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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
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Capellan Offensive
District of Oriente, Free Worlds League
6th February 3105


   After years being on the back foot to the Federated Suns and the District of Oriente the Capellan Confederation strike at Ryerson, Deschanes, Hudeiba, Mosiro and El Giza of the District of Oriente following a plan laid out by Isabelle Fisk a rising star in the Capellan’s shattered military.  The Capellan Confederation use their one and only Thera-class Carrier, the CCSS Chancellor’s Pride, to overwhelm the District of Oriente’s Monolisk-class Destroyer New Delos in the El Giza system and the threat of orbital bombardment from the CCSS Chancellor’s Destiny in the Deschanes system to force the Oriente troops into capitulation.

   Three days later the Magistracy of Canopus, secretly supported by Capellan special forces, attack and conquer Ganera, Kanata and Guangzho from the District of Oriente.  With the majority of Oriente’s line regiments aimed at holding onto more important worlds and pressing against the Capellan’s Sarna Commonality the Seventh Orloff Grenadiers are left scattered over the region attempting to resist the invaders.  Without the support they need the Regiment fall under the pressure put against them and its survivors are forced to retreat to be folded into other commands.

Chamber of the Clans, Clan Council
Andrey, Tuakkyid
Independent Clan Space
11th February 3105


   Loremaster of the Clans Miguel Icaza glanced around the various Loremasters of the Clans.  “The Ebon Guard unit are standing on Incukalns with their brothers in Clan Jade Falcon.”  He said glancing among the others “production on and around Tukayyid is higher now than it has ever been and all Clan’s are benefitting from the production of the eight factories we have built together on this world.” He said “today Clan Wolf and Clan Hell’s Horses have won the two most recent WarShips produced at Tukayyid’s growing shipyard facility.”  He said his words did not come close to representing what the Clans had done together on the world.  Tukayyid was becoming a hub for production of Clan technology and weapons development with the recent activation of a Fire Mandrill vehicle factory on the planet every Clan now had a production facility on the planet while several Clans had more than one.

“My plan, my desire, is to create a hub where all of our Clans can grow and benefit safely from the reach of the Inner Sphere.  Within the last month forces from the Ebon Guard have won Trials of Possession to produce the Halcyon-class Cruiser, the Swiftsure-class Cruiser and Drake-class Corvette.  Each of these designs will be built at the shipyard facility over this world and each will be made available to all of your Clans.  On the ground more of our designs will be built and made available to all our Clans together sharing our technology and our units will made the Clans more resilient to change and more effective against the Inner Sphere."  He said addressing the Loremasters of each Clan they were his link to the Clans themselves and would carry the words from Tukayyid and their accomplishments to all corners of Clan society.

In orbit chassis and armour factories produced materials for all the Clan’s factories to use while weapons and equipment facilities were under construction.  Beyond Tukayyid the systems of Lothan, Altenmarkt, Ramsau, Dehgolan and Udea were being tied more tightly to the Independent territory with additional Recharging stations, communication and mining facilities being constructed in each system the Loremaster of the Clans goal to make the world one of the most important in all of the Clan's claimed space.

Commanding-General’s Briefing, Capitol Guard’s Memorial
Archon’s Palace, Arcturus
Donegal Province, Lyran Commonwealth
12th February 3105


   The Archon moved slowly around the Capitol Guard’s Memorial looking at the monuments to the fallen Captiol Guard’s Regiment which had fought and died defending Arcturus.  Behind her several Royal Guards and the Royal Black Watch Regiment surrounded the area protecting the perimeter.  Standing nearby Commanding-General Victor Focht of the SLDF allowed the Archon to walk slowly around the area before continuing the recent revelation that Archon Jessica Steiner was pregnant once more had made her take an interest in the past as well as the Clan’s future.  “My nation is on the brink” she admitted glancing over at the Commanding-General “I need support from the SLDF.”

   “The 789th Striker Regimental Brigade is already on Arc Royal supporting the defences there and your efforts to retake the Incukalns system, while the Second Royal Regimental Brigade remains on Bolan.  The Royal Black Watch is at your service for the duration of your time as First Lord while the 208th Hussar Regimental Brigade will move from its base in the Star League Protectorate to support your nation against the Clans.”  He said naming the four Regimental brigades that were in or would soon be stationed in the Lyran Commonwealth.

   “Four out of Thirty-six Brigades” Jessica said displeased by the partly sum of units that would assist her nation.

   “We have responsibilities to the entire Inner Sphere.  SLDF units are based in each of the member states nations supporting its defence and other projects.  We must also defend the Protectorate worlds from Clan Wolf who now have pushed through the Lyran Commonwealth to our borders.”  Victor Focht said although he was a warrior first and claimed no noble title the son of Anastasius Focht stood his ground showing the new First Lord that the SLDF would not be backing down.  “The Lyran Commonwealth will benefit from the assistance of the SAS Division and several WarShips that have been deployed along your border while three WarShips of the AFFS will also be joining you within the next three months.”

   “While the Protectorate will also gain access to three WarShips from the Federated Suns” Jessica said reminding Victor Focht that the AFFS had agreed to assist them both with their Fifth Battle Group.

   “We must slow the Wolf advance”

   “I agree” she said moving around the monument to the lost men and women who had died defending this world.  “What do you think will happen next?”

   “They Jade Falcons will continue to raid the Lyran Commonwealth but perhaps in less numbers than previous we know that their Touman is hurting from holding Incukalns.”

   “Does the SLDF have any theories to why they are spending so many resources on that world?”

   “No but we do know they have fortified several positions there and that they have been directing excavation work on the southern mountains. Our research has shown no evidence of a previous SLDF facility on the world but our records are incomplete.”  He admitted “the Jade Falcons have also been staging much more units off these worlds than we had previously thought.”

   “And what of the Rasalhague Dominion and Clan Wolf’s what is their current threat level towards the Inner Sphere?”

   “Clan Wolf is dangerous” he said simply “they have been hurt in the recent battles against the Lyran Commonwealth and Free Worlds League but our intelligence suggests that they have sacrificed some territory intentionally shortening their supply lines while edging towards the Star League Protectorate.  We also believe that they are building a new destroy-type WarShip over Tamarind hence their defence of that system.”  He said pausing allowing Jessica to digest the information “the Rasalhague Dominion appear to be pushing further units forward towards Vega with the Draconis Combine continuing to raid the Rasalhague Dominion and Lyran Commonwealth it has made the shared border tense.”

   “Tense?”  Jessica Steiner said “the Combine has raided the Lyran Commonwealth for centuries we do the same to them.  Trust me the only reason the Drac is involved in the current border dispute is because they think the Lyran fist is distracted and aimed at the Jade Falcons.”  She said “if they continue down their current path we will be forced to punch them in a sensitive spot.”  She threatened Victor Focht remained passive about the prospect of a war between the two states the SLDF was not here to stop them fighting instead it was designed to stop a total war conflict like the Succession Wars or Clan Invasion which would dramatically change the dynamics in the Inner Sphere.  “And what of the Nova Cats has the Federated Suns requested SLDF aid against them?”  She asked referring the the recent Nova Cat raids against the Federated Suns Periphery.

   “No” Focht said “in fact the Federated Suns has retaken Rentz and Brockton by themselves.  It appears that the Federated Suns has honoured the Clans way of fighting with the Nova Cats engaging them in Trials of Possession.  Due to this process of warfare the Nova Cats have limited their attacks against the Federated Suns.”

   “If it were so easy I would do the same with the Jade Falcons and Wolves.”  The First Lord admitted the Lyran Commonwealth had the most foreign borders in the entire Inner Sphere bordering with twelve different powers Jessica could ignore most of the Periphery borders as neither the Rim Collection nor the rebel Clan faction, the Stone Spirits, seemed interested in further conflict with her nation but other than the Star League border every other one needed to be watched and guarded the current strain on the LCAF was beginning to show.  She hoped that with the SLDF in support the strain physical and financial on the LCAF would be lessened.

Aftermath Fifth Battle of Incukalns, Jade Falcon Command
Green Mountains, Incukalns
Jade Falcon Occupation Zone
15th February 3105


   As if to echo the Lyran Arhon’s words the Fifth Battle of Incukalns had not gone the Lyran way and now deep inside Incukalns Green Mountains Khan Ruel Chistu approached the state of the art holotable in the centre of the Jade Falcons newly constructed command bunker.  “Our status?”

   “The last Lyran and Mountain Wolf forces have retreated from the system.  We completely cut off the First Wolf Legion Cluster, they fought to the end, and they will provide us with good salvage.”  saKhan Jana Pryde reported the Lyran Commonwealth Mountain Wolf attack had entered the system far beyond normal arrival points burning into the system over the course of six days beating the Jade Falcon WarShips to the planet.  It was a new tactic but one that hadn’t served them any better than before landing on the planet they faced three full Galaxies of the Jade Falcons who had been preparing for the Jade Falcons next assault.

   “They were heading for The Vault enterance” Chistu noted “how did they discover our secret?”

   “We are unsure” Jana Pryde admitted “according to all of our sources The Vault was lost to the history of the Inner Sphere.  Perhaps they got lucky.”  She suggested bringing an angry look from the senior Khan.  “Regardless they were not ready for our fixed defences.”  She said the Jade Falcons had always considered such things to be dishonourable but Incukalns was too important to the Falcons to take to chance.

When the Jade Falcons had invaded the planet they had captured a Lyran Commonwealth survey team along with their data under the Green Mountains the survey team had discovered an Star League-era supply depot that had laid hidden under a half collapsed mountain for centuries.  With heavy lifting equipment brought in by the Falcons and a liberal use of explosives they had cleared away several thousand tons of rock that had covered the facility and inside they had found several dozen armoured vehicles and BattleMechs from the original Star League.  Most of these units were damaged and this had served as a dumping ground for vehicles too damaged to be carried on by the SLDF during their efforts to either conquer the Rim Worlds Republic or their Liberation campaign of Terra.  Below the facility they had found barracks that could hold nearly a Division worth of troops and an extensive planning facility and training rooms.  The find was a gold mine and one that the Jade Falcons had sacrificed much to hold the world which was so close to the Lyran Commonwealth.

“The Defenders were a welcome addition” Chistu admitted recently the Hell’s Horses had taken much of the Jade Falcons territory but not all had been through Trials of Possession instead some of the planets had been traded away for two full stars of the Hell’s Horses new Outpost Defender DropShip.  Over half of the Defenders were based on Incukalns providing them with a massive boost to air defences.  “Now for the next part” he said determined.

“Should we?”  Jana Pryde challenged “we are holding the Lyrans here but they have successfully retaken Melissa and Mogyorod” she said looking at him the two planets were the Jade Falcon worlds closest to the Periphery.

“Freebirth scum” Chistu said angrily Pryde knew that he was talking about the defenders that had been left on that world as well as the Lyrans.  ”I do not care about Melissa or Mogyorod” Chistu said dismissively “neither supported our Clan.  Neither of them is Terra.  We must move forward we must pursue to Wolves and strike at the Star League.”

“The more worlds we lose the more likely one of the other Clans will try to absorb us.”  Pryde said concerned that their Touman was taking a pounding too often to maintain control over their OZ.

“We do not need an extensive occupation zone.  Any of the other Clans that think they do are wrong and none of them will dare try and absorb us after the next action we take.”  Chistu said “I promise you Jana Pryde a prize will adorn that wall” he said looking past her.  “I leave tonight.  You are to remain here and maintain control over this world.”

“I wish you a great victory” Jana Pryde said deciding not to try and talk him out of the decision.
« Last Edit: 11 July 2016, 00:08:42 by Dragon Cat »
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
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Aftermath of Battle
Al Hillah, Rasalhague Dominion
24th February 3105


   saKhan Sepp Heller walked across the battlefield surveying the damaged equipment that was left over the battle against the Rasalhague Dominion.  Clan Coyote’s attack had caught the Rasalhague Dominion defenders by surprise but both Clans had fought within the limits of Zellbrigen at least that was what Heller had believed during the battle.  Now after the battle, however, he was unsure Star Colonel Jolyon Koga, commander of his Galaxies Forty-second Assault Cluster, stood up ahead near a downed Rasalhague Dominion Beowulf IIC.  Digging inside the BattleMech were several Coyote techs.  “You called for me Star Colonel?”  Heller asked his almost mechanical voice cutting through the haze that had followed the battle.  Heller had been injured early in his warrior career during a circle of equals the only repair available to the doctors had been to replace his voice-box with a mechanical replacement.

   “Aff saKhan” Koga said “we have discovered something wrong with this Beowulf” he said indicating to the ruined BattleMech behind him.  The techs that were working on the Mech were making even more of a mess of the Mech so obviously salvage was not in their minds.

   “What is it?”  Heller asked Koga winced hearing the saKhan speak Heller had seen it for most of his career and ignored the Star Colonel’s reaction.

   “During the battle we intercepted data that had been passed between the various Rasalhague Dominion units.”  He explained “it did not appear to be purely communication transmissions.”  Heller looked unimpressed but Koga continued, “We believe they were sharing targeting data.”  Koga explained his saKhan now looked more shocked than anything.  “The techs are attempting to salvage the technology from this Mech to confirm our belief.”

   “C3 technology like that used in the Homeworlds?”  Heller asked an angry edge raising in his voice.

   “Aff ovKhan” Koga answered

   “I want this technology salvaged immediately” Heller said reinforcing the decision that had already been made.  As soon as it is recovered I want it put on a DropShip and sent out of this system if the Bears return to challenge for a second Trial of Possession they will not recover this technology.”  He said Heller did not for a second believe it was a unique finding from the Rasalhague Dominion so if they returned and recaptured the salvage the Coyotes finding would disapper and be written off as faulty Coyote sensor readings.

First Battle of Arc Royal
Arc Royal, Arc Royal Theatre
Donegal Province, Lyran Commonwealth
25th February 3105


   The attack on Arc Royal had come as a surprise to the Lyrans, mercenaries, SLDF and Mountain Wolves in the system.  The arrival of the Falcon’s Nest, Emerald Talon and two Galaxies of Jade Falcon warriors in the system had caught everyone by surprise.  In the opening volley from the two Jade Falcon WarShips the LCS Yggdrasil and LCS Donegal exploded as the Jade Falcon Battleships concentrated their fire.  As DropShips and aerospace fighters scrambled to engage the two Jade Falcon vessels the LCS Victor, a Peter-class Scout ship, jumped out of the system carrying word of the attack on Arc Royal to the rest of the Lyran Commonwealth.  Without WarShip support the defenders had no chance of stopping the Jade Falcons moving in system.  Near the planet the Werewolf and the recently acquired Avalon Block II-class Cruiser Inflexable was all that stood between the Falcons and the planet.

Eight days after they had arrived in the system the Jade Falcons arrived in weapons range of the Mountain Wolves Khan Ruel Chistu sat in his Turkina OmniMech cockpit as the massive WarShips engaged each other in a slugging match.  With the Mountain Wolves content to keep their distance and try to cripple their opponents with long range fire the decision was made to release the Jade Falcon ground forces before reinforcements arrived in the system.

Breathing deeply Ruel Chistu ignored the increased gravity as the DropShips burned rapidly towards the planet hitting the atmosphere even as Mountain Wolf, Star League and mercenary aerospace fighters and DropShips tried to engage them.  Below his Turkina bay doors retracted and Ruel Chistu was given a countdown from the DropMaster as the second ticked to zero before the ninety-five ton OmniMech was released dropping towards Arc Royal’s surface.

“Falcons Wings strike as you land no mercy!”  He called out as his OmniMech fell cutting in the Mech’s jump jets to slow his fall.  Below Ruel Chistu could see the Mountain Wolves and Kell Hounds Mercenary Command were waiting for him, it was fine, and he was ready for them.  As the Turkina landed on the ground Chistu righted the ninety-five ton Mech and saw his target.  Immediately Ruel Chistu opened fire with his OmniMech’s particle cannons, long range missiles and autocannons.  The weapons fire flew over the heads of most of the defenders instead flying straight into the Kell Family Home.  Across the battle line Jade Falcon warriors followed suit all of them targeting the Kell Family’s home this strike was intentional it was designed to rock the defenders and strike a psychological blow.

As they fired on the Kell Family home the defenders were given a clean shot on the Falcon warriors Ruel Chistu’s Mech included but the Khan was ready to absorb the blows bending his Turkina’s knees dipping its shoulder his ninety-five ton Mech absorbed the enemy fire.  Raising back up Chistu surveyed the field he saw Wolves, Hounds and other mercenary forces the Jade Falcon Watch had been correct the Star League forces were not here.  “Target the Hounds let’s see how much fire the Wolves will allow them to take!  Ignore Zellbrigen these Dezgra scum do not deserve it.”  He called out the Jade Falcons had ten Clusters the defenders he knew did not even counting the unhired mercenary units on the planet the Falcons.  Ruel Chistu targeted a Kell Hound Warhammer pounding the heavy Mech with missiles and autocannon fire spraying it with fire moments later he hit the Mech with his Turkina’s particle cannons.  Both of the particle cannons burned through holes created by the autocannons along the heavy Mechs lower chest the warrior did not wait replying with its particle cannons and missiles cutting into the Turkina.  An alarm activated screaming to Ruel that part of the Turkina’s armour had taken a pounding but it held.

   Stepping forward Chistu triggered his weapons again blasting the Warhammer with his autocannons again before leaping his OmniMech into the air.  As he flew Chistu watched a group of Jade Falcon Elementals swarm the Warhammer, conventional Clan combat tactics were being ignored.  As he landed his Mech Chistu searched for another target finding a Mountain Pack Hunter BattleMech Chistu smiled as he watched his long range missiles slam into the light Mech tearing off the Mech’s left leg knocking it to the ground.  Stepping forward Chistu aimed down at the Pack Hunter and blasted the downed Mech with both particle cannons tearing the light Mech to pieces.  Glancing up he saw a Kraken XR BattleMech marching with intent through Kell Hound lines blasting a Phoenix Hawk before walking straight at the remains of the Kell family home.  “Rendezvouz at point zero” he ordered the Falcons were taking heavy damage but the battle was turning for them the Kell Hounds, Mountain Wolves and others were trying to make their way through Falcon lines attempting to withdraw from the now ruined Kell Family Home which was now burning.  Chistu saw another target a Mountain Wolf Warhawk striding against the flow of the retreating Mountain Wolves standing opposite the Jade Falcon Khan.  The Mech looked damaged but operational, much like Chistu’s Mech, the Jade Falcon Khan reached for his radio controls opening to a wide communication channel.  “I am Ruel Chistu, Khan of the Jade Falcons; identify yourself and why you think you can challenge me.”

   “I am Star Commander Melina Wolf a MechWarrior of Clan Mountain Wolf, I defend this world, and this is my home.”  The female MechWarrior said Ruel Chistu tried not to laugh the woman was not even a bloodnamed warrior.

   “I will allow you the opportunity to leave this battle without the loss of honour” he offered her.

   “I allow you to leave this system without loss of honour” she countered
   “I cannot”

   “And I cannot leave this battle” Melina said

   “So be it this is a Circle of Equals may no other enter.”

   “May no other enter” she said before they both uttered the word “Seyla” completing the ritual.  Immedately the two Mechs began to circle each other the Mountain Wolf Warhawk was lighter than Chistu’s Turkina by ten tons, it lacked the jump jets of the Turkina but it was also faster and well armed.  Particle cannon blasts from both Mechs criss-crossed the battlefield striking each of the Mechs as they continued to move both MechWarriors added their long range missile suites with Chistu adding his Mech’s autocannons to the mix blasting sections off of the lighter Mech.  As Melina struck the Turkina with three of her four particle cannons Chistu launched his Mech into the air using his OmniMech’s jump jets in mid air Chistu fired both of the autocannons cutting into the Warhawk sandblasting armour off the Wolf OmniMech with the shotgun-styled autocannons.  The shots blasted armour off the eighty-five ton Mech but did little else as the flying Turkina fell to the ground its stumbled forward Chistu unable to control the Mech properly.  This gave the Wolf MechWarrior an opportunity targeting the back of the Turkina she fired two particle cannon blasts into the Turkina’s back forcing the Jade Falcon Mech into a further stumble its armour gone and its gyroscope damaged.

   “Stavag” Chistu cursed twisting and turning his Mech’s torso blasting the Warhawk with his autocannons.  More particle blasts tore into OmniMech’s arm shredding it reducing the autocannons mounted there into dead weight.  Turning his Mech Chistu let loose with both long range missile launchers striking the Warhawk with a salvo of missiles almost all of which went completely wide of their mark.  Chistu screamed in frustration looking at the Wolf Mech marching forward firing his own particle cannons at the same moment the Warhawk fired both Mechs were connected for a moment as the particle cannons burned through the OmniMech’s armour.  One of the particle cannon beams cored the Turkina’s cockpit completely killing the Jade Falcon leader immediately.

The blow to the Falcon leadership was a minor one however the Jade Falcons had dropped directly on top of the Kell Family residence securing it and the surrounding Kell Hound base of operations.  More than two Battalions of Hounds lay dead at the Jade Falcons feet with far less of the invaders joining them.  Within hours of their initial success the Jade Falcons had successfully moved on and secured Old Connaught, the planetary capital, forcing the defenders to retreat to other cities including the Mountain Wolf Enclave, Wolf City.  A further blow to Arc Royal’s defence is that Duchess Megan Kell the Duchess of Arc Royal, Colonel Christian Kell the commander of the Kell Hounds, saKhan Declan Kerensky and Loremaster Otto Sradac has all been killed in the Jade Falcon assault.  All had been present inside the Kell Family Residence during the attack and none had been seen since the Kell Hound, Mountain Wolf had retreated.

The combined forces of the Lyrans, Mountain Wolves, mercenary forces and SLDF outnumber the Jade Falcons significantly but with the Jade Falcons holding onto Old Connaught the First Battle of Arc Royal is considered to be a victory for the Jade Falcons.  In orbit the Werewolf and Inflexable retreat from planetary orbit surrendering it to the two Jade Falcon WarShips neither of the   Not everything had gone the way of th Jade Falcons however of the ten clusters that Khan Ruel Chistu had led to the system three had been completely destroyed while another was folded into the other units to bring them upto strength.  In orbit both WarShips were damaged but operational while both Mountain Wolf vessels were in the same condition leading to a stalemate.

Scout Mission
Crellacor, Independent System
Corward Periphery
28th February 3105

   
Bruno Scholle shuffled back slightly from the observation points heavily camouflaged ‘view port’ until he could sit up.  The red and yellow mud and sand rectangle was his camp, home and sanctuary and would be for another week until he was picked up when the SLS Oste returned and a shuttle was sent for him and his team.  Like the other Peter class Scouts the ship was often attached to Special Forces for operations its small size making it more than capable of slipping into a system not noticed by all but the most sophisticated sensor systems.

For the past eight months the Oste had been skirting the edges of the Clan OZ’s, scouting out, listening and watching and now on Crellacor they’d finally found something interesting.  And something not Clan.  Rather a makeshift Pirate base, complete with a crude and hard packed dirt landing strip and it was evidently some form of transfer point sat atop a small mesa in part of a dried out seabed.  In the six days he’d been on the world after being dropped off with other members of his squad by shuttle after the Oste had detected faint radio transmissions from the surface of Crellacor VI’s primary moon.  They’d ‘enjoyed’ a brisk 30-mile march thankful of their PA(L) armour, of which Bruno’s now sat deactivated at the back of his hide.  Crellacor was a late stage Red Giant, and even at this distance the sun’s heat and radiation had killed off most of the life on the surface save for large and hardy cactus like plants and lichens that helped give the planet its thin and barely breathable atmosphere.  Otherwise the moon was a dust ball of no significant note other than it was simply out of the way, in a system that no one cared about.

Two days ago a pair of dropships hand come in, a Gazelle that had seen better days perhaps some time in the late 2900’s and an even older spheroid design that he’d risked powering up his Tornado PA(L) suit to let its warbook ID it.  Turned out it was a Manatee class ship, IFF saying she was the Queen Anne’s Revenge.  Bruno had noted that one in his log, assuming that Queen Anne was some new Pirate leader in the region.

Through powerful magnoculars he was able to see cargo being moved off the Gazelle whilst a quartet of Mech’s started walking the perimeter. Amongst the Gazelle’s cargo was the shape and heat bloom of human’s, slaves and prisoners no doubt.

“Boss, you see this?  There must be at least two hundred people down there.” A faint voice in Bruno’s ear said.  It was his number 2, Jean Simmonds.

“Yeah I see them.  But I also see two Bug’s, a Centurion and a Warhammer, no matter how old they are, there’s six of us and at least four hundred Pirates.”

“Four hundred and sixty three.” Another voice spoke up.  That was the squads number 3, Eddie Schultz who had never quite lost his Jamaican accent despite being in the SAS for 10 years now.

“I stand corrected, so we mark this site, mark the ships and hopefully we can catch these bastards or the Clanners can.  We knew this part of space would be lousy with Pirates and we’ve found a nest of them now.”

Bruno was about to suggest they start breaking up their individual hides when a small flashing light caught his eye. It was a seismic sensor and it was picking up something.

“Mark eyes on my location, do you see anything?”

“Negative boss, wait one.”

Bruno was crawling towards the view port of his hide, dug into the hard dirt of the moon, the entrance covered by camo-netting that perfectly mimicked the surrounding foliage and ground cover as well as being a near as perfect IR and EM blocker.  To anyone who even got within a few meters it would just look like another bit of foliage and rock on this miserable, red skied lump of rock.

“Hush!”

The Hush alert was an indicator that something was nearby.  Bruno killed his hides electrics with a twitch of his boot, it was resting on the small fuel cell’s battery. Outside it was night, or as night as the moon got, what with the huge sun’s glare reflecting off the gas giant the moon orbited as well as its dull red glare filling the sky but a shadow then fell over the entrance to the hide and he heard a heavy thud of a footfall, and then more.

Adjusting his position slightly the SAS Commando looked to his left and up, looking at a crimson and black painted leg of a eight meter tall proto-mech.  The machine was humanoid in form despite its equine head and folded wings.  They were miles away from the Pirate camp and he doubted the sensors on the old droppers would have picked them up.  The Pirates simply didn’t seem to care about security, not on this desolate world.

The proto slowly dropped to one knee, its head turning as it looked at the distant base.  It then emitted a short electronic blurt that somehow sounded organic as it ended with a snort of vented air from the head’s ‘nostrils’ and then the ground started to shake.  Lean canine shapes moved past the hide, not brazenly painted but instead painted in tan and blonds, some with black striping, one a solid black. 

Bruno knew them from briefings, they were Procyon Quad’s and he had to admit that they were MUCH more scary up close.  They moved in a way that no machine simply should, it was too organic, too fluid. There didn’t even seem to be the soft hiss and hum of joints moving and he watched as the metal of their legs moved and shifted strangely although clearly artificial they had a grace that few Mechs could match Bruno guessed it had something to do with the Enhanced Imaging implants worn by the Clan warriors who piloted these craft.

Two Stars of Procyon’s moved past his hide, spreading out, keeping low and in what little cover there was, letting out metallic sounding yet also organic noises, soft grunts, low growls or hyena like ‘laughs’.

Bruno let out a breath he didn’t realise he’d been holding as the big Proto near him started moving off, its footfalls joined by others as its Star mates moved with it, two Minotaur’s and another pair of horse headed brutes, one with a missile pack strapped to each arm.

“Ho-le-shit…Boss, you okay?”

Jean said. She’d been watching the Clan machines moving past Bruno’s hide and then deploy into a broad arc facing the base.

“Jah..i’m okay..glad I wore the brown underwear today…get an eye on any unit markings?”
“Negative, they have no markings, just weird paint schemes, those Pyro’s look real.”

“Damn right…****** scary, not seen one up close.”

“One this is four.”

“Go ahead.”

“Movement at my position, some kind of quad battle armour three points strong, I got some good pics and am monitoring now”

“Stay safe Vlad.”

“Roger.”

The Pirates didn’t know what hit them until the Manatee’s sensors picked up a volley of LRM’s inbound and the crewman on watch pressed the alert switch, not that it was needed as the missiles raked across the bases quarters where many of the Pirates were staying. A simple collection of metal huts, some were just repurposed freight containers.  Whatever they were made of it wasn’t enough as they exploded in bright blooms of fire as well as puffs of metallic and human fragments.

It was late and many of the Pirates had been drinking or spending time with some of the ladies on camp, or more unfortunately their prisoners and caught by surprise there was little reaction from them save the odd blurt of gunfire.  With ten Procyon’s and a mixed Command unit coming from one side the fifteen Buraq’s that had sprinted round the rear of the encampment moved in, metallic hooves kicking up puffs of orange dust as they surged forward, machine guns tracking.

The patrolling Pirate Mechs were the initial target and the Clan Protomech’s and the Stinger went down under a flurry of shots from the Procyon’s before the pilot could even get the Mech’s laser swung round to face them.  The next Mech, an archaic looking Locust was ripped to shreds by sustained gunfire before its pilot even got moving.  The Centurion went down fighting, with the Procyon’s running through the base camp firing at anything or just swiping at it with their clawed paws the Centurion moved to engage and met the Command Star.  Although it out massed the Proto’s the Centurion’s protection was roughly equal to one of the smaller Machines and its pilot had no clue about how Proto’s fought or moved. 

The heavy CHUG-CHUG-CHUG of the Mech’s autocannon rolled over the mesa as the Protomech’s moved to engage.  Even at the distance from the camp the whine of thrusters could be heard as the two Svartalfa’s unfolded their wings, darting between the buildings and tents at high speed with a grace that was impressive and scary to watch.  The Centurion didn’t last long, the Pilot seemed to panic when he hit a Minotaur with his cannon and it just got up and resumed firing.  The Mech turned to flee but its back was ripped open by laser and missile fire, its ammunition igniting with a thunderclap as two tonnes of missiles and projectiles went up, the sound and shock hitting Bruno’s hide a second after the flash.

Even as the Warhammer tried to flee the Clanner’s were swarming over the dropships. One Svartalfa landed on the Gazelle’s nose, its lasers pumping shot after shot into the glass on the bridge before cutting through, the distant rattle of machine gun fire joining the muted electronic buzz of the lasers. 

The Buraq’s were sprinting around the grounded Manatee, some idiot on the dropship had yet to haul its cargo ramps in and the battlesuits thundered inside, machine guns blazing.

“Jesus…efficient bastards ain’t they..”

“Roger that, all points are you recording this?”

“Yes boss.”

In the camp the Clan Protomech’s and elementals were moving with a purpose, hunting down the last of the pirates, not even accepting the surrender of those who threw aside their weapons, the final pockets of resistance being crushed, quite literally in some cases by rapid blurts of machine gun fire of pulses of laser light that cut the Pirates into unrecognizable chunks.

The only thing they spared was the prisoners, the Minotaur’s ripping open the cages and cells they were held in whilst in the distance the Procyon’s ran down the Warhammer, darting around its legs, APGR’s ripping through the ancient Mech’s armour, laming it with shots to its legs whilst the pilot tried to defend himself against his darting opponents.

One Procyon took a PPC blast and staggered, bleeding smoke, emitting an animalistic yowl as it withdrew, but it was the only success the Warhammer had.  One volley of fire bit deep into its back and hit something vital as sparks and black smoke belched from the damaged Mech before it fell, firing wildly as it did, the muffled thump of 70’s of Mech slamming onto its chest barely carrying over to the SAS’s hides.

With the camp seemingly pacified the SAS watched as the final pirates were rounded up, their observation equipment was the best available and they could see everything as the pirates were herded into the crippled Gazelle, there could not have been more than a few dozen of them, many were walking wounded, some were even carrying their comrades with them. 

“They’re letting them go?”

“Nah..see that venting on the port wing?”

“No, but I can see something on the starboard.”

Before anyone else could speak there was a bright antic flash and a dull WHUMP as the dropships fuel was ignited. With the fuel cells left open the fuel in the wings was starting to boil at the sudden pressure difference and venting out of the fueling ports in the wings.  The liquid hydrogen was turning into a rapidly expanding cloud and all it would take was a spark.  Or in this case a laser strike.

The fireball lit up the surrounding area and the blast ripped the Gazelle to pieces, multi-ton chunks of dropship being flung into the cold night.  The concussion smashed into the Manatee and the old dropship tumbled as one of its landing legs gave way, the ancient ship flopping onto its side, looking like a beached whale next to the blazing crater that marked the funeral pyre of the Gazelle.

With the landing area wrecked the ProtoMech’s and equine Elemental’s moved into the camp, flattening what remained whilst freeing any prisoners that were alive. 

“Watch it boss, they’re coming your way.”

“I see it, going cold.”

The procession made its way across the dunes, escorted by the Proto’s and flanking elementals and Bruno shrunk back into his hide, making sure the electronics were off and the thermal cover was in place.  The column of rescued captives trudged past and Bruno could hear them speaking, they were clearly Clanners just from the way they spoke.

“Five miles and we will be at our rendezvous location.  A dropship will come and take us, leaving this pyre as a warning to all who would attack us.”

The voice that blurted out from a towering Svartalfa was strong, full of confidence, and yet it sounded slightly wrong.  A Mech’s external speakers did nothing to disguise a voice, but the proto spoke with a distinct metallic cadence and tone to its voice.

There was cheers from the former captives and they kept marching past the Procyon’s coming up the rear, the one that had taken the PPC blast limping along, leaning against another for support, its front right leg a mangled ruin.  The SAS observers waited until a distant rumble told them a dropship had taken off before coming out of their hides, working their way down to the ruined Pirate camp.

It was silent save for the crack and pop of burning wood and the odd pop and bang from the blazing Manatee as its ammo finally started cooking off.  Near the fallen Stinger  the SAS team found an active locator beacon sat at the base of a small pile of severed heads with the symbol of the Hells Horses Clan proudly placed over the macabre display.

“Want me to turn that beacon off boss?”

“Nah..they wanted to send a message.”

“Damn..i’d say they sent it loud and clear.”

“Amen…spread out and look for any information, report back in 2 hours, the Oste will be in system soon and I don’t fancy missing our pick up.”


Hope you enjoy the last part (in the periphery) is from marauder648 my thanks for the addition

I'm going to work on the unit list over the next few days and hopefully do the Jade Falcons and either Horses or Coyotes so you have an idea of what's going on with them.

Note Arc Royal is not captured it's contested.

Hope you enjoyed it
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #182 on: 11 July 2016, 01:07:08 »
Awesome update! Arc Royal Contested :'(  Great story Marauder648!

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« Reply #183 on: 11 July 2016, 01:31:49 »
Interrrrrrrrresting! The falcons pulled a bait and switch.  By making everyone focus on that world that the Falcons seemed to be obcessing over they put enough forces together to go after the command of the entire region at Ark Royal which also has some very important factories as well.

And the Coyoties finding a C3i could have implications, they could accuse the Dominion of using 'tainted' equipment, especially as its a Wobbie designed bit of kit, not home grown.  The thing is has it spread to the whole Dominion or are the Kungsarmee forces using it whilst Trueborns shun it? 

And I'm glad you liked my lil snipped Shadow_Wraith :) I'm honoured to be able to contribute to this awesome AU.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #184 on: 11 July 2016, 02:02:33 »
Yes very interesting.  And I cannot quite say I called it, but I totally did, but that SLDF facility and contesting Arc-Royal could end up being what was needed to reinvigorate the Falcons.  Though the training facility will probably take a few years to really get up and running.

For some reason I do not see the C3 technology being all that concerning as it has been used by IS forces for quite a while.  Sure it will likely lead to some politicking but I am not sure much will come from that.

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« Reply #185 on: 11 July 2016, 02:06:40 »
Queen Anne's Revenge, old Blackbeards ship, nice.
I think those FS battleships better pull their finger out and head for Arc Royal.
The battle there might end up a real bloodbath for the Jade Falcons if the reinforcements arrive quickly. O0
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« Reply #186 on: 11 July 2016, 02:26:27 »
I wanted a good pirates ship name and the name of Blackbeard's ship was perfect :)  And I think the main issue will be the Coyotes putting 2 and 2 together and coming out with 9.  c3 = the system the Society used (who's name I can't remember) = tainted = BAD!  *queue punch ups along the border*

Also the Falcon's attack is clearly a decapitation strike, if the Mountain Wolves loose Ark Royal then they loose most of their facilities and populace, also its a heavy loss for the Kell Hounds.  But you're right it could turn into a real bloodbath for both sides, this has the potential to turn into another Coventry scale battle.  I'm guessing that the Falcons put pretty much everything they have left into this attack as well. 
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« Reply #187 on: 11 July 2016, 02:45:22 »
2 galaxies out of 3 that they had available, and they have already lost 4 clusters out of 10. 40% nasty.
This is going to hurt.
Good time to launch another attack at Incukalns whilst they are busy. >:D
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« Reply #188 on: 11 July 2016, 07:22:28 »
Too bad the Mjonirs got caught with their pants down, i would have figured they would have the upper hand on those Nightlord-Class ships.  The fight for Arc-Royal is a pretty interesting fight, with Melina downing the Khan, i thought they be a slight diminishing of the Falcon's fighting.  I know Clan's easily changed hands if a leader goes down, but i remember bad reactions (like retreating) when high level one is downed.

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« Reply #189 on: 11 July 2016, 13:57:09 »
I just thought of something, and now I fully expect another 2 galaxies, this time of Hell's Horses troops, to land on Arc-Royal.  Splitting the manufacturing capabilities of Arc-Royal would definitely be worth a detente.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #190 on: 11 July 2016, 16:29:07 »
So some more updated maps, I intend to keep updating stuff as DC releases stuff so I'm just gonna provide the link to the Google docs I'm keeping them in.

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B8rxH42gchMhakxpUG1OOE5lVEk

And just to clarify, the one noted as 3105 beginning is merely a recreation of DragonCat's 3104 map.  As he adds his monthly entries, then I'll add a new map with the progress.  These will only include the changes DC includes specifically in his updates - I'm not privy to any extra information than you are.  :P

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« Reply #191 on: 11 July 2016, 21:34:16 »
May I ask what the TO&E of that CHH Proto / BA Trinary was?

I count:

15x Buraq BA
2x Minotuar
13x Procyon
2x Svartalfa

This sounds like a Reinforced Command unit...
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« Reply #192 on: 12 July 2016, 23:45:55 »
Seems to me the Falcons may have seriously screwed up with this attack. They likely don't know about the FS agreement to send naval support to the Lyrans, and both their big guns there are already damaged. If the Lyrans, SLDF and the AFFS can react fast enough they can bag both of them and destroy the remaining Falcons on planet and then the Budgies will be in real trouble.

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« Reply #193 on: 13 July 2016, 00:06:46 »
Seems to me the Falcons may have seriously screwed up with this attack. They likely don't know about the FS agreement to send naval support to the Lyrans, and both their big guns there are already damaged. If the Lyrans, SLDF and the AFFS can react fast enough they can bag both of them and destroy the remaining Falcons on planet and then the Budgies will be in real trouble.

Have to agree, I doubt they would know due to probably little in the way of resources spent on the Watch and the Clan's bias against military intel. 

This really could be a bridge, or should I say, planet too far.

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I honestly didn't think about the ToE, I'd been reading TRO Prototypes and chose the Proto's basically from that.  We know that the Horses are working on their Mongol doctrine although its yet to be fully unleashed on anyone yet.  This could well be part of that, testing with large numbers of Proto's and BA working together as a unit.  Also it was all the new home built stuff, Svartalfa's, pyro quads, Minotaur PII's and a fast wing of Buraq's which are probably very new (the 3145 mech's are being slowly introduced early due to a lack of Stone's ******). 

This could well be a test, both of the Buraq's and the new home built Proto's rather than a set up formation. 
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« Reply #194 on: 16 July 2016, 03:28:30 »
Wrangler - it was one Mjonir and one Fox Merchant and they were caught unawares - they are committed and won't be running for a bit

Vition2 - those maps are awesome

Arvanna - the Star League Conference didn't end until December.  Victor then had to travel home the ships assigned already had duties.  So I'd make their arrival on the Lyran borders not until late 3105.

Attached is the Unit list with added Clans the only one missing is the Fire Mandrills/Rim Collection needs more work than I can do this time in the morning.

Next part is the Periphery then probably mercs.  I'm probably going to add a destroyed list like the WarShips.

Note: You'll notice the Wolves and Falcons especially have quite a few Combined Arms units due to their recent fighting.  Hopefully I'll sort them out in the future and make them look a little more Clan.
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« Reply #195 on: 16 July 2016, 05:10:12 »
So I'd make their arrival on the Lyran borders not until late 3104.
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« Reply #196 on: 16 July 2016, 07:18:29 »
DC, it's already 3105. So they arrive late 3105 not 3104. O0
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« Reply #197 on: 16 July 2016, 12:18:51 »
Yeah doc too right was tired when I posted
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« Reply #198 on: 16 July 2016, 14:41:44 »
Just saw the maps, amazing work! Sudeten does look like a tempting target there all on its lonesome.
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« Reply #199 on: 16 July 2016, 15:21:27 »
If Sudeten falls, likely so too do the Falcons, they have had too little time to properly set up Inkucalns as a replacement.  Another year or so and they may be able to make good of it but they certainly do not seem like they are going to wait to get that chance.

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« Reply #200 on: 16 July 2016, 16:33:06 »
Dragon Cat a question for ya, how do the Horses, Wolves and Coyotes treat their spherioid populace?  Is it the Jade Falcon's brick in the wall/You are number six (I am not a number, I am a human being!) or somewhere in between how the Bear's and Cats treat theirs?
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« Reply #201 on: 16 July 2016, 17:27:42 »
Well, if we go by close to canon (which may be a false step here), the Falcons almost completely ignore their lower castes, as long as they don't really get in the way - it is one of the reasons why their merchant caste was either second or third in effectiveness among all the clans in canon.

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« Reply #202 on: 16 July 2016, 21:03:15 »
And now that I have actually looked over the numbers there is quite a distinction between the top, middle and bottom tiers of clans at this point in time - at least by size.

Top Tier by Size
RD - 671 stars
HH - 642 stars
Wolf - 581 stars

Mid Tier by Size
RA - 267+195 star equivalents
NC - 449 stars
SF - 389 stars

Bottom Tier by Size
JF - 282 stars
C - 274 stars
MW - 148 stars

And gee things really do not look all that great for the Falcons, that is unless they have managed to capture a bunch of Mountain Wolf cadets - and those cadets are still clan enough to be absorbed into the Falcon touman.

Also for the future, DC, you have Hell's Horses listed twice, the second is actually the Sea Foxes, and you forgot to name the Nova Cat's tab.

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« Reply #203 on: 16 July 2016, 23:07:06 »
Blimey, awesome work there :)  And yeah the Falcons are gonna need at least a decade or two to recover, if they survive.  Because I bet the Horses are looking at their territory now.
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« Reply #204 on: 17 July 2016, 09:01:31 »
And now that I have actually looked over the numbers there is quite a distinction between the top, middle and bottom tiers of clans at this point in time - at least by size.

Top Tier by Size
RD - 671 stars
HH - 642 stars
Wolf - 581 stars

Mid Tier by Size
RA - 267+195 star equivalents
NC - 449 stars
SF - 389 stars

Bottom Tier by Size
JF - 282 stars
C - 274 stars
MW - 148 stars

And gee things really do not look all that great for the Falcons, that is unless they have managed to capture a bunch of Mountain Wolf cadets - and those cadets are still clan enough to be absorbed into the Falcon touman.

Also for the future, DC, you have Hell's Horses listed twice, the second is actually the Sea Foxes, and you forgot to name the Nova Cat's tab.

Cracking work, no Fire Mandrels?

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« Reply #205 on: 17 July 2016, 10:12:51 »
Cracking work, no Fire Mandrels?

You have not actually looked at the spread sheet yet have yah?  :P

He has not quite gotten to the Rim Collection/Fire Mandrills yet.

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« Reply #206 on: 17 July 2016, 13:36:04 »
You have not actually looked at the spread sheet yet have yah?  :P

He has not quite gotten to the Rim Collection/Fire Mandrills yet.

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« Reply #207 on: 19 July 2016, 02:41:55 »
Dragon Cat a question for ya, how do the Horses, Wolves and Coyotes treat their spherioid populace?  Is it the Jade Falcon's brick in the wall/You are number six (I am not a number, I am a human being!) or somewhere in between how the Bear's and Cats treat theirs?

How's this to answer that question?  Intelligence Report Clan Trade/Civilian Relationships

http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php?topic=53681.new#new

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« Reply #208 on: 19 July 2016, 05:28:23 »
Thank you for that Dragon Cat its great :) Also re Incukalns, they seem to have found something like Camelot Command or a Castle Brian, but to smash their tourman for a buried facility and some battered equipment simply does not seem worth it unless they plan on developing the site into something bigger. 

The prize just does not seem worth it, sure if there was a Prometheus database there then sure, unless its part of the bait/switch for the attack on Ark Royal as well. 
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« Reply #209 on: 20 July 2016, 08:41:07 »
Finally time for some fiction.  My thanks to James Tanaga for the Rim Collection section.

Border fighting
Great Gorge, Crucis March
Federated Suns Periphery
3rd March 3105


   Fighting continues along the Federated Suns/Nova Cat border as Clan Nova Cat spread into the Federated Sun’s Great Gorge system and two independent periphery systems.  However the Nova Cat successes come at a price as elements of the First Tikonov Cossacks RCT move on the Nova Cat held worlds of Sodetalke and Maram.  In all cases of the fighting between the Nova Cats and Federated Suns are fought within the realm of Trials of Possession.

Main Hall, Jade Falcon command
Incukalns, Jade Falcon Occupation Zone
7th March 3105


   There was a continuous click on the floor as a pair of boots marched into the main hall of the Jade Falcon command room on Incukalns.  Khan of the Jade Falcons Jana Pryde looked up and saw Khan Teresia Cooper, the large Elemental commander of the Hell’s Horses Clan, approach.

   “Welcome to Incukalns Khan Teresia Cooper”

   “Thank you and congratulations Khan Jana Pryde” the older woman replied looking at the young Jade Falcon leader “you are clearly a worthy successor to Ruel Chistu.”  She said the Jade Falcon Khan hid her reaction quickly but Teresia knew that she didn’t think much of the Hell’s Horses Khan’s endorsement.  “As required of us we have surrendered Atocongo to your forces and we have seized Hamilton from the Sea Foxes.”

   “The Foxes were not expecting your Horde Quineg?”

   “Neg they were not” Teresia said proudly “you are tightening your grip on Arc Royal Quiaff?”

   “Slowly” Jana Pryde said “the Mountain Wolves attempted to reinforce their positions but they were not ready for the Emerald Talon two clusters of Wolves died at her guns.”  She said proudly.

   “A dishonourable death and I hear that your other WarShip bombarded the surface of Arc Royal Quiaff?”  Teresia Cooper asked testing.

   “Aff, the Falcon’s Nest detected a grouping of the 789th Striker Brigade on the planet it was an opportunity we could not ignore.”  Jana Pryde said defensively.

   “A dishonourable tactic” Teresia Cooper commented not a challenge but another testing comment.

   “For Dezgra Star League forces and for Dezgra Mountain Wolves” Jana Pryde said angrily tired of the Hell’s Horses leader’s words challenging her to disagree.

   “They got what they deserved” Teresia Cooper said deciding not to take her thoughts further.

   “Aff they did” Jana Pryde agreed “and now to your visit?”

   “Aff we are preparing to expand our holdings” Teresia Cooper said “many of my Clan find Sudeten a tempting target” she said naming the Falcon’s capitol system.  “I am sure that you have detected the build up of our forces Quiaff?”  Jana Pryde nodded “I am here to assure you that we have no hostile intent towards the Falcon holdings instead we will be striking at Summit, Grundwald and Kandersteg.”

   “Pushing into the Commonwealth?”

   “Which should keep the Lyran reinforcements busy” Teresia Cooper said “our Clans can work together to strengthen each other and the Clan position in the Inner Sphere” she promised the other Khan.

   “And in turn Jade Falcon trader’s can pass on the benefits to you Clan quiaff?”  Jana Pryde asked realizing what the Hell’s Horses leader wanted.  Following the Horses assault on Hamilton Clan Sea Fox would likely push the Horses to unreasonable levels for trade in the future if the Falcons acted as an intermediary then the Horses could continue to gain supplies such as Harjel.

   “Indeed” Teresia Cooper confirmed “if neither of us attacks each other then our enemies cannot stand against us.”

   “I will be interested to see how your Horde Clusters perform in your attacks.”  Jana Pryde admitted the Horde formations were gradually taking over the Hell’s Horses Clan.  They were built around speed and firepower intent on overwhelming an enemy target quickly.

Carlyle Family Residence, family room
Castle Hill, Glengarry
Isle of Skye, Lyran Commonwealth
18th March 3105


   The guards stepped to one side allowing the warrior to step into the main family room Baroness von Glengarry Dana Carlyle looked up and her face immediately brightened.  “Marc…” she whispered taking several steps towards him.

   “I am glad to see you are well Baroness Carlyle” he said addressing her formally.

   “You don’t need to be so formal Marc”

   “I wish to apologize to you Baroness for your time with Clan Wolf….”  He said opening his mouth to continue but instead Dana stepped in and kissed him for the first time since he’d smuggled her back to the Lyran Commonwealth.  “I’m sorry for what you had to go through” he said breaking off their embrace.

   “Shut up” she said pulling him with her into a side room inside were two cots side by side inside were two baby children “Vlad and Marielle” she said introducing them “our children.  We have a lot to discuss.”  She said within two weeks Marc and Dana were married on Glengarry before Marc returned to the SLDF to continue his training and induction into the Star League Defence Force.

Training Range
Sandhurst Military Academy, England
Terra, Star League Protectorate
24th March 3105


   “You are clear to move when ready” the range controller said Prince Burton Davion breathed deeply flexing his artificial left arm before reaching for the controls of the Black Watch OmniMech.  He wasn’t a massive fan of the Inner Sphere OmniMech but it was the same tonnage as his own Templar so he was comfortable enough with the design as a first run in a Mech with his arm since the artificial replacement had been fitted.

   Stepping the Black Watch forward Burton was amazed at the response he felt through his left arm he’d expected the sensation to feel different but it felt completely natural moving the Mech forward from its bay.  Turning the Black Watch to the right with his foot Burton turned the BattleMech out of the bay he walked it into the sunlight.  “Work with me baby” he whispered accelerating the Mech to a full walk at thirty-five kilometres per hour turning it to the left and to the right turning the Black Knight with his feet.  That was the easy part he thought glancing at his left arm turning the Mech was easy it used his feet and his own sense of balance now for the hard part twisting his artificial left arm he twisted the Mech’s torso to the left and then to the right.  “Nice” he thought turning the Mech to the right in a wide circle he twisted his Mech’s torso style torso to the right and then to the left again testing it.  “Knight One to RCR release target one” he said contacting the Range Control Room.

   Moments later a Savannah hover craft moved into range twisting the Mech’s torso he tracked the small hovercraft with his left arm mounted light gauss rifle refining the target he fired a shot with the weapon obliterating the light hovercraft.  Burton smiled with satisfaction seeing the small remote controlled craft erupt into fire.  “Push it up a bit” he said into the radio now two stationary box targets raised in the distance as well as another Savannah.  Burton immediately pulled the trigger on the left joystick sending another gauss shot towards the new Savannah his shot went wide allowing the hovercraft to close on his position the simulated laser shots striking his Mech’s thick hide “com’on!”  The prince said frustrated looking at the arm he knew it wasn’t his arm’s fault he was just out of practice.  “Screw you” he said opening up on the hovercraft with the Mech’s Medium Range Missile launcher the forty missiles blanketed the area blasting the side of the hovercraft open.  He then squared his Black Watch’s shoulders and opened fire on the stationary targets with the rotary autocannon spraying fire over the stationary targets knocking them both down.  “RCR up the tempo!”  Burton called out wanting a proper challenge suddenly four QuadMechs appeared on his sensors they were all the same design his warbook tagging them as Revenants.  “Now we’re talking” he said two of the Mechs were staying back while the other two were charging in running at over ninety kilometres per hour within moments they were in weapons range each firing green extended range medium lasers.  Three of the lasers struck his Mech’s armour burning down the side of the assault BattleMech.  Burton glanced at the damage schematic and noticed armour was missing from the Mech’s lower torso and left leg.  “RCR confirm we’ve gone live fire?”  He asked firing the rotary autocannon into one of the drones ripping its front left leg completely off in a single sustained barrage.

   “You did say up the tempo sir” RCR replied “this is the first tier live fire.  They are designed to aim for your Mech’s legs.”  He said which meant to Burton that the weapons were not designed to kill him just disable his Mech.

   “That’s comforting” Burton replied as the second pair of QuadMechs were moving on his position joining the remaining Mech from the first wave.  Burton twisted his Black Watch’s torso launching another salvo of medium range missiles this time at the second Mech from the first wave he then fired the light gauss rifle at ne of the other Mechs causing heavy damage to the QuadMech.  Accelerating the Black Watch forward as more medium lasers and pulse lasers struck the lower torso of the OmniMech.  Stepping close to one of the remaining Revenants he opened fire with the rotary autocannon tearing open the light Mech with a continuous stream of led suddenly he heard the metal slamming against metal sound of the autocannon jamming but he also saw the Revenant fall to the ground.  The remaining two Mechs closed on the Black Watch but both were damaged he opened up with his gauss rifle again ripping off the legs of another Revenant finishing it off with the medium pulse lasers nestled in the centre torso of his OmniMech.  The last remaining Revenant charged in firing its lasers and machine guns as it charged in Burton’s Mech shook heavily as it was riddled with laser and machine gun fire.  “I don’t think so” Burton whispered blasting the Mech with his medium range missile launcher and pulse lasers cutting down the damaged QuadMech.

   “Range Control Room to Knight One, we can load next scenario if you wish, after this round it becomes progressively more difficult.”

   “Understood” Burton said glancing at his Mech’s status the Mech’s armour was mostly intact the most damage done was around the legs and lower torso but the autocannon was jammed and he’d used ammo on all three of his main weapons.  “I think I’ll call it quits for now” he said “out of curiosity how many more rounds are there?”

   “Three more rounds after this one” the RCR operator reported “a single warrior can manage the first two live fire rounds but the highest two rounds are recommended for a full lance.”

   “Now you’re just tempting me RCR” Burton said turning his Mech back towards the Mechbay “maybe in the future I’ll take up your challenge but for now I’m due a dinner date with my wife and if I miss it I’ll be under a lot more fire than your ranges can ever put out.”  He said the RCR operators replied with a round of laughter ‘just like the boys at home’ the Prince thought.

High Orbit
El Dorado, Crucis March
Federated Suns
28th March 3105


   High above the world of El Dorado near the world’s moon Boulder a crippled Davion II-class Destroyer flashed into existence.  The majority of the vessel’s armour and weapons were gone its engines completely dark and atmosphere streamed from the majority its decks slowly the WarShip began to spin out of control as two DropShip, one of the DropShips was a Lung Wang-class Assault DropShip while the other was a Fortress-class vessel, both undocked as six aerospace fighters launched from the crippled WarShip.  The vessels and aerospace fighters immediately turned towards the planet below on their sides was a strange emblem with a Sunburst covered in two crossed dao blades.  As the force entered the planet’s atmosphere the WarShip continued to spin out of control caught in Boulder’s gravitational pull it fell into the moon’s atmosphere exploding in the nitrogen-carbon dioxide atmosphere.

   Diving down over the planet’s capital the two DropShips dropped BattleMechs on-top of the militia base near the capital of Oro forcing the defenders out.  With the Lung Wang and aerospace fighter flying in circles around the facility threatening to bombard the base below them they quickly taking the part-timer defenders by surprise forcing them from the base with barely a shot fired before landing and occupying the base in the name of Warrior House Sortek for the Confederated Suns under Chancellor’s Edict 14.  A confused message to New Avalon from El Dorado states the capital has been seized by the Capellan Confederation with the Seventh New Avalon Guards RCT on the continent of Sante Fe and out of position to assist.

RCS Providence (Fox Block III-class Repair Ship)
Orbit of All Dawn, Rim Collection
Periphery
30th March 3105


Natasha Faraday leaned against the wall of the observatory room as she looked at the screens which looked over the Rim Collection’s newest WarShip, the RCS Firetender. The Isis-class Scout Carrier, a Lyran product, would soon be joining the Rim Collection Naval Touman after nearly a year of being completely torn apart and then rebuilt; all just to ensure the Lyrans hadn’t left or built any unfortunate “surprises” into the design.

She shook her head absent-minded at that. To assuage the Lyrans, the Rim Collection officially was using it as an exercise. Still it had its uses, or so Matthew Davion had informed her and Redburn earlier. Something about a possible omni-capable warship, the Federated Suns-born Sovereign Regent had informed them with the aerospace fighter bays possibly being able to be removed and replaced with BattleMech or Battle Armour transport bays if required, though it would take a lot of work. If true, it meant the Rim Collection would have a nasty surprise for its enemies should they come calling.

Something she knew would happen, sooner or later. The Rim Collection had begun to recover from the short, but brutal civil war; its military was still being rebuilt. Eleven clusters had been destroyed in the conflict and while her Clan hadn’t lost any completely, most of their units were still under-strength. Worse, those at full strength were deployed to the borders, intent on keeping a visible guard against the Spirits and Lyrans meaning that should their guard fall the interior of the Rim Collection, and her entire Clan, would be at risk.

To combat that, Redburn had made the ad hoc units she had led to Gillfillan’s Gold full active units within the Rim Collection Armed Forces. The very same units were now being deployed publicly. All part to show the Rim Collection’s martial strength and understate the true cost the civil war had to its armed forces.

Since the civil war, the Rim Collection intelligence community had worked overtime in an attempt to do just that. The forty-thousand civilian casualties trickled down to a more manageable ten thousand. The eleven clusters destroyed had morphed into a still hurting six. Those “missing” Guards and Lancer clusters were merely re-designated militia clusters was the official reason.

And she finally had confirmation they had achieved their mission, courtesy of a Lyran intelligence report given to the Collection via the FedSuns. The Lyran Intelligence Corps report stated they did not know what to make of the Collection’s martial strength, citing numerous discrepancies, except that either her own nation’s intelligence services were either effectively hiding its combat losses (true) or that the Collection’s martial strength were larger then what was reported (false) and possibly even both. The fact the report also stated the Corps’ own agents in the Collection was next to nil due to continued Rim Collection Security Services operations meant the Lyrans had to rely on the Federated Suns and Star League Defence Force for information, a fact the young Khan knew the Lyrans disliked.

Yet the same intelligence report had given her pause. The Lyrans had found out about two deployments Natasha Faraday wished to keep quiet. The first she reluctantly allowed herself to mentally shrug at, for she knew it was only a matter of time before the Lyrans had learnt the Collection was continuing to honor its obligations to Erdvynn Province to help police it against pirate forces. Still, she hadn’t expected the Lyrans to catch on as quickly as they did. It was the second deployment that made her pause.

 From the SLDF, the Lyrans had found out the Rim Collection, specifically her clan, had a limited force on Tukayyid to safeguard a new factory her clan had been allowed to set up on the capital world of the Inner Sphere Clans, as well as conduct Trials against the Mandrill’s sibling Clans. It made for what she expected to become a very touchy situation. Yet the report did state the Lyrans themselves were unlikely to do anything about it, so while the report gave her pause, it also allowed her to rest at ease.

“Penny for your thoughts, Khan,” President Damien Redburn’s voice broke Natasha from her thoughts.

“More like a Kerensky,” she replied deadpanned as she continued to look at the large screens covering the new ship.

“Your clan finally came to its senses concerning the Firetender, I take it,” he asked from behind her.

“Aff,” she reluctantly acknowledged as she glared at the ship on the screens.

“I just had a very enlightening conversation with Archon Jessica Steiner via HPG,” he informed her a moment later. “She said to pass on the importance of a peaceful, quiet border between our two nations to you. I take it there won’t be any problems with your Clan?”

“Neg,” she answered back. “The Crusader faction is pragmatic about our current situation to let that particular border be quiet, at least for now.”  She thought the rebuilding Rim Collection had enough to worry about from raiders and from the Stone Spirits to worry about attacking the Lyrans weakened border.

“Good,” he acknowledged. Another moment passed as both watched the screens for a moment she turned to properly face him for the first time.

“I noticed Rim Motors has begun producing a rough analog of our Kirghiz-G OmniMech, specifically the Prime configuration,” she half accused, causing him to nod.

“It’s a very rough analog, yes. We have designed it to operate in the planned Militia CCT’s. We’ve taken to calling them Kirghiz-M’s,” he answered back. “And they aren’t OmniMechs. They are pure BattleMechs, through and through. Still advanced but compared to your Kirghiz-G, the M is much more primitive.”

She nodded at his answer. “What of the Snow Fox OmniMechs? I have heard some rambling you have allowed Kindraa Stewart to start providing stealth armor to Rim Motors.”

“I have,” he admitted to her. “Leonard Stewart gave me the idea and asked for permission, which I agreed. It seems that it’s a perfect platform for their stealth armor. Rim Motors have taken to re-designating the design the Shadow Fox should testing go well we should be able to deploy it by the end of the year.”

“Personally I agree as well. Yet your decision on having my Clan provide Kindraa Stewart with 300XL engines to produce the Ghost BattleMech on Timbuktu is worrisome, at least to conservative elements within,” she warned him.

“And what if I ask your Clan to provide technical assistance to House Stewart to jump-start their project to produce a new battle armor for the Collection? One that uses stealth armor,” Damien half-asked.

“You will be met with resistance, though so long as the battle armor is kept to only Rim Collection federal and SpecOp forces, you know my Clan will reluctantly allow it,” she surmised openly they couldn’t afford to alienate the Mandrills from the Collection.

“And if House Stewart agrees to provide your Clan with a percentage of their production,” he asked, smiling.

“Much less resistance,” was her predatory answer knowing it would help rebuild her Clan quickly.

“Good,” he answered back, putting his arms behind his back as he looked down on Natasha. “I trust your Clan will see the value of House Stewart receiving the necessary technical assistance in the coming days, quiaff,” he asked, using the Clan word to highlight the importance of this decision.  Having a homegrown battle armour design would help their nation even if it took a couple of years to perfect it.

“Aff,” she acknowledged, looking into Redburn’s eyes.

“Then I’ll take my leave, Khan,” he remarked, waving his hand to gesture at the RCS Firetender, before turning to leave, leaving the young Fire Mandrill Khan once more to her thoughts as she turned to stare once more on the Isis-class scout carrier on the screens in front of them.
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