Katana Tormark

Katana Tormark
Katana Tormark
Died3143 (presumed)
AffiliationHouse Tormark
Position(s)Warlord of Dieron
ParentsAkira Tormark (father)[1]
Rachel Jefferson (mother)[1]
SiblingsTwo half-brothers[1]

Katana Tormark was the former Prefect of the Republic of the Sphere's Prefecture III. She became the leader of the splinter faction known as the Dragon's Fury and, after her defection to the Draconis Combine, Warlord of the Dieron Military District.


Early life[edit]

Katana Tormark was born in 3102 on Ancha as daughter to Akira Tormark and Rachel Jefferson. Due to her father's heritage and her mother's affection for all things Japanese, the girl was raised in accordance to Combine traditions in spite of growing up on a Republic world. Her life changed drastically when, at age eight, she witnessed her father behead her uncle Kan Otome as part of an ISF-sanctioned execution. The deep-cover agent subsequently withdrew from the family he had started, leaving Katana with her mother.

Rachel Jefferson was a known musicologist and expert at playing the shakuhachi. In the years following Akira's disappearance, she received a number of invitations to perform on Combine worlds, always taking her daughter with her. In 3113, the two visited Oniji Otome, Kan's brother, to return his swords. Seeing the manner of her upbringing mirrored by an actual Combine world had a tremendous impact on the young girl's perception and instilled her with a sense of belonging that would later become a key factor in the cause of her defection.

At age ten, Katana volunteered time at a local counseling center, helping immigrant children and young teens from the Combine who had trouble adapting to life in The Republic. This dedication did not go unnoticed, and in 3116 the girl was awarded Republic citizenship, a year earlier than the usual required period.[1]

In 3117, Akira Tormark returned to take Katana in after her mother's death in a hovercar accident, but failed to reestablish a connection with his daughter, who spent more and more time in the Combine, visiting Oniji and studying bushido. When Katana turned fifteen, she left her father, convinced that she could take care of herself. By her sixteenth birthday, she had gained special dispensation to carry daishō, the traditional swords of the samurai, on Ancha.[2][1]

Service to the Republic[edit]

Duchess Katana

In 3119, fate brought Katana Tormark to meet Sir Reginald Eriksson when the latter was forced to defend himself against local criminals. Being chased into a local gym, the Republic Knight was forced to shoot two of his attackers, but also found unexpected help in the form of Tormark and her daishō swords. Eriksson stayed on Ancha to interview the young woman and, in light of her previous involvement in community service, sponsored Tormark for a service career in the Republic Armed Forces. She graduated from Northwind's academy in 3122 one year earlier, but opted to extend her stay in a training position, leading her cadet corps dubbed Dragon's Fury to academy honors in three consecutive years. It was during these years that she also made the acquaintance of then-cadet Tara Campbell.[1]

Promoted into active service in 3124, Tormark found herself in a military that was engaged in more parades and 'Mech-smuggling investigations than actual combat, but managed to inspire a sense of loyalty and self-worth among her troops rarely found in untested warriors. In 3126, Major Tormark was disciplined for using "non-standard training techniques" on Ozawa base, but reports of this incident are sketchy and no mark was made in her personal file.[1] She was promoted to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in 3127, after leading the Black Lancers Brigade along a trio of Knights in case diplomatic support was needed against a pirate force attacking the world of David, an action which also saw her awarded with the bronze cluster for courage in the face of the enemy.[1]

The Paladins of the Republic convened in 3128 to select a new Prefect for Prefecture III, and Tormark was invited to Terra to be interviewed together with Countess Tara Campbell. Citing a lack of experience, Campbell declined the post in Katana's favor, and Tormark was raised to the position of Prefect, a Prefecture's military leader. Scaling back her visits into Combine space to an annual pilgrimage, she invested a great deal of energy into her new position, determined to forge the military forces at her disposal into a well-drilled fighting force to better defend the people of Prefecture III.[1][3][1] On 18 June 3132, having been nominated by Knight Carter Dylan, Katana became the first person to ever turn down an offer of a Knighthood from the Republic. She explained that it would require her to leave her position as Prefect and to dissolve her loyalties, loyalties she left unstated.[4]

Dragon's Fury[edit]

On 7 August 3132, the Inner Sphere was plunged into a new Dark Age as large parts of the HPG network were sabotaged, crippling the established means of communications throughout the galaxy. The resulting chaos and the unknown identity of the perpetrators culminated in social unrest, exposing the fragile nature of Republic unity. Among the many people left disillusioned by these events was Katana Tormark, who began to think of the long-established Draconis Combine as a guarantor of stability.

Resigning from the position of Prefect before her five-year-term ran out and turning down the knighthood offered to her by the Republic, Tormark instead retreated to Proserpina, where she began to build a splinter faction by secretly recruiting like-minded individuals and military units loyal to her command with the eventual goal of returning traditionally Draconian worlds to the Combine. In remembrance of her academy days, Tormark named this group the Dragon's Fury.[5]

Although a powerful force built around the elite Amaterasu regiment, the subsequent campaign failed to garner open endorsement from Coordinator Vincent Kurita, the unexpected lack of any kind of response—be it approval or condemnation—greatly troubling the group and being a cause for ongoing concern and arguments between Tormark and her most trusted companions during a number of briefings.[citation needed]}

Cut off from Republic supply lines and being denied support from the Combine, the Fury soon saw itself strained to the limits and struggling to hold on to the worlds they captured. Still resolved to see her vision through, Tai-sho Tormark worked hard to increase recruitment from among the population of the planets the Fury had liberated, using carefully orchestrated propaganda and her own charisma to sway public opinion and appeal to the people's Draconian heritage.[citation needed] The civilians and militia troops pledging their loyalty to the Fury quickly came to form the bulk of its forces, a force simply called The Brotherhood in an effort to appeal to the unifying force of its members' alleged Combine blood – their nationalism encouraged by a fabricated history, crafted by Katana by cobbling together bits and pieces from half a dozen real DCMS regiments.[6][7]

In 3134, Tai-shu Mitsura Sakamoto began his own series of unauthorized raids into Republic space. In one launched against Sadachbia, the 29 July, the raiding force, searching for supplies, was almost annihilated by a lone Highlander IIC piloted by a woman making herself called the Banshee. She sent a message to Katana through Yuri Agamato, the only survivor. She blamed him for the disaster and dispossessed him.[8]

The same year, eventually, The Fury's come into conflict with the Fury whose leader he deemed an obstacle to his ambitions. Dreading to fight fellow Combine warriors, Tormark ordered her forces to "pull their punches", establishing a doctrine where the Fury would fire a few half-hearted volleys before withdrawing, refusing to stand their ground against their kindred. As Sakamoto's soldiers began to take notice and develop an unexpected respect for their foe, the Warlord commanded his units to shoot to kill. An aerospace bombing run on retreating units of the Fury ultimately resulted in the death of Chu-sa Antonia Chinn, Tormark's lover.

Pushed to the brink and facing rising pressure from Sakamoto's forces, Tormark finally resolved to confront the Warlord, utilizing a hidden ace in the form of 'Mechs and other matériel as well as soldiers and even a few Black Boxes her agents had only recently acquired through careful negotiation with yakuza descendants of the dissolved Ghost Regiments. Tormark never faced her nemesis in battle and was denied the satisfaction of revenge, however, as the Warlord—poisoned by a third party—failed to control his 'Mech during a combat drop, crashing the No-Dachi into Saffel's ocean. Sakamoto's second-in-command, Tai-sho Carol Worridge, reacted to Tormark's arrival on the battlefield by ordering the immediate cessation of hostilities and offering to join the Dragon's Fury.[2]


On 30 November 3135, Katana was appointed the Warlord of the Dieron Military District and tasked with securing the planet Dieron and other territories for the Draconis Combine.

Tormark secured the aid of Clan Nova Cat forces. In her efforts to secure the Nova Cat aid however, she gave Khan Jacali Nostra of the Nova Cats a document that both seemed to shock the Khan, and fill her with some vague hope. As to what was in the document was not disclosed, but the Nova Cats did attach to Tormark's forces a Galaxy of Warriors. Tormark was eventually successful in taking Dieron, fulfilling the District with its namesake Capital.


Katana, by her connection with the Nova Cats, sided with them and Emi Kurita in the Draconis Combine Civil War. She had chosen the wrong side, as the rest of the DCMS sided with the ultimately victorious Yori Kurita. The Nova Cats were annihilated, and Yori Kurita concentrated her forces against Katana's people, who continued in rebellion until the unit was defeated in March of 3143. Tormark was taken prisoner and imprisoned on Luthien.[9]

Katana's destiny is unknown, only that she had been imprisoned and expected to be executed. This may have happened in secret to avoid making her a martyr.[10]

Family and Relationships[edit]

Katana Tormark is the second cousin of Governor Reinaldo Tormark and a direct descendant of Fuhito Tetsuhara.[11][1] Tormark was in a relationship with Chu-sa Antonia "Toni" Chinn, a MechWarrior from her Amaterasu regiment at some point prior of her death.[12]

Katana's Katana[edit]

As heir to the Tetsuhara clan, Tormark inherited the katana once gifted by Coordinator Miyogi Kurita to Jackson Hayes in 2865. This legendary weapon, its 69 cm blade still flawless even after the passing of almost three centuries, was also carried into battle by Minobu Tetsuhara, revered as having been one of the greatest samurai of his generation.[13]


Tormark was in possession of Katana Kat, a PNT-9R Panther and heirloom 'Mech originally piloted by Minobu Tetsuhara. During her campaign as leader of the Dragon's Fury, she instead fought in either a BattleMaster or an NX-23L Nyx named Kolyu, loaning Katana Kat to Brotherhood MechWarrior Abeda Measho. After assuming command of the Dieron Military District, her 'Mech of choice became Kuro Ha, an HK-P Hitotsume Kozo.[2][14]

Titles and Positions[edit]

Preceded by
Prefect of Prefecture III
31?? – 3131
Succeeded by


... But I'm on my course now, claiming worlds for the Dragon. People might think I'm nuts, tempting a power as awesome as the coordinator's. And if Vincent Kurita demands my death? I'd do it. Gladly. Because then, finally, I'd belong. I'd be someone's daughter, not a ghost's or a memory's, but a real, flesh-and-blood daughter: a Daughter of the Dragon.[15]


  • Although some artist renditions show Katana Tormark as a woman with a comparatively light complexion, the character is noted to have "milk chocolate" or "chocolate-brown skin" in the novels, perhaps fitting given her African-Asian heritage.[2][5]
  • The name of Katana's BattleMaster, Kolyu, has no actual meaning. This is most likely a mistaken spelling of Koryu, which would mean "old school" – a reference to pre-Meiji restoration martial arts, but generally fitting to a warrior who adores traditional Japanese feudal culture.


  1. 1.00 1.01 1.02 1.03 1.04 1.05 1.06 1.07 1.08 1.09 1.10 1.11 Dark Age: Republic of the Sphere, p. 34: "Katana Tormark"
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Daughter of the Dragon
  3. A Silence in the Heavens
  4. Dark Age: 3132-3134 INN, p. 6, "Prefect Katana Tormark Declines Knighthood"
  5. 5.0 5.1 Ghost War, p. ???
  6. Dragon's Fury Faction Dossier
  7. Era Digest: Dark Age, p. 15: "The Brotherhood"
  8. Tales of the Cracked Canopy: No Rest for the Accursed
  9. Field Manual: 3145, p. 20
  10. Field Manual: 3145, p. 53
  11. Daughter of the Dragon, p. 119
  12. Daughter of the Dragon, p. 212
  13. Gambit: The Battle for Addicks!
  14. MechWarrior: Dark Age - Dossiers and Pilot Cards, pp. 6, 268, 306
  15. MechWarrior: Dark Age - Sneak Peeks, p. 104: "Katana Tormark"