat rushed into the Warhammer IIC’s cockpit.

Ignoring the rising heat Karl pulled the secondary triggers hitting out with his two plasma cannons intending on heating up the enemy Timber Wolf as he fired the Timber Wolf began to move launching forty missiles in his direction.  Karl watched as the missiles approached ducking at nearly the last moment throwing off a third of the missiles while the rest slammed into his eighty-ton Mech’s armour.  Cutting to the right Karl watched as his lasers cycled and pulled the triggers again ignoring the rising heat once more slapping the manual override keeping forced shutdown at bay.  One one of his opal beams hit his target burning into the Timber Wolf’s left side torso coring the armour.  He saw a rise in heat from the Timber Wolf indicating his weapons were doing something.  The crouched over design twisted its damaged side away from him and firing a pair of blue coloured medium lasers and a green pulse laser all three burned into his charging Warhammer IIC causing more armour damage but little else.  Karl smelled blood cutting to side he triggered his Mech’s secondary armament firing his own torso mounted two medium lasers and short-range missile launcher.  One of his own blue beams of high-powered light and energy slammed into the ground but the other beam burned into the Timber Wolf’s left leg.  Moments later the six short range missiles slammed into the Timber Wolf exploding all over the hunched over Mech’s frame causing damage.

In retaliation the enemy Mech’s long range missiles and red coloured large lasers reached out at the Warhammer damaging armour all down the right side of Karl’s Mech, Karl noticed the SRM launcher blink out damaged by the assault he flicked the ammo dump for the launcher.  He continued moving trying to get behind the Timber Wolf firing both plasma cannons one slammed into the side of the ravine the super heated plasma causing the very rock face to explode outwards showering the Timber Wolf in small pieces of rock.

Machine gun, laser and pulse laser fire tracked the running Warhammer IIC causing more damage against the side of the assault Mech, but Karl wasn’t ready to stop he continued moving and firing doing his best to make himself a tough target for the enemy OmniMech while trying to cause heavy damage in response the heat inside the Warhammer IIC rose significantly but he ignored it and continued to move.  One twin volley of firey plasma cannon and opal heavy laser blasts slammed into the Timber Wolf’s torso burrowing deep inside the right side of the Mech.  Inside the machine the super heated plasma caused the Timber Wolf’s long range missile ammunition bay to explode.  The CASE technology built into the OmniMech tried to save the machine by venting the explosions through specially designed panels but the damage done by the heavy lasers was enough to cause the entire right side to essentially collapse with the arm falling useless to its side.

With his BattleMech crippled Star Commander Pine signaled his surrender unwilling to die against a superior pilot.  Karl slowed his Mech to a walk and accepted the Timber Wolf pilot’s surrender ordering him to stand down he then turned to face the rest of the battlefield.  Both Rudolf and Joel were still fighting their respective targets both of the MechWarriors appeared to be getting the better of their targets.  He saw that Adrie’s Ursus II similarly was standing over the hunched over Daedalus, the enemy IndustrialMech’s jury rigged weapons appeared to be disabled and it was trying to engage her with its backhoe but she was refusing to engage in physical combat.  Finally, he saw the Whipscorpion though damaged was standing victorious over Captain Oak’s Dervish which lay on its side downed.  From his position Karl could see the cockpit was intact and Oak hadn’t punched out meaning he was probably injured inside the BattleMech.

Turning to face the Whipscorpion Karl decided to take a different tract “to the MechWarrior piloting the BattleMech opposite me I am Karl of Clan Snow Raven.  You have defeated my unit’s commander and I have defeated yours, my Starmates are getting the better of yours in this battle.  We can fight and it may resort in your death or you can accept defeat and we can end this now.  I will honour our agreement the warriors that fought today will not be abandoned.”  He said keeping his targeting systems active and trained on the lighter Mech at this range both of his heavy lasers could hit the enemy Mech.  He wanted to capture the Whipscorpion it was an unknown design to his Clan and although the data gained during this battle would be invaluable in understanding its operation having a copy of the design would cement their victory.

“I MechWarrior Berat Hordwon accept the Snow Raven victory, all Escorpión Imperio Mechs are ordered to stand down.  MechWarrior Karl, we are yours to command.”  He ordered slowly the fighting wound down to nothing and the Ravens stood victorious over the enemy Mechs.  They now controlled the fate of these warriors and of the world.
In the coming hours Karl learned that Alec Oak had died commanding his Dervish which left command of the unit to Lieutenant Andrei Solomatin.  Of the enemy MechWarriors Star Commander Pine had also died piloting his Timber Wolf with the OmniMech too badly damaged to be salvaged with his own BattleMech damaged Karl had ordered that the surviving parts of the Mech be used to repair his own while the Thermo Police got to work investigating why these people were on this world.

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   For three weeks the Thermo Police interrogated the captured warriors and those that had accompanied them.  The Police’s officers found that the five Mechs had been defending nearly two hundred civilians and conventionally armed infantry soldiers who had been found encamped around their ancient Mingo-class DropShuttle almost three kilometres from the battlesite, on learning that their Mech forces had lost in battle all of the defenders had surrendered without a single shot fired.

During the interviews and interrogations that followed the Thermo Police had found that their ship had been attached to an equally ancient Conestoga-class JumpShip which had been deployed on a long-range exploration of space by the Escorpión Imperio searching for resources and worlds to capture.  They had found the Imperio was a fusion of former Clan Goliath Scorpion, Ice Hellion and Steel Viper elements with a deep space periphery nation that they had captured following the loss of Clan space to the Society.  Considering the age of the Conestoga, the Mingo and their Reconquista BattleMechs the Snow Ravens did not consider the Imperio to be a threat to the Raven Alliance but with the Conestoga still out there the unit had been tasked with attempting to track down the ship and establishing contact with them before they came into contact with the Alliance.

Karl had been called into what was now Captain Solomartin’s office onboard the Headquarters DropShip.  Solomartin was a dark-skinned man of part Japanese descent he wore traditional Japanese styled robes instead of a uniform and he had moved his own personal set of samuri armour into the office since taking it.  While the armour had no practical modern use, he knew tha the navy blue/teal set of layered leather and metal armour meant a lot to the unit’s new captain, he that Solomartin’s family came from the former-Draconis Combine world of Tabayama and that the armour had been handed down to him and it was classed as a family heirloom. The armour now dominated one side of the small office with its domed helmet and elaborate face mask staring at anyone who wished to challenge the unit’s new captain.  The vibrant colours and delicate workmanship that had gone into the armour were clear to see. “Sir, reporting as ordered.”
“MechWarrior Karl, I have decided to promote you to Section Leader of the second star.”

“Section Leader?” Karl asked “that is not a Clan rank, Quineg?”

“Negative it is not, it is a Thermo Police rank.  This command is not a traditional one Karl.  You may gain recognition within this unit but you will still need to show your prowess in front of members of the Clan before you gain a true rank.  Now I am offering you a chance to gain experience beyond your position so that when you do gain rank within the Snow Ravens you are ready for that position.  Do you accept?”  He asked Karl stood thinking for a moment, he should be facing MechWarriors of equal skill to him in single combat for the right to command in battle but instead he gained a fake rank inside a unit which his clan cared little for.

“Aff, Captain, I accept the challenge and opportunity.  I will also take the first chance I can get when we are back in Clan space to confirm this promotion.”  He said deciding to take on the challenge.

“Very good, I’d expect nothing less.  Your first job is to prepare the unit for departure we have an enemy to track down.”  Solomartin announced but Karl remained hovering for a moment.  “A problem Section Leader?”

“Aff, what about the people on this world, they are not Snow Raven but we accepted their surrender.”

“The ruling of our Clan is that we accepted the surrender of the surviving three MechWarriors.  Of those only Berat Hordwon has an active BattleMech which we will take with us.  Should they prove themselves capable then they will be accepted into the Clan otherwise they will remain as Bondsmen.”  Solomartin said respecting the Clan tradition of taking captured MechWarriors and giving them the chance of becoming warriors again.  “The others the Clan have decided they did not engage us in combat so they will not be accepted.  We will leave them here with the supplies we can afford to and with the conventional weapons they were armed with when we encountered them.”

“There is not a lot of resources on this world” Karl pointed out “our estimates suggest they will not survive long term without support.”

“Aff, that I am aware, I have made my argument to our people but they do not see the value in supporting such a small population at such a distance.”  Solomartin said “unfortunately I do not have the influence to ensure they get the support they will most likely need.”  He said seeing the disappointment in Karl’s face.  “You are showing more concern for the population than most trueborns would” he said seeing Karl’s eyes come up in surprise “that is not a criticism Section Leader to succeed in this unit you will need it.”  He said “now prepare the unit for extraction we have a hunt to continue.”
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1383 on: 29 December 2021, 09:27:16 »
Woah, some interesting turn of events on Thermo Police patrol!  nice writing, Dragoncat!
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1384 on: 29 December 2021, 19:37:08 »
I forgot to say in the post the Whipscorpion was created by Bishop Steiner and I first saw it and it's art on Facebook. 

The design is 40 tons, moves 6/9/6, has 2 each of Improved Heavy Medium Lasers (one each arm), 2 ATM3 and 2 Plasma Canons (one in each side torso) and 2 centrally mounted Small Pulse Lasers, it's built on an Endo-Composite structure and has Ferro Fibrous armour

I'd love to post the art here but it was done as a commission  so I won't, its publicly available on Facebook and Bishop Steiner's Patreon page

https://m.facebook.com/groups/ClassicBattletech/permalink/5500516773354429/
Below are links to my fan fiction pages.

https://bg.battletech.com/forums/fan-fiction/alternate-timeline-with-thanks-(full)/

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1385 on: 30 December 2021, 09:51:54 »
Not able access the facebook page.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1386 on: 10 January 2022, 17:32:17 »
DS Santiago de Cuba (Stork-class DropShip)
Uncharted system near Reese Station
Alarion Province, Lyran Commonwealth
8th May 3116


   For more than thirty years there had been rumours of an uncharted but habited system near Reese Station deep inside the Lyran Commonwealth but despite a search there had never been a sign of a habitable planet or moon in the area, “never that is until now.”  Dr Thomas Mazzarelli thought as he stood on the command bridge of the Stork-class DropShip Santiago de Cuba he had spent a decade of his life working within his scientific fellowship searching for worlds lost off of Lyran maps during the Age of Wars and Succession Wars.  Two months ago, when he was based on Reese Station the powerful telescopes there spotted what he believed to be indications of a spacer colony in this system and then only one month before scientists in the Tiruppir system looking at the same thing he had been spotted the same thing.  With two pieces of evidence to back his claims his belief up Mazzarelli had been authorized to take one of his fellowships two exploration DropShips to this system.  The JumpShip merchant they had hired to take them here had already continued its delivery mission and had left the system for the next month and a half the Santiago de Cuba was on its own which suited Mazzarelli just fine they could take a slow one gravity burn around the system and discover what it had hidden.

   Now ten days into their forty-eight-day mission Mazzarelli was buzzing with excitement. “We have something!”  One of the bridge officers shouted out he was a young man in an unmarked coverall which had been kept clean, and he was clean shaven another bonus on a civilian ship far from any oversight.

   “What is it?”  He called out moving towards the front of the small DropShip’s bridge past the Captain’s console “my apologies, Captain.”  Mazzarelli said sheepishly nodding and backing off the Doctor was not a small man; he was not afraid to admit he enjoyed the sweeter things in life probably too much.  His balding head and greying hair did little to dis-way this idea.  He didn’t need to get on the wrong side of a ship’s captain this early into a trip.

   “It’s your mission Doc, just turn to me when things hit the fan.” Captain Symonds said quietly he was a lot more like Mazzarelli than he’d like to admit he liked an easy life, exploration missions like this generally caused little in the way of problems he could put up with an excitable scientist or thirteen as this little trip had brought.

   “Thank you, Captain,” Mazzarelli said stepping forward once again “what do you have watchman?”  He asked not knowing the you man’s rank or position.

   “It’s rubbish, sir, a garbage drop by the looks of it from a passing ship.”  Mazzarelli beamed the biggest smile he could at the young man.

   “If I were twenty years younger, I would kiss you!”  He said turning back to Captain Symonds “Captain we’re on the right track you don’t get rubbish without traffic I’d like permission to bring it onboard.”

   “Other people’s rubbish” Symonds repeated so he was absolutely sure.  “Doctor you know that could include their… left over… bio-matter?”  He asked just to make sure that the Doctor understood.

   “Their shit, you can say it Captain it doesn’t hurt we’re all big boys and girls here, yes I understand Captain.  We will be careful around what we find.  If we can study what we have found then perhaps we can figure out how long it has been here, who left it and what kind of people they are.  I might be able to tell you what they had for dinner before dumping the rubbish.”

   “Ok Doc, it’s you that gets to clean the mess.” Roughly three tons of rubbish, including the expected faces, were brought onboard the DropShip giving the scientists a mini-treasure trove to fall back on.

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   Nearly a week passed and still nothing further had been found in the system Symonds was ready to give up on their search of this area and move on into their secondary search area but Mazzarelli had persevered they had entered what could only be described as a dense area of rogue planetoids and large asteroids.  While none of them had atmospheres many had deep canyons and cave networks any of which could have what he wanted.  Laying in his bunk Mazzarelli was convinced he was on the right trail for a find in this system so their search would continue.  “Mazzarelli report to the bridge, we have something you won’t believe” it was Symonds on the ship announcer.

Mazzarelli hadn’t in his fifty-two years ever dressed so quickly moving through the small four deck Stork-class DropShip.  As an aerodyne DropShip the Stork was built like a massive cargo aeroplane with the top two decks dedicated to command and the crew quarters the third deck which carried passengers while the fourth deck was twice as tall as the others and was purely a cargo bay.  When in space the ship flew on its belly so the deck remained as the deck for the crew and passengers making it easier to move around without needing to rearrange things.

Entering the Stork’s bridge, he found Symonds leaning forward looking at his screens, Mazzarelli read some of the displays but mostly it didn’t make much sense to him “Captain” he said announcing his arrival.

“Doctor” Symonds said smiling turning to face him “well you said we’d find something here.  Take a look.”  He said inviting him to look at the screens.

“I’m looking Captain, I just don’t completely understand what I am seeing, can you direct me?”

“Right there!”  He pointed up at one of the roof mounted flat screens Mazzarelli stared at it for a moment and began to understand what he was seeing.  “That Doctor is a drive plume of a small vessel, probably one hundred tons or so.”

“A fighter, a patrol or scout?”

“More likely a small cargo ship of some sort given its movement profile, they are moving a little under 2G nothing fancy just avoiding the rocks, like us” the same sensor operator who had answered his query before.  “It probably can go faster than it currently is but they are in no hurry to go where they are going.”

“Can we talk to them?”

“We wanted you to be here before we did.” Symonds said “Doctor, if you please, you’re on.”  Mazzarelli stood up straighter at that, as straight as one could in the cramped bridge before he spoke.

“I am Doctor Thomas Mazzarelli of the Alarion Fellowship of Associated Scientists; we have come to this system on a mission of peaceful exploration and we would welcome the chance to open peaceful relations with you.”  He began intending on explaining who they were and their intentions

“That got a reaction!  Engine spike they are accelerating.”

“Doctor, they go much past that we’ll lose them.  But in this type of belt, they are risking losing something more than just us…”

“This is the captain, everyone buckle in and prepare for reorientation” Symonds announced over the ship wide intercom “doctor, take your seat, you have one more chance to calm this down.”

“To the pilots of the small ship we are not hostile we are purely here to open peaceful relations you don’t need to run from us.”  He said pleading with them to slow down and listen to his words.  As he spoke Mazzarelli was climbing into his chair as the Stork re-orientated into its normal flight mode with the ship’s main engines driving the vessel forwards.  If the DropShip was going to be expected to make any special manoeuvre, they couldn’t do that in the transit mode.
“They are disappearing behind that rogue planet!”  The pilot said a rogue planet was a planet which didn’t have a regular orbit of its own, it was a remnant from the system’s formation and now it drifted through the asteroid belt as one of its largest contacts.  Part of their next search pattern would have been to explore the planet but this new contact had brought that search forwards.

“Bring us in close and begin scans.  Weapons have them ready” Symonds said catching Mazzarelli’s eye “just in case Doctor, this is still your game, I just want to be ready we’re out here on our own.”  The Santiago de Cuba spun slowly around one of the small asteroids as it did the ship rolled gracefully onto its back and down towards the planet.

“We have him!  He’s gone into that canyon” the dark-skinned sensor operator said tagging the region on her console.  On the other consoles of the Santiago’s bridge the canyon was lit up by the vessel’s sensors.

“Helm, slow engines to station keeping keep us in orbit of this rock and in range of that canyon but no need to waste fuel.”  He ordered reaching over to other controls as the helm station began to change the orientation of the ship and the power being delivered to the engines.  “All hands this is the captain prepare for zero thrust operations; all crewmen not comfortable with zero-g wear your slippers we don’t know when we’ll need to use the engines in a bit.”  Symonds ordered his crew into action in rapid succession the ship went from being under trust to spinning in space and breaking to nearly no velocity at all.  Now the ship was flying “backwards” but at a fraction of the speed that it had been previously using minimal trust to remain above the canyon the crew may feel the occasional jolt but for the most part they would not have the benefit of thrust delivered gravity for a bit.  “What have we got Sujitra?”

“Lots of rocks” the young woman said catching Symonds look out of the corner of her eye “yup, lots of rocks…” she repeated “and some metal, some high concentrations of metal about three hundred metres inside.  It could be natural but at that level of concentration I’d say we’re seeing some sort of landing bay.”

“Too small for us to fit in there.  If we want to drive them out, we’ll need to bring some sort of landing craft from outside the system.”  Symonds said “unless you can talk them out Doctor, we’re at an impasse.”

“To the people on the colony below this is Doctor Mazzarelli, you may not be aware of this but your world is in the heart of a nation known as the Lyran Commonwealth.  This nation is ruled by the Steiner family and is known in the Inner Sphere as one of the Succession States…”

“Oh boy, we’re going to be at this for a bit.”  Symonds noted hearing the doctor begin his history lesson.

“Maybe not we have movement from the canyon!”  Sujitra called out from her station “two small craft similar but not the same as the previous models.”

“Doctor, have you had anything from them?” Symonds asked as the two craft rose out of the canyon.  His DropShip was not heavily armed and against two modern aerospace fighters they’d have not chance, but he highly doubted that these craft were modern.

   “No, captain”

   “Fine, my turn” Symonds said flicking a switch on his control console shutting off Mazzarelli “this is Captain Wayne Symonds of the DropShip Santiago de Cube.  My DropShip is not a craft built for an invasion but we can and we will defend ourselves if we are threatened.”  He said watching as the two craft continued to approach.  “Final warning, identify yourselves or be subject to defence fire.”

   “This is Leutenant Julie Mertens of Vendrell to DropShip we welcome you to the home space of Vendrell and the last bastion of the Protectorate of Donegal.”  The heavily German accented voice said coming through the radio system.  “You are intruders into our space, identify the reason you are here.”

   “Protectorate of Donegal?”  Symonds said looking at Mazzarelli “Doctor?”

   “A precursor nation to the Lyran Commonwealth.  One of House Steiner’s founding members, the richest of them, where leaders of our nation were originally born.  It hasn’t existed for nearly eight hundred years…”  He began to explain but Symonds raised a hand to silence him.

   “Leutenant Mertens the nation you claim to represent became a founding member of the Lyran Commonwealth almost eight hundred years ago.  You have been cut off for a very long time.”

   “We are aware, our colony and Rijeka are happy with our isolation.  We do not need to be subjugated by your Commonwealth like the Donegal was, our ancestors close to create a life for themselves in the stars away from the bigger national government which was being created.”

   “The people of Donegal led the Lyran Commonwealth.  Archon Robert Marsden became the Commonwealth’s first Archon, his brother Alistair the second!”  Mazzarelli blurted out cutting over Symonds before the captain could speak.

   “The traitor led the new Commonwealth?”  Martens asked back over the open channel “Santiago hold position.”  The woman said and the comm channel went silent for several minutes.  Symonds looked at Mazzarelli annoyed he had broken through.

   “Sorry Captain, but these people descend from ancestors who thought their nation which was rich and prosperous was going to be subjugated and broken up by the other nations of the new Commonwealth.  They left based on a lie and have been cut off from the rest of us for more than seven hundred years!”

   “I was getting to that point Doctor, this is going to be a lot for them to take in.”

   “Third contact rising from the surface!”

   “Communication from lead ship.”

   “This is Leutenant Martens we are sending a small ship as there is not space for your vessel within our landing bay.  You are invited to send a delegation to Vendrell to speak to our leadership.”

   “Doctor, looks like we’re going for a trip.”  Symonds said to the excited looking doctor.

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   An hour later the small craft carrying Dr Mazzarelli and Captain Symonds arrived on the asteroid colony of Vendrell.  The small craft had been of the same design as the other two craft and had docked with the Santiago’s external docking port they had been escorted into the rear of the craft which was little more than a converted cargo space.  The trip had been short the ship had landed on a landing pad which had retracted into a hanger below.  They had felt the ship be pulled along the hanger floor by something as the hanger pressurized outside after several minutes their pilots entered the rear cabin through a small slide door and then the side doors of the small craft opened and a ramp extended allowing the four people to exit.

   Mazzarelli and Symonds were greeted by the sight anyone would encounter if they entered a hanger of a military vessel or underground installation all of the walls were made of heavily worn metal and the area was a hive of activity.  While they didn’t know if this was their only hanger Symonds could count seven of the craft similar to the three ship’s they had already encountered.

   From deeper within the hanger a man wearing a grime covered black and grey coverall approached them he had a full head of greying hair and a greying beard he was easily in his early fifties and looked well for his age if a bit pale, probably due to the lack of natural exposure of sunlight.  I am Administrator Daniel de Oliveira of the Vendrell Colony, welcome to our colony and the soil of the Protectorate of Donegal.”  He said raising his hands openly to his side “my apologies for my appearance we had a maintenance issue which needed the hands of a trained operator.”

   “Thank you for the welcome Administrator, I am Captain Wayne Symonds of the DropShip Santiago de Cuba and this is Doctor Thomas Mazzarelli of the Alarion Fellowship of Associated Scientists.”

   “And you are from the Lyran Commonwealth?”

   “Well less” Symonds answered the question simply.

   “Our ancestors knew that one day the Commonwealth would expand to our shores.  What is it the Commonwealth wants with us today?”  Oliveira asked Symonds glanced at Mazzarelli who stepped forward.

   “Mr Administrator, I do not know how far you think your ancestors travelled for the Commonwealth to finally reach your shores?”  He asked carefully seeing a small crowd of about thirty people so far had gathered to see the visitors.

   “Our ancestors travelled for approximately eighty years settling in this system in early 2420 after a critical part of their colony ship failed during transit stranding them here.  They travelled far from the reach of the newly born Commonwealth and the external wars it was bringing to our lands.”  He said loudly enough for the crowd to hear and be proud of their accomplishments.  “While Vendrell and Rijeka are not the paradise worlds they hoped to find we have made them home.”

   “I understand that and your Colony ship travelled through the Interstellar space between worlds?”  He asked trying to establish exactly how they had arrived to live here.

   “Yes, their ship accelerated for years and then when they ran into difficulties, they made a heroic effort to slow to a stop in this system.”  Oliveira explained “our colony and Rijeka are the results of their efforts.”

   “I don’t know how much you know of Interstellar travel Administrator?”  Captain Symonds asked not waiting for a response “travel in normal space is significantly slower than using Jump technology and it does not travel nearly as far.”

   “Yes, we are aware but our ancestors did not have the funds to move such a large population by JumpShip and they wished to move all of their supporters at once before other elements got to them.  Their colony ship was the only option.”

   “I can understand the issues they faced.”  Symonds said “but because they used normal space travel instead of jump technology.  Your people have moved a little under seven light years from Reese Station.  While you have been independent and your accomplishments are your own, you are still within the heart of the nation known as Lyran Commonwealth.”  He explained he could see the shock on the faces around them “now the Lyran nation is not coming here to enslave you.  My ship is one of science and exploration, but what you all need to know is that you are as Lyran as anyone else even if it’s something you haven’t been able to be part of until now.  And you could be in line for support from the nation’s leadership.”

   “Something we can explore.”  Oliveira suggested “talking of which would you like to see more of our home?”  He offered and he began leading them of a tour of the facility which laid below.  The top level was exclusively the hanger facility but below that there were twelve additional floors which sprawled out several kilometres in every direction housing a population of nearly twenty-five thousand.  There were schools, hospitals and accommodation for all with many of the people who lived on the colony working in the maintenance of their home or on one of their satellite mining facilities.

While they were travelling Oliveira explained that Rijeka was similar to Vendrell but was nearly three days away through the asteroids and because of the size of the small craft it required several refuelling stops.  The two colonies essentially operated entirely independently of each other but traded regularly for supplies and parts with members of the population occasionally choosing to settle on the other colony keeping their gene pools diverse.  The news that outsiders from the Lyran Commonwealth had made contact swept through the two colonies quickly with many afraid of what the nation would do to their tiny “Protectorate” while others embraced the idea of being part of a grander nation and looked forwards to learning more about the nation their ancestors had run from.

Within weeks of the Santiago de Cuba’s arrival in the system and the return of their JumpShip a Lyran contact team is sent to the system with several cargo DropShips carrying additional supplies opening up the two colonies to the rest of the Commonwealth.  The people on the DropShips brought stories into the colonies as well as resources opening up opportunities for their population elsewhere.  The integration of the two colonies to the Lyran Commonwealth also brings taxes to the systems however because of their long isolation the Lyran government ensure they are introduced slowly.  For Symonds and Mazzarelli their mission in the system is done initially Mazzarelli’s scientists were allowed to explore the two colonies learning a little about their culture before the Lyran contact team took over leading to their presence being addition to the needs of the project.

Border skirmish
Ziliang, Ziliang PDZ
Capellan March, Federated Suns
14th May 3116


   It was near the hour of midnight when the people of Ziliang realized something was wrong but things were far more advanced than they realized.  Under the cover of night, the Capellan Confederation had arrived on the world with a reinforced battalion of troops which had one goal, eliminate the leadership of the world and sow chaos.  The assault on Ziliang was part of a larger goal to unsettle the entire region as the Capellans made a play against their neighbouring succession state.

Their first goal on Ziliang was to target the Duke of Ziliang Marlin Alexander for death for years he had the First Federated Suns Armoured Cavalry on world to protect him but that elite unit was currently based off world with only the local militia unit to protect the duke.  The so-called Chancellor’s Chosen Augmented Battalions were made up of mostly Stealth equipped BattleMechs and they had moved quickly breaking through defence lines to deposit numerous Battle Armoured assassins into the duke’s private residence.  Having delivered his four Battle Armoured troopers to their target Sang-wei Lee Ji-sung sat in his Yamal BattleMech waiting for their return, this was a simple hit and escape mission and his sixty-ton Yamal, or Kangaroo, as the Battle Armour troopers nicknamed the design had been sent with a single mission to transport them in and get them back out.

The Yamal (Kangaroo) was a new BattleMech in the Capellan Confederation Armed Forces built at sixty tons it was capable of over eighty kilometres per hour and it was clad in thick stealth armour.  The Mech had four medium lasers and a flame thrower as armament but its true asset was its armour, speed and jump jets.  The Mech was designed with this sort of mission to get in unseen and to get back out before a defender could react.  For this mission his unit had sent six of the Kangaroos each carrying four Battle Armoured troopers to target the duke.

Now that the Battle Armoured troopers were inside Sang-wei Lee Ji-sung sat and waited for their return the night sky on Ziliang was nice tonight there was a faint green colour coming through the clouds Ji-sung had no idea why that would be the case but he took it as a good sign.  In his ten years serving with the CCAF he had served in many units but this was his first time leading an assault into the Federated Suns, his first of many.  Suddenly there was signal from in front of the Mech and Ji-sung could see a Fa Shih suited trooper with an unconscious figure over their shoulder indicating for his attention.

The Kangaroo was designed to serve as a command Mech but that same facility could be locked out essentially as a cell and be used as a transport for those captured in combat.  Ji-sung folded the BattleMech’s legs carefully under itself lowering the Mech’s profile to a near prone position he then flicked the toggle for the front hatch and the forward cockpit on the Mech opened.  Unlike many BattleMechs with a Command Console feature the Kangaroo’s was located at the front of the Mech allowing for a prisoner to be loaded quickly into the Mech.  The Battle Armoured trooper did not wait long and moved forward buckling his new passenger in place.  From what Ji-sung could see she was a young woman in her early twenties still dressed in her bed clothing and wrapped in a robe.  As the trooper buckled her in the pilot locked out the controls in the front compartment, he didn’t need her waking during the trip, he didn’t know who she was, the plan had not been to capture anyone.  Once his passenger was buckled in the trooper withdrew from the front of his Mech and Ji-sung toggled the cockpit closed before bringing the BattleMech back to a standing position.  On his main communication screen at the front of his cockpit Ji-sung could see a simple unspoken command “Go!”

Accelerating quickly Ji-sung ducked his thin BattleMech through the night streets of Ziliang while the Kangaroo weighed in at sixty tons it was not a wide BattleMechs both “arms” were more like shoulder stumps and the rest of the Mech was longer than wider with the forward mounted second cockpit and rear torso mounted jump jets.  The guardian electronic counter measures suite and stealth armour combined to hide the black painted Mech from sensors but nothing could hide an eight-metre tall BattleMech charging through the city.  The first patrol to see him were a pair of Sortek Mechanized Combat Vehicles which were most likely responding to the attack on the duke’s residence, their response at encountering an enemy Mech was typical and they filled the air with particle cannon fire trying to tag his Mech one blast of man-made lighting slammed into his Mech’s left torso while the other slammed into the building beside him Ji-sung took evasive action and turned his Mech to the right avoiding further fire heading down another street.

Whether it was the impact of the particle cannon or his evasive manoeuvre Lee Ji-sung’s passenger woke following the encounter with the two vehicles and she began to scream out of a mix of fear and anger.  Lee quickly muted the intercom between the two cockpits, he didn’t need the distraction as they ran through the city streets.  His sensors flashed up with another target a fast-moving BattleMech, he twisted his BattleMech’s torso to see if he could get a look of any targets first on his left and then on his right but nothing appeared before his Mech was hit by four tightly packed pulse laser blasts.  Twisting his Mech back around he noticed it was a Gunsmith which weighed less than half the tonnage of his heavier Mech unfortunately its laser reflective armour would make his lasers far less effective against the target.  Firing all four medium lasers into the target he saw that three hit their target but even with his successes due to the enemy Mech’s specialized armour he hadn’t even penetrated the Mech’s armour.  He lunged the Kangaroo forwards trying to kick out at the lighter Mech, hoping to land a crippling blow, but missed the Gunsmith ran off firing its pulse lasers back at him.  Lee Ji-sung wasn’t interested in trying to catch a faster light Mech instead he jumped the Kangaroo away from the lighter target more green pulse lasers filled the air but missed the flying Capellan Mech.  His passenger continued to scream angrily at him as his Mech reached the top of its jump, she then continued to scream as they began to fall again.  Ji-sung cut in the jump jets at the last moment softening the landing and the Kangaroo continued to run.
Unfortunately, the encounter with the Sorteks and then the Gunsmith had put him behind schedule at reaching his rendezvous point with their DropShips and now time could not be wasted.  Landing Ji-Sung plotted a course for outside the city while keeping a look out for additional enemy targets his concentration on piloting the heavy Mech at speed resulted in Ji-sung missing the two Maten Scout VTOLs pass by his position fortunately the automated anti-missile system was ready and immediately engaged the incoming missiles from the two aircraft.  Unlike the Gunsmith which Lee Ji-sung knew he could scare away with his Mech’s size the two VTOLs could pick away at his armour and report his Mech’s position to other enemy units meaning he had to do something about them.  Stopping his progress rapidly he changed direction heading the opposite way from originally intended trying to throw off the two VTOLs.  His passenger had quietened down and was not crying he wondered if she was resigned to her fate or if the heat in the cockpit had finally begun to get to her.  Unfortunately, Ji-sung had no intentions of letting up launching the Mech into the air once more he triggered the four medium lasers on hitting one target with two of them, fortunately two medium lasers against a small VTOL were plenty and the small aircraft exploded, his anti-missile system engaged the incoming missiles cutting down several as fragments of the aircraft rained down on the streets below.  The Kangaroo came down heavily and Lee Ji-rung ran the sixty-ton Mech back in the opposite direction.  His sensors showed several enemy Mechs were combing the area looking for him, word must have been out, dodging further combat Ji-sung piloted his Kangaroo into the city river and waded towards the deepest part.  From there he made slow but steady progress out of the Unfortunately, city limits his passenger had fallen unconscious during the engagement with the VTOLs so she was mercifully silent.
Once out of the city Lee Ji-sung piloted the Kamal back up onto the banks of the river.  Behind him he could see the city was on fire as other members of his Chosen unit continued to harass Davion defenders.  The battle for Ziliang was not over after tonight, it had just begun.  He thoughts as he piloted his Mech the several kilometres south of the city back towards their DropShips.  His Mech was waved directly towards their command DropShip a low to the ground Assault Triumph he was directed to lower his Mech to the ground position and open the front cockpit then his passenger was unloaded and he was directed to move again this time to the Mechbay for repairs before his next mission.

The battle for Ziliang was not over nor were the battles for eight other systems as the Capellan Confederation launched a mini-invasion of the Federated Suns testing out their new augmented battalion forces flooding the Ziliang PDZ with forces.  For weeks the worlds would be contested between the Federated Suns and Capellan Confederation with four of the nine worlds Uravan, Weatogue, Ikast and Manapire falling into Capellan control and the others being contested.
News breaks a couple of days later that Duke Alexander of Ziliang had survived an attempt on his life but his daughter had been kidnapped by the invaders and that they were trying to use her as leverage over the duke as they continued to contest the world.  With the news of his daughter’s abduction made public Duke Marlin Alexander has little option but to remove himself from the defence of the world hurting the AFFS defenders but maintaining their integrity.  With the Duke out of the world’s defence structure the Capellans have little need for his daughter, a body of a young woman matching her description is found in the river three weeks after the battle for Ziliang once Capellan forces have been forced off the world.  The cause of death is confirmed to be drowning and DNA records confirm that it was Duke Marlin Alexander’s daughter.


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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1387 on: 10 January 2022, 17:32:27 »
Solaris Racing League Practice Event
Masako, Solaris VII
Independent Clan Space
23rd May 3116


   The game world, Solaris VII, continues to spin and the competitions continue to amaze spectators year-round.  The Solaris Racing League event which pitted pilots in single seat conventional fighter craft racing against the clock in its opening season of 3115 was ramping up for a second run and hoping to bring in bigger more profitable audiences than the previous year the organisers of the event choose to introduce additional obstacles.  A majority of the racers do not think the new additions are necessary but agree to allow them to be introduced first in the practice race outside of the small town of Masako in the Draconis Combine dominated region on the world.

   The practice race is a single lap of a famed area near Masako through a nature reserve which has been surrounded by some elevated spectator areas which are used by the teams to monitor their aircraft and make refinements in a controlled area.  Due to the additional areas available some VIPs, members of the press and social influencers from Solaris are allowed exclusive access to watch the practice runs with the intentions of raising the Racing League’s profile.

   Unfortunately, this increased scrutiny and additional obstacles makes a mockery of the completion two pilots who were attempting to show off in front of their supporters and the press crash into some of the additional obstacles while one pilot Mathilde Noir completely loses control of her Boomerang Spotter Plane and crashes causing a huge fireball which claim’s the pilot’s life.  With these accidents far more public than the SRL would like the rest of the practice sessions are cancelled and the obstacles are removed from the remainder of the season so their introduction can be properly studied.

Border conflict
Thadora’s Land, Southwest Covenant
28th May 3116


   The Cirincus Federation launch several attacks on the Southwest Covenant following the failure of a trade agreement.  For months the Cirincus Federation had been trying to convince the Southwest Covenant and the Zeta Quadrant worlds that an alliance with the Federation would be beneficial for all three nations, unfortunately the two smaller nations saw these suggestions exactly what they were for, the Federation attempting to conquer them without firing a shot.  Both Southwest Covenant leadership and Zeta Quadrant leaderships had rejected the Cirincus Federation trade deals and now the nation was attempting to bully them into submission.

   In their attacks on the Southwest Covenant the Cirincus Federation deploy entire companies of WVR-9R Wolverine BattleMechs suggesting that they were able to manufacture the BattleMech and that they had been for some time.  The inclusion of so many brand-new BattleMechs are enough for Cirincus to secure control over Thadora’s Land but they are forced off the other two worlds by the dedicated defences of local militia and supporting mercenary forces.  In an effort to further bolster their available forces the Southwest Covenant send addition negotiators to Galatea Station and other hiring worlds looking for mercenaries.

The Kangaroo I found on Facebook and was created by Xander MacLeod.  I'll post the design in the design section shortly it's used with the creator's permission.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1389 on: 11 January 2022, 08:22:43 »
Man, you go in so many directions with this saga, DragonCat.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1390 on: 11 January 2022, 15:18:42 »
Man, you go in so many directions with this saga, DragonCat.

I want to show as much of the Inner Sphere and Clans as possible, there are most definitely gaps and any time there's a suggestion I'll gladly take it

There's a piece from marauder coming up shortly exploring some internal Sea Fox fun and plenty more besides that  really got the writing bug at the moment
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1391 on: 14 January 2022, 15:38:28 »
Minnetonka Hotel
Solaris City, Solaris VII
Independent Clan World
6th June 3116


   It was 0402 on the morning of the 6th Jun 3116 and Reporter Sarah El-Sabbagh hadn’t had a wink of sleep, she was based three blocks from the massive Star League Stadium and it was the morning of the Forty-third Star League Games, the biggest game on Solaris schedule this week.  The air was filled with the sound of low flying VTOL engines and the sirens as a group of Mao-Heng Charioteer ground vehicles sped down the street their police sirens screaming.  “Ben, get them on camera then pan up and get the SWAT Carriers in the shot too.  I’m going to prep the piece.”  Her red Natasha Kerensky-styled hair flowing as she leaned out their hotel room window watching the convoy of vehicles pass by.

   “How many calls is that today already?” Ben Tan asked leaning out the window with his Tri-vid camera capturing images of the Charioteers and the nearby VTOLs higher above there was a Cloud Nine Airship also patrolling the area Ben did his best to capture the massive delta winged craft on camera before it slipped back above the clouds.  The Clan and Inner Sphere forces on Solaris had two of the thousand-ton support airships as part of their combined police and peacekeeping force rarely was it seen in public other than when they wanted it to be seen.

   “At least four I’ve counted, it’s the Sixth of June, Ben everyone is jumping through hoops hoping there isn’t a repeat of previous years.”  She said flipping her hair over each shoulder and opening the top button of her white shirt showing a little bit of skin didn’t hurt the ratings.  She saw Ben looking at her for a moment “what?  I’ve covered these games three times now, this has got to be the worse date of the year for them to hold these games, after the disaster in ‘74 they can’t afford another balls up.”  She said “you got the shot?”

   “I got it, we have no idea what the context of their trip is but I’ve got it.”

   “Why else wake up the entire city?”  She demanded with a knowing smirk, they city was on edge they were just reporting it, seeing Ben flick the switch on the camera she composed herself for a moment “ladies and gentlemen, my name is Sarah El-Sabbagh and we have just witnessed the fourth Police Call out in Solaris City in as many hours.  While it has not been confirmed by authorities, we believe these call outs have been for scares over potential Sixth of June Terrorist Activities.  With the Star League Games due to start in just a few short hours I’ll be staying on the pulse as we watch and pray that nothing befalls these games.  I’m Sarah El-Sabbagh live from Solaris City on the Day of the Forty-third Star League Games.”  She said she saw Ben cut the feed “good, cut that with your footage and upload it to the server we’re going to have a busy day ahead of us.”

   “We don’t even have press credentials to get into the Stadium, the Clanners are clamping down hard on it this year even the Commission hasn’t been able to open up as much as they want.”  Ben Tan complained he’d worked with Sarah for three years and he hated the Star League Games, he hated Solaris but they went where Sarah thought they’d get the best ratings looking to pick up the story that would make their careers and the games taking place on such an infamous date was too much to turn down.

   The scares continued throughout the day continued with nearly the entire Police force of Solaris VII deployed in and around the Star League Stadium.  Fortunately for the competitors, the spectators and the games organizers the games go on without incident with Dracois Combine Mustered Society Officer Tai-sa Kenji Shimura piloting a Hatamoto-suna Assault BattleMech winning the day over other competitors.  Without access to the games and without a major story outside Sarah and Ben must wait for another story to earn them fame.

   As the anniversary of the Sixth of June passes across the Inner Sphere there are several terrorist attacks claimed to have been committed by the infamous group but none are proven to be the case and all are on a far smaller scale than previously attempted by the group.

Final assault
Wolf City, Gallery
Halfway Province, Lyran Commonwealth
12th June 3116


   As the sands blew their heaviest in a century above ground the Mountain Wolfs sat in their den on Gallery and awaited their fate.  Unfortunately, the warriors who remained knew this time was coming, they’d known for several days and had made peace with it.  “Lyran troops have entered the base!  Lyran troops have entered the base!”  The warning sounded constantly as a rumble rolled through the caverns as Lyran Commonwealth Commandos approached command.

   “This is Star Colonel Daniela Wolf to all Moutain Wolf forces, offer no resistance.  Lyran Commanders are to be welcomed to Gallery; we are not their enemy.”  The most senior Mountain Wolf warrior said standing beside the command holotank, she had been wrong, wrong so many times today was the day she’d make things a little righter.  Daniela Wolf had never expected to lead so many of her people nor had she ever expected to be here at the end of her Clan’s life, she knew that day was today and there was nothing she could do about it.

   It didn’t take long for the lead Lyran Commonwealth troopers to reach the command complex of the Mountain Wolves.  Barging into the complex fully armoured in their Grey Death Infiltrator Battle Amour Suits their under-arm gauss rifles and firedrake needlers covering the entire room.  With these weapons the four lead troopers alone could wipe out ever man and woman in the command complex in a matter of seconds.

   “By the order of General of Armies Sabine Steiner, you and all Mountain Wolf forces are ordered to stand down and surrender!  ”  The troopers screamed. "The Mountain Wolf Clan is charged with deploying a biological weapon against the Lyran Commonwealth."

   “I am Star Colonel Daniela Wolf; I am ready to offer my Clan’s unconditional surrender to your forces.”  She said raising her right hand up in surrender, weeks before the Mountain Wolves had stood as allies to those of the Lyran Commonwealth now she was faced with their weapons.  She understood the challenge, since returning to Gallery she had learned of the Mountain Wolf scientists actions here and in the Commonwealth beyond it made her sick to her stomach.

   “Where is Riko Danvers!”  The lead trooper demanded not even bothering to introduce himself, at least Daniela thought he was a he the trooper had kept his armour sealed, not that she blamed him after what the Mountain Wolf scientists had done.

   There was a genetic illness that had been striking the Lyran Commonwealth for months.  It appeared to pick out genetic markers in victims nearly at random but in fact it was very well designed, and it had been designed here on Gallery by Riko Danvers and his other scientists.  Daniela had been assigned to Tharkad assisting in the defence of the Lyran Commonwealth and she had not seen what Danvers and his cohorts had done to the people of Gallery, her people.  In the months before releasing the illness on the Lyran Commonwealth Riko Danvers had tested it first here on the native population of Gallery and then on the Mountain Wolves based here.  The formerly proud Clan was now sick and dying in the caves which the Lyran Commonwealth had gifted them.  There was no known cure for this virus the only way was to allow it to run its course fortunately one thing she had learned on Gallery, the virus had a shelf life which she could offer to the Commonwealth.

   “Where is Riko Danvers!”  The trooper repeated the under arm needler almost twitching as he spoke.

   “He’s gone!”  She snapped angrily.  “He and his allies escaped on a trader DropShip last week.  The DropShip was supposed to be taking supplies to our troops on Krevci, it did not arrive.  I do not know where he is.”

   “Research papers!  The damage he has done to the Commonwealth may be irreparable.”

   “It is not irreparable” Daniela said through the tears that were running down her wrinkled face she felt like she had aged several years in the last few days alone after seeing the destruction that she had allowed Riko Danvers to wrought here on Gallery.  “We cannot undo the damage that has been done, but I have learned that the virus has a shelf life.  It needs to be quarantined until its life is over and once that happens it becomes inert.  Do you understand time, time is what your people need, time will eliminate this virus to a horrible memory.”  She said “we have learned this here on Gallery Riko Danvers released the virus here first and devastated our lower castes with it.  Time has passed now and the virus is gone.  Our troops that are off world have had nothing to do with this they are innocent of what has happened but we understand that our Clan must pay a price for what we have unleashed.”  She said raising her left hand and placing what she held on the table in front of her.  The item had two cubes one above her closed hand and the other underneath, she held the trigger in between these two cubes tightly.  “I am going to give you time, Commander, time to get your men and women out of this complex before we pay Surkai for our actions.”

   “You offered your surrender; how can you turn this on us with this?”

   “Our people here have done too many wrongs to simply say sorry.”  Daniela explained “our troops off world will continue to serve your people when we are gone.  I have ordered them to stand down without resistance, and I have ordered our JumpShips to do the same.  Our legacy will survive but these caves which we have made our home in must be cleansed of the stain of our failures.”  She said looking down at the device “now go!  Leave us to our path!”  She bellowed

   The Lyran Battle Armoured troopers ran as quickly as they could through the complex of caves with the Mountain Wolves watching as they left.  Each member of the Clan had been informed of Danvers actions and informed about what he had done to their people as well, each of them had accepted the chosen path of Surkai.

   “All Lyran troops have left the facility.  Sealing entrance doors.”  The announcer said over the speakers due to the hostile nature of Gallery’s surface almost all of Wolf City had been constructed underground in a huge complex of caves.  Each entrance had massive airlock like doors which could be closed to seal off the city to the outside world it would take several minutes for all the doors to close.  Daniela Wolf remained silent looking at the dead mans switch in her hands, the tears continuing to flow, she could hear others were also crying as well their failure as Clansmen complete.  “All… all external doors are secured.  Khan Wolf, we are all ready.”  The announcer said sending one final message.

   Star Colonel Daniela Wolf was not Khan of the Mountain Wolf Clan.  Due to the tiny remains of the Mountain Wolves, and the sway of Riko Danvers, they had never elected a Khan instead trusting Daniela and their Scientists to guide them in their rebuilding.  How wrong had they been?  Daniela looked around the room “it’s been an honour.”  She said releasing the dead-man’s switch.  Near the bottom of Wolf City a series of nuclear armed explosives detonate within moments of Daniela releasing the switch.  Within hours the last remnants of the Mountain Wolf Clan are wiped from existence as the nuclear flames burns through the entire cave.  The explosives cause the caves which Wolf City had been built in to collapse crushing the remains of the city in thousands of tons of rubble.

   Off of Gallery the three active Clusters of Mountain Wolf troops on Kreci, Gladius and Donegal are stood down by the Lyran Commonwealth forces with the warriors all cashiered out of service and their equipment seized.  While none are found to be guilty of causing harm to the Lyran Commonwealth simply no unit wishes to have them in their units.  Many of the warriors leave Lyran space or head to mercenary hiring halls in the coming weeks.

As the news spreads Clan Wolf which took in the other half of Clan Mountain Wolf and remade their Clan whole following the time of the Exiles strikes the Mountain Wolf name from their Clan’s Clusters and from their Clan’s remembrance.  Dozens of the warriors of the former Clan face Trials of Grievance from other Wolves throught the coming months as the Crusader Clan attempts to wipe the legacy from its ranks, only a few of the warriors including Khan Cade Kell survive the series of Trials.

Internal Management
Kaumberg, Kaumberg Archonette
Alarion Province, Lyran Commonwealth
18th June 3116


Elsewhere in the Lyran Commonwealth there is a series of terrorist attacks claimed by the Democracy Now movement.  Without support from Carlisle and Tharkad the Kaumberg Lord of Lords Erich Sheridan announces the formation of the Kaumberg Archonette which will allow him to combat the movement and maintain the correct defences to be used against the encroaching Fire Mandrill Clan.  This change encompasses the entirety of the Kaumberg Theatre and adds in several worlds from the Alarion Province.  Erich Sheridan cites the lasting Buena Khanate as the reason behind his move to bring more worlds under Kaumberg’s control.

Spirit of Northumberland (Endeavor-class Explorer)
Zebra, Deep Periphery
22nd June 3116


   A flash of light and the long boxy Endeavor-class Exploration Vessel Spirit of Northumberland entered a system further from the Inner Sphere than it had ever been, even further than the research colony McEvedy’s Folly.  The massive rectangular gravity deck which dominated the middle of the ship began to spin almost immediately.  At the rear of the vessel the huge jumpsail began to extend from the WarShip’s hull.

   In the command deck Captain Bruce Barnes sat and monitored operations “deploy small craft and the MacMahon they can assist us in bringing in the cargo pods.  Have their Mechs deployed along our hull towards the cargo bay.”  He ordered from the ventral spire at the front of the ship the vessel’s Fortress-class DropShip detached and took up a position off the vessel’s bow.  Meanwhile three small craft accelerated away from the space craft.

   “They are in position.”  The sensor operator “The MechWarriors are ready.”  Along the hull there were now six ultra-light BattleMechs waiting to assist the crew.

   “Open cargo bay – cargo operators can leave the bay but should be no further than one hundred metres from the bay doors.”  The captain said near the back of the ship several power armour equipped troopers exited the vessel and took positions waiting for the cargo launch.  “None of us have done this before outside simulations so be prepared for anything.”  He said briefing the crew “communications raise Cassion One, have them launch package one.”

   Several hundred metres away a Cassion Payload Satelite opened its first cargo bay and deployed a fifty-ton cargo pod immediately the first small craft moved in and grappled the pod beginning to drag it towards the Spirit of Northumberland once it got closer the BattleMechs and Power Armour reached out to grab the pod.  The first few missed the incoming pod but the next layer of Mechs caught the Pod and passed it onto several power armoured troopers.  Immediately the next small craft grappled the next pod and began to move it towards the Spirit while the first small craft moved off heading towards the second Cassion.

   These two payload satellites had been deployed in this system several months before the Spirit had even left the docks they were each filled with roughly one hundred-and-fifty tons of spare parts, fuel and supplies which would help the Spirit extend its mission by several months deeper into space.  This supply point and one other Whisky would serve as “pit-stops” for the vessel one heading out and one returning home.

Asset redeployment
Marduk, Robinson PDZ
Draconis March, Federated Suns
22nd June 3116


   Intent on maintaining control over their salient into the Draconis Combine the Federated Suns Navy deploy the FSS Sortek, a Davion III-class Destroyer, and the FSS Lancaster, a Vincent Davion-class Destroyer, along with several support DropShips to the Marduk system on the Combine border.  Their arrival comes as Warrior House Sortek, the wayward solders from the Confederated Suns, return from a raid into the Draconis Combine returning to their garrison position on Marduk with well over a company’s worth of Combine built BattleMechs.

   On the planet’s surface the Warrior House’s fortification deep in the Buick Mountain Range is well under construction and is occupied by the unit and their support personnel, the facility is already capable of surviving a nuclear or orbital bombardment and is able to support nearly five thousand personnel should it be required.  Deep within its training ranges the next generation of Warrior House inductees, which have been gleaned from across the Draconis March, are training ready to take their place in what is becoming a prestigious unit.  Year on year more people flock to the world of Marduk looking to become associated with the Warrior House which has also led to a boon in the world’s gross national product.  The world’s sole production facility Norse BattleMech Works continues to produce Griffin and Wolverine BattleMechs for the AFFS and has been working on a new variant of the Lynx BattleMech which would be produced under licence at the Marduk based plant.
« Last Edit: 14 January 2022, 15:43:49 by Dragon Cat »
Below are links to my fan fiction pages.

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https://bg.battletech.com/forums/fan-fiction/alternate-timeline-with-thanks-full-part-2/

As always please enjoy and if you have any questions about my AU (or want to chat about ideas I could incorporate into it) feel free to PM me.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1392 on: 18 January 2022, 10:52:12 »
Excellent updates, and The Society is still clearly going strong, but blimey the end of the Mountain Wolves...that was a shocker!
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