The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky

The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky
Product information
Type Sourcebook
Development Randall N. Bills
Bryan Nystul
Primary writing Chris Hartford
Pages 124
Cover artwork Chris Moeller
Illustrations Scott James
Mathew Plog
Steve Prescott
Publication information
Publisher FASA
Product code 1709
First published 1999
ISBN-10 1555603491
MSRP 18.00 US$
Era Clan Invasion era
Agency Phelan Kell
Universe Date 27 February 3062


Purporting to be an in-universe document compliled by Phelan Kell (an Inner Sphere adoptee of the Clans who had risen to the rank of Khan) for his father on Arc-Royal, The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky is a sourcebook for information on Clan society and culture.

The first section details the history of the Clans collectively, beginning with the creation of the Star League and ending with the ejection of Clan Steel Viper from the Inner Sphere in 3061. The second section is about the culture of the Clans, including the caste system, Bloodnames, and social mores. That is followed by a discussion of Clan government and the various factions and organizations that play into that, including Bloodhouses, Clan Councils, and the military. The fourth sections goes a little more in depth into the individual Clans. Section five provides information on some of the worlds in Clan space, including Strana Mechty and the Pentagon Worlds. A glossary provides definitions for different Clan terms. Finally, a rules section provides a guide on how Clan characters should behave in combat and their views on different situations.

False information[edit]

Some information about the Clan homeworlds in this book has been proven false, and has been corrected in later sources. In particular, the spectral class of several stars (and thereby the recharging times and travel times given) is wrong. While this could be considered a retcon, it may be regarded as simple genuine mistakes in-universe.

Similarly, the book's history section details Clan history as the Clans (and the rest of the BattleTech universe) know it and hold to be true.
However, it has since been established through stories about certain key events as they really happened (in particular, Betrayal of Ideals and the unfinished Founding of the Clans novel trilogy) that early Clan history was in fact heavily subjected to manipulation, revisionistic falsifications and outright lies, though this is not generally known in the 31st century of the BattleTech universe.

From the back cover[edit]

For twelve long years, the Clans have savaged Inner Sphere worlds and armies alike. But who are they? What drives them? This comprehensive report finally puts to rest more than a decade's worth of speculation about the descendants of Kerensky. The information in this document may be the Inner Sphere's greatest weapon against their Clan foes.

The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky describes in detail all the elements that forged the Clans into the ultimate warrior society, including their history, government, customs and homeworlds. This book also covers the Clans' current status and holdings, including a map of Clan space. The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky also features the insignias of each of the original twenty Clans.


  • Introduction
  • The Secret History of the Clans
    • Rise of the Star League
    • Star League in Exile
    • Return to the Pentagon
    • The Drive to War
    • Operation Revival
    • Twilight of the Clans
    • Wars of Possession
    • Comparative Timeline
  • Clan Society
    • The Caste System
    • The Eugenics Program
    • Bloodnames
    • Clan Psychology
    • Rituals, Trials and Traditions
    • Language
    • Religion
    • The Arts
    • Media
    • Holidays and Festivals
    • Sports and Games
    • Morals, Social Mores and Taboos
  • Clan Government
    • The Grand Council
    • Clan Councils
    • Bloodname Houses
    • Civilian Councils and Governance
    • The Military
    • Politics
    • Economics
    • Technology
  • The Clans
  • Clan Space
  • Glossary
  • Rules