Ian Davion (31st c.)

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Ian Davion
Also known as "The Hound"
Born 2980
Died 21 October 3013
Affiliation House Davion
Profession/
occupation
First Prince of the Federated Suns
Parents Andrew Davion (father)
Jennifer Campbell (mother)
Siblings Marie Davion (half-sister)
Hanse Davion


Physical description[edit]

Ian was described as a large man, with a large nose and a longer face.[1]

Personal History[edit]

Ian Davion (b. 2980 – d. October 21st 3013; see also Notes)[2] was the eldest son of Andrew Davion, and ruled the Federated Suns from 2999 until his death during the Third Battle of Mallory's World in 3013[3] at the hands of Yorinaga Kurita. Known as "The Hound", he preferred combat to politics and did not care much for statecraft. Because he had no wife or children, he was succeeded as First Prince of the Federated Suns by his younger brother Hanse Davion.[4]

As the elder Son, Ian was trained from early age to succeed his father as a First Prince.[5]

Dragoon's arrival[edit]

In 3005, Ian faced a totally unexpected situation: the appearance, in orbit of Delos, of a unknown army multi regimental. But they were not hostiles. They were asking employment as mercenaries. Ian send Duke William Schuler-Davion to meet them. the new arrivals made themselves call Wolf's Dragoons. Ian suspected their offer, specially when the Dragoons ask for a planet to serve as home base. Duke William pressed Prince Ian to accept them, and he did it, becoming the first client of the Dragoons: as the federated Suns territory had been raided by Capellan Confederation units, he send the mercenaries at the Capellan March, giving them the planet New Valencia. The Dragoons crushed the capellans with devastating effect. In 3010, Ian offered the Dragoons to renew his contract, but they refused.[6]

Alliance with Katrina[edit]

About 3002, Ian win a battle named "Third battle of Harrow's Sun".[7] In 15 of November 3010, Ian was in Tharkad, the lyran capital, where joined a party. There, he met Morgan Kell and Patrick Kell. He had a heated discussion with the last, and almost end fighting.[8] The reason of his presence there was revealed later, in a private reunion with Morgan kell and Katrina Steiner: he wanted to form a secret alliance between the Federated Suns and the Lyran Commonwealth.[9]

The Archon accepted his offer, and agreed to made joint military exercices with Federated forces in the lyran planet Zavijava. The Kell Hounds, the mercenary group founded recently by the Kell brothers, was contracted to provide escort to Ian.[10] Initially, the Hounds remained in Galatea, and Patrick in Tharkad, to attract all attention, while Morgan, with two of his men, traveled to Zavijava with Ian. They were on his destiny at the end of December. Morgan and Ian were giving a tour in horse, with the prince proving he was a very good horseman, when they saw incoming DropShips, and they go in their landing zone direction. The DropShips carried a new pirate group (in reality a group of actors posing as a Pirates,) the Ion Knights.[11] The Pirates attacked a winery, were they were attacked by a Militia officer, Liutenant Rosen, but managed to made him retreat before looting the winery.[12] After arriving on site, after the retreat of the pirates, Morgan and Ian speak with the lieutenant, and together go to the capital, to speak with the Militia leader, Colonel Chancy Wittenberg. This one was a "old friend" of Morgan; they were studying together on the Nagelring, but Chancy violated the rules and was throw off the institution. Since then, he had a grudge against Morgan. For this, Chancy ignored all the warnings of Morgan about the pirates, even accusing him to be a spy of them. Morgan hit them, and both Morgan and Ian were arrested and thrown on a cell.[13] Ironically, after crushing the militia, the Ion Knights freed Morgan and Ian, ignoring their real identities. When they suggest the pirates to loot some museums and jewelry, the pirates agreed, using them to carry the loot. Ian and Morgan only cooperated to spy the pirates. With the help of two Kell Hounds on planet, Morgan and Ian killed several Ion Knights and steal them three 'Mechs, destroying three more before fleeing the city.[14] After finding Lieutenant Rosen and a group of Militiamen, company-sized, Morgan and Ian joined them. Ian revealed his real identity, giving the militiamen a inspiring speech, restoring their moral. Liderating the group, Ian and Morgan waged a devastating guerrilla war against the Knights. In the final battle, however, they only were saved by the arrival of the rest of the Militia, lead by Chancy, and the immiment of the Kell Hounds full regiment.[15]

Legacy[edit]

Ian's death made all the weight of the Federated Suns fall over his brother Hanse davion's shoulders.[16], and after a short fight for the power between his brother Hanse Davion and his brother-in-law Michael Hasek-Davion, winned by the first. Ian's death made Hanse hate deeply the Draconis Combine. Even during the Clan Invasion, he hated them for killing his brother. Hanse continued his brother's policy of alliance with the lyrans, eventually with both states forming one, the Federated Commonwealth. Despite the fact than the new kingdom was created by Katrina Steiner and Hanse, it may be assumed than was Ian's policy than put on place his foundations.[17] Hanse give his brother's name at his first son, Victor Ian Steiner-Davion.


BattleMechs[edit]

Ian Davion piloted an Atlas at the time of his death.

Titles and Positions[edit]

Preceded by
Andrew Davion
First Prince of the Federated Suns
2999[2]3013[2][3]



Succeeded by
Hanse Davion

29993013Andrew DavionFirst Prince

Notes[edit]

  • Various sources have given different dates for the death of Ian Davion in the battle for Mallory's World in 3013. Most notably, the most recent source Historical Turning Points: Mallory's World gives the date as 21 November. It was confirmed by author Herbert A. Beas II that the official, correct date is 21 October 3013 and that any other dates are in error.[18]

References[edit]

  1. Kell hounds ascendant A clever bit of Fiction p. 216
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Handbook: House Davion, p. 113, "Leaders of the Federated Suns"
  3. 3.0 3.1 House Kurita (The Draconis Combine), p. 87, "Attitude Towards His Rivals"
  4. The Kell Hounds, p. 32
  5. Historical War of 3039 p. 16
  6. Mercenaries Handbook 3055 p. 27
  7. Kell hounds ascendant A clever bit of Fiction p. 217
  8. Kell hounds ascendant A clever bit of Fiction p. 217
  9. Kell hounds ascendant A clever bit of Fiction p. 222
  10. Kell hounds ascendant A clever bit of Fiction p. 223
  11. Kell hounds ascendant A clever bit of Fiction p. 247
  12. Kell hounds ascendant A clever bit of Fiction p. 256
  13. Kell hounds ascendant A clever bit of Fiction p. 261
  14. Kell hounds ascendant A clever bit of Fiction p. 282
  15. Kell hounds ascendant A clever bit of Fiction p. 309
  16. Historical War of 3039 p. 16
  17. Historical War of 3039 p. 16
  18. In this thread on the official BattleTech forum; answer also archived on this article's talk page.

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