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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1260 on: 21 July 2020, 08:42:04 »
Ambush Point
Hassad, Glasgow Commonality
Capellan Confederation
3rd June 3114


   “Cut right!”  The Bounty Hunter called out from his Marauder II BattleMech he saw Dominic Nostra’s Mad Cat move to the right clearing the way for his own autocannon and twin particle cannon shots to cause heavy damage to the Spartan BattleMech.

   Things were not going as they had planned.  The Bounty Hunter had come to Hassad as a hunter searching for the pirate band known as “7” but before his team could track down their prey the unit had been attacked by four identical SPT-NX Spartan BattleMechs already Mark’s Privateer BattleMech had been destroyed.  For thirty years those that had served as the Bounty Hunter had not encountered these Mechs but now it was Christopher Grant’s turn to face them.  Each Mech was eighty tons in weight, it moved up to ninety kilometres per hour and was heavily armed with a devastating sword, an assortment of missiles and lasers.  Christopher cursed as his autocannon barrage battered against one of the Spartan’s massive shields which deflected much of the damage.

   “We need to break out” Dominic Nostra said opening fire with his Mad Cat’s array of pulse lasers.

   “Agreed” the Bounty Hunter replied firing again into an enemy Mech, they were outnumbered and going to be cut to pieces by these brutes of Mechs.  “Kafka, point four hit his back open it up.”

   “Affirmative” the pilot responded her modified Hawk Moth VTOL Verwandlung flew in fast firing a long stream of autocannon fire into one of the Spartan’s backs and heads as she passed overhead.  The weapons barrage was enough to penetrate the Spartan’s head and either hurt or kill the pilot as suddenly the massive machine staggered and fell to the side.

   “Well done, recover to staging.  Dominic, Sam, Rayna move!”  He snapped his green Marauder II moved towards the fallen Spartan as he twisted its torso towards another target and unloaded his weapons.  Beside him the Mad Cat, Cauldron Born and Vagabond surged towards the gap.  “Not today” Christopher Grant said reaching out with his Marauder II’s big arms to block a blow by one of the Spartan’s swords which smashed into the arm armour instead of striking something more vulnerable.  Leaning his Mech forward Grant fired the autocannon at point blank range gutting the Spartan’s torso ruining its gyro he then twisted the his Mech’s torso knocking the Spartan to the side as a variable pulse laser burned across the Marauder II’s torso.  Above Kafka dived in again showering the area in autocannon fire.  “Kafka, withdraw before these idiots turn on you.”

   “I’m too fast for them boss, get out of there!”  She said as short-range missiles smashed into his Marauder II from the remaining two Mechs.  The massive one hundred-ton Mech was battered from side to side as he fought to control it after losing over a ton of armour.  Ahead of him in the gap the other three Mechs had stopped retreating and were firing their weapons in a covering pattern driving the remaining two Spartan’s back.

   “All of you keep going we’re not hanging about the 7 can wait for another day.”  Christopher said turning to face the two Spartans keeping up his firing pattern to keep the two assault Mechs back.  Whoever these guys were they’d picked a bad time to return.  The Bounty Hunter and his team continued to exchange fire with the Spartans until they reached their DropShip and boosted off the planet.

   As if to add injury to insult the next day the 7 attack the Fifteenth Liao Lancers supply convoy in an attack alongside the two Spartans that had engaged the Bounty Hunter.  The six Mechs combined destroy more than a Battalion of Liao Mechs, vehicles and infantry in a series of running battles before recovering much of the salvage as the Liao Lancers withdraw.

Trials of Possession
Crucis March, Federated Suns
14th June 3114


   A series of Trials of Possession are declared by Clan Nova Cat targeting the Federated Suns worlds of Minette, Molino, Hortense and Shubuta as the Nova Cats drive deep into the heart of the Federated Suns.  With the AFFS still deployed mostly to cover the borders with the Draconis Combine and Capellan Confederation the local forces have little choice but to fight to the Clan method of combat.  On each of the worlds targeted by the Nova Cats the Clan encounters elements of the veteran Fourth New Avalon Guards RCT and local forces while over Minette two Davion-class Destroyers supplement the defences.

   In a series of Trials of Possession, the Nova Cats are able to capture the systems of Molino and Hortense but they fail to secure Minette.  Anger continues to feed back to New Avalon at the AFFS inaction to counter this raiding Clan and the lack of front-line forces in the area.  Hundreds of messages are sent to the Royal Court, the office of the First Prince and the office of the Marshal of Armies demanding action.  First Prince Burton Davion orders his Marshal of Armies Fredrick Davion to take personal charge of the Federated Suns defence against Clan Nova Cat.

Landing David Aceland (Buccaneer-class DropShip)
Coromodir VI, Cordia City
New Quarter, Fronc Reaches
22nd June 3114


The Fronc Reaches Government Buccaneer-class DropShip David Aceland slowly came to rest on the tarmac of the spaceport of Coromodir VI.  While technically a member world of the Fronc Reaches the nation generally allowed its member worlds to run their own affairs and Coromodir had largely fallen away from Fronc Reaches politics.  Ambassador Stanislav Radionov had been dispatched by Fronc to re-establish relations with Coromodir and bring it back into the fold.  Now leaving his diplomatic vessel the Ambassador realized that Coromodir was far from the backward world he’d expected with a multi-tiered spaceport that had been built in the last forty years something few other Fronc Reaches worlds could boast.  His well-kept business suit fit better into the local scene than he’d suspected it would.
He was taken onboard a well-kept motor vehicle and transported through a decently sized city, he wondered why this world was not more important to the Fronc Reaches.  His vehicle was driven through the large gates of an ancient defensive fortress which looked Taurian in design.  While far from being in pristine condition it was still an impressive formation he was escorted through the hall of the House Arano home to the leaders of Coromodir.  On the throne sat a beautiful young woman she was half Stanislav’s age at least she wore a beautiful black and red gown which looked almost Capellan in design with a golden grown that ringed her forehead, while beside her throne was an equally young dark-skinned  man who stood nearby he was dressed in a blue suit with a ceremonial cloak over his shoulders he wore his dark hair short and wore a pair of black rimmed glasses.

“Welcome to Coromodir” the young man said looking at him more closely as he spoke Stanislav noticed his arms shook gently as he spoke “you are in the presence of Ali’i nui of Coromodir Kamea Arano.”

“I am honoured” Stanislav Radionov said “Ali-inoo of Coromodir” he said stumbling over the title “thank you for inviting us here I am Ambassador Stanislav Radionov from Fronc.”

“Welcome Ambassador please Countess is as accurate as Ali’I nui, I will accept such a title from an ally.”  The young leader of this world said her voice was sweet but strong.

“Thank you” he said bowing to her slightly in thanks “Countess, Fronc has been remiss recently and we have not been the best of neighbours we intend on improving those relationships.”

“I would welcome such an offer, House Arano has attempted to maintain necessary links with those worlds near us but the greater Reaches would be welcome visitors.”

“Your world is impressive Countess, how one such as Coromodir was allowed to lose its position within our nation baffles me.” Radionov admitted he’d heard the system’s name before but didn’t realize it was nearly as populated or as wealthy as it was.

“We have had a rough few years, famine, disease, internal conflict and conflict with our neighbours have all played a part in Coromodir’s low profile.  Fronc, Detroit and others have been allowed to take the limelight while our people recover.”

“I see” Radionov said suddenly wondering just how far the Countess’ ambitions reached.  “I look forward to strengthening the bonds between Coromodir, Fronc and the other worlds of our nation.”  He said carefully hoping the young Countess’ ambitions would not compete with those of Fronc.

Defensive action
Denebola, Wolf Empire
30th June 3114


   Returning to service with the SLDF Major Morgan Christifori joins the Fourth Knights of the Sphere, the Second Royal ComGuard Brigade and the Northwind Rangers Brigade as the three commands supported by the WarShips SLS Invincible, SLS Venus and the SLS Victor Focht, the SLDF’s newest Enterprise II-class Super-carrier.  Without naval forces in system of their own the Wolves lose air superiority within hours of the landings of the SLDF units.  The Fifth Wolf Lancers, Twenty-seventh Wolf Champions and Seventh Mountain Wolf Clusters are destroyed by SLDF forces while the Elite Fourteenth Wolf Assault Lancers and Black Guards Clusters are driven off.  The anger within Clan Wolf leadership crosses the Touman quickly with the Wolf leadership taking their anger out on the Hellion’s Nightmare Galaxy disbanding it and sending its warriors to other units to rebuild them while a senior Wolf Star Admiral is removed from his post.

   In brighter news the Wolves are able to hold Avellaneda and Abadan from assaults by Free Worlds League forces forcing back the invading forces during the attack the Free Worlds League deploys three new combined arms regiments which have been built from troops originating across the nation.  Formed as a new peacekeeping and support force the Free Worlds League Protectors Brigade is a new formation in the Free Worlds League and one controlled exclusively by the Parliament instead of regional forces.  Within the Free Worlds League this new force is welcomed as a defence force but regional powers are wary over adding armed forces which they have no control over.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1261 on: 24 July 2020, 20:31:36 »
I see the ongoing issues with the Pirates of Smoked Cats

and gee play our rules...  but when you do, we don't care... 
20th March 3114
"Tyler’s Terrors led by Earl Jonas Tyler land on Sherwood, their homeworld, for the first time in thirteen years.  There they face off against the Nova Cat’s 451st Pouncer Cluster and while they fight in accordance with Clan dueling rules of Zellbrigen they are soundly defeated and forced off world. "

at the same time as
"While Clan Nova Cat’s 449th Assault Cluster declares a Trial of Possession over the Federated Suns world of Minette"
So the Pirates were off hitting Fed Sun world but get pissy someone hit thiers????

11th May 3114
 “Marshal, in retaliation for actions taken by the Federated Suns sponsored dezgra mercenary force known as Tyler’s Terrors on Sherwood Clan Nova Cat has decided that the systems of Des Aro, Symsonia and Crofton will belong to Clan Nova Cat going forwards.”

gee so they fought according to Clan rules...they are Dezgra???

got to love Pirate of Smoked Cats Concept of Honor, we saw it against the TC we see it here again.  Time for People to unite and turn their forces to Slag.  Bring the TC in with FS and clean out this pirate nation.  After all they support the pirate action that lead to Endor event in the TC. 
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1262 on: 27 July 2020, 18:09:35 »
I don’t want to give it away so I won't but no war works the same twice
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1263 on: 28 July 2020, 04:37:01 »
The Horses have hit Arcturus? Ouch! Thats gonna be messy! Great updates :)
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1264 on: 28 July 2020, 06:49:34 »
The Horses have hit Arcturus? Ouch! Thats gonna be messy! Great updates :)

It was.  And they used some Vel Harrassers  ;)
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1265 on: 28 July 2020, 11:03:07 »
It was.  And they used some Vel Harrassers  ;)

Aye I spotted some names :D Please feel free to use any of my stuff as always :D
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1266 on: 28 July 2020, 15:58:48 »
I don’t want to give it away so I won't but no war works the same twice


Which is why you mark your artillery impact spots and keep them safe for another day...   ;)

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1267 on: 28 July 2020, 19:47:49 »

Which is why you mark your artillery impact spots and keep them safe for another day...   ;)

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I'll make sure the Wild Geese and Tikonov Cossacks remember that
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1268 on: 28 July 2020, 20:10:06 »
I don’t want to give it away so I won't but no war works the same twice
Nor do I expect you to... 
I just want to make sure someone called out the Pirates Smoked Kitties, I did it with the war they started with TC. 
I'll make sure the Wild Geese and Tikonov Cossacks remember that
I'm sure they will remember that lesson, I on the other hand once hit my own P-hawk that was fighting to takeout a temp R&R battlefield site with a Long Tom round the pilot called.  Using Maxtech Arty rules, I beleive I was 6 or 7 turns out
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1269 on: 30 July 2020, 05:31:38 »
Nor do I expect you to... 
I just want to make sure someone called out the Pirates Smoked Kitties, I did it with the war they started with TC.  I'm sure they will remember that lesson, I on the other hand once hit my own P-hawk that was fighting to takeout a temp R&R battlefield site with a Long Tom round the pilot called.  Using Maxtech Arty rules, I beleive I was 6 or 7 turns out

Haha, I once killed a friendly vehicle with splash damage wasn't my best day, blew the side off a tank...

Base Camp, McCoy’s Malcontents
Wittington, Periphery
9th July 3114


   She’d been given clothing and she hadn’t been mistreated in anyway for pirates these guys were not normal, these were things that Amanda Cavalcanti was grateful for, however she was still their prisoner and her freedom was unlikely to return.  She was also lucky that she didn’t have children as it was unlikely that she’d return home anytime soon.  After a single jump and a couple of days burn back in system McCoy’s Malcontents, as these mercenary/pirates called themselves, were now heading for home Amanda was stunned when she left the DropShip that she was at a well-maintained spaceport facility instead of some dirt track in the middle of nowhere.  She was loaded onboard a cargo truck and driven away from the landing zone.

   Now nearly an hour into their journey over dirt tracks the truck turned off into a well-maintained fire base which had been built around a grand looking country home.  The truck drove in a circle around the house and then turned down a hill entering a cave under the house.  Inside the cave Amanda could see that there were several BattleMech maintenance cubicles and what looked like tunnels deeper underground, she also noticed several other Mechs were present in the Mechbay.  The truck came to a standstill and Amanda was led out of the back of the vehicle and told to stand still by one of her guards.  She watched as Schuyler McCoy’s modified Archer docked in the Mechbay, it was then followed by the other Mechs of his support lance and finally the four pondering UrbanMechs.  McCoy left his Mech and climbed down the gantry of the Mechbay before heading over unlike many Inner Sphere MechWarriors he had no coolant suit instead he wore a vest and shorts inside the Mech and he hadn’t bothered getting dressed into anything else yet.

   “Welcome to Wittington” McCoy said as he approached “you will be treated well as long as you behave here.”

   “Why do you take the UrbanMechs on raids when you’ve got all of these.”  She said indicating around the bay the Mechs present were old, far older than McCoy’s Archer or his support lance but they were all capable designs.  She looked down the numbers counting more than twenty BattleMechs including the two lances that McCoy had taken to Algenib.

   “The UrbanMech is a right of passage if you can survive a battle in an UrbanMech then you can qualify for something bigger.  We also have to garrison this world; the people trust us to keep them safe and independent.”  He explained as a trailer dragging her broken Ebony Snake drove past them.

   “How did you come across all these Mechs?”  She asked curious about the Mechs origin some of these Mechs dated back to the eariest days of the BattleMech as a weapon of war.

   “My father came here from the Federated Suns” McCoy explained “he didn’t want to join the AFFS after St Ives threw their lot in with the Suns.  He and a few others came here hoping to make a life of their own.  Along the way they raided several worlds netting them some of the Mechs you see present” he said “when my father came here he expected to build a home and retire however found the house you saw above abandoned the previous family long gone and he decided that would be his home.  Under the house they found a vault with many of the Mechs present, it appears that whomever owned the house above stored these Mechs here to be used when they needed them and they never came back.”

   “This is a find that would allow most people to retire very wealthy!”  Amanda pointed out

   “Not all of them are fully functional, but yes some men could retire.  My father chose to retire safely on this world, but I want to see all of these Mechs restored to their full capability.”

   “And you’ll do that any way you can” she said becoming annoyed that someone with so much potential wealth would abuse it like McCoy appeared to be.

   “We only kill those we need to.”  He said refusing to become angry at her “you’ll learn to understand.  For now, we’ll make you comfortable.”  He said indicating to the guards to take her away from him, she didn’t know what this place had in store for her.

Field Base Command, StarCorps Industries
Farrarrah, Annesland
Crofton, Nova Cat’s Den
11th July 3114


   The office that once belonged to the head of the StarCorps Industries plant on Crofton now belonged to Khan Canin Rosse.  He didn’t much like the room it was too cluttered with items that built up StarCorps as a company with small toy models of BattleMechs and vehicles produced by the company but it served him for today and that’s all that mattered.  The door to the office swung open and in entered Star Admiral Alexandria Leroux she’d dyed her blonde hair red since his last encounter reminding Canin of Natasha Kerensky, he was sure she’d done it intentionally, otherwise her uniform was immaculate despite what she’d been through.  “Welcome Star Admiral” he greeted her

   “Welcome?”  She snapped angrily sitting on the leather chair opposite him “have you heard what we went through?”  She said astonished by his calm attitude “what they did to us?”

   “Aff, I read” Canin said quietly looking at her with hard eyes “we had not expected them to know where our Terminals were, we were wrong.”  He said continuing his calm tone the Terminals were massive space stations each almost two million tons in size they were home to six thousand Nova Cats and used as trade and maintenance hubs by the Clan.  Each of them also carried numerous support aerospace fighters, DropShips and marines.

   “Wrong!”  She shouted angrily “wrong, they jumped in out of nowhere and hit us hard!”  She snapped “the Lucian Carns was obliterated in a single volley from their three damned Battleships.  They hit us with eight WarShips even with my full star of WarShips we had no chance.”  She said angrily.  Canin had read the report House Davion had retaliated for the Nova Cats attacks in predictable fashion using their heavy stick navy against the Nova Cats supply lines.  Somehow, they had discovered where one of the Nova Cats supply stations were, they had jumped in just as Alexandria’s WarShip star was cycling through the system.

   “I read the report” he said calmly.

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   The former flagship of the star, the Lucian Carns had been obliterated in the opening volley from the Federated Suns forces the Anna Rosse-class Battle-cruiser having no chance to retaliate against them.  Alexandria had been onboard the Nightlord II-class Battleship Sacred Rite at the time of the attack and had ralied her forces with the Sacred Rite breaking over the nose of the Federated Suns flagship the FSS Black Prince crippling the vessel’s main guns with a devastating broadside.  Unfortunately, the Federated Suns counter attack had caused massive damage to the Sacred Rite leaving it to drift into deep space.

   With Alexandria out of the fight onboard the Nova Cat’s largest vessel the Terminal commander had taken command of the star and ordered a desperate battle while Nova Cat JumpShips and two Carrack merchant ships escaped.  The remaining five WarShips had attacked with the Black Lion White Aerie and two Aegis-class Heavy Cruisers had cut down the port side of the Federated Suns formation tearing apart two Davion-class Destroyers that were protecting the three Battleships that anchored the formation before they themselves were destroyed by the Federated Suns armada’s combined firepower.

   The remaining two Nova Cat WarShips the Tiglon, a Liger-class Strike Cruiser and Abrams, a Drake-class Corvette, had charged into the frey with the remaining DropShips and aerospace fighters supported by long range capital missile fire.  On it’s approach the Abrams was torn to pieces by the heavier WarShips before it even got within weapons range.  The Tiglon’s heavier frame charged into enemy formation shielding the small craft following it as the vessel approached it turned up towards the Black Prince intent on putting more damage on the massive Mercury-class vessel weapons had struck the vessel from multiple directions causing heavy damage forcing it off course and straight into one of the Federated Suns destroyers causing the destruction of both vessels.

   As the battle came to a close the Nova Cat small craft and DropShips along with the Terminal fought to their last with one final Nova Cat victory coming as Nova Cat Elementals boarded the FSS Audacity, a First Prince II-class Battleship, as their transports were destroyed.  The warriors had known their fate when they boarded the battleship and had no intention on surviving they made their way to the main magazines of the battleship killing anyone that got in their way before detonating massive charges which blew the nose off the battleship ending its fight.

   This final act of defiance from the Nova Cats had sealed the fate of the Terminal and everyone who remained onboard the space station.  Devastating blow after blow was delivered by the remaining Federated Suns WarShips ending its fight and cutting through its structure until the station was no more.  Without bothering to recover any of the Nova Cat survivors the remaining Federated Suns vessels jumped back out of the system.  Hours later the crippled Sacred Rite had returned to the area having recovered minimal maneuvering capability.  Despite its damaged state the WarShip was able to pick up hundreds of escape pods from other vessels and the station before the Sacred Rite itself successfully jumped clear of the system finding an empty system nearby to shelter in.  Additional Nova Cat vessels had rendezvoused with the ship and now repairs were beginning.

   In all six Nova Cat WarShips, a Terminal station and thousands of personnel had been lost in the action with another vessel crippled, on the other side four Federated Suns vessels also being destroyed and another crippled.  By far it had been the bloodiest battle of the conflict so far and the Nova Cats had been on the wrong side of the result.

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“We cannot return the firepower they have at their disposal.”  Rosse said finally “we now know how the Taurians felt when we attacked them quiaff?”  Alexandria winced when the truth hit her.  The Taurians hadn’t had WarShips to fight the Nova Cats honourably so they had resorted to using nuclear weapons to level the playing field now the Nova Cats were feeling the brunt of the Federated Suns retaliation.  “I believe I said as much before this.”  He said trying not to sound like he was saying “I told you so.”

“Aff, now what?”

“We started this conflict now we are in for the long haul.  Alpha Galaxy embarrassed their Heavy Guards here but I have confirmed we have lost contact with forces on Kiza, Rentz and Ankou as well.”

“So, they have opened a second front on us quiaff?  We’ll struggle to maintain defences against two fronts even if they do not have the location of all of our colonies the Federated Suns could do plenty damage.”

“Aff, they could, we are over extended.”  He said pointing out “which is why I have decided we need to take another approach.”  He said activating some table controls which brought up a holographic image of the space around Crofton.  While the StarCorps office was too much for the Khan he did like some of the features.  “Star Admiral, I am assigning you to the WarShip Excalibur.  It still looks enough like an Avalon-class for it to pass.  You are to proceed to the system of Charleston and broadcast a message to the the Second Watch Cluster which are currently there.”

“Charleston?  That’s in the Gaenir Collective, quiaff?”  She asked naming the distant periphery state.

“Aff”

“You are sidelining me!”  She said angrily she was young and didn’t fully understand his thoughts on the matter.

“Neg, I am not.”  He said “the trip to Charleston will take you the better part of three months.”  He explained “once you have reached transmission position and the Second have received the message you will procced to the Federated Suns Hadrian’s Command.”  He said suddenly her anger turned into a smile.

“They show their intelligence has found things and we show ours has found things?”  She said seeing an opportunity for glory again.

“Aff, you will defend yourself if required, you will broadcast your identity and then you will leave the system.  I want the Federated Suns worried about what we could do if we wanted, you are not to attack their stations for now.”

“It would be easier if I went directly there, we have forces in the expansion zone they could pass your message.”  She protested

“Neg, you lost a WarShip star Alexandria” he said to words slowly even as she began to protest, as he did he rose from his chair “you did.  Regardless of the odds against you they were lost under your command.  I need to sideline you or you will face trial after trial.”

“Which I can face!”  She protested she had not risen to her current rank without fighting.

“Neg, our Clan does not need our senior Admiral defending her position from petty duels!”  Canin
pointed out raising his voice, he hadn’t wanted this conflict but he’d fight it his way. “I need the Clan focused and focused on the Federated Suns.”  Rosse explained.

“What message am I passing to the Second Watch?”

“The Nova Cats are pulling out of the Expansion Zone.”  Rosse said “we punished the Taurian Concordat drove them from their worlds and have no doubt improved the life of many of the people there we have done enough with that distraction.  Instead the forces there are going to attack Malagrotta and the worlds around it.  We are going to open our own second front and see how the Federated Suns likes it.”  He announced “I want the Taurians and Gaenir fighting over what we leave behind for them our agents on Taurus will ensure that they are also aware that we are withdrawing.”

“Politics should be left to the Ravens and the Falcons” Alexandria protested she didn’t like how he was playing the other two nations against each other.

“Aff, but sometimes we need to dabble.”  He explained “now rest up, you have got a long journey in front of you.”  He said returning to his desk with that she was dismissed the fondness and closeness that they had once shared appeared to be gone.  She knew she had failed him, she had pushed for this conflict for the good of their Clan and she had failed him Rosse had built the Nova Cat’s home and he wouldn’t let it fall under his watch.

Capellan Confederation offensive
Free Worlds League
13th July 3114


   In retaliation for the fighting that took place on Hassad all seven of the Capellan Confederation’s Warrior Houses with the armoured cavalry regiments in support assault the Free Worlds League hitting the systems of New Delos, Carbonis, Las Halles and Varna.  In the Carbonis system the CCSS Chancellor’s Destiny, a Bain Cheng Wang-class Battleship, destroys the vessel OPS Hamilton allowing ground forces to land.

   On the ground the three Free Worlds League units on Carbonis drive off the Capellans but they are able to inflict damage on each from high oribit the Chancellor’s Destiny fires several rounds to keep the FWL units at bay but without actually striking their opponents.  The Free Worlds League defences on Las Halles and New Delos are also able to drive off the Capellan raiders but Varna falls to Capellan attacks.

   Following the attach on Carbonis the FWL government complain to the Capellan Confederation for the actions of the Chancellor’s Destiny but due to the lack of casualties caused by the strike they take no further action.

Clan skirmishes
Isle of Skye, Lyran Commonwealth
23rd July 3114


As Clan Coyote land forces on Symington and Auldhouse begins to show the fractured nation of the Clans with Clan Ghost Bear cutting into the backs of the Coyote forces capturing Dalkeith, Grumlum, Gunzburg and Skandia in a series of Trials of Possession.  The Hell’s Horses also claim Carstairs, Breukelen and Kirkcaldy from the Jade Falcons further fragmenting the Clan’s front lines.

The Jade Falcons retaliate against the Hell’s Horses striking at the Horse’s newest jewel Arcturus keeping the Clan forces there uneasy.  The Jade Falcon strike on Hell’s Horses positions also reveal that some of the Lyran resistance forces are still active on the recently lost world.
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« Reply #1270 on: 30 July 2020, 16:29:11 »
Nice to see the Fed Sun open back up and showing the Pirates Smokied Kitties now understand, what they stuck their hand into.

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Exercise Run
Colleen, Deep Periphery
Clan Homeworlds
1st August 3114


Sometimes even a Khan just needed to get away from everything, with modern technology they could easily be in contact with command in moments and back within a command centre in hours, in Khan Alex Lassenem’s case today was one of those days yesterday had been a bad day for the surviving Clans in the Homeworlds.  He’d needed a run and he’d run into the forests of Colleen.

After liberating Grant’s Station from Society and Dark Caste forces the Society had responded by detonating nuclear warheads buried under each major settlement on the planet essentially turning the once fertile world into a nuclear wasteland.  Lassenem had ordered as much of the population evacuated as possible but the losses were high.  Leading to his run far from the nearest Blood Spirits settlement on the planet into the wilderness of one of the few safe places in the Clan Homeworlds his people still successfully held Collen, Glory, Sheridan, New Kent and Hector successfully defending them with the Goliath Scorpions from Society incursions.  Recently the Goliath Scorpions had colonized a new world known as Arizona which was on the far side of the Clan Homeworlds from Colleen and was intended on being the Goliath Scorpion’s new primary holding.

Unfortunately, the Clan’s greatest difficulty at present was their inability to build new WarShips Alex had tried for months to assemble the components to build a working shipyard but time and again they had failed to construct a working facility.  Instead the Blood Spirits were forced to rely on capturing Society vessels or raiding weapons caches their most recent accusation had been three Molniya-class Corvettes originally build by Clan Wolf but abandoned after they found the ships were difficult to maintain the Blood Spirits didn’t have an option but to press them into service.

As he ran, he thought about different scenarios that his Clan could take to counter their weaknesses against the Society there was so much to think about.  The Goliath Scorpions had begun to produce the Sun Bear OmniMech at their factory here on Colleen and they planned to build it on Arizona too further bolstering their medium Mech forces but still the Clan forces were badly outnumbered.  One of his advisers had suggested taking one of their recommissioned Molniyas to the Inner Sphere to call on support from the other Clans…

Stopping his run for a moment Alex thought through the idea he wanted to head to the Inner Sphere personally to deal with the dezgra Stone Spritis but his desire for revenge had to wait until the Clan Homeworlds were liberated as for the other Clans.  The Clans had abandoned their Homeworlds chasing down the dream of conquering Terra and becoming the ilClan.  Of the Clans in the Inner Sphere the Bears, Nova Cats, Foxes and Ravens were most likely to return but all of them were significantly bigger than his Clan… once again the Blood Spirits would be the junior member of Clan society… which he didn’t like.  Dealing with the Society was his mission, his Clan’s lasting legacy to the memory of Nicholas Kerensky.

Thanks to their successes against the Society and their successful defence of multiple systems against the dezgra scientists the Blood Spirits had fully reconstituted The Blooding, Blood Redeemers and the Bloody Resistance Galaxies each with five clusters while the Goliath Scorpions had successfully put back together two Galaxies of troops, still they were outnumbered by the Society and Dark forces.  Each time he brought enough forces against them the Society retreated and used weapons of mass destruction or orbital bombardment scattering his people.

As he stood in the middle forest on the rough path suddenly things did not feel right things were too quiet.  He turned on the spot his right-hand drifting towards his gauss pistol sidearm as his hand grasped the weapon, he felt the ground rock beneath him.  Unlike the Blood Spirits previous home of York Colleen was not majorly tectonically active suddenly from beneath the ground a massive creature climbed out of the ground.

Coloured red the animal was clearly a mutated/modified scorpion with six powerful legs, two curved claws and a curved rear tail stinger.  Alex dodged backwards away from the creature as its left claw swung out.  Alex was aware of almost every species on Colleen and he didn’t know this one.  As the claw sung past him again, he saw pronged hair sticking from the side of the claw, it reminded him of the mane of a Nova Cat, the swipe missed him again as he drew his pistol aiming down at the beast, he fired a shot into it.  The creature’s armoured hide stood up to the strike and swung at him again this time it connected with his stomach ripping through his work out t-shirt but failing to penetrate the skin.
Alex rolled the opposite direction away from the beast as scorpion’s stinger struck out towards where he had been the sprayer sending an acidic substance onto the rocks and trees beside him.  Alex grunted knowing no natural creature could spray such a substance he turned the pistol on it again and fired several shots into the scorpion’s side.  The Scorpion’s blood spilled out from his hits but it then turned and swung its claws at him again fortunately missing.  Alex fired another shot between its solid black eyes and ran knowing fine his pistol was out of shots and that the beast wasn’t going to be stopped so easily.  He saw a large tree that would support his weight and jumped up grabbing a large branch he pulled as hard as he could launching himself up off the ground just as the scorpion’s pincers swung where his legs would have been.  The scorpion’s stinger shot out more of the acidic goo burning into the tree.

High enough to be out of the creature’s reach Alex replaced the ammunition cartridge in his weapon and reached for his communicator, knowing he’d need help.  He noticed it was gone and frantically began to look around seeing the communicator laying on the trail where he had been standing “stavag!”  He muttered angrily.  Trying to put the thought out of his head he took aim with his pistol and fire again into the creature but he knew he had no chance of defeating it with his pistol.  He’d have to bide his time and hope that the tree held up and his enemy became tired.

Hours past and Alex Lassenum had felt himself begin to drift off to sleep several times but he was resisting it, he couldn’t take the chance of sleeping then falling off the branch.  By now he knew that his subordinates would be looking for him, but he also knew the scorpion was in the area hearing it every now and then moving below in the growing darkness.  He’d thought about it and while the Society probably would release such a creature they didn’t know where Colleen was, his Watch were good enough to have stopped their intelligence in its tracks, so there was only one likely cause for this beast’s origin and that was Clan Goliath Scorpion why they had created and released such a deadly alpha predator onto the world was beyond him.  He raised the pistol into the air and fire a single shot he’d decided that if the weapon couldn’t penetrate the scorpion’s armour, he’d try a different tactic and use it like a signal flare.

The action attracted the scorpion’s attention and he felt another thump against the tree as one of its pincers and then the other collided with it again the tree withstood the attack.  Alex began wondering how long he’d have to wait for help to arrive but before he could contemplate waiting longer help in its most unlikely form arrived.

He didn’t know if they’d been attracted by his pistol fire, the noise created by the scorpion’s attack against the tree or the smell of the scorpion’s blood but from the shadows two massive smoke jaguar big cats leapt onto the scorpion.  From their attack Alex guessed the animals had been observing for a while as one jumped directly on the scorpion’s tail pinning its dangerous stinger into the ground tearing at the limb as the other jumped directly onto the massive scorpion.  The scorpion’s size and strength was demonstrated as it continued to try and move as the jaguars launched their attacks tearing at its armoured hide with their incredibly sharp claws.  While Alex’s pistol had not been particularly effective the jaguars sustained attacks quickly proved effective with a piercing scream the scorpion’s tail was ripped from its body spilling blood everywhere behind while the other jaguar’s claws tore into the scorpion’s back tearing at its organs.  It was a methodical, vicious slaughter which Alex was witnessing the two jaguars showing exactly why Nicholas Kerensky had chosen it as Totem animal of the Clan.

Alex remained in the tree for an hour as the two smoke jaguars finished off the scorpion and then ate what they could of the animal leaving only its armoured carcass and its deadly tail.  They then disappeared into the darkened forest around Alex.  He allowed them to leave before jumping down and grabbing the communicator calling for extraction he was glad he’d insisted on his teams recovering as many of the Clan’s totem animals as possible and resettling them on Colleen far from the Society’s influences.

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It took an hour for the Blood Spirits to arrive and take Alex back to a command bunker.  There he’d learned the true scale of this crisis eighteen attacks had been recorded all over Colleen with massive civilian casualties when the attacks had occurred in open areas.  “Get me the Scorpions… NOW!”  Alex demanded standing in the command bunker still wearing his ripped running gear a few minutes later the image of Khan Ingo Yeh appeared, the man did not look well.  “Khan Yeh, explain what the hell is going on and tell my why you have betrayed us!”  He said angrily.

“It… it was a mistake.”  Yeh stammered over the worlds “Khan Lassenum, my Clan was developing a weapon that could be released onto an enemy world before an invasion and sow chaos.  One of our scientists released them into the wild believing they deserved to live free and not be used as weapons.  She has paid the price of her actions with her own life.”  He explained the use of animals as weapons was distasteful but not anything worse than what the Society had done.

“That is not enough.  Hundereds of people that my Clan has safeguarded from the Society are dead.  You understand a price has to be paid and shown in public, Quiaff?”

“Aff, Khan Lassenum, I am ready to answer for my Clan.”  Yeh responded surprising Lassenum with his willingness to answer his challenge himself.  “Name your place and I will meet you in combat.”


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The next day Alex Lassenum was onboard his personal Osteon deep inside the OmniMech’s torso mounted cockpit near the Windsheer Falls a freshwater waterfall between Blood Spirit and Goliath Scorpion territory.  The eighty-five-ton OmniMech originally belonged to the Society but he’d used it in an operation against them and had kept it as his own.  Against him he watched as one of the new Sun Bear OmniMechs walked out into the space, this had to be a joke the Mech weighed thirty tons less than his Osteon this wouldn’t be a fight it would be a slaughter.  “Khan Alex Lassenum, I am ready to answer for my Clan’s mistakes”

   “Ingo, I am ready to offer you the honourable way out, use your own Mech.”

   “Neg, the Sun Bear will serve my Clan in the future it is a symbol of our rebirth.  I will show that it can fight.”

   “Understood, fight well.”

   “Seyla”

   “Seyla” Alex replied immediately rising the Osteon’s two arms letting rip with his Hyper Assault Gauss Rifle and a wave of improved advanced tactical missiles.  The gauss rifle shots sand-blasted all over the arms, torso and legs of the Mech.  The missiles followed the hit blanketing the Mech in explosions, electronic noise and flame.  The lighter Mech wasn’t finished yet firing its ultra autocannon and lasers at the Osteon.  The assault autocannon tore through his Mech’s torso armour exposing massive chunks of its reinforced skeleton.  The Sun Bear’s pulse lasers burned across the Mech’s torso but its extended range lasers missed their mark.

   On his sensors Alex could see that the Sun Bear was near the point of overheating its systems struggling to cope with the attack and his magnetic pulse missiles.  Instead of following up with more missiles he added several pulse lasers to a second volley of gauss rifle fire into the Sun Bear.  The OmniMech weathered the attack although Alex could see the lighter design was struggling as gauss rifle slugs and lasers peppered the hull.  To Ingo Yeh’s credit he didn’t give up after the attack instead he tried to attack again firing the autocannon on its own shells tore up the ground all around the Osteon but caused little in the way of damage.  Alex returned fire with far more accurate fire to the still Sun Bear.

   “I am sorry Alex” Ingo Yeh broadcast as the improved inferno ammunition exploded over the Sun Bear, Alex’s gauss rifles slugs slammed into the Mech moments later gutting the Sun Bear’s torso and cockpit killing the Goliath Scorpion Khan.  Alex stood silent and watched the burning OmniMech topple backwards landing on its back there was no rushing to check if the pilot was alive, everyone watching knew he was already gone.  Alex had been involved in the return of the Goliath Scorpions to Colleen saving the Clan from becoming lost in the periphery and now he’d killed their leader, a man he considered to be a friend.

Four days later new Khan Freema Kirov becomes the leader of the Goliath Scorpions.  Now that the Goliath Scorpions have Arizona as a world of their own Kirov agrees to remove the Goliath Scorpions from Colleen leaving the Blood Spirits with their home but she also agrees to continue operations with the Blood Spirits against the Society.

Field Office, Irian News Network
Kirin River, Irian
Star League Protectorate
19th August 3114


There was a gentle knock at the door and Marshal… no, General Richard Steiner rose from his chair straightening his new SLDF uniform as the door swung open revealing his wife, and the mother of his children, Duchess Kym Hasek liege lord of the Capellan March in the Federated Suns.  She was as beautiful as the day she had met him when they’d both served in the unit he’d now taken from the Federated Suns and into the Star League Defence Force.

“Duchess, welcome to Irian” he said formally as she entered the News Network office Richard had commandeered as a command post.  There was nothing in the room personal to him but she scanned the room not even looking at him.

“You couldn’t even meet me at landing?”  She asked not looking at him instead picking up a small metal model of a Marauder II BattleMech.

“We have been busy” he said bluntly Clan Wolf were a constant menace to Irian at present, and the Uhlans were converting over to SLDF uniforms and supplies. The Uhlans were changing every day and it was upto him to make sure they were ready so far, the SLDF had agreed to rebuild the unit to its previous full Regimental Combat Team Federated Suns structure.  They were also sending the unit masses of new trainees trained in the standard SLDF training meaning he had a lot of retraining to do.

“So, I saw outside” she said still walking around the office before finally looking at him, he could see her eyes were watering.  “Why are you still here?” he could tell by her voice that she was talking about him and not just his unit.
“We’ve got a responsibility to the people here, we were saved by the SLDF and brought here away from the Capellan border, something the Federated Suns failed to do time and again.”  He pointed out stating the facts.  “My people feel they owe the SLDF for their actions, we have an enemy here that could devastate humanity.”

“I understand the consensus within the unit.  The Federated Suns had the firepower to get you out, but the military failed to it would have resulted in a major war, but they could have done it.”  She conceded “So, I understand the unit’s decision.  I don’t agree with it and I think that the Kathil Uhlans should be able to return to Kathil with honour.”  She said emphasizing where the unit was from.  “But that choice has been made.  My question is why are you here when you family are on Kathil.”  She said he’d heard she had arrived on the planet alone their children had remained on the Capellan March’s capital world.

“I miss my family greatly; I have for the last two years.”  He said he’d sent messages from Las Halles in the Free Worlds League, but never had a response to be fair he didn’t know if his messages had gone through.  “But my duty is…”
“To the First Prince, the person you swore your loyalty to.”  She snapped “You should come home.”

“My oath to the First Prince was to protect those in need, my unit needs me, there is a mission that needs done.  I showed loyalty to the Federated Suns until the Federated Suns left us on our own at the arse end of the Free Worlds League!”  He snapped back “They abandoned us, Duchess, I had more support from the leader of Las Halles than I did from my own wife!”  He said angrily her eyes meeting his as the truth came out, he felt betrayed by her inaction to rescue his unit.  In his eyes leaders of the Capellan March were supposed to stand for their people, and she couldn’t even stump up to support her husband’s units.

“My hands were tied, I asked Burton to act on your behalf he refused.  He’s more concerned with holding our borders, the Draconis Combine, the Nova Cats, the Capellans all threaten us daily and your sat here…” When she’d left the Federated Suns the nation was engaged with the Nova Cats on one border and now since landing the Draconis Combine had pushed into the Draconis March as far as Crossing in a rapid invasion which had exposed how threadbare the Draconis March had been left by the invasion and defence of Benjamin and the salient of worlds that were near it.  They couldn’t face everyone.

“Holding back the Wolves.”  He said calmer this time there were threats everywhere he now faced those he’d been fighting for months; they were a bigger threat at the moment.  “I go where I am ordered, I serve those in need, I serve with the people who have my back.  The Federated Suns and SLDF are allies, the people in this unit could go home at anytime.”

“But you won’t come home to us?”

“I think the time we’ve had apart has proven that duty is a burden we both share, and one that is perhaps more of an influence than other things.” He said calmly “I belong here now; you have duties at home.”  He said trying to keep this as painless as he could, they had met when they served together now duty was separating them.

“And what about your children?  Do you not have a duty to them?”

“I hope to see them again as soon as it is possible.”  He said he missed Andreas and Rebecca deeply but he’d had time from them taken away and now the Uhlans choice also separated them.  “I’ll see them again in the future, if you are willing to let me.”

“You’re their father.  The door will always be open you’ll always be welcome at home.”  She said finally looking around the room “Is this us?”  She said finally approaching the topic they’d both danced around.

“Perhaps” Richard admitted pausing before speaking again “perhaps in time we will both approach things differently.”  He suggested, “for now we are on slightly different paths” he said rather bluntly.

“Should your path take you back to Kathil you will be welcome General” she said finally looking at him.  “Good luck, Richard to you and your Uhlans.”  She said and without another word she walked from the room.  After a few minutes the side door to the office opened and Freema Smit, former Prefect of Las Halles stepped into the room.

“I’m sorry” she said stepping into the room, she’d heard their discussion it had been nearly impossible to miss.

“It’s not your fault.”  He said quietly pretending to read reports putting both his wife and Freema to the side.  “Duty drives us.”

“Yes, even when it causes us pain” she said moving over to one of the couches. “Do you think she suspects?”  She asked sitting down opposite him “about us?”  She asked the loaded question that was between them.

“While she likely doesn’t know fully about “us” but she knows that as the Duchess of the Capellan March she abandoned me and the Uhlans.  For now, that’s all she needs to know for certain, allow that hurt to land before I add to her hurt.”  He explained continuing to read the reports.

“She’s the duchess of a House region she has resources which will allow her to see exactly what you are upto… and who with.”

“That’s her choice” he said looking up at her “I’ve made my choice; I know who was there for me when I needed them.”  He explained making it clear he meant her.

Trial of Position
Sheridan, Wolf Empire
25th August 3114


   During a routine initial Trial of Position on Sheridan one of the candidates makes a name for himself by taking down three opponents in his Trial.  While not an extraordinary feat for a Trueborn warrior Alaric Wolf’s third kill happens to be the other Cadet Wolf pilot who is in the Trial with Alaric executing the other pilot with a particle cannon blast from one of his customized Blood Reaper’s main guns.  Further adding to the mystery of Star Captain Alaric Wolf his blood heritage is not exactly clear as he stands for no house during his Trial of Position despite being a trueborn warrior due to his lack of a house he is assigned to the newly formed Ninth Wolf Guards cluster a unit made up of mostly freeborn warriors using standard Inner Sphere and modified Inner Sphere BattleMechs.

Border skirmishes
Nova Cat’s Den/Federated Suns
30th August 3114


   The border skirmish between Clan Nova Cat and the Federated Suns continues as Clan Nova Cat invade the world of Minette crushing remnants of the Fourth New Avalon Guards RCT which had been rebuilding on the world.  The much depleted Fourth New Avalon are no match for two full clusters of the Nova Cat’s recently raised Zeta Galaxy made up mostly of recently graduated ristar warriors the men and women of Zeta Galaxy wish to prove their worth to Clan Nova Cat.

   Things do not go completely the Nova Cat’s way however as Federated Suns forces push the Nova Cats off Symsonia, Des Aro and Zolfo severely damaging the Nova Cat forces on all three worlds forcing them deeper into the Nova Cat’s Den.

   One setback the Federated Suns has is from an unexpected source.  The Twenty-first Illician Lancers Regiment raid the world of Merowinger intent on driving home the Federated Suns intentions in stopping the Nova Cats and driving them back into their own territory however as the unit assaults the world their DropShips are hit by a wave of capital and sub-capital missiles fired from the surface of the world.  Heavily damaged before they even make it fully into the atmosphere the Illician Lancers detect several Verne Cargo Subs which are sitting on the surface of Merowinger’s main ocean launching missiles from their cargo holds.  How the Nova Cats gained access to the Inner Sphere class of Submarine was a question for another day for the Illician Lancers they were a problem for today and one they could not fully counter.  Under the hail of fire, the Lancers land only to be engaged and destroyed by elements of the 454th Nova Cat Pouncer Cluster which were prepared to engage them as soon as the DropShips landed.  This use of a planetary defence system is a first for the Nova Cats or any of the other Clans as far as the Federated Suns are aware.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1272 on: 25 August 2020, 17:19:03 »
WoW! What an update!
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« Reply #1273 on: 26 August 2020, 07:35:06 »
WoW! What an update!

Thanks I rushed the last chapter and am not happy with it but I've decided to do a spin off showing how they got to that point and the history behind the subs
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« Reply #1274 on: 26 August 2020, 07:37:17 »
Thanks I rushed the last chapter and am not happy with it but I've decided to do a spin off showing how they got to that point and the history behind the subs
Spin off?  So is this ending or being paused for the new story?
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1275 on: 26 August 2020, 07:42:32 »
Great update! Lots going on but superb stuff as always!
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« Reply #1276 on: 26 August 2020, 09:09:51 »
Spin off?  So is this ending or being paused for the new story?

The timeline isn't ending but I will expand the story of how and why they turned to subs with missiles for defence

It'll introduce some new characters too just for fun but it'll take place before the timeline is currently set
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1277 on: 26 August 2020, 14:18:46 »
The timeline isn't ending but I will expand the story of how and why they turned to subs with missiles for defence

It'll introduce some new characters too just for fun but it'll take place before the timeline is currently set

Sounds interesting.

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« Reply #1278 on: 31 August 2020, 07:04:05 »
The first part of my spin off story Foresight is up, hope you all enjoy.  It'll be told over multiple parts how many I haven't decided yet but it'll hopefully open up a few new areas of the story.

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« Reply #1279 on: 14 October 2020, 06:48:54 »
I'll be going back to the break away story - Foresight - soon but for now another update.

Meeting Room, Gulf Breeze Station
Gulf Breeze, Coventry Province
Lyran Commonwealth
14th September 3114


   One wall of the meeting room was dominated by massive floor-to-roof screens that gave views outside of the Gulf Breeze Station giving the impression that they were looking out windows while infact they were deep inside the space station.  Commanding-General Victor Focht found the huge screens a little offputting but they did offer a spectacular view of the moon which the station was anchored to over Gulf Breeze Five and of the Star League Defence Force’s newest WarShip the SLS Indianapolis an eight hundred and thirty thousand ton vessel of a class with the same name.  The vessel was officially classed as a Heavy Cruiser but the SLDF planned to use it and its three sister ships the SLS Bon Accord, SLS Endurance and SLS Nathan Hale as training ships for the SLDF military.  The fact that the ships carried a significant amount of firepower and were capable of independent military operations was a fortunate coincidence.  Turning away from the view he looked at one of the administrators here on Gulf Breeze Dame Annie Christopher, she was in her eighties but a life in space without the stresses of planetary gravity or weather made her look twenty years younger, she was thin but muscular not gaunt, her skin was pale her hair still featuring its brown colour of her youth.  “An impressive vessel Commanding-General”

   “Yes, she is we’re quite pleased with it.”  He said “the Indianapolis will take up station at Swartklip along with its support vessels.  She will be a deep space training and patrol vessel.  During training future naval officers, DropShip crews and fighter pilots will be assigned to one of the Indianapolis-class vessels for on the job training.”

   “A very large and well armed vessel for training operations.”  Annie Christopher noted most nations assigned training crews to far smaller vessels.

   “Yes, due to the areas these vessels will be deployed we decided to over engineer the vessel for its task.  If required these ships can assist Star League facilities, participate in fleet operations or remain independent.”  He explained “which leads to me to the reason we are here today.  We wish to purchase a Wheeler-class Station which will be assembled in the Swartklip system.”

   “That will not be an easy task” Annie Christopher said surprised by the idea the Wheeler-class was a common sight in the Gulf Breeze system but the reason for that was the station used to construct them was based here. “Commanding-General, the Wheeler-class Station is two hundred thousand tons in weight and they are over twelve hundred metres in width they cannot be jumped from system to system in one piece it takes a lot of preparation and work.”

   “We are aware however while there is a dozen in the Swartklip system that could fit our purposes they are currently being used for mining operations.  As the world is under SLDF protection we wish to show the people that we are willing to put in the leg work and provide them with the support that is needed.  Such a station will be a symbol of SLDF support for the system and for Gulf Breeze as we will be providing people in this system with jobs as well.”

   “Only two Wheeler-class stations are built a year inside the Spider.  Most of the time they are to replace aging stations that are coming to the end of their lives.  Building one for such a specialist operation will take significant time and money.”

   “Which the SLDF will be willing to help compensate you with and assist the LCAF in the Gulf Breeze system as well as Swartklip.  The SLS Tidesurge, an Antares-class Support Vessel, is assisting operations and maintenance of local stations in the Swartklip station.  We will detour them for one month in a year to Gulf Breeze where they will assist in an maintenance operations that are required.”  He suggested he knew that the LCAF would accept such support if the people on Gulf Breeze Station were happy with the assistance but he could tell that was not enough for Annie Christopher.  “Also given Gulf Breeze’s history dating back to the original Star League-era perhaps you could make room for a research team here on the station?”  He suggested “perhaps a dozen historical researchers plus support personnel and room for any visitors from the Swartklip garrison or Star League Command.  Room for two hundred personnel and research space?  The space and resources will be paid for by the Star League of course.”  He said suggesting the SLDF take on a permanent presence on the station and that they’d be willing to pay for it had the impact he was hoping for from Dame Annie Christopher the support the Tidesurge could offer the system wouldn’t hurt but the money, that’s what made the wheels move in this system.

   “I think we could come to some sort of agreement there.”  Annie Christopher suggested “we’ve actually been developing a transportable version of the Wheeler for customers in the Commonwealth.”

   “You have? How fortunate” Victor muttered after all that they had some sort of solution waiting in the wings waiting for the right gullible customer, he wondered for a moment how many times the people on Gulf Breeze had pulled this kind of act.

   “Because of the potential support you could offer the Gulf Breeze system, and because you’ll be operating one of our stations in the future, perhaps it would be better if we provided you with something other than space?”  She suggested

   “Oh yes?”

   “How about the SLDF take over one of the older Wheeler stations in the Gulf Breeze system?  It is a perfectly serviceable station, it would give your crews practical experience in using one of the Wheeler-class stations and will give your researchers access to Gulf Breeze Station whenever they need it.”

   “An interesting idea, and this older station would it be much different than the one you’d be building for us?”  Victor Focht asked wondering if the movable station was going to be completely different from the older model she was offering.

   “I wouldn’t have thought so, our newer models are only different in how they are being constructed overall all Wheeler’s are very similar a flying gravity deck in space capable of housing ten thousand souls.”

   “I think we can make something work.”  Victor said he wasn’t sure what the SLDF would do with all the space but having a base of operations separate from the Gulf Breeze Station would be helpful.  Until the station was operational in the Swartklip system the SLDF could at least use the base as a training hub. “I’ll detour the SLS Tidesurge to the system their crews can make sure the station is ready for our peoples needs what is the name of the station?”

   “The Myrtle Maud” Annie Christopher answered with a smile “some of the locals have called her Mad Maud due to some of her previous occupants, she’s about one hundred years old plenty life left in her, she’s about an hours 1G flight from here just outside the outer ring of Gulf Breeze Five.  She was upgraded with heavier armour a few years ago due to increased micro meteor impacts not due to any other issue.”

   “We’ll be assigning a Castrum-class DropShip to the system to act as a guard ship for her if anyone did think about causing issues, along with a marine force.”  Victor said wondering if micro-meteor impacts were all they’d have to worry about.  With an entire station for their use they could use it as a training base, combining operations on Swartklip, Gulf Breeze and the SLS Indianapolis to create an SLDF hub out here.  It would take some convincing with command and the council be he was sure he could sell it.

   “They’ll be welcome visitors” Annie Christopher said without hesitation knowing that the additional personnel working through the system would bring even more revenue into the system.  Victor Focht turned back towards the screen wall and looked at the Indianapolis he’d come to see the ship to its new assignment and to hopefully buy a new station.  It looked like he’d somehow gotten two stations and was well on his way to building a new Training Hub in Lyran space.

Capellan Confederation Re-organisation
Victoria, Victoria Commonality
Capellan Confederation
22nd September 3114


The Capellan Confederation add several more worlds to their periphery region recolonizing several worlds abandoned over the years and resetablishing contact with worlds that had simply be left to fend for themselves.  Not all the worlds peacefully accept Capellan rule again but few have a choice when faced against the military forces of the CCAF.  The Capellan Confederation also reorganise their internal workings with the world of Victoria re-established as a Commonality Capital splitting world from the Andurien Commonality and in a deal with the Taurian Concordat the Capellan Confedration take over the systems of Mendham, Robstart and Horsham in exchange for resources, enough BattleMechs to equip an entire regiment and three Shoung Bi Shou-class Corvettes.

The Capellans moving further into the Taurian sphere of influence focuses the Taurians on House Davion instead of the nation continuously watching for further Clan Nova Cat intrusions.  The WarShips also give the nations additional security to a nation that has spend vast resources on attempting to build such vessels themselves and been knocked down each time by external threats, while the regiment of Mechs allows them to form three additional Taurian Hussar combined-arms regiments strengthening two of their regional forces.

Chaos Irregulars Basecamp
Molokai, District of Bowang
Free Worlds League
23rd September 3114


   The basecamp of the Chaos Irregulars on Molokai was a quiet place when Naomi Wrangler arrived which was quite strange, the world of Molokai was deep inside the Free Worlds League but normally mercenary bases were loud places here everything appeared to be quite subdued, the Chaos Irregulars were just going around their day to day business.  Her vehicle was challenged at the gate by some infantry troopers and she was directed to the visitor’s car park beside the command building.  The building itself looked ancient and probably had been on the planet since humans colonized Molokai.  She was again pleased when she was challenged by more of the Chaos Irregulars infantry at the entrance to the building, when it was confirmed she was expected she was given a visitor pass and directed into the reception area.  While they were not loud or typical of mercenary commands she’d encountered, her own Thunder Road included, but they were at least professional.

   Inside in stark contrast to the outside she found the reception to be a well set out modern office, which had obviously been renovated into the old building at some point she doubted it had been done by the Irregulars and she found it to be a shame considering the history of the building something more traditional would be better, regardless as she entered the young man at the desk rose with a smile he was well dressed in a white shirt and blue tie.  Given what she’d seen of the Irregulars military uniform she assumed that this was a local civilian hire the Irregulars had made.  It was the nature of the mercenary life each place commands went they tended to hire a couple of dozen civilians to assist with administration, help keep the base clean and about a hundred different tasks that the mercenaries just didn’t have the personnel for.  “Good morning Lt Colonel Wrangler” the man said he’d obviously been made aware of her arrival “I have made Colonel Peregrine-Simpson aware of your arrival she is currently inspecting an issue we’ve found with one of the BattleMechs.  She should be ready for your appointment soon.”  He explained.

   “I’m actually here to see Colonel Chowla” she explained the man looked surprised “I believe my appointment with Colonel Simpson is later, I arrived early for a personal visit.”  She said since seeing Jake Chowla on Bowang Wrangler had been worried about him and decided to check in on the grieving co-leader of the Chaos Irregulars.

   “Of course, my apologies Lt Colonel” the young man said “at present Jake is… not in the office”

   “I know” Wrangler added “Colonel Simpson made me aware of his condition, I’ll see him in his quarters.”  She explained the receptionist looked surprised but quickly checked the permissions and saw she had been cleared.

   “Of course his room is on the third floor fourth room on the right, I will make Colonel Simpson aware you have arrived.”

   “Thank you” she said spying a jug of water on the desk “may I borrow that?”  She asked the man looked at the jug then back at Wrangler before picking it up and handing it over.

   “Of course, I’ll just fetch you a pair of glasses” he said turning around opening a cupboard by the time he’d turned back towards where Wrangler had been with the glasses she was gone.

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   The third floor almost felt like a hotel instead of a military base with several rooms set out either side of the main stairwell and lifts.  Naomi Wrangler reached Jocoam Chowla’s room and knocked after a few moments without an answer she knocked again and then a third time “Jake!”  She called out trying to get his attention.  Towards the end of the corridor another member of the Irregulars came out of their room to head to their duties.  Instead of causing any further scene Naomi Wrangler reached into her jacket pocket and produced a magnetic pass flicking it over the lock on the right side of the door.  The magnetic lock flicked off and the door popped open.

   Entering the room Naomi heard the gingle and chink of several cans and bottles hitting each other as she pushed the door open.  Jake Chowla’s personal quarters were a mess even in the darkness of the room she could see dozens of bottles and cans laying on the floor.  Sprawled on the bed still wearing his kaki coloured work overalls laid Colonel Jocoam Chowla a bottle of local wine propped up on the pillow beside him.  “Wakey, Wakey! Colonel, rise and shine it’s time to go to work!”  She shouted but he didn’t move.  “Jake, get up!”  She shouted using his name this time he moved when she spoke but still remained crashed out on the bed.  “You’ll thank me later” she said raising the jug of water and in one fluid motion emptying the iced cold water over the sleeping man.

   The reaction to being hit by the cold water was immediate and as Naomi had expected violent Jake leapt from the bed the wine bottle suddenly in his hand.  Naomi didn’t wait instead she grabbed his incoming arm and used his drunken momentum against him ducking as she flipped him over her shoulder.  Jocoam Chowla flew over her shoulder and slammed fully into the bottles and cans that littered the floor with an audible crash.  Within a moment of the crash the Irregular that Naomi had seen before was at the door his hand on his sidearm.  “Move on soldier, nothing to see here” Naomi said looking up at him flashing her visitor pass as she grabbed Jake’s arm and dragged the hulk of a man to the bathroom.

   Within a moment Jocoam Chowla was laying in the shower under a constant stream of water.  “Wake up Jake!  Time to do some work.”  She said to him even though he wasn’t looking at him.

   “Not funny Aletha” he mumbled under his breath.

   “I’m not your wife Jake” Naomi Wrangler said sorrowfully knowing the loss he felt, she’d lost her mother three years before to pneumonia she, and her father, still felt her loss today.  “I’m sorry” she said refering to his loss not the wake up call.  She’d seen her father go through bouts of this since their collective loss.  “It’s Naomi Wrangler, from Bowang, I came here looking to see if you wanted a job?”

   “Chaos Irregulars are out of the market of doing other ******** work.”  Jake cursed looking at her.

   “You need to get back to work Colonel, it’s the only way.”

   “I don’t need to do anything!” He snapped “I don’t need to do anything for anyone every again!”  She said his anger boiling over.

   “Yes you do” another voice said from behind Naomi, she turned to see the other Co-Commander of the Chaos Irregulars Colonel Ariel Peregrine-Simpson.  She was close to Jake’s age she had a slightly lighter skin tone and a far lighter build.  “We need you Jake” she said looking down at the man who still laid in the shower “and the Irregulars need the work” she said addressing Wrangler “I can send a battalion to support your efforts Colonel Wrangler, we’ll keep our other battalion here for refit and continued training.”

   “I believe my Thunder Road will welcome your presence.”  She said reaching over switching off the shower.  “Colonel Chowla, ready for work?”  Naomi said reaching down to haul him up.

   “He will be, I’ll give you a hand?”  Ariel suggested

   “Agreed, I’m sure the first of many ventures.”  She said as the two women pulled the soaked Jocoam Chowla out of the shower.  This was far from being the solution to his problems but an important first step.  While the contract with The Thunder Road would get the Irregulars back on the market and back to work.

Pirate Raid
Whittington, Periphery
30th September 3114


   “What on earth have you done to that UrbanMech?”  Schuyler McCoy asked standing in the Mechbay looking up at the thirty ton BattleMech, much maligned across the known human sphere the UrbanMech was horribly slow for a light BattleMech but what it lacked in speed it made up in Mech killing firepower often carrying an assault autocannon.  This particular BattleMech however looked a lot different unlike the stubby arms of a standard UrbanMech this one’s arms extended at least half way down its barrel like torso with a pair of lasers extending out of the end.  Out of the torso jutted two boxy rocket launchers which extended above the shoulders while two more lasers extended from the lower chest.

   “Pieter’s autocannon was destroyed so we replaced it with a new weapons suite.  Four medium lasers, two light particle cannons and two rocket launchers.  It gives it a little better weapons coverage and it looks visibly different.” Matthew Yingling the McCoy’s Malcontents head technician explained.

   “It’s a dramatic change it looks almost like you were trying to recreate something…” he suggested thinking of a particularly famous and heavier BattleMech.

   “Maybe a little bit, it was a suggestion from our newest tech.”  He said just as Amanda Cavalcanti appeared from behind the UrbanMech on the access gantry, the captured MechWarrior had been working for the unit over the last month or so and from all of Yingling’s accounts she’d fit in well with the techs.  McCoy waved at her to come down.

   After a few minutes she was stood beside him she was covered in grease and dust but he could see that since she had come to Whittington she’d cut her hair shorter so it only reached her shoulders and she’d coloured it a darker red which in McCoy’s opion suited her.  “Any explaination?”

   “The autocannon was damaged beyond repair and you didn’t have anything spare, we’d have only gotten another autocannon by ripping it off one of your historical Mechs which I thought we were supposed to be restoring not ripping apart?”

   “And the appearance?”

   “Well at range it could scare someone who doesn’t know better.”  Amanda suggested “given the ECM suite you put on my old Ebony Snake could hide it from sensors.  You could put this thing at long range with an enemy, shield it with ECM and give them a scare.”  She said explaining thinking behind it.

   “And when they close and we don’t have a Mad Cat?”

   “Well it can fight better too, the PPCs give better range and the mediums are a better back up every day of the week than the small laser the others have.”  She argued McCoy looked up at the Mech and shook his head.

   “An UrbanMech pretending to be a Mad Cat” he smirked “I’ve heard of crazy things but this possibly takes the biscuit.”  Suddenly an alarm cut off their conversation and McCoy’s communicator bleeped. “What is it?”

   “We’ve got an incoming Leopard DropShip they’ll arrive tomorrow.” The communications officer reported.

   “We’ll be ready” he said turning to Amanda “you’d fight with that on the field?”  He asked looking at the weird UrbanMech.

   “Yes”

   “And you’d fight with us?”  He asked they were officially a pirate unit, they would in the future raid other worlds for supplies but Schuyler McCoy hoped they’d showed her over the last few months they weren’t bad people.

   “Yes” Amanda answered again she didn’t agree with stealing supplies from others but the world of Whittington was alone in the universe and they needed to gather resources any way they could, and she had seen the good in these people.

   “Then your fighting tomorrow, your Ebony Snake is repaired and ready for a fight.  It’s time to defend your new home.”

The Indianapolis-class is from the below link
https://bg.battletech.com/forums/aerospace/indianapolis-class-heavy-cruiser/msg164394/#msg164394

I'll post the customized UrbanMech and new model of the Ebony Snake in the next day or so.
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« Reply #1280 on: 14 October 2020, 06:57:42 »
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« Reply #1281 on: 14 October 2020, 07:04:26 »
That's awesome update! I love Naomi technique of getting someone up in the morning.  ;D
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« Reply #1283 on: 14 October 2020, 11:34:01 »
I thought she looked familiar...

Its been a while since I borrowed one
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« Reply #1284 on: 14 October 2020, 12:39:16 »
Its been a while since I borrowed one
It's been even longer since I posted anything worth borrowing
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« Reply #1285 on: 14 October 2020, 12:49:28 »
It's been even longer since I posted anything worth borrowing

We all get times like that I've had the indiana in mind for ages but did not know what I was going to do with it a deep space patrol/training ship seemed to work
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« Reply #1286 on: 14 October 2020, 15:27:20 »
Good update DC.

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« Reply #1287 on: 14 October 2020, 17:18:05 »
It's been even longer since I posted anything worth borrowing
I've been combing throught your web-based Field Manual.  Do you think you will update your South Dakota Class Battleship? She using HMA i think BV1. Very interesting ship.
Another fine addition to ATwT's little fleet of ships. ;)

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« Reply #1288 on: 15 October 2020, 05:22:54 »
I've been combing throught your web-based Field Manual.  Do you think you will update your South Dakota Class Battleship? She using HMA i think BV1. Very interesting ship.
Another fine addition to ATwT's little fleet of ships. ;)
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« Reply #1289 on: 15 October 2020, 10:39:49 »
Define "update?"
I tried using MegaMekLab to update it. I think your used HMA, which i think was Battle Value 1, i tried plugging in South Dakota but some things were being entered didn't want to work.  :P It may have been me.
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