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In mid-January 2598 the Lion-class DropShip William Wallace under Commodore Fitzpatrick, together with the Leopard-class DropShips Langschwert and Stolz der Schotten, carried elements of the 1st company, 3rd battalion of the Royal Black Watch, from Engadin to Icar for extended training maneuvers, traveling on the JumpShip Wolkenlos. The William Wallace was noted at the time to be a brand new vessel.
When the ships were to be unloaded on Icar, it turned out that the militia base did not have the capacity to take all cargo and the cargo hold of the William Wallace remained unopened.
Tensions between the Royal Black Watch and local militia units erupted into open fighting on 9 February 2598. Grounded outside a militia base, the William Wallace came under fire from militia armor. The vessel escaped a boarding attempt thanks to its ability to take off vertically (unlike the two Leopardss which could not take off and were captured because their runways were blocked). It landed in a clearing in the southeast tip of the Sumar Swamps for a rendezvous with the remaining Royal Black Watch BattleMechs, replenished their training ammunition stockpiles with live munitions.
One day later the William Wallace took off again to hide on another continent, out of reach (for the time at least) of the militia.
- Wahnsinn und Methode, pp. 42, 50
- Wahnsinn und Methode, p. 50
- Wahnsinn und Methode, p. 153
- Wahnsinn und Methode, pp. 143, 153
- Wahnsinn und Methode, p. 159