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Victor Vandergriff

Victor Vandergriff
Born:
Died: 3062
Affiliation House Steiner
Profession/
occupation
MechWarrior
Arena fighter

Victor Vandergriff (b. ???? - d. 3062) was a mid-31st century Lyran Solaris VII MechWarrior. He was a one-time contender for the Solaris VII Class 6 Championship.

History[edit]

Early Solaris Years[edit]

Victor was part of the Skye Tigers Stables[1], and was billed as the stable's number one fighter in late 3055. During his early fighting years, he was among the elite fighters of the game world, and had high hopes of becoming the Champion of Solaris.

His stable owner, Duke Ryan Steiner, was using his Stable as a means to exercise his political ambitions. Ryan Steiner decided to position Vandergriff to confront his political adversary's friends along with the current Champion of Solaris, Kai Allard-Liao.

At a party in March 3056, hosted by Mandrinn Tormana Liao, Victor Vandergriff was introduced to a trio of political scions including: Duchess Katrina Steiner-Davion, Kommandant Galen Cox, and Lady Omi Kurita. An argument quickly broke out between Duke Ryan and Galen Cox. Victor stood between him and Cox where they had a disagreement that started over the differences between regular combat and the fights of Solaris. Cox said he wished to confront Victor, but due to his not being a licensed professional fighter it would not be allowed. However, Kai Allard-Liao intervened and granted Cox an apprentice license to enable him to fight. To persuade Duke Ryan into approving the match, Kai proposed to change a scheduled warmup match between him and Victor to the following week with Cox as his partner in the fight.[2]

On April 9th, Victor was teamed with his stable's rising star, Glenn Endenhoffer. For his fight, Victor brought a Goliath GOL-3S BattleMech into the labyrinthine tunnels of the Ishiyama arena. During the course of the fight he switched off fighting against Kai's Penetrator and Cox's Crusader. Victor came close to overcoming his opponents, but Kai skillfully destroyed his 'Mech's gyro, defeating him and then his teammate shortly afterwards.[3]

Later Years[edit]

After his crippling loss, Victor felt abandoned by his fans and his stable. He lingered in the lower fighting classes for years. He was sometimes referred to by fight fans as a "Zombie" (Solaris VII slang for someone who knew he was already dead to the games). However, through his determination to not give up, he kept on fighting matches regardless of everyone. [4]

By 3062, Victor had developed a severe case of paranoia. Through this paranoia, he began to win fights with his battered Banshee assault 'Mech, climbing towards the finals.

On August 15th, Victor began the fight for the title of Solaris Grand Champion, but the duel with Michael Searcy turned into open warfare in Solaris City. Vandergriff, began to lead the fight with the Katrina Steiner-Davion loyalists, however reluctantly. He was driven by the only thing he cared about, to have a re-match with Searcy. Due to his paranoid state of mind, Victor believed the FedSuns warrior was attempting to kill him.

On August 22th, Michael Searcy led a FedSuns task force of 'Mechs and people into Loyalist-held areas. There he and Searcy began to finish their duel. Searny lured Victor into the darkened Steiner Arena to finish his match and to keep the fighting from resuming in the city. Victor continued to fight without reason or caution, ignoring his 'Mech's heat levels. The duel took a brutal turn as Victor's Banshee engine began to lose containment and consume itself with white-hot fusion fire. In his last moments, Victor managed to down Searny's Pillager, as his 'Mech exploded killing him, never letting go of his triggers.[5]

Vandergriff & Searcy fight on August 15th, 3062

References[edit]

  1. Assumption of Risk, p. 99, "Victor named by then Skye Tigers manager Winskow Kindt as a member of Skye Tigers stable".
  2. Assumption of Risk, pp. 147-149, "Victor meets Katrina Steiner-Davion and future Solaris opponent Galen Cox".
  3. Assumption of Risk, pp. 204-213, "Details of Victor Vandergriff's failed early fighting match with Kai Allard-Liao and Galen Cox in April 3056".
  4. Solaris VII: The Game World: Player Book, p. 61, "Solaris Slang" - Zombie slang from Solaris Slang list.
  5. Illusions of Victory, pp.225-252 - Last battle of Victor Vandergriff.

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