|Born||6 June 3108|
|Affiliation|| House Liao-Centrella|
|Title(s)||Duke of Castrovia|
|Parents|| Daoshen Liao (father)|
Ilsa Centrella (mother)
Danai Liao-Centrella (born 6 June 3108) was the daughter of Daoshen Liao and his sister Ilsa Centrella. This information was kept from her until she was in her late twenties. Until that time, she believed she was the third child of Sun-Tzu Liao and Naomi Centrella. She was named for Danai Centrella, sister of Naomi.
When Danai was only three years old, she met her cousin Kai Allard-Liao on the planet of St. Ives. Kai sensed a form of kinship with the young Danai which he put in his will that she would be given possession of his famous 'Mech, Yen-Lo-Wang.
One of her first fights was against Darla Westin in The Jungle. Darla did not know who was fighting, and was surprised when she was to face her own Centurion OmniMech called Shishi and with a configuration similar to the original Yen-Lo-Wang. Both 'Mechs squared off, but the crowd was clearly set against Westin from the beginning. Regardless of how well Westin fought, she could not bring herself to destroy her inspiration. Instead, she gave the audience a good show and let her 'Mech succumb to Danai's attacks.
She won the first round, and for the second round she was paired to fight against Yulenka Kaiser in The Jungle. The fight was a series of brutal point-blank range attacks where Kaiser's Hatchetman was unable to get past the Capellan scion's heavy shield of her Centurion and never even landed a solid blow on the Cenotaph favorite finally losing to her.
For her fifth fight match, she was paired against Shayne "Shockwave" Kirkpatrick piloting a modified Phoenix Hawk in the Jungle. Because of the thick growth of the Jungle minimizing her range advantage, Kirkpatrick was forced into contact range with Danai several times, close enough even for a few good swipes from the Centurion's hatchet. But maneuverability soon saved the day as Kirkpatrick's gift for jumping fire ate away the Centurion's shield and tore away its right leg. Disabled, Centrella-Liao lit off her surrender flare, ending the match.
Though she did not have the skills to become a champion in the arena, but she was still devastated when her brother, Daoshen Liao, recalled her back to Sian to join the CCAF. She joined the 2nd McCarron's Armored Cavalry and soon rose to command the third battalion.
In 3135, she joined her brother on Terra for the funeral of Victor Steiner-Davion. On the journey there, she unexpectedly met with Caleb Davion. They were traveling on the same JumpShip and initially chose to hide their identities from each other. They flirted off and on during the journey to Terra. They kept their distance from each other once they discovered the real identity of the other.
During a ball held by the Republic of the Sphere government, she became very good friends with Oriente Protectorate noblewoman Nikol Marik when she rescued Marik from the unwanted attention of Frederick Marik.
She was later recalled to fight on New Hessen, fighting for control of the planet in a three way battle between the Federated Suns and the Republic of the Sphere. In one fight, she lost her 'Mech in an encounter with Caleb Davion's M1 Marksman tank and a Republican BattleMech. She was able to rescue Caleb from the battlefield, and both were on the run for a couple weeks. During this time, Caleb turned on her and raped her. She managed to escape him and recover her precious Yen-Lo-Wang. She was mentally haunted by the experience with Caleb's betrayal. She never shared the knowledge of this experience with anyone but her aunt and, later, her best friend Nikol.
Once she arrived on Liao to report in, she was promoted to Sao-shao, and given the command of Second MacCarron's Third Battalion in 3136. She traveled to Sian, where she received her new mission to conquer the worlds of Aldebaran and Zurich, and secure a treaty with Oriente Protectorate. She succeed in the three tasks.
Danai brokered a truce with Julian Davion in 3145, that lasted two years. Whe he broke it, launching Operation CERBERUS that succeed in retaking New Syrtis, Danai lead three Capellan regiments to the world. Her invasion failed to defeat the Federated forces and to kill Julian. After the fight ended, Julian and Danai brokered another truce, and she returned to Sian.
- MechWarrior: Dark Age Dossier
- BattleTech: Legends, p. 158
- Danai Liao-Centrella's Dossier
- Era Report: 3145, p. 87, "Danai Profile"
- Technical Readout 3145, p. 116 "CN11-O Centurion"
- Dark Age: 3132-3134 INN, p. 283 - "3132 Solaris VII Championships Season Review (Part 2)"
- Dark Age: 3132-3134 INN, p. 287 - "3132 Solaris VII Championships Season Review (Part 3)"
- Dark Age: 3132-3134 INN, p. 288 - "3132 Solaris VII Championships Season Review (Part 4)"
- Dark Age: 3132-3134 INN, p. 293 - "3132 Solaris VII Championships Season Review (Part 6)"
- Principles of Desolation, pp. 99-278
- A Splinter of Hope, p. 69