Lum

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Note: X and Y are coordinates (light years on XY plane) relative to Strana Mechty at (0, 0)

X: -33 Y: -16

Note: X and Y are coordinates (light years on XY plane) relative to Terra at (0, 0)

X: 4.73 Y: -1,743.65[e]


Planetary Data[edit]

  • Star Type (Recharge Time): K2IV (?? hours)
  • Position in System: 4 (of 5)
  • Time to Jump Point:
  • Number of Satellites: ?
  • Surface Gravity: 0.9
  • Atmospheric Pressure: Standard (Breathable)
  • Equatorial Temperature: 15C°
  • Surface Water: 70%
  • Recharging Station: Unknown
  • HPG Class Type: Unknown
  • Highest Native Life: Birds

Planetary Description[edit]

Lum was an important industrial world and the capital of Clan Snow Raven in the Kerensky Cluster. [1] After several centuries of habitation, Lum was abandoned during the Wars of Reaving that ravaged Clan Space.

Planetary History[edit]

Colonization by Clan Snow Raven (sometime prior to 2825)[edit]

After the heavy losses incurred during Operation Klondike, Khan Stephen McKenna of Clan Snow Raven feared that his Clan would become marginalized in any further Trials. Thus the Khan focused his Clan on their expertise in naval and aerospace support. Instead of dueling with the other Clans for ‘Mech and vehicle caches on Circe, the Snow Ravens laid claim to the orbital Brian Cache in the Circe’s system’s outer reaches. There the Clan found DropShips, JumpShips, WarShips and aerospace fighters to expand their Touman with minimal losses.

Amongst these vessels, the Snow Ravens found technical documents that allowed for the construction of repair and manufacturing facilities for all types of naval craft. The Snow Ravens would take these plans and begin building a variety of shipyards and maintenance facilities in orbit around the resource-rich world of Lum. These facilities would be expanded throughout the centuries and would provide Clan Snow Raven with a monopoly on the repair and construction of major naval vessels in the Kerensky Cluster.

Lum thus became the capital of Clan Snow Raven and the largest orbital shipyard and support depot in Clan Space. All the other Clans would trade resources with the Ravens to have their naval vessels serviced and repaired onsite. The Ravens would use their control of these shipyards as a powerful bargaining tool when dealing with their fellow Clans thus giving them immense strength despite their small size. This valuable world was heavily guarded by an entire second-line Galaxy and numerous WarShips from the Snow Raven Fleet. [2]

Jade Falcon Raid of 3057[edit]

In 3057, the Clan Jade Falcon 4th Falcon Striker (Clan Jade Falcon) raided Clan Snow Raven assets on Lum as part of a feud between the two Clans. The Falcon Star Colonel Buhallin convinced the Snow Ravens to grant his force safcon and then launched a trial for the J7 Armor Fabrication plant. The Falcons shattered the two Trinaries from the 5th Raven Auxiliaries (Clan Snow Raven) defending the site. However, knowing that Snow Raven reinforcements would be arriving quickly, the Falcons ransomed the plant back to the Snow Ravens in exchange for a month’s worth of production [3]

Steel Viper Assault of 3065[edit]

On September 8th, 3065[4] Clan Steel Viper launched a planetary assault against the Clan Snow Raven enclaves on Lum. The Viper forces disregarded a request for safcon and proceeded to fight their way through the Raven aerospace defenses to their landing zones. Once on the ground, the Steel Vipers forces, lead by Khan Perigard Zalman, won Trial after Trial against the defending Ravens, gaining control over large swaths of Lum within a week. During this time the Vipers, stripped as much finished product and manufacturing equipment as they could. However, by October 12th, Viper forces were forced to withdraw from their conquests due to a lack of supplies. The orbiting Raven Naval blockade kept all Steel Viper vessels from making landfall and prevented the Vipers from completing their conquest. Also, there was the growing threat that Clan Jade Falcon would take advantage of the Viper’s involvement on Lum to attack other Viper holdings elsewhere in the Kerensky Cluster. The Steel Vipers withdrew from Lum under heavy escort from their Warship fleet which kept the Raven vessels at bay during the evacuation. Despite the Raven’s best efforts, the Vipers were able to leave Lum and Snow Raven SaKhan Cooper died in the effort. However, in midst of the Viper's retreat, Khan Zalman's Dropship was destroyed, killing all aboard.[5]

Clan Diamond Shark and Clan Jade Falcon Trade Enclaves 3067[edit]

As part of a deal regarding the ownership of the Twycross system in the Inner Sphere, Clan Diamond Shark gifted their enclaves on Lum to Clan Jade Falcon. [6]

Trials against Clan Star Adder & Clan Goliath Scorpion in 3068[edit]

In early December 3068, the Delta Naval Star of Clan Star Adder arrived in system and initiated a Trial of Possession against the Snow Ravens for the orbital space above the world of Lum and the valuable industrial assets located there. The ensuing battle between the two forces was one of the largest naval battles in Clan space with multiple Stars of WarShips, DropShips and aerofighters on each side. After the fierce fighting, the Snow Ravens were victorious and the Star Adders withdrew from Lum space.

Then another invasion force entered into the Lum system.

The Clan Goliath Scorpion Beta Naval Star, led by Galaxy Commander Colin Yeh, declared a Trial of Possession for the orbiting Lum naval yards. In a moment of exasperation at the situation, as his forces were exhausted and damaged from the previous battle, Clan Snow Raven Star Admiral Thomas Waters declared that all Raven assets in the system would defend in the Trial. This would be a grave error.

During the fighting, weapons on the Lum shipyard opened fired on the Scorpion vessels. This designated the yard and other facilities as legal combat targets. After three days of fighting, over half of the priceless Lum shipyards were destroyed and the victorious Scorpions quickly began to strip the undamaged sections of the yard for transport to their world of Roche. The Jade Falcons were not involved in the fighting and the Snow Ravens still controlled the planet itself. [7]

Clan Steel Viper Evicts Clan Jade Falcon 3070[edit]

By 3070, the Clan Jade Falcon presence in the Homeworlds was confined to Lum and Strana Mechty. In the months before, Clan Steel Viper had attacked all other Falcon holdings and driven them to the Inner Sphere. In February 3070, The Steel Viper Naval Reserve arrived with the Alpha Galaxy (Clan Steel Viper) to reduce those holdings further. The Vipers were able to destroy three Falcon warships before landing an invasion force that destroyed the defending 74th Battle Cluster (Clan Jade Falcon) and claiming the Falcon enclave as their own. The Snow Ravens were not involved in the fighting. [8]

Clan Snow Raven’s Last Stand 3070[edit]

With the other Clans within the Homeworlds beginning to turn again them, Clan Snow Raven began gathering a fleet of ships in the Lum system to move their population to the Inner Sphere. They were negotiating with the government of the Outworlds Alliance on the details of settling within its borders while they prepared for the long journey. However, before they could leave, a fleet of Clan Steel Viper vessels, led by the dreadnaught CSV Perigard Zalman, entered the Lum System. The Vipers declared a Trial for Possession for the entire system and the Raven’s accepted. The warships of the Raven’s leapt to the defense of their last possession with all the ferocity they could manage. After seven hours, the Vipers were in full control of the Lum system, but most of the Raven fleet had escaped on their journey. The Alpha and part of Omega Galaxies from the Viper Touman then landed on Lum to take full control of the planet’s population and resources. While much war material was available, most of the planet’s infrastructure had been removed. What population was left on the planet was incorporated into the Viper population though all caste members above Laborer were sterilized.

Five days later, a last ditch attack by Raven WarShips to destroy the Zalman was attempted, but despite causing much damage to her escorts, the Zalman survived. [9]

Abandonment of Lum (sometime before 3075)[edit]

Sometime before the Annihilation of Clan Steel Viper, Lum was abandoned. It is assumed that the Vipers removed all the remaining population and infrastructure to another of their possessions, but this is unknown. [10]

Clan Diamond Shark Salvage Team 3075[edit]

Led by information from Clan Snow Raven, a team of salvage experts from Clan Diamond Shark arrived in secret into the Lum system. There they discovered the battered hulk of the Potemkin-Class Snowflake. The salvage team was able to conduct enough emergency repairs to make the vessel spaceworthy. They then renamed the vessel Titanic in honor of a destroyed vessel from the Diamond Shark Touman and started their journey back to the Inner Sphere and arrived at the Ramora system in 3076. [11]

Manufacturing Facilities[edit]

Clan Snow Raven maintains multiple orbital and ground based shipyards since colonizing the planet. The enclave of Rumiko is known for producing the Carrier Class Fighter-Carrier Dropship since 2882 though the actual manufacturer name is unknown.[12]

Era Specific Data[edit]

3062[edit]

  • Population: 32,000,000 in 3062
  • Percentage of Political Control: Clan Diamond Shark (18%) / Clan Snow Raven (82%)[15]

3067[edit]

  • Population: 32,000,000 in 3067
  • Percentage of Political Control: Clan Jade Falcon (18%) / Clan Snow Raven (82%)[16]

Garrisoning Military Force[edit]

3061[edit]

3067[edit]


Owner History[edit]

Nearby Planets[edit]

Planets within 2 jumps (60 light-years)
Closest planets first:
Planet Distance (LY) Jumps 2750 2800 2820 3025 3030 3040 3052 3057 3062 3067
Shadow  ??.?? 1 N N Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan
Brim  ??.?? 1 N N Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan
Strana Mechty  ??.?? 1 N N Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan
Gatekeeper  ??.?? 2 N N Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan
Ironhold  ??.??  ? N N Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan
Huntress  ??.??  ? N N N Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan Clan

References[edit]

  1. Field Manual: Updates, p. 64, "Clan Snow Raven: Overview"
  2. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 119, "Looking Into The Abyss"
  3. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 131, "Delta Garrison Galaxy": Brief report on notable actions by the unit.
  4. Field Manual: Updates p. 64, "Snow Ravens": Update of Mid-3060 history includes actual date of invasion of the Steel Vipers.
  5. Field Manual: Updates, p. 66, "Steel Viper": Intelligence report giving aftermath of fighting on Lum.
  6. Wars of Reaving, p. 19, "Considering Twycross".
  7. The Wars of Reaving, p. 40, "Lamentations and the Raven": Details of the twin assaults of Lum in 3068.
  8. The Wars of Reaving, p. 48, "Exodus Requiem": Details of the Viper assault on Falcon holdings in 3070.
  9. The Wars of Reaving, p. 52-53, "Closing The Net": Details of the final Viper assault on Raven forces in Lum.
  10. The Wars of Reaving, p. 248, "Political Balance Table, 3075": Breakdown of Clan possessions within the Homeworlds circa 3075.
  11. The Wars of Reaving, p. 173, "Founder’s Future: Clan Diamond Shark": Details of the Diamond Shark salvage team.
  12. Technical Readout: 3057 Revised, p. 80, "Carrier": History mentions of a shipyard located on Lum's Rumiko region that produces the Carrier DropShip.
  13. Technical Readout: 3055 Upgrade, p. 176, "Factory produces OmniFighter on Lum and gives name".
  14. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 131, "Delta Garrison Galaxy": Brief mention of the manufacturing plant.
  15. The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky, pp. 113-114, "Political Balance Table": Percentage of planet' control and population listed for 3062.
  16. Field Manual: Updates, p. 39, "Clan Political Balance Table"
  17. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 165, "Corvus Keshik"
  18. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 165. “Delta Garrison Galaxy
  19. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 165. “Delta Garrison Galaxy
  20. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 165, "Delta Garrison Galaxy"
  21. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 165, "Delta Garrison Galaxy"
  22. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 165, "Delta Garrison Galaxy"
  23. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 165, "Delta Garrison Galaxy"
  24. 24.0 24.1 Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 163, "Warden Clans Deployment Table"
  25. Field Manual: Updates, p. 79. “Delta Galaxy (Second Line)”
  26. Field Manual: Updates, p. 79. “Delta Galaxy (Second Line)”
  27. Field Manual: Updates, p. 79. “Delta Galaxy (Second Line)”
  28. Field Manual: Updates, p. 79. “Delta Galaxy (Second Line)”
  29. Field Manual: Updates, p. 79. “Delta Galaxy (Second Line)”
  30. Field Manual: Updates, p. 79. “Delta Galaxy (Second Line)”
  31. Field Manual: Updates, p. 79. “Zeta Galaxy (Second Line)”
  32. Field Manual: Updates, p. 73, "Zeta Galaxy (Front Line – Clan Space)"
  33. The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky p. 114
  34. Field Manual Update p. 39
  35. Wars of Reaving p. 248

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