Impetus of War

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Impetus of War
Product information
Type Novel
Author Blaine Lee Pardoe
Pages 304
Cover Artwork Bruce Jensen
Interior Artwork Duane Loose
Publication information
Publisher Roc Books
First published 01 December 1996
ISBN-10 0451455290
ISBN-13 978-0451455291
Era Clan Invasion era
Timeline 3058

Impetus of War, by Blaine Lee Pardoe, is a novel of the Northwind Highlanders mercenary unit, as they are hired for a secret strike deep into Clan Smoke Jaguar territory.

The novel was made available on BattleCorps on 06 August 2010 as a PDF file (text only, without cover, pictures, or any other interior artwork except for the usual BattleCorps frame graphics). The PDF copy includes a disclaimer stating that it was created from a pre-final edition text that might differ from the printed version and that canon-wise, the print edition trumps the PDF edition.

From the back cover[edit]

Major Loren Jaffray is a soldier's soldier, a hardened professional who made his reputation with the Capellan Confederation's legendary Death Commandos. Now serving as an officer in the Northwind Highlanders, Loren longs to prove his loyalty to his new comrades. And he's getting that chance—the Draconis Combine is hiring his regiment to take on a mission unlike any before it.

The ruthless Clan Smoke Jaguar emulate the savagery of their feline namesake with lethal accuracy. Nobody knows this better than the samurai of the Draconis Combine, who fought to the death to save their very homeworld. Now Loren's crack Highlanders will be the instrument of the Combine's vengeance, striking into the Deep Periphery to crush one of the Jaguars' supply centers on a distant world called Wayside V. But the young, confident major is in for a very nasty surprise—and unless he makes a brilliant change in plans, Wayside V will be soaked with Scots blood...


This is the story of the invasion of a Clan-held Periphery world by the Northwind Highlanders, under contract with the Draconis Combine. It involves Clans Smoke Jaguar and Nova Cat. It is the last Clan-related novel before the Twilight of the Clans series begins.

This story covers an early, pre-Operation Serpent, attack on the deep periphery by the inner sphere against the clans. It provides good background on the state of the Smoke Jaguars and the Nova Cats prior to the upcoming novels covering Operation Bulldog and Serpent.

In the novels, a regiment of Highlanders are expected to take a world from second line troops, with the goal of disrupting clan supply lines. Upon arrival to the world, they find a new Smoke Jaguar Galaxy, preparing to cut its teeth on raids of Nova Cat Worlds.

As the main force becomes trapped on the planet, with a warship in orbit keeping the dropships pinned down, they manage to salvage clan equipment and a bondsman to instigate a counter raid by Nova Cat forces against the Smoke Jaguars.

The novel also provides some interesting background on Nova Cat Culture and Mysticism.

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Foreign-Language Editions[edit]


A German edition, translated by Reinhold H. Mai, was published by Heyne in 1997 as Der Vater der Dinge (ISBN 9783453118874).[1] This was republished as an EPUB by Ulisses Spiele in 2020 as BattleTech Legenden 34 : Der Vater der Dinge (ISBN 9783963316982).[2]


A Russian edition, translated by O. Martynov, was published by Армада-пресс (Armada-Press) in 2002 as Двойная игра (ISBN 5309003347) as part of a series produced in collaboration with Дрофа (Drofa). [3] [4]



  1. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for Der Vater der Dinge
  2. Deutsche Nationalbibliothek Catalog entry for BattleTech Legenden 34 : Der Vater der Dinge
  3. Science Fiction Lab Book description for Двойная игра
  4. National Library of Russia description for Двойная игра