Andiron

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Andiron (Helbrent)
Andiron neighbouring systems
Andiron neighbouring systems
System information
X:Y Coordinates -424.48 : -47.39[e]

The Andiron system - also known at various points in time as the Helbrent system - is the location of at least one habitable world and as at 3145 was an independent system in the Periphery near the border between the Free Worlds League, Lyran Commonwealth and Marian Hegemony.[1][2]

System Description[edit]

The Andiron system is located near the Dierdre's Den and Son Hoa systems.[1][2]

System History[edit]

Originally appearing on maps as the Helbrent system, the system was colonised at some point prior to the end of the Age of War and formed a part of the Timbuktu Province of the Rim Worlds Republic.[3][4] At the height of the Star League era the Helbrent system was a part of the new Erdvynn Province of the Republic,[5][6] but was conquered by the Lyran Commonwealth during the 2773-2775 Republic-Commonwealth War.[7]

The Helbrent system vanished from maps during the Second Succession War,[8][9] indicating that the system had been depopulated, abandoned, or rendered too insignificant for Inner Sphere nations to continue reporting its location. The system subsequently reappeared on maps during the Third Succession War, but had been renamed the Andiron system, and appeared as a part of the Bandit Kingdom known as the Circinus Federation.[9][10]

Political Affiliation[edit]

Planetary History[edit]

The Reunification War[edit]

By 2582 the Rim Worlds Republic had been in a state of civil war for six years. Located on Helbrent were the Sixth Amaris Legionnaires, a formation that had remained loyal to First Consul Gregory Amaris. The Star League Defense Force had initiated Operation MAILED FIST, the Star League intervention to restore Amaris to power, in mid-2581, but the SLDF plans had been forced to change after a deep raid by the Fourth Amaris Fusiliers had managed to strike the Lyran Commonwealth interior world of Alarion.[47]

The result was the reorganization of the SLDF forces and their auxiliaries into three battlegroups, each responsible for the pacification of one of the three provinces that made up the Rim Worlds Republic.[48] Helbrent and the Sixth Legionnaires were the first targets of the battlegroup assigned to pacifying the Timbuktu Province, and the SLDF deployed IV Corps - which actually consisted of little more than the Eleventh Royal Division at the time - to the battle for Helbrent.[49]

Combat operations began in July 2582, and proceeded far more quickly than the Eleventh had planned for, thanks to the Sixth Legionnaires choosing to deploy their heavy armor to contest the Eleventh's landing, a poor decision that led to the Eleventh quickly defeating the bulk of the Sixth. By the end of the third day after landing the Eleventh had notionally secured Helbrent, but the Royal Division found itself faced with another problem; the Eleventh's infantry forces were six weeks away from deploying, making keeping control of Helbrent difficult until there were enough boots on the ground to exercise effectively control of the captured territory.[48]

The Jihad[edit]

While the last major strongholds of the Word of Blake were being scoured by the Principality of Regulus the Lyran Commonwealth took the opportunity to launch a raid against the Blakists on Andiron, hoping to secure as many samples of advanced technology as possible. The Fourteenth Lyran Guards were assigned to the mission and began by dropping two companies of troops into a hilly region north of the main planetary spaceport. The Blakist forces attacked the Fourteenth, but could find only conventional units and infantry in the area; nevertheless, battles between the Fourteenth and the local garrison continued for two weeks before the BattleMech and fast vehicle elements of the Fourteenth struck directly at the Blakist main repair depot, which was also serving as their main staging area. The Fourteenth managed to enough equipment to equip almost two companies as well as tons of assorted supplies and parts before leaving Andiron.[50]

The Forty-ninth Shadow Division bombarded Andiron from orbit on the 30th of November 3080. The attack - for which no reason has yet been uncovered, despite the Circinus Federation evidently being a Blakist ally during the Jihad - destroyed Andiron's capital city, spaceport and planetary water purifiers.[51]

Military Deployment[edit]

2581[edit]

2765[edit]

3067[edit]

Local Fauna[edit]

Notes[edit]

It was confirmed that Helbrent and Andiron were one and the same by the Catalyst Game Labs writing staff.

Nearby Systems[edit]

Systems within 60 light-years (distance in light years)
Closest systems first:
Son Hoa 11.4 Diedre's Den 16.6 Baltazar III 19.8 Althastan 22.7
Madiun 26.3 Choex 30.0 Teyvareb 35.1 Shahr Kord 36.8
Clayborne II 37.5 Erdvynn 39.0 Stantsiya 40.0 Khon Kaen 40.1
Circinus 40.8 Hardisey's Haven 45.4 Thadora's Land 47.3 Poulsbo 51.7
Starshine 51.8 Calvados 53.5 Sarikavak 55.7 Nightwish 56.3
Rajkot 56.4 Ilzra 56.4 Yidtall 59.2

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Era Report: 3145, p. 38, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Field Manual: 3145, p. VI, "Inner Sphere - [3145] Map"
  3. 3.0 3.1 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 18, "Rim Worlds Republic after Age of War - [2571]"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Handbook: House Steiner, p. 25, "Lyran Commonwealth after Age of War - [2571] Map"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 25, "Rim Worlds Republic at the Fall of the Star League - [2750] Map"
  6. 6.0 6.1 Era Report: 2750, p. 36, "Inner Sphere - [2750] Map"
  7. 7.0 7.1 Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 37, "The Republic-Commonwealth War"
  8. 8.0 8.1 Handbook: House Steiner, p. 36, "Lyran Commonwealth after First Succession War - [2822] Map"
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 Handbook: House Steiner, p. 40, "Lyran Commonwealth after Second Succession War - [2864] Map"
  10. 10.0 10.1 Handbook: House Steiner, p. 47, "Lyran Commonwealth after Third Succession War - [3025] Map"
  11. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 13, "Lyran Commonwealth at their Founding - [2341] Map"
  12. Handbook: House Marik, p. 24, "Free Worlds League after Age of War - [2571] Map"
  13. Historical: Reunification War, p. 158, "Inner Sphere - [2596] Map"
  14. Field Manual: SLDF, p. vii, "Inner Sphere - [2764] Map"
  15. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 10, "Inner Sphere - [2765] Map"
  16. Field Report 2765: Periphery, p. 38, "Rim Worlds Army Deployment Map - [2765]"
  17. Field Report 2765: Lyran Commonwealth, p. 25, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces Deployment Map - [2765]"
  18. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 1, p. 104, "Rim Worlds Republic - [2767] Map"
  19. Historical: Liberation of Terra Volume 2, pp. 122-123, "Inner Sphere - [2822] Map"
  20. Handbook: House Marik, p. 34, "Free Worlds League after First Succession War - [2822] Map"
  21. Handbook: House Marik, p. 38, "Free Worlds League after Second Succession War - [2864] Map"
  22. The Periphery (sourcebook), p. vii, "Maps of the Periphery"
  23. Handbook: House Marik, p. 42, "Free Worlds League after Third Succession War - [3025] Map"
  24. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 56, "Lyran Commonwealth after Fourth Succession War - [3030] Map"
  25. Handbook: House Marik, p. 51, "Free Worlds League after Fourth Succession War - [3030] Map"
  26. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 59, "Lyran Commonwealth after War of 3039 - [3040] Map"
  27. Historical: War of 3039, p. 132, "Inner Sphere - [3040] Map"
  28. Era Report: 3052, p. 10, "Inner Sphere - [3050] Map"
  29. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 61, "Lyran Commonwealth after Clan Invasion - [3052] Map"
  30. Era Report: 3052, p. 22, "Inner Sphere Map - [3052] Map"
  31. Era Report: 3062, p. 10, "Inner Sphere - [3057] Map"
  32. Handbook: House Marik, p. 54, "Free Worlds League after Operation Guerrero - [3058] Map"
  33. The Periphery, 2nd Edition, p. 110, "Rim Collection & Circinus Federation"
  34. Era Report: 3062, p. 28, "Inner Sphere - [3063] Map"
  35. Inner Sphere (sourcebook), p. 98, "Near Periphery Kingdoms"
  36. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 169, "Circinus Federation - [3067] Map"
  37. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 70, "Lyran Commonwealth after FedCom Civil War - [3067] Map"
  38. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 42, "Inner Sphere - [3067] Map"
  39. Handbook: House Marik, p. 56, "Free Worlds League after FedCom Civil War - [3067] Map"
  40. Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents, p. 64, "Inner Sphere - [3075] Map"
  41. Field Report: LAAF, p. 19, "Lyran Commonwealth Armed Forces Deployment Map - [August 3079]"
  42. Field Report: FWLM, p. 17, "Free Worlds League Military Deployment Map - [August 3079]"
  43. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 62, "Inner Sphere - [3081] Map"
  44. Field Manual: 3085, p. vii, "Inner Sphere Map - [3085] Map"
  45. Map of the Inner Sphere 3130
  46. Era Report: 3145, p. 10, "Inner Sphere - [3135] Map"
  47. Historical: Reunification War, p. 132-133, "Alarion (December 2581)"
  48. 48.0 48.1 Historical: Reunification War, p. 133, "Island Hopping (2582-2590)"
  49. Historical: Reunification War, p. 132-133, "Alarion (December 2581)"
  50. Field Manual: 3085, p. 101, "Fourteenth Lyran Guards"
  51. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 61, "The Jihad In Review"
  52. Historical: Reunifcation War, p. 128, "Reunification War: Rim Worlds Republic Front Deployments (2581)"
  53. Field Report 2765: Periphery, p. 19, "Republican Guards - Divisional Status"
  54. Mercenaries Supplemental II, p. 65, "Mercenary Deployment Table"
  55. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 180, "Creatures"

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