Nadia Winson

Nadia Winson was a Khan of Clan Ghost Bear during the Clans' Political Century. She is most well-known for her involvement in the Dragoon Compromise.

Personal History[edit]

Winson was known to have been a Clan Wolf warrior who, just days after winning the Winson Bloodname, was taken as isorla by Clan Ghost Bear.[1][2]

Winson, a staunch Crusader in the early days of the Great Debate, served briefly as a bondsman before regaining her warrior status, then rose through the ranks of her new Clan, finally rising to the status of Khan.[3][4][5] Her political acumen was such that she eventually became identified as the leader of the Crusader movement.[6] Regarding an invasion of the Inner Sphere as inevitable, Winson ordered the design and production of new equipment, most notably the Bear Cub, although it would not be produced until decades later.[7]

In the year 3000, Winson, sensing that the Crusaders had gained the political advantage, called for a vote in the Grand Council on an invasion of the Inner Sphere. This would make good on the Crusader interpretation of Aleksandr Kerensky's Hidden Hope Doctrine.[8][9][10][11][12] She was opposed by Khan Kerlin Ward of Clan Wolf, who championed the Warden cause.[13] Ward countered Winson's plans with a proposal of his own; that of the creation of a reconnaissance force that would be sent to the Successor States, masquerading as a mercenary unit.[13][14][15][16] The logic of this argument carried the day. Clan Nova Cat and several other Crusader Clans broke away to vote in favor of Ward's proposal.[17]

This unit, which became known as Wolf's Dragoons, would provide the Clans with the intelligence to consider and perhaps properly plan an invasion.[18] The Dragoon Compromise would ultimately forestall the Clan Invasion by five decades. Khan Nadia Winson never lived to see the legacy of her efforts.[19]

Notes[edit]

  • As a member of House Winson, Nadia Winson was a descendant of Jerome Winson, the first Khan of Clan Wolf.
  • According to an account by Natasha Kerensky in the novel Blood Legacy, Winson was Khan of Clan Wolf at the time the Dragoon Compromise was enacted, and it was at her instruction that Wolf's Dragoons were formed.[20] Both of these points are contradicted by multiple sources.
  • According to another account in the Jade Falcon Sourcebook, Winson was "chairperson" of the Grand Council at the time of the Dragoon Compromise, and was described as a moderate Warden. She awarded Clan Wolf the right to form the reconnaissance force.[21] The overwhelming majority of sources contradict this description.

References[edit]

  1. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 80, "Operation Revival", Nadia Winson was taken as isorla from Clan Wolf
  2. Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 16, "Wolfnet Archive File: 93215-TJ3-12/8/60", Nadia Winson is taken by the Ghost Bears just after obtaining her Bloodname
  3. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 80, "Operation Revival", Nadia Winson is named as Khan of the Ghost Bears
  4. Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 16, "Wolfnet Archive File: 93215-TJ3-12/8/60", Nadia Winson regained her warrior status after serving briefly as a bondsman
  5. Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 16, "Wolfnet Archive File: 93215-TJ3-12/8/60", Nadia Winson becomes Khan of the Ghost Bears
  6. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 106, "Seeking the Past", Nadia Winson is considered the leader of the Crusader movement
  7. Technical Readout: 3075, p. 132, "Overview", Winson orders the design of the Bear Cub
  8. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 80, "Operation Revival", Winson calls for an invasion in 3000
  9. Wolf Clan Sourcebook, p. 24, "Dragoon Compromise", Ghost Bear Khan Winson takes the advantage in 3000
  10. Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 16, "Wolfnet Archive File: 93215-TJ3-12/8/60", Winson attempts to force a vote for invasion
  11. Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 85, "Call to Arms", Winson proposes an invasion of the Inner Sphere
  12. Mercenary's Handbook 3055, p. 25, "Origins", Winson attempts to force a vote in the Grand Council
  13. 13.0 13.1 Wolf Clan Sourcebook, p. 24, "Dragoon Compromise", Kerlin Ward blocks the call to invasion with the Dragoon Compromise
  14. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 80, "Operation Revival", the Wardens deter the debate with the Dragoon Compromise
  15. Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 85, "Call to Arms", Ward proposes a reconnaissance mission to counter Winson's proposal
  16. Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 108, "Political Maneuvering", Winson proposes an invasion in 3000
  17. Invading Clans (sourcebook), p. 108, "Political Maneuvering", the Nova Cat Khans vote in favor of Ward's Dragoon Compromise
  18. Wolf Clan Sourcebook, p. 24, "Dragoon Compromise", Wolf's Dragoons are formed by Clan Wolf
  19. Field Manual: Warden Clans, p. 80, "Operation Revival", the Compromise held off the invasion for 50 years
  20. Blood Legacy, p. 83, Nadia Winson was a Wolf Clan Khan according to Natasha
  21. Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 18, "The Compromise", Winson is described as a Warden chairperson

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