Philip Capet

Philip Capet
Character Profile
Died 26 May 3027
Affiliation Federated Suns
Rank Sergeant[1]
Profession Arena Gladiator

A native of Uravan in the Federated Suns' Capellan March, Philip Capet was an early 31st century MechWarrior, and later a champion in the Solaris Games Grand Champion.

History[edit]

AFFS Service[edit]

While in service with the AFFS, Sergeant Capet became a celebrated hero in the Capellan March of the Federated Suns in the 3020s following his actions during a Capellan Confederation raid on his homeworld Uravan, during which it is said he downed dozens of Capellan 'Mechs, winning time for his men to withdraw from an ambush. He was awarded the Golden Sunburst of the Federated Suns.

The actual truth of the matter was that Capet had disobeyed orders and gotten half a dozen fellow MechWarriors killed in a reckless and futile action, trying to save his home village and family during the raid. But he failed: House Liao's Capellan forces, apparently enraged by Capet's attack, leveled the town and killed all his family. Hanse Davion had given Capet the medal due to his celebrity status in the Capellan March and hoped he would retire. However, Capet refused to retire; perceived as a troublemaker he was then given a position of command of a MechWarrior training company on Kittery.

The CO on Kittery, Major Justin Allard, was of half-Capellan descent, and Capet openly voiced his disrespect and prejudice. Allard eventually dismissed him from military service when he discovered that Capet was planning to hijack a JumpShip and go on a private mission of revenge against the Capellan Confederation,[2] though that only incensed the embittered Capet further.

Solaris VII[edit]

Capet moved to the gaming world of Solaris VII in the Lyran Commonwealth. There he became a House Davion-aligned MechWarrior champion, fighting battles in the arena and surrounding himself with a string of would-be champions to fight with him in what he began to call the "Capellan Mafia",[3] a group of Davion-affiliated arena fighters. House Davion summarily regarded Capet and his Capellan Mafia as troublemakers and problem cases, but tolerated them because of their successes in the arenas and the associated glory. (Other named members were Peter Armstrong and Billy Wolfson, both of whom were also considered "major competitors"[4] for the championship.)

Capet was listed as the Solaris Champion for 3026 and 3027, though he would lose both the title and his life to Justin Xiang Allard in 3027 (who was subsequently also listed as champion for 3027, in addition to Capet's preceding 3026-3027 championship).[5]

In January of 3027, Capet faced off in his Rifleman against two Vindicators belonging to the Liao-affiliated brothers Fuh Teng and Sze Teng in the Steiner Stadium. He won the fight and killed Sze Teng in the process; Capet may or may not have been aware that it was a fixed fight where Sze Teng was supposed to die.

Also in 3027, Justin Allard arrived on Solaris VII after being exiled from House Davion's Federated Suns. Now calling himself Justin Xiang, he started a gladiator career of his own. Openly siding with House Liao's Capellan Confederation, Xiang began to take down every Davion warrior he faced. Capet still resented him for sending him away and felt his prejudices confirmed by the trial and subsequent exile of Justin Xiang Allard. Thus, Capet sent people to confront and challenge Xiang, and even went so far to eventually tell them they wouldn't be a "man" if they did not disable the ejection system. Xiang killed at least six Davion gladiators including Billy Wolfson and Peter Armstrong in various fights over the year. Hanse Davion sent a communication offering Capet a world and a regiment to command if he killed Xiang.[6]

After word of the death of Solaris VII icon Gray Noton reached Capet, he went to claim Noton's alcove in Valhalla, the champions' high society club, feeling he was now the up-and-coming champion. Xiang stopped him and told him that he had no right, and also that his glory seeking here on Solaris and back on Uravan had led to the death of his men and that he had ultimately murdered his own family.[7] Provoked in this fashion, Capet challenged Xiang to a duel—which was exactly what Xiang wanted as he was not yet famous enough to challenge someone of Capet's standing himself.

On 26 May 3027, they agreed to fight in the Ishiyama Arena. On the pre-fight talk show Pregame Palaver, Capet declared that he was going to kill Xiang and had a surprise or two waiting for him.[8] He meant it. During the match, Capet led Xiang to a tunnel with steep three level crevasses where two of his Capellan Mafia colleagues were waiting in ambush in a Firestarter and an UrbanMech.[9] Xiang, piloting the late Gray Noton's heavy Rifleman (Legend-Killer) at the time, was able to dispatch the two light 'Mechs. Capet's plan was for them to inflict damage on Legend-Killer, giving him the opportunity for an easy killing blow, but Xiang moved deeper into the caverns. Capet hid his Rifleman during the ambush. Hidden in a location where Xiang would pass though a narrow tunnel, he would step out and shoot at Legend-Killer's thin rear armor. Xiang's 'Mech passed him, and he opened up with all his weapons at Legend-Killer, but only hit armor—Capet had been fooled by Xiang's tactic of walking his 'Mech backwards with his 'Mech's arms flipped over. Xiang returned fire and knocked Capet unconscious, then simply shot Capet's 'Mech in the head with autocannon shells, killing Capet.[10]

Titles and Positions[edit]

Preceded by
Hans Moder
Solaris VII Grand Tournament Champion
3026 to 3027



Succeeded by
Justin Xiang


Notes[edit]

  • Philip Capet is incorrectly named in Solaris Players Book as Phillip Capet.
  • In the Dark Age, on the "remembrance wall" of the Cracked Canopy bar on Solaris a Kallon Industries autocannon in full casing was on exhibit with the name Justin Xiang stenciled on it with red crosshairs. It was said to be from Capet's Rifleman. However, its autheticity was confirmed.[11]

References[edit]

  1. Warrior: En Garde, ch. 8
  2. Warrior: En Garde, p. 5: Major Allard talks to cadet Craon about the real story of Philip Capet
  3. Warrior: En Garde, p. 240
  4. Solaris VII Player's Handbook, p. 13
  5. Solaris VII Player's Handbook, p. 14
  6. Warrior: En Garde, pp. 210-211: Hanse Davion is briefed on Justin's activities on Solaris and orders a high priority communication sent to Capet to have him kill Justin, offering a reward
  7. Warrior: En Garde, p. 240: Xiang pits the blame for Capet's failures on Capet's glory seeking including the death of his own family
  8. Warrior: En Garde, pp. 287-288: Interview with Justin Xiang and Philip Capet
  9. Warrior: En Garde, p. 290: Capet's ambush is sprung on Xiang
  10. Warrior: En Garde, p. 309: Philip Capet's last duel with Justin Xiang
  11. Shrapnel Issue 3, p. 105 (Tales from the Cracked Canopy: The Razor's Edge of Opportunity)

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