The ranks of nobility created by his Peer List led to the formation of numerous feudal ruling families and was the foundation of many of the Great Houses of later centuries. In January 2007, they also published their first print anthology. $9.99 $ 9. It can also be considered an alternate history distinct from our own, since its point of divergence from the real world occurs in the past; this is not the focus of the series, though, and is more the result of real-world history overtaking the early years of the BattleTech timeline. Ulric knew that the other Clans wanted to renew the invasion, so he planned to severely weaken the strongest Crusader Clan to the point that it would not be able to break the Truce of Tukayyid. The SLDF forces, which included members of Clan Wolf-in-Exile as well as every member-state and many mercenaries, were startlingly successful in their assault. After a few more months of war, the two sides agreed to an uneasy truce, and the Interdiction was lifted. 99. A mysterious invading force strikes the coreward region of the Inner Sphere. At the beginning of the debate, the Wardens were dominant, but by about 3000, the Crusader faction began to dominate. The mercenary unit Gray Death Legion discovered a functional Star League-era memory core on the planet Helm in the Free Worlds League in 3028. In order to provide legitimacy to the New Star League, the Council decided to launch an invasion against the Clans and to utterly destroy one of them. 3052 saw other upheavals as Chancellor Romano Liao was assassinated by her sister, Candace and Prince Hanse Davion died of a heart attack upon learning of the betrothal of Romano's heir Sun-Tzu to Thomas Marik's illegitimate daughter, Isis. Because the Successor States no longer had the knowledge to produce or repair high-tech equipment that allowed them to communicate with and travel amongst the stars, the total war of the first two Succession Wars ended in an unspoken agreement that approximated a return to the Ares Conventions. In this vacuum, many local leaders formed minor states, though just as many worlds were plagued by internecine fighting between groups that supported various factions. Instead, they were fought over in set-piece engagements and the losers simply consoled themselves with the hope that would re-take the planet later. The Second Succession War had no distinct events beyond being of such a long period of destruction, almost making it not noteworthy. The dissatisfaction was manifested when Janos' son Thomas (who was presumed dead in the same blast that killed his father) reappeared and many MPs wanted to replace Duncan with him. Eventually, the war ended with the Allies successful and Katherine was sent into exile among Clan Wolf. This action used many of the JumpShips allotted to the region, so Archon-Prince Victor was unable to reinforce the worlds the Lyrans vacated. $18.99 $ 18. The Terran Hegemony, ruled by House Cameron, was at the center of the Inner Sphere, ruling a rough sphere centered around Terra. Moreover, large offensives were no longer the order of the day. The fires of this war wreaked havoc on human civilization, and lowered the technology level of the Inner Sphere drastically with actions such as orbital bombardments, nuclear weapons, the destruction of JumpShips, factories, and killing scientists. They then began to wage war to see who was worthy of the position. After Aleksandr Kerensky died in 2801, leadership fell to his son Nicholas, who began to reforge the SLDF into the Clans. The near-annihilation of the population of the Capellan world of Tintavel in 2412 exemplified the vicious excesses of the age, and led later that year to the adoption by all the major nations of the Ares Conventions. Okay! Political corruption and instability, and the economic strain of supporting its colonies, eroded support for the Terran Alliance, and in 2314 it descended into civil war. Still suffering from recent battles and unable to hold back the Houses and the coming darkness, Kerensky began an exile of all willing troops to leave known space, thus leaving the way open for the Succession Wars. By 2235, some 600 colonies had been established within 120 light years of Earth, but the difficulties maintaining authority over such far-flung worlds sparked the first rebellion against the Terran Alliance. Ultimately, Clan Wolf was the only clan to complete their objectives, though the Ghost Bears managed a draw by taking one city, which meant that the ComGuard was victorious, though at a stupendous cost. Unbeknownst to them, other Clans were maneuvering against the Smoke Jaguars, so no help was forthcoming. The dissatisfaction was manifested when Janos' son Thomas (who was presumed dead in the same blast that killed his father) reappeared and many MPs wanted to replace Duncan with him. Delayed by bureaucracy and logistical problems, as well as the Skye Crisis, which allowed the Combine to prepare for the war. Headed by House Cameron, though with the other five Houses given a place on the ruling Council, the organization promised an end to inter-House war (as well as some massive incentives to sign on to the deal, ranging from military support to technological aid). Marik initially refused, but had to relent when Davion offered Marik's son Joshua, who suffered from leukemia, a chance to recover with the help of treatment at the New Avalon Institute of Science. The republic crumbled in 2011, igniting a civil war that drew in NATO and saw the successful use of the Western Orbital Defense Network (WODeN), successor to the earlier SDI, to intercept a preemptive Russian missile attack against western targets. Clockwise around that, there was House Kurita's Draconis Combine, House Davion's Federated Suns, House Liao's Capellan Confederation, House Marik's Free Worlds League, and House Steiner's Lyran Commonwealth. The BattleTech saga spans the stars without losing sight of what makes us human, and depicts clashes between mighty BattleMechs without forgetting the warriors at their heart. Instead, they were fought over in set-piece engagements and the losers simply consoled themselves with the hope that they would re-take the planet later. Secondly creating a peaceful buffer state with the nascent Federated Commonwealth that covered approximately three-fourths of the Combine border. After this alliance was announced, ComStar brokered the Concord of Kapteyn, a shaky alliance between the three other Successor States. The outcast, unwanted, rebellious, the periphery most rag tag group people ever to exist. The Star League was composed of the Federated Commonwealth, Draconis Combine, Free Rasalhague Republic, Lyran Alliance, Free Worlds League, Capellan Confederation, and St. Ives Compact; with ComStar serving as a non-voting member. They finished the line and WizKids announced that they had purchased the BattleTech intellectual property. Five marginally habitable worlds were discovered, called the Pentagon Worlds. Unlike in the Fourth Succession War, the two nations had some time to integrate their commands, but since only having a decade and a single war where both sides had fought and won together with little interaction would not help the allies in the upcoming war. Terra, the cradle of civilization and only holding of ComStar, was the goal of each of the Clans. Though the war, originally planned to happen in less than a few years, turned into a decade as military planners realized that attacking the Draconis Combine would require deception on such an unmanageable scale to conceal troop movements. With the Republic being carved up by a Senate Alliance and foreign powers, newly-elected Exarch Jonah Levin announced Fortress Republic. At the Whitting Conference of 3064, the Free Worlds League nominated Word of Blake for membership in the Star League. During this time they developed everything from powered battle armor to genetics programs and artificial wombs for their trueborn warriors, to incredibly advanced military technology, far beyond that possessed by humans even in the heyday of the Star League. Victor returned to ComStar as Precentor Martial, and named his brother Peter and Lyran Archon and his sister Yvonne as Prince-Regent for her then-unconceived child. By the end of the Third War in 3025, any remaining vestiges of the Star League in the Inner Sphere were dust on the winds of history. This allowed them to fulfill their goal of sparking an in-universe arms race that allowed them to introduce new equipment into the tabletop war game. Ulric sent the strongest contingent of Wolves under the command of then-saKhan Phelan Ward to the Lyran Alliance to help defend against the Falcons in case his plan did fail. Battletech History 4 - I looked, and behold, an ashen horse; and she who sat on it had the name THE BITCH Battletech History 3 - Best Wedding Ever! As well as their obvious communications duties, ComStar is also the Inner Sphere's most important bank and money-mover, runs the Explorer Corps to catalog the deep periphery, runs the Mercenary Review and Bonding Commission, and keeps a massive force of over seventy regiments of Star League-era 'Mechs, the Com Guards, and the only fleet of space going WarShips hidden in case of a future crisis. In the end, it was a feint by Theodore Kurita that led Hanse Davion to believe his military was stronger than it was that convinced Davion to cease his offensive. In addition, a cache of Star League-era 'Mechs was given to the DCMS by ComStar, and several elite regiments helped formed and trained by Wolf's Dragoons fought for the Combine forces. He used the shock of his reappearance and his relative popularity to get many laws passed that centralized power in the Captain-General in a way that it never had been before. In fact, it was so bad the Victor retreated to the former Suns capital of New Avalon and left his sister Katherine as his regent on the Lyran capital of Tharkad. The Star League task force was successful, and the Clan Invasion was over. Hence Ulric was found guilty (though the point was moot). Unbeknownst to ComStar and the Draconis Combine, during the Fourth Succession War a series of devices called Black Boxes, essential in defeating the communication interdiction against the Federated Commonwealth imposed by ComStar during the fourth war, were to be used by FedCom troops to coordinate troop movements but were not. Known as the "Outer Reaches Rebellion" and led by the colony world of Denebola, it precipitated the downfall of the Alliance Parliament's Expansionist Party and swept the Liberal Party into power. The Republic of the Sphere was founded in 3081 and Stone took over many of the most hotly-contested worlds in an attempt to let peace have a chance. Until then, ComStar had been covertly aiding the Clans through their Precentor Martial, Anastasius Focht. Vehicles, infantry, power armour, aircraft and other unit types also exist. Unbeknownst to them, other Clans were maneuvering against the Smoke Jaguars, so no help was forthcoming. Thomas was soon able to return the rebellious Duchy to League authority, though it would be decades before he allowed them to regain any autonomous authority.[1]. However, the Star League was by far the more powerful of the sides, and their victory was probably inevitable, despite the heavy losses they suffered to win. With whole generations being raised, fighting, and dying during this era, they became used to constant warfare as the normal way things were supposed to be, and true peace seemed a dream. There are four basic categories, each with its own, distinct traits and features. The conventions imposed strict prohibitions on how and where war could be waged and what constituted legitimate targets, discouraged orbital bombardment, and also outlawed the use of most nuclear and biological weapons. Though no one knew it at the time, the leader of Clan Wolf had ordered the Dragoons to prepare the Inner Sphere for the coming invasion, and prepare they did. Even the commonwealth had problems with a rogue baron wishing not to give planets of the Commonwealth to another nation. When Joshua died of his leukemia in 3057, Archon-Prince Victor instituted the plan, though he simply wanted the refit packages to continue coming, and he apparently had no intention of having the double become Captain-General. Catalyst Game Labs Battletech: Clan Invasion Box Exp Set. I don't want the Battletech rules per se, though. At this point, the attack began to falter, as long-range communications and attack coordination became nearly impossible, although the Capellans were still unable to force back the FedSuns. A core of Clan Wolf still retained its independence however, in the form of Clan Wolf-in-Exile. Through the use of political manipulation, he initiated a challenge that Elias Crichell simply could not refuse: he called into question Crichell's status as a warrior. On Outreach in 3052, Prince Hanse Davion had convinced Thomas Marik to retool his factories to provide refit kits with Star League-era technology for sale to the Federated Commonwealth and Draconis Combine. In 2439, the Terran Hegemony found what they had all been looking for centuries - a true edge on the field of war. InMediaRes has since licensed the ability to publish new fiction set in the Classic BattleTech timeline on BattleCorps.com. Unlike the Capellans the Combine leader was not as paranoid of who was planning their certain demise and realized that the recently formed Federated Commonwealth could be the only true threat in the Combine's future. They then began to wage war to see who was worthy of the position. The Star League was composed of the Federated Commonwealth, Draconis Combine, Free Rasalhague Republic, Lyran Alliance, Free Worlds League, Capellan Confederation, and St. Ives Compact; with ComStar serving as a non-voting member. With most of the Star League forces gone what was left was forces loyal to the houses that they were either formed at, stationed, or even the case in a rare circumstances still believed in the ways of the Star League, still flying the banner of the Star League, only dealing with the houses as a nicety to survive. From original BATTLETECH/MechWarrior creator Jordan Weisman and the developers of the award-winning Shadowrun Returns series comes the next-generation of turn-based tactical 'Mech combat. After this alliance was announced, ComStar brokered the Concord of Kapteyn, a shaky alliance between the three other Successor States. These nations may have remained fairly stable, but they were incessantly at each other's throats, seeking every advantage they could find on the fields of battle. Near the ending of the Age of War, Ian Cameron led the formation of the Star League with help of the Free Worlds League and the Capellan Confederation. This war also saw the new Rasalhagians nation forced to hire mercenaries to defend itself, since it had no armed forces of its own yet. Their scientists had invented the BattleMech. Victor led his forces against the last remaining remnant of the Smoke Jaguars, including ilKhan Lincoln Osis, and defeated them, thus completing the annihilation of the Clan. Most Periphery States have a low level of technology, with only the largest approaching the early 30th century tech base. A 1997 coup d'état by hard-line communists restored a militant, Soviet-style government in Russia and sparked a "Second Cold War" with NATO that lasted until the start of peaceful reforms under premier Oleg Tikonov in 2005. When the invasion finally resumed under former Wolf Khan Ulric Kerensky, the forces of the Inner Sphere were much better prepared to combat them. At the beginning of the debate, the Wardens were dominant, but by about 3000, the Crusader faction began to dominate. She was soon thereafter ratified as Archon by the Estates General. This peace was a mere illusion, however, as the Capellan Crusades against the Republic proved in the 3090s. After Annihilating one of the Clans for daring to rebel against him and claim freedom from Clan structure, the new order established itself effectively. The Lyrans had retreated and the FedCom was unable to move troops to the region because it lacked the transport capacity, so the Sarna March became a no-man's land that was dubbed the Chaos March. Kerensky, seeing the battles between the Houses as only the beginning, left with approximately 80% of the Star League forces. Desperate to stave off invading, the Warden-minded Clan Wolf pushed for a compromise - they would send an old group of Star League 'Mechs to scout the Inner Sphere by disguising themselves as a mercenary group. I give you the Capellan Confederation! The Grey Death Legion made the unheard of gesture of freely and openly giving a copy of the memory core to all the great houses instead of keeping it to themselves. While Kerensky's warriors may not have been heard from in the Inner Sphere, they certainly continued to exist. Battletech History 2 - … Following his election as First Lord, Sun-Tzu Liao used his position to order SLDF troops into action to aid his House troops in the reintegration of the wayward state back into his nation by 3061. By the beginning of the twenty-second century the Western Alliance had grown to become the Terran Alliance, and despite discontent from some of its poorer constituents pursued an agenda of rapid technological development. This gave him the political clout he needed to rename his Clan "Clan Wolf," though he made it clear that this was a new Clan and not the same Clan Wolf that fought next to ilKhan Ulric. ComStar is the successor to the Star League's Ministry of Communications, and runs all of the Inner Sphere's HPGs, maintaining essential communications between every pair of star systems. Focht exploited a weakness in Clan strategy. Vandervahn Chistu's actions, however, were to have later implications on his attempt to absorb Clan Wolf and the leadership of Clan Jade Falcon. When her half-brother Thomas did nothing to save her, her brother-in-law Marshall Jeremy Brett of Tamarind attacked the Lyran world of Arcadia, though it failed to save any Marik who was serving with the unit and Thomas gave it back at the end of the war. Thus, the Clan Invasion ended. So, for more than a year, the Clans halted their invasion as their individual leaders returned to their home planets to regroup and select a new ilKhan, and then returned to continue with the invasion. Duncan prosecuted the war to reclaim Andurien somewhat successfully, but he alienated many members of Parliament in doing so. The Lyrans had retreated and the FedCom was unable to move troops to the region because it lacked the transport capacity, so the Sarna March became a no-man's land that was dubbed the Chaos March. The invasion succeeded beyond their wildest dreams. In August of 3049, the Inner Sphere began to hear of mysterious invaders using advanced technology, beyond that of even the Star League, in the reaches coreward of the Free Rasalhague Republic. At this point, the attack began to falter, as long-range communications and attack coordination became nearly impossible, although the Capellans were still unable to force back the FedSuns. I like the world of Battletech, the history, the tech, the sweep of politics and interstellar war. However, the SLDF, having been massively depleted in this war, no longer had the strength to hold the fractious Houses together, and eventually abandoned the Inner Sphere entirely in the great Exodus of the entire SLDF to the deep Periphery, not to be heard from again for three hundred years. It all started with a message Aleksandr Kerensky had sent out to the Exodus fleet after the first rebellion, telling the SLDF remnants that it was their duty to endure and to one day return to the Inner Sphere. Under Clan law, a new ilKhan could only be selected on the Clan homeworld of Strana Mechty, which was almost a year's travel time from the location of the Clan forces in the Inner Sphere. Upon the defeat of Clan Wolf, Elias Crichell, Khan of Jade Falcon was elected ilKhan of the Grand Council. Wolf-in-Exile however, remained in the Inner Sphere, retaining their independence, and following the wishes of their deceased Khan Ulric. The fighting was not just between the Combine, Rasalhague, and the ronin. Though the war, originally planned to happen in less than a few years, turned into a decade as military planners realized that attacking the Draconis Combine would require deception on such an unmanageable scale to conceal troop movements. 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