Victor Ian Steiner-Davion (born April 12th, 3030 – died November 26th, 3134, aged 104 years) was the first child of Hanse Davion and Melissa Steiner. He was named in honor of the successful conclusion of the Fourth Succession War and Hanse's late older brother, Prince Ian Davion. As the first child of Hanse Davion and Melissa Steiner, he inherited the most powerful realm of the Inner Sphere, the Federated Commonwealth.
 Early Years
Victor was born on 20 April, 3030. Victor was raised on Tharkad, unlike his siblings who were raised on both Tharkad and New Avalon. As the eldest child, Victor joined the military in preparation for becoming the first Archon-Prince of the Federated Commonwealth. He attended the Nagelring and was the first cadet to defeat the "La Mancha" scenario there, with the help of the data his brother Peter acquired from the New Avalon Military Academy on how Kai Allard-Liao achieved a draw. Upon graduation, he was posted to the 12th Donegal Guards. At this time his BattleMech was also his namesake, a Victor.
 Enter the Clans
During the initial invasion by the Clans, his unit, the 12th Donegal Guards, was destroyed on Trellwan (Trell I) by Clan Jade Falcon and, against his wishes, he was forced to personally withdraw by Galen Cox.
Victor now took personal command of a battalion of the 10th Lyran Guards and rallied his forces, this time on the world of Twycross. The Federated Commonwealth forces achieved victory in the battle when Kai Allard-Liao, then serving in the AFFC, single-handedly destroyed a flanking maneuver by the Falcon Guards that would have overrun the FedCom positions, by self-destructing a borrowed Hatchetman, causing a land slide that buried the Falcon Guards.
After Twycross, Victor and the other heirs and rulers of the Inner Sphere were invited to Outreach by Jaime Wolf. Once there, the origins of the Clans were revealed, and tentative truces were made between the powers of the Inner Sphere to combat the Clan menace. It was also here that Victor first met Omi Kurita, his first love. In a Clan-style Trial of Position Victor finished third among the assembled heirs. Kai's refusal to accept Jaime's gift put Victor in possession of a Daishi he named "Prometheus" because of its energy-heavy weaponry.
The Clan Invasion began again in late 3051 and again the forces of the Inner Sphere found themselves forced to retreat. Victor, defending the world of Alyina, once more faced the Jade Falcons. His unit was again overrun, but Victor and the 10th were able to withdraw thanks to Kai's sacrifice.
With the Clans stalled by the ongoing Battle of Tukayyid in 3052, Victor answered Omi Kurita's personal plea to rescue her brother Hohiro, who, along with his forces, was fighting a losing battle on Teniente against Clan Nova Cat. Victor lead the 10th Lyran into battle and successfully extracted Hohiro and his troops.
Hanse Davion died of a heart attack in late 3052. Melissa offered to step down so that Victor could become Archon-Prince, but he persuaded her to stay on, not only as Archon, but as regent of the Federated Suns. In 3055, however, Melissa Steiner was killed in an assassination secretly plotted by Victor's sister Katherine Steiner-Davion (who had labeled herself Katrina to appeal to the Steiner half of the Federated Commonwealth). Public opinion, manipulated by Katherine, fingered Victor as the culprit since her death led to his ascension and the formal inauguration of the Federated Commonwealth. Victor found out that Katherine was responsible after she attempted to assassinate her lover, who was also Victor's aide, Galen Cox.
His ill-fated attempt to replace the recently deceased Joshua Marik with a double infuriated Thomas Marik when it was discovered and led to a retaliatory assault by Free Worlds League and Capellan Confederation troops in 3057, but the far-reaching consequences of his actions would rock the Inner Sphere. Katherine Steiner-Davion, though already privately implicated in her mother's assassination, used this opportunity and a rarely-known clause within the Federated Commonwealth treaty to secede the Lyran half of the realm and abandoned the nominally Lyran Sarna March to the FWL and CapCon assault. Because most of the traditionally Lyran units left the March to return to the pre-4th War borders, forces loyal to Victor lacked the JumpShips necessary to retake the rebellious territory, which came to be known as the Chaos March.
In 3058, a Jade Falcon incursion into the Lyran Alliance prompted Katherine to request aid from all nations across the Inner Sphere, secretly withholding crucial intelligence in the hope that her enemies, specifically Victor, would be killed in the ensuing slaughter. Victor, however, became aware of the size of the Falcon forces on Coventry and instead of fighting negotiated hegira, a peaceful withdrawal, by the Jade Falcons, in the town of Whitting. This unified response to a Clan assault laid the foundations for what became known as the Whitting Conference and the subsequent reformation of the Star League.
 The Star League Reborn
After the Whitting Conference, Victor led the armies of the Inner Sphere to destroy Clan Smoke Jaguar in Operation Bulldog. In the meantime, he took the unprecedented step of naming his youngest sister, Yvonne, regent. The offensive was successful beyond Victor's wildest dreams, so he traveled to the Clan Homeworlds to relieve his cousin Morgan Hasek-Davion's Task Force Serpent. After he rescued its survivors on Huntress, he traveled to Strana Mechty, declared and won a Trial of Refusal against the Clan invasion of the Inner Sphere.
Unbeknown to him, Katherine launched a bloodless coup d'état against Yvonne, effectively removing him from the throne of the Federated Commonwealth. Technically, Katherine only usurped her sister's regency, not actual sovereignty. In fact, Katherine could never ascend to become Prince because she lacked the requisite military service. Now deposed, he retired to Luthien before joining ComStar and replacing the retiring Anastasius Focht as Precentor Martial.
 FedCom Civil War
Seemingly content to remain out of Inner Sphere politics, Victor was thrust into conflict with his sister Katherine after the assassination of their younger brother Arthur in late 3062. Victor set aside his role as Precentor Martial and, for the next five years, led his supporters in the FedCom Civil War. Personal tragedy again struck him when Omi Kurita was assassinated on the orders of his sister in 3064. After defeating Katherine in the Second Battle of New Avalon on 20 April 3067, he relinquished his claims to the thrones of both halves of the former Federated Commonwealth and returned to ComStar. Yvonne Steiner-Davion was made Regent of the Federated Suns and Peter was made Archon of the Lyran Alliance.
 Precentor Martial
Not long after this, the Word of Blake launched their Jihad, bringing destruction to much of the Inner Sphere. Victor, as Precentor Martial of ComStar, was a leader in this conflict. He attempted to lead the ComGuard in the assault on the Word of Blake stronghold of Terra in 3068, but the so-called "Case White" force was destroyed while Victor and the CSV Invisible Truth were delayed by an ambush while travelling to the Case White staging grounds. He arrived in the Sol system to find the fleet annihilated and barely escaped.
Victor attempted to coordinate a combined defence against the Word of Blake following the Case White debacle, meeting with Lyran General of the Armies Adam Steiner and Khan Phelan Kell of Clan Wolf-in-Exile on Arc-Royal in January 3071; it was Victor who led a coalition of LAAF, Wolf-in-Exile and Com Guard troops to break the siege of Donegal in February 3072, and he used the Free Worlds Resistance victory on New Home in November 3072 as another rallying call to bring leaders from across the Inner Sphere to Arc-Royal in hopes of building an allied coalition.
Following the Arc-Royal bombing and the resulting disruption of the conference there, Victor was responsible for leading Lyran, Wolf-in-Exile and ComStar representatives to meet with Devlin Stone on Tukayyid in October 3073 as Stone assembled a coalition against the Blakists. Victor would serve as a part of the senior command of the allied coalition throughout the campaign to liberate the Word of Blake Protectorate, and when former AFFS and AFFC General Andrew Redburn was found alive in a prison camp in 3077, a decade after being presumed dead, Victor took Redburn on as an aide up until Redburn transferred to serve as XO to General Belle Lee.
In March 3079 Victor was one of those present at the deathbed of his long-time friend Andrew Redburn when Redburn succumbed to the virus that would later bear his name. In the closing years of the Jihad between 3079 and 3081 Victor would become a notable supporter of the idea of the Republic of the Sphere, campaigning tirelessly alongside other such as David Lear and Melissa Allard-Liao.
He eventually returned to Tukayyid to lead the remnant of the ComGuard. It was on Tukayyid that Victor met Devlin Stone in the 3070s. Stone was able to defeat the Word of Blake on Terra in 3081, whereupon he founded The Republic of the Sphere and Victor became one of its first paladins.
 Post-Jihad Era
While the Republic of the Sphere was establishing itself in the early 3080s Victor was offered the post of Commanding General of the new Republic Armed Forces. Victor was the second choice, behind General Belle Lee, but despite being the second choice he was well regarded by David Lear, who recommended Victor to Devlin Stone for the post. Lear acknowledged that there were many who would view Victor negatively, with reactions varying from suspicion to outright hostility, but he also highlighted that Victor had experience at melding forces of differing origins into a cohesive organization, in addition to being an excellent commander. While Victor was apparently reluctant to accept the post, Lear evidently regarded Victor as a good choice to fill the post while a long-term decision could be made on his permanent successor.
Victor was involved with the establishment of the Republic system of Knights within the Republic Armed Forces, working with a team of advisors to generate a list of suitable candidates to be recognised in the first batch. Victor was also firmly opposed to the idea of releasing information regarding the Word of Blake that could result in them becoming perceived as another looming threat waiting to manifest again in the future; he felt that to do so would reduce the idea of the Republic of the Sphere to nothing more than the equivalent of another Great House, controlling citizens through the fear of vengeful forces returning, rather than maintaining the original intent of the Republic.
Eventually becoming a Paladin within The Republic of the Sphere, Victor went on to lead a full life within the Republic's borders. He discovered an elaborate plot by the Republic's Senators to sponsor promising young warriors and, through them, take control of the Republic's government. He was murdered on 26 November 3134, on the orders of a cadre of Republic Senators, led by Geoffrey Mallowes of Skye, in Sante Fe on Terra. He was one hundred and four years old.
 Marriage and Children
- Sir Kitsune Kurita was hailed as a contender for the throne until the Draconis Combine nobles who backed him found out who his father was. Kitsune revealed this information to Victor when his father made him a Knight of the Sphere.
- Jade Davion (born in 3068)
- Burton Davion (born in 3072) - died in the Capellan Crusades with Kai Allard-Liao, but not before giving Victor grandchildren; Gavin Marik-Davion, Simone Davion, and Nessa Davion, his youngest granddaughter.
- Lee Davion(born in 3072) twin brother to Burton
- Unbeknown to Victor, his sister Katherine combined their DNA to produce a Iron Womb born Clan Wolf warrior, Alaric Wolf.
- It has been claimed that during his training on Outreach, genetic material was secretly taken from Victor for use in the Dragoon Trueborn program. Given Victor's later military successes, it seems likely his material would have been used. Although these facilities were destroyed in 3067, it is possible they produced surviving offspring of Victor's. 
"The invasion has ended, but not so our contact and our futures. There are countless individuals in the Inner Sphere who have learned to hate you, but we do not intend to prosecute a war against you - at least, not as the Star League. As the Star League, we invite you back to the Inner Sphere, to allow your people and ours to become acquainted. We have things to offer you, as you have to offer us. Beneath this umbrella of peace there are many new possibilities. We invite you to explore them."
Giving In To Fate
"Good citizens of the Federated Commonwealth, I could wish many things for us. That the great union of two nations which my parents forged would not have foundered. That I would never have found it necessary to leave you while fighting to end the Clan invasion. That my sister, Katherine, could have quelled her hunger for power, no matter what the price.
"But wishing will not make it so. Such dreams have already died.
"And any hope I might have had for peace between the two realms I once led died with my brother Arthur, who was killed two days ago in a vicious terrorist attack.
"Arthur was a soldier, a good man, and he was learning to become a leader of men, women and worlds. For that, someone decided that he had to die. Arthur's death convinced me that my duty to protect the Commonwealth can no longer be denied. The troubles on Solaris were a harbinger of things to come, and Arthur's violent death underscores the fighting already taking place on worlds such as Kathil, Robinson and Kentares.
"His death will not be in vain. No longer will an unfit and unjust ruler sit on the thrones of the Federated Suns and Lyran Alliance, one who has seen fit to bring violence against her own family, betraying the memory of our father, our mother and the trust of the people of both realms. There is blood on Katherine's hands, and no amount of propaganda will wash them clean.
"None of us wishes to see more conflict, but we can no longer ignore the problems plaguing us. Now we must live with the results, however painful, as we acknowledge the irreconcilable differences that continue to divide my sister from me. It is no longer possible for me to stand back in the interests of peace. The time has come, my people, where no other choice remains.
"None but war.
"This mandate has been pressed upon me by Katherine's tyrannical actions, and by the sacrifices of patriots already fighting on the worlds of Kathil, Benet, Kentares, Demeter, Bromhead, and others yet unreported. We will resist with any and all means at our disposal the efforts to subjugate and enslave our freedoms. We fight with the truth on our side, and we simply ask that everyone listen and judge accordingly.
"In the end, I know we shall be victorious, re-establishing a trustworthy and accountable government among our people, worlds and nations."
-Prince Victor in a broadcast to the people of the former Federated Commonwealth, December 8, 3062.
|First Prince of the Federated Suns
3052 – 3067
| Succeeded by|
Yvonne Steiner-Davion (Regent)
|Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth
3055 – 3057
| Succeeded by|
|Archon-Prince of the Federated Commonwealth
3055 – 3067
| Succeeded by|
|Precentor Martial of ComStar
3061 – 3062, 3067 – 3081
| Succeeded by|
|Commanding General of the Star League Defense Force
3061 – 3062
| Succeeded by|
|Paladin of The Republic of the Sphere
3081 – 3134
| Succeeded by|
At the start of his AFFC career, Victor piloted his namesake 'Mech, a Victor, which he used through the Battle of Twycross. He later received a Daishi OmniMech from Jaime Wolf, and he piloted this 'Mech throughout the rest of his career and into the Jihad.
 See also
- Clan Invasion
- Federated Commonwealth
- Federated Suns
- FedCom Civil War
- Katherine Steiner-Davion
- The Republic of the Sphere
- ↑ 20-Year Update
- ↑ The Scorpion Jar
- ↑ Lethal Heritage
- ↑ Blood Legacy
- ↑ Lost Destiny
- ↑ Prince of Havoc
- ↑ 7.0 7.1 Endgame
- ↑ Dawn of the Jihad
- ↑ Blake Ascending
- ↑ Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 45, "The Jihad In Review"
- ↑ Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 49, "The Jihad In Review"
- ↑ Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 50, "The Jihad In Review"
- ↑ Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 51, "The Jihad In Review"
- ↑ Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 52, "The Jihad In Review"
- ↑ Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 57, "The Jihad In Review"
- ↑ Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 12, "Funeral For A Hero"
- ↑ Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 13, "The Best Of Times"
- ↑ 18.0 18.1 Ghost War
- ↑ Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 103, "Leadership"
- ↑ Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 104-106, "Knights"
- ↑ Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 125, "Legacies Of The Word"
- ↑ 22.0 22.1 Sword of Sedition, p. 266
- ↑ 23.0 23.1 23.2 Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 15
- ↑ Ghost War, p. 99
- ↑ http://www.classicbattletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,19332.0.html
- ↑ Masters of War
- ↑ Wolf Pack pp. 102
- ↑ ''The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky, p. 26 - "End Of An Era"
- ↑ FedCom Civil War pp. 19-20
- 20-Year Update
- Assumption of Risk
- Blake Ascending
- Blood Legacy
- Bred for War
- Dawn of the Jihad
- The FedCom Civil War
- Ghost War
- Grave Covenant
- Jihad: Final Reckoning
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3070
- Jihad Hot Spots: 3076
- Lethal Heritage
- Lost Destiny
- Malicious Intent
- Masters of War
- Natural Selection
- Patriots and Tyrants
- Prince of Havoc
- The Scorpion Jar
- Storms of Fate
- Sword of Sedition