Lori Kalmar Carlyle (b. 300? - d. 3065) was a MechWarrior who lived during the late Succession Wars and the Clan Invasion. She rose to the position of XO of the famous Gray Death Legion, eventually marrying its commander, Grayson Death Carlyle. In 3065 Lori even took over command of the Legion after her husband's death and held that position until her own demise later during the same year.
Lori Kalmar was a beautiful, tall woman with long blond hair.
Lori Kalmar was born on the ice-bound world of Sigurd in the Periphery. Her parents were killed in a fire when she was 13, instilling in her a fear of fire that would persist until the Verthandi campaign.
Kalmar joined a Periphery military unit and was one of the MechWarriors that attacked Trell I as a ploy by Duke Hassid Ricol to wrestle control of the planet away from the Lyran Commonwealth. She piloted a Locust BattleMech during the operation, but was forced to surrender when Grayson Carlyle threatened to launch an Inferno round onto her 'Mech. Her fear of fire caused her to freeze and eventually surrender to the young commander.
Kalmar worked together with Carlyle to eventually overthrow Ricol's forces. Carlyle secured a Shadow Hawk during the rebellion and Kalmar was again given command of her Locust. When Trell I was freed, she and several Trellwan natives who had become part of the fledgling unit left the planet and traveled to Galatea where they found employment as trainers to the Verthandi Revolutionary Council.
Kalmar was captured by Governor-General Masayoshi Nagumo's troops on Verthandi and faced her deep-seated fear of fire, overcoming her fear to attack her interrogator and save Carlyle's life. Carlyle again commandeered a 'Mech, this time a Marauder, and Kalmar received the Shadow Hawk after her 'Mech was destroyed defending Verthandi infantry.
FedCom Civil War and Death
During the FedCom Civil War, Lori took command of the Legion after Grayson's death after a long bout with cancer in 3065. At the same time, the Legion was assigned to Hesperus II to defend the critical planet from not only forces loyal to Victor Ian Steiner-Davion, but also from Skye separatists. During the final battle against the separatists held at the Defiance Industries complex, Lori Kalmar-Carlyle was killed by a hand grenade after being forced to eject from her damaged 'Mech.
Kalmar has piloted two primary 'Mechs in combat - the Locust and the Shadow Hawk. She was highly adept in piloting both 'Mech designs, despite their design differences. The Shadow Hawk, called "Boss Lady", was lost on Glengarry during Marshal Brandal Gareth's assault in 3057 during Operation Excalibur, and she piloted a replacement Zeus later that year during the Legion's fight on Hesperus II against the Marshal, losing it at the end of the battle. She later briefly piloted Grayson's Victor after he died, until her own death on Hesperus II in '65.
Marriage and Children
- Decision at Thunder Rift, p. 134
- Decision at Thunder Rift, pp. 134-136
- The Dying Time, p.??