Black Widow Company

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The Black Widow Company
Black Widow Company
Unit Profile (as of 3072)
CO Captain Stacy Church
JumpShips no
DropShips yes
Aerospace no
Armor no
Infantry no

The infamous Black Widow Company was a semi-independent unit within the larger mercenary unit Wolf's Dragoons, formed and led throughout its existence by Natasha Kerensky, the "Black Widow".

Although composed mostly of misfits and troublemakers, the Black Widow Company was a dangerous elite fighting unit with a reputation for brilliant tactics and a boldness bordering on folly. Renowned for their skill as MechWarriors, Natasha Kerensky and her unit were also known and feared for cruelty, deceitfulness and generally dishonorable behavior, attributes that set them apart from the rest of the highly esteemed Wolf's Dragoons.

It is believed that the unit may have been named by Natasha Kerensky in reference to the extinct Clan Widowmaker.[citation needed]

History[edit]

Early Days[edit]

The Black Widows saw their first combat action during the Marik Civil War in 3015 on New Delos and fought with distinction in innumerable famous battles.

The Black Widow Company conducted a raid on Doneval II in 3021 during their contract to House Kurita, and faced the Cadet Corps from the Meistmorn Academy.[1]

In 3022, Kessel was subject to a raid from the Black Widow Company, under contract with the Lyran Commonwealth. At the time, the planet was defended by elements of Smithson's Chinese Bandits.[2]

In 3019 the New Avalon Institute of Science decided to place several research facilities on Hoff, particularly the Friden Aerospace Park that played a crucial role in the (re-)discovery of several technologies including Double Heat Sinks and the development of the Super Wasp and Super Griffin BattleMechs into prototype stage. The facility was sacked by the Black Widow Company[3] in 3022, even though Eridani Light Horse units tried to prevent it, even enhanced in some case with the technology being developed by the NAIS[4] during the period in which Wolf's Dragoons were in the employ of the Draconis Combine.[3]

Under contract with the Draconis Combine, the Black Widow Company fought an engagement with the Eridani Light Horse on New Aberdeen sometime between 3023 and 3025.[5]

Still under Kurita contract, and during the end of the Third Succession War elements of the 21st Illician Rangers faced the Black Widow Company on Galtor III.[6]

Klathandu IV was the scene of battle between the Black Widow Company and McKendrick's Company from the 3rd Davion Guards.[7]

Coursadin (Remis III) was the site of a battle between forces the Black Widow Company, versus Federated Suns forces including the Third Davion Guards) and Lindon's Company. A Black Widow Company attack against an ammo dump had been repulsed, and headhunter forces gunning for Natasha Kerensky specifically engaged her in the Battle for Coursadin, a hard-fought engagement that went for at least a week.[8] Up to this time Lindon's Company was under the command of Owen Lindon,[9] but shortly afterwards as of 3025 it was under the command of "acting captain" Sarah Lindon,[10] suggesting Owen Lindon may have been killed or incapacitated in this battle (see notes).

During the 3rd Succession War, Thule's frozen and valuable watery climate was used as bait to trap the pirate Helmar Valasek and his raiders. House Kurita used the Black Widow Company to surprise the pirates and destroy them.[11] (It should be noted that this particular engagement took place far from the Black Widow's known deployment zone at the time; circumstantial evidence suggests it may have been not the real Black Widow Company, but a false flag operation by a faux unit which in turn may have had the approval of the real Black Widows. Natasha Kerensky herself at one point suggested she had doubles.[12])

The Black Widow Company engaged elements of the 21st Centauri Lancers during the Twelfth Battle of Marduk.[13] (see notes)

During the Third Succession War Le Blanc was the scene of a complicated incident involving the Black Widow Company, Michael Hasek-Davion, the Bounty Hunter and a family of high-tech skilled individuals ensued.[14]

During the sixth campaign for Bergman's Planet, the Black Widow Company and Rajhan's Company, 4th Davion Guards fought.[15]

In September 3026, Wolf's Dragoons, including the Black Widow Company, along with the Fifth Sword of Light were tasked with flushing out resistance to the Kurita-backed government of Kawabe from cities and other defensive positions.[16]

Notes[edit]

  • The battle on Coursadin seems to have taken place in early November 3024, where a detachment of Epsilon Regiment (Wolf's Dragoons) was wrapping up operations on "Courasin"[17] (implicitly meant to be the same battle elsewhere noted to have taken place on or at "Coursadin (Remis III)"[8][18]) and returning to their base on Thestria.

Misery & Fourth Succession War[edit]

The Unit survived both fights in quite good shape unlike most of the rest of Dragoons forces.

Return to Bussiness[edit]

Following the devastating losses that Wolf's Dragoons suffered during the Battle of Misery against House Kurita and in the following Fourth Succession War, the Black Widow Company was the first unit available for hire again and signed a contract on November 7, 3031. On December 16 of that year it was publicly announced that Natasha Kerensky had been promoted to Colonel, and that the unit had been upgraded to battalion strength. It was subsequently known as the Black Widow Battalion.

Clan Invasion and beyond[edit]

They were recalled to the Dragoon home world of Outreach in 3035 and ordered to provide training for other Dragoon units for the following seven years. It is believed that during this time, the unit was restructured following Clan doctrine: Each company comprised of 15 BattleMechs (instead of 12 as per Inner Sphere standard), known among the Clans as a Trinary.

Disbandment[edit]

When the Clan invasion began in 3049, Natasha Kerensky left Wolf's Dragoons and resumed her place among her fellow trueborn Clan warriors, eventually attaining the rank of Khan of Clan Wolf. The original Black Widow Battalion was disbanded after she left the unit, and a new unit called the Wolf Spider Battalion was formed within Wolf's Dragoons in their place.

The unit, lead by Maeve Wolf was equipped with Inner Sphere BattleMechs, but upgraded with Clan technology, fighting with great success in the Dragoon Civil War, the First Harlech and Second Harlech battles. However, the unit was already severely weakened in Second Harlech, and fall under the attack of their "allies" of the Broadsword Legion, in reality Blakist moles. Only their leader, Stacy Church survived. The rest of the unit was destroyed in the battle or the nuking blakist.

Rebirth[edit]

As the Dragoons tried to built new units in Arc-Royal, without any success: the new units were three members of the Company died, from suicide, during the training. Maeve Wolf decided to resurrect the Black Widow Company. Assigning this task to Stacy Church, she explained his decision "because people fear legends".[19] Stacy decided to search their new recruits between veterans, malcontents, which sole aim was to kill Blakists. And there it was only a place where find them: in Outreach. The arrival of the Black Widows, a single lance at Outreach in a Leopard class DropShip, wasn't very successful: they were detected and attacked by blockade Blakists and downed. All Widows survived the crash, with their 'Mechs operatives, but immediately were attacked by their "old friends" of the Broadsword Legion.[20] Forced to retreat, they lost a member of the lance, and were trapped, but when they prepared for a last stand, two lances of Dragoons, lead by a warrior named Francine, come to their rescue. Together, managed to open a hole in the Legion's lines and escape. The next months, the new Black Widows lead the main resistance group fighting against the Blakist occupation forces: the broadsword Legion and Wannamaker's Widowmakers mercenary groups. The other one resistance unit was lead by Tara Lucas.[21] In September of 3070, Tara and Stacy had a meeting, agreeing to join forces, and the next nine months, they made life for the Blakists. The Black Widows, finally company strength, struck isolated Broadsword garrisons near Hralech, until April 3071. The two groups, acting together for the first time, drew the Broadsword Legion out of Harlech City. The Widows allowed them top be caught, but when the Legion were to annihilate the Widows, Tara Lucas forces attacked them. In the fight, the Legion was destroyed. Only Kari Marita and some warriors managed to escape.[22] After the Legion's destruction, both resistance groups launched an assault on Wanamaker's Widowmaker's base on Remus continent where they had Dragoon's dependants prisoners. The assault was a success; despite the death of Tara Lucas, the Widowmakers were effectively destroyed, and the Dragoons captured four DropShips. Using three to evacuate refugees from planet, another was claimed by the Widows. Before departing Outreach, Stacy send a short message to Maeve Wolf: "The black Widows are back".[23] After leaving Outreach, the Widows began touring inside the Blakist Protectorate, striking targets of opportunity.[24]

Officers[edit]

Rank Name Command
Commanding Officers of the Black Widow Company
Captain Natasha Kerensky 3015 - 3049[25][26][27]
Colonel Mackenzie Wolf 3050 - 3054
Commanding Officers of the Wolf Spider Battalion
Major John Clavell 3054 - [3067]][28]
Captain Stacy Church 3072[29]
Major Eleanor Chan 3145[30]

Tactics[edit]

Hit hard and quick.

Composition History[edit]

3015[edit]

Black Widow Company[25]

  • Command Lance
Captain Natasha Kerensky - Warhammer
Colin Maclaren - Marauder
Lynn Sheridan - Crusader
  • Fire Lance
Lieutenant Takiro Ikeda - Archer
Michael Andrews - Shadow Hawk
Nikolai Koniev - Wasp
Akira Harlowe - Thunderbolt
  • Recon Lance
Piet Nichols - Phoenix Hawk
Steve Tommersom - Stinger
Arthur Williams - Locust

3025[edit]

Black Widow Company[26]

  • Command Lance
Captain Natasha Kerensky - WHM-6R Warhammer
Colin Maclaren - MAD-3R Marauder
Lynn Sheridan - CRD-3R Crusader
John Hayes - GRF-1N Griffin
  • Fire Lance
Lieutenant Takiro Ikeda - ARC-2R Archer
Miklos Delius - ARC-2R Archer
Nikolai Koniev - WSP-1A Wasp
Alex Ward - STG-3R Stinger
  • Recon Lance
Lieutenant John Clavell - RFL-3N Rifleman
Piet Nichols - PXH-1K Phoenix Hawk
Simon Fraser - STG-3R Stinger
Mohammar Jahan - STG-3R Stinger

3031[edit]

Black Widow Battalion[27]

  • Command Lance
Colonel Natasha Kerensky - Warhammer
Captain Takiro Ikeda - Shogun
Lynn Sheridan - Crusader
John Hayes - Griffin
  • First BattleMech Company (Wolf Spiders)
  • First Lance
Captain John Clavell - Firefly
Sergeant Simon Fraser - Stinger
Mohammer Jahan - Stinger
Bradley Turlow - Vulcan
  • Second Lance
Lieutenant Piet Nichols - Hornet
Steven Fujimi - Marauder II
Jorge Muller - Annihilator
Ulzanna Whitehead - Flea
  • Third Lance
Lieutenant James Riker - Imp
Sergeant Paul Sayers - Warhammer
Wilson Smullen - Shogun
Ted Heyden - Ostroc
  • Second BattleMech Company (Tarantulas)
  • First Lance
Captain MacKenzie Wolf - Enforcer
Lillith Lang - Hermes II
Trel Morkai - Rifleman
John Castle - Crusader
  • Second Lance
Lieutenant Leslie Kawalli - Marauder
Sergeant Mikos Delius - Whitworth
Nikolai Konief - Firefly
Delmar Lindstrom - Shadow Hawk
  • Third Lance
Lieutenant Norah Jane Stokes - Griffin
Maurice Frenn - Falcon
Timothy Storrs - Charger
Kathy Keegan - Wolverine
  • Aerospace Company
  • First Lance
Lieutenant Sidney "Jackrabbit" Moskowitz - Thrush
Thomas "Top Hat" Gordon - Thrush
  • Second Lance
Lieutenant Clarence "Sweep" Lamond - Cheetah
Ruben "Switchblade" Norris - Cheetah
  • Third Lance
Lieutenant William "Trigger" Fitch - Centurion
Scott "Swede Anderson - Centurion
  • Third Team, Seventh Kommando

3040[edit]

Black Widow Battalion (Battalion/Elite/Fanatical)[31]

Note: At this point in time the command was stationed on Outreach. [31]

3056[edit]

Wolf Spider Battalion.jpg

Wolf Spider Battalion

Major John Clavell
  • Wolf Striker Cluster
Spider Trinary (Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Star, 5 BattleMechs each)
Tarantula Trinary (Alpha, Beta, and Gamma Star, 5 BattleMechs each)
Web Trinary (Alpha and Beta Star, 5 BattleMechs each; Gamma Star of 5 Elemental Points)
Aerospace Company (6 Fighters)
Third Infantry, Seventh Kommando Company

3059[edit]

Wolf Spider Battalion (strengthened Battalion/Elite/Fanatical) [28]

  • CO: Major John Clavell [28]
Note: At this point in time the unit was stationed on Outreach. [28]

3072[edit]

Black Widow Company

Captain. Stacy Church - ZEU-9WD Zeus X
Lt. Jacob Kincaid - UZL-2S Uziel Jacob II
Francine - GRF-6S Griffin Francine II
Calvin Magdaleno - BLR-4S BattleMaster Calvin II
  • Fire Lance
Lt. Eirene Rondema - GAL-4GLSA Gallowglas
Orrin Fletcher - DV-7D Dervish
Michael Ramirez - ARC-7S Archer
Max Henricksen - CBR-O2 Cobra
  • Recon Lance
Lt. Wyatt Rolfe - WLF-4WA Wolfhound
Neil Gibson - FFL-4DA Firefly
Halle Yost - TLN-5W Talon
Russel Madison - LCT-6M Locust

3145[edit]

Spider's Web Battalion (Elite/Fanatical)[30]

  • CO: Major Eleanor Chan

Other references[edit]

  • Parodied in Critter-TEK as the "Black Hippo Company" under Captain Natasha Immenski. According to the description, "Her tactical daring-do, silly clothes, and total confidence in the scriptwriter have led to a winning streak unsurpassed since the days of the Big League. In fact, most of the rest of Wolff's Baboons seem to exist purely to soak up damage while the Black Hippos win the battle" and all of the other Baboon battalions "stand around looking good while the feared and respected Black Hippo Company mops the floor with the enemy".

3072 Company Members[edit]

Rules[edit]

Historical Turning Points: Misery[edit]

  • Unmatched at small-unit tactics, the Black Widows may use Force the Initiative, Off - Map Movement, and Overrun special abilities (see pp. 192-193, TO).[32]

Notes[edit]

The Fire Lance's Shadow Hawk pilot during the 3015 attack on Anton Marik's compound on New Delos is named Willard Andrews in Jason Schmetzer's short story, The Memory of Pain.

References[edit]

  1. Tales of the Black Widow Company, pp. 24-25
  2. Tales of the Black Widow Company, pp. 14-15
  3. 3.0 3.1 BattleTech: 25 Years of Art & Fiction, p. 87, "Hoff Planet Profile"
  4. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 202, "Hoff"
  5. Tales of the Black Widow Company, pp. 16-17 (Queen's Gambit senario)
  6. Tales of the Black Widow Company, pp. 18-19
  7. Tales of the Black Widow Company, pp. 28-29
  8. 8.0 8.1 Tales of the Black Widow, pp. 20-21, "Spider Trap"
  9. According to the unit writeup for Lindon's Company in the rulebook for the BattleTech, 2nd Edition box set
  10. House Davion (The Federated Suns), p. 135 ('Mech Unit Deployment Table, Bryceland PDZ)
  11. Tales of the Black Widow Company, pp. 22-23, "The Chill of War"
  12. Natasha Kerensky: Bio-medical Report
  13. Tales of the Black Widow Company, pp. 26-27
  14. Tales of the Black Widow Company, pp. 30-31
  15. Tales of the Black Widow Company, pp. 32-33
  16. Sorenson's Sabres (scenario pack), pp. 36-37
  17. Wolves on the Border, chapter 18
  18. Wolf's Dragoons, p. 32
  19. Starterbook Wolf and Blake p. 17
  20. Starterbook Wolf and Blake p. 18
  21. Starterbook Wolf and Blake p. 18
  22. Starterbook Wolf and Blake p. 19
  23. Starterbook Wolf and Blake p. 19
  24. Starterbook Wolf and Blake p. 39
  25. 25.0 25.1 The Spider and the Wolf, "BattleTech and MechWarrior Scenarios", pp. 2,5
  26. 26.0 26.1 Tales of the Black Widow Company, pp. 8-13
  27. 27.0 27.1 More Tales of the Black Widow, p. 11, "Black Widow Battalion, 3031"
  28. 28.0 28.1 28.2 28.3 Field Manual: Mercenaries, p. 114
  29. 29.0 29.1 Starterbook: Wolf and Blake, p. 14, "Unit Composition"
  30. 30.0 30.1 Field Manual: 3145, p. 182, "Notable Mercenary Forces - Draconis Combine"
  31. 31.0 31.1 Historical: War of 3039, p. 141 >Historical: War of 3039, p. 141
  32. Historical Turning Points: Misery, p. 9

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