Welcome to the Research Desk. If you have questions about how to accomplish something on BattleTechWiki or have a problem that needs to be solved by an administrator, please consider posting to the Admin's Page. If you have a research question, such as:
- "What was the name of that one non-Marik that became Captain-General in the war against the Sarna Supremacy?"
- "Who owns the BattleTech intellectual property?"
- "What year and where did the Longbow 'Mech first get made?"
...this is the place for you. While the answer may not be quick, our researchers should be able to provide you with the information you need, get you in touch with someone outside the University, or, ideally, a link straight to the relevant article here on the site.
Post your question under the break (newest at the top). Please be specific and remember to sign your request (by adding ~~~~ at the end).
 Research Desk: Ask your questions here
- Okay, I need a specific, all-encompassing word for things that are man-made, analogous as 'geography' is to nature structures. It has to be able to include cities, parks, nature preserves, memorials, facilities, etc. Purpose: to name a child page for such constructions to sit along side the "Geography of..." articles for planetary locations in system articles. Help?--Revanche (talk|contribs) 13:04, 17 March 2012 (PDT)
- Sounds like you're describing man-made landmarks. Could go with simply "Landmarks", but I don't think there's a single word in English that covers exclusively man-made landmarks. --Peregry 02:13, 30 March 2012 (PDT)
- After a reread of Operation Excalibur a question came into my head: since McCall had to rent a JumpShip, what happened to Captain Renfred Tor and his Invidious? (question modified because I found out the rest) --Dunkelfalke 15:56, 4 February 2010 (UTC)
 Previous (Answered) Questions
- Where can the original source material for Ragnar Magnusson's trial for a Ghost Bear ship's contents, and his subsequent capture, be found? The original question can be found here. Thank you. --126.96.36.199 15:42, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
- Try Field Manual: Warden Clans, in that first story in the front of the book. --188.8.131.52 18:58, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
- The specific piece of text the person was looking comes from Field Manual: Warden Clans pg 154 - Wardens of the Inner Sphere section of the Clan Wolf in Exile write-up. Cyc 22:25, 21 August 2009 (UTC)
- Is the Summoner an OmniMech version of the Thunderbolt? --Dunkelfalke 19:24, 10 September 2009 (UTC)
- Wolf's Dragoons Brian Cameron, what Hellbringer (Loki) configuration did he pilot? ---natercop
- Unknown. In the the lake ambush scene in Wolf Pack, his Hellbringer uses jump jets and two "big" lasers after clearing his arms from the water. No other types of weapons are used by Brian throughout the book. It is also stated that his Loki has advanced communications equipment. I would say it is a Hellbringer A if it weren't for the jumpjets and comm equipment. The other canon variants use tech that were not used in the time period in which the novel took place. Ulric Katarn 16:49, 1 July 2011 (UTC)
- Can someone give me some details about a Black Lion (starship) which was seen near Merope? When was this? Who saw it? Where did it go? Please give me the proper source (book and pagenumber) 184.108.40.206 22:29, 21 August 2009 (UTC) PS: one could write an article about this incident.
- That's the Tripitz. Per Comstar SB pg46: In 2979, ROM found out that the Taurian Concordat had stumbled over the abandoned Tripitz in a routine patrol of an empty star system "near New Vandenburg." The Tripitz was probably abandoned during the Amaris Crisis. The Taurians naturally hoped to recover it. The Capellans also learned of the Tripitz via their Maskirovka. Comstar sent in its then-dinky militia (First division of the "Comstar Guards and Militia") to destroy the Tripitz, since the Tripitz represented a balance-changing high-tech unit in the 3rd Succession War. The Comstar units were painted white to hide their identities, hence the "White Wings" legend. The Taurians fought the unidentified white aerospace fighters, but the Comstar Star League technology prevailed despite a lack of combat experience. Comstar won with only 3 losses; it recovered its losses (to hide the evidence) and set about destroying the Tripitz. The Taurian recovery crew were left as witnesses to the whole event. Until the secularization of Comstar in the 3050s, the Inner Sphere thought that the White Wings were elements of Kerensky's Exodus Fleet - no one suspected Comstar. --Cray 12:14, 24 August 2009 (UTC)
- I have read the article Tripitz Affair and I'm pretty sure that these were two separate incidents. Merope and New Vanderburg are pretty far away from each other (besides being two different star systems). I have found this [page] in the web but I'm not sure about its accuracy. The dates of Merope and New Vandenburg are unclear (that's why I'm asking) and the label on New Vanderburg mentions "Aerospace fighter escorting 20 transports" and doesn't speak of the Tripitiz recovery at all.
- It could be be a simple mixup by part of the author or New Vandenburg truly had two separate incidents; first the escorted transports pass and later the recovery attempt of the Tirpitz which was denied by ComStar. 220.127.116.11 15:21, 24 August 2009 (UTC)
- I won't speculate upon the desertion and disappearance of the Clinton Cutthroats in the planet Verlo in 2870 because of unknown forces. I just wish to point out that these unknown forces had 4 jumpships and 7 droopships, all unmarked and in pristine conditions. This speaks of lots of resources (could be ComStar, another House, a major Periphery power, or you-know-who) and to keep this whole affair secret one has to have the loyalty of the crews (or ruthlessness to kill them all afterwards, but that's nonsense because trained crews are extremely expensive and valuable).
- But hear this: in 2970 the entire Home Guard militia Battalion of Xieng Khouang (right next door) was massacred by unknown forces. House Liao suspects that it was House Davion, but that's nonsense (if they had done it they would be bragging loudly about it). "Yea we destroyed these Liao pussy's. They never saw it coming." I mean why would Davion forces keep a victory secret?
- The two incidents could be unrelated to each other (100 years between them) but who knows.... 18.104.22.168 15:21, 24 August 2009 (UTC)
- According to Jihad Secrets: The Blake Documents (Page 114 left side IIRC) Clinton Cutthroats were recruited by ComStar and their descendants still guard the hidden five. --Dunkelfalke 16:02, 4 February 2010 (UTC)