Phillip Drummond

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Phillip-drummond
Phillip Drummond
Born: 20 May 2746[1]
Died: 2858
Affiliation Clan Nova Cat
Profession/
occupation
Khan of Clan Nova Cat
Spouse Anna Rosse
Children Two sons (unnamed)
Sandra Rosse

Phillip Drummond (born May 20th 2746[1] – died 2858) was the first Khan of Clan Nova Cat, founder of the Drummond Bloodline, and father of Sandra Rosse.


Biography[edit]

Early life[edit]

While early accounts of his life are unclear, it is known that Phillip Drummond was originally a Major of the Rim Worlds Republic, serving as an officer in the 832nd Amaris Dragoons. While he originally took great pride in serving under Stefan Amaris, the execution of First Lord Richard Cameron shattered the officer's loyalty to the Rim Worlds Republic, which he quickly transferred to General Aleksandr Kerensky, a man he still respected.

In an effort to prove his new dedication to General Kerensky, and to show his resourcefulness and dedication, Drummond penetrated the defenses of the SLDF when they landed at the Rim World Republic's capital of Apollo. Surrendering to Kerensky's security detachment in person, Drummond offered his services and an oath of loyalty to Kerensky. Kerensky accepted, recognizing Drummond as a kindred spirit, and Phillip Drummond was commissioned into the SLDF as a Lieutenant.

Drummond proved to be an excellent source of intelligence on Rim World Republic troop movements and tactics, earning the respect of his initially suspicious fellow officers in Intelligence Command. Phillip Drummond was decorated by Kerensky for his efforts, and was often used an example to inspire Kerensky's troops during his speeches.

Phillip Drummond

Exodus[edit]

When Aleksandr Kerensky made his decision to leave the Inner Sphere, Phillip Drummond was one of those who followed him into self imposed exile. Believing that he owed his life to Kerensky, and that Kerensky was the only man worth his loyalty, Drummond left the Inner Sphere with nothing but the equipment assigned to him as a member of the SLDF.

Phillip Drummond was one of those who tested out during the general demobilization of the SLDF. Assigned work as a scientist, Drummond was part of team tasted with developing Streak SRM technology

Marriage and children[edit]

While visiting friends on Circe, Phillip Drummond met Anna Rosse. While the traumatized woman at first resisted his attempts at friendship, she eventually warmed to his efforts. This friendship eventually deepened into love. While they never officially married, Phillip settled with her on Circe. There they had three children, two sons (unnamed) and a daughter.

Civil War[edit]

With the outbreak of the Pentagon Civil War, Anna and Phillip, fearing for children, fled with others into the wilds of Circe. This proved a futile effort as an attack on their community resulted in the death of two of their children, leaving only young Sandra alive. Feeling the need for vengeance, Phillip and Ann joined forces loyal to the planetary government.

While Phillip once again became a warrior, the acts of violence committed by all sides sickened him. When Nicholas Kerensky called for the Second Exodus, Phillip and Anna leaped at the chance, taking their daughter with them.


The wise Nicholas spoke to them all
Through the haze of their anguish
His passion flowed through the doubt,
His conviction tore at the fear
He was become the living legend.
Phillip listened and believed;
He would follow this great man
as he had followed the father
into Exodus, and hope.

-The Remembrance (Clan Nova Cat), Passage 14, Verse 1, Lines 1-9.

Khan[edit]

Phillip Drummond, his warrior skills reawakened by the campaign on Circe, easily tested into a command position, and he was elected by his fellow Nova Cats as Khan. There are hints that Nicholas Kerensky influenced this choice, both as a means to reward Phillip for his loyalty to Nicholas' father, as well as a way to further show his desire to erase previous factional lines. Phillip also continued to see secretly maintain his relationship with Anna, despite Kerensky's new laws against intercaste relationships.

During the Nova Cats invasion of Circe, Drummond lead the Nova Cats to victory. With his superior leadership skills, and his knowledge of the terrain, the Nova Cats defeated their opponents through a combination of superior strategy, equipment, and skill.

After the Pentagon campaign, Phillip Drummond learned he had developed a degenerative nerve disease. While he had resigned himself to an ignominious end, he learned from Anna Rosse that their daughter, Sandra had tested as a Star Captain in Clan Nova Cat. Drummond revealed his condition to his daughter. Sandra developed a plan and decided to replace her father as Khan. Sandra Rosse, after winning her Bloodname, challenged Phillip to a Trial of Grievance, calling for Phillip to voluntarily step down as Khan. Phillip accepted and walked away from the position, leaving Sandra Rosse as Khan of Clan Nova Cat.

During Sandra Rosse's short term as Khan, Phillip Drummond did not lie idle. With the help of Anna, he secretly underwent treatment at a small medical facility on Circe, eventually curing his disease. After Sandra's death, Phillip felt he was the only one able to continue Sandra's vision for the Nova Cats. Undergoing a series of Trials of Position, Phillip Drummond regained his Warrior status. He then spoke before the Council of the Nova Cats. His speech before the council proved persuasive, and he was again confirmed as Khan of the Nova Cats, the vote being virtually unanimous.

Phillip Drummond continued to serve as Khan of the Nova Cats until his death at the age of 112, leading his Clan well into the Golden Century.

Legacy[edit]

While his leadership and judgment served the Nova Cat's well, his greatest influence on the Nova Cats was his continued support of Sandra Rosse' vision for the Clan. It is unlikely that Sandra's short reign as Khan would have continued to influence the Nova Cats without Phillip's approval.

Additionally, due to Drummond's popularity and competence, even at an advanced age, the stigma against aged warriors is not as strong with the Nova Cats as it is with other Clans.

Awards[edit]

While Drummond was awarded by Aleksandr Kerensky during Phillip's time with the SLDF, it it not mentioned what the award was.


Preceded by
Sandra Rosse
Khan of Clan Nova Cat
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Succeeded by
???

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Historical: Operation Klondike, p. 108 - "Phillip Drummond Profile"
  • Invading Clans, pp. 101-105, 108

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