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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1290 on: 15 October 2020, 12:36:41 »
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. ;)

I haven't borrowed that one though I might...
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1291 on: 15 October 2020, 21:07:46 »
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.
I don't have MegaMekLab, and to be honest, my PC is starting to show its age. Looking to upgrade come the January sales.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1292 on: 16 October 2020, 15:57:19 »
Wonder if a few clan Tripods might make a scene or two...

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1293 on: 21 October 2020, 02:24:27 »
Wonder if a few clan Tripods might make a scene or two...

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1294 on: 21 October 2020, 05:51:28 »
Excellent stuff as always!
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1295 on: 30 October 2020, 08:19:46 »
Time for a new bit with some news from the Raven Alliance - from Vition2

Hope you enjoy both our contributions

Pirate Raid
Whittington, Periphery
1st October 3114


   With such a short period to prepare the McCoy’s Malcontents only had the nine active BattleMechs prepared for combat.  Schuyler McCoy’s command lance had engaged the Marian forces once already taking out two enemy BattleMechs, an entire platoon of armoured vehicles and several Battle Armoured troopers before being forced to disengage.  Now they were cycling around behind the enemy forces to cut off their retreat while the UrbanMech lance augmented by Amanda Cavalcanti’s repaired Ebony Snake stood in the enemies’ way.  She’d positioned her ultralight BattleMech out of sight along with the three-regular looking UrbanMechs while Pieter Von Cleef took centre stage in his Mad Cat inspired UrbanMech.  The strange looking Mech shrouded by Amanda’s ECM suite made the enemy forces pause at long range long enough for Schuyler McCoy’s forces to catch and engage the raiders.  Now the UrbanMech lance was approaching their targets and engaging the enemy forces Pieter opened fire with both his rocket launchers and particle cannons revealing his UrbanMech’s firepower at range but Amanda held fire her ultralight only had the two rocket launchers, a sword and the handheld held triple machine gun.  Instead she watched as Pieter’s firepower rippled over a Marian Hegemony Cataphract BattleMech at seventy tons the Mech weathered the hits and took both particle cannons then a pair of laser shots without flinching.  The seventy-ton BattleMech twisted its torso to face them and opened fire with its arm mounted ultra autocannon which tore into Pieter’s BattleMech.  Fortunately, while UrbanMechs were slow they were well armoured and Pieter didn’t miss a step as he marched forwards.  The Cataphract opened fire again this time turning to face them fully engaging with its LB-class autocannon and lasers as well, unfortunately for the pilot he thought he was better than he was and tried to engage multiple targets at once.  The autocannon fired cluster ammunition at the Malcontents Mechs causing light damage while of the four lasers fired only one hit one of the four UrbanMechs each of which was shrouded by Amanda’s ECM suite.

   The response from the UrbanMech lance was devastating three autocannons erupted into fire adding their firepower to Pieter’s particle cannons and Amanda’s rockets.  Amanda was glad to see her rockets mostly hit their target while one of Pieter’s particle cannons and both lasers also connected with the larger Mech.  Two of the three autocannons found their mark and explosive shells tore across their chassis causing multiple small explosions along the way.  The MechWarrior tried to maintain his balance but it was clear to see that his Mech needed to retreat and was outmatched by the entire lance of light Mechs.  An assault Mech may have been able to stand but not a single Cataphract as the Mech toppled Pieter hit it again with both particle cannons as it fell causing more damage as the large Mech slammed into the ground ripping up the Wittington grass.  Running in past the UrbanMechs Amanda shot the Mech with her triple machine gun carried weapon as she closed before dropping it as she got to point blank range.  At this close range she struck the downed Mech with her Ebony Snake’s sword she struck down with the weapon cutting into the Cataphract’s back as the three other UrbanMechs pounded the Mech again with several heavy autocannon blasts which shredded several of the enemy Mech’s actuators causing further issues for the downed warrior.

   The fallen Marian MechWarrior must have known the game was up.  As he signaled to them his surrender and powered down the Cataphract before something else went wrong and the BattleMech suffered a catastrophic failure.  Turning her Mech around Amanda picked up the machine gun weapon and scanned the area sighting a group of Ravager Battle Armour units.  She ran towards them spraying her targets with machine gun fire.  Despite her Ultralight Mech’s small frame she still towered over the Battle Armoured troopers and a constant stream of machine gun fire, combined with the approaching UrbanMechs was enough to cause these troopers to surrender along with their fallen Cataphract comrade.  Amanda loved being back in her BattleMech, despite only being able to contribute small amounts, she was a MechWarrior again.  The surrender of the three Ravager troopers turned out to be the last part of the battle on Wittington one more Mech, the Marian’s heaviest, a Highlander raised its arms in surrender following the dispatching of its comrades and with that it was over.  The Highlander, the remains of seven other Mechs, three intact Ravager Battle Armour suits and enough to rebuild another one or two, along with half a dozen light vehicles made for a decent haul for the Malcontents.  The Marian DropShip boosted back towards orbit on hearing of the fall of their ground forces leaving their people to their fate.  The Malcontents threw the lot of the survivors into the stockade to allow them to think about their failures Schuyler McCoy told Amanda that he might allow them to join his ranks like she had but they’d have to earn their place within the unit just as she had.

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Hours later Amanda Cavalcanti relaxed in the small quarters she’d been given in the manor.  The room was little more than a box with a single bed against the left side wall a small bedside table and a chair.  It small and basic but it was, unlike the shared quarters she’d had when she was a tech, exclusively hers and when she was inside, she could shut the door and be herself.  After the battle she’d retreated to the showers then straight to her quarters to rest up, dressing only in a white tank top and ripped off shorts she laid out on top of her bed as there was a knock on the door.

   “Come in” she called when the door did not immediately open.  The door slowly opened and in stepped Schuyler McCoy he was dressed in a simple olive drab jumpsuit his short blonde hair bouncing slightly.  From his appearance she could tell he’d also taken a shower and he’d taken time to tidy up his one vanity his hair.  In his hand he held a refillable bottle which was no doubt filled with some sort of energy drink.

   “You did well today” he said remaining at the door

   “Thank you, it was nice to be back in the saddle I’m glad I had the opportunity to defend my new home.”

   “We won’t always defend places; my unit have taken responsibility for this world but we also are on the look out to make a profit.  If that means we have to break some heads and take someone else stuff we will.”  He warned her she silently nodded “you think you’re up for that?”

   “I won’t kill innocents.”  She warned him “I’ll draw a line under that and if I witness it, I.. don’t know if I could stay in the unit.”  She said making her point clear “but taking what we need, I think I can do, life isn’t exactly easy out here and we’d be helping the people here.”

   “We would, I won’t leave another person to die due to us taking things from them, but we will do what we need to when people resist our attempts to take from them.  For those who don’t resist and don’t interfere I’ll try to promise we won’t kill anyone who doesn’t need to be killed.

   “I’ll hold you to that.”  She promised him

   “Good, now to business” he said taking a drink from the bottle smirking “the capture of the Highlander adds a nice option to our next move.  I’m keeping the Archer and not surprisingly Morgan is keeping his Blackjack, it’s an OmniMech after all, so I’m giving the Highlander to Tom.”  He said naming a couple of the other members of his command lance.  “After your little modification work on his UrbanMech Pieter has decided he is keeping his Mech so I’m giving Faris Tom’s old Vindicator.”  He said naming another member of the unit she’d piloted one of the autocannon UrbanMechs that had forced the Cataphract pilot to surrender.  “Now I don’t think you’re the type to want a UrbanMech as your ride?”  After a moment’s thought Amanda shook her head, she’d rather keep a Mech half its weight than pilot a walking tincan like an UrbanMech.  “I didn’t think so, instead I’ve ordered the Techs to bring online the old Griffin, its not perfect, not by a long shot a lot of its gear is primitive tech but with what we captured today you and the Techs might be able to do something with it?”  He asked she nodded her agreement.  “Good, I’ll release it to you, you’ll still be attached to the UrbanMechs for now, you’re not getting out of that assignment just yet, I’m going to make sure that Matt sinks an ECM into the Griffin so you can still shield that monstrosity of an UrbanMech that Pieter is piloting.”

   “I understand, their mostly good folks” she said

   “Most of the unit are, just ignore Hector and you’ll be fine” he warned her “I’ll find someone to pilot your Ebony Snake and you can mentor them in the Griffin.  I want them to be able to take over from you once you move up.”
   “I can do that, it’s a good little Mech.”

   “It’s not bad, but now you’re in something a lot bigger, learn your new Mech’s limitations don’t think you can run around with it like the Snake understood?”  He asked she nodded again as he swiped another drink from his bottle.  “Very good” he said giving her the once over with his eyes “as you were” he said after a moment of lingering then the realization he’d been caught.  “Drink plenty fluids the come down after combat can be tough.” He warned Amanda reached over to the table and grabbed her own bottle.

   “Well ahead of you, Captain” she said drinking a little seeing his uncomfortable look on his face at the rank “Duke?”  She asked given his position on the world following his father’s actions in the past in taking up the challenge to defend the world, giving him the title seemed to make Schyler McCoy look queasy “boss?” she asked quickly moving on he nodded “I won’t let you down.”

   “I’m glad to hear it, with the Highlander and Griffin added to our ranks we’re going to be running around with a lot more firepower and capabilities so we’ll have to all get used to working together in a different way.”  He explained “I haven’t even thought about what we’re going to do with the Ravagers or vehicles yet, I guess some of the locals might want an adventurous future… we’ll see.  For now, we’ll keep them here and we can roll them out when we’ve got people up to the task.”

   “The Cemetery Wind held a national contest, fitness and mental agility assessed to see who was up for the task.  But they had the support of the planetary government.”  She said suggesting how she ended up with her old unit.

   “Nothing here to support us.  Just a bunch of little settlements that don’t have the money to pay us and instead turn over food and drink as payment.”  He said while his unit were classed as a pirate unit beyond this planet most people considered them to be their guardians on planet as the only armed force.  “I’m not sure how many of them will want to turn over their sons and daughters but we’ll see.”

   “You could force it; you have the firepower.”  She suggested “or maybe form a planetary defence force… Duke” she suggested smirking when she saw him squirm under the title.  Schyler stood there for a moment then left without another word obviously having plenty to think about.  Amanda didn’t exactly know what she thought of her new commander, she missed her friends in Cemetery Wind but also felt like she could make an impact here.

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   Regardless how Schyler felt Amanda couldn’t wait until the morning when she headed down to the Mechbay to see her “new” Griffin even the horrible rainstorm outside would not dash her hopes for a good day.  She’d spend a good portion reading up on the medium Mech learning what it was capable she knew most of the basics fifty-five tons, capable of running nearly one hundred miles per hour and jumping one hundred and eighty metres.  Primarily they were armed with particle cannons and missiles good solid weapons.

   When she’d arrived in the Mech hanger under Schyler’s house she noticed the Mech seemed to have more missile pods than she’d expected but then it was a rebuilt Mech it would likely be armed with what the techs had available she’d adapt.  Climbing aboard the BattleMech she half crawled into the cramped blocky cockpit, as Schyler had said this was a primitive Mech, she’d have to get used to some differences.  Sitting in the command chair she began powering up the BattleMech feeling the fusion engine begin to pur under her.  Drawing her neuralhelmet over her head once she was strapped in, she heard the familiar start up voice.  Technicians preferred transferring a pilot’s neuralhelmet from one Mech to another to help the pilot connect with the machine quicker and more smoothly, starting from scratch tended to take hours.

   “Griffin G-R-F-1-A online, fusion engine online, particle cannon online, small laser online, small laser online, machine gun online, rocket launcher ten-pack loaded, rocket launcher ten pack loaded, Guardian Electronic Counter Measure Suite active.”  The voice said in rapid succession giving her a rundown of her connected weapons she’d had the same on the Ebony Snake but it was a far shorter list on the fifteen-ton BattleMech.  The Griffin also seemed to be over gunned for what she’d expected glancing at her control board she pressed through the menus which were familiar but slower than most Mechs she stopped when she got to the stats of her BattleMech.

   “Sixty tons…” she whispered looking at the stats that was wrong she thought the Griffin was five tons lighter “sixty-four mph?”  She thought that can’t be right.  She tabbed through several more menus until she got to the Mech’s datasheet.  Maxwell Manufacturing Inc. Procyon, Date of construction November 2nd 2466…  She read the words and numbers and suddenly understood her Mech was nearly five hundred years old, one of the first Griffins to be constructed, she was inside an antique.  Most MechWarriors who inherited an older BattleMech received a machine that was older than them but few on the battlefield would be as old as this one.  The techs had refitted the old weapons and armour but it still had an ancient chassis, engine, cockpit and a jury-rigged gyro which was heavier than the standard models.  “Well, we’re going to have fun.”  She said seeing the light opposite her bay go green clearing her way to leave the Mechbay.  Amanda took control of the Griffin and stepped it clear of the cradle that held it in position.  The Mech took a couple of heavy steps forward before she pivoted it to the right and walked it out of the bay and into the rainstorm that was lashing the building.  She felt and heard the rain and wind batter her BattleMech but the sixty-ton machine stood firm.  Even though they’d only walked a few steps together Amanda felt she was ready for the next challenge that was thrown her way.

High Council Chambers
Dante, Raven Alliance
3rd October, 3114

Despite the Raven Alliance’s capital being housed on Alpheratz the Snow Ravens held Dante exclusively for their own operations.  Here unlike Alpheratz, which still held many of its old prejudices, a Snow Raven could walk down the street without any concern all of the population were completely indoctrinated into the Snow Raven belief system.  The change on Alpheratz and across the Raven Alliance would come it would just take a little more time and convincing for now Dante was the Raven capital and held all their command and coordination centres.

Deep within one of these command centres held a the Clan Council’s grand hall designed along the lines of all the other Clan Council chambers with the Clan’s unique brand of angular architecture with every surface seemingly moving at an angle to the other the room was a theatre capable of holding several hundred of the Snow Raven’s Bloodnamed warriors, the elite leaders of the Clan, and had enough holographic and audio technology to keep everyone informed regardless of where they were seated in the chamber.

In the centre of the room the primary holo table, which was several metres wide squared, showed the typical Raven tactical grid for space combat blown up to a size that allowed the text displayed to be read from anywhere in the room.  Centrally located on the displayed image is a small cluster of mid-sized white dots a few smaller ones can be seen planetward, with trajectories to intercept the white dots, these glow a brilliant golden in color.  As time progresses a smaller group of white dots emerge from the cluster to intercept the golden ones.  As the two groups merge a couple golden dots wink out, but most of the white ones also disappear, with only a few remaining continuing their trajectories.  The remaining gold dots slow and merge with the central cluster shortly before the feed stops.

Watch Commander Riven steps to the front of the gathered High Alliance Military Council.  “The captain of the RAS Silver Star ejected a small transceiver towards the end of this raid in Millary.  Which we recovered a couple days ago after failing to receive progress reports on the shipment.  As some of you may know, the convoy included a number finished products we were trading to the Nova Cats for a large amount of raw materials.  Their recent conflict with the Suns showing some strain on certain parts of their economy, which we specialize in.”

He went on to explain that the golden color was designated as Federated Suns on the Sphere Wide IFF code database.  While somehow the audio was jammed the transceiver included a description of the assaulting force which included an Arondight-class DropShip, along with a number of other aerospace fighters and DropShips iconic to the Suns’ military.  Then he stepped back to allow Khan Vir Sukhanov to lead the rest of the meeting.

The Khan stepped forward, those who knew him well can see the strain in his features, though he puts on a well composed front, “This is among our worst-case scenarios, the Federated Suns has many more resources than the Combine.  Though the Suns have benefited greatly from our scouring of their periphery pirates, yet they still seek to test us.”  Grumbles of agreement come from the 20 current members of the Raven Alliance’s High Military Council.
“We cannot let this attack go without response!”  Gamma Galaxy Commander Adrian Chand exclaimed, the elemental's voice booming across the chamber.

The lithe form of Alessa Alpheratz, the Long Road’s GalCom, rises, “Our response must be measured, we can’t treat them like the Dragons, the Suns have fewer internal issues, and greater resources.  Even their naval forces can rival our own.”
Discussions continue for the next few hours, the normal bloodhouse politicking significantly decreased emphasizing the seriousness of the situation, before Khan Sukhanov calls for its end in order to mull over many of the options brought up.  Only two solid goals came from the council: Millray must be secured, and the Federated Suns must be punished.

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The next evening, the Khan meets with the Watch Commander, the Dante sunset streaming into the glass crete windows.
“Riven, I have decided on a course of action, but much of it requires a bit of... delicacy.  We will not be able to manage this conflict truly alone, so I’ll need you to make sure a couple of messages get to the right people.”  The Khan began.
“I will do my best,” the masked Watch Commander replied.

“There are three components to this, first, we’ll need to make the Combine aware of the situation, we should use our Nexus Ri connection for this.  The Nova Cats should be pretty straightforward to convince, the supplies in that convoy were going to shore up some of their economic deficits, and we suspect that may put them behind schedule by a year, maybe more.”

“The last component...” A knock occurs at the door, and Vir’s mouth makes a small smile, “Perfect timing... Enter!”
Galaxy Commander Long Roads enters, “Khan Sukhanov, you requested me?”

The Khan nods, “Yes, Alessa, we have need of you and your galaxy.  You will work with Riven in order to...”  The three of them work together on their plans late into the night.

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A bit more than a week later, the Hazelhurst PDZ director gives a large press release in which a short statement acknowledging the attack and surreptitiously apologizing for it is buried within, but also relating the recent conflict with the Nova Cats.  No overtures are made directly to the Alliance.  Within the Alliance, a number of units begin either redeploying or preparing for a redeployment.

Border Conflict
Federated Suns
8th October 3114


   Despite having one of the best equipped militaries in the Inner Sphere after months of continuous combat on multiple fronts were causing visible cracks in the Federated Suns defences.  On every march border the Federated Suns came under attack as the Draconis Combine pushed deep into the Draconis March attacking Hoff, Bettendorf, Franklin, Lucerne and Rochester shattering elements of the First Robinson Rangers and First New Ivaarsen Chasseurs with additional raids on New Ivaarsen and Sakhara V intended on tying up defenders but actually netting the Draconis Combine Sakhara as DCMS forces overwhelm the training academy and the militia supporting it.  In the New Ivaarsen system only the presence of the FSS Ian Davion repulses the DCMS raiding force with the Mercury-class Battleship shattering the invading forces’ DCS Tsukushi, a Tatsumaki II-class Destroyer, driving the DCMS forces from the system.  While it is unlikely the DCMS could hold all of these worlds for an extended period of time this sailent provides the DCMS with a temporary and somewhat tenous threat against the system of Robinson.

   On the Periphery borders of the Crucis March Clan Nova Cat continue to cause issues with the defences of the Crucis March forcing their way into the Ebro and Memphis systems again strengthening their strike corridor into the Federated Suns.  The AFFS strike back against the Clan retaking the systems of Minette, Molino, Maram, Sodertalke, Olindo and Adelson opening a second front against the Nova Cats and essentially shattering the Clan’s Zeta Galaxy which had personnel in each system targeted.  With only the Forty-ninth Nova Cat Roar Cluster surviving intact as it retreated from the Maram system Nova Cat command orders Zeta Galaxy once again stricken from the rolls and the Cluster rolled into Sigma Galaxy.  As a further insult to the Clan Federated Suns news sources report that the former New Avalon embassy occupied by Clan Nova Cat has been burned to the ground during a protest by Avalon City residence.  The base has not been occupied for several years following tensions between Clan Nova Cat and the Federated Suns.

   During the hostilities on their other borders the Capellan Confederation and Taurian Concordat combine forces and attack the systems of Shaunavon, Wrentham, Flintoff and Ridgebrook.  In each case the Capellans and Taurians find the defences in the Capellan March of the Federated Suns unprepared after years of peace.  On Kathil Duchess Kym Hasek is put under pressure by March Dukes to explain why she has supported other parts of the Federated Suns over her own March.  With internal issues now also boiling over inside the Suns it ends a bad month for the Federated Suns.


« Last Edit: 30 October 2020, 08:23:26 by Dragon Cat »
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1296 on: 30 October 2020, 08:19:56 »
Trial of Possession
Zosma, Wolf Empire
18th October 3114


The Star League Defence Force had returned in force to Zosma intent on wresling control of the world from Clan Wolf.  Instead of charging into combat the SLDF had challenged the Wolves defending the world to a Trial of Possession, using the Clan honour system against them, the Nineteenth Wolf BattleMech Cluster had agreed to the Trial and the Clan rite of Safcon allowing the SLDF to make their way safely to the planet’s surface.  The veteran Fourth Knights of the Sphere Regimental Brigade supported by the Second Hessen Irregulars Mercenary regiment had landed on the world supported by three SLDF WarShips which faced off against two Wolf vessels in a stand off.  With the Trial of Possession agreed the WarShips would stand guard but were forbidden from getting involved in the battle for the planet.

Sitting in the cockpit of his Shirke OmniMech Major Morgan Christifori paced the other BattleMech in the Trial force was they waded their way through an untamed grass field heading towards the Wolf force.  Due to his knowledge of Clan practices General Hadassah Sadira had given him a position on the force and he did not plan on letting her or his new unit down.

As they entered weapons range challenges were being shouted across both lines as Wolves and SLDF warriors picked their targets.  Following the challenges weapons fire followed almost immediately with the two lines of forces connected by autocannon salvos, flights of missiles, man-made lightning of particle cannons and lasers.  Immediately several Mechs on both sides took heavy damage but Morgan walked through the fire without a scratch, without a single challenger, as he walked forwards a Warwolf stepped into his path.  The seventy-five-ton OmniMech was new to the Wolf Touman, twenty tons lighter than his Mech and slightly faster it carried significant firepower “I am Star Captain Terrence Kerensky of Clan Wolf, I challenge the MechWarrior of the stavag piloting the Shirke OmniMech to a Circle of Equals, may no other interfere in our battle.”  He said

“I am Major Morgan Christifori, I won this Shirke in battle against the Jade Falcons in a battle of honour, I accepted your challenge Wolf.”  Morgan transmitted in response as the two began their dance the rest of the battle continued around them with Mechs and their warriors dying on both sides but they were only background noise to the two duelling MechWarriors.

Morgan engaged his Shirke’s jump jets launching his ninety-five-ton Mech into the air.  His jump was assisted by the Shirke’s partial wings which gave him superior control in flight allowing the Mech to glide further than the jump jets would carry him.  He used the increased control and his Shirke’s advanced targeting computer to launch an ariel attack to hammer the Warwolf with his Hyper Assault Gauss Rifle which spat out metal slugs at supersonic speeds causing massive kinetic damage to the Warwolf’s torso and arm.  The Wolf warrior returned fire with his weapons long range missiles, a particle cannon and laser.  A BattleMech being his as it preformed a jumping maneuver could result in a fatal crash due to the sudden change in weight and balance from an enemy assault Morgan was braced for the attack but was glad to see the manmade lightning from the particle cannon sail past his Mech missing its mark.  The laser burned up the inside of his Shirke’s left leg but didn’t penetrate the armour while the long-range missiles slammed into the Shirke’s left arm.  Nothing critical Morgan thought as he rebalanced the machine coming into a landing touching his jump jets to slow the fall as he did.  Ninety-five tons of man and machine landing on the ground was every “soft” but with the jump jets and wings assisting the Shirke landed with a thunderous thud flattening a patch of burning grass and throwing up sand into the air.  The Shirke didn’t miss a beat running out of the thrown-up sand Mogan heard the ping of a lock on from his missiles and immediately fired the short-range missiles launching from the launcher situated above his Mech’s right wrist.  As the smoke around him cleared Morgan ran into a volley of short-range missiles fired by the Warwolf pilot and then the following combination of lasers and pulse lasers which burned into the Shirke’s torso armour.  Morgan glanced at his sensor display and saw the Warwolf standing off to his right-hand side twisting the Shirke’s torso he let rip with both large lasers mounted there not waiting to see the two green beams strike the enemy Mech Morgan brought the left arm HAG around and opened fire with another stream of fire hitting the enemy Mech all over.

The devastation wrought on the seventy-five-ton Mech was brutal with armour lost on almost every surface of the OmniMech Morgan thought he saw one of the lasers explode under the attack but couldn’t be certain.  To his credit the Warwolf pilot did not loose his footing nor did he stop his assault attacking the Shirke with his particle cannon and a collection of lasers as the two Mechs continued to dance around each other.  Unlike the missed aerial shot this time the particle cannon slammed into the Shirke’s torso burning away almost a ton of armour.  Of the other lasers fired only one pulse laser hit striking the Shirke’s left leg causing nothing more than armour damage.

It took a lot to kill a ninety-five-ton OmniMech advancements of technology over the years had made it possible for Mechs to carry more armour while still carrying as much firepower as some small conventional armies.  Continuing their dance, the two machines continued to trade blows the Warwolf hitting the Shirke with its missiles and laser combination while Morgan struck back with his own lasers, missiles and gauss rifle.  Unless one of the MechWarriors landed a killing blow against the head of the enemy Mech it was a battle of attrition, which unfortunately for the Wolf warrior he couldn’t win, the Warwolf couldn’t take as many hits as the Shike could.  Morgan intended on ensuring that exact outcome randomising his movements, cutting his jumps short and constantly tracking the lighter Mech in an attempt to throw off the Wolf pilots’ game which would cause a mistake and allow Morgan to capitalize.

Finally, after what seemed like hours but was actually only minutes the Wolf pilot made a mistake as the two approached each other it was a game of chicken which one would come off worse of.  Turning to the right instead of the left to protect his lighter rear armour allowed Morgan to turn in on Warwolf.  This put the two Mechs on an unavoidable collision course Morgan fired his short-range missiles at near point-blank range before clenching his Shirke’s hand actuator into a fist before the two Mechs collided in a sickening physical impact.  The Shirke’s hand, arm and then shoulder slammed into the charging Warwolf knocking the seventy-five-ton machine off balance and then sprawling onto its back as Terrance Kerensky failed to control the Mech.  Both the hand and short-range missile launcher had been ripped from the Shirke’s arm by the impact but other than armour damage Morgan’s Mech stood over the downed Warwolf.  In the cockpit blowing warm air against his face in a vain attempt to cool down Morgan reached over and dumped the remaining short-ranged-missile ammo, he didn’t need to carry a bomb which he couldn’t use.  As the Warwolf struggled to get back up Morgan stood square onto the Mech and fired his HAG again into the downed Mech before lashing out with a kick to knock the Mech down again.  “Terrance Kerensky, surrender now!”  Morgan ordered but the warrior continued to try and resist so Morgan hit the Mech again this time kicking one of the Mech’s arms as it tried to raise crushing the arm at the elbow joint causing seventy-five tons of Mech to fall down again.  “Surrender and live or die.  Final warning.”  Morgan warned the downed Wolf warrior.

Several moments passed with the Warwolf prone and at the mercy of the Shirke until the MechWarrior wordlessly signaled his surrender shutting down his targeting systems and bringing the Mech to it’s idle setting it would be against the rules of war, and violate the Trial’s agreement, for anyone else to target the Mech.  “Surrender accepted, Terrance Kerensky, I Morgan Christifori have defeated you in battle you and your Mech are taken as Isorla by the Star League Defence Force and you will serve as my bondsman until I see fit for you to return to the status of MechWarrior.”  Morgan stated ending the Circle of Equals in Clan tradition it was the right of a victorious warrior to take the isorla, spoils of war, as they saw fit including the MechWarrior.  It had happened to Morgan when he was taken by Clan Ghost Bear and now he was continuing this tradition.

After the battle which saw the SLDF recapture the world of Zosma from Clan Wolf and grant the Wolves safcon, to leave the world without attack, Morgan Christifori was summoned by General Hadassah Sadira who questioned his taking of a bondsman.  Morgan had stated that he was not the first Star League warrior take take on a bondsman, pointing out that the current Exarch Victor Steiner-Davion did the same during the Clan War, and he likely would not be the last.  While the General had not liked his reasoning believing he held onto his Ghost Bear traditions too closely she accepted his decision and placed Terrance Kerensky directly under his responsibility.

Combat Arena 5
Nexus Ri, Gladiator World
Star League Protectorate
24th October, 3114


Held officially by the Star League Protectorate Nexus Ri was really contested by the Star League, the Draconis Combine and Clan Snow Raven with few people on the world other than those directly involved in combat with the other factions or maintaining the machines for those battles.  While described as a “Gladiator World” Nexus Ri was not the like the arenas on Solaris VII with the battles here conducted by military commands and following a strict regime of combat, although like those on Solaris battles on Nexus Ri were often recorded and distributed to entertainment networks.  Territory on Nexus Ri often changed hands with each faction battling over abandoned towns, atmosphere purifiers, wind power plants and hydro electric dams.  In a month a structure of area could have three separate owners but the objective was not for one side to prevail over the others like in a real war instead it was to allow all three nations involved to test their individual combat units against the other nation’s forces with the territory changing hands often being dependent on which regiments were cycling through the world.

In what started as a typical gladiatorial trial between a rough company of Draconis Combine gladiators and a similar number of Raven Alliance combatants, a particularly long duel occurs, as a pair of combatants square off, trading blows, insults, and evading others for nearly an hour before the Raven Alliance ‘mech finally succumbs to damage.  After the hard-fought battle the Combine MechWarrior declares the Alliance warrior as her bondsman.
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1297 on: 30 October 2020, 23:06:21 »
 :thumbsup: Its nice to see an update to your story!

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1298 on: 04 November 2020, 06:23:37 »
Excellent updates, and that was a major misstep with the Suns hitting a Raven Alliance convoy. Also whats this ultra-light? Sounds rather good :)
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« Reply #1299 on: 04 November 2020, 08:26:04 »
Very nice!
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1300 on: 05 November 2020, 03:41:01 »
Excellent updates, and that was a major misstep with the Suns hitting a Raven Alliance convoy. Also whats this ultra-light? Sounds rather good :)

The Ebony Snake is on the following thread I've got the new UrbanMech and upgraded Griffin on there too and the custom Archer

https://bg.battletech.com/forums/battlemechs/mechs-of-mccoy-s-malcontents/new/#new

As for the Ravens Vition2 requested to add a story and is having fun with it
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1301 on: 05 November 2020, 08:35:02 »
The Ebony Snake is on the following thread I've got the new UrbanMech and upgraded Griffin on there too and the custom Archer
Where the "Timber Wolf" UrbanMech's record sheet.  :D
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« Reply #1302 on: 08 November 2020, 17:12:07 »
Needs some homeworld love...

But nice, so far...  ^-^

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« Reply #1303 on: 17 November 2020, 07:12:32 »
Needs some homeworld love...

But nice, so far...  ^-^

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I'll be heading back towards the Homeworlds at some point

Unity City News Network
Unity City, North America
Terra, Star League Protectorate
2nd November 3114


   “Good evening ladies and gentlemen, I am Walter O'Brian from Unity City News Network bringing you breaking news from the Eighteenth Whitting Conference here on Terra.”  The male presenter said he appeared to be in his fifties with balding hair on the top of his head, greying hair on the sides and a grey mustache.  For twenty years he had served the Unity City News and reported on the Star League Conferences.  “In the last month the leaders of the Star League nations have discussed various issues varying from the current actions of the Star League Defence Force and the direction this Star League will take.  Yesterday it was decided by the Star League member states that the SLDF will not be used to stop various member states coming into conflict with the council stating that the SLDF was formed to defend the Inner Sphere not act as a police force.”  He said breaking the news which many people had been questioning for years.  “It has also been decided that the SLDF will take full responsibility for the Milligan’s World Salient in the Draconis Combine with the worlds of Zaltousi, Milligan’s World and Quantraine all now falling under the Star League Protectorate Charter.  The newly named Milligan’s World Prefecture will fall under Star League Protectorate control the same as the Kittery Prefecture.”  He announced the change was a small one in the grand scheme of things but the additional worlds would bring many more citizens under Star League Protection.  “Draconis Combine Mustered Society Forces will withdraw from these worlds over the next few weeks and redeploy along Raven Alliance borders to support SLDF operations.”  He explained the changes the small salient of three worlds jutted into the Raven Alliance territory but for the most part they were peaceful with the Ravens over the border.

   “Additionally, today the Star League Council announced two further measures.  Firstly, a call by the Free Worlds League Leader Captain-General Joseph Marik to launch an Operation Bulldog style operation against Clan Wolf was rejected by the Council due to Clan threats threatening multiple borders the Star League Council members pointing out that many nations are being threatened.  The SLDF have agreed to further support the Free Worlds League agreeing to build facilities on Keystone with a branch of the Royal Cosara Weaponries being built near the Earthwerks facility there and reconstruction of the Fort Meade Star League-era Castle Brian.”  He explained while not completely federalized Cosara which was primarily based on Northwind was expanding with Star League support to build facilities across the Star League Protectorate Worlds bringing jobs and production to every corner of the growing nation.

   “And lastly the most important announcement from this generation is that Magestix Ilsa Centrella of the Magistracy of Canopus has been made the new First Lord of the Star League Defence Force.  Ilsa Centralla is the second member of her family after Chancellor Naomi Centrella to become the First Lord of the Star League however she is the first leader of a periphery state to lead the Star League since the Usurper took control from the Cameron Family.  While there is no suggestion that Ilsa Centralla will attempt to follow such a path, assurances have been made by Exarch Victor Steiner-Davion that no Magistracy of Canopus forces will be allowed to set up inside the Star League Protectorate, Kittery Prefecture or Milligan’s World Prefecture.”  The announcer reported having a periphery leader as leader of the Star League was huge news.  “The First Black Watch Regimental Brigade along with several WarShips will be deployed to the Magistracy of Canopus as part of the First Lord’s new protection group.  Due to this lengthy deployment these vessels and the ground forces will be permanently assigned to each other for the duration of this deployment.  To further support these efforts the Star League Defence Force construction group supported by the Integrated Combat Services Group will be deployed to Gallis system in the Magistracy of Canopus to build an extensive support base for the Star League Defence Force.  The Integrated Combat Services Group are a mercenary command that have been based on Caph for the last ten years and they will be leaving a small force there to continue to support Star League Engineering Services based there.”

Balmoral Castle Residence, Aberdeenshire
Scotland, Europe
Terra, Star League Protectorate
3rd November 3114


   In the lush green and brown Scottish country side near the North East coast Prince Luther Davion walked the grounds of the home that his father’s party had been given control over for during their visit to Terra.  Balmoral Castle had been a residence of the British Royal family since 1852 and had been rebuilt and modernized over the years to serve as a residence for the Cameron family.  During the Star League-era Stefan Amaris had razed the Castle to the ground during his purge of all surviving members of the family.  The surviving Winsor-Cameron family members had rebuilt the Castle and expanded the facilities to include a Mechbay capable of holding an entire battalion of Mechs to the east a runway capable of accepting military DropShips had been constructed on the massive grounds that were included with the Castle.

   Luther liked being back on Terra following the attack on Terra the year before he had resided exclusively on New Avalon in and around the grounds of the Davion Royal Palace, this excursion to Terra had given the nineteen-year-old a little freedom.  Walking across the stone covered grounds that were around the facility wearing simple denim jeans and a loose shirt despite it being winter in Scotland he entered the massive Mechbay past his father’s Templar III OmniMech and his command lance.  The fifth Mech in the row of Mechs was his grandfather’s OmniMech the Clan built Dire Wolf OmniMech.  Standing in front of it was his father First Prince Burton Davion, his mother Duchess Sterling Davion, his grandmother Duchess Danai Centrella-Davion and his grandfather Exarch Victor Steiner-Davion.  Despite being eighty-four years old Victor Steiner-Davion was full of life and had taken to the role as leader of the Star League Protectorate in his stride during their month long stay on Terra his grandparents had visited with them at Balmoral but Victor’s thoughts and meetings included issues for across the Star League Protectorate and its Prefectures.

   “Good afternoon” his mother Sterling said as he approached, it was barely after midday and after their late-night flight from Unity City he’d decided to sleep in a little.

   “Good afternoon” he responded glancing up at Prometheus wondering why they were stood infront of the mighty one hundred-ton OmniMech.  He’d spent his childhood watching his grandfather practice with the Dire Wolf on the ranges near the Davion Palace.

   “We leave for New Avalon in a couple of days” his father said “but before we leave your grandfather wishes to present you with your Christmas present.”  He said following Luther’s glance up at the Mech.

   “Prometheus” Victor said despite being the shortest of the group and the oldest in the group at eighty-four years Victor’s voice carried the authority that Luther was used to over the years.  Luther looked at his grandfather with a surprised look despite carrying Victor’s blood in him he had inherited many of his mother’s Clan genes as well as his height he towered over both his Grandfather and his father standing at more than six foot in height.  “I’m too old to pilot her into combat again, too many fights already fought by this body.”  He said

   “Many victories won by the fist, and now many victories won by your mind.”  His grandmother Danai said squeezing her husband’s arm despite only being seven years younger than Victor Luther was always struck by how young his grandmother looked, she looked like she was thirty years younger with her hair still holding onto some of its youthful colouring.

   “Indeed, it is time for Prometheus to return home and serve the nation it served for many years.”  Victor said “your father is retaining his Templar III, so Prometheus falls to you.”  He explained Luther noted that Victor refused to use the name that his father had given the Templar III, Dragon’s Wrath, Victor had always understood the Draconis Combine and respected it more than Burton Davion.

   “Thank you, I look forward to taking it through its paces the Sandhurst range is an impressive facility.”  Luther answered he saw his grandfather’s surprise and a glower of anger from his father.

   “As are the facilities on New Avalon, where you will finish your studies, as we have discussed you are coming home!”  Burton thundered this was not the first time the two had discussed this already several times.

   “I started my studies here…”

   “And you’ll finish them at the NAIS.”  Burton said finally turning away from him towards the Mech “it will be good to have Prometheus back on New Avalon, now thank your grandfather.”

   “Thank you, I’ll do my best to take good care of her.”  Luther said he knew how much the second love of Victor’s life both of his grandparents smiled at him but also looked concerned at their son and his attitude towards his son.

Clan Wolf Assaults
Free Worlds League
8th November 3114


   As Inner Sphere leaders leave Terra the reason for the SLDF existing in this modern fractured era is highlighted as Clan Wolf assaults targets throughout the Free Worlds League identifying a weak spot in Free Worlds League defences the Wolves seize Helm, Tania Australis, Bedeque and Lancaster from the defenders deploying nearly a dozen previously unseen Cluster’s built using BattleMechs manufactured on worlds captured by the Wolves from the Inner Sphere.  Each of these repurposed Inner Sphere designs have been refitted with Clan technology allowing them to hit harder than their previously design allowed.  The WarShip MS Kolorev, the Eighth and Ninth Free Worlds Legionaries are destroyed in the fighting as are the Zodiac Phantoms and Raymond’s Hussars Mercenary commands.

   The one failed assault for the Wolves is on Connaught where the Ninth Wolf Guards Cluster are essentially destroyed fighting against the SLDF.  Star Captain Alaric Wolf takes command of the Cluster and leads the remains from the system as MechWarrior Alex Wolf leads a heroic rearguard action frustrating SLDF attempts to chase down the retreating Ninth in his Incubus BattleMech damaging dozens of the defenders Mechs and vehicles before finally being taken down.  As a result of his efforts Wolf scientists ensure that despite him not holding a bloodname that his DNA sample is added to the genetic mix that makes up the next generation of Clan Wolf warriors.  The remaining elements of the Ninth, three binaries retreat to Dieudonne where Star Colonel Alaric Wolf assumes full time command of the command and command of its rebuilding.

   Troubles for the Free Worlds League continues as the Magistracy of Canopus, straight after their victory at the Star League conference, launch attacks on the District of Regulus.  Officially this is in response to Free Worlds League attacks and pirate attacks which are believed to have originated in their territory.  In the attacks the Magistracy not only search for raiders but also secure the systems of Chilung, Vikindu and Barlaston rolling back District of Regulus forces.  Despite the Magistracy of Canopus officially searching for pirate forces they do not announce any convictions of pirates following the actions.

On Terra advisers of the various member states of the SLDF note that the last SLDF First Lord to take immediate actions against other states also held the name Centrella, Naomi Centrella when she led the Capellan Confederation, though there are no calls for sanctions against the Magistracy or the new First Lord.

Border fighting
New Oberon Confederation and Ferris Collective
22nd November 3114


Two formerly held Clan territories the New Oberon Confederation and Ferris Collective come into conflict on several worlds as the two jostles to hold territory abandoned by the Clans in the region known as The Barrens.  On various worlds the two sides exchange fire using Mechs and vehicles they have salvaged from the various Clans and Inner Sphere states in the region.  The fighting comes to a head as the two sides enage each other on the world of The Rock.

The Rock is officially independently held by the inhabitants of the world but the New Oberon Confederation and Ferris Collective also hold territory on the world.  The inhabitants of The Rock retreat from their settlements into the world’s ancient fortress which the Clans had abandoned but once free The Rock’s inhabitants had spent much of their resources in refurbishing the facility.  The Rock’s people watch as the two sides fight before intervening int the end driving the two sides apart and bringing peace again onto The Rock.

Earnest and Bosch Solicitors of Wasat
Downtown Wasat Prime, Wasat
Star League Protectorate
25th November 3114


   “It’s a land grab by the Star League Defence Force pure and simple, we’ve been contracted by Earthwerks to oppose the move by Royal Cosara to build a facility on Keystone.” James McTeigue began within hours of the Whitting Conference announcement of SLDF movements on Keystone Earthwerks had contacted the local Earnest and Bosch firm on Keystone and lodged the complaint.  “As far as Earthwerks are concerned if the Star League wishes to invest in Keystone then they should do so by working with Earthwerks instead of building their own facilities.”  He said continuing with the Earthwerks complaint “While their argument will not concern the Star League Government much we believe that they may gain traction with the District of Marik’s government which is the tract we’re going to take with it.  Our office on Keystone is taking point with this but we’ll be doing our bit to prise a much information out of the Star League government as we can.”  He explained Earnest and Bosch was a multi-planetary law firm with offices on many worlds the offices on Wasat were the largest of the firm in the Star League Protectorate’s territories.  “Now let’s get started Keystone’s argument is that there are plenty worlds in the Free Worlds League that the Star League could build on, plenty worlds that could use the jobs that Cosara are ready to provide and that if Cosara are not willing then maybe Keystone will.”  He said allowing the threat to hang in the air for a moment.  “So far they have stopped short of threatening to pull out of Keystone completely but the threat…” suddenly he was interrupted by the sound of a VTOL passing closely over the building, far closer than any aircraft normally passed almost like the aircraft was landing, or crashing, nearby several of the people in the room moved to look out the window.  Opening the blinds, they saw a modified Hawk Moth Helicopter hovering less than one hundred metres from the office building.  Without a warning the weapons suite of the Hawk Moth activated and the entire floor sprayed with machine gun fire and missiles from two large chin mounted launchers.  The office building was not a military facility and the glass façade was not armoured to withstand more than a strong storm.  Bullets shredded the windows and cut into several people in the office before they had a chance to duck out of the way.  Bullets shredded glass, furniture and flesh before the first salvo of inferno equipped missiles slammed into the building.  Immediately the building was enveloped in flame as the sticky napalm jelly substance exploded.  The next salvos of missiles added fragmentation munitions to the mix which penetrated other floors of the twelve-story building as missiles streaked from the aircraft cutting into bystanders on every level of the complex.

   The Hawk Moth continued to fire machine gun and missiles into the building as it began to move away with its chin turret tracking to keep the weapons on target causing more damage to the structure causing smaller fires in the external car parks as missiles exploded among the parked civilian vehicles.  As the VTOL moved out of range there was little left of Earnest and Bosch of Wasat other than a blazing collapsing ruin as the aircraft disappeared into the clouds above walls of the building were collapsing under the intense heat as emergency services began to arrive.   The VTOL rose through the air quickly with its electronic counter measures suite shielding it from tracking sensors.

Higher in the atmosphere above the clouds the Hawk Moth was joined a Sopworth Supply Camel which was also climbing.  The Sopworth levelled out briefly allowing the Hawk Moth to move over the Sopworth before coming to rest on top of it,  even as the Hawk Moth's blades were spinning to a stop the roof of the Sopworth was in motion beginning to slowly lower into the cargo bay of the craft and doors closed above making the craft airtight.

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   Inside the small cargo bay of the Sopworth the pilot of the Hawk Moth stepped out of the aircraft still wearing their full flight suit waiting in the bay was Christopher Grant, aka the Bounty Hunter, wearing a simple green jumpsuit everyone knew everyone onboard the ship there were no secrets between the Bounty Hunter and his team.  “It’s done” Kafka announced taking off her flight helmet revealing her long red hair “no-one is leaving that building alive.”  She said coldly

   “Good, well done, we’ll be clearing the atmosphere shortly.”

   “Our exit is secure?”

   “Affirmative, no pursuit expected, we’ll be heading to the next staging ground shortly.”  He said leaving the bay.

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   The Sopworth pulled out of the atmosphere and slipped into the traffic around Wasat heading directly for a massive Dante II-class Frigate which hung above the world its engines pointed towards the world as it prepared to leave orbit.  The Sopworth flew around the large WarShip like a small winged fish flying around a whale in the black ocean of space.  On the far side of the Dante the Sopworth docked with the larger vessel disappearing inside the WarShip’s docking bay.

   On the SLS Toronto’s bridge the watch officer turned to the ship’s commander Captain Ivan Kolesnikov and nodded.  “Thank you, we don’t have to like this it’s part of the job.”  He replied seeing the officer’s disgust.  “Contact Wasat control again and inform them we’ve completed our third scan and there is no sign of the aircraft in question.  Add in if these things weren’t manufactured here, we might not have as many problems.”  He said stepping around the holo-table in the middle of the room, his magnetic boots keeping him stable in the microgravity, he entered his command code into the system and deleted the record of the Sopworth Camel docking with their vessel.  His orders had come directly from General James Topher, the Head of Star League Intelligence it wasn’t his job to disagree with command.

   “We’ve been cleared sir”

   “Very good, head for the nadir jump point single g burn.”  He ordered the watch officer nodded and his words were repeated throughout the vessel as a warning to all the crew to expect the burn from the Toronto’s main engines.  Slowly the ship accelerated moving away from Wasat.  Several days later at the nadir point the Sopworth left the Dante docking with an Invader-class JumpShip which carried several DropShips away from the system.

The Sopworth is on the link below, I saw it a wee while ago and it seemed like the perfect fit.  I'm not sure if there would be a mechanism for the VTOL to dock like described but we'll call it a quirk of this particular craft.

https://bg.battletech.com/forums/aerospace/sopworth-supply-camel-small-craft/msg1612886/#msg1612886
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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1304 on: 17 November 2020, 17:06:29 »
Interesting update.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1305 on: 17 November 2020, 18:19:05 »
And so Terra begins walking down the Cameron Road again... Jeebus.

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Re: Alternate Timeline with Thanks (FULL) Part 2
« Reply #1306 on: 17 November 2020, 19:16:47 »
Why am i concern that Luther is a bad apple waiting to happen.   Personally, i don't understand why Burton thinks he had bad behavior.
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« Reply #1307 on: 19 November 2020, 06:43:54 »
Why am i concern that Luther is a bad apple waiting to happen.   Personally, i don't understand why Burton thinks he had bad behavior.

I maybe didn't go over what came before very well technically you're right he hasn't

But from Burton's position Luther was shot while on Terra by someone who turned out to be from the Suns.  Button is more anxious about what that potentially represents and what sections of his population think of his sons decision to study outwith their home colleges
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« Reply #1308 on: Today at 08:06:19 »
Time to end 3114

Deployment, Integrated Support Services Group HQ
Aswen, Caph
Star League Protectorate
8th December 3114


   The base of the Integrated Support Services Group, the unit had been based here for years, with some elements sent to the world of Fenwick briefly to help bring it back to the Inner Sphere preparing the worlds spaceports for incoming travelers and now they were being deployed off world for the first time under Star League contract.  Colonel Janina el Arguioui was fifty-two years old and had taken command of the unit at the beginning of the previous year following an extended career with construction firms on Caph, during her time with the command she’d done much to prepare the unit for work beyond the Star League’s borders thinking it was nearing time for them to move on not expecting the SLDF to need them elsewhere.  Now with the Magistracy of Canopus leader holding the position of First Lord the Star League had agreed to help the periphery nation build infrastructure and Integrated Services Support were being sent there.

   Standing in the middle of their massive command base Janina stood beside her XO Major Andreas Dandekar who would remain on Caph continuing to support the continued regeneration of Caph.  Centre to those elements would be part of the unit that would likely never leave Caph.  During excavations of one of Caph’s long forgotten Star League-era depots Integrated had discovered the find of a lifetime and something that they had decided they would renovate for their own use – a Rattler Air Defence Platform.  The Rattler was a mobile structure which formed part of the SLDF’s System Defence System Network capable of targeting space craft approaching the planet.  While Integrated had little need for an SDS platform this Rattler had been modified with multiple pieces of engineering equipment and formed a core part of Integrated’s efforts to re-establish Caph’s Mag-Lev network.

   “You think you’ll manage without the rest of us?”  Janina joked looking at the younger man.

   “I think so sir, we’ve got Betty” he joked indicating to the mobile structure “they’d need a regiment to prize us out of her if we needed to hole up and enough local contacts to keep us going, you think you’re ready for the Periphery.”  He asked more seriously while Caph was a world in need of a lot of rebuilding the periphery had never been tamed and would be constantly threating.

   “We should be, we’ve got our own elements and the Twenty-seventh SOG will be on hand to support us along with the naval elements sent to the task group.”  She explained the Twenty-seventh Special Operations Group from the Blackhearts had been assigned to Integrated for the duration of their stay on Gallis as a support element.

   “Unless they get…” Andreas didn’t finish his statement as a large hovercraft approached them painted in Integrated’s light blue and yellow construction site colours.  “What the hell is that?”  He asked looking at the craft which wasn’t part of their TO&E.  The hovercraft came to a rest more than thirty metres from them it was perhaps three times the size of most other hovercraft and was covered in weapons and communications antenna.  As the huge fans began to cycle down one of the side doors opened and out walked Duke Kalvin Gustafson the planetary leader of Caph.

   “Colonel, Major, I’m glad I could catch you before your DropShips left” he said as he approached while he was in his seventies Gustafson carried himself like the MechWarrior he had been when he was younger.  While he’d long since retired from the battlefield he was still full of energy. “Colonel Arguioui, a gift from a grateful world a brand-new Hexarme Mobile HQ vehicle for your command.”  He said turning towards the hovercraft “straight from Protectorate R&D the Hexarme is going to be deployed by SLDF units across the Inner Sphere, I twisted an arm or two and have had one released for your command along with its eight person crew and seven maintenance technicians who are willing to volunteer to join you in heading to Gallis.”

   “Thank you” Janina said glancing at the vehicle and thinking of it and the fifteen new people she’d have to account for in the future.  Caph had done a lot for her command and with the Rattler and Dandekar’s people remaining on the planet Integrated would continue to help the world.  “Integrated will always be linked to this world Duke, we will ensure that we return following our deployment to Gallis, and I will do my best to return our new Hovercraft and its crew.”

   “They are ready for the adventure, each of them trained with the Caph Guards they know how to serve in a command Colonel, I promise you, and I promise we’ll look after Major Dandekar and his people while you are away.”

   “I’m sure that they’ll look after you too.”  She promised him looking at “Betty” which stood behind them “Major Dandekar know exactly what our plans for Caph are Duke Gustafson he and his people will serve you well.”  The Rattler was a huge asset for the command and it was not transportable, they’d return for it and Gustafson knew it so the Hexarme was an investment by the people of Caph and Arguioui would make sure they used it.

Pirate Point, Excalibur (Scimitar-class Missile Cruiser)
Charleston, Gaenir Collective
Periphery
10th December 3114


   The Scimitar-class Missile Cruiser Excalibur, it’s long red hull a carryover from its original construction as an Avalon-class Cruiser while its Nova Cat emblem showed its current ownership status, arrived high above the world of Charleston in the Gaenir Collective.  The small periphery nation had no space defence forces in the area to oppose the Cruiser’s presence but the Excalibur’s intent was not attack today.

   Deep within the seven hundred-and-seventy thousand vessel in the command centre Star Admiral Alexandria Leroux floated confidently as there was a buzz of activity around her.  “Star Admiral, we are in position over Charleston, no local defences from Gaenir.”  One of the crewmen reported.

   “Understood, communications send our message package to the Third Watch, engineering prepare to transfer energy package from Lithium Fusion Battery once message is confirmed received, helm as soon as engineering confirms jump us out of the system and take us to our next objective.”  Leroux ordered giving all three departments their orders.

   “Affirmative, Star Admiral” all three positions replied in rapid fire acknowledgement of her orders.

   “Star Admiral, message in receipt at source and acknowledged by Star Colonel Franka West.”

   “Energy transfer confirmed.”

   “Coordinates confirmed”

   “Jump the ship” Leroux ordered and within a couple of minutes the Excalibur launched itself out of the system.  On the ground the Third Watch immediately began abandoning their positions on Charleston with the local defenders unable to stop the Clan unit.  While the troops on Charleston did not know this these actions were being repeated by Nova Cats on fourteen other systems as the Clan abandoned its Expansion Region in its entirety and turned those troops towards the Federated Suns.  Watch agents embedded in the Taurian Concordat, Fronc Reaches and Gaenir Collective ensured that all three periphery nations were aware of the Nova Cat withdrawal essentially ensuring that all three nations would be in conflict over the region and not bothering the Clan.

The Nova Cats ensured military equipment was removed or destroyed while leaving upgrades they had made to local infrastructure.  They also ensured that all Nova Cat born civilians were evacuated from the worlds as were anyone who had proven their worth to the Clan while the native populations were left as if the Clan had never been there.

Raid in Force
Sakhalin, Bell PDZ
Capellan March, Federated Suns
12th December 3114


   In a pair of raids against the back of the Federated Suns the Capellan Confederation’s Elite Red Lancers and Dynasty Guard Regiments supported by several WarShips invade and conquer Ulan Balor and Sakhalin.  Leading the Red Lancers from her Vandal OmniMech Duchess Zeia Liao leads the assault on Sakhalin brutally cutting down targets with her sixty-five-ton Mech’s Light Gauss Rifle, Vibroblade, lasers and inferno missile munitions.  The first-born daughter of Chancellor Dao-Shen Liao proves to be a brutal and skilled fighter in the heavy utilitarian OmniMech.

   These attacks occur as Clan Snow Raven begin heavy raids against the Draconis March of the Federated Suns striking at Bryceland, Kennard, Tancredi IV, Pitkin and Hazelhurst with raids against defence forces while Inner End and Haynesville are captured by the Snow Ravens who drive out local defenders following local Trials of Possession in each case the AFFS defenders show the Clan force respect.  With Federated Suns already trying to hold the Benjamin Salient, trying to defend Robinson from Draconis Combine assault and hold the Nova Cats at bay their defences are stretched to breaking point.

Press Conference, Courtyard
The Triad, Tharkad
Donegal Province, Lyran Commonwealth
19th December 3114


   In front of the Government Hub on the Lyran Commonwealth’s capital of Tharkad dozens of reporters were gathered for a press conference.  On a small podium set in front of a pair of Main Battle Tanks, a Manticore II and a DI Schmitt, a tough looking man in his fifties stepped up to address them.  His close-cut dark hair was beginning to go grey in places his face broken by dozens of wrinkles showing his experience for all to see.  He wore an immaculate Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces dress uniform of the armour corps with the unit patch of the Eisenjagers Independent Armour Regimental Brigade, a Rommel Tank and Steiner Fist insignia, displayed proudly on the arm.

   “I am Colonel Bernard Howard, the commander of the Second Eisenjagers, today I return to the Lyran Commonwealth from the world of Arcturus.”  He said “I and my fellow Eisenjagers have continued to serve the Lyran Commonwealth under the command of Aiden Grey against the occupying forces of Clan Hell’s Horses.  The troopers who served under the General’s command are some of the bravest I have ever seen spending their lives for the people of Arcturus and the Lyran Commonwealth against insurmountable odds.  It is my duty to announce that Aiden Grey has fallen and all remaining resistance on Arcturus by Lyran forces has now ended.  We will continue to claim Arcturus as a holding of the Lyran Commonwealth but it will be one under occupation.”  He said pausing remembering those who had fallen “I will continue to serve with the Lyran Commonwealth and will oversee the rebuilding of the Eisenjagers Independent Brigade.”

   This announcement of the official capitulation of Arcturus comes as the SLDF and Lyran Commonwealth defenders stop a combined Hell’s Horses and Clan Coyote assault on the district capital world of Freedom in the Isle of Skye.  While the Inner Sphere forces have their victories on Freedom and in the system of Alexandria news comes that the worlds of Whittington, Eaton and Yedi Prior have all fallen to the combined Clan assaults as Clans Jade Falcon, Hell’s Horses and Coyote all push into the Isle of Skye region.

Expedition Landing Site, MacMahon (Fortress-class DropShip)
Novus Terra, Deep Periphery
28th December 3114


In front of the Fortress-class DropShip MacMahon Dave O’Connor lead pilot of the mercenary unit Cemetery Wind stood with Expedition leader Christoffer Trossen on a new world.  Though the world known as Novus Terra was not a completely hostile world to humans both wore breathing masks to assist in filtering the air which had a slight taint hazardous to human biology.  Dave O’Connor was uncomfortable standing beside Trossen, this was Amanda Cavalcenti’s job, Trossen was a civilian but he carried himself like someone who could look after himself.  While he was in his fifties, he stood over six foot in height and was well built having worked out for years in gyms in between his scientific studies.  Ahead of them approached a single Ostscout BattleMech painted in the grey colours of the rocks around them.  The thirty-five-ton humanoid Mech had a single laser jutting out of its chest but otherwise looked like an oversized human.

The Mech stopped almost twenty metres clear of them and a chain ladder dropped down the front of the Mech and soon after the pilot climbed out of the Ostscout cockpit and down a ladder.  The figure slowly walked towards them as they approached O’Connor could make out that the figure was a male who appeared to be older than both of them.  His jumpsuit was primarily white, it was obviously not new with multiple patchwork repairs having occurred over the years giving it multiple different coloured patches.  On his belt he had what appeared to be a heavy pistol holstered and several other survival packs.

“Welcome to the Novus Terra system” he said to them unlike O’Connor and Trossen he didn’t wear a breathing mask having either adapted to the taint in the atmosphere or not caring about it due to his advanced age.  “My name is Greg Bushroe, I command those that call this world home, I’d like to know why you are visiting this world.”

“As we said from orbit we are simply exploring and mapping the area beyond the Free Worlds League and Magistracy of Canopus.”  Trossen explained “we mean no hostile intent; we only wish to find the populations beyond the nearby realms which were formerly held by the Marian Hegemony and the worlds beyond them.”

“Ah, well Novus Terra is occupied, there is no Marian influence here only myself, my unit and our people.  There are half a dozen farmers and small settlements across the planet, mostly people just wanting to be left alone.  We’re too far from anyone for them to show an interest in us before today, and I hope after this meeting you’re satisfied enough to leave?”  He said obviously becoming irritated by their presence.

“That’s an Ostscout 7Jb isn’t it?”  O’Connor asked looking admirably at the BattleMech behind Bushroe “built by the original Star League Defence Force.”

“Yes, I brought it here with me, there isn’t a cache here before you think otherwise.”

“It’s an expensive piece of kit, even for an antique” O’Connor said speaking out loud what he was thinking, the 7Jb was a Royal variant of the Ostscout put into limited production by the original Star League there wouldn’t be very many of them left in the Inner Sphere and none were in production anymore.

“Brought from my previous occupation in the Inner Sphere, MechWarrior?”  He asked looking O’Connor up and down.
“Affirmative, David O’Connor, I pilot a light BattleMech known as the Mammoth.”

“I don’t recognize it, but then I’ve been out of circulation for a while, we don’t get MechWarrior’s Monthly out here.”  The older man joked MechWarrior’s Monthly was a subscription service which was primarily sent out via HPG from its distribution centre on Terra.

“It’s relatively new” O’Connor said “built in the Free Worlds League primarily for security work I’d guess it wouldn’t be even a match for your antique.”  He said glancing at Trossen who nodded “it’s also our heaviest Mech, sir, we’re not here to cause you harm.  We are simply exploring and seeing what’s out here.”

“I appreciate your honesty Mr O’Connor, but I’d prefer not to show you everything we have, if your people decide to ‘explore’ here in the future we’ll need all the surprises we have.  All I will say to you is that we’re willing to trade with outsiders if they trade on our terms, they land where we ask like you did today and they trade fairly.  We’ll not entertain exploration of our world by outsiders unless there is something specific you want to look at, then we’ll assess if your work will be any threat to our positions.”

“I think we can work with those restrictions.”  Trossen said “is there anything your people need?  Medical supplies or food?”

“Not at present, we brought a lot of equipment with us and the locals have been very supportive, thank you.”  Bushroe explained “we like the people here and they appear to like us.”

“Thank you for your time, we won’t bother you further…”

“Good” Bushroe said cutting in essentially ending the conversation he briefly turned to O’Connor and nodded once before turning and returning to his Mech.

“Not everyone wants visitors.”  O’Connor noted

“No” Trossen said “we’ve gathered some interesting information, maybe someone else will come by this world in the future, and maybe Bushroe will get the peace he desires.”  He said as they watched the man climb back onboard his Ostscout.  “Shame we used some fuel to get here but a trip onto any new world is an interesting one.  Onwards and upwards I guess.”  He said turning and walking back into the MacMahon leaving O’Connor to watch as the mysterious MechWarrior and his Ostscout walked away from their landing zone leaving them in peace, at least every world isn’t a hostile one, he thought before turning back towards the inside of the DropShip.  Within the hour the MacMahon was lifting off the ground and heading back into space, onwards towards their next world.

Trial Grounds, Research and Development
Tukayyid, Clan Territory Inner Sphere
31st December 3114


   On Tukayyid the Clan research team watched as the Phoenix Hawk BattleMech walked out of the Mechbay onto the grounds.  Seeing a BattleMech, even an Inner Sphere one like this Phoenix Hawk wasn’t a surprise, but this Mech was special.  The Mech almost immediately broke into a run activating its jump jets as it ran in Mid-air the BattleMech appeared to convert a into something else with its upright stance bending over and its wings extending either side of the craft.  The newly arranged airborne Mech now flew a distand in it’s new form before going through further changes with the legs and arms folding into the aircraft’s form crating a fully operational aerospace fighter.

   “As you can see our test pilot has mastered the conversion process from BattleMech to aerospace fighter.”  Scientist Tualo said turning to the Loremaster of the Clans Iwabuchi Nagasawa who was overseeing the test project. 
“MechWarrior Hector is of Raven stock and has adapted well to the process” he said as the Phoenix Hawk flew over their position “unfortunately not all MechWarriors have adapted as well not have pilots adapted to piloting a BattleMech which requires its pilot to be Intune with its machine.”

   “I know how pilots work with their machines!”  Nagasawa snapped slapping the man across the side of the face it wasn’t a hard hit and Tualo didn’t move far, he should have known better than to try and teach a Trueborn Warrior how BattleMechs and Aerospace fighters worked even if LAM pilots needed to know both disciplines.  “Inner Sphere freebirth pilots are able to fly Land Air Mechs, their nations field entire regiments against us!”  He said angrily the Inner Sphere had gone down the LAM rabbit hole, much like the original Star League had, with every nation the Clans now fought fielding many of the machines.  The Clans had abandoned the technology on the instruction of The Founder Nicholas Kerensky who wished a divided system of MechWarriors and Aerospace Fighter pilots.  “The Draconis Combine embarrassed the Ghost Bears in the Mellen system the LAM’s they fielded able to out maneuver and out fight the defenders even when using our dueling laws.  The Clans must adapt.”

   “And we will” Tualo said agreeing with him

   “When can we have our first Clan variant of that Mech built and tested?”

   “Clan… variant?”  Tualo stammered “we have barely begun to learn how everything works the textbooks and information held from the Star League-era has only taught us so much.  We need to learn this technology from the ground up.”

   “Are you saying that we need to recruit people from the Inner Sphere?”  Nagasawa asked he wanted work to begin on a new Clan built LAM as soon as possible before the Clans discovered the plans being developed on Tukayyid.  If the Clans discovered they could field such craft if they were built using Inner Sphere technology then it would never work.

   “Some experts could be useful but our technology is not fully compatible with LAM technology.  We need to adapt our building practices to accommodate this technology.”

   “I will instruct the Watch and Ebon Guard to seek out those that can help you.  There is a project in the Hell’s Horses Occupation Zone that could also help with your development work.  I will get you the people and the equipment do not fail me.”

   “Aff Loremaster.”  The scientist said as the Loremaster walked away from him the Phoenix Hawk flew over them again before turning back into a BattleMech and coming in for a landing on its jump jets.  They had successfully tested the Mech but production was a very long way away.

I'll get the support unit and warship lists and map uploaded hopefully Monday but feel free to discuss in the meantime.
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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