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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #60 on: 20 May 2016, 21:16:57 »
I'd have always thought that the HH1 was a modified M-9 w/o the SDS Control and most of that station's Naval weapons. To make room for more storage / habitat space.

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To me it was always a support asset for the Clan that was easily moved.  A repair ship if it was needed or a factory ship to keep the Clan going until ground facilities, or shipyards, were built.

To the Periphery to end 3103 - answering 3 questions... What Erik Martens-Calderon thought of the worlds leaving, where the Subtlety came from, and what has happened to the Nova Cats.

Government Meeting
Samantha, Taurus
Taurian Concordat, Periphery
2nd December 3103


   “I hold in my hand a letter from the new Public Leader of Sananda” Governor Chiara Ruggeri said standing in front of the Taurian Government she was one of the youngest governors in the room at forty-two years, six years junior to the current Protector, she had long dyed blonde hair which made her look quite a bit younger than she actually was a career politician she’d never seen war outside this room.  “In this letter the Leader, a Rolf McQuarry, requested that Captain Sarah Potenza remove her lance of BattleMechs and their supporting vehicle company from the planet.”  The Governor said “Rolf McQuarry was an infantry company commander in the Taurus’ Revenge Regiment and in this letter” she said waving it above her “he stated that our forces were no longer needed or welcome on the planet but that he did not wish harm to come to our people.”  She said looking around the room “Captain Potenza withdrew her forces from the system and is moving them to join the rest of the Taurus’ Revenge Regiment on the Federated Suns front.”  She said turning towards Protector Erik Martens-Calderon “what will you do about this world and the other that have joined the New Colony Region?”  She asked looking at the Protector he noted her use of the original name for the Fronc Reaches.

   “For now nothing” Erik Martens-Calderon said staring at Chiara Ruggeri who looked angry at his answer.  “In total the six systems have left the Taurian Concordat. SIX” he said emphasizing the point “they are nothing compared to the greater Concordat, they do not wish to be part of our nation and now they represent less mouths for us to feed.”  He said bluntly shocking many of the parliaments “we have lost no mining facilities we cannot replace and out of all of those worlds a single ammunition factory…”

   “What of the troops that have defected?”  Chiara asked interrupting him “before his popular rising Rolf McQurry was an infantry officer.”

   “In total we have lost three battalions of infantry and a small assortment of Mechs and vehicles which were in too bad a condition to be removed by our troops on short notice.”  Erik said raising a small pad of paper from his side “we have captured three times as much material as we have lost I combat against the Federated Suns and our trade deal with the Capellans has netted us even more.”  The Protector stressed the Concordat was on the rise they needed to see that “Taurus Territorial Industries of Sterope continue to provide our nation with the effective Hyades-class JumpShip.  Our military is one of the most mobile in the entire Periphery.”  Erik said seeing that while they were happy with what he had said few of them were convinced “four years ago Taurus Territorial Industries was able to construct its first Compact K-F Core.”  He announced seeing finally some interest few understood the science behind Interstellar travel but they knew that WarShips were built around a Compact K-F Core.  “Since then those same engineers have worked on reverse engineering the drives from the Jason Hasek” ladies and gentlemen “I am very proud to announce that as of today our military are the proud owners of the first Hyades-class Corvette” he said behind him a screen activated showing the vessel slowly move clear of the Sterope shipyard.  “I have directed this vessel to be named the TCS Jeffery Calderon after my father.”  He said proudly almost immediately there was applause from around the room but Erik noticed that Chiara Ruggeri was not completely convinced.  “We will bring those worlds back into the Concordat in time and in the same way that they left through peace” Erik said “for now our nation stands as one at war, a War that we are winning.”

   “Until the Federated Suns decides that we are more than an annoyance.”  Chiara Ruggeri warned before retaking her seat.  Erik Martens-Calderon watched her for several moments as the Speaker of the House began their next topic of discussion for a moment Erik and Chiara’s eyes met the Protector simply nodded his respect to her which the Governor returned.

Diplomatic Meeting, Subtelty (McKenna MOD-class Battleship)
Wildwood, Magistracy of Canopus
Periphery
20th December 3103


   When word had reached Canopus of a non-hostile McKenna-class Battleship which had arrived in the Wildwood system the Magestix had send Ambassador Winson Hodges and the MCS Katara, a Shoung Bi Shou-class Corvette, to discover what their intentions were.  Fortunately the rumours of the McKenna being passive were accurate and when the Katara had arrived the Ambassador had been invited on board.

   Docking on board the Subtlety Ambassador Winson Hodges pulled himself through the micro-gravity into the airlock of the McKenna-class Battleship and was surprised to see Commander America Park, the commander of the nearby defence station, on board the vessel.  “Welcome on board the Subtlety Profitable Training College of Military Arts” she said greeting him “Captain Leroy-Detrich is awaiting you.”

   “Lead on Commander” he said the Magistracy Armed Forces officer turned as did the member of the Subtlety who was escorting them.  As they moved through the corridors in the micro-gravity Ambassador Winson Hodges was surprised at the state of the McKenna.  Despite the Subtlety's external appearance the internal arrangement of the Subtlety was in very good condition however there were some areas which showed things were not normal on board the vessel.  As they moved along the corridors Hodges noted a room marked weapons control the door was broken, or missing, and the room completely empty with the consoles dark.  Hodges was not an expert on naval vessels but he would have thought there would be at least one person manning the weapons array.

   Commander Park and their Subtlety guide led the small group to one of the McKenna’s large gravity decks a fact that Hodges was particularly happy about.  On the gravity deck they were led to one of the large conference rooms.  Inside there was a man and a woman the man was at least fifty years old, but looked ten years younger, his dark hair beginning to grey slightly but his body showed few of the traits that came along with being exposed to long stays in a gravity well Hodges guessed that the man had spent extended periods in space or low gravity.  The woman was more difficult to read like the male she looked younger but her eyes spoke of a much older person her dyed white hair further threw of estimates of her age.

   “Captain Leroy-Dietrich this is Ambassador Winson Hodges representing the Magistracy of Canopus” Commander America Park said turning back to the Ambassador “Ambassador Hodges this is Captain William Leroy-Dietrich, the commander of this vessel, and Director Cynthia Higgins, head of training for the Subtlety Profitable Training College of Military Arts.”  She said introducing them bowing slightly she began to move to leave.

   “A pleasure to meet you…” Hodges began

   “Ambassador” Captain Leroy-Dietrich said interrupting “I would prefer that Commander Park remain.”  He said stopping America’s walk towards the exit “her people were the first we encountered in the Magistracy and they have been quite hospitable.”

   “Of course” Hodges said glancing over at America Park “take a seat commander.”  He said his tone indicated to her that he wanted her to sit and to remain quiet.  In a matriarchal society, dominated by women, it spoke leaps and bounds at Hodges skill that he had raised to a position of power.  “Captain Leroy-Dietrich” he said turning back to the Subtlety duo “first please allow me to second Commander Park’s efforts to welcome you to the Magistracy of Canopus.”  He said neither spoke “secondly please accept our Magestix’s apologies she recently gave birth to her second child the Duchess Anna Centrella and has been unable to travel.”  He explained

   “I thank you for your welcome Ambassador.”  Leroy-Dietrich said “we did not expect a welcome from your Magestix…”

   “But please pass on our congratulations a new birth is a wonderful thing” Cynthia Higgins said interrupting the Captain glanced at her for a moment Hodges guessed with a frustrated look before meeting the Captain’s eyes once more.

   “Ambassador please allow us to begin with honesty and by making one thing absolutely clear the Subtlety, her DropShips and her Aerospace Fighters will not be aligning themselves with your Magistracy.”  Leroy-Dietrich said immediately Commander America Park glanced down at the desk then back at the Ambassador.

   “I will be equally honest with you Captain my Magestix has authorized me to make you and your crew very, very wealthy should you accept her offer.”  Hodges said there was no point hiding the fact that the Magistracy wanted the McKenna added to their fleet even with their fourth WarShip almost complete at the Trznadal Cluster Shipyards none of their vessels had the prowess or presence of the Battleship.

   “Although we appreciate that fact” Cynthia Higgins said “and that you have not attempted to attack this vessel you must understand that the Subtlety is not a war vessel.  She is not fitted out like a normal McKenna-class vessel she is, and always was, designed to be a training vessel.  Captain Leroy-Dietrich and his crew are dedicated to enhancing the naval skills of anyone willing to pay the College’s minimal charges.”

   “But that was not always the case” Hodges said glancing at the captain as he removed a notebook from his pocket “in 3084 there was a Lieutenant William Leroy-Dietrich who was a member of the Fifteenth Exploration Squadron, a mercenary aerospace fighter unit, which according to the MRBC Records available on Canopus was last hired by the Interstellar Expeditions for a deep space mission beyond Magistracy space.”  He said Commander Park’s obvious surprise showed she knew nothing of the Ambassador’s findings.

   “Is there a question there?” Leroy-Dietrich asked not denying Hodges calm.

   “What happened to your unit?  Where did you find this ship?  And what are your intentions?”  Hodges asked

   “What happened to my unit is a long story” Leroy-Dietrich said “you are correct I am the pilot of the records.  We were assigned to six JumpShips deployed by Interstellar Expeditions specifically to resupply Interstellar Expeditions base Twenty-Two and to find Rim Worlds Outpost Eleven.”

   “It was found years ago” America Park said the outpost one of dozens the Rim Worlds Republic created before the Star League Civil War it had been found in 3067 by Interstellar Expeditions completely abandoned.

   “Wrong” Director Cynthia Higgins admitted “the expedition that claimed to find Outpost Eleven were forced to make that claim by…” she hesitated for a moment looking at Leroy-Dietrich who nodded “by my people, the people of Outpost Eleven.”

   “You are a descendant of the Rim Worlds Republic?”  Ambassador Hodges asked startled there were units that claimed a linage to the Rim Worlds Republic but there were no colonies that still made that claim the Rim Worlds Republic was a dead nation.

   “The people of Outpost Eleven were their own people. We always believed there was something wrong with the report on the base.  The team that discovered it were apparently lost on their way back to the Inner Sphere.”  Leroy-Dietrich said speaking again “each of our JumpShips were equipped with an HPG communications system so we spread out.  After three years we found the system claimed by Outpost Eleven and to our surprise the third world had signs of life.”  He said the wonderment was clear on his face “we sent word to the other JumpShips and headed towards the planet.”  He explained “on our way to the planet our JumpShip was attacked and forced to retreat from the system by unknown raiders.”

   “Periphery scum that had prayed on our world for decades” Higgins said “they pushed out world to its breaking point destroying much of the defences we still had active.”

   “We knew nothing of this” Leroy-Dietrich said “all we knew was there was a hostile force behind us and that we needed to get to the planet.”  He said continuing with the tale “we pushed onto the third planet which was one of the most exotic I have ever seen.  The remains of nearly a dozen moons remained in orbit around the world creating a debris field that completely engulfed the planet’s orbit.”  He said “we pushed through it towards the planet and that is when we discovered the Subtlety.”  He said

   “The Subtlety was built by the Star League Defence Force as a next generation training vessel” Higgins explained “somehow the ship escaped the chaos of the Star League Civil War and made its way out of the Inner Sphere its crew never looking back.  Unfortunately when they arrived at Outpost Eleven they were almost out of fuel and food and when they landed… the people of our world were not particularly pleasant to them” she explained looking at the table in shame.

   “We had other plans for the ship docking three of our four DropShips with the ship we transferred as much fuel as we could and brought her reactors online.”  He explained proud of the fact.  “On that day I became Captain of the Subtlety we were on a steep learning curve in three days we learned how to use the weapons on board the ship and waited for the pirates.  When they arrived near the debris field we let them have it with everything this ship had wiping out the pirates but also causing more damage to the Subtlety.”

   “Then came their encounter with my people” Cynthia Higgins said “our population had steadily shrunk for nearly a decade and could barely support ourselves.  Captain Leroy-Dietrich agreed to evacuate our remaining people once their JumpShips arrived.”

   “But that means you should have returned to the Inner Sphere decades ago?”  Hodges asked he was no expert on space travel but new that JumpShips wouldn’t take that long to return.

   “You are correct” Leroy-Dietrich admitted “but the Subtlety was not ready for extended travel so we chose to remain at Outpost Eleven while we made repairs and modifications to the WarShip we dispatched one of our JumpShips back to Interstellar Expeditions base for additional supplies and equipment.  It took us nearly fourteen years but it was worth it.”  Leroy-Dietrich said smiling

   “Between the Interstellar Expeditions forces, the mercenary commands hired to protect them and my people we chose to form a new organisation.  The Subtlety Profitable Training College of Military Arts” she said proudly “our college primarily caters to the naval arts but also engineering, navigation and other forms of education.  We decided that everyone that we had with us would be trained to have the best opportunities for their future if they decided to stay with the Subtlety and our JumpShips fine but if they wanted to go beyond they would be able to last in the universe with the education we gave them.  Since returning to the Inner Sphere we have expanded that to those beyond our collection of ships.”

   “Which leads us to our goal” Leroy-Dietrich said “we plan to travel to Outreach and Galatea and register with the MRBC as a travelling school.  We will bring education and skills to anyone who is willing to listen to us; we will share what we know of aerospace combat and trade our knowledge for passage through the Inner Sphere.  For any supplies we will trade equipment or pay in good old C-Bills.”

   “As you can see WarShips have reached even the depths of the periphery” America Park said referring to the Katara which held position off the Subtlety’s bow.

   “Yes an impressive feat” Leroy-Dietrich admitted “but does you crew know how to combat a McKenna?”  He asked both Park and Hodges looked surprised for a moment but before they could speak the Subtlety's commander spoke again. “I do not mean this as a threat simply would your crew have any idea what to do when encountering a vessel like the McKenna?  Or a Texas, a Monsoon, an Atreus, a Farragut?”  He asked expanding it to other WarShips of SLDF era.  “The systems on board the Subtlety are very advanced we can mimic the damage capabilities of any Star League-era WarShip.”  He boasted seeing both of them were impressed.

   “We have shipyard facilities; we could assist and repair some of the damage that has been done to your vessel?”  Hodges suggested even if they couldn’t convince them to stay they could get a look inside the WarShip.

   “Not necessary” Leroy-Dietrich said “while we have sustained some damage to the hull and some systems they are not critical to this vessel’s operation.”  He said seeing Hodges disappointment “understand Mr Ambassador while we mean no hostile intent towards your Magistracy the Subtlety is capable of defending itself and its JumpShips.”

   “In that case I do not see the Magestix objecting to your travel through our nation.  We will arrange for our forces to be in place for your training exercises.  I will also arrange for a liaison officer to join your vessel to ensure there is no miss-communications or accidents during your travel through our territory.”

   “Mr Ambassador I, we,” he said correcting himself glancing at Cynthia Higgins who nodded “would prefer Commander Park remained on board as Ambassador to the Subtlety Profitable Training College of Military Arts.”

   “Is that correct?”  Ambassador Hodges said looking at Commander America Park who looked as surprised as the Ambassador by the request.  “Well the Commander has responsibilities here at Wildwood” he said for a moment “but I believe I can convince the Magistracy Armed Forces Command to waver these duties for the duration of this assignment.”  He said deciding that keeping the McKenna and its crew on side was a better course of action than aggravating its Captain.

   “Thank you Mr Ambassador” Captain William Leroy-Dietrich said stepping closer extending his hand.

   “Welcome to the Magistracy of Canopus may your journey be long and safe” Ambassador Winson Hodges said rising from his chair meeting the Captain’s hand shaking it formally.  The Subtlety's journey had just begun.

Nova Cat Command, Khan’s Office
New Barcella, Nova Cat’s Den
Periphery
26th December 3103


   The doors to the Khan’s office opened without a single word from the Elemental Guards standing outside Galaxy Commander Katrine Devalis hadn’t expected them to say anything there was no need.  Before entering she straightened her leather uniform jacket and tightened the pony tail that held her long scarlet coloured hair.  As the commander of Upsilon Galaxy she did not need to wait to be announced before entering instead once ready she marched in to find Khan Canin Rosse standing near his desk at a relaxed stance apparently waiting for her.  The Khan had originated in the Clan Nova Cat Watch she knew he still had very strong links to the organisation no doubt had his spies monitoring her every move since she handed on the Nova Cat Capitol.  “Khan Rosse, I report as I was requested to.”  She said as she approached stopping just short of his desk.  The Khan was almost thirty years older than she was and approaching the sixty-fifth anniversary of his birth but he looked like he was fifteen-to-twenty years younger, his fitness level and mental readiness unquestionable by anyone in the Clan.  It was obvious to Katrine that the most recent crisis had aged the Khan but despite the millions dead from the virus on New Barcella, including the Khan’s freeborn wife Yvonne, the Khan was a formidable opponent.

   “And a timely arrival Galaxy Commander” the Khan said looking at her his deep blue eyes piercing through her in them she could see the desire that had driven the man all these years was still there.  “It is good to be home once more.”  He said after a moment of silence for more than a year New Barcella had been under a strict quarantine the virus outbreak.  Unable to cure the virus alone the Nova Cats had been forced to turn to the other Clans for assistance with a breakthrough being made only a couple of months before on Tukayyid.  Since spreading the cure through the population the quarantine had been lifted but the Nova Cats were still being careful to clean everything that had been affected by the virus.

   “Aff it is, our losses have been surprisingly light” she commented.  She like many others had feared the Galaxy based on New Barcella would be completely gutted by the virus.

   “Light” Canin Rosse said looking at her surprised “nineteen million dead…”  He said allowing the number to hang in the air for several moments it was almost unfathomable.

   “Ninety percent of those were Freebirths” Katrina Devalis replied “they populate like rabbits if we were Jade Falcon we’d have seen the virus as a blessing.”

   “Aff but we are not Falcons we are Nova Cats” the Khan reminded her “you harm part of the whole you hurt our whole Clan and remember not all our losses were freeborns ten percent of the losses were trueborns.”

   “But only a handful of active warriors” she argued the only trueborns who had been affected badly were those who had been badly injured in the past or that were too old be of use.  Only a very small number of warriors in New Barcella’s garrison had actually been harmed, four trueborns and twenty-two freeborns, unfortunately their technical staff had been gutted meaning the units would be useless in a campaign for a short period.

With the virus contained on New Barcella the rest of the Nova Cat’s Den and their Khan safely off the planet the Nova Cat’s had continued to function normally finally absorbing the majority of the Filtvelt Coalition, trading with the Ravens and even re-establishing some links to the Sea Foxes.  During the entire crisis Khan Canin Rosse had stayed apprised of what was happening on their capitol planet but even after the death of Yvonne there had been no course to challenge his leadership; much to Katrine’s disappointment.

   “Aff” the Khan agreed again Katrina Devalis was getting worried they had never seen eye-to-eye.  She believed their Clan should never have come to the periphery instead it should have remained with their other Clans as an invasion force and absorbed the Smoke Jaguars Occupation Zone when the time was right.  Khan Canin Rosse had always been one of the strongest supporters of the Nova Cat’s new path a position that had been vindicated when the Jaguars and Adders had been ejected from the Inner Sphere.  “There was one particular trueborn loss which has been damaging to our Clan, saKhan Ajax Drummond.”  He said Katrina Devalis was surprised Ajax Drummond had not been on New Barcella when the virus broke out, neither of the Khans had.

   “How did he die?”  Katrina asked she didn’t care for Ajax Drummond he was a wet towel to the Khan’s fire she felt he’d dampened any fighting spirit the Nova Cat leader had for many years and had been surprised when Canin Rosse had pushed for the conquest of the Filtvelt Coalition.

   “An explosion on board his DropShip while returning from Tukayyid with the cure for the New Barcella virus.”

   “They arrived back TWO months ago!” Katrina said angrily taking a step forward “YOU have hidden that fact from our Clan!”  She said accusingly.

   “Aff I did our Clan did not need to hear of our saKhan’s death after learning of the losses on New Barcella.” The Khan replied turning her anger back on her while remaining completely calm. “I acted in what I thought was the best interest for our Clan; an action I would repeat if I thought it was necessary.  A Khan must be willing to sacrifice their own honour for the good of their Clan it’s something you must learn Katrine Devalis.”

   “Me…” she said suddenly stunned she hated the Khan, she was sure he hated her, why would he choose her?  She had been the symbol for all opposition for Canin Rosse, and his stavag family, and had inherited command of Upsilon Galaxy when Grayson Rosse, Canin’s freeborn son, was killed in action and had been a thorn in the Khan’s side.

   “Yes you” Canin said “tough choices need to be made.”  He said “you and I have not always seen eye-to-eye but it is time we set those differences aside and concentrated on helping the Nova Cats.”  He said explaining his decision.

   “I agree” she said after a moment considering his words.

   “Good” Canin Rosse said smiling “then your first job is to fix New Barcella return it to the status of our capital.  This includes replacing our ‘light losses’” he said quoting her our words “bring techs to bring New Barcella’s Clusters back to combat readiness, bring workers in to run the idle factories on New Barcella which have fallen into disuse because their freeborn workers are dead.  Repopulate our streets.”  He said laying down why he didn’t see nineteen million losses as a light loss.

   “Our trueborn crèches were not affected at all we will replace those lost freeborns with failed warriors in time.”  She began before the Khan spoke again.

   “Aye in time” Canin Rosse said trying not to roll his eyes “so in sixteen years when this year’s crèches graduate we will be able to reopen our factories, will add tech support to our Clusters and make our streets feel alive instead of like a cemetery.  Our Clan needs support now!”  He snapped

   “We have factories on other worlds working at, or over, their capacities and we have stockpiles of munitions in warehouses here unused when they were stuck by the quarantine.”  Katrine Devalis said combing back at her Khan.  We can make do with what we have until we are able to bring in skilled workers.  I will bring in techs from other units to support those on New Barcella” she said confident she could make it work.

   “I don’t want to make do.”  Canin said dropping into the use of a contraction bringing a scowl from Katrina. “I want New Barcella to thrive once more I want this world to feel like it is alive; like it was before.  You are now our saKhan, in the absence of a planetary administrator; it is your job to get it done.”  He commanded his voice raising Katrina had heard the Khan use this tone a hundred times in the Clan Council chambers not losing his temper or shouting just adding an authority to his voice that few could match.  It was simple he wanted it done and if she failed he would replace her by any means the Nova Cat Khan, for now, was Clan Nova Cat.

   “Yes my Khan” she said crossing her fist across her chest in salute before turning and briskly marching out her scarlet ponytail bouncing as she marched out of the office.  As saKhan she’d have to deal with someone she hated on nearly a daily basis, unless they were in the field, but it would give her an opportunity if Canin Rosse screwed up badly enough she would be in the position to become the Nova Cat’s next Khan a position she desired deeply.
« Last Edit: 20 May 2016, 21:23:16 by Dragon Cat »
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #61 on: 20 May 2016, 21:40:16 »
 O0 Nice update!  An overconfident TC Protector and Clan NC SaKhan that has really no long term view of governing, except for Glory!  Wonder what will happen down the road between these two nations.  Nice story on 'The Subtlety Profitable Training College of Military Arts'!  I wonder who can afford their fees for the Naval training?  More please!

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« Reply #62 on: 21 May 2016, 10:03:25 »
An excellent update, something tells me that the Nova Cat's are going to need another SaKhan if Katrine Devalis keeps up her...very old fashioned ways she's so indifferent of the Spheroids that she's almost a Falcon. 

Great stuff about the mystery McKenna and her adventures as well :)
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #63 on: 21 May 2016, 10:28:17 »
Was too tired last night but here's the Map (on OBT) and the attached WarShip list

Map:
http://www.ourbattletech.com/forum/dragon-cat-collection/3081-map/15/#lastPost

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« Reply #64 on: 24 May 2016, 19:50:47 »
Into 3104 -

3104

Planetary assault
Idlewind, Alberio Prefecture
Pesht Military District, Draconis Combine
14th January 3104


As autocannon fire raked his Dragon Tai-sa Dante Masamune swore the Rasalhague Dominion Ursus the only way that pilot should have hit him at that range was if the pilot was the next Kai Allard-Liao.  His Mech’s warbook tagged the Mech as a Ursus PR he had no idea what that meant as he lined up on the Mech with his particle cannon smiling when the lighning bolt struck the target’s upper shoulder.  Suddenly from nowhere a Ghost Bear Mech tagged as a Beowulf IIC-PR ran past his Mech burning the Dragon with several lasers which was almost instantly followed by more autocannon from the Ursus.  Even as the autocannons blew armour off the right shoulder of the Dragon it was like realization of what was going on hit the Tai-sa.  “KILL THE BEOWULF!”  He snapped watching the forty-five ton Mech run away passing another Combine Mech almost on cue autocannon fire, from the Ursus, raked the other Combine Mech it was like the two Rasalhague Mechs were connected in a C3 network.

   Across the Combine battle line Mechs turned on the Beowulf Tai-sa Dante Masamune targeted its partner the Ursus intent on killing at least one of the Mechs.  His particle cannon dug into the other Mech but at this distance the shots were not easy marching his Mech forward he pulled the Mech’s other trigger launching a flight of long range missiles at the Bear Mech.  As the smoke cleared from the missile Dante had no time to react as a sixty-five ton Karhu charged through the smoke straight at the Dragon.  Lasers and particle cannons tore into the Dragon before the Karhu punched out with its left arm the claw-like fore arm tearing through the Dragon’s armour shredding the structure underneath.  Tai-sa Dante Masamune triggered both his Mech’s medium lasers striking the Karhu at close range burning the Dominion OmniMech but he knew he was in trouble the Karhu was a brawler the Bears had sucked him in with the Ursus and Beowulf setting him up for the close range Karhu.  “I’m in trouble!”  He called out but there was no reply glancing at his sensors Dante knew why the Karhu’s charge had not been a solitary one across the line several of the Rasalhague Dominion’s close range fighters had charged forward into the DCMS line causing total chaos.

   With the Karhu still close to him Dante turned his Dragon firing the long range missiles blindly trying to catch the fast moving heavy OmniMech his sensors told him that none of the missiles had struck home.  Instead the Tai-sa braced himself for the next strike which came in the form of several autocannon strikes against his Mech’s back, the Ursus hadn’t gone away either, the autocannon fire stripped the rear armour from his Dragon exposing the Mech’s structure.  Dante turned again firing the particle cannon and long range missiles at the Ursus it was a snap shot and both shots went wide his turn against the Urus had exposed his rear armour to the returning Beowulf IIC-PR which opened up with laser fire directly into the Dragon’s back.  Directly exposed to laser fire the engine shielding of the Dragon failed flooding the cockpit with heat a second salvo of laser fire gutted the Mech’s gyroscope.  Suddenly without the gyro to translate Dante Masamune’s sense of balance the Dragon began to fall not waiting to fall with the dead Mech and be at the mercy of the surrounding Rasalhague Mechs Dante Masamune triggered the eject system.  The Dragon’s head split open and the control chair carried its pilot away from the falling Mechs into the air.

   With their commander gone the DCMS defenders attempted to reform their lines a kilometres several kilometres behind their current line but the the Bears would not be denied surging forwards the Bears repeated their tactics drawing out a couple fo Combine defenders and then flooding the enemies lines with close range fighters.  It was not conventional Clan tactics but it was very effective with the Draconis Combine defenders not ready for the coordination of the Clan forces there was no question that the Rasalhague Dominion would be victorious.

   Three days later another Rasalhague Dominion strike force landed on Nykvarm and followed the same tactics pushing forward with teams of Ursus and Beowulf BattleMechs unnerving the DCMS defenders creating holes in their defensive lines before close range fighters were brought in to crush their opposition accumulating in the conquest of the planet by the end of January.

Deep Space, FSS Hanse Davion II (First Prince II-class Battleship)
Unnamed System, Periphery
20th January 3104


   The FSS Hanse Davion II flashed into existence and quickly scanned the system.  “Sir, the Nova Cat Battle-cruiser is where we expected.  A second WarShip, a Drake-class Corvette, is at the Nadir point.” One of the officers said looking back at Admiral Michael Thomas who nodded an understanding the Corvette was the Nova Cats insurance.  Should the Federated Suns double-cross them the Corvette could bring news back to the Nova Cats of the betrayal and the death of their Khan.  The First Prince had ordered something similar in deep space the DMI’s Clarkston, a Bug Eye-class Surveillance craft, was monitoring the situation.  Should anything go wrong the ship would trickle-charge its tiny K-F Drive and jump back to the Federated Suns.  “Communications from the Nova Cat’s they are requestion to send of a single DropShip carrying their representative.”  He said continuing the Admiral glanced over his shoulder at First Prince Victor Steiner-Davion who nodded.

   “Launch the CAP and inform the Nova Cats that they may approach when ready and that our CAP will escort them in.  No other Nova Cat units are to approach the Hanse.”  He ordered

   “Thank you Admiral Thomas, have your security detail escort the Nova Cat Khan to meeting room six please” Victor said turning to leave the command centre.  The Nova Cats had called for this meeting, their first with the Federated Suns since the two severed diplomatic relations, it was time to find out what they wanted.

   It took nearly three hours for the Nova Cat’s Noruff-class DropShip to cover the distance between the two WarShips, to dock and for its passenger to make his way to the meeting room.  Khan Canin Rosse entered the briefing room with a single Elemental guard, once it was clear there was no problems in the briefing room the Elemental retreated outside leaving the First Prince and Khan alone.

   “It has been many years. Welcome on board the Hanse Davion II” Victor said greeting the Nova Cat Khan indicating to the chair opposite him.  Canin Rosse covered the distance in three strides sitting down at nearly the same time as the First Prince facing him although they had faced much over the years both men were relatively healthy and active modern medicine helped hide the age they both felt.

   “Thank you for agreeing to meet with me” Canin Rosse said calmly, almost somberly, instantly Victor knew there was something wrong he had hoped that his younger sister Yvonne would be here with the Nova Cat Khan but now he felt the worse.

   “How did she pass?”  Victor asked instinctively reading Canin’s body language.

   “Peacefully, in her sleep, I am told.”  The Khan said calmly Victor felt anything but calm Yvonne was his last living sibling he was upset, he felt angry that Yvonne had passed, and by the sound of it, alone.

   “You are told?”  Victor probed trying to keep his anger in check but failing Canin Rosse glanced up at the First Prince their eyes meeting.  Victor saw a wall of sorrow reflected in the Khan’s eyes he missed Yvonne deeply, the First Prince chastised himself for a moment as he remembered, Canin Rosse was not the stereotypical Clanner.  “What happened?”

   “For over a year there was a virus that ran rampant through New Barcella” Canin explained “nineteen million of our Clan died including Yvonne.”  The number staggered Victor Steiner-Davion it would be as if someone had blotted out an entire city in an instant with no survivors he did not know the population numbers of the Nova Cats but even so it must have hurt the Clan.  Inside Victor began running numbers the Clan had been quiet for some time other than their attacks on Filtvelt.  Their attacks on the Federated Suns and their sudden withdrawal from diplomacy began to make sense the Clan had been reacting to its own internal troubles.

   “How was this virus released?  New Barcella is exclusively held by your Clan correct?”  Victor asked despite the Federated Suns best efforts they had failed to penetrate the Nova Cats secrecy and defence around their Capitol system.

   “Aff” Canin replied “we do not know where the virus came from only that it was not manufactured by us.  One day it was not there and the next it was.”  He explained he omitted that it had taken the resources of multiple Clans to find the cure for the virus before continuing.  “We have eradicated the virus now and are rebuilding but there are some losses that cannot be replaced” he said reaching into his jacket pulling out a small black vile. “I do not know your customs but I thought that you should have this” he said placing it on the table Victor did not need the Khan’s explanation to know that it was Yvonne’s ashes.  “I have said goodbye to Yvonne I thought that it was only right that you too had the chance.”  He said rising from his chair Victor slowly rose too.

   “We could discuss so much more” Victor invited putting aside his grief for a moment.  “She would have wanted us to leave on good terms” he suggested bringing an instant look of doubt from the Khan.

   “It is not the right time” Canin said bowing formally towards the First Prince before turning to leave the room.  Victor sunk back into the chair staring at the vile of ash as he wept in grief, aides entered to check on the First Prince, but the Nova Cat Khan had returned to his DropShip and left the Hanse Davion II before Victor rose from the chair again.  Once the Nova Cats had returned to their WarShip the Anna Rosse-class Battle-cruiser quickly jumped clear of the sytem with the Federated Suns Battleship leaving soon after heading back towards home.

   Several weeks later back in the Federated Suns First Prince Victor Steiner-Davion scattered Yvonne’s ashes over the Davion family plot on New Avalon returning his sister to the company of her family.  There with his wife Duchess Danai Centrella-Davion, their son Prince Burton Davion, his wife Duchess Sterling McKenna-Davion and their family.  Fredrick and Jaylen Davion had been unable to attend due to duties to the state but Duchess Sarah Davion, her husband and their son Brian were also in attendance at the closed ceremony Victor had already directed the stone carvers to add the name his sister had lived by to the head stones around the plot “Yvonne Rosse” instead of her birth name “Steiner-Davion.”

Dinner, Calderon Residence
Samantha, Taurus
Taurian Concordat, Periphery
28th January 3104


Governor Chiara Ruggeri stood in the front room of the Calderon Family home residence feeling slightly apprehensive.  Protector Erik Martens-Calderon had called on her officially to discuss the political situation in the Concordat but things didn’t seem right the Calderon Family Home had always been a closed palace with only the Calderon family and their most trusted advisors.  Chiara was not a trusted advisor of the family and that made her uncomfortable “who are you?”  A young female sounding voice asked Chiara glanced around suddenly sighting a small girl dressed in a child’s green dress her distinctive solid black hair and piercing green eyes.

“I am a friend of the Protector” she said

“How can you be a friend of my dad if I don’t know you” she asked moving behind a pillar keeping her eyes on Chiara.  Chiara realized that the child was Nicoletta Calderon the Protector’s daughter.

“I know your dad from work” Chiara said “I haven’t been here before.”

“He only takes people here that he really likes” Nicoletta said ducking behind a chair “and he’s never taken a girl here before.”  She said moving further around the room Chiara remained standing where she was but tried to keep an eye on the nine year old.

“We’re going to discuss some work” Chiara said as one of Nicoletta’s minders entered and beckoned the young girl over.

“No you’re not” the young child said as she made a show of not wanting to leave while making her way towards the exit “you’re having dinner my daddy is cooking it for you.”  She said as the minder pulled her away down the corridor.

“It was notice to meet you” Chiara said watching the child leave.  Nicoletta turned away from the minder and waved back towards her before being escorted into another area of the residence.  Suddenly Chiara felt very under dressed, she’d expected a meeting not dinner, if she had thought this was something else she might have… she stopped herself mid thought no she wouldn’t she’d have made a show that she couldn’t be treated like a prize and not turned up just to spite the Protector.

Another aide entered from the side room “Governor, the Protector is ready for you” he said formally turning around on the spot leading her into a well set dining room.  Erik Martens-Calderon was nowhere to be seen and the aide made no indication on where the Protector was before leaving.  After twenty minutes Chiara was becoming frustrated with the Protector as neither he nor the guards had appeared.  A Governor of the Taurian Concordat Chiara decided enough was enough standing up she stepped through the door and into the kitchen area inside she found Protector Erik Martens-Calderon attempting to cook them food.

“Protector?”  She asked stepping into the kitchen

“I miss timed it sorry” he said checking on the food once again “it should only take a minute or so.”  He promised “I hope you like New Vandenburg Buffalo steak?”

“It’s been a while” she admitted New Vandeburg Buffalo steak was expensive to import.

“The Governor sent us a container full as thanks for liberating their home from the Federated Suns I’ve given to the regiments on Samantha and still have enough for months.”  He admitted

“Sir, I thought we were going to talk about work…” she began as he took the food out of the oven and moved a large piece onto each plate.

“We can talk about work” Erik said smiling as he placed two large spoonfuls of potatoes on each plate “veg or beans?”  He asked reaching for another spoon.  “So you wanted to bring your concerns to me?”

“Veg” she said “yes, sire despite our most recent successes on Robstart and Deifenbaker we can’t hope to hold off against the Federated Suns indefinitely.”  She began as he poured the veg onto the plate moments later he did the same on his plate followed by a helping of beans over the top he saw her reaction.

“Want some?”  He asked she nodded so he poured beans over her plate as well before picking up both plates following her back into the dining room.  He placed the plate in front of her before taking his own seat.  “Fortunately for you it appears the Federated Suns believe the same as you” he said as she scooped up some food “today the Federated Suns proposed peace between them and us, with no repercussions we hold onto our gains while they hold theirs.”

“Their gains?”  Chiara asked 

“Yesterday morning AFFS forces landed on Amber Grove, Mithron and Brockway with a message if we continue our war against them they would bring war to the heart of the Concordat.”  He said she knew that he meant the Hyades Cluster and Samantha by that it was what the Calderon’s cared about most.  “I agreed in principle with a cease fire which I will ask the council to match tomorrow.”

“What about the Capellans?”  She asked as he ate some food the Protector looked up some mashed potato stuck to his lower lip.  She indicated to his lip and he brushed it to the side.

“I think the Capellan Confederation has more to worry about than us attacking them” Erik said “in the last week the Federated Suns captured Tsitsang, Wei and Shipka while the Free Worlds League threaten eight different systems.”  He explained

“All they can hope for is the FedRats and FWL start fighting each other otherwise we could be about to see the twilight of the Capellan Confederation.”  Chiara suggested in the last few months the Capellans had lost the majority of their Liao Commonality, including its capital.
“Unlikely the Succession States rarely push each other far enough for destruction the Federated Suns and Free Worlds League will push until the Capellans are crippled and then it will pull back.”  Erik suggested remembering Baron Cham Kithrong’s teachings “the Capellans have re-secured Victoria and have driven the Federated Suns from Sirdar.  I suspect we will see small conflicts for the immediate future.”

“You know this is quite good” Chiara said eating some more of Erik’s food

“I don’t get to cook as often as I would like” he admitted “although tonight I didn’t do as well as I had hoped.”

“Well then you’ll just have to do better next time?”  She suggested Erik inclined his head towards Chiara for a moment washing down some of the steak with a glass of wine he raised it slightly towards her as they continued to eat and drink into the night.

Border Raids
Draconis March, Federated Suns
31st January 3104


   With the Federated Suns focus on the Taurian Concordat and the Capellan Confederation elements of the DCMS raid half a dozen worlds of the Draconis March.  None of these attacks are intended on claiming territory or destroying Federated Suns units instead the DCMS are testing the AFFS defences and searching for weaknesses.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #65 on: 24 May 2016, 21:40:08 »
 O0 nice update!

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #66 on: 25 May 2016, 01:53:59 »
Oh very nice update! Seems the Dominion is using C3 in its non-Clan formations (which makes sense really, as the Clanners might look down on it but accept it as the 'clearly inferior' IS pilots need it to help them out).

A touching scene with Cannin and Victor too, I loved the contrast between the characters reactions, with Canin you can see how he's feeling but he controls it, Vic lets it go.

When I read the Taurian part I though "oh she's in trouble...." but nope, if only more official meetings were held like that :)
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #67 on: 25 May 2016, 18:50:28 »
Very nice update... wonder what's next?

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #68 on: 26 May 2016, 18:41:50 »
I can picture old cache of Exterminators being warmed up in DC, to take care of their Dominion team-up problems.  :D

Interesting update!  New chapter in the story, with Yvonne passing.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #69 on: 31 May 2016, 00:00:59 »
did I miss something.  what are the Ravens working on in their repair ship? 

my second question is why did the MW leave that battle wagon in a contested system?  could they have taken it with the SLDF help? 

the third question is what is the nova cats going to do with the a sakan that is working with the Society?

I just spent the last three months re-reading your whole story.  its a great bit of work. 

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« Reply #70 on: 31 May 2016, 13:00:26 »
did I miss something.  what are the Ravens working on in their repair ship? 

my second question is why did the MW leave that battle wagon in a contested system?  could they have taken it with the SLDF help? 

the third question is what is the nova cats going to do with the a sakan that is working with the Society?

I just spent the last three months re-reading your whole story.  its a great bit of work.

It's actually the Horses that are helping out but they are fixing the Silver Talon an upgraded Nightlord II-class Battleship.

The Nightlord was crippled I meant to explain it more in detail in its own scene but honestly didn't get around to it  :-[ ship was not somewhere it could be jumped and its engines were crippled.

If the SLDF had brought in their Newgrange they could have fixed it up but the system was always contested by the Falcons

We'll I'm not sure if she's Society but she's certainly something different for the Nova Cat leadership.

I'm glad you enjoyed the timeline more to come soon

New chapter in the story

That's actually a good title for 3104 there's a few things going to change in this AU in the coming updates....
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« Reply #71 on: 31 May 2016, 16:52:30 »
wonder what's next?


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Exploration Mission, Talisman (Buccaneer-class DropShip)
Horikawa, Independent System
Periphery
5th February 3104


The Fronc Reaches employed exploration DropShip Talisman flew through a system that from what they could tell was completely devoid of life.  Captain Ken Gluwe leaned back in his chair watching the screens seeing nothing the only reason they were heading into this system was because their JumpShip had detected what looked like a quantity of germanium, the critical element that was needed in the construction of KF Drives, if they could locate a large enough vain of the mineral the entire crew could retire to anywhere they wished and live a life of luxury.

“We’re coming up on the readings” his pilot Kathleen Shoda said turning around in her chair “higher than normal metal content as well, possible power signatures.”  She said turning back to her screens “it could be a dead JumpShip or WarShip or an inhabited moon system around the gas giant.”  She suggested

“Just our usual amount of trouble” their navigator Anton Belyaev joked as the DropShip closed into sensor range “or something completely different…”  He said shocked at what his screens were displaying.

The Talisman closed on their target up ahead which turned out to be not a vain of germanium but instead a massive space station.  “I see where we got those readings from” Kathleen said as the DropShip continued to close “there are two Invader type JumpShips and maybe a Wagon Wheel type WarShip that have been connected to what looks like a Shoden type space station.”  She said looking over the screens “our systems are struggling to pick out which part belongs to what.”  She said the Talisman was not a normal Buccaneer over the years the DropShip had been modified with more powerful sensors and a small craft bay.

“We got incoming!” Anton called out as four small craft launched from the space station and began heading towards them “they are of an unknown classification; we’re reading a mix of lasers, missiles and conventional autocannons.  Enough to ruin our day” he said Ken looked at the screen and knew that there was no way the Talisman could outrun the small craft and that if any of the Wagon Wheel’s original capital weapons had remained operational the DropShip would be close enough to be targeted.

“Signal our surrender” Ken ordered there was no point in trying to run away from the small craft or the station and he wanted answers to who these people were.

Several hours later Ken and the other twenty-two members of his crew were in a holding room on board the space station mercifully they had placed them on one of the station’s huge gravity decks.  Finally the door opened and a young woman, he said young she looked in her early twenties but Ken knew that space living wore on the human body less than life in a gravity well, she had brown-red hair and wore a plain brown jumpsuit.  “Who commands here?”  She asked

“I’m the commander of the Talisman” Ken said stepping forward “but you command here.”

“Welcome to The Ark” she said “please follow me” she said turning around Ken glanced around his crew for a moment meeting each of their eyes with a look several of them nodded back to him before he walked out into the corridor.  The mystery woman had already began walking down the corridor Ken realized after a moment that they were along there were no guards beyond his guide.

“An impressive facility you have here” Ken said as they walked she nodded but otherwise did not reply.  Moving through the facility Ken began to realize just how large “The Ark” was as they continued on down the corridor entering another large room inside there was only a single large dark skinned man.

“Welcome on board the Ark Captain Gluwe I am Kommandant Lincoln Champlin” he said stepping forward extending his hand Ken Gluwe stood his ground and met the man’s hand shaking it.

“Thank you Kommandant it’s an impressive facility” Ken said releasing the man’s hand trying to massage the blood back into his own Lincoln Champlin had a strong grip.  “I didn’t think anything like this existed in the Periphery?”

“Or anywhere else” Champlin said he had a deep voice that Ken found oddly reassuring.

“The Galax Floating Tower and perhaps the famous shipyards that remain in the Inner Sphere rival it in size and complexity” he said “but there is nothing like this station it's cobbled together from JumpShips and Space Stations.”  He said impressed with what he had seen.

“Originally this was a deep space Taurian Mining Colony” he explained “three of the moons which are around this gas giant hold exotic minerals which once upon a time were in high demand by the Taurians.”  Champlin said “when the Succession Wars hit the Taurians had a lot interest in the materials that were here so the two mining stations and small ground colony were largely abandoned.”  He said “in the first day of the Second Succession War the Wagon Wheel Fredrickson jumped into the system.  The ship had somehow survived a battle with House Davion and her surviving crewmen had chosen to leave Taurian service.”

“They went rogue?”  Ken asked shocked “weren’t they afraid of Taurian retribution?”

“Everyday” Champlin admitted “but the attack never came” he explained “the crew grew old the remains of their WarShip slowly became less and less space worthy.  Then after about fifty years the people of Horikawa decided to try and salvage what they could of the two Showden Mining Stations and the Fredrickson by docking them together.”  He said telling the story of The Ark’s construction in his mind Ken could imagine seeing the hulks slowly coming together maneuvered by skilled crews and fearless tug drivers.  “That took three weeks” he explained “they wanted to make sure it would last so once the three were docked for transit they immediately began welding the docking collars so they would be permanently closed.”  He said “even as the first people from the ground were coming up to the station the engineers were breaking down several of the DropShips plugging the hull breaches in the Fredickson and continuing to expand the deck space.”

“It must quite a sense of achievement” Ken said

“It was” Champlin said “over the years three JumpShips entered they system.  One was convinced to peacefully join the Ark’s people while the other two were overrun by our Defence Teams.”  He explained showing Ken that the Ark’s people could defend themselves and that they had.”

“What happened to those crews?”  Ken asked saying what he had been thinking.

“They were landed on the second moon of the gas giant it is habitable if a little cold” Champlin explained “it was the site of one of the original Taurian mines.  The crews were marooned on the planet along with four DropShips which had been drained of their fuel.”  He said “their descendants remain on the moon today some of them still in those DropShips others in the mines below we maintain contact with them and often exchange supplies.”

“But you still live apart?”

“Yes they are used to ‘real’ gravity while my people love space.”  He said “there are almost three hundred thousand people in this system the majority live on that moon but we control space this station and that I can guarantee will not be changing.”  He said his deep voice showing a deadly edge that surprised Ken.  “And then we come to you”

“We are from the Fronc Reaches” Ken said seeing that Champlin had little to no realization on who that was “originally we were known as the New Colony Region a joint initiative to colonize the region between the Taurian Concordat and the Magistracy of Canopus.  Over time the New Colony Region found itself wishing for a path that set it apart from that of the states that had founded it until we decided to stand alone.”  He said “recently we have expanded into several systems controlled that had been controlled by the Taurians and while that was a good first step now my government wish to expand into other systems.”

“Horikawa included?” Champlin asked his voice neutral once more

“Only if we are welcome” Ken explained “the Taurian systems that joined us welcome membership in the Fronc Reaches we are not hostile to others instead we would prefer to expand through respect and cooperation.  Much like the ideals your people shared when they built the Ark.”  He suggested trying to appeal to the dark man’s history making the most out of this negotiation.

“What could you bring us that we don’t already have?”  Champlin challenged

“Exotic foods, tourism from beyond your system, advanced weaponry, spare parts.”  Ken suggested “now across the Inner Sphere and into the periphery WarShips are returning” he said noticing the surprise across Lincoln Champlin’s face.  “There are systems on board this station that I would assume you cannot replace?”  Ken asked knowing the answer the people of the Ark wouldn’t have continued to include parts from other ships if the original station could have survived on its own instead they had used what they could to build their home.  “The Fronc Reaches is in the position to negotiate for these parts with other nations, a far stronger position than Horikawa could attain itself.”  He said he knew he was possibly over playing their position slightly but he knew that the Fronc Reaches place would be better off than Horikawa alone.

“And what could we offer the Fronc Reaches?”  Champlin asked

“The exotic resources you spoke of are a start; we could sell them for a profit, while those small craft you approached us with could be quite profitable for your system there are many systems in the Periphery that could use them as a basic defence.”  Ken suggested

“Your nation could take us onto the galactic stage” Champlin said quietly “while helping us maintain our home” he said his deep voice sounding softer now “that is an attractive idea to me and I am sure it would be as attractive to other members of our leadership.  I will have you returned to your crew Captain while I discuss our future with the others.”

Several weeks later Horikawa and The Ark were inducted into the Fronc Reaches as two separate members of the state with the planet’s population and the space station’s people each given a voice in the Fronc Reaches.  The system agrees to join the peripher nation on the condition that the Fronc Reaches keep the secret of where the system was from the other powers while also agreeing to transfer resources to the Fronc Reaches and to sell the Pretender-class Small craft to the nation.

Downtown Randis City
Hope, Nova Cat’s Den
Periphery
14th February 3104


Christian Nova Cat glanced through his messages he’d worked all day and now was the time to relax his wife Megan was making them and their son food.  She entered the main room of their small home with some steaming food placing it down on the table.  “What’s wrong?”  She asked looking at him

“I got the promotion” he said Christian worked at the Hope Industrial Works and had been trying to get promoted by their parent Clan since the Nova Cats took over Randis.

“Then why do you look unhappy” she said sitting down opposite him.

“It’s on New Barcella”

“New Barcella” she almost spat leaving the world’s name hanging in the air every citizen of the Nova Cat's Den knew the trouble that had befallen the Clan's capital world.  “What about us?”  She asked he knew she meant herself and their son Dominic.

“It doesn’t say” he said looking over the document not seeing anything that would indicate his family’s travel.

“They can’t do this to you” she said after a few moments standing up angrily.  Almost perfectly on cue there was a heavy knock on the door.  Still standing Megan stepped closer to the door and opened it revealing a smartly dressed member of the Nova Cat warrior caste he was young perhaps nineteen or twenty years old and had short cropped dark hair “can I help you?”

“You are Megan?”

“Aff I am” she said answering him in the appropriate Clan answer.

“Good this is for you” he said handing her an envelope “have a good night.” He said stepping away Megan swung the door closed then turned towards Christian opening the envelope reading the details inside.  “We’re being moved to New Barcella, me and Dominic, within the next three weeks.”  She said there were tears in her eyes.

“They cannot do this, this home has been in your family since the foundation of Hope” Christian said angrily rising from his chair stomping towards the door.  Swinging the door open Christian took two steps outside seeing the Clan officer further down the street he was about to chase after the Clansmen but Megan’s arm snared his Christian was about to ask why but his eyes saw her outstretched arm pointing down the street.  Several doors along the street were several squads of fully armed infantry troopers and at least one infantry fighting vehicle this “peaceful” relocation was backed up with some heavy firepower.

“They control the guns” she said finally pulling him back inside.  Over the course of the next six months this was a scene repeated across the Nova Cat’s Den as the Nova Cats attempted to bring people with the right skills to New Barcella.  In the rare occurrences where the civilians resisted the move the Clan’s Touman reacted quickly to arrest, and in many cases execute, those who were working against the Nova Cat’s commands.  Word of the relocation's filtered out to the nearby nations.  The Intelligence masters of the Nova Cat’s rivals passed this back to their agents working inside the Nova Cat’s Den and urged them to try to join this relocation in an attempt to locate New Barcella unfortunately the Nova Cats were very selective in who they brought with them to their capitol system.

Genetic’s research facility
Ford, Wolf Empire
22nd February 3104


   Life with the Wolves had not been bad for Dr Dana Wolf she had learned more about Genetics in the short time she’d been with the Clan than she’d learned in all her training on Terra.  Inside scientist facilities she had full autonomy and was allowed to go where she liked when she liked moving down the corridor she suddenly felt a pair of hands grab her by the shoulders and pull her into a side room.  Dana began to scream and then saw it was Marc Wolf “what are you doing here?”  She asked in a rapid whisper.

   “You need to get out of here now” he said in a commanding voice.

   “Why?”

   “There are things coming things that you, and our children, cannot be part of” Marc said how he knew she was pregnant was beyond her but Marc was already moving “follow me.  If anyone says anything you are under my command.”  He said leading her from the facility and into a nearby ground car.  From the scientist facility Marc drove quickly to the DropPort she learned that Marc now held the rank of Star Captain and was in line to fight for the Ward bloodname when a position within the bloodhouse was available.  At the DropPort Marc did not stop instead he drove straight into a Union-class DropShip.

   “What is going on?”  She demanded as he stopped the vehicle inside the DropShip.

   “I have booked you a position as this ship’s medical officer” Marc explained “this ship will take you to Solaris VII and from there you will be free of the Wolves.”  He said looking at her.

   “Come with me” she asked but the Wolf warrior shook his head

“I am a Wolf” he said even though she could see he did not want to remain away from her.  Dana leaned over and embraced the Wolf warrior before reluctantly leaving the ground car.  Nearly an hour later the DropShip lifted off from Ford heading for a JumpShip and then on towards Solaris VII.  Nearly two months later in late April the DropShip arrived on Solaris VII and Dr Dana Wolf turned herself over to the SLDF authorities on the planet.  Dr Dana Carlyle was rapidly returned to Glengarry once there on the Carlyle family estate Dana decided to remove herself from the mercenary trade once and for all by selling her family’s mercenary Regiment, the Grey Death Legion, to the Brewer family of Hesperus II.  Instead she chose to concentrate on caring for her unborn child, in ruling Glengarry for the Steiner family and running Grey Death Technologies, the Battle Armour factory founded by Legion techs.

Public Announcement, Duke Bannister Cameron’s residence
Liberty, Star League Protectorate
28th February 3104


   Despite officially being retired from the SLDF Duke Bannister Cameron often appeared in public wearing his SLDF uniform when he appeared on the tri-vid screen wearing a simple black suit, white shirt and tie everyone knew that there was something wrong.  “Ladies and Gentlemen I am Bannister Cameron and today I bring you grave news” he said glancing down his lack of rank or title adding to the words that something terrible had happened.  “Today it is my duty to announce that Governor Archer Kendrick Christifori has passed away in his sleep the world, his homeworld, of Thorin.”  He said allowing the moment to pass for a moment.

“Governor Archer Christifori was a hero to the Inner Sphere he was a former-Commanding-General of the Star League Defence Force, a hero of the Clan War, a husband and a father and he will be missed by all of those who knew him.”  He said pausing for a moment.  “Archer was my superior, my colleague, my rival and my friend.”  Bannister said “there are many who feel the same way and everyone will have the opportunity to say goodbye.  His body will lie in state at The Fort facility on Thorin for the duration of March with his funeral to take place in early April.  I ask that all who wish to pay their respects do so.  God bless Archer Christifori, the Christifori family, and the Star League Defence Force.”  He said signing off ending the transmission.
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« Reply #72 on: 31 May 2016, 23:14:34 »
Wow, Nova Cats are causing serious waves with it's labor/civilian casts.  Not as progressive as they use to be.
By killing their people, their going turn into another Jade Falcons.  Stupid.

Nice update.
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« Reply #73 on: 31 May 2016, 23:56:05 »
Wow, Nova Cats are causing serious waves with it's labor/civilian casts.  Not as progressive as they use to be.
By killing their people, their going turn into another Jade Falcons.  Stupid.

Nice update.

I just hope the kan is giving someone enough rope to hang herself real good.  I hope... I hope... I hope

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« Reply #74 on: 01 June 2016, 00:11:56 »
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In the rare occurrences where the civilians resisted the move the Clan’s Touman reacted quickly to arrest, and in many cases execute, those who were working against the Nova Cat’s commands.

You will note that the arrests/executions happened rarely.  The Nova Cats have 32 inhabited systems (including the territory held in the Davetal system and Lothan near Tukayyid).  The times they killed the civies was far smaller than the times things went well. (well to those who didn't get shot that is :D)  That said Katrine's tactics are different from what other Nova Cats may have employed

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« Reply #75 on: 01 June 2016, 01:29:23 »
nice update!  The SaKhan needs to learn and understand more inter-caste relations!  A Wolf Warrior making sure his inner sphere love gets away and a nice new periphery space station?  These are very surprising updates!

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« Reply #76 on: 01 June 2016, 01:56:25 »
This new station is very interesting, and the SaKhan's going about things more like a Jaguar would, forced rellocation etc, and the choice of people seems very deliberate, possibly an attempt to get the Spheroids to breed?

Its a shame the relationship between Dana and Marc ended so abruptly, but that she managed to get off world and escape is a good thing.

A question about Bannister Cameron, is he directly related to the Cameron bloodline or is he just someone with the same surname?  Because I still think the SLDF could go "Yeah Hegemony's back, we've got a Cameron and everything." and say the SLDF controlled space is now the Hegemony again.
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« Reply #77 on: 01 June 2016, 12:01:04 »
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Head of Star League Protectorate:      Duke Bannister Cameron
   Governor Bannister Cameron: has been in command of the Second since the unit was stationed in the Concordat several centuries ago. A distant relation to the Cameron family he was exiled to an obscure base in the periphery for his views on “that Amaris swine” which the First Lord disagreed with.  He is a graduate of both the West Point and Sandhurst military academies with a Military Law Degree. Blessed with an innate charisma and leadership ability, his troops would follow him to hell and back if he led the way.  The second reason for his Taurian deployment was his name which brought much needed funding to his unit’s project.  If Bannister had stepped forward as a living embodiment of the Cameron name it is unlikely that he would have garnered the support needed to rule due to his complete lack of political standing.  Bannister’s lack of interest in politics has long been known.

   In 3085 he traveled to see the Goliath Scorpion’s Chi Galaxy which was based on Kentares.  The Chi Galaxy or the Seeker Galaxy was interested in the Second Royal Armoured Cavalry and its history.  While in 3086 he became leader of the Star League Protectorate.  In that same year Andrea Kincaid officially stepped down from her position as Bannister's aide as the two admitted they had feelings for each other.  In 3090 they became parents to twin children Jeremy Kincaid and Nicola Cameron.   After he stepped down from command of the Second Royal Armoured Cavalry Division he became Governor of Liberty and then of the Star League Protectorate before becoming First Lord in 3098.  For a man who was never interested in politics he has grown to embrace the rule as leader of the Protectorate dedicated to protecting the people of the Protectorate and expanding it if able.

   Bannister’s main actions have been directed at rebuilding the Marine HQ on Liberty and building up the facilities available to the SLDF.  Since the Second Royal Armoured Cavalry’s arrival Liberty has become a focal point for training for the SLDF while Camp Pendleton has increased in size to include a growing metropolitan area, which is largely focused on the dependents and support of the Cavalry Division, which has brought thousands of jobs to the world of Liberty.  These actions alone have gained Bannister Cameron a good public image as has his continued use of his military uniform despite being officially retired from the SLDF according to Bannister wearing the uniform stops him thinking about being retired.

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Small update leading to bigger things...

Captain’s Quarters (Subtlety MOD-class Battleship)
Nadir Point, Cole Harbour
Magistracy of Canopus
10th March 3104


The door chime sounded to Captain William Leroy-Detrich’s quarters the Captain hadn’t expected a visitor but called out anyway “it’s open come in” he said the door opened a moment later and Commander America Park entered the room saluting as she saw him.  He had told her on several occasions that she was a guest onboard his ship and did not need to salute him but she continued to anyway.  “America, it’s good to see you” he said greeting the younger woman “all packed?”

“Not quite” she admitted “I’ve contacted the Magistracy Armed Forces High Command and sold my commission.”  She said the Magistracy of Canopus had a strange system where officers could invest in their own promotions for America to have sold her promotion was quite a step.

“Why would you do that?”  He asked surprised at her move

“What the Magistracy could offer me no longer appealed” America admitted she had never joined the Magistracy through loyalty to the Centrella family or the Magistracy.  “I joined the armed forces to see some of the Magistracy, to learn and to make myself a better person.  I don’t think they can help me move to the next level.”

“And who do you believe can help you?”

“Subtlety” America said “I believe this College can help me move forward and I think I can help you.”  She said “I know the Inner Sphere better than you do especially the Free Worlds League” she promised him William looked dubious.  “My last holiday was to Wisconsin beautiful waterfalls.”

“I don’t think we were planning on traveling through that system.”  He said but he raised his hand to forestall a further argument.  “You’re in Commander, welcome aboard, we’ll figure out what your duties are after the next jump.” He said America Park smiled broadly before coming to attention saluting him properly for the first time before leaving the room.  Soon after their meeting Subtlety completed its jump out of the Magistracy of Canopus and into the Free Worlds League’s District of Oriente.

Command Centre Werewolf (McKenna-class Battleship)
Arc Royal, Arc Royal Theatre
Donegal Province, Lyran Commonwealth
18th March 3104


“Emergence wave!”

“Right on time” Khan Amina Kerensky said smiling broadly “I really did not expect your Uncle Vic to sign off on this” she said looking over at Archon Jessica Steiner.

“It was more an agreement between Kathil Shipworks and your Clan” Jessica answered looking at the screens which showed an Avalon Block II-class Cruiser.  “Are you sure you wish to do this Khan Kerensky?  The price that you are paying for that ship could allow the Mountain Wolves to form an entire Galaxy.”

“Aff that is true” Amina admitted “but when the Jade Falcons come across the border with a Battleship we need something more than a couple of Corvettes and this ship.”  She said since the Mountain Wolves lost the Implacable they had been reduced in WarShip numbers to the Werewolf and two Corvettes as combat assets.  The Full Moon, a Potemkin-class Troop Cruiser, was maintained in reserve with orders to avoid combat wherever possible and to evacuate as many Mountain Wolves as possible if Arc Royal was to ever fall to the Jade Falcon advance.

“The Lyran nation could have given you a vessel in trade you did not need to go to the Federated Suns for this deal” Jessica said looking at the Avalon immediately remembering her own vessel of that class, the Archon’s Pride, which had been lost fighting the Jade Falcons.

“Aff we could have Archon” Amina admitted before pausing for a moment she did not wish to insult the Lyran leader with her next words.  “We have a strong relationship with your nation” she said “and as such I know that you have no use for a Vincent-class Corvette in your navy.  Already your nation benefits from a good relationship with my Mountain Wolf manufacturers so I also know that you do not need our technology.”  She said “Kathil Shipworks desired the Killing Blow, I do not know why and I honestly did not ask too many questions” the Khan admitted “my Clan needed something that could come close to rivalling the power of the Implacable.  That ship” she said pointing to the screens “that ship has the potential to fill that position.”  She said her smile showing the Archon that this Wolf had not lost all of her tricks with position, not that Jessica Steiner should complain much the Avalon would soon take its position on the Jade Falcon border defending her nation.  In exchange for this vessel the Wolves had agreed to transfer the Killing Blow, several Isegrim Assault DropShips and quantities of Clan grade equipment to the Federated Suns command over the next three years starting with the immediate transfer of the Killing Blow to Kathil Shipworks.

What Kathil wished with the Wolf WarShip was anyone’s guess but the Federated Suns had a large enough navy to experiment with such things.  The Lyran nation on the other hand needed every gun it could lay its hand on especially with the renewed fighting against Jade Falcon forces on Bluque, Wroclaw, Inucalns and Dukambie.  Initial reports suggested that Bluque would remain a Lyran holding and that the Jade Falcons would be forced to retreat from the system.  The Archon had come here directly after defeating the Jade Falcons on Dukambie but on Wroclaw and Inucalns the Jade Falcons had been triumphant.

Isle of Skye Raid
Rochelle, Wolf Empire
24th March 3104


With other elements of the LCAF fighting off Clan Jade Falcon the Isle of Skye Military attempt to show that they are just as capable by raiding the world of Rochelle, which is controlled by Clan Wolf, the First Isle of Skye Guards RCT supported by the Hyperion-class Heavy Cruiser LCS William Steiner enter the system on the morning of the 20th March finding two Wolf JumpShips charging their drives.

On detecting the intruders DropShips aerospace fighters and DropShips from the two JumpShips engaged the LCS William Steiner while the First Isle of Skye Guards streams towards the planet.  In a short battle the LCS William Steiner destroys two Union C-class DropShips and forces a Carrier-class DropShip to surrender clearing the way for the Lyran conquest of the planet.

The Isle of Skye Guards landed on the planet four days later finding their landings uncontested by the Wolf defenders.  Confident that they would be bringing Rochelle back into the Lyran, and Skye, fold the First Guards moved on the planetary capital.  An hour later as they reached the outskirts of the capital the penny which had been hanging over the invasion dropped as the 341st Assault Cluster of Clan Wolf revealed itself.  The Silver Blizzard, as it was known to the Wolves, had been destroyed and rebuild a dozen times but could trace its linage back to the original Star League Defence Force.  It had been reformed in 3094 as part of reformed to the Clan Wolf Touman as a “perfect” Cluster with five Trinaries of Mechs and Battle Armour supported by aerospace units.  Without warning the Silver Blizzard’s aerospace units engaged the Isle of Skye aerospace forces tearing into the invaders at the same time as the Wolf ground forces moved on the Isle of Skye ground forces.

While the First Isle of Skye Guards BattleMech regiment had been built as a premier unit of the Isle of Skye military with heavy and assault Mechs bought from Hesperus II and other Lyran factories by the nobility of Skye the unit’s armour and infantry support regiments had been formed cheaply by siphoning companies off of militias across the region.  The RCT had also never fought together outside of a training simulation leading to instant trouble as they engaged Clan Wolf for the first time.  The Silver Blizzard concentrated fire on the First Guards’ Assault Mechs to start with striking them at long range with heavy fire cutting down an entire company within a couple of minutes.  Then the Wolves charged all of the Mechs and battle armour of the Silver Blizzard had been painted exactly the same with silver being the dominant colour supported by white and light blue.  As the Wolves closed on their targets Elementals launched themselves from the OmniMechs into the air and like swirling snowflakes of a blizzard they slammed into the Isle of Skye Mechs immediately tearing open the Lyran Mechs.

Within an hour the First Isle of Skye Guards BattleMech regiment had been reduced to less than a battalion of active Mechs.  Leaving the armour and infantry to fight in a rearguard action falling back to their DropShips high above the Silver Blizzard’s aerospace units tore the Isle of Skye fighters from the air quickly gaining air superiority.  Three hours after the Isle of Skye Regimental Combat Team had arrived on the planet two companies of Mechs, five armour battalions and a couple of hundred infantry troopers boarded their DropShip in what could only be described as a rout as Clan Wolf once more proved it was more than capable of defending its Empire.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #79 on: 03 June 2016, 19:44:38 »
nice to see the MW getting another warship.  the Dragoons might want to start looking at building some space support on that planet in the old FWL... just in case 

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« Reply #80 on: 04 June 2016, 05:26:35 »
Trading a Vincent and some mechs and tech for a Avalon block II, sounds like a damn good deal to me for the Wolves and as was pointed out, they need it.  They are running out of Warships and the Vincent no longer has any line anywhere near hostile fire.

The raid on the Isle of Skye was a point in case of getting the door slammed on your head and then kicked in the gut whilst you're down.  Thankfully the Empire didn't have any major orbital assets or I doubt any of the Lyrans would have gotten out.

As always, excellent stuff! :)
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #81 on: 04 June 2016, 19:04:52 »
nice to see the MW getting another warship.  the Dragoons might want to start looking at building some space support on that planet in the old FWL... just in case

There are bigger things the proper Wolves are interested in...  >:D

Trading a Vincent and some mechs and tech for a Avalon block II, sounds like a damn good deal to me for the Wolves and as was pointed out, they need it.


It was "cheap"  ??? 8)

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« Reply #82 on: 05 June 2016, 19:57:27 »
Citizen’s Council
Alshian, Rasalhague Dominion
Clan Occupation Zones
4th April 3104


The Rasalhague Dominion announce the formation of the Citizen’s Council a place where the lower castes of the Rasalhague Dominion can bring their ideas, opinions and concerns to the warrior caste leadership of Clan Ghost Bear without fear of reprisal.  The Citizen’s Council have no power to make laws or to make rulings on the goings on inside the Dominion but it does give a voice to the non-warriors of the nation.

Funeral
Thorin, Star League Protectorate
10th April 3104


From across the Inner Sphere, the Periphery and Clan occupied space people gather on Thorin to mourn the passing of Archer Kendrick Christifori, former SLDF Commanding-General and the Governor of Terra.  The Star League attempt to use the funeral as a way to bring the the Inner Sphere nations to peace unfortunately while First Prince Victor Steiner-Davion, his son Prince Burton Davion and a pregnant Duchess Kym Hasek of the Capellan March were all present the Capellan Confederation refused to send a single representative to the funeral showing their continued disdain for anything related to the Star League Defence Force.  Also missing from the funeral is Captain-General Joseph Marik who instead attends the birth of his daughter Ruth Marik on the world that shared her name instead Duke Jonas Halas of the District of Oriente represents the Free Worlds League.

In keeping with a new tradition for Thorin replacing Archer Christifori, with his wife Katya Christifori’s permission, retired SLDF Major-General Caradoc Travena becomes the new Governor of Thorin.  With Caradoc Travena, another Lyran national who had served in the SLDF, as their new leader it further tied Thorin to the Star League and to the Protectorate.

Mercenary Contract
Alula Australis, Star League Protectorate
21st April 3104


   Using intelligence gained from their battle on New Home in November 3103 the Avanti’s Angels Mercenary Battalion launch an attack on a suspected Word of Blake extremists hold-out on Alula Australis.  Going on the attack as soon as they were in position the mercenary command quickly overwhelm and destroy a reinforced company of raiders using classic Word of Blake BattleMechs and Battle Armour.  Over the course of nearly an hour the Avanti’s Angels constantly press the raiders forcing them to react to the mercenaries never losing the initiative.

   Like their actions New Earth the assault on the Alula Australis compound is for a private contract and not the SLDF meaning the Avanti’s Angels assault catches the local guard regiment completely by surprise.  By the time the SLDF defenders arrive the mercenaries are clearing the final rooms of the compound as the extremists fight room to room in their defence.  Following the end of the fighting the Avanti’s Angels are briefly placed under arrest by the SLDF as they attempt to determine exactly what happened within the compound.  An SLIC investigation confirms the mercenary’s belief that this was a Word of Blake extremist’s stronghold and training camp the Avanti’s Angels are awarded the salvage rights they had been promised through their contract.  The mercenaries then left heading towards their next contract in the Magistracy of Canopus striking at Marian and pirate forces in the contested region between the Magistracy of Canopus and the Marian Hegemony which was growing in its scale and intensity.

Within the Star League Protectorate deeper questions are asked like how a Word of Blake stronghold had been allowed to remain on Star League soil?  How many other strongholds could there be and how the Avanti’s Angels had been able to launch an attack on a Protectorate world without the local Guard unit being aware?
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« Reply #83 on: 06 June 2016, 00:09:24 »
Wow, no wonder the Capellans are being pushed to the brink, the Suns mobilizing half their federalized units can reach almost parity with the entirety of the federalized Capellan units.

I look forward to seeing the clan and periphery units, though suspect it will take at least as long, and possibly longer to see those.

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« Reply #84 on: 06 June 2016, 00:28:05 »
is it bad that I log in an check this board a few times each day?

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« Reply #85 on: 06 June 2016, 05:20:24 »
is it bad that I log in an check this board a few times each day?

I do that as well.  We're not addicted..we can stop any time we want...*coughs*
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« Reply #86 on: 06 June 2016, 21:59:48 »
Wow, no wonder the Capellans are being pushed to the brink, the Suns mobilizing half their federalized units can reach almost parity with the entirety of the federalized Capellan units.

I look forward to seeing the clan and periphery units, though suspect it will take at least as long, and possibly longer to see those.

I'll work on it

It's not an update but it's something else from the timeline

The Jade Falcon/Coyote Mississippi-class Battleship

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Throne Room, Robinson
Robinson, Draconis March
Federated Suns
2nd May 3104


   Duke Jerome Sandoval approached the throne of the Draconis March, the seat of the Sandoval family here on Robinson, sitting there was twenty-four year old Duchess Elaine Sandoval eldest child of Jerome’s cousin Tancred.  To Jerome the young woman in front of him did not look well she’d cut her long dark hair short and dyed it red to Jerome it didn’t suit her she wore a simple green jumpsuit without any markings at all.  Deep circles around her eyes indicated that recent raids on the March by suspected Draconis Combine forces had taken a toll on the young duchess’ sleep patterns.

   “It’s good to see you Elaine” he said stopping short of approaching the throne.

   “Uncle Jerome” she greeted him although not a blood uncle to her he’d always been a friend to her father when she was growing up and it was an affectionate term she’d used for him for years.  “You know why you are here” she said it was not a question everyone in the March probably knew why Jerome was on Robinson today.

   “I do” he said “are you sure about this Elaine?”

   “I am” she said rising from the throne chair “I never wanted to lead the March, my father knew this, it was always going to be Duncan’s to lead.”  She explained naming her sixteen year old brother who had taken early admittance to the AFFS just a month before.  “Unfortunately fate intervened in the plan.”  She said refusing to name the Bounty Hunter who was the instrument of that fate.

   “It may be your brother’s in the future Elaine” Jerome promised “if he wishes to command this March I will make sure he is ready for the job.”

   “That’s all I can ask thank your Uncle” she said stepping away from the throne.

   “What will you do?”  He asked remaining rooted to the spot watching her with his eyes.

   “Go back to my studies I think I made a far better art student than a politican.”  She said moving over she hugged her Uncle for a moment before heading towards the exit of the room.  As she approached two Cavalier Battle Armoured troopers saluted the leaving Duchess before resuming their guard of the room.  Jerome for his part stood in the room for several more minutes looking at the throne before finally ascending the flight of four steps up to the chair assuming his position as head of the Draconis March.

Second Battle of Incukalns
Incukalns, Jade Falcon Occupation Zone
Clan Occupied Space
19th May 3104


Clan Jade Falcon had driven deep into the Lyran Commonwealth the deepest point being Incukalns a system without a single thing of note other than it was capable of supporting human life.  According to Lyran Commonwealth Intelligence the Jade Falcons had failed to defend their recently claimed system well enough placing not a single WarShip in the system while only two damaged clusters of ground troops defended the ground unforately they were wrong.

As an SLDF, Lyran and mercenary assault force arrived in the system at the Nadir Point they were immediately confronted by the Jade Falcon’s Turkina’s Might a recently commissioned Mississippi-class Battleship, a class which was itself based on the original Star League-era Texas-class.  When the Turkina’s Might had detected not only a Lyran WarShip but also an SLDF vessel the Jade Falcon vessel had immediately engaged with its weapons and aerospace fighters shattering three JumpShips and crippling several DropShips before the assault force had recovered from their.

In the confusion caused by the vessel’s assault the Battleship was able to withdraw to extreme range where it could continue to pick at the assault force.  The SLDF’s SLS St Patrick, a Sovetskii Soyuz-class Heavy Cruiser, and the LCS Lightning, a Hyperion-class Heavy Cruiser, attempted to shield the ground forces by taking long range shots at the larger Falcon WarShip but there was little chance that the two Heavy Cruisers could do telling damage without closing range significantly or resorting to the use of nuclear weapons.

While the Lyran Regiment commander called for the use of nuclear weapons this argument was rendered mute when another Jade Falcon WarShip the Night Talon emerged from behind the planet of Incukalns.  The WarShip which was completing supply runs to the planet would be more than combat ready before the liberating forces arrived at the planet instead the Inner Sphere forces turned their focus away from attack and instead towards survival.  With three crippled JumpShips they had no choice transferring crew and as much supplies as they could off of several DropShips the invaders sent six cargo DropShips on ballistic collision course with the Turkina’s Might intending on distracting the Battleship long enough to allow the invasion force to escape.

As the six DropShips approached the Battleship the Jade Falcon WarShip concentrated its fire on them allowing the Lyran and SLDF vessels to escape the system before they received further heavy damage.  The six DropShips without crews to guide them had little to no chance of hitting the WarShip and they fell quickly to the massed naval laser fire of the Ares Might.
The Jade Falcons declared the action in the Incukalns system a victory for their Clan as they had stopped the Inner Sphere forces reaching the planet but the repercussions went far further than the little known system.  On both Tharkad and Terra questions were raised by both nations to why neither have a Battleship of their own to answer that of the Jade Falcons.  Where the Clan had invested in not one Battleship design of their own they had also gained the Nightlord II deign from the Snow Ravens while the Lyran Commonwealth continued to rely on the Mjolnir-class Battle-cruiser and the Hyperion-class Heavy Cruiser for their muscle.  In the SLDF Navy the largest vessel they could call on was the Enterprise II-class Super Carrier an excellent vessel but still the only vessel of its class while the rest of their vessels were a mix of Heavy Cruisers and Battle-cruisers or smaller vessels.  Both the SLDF and LCAF noted that virtually every other nation had an active Battleship in their armadas, or in the Free Worlds League’s case had one under construction, leading to severe rethinks by both armies.

Elsewhere analysts note that the Inner Sphere is approaching a position it was once in before when a well placed WarShip could determine the outcome of an entire invasion.  They note that the only way to counter these vessels will be to bring a vessel of equal or greater capabilities, bring more vessels than your opponent could employ, or to follow the example of the Capellan Confederation in the widespread deployment of nuclear weapons against naval assets and if possible against their construction and support structures.  They note that while the BattleMech remains the king of any battlefield it steps on getting to that battlefield was becoming more and more difficult with the prolification of naval assets across the Succession States and the Clans.

Merc’s Tavern, Gravity Deck 4
Galatea Station, Galatea
Isle of Skye, Lyran Commonwealth
22nd May 3104


   Justin Rubinsky the commander of the reborn Rubinsky’s Light Horse Mercenary Battalion stood at the end of a table full of members of his battalion with a drink raised.  “Ladies and Gentlemen we are staying in the Commonwealth” he said confirming their first contract had been signed.  All along table the officers and warriors tapped twice sending the noise echoing through the establishment from all around the room people turned to look at the command.  Through the bar a middle aged man with oriental features moved over to be standing beside Justin.  “Can I help you” he asked maintaining his calm the male was from either the Capellan Confederation or somewhere close.

   “Would you mind my people are trying to say goodbye to those we have lost”

   “Well carry on” Justin said confidently “we’re celebrating a new start for our people.”  He said looking at the older man.

   “I wish you well then” he said extending his hand “Sang-shao Matt Blackledge” he said introducing himself.

   “Sang-shoa?  Capellan Confederation Armed Forces?”  He asked looking at the man he lacked any insignia of the Capellan Confederation.

   “Formerly” Blackledge said “we were abandoned by the CCAF on Zion.  Now we have a new path.”

   “Formally… so you went rogue…” Justin Rubinsky said

   “Just like you did Mr Rubinsky” Blackledge teased “last I heard you were enlisted with the AFFS just like your brother.”

   “Your intelligence is good” Justin admitted “but I have since tendered my resignation and reformed the Rubinsky’s Light Horse” he said the other members of the unit tapped the table two more times.

   “And you just have to make us all aware” Blackledge said becoming irritated as if to reinforce his point the other members of the Light Horse banged the table two more times further irritating Blackledge.  From behind the former Capellan officer further members of his unit approached as they did the other members of the Light Horse rose from their chairs while other patrons of the unit looked their way.

   Justin Rubinsky wasn’t exactly sure who had thrown the first punch but almost within the blink of an eye the two units were embroiled in a brawl that would have been at home in any bar throughout history where two rival groups met.  With neither unit armed, as per station rules, the fight was a fair one as the other commands quickly entered into the fight.  Almost as soon as the fight had begun it was over as Galatea Station Security charged into the gravity deck locking down anyone who didn’t work for the station.  Unlike the brawlers the Security units were armed with sonic weapons and guns with stun rounds and quickly they locked down all of the fighters.  None of the mercenaries were armed so the station authorities had allowed them all to return to their DropShips and head for their contracts.  Both of the mercenary units were headed for the Lyran Commonwealth borders for extended contracts.

Parliament of Bowang, Bowang City
District of Bowang, Free Worlds League
29th May 3104


A crowd had gathered outside of the Parliament of Bowang but this was not a crowd of anger or aggression but instead one of hope, peace and celebration.  Prime Minister Allison Kaning, the leader of Bowang and of the District of Bowang, took to the podium in front of the famous white doors of the Parliament building and addressed the crowd.  “Ladies and Gentlemen it has been my pleasure to lead Bowang and its District for the last ten years.  We have accomplished many great things together” she said “we built on the Bowang Free Trade Sphere.  We triumphed at forging the Outer League Alliance not through the use go weapons of war but through the power of words and peace.”  She said proudly the crowds cheered at her words proud of what they had accomplished “we sponsored the rebirth of a united Free Worlds League and saw in the re-establishment of House Marik as one of the great houses of the Inner Sphere.”  She said the crowd cheered again although this time it was slightly more muted not everyone wished a Marik to remain in power on Atreus.  “We successfully brought the Wolf’s Dragoons into our nation and dealt with Clan Sea Fox again we used words instead of weapons of arms.”  She said emphasizing her point she had never declared war on anyone, she had been willing to fight if it was needed but had much preferred to use words to get her point across.  “As this nation goes forward we must continue to live up to the ideals this nation was born through and remember to watch out for threats to our nation.  I thank you for your long support and look forward to my retirement.”  She said stepping down replacing her at the podium stood a man who looked like he was in his early fifties, he was of Indian descent, his dark hair going grey he wore a navy business suit.

“Ladies and Gentlemen I am Abraham Ledford” he said “Allison Kaning has served our nation well and I hope that she enjoys the the time she now has off.  I also hope that we all enjoy and remember today, and remember Allison Kaning’s contributions to our nation, to help that along I am happy to announce that across the District of Bowang the 29th May will be recognized as a public holiday with all workers, not engaged in work necessary to the running or defence of our nation, entitled to a paid day off work.”  He announced a good way to start a new job by telling everyone that they were entitled to the day off.  Ledford’s announcement turned the celebration of Allison Kaning’s ruler-ship into a party that ran deep into the night on Bowang and across the planets of the District.  In the District of Gibraltar and the District of Lesnovo there were calls for the holiday to be recognized across the territory once claimed by the Outer League Alliance but these calls do not translate into the holiday being recognized.
The below link leads to a wiki page created by Wrangler.  It has links to the various pages of my AU.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #88 on: 07 June 2016, 17:51:03 »
An excellent update and thank GOD the Lyran's didn't use nukes against the Clanners, especially ones as volatile as the Falcons, they would have gone berserk.

The political changes are interesting, I like that the leader of the Draconis March peacefully stood down and the Bowang folks are still going strong :)  The bar fight was amusing, yay for drunk soldiers from rival units going into the same bar.  Things never ever change.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #89 on: 07 June 2016, 18:12:35 »
Yes, great update, and something that escaped me the first time it may have been mentioned, but it looks like the Falcons are attempting to cut off Arc-Royal, that could end up being all sorts of bad (for both Mountain Wolf and the Falcons).

I'm also curious about what the Ravens have been up to the last couple years, they've been pretty quiet lately - I suspect they are simply consolidating and building up their new colonies, but figured I'd poke the dragon. =)