Battle of Nox (2475)

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Battle of Nox (2475)
"Battle of Beckvern Hill"
Part of Age of War
Start Date July 2475
Location Beckvern Hill
Planet Nox
Result Draconis Combine defeat
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Draconis Combine
Lyran Commonwealth
Commanders and leaders
Unknown Archon Michael Steiner
Forces involved
Second Sword of Light Unknown


In July 2475 a major earthquake hit Tharkad City, the capitol of the Lyran Commonwealth, destroying the majority of its government buildings. The resulting chaos and confusion gave the Draconis Combine the incentive to invade the Lyran world of Nox. The planet became the site of the first full-scale BattleMech versus BattleMech engagement, occurring at Battle of Beckvern Hill. Archon Michael Steiner's Company of 'Mechs (including several of the new COM-1A Commandos) and supporting heavy tanks moved against an equal number of Kuritan GLD-1R Gladiators from the Second Sword of Light. In the three hour battle against the notoriously tenacious DCMS, the Archon's troops used their superior experience and numerical advantage to fight their way into the Sword of Light's rear areas. They then fanned out into lance-sized units to cause as much damage as possible to the enemy's supplies and communications. Michael Steiner's Command Lance fought its way to the enemy's Regimental HQ, killing the command staff before being killed by Combine reinforcements.[1][2][3]

Though this Combine attack was neither successful nor strategically significant, it marked a major turning point in armed warfare.


  1. House Steiner (The Lyran Commonwealth), p. 24
  2. Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 1, p. 3: "COM-1A Commando"
  3. Experimental Technical Readout: Primitives, Volume 2, p. 5: GLD-1R Gladiator"