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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #330 on: 29 August 2016, 13:59:01 »
Good deal for the Shadow Guard, not sure the Solaris VII idea will work out for the best in the long run.

Maybe, maybe not, it was that or I turn Solaris into a battlefield or a conquered Wolf planet which I wasn't completely ready for just yet.

Great update as always! The Solaris guard could be interesting and odd that there's a 'liberal' who cares for the lower castes acting as Loremaster of the Clans and as an aged warrior too.  With someone like this in an a very high ranking position could do some interesting stuff.

Not quite a lower caste acting as Loremaster of the Clans.  He's a Trueborn Bloodnamed MechWarrior that carries a lot of sway even with age.

My thanks to Vition2 for help in bringing the Hyades-class Corvette to life.
http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php?topic=54308.msg1251412#msg1251412
The below link leads to a wiki page created by Wrangler.  It has links to the various pages of my AU.
https://battletechfanon.fandom.com/wiki/Alternate_Timeline_with_Thanks
For those looking for everything online I've also got them on the OurBattleTech website
https://www.ourbattletech.com/forum/index.php?board=76.0
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #331 on: 29 August 2016, 15:33:15 »
I know very little about warship design but for a first attempt at building a vessel by the Taurian's in centuries it looks quite good.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #332 on: 29 August 2016, 19:33:57 »
I know very little about warship design but for a first attempt at building a vessel by the Taurian's in centuries it looks quite good.

For it's size it is kind of a beast, but most of the weapons are very short ranged compared to more modern warships.  One particularly interesting thing about it is that although it has the armor fairly typical of a corvette or destroyer, there's a pretty good chance it'll be able to limp back to a shipyard given the strength of its structure. (a side-effect of DC saying the equivalent of "moar armor... NO! I said MOAR!" lol)

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #333 on: 30 August 2016, 01:58:42 »
She's a lovely little brawler and to me it screams heavy escort/raider.  Those massed sub-capital weapons would be nasty against fighters and dropships as well as a dire threat to jumpships.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #334 on: 05 September 2016, 18:04:39 »
Time to finally end 3105.  My thanks to marauder648 for the help with the Hell's Horses AFFS fight as I had severe writers block trying to write the piece.

Duke of Saffel Residence
Saffel, Alya Prefecture
District of Dieron, Draconis Combine
4th December 3105


As the Duke of Saffel Dean Singer entered his office within his official residence he knew there was something wrong.  There had been people against his appointment to the leadership of Saffel but the danger had never felt so closer.  Dean Singer reached for the light switch to his office and it was the last thing he did.  Moments later the office, along with the one time Duke of Saffel, was incinerated by an explosion which took out that half of the residence killing fourteen others who were in the building.

With emergency services charging to assist their Duke his personal BattleMech a customized Huron Warrior imported from the Capellan Confederation, at great cost to Singer and the people of Saffel, exited the residence’s reinforced Mechbay firing its silver bullet gauss rifle and pulse laser into the emergency services as he escaped into the night.

Days later the assassin and thief was identified as small time crook Bobby Winchester a known gun and drug runner but someone who had to date never resorted to violence.  With the Duke murdered, the leader of the local constabulary and the head of the planetary militia killed in the attack no-one is able to asset control over the planetary government before several transport ships leave the system including one carrying Bobby Winchester and the stolen Huron Warrior.  In an effort to support the planetary government Dieron dispatch the Sixteenth District of Dieron Regulars, a green unit, off of Dieron to bring order to Saffel.

Planning Rooms, Celestial Palace
Forbidden City, Sian
Sian Commonality, Capellan Confederation
14th December 3105


   The Celestial Wisdom Chancellor Dao Shen-Liao stood listening to his advisers the war against Oriente continued well with attacks on Pella II, Shuen Wan and Anegasaki the Confederation’s goal now clear to Oriente under the Celestial Wisdom’s Banner like Andurien before it.  “Our forces are rolling back Oriente defenders even with their Orbital Defence Guns.”  Sang-jiang-jun Erin Liao, the Chancellor’s wife, said leading the briefing.  “Naval and ground forces from both nations have sparred in the Pella II system.  Our naval forces have destroyed the OPS Fletcher in that system but the Fourth Oriente Hussars continues to resist on the planets surface…” she said pausing as a young officer entered nervously she turned to the Chancellor.  “Sire, the Santorini Battle Group have been spotted…”

   “Excellent where?”  The Chancellor demanded the Santorini Battle Group was home to Oriente’s only Thera-class Carrier to kill it had been the Chancellor’s goal for years.

   “Over Sarna” she reported seeing Dao-Shen’s rage rising “it appears that they crossed the border at Sakhalin and quickly moved on Sarna they have also struck at Quemoy.”  She said reading the briefing.  “Oriente has called for our withdrawal from their territory or they will destroy our WarShips and our ground forces on the Sarna Supremacy worlds” she said.

   “They cannot hope to take and hold Sarna while we will be on Oriente in weeks.”  Dao-Shen Liao stated confidently.

   “If the rest of the Free Worlds League joins with Oriente we will lose all of the Sarna Commonality” she warned.  “Davion will not sit on his throne and watch as Oriente take our territory.  Without Sarna to administer and control its Commonality we will lose the territory completely.”  She said continuing her warning.

   “We will not surrender!” Dao-Shen Liao snapped “order our forces to dig into their positions on Sarna and prepare the invasion of Oriente!”  He said turning leaving the planning room to Sang-jiang-jun Erin Liao and her commanders.  As Sian refuses to surrender the District of Oriente land ground forces on Sarna while naval and ground forces from both sides engage each other in multiple systems setting the border between these nations on fire.

Liberation
Grundwald, Hell’s Horses Occupation Zone
30th December 3105


   With the FSS Zibler still under repairs in the Summit system the Federated Suns navy units in conjunction with the Lyran Commonwealth military moved on Grundwald and Borghese.  While the Borghese system had surprisingly fallen easily to the Lyran forces in the Grundwald system they had found a Halcyon-class Cruiser and an elite cluster of ground forces.  With the Lyran Commonwealth’s LCS Typhoon, a Mjolnir-class Battlecruiser, beside them escorting the AFFS units it was time to engage the Hell’s Horses.  In the FSS Reinhart Steiner’s command centre Admiral Alexander Duvall glanced over at their guest and nodded for her to continue.  “This is Star Colonel Amanda Leroux to defending forces I challenge for control over this system for Clan Mountain Wolf and the Lyran Commonwealth.”  She said confidently Duvall had to admit when she had come on board she had not liked the Wolf warrior but she and the others from her Clan who were on board had adjusted well to the structure on board the FSS Reinhart Steiner.

   “Wolf you are on a Federated Suns WarShip do not attempt to fool us.”

   “You will see that this vessel and the others with it are identified as Lyran Commonwealth vessels.  I am a Mountain Wolf Cluster commander and I am fully in control of this battle.”  She said turning to the air-boss “deploy aerospace fighters on all vessels.  Order our DropShips to assume combat formations.”  She said from the belly of the FSS Reinhart Steiner aerospace fighters with AFFS, Mountain Wolf and Lyran Commonwealth insignia launched from the craft.  Several of the Federated Suns aerospace fighters had been replaced with those from Clan Mountain Wolf as had several of their DropShips.  “As you can see my forces are my own.”

   “You will accept a Batchall Quiaff?”  The warrior asked a single Halcyon-class Cruiser and support DropShips would not be enough to turn back the assault forces against them.

   “Aff” Amanda Leroux said carefully intent on not drawing the Inner Sphere forces under her command into a Clan bidding war.

   “I bid a single Halcyon-class Cruiser, four DropShips, their attached support units and the First Horde Cluster to the defence of this system.”  The Hell’s Horses commander responded a couple of moments later.

   “I respond with a single Avalon II-class Cruiser, its support craft and the First Commonwealth Guards Regiment to capture this system.  I will not be hobbling my forces further with a smaller bid.”

   “Well bargained and done” the Horses commander said surprisingly quickly without even a single barb about the lack of a smaller bid.

   “Contact the FSS Jackson Davion and Star Captain Rygard Carns” Amanda Leroux commanded moments later there was a connection between the two WarShips.  “Star Captain your vessel and crew will lead the battle into this system.”  She said as per the Lyran, Federated Suns and Mountain Wolf agreement there were Mountain Wolf warriors embedded on board every WarShip, DropShip, fighter squadron and ground force battalion.  In each communication with the defenders of the systems the Mountain Wolves would lead meaning that any challenge came from the Mountain Wolves and every captured unit would go to the Mountain Wolf Clan helping rebuild it.  Amanda Leroux was sure that both the Federated Suns and Lyran Commonwealth would end up with at least some of the salvage but the Mountain Wolves would gain the first choice and the best of their captures.

   With the FSS Jackson Davion and her escorts moving away from the AFFS fleet the Avalon II class cruiser began launching her fighters as did her escort group.  The three escorting Pocket Warships moved forwards at high speed, trying to close the range.

“Sir we’re getting a good clean data-link between all elements.  ID scans show a pair of Outpost Defenders, one Titan and an Arcadia running escort, the cruiser the CHH Nightmare's Edge is at the centre of their formation following at 600 km distance.”

“Time to intercept?”

“At current speed, thirty minutes.”

Aboard the Titan class Carrier Bon Homme Richard it was as scene of organised chaos on her forward hangar bay.  Under way there was gravity and this made life easier for the tech’s as they hauled weapon pods and linkages from their magazine elevators.

“Technician Jones, I do not care if the ghost of the Great Father himself appeared and bid you to halt, you WILL get my Star’s fighters reequipped before launch.”

The Technician, a long standing member of the Richards crew knew how to deal with arsey aerospace pilots; he had been doing it for twenty years.

“My men are trying their best, but we only have enough weapon pods to rearm six of your craft! The remainder will have to go into battle in the Charlie configuration.”

“Explain why.”

‘Because we were not expecting you do to anything more than be a ****** shuttle for Elementals you arrogant ass.’ Is what Jones wanted to say, instead he gestured to the row of tiger stripe painted Kirghiz fighters that aerotechs were swarming over whilst exoskeletons helped with the heavy loading.  “Simple logistics and the operational role of Lightning Star prior to the deployment in system.  We are trying our best, I can give you two Primes, two Deltas, one Bravo and an Echo but the rest will have to go out as Charlies.  Is that acceptable Quiaff?
“Aff” Inwardly Star Captain James Hawker growled, instead he just nodded.  After arriving in orbit his Star had been acting as a quick deployment force, carrying Elementals from point to point at the beck and call of the Horde, demeaning but important work.  Now with half stores aboard there simply wasn't the equipment to fully arm ten of the big fighters.

“Very good Star Captain, now can you please get out of the bloody way whilst we sort your fighter out. She will be an Echo and neg you do not get a say in the matter.”

FSS Jackson Davion

“Hostiles are launching fighters. Visigoths from the Outposts, they are forming up into a Star.  Another ten from the cruiser, Titan is launching now Sirs.  Reading…One star of Sulla’s one Star of hrm…Tyre’s and..shise..one of Kirghiz Sir”

On the holographic displays the Clan ships and fighters took position, the Titan hanging well back, she was no warship and despite its great size, was achingly vulnerable, the two Outposts and the Arcadia though were coming forwards along with every fighter the Horses had.  It was no ill-disciplined rush either, they were keeping close together, their fire lanes overlapping.
“Sensors what are those launching from the cruiser?”

“Pelican class shuttles sir…damn that’s a lot of them…count is 18..22..28..30!”

Captain Leonard Kyle glanced at his Mountain Wolf companion “The Pelican is an assault shuttle and primary mover; they can carry Elementals but they are not built for breaching operations.”
“How many Elementals?”

“Twenty five depending on weight of course.  Twenty-five standard suits.”

“And you say they’ve no mag clamps?”

“Aff, they could deposit troops on the hull but they cannot lock onto us and cut their way inside.”

“CAG! Keep an eye on those damn shuttles; I don’t fancy getting boarded today.”

“Roger that Sir.”

“Sir! We are within range and have a good feed from our escorts.”

“Very good.  Guns, target the cruiser, she’s the threat, have our escorts engage their DropShips and fighters. That Kirghiz Star’s a priority target.”

The ships fighters were all brand new, the Admiralty wanted to put their best in combat and test them, and a mixture of Corsair 12D’s and Cutlasses formed her air group, but still it was 32 fighters against 50.

A dozen affirmatives rang out before the Jackson Davion shuddered slightly as her guns and missiles began their firing sequences.  Guided by the Naval C3 her guns were tracking the Clan cruiser as it lumbered forwards behind its escorts.  It seems the Clanners knew about the C3 on the Suns warships, they were all moving forwards, even the cruiser was at a full 1.5g burn her gauss rifles spitting in the dark.  But at this range and with C3’s inherent advantages the Federated Suns cruiser scored the first hits as a pair of NAC rounds detonated on impact with the Clanner’s hull.  The Avalon’s missiles were having a harder time though, only one got through the barrage of AMS fire and her flak belt as the Clan cruisers shorter ranged guns also engaged the inbound missiles.

“Enemy forces are continuing to close Sir.”

“Good, Helm! Bring us to Red 119, down 15. Guns fire as you bare!”

As the Jackson Davion began her turn to Starboard the CHH Nightmare’s Edge kept on charging forwards.  The Halcyon was taking hits but her thick armour was absorbing them for now whilst giving back as best she could against her bigger and faster opponent.

CHH Nightmare's Edge

Gripping the arms of his chair as the Edge rocked from another hit, this one further along her dorsal hull, Star Commodore Karina Dwelley grinned “Release the hounds! Have Stalker flight follow them in!”

On the holo-display the fighter brawl was a confused tangle of signals as the fighters threw themselves into the battle against their opposite numbers.  The Arcadia Gravewalker was the biggest return amongst the melee, her commander Star Captain Tara Bolt throwing the assault ship around with all the skill and grace she and her crew were renowned for.  Still it was a tough fight, the three Federated Suns assault ships were big and shockingly well-armed.  They were also feeding data to the cruiser and she was taking full advantage of that and her gunners knew their business.  Still her surprise should stop that.  The Pelican’s surged forwards, ECM’s going live in an overlapping barrier of howling and more importantly concentrated electronic noise, thrusters blazing as they opened the throttle and charged.  Not all of the shuttles were carrying Elementals, most were down on the world below but still the 75 on-board the Nightmare’s Edge were more than willing to attempt a boarding action. 

FSS Jackson Davion

“Sir! We’re being jammed!”

“What? What the hell’s going on!”

“Not our systems but the C3’s lousy with interference.  Attempting to re-establish links now Sir!”

“Assault shuttles inbound!”

“Sir! It’s those shuttles!  They are jamming the link between us and our escorts.”

“Helm! Continue the turn, increase thrust. All hands stand by for heavy thrust. Helm put our stern to them, Guns! Target those damn shuttles with the missiles.”

On the holo-display the Clan ship was starting a turn even as one of her Outposts burst apart, gutted by the guns of the Stalwart, but the Clanner fighters were everywhere, his Air group was holding its own but they were outnumbered and unable to break off, when they did, more Clanner’s jumped onto them after waiting and with a wedge of assault shuttles charging on in with the risk of up to 750 Elementals being carried it was just a risk that could not be born.  The Jackson Davion’s engines flared to life as she slewed to her new course, pulling ahead of the slower Nightmare’s Edge.  She was fast.  The Pelicans were faster.

Even as their WarShip ‘mother’ was embattled the Suns cruiser’s escort group were finally overcoming their foes.  The Arondight class was built for this kind of battle, a freewheeling brawl and their cannons were spitting as fast as they reloaded, heavy armour taking fire despite repeated attack runs from the Horse fighters.  With one Outpost down and the other bleeding air from a 20-meter crater in her side from an internal explosion the Federated Suns Pocket Warships turned their guns on the flank of the Nightmare’s Edge even as the Clan ship fired into the Jackson Davion’s stern.

Not every Pelican carried Elementals, and the Jackson’s anti-fighter defences were filling space around the cruiser with a blizzard of Gauss shards, missiles and pulses of laser light, swatting them from space in short lived puffs of flame and spinning debris.  But enough got close to deposit their cargo across the upper hull of the Federated Suns cruiser.  Of course such a manoeuvre was not without risk, disembark too quick and the suits mag boots might not grip and you’d be sent spinning away from the rapidly maneuvering cruiser with no hope of rescue.  This happened to eight Elementals, whilst another two didn’t even leave the hull, one hit too hard and shattered his knees and was immediately WIA, the other got hopelessly wedged as he bounced along the hull between the main hull and a radiator vane.  The sixty-five surviving Elementals had been spread liberally over the dorsal section of the Jackson Davion the assault far from coordinated.  This made things easier for the Jackson’s defending Marines but the Clanners were ALL in Gnome battle armour which despite its age was still a deeply formidable design.

With the Suns cruiser turning to bring her vulnerable stern out of the fire the Nightmare’s Edge was pouring into it the two cruisers were getting into a more traditional broadside battle, hammering one another with every weapon at their disposal.  It was as much a battle of wills as a battle of endurance.  But with her hull battered and air bleeding from a dozen gashes in her flank and spine the Nightmare started to turn away first, cutting thrust, letting the Davion ship pull ahead, the range opening rapidly.

“Stalkers! This is Stalker lead, anyone still with me?”

“Aff, Stalkers seven, eight and two!”

“Good!  The Edge cannot take much more, we will attack the cruiser’s stern.  If we can damage her engines then the Edge will be able to withdraw.”

All four remaining Kirghiz were in a bad way, but they were still armed and flying, their Tyre escorts having suffered heavily trying to cover them from the faster and very agile Davion fighters.  The alert receiver on Hawker’s fighter blared as the Jackson Davion’s gunners locked onto the new threat even as the Pelican's wheeled overhead, strafing ineffectually at her hull with their missiles. 

The four assault fighters bore in, their pilots jinking and throwing their 100 tonne craft around, jammers trying to throw off the cruisers gunners even as they were fired upon.

Stalker Eight erupted into a fireball as a Barracuda missile slammed into its belly; Two was bisected by a concentrated blast of laser fire before they got through the main flak belt.  Near wingtip to wingtip the two Kirghiz opened fire as one.  Hawker’s HAG-40’s spraying clouds of hyper-velocity slugs over the Jackson’s stern. 

FSS Jackson Davion

“Sir! The jamming’s gone! Link re-established!”

“Finish that Clanner bastard off now!” Hard a port!”

There was a flash as something was hit.  White vapour started pouring from a breech on the Jackson’s stern.  Hawker spotted it, but so too did the cruiser’s engineering detachment.  It was fuel, the cruiser’s semi-modular fuel tanks had taken a hit and it was leaving a trail of rapidly expanding frozen hydrogen slush behind them.  The leaking tank was jettisoned a moment later and it was already several hundred meters astern and under the Jackson when the inevitable happened.  A particle bolt passed through the Hydrogen and it ignited in what could be called a deflagration.  The difference between a deflagration and explosion is that the former is a rapid burn.  In this case along the trail left by the fuel tank, following it to its source.

Even as the Nightmare’s Edge finally succumbed to the relentless pounding of the Jackson’s guns the Federated Suns ship was suddenly ‘kicked’ from behind as a tank with nearly 800 tonnes of fuel in it exploded just behind her.  The blast threw the ships stern up and her bow down, one engine smashed by the sudden blast, its vents wrecked whilst the blast was still close enough to act like a sub-kiloton explosion melting and burning parts of the hull, the energy of the explosion also sending a heavy shock through the cruisers hull which threw crew against the hull and knocked systems out of alignment.

Further astern the Nightmare’s Edge was tumbling to port, bleeding air as her thrusters fired to try keep her upright whilst her crew abandoned ship.  Her back was broken, her armour punctured whilst internal fires raged along her starboard hull section.  Of her fighter group, eighteen would survive to pull back, leaving no Davion survivors.  The crippled Arcadia Gravewalker was barely active, held together by the efforts of her crew and what little armour remained along her hull.  Only the Bon Homme Richard was undamaged, the Titan hanging back the entire time, only moving forwards now to pick up escape pods and lifeboats. 
Aboard the Jackson Davion her crew began the serious task of saving the ship.  With one primary thruster down and with shock damage across the ship as well as having a badly battered hull the cruiser was in a serious way, if not at risk of being lost.  The Clan borders had been met and there was still fighting along the upper hull.  Some Elemental’s had forced their way inside and caused considerable damage before being contained and eliminated.  Only when the Nightmare’s Edge erupted in a ball of light as her fires finally reached her magazines did the survivors finally surrender and accept being made Bondsmen. 

Space belonged to the Allied forces but it had come at a heavy cost.  All thirty-four fighters were gone, although eighteen pilots had managed to eject safely and were recovered.  The Arondight class dropship Fire and the Flame was so badly damaged that she had to be abandoned and scuttled, whilst the other two were mauled and could barely dock for repairs themselves.  The Jackson Davion herself had taken moderate damage but her engines had taken a heavy amount of damage and the shock damage had in the words of her chief engineer “Utterly frakked the jump drive.  At least for a while anyhow.”  Until it was repaired and precision calibration carried out, the Jackson Davion was going nowhere.
 
Ground Battle
Grunwald, Hell’s Horses Occupation Zone
30th December 3105


   From space to the ground the First Commonwealth Guards Regiment dropped through the sky towards the ground.  The regiment was actually more like a reinforced combined-arms force with five battalions of forces between their combined units.  The Lyran forces despite having the upper hand in space knew that they would be facing a tough ground battle and immediately this became clear as capital missiles rose from the surface striking towards their DropShips.  The Lyrans defence systems activated but they were not enough to stop the incoming missiles and several DropShips took heavy damage as they came into land.  Fortunately the Lyrans had been ready for this attack and the crews had prepared their vessels for heavy combat taking every precaution.  As the Lyran DropShips landed Lyran BattleMechs charged from the DropShips firing on the Horses who were arrayed against them between Lyran BattleMechs and vehicles were others carrying Clan Mountain Wolf’s insignia carrying on the same trend used against the Hell’s Horses in space.

   Surrounding the Lyran Commonwealth landing zones were warriors of Clan Hell’s Horses who filled the air with weapons fire tearing into the Inner Sphere forces while artillery missiles slammed into their BattleMechs and DropShips.  From above Lyran and Mountain Wolf aerospace forces now dominated the skies but on the ground the fast moving Hell’s Horses forces were continuing to fight hard causing casualties in the Commonwealth Guards.

   With continous aerospace fighter attacks and as more Lyrans and Mountain Wolves deployed into the warzone the Hell’s Horses were slowly overwhelmed by the firepower being brought onto them.  Lyran aerospace fighter attacks also quickly located and neutralized the Hell’s Horses DropShips crippling their ability to maintain their units and eliminating their ability to withdraw from the planet.  Within hours the Horde Cluster’s ability to fight had been diminished by lack of ammunition and supplies forcing the Horses to withdraw across the planet while being constantly harried by aerospace fighters and fast moving BattleMech forces.  By the end of the third day the remaining two trinaries of the First Horde Cluster surrendered to the Mountain Wolf commander the remaining warriors taken as bondsmen to that Clan while the salvage was split evenly between the Lyrans and Wolves.

With the FSS Jackson Davion crippled in the system victory on the ground goes a long way towards justifying the FSN’s presence in the system.  With the FSS Zibler under orders to return to the Federated Suns for extensive repairs the FSS Intrepid, a repair ship, and the FSS New Avalon, a Whirlwind II-class Destroyer are ordered to rendezvous in the Tikonov and then head to the Lyran Commonwealth to support the remaining units.
The below link leads to a wiki page created by Wrangler.  It has links to the various pages of my AU.
https://battletechfanon.fandom.com/wiki/Alternate_Timeline_with_Thanks
For those looking for everything online I've also got them on the OurBattleTech website
https://www.ourbattletech.com/forum/index.php?board=76.0
As always please enjoy and if you have any questions about my AU (or want to chat about ideas I could incorporate into it) feel free to PM me.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #335 on: 05 September 2016, 20:41:07 »
Current active WarShips and Units

One thing I've noticed (and really should have looked at previously) just because a WarShip is in a system with a shipyard it doesn't mean it is being refitted just that it's currently based there.  ie the Snow Raven.  She's based in a system with a shipyard not she's been in refit all the time (yes she had some work done but not a huge refit) I knew there was something wrong with that but I answered before away from my stuff so the answer was off.

EDIT: Small thing on the Unit's document Clan Nova Cat's Upsilon Galaxy should read in the Posting section "Periphery"

End of 3105 Map

http://www.ourbattletech.com/forum/dragon-cat-collection/3081-map/15/#lastPost
« Last Edit: 05 September 2016, 23:55:58 by Dragon Cat »
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 #336 on: 05 September 2016, 21:08:24 »
 O0 nice update!

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #337 on: 06 September 2016, 03:00:29 »
Great update Dragon Cat and ya charmer, I only did the naval part, you did the rest and it is glorious!
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #338 on: 06 September 2016, 03:28:11 »
Like the Hells Horses battle well done. O0
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #339 on: 06 September 2016, 13:05:54 »
Good stuff! :D Love the maps :)

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #340 on: 07 September 2016, 11:56:47 »
That was great!
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #341 on: 08 September 2016, 08:47:59 »
Cracking end to the year.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #342 on: 10 September 2016, 04:58:17 »
3106

Nova Cat Border Raid
Multan, Kandahar Prefecture
Pesht Military District, Draconis Combine
4th January 3106


   The Trial of Possession for Multan had began well the Draconis Combine commander of the Sixth Pesht Regulars Regiment had accepted the Nova Cat Batchall bidding their entire combined-arms regiment Katrine Devalis had bid a single Supernova from her Upsilon Keshik and the three trinaries of the 450th Assault Cluster both of the saKhan’s Upsilon Galaxy.

   The Nova Cat forces had split in half Katrine leading Upsilon Keshik and half of the 450th force to the east of the Sixth while the other half of the 450th force had moved around the west side of the Pesht Regulars catching the Combine unit in a pincer movement.  Katrine sat in her Deimos Assault OmniMech watching the battle unfold in front of her.  The Sixth Pesht Regulars were not ready for the engagement and her half of the defenders were already caving under the pressure of her assault.  “Continue forward.  Star Colonel Sheldon Rosse we are driving them towards you.”  She said moving her OmniMech over the frozen terrain.  Why humanity had ever come to this frozen world was beyond her it lacked any sufficiently sized slopes for recreation, there were now massive mining operations that her people had detected and the cold temperatures made it hard to grow crops.  It was like this world had been colonized purely to see how long it would take for it to kill the planetary population but humanity as stubborn as it was had refused to give up on the planet.

   “Aff saKhan we have detected forces on our flanks but none have entered weapons range.”

   “Strange the Sixth appeared to be holding together in a single formation” she said moving her eighty-five ton OmniMech forwards towards the retreating enemy forces.

   “Aff we believed that to be the case saKhan but we have detected multiple units moving along our flank.  We are engaging remaining Sixth Pesht units.”  He said replying as his units merged with the Sixth on Katrine’s long range sensors.

   “Keshik move forwards the Sixth have already broken Zellbrigen so you do not need to pick targets let’s eliminate them.”  She commanded moving her OmniMech forwards.  Suddenly up ahead Katrine watched as several of the 450th’s unit markers disappeared.  “Star Colonel Rosse report” she demanded not understanding how the units could have been destroyed so quickly by a defeated enemy.

   “We’ve been attacked by an unidentified force which do not have Sixth Pesht markings” he reported moments later adding “they include a Deimos OmniMech.”

   “Deimos” Katrine Devalis repeated almost turning the OmniMech’s name into a curse only the Snow Ravens fielded multiple Deimos type OmniMech’s.  “Keshik units accelerate your speed.”  She commanded engaging the OmniMech’s MASC system carefully moving faster over the frozen icy terrain.  The Assault OmniMech soon entered maximum range of the 450th Assault Cluster’s units and she saw additional OmnIMechs and BattleMechs all wearing the the insignia of Clan Snow Raven mixing freely with the Sixth Pesht Regular units attacking the remaining 450th units.  “Dezgra” Katrine stated aiming her OmniMech’s two Extended Range Large Lasers firing them into an enemy Omen BattleMech.  “This is Katrine Devalis saKhan of Clan Nova Cat to Snow Raven units you have interfered with a Trial of Possession as a result I declare this Trial void.”  She said angrily “saKhan Katrine Devalis to 450th I call in the remains of the Cluster hot-drop on top of the Sixth Pesht’s positions target all enemies.”  She ordered moving her Mech forward gaining a lock on the Omen for a second time this time engaging with twin Streak Long Range Missile Launchers sending forty long range missiles into the Snow Raven BattleMech.

   In the skies above a Nova Cat Vanguard-class DropShip dived over the area opening fire on the area with particle canons, missiles, gauss rifles and lasers as BattleMechs, Battle Armour and ProtoMechs deployed from the DropShip right on top of the Snow Raven/DCMS forces.  Katrine Devalis pushed her Deimos forwards maintaining her speed as she fired her Mech’s lasers and torso mounted rotary autocannon as fast as the weapons cycled tearing into the Omen ahead of her.  The Snow Raven BattleMech turned to fire on her but was hit by a gauss rifle slug fired from a fast moving Shadow Cat OmniMech knocking its advanced tactical missiles off their target.  As the missiles exploded all around Katrine’s OmniMech she pushed forward cutting to the right as her lasers cored their way through the enemy assault Mech’s armour and into its internal structure.  The Omen pilot was not giving up as Katrine circled her enemy the pilot opened fire with its autocannon and pulse lasers burning several gashes in the Deimos left leg and lower left torso.  Katrine kept her OmniMech moving twisting the Deimos’ torso to keep her weapons on the target the autocannon ground to a halt jammed from its constant use but her missiles screamed a “locked” tone and she unleashed another volley of long range missiles into the target causing a wave of explosions over the enemy BattleMech’s torso as the missiles overwhelmed the Omen’s anti-missile defence system.  The Snow Raven Omen staggered backwards under the damage that Katrine had done straight into five Elementals who leapt up onto the Assault BattleMech swarming the target Katrine hated turning the kill over to the Power Armoured Infantry but their attack gave her the time needed to fall back, clear the jam on her autocannon and take stock of the battle.

   What she saw despised her, the Draconis Combine unit had been completely destroyed by the Nova Cat attack even with the Snow Raven interference but now her units were being cut up by the increasing amount of Snow Raven units.  It seemed there were far more Ravens on this planet than she’d originally thought.  A notification activated on her OmniMech’s main screen which she looked at directly and blinked twice moments later her communication system activated.  “saKhan this is Star Admiral Eric Bavros we have detected jump signatures incoming at the Zenith point we believe there are vessels preparing to enter the system.”

   “How many?”  She asked to commander of the Anna Rosse-class Battle-cruiser Santin West.

   “We believe at least four vessels.  We are planning to be ready to engage them.”  He said they had five combat vessels in his WarShip Star and a single Bug Eye-class Scout vessel and could take care of most threats leveled against them but Katrine did not need a naval confrontation right now.

   “Negative Admiral keep your vessels out of combat we will be leaving the planet’s surface soon.  Prepare all ships to leave the system when we return.  Only engage enemy WarShips if you are threatened or engaged by enemy vessels.”  She commanded thinking of her vision.  She had attacked the Serpent and now the bird had attacked the Cat.  It was time to strike down the Raven.  She thought ‘remember your enemy’ she thought remember Grayson Rosse’s words thinking them over the Raven had turned themselves into her enemy by striking at her command now.  She knew her vision was a true approximation of what was going to happen but it didn’t explain why the Ravens were helping the Serpent or what the winged cat was.  She closed off the Admiral’s communication link before he could speak again then switched over to her remaining forces “this is saKhan Katrine Devalis to all Nova Cat forces, fall back to our landing zones, we are surrendering the field of battle.”  She commanded there would be protests from Nova Cats who thought  they could defeat the Ravens here and now but she didn’t care she wanted to hurt the Ravens far more than destroying the forces here on a nothing Combine planet.

   With the Nova Cats falling back attempting to disengage the Snow Raven force did not pursue them towards their DropShips instead remaining on the field claiming the salvage and assisting the survivors of the destroyed Sixth Pesht.  As the Nova Cats re-boarded their DropShips the Snow Raven vessels entered the system as expected Katrine Devalis wasted no time in contacting the Raven commander to pass on her fury that the Ravens had interfered with a Trial of Possession that the Draconis Combine and Nova Cats were abiding with and demanded Safcon.  For the Raven WarShip commander’s part he appeared shocked that Snow Raven ground forces had assisted the Draconis Combine in fighting off the Nova Cat forces and that they had interfered with a Trial of Possession and immediately granted the Nova Cat’s safcon promising saKhan Katrine Devalis that he would meet with the ground forces commander in a Circle of Equals and ensure the matter was resolved.

   Nearly a week later the Nova Cats transited the system and returned to their WarShips jumping clear of Multan.  Instead of jumping back towards the Nova Cat’s Den as the other Nova Cat commanders had expected Katrine Devalis ordered the Nova Cats to Farstar a periphery colony that had once been home to a House Davion intelligence base before Clan Nova Cat had destroyed it in 3063.  To this day Nova Cat shipping regularly traveled through the system checking to see if House Davion’s spies had returned or if others had moved in.  Occasionally they discovered a raider unit had taken over the half destroyed/abandoned buildings of the old colony on the planet which gave the Nova Cats an excuse for some live fire training.  This particular visit was for a different reason Katrine Devalis had no interest in searching for pirates on the planet instead she commanded Upsilon Galaxy to occupy the former colony world for Clan Nova Cat until she planned her next move against Clan Snow Raven her forces had been defeated but she wasn’t done with the Ravens yet.

FSS Bravery (First Prince II-class Battleship)
Kathil, Capellan March
Federated Suns
15th January 3106


   Duchess Kym Hasek moves her command of the Capellan March to the FSS Bravery intent on continuing to Aerospace Fighters while coordinating with Kathil on defence of the March.  The FSS Bravery has been specifically modified with an extensive command facility and mobile HPG system.  The Duchess also confirms Richard Steiner’s promotion to Field Marshal with him continuing to command the rebuilding First Kathil Uhlans RCT while also being part of the structure on Kathil.

   This move from the Capellan March command comes as Prince Burton Davion returns to active AFFS duty taking advantage of the Capellan Confederation’s preoccupation with the fighting on Sarna in attacking New Macao and Mandate. Despite the changes in his life Prince Burton Davion continues to lead from the front piloting his Templar III into battle against Capellan forces on New Macao while elsewhere his wife Sterling McKenna-Davion gives birth to her third child Christopher on New Avalon.

The Federated Suns attack comes as Oriente finally secures Sakhalin and Quemoy driving off Capellan defences while heavy fighting continues between Oriente and the Capellans on Sarna.  The Duchy of Oriente’s command announces that the CCSS Xe Xin, a Shoung Bi Shou-class Corvette, had been destroyed in the Sarna system. 

   Rumours persist that in an effort to restore flagging Capellan morale the Capellan Chancellor Dao-Shen Liao had personally taken command of the recently launched CCSS Chancellor’s Sword and was enroute to the front-lines.  The ship, like its sister ship the CCSS Chancellor’s Destiny, had recently been re-classified as a Bain Cheng Wang-class Battleship after being trialed under the classification of a Du Shi Wang-class Battleship (Upgrade) is based on the old Battleship but due to changes in the design is essentially a completely new class.

Royal Appointment
New Samarkand, Midway Military District
Draconis Combine
19th January 3106


   Akira Kurita, son of Vincent Kurita and heir to the leadership of the Draconis Combine, joins the DCMS six days short of turning sixteen piloting a classic Dragon BattleMech on New Samarkand on his first day at the New Samarkand Military Academy.  The young heir to the throne will be trained in all forms of combat and strategy at the Academy before joining a line regiment his uncle Warlord Minoru Kurita continues to rule the Draconis Combine stating that when Akira is ready he will turn over control of the nation.
   
Alshian Shipyards, Launching ceremony
Alshian, Alshian District
Rasalhague Dominion
24th January 3106


   At the shipyards above Alshian the first two Bergen-class Destroyers constructed move out of the shipyards to begin trials before entering the Rasalhague Dominion Touman.  The ships are designed to fill a gap in the Ghost Bear’s Navy where not all situations require a Leviathan II-class Battleship or a Conqueror-class Battle-cruiser.  Each of the vessels are six hundred-and-fifty thousand tons in weight and are well armed and as long as most other militarizes Cruisers but the Ghost Bear designers had gone with the Destroyer description hoping it wouldn’t spark an arms race.  Both vessels will complete WarShip trials in the Alshian system and travel between the system and Rasalhague before entering active service.
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« Reply #343 on: 10 September 2016, 05:01:05 »
I'll post the Bain Cheng Wang-class Battleship and the Bergen-class Destroyer tomorrow
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« Reply #344 on: 10 September 2016, 06:00:07 »
Very nice update Dragon Cat :) One lil typo though I spotted for the Bergen's bit, 650 tonnes is a bit light for a destroyer :D  And interesting, it seems the Raven' are trying to yoink more territory from the Combine and they either blundered into the Cats/Combine trial or did it deliberately and then said "oops...my bad.."

We know the Ravens are quite opportunistic and if their ground commander saw the Cats and DC forces fighting he could have launched his assault (and seemingly with overwhelming numbers too) to take advantage of the confusion and fighting already going on.
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« Reply #345 on: 10 September 2016, 08:56:48 »
I'm also curious on how this saKhan's visions will lead them to. To ruin or to salvation of the Nova Cat Clan.

Nice update, Dragon Cat!
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« Reply #346 on: 10 September 2016, 09:56:20 »
Hmm, wonder where this will lead.  With the Raven battlegroup not knowing what's going on (assuming they are telling the truth, of course), it is kind of sounding like bloodhouse politics.  And if it is, that is telling as far as the level of comfort the Ravens seem to have been enjoying.

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« Reply #347 on: 10 September 2016, 10:49:58 »
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  And if it is, that is telling as far as the level of comfort the Ravens seem to have been enjoying.

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« Reply #348 on: 10 September 2016, 11:01:05 »
In my mind, for the Raven's to get past the "merely surviving" attitude they need to have a feeling for a relatively high degree of safety and be comfortable in their position.  That they may have gone back to their older, more Machiavellian internal politics indicates to me, that they (or at least certain portions of them) feel safe enough that playing politics like that isn't going to destroy them.

Edit: I'll clarify and expand on the above a bit on how I view the Ravens.

The Ravens tend to have 4 strongly identifiable traits.  They are paranoid survivalists, warship enthusiasts, scavengers, and politicians (mostly internal to the clan, but this has a side effect of making them pretty good in external politics). 

Survival takes the most precedent, at this point in their existence they've been on the verge of annihilation twice (though in DC's universe it wasn't quite as bad as in the original), and that sticks with them for quite a while.  This aspect of the Ravens will push them to very unclan-like acts in order to remain a singular society. They have recently had a long period where they weren't being directly threatened by more powerful outside forces, which has allowed them to turn inwards a bit more and allowed their internal politics to start increasing in frequency and magnitude - the abandonment of the clan by their previous khan probably doesn't help the internal political situation either.  Survival tends to take a far back seat when it's not considered to be an issue.

The scavenger part is constantly present, as they've never had the resources to be able to do what they wanted.  Oddly enough this is also the part that tends to get them in the most trouble with other clans and other neighboring states and often leads them into trouble and the cropping up of the survivalist mentality.

Internal politics, while also constantly present, takes a back seat to survival whenever that aspect is present.

The Raven fleet, which used to be the strongest in DC's Universe, is their primary means of pushing their power on an international stage, their large fleet always meant that they had the ability to back up a lot of their political claims to other clans, and for a while the DC and FS.  As they have been mostly off the international political stage recently, they haven't had as much use for their warships and their production has declined similarly as they've spent their resources on more internal matters.

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« Reply #349 on: 10 September 2016, 20:21:38 »
would the mountain Wolves try to take one of the three HH-1 yardships that Hell Horses have?  it would seem that something like that would be a good items... if they could get it or the Wolf's Dragoons might give a try.  the HH are very week and a one two punch could send them into a tail spin. 

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« Reply #350 on: 10 September 2016, 21:51:47 »
The HH are only weak in the space game, on the ground they have large numbers and a fair bit of experience (not equal to the CMWs but no slouches either).  And their HH-1s are unlikely to be particularly close to the front lines - though a double or LFB mk II triple jump might be able to catch one off guard, if they can discern where one is.

Really, I'd kinda like the Mountain Wolves to either go away, or turn into an independent state, rather than the nebulous house pet-hood they are in at the moment.

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« Reply #351 on: 10 September 2016, 23:32:30 »
Perhaps i've not been looking deeply at this. How have the Diamond Sharks handling things?  I forgot if they became Nomad merchants yet or not.  Do they still have a Warship fleet? After the Ravens, their fleet should pretty sizable too.
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« Reply #352 on: 11 September 2016, 00:45:20 »
I'll take this one question at a time, DC can certainly override how I've seen things though.  :D

How have the Diamond Sharks handling things?  I forgot if they became Nomad merchants yet or not. 

This kind of depends on how you think of things.  They've certainly become, very likely, the largest and most technologically advanced organization of the Inner Sphere and near Periphery.  But they have kind of been a side note in the recent history of the universe.  They've had their hands in arming many sides, but haven't been particularly proactive - as befits merchants.  They currently control worlds throughout most of the Inner Sphere, only really missing one in the spinward quadrant (towards the Raven Alliance), the Chainlane Isles, and a decent sized swath of worlds in the clan occupation zone above and beside the Falcons and Hell's Horses, respectively (totaling 22 worlds, so this swath is actually larger in number than the number of worlds the Falcons currently control).

Their nomadic tendencies have cropped up, but with fairly large occupation zones, has likely decreased the level of nomadism.  They do have 8 Khanates though, and so may be more widely spread than in the standard universe.

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Do they still have a Warship fleet? After the Ravens, their fleet should pretty sizable too.

Yes and no.  They currently have 36 "warships," but 22 of them are primarily non-combat ships, either being true transport classes (mostly carrack and volgas) or their Sea Fox-class arcships.  This means the actual warship fighting power is 14.  Their ground touman, though also spread out, is fairly solidly middle of the pack in numbers and strength.

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« Reply #353 on: 11 September 2016, 02:41:10 »
I wouldn't want to correct this Timeline's Spokesperson  ;) and for the most part I don't have to

The Sea Foxes also control the Chainelane Isles

The most moving that the Sea Fox do is between their controlled worlds.  They have by and large a free pass to move around the Inner Sphere as long as they don't conduct attacks outwith of arranged trials.  Their OZ is a product of the Jade Falcon Touman shrinking and the Hell's Horses who want to push forwards.

The only market that is closed to the Sea Fox (primarily their own choice) is the Capellan Confederation and District of Regulus in both cases because those states did wrong by them.
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Water Treatment Plant
Saffel, Alya Prefecture
Dieron Military District, Draconis Combine
14th February 3106


“Everything’s set” the trooper said watching the complex ahead of them his sneak suit completely devoid of markings.

“All workers out?” Another asked he was wearing an identical sneak suit and stood off to the side watching the plant ahead.

“Yes, sir, we triggered the fire alarm they won’t be able to say for sure if there is a fire or not…” a third trooper said as people began to evacuate the Water Treatment Plant below “and there they go.”

“Three give them a couple of minutes to evacuate then blow it” the second trooper replied continuing to watch the plant.  Below the workers evacuated the facility onto the snow covered car parks.  “Go” he ordered moments later the charges detonated leveling the facility its destruction would cause water shortages and riots further destabilizing the planet which was still reeling from the death of their planetary governor.

“Strike team withdraw full stealth egress” the commander said glancing around “remember if the Combine close down the spaceport you stow your gear and turn up to work in the morning.”  He said they had been on Saffel for three weeks already working jobs in the capital city “you keep a low profile and ride out any of the troubles then evac when you can.”  He said “now move out and may the Peace of Blake be with you.”

Elsewhere on in the capital an explosion destroyed the generator that served the Hyper Pulse Generator disabling it cutting off Saffel from the rest of the Inner Sphere.  With water shortages across Saffel and without communications beyond the system riots grow in severity across the globe leading to the Sixteenth Dieron Regulars Regiment cracking down heavily on the local population resulting in increasing civilian casualties.

Raid
Acidalia, Taurian Concordat
Periphery
16th February 3106


   The Nova Cat Vanguard-class DropShip had landed unopposed on Taurian Concordat world of Acidalia.  The world had recently been occupied by the Taurians and the defenders didn’t have the firepower to oppose the seventeen thousand-four hundred ton DropShip.  From the DropShip nine BattleMechs, a single Nova Cat II OmniMech and several points of ProtoMechs had deployed creating a perimeter which held the Taurian Concordat defenders back while vehicles deployed from inside the heart of the vessel including several SM-1 and Snow Tiger Tank Destroyers.

In among the vehicles were a pair of recently developed Stealth Arrow Hovertanks the vehicles modified versions of the Snow Tiger OmniVehicle E configuration, which merged an Arrow IV Artillery Missile Launcher with the chassis, the Steath Arrow took the design a step further by adding reverse engineered Capellan Stealth Armour to create a far more deadly beast.  The Nova Cats also test new variants of the Solace, Joust and Shoden during the eight days that they test Taurian defences.  It is obvious to the Taurian defenders that the Nova Cats could overwhelm the defenders at anytime but that they have no interest in taking the planet or causing collateral damage instead using the entire encounter as a test for their new vehicles before pulling out of the system.

Meeting Room, Gravity Deck 4
Galatea Station, Galatea
Isle of Skye, Lyran Commonwealth
23rd February 3106


The Subtlety’s arrival at the Galatea Station had not been unexpected nor had it been a surprise when a request came from Captain William Leroy-Dietrich for a party to come on board the station but what had been surprising was when the Captain had requested to speak with the command staff of the station instead of the MRBC reprentatives on the station.

“I do not plan on hiring my WarShip to the highest bidder” Leroy-Dietrich explained “the Subtlety was not designed as a true weapon of war she comes from an era where people could afford to turn a Battleship into a tool for teaching and training.  I wish to continue the mission that the original Star League Defence Force set out for the ship and train those who need it.”  He said walking around the room looking ‘out’ at what surrounded them it would have been impossible for there to be actual port holes instead the walls were covered in massive screens that displayed images of the space around the station which changed as the gravity deck rotated around the station’s hull.

“Then, with respect, why didn’t you turn it back to the Star League Defence Force?”  Lt Commander Claudia Christian the station’s Executive Officer asked.

“I am a mercenary by trade I have been for most of my career but as I’ve gotten older I’ve begun to realize that money isn’t everything.”  He half joked “I could have sold the Subtlety back to the Star League Defence Force or to any of the other nations we have passed through but I have a feeling that she would be turned into a weapon of war and sent to the front lines.  This ship was not made for that…”

“I think it was” Commander Christian said interrupting but Commander O’Hare spoke up before she could cause too much of a problem Christian was quick to defend the Galatea Station from any number of problems.

“Captain, what is it that you want from us?  Galatea is an open system and the MRBC are based here you could register with them and operate your ship as you wish.”  He suggested remaining seated at the desk.

“I do not intend for the Subtlety to be hired from one state to the next.” Leroy-Dietrich said “I want a home for my people and with your support I would like to make our home here.”  He said turning back towards the station’s personnel “the Subtlety will support the defence of this station and this system and we will continue to train anyone who wishes our services.  In exchange we would like free travel onto the station for our civilians and assistance with the continued repairs and maintenance for the Subtlety.”

“That’s a lot of ship to repair” Christian said quietly.

“It’s also a lot of resources that this station and system could use as an ally.”  O’Hare said rising from his chair “your ship and its resources will be a welcome addition to this system’s defence.  I would ask that my pilots are allowed to train alongside yours without additional charge in exchange for your continued presence in this system.  As far as repairs and maintenance I am sure that you will be able to find people passing through this system who will help you with that… for the right price.”

“They would be welcome to join my fighters and our training classes some of the mercenaries I am sure would benefit from multiple viewpoints of aerospace fighter training.”  Leroy-Dietrich agreed extending his hand which O’Hare shook.

Border skirmish
Illyria, Lothian League
Periphery
27th February 3106


   On the world of Illyria the Free Worlds League’s Sixth Tamarind Militia Regiment and the Group W Mercenary Command, under Lyran Commonwealth contract, battle for command of the system.  The Illyrian population do not support either side instead the planetary defence force martial their IndustrialMechs and combat vehicles to defend the planet’s civilian population moving them out of the combat zones.

   For nearly six days a three way battle rages across Illyria with the population taking heavy collateral damage.  Eventually Group W’s experience wins through against the Tamarind Militia forcing them off the planet.  For nearly three weeks Group W remain on the planet but word arrives that the Lyran Commonwealth would not be dispatching further unit’s to the planet as Illyria was too remote to keep supplied.  Following the casualties taken on Illyria the commander of the Group W, Colonel Andrew Bethke, decides to activate an escape clause in the unit’s contract with the Lyran Commonwealth.  Unable to leave Illyria immediately the command accepts a temporary contract with the Illyrian Government helping the defenders improve the defences of Illyria while assisting in defending the planet from future Lyran Commonwealth and Free Worlds League attacks.
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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For those looking for everything online I've also got them on the OurBattleTech website
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #356 on: 20 September 2016, 08:42:17 »
Nice update! With the Subtlty seemingly finding a home and still some Blakists around the Cats also test a new vehicle :)
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #357 on: 20 September 2016, 09:21:21 »
Good update, good to see the Word are still active.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #358 on: 01 October 2016, 14:25:03 »
Civil Disturbance
Saffel, Alya Prefecture
Dieron Military District, Draconis Combine
8th March 3106


   As civilian casualties continue to rise due to the rioting and fresh water problems on Saffel the Dieron Regulars are unable to bring an end to the problems without using force resulting in nearly eight thousand casualties in a single month.  Over the border in the Star League Protectorate the Star League Defence Force are unable stand by and watch the planet rip itself apart under the command of Commanding-General Victor Focht the Second Knights of the Inner Sphere Regimental Brigade are deployed onto the planet along with several portable water purifiers, food and shelters for the population that had been affected by the riots.  The Second Knights are also ordered to assist the Dieron Regulars in bringing peace back to the planet and, if necessary, to stop the DCMS unit from causing further heavy casualties to the population.  With three infantry regiments and a reinforced Battle Armour Regiment at their disposal the Second Knights are seen as the perfect unit for the task.

With the arrival of SLDF forces on the planet the Draconis Combine’s Government protests the unsanctioned move but due to their inability to communicate properly with Saffel’s government and the the Dieron Regulars hap-hazard handling of the situation on the planet they do not make any overt moves against the SLDF.

Approach, CCSS Celestial Sword (Bain Cheng Wang-class Battleship)
Fletcher, District of Oriente
Free Worlds League
17th March 3106


   The CCSS Celestial Sword and her sister ship the CCSS Chancellor’s Destiny both jumped into the Fletcher system along with nearly a dozen assault DropShips and more than one hundred escort fighters.  Defending the system the OPS Oriente and OPS Second Chance, both Monolisk-class Destroyers, waited for the Capellans.  In the last weeks the Capellan Confederation had struck and taken Les Halles, Galloway VI and Anegasaki despite Oriente’s continued contesting of Sarna the Capellans morale appeared to have been boasted by reports that Chancellor Dao-Shen Liao was in personal command of their attacks against the District of Oriente while promised reinforcements from the other Free Worlds League nations had still be held back.

   As nearly three regiments of Capellan Confederation ground forces charged towards the planet Fletcher’s Oriente-class Orbital Guns fired as one cutting down several of the incoming DropShips with their Naval Gauss Rifles.  As aerospace fighters and DropShips engaged each other the two Capellan Battleships moved into position and began long range bombardment of the orbital platforms even as they turned their gauss rifles on the two Battleships combining fire with the two Monolisk-class Destroyers.  Using their capital missiles, naval particle cannons and mass drivers the two Bain Cheng Wang-class Battleships swiftly cut down several of the orbiting weapons platforms opening gaps for Capellan ground forces to charge towards the planet but the defence fire from the defenders was enough to keep the Battleships away from the planet.  With Fletcher contested by the Capellan ground forces and their WarShips pinned in by the Battleships the world is essentially placed under blockade.

Trial of Refusal, Clan Snow Raven Hall
Alpheratz, Raven Alliance
Periphery
29th March 3106


   saKhan Katrine Devalis of Clan Nova Cat marched across the paving of the Snow Raven Clan Hall on Alphertaz, the home of the Snow Raven Clan on Alpheratz, nearly a week before her WarShip had arrived in the system and the Ravens had accepted her request for Safcon allowing her to travel to the planet’s surface.

   “Nova Cat saKhan welcome to Alpheratz how can the Snow Raven Clan be of assistance to you today?” Khan Jacob Siegel said he was an Elemental by birth, although he had commanded a WarShip for most of his career, and towered over Katrine.

   “Thank you for the warm welcome” she said curtly looking at the man he was older than Katrine with a muscular build and short cropped blonde hair.  “I wish to declare a Trial of Refusal against your Clan.”

   “For what reason?”  Jacob Siegel asked looking at the Nova Cat’s saKhan.

   “Over the last few weeks we have found that you Clan have been training with the Draconis Combine.”

   “So…”

   “So your actions have endangered Nova Cat lives and your forces have involved themselves in a Trial of Possession that you were not invited into.”  Katrine Devalis snapped interrupting the Snow Raven Khan.

   “Your Clan has trained with the Armed Forces of the Federated Suns, the Sea Foxes train regularly against the forces of the Inner Sphere to show off their newest weapons and the Fire Mandrill’s relationship with the Rim Collection is well known.”  Jacob Seigel said defensively.

   “Aff, but none of the other Clan forces have interfered with an honour battle between two forces yours has.”  Katrine Devalis said tossing him a data chip on it was the data that covered the battle between the Nova Cats and the Draconis Combine, their agreement of a Trial of Possession, and the Snow Raven interference.

   “I disagree with your assessment but I agree to your challenge” he said looking down at the data chip but not looking at the data on it.  “I will defend Snow Raven Factory Complex Sigma Four with my command Keshik comprised of a star each of Battle Armour, ProtoMech and BattleMechs.  Each of these warriors is an elite warrior of the Snow Raven and will defend our Clan’s honour.”

   “I will contest your claim with two Stars of BattleMechs and a single combined star of Battle Armour and ProtoMechs.”  She said surprised by the choice of Sigma Four it was an orbiting space station used by the Snow Ravens as a supply station and garrison point.  “These warriors have fought with me for several years and are among the best in Clan Nova Cat.”

   “We will battle tomorrow.”

   “Seyla” they both finally said without another word saKhan Katrine Devalis turned and walked out of the room.

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   The next day the forces of Clan Nova Cat and Snow Raven arrayed against each other on the hull of the Sigma Four space station. saKhan Katrine Devalis felt sick sitting in the cockpit of her OmniMech despite hundreds of years of space travel it was the one place that humans did not belong.  She also wished she’d bid aerospace fighters to combat the Snow Ravens but she’d followed the Raven Khan’s example and only bid ground forces.

   “I am Khan Jacob Siegel leader of the Snow Raven Clan and defender of this trial.”  The Elemental warrior leading Clan Snow Raven said beginning the Trial.

   “And I am saKhan Katrine Devalis the challenger of this trial.”

   “May no others enter” Jacob Siegel said

   “Seyla” she replied moving her OmniMech to the left across the hull of the space station.  Due to the null gravity none of their units could use normal jump jets instead relying on space maneuvering units and magnetic clamps to remain attached to the ‘ground.’  She had ordered the other members of her command to target the enemy Elementals first with the specific purpose of eliminating Jacob Siegel.

   Missiles, particle cannons and lasers shot between the two clan forces as each tried to out maneuver the other.  Katrine Devalis cut off two particle beam shots and let off a stream of autocannon fire bringing down a Snow Raven Goshawk II.  The impacts of the weapons cut the lighter BattleMech down tearing its left arm and right leg off the BattleMech sending the remains of the Mech into space as it lacked the magnetic grip on the space station’s hull.  Long range missiles slammed into the hull around Katrine’s Deimos blowing small chunks out of the station’s armour but causing no major damage.

   “We have the Snow Raven Khan’s unit” Jeffrey West reported from Katrine’s right flank cutting across the hull she fired her OmniMech’s weapons into a Snow Raven Summoner causing heavy damage to its torso and upper arm armour.  Missiles and a particle cannon shot flew back towards the OmniMech the missiles flying off into space while the particle cannon burned into the armour on the Deimos’ right side.

   “Keep him there I will be there soon” she said turning her attention back on the summoner hitting it with twinned autocannons sand-blasting the OmniMech with cluster munitions fired from the huge BattleMech sized shot guns.  The Summoner reeled under the fire and began to stagger forwards firing its autocannon directly into the space station’s hull as the pilot fought the OmniMech Katrine didn’t give the pilot any time hitting it again with more weapons fire burning away armour plating exposing internal structure.  Katrine stepped her OmniMech forwards and pressed the second trigger burning the enemy Mech’s legs with his Deimos’ particle cannons in the frozen emptiness of space the heat build-up was less noticeable for Katrine as she watched the Summoner’s leg collapse under the Mech’s weight.

Leaving the prone enemy OmniMech Katrine turned towards the Snow Raven Khan’s position as she approached she saw a point of Elementals leaping from Nova Cat Mech to Mech and opening fire on the Nova Cat Battle Armour and ProtoMech units.  The fluid movements of the troopers showing their ease with their environment unlike some of Katrine’s own troops she watched their movement for a moment anticipating where they would be next she switched the autocannons over to solid shot explosive rounds and fired two volleys into the space station near the Elementals blowing open the hull knocking two of the suits completely off the hull.  The remaining three Elementals jumped towards the Deimos Katrine stepped backwards opening fire with both arm mounted pulse lasers cutting another Elemental out of the formation.  Katrine followed up with her fire with two salvos of autocannon cluster munitions which tore through the remaining two battle armour suits killing both troopers including the Snow Raven Khan.  Two particle cannons suddenly slammed into the upper torso of the Deimos followed by several autocannon volleys and missiles blasting armour from the OmniMech’s chassis knocking systems offline on Katrine’s Mech she twisted her Mech’s torso blasting back at the Ravens with her autocannons and particle cannons holding her position.

   The battle went on for nearly two hours after the fall of the Snow Raven leader with the remaining Snow Ravens fighting harder and longer than any of the Nova Cats had expected.  Despite the station’s thick armour the fighting had breached Sigma Four’s hull in several places causing nearly a dozen casualties on-board the station.  With the Nova Cat victory and the Raven leader dead Katrine Devalis deamed her Trial of Refusal a success and ordered a withdrawal of Nova Cat forces returning them to the claimed periphery world of Farstar.
The below link leads to a wiki page created by Wrangler.  It has links to the various pages of my AU.
https://battletechfanon.fandom.com/wiki/Alternate_Timeline_with_Thanks
For those looking for everything online I've also got them on the OurBattleTech website
https://www.ourbattletech.com/forum/index.php?board=76.0
As always please enjoy and if you have any questions about my AU (or want to chat about ideas I could incorporate into it) feel free to PM me.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #359 on: 01 October 2016, 19:38:08 »
Nice update!  SLDF to the rescue in Saffel and Clan Snow Raven losing a trial and a khan too!  Hmm... The political impact?  Oh the CC on the offensive!  Keep it up!

 

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