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Battletech CYOA – Ghostrider Revenants

Paulo Brito

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In early 3066 all HPG contact with the CC and FWL stops. A few messages arrive via black Box systems reporting heavy fight and / or coups and massive use of chemical weapons. During the months of February and Mars only two ships exit these nations – one Invader arrive at Velhas and a Zechetinu II in real bad state at Loric, both in the FC. Both report tales of a massive coup executed by the WoB with massive use of infiltrators and nerve gas. Many of the Warships and heavy regiments of the CC and FWL are dead, killed by massive surprise attacks using nerve agents, warships captured by infiltrators and the ruling people killed by nerve agents or bombs.

By end of Mars all Black Boxes in both nations are silent - indicating nothing good to the agents that have then.

Even before this – starting in 3062 to be exact – both the MoC and the OA reversed they politics of don’t produce warships or produce as few as possible. The fact that all major military operations now include then and all nations and clans have show then turned necessary to also have then and in much bigger numbers than planned. So, the local shipyards start to produce warships – in both cases Concordat frigates and Clemenceau carriers. Both also start to produce in great numbers an modernized version of the Dragonfly MM-2 ASF. Only the Aurigan Reach is too poor – and don’t have any shipyard capable – to start production of warships. But they already have accords with Althea’s for leasing several Lafayette’s.

After the first Diamond Shark Potemkin – CDS Poseidon – arrived at Althea’s for trade, the capability of such ship is understand by all and studies for an even bigger, more capable ship – capable of carrying more dropships and with at least as much cargo capability even if with a reduced weapons system start studies.

Experimentation with using dropships to carry extra L-F batteries to expand the range of jumpships and warships show that exist many more problems that initially thought. Not only the connection via K-Boom work badly, but after the third consecutive jump all the hardware related to the jump show signals of stress and even people that until now don’t show any TDS is affected badly. In the end is considered too risky, costly and with too many limitations to be useful.
 

Paulo Brito

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After the first wave of news and refugees from the CC and FWL, a few new ones start to arrive to the PA and FC. Apparently the success of the WoB coup is not as complete as the first impressions imply. While the ruling families and first line units – and almost all of the warships – have indeed been taken by surprise and captured or killed, several second line units and at least a very few warships survived and are right now still fighting against WoB. In the case of the spy rings inside both nations, is apparent that WoB has developed ways to track / triangulate Fax machines and silenced almost all cells.


By now – early April – both the FC and the Pa moved considerable forces – first line units supported by warships to the CC and FWL frontiers. The fact that caused a lot of delay / stress in the Clan front is a given.


By mid April the 6th, 7th and 8th Revenants RCT’s are presented – they are for now to be deployed in the Celentaro – Organo – Cyrton line that is under Althea's control.


While nobody has been interested in buying the Lafayette's build by the Althea's shipyards, the fact is that they are been made at a pace of five each year from the last five years – not counting the ones produced before – and during this crisis, several are deployed to the rest of the PA, freeing more capable warships to go to the CC- FWL front. After all, against pirates or even small raids the Lafayette class is more than enough to stop any adventurous force cold.


News that the FC are right now building an warship of the Mckenna class – with help from the Wolf-in-Exile no doubt – arrived to the Concordat. That is the catalyst to start the Samantha Calderon class (Mckenna Block III) production to supplement the Richelieu class. That is only possible because the Concordat has rebuild and even largely surpass is industrial capability from before the Reunification War – right now is by far the most advanced / industrialized nation in the Human Sphere and thanks to returning to the asteroid belts exploration, with more resources than all others combined. A thing that is maintained very quietly from obvious reasons.
 

Paulo Brito

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By June and with no clear winner in the CC-FWL-WoB fight, the PA and FC after quick consultations, start to provide support – mechs, ASF’s spares, ammo, fuel and medical supplies – to the loyalist forces. Soon, WoB discovers that and in retaliation send nasty virus to the opponents HPG networks. But, the new HPG network in the PA is immune and the only mildly affected are the older Comstar made stations – and even these are much less affected than WoB hope because the upgrades received. In the FC the effect is more serious – because of the size of the nation and the fact that much of the HPG’s are still from Comstar construction – but even there, the security upgrades minimize the damage.


FC start to deploy the Conquistador dropship in at least three variants – standard / command, carrier (Avalon One) and pocket warship (Blockade Runner).


In the Concordat the Lee received a massive refit – replacing all weapons with clan variants – the AC20 are replaced by LBX-20 for example, and the Medium lasers to MPL, the armor is upgraded to Heavy Ferrous-Aluminum. A new pocket warship variant to supplement the one already existing that his capital missile heavy is added – this one with sub-capital weapons. Also the first prototype of a variant full AI manned of the new PW version start tests in Althea’s. This version replace the ASF’s with Voidseeker's.


For the first time, a Snowden variant is detected outside of the PA territory – the FC started to also use these to obtain extra resources.
 

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