Alaric Ward

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Alaric Ward
Also known as Alaric Wolf
Born 3111
Affiliation Clan Wolf
Profession/
occupation
Khan
Parents Katherine Steiner-Davion, Victor Steiner-Davion (gene-parents)

Alaric Ward (born 3111) was a thirty-second century Clan Wolf MechWarrior. Known as Alaric Wolf, he won both his prestigious Bloodname and Khanship of Clan Wolf in 3143, becoming ruler of the newly founded Wolf Empire. He was known within the Wolf Clan for his aggressiveness, cunning, and intelligence. A highly skilled warrior and leader with potent political instincts, Alaric was often regarded as an arrogant man, displaying an inner superiority complex at times.[1][2][3]

While Alaric publicly revealed that Katherine Steiner-Davion was his gene-mother when he became Khan - giving him a claim to the Lyran Commonwealth's throne - the identity of his gene-father Victor Steiner-Davion is not open knowledge.[4]

Personal History[edit]

Early Years[edit]

Alaric was raised and groomed partially by his mother whom he had not met until he and his sibko were assigned to tend her residence. Katherine molded her son to be her weapon of vengeance against the Inner Sphere. Alaric was somewhat tormented by her constant meddling with his life.

On Tamar, Alaric had been held back and tested out late from his sikbo on February 8th, 3135. In his Trial of Position he used a Blood Reaper BattleMech and achieved three kills earning the rank of Star Captain. Later that day he left with Clan Wolf's delegation for Victor Steiner-Davion's funeral on Terra.[5]

Warriorhood[edit]

In May at the Exarch's Ball, Alaric was introduced to the young scions of Inner Sphere nobility. Alaric suggested a Trial of Grievance to settle a dispute between Yori Kurita and Caleb Davion. Julian Davion, acting as Prince's Champion, used a simulator to reenact the War of 3039; Alaric assisted Yori in the simulation, he fought on the Steiner front of the war, and ultimately beat Jasek Kelswa-Steiner and Caleb.[6]

Prefecture IX Invasion[edit]

In October of 3136, Alaric led his Trinary in a retaliatory strike against the Clan Jade Falcon world of Koniz after Jade Falcon forces had raided Clan Wolf territory for supplies. He confronted the defending Trinary - which included a pair of Jade Hawks, both of which were destroyed after inflicting heavy damage[7] - before proceeding to raze the town of Ogstrenburg to the ground as punishment for the raids against Clan Wolf. At this time, he believed his superiority made him a god among men.

In November, after returning from his mission on Koniz, he recovered from exhaustion on Domain. His mother, Katrina Steiner(-Davion) had come to take charge of his recovery. She informed him that he had been called to Khan Seth Ward and had been promoted to Star Colonel. They discussed the possibilities of this and she coached him on how to make an impression when meeting with the Khan.

December 15th, Alaric met with Khan Ward and with two other Star Colonels, Bjorn and Donovan. The Khan introduced them to an emissary from Clan Wolf-in-Exile, Star Colonel Selvina Woods. She informed them that the Lyran Commonwealth had a mutual alliance which asked Clan Wolf to secure their border with the Free Worlds League. The Wolves' Khan marked this as the beginning of a process to merge the two packs of Clan Wolf into one Clan again. Alaric and the other assembled Star Colonels were asked to come up with the best way to accomplish this new "Exodus" in secret so that other bordering factions would not attack them while they were moving.

Alaric devised a plan which called on Clan Wolf to strike the Republic of the Sphere's ex-Prefecture IX in an attempt to strike at Terra. By sending forces as far as the world of Nusakan, he believed it would draw enough attention that the other factions will not notice Clan Wolf's exodus from the Occupation Zone.

In January of 3137, Alaric began the Clan Wolf invasion by leading his Cluster to invade the water world of Yed Posterior at its capital city of Henderton. While there he faced a militia unit consisting of two Infantry Companies, a mobile Armor Company, and light to medium converted IndustrialMechs. Confident of victory, Alaric landed two stars of BattleMechs and two stars of Elemental battle armor, planning to use just one star of 'Mechs with no intention to call in his reserve force; however, he did not plan for environmental hazards and the militia's trickiness. Using tunnels of the city, marine Salvage 'Mechs came up from the sea, and inflicted heavy damage on Alaric's Mech's. Alaric ordered his DropShips to land and pillage the spaceport and other areas they had secured. On the second day of fighting, after taking considerable damage, they captured the planet; three battalions from two militias and a Wolf Hunters combined-arms battalion lead by Colonel Anastasia Kerensky landed on the planet shortly after. On the 14th of January, Alaric's forces (which resorted to taking shelter in the city of Hesterton's tunnels) were forced to surrender after Kerensky decided to use all the forces in her command to attack. Being outmatched and outgunned, Alaric decided to learn from his father and would try to learn about his enemy so he could defeat them.

Kerensky had Alaric psychologically broken down after his surrender in an attempt to break him of his will and thoughts of invincibility. She told him she would take him on as her apprentice, and she said she wanted to fight him someday again as an enemy.

Kerensky took him to the world of La Blon where he was used as a source of information for the Prefecture's defenders. Alaric met Colonel Verena Wolf and he showed people the threat they all face. Here is where Alaric and Verena developed feelings for each other.

At the conference, Alaric provided an Opposing Force viewpoint for ideas to be bounced off. At one point, an Alkalurops militia Colonel by the name of Hardin took offense at the claim that his world was not worth protecting. Alaric pointed out that their world did not interest Clan Wolf because it was worthless to them. Offended to the point of outrage, Colonel Hardin assaulted Alaric, but Alaric backed down from responding, believing doing so would make him the guilty party of this fight and possibly stain his reputation. Colonel Verena intervened, defending Alaric by punching Hardin in the face and knocking him down. Alaric was touched by Verena's defense of him.

In February, The Wolf Hunters arrived at the recently conquered world of Unukalhai. There Alaric witnessed a battle between Star Colonel Donovan and Kerensky; in addition to reconquering the planet, Donovan wanted to recover Alaric as well. In the course of the battle, a key bridge in the area they were fighting in was destroyed, which forced Kerensky to surrender Alaric to him. Alaric was able to deduce from his vantage point that Kerensky deliberately lost the fight which prevented him from learning her tactics. Invoking the seldom used Right of Return, Alaric was returned to Clan Wolf with honor.

However, by invoking Right of Return, Alaric loses all his previous ranks and titles. In order to win his back his rank and freedom, Alaric must submit to be a bondsman to his rival, Donovan. With a temporary rank of Star Captain, he must use his next battle as a Trial of Position. Acting as Donovan's aid, Alaric advices to him that.

Star Colonel Donovan announced that he would lead Clan Wolf's Alpha Galaxy in a bid to conquer Skondia and Nusakan. While Donovan's rival Star Colonel Hestia bid the Seventh Battle Cluster against Star Colonel Edward's Third Battle Cluster for right to conqueror Alkalurops. Donovan gave Alaric command of the Fourth Wolf Guard and 279th Battle Cluster to take Nusakan.

Alaric advised him that it was highly likely that Kerensky would set a trap for him on Skondia, and to bring more forces with him would be advisable.

However, Donovan dismissed this and left with only the 278th Assault Cluster and 13th Wolf Guard and bid down to a few trinaries each to deal with the defenders.

On March 10th, 3137, Alaric arrived in Nusakan's orbit with the 279th and kept the Fourth Wolf Guard as his reserve.

Nusakan was defended by three military formations, the remains of the Stormhammers commanded by Colonel Carl Tucker, the mercenary unit Colton's Screaming Demons led by Colonel Aynn Colton, and The Le Blon Djinn commanded by Colonel Verena.

Deciding Colonel Colton's unit was most venerable of the three, he made initial attack on her. He had an Aerospace Star strafe and destroy her entire light 'Mech Company. After this attack, he managed to convince her to fight him with her command lance.

Because of this badgering, an arrogant Colton fought to humiliate Alaric. Alaric, however, managed to down all her 'Mechs, thus retaining his rank as Star Colonel. He allowed her and her people to return to their forces and face him with the rest of the world's defenders.

Days later, Colonel Verena met with him and bargained hard with him. She threatened to crash her DropShip into his base to take him and his whole command out if he did not drop the use of aerospace fighters. Alaric wanted a cluster on regiment battle, which would bring 35 of his BattleMechs against her 72 BattleMechs and support forces.

On the 19th, they met in an arctic region known as Mudana Refuge. There Alaric fought a tough battle, taking heavy damage and losses. They managed to destroy the Djinn and battered the rest of Verena's allied forces. Verena faced him in battle with a battered Mad Cat; ironically, his 'Mech was Alaric's old machine, which he lost after surrendering himself in Yed Posterior. Alaric shot her down a few moments later.

The next day, Anastasia Kerensky arrived to challenge him, only to find that he already ceded the planet to her because he and his forces had been recalled by Khan Ward. Impressed with her performance, Alaric took Verena as his bondwoman.

Steiner-Wolf Invasion of Free Worlds League[edit]

Alaric was deployed with a Clan Wolf force in the Free Worlds League in early 3138. His forces coordinated with Lyran representative Trillian Steiner and Duke Vedet Brewster; it became apparent that he and Brewster did not get along well. In February, his forces conquered the Free Worlds League planet of Gannett.

Alaric had a hand in the conquest of Helm. Alaric’s forces slaughtered the Silver Hawk defenders after they failed to uphold their surrender and destroyed parts of the city Helmsdown on 28th of April.

Trillian Steiner convinced him and Duke Brewster that each was going beat the other in the race to Stewart to kill or capture Anson Marik.

With the death of Anson Marik and the disintegration of the Marik-Stewart Commonwealth in mid-3138, Jessica Marik was able to reestablish the Free Worlds League. The Wolves continued their invasion regardless, seizing yet more worlds over the next year and a half, with Alaric himself dealing a further blow to the resurrected League on September 23rd, 3139, when he trapped and slew Thaddeus Marik on New Olympia and secured that world for the Wolves.[8][9]

War with the Commonwealth[edit]

By May 3140, as the Wolf-Lyran forces were poised to strike at Atreus and other target systems, Khan Seth Ward decided that his Clan's alliance with the Lyran Commonwealth had outlived its usefulness. A ceasefire between Clan Wolf and the Free Worlds League was arranged, then the Wolves turned upon their former allies.[10] During this offensive Alaric fought Anastasia Kerensky on Hyde in November 3141 and was forced to retreat, losing both the world and his lover Verena in the process. Though he had retaken the world by January 3142, shortly after the proclamation of the Wolf Empire Alaric discovered that his ambitions had only grown greater with his second defeat by Anastasia.[11]

During the Wolf Empire's renewed advance into the Lyran Commonwealth Alaric was at the forefront again, exacting his revenge upon Anastasia Kerensky during the conquest of Smolnik in February 3143 when he defeated her and took the former Steel Wolf Khan as his bondsman.[12] Arriving with Beta Galaxy at Tharkad itself on July 2nd, Alaric presented himself before Melissa Steiner and challenged her for possession of the capital and the continent of Bremen, leaving the rest of the world for Malvina Hazen's incoming horde. Dropping onto the capital on July 15, Alaric's Beta Galaxy kept the defenders tied up in a two-day battle while Alpha Galaxy penetrated the palace and killed a defiant Melissa Steiner.[13]

Touring the throne room alone together the day after, Seth Ward was upbraiding Alaric for his arrogance and for allowing the Falcons to take part of Tharkad when a hidden assassin struck at the Wolf Khan. Alaric killed the man easily, but used the assassin's poisoned knife to murder Seth Ward and then claimed that the Lyran operative had slain the Khan. In a moment of self-realization Alaric concluded that he could utilize the strengths of any or all of his gene-parents - Vlad, Victor, and Katherine - as each situation demanded: he would be the most flexible, and most dangerous, warrior in the galaxy.[14]

Khan of the Wolf Empire[edit]

On 24 August, 3143, Alaric claimed the bloodname Ward and was shortly after elected Khan of the Wolf Empire, both events being broadcast across his new realm. During a subsequent speech he proclaimed his heritage as a scion of House Steiner via Katrina Steiner, and on this basis officially laid claim to the office of Archon of the Lyran Commonwealth. A few days later, Alaric consulted with his mother about how to handle Anastasia Kerensky, a potential rival. When Katherine urged him to kill Anastasia, Alaric slew her instead, tearfully informing his mother that she had to die as she was the true rival to him, then he cut Anastasia's bondcord.[14]

In the three years that followed, Khan Ward consolidated his hold on the Wolf Empire. Native resistance to his rule proved surprisingly light; it is unknown whether this was due to the revelation of his Steiner descent or simply the people deciding that a strong Clan Khan would offer more protection from the Free Worlds League or Malvina Hazen. By recruiting heavily from among the native population Ward was also able to replace his Clan's losses while giving his Lyran-born subjects a motive to serve the Empire instead of causing rebellion.[15] [16]

Beyond the Wolf Empire's borders, Alaric largely ignored the weak Lyran Commonwealth and maintained the cease-fire with the Free Worlds League, instead concentrating his energy towards two other opponents. Against the Republic Remnant, Ward arranged for his forces to mount constant raids, blooding cadets and new warriors in the process. As for the Jade Falcons, when Trillian Steiner leaked word to him of Malvina's impending assault upon Hesperus and its vast factories, Ward acted swiftly. In January 3145 Ward and Hazen fought for possession of the world until fresh LCAF units arrived and forced both Clans to withdraw. Ward stoically accepted this loss; in his mind denying the factories to the Chiggis Khan was victory enough, and he even congratulated Steiner for her successful ploy.[17][15]

BattleMechs[edit]

Alaric Wolf was a noted Mad Cat pilot and used one during his campaign on Prefecture IX in 3137 and again on a campaign in Free Worlds League space. He was later strongly associated with the Mad Cat Mk IV configured with ER Large Lasers and his example on the battlefield led to many other Clan Wolf warriors to migrate to piloting the Mad Cat Mk IV design.

Titles and Positions[edit]

Preceded by
Seth Ward
Khan of Clan Wolf
3143 - present



Succeeded by
incumbent

Notes[edit]

  • Clan Jade Falcons had kept the Jade Hawk design a secret from outsiders. Alaric Wolf was among the first to confront this 'Mech on October 22, 3136.[18]
  • The Wolf units in MechWarrior book, Wolf Hunters: 13th Wolf Guard and the 4th Wolf Guards, are assumed to not be the same as the 13th Wolf Guards (Clan Wolf-in-Exile) and 4th Wolf Guards (Clan Wolf-in-Exile).
  • Birth: Alaric was conceived in a Iron Womb (artificial conception), but he is not trueborn, due to lack of DNA from a bloodline, unless his mother's name becomes a bloodname.

References[edit]

  1. Sword of Sedition, p. 52
  2. Era Report: 3145, p. 106 - "Alaric Ward"
  3. Era Report: 3145, p. 28, 29 - "Archon's Trial"
  4. Masters of War, p. 4-10 Alaric Wolf self-reflecting on his mother and father.
  5. Sword of Sedition, pp. 50-60, 199 - Alaric Wolf's Trial of Position on Tamar and at Victor Steiner-Davion's funeral.
  6. Sword of Sedition, pp. 210 - 220 & 221-236 Alaric Wolf interactions during the Exarch Ball and simulation of War of 3039.
  7. Technical Readout: 3145 Mercenaries, p. 40, "Jade Hawk"
  8. Era Report: 3145, p. 22-25, "Hammerfall and Homecoming"
  9. A Bonfire of Worlds, Chapter 2
  10. Era Report: 3145, p. 26
  11. A Bonfire of Worlds, ch. 12
  12. A Bonfire of Worlds, Chapter 14
  13. Era Report: 3145, p. 27
  14. 14.0 14.1 A Bonfire of Worlds, ch. 15
  15. 15.0 15.1 Era Report: 3145, p. 68
  16. Field Manual: 3145, p. 152, "Wolf Empire"
  17. Era Report: 3145, p. 28-29, "Archon's Trial"
  18. Masters of War, p. 17

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