Pavel Ridzik

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Pavel Ridzik
Character Profile
Born 2968[1][2]
Died 21 July 3029[3][2]
Affiliation House Ridzik
Rank Strategic Director[2]
Title(s) Supreme Lord[3][2]
Duke of Thomas
Profession Noble
Spouse Elizabeth Jordan (lover)[3]
Children Nikoli Ridzik[4][5]
Yuri Ridzik[5]
Angelina Ilyanova (illegitimate)[6]

Pavel Ridzik was a Capellan Confederation nobleman, Former Strategic Military Director of the Capellan Armed Forces, and the Supreme Lord of the short-lived Tikonov Free Republic.[7] Pavel was born on Highspire, and held the titles of Duke of Thomas, Duke of Styk[8] and Lord of Grand Base while loyal to the Capellan Confederation.

Pavel Ridzik in his Liao uniform

Personality and Appearance[edit]

Pavel was greedy, ambitious, and an opportunist. He also was known to be a womanizer.[9] He was tall, and was noted for having red hair and a beard.[10]


Service of Capellan Confederation[edit]

  • 2990 - Ridzik assisted Maximilian Liao in unseating his father Tormax Liao in a bloodless coup. Maximilian put Ridzik in charge of his father's safety after the coup.[11]
  • 2992 - Ridzik was promoted by the Chancellor to the position of Strategic Military Director of the Capellan Confederation two weeks after the mysterious demise of the former Chancellor.
  • 3020 - Ridzik was a given special mission from the Chancellor. He led a mixed force of Maskirovka agents and Hussar officers to the world of Truth. His force masqueraded as a rogue mercenary unit, and killed more than 3,000 religious members of a group known as the Pan-Humanist Congregation.[14]

Fourth Succession War[edit]

During the first out breaks of the War, Colonel Ridzik's headquarters is moved to Elgin. His presence there kept the mercenary unit, McCormack's Fusiliers on world.[17]

In December, Ridzik sends a plea for aid reaffirming his dedication to the Confederation despite his Tikonov Commonality being cut off from rest of the Confederation. He request that his regiment, Stapleton's Iron Hand and other forces that have fallen back be brought to position where they can strike and retake Tikonov from the 8th Crucis Lancers. The Eighth according to the Colonel's intelligence is the only unit on world. On Sian, the Chancellor is dubious of the Colonel's motives and plans. Unknown to Ridzik, he orders the Colonel be eliminated on the charge of treason.[18] Ridzik receives word from Sian that his plan is rejected.[19]

In February, 3029 - He is rescued from an assassination attempt by an agent from Sian by Davion agents.[20] He then agrees to see Hanse Davion and agrees to work with him. This leads to him founding his own realm,the Tikonov Free Republic.

Supreme Lord of the Tikonov Free Republic[edit]

Brokering a deal with Hanse Davion, Senior Colonel Ridzik becomes the Supreme Lord of the Tikonov Free Republic. His republic consisting of Tikonov Commonality. However, he is denied his nation's homeworld of Tikonov. He is given a Davion Liaison, Hanse Davions close friend, General Ardan Sortek. The two do not get along, secretly Sortek calling Ridzik The Littlest Tzar to Hanse Davion.[21]

In March, he reorganizes Capellan units that had defected to his Republic, he has them form the 1st and 2nd Republican Guards.[22]

In June, Prince Davion requested that Colonel Ridzik use his forces to attack the Free Worlds League. Ridzik has his forces do so and they claim several new territories, preventing them from counterattacking House Davion & his own new realm. Lyran forces assist in his efforts, cleaning up worlds and making sure they are secure.[23]

July 21st, 3029 on Elgin, Ridzik complained to his Davion liaison officer, General Sortek. The Colonel vented his frustrations at having to move his JumpShip assets from various worlds as this could lead him to feel that he was vulnerable. The conversation was one that Davion General had expected, Ridzik complaining about the continually forestalled return of the would-be capital world of his republic. Sortek, turned to him and said, "Unless Hanse Davion pulled the economic aid he was pumping into Ridzik's republic, he would have to wait. For Tikonov to be returned to his Republic control."[24]

After the meeting, Ridzik was highly annoyed with Sortek and his new master, Hanse Davion. He maps out the worlds Sortek had requested that he move his JumpShips too. He suspected that Hanse Davion was arranging transport of his wife, who was traveling to New Avalon. Frustrated, he plots to kill Sortek and kidnap Davion's wife.[3] Before he can put these plans into action an aide comes to him, handing him a small package containing a verigraphed and magkey to a hotel room. To his astonishment the verigraph is from the Chancellor's wife Elizabeth Jordan-Liao whom he had had an affair with saying that she had come to join him. Happy at the turn of events, Ridzik believes he can finally use Jordan's arrival to get back at Maximilian.[3]


Later that evening after arriving at the hotel room, he is shot with a nerve agent from a poisoned dart by the same female agent who had planted the bomb that failed to kill him six months earlier. As he is dying the agent tells him that Romano Liao had ordered this assassination and she had Elizabeth Liao write the verigraph before killing her.[25] She leaves him on the floor of the room, helplessly dying.[3]


Pavel was survived by his only known sons: the twins Yuri Ridzik and Nikoli Ridzik. After the division of the Commonwealth and collapse of Sarna March after Operation GUERRERO, both Ridziks raised an Army and tried to resurrect the Republic, but they failed: in 3059, on Hall, his army was destroyed by William Baranov forces and both, apparently, killed. Years later, the Word of Blake "created" two fake Yuri and Nikoli, to sew the chaos in Hall, but both impostors were killed. Pavel also had a illegitimate daughter, named Angelina Ilyanova. In 3060, she was the commanding officer of Second Janissaries of St. Ives Compact.[26] The Hauptmann General Caleb Peleas, commander of the Tikonov Republican Guard in 3060, and native of Tikonov, is rumored to be another illegitimate children of Ridzik, but it isn't confirmed.[27]


Prior to him leaving the Confederation, he tried to court Candice Liao as his consort in a bid to become more powerful. His ambitions are to take the Capella chancellorship.[28]

Romano Liao had considered taking him as a Consort to help consolidate her holdings while planning to grab the throne for herself.[29]


Pavel was noted to pilot an Orion during the Battle of Tikograd, Tikonov.[30]


  1. Warrior: Coupé, p. 128: "Pavel Ridzik character profile" - Age 57 in year 3025
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 BattleTech: Legends, p. 60
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 Warrior: Coupé, ch. 28
  4. Kings and Pawns, pp. 14–15
  5. 5.0 5.1 Touring the Stars: Hall, p. 6
  6. Field Manual Capellan Confederation, p. 112
  7. Warrior: Coupé, p. 173: "Title Supreme Lord used".
  8. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 147: "Styk"
  9. Warrior: Riposte, p. 213: Alexi Malenkov says Ridzik is a womanizer to Justin.
  10. Warrior: Riposte, p. 168: "Pavel Ridzik arrives at wedding with Alexi Malenkov in tow".
  11. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 128: "Pavel Ridzik profile - Max gives his father into the care of Ridzik".
  12. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 90: "Stapleton's Iron Hand unit profile".
  13. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 86: "Trimaldi's Secutors unit profile" - Duke of Thomas (Ridzik) leads counterassault against Davion invaders.
  14. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), pp. 62, 128: "Lesson in Faith & Pavel Ridzik profile".
  15. The Sword and the Dagger, ch. 1
  16. Warrior: Riposte, p. 212: "Alexi Malenkov reports to Justin Xiang that, Ridzik is having a tryst with Lady Elizabeth Liao".
  17. Warrior: Riposte, p. 269: "Tsen Shang suspects, Senior Colonel's presence on Elgin, may been reason the Fusiliers did not immediately leave world to avenge the destroyed sister unit, Marion's Highlanders".
  18. Warrior: Riposte, pp. 270–271, 275: "Ridzik message to the Chancellor, and his ejection. Maximilian orders Ridzik death on treason he possibly going to commit".
  19. Warrior: Riposte, p. 293: "Ridzik fumes over Chancellor's rejection of his plan retake Tikonov".
  20. Warrior: Riposte, pp. 294–295: "Ridzik is surprised his rescuers are Davion agents and woman had been sent by Sian to kill him".
  21. Warrior: Coupé, p. 132: "Hanse remember Holovid he received from Ardan remarking his true feelings for Colonel Ridzik".
  22. Field Manual: Lyran Alliance, p. 108: "2nd Republican bio" - Early actions as part of the Tikonov Free Republic.
  23. Warrior: Coupé, p. 165: "Quintus Allard reports to Hanse Davion that Ridzik forces have claims some worlds from the League, with Lyran assistance".
  24. Warrior: Coupé, p. 171: "Lord Colonel Ridzik press for return of Tikonov".
  25. Warrior: Coupé, pp. 146–147: "Romano furious at Pavel Ridzik fending for himself with Hanse Davion. Decides to have him eliminated".
  26. Field Manual Capellan Confederation, p. 112
  27. Field Manual: Federated Suns, p. 104
  28. House Liao (The Capellan Confederation), p. 126: "Pavel Ridzik character profile" - Personality:secretly trying to gain hand of Candice Liao
  29. Warrior: Coupé, p. 146: "Romano enraged with Ridzik had taken Elizabeth Liao over her. Mad she thought considering him to consolidate her power base".
  30. The Fourth Succession War Scenarios Volume One, p. 12