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Clan Ghost Bear
Faction Profile
Time period: 28073060
Classification: Clan
Controlled systems:  ?
Capital world:  ?
Ruler title: Khan
Military: Clan Ghost Bear Touman
Secret Service: Clan Ghost Bear Watch


Powerful Clansmen, Clan Ghost Bear is one of the original twenty Clans founded by Nicholas Kerensky. Just like their totem animal, the ghost bear found on Strana Mechty, members of this Clan are known for their conservative nature and their strong sense of family. Amongst the strongest of the Clans and the most stable, their cautious nature ensures they never rush into a situation unprepared, but also makes them slow to change with their unofficial mantra being "wait and see." Originally of the Crusader mindset, they were one of the four original Clans to participate in the Clan Invasion in 3050, but following the Battle of Tukayyid their philosophy changed towards the Wardens, which they officially announced on the eve of the Great Refusal. Since then the Clan has moved whole-sale into the Inner Sphere where they renamed their realm the Ghost Bear Dominion.

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[edit] History

Ghost Bear Elemental
Children of the Bear, hearken to my words:
Be always vigilant.
Learn for yourselves that which your forebears imparted So easily and freely;
Demand of yourselves
The foresight of Jorgensson
And the courage of Tseng;
Through them, we are strong.
To them a debt is owed,
Repaid through loyalty undying and Character unflinching.
-From the Oath of Acceptance, Clan Ghost Bear

[edit] Founding

Clan Ghost Bear founders Hans Ole Jorgensson and Sandra Tseng were elite warriors serving Nicholas Kerensky during the Second Exodus from the Pentagon Worlds to the Kerensky Cluster. They were also husband and wife. When Kerensky created the Clans, he decided Jorgensson and Tseng were too valuable to assign together to a single clan and would have separated the pair. Rather than be separated or directly refuse the orders of the Founder, they chose to die together. They traveled into the antarctic wilderness of the planet Strana Mechty, wandering until their supplies ran out.

In a mountain cave, waiting for death, they encountered a ghost bear. Despite their circumstance, they would not go quietly, and roared a defiant challenge at the bear. The bear did not attack, but circled and investigated until the pair, succumbing to cold and hunger, collapsed into unconsciousness. For unknown reasons, the bear did not take them as prey while they slept, but warmed them with its body, and upon waking, brought them fresh meat to eat. For three days it tended them this way, until they regained their strength. Upon emerging from their shelter, they found they had not been adopted by a solitary hunter, but by a pack.

Inspired, they returned to the Founder and argued for the clans to embrace the virtues of family and communal strength as a supplement to that of the individual. Hearing their tale, he granted their request to remain together, and honored their wilderness trial by naming their clan 'Ghost Bear'.

[edit] Operation Klondike

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[edit] The Golden Century

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[edit] The Political Century

While the idea of returning to the Inner Sphere - the Hidden Hope Doctrine - had been a part of Clan society since its inception, it wasn't until 2980 that this concept began to once again take root in the minds of Clan members and form what would become the Warden and Crusader political factions. What became known as the Political Century would start in 2984 as scatter intelligence reports regarding the Periphery sparked the imagination of many and began a great debate between those who wished to protect the Inner Sphere and those who wished to retake it at the head of an invading army.[1]

At the time Clan Ghost Bear was of the Crusader mindset and its Khan Nadia Winson, was at the forefront of the arguments for conquest. Captured as isorla from the Warden-minded Clan Wolf, Khan Winson was a staunch Crusader and, with support for her cause swelling among the Clans, called for a vote on the issue in the Grand Council in 3000. Clan Wolf stymied the invasion by instead proposing the Dragoon Compromise. Ostensibly serving as a means of gathering intelligence on the state of affairs in the Inner Sphere, it not only led to the creation of Wolf's Dragoons but ultimately delays the invasion for fifty years, by which point Khan Winson would not be able to participate in the invasion.[1]

The arrival of the ComStar ship Outbound Light in 3048 necessitated in an immediate vote to invade the Inner Sphere, which was again opposed by Clan Wolf. In the resulting Trial of Refusal Clan Ghost Bear fought alongside Clan Smoke Jaguar against the Wolves, narrowly defeating them. In the process of that combat though both Khan Nornian Tseng and saKhan Ursula Jorgensson were killed by the Wolf Khan Ulric Kerensky, leaving the Ghost Bears leaderless. In the resulting vote to replace them the Ghost Bear warriors were inspired by a speech given by Kerensky to the Grand Council wherein he commented that new situations required new thinking. Ignoring tradition they elected Karl Bourjon and Theressa DelVillar as Khan and saKhan.[1]

The Ghost Bears fought bravely in the ensuing trials to determine which four Clans would constitute the initial invasion force, taking their place alongside Clan Wolf, Clan Smoke Jaguar and Clan Jade Falcon. A basic plan of attack was hammered out in the Grand Kurultai and the Ghost Bears were assigned a route through the Draconis Combine and Free Rasalhague Republic. In determining how best to prepare themselves to face the enemy Khan Bourjon anticipated facing little enemy resistance and wanted to avoid burdening the homeworlds. The Ghost Bear's invasion force therefore carried with them the fewest supplies of any Clan.[1]

[edit] Clan Invasion

In the opening moves of Operation Revival the first worlds attacked were those along the Periphery, lightly-held targets protected by weak and unorganized forces. Though the Ghost Bears were able to take these planets easily, such lopsided battles also engendered a false sense of confidence amongst themselves and under-appreciation of Inner Sphere forces. When the invasion proper of the Inner Sphere began the going was much more difficult: while they were able to win some impressive victories in the first two waves, notably Thule and Jarett, many more were less than amazing. The Ghost Bears were further hampered by inadequate logistical support, while in several cases the small garrison force left behind on these worlds were overrun by local rebellions, requiring troops to be shifted back from the front lines to retake them. The result was a Ghost Bear advance which was rapidly falling behind that of the other three Clans.[1]

With their invasion of the Inner Sphere floundering, the Ghost Bear Khans were convinced by ilKhan Showers that the capture of Rasalhague would help revitalize their effort; it would also slow down Clan Wolf's dizzying pace, as the world was close enough to their invasion corridor to be a legitimate and prestigious target. The third wave of the invasion would be focused on capturing the key world of Last Frontier, defended by the 1st Freemen, as a stepping stone. Both Khans led their warriors in battle to victory against the green Rasalhague troops, but a chance LRM shot mortally wounded Theresa DelVillar, forcing a quorum of Bloodnamed warriors to be gathered to elect a new saKhan.[1]

By a narrow majority the Clan's Oathmaster, Star Captain Aletha Kabrinski, was voted in as the new saKhan, and for her first act she publicly criticized Khan Bourjon's poor strategic skills and incompetent execution of the invasion. Her condemnation was echoed by many of the assembled warriors, and she challenged the Khan for his position, nominating in her place the aerospace pilot Star Colonel Bjorn Jorgensson. By a vote of no confidence Karl Bourjon was stripped of his position and, with unanimous support, Bjorn Jorgensson became the new Khan. Bourjon challenged Jorgensson to a Trial of Refusal to keep his position, choosing to fight in his 'Mech against Jorgensson's Kirghiz fighter, but the battle's outcome was never in doubt and Jorgensson officially became Clan Ghost Bear's new Khan.[1][2]

Khan Jorgensoon instituted a number of reforms, most importantly contracting the hated Clan Steel Viper to garrison several of their worlds, in order to free up more troops and reorganize the war effort going forwards. This delayed the crucial bid for Rasalhague until 7 July, which took place aboard the Clan Wolf flagship Dire Wolf. The bidding that followed was intense and well-bargained, but when the cutdown dropped below five Clusters Jorgensson realized he would lose, and so drove the opposing Wolves down to three in order to weaken them as much as possible. To the surprise of everyone else the Wolves succeeded in conquering Rasalhague with just three Clusters, and the help of bondsman Phelan Kell, over the course of fifteen days.[2]

Nevertheless the Clan continued to see success as it moved forward with the third and fourth waves of the invasion, capturing a large number of worlds. More importantly was a change in policy towards the conquered populace, treating them with more sympathy and presenting a more positive image of the Ghost Bears, though it would take many years for this new attitude to bear fruit. The fourth wave of the invasion would come to a sudden halt with the unexpected death of ilKhan Showers and the invaders were forced to return to Clan space to elect a new leader.[2]

A number of other important changes, in both policy and politics, were also implemented during this period. Clan Ghost Bear's Merchant Caste were directed to create an unbroken supply chain from the homeworlds to the Inner Sphere, bringing an end to the materiel shortages which had previously bogged down the invasion and laying the groundwork for future events. As well the ritual of zellbrigen was to be dispensed with when dealing with any Inner Sphere military unit, not just dezgra mercenaries, unless they were willing to accept it. More privately, saKhan Kabrinski gradually began to shift her views from Crusader to Warden, though for reasons not entirely understood, bringing her into line with Khan Jorgensson's own well-concealed beliefs. This change in political attitude at the top of the Ghost Bear hierarchy had a trickle-down effect on many of the Clan's warriors, who began changing their own views as well.[2]

The fifth wave of the invasion was a stunning success, culminating in the capture of eighteen Inner Sphere worlds including Alshain, the capital world of the Draconis Combine's Alshain Military District. This vital strategic and industrial center would be turned into the Ghost Bear's headquarters as the fifth wave continued on with no end in sight.[2]

[edit] Battle of Tukayyid

Upon ilKhan Ulric Kerensky's announcement of the proxy battle with ComStar on Tukayyid, the Ghost Bear Khans were divided in their response to it, SaKhan Kabrinkski holding complete confidence in victory while Khan Jorgensson disapproved of the entire batchall for its inclusion of the fifteen-year truce. Ultimately however, the Bears took part in the Battle of Tukayyid, earning the right to descend in the fifth hour of combat with an official bid of three front-line Galaxies; Alpha, Beta and Delta. [3] [4] [5]

Assigned the primary and secondary targets of Spanac and Luk, the twin cities were defended by the Com Guards' veteran ranked First Army supported by the green Fourth Army. Confident in the strength of their troops, the Bear Khans laid out a simple and direct plan, sending their elite Alpha Galaxy to target Spanac while Beta and Delta focused on Luk. While the First Army commander's Precentor Katherine Luarca refusal to commit the extremely green Fourth Army to the fight and the Bears' superior skills allowed Alpha to easily take Spanac, the Com Guards succeeded in blunting the Bears' assault against Luk, with the Bear Khans redeploying Beta and Delta to reinforce Spanac. [3] [4] [5]

Leaving Beta and Delta to defend their captured primary target, the Bears' Alpha Galaxy advanced towards Luk, the Fourth Army coming close to folding until Precentor Luarca commanded the remains of the First Army in a strike against the Bears' primary supply depot at Spanac. As she hoped, Luarca's attack forced the Ghost Bears to choose which was more important, the now vital ammunition or continuing the offensive against Luk. Eventually choosing to return to Spanac, while Alpha fought off the raid, they suffered such losses in the process that they could not resume the attack on Luk. [3] [4] [5]

Able to hold Spanac but lacking the strength to take Luk, ilKhan Keresnky declared the Ghost Bear campaign ended with a partial victory. With Precentor Martial Anastasius Focht preparing to redeploy additional Com Guard troops to face them, the Bears chose to safeguard what they had won and accepted the judgement with minimal complaint. [3] [4] [5]

[edit] Relocation and the Great Refusal

In the wake of the defeat on Tukayyid and honor-bound to heed the fifteen-year truce imposed upon them, the Ghost Bear Khans decided to put their effort into strengthening their vast holdings in the Inner Sphere. Not only were several ambitious industrial expansion projections begun and the merchant caste (under warrior supervision) allowed limited trade with the Inner Sphere, but the occupation of conquered worlds was ended and their local governments put back in power. While these efforts proved fruitful, expansion had stymied by 3054, a result of the months-long delay in travel between the homeworlds and the Inner Sphere. Resentment was also growing between those left behind in the Kerensky Cluster, who had to make due with meager resources, and those living on the bountiful worlds of the Inner Sphere. Thus Khan Jorgennson proposed a bold plan to move his Clan wholesale into the Inner Sphere and, as per Clan traditions, put the matter to a vote by the whole warrior caste. The motion passed and beginning in early 3055 the relocation effort begun.[6][7]

The impressive scale of the undertaking was overshadowed only by the fact that the Ghost Bears maintained absolute secrecy; though the relocation was not against any laws or traditions, it would certainly result in the other Clans launching predatory attacks to take advantage of the situation (as what happened to Clan Nova Cat). It was not until the move was nearly complete - the last Bear ark-ship leaving Clan space in early 3060 - that a formal announcement of their relocation had been made, and by then the reborn Second Star League's Operation Serpent task force had landed on Huntress. In the Great Refusal that followed, Khan Jorgennson famously and controversially renounced the Crusader cause, allowing the Ghost Bears and other Warden Clans to extricate themselves from the Trials.[6][7]

Apart from their enclave on Arcadia, granted to them by Nicholas Kerensky himself, and their traditional outpost on Strana Mechty, the Ghost Bear Clan succeeded in their relocation to their Inner Sphere Occupation Zone, which was renamed the Ghost Bear Dominion. What's more their move was vindicated when, in the wake of the Great Refusal, a motion to Abjure the Clan was hastily proposed and subsequently defeated. Tensions between former citizens of the FRR and the Ghost Bears were also eased as those living within the Dominion were granted a great deal of freedom, including in how they were ruled, while the Ghost Bears themselves began to embrace the Inner Sphere's way of life.[6][8]

While removed from the events of the FedCom Civil War, the Ghost Bears became embroiled in a conflict with the Draconis Combine when rogue elements raided their new capitol of Alshain. When Clan Hell's Horses took advantage of the situation to attack their bitter rivals in early 3063, the Ghost Bears managed a honorable end to the conflict with the Combine and turned their attention to the Hell's Horses. Such was the quickness and the fury of their counter-assault that not only where all of the Hell's Horses gains reversed, but they themselves were completely ejected from the Inner Sphere when the Ghost Bear Clan conquered all three of their worlds. The Ghost Bears would go on to capture Gunzburg and, eventually, Rasalhague itself from Clan Wolf, the instigators of the Hell's Horses' attack.[9][10]

[edit] Jihad

The Ghost Bears deployed forces to Tukayyid while the world was blockaded by the Word of Blake, forces which arrived on the 11th of July 3070 and destroyed the Blakist ships in the system. This was followed shortly by Ragnar Magnusson speaking to the Free Rasalhague Republic government on Orestes on the 21st of August, where Magnusson spoke on behalf of the Ghost Bear Dominion, beginning negotiations for an accord that would represent "all Rasalhagian peoples."[11]

On 21 December 3074, the Clan deployed three Galaxies to Luthien, to fully exterminate all Word of Blake forces. The operation was complete by the end of the month.[12][13] The Clan also wiped out the Word of Blake forces on Pesht during the same time-frame; in both instances, the Ghost Bears fought without once offering zellbrigen to any Word unit, and any DCMS forces that attempted to interfere with the Ghost Bear campaigns were destroyed as well.[14][15] The Ghost Bear forces then abruptly withdrew from both worlds in mid-January 3075, leaving the Combine scrambling to find relief forces to fortify the worlds; the DCMS units that arrived in the wake of the Ghost Bear actions found no sign of any Blakist troop presence.[15][16]

Just as they had intervened on Pesht and Benjamin without any announcement, warning or discussion, the Ghost Bears soon embroiled themselves in the conflict for the hidden Word of Blake facility known as the Ruins of Gabriel, concealed in the Odessa system of the Lyran Alliance. Having been driven from the system by a coalition of allied forces, the Blakists had recaptured the facility in mid-April 3075, and proceeded to fight the initial counter-attack in mid-May by Lyran and Clan Wolf-in-Exile forces to a standstill. The Ghost Bears jumped to the Odessa system on the 21st of May, arriving via a pirate point, and ordered the Lyran and Wolf-in-Exile forces to stand down, crippling a Lyran WarShip that didn't follow their order. The Ghost Bears then attacked the Blakist forces at the Ruins of Gabriel, but were unable to prevent the Blakists from scuttling the facility and escaping.[17][18]

The Ghost Bear forces in the Draconis Combine continued to advance in August 3075, striking at the Word of Blake forces on Alya, Cebalrai, Eltanin, Kaus Borealis and Vega. The 7th Bear Regulars and the 69th Provisional Garrison Cluster were early casualties of this wave of planetary assaults; the Blakist troops on Cebalrai resorted to detonating a large neutron bomb as a part of their desperate defense, and the resulting blast wiped out both Ghost Bear units along with the remaining defenders and thousands of civilians.[18][19]

On the 14th of September, 3075, a small diplomatic party led by Devlin Stone traveled to Kaus Borealis to meet with the Ghost Bears, seeking to enlist the Ghost Bear's assistance in the growing allied coalition against the Word of Blake. The mission was successful, with the Ghost Bears agreeing to help a week after the first meeting. This was followed on the 6th of October by Ghost Bear forces assaulting the occupied worlds of Ascella, Kaus Australis and Kaus Media, although the advance on Ascella stalled when Blakist Pocket WarShips attacked the Ghost Bear DropShips as they were inbound to the planet, destroying half of the Ghost Bear ships.[18][19]

In early November 3075 the Ghost Bears sent a delegation to meet with Clan Snow Raven in the Outworlds Alliance in a bid to negotiate for the Snow Ravens to commit to supporting the coalition. By mid-December these negotiations had been successful and the Ghost Bears were able to assault Ascella for a second time, this time with assistance from Snow Raven support assets. Devlin Stone and a coalition force arrived in the Ascella system at roughly the same time, and also assaulted the Blakist forces on the planet; while the Ghost Bears battled for control of the primary industrial complexes and planetary spaceport for two weeks while the Blakists employed scorched earth tactics constantly against them, Stone's Lament captured both the HPG compound and Ascella's capital city in only a week.[20][21] The delegation headed up by Aletha Kabrinski and sent to negotiate with the Snow Ravens left the Outworlds Alliance on the 16th of February 3076, escorted by the two naval Stars of ships the Snow Ravens contributed to the coalition.[21][22]

While the Ghost Bears continued to conduct operations against the Blakists, Clan Diamond Shark initiated a Trial with the Ghost Bears on the 7th of May 3076, winning the right to establish a trading enclave on Tukayyid.[21][23]

The combined Ghost Bear and Snow Raven forces launched a number of major assaults in July and September 3076, with the first wave in July striking at the Protectorate worlds of Dyev, Kervil, Ko, Lambrecht, Moore and Sabik, followed by a second wave in September that expanded the combined Clan front against the Protectorate by striking at Lyons, Pike IV and Skandia.[24][25] The Ghost Bears chose to respond to a mutiny at home in the Ghost Bear Dominion among certain Rasalhague units by stalling their combat actions against the Word of Blake Protectorate to allow them to return all of the deployed units that were ethnically Rasalhagian commands back to Dominion space to deal with the mutiny. The various units departed for Dominion space on the 5th of November, and by the end of December the revolt had failed, with the various Free Rasalhague resistance groups in Dominion space going dormant.[25][26]

In early December 3076 a news report entitled "A Time of War" produced by the interstellar news company INN contained opinions from an INN Senior Analyst named Farouk O'Reilly on the major contributing factors behind the genocidal tactics the Ghost Bears had been using against the Word of Blake. O'Reilly cited the apparent death of Khan Bjorn Jorgensson in the terrorist bombing on Arc-Royal in 3073, the Blakist attacks on Tukayyid and later Radstadt and, most of all, the destruction of almost the entire Tseng Bloodhouse. While the article couldn't confirm the rumors that House Tseng had been destroyed, it led to speculation that only the Ghost Bear Loremaster Laurie Tseng and a handful of bloodnamed warriors had survived an attempt to eliminate the entire Bloodhouse, and that the damage inflicted on the house had been administered via some sort of gene-tailored bio-weapon.[27]

The Dominion world of Alshain was rocked by a terrorist bombing on the 31st of December 3078, for which the Motstånd terrorist group claimed responsibility. The explosion killed several hundred Rasalhagian and Ghost Bear civilians, several members of the Unity Council and the former First Prince, Christian Månsdottir. Ghost Bear paramilitary police pursued the Motstånd leadership as a result, killing Albert Gronvold-Minami on Stanzach on the 2nd of January 3079, and nearly capturing Cilla Amdahl a week later on Tinaca.[28]

[edit] Operation SCOUR

The Ghost Bears took an active part in Operation SCOUR, the four-pronged invasion of the Word of Blake Protectorate conducted by the allied coalition assembled by Devlin Stone. Prominent actions the Ghost Bears were involved in included the campaign to liberate Asta in March 3077 which saw the noted officer Andrew Redburn rescued from captivity after being presumed dead years before on Tukayyid,[29] as well as joining with DCMS forces in October to liberate Dieron, one of the largest coalition deployments of 3077.[30]

[edit] Dark Age

In 3103, the Ghost Bear Dominion was renamed the Rasalhague Dominion. It is ruled by the Dominion Council.[citation needed]


[edit] Culture

While they have few official ceremonies and customs, the Ghost Bears can be defined by a number of broad traditions which are reinforced through education and the military chain of command.

[edit] Strength

First among these traditions is a high value placed on the virtue of strength. Mechwarriors and even aerospace pilots undergo the same hand-to-hand combat training as Elementals, and every year teams from every Galaxy compete in a Clan decathlon, with the winner earning respect and a seat at the head of the table in the feast afterwards. However this virtue is limited not just to physical strength but also strength in purpose and character, a factor which has helped the Clan survive even their own self-inflicted wounds.[31]

This reverence for strength is perhaps best personified in the Clawing Ritual, a rite of passage undertaken by only the bravest Ghost Bear warriors. Every year the highest-ranking unClawed warrior in each Cluster goes to Strana Mechty, where they participate in a month-long period of reflection and purification led by the Clan Loremaster. Once this period is over the candidates are grouped by Galaxy into hunting parties, given basic provisions including a simple metal spear and hunting dogs, and then enter the planet's punishing Antarctic to kill a ghost bear and bring back its carcass as proof. This ritual, an attempt to relive the experiences of the Clan's founders, results in less than half of the hunting parties returning from their journey, and fewer still successfully, though usually at least one party will return with a ghost bear. Amid a great ceremony the ghost bear is skinned, its pelt fashioned into cloaks for the victors, and its flesh roasted and eaten by all so that they may ingest a portion of its essence. While there is no dishonor in failure, those who survive are destined to rise to the Clan's highest echelons.[31]

[edit] Family

A second defining aspect of the Clan is the concept of family. While the word is repugnant to other Clans, for the Ghost Bears it has unique value given their founding by a married couple. Tseng and Jorgensson did their best to impart a sense of camaraderie and fellowship among the first warriors, to make them a true family and create stronger ties beyond that of a normal military unit. While the intensity of these feelings faded over time as the Clan grew in size and new practices such as the iron womb became normal, the general sense of them remained. Lifelong friendships are common among the Ghost Bears, and many warriors maintain tight bonds with their trothkin and Starmates.[32]

[edit] Patience

Finally the Ghost Bears are perhaps best understood by the phrase "to tread without care is to court disaster." What started as a general tendency became an overarching philosophy among the Clan, that one must take measured steps going through life and that partial commitment to a cause is worst than none at all. Nothing is undertaken without due consideration, including the introduction of new technology and concepts. For example when faced with a new battle tactic a decision of whether to adopt it or not will be made only after careful testing and observation, typically while another Clan employs it in actual combat; if proven to work it will then be adopted wholeheartedly by the Ghost Bears.[31]

This virtue also expresses itself in another tradition, that of the Great Work. Kilbourne Jorgensson, an accomplished sculptor and musician, worked on a life-size sculpture of the ghost bear he killed during his Clawing for his entire life. When asked one day if he was nearly finished the Khan cryptically replied "When I am finished, so will the statue be finished." He died in battle later than month, and his sculpture gave rise to the idea of each person creating their own "Great Work" to express dedication to a long-term goal or cause. By tradition every warrior is expected to begin a Great Work, along with many lower caste members, after they have come of age and work on it little by little each day, whether it be a painting, a musical composition or some other artistic work. Sometimes a Great Work will be a collaborative effort among trothkin, especially for Works of great size and complexity, and have extra value as it also emphasizes teamwork. The Work is performed or displayed at the warrior's funeral ceremony, included in their codex after death, and put on perpetual display near their Blood Chapel in Svoboda Zemylya on Strana Mechty.[31]

[edit] Military

The Ghost Bear touman remains one of the largest of the Clans, thanks to their easy access of raw material during the Golden Century, a slow and steady build-up of forces and, following the disaster at Tukayyid, keeping large-scale conflict to a minimum. Due to their wealth the Ghost Bears were able to build up their touman as they saw fit, rather than develop their combat doctrine around what was available, and take a methodical, thorough approach to warfare. A preference for speed and strength means they not only employ heavier-than-average BattleMechs, but also ones whose powerful weapons arrays can compromise their armor and heat sinks. In particular the Mad Dog and Executioner are highly favored, heavy-hitting platforms which feature a variety of ranged weapons (though since Tukayyid they tend more towards energy weapons) while the heavy Viper serves as their primary scout. A strong affinity for Battle Armor means the Ghost Bears field perhaps the largest contingent of Elementals of any Clan, using the nominally weak but ultra-fast Fire Moth as their primary carrier, and are the only ones with an entire Galaxy of these armored troopers. Many of the Elemental tactics pioneered by Kilbourne Jorgensson, an Elemental himself, are still used to great effect, with only Clan Hell's Horses having more expertise in this area. If the Ghost Bears' touman has a flaw it is in their aerospace arm which, while often considered small and second-rate, is still capable of defending ground forces from an aerial assault.[31][32]

Compared to other top-heavy Clans the Ghost Bears maintain an open command structure with greater flexibility, with warriors expected to innovate and think for themselves while also deferring to their superiors and the overall battleplan. Training is intense and emphasizes physical strength and personal combat skills among all warrior types, while failure in an aspiring warrior's Trial of Position does not result in their downgrading to one of the civilian castes. In an attempt to avoid wasting the cadet's early training they will instead be shifted to another warrior sub-caste based on their aptitude tests, where they will hopefully succeed; only if they fail to earn a position in the sub-caste will they be relegated to a civilian position. The general cultural emphasis on family means Ghost Bear military units benefit from an unrivaled esprit de corps. Their move from the Pentagon Worlds to the Inner Sphere also necessitated the development of a highly advanced logistical system, a factor which has helped them in maintaining their spread-out forces.[31][32]

However the typical Ghost Bear mindset is not without its flaws. While the bonds of true friendship can inspire great acts of heroism they can also cause warriors to take unwise risks on behalf of their trothkin and lose sight of the true objective. This can also cause problems when introducing new warriors to an already-established team or when attempting to reform a unit out of the surviving fragments of older ones, which is why most warriors are transferred at the Star or Binary level rather than individually. The Ghost Bears' conservative nature also means they are less inclined to adopt new weapons and tactics until after a lengthy testing and observation process so as to not disrupt the rank and file with unproven technology and thinking.[31][32]

The Ghost Bears are also unique for having never adopted the aerospace pilot genetype for their trueborn warriors, instead making due with pilot bloodlines little different from MechWarrior ones. This was because Ghost Bear scientists felt that the loss in physical strength and stamina was not a worthy trade-off for the slight advantages of seeing further and thinking quicker. The Ghost Bear viewpoint was seemingly vindicated during Operation Revival, when Inner Sphere pilots proved every bit the equal to their genetically engineered counterparts.[33]

[edit] Era Specific Data

[edit] 3062

Ghost Bear Demographics
Affiliation: Warden

Clan Space Worlds:
Arcadia (25 percent)
Capital: Alshain (IS)
Population (Clan Space): 24,294,000 (3060)
Population growth rate: 2.1 percent (43/22)
Self-Sufficiency Index: 99 percent

Leaders:
Khan: Bjorn Jorgensson
saKhan: Aletha Kabrinski
Loremaster: Laurie Tseng
Scientist-General: Jorge (Agassiz)
Merchant Factor: Werner
Master Technician: Alejandro
Senior Laborer: Alia

Military:
Clusters: 58
WarShips: 14

[edit] Exclusive Ghost Bear Bloodnames

General Bloodnames:

  • Gurdel
  • Snuka

MechWarriors:

  • Bekker
  • Hall
  • Jorgensson
  • Tseng

Elementals:

  • DelVillar
  • Kabrinski
  • Vong

Pilots:

  • Bourjon
  • Gilmour
  • Devon


[edit] References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 80
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 2.4 Field Manuals: Warden Clans, p. 81
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Tukayyid, pp. 48-56 "Campaign: Clan Ghost Bear"
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Invading Clans, p. 29 "Tukayyid: World of Fate"
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 5.3 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 82 "The Roaring Bear"
  6. 6.0 6.1 6.2 Field Manual: Warden Clan, p. 82
  7. 7.0 7.1 Field Manual: Updates, p. 10
  8. Field Manual: Updates, p. 11
  9. Field Manual: Updates, p. 13
  10. Field Manual: Updates, p. 14
  11. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 48, "The Jihad In Review"
  12. Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, p. 7, "Alpha Galaxy [Clan Ghost Bear]"
  13. Jihad Turning Points: Luthien, p. 11, "Damnation"
  14. Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 55, "Timeline of the Jihad"
  15. 15.0 15.1 Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 53, "The Jihad In Review"
  16. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 14, "Timeline of the Jihad"
  17. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 16, "Timeline of the Jihad"
  18. 18.0 18.1 18.2 Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 54, "The Jihad In Review"
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