John Christopher

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John Christopher
Born 3031
Affiliation Word of Blake

John Christopher (b. 3031 - d. ?) was the commander of the Word of Blake's Task Force Steel.[1]


Early History[edit]

Christopher was born on Terra to a ComStar family: his father was a junior officer in the Com Guard, first a MechWarrior with a Terra-based unit and then an instructor of survival at Sandhurst Royal Military Academy.[1]


Christopher joined the Com Guard in 3048, himself having graduated from Sandhurst. He fought Clan Wolf with the 282nd Division on Tukayyid in 3052, was credited with two Wolf Spider OmniMech kills and awarded the Star of Honor. He then was assigned command of the Com Guard unit on Tharkad, becoming deeply immersed in Clan intelligence gathering. He developed a friendship with Demi-Precentor Sharon Gardbaum, assisting her in becoming a qualified 'Mech pilot. The relationship with Gardbaum would eventually develop further.[1]

During his time on Tharkad, Christopher began exploring rumors regarding Primus Myndo Waterly's reported resignation and subsequent death, and the conspiracy theories regarding the possible contributing roles of both Precentor Martial Anastasius Focht and Primus Sharilar Mori. At first, he labeled the rumors as secessionist propaganda from the Word of Blake, but his military assignment afforded him information that cast further doubts on the official record. Following the mid-3054 defection of family friend Daphne Chrysler, a close colleague of his father, to the Word of Blake, he reconsidered his stance on the issues and weighed in heavily with the Word's version of events. He defected that October.[1]

Word of Blake[edit]

Christopher traveled to the Word's capital on Gibson, meeting up with Chrysler, who introduced him to Blake Precentor Martial Trent Arian. Following that interview, he was offered (and accepted) a battalion command in the Second Division of the Word of Blake Militia, despite it being a comparatively lesser role than his previous ComStar position. For Operation Odysseus, Arian chose Christopher to lead Task Force Steel in its mission to secure Sandhurst. His intimate knowledge of the British terrain helped decide the result of the overall assault.[1]

Later in his career, Christopher would be promoted to Precentor Delta/Epsilon VII, in charge of the Word of Blake ROM's feared Light of Mankind special forces unit.[2]

Personal Description[edit]

Christopher has brown hair, with a mustache and beard. A V-shaped scar on his right cheek reportedly came from a youthful duel, but rumors exist that it was a result of another incident. He is known to display the scar with pride. He focuses on his personal grooming, always making sure his entire appearance, including his hair and boots, is flawless. He speaks clearly and with distinction.[1]

Source Analysis[edit]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 The Fall of Terra, p. 70
  2. A Guide to Covert Ops, p. 79