Carew Nygren

Carew Nygren
Born: c. 3028
Died:
Affiliation Clan Wolf
Clan Wolf-in-Exile
Profession/
occupation
Aerospace Fighter pilot

Carew Nygren (born c. 3028) was a distinguished Aerospace Fighter pilot who served with Clan Wolf during the Clan Invasion, and later served with Clan Wolf-in-Exile.

Personal History[edit]

Early Life and Career[edit]

Carew was trueborn, a product of House Nygren, with added genetic material won from House Malthus of Clan Jade Falcon in a Trial of Possession. Sometime later, it was revealed that the particular Malthus heritage claimed by the Wolves was merely a "cadet" heritage, and therefore was considered inferior despite the protestations of the Wolf Clan Scientist Caste to the contrary.[1] Carew was part of a diverse and ultimately highly prestigious sibko that included such future warriors as Ranna Kerensky, Vladimir Ward and Evantha Fetladral.[2][3] Although little is known of his early life, it may be postulated that he passed his Trial of Position with one kill.

Clan Invasion[edit]

Pilot Carew was among the Wolf Clan warriors selected to participate in Operation Revival. Based on his assignments, it may be assumed that he had gained the notice of Khan Ulric Kerensky by this time.

Phelan Kell[edit]

In late 3049, Carew and Vlad participated in the interrogation of Phelan Kell, who had been captured on The Rock in the Periphery. Carew effectively played "good cop" to Vlad's "bad cop", and was able to provide the Wolves with an impressive amount of strategic information on the Inner Sphere and its militaries.[4][5] After Kell was removed from interrogation, Carew assisted Ranna in preparing him for presentation to Khan Ulric aboard the Dire Wolf.[6] Carew served throughout the early phases of the invasion, and on 12 January, 3051, he was chosen to represent Clan Wolf's Aerospace pilots during Phelan's Ritual of Adoption into the Warrior Caste, opposing Cavell Malthus of Clan Jade Falcon, as the former mercenary became Phelan Wolf.[7]

During the journey back to the Clan Homeworlds, Carew, along with Ranna and Evantha, begain training Phelan in preparation for his new career as a Clan warrior. As Phelan was a MechWarrior, Carew trained him in anti-aircraft tactics.[8] Carew disclosed the story of his genetic history to Phelan on Strana Mechty, disclosing that because of the scandal of his Malthus genes, he would be an unlikely choice for a Trial of Bloodright nomination.[1] When the invasion resumed, Carew continued to serve with distinction. It was he who piloted Star Commander Phelan Wolf down to Gunzburg on 31 December, when Wolf was the sole bid to negotiate a surrender with the the infamous "Iron Jarl", Tor Miraborg.[9] Carew was attached to the 13th Wolf Guards under the overall command of saKhan Natasha Kerensky during the fighting on Satalice. There, he provided aerial recon for Phelan Wolf's Star, as they hunted for their remaining foe, who was later revealed to have been Ragnar Magnusson, the son of Elected Prince Haakon Magnusson. Carew was unable to locate Magnusson, and Wolf had him provide air cover.[10] On 8 February, 3052, Carew was among the observers of Phelan Wolf's first round match in a Trial of Bloodright for the Ward Bloodname. Phelan defeated the Elemental Dean in the contest.[11] Carew participated in the fighting on Hyperion, when he helped pin down a KungsArmé commando unit that was planning to blow up a dam.[12] Carew's training of Phelan would ultimately pay off, as the young MechWarrior defeated an AeroSpace opponent in the second round of his Bloodright challenge.[13]

Tukayyid[edit]

Main article: Battle of Tukayyid

Carew was again attached to the Wolf Spiders during the fighting on Tukayyid. On 6 May, Carew flew cover for Phelan in the skies near Skupo, when he managed to detect concealed Com Guard forces. He later supported Phelan's star in a series of bombing runs.[14][15][16] Three days later, Carew again provided air-cover against the 282nd Division. He and his wingman were forced to break off a strafing run when enemy fighters arrived on the scene.[17][18] His wingman, Virgil, was killed while he and Carew fought a pair of Rapier fighters.[19] Carew pressed on, shooting down one enemy craft and forcing another to retreat.[20][21] The Wolves were ultimately the sole Clan to emerge successful on Tuyakkid, and thus the Truce of Tukayyid went into effect.

Although not Bloodnamed at the time, or even holding officer rank, by the end of the invasion (if not sooner) Carew was serving in a prestigious assignment, serving in the Golden Keshik, the command Trinary of Alpha Galaxy, which was serving as the bodyguard unit for ilKhan Kerensky at the time. Carew was part of the Charlie Command Star, under the direct command of his sib-mate, Evantha Fetladral.[22]

Later Actions[edit]

In April 3055, Carew accompanied saKhan Phelan Ward on a diplomatic trip to Arc-Royal. There, he struck up a friendship with Phelan's sister, Caitlin Kell. By this point, Carew held the rank of Star Captain.[23][24][25] Later that same year, Phelan persuaded ilKhan Kerensky to allow Carew to command his escort Aerospace Star during the Red Corsair affair. Khan Ward did this with the reasoning that the ilKhan could exert influence to ensure Carew would receive a shot at the next Nygren Bloodright trial, a reasoning that Ulric accepted.[26] Carew alongside the Caitlin Kell and the Kell Hounds, first in orbit at Zanderij where they managed to destroy an Overlord-class DropShip, then on Arc-Royal, where he accounted for numerous kills. It was during the battle on Arc-Royal where Carew uncovered evidence that the Jade Falcons had been supplying the Corsair with equipment, evidence which he quickly shared with Khan Phelan.[27][28][29] Finally, Carew and Caitlin flew cover for the Hounds when the 31st Wolf Solahma went rogue on Elissa.[30]

Sometime after these events, Carew won the Nygren Bloodname.

Clan Wolf-In-Exile[edit]

As a Wolf Warden, Carew participated in the Refusal War in 3057, accompanying Phelan to Morges in the Inner Sphere where they defeated two Galaxies of Jade Falcons. Carew led the mass bombing run at the Bay of Broken Hope, helping to finish the Falcons off.[31]

In the immediate aftermath of the Refusal War, Carew Nygren continued to serve in the Golden Keshik, now part of Clan Wolf-in-Exile.[32]

Later Life and Career[edit]

Carew Nygren participated in the Battle of Tharkad at the end of the FedCom Civil War, accompanying Khan Phelan, the Golden Keshik and the Fourth Wolf Guards. Carew helped provide air cover throughout the campaign, giving the allies a decided advantage.[33]

By 3067, Carew remained a Star Captain and one of the best pilots among the Exiles, though by this time his age was beginning to slow his reflexes, and he began to rely more on cunning to maintain his position.[3]

Carew Nygren remained a distinguished member of Clan Wolf-In-Exile during the opening years of the Word of Blake Jihad. While on Arc-Royal on 19 October, 3068, Nygren wrote a summary of events from the previous year, including the breakdown of affairs in the Clan Homeworlds, the Blakists' disastrous attacks on many worlds, the operations of the Exiles on Outreach and elsewhere, and the apparent inaction of the Crusader Wolves under his sib-mate, Vlad Ward.[34]

Carew Nygren's ultimate fate is unpublished as of this writing.

Personality and Traits[edit]

Carew was physically described as having a shock of yellow hair, with a seemingly disproportionately large head for his body, which was the norm for Clan Aerospace Pilots.[6][11] As a warrior, he was consistently ranked among the elite of Clan Wolf, and was treated with the regard of a ristar even before he won his Bloodname. Based on his associations and reaction to Phelan Kell, he may be classified as a committed supporter of the Warden cause. His analysis of events of the start of the Jihad demonstrated an impressive understanding of the military and political situation of the time,[34] and suggest the potential makings of a future Loremaster.

Quotations[edit]

Kings of the battlefield? Hah! From where I sit, 'Mechs are nothing but targets.
  — Pilot Carew, Clan Wolf

Aerospace Fighters[edit]

Carew piloted a venerbale Visigoth OmniFighter, favoring the A configuration.[22][18][28][3]

Notes[edit]

  • The novel Lost Destiny strongly indicates that Carew saw action alongside the Wolf Spiders on Hyperion.[12] This is disputed elsewhere, as Hyperion apparently surrendered to a different command without a shot being fired.
  • The novels Blood Legacy and Lost Destiny, as well as the Tukayyid (scenario pack), all consistently portray Carew as operating as part of the 13th Wolf Guards (The Wolf Spiders) on multiple occasions throughout the fifth wave of the invasion, including and up through the Battle of Tukayyid.[10][14][17][20][15][16] This is disputed, as the Wolf Clan Sourcebook shows that Carew was not only not part of it at the Cluster at the time of Tukayyid, but that the Thirteenth was entirely without its own attached fighter support.[35]

Game Notes[edit]

Carew was rated an Elite Clan pilot during the Clan Invasion.[22] Under the BattleTech rules, Carew possessed Piloting and Gunnery scores of 1 at the time of the Battle of Tukayyid.[15][16]

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Blood Legacy (novel), pp. 151-154, Carew recounts his genetic heritage
  2. Era Report: 3062, p. 102, "Ranna Kerensky", Carew Nygren is named among Ranna's sibmates
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 188, "Notable Pilots", Carew's Visigoth, his rank and his position as of 3067
  4. Lethal Heritage (novel), pp. 102-108, first interrogation, Ulric confirms Carew was one of Phelan's interrogators
  5. Lethal Heritage (novel), pp. 114-118, later interrogation on military strength
  6. 6.0 6.1 Lethal Heritage (novel), pp. 134-137, Carew assists Ranna with Phelan
  7. Lethal Heritage (novel), p. 383, Carew participates in Phelan's Ritual of Adoption
  8. Blood Legacy (novel), p. 31, Carew is training Phelan in anti-aircraft tactics, while Ranna and Evantha also mentor him
  9. Blood Legacy (novel), pp. 301, 307, Carew pilots the shuttle to take Phelan Wolf to Radstadt
  10. 10.0 10.1 Blood Legacy (novel), pp. 338-340, Carew provides air cover for Phelan Wolf to Gunzburg
  11. 11.0 11.1 Lost Destiny (novel), p. 83, Carew observes Phelan's victory over Dean in the first round
  12. 12.0 12.1 Lost Destiny (novel), p. 106, Carew and his wingman fly cover for the Wolf Spiders on Hyperion
  13. Lost Destiny (novel), p. 134, Phelan remembers Carew's training against his opponent
  14. 14.0 14.1 Lost Destiny (novel), p. 252, Carew flies CAP for Phelan's Star on Tukayyid
  15. 15.0 15.1 15.2 Tukayyid (scenario pack), p. 92, "Attacker: Quarrel Flight", Carew leads Quarrel Flight, skill scores
  16. 16.0 16.1 16.2 Tukayyid (scenario pack), p. 94, "Attacker: Quarrel Flight", Carew leads Quarrel Flight, skill scores
  17. 17.0 17.1 Lost Destiny (novel), pp. 273-274, Carew provides cover against the 282nd Division
  18. 18.0 18.1 Lost Destiny (novel), p. 274, Carew and Virgil are forced to break off
  19. Lost Destiny (novel), pp. 277-278, Virgil is shot down on Tukayyid
  20. 20.0 20.1 Lost Destiny (novel), pp. 279-281, Carew continues to fight off the two fighters
  21. Lost Destiny (novel), pp. 282-283, Carew shoots down one Rapier
  22. 22.0 22.1 22.2 Wolf Clan Sourcebook, p. 73, "Trinary Clan Command", Pilot Carew serves in the Golden Keshik
  23. Natural Selection (novel), p. 27, Carew accompanies Phelan Ward to Arc-Royal
  24. Natural Selection (novel), p. 119, Carew says farewwell to Caitlin Kell
  25. Natural Selection (novel), p. 185, Carew is referred to as a Star Captain
  26. Natural Selection (novel), pp. 180-187, Carew is chosen to accompany Ward during the Red Corsair operation
  27. Natural Selection (novel), pp. 239-246, Carew and Caitlin Kell fight the Red Corsair at Zanderij
  28. 28.0 28.1 Natural Selection (novel), pp. 278-283, Carew fights on Arc-Royal
  29. Natural Selection (novel), p. 292, Carew's battle ROM shows a Jade Falcon insignia on a Red Corsair craft
  30. Natural Selection (novel), p. 306, Carew and Caitlin fly cover on Elissa
  31. Bred For War (novel), p. 344, Phelan calls in Carew to lead the bombing runs
  32. The Falcon and the Wolf, p. 54, "Alpha Galaxy: 1st Wolf Guards/Clan Command (The Golden Keshik)", Carew is Bloodnamed with the rank of Star Captain
  33. Endgame (novel), p. 169, Carew provides air cover to the Exiles on Tharkad
  34. 34.0 34.1 Dawn of the Jihad, p. 95, "Trials of Victory", Carew Nygren's summary of events at the start of the Jihad
  35. Wolf Clan Sourcebook, pp. 75-76, "13th Wolf Guards Cluster", the Wolf Spiders include no fighters in their TOE

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