The Black Thorns

This article is about the scenario pack. For the mercenary unit, see Black Thorns.

The Black Thorns
Product information
Type Scenario Pack
Development Bryan Nystul
Donna Ippolito (Editorial Direction)
Sharon Turner Mulvihill (Managing Editor)
Diane Piron-Gelman and Rob Cruz (Associate Editors)
Primary writing James D. Long
Rodney Knox
Pages 61
Cover artwork Les Dorscheid
Jim Nelson (Art Direction)
Steve Bryant (Project Manager)
Illustrations Earl Geier
Allen Nunis
Mike Nielsen
Gary Opasinski
Publication information
Publisher FASA
Product code 1686
First published 1994
ISBN-10 1555602460
ISBN-13 978-1555602468
MSRP $10.00
Era Clan Invasion era


The Black Thorns scenario pack details the story of Jeremiah Rose and the creation of his mercenary unit, the Black Thorns up to 3057. It briefly sums up the story and main characters from Main Event and D.R.T.. Most of the book is dedicated to scenarios so that players can recreate the battles from those novels. The book also introduced four new 'Mechs, the Grendel, Shadow Cat, Kingfisher, and Shootist.

From the back cover[edit]

For Adept Jeremiah Rose, ComStar's stunning victory on Tukayyid was a crushing personal defeat. After losing his 'Mech and his command to the Clans, Rose resigned his commission with the Com Guards and returned home to seek a place with his family among the famed Northwind Highlanders. When the Highlanders rejected him, Rose refused to give up. He set out for Solaris VII, where he gained a new BattleMech, new comrades, and a renewed sense of purpose. Thus the Black Thorns were born...

Recreate the exciting adventures of Jeremiah Rose and his Black Thorns in this scenario pack for BattleTech. Based on the events of the novels Main Event and D.R.T., this book includes a history of the Black Thorns, as well as MechWarrior game statistics for the main characters of this elite mercenary unit.


  • Introduction
    • How to Use this Book
  • Unit History
    • Victory on Solaris
    • First Contract
    • Working for the Dragon
    • Future Plans
    • Unit Description
  • Personalities
Jeremiah Rose
Rianna Rose
Badicus O'Shea
Rachel McCloud
Antioch Bell
  • Scenarios
    • Ridge Line
    • Red Rage
    • What Price Victory
    • Up Close and Personal
    • Building a Legend
    • A Warm Welcome
    • Beware the Thorns
    • Some Were Expendable
    • Rise and Shine
    • School of Hard Knocks
    • Cat and Mouse
    • To Catch a Rising Star... Captain
    • Fire in the Night
    • Toying with the Cat
    • The Killing Fields
  • Epilogue