Invasion corridor - Clan Jade Falcon

Order of Battle[edit]

Clan Command
Turkina Keshik
Clan Jade Falcon Naval Reserve
Jade Falcon Galaxy
Galaxy Command Star
Jade Falcon Guards
3rd Falcon Talon Cluster
7th Falcon Regulars Cluster
9th Talon Cluster
12th Falcon Regulars
Jade Eyrie Cluster
Jade Solahma Cluster
Gyrfalcon Galaxy
Galaxy Command Star
1st Falcon Striker Cluster
2nd Falcon Jaegers Cluster
5th Battle Cluster
305th Assault Cluster
Gyrfalcon Eyrie Cluster
Gyrfalcon Solahma Cluster
Peregrine Galaxy
Galaxy Command Star
1st Falcon Velites[1]
4th Falcon Talon Cluster
4th Falcon Velites
8th Falcon Regulars Cluster
89th Falcon Striker Cluster
94th Striker Cluster
124th Striker Cluster
Peregrine Eyrie Cluster
Peregrine Solahma Cluster
Front-Line Forces[2]
BattleMechs Elementals Fighters WarShips JumpShips DropShips
Turkina Keshik 50 75 30 1 X 4
Naval Reserve X X X 1 12 66
Jade Falcon 322 835 154 6 X 21
Gyrfalcon 260 450 180 5 X 19
Peregrine 340 875 220 7 X 30
Total 972 2235 584 12 12 140
Notes
  1. The 1st Falcon Velites was transferred out of Peregrine Galaxy some time before the Battle of Tukayyid
  2. Numbers based on Jade Falcon Touman as of 15 April 3052, two weeks before the Battle of Tukayyid

Preparations[edit]

Upon his election as senior Khan of Clan Jade Falcon, Elias Crichell made a point of improving relations with Clan Smoke Jaguar and the new ilKhan, Leo Showers, including an exchange of generous gifts such as land and genetic material.[1] When it came time to decide how to execute Operation Revival, the two Crusaders worked closely together to create a plan of attack remarkable in its simplicity and indicative of the Clans' dismissive attitude towards the Inner Sphere "barbarians." Four Clans would assault along four separate "corridors" designated Alpha through Delta, cutting a path respectively through the Federated Commonwealth, Free Rasalhague Republic, and Draconis Combine, with the ultimate goal being Terra. It was also Crichell who, basing his reasoning from obscure passages written by Aleksandr Kerensky himself, proposed that the Clan which captured Terra would become ilClan.[2]

The plan was presented to the Grand Council and, despite minor modifications, remained largely unchanged from what Showers and Crichell had worked out. While Clan Wolf was forced to participate automatically in retribution for opposing the invasion, the other three assaulting Clans would be determined through bidding and Trials, with a second set to determine through which corridor they would attack. Thanks to the skill of their warriors the Jade Falcon Clan earned one of the coveted spots and the right to Alpha Corridor, cutting a path through the Federated Commonwealth. In celebration for this victory Khan Crichell ordered seven days of festivities to take place, a mere two weeks before the invasion would commence.[2]

Not all Jade Falcon warriors were in a celebratory mood though. Iota Galaxy's Jessica Buhallin and Logistics Overseer Tanner Calbot were both critical not only of the amount of supplies (or lack thereof) Khan Crichell had ordered for the coming invasion, but the rather optimistic projection of how quickly they would be used up, where supply depots were to be set up, and the Jade Falcons' lack of transports to carry those supplies which had been ordered. Khan Crichell largely ignored their concerns, even going so far as to suggest it made more sense to bring empty transports so as to bring back their spoils to Clan space. His only concession was to order the Jade Falcon bankers to contract out a few extra transports from the Free Guilds. Finally in June 3049 the combined invasion fleet gathered together and began their journey to the Inner Sphere.[2]

Invasion Route[edit]

Periphery Action (Ending October 3049)[edit]

Before reaching the worlds of the Inner Sphere the Clans would first have to pass through the Periphery, backwater planets with few inhabitants and little in the way to challenge the might of the Clans. Because they did not technically fall within any of the invasion corridors, the Clans were free to bid over the right to invade them. Most were defended by so-called "errants", solitary mercenaries with poorly-maintained equipment; even those with some skill proved in most cases a poor match to the Clan warriors.[2][3]

As they got closer to the borders of the Inner Sphere the prospect for a true fight increased, and so did the Clans' efforts to face a respectable opponent. The bidding for Von Strang's World was particularly fierce for two reasons: first because it was defended by a full regiment of BattleMechs, and second for its association with Colonel Gunther Von Strang, a butcher who served under the despised Stefan Amaris. The Jade Falcon Clan won the bidding war to invade the planet and Khan Crichell himself led the attack; to their joy the Jade Falcons discovered that a descendant of the colonel was still in charge of the planet. The defenders put up a fierce fight and the Jade Falcons suffered greater losses than they expected. In the end the defenders were defeated and the young Stephan Von Strang's body was hoisted on a flagpole, below the banners of the Star League and Clan Jade Falcon, from which it hung until finally falling off some time later.[3][4]

Further battles were fought after the conquest of Von Strang's World, but although confronted by an enemy willing to fight fiercer and more deviously than expected Khan Crichell and his warriors were still dismissive of the coming invasion. Excuses were made and embarrassing particulars were covered up, all the while Clan Wolf's effort to share information and warn about the difficulties ahead were criticized. The last world was conquered by October 3049 and the next two months spent making preparations for the push into the Inner Sphere proper. A small number of civilians were shipped in to establish a logistics network and the majority of Jade Falcon supplies were deposited on Lackhove in order to free up as much transport space as possible for the next phase. Efforts were also made to alter the appearance of Jade Falcon OmniMechs and Elemental suits to inspire as much fear as possible. Everything from amazing camouflage patterns to almost psychedelic paint mixtures were used to color Jade Falcon 'Mechs, each Galaxy's falcon emblem was painted in bold fashion across every battle armor suit, and even synthetic feathers was added to some commanders' armor.[4][5]

A final Grand Kurultai before the First Wave began was held aboard the Dire Wolf on 18 February 3050. Here ilKhan Showers heaped praises upon the invasion force's efforts thus far and predicted glory and easy victory in the coming battles. It was also at this meeting that the matter of ComStar and its recent proposal to assist the Clans was discussed. The Jade Falcons were wary of putting their trust in an unknown organization whose intentions were mysterious, and Khan Crichell considered them a barbarian organization not worthy of any trust. Still the Clan was trusting of the ilKhan and were reminded of the "unexpected allies" they were to encounter as prophesied by Aleksandr Kerensky. They hesitantly agreed to the proposal, although throughout the invasion Jade Falcon was among the most hostile to their ComStar allies.[5]

Jade Falcon operation in Periphery

Periphery Action
Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
Unknown Twilight Star Commander Briggan Sarah "Cat" Kattrin Jade Falcon Victory
Unknown Von Strang's World Turkina Keshik Von Stang's Guard Division Jade Falcon Victory
Unknown
(Post-The Rock)
Gotterdammerung (GV) Two Trinaries Ryan's Rebels
2nd Battalion
Jade Falcon Victory
Unknown
(Post-The Rock)
Last Chance (GV) Two Trinaries Ryan's Rebels
3rd Battalion
Jade Falcon Victory
Unknown Erewhon (GV) Unknown Unknown Jade Falcon Victory
Unknown Lackhove (GV) Unknown Unknown Jade Falcon Victory

First Wave (March-April 3050)[edit]

Clan Jade Falcon began the First Wave of Operational Revival on 20 March 3050 with the simultaneous invasion of nine[6] Federated Commonwealth worlds. Whereas it was considered normal for the attacker to announce their presence with the batchall many Jade Falcon commanders dispensed with the tradition, citing the uncivilized nature of their enemies as reason enough to breach this rule of Clan etiquette. The element of surprise in these opening attacks was further compounded by the Clans' general technological superiority, allowing their WarShips to evade detection until they were already in orbit of the planet and their DropShips and 'Mechs to use landing zones normally considered too rugged for most troops. Indeed many Jade Falcon units landed right within their foe's defensive zone, opening fire on them before even hitting the ground. Strategically their ultimate goal was to cripple the enemy's command and control functions through direct strikes, thereby achieving a quick victory with minimal loss of resources. When no obvious targets were present, the objective was instead the largest concentration of troops with the hope of achieving similar results.[5][7]

For their part the FedCom defenders did their best to resist these attacks, aided in some small part by their "barbarian" tactics which they learned to use to their advantage. While it is normal in Clan warfare for 'Mechs to lead the fight in all things, in the Inner Sphere militia units on the defensive held their 'Mechs in reserve while conventional forces were used as a buffer to slow the enemy down. This lead to a tactic known as "Falcon Foolin'" which took advantage of the Falcon's adherence to zellbrigen. While the tactic did not result in any victories for the defenders, it did save the lives of many soldiers who would otherwise have been lost. Eventually Jade Falcon warriors were ordered to ignore challenges given by Inner Sphere warriors and to punish severely any attempt to underhandedly exploit the honor rules.[7]

The defenders were further aided by how the Jade Falcons regularly underestimated their skill and determination to protect their homes. Although the Jade Falcons had a fair amount of intelligence on the Inner Sphere gathered previously by both Wolf's Dragoons and their own Watch services, the former's reports had been largely dismissed as traitorous gossip and the latter simply ignored. This resulted in worlds regarded as lightly-defended requiring more effort than expected to successfully conquer. One aspect which the Jade Falcons did not ignore was FedCom's Regimental Combat Teams. These were expected to give stiff resistance, requiring the attention of elite Falcon units and a minimum cutdown of two Clusters per world defended by an RCT.[7]

The end of the First Wave was on the face of it a smashing success for the Jade Falcon Clan, which succeeded in capturing all of the target worlds. In truth it had exposed a number of worrying trends which only a few Falcon commanders picked up on. The first of these was the surprisingly tough resistance the FedCom soldiers had displayed in their battles with the Clan. The second was the fact this resistance often didn't end after the Jade Falcons had declared victory. The survivors and those who refused open confrontation simply melting away into the wilderness to begin guerrilla movements. This wasn't helped by the euphoria many Jade Falcon warriors felt at their easy conquests which, although inspiring reverential feelings in some, resulted in many abusing the local population. Regardless, most of Clan Jade Falcon's high command publicly regarded the unexpected skillfulness of their opponents as examples of luck, and when ilKhan Showers called for a final accounting of their First Wave progress the Jade Falcons gave whitewashed battle reports.[8]

Jade Falcon operation in wave 1

First Wave
Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
March 3050 Anywhere (FC) Peregrine Galaxy
8th Falcon Regulars
Anywhere Militia
2nd New Ivaarsen Chasseurs
Jade Falcon Victory
March 3050 Barcelona (FC) Jade Falcon Galaxy
9th Talon Cluster
3rd Falcon Talon Cluster
Jade Falcon Guards (Reserve)
17th Skye Rangers RCT
Barcelona Militia
Jade Falcon Victory
March 3050 Bone-Norman (FC) Turkina Keshik

Peregrine Galaxy

8th Falcon Regulars
1st Grave Walkers
Bone-Norman Militia
Jade Falcon Victory
March 3050 Here (FC) Turkina Keshik

Jade Falcon Galaxy

3rd Falcon Talon Cluster
8th Arcturan Guards RCT
Here Militia
Jade Falcon Victory
March 3050 Persistence Peregrine Galaxy
4th Falcon Talon Cluster
Persistence Militia
Persistence Inc. Security Force
Jade Falcon Victory
March 3050 Toland (FC) Turkina Keshik

Jade Falcon Galaxy

9th Talon Cluster
12th Star Guards
1st Regiment

Toland Defense Force

Jade Falcon Victory
March 3050 Winfield (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
5th Battle Cluser
Winfield's Regiment
Winfield Militia Brigade
Jade Falcon Victory
Unknown Trell I (FC) Jade Falcon Galaxy
Jade Falcon Guards

Gyrfalcon Galaxy

1st Falcon Striker Cluster

Unknown

5th Falcon Striker Cluster
12th Donegal Guards RCT Jade Falcon Victory
April 3050 Steelton (FC) Peregrine Galaxy
8th Falcon Regulars Cluster

Jade Falcon Galaxy

12th Falcon Regulars Cluster
12th Star Guards
1st Regiment

Steelton Defense Brigade

Jade Falcon Victory

Second Wave (May-June 3050)[edit]

While publicly showing optimism to their warriors, privately the high command of Clan Jade Falcon were also worried by what they saw in the First Wave and put together responses to these problems. With their logistics increasingly strained a convoy system was created to begin a steady flow of supplies from their worlds in Clan space. The best freeborn Clusters were gathered together as a rapid reaction force to respond more quickly (and ruthlessly) to outbreaks of revolution on conquered worlds. Perhaps the most drastic measure Clan Jade Falcon took was to position the Emerald Talon Naval Assault Star in reserve for the express purpose of conducting planetary bombardments if any rebellions got out of hand.[8]

The Second Wave officially started in May with the targeting of twelve FedCom worlds. Most were defended by mixed militia formations or the survivors of those units which had been mauled in the First Wave and managed to escape. Although resistance was fierce on Apollo, former capital of the Rim Worlds Republic, elsewhere the Jade Falcons had a much easier time against the defenders. This lack of effective resistance to the Jade Falcon conquest only engendered a false sense of confidence in their commanders.[8]

Jade Falcon operation in wave 2

Second Wave
Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
May 3050 Apollo (FC) Turkina Keshik 2nd Grave Walkers
Apollo Militia
Jade Falcon Victory
May 3050 Black Earth (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy Remnants of 1st Grave Walkers
Remnants of 17th Skye Rangers RCT
Jade Falcon Victory
May 3050 Butler (FC) Peregrine Galaxy
4th Falcon Velites
Winfield's Regiment Jade Falcon Victory
May 3050 Derf (FC) Jade Falcon Galaxy
3rd Falcon Talon Cluster
Remnants of 12th Donegal Guards RCT Jade Falcon Victory
May 3050 Evciler (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
1st Falcon Striker Cluster
Evciler Militia Jade Falcon Victory
May 3050 Golandrinas (FC) Peregrine Galaxy
124th Striker Cluster
Golandrinas Militia Jade Falcon Victory
May 3050 Maxie's Planet (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
305th Assault Cluster
Maxie's Militia Jade Falcon Victory
May 3050 Romulus (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
1st Falcon Striker Cluster
Romulus Militia Jade Falcon Victory
May 3050 Seiduts (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
2nd Falcon Jaegers
Seiduts Militia Jade Falcon Victory
May 3050 Somerset (FC) Peregrine Galaxy
94th Striker Cluster
Somerset Academy Training Battalion
Remnants of 8th Arcturan Guards RCT
Remnants of 2nd New Ivaarsen Chasseurs
Jade Falcon Victory
Jude 3050 Twycross (FC) Jade Falcon Galaxy
Jade Falcon Guards
Twycross TMM Jade Falcon Victory
June 3050 Wotan (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy 12th Star Guards
Remnants of 1st & 2nd Regiments

Wotan TMM

Jade Falcon Victory

Third Wave (June 3050)[edit]

The problems first noted at the beginning of the invasion finally came to a head with the start of the Third Wave. Rebellions were breaking out on their conquered worlds which proved too much for their present forces to handle and despite taking earlier efforts to rectify the logistics problem, the Jade Falcons could not effectively replenish their forces in time to carry out the same number of attacks as occurred in the previous wave. Only five worlds would be targeted by the Jade Falcons in the Third Wave, their embarrassment further compounded by the fact their hated rival, Clan Wolf, appeared to suffer no supply problems and was targeting more worlds than them.[9]

Although the Jade Falcons succeeded in capturing their five worlds on schedule with mostly minimal resistance, the mood within the Clan was turning pessimistic with a sense that momentum had been lost. Further efforts to resolve the supply situation were made and Provisional Garrison Clusters (PGCs) were called in from the homeworlds to better combat the insurrectionists. Still, towards the end of the month a rumor began circulating that Clan Steel Viper, the invasion force's reserve Clan and a bitter foe of Clan Jade Falcon, might be called in to participate in the next wave. Publicly the Jade Falcon Khans dismissed this rumor in spite of their private concerns.[9]

Jade Falcon operation in wave 3

Third Wave
Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
June 3050 Beta VII (FC) Peregrine Galaxy
124th Striker Cluster
Beta VII Militia Jade Falcon Victory
June 3050 Hot Springs (FC) Turkina Keshik

Gyrfalcon Galaxy

1st Falcon Striker Cluster
Hot Springs TMM Jade Falcon Victory
June 3050 Malibu (FC) Peregrine Galaxy
89th Falcon Striker Cluster
Malibu Militia Jade Falcon Victory
June 3050 Roadside (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
1st Falcon Velites
Roadside Militia Jade Falcon Victory
June 3050 Waldorff (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
2nd Falcon Jaegers
Waldorff City Police Department Jade Falcon Victory

Fourth Wave (July-October 3050)[edit]

When the Fourth Wave began it seemed that Clan Jade Falcon had regained its momentum and was back in the running to become ilClan. Their supply problems, resolved the Clan targeted fifteen different worlds, the most of any of their previous waves. The attacks proceeded as scheduled with great success, and the ferocity of the Falcon warriors utterly destroyed several FedCom units. Success was in sight when the disaster of Twycross took place.[9]

The Federated Commonwealth launched their first counter-attack of the invasion against Twycross in September 3050, invading the planet with the 10th Lyran Guards, 9th FedCom RCT and both regiments of the Kell Hounds. Expecting to face only the second-line Jade Falcon Eyrie Cluster, they were confounded to find the planet also defended by the elite Jade Falcon Guards; the unit had been expected to depart from Twycross before the attack but were delayed. The FedCom forces pressed on and a fierce battle raged across the surface of the world. The turning point in the battle came when nearly the entire Falcon Guards unit, including Star Colonel Adler Malthus, was destroyed thanks to Kai Allard-Liao and a well-placed trap. The survivors were forced to withdraw and for the first time the "invincible" Clan invaders had been beaten.[9][10]

More than the loss of the world itself was Twycross' effect on the Malthus Bloodname. Normally when one of the Bloodrights associated with a Bloodname has brought dishonor upon itself it has no bearing on any of the others. However the sheer magnitude of the disaster gave critics of the Malthus Bloodheritage an opening to call into question the competence of all Malthus warriors. SaKhan Timur Malthus was forced to resign from his position and most of the Malthus Bloodnamed sent back to the homeworlds with orders to avoid bringing any more embarrassment to their genetic legacy. In Timur Malthus' place Khan Crichell chose Vandervahn Chistu as the new Jade Falcon saKhan.[9][11]

Though successfully in taking all fifteen of their targeted worlds the Jade Falcons were still outdone by Clan Wolf, which was rapidly leaving the other Clans behind in the race for Terra. In his final attempt to slow down the Wolves' pace, ilKhan Leo Showers called for a Grand Kulturai to take place aboard the Dire Wolf on 1 November 3050. How exactly the ilKhan planned to accomplish his delay will never be known, as the day before the meeting was to take place the Dire Wolf came under attack by forces of the Free Rasalhague Republic and Leo Showers was killed when Tyra Miraborg's fighter rammed into the WarShip's bridge.[11][12]

Jade Falcon operation in wave 4

Fourth Wave
Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
July 3050 Alyina (FC) Turkina Keshik

Gyrfalcon Galaxy

1st Falcon Striker Cluster
1st Falcon Velites
10th Lyran Guards RCT Jade Falcon Victory
July 3050 Antares (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy Antares Militia Jade Falcon Victory
July 3050 Apolakkia (FC) Peregrine Galaxy Apolakkia Militia Jade Falcon Victory
August 3050 Baker 3 (FC) Turkina Keshik Baker's Militia Jade Falcon Victory
August 3050 Blackjack (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy Blackjack Training Battalion Jade Falcon Victory
August 3050 Colmar (FC) Iota Galaxy
7th Falcon Talon
25th Arcturan Guards RCT (75% strength) Jade Falcon Victory
August 3050 Denizli (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
1st Falcon Velites
Demon Company
Denizli Militia
Jade Falcon Victory
August 3050 Devin (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
1st Falcon Striker Cluster
1st Devin Armored Battalion
2nd Devin Armored Battalion
Jade Falcon Victory
August 3050 Dompaire (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
305th Assault Cluster
Dompaire Armored Cavalry Jade Falcon Victory
August 3050 Goat Path (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
1st Falcon Striker Cluster
Goat Path Militia Jade Falcon Victory
September 3050 Graus (FC) Peregrine Galaxy
4th Falcon Velites
None Jade Falcon Victory
September 3050 Leskovik (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
2nd Falcon Jaegers
Leskovik Militia Jade Falcon Victory
September-October 3050 Parakoila (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy Parakoila 'Mech Battalion Jade Falcon Victory
September-October 3050 Sudeten (FC) Turkina Keshik

Peregrine Galaxy

124th Striker Cluster
Gray Death Legion
Sudeten Militia
Jade Falcon Victory
September 3050 Twycross 10th Lyran Guards RCT
9th FedCom RCT
1st & 2nd Regiments Kell Hounds
Jade Falcon Galaxy
Jade Falcon Guards
Jade Falcon Eyrie Cluster
FedCom Victory
September-October 3050 Zoetermeer (FC) Emerald Talon Naval Assault Star 10th Donegal Guards RCT (25% strength)

12th Star Guards

Able Battalion, 3rd Regiment
Jade Falcon Victory

A New ilKhan and the Year of Peace[edit]

In the immediate aftermath of Leo Showers' death it was eventually agreed that the Clans' Bloodnamed warriors would have to return to their homeworlds and elect a new ilKhan to lead the invasion force. During the journey back to Strana Mechty, the Khans of the Jade Falcons, Smoke Jaguars and Ghost Bears conspired to use this tragedy to get back at their collective rival, Wolf Khan Ulric Kerensky, by accusing him of causing the ilKhan's death. At the suggestion of the Ghost Bear Khans it was decided that, in case he survived his trial, the Crusaders would then elect Kerensky to take Showers' place as ilKhan. While this would make him the overall warlord of the Clan invasion it would also bind him to the decisions of the Grand Council, which was firmly under the control of the Crusaders. This would also free up his position as senior Khan of Clan Wolf to be filled by a more Crusader-minded warrior, such as Loremaster Conal Ward.[11][12]

When the Grand Council finally convened for their first meeting on Strana Mechty, Khan Lincoln Osis of the Smoke Jaguars made the accusation against Khan Kerensky and introduced a motion to strip him of his rank. Unfortunately he also opened the trial to testimony from a Wolf bondsman, Phelan Kell. Instead of backing up the charges as had been expected the Inner Sphere freeborn gave evidence which completely destroyed the Crusaders' case and when the final vote was tallied Khan Kerensky was found not guilty.[11][12]

During this time a Trial of Possession was fought on Huntress between the Jade Falcons and Steel Vipers for the genetic legacy of Khan Elias Crichell. Though considered semi-retired on account of his age, Khan Crichell personally took part in the fighting, leading three of Omega Galaxy's Clusters in combat against Clan Steel Viper's entire Gamma Galaxy. When during the course of battle the Falcons became pinned down, Khan Crichell personally led the Omega Keshik in a combat drop almost on top of the Steel Viper forces, surrounding and smashing the 4th Viper Guards Cluster before sweeping up the rest of their units and claiming victory.[11]

Khan Crichell returned from battle to take part in the second part of the Crusaders' conspiracy by voting Ulric Kerensky to become the new ilKhan. Unfortunately this plan began to unravel almost immediately when as his first act ilKhan Kerensky made Clan Steel Viper and Clan Nova Cat active members in the invasion and assigned them to work in conjunction with the Jade Falcons and Smoke Jaguars respectively. Furthermore the ilKhan decreed that both "partners" would have joint control of several worlds and the right to bid for possession of a world which was still experiencing insurrectionist activity. Beyond the insult of suggesting that they needed help, the Jade Falcons knew this was a ploy to slow them down since they would now have to bid against a hated enemy for the right to invade new worlds.[11]

Regardless the Jade Falcons made preparations for the continuation of the invasion and their new difficulties. Fully expecting fierce aggression from the Steel Vipers on their Inner Sphere holdings, it was decided to keep two entire front-line Galaxies and the Emerald Talon Naval Assault Star in reserve. This combined unit, "Turkina's Talons", would serve as a quick reaction force to counter any attempts by the Steel Vipers to seize control of any jointly-held or Falcon-controlled worlds. Furthermore overtures were made to Clan Snow Raven, a rival of the Steel Vipers, to win them over to the Crusader cause and provide a counter-balance to the Steel Vipers.[11]

A final matter was what to do about the Falcon Guards, whose defeat on Twycross had so dishonored it that few warriors were willing to help rebuild the unit. It was eventually decided to give command of the Guards to Aidan Pryde, a man who himself had a tainted past, and assign the proverbial "bottom of the barrel" to replenish its ranks, even including freeborns. Though the Falcon Guards were now regarded by many as little more than a glorified garrison unit, few could foresee just how quickly Aidan Pryde would turn the unit around into an elite unit once more, or the role it would play in future events.[11]

Fifth Wave (November-December 3051)[edit]

Grudgingly the Jade Falcons were forced to cede one of their conquered worlds to the Steel Vipers to serve as a base of operations. As a gesture of insult they gave them Waldorff, a planet thirty light-years distant from the nearest invasion corridor target. In response to this generosity the Steel Vipers decided to launch an attack on Twycross and seize control of it from the Federated Commonwealth, winning a victory at the site of the Jade Falcon's most humiliating defeat.[13]

For the Fifth Wave Clan Jade Falcon made preparations to invade only seven worlds at the start and immediately Clan Steel Viper contested the right to invade all of them. Three of these worlds - Blair Atholl, Benfled and Jabuka - were ceded outright to the Steel Vipers and Trials of Possession fought for the other four. The trial for Montmarault was fierce but ultimately went to the Steel Vipers, while the one for Orkney resulted in a draw and joint ownership. The fact that they were only able to attack two of the already miserly number of worlds they had original planned only further enraged the Jade Falcons' anger towards the Steel Vipers and ilKhan Kerensky.[14]

The Fifth Wave also revealed changing attitudes among the Jade Falcon warriors when it came to fighting a war. While strict traditionalists who long upheld the honor of single combat, reports became more frequent of the Jade Falcons slowly adopting Inner Sphere tactics. This included multiple Falcon 'Mechs focusing their fire on a single target, something completely against the rules of zellbrigen. Inner Sphere commanders soon began to worry that if this trend became more widespread they would lose their best advantage over the Clans.[14]

The news that ilKhan Kerensky had negotiated a Trial of Possession to take place on Tukayyid against ComStar for control of Terra was met with some skepticism at first, but eventually the Khans of the invading Clans were convinced to back it. Seeing the chance for an easy victory against the untested Com Guards, the bidding to be among the first to assault the planet and so win glory was fierce. Both Jade Falcon Khans were able to win a good position for their Clan and felt sufficiently avenged against Clan Wolf for the humiliation they had suffered under the ilKhan. Now the fate of the invasion would be decided with the Battle of Tukayyid.[14]

Jade Falcon operation in wave 5

Fifth Wave
Date Location Attacker Defender Outcome
November 3051 Montmarault (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
305th Assault Cluster
Alpha Galaxy
1st Viper Guards
Steel Viper Victory
November 3051 Orkney (FC) Gyrfalcon Galaxy
1st Falcon Striker Cluster
Delta Galaxy
10th Assault Cluster
Draw
December 3051 La Grave (FC) Peregrine Galaxy
4th Falcon Talon Cluster
94th Striker Cluster
5th Davion Guards RCT (65% strength) Jade Falcon Victory
December 3051 Quarell (FRR) Gyrfalcon Galaxy Quarell 'Mech Battalion Jade Falcon Victory

References[edit]

  1. Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 20
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 21
  3. 3.0 3.1 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 22
  4. 4.0 4.1 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 23
  5. 5.0 5.1 5.2 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 24
  6. Alkalurops Not Part of 1st Wave Attack
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 25
  8. 8.0 8.1 8.2 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 27
  9. 9.0 9.1 9.2 9.3 9.4 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 28
  10. The Battle for Twycross, p. 9
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 11.3 11.4 11.5 11.6 11.7 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 29
  12. 12.0 12.1 12.2 Invading Clans Sourcebook, p. 25-26
  13. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 136
  14. 14.0 14.1 14.2 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 30

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