Register Register

Author Topic: The Blizzard  (Read 8816 times)

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
The Blizzard
« on: 01 August 2012, 23:15:45 »
Alright, folks, this is take two; a revisiting of the concept originally set down in "With Impatient Fury, Winter Comes."  I wrote myself into a corner in the original, but the plot-bunny just won't get out of my head.  So, without further ado, I present to you the timeline of the Clan Invasion -- Hellion-style!

Disclaimer: I do not claim ownership of any of the characters in the story.  I just play around in other people's universes.

The Blizzard
3000
1 January

The mercenary Eridani Light Horse decline to renew their contract with the Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces.

4 February

Coordinator Hohiro Kurita of the Draconis Combine is assassinated by a member of his palace guards.  Takashi Kurita takes his father’s place and is acclaimed Coordinator.

5 August

Khan Nadia Winson of Clan Ghost Bear first raises the idea of returning to the Inner Sphere in the Grand Council, sparking off “The Great Debate” between anti-invasion Wardens and pro-invasion Crusaders.

11 November   

Wolf Clan kaKhan Kerlin Ward’s “Dragoon Compromise” is accepted by the Grand Council, authorizing the creation and deployment of a large inter-clan force to report on the state of the Inner Sphere. Ice Hellion Khan Jena Norizuchi vehemently protests, accusing the supporters of the Compromise of either being afraid of Spheroid “barbarians and lucre-warriors” or of deliberately seeking to obstruct the return of the Star League. When warned that if she continued she would be either censured or challenged, she storms out of the chamber, still growling threats. As she and her Hellion predecessors had often fallen prey to angry outbursts of hyperbole like this in the past, her threats are not taken seriously.

19 November

kaKhan Norizuchi presents rough drafts of invasion plans to saKhan Ernest Wick, informing him that she intends to lead the Ice Hellions to the Inner Sphere with or without the Grand Council's sanction. Wick, horrified, tries to dissuade kaKhan Norizuchi, citing the fate of the “Not-Named” Clan as an example of what happens to those who defy the Grand Council. Norizuchi replies that she would rather see the clan be annihilated than see it abandon the dream of the Kerenskies and disobey General Order 1137. SaKhan Wick promptly demands that Norizuchi present the idea to the full Clan Council for a vote.

26 November

kaKhan Norizuchi presents her intentions to the Clan Council, and due to the strength of her oratory, the motion passes narrowly. SaKhan Wick, even more horrified, immediately demands a Trial of Refusal. Norizuchi laughs derisively and tells him that she is not Lucius Moore, he certainly is not Stephen Cage, and that if he would oppose her he only reveals his own cowardice and un-Clanlike tendencies. The two argue vociferously on the floor of the Council Chamber, even shouting over the Oathmaster's gavel until the session dissolves in chaos.

28 November

The argument resumes, and saKhan Wick repeats his challenge, but it is apparent that he is rapidly losing what support he has to Norizuchi's promises of glory and the Star League reborn. Norizuchi pleadingly asks if he really intends to not only throw away the Hellion's chance for their rightful glory, but destroy the Clan while he is at it. Wick refuses to buckle and bids all of Beta Galaxy against her. Norizuchi counterbids her personal command - the 7th Attack cluster - along with the entirety of the freeborn second-line unit Zeta Prime Galaxy. This immediately causes an uproar, but the Oathmaster and sergeants-at-arms restore order. kaKhan Norizuchi only remains in the chamber long enough to finalize the time and place of the Trial and announce her confidence that even freebirths would be more than sufficient to defeat an un-clanlike coward before leaving a stunned Council Chamber behind her.

9 December

The trial begins on icy Hector. Zeta Prime's 52nd Hector Cavaliers' airwing spots elements of Beta Galaxy's 121st Hellion Lancers marching to strike the Khan’s forces in the flank. kaKhan Norizuchi details the 175th Attack cluster to drive off the Lancers and presses ahead with the 7th and 176th Attack clusters.  The 52nd's air-wing remains on reconnaissance and combat air patrol duty, while their meagre mech contingent is held in reserve.

The running skirmish between the 175th Attack and 121st Lancers is fast, furious, and fierce, as the free-born warriors of the 175th abandon any pretense of zellbrigen and pursue any perceived gap or weakness in the 121st's lines ruthlessly. kaKhan Norizuchi presses on quickly, positively leaping forward when the 52nd's air-wing reports fleeting sightings of saKhan Wick's own unit. As Norizuchi's force moves away from and out of support range of the swirling fight between the 175th Attack and 121st Lancers, Beta Galaxy's own aerospace fighters suddenly appear and pounce upon the 175th, which is forced back. The 121st Lancers pour after them, while the entirety of the 52nd peels off to cover the 175th's retreat.  The 7th Attack keeps advancing, but the 176th Attack pauses, concerned over the threatened flank.  Gaps open up between the three elements of kaKhan Norizuchi’s force.  At this moment, while their enemy is isolated or in disarray, the rest of Beta Galaxy - saKhan Wick's 200th Attack cluster and the 90th Hellion Irregulars - explode out of ambush and fall upon the Khan.

Momentarily it looks like the kaKhan's forces are caught out and about to be cut to pieces. The kaKhan's own Summoner omnimech is seen hurtling into the enemy lines on screaming jump-jets and with heavy assault autocannon blazing, trying to punch a hole for her command to exploit and link up with the flailing 176th, which repeatedly and fruitlessly slams itself against an assault-weight trinary from the 90th Irregulars. But then the remnants of the 175th and 52nd Attack fleeing the 121st Lancers - barely two trinaries’ worth - turn their retreat into a suicidally-frenzied charge and slam into the saKhan's forces from behind, followed seconds later by the frantic 176th. This throws the entire battle into a unmanageably chaotic mess, in the middle of which a battered Hunchback IIC fires a burst of 120mm HEAP autocannon shells through the cockpit of saKhan Wick's Executioner.  As the news of the saKhan's death rips across the comm, Beta Galaxy's will to fight dissolves. Officers of Beta Galaxy sympathetic to Khan Norizuchi's goals withdraw or order their commands to stand down. Some others fight to the death, but they are a minority; most see that the Trial is lost and, chagrined, power down their war machines.
   
The Trial is a destructive affair due to the close-quarters fighting and rapid break-down of zellbrigen, but the near-instantaneous de-escalation at the death of the saKhan prevents it from being a complete bloodbath. The short, sharp engagement leaves Zeta Prime Galaxy at roughly 55% strength with the 175th Attack Cluster faring by far the worst; the cluster lost their Star Colonel, all four Star Captains, and all but two Star Commanders to death or irreparably disfiguring injury. Beta Galaxy stands at 70% combat effectiveness, partially because of the higher rate at which omni-mechs can be salvaged and repaired. kaKhan Norizuchi suffers severe burns across her legs and lower torso, but recovers swiftly. She immediately acts to cover up the Trial, informing the Grand Council that saKhan Wick was killed in a Dark Caste raid, and elevating one of her closest supporters - Star Colonel Marcus Hasbrin of Delta Galaxy’s 33rd Striker Irregulars - to the newly-vacant post of saKhan. The pilot of the Hunchback IIC, a freebirth Star Commander named Siva, is quietly appointed Star Colonel of the rebuilding 175th Attack Cluster.
   
kaKhan Norizuchi's plans for the invasion of the Inner Sphere press forward.
« Last Edit: 22 September 2012, 13:18:44 by Necrosiac »
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #1 on: 01 August 2012, 23:16:30 »
3001
6 February

Ice Hellion invasion plans are finalized and approved by the Ice Hellion Clan Council. The plan, codenamed Operation: Redemption calls for five galaxies of troops – Alpha, Beta, Zeta, Zeta Prime, and a newly-minted front line formation to be called Omega Galaxy – as well as a large number of dependents and lower-caste support staff to proceed directly to the Inner Sphere via the shortest possible route and head straight for Terra, destroying any spheroid forces they encounter. Delta and Theta Galaxies are to remain in the Homeworlds and keep up the pretense that the Hellions are still present.  In keeping with Hellion combat doctrine, speed is emphasized above all else, and no provisions are made for capturing or garrisoning worlds

1 March

Phase one of Operation: Redemption is put into motion. Sibko testing schedules are accelerated, and quotas of freeborns allowed to test into the Warrior caste are raised drastically. Though trueborns still maintain a healthy dose of anti-freeborn bias, the victory of Zeta Prime Galaxy in the saKhan's failed trial of refusal has earned freeborns grudging respect across the touman, and tremendously improved the morale of freeborn warriors Clan-wide.

11 March – 2 February 3002

Clan Ice Hellion launches a broad series of Trials of Possession all across the Kerensky Cluster and Pentagon Worlds, notably targeting several sibkos of mid-level Hell's Horses Elemental legacies, two production runs of Viper omnimechs from the Fire Mandrills, mothballed reserves of the Coyotl and Lupus omnimechs from the Coyotes, and the blueprints for the Sulla omnifighter from the Snow Ravens. Large numbers of Brian Caches are fought over, and thousands of tonnes of supplies are captured. While not universally successful, these conflicts gain the Ice Hellions valuable resources. Accompanying these Trials are a number of lesser raids launched at any and all Warden clans within striking distance. Young warriors fresh from training-camps on Hector are included in every single raid and Trial, blooding the rapidly-bulking touman.

An increasingly rabid Khan Jena Norizuchi delivers frequent diatribes in the Grand Council against the Wardens, the Inner Sphere, and Kerlin Ward.

3 June

Clan Ice Hellion opens secret talks with Clan Steel Viper about acquiring one or more of their old Potemkin-class troop cruisers

5 October

Clan Ice Hellion reaches a tentative agreement to trade the plans to the Snow Fox quadruped battlemech, their enclaves on the planet New Kent, and the Lola III-class destroyers Radiant, Cold Hunter, and Impaler to the Steel Vipers in exchange for trade considerations and the Potemkin-class troop cruisers Ophidian and Serpentes (to be re-christened as the Snow Den and Tundra), the Fredasa-class corvette Pit Viper (re-christened as the Pounce), the Carrack-class transport Pride of New Kent, and the Aegis-class frigate Steel Python (re-christened as the Rood). The deal will be slowly executed over the following year and a half, with exchanges of ships and territory to take place on a one-for-one, or otherwise reciprocal basis.

6-9 October

Newly-promoted saKhan Marcus Hasbrin leads the entirety of Beta Galaxy in a massive Trial of Possession against Clan Jade Falcon for the Eagle Craft Group Works on Ironhold. The Hellions are repulsed, but the Falcon's Gyrfalcon Galaxy is left reeling away from a pyrrhic victory. The expedition is considered a success in restoring Beta Galaxy's prestige and confidence, lacking ever since what the warriors have euphemistically termed the Failed Trial. SaKhan Hasbrin leads the assault himself from the cockpit of his Batu omnifighter, scoring four aerial kills before the assault breaks off.  saKhan Hasbrin receives a personal message of condolence from Steel Viper kaKhan Emile Masters, along with a gift of a cluster’s worth of fast Viper omnimechs and a suggestion to “try using some decent machines next time.”

8 November

Several members of the Grand Council begin anonymously circulating rumors and supposition about the purpose of the massive Hellion “tantrum.” Wolf kaKhan Kerlin Ward is at the forefront of the whisper campaign, as he had been particularly savaged by Khan Norizuchi's verbal attacks, and his clan's holdings had been constantly nipped at by aggressive Hellion Star Captains and Star Colonels.

25 December

saKhan Hasbrin contracts with several of the more aggressive and Crusader-leaning Cloud Cobra Cloisters for aerospace and naval support as well as joint custody of several important aerospace, munitions, and battlemech construction facilities on the planet Babylon. The excuse for all this is a re-shuffling of the Ice Hellion naval command structure.
« Last Edit: 22 September 2012, 13:23:42 by Necrosiac »
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #2 on: 01 August 2012, 23:20:11 »
3002

2 January

kaKhan Norizuchi officially christens Omega Galaxy - “Fresh Blood,” - and re-christens the former Zeta-Prime Galaxy as Epsilon Galaxy, recognizing it as its own worthy formation.

10 February

Phase One of Operation: Redemption ends. Raids and Trials against other clans drop to very, very low levels, or cease all together; continuing only when strictly necessary to make up material shortfalls or to blood new sibko graduates. The Hellions withdraw to lick their wounds and consolidate their gains. Khan Norizuchi and her staff begin seeding supply caches and dependent infrastructure in Redemption-scheduled units, and sending Merchant, Scout, and Hunter-class explorer ships to find suitable way-points along the Exodus Road.

22 March

Archon Alessandro Steiner of the Lyran Commonwealth unveils Operation: Concentrated Weakness, stripping many strategically unimportant worlds in the Lyran Commonwealth’s interior and periphery of all garrison forces for use on the fronts with the Draconis Combine and Free World’s League.  Over the next two years, protests, riots, and even revolts periodically spark and fade on un-defended worlds.

1 May

Khan Kerlin Ward of Clan Wolf, worried about Hellion aggression and Hellion Khan Norizuchi's constant invective against the Dragoon Compromise, tasks the ristar Star Captain Cyrilla Ward with overseeing a clandestine investigation into the recent, strange behavior of the Ice Hellions. The operation (codenamed “Grey Hunter”) is never presented to the Clan Council, and assigned to the newly-formed Clan Wolf branch of Intelser.

7 December

Clan Wolf launches a desultory series of retaliatory raids against Clan Ice Hellion holdings, using mainly second-line and/or inexperienced units. The raids are startlingly successful, and several lesser Ice Hellion enclaves are captured. Several Wolf Intelser operatives, seeded throughout the strike-forces, become Hellion bondsmen. Over the course of the next year they attempt to infiltrate Ice Hellion society, but find it hard going due to the the incredibly insular “pack” mentality so common amongst the Hellions, and the severe reluctance of Hellion warriors to trust anyone formerly affiliated with their sworn Wolf foes.
« Last Edit: 16 September 2012, 18:10:29 by Necrosiac »
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #3 on: 01 August 2012, 23:20:39 »
3003

5 January

Ice Hellion Star Admiral Gabriel Tyler reports that survey teams have identified habitable planets and planetoids at suitable waypoints along the Operation: Redemption route, and are now in the process of laying in resupply depots for the main fleets.

1 March

Phase Two of Operation: Redemption begins. The first Clan troops, civilians, and equipment depart for the Inner Sphere. The Invader-class jumpship IHS Mia Taney carrying two Overlord C-class dropships, (one for Epsilon Galaxy's 175th Attack Cluster and one for a corresponding support structure of civilians and materiel) jumps out of the Hector system, bound for Way Station Alpha – a marginally habitable planet 80 light-years outside the Kerensky Cluster, converted to a massive supply-dump. The rest of the Operation: Redemption units and personnel follow at a slow and steady clip.

27 March

The first reports from Operation: Grey Hunter agents start trickling back to Cyrilla and Kerlin Ward. They are confused, reporting large-scale Hellion troop movements and rumors of everything from colonizing in the spin-ward Periphery to a large-scale operation against the Cloud Cobra's Tanite worlds, or even a campaign of extermination against the Dark Caste.

2 November

The last remnants of Alpha Galaxy – the final Operation: Redemption troops to be left in the Homeworlds – leave the Hector system. Khan Norizuchi commands from the flagship of the expedition, the McKenna-class Cage's Pride.  In the name of operational security, the fleets are completely cut-off from communication with the homeworlds, and they cannibalize every speck left behind in the Clan-space periphery supply dumps.  The two Hellion Galaxies left in the Homeworlds -- Delta and Theta -- are, though at full strength on paper, functionally reduced to one or two (in rare cases three) trinaries per cluster as forces are siphoned away to masquerade as the now-departed Operation: Redemption units. Increasingly large numbers of free-births and low-castes are recruited into the ranks of the Warrior caste to cope with the increased demands for personnel, and morale among those left behind is shaky at best.

12 December

saKhan Marcus Hasbrin announces to the Grand Council that kaKhan Jena Norizuchi has died in an internal Trial of Grievance.  He takes up the kaKhan’s seat, and Galaxy Commander Raphael Cage of Delta Galaxy assumes the junior Khanship.
« Last Edit: 22 September 2012, 13:30:12 by Necrosiac »
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

Dave Talley

  • Major
  • *
  • Posts: 3512
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #4 on: 01 August 2012, 23:24:49 »
tag
Resident Smartass since 1998
“Toe jam in training”

Because while the other Great Houses of the Star League thought they were playing chess, House Cameron was playing Paradox-Billiards-Vostroyan-Roulette-Fourth Dimensional-Hypercube-Chess-Strip Poker the entire time.
JA Baker

snakespinner

  • Captain
  • *
  • Posts: 2668
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #5 on: 02 August 2012, 03:02:41 »
Tag
I wish I could get a good grip on reality, then I would choke it.
Growing old is inevitable,
Growing up is optional.
Watching TrueToaster create evil genius, priceless...everything else is just sub-par.

SulliMike23

  • Lieutenant
  • *
  • Posts: 963
  • The Brotherhood will expand in the Inner Sphere!
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #6 on: 02 August 2012, 20:10:41 »
Tag, I'd like to see the folly of the Ice Hellion's quick temper and impulsive action to invade the Inner Sphere too soon.

Hellfire

  • Sergeant
  • *
  • Posts: 127
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #7 on: 03 August 2012, 02:28:48 »
Good to see this again. Going straight for Terra this time makes more sense.

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #8 on: 16 September 2012, 13:13:40 »
3004

3 January

Wolf’s Dragoons complete their training, and embark for the Inner Sphere.

24 February

kaKhan Hasbrin successfully divests the Hellions of most of their non-essential holdings in exchange for raw materials, technological upgrades, bloodline considerations, and warships.  Included are two Essex-class destroyers (“Eagle” and “Tehuantepec”) gained from the Star Adders and the Vincent MK. 42 class corvette “Firetender” from the Fire Mandrills’ Kindraa Mick-Kreese as part of a larger exchange in return for a partition of the Hellion’s Atreus enclave.  So skillfully did Khan Hasbrin play the two clans off against each other that neither knew there was to be more than one deal struck until they ran into each other at their new mutual boundary.  Skirmishing immediately erupts between the Mandrills and Adders.

4-15 March

The Star Adders launch a retaliatory raid on the Ice Hellion’s Tathis enclave and, after a lop-sided skirmish, take several settlements.  The garrison force, drawn from  the Ice Hellion’s Theta Galaxy, performs very poorly, and several stars of infantry rout in the face of inferior Adder opposition.  Star Adder kaKhan Gerrick N'Buta contemplates more aggressive campaigns against the suddenly-weak Hellions. but a renewed offensive by Kindraa Mick-Kreese on Atreus along with reinforcements from their allies in Kindraa Sainze and Kindraa Faraday-Tanaga forces the plans to the back burner

12 March

The first skirmishes occur between Hellions and spheroids -- pirate lairs in the deep periphery.  At Von Strang’s world, the Fredasa-class corvette IHS Whelp captures two fully-loaded pirate jumpships and destroys a third, while the 90th Attack cluster destroys a regiment-sized pirate band without breaking much of a sweat.  Over the course of the next month Hellion forces tear through the periphery, leaving nothing but smoke and destruction in their wake.  Zellbrigen is only perfunctorily observed, and the warfare is, even by Hellion standards, swift and vicious. All opposition is destroyed, any necessary resources are seized, and and the shell-shocked planet abandoned to its fate.  No attempt at governance or occupation is made, and the Hellions are not shy about indulging their hatred for the decadent spheroids.  kaKhan Norizuchi notes in her journal after touring the smoldering wreckage of one former fortress: “There is no glory in smiting fallen heathens.”

28 March

The Periphery skirmishing comes to a climactic end when kaKhan Jena Norizuchi and Alpha Galaxy’s 7th Attack Cluster hits the Lyran Commonwealth world of Apollo (former capital of Stefan Amaris’ Rim Worlds Republic), supported by the Operation: Redemption flagship, the McKenna-class IHS Cage's Pride.  The advanced clan-tech firepower of the Hellions’ light ‘mechs smash the two armored battalions of the Apollo Trellshire Militia and, in a textbook example of maneuver warfare, cut the Second Grave Walker Regiment to pieces.  The Lyran survivors fall back to the planet’s ancient, Star League-era fortifications and dig in, at which the disgusted Khan calls down fire support from the Cage's Pride.   After three days of bombardment by Naval-grade PPCs and Lasers the massive complexes are utterly annihilated, together with the LCAF troops within.   All resistance on the planet ceases, and after four more days of resupply and scavenging for old SLDF depots, the Hellions depart, leaving a shellshocked and traumatized populace behind them. 

29 March

Bondsman Alaric, formerly Star Commander Alaric of the 3rd Wolf Lancers and Clan Wolf Intelser, overhears conversations between Ice Hellion kaKhan Marcus Hasbrin and saKhan Raphael Cage concerning the strength and readiness of the Ice Hellion homeworld touman while working in the “7th Attack’s” ‘Mechbay on Hector.  Alaric relays an incomplete draft TO&E to a Clan Wolf merchant jumpship in the system, which promptly takes the message back to kaKhan Kerlin Ward on Strana Mechty..

29 March - 5 April

The first wave of Operation: Redemption assaults commences.  Ice Hellion units, with a golden Cameron Star newly-painted on their OmniMechs, hit the worlds of Here, Anywhere, Bensinger, Bone-Norman, Tolland, Steelton, Somerset, and Barcelona.  As with the combat in the Periphery and on Apollo, the Hellions smash the local defense forces, confiscate useful supplies, then leave, making no attempt to colonize or occupy.   Several of the worlds are ungarrisoned, which enables adventurous commanders to ignore the planets utterly and jump on to subsequent targets early.  Renren, Wotan, and Black Earth are hit in this manner.

31 March

The first reports of the “unknown pirate attacks” reach LCAF Trellshire theater command offices on Trellwan via emergency HPG dispatches.  The general commanding dispatches both regiments of Winfield’s Guards to deal with the problem.  ROM agents, alert to pirate activity because of the recently-concluded “Jolly Roger affair” route the dispatches to both the First Circuit on Terra and ComStar Guard and Militia units in the area.

11 April

The Winfield Guards’ departure from their landhold on Winfield is interrupted by the arrival in-system of the 7th Attack and Cage's Pride.  Amazed by the arrival of the first Warship seen in the Inner Sphere for over a century, all three battalions of the Guard digs in on the planet while ordering their jumpships to Trellwan to report and request assistance. 

18 April

The 7th Attack lands on Winfield.  The 7th Attack immediately moves to assault the Winfield Guards, but rather than simply smashing them aside with typical lightning-fast strikes, find themselves caught up in a swirling melee with forces almost as skilled as them and equally desirous of fluid and fast-paced engagements.  The 7th inflicts gashing losses on the LCAF troops, but suffers in return; when the shattered remnants of the Guard manage to break off, only three of the original five trinaries of Clan ‘Mechs remain operational.  Khan Norizuchi calls down replacements from cadres in orbit, spends three days gathering supplies and salvage, and leaves.

Other Hellion units jump into the Black Earth, Wotan, Beta VII, Golandrinas, Derf, and Trell systems.  With the exception of Trellwan, the clan troops brush aside pitiful militia resistance without so much as scratching the paint on their ‘mechs.  On Trellwan, the 180th Attack Cluster from Zeta Galaxy bungles the assault and allows the Trellshire command staff led by Margrave Jerry Troka to escape into the planet’s wilds after sending several calls for help via HPG.  The 180th spends over a week hunting down the Margrave, and fails to lift off-world in time to avoid the rescue force he had summoned -- the 1st Lyran Regulars from their garrison on Romulus.  The strung out 180th is nearly destroyed in detail by the Lyrans, but manages to draw the Regulars into a battle of maneuver, where the faster and longer-ranged Hellion machines pick off the cumbersome LCAF assault-units one by one.  Two weeks after landing on Trellwan, the 180th finally finishes off the 1st and leaves.

21 April

News of the large-scale bandit incursion into Trellshire -- including the attack on the Shire capital -- reaches the Imperial Palace on Luthien via agents of the Internal Security Force and the offices of Marcus Kurita, Warlord of the Rasalhague Military District.  Coordinator Takashi Kurita authorizes limited raids and incursions along the Rasalhague/Trellshire border.

22 April

Margrave Troka’s desperate pleas for assistance reaches LCAF high command on Tharkad.  Included in the Margrave's message are several hours of gun-cam footage and patched-together technical data on the strange warmachines (both ‘mech and armored infantry) used by the bandits.  LCAF General of the Armies Erik de Grave, Landgrave von Somerset, imediately notifies Archon Alessandro Steiner, who reluctantly calls off a planned assault on the Free Worlds League planet of Kalidasa and repurposes the task force of six regiments of Battlemechs and sixteen regiments of infantry and armor to stopping this new and unknown threat.  In the meanwhile de Grave mobilizes Landwehr and Volkswehr militia reserves on worlds surrounding the incursion.


23 April

The ComStar First Circuit meets on Terra to address the Jolly Roger affair, and the recent “pirate” incursions -- especially the allegations that WarShips are accompanying the new Pirates.  The question of a re-play of the Triplitz affair of 2994 haunts discussions, as does the scope of the incursion; the idea that any pirate band or confederacy could strike nineteen Successor State worlds this quickly and with apparent impunity, reduces Precentor Tharkad to well-mannered hysterics.  Primus Allen Rusenstein forces the resignation of Precentor ROM Karl Sims and railroads through further budget increases for ROM and the ComGuards, including the refitting of several of ComStar’s moth-balled WarShips.

27-31 April

Wolf Clan units declare limited trials for Ice Hellion holdings on Hoard and Babylon and are completely successful.  Retaliatory Hellion strikes on Roche are summarily defeated.

29 April 

DCMS troops launch several raids along the Lyran Commonwealth border.  They are by and large repulsed, but meet with success in the Periphery sector, which has been utterly denuded of troops by the Hellion invasion.

30 April

Wave 3 of the Hellion invasion hits Hot Springs, Goat Path, Blackjack, Malibu, Butler, Twycross, and Waldorff, and runs into organized defenses on all of them.  This does not appreciably slow down the onslaught; Elementals dropped from low-flying Drop Ships into LCAF lines tangle up the defenders’ fire-patterns long enough for the terrifyingly-swift Hellion ‘mechs to close and break through the earthworks.  However, Hellion aggregate casualties are notably higher than in the previous two waves, especially among aerospace pilots and Elementals.  On Twycross, the 45th Hector Cavaliers from Zeta Galaxy get a nasty shock when, pursuing the broken 12th Donegal Guards, they run into a company-sized formation of white-painted Star League-vintage ‘mechs supported by armor and infantry units defending a HPG compound.  The interlopers are easily dispatched, but not before a scout nova of light ‘mechs and elementals is taken by surprise and decimated.

4 May

Flush with victory, Ice Hellion kaKhan Jena Norizuchi dispatches an encoded HPG message from her flagship, IHS Cage's Pride, in the direction of the Kerensky Cluster and the clan homeworlds.  Sped along its route by automated transmitter “buoys” seeded along the Exodus Road by the Hellion warfleet the previous year, the message consists of a single verse from the clan Remembrance, addressed to Ice Hellion Khan Marcus Hasbrin:

From Kerensky's Stars came the Eight Hundred
beneath a banner of Truth and Righteous Light
to lift up those who had suffered and to smite down
with fearful vengence those who had ruled
in the name of Vanity or Greed.
« Last Edit: 25 December 2012, 13:16:46 by Necrosiac »
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

Shadow_Wraith

  • Lieutenant
  • *
  • Posts: 989
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #9 on: 16 September 2012, 14:23:15 »
 [drool]  A nice new take on the story!  Looking forward to more!

snakespinner

  • Captain
  • *
  • Posts: 2668
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #10 on: 17 September 2012, 02:10:48 »
An interesting Ice Hellion take on the invasion.
I wish I could get a good grip on reality, then I would choke it.
Growing old is inevitable,
Growing up is optional.
Watching TrueToaster create evil genius, priceless...everything else is just sub-par.

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #11 on: 21 September 2012, 01:14:23 »
Table of Organization: Clan Ice Hellion Operation: Redemption
Total: 29 Clusters (18 Combat; 6 Reserve; 5 Training Cadre)
(All formations listed at full pre-combat strength)

Alpha Galaxy - 6 Clusters (4 Combat; 1 Replacement; 1 Training Cadre)
CO: kaKhan Jena Norizuchi
XO: Star Colonel Kaylin Moore
Naval Assets: McKenna-class BB Cage’s Pride; Potemkin-class CA Tundra; Fredasa-class DDC Hellion’s Pride

- 7th Attack
5 Trinaries/Elite/Fanatical
CO: kaKhan Jena Norizuchi
(Note: McKenna-class BB Cage’s Pride permanently assigned to 7th Attack Cluster as touman flagship)

- 78th Hellion Lancers
5 Trinaries/Elite/Fanatical
CO: Star Colonel Kaylin Moore

- 40th Hellion Lancers
5 Trinaries/Veteran/Fanatical
CO: Star Colonel Jebe Cage

- 77th Hellion Lancers
5 Trinaries/Regular/Fanatical
CO: Star Colonel Arian Wick

- 1st Hellion Reserve
5 Trinaries/Green/Reliable
CO: Star Colonel Jason Rood

- Blizzard Training Cadre
5 Trinaries/Green/Fanatical
CO: Packmaster Elena
(Note: attached to McKenna-class BB Cage’s Pride and falls under the direct supervision of kaKhan Jena Norizuchi)

Beta Galaxy - 6 Clusters (4 Combat; 1 Replacement; 1 Training Cadre)
CO: saKhan Marcus Hasbrin (Operation Commander: brevet Galaxy Commander Alexander Wick)
XO: brevet Galaxy Commander Alexander Wick (Operation XO: Star Colonel Lys Ismiril)
Naval Assets: Aegis-class CA Chaos Sailor; Potemkin-class CA Snow DenFredasa-class DDC Whelp

- 200th Attack
5 Trinaries/Elite/Fanatical
CO: saKhan Marcus Hasbrin (Operation Commander: brevet Star Colonel Brienne Tyler)
(Note: Aegis-class CA Chaos Sailor permanently assigned to 200th Attack Cluster as Galaxy flagship)

- 150th Hellion Lancers
5 Trinaries/Veteran/Fanatical
CO: brevet Galaxy Commander Alexander Wick

- 121st Hellion Lancers
5 Trinaries/Veteran/Fanatical
CO: Star Colonel Ahri Norizuchi

- 90th Striker Irregulars
5 Trinaries/Veteran/Reliable
CO: Star Colonel Lys Ismiril

- 2nd Hellion Reserve
5 Trinaries/Regular/Reliable
CO: Star Colonel Zed Klien

- Lithe Kill Training Cadre
5 Trinaries/Green/Fanatical
CO: Packmaster Eric Wick
(Note: attached to Aegis-class CA Chaos Sailor and falls under the direct supervision of saKhan Marcus Hasbrin [operational oversight falls to brevet-Galaxy Commander Alexander Wick])

Epsilon Galaxy
- 5 Clusters (3 Combat; 1 Replacement; 1 Training Cadre)
CO: Galaxy Commander Baptiste
XO: Star Colonel Siva
Naval Assets: York-class DD Pack Leader; Carrack-class AMC Maker; Fredasa-class DDC Swift Bait

- 52nd Hector Cavaliers
5 Trinaries/Veteran/Fanatical
CO: Galaxy Commander Baptiste
(Note: York-class DD Pack Leader permanently assigned to 52nd Hector Cavaliers as Galaxy flagship)

- 175th Attack
5 Trinaries/Veteran/Fanatical
CO: Star Colonel Siva

- 176th Attack
5 Trinaries/Veteran/Fanatical
CO: Star Colonel Tasye

- 3rd Hellion Reserve
4 Trinaries/Green/Fanatical
CO: Star Captain Baker

- Runts of the Litter Training Cadre
5 Trinaries/Green/Fanatical
CO: Packmaster Serra
(Note: attached to York-class DD Pack Hunter and falls under the direct supervision of Galaxy Commander Baptiste)

Zeta Galaxy
- 6 Clusters (4 Combat; 1 Replacement; 1 Training Cadre)
CO: Galaxy Commander Darren Taney
XO: Star Colonel Victor
Naval Assets: Aegis-class CA Taney; Carrack-class AMC Pride of New Kent; Fredasa-class DDC Pounce

- 3rd Hector Cavaliers

5 Trinaries/Veteran/Reliable
CO: Galaxy Commander Darren Taney
(Note: Aegis-class CA Taney permanently assigned to 3rd Hector Cavaliers as Galaxy flagship)

- 7th Hector Cavaliers
5 Trinaries/Regular/Fanatical
CO: Star Colonel Victor

- 45th Hector Cavaliers
5 Trinaries/Regular/Reliable
CO: Star Colonel Else Klien

- 150th Attack
5 Trinaries/Regular/Reliable
CO: Star Colonel Henrik

- 4th Hellion Reserve
5 Trinaries/Green/Questionable
CO: Star Captain Xavier

- Quicksilver Claw Training Cadre

5 Trinaries/Green/Fanatical
CO: Packmaster Jon
(Note: attached to Aegis-class CA Taney and falls under the direct supervision of Galaxy Commander Darren Taney)

Omega Galaxy
- 6 Clusters (3 Combat; 2 Reserve; 1 Training Cadre)
CO: Galaxy Commander Michel Cage
XO: Star Colonel Law Hordwon
Naval Assets: Aegis-class CA Rood; Potemkin-class CA Coterie

- 15th Attack

5 Trinaries/Regular/Reliable
CO: Galaxy Commander Michel Cage
(Note: Aegis-class CA Rood permanently attached to 15th Attack cluster as Galaxy flagship)

- 101st Striker Irregulars
5 Trinaries/Regular/Reliable
CO: Star Colonel Law Hordwon

- 102nd Striker Irregulars
5 Trinaries/Regular/Reliable
CO: Star Colonel Seth Hordwon

- 5th Hellion Reserve
5 Trinaries/Green/Fanatical
CO: Star Colonel Bet Montose

- 6th Hellion Reserve
5 Trinaries/Green/Questionable
CO: Star Captain Ali

- Fresh Blood Training Cadre
5 Trinaries/Green/Fanatical
CO: Packmaster Freya
(Note: attached to Aegis-class CA Rood and falls under the direct supervision of Galaxy Commander Michel Cage)
« Last Edit: 30 December 2012, 15:28:46 by Necrosiac »
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #12 on: 22 September 2012, 15:26:27 »
3004 Part II: Decision Points

9 May-18 May

Clan Star Adder units decisively defeat a combined force of Fire Mandrills from Kindraa Mick-Kreese and Kindraa Sainze on Atreus and drive them from several of their enclaves.  The Mandrills promptly fall to fighting among themselves; Kindraa Payne, sensing weakness in their crusader kinsmen, attack Sainze holdings on Shadow, Raymond Tanaga challenges Ahlanna Sainze for the post of saKhan, and Kindraa Mick-Kreese is immediately mired in a long and complex series of naval maneuverings, trials, and contracts involving not only their rival Kindraa Beyl-Grant, but also the Cloud Cobras and Snow Ravens.

10-19 May

Operation: Redemption continues into the fourth wave of assaults.  Ice Hellion kaKhan Jena Norizuchi decides that speed is more important than coordination and unity of command, and so releases Galaxy and Cluster commanders to proceed on to their next target world as soon as they feel they are ready instead of being forced to conform to a set timetable.  The 90th Striker Irregulars, fresh and unscratched after sitting out Wave 3 in a series of uninhabited star-systems, jump at the opportunity and descend on Kooken’s Pleasure Pit four days before the schedule officially begins wave four operations.  To their inordinate frustration, they only find a battalion of militia and a company of mercenaries on-planet.  Other units assigned to reduce the worlds of Alyina, Denizli, and Appolakia, lag more or less behind for varying reasons; the 77th Striker Irregulars take two days to resolve several Trials of Position and Grievance within their internal command structure, while the 150th Attack cluster spends nearly a week overcoming logistical difficulties involving faulty propellant for LRM reloads.  The 175th Attack, on the other hand, lands on Alyina at the exact hour the Operation: Redemption timetable specifies.

11-13 May

Archon Alessandro Steiner orders LCAF General of the Armies Erik de Grave to stop the “pirates” at all costs, then retires into his private quarters with strict instructions given that he not be disturbed under any circumstances.  De Grave, after two sleepless nights spent in the LCAF general staff office, puts into motion plans that carefully strip troops from the Lyran Commonwealth’s border with the Free Worlds League, call in all remaining units from Trellshire and Coventry Province, and authorize that the notoriously-tight Lyran purse-strings be loosened considerably in the hiring halls of Galatea.  De Grave promises a by-turns furious and panicky Estates General that by the second week in June, 86 regiments of infantry, 64 regiments of armor, and 22 regiments of Battlemechs will be occupying a defensive cordon from Zhongshan in Coventry Province to Laurent across the Tamar Domains, on the Draconis Combine Border. 

14 May

A ComStar adept on a diplomatic mission is gunned down on the streets of Tharkad City by unknown assailants.  One of the paramedics responding to the shooting is an agent of the Free Worlds League’s intelligence organization, SAFE, who, while surreptitiously rifling through the victim’s belongings for his wallet -- “for identification and next of kin-related purposes only, I swear!” -- finds a small, sealed packet which turns out to contain verigraphed copies of the briefing and military dispositions presented to the Lyran Estates General by General of the Armies de Grave the previous day.  It is SAFE’s biggest intelligence coup in over a century.  The agent rushes to convey the vital information to his superiors, but is in turn gunned down - also by unknown assailants - just after handing over the datadisk to his handler, a ne’er-do-well smuggler captain of a Merchant-class jump-ship with a wacky misfit crew of screwballs and eccentrics.  Just as well for the paramedic-turned-spy; the SAFE agent’s handler was a Lyran double-agent anyway.  Or possibly Capellan.  Davion too?  Certainly not Kurita.  Well, now that you mention it... 

15 May

Clan Wolf kaKhan Kerlin Ward and Operation: Grey Hunter commander Star Captain Cyrilla Ward meet on Eden to review the evidence gathered on the Ice Hellions over the previous two years.  The picture that emerges is very confusing.  It is clear from the Alaric documents and the success of the exploratory combats two weeks previous that the Hellions are very weak.  However, Chatterweb data shows no slow-down in Hellion merchant, scientist, or laborer activity,   Kerlin and Cyrilla come to the conclusion that some internal schism has wrecked the Hellion touman - especially in light of the rapid turnover in the Hellion Khanship - and that the current Hellion leadership (unlike the obnoxious Jena Norizuchi) is at least sane.  kaKhan Ward declines to press his advantage against the Hellions, and re-orients the Clan Wolf touman to face more pressing challenges from the Smoke Jaguars and Jade Falcons.

18-19 May

Primus Allen Rusenstein of ComStar is confronted in his lavish Terran apartments on Hilton Head island by a decidedly odd delegation of ComStar, military, and civilian personnel, led by the new Precentor ROM Thomas McEvedy.  What exactly is said in the meeting is impossible to know, as the security system footage from the apartment is later found to bear unmistakable, though subtle, signs of extensive tampering.  However what certainly does happen is that the next day McEvedy tenders his resignation and retires from the Order, ROM databases all over Terra are found to have been at best altered and at worst utterly scrambled, and Primus Allen Rusenstein is found dead of a heart attack,

20 May

Clan Star Adder kaKhan Gerrick N’Buta, reassessing Clan Star Adder’s strategic posture in the Kerensky Cluster, assigns a young ristar with a notable gift for grand strategy and large-scale thinking the tasks of puzzling out the strange recent behavior of the Ice Hellions and finding effective ways of exploiting their obvious weakness.  Star Colonel Riga Truscott, a mere 26 years old but already a major player in Clan politics and commander of a cluster in Alpha Galaxy, rapidly assembles a small team of bright junior officers and sets to work at war-games, logistical reviews, and map exercises with typical Star Adder efficiency and dispatch.
« Last Edit: 01 October 2012, 22:06:47 by Necrosiac »
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

Hellfire

  • Sergeant
  • *
  • Posts: 127
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #13 on: 10 October 2012, 04:22:19 »
Don't give up on this it's even better than the first one.

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #14 on: 10 October 2012, 10:42:15 »
Don't give up on this it's even better than the first one.

Thanks!  Flattery will get you everywhere. 

I haven't given up; work and school have been crunching me lately, and the timeline's gone and gotten complicated on me.  There is plenty more in the works, and hopefully I'll have something up later today!
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #15 on: 10 October 2012, 18:29:53 »
3004 Part III: All Is Darkest Before the Dawn

21-28 May

Encouraged by the Periphery-ward success of the raids against the Lyran Commonwealth, Warlord of Rasalhague Marcus Kurita launches - on his own initiative and without orders - a full-scale assault into the Trellshire Periphery.  The offensive is completely successful, hitting and taking nine worlds that have been utterly denuded of troops and shell-shocked by the recent Hellion attacks.  Though tempted to allow his distant cousin to continue along the undefended Periphery border, Coordinator Takashi Kurita on Luthien decides that the poor condition of the worlds along the proposed invasion path and the exposed nature of the thus-created bulging salient into Lyran space represents a strategic dead end.  Instead, he attempts something far more audacious.  Orders are cut for the transfer of nine regiments of battlemechs, sixteen regiments of armor, and thirty regiments of infantry to be transferred from the command of Warlord Rasalhague to Warlord Dieron, to be used in a massive offensive aimed at taking the Federation of Skye, denying the Lyran Commonwealth the rich worlds of the old Terran Hegemony and severing them from the lucrative trade with the Federated Suns and Capellan Confederation.  Marcus Kurita, furious at the hit to his own prestige and power, delays handing over the regiments, claiming insufficient transport capacity and the need to bolster defenses on newly-conquered worlds in preparation for possible Lyran counterattacks.

22 May

kaKhan Norizuchi’s message arrives in the Clan Homeworlds and is decrypted by Clan Ice Hellion scientists on Hector.  saKhan Marcus Hasbrin recognizes the intent and immediately cuts orders for the speedy mobilization of all Hellion military, technical, and scientific personnel left in the homeworlds (focused on Hector, Hoard, and Tathis) and the gathering of all possible materiel for space transit within a month.  Low-caste civilians are sorted into priority groups by codex record and then fed into a lottery which designates who can go on what is being whispered about as “the Third Exodus” and who will be fated to stay behind.  The assignments are nominally kept secret, under lock and key, and guarded by Delta Galaxy’s Second Assault Cavaliers.  However low morale and not-completely-sundered relationships between civilians and former comrades recently elevated to the warrior caste creates a multitude of leaks which rapidly turn into a torrent of mostly-erroneous rumors that churn Hellion society and create a great deal of discontent.

24 May

Concerned over the Archon’s seclusion, and disturbed by the sudden turmoil gripping the Lyran Commonwealth, “Teutonicus” activates all Heimdall agents within the Lyran Commonwealth and orders them to be on guard and listening for any information.

25 May

ComStar has a new Primus.  With conservative and liberal factions on the First Circuit deadlocked and unable to successfully install a partisan in the chair of Jerome Blake, a dark horse arises by way of compromise.  Joffre Haag, the former Precentor Caph - a sixty-seven year old native of that blasted and blighted world - had made a name for himself within the order on the strength of his blazing oratory and his fanatical adherence to a messianic, immanentist interpretation of the Word of Blake rather than any real political or intellectual talents.  So far as the sorely-divided voting members of the First Circuit are concerned, his sole redeeming traits are his never-ceasing hawkishness (which, given recent developments, places him a step ahead of the only other serious compromise candidate, the bloodless bureaucrat Julian Tiepolo, Precentor Atreus), and the universal perception that a naive ideologue like Haag, unused to the cut-throat high politics of the First Circuit, will be easy to control or manipulate.  In his introductory address, a radiant Primus Haag calls upon ComStar to light a cleansing flame that will burn away all the many impurities of the decadent, violent, and barbaric Successor States.  As a first step he suggests quintupling the funding of the ComStar Guards and Militia.  The motion is quietly tabled “for consideration and study.”

26 May

Ice Hellion Khan Marcus Hasbrin approaches ecKhan Solomon Bar-Fetstein of Clan Cloud Cobra’s Josian Cluster, offering sole custody of the Hellion’s entire Babylon enclave (nearly a quarter of the planet and home to major aerospace-fighter manufacturing plants) along with the transference of Babylon’s moons and nearby asteroid belts in exchange for four Josian-controlled warships from the Cloud Cobra’s Alpha and Beta naval reserves (Potemkin-class CA Wisdom of Ages and True Sight, and York-class DD Brimstone and The Protector).  ecKhan Bar-Fetstein is initially shocked by the scale of the proposed deal and the precipitous speed with which Hasbrin demands that it be consummated, so demurs.  Khan Hasbrin is furious.

27 May

Ice Hellion kaKhan Jena Norizuchi, the Cage’s Pride, and the 7th Attack Cluster, in a daring leap forward, double-jump past the undefended and militarily-worthless system of Baker 3 - their Wave 5 target - to hit the world of Graus in the Tamar Domains.  Unfortunately for the Hellions, there is even less glory to be had at Graus than there would have been at Baker 3; the inhabitants, disgusted with the destruction wrought by the Succession Wars, have reverted to a communal, pacifistic, and neo-pastoral lifestyle and banned all military assets from the planet.  However when the planet picks up the automated announcements broadcast by the Hellion fleet as it jumps into the system, a large number of idealistic youths caught up in the romance of the restoration of the Star League petition to join the Hellion fleet.  Khan Norizuchi, cognizant of the need to let other Hellion units move up into something resembling a supporting position, agrees and spends over a week in the system holding various Trials of Position (which the green-as-grass Grausians universally flunk, relegating them to the laborer caste) and requisitioning foodstuffs from the planet’s bountiful stores.

29 May

Archon Alessandro Steiner emerges from his seclusion and immediately convenes a meeting of all LCAF senior staff present on Tharkad.  His directive to his generals and admirals is simple, spittle-flecked, and abrupt:  “Annihilate them.  Open the stocks.  Nuke them in space.  Do whatever you have to.  They will not bring us down.  They must not...Kill them all.  Then we take the Dragon by the throat.”

Ice Hellion units hit Pasig, Mkuranga, Parakoila, Devin, and Leskovic in Wave 5 operations.  General de Grave’s defense cordon has been breached before it even came into existence.

1 June

News of the latest wave of attacks reaches Tharkad.  An increasingly-frenetic General Erik de Grave cuts orders that re-rout the LCAF troops destined for the “defense cordon” to new positions ranging from Yeguas to Biota, across the middle of the Tamar Domains, to the galactic “south” of Tamar itself.  The Kelswa family howls.  Unfortunately for General de Grave, the orders don’t all reach their intended units, so nearly a quarter of the regiments proceed to their original destinations only to find them already overrun and stripped by Hellion raids.

3 June

Captain General Janos Marik of the Free Worlds League scraps plans for offensives against the Capellan Confederation, and orders that, in light of the intelligence regarding Lyran military dispositions provided by SAFE, there is to be a general offensive across the border into Lyran space.  He places his brother Anton in operational command of the hastily-thrown-together mess.  The first attacks are slated to begin on 10 June. 

6 June

A LCAF convoy carrying men and materiel as part of Commanding General Erik DeGrave’s “defense cordon” jumps into the Graus system and runs smack dab into the just-about-to-leave Cage’s Pride and the Ice Hellions.  The Lyrans panic at the sight of the bristling battleship and transmit a surrender message.  After several tense minutes in which the Hellion command staff debates the merits of taking on an additional mass of laborer-caste bondsmen, Star Admiral Gabriel Tyler, commanding the Cage’s Pride, accepts the Lyran surrender.  Elemental marines from the Cage’s Pride’s own complement cross to the Lyran ships to take command, though the raw numbers force the deployment of other, non marine-trained Elementals from the 7th Attack and even the reserve and training cadres carried along with the Khan’s cluster as security personnel.  Even so, oversight of the new bondsmen is lax bordering on non-existent.

7-8 June

The Draconis Combine’s offensive into Skye goes off on schedule, if under-strength due to Marcus Kurita’s petulance.  DCMS units land on Rigil Kentarus, New Earth, Thorin, Murphrid, and Zollikofen; the five Lyran Commonwealth worlds closest to Terra.  Heavy fighting breaks out on each of the worlds, with LCAF and DCMS troops evenly matched.

10 June

Clan Wolf Intelser picks up rumors of “a Third Exodus” emanating from Ice Hellion civilian Chatterweb traffic, and Kerlin Ward’s ears perk up.  He retasks Star Colonel Cyrilla Ward with getting to the bottom of the matter.

12-30 June

Like everything in the Free Worlds League, the offensive against the Lyran Commonwealth is delayed by bureaucracy and squabbling.  When it finally does get underway it makes very little progress because of the highly disorganized structure and overly-ambitious goals.  There is almost no strategic control, despite the best efforts of Anton Marik; there just isn’t the proper infrastructure or staff in place to quickly and accurately relay orders, to say nothing of supplies, all up and down the border in such a short time.  As a result the offensive is more accurately characterized as a large number of small, independent actions with at most two or three regimental colonels coming together to meet an ad hoc personal objective before going their separate ways. Several worlds (mostly worthless rocks bordering the Circinus Federation in the Lyran Periphery) do change hands due to the paucity of LCAF troops on the border (most are off chasing Hellions or fighting the DCMS), but the strategic incompetence of the Marik’s generals means that the Lyrans, for once, outclass the opposition as well as outweighing and outgunning them.  The one bright spot is Anton Marik’s personal command, where three Sirian Lancer regiments along with armor support spear into the Federation of Skye, taking Zavijava outright and contesting Lipton and Chara.

13 June

The Capellan Confederation takes one look at the chaos raging around it, thanks its ancestors that it’s everyone else living in interesting times and not them, and continues on doing precisely nothing to attract anyone’s attention.

14 June

First Prince Ian Davion of the Federated Suns receives a briefing regarding the current explosion of hostilities in and around the Lyran Commonwealth.  He exhibits little desire to exploit the situation, absorbed as he is in a brilliant campaign of wenching, drinking, and otherwise raising hell through the slums of Avalon City.

15-16 June

The next wave of Hellion attacks runs smack dab into General de Grave’s “defense cordon.”  Though only two worlds are hit, the fighting is incredibly fierce, and gives the spheroids their first victories against the invaders.  Above Antares the Aegis-class CA Rood is rammed by a tug towing a derelict Overlord-class dropship while passing the orbit of the planet’s second moon.  The collision breaks the Rood’s back and severely damages one of the dropships carrying Omega Galaxy’s 15th Attack Cluster.  Forced to make an emergency landing, the 15th is then set upon by the two armor regiments of the Antares Militia, the 2nd Royal Guards, two regiments of LCAF armor, and four regiments of LCAF infantry.  Though the 15th uses their superior mobility to run rings around the ponderous Lyrans and inflict gashing losses on the armor and infantry columns that constantly search them out, after eight hours of fighting they’ve used up their entire stock of missile and autocannon ammunition and blunder into a trap set by the Royal Guards in a large swamp.  Mired in the muck, the 15th are surrounded and pounded to scrap.  The furious Lyrans take no prisoners despite the yelling of their general officers.

On Babaeski things are much simpler.  The local militia regiment, backed up by the 10th Lyran Guards under a precocious Hauptmann-General named Katrina Steiner actually outmaneuver the 45th Hector Cavaliers of Zeta Galaxy, pinning them against a mountain range in a series of ruthless skirmishes that frequently feature small Hellion ‘mechs getting literally tripped up by the slower Lyrans who are not shy about engaging in melee combat.  Once pinned, the remaining thirty two Hellion ‘mechs attempt to break out through the thinner lines of the Militia, now reduced to two short battalions.  The Militia breaks under the onslaught, but the Hellions simply retreat back to their dropship and leave the planet. 

On both planets, LCAF technicians are amazed at the sophistication of the salvage recovered and immediately crate it up for secure shipment back to Tharkad.

17 June

Star Colonel Riga Truscott and her staff report a plan of campaign to Khan Gerrick N’Buta that is swiftly approved and put into motion without Clan Council approval.  Clan Star Adder assets are instructed to disengage as rapidly as possible from all current conflicts and receive sealed orders to be opened on June 26th at 5:00 PM.

19-25 June

Additional Lyran troops (in actuality, mercenaries hurriedly hired on Galatea out of Duke Robin Lestrade’s personal purse) reinforce the beleaguered and worn-down LCAF defenders battling the DCMS invasion forces on Rigil Kentarus, New Earth, Thorin, Murphrid, and Zollikofen.  The DCMS troops are pushed back, but hold onto their footholds while calling for reinforcements. 

26 June

Clan Star Adder commanders open their sealed orders and find that the entire clan’s touman is being shifted around their various holdings.  Nearly every single cluster has been re-assigned or been ordered to subdivide to cover increased defensive responsibilities.  The reason?  The entirety of Delta Galaxy has been tasked with an audacious spear thrust at the heart of Clan Ice Hellion.  Delta Galaxy is to land on icy Hector and crush the blathering Hellions in their steel grip.  All five clusters embark at once and depart, along with their dedicated Liberator-class CA Constineau and the entirety of the Beta Naval Reserve star.

28 June

Under direct and severe pressure from Coordinator Takashi Kurita, Warlord Rasalhague Marcus Kurita finally hands over the units allocated for the second prong of the DCMS assault into Skye.  Those troops, along with forces originally destined to reinforce the units fighting on Rigil Kentarus, New Earth, Thorin, Murphrid, and Zollikofen, strike deeply into the border-region between the Federation of Skye and the rest of the Lyran Commonwealth.   A wedge of eight worlds from Auldhouse to Port Moseby fall in just over a week.

29 June

Bondsman Technician Henry Wilberforce, formerly naval astech assigned to the Lyran Commonwealth Admiralty Odyssey-class jumpship Admiral Brion Steiner, now tertiary Deck Hand’s assistant aboard the Cage’s Pride, always Special Agent SPARROWHAWK of LOKI, locks himself and a jury-rigged thermal detonator in the Cage’s Pride’s starboard autocannon magazine.  The ensuing explosion does not destroy the warship or any of its attendant dropships thanks to its sound construction and cellular storage bulkheads, but does do severe damage to the ship’s internals, including the bridge.  Among the 187 dead picked out of the wreckage by damage control teams is kaKhan Jena Norizuchi.

30 June

The remaining Ice Hellion military presence in the Clan Homeworlds boards ship and boosts for jumpships and warships waiting in orbit.  Left behind is their entire infrastructure, solahma volunteer caretakers, and seventy percent of their civilian population.
« Last Edit: 19 August 2013, 00:55:20 by Necrosiac »
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

Jaim Magnus

  • Lieutenant Colonel
  • *
  • Posts: 7797
  • Assisting you and your enemies equally.
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #16 on: 16 October 2012, 11:09:21 »
Very interesting so far.  An Ice Hellion plan that seems well carried out thus far.
BattleCorps - Righteous Fury, Sorrow of Eden, Lady of Steel, I Was Lost, Forsaken : Legacy - The Forgotten Places : Shrapnel - Scavenger's Blood : ELH Chronicles - View from the Ground

Hellfire

  • Sergeant
  • *
  • Posts: 127
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #17 on: 21 October 2012, 02:06:08 »
29 June

Bondsman Technician Henry Wilberforce, formerly naval astech assigned to the Lyran Commonwealth Admiralty Odyssey-class jumpship Admiral Brion Steiner, now tertiary Deck Hand’s assistant aboard the Cage’s Pride, always Special Agent SPARROWHAWK of LOKI, locks himself and a jury-rigged thermal detonator in the Cage’s Pride’s starboard autocannon magazine.  The ensuing explosion does not destroy the warship or any of its attendant dropships thanks to its sound construction and cellular storage bulkheads, but does do severe damage to the ship’s internals, including the bridge.  Among the 187 dead picked out of the wreckage by damage control teams is kaKhan Jena Norizuchi.
I take it Mr. Wilberforce isn't a fan of the slavery thing.  ;) Good name choice.

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #18 on: 30 October 2012, 16:19:41 »
3004 Part IV: On Second Thought, The Dawn Is Looking Pretty Dark

1-7 July

Without the knowledge of their Khan’s death, the Ice Hellion forces in the Inner Sphere launch their sixth wave of attacks.  A wedge of five Lyran Commonwealth worlds are hit, all with heavy and prepared defenses.  Unfortunately for the Lyrans, the scarcity of inhabited worlds in this sector of the Tamar Domains forces the Hellion’s cluster-sized task-forces to rendezvous for re-supply and tactical consolidation.  As a result the sixth wave is the largest-scale and bloodiest fighting of the invasion so far.

On Morges, Alpha Galaxy’s 77th and 78th Hellion Lancers and Zeta Galaxy’s 7th Hector Cavaliers arrive expecting a fierce bidding war for the honor of taking the planet away from a militia battalion or two.  Instead the gleeful clansmen are confronted with an angry Lyran Taskforce composed of the 14th and 26th Lyran Guards, along with a battalion of the 6th Donegal Guards and a gaggle of supporting regiments.  All three Hellion clusters duly drop onto Morges and rip the Lyrans to shreds over the course of a week-long running battle.  Unfortunately for the Hellions, they take a pounding as well, especially at the hands of the Lyran’s massed artillery (though in the end the batteries are caught and overrun by strike stars of Dasher omni-mechs carrying elemental infantry).  Additionally, and very surprisingly, after the first two days the Hellions lose air-superiority and suffer repeated bombing runs by wings of Chippewa fighters until the strike stars can be retasked from artillery-hunting to air-field destruction.  Aside from those two advantages, the Lyrans are miserably led, out-maneuvered, and out-gunned.  The only thing that keeps the Hellions from finishing the fight in a day or two is the sheer size of the Lyran force, and the limited ammunition possessed by the Hellions.  In the end, the Lyran force is utterly destroyed -- of the seven battlemech battalions deployed by the LCAF on Morges, only a company and a half survives -- and the Hellion clusters take in aggregate fifty percent casualties. 

A Place and Blair Atholl follow the same pattern as Morges.  On each world, multiple Hellion clusters square off against LCAF taskforces that amount to combined-arms divisions, and annihilate them with superior speed, firepower, and leadership.  Again like on Morges, the Hellions take significant casualties in the process, mainly from the artillery that is rapidly proving to be the Lyrans most effective and reliable asset -- at least until the slow-moving vehicle squadrons are located and destroyed by Hellion aerospace or reconnaissance units.

Above Sudeten, Alpha Galaxy’s 48th Hellion Lancers and Zeta Galaxy’s 3rd Hector Cavaliers are baffled by the failure of Khan Norizuchi, the 7th Attack, and the Cage’s Pride to rendezvous with them and take the lead on the planetary assault.  They wait for three days while Star Colonel Jebe Cage of the 48th and Galaxy Commander Darren Taney of the 3rd argue peevishly over devolutions of command and potential courses of action, and seem prepared to wait for several days more when the Lyrans below force their hand by dispatching a strike-force of assault dropships and aerospace fighters.  It rapidly becomes apparent that the targets of the strike are the warships Hellion’s Pride and Taney supporting the invasion fleet, and the Hellion’s gladly accept the challenge, throwing up a screen of interceptors and moving defenseless troopships out of the way of the combat.  Things proceed in a more-or-less by-the-numbers manner until a flight of Lucifers arc in on the stern of the Taney and launch several nuclear warheads into the warship.  The Taney, while crippled, is not destroyed, and the deployment of nuclear weapons sends the clanners into a nearly suicidal frenzy.  The ‘mech-carrying dropships of the 3rd and 48th detach from their jumpships and head for the fray, and several of the more insane mechwarriors in the fleet strap into their ‘mechs and wander out onto their Dropship’s hull, hoping to take a potshot at a passing LCAF fighter.  After a second nuclear-armed strike run is intercepted and destroyed well short of the Hellion’s Pride, the Lyrans break from the slaughter and flee for the planet.  The Hellion’s Pride pursues and settling into orbit, promptly commences a five-day bombardment of the planet that obliterates all heavy industry and military infrastructure.  Only an impassioned address to the fleet by Star Commodore Per Tyler -- bloodied captain of the Taney -- recalling the higher ideals of the Way of the Clans prevents the furious Hellions from continuing the bombardment of the planet and rendering it a lifeless husk Even so, stories of “The Scouring of Sudeten” will fuel rage, paranoia, and conspiracy theories in the Lyran Commonwealth for decades and decades to come..The Hellions spend two additional days at the zenith jump-point attempting desperate repairs to the Taney, but five days after jumping to Sudeten are forced to scuttle the radioactive hulk. 

The last world of the sixth wave to be hit -- Dustball -- is the one closest to Terra.  There the entirety of Epsilon Galaxy squares off against a massive collection of armor, infantry, and support units -- some ten regiments worth -- dug into a massive trench-and-tunnel network created from the planet’s ancient, abandoned mining complexes.  The Hellions land unopposed -- the Lyran aerospace forces are nowhere to be seen, for the very good reason that in a mind-boggling command snafu none were assigned to the defense of Dustball -- and are immediately set-upon by many small raiding parties popping up like gophers from hidden tunnels and ambuscades.  Twelve minutes after initial contact Galaxy Commander Baptiste’s command post is overrun by one of these detachments, and the Galaxy Commander is killed.  The freeborn warriors of Epsilon galaxy, wrong-footed from the start, are thrown into disarray at this.  Seeing the confusion, the Lyrans launch a daring armored assault that drives the Hellions nearly all the way back to their grounded dropships.  Forced together, the Hellions are able to regain some semblance of unity of command under the leadership of the charismatic Star Colonel Siva of the 175th Attack.  The Hellion dropships give their friendlies breathing room by laying down FASCAM minefields in front of the advancing Lyran armor, and, led by the 175th, the Hellions regroup and break out of the cordon.  Guided by aerial reconnaissance from the 52nd Hector Cavaliers’ oversize airwing, and spearheaded by Star Colonel Siva’s assault-weight command trinary, the Hellions begin a systematic clearing of the Lyran fortification network particularly noteworthy for its brutality.  The use of flamers and inferno SRMs is frequent on both sides -- much to the dismay of the unarmored Lyran infantry -- and the Hellion omni-mechs load-up on large-bore LB-X autocannons that in the tight corridors and close quarters become especially deadly.  The slaughter is immense, and the Hellions wade through the Lyrans with grim fanaticism.  Star Colonel Siva herself is always in the thickest of the fighting, scoring thirteen tank-kills and seven infantry platoons routed before her Executioner is forced to retire due to damage and lack of ammunition.  As elsewhere, the Lyrans are just about exterminated.  Epsilon Galaxy takes a good amount of damage, but suffers suprisingly few actual losses, in part due to the Galaxy’s long familiarity with unconventional warfare and “dirty tricks” tactics.

As the sixth wave draws to a close, it is clear that the early successes of the LCAF “Defense Cordon” were ephemeral.  The LCAF has to date lost twenty one regiments of battlemechs and the equivalent of seventy seven regiments of support troops in the fighting with the Hellions, DCMS, and FWLM, and shows no sign of stopping the hemorrhaging any time soon.

2-4 July

As Ice Hellion "exodus" dropships are still burning towards the Hector zenith and nadir jump points and their waiting fleet, sixteen Clan Star Adder jumpships and warships suddenly appear in their midst.  Both sides are taken aback -- the Hellions because they weren’t expecting an attack, the Adders because they weren’t expecting such a massive gathering of interstellar traffic at the jump-points nor the stripping of everything of military significance left on the surface. But even as the first scanner data returns at the speed of light to the Adder fleet, Hellion naval commanders, panicking over being discovered, attack.  The Hellion naval forces - two Essex-class destroyers, one Vincent Mk. 42-class corvette, and sixty five points of aerospace fighters - are vastly inferior to the Adders’ two heavy cruisers, two destroyers, one corvette, and ninety points of aerospace fighters.  Even still, as the Hellion exodus ships -- more than two hundred personnel-carrier and cargo dropships -- frantically burn at maximum acceleration for their waiting transports the Hellion warriors fling themselves upon the Adders. Despite the speed and surprise of the assault, after two hours of furious fighting, the Star Adder forces are victorious and the Ice Hellion navy is floating wreckage.  The Adder fleet does not escape unscathed - the Liberator-class heavy cruiser Constantineau explodes when the Hellion Essex-class destroyer Eagle puts a broadside of naval lasers into an exposed autocannon-shell magazine, and the jumpship carrying the 175th Adder Guards is destroyed when the burning hulk of the Eagle - gutted by the Sovetskii-Soyuz-class Divine Conquest - out of control engines still burning at nearly two and a half gees, smashes into it.  The Star Adder warships Warlock, Vicious Fang, and Star Fire all take varying degrees of damage, and several dropships are severely hurt by Hellion fighter strafing runs.  Only the Divine Conquest with its thick armor is able to completely shrug off the enraged Hellions and, after the battle, begin to make sense of the completely unanticipated.

During and in the aftermath of the fleet action, a few of the exodus dropships manage to link up with their jumpships and flee.  However, the majority of them are caught midway between Hector and the jump-points by the battered Star Adder fleet and captured.  Several are summarily wiped from existence by Adder warship gunners furious over the “chalcas, cowardly, and un-clan-like ambush tactics” displayed by the Hellion fleet.  The civilians aboard the exodus ships are immediately interrogated by the apoplectic Star Colonel Riga Truscott as the remnants of Gamma Galaxy burn in to Hector, and a picture of the Hellion’s treachery begins to emerge.  Star Colonel Truscott, seeing the arc of history placed firmly in her hands, immediately orders Gamma Galaxy to secure the Hellion Clan Council hall and main data-storage facilities, and sends a stream of messages flooding back to the Star Adder Clan Council on Sheridan and the clan Khans on Strana Mechty.

3 July

ComStar’s ROM intelligence and military service, left leaderless and adrift since the mass-resignation of Precentor ROM Thomas McEvedy and a large number of highly-placed personnel in May, is rocked by a major scandal as an unknown commando force invades the Titan Shipyards and hijacks the three Essex-class destroyers undergoing re-activation there: Defender of Versailles, Brandenburg Crusader, and Hammerstrike.  Another commando group is detected and repulsed from the Luyten 68-28 mothball yards, but no prisoners are taken nor corpses recovered; upon death each operative is destroyed by the detonation of small explosive charges implanted within their cranium.

5 July


Primus Haag of ComStar, furious at the failure of ROM to protect the order’s most valued assets, orders a purge of the intelligence organization which begins a roiling shadow-war all across the Inner Sphere.  ROM agents and defectors begin deadly games of cat and mouse. The operatives of Successor State intelligence services are often dragged in, caught up as unwitting stalking-horses or patsies.  Soon enough the entirety of the Inner Sphere’s clandestine services are at daggers drawn, with red-stained hands.

6 July

Elementals of the 132nd Adder Guards storm into the Ice Hellion clan hall and capture -- intact -- the clan council’s official database, including all logistical, technical, strategic, and manufacturing reports submitted to the office of the Loremaster.  While not a complete and exhaustive record of the clan’s doings over the past few years -- much data from the period prior to the departure of Khan Norizuchi and the Operation: Redemption fleet has been redacted for reasons of security -- the haul is more than sufficient to give a stunned Star Colonel Riga Truscott a very good idea of why the Hellions are so weak in the Homeworlds and why they attacked so suddenly and desperately when confronted with the Adder fleet over Hector.   The Star Colonel immediately sends one last HPG message to Strana Mechty - this time addressed to the Office of the Loremaster of the Clans as well as that of the Star Adder clan delegation - demanding a full meeting of the Grand Council, then departs with the Divine Conquest toward Strana Mechty, forming an impromptu-command circuit by commandeering merchant-caste jumpship and cajoling passage on allied clan’s warships.
« Last Edit: 18 August 2013, 16:01:32 by Necrosiac »
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
Re: The Blizzard
« Reply #19 on: 16 November 2012, 20:33:55 »
3004 Part V: This Has To Be Midnight, Right?

8 July

DCMS units consolidate their newly-won positions in Skye.  Though the fighting on the Terra-ward planets of the Isle of Skye grinds on, consuming men and material at an alarming pace, in Virginiashire the 1st and 4th Proserpina Hussars, the Tooth of Ymir and Vandelay’s Vandals mercenary regiments, and the 3rd and 22nd Dieron Regular are comparatively untouched, especially after assimilating battlefield salvage.  Takashi Kurita approves a second wave of assaults, attempting to cut the Federation of Skye off from the rest of the Lyran Commonwealth entirely.  DCMS units land on Yed Prior and Posterior, Alexandria, and Corridan IV.   The panicked Lyran defenders are outnumbered in every case, but fight back fanatically. 

9 July

HPG Messages from the partially-repaired Cage’s Pride reach most other elements of the Ice Hellion touman in the Inner Sphere.  The message is short and simple: “Khan Jena Norizuchi dead.  Flagship damaged.  All Clusters finalize ground operations with all possible speed.  The pack will rendezvous at following coordinates for Council...” 

10 July


The Grand Council convenes on Strana Mechty. Clan Ice Hellion is not represented at the meeting -- kaKhan Marcus Hasbrin is absent commanding the exodus flotilla fleeing Clan-space for the Inner Sphere, and saKhan Raphael Cage was killed aboard the CIHS Eagle above Hector. 

Riga Truscott opens the conclave by putting forth her claim that Clan Ice Hellion has disobeyed the Grand Council’s resolution and has made secret plans to invade the Inner Sphere.  After the explosion of shouting is quelled by the Loremaster’s furiously banging gavel, evidence is presented.  Several captured Ice Hellion naval personnel as well as records from the Ice Hellion clan hall are trotted out, and though the full scope of Operation: Redemption is not revealed, there is enough evidence of Hellion treachery for a Trial of Annihilation to be moved by Jade Falcon Khan Yvonne Hazen.  Star Adder kaKhan Gerrick N’Buta objects, demanding the recognition of a de facto Trial of Absorption, given current Star Adder control of the Hellion capital, Hellion genetic repository, and a good chunk of the Hellion’s civilian population.  Smoke Jaguar kaKhan Raseri Osis is restrained by his saKhan from physically assaulting Khan N’Buta, so has to settle for demanding the Reaving of any bloodline that would taint their clan with the presence of traitors and liars.  An amused N’Buta immediately suggests that Khan Osis might commit bondsref to restore his Clan’s honor, unless of course he was simply unaware of their continual use of the absorbed Clan Mongoose’s assets?  Again the Loremaster’s pounding gavel has to silence the shouting. 

While Osis and N’Buta are busy glaring at each other, Diamond Shark saKhan Brion Horn seconds Yvonne Hazen’s motion for Annihilation, and for good measure the Khans of the Hell’s Horses and Coyotes declare their support.  A surly Gerrick N’Buta withdraws his demand for Absorption, and the bidding for the right to carry out the Annihilation begins.  This itself sparks an argument, since though most Khans agree that an ilKhan ought to be elected for the purpose of supervising the Annihilation and subsequent decisions regarding the Inner Sphere, no one power bloc is able to muster the necessary votes to put their candidate on the podium.  Matters come to a head when Khan Nadia Winson of the Ghost Bears makes an impassioned speech reminding the conclave that the real issue is not the division of the Hellion’s comparatively paltry resources, rather it is what to do about a situation where the existence, provenance, capabilities, and possibly location of the Clans as a whole has been revealed to the entire Inner Sphere.  The debate quickly devolves into yet another Crusader-Warden melee.  Unfortunately for the Wardens, this time the extreme circumstances convince (though a disgruntled Kerlin Ward is heard to mutter “frightened pups”) several moderate-leaning Warden clans - the Steel Vipers, Diamond Sharks, Star Adders, and Nova Cats - to throw their support behind the Crusader cause and Nadia Winson, rapidly emerging as a more palatable alternative to the rabid Raseri Osis and imperious Yvonne Hazen. 

Winson is duly appointed and sworn the ninth ilKhan of the Clans.  She immediately placates the Jaguars and Falcons by granting them the privilege of annihilating the Ice Hellions - though the prize is deeply diminished by continuing Star Adder control of Hector - and, to the relief of all, orders the Grand Council adjourned until the conclusion of the trial.

12 July

Hauptmann-General Katrina Steiner arrives on Tharkad along with her command company from the 10th Lyran Guards and announces her intent to request the Estates General to pass a “No-Confidence” motion condemning the leadership of her uncle, Archon Alessandro Steiner.

13 July

General Constantinos Panagiotes, commanding the Free Worlds League Border Protectorate’s provincial regiments and a task force of several armor and infantry regiments land on Denebola.  In a surprising burst of competence, the FWLM troops rapidly outmaneuver the 6th Donegal Guards and 10th Lyran Regulars, forcing them on the defensive and pinning them into the capital city.  The ruling Lyran nobles lock themselves in the ComStar facility and send a continual stream of screaming messages to Tharkad and Skye demanding and begging for relief.

14 July-22 August

The Annihilation of the Ice Hellions begins; Jade Falcon and Smoke Jaguar clusters bidding among themselves for the right to destroy the pitiful civilian remnants left by the fleeing clan on Strana Mechty, Hoard, and Tathis.  The slaughter is great and by the end, even the abnormally-savage Smoke Jaguars are discontented with the “honorless” killing of bandits.  In the void a furious chase takes place as the Hellion Exodus fleets flee clan-space for the Inner Sphere, Falcon, Jaguar, and eventually every other clan available’s naval assets in hot pursuit.  Several Ice Hellion jumpships, including one carrying the entirety of Delta Galaxy’s Second Assault Cavaliers are caught and pounded into space dust, no quarter asked or given, the clan’s usual strictures against waste going by the wayside in the haste to make sure that the traitors do not escape.  In the end saKhan Marcus Hasbrin, about twenty five jumpships, and two warships carrying in total eleven clusters of Ice Hellion warriors and several thousand civilians escape into the deep Periphery, bound for Terra.

15 July

Reasoning that the heavy fighting on the Lyran front must mean a weakening of DCMS forces across his border and angry at the unwillingness of First Prince Ian Davion to sanction a full-strength offensive against House Kurita, the unfortunately named Duke Stephen Stephenson of New Ivaarsen releases both regiments of his personal guard -- the New Ivaarsen Chasseurs -- to conduct offensive operations against the Draconis Combine.  The charismatic Stephenson also convinces his nominal liege, Duke Aaron Sandoval, to commit his own Robinson Rangers to the assault.  All four regiments depart for Combine space immediately, without notifying the AFFS command structure.

23 July

Duke Robin Lestrade is assassinated in his palace on Summer by his 22 year old son Aldo and a conspiracy of Skye nationalists.  With the support of Marshal Frederick Steiner’s 7th Donegal Guards, the three Skye Rangers battlemech regiments, and several prominent Skye politicians, nobles, and businessmen,  Aldo immediately proclaims himself Duke of the Federation of Skye and declares the Federation an independent state, severing its ties to the Lyran Commonwealth on the grounds that the Commonwealth has been unable to defend its worlds from depredation and invasion from not only rival successor states, but even scum Periphery pirates.  The last claim is dubious at best since it’s now common knowledge that the Hellions aren’t even close to being ordinary bandits, though rumors of their provenance run the gamut from the insane to the merely improbable and weird.  Copies of the declaration are dispatched via a gleeful ComStar - who is more than willing to proffer steep, steep discounts to the fledgling nation -  to the national and provincial capitals of every major successor state, as well as to the field headquarters of DCMS and FWLM units fighting in Skye.  In the latter case attached to the declaration are peace proposals acknowledging the gains made by the Draconis Combine and Free Worlds League and offering exclusive trading relations with those two nations at the expense of the rump Lyran Commonwealth in exchange for an immediate cessation of hostilities and the removal of all foreign military units from contested (as opposed to occupied) Federation worlds.
« Last Edit: 24 January 2013, 12:20:13 by Necrosiac »
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

Necrosiac

  • Private
  • *
  • Posts: 41
  • Rime Stoats Forever!
The Council, or, NOT DEAD YET!
« Reply #20 on: 16 January 2013, 01:58:42 »
24 July

An unknown fleet of five warships appears at a “pirate point” just outside the orbit of Mars in the Sol system.  A tight-beam transmission is detected linking the McKenna-class flagship of the group with the First Circuit compound on Hilton Head island.  Ten minutes later emergency orders are sent to all HPG compounds and jumpship commanders in system; Earth is going dark.  Transmit nothing.  No-one may leave.  The flotilla immediately begins burning towards the cradle of humanity.

25 July


The Hellion clan council in absentia  convenes in an uninhabited star system three light years coreward of Dustball, aboard the Aegis-class Chaos Sailor.  It is a grim meeting, made even more so by the gashing losses suffered by the touman.  No single cluster has escaped serious losses, and the roll call of the Bloodnamed has shrunk by just under a quarter.  Among the dead are Khan Jena Norizuchi, Galaxy Commander Michel Cage of Zeta Galaxy, and Galaxy Commander Darren Taney of Omega, as well as six bloodnamed Star Colonels, twenty one bloodnamed Star Captains, thirty bloodnamed Star Commanders, as well as another twenty eight bloodnamed Warriors (almost universally Elemental or aerospace-pilot Point Commanders). In addition, the freebirth Galaxy Commander Baptiste, commanding Epsilon Galaxy, was killed on Dustball.  However since no personnel in Epsilon Galaxy (composed entirely of freebirths) holds a bloodname, Epsilon Galaxy is not officially represented at the council-session. However, both of Epsilon’s remaining Star Colonels and a pair of Star Captains, hastily brevetted to command of the 52nd Attack and 5th Reserve clusters, attend the meeting, silently observing from the balcony of the bidding theatre.  And Star Commodore Aaron Kardaan, the abtakha Cloud Cobra master of Epsilon’s flagship -- the York-class Pack Leader -- can be counted on to speak up for the Galaxy’s interests, though he is not officially subordinated to Epsilon Galaxy's commander.

Star Colonel Ahri Norizuchi, sib-mate of the murdered Khan -- or, as she is already being called, “the martyred Jena” -- reads the ghastly reports to the bloodnamed from her post as Oathmaster (held pro tem, as it is a position traditionally filled by the Khan):  The Hellions have conquered fifty two worlds and utterly annihilated the equivalent of eleven regiments of LCAF BattleMechs, nineteen regiments of LCAF and militia armor, and twenty eight regiments of LCAF and militia infantry. The combat in the periphery saw another nine regiments worth of ‘mechs, vehicles, fighters, and infantry destroyed. However, the cost has been high. Alpha and Zeta Galaxies have taken severe damage, about forty five percent attrition.  Omega Galaxy has been smashed up beyond recognition - its clusters have taken roughly seventy percent losses in men and materiel, and the 15th Attack cluster has ceased to exist entirely. Beta and Epsilon Galaxies are the only formations that retain more than seventy percent combat effectiveness, but only have done so by pulling heavily from their reserve clusters to fill the gaps in front-line units.  Supplies are running low; replacement omnimech, omnifighter, and battle armor stocks can, if totally depleted, bring the touman back to full paper-strength.  Once.  Munitions stocks are likewise thin; at the current usage rate, missile ammunition will only last another month, while autocannon and gauss rifle ammunition will give out after three weeks of sustained combat.  There is, of course, abundant spheroid salvage to be had, but no self-respecting Hellion would touch an unmodified Zeus with a twenty-meter pole, and the vast majority of the Lyran equipment taken by the Hellions is of heavy and assault weight.  Two of the Hellion’s warships -- the Aegis-class Rood and Taney -- have been destroyed in action, the Taney through the dezgra use of nuclear weapons.  The touman flagship, the McKenna-class Cage’s Pride is functional, but has had a significant portion of its weapons knocked out and internal structures damaged by the act of sabotage that killed the Khan and as such is unfit for combat, and will remain so until it can spend at least two months in drydock. 

The stunned council falls quiet – an unheard of happening among the boisterous and quick-witted Hellions.  Commanders stare around, at each other, at the data-pads scrolling grim accompaniment to the Oathmaster's remarks.  When no-one steps forward with a plan, the Oathmaster moves that nominations be held for the post of Khan.  The chamber begins to show some signs of life, and several officers are put forward.  Out of the rush, two rapidly emerge as the only real front-runners: Star Colonel Kaylin Moore of Alpha Galaxy's 78th Hellion Lancers and former aide to “the martyred Jena,” and Brevet-Galaxy Commander Alexander Wick of Beta Galaxy, who leads the most successful and most intact force in the Hellion touman.  The debate between partisans of Moore and Wick grows heated and soon quite obviously becomes a proxy-battle between hard-line Crusaders unwilling to change tactics or strategy in the face of dezgra opposition from fallen heathens (supporting Moore) and more liberal-minded - though hardly Warden – warriors, arguing that events have proven the inadequacy of traditional Clan methods (who support Wick).  When Star Commodore Kardaan and an Elemental Star Captain from Alpha Galaxy nearly get into a brawl in the gallery, Loremaster Norizuchi orders an hour-long  recess, and gavels the session closed.  She is summarily ignored.  An impromptu voice vote is held, in which both sides claim victory.  This leads to more arguing.  Another spur-of-the-moment vote is held, this time by show of hands.  Again, both sides claim victory.  Both candidates stand in the well of the chamber, nose-to-nose, each grasping one side of the Oathmaster's gavel, and each holding one of the crimson-chased blue enamel Khan's rank pins.  The two 'mechwarriors are evenly matched, and neither is able to wrest the symbols of office away from the other.  An obviously heartbroken Oathmaster Ahri Norizuchi pleads with all present to settle down, to remember the dreams of the Great Father, the Founder, and the martyred Jena, to restore unity and order.  She remains ineffectual and ignored.  Several fights break out.  Galaxy Commander Wick headbutts Star Colonel Moore in the face and temporarily gains sole possession of the gavel, only to be tackled by an enraged, bleeding Moore.  The two scrap on the floor, kicking, punching, biting, gouging.  All semblance of order is lost, as even the Elemental guards from the 7th Attack in their full battle armor are drawn in, after someone pulls a laser pistol and fires wildly into the ceiling.  Amidst all the chaos, few notice when Star Colonel Siva leads Epsilon Galaxy's delegation – physically dragging the bloodied and bruised Star Commodore Aaron Kardaan – out of the the council and back to their waiting shuttles.

The scuffling eventually burns itself out.  Fury turns to sorrow and not a little fear.  Kaylin Moore and Alexander Wick are pried apart, and Ahri Norizuchi calls the session back to order.  She calls the vote, and is utterly shocked to find that on the third ballot, she receives a plurality.   Even Brevet-Galaxy Commander Wick votes for her, wryly noting that his and Star Colonel Moore's behaviour was far beneath the dignity of a Khan.  A stunned Khan Norizuchi assumes the Khan's chair and opens the floor for contributions.  Debate picks back up, but at a much-subdued level.  An hour later, plans have been approved for each Galaxy to bring itself back up to full-strength through the disbandment of all Reserve and sibko-cadre support clusters.  Strategic decisions are put off by the  weary new Khan, who orders a temporary recess of the council until the touman is refit.  Unfortunately, any rest she may have contemplated is put off yet again, as the Chaos Sailor's captain pipes an incoming transmission from Epsilon Galaxy's flagship, IHS Pack Leader, over the bidding theater's speakers:

“This is Star Colonel Siva.  The warriors of Epsilon Galaxy will no longer stand by while those who style themselves the Clan's masters bicker and brawl over the corpse of our murdered Khan.  We, who bled so that the Hellions might return to the Inner Sphere, refuse to allow the fulfillment of the Founder's dream to be delayed by petty politicking and cowardly infighting.  So, trash-borns, know this.  We are leaving.  We are making space for holy Terra.  We will raise the flag of the Star League above Unity City, or die to the last Hellion in the attempt.  Any true children of Kerensky and Cage are free to come with us.  Any chalcas cowards who would rather stay behind, we gladly abandon to their fate.  But if any of you should try to stop us, you will quickly learn that I have killed one Khan already, and would be more than happy to add to my collection.  Siva out.”
« Last Edit: 19 August 2013, 00:26:25 by Necrosiac »
"Have gone to Inner Sphere to fight Freebirths. 
Will be back when War is over.
~Jena"


The Blizzard http://bg.battletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,21676.0.html

Interdum feror cupidine partium magnarum Interioris Sphæræ vincendarum...

 

Register