Conjurer (Hellhound)

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Conjurer (Hellhound)
Conjurer
Production information
Manufacturer Irece Alpha

Various others

Production Year 2829[1]
Model Hellhound
Class Medium
Cost 5,239,500 C-bills
Technical specifications
'Mech type Clan BattleMech
Mass 50 tons
Chassis Puma Type Medium endo steel
Armor Alpha Plate Special ferro-fibrous
Engine 300-rated fusion engine
Communications System Garret T-11b
Targeting Tracking System Sync-Tracker (39-42071)
Heat Sinks 10 double heat sinks
Speed 96 km/h
Jump Jets BMP Mk. XXI
Armament
BV (1.0) 1,714
BV (2.0) 1,813[2]


Description[edit]

The 2829 Conjurer (code-named the Hellhound by the Inner Sphere nations) is a fast, inexpensive medium BattleMech that excels at medium to short range.

It is noteworthy that the Conjurer is, for all intents and purposes, the Wolverine IIC and was even reported as such by ComStar in early sightings, presumably for its obvious heritage; it was designed off the WVR-7H Wolverine II variant of the original Wolverine, taking the concept and rebuilding it with advanced technology in the fashion of a IIC rebuild.[3] However the Clans would not retain the name of the Not-Named Clan for the redesigned 'Mech.

Weapons and Equipment[edit]

As befitting its status as a second-line 'Mech, the Conjurer uses a standard engine, though it is constructed on an endo steel chassis and uses eight and a half tons of ferro-fibrous armor. Its jump jets enable it to leap up to 180 meters at a time.

The Conjurer uses a large pulse laser that is quite accurate and effective at a respectable range. To back that up, it mounts paired ER medium lasers and Streak SRM-2s. 10 double heat sinks are able to keep heat under control, though a Conjurer can summon up a heat problem if pressed too hard.

Variants[edit]

  • Conjurer
    Following the Ghost Bear-Combine War, Clan Nova Cat needed to rebuild, but there was a problem: they lacked the infrastructure to rebuild their OmniMech forces after being Abjured from Clan space. Khan Santin West initiated a deal with Clan Diamond Shark to enlist their aid in building factories on Irece and Avon. One of the concessions from the Sharks was to aid the Cats upgrade existing Conjurers and construct the capacity to build new ones. The resulting 'Mech was almost completely rebuilt from the ground up. The Conjurer 2 uses a Consolidated 350 XL fusion engine to achieve speeds up to 119 km/h, along with increased jumping capacity that enable it to move up to 210 meters a jump by a BMP Mk. XXI jump jet system. The weapons are removed to make way for an ATM-9 that has three tons of ammunition to allow maximum flexibility. A pair of medium pulse lasers that are tied to a targeting computer round out the weapons. An added half ton of armor brings the armor protection up to the maximum the 50 ton chassis can carry. BV (1.0) = 2,051, BV (2.0) = 2,107[4]
  • Conjurer
    This variant mounts two ATM-6s, each of which is allocated a single ton of ammunition. A pair of ER medium lasers back up this model. BV (1.0) = 1,632, BV (2.0) = 1,722[7]
  • Conjurer
    Introduced by the Wolf Empire this version was originally a stopgap solution until Clan spec weaponry could be produced in large amounts, but it proved to be very popular with warriors. It uses a smaller 250-rated XL engine and a rotary AC/5 from the Shockwave production line. Supplementing the engine is a MASC system. Additional firepower comes from a Clan Streak SRM-6 and two Clan medium pulse lasers.[9] BV (2.0) = 2,197[10]

Design Quirks[edit]

The Hellhound is subject to the following Design Quirk:[11]

Related BattleMechs[edit]

  • Wolverine - The Conjurer is based on the WVR-7H Wolverine II, in the fashion of IIC 'Mech designs, but was named differently because of the stigma associated with the name ever since the annihilation of Clan Wolverine.

Notes[edit]

  • In the computer game MechWarrior 4: Mercenaries, the Conjurer's description is altered differently compared to its original history. The game states that the mech was created by Clan Jade Falcon after the events of the Refusal War rather than after the Clan's creation. The information also states that the design was created by using factories in the Inner Sphere and claims that the Hellhound' name is the real name rather than an Inner Sphere designation.
  • In German products, the unit's proper Clan name was altered to Magicker, which may refer to the term Magick invented by Aleister Crowley. The unit's proper Inner Sphere name was translated to Höllenhund.
  • According to writer Ashley Watkins, she designed the Conjurer and originally named it Wolverine, intending it to be a Wolverine variant upgraded with Clan equipment. She said that FASA changed the name of her design for Technical Readout: 3055. The 'Mech also had the model designation WVR-6MU.[12]

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References[edit]

  1. MUL online date for the Conjurer (Hellhound)
  2. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 187
  3. Historical: Operation Klondike, p. 168
  4. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 188
  5. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 189
  6. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 190
  7. Record Sheets: 3055 Upgrades Unabridged, p. 191
  8. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 5, p. 16
  9. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 5, p. 6
  10. Recognition Guide: ilClan, vol. 5, p. 17
  11. BattleMech Manual, p. 92 BattleMech Quirk Table - Hellhound Entry.
  12. Ashley Watkins' blog post about her involvement with Technical Readout: 3055

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