|Andrew Bruce Redburn|
|Died||28 February 3079|
|Title(s)||Knight of the Realm|
He is noted for his loyalty for Federated Suns and to his friends. He was a good MechWarrior, field commander and has participated in numerous major conflicts that took place in the thirty-first century. He was a native of Firgrove.
- 1 Character History
- 1.1 Early Character History
- 1.2 The Silver Eagle Incident
- 1.3 Fourth Succession War
- 1.4 War of 3039
- 1.5 Clan Invasion Era
- 1.6 Jihad
- 1.7 Death and Legacy
- 1.8 Family and Children
- 2 BattleMechs
- 3 References
- 4 Bibliography
Early Character History
He was assigned to the First Kittery Training Battalion as its executive officer in the late 3020s. The Leftenant was under the command of Major Justin Allard and fought against the Liao raid on world of Kittery in November 3026. The battle ended in victory for the Battalion, but tragic for the command as Major Allard was crippled by the fight. Prince Davion transported him to New Avalon where he was awarded the Golden Sunburst medal for heroic actions.
Duke Michael Hasek-Davion raised charges that his commander Allard, was guilty of treason. Andrew brought to the trial as witness, but ultimately the trial ended in Allard being ruled as guilty.
After Major Allard's injuries, Leftenant Redburn assumed command of the Battalion. Before assuming command officially, he was asked to take tour of Lyran space with Colonel Ardan Sortek in 3027. They briefly stopped on Pacifica and meet with Leftenant Colonel Patrick Kell and his Kell Hound mercenary battalion in March. During their stay, Draconis Combine forces invaded the planet and he helped fight with Kell Hounds to defend the planet from Combine invasion. Also with him were Hauptmann-General Sarah Joss and then Colonel Ardan Sortek, who fought a duel his Victor against an Awesome.
The Silver Eagle Incident
He and Colonel Sortek met with Archon Katrina Steiner and her daughter, Archon-Designate Melissa Steiner. The pair soon found out that their initial meeting with "Melissa" was in fact a decoy, Jeana Clay. During his social outings, he was introduced to Melissa Steiner's best friend, Misha Auburn. They developed strong ties to one another, which led to a long-distance relationship.
Later on Tharkad, Redburn learned that he was part of an officer exchange program which was building up good will for the Steiner-Davion Alliance, finalizing with the marriage of Melissa Steiner and Hanse Davion. He was to act as a distraction from and escort for Melissa Steiner while she traveled in disguise to New Avalon. The pair separately traveled aboard the Silver Eagle.
In May, the ship was hijacked by a transferring JumpShip crewed by members of Lyran resistance unit of the Heimdall. The Heimdall JumpShip took the passenger ship to the Styx star system in the Draconis Combine. The Heimdall kidnappers revealed that they were to be ransomed. However, Draconis Combine forces arrived and sent two waves of forces to the Heimdall asteroid base. Andrew speculated that the first ship was a Fury Class DropShip infantry carrier, and that they were trying to find someone. Redburn fought alongside people from the Silver Eagle to prevent the later discovered to be ISF troops from taking Melissa Steiner. He was injured in the fighting on the planetoid. He and passengers of the Silver Eagle were rescued by the Kell Hounds. After returning to the Federated Suns in June, he was promoted to Captain and officially given command of the Kittery Training Battalion.
In November, he and his officers were attacked while dining in the city of Shaoshin on Kittery. Luckily they received a warning from Shang Do the leader of local Yizhi Tong (mafia) leader, Shang Do because of Redburn's friendship to Justin Xiang. Warning them of incoming hostiles in the form of House Liao's Maskirovka strike team coming for them. They managed to turn the tables soundly against the Liao agents, and they chased a survivor to the Maskirovka safe house where they captured valuable materials and data.  He was sent with most of his officers and many of the cadets of the training battalion to join the Davion Light Guards. As part of Prince Hanse's experiments, Redburn was put in command with the entire original staff of the newly formed Delta Company.
On 15th of January, 3028 Redburn reported to the Guard's 1st Battalion's Commander, Colonel Stone. Stone informed him that Hanse Davion wished to continue to experiment with his formation and that the Delta Company was to be a reinforced company of six lances of light class BattleMechs, of 24 MechWarriors. This made Delta an unusual formation. He also received a secret document from Stone. A warning was issued to Redburn and his company by FedSun's MI7 Military Intelligence's Liaison. Citing that it was possible his old commander Justin Xiang (formerly Allard) was likely behind the Kittery attack and it was possible another was coming. Redburn was shocked into disbelief, not wanting to believe Justin would do that. Stone remarked he was among the command staff of the 5th Davion Guards on Spica when Justin saved them in 3016. He told Redburn, despite Justin's rescue, that he believed Xiang was a changed man and ordered him to keep a look out.
Fourth Succession War
August 20th, 3028 - Redburn and his reinforced Assault Company of Light 'Mechs dropped on the Capellan world of St. Andre with the entire Davion Light Guard. His unit was hot dropped on the planet by their Overlord Class Dropship Firewalker. Their mission was to destroy the Capellan Assault 'Mech battalion known as Cochraine's Goliaths. The drop was hotly contested and ended up with Delta Company landing on target while the rest of 1st Battalion ending up scattered across the other side of the battlefield. The Goliaths distracted by bulk of the 1st Battalion, Redburn decided to land his men behind them using the wash of landings as cover. Ignoring orders to pull out from Colonel Stone, Redburn had his unit hit the assault-class 'Mechs taking advantage of the Goliaths lack of effective short-range weaponry. Amidst the fighting, Redburn sighted The Goliaths' commander, Colonel Fiona Cochraine. He ordered the unit to concentrate its firepower on her machine. The 'Mech was savaged by two lances of Delta units, but they failed to knock down Colonel's machine.
In a fit of rage, Redburn jumped his Firestarter with its arm flamers blazing down onto Colonel Cochraine's Goliath in a Death from Above attack. Redburn's 'Mech crashed feet first into Cochraine's assault 'Mech's head. Crushing force of the crash and damage received caused the Goliath's fusion engine to explode. This sent Redburn's 'Mech flying into another Goliath, knocking both machines down. Redburn was knocked out from multiple crashes and the g-forces from being thrown around. Thinking Redburn had died, his unit rallied and covered his position while penetrating deeper into the Goliaths' formation. Lt. Craon, Delta's second command led Redburn's men while inviting the rest of the 1st Battalion to join them. Completing the destruction of the Capellan Battalion.
After the battle, the unit remained fully operational. Redburn recovered from his injuries and was given a Centurion BattleMech as a replacement. Hanse Davion, after reviewing the results of the battle, was advised by Quintus Allard to use Delta Company as an independent command and used special tactical drops.
On Hunan in October 3028, Captain Redburn and his unit were recalled from their rest and relaxation period to take care of the remnants of the Freemont's Cuirassiers's 1st Battalion led by Major Sidney Xong. When the 2nd wave of the Invasion hit Hunan, and the Major's battalion fought bravely against the New Aragon Borderers. Major Xong was forced to disengage the remains of his battalion from the battle with the Davion regiment, when it became apparent that his unit could not win. He managed to take a company of Marauders into the Hellfire Mountains where the Borderers were unable to follow. From there the Major caused headaches for the Borderers as Xong's people began raiding the Davion forces. Now finally tracking down Xong's people, Redburn managed to acquire six anti-'Mech mines from the New Aragon Borderers to deploy them in valley where Xong's 'Mechs were heading to.
When Xong's forces fully entered the mountains, Delta's forces sprung their ambush with Redburn's Centurion taking first shots. The Delta Company's lances lured Xong's Marauder further into the "Kill Zone" of the valley. At the right moment, the mines were detonated and successfully blew one of the Marauders. After the mines detonation, Redburn radioed the Cuirassiers to advise them that they were in the middle of a minefield and he would prefer them to surrender than to have to kill them all. Major Xong not wanting to risk his people's lives surrendered to the Light Guards unit. Later Captain Redburn's second in command, Lt. Robert Craon, asked why he hadn't told Xong he had tricked him and that Delta's unit only had a few mines. Redburn replied that he didn't want to disgrace Xong for choosing to save his people's lives over honor.
While on Algot in January 14, 3029, Redburn and his Delta Company were in their Rest and Relaxation period. Lt. Robert Craon talked to Redburn about the strangeness of their being posted on the world and that things he had learned made him feel uneasy, as if something was going to happen. Redburn scoffed at the idea, but Craon told him that the base computer's records state that Delta Company was still stationed on St. Andre. Also, it was odd that they had received no mail for some time. The base computers reports in the inventory that the storehouse on the base is full with enough supplies refurbish an entire regiment. Yet, the strange Fax machine keeps printing reports that are correct. Redburn began to see why he was uneasy, stating that if those reports were being picked up by Liao spies, that they would be attacked. As if to answer Craon's predictions, the base's sirens began to sound a raid warning.
Redburn led Delta Company and stopped Capellan forces raiding the base. Colonel Stone contacts Delta and "invites" them to help the rest of 1st Battalion squash the real invasion. United, Redburn's force helps finish off the Capellan attacks.
On Bethel on April 21st, 3029, Redburn's base detected an incoming Overlord Class DropShip. His unit launched from their base, using the Delta Company's Overlord-Class DropShip, Defiant to arrive at the raider's landing zone. However, it was soon reported by the Defiant's Captain that a second DropShip, a Leopard-Class vessel was hidden by the larger ship. He calculated the ship would be attacking Delta's base. Upset with himself for being fooled, Redburn split his forces, sending the majority of the company with Lt. Robert Craon in command. While he pieced together an ad-hoc Lance of 'Mechs together to deal with the force that was delivered by the Liao Leopard. Redburn became convinced that the Capellans had found out about the secret NAIS research base on Bethel.
Soon after arriving, Redburn's force attacked the Liao force. Amongst them were a pair of newly commissioned Raven BattleMechs. His forces are attempts to push off the defending attacking 'Mech lance. Spotting the Centurion parked next suspect his old commander Justin Allard, now known as Justin Xiang, leading Maskirovka raiding party. Justin warns Redburn off from fighting him, but Redburn pushed his attack and closed in an attempt to stop Justin from escaping. However, Redburn made the mistake of forgetting that Justin's Centurion was modified with a Pontiac Assault Autocannon. Justin Allard used the Pontiac to leave Redburn's 'Mech a pile of scrap. Afterwards, he was debriefed by an MIIO agent and informed that the theft was all an attempt to leak the new myomer fiber on purpose and his handling of the situation was to be praised. Redburn, disgruntled, accepted the compliment, though angry he lost to his former Commanding officer.
In August, Redburn and his Delta Company were dispatched to Kathil to form a defense for the planet. He met with his old Warrior Hall classmate Morgan Hasek-Davion, as the planet's defense commander. Dispatch by JumpShip take command defense of the planet. After the tour Andrew found himself temporarily promoted to Major and second in command of a newly merged command with his Deltas, survivors of the 5th Syrtis Fusiliers and green soldiers of the Kathil Militia at its core. Redburn is then brevetted to a Major and assigned command of the 1st Battalion of new unit.
On September 7th, Liao's Death Commandos and battalion consisting of the 4th Tau Ceti Rangers hit the planet's atmosphere. At Morgan's direction, Yare's broadcast dish fired a microwave burst into one of the Death Commandos' Union-Class DropShips. Andrew's forces hidden in the township of Yare, began his ambushes on incoming remaining force of the Commandos. Manages stop majority of the enemy's forces, but was unable to stop few. Redburn desperately calls aide to Morgan's force for help. As a single Cataphract managed to get through and crest the hill leading to Yare it suddenly fell back in bits and pieces. Morgan's Atlas assault 'Mech crested the hill and joined the fight against the remaining Death Commandos. This re-energizes Andrews he coordinated their remaining forces to finish off the Death Commandos. After the battle, his commander Morgan Hasek-Davion announced that his orders include them having to perform an extraction mission from Sian using the 4th Tau Ceti Rangers' DropShips. In disbelief Andrew commented they would be shot down by Sian for even coming back in defeat. Morgan re-assured him and the general staff they would be welcomed, once they sent a fake message that the Rangers have captured him as a prisoner.
The 1st Kathil's ships arrived on October 22 via a Command Circuit that had been arranged for the raid. Redburn was conflicted with emotions of facing Justin again. Morgan talked to him telling him that he must see that Justin was now a different person from who he used to be.
As their DropShips descended to the DropPort on the 24th, Redburn observed Sian's televised coverage of the event when he spotted his "old" commander, Justin Xiang in the crowd. He deployed his Marauder and fought through the rankss of Warrior House Imarra BattleMechs. He observed, once he breached the hulls of the enemy 'Mechs, they tended to fall apart after the mist penetrates their inner workings. Andrew has his 'Mech enter one hanger he spotted Justin enter and waited for him. He returns to the hanger to be faced by Andrew, whom gleefully asks for Justin's last words. Justin says the counter-sign which makes him the Davion agent he had come for. Over joyed with surprise, he lowers his 'Mech allows Justin load the unconscious Alexi Mallory. Andrew hands Justin a satchel of equipment so he can make his escape and finish his mission.
Rewarded and Knighted for his duties in 4th Succession War
In November 22nd, 3029 he brought to New Avalon. Where he among other heroes of the war at Avalon City Notre Dame Cathedral where he honored by Prince Hanse Davion for actions. He awarded the Medal Excalibur for his performance during the Battle of Kathil and the rescue of agent Alexi Mallory. He given the title of Knight of the Realm and given parcel of land on his home world of Firgove. 
War of 3039
Clan Invasion Era
Andrew Redburn was widely believed to have been killed early in the Jihad when Word of Blake forces assaulted Tukayyid in early 3068. However, a task force led by Clan Ghost Bear during Operation SCOUR found and liberated Redburn from a prison camp on the Word of Blake Protectorate world of Asta on the 18th of March 3077. Having been freed from captivity, Redburn went on to join the general staff of allied coalition leader Devlin Stone, initially working alongside Victor Steiner-Davion - with whom he was considered to be good friends - and then later assuming the position of XO to General Belle Lee. Redburn was the commanding officer of Stone's Liberators during Operation SCOUR and led the Liberators during the campaigns for Mars and Terra; Redburn and the Liberators were tasked with the campaign to capture Geneva during the Terran landings.
Death and Legacy
Andrew Redburn died on the 28th of February 3079, after the liberation of Terra, from complications which arose from a respiratory infection. The respiratory infection which claimed Redburn's life had been bred by Word of Blake scientists, and it is believed that Redburn contracted it during his incarceration on Azha. Those attending at Redburn's deathbed included a selection of officers and Victor Steiner-Davion.
Andrew Redburn gave his name to the virus that killed him, and various strains of the Redburn Virus were identified on more than twenty former Word of Blake Protectorate worlds in the wake of Operation SCOUR.
The Republic of the Sphere named their medal for military personnel wounded in combat, the Redburn Cross, in his honor.
Family and Children
In 3030, Redburn and Misha Auburn married, and they had four children together. At the time of his death, Redburn had nine grandchildren. One of his eventual descendants would be Damien Redburn, an Exarch of the Republic of the Sphere. 
Redburn's first 'Mech to be mentioned in fiction was a Spider, which he piloted in the Kittery ambush. In his battle along the Kell Hounds he piloted a Hunchback. During the first stages of Fourth Succession War, he piloted a Firestarter which he lost on St. Andre and replaced with a captured Capellan Centurion. This 'Mech was downed in the duel against Justin Xiang on Bethel. His next 'Mech was a Marauder, which used in the battles of Kathil and Sian.
- Warrior: Coupé, ch. 53
- 20 Year Update, p. 92 - Misha Auburn personal profile
- Era Report: 3062, p. 72, "Andrew Redburn Profile"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 69, "The Jihad In Review"
- Warrior: En Garde, p. 121 - Justin Xiang identifies a noblewoman whom is from Firgrove by the tartan she was wearing.
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 12, "Funeral For A Hero"
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 124 - Morgan informs Quintus Allard & Hanse Davion of his friendship with Andrew.
- Warrior: En Garde, p. 52 - Quintus mentions Michael Hasek-Davion's men jumping on Command Circuit setup to bring Andrew Redburn to New Avalon.
- Warrior: Coupé p. 321 - Hanse Davion pins Metal Excalibur next to his Golden Sunburst award.
- The Kell Hounds, p. 40-41 "Blackened Panthers"
- Warrior: En Garde, pp. 165-166 - Simon Johnson briefs Redburn of the situation.
- Warrior: Riposte pp.64-72 - Redburn and officers of the Kittery Training Battalion repulse assassination attempt and find House Liao's safe house.
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 115 - Captain Andrew Redburn briefed by Colonel Stone about his assignment.
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 117 Colonel Stone recants Captain Redburn about how Lt. Justin Allard saved him rest of the Fifth Davion Guard during the Spica operation.
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 239 - Redburn's first battle of the 4th Succession War.
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 253-254 - Prince Hanse Davion is debriefed on the battle of St. Andre.
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 254 - Quintus recommends Delta Company to be used for special operations.
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 259 - Brief recap of Major Xong's 1st Battalion of the Freemont's Cuirassiers situation.
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 261-262 - Major Xong surrenders his force to Captain Redburn's Delta Company.
- Warrior: Riposte, pp. 286-288 - Robert Craon tells Andrew Redburn he has bad feeling about their basing.
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 290 - Davion Light Guard, 1st Battalion's commanding office, Colonel Stone "invites" Delta Company to help his force fight main Capellan Forces.
- Warrior: Riposte, p. 296 - Chancellor Maximilian Liao tells Duke Michael Hasek-Davion that he is aware of most of his forces being wiped out.
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 79 - Raven 'Mech is identified.
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 85 - Redburn realized he forgot that Justin's Centurion was equipped with an AC-20.
- Warrior: Coupé, pp. 231-233 - Morgan meets with Kathil Militia Reserves, tells him he needs them for what could be the FedSun's most desperate hour. To form the 1st Kathil Uhlans.
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 248 - After the Battle of Yare, Morgan asks Andrew for a status report of the 1st Battalion.
- Warrior: Coupé, pp. 244-245 - Liao forces are brutally mauled, but manage to send 'Mechs past Andrew's forces.
- Warrior: Coupé, pp. 249-250 Redburn attends debriefing after the battle to find out they are going to Sian & how they are going do it.
- Warrior: Coupé, pp. 285-286 - Morgan tells his of how his father became a different person. That Redburn's situation with Justin is the same, he is a different person now.
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 298 - Andrew spots Justin Xiang/Allard in the crowd waiting for the captive Morgan Hasek-Davion to appear.
- Warrior: Coupé, pp. 300-301 - Andrew fights a Crusader and other designs with ease because of the gases released.
- Warrior: Coupé, pp. 309-310 - Andrew pleasantly surprised to find out Justin Allard was the Davion spy he came for on their mission.
- Warrior: Coupé, p. 321 - Redburn is awarded for his actions in the 4th Succession War and part of raid on Sian.
- 20 Year Update, p. 21 - Kathil PDZ unit listings.
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 57, "The Jihad In Review"
- Jihad Hot Spots: Terra, p. 93, "Force Breakdown"
- Jihad: Final Reckoning, p. 13, "Plagued By Blake"