In my copy of the Jade Falcon Sourcebook, it talks about the various battles of the Falcon Corridor of the Clan Invasion. Many of these vignettes are just quick little paragraphs about the fall of an entire world.
On Page 36 it discusses the fall of Alkalurops to the ongoing Clan Assault. And the results are very simple. The planet is going to fall. In addition to the local militia, there is the Bouncers, a combined arms regiment there defending. The major cities and trade of the area is taken very quickly, but much of the outer-lying areas, as well as the Dravinna Vale will remain in the hands of the defenders, including most of the Bouncers.
And then, that’s it. The Sourcebook says:
Just days after the planet’s surrender, these forces formed organized and effective resistance, attacking the invaders near the ore-processing factories of Dravinna Vale, using the valley’s perpetual fog to cover their activities.
That’s it. We know the planet falls. We know it’s under the command of Falcon, but I’ve always wondered what happened to The Bouncers. Did they evacuate? How successful was the campaign on the planet? I don’t know.
We know that numerous mercenary units were destroyed in the Clan Invasion, such as the 12th Star Guard. So The Bouncers could have been destroyed. In my campaign I have them cut down to less than half their force, get off-world, and then begin to rebuild with other contracts out in the Chaos March.
But I’ve always been obsessed with The Bouncers. What happened to them? Where are they now? Who were they? What’s their history? A regiment, even a mixed one, is not a small force, so how did they become The Bouncers?
And that’s one of the great things about the BattleTech universe. There’s always something out there to grab a hold of and make it yours. The huge sprawling universe is such a large, extreme place. And while there is a lot of definition here and there, there’s a lot more to consider and run with. A lot more decisions. And little passing phrases here and there to tantalize them.
So what is your little obsession out there? Is there a unit, a planet, a group, or something else to tantalize you? Something that’s always been out there, with just a hint of information to intrigue you?
Who are your Bouncers?