Akira Brahe (b. 3001 - d. 307?) was a mercenary MechWarrior and officer with blood ties to the ruling Kurita family of the Draconis Combine; he is the son of Sula Brahe-Kurita and Yorinaga Kurita.
Akira was tall, with brown hair; he had a bronze complexion, a strong-boned face, and brown Asian eyes. These features clearly show his Rasalhague-Scandinavian heritage.
First born as Akira Kurita, the young man was raised in the Rasalhague Military District of the Draconis Combine. He attended preparation school up to age 15 where he was to attend the Sun Zhang Academy. However, he was expelled from school in 3016 when word of his father’s disgrace arrived.
He and his mother were later sold into slavery by order of the Rasalhague Military District’s Lord Marcus Kurita, following the direction of Coordinator Takashi Kurita. His grandfather Gustav Brahe "rescued" him and his mother by purchasing them. After giving permission for his mother to commit suicide, he officially adopted Akria as his son.
Akira was sent to Alshain where he got a job learning to pilot 'Mechs off the assembly line for the Alshain Weapons Factory. He avoided contact with rebels and dissidents and instead concentrated on learning to pilot. After three years of piloting 'Mechs and learning to repair them, he was promoted to test-pilot fully operational 'Mechs. He was noted by factory designers to have a natural intuition for piloting 'Mechs.
After three years of test piloting for Alshain, Yakuza raided the factory Akira worked at and stole some 'Mechs. Akira took the controls of a Grand Dragon, which had been prepared for a morning combat test. Though this was his first engagement, he expertly closed in on them through darkened alleys as they tried to escape with four Panthers. The Yakuza thieves had little fighting skills, and Akira downed one of the stolen machines. The others tried to save their comrade, but were no match for him and were defeated. The ISF was shamed by the fact that they earlier rejected him as a MechWarrior, yet he had successfully stopped four 'Mechs at once. The ISF decided to reward him with a "promotion", by arranging his transfer into the Legion of Vega.
In service to the Draconis Combine Mustered Service and Genyosha
Akira was given a half-operational Dragon BattleMech and put into the 11th Legion of Vega under the command of Theodore Kurita. He was placed into a mixed-blood Rasalhague lance. He and the lance were part of a raid sent to the Lyran world of Ryde. He was given a "suicidal" order by his Chu-i, however he disobeyed it because it made no tactical sense. As his Chu-i died in the retreat from the raid, Akira was elected to replace him. Akira cut a deal with his fellow lancemates to work together to succeed. He worked hard to prove himself so they would not try dispose of him. Though his valiant efforts, he and his lance had to salvage, scrounge or outright steal parts to bring their 'Mechs back to fully operational status. In the course of his career with the 11th, he managed to manipulate ISF informers and thus solidify his power base in the unit.
In October, 3027 Akira came to the notice of Chu-sa Narimasa Asano and Sho-sa Tarukito Niiro. They believed that Akira would be able to bring Genyosha's company of Rasalhague-native MechWarriors together. Akira met with his father for the first time in years, and told him he wanted to see the officers who secured his place in Genyosha. He recited his accomplishments and history to his future commanding officer. Yorinaga asked Akira if he would obey a command to commit seppuku. Akira proudly removed his robe to reveal his bare chest and abdomen. He asked that his father would stand as his second if possible. Yorinaga, smiling at him, ordered Asano and Niiro to prepare a place for Chu-sa Brahe. When alone, Yorinaga asked why Akira bore his mother's last name. Akira painfully explained that it was his adopted father's last name and his mother committed suicide; it was the only way to save him from following her to death. He shortly later took command of the Rasalhague 'Mech company, becoming a formal member of the Genyosha.
Discovery on Terra
In August 3028, Akira joined his father and traveled to Terra with the Coordinator to witness the wedding of Hanse Davion and Melissa Steiner. They traveled from Savannah, Georgia's spaceport to Hilton's Head Island, the headquarters of ComStar.
While on Terra, he took a tour of ComStar's facilities, and while on the tour he meet young woman named, Riva Allard. The two quickly became friends while on the tour. During the tour they decided to do their own investigation of facilities. They noticed a smell, which Akira identified as 'Mech coolant. They were soon discovered, but they managed to fool the Acolytes that they were having a lovers' dispute. Riva smacked Akira into one four robed men; when he was pushed into one of the Acolyte, Akira discovered that one of them was wearing a MechWarrior's cooling vest under his robes. He decided to not tell Riva and said he needed to investigate further.
Late that night, Akira prepared to further investigate the secret facilities. He assembled a dismantled Katana from his luggage and drew a map of where he would be going. He then went to the seaside complex where he and Misha smelled the 'Mech coolant. He climbed down into a vent that had been disguised as part of the rocky shore; deep inside the vent he discovered an amazing sight: a massive cache hanger, with almost countless rows of BattleMechs of various size and shape, all of which were painted in gleaming white, and bore the emblem of ComStar. Alarmed and shocked by the sight that ComStar was in possession of such a powerful army of 'Mechs, he quickly tried to return to the surface. Akira was found and attacked by a ComStar foot patrol and was stunned. However, his father, along with Colonels Morgan Kell and Jaime Wolf arrived just in time to take out the patrol men before they could alert anyone. His father came and helped Akira up as the colonels disposed of the bodies. Akira turned to his father and said:
|“||Down there, I got a look beneath ComStar's façade. The Word of Blake is bound by steel…||”|
The next day, he and his father met with two colonels. Morgan told them that one of the patrol men who attacked him was a former Periphery pirate, because he still had his pirate tattoo marking on him. At his father's urging, Akira told them what he found. Wolf asked if they are building their own 'Mechs, and Akira responded that based on his factory experience, he saw no equipment that indicated that were being assembled, but rather were being kept only for storage. Yorinaga told them he had not and would not inform the Coordinator of the situation. They all mutually agreed keep quiet about what Akira saw. Akria's father spoke to Morgan regarding his action with his brother, Patrick Kell, and regretted having to kill him. The two men talked and had a heated exchange about their shared new ability to fight without being harmed on the battlefield. Akira is confused by the exchange between Kell and his father, since they spoke to each other in vague terms. He asked Colonel Wolf what they talking about, and Wolf said that next time they meet each other in battle, they will fight to the death.
4th Succession War
The Genyosha went to the Davion world of Northwind to aid the Combine units there. They quickly realized that the Combine forces' leader, General Palmer Conti, had lead his 5th Sword of Light and the 36th Dieron Regulars to attack the Kell Hounds' Third Battalion, Bradley's Bravos. This appeared to be attempting to steal glory from the Genyosha.
On [Month?] 11th, ????, Akira's company engaged elements of Team Banzai's battalion, the Blue Blazers in their attempt to attack General Conti's command headquarters. Akira engaged the last of the enemy 'Mechs, a Phoenix Hawk; he was able to force the pilot to eject. Akira admired his work, and he found it strange that these warriors had fought so honorably. The unit he fought had sacrificed themselves to save their own people. This conflicted with what Akira had heard about mercenaries in the Combine ranks (which was that they were dishonorable, money grabbing warriors for hire). He later noticed Kuritan soldiers roughhousing a captured pilot. Akira then stoped the infantry unit's commander with his Orion from slaying the MechWarrior pilot he just had downed. He and his unit are recalled to the 5th's headquarters where they are confronted by General Conti and his ISF handler Hassan Fraud who had been attempting to gain control over the Genyosha. Tai-sho Conti called for everyone to assemble for a talk regarding Akira's dispute about executing mercenary soldiers. Akira confronted the ISF agent Fraud and his agency's reasons for doing these illegal acts. Conti "regrettably" told him that the orders came from the Coordinator. The order was created to discourage any mercenaries to fight the DCMS. Fraud gloated over Akira, and stated that he was surprised Akira was not willing to execute the "so-called" Kell Hounds they had captured. He told Akira that they just received word that Genyosha's base on Nashira was totally destroyed by Kell Hound sister units.
The Hunt for the Kell Hounds
In late April, the Genyosha journed back to their base that was located on Nashira. Akira accompanied his father to the top of the base's only standing structure. From the top of the building, he looked over the ruined base, and some of the buildings that had not been flattened completely had been changed into odd structures. His father explained that the base had been made into an over-sized star map for the Genyosha to follow. The building they were standing on was to represent Terra. He then pointed out that the map was where worlds would be positioned in June, and that one of the piles of bricks stood for the Lyran world of Ryde. He then recited why he and Morgan were destined to fight.
His father told him of his battles in 3013 and later 3016 with Morgan Kell. When he was in command of the 2nd Sword of Light's 2nd Battalion, he battled and killed Prince Ian Davion in an assault on Mallory's World. However, that Kell Hounds force stopped him long enough retrieve the prince, which robbed him of his greatest victory. He said later that despite rumors of his disgrace, Coordinator Takashi Kurita promoted him to Tai-sa (Colonel), and gave him full command of the 2nd Sword. This was a great honor, but he still felt disgraced by the Kell Hounds' actions. His only goal now was to destroy the Kell Hounds for what they had done.
Akira's father went on to explain that three years later, on Mallory's World, he met the Kell Hounds again on purpose. He lead the 2nd Sword and the 36th Dieron Regulars in an effort to track down and kill the mercenaries. After finding Kell, the Colonel marched his 'Mech from his defensive position and initiated a duel challenge according to busidio tradition. Yorinaga told Akira details of their battle; he said that Morgan's strange abilities developed at the last moments of the fight, but Yorinaga had not noticed at the time. Morgan then used the rules of the duel to defeat him. Yoringa explained his infamous haiku: it was a reflection of his discovery. He believed that Morgan Kell's method of defeating him was the mythical yellow bird. Yorinaga explained that his duel with Morgan Kell showed the Draconis Combine's restriction to busidio tradition, would lead to the destruction of the Draconis Combine.
In June, the Genyosha arrived on Ryde to only find the Kell Hounds had not arrived. His father ordered the re-creation of the battlefield where Kell had fought him. Shortly afterward, Genyosha forces captured a militia scout; Akira forced the scout, who was a Lieutenant, to contact his headquarters at the city of Heavy's Gate and convince them to not attack the Genyosha. He then handed a holovid tape to be sent via HPG to Morgan Kell regarding where they wanted to meet next. Yoringa requested Morgan Kell to meet him on the world of Nusakan.
In August, the Genyosha were called to a meeting on Moore by Prince Theodore Kurita. At the meeting, Theodore Kurita explained his plan to strike at heart of the Isle of the Skye region of the Lyran Commonwealth. With the rebellious Lyran noble Aldos Lestrate disarming the region, Theodore could take the entire Isle in one sweep. The attack would be launched from the Lyran world of Dromini VI, and Nekekami assassins which infiltrated the militia's security, would allow for an easy victory.
On October 24, the Genyosha landed on Nusakan, where they found 5th Sword of Light had arrived ahead of them and had been fighting the Kell Hounds for a grueling 20 hours. Akira contacted his father and asking him why they were rushing to the battle. He thought that his father was worried that the Conti would steal his victory from him. His father stated that with Morgan Kell's skills, there was little chance of his defeat. He rushed in to save the Coordinator the embarrassment of losing an entire elite regiment. Akira became frustrated by the Coordinator's actions and the Combine's treatment of his father. He asked why they should care about the Coordinator's honor when he continued to dishonor them and tried to stop them from regaining their honor. His father then scolded him and stated that the one who defends the Dragon's honor is the Coordinator.
Akira was shocked by the scene he saw: in a desert valley lay the carnage left over from the battle that continued to play out on Nasaka's equatorial desert. As Akira moved further into a bowel-like depression, he saw operation units of the Kell Hounds and the 5th Sword standing on opposite edges watching a one-on-one duel. Fighting in the depression was the Sword's commander Tai-Sho Conti, who was in a physical battle with the Kell Hounds' 3rd Battalion commander, Scott Bradley. Akira realized that Bradley was fighting to avenge his men lost to Conti's assault on Northwind. Conti's Banshee wrestled Bradley's Cyclops to the ground. Both combatants lost their Mechs' legs' actuators in the struggle, but Bradley managed to move his 'Mech on top of Conti's downed Banshee. Bradley ripped the cockpit from its body, but Conti ejected from it just in time. Akira wass amazed that mere mercenaries, whom Coordinator had ordered to death, had fought so hard to honor those who had been killed. 
After the Hound's victory, Akira watched his father's 'Mech approach in the now-cleared area. Just then, Morgan Kell entered the area in his Archer, and the two bowed to each other and began a duel to the death. Akira listened to exchange between the two, and Colonel Kell told Yorinaga that his ability was a curse. It has made him invincible on the battlefield, but it is a burden that he has tried to run from. He offered for Yoringa to walk away from this and to return to exile. He refused because it would dishonor him. Yorinaga told Kell that the way of the warrior is to be the best they possibly can be. The Colonel responded to him that it will only lead to death, and that death honors no one. Morgan said to Yoringa that he will not kill him. Akira watched as his father fired his PPCs at Kell's Archer as he closed in on him. In an attempt to keep his primary weaponry in range, Yoringa and Kell's Mech's danced around wildly. Yorinaga fired his entire 'Mech's arsenal into Morgan's Archer, causing it stumble to one knee. After countless, withering attacks, Kell stood his 'Mech up and bowed to Yorinaga. Akira's father started to bow his 'Mech, but it seized from high-heat and weapon use. Over the radio, Akira listened to Kell ask Yorinaga for his forgiveness of him acting like a coward in their battle (by refusing to fire). He believed that if he had fired his weaponry they both would have died. Akira heard the sincerity in his father's voice as he apologized that only now he saw that the way of the sword is not the way. He stated that there is no shame to lose to a better warrior, and their shared ability was not the apex of being a warrior. He saw now that Kell’s actions of winning without having to fight was the ultimate apex of the warrior.
Later that day, Akira assisted his father in his seppuku ceremony, with all three combatants witnessing it. Before the ceremony, Akira told the crowd that his father had not been treated fairly by the Combine, especially by the Coordinator himself. He then pointed to Tai-Sho Palmer Conti and stated that he is an example of the corruption that now grips the Combine. He also explained how the Genyosha were given meager tasks instead of being treated as an elite unit. He even claimed that here more honor in the Colonel's actions and deeds than in the Coordinator's. With that speech, he resigned from the Genyosha and pledged his honor to Colonel Kell if he would take him. Chu-sa Asano stepped up and proclaimed that he also felt the same way, but he would wait for the Coordinator's problems to end. He told the Genyosha troops that they may leave as well to follow Akira without fear. Akira's Rasalhague Company members followed him and joined the Kell Hounds; Colonel Kell soon welcomed Akira to the unit.
- Akira was noted for piloting an Orion BattleMech during his service with House Kurita throughout the 4th Succession War. He was a gifted BattleMech pilot, capable of putting the Panther 'Mechs he tested on Alshain through moves that the factory line engineers could not believe were possible.
- Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 90 - "Akira Brahe Profile"
- Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 91 - Akira Brahe profile - "Akira is dying of Ockham’s Blood Disease with 24-36 months to live as of 3077".
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 61: Akira discusses his origins with his father and his command staff
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 60: Akira's description is given
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 61: Akira relates to his being expelled and dishonored from school on word of Yorinaga’s disgrace
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 64: Akira tells of his adoption after his mother’s death
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 60: Narimasa Asano introduces Akira to his father
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 62: Akira recounts how he entered 11th Legion of Vega
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 58-59: Chu-sa Asano and Sho-sa Niiro bring Akira to be approved for joining the Genyosha by its commander, Yorinaga Kurita
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 61-62: Akira goes over his history with his "commanding officer" Yorinaga Kurita and fate of his mother
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 166: Akira is seen with the Coordinator at Hanse Davion's wedding on Terra
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 184: Akira and Riva Allard smell 'Mech coolant in one of the ComStar buildings while on tour.
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 185: He promises Riva he will tell her what he discovers when he investigates it further.
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 188-189: Akira assembles a hidden Katana sword and heads sneaks down into sea-side training facility on ComStar's island
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 192: Akira discovers the Star League era Army of BattleMechs in Colors of Comstar under Comstar's Hilton's Head Island
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 194: Mercenary Colonels Morgan Kell and Jaime Wolf help Yorinaga Kurita save his son from ComStar.
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 200: Akira tells Colonel Wolf and Kell that ComStar facilities appear to be storage, not assembly plant
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 202: Akira asks Colonel Wolf what Morgan Kell and his father Yorinaga were talking about.
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 294: Akira witness Major Scott Bradley attempting avenge the 5th Deneb Light Cavalry, for letting the 5th Sword rips up them up while they were garrisoning Northwind
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 316: Akira states after his father's seppuku ceremony that he is disgusted with way the Dragon has been behaving and points to Conti as a glory seeker and a sign of corruption of the House Kurita
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 276-277: Genyosha fights Blue Blazers battalion of Team Banzai
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 278: Akira rescues Team Banzai MechWarrior from being executed by infantry foot soldiers
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 277: Akria thinks to himself of the situation of the ISF Liaison agent supervising the 5th Sword of Light and the 36th Dieron Regulars trying to influence control over the his unit
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 281: Fraud informs the dismayed Akira, that Kell Hounds have destroyed Genyosha's base on Nashira
- Warrior: Coupé, pp. 58-60: Yorinaga tells Akira by surveying the ruins of their base, that its map of where they should go meet the Kell Hounds.
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 62: Yorinaga tells the battle against Ian Davion and how Morgan Kell stole his greatest victory from him
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 65: Yorinaga tell Akira, his duel with Morgan Kell showed busidio tradition could lead to downfall of the Draconis Combine
- Warrior: Coupé, pp. 135-137: Lt. Rhinestag convinces his commanding officer that Genyosha appear to be non-hostile at gun point.
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 211: Archon Katrina Steiner thinks about Yorinaga message to Morgan Kell that call him away from Skye to Nusakan for his due
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 184: Akira's father Yorinaga Kurita attends the meeting for invasion of Isle of the Skye
- Warrior: Coupé, pp. 292-293 - Chu-sa Akira Braha discusses situation on Nusakan with his father Tai-sho Yorinaga Kurita
- Warrior: Coupé, pp. 294-295: Akira recognizes Scott Bradley from Northwind, is personal fight to honor men loss on Northwind, where Conti fight without honor
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 306: Morgan Kell and Yorinaga Kurita speak one another prior to their last duel. Kell stating he will not kill Yorinaga
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 308: Exhausted Yorinaga realizing he had been wrong to continue his vendetta, that losing to Kell was not something to be fell shamed
- Warrior: Coupé, pp. 317-318: Akira Brahe tells troops at his father's seppuku ceremony that he disgusted with Combine treatment of father and pledges himself to the service of the Kell Hounds