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Archon-Prince Victor Steiner-Davion

Victor Ian Steiner-Davion (born 12 April 3030[1] – died 26 November 3134[2], aged 104 years) was the eldest child of First Prince Hanse Davion and Archon 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.

Victor's greatest asset was his ability to learn coupled with his intelligence and desire to know more.[3] He expected people to judge him regardless of his heritage and almost always avoided using his family name to gain special privileges. He distrusted flatterers and kept the counsel of individuals who were not afraid to tell him when he was wrong.[4]

Victor fought the Clans during the Clan Invasion, fighting back on Twycross and rescuing the heir to the Draconis Combine on Teniente. He acceded to the throne in 3055, becoming the first and only Archon-Prince of the Federated Commonwealth after his mother's assassination. His decision to replace the late Joshua Marik with a double and the ploy's subsequent discovery led to Operation Guerrero, which gave his sister Katherine to opportunity to seize power for herself by seceding the Lyran half of the realm and creating the Lyran Alliance. Victor's leadership of a multinational force during the Battle of Coventry led to the resurrection of the Star League and the annihilation of Clan Smoke Jaguar. Victor led Inner Sphere forces fighting under the aegis of the Star League Defense Force to victory over the Clans in the Great Refusal, officially ending the Clan Invasion.

Victor returned to the Inner Sphere to find himself deposed, Katherine having usurped the regency of their sister Yvonne. Though Victor did not wish to bring war to his people, Katherine's increasingly tyrannical reign, coupled with the apparent assassination of Arthur Steiner-Davion, convinced him to lead the rebellion against her. His victory over her on New Avalon in 3067 ousted her from power, though Victor left his realms to his remaining siblings and returned to ComStar as the Precentor Martial.

The Jihad saw a new leader come to the forefront, Devlin Stone. Victor threw his weight behind Stone and the coalition forces defeated Word of Blake. Victor supported Stone's new nation, the Republic of the Sphere, where he served as a Paladin and briefly held the role of Commanding General. Victor was assassinated at the age of 104 after he uncovered a plot by the Senate to seize control of The Republic.


[edit] History

[edit] Early Years

At the age of 19 in 3049

Victor was raised on Tharkad, unlike his siblings who were raised on both Tharkad and New Avalon.[5]

As the eldest child, Victor joined the military in preparation for becoming the first Archon-Prince of the Federated Commonwealth, attending the Nagelring. He credited his roommate, Renny Sanderlin, with helping him through some challenging classes. Victor spent a year as an exchange student at the New Avalon Military Academy where he met Kai Allard-Liao. Victor was the first cadet to defeat the "La Mancha" scenario at the Nagelring, with the help of the data his brother Peter acquired from NAMA on how Kai defeated it. Victor graduated at the top of his class. His parents attended a ceremony for the top five percent of the graduating class on 19 May 3049.[6]

Upon graduation, he was posted to the Twelfth Donegal Guards RCT on Trell I, despite his protests, because Gunji-no-Kanrei Theodore Kurita posted his son Hohiro to the Periphery. This was a signal between Kurita and Davion that they would allow their heirs to choose whether or not to continue their centuries-old conflict.[7][8]

At this time his BattleMech was also his namesake, a Victor.[9]

[edit] Clan Invasion

[edit] Trell I

At the age of 20 in 3050

Owing to his birthright, Victor graduated with the rank of kommandant and was assigned command of the second 'Mech battalion. The other officers of the regiment had no confidence in a green, fresh-from-the-academy commander, so Hauptmann Galen Cox volunteered to be his aide. Though Victor insisted he did not need an aide, he accepted Galen to placate his subordinates.[10][11]

During the initial invasion by the Clans, Clan Jade Falcon invaded Trell I. The Falcons assaulted the planet with three clusters, though the Donegal Guards had only a vague idea of who they were facing, the elite Jade Falcon Guards and the First and Fifth Falcon Striker Clusters. The Falcons committed so many forces to the world because they were intent on capturing Victor.[11]

The Falcons grounded on 13 April 3050 and quickly drove for the Twelfth and Victor. For his part, Victor was at the head of his battalion, on the way to a training exercise with the Red Brigade. The scouts initially confused contact with Falcon forces for the Brigade, though they realized their fatal mistake and warned Victor, who alerted the battalion. On the other side of the Castle Mountains from the rest of the regiment, in the Chrysall Pass, the battalion was hard-pressed to hold off the Falcon Guards. Victor retreated through the pass, but was hit by Falcon air and ground assets. During the fighting, he christened the Summoner OmniMech the "Thor" because of its powerful arm-mounted weapons. He tried to retreat into the mountains, but realized the Falcon forces would be able to cut them off from the rest of the unit. A surprise rear assault by the hitherto undetected Red Brigade gave Victor and the remaining 'Mechs of this battalion the chance to slip away, which they did, right into the mountain caverns along with the surviving forces of the Brigade. Victor was recalled by Leftenant-General Jeremy Hawksworth, who recognized that the Falcons were trying to capture Victor, and ordered off-planet. Victor refused, wanting to fight a guerrilla war in the caverns of the Black Mountain foothills, which would negate the range advantage of the Clantech weapons. Hawksworth knew time was limited and ordered Cox to take Victor to his DropShip, so Cox knocked him out cold with a sucker punch. Though Hawksworth got Victor off Trell I, he did implement the kommandant's suggestion of guerrilla war. The Twelfth harassed the occupying Falcons for months.[11][12][13][14]

[edit] Sudeten

Following his flight from Trell I, Victor was given command of a battalion of the Tenth Lyran Guards. He linked up with them and many respected Armed Forces of the Federated Commonwealth officers on 15 June on Sudeten. Victor joined the company of Marshal of the Armies Morgan Hasek-Davion, Leftenant-General Andrew Redburn, Kell Hounds commander Lieutenant Colonel Dan Allard, Major Christian Kell, and Leftenant Kai Allard-Liao to strategize how to combat the Clans. In July he presented a plan to take the fight to the Falcons. His plan involved an assault on the world of Twycross to take advantage of what he theorized would be inferior garrison forces and a constant, giant sandstorm on the planet's surface known as the Diabolis. Marshal Hasek-Davion green-lighted Victor's plan, characterizing is as the best plan he had seen to launch a counter-attack, using the Tenth Lyran Guards RCT, both Kell Hounds regiments, and the Ninth Federated Commonwealth RCT.[15]

[edit] Twycross

The multi-regiment force assaulted Twycross in September. Unfortunately for them, the front-line force that had conquered the world, the Jade Falcon Guards, had not been able to leave due to inclement weather, so they faced this cluster in addition to the Jade Falcon Eyrie Cluster. Despite fighting almost as soon as the AFFC troops landed, the Ninth F-C successfully entered the Diabolis, the Kell Hounds seized the Plain of Curtains and the Sharktooth Mountains, while the Tenth Lyran functioned as rearguard in the Great Gash and mobile reserve. The Great Gash was mined with vibrabombs in case the Falcons tried to break through. The AFFC forces achieved victory when Kai Allard-Liao single-handedly destroyed a flanking maneuver by the Falcon Guards that would have overrun the Commonwealth positions by self-destructing a borrowed Hatchetman, causing a land slide that buried the Falcon Guards in the Great Gash. Without the reinforcement of the front-line forces, the AFFC commands were able to handily defeat the garrison troops.[16][17][18]

[edit] Outreach

After the battle, Victor returned to Tharkad. On 10 November, an officer from Wolf's Dragoons, Major Sveng Ngov, appeared in person to invite the leadership of the Commonwealth to a conference on Outreach. He arrived on 12 January 3051 to find dignitaries assembled from across the Inner Sphere. The Dragoons commanding officer, Jaime Wolf, informed them that, because of the sacrifice of Rasalhagian fighter pilot Tyra Miraborg, they had less than one year to unite their forces against a threat to all the nations of the Inner Sphere.[19][20]

On 15 January, Jaime informed the leaders that the Dragoons were a force sent to scout the Inner Sphere for eventual invasion by the Clans. The origins of the Clans as the descendants of the Star League Defense Force led into exile by Commanding General Aleksandr Kerensky were revealed. A team-building session among the young nobles on 5 February brought Victor and Hohiro Kurita to blows, partly because of their own prejudices and power plays, and partly because of the divisive attitude of Sun-Tzu Liao. Both Victor and Hohiro were dressed-down by their fathers, who seemed to quickly put aside their differences to focus on the Clan threat. 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. The relationship was initially tolerated because their families did not believe the pair could ever be more than pen pals due to distance and politics marred by centuries of distrust and war. Months of training exercises brought Victor closer to Hohiro and Kai but fostered further personal enmity between he and Sun-Tzu. Ultimately, it was their simultaneous defense against a possibly-threatening action by Sun-Tzu against Kai that pushed Victor and Hohiro to mutual respect if not outright friendship. In a Clan-style Trial of Position in July, 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.[19][21]

[edit] Alyina

Victor and Kai, both serving with the Tenth Lyran Guards on Alyina, continued their friendship that began when they were cadets. They were interrupted on Christmas Day 3051 with the news that the Falcons had returned. The invading forces consisted of the Turkina Keshik, First Falcon Striker, and First Falcon Velites. Fighting on 5 January 3052, Victor allowed himself to be herded by the Falcon forces, but he did not expect a star of jump-pack-equipped OmniMechs to jump out of the Mar Negro and ambush he and Hauptmann Cox. Only the timely intervention, and seeming sacrifice, of Kai allowed him to withdraw with the Tenth.[22][23]

[edit] Teniente

Following their flight from Alyina, the Tenth Lyran Guards were in bad shape; Victor's battalion had been whittled down to thirteen operational 'Mechs. In early 3052, they were rotated to Port Moseby for rest and refit. Victor nicknamed his battalion the Revenants because they would return from their near-destruction to take the fight to the Clans again. With a large pool of volunteers looking to transfer into one of the premier units in the AFFC, the Tenth was able to replenish its losses quickly.[24]

Hohiro Kurita had again become trapped behind enemy lines, this time leading a guerrilla war against Clan Nova Cat forces garrisoning Teniente. Victor answered Omi Kurita's personal plea to rescue him, communicated through Hohiro's aide Shin Yodama. The price for this was that Omi would have to break off communication with Victor. Again, on 9 April, Marshal Hasek-Davion approved one of Victor's plans to go after the Clans, but this time the fight would be in the Draconis Combine. Victor led the first battalion of the Tenth Lyran to the Teniente system in early May. The AFFC force masqueraded as Com Guard troops, which got them past the atmospheric defenses. In Victor's attempt to find and rescue Hohiro, he was actually bailed out by the Kurita heir. The Revenants successfully extracted Hohiro and his troops, after which the two heirs called each other "friend".[25][26][27]

[edit] Post-war

Victor ended the Clan Invasion a war hero and his own man. He had struggled to step out from the shadow cast by his parents and cousin Morgan Hasek-Davion. The invasion gave him the opportunity to make that name for himself.[8][28]

On 17 June 3052 Victor and Galen arrived on New Avalon, flush with word that Kai had not only survived but had managed to get off Alyina. Though that news was cause for celebration, Victor's mood was decidedly dampened when he entered his father's office to find a holovid recording of Sun-Tzu Liao announcing his betrothal to Isis Marik. It was only after viewing the message once that Victor realized something was wrong with Prince Hanse Davion, who was slumped over his desk. Hanse looked up at his son and smiled before passing away of a heart attack.[29] Victor was able to re-connect with Omi when she attended Hanse's funeral. Coordinator Takashi overruled his son and allowed Victor and Omi to continue communicating.[30]

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.[31][32]

Victor was given command of the Tenth Lyran Guards RCT.[33] The unit shifted up and down the Jade Falcon border.[34]

On 12 April 3055, Victor met with Phelan Ward, his cousin and a Khan of Clan Wolf, on Arc-Royal. The next day, during a meeting with Kell Hounds officers, Victor showed his obliviousness to the growing tide of discontent against him in the Lyran half of the realm that he was heir to. The real reason for his trip to Arc-Royal, however, was a meeting facilitated by ComStar Precentor Klaus Hettig with Phelan about the Red Corsair. Destabilizing elements within the Commonwealth, especially Ryan Steiner, were using the bandit attacks to gather power. After a Kell Hounds officer insulted Phelan during a social gathering, Victor suggested a simulator battle so both parties could have their satisfaction, which Phelan's Clan force won. After the battle, Victor again got an earful, this time about the alleged refusal of the Federated Suns to adequately defend the Lyran half of the realm from the Clans.[35]

Victor's sister Katherine (who had begun calling herself "Katrina" after her grandmother Katrina Steiner) surprised him by showing up on Arc-Royal, but the bigger surprise was that Omiko Kurita had accompanied Shin Yodama. Omi and Victor took the opportunity to renew their affections for one another, though they denied each other the carnal pleasures they both desired. After Omi turned in for the night, Victor had a long conversation with Phelan that planted the seeds for reconciliation with his cousin. Victor subsequently attended the retirement party for Morgan Kell.[36]

[edit] Archon-Prince

After leaving Arc-Royal, Victor focused on the Red Corsair raids. When a loaned unit from Clan Wolf sparred with local defenders, Victor was determined to take up the fight himself. News of his mother's assassination by bomb reached him at the same time, however, so he sent word to the Kell Hounds to take the lead against the Corsair. Melissa's death resulted in Victor's accession as Archon-Prince and the formal inauguration of the Federated Commonwealth. In his grief, Victor sent word to Katherine to make arrangements for the funeral and not to wait for him. Victor's failure to attend his mother's funeral gave rise to rumors that he ordered her death. Regardless of the rumors, Victor's grief caused him to throw himself into the efforts to catch her assassin with single-minded devotion. On the DropShip ride to Tharkad on 27 June 3055, he was briefed on the tide of public sentiment turning against him by Agent Curaitis. Victor's active efforts to court public opinion, something he had never given any thought to before his accession, resulted in a small measure of success. Victor dispatched Galen to accompany Katherine to Arc-Royal for the funeral service of Salome Ward, who was killed in the same blast that Melissa Steiner died in. After the Intelligence Secretariat captured the assassin, Victor kept him on Poulsbo.[37][38][39][40][34]

On 19 December, Victor visited his mother's grave, exactly six months after her assassination. Victor believed that it was Ryan Steiner manipulating the media of the Federated Commonwealth against him. It took his accession to finally convince Victor to become a political animal. On 1 April 3056 Victor recognized the services of the Gray Death Legion by naming Grayson Carlyle a baron and granting him Glengarry as his landhold, an action that touched off another rebellion from the Skye March. To head off the uprising, Victor ordered cheap food and fuel be made available to some Lyrans, declared the anniversary of Melissa Steiner's death a holiday, and took control of many planetary militias. The failure of the rebels to take Glengarry stopped the crisis before it became unmanageable for Victor.[41][42][39][43]

Peter Steiner-Davion was manipulated into killing 550 Free Skye separatists on Lyons on 9 April. Victor scored a public relations coup when Ryan Steiner's people overreached in trying to electronically manipulate media coverage by replacing the violent holovid imagery with an interview of Victor. He recalled his brother to Tharkad and dispatched him to Solaris VII. Following another bomb attack that appeared to kill Galen Cox, Victor ordered the assassination of Ryan Steiner, which occurred on 24 April. Less than a week later Victor announced that he would rule from New Avalon for a year, shifting the planned six-month rotation of the court. The attempted assassination of Galen allowed the Intelligence Secretariat to determine that Katherine knew about it in advance and did nothing. Working back from there, they figured out that she arranged payment to the assassin who killed Melissa Steiner.[44]

[edit] Operation Guerrero

With Joshua Marik's failing health, Victor instituted a plan of his father's to replace the boy with a double by 1 April 3056.[45] The double was inserted in December. The real Joshua was hidden and kept on life support until 20 May 3057, after which he was cryogenically frozen. Meanwhile, Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao's guerrilla fighters were becoming more effective with the Commonwealth's focus on the Clans. Through Omi, Victor learned that Peter had exiled himself to a monastery on Zaniah. Sun-Tzu allowed Thomas Marik to believe that there was doubt about Joshua's paternity, which caused Thomas to institute a plan to prove his paternity. A spy obtained a sample of the Joshua double's blood, which proved that there was no relationship between him and the Captain-General.[46][47][48][49]

With evidence that Victor substituted a double for Joshua, Thomas Marik assumed the boy's death and launched a punitive invasion for Victor's perfidy, announcing the invasion on 16 September 3057. At the same time, Capellan guerrillas wreaked havoc across the Sarna March, now supported by mercenaries in League employ. Victor's attempts to counter the invasion were all but halted when Katherine announced the secession of the Lyran half of the Federated Commonwealth and the creation of the Lyran Alliance two days after Thomas' announcement. On the 19th Victor addressed the Commonwealth, indicating his decisions to fight the Mariks, tacitly endorsed his sister's secession, and explained his rationale for substituting Joshua with a double. Katherine's recall orders to Lyran units in the Sarna March left the region under-defended and simultaneously removed the transports the AFFC needed to shift troops to deal with the crisis, resulting in the creation of the Chaos March. The news that Francesca Jenkins was the agent who uncovered the double plot could have hurt Victor because he had praised her when she almost died defending "Joshua" from Capellan assassins. Instead, he ordered her turned to be a Commonwealth intelligence agent. When Thomas offered peace, Victor accepted, rejecting his father's plans for his own path. On New Years Day 3058, Galen informed Victor that genetic testing done as a result of the Operation Gemini fiasco indicated that Thomas Marik was actually a double placed on the throne by ComStar.[50][47][51][39][48][49]

[edit] Jade Falcon Incursion

When Victor paid the ransom to Katherine to have AFFC JumpShips returned to him, he made sure that it was considered "foreign aid" to save face. With all of the adversity he faced, Victor decided that the best way to go about shedding his father's legacy and forging his own path was to focus on the fight against the Clans, so he asked Anastasius Focht to organize a joint training session with the Com Guard and Draconis Combine on Tukayyid. Victor left New Avalon in early February 3058 with the Davion Heavy Guards RCT. At the same time, he received word that the Jade Falcons had attacked Lyran space, though initial intelligence was spotty. By March, Victor was in the Raman system, where he met up with Kai, who was in command of the First St. Ives Lancers. They received word that Word of Blake had invaded Terra. Victor and Kai arrived on Tukayyid in April. Focht unveiled the Com Guard Invader Galaxy, a unit configured to act as an opposition force using Clan tactics.[52]

While Victor was training, his sister was scheming. Katherine enacted a plan to lure Victor to Coventry, which was under assault by Falcon forces. She made the decision, however, to leak an underestimate of how many troops the Falcons had on the planet, which she hoped would cause him to lead an understrength relief force and die in the battle. Victor left Tukayyid with his Davion Heavy Guards RCT, Kai's Lancers, Hohiro's First Genyosha, and the Invader Galaxy. Because he did not trust his sister, Victor stopped in Arc-Royal to recruit the Kell Hounds. He also tried to convince Khan Phelan Kell of Clan Wolf-in-Exile to join his expedition, though he was rebuffed because Phelan did not want to denude the strength of the Arc-Royal Defense Cordon. He did send Ragnar Magnusson with, however. While there, Victor was shocked to learn that his allies all believed that Katherine perpetrated the assassination of Melissa Steiner, not Victor. With all the negative media coverage directed at him, Victor had assumed everybody believed him guilty.[53]

When Victor's task force arrived in the Coventry system in June, they added a large relief contingent supplied by Katherine's allies from across the Inner Sphere. This led to consternation on Victor's part, however, when he realized that he would have to balance the politics of such a coalition. He forestalled most issues by asking Falcon Khan Marthe Pryde for safcon, the right to land unmolested, which she granted. Once he landed, Victor sought out Hauptmann Caradoc Trevena, who handed the Falcons a rare defeat during the Battle of Coventry. Victor used his firsthand information to shore up the hypothesis that the Falcon incursion was about training young troops. During the discussion, Trevena hit on the idea that the Clan had executed its deep invasion to ensure that the troops faced off against the best the Inner Sphere could offer, rather than just garrison forces. The information Katherine leaked to Victor indicated that the Falcons had four galaxies on Coventry, so he believed there would be as many as six, but Trevena confirmed for him that the correct number was closer to eight, giving the two forces roughly equal parity. Victor worked with Ragnar to come up with a solution. Victor, Focht, and Trevena met with Pryde and her aide in the town of Whitting. Instead of fighting the Falcons, Trevena offered Khan Pryde hegira, the right of a defeated foe to leave without retribution. Though Victor's decision not to drive Pryde's troops off Coventry was unpopular with some of the officers in his force, including Lyran Alliance Armed Forces Marshal Sharon Bryan, most others were happy not to shed their blood to train young Falcon warriors.[54][55][56]

[edit] The Star League Reborn

After Victor suggested a unified force take the war to the Clans, Katherine offered to host the meeting on her capital. With only months to wait, Victor stayed on Coventry, drilling with his troops. He also wanted to get back in shape, so he trained in martial arts with the heirs to the Draconis Combine and St. Ives Compact.[57][58]

At the end of September 3058, Victor returned to Tharkad for the first Whitting Conference, a multinational summit that resulted in the reformation of the Star League. Upon arriving on the Lyran capital, Victor dodged Katherine's welcoming committee and headed directly to his mother's memorial, where Katherine found him. There, the siblings had their first face-to-face meeting since Katherine sundered the Federated Commonwealth. He also met with Coordinator Theodore Kurita, who expressed condolences over the deaths of Victor's parents. The two sovereigns renewed their informal non-aggression pact. At the opening gala on 1 October, Victor was able to reunite with Omi and spend the evening with her. Over the course of the conference, they continued to find ways and reasons to meet with each other. The conference opened on 3 October and the formal military planning sessions began the following day. On 8 October, the political leaders agreed to focus their efforts on Clan Smoke Jaguar, staging from the Draconis Combine. Morgan and Phelan Kell met with Katherine and point-blank told her that they knew she was responsible for her mother's assassination, part of Victor's plan to gather the evidence that she would surely move to eliminate. Victor then met with "Thomas Marik" and determined that the man who was Captain-General did, in fact, know that he was a double. He also made inroads in repairing his relationship with "Thomas". By November, the allied Inner Sphere leaders were planning for the invasion, which included the submission of Clan Nova Cat and information on how to get to the Clan homeworlds, specifically the Smoke Jaguar capital Huntress, from a traitor turned by ComStar. Morgan Hasek-Davion proposed to lead a task force to invade Huntress, convincing a skeptical Victor in a reversal of roles from just eight years prior. The assembled leaders agreed to Morgan's plan and named Focht as the commander of Operation Bulldog. Focht, in turn, named Victor his deputy. With the Star League constitution ratified, Katherine called for the election of a First Lord, rather than by lot, and nominated Sun-Tzu Liao. Victor worked out Katherine's plan to get herself elected and voted for Sun-Tzu, denying her the position. Kai convinced Victor to attend the gala for Katherine's birthday, where he was reintroduced to Isis Marik, who encouraged him to pursue his romance with Omi. Along with the other Inner Sphere leaders, Victor signed the constitution on 21 November, after which he announced that he would be traveling to Luthien as a show of unity.[59][58][56]

[edit] Operation Bulldog

Victor took the unprecedented step of naming his youngest sister, Yvonne, regent while he focused on the campaign against the Jaguars. With Morgan also gone, Victor knew that Yvonne would lean on his wife Kym and Tancred Sandoval as advisers. Victor's trip to Luthien was a grand success in winning over the hearts of the people of the Combine. He viewed traditional Japanese cultural events, piloted a Grand Dragon at a Luthien Armor Works factory, and visited the grave of Takashi Kurita. On 5 January 3059, the seventh anniversary of the Battle of Luthien, Omi brought Victor to the Palace of Serene Sanctuary in Imperial City with the intent to consummate their love, however, a trio of assassins attacked Victor. Using only the katana from the daisho given to him by Theodore, Victor defeated two assailants and gave Omi time to dispatch the third. One of the assassins stabbed him and punctured a lung, causing Victor to collapse. He was quickly taken to Jihen Military Hospital. During his near-death experience, Victor hallucinated a conversation between himself, Hanse Davion, and Takashi Kurita. He again reiterated his decision to forge his own path. Victor was well enough to leave the hospital forty-eight hours later. The Combine and ComStar quashed attempts to spread the news of the assassination attempt. Theodore used the opportunity to exhort his people to accept their allies in a new nationalism that did not allow for such xenophobia and held up Victor and Omi as the greatest examples of what he wanted for his nation.[60]

Following the assassination attempt, Victor spent four-and-a-half months in the Combine rehabilitating his body, then seeing to preparations for the invasion. All the while, he was overwhelmed by Combine culture, from traditional foods to martial arts. While he could have forced the issue by insisting that his people oversee his recovery, he knew that it was important for the Kuritas to see him embrace their culture, both to solidify the budding alliance and to be seen as worthy of Omi's affections. While helping him heal, Omi and Victor consummated their relationship without interruption from assassins, and they continued to do so whenever they could. Victor found his new familiarity with the Combine helpful in bringing along DCMS commanders who were working alongside foreign units.[61]

The plan to invade the Smoke Jaguar Occupation Zone was solidified by May 3059. It called for small units to launch raids that would pin Jaguar forces in place so that they could not reinforce worlds that were invaded in the first wave. Victor wanted to mimic the Clan strategy during the invasion by hitting hard, seizing worlds, and quickly following up with subsequent invasions. The first wave captured five worlds quickly, in part because Smoke Jaguars were gearing up for their own assault. Victor refused to speed up the timetable for the second wave, however, because of the logistics involved, though he did increase the number of worlds that would be struck. The Jaguars launched a counterattack, but Precentor Martial Focht dealt with relieving reserve forces while Victor prepared to head into combat at the head of The Revenants.[62]

Victor landed on Schuyler on 10 August 3059 in command of his "Dream Team', the Tenth Lyran Guards RCT, Davion Heavy Guards RCT, First Genyosha, First St. Ives Lancers, Fourth Wolf Guards Assault Cluster and the Com Guard 91st Division. They were opposed by two clusters, the Fourth and Twelfth Jaguar Regulars. They pushed the Clan troops for three days before the Lancers, Wolves, and Com Guards were able to break the Twelfth at Olasin Fjord. The Fourth Regulars defended Mitsuhama Ridge when they Genyosha and Davion Guards flanked them. With nowhere left for them to go, Victor and the Revenants advanced. A trinary held a weak point in the ridge that Victor attacked, though he was cut off for the rest of the unit and advanced with only Renny Sanderlin at his side. The duo defeated a star of 'Mechs, then realized that that star had fought a delaying action to give the rest of the unit time to retreat to their DropShips and evacuate the planet.[63][64]

Clan Smoke Jaguar forces often either fought delaying actions or simply retreated from the Star League invasion across the Occupation Zone. Victor, Focht, and Phelan Kell assumed the Jaguars would fall back to Huntress. Faced with the knowledge that Task Force Serpent was going to engage many more Jaguar warriors than they planned for, Victor decided to lead a second task force to assist them, knowing full well that he was abandoning the Inner Sphere and his nation to predation by Katherine.[65]

[edit] Huntress

At the age of 30 in 3060

Victor led some of the best military commands in the Inner Sphere to Huntress, making contact with the Task Force Serpent survivors on 30 March 3060. Once they arrived, it took only ten days to defeat the desperate Jaguar forces. On Huntress, Victor made contact with Andrew Redburn, who was now in command of the force. Redburn informed Victor of the assassination of Morgan Hasek-Davion before they ever made it to Huntress, though Victor put off thinking about it. He knew that his troops would have to pursue ilKhan Lincoln Osis and the remnant Jaguar forces he commanded.[66] On 9 April, Victor gave a speech thanking the soldiers of Task Force Serpent for their sacrifice. Later that day, the commanders of the relief force decided to go to Strana Mechty and confront the Clan leaders.[67]

Victor encountered Tiaret Nevversan, a Smoke Jaguar Elemental, when she led her point into the sewers of Lootera with fifty sibs. After Victor personally assured her the Star League forces would not exterminate them, she came out, but five children were missing. Victor organized the search party with Tiaret, then coaxed them out when she could not because of her bulk. After returning, she surrendered, though Victor immediately made her a warrior again. She soon appointed herself Victor's bodyguard. Victor trained with Tiaret, a genetic descendant of ilKhan Osis, while the DropShip was on its way to the surface of the Clan capital.[68]

[edit] Strana Mechty

On his thirtieth birthday, Victor received safcon from Khan Marthe Pryde on behalf of the Clans, as well as a meeting with the Grand Council. Six days later, Victor challenged the Clan Khans to a Trial of Refusal over the invasion. If the Star League won, the invasion would be over and peace would reign. If the Clans won, the Truce of Tukayyid would be voided and the invasion would resume immediately. Victor worked with the other invasion commanders to determine which of the eight Clans defending the trial each would face. After insisting to the leaders and to the Smoke Jaguar traitor Trent that they could not have their own ways, Victor allowed the Nova Cat Khans to oppose Clan Ice Hellion on the strength of their visions because it was their visions that led them to join the Star League.[69]

As the leader of the Star League Expeditionary Force, Victor squared off against ilKhan Lincoln Osis and his Smoke Jaguar binary in the Bloody Basin on 23 April. Victor's force included a lance from the First Kathil Uhlans led by Andrew Redburn and the heir to the Magistracy of Canopus, Danai Centrella, with the Tenth Lyran Guards forming the balance of the company. The Jaguars did not offer honorable zellbrigen-style combat to Victor's company, so 'Mechs went down quickly under combined fire. Victor was unable to stop a Clan Masakari from killing Centrella in her loaned Falconer, though he did destroy the OmniMech. Victor's forces defeated the Jaguar 'Mechs, so the Elemental point bounded into the fray, but Victor tried to convince them to stop. Instead, he ended up initiating a dialogue with Osis, who removed his battle armor. Victor likewise dismounted. Victor tried to convince Osis to surrender again, but Osis begged for death. When Victor turned his back on the Elemental, Osis made a sudden move, so Victor reflexively drew his katana and beheaded Osis with a draw cut, ending the battle in victory.[70]

The Star League won five of the eight combats, giving them victory over the Clans in what came to be known as the Great Refusal. Victor became the first individual from outside the Clans to address the Grand Council, an opportunity he used to invite them to have diplomatic relations with the Star League. For his part, Khan Vlad Ward of the new Clan Wolf stated that his abstention meant that his Clan was not bound by the Refusal, though he indicated that he would abide by the Truce of Tukayyid. Victor returned to Huntress and appointed Colonel Sir Paul Masters as Star League ambassador to the Clans, even though the two did not see eye-to-eye on almost anything. Victor left Huntress for the Inner Sphere on 18 July 3060.[71][58][56]

[edit] The Return Home

On 1 November, the Star League Expeditionary Force stopped at an uninhabited system to check for fleeing Smoke Jaguar warriors. Working with his knowledge of Inner Sphere politics, Victor was able to determine that Morgan Hasek-Davion's assassin, Lucas Penrose, was ultimately working for Word of Blake, though he could not figure out the exact reason why the schismatics wanted Morgan dead. Nonetheless, he crafted a story to be released to the public that fingered Penrose as a lone operative.[72]

Victor would not learn for years that he had actually impregnated Omi Kurita. She quietly gave birth to Kitsune Kurita while Victor was gone.[73]

[edit] Deposed

At the age of 31 in 3061

Upon his return to the Inner Sphere, the force was ordered to travel to the Combine capital under radio silence. Once on Luthien in March 3061, Victor was greeted by Theodore and Omi Kurita in a carefully staged ceremony. It was only once they reached the Palace of Unity that Victor encountered his sister Yvonne, who conveyed to him the simple message that she had lost his realm. Theodore offered to help Victor eject Katherine from New Avalon, but Victor demurred, stating that he had seen a lot of combat recently and had no desire for war. After two weeks to recharge with Omi and her garden, Victor gave a speech to the soldiers that returned from Clan space with him, thanking them for their service and their offers to go to war with Katherine for him, but he rejected those offers. He stated his belief that their duty was to protect the people of the Inner Sphere, not bring war to their doorsteps. He announced his resignation from the Star League Defense Force. After the emotional speech, Victor was met by Curaitis and Francesca Jenkins, who had been working to uncover more evidence of Katherine's involvement in Melissa Steiner's assassination. They were able to gain a number of documents from the late Sven Newmark that detailed how the plot worked, but there was not enough to convict her. Victor spent more time with the garden, behaving in some ways like an ordinary citizen. He received a commendation for his command against the Clans from First Lord Sun-Tzu Liao that was brief and unflattering.[74]

The Second Whitting Conference opened in November 3061. There, Kai was able to rally the Star League Council to pass a resolution requiring Sun-Tzu to send Victor a longer message with more praise for Victor. At that conference, Katherine was nominated for the position of First Lord, and it fell to ComStar to cast the tie-breaking vote. Rather than insert himself in politics, Precentor Martial Focht abruptly announced his retirement. In dramatic fashion, Victor revealed himself to be Focht's successor and voted against Katherine. While Victor's friends believed he had gone to a rustic retreat on Luthien, he had actually arrived on Tharkad before they did. ComStar rerouted messages to him and allowed him to return them as if he were still there. Theodore Kurita was elected first lord and appointed Victor Commanding General of the Star League Defense Force.[75][76][77]

Victor's appointment led to a new wave of defections from the Com Guard to Word of Blake. Victor worked to staunch the defections.[78] The appointment of Victor also soured ComStar's relations with the Taurian Concordat because of Protector Grover Shraplen's anti-Davion stance.[79]

[edit] FedCom Civil War

After the conference, Victor returned to Tukayyid where he spent Christmas with Omi, Yvonne, and Tancred Sandoval. In February 3062, Victor introduced Tancred to ComStar's latest 'Mech simulators, earning a draw with the heir to the Draconis March. With Katherine beginning to resort to military means to bring worlds disloyal to her in line, Victor was already worried for his subjects. He asked Tancred to check up on his little brother Arthur, who was stirring up the Draconis March against the Combine, and sent Yvonne to Tharkad.[80]

In May, Precentor Gavin Dow arranged for Victor to visit Com Guard units in the Lyran Alliance, which he informed Victor of during a meeting of the First Circuit. In July on A Place, Victor met with Morgan Kell, who surprised him with the news that Omi was also on-world. Victor then visited the Ninetieth Division on Pasig, then traveled to Mogyorod to check up on the 244th Division, nicknamed The Prince's Men. Omi accompanied him, but he was also shadowed by a Word of Blake JumpShip. On 11 October Victor was also joined by Isis Marik, who had been banished from the Capellan Confederation by Sun-Tzu Liao after a ten-year engagement.[81][82]

In November 3062, word reached Victor of fighting on Kathil between military commands loyal and opposed to Katherine's reign and a Katherine-supported coup against the ruling Dresari family of Kentares IV. Neither Victor nor his assembled advisers could come up with a solution that did not involve direct military action. On 5 December, a bomb blast apparently killed Arthur Steiner-Davion. Victor immediately blamed Katherine, and his advisers counseled action, especially with word that Katherine had given local commanders broad authority to deal with dissent and the apparent slide towards war as Duke James Sandoval blamed the Draconis Combine for the assassination. On 8 December, from Mogyorod, Victor gave a speech in which he publicly accused his sister of murder and set himself up as the figurehead of the resistance to her rule.[83][84]

In order to take the reins of the rebellion, and in light of the geo-political situation, Victor temporarily set aside his role as Precentor Martial in 3063. Precentor Martial pro tem Gavin Dow issued orders denying Victor access to Com Guard facilities, though Precentor Raymond Irelon, commander of The Prince's Men, ignored the order. In addition to worlds and military commands who declared their support for Victor, a number of smaller commands and individuals from across the Inner Sphere and Periphery flocked to Victor's banner. Jerry Cranston organized them into the Outland Legion, which was under his command.[85]

[edit] Newtown Square

Upon leaving Mogyorod, Victor's force headed to Newtown Square to secure the support of the Thirty-ninth Avalon Hussars RCT, arriving on 2 April. He was surprised, however, to find that the Fourteenth Donegal Guards under the command of Adam Steiner were already secretly on-world. Steiner pinned the Hussars in place with his Guards, which was made easier by the fact that the Thirty-ninth was spread out pursuing the remnants of the Deep Hunters mercenary unit. The bulk of the Guards assaulted the capital city Market, where Victor had located his headquarters, while token forces kept the Hussars engaged and unable to reinforce their commanders. Faced with overwhelming force, Victor was forced to quit the capital, abandoning his DropShips in the process. Adam's Guards chased Victor's troops across the Plains of Culd. On 20 April, a portion of the Guards combat vehicle contingent raided the Hussars aerospace fighters, catching them on the ground, giving the Guards air superiority. When the 244th Division appeared on the scene, Adam pressed the attack. The Guards shattered Victor's command company and took down Prometheus. Victor survived, but was wounded, including a broken collarbone, fractured ribs, and a concussion. Adam surrendered the Guards shortly after.[86][87]

After Victor had two weeks to recover, he was able to return to the command post, where he was confronted by Adam. Victor began to sway his stubborn cousin, though Adam remained unconvinced due to Victor's failure to produce incontrovertible proof. Victor informed Adam that he was taking enough to resupply and repair his forces and leaving enough for the Guards to do the same. Though he took some of the Guards' transportation, he left Adam enough to move half of his RCT; enough to defend nearby worlds against Clan Jade Falcon, but not enough to pursue Victor. He left on 15 May at the head of the Thiry-ninth Avalon Hussars and 244 Division.[87][88][89]

[edit] Hood IV, Winter, and New Capetown

After leaving Newtown Square, Victor arrived on Hood IV a week later with a token bodyguard. He failed to convince the Fifteenth Lyran Regulars to join his cause. Though Colonel Lisa Orsini said that she wanted to watch the Falcon border, Victor's advisers believed that she no longer had the stomach for the fight. Victor subsequently traveled to Winter, landing with a full battalion. His caution was unwarranted, however. The Seventh Crucis Lancers organized a parade review and joined his force. He was joined by the Avalon-class WarShip Melissa Davion. After that he went to New Capetown in August, where he attempted to convince the Royal New Capetown Academy to support him. He failed to consider their anti-Clan prejudice, however, allowing Tiaret to appear next to him. He left the racists of New Capetown behind on 14 September.[90][91]

[edit] Coventry

Victor landed on Coventry on 17 October. Katherine told Colonel Jason Walker that Victor had ordered the death of the First Coventry Jaegers for their role in the massacre of the Coventry militia. He actually did not want to decimate the Jaegers, though he was counseled to do so by Duke Thomas Frederick Bradford. After months of herding, the Jaegers broke against the Thirty-ninth Hussars. The loyalist command overrode the safety protocols on their 'Mechs, giving and accepting no quarter. After the fourteen living soldiers were taken prisoner, a captain remained unconvinced that Victor would not take revenge on them for executing the Coventry Coventry Province Militia and spit in his face.[92][93]

[edit] Alarion and York

Victor sent the Thirty-ninth Hussars and Sixth Crucis Lancers to Alarion, which they took without a fight. Victor moved on to York, landing with the 244th, Sixth Lancers, and Outland Legion. After allowing them to establish supply bases, the Alarion Alarion Province Militia and Carlisle APM attacked. Once the Sixth was strung out in pursuit, Victor was surprised to see the Eleventh Arcturan Guards under the command of Linda McDonald dropping from orbit. The Eleventh grounded in-between the two forces, though the Lancers retreated successfully. By 13 March 3064 Victor was leading a fighting retreat, trying get away from the superior numbers of the loyalist force. When they received word that the First Alarion Jaegers had slipped in via pirate point with two WarShips, Irelon convinced Victor to leave York. He managed to get away, though at a significant cost. The trap was set by the commanding officer of the Eleventh, Maria Esteban.[94][95]

Though Victor did not know it, Omi Kurita was assassinated by the same man who had assassinated Melissa and Ryan Steiner on 15 March 3064.[96] He had been hired by Katherine, who hoped that Omi's death would strike a killing blow to Victor's psyche. The Combine quickly went on a communications blackout to avoid word getting to Victor.

[edit] Halfway

After fleeing York, Victor's force retreated to Halfway, grounding on 11 May. They faced a determined but small militia force that they quickly dispatched. They appropriated a whorehouse as their command post to throw off loyalist headhunter units. It was here that Victor's command staff was joined by Morgan and Phelan Kell and Carardoc Trevana on 23 May. They were trying to decide their next target when word came that the Jade Falcons had invaded the Alliance. Even though Victor had built his legacy defeating the Clans, he knew that it was more important to prosecute the civil war, so he dispatched General Archer Christifori to deal with them. Victor abandoned Halfway, but left aerospace fighters in-system to oppose Esteban's forces, which convinced her that he was still on-planet. It was only when they grounded that they realized Victor had tricked them, which left Esteban and McDonald guessing about his next target.[97][98]

[edit] Clinton and Thorin

After leaving Halfway, Victor went to Clinton where he met with Cranston Snord. Victor asked Duke Robert Kelswa-Steiner permission to attack Hesperus II, which he flatly refused. Victor planned for that, however, knowing that word would leak to Katherine. Instead, Victor's forces enacted Operation Scatter, striking a variety of targets in the Alliance including Furillo, Aristotle, Gallery, Thuban, Soilihull, Drosendorf, Gypsum, Bolan Eidsfoss, and Ciotat. Victor moved on Dar-es-Salaam with a small raiding force. When the local militia realized that the invaders were not large enough to take and hold the planet, they pressed Victor. Instead of retreating, Victor's Outland Legion punched through and left the militia badly damaged.[99][100]

The distraction raids allowed Victor to gather his forces on Thorin. He petitioned Captain-General Thomas Marik for permission to attend the Whitting Conference on Marik. Thomas agreed, but made Victor promise that he would only involve himself in matters that directly involved Katherine.[101]

[edit] Third Whitting Conference

Victor attended the opening ball for the conference on 4 November 3064 where he reacquainted himself with Thomas Marik, Candace Liao, Morgan Kell, and Tancred Sandoval. On the 10th, he attended a meeting with Theodore Kurita and Thomas Marik regarding Marik's motion to admit Word of Blake to the Star League. Victor was there as a representative of ComStar, even though he was not active with the organization at that moment. Word of Blake had expanded quickly, so ComStar and the Star League had questions about how they were being financed. Marik agreed to allow ComStar to audit their books. When Victor inquired about Omi, Theodore told him that she was resting on Luthien.[102]

When Katherine nominated herself to be the new first lord, Thomas sponsored Victor to speak against her. He accused her of assassinating Melissa Steiner, which caused Prince Christian Månsdottir of the Free Rasalhague Republic to withdraw his support for her nomination. Månsdottir was elected to succeed Theodore Kurita. Before Victor left the hall, over the protests of Theodore and Hohiro, Katherine told him that Omi had died.[103]

[edit] Tikonov and Muphrid

While Victor was on Marik, he troops penetrated the Federated Commonwealth and struck Tikonov, arriving on 11 November. They were followed by Esteban's task force, however. The news of his love's death rocked him, however, and his forces began to think about retreat in January 3065. Victor sent the Davion Assault Guards to assist against the DCMS on Addicks in late January. By early February, Victor was directing the conflict on Tikonov with Morgan Kell's assistance, but was getting very little sleep. He was soon in no condition to lead, so Kell left enough force on Tikonov to harass Katherine's loyalists and pulled Victor back to the Alliance world Muphrid, where he was joined by Kai Allard-Liao. Much as he had when his mother was assassinated, Victor could do little other than obsess over the assassin. He dispatched Jerry Cranston to Luthien in April because he believed that the man was still on the Combine capital. Only the Twenty-third Arcturan Guards remained on Muphrid; the bulk of Victor's forces were on Thorin to distract from his actual location. Isis Marik arrived from Luthien in August. After being put off for over a week, Isis insisted that Victor accompany her to dinner. Isis pushed Victor to remember that his subjects needed him to lead and managed to knock him out of his funk.[104][105][106][107]

[edit] Back to Thorin

In January 3066 Victor arrived on Thorin to relieve the beleaguered troops there. With the death of Raymond Irelon, Victor promoted Rudolf Shakov to Precentor and gave him command of the 244th. Victor planned with Morgan Kell, Shakov, Tiaret, and his sister Yvonne. The war entered a new phase, with Victor planning to secure worlds where fighting was already under way, rather than start new battles. He ordered Thorin and Muphrid and their Lyran supply train abandoned. Instead, they planned to push on to the Commonwealth and take Tikonov and Kathil. Meanwhile, Morgan returned to the Arc-Royal Defense Cordon to prepare for a strike on Tharkad. Victor coordinated with Tancred, who was getting ready to journey to Robinson, by inserting information in Yvonne's personal messages to him in an attempt to throw off ComStar, who might have provided that intelligence to Katherine. Victor left Thorin on 26 January.[108][109]

[edit] Back to Tikonov

Once again at the head of the Tenth Lyran Guard, Victor led his forces back to Tikonov in May. The Tenth and 244th quickly assaulted the loyalists in Tikograd, then forced the Third Republican to surrender on 27 May. Though he tried to limit damage to the city, it was about twenty percent destroyed. On 23 July 3066, after the loyalist commands left the planet, Victor declared Tikonov pacified at a ceremony in which he awarded the Golden Sunburst to Christoffer Pierce. In September, Victor commandeered a suburban stadium to house all of the command staff members he now had, including Colonel Warner Doles of the Blackwind Lancers. He even accepted help from Chancellor Sun-Tzu Liao in the form of House Dai Da Chi, which he left behind to garrison Tikonov. He dispatched the 244th and Blackwind Lancers to Marlette to pin Katherine's forces there.[110][111]

[edit] New Avalon

In November 3066, Victor jumped into the New Avalon system with the FCS Melissa Davion, three Fox-class corvettes (Admiral Corinne Donnings, Kentares, and Robinson), and seventy-nine JumpShips. His naval assets carried the day, clearing the way for his ground forces. He landed on the continent of Brunswick, securing it by mid-December. Victor linked up with Tancred Sandoval and Ardan Sortek later in December, assisting them with the liberation of Rostock. Archer Christifori and his Avengers covertly landed on New Avalon on 29 December, whereupon Victor used Archer's well-known hatred of Katherine to distract her from his plans. In March 3067 Victor received word that Warrior House Dai Da Chi defeated the other forces he had left behind and claimed Tikonov for the Capellan Confederation. Shakov left Marlette to Doles and joined Victor on New Avalon. Victor arranged for his accumulated evidence against Katherine to be delivered to Marshal of the Armies Jackson Davion, who resigned in late March 3067 after reviewing and confirming it. After a month of preparations, Victor's forces assaulted Albion and Avalon Island in April, exploiting the beachhead opened up in February. Victor's forces reached Avalon City on the 20th. Victor reached Sortek near the New Avalon Institute of Science campus, where an artillery barrage virtually wiped out the First NAIS Cadet Cadre. Angered by the display, and her willingness to use artillery against her own people on the capital world, Victor drove on the palace. Though Katherine's units repeatedly tried to ensare Victor, he managed to avoid them, though escape came at the cost of Sortek and his Templar.[112][113][114]

Faced with her imminent loss, Katherine surrendered on 20 April 3067 through Jackson Davion. Victor's address to the nations that once made up the Federated Commonwealth four days later called on everybody to lay down arms, declaring the war over. He disbanded the Commonwealth and announced that he was renouncing his claim to the throne of both nations, leaving Peter as archon and Yvonne as the ruler of the Federated Suns. Yvonne banished Katherine from the Suns, placing her in Victor's custody. Peter also issued a similar edict. Victor now had enough evidence to convince her supporters that she was guilty of assassinating Melissa Steiner.[115][113]

[edit] Aftermath

Victor escorted her to Arc-Royal, though Katherine's supporters tried to stir up trouble in some of the systems they traveled through. Only in Blue Diamond was there any actual threat when an aerospace fighter pilot attempted a suicide run to kill Victor. He turned her over to Clan Wolf-in-Exile, who constructed a facility in the Grungurtel Jungle to house her. On 26 August, however, Khan Vlad Ward of Clan Wolf personally traveled to Arc-Royal to take possession of Katherine. He threatened to renew the invasion, since the Truce of Tukayyid had expired, if Victor did not agree to turn her over to him. With the promise not to interfere in the affairs of the Successor States looming over him, Victor agreed, though he did not know why Vlad had come for her. After the tense meeting, Galen informed Victor of something he had learned while investigating Omi's assassination. Omi had given birth to a child.[116]

[edit] Precentor Martial

Once Victor returned to ComStar as the Precentor Martial, he had to deal with Gavin Dow who was now in the role of First Precentor, with authority over Victor. Dow claimed that Victor's actions had damaged the perception of ComStar's neutrality. For his part, Victor had to swear an oath to never again put his personal interests ahead of his responsibilities to the Com Guard again in order to be reinstated.[117][118]

Victor remained on Arc-Royal and celebrated Halloween there. He departed for the Whitting Conference on Tharkad a few days later. Victor arrived at the Triad on 27 November to much pomp and circumstance as part of ComStar's delegation, subordinate to Dow. Victor's plain robes made his escort, Isis Marik, seem all the more glamorous. He offered to escort Isis as a friend so that she did not have to suffer the indignity of going solo as part of the Marik delegation. He even pulled her into a surprise private meeting with Peter, who did not want to see his brother for the first time in eleven years in a formal setting. Peter apologized to Victor for the trouble he had caused over a decade ago, seeking to be on good terms, something that Victor was only too happy to oblige him in. Victor again renewed the acquaintance of his friends and allies who made the journey at the opening ball.[119][120]

On 30 November the Star League failed a no-confidence vote and disbanded despite Victor's attempts to keep it together. The Capellan Confederation delegation did not show and both the Suns and Alliance, realms now ruled by Victor's siblings, pulled out claiming financial constraints in the wake of the civil war.[121]

[edit] Jihad

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.

Following the Blakist attack on Tharkad after the abrupt end to the Whitting Conference, Victor evacuated aboard the Invisible Truth. There, he met with "Thomas Marik" before heading for Orestes. At Focht's winter home he attended another summit with the Kuritas and Yvonne and Tancred at the end of 3067.[122]

Victor attempted to lead the Com Guard 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 traveling to the Case White staging grounds. He arrived in the Sol system to find the fleet annihilated and barely escaped.[123][124][125]

Victor attempted to coordinate a combined defense 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;[126][127] 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,[128][129] 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. That conference was bombed, however, on 22 January 3073 by the Word of Blake, who turned Fritz Donner into a living explosive.[130][131]

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. They later met with Hohiro Kurita.[132][133] Victor served as a part of the senior command of the allied coalition throughout the campaign to liberate the Word of Blake Protectorate and was serving in that capacity 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 executive officer to General Belle Lee.[134]

At the age of 47 in 3077

As the coalition turned to Terra in 3078, Victor took on a central role, attempting to keep the coalition partners working together under Stone's command. Victor's past successes against the Clans were vital in keeping them out of the assault, which was necessary because the Clans still wanted to possess Terra to determine the ilClan.[135]

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.[136] In the closing years of the Jihad between 3079 and 3081 Victor became a notable supporter of the idea of the Republic of the Sphere, campaigning tirelessly alongside others such as David Lear and Melissa Allard-Liao.[137]

[edit] Republic 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. Stone was concerned about Victor leading the fledgling RAF because he was also slated to be one of the first Paladins. 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.[138]

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 recognized in the first batch.[139] 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.[140]

At Stone's request, Victor stepped down as commanding general in 3083 so that Belle Lee could succeed him.[141]

[edit] Dark Age Era

In his nineties, Victor had hip replacement surgery. He had rehabbed the hip enough to walk without a cane by his hundredth birthday, though he needed it again a few years later. He lived in Santa Fe on Terra, but could not travel by 3134. He took on Mason Dunne as a project, likely because he reminded Victor of Phelan Kell, and guided him to become a Ghost Knight.[142][143]

Despite his advanced age, Victor was actively working on the Blackout of 3132.[144]

The Blackout was not Victor's only project, however. 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. Because of that, 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.[145][146]

[edit] Marriage and Children

Victor had one illegitimate child with Omiko Kurita and at least three children with his wife, Isis Marik, which led to an unknown number of grandchildren and at least one great grandchild.[147]

[edit] Quotes

"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."[154]

-Victor Steiner-Davion addresses the Grand Council of the Clans in the Hall of Khans on Strana Mechty immediately following the Great Refusal, late April 3060.


Giving In To Fate[155]

"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.

[edit] Gallery



Preceded by
Hanse Davion
First Prince of the Federated Suns
30523067



Succeeded by
Yvonne Steiner-Davion (Regent)
Preceded by
Melissa Steiner
Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth
30553057



Succeeded by
Katherine Steiner-Davion
Preceded by
none
Archon-Prince of the Federated Commonwealth
30553067



Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
Anastasius Focht
Precentor Martial of ComStar
30613062, 30673081



Succeeded by
none
Preceded by
Aleksandr Kerensky
Commanding General of the Star League Defense Force
30613062



Succeeded by
Hohiro Kurita
Preceded by
none
Paladin of The Republic of the Sphere
30813134



Succeeded by
Gareth Sinclair

30553057Melissa SteinerLyran Commonwealth

30553060Melissa SteinerArchon-Prince

[edit] BattleMechs

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.

[edit] See also

[edit] References

  1. FedCom Civil War, p. 12, "Civil War Timeline"
  2. The Scorpion Jar
  3. Ghost War, p. 93
  4. 1st Somerset Strikers, p. 60, "Victor Steiner-Davion"
  5. 20 Year Update
  6. Lethal Heritage, pp. 26-34
  7. Lethal Heritage, pp. 62-66
  8. 8.0 8.1 Era Report: 3052, p. 67
  9. Lethal Heritage, p. 163
  10. Lethal Heritage, pp. 108-113
  11. 11.0 11.1 11.2 Jade Falcon Sourcebook, pp. 25-26, "Trell I"
  12. Lethal Heritage, pp. 163-168, 188
  13. Era Report: 3052, p. 15, "Timeline of Events"
  14. Era Report: 3052, pp. 12 & 24
  15. Lethal Heritage, pp. 226-233, 244-250, 276-282
  16. Lethal Heritage, pp. 306-331
  17. Jade Falcon Sourcebook, pp. 28, 42
  18. Era Report: 3052, pp. 14 & 24
  19. 19.0 19.1 Era Report: 3052, p. 15
  20. Lethal Heritage, pp. 365-366, 372-377
  21. Blood Legacy, pp. 17-27, 53-64, 74-80, 98-106, 141-150, 160-166, 198, 223-224, 236-239, 313 & Lost Destiny, p. 293
  22. Blood Legacy, pp. 251-254, 290-293, 313-321, 351-355
  23. Jade Falcon Sourcebook, p. 40, "Alyina"
  24. Lost Destiny, pp. 63-69, 116-119
  25. Lost Destiny, pp. 104-105, 120-123, 151-158, 195-199, 235-238, 257-263, 292-295
  26. Invading Clans, p. 120, "Teniente"
  27. Era Report: 3052, pp. 18-19, "Timeline of Events" & 24
  28. Natural Selection, p. 98
  29. Lost Destiny, p. 374-378
  30. Grave Covenant, pp. 32 & 188
  31. Bred for War, pp. 238-239
  32. Handbook: House Davion, p. 80, "The Federated Commonwealth"
  33. Objective Raids, p. 23
  34. 34.0 34.1 Era Report: 3062, p. 13
  35. Natural Selection, pp. 21-36, 47-62, 69-83
  36. Natural Selection, pp. 84-100, 111-117, 119-120
  37. Natural Selection, pp. 137-143, 174-179, 190-191, 194-200, 214-221, 289-291, 318-322
  38. FedCom Civil War, pp. 14-15, "Mistakes and Missteps"
  39. 39.0 39.1 39.2 Handbook: House Davion, p. 80, "Archon-Prince"
  40. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 63, "Death of an Era"
  41. Assumption of Risk, pp. 20-28, 108-115, 165-172, 181-184, 186
  42. Bred for War, p. 37
  43. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 63, "Second Skye Rebellion"
  44. Assumption of Risk, pp. 199-201, 216-220, 224-236, 281-283, 302-308, 353-360
  45. Assumption of Risk, pp. 165, 169, 171
  46. Bred for War, pp. 11-13, 33-39, 69-73, 86, 104, 114-120
  47. 47.0 47.1 Chaos March, p. 8
  48. 48.0 48.1 Handbook: House Steiner, pp. 63-64, "The Lyran Secession"
  49. 49.0 49.1 Era Report: 3062, pp. 13-15, "Operation Guerrero"
  50. Bred for War, pp. 121-148, 157-174, 180-184, 209-214, 241-246, 352-356, 374-378
  51. Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 11, "End of Innocence"
  52. Malicious Intent, pp. 104-110, 130-135, 162-166, 202-206, 216-220
  53. Malicious Intent, pp. 230-231, 240-244
  54. Malicious Intent, pp. 248-252, 257-270, 272-287
  55. Handbook: House Steiner, p. 65
  56. 56.0 56.1 56.2 Era Report: 3062, pp. 19-20, "The Death of the Smoke Jaguars"
  57. Grave Covenant, pp. 13-15
  58. 58.0 58.1 58.2 Handbook: House Steiner, pp. 65-66, "The Second Star League"
  59. Grave Covenant, pp. 13-20, 27-35, 43-56, 75-81, 89-97, 104-120, 134-159, 165-169
  60. Grave Covenant, pp. 170-175, 185-201, 208-239
  61. Grave Covenant, pp. 242-245
  62. Grave Covenant, pp. 240-247, 257-265, 286-290
  63. Grave Covenant, pp. 296-302
  64. The Dragon Roars, pp. 50-51
  65. Grave Covenant, pp. 302-308
  66. Shadows of War, pp. 272-273, 276-278
  67. Prince of Havoc, pp. 11-26
  68. Prince of Havoc, pp. 36-41
  69. Prince of Havoc, pp. 40-45, 56-63
  70. Prince of Havoc, pp. 92-99, 125-134
  71. Prince of Havoc, pp. 135-152
  72. Prince of Havoc, pp. 170-179
  73. Ghost War, pp. 126-127
  74. Prince of Havoc, pp. 199-207, 217-244
  75. Prince of Havoc, pp. 257-261, 272-276
  76. FedCom Civil War, pp. 16-17, "Countdown"
  77. Shattered Sphere, p. 110, "Precentor Martial Victor Steiner-Davion"
  78. Field Manual: ComStar, p. 14, "Wheels within Wheels" & pp. 18-19, "Precentor Martial Prince Victor Steiner-Davion"
  79. Handbook: Major Periphery States, p. 111
  80. Patriots and Tyrants, pp. 3-11, 29-40
  81. Patriots and Tyrants, pp. 57-62, 71-77, 90-97
  82. Dawn of the Jihad & Blake Ascending, p. 20, "The Wedding is Off"
  83. Patriots and Tyrants, pp. 126-131, 136-137, 140-150
  84. FedCom Civil War, p. 17, "Fateful Straws"
  85. Patriots and Tyrants, pp. 181-189
  86. Patriots and Tyrants, pp. 202-208
  87. 87.0 87.1 FedCom Civil War, pp. 66-67, "Newtown Square"
  88. Patriots and Tyrants, pp. 215-220
  89. FedCom Civil War, p. 68, "Hood IV"
  90. Patriots and Tyrants, pp. 222-223, 232-236
  91. FedCom Civil War, pp. 68-69, "Hood IV", "New Capetown", and "Winter"
  92. Patriots and Tyrants, pp. 248-254
  93. FedCom Civil War, p. 85, "Coventry"
  94. Storms of Fate, pp. 11-22, 43
  95. FedCom Civil War, pp. 100, "Alarion" & 102, "York"
  96. Storms of Fate, pp. 22-28
  97. Storms of Fate, pp. 31-32, 39-50, 68-82
  98. FedCom Civil War, p. 103, "Halfway"
  99. Storms of Fate, pp. 83-94, 103-110
  100. FedCom Civil War, p. 104, "Operation Scatter"
  101. Storms of Fate, pp. 122-129
  102. Storms of Fate, pp. 133-141, 156-161
  103. Storms of Fate, pp. 186-194
  104. Storms of Fate, pp. 168-177, 197-203, 210-215, 222-230, 257, 268-272
  105. "Personal Best", pp. 6-10
  106. Endgame, pp. 22-29, 41-48
  107. FedCom Civil War, p. 126, "Tikonov"
  108. Endgame, pp. 69-84, 92
  109. FedCom Civil War, p. 149, "Thorin"
  110. Endgame, pp. 109-114, 125-130, 147-156
  111. FedCom Civil War, pp. 158-159
  112. Endgame, pp. 174-184, 192-198, 226-233, 240-251, 255, 258
  113. 113.0 113.1 FedCom Civil War, pp. 170-171
  114. "The Longest Road", pp. 6-10, 39, 44-45
  115. Endgame, pp. 256-263
  116. Endgame, pp. 267-276
  117. Endgame, pp. 268-270
  118. Field Manual: Updates, pp. 81-82
  119. Shadows of Faith, Vol. 2, pp. 2-16 & Vol. 4, pp. 2-10 & Vol. 5, pp. 2-11
  120. Dawn of the Jihad & Blake Ascending, p. 40, "On the Red Carpet"
  121. Dawn of the Jihad & Blake Ascending, p. 42, "Star League Disbands" & p. 64, "Star League Disbands"
  122. Dawn of the Jihad & Blake Ascending, p. 45, "Summit of Light"
  123. Dawn of the Jihad & Blake Ascending, p. 46, "Hostile Intercept" & pp. 84, 88-89
  124. Jihad Hot Spots: 3070, p. 15 & Blake Ascending, p. 175, "Timeline of the Jihad"
  125. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 45, "The Jihad In Review"
  126. Jihad Hot Spots: 3072, pp. 35-36, "Arc-Royal Summit Threatened"
  127. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 49, "The Jihad In Review"
  128. Jihad Hot Spots: 3072, pp. 71-72, "St. Valentine's Day Victor"
  129. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 50, "The Jihad In Review"
  130. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 51, "The Jihad In Review"
  131. Jihad Hot Spots: 3072, p. 117, "Broken Hope, Shattered Dreams"
  132. Ghost War, pp. 96-97
  133. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 52, "The Jihad In Review"
  134. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 57, "The Jihad In Review"
  135. Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, pp. 7-8 & pp. 91-92, "Unprecedented Access" & p. 108, "Sandhurst Falls" & p. 133, "Case of the Clans"
  136. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 12, "Funeral For A Hero"
  137. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 13, "The Best Of Times"
  138. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 103, "Leadership"
  139. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 104-106, "Knights"
  140. Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 125, "Legacies Of The Word"
  141. Field Manual: 3085, p. 167, "Commanding General"
  142. Ghost War, pp. 89-91, 94-95
  143. The Scorpion Jar, p. 51
  144. Ghost War, pp. 89-99, 135-139
  145. The Scorpion Jar, pp. 1-4, 39-40, 53-59, 65-67, 247-248
  146. Era Report: 3145, p. 15, "Vultures Circling"
  147. 147.0 147.1 Sword of Sedition, p. 266
  148. Ghost War, pp. 126-127
  149. 149.0 149.1 149.2 Jihad Hot Spots: 3076, p. 15
  150. Ghost War, p. 99
  151. http://www.classicbattletech.com/forums/index.php/topic,19332.0.html
  152. Masters of War
  153. Wolf Pack, pp. 102
  154. The Clans: Warriors of Kerensky, p. 26, "End Of An Era"
  155. FedCom Civil War pp. 19-20

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