Katya Kerensky (31st c.)
Republic of the Sphere
Katya Kerensky was a thirty-first century Clan Wolf MechWarrior and Loremaster of the (reborn) Clan Wolf. Later in life she was a Paladin of the Republic of the Sphere.
In her youth, she was noted for her demeanor, keen intelligence, and possessing air of authority. Later in life, she showed a knack for organization.
Named after the wife of Aleksandr Kerensky and mother of Nicholas Kerensky, Katya was rumored to be the distant genechild of Ulric Kerensky, his great-granddaughter in Inner Sphere terms.
Affiliated politically with the Wardens faction, she was ristar among original Clan Wolf. She had earned her Bloodname in 3047 at age 22, making her the second youngest to win a Bloodname after Natasha Kerensky. Through Trial and determination, she rose among the ranks to Star Captain. By the time of the Clans' return to the Inner Sphere, she was assigned to Alpha Galaxy as commanding officer of 279th Battle Cluster's Trinary First, which also known as the Whirlwinds.
As part of Operation REVIVAL, she led the Whirlwinds in actions on two Federated Commonwealth worlds of Chateau and Vulcan. On Vulcan, her Trinary fought alongside the Galaxy's Supernova Command unit, and its 279th Battle's sister unit, the Trinary Second. The Wolf forces faced off with the 1st and 2nd Vulcan Armored Brigades on the battlefields of Hades Funnels and Abernathy Way in September of 3050. Those small unit actions, highlighted her abilities which brought her to the notice of higher rank command officers.
In June 3052, she participated in the Wolf Clan Council on Tukayyid. She motioned for Loremaster Conal Ward to close nominations for saKhan, ensuring the acclimation of Phelan Ward.
After the conflict intelligence on her, suggested she was to be transferred to the Golden Keshik.
Refusal War and the reborn Clan Wolf
In course of the Refusal War, Katya had stayed behind and did not journey with the Warden aligned Wolves to Arc-Royal.
She willingly became part of the new Clan Wolf that Khan Vladimir Ward established. She was influenced by Khan Ward's triumph of resurrecting Wolf Clan, pledging herself to him in his efforts to rebuild the Clan. She was put in command as Galaxy Commander of newly formed frontline force, the Delta Galaxy. Katya was credited for whipping Delta into shape from its mixture of frontline and garrison Galaxy origins. She was also elevated to position of Loremaster of Clan Wolf, seen as a means to attempt the healing of the remaining Warden faction members' political wounds. However, later it was became more obvious that it was a move to prevent the Clan's most powerful Warden opponents from being able to influence what largely became a near total Crusader aligned Clan Wolf.
Two years since Delta Galaxy had come under Kerensky's leadership it had shaped up to become frontline Galaxy.
After the Jihad began, Katya's duties to the Wolf Clan's intelligence agency, the Watch increased. In so, this gave an excuse for Khan Ward to position the Crusader-aligned Star Colonel Dirk Radick as her executive officer of Delta Galaxy. He believed this would allow Katya to have more time to dedicate all her responsibilities and also undercut her Warden influences in the Delta ranks. During the course of the war, her executive officer became convinced in her belief that the Word of Blake's aggression was more important than political differences. This would help reaffirm her as the controlling influence of Delta as its commanding officer.
Paladin of the Republic
After the conclusion of the Jihad, Katya's Delta Galaxy was led by Dirk Radick in pledging a new loyalty to the nascent Republic of the Sphere as Clan Wolf's contribution to the founding of the RAF. Upon Dirk's death during the fighting on Tikonov in 3083, Katya took advantage of a clause in the Citizenship Priority Decree of 3083 which granted a blanket offer of immediate citizenship to all military personnel who had served during Operation SCOUR or the liberation of Terra, and in turn she was quickly elevated to the rank of Paladin, likely filling the vacancy created by the death of Paladin Ballade Randonee.
Titles and Positions
|Paladin of the Republic
308? – 3???
- The Wolf Clan Sourcebook identifies Katya Kerensky as killed in action after the events of the Battle of Tukayyid. This appears to be a straight retcon, as there are no other notable Kerenskys who fell on Tukayyid for whom she could be mistaken.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 1.2 Wolf Clan Sourcebook, p. 82: "Star Captain Katya Kerensky"
- ↑ Field Manual: Crusader Clans, p. 145: "Delta Galaxy Command Trinary (The Wolfkin Keshik)"
- ↑ Wolf Clan Sourcebook, p. 63: "Vulcan"
- ↑ Lost Destiny, p. 361
- ↑ Field Manual: Crusader Clans, pp. 138, 141: "Force Strength" & "Loremaster Katya Kerensky"
- ↑ 6.0 6.1 Masters and Minions: The StarCorps Dossiers, p. 117
- ↑ Shattered Sphere, p. 89: "Clan Wolf/Military Assets"
- ↑ Field Manual: 3085, p. 167: "Forces Gifted to the Republic"
- ↑ Field Manual: 3085, p. 178: "Paladins"
- ↑ Field Manual: 3085, p. 162: "Citizenship"
- ↑ Wolf Clan Sourcebook, p. 81: "Alpha First Star"