Ironhold Provider

Ironhold Provider
Vessel Profile
Type WarShip
Class Carrack

History[edit]

As at 3059 the Carrack-class transport Ironhold Provider was a WarShip within the Clan Jade Falcon touman.[1] The Ironhold Provider would continue to be an active part of the touman throughout the next decade[2] and into the beginnings of the Wars of Reaving.

After Khan Brett Andrews' attempt in 3069 to have the Falcons declared dezgra for their continuing exposure to the Inner Sphere was negated by the Grand Council, Clan Steel Viper launched an aggressive campaign against the Jade Falcon enclaves in the Clan Homeworlds, and the Ironhold Provider was soon on the front lines.[3]

The first Steel Viper strike was against the Jade Falcon enclaves on Ironhold, where the Ironhold Provider and the other ships of the Emerald Talon Star fought to try and block the Steel Viper forces from landing. The Emerald Talon Star managed to blunt the first wave of attacks, but the arrival of the Steel Viper flagship, the Nightlord-class battleship CSV Dark Asp, and the Cameron-class battlecruiser CJF Zalman's Endeavour stymied the Jade Falcon's resistance in space, with the Emerald Talon Star being pushed back while the landing forces were escorted to the planet by three other Steel Viper WarShips, the Aegis-class heavy cruiser CSV Steel Python, the Lola III-class destroyer CSV Snake Pit and the Whirlwind-class destroyer CSV Snake in the Grass.[3]

The Jade Falcons within the Homeworlds were quickly pushed back across multiple fronts; the Emerald Talon Star fought again above Lum in February 3070, Lum being the last Jade Falcon enclave in the homeworlds outside Strana Mechty to survive. The Steel Viper forces were led by the Essex-class destroyer CSV Martial Legacy, which had successfully bid for the right to lead the Steel Viper fleet against the Falcons. Despite the odds the four damaged WarShips of the Emerald Talon Star fought a three-hour naval battle to hold off the attacking Vipers; only when the Ironhold Provider, the Black Lion-class battlecruiser CJF Blue Aerie and the Liberator-class cruiser CJF Gauntlet had all been destroyed did the last surviving ship from the Star, the Black Lion-class CJF White Aerie, retreat to Strana Mechty.[3]

References[edit]

  1. Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 95, "Naval Assets"
  2. Field Manual: Updates, p. 49, "Naval Assets"
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Wars of Reaving, p. 46-47, "Exodus Requiem"

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