Salome Ward

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Salome Ward
Salome Ward
Born: 2990
Died: 19 June, 3055
Affiliation Kell Hounds
Lyran Commonwealth
Federated Commonwealth
Profession/
occupation
Mercenary officer
Spouse Morgan Kell
Children Phelan Kell
Caitlin Kell

Salome Ward (b. 2990 – d. 19 June, 3055), also known as Salome Ward-Kell, was the wife of Morgan Kell and the mother of Phelan Kell, and a long-serving member of the Kell Hounds.[1]

History[edit]

Early Life[edit]

The eldest child of a family with nearly two-thousand years of military service was born on New Exford. Salome Ward attended the military academy on Coventry, graduating with high marks in 3012. Following her graduation, she applied for and was granted the position of liaison officer to the new Kell Hounds mercenary unit, and was granted the rank of Captain, commanding the First Company of First Battalion.[1]

The Kell Hounds[edit]

Ward not only served with distinction with the Hounds, she also became involved in a relationship with Morgan Kell.[1]

In 3013 in service to the Federated Suns, the Hounds rescued the body of Prince Ian Davion. In 3016 in the battle of Mallory's World, she witnessed Morgan saving the Hounds by engaging Yorinaga Kurita of the 2nd Sword of Light in single combat.

After that incident, Morgan reduced the Kell Hounds to a single battalion and went to a MechWarrior monastery, the St. Marinus House on the planet Zaniah. For the following eleven years, Salome and Daniel Allard helped Patrick Kell keep the unit together. Salome deeply resented Morgan's abandoning the Hounds.

During this time, the Kell Hounds served in the Free Worlds League hunting pirates, and later worked for both the Lyran Commonwealth and the Federated Suns once again, participating in Hanse Davion's Operation Galahad.

In 3027, they again fought Yorinaga Kurita, this time on Styx during the rescue of Melissa Steiner. It was to be Patrick Kell's final battle, as he sacrificed himself to save the Archon Heir-Designate and his troops.

Morgan Kell would emerge from retirement upon his brother's death, rebuilding the Hounds back to regimental strength just in time for the Fourth Succession War, again fighting against House Kurita.

She and Morgan would eventually renew their relationship and married. Together they had two children.

Later Career[edit]

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During the Clan invasion she received word of the "loss" of her son Phelan to what was later discovered to be Wolf Clan on The Rock in 3049. Alongside Morgan and the Kell Hounds, she fought against the Clans at the Battle of Luthien. She later met her son again on Arc-Royal, this time as Khan Phelan Ward of the Wolf Clan.

Death[edit]

On June 19th, 3055 Salome was killed in an explosion on Tharkad which also killed Archon Melissa Steiner and seriously injured Morgan Kell, among others. This attack was ordered by Katherine Steiner-Davion and carried out by the assasin known in some circles as the Dancing Joker.

Marriage, Children, Anscestors[edit]

She was married to Morgan Kell, and bore him a son, Phelan Kell, as well as a daughter, Caitlin Kell. She claims descent on both sides to Captain Michael Ward of the Star League Defense Force.[2] One of Michael's sons accompanied Aleksandr Kerensky's Exodus, eventually founding the Ward Bloodname. As a result, Salome and her children are distant cousins of the modern day House Ward. This circumstance allowed Phelan to win a Bloodname, and eventually become a Clan Khan.

Battlemechs[edit]

Salome spent nearly her entire career piloting a Star League-era Wolverine[1].

References[edit]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 The Kell Hounds, p. 18, "Salome Ward"
  2. Lethal Heritage, pp.[citation needed]

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